Sunday Post: October 2

Sunday-PostThis is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last week–home and blog

Road trip

Because of our car accident (hitting a deer–we were unhurt, but the car and the deer were not so fortunate) so we cut our road trip short. We planned to be gone another week, but we don’t have a date when the car will be repaired and the rental car was expensive so after our visit with family in Oregon we left the West Coast and headed home to Iowa. (You can see a photo of the damaged car in last week’s Sunday Post.)

We’d planned for a leisurely trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, then to a dinosaur site in Wyoming and finally to visit a friend in the Denver area. That will be a trip for another time.

We spent part of our week at the Oregon coast. I have a special love for it since that was the first time I saw the ocean–when I was about six years old. I remember how excited I was!

We had beautiful weather at the coast this visit–mostly sunny and in the upper 60’s. The Oregon coast often is foggy, windy, cloudy or rainy so this was lovely. (However, I like it even when it’s foggy or raining!)

The blog

The first week we were gone I had posts scheduled and thought I would get more done while we traveled, but that has been harder than it seems. Using my cell phone to prepare posts isn’t as easy as I thought and lots of places in the mountains and rural areas have no cell service. The next couple weeks I will see how much I can get done. I do hope to visit more blogs and catch up with what everyone else is doing.

I did get lots of reading done. My husband and I also listened to two audiobooks together as we drove.

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie
What I read last two weeks
  • Address to Die For by Mary Feliz
  • Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

None!

Next Week–home & blog

We’re back in Iowa so have all the catching up to do with everything. It feels like we’ve been gone for months–instead of just three weeks!

Blog posts

  • October books on my list
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 15

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

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Arsenic with Austen

by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Series: Crime with the Classics #1 (I think that is what this series will be called)

Publication Date: July 12

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: When Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn’t expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life.

Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town’s eccentric inhabitants–including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards–she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident.

Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt’s property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen’s charming reprobates.

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Reasons this book caught my eye:

  • The title caught my eye so I had to take a look at the book. (This doesn’t have a cover I like very much, however–the cat looks stuffed to me.)
  • The mystery sounds interesting.
  • Next I saw that it takes place on the Oregon coast (one of my favorite locations).
  • And maybe the series will feature different classics?
  • This is a cozy and I hope it’s not a silly cozy!

What books are you waiting for? Excited to read?

“You Again” by JoAnn Ross

you-again-by-JoAnn-Ross“You Again” by JoAnn Ross
Series: Shelter Bay #6.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Setting: NYC & Shelter Bay, Oregon
Published by Catlelough Publishing LLC, 2014
E-book, purchased
172 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: A book nerd, a brainiac science guy, and a misplaced killer whale…

Meghann Quinn wasn’t always a hugely successful author. Adam Wayne wasn’t always a marine biologist studying whales. Back in high school in Shelter Bay, Oregon, she was the shy book nerd helping the brainiac science guy pass English. Meghann had no idea Adam would turn into such a hottie. Adam has no idea their once-upon-a-time sweet summer romance inspired Meghann’s popular teen novels.

Two shy geeks didn’t have the courage to share their true feelings back then. But now that Meghann’s back in town, they’re pondering life’s important questions. Such as, will Adam ask her to the Snow Ball? And what are they going to do about the lost Orca who shows up on Christmas Eve? And can two nerds get past their initial insecurity to take a second chance on a once-in-a-lifetime love?

You Again also will appear in a Home for Christmas Duet with Jessica Scott.

Initial impressions

  • A fun, fast read about two people who meet again after 10 years.

Cheers

  • Adam and Meaghann are characters I would enjoy knowing.
  • Meaghann tutored Adam in English during high school and they liked each other, but lost track of each other when they went off to college.
  • Meaghann is now a successful young adult author. Adam is a marine biologist living in their home town of Shelter Bay, Oregon.
  • When she’s invited to Shelter Bay for a fund-raising event, Meaghann arrives a couple of days before Christmas. And she and Adam both want another chance at love.
  • I loved reading about the Christmas parade of boats. And all about the orca (killer whales). I thought the author did a good job making them part of the story.
  • Even though I haven’t read any other books in this series I didn’t have any trouble picking up this book and knowing what was going on.

Jeers

  • The story is quite short and Adam and Meaghann decide they love each other very quickly. But it is home-for-christmasChristmas!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I bought “You Again” last year as part of the Home for Christmas e-book along with Jessica Scott’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
  • I read this novella as my December review for Wendy’s TBR Challenge (see below).

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • When New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross was seven-years-old, she had no doubt whatsoever that she’d grow up to play center field for the New York Yankees. Writing would be her backup occupation, something she planned to do after retiring from baseball. Those were, in her mind, her only options. While waiting for the Yankees management to call, she wrote her first novella — a tragic romance about two star-crossed mallard ducks — for a second grade writing assignment.
  • The paper earned a gold star. And JoAnn kept writing.She’s now written around one hundred novels (she quit keeping track long ago) and has been published in twenty-six countries.
  • Although the Yankees have yet to call her to New York to platoon center field, JoAnn figures making one out of two life goals isn’t bad.
  • Currently writing her Shelter Bay series (set on the Oregon Coast, where her high school sweetheart husband bought her a bag of saltwater taffy, then proposed), along with a River’s Bend Murphy Brothers trilogy spin-off (set in Southern Oregon ranching country, where she grew up), and her award winning Irish Castlelough series, JoAnn lives with her husband and three rescued dogs, who pretty much rule the house, in the Pacific Northwest.

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