Showing posts from November, 2017

Monday Musings 11/27

My Week: Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday, so this week was fantastic! I only worked Monday and Tuesday, so I had a full five days off and it was glorious. Did lots of yoga, lots of cooking, consumed lots of wine, and spent some quality time with my husband and fur kids. It was so relaxing! I didn't get as much reading done as I'd like so that's my goal for this week! Got our tree up and Christmas decorations out on Friday...a bit earlier than I would've liked but we had the extra time with the long weekend. Plus we got a new tree from Home Depot and my husband was itching to put it up and see how it fit in the new house.

Reading: Still reading The Alice Network! It's a beautiful book and I'm sad I haven't gotten through it as fast as I'd like. My goal is to finish it this week!

Workouts: I did a lot of yoga last week! Including Yoga + Wine at Eola Hills Winery  on Black Friday! My friend Debbie and I went to the event and had a fantastic time…

Book Blitz: Love Notes in Christmas Falls

Title: Love Notesin Christmas Falls Author: Beth Labonte Series: Return to Christmas Falls #6 Release Date: October 23, 2017 Genre: Holiday Romance
When Caitlin Cook left the small town of Christmas Falls, Tennessee to attend Harvard University, she left behind the burden of her parents’ slowly increasing hoard of antiques, a much younger brother, and Shane Mitchell—the boy who blindsided her with the news that he loved her on the night before she left.
Shane Mitchell spent his high school years fascinated by Caitlin Cook. The quiet flute player with her nose always in a book, he wanted desperately to find out what made her tick.
Eight years later, Caitlin returns to Christmas Falls—unemployed and newly single—after receiving a devastating letter from her beloved high school mentor. Caitlin is shocked to find her childhood home in disarray, and her little brother in desperate need of his sister. With Shane’s help—now a pillar of the community rather than …

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week's Topic:
Ten Books I'm Thankful For
It's no secret how much I love, value, and believe in reading and books (see my This I Believe post) so this was  fun post to compile. I have a little bit of everything here--books that are beautifully written (Moloka'i, The Shoemaker's Wife)  books I learned more from than I thought I would (Wild, Born A Crime) books that I can reread over and over and still laugh (The Devil Wears Prada) books that make me feel good (A Drop in the Ocean, Maybe in Another Life) books that got me excited about reading when I was young (The Baby Sitters Club, Matilda) and books that have gotten a whole new generation of people reading (the Harry Potter series).

What books are you thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving week!

Monday Musings 11/20

My Week: Last week absolutely sucked. I was so glad when it was finally over! Our kitty Audrey had been sick with cancer for awhile and we unfortunately had to say goodbye to her last Tuesday. She was 12, almost 13, and we got her not too long after we got married. She was such a sweet, cuddly cat and we were so sad to lose her.  The rest of the week was that "everything that can go wrong, will" type of week. I was so relieved when it was finally Friday. Since I had to work Saturday the 11th, I was in desperate need of a two day weekend and it was so wonderful.

Reading: I finished Renegades yesterday! Really enjoyed it! This week I'm reading The Alice Network. I've heard SO many good things from so many reader and blogger friends. Excited to read it!!

Workouts: Due to my rough week,  I didn't make it to the gym as much as I wanted to this week. I did get a good run in and make it to PiYo, and we were able to walk the pups on Saturday, so that was good. We also rak…

Review: The Girl Who Lived

Title: The Girl Who Lived
Author: Christopher Greyson
329 pages, published November 4, 2017

Note: I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Ten years ago, four people were brutally murdered. One girl lived.No one believes her story.
The police think she’s crazy.
Her therapist thinks she’s suicidal.
Everyone else thinks she’s a dangerous drunk.
They’re all right—but did she see the killer?

As the anniversary of the murders approaches, Faith Winters is released from the psychiatric hospital and yanked back to the last spot on earth she wants to be—her hometown where the slayings took place. Wracked by the lingering echoes of survivor’s guilt, Faith spirals into a black hole of alcoholism and wanton self-destruction. Finding no solace at the bottom of a bottle, Faith decides to track down her sister’s killer—and then discovers that she’s the one being hunted.

How can one woman u…

Monday Musings 11/13

My Week: I know I sound like a broken record but this week was absolutely crazy! I had to work 6 days this week (Monday through Saturday, and we sadly don't get Veteran's Day off) so I didn't have a lot of downtime and was stressed out the majority of the week. I did get a good yoga class in (more about that below) and got in some good snuggle time with my pups, so that helped. Also got a good walk in on Sunday that made up for our usual Saturday morning walk that I missed due to work. Weekend walks to the coffee shop are my absolute favorite part of the week--love our family time.
Reading: I finished The Girl Who Lived (review will be posted tomorrow--I LOVED it) and started Renegades, the first in the new series by Marissa Meyer! Thanks to Mel over at Double Stacked Bookshelves for recommending it and letting me borrow her ARC!

Yoga + Wine: I went to another Yoga and Wine event on Monday at Eola Hills Winery near my hometown.  (Their wine is fantastic, by the way!). This w…

TLC Book Tours: The Silent Fountain (Excerpt)

About The Silent Fountain
Paperback: 400 pagesPublisher: MIRA (October 31, 2017)Hollywood, 1978 
Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti—and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister and learns that her new husband’s past holds dark secrets…
Tuscany, Present day 
Lucy Whittaker needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed. Strange sounds come from the attic. The owner of the house will never meet her in person.
The fountain in the courtyard is silent—but has never run dry.
Across the decades, Vivien and Lucy find themselves trapped in the idyllic Italian villa. 
And if they are ever to truly escape its walls, they must first unearth its secrets…

Purchase LinksAmazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & NobleExcerpt I turn on to our street. Unlocking the front door, I see Bill still hasn’t got the hang of sorting through the post, so I scoop the scattered …

Thankful Thursday

Brandie over at Running on Words and Wine posted this today. I really loved the idea and decided to post as well! Inspiration come from Steph The Bookworm with her Thankful Thursday posts, which are also linked  here. I'm using the same questions that The Blended Blog asked this week.

A New Friend: I have met many new friends at my gym lately. It's been so good for me!

Something shiny: My whale's tail necklace from Hawaii that was my dad's. I wear it almost every day and think of him.

Something ordinary: Coffee!

A person you’ve known a long time: Breanne! She lives in Seattle but we still talk almost every day!

Somewhere you go every day: My house. I am in love with our new house. We worked so hard to pay stuff down to be able to afford it and we made it happen this year!

Someone who’s taught you something: My mom in law! She is awesome and taught me some great family recipes.

A far-away place: Hawaii! Specifically Kona. I LOVE it there.

Something that’s saving your life r…

TLC Book Tours: Lilac Lane (Review)

About Lilac Lane
Hardcover: 352 pagesPublisher: MIRA (October 17, 2017)No one writes about friends, family and home better than Sherryl Woods. Told with warmth and humor, Lilac Lane is a brand-new story in her beloved Chesapeake Shores series, one readers all over the world have waited two years to read!
At the heart of Lilac Lane is Keira Malone, who raised her three children alone after her first marriage broke apart, and who, after years of guarding her heart, finally finds love again. But that love is short-lived when her fiancĂ© suffers a fatal heart attack. Grieving and unsure of what’s next, Keira agrees to move from Dublin to Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, to spend time with her daughter, Moira, and her new granddaughter, Kate, as well as to help her son-in-law, Luke, with his Irish pub, O’Briens.
Not wanting to live underfoot, she rents a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, replete with views of the ocean and her neighbor’s thriving garden—not to mention views of the neighbor himself. …

Excerpt: Something of a Spark Blog Tour

SOMETHING OF A SPARK, the first book in Monique McDonell's new A Jewel Sisters Romance Chick Lit series, is available now!!

Something of a Spark by Monique McDonell
Series: A Jewel Sisters Romance #1
Published by Redfish Publishing on October 31, 2017
Genres: Chick Lit

Sometimes keeping a secret is more trouble than it’s worth. Growing up as one of the Jewel Sisters of Caudal Bay has never been easy for Sapphire Smith. As far as her friend’s and family are concerned she’s now a struggling radio DJ living in Sydney and working part-time as a PA for her best friend country music star Ryan Storm.  But that’s only part of the story.  When an accident in her home town brings real-life hero and firefighter Campbell into her world their relationship starts with a smoulder and slowly begins to spark. Campbell has given up his career as a corporate lawyer for a quieter, more rewarding life. He loves his new town and the welcoming atmosphere as much as Saffy loves the anonymity of the city.  As thei…