Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is:

Abulia-Is a loss of will power.

I will probably have abulia during my Thanksgiving meal.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but caught up a bit with my reading.

How was your mailbox?

Started reading:  The Paris Secret by Karen Swan


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today:

Knell- the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death.

Nadir- the lowest part of anything.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Where did the week go, No new books this past week, but read a lot.

How was yours?

Reading:  Mrs, Miracle by Debbie MaComber

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are are my words for today.

Circumlocution- is an indirect way of expressing something.

Exigent- means demanding immediate attention.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Mailbox Monday

I received two Christmas books in my mailbox this past week, courtesy of Wm. Morrow.

Christmas, Present by Jacquelen Mitchard

Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

Still reading :  The Gift

How was yours?


Claudia Riess - Love and Other Hazards - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Glenda Fieldston is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her seven-year-old daughter, Astrid, when Eugene Lerman comes walking by with his eight-year-old daughter, Meredith, a schoolmate of Astrid’s. The families spot each other, Glenda and Eugene engage in long-range cursory assessments, and then they go their separate ways. But not for long. Glenda and Eugene cross paths professionally soon after, and circumstances at work bring them into close association. So begins a friendship fraught with complications. Glenda’s independence is self-imposed and fierce. Eugene’s was foisted on him by a wife who left him. Although Glenda’s and Eugene’s personal demons are incompatible, their longings are, confoundedly, in harmony. Their cautious friendship is further inhibited by past and present relationships, and it remains to be seen if they can break out of their set ways to make a break for uncharted love.


Review

Glenda and Eugene, who met at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, begin a relationship with many complications. They are very set in their ways and have to work at it if they are going to find love together. It won't be easy, since there are other roadblocks involved. Overall, I found it to be a realistic, entertaining read.

***

Love and Other Hazards can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Genre: Family Life, Romance
Pages: 256
Release: May 10, 2017
Publisher: River Grove
ISBN: 9781632991225
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About the Author

Claudia Riess is a Vassar graduate who has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker magazine and Holt, Rinehart and Winston books and has edited several art history monographs. Her first novel, “Reclining Nude,” was published by Stein and Day. Oliver Sacks, author of “Awakenings,” had said her first book was “exquisite—and delicate… a most courageous book, full of daring—a daring only possible to a passionate and pure heart.”

The author divides her time between the Hamptons and Manhattan with her husband, Bob.

Links to connect with Claudia:
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Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words for today are:

Enervate- to weaken mentally or morally.

Inure- become hardened to.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received three new books last week in my mailbox.

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Missing by C. L. Taylor

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan

How was yours ?

Currently started reading The Gift.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today is Certitude, which is something that someone firmly believes is true.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Playing catch-up again, no new arrivals in my mailbox. How was your mailbox?

Reading: Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

While reading I came across these two words.

Conchie- is a conscientious objector.

Kestrel- is a name given to several different members of the falcon genus. These birds are distinguished by their hunting behavior.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, but plenty to read. How about yours?

Reading:  Christmas Of  Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Jerome Charyn - Winter Warning - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Reflecting our own world like a volatile funhouse mirror, Winter Warning lures us back to the 1980s, an era that could have been ripped right out of our most recent political upheaval. Isaac Sidel should have been vice president, banished to some far corner of the West Wing, but the president-elect has been forced to resign or face indictment for his crooked land deals—and Sidel becomes the accidental president. He’s a maverick, a crusader with a Glock in his belt, who defies both the Republicans and the Democrats. He seems haunted by Lincoln’s ghost, and the presidential palace becomes his own “great white jail,” as it did for Harry Truman. There’s never been another president quite like Isaac Sidel, New York’s former police commissioner and mayor. There’s a secret lottery created by some bankers in Basel to determine the exact date of Sidel’s death. And Sidel has to outrun this lottery in order to save himself. His greatest allies are not the Secret Service or the DNC, but a former Israeli prime minister who was a explosives operative during the British occupation of Palestine . . . as well as a mysterious billionaire who belongs to a brotherhood of killers and counterfeiters. His only companions in the capital are the captain of his helicopter fleet and a sexy naval intelligence officer who realizes that something has gone amuck at Camp David, when a band of mercenaries arrive with their sights trained on Sidel.




My Review

Isaac Sidel has become the president of the United States due to the resignation of the president-elect. And now he faces death by a billionaire who belongs to a brotherhood of killers, placing him in a very threatening situation.

The story lures us back to the 1980s and sadly it seems like it's the same today as it was then. But I have to say Charyn creates an exciting read that will keep you riveted to the page.

***

Winter Warning can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound
iTunes
Biblio

Prices/Formats: $25.95 ebook, $25.95 paperback
Genre: Political, Espionage, Thriller
Pages: 256
Release: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781681773483
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***

About the Author

Jerome Charyn published his first novel in 1964. He's the author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels as well as nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, and Ellery Queen. Charyn's popular crime novels featuring homicide detective Isaac Sidel inspired a new animated drama series: Hard Apple debuts on the small screen in 2017, helmed by Hollywood insider James Gray (The Immigrants) and illustrated by famed artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka. Charyn lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

Links to connect with Jerome:
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Facebook (author)
Twitter (author)
Facebook (Isaac Sidel)
Twitter (Isaac Sidel)
Goodreads

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here is my word for today.

Ailukophile- is a cat lover.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two books in my mailbox last week:

The Last Christmas In Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Jenny Colgan

Christmas At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Courtesy of Wm Morrow

How was your mailbox?

Finished reading Sons and Soldiers


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from odd words.

Aegis- protection; support.

Almuce- cloth a furhood.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week, waiting for some to arrive and playing catchup. How about you?

Still reading; Sons And Soldiers by Bruce Henderson


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word for today is :

Dirge- A lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A. Keith Carreiro - The Penitent: Part II - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Hidden in the bottom of a roadside ditch as a baby, Evangel is only steps away from her viciously murdered parents. An old hermit finds her there a day later and takes her to his home in the heart of a sylvan wilderness. She is raised in a hermitage built by Matthew where he learns she is touched by a rare spiritual power. 17 years later a series of miracles occur that rock the very nature of her reality. Befriended by outlaws and a king’s champion, she is also betrayed by a woman of the cloth during a bard of the realm’s performance. That night, in a dream, Evangel envisions her future soul mate, Pall Warren, on a battlefield of death, and casts a prayer of protection around him. Thus begins a remarkable journey to save herself and those who believe in her. A hauntingly beautiful and startling tale of wonder.




My Review

Evangel was left in a ditch after her parents were murdered. They only wanted to save her life. Luckily, she is found and raised by an old hermit named Matthew, who loves her very much.

Touched by a rare spiritual power, the girl is special. The miracles she performs and the struggles against her enemies ultimately come together in a battle of good versus evil.

The story brings the reader into a beautiful tale of wonder. You truly are mesmerized by this girl and what she has to face. It's a very good read.

***

The Penitent: Part II can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 274
Release: May 15, 2017
Publisher: Copper Beech Press
ISBN: 9780997382716
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***

About the Author

A. Keith Carreiro earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with the sequential help and guidance of three advisors, Dr. Vernon A. Howard, Dr. Donald Oliver and Professor Emeritus, Dr. Israel Scheffler. Keith’s academic focus, including his ongoing research agenda, centers upon philosophically examining how creativity and critical thinking are acquired, learned, utilized and practiced in the performing arts. He has taken his findings and applied them to the professional development of educational practitioners.

Earlier in his teaching career he was a professor of educational foundations, teaching graduate students of education at universities in Vermont, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor of English at Bridgewater State University, as well as teaching English, philosophy, humanities and public speaking courses at Bristol Community College.

He lives in Swansea, Massachusetts. He has six children and 13 grandchildren. He belongs to an eighty–five–pound golden retriever, an eight–pound Maltese, and an impish Calico cat.

Due to his love of family, he has seen his fervor for history, as well as his passion for wondering about the future, deepen dramatically.

Starting on May 23rd until October 9th of 2014, he sat down at his computer on a daily basis and began writing the first book of a science fiction/fantasy thriller in a beginning series about the quest for human immortality.

Links to connect with A. Keith:
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Facebook
Twitter
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Blog


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

These are taken from Hard Words.

Arcane- requiring secret or mysteriou knowledge.

Anachromistic- chronologically misplaced.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Mailbox Monday




Mailbox Monday

An empty mailbox last week. How was yours?

Reading Sons And Daughters by Bruce Henderson.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

R. Franklin James - The Bell Tolls - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Hollis Morgan has survived imprisonment, received a pardon and persevered to finally become a probate attorney. Tough as she is, her newest case will further test her mettle. She discovers her client, Matthias Bell, is a deceased blackmailer whose last wish was to return the damaging documents he collected, letting his victims off the hook. It falls to Hollis to give them the good news. But it’s revealed that Bell was murdered, and the victims of “Bell’s tolls” are now suspects.

Hollis’ white-collar criminal past has left her with keen survival instincts. A gifted liar she knows a liar when she meets one. A lot of people in this case are lying and one is a killer.

On top of that, she’s also representing a dying stripper, a wealthy widow whose estranged daughter spurns her attempts at reconciliation, but whose husband sees the potential inheritance as mending all wounds particularly financial ones.

Clients aside, Hollis is defensive and wary. Her mother, who hasn’t spoken to her for years, needs a kidney, and Hollis is a match, but neither are ready to put away the past. With Hollis’ fiancĂ© and emotional support off on an undercover mission for Homeland Security, she must count on her own survival instincts. She is swept along on an emotional roller coaster as her absent love and her family’s coldness take their own toll.

Work is her salvation. The specter of a killer keeps her focused. Hollis has always had to rely on her wits, but now she finds that others who don’t have her well-being in mind are relying on them as well.



My Review

Hollis Morgan has survived imprisonment and has gone on to become a successful probate attorney.

But that's not the half of it.

Hollis is the type of woman who always has a lot on her plate. And right now, she's smack dab in the middle of delivering some pretty damaging documents for her deceased blackmailer of a client, while feeling the familial pressure of becoming a kidney donor for her estranged mother.

Her work is her only salvation at the moment since so many people are depending on her. But luckily she's honed her survival instincts while in prison and based on her past experiences she knows she can get through anything.

Mystery fans, I think you should give this one a try. I have a feeling you'll like it.

***

The Bell Tolls can be purchased at:
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Kobo
Overdrive

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback
Genre: Women's Sleuth, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 239
Release: June 1, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812177
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***

About the Author

R. Franklin James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. From there she cultivated a different type of writing—legislation and public policy. After serving as Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, under millionaire Richard Riordan, she went back to her first love—writing, and in 2013 her debut novel, The Fallen Angels Book Club was published by Camel Press. Her second book in The Hollis Morgan Mystery Series, Sticks & Stones, was followed by The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club, and The Trade List. The Bell Tolls, book five was released in June 2017.

R. Franklin James lives in Northern California with her husband.

Links to connect with R. Franklin James:
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Ebullient- cheerful and full of energy.

Propitious- giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable.

Taken from two of the books I've read.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday




Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from the book: The Daughters Of Ireland By Santa Montefiore.

Secateurs- are a type of scissors for use on plants.

Insouciant- showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

An empty mail box last week, trying to keep up with what I have.

How was yours?


Monday, August 21, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox last week, but plenty to read.
How about you?


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today comes from the book: The Way To London by Alix Rickloff

Amah- is a girl or woman employed by a family to clean, look after children and perform other tasks.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book, The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper.

Pg 18

"So, your sister's book's success is a good thing, is it not?'


Monday, August 14, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I had a full mailbox last week, courtesy of Wm.Morrow.

The Daughters Of Ireland by Santa Montefiore
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes by David Handler
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper
The Beauty Of Us by Kristen Proby
The Way To London by Alix Rickloff

Hope yours was good also.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Rich Zahradnik - Lights Out Summer - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

In March 1977, ballistics link murders going back six months to the same Charter Arms Bulldog .44. A serial killer, Son of Sam, is on the loose. But Coleridge Taylor can't compete with the armies of reporters fighting New York's tabloid war--only rewrite what they get. Constantly on the lookout for victims who need their stories told, he uncovers other killings being ignored because of the media circus. He goes after one, the story of a young Black woman gunned down in her apartment building the same night Son of Sam struck elsewhere in Queens. The story entangles Taylor with a wealthy Park Avenue family at war with itself. Just as he's closing in on the killer and his scoop, the July 13-14 blackout sends New York into a 24-hour orgy of looting and destruction. Taylor and his PI girlfriend Samantha Callahan head out into the darkness, where a steamy night of mob violence awaits them. In the midst of the chaos, a suspect in Taylor's story goes missing. Desperate, he races to a confrontation that will either break the story--or Taylor. Book 4 in the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series.




My Review

A young black maid is gunned down outside her apartment and journalist Coleridge Taylor gets entangled in the web of lies and deceit spun by the wealthy Manhattan family who hired her.

Consequently, the story takes place in the summer of 1977 and the Son of Sam murders are in full swing, throwing New York City into a state of panic.

Taylor tries to compete with the other papers to get recognition for the murder he is investigating, but sadly no one seems to care.

His fight for justice creates a gripping murder mystery chock full of action and brimming with social consciousness. 

***

Lights Out Summer can be pre-ordered at:
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Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $15.95 paperback, $29.95 audio
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 288
Release: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812139
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***

About the Author

Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series (Lights Out Summer, A Black Sail, Drop Dead Punk, Last Words).



The first three books have been shortlisted or won awards in the three major competitions for novels from independent presses. A Black Sail was named winner in the mystery category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Drop Dead Punk collected the gold medal for mystery ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Last Words won the bronze medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 IPPYs and honorable mention for mystery in the 2015 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

"Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero," Publishers Weekly wrote of Drop Dead Punk.

 A Black Sail received a starred review from Library Journal, which said, “Fans of the late Barbara D’Amato and Bruce DeSilva will relish this gritty and powerful crime novel.”

Zahradnik was a journalist for 25-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter.



Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1960 and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where he writes fiction and teaches kids around the New York area how to write news stories and publish newspapers.



Links to connect with Rich:
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Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word comes from the book: The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes

Ironwort- is a woody,comely perennial native to the mountains surrounding the Mediterranean sea.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book, The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes.

Pg.7
He kept his head shaved,like all other men in in their tribe, with one lock of hair hidden beneath a white cap.
                                                                                                             

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

One new book last week in my mailbox.

Sons And Soldiers by Bruce Henderson

What did you receive?


Friday, August 4, 2017

Sharon St. George - Spine Damage - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Paulo Ferrara, a young Portuguese man, lies comatose in the Intensive Care Unit of Timbergate Medical Center, shot in the spine. The neurosurgeon who would normally be in charge of his care has left town to attend to an injured daughter, and the only other neurosurgeon, the rude and egotistical Dr. Godfrey Carver, is about to be suspended for not completing his continuing education requirements. The unpleasant duty of ensuring that the staff obey the rules lies with Aimee Machado, the medical center's forensic librarian and Continuing Education Coordinator. Aimee and her pilot boyfriend Nick live together on her grandparents’ llama farm. While dealing with Dr. Carver, Aimee learns the circumstances of Paulo’s injury and enlists Nick’s help. Aimee is half Asian and half Portuguese, and her parents live on Faial, one of the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal. Faial is the closest neighbor to Pico, home of Paulo and his family. Paulo came to rural Northern California in search of his fifteen-year-old sister Liliana, who vanished two weeks ago. Nick’s wealthy employer Buck Sawyer takes an interest in the girl’s plight as well, especially when they learn that she left the Azores on a superyacht. Not only is Buck a yacht owner, but he is also on a crusade against drug trafficking, and Paulo and Liliana have clearly stumbled onto a criminal operation of some kind. The trail leads Aimee and Nick from Timbergate, to the Azores, to San Francisco. Paulo’s condition is deteriorating, and he might never be able to explain what got him shot. Can Aimee, her brother Harry, and Nick unravel the mystery in time to save Liliana? Book 4 in the Aimee Machado Mystery series, which began with Due for Discard.




My Review

This mystery is a well-written story with two main characters, Aimee and Nick, who are driven to solve the case of an injured young man and his kidnapped sister. However, they are a crime-busting couple at a crossroads. They are out to seek justice while at the same time, trying to decide where there relationship is going. Due to the amount of danger they always seem to find themselves in, they can't help but wonder: Should we get married? Should we have a baby? They're hard questions to answer, especially when you're packing heat on a regular basis.

This time around, I thought stepping into Aimee's Portuguese heritage really added to the story line, and the supporting characters in her family are well-defined and help move the plot forward at a nice pace. I know I was kept in suspense until the very end, which I really enjoy in this type of novel.

If you like intriguing stories in the cozy mystery genre, then you are in for a real treat.

***

Spine Damage can be purchased at:
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Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $16.78 paperback
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 328
Release: May 15, 2017
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603815819
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***

About the Author

Sharon St. George’s writing credits include three plays, several years writing advertising copy, a book on NASA’s space food project, and feature stories too numerous to count. She holds dual degrees in English and Theatre Arts, and occasionally acts in, or directs, one of her local community theater productions. Sharon is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and she serves as program director for Writers Forum, a nonprofit organization for writers in northern California.

Links to connect with Sharon:
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from the book Salt Creek.

Euphorbias-are easy to grow perennial plants that are tough and have a few problems.

Bollard- is a short post designed to guide traffic.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from Salt Creek.

Pg.202
We went into the house. Papa fetched Mama's workbasket and left the house again.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Mailbox Monday




Mailbox Monday

No new books last week, how about you?

Reading:
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word is taken from the book, Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar.

Stanchion- a frame that holds the head of a cow in place, especially to facilitate milking.