Monday Mumbles: End of Year Recap 2017

2017 has been hard. Hubby’s job fizzled and he was stuck searching for a job without warning in a very expensive area to live. When none of the possibilities moved fast enough, we had to leave the PNW that we loved to return to the southeast (which isn’t quite so beloved). Even reading wasn’t easy. Most of the books I read were re-reads of previous favorites while the new books failed to wow me. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: End of Year Recap 2017”

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Blind Date with a Book #1

An idea scrolled across my social media feed a while back and bounced around in my skull for a bit (as these things are wont to do). Take a book, wrap it up, give only the barest bits of info on it, and then give it away. What a groovy idea! I’m weird. I like shopping for things I’ll give away. So, I rushed out, grabbed some books – some I’ve read and some I haven’t – and wrapped them up. Who wants one? Continue reading “Blind Date with a Book #1”

Rec a Series: Alpha and Omega

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. This month, I’m shining the spotlight on a series that branched off an insanely popular Urban Fantasy series. Take one insanely dominant werewolf enforcer second only to the Marrok, add in a brutalized female werewolf who falls outside of pack hierarchy, and you’ve got a match guaranteed to provide a few ulcers to even the most powerful wolf. If you love Mercy Thompson, you really need to check out Alpha and Omega. Continue reading “Rec a Series: Alpha and Omega”

Monday Mumbles: Beverly Cleary

On April 12, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 101st birthday. If you’re a person of a certain age, you’ve probably read one of her books. Henry Huggins, Ramona the Pest, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle were all popular books in middle-school, but the book I immediately associate with Cleary is her Young Adult sweet romance, Fifteen. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Beverly Cleary”

Rec a Series: The Others

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I’m so far behind on posting stuff that I don’t need the History Channel. Unlike the History Channel, however, I won’t blame it on aliens. I blame it on finally, finally finishing Petri and getting it ready for publication. More on that later! For now, let’s talk about a new-to-me series and author I stumbled across because the author was giving a reading with Patricia Briggs. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Others”

Rec a Series: The Elemental World

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I’m a week behind from when I normally post one of these and had to scramble to find a series I could gush over without reservation. I had a few choices, but decided to go with one of my favorite authors: Elizabeth Hunter. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Elemental World”

Rec a Series: Kate Daniels

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I had a moment of stunned disbelief when I realized I hadn’t covered this series. It’s amazingly glorious. It’s one of the first Urban Fantasy series folks think of when one mentions UF. And I hadn’t mentioned it yet. This…is not good. Let me remedy that now and dive into the alternate reality of Atlanta after the return of magic. I present to you… Continue reading “Rec a Series: Kate Daniels”