Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: When We Found Home by Susan Mallery


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from When We Found Home by Susan Mallery:

"I want to take you out Saturday night."

"Okay. Text me when and where."

"I'll pick you up at seven."

She nodded because she was afraid if she tried to speak, she would throw up. Maybe she would regardless. Or maybe everything was going to be perfectly fine. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery



I'm halfway through this wonderful book! When We Found Home by Susan Mallery comes out on Tuesday, July 10th. It's full of heart and humor and you should definitely get it! #whenwefoundhome #books #reading #readeveryday

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July to those who are celebrating today! Have fun, enjoy your family and friends and please, be safe out there!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Captivated by Nora Roberts


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from Captivated by Nora Roberts:

"I wonder if you've got a handy spell for getting my foot out of my mouth?"

"Oh, I think you can manage that on your own." Ordinarily she would have dismissed him, but there must be some reason she'd been drawn across the shop to him. Morgana didn't believe in accidents. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hello July

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I have always felt like summer really begins once July hits. I think that is because as a child we usually traveled in July. We often took road trips to see family in July and it was something my brother and I looked forward to so much. Also, in the United States we celebrate the 4th of July. One of my uncles has a birthday on July 3rd so we often had a huge family get together that would last the first few days of July. 

Now, my kids have been out of school for a couple of weeks and we have family visiting. We're going to be part of a nice family celebration on the 4th. We're going to a pool/birthday party tomorrow and the beach the day after that. So yeah, July feels like the official start of summer to us and it is glorious! 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Camp NaNoWriMo

I'm sitting here thinking about the fact that we are halfway through 2018 and I remembered that I signed up to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo! I can't believe that I forgot but I did! At least I have an idea of what I want to write. While we have a lot going on this coming month - family visiting, friends' birthday parties and tap dance performances - I do feel confident that I can participate and meet my writing goals for July's Camp NaNoWriMo. Is anyone else going to camp in July?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Newsies cast on Dancing With the Stars



We recently saw a rendition of Newsies at a local theatre. It was amazing! This combines two of our favorites. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: The Hangman's Companion by Joseph Flynn


Teaser Tuesday is newly hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To play along, just do the following:

- Grab your current read 

- Open to a random page 

- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page 

- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) 

- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teaser. 

My teaser this week is from The Hangman's Companion by Joseph Flynn:

A good match called for complimentary qualities. Strengths and weaknesses that meshed like finely machined gears. That was why Patti had been happy with Andy Grant, why she was happy with him. They hadn't duplicated, didn't duplicate, each other. They filled in each other's gaps. Completed each other, if you wanted to get sappy about it. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Enjoying a series

I am a huge fan of book series. I have recently discovered The Jim McGill series by Joseph Flynn. There are ten books in this series and I am a little more than 3/4 through the second book. Jim McGill is the husband of the first female president of the United States. The first book is called The President's Henchman and the following is the blurb1 of 5 stars:

As we've just seen, it's only a matter of time--and not that long a time--before the United States elects its first female president. Which will make her husband--what?
Well, if he's the ex-cop who solved the murder of the president's first husband and brought the killers to justice...and if he's not the kind of guy to stand on formality...and if he doesn't want to be the head of the FBI...and if he takes out a license and becomes the first private eye to live in the White House...
That would make him The President's Henchman.
Jim McGill's first case is to find out who is stalking a member of the White House press corps, before that stalker turns the tables on McGill and maybe even threatens the president herself. He also has to be a shadow adviser to a young Air Force investigator who is looking into a he-said-she-said charge of adultery leveled against a female colonel working at the Pentagon, a case with the potential to derail the new president's administration before it has a chance to begin.
The second book in the series is called The Hangman's Companion and here is the blurb:
Always a good sport, Jim McGill, the first private-eye to live in the White House, agrees to accompany his wife, the president, to London to be her escort at a dinner given by the queen—yes, the one who lives in Buckingham Palace. Problem is, he’ll have a week in England beforehand, while the president attends a G8 meeting, with nothing to do.

Then a client comes to McGill, the daughter of a former Chicago cop McGill knew but didn't like when he was a captain on the CPD. McGill’s former colleague went to Paris to scatter the ashes of his late, French-born wife in the Seine. While tending to that solemn obligation, the former cop managed to get into a brawl with and kill France’s national sports hero. The guy from Chicago claims he was only saving a blonde woman from being beaten by the Frenchman, as French law actually required him to do. Only problem is, the blonde has disappeared.

The former cop’s daughter asks McGill to find the woman and save her father.

Beats glad-handing the locals in nearby London, he decides. He just has to wrap up the case in time to get to dinner with the president and the queen.
 
I am thoroughly enjoying this series so far and am so glad a friend recommended the first book to me.





















Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: The President's Henchman by Joseph Flynn

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I posted this review on GoodReads also.

I LOVED this book! It was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad I read it! It's the first in a series and I've already got the second book ready to go.

Jim McGill is the husband to the first female president of the United States. As a retired Chief of Police he isn't interested in being idle during his wife's years as president. He goes to work as a Private Investigator in Washington D.C. - much to the annoyance of the head of the Secret Service.

This book is full of twists and turns - both politically and personally - but it is thoroughly entertaining. McGill and Patti (his wife and the president) have their plates full adjusting to their new lives but they handle it with class, intelligence and a smidge of under-handedness but done for all the right reasons.

There is a large cast of characters in this book but Flynn does a good job making all of them believable and fleshed out. The story lines were tied up in a satisfactory way by the end of the book. And there was a cliffhanger that made me want to immediately buy the second book in the series. I look forward to continuing on this fictional journey of McGill's and Patti's.