Please Excuse Our Progress

Please Excuse Our Progress

  If you’ve stopped by from the Mini-Bloggiesta Challenge Post I hope you will check back with me in September.  The tutorial will be even better then!  Of all weekends for my blog site to go kapooey it had to be now!  A designer I had worked with on this particular design has gone awol and the phenomenal Ashley from Creative Whim is on her honeymoon and graduating college!  Hopefully next week Ashley can work her magic and have my blog back up and running like usual.  I am so so sorry for the inconvenience!  

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Book Review + Giveaway: The Book of Life

Book Review + Giveaway: The Book of Life

*NO SPOILERS AHEAD* Every now and then I need a departure from the typical genres I enjoy and The Book of Life certainly fits the bill.  Beginning with A Discovery of Witches I was drawn into Diana Bishop’s strength and her career as a historian.  The love interest that began in A Discovery of Witches with Matthew Clairmont, researcher and scientist extraordinaire was fleshed out in Shadow of Night.  Now in The Book of Life Matthew and Diana are back in the present at Sept-Tours, Matthew’s family compound and not all are happy to see them together. A quick recommendation – read the last couple of chapter of Shadow of Night before jumping into The Book of Life.  There’s so many characters that having the refresher will help you know who’s who.  Another idea is to use the handy dandy Character Cheat Sheet.  I kept this pulled up on my smart… Read more »

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Quotables: Clarity

Quotables: Clarity

  Susan Gregg Gilmore shares timeless truths through her coming-of-age novel Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen.  The young protagonist Catherine Grace kept me laughing and crying all in the same sentence. Here’s hoping you find yourself enjoying sweet delicious ice cream, helping some young’uns catch a few lightning bugs, and cooling off a bit at the local lake this weekend! Cheers Lovely Reader!

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Book Review: Dollbaby

Book Review: Dollbaby

  I cannot recall where I read about this book but it sounded like THE perfect southern fiction read to tempt me away from the tumbling stack of review books.  Southern fiction has soared to the top of my favorite genre – it’s like coming home although I’m already home.  I’m guessing most of us feel that way when we read novels from our particular culture? Twelve year old Ibby {short for Liberty Alice Bell} loses her beloved father in a tragic biking accident, Ibby’s mother moves her from Washington state to New Orleans {practically another country} and then drops Liberty off in front of her paternal grandmother’s home holding the urn with her father’s ashes.  Ibby’s mother, Vidrine, doesn’t even see fit to walk Ibby inside to meet the grandmother she never knew.  Vidrine and her late husband’s mother, Fannie, did not get along to put things a bit… Read more »

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Book Club Read: Orange is the New Black

Book Club Read: Orange is the New Black

  So y’all know I adore my book club with all my heart and think they are the coolest bunch of ladies in town, right? Well, now I have proof! Check out this picture of us vamping for the camera in our best orange {and black} for the July book club event. We are missing a handful of ladies but we still had an intense discussion about Orange is the New Black {both the book and the Netflix series.} I didn’t get a picture of the food we had as I was starving and not even thinking about sharing with y’all. We decided that none of us wanted a taste of prison food so instead each of us brought a dish we would miss the most if we found ourselves in a prison cell. I have to tell you the absolute sweetest thing – my daughter Gabrielle {below on far… Read more »

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