Another bright and sunny Monday morning here in Oklahoma City. These are the books I have coming out tomorrow! All of them really good. Reviews are already up on the site if you are looking for details!
It was a rain-free and hot weekend! Miss Charli stayed overnight on Friday. She tried on her dress, which is adorable! This lady is so talented and I love that she makes each one. In the USA.
She and I went shopping as she has had a major growth spurt and needed new pants and Fall clothes.
They loved their new rooms and the craft table. Little Miss registered her own Firestick and proceeded to watch all the seasons of Stranger Things, again… And brush her hair. This is a new thing. Normally she hates brushing her hair but we found a great tangle-free brush and she sat in front of that mirror brushing her hair for hours.
We were just about to go into the mall when I remembered I had called Clothes Mentor in Edmond and had them hold a pair of Donald Pliner boots I wanted. So out of the mall and on to Edmond. I was not losing these boots!
So we ended up at T.J.Maxx and Charli tripped trying on jeans and smacked her nose on the wall. Luckily she took a few seconds to shed a tear or two and PaPa quickly brought a cup of ice to her. She and I have the same issue with pants. If they fit in the length, they are too big in the waist. Thank goodness for skinny jeans with a bit of stretch to them! We found several pairs and some new tops and hoodies, underwear and socks. I was too upset to even look at anything after I injured the child! We came home and had dinner and she gave us a fashion show.
On Saturday we went to the lake. Trying to string that summer tan along. The water was choppy so we got in a great work out. Probably the last really good one for a few weeks. We are knee-deep in birthday prep for Corbin this Saturday. This Saturday is also the Oklahoma Book Festival and I’m going to that first. Scott Pelley will be headlining along with Anne Hillerman. So I’ll have a full day for that and then it’s off to the party at the park with dinner and Corbin wanted Papa to get them a hotel room at the Marriott and have a boys night. I’m pretty sure that means pizza and swimming. The next Saturday is the Bachelor party weekend at Firelake Casino and Golf Course. And the next Saturday is the wedding!
Luckily all of the pies are made and in the freezer except for the Key Lime and we’ll do those the day before.
Have yourself a good week and be kind.
It was raining when I went to bed and it just now stopped. More is forecasted and we do really need some rain. And it’s Friday the 13th so it’s a mood setter.
This morning I’m sipping on this lovely new tea I found at Barnes and Noble when I was picking up my copy of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This Harney & Sons tea is so delicate and full of ginger and lemon flavor. Great for the tummy and the book, well, we’ve waited a long time for this one!
So I’m all set for the weekend. What will you be doing? Or reading?
Miss Charli Ava is coming over today to try on a dress and see her new bedroom. I’m so excited. I’ve been working hard on this room and it all came together last night. Charli and I are going to buy scrapbook supplies to make her a book of her life. As most of you know, we didn’t get her until she was two, so no baby pictures at all. But never fear, I found someone to send me those and I can’t wait for her to see them. This is on her second birthday. The day we met her.
One of the loves of my life! It’s going to be a fun day! I hope yours is as well. Enjoy your weekend and be kind today. It’s free.
THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER #2 Sometimes the truth will get you killed.
The first book in this series is a novella titled ” The Undertaker’s Daughter”, followed by ” The Secrets We Bury”. Both books are important to the third.
Dr. Rowan Dupont knows death. Living above her family funeral home she shared her home with it. She knew how to embalm a body before most of us had kissed a boy.
Her story begins as she is working with the Nashville police as a psychiatric consultant. She has a nose for killers and in return, they are very interested in her. But when she fails to recognize that someone very close to her is one, she runs home to Winchester, Tennessee. She is still haunted by dreams of her twin sister’s death, her mother’s suicide and the serial killer who followed her home.
Along with her life long pal Chief Billy, who I love, she is trying her best to stay out of the crosshairs of Julian Addington, a prolific serial killer who wants her more than anything. But why? When a body comes into the funeral home with a tattoo of her mother’s name on his back, Rowan knows this means something, she just isn’t sure what. Then the body disappears and the Feds are back to following her around.
This is the main story. Rowan’s fight to find the truth about her sister’s death and her mother’s suicide. Her mothers’ journals are cryptic and full of death. Was she obsessed with serial killers or was she one herself? As the bodies continue to stack up, nothing makes any sense. And of course, it doesn’t because there is another story inside of the main one.
I would suggest you read the first two books first. Just so you know who all of the players are. I absolutely love this series and Rowan and Billy need to quit dancing around each other and get together. IMHO.
Very Well Done!
NetGalley/Expected publication: September 17th, 2019 by MIRA
In small towns, no one lets the facts get in the way of juicy gossip…
In the small town of Summer Hill, Virginia, Terri Rayburn has a reputation that hangs over her like a black cloud.
Summer Hill is a town divided. The lake people and the town people. The lake property is mainly Terri’s fathers and she lives on the lake in her family home. She works hard at everything from repairing a boat motor to dragging tourists out of the water. She knows her place and it is the lake.
When she returns home to find a man in her house, she smells a rat. Are her father and uncle trying to fix her up with a man? A man who is engaged to the Mayor’s daughter?
Nate is a good man. He gets along with everyone and is very good at what he does. But now he’s out of that business and looking to settle down. But with who? As Terri and Nate settle into a friendship that sizzles, Nate is hearing some nasty rumors about Terri and her mother, who disappeared long ago. Nasty rumors have always circulated about what happened.
With the help of a lot of good people, Nate discovers the truth about Terri’s mother and it will change everything. But will he find out who he is and who he wants?
A great summer read with a strong female lead. The characters were great and I hope we hear more from them all!
NetGalley/ September 17th, 2019 by MIRA
In the New York Times, bestselling author Nevada Barr’s gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she’s trapped in her worst nightmare
Rose Dennis has always been quirky if that is what you call a woman who takes astral journeys and paints wild paintings that sell for big money. She married Harley later in life and when he died she was all of a sudden crazy.
But it takes Rose the entire book to figure out why. She wakes up from a drug-induced fog after suffering a severe case of the flu only to find out she is in some kind of mental institution. It’s really a Memory Care Unit for people with early-onset dementia or full Alzheimers. But why is she here? Now that the drugs keeping her compliant are out of her system and she has no intention of taking any more. Especially after hearing voices in the hall outside of her room saying she won’t last out the week.
Rose is a very self-sufficient woman. It doesn’t take long for her to sneak out and disappear into the woods. Unfortunately, she is found rather quickly and returned.
This only makes her more determined to get out and find out who put her here. So she’s faking taking her meds and stockpiling them. After a daring escape, she ends up back at her house. Just as she is doubting her own sanity, a man breaks into her house trying to kill her. Okay, so not crazy. But how is she going to prove that? And what about all of the other people left behind. Are they just drugged too?
Along with her 13-year-old granddaughter, Mel and her reclusive, cat-obsessed sister, Marion, who by the way is NOT a hacker (right) and Mel’s friend Royal they are determined to find out the truth. Is someone killing people for profit? And could Mel and Rose be next? Who is willing to kill to get their hands on Rose’s millions?
I thought this was a really good read. The characters were interesting and fun. I’ve seen some reviews talking about Rose and an elderly woman climbing a roof. First, 68 is not elderly. 88 may be elderly but the lady I box with is 68 and she can get on her roof and install new shingles!
NetGalley/September 17th, 2019 by Minotaur Books
It may say September on the calendar, but it’s still in the ’90s here. I am trying hard to ignore Pumpkin Spice anything. So instead I made a cup of Harney & Sons, Heirloom Bartlett Pear Tea, which smells like Summer in a cup and I have the new Stuart Woods featuring my book boyfriend, Stone Barrington. Rich, handsome and suave…
I took a little break this weekend. I checked into the Marriott and swam and laid out in the sun for hours. Then we went to H & H gun range and checked out something I want. Since Cracker Barrel was right across the street I had to go check out all the pretty things they’ve added for Fall. In one store there was Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Yep, all there just hanging together. The smells alone were confusing! Was it pumpkin spice, apple cider, or Christmas tree smell? Actually, it was all of them but I bought the one that smelled like a Christmas tree to sprinkle in OU Boy’s closet. His laundry basket gets a bit smelly at times. I also found a cute fedora hat! Cracker Barrel, where you can shop and eat! Love it.
I found these cutie little stands for the wedding, along with some nice baskets. The wedding room is filling up quickly! I’ve had to move it all into my bedroom because we ordered new beds for the kids and I needed the room back.
It was a great football weekend as well. Except for that LSU win. Ugly. The only time I’ll cheer for Texas is if they play LSU. Sorry, Lisa!
I’ve been gradually reducing my workload so I can retire in the Spring. I’ve gotten my home and personal life streamlined now so as soon as this wedding kicks off I should be stress-free!
OH, I also brought out the Fall and Winter Teas. Okay, I moved them to the front of the cabinet. And just like that, I wanted Gingerbread! lol
Happy Monday Y’all!
Christmas from the Heart has helped so many people in the small town of Pine River, Washington, and Olivia Berg is carrying on the tradition of her mother and her grandmother and great-grandmother. Running a non-profit is difficult at the best of times, but Christmas seems to be the time they all are asking for donations.
This year they are falling short. Times are tough everywhere and this year their major donor must say no.
Guy Hightower is at his wits end with his two older brothers lack of planning and control of their company. Being the youngest makes it hard to get your voice heard over your older brothers. Cuts must be made if this company is to succeed. They’ve all gotten used to living the high life and driving expensive cars. And this year their donations went to more high profile charities. It’s just business.
But Olivia has no intention of taking no for an answer as she hounds the man and his poor secretary. What’s a girl to do?
Much like a Hallmark Movie, the poor guy winds up in Pine River, stranded by his Masarati in the snow and guess who is driving by and offers him a ride? Yep. He uses a fake name once he realizes who she is and then they proceed to bring joy and happiness to the town. Until she finds out who he is.
Olivia could be a bit of a bully, but this was a nice read with a cup of holiday tea and it made me laugh a lot. So many misunderstandings, but also a lot of forgiveness and love.
September 24th, 2019 by Mira Books NetGalley Reads