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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Holiday Reading ~ November 9 - 18 1.11.18



NOVEMBER
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Ready for Holiday Reading?
Kimberly of Caffeinated Reviewer is ready with the annual
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HoHoHo Readathon

Check the above for details , signup, and share your reads !
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Find updates on social media using #HoHoHoRAT
and add your wintry participation !

As I begin this readathon week,
What am I Reading ?
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Find my #HoHoHo Progress Here

Currently :


Final read for #HoHoHo readathon
2018
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12- a collection of 4 short stories -
mysteries - by P.D. James








*So far . . .

Completions:

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11- A Tale of Two HeartsBook 2 of Michelle Griep's Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series

I'm captivated!  Historical details, unique characterization, 
suspense ~ all keep me stealing moments to discover more . . .

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10 - Murder for Christmas - A new to me author and mystery series,
audio version,

always a personal Christmas reading treat that grabs my attention...
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9- Marilla of Green Gables

- Marilla's story, poignantly written by Sarah McCoy.
A full section of Christmas captured as
Marilla's House of Dreams - in reference to the
novel, Anne's House of  Dreams.  Tears and tissues !

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8 - Merry Without Malice -
Colorado town Christmas lights show
What could go wrong? ! a cozy novella
- P Creeden author

 
    7- Christmas at Rose Hill Farm
 Beautiful multi layered story of
love, faith, and second chances by
Suzanne W Fisher

 

6- Christmas Rayne -
A novella of Christmas romance x2 

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5 - Catching Christmas  ~ 2018 contemporary release
I absolutely love the cover! It caught me from the first and having read the story,
it's definitely a cue to the quirky fun of taxi driver Finn!
Capably captivating writing of a pro, my laughter rang loud
and my tears flowed generously.
A do.not.miss
for this season's reading!
Thank you! ~ Terri Blackstock

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A Christmas Tragedy ~1
a new to me and much enjoyed Joan Hickson in this Miss Marple audio listen as she
decries having missed clues in an earlier mystery. . .        - Agatha Christie 
2 ~ The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding   audio listen of this annual Hercule Poirot British Christmas treat ~ Agatha Christie
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The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery  ~ 3
The newest 2018 entry in Maggie Hope series took me back to Scotland's western shores, wintry weather and a WWI suspense filled mystery - Susan Elia MacNeal






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4 ~ Christmas in Whispering Pines 
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Colorado wintry setting for this netgalley new to me
historic fiction series of love, mystery, murder and mayhem
western style
~ Scarlett Dunn  
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Hosted by Kathryn
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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Sunday Conversation: Psalms The Message with Bono & Eugene Peterson 28.10.18


SUNDAY CONVERSATION

PSALMS ~ THE MESSAGE

with

Bono and Eugene Peterson 

a unique and recent conversation [2016] between Irish musician, Bono,
and Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message Bible
who passed to his eternal home this week October 22, 2018

Concepts of unvarnished truths as recorded in the book of Psalms,
valued as honesty in communicating life and faith.
Creativity in expression. 
Openness.
Vulnerability.

Blessings

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Outstanding thoughts and responses for you as you listened?

We'd love to hear them . . .

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Friday, 26 October 2018

Friday Book Intros & Inspy 26.10.18



Hello Friday !

~ Welcome ~
to the weekend
&
today's book sharing 

A historical fiction fan, I'm reading Sandra Byrd's New October Release


 Lady of a Thousand Treasures 

Here's the First Chapter First Paragraph Intro . . .


SEPTEMBER 1866
WATCHFIELD HOUSE, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND

A threading of voices spooled throughout the expansive chamber wherein we waited, voices so decently quiet as to be murmurs.  All present quickened as lightning pierced the ground just outside the wide panel of windows, like a finger pointing deep within the earth  Perhaps it was the good Lord's way of informing us exactly where the soul of the recently departed had found its final resting place.
I did not believe Lord Lydney had ascended.


* BOOK GIVEAWAY * Giveaway Info HERE *

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and happily sharing it with Gilion 's Book Beginnings on Fridays
at Rose City Reader

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 First Chapter First Paragraph Intro linkup hosted by 
Vicki at I'd Rather Be at the Beach
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Carrie's First Line Fridays at Hoarding Books
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What books have you been reading?
Ready to share ?

{ find more first line invitations and add yours to the mix too ! }

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Thanks for Tweeting Pinning and Sharing !

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Teacup Tuesday 23.10.18


Taking my Tuesday Tea Break . . .

Join Me . . . ?
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Monday, 8 October 2018

New Release + GIVEAWAY : LADY OF A THOUSAND TREASURES by Sandra Byrd 9.10.18


CELEBRATING Today's NEW RELEASE !

Plus 
Goodreads
AMAZON GIVEAWAY til October 31.18

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Excited to Announce accomplished author, 
Sandra Byrd's
New Historical Fiction Series


VICTORIAN LADIES
and the

First Novel in Series

LADY OF A THOUSAND TREASURES
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Published by Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date October 9 2018
464 pages
Audiobook | eBook | Hardcover | Paperback
Recorded Books Audio
Narrated by Elizabeth Jasicki
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Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father's passing and her uncle's decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron's legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron's only living son.

Eleanor distrusts the baron's motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry's future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.With the threat of debtor's prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron's collection would win her favour among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers.

As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust--
who in her life is false or true, brass or gold
--and what is meant to be treasured.


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Amazon Giveaway on NOW to October 31st 2018
at
Goodreads
{ book title page }

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Monday, 1 October 2018

Autumn's Arrival 1.10.18


AUTUMN 

My favourite time of year.
There's an inner awareness of this seasonal change before the outward signs.
The beauty amazes me as its journey begins . . .
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Which season captivates you ?

Any particular reasons ?
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Photo sharing with Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy Image-in-ing
Peabea's Pictorial Tuesday 

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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Alphabet Soup Challenge 2018 1.9.18


Updating my annual 2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge
Books read ...
Hosted by Lori at Escape with Dollycas  for All the details . . .
Reading one book per alphabet letter fills our bowl.
[Drop the 'A' and 'The']
Read books that have titles that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

* The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting

**For those pesky Q, X and Z titles, the word with the challenge letter can be 
anywhere in the title.
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018.  You can join anytime.
**You do not have to review the book. Books can come from any genre.
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As Bright as Heaven - Susan Meissner

By the Book - Julia Sonneborn

The Confectioner's Tale - Laura Madeleine

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy
- Ann Cleeves

Emily's Quest - LM Montgomery

A False Mirror - Charles Todd

The Gate Keeper - Charles Todd

 Impossible Saints - Clarissa Harwood

Jane and the Wandering Eye - Stephanie Barron

Keeping the Castle - Patrice Kindl

Lady of a Thousand Treasures - Sandra Byrd

My First Book of Football - Sports Illustrated

Now it's Fall - Lois Lenski

Ordinary Extraordinary Jane Austen - Deborah Hopkinson

A Paris Year - Janice MacLeod

A Question of Honor - Charles Todd

A Refuge Assured - Jocelyn Green

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman

A Tiding of Magpies - Steve Burrows

Uniform Justice - Donna Leon

Victoria Intimate Home

The Weaver's Daughter - Sarah E Ladd

X

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Mr. Zinger's Hat - Cary Fagan
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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

AUSTEN IN AUGUST BEGINS ... 1.8.18



WELCOME TO 

I am a happy participant.  Whether reading Jane Austen novels
or checking out the variations, this month’s for Jane.
August 1st introduces the month long celebration of
#AusteninAugust hosted by Misty at The Book Rat blog .
Be sure to check out all the AIA action planned
along with guests.
My part?
August 1st begins the daily Jane Austen prompts
I’ve created to inspire participants who enjoy
or who might enjoy the creativity of book photography.
You may be joining us as an instagrammer,
or may already be a #janeausten #bookstagrammer .
Each of you are most welcome to participate at your level of interest.
Cheerleaders are definitely valued!  Clicking those likes and commenting
encourages every #AusteninAugust reader and bookstagrammer.
Find us using
#AustenInAugust on Instagram
[+ twitter – pinterest – fb – etc]
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@_eHope twitter – @faith.hope.cherrytea instagram – FaithHopeCherrytea pinterest - my board of Jane Austen HERE
@TheBookRat twitter –  @bookishmisty instagram – Misty TheBookRat pinterest
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The #Bookstagram Reading Challenge follows as listed.
Post a photo for the day’s prompt, then hashtag it
#AustenInAugust  add #JaneAusten if you’d like
so everyone can find and follow the new photos of Jane Austen related prompts.
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Choose the prompts that inspire you.  Take your photos anytime,
then post your #bookstagram corresponding to
the day of the prompts you’ve chosen.
[Or use a scheduling service such as Later.com to post for you]
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Book photography can be a creative focus that increases enjoyment of
our books on an additional level.  This month, it’s our Jane Austen collections.
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This also works for those who prefer to post photos to twitter, pinterest or fb.
Be sure to identify them with the same #hashtags as above.
Share your love and spread the word for Jane this #AustenInAugust.
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    Are you ready?   
Let’s Party! 
#AustenInAugust 
1 – Ready Set Go – 1stJane Austen book you’re reading
2 – Resources – TBR stack for #AustenInAugust
3- Travelin’ Band – fav JA roadtrippin’ reads
4- Silver Screen – 
any 5* JA movie recs? 
5- 2nd Time Around –
 2nd hand JA book find
6- Faith & Family – 
your fav JA quote
7- #BookmarkMonday – 
show your JA bookmarks
8- Tops – 
your top pick[s] of JA books
9- Party Time! –
 Anne Elliot’s Birthday!
10- JA Geometry – 
worst JA love triangle[s] 
11- Shopaholic – 
Best ever bookstore JA find
12- What’s New?-
 new JA  library find
13- Let’s Get Poetical – 
JA book spine poetry
14- On Deck –
 JA you’re reading right now
15- Day Out – 
show us your JA outdoors
16- Wordless Wednesday – JA book illustrations
17- Get Serious – nonfiction Jane
18- Showtime – 
show off your JA bookshelves
19- Most Wanted – 
your ‘must have’ JA novel
20- 
For Openers – fav JA chapter opening line[s]
21- Surround Sound –
 JA audiobook lovers 
22- Comfort Zone – 
your fav JA reading spot 
23- Waiting on Wednesday – 
JA you’re anticipating
24- Unfinished Business –
 JA/variations you dnf 
25- Up to Now – #AustenInAugust 
read so far…
26- Villainous – 
least liked JA character[s]
27- Favouritism – 
most liked JA character[s]
28- Memorabilia – 
JA items / memorabilia
29- News – 
what’s new in the world of Jane Austen ?
30- Last Word – 
have your say #AustenInAugust
31- That’s a Wrap – 
your #AustenInAugust completions
#AustenInAugust
Looking forward to discovering your Jane Austen
[and variation reading] during this entire month of August.~
HapPy Reading, Photographing, Quoting and #Bookstagramming !
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Adding our #AustenInAugust Challenge to the book discussions at
LINKING INFO for the PARTY
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Sunday, 29 July 2018

PARIS IN JULY 2018 - FINAL WEEK 29.7.18


It's definitely been a great idea for another year of posting
all things Paris and French
with our host Tamara at Thyme for Tea
Rather than quit the fun midweek
we're enjoying a full week to complete our posting
of art, music, books, food, style, sites, history and more.
Be sure to check out the lovely collection by worldwide bloggers.
Are there questions you're wishing you had answers for?
Why not have that discussion with friendly
and knowledgeable bloggers
on their favourite French topics!
A great gateway to new understanding of places and people.
I've read interesting journals of writers and artists
for this year's Parisien journey and highly  recommend them
for beauty and insights into Paris life.

Janelle McCulloch's

exploration of the City of Light's varied Arrondisements

and Janice MacLeod's adventures during her Paris Year
all artfully rendered and descriptively enticing...

I'd love to hear your recommendations!
My #ParisinJuly pinterest board is crammed full of 
scenic invitations to explore Paris.
Let me know your responses !
Any trips planned...?
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Find more blog discussions to enjoy with


Thank you for joining me for this closing week of our annual
Paris Adventure.
Perhaps you will plan to be with us next year?
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Au Revoir !
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