Mailbox Monday: A crafty mailbox and a little Austen

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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Happiness is books in my mailbox and I have a very crafty mailbox to share this week. Aside from books in the mail, our elf on the shelf Noel showed up this week also. He has been hanging out around my book shelves.

Sunset in Central Park  by Sarah Morgan arrived via AmazonVine. This one caught my eye because it has two things I enjoy, romance and New York.

In the chaos of New York, true love can be hard to find, even when it’s been right under your nose all along…

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Excerpt from Pound For Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life

Good morning everyone. I hope your weekend is going well. I hope to spend a good chunk of mine relaxing, reading and just enjoying some downtime.

Today I am posting an excerpt from Pound For Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life by Shannon Kopp. Being an animal lover and having my own two fur babies at home, I happily accepted a review copy of Shannon’s memoir from FSB Associates. I know how therapeutic having four legged friends can be and how much joy that bond can bring. Shannon’s story intrigued me and I will be sharing my thoughts on her book sometime next week.

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Read on for the excerpt….

At 7 a.m., my name was called for “Morning Vitals.” Light poured in through the windows and I begrudgingly changed out of my boyfriends T-shirt into a white paper gown. I wanted to sleep more. I wanted coffee. I wanted to kiss Danny. I wanted to kill the shepherd-eyes woman, who was now sleeping peacefully. Apparently, it wasn’t her turn yet for vitals.

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The Diverse Books Tag

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Happy Sunday everyone. Lady Disdain tagged me to play along and participate in the Diverse Books Tag.

Here is more on the tag from The Diverse Book Blog ….

The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.

If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.

Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. So there’s no excuse! The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community.

Here is my list…..

 

“Find a book starring a lesbian character.”

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I haven’t read Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters but this book came to mind when I was getting my list ready. This is an author I have been meaning to read for some time.

A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King – oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End ‘tom’.

Nan is captivated by the music hall phenomenon that is Kitty Butler, a male impersonator extraordinaire treading the boards in Canterbury. Through a friend at the box office, Nan manages to visit all her shows and finally meet her heroine. Soon after, she becomes Kitty’s dresser and the two head for the bright lights of Leicester Square where they start an all-singing and dancing double act. At the same time, behind closed doors, they admit their attraction to each other and their affair begins.

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Top Ten Tuesday May 31: Beach Reads Week

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May 31: Beach Reads Week — top ten great beach reads, ten books I plan to read on the beach, ten beach reads for those who don’t like typical ~beach reads~, ten authors who are my go-to for beach reads, etc.

You had me at “beach” and “read”. When I think of beach reads, I think of books that are engrossing and have me turning the pages quickly. Here is my list….

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1. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves is contemporary romance set on a beach, and I think it is a great summertime read.

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day….

 

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2. The Siren by Tiffany Reisz  became an instant favorite. This is juicy erotic fiction that makes for a great beachy read.

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

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Really Random Tuesday: Bates Motel, The Revenant and etc.

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Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends–announcements, musings, quotes, photos–any blogging and book-related things you can think of. I often announce my book giveaway winners in these posts. If you have miscellaneous book news to gather up and are inspired by this idea, “grab” the button for use on your own blog. RRT is hosted by the lovely Suko.

Happy Tuesday, a little bit early because I know tomorrow I probably will not get time to log onto my computer to post.
I figured I would just chat your eyes off about a few things this evening. Also, thank you all for wishing me well when I mentioned my mystery allergic reaction a few days ago. I saw the allergist today and she wants to see me in a few more weeks once the meds are fully out of my system so she can do some skin testing. It seems to be something I am touching rather than eating that is the culprit.

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So, this is Otis after his visit to the groomer recently. He looks like he is smiling doesn’t he? He also came home scented like watermelon since the scent is part of the grooming service (as if he’s an air freshener lol). He’s a long haired chihuahua but I prefer to keep him trimmed during the warmer seasons.

On another note, I recently binged watched the first three seasons of Bates Motel on Netflix and have just been completely hooked. It is based on the original  Alfred Hitchcock movie “Psycho” and gives the backstory of Norman and his mother Norma.

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