Funeral Parlors, Emergency Rooms, Drugs and Obsessions with a Merman. So What Are You Reading?

A Grave Issue: A Funeral Parlor Mystery by [Lillian Bell]   A new series by Lillian Bell that is right up my reading alley! A Funeral Parlor Mystery! I’ve just started this one and already I’m hooked!

No One Can Know: A Stillwater General Mystery by [Lucy Kerr] A Stillwater General Mystery is looking interesting as well.

Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel by [Brown, Taylor] “A fresh, authentic, and eloquent new voice in American fiction.” – Robert Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of Gap Creek

The Pisces: A Novel by [Broder, Melissa] An uproariously funny, gloriously strange, fiercely original tale of love, obsession, sex…and a merman

These are what I’m reading for the next few days. A little bit of everything thrown in there. My Cozy Authors Group tells me I will love the funeral parlor one and they are almost always right.

What are you reading or writing this week? I also read a new book titled EAT YOUR VEGETABLES; BOLD RECIPES FOR THE SINGLE COOK and it sucked. Seriously the only thing in there I would consider eating is the beans. One recipe for beans, as if we don’t know how to run a slow cooker. Very disappointing.

Have yourself a lovely Sunday! Grab a book and go on an adventure!

xx Patricia

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Booked For The Weekend!

Gods of Howl Mountain, award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina.

Lucy Kerr’s riveting second Stillwater General Mystery,No One Can Know.

My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of the psychological thriller makes all the right moves in this new novel of spellbinding suspense.

Although the sun is shining brightly this morning, it is still in the 30’s so I have these books to keep me warm this weekend. The first Saturday we have had off together in 3 years! So of course the sun is making a promise she can’t keep. If it’s going to be cold the sun shouldn’t advertise warmth!

xx Patricia   Grab a book and a cup!

Monday, The Step-Child of the Week Days!

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There is just something about Monday. Most people would rather skip it but as mature adults we must turn off the alarm and stumble to the tea/coffee pot.

The hubs is changing his hours from being off Tuesday and Wednesday to being off Friday and Saturday. To get to that he has to work 12 days in a row or something similar. So Monday will continue to be a work day. Although he actually gets dressed and goes to work. While I stumble out of bed, brush my teeth, grab my tea and head to my office in my jammies. Any change in schedule throws the Anxiety Fairy into high gear but for some reason she just hasn’t shown up. That’s a win in my book!

This week-end I finished The Silent Girls by Dylan Young with bookouture and Perish by Lisa Black with Kensington. Both bloody, messy, serial killers and I loved every gory minute of it. I actually had two Kindles going and my Amazon Fire, so if anyone’s battery was getting low I could just grab another device. That’s how good these were. They both come out this month.

Today I’m starting I’ll Stay by Karen Cleveland.  Enjoy your Monday, be full of gratitude that you woke up!

xx Patricia

I Think I Love The Rain Because I’m A Mermaid Too Far From The Ocean

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Anticipating the rain as the clouds are gray and heavy this morning. There really is nothing like a good book, a nice cozy nook and a good cup of coffee or tea. And on a Sunday? That’s just about perfect.

With the house already full of the smell of bean soup and all my chores complete, I’m tucking into a seriously disturbed mind of a serial killer. This guy is Silence of the Lambs good! I want to go to prison and talk to him. And I have a feeling this won’t be the last we see of this character and his creator.

Today I’m taking a break to enjoy the day. And plan for the National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama. I’m already wearing my Dawgs shirt and this game could get ugly with our rivalry.

Enjoy your Sunday! Read a book!

xx Patricia

The Best of My 2017 Awards!

It’s true. Today is your last reading day of the year! Have you met your Goodreads Challenge? All caught up on your Netgalley Reviews? Happy to say yes, I am. And following are some but by no means all of the best in their genres.

Best Debut Fiction:   Jennifer Irwin for A Dress The Color of The Sky. A book about addictions and breaking cycles. Movie rights have already been grabbed by Reese Witherspoon! I admire Jennifer so much for her work ethic and her writing skills!

A Dress the Color of the Sky

Best Historical Fiction: Katherine Arden for the follow-up to her award-winning The Bear and The Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower which was just as brilliant as the first book!

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

Best Thriller: Karin Slaughter with The Good Daughter. Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

The Good Daughter

Best Suspense Thriller: J.T.Ellison with Lie to Me. This was such a web of lies and deceit, you won’t unravel it until the spider is ready to jump!

Lie to Me

Best Crime Thriller:  Don Winslow with The Force. Another brilliant contribution by a favorite author! No one does crime like Winslow!

The Force

Best Horror Crime: J.D.Barker with The Fourth Monkey! Fans of the movie Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

 

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller, #1)

Best Cozy Mystery: A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron

A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Mystery #3)

Best Non-Fiction: Helene Cooper with Madame President.The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Best Mystery: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night

Best Cookbook:  The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews

The Beach House Cookbook

Best General Fiction: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward who blew my mind with this book set in my Mississippi town.

Sing, Unburied, Sing

There could be hundreds more of the over 200 I read this year, but all of these I have read more than once, so that says a lot when you have a TBR list as long as mine.

What were your Best Reads of the Year?

So 2017 all I can say to you is Good bye!

Where Are You Christmas with Faith Hill

I am also a lot of other things

It seems we have made it to Friday! Hopefully all in one piece and if your children are out of school, with your marbles intact!

I’m pretty sure everyone will have a busy weekend with Christmas being Monday. The kids are packing up and heading to their Dad’s in Dallas. And here at home things are just going all haywire.

My Mother is still in hospital after falling out of Susi’s truck and breaking her pelvis and since she lives in the northern most portion of North Dakota, the hospital is probably the best place to be right now.

Our Country Club family is just that to us. Family. And at this time we are all hurting. On Monday one of the employees had a stroke at work and is now in hospital. Tommy’s boss and our bestest friend had a horrible respiratory thing last week and last night was taken to ICU with brain swelling. Tomorrow we bury Uncle Richard.

So all of our carefully laid plans just got swiped left. And while I thought the Anxiety Fairy would show her face with all of this going on and the kids out of school for holidays, apparantly she got face palmed by the Priority Fairy. People are hurting and we need to be there for them.

This next week is a time for inner reflection and a time to let go of any negativity in your life. To give thanks for all the friends and family who have gone before, for their role in our lives, a time to honor those who are still with us and to sit quietly and plan for the future. Let go of anything that hasn’t worked for you and surround yourself with positive love, energy and people.

I hope you enjoy one of my all time favorite songs!

xx Patricia