Lavender Love and Purple Chickens


I was inspired by Tony Burgess’s Blog yesterday showing off his hydrangea!

They are the most beautiful of flowers. They remind me of my little Gramma in South Carolina. Her house was surrounded by them and they made the best hiding places for all of the cousins to play in.

Have you ever seen the lilac Orpington hens? They are adorable! And no they don’t lay lavender eggs. But they do lay brown eggs and big ones. They are very sociable too.

Since we are a bit shaky on the power situation after yesterday and today’s storms, and waiting for the rest later in the day, I’ll be reading and sipping tea.  Right now I’m reading The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Very good book!

I’m also very impatiently waiting for the UPS man who is bringing me a box of books today according to my UPS tracker. I have no idea what is in there and that’s half of the anticipation!

Be Safe and enjoy this Friday….   xx Patricia



Hospitality and Homicide: Book 8 in the Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon *Release Day*

Hospitality and Homicide (A Tourist Trap Mystery #8)

Welcome back to South Cove! A beautiful little seaside town in California. This is the 8th book in this series. And things are coming along very well.

Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, is getting ready for Nathan Pike to return and do a signing at her shop while he is in town shadowing her hot cop boyfriend, Greg, for a week while working on his newest novel.

There are a lot of changes going on at the shop as workers come and go and Jill is still trying to finish up her business degree, run the shop, interview new employees and now it looks as though there is going to be a murder to solve. As well as answer a question posed by said hot cop.

Someone has killed a local B&B owner in the same manner as a character in Nathan’s new book. Who wanted this man dead? And who knew what Nathan was writing?

In this close knit community there is no shortage of odd citizens. And of course our girl Jill isn’t one to sit quietly on the sidelines whiler her man handles the detective work.

I really enjoyed this one! The characters continue to surprise me and are very well developed.

I have no problem recommending this book to all of you Cozy Mystery fans!

Thank yout to Netgalley and Kensington for this early copy! The book release date is May of 2017.


xx Patricia

Really, Can You Ever Have Too Many Books? ( The answer is no, shhh)


Yesterday was opening book gifts! There are actually more as some were Kindle editions. But these will keep me out of trouble for a while at least.

After the fiasco at the Phone Store, yesterday was perfect. OU Boy was home and washed my hair so I didn’t get any water in my new eye, which I am calling Drew now. Anyway, this man gives a mean head wash! I was like a cat purring it felt so good! So thanks for that!

We went out to lunch to a new pizza place. It was one of those experiences where you say, Well, we did that. Let’s not do it again. The pizza was really nice, but the televisions were all over but they were all muted so some canned music  could pump over the speakers. Really ticked me off as ESPN was on.

I think someone did some grocery shopping because there is food in the refrigerator. I know it wasn’t me though as I was otherwise engaged. I was reading a book by a self published author because someone asked me to as a favor. I won’t be doing that again.

Today, all my birthday people have left. Here I am all alone, with no supervision. So I am going to pop on my headphones and listen to my fellow Georgia Girl, Karin Slaughter’s book on audio while I try really hard to paint my toenails.

I hope your May is off to a good start. I know all of you gardeners are busy doing gardening things and the farmers are seeing new life born every day now, and I am just thankful that I can just lay around the pool in the sunshine being lazy.

xx Patriciabirthdaystuff

Reading Cozy Mysteries and Watching Movies


It is another grey and gloomy day here. Yesterday the sun was out and shorts were worn and then today I guess Mother Nature can’t make up her mind.

Since I have 14 book reviews in my folder waiting on release dates, I’m taking a few days to read some lovely cozy mystery books that are so Punny. Yes, I meant that. I love the titles these writers come up with!

Yesterday I spent 6 hours at the phone store. I am not exaggerating either! I was there when they opened and spent an entire shift with my customer service angel, Karen. In the end, everything got transferred and saved. I was also due for a free upgrade and they had none of that style in stock. apparently neither did any other store in the Metro, so they gave me an upgrade on the upgrade. So yesterday was spent transferring, reloading, and going through withdrawals from my old phone. I really loved that phone.

Birthday Week is coming along very nicely. Today is Go To The Movie In The Middle of The Day!!

xx Patricia     Have a wonderful Wednesday!

April Reads. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Who Is Rich?   Coming out July 4th of this year. Just a hint, but at the end I didn’t care who Rich was.


Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2) The second in the series and I am in love with this book! Release date is June 4th


Watching the Detectives (The Country Club Murders #5)  Meh…  May 23rd Release

Grief Cottage  Very interesting read!  Release Date is June 6th

The Simplicity of Cider   Ah….   Release Date is May 16th

The Godmothers: Spirited Away   Release Date is May 9th


The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice (A Bird Lover's Mystery, #3)  Coming out on May 16th

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth   Release Date is May 9th

These are some of what I’ve read in April. You will have to wait for release day to read what I thought of them. Out of the 24 books I read in April I really only had 2 or 3 that were just Meh…

Now back to our regularly scheduled reading. Other Countries by Jo Bannister.

xx Patricia  vangiegolf


The Godmothers: Spirited Away

Part Two of the New Three-Part Godmothers Serial!
The best of friends, Toots, Ida, Mavis, and Sophie have been there for each other through thick and thin. Now Sophie needs the rest of the Godmothers to help her through something they’ve never faced before . . .
There are no secrets between best friends. At least, Teresa “Toots” Loudenberry has always believed that to be the case. In the decades since she, Sophie, Ida, and Mavis met in Catholic school, they’ve shared all the joys and hardships of their colorful, extraordinary adventures. But right now, Toots can tell that Sophie is hiding something.

Sophie wishes she could confide in Toots. But she can’t reveal her hunch about her home’s history and the unhappiness that still seems to linger there. There’s too much at stake, including the safety of Toots’ daughter Abby and her twin girls. But though Toots, Ida, and Mavis are all entering new phases in their lives—and love lives—they won’t let Sophie face this challenge on her own . . .

I was really excited about this new novella series. These women have been friends since 7th grade and they have had some adventures.

In this second book, they have all moved to Charleston,South Carolina and Sophie is hiding a secret from the others. But not for long. Toots is way too nosy for that!

Somewhere in Sophie’s new house is a spirit that looks like it is there to destroy the entire house. Bt Sophie knows there is a story here and she will get to the bottom of it with help from her friends.

Nobody does strong women better than Fern Michaels. For some reason I feel better about life in general after reading her stories!

Good Job with this one and can’t wait for the next!   This one is out May 9th so check it out!

Gloomy Days and Cozy Mysteries☁📚


Gloomy days are the perfect time to snuggle under the duvet and grab a cozy mystery and a cup of tea.

Today is an off day for me and that is exactly what I’m planning!☕📖

Along with binge watching Netflix. Here is a question for you all (Cynthia)…What do you watch on Netflix? I’m waiting for Game of Thrones and Vikings which are not on now so give me some suggestions!!!!❤

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