Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday Reads and Happy Birthday to Me!!

Today I am on the Carnival Ship Legend and it’s my BIRTHDAY!!! (So I basically cheated and posted this the day before while I still had an easy-to-post Internet)

The trip out to Seattle wasn’t so bad. Hot, but not so bad. Was able to visit the Great Salt Lake (Hubby had never seen it—I swam in it when I was 13). Got to Seattle early enough the day before and was able to make it up the Space Needle (I’ve been to it several times but never went up) and walk around town.

But now the driving’s done for and I can just relax on the cruise. Yay!

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #24

Dates read: July 7 -11
Title: Perish the Day
Year of publication: 2017
Author: John Farrow
Genre: Mystery
Series: The Storm Murders Trilogy #3
# of Pages: 295
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Won it
Blurb from Goodreads: A co-ed is found murdered on campus, her body scarcely touched. The killer paid meticulous attention to the aesthetics of his crime. Coincidentally (or not), a college custodian is also found dead.
    While an epic rainstorm assails the Holyoake, New Hampshire campus, overflowing rivers and taking down power lines, a third crime scene is revealed: a professor, formerly a spy, has been shot dead in his home. A mysterious note is found that warned him to run.
    Each victim is connected to the Dowbiggin School of International Relations, yet none seems connected to the other. The dead student was a close friend of Sergeant-Detective Emile Cinq-Mars's niece, so he puts his nose in; when internecine battles between police departments create a rift, he covertly slips into the crevice so he can be involved in the investigation.
    Coming up against campus secrets, Emile Cinq-Mars must uncover the links between disparate groups quickly before the next victim is selected for an elaborate initiation into murder.
My thoughts: Inside cover of the book indicates it’s a thriller. It is not. Just a mystery. An interesting mystery, but there were some things that bugged me. It’s written in present tense. I’m not a fan, especially when I notice it and I noticed it right off. Lots of head-hopping. Granted, I’m glad the book wasn’t written in first person (I wouldn’t have bothered reading it then), and I can understand having more than one point of view, but within a paragraph? A little confusing and not something I expected in a mystery. This is the third book in a trilogy, but that didn’t seem to matter with the story. I had no problems in that regard. Will I read the other two? No. Plain old mysteries are just not my “cup of tea.” But this was an enjoyable read, so if you like mysteries, you'll probably like this one just fine (and maybe start with the first book in the trilogy).

No question today because I probably won’t be back on the web until we return to Seattle (on Tuesday). Hopefully I’ll have lots of books to report. Or maybe not. I’m hoping to get a lot of writing done, too. Because yeah, writing on a cruise is fun, too! But today’s my birthday. I hope to celebrate today with maybe a drink or two. J

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Reads and Bunches of Stuff

I’m writing again! Okay, I wrote for two days in a row (hopefully three if I continue this morning), but hey, that’s better than NOT writing. I’m so relieved.

The old house is almost empty and then the second wave of work begins. Gotta get a new roof (of course!), so that should happen soon. Inside the house needs a thorough cleaning, which can happen while we’re gone. Because…

Friday we leave on our vacation! Sixteen blissful days of driving and cruising (to Alaska!). I am so looking forward to this trip. I’ll be on the ship for my birthday, too! I hope we get a bigger dining table this time. Last time the cruise line sat us at a table for two. What fun is that? We’re always together. We want a big table or booth so we can meet more people. Yes, those words came from my fingers. Me, meet people? Yep. As long as I’m with Hubby, that is. J

When we get back, we’ll continue with working on the inside of the old house. It will need to be painted and new carpet & tile will have to be installed (realtor said it would be easier to sell to someone who gets a FHA or VA loan). Then it can go on the market!!

But also, after we get home, we have to concentrate on getting the new house in order. We’re having a house warming party on August 11th! At least we now have a driveway and grass (yay!).

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #22

Dates read: May 29 – June 18 (took awhile for it to show up on Goodreads)
Title: Tokyo Stars
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Gage Lively
Genre: Contemporary (m/m) romance
Series: N/A
# of Pages: 200
Paper or plastic: Word document
How obtained: Proofread
Blurb from Goodreads: Rocked by the sudden loss of his parents in a car accident, Seiichi Seigo is hanging by a thread, racing between jobs and his first year in college at a Tokyo University. He’s barely got time to sleep or eat. When he slams into a stunning, (and rude) green-eyed, half-European man on campus, it’s just one more straw in the pile ready to break Seiichi. Arriving home to find an eviction notice on his door doesn’t help either.
    Luckily, his best friend, Yukio, has a solution: Seiichi can take over the job Yukio was going to do. Be the personal, live-in assistant to Yukio’s older half-brother, prodigy movie director, Kei Karasawa.
    But Seiichi’s troubles aren’t over. He can’t seem to shake the memory of his meeting with the green-eyed man on campus. He even had a steamy dream about him.
    When he discovers his new employer and the man in his dream are one and the same, he’s stunned.
    Thrust into close contact with the sexy, powerful Kei, Seiichi finds himself desperately attracted and falling for a man who seems to be dating one of the most beautiful actresses in the world and gives every appearance of hating Seiichi.
    But appearances can be deceiving...
My thoughts: I proofread this book (via’s Hubby’s business) and wasn’t sure what to expect. And then I found out the author is a friend (she’s using a pen name I wasn’t familiar with). You don’t know how relieved I was when I discovered what a good book this is! Hot, too. If you like M/M romances, read this one. You won’t be disappointed (and hopefully you won’t find any typos because I read this story several times!!!).

Book #23

Dates read: June 24 – July 6
Title: Scoring With the Wrong Twin
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Naima Simone
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series: WAGS #1 (WAGS stands for Wife and Girlfriend Series)
# of Pages: 179
Paper or plastic: Nook e-book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads: Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves… again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the adorkable Cruz twin has no luck with guys once they compare her to her sister.
    After a bad break-up, Zeph hasn’t been big on second chances — and even less with trust. But he finds himself giving please-call-me-by-my-middle-name-Sophia both. The woman he’d dismissed as a spoiled cover model is different from the first time he met her. Quirkier. Funnier. Definitely sexier. What started as one night turns into another... and another… and another…
    Still, Sophia can’t go on keeping her secret from him. But telling Zeph the truth will mean losing him for good.
My thoughts: This book is HOT! And emotionally satisfying. If you love contemporary romance, I highly recommend this one. Granted, I’m not always a fan of contemporary, but I do like sports, and the hero is a football player… Just felt I needed a change of scenery (from the paranormal) and I picked the right book for that.

So… Would you believe I haven’t even started packing for our trip? Am I a glutton for punishment or what? How soon do you start packing for a long vacation? And do you pack a lot of clothes or hope to hit the laundry once or twice? In our case, we get free laundry on the cruise, so I don’t have to pack as much. Yay!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

Friday, July 6, 2018

It's a Lot of Little Things

Last Friday I talked about having to get with it. And then I do nothing. No writing. No reading. No blogging. And if it didn’t hurt so much to lie in bed, I’d probably stay in it a good portion of the day.

I’m beginning to wonder if my medication is starting to affect me. Of course, it could be the hot weather, too. I just don’t feel like doing anything. And I have way to much stuff to do!

I’m hosting Sizzle and Sass this week, which has kind of taken over my life, like it does every time I’m host. Thank goodness I only do this 3-4 times a year. But man, my time seems to come up quicker each time. But that’s a symptom of old age, right?

I’m still cleaning out the old house. Made two trips to Goodwill this week, today will mark a third and hopefully Saturday a fourth (and final) trip. Hubby is determined to finish cleaning out that house this weekend. And with the weather turning cooler (low 80s instead of mid 90s), that might actually happen. We might not feel so exhausted so soon.

I’m still putting stuff away in the new house. Got my white board up (yay!) and bought some new hangers for my sweatshirts and sweaters (I lost my shelves from our old closet, which we may remedy…some day). But there are still boxes to go through (have no idea where to put the stuff!) and then there’s still more stuff from the old house (if it doesn’t end up in the trash—I’m hoping trash). And we have all these pictures that need to go on the wall (instead of leaning up against it). I just have to figure out WHERE I want them to go.

And right now, my brain doesn’t want to cooperate. It’s like it’s going on strike, saying, “Enough!” Heck, even my body says that after a day at the old house.

Every little thing is piling up. That’s why I’m having trouble determining whether it’s just stuff going on or if my medication is making that stuff harder to deal with. Are my joints sore because I’m moving stuff or sore because of the medication? Am I slightly depressed because of the weather making moving more difficult or slightly depressed from the medication?

At least I haven’t wanted to chew anyone’s head off. But I’m not feeling myself and I don’t know why. Hopefully our upcoming vacation will fix what’s wrong. If it doesn’t, then I’ll know it’s the medication. And then I’ll probably cry. Because I really don’t want to try something else. It might be worse!

Fighting cancer sucks, you know?

So does getting old, but for some reason I can deal with that easier.

Hey, if you’re interested, Smashwords is currently having an e-book sale through July 31st. My Sunny Vampire and Ghostly Liaison are FREE there and the Bitten by Love Box Set is 25% off. You can find the buy links on the book tab (or click on the corresponding cover over on the side bar).

So… Did you have a nice 4th of July? We went to the Dragons game (they won!) and watched fireworks after. It was stinkin’ hot out there, though. I was drenched in sweat. But the fireworks were fun (and so was the game), so I guess it was worth it.

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Friday, June 29, 2018

Gotta Get With It

Looks like I forgot to get another post ready for this morning.

I really gotta get with it.

Not only that, my newsletter should go out tomorrow and I haven’t written one word of that yet.

I really gotta get with it.

Then yesterday I almost forgot a book event I was scheduled to attend in Springfield at 1:30. I remembered at 10:30. Talk about running around looking for my stuff!

I really gotta get with it.

But… Today it looks like we’ll get our backyard patio and driveway poured. I sure hope they don’t do the sidewalk, too, because then I don’t know how I’ll get out of the house (or how Hubby will get back in!). I’m sure the workers have figured that all out…maybe.

I say maybe because when they formed the driveway, they formed it incorrectly. We ordered a 20-foot wide driveway (from edge of house to edge of house). They formed for 16 feet (width of garage opening). We had the narrow opening at our old house and hated it, that’s why we paid for the wider opening. Thank goodness we (and the builder) noticed the mistake and it’s getting corrected. But…because the driveway comes real close to the water meter, the city has to inspect and approve the change. You’d think they’d have done this BEFORE building the house. The wider driveway was on the plans.

It’s been a busy week. A week I thought would be slow because I’d be at the old house getting the stuff out of there. Instead it was one appointment/event/thing after another. I was able to go over there twice. TWICE! That certainly isn’t getting the stuff cleared out of there.

We really gotta get with it!

So… What have you been trying to get accomplished but other stuff keeps getting in the way? Or maybe you WANT the other stuff to get in the way. Sometimes I think that’s how Hubby and I feel. It’s too much work going through the crap at the old house!

Happy Friday!

Stacy

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday Reads and Still Waiting on Concrete

We’ve owned (via mortgage) the new house for four weeks now. We’re still waiting on our driveway and patio (probably a good thing the mortgage held back some of the payment to Ryan Homes) to be poured. Not that it’s been Ryan's fault. Oh no. That fault belongs to Mother Nature.

She likes to rain a lot this year.

Even now as I get ready to post this (which I forgot to do last night because I was at a Dragons game, who won in the 10th, by the way), a little rain cloud just let loose. Didn’t last long, but I’m sure more will follow.

At least we know we’re next. We were told they would form the driveway and such this week. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure on that next clear day, workers will be in our yard getting it ready for concrete.

And then we hope no rain hits for a few days so it’ll get poured!

Here’s what I finished reading this week:

Book #21

Dates read: June 12-23
Title: The Emerald Lily
Year of publication: 2018
Author: Juliette Cross
Genre: Paranormal romance
Series: Vampire Blood #4
# of Pages: 275
Paper or plastic: Nook e-book
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Goodreads: When Princess Vilhelmina Dragomir is awakened from her hellish sleep with a blood kiss from a handsome stranger, she learns that much has changed while she’s been away. The armies of the Black Lily and the vampire Crown have amassed and are on the brink of war.
    No romantic entanglements, no family. Mikhail Romanov, Captain of the Bloodguard, took a vow when he joined the Bloodguard. But he never planned for the gut-punching attraction he would feel for the untouchable princess. He must keep his focus, though. In order to avenge his family, it’s essential he help Mina claim her crown and keep his damn hands off of her.
    But Mina sets her heart on the elusive captain, and keeping his focus on the great battle ahead becomes harder and harder. While they're making plans, the evil King Dominik has been making some of his own. This time, he will show no mercy to the Princess…
My thoughts: Whoo hoo! Quite the ending to this series. I noticed (probably by the third book because I’m slow and because of the heroine’s name: Brennalyn SNOW), that each book features a different fairy tale. #1 is Cinderella, #2 is Red Riding Hood, #3 is Snow White, and #4 is Sleeping Beauty. So if you’re into those kinds of stories with a bunch of sexy vampires, then this series is for you! I certainly enjoyed them all.

So… Has Mother Nature messed with any of your plans lately? At least the rain stopped about an hour before last night’s Dragons game, so it was able to start on time. And it was nice to see the Dragons win, too (they haven’t been playing all that well lately).

Happy Reading!

Stacy