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Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.


It has been a very HOT week, with triple digits.  Any plans I had to go to the nearby Craft Beer Crawl (seriously, I wouldn’t do that anyway), are now on the back burner…way back.  I spent some time rearranging my stuff last night, and I went to bed very early.  See what I did in this post about More Furniture Shuffling.

I planned to finish reading my current book before posting this, but I am tired…and might spend some more time today watching movies and Netflix.  Especially since I now have straightened out my bank for the mistakes they made in my account!  But before that happened, I was stressing out in a major way.

I have read and reviewed THREE books this week, all review books, so I’m right on track.



Monday Morning Coffee:  My Interior World

Tuesday Sparks:  Excerpting “Two If By Sea”

Monthly Wrap-Up:  Goodbye to May!

Bookish Wednesday:  Waiting for “Intrusion”

Bookish Thursday #16:  Serendipitous Moments

Bookish Friday:  Excerpting “Wilde Lake”

Weekend Coffee Morning:  Kids & Grandkids…

Review:  The Girls in the Garden (e-book), by Lisa Jewell (NetGalley – 6/7)

Review:  Ink and Bone (e-book), by Lisa Unger – (NetGalley – 6/7)

Review:  I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillan (Amazon Vine)



Check out Lexxie’s Post:  Up Close and (un)Conventional – Let’s Talk About Sex


INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received TWO review books in my mailbox and one e-ARC download for review from NetGalley.  Plus…I went a little crazy with e-book purchases…and like a gift from the Amazon gods, received TWO Amazon Kindle freebies.

Here we go!

Beach Blues, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)





Tuesday Nights in 1980, by Molly Prentiss (Amazon Vine)






All Is Not Forgotten (e-book), by Wendy Walker (NetGalley – 7/12)






Amazon Prime Freebies:


We’re All Damaged (e-book), by Matthew Norman





Intrusion (e-book), by Mary McCluskey






The Island House (e-book), by Nancy Thayer






Flight Patterns (e-book), by Karen White






Deep Dark (e-book), by Laura Griffin






WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Wilde Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman







Perhaps I’ll get around to these….


The Girls (e-book), by Emma Cline (NetGalley – 6/14)



the girls by emma cline


All the Missing Girls (e-book), by Megan Miranda (NetGalley – 6/28)






Now that’s my week, and those are my plans, subject to my whimsical feelings.  What did your week look like?  Enjoy!  I might have to have another of these Pomegranate Martinis!



may 25 pomegranate martini



  1. Triple digits! Yikes it’s been in the 80’s around here but we’re going to cool off for a few days I guess. That’s too hot for me, I hope you get some cooling breezes or lower temps. Netflix is always a good option when I’m tired- love vegging out in front of a show. 🙂 Did you watch Bloodline? I’m curious your thoughts.

    I love the cover of Wilde Lake, and nice review of The Girls in the Garden. I like books with secrets, and it sounds like maybe you don’t get all the answers in the end?

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    • So true, the heat is hard to take…and I’m okay as long as the air conditioning works…in the mornings, there are slight breezes, but lately, they don’t last long.

      I did watch Season II of Bloodline, and I loved it, but I also discovered that I don’t like any of the Rayburn offspring any more! They all seem to have gone to the dark side. I’m already trying to figure out what went wrong, and my best guess would be all that competitive rivalry their parents set them up for. Remember last season, when Meg went against her mother’s wishes and cut Danny out of the inheritance? Bad move.

      Okay…enough ranting. LOL.

      I’m enjoying Wilde Lake, with its back and forth style between the past and the present, and the slow unfolding of secrets.

      The Girls in the Garden had a lot of weird characters, and those secrets were dark ones, too.

      Thanks for stopping by, Greg, and enjoy your week.


      • Yes they went some dark places with the Rayburn kids this time! I still like john even though maybe I shouldn’t lol- he is getting increasingly dark, and the whole thing with Eric. I was like is he really going to shoot him? I hoped not, as that would have made him pretty irrdeemable…and Kevin just seemed like a lovable goof last time but here… dealing drugs and whatever else, I lost a lot of sympathy for him. Meg I want to like but like you said- does she have a moral center?

        It sure was fun to watch though. 🙂

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  2. WOW, I’m too hot when it’s 85, I could never handle 100 – dry or not.

    You got some terrific books last week. I go crazy with Kindle books because they just don’t seem to count because they don’t crowd the bookcases LOL

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    • Oh, I know that they say the dry heat isn’t as bad as the humid heat, but triple digits are still hot. I guess I’m used to it, sort of, since I’ve lived more than 40 years in this Central Valley.

      I agree about Kindle books, no crowding of shelves, etc., but they are still there, clamoring to be read. And they are harder to find!

      I do have pages on this blog that show the books I buy, the ones I’ve read and reviewed, etc., so I can kind of keep up with what I have.

      Thanks for visiting, Diane, and have a great week.


    • I was very happy that Intrusion was a Kindle First book, so I was able to get it sooner…and free. I had been eyeing it for a while. Thanks for stopping by, Barb, and I’m eager to read The Girls, too.


  3. I love that the temps have warmed up, but triple digits is too high!!
    I’ve been too tired to read the past two nights. I don’t see any hope for me picking up my Kindle tonight, either. Instead I’m catching up on blogs. 🙂
    You have some great books!! I really enjoyed All the Missing Girls. And I LOVED Deep Dark!! I hope you enjoy. I’m excited to read the new Matthew Norman book. I loved his previous book.

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    • I always know that we’re going to have triple digits as soon as spring is over, and spring doesn’t last long here. And after 40 some years, you’d think I’d be used to it. But I keep thinking fondly of the time I lived in SF! It was much cooler there.

      I am looking forward to my books, too, Brandie, and I’m glad you enjoyed All the Missing Girls and Deep Dark. We’re All Damaged will be my first from the author.

      Thanks for visiting, and have a great week!

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  4. Nice to go crazy with obtaining books, I do it in cycles too! I so want to read Flight Patterns and will do but not for a while. 😦 Sounds like summer has hit you quickly with such high temps, hope it cools down a little at least.

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    • Oh, I only wish cooling down could happen! I guess it might dip a bit now and then, but this is what our summers look like. One summer it stayed at 114-115 for TEN days. I took off for the beach.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn, and I don’t know when I’ll get to all of these books, but I love having them there…waiting. Enjoy your week!


    • We do have a pool, but it’s a community pool that goes with our condos. But my daughter does have her own pool. I also love the sound of going to the beach, and I hope to visit my youngest son in his “beachy” home soon.

      I was pleasantly surprised to get All Is Not Forgotten…I have had a few “auto approvals” from Net
      Galley, so they still feel like a gift. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting (and hosting), Kimberly.


  5. The triple digit temperatures have me wanting to stay inside. Unfortunately that hasn’t been possible. I hope this isn’t a sign of what is to come–but then, it wouldn’t be unheard of if it was, would it? I am glad you got your bank account issues sorted. They can be so frustrating, especially when you know it wasn’t something you did. I hope you enjoy your new books, Laurel-Rain! Have a great week. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Wendy, and every year we act surprised at the triple digits, but this is life here in the Central Valley…lol.

      Those bank issues turned out to be some kind of upgrading they were doing which had a strange effect on my account. It showed the proper balance, but not the series of deductions…so it looked like my money had disappeared!

      I am looking forward to my reads…enjoy your week, too.


  6. Hadn’t heard it was so hot in your area. We’re still in the 60s and 70s along Lake Michigan. Hope you’re keeping comfortable and enjoy your new books. I’m a bit behind in DeMaio’s books but I like them. I picked up We’re All Damaged a few weeks ago but not sure when I’ll get around to reading it. Have a good week!

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    • Thanks for visiting, Mary, and yes, our hot summers are legendary, I guess. Although my eldest son, who grew up here, but had been in Europe every summer since he moved there, had totally forgotten about how hot it gets, so when they visited, he was suffering. He spent a lot of time in the pool. lol. I don’t think they’ll visit again in the summer.

      Your weather sounds nice, but your winters, probably not so great. Enjoy your reading…and I love DeMaio’s books…they always make me feel as if I’m at the beach.

      Have a great week!


    • Good for you! I am looking forward to it. As for Ink and Bone, it was a good one, Deborah, but then again, I always enjoy Unger’s books, especially those set in The Hollows. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week!


    • Yes, I’ve heard how horrible humidity can be, and how much stickier those hot days are. Extra hot, but dry, might be more comfortable…if one can think of heat as comfortable (air conditioning helps!). Thanks for visiting, Samantha, and enjoy your reading.


  7. Oh my goodness! Triple digits – poor you! I’ve been grumbling because it’s been so very chilly here – I was wearing a thick coat + vest on Friday and STILL cold in town as the temp was a dank mid-50s. But today it’s in the low 70s – I’m loving it, but Himself is wilting – I don’t like to think how he’d cope with anything approaching 100… Another great book haul and a successful month:). Take care – with those temperatures, sitting in a shady nook somewhere with a book sounds the only sensible solution. This is my Sunday Post… https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/sunday-post-5th-june/

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    • We have very high air conditioning bills during our summers, as nothing else works. There are no shady trees, except in the very early morning. But we come to expect how it is, and grumble a bit, but after living here for more than 40 years, I can’t really complain. After all, I could move, right?

      Moving is not something I want to do, so I will look forward to beach trips. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah, and enjoy your reading, too.

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      • Thank you for popping in, Laurel – and I’m sure your bills must be high. Do you have solar panels, at all? While I think that air conditioning is the invention of the Devil in this country – train journeys are a misery as I’m always freezing as I sit there and shops are too cold for me – we are dealing with temperatures on an entirely different scale where you are.

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      • No, my place was built in the 80s and reflects the technology of the times. No solar panels or anything that would make it more environmentally friendly. I am renting, so it’s not something I can add.


  8. Triple Digits!!! And I’ve not been happy with 80s. I’ll keep my mouth shut from here on out 😀 Great book haul this week! Glad you were able to get everything straightened out at the bank. That is always a major stress when they have something messed up. Hope you have a great week!
    My Sunday Post

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    • Thanks, Lillian, and it’s even worse because those officials at the bank are so stiff and detached, and not at all helpful…they say things like “we’ll get it worked out as soon as possible,” and I want to scream. Actually, I think I did some shouting, forcefully reminding them that I could change banks.

      It did get sorted within a couple of hours, though, and maybe it would have worked itself out, as it was some kind of technical issue, an upgrade. Oh, I hate upgrades! lol.

      It did get my mind off the heat for a bit, though; and we should be used to the triple digits by now, as they start in June (sometimes May) and continue throughout the summer, sometimes into September and October. I think the term “long hot summer” was written about this place. lol.

      Enjoy your week…and your reading.


      • Oh wow!!! That’s terrible they weren’t helpful. My debit card info was stolen last year and our account wiped but the bank took care of everything and was really helpful. But it was so stressful. I can’t imagine if they hadn’t been helpful…

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      • Well, I should reframe that….she didn’t SOUND helpful, with the cold, detached voice, but since it got fixed, in the end I guess they were.

        My local bank was helpful when I followed up with them…it was the online person, from some faraway place, who felt as though she was not even connected to me and my problem.

        My perception, of course.


  9. We’ve still been having pretty cool weather here. I can’t say I would like it really hot but most days you still need to take a sweater with you. You got some great books. I have to read The Girls, hopefully I will get to it in the next month. Happy Reading 🙂
    Here is Mine

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    • Thanks, Marie, and I know that one year, when living in a place with moderate temperatures (70s most of the time), I felt really good. But I moved. Not my choice, really, but that’s how it worked out.

      The good news, we are within an hour or two of mountains and beaches.

      I loved The Girls in the Garden, and hope to love The Girls. Those titles are so confusing, aren’t they?

      Enjoy your week!


    • Thanks, Grace, and there are always lots of things happening, like the crawl…or a month ago, a rodeo and a Big Hat day. Very hokey. lol.

      Those events are held in our neighboring town, the one with the Beer Crawl…it’s kind of a cowboy haven.

      Enjoy your week, and I love getting those Kindle First books…even though I know they are part of the Prime package, I am always surprised to find books I want to read among them.


  10. Craft beers would taste good on a hot day, but triple digits is just way too hot! Better to just stay home and read. I’ll be curious to hear what you think of Tuesday Nights in 1980. I started it, then got distracted by The Children (which I loved) and my ebook was called back to the library. I’d like to read The Girls, too.

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    • I loved The Children, too, and hope to enjoy Tuesday Nights in 1980…and you’re right about staying home in the coolness.

      It’s too hot stomping around on a beer crawl, even if it is nice and cold beer. lol

      I may head to a nearby restaurant to read with a cold, frothy martini. It will be air conditioned. Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn.


  11. I can’t imagine temperatures that high – I don’t think I could cope. Glad your bank issues are sorted…there is nothing worse than issues with bank accounts or money in general. Like you say, they stress me out too. Fingers crossed it stays sorted. Have a good week.

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    • Thanks, Emma, and all it takes is one such incident to arouse my paranoia about future issues coming along. To say that I don’t trust the banks would be an understatement. LOL.

      Now I can understand why some people kept their money under their mattresses…well, I can sort of understand. Of course, that wouldn’t work for me.

      Lots of crossed fingers here. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your week.

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    • It may be a little while before I get to Flight Patterns, as I have several review books that need attention this month and next. I try to bring my purchased books onto the queue when I can. Thanks for visiting, Elizabeth, and I just finished Wilde Lake and loved it. Enjoy your week!


  12. Glad you got all the account stuff straightened out. Nothing with banks is ever very fun. I’ve been having a streaming kind of week as well. Triple digits! We’ve definitely gotten hotter here but not nearly that hot. You’ve got some great books this week. Nancy Thayer and Karen White are both on my TBR and I just read and really enjoyed Deep Dark. Have a great week.

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    • I haven’t read Laura Griffin before, so I’m looking forward to Deep Dark. I’ve noticed many bloggers praising her books.

      I have been a Nancy Thayer and Karen White fan for a while, now. Very excited about their books. Thanks for stopping by, Katherine, and have a great week.


    • I had written my Waiting on Wednesday post about Intrusion, so imagine my glee to find it amongst the Kindle First books. And the Wendy Walker was one of the few “invitations” I got to read a NetGalley book. I’m still new enough with NG that I usually have to request books.

      Thanks for stopping by, Cleo, and enjoy your week. The stress is something I am trying to put behind me, while striving not to let my paranoia about banks creep into my days…lol.

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  13. And I thought the 90’s were bad! Today we were suppose to have torrential storms with hail, but just a lot of rain, which is perfect reading weather!

    Lots of great books on your shelf (and in your eReader)! I’ve been hearing alot about Karen White’s new book and now have it in my eReader. I heard something about Intrusion too that made me make a note about it. Thanks for sharing them all! Have a great week!

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    • I am very happy about the books I got, and I’m eager to read them…after I’ve tackled a few more of my review books.

      Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne, and I would prefer 90s…although those temps are not cool, by any means. Enjoy your week!


  14. The Craft Beer crawl sounds fun! I’m in SoCal and the heat has been been pretty brutal here too. Hopefully your reading will help to be a good distraction. Looks like you are set for the summer with The Girls, All the Missing Girls, Wilde Lake, etc. Enjoy!

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    • Thanks, Kathy, and I guess the fact that these bank mishaps happen so rarely (I’ve never had one like this), they blindside us.

      If it hadn’t been so hot, I might have “crawled” for the beer; instead I found a place where I could get a frothy martini. Enjoy your week!


    • The Girls by Emma Cline? Yes, I’m looking forward to it. It’s confusing having three June books with “girls” in the title: The Girls in the Garden, The Girls, and All the Missing Girls.

      Thanks for stopping by, Heather, and enjoy your week.


    • Thanks, Laura, I love changes, too, especially since the rooms get a new look without buying anything. Surprisingly, I often find pieces to add to a new look…from my garage! An old barbecue cart becomes a shelf for books and assorted bits.

      I am eager to read Beach Blues….thanks for visiting, and have a great week!


  15. Ha, as a Canadian I always have to do a bit of mental math to figure out what everyone’s talking about when it comes to temperature. You crazy Fahrenheit kids! However you slice it, though, that’s some hot stuff. I live in a pretty mild climate, but we hit 30 degrees this weekend, which sent everyone scurrying around looking for the nearest air conditioning. Since we don’t traditionally get very hot here, no one has air con in their houses, so we all end up doing laps of the shopping malls or watching films to keep cool!

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    • Ha, yes, I can relate (in reverse). My European kids are always speaking in terms of celsius, and my mind doesn’t translate that. They don’t have air conditioning either.

      When they came here to spend the summer last year, my son was suffering. He had forgotten about how hot it gets.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jane.


  16. I am averting my eyes and whistling as I see your list of books. So many sound tempting … but I already have too many on my stacks that need to be read. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

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    • Maybe your 80 (with humidity) is closer to our triple digits than we realize. I haven’t actually compared the temperatures in other places to what we experience. Thanks for stopping by, Nise, and I am excited about Flight Patterns and Deep Dark.


  17. I love seeing Beach Blues on your list. I loved that book but then again, I love everything she writes. And I absolutley adored Flight Patterns and am seriously thinking about making it my next book club pick. One of the members works in the office of the local honey farm. How perfect would that be? It’s a great book! Happy reading! And try to stay cool.

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  18. That’s a wonderful martini to have — while it’s so hot there. A beauty. I’m also looking to get a copy of The Girls. Much buzz about that young author’s book. Hmm. Enjoy your week & many books.

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    • I just started The Girls, and I’m enjoying it so far. I can see how young girls from dysfunctional families could be mesmerized by a cult leader, and the MC in this book fits that description. Thanks for stopping by, Susan.


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