Sunday Post: Spanning the Globe! Monthly Round-Up

The Sunday Post

 

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It’s only Tuesday as I begin writing this, so the whole week is really ahead of me.  I am excited to be this far ahead.  I am getting out for a friend’s birthday lunch and my Pilates class today.  Sunday, my husband and I got to walk on the beach for about Two and a half hours at low time.  We were out at Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, Maine at a super low tide and were able to walk way out on a sand bar.  Maine has high and low tides that are, I guess, pretty big and the beach is very flat for Maine so the tide goes way, way out. It was a beautiful day and not too hot.  In fact I wore my suit, a cover up and my husband’s jacket.

And, yesterday I finished pulling out a zillion nails and then I moved abot 30 boards from one side of the yard to the other to get them into the trailer.

I also hit three fingers with my mallet which I use to drive my cats paw tool to remove nails. My index finger is swollen. and between the swollen knuckle and t he scar from my stitches last year looks funny and my pinky is now a nice mottled purple.  I shall refrain from entertaining you with a picture!  I really don’t think it’s a big deal – more expected when working on a big house project like this.  I get today off though…

Back to the blog. I feel like I have been around the world this past week in my reading and reviews: Mostly England, but also some Texas, Louisiana, California, and Fairy Land. My reading and listening brought me to California, Colonial America, Scotland,  Michigan, and NYC.

On Monday I featured an interview with Miranda Neville who wrote LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER which I had reviewed last Saturday. I stopped reading or hurting myself long enough to watch TRUE BLOOD and wrote about it and Angelina Jolie’s new movie, MALEFICENT for a Two for Tuesday.
Wednesday,  I looked at a new Regency – really REGENCY, and Prinny, as the Prince Regent was sometimes called,  even makes an appearance in THE ONCE AND FUTURE DUCHESS! This book makes me want to look at the Regency which a lot of us only know about because of The film, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE.

Thursday I looked at a time-traveling, Jane Austen/Regency themed audio book: CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and on Friday another audio book: the first book in the Madison sister’s series by Lynsay Sands: THE COUNTESS. I did the second book in the series, THE HEIRESS, also on audio, when I first discovered the library audio downloads.

Friday, Charlaine Harris’ new series gets a look-see with MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD.  It’s hard not to compare it to the Sookie Stackhouse series; it is a completely new series though.

I made headers for everything but the Sunday Post and the Maleficent review.

 

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And as far as icons go.  I had a few new themes to look at.  Since a couple of books I Have read lately happen in Texas, I made that one up. And while I have several dog breed pics I had nothing for cats. There’s a cat in the new Charlaine Harris, but he is not your average kitty (there is no average cat, my tabby deigns to inform me).  And I didn’t have one for time travel I first came up with one using the movie poster for THE TIME MACHINE, which is in the public domain, but it looks too small (as you can see) and unless you know the story the poster art of the “troglodytes” attacking the humans is not helpful conceptually. so I went with the optical vortex thingee instead.   I would like to find one for blackmail, but I couldn’t figure anything out that wasn’t a pictograph – like a letter that had a black envelope.  If anyone has an idea I would love to hear it.  It’s a tough concept to capture graphically.

 

 

Calendar in a Crystal BallTHE WEEK AHEAD

Monday: I will review THE GENTLEMAN JEWEL THIEF.
Tuesday: I am going to start off July with  a feature on the Regency period itself on the first! it’s about Why there was a Regency.
Wednesday: the audio of the second book in the Jane Austen Addict series:  RUDE AWAKENING OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT
Thursday: A contemporary romance  THE SCENIC ROUTE by Devan Sipher
Friday: A “Freedom to Love” Romance Novel giveaway will start off the holiday weekend!
Saturday is going to be about the anthology SUMMER RAIN. I picked a couple stories in it.

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And it’s time to tally up what I read and reviewed this past month:

  1. SOLOMON’S SIEVE by Victoria Danann
  2. BANISHING THE DARK by Jenn Bennett
  3. THE LADY MOST LIKELY by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway
  4. HOW TO LOSE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS by Laura Lee Guhrke
  5. ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Jill Shalvis
  6. BURN FOR ME by Lauren Blakely
  7. THE NAUGHTY GIRLS CLUB by Sophie Hart
  8. THE VIRGIN’S GUIDE TO MISBEHAVING by Jessica Clare
  9. REDEMPTION OF THE DUKE by Gayle Callen
  10. IT ALL BEGAN IN MONTE CARLO by  Elizaebeth Adler
  11. GRIM SHADOWS by Jenn Bennett
  12. SLIGHTLY SPELLBOUND by Kimberly Frost
  13. LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER by Miranda Neville
  14. THE ONCE AND FUTURE DUCHESS by Sophia Nash
  15. CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT  by  Laura Viera Rigler
  16. THE COUNTESS by Lynsay Sands
  17. MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD by Charlaine Harris
  18. THE GENTLEMAN JEWEL THIEF by  Jessica Peterson (review tomorrow)

That brings me up to 112 books read and reviewed in the 181 days it takes to get from January 1 to June 30 this year.

I had some great guests and giveaways this past month as well:
Terry Spear and JAGUAR HUNT
Margo Bond Collins and LEGALLY DEAD
BANISHING THE DARK
Tracy Solheim and RISKY GAME
SLIGHTLY SPELLBOUND
Miranda Neville and LADY WINDERMERE’S LOVER

 

Thank you all, I hope I did not forget anyone!