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Friday, 6 May 2016

FRIDAY FINDS: TEACUP LOVERS' CREATIVITY 6.5.16


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Too cute to pass up, here are some Mother's Day possibilities
for any creative TEACUP LOVING Mothers ...
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HapPy  Colouring !

I'd love to know if you have coloured any of these books
[or similar]
and what you liked [or didn't] about them.
Any recommendations?
The covers are definitely appealing to my eye...
Adding today's Friday Finds to MizB's
linkup at BooksandaBeat
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Thursday, 5 May 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS: TOGETHER AT THE TABLE by HILLARY MANTON LODGE 5.5.16


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TOGETHER AT THE TABLE :
A Novel of Lost Love and Second Helpings
Two Blue Doors Book 3
Author Hillary Manton Lodge
Published by Random House Inc
Release Date  May 3rd 2016

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"As the days grow short, some faces grow long.  But not mine.
Every autumn, when the wind turns cold and darkness comes early,
I am suddenly happy.  It's time to start making soup again
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 - Leslie Newman"

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I am so pleased with this new release of 2 days.
Filled with luscious and unique
recipes from the story's Two Blue Doors restaurant
 set in Portland OR, familial issues,
ancestry hunting, and romantic interests.
Writing is crisp, settings contemporary,
and plot has me avidly pursuing each new chapter.
Enjoying the 
reading opportunity, I'm shopping to find books
1 [A Table By the Window] and 2 [Reservations for Two]
once I complete book 3!
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Join us for Book Beginnings on Fridays.
 Post the first sentence [or so] of your current read,
including author, and title.
Any first impressions or thoughts also welcome.
Link this week's post HERE at
Rose City Reader - tweeting? use #bookbeginnings
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: TEA + BOOKS 4.5.16


WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
Novel-Tea Book Stack Teapot




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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

BOOK INTROS + TEASERS : MAKING ROOM FOR MAKING ART by SALLY WARNER 3.5.16


MAY's 1st TEASER TUESDAY
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 Teaser Tuesdays are hosted at MizB's Books and a Beat

Here's the story ~ Anyone can play along! What to do...?• Grab your current read Open to a random page• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS![make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much story plot away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!] Share the title + author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists.

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Tuesday Intros First Chapter First Paragraph
 hosted at Bibliophile By the Sea
Share the 1st paragraph of something you're currently
or planning 
on reading...

*Ready to play ?

                   I've chosen a nonfiction book for today's choice
MAKING ROOM FOR MAKING ART
by Sally Warner


"We are tricked by a phenomenon of time:  Hours and days pass slowly, but years pass quickly. A life passes quickly, but we always think we have plenty of time.
Too often we become so consumed with how we spend our days that we lose track of how we are spending our lives."
I had to hold myself back from writing more ...
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What do you think?  Keep reading...?
Then head over to our hosts to add your own and find other book intros you might like to add to your tbr shelf.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on today's choice.
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and...
Quick reminder about the upcoming
  Book Buddy Readathon May 7-13
Bout of Books May 9-15
and the current month of
Clean Sweep ARC Challenge for May

Hoping to find you there.
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

MAY 7-13 BOOK BUDDYaTHON VIDEO INVITE 1.5.16



WELCOME . . .
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Today, I'm happy to 
introduce the 2 FuN Readathon hosts for the upcoming 
#BookBuddyathon May 7-13
Elena Reads Books and Sam at Cold Tea Crumbs
both based in the UK
Here's the video intro with details for joining the experience
and for enjoying the book loving connections ~

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From Elena
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In this video I announce the #BookBuddyAthon readathon is back for round two. Myself and Sam from ColdTeaAndCrumbs will be running it again. It will be running from the 7-13 May and is very relaxed and just a chance for us to all read and enjoy a good readathon. I hope you all fancy taking part and take part in the fun. And if you don't make videos it totally doesn't matter tweet and instagram and comment and chat however you want."
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Great to have the info in time to coordinate
you and your reading buddy
{plus book selections.}
and I am more than pleased to have
Lucy @Fictional100 buddy reading with moi!
Merci, Lucy !!
We're now on to the fun of book selecting...
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From Elena's video
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How the readathon works:

First you need to join up with a buddy.  That can be another booktuber,
A real life friend,  a subscriber,  a blogger,   an instagramer,
A family member... anyone else who wants to also do the readathon.


The Challenges:
1) Choose three books and get your buddy to pick one of them for you to read.
Still working on this challenge...
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2) Buddy read a book with your buddy.
We're having fun in discussions on this ...  our choice?
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ANNE'S HOUSE OF DREAMS by LM Montgomery

in audio form for my reading and book for Lucy, we're both
anticipating this classic novel by a Canadian author.
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3) Read a book with your buddy's favourite colour cover 

 
Yellow for Lucy's fav colour = my choice?
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And...it also covers challenge 4)
Read a book with title that starts with the first letter
of your buddy's name
(or at least appears in the title if not possible).

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Wondering which book Lucy will choose for my fav colour
{periwinkle}

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5) Read a book that you want to... just because.
Can.Not.Wait. for Victoria's new release...
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Use the hash tag #BookBuddyAthon to chat to everyone else taking part.

Twitter: @robertson_elena

I tweet @_eHope and love to find fellow bloggers

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Are you a booktuber?  or tweeter?
Have you said 'yes' ?
Keep watching 
#bookbuddyathon to keep up with our progress

I look forward to hearing your plans -
your fav book cover colour, which books you choose...







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Saturday, 30 April 2016

APRIL: READING WRAPUP 30.4.16


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 April Reading WrapUp 

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Audios:

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils - Selma Lagerlof/Rolander - through April
Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler/Tavia Gilbert completed - 1st
Toward Zero - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 1st
Murder Simply Brewed - Vanetta Chapman/ Renee Ertl - 5th
Murder in an Irish Village - Carlene O'Connor/Caroline Lennon - 6th
Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 8th
Body in the Library - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 8th
Be You.  Do Good. - Jonathan David Golden/Kelly Ryan Dolan - 9th
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny/Ralph Cosham - 11th
Hunting Shadows - Charles Todd/Simon Prebble - 14th
The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright/Pamela Dillman - 19th
An Unwilling Accomplice - Charles Todd/Rosalyn Landor - 22nd
Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 23rd
The Witness for the Prosecution - Agatha Christie/BBC cast - 24th
Death in the Small Hours - Charles Finch/James Langton - 24th
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber/Heather Wilds - 30th
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Reading:

Luther and Katharina - Jody Hedlund - 1st
I John - Apostle John - 9th
A Worthy Heart - Susan Anne Mason - 16th
Dressed for Death - Julianna Deering - 19th
A Colourful Death - Carola Dunn -24th
Allerednic - Chautona Havig - 28th
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Listening/Reading for Review:

Bugaboo Bee's Bop - Kathryn Ross/ Ross - 3rd
Montreal - Debra Schoenberger - 16th
Fine Art of Murder - Emily Barnes/Carrington MacDuffie - 17th
Close to You - Kara Isaac - 21st
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 CHALLENGES Joined:
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READ THE NOBELS
SPRING CLEANING TBR
SEASONS OF READING: SPRING
DEWEY'S 24 HR SPRING READATHON
BACKLIST BOOKS
SPRING BOOKISH BINGO
CLOAK AND DAGGER
THROUGH THE AGES
FULL HOUSE
RE-READATHON
12 FOR 12
ULTIMATE READING CHALLENGE
[9]
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New to me Authors:

Nancy Richler
Kathryn Ross
Selma Lagerlof
Vanessa Chapman
Carlene O'Connor
Jonathan David Golden
Louise Penny
Charles Todd
Debra Schoenberger
Emily Barnes
Elizabeth Enright
Kara Isaac
Charles Finch
Anna Lee Huber
[14]
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Incoming :

[9] Purchased -
The Swiss Courier - Tricia Goyer/Mike Yorkey
Unwritten - Charles Martin
Mr. Darcy Forever - Victoria Connelly
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen - Syrie James
Abandoned Memories - MaryLu Tyndall
Charity's Cross - MaryLu Tyndall
Write Without Crushing Your Soul - Ed Cyzewski
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[1] Pre-Ordered -
Close to You - Kara Isaac

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[4] Gifts/Wins
Rules for a Successful Book Club - Victoria Connelly
Hers - Sibella Giorello
The Bachelor Girls' Guide to Murder - Rachel McMillan
A Garden of Friends - Penny Pierce Rose 
The Ethical Coach Leader - Dwight Johnson
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[19] eBooks

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[15] Library - 
Audios:
Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler/Tavia Gilbert
Murder Simply Brewed - Vanetta Chapman/Renee Ertl
Murder in an Irish Village - Carlene O'Connor/Caroline Lennon
Be You. Do Good. - Jonathan David Golden/Kelly Ryan Dolan
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny/Ralph Cosham
Hunting Shadows - Charles Todd/Simon Prebble
The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright/Pamela Dillman
An Unwilling Accomplice - Charles Todd/Rosalyn Lando
A Death in the Small Hours - Charles Finch/James Langton
The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber/Heather Wilds
Thin Places - Sabra Ciancanelli/Sabra Ciancanelli

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Books:
Luther and Katharina - Jody Hedlund
A Worthy Heart - Susan Ann Mason
Dressed for Death - Julianna Deering
A Colourful Death - Carola Dunn

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[5] Publishers-

Bugaboo Bee's Bop - Ross/Ross - Pageant Wagon Publishers
Fine Art of Murder - Barnes/MacDuffie - audiogo
Montreal - Schoenberger - iRead
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories - Camilleri/Gardner - audiogo    
Close to You - Isaac - Howard Books/Simon Schuster

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Find more April Month End Reviews 
hosted by Kathryn at
The Book Date
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MAY: SHORT STORY MONTH 2016 30.4.16


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Which short stories and short story collections are up next
for your MAY reading pleasure?
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Agatha Christie's THREE BLIND MICE is now in my
reading lineup
audio version via Hoopla Digital online.

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Many more Agatha collection choices for mystery buffs.
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Plus much more in a wide range of genres.
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What short story choices will be next for you....?
From your TBR?  What genres ?
Are you reading any ARCs ?  Re-reading favs?
Want to buy? A collection you'd recommend?
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Or ...
Are you writing short stories?
Here's the home for Short Story Month writing
if you're looking to join others and share support.

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Care to share your May short story reads and recommendations?
We love to hear from you!
HAPpY MAY !!


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Friday, 29 April 2016

FRIDAY FINDS: ART JOURNALS + COLOURING BOOKS + GIVEAWAY 29.4.16


TIME to SHARE OUR FRIDAY BOOK FINDS!
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Sharing some gorgeous creativity finds today, to inspire us when we're not reading and catching up on our busyness.
The value of creativity is huge,
so I'm a huge advocate for whatever will light inspiration sparks...

Here's one I found at Create With Joy [with a giveaway!]
[Zondervan Publishers]
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Then this one releasing in September 2016 inspires peace
just looking at it!
 [ Tyndale Publishers.]
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And this beauty by Canadian Ann-Margret Hovsepian
Click here to See sample pages 
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Ann-Margret is offering Free download printable plus
Mother's Day Card, + 
a MAY Calendar !
Right
HERE  

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I love the colours!  Maybe I just love to colour?! hmmm 

I know I am looking forward to picking up some artwork timeout.

Perfectly timed,
Tyndale House has the complete Artwork GIVEAWAY
package HERE .  ENTER by MAY 4th . 2016
[click for full giveaway package contents list]
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So be sure to check out more Friday Book Finds
at MizB's BooksandaBeat HERE
Feel free to add your FFs to the linkup

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

BOOK BEGINNINGS 29.4.16


BOOK BEGINNINGS
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LAND OF SILENCE by Tessa Afshar
Published by Tyndale House
May 1st 2016 Release Date

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When I think of the ruin my life has become,
the slow wrecking of my dreams, the destruction of every love,
I always return to the bee.  That one tiny sting, which robbed my place of favor in my father's heart and changed the course of my destiny.

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This captivates me.  Poetic, colourful, and emotive writing in a foreign setting I want to immerse myself into.
I'm looking forward to reading more...
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Which book will you share for Book Beginnings ?
Post the first sentence [or so] of your current read,
including author, and title.
Any first impressions or thoughts also welcome.
Link this week's post HERE at
Rose City Reader - tweeting? use #bookbeginnings
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: DAWN AT EMBERWILDE by SARAH LADD



WAITING ON WEDNESDAY...




Hosted weekly by Jill at Breaking the Spine
we're invited to post our anticipated new book releases ...

Mine for this week's WoW?



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Releasing May 10th , Dawn at Emberwilde is book 2 of the series,
Treasures of Surrey by an author I'm always waiting on....

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Here's the intriguing synopsis ~

For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. 
No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would enable her to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father's death. The unexpected arrival of a stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel's small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives. 
At her new family's invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with rumors and ominous folklore-along with whispers of something far more sinister. Perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart. 
At Emberwilde Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it-in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: pb 352 pgsaudio Brilliancemp3, kindle 348 pgs, 
ebook 352 pgs All availabe pre-order at Book Depository


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What new book releases are you anticipating ?
A great way to introduce us to new authors and series or singles.
Find Jill's linkup and fellow readers posting WoW
HERE



I'm hoping to see yours next WoW !



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