Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 277: Found Art

Decorating rocks and leaving them for people
to find is one of the latest trends. I came
across this one on a recent walk. 



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 374: Perfect Touch

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is by Elizabeth Lowell from her romantic suspense, Perfect Touch.



The motel room door was ajar.

She pushed the door open with her big purse and froze.

(Chapter 1
)










ABOUT THE BOOK:

The queen of romantic suspense returns with a heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer—a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion

An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sarah "Sam" Maddox travels the world to find the ideal artwork for her clients. Her sophisticated, comfortable life in San Francisco is light years away from the poverty of her family's dairy farm, and Sam will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong. A dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn't have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements.

Jay Vermillion recently inherited Vermillion Sky, a working ranch near Wyoming's breathtaking Grand Teton Mountains—and the estates of the rich and restless. While he was fighting in two wars, his father tried to keep the homestead running, until illness stole his fight and then his life. Jay's determined to restore Vermillion Sky, but first he’s got to settle a vicious battle with his former stepmother over some of his late father’s paintings. The last thing on his mind is a finding a wife and creating a sixth generation of Vermillions.

When Jay hires Sam to handle his father's artwork, it's love at first sight—a mutually inconvenient attraction that is soon complicated by a double murder at the edge of the ranch and a potential betrayal even closer to home. Working together to unmask a murderer, Sam and Jay try to fight the intense heat between them. Then the killer targets Sam. And suddenly, Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he’s once again willing to die for . . .





Sunday, August 13, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Skywatch Friday 204

Wisconsin State Capitol reflected in 
glass windows as darkness falls 
on the Capitol Square in Madison.


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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 373: Come Sundown

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, her most recent single title suspense.



Later, Alice would think of that indecision, that few minutes of hesitation standing in the bitter wind on the shoulder of the road. The few minutes before she took a step toward the fields, the mountains, that would have taken her into lengthening shadows of the pines, away from the road.

(Prologue)




ABOUT THE BOOK:


The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.





Friday, August 04, 2017

Skywatch Friday 203

From July 2017



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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 372: Anne of Green Gables

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from one of my favorite books growing up: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.


"You mean, hateful boy!" she exclaimed passionately. “How dare you!”

And then—Thwack! Anne had brought her slate down on Gilbert’s head and cracked it—slate, not head—clear across.









ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables farm on Prince Edward Island, she surprises everyone: first of all, she is a girl. Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, had specifically asked for an orphan boy. She has bright red hair that won't manage and a mouth that won't shut. Nothing will ever be the same at Green Gables!

A favorite story of generations of girls ever since it was first published in 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic story of one girl's profound effect on a small Canadian community has stayed in print for nearly one hundred years and has been made into a popular TV series and even a musical.



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Skywatch Friday 202

From July 3, 2017


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 274: More June Blossoms





All were taken during some of my walks . . .



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 371: A Tale of Two Biddies

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan, and it comes with a warning. If you have ever wanted to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens—which I highly recommend—I suggest reading it before picking up this cozy mystery, as it does spoil the plot/ending of the Dickens classic. Other than that it was a pretty good read.


I darted to my right, eager to get on dry land, too, and I would have done it if a couple things hadn’t happened all at once.

A blast of wind slapped against my back.

Another streak of lightning turned the inky blackness so blinding white that I squeezed my eyes shut.

Waves made the boats all around me bob and slap against the dock.

And Richie Monroe screamed for help.

He was in the water.


(Chapter one)





ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: League of Literary Ladies #2

When it comes to solving mysteries, these ladies are in a league of their own…

Summer can be the best of times or the worst of times for the resort town of Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. For Bea Cartwright, business is booming as guests storm her B and B for the Bastille Day celebration. In honor of the holiday, the League of Literary Ladies is reading the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities. It would be hard to make a more apropos selection—especially when they have their very own Defarge sisters, elderly twins Margaret and Alice, who run the local knitting shop.

On Bastille Day, the head-banging rock band Guillotine shows their chops for the tourists—but the celebration is soon cut short. With something needling the Defarge dowagers and secrets that lead to murder, solving this mystery will be a far, far better thing than the Literary Ladies have done before. They’ll just have to make sure to keep their heads while they try to stop a killer’s reign of terror…



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Random Photo: Rabbit at Rest

The rabbits are running rampant these days...





Friday, July 21, 2017

Skywatch Friday 201

June 14, 2017:






June 24, 2017:











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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday 370: Incriminating Passion

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser is from an older romantic suspense by Ann Voss Peterson, Incriminating Passion, which is set locally in Madison, WI.



Andrea braced herself and prayed. The Lexus flew over the edge, weightless for a moment. Then gravity dragged her down to the black water below.

(Chapter One)








ABOUT THE BOOK:

DEFENDING THE INNOCENT

Someone was trying to kill Andrea Kirkland. And with good reason. For she was the only witness to a murder. A murder her mind refused to recall. A murder assistant D.A. John Cohen needed her to remember so that she could testify and put an end to the threats, the danger. Until then, John felt duty bound to protect her. Just until the murderer was found, he told himself. After all, she was his key witness. But once the passion exploded between them, the rugged D.A. came to realize that his key witness had come to mean so much more . . .




Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Skywatch Friday 200





From June 09, 2017


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday 272: Daisies
















From June 09, 2017



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