Monday, September 6, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - Sep 6

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Welcome back to Monday. I am late to the party this week, but I guess that is better than missing it altogether like last week. I have been so busy! I am thankful this Labor Day weekend has brought me time to unwind. Travis is also relaxing today.

Since I didn't schedule real estate appointments this weekend, I've managed to weed the garden and get it ready for fall, bake, catch up on visiting blogs, and read a bit. Next goal is to vacuum. 

Pumpkin muffins

Potatoes from the garden

Grapes growing wild 

Here are some photos from my trip to Chicago.


Field Museum

Pump Up Your Book will be coordinating a virtual book tour (VBT) for the second edition of my book, A Christmas Kindness, which was released in 2019. The new edition includes discussion questions, crafts, and activities. I will let you know when the tour page is up in case you wish to participate in the VBT. 

Silly me thought I would have reading time in Chicago, but I went from one thing to the next and collapsed into bed each night. So, I missed my deadline to review this one. I hope to have it posted by Friday. 

I finished this book yesterday and my review will appear at my children's book blog tomorrow. 

These are next on the list. 

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. 

This book arrived earlier this week. It is for a virtual book tour running in October and November. 

In an idyllic Colorado town, a young girl goes missing--and the trail leads into the heart and mind of a remorseless killer. 

The late summer heat in Echo Valley, Colorado turns lush greenery into a tinder dry landscape. When a young girl mysteriously disappears, long buried grudges rekindle.Of the two Flores girls, Marisa was the one people pegged for trouble. Her younger sister, Lena, was the quiet daughter, dutiful and diligent--right until the moment she vanished. 

Detective Jo Wyatt is convinced the eleven-year-old girl didn't runaway and that a more sinister reason lurks behind her disappearance. For Jo, the case is personal, reaching far back into her past. But as she mines Lena's fractured family life, she unearths a cache of secrets and half-lies that paints a darker picture.

As the evidence mounts, so do the suspects, and when a witness steps forward with a shocking new revelation, Jo is forced to confront her doubts, and her worst fears. Now, it's just a matter of time before the truth is revealed--or the killer makes another deadly move.

That's it from me this week. I hope you enjoy the long weekend--if you have one--and enjoy some great books.


Elizabeth said...

Yummy muffins.

Awesome on the potatoes from your garden.

Enjoy your week and your books.

Yvonne said...

Those muffins look so good. Great pics too!

I hope you have a great week! Enjoy your books.

Cheryl said...

Thaks, Elizabeth and Yvonne. We definitely enjoyed the muffins. Can't wait to visit our local farm for some apples soon.

Hope you both have a great week.

Cindy said...

Love the riverwalk. I would enjoy reading Charlotte Hubble's book. Will have to look for it. I love Amish fiction.

Sue Jackson said...

Mercy Creek sounds good!

And your trip to Chicago sounds wonderful - I enjoyed your photos (from there and from home).

Hope you enjoy your books this week!


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Greg said...

I love the river pic in Chicago! Hope you have a great LAbor Day. :)

vvb32 reads said...

Ooo, those travel pics :-) and the muffins look yummy. Have a good week and happy reading.

Cheryl said...

Thanks Cindy and Sue. Chicago was fun and very pretty. Greg, we had a nice relaxing day...even if I did clean. Vvb32, the muffins were good.

I appreciate everyone stopping by to say hello.

Martha Eskuchen said...

Great to have your own potatoes and wild-growing grapes.
Looks like you had a good visit to Chicago and I am glad it was safe.
Those muffins look yummy.
Enjoy your week and Happy Reading!

Savvy Verse & Wit said...

Our potatoes didn't make it this year. It's always fun to unearth them. I tend to have big reading aspirations on vacation and not get to it.
I hope your book tour does well.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Martha. I wish I had more time for the garden, but not in the plan right now.

Serena, sorry to hear about your potatoes. That is one of the few vegetables I seem to be able to grow. That and green beans. Anything else I have mixed results with.

Thanks for visiting!