Decisions, decisions–now that we’re in the second half of 2020, it’s time to make a few lifestyle adjustments. With life in the #QuarantineLane becoming the new reality (yes, California is pretty much back in full #lockdown), I’m taking on a new activity, golf (only ride the cart with those you live with √, masks in the public area √)! Now I know what you’re thinking–as if #writing wasn’t enough stress, surely hitting a little ball hundreds of yards can’t be that tough, right? (Anyone, anyone?) We’ve lived on a golf course the past twenty years and despite a few lessons–I just never made the commitment. My late MIL played daily into her 90s and was an avid golfer, so, if she could do it, I’m going to give it another try. I have a feeling I better practice shouting ‘FORE’! #JustSayin
Speaking of new chapters, we’re selling our condo on the beach. It’s been great fun but lifestyles and priorities changed for a second home. I’m looking to head to the hills (mountains) for some cold weather and a change of scene. A cabin in the woods sounds pretty perfect to me to write stories and have a place to wear my boots more often, LOL. Knock wood–I’m hoping to start the search for a little slice of mountain nirvana soon… It’s Wednesday, time for DearDiary:
#AmInterviewing #AmLovin those #bookreviews!
Okay, I admit it, I am getting a bit carried away with the #book #GIFs, but hey–I’m still in the #BookMoon phase for my release of Double Trouble. My book baby is ten days old and I’m so proud of it! Another fabulous 5 STAR review has been posted on Amazon–thank you Jena Henry!
- I hope by now you have all ready discovered the My American Almost-Royal Cousin series. We are up to book 5, but don’t despair- this is the best book so far and entirely enjoyable as a stand-alone. If you’ve been enthralled with the series, as I have, then you know that Gemma is an amazing American gal who started a new adventure in Jolly Olde and is now the Marchioness of Lancaster, and mistress of Cherrywood Hall. She has a handsome husband, Sir Kyle and a dazzling actor Mama, Jillian, who stars in the popular new show, Castlewood Manor (loosely based on Downton Abbey).Book 5 features all the motifs that we we have come to love and expect. There are plenty of friends, Royal and society, who come and go, bringing laughter and fun. Some new faces appear- who are quite appealing, interior designer Rikkhe St. Claire, and the “uncanny nanny” Figgy McEwen, as well as a new darling doggie. Gourmet food, entertaining with events big and small, and fabulous clothes abound and enrapture us. The most fun is the massive rebuilding and redecorating at Cherrywood Hall-truly sumptuous and I swooned over every detail. I agree that the gang has achieved a new heights of castle-chic living. And the spirit of Aunt Pippa watches over it allSo, what’s with the Double Trouble? The discovery of a skeleton is just the start of the series of murders that must be solved. Intriguing history from the 1930’s comes in to play, which leads to a major joint-nation crime collaboration between the UK and US. Pippa and a Lady from the past are also on the mission to solve the crimes that even reach to the Royal family. Oh the toil and troubles! But the best “Double” is that Lady Gemma is expecting twins. Thank goodness she has spicy cornbread with jalapeño jelly to give her strength. (Doesn’t that sound yummy?) Jillian will henceforth be known as “Glammie” and we hope that everyone at Cherrywood Hall lives happily ever after.
This book is all aglitter with great characters, a fun plot and so many delightful details. I hope you spot the clever reverence to current events- oh that was a good one! I highly recommend this book and the series! Well done Lady Veronica Cline Barton.
Check out my Q&As with Wordrefiner, extraordinaire Mark Schultz!
We’ve been on the internet waves this past week talking all things books! Lots of details on the story behind the story for those of you with enquiring minds! I’m a huge fan of these interview sessions with writers–it’s fun and a treat to do the Q&A with Mark. Highly recommended #WritingCommunity!
An historical mystery on the shores of New Jersey this week from the #writers of Twitter…
Author Amy Reade, Cape Menace, 5 STARS
For Sarah, the sudden disappearance of her mamma jarred her world. The searches found no trace or clues, leaving her father and her with an emptiness that is hard to fill. As the years pass, Sarah and her Pappa go on with their lives, caring for their farm and treating the ills of the community with their remedies from their apothecary. The lingering questions of Mamma’s vanishing remain and rumors still swirl–were wolves or a seedy sea captain involved?
Romance is on the mind of one of Sarah’s friends, but is she ready, or willing to commit? A mysterious stranger visits her father during the late evening hours, Sarah wonders who he might be and what is going on between them–is her father hiding a dark secret? When tragedy strikes again, Sarah is determined to get to the truth–but will her inquiries trigger more foul play?
Author Reade takes on us a mysterious journey with a young woman coming into her own, transporting us back in time to her New World settlement. The descriptions and history tie-ins were cleverly revealed. This is the first of a new collection I very much look forward to reading! A #HistFic whodunit–highly recommended!
Next up in the #amreading queue:
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Welcome to my world. Enjoy your #week and #weekened everyone!
Crowns and Kisses,
P.S. The feature pic today of Queen Victoria, sitting regally in front of Kensington Palace has a special meaning for me–I’m now writing book six in the series and I have a feeling Gemma, Kyle and the kiddies (with Figgy of course!) may just be spending a bit of time there visiting their royal friends….#StayTuned! In the meantime there’s always time for a bit of #DoubleTrouble! You can order your copy here⇓ Gemma and Rikkhe approve 🙂