Wow, another week has passed!  And now it’s time for those Monday Memes again, with Mailbox Monday hosted by Mari Reads, and What Are You Reading? led by Book Journey.


This week, I received one book!  Yes, only one, a review book.  But this is kind of a relief, since my stacks are almost overwhelming by now.

A Pug’s Tale, by Alison Pace, came to me from the publisher.

There are pugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Hope McNeill has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for years, but this is the first time she’s been able to bring along her pug, Max. (Officially at least. Previously she’s had to smuggle him in inside her tote bag.)

The occasion: a special “Pug Night” party in honor of a deep-pocketed donor. Max and his friends are having a ball stalking the hors d’oeuvres and getting rambunctious, and making Hope wonder if this is also the last time she gets to bring Max to the museum.

But when a prized painting goes missing, the Met needs Hope’s–and Max’s–help. In her quest for the culprit, Hope searches for answers with an enigmatic detective, a larger-than-life society heiress, a lady with a shih tzu in a stroller, and her arguably intuitive canine. With luck, she’ll find some inspiration on her trips to Pug Hill before the investigation starts going downhill…

Now doesn’t that pique your curiosity?



Last week, I blogged everyday about various things, mostly memes.  But as part of my ROW 80 Writing Challenge, I did a post about my WIP at Snow Chronicles.

My Reading Week-Read & Reviewed – Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

2.  The Ghost of Greenwich Village, by Lorna Graham

3.   I’m Over All That, by Shirley MacLaine

4.   The Lake of Dreams (e-book), by Kim Edwards

What’s Up Next?

1.  The Long Journey Home, by Margaret Robison (Amazon Vine)

A memoir from the mother of Augusten Burroughs, who has given us many memoirs.

2.  Love You More, by Lisa Gardner

One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?

3.  Out of Balance, by Angela Lam Turpin (review book)

Former stay-at-home wife and mother, Beverly Mael, turns her life upside down in Out of Balance, a hilarious new novel about bank shenanigans and underground cyber societies.

Caught between her husband, the ultimate prankster, and her boss, the charmingly seductive President and CEO of Vine Valley Bank, Beverly struggles to keep her husband’s secret and help her boss’s blind ambition without losing her marriage or her job. Floundering through dictation during the day and falling asleep in her dinner at night, Beverly needs to get away from it all. But a surprise date turns sour when Beverly discovers her unemployed husband has developed a computer program that can change the world-for better or worse. To complicate matters, the bank’s president keeps lavishing praise on Beverly, giving her the attention she desperately craves from home. Armed only with a gift for numbers and a steadfast faith in God, Beverly must stop her husband’s pact with the cyber underworld and uncover the truth about World Bank’s false profit before it’s too late.

So that’s it for this week…I cut back a bit on what I’ve planned for the week, knowing I can always add something from Sparky, my Kindle.  So what’s on tap for the rest of you???


  1. Pug Tail looks cute. Enjoy your book and thanks for sharing!
    I think when you are the first one to link you don’t see it right away. Same problem last week, but I can see all the links. Let me know if you still can’t see them. 🙂


    1. Oh, I know, Marce…I found The Long Journey Home on Library Thing’s Early Reviewers, and used it as a WOW book awhile back. I didn’t get it from Library Thing, though…good old Amazon Vine review. Thanks for visiting.


  2. carol

    Enjoy your reading week.

    I had some exciting titles delivered by the postman this week.
    My reading week is looking good.



  3. I am listening to The Lake of Dreams right now and am wondering if I would enjoy it more reading it as there is so much description and it feels like a book that needs savoring. Off to check on your review.


  4. I really want to read Love You More – read my first DD Warren book last year and enjoyed it so much. A Pug’s Tale sounds like a great read, too (but then, I love pugs!). And I chuckled when I read “my stacks are almost overwhelming” – mine went waaaay beyond overwhelming long ago!


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