Welcome to another Monday from the Interior, in which we share about the books we received in the mail (or bought), and talk about our bookish week, past and future.

For April, Mailbox Monday is hosted by Cindy’s Love of Books.

Sheila, at Book Journey, brings us What Are You Reading?


I received three books in the mail this week: one review book and two contest wins from Patty, at Books, Thoughts, and a Few Adventures.

Then I went a little crazy downloading onto Sparky, my Kindle,  adding four more books.

So here goes the list:

1.  Kiss Crush Collide, by Christina Meredith (contest win)

What Leah did—only she really shouldn’t have—one hot night at a country club party.

What Leah has—only she really shouldn’t have—on the guy with the green eyes, the guy who is not her perfect boyfriend, the guy who does not fit in her picture-perfect life, the guy her sisters will only mock and her mother will never approve of. Not in a million years.

What happens when everything you always thought you wanted—having cool friends, being class valedictorian and homecoming queen—runs smack into everything it turns out you really do want.

Kiss. Crush. Collide.
For Leah and Porter, summer is only the beginning.

2.  The File on Angelyn Stark, by Catherine Atkins

Angelyn Stark has a secret.

One day, her neighbor and friend, Nathan, saw something happen. Something between Angelyn and her stepfather. Then he told his grandmother, who was always looking out for Angelyn, and it turned into a mess. But Nathan didn’t know what he was talking about then, and he doesn’t know now.

Three years later, Angelyn is in high school and she thinks she’s getting along fine–but there’s a young teacher who wants to help her. He says she has potential she isn’t living up to. Nobody has ever cared this way about Angelyn, not since Nathan’s grandmother, anyway. But what does Mr. Rossi really want from her? And once Angelyn starts falling for him, does she really care?

3.  A Silence of Mockingbirds, by Karen Spears Zacharias (Review Book from Publicist)

This is not a simple love story. It is the troubling tale of a father’s love for the daughter he was unable to protect.  Investigative journalist and author Karen Spears Zacharias never anticipated that she would become one of the characters involved in a high-profile murder. But when she reconnects with a young woman named Sarah, who lived in the Zacharias home at one time and was treated like family, Karen discovers that something unspeakable has happened to Sarah’s daughter, Karly. Compelled to consider her own culpability in this tragic case, Karen pieces together what happened to Karly through court documents, investigators’ interviews, and interviews with friends, family, law enforcement officials, and key witnesses.

4.  Memento Mori, (e-book), by Muriel Spark

In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone informs each, “Remember you must die.” Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled by these seemingly supernatural phone calls, and in the resulting flurry many old secrets are dusted off. Beneath the once decorous surface of their lives, unsavories like blackmail and adultery are now to be glimpsed. As spooky as it is witty, poignant and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more.

5.  Mimosas, Mischief, & Murder (e-book), by Sara Rosett

Super-organized Ellie Avery thinks she’s prepared for everything when she and her family set off for an extended visit with her in-laws–clothes, books, and enough games and toys to entertain two stir-crazy kids on a six-hour drive. But the one thing she hasn’t planned for is cold-blooded murder. . .

As soon as Ellie and her husband, Mitch, arrive at his parents’ gracious home in Smarr, Alabama, they are shocked to learn that Mitch’s Grandpa Fanklin has passed away. More shockingly, a too-quickly-closed police investigation raises more questions about Franklin’s death than it answers. As the quirky, extended Avery family clan closes ranks around their own, she realizes that quite a few relatives stood to profit from Franklin’s passing, and she can’t help looking for motives among the mourners. When a little more sleuthing reveals Franklin’s mysterious ties to a famous, reclusive local author whose writings are worth megabucks, something doesn’t sit right with Ellie. . .and it’s not just the homemade grits.

As genteel Southern tradition collides with greedy and possibly murderous passions, another disturbing death confirms Ellie’s suspicions. With Alabama’s biggest book festival fast approaching, she sees danger brewing faster than sweet tea. Who can she trust? Looking over her shoulder for a killer who’s definitely onto her, Ellie needs to act fast if she wants to save her family. . .and herself!

Don’t miss Ellie Avery’s great tips for preserving family treasures!

6.  An Appetite for Murder (e-book), by Lucy Burdette

Hayley Snow’s life always revolved around food. But when she applies to be a food critic for a Key West style magazine, she discovers that her new boss would be Kristen Faulkner-the woman Hayley caught in bed with her boyfriend! Hayley thinks things are as bad as they can get-until the police pull her in as a suspect in Kristen’s murder. Kristen was killed by a poisoned key lime pie. Now Hayley must find out who used meringue to murder before she takes all the blame.

7.  Six Pack of Blood, by Betty Dravis and Barbara Watkins, et. al

“Six-Pack of Blood” received Zodiac Entertainment’s “Best Paranormal/Horror” Award. It’s a compilation of six short, malevolent stories by award-winning authors Betty Dravis and Barbara Watkins. Be sure to lock your doors and leave the lights on before reading these bloodcurdling, terrifying tales of revenge, lust, murder, cannibalism, witchcraft and more. Who in the world is safe when such benign things as snow domes, dolls, a Caribbean cruise and an innocent Sunday outing turn malevolent? Blood is everywhere…


And that’s my mailbox!



Our Monday reading event encompasses the world of blogging and reviewing.  It’s our chance to really enjoy what the community of bloggers is doing throughout the week.

As many of you know, we’re doing Bloggiesta this weekend.  You can still join in, if you haven’t yet.  Just click the link to take you to Suey’s place and have fun!

My focus has been over at my Curl up and Read site; but I’ve also meandered over to a couple of other sites, too.

While I was scurrying around at Curl up and Read, I managed to post my March Reading Wrap-Up.

You can also find some assorted posts around, beginning with Thursday Potpourri, followed up by Another Cozy Mystery at Chocolate & Mimosas; then I did a Weekend Potpourri.

Next I posted an excerpt from one of my manuscripts over at Snow Chronicles:  Rediscovering that Love Connection; and Bloggiesta and The Urge to Create at Story Corner.

Here’s what I read and reviewed-click titles:

Review:    Good-Bye and Amen, by Beth Gutcheon

Review:    Lone Wolf, by Jodi Picoult

Review:    Witch Woman (e-book), by Jeanette Baker

What’s Up Next?

Still Reading:  The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Click Titles and/or Book Covers to Learn More:

1.  American Pastoral, by Philip Roth (From my TBR stacks)

2.  Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin (From my TBR stacks)

3.  Arranged, by Catherine McKenzie


I hope to get some reading done this week…I have grandkids visiting throughout the week while on spring vacation, so I purposely kept the list shorter.

What are the rest of you doing?  Any plans for some favorite books?


  1. cindyloveofbook

    You got some great reads. I have read Kiss, Crush Collide and really enjoyed it. I hope you do to. I can’t wait to hear what you think of Matrimony and Arranged. Thanks for stopping by and linking to your blog. I am looking forward to checking out your blog more over this month.


    1. Yes, Sheila, I’ll bet you are tired! You did so much work on your blog, in addition to hosting that challenge!

      Muriel Spark is an author I read back in the day, and this is one of hers I hadn’t read. I am looking forward to it; and thanks for stopping by.


    1. Thanks for sharing that, Kathy…I am looking forward to it. Books like that one resonate with me because of my career in child protective services.

      Glad you could stop by, and enjoy your week.


  2. I didn’t get an Sunday Salon visits done yesterday. We had a friend stop by with 2 of his sons. He moved to Wyoming from Wisconsin in 1984 and other than email, Facebook and phone calls we have not talked since then. Spent the day catching up and trying to make sure we visit in person more often.

    You have a great line up here. Those e-books can become addicting, lol.

    Have an awesome week!


    1. Oh, isn’t that the truth? The Kindle is a mixed blessing…lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Lori, and my day kind of got away from me, too, since a couple of grandchildren came for a sleepover.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. This is my first read of The Secret Garden, too, and I am enjoying it. I should be finished today…had a lot of interruptions this weekend!

      Thanks for stopping by, Laura, and enjoy your week.


    1. I went a little crazy with the downloads, Tanya…lol

      I agree about the creepy cover…one of the authors is a friend and writes great horror stories.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week.


    1. Thanks, Crystal…I spent yesterday and today with the kids, and now I’m behind in reading and blogging…lol

      But it was a lot of fun and a nice break.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week. I’m looking forward to Arranged, as I recently read Spin by this author.


  3. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    An interesting mailbox this week!
    I like the sound of Matrimony – I hope you enjoy it!

    Wishing you a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


    1. I realized after picking my books that I’ve got quite a marriage theme going with Arranged and Matrimony…and probably American Pastoral as well.

      Thanks for visiting, Shelleyrae….and enjoy your week.


  4. The Secret Garden was one of my childhood favourites, I re-read it a few years ago and enjoyed it just as much. Looking forward to your thoughts on Arranged.

    Enjoy the time with your grandkids Laurel and happy reading 🙂


    1. I’m sorry I missed it as a kid. I’ll bet the book would have had awesome illustrations…

      I read it this week on my Kindle.

      Thanks for stopping by, Teddyree, and I’m looking forward to Arranged, too.

      As for me and the grandkids…I was very hungry for Mexican food after Bloggiesta, and the kids were game. So we stuffed ourselves with wonderful goodies on Sunday night!


    1. Yes, there does seem to be a theme here! lol

      Thanks for visiting, Nise, and I had a lot of fun with the kids. The two who visited are fifteen and nine, and the nine-year-old adores Fiona. She’s good with him, too.

      Makes for a fun family time.


  5. After reading Spin, I’m really looking forward to reading Arranged. Spin took me by surprise. I thought it would be light and fun, but it ended up being thought provoking. I really enjoyed it. Appetite for Murder has been on my wish list for a while now. I really need to go ahead and buy it. I love starting new cozy series.


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