Through Reading, Blogging, & Writing



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?




This week’s mailbox was of my own making.  I downloaded a book I found on someone’s mailbox last week…and found the other one in the bookstore.

Here they are!

1.  Rain (e-book), by Leigh K. Cunningham

Winner, Literary Fiction category, 2011 Indie Excellence Awards.
Silver medalist, 2011 Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY), Regional Fiction: Australia/New Zealand.

Set in provincial Australia in the early sixties, Rain is a multigenerational family saga that chronicles the lives of three generations of the Wallin sawmilling dynasty. It explores the often difficult but enduring ties between mothers and daughters, men and women: the sacrifices, compromises, and patterns of emotion that repeat themselves through generations.

In a journey that spans four decades and crosses the globe, Rain is an epic tale of the choices and consequences that comprise one family’s history. By turn dark and amusing, Rain delivers an emotionally charged revelation about love, loss, guilt, self-discovery and redemption. The enduring question of family bonds, escapable or not, divides, conquers, and triumphs.

2.  The Witness, by Nora Roberts

Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security  systems—and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something—and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today’s most reliably entertaining thriller
author—and will leave people hungering for more.




Welcome to another Monday in which we explore the previous week, while taking a look at the upcoming one.  We get to visit other blogs and find books that will go on our wish lists.

Some of you may have joined in on the Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, so you’re probably pretty tired right now.  I know I am!

I fizzled out before it was even over, but I feel like I accomplished enough….

Here are some books read and/or started:

1.  Heiress without a Cause, by Sara Ramsey (Read the final 209 pages)

2.  The Return of Edgar Cayce, by C. Terry Cline, Jr. (Read whole book – 160 pages)

3.  The Accidental, by Ali Smith (still reading it!  Have read 60 pages so far)

So, to sum up:  I finished two books and started another, for a total of 429 pages in 7.5 hours.


As for the rest of the week, I did some major blogging, with too many posts to list, so here are some highlights:

Check out my Fourth Blogoversary Giveaway over at Story Corner, where there are some ARCs, among others, on the list.

Then I posted about Yvonne’s Socrates’s Cozy Mystery Giveaway - ending tomorrow!  So hurry!!

At my writing blog Forest Journey: Where the Journey Sometimes Takes Us shines a light on the writer’s life, along with an excerpt from my novel Embrace the Whirlwind.

Along the same lines, here is Where Does Creativity Happen?

Review:    Come Home, by Lisa Scottoline

Review:    On Their Own, by Martha Shirk, et. al

Review:     Mimosas, Mischief, & Murder (e-book) - by Sara Rosett

What’s Up Next? (Click titles/covers for more info)

1.  The Accidental, by Ali Smith (I’ve already started this one – from my TBR stacks)

2.  The Beginner’s Goodbye, by Anne Tyler

3.  The Good Life, by Jay McInerney (from the TBR stacks)

4.  Love in a Nutshell (e-book) - Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly



And that’s my week!  What did yours look like?

Author: laurelrainsnow

Retired social worker * Mother * Grandmother * Writer *Obsessive blogger * Book Reviewer * Loves movies & collecting things * *To find out more about my books and blogs, check my website, Laurel-Rain Snow's Creations...


  1. You had a nice and quiet mailbox last week. Aren’t those great weeks? So many new to me titles that i will have to check out. Enjoy and wishign you a great week.

  2. You’ve got two really interesting books there. Enjoy! I also like the books you are reading now!

    I’m a follower now. I look forward to seeing more!

  3. Wow! The read-a-thon sure had you reading a lot. My eyes would cross over if I read for that many hours…Enjoy your new books.

    • I think mine did cross over, Laura…they were definitely blurring and itching….I had to quit at 9 p.m. Imagine how many books I could have read if that hadn’t happened! lol

      Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your week.

  4. The Nora Roberts novel sounds like a fun read.

    Have a great reading week!

  5. The Nora Roberts book is in several mailboxes this week. You’ve accomplished a lot this week. Have a good week this time as well.

    • Thanks, Mystica….I couldn’t believe how many blog posts I wrote (aside from the memes)! Too many to list them all…and I’m excited about the reading week, too. Have a good one!

  6. I am currently reading The Witness, my first foray into Nora Roberts’s romantic suspense novels. I hope you enjoy it when you read it. I want to read The Beginner’s Goodbye and the Lisa Scottoline book too.

    It was fun participating in the read-a-thon but I had to stop when my vision got all blurry around 1 this morning. I planned to sleep for a little while and then get up early to keep reading but that didn’t happen. I guess I needed to sleep in:) I’m glad you were able to make progress on your TBR pile too.

    • My eyes blurred up on me, too, Christina T….sadly, that pretty much killed it for me. But I like how the read-a-thon boosted my week’s totals. Thanks for stopping by, and I’m really looking forward to the books on my list.

  7. I am loving that cover of Rain! Have a super week Laurel – coffee and chocolate on the way :)

    • Oh, me too, Sheila…I saw that one last week on Kathy’s blog (Bermudaonion) and had to order it. And it wasn’t just the name “rain,” either…lol

      I love a good family saga.

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting…and thanks for the coffee and chocolate!

  8. The Beginner’s Goodbye looks like a fantastic read. I’m new to Nora Roberts. I’m currently listening to book 2 of her Bride Quartet series. Also, I’m looking forward to reading Scottoline’s Come Home. You had quite the busy week!

    • Thanks, Shonda…Yes, I love Scottoline’s books…and Anne Tyler’s, too. Can’t wait to plunge in.

      I actually have the Quartet series sitting on the desk in my bedroom…I want to read it, but I know that I’ll have to read all four, one after the other.

      Too much?

      Glad you could stop by, and have a great week.

  9. I used to read Nora Roberts all the time but haven’t lately. I think I have a book or two of her’s that I haven’t read yet.

    I have Love In A Nutshell in my CD player, but can’t seem to get into it!

    Here’s Mine

  10. I’ve never done a Read-A-Thon. It seems like so much work.

    My favorite read this week was I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley Please come see what else I’m reading.

    • Sarah, what I like most about the read-a-thons are that we can read as much or as little as we wish. So I didn’t actually read that long. But it felt like it, so I think I will do it differently next time. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. You had a busy blogging week – congrats on your anniversary!

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  12. Love in a Nutshell looks so cute and sounds like a fun read – enjoy.

  13. I haven’t read any of your MM’s but have come across Nora Roberts usually on the shelves of charity shops. Obviously popular.

  14. Haven’t read Nora Roberts in a long while; enjoy Laure;

  15. At least you gave the readathon a try! I hope you enjoy your new books!

  16. You had a productive week. Nice mailbox! Have a great week!!

  17. Rain was in my mailbox last week. Not sure when I’ll get to it but I think it sounds good. Hope you enjoy it!

    • Mary, that’s when I decided to order it…I’d seen it around and kept feeling drawn to it; then seeing it on your blog was the last straw! lol

      It’s on Sparky, my Kindle…so it will be beckoning to me every time I open it.

      Thanks for stopping by…have a great week.

  18. It looks like you had a great week. I haven’t read Nora Roberts, yet — can’t you believe it?

  19. I’ve only read one book by Anne Tyler and enjoyed it. She’s an author I have always meant to go back to. Rain sounds like my cup of tea.

    • I enjoy Tyler…her characters are so unique and quirky, and she features the ordinary people we might meet. Several of her books have been made into movies; sometimes for the big screen and some for TV. I think my favorite was The Accidental Tourist.

      I think I’m going to love Rain, too….Thanks for visiting, Karen.

  20. I have The Witness on my tbr list and am hoping to get it from the library soon. I love Nora Roberts and her romantic suspense books are always so good!

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  21. I haven’t heard of Rain before. Sounds like the type of story I would love! :)

  22. Nice variety! I stayed out of the Readathon because my grandbaby is due to be born but we are still waiting :)
    Have a great week!

    • Exciting! I remember when each grandbaby was coming…now they’re all so OLD…lol

      Five of them are teenagers and the youngest is nine.

      Enjoy this time with the new one. And thanks for visiting.

  23. Oh, you can’t go wrong with Nora. :) have fun with your books!

  24. Woah! Looks like you were wildly busy during your readathon!! :)

    Happy Reading this week! It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading??

  25. Looks like you had a great week! I didn’t have much time to participate in the readathon, which is disappointing because I really wanted to! Hopefully I’ll get the chance next go around!

  26. You have some interesting line up with some awesome covers. The covers always make a big impact on my reading decisions :)

  27. Rain certainly sounds interesting!

  28. I am still waiting on The Witness. Hope to get to Love In A Nutshell soon.

  29. Hi, thanks for stoppin by my blog. I’m trudging along trying to keep up with my reading challenges . I’m 1 book behind according to goodreads so yay!

  30. The Janet Evanovich looks good. Have a great week.

  31. Even though I mainly read urban fantasy, scifi or horror, I enjoy the occassional Evanovich book. She’s a funny writer

  32. You had a great week! I have THE WITNESS on my wishlist.

  33. I can’t wait to read your review of Love in a Nutshell.

  34. Rain sounds really good. I love family sagas! Happy reading!

  35. I have a copy of Rain. I’m embarrassed…the author sent me a copy (after reading my comment on another blog). I need to read this one!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

  36. The Nora Roberts novel caught my eye. Hope you enjoy it and all your books!

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