Good morning, and welcome to another Monday, in which we celebrate our reading, blogging, and life.  Mailbox Monday is hosted in October by Mailbox Monday blog;  and Book Journey brings us another edition of What Are You Reading?


This week’s mailbox held two books:  one review book and one contest win.  And I received a download to Sparky for review.

1.  Dead on Ice, by Lauren Carr (Review from Author)

Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates. Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

2.  Curiosity Killed the Kat (e-book), by Elizabeth Nelson (Review for Blog Tour-11/13)

Katherine (“Kat”) thought she had the perfect marriage to International Lawyer Steven Flynn. Until he tried to kill her.

Katherine was the perfect obedient wife. She would do anything for her husband. That is, until she discovers he’s the ring leader of a human trafficking organization. The action is fast and furious, the dialogue smart and the sex scenes hot. Meet Katherine in Curiosity Killed The Kat as she goes farther and farther down the rabbit hole of political intrigue, sex, and revenge. Will she let herself be saved by love or will curiosity and a thirst for killer justice kill the Kat?

3.  Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (Contest Win from Suey’s books)

Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

And that’s my mailbox!



Welcome to our Monday reading event where we come together to share our reading, blogging, and life adventures, and where we find a great community of book bloggers.

For some reason, my reading week seemed to take on a snail’s pace, partly because I was reading longer books, especially my third one, an historical novel full of dense details.

But I can’t blame the books entirely.  I was also caught up in the blissful obsession of two new toys:  my new TV, which I enjoyed way too much this week; and my new printer/scanner/fax machine.

Since buying Louisa May, my new laptop, I have been without my old printer and scanner—incompatible with the computer.

But my youngest son arrived with a combination device that has brought me back into the world of scanning.  I used it yesterday to post some of my Saturday Snapshots.

On the Blogs:

I posted my Row 80 Round Four Check-In; and then, later in the week, featured my Sweet Saturday Sample:  After the Bliss; followed by my Weekend Potpourri post:  Cozy Moments.


1.  More Than You Know – by Penny Vincenzi

2.  Dangerous Affairs, by Diana Miller

3.  The Heir, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

What’s Up Next? (Click Titles/Covers for More Info):

1.  Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan (Review Book)

2.  The Things That Matter, by Nate Berkus (Review Book)

3.  Curiosity Killed the Kat (e-book), by Elizabeth Nelson (Blog Tour – Review on 11/13)

So the week looks busy enough, but relaxed, too.  What does your week look like?


  1. Hi Laurel Rain,

    I love the sound of your two murder mysteries, although ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat’ sounds so much more and most intriguing!

    I am not so sure about ‘Slaughterhouse Five’, as I have quite a few serious, demanding and intellectually challenging books on my review list right now and I really could do with some lighter reads to look forward to.

    I hope that your new gadgets are settling in well, although it sounds as though you are making full use of them already!

    Enjoy your week.



    1. I am excited about the mysteries, too, Yvonne; as for Slaughterhouse Five, I think I read it many years ago, but don’t recall it. I’ll be eager to find out if that’s the case. Thanks for visiting.


  2. I have DEAD ON ICE, and have read the previous books by Lauren Carr….all good. ENJOY all your reads.

    I love your chair with the books on it. 🙂

    Stop by my blog if you like for my mailbox Monday and check out this post too for a reading event I attended in New York City on September 29.

    Silver’s Reviews


  3. Looks like some exciting reads! Hope you enjoy your new books. Sounds like a good week in technology for you too. Watching anything great on TV? My reading has slowed a little bit with the return of Fall shows.


    1. Lucy, I love the new Fall season…and a return of old favorites, like Private Practice, Parenthood, and Grey’s Anatomy. I’m checking out some new ones, like The New Normal.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Looks like you have some good reading in front of you. I want one of those combo machines for printing/scanning/etc. but I suppose we should replace the old dinosaur of a computer before we buy the fancy peripherals. 😉



  6. I am blaming my new tv for my decline in print reading too. Since it arrived I have been in awe of the HD quality of the picture. I was still in the dark ages with a tube set!

    Slaughterhouse Five is a favorite of mine, loved it.


    1. At first I didn’t have the HDMI cables hooked up, and still loved it; then when my son came and connected me to HD, I haven’t been able to go to sleep very early….I’m glued to it! Thanks for visiting, Leslie….


  7. Kaye

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Lauren Carr book. I read one of hers and it was so-so but this one sounds good. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!


  8. I’ve been meaning to read Slaughterhouse Five for ages! Glad your equipment is all compatible now – that can be really frustrating. Cool that you got some new gadgets though. We need a new laptop and desktop for the house (well need might be stretching it) but they are both on their last legs. Whichever dies first will get replaced. Today the desktop thought that the printer, keyboard and mouse didn’t exist. Thankfully unplugging and replugging everything did the trick. My laptop is trying to win the race by only charging some of the time. It’s never a good sign when you start talking to your gadgets in an encouraging voice, “Come on Bessie, you can do it… just a little bit longer – hold the charge!” 🙂


  9. Have to say I’m enjoying tv way more than I should be, it cuts into reading time but I can’t miss Private Practice, Greys, Downton Abbey, Once Upon a Time or Fringe lol. Have a great week and enjoy your reads 🙂


    1. LOVE Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy….haven’t been able to catch Downton Abbey…finally found the proper channel after the season was over. Next time! Thanks for visiting, Teddyree…and enjoy!


  10. Great books…I hope you enjoy them! In regards to ROW80, I still have not joined in on this round. I’m just so busy of late. Having to abandon books I was reading. Ugh! I’m hoping to get my ducks in a row because I’m doing NaNoWriMo again in November (yes, I need my head examined) and I’ll probably update with ROW80 too. Hope your writing is going well. 🙂


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