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Welcome to another week of bookish fun.  Join in with those who celebrate Mailbox Monday, hosted in March by Chaotic Compendiums;and What Are You Reading?, hosted by Book Journey.



This week, I received one book in the mail:  a contest win from Dollycas Reviews; and I downloaded one free e-book and an e-book for review.

1.   Oodles of Poodles, by Linda O. Johnston (from Dollycas)


Shelter manager and pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver once again takes on the role of amateur sleuth when there’s a murder on a film set . . .

Has Hollywood gone to the dogs? Pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver is observing production on a new movie called Sheba’s Story. The title character—a white Miniature poodle—is played by many similar-looking poodles, and to make sure no animals are harmed, Lauren’s friend, veterinarian Carlie Stellan, and Grant, a handsome representative from the American Humane Association, are on location. But when the film’s director is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run after arguing with Carlie about animal safety, it’s up to Lauren to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer before someone else ends up in oodles of deadly trouble.

2.  Mrs. Lieutenant (e-book), by Phyllis Zimbler Miller


What W.E.B.Griffin’s BROTHERHOOD OF WAR series does for Vietnam-era active duty military personnel, MRS. LIEUTENANT — a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist — does for Vietnam-era military spouses.

“Miller captures the freshness and naiveté of those women, all transplanted to an environment that forced them to deal with new challenges.”–Dr. Cathy Goodwin, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

“I loved MRS. LIEUTENANT. Reading it brought back for me, a military wife, memories of the Vietnam War era, when so many of our young men were in uniform due to the draft, and memories of what it was like being in the sub-culture of the military as a new Army wife.” –Mary Raynor

“This book should be required reading for every contemporary military spouse, the families of our servicemen and women, and civilians who want to understand the lifestyle of our men and women in uniform. The military isn’t just a job or career, it is a WAY OF LIFE that can’t be fully understood by those who haven’t lived it. Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s MRS. LIEUTENANT makes it clear–this is a life she understands at the deepest level.” –Bonnie Bartel Latino, co-author of “Your Gift to Me”

“Phyllis Zimbler Miller’s MRS. LIEUTENANT is one of those stellar reads that keep you engaged from the first word to the last, and how long or how short the book is doesn’t concern you at all. Keep a box of tissues handy, because you’ll need it; I certainly did, and more than once.” –George Polley, author of “Grandfather & the Raven”

When newly married Sharon Gold suddenly finds herself in the unfamiliar culture of the U.S. Army during the unpopular Vietnam War, she quickly realizes she must adapt to this alien world. If she does not learn to “fit in,” the consequences could have a severe impact on her husband’s military career and even his life.

By sharing the unique perspective of these women alongside their men in uniform, MRS. LIEUTENANT provides a compelling look inside the military during a turbulent time in U.S. history (with many parallels to today).


3.   Ctrl Z (e-book), by Danika Stone (Author Request)


Indigo Sykes has spent years trying to forget where she came from. She has a degree, a new life, and a quiet existence. Everything she ever wanted… But all of this comes to a screeching halt when an unexpected meeting with computer hacker, Jude Alden, changes her plans. Romance blooms between the mismatched duo, even while entanglements from Indigo’s past threaten to pull the two of them apart.

Dogged by a history of running, Indigo’s hard-won security is shattered when Jude’s illegal activity drags both of them into a dangerous game. As the net of hacking and underworld crime tightens around Jude and Indigo’s dark history is exposed, the two of them must find a way out or risk bringing the consequences down on them both.





Welcome to our special event in which we share about our week in reading and blogging.  I especially enjoy the camaraderie and the community spirit that comes with sharing and chatting about our bookish things.

On the Blogs:

A Monday of Musing:  Come Chat With Us

Spring Forward: Or The Times They Are A-Changing

Thursday Potpourri: Random Thoughts & Bookish Things

Saturday Potpourri:  Nostalgia, Movies, & Books

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Coping

Sunday Check-In Post (Row 80)

Blog Tour Stop:  Review of Blue Jeans & Coffee Beans – Rainy Days and Mondays

Books Read-Click Titles for Reviews:

1.  Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell

2.  The Day After Yesterday, by Kelly Cozy

3.  Half Broke Horses (e-book), by Jeannette Walls (Mt. TBR Challenge)

4.  Promises to Keep, by Jane Green

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

1.   The View from Penthouse B, by Elinor Lipman.  (Review Book-Amazon Vine)


2.   Midnight Sacrifice, by Melinda Leigh (Review Book)


3.  While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, by Wendy Wax (Review Book)



That’s my week….now I’m eager to see what the rest of you are reading/blogging about.

Coffee Cup


  1. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    Do you watch Downtown Abbey? I don’t but that books sounds like fun!

    Wishing you a fab week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out


    1. I didn’t even know what channel to find Downton Abbey on…until we got to Season Three. Decided I would never catch up…but yes, I am looking forward to the Wendy Wax book. Thanks for visiting, Shelleyrae…enjoy your week.


    1. Oh, I loved Attachments, Marce, which was a nice surprise for me. I hadn’t heard much about it, but love that author’s name…lol

      Thanks for stopping by, Marce; hope you get hooked on the Midnight series, too.


  2. The title Oodles of Poodles made me burst out laughing… so cute! Good thing the coffee cup was not in my hand. Ctrl Z sounds good… I like computer hacker stories.


    1. I fell in love with the cover and blurb of Oodles of Poodles, and it does make me giggle. Ctrl Z was a pleasant surprise yesterday. I think it sounds good, too. Thanks for stopping by, Leslie, and have a great week.


    1. Hope you enjoy the Jane Green….and even though I haven’t yet caught up on the Downton Abbey series, I know I’m going to enjoy this book. Thanks for visiting, Kristin T, and have a great week.


    1. I haven’t either, Vicki…by the time I figured out what channel it was on, the second season had ended. I started watching this season, but there were too many characters and I didn’t know any of them…lol

      I think I’m going to love the book, though. Enjoy your week…and thanks for stopping by.


  3. I’d never heard of Wendy Wax before this ‘Downton Abbey’ titled book came out and now her name is everywhere, along with good reviews! I might have a go at some of her earlier books now. Danika Stone’s book sounds interesting, a computer hacker character sounds pretty special! 🙂


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