Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Bookish plus My 2017 Women Reading Challenge Sign-up


Thanks to Freda from "Freda's Voice" and Gilion at "Rose City Reader" for hosting these bookish link-ups!  Click one of the buttons to go to the link-up page.

Book Blogger Hop   

Thanks to Billy B at the "Coffee Addicted Writer" for hosting this link-up!  Click on the buttons above to go to his blog.

Question:  Where's your favorite place to read? (submitted by Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

My Answer:  There's a small 'porch' on the north side of our home that used to be a carport.  There's a nice little table and the bench seat from FIL's van (because it was converted to a wheelchair van).  So yes, it's about as hillbilly as you can get ... but I love it.  Except for this week, because it's bitter, bitter cold out.  I'd love to get a papasan chair for indoors, but it would have to be a room that the animals (cats and dogs) never, ever visit.  They're a rowdy bunch, bless 'em!


Thanks to Ramona at Create With Joy, and Janice at Mostly Blogging for these fun link-ups!  Click on the button to visit the sites to join in!  The more the merrier...really! :O)


All kinds of stuff going on today...5 link-ups and a book challenge sign-up.

Thanks to Peekabook blog for hosting this challenge.  (The majority of books I read are by women authors.  My two favorite genres are cozy mysteries and historical fiction and many of the authors in those genres are women.)


Level 1: BABY GIRL - read 5 books written by a woman author

Level 2: GIRLS POWER - read 6 to 15 books written by a woman author

Level 3: SUPER GIRL - read 16 to 20 books written by a woman author

Level 4: WONDER WOMAN - read 20+ books written by a woman author

I'm starting with the lowest level (Baby Girl) and hoping to move up during the year.

1.  The Parting (Courtship of Nellie Fisher 1) by Beverly Lewis
2.  Unknown to History: a story of the captivity of Mary of Scotland by Mary Charlotte Yonge
3.  Every Trick in the Rook by Marty Wingate (NetGalley, to be published March 2017)
4.  ...
5.  ...

And I thought I'd give y'all a little sneak peek:

(the cover is liked to Amazon as the book does not appear on GoodReads yet.)


Julia Lanchester is flying high. She’s nesting with her boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, and she’s found her niche as manager of the tourist center in her picturesque British village. Thanks to all her hard work, visitor traffic was up—way up. Her reward is an even more hectic schedule. Michael’s busy, too, traveling all over as the personal assistant to Julia’s father, celebrity ornithologist Rupert Lanchester. With precious little time together, Julia’s romantic weekend with Michael can’t come soon enough.

But the getaway is spoiled when Julia’s ex-husband is found murdered on her boss’s estate. And after a witness reports seeing Michael near the scene of the crime, the press descends, printing lies and wreaking havoc. To protect Julia, Michael vanishes into thin air, leaving her to pick up the slack on Rupert’s show and track down the real killer—even if it means putting herself in the flight path of a vicious predator.


A distinctly steamy atmosphere filled the church hall at St. Swithun's on that early April Thursday evening, created by met mackintoshes, dripping umbrellas and leather boots that would not dry out until July, all combined with six oil-filled radiators plugged in along the walls.


...I heard one of the men suggesting they remove the entire door and take it with them. I heard myself shouting something about destruction of private property and how this was a Grade II-listed building and I'd have Historic England down their throats in a second if they touched a single hinge. That was when Tess suggested I go upstairs and dress.
So what are you reading today?


  1. Sounds like a great read! Happy weekend!
    (I added you to the Linky.)

    1. I really, really enjoy Marty's books Freda! OOOO, thanks for adding me. I'm so forgetful these days. U ROCK!

  2. Interesting excerpt. I wonder what's happening in this scene. Why do they want to take the door off.

    My Friday 56 from 77 Shadow Street

    1. *hehehe* Laura, it might have something to do with the knife stuck in it. *gasp*