Free and bargain books July 19, 2021 Chautona Havig

One of our regular authors had a brilliant thought in the middle of the hot spell. She was dreaming of snow, lots of it, enough to swim in. One thing led to another, in her mind, and she came up with book deals on her Christmas books.

Her name is Chautona Havig, and she has so much going on with this idea that I am going to quote the relevant parts of her email.

Here we go…

I set all my Christmas books either on sale or to go FREE this week.

No joke. Merry Christmas in July to me… and you. And honestly, I’m going to open up Liz Johnson’s Christmas at the Red Door Inn and read that one myself. A blizzard sounds pretty amazing right now.

So here’s the deal… or maybe I should say, here are the deals… ūüėČ

Free books!

  • Monday (that’s today): 31 Kisses
  • Tuesday: The Second Noel
  • Wednesday: Carol and the Belles
  • Thursday: Advent
  • Friday: Merri’s Christmas Mission
  • Saturday: The Ghosts of New Cheltenham
  • Sunday: Silenced Knight

Each book is on sale for two days. So 31 Kisses will be free Monday and Tuesday, The Second Noel on Tuesday and Wednesday, and so forth.

This is Monday’s book

When one plus one equals thirty-one…

It happens every day.
Guy meets grandpa‚Äďand girl.
Guy knocks grandpa off ladder
Guy kisses girl to make it ‚Äúall better.‚ÄĚ
Every day.
For a month.
Just your normal, average, all-American romance…

Meet Chessie and Carson. She goes ‚Äúall out‚ÄĚ for Christmas (and every other holiday including Columbus Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Flag Day); he doesn‚Äôt own a single thing that could be considered decorative‚Äďunless you count the stickers he stuck to his dresser back when he was three.

Neither of them have ever had a serious relationship; both are opposed to frivolous expressions of affection. How on earth did they get tangled up in a ‚Äúkiss-a-day-during-December‚ÄĚ pact?


Here are the bargain books… They won’t be on sale until Tuesday so I’ll mention them again tomorrow. Here we go again with her words …


The following books are on sale for just $0.99 starting tomorrow (#becauseKindleRules) and will be through next Thursday! SQUEE!

  • 12 Dates of Christmas
  • Christmas Party in a Box 1
  • Christmas Party in a Box 2
  • Christmas Party in a Box 3
  • Christmas Party in a box 4
  • Christmas Stalkings
  • Snow-Crossed Letters
  • Tarnished Silver
  • Sand & Mistletoe
  • The Matchmakers of Holly Circle


May these seasonal books provide a little respite, at least the illusion of cool, on these hot days of summer.

It was predicted here as hot for today but so far it’s only in the low 20s Celsius. We have a cloud cover of smoke from nearby forest fires, maybe that’s a contributing factor to the lower temps.

Whatever it is we’ll take it.

Enjoy the deals.

Happy Reading.

Read and enjoyed Christmas edition.

This first one was my favorite. Judging by the title I was expecting a fluff kind of read but that’s not what happened. It was a thought provoking experience. All the way around it was a good time. It is still bargain priced if you are interested. The stories are all connected in someway and I love the way they’ve pulled it altogether.

Five Gold Rings (Crossroads Collection) 

Amazon quote:

Christmas Mercy by Jaycee Weaver
As the web of lies that kept Rob away from Vera and their daughter unravels, the months following his return test their capacity for mercy, forgiveness, and a second chance at love.

The Seven Year Glitch by Hallee Bridgeman
Seven years earlier, Timothy left Leanne at the altar stealing years of happiness. Leanne rescues him from a rooftop in a floodplain and it is clear there is much more to the story. Can their love redeem the hurts of the past to rescue their future?

Laughing All the Way by Lesley Ann McDaniel
When Jessica’s friends put her up to “fixing” their commitment phobic co-worker, Conner, she doesn’t take them very seriously. Conner doesn’t know whether to laugh at Jessica or tell her to mind her own business.

Ghosted at the Altar by Chautona Havig
After his fiancée, Brenna, abandons Mitchell on their wedding day, she insists she loves him and still wants to marry him. As truths come to light, her little sister, Lauren, turns sleuth to solve the mystery of why Brenna ghosted Mitchell at the altar.

Five Gold Rings by Amanda Tru
When three relationship-challenged couples wish for Christmas weddings, commitment coach, Oliver, teams up with a wedding planner, TeraLyn, to help make their marriage dreams come true.


I liked this next one too. This short read is still a bargain.

Relentless: A Raven Remington 

You’ve read about her in the Worst Detective Ever mystery series. Now Raven Remington comes to life in this novella that’s written as if it’s a TV show.

An ex-CIA operative. A top-secret mission. Danger that lurks at every turn.

Raven Remington is facing her most challenging mission: protecting the man who may have killed her sister. The former spy is still trying to integrate into life as a civilian and figure out whom to trust. With each passing day, the task becomes more difficult.

Can Raven figure out who is trying to assassinate the man‚ÄĒthe senator‚ÄĒshe‚Äôs been tasked to protect . . . or will surprises hidden just below the surface destroy life as she knows it?


Another great short read that is still a bargain.

Ride with Me: A clean, sweet, faith-filled, small-town romance, where life begins at forty.

Hotel magnate Henry Scott lives life in the fast lane. True to form, when his great-uncle leaves him property and a Victorian house in Chapel Cove, he takes a weekend drive, only intending to stay long enough to evaluate his new found assets. If they aren’t a viable option for the next Scott Leisure Resort, he just might consider selling to the couple who’d expressed an interest in buying the old place. After all, if not for them, he would never have known about this last part of his great-uncle’s will, sealed for almost a decade.

When her new neighbor rolls into town, Tash Thornton is less than impressed. Not only is the man presumptuous and audacious, he’s downright egotistical. His grand plans for the property adjoining her stables, tack shop, and riding school do not bode well for her business.


The rest were excellent as well.


Currently, I’m between reads. I’ve finished all of the newest downloads that caught my attention. I’ll take a look at some of the earlier downloads, maybe I can knock off another older one. Seems fair to me.

I like this author, I’ve been reading her for years. The only reason I have put this one off is the intensity of this genre, and the length. I love long books but… it’s 480 pages. I think I’m hooked and it is relaxed Christmas week, I can afford to spend the time.

Undetected by Dee Henderson

When asked what he does for a living . . .

Commander Mark Bishop¬†is deliberately low-key: “I’m in the Navy.” But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS¬†Nevada, keeping her crew trained and alert during ninety-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and handles it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating around the Pacific Rim, the Navy is glad to have him.

Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, with a lovely smile, and¬†very¬†smart. She’s a civilian, yet she understands the U.S. Navy culture. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.

Gina Gray¬†would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. A breakup she didn’t see coming, though, has her focusing all her attention on what she does best–ocean science research. She’s on the cusp of a major breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop’s perspective and help. Because what she told the Navy she’s figured out is only the beginning. If she’s right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter.


Happy Reading …

on this lazy winter day. An excellent day for kicking back with a good book.

Bargain books October 16, 2020

BookRunes mentioned a newly published bargain box set we are seeing fairly often lately. I may as well mention it again too. It’s near the top of my TBR list but I haven’t started it quite yet.

Dangerous Deceptions: A Romantic Suspense Boxed Set Collection

Amazon quote for the first three books:

Lethal Outbreak: Lisa Harris & Lynne Gentry

Virus hunter Aiden Ballinger believes the source of the lethal outbreak that decimated a remote Tibetan village came from disturbing the permafrost. Desperate to rebury it before it buries the world, Aiden enlists Rachel Allen, a beautiful epidemiologist. But while Aiden and Rachel pursue the cure‚ÄĒand their feelings for each other‚ÄĒsomeone is hunting them. Whoever wants them dead will not stop until they are silenced.

Collision Course: Elizabeth Goddard

His cover blown, FBI Special Agent Reg Jacobson finds refuge on the other side of the country, but trouble follows him when he faces off with a woman from his past. Private Investigator Nicole Weatherly, hired to catch a thief, suspects Reg. When the bullets fly, Reg and Nicole must escape secrets from their pasts before their futures collide.

Glimmer in the Darkness: Robin Patchen

When Cassidy learns another child has been kidnapped from her hometown, she’s convinced the man who took the girl she‚Äôd been babysitting seven years earlier is behind the recent abductions. She alone holds the key to finding him. Though James blames Cassidy for his sister‚Äôs death, he‚Äôll help if there‚Äôs a chance to save a child‚Äôs life. Can Cassidy and James identify the serial killer in time to rescue his latest victim?


Browsing, I noticed a bargain for Book 2 in a new series I’m excited about.

Breakwater Protector (Saltwater Cowboys Book 2) 

Amazon quote:

Lizzie McCreary needs to disappear. As danger stalks her, she escapes to windswept Cape Corral with her eight-year-old son, Preston. The isolated island offers her a desperate hope for safety.

Saltwater cowboy Dash Fulton isn’t looking for love. Yet when he rescues a woman and boy from the woods, he immediately feels a bond with the two. He can sense the pair are harboring secrets. The question is, what are they?

Dash has secrets of his own, and pressure continues to mount for him to come clean. But as he’s caught up in the peril surrounding Lizzie and Preston, his own problems become a low priority. He can’t let anyone hurt the sweet single mom and her precocious son. 

As more details come to light, will wounds from the past ultimately drive Lizzie and Dash apart? Or will the man chasing Lizzie destroy any hope for the future?


Book 1 in the Saltwater Cowboys series is still a bargain too so it’s a good time to get them both.

He’s trying to forget. She’d give anything to remember.

Officer Levi Sutherland wants to protect the wild horses of Cape Corral and keep the island residents safe. But memories of his deceased wife haunt him at every turn and make him long for a fresh start. When a woman washes ashore with a bullet wound and no memories, Levi knows he can’t leave until he discovers what happened to her.

The woman‚ÄĒwhose necklace reads Dani‚ÄĒcaptures Levi‚Äôs attention like no one has in a long time. But which side of the law is she on? Could Dani be mixed up with other mysterious incidents happening on the island?

Together, can the two find answers and create new memories? Or will secrets tear them apart and destroy a future as uncertain as Dani’s past?


I was excited to see two more Christy Barritt books on at pre-order bargain price. On further investigation, it seems I’ve already ordered them. I’m highly disappointed, I was hoping to have discovered something new.

I’ll mention them again anyway, maybe you will be inspired too.

I’m sure they will be new to me by the time they arrive in February. I will probably have forgotten again.

Shock and Awe (Lantern Beach Guardians Book 2)

Safe and Sound (Lantern Beach Guardians Book 3)

I’m thinking Christy Barritt probably appears in my downloads more often than most other authors.


I’m currently still reading Mistletoe and Murder, up to book 5 I think.


Happy reading y’all!

You may have noticed cold in the categories, that’s because it’s what it is these days, cold. Freezing overnight. Even though it’s only mid October.

I wouldn’t have been surprised to see heavy frost, but a skiff of snow this morning was a shock, I have to say.

It is pretty though. I’m a bit of a sucker for pretty

Free and bargain books February 29, 2020

Today is Sadie Hawkins Day! The one day (according to folklore) when a woman can propose to the unmarried man of her choosing. Of course she has to catch him first, and there will be a stiff penalty if he refuses. A silk dress or maybe a nice pair of gloves. It’s a good thing it only comes round once every four years.

Most of the single men I know live in books, so there is that. Maybe we’ll notice an awesome man we could dream of asking today, in one of our spectacular finds.

The Runaway is an interesting FREE suggestion from BookRunes, although I’m not sure if we will feel the need to propose while reading it. Maybe, I guess anything is possible. The series is called Legacy of Love.

The Runaway: A Legacy of Love Novel

The Runaway

Amazon quote:

Anna Brent, a Quaker woman in Indiana, secretly hides runaway slaves in her home on the Underground Railroad. When her work is threatened, can she turn to the outspoken newspaper editor, a man she barely knows, to ensure the safety of the slaves so dear to her? Will she and Daniel risk everything to help these fugitive slaves remain free?

‚ÄúA compelling historical romance intricately woven with suspense, page-turning tension, and tender glimpses into a passionate young heroine’s heart. Melanie Dobson’s strong storytelling skills will have you glued to the pages of this intensely satisfying book.” -Miralee Ferrell, author of The Other Daughter


This bargain book¬† ($1.32) showed up for me five years ago and while the story is a little murky in my mind I do remember liking this great author. I’m feeling rather tempted to reread this mystery.

I don’t think this one will be inspiring us to propose today either, although you never know. Love can¬†pop up in the most unusual of places, especially if you like tough lawman types.

The Demise (A Braxton Mystery Book 1)

The Demise

Amazon quote:

Tiny¬†Braxton, Tennessee, is a quiet, tight-knit community wrapped around an old town square just a stone’s throw from Nashville. But when the town’s most prominent citizen is found dead at the base of its water tower, news of¬†Peter Lanham’s¬†apparent suicide roars through town like a massive tsunami.

Peter, the handsome, beloved CEO of Lanham’s Fine Foods, had taken a small, family-owned grocery store founded in 1927, and grew it into a successful national chain. With most of Braxton’s residents employed by Lanham’s corporate headquarters, word of Peter’s demise left them searching for answers. What could possibly have made him take a swan dive off that tower?

Julie Parker¬†is convinced he didn’t. As receptionist at Lanham’s executive office suite, she’s determined to find out what really happened to her boss. An aspiring actor who also stars as “The Lanham Girl” in the company’s TV commercials, Julie prides herself on her perceptive observations and people-skills. Who better to find out what happened to Peter up on that water tower?

Matt Bryson, on assignment as a rookie Special Agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, isn’t about to let the attractive receptionist intrude on his first case. She may be a hometown insider, but he’s perfectly capable of solving the case without “Miss Marple” screwing up his investigation.


I’m currently reading Above the Fold and while it’s a good story I’m not feeling the urge to propose to anyone. There’s too much tension and drama to incite warm fuzzy feelings with dreams of love.

Above the Fold

Above the Fold

Amazon quote:

After losing the love of her life to a big city journalism job, Elissa Tillman pours herself into the suffragette movement and her secretarial work helping keep her father’s Pittsburgh newspaper afloat.

Cole Parker returns to the steel city with the phantom failures of his past nipping his heels. All he asks of the future is a second chance with the woman he once spurned.

The murder of a millionaire offers the perfect chance for Elissa to prove to her father and the world that she‚Äôs a serious journalist. But there‚Äôs a catch‚ÄĒshe has to compete for the story. Against none other than Cole Parker, the very man who shattered her heart.


Well, I guess that was a bust. Anyone feeling tempted to propose on this Sadie Hawkin’s Day? Me neither. I do feel like reading one of these books though.

Happy Reading

… on this warmish day half way through winter. It’s warmed up to -1c, for the next while hopefully. It’s overcast today but the past few days have been sunny enough to melt wherever it touches. The snow banks on the street are looking brown and dirty with sand but hey, we’ll take it. Not a bad day for chasing down a single man.


Free and bargain books January 18, 2020

It’s still snowing, the expected winter storm has come to stay awhile, here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The nice thing about a cold dry climate, the snow is small light flakes and accumulates slowly. Not like warmer moist climates, close to lakes and oceans where the snow fall consists of big heavy flakes and the inches build up quickly. St John’s Newfoundland on Canada’s east coast has declared a state of emergency with over two feet (70 cm) of blowing snow, with more on the way. They’ve had more than three times what we are getting. You should see the bizarre pictures of St John’s showing up on-line. Vehicles buried, snow drifts covering doors and windows. Fun and scary at the same time.

It’s snowing and cold but we are counting our winter blessings here in the center of Canada.

So, on to our favorite topic – books.

A Bird Died¬† Chautona Havig’s Friday Freebie. The author admits this is a tough but touching read, based on a real event in her family’s life.

A Bird Died

Amazon quote:

Ask him–just ask him what happened. He’ll tell you. “A bird died.” A Bird Died is the fictionalized account of one little boy’s journey, one family’s tragedy, and one community’s love and support amidst it all.

“He should be dead.” …. Despite the words of first responders and the findings of doctors’ examinations, Nathan Cox didn’t die when he tripped and fell onto a live power line.


This next book will be a nice change of pace;

An Amazon suggested bargain, No Other Will Do $0.99. I’ve read the prologue and this will be next for me. I love it when we have a feisty little girl and an independent macho young lad. The story begins 12 years later and it should be good.¬† I dare you to read the prologue for this and not be drawn in.

No other Will Do

Amazon quote:

Men are optional. That’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.


I’m currently reading and appreciating No Greater Love .¬†The synopsis was concerning because the main character is planning to have one of her friends agree to help her end her life. She has inoperable brain cancer with weeks to live and the thought of living her last days with excruciating pain terrifies her. There are several in her group of friends who can see the logic of her fear and would like to help. The rest feel there has to be a better way. In the end – no one is totally comfortable with the idea, who would be. A sensitive look at a difficult subject. In the midst of the pain there are light moments of joy, creating precious memories. (From real life experience I can say this is possible)¬† I’m giving this book 5***** , even before knowing how it all ends.

No Greater Love

I’m finding myself reliving moments from First Wave, it was that good. It’s still a bargain too

First Wave


Happy Saturday and Happy Reading.

I’m feeling happy because somehow my mind seems to think a storm gives me a good excuse to wrap up in coziness (layers of fleecy) to sit and read without guilt! Like the storm should stop me from inside chores?¬† I’m going to make the most of the idea.





Free and Bargain books November 19, 2019

Some interesting selections this morning from several sources.

BookRunes has two suggestions Day by Day (FREE) and A Promise for Christmas ($0.99 USD)

This author for Day by Day is new to me and the synopsis(?) is written rather differently, which raises a few questions in my mind about what the book will be like.¬†The first couple of pages, though, portray feisty characters. I voted to take a chance and I’m hoping for a good read.

Day by Day

A Promise for Christmas¬†($0.99 USD.) This is another author new to me. It does look interesting though. I’m passing on this one purely for budgetary reasons (both time and money), I’ve read and enjoyed other books similar to this one lately. This one will be good too, I’m thinking.

A Promise for Christmas

Author Margaret Daley shared some FREE and bargain books in her email this morning, many of them wrtten by some of her friends. Like these three:

Loving Winter ($0.99 USD) Lyn Cote is on my favorite author list and this story looks good. I have many of her books but don’t have this one yet.

Loving Winter

A Doctor’s Promise (read and enjoyed) was free a while ago and is FREE now too. Happy news.

A Doctor's Promise

Last but not least, from Margaret’s email, ¬†The Justin Hall Spy Thriller Box Set ($0.99 USD) with Ethan Jones. This author is new to me and I’m curious. Set-in-Canada is a drawing card, being Canadian and all, and the language seems to be expletive free, so I’m gong for it. I may not get through all three books but at least I’ll know if I like his style.

The Justin Hall box set

Well, that’s it for today. Not a bad selection at all. We have a fair bit of intriging variety again and I’m feeling pleased. It’s another good day for books.

Happy Reading.



Books read and enjoyed

Today didn’t bring any free books but there are books-read needing to be talked about.

First, though,¬†I must say¬†it was a good day, full of¬†activities other than¬†reading –¬†for a change.¬† The sky¬†was mostly sunny and the roads were clear and dry. Good friends were in town¬†to visit family¬†and invited me to meet them at¬†The Pancake¬†House restaurant in the city¬†for breakfast. The hour long drive¬†was¬†easy and¬†enjoyable,¬†but definitely cooler than it’s been the last few days. The temperature¬†was -10c feeling like -14c with the wind chill.

Tonight I was thinking about the exquisite pain of cold weather. I was thinking about warm parts of the world where cold is unheard of. How do you explain the foreign concept of cold so it can be imagined accurately?

Hot and cold are so different. Hot starts out as warm (soft and gentle, cozy) and builds up to burning, stifling. It saps strength, leaving weakness and worse. I’ll admit, I’ve not spent much time in extreme heat so my explanation¬†will be lacking I’m sure.

Cold starts out as cool (refreshing and¬†energizing, shivery) and it builds up to cutting, stabbing, burning (but a¬†different kind of¬†burning.) When there is wind with the freezing cold, it feels like it goes right through you. It’s bearable only if you are¬†dressed warm enough for the conditions.

I’ve decided it’s definitely¬†a challenge to try to¬†describe cold to someone who knows only heat. I have no idea how to say it well. The¬†question¬†does give the mind¬†a mystery¬†to ponder though. On the other hand, maybe it’s better felt than telt, as an old friend used to say.

Read (red) Books. (They really do need to find a way to spell read and read differently.)

When Snowflakes Never Cease

I loved this set of books When Snowflakes Never Cease. The five authors did an amazing job. The stories have depth and are connected in clever ways that work.

Meant for Me

This one Meant For Me was a disappointment. I think overall it was a great story but it had too much detail that –¬†to my way of thinking –¬†was unnecessary. I skimmed many pages. Also, the playing out of the story line was somewhat unbelievable and frustrating. ¬†Alongside the dissatisfaction, though, was the thought that others may read¬†the book ¬†and¬†disagree with my opinion. I still love this classy cover.

The Collins Case

I enjoyed The Collins Case. It¬†was a thriller all right but it didn’t trigger me the way some books do. The mystery was engaging and, happily,¬†it didn’t mess with my emotions.

A friend and her children¬†are mysteriously missing. The case is not Ann’s, that would be a conflict of interest, but she is working on it just the same. Her involvement could get her killed before they are found. It almost does, more than once.

Blue Christmas

I liked this one too. Blue Christmas. it was worth the reread. An unexpected invitation to a Christmas Eve service, with dinner following, turns into something that blows the mind of this lonely college student. It wasn’t until they pulled up to the massive front door that Hannah realizes she has no idea who her friend really is. She would never, in her wildest imagination,¬†have connected her older¬†friend with members of¬†a¬†popular teen rock band. This will certainly be a Christmas to remember.

Happy Reading!

Free, and not quite free November 1, 2019

I know, I¬†mostly download free books¬†(to feed¬†my voracious reading habit) but I do budget in some not-so-free books every now and then. And, if it really¬†seems important to my life – I’ll occasionally¬†be willing to go full price.

This morning the BookBub daily email¬†offers a $0.99 book that intrigues me, Secrets and Lies. I decided to check out¬†the synopsis on Amazon. It sounds interesting.¬†It turns out, ¬†it’s¬†on my¬†already¬†purchased list for 2017.

Long story short – investigation¬†tells me it was on my Kindle but¬†it’s not been mentioned on¬†this blog¬†as read. Why not? By the looks of it, on re-download, it seems¬†I quit at 17% read. The mystery is …¬†Why? Couldn’t get into it? Didn’t like it? Maybe a bit of both?

I can’t resist a mystery so… I’ve downloaded all¬†three of Janet Sketchley’s books from my Amazon account, two previously owned and¬†a new one today.¬†I want¬†to¬†figure out¬†why I finished reading¬†one but not the other, and then try¬†out the new one. After all this, I hope second time around will¬†turn out¬†to be a better experience.

Secrets and Lies is book 2 in A Redemption’s Edge Series. This is the one I didn’t finish reading for some reason.

Secrets and Lies TBR

Heaven’s Prey is book 1 in A Redemption’s Edge Series. I read it back in 2014 but wasn’t blogging then. This many years past I’m not sure how I felt about it and I’m curious.

Heaven's Prey

When I was researching Janet Sketchley on Amazon, trying to figure things out, I found the first book of another one¬†of her series and it’s¬†on at¬†the bargain price of¬†$1.32. I decided to give this one a try, hoping I like it.

Unknown Enemy, book 1 in A Green Dory Inn Mystery Series

Unknown Enemy

Finally, FREE

I didn’t want to¬†end this post¬†without¬†leaving you with¬†something¬†FREE. I was looking for light-and-upbeat to change the tone of the post. Meant for Me doesn’t look like it will¬†fit that category but I really like this author, Lyn Cote. It’s a new book for me too and I just couldn’t pass it up. I guess light will have to wait for another day.

Meant for Me

I love this cover.

A historical novel of women left behind to deal with life while their men have gone to war. This subject seems to be very popular these days.

It’s Friday and it’s snowing, light powdery stuff (which is better than wet and heavy)¬†and it’s coming down in earnest at the moment but doesn’t amount to much, yet. Hopefully it will be over by tonight¬†as promised by the weatherman. Tomorrow is Writer’s Group meeting in the city, an hour away. Clear roads would be nice. I’ll let you know how it goes. We meet in a historic house¬†which is kind of cool. It was built in 1874 by the local sheriff. I’m hoping this link will work so you can see some pictures. It isn’t fancy but it’s still cool. We enjoy the feel of the place.

In the meantime Happy Reading



Weather update October 19, 2019

This morning, so far, it’s cloudy with sunny breaks and it’s not that cold. 7 Celsius, expected to rise to 11c this afternoon. The snow is finally gone after the big storm blew through here several weeks ago. Well, it’s mostly gone. This is the edge of Walmart parking lot the other day. A reminder of what was.20191017_114241 snow pile

Snow piles¬†will be¬†hanging around¬†on¬†plowed parking lots for a few more days. I see another pile too, further back (on the left) on someone else’s parking lot. The¬†snow is¬†always a little ugly once¬†it melts a bit. It’s the sand left behind making¬†the whole thing¬†look dirty.

They spread sand around liberally on roads and parking lots so we can drive safely on slippery snow. But then, it gets picked up when they plow the deep snow to clear roads and parking lots so we can drive without getting stuck. Stuck and slippery can be fun if you are playing around, not so fun if you have somewhere you need to be.

Needless to say, we go through a lot of sand every winter. I imagine they try to recover some of it at the end of¬†the season¬†but I don’t know that for sure.

20191017_085148 frosty deck

It has been cooler sooner this October than other years.¬†There was frost one¬†morning and¬†the evidence was¬†on¬† the roof and back deck.¬†The temperature¬†had dropped below freezing during the night¬†and with all the moisture in the air the frost was thick and sparkly in the rising sun. I didn’t manage to catch the sparkle, which was sad because¬†it was beautiful. It didn’t last long¬†–¬†once the sun hit the deck it melted. That last bit of snow was soon gone too.

It’s easy to be taken in by this lull in the cold weather. I keep reminding myself our days are numbered so get to work.

This is the before cleanup picture with fallen leave everywhere.


This is the after picture,¬†evidence of¬†some much needed clean up. The leaves keep falling so clean doesn’t last long. The need is never ending.

20191017_132038 clean up

I’ll get out there again today and do what I can.

The snow will be here soon to¬†cover up whatever doesn’t get done. I’ll sigh in relief.¬†Six guilt free¬†months ahead. There is definitely an upside to winter.