Book Blogger Hop ~ 3.23.18


The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.

When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)


I don’t get to meet many of my non-school coworker friends all that much. We hardly ever get to talking about books when we have that precious time face to face. We talk about life. We do keep up via text and Facebook, and every so often I’ll share a book with them. Usually at school we get around to talking about books, especially nearing library days. 🙂


My Favorite…Hobby Next to Reading

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

Hobby Next to Reading

Last year I finally bit the bullet and started a bullet journal. I have learned a lot about how to set one up and what works for me (and doesn’t). I was flying by the seat of my pants last year and during the summer I tried spending more time in preparing my pages and pretty-fying them. This year I’ve done really well with that, too. I still don’t have all of my spreads in the front completed yet because some of those spreads take me a few hours to do from start to finish. It really bugs me having to stop in the middle of a project.



Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

Books On My Spring TBR

I am proud of myself that I am mixing up some of my genres! See, I don’t just read historical fiction.



What Valentine’s Day theme did you focus on today?

Tuesday Teaser & Intro: A Devil in Scotland


Synopsis ~ A Devil in Scotland

1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever.

1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection, or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction, but will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?



1806, Inverness, Scotland

Becca would me in the morning room, most likely, because she didn’t like fights. Callum MacCreath slammed the drawing room door in his brother’s face and stomped down the straight-angled stairs to go find the one sane guest – and the one female – in MacCreath House tonight. Let the quartet of devils upstairs make their bargains and plan how to spend their riches. He wanted no part of it. None. Not when it involved choosing blunt over damned common sense.

Chapter 1

Kentucky, 1816

The bushes on the far side of the ravine rustled again. Sinking lower into his crouch, Callum MacCreath slowly unslung the rifle from his shoulder. A light breeze touched his ace, moving his scent behind him, away from the steep, crumbling bank. Readying the rifle, he put his fingers to his mouth and gave a low, two-toned whistle.


That was nothing new. Aside from his heard-earned reputation for directness, he supposed it was, like most male MacCreaths he boasted a green left eye and a blue right eye. Ian had the same oddity, as had their father. Not so long ago several of his ancestors had been burned as both witches and demons because of precisely that peculiarity. These days, though, lasses seemed to find his two-colored eyes attractive, thank Lucifer.  [Loc 247]


“May I wear a kilt?”

On his other side Rebecca burst out laughing. “No, you may not wear a kilt, Lady Mags. Kilts are for Highlands men. And ladies do not show their knees or their ankles.”

The six-year-old sighed. “Is Grandmama spinning in her grave again?”


Would you keep reading? 

tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is hosted by The PurpleBooker. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you’re reading. No spoilers, please! List the author and book title too. Link up HERE.

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros was created by Bibliophile By The Sea and is now hosted by Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon. Link up HERE.

Review: Wallflower Most Wanted


Title: Wallflower Most Wanted
Author: Manda Collins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Release Date: January 2018
Length: 307 pages
Series?: Studies in Scandal #3
Genre: Historical, Romance

A dedicated painter, Miss Sophia Hastings is far more concerned with finding the right slant of light than in finding Mr. Right. But when an overhead conversation hints at danger for another local artist, Sophia is determined to get involved. Even it means accepting help from an impossibly good-looking vicar who insists on joining her investigation—and threatens to capture her heart…

Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle knows that Sophia is no damsel in distress. But he won’t allow her to venture into peril alone, either. . .especially since he finds Sophia’s curious, free-spirited nature so alluring. But protecting her from harm is becoming more difficult than the vicar could have expected as he and Sophia confront their fiery mutual passion. Who could have known that the art of love would prove so irresistible?

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

my review

My Thoughts 

Sophia Hastings is one of four bluestocking women who inherit Lady Celeste Beauchamp’s home. She leaves behind a letter and clues for each woman in the vein of their strengths. For Sophia, it is artwork. Sophia is a talented painter, as was Lady Celeste. Unfortunately, Sophia’s letter is delayed in reaching her until well into the story.

One unusually early morning Sophia is on the cliffside painting. She gets so engrossed in her work, she tumbles off the cliff to the beach below. Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle, the local vicar, is walking on the beach when he sees Miss Hastings plummet. The two overhear an indiscreet conversation about killing off an artist in some nefarious undertakings. Determined to collectively get to the bottom of the matter, the two spend more time together to puzzle things out.

Being the second son of a duke, Ben knew he was destined for the army or the church. Having no penchant for war, and visiting the properties with his mother as a child, Ben enjoys helping others, so the church was the best choice. While he leads his flock and offers comfort, he takes no interest in the politics of the church. While I don’t typically think of men of the cloth as men to be desired, I suppose a good-looking man can be.

When newcomer Peter Morgan, an industrialist, begins making big waves in Little Seaford, quickly followed by personal and professional attacks against Sophia Hastings. Her artwork is reputed to be obscene and unfit for sensible ladies, even those not of the nobility, too look upon…much less Sophia paint. She is a woman who cares about the social issues that run rampant in society, and she depicts such contrasts in social class in her art.

The sexism is very much alive in this installment in the series, and Peter Morgan calls in everyone up the line he can think of. When Ben will not aid him in his cause to have Sophia’s work removed from the upcoming art exhibit, he then pulls political strings and has the Bishop of Chichester to threaten Ben’s future.

One of Ben’s brothers pays a visit to Little Seaford and enlists Ben to assist the Home Office in investigating a forgery ring that’s operating in the are. With Sophia’s lifework revolving around art, and her contact with the local artist colony, she becomes an integral part of the investigation. As the investigation wears on, Ben and Sophia grow increasingly close and uncover a few key clues.

The mystery and suspense of the forgery and all involved kept me turning pages. I thought I had the forger pegged and I was adamant that I was right (just like Sophia). Then the possibility of two forgers surfaced and my theories all went downhill from there. The pacing of the book was just right and the cast of characters were interesting and gave some more insight into both Sophia and Ben’s relationships with their families.


Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and always lots of books.

Find the author: Twitter | Goodreads

Sunday Post ~ Onward!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.

Monday I went back to get my things after the shit show that was last weekend. If my science peep from school hadn’t shown up with her SUV, we would have been screwed. It was dicey as it was, fitting my entire life in my Jeep and a truck. And then I got this lovely. If it’s just about you selling your house, why so fucking nasty? Why be a complete ass the day I did come to get my things the first time?

No, it’s not about your dad or our compatibility or your house. It’s about something else motivating you…like your little Facebook bunny that’s been popping up for weeks.

We got all of my stuff moved and put in my new storage unit across from my school. I’m sad to part with my bookcase, and all of my jewelry is also packed up in there. I am looking for a little desk to put all of my supplies and bills and whatnot on to store so I can pull my jewelry out and put on my dresser.

I have such an amazing tribe of people who have come out and offered comfort, cuss words, and love. A friend from high school has sent continuous streams of music, a girl that lived on my floor freshman year of college sent me money to get a pedicure, and it’s just been phenomenal.

To all of you who left such kind comments of comfort last week, thank you!! I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life, near and far.

anxiety attack – spent 15 minutes like this

Baby has been an emotional mess all week, throwing up and soft pooping everywhere. Her anxiety ratcheted because of his decision. He never considered the impact it would have on our dogs. She has finally started calming down a bit. I do enjoy going back to how we used to be. She comes and crawls in bed and cuddles with me and will sleep through the night. She LOVES the new roommate. I found them curled up on the couch asleep one day when I came home.

Tuesday I went out searching for a new bed. I had just planned on buying a new mattress, but then I saw the awesomeness that we have in bed technology today. SO I SPLURGED SEVEN GRAND and bought myself a GOOD bed. I’m not spending $600 on the road anymore. I needed this but have been putting it off because my little bedroom was only supposed to be temporary until May…but now that’s not happening, SO. I did one BIG thing towards my 2018 word: ME. I bought an adjustable massaging Temperpedic with cooling technology. I can’t wait for it to be delivered and installed!

I’ve been saying for a few weeks that I wanted to get extensions, so on Wednesday I went to FOUR salons to get options and opinions. The first was horrible. I walked out after my stylist left for lunch during my appointment and I waited for 20+ minutes for another one to come in and see me. I was so hopeful I’d walk out with beautiful hair. Only to learn at the shortest 7-8 weeks and possibly 5 months for my hair to grow out in order to do it. Of course, the most expensive salon was the one that gave me the most hope and the stylist was SO super sweet and even shaped up my hair. She was the only one who offered to help with my hair crisis. I think I will definitely be going back to see her mid-May. Even though I’m sad my hair is even shorter (and is an old lady cut), I’m glad something constructive was done with it. My hair looked like the one on  top (left), except way shorter. I just want it to grow out!

On Wednesday I also splurged even more on myself. I was in the area, so I stopped in at my bra place. I’ve been going to this place for almost 17 years because they are the only store in the area that actually does bras right and carries my size. A lot of people think the bigger the band size, the bigger the cup. NO. That’s not how it works. This store imports from the UK, which does clothing right. With the bra club, you buy six and get the seventh at a significant discount. I had already bought some in August, so I was close to hitting my sixth. I only paid $3 for my seventh bra!

Thursday and Friday I helped a family friend clear out and organize her stamp room. She is so awesome. She can literally do anything. She sews and quilts, she scrapbooks, she runs the family farm business, she does vinyl and shirts and stuff, she makes homemade cutesy cards and invitations. We emptied about 20 or so tubs and crates and got her room organized in a way that she can start going through things still has space. I’m not going to lie, it was hard work!

Saturday morning I went to the memorial for my friend who died the day after my birthday – the one I was going to see the next day. It was such a beautiful service. The final photo they showed in the slideshow was from her wedding day where she was getting into the car and waving at the camera. The music was wonderful and it was the perfect memorial service for her.

Saturday night was my brother’s birthday/deployment party. My middle brother, who used to be stationed in Hawaii and is now stationed in Kentucky, came in to surprise us at the party. It was a good time spent with my family.

I didn’t do any reading whatsoever this week. I hate that, but I also needed to not read. This is still my next book and I am excited to read this story of the competing chocolate families. I also didn’t blog or do anything in my bullet journal, either.

I don’t know if I’ll meet my Reading Assignment goal for this month….but that’s OK. Today I plan to get caught up with the blog and do some April planning in my bullet journal. 

  • Monday
    • Review ~ Wallflower Most Wanted
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books on My Spring TBR
    • Teaser Tuesday & Intro ~ A Devil in Scotland
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • My Favorite ~ Hobby Next to Reading
  • Thursday
    • Beyond the Books ~ TBD
  • Friday
    • Book Blogger Hop ~ 3.23.18

Check back soon!



My Favorite…Music at the Moment

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

Music at the Moment

I am primarily a country music listener. I do really enjoy 80s music and some alternative too.

I haven’t been very interested in a lot of new songs rolling out, and I’ve noticed a lot of female artists don’t have a lot of singles out right now. Carrie Underwood has “Champion” (which I don’t like), and that’s all I can think of from female artists. Most of the music that has caught my attention lately has been some of the newer artists. Sound is what first catches my attention. If musically it speaks my ears’ language, I listen to as much as I can without ruining the song. This is why I love a lot of Kenney Chesney’s early 2000s work, like “Old Blue Chair,” “On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful,” “Dreams” and “I Can’t Go There.”

After the sound, I tune in to the lyrics. What is the song saying? If I’ve fallen in love with the sound, it is almost garunteed I am going to love the sentiment of the song, as I did with all four of those Chesney songs. One of his newer ones I love is “Hemingway’s Whiskey.”

I love the sound and the lyrics of these songs, and they have really caught my attention lately. I am NOT a Jason Aldean fan. His voice and his music reminds me too much of an ex (who was a quintessential player using his PTSD and depression to manipulate – plus the narcissism) who was full-on Aldean. I only like 3 or 4 of his songs, and his latest single is one I add to that list.

And “In Lonesome Dove” always makes me crank it up and belt it out. I only recently discovered this in the last year or so and I just love it.