Notes From Melissa:
Well, we’ve had a busy few weeks here in New Jersey. First Sandy, then a small earthquake, and finally a lovely nor’ easter. I am so thankful that I was one of the lucky ones…no power for almost a week, but no major damage to our home or property. Many others were no where near as fortunate and some people are still waiting for power to be restored. My heart goes out to everyone suffering in the wake of this weather.
On the blogging front, I’ve been reading up a storm but still having reviewers block. I shared with you all my “Read: To Review” list in my Ready, Set, Review-A-Thon! Post and I’ve since added one more book to the list which I finished this week. I plan to try to spend a good portion of today writing a few reviews and whittling down that list.
My attention is happily turning now to more cheerful subjects. I just realized that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. We’re hosting this year (we did Christmas last year) and I need to start planning a menu for about 16 people. Any suggestions? Any tried and true recipes that you plan to make?
PS. If anyone likes free music and would like to help my husband and me win a trip to Las Vegas…please click on the guy with the guitar over there ———–>
You get a great free song and we get a point in the contest for the trip just for referring you. I promise Joe Bonamassa’s music is awesome…I’ve seen him in concert three times and even blogged about it here at my other site when I saw him with his other Project Supergroup Black Country Communion [comprising bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes(Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham’s son), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, and Alice In Chains, Dream Theater) ]
Recently on Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf:
Chat & Giveaway with Marquita Valentine, Author of Third Time’s a Charm
Clare Marshall, Author of The Violet Fox, Drops by for a Chat & Giveaway!
Teaser Tuesdays – Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill
Cat Thursday – Milo circa 2007
Witch Avenue Series Book Blitz and Giveaway
Ready, Set, Review-A-Thon!
What I Read Last Week:
- Imperfect Bliss – Susan Fales-Hill
- Ghost a la Mode – Sue Ann Jaffarian
What I Am Reading Today:
- The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
- The Night Strangers – Chris Bohjalian (Audiobook)
I’ve only got about one more commutes worth of time left with The Night Strangers before I finish it…and to be honest…I don’t know if I can wait until Monday to find out what happens!!
- E-Copy THIRD TIME’S A CHARM (11/13 INT)
- Print or E-Copy THE VIOLET FOX, $10GC, Swag (11/13 INT)
- KINDLE FIRE (11/30 INT)
- KINDLE FIRE HD (11/30 INT)
- Print or E-Copy WINTER’S MIST, Swag (12/21 INT)
Added to the Bookshelf This Week:
Find It: Goodreads
Young Irish immigrant Nell Sweeney is governess for the adopted daughter of wealthy Bostonians Viola and August Hewitt. Nell has become a favorite confidant of Viola. The pair had four grown sons, the eldest two thought to have died in Andersonville during the Civil War. A visit from a family friend changes all that with news that sets in motion a chain of events that has the potential to restore this torn family or to destroy it forever.
The news that August receives is that his eldest son Will is still very much alive, though he might not be for long–Will Hewitt sits in jail accused of having slashed a man’s throat during an opium rage. Nell and Viola set out to prove Will’s innocence and catch the true criminal.
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