Sunday Post: Hard Work Pays Off #SmokyMountains

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at the @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news and a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See the rules here.

I’m continuing with the new diet plan and I’ve lost 7 pounds so far, and I’ll weigh in again tomorrow. There’s a long way to go, but it’s a step in the right direction. The garden we planted recently is starting to grow and we’ve got some squash blossoms already and a few flowers on the tomatoes. It’s great to see efforts being rewarded.

Happy Father’s Day to my husband Doug, the rock of our family. I mentioned he had been painting his car, and it’s finished. I’m really proud of him.

I was in Blowing Rock, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway the other day, and here are some pictures from an overlook. I’m blessed to live in such a beautiful area.


Things were a bit quieter on the blog this past week as I was busily finishing up reviews for the August edition of Historical Novels Review, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society. I will share the covers of some of the books I reviewed soon. I can’t post the reviews until after the magazine is published.

Monday I reviewed The Lives of Diamond Bessie by Jody Hadlock.

Wednesday I posted an excerpt of Bonds by Marie Ann Cope.

Self-Published Saturday I posted a review of Death at Dusbar College by Laura DiNovis Berry.


Monday I will share the covers of the books I’ve been reviewing for the Historical Novel Society the past few months.

Wednesday I will review A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

On Friday I will review The Hurricanes of Weakerville by Chris Rylander

On Self-Published Saturday I plan to review Downfall by Caleb Ward.


A DRESS OF VIOLET TAFFETA by Tessa Arlen from Random House for an Austenprose blog tour.

Have a great week everyone!

36 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Hard Work Pays Off #SmokyMountains”

  1. Congratulations on all the good news, Bonnie! Indeed, hard work does pay off, and I really enjoyed your lovely Blue Ridge Parkway photographs! Have a pleasant Sunday my friend. 🙏🏻😊

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  2. Happy Father’s Day, Doug! Love his newly painted car and the pics of Blue Ridge Parkway! And 7 lbs is nothing to scoff at, Bonnie! You are doing GREAT!! I want to know what your secret is…I’m struggling to lose that amount…lol.

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  3. I’m glad the new diet is working well for you. 🙂 I hope it continues to go well. The paint job on your husband’s car looks great. And, thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. I’ve been to North Carolina once, Raleigh area, and it was gorgeous there. I loved it.

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  4. I moved to NC (RDU area) 7 years ago and love it. We are going into the 2 months of oven which are the ones I don’t like but it’s really nice this weekend with 80s and north winds. I loved A Rip Through Time.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  5. Congrats! You’re doing great with the weight loss 🎉. I love Blowing Rock. It’s been a few years since I’ve been there but it’s always beautiful. And your husband’s car looks great! I can’t even imagine painting cars myself. Have a wonderful week!

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  6. That is totally awesome Bonnie!! 😊 You are doing amazingly well and great job on the garden, looks great!
    Wow on the paint job Doug, good looking car. 😎 And I hope you are having a lovely Father’s Day, well deserved.
    Love the scenery photographs, so beautiful.
    Have a great week as well! May you enjoy the books you will be reading.

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  7. Great job on the weight loss! I love the photo of your husband’s car, he did an amazing job. I really enjoyed A Dress of Violet Taffeta.

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  8. Congratulations on your continued weight loss! You can reach your goals!

    Your husband did an amazing job painting his car!

    Blowing Rock is so beautiful. I was born and raised (and technically still live) in a little community north of Asheville. We’ve been traveling around the country with my husband’s job for over three years now though. We love our adventures but there’s really no place like home in the Blue Ridge.

    Enjoy your week!

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