Sunday Post: Playing It Cool

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As you know, it was sweltering at home and in the car in my last Sunday Post. The A/C at home was fixed first, and the car was finally fixed on Thursday this week, so I am back to “Cool Runnings.” (I miss John Candy.)

Doug and I finished our June short story (a little late) for the 2022 Short Story Challenge. The theme is folklore, and we’ve found lots to write about. I have found that as opposites we make a great writing team, because each person’s weaknesses are usually the other person’s strengths.

I buckled down and got a lot of reading done and got caught up on most of my Netgalley books. Of course, then I had to request more. Right? So I have a nice book haul to report.


Sunday I reviewed Suspects by Danielle Steel

Monday I reviewed The Beach Trap by Ali Brady

Tuesday I posted another short story my husband Doug and I finished called “Sweet Azalea.”

Friday I participated in Book Blogger Hop and reviewed The Hurricanes of Weakerville by Chris Rylander.

For Self-Published/Indie Saturday, I reviewed Amanda in France by Darlene Foster and did an interview with Darlene.


Sunday I am doing a blog tour and book review of Outcast by Claire Voet

Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday if time permits.

Wednesday I will review Secrets by Fern Michaels.

Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits and review The Guest List by Fern Michaels.

And on Self-Published Saturday I will review and/or Spotlight Self-Published books. (I’ve got two of my grandkids next weekend (the twins!)) so I will post when I can.


What Song The Sirens Sang by Simon R. Green

This is the third book in the Gideon Sable series, and I’ve read the first two. This is magical realism at its best.

This is Book 3 in a cozy mystery series about a “senior citizen sleuth.” That hooked me because I’m going to qualify for the senior discounts soon myself.

I don’t usually request romances unless they have some other aspect that interests me, and this one is a historical romance and revolves around a Duke looking for a fake fiance. I wanted something light, and this sounds lighthearted, and possibly funny–I hope.

Christmas in July! Christmas books are starting to come out on Netgalley and I love it. This is a historical Christmas mystery from Anne Perry.


I roasted a chicken yesterday, so it’s leftover chicken and stuffing today! I tried to make low-carb stuffing for myself yesterday but decided that going forward I will just save up carbs elsewhere to have our real stuffing recipe. Sometimes you’ve got to have the real thing.


Season 8 of Escape to the Chateau is now on Peacock. We love this series about a British couple who bought a French Chateau, and it’s amazing what they’ve done with it in eight years.

25 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Playing It Cool”

  1. Congratulations on completing your short story! I also love seeing the Christmas books coming out on Netgalley although living in Canada I don’t have access to them all. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  2. I’m so glad you were able to get cooling back in place. It’s been a bit brutal without much rain until yesterday and the humidity. I’ve read a couple Simon R. Green series but not that one. I’m listening to a bunch of the older Anne Perry Christmas stories for Christmas in July Read-athon for COYER. Good luck with the twins!

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  3. Glad to hear your A/C is fixed! If you enjoy ‘senior citizen sleuth’ books and you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂


  4. Three cheers for functioning AC! I’m so glad you’re no longer sweltering. It seems far too early for Christmas books for me, but they seem to hit NetGalley earlier each year, so I guess I will have to get used to it. Enjoy your new books this week — and your nice cool house!

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  5. I’ve seen a season of Escape to the Chateau. I didn’t realize there were many seasons of it. I’ll have to get to watching! I’m glad your in the cool again. It’s so miserable without AC. We are getting a new system at the end of the month which will be nice. I know our current system has been running on borrowed time, which makes me very nervous!

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