#SundayPost: Chilly days and fuzzy socks

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Not much going on personally except the chilly Fall temperatures are here. I find if my feet are warm, I’m generally warm, so it’s time to get out the warm, fuzzy socks.

Planning to make roast duck for the first time next week. That should be an adventure. Anyone with experience roasting duck please feel free to give me some tips in the comments below.

I haven’t decided on dessert yet. What are y’all having?

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Tuesday I participated in #Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Moments in Books

On Wednesday I participated in Blog Tour and Book Blast: Silhouette by Paul Swingle

On Thursday I did a review of The Highlander’s Holiday Wife

On Friday I participated in #Book Blogger Hop: Do you write long or short reviews? I also announced I’m willing to make Black Friday sales posts. If any authors are planning on doing Black Friday sales, I am happy to provide a spotlight with sales information and buy links.

On Saturday I reviewed a book for Indie Weekend: Murder on the Underground Railroad. There is also a great guest post from the author.

On Sunday, besides this Sunday post, I participated in a book tour for the four books in The Goswell Quartet by Kate Hewlitt. Blog Tour, Book Review, and Spotlights: The Goswell Quartet

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I plan to review the audiobook of The Ingenue by Rachel Kapelke-Dale.

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

On Wednesday and Friday I will post Black Friday sales spotlights, so if you are putting your book on sale, let me know at bonniereadsandwrites@gmail.com.

On Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

The rest of the week I will post some reviews, in between cooking and reading!

BOOK HAUL

A haunting, epic novel about betrayal, revenge, and redemption that follows three generations of Russian women, from the 1917 revolution to the last days of the Soviet Union, and the enduring love story at the center.

In a faraway kingdom, in a long-ago land…

…a young girl lived happily in Moscow with her family: a sister, a father, and an eccentric mother who liked to tell fairy tales and collect porcelain dolls. 

One summer night, everything changed, and all that remained of that family were the girl and her mother.

Now, a decade later and studying at Oxford University, Rosie has an English name, a loving fiancé, and a promising future, but all she wants is to understand–and bury–the past. After her mother dies, Rosie returns to Russia, armed with little more than her mother’s strange folklore–and a single key.

What she uncovers is a devastating family history that spans the 1917 Revolution, the siege of Leningrad, Stalin’s purges, and beyond.

–I received both an ebook and an absolutely stunning print copy of this book. I don’t keep all the print copies but I’m keeping this one. Gorgeous cover.

Audiobook:

Ever since business mogul Clive Reynolds disappeared twenty years ago, the name “Reynolds” has become synonymous with “murder” and “mystery.” And now, lured by a cryptic note, down-on-her-luck photographer Morgan Mori returns home to Black Harbor and into the web of their family secrets and double lives. The same night she photographs the Reynolds holiday get-together, Morgan becomes witness to a homicide of a cop that triggers the discovery of a long-buried clue.

This could finally be the thing to crack open the chilling cold case, and Investigator Ryan Hudson has a chance to prove himself as lead detective. If only he could stop letting his need to solve his partner’s recent murder distract him. But as Morgan exposes her own dark demons, could her sordid history be the key to unlocking more than one mystery?

Audiobook:

On the surface, Emerson, Massachusetts, is just like any other affluent New England suburb. But when a young woman is found dead in the nicest part of town, the powerful neighbors close ranks to keep their families safe. In this searing novel, Eden Perry’s death kicks off an investigation into the three teenagers who were partying with her that night, each a suspect. Hannah, a sweet girl with an unstable history. Jack, the popular kid with a mean streak. Christopher, an outsider desperate to fit in. Their parents, each with motivations of their own, only complicate the picture: they will do anything to protect their children, even at the others’ expense.

With a brilliantly woven, intricately crafted plot that gathers momentum on every page, this is superb storytelling told in terse prose—a dynamic read that is both intensely gripping and deeply affecting.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK OF THANKSGIVING!

#SundayPost: Football, Noah’s Ark, and Tomatoes

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I missed last week’s Sunday Post, so here’s a recap of the last two weeks. I missed the post because I was back in Cincinnati going to a Bengals game. The day before that, my friend Lyric and I went to the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky.

This is the Ark Encounter. The ark is built to the specifications in the Bible, and it’s massive. It’s completely full of exhibits inside of animal pens, food storage, and work rooms. It’s really cool, and I enjoyed it a lot.

The Bengals game was fun as always, especially since we won again. Now I’m back to working and blogging.

On the trips to and from Ohio/Kentucky I was able to get a lot of audiobook listening done.

This past week was about catching up, reading, and writing reviews. I’ve let my Goodreads and Instagram fall behind too, so I’ve been trying to catch those up. On Saturday I got some more of my garden tomatoes out of the freezer to thaw so I can get them canned today. Canning will commence soon.

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

Monday I did two blog tours: Victoria and Violet and Side Launch

Tuesday I participated in Book Blogger Hop

Wednesday I reviewed The Secret Benefits of Invisibility by C.W. Allen

Thursday I reviewed The High Notes by Danielle Steel

Saturday I reviewed The Girl Who Feared Trains for Indie Weekend.

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday I will share some of the reviews I did for the November issue of Historical Novels Review, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society.

On Wednesday I will review Godmersham Park for Austenprose PR.

On Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop

I will review Indie books for Indie Weekend

BOOK HAUL THE LAST TWO WEEKS

When Serin discovers a hidden family manuscript, she has no idea what she has set in motion. The old pages reveal the bewildering tale of an ordinary Victorian girl, Wren, who is given an enchanting pendant that changes her life.

Serin reads all night, compelled to discover the fate of her ancestor. Will Wren fulfil her destiny to protect the cursed London Stone, like the witches before her? Or will the relentless raven man be her downfall? Will she lose everyone she ever loved? Will she lose herself?

As Serin reads Wren’s tale, strange things start to happen, and she begins to believe she may have unleashed dormant dark magic upon herself.

This is a gothic tale of magic and myth, family secrets, love and revenge. It is a tale of the extraordinary, hidden beneath ordinary Victorian lives.

If you ever lost a sock, you’ll find it here.
If you ever wondered about your favorite toy from childhood… it’s probably sitting on a shelf in the back.
And the headphones that you swore this time you’d keep safe? You guessed it….

Antoinette has lost her father. Metaphorically. He’s not in the shop, and she’ll never see him again. But when Antsy finds herself lost (literally, this time), she discovers that however many doors open for her, leaving the Shop for good might not be as simple as it sounds.

And stepping through those doors exacts a price.

Lost in the Moment and Found tells us that childhood and innocence, once lost, can never be found.

Two women–bound by blood, torn apart by circumstance–find together that true strength comes in many forms.

In 1911, Mabel MacGinnis is Europe’s strongest woman and has performed beside her father in the Manzo Brothers Circus her entire life. When he dies unexpectedly, she loses everything she’s ever known and sets off in the company of acrobat Jake Cunningham in hope of finding the mother she thought was dead.

Isabella Moreau, America’s most feted aerialist, has given everything to the circus. But age and injury now threaten her security, and Isabella, stalked by old fears, makes a choice that risks everything. Then her daughter Mabel appears alongside the man who never wanted to see Isabella again, and she is forced to face the truth of where, and from what, she derives her worth.

As Mabel and Isabella’s lives become entangled beneath the glittering lights and flying trapeze of Madison Square Garden, their resiliency and resolve are tested as they learn the truth of what it means to be strong.

#SundayPost: Sunrises and future dreams

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This is the beautiful sight we woke up to this morning at our future retirement home. It makes me want to retire right now! In a little over a week, my husband will be coming back down to resume remodeling. It is fun to think about the finished product and the new life that awaits.

Next week I’m going back to Cincinnati for another football game, and my good friend Lyric and I are going to go to the Creation Museum and The Ark the day before. We are looking forward to it!

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday

On Wednesday I will finally post my review of The American Adventuress.

On Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop.

I will provide a review of The Girl Who Feared Trains for Indie Weekend.

I’m on vacation Friday through Monday, as I mentioned above, so I will be posting when I can.

NEW BOOK HAUL

Click on the cover to find out more about the book.

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!

#SundayPost: Catching Up

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They say if you play you’ve got to pay, so after my football vacation last week I was back to work, and catching up on reads in my spare time. I’m still not quite caught up with my books, but I’m making a dent in it.

For dinner the other day, my husband Doug made something called City Chicken. This is actually not chicken but breaded pork on a stick! It was very good. I had never had it before but he used to have it as a kid. Here’s what it looks like:

My side dish was not mashed potatoes, sadly, as I’m still watching the carbs. The weight loss has slowed a bit, but I’ve lost 26 pounds so far.

Doug and I are working on two more short stories for the folklore challenge. We should be finished in the next couple of days.

How about you? How was your week?

Last Week on Bonnie Reads and Writes

On Monday I did a blog tour and book review of Death at the Lychgate for Zooloo’s Bour Tours

On Tuesday I reviewed Holiday Romance for a blog tour with Bookouture

I also explored Favorite Bookstores or Bookstores I’d like to visit on Top Ten Tuesday.

On Friday I reviewed The Family Home for a blog tour with Bookouture.

On Friday I also participated in Book Blogger Hop and answered the question: “Are you lost without books?”

On Saturday I reviewed Distant Flickers, a short story collection, for Indie Weekend.

Next Week on Bonnie Reads and Writes

On Sunday I will review The American Adventuress by C.W. Gortner

On Monday I will review Inglestone Manor for a blog tour with Zooloo’s Book Tours.

On Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday.

On Friday I have two book tours: My Husband’s Lover for Bookouture and Mr. Magenta for Zooloo’s Book Tours. I will also participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

For Indie Weekend, I will review The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach and The Girl Who Feared Trains by Padgett Gerler.

NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK

I picked up one new book. It is The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen, one of my favorite Christian authors. Click on the cover to learn more about it.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

#SundayPost: On the Road Again

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I did a lot of driving this week! Of course, I went to Bryson City for my aunt’s funeral. I mentioned her passing in my last post. It was a very upbeat and spiritual ceremony because her final destination in Heaven is well assured to us all.

Then Thursday I headed from Bryson City to Cincinnati because I have Bengals season tickets and there was a Thursday night game. I went with my brother Tim and we had a blast! And of course we got the win, which made it even better.

The view from my seat in the end zone.

It is about 7 hour trip from Bryson City to Cincinnati but it took me about 9 because I stop a lot. I got there about 4 pm Thursday. We left for the game at 5 pm, and got home from the game about 1:30 in the morning on Friday. Then I hit the road again about 10 a.m. Friday to drive from Cincinnati to Johnson City, Tennessee, which is about a 6 hour drive but took me 9 because of all the stops. That’s a lot of driving!

Upon getting back to Johnson City, I was greeted by a double rainbow! One is very faint, but you should be able to see it.

So that was my week! How was yours?

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I reviewed Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks

On Tuesday I participated in Top Ten Tuesday. The topic of typographic book covers was fascinating!

On Wednesday I did a blog tour and excerpt for Millstone of Doubt

On Saturday I did a blog tour and audiobook review of An Autumn Kiss

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I will review Death at The Lychgate for Zooloo’s Book Tours

On Tuesday I will review Holiday Romance for a blog tour with Bookouture. I will also participate in Top Ten Tuesday.

On Wednesday I will review The American Adventuress by C.W. Gortner.

On Friday I will review The Family Home for a blog tour with Bookouture. I will also participate in Book Blogger Hop.

I will also review/promote books for Indie Weekend.

NO NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK! I’m concentrating on reading the ones I already have.

#SundayPost: Precious Memories

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Monday brought a return from vacation and a return to reality. I had training for work a large part of the week, so it was pretty quiet work-wise.

Today brought reality in a deeper way, as I went to the hospital in Asheville to say goodbye to my Aunt Linda before she left this world. As I type this I have just been told that she has passed. This was a sweet and godly woman who, through love and kindness, leaves behind a wonderful legacy of precious memories for her children and grandchildren. I hope to leave such a legacy myself someday. Of course, this makes me think of my late Mom and how much she loved her family. I was proud to represent her today.

My original plan today was to can tomatoes, so I did some of that when I got back home. I have some tomatoes in the canner and I have plans to use my garden habaneros to make habanero-peach jam.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I reviewed The Safe Game by Wes Verde.

On Tuesday I participated in Top Ten Tuesday.

On Friday I participated in Book Blogger Hop.

Also on Friday I reviewed Gail Meath’s new release, Deuce, for Indie Weekend. This is Book 3 in the Jax Diamond Mysteries series.

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I will review Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks.

On Tuesday I will review The American Adventuress by C.W. Gortner. This is historical fiction about the life of Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill. I will also participate in Top Ten Tuesday if time permits.

On Wednesday I will do an excerpt of Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch

On Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

On Saturday I will review Dreams of Song Times by Amy L. Bernstein as part of Indie Weekend.

BOOK HAUL

My name is Bonnie, and I’m a Netgalley addict…..

I requested too many books this week! Somebody stop me! Seriously, I have a lot of reading to do. Click on the cover to learn more about the book.

Set in the dual times of 1807 and 1904. In 1807, a baby is discovered floating in a basket in a canal in Venice. He is raised by a group of Artisans and taught all of their trades. In 1904, Daniel Goodman is sent from California to Venice to procure and translate a new book. What he uncovers are secrets from the past.

This is historical fiction about Dorothy Horstmann, who helped find the cure for polio. I am reading this for Historical Novels Review, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society.

This is book 4 in the Jersey Girl Legal Mysteries. Eleven-year-old Riley’s father has been convicted of murdering her mother, and she is determined to get him out of jail.

A Christmas story about the breakup of Sarah Dunne’s marriage, her strained relationship with her daughter, and a chance to find love again.

Audiobooks:

This is a reimagining of the story of Hester Prynne, the tragic heroine in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

This is a Christmas novella set in World War II London. I am also reading this one for The Historical Novel Society.
In the 1850s, Annie reluctantly moves with her family from New York City to Cincinnati, the Queen City of the West, and is none too happy about it. She soon meets Max, an immigrant from Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood, and they begin to fight for their dreams. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, so I had to check this one out. This is an Indie book that I am also reading for The Historical Novel Society.

#SundayPost: Beaches, Sunsets, and Pelicans

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As I posted last Sunday, we spent the whole week in Holden Beach. Besides walking on the beach, collecting shells, and lounging by the pool, we went antiquing and shopping at outlet malls. The highlight of our week was a three-hour boat tour on Tuesday. Since it was a “three-hour tour,” we all made lots of jokes about how we hoped our boat was not called “The Minnow!” The tour was wonderful and we saw the most beautiful sunset any of us had ever seen. And we’ve seen some sunsets in our time! Here’s a picture below taken by my cousin Chris during the tour that captures it all–an orange sky, a setting sun, and a pelican!

We also saw pods of dolphins! It was such a wonderful tour.

In my downtime, I finished up my reviews for the November edition of Historical Novels Review, the magazine of The Historical Novel Society. I’ll be able to post those after November 1st.

We arrived back home today (It is Saturday as I write this.) Work beckons on Monday. But we had a great time!

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

On Monday I reviewed Our Stolen Child by Melissa Wiesner as part of a blog tour for Bookouture.

On Friday I did a Spotlight as part of a book tour for Goodbye Orchid and Orchid Blooming by Carol Van Den Hende.

Also on Friday I debuted the new Indie Weekend (formerly Self-Published Saturday) with a review of an audiobook–Relatively Normal Secrets by C.W. Allen, along with a great Q&A with the author.

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

This Sunday, as part of Indie Weekend, I will review Your Words, Your Heart by Louise Belanger and Deuce by Gail Meath.

On Monday I will review The Safe Game by Wes Verde as part of a blog tour for R&R Book Tours.

On Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday if time permits. I will also review Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks.

On Wednesday I will review Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade by Nancy Springer.

On Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

From Friday to Sunday is the new Indie weekend, where I post reviews and spotlights of Indie books.

BOOK HAUL THIS WEEK

I haven’t been requesting much because I have a lot on my Netgalley Shelf, but I received the following two books for upcoming blog tours:

As my girlfriends and I sip wine and share secrets in the flickering candlelight of our remote Scottish hideaway, we all agree we need this break. Every morning we will swim in icy cold lochs and hike to remote beaches and each night we will sip wine and share stories, cozy beside the log burner. It will be a break none of us will ever forget.

But behind my warm smile, there is ice in my heart. One of my friends is my husband’s lover, and it’s only a matter of time before I discover which one. She thinks she has me fooled, but she’s not the only one with secrets.

I don’t let my smile slip, but as I get closer to the truth, it becomes very clear that in these remote Scottish hills, far from help, someone is going to pay for their lies with their life…

A London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger.

Tall, dark, and dour, the notorious Captain Jasper Blunt was once hailed a military hero, but tales abound of his bastard children and his haunted estate in Yorkshire. What he requires now is a rich wife to ornament his isolated ruin, and he has his sights set on the enchanting Julia Wychwood.
 
For Julia, an incurable romantic cursed with a crippling social anxiety, navigating a London ballroom is absolute torture. The only time Julia feels any degree of confidence is when she’s on her horse. Unfortunately, a young lady can’t spend the whole of her life in the saddle, so Julia makes an impetuous decision to take her future by the reins—she proposes to Captain Blunt.
 
In exchange for her dowry and her hand, Jasper must promise to grant her freedom to do as she pleases. To ride—and to read—as much as she likes without masculine interference. He readily agrees to her conditions, with one provision of his own: Julia is forbidden from going into the tower rooms of his estate and snooping around his affairs. But the more she learns of the beastly former hero, the more intrigued she becomes…

Sunday Post: #beachwaves, #winning, and #retirement practice

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This is our view this week as we are staying in beautiful Holden Beach, NC. I left my work phone at home for the first time ever as I indulge in a little “retirement practice.” Here’s to resting, relaxing, and eating crab legs!

Some Cool News: I won a flash fiction contest sponsored by Cinnabar Moth Publishing. It’s the first time I ever wrote flash fiction. It’s called “After,” and very loosely based on a sonnet I wrote in college, which I have shared on here. It is also called “After.” Both have the scene of a girl’s first moments after life. I won $25 and the honor of putting an author bio on their site. It’s more of a blogger bio right now, and I will update it with the Bonnie Douglas bio, including both Doug and I, after we publish our book on Amazon.

The theme for the flash fiction story on a Twitter post was “Now, where to start?” Here’s my story, the length of a Twitter post:

There wasn’t much left of the car I’d been in. I could hear crying, and somebody lifted a limp girl wearing my sweater as I watched from above. My dad called my name “Meg! Meg!” Unable to go to him, I felt my cares slip away as a skyful of stars beckoned. Now, where to start?

Winning a contest is so cool. My husband Doug and I are writing a book of short Appalachian folklore stories which will include the folklore stories we’ve been sharing on here. Since we haven’t published it yet, I haven’t really felt like an author until today. Thanks so much to Cinnabar Moth Publishing!

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

I’m reviewing Our Stolen Child by Melissa Wiesner as part of a blog tour for Bookouture.

I’m posting a review of the audiobook Relatively Normal Secrets by C.W. Allen. I will also be doing a Q&A with the author.

I’m finishing up several reviews for Historical Novels Review, the magazine of The Historical Novel Society, which are due on September 15th. I’ll post those after the magazine is published on November 1st. I still have one or two from the August issue I haven’t shared and I will put one of those up this week if I have time.

Have a wonderful week! I’m about to hit the pool!

Sunday Post: Time to De-stress #relax #happyplace #DeepCreek

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After a long work week followed by 57 straight hours of watching three grandkids (ages 3, 3, and 7), I headed straight to the salon after I dropped the kids off yesterday. About an hour of getting a long-overdue pedicure really helped me destress. I really need to remember that pampering myself a little goes a long way the rest of the week.

Along the lines of de-stressing, here are some photos of my “happy place,” the place I go to in my mind when I can’t go in person–Deep Creek, part of the Smoky Mountain National Park. Although part of the park, Deep Creek is not inside the park itself, but located in Bryson City, NC.

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

Sunday I participated in The Sunday Post.

Monday I reviewed Jaguar Paloma and the Caketown Bar by Jess Wells

Thursday I reviewed Long Way Home by Lynn Austin.

Friday I participated in Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop

And on Self-Published Saturday I reviewed My Alien Life by J. Martain.

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

Today (Sunday) I’m reviewing Childhood Sweethearts by Wendy Clarke as part of a blog tour for Bookouture.

Monday I will review the Audiobook of A Bookshop Christmas by Rachel Burton

Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday if time permits

Wednesday I will review Secrets by Fern Michaels

Friday I will post a review of The Duchess of Idaho that I did for the August edition of Historical Novels Review, the magazine of The Historical Novel Society. I will also participate in Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop if time permits.

On Self-Published Saturday I will review/spotlight self-published books.

BOOK HAUL LAST WEEK

I really need to quit requesting books for a while, but it is addictive!

At my daughter Mabel’s sixth birthday party, there’s a cake with candles, sausages on the barbecue, and the sound of her friends’ excited voices as we open her gifts. But at the end of the day, I hug my daughter tightly, drop a kiss into her shiny brown hair… and leave her with my ex-husband, who won’t even meet my eyes.

After our divorce, Matthew and I wanted to do the best thing for Mabel. We agreed to share the family home, despite living separate lives. Now one of us stays with her, and one of us stays at the apartment across town.

The night of the party, I fall asleep on the sofa, tired and a little sad. When I wake up and stumble into my bedroom, I know immediately something is wrong.

There’s a body in my bed. A man I dated. In an apartment where only Matthew and I have the key.

Would Matthew go this far to be rid of me? I thought I could trust him… but now I can’t be sure.

Or has someone learned the terrible secret that both tore us apart, and tied us together forever?

An absolutely gripping thriller that will keep you reading late into the night, unable to put the book down for a second. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware and Lisa Jewell.

Audiobook

Life changes once again for British spy Miss Mary Bennet when Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from the Isle of Elba. Mary quickly departs England for Brussels, the city where the Allied forces prepare for war against the French. But shortly after her arrival, one of the Duke of Wellington’s best officers is murdered, an event that threatens to break the delicate alliance between the Allies.

Investigating the murder forces Mary into precarious levels of espionage, role-playing, and deception with her new partner, Mr. Withrow—the nephew and heir of her prominent sponsor and the spy with whom she’s often at odds. Together, they court danger and discovery as they play dual roles in gathering intelligence for the British. But soon Mary realizes that her growing feelings toward Mr. Withrow put her heart in as much danger as her life. And then there’s another murder.

Mary will need to unmask the murderer before more people are killed, but can she do so and remain hidden in the background?

Have a relaxing week, everyone!

Sunday Post: Road Trips and Bling #SundayPost #Bengals

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I missed a lot of posting this week, but I decided to drive out to Cincinnati on Saturday to pick up my special gift for Bengals season ticket members. We got replica AFC Championship rings. I drove up to Cincy, stayed a couple hours, and headed back. Here’s a picture of the ring and of me with the Lamar Hunt trophy.

So that was a fun, quick trip that I just decided to do the day before. The only way to get the ring was to pick it up in person. Then I immediately hit the road and headed back to Tennessee.

I am behind on some posts and reviews this week due to my work schedule and unplanned trip, but I’ll be making those up.

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

Sunday I participated in The Sunday Post.

Wednesday I reviewed Murder for the Modern Girl

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

Today I’m participating in The Sunday Post

Today I’m putting up Self-Published Saturday a day late.

Monday I’m reviewing Jaguar Paloma and the Caketown Bar

Tuesday I’m reviewing an audiobook of A Bookshop Christmas and participating in Top Ten Tuesday if time permits.

Friday I’m participating in Book Blogger Hop and Friday 56.

And on Saturday I will review self-published/indie books.

BOOK HAUL THIS WEEK

“No one writes bright, bold, bad, and beautiful women of history like C.W. Gortner, and he outdoes himself with his latest heroine: Jennie Jerome, American heiress, royal mistress, and mother of Winston Churchill. The American Adventuress shines on every page with Jennie’s irrepressible thirst for adventure, love, and everything else life has to offer!” — Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

The story of Jennie Jerome Churchill, mother of Winston, a New York-born heiress who always lived life on her own terms.

Daughter of New York financier Leonard Jerome, Jennie was born into wealth—and scandal. Upon her parents’ separation, her mother took Jennie and her sisters to Paris, where Mrs. Jerome was determined to marry her daughters into the most elite families. The glamorous city became their tumultuous finishing school until it fell to revolt. 

Fleeing to Queen Victoria’s England, Jennie soon caught the eye of aristocrat Randolph Spencer-Churchill, son of the Duke of Marlborough, one of Britain’s loftiest peers. It was love at first sight, their unconventional marriage driven by mutual ambition and the birth of two sons. Undeterred by premature widowhood or society’s rigid expectations, Jennie brashly carried on a lifelong intimate friendship with Edward, Prince of Wales—a notorious bon vivant—and had two later marriages to younger men. When her son Winston launched his brilliant political career, Jennie guided him to success, his most vocal and valuable supporter.

By turns scandalous, tragic, and exciting, Jennie Jerome lived an unconventional life full of defiance—one that enshrined her as an American adventuress.

Escaping her shattered past is much more difficult than she imagined.

Julia Schultz has a reputation for being a storyteller, or as others see it, a liar. But with her dark and painful past, stories are all that have kept her company throughout her life. Longing for a fresh start and a second chance to earn real trust, Julia takes a job as a Harvey Girl at the El Tovar Hotel, where she’s challenged to be her true self.

Learning the trade of a master jeweler is hard work, but Christopher Miller takes pride in running his family’s small shop and earning the respect of the people around him. But when he discovers that he has six weeks to buy his building from his landlord before it is sold, he must find a way to save his grandfather’s legacy.

United by the discovery of a legendary treasure, Chris and Julia find hope in each other. But when Julia’s past catches up with her, doubt creeps into Chris’s heart. Can he really trust her and her stories?

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