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Welcome to another Monday of Musing, hosted by Jenn, at Books and a Beat.  Here are some topics:


  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is your most favorite book from your childhood?


My current read:  I Let You Go, by Claire Mackintosh, is about a rainy afternoon, when a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street….





I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past.
At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them. Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner, says, “I read I Let You Go in two sittings; it made me cry (at least twice), made me gasp out loud (once), and above all made me wish I’d written it . . . a stellar achievement.”


I’ve heard good things about this book, so I’m going to spend time today immersed in it.


As for my most favorite childhood book, I might have to say Little Women, as I read it a few times.  But I was also thoroughly engaged by the Nancy Drew mysteries.

I don’t have a print copy of Little Women, as I read library books back then.  I brought no books from my childhood to my own collection, but I do have an e-book of Little Women now.

I also have the first three books in the Nancy Drew series that I bought a few years ago.  See them on the bottom of this stack, below:


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What are you musing about today?



Welcome to another Monday Sparks, in which we do whatever is necessary to get the week “sparking.”

Today’s event is Musing Mondays,  hosted by Should Be Reading.  Here is her prompt:

What’s the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down?

That happens to be especially relevant this week, as I did literally stay up half the night reading The Midwife’s Confession.  (Click the title for the review).   Loved it!

It’s one of those books with a bit of drama, a lot of secrets, and a mystery that helps us discover what’s going on.

What about you?  What kept you up all night?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.




Good morning, blog world!  What sparks your energy, creativity, and imagination on a Monday morning?

Today I was sparked by comments on my Creative Moments site where I talked about how I’d been slacking off a bit on my rewrites.

Encouraged, as always, by the wonderful and supportive remarks, I felt renewed.  Reenergized.  Is that even a word?

So as soon as I did some blog visiting for my Monday Memes post, I opened up my Defining Moments document and began again.

I left off last (with the rewrites) on page 64, Chapter Ten.  After two hours of total concentration on the work, I ended up on Chapter Fifteen, page 117.

Which also begins Part II in the WIP, called Revelations.  Part I is entitled Introductory Moments.

The MC, Jillian McAvoy, has just ended a bittersweet phase in her life.  A love affair has gone wrong, but her book is out there on the shelves.  She has improved her relationship with her daughter Megan.  And across the street, her neighbor Ernestine is remembering the past and the secrets that have plagued her all these years.

What will happen next?  Even though I have the first draft down, my rewriting can turn things around.  Nothing is written in stone.

I like this part.  As much as I have been procrastinating, when I do open the document and begin, I am excited and full of energy.

See what a few sparks can do?  What sparks you on a Monday morning?  What do you look forward to?