Hi romance friends!
It’s the last week of January (quite a month in every arena, at least in the Dumas home), so I thought I’d check in with my reviewer friends!
Last November you may recall I had weekly “Best of 2016” posts with PJ Ausdenmore, Scandie from Scandalicious, librarian Lynn Wall, and SOS Aloha.
I touched base with them last week to see if they had any recommendations for recent books they’ve read and here’s what they have to ...
As some of you know, I was in DC this past week for my father-in-law’s funeral.
I lived in the DC area for twenty years before we moved to Wisconsin 11 years ago, so my husband—who hadn’t been back in ten years (I was there for a quick trip in 2014 for a conference, but didn’t have time to socialize or see the sights)—and I took some time to catch up with friends and wander around.
So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.
My husband lost his father this week.
There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their long good-byes for years now.
I have a long drive from Wisconsin to DC in front of me, and I’m ...
I’m writing from a very warm Orlando FL where I am attending a (non-book related) conference with my husband. Believe me when I say it feels surreal to be wandering around in shorts and sandals! I boarded the plane in Madison at 25 degrees with at least 4 inches of accumulated snow on the ground—and landed to a sunny 85. (Not looking forward to the forecast of 11 when we get home on Friday.) At first giddy ...
As I prepare for another year to roll in, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads and new discoveries from 2016.
Some of you may know this has been a bit of a tumultuous year for me, but I was blessed to travel to a number of conferences, including RT, RWA, Chicago North’s Spring Fling, and two international romance reader celebrations—Berlin’s LoveLetter Conference and the first ever Paris Romance Novel Festival.
2016 was the year I ...
Wow. Can you believe Christmas is nearly here?
I haven’t had the chance to read many Christmas books this year (sad sigh) but my favorite so far was Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes.
I find this author completely charming, and since I love Christmas, and I adore anything related to Paris, this was practically a must-read for me. (It got a nice Kirkus review too.)
Hughes’ books usually have a fairy tale quality to them; they’re usually based in ...
I know I recently mentioned my Book Club and how much they mean to me. Last night we had our holiday party, which included dinner (Thanks, Mary!) and treats, plus a Christmas book exchange and, as always, lovely conversation about life and books.
I almost didn’t go. I’m behind on almost everything I’m doing and thought an evening home to get caught up would be a good thing.
And yet…We’ve had all sorts of stressors this year (2016 seems to ...
Moving closer to 2017, I wanted to shout out to public libraries everywhere, and especially mine, the Madison Public Library. I did an article for one of our local papers (nearly three years ago now - wow, time flies!) on one of our area librarians who’s a romance fan.
As many of you know, I’m an avid audiobook consumer, and I’m always pleasantly surprised when I go to find a romance novel on Overdrive and it’s actually there! (That’s a side ...