Blogging Reprieve

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Some of My Favorite Books

Happy Blogging!


~ Another Award ~

I just received another award, compliments of Miss Eliza @ Strange and Random Happenstance. Thank you so much! I'm honored to receive this award. I'm still very new to blogging, even though I "created" my blog in May 2009, I didn't really start seriously blogging until this month. I'm hoping to start posting Book Reviews sometime this week ~ I will mostly be reviewing Romance...Christian Fiction, Contemporary, name a few.

The Award:
Let’s Be Friends Award:

What it means:
Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.

Rules: Deliver this award to 8 bloggers.

My nominations go to my most faithful followers (not quite eight):

Renee @ Steeler Girl's Blog

Christy @ Southern Sassy Things

Angie @ Never a Dull Moment ( the new "decor"!)

Ruth @ This That and the Other Thing

Thank you ladies for being such great friends, and followers! You're the best!

Mailbox Monday

Thanks to Marcia @ The Printed Page, we get to share what books were in our mailbox the previous week. Here's mine...

From BookMooch:

Wyoming Wildflower - Pam Crooks
Bodine's Bounty - Charlene Sands
The Angel and the Outlaw - Kathryn Albright
Midnight Marriage - Victoria Bylin
A Marriage by Chance - Carolyn Davidson
Rocky Mountain Widow - Jillian Hart
Rocky Mountain Man - Jillian Hart
Montana Man - Jillian Hart
Confessions of a Good Christian Girl - Tammy Maltby

From PBS:

Second Chance - Jane Green
Under the Duvet - Marian Keyes
You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs - Laurie Graff

Not as many as usual! I'm trying to cut back...I have way too many books lying around waiting to be read. :o)

Another Contest for a B&N Gift card!

Lori @ Lori's Reading Corner is giving away a $10 gift card to 2 lucky winners! Head on over to her blog to find out how to enter...and...earn extra entries. Good luck everyone! :o)


Blog Award ~ Who Love's You Baby!

This award was designed with one purpose in mind ~ pass it on to other bloggers who have awarded you in the past.

I just found this award at J. Kaye's Book Blog. I am passing it on to the one special person who has seen fit to present me with not one, but two, blog awards in the last week or so. That person is...drum-roll please...

Renee @ Steeler Girl's Blog!!

Thank you so much, Renee, for being a wonderful friend, as well as, a very patient blog instructor! I love you, girl! You're the best! :)

Camy's Awesome Giveaway ~ 14 BOXES of books + more!!

Hurry on over to Camy's Loft for a chance to win a BOX of books, or a copy of her latest release Deadly Intent. There will be 24 winners in all! The contest ends tomorrow, August 31st, so don't dilly-dally around ~ get over there right away! Good Luck! :)


Show Me Five Saturday meme

I just discovered another fun meme at Pudgy Penguin Perusals ~ the meme was created by That's a Novel Idea:

Here's how it works:

Each Saturday you'll post the answers to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you should provide.

1. Book you read and/or reviewed this week

2. Words that describe the book

3. Settings where it took place or characters you met

4. Things you liked and/or disliked about it

5. Stars or less for your rating?

This meme gives us an opportunity to share a brief description of a book we've read/reviewed this week. Doesn't that sound like fun? I'm hoping to start posting reviews on my blog real soon...maybe this will help me build up enough courage to try the "real" thing! :)

Here's mine for this week:

1. Book read - Montana Rose by Mary Connealy

2. Words describing it - witty, heartwarming

3. Places and/or Characters - Cassie (reluctantly obedient), Red (a wonderful, caring, hovering husband), and Belle (she's one tough chick!)

4. Things I liked and/or disliked - I liked that the characters are very well-written ~ it's like you're right there with them; I liked that there is never a dull moment ~ I read the book in a couple of hours!; I disliked Belle's husband (and I use this word loosely!), Anthony ~ what a loser!; I disliked Mort (Wade's Dad), too ~ what a sorry, low-down excuse for a man!

5. Stars or less - Absolutely 5 STARS!! I loved this book!

Be sure to visit the blog's mentioned above to read what others thought about the books they read this week. Have fun!


50/50 Competition

Miss Eliza @ Strange and Random Happenstance is celebrating her 50th post PLUS reaching her 50th Follower! Congratulations Miss Eliza! :)

Here's what she had to say about her competition:

So this here post, the one you are reading right now, at least I hope you are reading it, is officially my 50th post. To commemorate this wondrous feat (at least to me), I am announcing my first ever competition! I've been storing up book swag and loot for awhile now and have been waiting for a suitably grand occasion. Right now you are probably thinking, whatever the occasion, just get to the prizes, and I'm getting prizes you asked? You probably guessed it by the lovely picture above, but the prize is a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! You know you want it! All those books you could get....Now onto "THE RULES."

The Rules:

1. Open to EVERYONE, just because you haven't been following me all along doesn't mean you don't matter.
2. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if your name is drawn, either your blogger profile or a link to your website/blog or you could even include your email address with your comment(s).
3. Contest ends Monday, August 31st at 11:59PM CST
4. How to enter:

Answer me this: In honor of the end of summer and the beginning of another school year...What is your favorite Summer Read? Doesn't have to have been read this summer, but what book evokes the true spirit of summer to you? Harry Potter perhaps? Charlotte's Web
by chance? A thriller verses a classic? A true beach read? I want to know!

5. And for those addicted to getting extra entries:
  • +1 for answering the question above
  • +2 for becoming a follower
  • +5 if you are already a follower (yes you lucky 5 people you!)
  • +10 for each time you advertise this contest - blog post, sidebar, twitter (please @MzLizard), etc. Also please leave a link!

Also, as extra special incentive...if, by some great stroke of luck I hit 50 followers, which really is beyond my wildest dreams, I will include something extra. I little bookaholic surprise if you will....Good luck and I can't wait to read you answers!

This is going to be fun! Please pay Miss Eliza a visit, and enter her competition!
Good Luck! :)

My Favorite Cover

This week my choice is:

Jenna's Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater
(this is Book 1 in her new series, The Callahans of Texas)

Jenna Callahan has a young son and rewarding work on her father's ranch. She's content. But she never expected to see Nate Langley back in town--the first guy she noticed, the one her father sent away all those years ago. And she never thought the attraction they felt would be as strong as ever. Jenna's cowboy has some healing of his own to do, though, after two tours of duty in the armed forces. With the help of good friends, strong faith, and a loving family, he hopes to put the horrors of the past behind him--and become the man Jenna deserves. With an emphasis on simple acts of love, Jenna's Cowboy gives romance readers what they want most: a love story with a Texas touch.

Jenna held her breath as he climbed out of the pickup and slowly walked around the front of it. Wow . . . He wasn't the six foot tall, rangy cowboy she used to know. This man was all muscle. His snug, blue, short-sleeved T-shirt emphasized his physique. She had to force herself not to stare at his broad shoulders and thick, solid arms. He moved fine, so he must not have suffered any permanent injury to his leg. A pink scar on the back of his forearm stood out against his dark tan, but it didn't seem to bother him. He crossed his arms and leaned against the truck fender with a smile, his silver-gray eyes twinkling. Jenna's heart skipped a beat. How could his eyes have gotten even more beautiful? He scanned the jack waiting near the right rear of the pickup, the tire-iron still hanging on a lug-nut, and the spare tire lying on the ground. As he brushed a strand of light sandy brown hair off his forehead, his gaze flickered to the ice cream before meeting hers. "Refueling?" She laughed and stood, walking over to meet him. "I couldn't get the tire off, and the ice cream was melting. Didn't see any sense in wasting it." Setting the carton in the truck bed, she swallowed the sudden lump in her throat. "Welcome home." Something flashed in his eyes, then he lowered his arms and straightened, taking a step closer. "Don't I get a hug?" Was his voice a little thicker? Jenna hesitated for a second, then chided herself. This was Nate, her friend. And he was home safe and sound. Quick tears stung her eyes. Thank you, Lord. "You bet."

WOW! I. Can. Not. Wait. To. Read. This. Book!!!! It sounds SO GOOD!! It releases in January 2010. Be sure to watch for it!

(I got permission from Jen @ So Many Books...So Little Time to use her "Cover Attraction" idea.)

Friday Fill-Ins ~ #1

I found this weekly meme at Lori's Reading Corner last week, and it sounded like fun!

1. He was the last person I wanted to see.

2. Cooler temperatures is what I look forward to most this time of year.

3. My best friend online best friend "in person" hubby!! :)

4. I'm so hungry right now to be honest with you.

5. Appearances can be what leads us to our first-impression of someone/something.

6. The last person I gave a hug to was my Mom (on Wednesday).

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hopefully eating dinner out with my hubby, tomorrow my plans include watching my hubby & friends put roof trusses on his shop and Sunday, I want to spend as much time reading as I can!


Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Take the Quiz here!

This week Royal Reviews has dedicated an entire week to Mr. Darcy. I came across this quiz over at Seductive Musings.

Have you taken the quiz to find out "Which Jane Austen Heroine are you"? According to the quiz, I am Elizabeth Bennet. I'm not really a big Jane Austen fan, but I've seen a couple of the movies. The last one I saw was Becoming was okay. I enjoy more contemporary romantic movies, books, etc.

If you're a Jane Austen should really find out which Heroine you are! Enjoy!


The Humane Blogger Award!!

The Humane Blogger Award

I just received my very first Blogger Award!!! Thank you so much Renee @ Steeler Girl's Blog ~ you're the best!! If it wasn't for my friend Renee, I would never have discovered blogging in the first place. She's been very patient, and helpful, with all of my questions and problems. Thank you again! :)

What this award is for: This award is to honor certain bloggers that are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn't for them, my site would just be an ordinary blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendship through the blog world.

Rule: Nominate 10 bloggers you feel deserve the Humane Award.

I'm still new to blogging, so I won't be able to nominate 10 ~ here are the bloggers I've chosen:

Never A Dull Moment ~ Angie

The Book Blogger ~ Danielle

Camy's Loft ~ Camy Tang

Thank you, ladies, your comments are greatly appreciated! I enjoy hearing what you have to say, whether it's posts on your blogs or comments on mine. Keep up the good work! :) To my other followers: I would have chosen you, too, but Renee has already done so. Thank you just the same!


The ABCs of Me!

I found this at Susie's blog: My Guilty Pleasures, and decided to join in the fun!

Age: 31 ~ I'll be 32 in December
Bed Size: Queen
Chore You Hate: Can I only pick one??? Okay...ummmm...folding's SO BORING!!
Dogs or Cats: Both, but I only have a puppy right now...Deezel
Essential Start Your Day Item: I look forward to checking my emails/blog every morning! Woo-hoo!
Favorite Color: Red & Black ~ University of Georgia Bulldog colors GO DAWGS!!
Gold or Silver: Silver
Height: 5'6
Instruments You've Played: piano/keyboard ~ I taught myself a little
Job Title: currently...unemployed, but job-hunting :(
Kid(s): just Deezel
Loud or Quiet: BOTH! I'm quiet when I'm reading or sleeping ~ I'm loud when I'm with my Mom and 3 younger sisters...we have a GREAT time together!
Married? How long: Yes! June 17th was 9 years!
Nicknames: Baby, Little Bit, sweetie, punkin'
Overnight Hospital Stay: Yes...more than once...laproscopic surgery for endometriosis; tubes in my ears twice (ages 3 and 5)
Pet Peeve: People who KNOW IT ALL!!!
Quote From A Movie: "This IS my HAPPY FAAACE!"
Right or Left Handed: Right
Siblings: 3 younger sisters
Time You Wake Up: Weekdays - 8:00 or 8:30 Weekends - maybe a little later
Underwear: YEEEESSSSS!!!!
Vegetable you Hate: Again, I can only choose one??? Ummm...cabbage! GAG!!
Ways You Run Late: I always wait until the last minute to leave!
X-Rays You've Had: Dental, chest, ???
Yummy Food You Make: chili-cheese dip, poppy-seed chicken, roast & potatoes
Zoo Favorite: I'm not crazy about the zoo!

That was it's your turn...

Teaser Tuesday ~ #1

This sounds like fun! I've seen it on quite a few blogs, but didn't decide to participate until I saw it again today @ Lori's Reading Corner (compliments of MizB @ Should Be Reading).

Here's what you're asked to do:
  1. Grab your current read.
  2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
  3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
  5. And again remember – avoid spoilers.

Here's mine...

Red kissed her again just for saying she wanted him to.
Cassie wrapped her arms around his neck, then slid her hands to his face and lifted herself away from him. "If you wanted me to be sassy, you should have told me you'd do this." (I know that's 3 sentences, but it made more sense with the 3rd one added!)

This teaser comes from: Montana Rose by Mary Connealy.
So far it's a great book! What's your TEASER?


Hubby's Project ~ #1

We bought our first "real" house in October 2008 (we lived in a mobile home prior to purchasing this house), so we're still really excited to be here! My hubby, Allen, has always wanted his very own shop/workshop, but we've never had a nice enough, or big enough, yard for him to have one. Well, when we bought this house, there was a perfect spot in the backyard for him to build a shop! He was SO excited!

Here's our "real" house...

I thought it would be nice to share his progress here on my blog. To give you an idea of where the shop is going to's pretty much where I was standing when I took the photo of the back of our house.

Here are some photos of his progress so far...

This is a pic of the footing on one side of the foundation.
He dug most of these by hand! That was some back-breaking work!

Here are the footings all the way around,
with the batter-boards up.

Here's the very first load of gravel! Woo-hoo!

Here Allen, and my cousin, Brian, are spreading
out the first of MANY loads of gravel.

They've still got a LONG way to go!! The gravel has to
come up to 4 inches from the top of the batter-boards.
Whew! I'm glad I wasn't recruited to help. :p

Bring on the concrete! Here's Allen dumping yet another
load out of the "Georgia" buggy. It took around 30 loads
to get it up to the top of the batter-boards.
Allen decided to use the buggy instead of having the
concrete truck come down our driveway,
and risk cracking it.

Here are the guys spreading it out,
before it gets too dry.

The finished concrete slab had to cure for a couple of
weeks before the framing could begin. Just this past
Saturday, Allen & Brian started framing the walls and
putting them up. They've already
put up one and are working on the second.

I fell asleep on the couch (wasn't feeling too good)
and totally missed the second wall going up!
Here are 3 walls already more to go...

Allen's Dad, Bo, is helping him cut braces to go
on the walls that are already standing.

The fourth wall is now up, but it's already too dark
for me to take a photo of it. I'll try to keep updating
as the progress continues.

We can hardly wait to see it finished! This is so exciting! :)
Come back later to see more photos....

Mailbox Monday

If you're new to Mailbox Monday, it's a meme I came across on Marcia's blog, The Printed Page. Here's what Maria has to say: Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It's really cool! I love reading everyone's comments/blog posts to see what book they've received.

Here's mine for Aug. 16 - 22:

Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove
(compliments of Kara's giveaway @
Kara Down Under)

From BookMooch:

Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana by Melanie Dobson
The Marriage Mishap by Judith Stacy
The Hired Husband by Judith Stacy

From PBS:

Maggie's Beau by Carolyn Davidson
The Texan by Carolyn Davidson
One Starry Christmas by Carolyn Davidson,
Carol Finch & Lynna Banning
Wyoming Wildfire by Elizabeth Lane

Loves Me, Loves Me Knot by Heidi Betts
Tangled in Love by Heidi Betts
Bending the Rules by Susan Andersen
Some Girls Do by Leanne Banks

Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
With or Without You by Carole Matthews
Diary of a Working Girl by Daniella Brodsky
Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Girls' Night In by Meg Cabot & other authors
Speechless by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout
Inappropriate Men by Stacey Ballis

Leather and Lace by DiAnn Mills
Patterns of Love by Robin Lee Hatcher

I will be posting some of these books to my Inventory/Bookshelf on my book-swapping sites, so be sure to watch for them (username: sugarandgrits)...I hope to start posting books again in September. I had to stop for a couple of weeks ~ the expenses for mailing books add up fast!

Please join in the fun by either posting a comment, or a link to your blog, with your list of books that were in your mailbox last week. Thank you for dropping in!

YES or NO meme

Please join in the fun...compliments of Camy Tang @ Camy's Loft!

You can only answer YES or explanations allowed (unless someone comments and asks you specifically)! To join in, just copy & paste in a comment, or on your blog, then change the answers. Enjoy!

Kissed any one of your Facebook friends? NO
Been arrested? NO
Kissed someone you didn't like? NO
Slept in until 5 PM? NO
Fallen asleep at work/school? YES
Held a snake? NO
Ran a red light? YES
Been suspended from school? NO
Experienced love at first sight? NO
Totaled your car in an accident? NO
Been in a vehicle at more than 100 mph? NO
Driven a vehicle at more than 100 mph? NO
Been fired from a job? YES
Fired somebody? NO
Sang karaoke? NO
Pointed a gun at someone? NO
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? YES
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? YES
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? YES
Kissed in the rain? YES
Had a close brush with death (your own)? NO
Ever feared for your life? NO
Seen someone die? YES
Played spin-the-bottle? NO
Sang in the shower? YES
Smoked a cigar? NO
Sat on a rooftop? YES
Smuggled something into another country? NO
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? NO
Broken a bone? NO
Skipped school? NO
Eaten a bug? NO
Sleepwalked? NO
Walked a moonlit beach? YES
Ridden a motorcycle? YES
Dumped someone? YES
Forgotten your anniversary? NO
Lied to avoid a ticket? NO
Ridden on a helicopter? NO
Shaved your head? NO
Played a prank on someone? YES
Hit a home run? NO
Felt like killing someone? NO
Cross-dressed? NO
Been falling-down drunk? NO
Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? YES
Eaten snake? NO
Marched/Protested? NO
Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? NO
Puked on amusement ride? NO
Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? NO
Been in a band? NO
Knitted? NO
Been on TV? NO
Fired a gun? YES
Skinny-dipped? NO
Gave someone stitches? NO
Eaten a whole habanero pepper (or other hot peppers)? NO
Ridden a surfboard? NO
Drank straight from a liquor bottle? NO
Had surgery? YES
Streaked? NO
Taken by ambulance to hospital? NO
Tripped on mushrooms? NO
Passed out when not drinking? YES
Peed on a bush? NO
Donated Blood? NO
Grabbed electric fence? YES
Eaten alligator meat? NO
Eaten cheesecake? YES
Eaten your kids' Halloween candy? NO
Killed an animal when not hunting? YES
Peed your pants in public? NO
Snuck into a movie without paying? NO
Written graffiti? NO
Think about the future? YES
Been in handcuffs? NO
Believe in love? YES
Sleep on a certain side of the bed? YES
Have a tattoo? NO
Have a piercing(s)? YES

Thank you for stopping by! I'll be posting my Mailbox Monday booklist soon...


My Playlist...Song Lyric Poem

I just saw this post on my friend Renee's blog, Steeler Girl's Blog, and I had to join in! This is a LOT of fun! :p

My poem sounds like I'm leaving/left my hubby! Oh no! I don't really know what the birds have to do with anything though?? LOL Here it is...

Well, I guess it would be nice,
Now as the summer fades, I let you slip away.
Hey, once I was a funky singer, playin' in a Rock and Roll Band;
Wakin' up to find another day.

I got a pocket, gotta pocketful of sunshine ~
Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk;
It's been the longest winter without you.
You don't know how you met me?

If I could escape, I would, but first of all let me say...
Games, changes, and fears;
You have my heart.
If I was a rich girl...

Closed off from love, I didn't need the pain,
Back in black.
Well, I went down to the Grundy County Auction;
Where I come from isn't all that great.

I remember when, I remember...
Gettin' born in the state of Mississippi,
Where is the moment we needed the most
Three little birds, sat on my window...


My Favorite Cover

Just this week I discovered a really cool meme at Jen's blog: So Many Books...So Little Time. She chooses her favorite cover for the week and includes a synopsis for the book. Isn't that great? I think it's a great way to share books with others! I'm going to start posting mine on Friday's, so be sure to come back next week. Enjoy!

This week I've chosen: How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler.
(doesn't that cake look scrumptious!)

Deena Livingston leaves behind a broken romance and her chef job in Atlanta to spend time at her grandfather's cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. But her grandfather has an odd request: he wants Deena to teach cooking classes to the ragtag group of middle-schoolers who attend the local afterschool program, The Center. Reluctantly, Deena agrees, but how is she supposed to convince these kids that cooking at home is better than eating at McDonalds? And after all she went through in Atlanta, why is she attracted to Zack, the social worker at The Center? Can a Dr. Seuss-quoting plumber, a curly-haired basketball player, and a group of middle-schoolers change Deena's outlook on life?


Melissa's Bookshelf ~ 300 Followers!!

Please be sure to check out this giveaway Melissa is offering on her blog: Melissa's Bookshelf ~ it's spectacular! Congratulations, Melissa, on reaching 300 followers by your blog's 6-month anniversary! That's awesome!

Here's what Melissa's giving away:

I decided to offer two giveaways this time around. One lucky winner will get to choose a book of their choice from The Book Depository, valued at $10 or less.

Book Depository Logo

The Grand Prize winner will receive a $25 e-gift certificate for either or's your choice!

Amazon Gift Certificate

BN Gift Certificate

You know what all this means... this contest is open to everyone, not just the US and Canada! :-) That's right, anyone can enter to win!

Is this a sweet giveaway, or what??? Good luck to everyone who enters! :o)

Meet Deezel

Isn't he just too cute??? We got him last Tuesday, from the local pound. He was brought in with his 5 brothers and 2 sisters on August 1st. He was the last one left! Of course I couldn't just leave him there! The people who brought them in said that the mother is a Boxer, but they're not sure who/what the father is. I'm hoping he continues to look like a Boxer ~ that's what my hubby and I wanted. He was 9 weeks old when he came to the pound, so he's going on 12 weeks old. He has a vet appt. this Friday for his 2nd round of vaccines. He's probably not going to like me very much that day! Poor baby!

Here's a few more pix of him playing with his toys:

Mailbox Monday ~ #2

Sorry my post is a day late! Yesterday was crazy! I was gone most of the day, so that's why I'm late. I'll try to do better next week, I promise! LOL

If you're new to Mailbox Monday, it's a meme I discovered last week on Marcia's blog, The Printed Page. Here's what Maria has to say: Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists. It's really cool! I love reading everyone's comments/blog posts to see what book they've received.

Here's my list for Aug. 10-15:

From BookMooch:

Sweet Waters by Julie Carobini

From SwapTree:

Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler
I'm In No Mood For Love by Rachel Gibson
The Marriage Agreement by Carolyn Davidson

From PBS:

The Mistaken Widow by Cheryl St. John
A Stranger's Game by Joan Johnston
The Perfect Tree (Christmas Anthology) by Roz Fox,
Ann DeFee, and Tanya Michaels
Blind-Date Marriage by Fiona Harper

Won on other blogs:

Montana Rose by Mary Connealy
(on MaryLu Tyndall's blog ~ Cross and Cutlass)

Love Finds You in Valentine, Nebraska by Irene Brand
Made for Each Other by Irene Brand
(on the Favorite PASTimes blog)

Please leave a comment telling me what books you had in your mailbox last week, OR you can leave the link to your blog post that shows your list. Thank you for dropping by! :o)

Four meme ~ #1

I just came across this fun meme on Camy Tang's blog: Camy's Loft ~ it looks like a lot of fun!

Four, Four, Four, Four...

A) Four places that I go to over and over: post office, grocery store, Goodwill, local Used Book Store

B) Four people who email me regularly: Renee, Don, Maripat, Margie

C) Four favorite smells: Cotton Blossom wallflower (Bath & Body), LaCoste (hubby's cologne), brownies baking, a freshly-cleaned house

D) Four places I'd rather be right now: Perryopolis, PA (meeting Renee in person!), shopping for MORE books, on a beach somewhere, ???

E) Four people I think will respond: Renee, ???

F) Four TV shows that I watch: Royal Pains, Drop Dead Diva, The Singing Bee, Pawn Stars

Well, that was fun!! Now it's your can either post your meme in the comments, or leave a link to your blog.

Thanks for dropping by! Enjoy your day! :)


Altered Plans giveaway ---->

Be sure to check out this giveaway for Rebecca Tally's book, Altered Plans, on Shauna's blog Book Giveaways. I haven't read any of Rebecca's books, but this sounds like a great one to try!

The perfect day. The perfect marriage. The perfect groom. What could go wrong?

Caitlyn has been preparing for her perfect wedding all her life. But when her fiancé abandons her at the altar, Caitlyn vows she ll never love again.

Going to BYU doesn't make that easy, however, and avoiding all social contact can only last so long. When her bishop calls her to be the mom of her family home evening group, Caitlyn is suddenly thrust into surprising circumstances that leave her flustered the attention of two unwanted suitors.

Travis, the FHE dad, has plans to woo Caitlyn by using his cowboy charms while Chase has his own ideas for dating her. Will Travis or Chase change her mind about love? Or will it be deja vu?

This giveaway ends on August 18th, so hurry on over for your chance to win!

Cindy's AWESOME contest...

Cindy over at Cute Little Cindy has an AWESOME contest going on until August 24th! You should really head on over there and check it out. Here are some of the books she's giving away:

1. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ARC
2. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen ARC
3. Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters ARC
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater ARC
5. Troy High by Shana Norris ARC
6. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott ARC
7. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn ARC
8. Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
9. Death by Series by Linda Gerber (3 books total)
10. a 5 dollar giftcard from Walmart (you can buy yourself half of a book with it, lol)
11. 3 Sarah Dessen books ( Just Listen, This Lullaby, Someone Like You)
12. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
13. Fire By Kristin Cashmore ARC

14. Last but not least, I have some extra amazon cards, so I will also include a preorder for CATCHING FIRE BY SUZANNE COLLINS. It will be shipped to on or around Sept 1st (whenever they ship it)
AND a book of your choice (under $15.00 please and it can be a preorder as long as it comes out in September-so many good books get released)

Don't drag you feet on only have 9 more days!! :o)

LOTS and LOTS of books!!!!

I decided to get up early this morning (6:00 a.m.!) to hit a few Yard Sales. I wanted to see if I could find some deals on books. Hmmmmm...look at the photos below and let me know how successful you think I was in my book search...

Here's all 3 boxes + some

50+ Love Inspired

Lots of miscellaneous authors

Christmas anthologies...I'm a sucker for these! LOL

20+ Children's books

20+ Christian Fiction...woo-hoo!

20+ Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
& Romantic Suspense

My favorites are the Christian Fiction romance books. I'm not fond of the Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal & Romantic Suspense. Of course, I don't read the Children's books either! I mostly look for books to trade/sell online. If you're a member of any of the swap sites listed on my sure to keep an eye on my Inventory/Bookshelf (username: sugarandgrits)...I'll be adding most of these books in the next few weeks.

How many books do you think I bought? How much do you think I spent on them? Take a guess...leave me a comment...and I'll post the answers soon. Nothing like a little suspense to keep it interesting! LOL

REMINDER ~ Don't forget to make your list of books received this week so you'll be ready for your Mailbox Monday post. :)