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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Reading Cycles

Books are waiting to be read. At least one review is waiting to be written. I'm not motivated or interested. I haven't picked up a book to read for at least 6 days.

I've often thought I should keep track and chart my reading cycles, because that's what they really are; they're cycles. I will go for a period of time and read constantly. I'll have reviews scheduled for weeks before they post.

But, then the apathy creeps in (is that the right word? Maybe it's detachment...) and I just don't want to pick up a book, print or electronic. I look at my TBR stack and shrug my shoulders.

Why is that? Do I burn myself out over those few days or weeks of continual reading? Is it hormones that just make me tired of life and any kind of responsibility? Is it stress from the pressure of scheduled reviews and blog tours?

I don't have any answers at the moment. I will ponder the idea of tracking these cycles though. That could prove to be an interesting experiment.

What about you? Do you have reading cycles or are you always on top of your reviews and never have a problem picking up a book?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weekend Reflections 10/25

Looking outside....it's cold and foggy. The fireplace is going this morning.

Listening...The Boy is watching Scrubs and laughing.  The Brother is still asleep.

Loving...that fall is here. This makes me happy.

Thinking...about the things I need to do.

In my kitchen...a cup of hot chocolate and Chili & Rice for dinner.

Wearing...red penguin pajamas and a black turtleneck.

Needing...to get the dryer fixed and the garage tidied up.

Reading...The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna van Praag

Today...the corn maze and zombie shooting with the extended family.

Hoping...this lingering cold will go away.

Planning...for the week.  

Gratitude...essential oil diffusers that work wonders when you are congested and heating pads that help when your back hurts from coughing.

From my world...technology. Isn't technology amazing? I have a love/hate relationship with it most of the time, but I'm still in awe sometimes.

What about you?  What are you reflecting on today?

Thursday, October 23, 2014


About the book:
A grieving mother. A mysterious child. And a dedicated PI who's determined to solve the puzzle.

For three years, Kate Marshall has been mourning the loss of her husband and four-year-old son in a boating accident. But when she spots a familiar-looking child on a mall escalator, she's convinced it's her son. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan for help. As the former Secret Service agent digs into the case, the boating "accident" begins to look increasingly suspicious. But if Kate's son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden--and may go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret.

As Irene Hannon's many fans have come to expect, Deceived is filled with complex characters, unexpected twists, and a riveting plotline that accelerates to an explosive finish.

After her husband and son are presumed dead in a boating accident, Kate tries to move on with her life. Three years later, a chance encounter at a mall convinces Kate that her son is still alive. Never feeling like the police listened to her when the accident first happened, she can't go to them now. Instead, she turns to a private investigator who believes her story. As Kate and Connor delve more deeply into the case, they find more questions, discover answers and soon realize that there are dangers at play.

It's no secret that I love Irene Hannon's books and I think Deceived is my favorite. I love that Irene's books are thrilling and compelling without gratuitous violence or language. I always enjoy her characterizations and Kate and Connor were fantastic. I loved their interactions and repartee. The insights into the law enforcement world are fascinating and well researched. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Part of the Private Justice series, the story stands alone just fine, but as past characters return, having read the stories in order just enhances the richness of the storytelling.

Thanks to Lanette with Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Irene Hannon here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/14

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5/5 Stars