Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017



Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Shelf-ies, Quotes and Cozy Mysteries

Happy Saturday! 

I was excited to see a Cozy Mystery Saturday but her site isn't active. I still love the idea so I'll be telling you about a cozy on my shelf.

The Shelf-ies idea came from Kimberlyfaye Reads. I'll spotlight one book from my TBR pile.

Quotes should be self-explanatory. If I find a good one, it will get posted. It used to be Quote it Sat at Freda's Voice but I didn't find recent ones so I don't know if she's still doing it. Found Quote-tastic at Herding Cats and Burning Soup.

~ Quote ~ 
I forced myself to take one step forward, then another, until I made it to the front door and touched my fingers to the latch. 

"What do I do when I get inside?" 

"Follow your gut," Frankie said. 
My gut told me to run. But I knew I could do this. I had to do this. And so, I slipped inside.
Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1



~ Cozy ~ This was a Jan 2016 purchase and still unread
To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton
A Dangerous Type, 2015, mass market paperback

Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble?

When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?



~ Shelf-ies ~ a Jan 2016 purchase
The Martian by Andy Weir
science fiction, 2015-movie tie-in edition, mass market paperback

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?


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