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Mar 17, 2013

TSS: St Patrick's Day Bookish Memes!

The Sunday   
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This week I posted my review of Queen's Gambit a debut Tudoresque novel from debut novelist Elizabeth Fremantle. The writing was very well done, and made up for some of the fictional forays the author took with the royal figure of Queen Catherine Parr.

I did a St. Patty's Post some years ago, here is the link if you want to check it out! It is still relevant three years later. (And I did find a tenth cousin through that post!)

Top of the morning to ya! Fancy Schmancy news on this St. Patrick's Day!  This week I was honored to be interviewed by Mary Tod at A Writer of History. Please come take a gander at the interview and leave me some love, if you haven't already! Thank you so much to you guys, for making the blog worthwhile. Those of you who are reading this, thank you. I appreciate you for making my hobby of bookish dorkiness so fun! And I welcome new followers who have found the blog through that interview.

I was also busy trying to get my comments to go through on this inflammatory article by Lev Raphael against book bloggers, but Huffington Post kept deleting my comments. Censorship reigns. I was sure to add his latest lame book to my Stay Away From Shelf on Goodreads, you should do the same. Since he was disparaging all the hard work the bloggers had done during his blog tour, I simply suggested that those bloggers really ought to delete all the reviews or posts they had ever done for him, then he would not get to complain about our writing style, would he? But, my comments were deleted pretty quickly.

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Mailbox Monday is a meme originally from Marcia's Mailbox and is being hosted by Caitlin @ chaotic compendiumsThe Story Siren also hosts IMM, so we can find some cool YA titles there as well.

This week in the mail:
I've finally completed my collection of the Mary Tudor trilogy by Hilda Lewis, so here is the complete collection in all its glory:
I Am Mary Tudor (1971)

Mary The Queen (1973)

Bloody Mary (1974)

These titles are described as an epic look at Mary the woman as it explores more of her character as opposed to the actual Tudoresque events told from Mary's perspective. As historical fiction, I am hoping it will be an entertaining character study of the Catholic Queen who felt so threatened that she ordered the burning of "heretics", but I gather that Lewis' prose is subdued, as in keeping with Mary's serious character.

And I'm still working on the MaryLu Tyndall Collecting Spree so I picked this one up:

The Falcon and the Sparrow by MaryLu Tyndall

The intrigue and passion of The Falcon and the Sparrow will leave you breathless. Follow the trail of Dominique Dawson, a reluctant spy who is forced to betray England or never see her brother again. As she takes a position as the governess of a Rear Admiral's son, her real mission is to gather intelligence information for Napoleon. Chase Randal, irresistibly drawn to his son's new governess, reluctantly allows the attraction to grow. Is there a future for the spy and the rear admiral? Or will Dominique's deception crush any prospect of a lasting happiness?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

The What Are You Reading meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.

Currently Reading:

Submerged by Dani Pettrey
This is a rare contemporary novel for me, but since it was a romantic suspense that lots of readers enjoyed, I wanted to try and sneak it in. I have book two in this Alaskan Courage series to review anyway, so I wanted to do it justice by reading book one before book two, since they follow the same group of characters. Submerged is reading quite well, I haven't had a lot of time to devote to it, but I am enjoying it. Turns out I need to probably set it aside  ....

Upcoming Reads:
Silly me should not have started reading Submerged, because I found out pretty late in the game that my review for Jennings' Love in The Balance is due on Tuesday (& I have just now picked it up). I thought I would be able to swiftly wing through Submerged, but I haven' t had much time to devote to reading with all the Girl Scout cookie selling and what not. I already missed one read along, and there is another coming on 3/23/2013 that I  just don't know if I can swing it. Definitely need to stop accepting review copies pronto, as I've obviously got other things to do.

I am onward to the New Testament and have just finished Matthew and reading Mark now. I am loving that my first full study of the whole bible is starting now, the same time as the History Channel show, and my return to the church. And with just a few more weeks till Easter that means my kiddos will be baptized, and Morgan will have her first communion! Pretty cool all this is happening the same time we get ourselves a new Pope also. (Her first confession on Palm Sunday!) What fun!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!