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My Writing Life. One Morning at a Time.

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In My Mailbox

Yesterday when I got home I found my copy of Remedies by Kay Ledger waiting for me. Ms. Ledger had guest blogged over at the Debutante Ball in July and she was kind enough to give away three copies of her books to three lucky blog readers who posted a comment. I was one of the lucky ones!

Simon and Emily look like a couple that has it all. Simon is a respected physician, one of Baltimore’s “Top Docs,” with a burgeoning private practice. His wife, Emily, shines professionally as a partner in a premier public relations firm. They have a beautiful house and a healthy daughter. But their marriage is scarred by old, hidden wounds. Even as Simon tends his patients’ ills, and Emily spins away her clients’ mistakes, they can’t seem to do the same for themselves or their relationship.

Simon becomes convinced he’s discovered a cure for chronic pain, a finding that could become the major medical breakthrough of our time. With reckless zeal and obsessive focus, he begins to recruit patients to test the therapy. As he yearns to prove he’s a good doctor—and to make amends for a missed diagnosis years ago—he is oblivious to the pain he’s causing at home. Emily, still struggling to move beyond the devastating loss she and Simon suffered fifteen years ago, comes to realize she hasn’t felt anything for a long time-that is, until a lover from her past reappears and she’s forced to examine her marriage anew.

Remedies explores the complicated nature of pain, in the nerves of the body and the longings of the heart. To what lengths would you go to avoid feeling pain? And would you believe in a cure?

I can’t wait to read this book and I want to thank Ms. Ledger for her generosity.

Happy Writing,


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Book Review Blog Sites

This past weekend I participated in the Bloggiesta over at MAW Books . I had the opportunity to learn a few new skills, like how to create banners & buttons, how to create a Google document and I got that cool survey (thanks to those who took the time to help me out with that) and I learned how to organize blog material, etc. I was great. I appreciate the fact that Natasha took the time to organize this event.

I also had the opportunity to visit many, many, many book review blogs. I had no idea there were so many of them or how awesome they are. The mini-challenges were led by book bloggers and after you completed an assignment you posted on the blogger’s site. Not only did the blogger/instructor give feedback but co-challengers did too. It was a great atmosphere of people sharing their knowledge and experience. It was a nice feeling to be a part of something like that.

There were over 250 bloggers who participated in the Bloggiesta. We all learned new skills and no doubt our blogs will be better for that. And since I’ve learned so much (and there’s still more to learn) I’d like to pay it back a little by sharing some of the new review sites I’ve found and will be visiting. Check them out when you have a chance.

Books In The City

Book Chick City

Happy About Books
About Happy Books

Urban Girl Reader
Urban Girl Reader Button

Knit, Purl, Stitch
Knit, Purl, Stitch.. Read & Cook

Do you have a book review site you frequent? If so, share the link with us.


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Weekends In Connecticut

The weekends are about running errands, chores and enjoying a little down time before the work-week grind sets in. This weekend will be jammed pack yet again. One of the errands I ran was to Borders. I left with two books and a magazine.

Book number one is titled The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate.


Book number two is titled To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark. This book is a departure from her usual news world mysteries. Since I love culinary mysteries, I expect I’ll enjoy this one. I’ll let you know.


The magazine is new to the market and it’ll be interesting to see how it does amidst the hundreds of the magazines. It’s price-point is a little high for me and I debated whether I should purchase a copy. But I had $5 in Border bucks so I decided to give the magazine a try. I love to cook and by nature I’m curious and like to peek into other people’s homes (come on, admit it you do too).


With new reading material and errands finished I focused on undecorating my house. One of the things that had fallen to the wayside these past few weeks have been taking down the Christmas decorations. It’s always easier to put them out than it is to take them down and put them away. Hmm.

While I undecorated, I had a pot of beef stew cooking on the stove in my new Le Creuset french oven. This 6 3/4 quart pot was a gift from Santa. I found the recipe this past week from Family Circle magazine, Country Dijon Beef Stew.

After the stew simmered for fifteen minutes I added the carrots and let it cook for another hour. The dijon mustard gave the stew a little kick and I wasn’t sure if my husband would like it, but he asked for seconds so it looks like it was a success.

I hope you had a great weekend.