Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Title: The Husband's Secret 
Author: Liane Moriarty 
Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Source: Publisher/She Reads

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read
My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died...

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

My thoughts:  There are very few books where I find myself completely speechless and stunned after reading - yet The Husband's Secret totally falls into those categories. And this is why I am so glad to be part of The She Reads Book Club as this is their book club pick for September. Once again, I find that this is probably a book I might not have picked up right now and it's definitely by an author I have not read before, much less heard of. Despite the huge mix up with me receiving a copy of this book (yes, it's the last day of September and I only just finished reading the book due to it only arriving a week ago), I was extremely eager to read it and purposely did not read any other of the She Reads members' reviews.

This is a book about the repercussions of secrets - both big and small. Without giving anything away - after all, the secret is a major part of this story - I will say that I was completely knocked for a loop when the main secret is revealed. 

The story is told from the perspectives of three women - Cecilia, Tess and Rachel. As we met the characters right from the beginning and we get to know them, I found myself trying to figure out what the connection was between them - what is it that puts these three women in the same story? Once the secret is revealed, I found myself re-thinking everything I had put together up to that point. 

At the beginning of the book, there is a short excerpt about Pandora and that definitely is a constant theme running through the book. What do you do when a secret is revealed that you would rather not know? How do you handle it? I also found the tie-in to the breaking down of the Berlin Wall to be quite effective. Why was that wall - either physical or metaphorical - put up in the first place and what will be the repercussions once the wall is taken down?

I have not read Liane Moriarty before, but after my experience with this book - getting up at 5:00 AM on a weekend just to read the last hundred pages!!! - I am very anxious pick up her other books.

The September Book Club Selection from She Reads is The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Head over to the She Reads website to read other reviews and related posts.


It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (9.30.13)

It’s Monday What Are you Reading , hosted by Sheila, is the perfect way for me to begin my week and allows me to focus on what needs to be read and to see what I have or have not accomplished the previous week. I also enjoy discovering new books by visiting other participants blogs.

This past week was relatively quiet and I was able to get a lot of reading time in. I'm hoping that as we close out September and head into October, that that will continue to be the case. There are still quite a few books I need to read so that I can complete all the challenges I signed up for!

On the fitness front, I'm joining with my pal Felicia over at Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and a few other book bloggers in committing to walking 30 minutes a day for 30 days. The group is called Book Blog Walkers and we will be cheering each other on via twitter using the hashtag: BookBlogWalkers. This comes at such a good time for me, as due to some health issues, I've been relatively inactive for the last few months. Now that the fall weather is here, I'm anxious to get outdoors and do some walking!!!

Books Completed last week:
  • Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre (netgalley review)
  • Gilt Trip by Laura Childs (review book)
  • Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich (library audio book)
  • Only Mine by Susan Mallery (library book)
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (review book)
Reading Now:   
  • Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann (library book, book lovers unite book club book)
  • Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice (library audio book)
  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (review book)
  • Hush by Suzanne Redfearn (review book)
  • Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster (review book)
Reviews Completed last week

  Other posts related to books:
Books for which I need to finish reviews:
  • Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Only Mine by Susan Mallery
Contest information:   
  • None right now...check back soon!

What about you?  What does your reading week look like this week?  Whatever it is, happy reading and have a good week!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (62) 9.29.13

Tynga of Tynga's Reviews is starting a new meme to spotlight the books we receive each week.  

Here's what I got:

From the Library:

  • Only Mine by Susan Mallery
  • Only Yours by Susan Mallery
  • Only His by Susan Mallery
  • The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen 

What did you get?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (audio)

Title: Maine 
Author: J. Courtney Sullivan
Narrator: Ann Marie Lee
Published: June 2011 Random House Audio
Length: 17 hours 15 minutes
Source: Library

For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.

As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.

Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.

My thoughts: This is my first foray into J. Courtney Sullivan's books and I was quite happy with my first pick. This is, at it's heart, a story of the women in one family that own a summer house in Maine. It is a great family saga that hooks you in right from the beginning.

Told from alternating points of view, it is mainly Alice's story, the matriarch of the Kelleher family. She is definitely a product of her times - strong-willed and devoutly Catholic. We get a lot of flashbacks when it is her turn at telling the story. These flashbacks build a suspense on what happened to her and her sister years before and slowly explain how Alice became the woman who could be warm one moment and so bitter and mean the next.

The Kelleher family is one that harbors many secrets and, therefore, holds secret animosities toward each other. This creates giant rifts between family members who hold grudges against each other for what seems like forever.  In the end, some do change into better people while others remain their same stubborn selves. Coming from a large family, I could totally appreciate all this. Big families are great, but it's definitely not always rainbows and sunshine, sometimes is just downright miserable! 

J. Courtney Sullivan was able to create really likeable and unlikeable characters and sometimes the characters switched from one of the other based on their actions. This is a book that touches on a lot of topics such as sibling rivalry, faith, religion, loss, illness, tragedy, love, neglect, alcoholism, relationships, marriage, and parenting. It makes you wonder how you might deal with some of the situations these characters found themselves to in.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of J. Courtney Sullivan's books. I was completely wrapped up in this story and despite it's length (just over 17 hours), I found it to be a fast moving tale.

Audio thoughts: Ann Marie Lee is a new narrator to me and I thought she did a great job with this book. She was able to give each of the four women a distinctive voice and was also able to infuse just the right amount of emotion as was needed for each situation. I look forward to listening to more of her work.

*** Devourer of Books hosts Sound Bytes every Friday - a meme to share the audio books that everyone is listening to. Stop by and you just might find your next audio book!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre

Title: Kissing Under the Mistletoe 
Author: Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivan's, #10
Published: September 2013 Harlequin MIRA
Format: ARC e-copy, 400 pages
Source: Netgalley

For Mary Sullivan Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own.

Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.

My thoughts: I have fallen in love with Bella Andre's Sullivan series over and over again as I've read each book, and while I've only read up to book 6 in the series, I just had to skip to this latest book as soon as I got approval from Netgalley.

This is by far the sweetest, most romantic story I've read and I have to say, it is definitely my favorite of the Sullivan books. Yes, I've said that with each of the stories so far, but this one is leaps and bounds above the rest. I actually had goosebumps reading this - it is that good!

Kissing Under the Mistletoe is Mary and Jack Sullivan's love story. These are the Sullivan parents and boy do they have an amazing love story. What I loved most about it is that their romance was not filled with over-the-top gestures, but rather focused on the little things. I am such a firm believer in that sentiment.

Told through a flashback while Mary is decorating her Christmas tree at the Sullivan family cabin, we see just how sentimental Mary is. She had each of her eight children make an ornament for the tree and as she unwraps each one, she briefly remembers how the ornament came to be. Then come the ornaments that reflect her and her late husband, Jack. And from there, we step back in time to their first magical meeting.

I will, of course, be reading the rest of this series, but felt this story just calling to me. I usually try not to skip around in a series, but after reading this one, I can honestly say nothing is given away about the stories I skipped over. In this series, each book really does stand alone and I'm so glad I own every book as I can definitely see myself rereading these books over and over, especially this one!

Do you have a series of books or even just one book that you reread over and over again?

Books in this series:
  1. The Look of Love                         6.  Let Me Be the One
  2. From This Moment On              7.  Come a Little Bit Closer
  3. Can't Help Falling in Love        8.  Always On My Mind
  4. I Only Have Eyes for You        9.  The Way You Look Tonight
  5. If You Were Mine                      10.  Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blog Tour and Review: The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini

Title: The Spymistress
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Published: October 2013, Dutton Adult
Format: ARC Paperback, 368 pages
Source: Publisher

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is back with another enthralling historical novel set during the Civil War era, this time inspired by the life of a true Union woman as true as steel” who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war — and stealing Confederate secrets.

Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew’s convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation, but also her life.

Van Lew’s skills in gathering military intelligence were unparalleled. She helped to construct the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison under the guise of humanitarian aid. Her spy ring’s reach was vast, from clerks in the Confederate War and Navy Departments to the very home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Although Van Lew was inducted posthumously into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, the astonishing scope of her achievements has never been widely known. In Chiaverini’s riveting tale of high-stakes espionage, a great heroine of the Civil War finally gets her due.

My thoughts: I first heard of Jennifer Chiaverini when I came across the Elm Creek Quilts series and after reading the first one, I knew she was an author to keep in mind. While I have every intention of reading the rest of that series, her new book last year caught my eye - Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. I devoured that book and so when I saw she had another historical fiction book coming out, I jumped at the opportunity to read it.

The Spymistress is set during the Civil War. Lizzie Van Lew, a resident of Richmond, Virginia is a fierce supporter of the Union and works tirelessly to help the Union as best she can. She is able to create a network of fellow Northern sympathizers to provide Union leaders Confederate secrets and does what she can to offer the Union prisoners some small comforts while held captive in prison. She must do all this while also giving the outward appearance of supporting the Confederates so as not to find herself in jail.

I loved reading about Lizzie and all her efforts for a cause she completely believed in despite being surrounded by people with different views. Her mother and the slaves that lived in her house all worked tirelessly to support their cause. It was easy to feel the tension that mounted when she was almost caught numerous times while at the same time the joy when their underground network provided safe haven to escaped prisoners or learned of helpful secrets that were able to be passed along the top Union leaders.

I really like how Jennifer Chiaverini takes those lesser known figures from history that made an impact and tells their story. She did that with Elizabeth Keckley in Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and she does it again with Lizzie Van Lew in The Spymistress. These are women that we should be learning about in history classes, yet I do not remember ever hearing their names before.

This book is definitely well-researched and it has left me wanting to read more about the Civil War. I admit that while I do remember learning about it, I am foggy on all the events leading up to it and the major battles that occurred during it. I'm now on the hunt for any historical fiction books that deal with the Civil War - please share if you know of any!

About the author: Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels, including Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and the Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and two sons. 

The Spymistress will be published by Dutton Books on October 1, 2013. Below are some links where you can pre-order a copy:


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Sleigh Belles by Beth Albright

Title: Sleigh Belles 
Author: Beth Albright 
Series: Sassy Belles, #3  
Published: September 2013 Harlequin MIRA 
Format: ARC, e-copy, 336 pages 
Source: Netgalley

Join the Sassy Belles this holiday season—it's Christmas, Southern-style!

With her hair perfectly coiffed, nails freshly manicured and a heavy trail of perfume wafting behind her, local news reporter Dallas Dubois is sure she's about to kick her career—and maybe her love life—into high gear. The director of the Tuscaloosa children's Christmas play has fallen ill, and Dallas is ordered by her station manager to take the reins. Everyone is shocked—especially Cal Hollingsworth, who still remembers her as the Ice Queen from high school.

If nothing else, Dallas has never met a challenge that a little lip gloss and a Chanel knockoff couldn't fix. But she has no idea how to relate to these kids, and their brutal honesty is giving her pause. Things are made even more complicated by the butterflies she gets whenever Cal is near….

But when long-lost family members reenter her life, Dallas's icy veneer begins to melt. And with Cal by her side, she soon realizes that it's what's under all the hair spray that counts.

My thoughts: This is the third book in Beth Albright's Sassy Belles series and it's such a fun series. As much as I have loved all three books, I have to say I think this one is my favorite.

In Sleigh Belles, we finally get Dallas's story. Dallas has been part of this series since book one, although she hasn't always been portrayed in the nicest of lights. I knew there had to be more to her than that tough, mean-gal personna she showed us and sure enough I was right. 

Dallas has not had the easiest of lives and has put up walls around her to protect her already fragile heart. It's not until she's shown the real meaning of love and family that those walls start coming down and watching that happen actually brought tears to my eyes at times. I loved seeing the vulnerable side of Dallas and we get to see that quite a few times throughout the book. Not only does she repair some mended bridges with her family, but some of her friendships she thought were long lost are back and stronger than ever.

I have loved reading this series and getting to know these fun, charming Sassy Belles - Blake, Vivi and Dallas, along with their significant others and the rest of the Tuscalossa towns folk. With each book, I felt the southern charm just oozing off the pages and it made me want to go visit. I know that Beth Albright is busy working on her next set of books and I can't wait to get my hands on those!!! 

If you've read any of these books, which Sassy Belle is your favorite?

Books in this series:
  1. The Sassy Belles
  2. Wedding Belles
  3. Sleigh Belles

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Title: The Other Woman 
Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Series: Jane Ryland/Jake Brogan, #1
Published: September 2012 Forge Books
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Source: Publicist

Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election.

Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting the young women of Boston.

As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.

With its dirty politics, dirty tricks, and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Seduction, betrayal, and murder—it’ll take a lot more than votes to win this election.

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Hank Phillippi Ryan and I am now a huge fan! I recently had the opportunity to meet Hank while she was touring for her latest book, The Wrong Girl, which is the next book in this series. (You can read about that meeting here.) It was so interesting finding out more about the author and I now realize that the reason her writing is so good is that she is also an investigative reporter. The ideas for her books come from real life stories - only she lets her imagination run wild with the little nugget she decides to explore.

The Other Woman introduces us to reporter Jane Ryland and police detective Jake Brogan. Jane has just lost her job as a tv news reporter for refusing to give up a source. With the help of her friend, Jake, she lands a job at a local newspaper. Her first gig is to follow a political campaign. Jake is working on a set of murders that he is really hoping don't turn into the work of another serial killer on the loose. 

When the murder investigation and campaign seem to overlap, Jake and Jane are thrown into each other's worlds and have to face what their growing attraction could mean to both of their careers. The chemistry between them is quite palpable, although nothing seems to happen...yet!

This is a book that keeps you turning the pages to find out its secrets and just when you thought you have everything figured out, new twists and turns appear. Hank certainly knows how to build suspense - I could not put this down and found myself reading it in just two sittings. I had to know what happened next and the somewhat short chapters definitely make for that "just one more" mentality until you reach the last page!

I loved getting to know Jane and Jake and look forward to seeing if the two of them can continue to work side by side without there being too much of a conflict of interest, especially as it seems things are definitely heating up between them. Can they resist the temptation for the sakes of their jobs? 

Have you read anything by Hank Phillippi Ryan yet?

Books in this series:
  1. The Other Woman
  2. The Wrong Girl

It's Monday...What Are You Reading? (9.23.13)

It’s Monday What Are you Reading , hosted by Sheila, is the perfect way for me to begin my week and allows me to focus on what needs to be read and to see what I have or have not accomplished the previous week. I also enjoy discovering new books by visiting other participants blogs.

What a week!!! I went to two author events, getting to meet both Hank Phillippi Ryan and Sue Grafton.  Both were really cool and I got signed books to add to my signed book shelf - yes, I have a whole shelf devoted to signed books and it's quite full! Then this weekend was Bloggiesta and I got so much done!!! I actually got all my outstanding reviews done and scheduled, plus I set up the posts for all the upcoming tours/reviews I have scheduled the rest of this month and in October. It feels so good to be ahead!!!

Books Completed last week:
  • The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini (review book)
Reading Now:   
  • Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre (netgalley review)
  • Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann (library book, book lovers unite book club book)
  • Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich (library audio book) - car
  • Gilt Trip by Laura Childs (review book)
  • The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (review book)
  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (review book)
Reviews Completed last week

Books for which I need to finish reviews:
  • Nothing!!!
Contest information:   
  • None right now...check back soon!

What about you?  What does your reading week look like this week?  Whatever it is, happy reading and have a good week!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bloggiesta...Finish Line

Another Bloggiesta has come to an end! This event couldn't be more timely as I been neglecting my blog lately due to life getting in the way. Now if only I can figure out a way to stay caught up on some of the more mundane housekeeping things on a regular basis, some of these tasks won't need to keep showing up on my to-do list!

I ended up completing just about everything on my list and then some:
  • Write up all outstanding reviews that I need to post- COMPLETED
    • Wrote and scheduled 8 reviews
  • Draft posts for upcoming reviews/posts for October - COMPLETED
    • Drafted 6 posts for all tours scheduled in October
  • Draft posts for STS and It's Monday memes - COMPLETED
  • Update Review Archive list - COMPLETED
  • Organize twitter contacts into lists - COMPLETED
  • Clean up e-mails - COMPLETED
  • Update blog planner/calendar - COMPLETED
  • Participate in at least 2 mini-challenges
    • Didn't do any this time - got so caught up in my other to-do items that I forgot all about these. I did check out the list and might try to do some during the upcoming week, especially the 50 Bookish Things and the Digital Decluttering.
  • Visit at least 10 blogs participating in Bloggiesta each day- COMPLETED

Other things I got to that were not on my original list: 
  • Joined in the twitter parties on Saturday and Sunday - so much fun!!!  
  • Tweaked the format of my reviews
  • Created templates for review posts - one for book reviews and one for audio reviews
  • Decided moving forward will set aside one hour a week for Blog Developement (thanks to Amanda at Book Bender for this idea!!!). For now, I'm going to do this Friday mornings as I usually don't work on Fridays.
It was a fun and productive weekend. My list was small, but some of the tasks were quite time-consuming. I'm sure as I visit everyone's Finish Line post, that I will find new things to add to my list for the next time. Be sure to mark your calendars for the dates of the next Bloggiesta events (see below).

Dates for Bloggiesta 2014:
Mini Winter Bloggiesta: January 25-26
Spring Bloggiesta: March 28-30
Mini Summer Bloggiesta: July 19-20
Fall Bloggiesta: September 19-21


Stacking the Shelves (61) 9.22.13

Tynga of Tynga's Reviews is starting a new meme to spotlight the books we receive each week.  

Here's what I got:

For Review:

  • The Husband's Secret by Liana Moriarty
  • Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn 
  • Royal Inheritance by Kate Emerson 
  • The Perfect Match (e-book) by Kristan Higgins


  • The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan 
  • W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton 
  • These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie by Christopher Andersen

Netgalley Requests:

  • Kissing Under the Mistletoe (e-book) by Bella Andre 
  • A Fool's Gold Christmas (e-book) by Susan Mallery

From Family Member:

  •  Private Down Under by James Patterson

From PaperbackSwap:

  • Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag 
  • Dust to Dust by Tami Hoag 
  • Decked by Carol Higgins Clark 
  • No Angel by Penny Vincenzi

What did you get this week?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Author Meet & Greet: Sue Grafton

Last night, I went to another author event - this time with Sue Grafton, who is the author of the Kinsey Millhone series, or as they are probably better known - the alphabet series! She is currently on tour with the release of her newest book, W is for Wasted

I have to admit that I've only read the first 5 books in the series - A through E, so I obviously have a lot of catching up to do and won't be getting to this book soon, but didn't want to pass up the opportunity to go to the signing. I figure having the book on my shelf might give me a little extra motivation to get reading!

Sue Grafton is very personable and charming. She was just scheduled to do a book signing, but because she arrived early, she decided to do a little chat first. She began by telling us about her travels and how she's been all over since the release of W is for Wasted on September 10. 

She then talked about the books. She told us that she's not sure what is going to happen once she gets to Z, which at the way it's gone with the past few books, will be in about 6 years (it's been taking her about 2 years per book). If she feels there's still room to go on, she will continue, but if she feel's the series has been played out, then she will stop.

Someone asked how she came up with the idea to use the alphabet in her titles. When she decided to become a writer, she knew that if she was going to write a series, she would want the titles to link together somehow. This way the readers knew the books went together. She actually got the idea for using the alphabet from reading  The Gashlycrumb Tinies, a book of cartoons by Edward Gorey, which is a series of pen and ink drawings of little Victorian children who all have accidents that befall them ..."A is for Amy who fell down the stairs...B is for Basil assaulted by Bears, etc." After reading that book, she sat down and made an alphabetical list of all the crime words she could come up with and soon the series was born.

She told us she has refused to sell the movie/television rights to her books and even went so far as to tell her children she will haunt them if they sell the rights after she dies. How funny!!! She just doesn't want to see any changes take place. I applaud her for sticking to her guns on this!

Then she shared with us her latest purchase - she got herself a Fitbit! She asked if anyone knew what it was, and of course, I raised my hand because I have one, too! She said she loves the badges that you get after hitting certain milestones - they seem to be motivating her to get her 10,000 steps in each day!

I had such a great night and loved that as she was signing the books, Sue actually took time to chat with each person. She remembered that I was the one with the Fitbit, so we chatted about that among other things. I am definitely looking forward to reading these books and might just start over since it's been so long since I read those first 5 books. 

Laughing about our obsession with our Fitbits!

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