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It’s Friday, Again…What Are You Reading?

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Time once more to find out what everyone is reading this week. Me, I’m doing double duty, trying to catch up after having been sick for over two weeks. I was way behind on clearing out my TBR stack, anyway, and now I have to read two books at once to make up for it. 😀 Okay, I know that’s really not any faster, but sometimes, it’s fun. I’m half way through Anna Celeste Burke’s latest Desert Cities Mystery, A Dead Sister, and well into the newest Chicagoland Vampires book by Chloe Neill, Blood Games. It’s kind of nice reading a “normal” mystery in the morning, and switching to the world of vampire intrigue (and love, of course…let’s not forget the uber-sexy Ethan Sullivan & his Cadogan house Sentinel, Merit) at night.

Now it’s your turn. Stop by and tell us what YOU’RE reading this week. Inquiring minds wanna know. Come on, now…tell!!

Meet My Main Character Blog Tour

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Last week, I was invited by author Stella Tarakson to take part in a new blog tour, this one focusing on a main character from one of our books. Stella writes books for children and young adults, and lives Down Under, so I’m always confused about what day it is when I’m talking to her. (No big deal. I spend half of my life confused about one thing or the other.) But no matter what day of the week it is where Stella lives, I’m very happy to participate in this fun blog tour. Thank you so much, Stella, for thinking of me.

If you go HERE,  you can read Stella’s “Meet My Main Character” blog tour post. Check out the rest of her blog while you’re there. It’s a nice place to visit.

And now for my answers to the Meet My Main Character Blog Tour questions. Read more…

Thank You, Anna Celeste Burke!

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This is why I love writers so much! They support and sustain each other, learn from each other, offer advice to each other, and sometimes, when you are very lucky, write reviews that sound like this one, which Celeste posted on amazon for my little chapbook, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. How wonderful to read this and imagine my words inspiring such a response. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Celeste. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your posting this. I’m ridiculously happy, and I’m going to share your the entire review so my followers can see why:

“Summer is magic! If you want another way to experience a bit of that magic I invite you to read Marcia Meara’s recently released book of poetry, Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. It’s a perfect read for a languid summer’s day or a long weekend like this one. Taking a breather from grilling and eating, reading the book is like dangling your toes in a cool, rippling brook. It’s not just her poems that reflect the childhood joy of plunging into cool green waters from a “Rope Swing,” or the ‘drip-drip’ of “Showers” on a rainy day that will give you that creekside, summer experience. “Summer Magic” the first poem, and the one that gives the book its title, is awash in words that conjure summer. My favorite lines from the poem:

There! A thin curve of molten red!
A far away sliver of fiery light
Breaks the horizon.

Part One of the book, “Mac at 10,” contains poems celebrating summer from the vantage point of MacKenzie Cole, lead character in Marcia Meara’s wonderful book, Wake-Robin Ridge. As you can imagine, from the glimpse of her poetry provided here, setting matters. In both Wake-Robin Ridge and her new book, Swamp Ghosts, she brings her poetic bent to bear on her story telling.

My favorite of the poems in this part of the book is “Star-Gazing.” Even though I’m still a little annoyed that my late-night effort to catch a meteor-shower this week was such a bust! The “Giraffes” meteor shower was slated to rival Perseid, the meteor shower featured in Marcia’s poem that occurs each August. Perseid has no rival, trust me. Still, star-gazing was a favorite teenage pastime and this poem evoked fond memories of times in my life when I was privileged to witness sky-borne wonders.

Part two of Summer Magic, “Poems of Life and Love,” presents more adult-themed visions of summer. Especially poignant are images of summer waning, as we are dragged, sometimes kicking and screaming into fall, and other seasons of our lives. I love the meter of the first poem in part two, “On the River,” the moody tone of “The Last Rose,” and the wanton disregard for structure in “Attitude Really is Everything.” So true, btw! Here’s to Summer Magic, in Marcia Meara’s book, or wherever we may find it.”

You can find Anna Celeste Burke’s books on amazon:

A Dead Husband

A Dead Sister

Friday: What Are You Reading?

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Today is What Are You Reading Day, as always. Inquiring minds wanna know. Let us hear from you. (Some of us take notes, you know. 🙂 )

I’m reading several things at once, this week. Just finished the first two books in the Nora Roberts Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy, am working on Dana Mason’s Dangerous Embrace, and Anna Celeste Burke’s A Dead Sister. Will be reviewing the O’Dwyer books soon, and hoping to wrap up the others before long. I’ve got Skin Game coming next week, and nothing shall get between me and Harry Dresden! Nothing, I say! 🙂

Your turn. What are you reading?

Bonus Author Interview: Anna Celeste Burke

So happy to have Anna Celeste Burke with us today. Anna is the author of the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series, and a real nice gal, too. I know you’ll enjoy meeting her this morning. Please feel free to comment below, and ask any questions of Anna Celeste you might have. She’ll answer, I promise.

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Anna Celeste Burke: Thanks for featuring me on your lovely, blog, Marcia! It’s an honor to be interviewed by such a delightful author. I enjoyed reading Wake Robin Ridge and Swamp Ghosts very much.

Bookin’ It: Thank you, Celeste, and I will return the compliment. I enjoyed A Dead Husband, too. It was one of my first cozy mysteries, and a lot of fun to read. Tell us how long you’ve been writing. Read more…

The #mywritingprocess Blog Tour

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The only thing more fun than an email from Ned Hickson is an email from Ned Hickson inviting me to be part of a blog tour, specifically the #mywritingprocess Blog Tour. I’ve been following Ned ever since I began blogging myself–and don’t think he hasn’t been glaring over his shoulder at me the entire time, too–because his blog is one of the funniest I’ve ever read. The thing I’ve regretted the most about being so busy writing is not having enough time to spend reading my favorite bloggers, but I’m in the process of setting that to rights. I’m trying to visit Ned’s blog often, and you really should, too. I’m pretty sure we can all use more laughter in our lives these days, and Ned’s blog is guaranteed to provide some. Check it out. Follow it regularly. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks for inviting me to take part in this, Ned. I’ve really enjoyed it.

Ned’s Blog: Humor at the Speed of Life 

Ned’s Book: Humor at the Speed of Life

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Each person taking part in this blog has four questions to answer. The questions are all the same, but remarkably, the answers vary wildly. Okay, not remarkably at all, given the fact that each and every author participating varies pretty wildly, too, from genre to genre, and approach to approach. Here are my wildly varying thoughts, for what they’re worth. Read more…

A Dead Husband by Anna Celeste Burke

 

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

A Dead Husband is the first of a series of cozy mysteries, and it gets the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series off to a solid start. Our heroine is resourceful, clever, determined, loyal to her friends, and oh, yeah…wealthy. Very wealthy. This alone makes her stand out in a genre filled with heroines who are so often struggling to make ends meet. But as Jessica slowly learns, money doesn’t buy the really important things in life, like a happy marriage to a faithful husband. Read more…

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