What Had Happened Was…

I got extreme vertigo & couldn’t work for awhile.

I lost my job.
I was supported (literally) by great friends (near & far), acquaintances, & sometimes strangers.
I got behind in bills, but was able to keep a roof over my head & utilities on. (See above.)
I got another job that I like better.
Couldn’t keep the Internet on, however, hence my absence from blogging.
But, through all of this I still kept reading, so I have lots to share!
For those who still come by this little blog, thank you for reading and your patience.

A Silken Thread

by Brenda Jackson

Hattersville, Ohio is the setting for this brand new series by prolific romance author, Brenda Jackson. Like most small towns, Hattersville is a pretty insular place, where traditions hold court but are also prime to be broken. 

Erica Sanders is on the verge of breaking those traditions. As a descendant of one of the founders of the city, she is expected to act a certain way, work in a respectable profession and stay on her own side of the tracks when it comes to friendship and marriage. Her best friend since childhood, April, while a very successful model, is still from the wrong neighborhood in the eyes of Erica’s mother, Karen. If their enduring friendship wasn’t enough to outrage Karen Sanders, then Erica’s engagement to an outsider, Brian Lawson, really puts her over the edge.


In an effort to sabotage her daughter’s upcoming wedding and preserve certain family legacies and mythology, Karen sets off a chain of events that shake up the whole town and its residents. While the story centers on the relationship of Erica and Brian, this story includes subplots of mystery and intrigue involving several other family members and town residents. This was a very full and well thought out plot. I look forward to reading more tales from Hattersville.

April/May Reads So Far

11. City Kid: A Writer’s Memoir of Ghetto Life & Post-Soul Success
by Nelson George
I’ve been a fan of Nelson George since I was in college and he was a music critic for the Village Voice chronicling hip-hop as a viable art form. In fact, he was my first adult “celebrity crush” (I like ’em cerebral) and I even got to hang out with him at a basketball game (I always meet my crushes eventually – and then I don’t care anymore! 🙂 Because of his close proximity to a lot of the creators and tastemakers of that time he was able to cast an educated, critical eye on what others saw as a passing phase. This memoir is great insight into how he became the acclaimed music critic, novelist, essayist, and filmmaker that he is today.

12. The Long Fall
by Walter Mosley
A great new mystery series featuring a new character, Leonid McGill, and a new city, contemporary New York. Although, McGill is a private investigator of sorts, this is no “East Coast Easy Rawlins” tale. Leonid McGill has done some bad things in his past and has straddled the line of the law to get things done. He decides to walk a straighter line than usual but the cases he is forced to take sometimes put him in a place he no longer cares to visit. What is the same as the Easy Rawlins’ mysteries is Mosley’s portrayal of family and community in these men’s lives. I look forward to more adventures with Leonid McGill.

13. Style Evolution: How to Create Ageless, Personal Style in Your 40’s
and Beyond
by Kendall Farr
Even though I leave the house everyday in a sort of uniform for work, I still read everything I can about fashion and style. And being in my early 40’s, I was interested in learning what I should be doing differently. The book did a great job of showing what age appropriate styles work and even how to incorporate passing trends into your wardrobe. The only thing I didn’t care for was the emphasis on weight. Although examples for every body type are included, it was kind of assumed that everyone gains weight as they age.

14. Bittersweet Love
by Rochelle Alers
The first in a series surrounding the Eaton family, who have for generations been educators. In this one, Brenda Eaton, a history teacher in a tough Philadelphia high school is forced to share custody of her twin nieces (her goddaughters) with their godfather, attorney Griffin Rice, after her sister and her husband die in an accident. The pair, who have always disliked each other, are forced to put their differences aside for the well-being of the girls. Great story, well written plot.

15. Quade’s Babies
by Brenda Jackson
This is one of those quick Harlequin reads featuring The Westmoreland family series. Quade Westmoreland had a one-night stand with a mysterious woman named Cheyenne while on a business trip in Egypt. A year later he sees her picture on the cover of a magazine and she is pregnant. Could the baby be the result of their one night together? I guess you can tell by the title that they are, but can he find her when he doesn’t even know her last name? Cute, fast read.

Why I Need to Keep a Camera With Me…

When I take a shortcut through the parking garage to get to the Marta station, I always look at the license plates of the cars. Just to see if I can spot an interesting state. Last week I saw a car with a vanity plate on the front. Not the kind that you get from the DMV, but the kind you get airbrushed at the flea market (swap meet for you left coasters). And in between the airbrushed roses was the presumed name of the owner, in beautiful script letters:

Labia

Which Harry Potter Character Are You?

I normally don’t take these online tests, but being caught up in the Harry Potter mania makes you do strange things. By the way, this is so dead on:

You scored as Luna Lovegood,You are Luna Lovegood. You daydream and often seem to be drifting off into your own world. You have very strong opinions that many agree are not logical. You place a lot of faith in these beliefs. Possibly, you see more than what meets the eye. You are very accepting of others. You may have only a few close friends because you refuse to sacrifice your opinions and true self for social graces.

Harry Potter Character Combatibility Test
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