Music Monday: Red, White & Royal Blue

Welcome to Music Monday! I’ll share a song that means a lot to me and why I am sharing it. This meme is hosted by The Tattooed Book Geek.

Originally, I was choosing a song and posting the video and lyrics for it. Obviously, I was crediting the source. I decided to switch it up. Lately, I’ve gotten into listening to playlists as I read on Spotify. Every Monday I will share a playlist that I’ve been listening to currently and my thoughts on the playlist and what book I was reading while I listened to it.

Disclaimer: I do not own the music I share. I found it on Spotify or Youtube. The license for these songs belongs to somebody else entirely.

I’m so excited to listen to these songs! I’m six chapters into the book and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s so amazing!

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Mailbox Monday: 4/12/21

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

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Readathon News: Spring Into Horror and #AYearaThon

I’ll discuss the readathons going on during the week and ow I feel about them. I will also list my TBR for the readathon or each readathon. If none are scheduled or I’m not hosting my own, this blog will be skipped for the week.

April 12th to the 18th

For the entire month of April, there is a Spring Into Horror readathon. I used to actively participate in these, but randomly stopped when I was feeling overwhelmed. I’m happy to be back.

We also have AYearaThon taking place during the duration of this week. They do a readathon for a week every month with a different theme each time. This month’s theme is adaptations. I’m very excited for this theme. I will be reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, four graphic novels for Locke & Key by Joe Hill, and (if time permits) The Passage by Justin Cronin.

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Against My Better Judgment Book Blitz

BOOK BLITZ! Against My Better Judgmentby B.T. PolcariGenre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery, YA Fiction, NA FictionPublisher: The Wild Rose Press


Blurb:When freshman year at the University of Alabama draws to a close, Sara Donovan finds herself grappling with the same old question—listen to her head or follow her heart. What she ends up doing is purchasing an Egyptian souvenir funerary mask, and after a mysterious phone call, she’s certain a ring of antiquities smugglers are operating in Tuscaloosa.
With finals never far from her mind and her return to ‘Bama hanging in the balance, she should be studying. Instead she launches her own investigation to prove her mask is indeed a stolen artifact, and not a cheap trinket. When it comes time to snoop, Sara is more than ready, or at least she was until a hot new teaching assistant moves in next door.
Suddenly she learns things are never as they seem. Ever.

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54867181-against-my-better-judgment

Buy Links:

Amazon Paperback Link

Amazon Kindle Link

Barnes & Noble Paperback Link

Barnes & Noble Nook Link

Books-A-Million Paperback Link

Apple Books Link

Hidden Mask excerpt

I replaced the mask in the void, bolted the tire back in place, and activated the alarm. With a quick glance over each shoulder, I hustled back into the cottage. That was a great snap decision to hide it this morning before leaving for the gym. Normally, my snap decisions are not the best. Things were on the upswing. Although now I had a smuggling ring after me.

Author Info:

Ever wonder what retired business executives do after they have put in years of effort for society and decide it is time to hang up their hat? Perhaps strolling along the country club’s fairway, or lounging on a 50-foot yacht?

Alas, B. T. Polcari is unlike your typical retired executive. Empty nester and Scarlett Knights alum, Polcari is still learning the meaning of “retired” while feverishly typing away on the next new book idea, smashing the fuzz off the little green tennis ball, or blasting bowling pins for a perfect game. Yes there is a boat, but not one that comes with its own crew; this retiree prefers to bustle along a serene lake in a quaint single seat Sunfish sailboat.

Perhaps the only time BTP can be found in a quiet moment is while enjoying the morning company of two family dachshunds over a newspaper and cup of coffee. B. T. Polcari currently resides in Chattanooga, TN and is thrilled to be fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a published author.

Author Contacts:

Author Website: https://www.btpolcari.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/btpolcari

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/btpolcari/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/btpolcari

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/btpolcari/

Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/btpolcari

Sundays in Bed With… 7 Days in Hell

Welcome to our Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! 

Hosted by: Midnight Book Girl

It has a bit of a slow start and the chapters are rather long because each chapter represents a day. Other than that, it’s not too bad of a book. I’m hoping that I will have the book finished by the end of the day. If not, I will definitely finish it tomorrow. I also plan to have an audiobook that I plan to finish by the end of the day as well. It’s good as well.

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Book Photo Sunday: 4/11/21

So, this started out as a meme. I became fond of sharing my photos, so I decided to make it a thing. So every Sunday, I will share four of my favorite photos or videos of the week. All from Instagram posts. I am hoping this will be something that persuades me to take more book photos and get better at them as well. Anybody is welcome to join if they want.

Disclaimer: Some photos may be photos that aren’t mine. I do not claim them. I do hope you enjoy them as well though.

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Weekly Wrap Up: 4/10/21

Welcome to Weekly Wrap Up. I will discuss how my week has gone. I will include any pictures I’ve taken for the week and my progress in reading. It won’t be all about books. Just my week in general. I will also highlight my five favorite blogs I’ve read during the week.

This has been a really great week. My reading rut is gone. I went from not finishing any books to getting five finished in a few weeks. It really does make me feel good. I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get out of the funk that I was in.

I’m also finally able to come up with a schedule that fully works for me. I spent a good part of the week catching up on some things I’m behind on. It’s a great feeling to not feel bogged down on things you’re behind on. I can’t tell you how relieved I feel.

Looking forward to another great week!

Featured Blogs:

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw in the Ocean by One Book More

March 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up by The Geekish Brunette

Unboxing: Unplugged Book Box YA “Power” April 2021 by Alison in Bookland

Three Bookish Things Tag by Hundreds & Thousands of Books

T.T.T. Chuck it in the Ocean! by Books are the New Black

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Saturday Star: Marina O’Connell

How to participate in this meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (Nomadic Worlds) and link back.
2. Answer the three questions pertaining to the character.
3. Have fun revisiting your favorite characters and their worlds.

Questions:
1 – Saturday Star (Name the Character you want to feature.)
2 – Which book or series does the character live in?
3 – Why is this character among your favorites?

Saturday Star: Marina O’Connell from Down World by Rebecca Phelps

She’s a pure definition of a wallflower. She’s fierce though. She’s also so intelligent. She’s so much like me. I probably would have made the same decisions she did in the book that she did. Well for the most part. She’s amazing! She’s a true heroine!

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Writing Prompts: Pasta and Garlic

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of my writing may be more appropriate for mature audiences than for younger audiences or children. Please read with caution.**

Writing Prompt: Pasta and Garlic

Stephanie pulled up her hair in a tight bun. She checked her uniform one more time to make sure that it was as pristine as Chef Joel required of all of his employees. They were in for a long day. The venue was booked solid all day long with multiple parties. She knew that there were three weddings and a 50th birthday party booked at least. 

Luckily, they already had most things prepped and ready to go for all events for the day. It wasn’t getting everything prepared in time that stressed her. It was Chef Joel. He had made it a point to wait for her at the end of the day yesterday to ask her on a date. She was too shocked to answer. He told her to think about it and that they could talk about it at the end of the day. 

She knew that she wouldn’t have to worry about dealing with it right away. They would all be too focused on preparing the dishes for the events. She promptly went into the kitchen and made sure that all of her belongings were placed in her locker. Once she locked them up, she went to wash her hands and begin her work. 

Shortly after she began prepping for her part of the dishes, Hector came in with all of the groceries they would need. The team dropped what they were doing and migrated to him to help him distribute all of the ingredients needed for the dishes. They soon became alarmed to discover that he had forgotten two very crucial items.

“Hector! How could you forget the pasta and the garlic? Garlic I could understand, but pasta?”

“I swear I had them. I must have left them at the checkout counter.”

“Well, regardless of what happened, you have to go back! Just take Stephanie with you. Now! Go!”

Stepanie and Hector looked at Chef Joel in shock. Stephanie tried to point out that she had too much to prep to have time to go to the store with him to get the ingredients and why couldn’t they send the assistant instead. He wasn’t hearing any of it and after a twenty minute argument, Hector and Stephanie were on their way to get the food. They were five minutes down the road when Hector broke the silence.

“I have a confession.”

“What’s up, Hector?”

“I didn’t forget either item.”

“What?!”

“I’m sorry! Look. I knew he’d send you and I really needed to talk to you.”

“You couldn’t have waited until the end of the day?”

“No because by then it wouldn’t matter.”

“What’s going on?”

“Look. Margie saw you. With Amber.”

“Oh no.”

“Yeah. Look. I don’t want to get in your business. I just want you to be careful. Chef Joel is really obsessed with you. Very unnaturally so. If he finds out….”

“I get it. Thank you for telling me. He actually asked me out last night. Told me to think about it.”

“I know. That’s why I needed to talk to you today. Before the end of the day. You can’t turn him down. I’m afraid of what will happen if you do.”

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On This Day: April 9th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

April 9th:

1768- John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies

1865- Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant ending the Civil War in North Virginia

1682- Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

1784- Great Britain ratifies the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, ending the Revolutionary War

1816- African Methodist Episcopal Church organizes (Philadelphia)

1833- 1st US tax-supported public library in Peterborough, New Hampshire

1866- Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson’s veto

1896- Australian athlete edwin flack claims the middle distance double at the Athens Olympics winning the 800m final in 2:11.0; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 1500m

1914- US President W Wilson refuses to recognize Huerta as President of Mexico on the ground that he has not been elected by the people

1923- In ‘Adkins vs Children’s Hospital’, the US Supreme Court finds that the minimum wage law for women and children, adopted by the District of Columbia, is unconstitutional

1925- Babe Ruth rushed to hospital

1939- Marian Anderson sings before 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

My source and more facts at On This Day

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