Sunday Coffee

Hello Friend. We have made it to another Sunday, and I’m so grateful. This past week was one of those weeks I couldn’t wait to end. Grab your Sunday morning drink of choice, and let’s catch up.

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There has been a murder at the hands of a military member that has really been on everyone’s hearts here in San Antonio. An Air Force officer has been arrested for the disappearance of his wife. Our unit along with hundreds of volunteers have been assisting the local law enforcement in attempting to locate her. I didn’t even know this woman, but I want her found. I want her laid to rest like she deserves to be, not somewhere laying in a ditch possibly, in the elements. It is sad. Especially when our unit was tasked with going out to one of the locations we know he went to after her disappearance, it just made it even more real. 

Sometimes I find being in the military, and the person that serving kind of molds you into, at complete odds with the person I am becoming. I had a situation this past week where I allowed one of the shifts I’m in charge of completely pull me out of character. I lost it, then spent most of the night tossing and turning, upset with myself for allowing them to get me so worked up. Don’t disturb this groove. I need to chill. I feel like I spend more energy getting worked up than I would if I remained cool, calm and collected.

In the whee hours of Monday morning, about 5:30, I was on my way to work and stopped at the gas station. Right place, right time. The gas station had the radio on a classic rock station and I became acquainted with a new favorite song: Love Bites by Def Leppard. If asked what I’ve been obsessed with lately, that’s it. That was all I listened to for two days straight. Shoutout to early morning gas station runs! You never know what song you’ll leave with stuck in your head.

Reading wise, I finished one of my picks for March Mystery Madness..

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 A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley was a fun read. I love cozies surrounding books. In this one, the main character is a writing apprentice for her life long favorite suspense author. Shortly after meeting, the two find a dead body outside of the author’s Victorian home. I loved that the author incorporated quotes from the book the character’s are working on at the beginning of each chapter. Kind of a story within the story. There is also a blooming romance that I would like to see more of, so I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series.

I was also in the mood for another Candace Osmond, but not quite ready to continue on with the trilogy of hers I have been procrastinating on finishing.


A Stolen Heart is very, very short. It’s less than 50 pages, but being that it’s book one in Osmond’s The Wayward Witches series, it did a fantastic job of being the first book. It introduced me to the leading characters and gave me a bit of background for each one and I’m intrigued to see where the next story picks up after getting a glimpse into what Lenora is trying to do.

Candace Osmond is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine. I want more from her, now!

On Instagram this week:

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I received this review copy of The Cliff House by Raeanne Thayne thanks to Little Bird Publicity. In the post I wanted to know how you incorporate reading into your busy work week. I have found that my reading, especially of physical books, slows down tremendously throughout the week, leaving me to play catch up on the weekend. If you have any advice, let me know. I have set a challenge for myself to read 30 minutes every night in the month of March after 8 p.m.

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I’ve done a full review of Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in October when I read it on Netgalley, but it is here, and I am so happy to have a physical copy of my own. I have noticed it’s getting plenty of mixed reviews, but I am a total Stan for this book.

Share with me what’s been up with you. How is your reading going so far this month? Anything great that you’d recommend?


First 2: The Book Retreat Mysteries

Hello Friends, I hope all is well with you. I hope your Autumn of 2018 is going amazing. In continuing with this week’s theme of discussing the first two books in the different cozy mystery series I’ve been reading, I want to share my thoughts on The Book Retreat Mysteries by Ellery Adams.

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This is a mystery series made for book lovers. The series follows Jane, the resort manager of Storyton Hall which is located in the rolling hills of western Virginia. Jane has an idea for boosting her numbers which is to host a Murder and Mayhem week at the resort where lovers of the mystery genre can come together for some role playing and fantasy crime solving.

Jane soon learns that one of her guests actually is a murderer, when Felix Hampden, the winner of the scavenger hunt, is found dead and the book he won as a prize stolen.

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Murder in the Mystery Suite was so delightful to read, which sounds crazy, being that there is a murder in it, but I had so much fun reading it. I highly recommend seeing if your library as the audiobook because it is fantastic to listen to.

I love the community Jane lives in. Everyone loves literature and reading. The love of reading is such a prominent theme throughout the book. I like how in this book we see the dynamics of Jane and her family. She is a single mother of two boys. Jane and her boys Fitzgerald and Hemingway live with her Aunt and Uncle. I love her Aunt and Uncle’s love for each other. I found myself adoring the scenes with them.

This was a great first book in the series. The murder happens fairly quickly which I appreciated. I felt Ellery Adams did a great job at introducing all the key characters just enough to interest me but still leave some intrigue. Towards the end of the book, Jane learns that she has inherited a very important, secret job. For some, this is honestly make or break. When chatting with friends about it, it completely turned them off but I loved it! I felt it added an even more awesome twist to an already awesome story.


I jumped immediately into Murder in the Paperback Parlor after finishing Murder in the Mystery Suite. This one was a pleasant surprise! In this second mystery, Jane is hosting yet another themed event at Storyton Hall. The theme this time around is for romance readers with Valentine’s Day coming up.

One of the most celebrated authors, Rosamund York, is murdered before the guests even really get settled in. Jane and her book club, The Cover Girls (I love their book club name!)  must figure out who would want to kill Rosamund, who had just as many enemies as she did fans. The possible list of who done-it’s consists of jealous/fellow authors, a former lover and angry fans.

I loved Murder in the Paperback Parlor even more than I did the first book in the series. I think while reading it, I was getting a little homesick for some romance. So I remembering being thrilled at the idea of reading this novel which centers around romance readers. It filled the void.

This was written fantastically! Ellery Adams wrote a very realistic feeling story showcasing what you would imagine a catty romance author beef to look like. You don’t know who you can trust. It honestly wasn’t until the last few chapters that I began to piece things together and really feel like I had it figured out and once realized who it was, it made absolute sense!

This series thus far has been a lot of fun. I am liking how each new story has a new themed event taking place in Storyton Hall. It is an interesting way to introduce a cast of new characters while all the while, Jane and her secret is looming in the background.