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The Sunday Salon

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Lesa, over at Lesa’s Book Critiques, offered us a glimpse of her Arizona home for her Sunday Salon post for today so I decided I’d do the same!

I don’t live in Arizona, quite the opposite actually. I live on an island. Not a tropical island, but a waterfront community whose lives are so vulnerable against Mother Nature as was the case the past two days with tropical storm Hanna.

It is also a resort and that’s why I love it so.

Last March, we moved into a 3-story condo complete with ocean sunsets every night and two huge decks (one screened, one not) to watch them. There’s a dock off our yard right across the street which has become my daughter’s and my sanctuary.

Oh, let me tell you what you can do there. First, you can walk the dogs down it until you come to the very end where you can sit on one of the benches to recoup before you make the long trek back. Max, the male Cocker, loves it and has, in fact, jumped overboard when we weren’t looking which isn’t fun because that means we have to jump in and save him. Skylar, the Sheltie, loves it also and is no problem, but Cassie, the female Cocker has convulsions every time we take her down there – just doesn’t like it at all and starts to shake until we have to turn around and bring her back. I think it has something to do with hating baths.

Another thing you can do on the dock is catch crabs (which I don’t eat and which I don’t catch, but you can) and clams. Now let me tell you about the clams. They are either as small as you want or as large as you want and they’re all over the place underneath the mud a little bit. I don’t eat them either but my kids’ father likes to come over and load up.

It’s also a nice place to hook up the boat to which the kids love and it’s also a nice place to well just get away from it all.

I had my taste of what it was going to be like when this nice warm weather is over and I’m not going to like it one bit. When Hanna blew through here, the front decks were like wind tunnels so I have to hang out my back door to take a smoke break. Not the fun and not the same as sitting in my rocker watching the bikers or the boats ride by. The dogs all come out there with me and we have our “moment” before I have to run back in here and start working on tours.

And something else I’m going to miss are those bike rides. My son and I made a 14 mile round trip to the beach and back just after Pony Penning and that’s something else, man, Pony Penning week is the bomb here with all the tourists. They say you’re a real island native when you start hating the tourists, but it’s really neat watching the island come alive.

No, not looking forward to summer ending at all.

See you next Sunday!

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Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!
  • My two (2) “teaser” sentences for today:

    “With my fingertip, I traced a drop of perspiration snaking down her neck. Even with an open window and the cool plaster of the thick palace walls, the room was still hot.”

    (from page 21 of The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams)

    This book is the absolute bomb. I’ll have a formal review for it shortly, but this is a terrific read so far. Hey, did you know they’re turning this book into a movie? Stay tuned for more news on that.

    BTW, Douglas is on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion and what better way to kick off his tour with a little taste of great things to come here! If you want to visit his tour stops, visit www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.wordpress.com. If you would like to find out more about Douglas, visit his website at www.lostdiaryofdonjuan.com.

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    Monday Musings

    Happy Labor Day everyone! It is beautiful here on the island! The sun is bright, the sun is shining strong and I’m STUCK on the computer. I have tours going out tomorrow morning so I have to put the pedal to the metal. But my reward is a wonderful bike ride around the island later!

    Let’s not forget the state of Louisiana in their battle to fend off Hurricane Gustav. At the moment, one of the levies broke so we’re waiting to hear the latest on that. One of my blog hosts lives out there and I’ve not heard a word from her so maybe she was one of those who evacuated.

    Hope you have a safe and productive Labor Day weekend!

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    The Sunday Salon

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    Hard to believe summer’s over here on the island.  The tourists are still doing their tourist thing and I am so going to miss watching their antics out on my front deck.  The one thing I won’t miss is having the tourist kidlets riding their bike through my carport, but what I will miss more than anything is the walk down my dock to sit on the bench to get a little reading done.

    Speaking of reading, as you know, I’m so into A FULL HOUSE – BUT EMPTY by Angus Munro.  If I can get my tours finished, I can jump back in it.  Angus writes with such natural style…it’s a treat if you ever were to pick up the book and read it yourself.  It’s set in the depression years, which so few people nowadays can remember because that was oh so long ago.  I might even get Angus to write us a guest post about growing up in the Depression years…would you like that?

    I got an interesting book in the mail about a week ago.  SADDLE UP YOUR OWN WHITE HORSE – 5 PRINCIPLES EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO KNOW by Saundra Pelletier (and it came autographed!).  It’s definitely on my TBR list for a review, but I couldn’t help but to sneak inside to see just what this book was all about.  It’s about empowerment.  Who doesn’t need that in their life?  It’s going to be a good one and I’ll be giving a review soon, but I especially like the chapter titled “Women Must Lead in Their Relationships with Men.”  My kind of thinking.  I’ll let you know more about the book in a future post, but I think it’s going to be good.

    The one thing I’ve not liked about this island is that you just can’t get any inside work done and if you saw my TBR pile, you’ll see what I mean.  I’ve got to be OUTSIDE constantly!  What a pain when you have so much inside work to do!  The kids are out on the boat with their father and I so would have loved to join them, but ack, work comes first.

    So, what did you do over the weekend?  And, please, drive safely!

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    Booking Through Thursday

    Today’s topic: If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?

    Or, um, is it just me?

    As I’m reading, no, I’m not paying attention to character development, although the end, I might notice that the characters were fantastic or not fully developed. I’m reading Angus Munro’s book, A FULL HOUSE – BUT EMPTY, and you know, I’m not realizing it but it’s the character development that is keeping me turning pages. There are some things I can’t wait to find out, like does he ever make amends with his mother or maybe I am turning pages to find out what happens to him as he grows up? This is a fantastic book so far. Now, there was another book where I was turning pages because of interaction between two characters who were madly in love and I really wanted to see how these characters progressed as we went along – what flaws did they have? Did they conquer their fears to be with one another? But I guess to answer your question, I do mainly read for the storyline of course, but the characters play a huge part in whether I keep turning or not. If they’re boring from the get go, no storyline is going to save this book.

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    Teaser Tuesdays

    Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!
  • My two (2) “teaser” sentences for today:

    “My father, like so many others, gratefully worked hard and long hours during the war years after experiencing a terribly long Depression and mass unemployment.  Although my father was basically soft-spoken, he was an excellent conversationalist on both topical and historic issues, and he presented his views effectively.”

    (from page 25 of A Full House – But Empty by Angus Munro)

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