Monday, May 12, 2014

MONDAY'S MUSINGS—TOOK A TRIP AND NEVER LEFT THE RANCH



Hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. Mine was great and I got to spend some time with my mother on Saturday and got to see her mama cat's new litter of babies. She has them in one of her extra bedroomsnow a nursery, lol! That's my mom J.
We have a winner for M.L. Buchman's Pure Heat: Farawayeyes. If you'll contact me I'll arrange for you to pick up your copy. Congratulations!

While I was recuperating and restless I had the chance to read some books that I enjoyed. Somewhere along the way my sense of restlessness was assuaged by my 'travels'. I've been to Texas, Colorado, Montana and slipped up into northwest Canadian wilderness, traveled all the way over to Pennsylvania and up to Maine.  Pretty nifty. Take a trip and never leave the farm, J  I’d thought I share a few with you (All were at least 4 1/2 stars in rating). 

Being restless I wanted something different. Something to pique my interest and divert me from hurting. I do have eclectic taste in reading. And it is very much mood driven. About the only thing I don’t read is horror (sorry horror fans), I don’t care for heavy-duty erotic romance (I like a bit left to my imagination), and kid’s books (my kid’s all grown up). I've read and enjoyed a few YA—but I really have to be in the mood to read YA (preferably when I don’t have a house load of young adults running in and out or playing Dear Abby with me). 

I have a towering stack of TBR books I can read but nothing appealed. Have you had those times? 

A friend of mine who writes sexy and fun cowboys also writes women’s fiction (which I hadn't read yet). She has a great sense of humor and I've laughed a lot reading her books, her turn of phrase, her realistic settings, sense of family and community. I needed some laughter and so I thought, why not?


“Welcome to Cadillac, Texas, where the jalapeños are hot, the gossip is hotter, and at the end of the day, it's the priceless friendships that are left standing...”

Oh, I am so glad I passed that welcome sign! That was five days of fun and laughter spent in Cadillac, Texas. Just what the doctor ordered.  What drew me to her stories?  Well, I loved watching movies like Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes, and absolutely loved Designing Woman series on TV. These books encapsulate the best of those shows. The southern humor, laughter and tears, diverse multi-generational women and how they deal with life, and strong friendships that see you through everything life throws you. Scratch the surface of the southern charm and you’ll find some very strong women who can take you to the cleaners without breaking a sweat and smile graciously while doing it, bless their hearts. I have to tell you, I fell in love with the feisty Agnes! The woman is diabolical and Lord love her, she can have my back anytime. She is a character in both books. All I can say is I’m glad I’m not the pretentious Violet (I loved how that played out!).

If you like a face paced page-turner and laugh out loud situations these two stories are a must read this summer.

I tried a new, to me, author, Mark Nykanen. I haven’t read any of his books but that will change henceforth. I read his thriller, Primitive Excellent story. Definitely intense. I like stories that grab from current issues facing us and in this case it was climate control and what dangers could be facing our world if steps aren't  taken to correct consumption. I've read a lot about the issue. But Primitive doesn't preach and it is an involving, multi-layered thriller about climate change theories. It starts with a kidnapping of a well-known model, Sonya Adams, to act as a spokesperson for their group’s agenda and subsequent media frenzy and some darker governmental agencies involved. It kept me turning pages and I liked the growth of Sonya and how she found her own tough core to survive. There is a well-developed layer in the story that says the surface may not show the whole and that’s especially true in the relationship between Sonya and her estranged daughter, Darcy. They seem at first glance to be polar opposites and yet at the core of both are more similar they either believes. Tightly constructed and entertaining story. Makes you think. If you like a good suspense/thriller it’s worth the read!

Another new to me author, but not for long, is Melinda Leigh. I read her romantic suspense, Midnight ExposureAnother multi-layered page-turner. I really liked the reasons for the creepy villains actions. She developed that well without tipping her hand by prematurely revealing him (I knew one character had to be involved but minute clues said he wasn't the main bad guy and that kept me guessing for awhile). You really got to see the bad guy’s arc and goals and motivations. Still a very creepy guy but very well done. This one starts with the disappearance of two hikers, which is blamed on the snowstorms in the Maine wilderness, but it’s oh so much more. Add in the attempted kidnapping of visitor, Jayne Sullivan, a tall red-headed beauty who is a part time tabloid photographer, a reclusive sculptor with past, and sparks fly. There is a well done happy ever after but not before some serious danger to traverse and problems, one of which is to keep Jayne out of the hands of a creepy Druid with an agenda. I really enjoyed the story—clever in execution and fast paced with a good romance attached. Hope you will, too.

So, how was your Mother's Day? Do anything fun? Read any good books you'd like to share?
 




19 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

You should totally post a pic of the new litter of kittens! Glad you got caught up on some books you've wanted to read. Have a great Monday!

Mason Canyon said...

Every time I pick up one of Carolyn Brown's books I know I'm going to laughing and crying throughout the story and come away wishing some of the people lived down the road from me. This is a great series and I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment. I'll have to check out the other two authors. Their books sounds interesting.

Melanie Schulz said...

So glad to hear from you again Sia--and glad to hear you're recovering nicely.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you got to see you mom on Mother's Day. Me too.

And awesome you found some books that you liked. I wish I had time to read adult books but since I write MG and YA, that's what I read.

Karen Walker said...

Had a lovely Mother's Day - my son called and we had a nice chat. Then a girlfriend and I drove to Santa Fe, had lunch at the Cowgirl Cafe (fab food) then listened to a friend's choir concert. Glad you had a lovely day, Sia.

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, dear, MORE books to add to my teetering TBR stack! Great reviews! And yay for kittens!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kieth I didn't think of it at the time or I would have grabbed a camera. :-)

Mason I know exactly what you mean. I'd love to go have coffee with some of Carolyn's characters...if only I could find the towns. I've looked ;-)

Thanks Melanie I'm getting better!

Robin said...

Wow. You did A LOT of reading. I finished the thirst book in the Divergent series yesterday. That series just got better and better as it went along. :)

Melissa said...

Great list!

I had a happy Mother's Day... got to spend time with my mom, then the hubster and kids took me out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Then, as if that wasn't good enough, I woke up to release day of my debut novel. *happy dance*

Best. Mother's Day. Ever. :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Natalie Writing MG and YA I can see why you would be reading them. I read a lot more MG when my son was younger since we would sit in the evenings and read. I still read YA but depends upon the storyline.

I confess, when I want to be entertained I want to read adult fare. :-)

Karen sounds like a lovely day all the way around!

Kat the books were fun to read and now I'm reading another that you may appreciate, Sylvia Day's (another new to me author) Seven Years to Sin and I love it. It's such good historical and I love her setting and the growth of her characters. I'm *traveling* to Jamaica in this one. Definitely lush and well done.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Robin I love to read. I haven't read any of the Divergent books. I've looked at them but haven't pick one up yet.

Melissa Congratulations! How exciting. Glad to see you also got spoiled on Mother's Day.

cleemckenzie said...

What a great Mother's Day gift! Kittens.

Thanks for posting about the books. I'm getting ready for a reading frenzy in June and need tons of titles.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like the setting and storyline for that last one.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sia, glad you are at least getting some time to read!

Al Diaz said...

I don't read horror either. Getting scared is not my idea of fun. If there is laughter, I'm interested. The thriller also sounds very appealing to me. Glad you found something entertaining to do. Dragon Hugs!

Jo said...

I have been reading some Aussie authors. One in particular are an older series, but I find really good. The Sevenwaters Trilogy, set in Ireland and full of Irish myth which should appeal to you Sia. Have read two so far and am enjoying them.

LD Masterson said...

I spent my Mother's Day as I have for the past eight years, missing my mom. But my kids and grandkids came by and that was lovely. Didn't get in any reading time but you've given me some excellent candidates for my TBR pile. Thanks.

farawayeyes said...

Yippee! I won. Sent you an email. Let me know what info you need from me. I'm so excited.

Those two books about the Southern Belles sound like a great summer read.

I had a pleasant, quiet, Mothers Day. Still miss my mom though.

Thanks again.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia - so glad the shoulder is immproving .. that's good news.

How lovely to be able to talk to your Ma and see her new brood! They must be fun for her ..

Then your Mother's Day - sounds good to me .. lots of books to read and no excuse not to ... interesting selection - and yes, that decision time: nothing to read, yet the place is stacked and Kindled with TBRs ..

Carry on with your recuperation and just relaxing as best you can .. cheers Hilary