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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Updates and Awesome New Reads!

Louise Penny in Norwich!




You're probably wondering where I've been! Well, it's been a super busy summer. I was here...



...at the Newport Kite Festival!


And then I was pickling vegetables...



And then I went to Northern Vermont...



And then I went to Central Vermont...



And then I went back to Vermont with Bobbi Ruggiero to see Louise Penny in Norwich...


 

 (more about this incredible pilgrimage later---)


And then I saw this owl at VINS...



And then I got this totally appropriate soap in Vermont...


  Yes, you are right. I'm having a very Vermont-y summer!


Okay, now onto the BOOKS!

I read two amazing books recently. Completely different, and both wonderful.


 
1.  LOVE AND SHENANIGANS by Zara Keane

 New-to-me author Zara Keane has created an adorable, quirky, funny, and romantic world in a small Irish town. I was totally charmed by this first book in her series. The characters are colorful, the humor is spot-on, the setting pops off the page, and the second-chance romance is oh-so-satisfying. 

She has a lovely novella coming out soon (in August), and more full-length books in this series. Check out her website for more information.

I highly recommend this book if you love small town romance, quirky characters, fun comedy, and settings that make you want to get a plane ticket to Ireland!



2. VIXEN by Julia Barrett


I was NOT expecting this.

To be honest, I had no idea what this was.

Since Julia is a friend of mine, I knew she had a new quickie out, 
but she didn't really tell me what it was about.

Well.

Well. 

Well.

I FREAKIN' LOVED THIS STORY!

I love fiction that is unexpected, and unique, and well-written, and intriguing, and fun, and has twists you don't see coming, and has the promise of more to come in the future that is exciting and new.

VIXEN is all of these things and more.

It's a VERY quick read, an amuse-bouche that will whet your appetite for more stories in this brand new world created by Julia Barrett.

It mixes comic book-style superheroes with medicine and science, with intrigue and suspense.

It's bloody, bloomin' brilliant.

I think it's being categorized as sci fi-fantasy.

Starting TODAY it is also FREE!




So, that's my quickie update. Vermont and pickles and kites and Louise Penny 
and two awesome new books.

My August project...




 Hee hee!

Ciao,
Penelope

4 comments:

Julia Barrett said...

Bloody bloomin' brilliant. I like that!

Penelope said...

I have a way with words. :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I want that soap and hot air balloon ride.

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! That soap company had a ton of adorable soaps. Here's the link...

http://shop.filthyfarmgirl.com/