Daisy! You Won the giveaway of Madeleine Mysko's Stone Harbor Bound! Email me your mailing address and I'll pop it out to you.
I've finally discovered Laura Lippman, people. My friend, Lauren Small, has given me two of her books and over the weekend I cracked the first one open. All I can say is holy cow, she is good. I really like the way she blends the characters' perspectives and the plot is interesting, but not gory. She writes crime novels, but this one is thoughtful and clever.
What else? I volunteered at not one but two churches over the weekend, partied like a rock star three nights in a row, tore apart and repainted Mr. B's bedroom (a task that involved balancing atop an 8 foot ladder because he's got the peaked ceiling up there) and cleaned the carpets because Rose has been making a huge mess all over our house. She also made a mess all over our bed, which required a trip to the laundromat because king-size comforter. Ugh.
I can hardly leave you thinking about cat piss today, so I'll leave you with another opportunity to win a great summer read. My bloggy friend Jocelyn Pihlaja who writes at O Mighty Crisis (and also bucket list item #17: Meet Jocelyn in Duluth) had a piece published in Martinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?! With a title like that, you know it's a funny, breezy read and it would be just the thing to entertain you while in a hammock, on a beach or in your favorite lounge-around spot. Imagine yourself with this book in hand and a crisp gin and tonic with a thin slice of lime. That's what I'd drink, anyway. I'm not a martini girl, but in the summer a nice gin or vodka tonic really hits the spot. I enjoyed a very lovely gin and tonic sitting right here the other night when I partied like a rock star, as a matter of fact.
Could that cover be any cuter? Could I use any more italics in a single post?
You know the drill: each comment in the comment box is a chance to win this anthology (but no bottle of vodka, sorry! For that you're on your own.) and I'll pick a lucky winner on Monday.
Spill it, reader. Your favorite summer beverage. Let's hear what you'd drink on a hot afternoon with this book in hand.