Monday Mashup!

Well- I’m back. After a fun-filled few days raising money for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, hanging with my Queen-ly friends, and many costume/outfit changes- it’s back to the normal, every day world. Time to put away the tiara and other glittery items until next year!

And, on a side note, I completed my first 5k- the Color Me Rad Run/Walk- we walked it in a pretty decent time and had fun while doing it! Plus- got totally rad with color!

Monday Mashup notes:

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow discussion is happening at She Reads today (and all week!) Come join in and see what questions I post each day for the discussion!

Tell Me Something True: A Visit with Peggy Hesketh– plus a #giveaway!

Deep South Mag posted their 49th #literaryfriday while I was away Friday at the Big Hat Lunch event- but here it is for your enjoyment!

And look soon for She Reads to announce their April Book Club Pick!


Wednesday Mash-up!


Bookmagnet is giving away Family Pictures by Jane Green. She has an ARC and wants you to have it!

A Woman, a wife, a mom is giving away The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski- enter for a chance to win and join She Reads & Southern Lit Lovers as they read this magical and mystical book during March!

Drey’s Library is giving away Allie Larkin’s Why Can’t I Be You?

Twitter chat:

Wed, March 20th from 2-3pm EST come to Twitter to chat with Rita Leganski as we talk about The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow! Use and #srchat to join in!

Goodreads chat (ALL DAY TODAY)

Did you love The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier? She’s chatting all day long at Goodreads! Go, tell her you loved it!


Oh and if you’ve been keeping up with my Cruisin Thru Cozies Reading Challenge- I’m on book 7- which means 6 more till I reach “Super Sleuth” status 🙂

I’ve also read 22 books so far in 2013!





Monday Mash-up!


Meg Donohue is giving away How to Eat a Cupcake, Signed ARC of All the Summer Girls (doesn’t that just give you chills?!) and more! Or check out Meg Donohue’s blog for more info!

Wendy Francis is giving away copies of her book, Three Good Things, this week on Twitter!

Update on my Reading:

Finished The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski yesterday. GREAT. Read.

Started Dana Bate’s book Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs. Really enjoying it- it’s fun!

Will be doing a couple of blog tours for Cozy Mystery Reviews

Hoping to join Allison and Rebecca as they continue reading In the Woods by Tana French- check out their progress- Love at First Book and join in!


Check out my Pinterest TBR List(it’s not my complete one- but it will be growing because too many good books!) You may even see Meg Donohue’s All The Summer Girls on the list 🙂





The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

Rita Leganski’s novel, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, shows the reader a world where everything has sounds and a story. From the crayons, to grass growing, clothes, and sunshine. Even the secrets, the secrets that have been well-kept for years- they have a sound and a story. And are ready to tell their story to Bonaventure Arrow.

Bonaventure Arrow, the child of William and Dancy Arrow, has special powers. While he cannot speak- his hearing is above what anyone would think possible. He hears things that no one else can hear- that no one else would even think has sounds.  Bonaventure Arrow has a special mission- and while he is learning more about his mission- the reader is involved in a story that is magical. With tales of voodoo, hoodoo, gris-gris bags, and the deeply mystical, yet magical New Orleans area- a reader wants to find out more about Bonaventure’s mission- yet enjoys the time spent in his world.

Bonaventure Arrow, loved by both his mom and dad, is both a victim and survivor of events set in motion long before his time- choices that were made, choices that were forced upon people. And some choices that were not made out of love or forced- but made out of wicked desires.

Food & The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow…

I began The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow yesterday. And I love it. I’ll admit that while the cover intrigued me- I was a teensy bit worried when I heard the word “whimsical” used to describe the reading. I’m a fan of “whimsical” in my art; not always in my reading. Happily, I’m enjoying “Bonaventure” thus far.  There are already at least 2 or 3 secrets that I’m eager to know about!

When you read, do you get hungry? Do you think food and books go hand in hand? If so, She Reads has a new food blogger- and judging by her first recipe- I think our waist-lines are in trouble from the scrumptious food headed our way. Shoo Fly Marmalade is the first recipe- and if that doesn’t conjure up images of the South, visions of New Orleans, and long sunshine-y days- then nothing else will! I know I personally can’t wait to see what Ingrid, She Reads Food Blogger, creates each month to complement the book club pick.

Now just in case you are absolutely on pins and needles- and you must discuss The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow with someone, anyone- Goodreads Southern Lit Lovers has begun their discussion. But don’t you talk you ourself out- because there will be a Twitter chat with Rita Leganski on March 20th 2-3pmEST and the She Reads discussion begins on March 25ht. I’ll be hosting both- and I plan to have some good questions and maybe a surprise!

Need a little more Southern Lit Lovers in your life (don’t we all)? Southern Lit Lovers is on Twitter- use @SouthernLitLvrs to tweet with them!

Other “Bonaventure” articles from She Reads:

March Book Club Selection

The Inspiration to Learn

Introductions, A Recipe, And Bonaventure Arrow



The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski- March’s She Reads Book Club pick

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time to announce She Reads book club pick. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski is it!

The cover is so whimsical- it’s a beautiful cover.

There’ll be a Twitter chat and online discussion on She Reads. Discussion at Southern Lit Lovers on Goodreads. Basically, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow will be on everyone’s lips. So- come, read, discuss. Join in the fun. We’re a friendly bunch of people!

Stop by She Reads today, comment on March Book Club selection post (gaze adoringly at the cover while you’re at it 😉 and maybe you’ll win a copy to join in the fun!

Happy Reading!

Literary Friday ya’ll…….

It’s Friday and my #literaryfriday is almost to the limit with good stuff. So sit back and enjoy 🙂

1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: Erika Robuck’s Call Me Zelda trailer, Joshilyn Jackson’s birthday, and much more!

2.Deep South also unveiled their picks for Ten Reads for Spring. Out of the 10, I’ve read 2- and they were very good!

Julie Kibler’s Calling Me Home made the list (and it was She Reads Feb Book Club Pick!) Holly Goddard Jones The Next Time You See Me also made the list.  Here are my reviews for Calling Me Home and The Next Time You See Me

3. It’s the first day of March- and She Reads wants you to know that our March read will be The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski. It’s her debut novel.  At the end of the month, there will be a discussion on She Reads and we’ll have a Twitter chat as well (both are hosted by me!)

Good news if you like Goodreads- A group on Goodreads called Southern Lit Lovers will be teaming up with She Reads for the reading of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow- there will be tons of chances to discuss this book during March. Southern Lit Lover is moderated by Jo (Twitter handle @BloominChick) and she is looking forward to some great discussions!

EVEN BETTER NEWS: Jo @BloominChick is giving away copies of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow on her blog! Check out Jo’s Blog Diggin’Around for a chance to win! Giveaway ends SUNDAY 11:59pm EST.

4. She Reads has some great posts this week- in case you’ve missed them, here they are:

Tell Me Something True-A Visit With Alison Atlee

Tell Me Something True- A Visit with Maryanne O’Hara

A Room of Her Own- The Writing Space of Julie Kibler

5. Liked Julie Kibler’s Calling Me Home? Want to discuss it? Come on to She Reads and let’s discuss- the discussion is happening through the weekend!

6. My #fridayreads is Skelton Keys by Laura Childs. What is your #fridayreads?

7. More #giveaways:

Drey’s Library is giving away The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers!

Goodreads is giving away The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate.

Happy Reading 🙂