Welcome everyone. I am starting to write this on Thursday, August 15th instead of Saturday for Sunday's post. I can only write so much right now, but I can at least get this started!The reason I am at least getting this part started is we have had a terrible week in the terms of loss in our family, and our friends. We lost two close people to us over the span of a few days. It's been tough. There has been a lot of emotion, trying to find a lot of strength, and a lot of time where I/we haven't been able to do anything but sit and stare off into space because of the shock of this loss all at the same time.
We lost my husband's father, and we lost Jim, both 73. Jim, and his wife, Donna, are our dear friends and neighbors right across the street from us, and yes, he and his wife ARE more family to us than our own! They live right across the street from us, and I go over to visit from my wheelchair ramp, right up there ramp and into their house! We all spent a lot of time together, well into the late hours of the night. A funny thing is if you planned on just stopping in for a half hour, NOPE! LOL!!! You would end up not getting back home until a few HOURS later! We had SO MUCH FUN! We just talked, shot the breeze, etc.! I'll treasure those times, and am thankful for them. There will be more, too, with his wife, but they will be different because someone will be missing. Although, maybe now Donna and I can do some MORE fun things that we couldn't do with Jim around, like watching some chick-flicks, talk girl talk, you know! All the stuff you can't do when you're with the guys! LOL!
My husband's father had had Alzheimers, and did not recognize anyone when he was ready to go. That side of the family happens to live four hours away from us. My husband didn't have as close a relationship with his father over the last 8 or 0 years. While he was growing up, it was mainly the telephone and Christmas cards. As he grew up, his parents had divorced, and he never saw to much of his dad. At times they were a lot closer together than at different times. Even though, he still went through some grieving, and I grieved for my husband.
The problem with his father was he loved to drink alcohol like a fish, something we don't do because at one time Gordon had a problem with alcohol, too, and he has worked LONG and HARD to get over that, and his father would push it in his face. Not right! We found any get-togethers with him to be enabling to him to drink more, leaving us feeling very uncomfortable and worried as he insisted on driving and DID DRIVE WHILE INTOXICATED! You could NOT stop him. We do NOT endorse that AT ALL. That put a LOT of distance between us. Eventually we felt we 'had' to lose contact with him to STOP IT. We were worrying about other people. Even though it was a parent, and despite any parent's shortcomings, you still suffer grief if you lose them. Yes, he did go through grief. I felt for him as I have lost a parent myself and I know how TRULY difficult it is.
Okay! Enough about that! On to BETTER THINGS! The books!
Each week this post is published by NOON! Usually much sooner than that, but only this week it's very close to noon!
First - you know the author who wrote "Pay It Forward" by Catherine Ryan Hyde? She has a NEW book out which is FREE for a few days! Today, which is Sunday, Monday and Tuesday! The 18th to the 20th! Go grab it! ALL the books she writes are WONDERFUL! They are ALWAYS for the greater GOOD in people!
Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
FREE - 2 DAYS - 8-18 to 8-20! Grab yours!
FICTION - COMBINED PRINT AND EBOOK
ALL LINKS go to the PRINT edition. While at the print edition, to get the ebook version, simply click on the Kindle edition and it will take you directly there! ENJOY!
1. Burn (The Breathless Trilogy) by Maya Banks
Print book: $9.00
2. Mistress by James Patterson AND David Ellis
Print book: $16.24
ebook: $12.74 - "I" am giving the cover of this book an Honorable Mention! It's super neat, I think!
3. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Print book: $15.19
ebook: $ 9.99
4. High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella (Kindle Single) by Lee Child - This is ONLY available as an ebook
5. Hotshot by Julie Garwood
Print book: $16.52
ebook: $ 9.99
6. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Print book: $15.57
7. Inferno by Dan Brown
Print book: $14.09
8. The English Girl: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva
Print book: $15.81
9. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Print book: $14.87
10. The Silent Wife: A Novel by A S A Harrison
Print book: $9.60
11. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Print book: $12.84
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12. Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
Print book: $4.19
13. The Last Witness (Badge of Honor) by W.E.B. Griffin AND William E. butterworth IV
Print book: $19.26
14. Jane's Melody by Ryan Winfield - (I just bought this one NOW! You should read About the Author AND READ THE REVIEWS! The reviews 'RAVE' about this book!
Print book: $11.48
ebook: $ 3.99
15. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson AND Howard Roughan
Print book: $14.38
ebook: $ 9.99
And the rest, up to #25 are: