Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event (details here).

Audra at Unabridged Chick is hosting in February.  Stop by her terrific blog for reviews, giveaways, interviews, and more.

I got one book last week, from the intrepid book publicist Mary Bisbee-Beek. Check back here in a couple of weeks when I host a giveaway for this new novel.

Warming Up by Mary Hutchings Reed, coming in April from She Writes Press. I am excited to read a novel by a fellow "lady lawyer" -- and one set in Chicago, a city I love, is even better!


Approaching forty, unemployed but well-off, talented but unknown, functional but depressed, former musical actress Cecilia Morrison reluctantly seeks therapy. Although she once won leading roles, Cecilia now can't bring herself to audition for parts. In the end it’s not therapy, but a runaway teenager who changes her life when he cons her out of sixty bucks.

Whether at the apex of one’s success or just starting out, Warming Up speaks to anyone who’s ever wondered, “What’s it all about?” or who finds themselves doing something they never thought they’d do.

Warming Up was a short list finalist for the 2011 William Wisdom-William Faulkner Prize for the Novel.  Ten percent of the author’s proceeds are donated to The Night Ministry, which provides temporary housing, transitional living, and parenting services to Chicago’s homeless youth.

Birthday Celebration: Pie & Books

I celebrate my birthday. I prefer to stretch the celebration out for as many days as possible, take time off work, maybe go on a trip.

But at a bare minimum I celebrate on the day itself by doing anything I want to. Today, that means pie for breakfast. Not just any pie, but Random Order pie. Yum!

I am lucky enough to live within walking distance of Random Order, my favorite Portland coffee house and pie shop.  They make the best pie crust of any commercial establishment.  They make several variations of apple pie -- the salted caramel is my favorite -- and other fruit pies, but the cream pies are out of this world.  Love them!

And the greatest thing about eating pie at Random Order is that the also have a liquor license.  Pie is just that much better with an Irish coffee.

Then it's back to my couch to finish off the A.J. Liebling book I'm reading and make a dent in Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, which struck me as the perfect book to read on my birthday.


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