Decorating With Books

When you finish reading a book, do you cram it on a shelf? Loan it to a friend? Give to the library or a shelter? Or do you decorate with books?

Yes, I have some shelves cramed with good books.

One of the problems of moving to a smaller house is the need to find creative ways to display your books.

On this table, one of the pictures got lost behind the others until I elevated it with books.

I also used books on the lower shelf of this table to bring emphasis to a pretty shell.

I also displayed a couple of gifts from my grandmothers by my books. I’m sentimental about these shelves.

My style won’t make a magazine layout, but it makes me happy.

I’d love to hear how you display your books!


Release Day

Today is Caught and Collared’s release day. Some call it a book birthday. Whichever you prefer, I’m celebrating.

To begin the celebration, I have a prize for one commenter chosen at random. To make it easy, tell me if you listen to podcasts. Do you have a favorite?

Here’s the blurb for the fourth book in A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery series.

When a scavenger hunt turns up a dead body, dog walker Andi Grace Scott will have to make a dogged effort to collar the culprit . . .

Setting out for a day of fun on her town’s first-ever scavenger hunt, Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott is dismayed to find an unattended dog wandering the streets—but that’s nothing compared to the shock she gets when she finds a dead man floating in the swimming pool of the dog’s owner. What’s more, she’d seen the very same man having a very public altercation with his wife just the night before. Despite being warned off the case by the local sheriff, Andi Grace can’t help nosing around to find out who’s behind the foul deed.

It turns out the victim was a well-known radio personality who focused on cold-case investigations and was rumored to be breaking a huge story on his next show. As Andi Grace digs deeper to learn who may have wanted him dead, she’s faced with a suspect list that includes a cold-hearted widow who stands to inherit a bundle, a local country star with family demons to hide, and any number of unknown criminals who may have been the focus of the victim’s big reveal. Whether the motive was love gone bad, a career under duress, or a killer’s deadly secret, Andi Grace knows she’ll have to act fast before she becomes the next cold case herself . . .

You may see this little guy in Caught and Collared. Isn’t he a cutie?

Don’t forget to answer the question, and I’ll announce the winner later this week.


New Releases For The Week Of February 13th, 2022

I’m humbled to be included with these great authors! Thanks to mjbreviewers!


Death of a Green-Eyed Monster (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery Book 34) by [M. C. Beaton]

Sergeant Hamish MacbethScotland’s most quick-witted but unambitious policemanis back and may have finally met the woman of his dreams in this new mystery in M.C. Beaton’s beloved, New York Times bestselling series.

Hamish’s new constable, Dorothy McIver, may be the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Completely bewitched by her sparkling blue eyes, Hamish spends the summer traveling with her up and down Sutherland until finally, he can take it no longer. He gets down on one knee beside the Land Rover and begs her to marry him—and to his amazement and delight, she says yes.

But just as the town of Lochdubh gets ready to celebrate, Hamish finds himself with a new murder on his hands. If he doesn’t find the killer fast, Hamish’s dream wedding could become a nightmare.  (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook

Pumpkin Spice & Deadly Heist: A Cozy Mystery (The Nosy Paralegal Mystery Series Book 1) by [Tanya R. Taylor]

Alan Danzabar has been accused of participating in a blatant…

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Super Bowl LVI

We’re days away from the Super Bowl, and it’s time to celebrate. I like both the Rams and the Bengals, and I think it’ll be a fun game. My husband and I will cheer for different teams this year, but we attended different colleges so we’re used to pulling for different teams.

Let’s look at some fun facts regarding the Super Bowl and begin with the Roman Numeral LVI. It’s 56, but I don’t know why the NFL counts the Superbowls by Roman Numerals.

If you want to know the odds, who likes zone-coverage versuses man-coverage, and all the other interesting/boring statistics, there are plenty of sites to explore.

I graduated from the University of Georgia, and I’ve been a Matt Stafford fan for years. I’ve also cheered for Joe Burrow when he played for LSU.

One interesting tidbit is Stafford was the Number One pick in 2009 by the Detroit Lions. Joe Burrow was the first pick in 2020 by the Bengals.

We’ve invited a few friends to watch the Superbowl with us. We’ll have snacks and play ping pong before the game begins. I’m also going to prepare a Fiesta Meal. It’s labor intensive, and I usually save it for parties.

Mickey Guyton will sing the National Anthem, and the half-time show is supposed to be spectacular with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar, and if that’s not enough Mary J. Blige will join them.

I’d love to hear your Super Bowl plans. Will you watch the game? Half-time show only? Read a book? Will you attend a party but avoid the TV so you can chat with friends? Do you have a favorite food? Pizza or chicken wings?

Whatever you have planned, I hope you have a great day!


Books I Read

Before joining Goodreads, I didn’t have a great way to track books I’ve read. It’s fun to see what I’ve read and chat with other readers.

My goal for 2021 was to read 40 books, and I read 42 books. Yay! Here are a few fun facts gathered by Goodreads.

The most popular book I read was aslo shelved by 117,163people.

Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers was the highest rated book I read on Goodreads.
This was the least popular book I read in 2021, but it had a lot of fun information.

I mostly read mysteries, and that didn’t surprise me. It was fun to be reminded what I read last year. I encourage you to join Goodreads if you haven’t already. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s the link if you’re curious to see what all I read last year. https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2021/18377205?utm_source=twitter

Happy 2022! I hope you have a great year, and I hope you read lots of good books!


Magical Gingerbread

Who could possibly do magical gingerbread better than Disney.

My sweet daughter-in-law, Amanda Sturdevant, is here to share a little about Disney and gingerbread.

Amanda Sturdevant aka magicalmemoriesky on Instagram
Walt Disney World has a display on Constructing and decorating gingerbread houses at The Grand Floridian.

Amanda said that there are life size houses and they smelled delicious.

Lifesize gingerbread houses? Can there be anything more magical? Well, yes! Because it’s Disney World.


Gilbert’s Gingerbread Cookies

Some of you may know Gilbert’s is my favorite ice cream shop. We stopped by and discovered they have gingerbread cookies too.

I bought a soft one with powder sugar sprinkled on top. Not only is it pretty, it tastes great!

I also ordered another cookie that’s firmer and decorated like a turtle dove (I think). It’s also pretty and tasty.

After my trip to Gilbert’s, I’m excited about my great gingerbread cookie hunt.

Have a great day!


Gingerbread Cookies

One of the many things I love about Christmas is being able to find gingerbread cookies. I began looking for cookies the week before Christmas. It turns out the bakeries I tried before Thanksgiving have not started baking gingerbread cookies. I looked in South Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. No luck.

The first place I thought I had luck was a trick.

Aren’t they adorable?

Instead of chocolate covered cookies, these are solid chocolate. Delicious? Yes. But they were not gingerbread cookies.

Next attempt was at a botique grocery store.

Again, it’s cute. Unfortunately it was dry and there was no flavor of gingerbread.

So, the hunt continues. I’d love to for you to share you Christmas cookie stories and pictures.

Until next time, happy holidays.



Happy December. There’s a lot to celebrate this month, and we’re starting with the 12 Days of Cozies.

Today I’m co-hosting reading sprints on Twitter at 5:00 EST. You can find me @joyfuljel .

Then at 8:00 it’s time for a live chat. I’d love to see you there. Plus, there are opportunities to win prizes! Different authors host each day, and it’ll be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!