Tea and a Cowboy by Alys Murray

Bridgette Shaw lives a life focused on etiquette and rules. And her number one rule? No cowboys allowed in her tea parlor. However, when her childhood friend Cliff Masters begs her to give him lessons in refinement so he can impress his ex-girlfriend, Bridgette bends … just this once. But as she whips the rugged cowboy into shape, she can’t help but feel a growing connection between them.

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Paperback Throwback

Choose Your Own Nightmare: Island of Doom

Each week for Paperback Throwback, I highlight a book from my ever-growing collection of older paperbacks, ‘90s and prior. Come check out everything from Zebra’s line of horror to Scholastic’s preteen Apple Paperbacks, and everything in between— you’ll know them by their stylishly cheesy covers, flashy plots, and cheap prices.

Join me on this stroll down Literary Memory Lane. Stops include Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, and anywhere else mass market paperbacks may be lurking.

This week’s throwback relies entirely on You.

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First Line Friday

Night of the Twisters – First Line Friday

We’re quickly drifting into the weekend, so that means it’s time for First Line Friday!

Each week, I grab a book from my shelf (or from wherever it’s wandered off to) and share the first line or so. They might be quotes from my TBR pile or an old favorite or even a book I’m not particularly fond of.

This week’s first line was sparked by a change in the weather.

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Emily Out of Focus by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Emily can’t wait to fly with her parents to China and adopt her baby sister, but that doesn’t stop her from being nervous. What about if she doesn’t like the food? What about if her parents find out she’s sneaking Nana’s camera on the trip? Most importantly, what about if her new sister doesn’t like her? But with her parents focused on the impending adoption, Emily finds herself spending time with Katherine, whose parents are also adopting a second child. However, Katherine has her own mission, and she wants Emily’s help to find her birth mother.

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Can't-Wait Wednesday

Pippa by Design – Can’t-Wait Wednesday

It’s the middle of the week, so that means it’s time for Can’t-Wait Wednesday. Each week I’ll spotlight amazing future releases that … well, that I just can’t wait for.

It’s a feature hosted by Tressa over at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: you’re sure to walk away with an expanded TBR pile.

This week, I’m waiting for…

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Agatha Raisin and the Dead Ringer by M.C. Beaton

If the village of Thirk Magna is known for anything, it’s the church of St. Ethelred and, in turn, its glorious bell-ringers. The Dupin twins, Mavis and Millicent, have long headed the musical group and push for perfection in their rehearsals. With the upcoming visit of the handsome and romantically available Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley, they’re acting like bigger perfectionists than usual. Of course, his arrival has everyone in clamoring for his attention, including the famed detective Agatha Raisin. But when Millicent is found murdered, Agatha turns her attentions to solving what she knows best: finding the murderer.

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