No TV Weeks 9 to 16

Go ahead and be amazed. This TV junkie has been television-free for sixteen, count ’em, sixteen wonderful weeks. Sure, I ached that I missed the end of season episode of “Major Crimes” and hubby caught me muttering and carrying the remote around the house during the season finale of “Castle,” but thankfully, life has intervened to pull me out of the house and away from temptation.

No tv fly to VeniceI’ve hiked in the Smokey Mountains, flown with hubby to lunch in Venice, Florida, spent a few weekends near Asheville, visited family in Las Vegas for a week, and learned how to load and fire various handguns.

My evenings, previously spent in inertia on the sofa–remote in one hand, popcorn in the other–are now filled with stories by Janet Evanovich, Kristan Higgins, John Foxjohn, Sue Monk Kidd, Ian McEwan, Diane Capri, Liane Moriarty, Joshua Graham, and Kristin Hannah. I’ve even discovered books by first-time authors: Deborah Wilding’s Then I Met You, Martha Sibley George’s Goodbye, Miss Emily, and a few others I’m judging for the international Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence contest. Recently enjoyed the second novel by Noelle August. The first book was Boomerang and the second is Rebound. Also read an exciting medical thriller written by a physician friend that should be coming out soon.

twin-engine seaplaneI was hired by a national aviation magazine to report on Sun ‘N Fun, the annual general aviation gathering founded by the Experimental Aircraft Association, better known as EAA. Sun ‘N Fun begins next week in Lakeland, Florida. The Brietling Jet Team will be performing airshows, and a few friends will be receiving the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award next week. The son of friends will also be in town after being certified or approved to land on carriers. Is this a great life or what? I get PAID to meet my aviation heroes and write about them.

So, overall I have not missed television. I’m out having fun in the real world and reading wonderful, hilarious, and exciting stories. Oh, and I’m writing a few of my own. One is a 90,000-word suspense story with elements of romance, and the other is an 85,000-word suspense story with elements of romance. My BETA readers and critique partners are chewing through them now. All prayers are appreciated.

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Higgins captures the wonderful chaos of a young woman’s love life. Faith Holland returns home to upstate New York years after being left at the altar. Her family grows wine and while Faith has been away her sisters and brother have been running things just fine. When Faith attempts to return home she faces one awkward, hilarious situation after another. This book can be read as a stand alone, but it is part of a series of marvelous funny stories about the couples in a small town.

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Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins

Too Good to Be TrueToo Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rollicking funny dialogue and situations ensue after Grace, the middle sister of three, makes up a perfect boyfriend rather than endure pity from her family. Romantic comedy at its best! More than a fun beach read, because the family relationships resonate with humanity and truth. The family participates in Civil War Re-enactments, which thrill Grace, who teaches history at a prep-school. Grace’s mother is an artist who makes shocking glass works. Author Higgins makes readers laugh and cry at the same time.

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