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November 13, 2017 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 13th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.

Another week flew past and again I find myself asking where the time went.

In the past few years since I stopped working full time, I have taken on several volunteer positions with the forest preserve and an animal shelter in addition to occasional part time work and my usual hobbies. Plus I have adopted several parrots and work with the shelter birds that have special needs. This explains, in part, why my blogging and writing has slowed down this past year. With winter on the horizon and less outdoor activities for the next few months, I should have more free time. Or perhaps I need to organize better!

Last week I received a couple of print books. Seaside Summers was a surprise, and I think came from the author. This is outside of my genre, but I want to give it a shout-out for romance fans out there.

This month I am participating in the Voices on the Road blog tour sponsored by the APA and audiobook publishers. The tour runs through the month of November. Each blogger on the tour is recommending some of their favorite audiobooks and narrators, and hosting a giveaway for ten audiobooks.

New Arrivals

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor from HarperCollins.
From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope.

Nights at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #6) by Addison Cole from the author.
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know by Stephen Fishman from AmazonVine.
No writers like to see their hard work or creativity copied by others – or to be accused of copying. Fortunately, The Copyright Handbook provides everything you need to protect yourself! Find information and forms to help you.

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  1. Laurel-Rain Snow / Nov 13 2017 9:38 am

    These all look very tempting. Enjoy! I hope you are loving your volunteer work.



    • Leslie / Nov 13 2017 9:43 am

      I do enjoy it, but I’m allowing them to dump too much extra work on me, and when that happens, it becomes more like a job than an activity I enjoy. And it eats up more of my time than I initially intended. I need to create more boundaries.


  2. Mary / Nov 13 2017 11:33 am

    I would probably like the Cole book – fun that it came wrapped with a bow!
    Sounds like your life is full (over-flowing?). I’ve been in the position of pulling back a bit from some volunteer activities. The need is always there, isn’t it? That said, you have to take care of yourself first. Have a good week, Leslie.


  3. Carol / Nov 13 2017 3:08 pm

    Nights at Seaside sounds like one I might enjoy and i love the ribbon.
    I never have enough time to do everything I want. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the lack planning on my part.


  4. Silver's Reviews / Nov 13 2017 3:59 pm

    I LOVE how NIGHTS AT SEASIDE is wrapped in a bow. Bermudaonion had a bow too but a different color. Looks lovely.

    I hope you are less busy this winter, but busy is always good.

    ENJOY the blog tour.

    Have a great week, Leslie.


  5. Suko / Nov 13 2017 4:22 pm

    Enjoy your new goodies, Leslie! I like the sound–and look, complete with bow–of Nights At Seaside.


  6. MarthaE / Nov 14 2017 9:53 pm

    You got one of those nice ribboned packages too. 🙂 The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle sounds interesting. Happy Reading!


  7. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads / Nov 17 2017 9:21 am

    It’s great to keep busy with volunteer work. I work full time and volunteer too but I wish I had more time to volunteer. I think the COPYRIGHT book should be very practical and useful for writers.


  8. readerbuzz / Nov 19 2017 6:37 pm

    I’m nervous that I will start taking on loads of volunteer work once I retire. My plan is to have a one-year moratorium on volunteer and paid work while I settle into retirement. We’ll see how that goes.


    • Leslie / Nov 19 2017 8:47 pm

      Good idea! I started out volunteering about four hours a week for the forest preserve monitoring birds, and another four or five hours at a shelter that rescues parrots. That was very manageable. However, once I became a member of the Board of Directors at the shelter, the workload became more like an unpaid job with lots of meetings and obligations in addition to managing the shelter one day a week and working on adoptions. My board term expires at the end of this year, and I am going back to being “just” a volunteer and no board position.



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