Suddenly Sunday

Suddenly Sunday is hosted by the wonderful Svea at Confessions and Rambling of A Muse in the Fog.

Hey everyone!  I hope this Sunday finds you well.  It's a horrendously hot day here in Georgia, but it's nice and cool inside :)  That was not the case earlier this week when our AC went out overnight, but thankfully they were able to fix it rather quickly.  I am SO ready for the fall I tell ya!

Yesterday we dropped off our daughter for her 2 week visit to Florida with her grandparents, so we're kid free...which means we're BORED!!!  Haha!  I'll be heading down there myself next weekend to visit friends and family.  My birthday is this Thursday, so I'm using that as an excuse to get everyone together.  I'm really excited about seeing 3 of my girlfriends that I've known for 20 years and their families.  This is the first time we've all been together in 4 years and now all of our kids will be there too which is so cool!!!  

IN READING NEWS  I completed The Secret Eleanor by Cecelia Holland and let's just say I was rather disappointed with my first Holland read.  I'm also reviewing the re-release of her book Great Maria (released on August 1, 2010) and I've been told that this one is supposed to be better....we shall see :)  

Here is the synopsis:  Her father is a robber baron...

Her husband has grand ambitions and a quick temper...

She will become...the Great Maria.

A lush portrait of the eleventh century that leaves out none of its harshest nature, Great Maria is Cecelia Holland at her most evocative. A mere fourteen years old, strong-willed Maria is betrothed to Richard. Theirs is a marriage of conflict, yet one that grows over the years into respect and partnership. As they struggle-at times against each other, at times side-by-side-Maria and Richard emerge as full-blooded characters you'll never forget.

The other book I am starting today is The Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall.  Be on the lookout for my giveaway in early August.  I'm excited to start this book as this is my first Kate Furnivall read and I've been wanting to read more books set in Russia.

Here's the synopsis:  The national bestselling author of The Russian Concubine takes us back to Tsarist Russia for a sweeping novel of love and intrigue.

Russia, 1910. Valentina Ivanova is the darling of St. Petersburg's elite aristocracy-until her romance with a Danish engineer creates a terrible scandal and her parents push her into a loveless engagement with a Russian count.

Meanwhile, Russia itself is bound for rebellion. With the Tsar and the Duma at each other's throats, and the Bolsheviks drawing their battle lines, the elegance and opulence of Tsarist rule are in their last days. And Valentina will be forced to make a choice that will change not only her own life, but the lives of those around her forever...

IN UBER-EXCITING NEWS  Author Helen Hollick revealed earlier this month that her publisher has given a whole new look to the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy and Sea Witch Trilogy!  Chick HERE to check out the new covers.  The Sea Witch Trilogy will be released in the US and the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy will be out in the UK.

I'm happy to now be able to announce that yours truly will be quoted in the UK versions of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy, which as regular readers of PTTP know, is one of my fave series EVER!  How cool is that?!  I am SO tickled to have been asked and have been dying to tell you all!

MORE EXCITING NEWS  This Wednesday I have a date with an author!!  Christy English, author of The Queen's Pawn and the future release, To Be Queen just happens to be staying right down the road and we're going to meet up to eat some Mexican, drink some margaritas, waltz around Barnes & Noble and talk Eleanor :)  I am really excited, this is my first time meeting anyone from the HF blog world!  

Well, I think that's about everything!  Have a great week all!



  1. Sounds exciting.
    Living in the middle of freakin' nowhere leaves very little human interaction and I haven't met a goat yet that does anything other than eat books let alone write one.

    Enjoy your visit. Ms. English seems so very nice from the comments I see on your facebook.

    I have her book in my TBR pile.

  2. Amy I'm so jealous - I don't even know where to start, haha. Hope you have a great time!

  3. That's really cool about meeting Christy - hope you have a great time!!

  4. I really like Kate Furnivall's books, so hope you enjoy that one.

    Christy English seems very nice in all her online activity I have seen so hope you have a great time meeting up with her.

  5. Its a eventful week for you. Enjoy.

  6. Pre-Happy Birthday wishes to you. Have a wonderful time catching up with your friends. Make sure to bring old pictures with you for laughs. Did you all also belong to the High Hair Club for Girls (you know those dos from the late 80s early 90s)

    Sorry the Elenor book was a stinker but hopefully Maria will be better. Yea and congrats to Helen oin her reissues and you for being mentioned. That is AWESOME!

    Have a great week my Peachy friend :)

  7. Sounds like you will have a wonderful week.
    An early Happy Birthday. It is so nice to get together with friends, especially when it has been a while since you have seen them.
    I checked out Helen Hollick's new covers and they are very nice. I don't think I have read any of them. I love trilogies and these two sound like something I'll enjoy.
    How lucky to be able to spend time with Christy English. It should be an interesting and enjoyable afternoon.

  8. Hey Amy, so your birthday is the 15th? I have that correct? If so, that is my youngest son's birthday as well...a good, good day. I hope you had a great birthday! I hope you have a nice time visiting your family in Florida.
    Getting together with long-time girlfriends is fun...hope you have a nice time.

    Kate Furnivall sounds familiar, and I am thinking that I wanted to read a story by her, maybe it was The Russian Concubine. Must check into that....hmmm...I am curious. I have not read much in the way of Russian history, I am very interested so I am not sure why I have not. I really need to change that.

    oooo.... I love the new Helen Hollick covers. I sure do wish that we were able to get the new covers for the Pendragon series... bookdepository here I come. :)
    Actually, I really need to finish reading the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy. I read The Kingmaker and absolutely loved it!!! I need to get my hands on the next book. Note to self...make sure I read the next book during the fall.

    Again, I hope you had a great birthday.


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