Thursday, August 31, 2017

Where Is Your Bookmark? (Gin and Panic & Bloggiesta Talk)

I recently started reading Gin and Panic by Maia Chance, a cozy mystery set in New York City, 1923. Although this is the third book in the Discreet Retrieval Agency series, it is my first book by the author. It looks to be a witty and charming book at first glance. Lola, a former socialite turned private detective, and her friend Berta seem to find more trouble than they expect wherever they go. 



A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.

I cannot believe that I, Lola Woodby, am saying this, but there is only so much ornamental ham, puff pastry, and pink fondant icing one can stomach. At least in any given day.

One has to wonder just how much she's eaten!


A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.

I swallowed. "no need to do that, Mr.--?" 
"My name is Irrelevant."
"All right, Mr. Irrelevant. Well, you see, the thing is, this dog is actually a sort of a bloodhound--by trade, I mean to say--and he's come to sniff out two laundry carts that were stolen from the launderette's delivery truck a few weeks ago. And as you can see, he tracked them down." 
On cue, the laundry cart racers rumbled past. [28% ]
I haven't quite reached this scene in the book yet, but something tells me the protagonist and her partner are up to something more than they are saying.

Does this sound like something you would like to read? 

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Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.

Do you participate in The Bloggiesta?
For those unfamiliar with Bloggiesta, it is a marathon like event in which bloggers work on improving and/or updating their blogs. It's a great opportunity to get caught up on reviews, prep upcoming posts, update links and what not, and whatever other maintenance a blogger hasn't had time to do on their blog. To make it more fun, there are mini-challenges and Twitter parties so that participants can cheer each other one and bounce ideas for their blog off of each other.

I have not participated in Bloggiesta, although it does sound like fun. I know quite a few bloggers who have taken part in the past. I used to be one of those bloggers who could post off the cuff the day before a post needed to go up, but since becoming a parent, I have better luck when I prep posts well in advance and schedule to post the ahead of time. There are days when I dedicate most of my time to just blogging to make sure I have posts ready to go or at least skeletons of posts done so that I can finish them on the spot as needed. And, of course, time for the needed maintenance. Unfortunately, my schedule and Bloggiesta's often do not often fall on the same dates.

What about you? Have you participated in Bloggiesta? Do you plan to?


 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!


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43 comments:

  1. I haven't participated in Bloggiesta, but it sounds like a great way to get organized. Although, I don't think I'll have the time to participate this time around.

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    1. Breana - Yes, I think so too. And a fun way. I know I won't have time to participate this time, but perhaps someday . . .

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  2. I should do Bloggiesta but I never have. It's hard for me to commit to anything that takes place over the weekend.

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    1. I seldom do anything on the weekends for bloggiesta; I start ahead of time, and then show up again on the last day with my finish line.

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    2. Kathy - I find it hard to commit to anything over the weekend as well. That's usually my family time and my internet usage can be rather spotty during that time.

      Laurel-Rain - That's a good idea!

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  3. Nope, I've never participated in Bloggiesta. I should. I definitely could use some help with organization, but doubt that it will happen as a concerted effort. Maybe I can get some easy tips, though! :)

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    1. Jenclair - I could use some help in that area--and dedicated time to work on some of the little stuff. maybe some day!

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  4. Those are great snippets. And no, I haven't participated in Bloggiesta either. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I recently read a book by Maia Chance: Bad Housekeeping. So I want to read more from her.

    I always do Bloggiesta, and have been doing so since 2010 (I think). I schedule it around my activities, often starting ahead of time. I like that we can set our own goals (and schedule, too, within the overall framework).

    Enjoy! Here's mine: “Y IS FOR YESTERDAY”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - That's good to know you liked Bad Housekeeping! This is my first by Maia Chance.

      Bloggiesta sounds like such fun--not to mention productive. One of these days I'll try to participate.

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  6. I have participated, and I have enjoyed it. THANK YOU for the terrific explanation of what The Bloggiesta is.

    I will be away for this one so I am not sure I will be participating. I believe I participated three or four times.

    It is a lot of fun - I get ideas and love chatting with other bloggers.

    Love the cover of GIN AND PANIC. :)

    ENJOY your weekend.

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    1. Elizabeth - I wasn't sure everyone knew what it was, so thought I would share a little about it. I may not have participated in the event, but I know lots of bloggers who have and enjoyed it. One of these days I will participate too! Goodness knows I need it!

      I hope you are enjoying your weekend too!

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    2. Yes,,,thank you again very much. Yours was very thorough - much more than mine.

      Maria had a wonderful explanation too.

      I appreciate the help from everyone.

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  7. I admit my ignorance. What is a cozy mystery? I keep seeing that term but don't understand it. My Friday Quotes

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    1. Anne - A cozy mystery is a subgenre of crime fiction in which there is very little sex or violence, if any at all. There's usually a small town or intimate community setting. And the protagonist is generally an amateur sleuth--although not always. They often contain humor. I don't know if I do the definition of a cozy justice, but I think that sums it up more or less. They are the lighter side of the mystery genre, if you will.

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  8. This one does sound like it's fun. This week I am featuring Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - It is so far! I hope you have a great weekend.

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  9. I missed this one! I read the other 2 in the series and really enjoyed them though they have a tendency towards silly. I need to read this one too! I don't do Bloggiesta though I desperately need to. There are so many little technical issues that need to be dealt with.

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    1. Katherine - Just from what I've read I definitely get the silly vibe too. I would probably really benefit from something like Bloggiesta myself.

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  10. I don't typically sing up for things like Bloggiesta. I have so much going on with my crazy family that I can rarely count on having free time on specific dates. The book sounds good. I will be looking forward to your review!

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    1. Carole - It's hard for me to fit it into my schedule as well. I love the idea of Bloggiesta though!

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  11. LOL Love the snark in the 56! Happy long weekend!

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    1. Freda - I do too. :-) I hope you have a great long weekend as well. Thank you for hosting!

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  12. I'd not heard of Bloggiesta until now, but since I am already OCD on organising and have posts scheduled through 2018 on my blog, I probably don't need it. :)

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    1. Nicki - I wish I was that organized! I do have a number of post scheduled for posting up to a month in advance, but I am always fiddling with them.

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  13. Oh my gosh, I love the humor in that 56. Hope you enjoy your weekend and that you get lots done during the Bloggiesta.

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    1. Alicia - I thought it was funny too. :-) I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  14. I have this impression that I once tried to join Bloggiesta, but the fact that it's very vague must mean that I didn't do it :p

    Events like this always sound good to me and then I forget about it. I guess my blog is really more like a diary for me, so that I know what I've read and what I thought after I read it.

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    1. Eustacia - I think I may have unofficially participated once, but it was so long ago. And like you, my memory of it is very vague. So maybe I'm wrong too. Haha

      I'm good about forgetting about events like this too until they are over.

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  15. WOW, "Gin and Panic" sure looks like a TOTALLY DELIGHTFUL read! From the two passages you've quoted, I can see there's a LOT of humor in the story, and I like that, as it offsets the drama of the mystery. I especially like when Lola says, "All right, Mr. Irrelevant." BIG CHUCKLE!! I'm adding this one to my GR shelves!! Thanks for the heads up!! <3 <3

    GREAT BBH answer, Wendy!! Yes, Bloggiesta is a fun event, and it does give bloggers a chance to improve their blogs, as well as meet other bloggers and discuss ideas. I would love to participate myself, except for the time factor.... Besides, I would have to come up with some really interesting ideas that no one has come up with before. I'll give it some thought.

    I'm an "off-the-cuff" type of blogger myself. I NEVER schedule posts more than a day or two in advance. This is not so bad if I'm working on a post with no "deadline". But, when I'm participating in a blog tour, I HAVE to publish my post on my scheduled date. There have been times in the past when I've been feverishly working on a blog tour post around midnight on the day it was supposed to be published!

    Although I'm not a parent (boo-hoo....), I'm sometimes away from my PC because hubby wants to go out and do something. And, of course, I'm not going to say that I'd rather stay home and work on my blog! Lol. However, there are times when we go out to dinner, and then he drops me off at B&N (a DANGEROUS thing to do, lol), where I can do some blogging. (Yes, I actually take my laptop with me, in one of my Twilight messenger bags, lol.) He waits for me out in the parking lot, watching YouTube videos in the car. Is he sweet, or what?

    I frequently get behind on my "Shelf Candy Saturday" posts, for example. I will have to post the one meant for today, tomorrow, instead.... We'll be going out to Sawgrass Mills in about an hour. That's a HUGE mall in Sunrise (north of Miami). I LOVE going there, because they have a very NICE Books-A-Million bookstore inside the mall!!!!! And it's the only one that I know of, too, in the ENTIRE South Florida area. So OF COURSE I'm all for going!!! LOL. LOL. LOL.

    Whatever the stresses, I ADORE blogging about books, and will NEVER stop!!!

    Thanks for commenting on my BBH post!! Hope you guys are enjoying your Saturday, and that you'll have a WONDERFUL rest of the Labor Day weekend!!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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  16. Maria - I am enjoying Gin and Panic, although I keep wanting to type Gin and Tonic instead. LOL

    Time is a factor for me with Bloggiesta too. I love the idea, but fitting it into the schedule is a challenge.

    I used to be an "off-the-cuff" blogger, but it just doesn't work for me anymore. There is still some content I have to wait to put in until near the last minute--like my weekend posts (which I want to get back to doing this month--if you haven't, you should check out my photos on today's post).

    You definitely don't have to have children to have a life outside of blogging. :-) I love that your husband drops you off at B&N for awhile. I think mine would probably come inside and sit at the little cafe if he wasn't browsing the shelves himself. Haha

    I hope you have a great time at Sawgrass Mills! Sounds wonderful. I wish we had a Books-A-Million here, much less anywhere within a 100 mile radius. I'm not even sure there is one on California

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend too. It's 108F here today and the sky is full of smoke from nearby fires. Trying to stay inside where it's cool and safe to breathe.

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    1. Yeah, we had a VERY nice time at Sawgrass Mills! I bought myself a blouse and a purse, and, OF COURSE, a book! I was inside Books-A-Million for a while, not sure what to pick. Finally, I settled on a book titled "The Path of the Yoga Sutras", by Nicolai Bachman. It's about the philosophy behind yoga, and is based on "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali". Patanjali was a great Indian sage. It looks VERY interesting!

      Oh, wow, you guys had a temperature of 108F?! Yeah, I'm glad you stayed inside, especially since there was also smoke in the air, too! :)

      We're now monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma, hoping and praying it doesn't come our way!

      Happy Labor Day!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    2. P.S. LOL on wanting to type "Gin and Tonic" instead of "Gin and Panic"!! I'm sure this is precisely why the author chose this title, too! :) :) :)

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    3. I am glad you had a good time at the mall, Maria! We had another day indoors today. Hopefully we can get out and about tomorrow. I'm feeling a bit cooped up!

      I hope Hurricane Irma lightens up a lot if it does come your way.

      Take care and stay safe!

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  17. I can't remember if I'd ever participated in Bloggiesta but I know I enjoyed reading some of them over the years. Some of them are real informative and helpful but all in all I enjoyed the fun behind it and that the book bloggers put in their time and efforts for sharing their posts with us all. :)

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    1. Melody - I can always benefit from the tips that come out of Bloggiesta. And I love how excited everyone gets to come together like that.

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  18. Gin and Panic sounds good, happy reading. I haven't done Bloggiesta but it sounds helpful and fun. I might to R.I.P. challenge this year again now that it's time. Enjoy!

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    1. Naida - It's cute so far. :-) If you do RIP, I hope you enjoy it. Like you, I've done it in the past and always had fun.

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  19. I am writing down the Bloggiesta dates RIGHT NOW!

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  20. I try to do Bloggiesta as often as I can. I don't always get as much time those weekends as I'd like but I schedule as much time as possible. Otherwise, it's hard enough to find time to write posts and get blog reading done, let alone do any maintenance or make any changes to your blog. But I've missed the past couple and I don't know if I'm going to get to it again the next time.

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    1. Lisa - It sounds like a really great event! I don't think my family would like to give me up for an entire weekend like that though. I already spend too much time online these days. :-( Thanks for visiting!

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