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Sunday Post #3 | It’s Almost Thanksgiving

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week (in the US)? I can’t, but I’m ready for our different kind of Thanksgiving meal. Normally it’s just my husband, me, and our two daughters and it still will be. The big difference is that we normally go to a very nice restaurant (read “fancy”) in downtown Charlotte because everyone’s tastes are vastly different. To make a meal that covers all tastes is a big spread usually reserved for Christmas when more family is here to share it. We will be having:

  • Turkey
  • Ham (yes, that’s right – two proteins for 4 people)
  • Cornbread Stuffing (made with gluten-free corn bread – did I mention that I have to eat gluten-free? Are you starting to get the picture?)
  • Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
  • Steamed Corn
  • Sautéed Green Beans with onion and bacon
  • Mac and Cheese (made with GF penne pasta)
  • Sweet Potato and Peach Casserole
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • GF Cornbread
  • Pumpkin Pie and Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie both in GF crusts.

I should start looking up creative things to do with leftovers. I will definitely need it!

What are some of your favorite holiday meal dishes?

I didn’t put in a NaNoWriMo section but I am still plugging away. I’m a little behind on my word count but I can catch up easily with editing. I wanted to work through writing a section of my book that has been eluding me, so it’s been a bit slow going.

New WordPress bookblog friends I made recently – you should check them out!

Cait Z’s Blog – Books and More

A Bookworm in the Library

A Bookworm’s Paradise

Love Books Group

Dovey Reads – Book Dragon & Animal Lover

This week, I picked up the following books:

Amari Peters knows three things.

Her big brother Quinton has gone missing.
No one will talk about it.
His mysterious job holds the secret . . .

So when Amari gets an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain this is her chance to find Quinton. But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau, where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real, and her roommate is a weredragon.

Amari must compete against kids who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives, and when each trainee is awarded a special supernatural talent, Amari is given an illegal talent – one that the Bureau views as dangerous.

With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is the enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton . . .

This book is on NetGalley. I will be reading it for a blog tour by The Write Reads.


The compelling new mystery featuring Bridges and George has them taking on a haunting new case that will leave them doubting their judgement, and even their own eyes and ears …

This book is on NetGalley. I received a widget from the publisher because I enjoyed the first two books so much Black River and White Horse.


Dead wizards, stolen enchantments, and broken promises force a young spellbreaker out of the shadows in the next thrilling installment of the Spellbreaker series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

England, 1895. An unsolved series of magician murders and opus thefts isn’t a puzzle to Elsie Camden. But to reveal a master spellcaster as the culprit means incriminating herself as an unregistered spellbreaker. When Elsie refuses to join forces with the charming assassin, her secret is exposed, she’s thrown in jail, and the murderer disappears. But Elsie’s hope hasn’t vanished.

Through a twist of luck, the elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey helps Elsie join the lawful, but with a caveat: they must marry to prove their cover story. Forced beneath a magical tutor while her bond with Bacchus grows, Elsie seeks to thwart the plans of England’s most devious criminal—if she can find them.

With hundreds of stolen spells at their disposal, the villain has a plan—and it involves seducing Elsie to the dark side. But even now that her secret is out, Elsie must be careful how she uses the new abilities she’s discovering, or she may play right into the criminal’s hands.

This was/is Read Now on NetGalley, and I already have book 1 (it was a First Reads selection months ago) but haven’t read it. So, I will read book 1 and 2 soon!


Killing Eve meets Jason Bourne in this nerve-shredding new thriller series simmering with obsession and espionage…

Serial killer Neva has been conditioned not to ask questions of the mysterious Network, to remain perfectly incurious and perennially cold-blooded. She must simply execute the targets they text her and live to bury the tale.

But then she’s tasked with terminating a fellow assassin and glimpses her own future in her colleague’s fate. When she leaves flowers on the gravesite, someone notices.

Agent Michael Kensington knows he’ll have his work cut out for him when he’s recruited by MI5 onto operation Archive to piece together patterns in cold cases.

Nothing could ever have prepared him for Neva…

An assassin obsessed with hell, a fugitive tortured by the secrets of her past, a woman destined to unthread him.

The House of Killers introduces a trail-blazing new voice in spy fiction. An absolute must-read for all fans of spooks past and present, from Bond to Bourne, Smiley to Polastri.

This book is on NetGalley – provided a widget by the publisher.


She might not have much in this world, but it cost nothing to be kind…

Meet Miranda Brown: you can call her Mim. She’s jobless, homeless and living in her car… but with a history like hers she knows she has a huge amount to be grateful for.

Meet Beatrice and William Howard: Bill and Bea to you. The heads of the Howard family and owners of Venhallow Hall, a sprawling seaside Devonshire estate… stranded in a layby five hours from home the night before their niece’s wedding.

When fate brings the trio together, Mim doesn’t think twice before offering to drive the affable older couple home. It’s not like she has anywhere else to be. But as the car pulls into the picturesque village of Littlemead, Mim has no idea how her life is about to change…

An uplifting story of found family and true love perfect for fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry.

This book is on NetGalley – provided a widget by the publisher and I’m a sucker for a moving family tale.

In case you missed any of my posts last week, you can find them here:

Next week, you can look forward to the following:

  • Tuesday: Book Review | It’s Raining Men by Rich Amooi (romcom) ✨ There is a $25 Amazon.com giveaway chance included with this post!
  • Wednesday: WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday: Book Review | The Twins by J.S. Lark (psychological thriller)
  • Friday: Book Blogger Hop: Do You Use an E-Reader?

Let’s talk about the Supernatural finale. Did you see it? I definitely have mixed feelings about it. I actually wished the show the previous week had been the finale. I could have lived with that open ending letting me imagine what the rest of their lives were like. If you saw it, you know the makers provided a very definite and specific ending. It was not how I would want it to go though. And there is so much to unpack from it, it could have been a series in itself to develop all that happened and why. I did love the retrospective show that came on before it. It was so cool to be reminded of many of the shows that took place in the 15 years (!) the show has been on. If you saw it, what did you think?

That’s all for this week. Hope you all have a good one!

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Tessa

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24 replies

  1. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over on this side of the world but I do love turkey 🤤 I can’t believe we’re already getting to the end of November! Time is flying… I’m looking forward to reading Amari very soon and I’m glad you pointed out Spellmaker being read now! I still have to read Spellbreaker too but I’m looking forward to it 😍 Have a great week ahead!

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    1. I am halfway through Amari and it is really cute and very cool! I can’t wait to read Spellbreaker and Spellmaker. I’ve heard good things about them ❤️. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. It’s definitely a wide variety. I love Joss Sterling books. I think you should read or listen to the Amazon preview of White Horse (audible or Kindle) to get a feel for if you’d like it. That will give you a good sense of the story. ❤️

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  2. It sounds like you’ll still have a wonderful gathering, Tessa. Despite all the troubles this year, there are still things to be grateful for. We are hibernating for Thanksgiving. With the vaccine so near, we decided to play it safe. We cancelled Thanksgiving with our kids, and have talked with them about skipping Christmas as well (and just dropping off gifts). We also discussed having a GIANT Celebration in June with Christmas lights, a turkey, presents, lots of thankfulness, and togetherness. And maybe even a Christmas tree! 😀 Hang in there and all will be well. Take care.

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  3. Wow that is a lot of food! I really hope you and your family will have a lovely, albeit quieter, Thanksgiving celebration at home. 🙏 As we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK we have over a week before I’ll be getting into full holiday mode and it will be acceptable for me to start eating mince pies! 😅 Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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  4. Tessa, this year is just my husband and I…two proteins for two people (turkey and ham). FYI, the ham freezes nicely and Hubby makes a mean turkey salad that is perfect on crackers. We’re still cooking like there’s six people here but will never tire of our leftovers😏 Your menu looks terrific!

    Loving your book haul mix!

    Enjoy your holiday💜

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    1. So, we’re not alone in that ham and turkey thing! I’ve never tried freezing the ham but that is a good option. I was thinking turkey salad for sure! Have a wonderful week 💕

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  5. Ooooooo that sounds amazing! I hope you’ll enjoy your meal (and new books too)! We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in our household, but since we’re in the US we always make it a point to at least have some turkey and somewhat different meal than usual. Hope you have a great week!

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  6. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! It’s certainly going to be different this year, that’s for sure! And cornbread stuffing- wow, that sounds good. Don’t think I’ve ever had that. Anyway, hope your holiday is a good one!

    Your books look great!

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  7. We don’t have Thanksgiving on our side of the ocean, Christmas Day is our big, over the top, all the trimmings and lots of leftovers meal. I hope you have a wonderful and save time and get to enjoy reading some of those fabulous sounding books

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    1. Oh, Thanksgiving is just the start of a month long food fest in the US. Christmas is also a huge spread and in between we have cookie swaps and holiday meals with co-workers, friends, and church families – all separate meals. So much food! Have a wonderful week ❤️

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  8. What time should I be over for dinner? I’ve tried to shield myself from the Supernatural finale. Why I haven’t watched it all these years I can’t tell you, because I just adore those boys. I’m making my way through the series – in the middle of season three right now. Happy Thanksgiving, Tessa!

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    1. I’m so glad I kept it spoiler free. I did not start watching it til many seasons in when I did a binge watch one summer. Since, then I kept up with it as new shows come out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Eats lots of good food 😋

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