Thursday, September 8, 2016

Last Day of Voting....and a GIVEAWAY!

Remember a while back I told you my little blog was nominated for an Amara Award? 

I still can't believe it, yet it's true!

I've pinched  myself and thought it may be a dream but apparently it's the real deal!

Well, voting closes on September 9th, so if you haven't voted yet but you would like to vote for me....time is nearly up, so please take a moment and pop over and do so!

Here's the link if you would like to vote for MountainMama: 

And if you do....I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Meanwhile, in other news.....I have a renewed zest for reading these days as I have found not one but TWO books in a row that I have been unable to put down!

You know the stay up as late as you can possibly manage to keep your eyes open, just to read one more paragraph, one more page, one more chapter. And in the morning you open up to where you left off to read just a little bit more with your morning coffee. 

Because what a great way to start the day!

Before you know it, an hour has flown by, maybe two!

Well, the book that started me off on this rekindled passion for reading was the one I just only two days!

I can't remember the last time I got through a book in two days - it's been years, honestly. 

The New Neighbor
Amazon gives the following description of this book:

How much can you really know about the woman next door?

Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley is content hiding from the world. Stoic and independent, she rarely leaves the Tennessee mountaintop where she lives, finding comfort in the mystery novels that keep her company—until she spots a woman who’s moved into the long-empty house across the pond.

Her neighbor, Jennifer Young, is also looking to hide. On the run from her old life, she and her four-year-old son, Milo, have moved to a quiet town where no one from her past can find her.

In Jennifer, Margaret sees both a potential companion for her loneliness and a mystery to be solved. She thinks if she says the right thing, tells the right story, Jennifer will open up, but Jennifer refuses to talk about herself, her son, his missing father, or her past. Frustrated, Margaret crosses more and more boundaries in pursuit of the truth, threatening to unravel the new life Jennifer has so painstakingly created—and reveal some secrets of her own…

I'm telling you, I was hooked from the very first page!

As soon as I finished that amazing book, I launched right into another that's been sitting in my kindle waiting for me:

The Girl On The Train
This book has been on my radar for a while, I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading it. 

Amazon describes it as follows:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I'm about 75% done with this book and it's all I can do to put it down in the mornings to get ready for work!

Because I am so incredibly excited about these two books I have decided that one lucky reader is going to get a copy of not one but BOTH of these books! the Amara voting....the giveaway for these books also ends September 9th. 

Enter now! A winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Saturday morning!

Good luck and happy reading...and voting! :) a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. You make the books sound so interesting! Entering now! :) And, good luck on your contest!!

  2. Sorry...I didn't see that I was supposed to talk about a book I couldn't put down...I think the one that did this for me the most was Stepping Heavenward. It challenges me greatly in my Christian walk each time I read it. I'm slipping over to vote for your blog now! Wishing you the best!!

  3. Well these sound very, very interesting...and I am generally a non-fiction girl! Hmm...I think that one of my favorites is Into Thin Air...the story about the Mount Everest tragedy. Page turner and true. Otherwise, I like historical fiction (which is partly true!) and my fav is The Other Boleyn Girl. Hey congrats again on The Amara nomination. I am pulling for you!! :)

  4. I j ust voted fore you and hope you win! I enjoy reading your blog. Nancy

  5. I j ust voted fore you and hope you win! I enjoy reading your blog. Nancy

  6. I loved the girl on the train! And its a movie now too! let me know what you think of the book!

  7. Just voted for you. Hope you win!! I loved the girl on the train. Now I must go load the new neighbor on my kindle!

  8. I love every single thing Greg Iles writes. He's got some very well developed characters that follow from book to book, some through generations. His latest Mississippi series, the Natchez Burning series, is incredibly good.

  9. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and voted when the contest first opened. Both of these books sound riveting.

  10. These books sound so good. I love reading your blog it is such a wonderful place to come to.

  11. That first book really caught my attention. And I've been meaning to read the other one. My daughter gave it to me, but I like to read on my backlit Kindle at night, as it is still too hot to read by lamplight.

  12. My bookclub read The Girl on A Train and we loved it! It generated a lot of great discussion! I'll have to check out the first one. This summer I have been reading Anne Rivers Siddons' books and find them engrossing. Outer Banks and Burnt Mountain were two of my faves of hers. Good luck! I voted!

  13. Good luck in the voting! Fun giveaway! I loved the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon...

  14. Congrats and I will run right over and vote. Great giveaway too.

  15. I haven't heard of the first book, but my hubby read Girl on the Train. He loved that one. Thanks so much for the chance to win these books! I'm a big bookworm, but honestly, I haven't found anything that compelling this year YET at all.

  16. Just found your blog - and I love it!

  17. Commenting again because I didn't answer the question, there have been a number of books that I found hard to put down, these authors particularly - Sarah Addison Allen, Kate Morton, Diane Mott Davidson and Katherine Neville. I'd love to win the books in your post! Thanks for the chance.

  18. I LOVE books I can't put down. Hard to narrow it down to just one or two but will say ALL the books by Louise Penny fit that catagory in my book!

  19. I just voted for you and shared the link on Twitter too! Good luck!

  20. I have been needing some recommendations for some good books. Thank you !!

  21. I bought The Best of Stillmeadow: A Treasury of Country Living
    Author: Taber, Gladys because of a previous post you made on how much you loved that book. I loved it too and have passed it on to my Mother (who loves it too!)
    I will be getting The New Neighbor for my Mother who I can't keep in books ;-) (and who lives in Tennessee!!

  22. I just tired to go and vote and it is closed now. Darn it! I haven't been around blogland much or would have voted for you.

    I love reading and want to read both those books!! Just need to find the time to do just that.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

  23. I'm so sorry I missed the voting deadline - I surely would have voted for you. Both books sound wonderful - I'd love to read them someday when I've got time. You are my idol - you've figured out how to blog, work, and find time to read! I need to know your secret! Best of luck with the award!

  24. I just saw a trailer to the movie for the second book last night. It sounds very interesting, but the one that really caught my eye is the first one. Too bad the contest is closed! lol

    Good luck with the voting Deb! I missed it, but I wouldn't be surprised if you win. How exciting!!

  25. So very proud of you mom- you inspire me as a mom AND a blogger!!! Hope to get nominated for these awards someday. Love you. So hope you get this. XOXOXO


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