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Jan's Newsletter   *   February 2020   *   Edition No. 127
Hello from Lori
I'm hitting the road to California to visit family and friends!  If you need something ordered, you can always email me. I'll have access to almost all my systems while away. For some real fun, Sister will be running the store the 8th and the 9th. Make sure to come down and harass her! 
I survived the holiday craze and am now into the winter slog.  I don't like it. I'd like to be busier, so get down here!!!  Just not next week, ha! 
While I'm looking forward to my vacation, I'm anticpating having a difficult time NOT being at the store. We'll see.  Lots of pictures will be shared on social media, if you have that and want to follow along! 
The party for Debbie was SO much fun. I love how everyone supports the store.  I know I'm new to the group, but it really does feel like I've been adopted into a family. 
Most of the month I was dogsitting a puppy that needed lots of time, so it took me two weeks to finish 1 book. That was insane and I almost didn't survive! I have, however, started reviewing books again for the site Some Like It Read. I'll be putting up reviews of books I am currently reading, but also some I've read previously. For the current books, I'll make sure to include the link for that review in my "read" list each month. 
I've started a page on the website for the businesses downtown.  It doesn't have all the links yet, but I'm working on it.  For now, you can click here to visit the page, or go to and click on the "Downtown Love" tab. 
I decided that there was no way I could let Leap Year go by without a party, so I'm bringing in 8 authors from all different genres for you guys.  Come down and join us for a really fun day on Feb 29th! 
I had no re-reads this month, which is VERY rare. But I also didn't have that many books read, so it evens out. 

New Reads: 
Wild, Wild Rake by Janna MacGregor - I received an advanced copy from the publisher, had never read the author and figured I'd give her a try. It was an easy to read historical romance and I enjoyed it overall.  Click Here for the full review (goes live Feb. 1st)
Stone and Fire, Stone and Blood & Stone and Ash by Marie Robinson - Yes, this is 3 books not 1.  Marie is a local author and brought me a stack of her books to try. Since they are reverse harem, which is one of the genres I happen to like, I decided to give it a shot.  3 books later I guess I can say I like it, ha!  High fantasy world with dragons and magic, but still I'm enjoying it. 
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia - I had this recommended to me as a non-fantasy YA book. I enjoyed it. It wasn't as big of an emotional punch as I expected, which is probably good.  I will be picking up another book by the author. 

Happy Reading! I look forward to seeing the adventures with you all when I get back. 
Debbie's Corner
Happy February! It has been another exciting month in retirement. When does the fun begin? So you know my house was suppose to close in December, that didn’t happen. Then we were supposed to close mid January and that didn’t happen either. We put the house back on the market and had an offer the next day. Now we are suppose to close March 12. 🤞

The trailer has been my other adventure, so far we have been without a refrigerator, heat, exhaust fan and a non working fireplace which could have provided heat when we had none. The cargo door leaked so did the vent over the bed (no place to put a bucket there) and the bedroom window leaked. We are running out of things to go wrong, knock on wood.

We have done our own damage as well as we learn to handle this monster. I ran over a curb and bent the stabilizing jack and John cut a corner and dragged the steps through a ditch. We now use a ladder to get in and out. Hopefully the new steps will get here this week and they are much better than those flimsy things that hang down under the trailer.

My Bon Voyage party last week was amazing. Thank you everyone who showed up or emailed me. I confess, I brought my book because I thought I would have time to read between people. I am honored and humbled. Thank you thank you!

Now for what I have read. I don’t know! Yep I have misplaced the note book again. The one that I lost then found is now lost again. So here is what I remember.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. I feel guilty saying I liked this book. I have been to the Holocaust museum in Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam and I am thrilled that Oregon has added it to the curriculum. This is an event in our history that should never be forgotten or altered.

Second Sight by Sharon Sala. This is book two in the Jigsaw Files series. I love these characters so much.

The Last Time I Was Me by Cathy Lamb. Cathy’s books are always a good read and as a bonus she is a local author.

No Good Deed by Allison Brennan. I have gotten so far behind on Allison’s books. This is a Lucy Kincaid who I love. This was no exception.

I am currently reading Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris I was not planning to read this so close to the Tattooist but I was at the bookstore and it came in. I also did not know it is holocaust Remembrance Day or month, thank you Facebook. This is not an easy read but I recommend it, and I haven’t even finished it.

You will be happy to hear that John found my notebook while I was writing this. It was in the laundry basket.... That is the downside of moving your house all the time. Loose items need to be stowed.

Have a great month!
The Book Vault
Since it will be a short month with access to The Book Vault, I'm going to recycle a theme and go with books I love =) in honor of my favorite holiday, Valentine's Day! 
Every Thursday
8:30am - 9:30am
Even when I'm closed!
Beyond Borders
February 11th
No, I'm not doing anything, just wishing you a 
Random Trivial Pursuit card pulled and a dice roll to decide which question! No telling what might happen! 
30 minutes of guided mindfulness to help start your week off right! 
You can do any craft project!  I just like the way Knit Night sounds! 
8 amazing local authors all in one place! Join us for a heck of a party! 
Marie Robinson
EJ Russell
Michael Strelow
Laurel Hughes
Lars Hedbor
Lono Waiwaiole
Kerry Blaisdell
Minnette Meador
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