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Deet’s Bucket list for 2018




Yes, that’s me about 18 months ago. Before my year of a health crisis. But I got through it and now it’s time to get to my bucket list. There is nothing like a close call to wake one up to the fact that our time on earth is not infinite. I’m going to travel with my husband. We are going to Europe, then to England and Scotland. Along the way I hope to see old and new friends. I have a ” live in the moment ” attitude since my wake up call. I encourage all my friends and followers to enjoy each day and live it to the fullest.



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Happy New Year


For all my friends, followers and dear family…Happy New Year!!

May our year be filled with good health and an abundance of happiness.


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Turkey Day


May you all have a Thanksgiving filled with love and good food.


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Deetda has been AWOL


Hi friends and followers, My posts have been missing for a long time.  I’ve survived a serious illness and I hope that I’m on the way to full recovery.  I have been reading so I have lots of reviews to post.  Thanks for hanging in  there and waiting for me to come back. I am typing with only one hand, hunt and peck method but I’m doing pretty good in spite of the handicap.  Oh, the Santa’s helper at the top; well Christmas is coming very soon and I had to grab your attention.


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I Got tagged

Tag I'm it

My friend and fellow blogger Carol Cork from across the pond, tagged me to answer these questions.  You can get fabulous HR recommendations from Carol’s blog

RULES: You must be honest. You must answer all the questions. You must tag at least 4 people.

  1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Where Passion Leads by Lisa Kleypas (1987) I have never read this book, don’t ask me why, I don’t know. It resides on my keeper shelf with all of Lisa’s books.

Where Passion Leads

  1. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current: The Thing About Love by Julie James.

Last: My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Next: I Dared The Duke by Anna Bennett

  1. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hate is such a strong word.  But one that I thought totally silly and read like a contemporary novel but it was set in the Regency was… Say Yes To The Marquess by Tessa Dare ..most people thought this book was great.

Say Yes To the Marquess

  1. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

This is a tough one because my intentions are to read them all but I do have at least 4 or 5 Georgette Heyer books sitting on my Kindle and I have no idea when I will ever read them.

  1. What book are you saving for retirement?

This is retirement for me.  No more saving, now it’s do or die.

  1. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I always read until the end.  Every book is a journey to be savored.

  1. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I read them and many are very interesting.

  1. Which book character would you switch places with?

I don’t want to switch places, I’d rather be a voyeur into the past while I still have running water, showers, flush toilets, refrigerators, memory foam and supermarkets. BUT a clandestine affair with Jack Devlin from Kleypas’ Suddenly You would be a lovely diversion.

Suddenly You

  1. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I recall back in the 80’s my sister taking me to a used book store in Oregon and she insisted I get a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel (I can’t recall which one, maybe The wolf and The Dove) but that was the first time I read a romance novel.

The Wolf and the Dove

  1. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England by Margaret C. Sullivan

I added this book to my Amazon wishlist and while hoping that a family member would see it there and gift it to me, I inadvertently put it in my checkout cart while purchasing something else.  Best mistake I ever made!! This is a terrific book and probably no family member would have thought to get it for me.

The Jane Austen Handbook

  1. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

No, but I do donate some to our community library.

  1. Which book has been with you most places?

My Kindle goes everywhere I go.  All books are special.

  1. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I can’t think of any, I had teachers that had us reading very interesting books, Dickens, Thackeray, Poe, Twain, Lewis, etc.

  1. Used or brand new?

I’ve bought both used and new books.

  1. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, most of them. I enjoyed the movies, too.

  1. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?


  1. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Diane Mott Davidson’s mystery books with Goldy the caterer have some yummy recipes.  My favorite cookbook is Ten Dollar Dinners by Melissa d’Arabian, so-o-o good.


  1. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My fellow bloggers are pretty good at setting me on to good reads.

  1. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Harlen Coben’s  mystery books, I love them although I don’t consider any books outside my comfort zone except perhaps those that are too bloody or gory.

Tag Four People:  Okay here it gets too difficult.  Those I would tag are probably already tagged. But I would welcome any of my followers to play along and send me your answers.



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Merry Christmas At Deet’s

Here is a peek at my house today.  Soon Paul and I will open our gifts and then I will start getting dinner ready.  This year Roast Beef is on the menu.  Friends will join us for dinner.  I set the table last night so I wouldn’t have to fuss this morning.  We ate breakfast on the little table on our lanai. I hope your Christmas is very Merry!


The greenery is from the Holly tree in our front yard. A bit different than the traditional holly bush.




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You better watch out-Sexy Santas & Elves are invading my blog

I’ve been a very good girl this year.  At least up until today.  Maybe I just have too much Christmas Spirit.

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Deet’s Glorious Adventure (the Finale)

No events were planned until 1pm so I got to sleep-in. Yeah, right. I was on east coast time the entire week so on this final day I awoke at 5am just like the other days. I was being really lazy in the morning, uploading photos to my computer, reading a bit on my Kindle. At 1pm I made my way to the Grand Pennington Ballroom where the Book Fair and signing was held. Here we have the two Sabrinas, York and Jeffries. At the last table is Karen Hawkens and Lorraine Heath. The bottom photo is fuzzy but I wanted you to see the entire signing room.


There was about 3hours between the book signing and the Grand Ball.  I was invited to go to dinner with the fab Victoria Vane and Julie Johnstone and Collette Cameron.

We were so caught up in conversation and laughter that time got away from us and we hurried back to the hotel to get ready for the Grand Ball. The food was Hor D’Oeuvres and Dessert.

But the gowns were the big attraction as well as the beautiful women wearing them. Yes there were a few men attending and dancing. It was a fairytale setting. first u[ our hostess Delilah Marvelle, then our other hostess Renee Bernard, next a view of the back of the gowns. Next (can I ever take a decent photo? Guess not, but wanted to show you.) Victoria Vane and the ladies wearing the gowns she sewed for them. Victoria also made her gown. Then comes Erin Knightly just beautiful! Next we have Elizabeth Essex, Tessa Dare and Victoria Vane (this one taken at an earlier event). Next is terrific blogger Ki Pha. Last and certainly not least Lovely Wendy Loverage,book reviewer, all the way from England.


The next morning there was a continental breakfast gathering before we all bid our farewells.  Oh, and here is the Dowager Duchess of La Deetda Reads:



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Deet’s Glorious Adventure (Part 2)

The second day of the Historical Romance Retreat in Spokane, Washington was a morning to late night affair. (For some photos of day one scroll down the blog to Monday’s post.) Day two started with Author Chats/Presentations I sat in on a panel consisting of Julia London, Katherine Bone, Valerie Bowman, Tessa Dare, Rose Lerner, Darcy Burke, Wendy LaCapra, Karen Hawkins and Jenn LeBlanc. I also played a game of Regency Charades with Karen Hawkins and Victoria Alexander. But the high light of the afternoon was  the High Tea held in the Marie Antoinette Ballroom. As you can see below the tea tables were exquisite and I can relate, delicious. The little favor boxes contained a gift from Delilah Marvelle which I’ll show you later. In the photo of me I’m wearing my take on a 1930’s outfit.

After the Tea there was free time until the 8 pm Historical Gaming Night where we played various gambling games from history.  Carol and I played Bone-Off (yes, I know that name would conjure lascivious thoughts but it was quite tame) and I did win eight or ten raffle prize entries.  Alas, I didn’t win a prize.


The evening wound down (or revved up depending on your take) with the Absinthe and Abigail  Party, where we imbibed the drink and then along with the green fairies found our rooms for the night. Here is a photo of the gifts from Delilah Marvelle, a beautiful brooch that was in that cute favor box at Tea, and from Renee Bernard a lovely mirror compact in the shape of a rose.  The charm bracelet was in my registration goodie bag. Stay with me for the Grand Ball will blow you away in a future post.



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Deet’s Life-Deet’s Glorious Adventure


I’m off to Spokane, Washington for the first ever Historical Romance Retreat, a four day event filled with readers and authors who love the genre. I’m sure I will have some photos to upload when I get home.  Here is a glimpse of the venue, The Historic Davenport Hotel.


This is the gorgeous Lobby:


I will be welcomed to the event and also do some gambling on Gaming Night here:


In this room I will be entertained at High Tea:


The room where the Grand Ball and Book Fair  will be held:



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