Hello Participants!

In February, the start of our year in my reading group quartet, I was elated that returning participants and new folks joined me!  A couple found this blog independently, a wonderful way to have new additions.  Many friends came from Goodreads.  A great portion of participation is self-serve.  There are review pages for My Kind Of Mystery, Ethereal, Celtic Coasts, and Gentle Spectrums.

If you review, you add your links to the buttons there alphabetically, in the title / author / participant format shown.  If you are unsure where to click:  experiment and see what buttons do.  Ask for clarification if looking around leaves any questions.  Answers make sense about something we have seen and explored.

If you read and review so many books, you don’t feel like adding links:  comment that there are titles to see at your blog post or Goodreads shelf, made for the themes you are in.  If you don’t review, comment once in a while to say you have accumulated several titles, or type that list of titles in the review page comment boxes.  You see the point:  come back to chat or report progress.

Just for joining:  there is a year-end prize draw, which is a second-hand book that you will choose from a list I give the winner.  In the event that the books aren’t of interest, I have a few other goodies to choose from.  The only action needed from you is to e-mail me (RIEDELFascination(at)Gmail(dot)com) to say you are interested in being in the draw.  Please do by December 1, to beat Canada Post’s new year price increase.

A bonus:  every member, even if you did not join “My Kind Of Mystery”, can earn an extra name in the draw if you guess the book title and author of each year’s logo!  As participation grows, I will return to adding a prize for each theme and make-up a clue for each of them.  For now, I make it fair that every participant gets a crack at this.  I start off the year seeing if somebody simply knows it.  All you do is e-mail me and guesses are endless.

After a while or after someone asks, I start giving clues and it is time that I do.  The deadline for solving this book title and author is December 1 as well, naturally.  I can hone in on another clue if you ask for me but I think the following will give the investigative-minded a lot to go on.  :-)  WordPress has made it hard to update my review menus here but you know where to look me up at Goodreads….

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This novel is by an American authoress of gothic mysteries, largely in the 1970s and 1980s.  She died in 1997.
They are set internationally in unique places:  sometimes modernly, sometimes as historic fiction.
I have read two.  Last year’s was published in my birth year and this year’s was published the year after.
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Our linky buttons stay open with plenty of time for you to play catch-up and are perpetually available for you to browse.  My contributions to the four themes are here, if you’d like to see them.  :)  How are your reading and book-shopping triumphs going for you?

I like to write articles of interest, conversations, and activities for my participants and you, who thrill me by being blog subscribers.  I watch for e-mails, comments, and activity to help me gauge interest.  I will post one or two shortly, after this overdue check-in with you.  I can explain the reasons it is has taken so long.

One is bizarre.  After a storm blew out our internet telephone modem in June, I replaced it and WordPress rarely loaded.  It becomes accessible for about 3 days in a week, sometimes only after 2 weeks;  then refuses to load again!  Thus finding me by e-mail is best.  I can still watch you add reviews to the linky buttons because that is not a WordPress website.  It is all of WordPress.com that goes off limits;  not only my blog.  I edit and type to you when I can!

More serious:  my Mom lost energy and required a hospital stay.  She was home for a month and the problem returned.  I think diabetes led to infections and out of kilter symptoms.  The effects on her body turned into pneumonia and one very scary night in June, she needed intensive care.  My brothers worried about losing her.  I was certain Mom was meant to survive and our prayers are answered:  she did!  Recovering all parts of her health was hard work on a heart that had surgery a few years ago.  That hospital stay went two and a half months.  An unrelated issue called Shogrin’s disease, caused the need for phisiotherapy to regain Mom’s muscular stability to walk.  Overcoming all of it, Mom has been home for over a month now.  She looks better and stronger each time I see her.

I reassure my participants who haven’t gotten to know me yet, that I value you.  I wanted to tell you why I haven’t posted much and that I am an engaged and interested hostess.  I am glad I have done that.  Please introduce yourselves!  I’ll see comments whenever this website loads.  Just ensure you e-mail questions anything time-sensitive.  Ideally, I would check in with each group individually but getting in touch with all of my participants and subscribers generally is important.

It was meaningful to us, that my Dad was able to bring my Mom to visit our country home early this month.  My cats are my children and she delights in their birthdays.  It was very triumphant to visit her in the city last week, to pamper Mom’s seventy-fifth birthday!  Things are looking-up, I am happy to tell you.  Yours truly, Carolyn.

About RIEDEL Fascination

I cherish animals, plants, reading, music and free spirituality. I welcome you for articles, literary activities, and interaction! Surrounding ourselves with good people is a delight. I occasionally review at The Book Depository.
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