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1/1/09

About Me!

I love to read and collect books.  My favorite things right now are Chick Lit, Memoirs, Paranormal and Young Adult, but I am pretty much open to trying anything.
 
I am married with a son who just graduated from USC.  My dachshund is pretty much my world though. UPDATE:  My husband is now working with my son!  My son started there first though.....

My other love is gardening and the yard is getting back into shape!  Trying to have and English Cottage garden in the desert just didn't work, so I am slowly replacing a lot of it with more Mediterranean types that fit into the style.

You can contact me at bookhounds@live.com

58 comments:

  1. I love the polka-dots and the graphics used on your blog. Nice design!

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  2. Love your blog! The layout is beautiful. I just started following you from Book Blog. If you wanna check out my blog here's the link
    http://luv-books.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

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  3. Hi Mary, thanks so much for inviting me to your parlor! It's kinda strange not knowing where I am in Book Blog so it's nice to be invited somewhere :)

    Your blog is just so bright and cheerful and your dog pictures are gorgeous. And all those competitions...wow!

    Would love for you to visit my blog/s and for any suggestions you may have.

    Thanks again for reaching out!

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  4. Hello Mary,

    Miss talking to you on FR. Hope all is well. Vicky vtabor

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  5. Thanks for saying hi to me on Book Blogs, especially as I'm such a newbie on there.
    Love, love, love what you have done with this blog, and I'm definitely going to try for a giveaway!
    - Ilona

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  6. I just joined your blog and so far I find it very interesting. If you decide to consider the mystery genre, check out my website:
    www.mj-macie-mysterybooks.com. Have I wonderful day! i look forward to reading your posts.

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  7. Nice to meet you Mary. We have the love of books and Paranormal fiction in common, as well as the love of gardening. I'm having touble keeping up a commitment to check out the many unique nd interesting blogs I've signed up for as a follower, but I'll be back. Keep up the good work.

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  8. Hello and thanks for the follow. Am following you back. If you all love books and the paranormal, you'll possibly like my sites
    Authors On Show -new authors and books http://authorsonshow.com
    and my spiritual blog, Lorraine-A Medium's Musings
    http://askamedium.wordpress.com/
    Looking forward to getting to know some of you and maybe promoting you on our site. Lorraine x

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  9. Very pretty graphics. Just leaving a comment for James Patterson giveaway. I visited his site and learned he holds the world record for most hardcover bestsellers by a single author(56).

    monagargATyahooDOTcom

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  10. Hi Mary, I'm thrilled that you've chosen to follow my blog. Since you're interested in memoirs, I hope you'll get a chance sometime in the future to read mine (posted on the blog itself). Well, at least, to give it the 50-page test! (I think you're far too generous here: these days I only give books about two pages...)

    Heddi.

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  11. Hello, I love your blog and just started to follow. I am a newbie book blogger myself (just now signed up to become a member). I started my Book Review blog about 3 months ago. It is always a work in progress. Hope you will check it out and follow! Here are my pages...

    http://lauriethoughts-reviews.blogspot.com/

    http://lauries-interviews.blogspot.com/

    http://lauriesnews.blogspot.com/

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  12. Happy New Year.
    I'm enjoying your blog and the many nice people who comment on it.
    Mike Draper

    Stop over at my blog and say hi.
    http://mikedraperinguilford.blogspot.com

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  13. Hello!

    I and am your newest follower - Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back if you like it.

    Check out my "retail therapy" giveaways and enter a few, there are some great products to win.

    I also have a fantastic weekly blog hop.

    http://retailtherapylounge.blogspot.com

    Carol

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  14. Nice blog. I think we have very different tastes in books :-) I'll be back to read more when I get some time... anytime after Dec. 21, 2012.

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  15. I like your blog. I found you on book blog and am a new follower now.
    You can check out my blog www.sneakinginsomereading.blogspot.com if you'd like. Thanks.

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  16. Love this blog! Thanks for all the great reviews.

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  17. Newest follower here via Book Blog. I am a new contemporary romance author and I am VERY NEW to blogging. I also review what I read. Hope you stop by and check it out.
    http://writerekelly.blogspot.com/

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  18. Hi! I followed your link from the book bloggers website. Great site! You say you live in the desert? Whereabouts? We have a house in the Phoenix area for the summers. Just curious!
    If you're interested, I would love for you to check out my comedy blog: www.alexaopalhamilton.com
    Thanks, Alexa Hamilton

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  19. Oop, it's Alexa. I meant to leave you my email address, so you could write me back. It's alexaohamilton at hotmail dot com. (Trying to avoid spam) :)

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  20. I like to garden, too--thanks for the welcome to Book Blogs. I've got to get in there and look around some and figure it all out!

    We are moving to a more desert-like environment in June so I'll be facing the same challenge as you.

    What kinds of things are you planting? Do you also grow vegetables?

    best,
    Kelly McMichael

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  21. Kelly
    I have a rabbit problem and I am trying lettuce again, but they seem to eat it all. I have to grow anything edible in a container. Right now I am just transplanting the stuff that does well. Lungwort is one of my favorites since the leaves are so pretty.

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  22. Hi,
    Just started following your blog and send subscribed to it as well mainly because I love your content. I'm very delighted by your 50 page rule! and I am going to follow just that :) Like you I love reading books and collecting them irrespective of the genre although I would like to say that my preference lies more on the Gothic fiction/paranormal romances side ;) I look forward to your visit at Yoshay's blog sometimes :)

    Cheers!

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  23. Hi Mary! Thanks for introducing yourself on Books Blogs. We're new and excited to join in on the fun. Love your blog! Given your interests, you might want to check out our book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TAWSYI
    and our blog at www.fictionlimbo.blogspot.com

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  24. Thanks for the welcome at Book Blogs Mary. I wanted to stop by and see how the pro's do a blog (smile).

    Looking forward to learning. =)

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  25. I really love your blog. It is very attactive and there is so much information that I could spend hours here!(And I'm sure I will). Following you now.

    Tahnk you for thewarm welcome on book blogs.

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  26. Thank you Mary for allowing me to participate in BookHounds. I am not sure how it all works yet. But I am sure I will find my way around it. This is my Blog Link: http://www.niamhclune.co.uk/voice/

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  27. Hi Mary, that was so kind of you to post a welcome to me on Book Blog - and thanks for your suggestion too. It's very hard to know where to start when you are on a new resource so your helpful hint was much appreciated.

    Have a great summers
    Emma Calin
    http://emmacalin.blogspot.com

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  28. Hi Mary - sorry I think I made an error on my first try at leaving you a comment.

    Thanks so much for your welcome message on Book Blog. It's daunting when you are trying out a new resource so a friendly face is always reassuring.

    I love your blog - the colour schemes and the way its got lots of info without being cluttered. Really good.

    Have a great summer

    Emma Calin
    http://emmacalin.blogspot.com
    "Real Life According to Emma" - the title of my blog about my life as an expat British writer relocated in rural France.

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  29. Hi, Mary -

    Not sure if this is where I leave a comment for the Giveaway, but I will try! "Confessions of an Improper Bride".

    I checked off all appropriate boxes on the entry form:
    GFC, email subscription (Previously), Twitter and Goodreads. (Just you)

    My email:
    madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca

    Thank you, Mary!
    Patricia

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  30. Hi, Mary -

    Not sure if this is where I leave a comment for the Giveaway, but I will try! "Historical Romance Blog Tour".

    I checked off all appropriate boxes on the entry form:
    GFC, email subscription (Previously), Twitter and Goodreads. (Just you)

    My email:
    madley (AT) cogeco (DOT) ca

    Thank you, Mary!
    Patricia

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  31. Hi Mary, I noticed in your review page you said you couldn't review ebooks at this time. I just wanted to let you know the Kindle app. for your PC is free from Amazon. In fact they just came out with Amazon Cloud which downloads the Kindle app. onto any device.
    Great job, Todd Grace

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  32. Love the blog! Do you think you could send Schatze to me - to teach my dogs something - ANYTHING!

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  33. You have a beautiful, unique blog here, Mary! Looking forward to reading your reviews.

    - Charlotte Elise.
    thewriters-ink.blogspot.com

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  34. Thanks for your welcoming message on BookBlogs.
    I just finished my first English novel Liberty Taken, but the more I delve into the promotion part of it, the more I realize how much there is to read on the internet. If I only take your awesome blog for example that's so full of information, I can spend hours reading. Do people still read books?

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  35. Thanks for your email on Bookblogs.
    Your blog is so full of information, I could spend hours reading it all.

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  36. Hi,

    I love your blog! I'm a new follower from Book Blogs. I would love a follow back if you get the chance!

    Thanks,

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

    www.storybookloveaffair.blogspot.com

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  37. Hi Mary - thanks for the nice welcome to Book Blogs. You got me as a fan for BookHounds as soon as I saw your dog pix! I look forward to taking a wander round and getting to know the neighbourhood. Please come and visit my blog if you find a spare few minutes!
    http://www.gillyfraser.wordpress.com

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  38. I love this site. It's really cheerful and attractive.

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  39. Thanks for your advice on Book Blogs. I love gardening too. If you'd like to check out or follow my blog the link is: http://ursulaciller.blogspot.com.au/
    I've got a slide show of flowers and plants on there amonst other things that interest me. Cheers!

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  40. Amazing! I really enjoyed searching around. What a talent you have for creating such a wonderful space!

    All the Best,
    Rionna

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  41. I am new to a lot of the blogging stuff and I LOVE to read so I figured why not look into it.. and so here I am. I love learning about other books out there and knowing how other people feel about books I have read already.. :)

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  42. Love your blog :D **New Follower**
    www.bookishtimes.blogspot.co.uk

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  43. Hi, I am a new follower. Thank you for the welcome on Book Blogs. It looks like you have a great site here.

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  44. Hi, I am a new follower. Thank you for the welcome at Book Blogs. This looks like a great site.

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  45. Hi!

    I came across your blog through G+ and am a new follower.

    I love Dogs too :) Have you read any books by Billi Tiner? They are just awesome!!

    DDS @ b00k r3vi3ws
    http://b00kr3vi3ws.blogspot.in/

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  46. HI Deb
    I don't think I have read any of his books -- thanks for the heads up.

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  47. I'm following your blog and really enjoying it. :-) I hope you will check my new blog out as well.

    willowsandwine.blogspot.com

    Have a nice day.

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  48. Love your Blog, Mary.

    Of course, you know where I am (http://bookmusterdownunder@blogspot.com.au)

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  49. I wanted to see if you're a YA blogger and I see you are! Then, I saw your son graduated from USC and I'm like, "BOOM! New fav blog!"

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  50. Lovely blog! You've got yourself a new follower!

    If you ever want to check out our book blog, here's our link http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/

    Looks like we may have some overlap in our favorite genres :)

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  51. Testing Testing Testing I just installed a new program for comments

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  52. Hi Mary

    You certainly have a lot going on!

    Thanks for the welcome. I actually do have an English cottage garden, though it's actually a jungle at the moment as the gardener has found increasingly shrill reasons to avoid swinging by. When he turns up (he promises me this Tuesday), he's going to need a machete!

    Anne (from Mrs Dalloway is in the Cludgie). http://perjinkresearch.wordpress.com/blog/

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  53. Hi Mary. Not sure if awards are you cup of tea, but I love you blog and wanted to recognize you by nominating you for a Shine On Award. You can see my post here...http://bookloversattic.wordpress.com/
    ~Deanna

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  54. Hi,

    Good day! I would like to invite you to become a part of our Reviewer Community Network. We have a bunch of books and products that needs honest reviews. Please take time to sign up for this site - http://www.amazonreviewernetwork.com/kick-start-program.html

    We would love to hear from you soon and be a part of our Reviewer Community..

    Warm Regards,
    Samantha

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