Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017



Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wow, what a Monday! plus Teaser and Intro

I can't wait for next Monday to share what happened this Monday (I'm sure I'll repeat myself next Monday).....The family was traveling through Las Vegas after spending time at a family reunion. We stopped for lunch and after advice from my brother joined the crowd at The Silverton. The buffet was very nice but because of a special anniversary deal the line was verrry long. We joined their loyalty club and received a free lunch and $5 credit for slot play.

My Mom didn't have her ID so she couldn't get a card. My Dad lost his $5. Grandpa introduced his youngest grandson to slot play and Son won $5.06 and cashed out. Husband won $42! Now, I just wanted to leave and we were playing the penny slots. I could have moved but the game was "Enchanted Unicorn" so I stayed there. Max Bet was clicked a couple of times....and $340 later I was cashing out!

So, that's my news - oh, and my Mom asked how many books I was going to get - the one who doesn't play the slots won big!

Ouch, was that the gambling bug that just bit me?

The Nonrunners Marathon Guide for Women and I Call Death Dad. . . .

Hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea
Every Tuesday, she'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of her current read. Why don't you join us?


I bravely spent many months embedded in the marathon-training world. Much like the reporters who travel with soldiers during wartime, I barely made it out to tell my tale. What follows are my stories from the frontlines (or the backlines, as it were), as well as a training guide for those who want to follow in my recliner-to-race-day footsteps. How does one go from being a couch potato to finishing a marathon? One consumes a lot of ibuprofen.

The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women
Dawn Dais





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page ~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!~ make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


    "Shoot, Mom, you make my father sound like he's a killer or something. Maybe a spy. Or even worse, an accountant," I gasped in mock horror.
    I Call Death Dad
    T.A. Chase


    This title has great teasers but this is the first one I came too and I wanted to get the post up ;-) still looking for the one about writing his "what I did on my summer vacation" essay....

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  • Monday, July 25, 2011

    Thoughts on...Killer Weekend by Ridley Pearson

    dang, this is a DNF. A couple of the characters needed to be hit upside the head and I just couldn't deal with them. The sheriff and the assassin were very well written but I could have done without the sheriff's father.

    I brought this on vacation with me and that might have been a mistake since it is a new author for me. The first mistake may have been choosing this book mainly because it is set in Idaho!

    Unfortunately, this was a library book and must go back. There is no chance for it to sit on my shelves until I forget about it and re-discover it at another time.

    This is the first in a trilogy and I hope I'll remember to try it again later.



    Killer Weekend

    by Ridley Pearson


    J. P. Putnam's Sons
    July 2007
    hardcover
    326 pages
    Suspense
    source: public library


    from the publisher:

    Controversial New York State Attorney General Liz Shaler is announcing her candidacy for president at a high-profile convergence of media heavy-hitters. Also in attendance is an assassin with a brilliant and foolproof plan.


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    Happy Monday

    Not sure if it's really a happy Monday. I'm still in the car :-( Five days of vacation and that included four days of driving 5 hours/day. We could have done it quicker but it was better for my parents to split up the driving. You'll have to wait to hear about the vacation.

    I have plans to make cookies and chocolate zucchini bread to take to the reunion. Wonder if I did? (no cookies but the bread came out tasty)

    This was scheduled for today and updated before I left with no idea if I'd be able to update again while on vacation. I did received some great books before I left and had a hard time not changing my pile of books to take! (free wifi at lunch time - hotel last night charged for internet!)

    Hope everyone has plans for a great week.


    Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia of The Printed Page. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

    July's host is Gwendolyn at A Sea of Books (blog link, not post link).

    Received for Review:
    Bodyguards in Bed, anthology by Lucy Monroe, Jamie Denton and Elisabeth Naughton
    He Stopped Loving Her Today by Jack Isenhour
    Telling Lies by Cathi Stoler
    Eyewall by H.W. "Buzz" Bernard

    Purchased:
    One Summer by JoAnn Ross
    Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett
    Knitting by Anne Bartlett
    Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin
    The Dragon in the Driveway by Kate Klimo
    Bewitching by Jill Barnett



    What are you Reading?

    is a weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit, visit, visit! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.


    Finished:
    Catwings (before I left)
    How to Wash a Cat (in the car)
    I Call Death Dad


    Currently Reading: Took on vacation:
    White Sleeper
    A Cat Under the Mistletoe
    Just Like Heaven
    One Summer

    Killer Weekend
    How to Wash a Cat
    Repairing Rainbows
    Zamora's Ultimate Challenge - started
    Home for the Holidays
    and a number of ebooks on my laptop ;)


    Started, sort of reading:
    Repairing Rainbows
    Bullet Work
    Night's Landing
    Dirty Secret
    How to Wash a Cat ~finished
    Ancient Awakenings
    Orange as Marmalade
    The Search
    The Crafty Killer
    Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life
    The Haunted eBook
    Drawn to the Land
    What the Cat Dragged in
    The Gathering Storm


    Planning to start/re-read:
    something from my "need to review" list

    Reviewed:
    Vengeance


    Need to Review-keep a running total and cross off as completed:
    (this list is way too long and if they've been reviewed I didn't label them correctly!)

    Spin the Plate, short story (current read)
    A Modern Witch (current read)
    Kekula (current read)
    The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
    True North
    Whiskey Gulf
    A Circle of Souls
    P.A.C.E.
    Benny & Shrimp
    The Right Side of the Tracks
    Miracle in Sumatra
    The Tallest of smalls
    Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night
    Second Chance
    Red in the Flower Bed


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    Saturday, July 23, 2011

    Saturday Snapshot & Quote

    Saturday Snapshot
    hosted by Alyce at At Home with Books

    To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme, post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.





    Twinsies!




    Then like some weird mutant twin take-over I picked what was left.....























    Duly Quoted
    Hosted at Today's Adventure

    no quote today :-(



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    Friday, July 22, 2011

    Reading Challenge - Two Completed!

    Harlequin/Silhouette
    January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

    Challenge Completed
    July 13, 2011

    My original post about the challenge

    Quick recap:
    Read five books from the Harlequin/Silhouette publishers. Mira and Luna count too. Each book has to meet a specific requirement.

    Final List:
    A Daddy for Christmas
    Mahina's Storm
    What's a Housekeeper to Do?
    Zane: The Wild One
    Primal Fear by Caroline Burnes


    I enjoy reading from the Harlequin line but I never would have read three of these without the challenge.

    Will I repeat the challenge next year? Most likely


    ~~AND~~


    eBook Reading Challenge
    January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011

    Challenge Completed
    July 3, 2011


    My original post about the challenge
    Quick recap:
    Read 50 ebooks of any length. ISBN required


    Final List can be found on the original post about the challenge


    This was a no-brainer for me and if I join officially next year I should go for 100!

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    Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Purr-sday & Cat Thursday


    a place to share the cute/funny/weird pictures I find while surfing....when I should be doing a whole range of things ;)







    Someone has an actual meme for "Cat Thursday" so head over to The True Book Addict and see who else is sharing.









    not that I don't like Jersey Shore (don't watch it) but this was too funny not to share! Plus, I knew you'd think it was funny even if you do watch JS.








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    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    Terrific Tuesday

    Zamora's Ultimate Challenge and What's a Housekeeper to Do?. . . .

    Hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea
    Every Tuesday, she'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of her current read. Why don't you join us?


    The little man, named Jemlock, drew his sword, richly decorated with jewels he'd earned during his many adventures. He pulled his arm back, ready to attack the fierce dragon hurling fireballs in front of him. The dragon's eyes closed to slits as he lowered his huge heard level with Jemlock's. With every ounce of strength in his body, Jemlock struck once, twice, three times. His sword sliced through the dragon's chest, exposing the leathery creature's massive heart.


    Zamora's Ultimate Challenge
    M.K. Scott





    Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


    "Because Lally was the housekeeper, with a side order of helping him with his book research if required.

    And Cameron was the boss. He was a little unconventional in his requirements at times, perhaps, because of his career as an author, but still the boss."
    What's a Housekeeper to Do?
    Jennie Adams



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    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Thoughts on...Vengeance by A.J. Scudiere

    Just as watching a movie without the sound track leaves much to be desired, A.J. adds a sound track to Vengeance. If you like audio books, get ready to be surprised.

    I loved listening to this story but realized that I get too distracted listening. Guess I should have known, I once fell asleep listening to Harry Potter! Audio problems aside, I really like this book.

    Would have been a great teaser....
    If he’d had a heart that might have broken it – that the baby stayed quiet. To be that young and already know that crying did you no good. Or worse.

    There are different narrators depending on who the main character is at the time and different voices for different characters when they're speaking. Actually, not just voices....different people!

    Because of my distraction problem with audio books, which I didn't know was so great, I haven't finished the audio but I can truly say I've enjoyed listening and am looking forward to hearing the rest.

    The story is well written and very descriptive. Listening to the wheezing while the narrator talks about the man trying to breathe through a punctured lung is quite an experience.

    Would I purchase more AudioMovies? Not sure. I can read faster than they can speak but it is a pleasure listening. If I had a long commute (or any at all) I would try harder to get through my problem with audio but as it is, I think I should stick to print. I think I'll try crocheting while listening, maybe that will help ;-)

    Would I purchase print books by this author? Absolutely.






    Vengeance
    A.J. Scudiere

    Griffyn Ink
    October 2008

    395 pages

    source: sent to me for an honest review

    available as a Kindle
    available at audible.com
    also available at the author's site in ebook and print format.


    from the author's website:

    Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest–Cynthia–came up fighting.

    Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.

    Now, Owen Dunham is following the trail of the ‘Grudge Ninja’–only all his evidence is false and the profilers can’t get their heads around anything except the obvious fact that the Ninja is extracting a deadly revenge for an old wrong.

    As the Ninja gets bolder and far more dangerous, Owen is forced to recognize that he hasn’t always made the right decisions–he’s spent far too much time trying to be right. Even as he questions whether bringing in the ninja is the right thing to do, the voice in the back of his head is telling him that it will make his career…


    Now head to the author's website and join "Smart Chickens" for a chance to win your own copy! Hurry, contest ends July 20

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    Happy Monday

    I finally got around to taking pictures of the jewelry I made.


    The picture quality isn't the best, sorry.

    Double strand necklace and bracelet plus double drop earrings. I've never done a double before but I love the earrings.

    Here's a close-up.














    Our vegetable garden is growing, ahem, like a weed ;-) I should have some pictures for you Saturday.

    Next up: a review of Vengeance, moving my daughter (own apartment), getting ready for-and going to-a family reunion. Luckily I can read in the car so I'm hoping to get a couple of books read, maybe work on a blanket. I've completed a couple of challenges so I need to post about those and I've added some books to my wish list.

    Hope everyone has plans for a great week.


    Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia of The Printed Page. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

    July's host is Gwendolyn at A Sea of Books (blog link, not post link).

    Received for Review:
    You Never Know by Lilian Duval

    Purchased:
    How to Moon a Cat (follows How to Wash a Cat)
    Death Angel & Veil of Night by Linda Howard
    Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
    The Mist by Carla Neggers
    What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George
    Remember Me trilogy by Christopher Pike (single binding includes Remember Me, The Return and The Last Story)
    The Fallen 2 by Thomas E. Sniegoski (single binding includes Aerie and Reckoning)
    It's the First Day of School...Forever! by R.L. Stine
    pack of six paperback Berenstain Bears books
    and....a bunch of free, or near free, Kindle books



    What are you Reading?

    is a weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit, visit, visit! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.


    Finished:
    Mahina's Storm
    The Sword
    Taking Care of Charlie
    Rory's Last chance
    Shooting Star
    Aftermath
    What's a Housekeeper to Do?


    Currently Reading: Taking on vacation:
    White Sleeper
    A Cat Under the Mistletoe
    Home for the Holidays
    Just Like Heaven
    Zamora's Ultimate Challenge
    Killer Weekend
    Repairing Rainbows


    Started, sort of reading:
    Repairing Rainbows
    Bullet Work
    Night's Landing
    Dirty Secret
    How to Wash a Cat
    Ancient Awakenings
    Orange as Marmalade
    The Search
    The Crafty Killer
    Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life
    The Haunted eBook
    Drawn to the Land
    What the Cat Dragged in
    The Gathering Storm


    Planning to start/re-read:
    something from my "need to review" list

    Reviewed:



    Need to Review-keep a running total and cross off as completed:
    (this list is way too long and if they've been reviewed I didn't label them correctly!)

    Spin the Plate, short story (current read)
    A Modern Witch (current read)
    Kekula (current read)
    The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
    True North
    Whiskey Gulf
    A Circle of Souls
    P.A.C.E.
    Benny & Shrimp
    The Right Side of the Tracks
    Miracle in Sumatra
    The Tallest of smalls
    Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night
    Second Chance
    Red in the Flower Bed


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    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Guest post: author A.J. Scudiere

    Did you ever want to write?

    Many readers are writers. I was a reader long before I made it firmly to the other side. We all have something, some story, that we want to share . . .but how do you go from that to being a writer? Some will tell you that you have to get published, but I say that isn’t so . . . It’s really all about doing what you want.

    What’s your final goal? Do you want to make a book of family stories? They’ll be good for the family reunion, and for generations after. You can do that. Do you want to write poetry for magazines? Comics? Screenplays? Romance novels? There are so many options out there, that your best bet is to define where you want to go first.

    Writers always ask me ‘what can I do to improve?’ but that answer is different every time. For many people a writer’s group of like-minded individuals can be a great help – but that requires two important pieces: 1) you must find dedicated people. It’s no good if you don’t actually read each others’ work and make thoughtful comments. 2) you must be a dedicated person. This means you’ll spend a good part ofyour time reading others’ works and thinking up thoughtful comments. Writers groups can be hard to find for both these reasons.

    Classes are always available, but can be troublesome. Who is teaching them? And why? A great recommendation here is to take a class in a similar or helpful genre that is not your own. I write thrillers but took courses in prose poetry and short stories. I became a much better writer because of those, and the criticisms (which you will get!) will be much easier to bear because this isn’t your genre (I didn’t care if my poetry wasn’t good. I wasn’t a poet!) and you’ll learn something valuable, because no one is trying to change your ‘baby’ or critiquing your pet project this way.

    I wrote two novels for practice before I started writing the first one I got published. It wasn’t a short journey, and though I thought I was ready a long time ago, I wasn’t. You can do it! But it requires dedication.

    Come check out the writer’s blog at Phoenix, the book. It has everything I wish I had known back when I started. Ask questions, bring ideas, join us! And if you’re a reader, you can read the story of a book from start to print, to AudioMovie (read about audiomovies at AJsAudioMovies.com).



    A.J. Scudiere is the author of God's Eye which will be reviewed here on the 18th. Check out this fantastic giveaway but hurry, it ends July 20!

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    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Happy Monday

    Not much to talk about. I've hit a wall with my reading but have done so well with my challenges this year I made a plan and hope to bust through the wall. The Lair will be a tour stop on the 18th for God's Eye so that book must be read/reviewed.

    Since I haven't felt like reading, I finished a baby blanket and started a new one (new stitch!). I also made a necklace to go with a new skirt. It's a double strand and there were enough beads left over for a pair of double drop earrings and three bracelets. No pictures yet.

    Hope everyone has plans for a great week.


    Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia of The Printed Page. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

    July's host is Gwendolyn at A Sea of Books (blog link, not post link).



    Received for Review:
    Heirs of Mars
    Skirting the Gorge

    Purchased:
    Holocause House
    Teas is for Terror
    The Future Perfect
    Aftermath
    Shooting Star
    Rory's Last Chance
    Taking Care of Charlie
    Mahina's Storm
    A Daddy for Christmas
    Cherry Pie
    What's a Housekeeper to Do?
    Tailspin


    Gift:







    What are you Reading?

    is a weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit, visit, visit! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.


    Finished:
    Mahina's Storm
    The Sword
    Taking Care of Charlie
    Rory's Last chance
    Shooting Star
    Aftermath


    Currently Reading:


    Started, sort of reading:
    Repairing Rainbows
    Bullet Work
    Night's Landing
    Dirty Secret
    How to Wash a Cat
    Ancient Awakenings
    Orange as Marmalade
    The Search
    The Crafty Killer
    Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life
    The Haunted eBook
    Drawn to the Land
    What the Cat Dragged in
    The Gathering Storm


    Planning to start/re-read:
    something from my "need to review" list

    Reviewed:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


    Need to Review-keep a running total and cross off as completed:
    (this list is way too long and if they've been reviewed I didn't label them correctly!)

    Spin the Plate, short story (current read)
    A Modern Witch (current read)
    Kekula (current read)
    The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
    True North
    Whiskey Gulf
    A Circle of Souls
    P.A.C.E.
    Benny & Shrimp
    The Right Side of the Tracks
    Miracle in Sumatra
    The Tallest of smalls
    Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night
    Second Chance
    Red in the Flower Bed


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    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Terrific Tuesday

    Primal Fear and The Sword. . . .

    Hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea
    Every Tuesday, she'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of her current read. Why don't you join us?


    Long hair rode the crest of the swell, looking almost like a tangle of seaweed in the pink-stained light of dawn. The gentle wave broke, and the body bumped the sandy bottom of the shore,

    Primal Fear, Prologue
    Caroline Burnes





    Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


    She really was in another universe, on another world. She was, as the people of her world liked to say, definitely not in Kansas anymore.
    The Sword
    Jean Johnson



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    Monday, July 4, 2011

    Happy Monday

    and a have a safe 4th of July to all my US friends. I love that we celebrate our independence but I don't like the hate that still abounds, keeping some of us from enjoying our independence to the fullest. The celebrations themselves can be scary - can you believe that some people shoot their guns up into the air? Where do they think the bullet is going to go!

    and off my soapbox...... I did fairly well in avoiding book purchases this week but the Dollar Spot at Target got me and so did the used book sale at the library. Plus all the ebook publishers are right there, all the time, taunting me with great books ;)




    Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home– including paper books, e-books and audio books. Mailbox Monday was started by Marcia of The Printed Page. When Marcia was ready to move on from being the weekly host, she was kind enough to set up the Mailbox Monday Blog Tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

    July's host is Gwendolyn at A Sea of Books (blog link, not post link).



    Received for Review:


    Purchased:
    Catmagic by Johathan Barry with Whitley Strieber
    Numbers (board book)
    Can a Cat Quack? (board book)
    When Tony Met Adam


    Gift:







    What are you Reading?

    is a weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit, visit, visit! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.


    Finished:
    Numbers (board book)
    Can a Cat Quack? (board book)
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    Cherry Pie
    A Daddy for Christmas
    Forever Blue
    A Bad Case of Stripes
    Cookie's Week
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
    The Fire Cat
    Dinosaurs Before Dark
    The Knight at Dawn
    Primal Fear
    When Tony Met Adam


    Currently Reading:
    The Sword

    Started, sort of reading:
    Repairing Rainbows
    Bullet Work
    Night's Landing
    Dirty Secret
    How to Wash a Cat
    Ancient Awakenings
    Orange as Marmalade
    The Search
    The Crafty Killer
    Linus Pauling and the Chemistry of Life
    The Haunted eBook
    Drawn to the Land
    What the Cat Dragged in
    The Gathering Storm


    Planning to start/re-read:
    something from my "need to review" list

    Reviewed:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


    Need to Review-keep a running total and cross off as completed:
    (this list is way too long and if they've been reviewed I didn't label them correctly!)

    Spin the Plate, short story (current read)
    A Modern Witch (current read)
    Kekula (current read)
    The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
    True North
    Whiskey Gulf
    A Circle of Souls
    P.A.C.E.
    Benny & Shrimp
    The Right Side of the Tracks
    Miracle in Sumatra
    The Tallest of smalls
    Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night
    Second Chance
    Red in the Flower Bed


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    Sunday, July 3, 2011

    Books Read....

    100+ Reading Challenge
    Quarterly Report

    reminder....long or short, as long as there is an ISBN, or it can be purchased as a "book", it counts. This does mean that all the free stories I read online don't count :(


    July Recap

    83. Primal Fear by Caroline Burnes
    100+, Alphabet, Harlequin+, Mystery/Suspense, Off My Shelves, Where are you Reading?

    84. When Tony Met Adam by Suzanne Brockmann
    100+, ebook, Romance

    85. Mahina's Storm by Tawny Stokes
    100+, ebook, Harlequin+, Romance

    86. The Sword by Jean Johnson
    100+, Romance

    87. Taking Care of Charlie by Amber Kell
    100+, ebook, Romance

    88. Rory's Last Chance by Bailey Bradford
    100+, ebook, MMM, Romance

    89. Shooting Star by Carol Lynne
    100+, ebook, Romance

    90. Aftermath by Bailey Bradford
    100+, ebook, MMM, Romance

    91. What's a Housekeeper to Do? by Jennie Adams
    100+, 52-52-52, ebook, Harlequin, Romance

    92. How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale
    100+, cozy, Mystery/Suspense

    93. I Call Death Dad by T.A. Chase
    100+, ebook

    94. The Nonrunners Marathon Guide for Women by
    100+, ebook

    95. One Summer by JoAnn Ross
    100+, 52-52-52, Romance, Toss Me a Frosty One


    August Recap

    96. Surprise Sleepover by Sara York
    100+, ebook, New to Me Author, Romance

    97. Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Fishman
    100+, ARC, Memorable Memoirs

    98. All I Want for Christmas by anthology
    100+, Romance, Toss Me a Frosty One

    99. Incoming Freshman by Carol Lynne
    100+, ebook, Romance, Where are you Reading?

    100. Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett
    100+, cozy, Mys/Sus, New to Me Author Where are you Reading?

    ~Challenge Complete~
    August 1

    101. Go Small or Go Home by Heather Wardell
    100+, What's in a name, ebook

    102. The Tallest of smalls by Max Lucedo
    100+, ARC, PB&J, +11 in '11,

    103. Miracle in Sumatra by Jeanne McNaney
    100+, ARC, PB&J, +11 in '11

    104. One Weekend by Cheryl Dragon
    100+, ebook

    105. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    100+, The Art of the Novella, ebook

    106. Why I Love Waiters by T.A. Chase
    100+, ebook

    107. Double Feature by Aislinn Kerry

    108. The Pizza Mystery (Boxcar Children) by Gertrude Chandler Warner

    109. Secrets of the Christmas Box by Steven Hornby

    110. Lucky by K.M. Mahoney

    111. Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night by

    112. Catch Me If I Fall by Riley Knox

    113. Trust Me by B.G. Thomas

    114. Saddle Up 'N Ride by anthology

    115. HellDogs Squadron by A.R. Moler

    116. Notice by M. Raiya

    117. The Truth About Al by M.L. Rhodes


    September Recap
    118. Anchor by Jorrie Spencer

    119. Raw Need by Sean Michael

    120. Fundamentals by Syd M

    121. Telling Lies by Cathi Stoler

    122. Mind Over Murder by Allison Kingsley

    123. Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee

    124. White Sleeper by David R. Fett & Stephen Langford

    125. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

    126. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel

    127. An Engagement in Seattle by Debbie Macomber

    128. Pick of the Litter by Bill Wallace

    129. The Pumpkin Muffin Murder by Livia J. Washburn









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    Friday, July 1, 2011

    A is for...The Zero Game

    26 letters and 52 weeks. You'll always know what letter because week 1 is letter "A" and so is week 27 :-) Find a book that you find interesting who's title starts with this week's letter. If you've reviewed it, give us a link, but it isn't necessary.

    Z is for...

    The Zero Game
    by Brad Meltzer

    Grand Central Publishing
    February 2005
    Mass Market Paperback


    From the publisher:
    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in Washington, idealism has faded to disillusionment, and they're bored. Then one of them finds out about the clandestine Zero Game. It starts out as good fun-a simple wager between friends. But when someone close to them ends up dead, Harris and Matthew realize the game is far more sinister than they ever imagined-and that they're about to be the game's next victims. On the run, they turn to the only person they can trust: a 16-year-old Senate page who can move around the Capitol undetected. As a ruthless killer creeps closer, this idealistic page not only holds the key to saving their lives, but is also determined to redeem them in the process.

    This is the second book by Brad Meltzer that I own. I enjoyed The Book of Lies so much I thought I'd try this one. Only problem of course is that I haven't read it yet! Well, the two books aren't anything alike either.


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