Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Happy Monday

Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home; print, electronic and audio. Started by Marcia (who now posts at To Be Continued) the mailbox is currently on tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

Thank you to Crystal for hosting in November

December's host is Gilion @ Rose City Reader
Backup host is Bob at Beauty in Ruins

~ here are the new books in my house this week ~

Flat Belly Diet! Diabetes from the Editors of Prevention Magazine

Like the instant bestseller Flat Belly Diet!, this new diabetes-focused plan applies the latest research proving that monounsaturated fatty acids (or MUFAs) may target stubborn belly fat—and targeting that belly fat helps treat the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes: insulin resistance. The 5-week program includes a sensible diabetes-friendly diet with no forbidden foods and a delicious “MUFA at every meal,” an easy and flexible fitness routine, and simple stress reduction exercises. The book also features 160 satisfying recipes, expert advice, and insights from real people with type 2 diabetes to help readers lose weight and reverse insulin resistance.

Secret of Happiness by Demosthenes Armeniades

Once upon a time, Max the billionaire invited David to his private island where whiz kid golden boys zip around the globe in private jets making millions and living the dream. But all may not be as golden as it seems ... Max wants happiness. David wants his girlfriend back. Marcie wants to avoid getting fired from her cashier job at Wal-Mart. And the Guru knows the answers, or does he? Follow them on a wild roller coaster ride through island paradises, out to space, over the Himalayas and across the Russian tundra to a final showdown in the Texas desert. THE SECRET (of happiness) is a fast-paced offbeat thriller charged with suspense until the final word.

Bring It! by Tony Horton, creator of P90X

Tony shares the fitness philosophy that is the basis of his best-selling workouts. Tony custom designs fitness programs for his clients to help them reach their maximum potential and keep them focused and motivated for the rest of their lives. In BRING IT! he offers readers the same benefit by showing them how to create a plan that takes into account their personal preferences, fitness levels, and goals.

There are a couple of tests to determine your fitness level/needs. Tony's four pillars of fitness philosophy are explained. There is also a meal plan and recipes.


The Song of Ice and Fire series, books 3 - 5

Purchased now instead of later because Son is reading book two right now but I'm claiming them because I bought the first two for me :-)

Twilight by Sherryl Woods (to go with last week's Temptation

For former private investigator Dana Miller, there can be no peace of mind until she finds the person who killed her husband. Now a single mother to three boys, Dana wants closure. But it turns out she'll need to form an alliance with the man she holds responsible for the death. And uncovering answers may mean bringing down the program her husband believed in.

Rick Sanchez has no intention of letting Dana destroy all the good he and Ken Miller worked for. As he and Dana try to learn the truth about what happened, he discovers that he and his old friend have something else in common—an undeniable attraction toward this intrepid, high-spirited woman who fights for the people she loves.

Love at First Sight by Lori Wilde (wait, is this a duplicate?)

Introducing Cupid, Texas, the small town where the residents are more than likely to fall in love at first sight.

Passion has been notably lacking in the life of sensible Natalie McCleary. But when ex–Navy SEAL Dade Vega roars into Cupid on his motorcycle, and she stumbles on him stark naked and soaking wet, she suddenly understands what it means to be struck by love. Dade feels it too.

Will he stick around and give them both a happy ending or will this footloose loner move on and leave her heartbroken?

Mint Condition 2013 edited by Shannon John
~ review book!~

Sixteen short stories. Sixteen artists. An amazing anthology spanning all genres and themes. The sixteen short stories and poems were written exclusively by members of the largest Stephen King fan site on the internet,, but please let it be known that the Stephen King connection stops there. This is not fan fiction, or a tribute to his work.

(I've got to tell you that just based on it being a SK fan site, you should be able to figure out which direction the stories lean) 

So far, I haven't received the other review book I'm waiting for (it has shipped!), won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several to my ereader, some were even free

added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.)
I went shopping through the free section. There was one pre-order (release Dec 1) that I almost bought in print today and about 50 free ones. And no, I don't think I'll ever have time to read them all.

Skidboot: The Smartest Dog In The World by Cathy Luchetti

The gripping story of a Texas cattle dog who captures the minds and hearts of the world as he evolves from an unleashed dervish to the most highly responsive, intuitive dog on the rodeo and media circuit. From Oprah to Letterman to Leno, Skidboot parades his startling skills to fans worldwide. From his birth in a barn to riding herd over thousands of admiring fans, Skidboot learns from his cowboy owner, David Hartwig, how to encourage the sick, shock rodeo fans, surprise TV audiences and turn the financial tide. The story of Skidboot is an all-American telling—from underdog to top dog. A true canine Einstein, a new Lassie—written by acclaimed author Cathy Luchetti, this is a story for our times!

March Into My Heart by Patty Lazarus

March into My Heart is a poignant and inspiring story of family, adoption, and the search for the irreplaceable bond between a mother and daughter. Patty Lazarus was happily married and busy raising two sons. By all accounts she was a very lucky woman. But still, something was missing. Despite her love for her family, she felt a deep longing for the mother-daughter connection she’d always dreamed of. After enduring her mother’s tragic illness and untimely death, Patty knew that adding a girl to the family was the only way to ease the pain she felt. She and her husband set out on a four-year, arduous, complicated, and emotional journey through infertility, miscarriages, and adoption ending in a small town in rural Missouri where they would finally meet their new daughter as she came into the world.

Damselfly by Jeannie Bates Bozic

In 2065, the Lilliput Project created Lina - the first six-inch-tall winged girl - as the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose: learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness. However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the only teenager her size. Six 'Toms' were created shortly after Lina, and now her creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is possible.

Um. No thanks. Lina's already fallen in love with a boy she met online named Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his heart.

When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?

Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for her that she never thought possible.

She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.

Sugar Plum by Jeannie Bates Bozic

At six inches tall with gorgeous purple wings, seventeen-year-old Sugar is the spitting image of a fairy - and that makes her the perfect spy.

It’s the year 2081 and the USA hasn’t been united for five years. Now it’s divided into three bitterly feuding sections - the West, the East, and the Mids, and thousands of families have been separated by the conflict. In order to figure out how spies are crossing from the right coast, the West is targeting caravans of families crossing the Mids illegally. Trouble is, the crossers are hard to track, and that’s where Sugar comes in.

Every week, she and hundreds of others like her are packaged as Christmas tree ornaments and “donated” to poor children. If they’re lucky, they’ll end up with a crosser kid and dig up valuable information about the clandestine caravans while their wings serve as a tracking device. If not, they fly back to the Candy Factory for reassignment. Wash, Rinse, Repeat until they’ve served enough missions to earn their freedom.

sorry, but I'm tired . . . I had a few pre-orders show up on my ereader

'Twas the Week Before Christmas by Olivia Miles (Harlequin)
This is a Harlequin Special Edition that I'm hoping to read for the Christmas Spirit Challenge

Home For Christmas by Patricia Kay (amazon
this one was free

The Maid's Daughter by Janice Maynard (Harlequin
this one was free

Hajar's Hidden Legacy by Maisey Yates (Harlequin
this one was also free, series: Beasts of the Desert

The Lawman Claims His Bride by Renee Ryan (Harlequin
free too! Love Inspired Historical

I'll Catch You by Farrah Rochon (Harlequin)
free too! Kimani Romance

whew . . . I'm going to be a busy girl!

What are you Reading?

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!

Broken Boundaries by Evangeline Anderson
Misplaced Princess by Mari Carr, Lexxie Couper

Books stacked by my reading chair:

What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries
Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn
Dragonwriter edited by Todd McCaffrey
Mischief and Mistletoe, anthology
Jockeys and Jewels by Bev Pettersen
Bring It! by Tony Horton
. . . and about 20 other unread library books

Latest Review Books:
Mint Condition 2013 edited by Shannon John


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Happy Reading!

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