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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Monday, December 9, 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

Don't forget to take the poll to help decide what is to happen to Mailbox Monday!


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

Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley

Avery Baker was a big city textile designer, until she inherited her aunt's old Maine cottage and found her true calling--home renovation. But she never expected her latest job would come to such a bond-rattling dead end. . .

For Avery and her husband, Derek, renovation the Craftsman bungalow was like stepping back in time. The quaint old home was just as its original owners had left it--from the beautiful butler's pantry to the surprisingly exquisite ribbon tile. But it's the attic that yield the most heart-stopping surprise.

In a discreetly hidden antique crate, Avery finds a clue to a decades-old missing persons case. As Avery works on the house and delves deeper into the sinister story, it becomes clear that someone very crafty wants the Craftsman home's secrets to stay that way.


Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis

The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia, is the country's premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind. But this tourist town smells trouble when a killer goes on the prowl....

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff—and a frisky Calico kitten named Twinkletoes—adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival. But someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident—which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled.


Lending a Paw by Laurie Cass (facebook)

With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she’d better keep both hands on the wheel, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride…. . . .

Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can’t seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

Minnie and Eddie’s first day visiting readers around the county seems to pass without trouble—until Eddie darts outside at the last stop and leads her to the body of a local man who’s reached his final chapter.

Initially, Minnie is ready to let the police handle this case, but Eddie seems to smell a rat. Together, they’ll work to find the killer—because a good librarian always knows when justice is overdue.


Dream Wedding by Susan Mallery (reissue of two books)

Dream Bride - According to family legend, Chloe Wright is destined to dream of her future groom on her twenty-fifth birthday. Chloe doesn't believe in fate, so she's shocked to find her path crossing with a handsome stranger. Arizona Smith is everything Chloe has ever wanted ina man. But she's not about to fall in love, especially since Arizona never settles anywhere for long. Still, his electrifying kisses and irresistible charm have Chloe suddenlywondering if there's something to that legend after all . . .

Dream Groom - Cassie Bradley Wright knows the fantasy of being swept off her feet by her boss is just that--a fantasy. After all Ryan Lawford is way out of her league. And business and balance sheets are his whole world. But little does Cassie know that her sweet ways are changing his mind. The former determined bachelor just might take ont he role of dream groom.


Welcome Back to Apple Grove by C.H. Admirand

There's No Place Like Home...

Grace Mulcahy thought she'd finally gotten Apple Grove, Ohio, out of her system. Then she's lured back for a family barbecue and spies a broad-shouldered hottie hanging out at the grill. He somehow seems utterly at east, whether flipping burgers or horsing around with her hellion nephews. Why didn't her brother-in-law tell her he had such gorgeous friends? Suddenly her mouth is watering for more than her best friend's famous pie.

Some fires aren't meant to be fought

When firefighter Pat Garaham sees Grace, it's like a five-alarm bell goes off and he's the one ablaze. She says she wants to leave Apple Grove, but he will do whatever it takes to keep her around. The life of a firefighter isn't an easy one though, and he'll have to prove their immediate spark can have a lasting chance at love..


What She Wants by Sheila Roberts

Jonathan Templar and his poker buddies can't figure it out. Take Jonathan, for instance. He's been in love with Lissa Castle since they were kids but, geek that he is, she's never seen him as her Mr. Perfect. He has one last shot—their high school reunion. Kyle Long is equally discouraged. The pretty receptionist at his office keeps passing him over for other guys who may be taller but are definitely not superior. And Adam Edwards might be the most successful of Jonathan's friends, but he isn't having any success on the home front. His wife's kicked him out.

When Jonathan stumbles on a romance novel at the Icicle Falls library sale, he knows he's found the love expert he's been seeking—Vanessa Valentine, top-selling romance author. At first his buddies laugh at him for reading romance novels, but soon they, too, realize that these stories are the world's best textbooks on love. Poker night becomes book club night…and when all is read and done, they're going to be the kind of men women want!

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts

Cass Wilkes has been looking forward to her daughter Danielle's Christmas wedding-until Dani announces that she want her fater to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Even worse, it seems that he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass. . .

Her friend Charlene Alback arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seent he ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant. New the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up.

And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't easy for Elle either. Newly divorced, she is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Or it is?


The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde

There’s a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny.

Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love.

Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart . . .the only man she’s ever loved.

Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave away at birth is living right in Twilight . . .

Christine: Has given up on love . . . until the man of her dreams walks through her shop door.

Grace: It’s Christmas Eve and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Then Flynn’s car hits a patchof ice, and Jesse must move earth . . . and heaven . . .to save her and their unborn child.


Command Authority by Tom Clancy

There’s a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.






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I won one! We did a gift exchange at church Saturday night. There were five books and I got one! I already had two of them :-)

Joseph Smith Praise to the Man
Photography by John Telford
Written by Susan Easton Black

Enjoy a visual look into the Prophet's humble beginnings. Bask in the serenity of the scared in New York, learn of the revelations in Ohio, and Witness the heartache of Missouri. See the grandeur of restored Nauvoo and sense the pathos of Carthage.




Wow, looks like Christmas came early to my house! I'm glad so many of these were pre-orders. I also bought three more but I think my son is going to give them to me for Christmas ;-)

So far I haven't won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several to my ereader, most were even free

added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.) ~I find out about free/discounted ebook at amazon mostly from Pixel of Ink. I get better at pinning my new ebooks, 2013's books.

Poisoned Waters by Ermisenda Alvarez

Helen Gardener is murdered on a trans-Atlantic cruise. The Diamond Royale sails from Southampton to New York with her murderer aboard. Set in the 1950s, Poisoned Waters follows the stories of seven unfortunate characters and how they are affected by her death. Was it merely an accident? Mr Phillips, the owner of the ship, and sponsor of the cruise, rules with an iron fist, in search of something or someone.

Lies spiral out of control as the suspects try to survive the final days on board. Conflicted by their sense of morals, greed, and lust, they realise what kind of people they really are. Who will rise? Who will fall? Who was Helen's murderer?

It contains adult themes including death, violence, and sex scenes.

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Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason (Women of Justice Book #1)

Samantha Cash is the FBI's secret weapon. Her methods are invisible, and she never stops until the case is closed. When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, Samantha is assigned to help local chief Connor Wolfe find the killer. And he has two problems with that. There's her faith--in God and herself. And then there's the fact that she looks exactly like his late wife.

As they get close to an answer, the case becomes personal. The killer seems to be taking an interest in Connor's 16-year-old daughter, who thinks her dad is getting way too protective. Can't a girl just have some fun?

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Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady's wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl's kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden's not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?





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!





Finished:
Amethyst Moon by Ann Mayburn
Christmas of White by Devon Rhodes
Kevin's Alpha by Amber Kell
Fences and Freedom by Bailey Bradford
Unconventional in Atlanta, Anthology
Wicked Gift by Sean Michael
Post Traumatic Tendencies by Azza Mitchell
Fingerprints and Muddy Feet by Carol Lynne
The Christmas Owl by Angela Muse, Helen H. Wu (picture book)

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
Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley
. . . and about 20 other unread library books



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Happy Reading!


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5 comments:

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Lots of books happening here! Enjoy!

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

It looks like you went on a cosy bender!

Have a cheery week!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Elizabeth said...

ENJOY...I love all of the cozy books.

Have a great week.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Mailbox Monday

Shoshanah said...

I think the only author of these I've read is Lori Wilde, but I do remember enjoying her book. Hope you do as well!

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Ooo quite a few I would love! I am a total Christmas book junkie. lol Didn't realize the Mallery book existed *runs off to Amazon!* lol

Great haul this week :)

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