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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

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Finished Reading . . . #36: The Extra-Ordinary Princess (clean)

The Extra-Ordinary Princess
Carolyn Q. Ebbitt
9781599903408
Bloomsbury USA Publication
August 2009
336 pages
Hardcover (also ebook and paperback)
Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Fairy Tale
source: Public Library


Amelia, the fourth sister in a line of princesses, is sure her red hair and non-princessy ways–not to mention being the last-born–will mean an easy life of never being queen. But when an ancient curse comes to life, an evil uncle tries to take over their peaceful kingdom, and her three sisters are turned into a tree and two swans, Amelia and her best friend Henry must gather the forces of her magically blessed family, and save Gosling from complete destruction.

~*~*~

This is a fairy tale and as such is scary even if it is a middle school age book.

There is a Princess (four actually), a villain, several good-guys-can't-lead people. A plague takes out the King and Queen, the eldest Princess isn't 18 so the uncle comes to rule for something like six weeks but tricks three of the sisters into giving him the kingdom. This works because he doesn't know about the fourth and when he finds out about her, he tells the people she is dead.

Wow. There were several times I had to put the book down and read something light-hearted. Friends show up unexpectedly but so do enemies!

. . . back to reading

sigh. Bring tissues.

Teamwork. Belief in oneself and in others'. Even one who feels ordinary can be or do something extraordinary.

Good will prevail. . .

and evil will get what is coming to them.



Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
In the Middle
Genre/sub-genre
Library Books
Monthly Mix-up Mania

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Spring into Horror Wrap-up


Spring into Horror
Read-a-Thon
wrap-up 

hosted by The True Book Addict



Start Time: Midnight CST on Monday, April 22 (11 p.m. on Sunday for me)
End Time: 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, April 28 (10:59 p.m. on Sunday for me)


Did I read anything from last year's list? no.

Did I read four books? no.

Did I read ANY horror? sigh, a little but didn't finish the book.


Books Read
White Knight and Black Fur by Joyee Flynn - paranormal romance
Rumble and Churr by Joyee Flynn - paranormal romance
Elder and the Youngest by Joyee Flynn - paranormal romance


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Finished Reading . . . #33 - 34, the rest of the series The McMurrary Clan (NSFW)

The McMurrary Clan is part of the Midnight Matings/Unmated at Midnight series

Book 1: Trunk and a Skunk
Book 2: White Knight and Black Fur
Book 3: Rumble and Churr
Book 4: Elder and the Youngest

 

Rumble and Churr
Unmated at Midnight
Joyee Flynn
978-1-62242-752-9
Siren Publishing
April 2013
143 pages

Romance, m/m, shifters
adult themes
source: private library

Emiel wants to be the dutiful son and make his parents proud. But at what cost to himself? He needs help, and all of his friends are so wrapped up in their own new matings he’s lost. Yet like the selfless man he is, he puts that all to the side when he finds there’s someone else that needs a friend more than he does and helps Aldis’s breathtaking younger brother.

After being tricked by a coven leader, Sealey’s given up the idea of being anything other than a chew toy for a bunch of vampires. But hope just might come in the form of a gorgeous, massive elephant shifter. Will he be able to let Emiel heal his heart, or is his ability to trust anyone destroyed? And how is Emiel going to make Sealey his when he’s still engaged and risks losing everything if he breaks it off?
~*~*~
There comes a point when "being a dutiful child" is wrong. Maybe it's just me but marrying someone your parents approve of (not an arranged marriage) that you don't love...in fact, is of the wrong sex... is wrong. So for much of the book I just wanted to slap Emiel upside the head.

That is a sign of a great character isn't it? The reader's strong reaction?

Then there was the frustration because of the lack of action by those who were supposed to care. I was very happy with the way things ended and glad to see there was another book.


Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
male/male romance
ebooks
Quick Fix


 

Elder and the Youngest
Unmated at Midnight
Joyee Flynn
978-1-62242-800-7
Siren Publishing
April 2013
160 pages

Romance, m/m, shifters
adult themes
source: private library

When the vampires come after Lachlan, his father sends him to America, but that still puts Lachlan in a precarious situation… One that he doesn’t want his family dying over to try to save him from. So when the stunning rhino shifter makes him an offer that would keep everyone safe, he has to take it.

Even if it means using himself as the bargaining chip and being mated to an elder.

Percival was already trying to help, but when he sees the youngest McMurray, he figures out how to get the authority he needs over the vampires and snag the most gorgeous man he’s ever met. Now if he could just figure out what Lachlan wants before driving them both crazy.

But when Lachlan realizes it’s not a partner that Percival wants, but an uncomplicated, permanent boy toy, can he deal with that and be what his mate desires?
~*~*~
Oh man. This was the perfect example of what happens when you don't communicate! We've already got the vamps being bad guys (okay, one clan) but there were times I was thinking the Elder that was supposed to be the hero of the story was one of the bad guys!

Love the fight scenes, the meeting with the werewolf Alpha and the happy-ever-after. Please Ms. Flynn? Write another!


Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
male/male romance
ebooks
Quick Fix

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Happy Monday

Weekly report of last week's reading and new books in the house....

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 of The Printed Page, the mailbox is currently on tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

Thank you to March's host: Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums. April's host is MariReads



Received for Review:


Giveaway/Contest/Gift:


from Author:


Purchased/delivered:



added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.)
Potent Pleasures by Eloisa James
Corktown by Ty Hutchinson
Carbs and Cadavers by Ellery Adams writing as J. B. Stanley

Also went shopping through the free section, added a bunch then clicked Pin It
(still not finished pinning all of them)



Current Library books at the house:
Fellowship of Fear by Aaron J. Elkins
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
Homeland by R. A. Salvatore
The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn Q. Ebbitt

I have no idea where I'm at anymore with the rest of them....I've got over 30 books on request, most delayed.


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! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.

Finished: 
White Knight and Black Fur by Joyee Flynn
Rumble and Churr by Joyee Flynn
Elder and the Youngest by Joyee Flynn


Books stacked by my reading chair
(clean slate for the year):
The Weight of Deeds by Eli Thorpe
Howard's Gift by Eric C. Sinoway with Merill Meadow
The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis
The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn. Q. Ebbitt




Next up:
Cat and the Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard
Finding the Voice Inside You by Jill Birth
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead


Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:



Happy Reading!


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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Finished Reading . . . #32: White Knight and Black Fur (NSFW)

White Knight and Black Fur
Unmated at Midnight
Joyee Flynn
978-1-62242-625-6
Siren Publishing
March 2013
118 pages

Romance, m/m, shifters
adult themes
source: private library

When his cousin is forced to mate by UPAC, Aldis uses the excuse of bringing Dor’s stuff to his new home to check and make sure everything is really okay. What he didn’t prepare for is the sexiest man he’s ever seen to open the door… And proposition him.

Gawain can’t believe his luck when the sweetest little minx agrees to go to bed with him. And he’s a skunk shifter too! He’s dreamed about experiencing the things they can do.

While everything is amazing in the bed they jumped right into, the rest is a joke. So when there’s a problem with UPAC, Gawain snatches the chance to prove to Aldis that he’s so much more than hot skunk sex to him. But when Gawain’s past comes back to haunt him, will Aldis stand with him, or will it be another reason for him to walk away?

~*~*~
Oh, wow. This was so much better than expected! Sure the sex is still hot but Gawain's story and the interaction between characters is fantastic. Aldis worry over his younger brother is heart-wrenching (there has to be a story there), his concern for his cousin is heart-warming but the reason he came to Florida is all too real.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could all afford to hire a plane to run from bad relationships!

Is telling you there is a twist a spoiler? Well, doesn't matter now. The twist came out of left field! And in keeping with the baseball analogy, the resolution was a home run.



Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
ebooks
Color Coded
Colorful
male/male romance
ebooks
52 in 52
What an Animal
Where are you reading/50 States
Quick Fix
Spring into Horror

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Terrific Tuesdays

Dark Predator and What the Duke Desires

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?

Smoke burned his lungs. It rose around him in bellowing waves, fed by the numerous fires in the surrounding rain forest. It  had been a long, hard-fought battle, but it was over, and he was done. Most of the main house was gone, but he's managed to save the homes of the people who served them. Few lives were lost, but each one was mourned--but not by hum. He stared at the flames with hollow eyes. He felt nothing. He looked on the faces of the dead, honorable men who had served his family well, saw their weeping widows and their crying children, and he felt--nothing.


Dark Predator
A Carpathian Novel
Christine Feehan




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme,
hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
1. Grab your current read Open to a random page
2. 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!
3. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Maman had been wrong to place all her faith in Papa. All it had gained was grief for her and her children.
Lisette dashed away fresh tears. Well, she would never be so foolish. First chance she got, she would make her own way in this world, no matter what it took. She wasn't going through this kind of betrayal ever again.

I feel bad for her but what exactly does a female in 1828 England do when she is the illegitimate daughter of a dead Viscount and there is no support from the current Viscount?


What the Duke Desires
Duke's Men
Sabrina Jeffries

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Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm late! Spring into Horror RaT has started!


Spring into Horror
Read-a-Thon

hosted by The True Book Addict
There is still time to sign-up!


Start Time: Midnight CST on Monday, April 22 (11 p.m. on Sunday for me)
End Time: 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, April 28 (10:59 p.m. on Sunday for me)
  • Now don't let the word 'horror' scare you away. You only have to read one scary book during the duration of the read-a-thon. However, that book can be horror, paranormal, thriller, mystery, etc. The rest of the read-a-thon, you can read whatever you want. More horror/scary stuff or just your regular reading repertoire.

  • As always, this is a week long read-a-thon, but you can join in and read whenever it's convenient for you. It's all about being laid back and getting some reading done...with a little bit of scary thrown in.

  • We will also have a few scheduled Twitter chats again. I will announce the times in the starting line post. Our Twitter hashtag is #SpringHorrorRAT

  • You do not have to have a blog. You can sign up using your Goodreads, Twitter, or Facebook accounts.

I'm hoping to do much better than last year.

Still unread books from last year's list
Code Blood by Kurt Kamm
Unwelcome by Michael Griffo
Asgard Park by Ronald Simonar
Devil's Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis
Double Booked for Murder by Ali Brandon
Skirting the Grave by Annette Blair
Buzz Off! by Hannah Reed
Murder of a Creped Suzette by Denise Swanson
Mariposa by Greg Bear

Last year, I read four books. 1 - espionage, conspiracy, 1 - horror, comedy, 2 - paranormal romance

Goal for this year
 I hope to read four again this year:
and she was by Alison Gaylin - suspense (missing child)
The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Garolyn Q. Ebbitt - fairy tale, middle school
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries - regency romance (on sale 6-18)
Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods - romance

plus it would be nice to finish something from last year's list.


Books Read
White Knight and Black Fur by Joyee Flynn


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Finished Reading . . . #22 (NSFW)

Whiskers, Mane, and a Biter
Unmated at Midnight
Joyee Flynn
978-1-62242-066-7
Siren Publishing
December 2012
110 pages, approx.

Romance, m/m/m, paranornal/shifter
adult themes
source: private library

Brad Hercules wanted James from the moment he met the huge lion shifter… But he was invisible to the man. Over the months of working for Ant, he heard the stories of James’s conquests and realized if he was ever going to have a shot with the man he needed to change into James’s type. Mainly, tight-bodied little twinks that know how to have fun.

James wrote off Brad for the kind of fun he wants from the sexy little mouse shifter because he’s too innocent and James won’t risk breaking Brad’s heart. When Ramses shows up to take Brad’s old job when he gets promoted, everything changes. He wants Brad so bad he takes a job he’s overqualified for. When Ramses makes his play, James refuses to be left out and moves in on Brad.

But who is the screechy bitch that shows up trying to ruin their lives?

~*~*~
Brad and James were both secondary characters in the previous book and I'm happy they got their own story. Sure throwing in a third gives the story some punch but what really makes it pop is the screechy bitch and the love and support that follows here introduction.

The Pride (lion/James), Mischief (mouse/Brad) and covens (vampire/Ramses) work together to make sure that the three guys have their own happy ever after and that the punishment fits the crime(s).




Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
ebooks
male/male romance





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Finished Reading . . . #21 (NSFW)

The Best
Tinnean
978-1-62380-388-9
Dreamspinner Press
February 2013
197 pages

Romance, m/m
adult themes
source: private library

Ransom Burke, the handsome, wealthy, gay CEO of Burke, Burke, and Hammett, has implemented a strict no-fraternization rule for his firm. And with good reason—his father's profligate ways almost destroyed the family company. Ransom’s new policy works well until he comes into the office one day and sees Parrish Rutledge, his new executive secretary. Ransom finds Parrish extremely attractive but fights his feelings. If he takes Parrish as a lover, he'll have to fire him.

Parrish has been alone since he was sixteen, having been tossed out by his older brother. He dreams of his boss but knows nothing can ever come of it. Then an office party becomes their undoing and they give in to their passion. As expected, Ransom offers Parrish a choice: stay and ignore what happened or leave the job and return to college. Neither option is even remotely appealing. If only Parrish could persuade Ransom there's a third possibility….

~*~*~
I loved the interaction between the main characters and the peaks into office politics, policies and relationships.




Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
ebooks
male/male romance





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Finished Reading . . . #20 (NSFW)

Trunk and a Skunk
Midnight Matings
Joyee Flynn
978-1-62242-623-2
Siren Publishing
March 2013
110 pages

Romance, m/m
adult themes
source: private library

When the elders’ plan is revealed, Dor Murray grabs the obviously confused and enormous guy next to him, figuring the guy could use some help getting out of there… And he could use a shield.

Except UPAC screwed up. Surprise, surprise.

They let an elephant into the conference, and of course, that’s who Dor grabbed. Now he’s got a massive, but hot, elephant shifter in musth who’s decided Dor is his.

Wyatt is oblivious to everything but the gorgeous man in his arms that he wants to claim. The guards are freaking out and Dor is begging him to run.

Trying to save Wyatt from UPAC wasn’t the same as agreeing to be his mate. And now Dor has to handle Wyatt’s aggressive, testosterone-filled musth for the first nine days of their mating. Will Dor ever be able to forgive Wyatt for what he’s done when he wasn’t himself?

~*~*~
Once again the Elders made a mistake. This time it was letting an elephant into the meeting. Not that they have anything against elephants but their drugged drink forced said elephant into a week long heat with an unsuspecting man. A much smaller man and the elders were fearful the elephant would kill him and others during his lust-blind week.

Surviving Wyatt's musth (think cat in heat) is a piece of cake for Dor compared to the in-laws. Wyatt's Mother and Sister are a real piece of ...something. There is a happy ending with a hint of a related story with one of Wyatt's friends and Dor's cousin. :-)



Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
ebooks
A to Z
male/male romance
Monthly Mix-up Mania
Paranormals
What an Animal
Where are you reading?/50 States




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Happy Monday

Weekly report of last week's reading and new books in the house....

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 of The Printed Page, the mailbox is currently on tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

Thank you to March's host: Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums. April's host is MariReads



Received for Review:


Giveaway/Contest/Gift:


from Author:


Purchased/delivered:
A Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh
Dark Predator by Christine Feehan
The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts
The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts


added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.)
Hot Quit by Kathryn Roberts
Duchess in Love by Eloisa James
Scottish Rite by Stephen Penner


Also went shopping through the free section, added a bunch then clicked Pin It
(still not finished pinning all of them)



Current Library books at the house:
Fellowship of Fear by Aaron J. Elkins
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
Homeland by R. A. Salvatore
The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn Q. Ebbitt


I have no idea where I'm at anymore with the rest of them....I've got over 30 books on request, most delayed.



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! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.

Finished:
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman


Books stacked by my reading chair (clean slate for the year):
The Weight of Deeds by Eli Thorpe
Howard's Gift by Eric C. Sinoway with Merill Meadow
The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis
The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn. Q. Ebbitt






Next up:
Cat and the Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard
Finding the Voice Inside You by Jill Birth
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead


Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:
The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham (great idea but I don't need to be reminded to pray by a fitness book, way to preachy)


Happy Reading!


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge


Clean Sweep
ARC Challenge
May 2013

hosted by Kimberly at The Windy Pages
and Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Sign- up here

Goal:
To read and review as many ARC's as we can. We will have fun challenges each Saturday hosted by some wonderful bloggers and a prize for two lucky participants at the end of the challenge. So gather your ARCs and your brooms and lets have some fun!
Important Details:
  • Must be read between May 1st and May 31st, 2013
  • Starts and ends at midnight in your local time zone
  • Physical and digital ARCs are eligible, in any length and genre!
  • Linky will close on May 15th so sign up before you miss out!
  • When you join, please add the challenge button to your blog. When you post your goals be sure add button and links back to hosts.
  • Challenges will be hosted each Saturday with a chance to win additional prize
  • Grand Prize- TWO winners will be chosen to pick a book of their choice from The Book Depository. (Up to $15 value per book)
  • Please post your recap by June 3rd. This is the day that the Rafflecopter will close. Recap post should include a link to the review or Goodreads review with date it will be posted on your blog. (This is for readers who may be reading books way ahead of schedule and don't want to post a review yet!)
  • Rafflecopter entries will be awarded for each book review linked, posting about challenge, recap post, participation in challenges, and following.
  • Challenge Schedule and Rafflecopter will post on April 30th at 4pm (EST) Rafflecopter will close on June 3 at 11:59 (EST)

~Books to Read~
I should have a wall of shame posted somewhere, I've got too many on my shelves, too many read but not reviewed, too many started but not finished and a couple (Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods, What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries) that I hope to have read and reviewed before this challenge starts! Let's start small with the most recent that can wait for May . . .

Cat and the Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard
Finding the Voice Inside You by Jill Birth
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead
The Spirit of the Heart by Ismael N. Nuno, M.D.
Wind Chime Point by Sherryl Woods
Camelot & Vine by Petrea Burchard

whew! That's a good start, wish me luck!


~Books Read~
Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods



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Friday, April 19, 2013

Off Topic: Day of Silence

I had an idea for a great post today but as I check out my blog roll I discovered it was "Day of Silence" today so here's a copy and paste...
I posted about this here.

I'll be Unplugged tomorrow today for a Day of Silence.

Being a SAHM and not involved in the school system anymore, I don't know what else I can do.









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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Finished Reading . . . #31: The Heart of a Hero (sexy)

The Heart of a Hero
Spellbound Falls (book 4)
Janet Chapman
978-0515153200
Jove
March 2013
353 pages

Romance, paranormal (magic), contemporary
source: Public library

Originally from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis, Nicholas has spent the last year deep in the mountains of Maine, serving as Director of Security for the Nova Mare and Inglenook resorts. Fully embracing his life in the twenty-first century, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to a trouble-prone employee, and is determined to keep her safe.

The last thing Julia Campbell needs is a man with a hero complex, especially one as handsome and imposing as Nicholas. All she has to do is keep it together until her younger sister turns eighteen, and then she can focus on her own life. But strange things have been happening at the resort—and it’s Nicholas who keeps coming to her rescue. When Nicholas is suddenly the one in trouble, Julia realizes he’s not quite what he seems—and that she’ll do anything to help the man who’s stolen her heart…
~*~*~
This is book four and there were hints of book five so I've got my fingers crossed! Is it necessary for you to read the first three? No. You'll understand relationships better and some events but you could pick up this book and fall in love with Spellbound Falls.

This is a romance with magic. Not just the true love kind but move mountains and travel through time kind of magic. Our male lead is a warrior from another time, now head of security at Nova Mare Resort. You'd think he'd be bored but there are plenty of time travelers willing to spend the big bucks to stay at the 5-star resort and some of them don't pay attention to modern ideas. Like, your son can't lure a local girl into the woods without consequences ideas. This a a small part of a perfectly lovely story and illustrated to our female lead, and her brother, what he thought of them. (It turned out to be a good thing).

Julia is just trying to make enough money to live a comfortable life, pay for her sisters education, and hopefully save her brothers from following their dad's footsteps of not only being abusive but also the town drunk. Maine women are tough and independent and Julia has eyes that remind Nicholas of a cat.

Most of the book is a about a hunky-could-have-anyone guy and a girl who's been-crushed-so-doesn't-see-she's-wonderful. The miscommunication, stress and worry that can happen at the beginning, just with a little twist such as several character being from the ancient mythical island of Atlantis.


Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
Library Books
In the Middle
What an Animal
Where are you reading/50 States
Witches and Witchcraft
Paranormal


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Monday

Weekly report of last week's reading and new books in the house....

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 of The Printed Page, the mailbox is currently on tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

Thank you to March's host: Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums. April's host is MariReads



Received for Review:


Giveaway/Contest/Gift:


from Author:


Purchased/delivered:
Surrender by Stephanie Tyler
2012 Runner's Almanac (a daily quote/journal)
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell


added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.)
A Gentleman Never Tells by Amelia Grey
No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper
Son of the Morning by Linda Howard

Also went shopping through the free section, added a bunch then clicked Pin It
(still not finished pinning all of them)



Current Library books at the house:
Savor the Danger by Lori Foster
Fellowship of Fear by Aaron J. Elkins
The Wanderer by  Robyn Carr
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman
The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham

A N D . . .
Three books are waiting for me, I hope to pick them up today! I have no idea where I'm at anymore with the rest of them....I've got over 30 books on request, most delayed.



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! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.

Finished:
The Wanderer by  Robyn Carr


Books stacked by my reading chair (clean slate for the year):
The Weight of Deeds by Eli Thorpe
Howard's Gift by Eric C. Sinoway with Merill Meadow
The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis
Savor the Danger by Lori Foster
The Wanderer by  Robyn Carr
The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham




Next up:
Cat and the Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard
Finding the Voice Inside You by Jill Birth
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead


Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:



Happy Reading!


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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Finished Reading . . . #30: Savor the Danger (sexy)

Savor the Danger
Edge of Honor (book 3)
Lori Foster
9780373775828
Harlequin
June 2011
411 pages


Romantic Suspense
source: Public library

She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty—with no memory of what happened—he knows he's been drugged…even if Alani doesn't.

After she was kidnapped, Alani vowed never to trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. As Jackson hunts down a mysterious intruder, he swears he'll move heaven and earth to keep Alani safe. But what really happened that night? And will the truth bring them closer than they ever thought possible—or put Alani squarely in harm's way again?
~*~*~
This was edgier than the other two books, seemed a little faster paced and more dangerous. This one had a very satisfying end with the last page of the book giving insight to the possibility of another book. Then I remembered A Perfect Storm.

I didn't want this one to end then I had to finish it. Jackson is such a bad boy/hero. He's also able to see Alani as the strong woman she is rather than the kid sister or kidnap victim the other two see. He's passionate and gentle, able to kill when needed and tame a feral cat with equal ability.


Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
A to Z
Library Books
Monthly Mix-up Mania
Romantic Suspense


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Finished Reading . . . #29: The Wanderer (sexy but sweet)

The Wanderer
A Thunder Point novel (book 1)
Robyn Carr
978-0778314479
Harlequin MIRA
April 2013
377 pages

romance
source: Public library

Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.

~*~*~
I expected to like this book because of past experience with the author. I didn't. I ended up loving it. It took me a little time to get into it but that was mainly because of other reading material and I ending up going 20 to finished overnight!

There are some loveable characters, some I didn't like, several story lines going on at once, and one really creepy high school kid.

I expected the realtor to try more with Cooper and was prepared to really hate her but she backed off. Maybe she'll be a side romance in another book but I hope it's after the other couples get together.

There were a couple of spots I was afraid were going to be cliffhangers but there were resolved enough that I didn't need to throw the book.

Luckily for us, Ms Carr (or her publisher) is not making us wait a whole year before we can read more from Thunder Point. Book 2: The Newcomer is coming late June and book 3: The Hero is coming late August!


Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
Where are you reading/50 States
52 in 52
In the Middle
Library Books
Contemporary Romance


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Signing up for the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon


Spring into Horror
Read-a-Thon

hosted by The True Book Addict
at Seasons of Reading
Sign- up here, and watch for the starting line post.

Start Time: Midnight CST on Monday, April 22
End Time: 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, April 28

Now don't let the word 'horror' scare you away. You only have to read one scary book during the duration of the read-a-thon. However, that book can be horror, paranormal, thriller, mystery, etc. The rest of the read-a-thon, you can read whatever you want. More horror/scary stuff or just your regular reading repertoire.

As always, this is a week long read-a-thon, but you can join in and read whenever it's convenient for you. It's all about being laid back and getting some reading done...with a little bit of scary thrown in.

We will also have a few scheduled Twitter chats again. I will announce the times in the starting line post. Our Twitter hashtag is #SpringHorrorRAT

You do not have to have a blog. You can sign up using your Goodreads, Twitter, or Facebook accounts.

I'm hoping to do much better than last year.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Happy Monday

Weekly report of last week's reading and new books in the house....

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 of The Printed Page, the mailbox is currently on tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

Thank you to March's host: Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums. April's host is MariReads



Received for Review:
The Spirit of the Heart by Ismael N. Nuno, M.D.

Giveaway/Contest/Gift:


from Author:
Camelot & Vine by Petrea Burchard

Purchased/delivered:
And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens
Reflection Point by Emily March


added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.)
 Dangerous Admissions by Jane O'Connor


Also went shopping through the free section, added a bunch then clicked Pin It
(still not finished pinning all of them)



Current Library books at the house:
Savor the Danger by Lori Foster
Fellowship of Fear by Aaron J. Elkins
The Wanderer by  Robyn Carr
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman
The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham

A N D . . .
I have no idea where I'm at anymore with the rest of them....I've got over 30 books on request, most delayed.



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! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.

Finished:
Leaving Home by T. A. Chase


Books stacked by my reading chair (clean slate for the year):
The Weight of Deeds by Eli Thorpe
Howard's Gift by Eric C. Sinoway with Merill Meadow
The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis
Savor the Danger by Lori Foster
The Wanderer by  Robyn Carr
The 90-Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham




Next up:
Cat and the Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard
Finding the Voice Inside You by Jill Birth
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead


Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:



Happy Reading!


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Sunday, April 7, 2013

I read the comics today


Two stand out as perfect for me and one fits most of us . . .

Rose is Rose Luann and






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Ultimate Blog Party 2013 with 5 Minutes for Mom

Ultimate Blog Party 2013



If your not sure what the Ultimate Blog Party is, head over to 5 Minutes For Mom where the party is happening at. There are links to join up with your blog and/or social media. There are a variety of blogs from Mom Blogs with/without product reviews to Opinion blogs and specialty blogs.

If you’re visiting from the UBP, Hi! I’m Gina, stay at home mom of adult children. I enjoy reading (almost anything!), crochet, counted cross stitch, sewing, quilting, and scrapbooking. Most I haven't done as regularly as I'd like. I have a love/hate relationship with housework and laundry and am learning to love the gym. I'm a recently diagnosed Diabetic so time spent working out is even more important.

I've been married for just over 27 years. My husband and I have two children. A girl, 26 and a boy, 23. We're currently owned by two cats, a brother/sister who visited for a week with their Mom and siblings while their family was out of town, and never left. We've had a variety of pets, including the almost required dog and fish but also a rat, bunnies and desert tortoises.

I was active in the schools when my children were attending but spend most of my time reading now. Or farming (FarmVille/Facebook), surfing around on Pinterest or LOLCats. I'm active in our church as is my husband.

My husband is in the transportation field (highway construction), our daughter in the the funeral business (embalmer), our son has yet to decide what he wants to be when he grows up.

I started blogging in 2009 so I could join reading challenges and most of my blog posts will be about books. New ones in the house (Monday), reviews, spotlights and quick thoughts when I finish one. So many bloggers have great reading challenges out there that there's no way I could do them all but I'm trying ;-) Some of my posts may be food, exercise or health related. Or just a pretty picture I took. We take one big vacation each year, alternating extended family reunions, as well as little ones as needed so I'm hoping you'll see lots of pictures when we get home.

Visit me on pinterest (mainly books and running) and twitter (sporadically)

Thanks for stopping by The Lair!

Gina, a book dragon
because books are a treasure worth protecting


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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Finished Reading . . . #28: Leaving Home (sexy)

Leaving Home
Home series, book 4
T.A. Chase
978-1-78184-307-9
Total-e-Bound
April 2013
157 pages

male/male romance, Cowboy/Rodeo
source: private library

Chaz struggles with his addiction, while continuing to do his job of saving bull riders, but it’s all getting out of control.

Charles ‘Chaz’ O’Brien has been at the top of his profession for many years, enduring injuries that would have crushed a lesser man. Yet the top bullfighter isn’t calling it quits any time soon. He does his job with a fierce joy, though all the while he’s hiding a terrible secret. One that could get him suspended, and could end up killing the very men he protects.

Peter Skinner loves working for Les Hardin and Randy Hersch. His bosses are amazing men, but seeing how in love they are every day makes Peter’s heart ache. He wishes he could find a man to love him like that, but he knows they’re hard to come by in Wyoming where he lives.

Until, one day, Peter finds a man strung out in an alley, and is the only one around to deal with it. When Peter and Chaz meet, their worlds collide in a way that could be the best thing in the world for them both, or the worst experience of their lives.

~*~*~
This could be read as a stand alone but is so much better when read as part of a series. There is a lot of back story in the previous books. That being said. It's been awhile and countless number of books ago since I read the others and I did just find.

Peter is a sweet character in a bad spot with his family but he learned that the family you choose can be a whole lot better than the one you're born into. Chaz doesn't have the family problem, his is pain meds. Chaz's life revolves around the rodeo. He's a clown and one of the important parts of the ring for he holds the rider's safety in his ability to distract the bulls. Hard to do when you're hurting, thus the pain medicine.

Does Chaz love the rodeo more then he loves Peter? That becomes the big question and the solution was unexpected.


Challenges this counts towards:
150+
Read-a-Latte
Let Me Count the Ways
ebook
M/M romance
Quick Fix
Monthly Key Words (home)


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Book Monsters RaT Wrap-up


The Book Monsters
Read-a-Thon
March 29 - April 5

Hosted  at  The Book Monsters


Wow, this was half over before I found it. I must be slowing down as the year gets older. Can you believe it's April?!

Anyways, I started the RaT with the goal of doing one of four things (see below). How'd I do? grrrr.

I started off by finishing the online serial I was reading. It didn't count for this. Then I started re-reading another one. That one doesn't count either! I did some real world stuff to do before I could sit down with a book. Also, I kept falling asleep. . . I hate being sick.

I'd like to say I finished one of my goal books but I didn't even open any of them! I did read one book that wasn't on the list...I've got to start having a vague goal so those count... and they're all still waiting by my reading chair.

sigh


Goal
do one of the following
finish Savor the Danger by Lori Foster (on page 179)
read/review Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Wood
read/review What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries
read something off my "stacked by my reading chair" list

That looks good. I'd love to get four this week but I'll be happy to cross one off my list.

Books Read
Leaving Home by T.A. Chase

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Monday, April 1, 2013

The Book Monsters RaT - almost missed this one!



The Book Monsters
Read-a-Thon
March 29 - April 5

Hosted  at The Book Monsters, sign-ups here

Join us for a Twitter chat on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7 pm CST. Use #MonsterThon


I almost missed this!

Goal
do one of the following
finish Savor the Danger by Lori Foster (on page 179)
read/review Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Wood
read/review What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries
read something off my "stacked by my reading chair" list

That looks good. I'd love to get four this week but I'll be happy to cross one off my list.

Books Read


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Happy Monday

Weekly report of last week's reading and new books in the house....

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 of The Printed Page, the mailbox is currently on tour. Check it out so you know where to go next month.

Thank you to March's host: Caitlin at Chaotic Compendiums. April's host is MariReads



Received for Review:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries

Giveaway/Contest/Gift:


from Author:


Purchased/delivered:
Last Chance Book Club by Hope Ramsay


added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.)
White Heat by Jill Shalvis
The Second Messiah by Glenn Meade






Also went shopping through the free section, added a bunch then clicked Pin It
(still not finished pinning all of them)



Current Library books at the house:
Savor the Danger by Lori Foster
Fellowship of Fear by Aaron J. Elkins
The Wanderer by  Robyn Carr
The Heart of a Hero by Janet Chapman

A N D . . .
I have no idea where I'm at anymore with the rest of them....I've got over 30 books on request, most delayed.



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! She has a comment contest going on each week tied to the meme.

Finished:
Working It Out by Sean Michael
Getting Real by Christiane France


Books stacked by my reading chair (clean slate for the year):
The Weight of Deeds by Eli Thorpe
Howard's Gift by Eric C. Sinoway with Merill Meadow
The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis
Savor the Danger by Lori Foster



Next up:
Cat and the Lady Killer by Lisa Orchard
Finding the Voice Inside You by Jill Birth
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead


Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:



Happy Reading!


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Disclaimer

In accordance to the FTC guidelines, I must state that I make no monetary gains from my reviews or endorsements here on Book Dragon's Lair. All books I review are either borrowed, purchased by me, given as a gift, won in some kind of contest, or received in exchange for an honest review.