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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

Saturday, November 30, 2013

RC: Picture Books




I Love Picture Books

Reading Challenge
2014

hosted here at the Lair
For more information and to sign-up, click here
Basic requirements: read picture books

My goal is to read a new-to-me (as far as I know) picture book each month AND one of my other ones so that's at least 24 for the year.

~ Books Read ~
January 
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?
February
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?
March
1. new-to-me: Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven
2. re-read
3?
April
1. new-to-me: Shall I Knit You a Hat? by Kate Klise
2. re-read
3. new-to-me: Knitty Kitty by David Elliott
4. new-to-me: Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer 
May
1. new-to-me: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
2. re-read
3. new-to-me: Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown
4. new-to-me: Noodle's Knitting by Sheryl Webster
5. new-to-me: Nine Words Max by Dan Bar-el
6. new-to-me: That Darn Yarn! by Tony Millionaire
7. new-to-me: Pete at the Beach by James Dean (Pete the Cat)

June
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?
July
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?
August
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?
September
1. new-to-me: Richard Scarry's Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!
2. re-read
3. new-to-me: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
4. new-to-me: The Possible Police by Wylde Scott
5. new-to-me: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

October
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?
November
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?
December
1. new-to-me
2. re-read
3?


edit: I really should have said 12 new-to-me and 12 re-reads for the year!

new-to-me
  1. Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven
  2. Shall I Knit You a Hat? by Kate Klise
  3. Knitty Kitty by David Elliott
  4. Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer 
  5. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  6. Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown
  7. Noodle's Knitting by Sheryl Webster
  8. Nine Words Max by Dan Bar-el
  9. That Darn Yarn! by Tony Millionaire 
  10. Pete at the Beach by James Dean (Pete the Cat) 
  11. Richard Scarry's Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! 
  12. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson  
~ New-to-Me Completed ~
September 4
13. The Possible Police by Wylde Scott
14. You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang




re-reads
oh, man, I should just sit down and re-read all the books I've read this year!


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RC: I love Picture Books




I Love Picture Books
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted by Gina at Book Dragon's Lair - oh! That's me :-D

For all of you who still love picture books but find they don't qualify for your other challenges. . . You know you're going to read them, they might as well count!

Guidelines:
  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Read picture books. 
  • Pick a number and go for it. Twelve too easy? Go for 20. Piece of cake? Go for 40.
  • Books you own and library check outs count. So do ebooks and re-reads.
  • Please post about the challenge and sign up with a direct link.
  • A blog is not necessary, just link to where you talk about the challenge
  • Reviews are not necessary but would be nice (so we know which ones to read ourselves!) A link for reviews will be posted in January.

Ready? Let's do this!


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RC: Food, Glorious Food!


Foodies Read
Reading Challenge
2014

Hosted at its own blog

For more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Rules: Read books which are centered around food and/or drinks. That could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant, or a fictional story in which food plays a major role. (Cozies are a good one for this!) There are five levels and while I have many books on my TBR shelf that count, I didn't get them read this year. . . don't know if I'll get them read next year. :-(

I will try to expand my horizons and sign up for . . . Pastry Chef . . . and read 4 - 8 food books.

Possible books:
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy (White House Chef Mysteries)
Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
? - A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake (A Magic Potion Mystery)
Pecan Pies and Homicides by Ellery Adams (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery) ~ pre-ordered
Peach Pies and Alibis by Ellery Adams (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)
A Tough Nut to Kill by Elizabeth Lee (Nut House Mystery)
Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts (Life in Icicle Falls)  ~ not owned
One Dead Cookie by Virginia Lowell (A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery)  ~ not owned
When the Cookie Crumbles by Virginia Lowell (A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery)

. . .wow!
Kneading to Die by Liz Mugavero (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery) - pet treats!

~ Books Read ~
1. Blackberry Summer by Raeanne Thayne
2. A Pint Light by Devon Rhodes
3.
4.




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Friday, November 29, 2013

blog type bad news - good news . .

Bad news: Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf won't be hosting the 150+ Reading Challenge for 2014

Good news: The challenge is just changing hosts :-) Amy has let me take over so a post with sign up linky will be posted soon after Thanksgiving, take two!



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Thursday, November 28, 2013

RC: Counting Pages Read . . only 950,517 to go!

One Million Pages
Reading Challenge
Perpetual

hosted at Smiling Shelves
more information and sign ups, here

Main goal: Read One Million Pages in your lifetime.


I had seen the GoodReads group, I think I even signed up, but as I kept forgetting my log-in info and use LibraryThing so much more, I deleted my GR account. :-(

I joined "Let Me Count the Ways" for 2013 with a top level of 10,000+. I'm sure I'll hit 50,000 this year, I've got four weeks and 600 pages to go. With that knowledge it will take me 20 years :-) I can think a worse things to spend 20 years doing.

The GR group says 15 picture books=1 book but I'm not counting books, I'm counting pages and don't know if I want to separate them, again. We'll see.

My first post about this was Jan 2012! I started blogging in 2009 so, if possible, that's how far back I'll go with my page count.

The funny thing is when I told my husband about the challenge, he thinks I've already met it!

2009 - 81,104 . . . still missing a couple but this is close enough!
2010 - 1,719 . . . terrible year of record keeping
2011 -
2012 -
2013 - final total: 54,856

~ 2014 Monthly Page Totals ~

January - 8,644
February - 5,744
March - 6,309
April - 7,761
May - 6,205
June
July
August
September
October
November
December


2014 -
2015 -
2016 -
2017 -
2018 -
2019 -
2020 -


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purrsday










just a place to share the cute/funny/weird pictures I find while surfing....when I should be doing a whole range of things ;) Don't forget to head over to The True Book Addict because Michele has a meme going. With links and everything!

~*~*~*~*~
Third Sentence Thursday!




Hosted at Proud Book Nerd, I hope
1. Take the book you are currently reading and post the third sentence.
2. Share your thoughts on the sentence.
3. Post a link to your blog post in the link list. If you don’t have a blog, just leave it in the comments here.
4. Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentence.



Stubborn snow that showed no signs of stopping.
Intrigue and Mistletoe
Joanna Bourne
one story in Mischief and Mistletoe

~*~*~*~

Let's start with a quick note to wish all who celebrate Thanksgiving a....


and if you don't - have a great weekend. I'll be spending the day with extended family on Thursday and Friday (his side/my side)

I was away for less than a week and my in-laws came over to feed the cats. Frisky would say hi and if you sat down she was all over you but they only saw Sneakers once. Guess what happened when I got home and sat down. . .

the zebra stripe is a blanket over my lap :-)

Fall Fashion - Southern California Style (it was after 9 p.m.)
I'm standing where we parked. Can you see the end?

yeah, I went to Disneyland in these shoes!
M and I went to the local Disney store but the Christmas ornaments we wanted were only sold at the parks or on line. No problem, we'll just go to Disneyland (love the annual pass!) the only problem being the shoes I wore for dinner/shopping were NOT what I'd wear to Disney. I'm just glad M dropped me off so I only had to walk this far once.


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Monday, November 25, 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 October's host . . . Me  ;-)

November's host is Crystal @ I totally paused! 
Backup host is Bob at Beauty in Ruins

SWAG! Nancy Naigle offers autographed 4x6 cards of her books. Cover on the front, info on the back. I received my order this week. They're free!

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

sigh, purchased while on vacation  
Last Chance Knit & Stitch by Hope Ramsay (book 9 in the Last Chance series)

Molly Canaday wishes she could repair her life as easily as she fixes cars. She was all set to open her own body shop in Last Chance when her mother ran off and left her to manage the family yarn shop instead. Now guided by the unsolicited-though well-intended-advice of the weekly knitting club, Molly works to untangle this mess. But her plan unravels when the new landlord turns out to be difficult-as well as tall, dark, and handsome.

Simon Wolfe returns to quickly settle his father's estate and then leave Last Chance for good. Still wounded by a broken heart, Simon is surprised when the town's charming streets and gentle spirit bring back good memories. Soon the beautiful, strong-willed Molly sparks a powerful attraction that tempts him to break his iron-clad no-commitment rule. Can Simon and Molly find a way to share work space-and build a future together in Last Chance?

delivered while on vacation :-)
Temptation by Sherryl Woods
Callie Smith's quest for success far from her Iowa roots has caused a rift with her hardworking family. And with neither her Wall Street career nor her marriage going as planned, she starts to question the choices she's made.

But when charismatic network president Jason Kane pursues her to save a failing soap opera, her life is soon full of more twists than a TV story line. Suddenly she gets to know a whole new side to her mother, and also has the opportunity to save a friend's life. Most unexpected of all, she leaves heartache behind and tunes in to the love of a lifetime.




So far, I haven't received the other review book I'm waiting for, 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.

The Edge of Courage, Red Team Book 1 by Elaine Levine
Haunted by memories he cannot reach, stalked by an enemy bent on revenge . . .
Rocco Silas has come home to Wyoming after long years as a Red Team operative in Afghanistan. It isn't easy returning to civilian life, especially burdened as he is with a staggering case of PTSD or hunted as he is by an enemy determined to seek an eye-for-eye--neither of which can he battle until he confronts the truth of what happened one fateful day in the high mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush.

. . . She alone holds the key to his sanity.
Mandy Fielding's dream of opening a therapeutic riding center on her family's ranch is almost within her grasp--until she hires Rocco Silas, a dangerous ex-Spec Ops friend of her brother's. His haunted eyes and passionate touch promise a love she never dared believe possible. Can they confront the truth of his past and build a future together or will the enemy stalking him destroy them both?

Length: Approximately 367 pages Ages: 18 & up (story contains sex, profanity, and violence)

The Cestus Concern by Mat Nastos
Waking up in an operating room, much to the surprise of the attending surgeons, Malcolm Weir frantically fights his way out of a secret government installation, located in downtown Los Angeles. Battling through a mass of armed guards and meta-gene operatives, the cyborg warrior realizes he has no memory of how he got there.

The past 11 months are gone.

With a hole in his mind, Weir must retrace his steps for the past year, fighting his way through the nearly endless horde of super powered mercenaries and assassins the government sends after him.

Travel along with Weir, facing some of the most intense action ever put to paper, along with a body count of ridiculous proportions, as he tracks down the secrets trapped in his head.

In the end, Weir must stand alone against a former friend and a squad of the deadliest killers ever created, all to learn the terrifying truth behind Project: Hardwired.

Attracting Anthony by Amber Kell (Moon Pack, book 1)

Anthony Carrow never thinks to find the love of his life when he goes to a bar with his best friend Steven Dell. Getting over the death of his lover has been a hard task for Anthony. After two years he’s still broken-hearted and doesn’t have any intention of joining the dating scene. However, going with Steven to scope out a werewolf club to help his friend find a mate leads to unexpected consequences.

Silver, alpha leader of the Moon pack, has been searching for his mate for a long time. Unhappy with the men he meets he’s given up searching for the man of his dreams until Anthony walks into the bar.

Can a man who’s already suffered a loss once be persuaded to give love a second try or will fear hold them back from finding the love they both deserve.

m/m, 18+, paranormal romance


. . . and the rest of the Moon pack series (11 books total)




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:
Attracting Anthony by Amber Kell
Trials of Tam by Amber Kell
Moon Pack (shifters, vampires, fey, demi-gods) books 2 - 11 by Amber Kell
Christmas Healing by Morris Fenris

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 
. . . and about 20 other unread library books



Latest Review Books:




Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:



Happy Reading!


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Monday, November 18, 2013

RC: eBooks!


eBook Reading Challenge
2014

hosted at Workaday Reads

For more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Requirements: Any length, any genre but only ebooks count for this one. There are seven levels to choose from. I chose "Human Brain" last year (2013) and made it in November. I'm hoping to read more from my print tbr shelf so I'm not doing that again. I'm going for . . . Server . . . and hope to read 100 ebooks during 2014. I can always move up a level :-)


books 1 - 25 here
books 26 - 50, click here
books 51 - 100 , click here
books 101 - 151, click here
books 152 - 200, click here
books 201 - 250, click here

books 251 - ... , click here

~ Books Read ~
1. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
2. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
3. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
4. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
5. Here Kitty, Kitty by Joyee Flynn
6. My Little Kitty by Joyee Flynn
7. Our Sexy Tiger by Joyee Flynn
8. My Angel Cheetah by Joyee Flynn
9. Kitty in the Middle by Joyee Flynn
10. Cheetah in Charge by Joyee Flynn
11. My Feisty Kitten by Joyee Flynn
12. My Spotted Dream by Joyee Flynn
13. Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell
14. Blackberry Summer by Raeanne Thayne
15. A Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
16. A Squeak and a Roar by Joyee Flynn
17. Scales and a Tail by Stormy Glenn 
18. Fire and Ash by Gabrielle Evans
19. Attracting Anthony by Amber Kell
20. Baiting Ben by Amber Kell
21. Courting Calvin by Amber Kell
22. Denying Dare by Amber Kell
23. Enticing Elliot by Amber Kell
24. Finding Farro by Amber Kell
25. Getting Gabe by Amber Kell
continued . . . 


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RC: Pre-Printing Press


The Pre-Printing Press
Reading Challenge
Dec 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014

hosted at All Booked Up

for more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read books from before 1440. Any format. Translations okay.



I've had Homer on my tbr list forever so I'm going for 1 - 3 books and hope I at least get The Iliad or The Odyssey read.

~ Books Read ~
1.


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RC: Cloud of Witnesses


Cloud of Witnesses
Reading Challenge 
2014

hosted at Operation Actually Read Bible
(Becky from Becky's Book Reviews)

for more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read Christian Nonfiction by authors who have died (Cloud of Witnesses). We're looking for christian living, theology, bible commentaries, bible studies, etc. Any format, any length. An article of a few pages; an individual sermon or a collection of sermons; it can be a book of quotes by that person; it can be a biography or autobiography about the person. Check out the sign-up post for a list of authors to start from.

I do read Christian Living books but most are from living authors so I'm going to read ONE or TWO to start.

~ Books/Sermons/Articles Read ~
1.
2.




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The Book Monsters Review-a-Thon

This time you don't have to choose!
  
The Monster Thons are divided into two smaller Thons:

The Monster Read-a-Thon runs from November 9-15th.
The Monster Review-a-Thon runs from November 16-22nd.

You decide how much you want to participate. Whether it is just for a few days in each Thon or you only want to review… what you get done depends on you!

More information and a sign-up linky for the review-a-thon can be found here.

Twitter: #monsterRAT
Totally spaced on the Read-a-Thon and will be away from my favorite reading spot during the Review-a-Thon but I'm hoping to get at least ONE of my arc reviewed.


~ Books to Pick From ~
What the Duke Desire by Sabrina Jeffries
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 Weight of Deeds by Eli Thorpe
Howard's Gift by Eric C. Sinoway with Merill Meadow
The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis
Marilyn Monroe On the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.



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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 October's host . . . Me  ;-)

November's host is Crystal @ I totally paused! 
Backup host is Bob at Beauty in Ruins






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


Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
Over the Atlantic, an airliner's controls suddenly stop reacting. In Japan, an oil tanker runs aground when its navigational system fails. and in America, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl.

At first, these computer failures seem unrelated. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who saw the mistakes made before 9/11, fears there may be a more serious attack coming. And he soon realizes that there isn't much time if he hopes to stop an international disaster.




The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.  What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?


Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles ignores all the toys people buy for him. You might think he's a lazy cat, but you'd be wrong. He's just very picky about his toys.

Now Mr. Wuffles has the perfect toy, and he's ready to play. But it's not really a toy at all. It's something much more interesting.



So far, I haven't received the other review book I'm waiting for, 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.)



The Hidden series by Emma Holly (books 1 - 5). Melting pot of paranormal living in a fey world that overlaps ours. Very sexy! The wolves are cops and the tigers are firemen. Good fairies and bad. Books 4 & 5 have dragons. Book 5 is m/m.









The Christmas Owl by Angela Muse (picture book)

A Barred owl becomes injured and must ask others for help. He promises to give back to those who have a generous heart and he is true to his word.








Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr. Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written.

Originally self-published in 1978 and sold at road races out of the trunk of the author's car, the book eventually found its way into the hands of high school, college, and postgraduate athletes all over the country. Reading it became a rite of passage on many teams, and tattered copies were handed down like sacred texts from generation to generation.









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:
Hidden Passions by Emma Holly
The Case of the Wicked Wolf by Amber Kell, RJ Scott
The Case of the Dragon's Dilemma by Amber Kell, RJ Scott
The Case of the Sinful Santa by Amber Kell, RJ Scott
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Christmas on Main Street anthology
Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Breaking Point by N. R. Walker

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
Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
Christmas on Main Street anthology
Jockeys and Jewels by Bev Pettersen 
. . . and about 20 other unread library books



Latest Review Books:




Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:



Happy Reading!


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience starts Dec 1


The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience
Dec 1, 2013 - Jan 31, 2014

hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings

For more information and to sign-up, click here

This is neither a read-a-thon nor a challenge. It is simply a time to read science fiction. Carl invites us to:

a) Continue their love affair with science fiction
b) Return to science fiction after an absence, or
c) Experience for the first time just how exhilarating science fiction can be.

There will be a review site where you can post any SF book, television, film or game reviews for things you experience during the months of December and January.

And because it is Carl, you must read his post.

As for me, I've had Brave New World by Aldous Huxley on my TBR list for a long time. I know right where the paperback is and am hoping to get it read.





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RC: Men in Uniform


Men in Uniform
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen

For more information and to sign-up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read about men in uniform (policeman, firefighter, paramedic, doctor, veterinarian, mechanic, Army, Navy, Marine Corp., etc. – As long as the leading man wears some sort of uniform). Any format, any genre, but each "binding" must be over 100 pages. There are four levels to choose from and you can move up but not down.


I'm going for . . . Chief . . . . I hope to read 16+ books

~ Books Read ~
1. (police) Blackberry Summer by Raeanne Thayne
2. (police) Officer and a Gardener by Joyee Flynn
3. (hockey) Burning Up the Ice by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
4. (police) Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
5. (Army) The Affair by Lee Child
6. (Marine/Air Force/Firemen) His Hero anthology
7. (military) Hearts on the Line by T. A. Chase
8. (military) Guarded Desires by Morticia Knight
9. (beach volleyball) Serving Love at Carnival by Devon Rhodes, T.A. Chase
10. (military) The Forgotten by David Baldacci
11. (military) Never Go Back by Lee Child
12. (Herald) Exile's Honor by Mercedes Lackey
13. (Herald) Exile's Valor by Mercedes Lackey
14. (cowboy) Hold Me Together by Felice Fox
15. (doctors/nurse) The Perfect Balance by Trina Lane
16. (police) The Return of Brody McBride by Jennifer Ryan
17. (fireman) Secret Fire by Morticia Knight
~ Challenge Completed ~
May 14
18. (military) Why I Love Waiters by T. A. Chase
19. (doctor) Sawyer by Lori Foster
20.





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RC: Outdo Yourself

Outdo Yourself
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen

For more information and to sign-up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read more during 2014 than you did during 2013. Any format, any genre, but each "binding" must be over 100 pages. There are four levels to choose from and you can move up but not down.

My goal last year was 200 books over 50 pages, which is basically everything except picture books (I didn't see the 100 minimum). After taking out the under 100 pages, I've lost 52 books so far :-(

I'm going for . . . Out of Breath . . . again. I hope to read 6 - 10 more books, over 100 pages, than I did in 2013. Right now (11-16) I'm at 147 but I'm reading three right now that count :-) I'll adjust the numbers later. . . . Final total: 168.

~ Books Read ~

1. Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne
2. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
3. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
4. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
5. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
6. Lara by Bertrice Small
7. Our Sexy Tiger by Joyee Flynn
8. My Angel Cheetah by Joyee Flynn
9. Kitty in the Middle by Joyee Flynn
10. Cheetah in Charge by Joyee Flynn
11. My Feisty Kitten by Joyee Flynn
12. Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell
13. Blackberry Summer by Raeanne Thayne
14. Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh
15. Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh
16. Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh
17. Play of Passion by Nalini Singh
18. Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
19. A Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
20. Scales and a Tail by Stormy Glenn
21. Fire and Ash by Gabrielle Evans
22. White Paws and a Dream by Stormy Glenn
23. Splash and Elegance by Gabrielle Evans
24. Myth and Mischief by Gabrielle Evans
25. Whiskers, Mane, and a Biter by Joyee Flynn
26. Sparkle and Purr by Stormy Glenn
27. Howl and Harmony by Gabrielle Evans
28. Seaview Inn by Sherryl Woods
29. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
30. Fur and Flightless by Joyee Flynn
31. Leader and the Writer by Joyee Flynn
32. Spells and Bananas by Joyee Flynn
33. Officer and a Gardener by Joyee Flynn
34. Their Dragon by Joyee Flynn
35. Saint Returns by Amber Kell
36. Fang and Fur by Stormy Glenn
37. Ty Hard by Laura Harner
38. Hold Tight by Laura Harner
39. The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie
40. Taking Chance by Laura Harner
41. Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake
42. Hanging Chad by Laura Harner
43. Burning Up the Ice by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
44. Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
45. Malting by Sean Michael
46. Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne
47. The Affair by Lee Child
48. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
49. Cody's Dragon by K. M. Mahoney
50. His Hero anthology



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RC: Romance Challenges


Contemporary Romance
Reading Challenge
2014


hosted  at The Book Vixen

For sign- ups and more information, click here

Basic Requirements: Read or re-read 10 fiction romance books, any format, 100 pages minimum. Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.




Romantic Suspense
Reading Challenge
2014


hosted  at The Book Vixen

For sign- ups and more information, click here

Basic Requirements: Read or re-read 10 fiction romantic suspense books, any format, 100 pages minimum.



The Romance
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted at ...the bookworm...

For more information and to sigh up, click here

Basic Requirements: Pick five romance books. Read and review them during 2014. The list can change but the books must be ones you picked out for yourself.





Historical Romance
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted at Herding Cats and Burning Soup

For more information and to sigh up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read and review a minimum of 12 books. Any format of at least 100 pages. Any time period prior to 1920


Erotic Romance
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted at Herding Cats and Burning Soup

For more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read and review a minimum of 12 books


M/M Romance
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted at Walkabout

for more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Requirements: Read male/male romance books. Any format/length, several levels to choose from.
I'm going for . . . Surprise Me! . . . because I have no idea how many I'll get to this year.


~*~ Contemporary Romance ~*~
1. Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell
2. Blackberry Summer by Raeanne Thayne
3. Seaview Inn by Sherryl Woods
4. Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
5. Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne
6. When We Met by Susan Mallery
7. Hearts and Swords by Robin D. Owens
8. The Return of Brody McBride by Jennifer Ryan
9. Sawyer by Lori Foster
10. Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick
~ Challenge Completed ~
May 23

~*~ Romantic Suspense ~*~
1. Forever by Tinnean
2. The Return of Brody McBride by Jennifer Ryan
3. Falling for Owen by Jennifer Ryan
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~ Challenge Completed ~
date


~*~ Romance w/reviews ~*~
1. Dreamweaver Trail by Emily March (pre-ordered for 5-27)
2. The Escape by Mary Balogh (pre-ordered for 7-1)
3. Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn
4. Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts
5. The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman (pre-ordered for 8-26)

~ Challenge Completed ~
date



~*~ Historical Romance w/reviews ~*~
1. The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
2. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
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~ Challenge Completed ~
date


~*~ Erotic Romance w/reviews ~*~
1. Hold Me Together by Felice Fox
2. The Perfect Balance by Trina Lane
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~ Challenge Completed ~
date

~*~ m/m Romance ~*~
1. Here Kitty, Kitty by Joyee Flynn
2. My Little Kitty by Joyee Flynn
3. Our Sexy Tiger by Joyee Flynn
4. My Angel Cheetah by Joyee Flynn
5. Kitty in the Middle by Joyee Flynn
6. Cheetah in Charge by Joyee Flynn
7. My Feisty Kitten by Joyee Flynn
8. My Spotted Dream by Joyee Flynn
9. A Squeak and a Roar by Joyee Flynn
10. Scales and a Tail by Stormy Glenn
11. Fire and Ash by Gabrielle Evans
12. Attracting Anthony by Amber Kell
13. Baiting Ben by Amber Kell
14. Courting Calvin by Amber Kell
15. Denying Dare by Amber Kell
16. Enticing Elliot by Amber Kell
17. Finding Farro by Amber Kell
18. Getting Gabe by Amber Kell
19. Hunting Henry by Amber Kell
20. Inflaming Inno by Amber Kell
21. Judging Jager by Amber Kell
22. Keeping Kylen by Amber Kell
23. White Paws and a Dream by Stormy Glenn 
24. Splash and Elegance by Gabrielle Evans
25. Myth and Mischief by Gabrielle Evans

jump to new page!

~ Challenge Completed ~
date



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RC: Chill Baby, Chill


Chill Baby, Chill
Dec 21, 2013 to Mar 20, 2014

hosted here at the Lair

Basic requirements: Relax. Read six books. Maybe reviews. Wrap-up post.

I think I can do this ;-)


~ Books Read ~

1. Hidden Talents by Emma Holly
2. Hidden Depths by Emma Holly
3. Hidden Crimes by Emma Holly
4. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
5. Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne
6. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

~ Challenge Completed ~
January 3

now do a wrap up post


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

RC: ARCs :-) . . . Review Pile Reading Challenge!


Review Pile
Reading Challenge
2014

hosted by Rachel at Fiktshun and Reanna at Phantasmic Reads!

For more information and to sign-up, click here or here.

Basic Requirements: Read your "please review this" pile. There are five levels, you can move up but not down. Rachel and Reanna will alternate which blog to post reviews at. THERE ARE PRIZES! Read the info post to find out more about that.

 I know I should go for Adept but I'm trying to be realistic here . . . I'm going for

  Journeyman 
. . . and hope to review 11-20 ARCs.

I'm not going to list all my book possibilities but I can start with the ones sitting by my reading chair and add to the list  ;-)

  • What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries
  • Marilyn Monroe: On the Couch by Alma H. Bond, Ph.D.
  • In Mint Condition: 2013 anthology
  • Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton
~ Books Read ~
Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven  ~ review
Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick  ~ review
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan  ~ review
For All Time by Jude Deveraux  ~ review
Arlo's Epiphany by Jane Oldaker  ~ review coming
The Possible Police by Wylde Scott ~ review

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Purr-sday












just a place to share the cute/funny/weird pictures I find while surfing....when I should be doing a whole range of things ;) Don't forget to head over to The True Book Addict because Michele has a meme going. With links and everything!

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Third Sentence Thursday!




Hosted at Proud Book Nerd, I hope
1. Take the book you are currently reading and post the third sentence.
2. Share your thoughts on the sentence.
3. Post a link to your blog post in the link list. If you don’t have a blog, just leave it in the comments here.
4. Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentence.



Down at the pier, Cole Douchett was freezing his tail off stringing lights onto the cabin of his family's fishing boat.
Christmas in Shelter Bay
JoAnn Ross
one story in Christmas on Main Street

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Friday, November 15, 2013 to Sunday, November 17, 2013 Friday.

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend is a three-day adoption event where a larger selection of dogs and cats are available for adoption. Our winter event is Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17, in all PetSmart® stores in North America.
I Can Has Cheezburger has several pictures to go along with the event. These were my favorites. . . 
 







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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.