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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

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

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

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy Monday

Started by Marcia, Mailbox Monday is a place to share all the wonderful books that have come to live in your home; print, electronic and audio. Stop by the blog to see who else has posted. Just be prepared for the side effect of a growing TBR list/pile!

~ here are the new books in my house this week ~
Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne
Hope's Crossing #3, September 2012, ebook

Spring should bring renewal, but Maura McKnight-Parker cannot escape the past. Still reeling from the loss of one daughter, the former free spirit is thrown for a loop by the return of her older daughter, Sage, and the reappearance of her first love, Sage's father. Jackson Lange never knew his daughter—never even knew that he'd left the love of his life pregnant when he fled their small town—but he has never forgotten Maura.

Now they are all back, but Sage has her own secret, one that will test the fragile bonds of a reunited family. Thrown together by circumstances and dedicated to those they love, Maura and Jackson must learn to move forward and let go of the mistakes of their past for the bright future that awaits them and their friends in Hope's Crossing.

Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake
The Sylum Tales #4, May 2013, ebook

In a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires swim free in a sea of humanity, sometimes you need an edge. Looking for a little love? Need some luck? Desperate for revenge? Gage can give you what you need. The most talented tattoo artist in town, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart's desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price. . . .

Gage learned that lesson long ago, in ways he'd rather not remember. But the cruel and powerful wizards in the dreaded Ivory Towers he escaped aren't about to let him forget. Though Gage has managed to stay out of sight, he can't outrun the past forever. The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his transgressions.

Too bad if innocent humans and monsters—entire cities—get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him . . .

Fade the Heat by Colleen Thompson
series: Montlake/Dorchester, December 2005, used mmp

Someone is setting fires in the Houston barrio, and Dr. Jack Montoya is the first intended victim. Is there some connection between the torching of his apartment and the gorgeous blonde from his past who appears at his clinic on the same day? For sure, Reagan Hurley turns up the flames on his libido, but these days the beautiful firefighter is more interested in putting out conflagrations than fanning old sparks. Yet when a hotly contested mayoral race turns ugly, when Reagon's life is threatened and Jack's career almost destroyed, when desire sizzles uncontrollably between them, it seems that so one will be able to . . . Fade the Heat

A Tough Nut to Kill by Elizabeth Lee
A Nut House Mystery #1, February 2014, new mmp . . . includes Pecan recipes

Riverville, Texas, is pecan country, and the Blanchard family farm is famous for its acres of tall pecan trees and the delicious pies and cookies sold at the Nut House, the aptly named family store. Miss Amelia, Lindy’s feisty grandmother, makes the best pecan pies for several counties and the farm is attracting visitors from far and wide to sample the wares.

Until the day Lindy walks into the greenhouse to find her uncle Amos murdered and her new stock of trees destroyed, with the best of the bunch stolen. Who is out to ruin the Blanchard family? And who wanted Uncle Amos dead? With the sheriff stumped, it’s up to Lindy and Miss Amelia to save the ranch and tree a killer.

I forgot to tell you about this one, it was a hand-off from my daughter several weeks ago.
The Mourning After by Rochelle B. Weistein
June 2013, trade paperback, autographed!

A tragic car accident will forever change the Keller family. Fifteen-year-old Levon Keller survives, though his older brother David, star athlete and golden child, does not. As the fragile family mourns while trying to move on, guilt-ridden Levon finds himself lost between the memory of his brother and the constant attention his younger sister requires with a rare genetic affliction.

When the beautiful and unpredictable teenager Lucy Bell moves in next door, Levon finds a trustworthy friend--one capable of providing salvation and true insight. Their friendship leads the reader on a journey that reveals family secrets and painful truths, culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful realization: when it comes to family, nothing is as it seems.

a long-time friend knows the author and the kindle sample was great . . .
Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms by Jamie Eubanks (facebook)
March 2013, ebook

Jillian Braedon possesses a secret so explosive that she must be silenced. On the run with her five-year-old daughter, stranded in the middle of a blizzard and critically injured, Jill sends little Valerie off into the raging storm alone. The child stumbles onto the property of retired musician-turned-recluse, John Mills, begging for help. John soon finds himself caught up in their torment, and face-to-face with the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to destroy the secret, and silence everyone involved.

A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan
A League of Literary Ladies Mystery, February 2014, new mmp

Summer can be the best of times or the worst of times for the resort town of Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. Fore Bea Cartwright, business is booming as guests storm her B and B for the Bastille Day celebration. In honor of the holiday, the League of Literary Ladies is reading the Charles Dickens classic A Tale of two Cities. It would be hard to make a more appropriate selection--especially when they have their very own Defarge sisters, elderly twins Margaret and Alice, who run the local knitting shop.

On Bastille Day, the head-banging rock band Guillotine shows their shops for the tourists--but the celebration is soon cut short. With something needling the Defarge dowagers and secrets that lead to murder, solving this mystery will be far, far better thing than the Literary Ladies have done before. They'll just have to make sure to keep heir heads while they try to stop a killer's reign of terror. . .

Willow Springs Ranch series (1-3, 3.5, 4) by Laura Harner
most of the covers are not safe for work!

Hot cowboys who love other cowboys. There is also a sheriff, Federal Agent, teacher and bronc rider. 

The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish
November 2012, Trade paperback,

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She's ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything.

Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl--a silent girl who'll only talk to Claire--does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?

I haven't received any review books, 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 ebooks at amazon mostly from Pixel of Ink. I do go through the Top 100 at amazon once in a while. I'm getting better at pinning my new ebooks, 2014's books

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 others and be prepared to add to your TBR pile!

Saint Returns by Amber Kell
Fire and Fang by Eden Cole
Apple Mead by West Thornhill
Fang and Fur by Stormy Glenn
Ty Hard by Laura Harner
Hold Tight by Laura Harner
The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie 
Taking Chance by Laura Harner
Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake
Heart Fortune by Robin D. Owens
Burning Up the Ice by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
Hanging Chad by Laura Harner

Books stacked by my reading chair:

My Familiar Dragon by Daniel Hood
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Hope Flames by Jaci Burton
Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake
. . . and about 20 unread library books

Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page . . .)
Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (on page . . .)
Dragonwriter edited by Todd McCaffrey (on page . . .)
Mischief and Mistletoe, anthology (on page 312/402)
Jockeys and Jewels by Bev Pettersen (ebook - 21% read in 2013)
Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley (on page . . .)
A Lady Chosen by Stephanie Laurens (ebook - 42% read in 2013)

Latest Review Books:


Did Not Finish, may try again later:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Happy Reading!


Anonymous said...

Wow, so many books! Enjoy your reads :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, so many books! Enjoy your reads :)

Mary (Bookfan) said...

The RaeAnne Thayne book is on my wish list. Hope you love it!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It would be nice if there was a place we readers could post our Don't Bother With books. I suppose the Did Not Finish list would work....

Here's my It's Monday!

Unknown said...

Looks like quite a variety. Enjoy!

bermudaonion said...

The new cozies look good to me!

Harvee said...

I have one of the cozies, a Tale of Two Biddies. The other looks good too. A Tough Nut to Kill has a clever title!
Book Dilettante

Serena said...

Enjoy your books.

gautami tripathy said...

Hope you enjoy your books!

Here is my post.

Vera said...

Enjoy all your new reads!

My Mailbox Monday

The Reading Date said...

So many interesting titles! Looks like you have some good reading ahead. Enjoy & have a good week :)

Stormi said...

I hope you like What the Duke Desires as I really liked it. :) You have a lot of books to tackle so I hope you will enjoy your reading. :)

Jo said...

I enjoyed both Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake and Heart Fortune by Robin D. Owens. How'd you like them?

And I have the same problem with unread library books.

Vicki said...

The Air We Breathe sounds really good!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

I just love the variety of the books :) I have Drake and Thayne on my tbr pile. Both look so good!


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