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

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

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

Monday, February 24, 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 ~
Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
A Lucky Harbor novel, Feb 2014, paperback

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hat-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben--even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done. . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy #1, reprint Oct 2010, mass market paperback (debut novel, fantasy, POC)

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky, seat of the ruling Arameri family. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate — and gods and mortals — are bound inseparably.

The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy #2, Nov 2010, Trade paperback

In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. And Oree's guest is all the heart of it . . .

The Other Sister by Leanne Davis 
Sister series #1, ebook, amazon-Jan 2014 general release May 2014, comes with a 17+ warning

General Travis Bains has two daughters, one who is good, and one who is bad. Everyone knows Lindsey is the good one, and Jessie is the bad one.

Jessie Bains is the other sister, the bad sister, which she has proven more often than not, until the day she gets kidnapped and brutally raped. Will Hendricks, one of her father's soldiers, rescues her and brings her home, but fears she may be nearly destroyed by what is done to her. The most important thing, however, is that no one can know, per the general's orders.

Jessie's life was always far from normal as the daughter of one of the most revered generals in the world. No one sees what the general does to Jessie, except Will. When Will discovers the danger Jessie is living in at her father's hand, he once again rescues her. Will has survived the horrors of war, but is now engaged in a battle that has become far more personal and far more deadly. Will alone realizes what the general has done and will do to destroy his "other" daughter.

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swensen cozy mysteries, Jan 2014, mass market paperback

It’s a hot summer evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota – and the Grand Opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. Hannah Swensen’s famous Red Velvet cupcakes are being served in the new Red Velvet lounge. The party starts off with a bang with the arrival of Doctor Bev, who left town in shame after she two-timed her fiance. But the gossip comes to a screeching halt when another partygoer takes a dive off the hotel’s rooftop garden. As the police investigate, the only one who isn’t preoccupied with the case is Doctor Bev. She’s too busy trying to stir things up with her old flame Norman, who’s reunited with Hannah. Just as Hannah’s patience with Bev runs thin, her rival is found dead at the bottom of Miller’s Pond. To everyone’s shock, Hannah is now the target of a murder investigation – and she’s feeling the heat in a way she never has before . . .

Walking on Air by Catherine Anderson
A Valance Family novel, Feb 2014, mass market paperback

Random, Colorado, is just another stop on the road for solitary gunslinger Gabriel Valance. Known for his drinking, gambling, and womanizing, he prefers to remain a stranger to anyone who crosses his path. But when an upstart gunslinger catches Gabe off guard and shoots him down, he regrets his empty, lonely life with his dying breath....

Golden-haired beauty Nancy Hoffman settled in Random after fleeing an abusive past. Caring for her younger sister and working in a hat shop help her to forge ahead, though she remains fearful and mistrustful of men—and marriage....

Their paths will cross when Gabe gets a second chance at life and a divine mission: to sweep Nancy off her feet, gain her trust, and convince her to believe in his love. And in doing so, the once-hardened cowboy may save himself....


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!

sigh, over 500 pages of an online serial, twice! -  no isbn/equivalent, doesn't count
Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne
The Affair by Lee Child
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Books stacked by my reading chair:
My Familiar Dragon by Daniel Hood
Sweet Laurel Falls by RaeAnne Thayne
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
. . . 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:
Super Shred Diet by Dr. Ian K. Smith
Here, There be Dragons by James A. Owen

Happy Reading!

copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2014


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Seems odd that a YA book would have a +17 warning. But maybe it's not YA?

Here's my It's Monday!

TP said...

I read the 3rd book in the Inheritance trilogy (loved it) but haven't read the first 2 either. Really hope you enjoy it - I've read a few other books from Jemisin and she's a wonderful author.

Tanya Patrice

Unknown said...

So many books! Enjoy!

bermudaonion said...

I've been hearing a lot about Jill Shalvis lately - it seems she has a lot of fans. Enjoy your new books!

Juli Rahel said...

The Inheritance trilogy sounds amazing! I haven't found a new, good fantasy series to read yet, so maybe this one? His Other Daughter sounds heart breaking but also really good! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good week, I'm a new follower!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Juli Rahel said...

The Inheritance trilogy sounds amazing! I haven't found a new, good fantasy series to read yet, so maybe this one? His Other Daughter sounds heart breaking but also really good! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good week, I'm a new follower!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Juli Rahel said...

The Inheritance trilogy sounds amazing! I haven't found a new, good fantasy series to read yet, so maybe this one? His Other Daughter sounds heart breaking but also really good! Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a good week, I'm a new follower!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Anonymous said...

I just read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms this weekend and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to continue on with the trilogy. I hope you enjoy the books as well.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

The Jill Shalvis book caught my eye. Hope you enjoy it and the rest of your books!

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

Very nice new arrivals! Love Shalvis and Lucky Harbor. I'm a bit behind in them though. Need to get on that soon!

Elizabeth said...

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder looks good.

ENJOY your week and your books.

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