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!)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Monday on Sunday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Don't forget to link up your list

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

Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
2014, hardcover

After a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family's diving and marine-recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate's financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the little family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares.

Holden Cameron was addicted to the adrenaline rush of active duty—including narrowly surviving an underwater explosives accident. The last thing the former British military diver wants is to babysit a family of thieves on a tropical island—even if they are the world-famous Diving Donnellys. But in his new civilian job, Holden must investigate the suspicious activity surrounding a Donnelly dive to recover treasure from the ancient wreck of a pirate ship.

When equipment, treasure, and even divers begin to disappear, Kate and Holden form an uneasy alliance to uncover the truth. But the deeper they plummet into the mystery, the closer they come to each other. Soon they are sharing their deepest fears and darkest secrets—and a combustible chemistry too hot to ignore.

The Valdemar Companion edited by John Helfers and Denise Little
2002, trade paperback

Fifteen years ago, Mercedes Lackey put pen to paper to write Arrows Of The Queen, her first novel about Valdemar, a fantasy kingdom replete with magical races and magical creatures, enemies and allies both sorcerous and mundane. This ancient land of mystery is unique even among fantasy realms, for it is protected by an elite corps -- the Heralds.

With eighteen novels published, and millions of copies in print, Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series has won the hearts of countless readers. In response to overwhelming demand on the part of her many fans, veteran editors John Helfers and Denise Little now present The Valdemar Companion. With the help and guidance of Mercedes Lackey, Helfers and Little have compiled a reader's guide to Mercedes Lackey's best-selling world of Valdemar. Included in this comprehensive work is an all-original Mercedes Lackey Valdemar novella, as well as an essay by Lackey about Valdemar, and extensive interviews with the author and her publisher. With an overview of the history of Valdemar, detailed essays on the various races and kingdoms, a substantial concordance containing entries on every major character, device and setting, and including articles on the magical races and creatures, a chapter on the diverse Valdemar fan clubs, and a section devoted to the songs of Valdemar, along with beautifully detailed maps, The Valdemar Companion is everything any Valdemar fan could wish for.


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!

Exile's Valor by Mercedes Lackey
Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
Hold Me Together by Felice Fox
Reckless Behaviour by Talia Carmichael
A Tender Roughness by Talia Carmichael
Opposing Rhythms by Talia Carmichael
One Good Man by Talia Carmichael
Slow Burn by Talia Carmichael
Ralston’s Way by Talia Carmichael
Long Hard Ride by Talia Carmichael
Opposites Attract by by Talia Carmichael

yes, it looks like a lot but most were short, this is less than 1,800 pages.

Books stacked by my reading chair:
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Burning Up anthology
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
. . . and about 6 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 44/384)
Dragonwriter edited by Todd McCaffrey (on page 42/271)
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 18/284 + Home-Renovation and Design Tips)

Happy Reading!

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Kathy Martin said...

I like Mercedes Lackey's books but have never read Talia Carmichael. Your started but not yet completed has a few books that are my TBR mountain. I really want to read Dreamwriter but haven't been able to fit it in yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading and have a wonderful week!

Marce said...

I have never heard of Talia Carmichael, but the titles are intriguing.

Enjoy the week.

Anonymous said...

Night Diver is on my wishlist. I am interested because my husband and son are scuba divers and it looks intriguing. I never heard of Talia Carmichael. Will have to check her out. Have a good week.

Serena said...

Enjoy your books

Juli Rahel said...

'The Valdemar Companion' looks amazing, I love fantasy novels :) You've read so much this last week, respect! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you enjoy all of your books!
My Monday post
Juli @ Universe in Words

Brunette Librarian said...

Someone was in a Talia Carmichael mood :)

Hope they were fabulous!

Happy reading this week! :) The Brunette Librarian's Blog

Joy said...

Night Diver might be one for me. A little vacation to the Caribbean when our winter keeps recurring!

Have a good week!

Joy's Book Blog

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I think Night Diver sounds good!


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