Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017
It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Monday x2

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 ~

Until We Touch by Susan Mallery
Fool's Gold, (June 24) 2014 (so excited), mass market paperback

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length – a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold.

Larissa Owens knows where she stands – Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. No matter what her heart says. But then Larissa's big secret is revealed...by her mother!

When Jack discovers Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love-- will Jack go for the ultimate play?

White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Pendergast, 2013, ebook

Corrie Swanson sets out to solve a long-forgotten mystery. In 1876, in a remote mining camp called Roaring Fork in the Colorado Rockies, several miners were killed in devastating grizzly bear attacks. Now the town has become an exclusive ski resort and its historic cemetery has been dug up to make way for development.

Corrie has arranged to examine the remains of the dead miners. But in doing so she makes a shocking discovery that threatens the resort's very existence. The town's leaders, trying to stop her from exposing their community's dark and bloody past, arrest and jail her.

Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI arrives to help--just as a series of brutal arson attacks on multimillion dollar homes terrify the town and drive away tourists.

Drawn irresistibly into the investigation, Pendergast discovers an unlikely secret in Roaring Fork's past, connecting the resort to a chance meeting between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. With the town under siege, and Corrie's life in desperate danger, Pendergast must solve the riddle of the past... before the town of the present goes up in flames.


*Review Book*
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
women's fiction, 2014


When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

~*~*~*~*~ 
I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several others 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!




Finished:
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

 
Books stacked by my reading chair:
Smitten anthology
Dragon's Teeth by Mercedees Lackey
Cats in Space and Other Places anthology
In Mint Condition anthology
The One And Only by Emily Giffin
Dark Gold by Christine Feehan

. . . and 5 unread library books



Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384) . . . just start over!
Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (on page 44/384) . . . just start over!
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)
Montana Standoff by Sharon Dunn (18/280) . . . just start over!
Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley (on page 18/284 + Home-Renovation and Design Tips)


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Spring into a Good Book Wrap up linky


Wow, is it the 20th already? I totally forgot about a second read-a-thon! How did everyone do? You don't have to do a wrap up post but if you kept a list of books read, go ahead and link that up.







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Friday, June 20, 2014

review delay

Time got away from me so the review that was supposed to be posted today may not be. I like to post at midnight, my time, but the review will be posted late, late today. Or maybe even tomorrow.




The Witch of Belladonna Bay
by Suzanne Palmieri

St. Martin's Press (Macmillan)
9781250015532
May 2014
print, ebook, audio
Women's Fiction
368pages

author's website

Book Description:
It’s the trouble you aren’t expecting that gets you. And it’s all around you, Bronwyn, it’s all around you like the air.…

Bronwyn "BitsyWyn" Whalen hasn’t set eyes on the red dirt of Magnolia Creek, Alabama, for fourteen years—not since her mama died. But with her brother, Patrick, imprisoned for the murder of her childhood best friend, and her eccentric father, Jackson, at his wits’ end while her eleven-year-old niece, Byrd, runs wild, Bronwyn finds herself once again surrounded by ancient magnolia trees and the troubled family she left behind. She becomes immersed in a whirlwind of mystery and magic as she tries to figure out what really happened that fateful night her friend died. And as her bond with Byrd deepens, Bronwyn must face the demons of her past in order to unravel her family’s uncertain future.





Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of NetGalley and amazon.com and is being reviewed as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summer Library Read-a-Thon progress/updates/wrapup post



Summer Library Read-a-Thon
hosted by The Book Monsters

dates: June 16 - 22

Looks like this is a read as many library books as you can type RaT but be sure to stop by The Book Monsters







Summer Library Challenge
hosted by the Book Monsters

dates: June 1 - July 31

For challenge information and to sign up, click here

Basically visit the library, check materials out, learn more about the library. Kate and Kristen have some fabulous things planned so stop by and check things out.


~ Books Read ~
Summer Library Read-a-Thon
  1. Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick (Jun 17)
  2.  
Summer Library Challenge
  1. Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
  2. True Love by Jude Deveraux
  3. Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
  4.  


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    You Read How Many Books?/One Million Pages Challenges page five


    You Read How 
    Many Books?
    Reading Challenge
    2014


    Many thanks to Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf for hosting the 150+ challenge the last couple of years and allowing me to host it this year.

    For more information and to sign up, click here but basically, choose a level and read to your heart's content :-) Anything with an ISBN or equivalent counts. I'm going for 200 and will count everything! 
     ~ Challenge Complete June 14 ~


    One Million Pages
    Reading Challenge
    Perpetual

    My main page for this is here but I'll keep track of pages read here and transfer over monthly totals.
     


    Don't forget to add the mainstream books to GoodReads (they're the ones with the checkmark)




    ~ Books Read ~
    with page count

    continued from page four
    ~*~ 38,875 ~*~
    √ 201. 342 - Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
    √ 202. 342 - Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
    √ 203. 376 - Until We Touch by Susan Mallery
    ~*~ June: 3,915 ~*~
    √ 204.  256 - Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland
    √ 205. 353 - The Proposal by Mary Balogh
    √ 206. 49 - The Suitor by Mary Balogh
    √ 207. 341 - The Escape by Mary Balogh
    208. 69 - Taken by Two by April Andrews
    209. 78 - Captured by Three by April Andrews
    210. 78 - Chased by Four by April Andrews
    ~*~ 41,159 ~*~
    √ 211. 184 - WBI: Witches Bureau of Investigation by Richard Capwell
    √ 212. 384 - The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale
    √ 213. 389 - Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya Rodale
    √ 214.  400 - For All Time by Jude Deveraux
    215. 151 - Liam's Unexpected Alpha by Alice Cain
    216. 131 - Aiden's Accidental Beta by Alice Cain
    217. 145 - Cody's Eternal Sheriff by Alice Cain
    218. 233 - The Mormon and the Dom by Nix Knox
    √ 219. 35 - Arlo's Epiphany by Jane Oldaker
    220. 207 - Fight for Love by Samantha Kane
     ~*~ 43,418 ~*~
    221. 118 - Brian's Mate by Hollis Shiloh
    222. 370 - Dark Horse by Kate Sherwood
    223. 321 - Out of the Darkness by Kate Sherwood
    224. 121 - Worth Waiting For by Kim Dare
    225. 10 - Another Six Months Later by Kim Dare
    226. 224 - Worth a Shot by Kim Dare
    227. 338 - The Cop and the Criminal by Nix Knox
    228. 80 - Diomedes by Amber Kell
    229. 93 - Mate Hunt by Amber Kell
    230. 48 - Mate Test by Amber Kell
     ~*~ 45,141 ~*~
    231. 61 - Mate Dance by Amber Kell
    232. 97 - Mate Healer by Amber Kell
    ~*~ July: ~*~
    233. 206 - On Fire by Drew Zachary
    √ 234. 411 - The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
    235. 132 - Bodyguard to a Sex God by RJ Scott
    236. 212 - Three's Company by N. R. Walker
    237. 172 - The Ex Factor by RJ Scott
    238. 79 - Dragon's Lair by Pelaam
    239. 257 - Forbidden Waters by L. M. Brown
    240. 400 - Family Connections by N.J. Nielsen
     ~*~ 47,168 ~*~
    241. 273 - Dark Nights and Headlights by Bailey Bradford
    242. 166 - Bitter Creek's Redemption by T. A. Chase
    243. 172 - Broncs and Bullies by Bailey Bradford
    √ 244. 37 - The Cat Who Spied on Me by Jane Oldaker
    245. 195 - Blinding Light by Renae Kaye
    246. 116 - Catching Eagle's Eye by Samantha Cayto
    247. 154 - A Bid for Love by T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis
    248. 204 - On the Green by Nicole Dennis
    249. 151 - Liam's Unexpected Alpha by Alice Cain
    250. 131 - Aiden's Accidental Beta by Alice Cain
    ~*~ 48,767 ~*~

    continued on page six





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    Monday, June 16, 2014

    Happy Monday

    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 ~

    Sleigh Bells and Wedding Rings
    romance, 2009, mass market paperback

    This title contains three classic romances spreading the special gift of love at Christmas!
    "The Silver Thaw" by Betty Neels
    "The Christmas Basket" by Debbie Macomber
    "Mistletoe Marriage" by Jessica Hart 





    The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews
    personal growth/Christian living, 2013, ebook

    Perspective is a powerful thing.

    Andy Andrews has spent the past five years doing a double take at every white-haired old man he sees, hoping to have just one more conversation with the person to whom he owes his life.

    Through a chance encounter at a local bookstore, Andy is reunited with the man who changed everything for him – Jones, also known as “The Noticer.”

    As the story unfolds, Jones uses his unique talent of noticing little things that make a big difference. And these “little things” grant the people of Fairhope, Alabama, a life-changing gift - perspective. Along the way, families will be united, financial opportunities will be created, and readers will be left with powerfully simple solutions to the everyday problems we all face.

    Through the lens of a parenting class at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, Jones guides a seemingly random group to ask specific questions inspired by his curious advice that “You can’t believe everything you think.” Those questions lead to answers for which people have been searching for centuries:
    • How do we begin to change the culture in which we live?
    • What is the key to creating a life of success and value?
    • What if what we think is the end…is only the beginning?
    What starts as a story of one person's everyday reality unfolds into the extraordinary principles available to anyone looking to create the life for which they were intended.


    Red, White, & Blue by Jill Shalvis
    Romance, 2014, ebook (reprint)

    The Complete Firefighter Collection: Seeing Red, White Heat, and Blue Flame

    Includes a chapter from It's In His Kiss, a Lucky Harbor novel







    *Review Book*
    Three Wishes by Deborah Kreiser  (twitter, blog)
    YA Paranormal, 2014, ebook, ISBN: 978-1-62135-275-4


    Tall and lanky, Genie Lowry is only noticed at academic awards assemblies—until the day she turns 17 1/2, when her body changes from Kate-Hudson-flat to Katy-Perry-curvy—and she finds out she’s a real, live genie. Suddenly, every guy at school is paying attention to her, including Pete Dillon, her never-in-a-million-years crush.

    But to gain her full powers and keep her new body, Genie has to find a master, and she’s not sure if Pete’s Master (or Mr.) Right. With help from her dead mother’s interactive diary and an imposing mentor with questionable motives, Genie uncovers the family history and genie rules she never knew. She grapples with her new powers and searches for the perfect master as she tries to make her own wishes come true.


    *Review Book*
    The Right Bitch by Doranna Durgin
    2014, ebook (previously published)

    One blue-ticked bitch, three stories, & three times the irreverent adventure.










    ~*~*~*~*~ 
    I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several others 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!




    Finished:
    Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
    True Love by Jude Deveraux
    Dark Desire by Christine Feehan

     
    Books stacked by my reading chair:
    Smitten anthology
    Dragon's Teeth by Mercedees Lackey
    Cats in Space and Other Places anthology
    In Mint Condition anthology
    The One And Only by Emily Giffin
    Dark Gold by Christine Feehan
    Undetected by Dee Henderson 

    . . . and 5 unread library books



    Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
    What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384) . . . just start over!
    Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (on page 44/384) . . . just start over!
    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)
    Montana Standoff by Sharon Dunn (18/280) . . . just start over!
    Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley (on page 18/284 + Home-Renovation and Design Tips)


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    Friday, June 13, 2014

    This Photo-a-Day Challenge! - books



    Photo-a-Day Challenge
    June 13

    for more information and to sign up, click here











    75 books from my tbr boxes (yes, I said boxes)


    Books to review, I'm so far behind, plus there are ebooks!
    here's some of the boxes {blush}

    All of these have books in them, a huge chuck of of them are TBR!
    I wish I had my library room set up to show you but it (they) aren't ready yet :-(


    Tomorrow: friendship


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    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    Library Books Read-a-Thon Progress/Wrap-up

     
    Library Books Read-a-Thon
    hosted by Rachael at Rachael Turns Pages
    dates: June 9 - June 16 (Midnight to 11:59 p.m.)

    For RaT information and to sign up, click here

    Basically read as many library books as you can. It looks like Rachael has some great posts planned so don't forget to stop by.





    . . . the Read-a-Thon happens during the Summer Library Challenge so my books count twice!



    Summer Library Challenge
    hosted by the Book Monsters

    dates: June 1 - July 31

    For challenge information and to sign up, click here

    Basically visit the library, check materials out, learn more about the library. Kate and Kristen have some fabulous things planned so stop by and check things out.




    ~ Books Read ~

    Library Book Read-a-Thon
    1. True Love by Jude Deveraux - review
    2.  
    Summer Library Challenge
    1. Lost Cat by Caroline Paul
    2. True Love by Jude Deveraux
    3.  
    4.  

    ~ Library Books at the house ~
    1. The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto
    2. Call for the Dead by John Le Carré
    3. Child of Mine by David Lewis
    4. Fit and fabulous in 15 minutes by Teresa Tapp  (started before RaT))
    5. Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn (started before RaT)
    6. Once Tasted by Laura Moore
    7. Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
    8. The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton - (started before RaT)
    9. Undetected by Dee Henderson  . . . . reading
    10. Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase
    11. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
    12. Unclutter your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland
    ~ Books Waiting for me at the Library ~
    1. Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase
    2. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
    3. Unclutter your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland
    4.   

    update: 26 hours to finish one more library book. Finishing a book is no problem, making sure it is a library book is! Well, that and I've got to get offline ;-)

    update/wrap-up: Just the one library book finished, and reviewed! Excited about the rest of the trilogy.


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    This Photo-a-Day Challenge! - summer

    Photo-a-Day Challenge
    June 12

    for more information and to sign up, click here

    Merriam-Webster: summer
    : the warmest season of the year that is after spring and before autumn 






    I've got lots more vacation pictures ;-) but these seem to say it for me. Summer = beach even if we don't go every year.


    Tomorrow: books


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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!

    Not sure these need any words. Enjoy









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    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    True Love by Jude Deveraux

    True Love
    Nantucket Brides trilogy
    by Jude Deveraux

    Ballantine Books
    July 2013
    978-0345541796
    hardcover (also ebook, MMP, and audio)
    Romance
    448 pages

    author's website 

    Book Description:

    Just as Alix Madsen is finishing up architectural school, Adelaide Kingsley dies and wills her, for one year, the use of a charming nineteenth-century Nantucket house. The elderly woman’s relationship to the Madsen family is a mystery to the spirited Alix—fresh from a romantic breakup—but for reasons of her own Alix accepts the quirky bequest, in part because it gives her time to plan her best friend’s storybook wedding.


    ~ My Thoughts ~
    How wonderful to see the Taggerts and Montgomerys again. You don't need to read any of the previous books with the Taggerts and Montgomerys in them but they do make an appearance.

    How would you feel if your favorite Aunt died and instead of you inheriting the house as you expected, you got the house. . . and a houseguest?
    Of course there are bad feelings coming from Jared but the secrets he is keeping could to more damage to this budding relationship. To make matters worse, Jared isn't the only one keeping secrets and Alix's world is about to be rocked.

    This is a beautiful story about friendship, family, and true love with a little paranormal thrown in.

    Book 2 comes out next month (hardcover/ebook/audio) and is Toby's book. I'm assuming that book 3 will be Lexi's book and her true love will be her boss. Also thinking it will be coming out in 2015. :-(

    I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy . . . and going back to revisit the Taggerts and Montgomerys.


    This was checked out of the library. I'm a fan of Jude Deveraux and have already read the previous books with the Taggerts and Montomerys.


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    This Photo-a-Day Challenge! - love

    Photo-a-Day Challenge
    June 11

    for more information and to sign up, click here



    Merriam-Webster: love
      : a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person
    : attraction that includes sexual desire
    : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship
    : a person you love in a romantic way


    His idea for my K post, sitting on the balcony of the cruise ship (25th anniversary trip) & dressed up for a Halloween party.

    Tomorrow: summer


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    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    This Photo-a-Day Challenge! - guilty pleasure

    Photo-a-Day Challenge
    June 10

    for more information and to sign up, click here

    Merriam-Webster: guilty pleasure

    something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt 




    guilty pleasure #1: candy
    I'm diabetic so while the chocolate doesn't send my numbers through the roof the other can. Also, I don't share my black licorice (no one else here likes it) but will share the Swedish Fish and Skittles, if you get to it fast enough.


    guilty pleasure #2: picture books
    My youngest child is 24 and I'm still buying picture books! Not for grandkids, oh no, these are for me!


    Tomorrow: love


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    Monday, June 9, 2014

    Happy Monday

    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 ~
    wow! Some were preorders, bargain books, or priced too good to pass up (Costco), but dang, I didn't realize I had this many!

    Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire    (excerpt
    A Barefoot Bay novel, 2012, Mass Market Paperback

    When all you hold dear is taken away . . .

    When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong's home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the ruble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. and nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality.

    A second chance is the only thing you have left.

    Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he's going to have any chance of picking up hte pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong's architect. What's not int he plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay's designs on Lacey's heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?

    The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (fan site)
    The Arthurian Saga, 1970, mass market paperback 

    Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys -- or as he would later be known, Merlin -- leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur -- king for once and always.





    How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron
    A Cypress Hollow novel, 2011, trade paperback

    Lucy Harrison sells books by day and volunteers with the Cypress Hollow fire department by night. Her life is just the way she likes it—full, even-keeled, and smooth—until bad-boy ex-cop Owen Bancroft comes back to town. Lucy has always been fearless, never scared about diving in to help others. When it comes to risking her heart, however, she realizes she's absolutely terrified.

    In a small town like Cypress Hollow, everyone knows your business—and there is nowhere to hide. Then Lucy and Owen are thrown together by the discovery of the lost work of local legend, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter. Now Owen, adrift and struggling to redefine himself as a civilian without a badge, will have to learn how to open himself up to life's new possibilities . . . while Lucy decides just how much of herself she's willing to gamble on love.


    Wishes and Stitches by Rachael Herron
    A Cypress Hollow novel, 2011, trade paperback

    It has always been Naomi Fontaine’s dream to practice small-town medicine—an ambition that brought her to Cypress Hollow, the charming, tight-knit community her late friend, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter, loved so well. But no matter how hard she tries, Naomi can’t seem to fit in here. Then rugged Rig Keller moves in to take over half of Naomi’s medical practice, and instantly charms everyone in town . . . including Naomi.

    Rig saw what a broken relationship did to his brother, and has no interest whatsoever in getting serious. But the temptation to play doctor with his new partner is just too strong to resist. Any chance they might have of being truly knit together by love, however, depends entirely on what secrets they are willing to reveal . . . and on Rig’s willingness to risk his heart and Naomi’s desire to open hers completely.


    The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson (facebook)
    Goldy Schulz, 2014, mass market paperback

    Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expected one of her best friends to actually keel over as she left a birthday party Goldy catered. It turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking.

    When a colleague--a woman who resembles Goldy--is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu. With time running out, Goldy must roll up her sleeves, sharpen her knives, and make a meal out of a devious murderer, before the killer can serve her up cold.

    Hunter by Night by Elisabeth Staab
    Chronicles of Yavn, 2014, mass market paperback

    Party girl Alexia Blackburn is only hanging around the vampire compound until her best friend--the queen--has her baby. After that, nothing is going to stop Alexia from getting back to daylight, safety, and feeling like a normal human being. But leaving the vampire would has one beg catch. . .

    Head of vampire security Lee Goram has hated and distrusted humans for centuries. Feeding on vampire blood has kept his strong...but now it's killing him--and he's horrified to sidcover that Alexia may hold hte key to his cure. He'd rather die defending his king than admit his weakness, but time is running out for the great vampire warrior. . .

    Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh (excerpt)
    A Psy-Changeling novel, 2014, hardcover

    Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.

    For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

    Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…


    The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil
    Jo Mackenzie, 2009, trade paperback

    Jo Mackenzie needs a fresh start. Newly widowed with two young sons and a perilous bank balance, she leaves the bustle of London to take over her beloved Gran's wool shop in her sleepy seaside hometown. There, she finds unexpected comfort in a "Stitch and Bitch" knitting group that meets every week to trade gossip and, occasionally, a new stitch. When a new man enters Jo's life, the knitting club has even more trouble confining the conversation to knit one, purl two.


    Wall of Night  by Grant Blackwood
     A Briggs Tanner novel, 2014, ebook (reprint)

    Ghosts of the Past.

    Twelve years ago, Agent Briggs Tanner snuck into China to help strategic mastermind General Han Soong defect to the West. The escape went perfectly, until, somehow, the secret police interrupted them at the final rendezvous. Tanner barely escaped, but Soong and his family were arrested, and soon thereafter they disappeared…

    Threats to the Future.

    Now, Soong has resurfaced. He’s contacted the CIA with the message that he needs once more to try and escape—and the only person he trusts is Briggs Tanner. But even as Tanner prepares to confront the chaos of his own past and once again challenge the authority of China’s brutal secret police, forces around the globe are watching him, waiting for the moment that will lead the world to the brink of war, and seal Tanner’s fate once and for all.

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    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!




    Finished:
    Honeymooning by Rachael Herron
    Soldier's Choice by D.L. Warner
    Love Betrayed by Samantha Kane
    Gift of Desire by Samantha Kane and Kate Pearce
    Defeated by Love by Samantha Kane
    International Kittens of Mystery by Chris Dolley
    How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron
    Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
    Not Safe for Work by Michael S. Booker

     
    Books stacked by my reading chair:
    Smitten anthology
    Dragon's Teeth by Mercedees Lackey
    Cats in Space and Other Places anthology
    In Mint Condition anthology
    The One And Only by Emily Giffin

    . . . and 5 unread library books



    Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
    What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384) . . . just start over!
    Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (on page 44/384) . . . just start over!
    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)
    Montana Standoff by Sharon Dunn (18/280) . . . just start over!
    Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley (on page 18/284 + Home-Renovation and Design Tips)


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