Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2017



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

Monday, March 31, 2014

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


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!


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 book to GoodReads



Half way complete!

~ Books Read ~
with page count

continued from here

~*~ 20,274 ~*~
√ 101. 323 - Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey
~*~ March: 6,309~*~
√ 102. 320 - Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey
√ 103. 219 - Fairy, Texas by Margo Bond Collins
√ 104. 433 - Exile's Honor by Mercedes Lackey
√ 105. 402 - Exile's Valor by Mercedes Lackey
√ 106. 435 - Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
107. 116 - Hold Me Together by Felice Fox
108. 116 - Reckless Behaviour by Talia Carmichael
109. 108 - A Tender Roughness by Talia Carmichael
110. 90 - Opposing Rhythms by Talia Carmichael
~*~ 24,197 ~*~
111. 144 – One Good Man by Talia Carmichael
112. 76 – Slow Burn by Talia Carmichael
113. 102 - Ralston’s Way by Talia Carmichael
114. 87 - Long Hard Ride by Talia Carmichael
115. 98 - Opposites Attract by by Talia Carmichael
 . . . 238 - Rags to Riches Vol 1 (#116-117)
116. Remove the Empty Spaces by T. A. Chase
117. Close the Distance by T. A. Chase
118. 208 - The Perfect Balance by Trina Lane
119. 149 - The Perfect Union by Trina Lane
120. 190 - His Perfect Partner by Trina Lane
~*~ 25,489 ~*~
121. 46 - A Pint Light by Devon Rhodes
122. 89 - Through the Red Door by Devon Rhodes
123. 74 - Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes
124. 178 - Capturing Perfection by Trina Lane
125. 248 - Simply Perfection by Trina Lane
126. 180 - Rory's Last Chance by Bailey Bradford
127. 207 - Miles to Go by Bailey Bradford
128. 209 - Bend by Bailey Bradford
129. 301 - What Matters Most by Bailey Bradford
130. 205 - Ex's & O's by Bailey Bradford
~*~ 27,226 ~*~
131. 215 - A Bit of Me by Bailey Bradford
√ 132. 32 - Shall I Knit You a Hat? by Kate Klise
√ 133. 32 - Knitty Kitty by David Elliott
134. 132 - A Bit of You by Bailey Bradford
135. 179 - In My Arms Tonight by Bailey Bradford
136. 194 - Where There's a Will by Bailey Bradford
137. 134 - Chaps and Hope by Bailey Bradford
138. 205 - Ropes and Dreams by Bailey Bradford
139. 149 - Saddles and Memories by Bailey Bradford
140. 44 - Spot the Difference by Sean Michael
~*~ 28,542 ~*~
141. 153 - Fences and Freedom by Bailey Bradford
142. 157 - Three's Company by N. R. Walker
143. 147 - Rules of the Chef by Nicole Dennis
144. 47 - Wanting by Piper Vaughn
145. 49 - Straight Roommate by Mandy Harbin
√ 146. 32 - Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer
√ 147. 344 - When We Met by Susan Mallery
148. 77 - From Pack to Pride by Amber Kell
149. 94 - A Prideless Man by Amber Kell
150. 77 - A Prideful Mate by Amber Kell 
~*~ 29,719  ~*~

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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 ~


Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton
a Hope novel, 2014, mass market paperback

When a movie crew asks to film on his cattle ranch, Logan McCormack doesn’t expect Desiree Jenkins, the young, sought-after star, to be so open, so down-to-earth, or so intimately interested in him. But the last thing a loner like Logan needs is a distraction like Des, who wouldn’t understand what it’s like to live peacefully off the land.

But it’s Logan who doesn’t understand. What Des wants is an escape from paparazzi and gossip columns, and she’s found it at Logan’s ranch. Now it’s up to her to prove that she’s like any other girl looking to be accepted for who she is. And she’s hoping that it’s by this real life cowboy who has everything it takes—and more—to give her the kind of happily ever after that can’t be found in the movies.


Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey
Heralds of Valdemar, 1987, ebook

Talia could scarcely believe that she had finally earned the rank of full Hearld. Yet though this seemed like the fulfillment of all her dreams, it also meant she would face trials far greater than those she had previously survived. For now Talia must ride forth to patrol the kingdom of Valdemar, dispensing Herald's justice throughout the land.

But in this realm beset by dangerous unrest, enforcing her rulings, would require all the courage and skill Talia could command- for if she misused her own special powers, both she and Valdemar would pay the price!


How to Flirt with a naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Naked Werewolf, , ebook

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .

Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson
2013, ebook

Ellie Garrett never planned on being a divorced, single mother—she also never planned to get married again. Ever. Her ordinary life changes when the house across the street is sold. The new owner is Nick Coulter—quarterback and MVP for the Sacramento Defenders. Oh yeah, he’s also one of People magazine’s top 100 most beautiful people and America’s most eligible bachelor. So why would she pick him to have her first crush on since her divorce?

Recently retired from the NFL, Nick is more than ready to find a wife and start a family. He's tired of his high-profile lifestyle and moves to Pleasant Wood, Colorado, hoping to finally settle down and focus on his foundation Kids Come First. It would just feel nice to be a normal guy. Of course being rebuffed by Ellie the first few times he meets her makes him feel a little too normal.

As Nick and Ellie become acquainted, their mutual attraction is hard to ignore. But Ellie’s been hurt before by her womanizing ex-husband. She’s not sure that Nick has left behind his playboy reputation. Can she risk falling in love with the celebrity football player or will she miss her chance at scoring big in the game of love?

Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven
2013, ebook ~ review book

Count the Brownies (elves) up to 10 as they go about their chores around a old cottage house.









~*~*~*~*~

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!




Finished:
A Wanted Man by Lee Child
Jack Reacher's Rules compiled by Val Hudson
Never Go Back by Lee Child
When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
Everyday Love by Gabrielle Evans
Ten Busy Brownies by Talia Haven  (reviewed!)
Yes, Sir by Ellis Carrington
Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey


Books stacked by my reading chair:
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Burning Up anthology
. . . 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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Friday, March 28, 2014

Ten Busy Brownies - a children's picture book review

Ten Busy Brownies
Talia Haven


ASIN: B00HOQRG0U
Keith Publications, LLC
November 2013
30 pages
ebook
Age range: up to 5
 
Children's picture book
source: author
I received a free pdf in exchange for an honest review.

Grade: C-


This is a counting picture book. Count the brownies as they go about their chores.

~*~*~
I love picture books and have continued to purchase them long past when my children would enjoy them. That being said, I don't have an under five child to share this book with. I love the idea of the book, don't think it would work well on a smaller screen, and some of the illustrations were creepy. And what's with the buttons? I did have a little trouble with "7" because I thought a window was a mirror.

I would love to have brownies to help with housework and maybe with a young one we could pretend to help them do their work. Then I could do some more after bedtime and make a game out of having the child guess what the "brownies" did while they were asleep.

This would not have been on my "must have" list but I did enjoy it and will keep it.



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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mini-Challenge: April


Wacking Reading Challenges 
Mini-Challenge
April 1 - April 30

hosted at GoodReads

From the host: Spring is here! To celebrate, we have a mini challenge. There are four tasks below relating to the Spring season. You may choose to complete a task, do a spell out challenge using any word/words you associate with spring, or you may do a combination of both. How much of the challenge you do is up to you. Just have fun!

Challenge Rules:
Books should be at least 125 pages. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine--just be sure to re-read the entire book. When posting a book read, please include: title, author, and date you finished reading the book.

1. April Fools: – Read a book whose title ends in ‘L’ or ‘S’ – OR read the first book of a series – OR read book #1 or #11 from your TBR.

2. Spring Has Sprung: – Read a book by a new-to-you author – OR a book published in April – OR a Series or TBR book #2 or #20.

3. April Showers: – Read a book with raindrops or an umbrella on the cover – OR a book whose author’s first and last initials can be found in APRILSHOWERS – OR a Series or TBR book #4, #14 or #24.

4. Spring Fever: – Read a book with “spring” or “fever” in the title – OR a book with a flower(s) on the cover – OR a Series or TRB book #3 or #33.

Spell out words relating to Spring are listed below. You may use one of these words, or one of your own. Please feel free to use any word that relates to Spring for you. It does not have to be a traditional word for Spring. It can be anything.

April Fools Day
Spring Has Sprung
May Flowers
April Showers
Spring Fever
Rain
Sunshine

As always, many thanks to JenniferJ for the graphics!



Yikes! Of course, reading #3 from my TBR list won't work as I don't have an official list set up that way but I can try for one of the other things.

edit: question answered and requirements below fixed.

April Fools: – Read a book whose title ends in ‘L’ or ‘S’ – OR read the first book of a series

Spring Has Sprung: – Read a book by a new-to-you author – OR a book published in April – OR the 2nd book in a series

April Showers: – Read a book with raindrops or an umbrella on the cover – OR a book whose author’s first and last initials can be found in APRILSHOWERS – OR the 3rd book in a series

Spring Fever: – Read a book with “spring” or “fever” in the title – OR a book with a flower(s) on the cover – OR the 4th book in a series

~ Possibilities ~
Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey (end in L or S, #3)
When We Met by Susan Mallery (April 29)
Home to Seaview Key by Sherryl Woods (flower/cover, #2)
and about nine new-to-me bought in the last six months!

~ Books Read ~
April Fools
Spring has Sprung
April Showers
Spring Fever













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My wrap-up for Spring into a Good Book read-a-thon

  Spring into a Good Book
March 20 - March 26

My husband is out of town for a few of these days, I should be able to get extra reading in ;-)
~ Books Read ~
1. 61 Hours by Lee Child
2. Worth Dying For by Lee Child (early am Mar 23)
3. The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
4. A Wanted Man by Lee Child (early am Mar 24)
5. Jack Reacher's Rules compiled by Val Hudson
6. Never Go Back by Lee Child (early am Mar 25)

Six books = 2,96 pages. WOW I don't think I've ever read that much for a read-a-thon! And dang, there was another day, I could have gotten another book in ;-) I did start one but maybe I should have picked a smaller one.





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Spring into a Good Book Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

Spring into a Good Book 
Read-a-Thon
March 20 - March 26
Midnight to 11:59 p.m. (your time)


How did you do? If you did any kind of wrap-up, please link up






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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

RC: Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time VIII
March 21 to June 21

Hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings

For more information and to sign up, click here

"This is a reading and viewing event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. ... and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing whims."

There are several ways to participate, read one book, watch a movie, how about a short story. Check out Carl's post for details.

I am currently read a fantasy novel and plan on reading the next four in the series. I do not know if I'll read the whole series this Spring. I also have Ever by Gail Carson Levine on my TBR shelf. I'm going to sign up for . . . The Journey . . . and will read one book that would fit in one of the four categories.


~ Possible Books ~
Ever by Gail Carson Levine (Fairy Tale Retelling)
A Familiar Dragon (Fanuilh / Wizard's Heir / Beggar's Banquet) by Daniel Hood (Fantasy)
Scales of Justice by Daniel Hood
King's Cure by Daniel Hood
Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (Mythology)
Coyote's Daughter by Corie Weaver (Folklore) kindle


~ Books Read ~
  1. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey - Fantasy


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Monday, March 24, 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 ~


The Next President by Joseph Flynn
2001, Mass Market Paperback

J.D. Cade was trained to kill by his country. To kill without leaving the slightest suspicion as to who pulled the trigger. He did his duty and put the past behind him. Or so he thought. Now someone is blackmailing him to use his deadly skills one more time. Someone is using his only son as a pawn to force him to do what he swore he'd never do again: kill a human being. And this time the target is Franklin Delano Rawley — the first African-American on the verge of becoming the president of the United States.

As J.D. penetrates the inner circle of the Rawley campaign and gets to know the man he must kill, the more he realizes how difficult it will be to pull the trigger. But in order to spare Rawley's life while saving his own son, J.D. must somehow find out who is behind the conspiracy that could change the fate of a nation.

~*~*~*~*~

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!




Finished:
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
61 Hours by Lee Child
Worth Dying For by Lee Child
The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn


Books stacked by my reading chair:
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Burning Up anthology
. . . 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 . . .)
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 . . .)




Happy Reading!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

1st Paragraph and Teaser


Hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea
Every Tuesday, she'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of her current read.
Why don't you join us?

The vampire knew how to sit on a horse. He rode with an easy muscularity despite his armor, achieving an effortless rhythm with his huge black stallion. A helm covered his head, red plumes floating in the wind, and gleaming plate mail sheathed his big body, so that he moved with the creak of leather and the scrape of steel on steel

Blood and Roses
Angela Knight
part of the Burning up anthology




 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme,
hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  1. Grab your current read Open to a random page 
  2. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page ~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!~ make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  3. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

They were still doomed.

Blood and Roses
Angela Knight
part of the Burning up anthology


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Spring into a Good Book Read-a-Thon (the first one)

Spring into a Good Book 
Read-a-Thon
March 20 - March 26
Midnight to 11:59 p.m. (your time)


Whether you're jump starting your reading challenge or just signing up for the read-a-thon, the main goal is to enjoy your reading.






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Spring into a Good Book Reading Challenge

Spring into a Good Book

March 20 - June 20
2014

hosted here at the Lair

Details: Make this your own! Have a stack of library books? Finish them! Have a pile of guilty pleasure books? Read them! There are no set rules, expect to have fun with your reading.


If you want something to jump start your reading, or to help you push yourself to the end, there will be two - yes TWO - read-a-thons on separate posts.











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RC: Sequel Spring


Sequel Spring button (dark)


Sequel Spring
March 20 - June 20

hosted at Words in a Teacup

for more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Requirements: read any book that is part of a series, except for the first one.



I have several books on my TBR shelf that are part of a series and am currently reading the Jack Reacher series. This should be fun.

Possibilities
Spirit Bound by Christine Feehan (box 73)
Dark Predator by Christine Feehan (box 73)
Peach Pies and Alibis by Ellery Adams (box 73)
When the Cookie Crumbles by Virginia Lowell (box 73)
A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster (box 73)
Playing with Fire by J. J.  Cook (shelved)
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates (shelved) 
Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates (shelved)
The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn (shelved)
Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton (shelved)


~ Books Read ~

1. 61 Hours by Lee Child (Jack Reacher)
2. Worth Dying For by Lee Child (Jack Reacher)
3. The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn (Smythe-Smiths quartet)
4. A Wanted Man by Lee Child (Jack Reacher)
5. Never Go Back by Lee Child (Jack Reacher) - last one published
6. Everyday Love by Gabrielle Evans (Midnight Matings)
7. Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey (Heralds of Valdemar)
8. Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey (Heralds of Valdemar)
9. Exile's Valor by Mercedes Lackey (Valdemar)
10. A Tender Roughness by Talia Carmichael (Impressions)
11. Opposing Rhythms by Talia Carmichael (Impressions)
12. One Good Man by Talia Carmichael (Impressions)
13. Slow Burn by Talia Carmichael (Impressions)
14. Long Hard Ride by Talia Carmichael (Prentiss)
15. Opposites Attract by by Talia Carmichael (Prentiss)
16. Close the Distance by T. A. Chase (Rags to Riches)
17. The Perfect Union by Trina Lane (Perfect Love)  

18. His Perfect Partner by Trina Lane (Perfect Love) 
19. Through the Red Door by Devon Rhodes (Vampires & Mages & Weres Oh My!) 
20. Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes (Vampires & Mages & Weres Oh My!)
21. Capturing Perfection by Trina Lane (Perfect Love)
22. Simply Perfection by Trina Lane (Perfect Love)
23. Miles to Go by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
24. Bend by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
25. What Matters Most by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
26. Ex's & O's by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
27. A Bit of Me by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
28. A Bit of You by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
29. In My Arms Tonight by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
30. Where There's a Will by Bailey Bradford (Love in Exchange)
31. Ropes and Dreams by Bailey Bradford (Mossy Glenn Ranch)
32. Saddles and Memories by Bailey Bradford (Mossy Glenn Ranch)
33. Fences and Freedom by Bailey Bradford (Mossy Glenn Ranch)
34. A Prideless Man by Amber Kell (Supernatural Mates)
35. A Prideful Mate by Amber Kell (Supernatural Mates)  
36. Nothing to do with Pride by Amber Kell (Supernatural Mates)
37. Talan's Treasure by Amber Kell (Supernatural Mates)
38. More than Pride by Amber Kell (Supernatural Mates)
39. Protecting His Pride by Amber Kell (Supernatural Mates)
40. Farren's Wizard by Amber Kell (A Wizard's Touch)
41. By the Numbers by Nicole Dennis (Southern Charm)
42. Following His Footsteps by T. A. Chase (Rags to Riches)
43. Falling for Owen by Jennifer Ryan (The McBrides)
44. Why I Love Waiters by T.A. Chase (Why I Love . . .)
45. Loving Leif by Amber Kell (Moon Pack)
46. Secret Fire by Morticia Knight (Uniform Encounters)
47. Morgan by Lori Foster (Buckhorn Brothers)
48. Gabe by Lori Foster (Buckhorn Brothers)
49. Jordan by Lori Foster (Buckhorn Brothers)
50. Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold)
51. Overcoming His Pride by Amber Kell (Supernatural Mates)
52. Honeymooning by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow)
53. Defeated by Love by Samantha Kane (Brothers in Arms)
54. How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow)
55. Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling)
56. Dark Desire by Christine Feehan (Dark series)
57. Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick (Ladies of Lantern Street)

update: I thought I was over-reaching having 10 books on my list. Turns out I was wrong. {blush} Several of the titles were short but not all of them.

Total books read: 57
Total books from list: 1





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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 ~


The Fire Cat by Estere Averill
An I Can Read! book, 1983, paperback

Pickles is a young cat with big paws who wishes to do big things with them! When he's adopted by the local firehouse, Pickles works hard to be a good fire cat. He learns to jump on a fire truck. He learns to help put out a fire, and he even helps out in a rescue!

Beginning readers will cheer as Pickles gets his wish and finds something big to do with his paws. With sweet illustrations from author-illustrator Esther Averill, this Level One I Can Read book is perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards


~*~*~*~*~

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!




Finished:
Guarded Desires by Morticia Knight
Protecting Francis by Amber Kell
In Broussard's Care by Amber Kell
Serving Love at Carnival by Devon Rhodes, T.A. Chase
Forever by Tinnean
An Academic Dilemma by Alix Bekins
The Best by Tinnean
A Purrfect Match by Chris T. Kat
Balance by Zahra Owens
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
One Small Thing by Piper Vaughn and M.J. O'Shea
The Forgotten by David Baldacci


Books stacked by my reading chair:
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
. . . 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 . . .)




Happy Reading!

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Sunday, March 9, 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 ~

Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson
Enchanted, Inc series, 2005, ebook

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she’s a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn’t help.

Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie’s ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor’s contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed.

She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it’s up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and–hopefully–live happily ever after.


The Finisher by David Baldacci
(no series listed), March 2014,  hardcover

Why would Quentin Herms flee into the Quag? There was nothing in the Quag except certain death.

Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn’t unusual — nobody has ever left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms vanishes into the unknown.

Vega knows Quentin didn’t just leave — he was chased. And he’s left behind a very dangerous trail of clues that only she can decode.

The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood. It is a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep their secrets. Vega is determined to uncover the truth — but the closer she gets, the more she risks her life.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Feb 2013, hardcover

Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent.



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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!




Finished:
Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George


Books stacked by my reading chair:
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
. . . 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 . . .)




Happy Reading!

copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2014

Monday, March 3, 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 ~

Catnapped by Patricia Fry (Facebook
A Klepto Cat Mystery, Jan 2014, small (8x5) Trade paperback

When Savannah Jordan agrees to help her aunt while she recovrs from a broken foot, she doesn't expect to walk into a mystery, become part of a not-quite-legal surveillance team, be kidnapped by a deranged stranger and meet a steaming hot veterinarian.

Beloved neighborhood cats are missing--the community can only guess at their fat--and Aunt Margaret's life is being threatened. Is it because she has a clue to the missing cats or is it something more sinister? Of course, as in all of the Klepto Cat Mysteries, Rags, an ordinary cat with a most unusual habit, has a paw in saving the day.

The Chance by Robyn Carr
A Thunder Point novel, Mar 2014 (2-25), mass market paperback

With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wonds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.

Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep...unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.

Four Weddings and a Fireman by Jennifer Bernard
A Bachelor Firemen novel, 2-25-14, mass market paperback

It takes a certain kind of man to stand out among the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel.

Firefighter Derek "Vader" Brown is one of a kind—six feet of solid muscle with the heart of a born hero. It's that protective streak that has him pursuing a promotion to Captain to pay for his mother's home care. And it's why he intends to figure out why his sometime girlfriend Cherie Harper runs hot as hellfire one minute and pushes him away the next.

Cherie's got it bad. Vader sweeps her off her feet—literally—and their chemistry is combustible. There's just the little problem of a nightmare from her past she was desperate to escape. And then her sister Trixie arrives, causing havoc for Cherie and the male population of San Gabriel. Cherie doesn't want her past to complicate Vader's life or his career. But there's nothing like a firefighter for breaking through all your defenses, one smoldering kiss at a time...

The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls (Goodreads)
May 2011, Trade paperback

Bess Gray is a thirty-five-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist living in Washington, DC. Just as she's about to give up all hope of marriage, she meets Rory, a charming Irish musician, and they fall in love. But Rory is a man with a secret, which he confesses to Bess when he asks for her had: He's been married eight times before. Shocked, Bess embarks on a quest she feels she must undertake before she can give him an answer. With her bickering grandparents (married sixty-five years), her gay neighbor (himself a mystery), a shar-pei named Stella, and a mannequin named Peace, Bess sets out on a cross-country journey--unbeknownst to Rory--to seek out and question the wives who came before. What she sidcovers about her own past is far more than she bargained for.

Mr 365 by Ruth Clampett
Dec 2013, ebook

When television producer Sophia is assigned to convince holiday fanatic Will to be on their reality show, she imagines him to be an oddball momma’s boy wearing a reindeer sweater. What she doesn’t expect is the handsome, mysterious man who captures her attention, and seems determined to win her heart.

Their attraction is undeniable, and as charming Sophia convinces Will to work with her, she slowly unwraps the secrets in his past that make this determined and soulful man still yearn for the childhood he never had.

When the chaos of production starts, will Sophia be able to keep her promises to protect Will from being exploited, or will the bitter truth of reality television be a runaway train of disaster for both of them?

Join Sophia, Will and his dog Romeo to enter the world of his enchanting house where stars shine indoors and snow is always falling…365 days of the year.


Single by Saturday by Catherine Bybee
Weekday Brides series, Jan 2014, ebook 

Karen Jones: The petite blonde married a Hollywood star, yet she’s the one who spends every day playing a part: the part of a happy wife. A year ago, she agreed to wed a famous actor to diffuse rumors about his personal life. Now, her divorce sits just around the corner, along with a five million dollar payout. However, as she prepares to exit her fake marriage gracefully, her drop-dead-gorgeous brother-in-law walks through the door…and into her heart.

Zach Gardner: Dark-haired, blue-eyed hunk Zach crashes Michael and Karen’s fancy one-year anniversary party, determined to meet the wife his brother hid from their family. But sparks fly the moment he and Karen see each other. When the famous couple decides to visit the whole Gardner clan, Karen must keep Michael’s secret under wraps in front of his questioning relatives…including Zach, the man who could be the real love of her life.

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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!




Finished:
Cody's Dragon by K. M. Mahoney
A Good Feeling by S. A. Meade
His Hero anthology
Hearts on the Line by T. A. Chase
A Lady Chosen by Stephanie Laurens (58% in 2014)


Books stacked by my reading chair:
My Familiar Dragon by Daniel Hood
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter - returned to library unfinished
Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
. . . 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:




Reviewed:



Did Not Finish, may try again later:



Happy Reading!

copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chill Baby, Chill Wrap-up Linky


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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.