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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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!





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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

PopSugar's "ultimate reading challenge"



Here's a reading challenge for people that want to read more books. I don't need an excuse to read more but I like the diversity of subjects. Several will be a given and filled in as I go about my regular reading but there are some that are off my comfort trail and will require some thought.

Wish me luck!

from PopSugar, click here


~ Books Read ~





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Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Monday - Christmas edition



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 newest books in my house ~


Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay
Last Chance, 2014, mass market paperback

Mike Taggart has always been willing to take a gamble. But these stakes are just way too high – there’s no way he’s prepared to become a legal guardian to his five-year-old niece. His only option is to head from Las Vegas to Last Chance to sort things out as quickly as possible. Problem is, he arrives to find an inconsolable little girl, her sick cat, and a gorgeous veterinarian he can’t get out of his mind.

Charlene Polk has two talents: healing sick critters and falling in love with the wrong men. Mike has trouble written all over him, but she can’t leave him in the lurch. And the more time she spends with the sexy high roller, the more she sees that this ready-made family is the best stroke of luck they’ve ever had . . .



~*~*~*~*~

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:


Books stacked by my reading chair:
Our First Christmas anthology
Personal by Lee Child


Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384)
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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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

RC - Gentle Spectrums/subjects


Gentle Spectrums
Feb 1 to Feb 1

hosted at Riedel Fascination
for more information and to sign up, click here

I'm signing up for Gentle Subjects. There is also a color challenge on this post.




from the challenge post:
~ (1)  STONES  ~
Variations of the word, gems, jewellery, ruins, geological formations.
(“The Hidden Mountain”)
~  (2)  CHEERFUL  ~
Uplifting, positive messages;  conveys pleasant thoughts, images.
(“The Five People You Meet In Heaven”)
~  (3)  NATIONS  ~
Cultures, locations:  lakes, towns, even well-known places;  fictional included.
(“Made In Canada”)
~  (4)  PLANTS  ~
Trees, flowers, lawns, fields, grasses, grains, and gardening paraphernalia.
(“Night Gardening”)
~  (5)  WATER  ~
Water bodies, proper names, closely-connected components:  taps, sinks, pools.
(“The Lake Of Dead Languages”) 
~  (6)  SPACE  ~
The sky, its contents, spatial matter, concepts, tools.  Star Trek / Star Wars-related.
(“Clouds Of Witness”)
~  (7)  DAUNTING  ~
Any title that has you thinking:  “Oooo!  That does not sound good”!
(“If Two Are Dead”)
~  (8)  STRUCTURES  ~
A building, its rooms, proper names, any of a structure’s parts.
(“The Palace Guard”)
~  (9)  TIME  ~
Any signifiers of time, like seasons.  Any unit-measurers, like watches and calendars.
(“Night Travellers”)
~  (10 HUMOROUS  ~
Odd, or anything that gives you a grin.  I’ll accept a ‘pun laid on too thick’ grimace too!
(“The Dragon And The Dry Goods Princess”).


~Books Read ~
1. Drawn to the Land by Elizabeth J. Cockey & Barton M. Cockey
2. Look What Santa Brought by Annmarie McKenna
3. Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne
4. Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
5. Echo Lake by Carla Neggers
6. Orion's Circle by Victoria Sue
7. Poisoned Apple by Katherine McIntyre
8. Avoiding Hell's Gate by Joyee Flynn
9. Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsay
10. I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano  


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RC - Ethereal


Ethereal
Feb 1 to Feb 1

hosted at Riedel Fascination
for more information and to sign up, click here

There are several levels and while I love these books I don't always review them! I'm going for . . . Intuition . . . and hope to review 5-10 books.

From the challenge post:
I love spirits, extra-sensory abilities, animal communication, healing, the afterlife. My favourite ambiences are haunted houses, witches, and gothic mystery! When I sought reading challenges along these lines; all I saw were vampire-type themes in very young crowds. I am providing a forum for any mystical subject! Readers over 30 needn’t feel out of place and topics that were drowned out, have our attention. Share your literature from February 1, no matter when you join: in any format, publication year, length, age group. Anything you consider Ethereal belongs here.

~ Spiritual, mystical, paranormal: non-fiction, fictional, religious.
~ Serious studies: dreams, near-death experiences, miracles, astrology.
~ Novels with clergy: Sister Carol Anne O’Marie, Caroline Roe, Margaret Frazer.
~ Books with animals talking / doing more than what society credits them.
~ Fantasy is certainly otherworldly, as well as witches and fairies.

~Books Read ~
1. A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
2. White Paws and a Dream by Stormy Glenn (mindwalker)


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RC - New to You!


New to You!
Reading Challenge
2015

host at Herding Cats and Burning Soup
for more information and to sign up, click here

There are several levels but I'm going for level 1 because of reviews. I hope to read 6 new to me books.

from the challenge post:

This one is super flexible.
Basically...read something "new" to you in 2015 and review it.

This can be a debut author.
A brand new to you author.
And old favorites "debut" book.
A new series.
A first time reading a new genre (ex if you read your first New Adult book)
or any other new that crosses your path

Everyone is welcome to join--blogger, author, reader
Any genre/heat level is fine.


~ Books Read ~
Claiming His Mate by M. Limoges - review
Another Way by Anna Martin
Kitty's Christmas Hope by Sharon Kleve - review 
Captured Innocence by Kennedy Layne - review
Alex by Sawyer Bennett - review
Drawn to the Land by Elizabeth J. Cockey & Barton M. Cockey - review
Not Safe for Work by Michael S. Booker - review
Quinn's Christmas Wish by Lawna Mackie - review

~ Challenge Complete: April ~

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RC - Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks




Read 52 Books
in 52 Weeks
2015

hosted at it's own blog, here
For more information, click here
To sign up, click here


  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. 
  2. Our book weeks begin on Sunday. 
  3. Participants may join at any time. 
  4. All books are acceptable except children books. 
  5. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc. 
  6. Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2015. 
  7. Books may overlap other challenges. 
  8. Create an entry post linking to this blog. 
  9. Sign up with Mr. Linky in the "I'm participating post" below this post. 
  10. You don't need a blog to participate. Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post. 
  11. Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of the weekly post to link to reviews of your most current reads.

I'll be reading way more than 52 books but I didn't finish one a week during 2014 (or 2013!) so I'm going to go for that again. I'll have quarterly lists posted during the year. There are also several mini-challenges and a read-a-long happening. The wonderful thing is the weekly post to link up your reviews also has great information!

I hope you join us!


For my list of books, click here

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Monday, December 22, 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 newest books in my house ~


Love Finds You in Frost, Minnesota by Judy Baer
Christmas romance, 2013, ebook

Considering that her name is Merry Noel Blake and she was born on Christmas Day, it’s not surprising that Frost, Minnesota’s newest resident is crazy about the holiday. She has single handedly convinced the entire town to help her turn Frost into a Christmas destination; there are decorations on every corner, a life-size nativity, the lutefisk dinner at church, and Merry’s own holiday boutique. So imagine her excitement when a man named Jack Frost walks into her shop one day! Jack might be rich and handsome, but the weather seems to chill by a few more degrees when he arrives in town. For Jack has come back to reclaim his family’s land—despite the fact that it is home to many of Frost’s residents. Worse, he has deep, personal reasons for spurning holiday festivities and is determined to cut the town’s Christmas spectacle down to size. But Merry believes that below Jack’s frosty exterior is a warm heart—and that she is the one to thaw it.


Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James
A Southern Ladies Mystery, 2014, mass market paperback

With the Mississippi sun beating down, An’gel and Dickce are taking a break to cool off and pet sit their friend Charlie Harris’s cat, Diesel, when their former sorority sister, Rosabelle Sultan, shows up at their door unexpectedly, with her ne’er-do-well adult children not far behind.

Rosabelle’s selfish offspring are desperate to discover what’s in her will, and it soon becomes clear that one of them would kill to get their hands on the inheritance. Suddenly caught up in a deadly tangle of duplicitous suspects and deep-fried motives, it will take all of the sisters' Southern charm to catch a decidedly ill-mannered killer. . .



Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
Chronicles of the Deryni, 2008, mass market paperback

In the kingdom of Gwynedd, the mysterious forces of magic and the superior power of the Church combine to challenge the rule of young Kelson. Now the fate of the Deryni -- a quasi-mortal race of sorcerers -- and, indeed, the fate of all the Eleven Kingdoms, rests on Kelson's ability to quash the rebellion by any means necessary . . . including the proscribed use of magic!






~*~ autographed gift from the author ~*~
My Nora by Holley Trent
romance, 2013, trade paperback

When painter Manora Fredrickson left Baltimore for a fixer-upper located in her ancestral Tyner, North Carolina, she figured she'd be getting away from the distractions of the city: the noise, the crime, the event invitations . . . her ex-husband. Happy to be a recluse at age twenty-eight, all Nora wants to do is paint, lick her wounds, and maybe sneak across the county line for some of Hattie's artery-clogging fried chicken.

Enter Matthew Vogel. His little piece of Tyner abuts Nora's and from the moment the consummate bachelor stops by her barn to find her dancing around like a Jersey City showgirl, he decides the spunky firecracker is the woman for him. Nora doesn't agree, but she can't get the brawny fisherman off her mind or her doorstep. As much as Nora is attracted to her charming neighbor, she thinks Matt deserves better than a curmudgeonly hermit. Her last marriage fell apart because of her commitment to her art. Matt wants to convince her it won't happen again - not with him.



~*~ New Review Book ~*~
My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge
picture book, 2014, hardcover

It all started at the carnival...That s where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joey s wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief.



~*~*~*~*~

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:
Rule by Jay Crownover
The Biker's Pup by Sean Michael
Off Course by Bailey Bradford

Books stacked by my reading chair:
Our First Christmas anthology
Personal by Lee Child


Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384)
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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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Spotlight On . . . My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge

My Yellow Balloon
by Tiffany Papageorge

Publisher: Minoan Moon Publishing
ISBN: 978-0990337003
Published: October, 2014
genre: picture book
48 pages
age level: 4-8

format available: hardcover, ebook

author's website - Facebook


Description:

It all started at the carnival...That’s where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joey’s wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend?

Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader.

Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, My Yellow Balloon will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.


internal use:
First contact: October batch
Library Thing
Nicole at New Shelves Distribution

print
arrived: Dec 20
started review: Jan 20
review on libThing also
let Nicole know review is live

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

RC - Literary Pickers

Literary Pickers 
Reading Challenge 
2015 

hosted by Sophia Rose at Delighted Reader
for more information and sign up, click here

This is a Scavenger Hunt challenge and I'm going for Professional Picker and hope to find 50 items/50 places. All books must have a strong romance theme.

Scavenger Hunt List :: Book Read

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Monday, December 15, 2014

RC - Witches & Witchcraft


Witches & Witchcraft
2015

hosted at Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
for more information and to sign up, click here


Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. Any format works. There are several levels, I'm going for . . . Maiden . . . and hope to read 6-10 books.







~*~ Books Read ~*~
  1. Porter's Reaper by Amber Kell 
  2. Temple's Touch by Amber Kell 
  3. The Wizard and the Werewolf by Amber Kell
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

RC - Pages Read



2015 Pages Read

hosted here at The Lair
for more information and to sign up, click here

Just a way to help me reach my Million pages goal. I'm going for level 4 and hope to read . . . 
78,000 pages this year.



January -
February -
March -
April -
~*~ total so far: 10,021 ~*~
May - 17,585
June - 620
~*~ total so far: 18,205 ~*~
July - 593
August - 2,279
September - 3,684
~*~ total so far: 24,761 ~*~
October - 2,868
November - 1,117
December - 7,149
~*~ total for 2015: 35,895 ~*~


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Pages Read 2015 sign-ups


2015 Pages Read

hosted here at The Lair

Just a way to help me reach my Million pages goal. Pick a number of pages and start reading!

update! levels added



  1. Pick a level
  2. Read, read, read!
  3. You don't need a blog to participate. As long as wherever you link to is public so we can check out your books read.
  4. Reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is.  There will be a post in January so you can link up if you review click here
  5. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
  6. Books allowed: Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, picture books, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased/borrowed as such, the book counts.  
  7. Crossovers from other reading challenges count - they'd have too!
  8. Challenge begins January 1st, 2015 thru December 31, 2015. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.
  9. Please sign up with a direct link so the rest of us can find your list of books read.
Level 1: 13,000
Level 2: 26,000
Level 3: 52,000
Level 4: 78,000
Level 5: 104,000

Want to join me?


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RC - Romance Challenges

Challenge #1

Contemporary Romance
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen
for more information and to sign up, click here

This is for straight romances, no sub-genres or non-fiction. Any format, 100 pages (more or less). Re-reads allowed. There are several levels, I'm going for . . . Grand Slam . . . and hope to read 21+ books.





Challenge #2

Romantic Suspense
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen
for more information and to sign up, click here

I'm going for . . . Hunter . . . and hope to read 6-10 books.

Challenge #3
Erotic Romance
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted at Herding Cats and Burning Soup
for more information and to sign up, click here

Any binding over 80 pages count but she wants reviews too so I'm going for a smaller number than if it was straight reading.
 . . . Level 1 . . . 6 reviews!

challenge #4
Historical Romance
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted at Herding Cats and Burning Soup
for more information and to sign up, click here

Any binding over 80 pages count, any format but setting is 1920 or earlier. She wants reviews too so I'm going for a smaller number than if it was straight reading.
 . . . Level 1 . . . 6 reviews!


Challenge #1:
1. Kitty's Christmas Hope by Sharon Kleve
2. Echo Lake by Carla Neggers

Challenge #2:
1. Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn - review 4-2

Challenge #3:
Purrfect Protector by SA Welsh
An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells
1. Captured Innocence by Kennedy Layne - review
2. Alex by Sawyer Bennett - review 4-1
3. Fireman's Flame by Stormy Glenn - review in April 
4. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett 


Challenge #4:



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RC - Read Your Freebies


Read Your Freebies
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen
for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically, read legally obtained, available to the public for free, ebooks. No re-reads. Any genre. No ARCs.

I have a huge number of these thanks to amazon's top 100 lists and could read from this list all year and not run out. Too bad I always forget I've got them. I didn't meet my goal for 2014 so I'm doing it again. I'm going for . . . Penny Pincher . . . and hope to read 24 books.

~*~ Books Read ~*~
Evergreen, a Christmas Tale by Richard Taylor
Your Daddy Loves You by Tom Choquette
R is for Running by Ray Charbonneau
Quinn's Christmas Wish by Lawna Mackie 
The Kissing Bough by Madelynne Ellis 
Riding the Rainbow by Kiernan Kelly 


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RC - Men in Uniform


Men in Uniform 
Reading Challenge 
2015 

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen
for more information and to sign up, click here

Books must be 100+ pages, any genre, any format counts. Policeman, firefighter, paramedic, doctor, veterinarian, mechanic, military, etc. – as long as the leading man wears some sort of uniform, it counts.

I had fun with this one last year so I'm going for . . . Chief . . . and hope to read 16+ books.

~*~ Books Read ~*~
  1. Cheek to Cheek by Chris Owen (firemen)
  2. Turn the Other Cheek by Chris Owen (same firemen)
  3. Alex by Sawyer Bennett (hockey)
  4. Fireman's Flame by Stormy Glenn (fireman)
  5. Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn (Federal Agent)
  6. Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne (chef)
  7. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett (hockey)
  8. Our Sexy Tiger by Joyee Flynn (fireman)
  9. Kitty in the Middle by Joyee Flynn (fireman)
  10. Cody's Eternal Sheriff by Alice Cain (Sheriff)
  11. Rory's Last Chance by Bailey Bradford (cowboy)
  12. Miles to Go by Bailey Bradford (cowboy)
  13. Sheriff Found by Joyee Flynn (Sheriff)
  14. Not His Kiss to Take by Finn Marlowe (doctor)
  15. Fire and Water by Andrew Grey (police) 
  16. Grey's Hidden Fire by Draven St. James (firemen)
  17. Fire and Mistletoe by Draven St. James (same firemen)
  18. Fused by Fire by Draven St. James (fireman)
~ Challenge Completed ~
October 1
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

RC - You Read How Many Books?/One Million Pages


You Read How
Many Books?
2015

hosted by me
for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically choose a level and read to your heart's content :-) Anything with an ISBN or equivalent counts. I'm going for . . . level 4 . . . and plan on reading 250 books.




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.






~*~ Books Read ~*~
# pages - title/author
1. 220 - Purrfect Protector by SA Welsh
2. 118 - I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano
3. 32 - Dragon's Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori
4. 48 -  My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge
5. 24 - Assurance by Alix Bekins
6. 314 - An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells
7. 220 - A Dance with Domination by K.C. Wells
8. 121 - Porter's Reaper by Amber Kell
9. 66 - Claiming His Mate by M. Limoges
10. 59 - My Subby Valentine by Amber Kell
~ pages so far: 1,222 ~
11. 230 - Another Way by Anna Martin
12. 224 - Bad Company by K.A. Mitchell
13. 28 - Kitty's Christmas Hope by Sharon Kleve
14. 264 - Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells
15. 49 - Reading (BSA Merit Badge series)
16. 32 - Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
17. 40 - Dewey's Christmas at the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
18. 40 - Red by Michael Hall
19. 40 - The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
20. 160 - Elder and the Youngest by Joyee Flynn
~ pages so far: 2,329 ~
21. 121 - Cheek to Cheek by Chris Owen
22. 194 - Turn the Other Cheek by Chris Owen
23. 51 - The Cookie Said "Red" by J.D. Walker
24. 391 - Captured Innocence by Kennedy Layne
25. 344 - Alex by Sawyer Bennett
26. 40 - Drawn to the Land by Elizabeth J. Cockey & Barton M. Cockey
27. 144 - Fireman's Flame by Stormy Glenn
28. 217 - Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn
29. 69 - Dragon Herder by K. M. Mahoney
30. 339 - A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
~ pages so far: 4,239 ~ 
31. 107 - About a Dragon by A. J. Llewellyn
32. 352 - Echo Lake by Carla Neggers
33. 130 - Journey to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne
34. 65 - Hunting Henry by Amber Kell
35. 125 - Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne
36. 180 - Shuffle of Angel's Feet by T. A. Chase
37. 278 - Garrett by Sawyer Bennett
38. 121 - Temple's Touch by Amber Kell
39. 25 - Kekula by Jahcolyn Russell Neiman
40. 91 - Poisoned Apple by Katherine McIntyre
~ pages so far: 5,713 ~
41. 136 - Here Kitty, Kitty by Joyee Flynn
42. 145 - My Little Kitty by Joyee Flynn
43. 112 - My Angel Cheetah by Joyee Flynn
44. 138 - Not Safe for Work by Michael S. Booker
45. 41 - Into the Looking Glass by Sean Michael
46. 178 - Quinn's Christmas Wish by Lawna Mackie
47. 26 - R is for Running by Ray Charbonneau
48. 121 - Squeak and a Roar by Joyee Flynn
49. 81 - Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis
50. 16 - You Melted Me by Kari Gregg
~ pages so far: 6,707 ~
51. 150 - Sparkle and Purr by Stormy Glenn
52. 60 - When Tony Met Adam by Suzanne Brockmann
53. 84 - Velvet Dragon by Sean Michael
54. 28 - Your Daddy Loves You by Tom Choquette
55. 143 - Two Fangs and a Hoof by Joyee Flynn
56. 144 - Stripes and Twin Horns by Joyee Flynn
57. 169 - Scales and a Tail by Stormy Glenn
58. 24 - Too Smart for Bullies by Deputy Sheriff Robert Kahn and Sharon Chandler
59. 24 - Too Safe for Strangers by Deputy Sheriff Robert Kahn
60. 163 - Fire and Ash by Gabrielle Evans
~ pages so far: 7,696 ~
61. 161 - Myth and Mischief by Gabrielle Evans 
62. 60 - Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsay ... sometime in April
63. 158 - Fang and Fur by Stormy Glenn
65. 162 - Fantasy, Legend, and The Guardian by Gabrielle Evans
66. 146 - White Paws and a Dream by Stormy Glenn
67. 146 - Spells and Bananas by Joyee Flynn
68. 161 - Howl and Harmony by Gabrielle Evans
69. 144 - Fur and Flightless by Joyee Flynn
70 . 142 - Hot and Cold by Gabrielle Evans
~ pages so far: 8,976 ~
71. 143 - Two Wiggles and Some Fur by Joyee Flynn 
72. 154 - Leader and the Writer by Joyee Flynn
73. 148 - Officer and a Gardener by Joyee Flynn
74. 158 - Fangs and a Wet Nose by Joyee Flynn
75. 142 - Whiskers, Mane, and a Biter by Joyee Flynn
76. 144 - Trunk and a Skunk by Joyee Flynn
77. 156 - White Knight and Black Fur by Joyee Flynn
~ pages read Jan - Apr:  10,021 ~
78. 142 - Rumble and Churr by Joyee Flynn
79. 143 - Suck and Lick by Joyee Flynn
80. 143 - Spits and Bellows by Joyee Flynn
~ pages so far: 10,449 ~
81. 12 - Evergreen, a Christmas Tale by Richard Taylor
82. 143 - Kitty in the Middle by Joyee Flynn
83. 142 - Cheetah in Charge by Joyee Flynn
84. 143 - My Feisty Kitten by Joyee Flynn
85. 132 - My Spotted Dream by Joyee Flynn
86. 174 - Avoiding Hell's Gate by Flynn Eire
87. 149 - Screw Santa by Joyee Flynn
88. 142 - Hell's Bells by Joyee Flynn
89. 141 - Stupid Mistletoe by Joyee Flynn
90. 143 - Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn
~ pages so far: 11,770 ~
91. 142 - Down with the Tunes by Joyee Flynn
92. 143 - Frosty Melt by Joyee Flynn
93. 142 - Shove Your Tree by Joyee Flynn
94. 142 - Stripe My Pole by Joyee Flynn
95. 142 - Bite My Cookies by Joyee Flynn
96. 142 - Flush the Twinkles by Joyee Flynn
97. 143 - Hanging Antlers by Joyee Flynn
98. 143 - Wrap it Up by Joyee Flynn
99. 60 - His Guarded Heart by Lia Davis
100. 151 - Liam's Unexpected Alpha by Alice Cain
~ pages so far: 13,120 ~
It's May 7, I just may get 250 this year!

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RC - I Love Picture Books




I Love Picture Books
2015

hosted by me
for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically read picture books. To a child or for yourself. I surprised myself last year and actually struggled with this one so I'm going for
 . . . 24 . . . this year.

~ Books Read ~
1. Dragon's Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori
2. My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge . . . review
3. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
4. Dewey's Christmas at the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
5. Red by Michael Hall
6. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
7. Your Daddy Loves You by Tom Choquette . . . review (little girl)
8. Too Smart for Bullies by Deputy Sheriff Robert Kahn and Sharon Chandler . . . review
9. Too Safe for Strangers by Deputy Sheriff Robert Kahn . . . review
10. Super Chew to the Rescue! by Ronda L. Terrell
11. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
12. The Prince Who Was Just Himself by Silke Schnee
13. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
14. Good Night, Little Dragons by Leigh Ann Tyson
15. The Christmas Owl by Angela Muse
16. The Twelve Cats of Christmas by Kevin Whitlark
17. A Special Kind of Love by Stephen Michael King
18. Merry Christmas, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
19. Waiting by Kevin Henkes
20. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing
21. Ladybug Pink by Laura Yirak

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RC - I Love Library Books




I Love Library Books
2015

hosted by me ;-)
for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically read your library books.

I struggled with my goal last year so I'm going for
 . . . Young Adult . . . 
and hope to read 24 library books during 2015.






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Friday, December 12, 2014

RC - The Valdemar Challenge


The Valdemar Challenge
2015

hosted by Elena at All Booked Up
for more information and to sign up, click here

Valdemar is a series by Mercedes Lackey. There are several levels to choose from, I'm going for . . . level one . . . and hope to read 3 - 6 books. I have the trilogy Heralds of Valdemar as ebooks but will have to get any of the others out of storage.

FYI: There is no linky to sign up and you'll need google+ to comment. Since I don't have a profile, I'll be reading these but not officially part of the challenge. 

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RC - Outdo Yourself



Outdo Yourself
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen
for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically read more books during 2015 than were read during 2014. Any format, any genre, binding must be over 100 pages. There are several levels to choose from. I'm going for . . . I'm on Fire! . . . and hope to read 16+ more books than during 2014. I'm currently at 209, final total: 211. Goal: read 227 or more books during 2015

~ Books Read ~
1. Purrfect Protector by SA Welsh
2. I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano
3. An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells
4. A Dance with Domination by K.C. Wells
5. Porter's Reaper by Amber Kell
6. Another Way by Anna Martin
7. Bad Company by K.A. Mitchell
8. Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells
9. Elder and the Youngest by Joyee Flynn
10. Cheek to Cheek by Chris Owen
11. Turn the Other Cheek by Chris Owen
12. Captured Innocence by Kennedy Layne
13. Alex by Sawyer Bennett
14. Fireman's Flame by Stormy Glenn 
15. Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn 
16. A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi 
17. About a Dragon by A. J. Llewellyn 
18. Journey to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne  
19. Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne 
20. Shuffle of Angel's Feet by T. A. Chase  
21. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett 
22. Temple's Touch by Amber Kell
23. Here Kitty, Kitty by Joyee Flynn
24. My Little Kitty by Joyee Flynn 
25. My Angel Cheetah by Joyee Flynn 
 . . . It's April 16, I'm way behind on my reading!
26. Not Safe for Work by Michael S. Booker
27. Quinn's Christmas Wish by Lawna Mackie 
28. Squeak and a Roar by Joyee Flynn 
29. Sparkle and Purr by Stormy Glenn 
30. Two Fangs and a Hoof by Joyee Flynn 
31. Stripes and Twin Horns by Joyee Flynn 
32. Scales and a Tail by Stormy Glenn 
33. Fire and Ash by Gabrielle Evans 
34. Myth and Mischief by Gabrielle Evans 
35. Fang and Fur by Stormy Glenn 
36. Fantasy, Legend, and The Guardian by Gabrielle Evans 
37. White Paws and a Dream by Stormy Glenn 
38. Spells and Bananas by Joyee Flynn 
39. Howl and Harmony by Gabrielle Evans 
40. Hot and Cold by Gabrielle Evans 
41.Two Wiggles and Some Fur by Joyee Flynn
42. Leader and the Writer by Joyee Flynn
43. Officer and a Gardener by Joyee Flynn
44. Fangs and a Wet Nose by Joyee Flynn
45. Whiskers, Mane, and a Biter by Joyee Flynn
46. Trunk and a Skunk by Joyee Flynn
47. White Knight and Black Fur by Joyee Flynn
227/12 = (18.92) . . . 19*4 = 76 . . . I'm so far behind in my reading, I hope to hit 150!
48. Kitty in the Middle by Joyee Flynn
49. Cheetah in Charge by Joyee Flynn
50. My Feisty Kitten by Joyee Flynn

  
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

RC - Road Trip! (50 States)


Challenge #1


Reading Road Trip
2015

hosted at She's Got Reading on Her Mind
for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically read a book set in each state, only one state per book.











Challenge #2
Where Are You Reading
Where are you Reading?
2015

hosted by Book Journey
for more information and to sign up, click here

basically, keep track of the locations your books are set in. She shows how to do a google map with book cover pins too.







~*~ Books Read ~*~
Alabama -
Alaska -
Arizona -
Arkansas -
California - Assurance by Alix Bekins
Colorado - Spells and Bananas by Joyee Flynn
Connecticut - A Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
Delaware -
Florida - Elder and the Youngest by Joyee Flynn
Georgia - Two Fangs and a Hoof by Joyee Flynn
Hawaii - About a Dragon by A. J. Llewellyn
Idaho -
Illinois - Fur and Flightless by Joyee Flynn
Indiana -
Iowa - Dewey's Christmas at the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
Kansas -
Kentucky -
Louisiana -
Maine - Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne 
Maryland - Bad Company by K.A. Mitchell
Massachusetts -
Michigan -
Minnesota - Captured Innocence by Kennedy Layne 
Mississippi -
Missouri -
Montana - Broken Trust by Sharon Dunn
Nebraska -
Nevada -
New Hampshire -
New Jersey -
New Mexico -
New York - Drawn to the Land
North Carolina - Alex by Sawyer Bennett - review on 4-1
North Dakota -
Ohio -
Oklahoma -
Oregon - 
Pennsylvania - Poisoned Apple by Katherine McIntyre
Rhode Island -
South Carolina -
South Dakota - Claiming His Mate by M. Limoges
Tennessee - Fire and Ash by Gabrielle Evans
Texas - Howl and Harmony by Gabrielle Evans
Utah -
Vermont -
Virginia -
Washington - Kitty's Christmas Hope by Sharon Kleve
West Virginia -
Wisconsin -
Wyoming - Threadbare Gypsy Souls by T. A. Chase

Washington, D. C. - Pick Up the Pieces by Tinnean

Manchester, England - An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - Cheek to Cheek by Chris Owen
Paris, France - Purrfect Protector by SA Welsh (climactic ending)
Isla Blanca, Mexico - Myth and Mischief by Gabrielle Evans

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RC - The TBR Double Dog Dare


The TBR Double Dog Dare 
Jan 1 to Apr 1

hosted at James Reads Books
for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically read the books you already own. You can still buy new books, just don't read them yet! Exceptions can be made for book clubs, ARCs, etc.

I'll never make it the whole time so I'm going for just January but will make exceptions for ebooks and ARCs.





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RC - The Eclectic Reader


The Eclectic Reader Challenge
2015

hosted at Book'd Out
for more information and to sign up, click here
Twitter: #eclecticreader

Read one book for each category



Categories
  1. Retellings
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports 
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure


~*~ Books Read ~*~
1.  Poisoned Apple by Katherine McIntyre - review
2.
3 .
4.
5. Echo Lake by Carla Neggers - review
6. Bitter Taffy by Amy Lane
7
8
9. Alex by Sawyer Bennett (Hockey) - review
10
11
12 






~*~ Possible Books ~*~

A book set in a country starting with the letter S 
(eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)


PI Crime
(fiction featuring a private investigator)


A novel published before you were born


Microhistory
(Non Fiction)


Science Fiction set in space


Featuring diversity


Epistolary Fiction
(fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)


Middle Grade/YA Adventure




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RC - What's In a Name

What's In a Name 
2015

hosted at The Worm Hole
 for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically a book to fit each requirement. Only one title per requirement.


Requirements:
  • A word including ‘ing’ in it (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute, Lex Trent Fighting With Fire) My examples are verbs but you can of course use other words.
  • A colour (The Red Queen, White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain)
  • A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.
  • A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea)
  • A city (Barcelona Shadows, Shanghai Girls, Under The Tripoli Sky)
  • An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed, The Horse And His Boy)
~*~ Books Read ~*~
  • ing -  Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells
  • color -  My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge
  • familial relation -  Your Daddy Loves You by Tom Choquette
  • body of water - Echo Lake by Carla Neggers
  • city -  Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne
  • animal - Dragon's Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori

possibility for animal: Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister


OMG! Two Three picture books and an erotic M/M romance! Talk about varied reading interests :-D

~*~ Challenge Complete ~*~
April 23



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RC - Banned Books!

Banned Books 
2015 

hosted at Buckling Bookshelves

for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically read banned or challenged books. Any length, format, age range, or genre. There are a lot of places to find banned/challenged book lists, check out the information post to find some of them.

I plan on being a Trouble-Maker and hope to read 3-5 Challenged Books


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RC - Foodies Read


Foodies Read
2015

hosted at its own blog

for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically read food related books. There are several levels and while it doesn't say you must review, there will be a link up for them by category.

I'm going for . . . . Pastry Chef . . . and hope to read 4 - 8 books.


~*~ Books Read ~*~
  1.  Welcome to Lobster Cove by Carol Lynne (chef)
  2.  Poisoned Apple by Katherine McIntyre (Snow White retelling)
  3.  Cupcakes by Sean Michael (owns a bakery then a food truck, mostly just love to make cupcakes)
  4.  Candy Man by Amy Lane (candy shop)
  5.  Bitter Taffy by Amy Lane (same candy shop) 
  6. Cupcakes by Sean Michael (bakery, food truck)
 ~ Challenge Completed: September ~

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Disclaimer

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.