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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

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

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

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Spotlight On . . . Anchored by Brigitte Quinn

Brigitte Quinn

Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlimited 
ISBN: 978-0692473511 
Published: August 2015 
genre: fiction
304 pages

format available: ebook, trade paperback

author's website | Twitter 

About the book:
Barbara King’s dream is to become the next Barbara Walters. But for now, she’s anchoring at the fledgling Phoenix news channel, covering car chases and interviewing drunken showbiz has-beens. If she can just out-fox the conniving anchors at her cable channel and move up to its prime-time line-up, she’ll be able to fly the coop and ascend to a real news network.

Enter Jack Stone, Barbara’s dynamic, witty—and did she mention sexy?—new co-anchor. Another potential competitor, Jack’s attitude is chilly toward Barbara at first, but it’s not long before a genuine friendship forms. Soon they find themselves finishing each other’s sentences, discovering all they have in common and, ultimately, attempting to ignore how wildly attracted they are to each other. Meanwhile, on the set, under television’s bright lights, they sit just inches apart, their chemistry even apparent to the quirky cast of characters in the gossiping newsroom.

Will Barbara give in to her attraction to Jack and betray her husband, Ben, her sweet-souled moral compass? When a life-altering news event propels the Phoenix to the #1 news channel in the nation, will Barbara sell her soul to become a prime time star?

How do you stay true to yourself when you’re being seduced by stardom—and your co-star?

Internal use:
First contact: June 18? This book wasn't mentioned

format: print
arrived: Aug 12 
review due: ??? 
Notified Janay that review is live:

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Spotlight On . . . Tastes LIke Murder

Tastes Like Murder
Catherine Bruns

Series: A Cookies & Chance Mystery
Publisher: Gemma Halliday 
ISBN: 9781943587087  
Published: September 2015 
genre: cozy mystery
147 pages plus recipes and excerpt

format available: ebook
available at smashwords on Sep 1 (should be several formats to choose from) as well as Barnes & Noble

author's website | Twitter | Facebook 

About the book:
Sally Muccio’s had her crosses to bear: a cheating ex-boyfriend, crazy Italian parents, and an unfaithful husband, just to name a few. After her divorce, she returns to her hometown to start a novelty cookie shop whose specialties include original fortune cookies, served with a sprinkle of foreshadowing. But there’s no warning when her ex-husband’s mistress drops dead on Sal's porch, and police confirm it’s a homicide. Determined to stop her life from becoming a recipe for disaster, Sal takes matters into her own hands. With two very different men vying for her affection, dead bodies piling up, and a reputation hanging by an apron string, Sal finds herself in a race against time to save both her business and life—before the last cookie crumbles.

Internal use:
First contact: Aug 4
Gemma Halliday email

arrived: Aug 4
review due: Sep 1
Notified publisher that review is live and link up

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Bout of Books 14.0 read-a-thon

Bout of Books

Bout of Books
Aug 17 to Aug 23

Twitter | Blog sign-up page

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Don't have a blog? Make a YouTube video! There are several ways to sign up, just remember, no direct link equals no grand prize opportunity.

Read some each day (not on-line serials!)
comment on at least two places each day
Check out the challenges
read one non-fiction
read/review one review book
Read 1,200 pages 

edited to add review book titles: 
Tastes like Murder by Catherine Bruns
Rooville by Julie Long

Starting Point

Monday - (staying late at Disneyland Sunday so I'm not sure how much I'll get done today)

Final Report
Totally flaked on this one. I'm not blogging this summer and I didn't write it down on my paper calendar. If it wasn't for Michelle at the True Book Addict, I wouldn't have even remembered I missed it.

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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.