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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

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spotlight On . . . The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch

The Fairy Tale Girl
by Susan Branch

Publisher: Spring Street Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2015

ISBN-13: 978-0996044011
283 pages

format available: hardcover (with ribbon bookmark)

author's website


About the book: 
Book one of two, The Fairy Tale Girl is based on the diaries Susan has kept since she was in her 20s. The two books are an illustrated memoir, charmingly designed in Susan's style with her whimsical watercolors and personal photographs. It's an enchanting story of love and loss, mystery and magic that begins in a geranium-colored house in California, and ends up, like any good fairy tale, on the right side of the rabbit hole, in a small cottage in the woods on the New England Island of Martha's Vineyard.

THE FAIRY TALE GIRL humorously explores Susan's journey as an artist and as a girl/woman, from the 1950s through the 1980s. In the first book of the series we get a revealing view of Susan's early life as the oldest of eight children and the marriage she imagined would be forever; it's filled with inspiration, romance and discovery, and a leap into the unknown.

Journey back to the olden days with Susan, to the land of happily-ever-after, where men were men and girls just wanted to have fun. Bring a hankie, we think you might need it.

Quick thought: Think scrapbook. Illustrated is right, and not all right angles! Plus the font looks like handwriting. The cover shown here doesn't do the book justice.





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First contact: Sep 14
Jocelyn at Kelley and Hall

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Monday, October 26, 2015

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 review books in my house ~


~ here are the newest books in my house ~
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis
Paws and Claws Mysteries, 2014, ebook

Holly Miller doesn’t believe in spirits, but the Sugar Maple Inn is filled with guests who do. The TV series in development, Apparition Apprehenders, has descended on Wagtail’s annual Halloween festivities to investigate supernatural local legends, and Holly has her hands full showing the ghost hunters a scary-fun time.

But the frights turn real when Holly’s Jack Russell, Trixie, and kitten, Twinkletoes, find a young woman drowned in the Wagtail Springs Hotel’s bathhouse—the spot of the town’s most infamous haunting. The crime scene is eerily similar to the creepy legend, convincing Holly that the death wasn’t just accidental. Now she’ll have to race to catch a flesh-and-blood killer—before someone else in town gives up the ghost . . .


The Body Book by Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bark (The Body Book) health/fitness, 2013, hardcover

The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body 

Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day.

The Body Book does not set goals to reach in seven days or thirty days or a year. It offers a holistic, long-term approach to making consistent choices and reaching the ultimate goal: a long, strong, happy, healthy life.



Beginning Judo by Jeff McCall
nonfiction/sports, 2015, ebook-2nd edition

The Ultimate Guide to Starting Judo

Getting started in Judo can be daunting.  But training martial arts is one of the most beneficial things I've ever done, mentally and physically, but getting over the beginner's hump was where a chunk of those benefits come from.

(Not sure how "ultimate" it is but it seems to have a lot of info packed into 50 pages and it was free)

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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 free ones that don't make this list, I've pinned them here.







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:
Added "caregiver" to my schedule last week and even though I had planned a couple of reviews, I needed comfort reading. Still, I couldn't concentrate on just one book and finished nothing.

Myth and Magic by Mae Clair 


Happy Reading!


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Monday, October 19, 2015

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 review books in my house ~
What Happens Under the Mistletoe - anthology
romance, Oct 2015, mass market paperback

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries
Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter's eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion. Connected to The Sinful Suitors series

Twelve Kisses by Karen Hawkins
In the snowy Scottish countryside, our rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle.

By Any Other Name by Candace Camp
Gregory Rose finds himself in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise – one who refuses to reveal her true identity, even though she fears she may have already lost her heart to his kiss.

Sweet Ruin by Meredith Duran
Will the festive spirit of the season sweep our feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe – and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?



~ here are the newest books in my house ~
Trick or Deceit by Shelley Freydont
Celebration Bay Mystery, Sep 2015, mass market paperback

This October in Celebration Bay, you can't swing a black cat without hitting a haunted house. Thee are three finalists in the contest for the town's official haunted house, and ten thousand dollars will go to the winner, with the rest of the proceeds funding a new community center. Event coordinator Liv Montgomery has invited her friend Jonathon Preston, the debonair director of development for a philanthropic organization, to visit town, hoping he will also award a grant to the center.

After the Museum of Yankee Horrors wins first place, the transformed Victorian boardinghouse is vandalized. Among scattered mannequins of Hester Prynne, Lizzie Borden, and the Headless Horseman, a real dead body is found--one of the contest judges. Now in addition to playing host to Jon, Liv has to play detective and coordinate the clues to unmask a self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner. . .




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I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added a couple a day from amazon's free bestseller lists. I've pinned them here.







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:
Foul Play at the Fair by Shelly Freydont
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
Cold Turkey by Shelley Freydont
Always a Groomsman by Cassandra Gold
Just a Bit Twisted by Alessandra Hazard
Halloween Hijinks by Kathi Daley
Vet Found by Joyee Flynn


Happy Reading!



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Thursday, October 15, 2015

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!

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Weather still too hot, I'll just stay here


Hello Beautiful


Just an idea, especially if you work with children!



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Monday, October 12, 2015

Spotlight On . . . What Happens Under the Mistletoe

What Happens Under the Mistletoe
anthology

Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781476786087
Published: October 2015
genre: historical romance
400 pages


format available: ebook, mass market paperback
 About the book:
In this all-new story collection sparkling with sexy charm and heartwarming wit, four beloved bestselling authors reveal the mix-ups and make-ups, the missed chances and golden opportunities that come but once a year.

The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries
Stunned by the heat of an unexpected kiss on a cold winter's eve, two strangers from vastly different worlds turn hotheaded principles into burning passion. Connected to The Sinful Suitors series

Twelve Kisses by Karen Hawkins
In the snowy Scottish countryside, our rakish duke has an unforgettable holiday encounter when the alluring lady he surprises under the mistletoe is not who he expected, but a long-lost love with a score to settle.

By Any Other Name by Candace Camp
Gregory Rose finds himself in hot pursuit of an intriguing lady in disguise – one who refuses to reveal her true identity, even though she fears she may have already lost her heart to his kiss.

Sweet Ruin by Meredith Duran
Will the festive spirit of the season sweep our feisty heroine beneath the mistletoe – and back into the arms of the dashing rogue whose carelessness soiled her reputation and sent her into exile in London?



Internal use:
First contact: Oct 6
Kim MIller/Nancy Berland Public Relations, Inc.

format: print
arrived: Oct 12 
review due: asap 
Notified Kim that review is live:


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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 newest review books in my house ~

Texas Hustle by Cynthia D'Alba
Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Nov 2015, ebook 

Porchia Summers was born into a family who gave her everything except affection. She acted out until her parents sent her to Whispering Springs before their high-society friends found out about her arrest record.

She builds a good life in Texas, but then the old boyfriend who got her in trouble tracks her down. Desperate to find a way to keep her past and present separate, she places a bid at a bachelor auction on the one man who’ll get her out of town for a few days.

Darren Montgomery is thrilled when Porchia wins him and a week of camping with his entire family in a charity bachelor auction. He’s also curious. He’s been flirting with the town’s sweet, sexy baker for years. Sometimes she flirts back, but she’s never let things go further than that. Darren’s not complaining, but he wonders just what’s going on behind Porchia’s pretty eyes.

Warning: Watch out for chigger bites, love bites, and secrets that bite.



~ here are the newest books in my house ~
Murder on the Rocks by Allyson K. Abbott (aka Beth Amos)
Mack's Bar Mysteries, Aug 2013, ebook

Mack's Bar is one of those nice, friendly places where everybody knows your name. That's great when someone's buying you a round, but not so hot when you find yourself atop a list of murder suspects--with your fingerprints on the bloody knife!

Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton is a Milwaukee bar owner with a nose for trouble--literally. A neurological glitch has left her with extra perceptive senses. So when she stumbles upon a dead body in the alley behind the bar--the same spot where her own father was shot eight months earlier--she can tell right away there's something fishy in the air. The lead detective thinks there's a link between the two deaths, and he'll need Mack's help to sniff out the murderer amid the crowd of eccentric regulars. But when all the evidence points to her as the most likely culprit, it could be an early last call for Mack--and celebratory cocktails for a killer.


Cold Turkey by Shelley Freydont
Celebration Bay Mystery, Aug 2013, ebook

This Thanksgiving in Celebration Bay, it’s murder with all the trimmings…

Event coordinator Liv Montgomery is not only in charge of this year’s Turkey Trot in Celebration Bay, she’s participating as one of the runners. But not long after the race begins, gunshots are heard and a body is found in a remote section of woods. Did a local crank shoot the man for trespassing? Or is there a darker, more complex motive for plucking this runner before he crosses the finish line? Now it’s Liz’s turn to race to find the cold-blooded killer…



Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell
A Witchcraft Mystery, 2009, mass market paperback

Love the vintage- not the ghosts

Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically.

Just when things seem normal, a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily has a good idea that some bad phantoms are behind it. Can she keep her identity secret, or will her witchy ways be forced out of the closet as she attempts to stop the phantom?


Ghost of a Potion by Heather Blake
A magic Potion Mystery, Oct 2015, mass market paperback

With all the ghosts that haunt her at this time of year, Carly doesn’t exactly rush to celebrate Halloween. Even a costume ball organized by her boyfriend Dylan's mother, Patricia Davis Jackson, holds little allure. But to please Dylan, who wants peace between the two women, Carly reluctantly agrees to go.

Gossip around town is that architect Haywood Dodd plans to make a big announcement at the party. But before he can address the crowd, he’s found dead with Patricia standing over him, holding the murder weapon. Anxious to clear Patricia’s name and perhaps broker a truce with her, Carly would love to use her snooping skills to find the real killer. Only she has bigger problems to deal with—ghosts are flocking to her for help, including a very persistent Haywood Dodd…


Too Shy for Show-and-Tell by Beth Bracken
Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrator)
picture book, 2012, hardcover

Sam is a quiet little boy who hates show-and-tell. Just thinking about it makes his stomach hurt. Sam must find a way to conquer his fear of show-and-tell.







Faux Paw by Sofie Kelly
A Magical Cats Mystery, Oct 2015, mass market paperback

Normally, the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration. But thanks to the overbearing curator and high-tech security system that comes with it, Kathleen’s life has been completely disrupted. Even Owen and Hercules have been affected, since their favorite human doesn’t seem to have a spare moment to make their favorite fish crackers or listen to Barry Manilow.

But when Kathleen stops by the library late one night and finds the curator sprawled on the floor—and the exhibition’s most valuable sketch missing—it’s suddenly time to canvass a crime scene. Now Kathleen, her detective boyfriend Marcus, and her clever cats have to sniff out a murderous thief, before anyone else has a brush with death…


You don't Want to Know by Lisa Jackson
romantic suspense, 2013, ebook

Life as Ava Garrison knew it ended the day her toddler son Noah went missing. In the two years since, she's been in and out of Seattle mental institutions, existing in a fog of grief. Noah's body was never found, and everyone assumed he drowned after falling off a dock. Until recently, Ava thought so too. . .

Since she moved back home, Ava has experienced unsettling visions. She hears Noah crying in the nursery, glimpses him walking near the water. Her family, her psychologist, and her estranged husband are concerned for her well-being. Or are they worried about what she might discover?

Did Noah really die, or is Ava losing her sanity? The deeper into her memories she goes, the more fearful she becomes. Ava thought her son's disappearance was the worst thing that could happen to her. But before this nightmare ends, she'll discover how terrifying the truth can be. . .


Modern Wicked Fairy Tales by Selena Kitt
fairy tale retellings, 2013, ebook

Travel down the rabbit hole with Alice, back in time with Red, fall into a trap with Goldilocks and disappear into the woods with Beauty. The settings may be modern but the stories are as old and familiar as you remember them, with a few new twists, and a lot of sexy new details! All these fairy tale maidens will find their knights in shining armor and yes, of course, their happily ever afters.





Myth and Magic by Mae Clair
romantic suspense, 2015, ebook

As Children they played games of myth and magic . . .

Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith's past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

Then one day the monsters became real.

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?



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I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added a couple a day from amazon's free bestseller lists. I've pinned them here.







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:
Foul Play at the Fair by Shelly Freydont
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
Cold Turkey by Shelley Freydont
Always a Groomsman by Cassandra Gold
Just a Bit Twisted by Alessandra Hazard
Halloween Hijinks by Kathi Daley
Vet Found by Joyee Flynn


Happy Reading!



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Thursday, October 8, 2015

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!

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Best Friends


Oh, wait. That's not a kitty is it!



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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thoughts On . . . Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont

Foul Play at the Fair 
by Shelley Freydont

Series: Celebration Bay 
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425251553
Release Date: September 2012 
Genre: cozy mystery 
304 Pages

format available: ebook, mass market paperback 

Author's website | Facebook 

Grade: B

Book Blurb
New York City event planner Liv Montgomery is burned out, sick of the bridezillas, the mad men, the desperate housewives, the anything but sweet sixteens. So the job of event organizer in the small, rural town of Celebration Bay, sounds like a little piece of heaven.

With the success of the Harvest on the Bay Festival, life is sweet, all apple crisp and homemade jams, cider donuts and pumpkin pies. But things hit a sour note when an itinerant entertainer is found dead, pinioned by an antique apple press.

Motives pile up higher than a bushel of apples and Liv must navigate her way through a maze of secrets, lies and Yankee taciturnity to find the killer before the Harvest on the Bay Festival heads for Foul Play at the Fair.


My Thoughts

New-to-me author but I love cozy mysteries and I needed a fall themed book. Plus, how do you resist a town with seasonal celebrations? [reminds me of another series that I love *cough* Fool's Gold *cough* ;-)]. Later I'll need a Halloween one. This series is perfect.

I feel for Liv. New in town, doesn't know the history of anyone, and she's been told that the previous event planner can hold a grudge for a long time. If her first festival is a success, things should go easier for the next festival.

Too bad there is a murder at one of the places they've advertised!

back to reading . . .
"We're in big trouble here, buddy," she said, absently pulling his ears with her free hand. "Big trouble. And I don't have a plan."

"Arf."

"I know. I always have a plan. Plan A, plan B, even sometimes a plan C. Best-laid plans, contingency plans . . . ."
Well, I guess that's what makes a great event planner but it isn't a great deal she's hoping to catch. She's hoping to catch a murderer!

I'm loving the quirky characters in town. I like the loyalty but am also having trouble with it. It's got to be rough to prove you can help when the locals close ranks on you.

back to reading . . .

I don't really have much interest in event planning and purchased this cozy because it was a Fall setting. That being said, I've loved the little tidbits of a event planner's life that show up. Liv is at a huge potluck and is told she needed to take a little of everything so no one felt slighted. She then mentions that she doesn't know how to eat a full plate standing up, just cocktail food. Later, she's going for a run and weather is mentioned. AccuWeather is her home page because the "appearance of complimentary umbrellas or the sudden raising of waterproof tents had saved more than a few events in the nick of time". This is so true but those of us at the event may not even think about all the things the planner has to think about and juggle just-in-case-options.

I'm still wondering what Janine, the previous event planner, will get up to to discredit Liv.

back to reading . . . 


The next holiday is Halloween but book two is Christmas. I've got a couple of reading challenges that need a Halloween themed book. The question is, do I read the theme I need or next next book in the series? ;-)

FYI: Book 1.5 is Cold Turkey and it is a Thanksgiving foot race theme (with a dead body) so I've still got a Fall title!



Disclaimer: This was a private purchase but the review is not written any differently than if I had received a complimentary review copy. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of the author and amazon.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

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 review books in my house ~






~ here are the newest books in my house ~
Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery
Fool's Gold, Sep 2015, hardcover

To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!

Jonny came to Fool's Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful.

Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?


Pane and Suffering by Cheryl Hollon
A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery, SEp 2015, mass market paperback

After Savannah's father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs--including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father's trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn't suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it's up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father's apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .


Give 'em Pumpkin to Talk About  by Joyce and Jim Lavene
Pumpkin Patch Mystery, Aug 2015, ebook

Richmond attorney Sarah Tucker returns to sell her family’s abandoned farm in Misty River, Virginia despite unanswered questions about her grandparents’ disappearance sixteen years earlier. Sarah was only twelve when she went to visit and found her grandparents had vanished. No amount of searching has brought answers.

Now Sarah is faced with other issues when a man is killed who claimed to have information about what happened to her grandparents. She learns of a Confederate chest of gold that is said to be buried on the property, and treasure hunters who are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. Were her grandparents murdered for the gold? Sarah can’t sell the land and go back to her life until she has answers. But the cost of the answers may be her life.

Includes farm-fresh recipes!


More Than One Night by Nicole Leiren
romance, Sep 2015, ebook

The Few. The Strong. The Brave.

Melodie Alexander, a children's librarian, prefers to live life between the pages of a book. But when the death of her best friend prompts her to step out of her comfort zone, she finds herself directly in the path of self-proclaimed bad boy, Daniel Bresland.

Daniel knew how to be a solider. Life after war? Not as easy. He served his country in Afghanistan, both in the military and as a private contractor, but fighting the war came at high personal cost. Now he's determined to keep his relationships "casual" in order to protect his heart and prevent anyone from getting too close.

A chance encounter between Melodie and Daniel on a flight to Dallas proves that opposites really do attract. But when scars from the past threaten their new relationship almost before it starts, Daniel must decide if he can risk opening his heart again to convince Melodie he wants more than one night.


Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont
Celebration Bay Mystery, 2012, mass market paperback

New York City event planner Liv Montgomery is burned out, sick of the bridezillas, the mad men, the desperate housewives, the anything but sweet sixteens. So the job of event organizer in the small, rural town of Celebration Bay, sounds like a little piece of heaven.

With the success of the Harvest on the Bay Festival, life is sweet, all apple crisp and homemade jams, cider donuts and pumpkin pies. But things hit a sour note when an itinerant entertainer is found dead, pinioned by an antique apple press.

Motives pile up higher than a bushel of apples and Liv must navigate her way through a maze of secrets, lies and Yankee taciturnity to find the killer before the Harvest on the Bay Festival heads for Foul Play at the Fair.

Shadow and Silk by Elizabeth Lowell
romantic suspense, 2012, ebook

Sometimes you have to risk your life to save it.

That was the choice facing Danielle Warren late one night on the streets of Lhasa. With a dead man in front of her, a living one shooting at her—and the hand of a stranger held out to her in the darkness.

When Dani grabs Shane’s hand, he lifts her into a world of intrigue, danger, and love that she had never known before.

Shane Crowe was prepared for everything but his response to Dani’s honesty. And her sensuality. Shaped in war, honed in battle, searching for peace in Lhasa’s ancient monastery, he is again thrust into the line of fire.

Together Shane and Dani search for a fragile silk relic that has become the prize in an international tug of war. But to find it, they have to stay alive long enough to learn to trust themselves, each other, and love.

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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 free ones that don't make this list, I've pinned them here.







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:
Second Chance Bite by Flynn Eire (Joyee Flynn)
Spencer's Secret by Flynn Eire (Joyee Flynn)
The Final Addition by Flynn Eire (Joyee Flynn)
Cinnamon Dreams by Vic Winters
Grey's Hidden Fire by Draven St. James
Fire and Mistletoe by Draven St. James
Scales by Sean Michael
Fused by Fire by Draven St. James
Crash Pad by Whitley Gray
Pup by SJD Peterson
Revving It Up by Sean Michael
Steamy Cider and Apples by Jackie Nacht
Bewitched at the Pumpkin Patch by Jackie Nacht
Zombie Run by Jackie Nacht


Happy Reading!


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

RC: A-Z Locations

A-Z Locations
Oct 1, 2015 to Sep 30, 2016

Wacky Reading Challenges Group at GoodReads

for more information or to sign up, click here
(you'll need to be a GR member, the group is for 18+)

Guidelines: Book must be at least 125 pages, any format, any genre, re-reads acceptable, so are library books.

This A-Z challenge will focus on locations. For each letter A-Z, read a book set in a location that starts with the corresponding letter. You may use city, town, state, country, off planet, etc. These locations can be real or fictional - doesn't matter.

For the hard letters Q, X, Y and Z, you are welcome to use a location that contains the letter - it does not have to be the first letter.
~  Books Read ~
A. Ashton Falls, ?? - Halloween Hijinks by Kathi Daley (10-10-15)
B. Butterfly Harbor, ?? - The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor by Anna J. Stewart (1-15-16)
C. Wishful, California - Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis (11-14-15)
D. Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. - Wild and Precious by CJane Elliot (11-28-15)
E. Everett, Washington - Fireman, Flames and Fettuccine by Sara York (1-4-16)
F. Fool's Gold, California - Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery (2-8-16)
G. Tybee Island, Georgia - Sand & Water by Shae Connor (12-3-15)
H. Havenbridge, Massachusetts - Spell Bound by Jacob Z. Flores
I. Chicago, Illinois - Stupid Mistletoe by Joyee Flynn (12-6-15)
J. Jubbulpore (city) on Jubbul (planet) - Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein (8-24-16)
K. Key West, Florida - Three's Company by N. R. Walker (12-3-15)
L. Logan, Minnesota - Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan (1-12-16)
M. Madrona Island, Washington - Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley
N. Celebration Bay, New York - Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont (10-5-15)
O. Ocean Township, New Jersey - You In My Arms by A. C. Katt (5-3-16) 
P. University Park, Pennsylvania - Prove It by Chris Owen (1-3-16)
Q.
R. Rowan Falls, Oregon - By Any Other Name by Tia Fielding (2-20-16)
S. Stone Ridge, Colorado - Choosing His Christmas Miracle by Charlie Richards (12-28-15)
T. San Antonio, Texas - When No Doesn't Cut It by Lisa Oliver (5-23-16)
U. Shore Point, United Kingdom - Nick's Christmas Wish by Jess Buffett (12-31-15)
V. Valdemar - Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey (8-31-16)
W. Wishful, California - Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis (10-31-15)
X.
Y.
Z.

Possibilities . . .
J - library book: Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein (Jubbul)
Q - library book: Still Life by Louise Penny (Three Pines, Quebec Province) 
V - Mercedes Lackey (Valdemar series)
X - Piers Anthony (Xanth series) or Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Xanadu)
Y - A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle (Yadah) - brief by important butterfly theory
Z - The 1312 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers (Zamonia) 






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RC: Nooks and Crannies!


Nooks and Crannies
Oct 1, 2015 to Sep 30, 2016

Wacky Reading Challenges Group at GoodReads
Odd Challenges

for more information or to sign up, click here
(you'll need to be a GR member, the group is for 18+)

Guidelines: Read the PHYSICAL books that have been hiding in your nooks and crannies ;-) Book must be at least 125 pages, print format, any genre, re-read acceptable. No library books. No mention of how long you've owned the book.

There are two options for picking which books you read. Use the Random Letter Generator to determine what book you will be reading next. Read a book that starts with the letter generated or a book where one of the author's initials matches the letter. It must be a "real" book you own. OR read any book you want as long as you physically own it.

There are also four levels:  6, 12, 18, or 24 books.

I'm going for option 2: level 4-24 books AND option 1: level 2-12 books.


~ Books Read: option 1, level 2 ~
1. Y -
2. P -
3. G -
4. T -
5. G -
6. M - Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery (2-8-16)
7. A - . . . . possibility: The Art of Sinning
8. Y -
9. C -
10. O -
11. C - . . . . possibility: Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton
12. N -

~ Books Read: option 2, level 4 ~
1. . . . . possibility: Revenge of the Chili Queens
2.
3.
4.







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