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

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, April


Outdo Yourself
Reading Challenge
2017

Hosted by Corinne

For more information or to sign up, click here

Challenge yourself to read more this year than last year. Any format, any genre. Re-reads and challenge cross-overs allowed. Books that are 100 pages (give or take) count.

There are several levels. You can go up but not down.




Number of Books Read out of My Goal for the Year
2013: 168 out of 200 (Didn't keep track of 100+ pages for 2012)
2014: 211 out of 174-178 (then moved up a level!)
2015: 170 out of 227 :-(
2016: 214 (as of 12-30) out of 181-185

I've got real life plans for this year that might interfere with my reading so I'm going for
. . . Out of Breath  . . . 
and hope to read 6-10 more books than my 2016 goal.
Because, really, I read 30 books in December and I've got one more day!


~ April ~
 I've read 71 books so far, only 110-114 left for the year. That's about 13 a month.
  1. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
  2. Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey
  3. Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey
  4. Shove Your Tree by Joyee Flynn
  5. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
  6. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
  7. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
  8. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
  9. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
  10. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh 
  11. Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh 
  12. Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey 
  13. Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey 
  14. Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey 
  15. Stripe My Pole by Joyee Flynn 
  16. Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh 
  17. Bite My Cookies by Joyee Flynn 
  18. Flush the Twinkles by Joyee Flynn 
  19. Morning My Angel by Sue Brown 
  20. Bromantic by Harper Logan


~ Books Read this Month: ~
~ Books Read this Year: ~
~ Books Left to Read: ~


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon

Spring into Horror
Read-a-Thon
April  18 - 24

hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading

for more information and to sign up, click here

#SpringHorror

Seasons of Reading Facebook group here

This is a midnight to midnight RaT and it's CDT so adjust your start/end times accordingly. I'll be starting/ending my reading at 10 p.m.

There is a whole page of guidelines so check that out but the main one for this read-a-thon is to read at least one scary-to-you book. I joined a yearly horror reading challenge so I've got to get at least one book read this year!

Monday, April 10, 2017

ebook Reading Challenge, April


eBooks
Reading Challenge
2017 

For more information or to sign up, click here


I've read over 250 books this year (yes, some were short) and only a handful were print. I'm going for . . . empty the cloud . . . with plans to read 101+ ebooks during 2017.

32 in January. 21 in February. 27 in March. 21 left to go.



~ April ~
  1. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
  2. Green the Whole Year 'Round by Rowan McAllister
  3. Treasure Trail by Nicole Dennis
  4. Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey
  5. Dragon in Distress by Mercedes Lackey, Elisabeth Waters
  6. Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey
  7. Shove Your Tree by Joyee Flynn
  8. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
  9. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
  10. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
  11. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
  12. Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
  13. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
  14. Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey 
  15. Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey
  16. Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey 
  17. Stripe My Pole by Joyee Flynn 
  18. Bite My Cookies by Joyee Flynn 
  19. Flush the Twinkles by Joyee Flynn 
  20. Morning My Angel by Sue Brown 
  21. Bromantic by Harper Logan

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 ~
nothing this week



~ here are the newest books in my house ~




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What I Read this Week
Shelia has passed this to Kathryn at The Book Date! There are a couple of blogs doing the meme with a kid lit bent so you may want to check them out too.

Jump on over to The Book Date and see what everyone has read recently.

Finished:
still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials or re-reads

Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey


Happy Reading!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

April's Books Read


Main page

~ April ~
    1. 320 - Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
    2. 77 - Green the Whole Year 'Round by Rowan McAllister 
    3. 77 - Treasure Trail by Nicole Dennis 
    4. 320 - Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey 
    5. 18 - Dragon in Distress by Mercedes Lackey, Elisabeth Waters 
    6. 320 - Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey 
    7. 142 - Shove Your Tree by Joyee Flynn 
    8. 352 - Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh 
    9. 352 - Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh 
    10. 370 - Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh 
    11. 352 - Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh 
    12. 352 - Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh 
    13. 368 - Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh 
    14. 478 - Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh 
    15. 349 - Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
    16. 322 - Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey 
    17. 351 - Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey 
    18. 142 - Stripe My Pole by Joyee Flynn 
    19. 373 - Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh 
    20. 142 - Bite My Cookies by Joyee Flynn 
    21. 142 - Flush the Twinkles by Joyee Flynn 
    22. 227 - Morning My Angel by Sue Brown
    23. 255 - Bromantic by Harper Logan

    ~ Books read in April: ~
    ~ Pages read in Jan-Apr: ~

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Happy Monday

    Still going through Mom's stuff. MIL is home but isn't getting better anymore


    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 ~
    nothing this week



    ~ here are the newest books in my house ~
    Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
    Dark series, 2011-extended edition, ebook

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home.

    Mikhail Dubrinksy is the Prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. Engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness, his soul cries out in loneliness. Until the day a beautiful voice full of light and love responds, softly soothing his pain and yearning.

    From the moment they meet, Raven and Dubrinksy are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love. Yet even if they survive, how can these two lovers – Carpathian and human – build a future together? And how can Dubrinksy bring Raven into his dark world without extinguishing her beautiful goodness and light?


    Hex on the Beach by Gina LaManna
    Magic and Mixology, 2016, ebook

    Lily Locke has never believed in witches and wizards, ghosts and magic, shifters and vampires—especially cute blonde vamps with blood-intolerance issues. A rising star at a hotshot marketing agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota, all Lily knows is that she’s a PowerPoint guru, an Excel ninja, and a coffee-maker extraordinaire. Not to mention she’s next in line for a huge promotion.

    All that changes when Lily’s assistant delivers a strange quiz to her, one titled A Magical Assessment for Normal Folks. With it comes the promise of a land she’s never known existed. A land where Lily not only discovers her biological family for the first time, but a place where she can make a difference, change lives, and step into the role she’s destined to fulfill.

    But first, Lily must admit she’s a witch. Then, she has to acknowledge that the tall, dark, and mysterious man who offers his help is strictly focused on business…at least, for now. When a body turns up dead and the next target is Lily, she must trust her powers and accept the help of her newfound friends. Otherwise, she’ll never survive the trials of the magical island tucked far, far away in the frigid waters of Lake Superior.


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    What I Read this Week
    Shelia has passed this to Kathryn at The Book Date! There are a couple of blogs doing the meme with a kid lit bent so you may want to check them out too.

    Jump on over to The Book Date and see what everyone has read recently.

    Finished:
    Finding My Forever by Michele Nataro
    A Little Bit Broken by Michele Nataro
    Left Behind by Michele Nataro


    Happy Reading!

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    Review Links . . . You Read How Many Books?



    You Read 
    How Many Books?
    2017


    Sign up page to join the challenge is here

    Use this page to link up reviews!

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Truth from Fiction

    I'm reading an online serial and came across this gem.

    "We all have our advantages and challenges. What distinguishes us is how we choose to deal with them."

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Happy Monday

    Still helping Dad with Mom's stuff. MIL is home now and slowly getting better :-)


    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 ~
    nothing this week



    ~ here are the newest books in my house ~
    Sgt. Reckless by Robin Hutton (Facebook)
    biography, 2015, paperback

    A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. In order to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining.

    The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd.

    Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.

    The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick
    Secret Zoo series, 2010, paperback

    Noah, his sister Megan, and their best friends, Richie and Ella, live next door to the zoo. Megan is the first to notice the puzzling behavior of some of the animals. One day Megan disappears, and her brother and their friends realize it's up to them to find her. Their only choice is to follow a series of clues and sneak into the zoo. But once inside, will they discover there's much more to the Clarksville City Zoo than they could ever have guessed?




    Pancakes and Corpses by Agatha Frost
    Peridale Cafe Mystery, 2017 ebook

    Soon to be divorced Julia South never expected to be caught up in solving a murder, until she discovered the body of her cafe's most awkward customer. With a new smug Detective Inspector in town who underestimates her every move, Julia makes it her mission to discover the real murderer, before her village friends are dragged into the frame, and more bodies are discovered.

    Note from author: A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe owning female amateur sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes!

    The Atlantis Gene by A. G. Riddle
    The Origin Mystery, 2013, ebook

    Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She has not recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous--for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

    Agent David Vale has spent ten years trying to stop the Immari. Now he has run out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

    Together, Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene... and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain her research and force the next stage of human evolution--even if it means killing 99.9% of the entire human population. David and Kate can stop them... if they can trust each other. And stay alive.


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    What I Read this Week
    Shelia has passed this to Kathryn at The Book Date! There are a couple of blogs doing the meme with a kid lit bent so you may want to check them out too.

    Jump on over to The Book Date and see what everyone has read recently.

    Finished:
    still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials or re-reads

    Crushed by A.R. Steele


    Happy Reading!

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Happy Monday

    Still helping Dad with Mom's stuff. MIL is home now and slowly getting better :-)


    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 ~



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    What I Read this Week
    Shelia has passed this to Kathryn at The Book Date! There are a couple of blogs doing the meme with a kid lit bent so you may want to check them out too.

    Jump on over to The Book Date and see what everyone has read recently.

    Finished:
    still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials or re-reads


    Together Again by Aiden Bates
    Salt and Pepper by Garett Groves
    Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn
    Running with Curves by Jill Angie
    The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb
    Frosty Melt by Joyee Flynn


    Happy Reading!

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Happy Monday

    Still helping Dad with Mom's stuff. MIL is home now and slowly getting better :-)


    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 ~
    Who Counts? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Sasso (publisher)
    Children's book/religious, May 2017, paperback

    Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for?

    Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what s missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God s eyes and that everyone should feel counted.



    ~ here are the newest books in my house ~

    While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green
    suspense, 2016, ebook

    One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?




    The Halo Effect by Anne LeClaire
    suspense, 2017, ebook

    It was supposed to be a typical October evening for renowned portrait artist Will Light. Over dinner of lamb tagine, his wife, Sophie, would share news about chorus rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concert, and their teenage daughter, Lucy, would chatter about French club and field hockey. Only Lucy never came home. Her body was found, days later, in the woods.

    The Eastern Seaboard town of Port Fortune used to be Will’s comfort. Now, there’s no safe harbor for him. Not even when Father Gervase asks Will to paint portraits of saints for the new cathedral. Using the townspeople as models, Will sees in each face only a mask of the darkness of evil. And he just might be painting his daughter’s killer.


    Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
    thriller, 2016, ebook

    Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Caitlin, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric’s entire world begins to crumble.

    Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Max a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest”.

    Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric’s life?



    Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
    psychological thriller, 2017, ebook

    In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned.

    His body was never recovered. Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She's married, pregnant, and in control again...

    ... until Aiden returns.

    Too traumatized to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Only his body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken.

    As Emma attempts to reconnect with her now teenage son, she must unmask the monster who took him away from her. But who, in their tiny village, could be capable of such a crime?

    It's Aiden who has the answers, but he cannot tell the unspeakable.


    Shifter's Sacrifice by Lisa Ladew
    One True Mate, 2016, ebook

    Trevor Burbank is a shifter cop in a world of humans who don't know the evil that wants them dead. If he does his job well, the humans will never need to know, but he feels like he's working against the clock, because his pack is about to die. The females have all been killed, and the half-breeds they make when they mate with humans aren't usually skilled or strong enough to fight.

    Gabriela Carmi has lost almost everything that means anything to her way too fast and now she feels like she’s losing her mind too. On a quest to find something that won't reveal itself to her, she feels as if she’s pining for someone who may not exist. So when an evil presence begins to follow her, she isn't sure if her mind is slowly falling apart, or if the impossible is actually coming true. And when an instant attraction sparks between her and the dangerously sexy police officer sent to help her, it makes matters worse and better at the same time.

    It's a race against time to find the angel/human hybrid One True Mates that the pack's spiritual leaders say truly exist. Saving the all the shifter clans is on everyone's mind, except for the chosen, the One True Mates, most of whom don’t even know who or what they really are, or why they seem to be slowly losing their minds.


    Dyeing to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker
    Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, 2016, ebook

    Gabriel Wyatt is a big city Detective living in a small Ohio town. He expects a peaceful existence once he moves from Miami, Florida, but that’s the last thing he finds. Instead, Gabe discovers murder, mayhem, and one smart-mouthed stylist he can’t get out of his head.

    Josh “Jazz” Roman is a small-town business owner with big dreams and an attitude to match. He finds himself in the middle of a case that brings the dreamy detective to the front door of his Curl Up and Dye salon. Josh learns that the biggest threat to him isn’t a killer; it’s a man who wants something from him that he vowed to never give again - his heart.

    Both men deny that there’s something between them, even though they’re drawn together like magnets. Can Gabe convince Josh to let down his guard or will Josh let past hurts destroy his chance at a happy future?

    Also the next two books in the series. Book four is coming in may


    Salt and Pepper by Garett Groves
    m/m romance, 2017, ebook

    At age 39, professor Tim Moore has everything he thought he should have at this stage in his life: a successful career, a beautiful home, and a loving partner—until Eric, his long-term boyfriend, dumps him and moves out. Now with his 40th birthday quickly approaching, Tim feels time and a true chance at happiness slipping away.

    Ryan’s own life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan since graduating from college. At 26, he didn’t anticipate losing his mother, the only person who’d ever supported and believed in him, and had no idea that she’d left her bed and breakfast to him to manage in her absence. Giving up his fledgling photography business in the city was difficult, but the thought of throwing away his mother’s passion felt impossible—despite the fact it’s treading water.







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    What I Read this Week
    Thanks to Brooke, I know where this meme has gone!
    Shelia has passed this to Kathryn at The Book Date! There are a couple of blogs doing the meme with a kid lit bent so you may want to check them out too.

    Jump on over to The Book Date and see what everyone has read recently.

    Finished:
    still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials or re-reads

    The 10/60 Diet by Phil Torcivia - a super short ebook on how to lose 10% of your body weight in 60 days. Lots of common sense and a few why-didn't-I-think-of-that moments.

    Who Counts? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso - a picture book about three parables.

    Where I Found You by Parker Elliot - m/m contemporary romance. A man comes home from the Marines and needs a job but the small town isn't doing so well and he may need to go further from home. A wealthy man needs someone to maintain his landscaping and while the Marine doesn't have landscaping experience he's the first there for the job rather than a juicy bit of gossip to spread around town. There's a reason he doesn't like to leave his home.

    Slander by Avery Ford - m/m contemporary romantic suspense. Did Ben's step-mother really murder her husband? Is she after Ben? Who is that man she's kissing? It's only been a week! Ben's on the run and stumbles on to the man who could become the love of his life. Will it be enough when that man tracks him down?

    Wrap It Up by Joyee Flynn - m/m paranormal romance, #12 in a series. The vampires are attacking, one elf still needs to find his mate. Families are mended.

    Dying to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker - m/m. Catfight in the hair salon leads to threats then murder. Detective must solve murder while trying to start a relationship with the hair salon owner. Secrets come out. This has a great twist and a nice ending

    Something to Dye For by Aimee Nicole Walker - Someone from the past for both of them threatens the relationship. A case brings danger right to Josh's door.

    Dyed and Gone to Heaven by Aimee Nicole Walker - Most of the issues from the previous books are tied neatly in a bow. Two twists and relationship issues come up. Next book in the series will be published in May.


    Happy Reading!

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    Spotlight On . . . Who Counts?

    Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons
    Author: Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
    Illustrated by Margaux Meganck
    Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
    ISBN: 978-0664262747
    Published: May 2017
    genre: Religious Children's book
    40 pages

    format available: hardcover

    Publisher

    Description:
    Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for?

    Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what's missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God s eyes and that everyone should feel counted.



    internal use:
    First contact: Library Thing February batch
    format: print
    arrived: Mar 6
    started review:
    posted review:
    email Emily



    Happy Monday

    Still helping Dad with Mom's stuff. MIL is home now and slowly getting better :-)


    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 ~
    Waiting for a children's book: Who Counts? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Sasso


    ~ here are the newest books in my house ~

    Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
    The Ravenels, 2017, mass market paperback

    Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Revenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out here new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she's ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.





    My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman - not in English
    fiction, 2016, paperback

    Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

    When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
    fiction, 2013, paperback

    Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

    As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

    Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

    Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.


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    What I Read this Week
    Shelia at Book Journey, hosted a weekly meme about what you read last week and what you were hoping to read this week. I don't believe she's still doing it but I've gotten use to letting you know what I read last week. Never was very good about knowing what I was going to read next!

    Finished:
    still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials or re-reads
    All Cats are Gray by Andre Norton
    Sweet Buns by Shea Balik (bakery)
    The Collared Pup by Shea Balik (Pub)
    Nice 'n' Rosy by Shea Balik (florist)
    Lube Master by Shea Balik (garage)
    Painful Pleasure by Shea Balik (tattoo and piercing shop)
    Bound for Your Pleasure by Shea Balik (bookstore)
    High and Tight by Shea Balik (hair salon)
    The Dirty Hoe by Shea Balik (garden center)
    Kiss of Leather by Shea Balik (handcrafted leather products)
    The Pearl Necklace by Shea Balik (Jewelry shop)
    Get Nailed by Shea Balik (Nail Salon)
    Below the Belt by Shea Balik (clothing line/shop)
    Tying the Knot by Shea Balik (nine weddings - at once)
    Euphoria by Shea Balik (restaurant)
    Utopia by Shea Balik (writer/security)
    Bootilicious by Shea Balik (handcrafted boots/shoes)
    Skin in the Game by Shea Balik (security)
    A Shot of Cupid by Elizabeth Wilde


    Happy Reading!

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge, March


    Outdo Yourself
    Reading Challenge
    2017

    Hosted by Corinne

    For more information or to sign up, click here

    Challenge yourself to read more this year than last year. Any format, any genre. Re-reads and challenge cross-overs allowed. Books that are 100 pages (give or take) count.

    There are several levels. You can go up but not down.




    Number of Books Read out of My Goal for the Year
    2013: 168 out of 200 (Didn't keep track of 100+ pages for 2012)
    2014: 211 out of 174-178 (then moved up a level!)
    2015: 170 out of 227 :-(
    2016: 214 (as of 12-30) out of 181-185

    I've got real life plans for this year that might interfere with my reading so I'm going for
    . . . Out of Breath  . . . 
    and hope to read 6-10 more books than my 2016 goal.
    Because, really, I read 30 books in December and I've got one more day!


    ~ March ~
     I've read 46 books so far, only 135-139 for the year. That's about 14 a month.
    1. High and Tight by Shea Balik
    2. The Dirty Hoe by Shea Balik
    3. Kiss of Leather by Shea Balik 
    4. The Pearl Necklace by Shea Balik 
    5. Get Nailed by Shea Balik 
    6. Below the Belt by Shea Balik 
    7. Tying the Knot by Shea Balik 
    8. Euphoria by Shea Balik 
    9. Utopia by Shea Balik 
    10. Bootilicious by Shea Balik 
    11. Skin in the Game by Shea Balik 
    12. Where I Found You by Parker Elliot 
    13. Slander by Avery Ford 
    14. Wrap It Up by Joyee Flynn 
    15. Dying to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    16. Something to Dye For by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    17. Dyed and Gone to Heaven by Aimee Nicole Walker
    18. Together Again by Aiden Bates
    19. Salt and Pepper by Garett Groves  
    20. Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn 
    21. Running with Curves by Jill Angie
    22. Frosty Melt by Joyee Flynn 
    23. Crushed by A.R. Steele  
    24. Finding My Forever by Michele Nataro
    25. A Little Bit Broken by Michele Nataro


    ~ Books Read this Month: 25 ~
    ~ Books Read this Year: 71 ~
    ~ Books Left to Read: 110-114 ~


    eBook, page three


    eBooks
    Reading Challenge
    2017 

    For more information or to sign up, click here


    I've read over 250 books this year (yes, some were short) and only a handful were print. I'm going for . . . empty the cloud . . . with plans to read 101+ ebooks during 2017.

    32 in January. 21 in February. 48 left to go.





    ~ March ~
    1. High and Tight by Shea Balik
    2. The Dirty Hoe by Shea Balik 
    3. Kiss of Leather by Shea Balik 
    4. The Pearl Necklace by Shea Balik
    5. Get Nailed by Shea Balik 
    6. Below the Belt by Shea Balik 
    7. Tying the Knot by Shea Balik 
    8. Euphoria by Shea Balik 
    9. Utopia by Shea Balik 
    10. Bootilicious by Shea Balik 
    11. Skin in the Game by Shea Balik 
    12. A Shot of Cupid by Elizabeth Wilde 
    13. The 10/60 Diet by Phil Torcivia 
    14. Where I Found You by Parker Elliot 
    15. Slander by Avery Ford 
    16. Wrap It Up by Joyee Flynn 
    17. Dying to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    18. Something to Dye For by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    19. Dyed and Gone to Heaven by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    20. Together Again by Aiden Bates
    21. Salt and Pepper by Garett Groves 
    22. Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn 
    23. Running with Curves by Jill Angie
    24. Frosty Melt by Joyee Flynn 
    25. Crushed by A.R. Steele  
    26. Finding My Forever by Michele Nataro 
    27. A Little Bit Broken by Michele Nataro



    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Requirements for Monthly Reading Challenges - March

    March's Requirements for 
    Monthly Reading Challenges


    Classic Horror - here ~ The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Keyword - here ~ Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga 

    Motif - here ~ Time Travel: Read a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.

    Reading Assignment - here ~ Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    GenreLand - here ~ Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

    Read Your (Book) Shelf - here ~ A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

    Ready, Set, Cover! - here ~ Symbol or Pink



    March's Books Read


    Main page

    ~ March ~
    1. 164 - High and Tight by Shea Balik
    2. 165 - The Dirty Hoe by Shea Balik 
    3. 177 - Kiss of Leather by Shea Balik 
    4. 161 - The Pearl Necklace by Shea Balik 
    5. 164 - Get Nailed by Shea Balik 
    6. 173 - Below the Belt by Shea Balik
    7. 172 - Tying the Knot by Shea Balik 
    8. 163 - Euphoria by Shea Balik 
    9. 162 - Utopia by Shea Balik
    10. 169 - Bootilicious by Shea Balik 
    11. 159 - Skin in the Game by Shea Balik 
    12. 61 - A Shot of Cupid by Elizabeth Wilde 
    13. 49 - The 10/60 Diet by Phil Torcivia 
    14. 40 - Who Counts? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso 
    15. 211 - Where I Found You by Parker Elliot 
    16. 266 - Slander by Avery Ford 
    17. 153 - Wrap It Up by Joyee Flynn 
    18. 224 - Dying to be Loved by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    19. 241 - Something to Dye For by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    20. 238- Dyed and Gone to Heaven by Aimee Nicole Walker 
    21. 282 - Together Again by Aiden Bates 
    22. 229 - Salt and Pepper by Garett Groves  
    23. 143 - Holy Stockings by Joyee Flynn 
    24. 128 - Running with Curves by Jill Angie
    25. 90 - The Enchanted Horse by Magdalen Nabb
    26. 143 - Frosty Melt by Joyee Flynn 
    27. 213 - Crushed by A.R. Steele 
    28. 277 - Finding My Forever by Michele Nataro
    29. 241 - A Little Bit Broken by Michele Nataro


    ~ Books read in March: 29 ~
    ~ Pages read in Jan-Mar: ~

    Number of Print books: 2
    Number of ebooks: 27
    Number of audio books: 0
    List of genres: 


    ~ Book/Reading Goals ~
    Read and review at least one review book
    Review at least one other book
    Read one book from my dusty TBR pile
    Read one book from my current TBR pile
    Read one book from my ebook TBR pile
    Read at least one library book
    Read at least two children's books (12 and under) (Who Counts?)
    give away two books


     . . . blogging and real life goals have changed for January and February. Not sure about March and into April



    ~ Blogging Goals ~
    Am hosting EIGHT reading challenges this year!
    Will need to say hi to everyone by end of March
    Visit at least twice more during the year

    Happy Monday - Mailbox and list of what was read
    Terrific Tuesday - 1st Paragraph Intros and Teaser
    Wednesday - WWW Wednesday
    Purrsday - Cat Thursday and Purrs-day
    Finally Friday - Friday 56, running/real life
    Saturday - Shelf-ies, Quotes and Cozy



    ~ Real Life Goals ~
    RUN! 1,000 miles the 2,017
    Strength train -
    Keep uncluttering -


    Mileage:
    Strength workouts:
    Uncluttering victories:


    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Happy Monday

    Still helping Dad with Mom's stuff. MIL is home now and slowly getting better :-)


    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 ~

    Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
    The Ravenels, 2017, mass market paperback

    Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Revenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out here new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she's ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

    After years of evading martial traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught by a rebellious girl who couldn't be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He'll do whatever it take to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil's own bargain.


    Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell
    The Paul Grale Series, 2017, ebook

    While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker.

    When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family.


    ~*~*~*~*~

    What I Read this Week
    Shelia at Book Journey, hosted a weekly meme about what you read last week and what you were hoping to read this week. I don't believe she's still doing it but I've gotten use to letting you know what I read last week. Never was very good about knowing what I was going to read next!

    Finished:
    still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials or re-reads
    Unexpected Love by Preston Walker


    Happy Reading!

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Happy Monday

    Still helping Dad with Mom's stuff. MIL is home now :-)


    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 ~
    A Dangerous Madness by Michelle Diener
    Regency London Series, 2014, ebook

    The Duke of Wittaker has been living a lie…

    He’s been spying on the dissolute, discontented noblemen of the ton, pretending to share their views. Now he’s ready to step out of the shadows and start living a real life…but when the prime minister of England is assassinated, he’s asked to go back to being the rake-hell duke everyone believes he still is to find out more.

    Miss Phoebe Hillier has been living a lie, too…

    All her life she’s played by society’s rules, hiding her fierce intelligence and love of life behind a docile and decorous mask. All it’s gotten her is jilted by her betrothed, a man she thought a fool, though a harmless one. But when she discovers her former fiancé was involved in the plot against the prime minister, and that he’s been murdered, she realizes he wasn’t so harmless after all.

    And now the killers have set their sights on her…

    The only man who can help her is the Duke of Wittaker–a man she knows she shouldn’t trust. And she soon realizes he’s hiding behind a mask as careful as her own. As the clock ticks down to the assassin’s trial, the pair scramble to uncover the real conspiracy behind the prime minister’s death. And as the pressure and the danger mounts, Phoebe and Wittaker shed their disguises, layer by layer, to discover something more precious than either imagined–something that could last forever. Unless the conspirators desperate to hide their tracks get to them first.


    Stillwater by Melissa Lenhardt
    A Jack McBride Mystery, 2015, ebook

    Big secrets run deep.

    Former FBI agent Jack McBride took the job as Chief of Police for Stillwater, Texas, to start a new life with his teenage son, Ethan, away from the suspicions that surrounded his wife’s disappearance a year earlier.

    With a low crime rate and a five-man police force, he expected it to be a nice, easy gig; hot checks, traffic violations, some drugs, occasional domestic disturbances, and petty theft. Instead, within a week he is investigating a staged murder-suicide, uncovering a decades’ old skeleton buried in the woods, and managing the first crime wave in thirty years.

    For help navigating his unfamiliar, small-town surroundings, Jack turns to Ellie Martin, one of the most respected women in town—her scandal-filled past notwithstanding. Despite Jack's murky marriage status and the disapproval of Ethan and the town, they are immediately drawn to each other.

    As Jack and Ellie struggle with their budding relationship, they unearth shattering secrets long buried and discover the two cases Jack is working, though fifty years apart, share a surprising connection that will rattle the town to its core.


    One Night with the Billionaire by Sarah Ballance
    Men of the Zodiac, 2015, ebook

    He's the perfect kind of trouble...

    Zoe Davenport is on her way to a perfect, idyllic, private resort, where there's no ex-fiancé and definitely no public scandal involving said ex-fiancé. But one look at the exceptionally sexy resort owner, and Zoe wonders if she's escaped scandal just long enough to land herself in even hotter water…

    Except that Ryder Nash isn't exactly a stranger. He and Zoe used to live next door to each other. She was the sweet little temptation who couldn't stand him—the bad boy with a loud car and a new girl every weekend. What Zoe doesn't know is that all those years ago, her father paid Ryder off…to keep him away from her.

    And if Ryder gives into the fiery attraction that rages between them—even for a moment—he’ll lose everything all over again…


    Murder Game by Christine Feehan
    GhostWalkers, 2008, ebook and audio

    Games should be fun, but for two expert teams across the country, they’re murder – because the winning team is the one that gets the most kills. The participants in this violent challenge rumored to be GhostWalkers. And Kadan Montague isn’t happy about it.

    Kadan is a GhostWalker and he’s determined to clear the GhostWalker name of the rumors. To do it, he’s going to need the help of psychic Tansy Meadows. But as soon as he sees her, he knows his mission will be more complicated than he imagined – and the “murder game” may not be at all what it seems.


    Ghost Target by Will Jordan
    Ryan Drake, 2016, ebook

    Ryan Drake, once a decorated field operative, is now wanted for treason. On the run from the CIA’s corrupt Deputy Director Marcus Cain, he has spent the past six months in a remote French safehouse. Drake’s former life seems to be behind him, but the uneasy peace is shattered when Cain moves against him with startling force.

    Meanwhile, the war in Afghanistan is faltering in the wake of a devastating suicide attack. Cain though has a plan to find and destroy al-Qaeda’s top commanders. And nobody will stand in his way.

    Backed into a corner, Drake turns to the deadly but unpredictable Anya – once Cain’s most promising agent, now his most bitter enemy. With tensions running high and their uneasy alliance threatening to tear itself apart, Drake’s hastily assembled team travels to Pakistan to intercept Cain.

    With the fate of the War on Terror hanging in the balance, loyalties are tested and scores settled, as Drake embarks on the fight of his life. Only one side will survive…


    Stray Hearts by Harper Logan (Facebook)
    romance (gay), 2016, ebook

    “Out of the frying pan, into the fire.”

    Chris Seitz just can’t catch a break. Driving west to escape the flooding that rocked his Georgia hometown, he finds himself stranded during a record monsoon in a rural Arizona town. With just a bag of clothes and the kitten he rescued from the flood, Chris has never felt more alone. Now the kitten has gotten lost, and Chris is nearing the end of his rope.

    “What good was an artist if he couldn’t make his art?”

    Wandering around during a thunderstorm in the hopes of curing his crippling creative block, master potter Lucas Duncan is surprised to find something else—a terrified and lost cat. He’s even more surprised to discover who the owner is: the handsome newcomer to town.

    “I didn’t want to believe that I could feel that way about another man…”

    Deep in the closet and ten years Chris’s senior, Lucas wouldn’t normally have a reason to associate with the young wanderer… if not for Henry the cat, and the unyielding magnetism of fate. Can the undeniable connection between the two lost souls bring their stray hearts home?


    Bro 4 Bro by Harper Logan (Facebook)
    romance (gay), 2016, ebook

    "Loneliness is killing me. I need a bro."

    A few months after moving for his first real job, Price still hasn't managed to make friends in his new city. No one here understands his football-playing, beer-drinking ways, and the oppressive solitude drives him to the online personals. He's not looking for a date, or even for a girl to warm his bed. What he needs more than anything is a bro.

    "Internet dating isn’t really my thing, but I'm too far gone to care."

    Kingsley just struck out at the gay bar again - if being too shy to approach anyone is called striking out. Despite having good looks and clever wit on his side, he's alone. Tipsy with only his cat for company, he checks out the M4M ads. In the morning, he agrees to meet up with someone... even if he doesn’t remember which ad the guy posted.

    "Why did he send me a winky face?"

    Once Price and Kingsley meet up, Price quickly decides they’ll be buddies for life. Meanwhile, Kingsley’s crushing on him. Will Kingsley figure out Price is straight before falling even harder? Or will Price realize the connection they share goes deeper than friendship?


    Lowcountry Bribe by C. Hope Clark
    A Carolina Slade Mystery, 2012, ebook

    Threats, a missing boss, a very dead co-worker, a federal investigation and a sinister hog farmer: Carolina Slade is a bean-counting civil servant in hot water. All hell breaks loose when she notifies authorities of a bribe, and now she could lose her job and her kids unless she breaks all the rules to solve a crime that’s nobody believes exists.







    ~*~*~*~*~

    What I Read this Week
    Shelia at Book Journey, hosted a weekly meme about what you read last week and what you were hoping to read this week. I don't believe she's still doing it but I've gotten use to letting you know what I read last week. Never was very good about knowing what I was going to read next!

    Finished:
    still mostly doing some comfort reading of online serials or re-reads
    Stray Hearts by Harper Logan
    Scars by Avery Ford
    Country Passion by Aiden Bates
    Bro 4 Bro by Harper Logan
    Weight for Happiness by Jason Collins
    Sparkle and Purr by Stormy Glenn
    Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane
    Fish out of Water by Amy Lane


    Happy Reading!

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    February's Books Read


    Main page

    ~ February ~
    1. 320 - A Solid Core of Alpha by Amy Lane
    2. 160 - Elder and the Youngest by Joyee Flynn 
    3. 94 - En Fuego by Shae Connor 
    4. 278 - A Cup of Joe by Cody Ryder 
    5. 268 - Father Figure by Aiden Bates 
    6. 277 - Stray Hearts by Harper Logan 
    7. 235 - Scars by Avery Ford 
    8. 179 - Country Passion by Aiden Bates 
    9. 207 - Bro 4 Bro by Harper Logan 
    10. 221 - Weight for Happiness by Jason Collins 
    11. 150 - Sparkle and Purr by Stormy Glenn 
    12. 102 - Turkey in the Snow by Amy Lane 
    13. 270 - Fish out of Water by Amy Lane 
    14. 154 - Unexpected Love by Preston Walker 
    15. 26 - All Cats are Gray by Andre Norton 
    16. 170 - Sweet Buns by Shea Balik
    17. 169 - The Collared Pup by Shea Balik 
    18. 173 - Nice 'n' Rosy by Shea Balik
    19. 169 - Lube Master by Shea Balik 
    20. 169 - Painful Pleasure by Shea Balik 
    21. 163 - Bound for Your Pleasure by Shea Balik




    ~ Books read in February: ~
    ~ Pages read in Jan-Feb: 5,328 + Feb ~

    Number of Print books: 0
    Number of ebooks: 21
    Number of audio books: 0
    List of genres: 


    ~ Book/Reading Goals ~
    Read and review at least one review book
    Review at least one other book
    Read one book from my dusty TBR pile
    Read one book from my current TBR pile
    Read one book from my ebook TBR pile
    Read at least one library book
    Read at least two children's books (12 and under)
    give away two books


     . . . blogging and real life goals have changed for January and February. Not sure about March


    ~ Blogging Goals ~
    Am hosting EIGHT reading challenges this year!
    Will need to say hi to everyone by end of March
    Visit at least twice more during the year

    Happy Monday - Mailbox and list of what was read
    Terrific Tuesday - 1st Paragraph Intros and Teaser
    Wednesday - WWW Wednesday
    Purrsday - Cat Thursday and Purrs-day
    Finally Friday - Friday 56, running/real life
    Saturday - Shelf-ies, Quotes and Cozy



    ~ Real Life Goals ~
    RUN! 1,000 miles the 2,017
    Strength train - have a program but threw out my back the morning of day 1.
    Keep uncluttering - one bag of plastic kitchenware went out, a mix of mine and my mom's.


    Mileage:
    Strength workouts:
    Uncluttering victories:


    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.