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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!)

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.


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.

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!

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