Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ebook RC part 5

eBook Reading Challenge

hosted at Workaday Reads

For more information and to sign up, click here

Basic Requirements: Any length, any genre but only ebooks count for this one. There are seven levels to choose from. I chose "Human Brain" last year (2013) and made it in November. I'm hoping to read more from my print tbr shelf so I'm not doing that again. I'm going for . . . Server . . . and hope to read 100 ebooks during 2014. I can always move up a level :-)

Moving up a level to . . . Human Brain . . . because it looks like I'll be reading more than 150 ebooks during 2014. . . . book #151 finished on June 4, now I'm just keeping track of titles.

continued from part 4 

~ Books Read ~
152. Defeated by Love by Samantha Kane
153. International Kittens of Mystery by Chris Dolley
154. Not Safe for Work by Michael S. Booker
155. Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
156. Dark Desire by Christine Feehan
157. The Suitor by Mary Balogh
158. Taken by Two by April Andrews
159. Captured by Three by April Andrews
160. Chased by Four by April Andrews
161. WBI: Witches Bureau of Investigation by Richard Capwell
162. The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale
163. Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya Rodale
164. Liam's Unexpected Alpha by Alice Cain
165. Aiden's Accidental Beta by Alice Cain
166. Cody's Eternal Sheriff by Alice Cain
167. The Mormon and the Dom by Nix Knox
168. Arlo's Epiphany by Jane Oldaker
169. Fight for Love by Samantha Kane
170. Brian's Mate by Hollis Shiloh
171. Dark Horse by Kate Sherwood
172. Out of the Darkness by Kate Sherwood
173. Worth Waiting For by Kim Dare
174. Another Six Months Later by Kim Dare
175. Worth a Shot by Kim Dare
176. The Cop and the Criminal by Nix Knox
177. Diomedes by Amber Kell
178. Mate Hunt by Amber Kell
179. Mate Test by Amber Kell
180. Mate Dance by Amber Kell

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: For All Time by Jude Deveraux

For All Time
A Nantucket Brides Novel
by Jude Deveraux

Ballantine Books
currently in stores
hardcover, ebook, CD audio, audible audio
400 pages

Grade: A

author's website


from GoodReads:
The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.

But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantucket for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.

But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.

~ My Thoughts ~
This is book two of a trilogy and brings back the Taggert/Montgomery families. It was nice to see familiar people while being introduced to new characters (of course, now I want to go back and re-read the series). Disclaimer: I loved book one! ;-)

Book one of the trilogy was True Love and ends with the wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery. I tell you this because For All Time starts at the wedding. There is a little bit at the end of book one where we were introduced to Jarad's cousins Graydon and his twin but I haven't read enough yet to know how it is brought up in book two.

off to read . . . .

I forgot to mention there were places where the characters of book one spent time in the past. This is NOT a paranormal but some of the characters spent time at a significant event in the past that helped with the current time. Oh, I guess that's the "magical" part spoken of above.

Now I'm off to read . . .

Have you ever wanted to re-read a book you just put down? I was going to be all funny and say something about the sun coming up but I'm still sniffling.

The story stands as a complete and satisfying story all on its own. Yes there are overlaps from book one. The story doesn't quite end yet it does and I can see the beginning of book three. The only thing you need to know, and it is mentioned several times, is that the woman who can tell the twins apart is the woman he should marry. In a previous novel the twins had won "most alike" awards but the girl could still tell one from the other and she didn't know he had a twin!

There were lots of "I've got to tell them that" places but some of them would have been spoilers and as I have an uncorrected proof, I've been asked not to quote without checking the published work.

So what can I tell you? Well. . . . . it's Jude Deveraux. It's the next generation of the Taggert and Montgomery families. Royalty is involved. So is a virgin main character. Poor Toby goes back in time several times and has sex with Grayson but she spends most of the book as a virgin. um, was that a spoiler? ;-)

This is a case of both characters being who'd you want your children to marry. Heck, you'd want your children to be them. They are fun, caring, responsible, loyal and honorable. Both of them putting the needs of others before themselves. I've fallen in love with the characters and Nantucket,  I"m adding this series to my list of fictional places I'd like to live. Yes I know there really is a Nantucket but the real life island doesn't have the families on it.

I'm very disappointed that I have to wait for the next book.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of GoodReads and Barnes and Noble.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon

Sign up and progress post

Beat the Heat Read-a-Thon

Aug 11 - Sep 1

hosted by Novel Heartbeat and Phantasmic Reads

for more information and to sign up, click here or here.

Basic requirements: READ! There will be challenges and prizes but the whole point is to set your own goals and read.

~ Goals ~
I have no goals at this time but I should have some before this starts

~ Books Read ~

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon!

High Summer Read-a-Thon
July 21 - July 27

Challenge runs from Midnight to 11:59 CST

Michelle at The True Book Addict brings us the High Summer read-a-thon. There is a dedicated blog for her RaTs and lots of information on the Guidelines tab but basically she wants us to spend a "week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries."

I've got a couple of books to finish and review but other than that, I don't know what I'll be reading this week. I'll update here then do a wrap-up.

Hope you can join us!

twitter: #HSreadathon
me: @bookdragonslair

~ Books to Read ~
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Hard Way by Cathi Stoler

~ Books Read ~
  1. The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale (384 pages) - tweet
  2. Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya Rodale (389 pages) - tweet
  3. Liam's Unexpected Alpha by Alice Cain (140 pages)
  4. Aiden's Accidental Beta by Alice Cain  (128 pages)
  5. Cody's Eternal Sheriff by Alice Cain (142 pages)
  6. The Mormon and the Dom by Nix Knox (233 pages) - tweet
  7. Arlo's Epiphany by Jane Oldaker (35 pages) - tweet
  8. Fight for Love by Samantha Kane (207 pages) - tweet
  9. Brian's Mate by Hollis Shiloh (118 pages)

~ Pages Read: 1,776 ~

~ Wrap-Up ~

I didn't finish book ten but I did read 157 pages (out of 370) of it. Dang, that would have put me over 2,000 pages!

sigh, that's okay, I had a wonderful time at the live children's theater production that my daughter was involved in.

See you next summer for the High Summer Read-a-Thon but check in to see what's up next.

Happy Reading

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

delayed review . . . Spotlight on The Hard Way by Cathi Stoler

The Hard Way
by Cathi Stoler

Camel Press
April 2014
ebook, paperback
mystery & crime
280 pages

author's website - blog - Twitter - Facebook


About the Book
Private Investigator Helen McCorkendale’s childhood friend, Jimmy Scanlan, has just opened January, the most lavish casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip. After attending the grand opening, Helen returns to New York and encourages her friend, Laurel Imperiole, Senior Editor at Women Now magazine, to create a get-away contest for readers offering a weekend at the hotel as the grand prize. The winner, Dawn Chapman, a jewelry store employee from Cincinnati, denies entering the contest and initially refuses the trip. Finally persuaded by Laurel to accept, she arrives at the hotel and nearly faints when she passes the hotel’s elite meeting rooms where the International Diamond Dealers Consortium is holding its annual meeting. She insists on returning home immediately.

Suspicious of her behavior, Jimmy visits her suite to encourage her to attend the Saturday afternoon pool party, saying she can leave on his private jet the next day. Later in the afternoon, he finds Chapman’s dead body by the pool. She’s been murdered—an unusual double poisoning by cyanide and diamond dust.

Dawn Chapman was not who she appeared to be, and therein lies a mystery. But to Helen and Laurel, the main task is to take Jimmy Scanlon off the suspect list and clear his name. Will their luck hold? Or will it be a crap shoot, as they roll the dice and do it ‘the hard way,’ going for doubles when the odds are against them. Losing may mean losing their lives.

About the Author

Cathi Stoler’s mysteries feature PI Helen McCorkendale and magazine editor, Laurel Imperiole. The Hard Way is the third book in the series. The first, Telling Lies, took on the subject of stolen Nazi art. Book 2, Keeping Secrets, delved into the subject of hidden identity. Stoler’s short stories include: “Magda,” in the Criminal Element Anthology Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble, “Out of Luck,” in the Anthology, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices, “Fatal Flaw,” a finalist for the Derringer for Best Short Story and “Money Never Sleeps” both published at Beat to A Pulp. Cathi is working on a novella, Nick of Time, which features International gambler, Nick Donahue. She is also starting a new series, Bar None, A Murder On The Rocks Mystery, with female bar owner, Jude Dillane. Cathi is a member of the New York/Tri State chapter of Sisters In Crime. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Check out the book tour blog to find others who are reading/have read The Hard Way and to enter a giveaway!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of Tribute Books

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Summer, see you this Fall :-)

well, I may be back early September but I'm taking July and August off. There may be read-a-thon posts or reviews but not any of the other stuff I do.

I've got plans to read, I don't believe I'd ever give that up, but I'm going to spend more time getting healthier and relaxing. And I'll update my challenges with whatever reading I get done.

At least that's the current plans ;-)

Have a great summer, and. . .

Happy Reading,

Gina, a book dragon
because books are a treasure worth protecting

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Monday x2

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 new books in my house this week ~

Until We Touch by Susan Mallery
Fool's Gold, (June 24) 2014 (so excited), mass market paperback

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length – a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold.

Larissa Owens knows where she stands – Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. No matter what her heart says. But then Larissa's big secret is her mother!

When Jack discovers Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love-- will Jack go for the ultimate play?

White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Pendergast, 2013, ebook

Corrie Swanson sets out to solve a long-forgotten mystery. In 1876, in a remote mining camp called Roaring Fork in the Colorado Rockies, several miners were killed in devastating grizzly bear attacks. Now the town has become an exclusive ski resort and its historic cemetery has been dug up to make way for development.

Corrie has arranged to examine the remains of the dead miners. But in doing so she makes a shocking discovery that threatens the resort's very existence. The town's leaders, trying to stop her from exposing their community's dark and bloody past, arrest and jail her.

Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI arrives to help--just as a series of brutal arson attacks on multimillion dollar homes terrify the town and drive away tourists.

Drawn irresistibly into the investigation, Pendergast discovers an unlikely secret in Roaring Fork's past, connecting the resort to a chance meeting between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde. With the town under siege, and Corrie's life in desperate danger, Pendergast must solve the riddle of the past... before the town of the present goes up in flames.

*Review Book*
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
women's fiction, 2014

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several others to my ereader, most were even free.

added to my ereader: (kindle app, html, etc.) ~ I find out about free/discounted ebooks at amazon mostly from Pixel of Ink. I do go through the Top 100 at amazon once in a while. I'm getting better at pinning my new ebooks, 2014's books

What are you Reading?

A weekly Monday meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Post what you read last week and what you're planning to read this week then link to Shelia's post. Then visit others and be prepared to add to your TBR pile!

Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick
Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

Books stacked by my reading chair:
Smitten anthology
Dragon's Teeth by Mercedees Lackey
Cats in Space and Other Places anthology
In Mint Condition anthology
The One And Only by Emily Giffin
Dark Gold by Christine Feehan

. . . and 5 unread library books

Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384) . . . just start over!
Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (on page 44/384) . . . just start over!
Dragonwriter edited by Todd McCaffrey (on page 42/271)
Mischief and Mistletoe, anthology (on page 312/402)
Jockeys and Jewels by Bev Pettersen (ebook - 21% read in 2013)
Montana Standoff by Sharon Dunn (18/280) . . . just start over!
Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley (on page 18/284 + Home-Renovation and Design Tips)

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