Current seasonal challenges and Read-aThons

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spotlight on . . . The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

The Bishop's Wife
Mette Ivie Harrison

Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 9781616954765
Published: December, 2014
genre: crime
352 pages

format available: hardcover, ebook

author's website - twitter


In the predominantly Mormon city of Draper, Utah, some seemingly perfect families have deadly secrets.

Linda Wallheim is a devout Mormon, the mother of five boys and the wife of a bishop. But Linda is increasingly troubled by her church’s structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in her ward. One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helm disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie’s husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family, but Linda doesn’t trust him. As Linda snoops in the Helm family’s circumstances, she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as a wronged husband.

Linda’s husband asks her not to get involved in the unfolding family saga. But Linda has become obsessed with Carrie’s fate, and with the well-being of her vulnerable young daughter. She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth. Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong?

internal use:
First contact: Oct 6
Paul Oliver

arrived before Oct 29
started review:
Notified Paul that review is live:

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2015 Reading Challenges

I'm not even going to pretend to be realistic in what challenges I sign up. Maybe someone who missed the originating post will see mine and they'll be tempted to join up too :-) I'm still shaking my head over the fact that it's almost November and I'm just getting around to posting this!

2009 :: 2010 :: 2011 ::  2012 :: 2013 :: 2014

 2015 Challenge links

The link will be to my post about the challenge which should include the who, what, when and why info.


101 Fantasy Project, here ~ 10 years
Monthly Mix-up Mania, here ~ to 3-31-15
A Non-Fiction Adventure, here ~ 5 years

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You Read How Many Books? wrap-up links

You Read How Many Books?
Reading Challenge

We'd love to see how you did! You can link up now if you've met your goal, or wait until January if you want to get the full total of your reading for the year.

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Picture Books wrap-up links

I Love Picture Books
Reading Challenge
Wrap-up links

Let us know how you did!

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2014 Library Book Challenge Wrap-up linky

I Love Library Books
Reading Challenge

Challenge completed or just finished for the year, it would be nice to see how you did.

 Link up here:

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Friday, October 24, 2014

eBooks, part 7

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 6 
click the title of the post please, to see a list of titles I've read.
I haven't figured out how to make the read more link show up yet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday read-a-thon . . . HO-HO-HO!

Holiday Read-a-Thon

November 6 - 11

Hosted by Kimba from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer from BookShelfery

for more information and to sign up, click here

So break out the cocoa, the coffee, and cookies! Grab those holiday theme books and bring your holiday spirit. Prepare to enter challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and Twitter chat with us. You can join for a day or sit by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participate the more entries you will earn for the Participant Giveaway.

We love holiday themed reads from the covers to the warm & fuzzy tales on the inside. For this read-a-thon you must read holiday themed or winter setting reads. For bloggers, we have spoken to most of the main publishing houses and for ARCS of holiday books released in Sept/Oct, they are fine with you posting a review in November and December since that is when folks look to buy them. Below are the rules. Read them, grab the button and link up. For our non-blogger friends you can join too. Just link your Goodreads, Tumblr or Facebook account.

I can read holiday books all year and I do have a few new ones on my tbr pile. I've got to gather them for a picture but I've got a little time. I'll be on vacation for most of the RaT and will need to plan my goals accordingly. I hope to be able to read at least one. The problem will be waiting once I have them gathered!

Waiting for one more book before I post the picture/list my stack and yes, I've started one them ;-)
I'll be on vacation for the first two days, doing laundry/recovery when I get home but I'll also be getting to go away again so I'm hoping I can get two read!

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Terrific Tuesday

Hosted at Bibliophile by the Sea
Every Tuesday, she'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of her current read. Why don't you join us?

Sebastian Montgomery Trantor sank back in the wing chair angled before his library’s hearth, and smiled rather smugly at the blaze roaring in the grate. There was something intensely satisfying in sitting snug in his own home while beyond his walls a tempest raged.

Outside, the wind moaned, rising to a bansheelike crescendo before dying away to a dismal drone. Rain swept in sheets across the lead-paned windows, punctuated by the staccato patter of hail. It was a very good night to be safe inside.
Brandy glinted in the cut-crystal tumbler on the table by his elbow. The weight of the leather-bound tome he was perusing felt comfortable where it rested across his thighs.

The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor
by Stephanie Laurens
a novella from It Happened One Season

 I was able to check out just this part of the anthology from the library as an ebook ;-)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme,
hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
1. Grab your current read Open to a random page
2. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page ~BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!~ make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
3. Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

no teaser this week

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's Read-a-thon Wrapping it up!

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon
End of Event and Wrap up

Well, the wrap up is actually on another post. I put it all on a single post when I started and have been updating it. Check it out here I did take a picture of my pile of books, and then some, but never posted it.
End of Event Meme:

Which hour was most daunting for you?
all of them, I was thinking it was next weekend so I hadn't prepared myself or my family.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Lee Child's Jack Reacher series
Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series
Young Wizard's series by Diane Duane (one of those if you liked Harry Potter series only I think they're a reading level down)

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I didn't notice anything broken :-)

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

How many books did you read?
part of three books

What were the names of the books you read?
The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery
What's His Passion? anthology
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn 

Which book did you enjoy most?
The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery

Which did you enjoy least?

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I'm very likely to participate again and I'm going to stick with what I know best. Reading.

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You Read How Many Books?/One Million Pages Challenges page seven

You Read How 
Many Books?
Reading Challenge

Many thanks to Amy at My Overstuffed Bookshelf for hosting the 150+ challenge the last couple of years and allowing me to host it this year.

For more information and to sign up, click here but basically, choose a level and read to your heart's content :-) Anything with an ISBN or equivalent counts. I'm going for 200 and will count everything! 
 ~ Challenge Complete June 14 ~

One Million Pages
Reading Challenge

My main page for this is here but I'll keep track of pages read here and transfer over monthly totals.

Don't forget to add the mainstream books to GoodReads (they're the ones with the checkmark)

~ Books Read ~
with page count

continued from page six

301. 53 - Drawing Straws-Joe by Sean Michael
302. 159 - To Love Again by Simone Anderson
303. 75 - The Lonely Drop by Vanessa North
304. 194 - Why I Love Bodyguards by T.A. Chase
305. 123 - Dreams to Sell by KC Kendricks
√ 306. 32 - You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang
307. 127 - The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor by Stephanie Laurens
√ 308. 134 - The Valentine's Day Disaster by Lori Wilde
309. 88 - While Under the Influence by Kim Dare
310. 84 - Professor Sandwich by Carol Lynne
√ 311. 331 - The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery 
√ 312. 361 - What's His Passion? anthology
313. 91 - The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters by Amy Lane
314. 180 - How to Raise an Honest Rabbit by Amy Lane
315. ... - If I Must by Amy Lane
316. 195 - A Knitter in His Natural Habitat by Amy Lane
317. 244 - Blackbird Knitting in a Bunny's Lair by Amy Lane
318. 104 - Triage by Louise Blaydon

continued . . .

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's Mid-Event Survey

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
finished a book and have been too busy visiting to pick up the next one

2. How many books have you read so far?
started late, finished one I started yesterday 

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? 
I don't have a must read on my stack . . . maybe that's why I haven't pick one up?
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  
Yes! Told myself to forget my goals and just have fun
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That I remembered! I'm so far behind!

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Better late! Dewey's Read-a-thon

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon
My official start time was 5 a.m. and if I had remembered which weekend I would have stayed up for another hour to get done toward the challenge. sigh

Let's see what kind of trouble I can get in starting 8 1/2 hours late.  I'm just glad that was sleep time and not movie time ;-)

blog - twitter:

~*~ My GOALS ~*~
Read an I, Q or X book? no.
Read at least one library book? no.
Visit at least five other blogs?. yes
Do 2-5 challenges? no
read 800 pages? no

~*~ Books to pick from ~*~
Cover Your Eyes by Mary Burton
In Mint Condition - 2013 (short stories)
Quilt or Innocence by Elizabeth Craig 
one of 12 fiction library books
Kiss of Fate by Deborah Cooke
Furies of Calderon by Jim Burcher
Nightmares Can be Murder by Mary Kennedy

~*~  Books Reading ~*~

The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery - starting on page 226
What's His Passion? anthology - need to read one more story
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn - start on page 218 
All I Want for Christmas... anthology - start at beginning

~*~  Books Read ~*~
The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery
What's His Passion? anthology
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

~*~  Pages Read: 337  ~*~ 
The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery . . . 105 (partially read but finished)
What's His Passion? anthology . . . 56 (partially read but finished)
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn . . . 156 (partially read but finished)
All I Want for Christmas... anthology . . . 20 (partially read, unfinished)

~*~  Visited, but did I comment? ~*~
everything distils into reading, yes
Jenn's Bookshelves, no
The Relentless Reader, no
We Be Reading, no
Borough of Books, yes
Must Read Faster, yes

~*~  Challenges? ~*~

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Monday . . . October, part 1

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

~ My newest review book ~

Our First Christmas anthology
holiday stories, 2014, Trade paperback also available ebook

Under the Mistletoe by Lisa Jackson

A Ranger for Christmas by Mary Burton

A Southern Christmas by Mary Carter

Christmas in Montana by Cathy Lamb

~ here are the newest books in my house ~

Only Fear  by Anne Marie Becker
Mindhunters, 2011, mass market paperback

After a violent incident with a patient leaves scars on both her mind and body, psychiatrist Dr. Maggie Levine craves isolation. A radio talk show host seems to be the perfect profession, a job where she can help people from a distance while staying safe. When a strange caller begins stalking her on the air and murdering people to get her attention, Maggie realizes she can no longer close herself off from the outside world.

A personal security expert, former Secret Service Agent Ethan Townsend is no stranger to tracking down the most violent monsters of society and bringing them to justice. Still, it will take all of Ethan's skills to protect his new assignment, the irresistible Maggie, from a man intent on teaching her the ultimate lesson in fear….

Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon (blog)
A Tourist Trap Mystery, 2014, ebook

In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions—until it becomes deadly…

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Thomas, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Thomas is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she’ll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation …

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrew
Innkeeper Chronicles, 2013, ebook

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is…different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, “normal” is a bit of a stretch for Dina. And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night….Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

The Valentine's Day Disaster by Lori Wilde
A Twilight, Texas Novella, , mass market paperback

These days, event planner Sesty Snow is no fan of hearts, flowers, or goo-goo eyes over dinner. She's learned to be in control of her life and her emotions. Still, running Twilight's annual Valentine's Day bachelor auction is right up her alley—until her high school sweetheart zooms back into town. He's still heart-stoppingly handsome, but it's clear he hasn't changed the daredevil ways that put the brakes on their first love.

Injured NASCAR driver Josh Langtree isn't up for being anyone's sweetheart these days either. He's just looking for a place to lick his wounds … until a misunderstanding lands him doing community service in Sesty's auction. Soon he finds himself standing in front of hundreds of screaming women—wearing a tux and a smile. And then there's Sesty—looking as tempting as ever.

He says he's changed, and the sparks between them are flying fast and furious, but can Sesty trust Josh to take the wheel and drive her into the future she never dreamed possible?

Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George
Tuesdays at the Castle, 2014, hardcover

Castle Glower has been acting weird, so it's no surprise when two towers transport Celie and her siblings to an unknown land. When they realize that no one from home is coming to get them, the kids–along with Celie's pet griffin Rufus–set out through the forest to figure out where they are and what's happened to their beloved Castle. Instead, they discover two wizards and an entire lost people, the oldest inhabitants of Castle Glower. And it seems they may know more of the Castle's secrets than Celie. But do they know how to get her back home?

This bestselling series continues with the story of the origin of Castle Glower. Readers who've been enchanted by the Castle's moving walls will be delighted by the Castle's rich and magical history.

SEAL of My Dreams anthology
2011, ebook

Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these novellas by eighteen top romance authors the SEALs are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of men every woman wants to love. They’ll rescue a damsel in distress and her lap dog, too. They’ll battle hometown dramas and international bad guys. When it comes to giving away their hearts, they’ll risk everything.

Rule by Jay Crownover
Marked Men, 2013, ebook

Sometimes opposites don’t just attract – they catch fire and burn the city down

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want – and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess – and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw – even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love…or each other.

~ Kindle Match Book ~

Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he's different from his teammates. They're like brothers, but they don't know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he's outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates' trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped.

hardcover purchased Aug 2009. Unread and boxed up. Maybe now I can get it read!

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Smyth-Smith Quartet, book 1

Honoria Smythe-Smith, a beautiful violinist in a pitiful group has her sights set on marrying the last unwed Bridgerton…unless her handsome, love-struck guardian has anything to say about it. 

mmp purchased May 2011. Unread and boxed up, I did read the other two that have be published. Now I can read this one while waiting for the fourth.

Fury of Fire by Coreene Callahan
Dragonfury series, book 1

A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her he is bound by duty.

Myst loves her life in the human world, but Bastian has captured her heart in an instant of electric connection. But Bastian and his warriors are in the middle of a deadly battle with the Razorback dragon-shifters, intent on killing every Nightfury clan member—and the humans they protect—the fate of their world and ours hangs in the balance.

mmp purchased Oct 2013. Unread and forgotten about. I don't even know where this one is!


I haven't received any review books, won any contests or received any books as a gift. I have added several 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!

sigh . . . serials online (long enough but no isbn)

The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor by Stephanie Laurens
The Valentine's Day Disaster by Lori Wilde
While Under the Influence by Kim Dare
Professor Sandwich by Carol Lynne

Books stacked by my reading chair:

Started in 2013 but not finished until 2014:
What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (on page 34/384)
Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn (on page 44/384)
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)
Home for the Homicide by Jennie Bentley (on page 18/284 + Home-Renovation and Design Tips)

Happy Reading!

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