Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spotlight On . . . Claiming His Mate by M. Limoges

Claiming His Mate
by M. Limoges

series: Black Hills Wolves
publisher: Decadent Publishing
ISBN: 9781613336656
release date: February 06, 2015
63 pages
genre: paranormal/erotic romance

format available: ebook

Author's website | Twitter 

Book Blurb
Member of the Black Hills Pack in Los Lobos, South Dakota, Jace Matthews is sent to check out the new owner of a piece of land adjoining his packs. Once he steps into her small bookstore in Collins, he’s taken by surprise by the small, prim woman behind the counter. At once, he recognizes his mate. While the wolf inside urges him to complete the bond, Jace knows he must take his time with his human mate. But when danger arises, threatening Michelle’s life, Jace is done waiting. It’s time to claim his mate.

After she inherits her aunt’s property, Michelle Sanders moves to Collins, South Dakota, to escape the monotony of her routine life. Unfortunately, the only person she manages to befriend is not only the hottest guy on the planet, but also gay. However, she never expects a favor for her sexy new friend to result in a series of weird events that will change her life forever.

Jace Matthews’ eyes followed the rhythmic sway of his mate’s heart-shaped ass as she walked up the aisle to the sales counter. Damn, he couldn’t wait to strip her bare and sink his teeth into that tender flesh. Suddenly, those tempting globes stopped. He blinked and his gaze shot up to find Michelle frowning over her shoulder at him.


Embarrassed she’d caught him staring, he snatched the closest book on the shelf beside him, waving it in the air like a kid who’d won a life-sized stuffed animal at the county fair. “Got it.

Thought it might be out of stock.”

Real smooth, jackass.

She arched a delicate brow over the rim of her glasses. “Are you ready to check out, Jace?”

“Yep, I think this’ll do it.” He soaked up the sound of her sweet voice and followed her to the register.

Two months ago, when he’d come to check out the new owner of a large parcel of land adjoining his pack’s hunting territory, he damn sure hadn’t expected to find Michelle Sanders. Once he’d stepped inside the small, quaint bookstore she’d owned in Collins, he’d caught a scent that had eluded him for thirty-two years.

His mate.

internal use:
First contact: Jan 24
Anna's Twitter

format: ebook
arrived: Jan 26 
started review: 28
Tour date: Feb 7

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RC - YA Contemporary Challenge

Contemporary Challenge

hosted by The Book Belles
for more information and to sign up, click here

This is a YA reading/review challenge so I'm going for . . . Poppy . . . and hope to read/review 1 - 5 books this year.

~ Possible Books ~

~ Books Read ~

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Don't forget to link up your list

~ here are the newest books in my house ~
Win the Fat War by Anne Alexander
non-fiction/diet, 2003, mass market paperback


One hundred and forty-five people (who lost a total of nearly 10,000 pounds) share their success secrets with the editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine-in the delightfully down-to-earth bestseller that helps readers win the fat war for good.

Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau
Brothers of Ink and Steel, 2015, ebook

Sophie Garner is a single mom who’s been raising her daughter on her own, fighting for both of their lives ever since going into hiding to escape her abusive husband. When Sophie gets offered the job of a lifetime as the exclusive massage therapist for Josh “The Jackhammer” North’s team, it’s difficult to say no to the outrageous salary—and the bet—that Josh proposes. But for Sophie it’s a risk that could cost a lot more than just her heart – if she’s found, it could cost her her life. Should she dare?

Josh wants to break through Sophie’s fortified walls, but is unwilling to put the jackhammer to his own and reveal his secrets and the side of him few have ever known or seen. To do that, he’ll have to confront the darkness of his past. Will he dare?

I got a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas. Gosh darn, I needed to spend (at least) an extra $5 for free shipping ;-)
Bran New Death by Victoria Hamilton
a Merry Muffin mystery, 2013, mass market paperback

Expert muffin baker Merry Wynter is finally ready to turn her passion into a career. But when a dead body is found on her property, she’s more worried about cooking up an alibi…

Merry is making a fresh start in small-town Autumn Vale, New York, in the mansion she’s inherited from her late uncle, Melvin. The house is run-down and someone has been digging giant holes on the grounds, but with its restaurant-quality kitchen, the place has potential for her new baking business. She even has her first client—the local retirement home.

Unfortunately, Merry soon finds that quite a few townsfolk didn’t like Uncle Mel, and she has inherited their enmity as well as his home. Local baker Binny Turner and her crazy brother, Tom, blame Melvin for their father’s death, and Tom may be the one vandalizing her land. But when Tom turns up dead in one of the holes in her yard, Merry needs to prove she had nothing to do with his death—or her new muffin-making career may crumble before it starts...

Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James
Desperate Duchesses, 2014, mass market paperback

Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.

Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.

But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.

Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can't afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart.

Killer Librarian by Mary Lou Kirwin
 Karen Nash, 2012, mass market paperback


Champion of the mystery section at a small-town Minnesota library, Karen Nash is about to embark on a dream trip to London—a literary tour inspired by every murderous intrigue, wily suspect, and ingenious crime found in the pages of the British mysteries that she devours. But she’s clueless why the love of her mid-life, Dave, would dump her hours before takeoff—until she spies him at the airport with a young honey on his arm! She decides the best revenge (for now) is to get on that plane anyway...and entertain schemes for Dave’s untimely demise while crossing the pond.

After touching ground in the hallowed homeland of Christie, Sayers, and Peters, she checks into a cozy B & B run by charming bibliophile Caldwell Perkins. Soon she’s spilling tears in her pint at the corner pub, sharing her heartbreak saga with a stranger. That night, a B & B guest drops out of circulation—permanently. And when Dave and his cutie turn up in London, Karen realizes they are an assassin’s target. With the meticulous attention to detail that makes her a killer librarian, Karen sleuths her way through her own real-life mystery—in which library science meets the art of murder.

No Such Thing as Dragons by Phillip Reeve
adventure (gr 4-8), 2011, small trade paperback

Ansel's new master slays dragons for a living. He says he's hunted the monstrous worms all over Christendom-and he has the scars to prove it! But is Brock just a clever trickster in shining armor? Ansel is sure there are no such things as dragons. So what is the man-eating creature that lives in the crags of Dragon Mountain? As he and Brock climb the perilous ice-face to its lair, Ansel is about to discover the horrifying truth. A heart-pounding new fantasy with a brilliant twist from Philip Reeve, one of the world's greatest writers.


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!

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge
Assurance by Alix Bekins
An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells
A Dance with Domination by K.C. Wells
Porter's Reaper by Amber Kell

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What books would you paint on your stairs?

I've seen the pictures on Pinterest but didn't think much of it other than "that's cool". After all, I share my house with people who don't read as much as I do. Would they (meaning husband) be willing to redo our stairs? How would I choose which books to include? Would have I to share the stairs with the other two readers in the house?

Then Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews had a post about it (here) and I started thinking about it again.

I've got 14 risers to paint. Our stairs have a corner so most won't be seen from the front door. I think I can narrow it down to 14 authors but not sure about titles. Also, the bottom three could be seen from the front door but about the only time you'd see the bottom two is walking up to the front door while it's opened.

  1. Memorial Day by Vince Flynn
  2. The Four Phase Man by Richard Steinberg
  3. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. Arrow's Flight by Mercedes Lackey
  5. Dune by Frank Herbert
  6. The Cat Who Played Post Office by Lillian Jackson Braun
  7.  Reflex by Dick Francis
  8.  Dragon Harper by Anne McCaffrey
  9. Magician by Raymond E. Fiest
  10. On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
  11. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
  12. Hazard by Jo Beverley
  13. It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
  14. There's No Such Things as a Dragon by Jack Kent
I did it! Ann McCaffrey was the hardest to choose for, I narrowed it down to five titles before going with a Pern title. Of these 14 titles, my daughter read one (and the series), my husband has read two (and the series) and my son has read two (and the series). I have read all of them, most of them more than twice.

What titles would you choose?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Book Thoughts links

I've listed the links to reviews/book thoughts by year posted plus alphabetical by title and author. Title/Author is not live but I'm working on it.

2009 - 2010 :: 2011 :: 2012 :: 2013 :: 2014 
Title :: Author :: Series


My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge - review ~ children's book, grieving

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Thoughts on . . . My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge

My Yellow Balloon
by Tiffany Papageorge

Publisher: Minoan Moon Publishing
ISBN: 978-0990337003
Published: October, 2014
genre: picture book
48 pages
age level: 4-8

format available: hardcover, ebook

author's website - Facebook

Grade: A


It all started at the carnival...That’s where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joey’s wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend?

Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader.

Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, My Yellow Balloon will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

My Thoughts
First off, the hardcover book itself is nice. Thick, glossy pages make a nice feel in your hands as your read.

The first pages are full of color with a happy feel. The way to balloon flies away was surprising and the pages after are now less full of the illustrations and they're muddier in color. Until the very end when Joey realized that just because his balloon is gone, doesn't mean he can't be happy remembering the good times they shared.

Then one day. In one second. Everything changed.

Death can be that fast and reading about Joey and his struggles after his balloon flew away brought tears to my eyes. The stages of grief are illustrated as well as the feelings of "sad most of the time", "a lot of the time", and "some of the time". Until a trip to the park . . .

Once more. In one second. Everything changed.

Tiffany has taken a hard subject and simplified it just enough. Along with Erwin's illustrations, this is a book deserving a spot in our school and home libraries.

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 and is being reviewed as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.

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RC - Lucky No. 15

Lucky No. 15
Reading Challenge
Jan 15, 2015 to Jan 15, 2016

hosted at Books to Share
for more information and to sign up, click here

The goal is to read 15 books, each one matching a category, and write a review.

~ Categories ~
  1. Chunky Brick: Grab that book with more than 500 pages that you’d always been afraid to tackle. You know you can do it!
  2. Something New: Just purchased a book lately? Don’t let it buried in your stacks, read it now!
  3. Something Borrowed: Read a book that you borrowed from someone else. Don’t make the owner waiting forever for you to finish it. (Books borrowed from friends, libraries, or even rental places, are allowed)
  4. It’s Been There Forever: Dig your TBR pile and read a book that has been there more than a year. It’s time for you to appreciate it :)
  5. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now :D
  6. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.
  7. Favorite Color: Pick a book from your shelf which has your favorite color for its cover! Is it pink, red or black? You decide.
  8. First Initial: Read a book that has been written by an author whose first initial is the same with you (Example: My name is Astrid, and I can read anything written by Agatha Christie, Aesop, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc)
  9. Super Series: Read one (or more!) books that belong in a series, it can be trilogy, or tetralogy, or anything.
  10. Opposites Attract: Read a book that’s been written by a writer whose gender is different from your own.
  11. Randomly Picked: Ask someone else (a friend, your spouse, even your kids!) to randomly pick a book from your TBR pile. Don’t complain whatever they choose for you, just read it :)
  12. Cover Lust: Grab a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover?
  13. Who Are You Again?: You’ve never read a book from this author, maybe you haven’t even heard his/her name before. But who knows? Maybe he/she will become your new favorite author!
  14. One Word Only!: Read a book that only has one word for its title (number is allowed as long as it’s only consisted of one word, e.g: 1, 2, 11).
  15. Dream Destination: Read a book that has setting in a place you’ve never visited before – but would like to if you have a chance. Could be real places or even fictional!

~ Books Read ~
2. Purrfect Protector by SA Welsh
5. newest print freebie: My Nora by Holley Trent (or Christmas gc purchase)
9. An Unlocked Heart by K.C. Wells
14. kindle: Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau

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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, or received in exchange for an honest review.