Monday, November 24, 2014

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 ~


The Bachelor's Brighton Valley Bride  by Judy Duarte
Return to Brighton Valley, 2014, mass market paperback

When the gorgeous, blue-eyed corporate honcho bursts into her office, Megan Adams fears it's more than just her job at stake. The instant chemistry between them makes the once-burned single mother long to risk her heart again. But it isn't just the balance sheets that aren't adding up. Megan's starting to suspect her temporary boss isn't the small-town Texas cowboy he seems.

Computer-geek-turned-billionaire Clay Jenkins came home to Brighton Valley to uncover a baffling mystery at his flagship store. But as "Peyton Johnson," he's bonding with the alluring redhead and her son and daughter in a way that could blow his cover. Can he move beyond memories of his painful past and forge a future with Megan and her family before she uncovers his deception?


Pitch Perfect  by Mickey Rapkin
The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory, 2012, trade paperback

The roots of unaccompanied vocal music stretch all the way back to Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages, and collegiate a cappella is over a century old. But what was once largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past twenty years, exploded. And it’s not what you think. Though the blue blazers and khakis may remain, a cappella groups at colleges across the country have become downright funky.




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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!




Finished:
Bonded by Sara York
Alex & Clayton by John Simpson


Books stacked by my reading chair:
Our First Christmas anthology
Personal by Lee Child


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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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

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 & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

In between sewing aprons, and talking to squabbling family memebers about Christmas Eve, I thought about Josh.

He hardly left my thoughts. When he called two days after we went skiing and asked me to dinner for Date Number Two, I figured if I had a tail, I would be wagging it.

Maybe it was Christmas joy, but I could not wait to see him.

Christmas in Montana by Cathy Lamb
inside Our First Christmas




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Monday, November 17, 2014

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 ~


Snow Angel Cove  by RaeAnne Thayne
Haven Point, 2014, mass market paperback

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward's Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke--literally--and now she's stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she's not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!

Rescuring Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. A first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza's hands assuages his guilt--until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he's willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.


Fire HD 7 Tablet

I'm taking a 30-day free trial to check out the benefits of having prime and a tablet









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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!




Finished:
The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson
Sporting Chance by Alexa Milne 
Forgiving Thayne by J. R. Loveless  
Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight 
High Heat by Lee Child 
Second Son by Lee Child 
(don't know how much more reading I'll get done, I got Maleficent!)


Books stacked by my reading chair:
Our First Christmas anthology
By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens 
Plaid Tidings by Mia Watts



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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Thursday, November 13, 2014

RC - Read it Again, Sam

Read it Again, Sam
2015

hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block
for more information and to sign up, click here

There are four levels and while I may read enough books (16+0 to go for "Living in the Past", I'm going for "Feeling Nostalgic" and will re-read 8 books with a chance to move up.

Wouldn't it be funny if this was the year I read all new books.




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RC - Reading Bites Challenge (Vampires!)

Reading Bites
2015


hosted at Books Are Portable Magic
for more information and to sign up, click here

#2015ReadingBites

This one is all about the Vampire. Any format. Books may be YA, adult, horror, romance, etc.

I read a lot of shifter but my vampire reading had fallen off. Re-reads count so maybe I should dig though my ebooks and re-read a bunch.



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RC - The Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge

The Hard Core Re-Read 
Reading Challenge
2015

host by You, Me, and a Cup of Tea
for more information, click here

She really means hard core! The 1st level is to re-read and review, 10-20 books. She doesn't care about how long the review is, but there is a prize and linking up reviews is how she counts the number of books that count.


~ Books Re-Read . . . date reviewed ~



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RC - The Gothic Challenge


The Gothic Challenge
2015

hosted at Books Under the Bed
for more information and to sign up, click here

There are several levels but I'm going for  . . . Challenge 1 . . . and hope to read 5 books. There are also read-a-longs so you could just join for a single book.

Any format works. Short stories, poetry, graphic novels and YA/children’s literature are welcome.

I jumped over to the provided links and found several books that are one my tbr list. Maybe I can finally get them cross off.

Possible books
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
My Sword Hand is Singing, Marcus Sedwick
Let the Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvis
A Street Car Named Desire by Tennesse William
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Vampyre, A Tale by John Polidori
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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Thankfully Reading Weekend


Thankfully Reading Weekend
November 27 - 30

hosted at Jenn's Bookshelves
for more information and to sign up, click here

Twitter: #thankfulreading

Basically, avoid the craziness of Black Friday and spend some quite time reading. It would be nice if you stopped by the others reading.

I'll be spending Thursday at my Sister-in-Laws with most of my husband's siblings and their kids. I don't ever remember going shopping on Black Friday as I prefer Cyber Monday ;-) and as our shopping list grows smaller we can usually get it finished before Thanksgiving rolls around!

~ Books Read ~




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RC - What An Animal VIII


What an Animal
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews
for more information and to sign up, click here

There are several levels. I read a complete series (13 books) and then some for 2014. I don't know how I'll do for 2015 but my one of my favorite sub-genres seem to keep me feed shifter type books ;-)

I'm going for Level 3 and plan to read 13 or more books. Each book must meet one of four requirements:
  • there is an animal in the title of the book

  • there is an animal on the cover of the book

  • an animal plays a major role in the book

  • a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like)

~ Books Read ~
  1. title:
  2. cover:
  3. major role:
  4. mc is/turns into
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~ Challenge Complete ~ 
date
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15


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Cozy Mystery Week


Cozy Mystery Week

hosted at Jenn's Bookshelves

for more information and to sign up, click here

Basically, "get your comfortable reading spot, a nice warm blanket, a cozy mystery or two, and join me for Cozy Mystery Week!"

What perfect timing! I was going through 2014 reading challenges and discovered that I've read NO cozy mysteries this year. gasp! Maybe I can get a couple read in between my Christmas reads.





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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

RC Cruisin' thru the Cozies


Cruisin' thru the Cozies
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews
for more information and to sign up, click here

There are several levels to choose from. I've got enough unread cozies to go for Sleuth Extraordinaire (20 or more) but as I didn't get any read this year, I'm going for Snoop and hope to read at least 6.

~ Books Read ~








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Monday, November 10, 2014

RC/RaT Christmas Spirit

Christmas Spirit
Read-a-Thon
November 24 - 30
Monday, November 24 at 12:00am CST 
until 
Sunday, November 30 at 11:59pm CST 
(adjust your time zone accordingly)

hosted by Michelle of The True Book Addict
at Seasons of Reading

For more information and to sign up, click here

Twitter: #CSreadathon
me: @BookDragonsLair

Please read at least one Holiday themed book. Be sure to check out her post.

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Christmas Spirit
Reading Challenge
November 24 - January 6

hosted by Michelle of The True Book Addict
at The Christmas Spirit

For more information and to sign up, click here

There are three reading levels plus one for movies and children's books. I'm going for Mistletoe and hope to read 2-4 books. Not sure if I'll watch any Christmas movies or reading any children's books.

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~ Possible Books to choose from ~
Our First Christmas anthology (already read one of the four stories)
The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason
Take Me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak - a Whiskey Creek novel
Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde - a Twilight, Texas novel
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
All I Want for Christmas... anthology
By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens



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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




~ My newest review book ~

Lizzy & Jane  by Katherine Reay
Christian, 2014, trade paperback, ebook, large print

At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in the kitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She's lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down.

When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch; she's losing her dream.

And her means of escape.

When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister’s side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.

As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature, Elizabeth is forced to reimagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her?



~ here are the newest books in my house ~


Horns  by Joe Hill
supernatural thriller, 2014, movie tie-in mass market paperback

Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin's murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. When he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover . . . and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his one true love. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it's time for revenge . . .

It's time the devil had his due . . .


Heart Fire by Robin D. Owens
Celta HeartMate, 2014, trade paperback

On the planet Celta, accepting a HeartMate can be the greatest challenge in the universe…

Antenn, an architect hired to build a cathedral in Druida City, dares not think of his HeartMate. Even though he yearns for her, he’s taken steps to ensure she will be forever unknown to him. After all, how could he, a commoner who grew up in the slums, the brother of a murderer, be worthy of any woman?

Tiana, a priestess, has her own fears about being a HeartMate. She's watched her friends struggle with such a stormy destiny. She's sure her HeartMate has never claimed her due to a terrible scandal involving her Family, and she's set aside hopes for love.

Antenn's gotten the commission of his life. The cathedral will make him famous, but more, it will last for ages and prove to others he can contribute to Celta...if the controversial structure isn't destroyed while being built. Tiana, too, is an integral part of this process, but the villain who wrecked her Family is ready with firebombs. Can they trust each other in dangerous circumstances to succeed...and to love?


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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!




Finished:
(little reading while on vacation!) 
Twin Threat Christmas by Rachelle McCalla
'Tis the Season by Robyn Carr


Books stacked by my reading chair:
Our First Christmas anthology
By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens 
Plaid Tidings by Mia Watts
'Tis the Season by Robyn Carr 


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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Sunday, November 9, 2014

RC - Mount TBR

Mount TBR
Reading Challenge
2015

hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block

for more information and to sign up, click here

There are several levels and rules but basically you read books that you own but must be yours prior to January 1st. Gifts okay, library books and ARCs are not.

Audio and ebooks are also allowed if that is your main source of backlog.

I'm going to start at Pike's Peak (12 books) but should really go for Mount Olympus (150+).



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~ Pike's Peak ~
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Disclaimer

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