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My August reading list:
"GLORY, GLORY" by Linda Lael Miller (A) Eight years ago, Glory Parsons had been forced to flee her hometown, and leave behind her first love. And Jesse Bainbridge would never know the heartbreaking price she'd paid, or about the child born of their fiery union. Jesse had once wanted Glory with all the passion in his soul, until she walked out on him. Now she was back with shocking news that would change his life forever. Could he trust the woman who'd betrayed him, the only woman he would ever love?
"FOR HER SON'S LOVE" by Kathryn Springer (Love Inspired - a Tiny Blessings Tale) (A) To: Rachel - From: Andrew - Re: I've met the most fascinating single mom...Everyone thinks I'm this high-living playboy...I wish I could reveal my real mission in life: rescuing missing children. Though right now, helping Miranda Jones is my top priority. She came to Chestnut Grove with her little boy, but a brewing scandal is threatening their little family. So, cousin and mother-to-be, as I'm running the charitable Noble Foundation in your temporary absence, I'll also be digging up secrets of the past. And while I'm at it, I hope MIranda will say yes to a future together!
"WHITE HEAT" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #11) (A+) The last person on earth that art restorer Emily Greene wants to see is the devil-may-care Max Aries. She hasn't forgotten (or forgiven) the way Max dropped into her life a year ago, stole her heart, then vanished without a word. But the prodigal playboy returns with shocking news: His father's recent death was no suicide, but in fact murder...and Emily's life is also in danger. Intel from Max's control at the counterterrorist organization T-FLAC reveals that the Black Rose terror cell is involved: a chilling revelation that elevates the threat level almost as high as the sexual tension bristling between Max and Emily. Max isn't about to take his eyes off her - though only partly for professional reasons - and Emily finds it increasingly difficult to deny her feelings for him. Crisscrossing Europe and piecing together tantalizing clues to a sinister plot, Max and Emily must put their lives on the line...and still be ready when the heat between them flares white hot.
"TAKE NO PRISONERS" by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops #2) (A+) Abbie Hughes no longer trusts men, but despite her cool indifference, her long legs and showgirl face still draw plenty of attraction. Between working as a blackjack dealer, going to school, and keeping an eye on her younger brother, Cory, there's no time for romantic adventures - until the night a sexy, mysterious stranger places a wager at her table. Sam Lang left Black Ops, Inc. when tragedy struck his family. Although he's determined to retire his M-16 rifle to lead a quiet life on his ranch, a vengeful quest will send him on a manhunt for the ruthless multimillionaire who murdered his sister. Though Sam suspects Abbie is in on a lucrative gem-smuggling deal her brother made with the enemy, their attraction is undeniable. Now Cory is missing, and together they search the wild Honduras backcountry to find him. With danger on their trail, they must trust each other completely or face certain death alone.
"A WEDDING AT COOPER'S CORNERS" (A) (Cooper's Corners) - Warren Cooper, owner of Twin Oaks, has passed away, and now the secret is finally out! Warren, and not Lawrence Webb, was the grandfather of the three Webb siblings. Private detective Mark Solomon is about to deliver the news that will change the lives of three people forever. But little does he expect that his life will be thrown into turmoil, too. STOP THE WEDDING! by Muriel Jensen - Sally Webb is so shocked when she receives her package that she destroys her reputation as a dutiful and responsible granddaughter by ditching her fiance and running into another's arms. Sally and David Miller haven't seen each other since she was thirteen and her grandfather sent her brother's best friend packing. Now, years later, David finds an older Sally suddenly seeking comfort - in his arms! OH, BABY! by Bobby Hutchinson - When Sally's brother, Richard, receives his, he's just been denied access to twin toddlers a gorgeous...and furious...woman claims are his sons. But the envelope's contents will change his position on fatherhood forever! Richard is the consummate playboy, going from one woman to the next without any thought for the future or long-term plans. Until Janelle Jamison stuns him with her news - he is the father of her twin boys! A NIGHT TO REMEMBER by Kristine Rolofson - Mark Solomon is stunned to discover that Diana Webb, the recipient of the last envelope, is the mysterious and intense woman he'd lost after a night of passion four years before. Diana has sworn off men - forever. They have caused her nothing but grief and heartache. Then one day she discovers on her doorstep the man she spent one passionate night with four years ago. Diana can't figure out how he found her, especially since they never exchanged names. Old Warren Cooper may have left more of a legacy than he originally planned! Who was Warren Cooper, anyway, and why had he set them up?
"DOUBLE HOMICIDE - SANTA FE/BOSTON" by Jonathan & Faye Kellerman (C) SANTE FE - It's Christmastime, and police officers Darrel Two Moons and Steve Katz are expecting the usual gang assaults, feuding spouses, and alcohol-related misdemeanors. Then the call comes from the Historic District: the reported death of an art gallery owner whose bludgeoned body stretches across a bleached pine floor like a big, nasty still life. When he was in the NYPD, Katz saw more homicides weekly than he's seen in Santa Fe in three years. Two Moons, an Army brat and ex-Marine, is discovering his roots among local Indian Potters. But everything personal goes by the wayside as they unearth the victim's enemies and follow a trail of motives that lies buried like layers of paint. As biting winds blow through town, Two Moons and Katz enter a dangerous world where murder has been perfected to an art form. BOSTON - Basketball is an obsession in Beantown, producing emotions that run hot even in the coldest winter. This time, a flagrant foul during a college match leads to a fatal shooting. With the life of its star forward cut short, the entire city is putting pressure on Detectives Dorothy Breton and Michael McCain to find the perpetrator. For Dorothy, who's raising two teenage boys on her own, the case hits close to home. She knows the victim's mother; their sons played on the same team. To Micky, who's given up the fight against his bulging waistline, the investigation is poor consolation for being alone this holiday season. Together, they're looking to make an open-and-shut case - until startling evidence comes to light. Now two experienced cops can either keep it simple...or do what's right.
"WHAT WE KEEP" by Elizabeth Berg (C) Ginny Young crosses the country for a reluctant reunion with the mother she has not seen in thirty-five years. During the long hours of her flight, she returns in memory to the summer when she turned twelve and her family turned inside out.
"TAKING THE FIFTH" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #4) (A+) There are many bizarre and terrible ways to die. Seattle Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont through he had seen them all - until he saw this body, its wounds, and the murder weapon; an elegant woman's shoe, its stiletto heel gruesomely caked with blood. The evidence is shocking and unsettling, even for a man who prowls the shadows for a living, for it suggests that savagery is not the exclusive domain of the predatory male. And the scent of a stylish killer is pulling Beaumont into a world of drugs, corruption, and murder to view close-up a cinematic dream at its most nightmarish...and lethal.
"CLOSE TO YOU" by Christina Dodd (A-) Who knows the truth about her family? Who wants to keep her past hidden forever? Caitlin Prescott was only a baby when her parents disappeared. Adopted by a wealthy Texas oil family, she became Kate Montgomery, and grew up with no memory of her parents or her two older sisters and brother, who have been searching for her, hoping to right a terrible wrong that was committed twenty-two years ago in a small Texas town. Now an ambitious young news reporter, Kate realizes she is being stalked soon after landing her dream job at an Austin TV station. Why did a car try to run her down? Who would want to kill her? Turning her precarious situation into a story, she takes on a bodyguard and follows him on the job. But she didn't plan on the cool, blade-sharp strength of Teague Ramos or the attraction that sizzles between them. When Teague connects the death of an Austin sociality to unanswered questions about Kate's childhood, she finds herself unlocking dangerous doors to her past. Now, with only her mysterious bodyguard to protect her, Kate is on a high-stakes chase that may lead her to the family she has never known - or into the trap of a ruthless killer.
"A CRAZY KIND OF LOVE - MIKE'S STORY" by Maureen Child (Marconi's #2) (A) The best plumber in California, Michaela "Mike" Marconi likes to keep her romances short, sweet, and to the point. Her friends think she's just out for a good time, but she has reasons for carefully avoiding relationships with a future. Romance, though, is the last thing on Mike's mind when she meets Lucas Gallagher. Unfortunately, he pushes all of her buttons in a way no man has. But when he learns the truth about her past, Mike is sure he'll be the one moving on. Lucas might know a lot about women, but he left the "relationships" to his twin brother. Michaela, aka Mike, infuriates him as much as she entices him. They quickly go from bickering to bed partners, but neither of them is looking for happily ever after. Until Fate steps in when both of their worlds are turned upside down by disaster, secrets, and revelations. Suddenly Lucas and Mike only have each other to lean on.
"AND THEN CAME YOU - SAM'S STORY" by Maureen Child (Marconi's #1) (A) Rule 1: You never forget your first love. Rule 2: You never forget your first heartbreak. Rule 3: Rules are meant to be broken. Nine years ago, Samantha Marconi was swept away in a whirlwind wedding...even though she'd only known her new husband for a month. When Jeff left her just weeks after the wedding, she found out she was pregnant and had nowhere to turn. So sam did the only thing she thought she could do. She put her daughter up for adoption and tried to forget the past - until her past came knocking at her door. Jeff never received Sam's letters, nor did he know she'd had their child - until after the little girl was put up for adoption. Jeff managed to find their daughter, Emma, and lovingly raised her on his own. He's about to remarry - but his divorce from Sam never went through. Jeff needs Sam's help to get "unmarried," and quick. Yet when Jeff shows up on Sam's doorstep, he's shocked to find the sparks that once flew between them are still burning strong. Can he let Sam go again? Especially when the truth about what really happened nine years ago is finally revealed.
"PRODIGAL DAUGHTER" by Patricia Davids (Love Inspired - Hamilton Family) (A-) The Gossip Guru...hears Hamilton daughter Melissa, who'd disappeared not long after her father's first medical crisis, has finally come home - pregnant! This news certainly won't help her father, Wallace, as he once again recuperates in the hospital. Word is she's been staying at Hamilton Media attorney Richard McNeil's home, along with his sister, her husband and kids. With all those people in the McNeil household, is there time for romance between prodigal Mellissa and newly rededicated Christian heartthrob Richard?
"BLACK HILLS" by Nora Roberts (Audible Book) (A) A summer at his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan’s idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he’s discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn’t as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop’s annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker’s body. As the seasons change and the years roll, Lil stays steadfast to her dreams of becoming a wildlife biologist and protecting her family land, while Coop struggles with his father’s demand that he attend law school and join the family firm. Twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills when the people and things they hold most dear need them most. An investigator in New York, Coop recently left his fast paced life to care for his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something...or someone...has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into the heartless killing of Lil’s beloved cougar, recollections of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe. Lil and Coop both know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But now they must work together to unearth a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts who has singled them out as prey.
"PEOPLE OF THE PLAINS" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #1) (B) Fort Laramie seemed like the end of the world to the settlers going West on the Oregon Trail. But it was really only the beginning of a pitched battle among settlers looking for a new life, the ragtag army whose job was to protect them, and the watchful Indian nations who demanded recognition of their territorial rights. Army surgeon Jason Dobbs was a war hero, wasting his life in Washington when he was assigned to the Wyoming outpost to save his health and keep the settlers alive. Brevet Second Lieutenant Jean Benoit was a blue blood Louisiana rogue sent to Fort Laramie as a punishment for his affair with the daughter of a prominent senator. Badger was the Broule warrior whose people's destiny was to confront the U.S. Army. Each man had a story to tell - of the real West, of a time of pain and victory, destruction and birth, shame and glory.
"FIRST IMPRESSIONS" by Nora Roberts (A+) Escaping the traps of gold-digging women, wealthy businessman Vance Banning moves to rural Maryland. All he wants is peace, quiet and to keep away from women. The last thing he needs is his sassy, sexy neighbor Shane Abbott. But he has no idea how determined Shane will be when it comes to giving a helping hand - or a loving heart. "BLITHE IMAGES" (B) When small-town girl HIllary Baxter is offered a prestigious six-month modeling contract by Bret Bardoff, handsome, charming and the owner and publisher of fashionable Mode Magazine, the sky is the limit. Thrust into a glamorous career in New York, Hilary knows she has it all...except for the one thing she really wants: Bret's love.
"BLIND ALLEY" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #5) (A) Her job is to put a face on the victims of violent crimes. But as a forensic sculptor Eve Duncan works on the skull of a newly discovered victim, she's about to get the shock of her life. The murdered Jane Doe's face has been erased beyond recognition. But whoever killed her wasn't trying to hide her identity. The plan is far more horrifying. For as Eve's skilled hands reveal the murdered girl's face, she recognizes someone she knows all too well. Someone who isn't dead. Yet. To stop this twisted psychopath, Eve must put her own life in the balance. But that's not the worst of it - when her adopted daughter Jane reveals a bizarre connection to the case, Eve can't stop her from joining the hunt for the killer. A hunt that will lead to a terrifying confrontation.
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To Be Read - In alphabetical order by author not reading order
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I started "The Accomplice" by Kathryn Heyman-talk about a hidden gem!
It's by an Australian author.
A historical fiction account of the sinking of the ship "Batavia" off the coast of Australia in the 1600s and about what happened to the survivors who were stranded (this really happened). The main character is a young woman named Judith, and the book is written in her POV as if she's looking back at what happened.
My Mom found this book at a yard sale and let me borrow it-I am glad she did! So far it's an excellent book.
Yellow as Legal Pads by Fran Stewart
Bite Me if you Can by Lyndsay Sands
State of the Onion by Hyzy, Julie
TBR - not necessarily in this order
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The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
Up Next (alphabetical order by title, not read order)
Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan
Auralia's Colors, by Jeffrey Overstreet
Bright of the Sky, by Kay Kenyon
Carnival, by Elizabeth Bear
Dust, by Elizabeth Bear
The Fox Woman, by Kij Johnson
The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson
The Silver Metal Lover, by Tanith Lee
Song for the Basilisk, by Patricia McKillip
Storyteller, by Amy Thomson
Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner
Wild Seed, by Octavia E. Butler
In the Mail to Me (which means it might take precedence, but I don't know yet)
James Tiptree Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips
The Novels of Tiger and Del Vol. I, by Jennifer Roberson
Whiskey and Water, by Elizabeth Bear
Books I'm Reading for Research (and therefore liable to be picked up and set down as the mood strikes me or as necessary to the story)
A People's History of the United States 1492 to the Present, by Howard Zinn
Hawaiian Myths of Earth, Sea, and Sky, by Vivian L. Thompson
Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena, by William R. Corliss
The Bedouins and the Desesrt, by Jibrail S. Jabbur
The Medieval Castle, by Phillip Warner
And of course, there is my continuing effort to reread all of Agatha Christie's mysteries in publication order. Of course, I'm stalled at the moment because I need a few of the books I've mailed to get received so that I have credits to order the next book up in that endeavor. . .
Finished in August:
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So far I've already finished one book, so I should get more done than in July, at least.
1. Feast of Fear: Conversations with Stephen King - Ed. by Tim Underwood & Chuck Miller : Pretty interesting... a compilation of old interviews from the 80's.
Cat by Freya North - good so far.
To be read:
3. Tinsel - William Goldman
4. Let Their Spirits Dance - Stella Pope Duarte
6. I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! - Bob Newhart
Probably won't even get through half of these, since we're moving this month. (sigh)
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1. You Bet Your Life by Christine T. Jorgensen (Stella the Stargazer series)
2. A Killer Stitch by Maggie Sefton (Knitting Mystery #4)
3. Mortal Prey by John Sandford (Prey Series #13)
4. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
5. Exposed by Alex Kava
Naked Prey by John Sandford
Started but not Finished:
1. Burning Angel by James Lee Burke
2. Pointing from the Grave by Samantha Weinberg
Hidden Prey by John Sandford (Prey Series #15)
Broken Prey by John Sandford (Prey Series #16)
Invisible Prey by John Sandford (Prey Series #17)
Phantom Prey by John Sandford (Prey Series #18)
Wicked Prey by John Sandford (Prey Series #19)
Then who knows what I will pick up...I may even pick up something else inbetween the Prey Series Books.
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Blessed Is the Busybody - Emilie Richards - 1st in Ministry is Murder mysteries - good! I have several by this author in mt tbr but found this at library and really enjoyed it(wish the main character was single so she could get the cop!) minister's wife is no pushover. he takes position in smaller town that can pay a salary yet allow him time to write. dead body shows up on the parsonage front porch, members wanting to run them off...another dead body..this one had some 'crazy' twists and turns but was good.
Vision in White - Nora Roberts - 1st in Bride Quartet series - good - no frills with this - no paranormal or ghosts or suspense that Nora Roberts has gotten 'famous' for lately. just a nice romance with a non-alpha hero! the woman got on my nerves a bit but oh well overall a good read and another library book!
Glory Be - Janet & Ron Benrey - 1st in Love Inspired Glory, NC series. pleasantly surpried since I don't usually 'go' for the religious romances but lately I've found some really good ones and their suspense series has some good mysteries. A $600,000 inheritance has to be used to further the church's music ministry and t here's a major division between the choir members who are traditionalists and the ones who are contemporary. the contemporary(younger crowd in general) plays pranks and practical jokes then someone dies - accident, harmless prank gone too far, or deliberate murder?? This was a pretty good one. I hope the next 3 are just as good(and someone posts the 2nd one LOL!)
currently reading Last Chance Cafe by Curtiss Ann Matlock - I was moving books around and decided to read this one that will fill a challenge I'm doing(address or place in title) it's a short book from silhouette written around 1997 so pretty dated! This nutty widow decides to take the entire savings and buy a run-down needs repair house and 80 acres to 'work the farm'..has 3 kids...of course it'll have a HEA but hoo boy some people have more balls than me that's for sure! I gave up when the guy told her the house didnt' have air conditioning!
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2. Cat - Freya North : I love Freya North. This was my least favorite I've read so far, and I still really liked it and teared up a couple of times. The only problem I had with it was it was one of those situations where the author did a lot of research and is not as good at sneaking it in subtly. A lot of it works, but every once in a while there's a real clunker where a fact is just kind of launched out there with no real support from the plot going on around it. Still liked it enough to keep, though.
So far this month I have read "Bean Trees" by Kingsolver (actually my daughter had to read it for school and I read it too) I really ended up liking it - I think Kingsolver is a good author. The books is about a girl who heads out of her rural Kentucky town for a better life and the "life" that happens to her. It reminded me a little of "Where the Heart Is" in the fact that the girl builds her own "family" of people she meets along the way.
I also read "The Girl who Played with Fire" -- loved it!! Some of the characters are back from the Dragon Tattoo (Lisbeth, Mikel etc.) and some new ones are threaded into the story. This book gave a little insight in to what makes Salander who she is.... I couldn't put it down.
Lets see if I can remember.
Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson-started end of July finished Aug 1-2\
Standing in the Shadows by Shannon McKenna
How to Knit a Wild Bikini by Christie Ridgeway
The River Devil by Diane Whiteside
Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
The Night Before by Lisa Jackson-still reading
Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander-still reading with DD
The Man in The Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith-started tonight
I'm reading The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst. I'm about 100pp in and really enjoying it. I've also been reading Peter Ackroyd's London: A Biography in short spurts.
Mary - I read the Prydain books with my mom when I was little. I remember Taran Wanderer was her favorite. :)
Finished in August:
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Finished in August:
1. Babylon Rising: The Europa Conspiracy by Tim LeHaye & Bob Phillips
2. Babylon Rising: The Edge of Darkness by Tim LeHaye & Bob Phillips
3. Nicolae: The Rise of AntiChrist by Tim Lehaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
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