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Subject: It's October - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 6:34 AM ET
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My October reading list: 

Finished -

  1.  "RUNNING HOT" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #5) (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she's got zero field experience. She's from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She's a librarian, for heaven's sake. As for Grace, she's not expecting much, either, from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn't so good with a gun. Nice resume for a bodyguard. But even before they reach their hotel in Maui - where they'll be posing as honeymooners - Grace and Luther feel the electric charge between them. Problem is, they need to remain vigilant day and night: because it soon becomes clear there's more going on here. Rogue sensitives - operatives for the underground group Nightshade - are pouring into the luxury resort as if there's a convention. Grace recognizes those dark spikes in their auras. And she understands how dangerous these people can be, especially with those para-hunters at their sides. As Grace knows all too well, if you don't control your powers, your powers will control you.
  2. "CROSS MY HEART" by Carly Phillips (Ty and Hunter #1) (A) Ten years ago Lilly Dumont was the ultimate poor little rich girl, complete with a huge inheritance, and an uncle determined to take it from her. With the help of her first love, she faked her own death and ran away to New York City, leaving behind everything, including her own name. Lilly Dumont was gone, but Lacey Kincaid was going to make it. Only, neither one ever forgot Ty Benson. Now Lacey's back to claim her inheritance. And her sizzling reunion with Ty has made her homecoming something to remember! Though not everybody's thrilled to see Lacy alive and well. And it's up to Ty to make sure his childhood sweetheart doesn't disappear again - this time for good!
  3. "TRUE SECRETS" by Cherry Adair (T-FLAC #11) (unabridged Audible) (B) Sydney McBride is writing a profile on a plastic surgery spa in Rio that caters to celebrities, and she's going under the knife herself - all to revive her sagging career. But then she gets wind of an even bigger story. Among the nips and tucks she discovers a mysterious and devastatingly attractive man claiming he's come to Rio to foil a plot that has the potential to unleash worldwide horror. Lucas Fox is Sydney's ticket to a comeback - one that could relaunch her into the limelight. All she has to do is gain his trust. But Lucas Fox trusts no one. He's a drop-dead gorgeous T-FLAC operative whose paranormal powers are flickering but whose powers in bed rocket Sydney to a place she didn't know existed. Now, with the astounding secrets that she and Lucas have uncovered at the spa, Sydney is willing to take on her most risky career move of all. She'll work side by side with a world-hopping wizard - stopping only for the most forbidden pleasures along the way. The night sizzles to new heights in these novels of romantic suspense.
  4. "TRUE EVIL" by Greg Iles (Natchez) (A+++) (abridged audio CD) A divorce attorney brings new meaning to "Til Death Do Us Part." Dr. Chris Shepard is thirty-six years old, newly married and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder. Once he is alone, doubt begins to gnaw at him. Chris agrees to act as bait to help Agent Morse unravel the divorce lawyer's scheme, which may already have cost nine unsuspecting spouses their lives. Rigorous autopsies have uncovered no forensic evidence of foul play and the police believe no crimes have occurred. Shepard realizes that he's working with a desperate woman. The reason: the killer's last known victim was Alex Morse's sister, who from her deathbed accused her husband of murder. But Chris Shepard soon feels desperation of his own. As he probes his wife's hidden past, he is confronted by the probability that the woman he loves wants him dead. He has adopted her son and given her everything he has to give and yet somewhere out there, a killer with the brilliance to outwit the top forensic scientists in the world is closing in on him.
  5. "THE SOLDIERS" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier - People of the Plains #3) (A) When Silas Connors, a renegade merchant, threatens to eradicate the tribes by giving them blankets infested with small pox, Benoit and Dobbs are sent to find him. But Connors is days ahead of the search team. And when a troop transport with six months worth of wages is scheduled to pass through Laramie, Connors, who has been joined by "Notch" Henderson and others, unit in a fearsome plan to rob the train and kill anyone who gets in their way, be he Indian or white. The bloody shootout leaves a dozen emigrants dead and although Connors has been killed, Henderson lives. Benoit and Dobbs realize that for any of them to be safe, Henderson must be brought to justice. But he escapes capture time and again. As the divisions among soldiers from the north and south grow, both Dobbs and Benoit sense that the bloody Indian campaigns are about to be replaced by another greater war - one that could pit brothers and cousins against one another - in a showdown that will wound a nation that has not yet begun to heal.
  6. WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS" by Barbara Delinsky (abridged Audio CD) (A+) Molly and Robin Snow are sisters and like all sisters they share a deep bond that sustains them through good times and bad. Their careers are flourishing - Molly is a horticulturist and Robin is a world-class runner - and they are in the prime of their lives. So when Molly receives the news that Robin has suffered a massive heart attack, she couldn't be more shocked. At the hospital, the Snow family receives a grim prognosis: Robin may never regain consciousness. As Robin's parents and siblings struggle to cope, the complex nature of their relationship is put to the ultimate test. Molly, has always lived in Robin's shadow and her feelings for her have run the gamut, from love to resentment and back. The last time they spoke, they argued. But now there is so much more at stake. Molly's parents fold under the devastating circumstances and her brother retreats into the cool reserve that is shattering his own family. It's up to Molly to make the tough decisions and she soon makes discoveries that destroy some of her most cherished beliefs about the sister she thought she knew.
  7. "LITTLE MISS MATCHMAKER" by Dana Corbit (Love Inspired - Tiny Blessings Tale #4) (B) To: Uncle Alex - From: Chelsea - Re: I think you should ask Miss Fraser on a date, she's my favorite teacher ever and he definitely likes you, I can tell. Everyone in town knows you're this brave firefighter. So why don't you be the hero of Miss Fraser's Life? Maybe you could volunteer together at the Chetnut Grove Youth Center. Uncle Alexd, I know you're pretty busy as guardian to my brother and me, but you need a girlfriend. So I came up with a plan. It's my secret, but I know it will be the best thing that ever happened to all of us!
  8. "LONG HARD RIDE" by Loreli James (Rough Riders #1) (eBook) (A) Channing Kinkaid itches for a change; a wild western adventure with an untamed man. Determined to shed her inhibitions and embrace the steamier, seamier side of life, she sets her sights on hooking up with a real chaps-and-spurs-wearing cowboy. Enter Colby McKay - bull rider, saddle bronc buster and calf roper. From the moment he sets his lust-filled eyes on the sweet and fiery Channing, he knows he's found the woman who's up to the challenge of cutting loose. What rough and rowdy cowboy could resist a no-holds-barred sexual romp with a sassy young thing starring as his personal buckle bunny?
  9.  "THE DEAD ROOM" by Heather Graham (Harrison Investigations) (B) A year ago archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre barely survived an explosion that took the life of her fiance, Matt Connolly. Since then she's slowly come to terms with both her loss and an unsettling ability to communicate with ghosts, a "gift" received in the wake of her brush with death. Now she's returned to lower Manhattan, site of the explosion to investigate a newly discovered burial ground. In this place restless spirits hold the secrets not only of past injustice but of a deadly conspiracy against the city's women...including Leslie herself. By night Matt visits her in dreams, warning her and offering clues to the truth. By day she finds herself helped by - and attracted to - his flesh-and-blood cousin Joe. Torn by her feelings for both men, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead. Leslie struggles against the encroaching danger. As she is drawn closer to the darkness, she must ultimately face the power of an evil mind, alone in a place where not even the men she loves can save her.
  10. "CHILL OF FEAR" by Kay Hooper (abridged Audio CD) (A Bishop/Special Unit (Fear)) (B) Two psychics work to stop a killer darker than they could ever imagine...FBI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusual talent, even before he was recruited by Noah Bishop for the controversial Special Crimes Unit. But, as gifted as he is, for twenty years he's been haunted by a heartbreaking unsolved murder that took place at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee. Now he's returned one final time, determined to put the mystery to rest. Diana Brisco has come there hoping to unlock the mystery of her troubled past. Instead, she is assailed by nightmares and the vision of a child who vanished from The Lodge years ago. And an FBI agent is trying to convince her that she isn't crazy but that she has a rare gift, a gift that could catch a killer. Quentin knows that this is his last chance to solve a case that has become a dangerous obsession. But can he persuade Diana to help him, knowing what it could cost her? For something cold and dark and pure evil is stalking the grounds of The Lodge. Something Diana may not survive. Something Quentin never felt before: the chill of fear. 
  11. "THE SUNFLOWER" by Richard Paul Evans (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) "Seek not your destiny, for it is seeking you." Just a week before their marriage, Christine's fiance calls off the wedding, leaving her heartbroken. With hopes of helping her through a difficult time, Christine's best friend Jessica enrolls them both on a humanitarian mission in Peru, to work at an orphanage called El Girasol - The Sunflower. While working at the orphanage Christine meets Paul Cook, a successful and charismatic American doctor who has fled the States after one fatal day took away his career, his faith and the woman he loved.  Unplanned events lead Paul and Christine into the jungle of the Amazon, where Christine must confront her deepest fears and she and Paul, must both learn to trust and love again.  
  12. "PAYMENT IN KIND" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #9) (A) The bloody corpses stashed in the broom closet of the Seattle School District building were lovingly entwined. It looked like a classic crime of passion to Detective J.P. Beaumont - especially when Pete Kelsey admitted that his slaughtered wife was an A student in the fine art of adultery. But Pete swore he had nothing to do with the brutal deaths of the lusty school official and her clergyman-turned-security-guard companion. Beaumont's gut instincts told him to believe the sinned-upon widower. But he never dreamed that Pete might be harboring a secret hotter than extra-marital sex...and more lethal than murder!
  13. "BLUE CHRISTMAS" by Mary Kay Andrews (Savannah #3) (unabridged Audio CD) (A++) It's the week before Christmas and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to deck out her shop for the Savannah historical district decorating contest, which she intends to win. Weezie is ready to shoot herself with her glue gun by the time she's done, but the results are stunning. She's certainly one-upped the owners of the trendy shop around the corner, but suddenly things start to go missing from her display and there seems to be an uninvited midnight visitor to her shop. Still, Weezie has high hopes for the holiday - maybe in the form of an engagement ring from her chef boyfriend. But Daniel, always moody at the holidays, seems more distant than usual. Throw in Weezie's decidedly odd family, a mysterious 1950s Christmastree pin and even a little help from the King himself (Elvis, that is), and maybe there will be a pocketful of miracles for Weezie this Christmas.
  14. "BENEATH THE TEXAS SKY" by Jodi Thomas (B) Desperate to flee the lecherous advances of her uncle, Bethanie Lane makes her escape with Texas Ranger  Josh Weston by offering to be a cook at his ranch. Yet the treacherous trek through a savage land not only awakens her passion for this strong, caring man, it seals her fate. For though the dangers of frontier life threaten to destroy her dreams of a future in his arms, she can't let go of her deepest, truest desire. Josh knew Bethanie was the only woman who could tame his wild heart and loving her joined his soul with hers forever. A man of the law, his devotion to duty will put the life he wants with Bethanie in jeopardy and pit brother against brother. Through the darkest days and nights when all hope seems lost, he vows that he will seize his second chance to claim the woman and the love he nearly lost forever.
  15. "FAITH AND FIDELITY" by Tere Michaels (Faith & Fidelity #1) (A++) New York City Vice Detective Evan Cerelli has lost his wife, the only person he ever loved and slept with. He's trying to get on with his life, build a life for his children. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is a ladies' man, all sex/no commitment. He's depressed, having a midlife crisis and not sure where his life is headed. The two find friendship in the bottom of a shared bottle. When the friendship turns to love, it shakes two straight men to the core and flips their lives inside out. Kids, families, careers that are not gay-friendly - can all the love in the world overcome the obstacles? 
  16. "HERO UNDER COVER" by Suzanne Brockmann (A) When Pete Taylor first offered his services as a bodyguard, Annie Morgan wanted nothing to do with him. She was so sure that the death threats against her weren't serious. While the Native American mask she was working on was valuable, it wasn't worth killing for. One murder attempt later, Annie was glad to have Pete around. She owed him her life. Suddenly she was beginning to believe in heroes - and dreams. But Pete wasn't a fantasy - he was real and at the moment he was the only person she could allow herself to trust, no matter who he was.
  17. "DESPERADO" by Diana Palmer (Wanted #4) (A) Tough and relentless, Cord Romero lives for the adrenaline rush that comes with being a mercenary for hire. But this time the job is personal. Having barely survived a murder attempt from an elusive enemy, Cord is determined to neutralize his foe - the head of a multinational corporation that fronts a child labor ring. In order to get closer to his target, Cord joins forces with the Lassiter Detective Agency, where he's reunited with his childhood friend Maggie Barton. Maggic is no longer the impressionable young woman he once knew. She is now strong, independent and in charge of her own life and, professionally, Cord's equal. She has one vulnerability:L a tragic secret from her past that threatens her relationship with Cord and sets her up as a pawn for his deadly enemy. Cord cannot afford to be distracted during the most imporant case of his life. But Maggie plays an indispensable part in unraveling the links to his enemy's crimes. Forced to trust each other for their very survival, Cord and Maggie embark on a lethal game of cat and mouse that can leave only one winner standing.
  18. "A MOMMY IN MIND" by Arlene James (B) To: Pilar, From: Ramon, Re: A mommy for Lucia. But which one? When I offered to help little Lucia's biological mother reclaim her baby, I never dreamed it would bring aspiring single mother Lori Sumner into my life. But from the moment we met, my heart went out to this hard-working reporter who's been Lucia's foster mother for nearly three months and now wants to officially adopt her. Personally, I think she'd make a great mom. Which is why this lawyer is eager to start negotiating his own family "settlement" with Lori. Mum's the word sis, - until the day I pop the question! 
  19. "BULL'S ISLAND" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) After twenty years, Elizabeth "Betts" McGee hasn't been home to beautiful South Carolina and untouched Bulls Island since the tragic night that ended her engagement to Charleston's golden boy, J.D. Langley. And why is that? Really, this is the story of two old Southern families. The Langley family has more money than the Morgan Stanley Bank, And they think they have more class. The Barrett family made their nineteenth century fortune in a less distinguished manner - corner groceries and liquor stores. It's no surprise that when J.D. and Betts fell in love and decide to marry, their parents are none to pleased. And when the love affair comes to an end, everyone's ready to place blame. Now Betts, a top investment executive, must leave New York City to return to the home she thought she'd left behind forever. But spearheading the most important project of her career puts her back in contact with everything she's tried so hard to forget. Once home, can Betts keep the secret that threatens all she holds dear? Or will her fear of the past wreck her future happiness? All will be revealed on Bulls Island.
  20. "LOVE & LOYALTY" by Tere Michaels (Faith & Fidelity #2) (A+) Detective James "Jim" Shea is a Seattle homicide detective who has never taken his work home with him - until now. A case has gotten under his skin and though it's "over," it isn't for Jim. The emotional toll has left him vulnerable and tied to the victim's dying father. Meanwhile, Hollywood comes calling for a hot story and screenwriter Griffin Drake sees the tragic case as his ticket to more serious fare than his usual action blockbusters. But to get the whole story he needs to win over the stoic and protective Detective Shea. Neither has had much luck when it comes to romance or long-term relationships and neither is partricularly looking, but there's an attraction from their first meeting that can't be denied. Their impromptu first date seems to have no end in sight - quickly becomes a barrelling freight train of romance. Looming problems outside threaten their relationship - death, secrets and broken trust.
  21. "DUTY & DEVOTION" by Tere Michaels (Faith & Fidelity #3) (A+) Matt and Evan move forward to a new chapter of their lives with some surprises in store for both. Evan struggles with labels and feelings. Matt, now the ideal househusband of Queens, New York, has his own set of struggles - who is he now? What does he need and want? A visit from his friend, Jim Shea, throws everything into disarray as Evan's jealousy and unease push Matt's buttons and not always in a good way.
  22. "GARRETT" by  Linda Lael Miller (McKettrick's of Texas #12) (A)  Fast track up the political ladder, fast cars, fast women - that's Garrett McKettrick. Make that was. A scandal has brought him home to Blue River, Texas, a place where a man can slow down, take stock and plan his next move. Which doesn't include staying at the family ranch with his brothers. A city boy, Garrett doesn't think he has the land in his blood. But Blue River has other attractions, like his former high school nemesis, Julie Remington. Now a striking woman, July comes complete with a four-year-old cowboy, a three-legged beagle and deep ties to the community. Good thing they have nothing in common...except their undeniable attraction and a future brighter than the Texas sun.
  23. "BLOOD MEMORY" by Greg Iles (Natchez) (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) Catherine "Cat" Ferry i a forensic odontologist, a specialist in bite marks and the clues they provide. Her latest case ivolves a disturbing murder in New Orleans. When another victim dies in the same shocking way - raising fears that a serial killer is at large - Cat blacks out over the victim's mutilated corpse. Suspended from the FBI task force, plagued by nightmares and at odds with her married lover, Cat finally reaches her breaking point. She retreats to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, but her family's secluded antebellum estate provides no sanctuary. When some of Cat's forensic chemicals are spilled in her childhood bedroom, two bloody footprints are revealed. Cat's father was murdered when she was eight years old, but she always believed the crime occured in the garden outside their home. When she attempts a forensic reconstruction of the decades old crime, both she and the FBI realize that the murders occurring now in New Orleans are intimately bound up with Cat's family and her past. Can Cat trust her own memories? Or has the truth been so distorted that she can never know her family's real history? Finding a solution to these intertwined murders means more than stopping a remorseless killer - it may be the only way to save Cat Ferry's sanity....and her life. 
  24. "FEARLESS" by Diana Palmer (Long, Tall Texans) (abridged Audio CD) (B+) DEA agent Rodrigo Ramirez is sent undercover to Gloryanne Barne's stepbrother's farm in Jacobsville, Texas, where he's looking to bust a new and vicious drug cartel. Gloryanne is smart, savvy and fiercely independent, but her job has put her in danger from the same criminal Rodrigo is investigating. She's drawn to the enigmatic new farmhand. Rodrigo, a man who is much more than he seems. Confused and bitter about love, driven by his dangerous job, Rodrigo's not sure if his reckless offer of marriage to the oh-so-tempting Gloryanne is just a means to completing his mission or something more. But as Gloryanne's bitterweet miracle and Rodrigo's double life collide, they must face the truth about each other and decide if there's a chance for the future they both secretly desire.
  25. "YANKEE WIFE" by Linda Lael Miller (A) A year after the Civil War, courageous former Union nurse Lydia McQuire was gamely scraping out an honest living. But now, as she said yes to marrying a stranger, her knees gave way with fear. Mr. Devon Quade had seemed polite and handsome when she answered his ad for a wife. Only after Lydia had arrived in Washington territory did she learn that her bridegroom wasn't to be sweet Devon Quade, but his older brother Brigham, a widower with strapping shoulders, hands as strong as steel and an arrogant belief that he was lord and master of his lumber empire, the town of Quade's Harbor and the woman he married. Lydia's dislike of him was instantaneous...yet Brigham was awakening in her a white-hot passion and a firm resolve: before she would share his bed, he would have to surrender himself, heart and soul, to love.
  26. "AUSTIN" by Linda Lael Miller (McKetrrick's of Texas #13) (A) World champion rodeo star Austin McKettrick finally got bested by an angry bull. His career over, his love life a mess, the lone maverick has nowhere to go when the hospital releases him. Except back home to Blue River and the Silver Spur ranch. But his overachieving brothers won't allow this cowboy to brood in peace. They've even hired a nurse to speed his recovery. Paige Remington's bossy brand of TLC is driving him crazy. As is her beautiful face, sexy figure and silky black hair. Paige has lost count of how many times Austin has tried to fire her. She's not going anywhere till he's healed - body and heart. And by then her place in his life just might become permanent.
  27. "THE INNOCENT" by Harlan Coben ( abridged Audio CD) (A) Some mistakes can change your life forever. The horror of one night is forever etched in Matt Hunter's memory: the night he innocently tried to break up and fight and ended up a killer. Now, nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife, Olivia, pregnant and the two of them closing on a house in his hometown, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. In an instant, the unraveling begins. A mysterious man who had begun tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities including homicide investigator Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her own, sees all signs pointed to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt...Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.

Currently Reading -

  1. "Reilly's Return" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers)
  2. "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs (Knitting Club #1)

  Currently Listening To - 

  1. "Spellbound" by Nora Roberts (unabridged Audible)
  2. "The Crush" by Sandra Brown  (abridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order 

  1. "Sons of Fortune" by Jeffrey Archer (abridged Audio CD)
  2. "Infamous" by Suzanne Brockmann
  3. "Kiss and Tell" by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key #1)
  4. "Nowhere to Run Not Without Risk/A Man to Die For" by Susanne Brockmann
  5. "Otherwise Engaged" by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key #3)
  6. "The Kissing Game" by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key #2)
  7. "Sarah - Women of Genesis" by Orson Scott Card
  8. "Never Too Late" by Robyn Carr
  9. "A Summer in Sonoma" by Robyn Carr
  10. "An Officer and a Princess" by Carla Cassidy (Royally Wed - The Stanbury Crown)
  11. "Running Blind" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #4)
  12. "Tripwire" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #3)
  13. "Forever" by Jude Deveraux (Forever Trilogy #1)
  14. "Lavender Morning" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #1)
  15. "Ride a Painted Pony" by Kathleen Eagle
  16. "Battle Cry" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier - People of the Plains saga #4)
  17. "Full Tilt" by Janet Evanovich (Max Holt #2) (unabridged Audio Cassette)
  18. "Finding Noel" by Richard Paul Evans (unabridged Audio CD)
  19. "Almost a Lady" by Jane Feather (Almost #2)
  20. "Dark Prince" by Christeen Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #1)
  21. "Mind Game" by Christine Feehan (GhostWalkers #2)
  22. "Full of Grace" by Dorothea Benton Frank (abridged Audio CD)
  23. "The Land of Mango Sunsets" by Dorothea Benton Frank (abridged Audio CD)
  24. "A Week From Sunday" by Dorothy Garlock
  25. "Over the Line" by Cindy Gerard (Bodyguards #4)
  26. "Risk No Secrets" by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops #5)
  27. "Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets" by Kate Irene Gosselin, Beth Ann Carson
  28. "The Seance" by Heather Graham
  29. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  30. "Sarah" by Marek Halter (The Cannan Trilogy #1) (abridged Audio CD)
  31. "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah
  32. "The Devil's Punchbowl" by Greg Iles (abridged Audio CD)
  33. "Until I Find You" by John Irving
  34. "Shiver"  by Lisa Jackson (unabridged Audio CD)
  35. "Slade" by Lisa Jackson (The McCaffertys #3)
  36. "Fire and Ice"  by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  37. "Hand of Evil" by J.A. Jance (Alison Reynolds #3)
  38. "Kiss of the Bees" J.A. Jance (Brandon Walker #2)
  39. "Without Due Process" J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #10)
  40. "A Thousand Tomorrows" by Karen Kingsbury
  41. "Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas
  42. "Blue Moon" (Louisiana #3) by Jill Marie Landis
  43. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"  by Stieg Larrson (Audio MP3 CD)
  44. "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
  45. "The Prodigal" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #4)
  46. "The Sacrifice" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #3)
  47. "A Woman Without Lies" by Elizabeth Lowell (unabridged Audio CD)
  48. "Only You" by Elizabeth Lowell (Only #3)
  49. "Outlaw" by Elizabeth Lowell (Blackthorn/MacKenzie #6)
  50. "1022 Evergreen Place" by Debbie Macomber
  51. "Hannah's List" by Debbie Macomber (abridged Audio CD) (Cedar Cove #10)
  52. "Sweet Spot" by Susan Mallery (Keyes Sisters #2)
  53. "Under Her Skin" by Susan Mallery (Lone Star Sisters #1)
  54. "Body Check" by Deirdre Martin
  55. "Mother Warriors: Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds" by Jenny McCarthy
  56. "Next to Die" by Marliss Melton (Navy SEAL's #4)
  57. "Everyone Dies" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #8)
  58. "Zeke and Ned" by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
  59. "Blind Hope (An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued) Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher
  60. "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
  61. "Second Glance" Jodi Picoult
  62. "Second Sight" by Amanda Quick (abridged Audio CD) (Arcane Society #1)
  63. "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn (A Chet and Bernie Mystery)
  64. "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana" by Anne Rice (Christ the Lord #2)
  65. "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
  66. "Blind Fall" by Christopher Rice (unabridged Audio CD)
  67. "From the Heart: Tonight and Always/A Matter of Choice/Endings and Beginnings" by Nora Roberts
  68. "Night Tales: Night Shift/Night Shadow" by Nora Roberts (Night Tales #1)
  69. "Seeing Red" by Jill Shalvis
  70. "The Littlest Cowboy" by Maggie Shayne (Texas Brand #1)
  71. "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff
  72. "Sweetwater Creek" by Anne Rivers Siddon (unabridged Audio CD)
  73. "Longer Than..." by Erica Spindler (Sonny's Girls #3)
  74. "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
  75. "Home Again" by Mariah Stewart (The Chesapeake Diaries #2)
  76. "Hot Flash Club Holidays" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #3)
  77. "Hot Flash Club Strikes Again" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #2)
  78. "Beneath the Texas Sky" by Jodi Thomas
  79. "Hold on Tight" by Stephanie Tyler (Hard to Hold Trilogy #3)
  80. "Too Hot to Hold" by Stephanie Tyler (Hard to Hold Trioogy #2)
  81. "The True Love Quilting Club" by Lori Wilde (Twilight Texas #2)
  82. "Stealing Home" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #1)

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My October reading list:

Finished - 1. The Burnt Journals


Currently Reading - 1. The Tea Rose (book #1)

Next to Read- 1. The Winter Rose (book #2)

              ***those two should keop me occupied for a week to ten days......have you seen the size of them????

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 8:26 AM ET
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Fury by G.M. Ford ( Frank Corso # 1)

The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva ( Michael Osbourne # 1)

The 8th Confession by James Patterson (Women's Murder Club # 8)



Fowl Prey by Mary Daheim ( Bed& Breakfast # 2)

Night Sins by Tami Hoag ( Deer Lake # 1)

The Devil by Ken Bruen ( Jack Taylor # 8)

The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry (Cotton Malone # 1)



Deep Lie by Stuart Woods ( Will Lee #3)

Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

Dead and Kicking by Wendy Roberts ( Ghost Dusters # 3)

Holmes on The Range by Steve Hockensmith ( Holmes on the Range #1)

Die Trying by Lee Child ( Jack Reacher # 2)

Daisy Chain by G.J. Moffat

Hawke by Ted Bell ( Alexander Hawke # 1)

Until Proven Gulity by J.A. Jance ( J.P. Beaumont # 1)

Numbered Account by Christopher Reich

Dead Simple by Peter James  (Roy Grace # 1)

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"Fall of Giants: First in the Century Trilogy" by Ken Follett

I'm going to get this one started this weekend.


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  1.  The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson


  1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
  2. The Life of King Henry VIII by William Shakespeare
  3. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  4. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  5. Gerald's Game by Stephen King


  1. Different Seasons by Stephen King
  2. Desperation by Stephen King
  3. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  4. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

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I just finished "King Solomon's Mines" and I'm in the middle of "Agnes Grey."

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I just finished "The Hero's Walk" and loved it!

This evening, I started "The Help" - looks like a winner!

Mary in KY

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Currently reading the Celestine Prophecy.




1.  Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

2.  Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

3.  The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion

4.  A Hatred for Tulips - Richard Lourie

5.  Guide to Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening - Robert Bowden

6.  The Model Millionaire - Oscar Wilde

7.  Debt Free U - Zac Bissonette

8.  My French Whore - Gene Wilder

9.  Looking for Alaska - John Green

10.  Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyer

1.  House & Home - Kathleen McCleary

12.  Good In Bed - Jennifer Weiner

13.  Black Swan Green - David Mitchell

14.  Miss Invisible - Laura Jensen Walker

15.  Respect: Women & Popular Music - Dorothy Marcic

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Currently reading:  Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (it's quite good!)

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  • One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
  • Burning Bright by Ron Rash (excellent short stories)
  • The Lovers by  Vendela Vida
  • La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith

Currently Reading 

  • The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Up Next

  • Juliet by Anne Fortier
  • The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Listening to

  • Home by Marilynne Robinson

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1.  The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield : A very interesting idea.  For those who haven't read it, it's basically a philosophy/self-help book, formatted as an action adventure fiction story.  I guess to make it more readable and palatable.  The philosphies and ideals (presented as "Insights") feel kind of 90's new agey, but still seem to have value if you look past that.

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I finished Shanghai Girls.  If you loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, you will like this one as well.  I hear there is a part two to this one.  Can't wait!

Next up:  The Photograph by Penelope Lively

Gave up on:  the Photograph

Finished: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Now Reading... Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland

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Currently reading The Dead Lie Down by Sophie Hannah

Currently listening to The Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells

2010 Challenge 93/150 -  Don't think I'm going to make it. Year end total will more likely be close to my 2009 total of 123.

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46. Reading Lotlita in Tehran  by Azar Nafisi

47. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

48. The Colour of Magic by Terri Pratchett

49. Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

50. Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading's Ultimate Prize by Kate Torgovnick

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Again, these are not in any particular order, but as the mood hits.

The Edge of Town by Dorothy Garlock --- As always Garlock's books are so good. A sweet, easy read in that her writing flows so smoothly that you've read several chapters without realizing it. Every book of her's that I've read has been enjoyable and I can feel the time period she's writing about. This will be the last book for October....on to the November list.

Class Action by Catherine Arnold --- My first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. I think it must have been a continuation of another book or two from references made, so I'll have to see if I can find those two and read them.

McNally's Bluff by Lawrence Sanders  -- This is an Archy McNally mystery written by Vincent Lardo instead of Lawrence Sanders, and while it's good it doesn't have the flair of Sanders' writing.

Mistaken Identity by Lisa Scottline

3rd Degree by James Patterson --- up next

Captive of My Desires by Johanna Lindsey

The Charm School by Nelson DeMille

Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin --- I love Phillip Margolin's books. Fast-paced, engrossing plot....what if the President of the United States is a murderer? A real page-turner. 

Slayride by Dick Francis -- As always, Dick Francis writes a novel that keeps you turning the pages. He never fails to hold the reader's interest, the plot is involved and the outcome is never a foregone conclusion.

Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag

Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson

The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters --- My first book by Peters, and while I enjoyed the story it took awhile to read because of the flowery Victorian language used. The characters are engaging, I especially liked Ramses! I will read more by this author, I'll just take into account  the language.

Homeplace by Anne Rivers Siddons --- It took me awhile to finish this book. Siddons' books are not quick reads for me, I have to put them down and walk away for a time. But as always the ending makes the struggle worthwhile.

High Five by Janet Evanovich-- after that

Whisper of Evil by Kay Hooper

Summer Light by Luanne Rice --- waiting in the wings

If Looks Could Kill by Kate White -- Kate White's first novel and I thought it was very well written. I liked her writing style, the plot was well developed and it was a very enjoyable read.

Kiss Them Goodbye by Stella Cameron

Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah --- So good!!! I read it in one day....a book for anyone who's married and finding that you and your spouse have drifted apart.

New authors this month:   Kate White,     Stella Cameron,      Elizabeth Peters,    Catherine Arnold

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Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella,

Forever by Judy Blume

The Condition :: Jennifer Haigh   -

Just started:  The Last Child - John Hart

Listening to Voyager (Outlander, Bk 3)



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Margaret, The Condition is my next book to read when I finish the one I have already started. I am curious about the poor reviews now..off to check them out. 

Just started reading The Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (sp?) and so far so good. 

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Currently reading:

1. The Truelove  by Patrick O'Brian
2. A History of Warfare  by John Keegan (non-fiction)
3. Dred: a Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp  by Harriet Beecher Stowe
4  Three Lives  by Gertrude Stein
5. Rabbit, Run   by John Updike

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Subject: It's October...I am reading...
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THE TAKEN by Inger Ash Wolfe ; THE WAY I SEE IT: A PERSONAL LOOK AT AUTISM AND AUSPERGER'S by Temple Grandin;  RUN by Ann Patchett; A DEDICATED MAN - Bk.2 Insp. Banks series by Peter Robinson;  finished THE BLUE AFTERNOON by William Boyd;  Finished EVERY LAST ONE by Anna Quindlen;

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Still reading Under the Dome by Stephen King.  It's pretty big, but deceiving.  You can read through it fast. 


Also read the preface to The Know It All by A.J. Jacobs last night, so will start on that this evening. About a guy who attempts the read the whole encyclopdeia.  Says it very funny.  I hope so, I need some laughing right now!



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Self help stuff this month


  1. Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
  2. Square foot Gardening
  3. You Grow Girl
  4. Radical Homemakers
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Currently Reading:

Second Chance - Jane Green

The Beach House - James Patterson


The Other Boleyn Girl -Philippa Gregory

The History of Love - Nicole Krauss

Nobody's Child -Marie Balter

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

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Just finished Dirt Music by Tim Winston.  I have been thinking about it quite a bit.  Not a great novel, but nontheless I didn't put it down until I had finished it.  Contemporary Australia.  Some interesting characters.  The main character is pretty easy to identify with, and since she is really a lost soul, that is a little uncomfortable at times.  The male characters are also interesting without being eccentric or weird, which I think is hard to write.

Subject: great stuff!
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Just finished: The Fiction Class by Susan Breen: very touching story and very helpful and instructive in the writing area. the writer manifests writing advice in a meaningful way,Loved it!

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy: lots of crime and shoot outs with a humorless assasin killing everything in sight. McCarthy has an impressively firm grasp on Southwestern vernacular and characterization. This is my Book of the Month for September 2010.

This is my new system for listing since I have so many books going at the same time:

Bedside : Still Alice, Up in the Air,Dear American Airlines 

Purse/Bookbag: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane,The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

Restroom: East of Eden

During Commercials: Lady Lazarus,Watch Your Mouth.

Probably Up Next (flex list): The Help,Rebecca,19th Wife,Sacred Hunger.

To finish: Oryx and Crake

 Happy Reading All!!

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Subject: Play Dead by Harlen Coben
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Apparently this is a book he wrote 20 some years ago, and is just now releasing.  He makes a point of saying that if this is the first book of his your'e reading, put it down and choose another to start with.  But so far, (and I have read others by him) this is keeping my attention at 159/519 pages.