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Subject: Vacation
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 11:11 AM ET
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Since it seems like I'm processing requests - and most of them from this forum - almost daily anymore, I figured I better post something pretty visible and let all of you know I'm going to be on vacation (Panama City Beach) starting Thursday.  I'll be gone for about 10 days, and I'm thinking since my kids are pretty much useless for any task that doesn't involve using a game controller, and my hubby is one of those "Honey, where is my underwear?" type guys, I should probably go ahead and put my account on vacation hold either tonight or tomorrow.  I have a lot to do to get ready by Thurs.  I'm sure I'll still be posting & stuff over the next couple of days, I just don't know that I'll have much time to fiddle with requests & PO trips, and all that:P

Oh - and duh!  I almost forgot...  I need recommendations on some good beach books.  Of course, hopefully I'm going to already have them TBR, or they'll be easy to pick up quickly:P



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Date Posted: 5/19/2008 1:56 PM ET
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Kim -- great idea.  Why have undue stress leading up to a stress free vaca?  Too funny about the men in your home.   Although, I think that could be said for almost any kid or hubby.  As for the beach reads.....I loved Rachel Gibson for a fun and light read.  I know she's contemp, but she's great to pass the time with.   I would recommend See Jane Score, True Confessions or It Must Be Love.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 3:27 PM ET
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Have fun on vacation, Kim, and don't worry about the books, they'll still be here when you get back.  Putting the acccount on hold is a good idea, I think. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 3:29 PM ET
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Have fun and relax! And i agree with Monica, Rachel Gibson would be a great beach read. I'm not sure why but i almost always think contemps make great beach reads. Another one i can recommend is Katie MacAlister's contemps (Blow me down, The Corset Diaries) and if you like she also writes historicals (The Trouble with Harry). :D

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 3:48 PM ET
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Well, I bought lots of cute new outfits - which I probably won't wear half of, and Claudia - the angel - sent me two pairs of the most adorable handmade crystal & sterling silver earrings that I just can't wait to wear.  My mother-in-law lives down there - which ain't such a big thriller for me, to be brutally honest:P  But on the upside, she owns a beachfront condo, and we will move from her place over to there on Saturday, and it will be a lot more relaxing.  Gotta do the family duty and all that before I turn beach bum for the remaining 8 days:P  I have quite a few contemporaries put away, and I was thinking the same thing about them possibly making better beach books, but I don't think I have any of the ones mentioned so far.  I do have that Tara Janzen Crazy series, some SEP, Suzanne Brockman, High Energy & High Intensity, and I also need to read that Gena Showalter book, Heart Of The Dragon, at some point.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 6:18 PM ET
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i like Jennifer Crusie for funny and some of the harlequin next titles would be great for the beach or just for good reads without a lot of characters to keep track of. I also loved robyn carr's 'virgin river' books.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 6:57 PM ET
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Have fun, Kim.  I would recommend Suzanne Brockmann or Robyn Carr's Virgin River series.   I need to get the Tara Janzen Crazy series myself.  :P

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 8:20 PM ET
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Have a fun trip, Kim! Tara Janzen would be good, and I could see myself getting into a suspense on the beach...I'd end up burned to a crisp since I got lost in the book, though:)

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 10:56 PM ET
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I second Jennifer Crusie and Rachel Gibson. I also like Lori Foster and Carly Phillips.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 11:02 PM ET
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I have some Jennifer Cruise and Carly Phillips.  I've had books out on my  bed all afternoon with everything else I'm in the process of packing, trying to figure out which ones I want to take.  I got Nauti Boy today, btw.  Should I take that one?



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Date Posted: 5/21/2008 12:05 AM ET
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how (not) to have a perfect wedding by arliss ryan (i think that's the author?)

sealed with a kiss by mary margaret daughtridge

15 minutes of shame by lisa daily

the art of french kissing by kristin harmel

lori foster's new extreme fighter books (well, not really that new)

gemma halliday

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 12:16 AM ET
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Lol, i can already see it. You will pack so much books that you won't have space for anything else. That what happens to me all the time. xD

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 8:15 AM ET
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Kim -- That's so funny.  I always, always, always pack a keeper book when I'm going away.  Just in case you don't like the new stuff you're trying.  A keeper is always sure to please.  And as for Naughti Boy, I wouldn't bother.  It should have been titled As*hole Boy,  (no pun intended)........imho ;)

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 9:51 AM ET
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You're going to PCBeach?   I'm envious.   My family vacations annually about 1 hour down the road in Mexico Beach.  I love to drive over to PCB for a little mini golf and other fun, but we don't get to do it nearly often enough.

Did you know that there is a mystery series set in Panama City & Panama City Beach? It's the "Strip" series by Nancy Bartholomew - featuring a stripper with a heart of gold.  In style, it's very similar to the Stephanie Plum books, except with a little less sex - hard to believe given that the books feature a stripper - but true.  There are only four books in the series and unlikely to be any more as the author has moved onto other series.  The series gets mixed reviews, but I personally love it - and it's especially fun to read if you are familiar with Panama City.

The Miracle Strip

Drag Strip

Film Strip

Strip Poker



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Date Posted: 5/21/2008 9:59 AM ET
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Have a wonderful time, Kim! I hope you get a lot of reading in and the "family" isn't too rough to take. Drink heavily! That is what I do anyway when I get around mine and my in-laws hate me so I'm a lucky, lucky girl. :D  

Someday I dream of a vacation, lying on the beach, reading and soaking up sun. Rumor has it that we are going on another bike trip this year. I love riding behind my hubby but not for 3000 miles in 8 days which was last years vacation. lol  Oh well. Someday I will get my way, I just know it. It was my idea to buy the new bike too so I really can't say anything yet. : /

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 11:45 AM ET
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Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie is lol funny - might take the edge off if you have too much family around!   Take a GOOD keeper too just in case!

Sherri

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 8:55 PM ET
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yessssss!  Take Getting Rid of Bradley!!  And Kresley Cole has a couple of series - historicals - that are great -- If You Dare; If You Desire; If You Deceive.  And two others:  The Captain of All Pleasures; The Prince of Pleasure.  They are so good!

We'll miss you!

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 11:21 AM ET
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Kim,

 

Glad you enjoyed the earrings.  I'm touched --- don't think I've ever been called an "angel."