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Subject: What are we reading? 10/19 - 10/25
Date Posted: 10/19/2008 4:45 AM ET
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New week already!

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 4:48 AM ET
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Ellen, I didn't know Dodd had started writing the paranormal type stuff too..guess everyone's starting to write that way.

I ended up starting Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham but wasnt sure I'd make it with all the violence in the beginning. I'm still having trouble getting into the language and keeping the people straight but she does seem to write pretty well..very descriptive. this is probably one of the longer books I've attempted in a while too! 472 pages and I'm only on page 55! at work and tired but we're only busy off and on so I may get farther along before time to go home though I may have to find something lighter and easier to focus on for my before-bed reading when I get home! I think I picked a violent time to read about!

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 5:06 AM ET
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Susanna, yep, i guess a lot of writers are trying paranormal.  i actually haven't read anything else of Dodd's yet, but i did like the Darkness Chosen series.  i read the first two last October, and the third and fourth this month.

right now i'm about halfway through Charmed & Ready (Bronwyn the Witch, Bk 2) by Candace Havens, and i'm enjoying it as much as the first one so far.  it's very lightweight and funny, and so a pretty fast read.  now it's time for some sleep!

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 6:53 AM ET
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Well, I'm still reading 'Through a Dark Mist'! It's sorta gotten my attention! I'm still afraid it's gonna get 'gross' again with all the arrows going through people's eyeballs..sigh...gotta toughen up! I'm almost 1/3 through it now and have about another hour or work if they don't start bringing a bunch of work. Just hope I don't end up staying awake all morning to finish instead of sleeping!  This one sorta sucks you into the story.

I like paranormal some now but so far just the romantic stuff and/or light and funny.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 7:11 AM ET
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I started Up in Smoke last night by Katie McCalister (spelling is off I am sure)..no coffee yet..anyway I like this series better than the Aisling Grey series, it annoys me less.  But I've always loved Gabriel from the beginning.  So far I'm really liking the book. 

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 7:29 AM ET
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Ooo Susanna that sounds good! I like to read violent stuff now and then.

I am gonna try to whip through the 3 Queen Betsy books I have as fast as I can and then move on to the next Kresley Cole paranormal on my list.

 

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 7:36 AM ET
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I'm not wild about violent but I think it's par for the course for medieval or whatever time this is set it...like Robin Hood.not too good with my history! right now it's not violent but there are a couple of evil people in the story so far..just trying to get the names straight and follow what's going on was confusing at first, esp after just finishing a contemporary romance that was pretty light. there's a lot of deception/layers I think in this one...like who to believe then how to get out of what's going on. luckily the violence in the beginning was only about 12 pages but I had no idea in tha tfight who the heck was who! then the story started back at the beginning so I'm assuming it's gonna end in that same fight scene. It's kept my attention though and that' shard to do once I'm tired here at work! don't know if I'm gonna read all 3 back to back though..depends I guess. I'm not sure if the people i this one show uo in the next 2 or not but from what others have said the 3rd book, The Last Arrow, is supposed to be the best!

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 8:49 AM ET
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I have been in a reading slump for so long that I have been reading the same books forever but here goes....

A Highlander Never Surrenders by Paula Quinn

Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros

Over Hexed by Vicki Taylor Lewis

A couple books not in the Romance genre too. My goal is to finish all started books before the end of the month.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 10:27 AM ET
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Susanna, on the other hand, I may not like that book after all. I dislike books that start off with a scene and then go back in time, as you described. I remember reading a book like that, set in medeival times, too, and I couldn't stand it. I don't remember what it was, though! For all I know, it could be the one you are reading LOL

 

Anne

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 11:32 AM ET
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I am reading Colleen Gleason's Rises in the Night.    I have not been reading too much lately due to exams.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 11:56 AM ET
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Through A Dark Mist does begin with the final scene.  It's not exactly a fight so much as the hero's (and heroine's) final confrontation with the villain and his minions.  In other words, there's more than just a fight going on.  It's everyone - the symbolic Robin Hood & his merry men - escaping & fighting their way out of a life or death situation.  Susanna, I wish I could tell you it doesn't get more violent:P  It does though.  There are scenes (and more than one of them) in all three books that you in particular will probably have a difficult time with.  I know that because some of those scenes shook me up a little, and I'm pretty insensitive in that way.  Marsha Canham often makes her villains especially brutal, particularly in this series, and I think it contributes to the medieval feel of the stories.  You said you think you picked a violent time period to read about.  Actually, that's very true, but it's surprising how many books there are out there, set in the same time period, that convey nothing of the harsh realities of that time period.  A certain level of disregard for the value of human life, even if it is subtly conveyed.  That, to me, is an essential quality for a really good, period accurate medieval; that element of brutality, or harsh reality, conveyed somehow through the story.  It doesn't have to be rubbed in your face, but I think it needs to be represented in some way.  And yeah, in answer to your question about the characters, many of the same characters either show up, or are present throughout the entire trilogy.  Sort of like Robin Hood changes, but the merry men remain the same:P  That may not make a lot of sense right now, but by the time you get to The Last Arrow, it will.



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Date Posted: 10/19/2008 12:36 PM ET
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This morning I finished Seduce Me At Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas. I thought it was good. She has definitely left it open for more books in the series. I would like to see a book with Beatrix as the heroine. She is the youngest Hathaway sibling who collects animals, steals things when she's stressed and has very strong opinions. This book is the story of Win Hathaway and Merripen the Rom that has lived with their family since their father found him injured as a boy.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 1:57 PM ET
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I just finished 3 of the best romance novels I have read

1. Seduce me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas -- I have been eagerly awaiting Merripen and Win's story and it definatley didn't disappoint

2. Ms. Match by Jo Leigh -- a short harlequin but I really felt like these two fell in love, not just lust like in most harlequins

3. Morning Glory by LaVerle Spencer-- you ladies have been raving about it so much that I just had to see what all the fuss was about and all I have to say is WOW!!!

I have no idea what to read next, I know its going to be a disappointment after these 3 fabulous reads.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 2:15 PM ET
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I really enjoyed Seduce me at Sunrise too.  I didn't put it on my keeper shelf, but it was really close.  I too can't wait for Beatrix's story. 

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 3:03 PM ET
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I decided not to keep Seduce Me At Sunrise too. I figured since it doesn't look like the next book will be out anytime soon and newer Kleypas books seem to be plentiful at PBS, that I would pass it on to someone else to read.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 3:27 PM ET
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You guys are making me glad I decided to wait for the library to have SMaS. I was disappointed in Meet Me at Midnight, so didn't want to buy.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 3:40 PM ET
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I haven't been in here in a while...I've been reading swap book after swap book it seems, and once I reveal, I forget to come in here and chat:(

I read The Mercenary (Men of T-FLAC, Bk 1) by Cherry Adair and Kiss and Tell (Men of T-FLAC, Bk 2)  by Cherry Adair and both were really good, but I especially liked Kiss and Tell! However, why in the world does she turn the series paranormal?? It seems that it was book 8 that I noticed it! Not fair, since I just won't read it...oh well.

I also read Cold Night, Warm Stranger by Jill Gregory, it was a reaaly great read!

I just finished another swap book, and haven't revealed it yet...

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 3:48 PM ET
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I am currently reading 'Mr Cabendish, I Persume' by Quinn (I started it last night).  Then I will start 'Seduce me at sunrise'.  I also am reading thru the Bridgerton series and Cynster series.  I really like both series but there are so many books!! I read fairly fast concidering that I work full time and have a family. 

I am disappointed to hear about what is being said about SMaS.  I really liked 'Meet me at Midnight' and was eagerly anticipating the next book.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 4:13 PM ET
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Brandy, another LaVyrle Spencer I liked was That Camden Summer - you might give it a look. It takes place in Maine, in early 20th c., and has another of Spencer's lovable beta heroes (although he does have one spurt of alpha that I admired!).

I'm on book 3 in Kathleen O'Reilly's Sexy O'Sullivan trilogy - Nightcap - it's been a fun series. It's Blaze, so it's short and hot. Still, she writes wonderful, credible heroes/heroines and plotlines, even with the limits of fewer words/wordcount. I'm still working on the audio book, Hot Ice by Nora Roberts, as well.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 4:50 PM ET
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I finished Dragon's Rise by Tielle St Clare and it was pretty good. I'm going to start Megan's Mark by Lora Leigh sometime today.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 5:31 PM ET
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About to finish up Highland Rogue by Tess Mallory - its been good.  Not great, but good.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 5:43 PM ET
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I finished the One Forbidden Evening by Jo  Goodman.  I am glad I didnt ditch it, and I almost did because it seemed to drag on for 150-220 pages in the beginning, well I am glad I stuck it out, the mystery part was good, I didn't expect the stuff that was revealed, the love scenes were especially intense in this book.  Heck,  I would recommend this book to people just for the love scenes LOL..... All in all, I liked it.

Now I am eyeing My Fair Mistress by Tracy Anne Warren, a new author for me.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 5:46 PM ET
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*yawn* trying to wake up! I need some of ya'll to come over here and  help me organize my books so I know what I have!I *know* I have books by some authors but can't find them and dont remember exactly which title(s) I have so I'm stuck trying to complete the series!

I think everything's going paranormal now Eileen. I didn't care much for it either but this past year or two I've gotten more into the lighter stuff though I still want contemporaries and 'regular' historicals.

Kim, I'm just gonna have to toughen myself up..I'm almost halfway through..well somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2(ok I'm weird in that I like to know when I'm at certain 'milestones' in a book sometimes!) I've ignored the discussion about boiling servants in oil and making them into a weiner roast, and shooting people with arrows..I guess this kind of stuff went on and as I said I know I picked a violent time in history to read about(or Ive just been lucky to not read a detailed discussion about the regency LOL!) but I have to admit that the book has totally captured my attention! It's almost like I'm there watching all this happen first-hand.

Anne, the flashback is just that once time I think and as I said the character's names meant nothing really. In fact, after reading I flipped back to see if that was the name mentioned! It you could probably skip the prologue if you want to just be surprised. I thought it was pretty violent though :-( graphic at least. but darn it I HAVE to finish this sucker then of course the next 2 but I may take a break with Julia Quinn or a contemporary or something :-) who knows!

Tried starting a different book with shorter stories in it before bed but didnt' get too far..maybe 5 pages LOL!

ETa: and ok I'm embarrassed to admit but I've never watched all of Robin Hood itself *blush* I'm SO far behind on culture! hven't read the book either!



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Date Posted: 10/19/2008 6:21 PM ET
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I'm about halfway through Not Another Bad Date and liking it more than I expected to. It's awfully crowded though, with a lot of unfunny, non-romantic stuff like disturbed teeanged girls and at-risk pregnancies and various stuff I'm not really looking for when I pick a funny romance. :-\

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 8:09 PM ET
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I finished Hot Ticket and read Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz--book 2 of the Blue Bloods series. I'm really enjoying all the YA paranormal series out there. Now I'm reading If There Be Dragons by Kay Hooper.

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