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Personal Demon (Women of the Underworld, Bk 8)
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Well I have to say that ended very differently then I had figured. I like Hope. I'm beginning to like Karl. Poor Lucas, but he proved himself worthy of being the heir and did not even realize it! Carlos, love to hate that brat! Armen would not have approved of his sons plans! Or maybe would have preferred a different Cabal. Madness among supernaturals! Not just a human problem! Paige and Lucas are navigating the World gone Grey in high def and in technicolor! Hmmmph! What next?

IT Never hurts to ASK A Christmas Changing Picture book
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This is a changing picture book beautifully illustrated to bring happiness to the reader. It can be for children or adults as well. This is a beautiful Mary Engelbreit gift book with a cover picture of a little girl On Santa's lap asking him for all the people in the world to get along for Christmas. It has sliding tabs that change the picture and a pop up page at the end. The girl also prays for the lonely people in the world.This is a beautiful heart touching gift book for you or a friend.

Somebody Else's Child
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When her mother's elderly neighbor is shot in an apparent drive-by, Theresa Galloway finds herself prowling the streets of Sacramento in search of the killer and the dead woman's missing grandchild. In this world of crackheads and gangsters, Theresa's in over her head, but we soon see her rolling in the dirt in her Ann Klein outfit, ducking gunfire, breaking her fiberglass nails, and losing her pumps. This mystery, Grimes's first in a series starring this "intrepid soul sister" and married mother of two, won Anthony Awards for best first novel and best paperback original in 1997. Theresa is a reluctant sleuth but an appealing narrator: witty, affable, and somewhat prudish, driven as much by her domineering mother as by curiosity. Somebody Else's Child is told in her fresh and lively voice, and it's full of both smart dialogue and deftly drawn characters. Theresa's "rather excitable" mother and the children are especially well crafted.
Much of the drama here comes from Theresa's attempts to balance her job, family, and amateur-detective work, which no one seems to take seriously. Before long, it looks like Theresa's job at the California Department of Environmental Equity is being taken over by a foul-mouthed underling, her husband is having an affair with her old nemesis, and her children are running wild. Add to this the vague hostility of the white world--which works less as social commentary than as subtly realistic detail--and the sense of pervasive jeopardy escalates. When things get stressful, Theresa retreats to her bathtub.

Simeon's Bride (Michael McKenna, Bk 1)
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Nicely written (too much smoking, though) mystery set in Wales. The identity of the killer isn't a big reveal, but the story keeps your interest due to the personal interactions of the three policemen. There's a slight supernatural air but that is a very minor (and unexplored) aspect of the book.

More Ultimate Healing
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You can learn a lot just reading the table of contents.

The Escape (Survivors' Club, Bk 3)
The Escape (Survivors' Club, Bk 3)
Author: Mary Balogh
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I liked this one very much. The characters seemed real. The plot with her family was a little thin except that families sometimes do lose touch even today.

Does Anything Eat Wasps? : And 101 Other Unsettling, Witty Answers to Questions You Never Thought You Wanted to Ask
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I liked it, but its format has kind of been replaced by something called the internet.

The Hidden Family (Merchant Princes, Bk 2)
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A terrific follow up to the first novel in the series, this volume fleshes out the fascinating world of the Clan in glorious detail. Politics, intrigue, plus plotting and scheming galore. Highly recommended.

The Circle (Vintage)
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The premise is interesting, and the book stays with you long after the last page. I wish this book had chapters it bugged me that there was never a clear place to start and stop.

To Seduce a Sinner (Legend of the Four Soldiers, Bk 2)
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"I love you," he said. "Don't you know that? I would crawl through the flames of hell on my knees for you."

*SIGH*

Things Worth Remembering
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Actually a pretty good book. Unforgiveness of mother from daughter. Sad but emotions true to form.
Recommend

The Paperboy
The Paperboy
Author: Pete Dexter
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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A convicted murderer in prison in Florida is tried to be released by a female admirer and 2 Miami reporters. The story is carried by the narration of a brother of one of the reporters who lives in the small Florida town with his daddy who owns the local paper where the murder occurred. I enjoyed this one, you don't know who the culprit is until the last of the book, and you are introduced to some of the lowest white trash characters you will ever meet in print.

The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols: The Ultimate A-Z Guide from Alchemy to the Zodiac
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This book, at 684 pages, is encyclopedic in structure and length. I found fewer illustrations than I expected; perhaps one in ten entries were illustrated. The book makes up for that by explaining the symbolism of animals, elements, and geometric and mathematical concepts, for example. Symbols hail from many sources and religions. There is even the number forty-two listed as the secret of "life, the universe, and everything." It seems that mankind cannot leave anything to be what it is; everything must be a symbol of something else.

Where Do We Go From Here
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Anthology edited by Isaac Asimov. Seventeen classic science fiction stories originally published between 1934 and 1966. There is a commentary by Asimov after each one.

Starry Night
Starry Night
Author: Debbie Macomber
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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I absolutely love this book. It made me laugh out loud and at times it made my heart ache. If you are a Macomber fan and love her Christmas books then this is the book for you.

THOUGH IT'S CHRISTMASTIME, CARRIE SLAYTON, A SOCIETY-PAGE COLUMNIST, HAS OTHER THINGS ON HER MIND. SHE LONGS TO WRITE MORE SERIOUS NEWS STORIES. THEN HER EDITOR GIVES HER A CHALLENGE: SCORE THE PAPER AN INTERVIEW WITH FIN DALTON, THE NOTORIOUSLY RECLUSIVE AUTHOR. THERE'S JUST ONE PROBLEM. NO ONE KNOWS WHERE HE IS. DIGGING DEEP INTO FINN'S PAST, CARRIE DEVELOPS A THEORY. WITH HER CAREER AT STAKE, SHE FORSAKES HER FAMILY'S HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS TO FLY OUT TO THE REMOTE ALASKAN WILDERNESS. THERE SHE FINDS THE MAN IN QUESTION--A GUY MORE CHARISMATIC AND MORE STUBBORN AND MORE SEXY THAN SHE EVEN EXPECTED. AND SOON SHE IS TORN BETWEEN PURSUING THE STORY OF A LIFETIME AND FOLLOWING HER HEART.

ENJOY!

This is a special cover with a dog on the cover and her Christmas letters from several years at the end of the book. There is also a preview of Lost and Found in Cedar Cove.

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I expected a funny, quirky book about an over-stepping & over-involved mother, instead this was a spite-filled, angry story by a bratty adult son. His mother is definitely kooky & inappropriate. She's obsessed with the safety & well-being of her son (oh, the HORROR). She's broke, yet she sends him $50, $100 for pocket money. She repeatedly names him the beneficiary of her insurance policies. After reading this & his mocking responses, I really hope she found a more worthy recipient - like a charity or a DOG.

His mom has issues, but the author came across as the truly unstable, disturbed party here. He's a spoiled, jerky brat. I'm glad I found this book cheap, second-hand so as not to contribute a dime to his profits / royalties from it. Yuck.

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Never a dull moment!

Dark Tort (Goldy Schulz, Bk 13) (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
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Awesome classic Davidson!

Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl
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Growing up in the Bible Belt I could appreciate her story. My upbringing wasn't like that, but I feel like I knew girls at school for whom this was their life. I appreciated her honesty, but I did feel like she got list in the writing. There was a lot of talk of youth to adolescence -- but then we suddenly jumped to adulthood with no real explanation of her transformation from a young girl who felt like her boyfriend was Jesus to a very different adulthood.

There was a nearly full chapter that was like Bible study. I mean, it wasn't *totally* disconnected, but it was definitely disconnected from the rest of the book and felt like a distraction. But Campbell ended strong and the last page had the real gems about the real Jesus that she only found as an adult.

Hats On!: 31 Warm and Winsome Caps for Knitters
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A wonderful book of basic and not-so-basic hat patterns. The sizes range from toddler to adult extra large, plus Christmas tree ornaments.

There are very plain hats, colorwork, cables and other texture patterns; several watch caps as well as a tam, a fez, and a jester's cap, among others. There are three ear flap caps.

I have other hat knitting books, but I always seem to come back to this one.

The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shane
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This was a great book as Nora Roberts always are. I was so happy I could find it on Paperback Swap.

That Old Flame of Mine (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade, Bk 1)
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I Loved this book! The main character starts out trying to solve a murder, but winds up coming across some other surprising information. Many suspects and potential motives. And it is so well written that you forget that the fire chief's ghost isn't real! I just bought the next one in this series because I did not want to wait for it on here (since I was #41)!!

Twice Tempted (Night Prince, Bk 2)
Twice Tempted (Night Prince, Bk 2)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Leila and Vlad's relationship has grown distant. She has lost her psychic abilities and wonders if Vlad only wanted her around to use them. When Vlad tells her once again that he will never love her, Leila leaves him and returns to Marty and the circus. But someone wants her dead. An assassination attempt leaves her on the run. She doesn't know if she should contact Vlad for help, or if he is behind the attempt on her life.

This is the second book in the Night Prince trilogy. While it was an entertaining story, I thought it was light on plot. We know that Vlad really loves Leila, even though he denies it. We know he would never hurt her on purpose. And, the villains behind the attempt on Leila's life were no surprise. But the book did keep me reading steadily. I'm looking forward to the last book in the trilogy. My rating: 4 Stars.

Wicker Basketry
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Best wicker basketry book I have ever used. Clear concise instructions with very useful pictures. Useful techniques are discussed. No need for a whole basket pattern here. With this book you'll be able to learn how to put your own design together start to finish, mixing and matching techniques. I have been using this book to help teach basketry for 10+ years.

Frontier Physician: The Life and Legacy of Dr. C. Earl Albrecht
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Interesting content of a pioneer Alaskan physician and health administrator, but not particularly well written and sometimes hard to follow.

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