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First Line Fridays – 16 February 2018

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books

It’s Valentine Day’s week for First Line Friday’s this week! I’m an avid romance reader, so this week it was more about deciding which of the various romances I have on the pile was going to be featured – so in true Dee fashion – I closed my eyes and did an enny-meanie-minie-mo to select and the winner was….

Maggie Sullivan sought refuge in the stairwell between the sixth and sevenths floors at the far west end of the hospital, the steps least traveled in interns and residents racing from floor to floor, from emergency to emergency.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Blog Features, First Line Fridays

 

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The 2018 Audies are here!

For avid audiobook listeners, the day that nominees for the annual Audie Awards are announced is tatamount to the Oscar nominations. And unfortunately, while I can’t see the live tweeting of nominees because work so kindly blocks social media (I know, HOW DARE THEY? RIGHT!!), as soon as I left work today, I was eagerly scrolling through my twitter feed to see the nominees for the 26 different categories that are featured.

One of the problems with the Audies nominees is that to-be-read (or listened) list rapidly grows as soon as I start looking at all the books I want to listen to (or read if my library doesn’t have in audio). I also end up adding various series books for those audiobook nominees that are part of a series (my OCD doesn’t let me read books out of a series). It also exposes me to new authors and narrators I’ve never read before or listened to previously. I know that I’m looking forward to listen to the three categories that I’ve picked for this years Armchair Audies!

AUDIO DRAMA
★Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi by Paul McCusker, narrated by over 30 actors including Joseph Timms, Owen Teale, and Geoffrey Palmer, published by Augustine Institute
★Cicero by David Llewellyn, narrated by Samuel Barnett and George Naylor, published by Big Finish Productions
★The Mean, written and narrated by John Arthur Long, published by Blackstone Publishing
★Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson and Marty Ross, narrated by Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, Owen Teale, and Gerran Howell, published by Audible Studios
★The Tug of War by David Rambo, performed by Matthew Arkin, Hugo Armstrong, Seamus Dever, Matthew Floyd Miller, James Morrison, David Selby, Rich Sommer, Josh Stamberg, Nick Toren, John Vickery, and Jules Willcox, published by LA Theatre Works

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
★Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, written and narrated by Al Franken, published by Hachette Audio
★Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios
★Born to Run, written and narrated by Bruce Springsteen, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Nevertheless, written and narrated by Alec Baldwin, published by HarperAudio
★We’re Going to Need More Wine, written and narrated by Gabrielle Union, published by HarperAudio
★What Happened, written and narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

BEST FEMALE NARRATOR
★The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, published by HarperAudio
★Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams, published by Audible Studios
★The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio
★The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks) by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee, published by Audible Studios
★The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio

BEST MALE NARRATOR
★Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios
★The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, narrated by Christian Coulson, published by HarperAudio
★Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio
★Murder on the Orient Express (movie tie-in) by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, published by HarperAudio
★Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry, narrated by Stephen Fry, published by Audible Studio

BUSINESS/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
★Do More Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier, narrated by Daniel Maté, published by Post Hypnotic Press Inc.
★Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Rene Ruiz, and Alex Hyde-White, published by Novel Audio
★How to Work for an Idiot (Revised and Expanded with More Idiots, More Insanity, and More Incompetency): Survive and Thrive Without Killing Your Boss by John Hoover, narrated by Brian Sutherland, published by Audible Studios
★Peak Performance by Brad Stullberg and Steve Magness, narrated by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing
★Unfu*k Yourself, written and narrated by Gary John Bishop, published by HarperAudio

EROTICA
★Claim & Protect by Rhenna Morgan, narrated by John Lane, published by Harlequin Audio
★His Alone by Alexa Riley, narrated by Summer Morton and Jay Crow, published by Harlequin Audio
★More Than Want You by Shayla Black, narrated by Christian Fox, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy, narrated by Joe Arden, published by Brilliance Publishing
★Taking Turns: The Turning Series, Book 1 by JA Huss, narrated by Ava Erickson, Sebastian York, Tad Branson, and Joe Arden, published by Oh My Audiobooks

FANTASY
★Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neil, published by Recorded Books
★The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis A. Campbell, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Skullsworn by Brian Stavely, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, published by Brilliance Publishing
★Snake Eyes by John Conroe, narrated by James Patrick Cronin, published by Audible Studios
★Spellmonger: The Spellmonger Series, Book 1 by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee, published by Podium Publishing
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, narrated by Kate Reading, published by Simon & Schuster Audio

FICTION
★An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney, narrated by Rachel Atkins, published by Harlequin Audio
★Beartown by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron, published by Penguin Audio
★I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi, narrated by Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, and Therese Plummer, published by Macmillan Audio
★The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel by Nancy Peacock, narrated by JD Jackson, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio

HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY
★Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud by Shaun Considine, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Graymalkin Media
★Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope by Wendy Holden, narrated by Elizabeth Wiley, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Code Girls by Liza Mundy, narrated by Erin Bennett, published by Hachette Audio
★The Home Front: Life in America During World War II an Audible Original, narrated by Martin Sheen, published by Audible Originals
★Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, narrated by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews, published by Dreamscape Media
★My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King as told to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, narrated by Phylicia Rashad and January LaVoy, published by Macmillan Audio

HUMOR
★The Book of Leon by Leon Black (JB Smoove) and Iris Bahr, narrated by Leon Black (JB Smoove), published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Carpet Diem: Or…How to Save the World by Accident by Justin Lee Anderson, narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart and Neil Strauss, narrated by Kevin Hart, published by Audible Studios
★Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett & Link, narrated by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, published by Audible Studios
★The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, written and narrated by Paula Poundstone, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED FICTION
★Captain Bayley’s Heir by G.A. Henty, narrated by Brian Blessed, John Rhys-Davies, Jade Williams, Ian Porter, Finty Williams, David Shaw-Parker, and a full cast, published by Heirloom Audio Productions
★Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson, narrated by Nancy Peterson, published by Two Words Publishing | Tyndale House (print publisher)
★Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis, narrated by Christina Moore with Stephanie Cozart, published by Recorded Books
★Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books
★The Trials of Saint Patrick by Paul McCusker, narrated by over 30 actors including John Rhys-Davies, published by Augustine Institute

INSPIRATIONAL/FAITH-BASED NON-FICTION
★Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, published by HighBridge Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★The Mission Walker by Edie Littlefield Sundby, narrated by Jaimee Paul, published by Thomas Nelson
★Of Mess and Moxie, written and narrated by Jen Hatmaker, published by Thomas Nelson
★The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World, written and narrated by Lisa Harper, published by christianaudio, a division of Recorded Books
★Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, written and narrated by Agapi Stassinopoulos, published by Random House Audio
★We Stood upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson, narrated by John McLain, published by Oasis Audio, LLC.

LITERARY FICTION & CLASSICS
★Beast by Paul Kingsnorth, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Daisy Miller by Henry James, narrated by Kitty Hendrix, published by Spoken Realms (formerly Listen 2 a Book)
★Dracula by Bram Stoker, narrated by Nick Sandys, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios
★House of Names by Colm Toibin, narrated by Juliet Stevenson, et al., published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope, narrated by David Shaw-Parker, published by Naxos AudioBooks

MIDDLE GRADE
★The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, written and narrated by Pablo Cartaya, published by Listening Library
★Patina by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Heather Alicia Simms, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★Refugee by Alan Gratz, narrated by Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, and Assaf Cohen, published by Scholastic Audio
★See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello and a full cast, published by Listening Library
★Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, narrated by Johnny Heller and Maxwell Glick, published by HarperAudio

MULTI-VOICED PERFORMANCE
★Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others, published by Random House Audio
★Restart by Gordon Korman, narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, and John Kroft, published by Recorded Books
★The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Alma Cuervo, Robin Miles, and Julia Whelan, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, and others, published by Simon & Schuster Audio
★The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

MYSTERY
★The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Random House Audio
★Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst, published by Macmillan Audio
★Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond, published by HarperAudio
★On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service: A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book 11 by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, published by Audible Studios
★Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin, published by Macmillan Audio

NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR or AUTHORS
★Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, written and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, published by Blackstone Publishing
★Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, written and narrated by Trevor Noah, published by Audible Studios
★Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & a Good Cry, written and narrated by Nikki Giovanni, published by HarperAudio
★Norse Mythology, written and narrated by Neil Gaiman, published by HarperAudio
★This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

NON-FICTION
★American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee, narrated by Mark Bramhall, published by Random House Audio
★The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson, written and narrated by Jon Ronson, published by Audible Originals
★Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Macmillan Audio
★Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, narrated by Kimberly Farr, published by Random House Audio
★This Fight Is Our Fight, written and narrated by Elizabeth Warren, published by Macmillan Audio

ORIGINAL WORK
★The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast, published by Audible Studios
★Mother Go by James Patrick Kelly, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Audible Original Publishing
★Nevertheless We Persisted, edited by Tanya Eby, written by Amy Oestreicher, Cat Gould, Charlotte McKinnon, Christa Lewis, Christina St. Clair, Danielle Dayney, Deepti Gupta, Echo Aspnes, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Jack Arkel, Jacqueline Pick, Janina Edward, Jerrianne Hayslett, Karen Randall, Karen White, Kass Hillard, Laura Schmidt, Lauren Ezzo, Lily Schmidt, Mark Blickley, Martha McSweeney Brower, Nancy Wagner, Rodney Vaccaro, Sandy Logan, Sahana Kumar, Sue Pitkin, Tanya Eby, Tamara Hansen, Tammy Scott, Tricia Lowther, and Viji Chary, narrated by Amy Landon, Amy McFadden, Bailey Carr, Cat Gould, Christa Lewis, Deepti Gupta, Emily Beresford, Emily Sutton-Smith, Erin Bennett, Erin Mallon, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Julie McKay, Lauren Ezzo, Lauri Jo Daniels, James Patrick Cronin, Janina Edwards, Karen White, Kate Rudd, Nancy Wagner, Nicol Zanzarella, Mark Kamish, Paul Heitsch, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Sue Pitkin, and Tanya Eby, published by Blunder Woman Productions
★Rebuttal by Jyotsna Hariharan, narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta, Peter Ganim, and Dan Bittner, published by HarperAudio
★Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson, narrated by Richard Armitage, published by Audible Studios

PARANORMAL
★Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2 by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam, published by Audible Studios
★Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King, published by Macmillan Audio
★Finding My Pack by Lane Whitt, narrated by Cooper North and Aletha George, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books
★Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, Ray Porter, Kristoffer Tabori, and Kasey Lansdale, published by Blackstone Publishing
★Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe, published by Tantor Audio, a division of Recorded Books

ROMANCE
★Any Day Now by Robyn Carr, narrated by Therese Plummer, published by Recorded Books
★Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson, narrated by Andi Arndt and Joe Arden, published by J. Bengtsson
★Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, narrated by Mary Jane Wells, published by HarperAudio
★The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown, narrated by Donna Postel, published by Brilliance Publishing

SCIENCE FICTION
★Battlefront II: Inferno Squad (Star Wars) by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar, published by Random House Audio
★New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld, published by Hachette Audio
★Provenance by Ann Leckie, narrated by Adjoa Andoh, published by Hachette Audio
★The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by a Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio
★The X-Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Bruce Harwood, published by Audible Studios

SHORT STORIES/COLLECTIONS
★Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Audible Studios
★Good Behavior by Blake Crouch, narrated by Blake Crouch and Julia Whelan, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo, narrated by Lauren Fortgang, published by Audible Studios
★Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski, edited by Gail Chiarrello, narrated by Will Patton, published by Audible Studios
★You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie, published by Hachette Audio Books

THRILLER/SUSPENSE
★The Breakdown by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire, published by Macmillan Audio
★Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber, published by Brilliance Publishing
★The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer, published by Hachette Audio
★The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton, published by Recorded Books
★A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander, published by Penguin Audio
★Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick, published by HarperAudio

YOUNG ADULT
★Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy, published by Listening Library
★Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas, published by Scholastic Audio
★The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio
★Solo by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander, music by Randy Preston, published by Blink
★You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others, published by Listening Library

YOUNG LISTENERS (up to age 8)
★Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins, narrated by Robertson Dean, published by Weston Woods Studios Inc
★Poem for Peter by Andrea Davis Pinkney, narrated by Channie Waites, published by Recorded Books
★Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, narrated by Davina Porter, published by Recorded Books
★A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, narrated by Jim Dale, published by Macmillan Audio
★Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Live Oak Media

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2018 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events

 

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Review – Scent of the Missing – Susannah Charleston

Scent of the Missing
Author: Susannah Charleston
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Description:
In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper of an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face. Once she qualified to train a dog of her own, she adopted Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever puppy who exhibited unique aptitudes as a working dog but who was less interested in the role of compliant house pet. Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle’s adventures as they search for the missing lost teen, an Alzheimer’s patient wandering in the cold, signs of the crew amid the debris of the space shuttle Columbia disaster and unravel the mystery of the bond between humans and dogs.

Review:
I’m a TV crime show buff – most of the time if you check out my recent shows on Hulu, you will see things like Law and Order, Blue Bloods or Chicago PD in my recently viewed shows. Ocassionally, i’ll be watching one of these shows and i’ll see a peak of people working a crime scene and cadaver dogs searching for bodies at the potential dump site for a serial killer. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of search dogs and when Scent of the Missing popped up as a potential book for a reading challenge, I opted to read it and find out just a bit more.

Scent of the Missing intertwines chapters of training scenarios where the author worked as a volunteer with chapters dedicated to the training of a Search and Rescue dog – specific for this book, a Golden Retriever called Puzzle (or Puzz as she is referred to throughout). I have to admit that I was surprised by the amount of training that it took to ensure that a dog was fully qualified. I mean I knew that you didn’t just get a dog one day and they were qualified as a search dog the next – but the evolution of a search dog from a puppy (Susannah got Puzzle from a breeder when she was 8 weeks old and had been involved with selecting the right puppy before they were even available to take home) to a fully qualified dog around 2 years of age (when Puzzle finished her official certification).

I thought that the author did a good job balancing real life searches where she provided support to other handler’s and their dogs with the training that she was going through with Puzzle (oftentimes at the same time). I found her volunteering to be a victim as part of training scenarios to be intriguing and something that I would love to potentially do in the future (or the same could be said for volunteering in mass casualty training scenarios). ultimately, I gave Scent of the Missing 3.5 stars because it was a solid enjoyable read, but didn’t completely blow me away. I also didn’t find myself too emotionally invested in any of the searches (as I have found myself in other non-fiction books).

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Book Review, Review

 

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Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up – January 2018

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Its been a couple of years since I used this feature, but since I recently found myself diving back into the Mercy Thompson series (after a 2 year hiatus), I thought it was a good chance to highlight another series that I have in progress.

Mercy Thompson
Living in the Pacific Northwest, Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a Native American “walker” who can shift at will into coyote form. In a feminist twist, she owns her own garage where she repairs mostly German cars. In this world, paranormal beings are gradually making themselves known to the public, beginning with the lesser creatures (e.g., brownies, gremlins, elves, garden sprites) and gradually moving to the greater beings (e.g., werewolves). Vampires are still hidden from public knowledge. There are currently 10 full novels in the series, with book 11 due out sometime in 2018/19 (no date known yet). There are also a variety of short stories that flesh out secondary characters and a couple of graphic novels. So lots of reading to do for anyone if they are interested. There is also another series (Alpha and Omega) that is set in the same world as Mercy Thompson, once you finish her books (I’ll admit that I haven’t started it yet…)

I’m not exactly sure why i put the series aside – I think it might be that I got caught up with the series and then got distracted with other stuff while waiting for a new release to come out. But I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up book 6 (River Marked) that I felt like I was joining old friends again. I enjoyed it so much that I rolled right into the next book in thhae series (Frost Burned) and I have the next 3 books tee’d up to listen to. Its been a while since i’ve had a full-on binge read (or listen) of a series – but I have a feeling that is going to happen as I get caught up on the Mercy Thompson series.

Have you read the Mercy Thompson series? If so, what is your favorite book?

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2018 in Seriously Saturday Series

 

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First Line Fridays – 5 January 2017

First Line Friday’s is a weekly feature, hosted by Hoarding Books – so grab a book off your pile and share the first line

“Man, I’m hot.” Dakota Savage tossed the paint roller back into the plan, then wrenched off her respirator and goggles with a sign of relief.

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Silver-Tongued Devil – Rosalind James

I’ve been a Rosalind James fan since I read her first romance, Just This Once in 2012 (wow, looking back I can’t believe its been that long now). Anyways, I used to devour her books as soon as I got my hot little mitts on them – yet, somehow, I either missed this book when I was released (although I found it in my kindle archives) or I decided to save it for the rainy day that never came. So I not only have the first book in her new series to look forward to, but also the second one that came out mid-2017. (insert happy dance gif here!)

now its time to go and curl up and get to reading (especially since it is ridiculously cold outside in Ohio right now)

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2018 in First Line Fridays

 

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2018 – First Book of the Year

Wow, I just realized that 6 weeks has gone by since I last posted…it seems like just yesterday! I’ve been thinking over the course of the last couple of weeks, how fast 2017 flew by…it seems like just yesterday I was doing my post for First Book of 2017 and now we are into 2018.

I honestly wasn’t sure what my first book of the year was going to be up until about 11pm on New Years Eve. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been earning some extra money driving for Lyft (similar to Uber, but seems slightly less popular). Anyways, in true enterprising fashion, I headed out on New Years Eve, the plan was to drive a couple of hours, head home take a nap and then head out around midnight for some more fun. How wrong I was – one of my early rides (around 8pm) took me into DC and I basically stayed there all night. With the exception of maybe 30min down time right before and after the ball dropped – I was on the go all night.

Anyways, while I was waiting for one of my passengers to show up, I was flipping through my various reading challenge lists and trying to figure out how I wanted to start off the new year! Did I go with a favorite author (like Kimberly Kincaide) or a favorite genre (well, romance duh!) or did I go with something different…ultimately I decided to go with something different but fit at least 3 reading challenges that I am doing in various groups on Goodreads…so without further ado…my first book of the year is…

Also, In lieu of my oh-so-fantastic photography skills…on the ipod is my first full audiobook of the year (I have one in progress with about an hour left). The first audiobooks is the second book in Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series – The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in General

 

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First Line Fridays – 17 November 2017

First Line Friday’s is a weekly feature, hosted by Hoarding Books – so grab a book off your pile and share the first line

Lynn Masters stood with sore feet and the beginnings of a knot in her back, looking over the patient board and saw with more than a bit of satisfaction that it was just about clear.

From:
Chasing a Chance – Drea Stein

I’ve had Chasing a Chance borrowed from Kindle Unlimited for several months now – I dived into Drea Stein’s series a few months ago and then (in true Dee fashion) got distracted with one of my many other books to read and forgot to come back to Chasing a Chance. So when I was flicking through potential books just hanging out all lonely on my kindle, I found this poor neglected book and tee’d it up to read over the weekend. There is something just fresh about Ms Stein’s writing that keeps me engaged – especially when I was going through a reading slump a few months ago. Here’s to another solid read from her!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in First Line Fridays