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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.

From:
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

 

Thursday Quotables – Just Mercy

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. It is a weekly feature where readers highlight a quote or quotes from their current weeks reading. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written.


Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m really stingy with my 5-star reads (or listens)h – so it seems only right that my first Thursday Quotables in several years (yikes!) is from just one of those books. The recommendation for Just Mercy came from someone in the Goodreads Audiobooks group that I am part of and I don’t regret it for a second. I’ll admit to not always being a fan of books narrated by the author – but honestly, I don’t know if anyone but Bryan could have given Bryan’s Just Mercy the passion and emotion it deserved. This is a the second book about a lawyer who has devoted his life to helping those people the most in need – people who have been sentenced to death row (the other one being the Angel of Death Row). For over twenty years, Bryan Stevenson has run Equal Justice Initative in Alabama. Just Mercy focused on one case that Bryan and his legal team fought for several years – of a black man falsely convicted and sentenced to death row. But interspersed with his story were other critical cases that guided Bryan’s career – cases that made him chose to pick the career that he did, cases that he argued before the Supreme Court, cases that he won and cases that he lost. All of the quotes for this week were though-provoking about the death penalty.

Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given. Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven’t earned it, who haven’t even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion.”

My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.

[W]e would never think it was humane to pay someone to rape people convicted of rape, or assault and abuse someone guilty of assault or abuse. Yet we were comfortable killing people who kill in part because we think we can do it in a manner that doesn’t implicate our own humanity the way that raping or abusing someone would. I couldn’t stop thinking that we don’t spend much time contemplating the details of what killing someone actually involves.

Sometimes we’re fractured by the choices we make; sometimes we’re shattered by things we would never have chosen. But our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning, and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.

Finally, I’ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated.

Fear and anger are a threat to justice. They can infect a community, a state, or a nation, and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous.

There were many other quotes that I could have featured from this book – but these were ones that I had specifically tagged on Goodreads as I was listening to Just Mercy. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to listen to next – because Just Mercy gave me a serious book hangover…

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Thursday Quotables

 

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Review – Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe – Katherine Garbera

Christmas at the Candied Apple Café
Author: Katherine Garbera
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Review Copy Provided by Author via NetGalley

Description:
There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…
Santa is coming to New York!
Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple Café is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!
Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.
If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!

Review:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…well, kinda sorta…at least the weather has started to cool down a bit (I even woke up to frost on the car earlier this week) – normally, I would wait until December to start digging into Christmas romances – but when I was offered the chance to review Christmas at the Candied Apple Café, I was intrigued by the description (as well as the whimsy of the cover) – that I said yes. It has also been a while since I’ve read anything written by Ms Garbara (like probably close to 8years), so seeing how her writing style has evolved over time was an added bonus.

Like the cover, there was something whimsical about Christmas at the Candied Apple Café – it was a story about learning to love again and moving on, to making new memories (and add in a nice bonus of a story that revolves around chocolate…which if anyone knows me knows I heartily subscribe to that lifestyle choice). While Iona wasn’t the chocolatier, she was the publicist responsible for a rather popular chocolate store who is being courted by the hero, Mads Eriksson, to be a unique store in his hotel chain. But it was Mads daughter who won me over in the writing of the story. I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for books that feature kids (especially if they are key to the story) and Sofia was an adorable, yet precocious little girl. I just wanted to have her jump off the page, so that I could give her a hug and read her a story, but alas….

The romance between Iona and Mads wasn’t anything that blew me away – it just had a nice steady development with a bit of a flash and bang at a few different spots. I was honestly more interested in both Mads relationship with his daughter and how he was going to get past a recently suffered tragedy to love again. Christmas at the Candied Apple Café was just a comfortable read – the kind of book that I would read on a snowy day, snuggled up unti a blanket on the couch with the dog warming my feet. I’d give Christmas at the Candied Apple Café 3.5 stars and a recommendation for anyone looking for a cute Christmas romance.

About Katherine Garbera:
Katherine Garbera is the USA Today best-selling author of more than 90 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature Dachshund.

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Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Book Review, Review

 

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First Line Fridays – 10 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

John Doe would never understand human ways.

From:
Firefighter Sea Dragon – Zoe Chant

I will say for the most part, many of the authors I have discovered through Kindle Unlimited have been one and done kind of books (i.e. I read one book by the author and no desire to read anymore) – however, occasionally, I find an author that I want to read more of and Zoe Chant is one of those authors. I picked up the first book in this series after I saw it recommended on the now defunct Amazon Romance forums (sad face because I always got really good book recommendations from there). Since then I’ve been reading the books in the series on and off – I just finished up book 3 earlier today and immediately downloaded book 4 because I’m curious about who John Doe actually is. Plus the whole sea dragon shifter is just intriguing, since its something totally different. Here’s to more enjoyable reads by this author and I definately recommend if you like books featuring non-traditional shifters (for the most part) and a fairly relaxed writing style.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2017 in First Line Fridays, Uncategorized

 

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