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First Line Fridays – 16 March 2018

Happy Day Before St Patrick’s Day! One of the best days of the year because its my birthday! I’m happily celebrating the 15th anniversary of my 21st year 🙂 While my choice of book for First Line Friday’s doesn’t have an Irish theme, or even any green on the cover – I know that I’m as excited as a leprechaun who found his pot of gold to start reading it!

Special Agent John Kaiser stood at the window of the FBI’s “tactical room” in the River Bend Hotel and started at the lights of Natchez twinkling high over the dark tide of the Mississippi.

All i’m saying to myself right now as I jump into book 2 in Greg Iles trilogy is “How the heck have i never read you before?!” And I can safely say, if book 3 in the trilogy hadn’t been nominated for an Audie this year in a category that I was listening to, that I would have picked him up. But since reading friends of mine told me that I needed to read the previous two books in the trilogy in order to understand book 3 and i’m soo glad i did. Even though they are huge reads at 700+ pages (the first book) and 800+ pages (book two) and culminating with 28 hours for book three. Of course, then I can go back and read the early books in the Penn Cage series…so basically, I have lots of good reading ahead of me and I can’t wait!


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


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First Line Fridays – 23 February 18

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books

I can’t believe how quickly we are flying through February – I mean admittedly, it is a short month, but the fact that March is starting to appear on the horizon just blows my mind…I’m neck deck in listening to the various audiobooks for the Armchair Audies right now – so my First Line Friday comes from the book I started on my commute yesterday.

I lay on a psychiatrist’s couch, a couch I’d named Alexander Skarsgard the moment my gaze landed on its buttery curves and wide back, and wondering if I should tell Dr. Mayfield about the dead kid scurrying across her ceiling. Probably not.


Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Blog Features, First Line Fridays


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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (19 Feb 2018)

It’s Monday – What are you reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

It’s been a while since I did a “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” Post – I blame it in part to a reading funk, being uber busy at work (and that doesn’t appear as if that is going to change any time soon). But since i’m sitting at home today on a long weekend and catching up on some TV viewing (normally I would be watching the Olympics, but i’m not a huge fan of Ice Hockey) – I felt like it was a good time to do a post. The weather in DC has been fluctuating been freezing cold (with accompanying snow or rain) and low to mid-70’s (its very confused for sure). My poor heater is currently flipping between on and off, wayyy to frequently and my heating bill isn’t appreciating it!

I’ve actually been on a pretty decent blogging roll recently as I have been busy posting my various Audies blogposts. For those of you who aren’t audiobook fans, the Audies are like the Oscars of Audiobooks – where the best of the best narrators are judged against each other to determine the winner. This is the 4th year that I have been participating in the Armchair Audies and this year, I’m psyched to say, that I am going to be co-hosting with Miss Susie from Miss Susies Reading & Observations. If you like listening to audiobooks and want to join in – check out the blog at Armchair Audies. I’ve signed myself up for 3 categories – Romance, Paranormal and Thriller/Suspense – so will be neck deep in those over the next few months (the award ceremony is scheduled for the end of May). Being that I have 16 books to listen to over the next three months (several of which are in the 20+hr range) – I’m currently neck deep in two different nominees – both in the Paranormal category. Silver Silence is a re-listen after I read it in print when it was released last year and Finding My Pack (Lane Whitt) is a new to me author and narrators. Both books run in the 10+hr range, so they should take up most of my listening for the next week and a bit.

My current/upcoming reading choices are as eclectic as always – sometimes I think my ability to jump between different genres is what keeps me partly sane. As example, the top 3 books on my pile right now are a WW2 alternate history, a women’s lit and a criminal suspense/thriller. I’m also looking forward to Rosalind James’ new book that was just released (Just Say (Hell) No, as well as Laura Kaye’s newest Blasphemy book (On His Knees. I’m sure a few other books will move their way up the pile over the next week, but these are the ones I am most looking forward to. I should also finish up I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios as well as read my ARC of Hello Stranger, the newest by Lisa Kleypas.

What about you – what are you reading or looking forward to reading this week?


Posted by on February 19, 2018 in It's Monday! What are you reading?


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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.


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



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.

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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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.

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!


Posted by on November 18, 2017 in First Line Fridays


Thursday Quotables – Just Mercy


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…


Posted by on November 16, 2017 in Thursday Quotables


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