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Book Club 5 ~ December 30, 2012
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I decided it was time to start a new thread. Here's the link to book club 4 if you'd like to look back and see what you missed....

5 years ago

I finished Midnight's Warrior by Donna Grant and it was an excellent book, one I had a hard time putting down especially near the end. I give it 5 stars.


I started reading Toil and Trouble by HP Mallory which is the second book in a series about magickal creatures such as werewolves, witches, warlocks, vampires,  and the Fae. The main character is a woman named Jolie and she can bring the dead back to life. There are 2 magickal factions that want her for themselves so a war is started. The series is as follows ~

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble {was a free book for your Kindle}

Toil and Trouble

Witchful Thinking

The Witch is Back

Something Witchy this Way Comes

And here's the summary for Toil and Trouble ~

The Underworld in civil war.The cause? A witch who can reanimate the dead.A sexy as sin vampire determined to claim her.An infuriatingly handsome warlock torn between duty and love.Who says blonds have more fun?After defending herself against fairy magic, Jolie Wilkins wakes to find her world turned upside down ”the creatures of the Underworld on the precipice of war.The Underworld is polarized in a battle of witch against witch, creature against creature, led by the villainous Bella, who would be Queen.While Jolie has one goal in mind, to stake the vampire, Ryder, who nearly killed her, she also must choose between the affections of her warlock employer, Rand, and the mysteriously sexy vampire, Sinjin.And as if that weren "t enough to ruin a girl "s day, everything Jolie knows will be turned inside out when she "s thrust into the shock of a lifetime.Toil and Trouble is the second book in the Jolie Wilkins series, the follow up to Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

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Hi Darla, thank you for making a new thread here for the book club. Today I thought my Kindle was completely broken. From last night actually. Would not turn on, no picture on the screen. So I thought maybe I accidently left it on and needed to be charged, did that and still nothing. So went to Amazon to trouble shoot on my Kindle. I tried several times to restart it and nothing. Somehow the last time I tried and prayed to God for it to work. Did the holding down the button for 20 seconds then let go. Nothing, then a few seconds later a picture tried to come up, finally it restarted. I don't know why it was acting up but it is back to normal and so happy. I really thought I lost everything I downloaded on there.

When this started, I finally got into reading "The Eye of the Crystal Ball". Got to an interesting point of the story and really thought oh no, I am not going to be able to finish it unless I look for the book to get. So far I am liking the story and shall tell you how I'll rate it. Just had to share my little mishap with my Kindle. Hope you all have a Happy New Years!

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Sally, sorry your Kindle was acting up and glad you got it back up and running. I had a mishap with my Kindle as well. I had 6 books that I'd purchased {4 of them were free} but they weren't showing up on my Kindle. On Amazon, when I went to the manage your Kindle page it showed the books as waiting to download but nothing I did would make them show up so finally I had the Kindle support call me. I was told I'd need a password to get the wireless thingy {can't thing of the word I want} to activate but my son set up my Kindle so I didn't have it. Well, my son called and he and Ray did something and the books showed up! Glad you're enjoying "Eye of the Crystal Ball". Look forward to hearing how you rate it. And you're welcome for the new thread.


Well, I just couldn't get into Toil and Trouble. I'm going to try again but I doubt it'll go anywhere so most likely I won't be finishing that series. It's jsut that I'm sitting there wondering why I'm reading this book when there are others to be read and that's not good. If I can't escape into the story then I don't want to read it.


I'm reading The Accidental Genie by Dakota Cassidy and I got about 3/4 of the way thru it this morning so it's a very good book I really didn't want to put it down to get on the computer. It's part of a series about people who are accidentally turned into something paranormal. Then the first three women it happens to form a helpline for others who have been accidentally turned. It's a great series and one I highly recommend. The books are ~

The Accidental Werewolf

Accidentally Dead

The Accidental Human

Accidentally Demonic

Accidentally Catty

Accidentally Dead, Again

The Accidental Genie

And here's the summary of The Accidental Genie ~

Jeannie Carlyle is a caterer extraordinaire, more than ready to handle any challenge thrown at her. But when her client asks her to open up a rare bottle of gin for a party, Jeannie is shocked when a guy in poofy pants pops out and she gets sucked inside. Trapped in the bottle, Jeannie does the only thing she can think of and uses her cell phone to search the term &ldquoaranormal” and finds the number for OOPS—Out in the Open Paranormal Support. Until he sets her free. Werewolf Sloan Flaherty isn’t keen on dealing with distraught women, especially since his sister-in-law Marty basically forced him to man the OOPS phones. But when Jeannie calls in a panic, Sloan is the only one available to find Jeannie’s bottle. After giving it a good rub, Jeannie emerges dressed like a character from Arabian Nights and starts calling Sloan “Master.” Now, they need to figure out how to break their unwanted bond, before the wishes Jeannie can’t stop granting get them into more trouble than even the OOPS girls can handle…

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Oh, almost forgot. duh! Happy New Year!

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Hi Darla
Sounds like The Accidental Genie could be a fun read! No point in wasting your time on Toil and Trouble when there are plenty of good books at hand.

Linda, a cohost in my art group posted Norman Rockwell's Bookworm - and I loved it. Got myself a copy in my photobucket, thinking it might be appreciated in the book club....I believe the character in Rockwell's painting might be giving that book a 5!
Bookworm, Norman Rockwell

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I just finished reading a goodie, THE WINNER by David Baldacci. Now I can start on QUICKSAND by Iris Johansen. Has any one else read it?


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Thubten, thanks for the picture of Norman Rockwell's Bookworm. Yes, The Accidental Genie was a fantastic read. I give it 5 stars for sure.


Sugar, haven't read either of those books but I have read some of Iris Johansen's books and found them to be great.


I'm now reading Daughter of the Spellcaster which is the second book in a series by Maggie Shayne about past lives of 3 sisters and their lovers and the people who are living them in the present. The books so far are

Mark of the Witch

Daughter of the Spellcaster

The summary of Daughter of the Spellcaster is as follows

Lena Dunkirk is a practicing witch, Ryan McNally a wealthy playboy. Logic says mismatch, yet from the first they share a passion that defies reason, as if they know each other from another place, another time. Then Lena gets pregnant and runs for the safety of home.

Months later, when Ryan appears at her door looking to help raise their child, Lena doesn't know whom to trust-particularly now that "guru to the stars" Bahru has taken an interest in her baby, offering gifts forged of magic.

Soon she and Ryan are sharing eerie dreams of ancient lands, while a vengeful demon plots to take possession of their child. As the moment of birth approaches, the demon's power rises, forcing the hand of love to wield the blade that will decide the fate of a child's soul-and the future of the world.

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I've read all of Iris Johansen Eve duncan series. Sugar you should like it. If you get a chance you need to read the follow up. Quinn, Bonnie & Eve. I'm rereading books just finished  Jude Deveraux's Duchess. Starting Agatha Christie's death in the air. Keep up the good work Darla.

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Hi Sandy, I started it but the phone, a cat or a dog wants something and I don't get very far. I am going to keep trying. Tom is begging right now. I have enjoyed other books by her.


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Sandi, Hope you enjoy Death in the Air - I've read and reread all of Agatha Christie's books.
Sugar, I know I've read one of David Baldacci's books, but can't remember which one... hopefully I'll come across it later today.
I'll have to put Iris Johansen on my list of authors to look out for!
Darla, glad you liked the Rockwell picture [kudos to Erlinda for bringing it to my attention]. I laughed when I realised he was wearing odd shoes. [I'm embarrassed to say I've done that!!!]

It looks like being another hot day and my eyes are sore so I might try listening to an audiobook with the fan on after I've watered the garden. I have borrowed Peter Carey's Chemistry of Tears... here's the blurb:

When Catherine's secret lover dies suddenly, she has nowhere to turn to except her work. A middle-aged curator in a London musuem, Catherine is given a very particular project: a box of intricate clockwork parts that appear to be the remains of a nineteenth century automaton - a beautifully made mechanical bird.
When she discovers the diary of the man who commissioned the machine, she is partially rescued from one obsession by another - who was Henry Brandling, and the mysterious visionary clockmaker he hired to make a gift for his absent son? And what was the end result that now sits in pieces in her studio?
The Chemistry of Tears is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving, a portrait of love and loss that is simultaneously delicate and anarchic.

'A consummate storyteller, vastly and raucously entertaining' - SMH

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Sandi, I've also read most, if not all, of Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series. That is one I don't have written down b'cuz I read them before starting to keep track. And without writing down the books I've read, it's very hard to keep track of them all. I only write down the series' books but my library's website now allows me to rate the books and it shows my ratings. So when I look at a book on-line if I can't remember whether or not I've read it all I have to do is look at the stars for ratings {mine show in gold}. So, now I have two systems in plae to help me keep up with books I've read! Hope you enjoy Death in the Air. Thanks for the compliment, it is much appreciated.


Sugar, Osiris sits on my lap when I'm reading in bed or on th earm of the chair in the living room when I'm reading there {during the day I usually sit in my bed b'cuz it's most comfortable}. He often gets up and headbutts me for attention and/or pats at me with his paws {claws included unfortunately} while I'm reading. I give him attention for a bit then he lets me get back to reading. I usually ignore the phone unless it's someone important {Ray, one of our kids, one of my doctors, et al} and let the machine get it. I know it's self-indulgent but hey you gotta be nice to yourself sometimes!


Thubten, how funny about the shoes! I didn't even notice that til you pointed it out. It sounds like something I would do if I kept similar shoes in my closet. However, I just have a pair of sandals, a pair of ankle boots, and a pair of tennis shoes so not much danger of getting them mixed up like that. Oh, and let's not forget my flip flops for going to the pool! Chemistry of Tears sounds interesting.


I finished Daughter of the Spellcaster and it was awesome! A definite 5 stars. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series which comes out in February.


After much debate with myself, I am currently reading Shadow's Edge by JT Geissinger. I'm about 3/4 of the way thru the book and it's truly great so far. It is the first in a new series so will give you further titles as they come out. So far the books are ~

Shadow's Edge

Edge of Oblivion

The summary for Shadow's Edge is ~

Leander McLoughlin is leader of the Ikati, an ancient tribe of beautiful, savage shape-shifters who live hidden in the forests of England. Their survival is rooted in secrecy, a secrecy threatened by the very existence of one raised outside the tribe. Charged with capturing her before she can expose their secret, Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California. The great warrior is prepared for a fight; but not for the effect the courageous young beauty has on his heart.Jenna Moore spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from an unseen enemy. Now her mother is dead and her father has vanished without a trace, leaving Jenna alone to contend with sudden strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander McLoughlin appears, promising answers to all of her questions, she knows she shouldn't trust him. But their connection is as undeniable as the dangerous destiny drawing her home.

5 years ago

So far QUICKSAND is good! I am close to half way finished. As soon as I finish here I am going back to it. Then I am going to look for CLAIMED.


5 years ago

Sugar, glad you're liking Quicksand. Hope you can find Claimed.


I finished Shadow's Edge and it was great. I'll give it 5 stars. It was about cat shapeshifters though some of the strongest of the could also shift to "fog" {that's not the word she uses but I can't remember it ~ grrrr} and become one with the air around them. I'm trying to get the second book {Edge of Oblivion} in the series from the library now. I've put in a request to purchase as well as an interlibrary loan request so hopefully I'll get it one way or the other.


I started reading Still Life with a Shapeshifter by Sharon Shinn. It is a series about shapeshifters who change to different animals {dogs, wolves, etc} and the first book was very good. I gave it 4 stars. The books are ~

The Shape of Desire

Still Life with a Shapeshifter

The summary for the book is as follows ~

"National bestselling author Sharon Shinn presents a passionate, heart-wrenching story of secrets and the lengths we'll go to to protect those we love.... Melanie Landon and her half sister share a unique bond. For her entire life, Melanie has hidden the fact that Ann is a shape-shifter. The never-ending deception is a heavy weight to bear, but Melanie is determined to keep Ann's secret and protect her from a world that simply wouldn't understand. For months, Melanie hasn't seen or heard from Ann, in either of her forms. When a man shows up saying he's there about her sister, Melanie fears the worst. But Brody Westerbrook doesn't have information about Ann--he's in search of it. A freelance writer, Brody intends to include Ann in a book he's writing about the existence of shape-shifters. While Melanie is immediately drawn to the stranger on her doorstep, she denies his claims, knowing that trusting him isn't an option. But when Ann finally reappears, looking thin and sick, Melanie realizes exposure is the least of their worries. Protecting her sister has always been an enormous part of Melanie's life, but as Ann's health rapidly deteriorates, Melanie must come to grips with the fact that saving her may mean letting go..."

5 years ago

Finished death in the air, was surprised to find out who did it.  I've been reread my books, its funny how you can forget some parts of it. I've loved Agatha Christie ever since I was a teenager a long time ago!

5 years ago

Okay, I haven't finished "The Eye of the Crystal Ball" by Willow Rose yet as I have lost interest once again. I don't know about this book, seems like it's adventure is not all so exciting for me. I don't know, maybe to someone else it will be a better read but for me I will rate it at about 3 1/2 stars. I'm back into reading my Kristen Britain series of the Green Rider. Right now it is the third one called "The High King's Tomb", captures my interest more than that The Eye of the Crystal Ball book. Sorry guys, a no go for me on that one.

Darla, I think I am ready to get into one of those shapeshifter series by Sharon Shinn. Something with a bit of romance, adventure, mystery and excitement. Thanks for recommending them.

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If anyone is interested ina little light reading I suggest a little book entitled Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats. It is especially enjoyable if you are interested in Julia Child as well as cats. 

5 years ago

I'm still listening to the audiobook of Peter Carey's Chemistry of Tears...must finish soon as it is almost due back at the library.

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Just stopping by to say hi. I am still reading my Green Riders series book and a good day for it as well. These past few days has been raining and cold, so it is a good time to snuggle up with a book and keep warm. Hey guys, wouldn't you like a library room like this? I would love to have a room just for books.

Hey Thubten~ that audiobook sounds interesting. What do you have to listen to it? Is it on a cd?

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Karen, thanks for the tip. Happy reading! 


Thubten, glad you're enjoying Chemistry of Tears. Can you renew it if you haven't finished by the time it is due?


Sally, that's a great library. I too have always wanted a room I could devote to my books. Glad you're enjoying your Green Riders series. Yes, days when it is raining and cold are perfect reading days. We're supposed to have thunderstorms tomorrow and just plain old rain the day after.


I'm reading Wilder by Christina Dodd. It says it's one of her Chosen Ones series but I've never read any of those and am having no problems. It's a version of Beauty an dthe Beast which is probably my all time favorite fairy tale. Here's the summary ~


As a young man, Aleksandr Wilder abandoned his duty—and for that lapse, he has been tortured, tormented … and transformed.  Now he prowls the tunnels beneath the city, fighting on the frontline against the forces of hell, never daring to dream that he can live as a man again.  
After seven years fighting the world's ultimate evil, Chosen One Charisma Fangorn has become a tough, strong warrior without illusions or joy...even her gift of hearing the earthsong has faded.  Deaf to her own instincts, she never suspects that a monster lurks in the dark underneath the streets.
When Aleksandr finds Charisma under attack, he rescues and cares for her, and hope stirs once more in his heart…and in the world. But in the secret recesses of his soul, he knows the truth. A woman so exceptional could never love a beast…could she?

5 years ago

Hi Sally: Lovely picture of a library! I finished The Chemistry of Tears last night. It is on 8 CDs. I enjoyed it very much.
Hi Karen: thanks for the recommendation
Hi Darla: Wilder sounds like a great book Darla!
Hi Sandy: it's good when the ending of a book is a surprise.
Hi Sugar: how's Quicksand going? Finished it yet?

I thought it might be a good time and place to put a reminder about free clicks to promote literacy:

fight illiteracy,
fight illiteracy

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Thubten, glad you enjoyed The Chemistry of Tears. Thanks for the click to promote literacy.


I finished Wilder; it was a very good book. I give it 4 stars.


I'm now reading Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison. It is part of a series about Elder Races {the Wyr or shapeshifters, Vampires, Elves, Light Fae, Dark Fae, etc} and is a direct follow-up to the first book in the series. The books in the series are ~

Dragon Bound

Storm's Heart

Serpent's Kiss

Oracle's Moon

Lord's Fall

Here's the summary ~

paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…   Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.   In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…

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I finished Lord's Fall and it was a great book. I give it 5 stars.


I started Drive Me Wild by Christine Warren. It is a book in her series about Others {werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires} and if it's like all of the others it will be a fantastic book. She put out a reading order list that has nothing to do with the order in which they were published. Confusing,  yes, but it's okay I guess especially if you haven't read any of her books yet. I'm going to list the series in the order she says to read them, here they are ~

One Bite with a Stranger

Big Bad Wolf

Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here

Black Magic Woman

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale

On the Prowl

Drive Me Wild

Wolf at the Door

She's no Faerie Princess

The Demon You Know

Howl at the Moon

Walk on the Wild Side

You're so Vein

Born to be Wild

And here's the summary for Drive Me Wild ~

Tess Menzies can work a spell with a few blinks of her baby blue eyes. But this dedicated witch can't summon up a single good reason she's been made an envoy between her kind and Manhattan's fiercest were-creatures. The two sides haven't spoken in four hundred years, and she'll need every miracle in the book to broker any kind of truce. And that means outwitting Council of Others leader Rafael De Santos whose tantalizing moves and fierce hungry kisses are magic even a formidable sorceress can't resist . . .

It doesn't take a cat's supernatural senses for Rafael to suspect that there's something strange about this unexpected peace offering. And finding the truth is just as tempting as uncovering the secrets Tess is trying to conceal. Why, she's tantalizing enough to make this wandering were-jaguar think he's found the perfect mate - one he's only dreamed of. But his stealth and her spells can't guarantee they have a chance at survival, much less a future together...

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Well, it is still raining here and like you Darla, we are also in for some thunder storms. So away I go to read my book when everything else is done.

Thanks Thubten for the information. I think we would all love a nice room of books in our homes. Thank you also for the promote literacy reminder.

You know when novels comes in series they are usually good. After reading Claimed, which I liked but did not care to look into getting the second one as it did not continue on from there. I guess it all depends on how they will start off the second one. Oh well. Hope the sun comes out for you Darla.

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Sally, well, the sun is out today {we're supposed to get up to 68} though we're expecting more thunderstorms and rain by the weekend. LOVE the picture you posted today, it's wonderful! Yes, books that come in series are usually good.



I finished Drive Me Wild by Christine Warren and it was fabulous. I give it 5 stars. I'm so glad I bought it even if I don't have the other books in her series as you can read them without reading the others {you just won't know how the couples got together}. I highly recommend this book to everyone especially if you like reading about shapeshifters and cat shapeshifters at that.

I'm now reading Endless Night by Catherine Anderson. This is 2 of her older books in one. I collect Catherine Anderson b'cuz her characters seem so real as in they sort thru stuff that the average person would be sorting thru. Catherine Anderson is a wonderful author and Ido read anything by her automatically, I was just never able to get my hand son these books until now. Here's the summary ~


Mallory Christiani's world threatens to crumble when her daughter is kidnapped. She's warned not to tell anyone—not her family, not her friends and most definitely not the police. But private investigator Bud Mac Phearson won't take no for an answer.

Mac had failed once to keep his promise to see both Mallory and Emily to safety and he wasn't going to let it happen again. Now, with no one to turn to but each other, Mac and Mallory find that their future and happiness depend on holding nothing back.

Cry of the Wild

When her brother disappears, Crysta Meyers leaves the big city to join in the search for her missing twin. She doesn't expect that in the Alaskan wilderness her greatest threat will come not from nature, but from man.

Someone is determined to stop Crysta from finding her brother—and will resort to any means necessary. Crysta's only ally is Sam Barrister, a rough and rugged mountain guide as untamed as the wilderness itself.

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"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers." - Charles W. Eliot 

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Just stopping by to say hello. Still reading my book and still raining here as well. Thanks Darla for all the books you share here with us. <3

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I went to the library this morning and found a new book of one of my favorite authors, Rita Mae Brown.  The title is FOX TRACKS.  I can't wait to start it!  In my car I have a book some one gave me by Miranda James about a library cat and a murder. I don't remember the name of the book itself.  I keep that in my car to read while I have to wait somewhere.  It looks like it will be good.


Love the picture above Sally!  It's raining off and on here too but much warmer.  It is in the low 50s and may go a few degrees higher.  Hope, hope!  My favorite reading room.


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I looked for CLAIMED but don't know the author for sure.  Can someone help me with that?



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wow rita mae brown has a new book out? I love her sneaking pie and the ones with the dogs. Have to look for it . Thanks Sugar, i've been rereading my Agatha Christie books.

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Is Claimed by K. R. Smith?? 

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Betty I wrote the name K. R. Smith down beside Claimed and will check it out when I go to the library again.




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Sally, thanks for the verse and picture, they're both great. Enjoy your book, rainy days are great for staying in and curling up with a great book.


Sugar, glad you  found a new book by a favorite author. Miranda James has 3 books out about that library cat and murder and they're all very good. The books are Murder Past Due, Classified as Murder, and File M for Murder. She's got one due out on the 29th of this month call Out of Circulation. Claimed is by KR Smith. However, I think it's only a Kindle book. I think they have a Kindle application you can get for your computer where you can read the books on-line though I don't know how to go about getting it. You can go to Amazon and look. Yes, I just looked on Amazon and you can download a free Kindle reading app then you can get Claimed for free.


Sandi, great to see you here. Enjoy your Agatha Christie books.


I finished Endless Night by Catherine Anderson and it was great. I give it 5 stars as I do the rest of her books. The stories were the kind you just don't want to put down.


I started Sweet Dreams by CAtherine Anderson another book with 2 of her early releases in one. I'm about 1/4 of the way thru it which must mean I'm about half way thru the first story and it's very good so far. Here's the summary ~

Reasonable Doubt

To claim her inheritance, Breanna Morgan must return to Crescent Moon and face the doubts she fled so long ago. But she soon discovers that prowlers, vandals and unnatural noises have invaded the isolated mining claim that has been in her family for generations. And her new neighbor, Tyler Ross, is not the first or the last to warn her away.

When the threats become all too real and Tyler offers his support, Breanna accepts him with open arms. Until she has cause to wonder if his choice is for her benefit, or for his own….

Without a Trace

For genealogist Sarah Montague, finding an adoptee's natural parents is routine. But in Michael De Lorio's case, her only lead is the nightmare that has haunted him all his life—one he suspects is a terrible childhood memory.

As Michael and Sarah delve deeper into his past, they find danger at every turn. And their only hope for life, and love, is to rebury the past and disappear without a trace.

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Betty, great to see you here. Your post wasn't here when I did mine. You were right.


Sugar, forgot to te;ll you that I love your picture of your favorite reading space. Thanks for sharing.

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Sugar, I love your Reading Room!

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Thanks Darla for the update on Claimed.  I will check it out after reading the books I just got.  That room is so very nice for  reading.  And I love to lie on the sofa there when it is snowing large flakes and just drift away almost like on a cloud.  It is a very calming room.  Thanks for liking it too.  You notice there is a black cat watching me.



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Karen, great to see you here!


Sugar, you're welcome for the info on Claimed. I clicked on the "free Kindle reading apps" link on Amazon. The link with all the info follows. Your reading room sounds awesome. Yes, I noticed the black cat!

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sugar what a awesome room to read in. is that rosie?

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Sugar that is a lovely reading room you have there. Looks pretty cozy and I love that window in there with all the little kitty figurines there.

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Hi Darla, Sandi and Sally.  My reading room is comfortable.  The light is great coming in through the window.  Plants like it too.  I have a poinsetta there right now and it is gorgeous!  Big and red.  It goes well with the room.  I have lots of kitty things here, there and everywhere.  And yes, that is Rosie.


Well I didn't get to read very much of my new Fox Tracks by Rita Mae Brown.  I had such a headache it hurt to even move my head.  To tell the truth I forgot to take my medication for Hypertension 2 days this week because I was fighting to give Rosie her medicine.  And my hypertension is up a little with worrying about her.  I took it this morning and after a night's rest and taking my medicine I think I can get a good start today.  Fox Tracks is one of the Sister Jane's series.  Besides the people the horses, the foxes (remember Uncle Yancy?), the two owls, Althena and Bitsy and St. Just, a crow and of course her pets, a doberman and a harrier and her cat Golly star in this book.  That Rita knows how to write a book with great animals.  I feel that I know them personally after reading her for years.  The first book I read of hers was VENUS ENVY and I laughed my head off while reading it.  I've tried to keep up with her over the years.  The last 4 years were lost, but I will catch up!



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Darla, I forgot to mention, I put the link to Amazon links in my favorites.  I will check up on it later.  I don't have time this minute.  thanks for doing that.



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Thanks Sugar I'm gonna have to get that book I love Sister Jane, I really like Dragon the dog and that cat is so funny.

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Sandi and Sally, great to see y'all here.


Sugar, I also have kitty figurines and pictures all over my house. I have a photo frame that holds several pictures and reads "Cats are People Too". Sorry you had a headache. Sounds much like a migraine. Hope you're feeling better soon. Take care of yourself and that means taking you hypertension meds. Hope you get into the book Fox Tracks as it sounds like a good one. I'm glad you saved the link. Hope you can get a Kindle reading app and read some of the Kindle books we've talked about. 


Well, I finished Sweet Dreams and it was excellent. I give it 5 stars. I had a hard time putting down the book once I started but I think Catherine Anderson is an awesome author. I don't know what I'll be reading next as when I finished the book I just came straight to the computer.

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I just saw where lilian Jackson Braun died in 2011, I don't know why i Missed that. She was 97.

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Sandi, I missed that too. Wow, 97!!!!


Well, I figured out what to read. I just received the book in the mail yesterday from the library. I'm reading Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet by Darynda Jones. It's one of a series about a woman named Charley Davidson who is the Grim Reaper. People who die pass on to their next life thru her. It's a great series, the books in it are ~

First Grave on the Right

Second Grave on the Left

Third Grave Dead Ahead

Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet

And here's the summary ~

Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire, Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there’s no avoiding her destiny.

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above . . . or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.

Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Darynda Jones.

5 years ago

HI DARLA, SANDI, SALLY, SUGAR, KAREN, BETTY, and anyone else who drops in
DARLA, the Charley Davidson stories sound hilarious. Btw, is that a bit of a pun on harley davidson, or is that my overactive imagination?
SALLY, I love the quote by Charles W Eliot and the picture of the library!
SUGAR, you reading room looks beautifully inviting to settle down and read.
I've had no internet connection for a few days, in that span of time we - in my part of Australia - have gone from unbearably hot windy days to cold. Lots of out-of-control fires. Not near me thankfully. Now it's cold, windy and wet! The house is rattling and freezing. Hope it's raining where it matters most. My pets are all hunkered down in the warmest spots they can find, bless 'em.
My lack of 'net connection is nothing to do with the weather; I've just used up my 'allowance'. Pages take about 10 minutes to load, so I'm not sure if this will get through .
I was taken to the library last week. Presently I'm reading a book by Rita Mae Brown, who I see Sugar has been reading as well. This one is called Murder at Monticello: A Mrs Murphy Mystery. There's a cute illustration by Wendy Wray inside, showing a corgi and a cat in front of a building I assume is Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. The book was originally published in 1994, and I'm delighted that it contains a Cast of Characters - hurrah! Great for dodgy memories like mine.

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Thubten, so good to have you back. I missed you and have been wondering where you were. Sorry to hear about your internet situation. Hope you're able to rectify it soon. Yes, the Charley Davidson books are humorouus in places. Did I mention she's a PI and solves a mystery or two in each book? Yes, the Charley Davidson may be a play on Harley Davidson though I'm not sure. However, there is a motorcycle "gang" called the Bandits in the books who ride Harleys and Charllley befriends them b'cuz she has a thing for Harleys.   The book you're reading sounds interesting. The picture sounds sweet. I also like it when there's a cast of characters. Both Catherine Anderson books, Endless Night and Sweet Dreams, have casts of characters.

5 years ago

"A house without books is like a room without windows." - Heinrich Mann

Book & Candle Comments

Well, we've been having some nice sunny days here and so while it is nice trying to get some things done outdoors. Busy, busy, busy and no time for reading yet. Thanks Thubten for liking my library pic and quote. The book I am reading is taking me awhile to get done as it is quite thick. But I love reading them. I just went through some of my daughter books and thinking of putting them up for sale on ebay. She has so many that she does not want anymore and I really don't have the room to store them. A nice library room would come in handy but this house is too small for one. Wow, that author, Lilian Jackson Braun died at 97 yrs old. Was she still writing when at that age? Okay everyone. Just stopping by to see what new book Darla had posted for us.

5 years ago

Sally, you're so cool. Stopping by to see what what I've posted!?!?! Love the quote and picture. Glad it's nice outside and you can get some things done even if it does cut into your reading time. Reading a thick book is especially rewarding when you finish it. So, you're going to sell some books on e-Bay, huh? Have you thought about It's an e-Bay thing especially for books. Though I think they do movies and music now too. However, it's mainly books. If you have an e-Bay "membership" {can't think of the darn word I really want ~ grrrr } you can get on


I finished Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet and loved it. I definitely give it 5 stars. The series is well worth reading so y'all give it a try.


I started reading The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst. It seems like it'll be a good book. Here's the summary ~

A marriage in name only... To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart. Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition. A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right? Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans...

5 years ago

Sally love the picture. I'm reading the unseen by Heather Graham, glad Darla told me about her. This will be the second one I read by her. i seen where Rita Mae Brown has a new Mrs Murphy book coming out in June it called " Litter of the Law." I'm getting outfoxed as I love her books. Gotta go as my book is calling me Ha! Ha!.

5 years ago

Sally, love the new quote and picture. What a good idea to sell some of your daughter's books. I've got lots of books taking up space that I need to go through. I think I'll make that a winter project.
Darla, The Marriage Bargain sounds like it will be a good read. I didn't know about; thanks for the tip.

I've just heard on the radio that fire is raging through the Warrumbungles, which is one of my favourite places in the world. My heart goes out to all the animals who are losing their lives, to the tired, weary people fighting the fires, to the heartsick people who've lost homes and livelihood. I camped and walked through that area many times when I was younger.

5 years ago

HI SANDI, I guess you posted while I was still composing mine. I hope you enjoy the Heather Graham book you're reading. It will be good if you can get hold of Rita Mae Brown's new book in June... but such a long wait!
still have little or no internet connection. Pages take a long time to load, so I'm not sure if this will get through.
I was taken to the library last week. After a few minutes of browsing I felt sick and dizzy, but I managed to find some authors Darla recommended, so  I considered that quite an achievement. First up I enjoyed a Sandra Brown book called Hello Darkness.

A Race Against Time: when a caller to a late night radio talk show announces his intention to murder a woman he's kidnapped within seventy-two hours, mayhem ensues....

I started reading Murder at Monticello: A Mrs Murphy Mystery last night but found it hard keeping track of all the references to the various family trees. Perhaps my head hurt too much to concentrate, so I'll put it aside for the moment. Moving on to Maggie Shayne's Darker than Midnight...

Cassandra Jackson - 'Jax' to her friends - has dark shadows and secrets in her past she's never revealed to anyone. Now she's risking her new job as police chief to protect a man who everyone believes to be a psychotic killer. Are her instincts right? Or is she making a terrible mistake that will cost her own life?...Just when you think you've worked it all out, be ready for another twist that's Darker Than Midnight....

5 years ago

 I was wondering if anybody here read any books from Quinn Loftis? She writes The Grey Wolves series. I just downloaded to my Kindle the Prince of Wolves by her and it is free. This is what it is about.

Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer was going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis Lupus, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas. Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane's mate and complete the bond between them?

There is another book by her called the "Elfin" which seems to have a 5 star rating. This is what a fan said about it:

I am a huge Quinn Loftis fan and absolutely love her Grey Wolves Series. When I found out she was writing a a new series, Elfin, I was so excited. Needles to say, she did not disappoint her readers, and true-to-form, she has yet written another book that will knock your socks off. Cassie Tate is 18 years old, a typical teenager, who one day goes to her dad's office to help him out. While filing and performing her other duties, she happens upon a group of the most beautiful men she has ever seen, strange she thinks, but beautiful. When one of them catches a glimpse of her peering through the glass of their conference room, Cassie knows she better get out of there quick. She ends up running into another office locking the door behind her, praying that the beautiful men don't find her, because they did not seem too happy about her seeing them. Suddenly, she feels someone's eyes on her and she slowly turns around only to find another beautiful man, even hotter than the ones she saw earlier. Strangely enough, even though she knows she should be, she's not afraid nor does she feel threatened by him. Mr. Hottie is standing there with a smirk on his face while she ogles him, and he lets her know that he knows she is ogling him. He walks over to her and takes her hand, and that is when he realizes she has seen his true form. This beautiful hot cocky guy is an elf, and not just any elf, but a dark elf and his name is Triktapic. Not only is Trik a dark elf, he is the the Dark Elf King's top assassin. Trik is kind of blown away, because he realizes what Cassie's being able to see him in his true form means. The question is what is he going to do about it?

Cassie finds herself in the middle of a world she didn't know existed, and this mysteriously beautiful dark elf has quickly become all she can think about. There are also a lot of things going on in the Elfin world regarding the war between the Light Elves and the Dark Elves, and a diabolical plan that the Dark Elf King is trying to put in place that could change everything for humans and elves alike, a plan that Trik is stuck right in the middle of. The Elfin "Powers that be" have also decided to make an appearance after remaining silent for a very long time, and this takes things to a whole new level. Trik has a very important decision he must make, and if he doesn't make the right one, the entire world as we know it could change forever, and the key to this life changing decision Trik must make is Cassie Tate.

So far her books sounds very good to get into. The Elfin one is on sale now for $2.99 for Kindle.

Darla~ Thank you for the tip on using My husband is a member of ebay so will look into this and see what is involved in getting started there. Don't know if anyone would be interested in them but worth a try. She has maybe four Harry Potter books, some other odd ones. Never know till you try right. One way of making some bit of money. I know on Amazon you can do this as well but sounds more complicated. We had another nice sunny day. Taking advantage of it!

Thubten~ I looked up the park Warrumbungles, looks like a really nice place to go visit. It is sad to hear of the fires happening there. To think of the wildlife being put in danger and the people there as well. I do hope and pray it is out by now.

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Restless and alone on Christmas Eve, Niki decides it's time to scratch the itch and heads into a nearby town for some action. Once there, it isn't sex she finds, but a fight instead, that is until tall, dark and handsome intervenes...
Dean recognizes the stunning but surly Cougar for what she is the minute she gets close. Now it's up to him to show her just how far a night of passion can go.


5 years ago

Thubten, hope your feeling better. sorry to hear about the wildfires, will pray for everyone  including those poor animals. Sally I haven't read any Quinn Loftus books, they sound good. Darla yes I'm enjoying Heather Graham. Jude Deveraux has a new book coming out 1/22/2013 called Moonlight Masquerade which I ordered. I also order Rita Mae Browns new one. Also getting Jayne ann Krentz's Dream eyes. Now if only I loved to clean house (ha! Ha!) as much as I love to read!

5 years ago

Sandi, you're so funny! Luckily I don't have to clean house as Ray does that for me! I've got Dream Eyes on order at the library. Is Moonlight Masquerade part of Jude Deveraux's Edilean series? I can't find anything about it on her website.


I started reading Zoo an dam about halfway thru it. It's very good so far.


5 years ago

Darla, yes its part of the edilean series check on amazon. com its listed there. I finished the unseen  really enjoyed it thanks for telling me about Heather Grahmn. haven't started any new book yet, rereading some I already have as I need to get rid of some I don't relly care for.

5 years ago

Thanks everyone for you kind thoughts towards the firefighters [approx 550 of them] and the Warrumbungles National Park. The Prime Minister is making a visit to the nearby threatened Coonabarraban town today.
Sally, I haven't read any of Quinn Loftis's books.The Grey Wolf series sound good.
Sandi, I agree with Darla... you're so funny! Wouldn't it be wonderful if cleaning house was as much fun as reading!!!
Darla, Zoo does sound exciting! James Patterson is such a prolific author! But I've noticed he co-authors a lot of books which must give other authors a good chance to get ahead.
Next library visit I'll talk to the librarians before heading off into the bookshelves, getting dizzy etc. I'm enjoying Darker Than Midnight. Almost half way through.

On This Day: birth of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie author/illustrator
January 17th, 2013 is the 136th birthday of Cecilia May Gibbs.

Cecilia May Gibbs MBE (17 January 1877 -- 27 November 1969) publishing under the name as May Gibb's was an Australian children's author, illustrator, and cartoonist. She is best known for her gumnut babies --- and the book Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.1913 also marked the first public appearance of the gumnut babies, on the front cover of The Missing Button, by Ethel Turner, which Gibbs had illustrated.Gibbs continued to write and illustrate children's books, publishing Little Ragged Blossom in 1920 and Little Obelia the following year. May Gibbs died in Sydney on 27 November 1969, but her legacy to children lives on. Gibbs bequeathed the copyright from the designs of her characters and stories to 2 disability charities in Sydney. The residue of her estate was left to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund.
[I'd love to post some of her characters, but still hindered by slow internet connection.] More information on

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Sandi, I've got Moonlight Masquerade on hold at the library!  Glad you're enjoying The Unseen. You're very welcome, I'm glad you like Heather Graham. So, you're cleaning out books, huh? That's great as it will leave more room on your bookshelves for those books you do like!


Thubten, you're very welcome. Hope all is going well at the Warrumbungles National Park. I really feel for the animals there as well as the firefighters. Glad you're enjoying Darker than Midnight. Yes, James Patterson co-authoring a book would seem to give the other author a chance to really become known. Thanks for giving us the trivia today. It's very interesting.


I finished Zoo and it was fantastic! A definite 5 stars.


Next, I'll be reading Drop Dead on Recall by Sheila Webster Boneham. Here's the summary on it ~

When a top-ranked competitor keels over at a dog obedience trial, photographer Janet Macphail is swept up in a maelstorm of suspicion, jealousy, cut-throat competition, death threats, pet-napping, and murder. She becomes a 'person of interest' to the police, and apparently to major hunk Tom Saunders as well. As if murder and the threat of impending romance aren't enough to drive her bonkers, Janet has to move her mother into a nursing home, and the old lady isn't going quietly. Janet finds solace in her Australian Shepherd, Jay, her tabby cat, Leo, and her eccentric neighbor, Goldie Sunshine. Then two other 'persons of interest' die, Jay's life is threatened, Leo disappears, and Janet's search for the truth threatens to leave her own life underdeveloped, for good.


5 years ago

So you liked Zoo, I'm not muck of a James Patterson fan, is it a alex cross one? I started reading my Victoria holt books " shirving sands" its been so long since I read her that I don't remember all of it. he was one of my all time favorite years ago. Take care everyone!

5 years ago

Zoo is the first James Patterson book I've ever read, Sandi. No it's not an Alex Cross one but it was very good. I thought you were the one who originally recommended it but I guess not. It was awhile back b'cuz when I first put it on hold, I was #120 something. One write-up compared it to Stephen King who is my all time favorite author so maybe that's why I liked the book so much. It was a great thriller!

Enjoy Shirving Sands.


5 years ago

I started reading Drop Dead on Recall and it is very good.

5 years ago

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