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4 years ago

Time once again for a new thread. Please join us and talk about your books. Here's the link to the previous thread ~



4 years ago

Laura, glad you're enjoying Survival of the Fittest.


I'm still reading Deeply Odd and it's going great so far.


4 years ago

love the picture Darla. I finished senseless by mary burton now reading her merciless they all go together. I know you'd like them.

4 years ago

Sandi, glad you finished Senseless. I'm assuming it was a great book. Hope you enjoy Merciless. I'm sure I would enjoy them. How would we go about my getting my address to you? Guess I could send it to you in an e-card. Glad you like the picture.


I finished Deeply Odd and found it to be excellent. I give it 5 stars.


I'm now reading The Vision by Heather Graham. As I've said before, Heather Graham is a fabulous author and I'll pick up her books to read without reading the summary. Here's the summary of The Vision ~


Can you afford to believe everything you see? Can you afford not to?

When Deep Down Salvage begins the hunt for the Marie Josephineoff Key West, it seems like any other dive—until Genevieve Wallace sees the vision of a dead woman in the water.

A dead woman who opens her eyes and looks directly at her…

Terrified and confused, Gen is haunted by the memory. But no one, including her diving partner Thor Thompson, believes she saw what she knows she saw. Then a dead woman washes up on shore, and everyone assumes this is Genevieve's "vision." Genevieve knows better. This dead woman is definitely not the ghost she encountered but another victim of the same brutal killer.

Sensing that the threat of death is coming closer, she and Thor are forced to acknowledge that some things can't be explained but simply are. Somehow they have to link a violent past with a present-day mystery…because if they don't, the power of death will possess them, too.


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4 years ago

That would work Darla. I can send mine also. Look for one from me later!

4 years ago

Sandi, got your e-card and sent you one in reply.


I'm still reading The Vision and it's excellent so far. I'm a bit more than halfway thru it.

4 years ago

Darla got your's too. almost done with Merciless. Its really good.

4 years ago

Sandi, great. Glad you're enjoying Merciless.


I finished The Vision while out at the pool and it was fabulous. I give it 5 stars.


Next I'll be starting Deadly Sting by Jennifer Estep. It's part of an excellent series about Gin Blanco, an assassin who goes by the name the Spider. Each book takes us to a situation where Gin aka the Spider goes after a really bad guy {or woman} with her knives and her Ice and Stone magic. The books in the series are ~

Spider's Bite

Web of Lies


Tangled Threads

Spider's Revenge

By a Thread

Widow's Web

Deadly Sting

And the summary is ~


Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.

Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me— Gin Blanco, aka the Spider—it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’s priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.

Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.

4 years ago

I finished Deadly Sting and it was fabulous. I give it 5 stars.


I'm now reading A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper. The summary is ~


"Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family's clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family's magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.  Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson's occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor Jed Trudeau keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn't need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed's got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?"

4 years ago

I finished A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses and it was  excellent. I give it 5 stars.


Next I'll be reading Werewolf in Alaska by Vicki Lewis Thompson. It's part of a series about werewolves. The books in the series are ~

Werewolf in the Northwoods

Werewolf in Manhattan

Werewolf in Seattle

Werewolf in Denver

Werewolf in Alaska

And the summary is ~


In Polecat, Alaska, Rachel Miller and Jake Hunter have a mutual admiration for each other—from across a lake. There’s nothing Rachel likes more than spying on the very fit wilderness guide when he skinny-dips each night. And Jake has always been curious about his reclusive artist neighbor. He even bought Rachel’s first wood carving: a wolf who looks suspiciously like him....         Jake is a werewolf, but not just any werewolf. He’s the founder of WARM (Werewolves Against Random Mating). And that means a human like Rachel is off-limits, no matter how attractive he finds her.         But when Rachel is threatened by a bear, and Jake shifts to save her, their lives collide with an intense passion, one that could change everything they’ve ever felt about themselves—and each other.... 


4 years ago

Hi Darla~I finished reading "Honolulu" by Alan Brennert. I give this 5 stars. I really did enjoy reading this and looking back on the life Honolulu once was and the hardships of this woman. I do have to warn you that there were racial problems in Hawaii at that time period and please do not get offended by how the locals referred to the caucasions as haoles (how-lees). I do recommend this book to anyone interested in knowing what life was like in the earlier Hawaii times and for a Korean girl. I never knew things of how the Korean culture was and learned a lot from this book. My grandmother was of similar fate, a picture bride. But she was already living here. The marriage was arranged from her parents to a man in Japan. I already knew what plantation life was like for my grandparents but reading more about someone else's life and experiences was interesting.

4 years ago

Sally, glad you liked Honolulu so much. It sounds like it'd be an interesting book. How interesting too that your grandmother was a picture bride. I'll bet she had some great stories to tell. So, if you don't mind my asking, did your grandparents wind up as a love match?


I finished Werewolf in Alaska and it was fabulous. I give it 5 stars.


I'm now reading Tarnished and Torn by Juliet Blackwell. It is part of an excellent series about a witch who gets "readings" from vintage clothes. She ends up solving a murder mystery in each book. The books in the series are~

Secondhand Spirits

A Cast Off Coven

Hexes and Hemlines

In a Witch's Wardrobe

Tarnished and Torn

And the summary is ~


As the owner of a popular vintage clothing store, Lily Ivory can enjoy a day of antique jewelry shopping and still call it work. But since she is one of San Francisco's resident witches, searching for hidden treasures can sometimes lead to dangerous discoveries. When Lily arrives at a gem fair--full of antique jewlery, rare stones, and decorative tchotchkes--her bargain sensors go off left and right. But she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the hard-bargaining merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? It certainly seems that way when a sudden fire sends panic through the crowd and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way reminiscent of an old-fashioned witch hunt. A crime that hits close to home turns into an unwelcome blast from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect--Lily's estranged father. Though he may not deserve her help, Lily is determined to clear her father's name and solve a murder that's anything but crystal clear.


4 years ago

Hi Darla~ To answer your question if my grandparents wind up as a love match. Unfortunately no. She stayed with him for awhile, did have kids but got divorced. The wierd thing is, she fell in love with this other man, married him. In that house, the first husband still lived there with my grandmother and her new husband. Now how strange is that. I guess eventually my grandpa moved to Honolulu when ever that was. She did not talk much to me about her past times and wish she had. I find more things out from my mother how things were back then. Which is good. Now, I am looking for the next book to read.

4 years ago

I finally had time to finish FIRST WIVES CLUB. It was great. I have seen the movie and the book was a little different, but just as good as the movie. Now back to the ISLE OF DOGS. Have a good reading day.


4 years ago

Sally, thanks for satisfying my curiosity about your grandparents. I'm sorry they didn't wind up as a love match. That is weird that your grandfather lived with your grandmother and her second husband. Hope you find an excellent book to read.


Sugar, glad you enjoyed First Wives Club so much. Hope you like Isle of Dogs just as much.


I'm still reading Tarnished and Torn and it's progressing very well. I'm a bit more than halfway thru it.


Happy reading!

4 years ago

I finished Tarnished and Torn and found it to be an excellent book. I give it 5 stars.


I'm now reading Leopard's Prey by Christine Feehan. It's part of a fabuous series about leopard shapeshifters. The books in the series are ~

The Awakening

Wild  Rain

Burning Wild

Wild Fire

Savage Nature

Leopard's Prey

And the summary is ~


"From a tough stint in the armed forces to stalking the unknown as a bayou cop, leopard shifter Remy Boudreaux has been served well by his uncanny gifts. And right now, New Orleans could use a homicide detective like Remy. A serial killer is loose, snatching victims from the French Quarter with pitiless rage and unnatural efficiency. But something else is drawing Remy into the twilight--a beautiful jazz singer bathed night after night in a flood of bloodred neon"


4 years ago

I finished Mary Burtons Merciless. I give it 5 stars, Darla let me know when you want to borrow books? I'm reading Catherine Coulter's bomb shell now.

4 years ago

Sandi, glad you enjoyed Merciless so much. Hope you like Bomb Shell just as much. I will let you know when I'm ready to borrow books.


I finished Leopard's Prey when I was out by the pool today! It was a fabulous book and I give it 5 stars.


I'm now reading Midnight's Captive by Donna Grant. It part of an excellent series about Druids and immortal Warriors. The Warriors and Druids team up to battle evil in the world. The books in the series are ~

Midnight's Master

Midnight's Lover

Miidnight's Seduction

Midnight's Warrior

Midnight's Kiss

Midnight's Captive

And the summary is ~


Laura Black knows her boss is a man of many secrets—haunted by some unknowable force, driven by some unspeakable destiny—and yet it makes her crave the devilishly handsome, roguishly charming Charon all the more. When she uncovers a betrayal that will send her into a world of magic, she turns to the only one she trusts: Charon. Even when she’s in jeopardy of losing her heart…

Charon Bruce endures a relentless yearning to have Laura for his own, an ache he knows will never be fulfilled.  After the town he has protected for centuries is targeted by a ruthless Druid, he has no choice but to reveal his secret to Laura. He must fight the deadliest foe he’s ever known if he’s to keep her safe.  But when Laura is captured by his nemesis, he must choose between winning the battle of good versus evil—or losing the woman he loves…

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4 years ago

I finished Midnight's Captive and it was fabulous. I give it 5 stars.


I started reading The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder by Leann Sweeney. It's part of an excelent series about Jillian Hart who is a cat lover with 3 cats who help her solve murder mysteries. The books in the series are ~

The Cat, the Quilt, and the Corpse

The Cat, the Professor, and the Poison

The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar

The Cat, the Wife, and the Weapon

The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder

And the summary is ~


When cat lover and quilter Jillian Hart volunteers to help a local animal shelter relocate a colony of feral cats living in an abandoned textile mill, she never expects to find a woman living there, too. Jeannie went missing from Mercy, South Carolina, a decade ago, after her own daughter's disappearance. Jeannie refuses to leave the mill or abandon Boots, her cat who died years ago. After all, she and Boots feel the need to protect the premises from "creepers" who come in the night. After Jeannie is hurt in an accident and is taken away, those who've come to town to help repurpose the mill uncover a terrible discovery. As the wheels start turning in Jillian's mind, a mysterious new feline friend aids in her quest to unearth a long-kept and dark secret.

4 years ago

I'm still on the Jonathan Kellerman books. I'm reading Therapy now. Haven't started it yet, but I'll read some before I go to bed. There are a few more books left in that series and then I'll move onto something else.

4 years ago

Laura, guess you're enjoying the Jonathan Kellerman series then. That's great.


I'm still reading The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder and it's very good so far. There's an invisible cat in the book ~ very cool!


Happy reading everyone!

4 years ago

I sure am. Milo is one of my favorite characters. That's really neat! What does the cat do?

4 years ago

Laura, glad you're enjoying the series. The invisible cat leads her to clues about this mystery and helps her out in one scene where she's captured by the bad guy. The invisible cat gets the ferals out  of their temporary shelters and they strtle the bad guy making him drop his gun allowing Jillian to get it and therefore rescue herself!


I finished The Cat, the Mill, and the Murder and it was fabulous. I give it 5 stars.


I started The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. Here's the summary ~

Archaeologist Verity Grey has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea. Her eccentric boss has spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion and is convinced he's finally found it ~ not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has "seen" a Roman soldier walking in the fields. a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades. Here on the windswept shores, Verity may find the answer to one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. Or she may uncover secrets someone buried for a reason.


Happy reading everyone!

4 years ago

Good for the cat! I may have to look for that book in the Nook Store one of these days.

4 years ago

I finished ISLE OF DOGS, it wasn't that great a book but it was okay, Now I have a good start on TERMINAL MAN by Michael Crichton. It was a very slow starter but is getting a little better now.


4 years ago

Dont know if you remember me saying, about the book I was reading "A street cat named Bob" well apparently, it is really popular now in the "states" so I thought I would add this clip, it has a picture of Bob, and his author , owner, and a little about the story, seems the book maybe made into a film, >fame at last for Bob  xwendy k x>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

>>>Meet Bob: Street cat, lifesaver, book phenom   >>> you wont put it down !!!!

4 years ago

That is so funny that you mention that Wendy as I just heard about that book yesterday. I really want to get it as the story sounds so inspiring. You will have to let me know how it is when you are finished. I may go and look for it this weekend to read, if I ever have time to read it. I am always so busy guess I will have to make time.

4 years ago

Laura, yes you'll have to do that. It's a very good book. I think you'll like it a lot.


Sugar, sorry Isle of Dogs was just okay. Hope Terminal Man gets even better and you really enjoy it.


Wendy, I remember you mentioning A Street Cat Named Bob and at the time my library didn't have it. I'm happy to say it does now. I'm number 27 on hold for it. Thanks for the link. I look forward to reading it.


Michela, great to see you here. Yes, you'll have to make time to read for sure.


I'm still reading Shadowy Horses. In fact, I was so into it I overbaked my cookies this morning! They're still good though.


Happy reading everyone.

4 years ago

I finished  Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts, Bomb Shell by Catherine Coulter & Let the dead sleep by Heather Graham. I give them all 5 stars.

4 years ago

oh ten stars for "a street Cat named Bob , by the way, keep a hanky near !!!!!!! x wendy k x

4 years ago

I started reading "Forever Fae" by L.P. Dover. So far I like how the beggining part started and it is getting interesting. Usually if it is not catching my interest from the beginning, I'll go to something else. I shall let you all know how this one goes.

4 years ago

Sandi, my you've been busy! I also read Blue Smoke and Let the Dead Sleep and really enjoyed them ~ 5 stars f rom me too.


Wendy, wow, 10 stars huh? Well, on a 1-5 stars rating system that's really saying a lot! I'll make sure I have a hanky near. Have you read Dewey: the Small Town Librarian Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron? It's also a true story. It's about a kitten who was found on a very cold winter  morning in a library's book return box. The head librarian made him the librarian cat and he made the news world-wide. It's a 5 star book and you should really read it. You'll need a hanky for it too.


Sally, glad you're enjoying Forever Fae.


I finished The Shadowy Horses and it was an excellent book. I give it 5 stars.


I started reading Death's Excellent Vacation, an anthology by Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost, Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, and others edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner. It's a book of paranormal vacation stories. The Sookie Stackhouse story is part of a series and HBO's Tru Blood is based on that series. Here's the summary ~


With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Learn why it really can be an endless summer-for immortals.


Happy reading everyone!

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4 years ago

I finished the current book I'm on and have started Obsession. It is another Jonathan Kellerman book. A former patient of Alex's gets back in touch with him after her mother has died and tells him that she might have been involved in something bad and he and Milo check it out.

4 years ago

Laura, glad you finished your book. Hope you enjoyed it. Obsession sounds interesting. Hope you enjoy it.


I'm still reading Death's Excellent Vacation but I'm not getting into it like I thought I would. I've already skipped one story and a couple others were just so-so.


Happy reading everyone!

4 years ago

I did. It is. I've read it before, in paperback form. One of my favorite parts was when Alex was taking care of Milo after Milo had gotten shot by one of the bad guys related to the case.

4 years ago

Laura, glad it's a great book.


I finished Death's Excellent Vacation and give it 4 stars. There were 2 stories I skipped altogether  and a couple so-so ones but there was also some very good ones.


I'm now reading The Night is Alive by Heather Graham. It's part of a trilogy {third book comes out in September, October for the e-book} that is part of a series about a special FBI group called the Krewe of Hunters who are paranormal in nature. Some of them see ghosts, some are psychic, and more. It's an excellent series and one I heartily recommend. The books in the series are ~

Phantom Evil

Heart of Evil

Sacred Evil

The Evil Inside

The Unseen

The Unholy

The Unspoken

The Uninvited

The Night is Watching

The Night is Alive

The Night is Forever {9/24/13}

And the summary is ~


It's a city of beauty, history...hauntings. And one of the most haunted places in Savannah is a tavern called The Dragonslayer, built in the 1750s. The current owner, Gus Anderson, is a descendant of the original innkeeper and his pirate brother, Blue.   Gus summons his granddaughter, Abigail, home from Virginia, where she's studying at the FBI Academy. When she arrives, she's devastated to find him dead. Murdered. But Abby soon learns that Gus isn't the only one to meet a brutal and untimely end; there've been at least two other victims. Then Captain Blue Anderson starts making ghostly appearances, and the FBI's paranormal investigation unit, the Krewe of Hunters, sends in Agent Malachi Gordon.   Abby and Malachi have a similar ability to connect with the dead...and a similar stubbornness. Sparks immediately begin to fly-sparks of attraction and discord. But as the death toll rises, they have to trust each other or they, too, might find themselves among the dead haunting old Savannah!


Happy reading everyone!

4 years ago

What is that book about, Darla?

4 years ago

Laura, it's in the summary in my last post. But basically, the Krewe is brought in b'cuz there's a serial killer at large in the city and there's the ghost of Blue Anderson making regular appearances. Abby and Malachi are the main investigators and they're also falling in love. They have some things to iron out but they both see and talk to ghosts. The ghosts help them  with the investigation.


I finished The Night is Alive and give it 5 stars. It's a hard book to put down. I even stayed up late last night to finish it!


I'm now reading Haunted by Heather Graham. Here's the summary ~

Matt Stone doesn't believe in ghosts. But there are those who are convinced his home, a historic Virginia estate that dates back to the Revolutionary War, is haunted. Pressured to get at the truth about some strange happenings at Melody House, he agrees to let Harrison Investigations explore the house. But he isn't ready for beautiful, intriguing Darcy Tremayne. As a paranormal investigator, Darcy has learned to believe in the unbelievable. And she's given Matt fair warning: sometimes people don't like the skeletons she finds. She never dreamed that warning would apply to herself. For she's about to discover that Melody House holds much more than a simple mystery from the distant past. What it holds is a very real and lethal danger, one that will cast her into a struggle against the worlds of both the living and the dead.


Happy reading everyone!

4 years ago

That sounds like a really good book.

4 years ago

Laura, thank you.


I'm still reading Haunted and it's progressing great. It's a fabulous book so far.

4 years ago

Darla , I read the night is watching, haven't got the second one yet. I love her books. I've been rereading my books until I get new ones!

4 years ago

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4 years ago

I'm reading "The Prohibited Rus" by Natalia Pavlischeva.

It's about geography, history and different events that had been taking place on the territory of Eurasia, and about different ethnic groups and tribes, living on the territory of modern Russia and Ukraine before Christianity. By the way, my city (Kiev) is more than 1500 years old, and it used to be a capital of the Kievan Rus- the powerfull state. 

4 years ago

I'll have to look for that on the Nook Shop. I'm still reading the Jonathan Kellerman series. I am reading Bones now. It is about a body buried in a marsh and Milo calls in Alex to help with the case.

4 years ago

Sandi, thanks for the bookworm. BTW, you can send the books anytime.


Elena, great to see you here. Thanks for stopping in. Please do so more often. The Prohibited Rus sounds like it'd be an interesting read.


Laura, Bones sounds interesting.


I finished Haunted and give it 5 stars as it was an excellent book.


I'm now reading Night of the Wolves by Heather Graham. Here's the summary ~

Guided by visions as she hunts for her father's murderer, Alexandra Gordon returns to Victory, Texas ~ and lands straight in the arms of fearsome lawman Cody Fox.

A dedicated soldier in the war against evil, Cody wears his battle scars with honor, all the while hiding a shameful secret from the perceptive Alexandra. Their attraction to one another is instant and unstoppable, but it soon may cost Alex her life. For an ancient evil has been awakened and is stalking the townsfolk after dark...To protect Alex, Cody must choose between a showdown with the devil and the fiery beauty whose kisses soothe his tormented soul.


Happy reading everyone!

4 years ago

It is. Alex and Milo are at the shooting range and that's where I left off last night.

4 years ago

Darla, okay I'll let you know when I send them. glad you liked the bookworm.

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