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This is my occasional roundup of books I have read, books I’m currently reading, one or two Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Attention: I am on holidays for the next month or so – there will be no more posts until my return in September

 

BOOKS I HAVE RECENTLY FINISHED:

Book: Borrowed Dreams by Debbie Macomber

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: One of her older romances writing in the 1980s – not one of her best, but still a good way to while away a couple of hours.

Book: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly

Genre: Cosy Mystery

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this Cosy mystery – and loved the cats who played an important part. The Main Character is a librarian so that added to the enjoyment.

Book: In the Fifth at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

Genre: YA Adventure

Thoughts: I devoured these boarding school books in my Tweens, as I was in a boarding school in England for a couple of years. Have reread this series quite a few times over the years.

Book: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Thoughts: This story, which starred the Grimm sisters, slightly missed the mark for me – but the premise was good. The ancestors the Grimm brothers weren’t writing fairy stories – they published their diaries of actual events. All the creatures are now secretly living in one town just outside New York City and there has been a murder.

Book: The Brakys’ Lair by Alexandra Moody

Genre: Science Fiction

Thoughts:

Book: Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Thoughts: This is the second book in a series that I am loving – set in the imaginary seaside town of Everlasting in the USA where paranormal critters can live in peace – each book is written by a different author and reads as a standalone – but are all connected by the location.

Book: Beneath the Mother Tree by D.M. Cameron

Genre: Mystery with a touch of Fantasy

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Nathan Fox: Seas of Blood by L. Brittney

Genre: Historical

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: The secret life of Sarah Meads by VK Tritschler

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: After the Lights go Out by Lili Wilkinson

Genre: Science Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: The Island by M.A. Bennett

Genre: Contemporary YA

Thoughts: Separate review here

 

WHAT I AM CURRENTLY READING:

Westward Winds by Linda Bridey – Historical Romance

The Secret Vineyard by Loretta Hill – Romance

Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles – YA

 

INTERESTING QUOTES AND LINKS:

Links: Here are a couple of online articles I found recently – the theme is writing:

Tips on how to execute the perfect murder scene in your writing – http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/07/crime-writers-guide-writing-death-murder/

Where do authors get their ideas from?
https://www.writingforward.com/creative-writing/where-do-successful-authors-get-their-most-brilliant-writing-ideas

Here is a link to 100 Interesting author facts – I love the fact that Agatha Christie disliked her creation Hercule Poirot, calling him ‘a detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep’. I can’t stand him either!!!

https://interestingliterature.com/2015/09/17/100-interesting-facts-about-famous-authors/

Quotes: That haverecently caught my eye

This time both of my quotes come from books I have recently read – and both are by Australian authors.

There are four things I need you to always remember alright?”

“Sure,” she said.

“One, always breathe,” he said “It sounds simple but breathing is sometimes the hardest thing in the world. If you’re ever struggling, stop, and take a couple of deep, slow breaths. Count them out loud if you need to. Two, always have dreams and ideals and never let anyone tell you it’s impossible. Something impossible is only something possible that hasn’t yet been done. Three, get out of bed every single day. Especially if you don’t want to. Because yes, even without you the world keeps turning, it’s simply a little more interesting with you in it. Four, never give up. That means on life and yourself.

From The Secret Life of Sarah Meads by V.K. Tritschler

‘You’ve been hoarding resources,’ he says. ‘What makes you think they are not going to do the same? You think they’re going to let us queue up with everyone else to receive rations? The way I see it, there are two scenarios here. One – we are turned out into the wilderness to fend for ourselves, or two – we get executed.

From After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson

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This is my occasional roundup of books I have read, books I’m currently reading, one or two Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: Her Loyal SEAL by Caitlyn O’Leary

Genre: Romantic suspense

Thoughts: The SEAL team go into the jungles of Brazil to rescue a family from a ruthless drug cartel. They then had to be kept safe until a court appearance brought the cartel down. One SEAL and one daughter fall in love against this edge of the seat story.

Book: The Art of Friendship by Lisa Ireland

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: I really, really recommend this 5 star read. Looks at friendship and in particular to friends who first met as pre-teens but are now all grown up and living adult lives in separate cities. Then one of them moves back – can they still be friends now they are grown-ups?

Book: Bunny and the Bear (Furry United Coalition #1) by Eve Langlais

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Just don’t read it – really – do yourself a favour!

Book: Pregnant By Mr. Wrong by Rachael Johns

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: THIS is how romance should be done – certainly soothed my soul after the previously mentioned bunny episode. Man meets woman, well they have actually known each other from childhood, Man and Woman get together for one wonderful night – and there are consequences. As the title alludes, baby makes 3.

Book: Anzac Biscuits by Allison Reynolds

Genre: Non-Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Genre: YA Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney

Genre: Historical Mystery

Thoughts: Separate review here

What I am currently reading:

Nathan Fox: Seas of Blood by L Brittney – Swashbuckling Historical YA Adventure

Borrowed Dreams by Debbie Macomber – Romance

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly – Cosy Mystery

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a couple of online articles I found recently:

Reading Challenge tips:

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1294-hot-reading-challenge-tips-from-pros-who-read-more-than-100-books-a-year

There are two delightful bookshops called ‘Hard to Find’ that are located in Dunedin and Auckland in New Zealand. Whenever I am in Dunedin I always drop in, and now I have discovered that they have an online presence as well: https://www.hardtofind.co.nz/

Free eBooks – Don’t we all like freebies? I am pretty much able to find them for my kindle app – but kobo is a little bit trickier. This link will help you overcome this problem by directing you to a few sources – and these sources work for kindle too: https://ebookfriendly.com/sources-of-free-kobo-books/

Quotes: That haverecently caught my eye

He was a quiet boy but had no trouble forming friendships. He’d never given them a moment’s worry. Until now. Libby’s stomach churned. What if she was wrong about her darling boy? What if she didn’t really know him at all? What if, despite following all the rules, she hadn’t raised the perfect child after all?

From The Art of Friendship by Lisa Ireland

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This is my occasional roundup of the books I have read, the books I’m currently reading, one or two Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: The Reaper Rescues the Genie by Kristen Painter

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Thoughts: The 9th book in the Nocturne Falls series – a series that I pre-order as soon as I know a new one is out. Nocturne Falls is a town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, and the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky are all make believe and there for their entertainment. But all the super natural folk who live there know this is far from the truth. In this book a Grim Reaper with a wonky gift and a Genie who is being hunted by a wish merchant get together.

Book: Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Historical Romance

Thoughts: Book 3 in the Ravenel series, Lady Pandora Ravenel is not interested in getting married, she wants to run her own business. Something it is generally frowned upon in Victorian England. However through a comedy of errors she is compromised and quickly finds herself married to Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent. He gives her freedom to continue her business but she very quickly finds herself caught up in a dangerous conspiracy. She is so impulsive her poor husband has a real battle to keep her safe.

Book: Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Genre: Historical Romance

Thoughts: From one independent woman, Pandora, to the next. Book 4 in the Ravenel series brings us Dr. Garrett Gibson who is the only female physician in England, and decides that as she is fighting to exist in a man’s world she will act like one – and starts an affair with Ethan Ransom, a brooding man who is a rumored assassin and whose true loyalties are a mystery. A night of passion leads to facing a treacherous government plot which is a continuation of danger faced in ‘Devil in Spring.’

Book: Winter in Sweetwater County by Ciara Knight

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Lisa has fled to Sweetwater Creek with her unborn child to escape her abusive fiancé and start a new life. She meets Eric the son of her business partner and gradually they realise that they can each heal each other from the hurts of their respective pasts.

Book: Rosemary’s Retribution by Nandita Chakraborty

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: The Book Ninja by Ali Berg

Genre: Chick Lit

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Wild Asparagus, Wild Strawberries by Barbara Santich

Genre: Non-Fiction/Memoir

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Mallee Boys by Charlie Archbold

Genre: Contemporary YA

Thoughts: Separate review here

What I am currently reading:

The Art of Friendship by Lisa Ireland (Women’s Fiction)

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (YA Romance)

Anzac Biscuits by Allison Reynolds (Non-Fiction)

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a couple of online articles I found recently:

A good article on how real books are not allowing themselves to be ‘written off.’ I’ve always maintained there is room for both in the market.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/14/how-real-books-trumped-ebooks-publishing-revival

These next two links are recommendations for books written by, or about, Moslem women

https://nylon.com/articles/best-books-muslim-women

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/06/novels-memoirs-muslim-women-authors/

Quotes: That haverecently caught my eye

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

By Martin Luther King Jr.

These are both from Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas:

#6 Lord St. Vincent reportedly has a mistress.

#7The word ‘mistress’ sounds like a cross between mistake and mattress.

“The first time you went out, you became mixed up with a group of radical political terrorists.”

“That could have happened to anyone!”

And this quote is from The Book Ninja by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus:

‘Seb just needs to add these herbs to his little potion and then rub it gently behind her ears without her knowing,’ Putu smiled knowingly.

‘Without her knowing? Mum, that’s terrible advice! If Seb starts rubbing oil behind somebody’s ears he’ll get is a restraining order,’ Frankie snapped.

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I haven’t done one of these in a wee while – life got in the way – but here is my occasional roundup of the books I have read, the books I’m currently reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: Magic’s Song by Sela Carsen

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: A lovely paranormal romance set in my favourite fictional community – Nocturne Falls – Trick is an ex-soldier now famous country singer who comes to Nocturne Falls to visit one of his army buddies. What he didn’t expect was to meet Daria, a beautiful mermaid, and find out his buddy is a gargoyle. Adventure and danger ensues until the couple can get their happy ever after.

Book: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

Genre: Contemporary

Thoughts: Set in Holland and translated from Dutch Hendrik shares a year of his life in an old folks home. Lots of goings on – and the oldies try to get around the rules that are there for the safety of the residents.

Book: The Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: I have loved this series that follow the Quinlan family – this time the matriarch Lola, in her 80s, decides to return to Ireland with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. The family dynamics are great with lots of wonderful scenes before secrets revealed.

Book: Arrivals and Arrests by Diana Xarissa

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Thoughts: Really enjoyed this cozy mystery – with a kitten and a ghost playing an important part.

Book: Silk Umbrellas by Carolyn Marsden

Genre: Contemporary Children’s

Thoughts: Was not totally my cup of tea, but to be fair was not aimed at my age group. Set in Thailand eleven year old Noi wants to avoid a future in a factory and learn the art of painting silk umbrellas from her grandmother.

Book: The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer AlLee

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Maura and her Pastor husband, Nick, are separated but a will has brought them back together for six months. He has no idea why she left him – and she can’t trust their newly rekindled feelings to tell him.

Book: Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon

Genre: Science Fiction/Romance

Thoughts: The third in a series of absolute fun, light and fluffy romances set in space. Twelve human women have been abducted by bad aliens to sell as slaves, they get dumped on an icy planet where they are rescued by very large blue humanoid creatures who are very handsome and looking for mates.

Book: Murder in Vail by Judy Moore

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Thoughts: Murder in the mountains as a wealthy widow Sally tells her greedy offspring that she is going to change her will and leave all the money to charity. As a raging blizzard cuts them off from the outside world the family finds themselves snowbound with a killer.

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Suspense

Thoughts: Love, love LOVED this story – Three ladies live with their spouses and children in a small no through road called Pleasant Court. Then husbandless, childless Isabelle moves in – and this coincides with each of the ladies lives being turned upside down as secrets are revealed.

Book: Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Us against you by Fredrik Backman

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Eventually Julie by Anthea Syrokou

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Out of Reach by Kendall Talbot

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Children of Midgard by Siobhan Clark

Genre: Historical/Fantasy/Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: The summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

Wild Asparagus, Wild Strawberries by Barbara Santich(Non-Fiction/ Memoir, Australian Author )

Mallee Boys by Charlie Archbold(Contemporary Young Adult, Australian Author)

The Reaper Rescues the Genie by Kristen Painter (Paranormal Romance)

The Book Ninja by Ali Berg (Chick Lit, Australian Author)

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a couple of online articles I found recently – While my part of the world is heading into winter – the northern hemisphere is planning on their beach reads, but those of us who are heading to winter – well we need books to snuggle up with!

Here are a couple of links to reading suggestions:

Something for everyone at the Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/entertainment/summer-books/

Here is what Cosmopolitan is suggesting:

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/g19848269/best-new-books-for-summer-reads-2018

Finally here are some suggestions from Esquire:

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/g19155718/best-summer-books-beach-reads-2018/

Quotes: These have recently caught my eye and are both from THE SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS by Bette Lee Crosby:

“…I simply don’t understand how the same parents can have two children who are so totally different. The girls were raised in the same household, and we didn’t make a bean of difference in how we treated them, but look at how it turned out…”

“…The sad thing is, regardless of what children do or say, they’re still your children, and you don’t stop loving them. Yes, there may be occasions when you scream and yell until you’re blue in the face, but even then, you don’t stop loving them…”

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Here is my occasional roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m currently reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: Honeymoon for One by Lily Zante

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: A sweet read – perfect for when you want to be entertained without having to think too much. Ava is dumped by her fiancé on New Year’s Eve just six weeks before their wedding. She decides to go on the planned honeymoon in Italy anyway – as you do. She meets a nice man and keeps secrets from him and then loses it because he keeps secrets from her!!! Still there needs to be friction before a Happy Ever After doesn’t there?

Book: The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale

Genre: Historical Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Mistress Mine by Gabrielle Dubois

Genre: Historical Fiction

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe

Genre: YA Dystopian

Thoughts: Separate review here

Book: Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark

Genre: Mystery

Thoughts: Separate review here

My Current reads:

Us against You by Fredrik Backman (Contemporary Fiction – due for release 5th June) – After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. This book is a sequel to BEARTOWN that was released last year.

Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon (Women’s Fiction) – Two days ago, Lara Foxleigh tossed three gold euros into the Trevi Fountain. Now, she is caring for a cranky old man and living in a picturesque villa half a world away from her home and the concerns of her loving family.

Eventually Julie by Anthea Syrokou (Women’s Fiction) – Julie has had enough! At 27, she feels overwhelmed with her life so finally decides to take action and sets off to Paris to find the answers that can set her free, and live a life full of meaning and passion. Julie loses herself in the sights and smells, and in the beauty of travelling in one of the most romantic cities in the world.

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a couple of online articles I found recently:

April is Autism Awareness Month – here are a few books that deal with the subject:

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2017/03/29/books-about-autism

A choose your own story for grown-ups – I have actually put an order in for this one looks great – but as a physical read, I think, rather than an e-version:

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1235-a-new-novel-lets-you-choose-your-own-romantic-adventure

Quotes: These have recently caught my eye:

A scene where a writer’s group discuss reader reviews – one member has just returned from consulting with his therapist:

“…He held up one hand. “In my defense, it was one-star and began, ‘I don’t know anything about astrophysics, but … ’” Ouch. Those hurt. Even I get those. Not about astrophysics, of course, but equally ridiculous. I’m giving Ms. Russo’s book one star because I ordered the wrong book. Or, this is a mystery and I hate reading mysteries, even though the description clearly states it’s a mystery. Or my favorite, I thought this was by Richard Russo, NOT Charlemagne Russo, whoever she is. I LOVE his books. Won’t bother to read hers. It took volumes of emotional maturity to ignore those kinds of bogus reviews…”

From Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark

I have this on my TBR pile, but haven’t read the first in the series yet, but someone posted this quote and it appealed to me.

…"You’re a Librarian." Lady Guantes put the same delicate disgust into the word that someone else might have used for mercenaries, colonoscopy or mad dogs and Englishmen. "Letting you do so much as talk is dangerous."…

From The Masked City (The Invisible Library, #2) by Genevieve Cogman

This is another book on my wish list:

“Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, the first thing I always think is, it is Loki’s fault. It saves a lot of time.”

From Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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Here is my latest roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: The Witness by Nora Roberts

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller

Thoughts: It took me half the book, but I had this nagging feeling that Elizabeth/Abigail reminded me of someone. I thought Shelden from THE BIG BANG THEORY TV show – but then the penny dropped – It is Leonard’s mum in the Big Bang Theory TV Comedy show! Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally rebels and goes to a nightclub with a school friend on forged identities. A few hours later she is in witness protection after her friend is murdered in a mafia assassination – the Russian mafia. Witness protection does not work out either and Elizabeth runs for her life alone into the darkness with an exploding house behind her. Twelve years later the reader meets Abigail who lives alone in the Ozarks – so does the local Police Chief. Can he earn her trust and then help her solve her problems? Of course he can – great story.

Book: Feels like home by Lisa Ireland

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: Jo is a successful novelist living in New York, who is engaged to the dreamboat Hollywood actor who is playing the male lead in the movie version of her debut novel. She returns to her home town in the Australian outback to be a bridesmaid at her best friend’s wedding. She doesn’t realise her childhood sweetheart, single dad Ryan, is going to be the best man. From here proceeds a wonderful romance about misunderstanding, betrayal and reconciliation.

My Current reads:

The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale (Historical) – September, 1851. Sydney, city of secrets and gossip. Seventeen-year-old Isobel Macleod is determined to save her father because she loves him. But when she dares to trespass in a forbidden male world, she will be plunged into social disgrace. A wave of ill fortune threatens to swallow up her family and their stately home, Rosemount Hall, ‘the finest house in the colony’ on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour. Is Isobel to blame for her family’s fate or does the cause lie further in the past? A daughter sacrifices her reputation, two men bid for the love of a woman, freedom is found in the heart of a dust storm, a father’s legacy reveals past crimes.

The Rising Storm by Ceri A. Lowe (YA Dystopian) – 15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilization from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind. Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a few online articles I found this week:

Why science says reading books should be your priority:

https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/why-reading-books-should-be-your-priority-according-to-science.html

Chris Bohjalian explains how he was inspired to write his latest novel THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT:

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/03/the-origins-of-the-flight-attendant

The movie version of A WRINKLE IN TIME is out, I haven’t seen it yet – but is on my wish list. If you read and enjoyed it, here are some suggestions as to what to read next:

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/03/read-next-loved-wrinkle-time

Quotes: These have recently caught my eye:

Beverly Hofstadter: Aside from a pro forma consummation of our marriage, his father and I only had intercourse for the purposes of reproduction.

Sheldon: That seems a fairly efficient arrangement.

Beverly Hofstadter: Yes, we think so. We’ve both done papers on it. Mine from the neuroscientific point of view and his from an anthropological. Mine, of course, was the only one worth reading.

Sheldon: Of course. I would very much like to read about your sex life.

Beverly Hofstadter: Well, it’s all online, or you can order it from the Princeton University Press.

Beverly Hofstadter: I’ve been responsible for my own orgasms since 1982.

Penny: Yikes.

Beverly Hofstadter: *laughs*

Penny: What’s so funny?

Beverly Hofstadter: That’s exactly what I say during orgasms: "yikes".

Quotes from Leonard’s Mum – Beverly Hofstadter – Big Bang Theory

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Here is my roundup of the books I’ve read, the books I’m reading, Internet places I’ve visited and quotes that have taken my eye.

Books I have recently finished:

Book: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thoughts: Has gone straight to my top reads for 2018 list. An edge of the seat story about a cursed child called Morrigan Crow. Cursed children are born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, and, worst of all, the curse means that they are doomed to die at midnight on their eleventh birthday. The story opens as Morrigan is snatched from the slobbering, snarling jaws of death and whisked away to secret, magical city called Nevermoor. To stay there Morrigan needs to complete and pass 4 trials; if she fails, then it’s back to face her fate. The first in a series – can’t wait for the second one.

Book: Kahayatle by Elle Casey

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic

Thoughts: Kahayatle was a really good story and the first of a trilogy. Summary of story – it’s the end of the world as we know it. Everyone under 10 and over 20 died and the young teen survivors are surviving – just. However, as supplies of food are running out – city dwellers who don’t know how to produce food have found a protein source. Eating other survivors. Our 3 young main characters are not happy about this and have trekked to the Everglades in Florida to hide away.

Book: That Wintry Feeling by Debbie Macomber

Genre: Romance

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. Special Ed teacher, Cathy, moves to the remotest part of the USA she could find – Alaska – after watching the man she loved walk down the aisle with her sister. However, her new best friend seem to think she needs a man at her side and talks Cathy into answering a lonely hearts ad in the local paper. Through this she gets a brand-new challenge, namely Grady Jones, a pilot and single dad who is so busy with his business he has little time spare for his daughter. He comes up with a solution to both their problems: a marriage of convenience. She get companionship – and he gets a mother for his child. You know what you are going to get with Debbie Macomber – misunderstandings, so much frustration you want to bang the MC heads together – before the inevitable happy ever after. Love it

Book: The Liftsal Guardians by Alexandra Moody

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi

Thoughts: The first in a series, Australian writer, Alexandra Moody has done a great job with her world building, well she actually builds two worlds. A fast-paced story set in a future in which the earth is overpopulated and another world war has broken out, Sloane is onboard a spaceship tasked with finding a new planet to colonize. As the book opens her brother Ash, part of the first team sent down to the green planet, has disappeared. And Sloane sneaks into the rescue mission craft as she feels no one is capable of finding her brother. Headstrong and stubborn Sloane has spent years training to be lethal and she can cut a man down as easily with her bare hands as she can with a sword. Things go wrong though and the rescue mission crashes – people die and get injured and Sloane is ostracized by the rest of the team. At this point things go from bad to worse and she is kidnapped by an alien, Rhyn, and taken to another planet – one in permanent winter. Now it looks like she has finally met her match – and she certainly is out of her depth. The rest of the book deals with her time on the mysterious frozen world as she gradually learns what is going on. I will certainly chase up the next couple of books.

My Current reads:

Feels like home by Lisa Ireland (Romance) – Celebrity novelist Johanna (Jo) Morgan returns to her home town in the Aussie outback to be maid-of-honour at her best friend’s wedding. She’s shocked to find her school sweetheart, Ryan Galloway, is back as well and well-integrated in the community as the local vet – and the best man at the same wedding, and a single dad. Jo and Ryan have no choice but to grin and bear all the tension. But it’s not only resentment lingering between them. The attraction is still there, and the heat and the memories.

The Witness by Nora Roberts (Romantic suspense/Thriller) – Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems — and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police Chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something — and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

Mistress Mine by Gabrielle Dubois (Historical) – In 1876, Louise St Quentin is sixteen. She is an orphan and the rich owner of a huge estate. Her future seems all mapped out; a marriage of convenience which would help her manage her estate. But Louise listens to her heart rather than her reason.

The end of the 19th century is terribly exciting, and Louise wants to discover everything – the adventure lying at the end of the railway track, romantic music, the modern cuisine in the new Parisian restaurants, and impressionist painting. Will her artistic, cultural and sensual upbringing going to lead the young girl to her ruin or to love? Will Louise, the young French girl find the grass greener on the other side of the world?

Quote/s and links for the week

Links: Here are a few online articles I found this week:

Is reading better for you than a spa?

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-43004760

They don’t just act:

http://www.signature-reads.com/2018/03/they-dont-just-act-celebrities-with-books-that-are-worth-a-read/?cdi=60CADC906181AC6DE0534FD66B0A0081&ref=PRH24BB520913

Book and wine matchings:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/123495-9-book-and-wine-pairings-that-are-perfect-for-a-boozy-book-club

Quotes: These have recently caught my eye:

…The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision…

Helen Keller

“She wants to learn how to handle a gun.”

“Well, I want George Clooney naked in my bed, but I haven’t attempted kidnapping. Yet.”

From The Witness by Nora Roberts

“Have you always been this anti-social or is it just the apocalypse that’s brought out your sunny personality traits?”

From Kahayatle by Elle Casey

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