Last night I was interviewed on Canned Laughter and Coffee, hosted by Renee Bernard. It’s a podcast done live on Tuesday nights and the subject is “Women’s fiction and romance, happy endings and big laughs!” It really was a lot of fun and the 15 minute format goes way too fast. If you’d like to listen to it, you still can. Just click here. Now, on to the WW Ladies Reads.
Christmas Mourning by Margaret Maron
Read by joysann
The whole community is shocked and grieved by the death of another high school student in an auto accident, the third this school year. Judge Deborah Knott becomes involved in the investigation when it appears the cheerleader had been drugged at a party, and then a boy who claimed he was her boyfriend is murdered. The two don’t appear related, but Deborah and her husband, Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant find too many common clues for them to dismiss the connection.
Besides having a fascinating, mysterious plot, this Judge Deborah Knott story was all the more interesting with spending the holidays with the judge’s affectionate extended family. Over the years it’s been fun keeping tabs on all the siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. With Christmas day approaching, it all comes together in way that I found heartwarming.
The Taming of The Wolf by Lydia Dare
Read by Michelle
Lydia Dare completely redeems Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth, even though he starts off the book by once again blundering by biting the formidable witch Caitrin Macleod. Having now marked Caitrin as his mate, he must convince her she wants to be with him forever…Only she’s convinced they’re NOT destined to be together.
What follows is a fun, heart squeezing, wonderful story that I couldn’t put down until I hit the last page! It’s made of awesome!
Real Vampires Hate Their Thighs by Gerry Bartlett
Read by Heidi
Gloriana St. Clair is pretending to be engaged to hunk new vampire rock star Israel Caine. She is excited that Israel is up for a Grammy in a week, and wants to look her best on the red carpet. She meets Ian MacDonald who claims to have the secret to help vampires lose weight. Gloriana is ready to make the sacrifice to lose weight and keep it off, but at a price she is not sure she is willing to pay.
Glory is like every woman, vampire or not, wanting to change to look perfect. It made me think, how far would I be willing to go, to wear the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, the perfect jewelry, all for that one perfect night that will last in my memory forever. But would I put my health at risk for it?? Fantastic to ponder while reading this book.
Ghost Country by Patrick Lee
Read by Michelle
When their motorcade is attacked, Paige Campbell sends for the only person who can help her, Travis Chase. Travis teams up with Bethany to save Paige and ultimately the world from a depressing end. The weapon Bethany brings is called an Entity and it has the capability of transporting people to the exact same place 70 years into the future. A future they want to avoid, but only have a couple of months to answer the right questions and stop the course of events.
A great read. It challenged my imagination while leaving me to ponder the “what ifs.”
The Ark by Boyd Morrison
Read by Loretta
The main character of this novel, Dilara Kenner, an archeologist, receives information from a friend Sam Watson regarding her missing father’s search for Noah’s Ark. After he collapses and just before his death, Sam tells her to find Tyler Locke who can help her to reveal what happened. When she finally finds and meets Tyler, she tries to convince him that recent attempts on her life were no accidents. Other searchers are a frightening threat.
They begin the search for Noah’s Ark, an unbelievable premise - but Boyd Morrison makes it so real in this novel and constructs such an amazingly thrilling story, you almost want to sign on to find this 6000 year old boat. Risking limb and life probably…..but it could almost be worth it!
All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
Read by Stacey
Callie Grey is at a crossroads. The man she’s been in love with for ages (her boss) is dating someone else, her divorced parents are considering getting back together…and she’s not sure what to do. Except of course, she keeps bumping into that pesky town vet…who’s smile might possibly make her melt. Hopefully, she(and her dog) will figure out what she wants before she looses it all.
I adore the way Kristan Higgins allows readers to see into Callie’s head. She’s hilarious, fallible and the sort of person you know you’ve been (or are) but are glad to watch from the sidelines as they make their way through their life. It’s through her eyes you get to see the people (and pets) who make up her life…her world. This is the reason I can’t get this book out of my head, and quite frankly, I don’t want to.
Tangled Reins by Stephanie Laurens
Listened to by joysann
From the moment he meets Miss Dorothea Darent, the Marquis of Hazelmere is fairly certain the London season with the ton will finally be interesting. Though at 22 she is considered a little old for “coming out”, the feisty, independent-thinking debutante is most popular, but everyone but she catches on to the fact she already belongs to Hazelmere.
Originally published in 1992, the audio book is a new release, bringing a classically happily-ever-after historical romance to audio listeners. The reader Rosalyn Landor is perfect with these regency period pieces, making the cast of aristocratic characters quite vivid. I found the story delightful, descriptive, and romantic.
Bottom Line: I’m trying to decide what I should put on my resolution list, but it usually ends up being the same thing every year…read more books.