Leap Day Your Turn

Barbara Vey -- February 29th, 2008

Happy Leap Year!  One extra day to work and not get paid for it…if you’re salaried.  Now it’s Your Turn Friday, where I say what I’ve been reading/listening to and then it’s Your Turn to tell me what gems you’ve been spending your time with lately.

First up is Unlawful Conduct by Pamela Clare.  Sophie Alton is a journalist who is no stranger when it comes to interviewing the criminal element.  Marc Hunter is serving a prison term of life without parole when he has to break out to find his sister and her baby who have disappeared.  When Sophie becomes his hostage, she discovers that Marc is no stranger.

Pamela worked as an investigative reporter and her insights into the harrowing prison system is disturbing.  The scary part in this book, for me, was the idea of being wrongly accused of something, going to jail and having no one believe you.  How easily could this happen to any of us?  Intriguing, thrilling and heart-pounding, this book is sure to be on book club lists.  (And a Happy Birthday to Pamela who is a leap year baby and has had 11 official birthdays.)

Next is Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffries.  Madeline Prescott is a bluestocking and teacher at the prestigious Miss Harris’s School for Young Ladies, but is trying find a way to help her depressed, wrongly accused physician father.  Anthony Dalton, Viscount Norcourt, is a rouge of the first order, but he needs to get his orphaned niece into the school so he can get guardianship of her away from his abusive aunt and uncle.   Madeline and Anthony need each other to solve their problems, but will society’s rules get in their way.

This delightfully, entertaining historical is witty, lively and sexy.  My kind of ingredients for a yummy happily ever after.

In my car I listened to Diane Mott Davidson’s Sweet Revenge.  Goldy Schulz is a caterer who seems to always be stumbling upon a murder.  This time she’s doing a library breakfast when she thinks she sees Sandee Brisbane who killed Goldy’s ex-husband and is supposedly dead herself in a forest fire.  While trying to figure this out, the former DA is found dead in a corner of the library and Goldy is sure Sandee has something to do with it.  

This is the 14th book in this series and listening to it on audio is as good as the first.  Of course, I have all I can do to get past the yummy food Goldy is always cooking up.  This story is mouth-watering good.

Here’s your chance to let everyone know what you’ve been reading lately.  So feel free to share.

Bottom Line:  What do you get when you cross a kangaroo with a calendar?   A leap year!  (Hey, what do you expect, I’m not getting paid for today)

26 thoughts on “Leap Day Your Turn

  1. Nicola Marsh

    Just finished Susan Elizabeth Phillips ‘Kiss An Angel’. I adore her books, this is one of her older ones, featuring a circus theme and a marriage of convenience. Her characterisation is incredible as always. They leap off the page and into your heart!

  2. joysannoh

    With all the snow this week, staying indoors and reading was easy, so I got through a couple books. I just finished The Vampire’s Secret by Raven Hart, and it was just as good as the first book in the series, The Vampire’s Seduction, which I thought was exceptional. William Thorne is certain that an attack is imminent by the old European vampires on the “new” communities of the Americas. The attack begins, but is all the more appalling because it’s in the form of biological warfare, which, impossibly, infects the undead as well as the living. With William’s old world sophistication and Jack’s confederate soldier quaintness, their father/son relationship is strained, yet they must work together to protect family and friends. I expect the next book, The Vampire’s Kiss, to be as good as the first two. Shameless by Tori Carrington – I can’t figure out how to write this so I’m stealing right off their webpage: “Two guys, a girl…and a blindfold” Okay, so it’s a little more complicated than that, but it’s quite the sizzler and pretty entertaining. It’s the first in a mini-series called Indecent Proposals with Harlequin Extreme Blaze.

  3. Edie Ramer

    Like Kristen, I was in deep edits this week, but I did have time to reread Liz Kreger’s Forget About Tomorrow. I’m reviewing it on Magical Musings Sunday. My one-sentence review is that it’s great!

  4. mary s

    Thanks Barb–I delight in Diane Mott Davidson’s books–thanks for reminding me of that great author & her latest! I just finished Double Cross by James Patterson & then Lifeguard by him & another author. I’m also reading Sara Paretsky’s latest–not her usual style but very good.

  5. Sabrina Jeffries

    Wow, Barbara, so glad you enjoyed Rogue! I’ve been reading an old book, Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith, and it’s a fascinating read! I thought I knew a lot about the publishing industry, but it gives you an insight into it that is beyond anything I’ve had. It’s a shame that she died–I always enjoy her books.

  6. Pamela Clare

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, Barbara! I’m glad you enjoyed UNLAWFUL CONTACT. Right now I’m writing on deadline, working hard on UNTAMED, the sequel to SURRENDER. Almost done! But the last two books I read that rocked my world were: Allie MacKay’s HIGHLANDER IN HER DREAMS, a very fun and touching time travel, and ON A HIGHLAND SHORE by Kathleen Givens, an absolutely stunning historical.

  7. Leah

    I’m going to have to pick up Pamela Clare’s newest. I’ve always loved her writing and that “no one believes you” theme scares the pants off me every time. I’m currently reading GRIMSPACE by Ann Aguirre. It’s a really intriguing sci-fi/futuristic, and I can see why the buzz has been so hot on it. It’s always thrilling to see a new author create a big stir. For editing, I’m working on Leslie Langtry’s STAND BY YOUR HITMAN, her next book in the Greatest Hits series about the Bombay family of assassins. I just started it this morning, and it’s been such a treat. I think my coworkers are wondering about me because I keep bursting into laughter. It’ll be out in September.

  8. Peggy

    Almost finished with Willa Cather’s “Song of the Lark” on my nightstand. In my cube at work I have “The Haunting of Josie” by Kay Hooper and a Moliere anthology, which one I pick up at lunch depends on the day I’m having!

  9. Lia Morgan

    I’ll second Kristen’s. I have been doing edits. But, I just emailed them to my editor. So my weekend is open. Pamela, Happy Birthday. I am married to Leap baby. We are celebrating his 9th birthday today. Big party tomorrow night.

  10. Jody

    With our daughter living in Virginia and us in the frozen tundra, we can’t take a road trip to visit her without at least one of Davidson’s Goldy books on cd from the library. They are great audio books too.

  11. Laurel Bradley

    I’m reading AUTUMN BRIDGE by Takashi Matsuoka. I’m only about halfway through it, but it’s fasinating. It’s a mix of ghost story and Japanese history told from several points of view. I’m loving it. Why can’t I write my own books and read someone else’s at the same time? So many books, so little time. :-)

  12. Pamela Clare

    Thanks, Leah! I hope you enjoy it! During my time as I journalist, I had myself locked behind bars on bogus felony charges so that I could see what it was like. And it’s scary, even when you know (as I did) that you’re getting out. I’m going to be blogging about my experiences behind bars soon and how that sort of “extreme research” helped feed this novel. Thanks Amanda and Lia for the birthday wishes. Lia, a happy birthday to your DH! Enjoy the party. I wish I were 9 again! LOL!

  13. Billie Warren Chai

    Pneumonia from constantly changing weather has limited my writing and reading this week. I went back and pulled Deborah MacGillivray’s A Restless Knight from the bookshelf for an enjoyable read. Felt like old friends visiting.

  14. joysannoh

    I just finished another book I liked a lot…. Blood Drive by Jeanne C Stein, The Second of The Anna Strong Chronicles Bounty hunter Anna Strong has been a vampire for only a couple of months and is still learning about herself in this modern world. The challenge of mixing her human life with a supernatural one is presented intriguingly. I’m hooked, so the next book, The Watcher, is on my reading list.

  15. Jacquie Rogers

    UPS just brought Cindy Breeding’s Camelot’s Destiny but I don’t have time to read it yet. Looks like a marvelous book, though! I’ll have to get the Sabrian Jeffries book. I’ve enjoyed every book of hers that I’ve read.


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