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Books I’ve Been Reading

Barbara Vey -- August 8th, 2013

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Even with a busy summer, I need to feed my reading addiction.  So here’s some books I’ve been enjoying.

The Children of Merlin Series by Susan Squires.  After whipping through Do You Believe in Magic?, I found myself immediately searching for the next book, He’s a Magic Man.  Then I found out about a prequel, Your Magic Touch, l and rushed to devour that.  These book tell the modern day story of a family who carry the DNA of Merlin from Camelot.  The parents tell the children of their heritage, but each are skeptical of the tale, and come into their powers at different times and ways.  Every book is about a different member of the family, but the family dynamic is a central part of the story.  Your Magic Touch goes back in time to tell the story of how the parents met, became aware of their history and passed the story on to their children.

This is paranormal done in a different way.  I almost hate to call it a paranormal because I think people who don’t normally read paranormals would enjoy this series if they just gave it a chance.  It’s not heavy handed and the characters make mistakes and aren’t perfect.  Their struggle with accepting the myth of their family is very believable.  I was engaged from the very beginning and happily became entwined with the grown Tremaine children while immersing myself in their adventures.

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A Thousand Lies by Sharon Sala.  A dark suspense that hits on very real terror, abuse.  Anson Poe is the handsomest man in the county, but his good looks hide a very black heart.  He’s mean to everyone, but especially his wife, who takes what is given to protect her family.  Son, Brendan, breaks free of the family and tries to live a normal life while still trying to protect his mother and sister.  Unfortunately, he shares his father’s looks and people judge him by his father’s crimes.  Things come to head and Brendan must face off against the evil man he hates most, his father.

This story reflexes all the mystery and long, hot summer days and nights in Louisiana.  I couldn’t help but be pulled into the story as it tells the tale from all angles and seeing into the mind of the evil Anson Poe is frightening.  It’s easy to say why didn’t the mother just leave, but believe me, in abusive situations it is very difficult.  When you live with fear everyday, it gets hard to imagine a life without it and most mothers will do anything to protect their children.  Riveting, terrifying and engrossing, Sharon Sala takes us to a dark place, but manages to make everything ok.

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To satisfy my audio book addiction, I listened to Something About You by Julie James.  Poor Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde is just trying to get a good night’s sleep at a hotel when there is a murder committed in the next room and she becomes the only witness.  Since it involves a US Senator, FBI Agent Jack Pallas is sent in to protect Cameron.  The problem?  Jack blames her for mismanaging a big case of his involving the mob years ago.

The snappy dialogue, humorous situations, sexual tension and suspense make for a delicious, delightful and entertaining read.  I noticed an extra spring in my step while listening to this story while out walking.

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Don’t Look Now by Michele Gagnon.  Noa Torsen and her ragtag, teenage gang fight to save other teenagers from the claws of the evil Project Persephone.  Noa has been part of their experiments and knows it needs to stop.  Her hacker buddy, Peter, helps her locate facilities from his home base, but knows he need to go up against the bad guys when he finds out they’ve been experimenting on his girlfriend, Amanda.

While I don’t read a lot of Young Adult, this series has me hooked.  This is the second book and I highly recommend it for those hard to please young readers.  I know they’ll be clamoring for the final book in the series like I am.  Teeth-clenching, non-stop action that has you cheering for these underestimated teens.

Bottom Line:  Too many books…not enough time.  A truer sentiment has never been spoken.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- September 28th, 2011

Friday I leave for the Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) Conference.  This will be a new conference for me and I’m excited to see that the amazing Brenda Novak will be the keynote speaker.  I’m scheduled for a Saturday afternoon Q&A.  These sessions scare me because if no one has any questions, it can seem like a very long session.  Just in case, I’ll be prepared to talk about what the WW Ladies have been reading.

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joysann

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Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

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Evalle Kincaid is trying to locate three of her fellow Alterants to make a case before the Tribunal that they are a legitimate species, not just people who morph into mindless killer beasts that should be killed on sight even before they change. But they’re in hiding, and even with the help of the exciting new man in her life, a shifter named Storm, she’s not going meet the deadline set by the gods.

In their complex urban fantasy, these two dynamic authors have pulled out all stops in creating imaginative, original creatures and characters whom I find most intriguing. The story line is intricate, puzzling and suspenseful, and the action is nonstop. With Alterant as the second book in the Belador series, I’m looking forward with anticipation to the exciting adventures ahead.

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Sophie

Sophie

Don’t Mess With Texas by Christie Craig

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Nikki Hunt, pretty, blonde, divorced, and lacking in her sense of self-worth, defines the term “starving artist,” and Dallas O’Connor is the strong, handsome, also divorced ex-cop, now PI who recently got out of prison, where he’d spent time with his buddies and coworkers Tyler and Austin for a crime they didn’t commit.  So when Nikki finds her ex-husband’s dead body in her trunk, Dallas is able to look past the fact that she is the perfect suspect and believe her when she says she’s innocent.  Proving her innocent becomes the top thing on his to-do list, but she herself is a close second—a fact that scares Dallas to no end.  Dallas and Nikki hit many rough spots, or as Nikki’s hilarious Nana calls them, potholes along the way, but the humor alone isn’t going to get them through the night alive…

This book was a joy from the start!  Sexy, fun, and obviously well-planned, Don’t Mess With Texas was impossible for me to put down.  Craig’s skill is exemplified by this book, and I’ve already got a waiting list of friends who are excited to read it!

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Paula

Paula

The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato

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Venice, and the glassmaking inextricably associated with it, is in Nora Manin’s blood; Venice was where her existence was conceived, and where her destiny lay. Following the heart-wrenching dissolution of her marriage, Nora impulsively, perhaps instinctively, dispensed with the trappings of her former life in London, and set course for her future in Venice, hoping to connect with, and perhaps unlock, the mysteries of her past. Guided by only by a glass heart crafted by her ancient ancestor and a desire to find herself, Nora embarks on journey that will not only connect her with her rich and remarkable family history, but will propel her toward a future that dreams are made of.

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Having recently visited Venice, and the island of Murano, where exquisite art glass is crafted today as it has been for centuries, the images evoked in this lush story were striking and fresh for me. Marina Fiorato has superbly captured the beauty and lush history of this ancient center of art and culture, while weaving a story with layers of history, intrigue, and romance that is as absorbing and magical as Venice itself.

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Shelby

Shelby

A Lot Like Love by Julie James

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The FBI wants to Xander Eckhart in the act of laundering money for the mob and their only opportunity will be this Valentine’s Day at his exclusive wine tasting.  So they enlist the help of Jordan Rhodes, a billionaire heiress, to get into the party with Nick McCall as her date/undercover FBI agent.  When Xander sends a Private Investigator to tail the new “couple,” the two are forced to continue their “relationship.”  Eventually it becomes a real relationship, but something more sinister lurks…

I absolutely adored this book!  The suspense, the secrets, and the ever present danger make you not want to let it out of your sight.  The classic relationship of dislike leading to more with a delicious twist attached.  This is a definite keeper, mark my words!
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Heidi

Heidi

Deep Trouble by Mary Connealy

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Shannon Dysart is on a mission to clear her father’s name, by going to the Wild West from Saint Louis, to find the city of gold. Shannon gets in over her head, when her companions turn on her and leave her for dead. Gabriel Lasley is the cowboy hero who has western smarts and faith to follow. Their adventure turns tricky with every step, and they hope to survive it all and get to the golden end.

The historical western brought out the best adventure to my brain with awesome visual descriptions and the desire to find the treasure. I always find it a pleasure to read a book that has women characters that are independent, faith-focused and driven. I really got my wild western fix with this book.

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Ashley

Ashley

The Perfect Kiss by Melody Thomas

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Christel stole the perfect kiss from the man of her dreams, too bad that  English society’s rules made courtship and marriage impossible. She was the bastard daughter of an Earl and he was the Earl of Carrick, so Christel watches as he marries her favorite cousin. Nine years later the Earl is widowed and with a young daughter. Christel comes back to be the governess for the girl but neither has forgotten that secret kiss, and they still burn for desire for each other but secrets from each other’s past threaten to ruin their second chance at love.

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The Perfect Kiss is the perfect love story, full of secrets and treasures, and love and lost. This book was a delightful read that kept me entertained from the first page to the last page!
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Loretta

Loretta

The Protector by Marliss Melton

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To retaliate against General McClellan for his actions in Afghanistan, terrorists target his daughter, Eryn for death.  Eryn is a school teacher in Washinton, DC. unaware that the FBI has put her out for bait to catch the jihadists and narrowly escapes the first attack.  General McClellan has asked  Ike Calhoun, a retired Navy Seal, to protect her.

I found The Protector by be beautifully written, exciting and captivating, keeping me glued to the pages until the unforseen and unforgettable ending.  Ike’s abiilities and daring-do deeds will astound you as he maneuvers Erin’s and his safety, keeping you gasping at the twists and turns on each page.  Amid all the chaos,- love also grows here!

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Michelle

Michelle

Before I go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

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Christine Lucas wakes up every morning to a stranger in her bed and no recollection of the last 20 years of her life.  Every morning her husband Ben has to show her the pictures of her life.  Christine trying to piece together what has happened to her begins to keep a secret journal that begins with the words “Don’t trust Ben.”  As her life unravels she unearths the frightening events that led to her amnesia.

This is a great read!  Trying to imagine a life without knowing your own past just left me with goosebumps and a feeling of dread.

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joysann

joysann

Kitty’s Greatest Hits: A Collection by Carrie Vaughn

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Kitty retains control and gains wisdom in Winnowing the Herd. Through blood and tears, young Cormac learns the family business of hunting creatures of the night in Looking After Family.  In Conquistador de la Noche one of Coronado’s soldiers find darkness instead of Cities of Gold. And a cryptozoologist encounters serious danger in The Temptation of Robin Green.

Kitty Norville is the popular radio host of The Midnight Hour, a talk show dedicated to all things that go bump in the night, and her adventures have taken readers through a whole series of exciting books. Kitty got into this talk-show business because she is a werewolf, and where else can a supernatural turn for advice? I love these books, and the 14 stories in Kitty’s Greatest Hits enrich and give dimension to the fascinating characters Carrie Vaughn created.

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Bottom Line:  Maybe I’ll make a list of questions to ask the COFW…just to keep them on their toes.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 4th, 2011

I had such an exciting meeting yesterday with the educators from the local middle and high schools.  We discussed forming YA book clubs, promoting book communities and having authors come in to talk to the kids.  The adults were so thrilled about the program, we even discussed starting a romance book club.  Then three librarians and two YA readers stopped by my house to pick up books to join the WW Ladies Book Club.  Watch for new faces in the near future.

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joysann

joysann

Size Matters by Stephanie Julian (e-book)

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Tim Sattazahn, just minding his own business walking through the woods in a snowstorm, comes upon a beautiful woman freezing to death after her car breaks down. Beyond the physical desire he’s experiencing as he cares for her, he feels some consternation when he learns that, as a reporter for the Weekly News Journal, she’s there looking for Bigfoot, but doesn’t realize she’s found him. For her part, Carrie Benton is thoroughly taken by the huge, gorgeous, sexy man she’s found that’s made her trip to the forest worth while.

This is a very fun, cute, fast little read. It’s also charming, smile-provoking, and hotly erotic. With Size Matters, Stephanie Julian is cleverly introducing The Fringe, a new series that explores some of the more imaginative reports in the weekly papers at grocery store check-out counter, and I’m looking forward to the next story.

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Marge

Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Caillen Dagan learned survival from a young age and taking care of his sisters is his number one priority.  His world turns upside down when he learns he’s actually of royal blood.  Desideria is one of the queen’s bodyguards, but has always had to fight for her right to the position.  When political forces plot to overthrow their governments, Caillen and Desideria must work together to clear their names and stop the impending doom.

This sci-fi thriller keeps the action going while plunging the reader into the political intrigue.   I found myself remembering why I’ve always loved sci-fi and now plan to add more to my collection.  Intriguing and exhilarating.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Read by Heidi

Jordan Rhodes loves her twin brother Kyle, and will do anything to get him released from prison. FBI Agent Nick McCall knows this and uses that desire to get into one of the most exclusive parties in Chicago, with Mob ties. As unexpected developments in the operation happen, the “couple” learns the sparks they are pretending to have go alot deeper.

A great romance with a great amount of sexual tension. It was especially fun to see that the tension was drawn out so the relationship could develop a little bit more. My favorite additions are the Chicago locations AND the timely elements.

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Liz

Liz

Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep

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Gin Blanco, retired assassin and an Elemental with the rare ability to manipulate two elements (stone and ice) has a number of problems on her hands. One, her one woman mission to bring down mob boss, Mab Monroe, the woman responsible for the death of her family; two, how to reveal to Detective Bria Snow that she was in fact her long lost sister; three, how to handle the budding romance between herself and Owen Grayson; and four, the assassin hired by Mab Monroe (LaFleur).

The latest in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin Series, Tangled Threads is her best by far. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy … hell, any paranormal fan … you’re going to enjoy this entire series like I have.  Arousing, thrilling ride.

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Michelle

Michelle

Broken by Karin Slaughter

Read by Michelle

Dr. Sara Linton returns home for the holidays to be drawn into the path of a serial killer.  Special Agent Will Trent is called in to investigate the murder of a college student.  He befriends Dr. Linton and together they have to unravel the truth from local detectives that are intent on concealing crucial details of the case.

A very gripping, captivating read.  Each page dripped with suspense and had me eager for more.

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We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanWe'll Always Have Summer

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Isabel has grown up spending summers with her mother’s best friend and two sons. She has always loved Conrad, but when Jeremiah professes his love she realizes she may have chosen the wrong brother. Days before the wedding Conrad reveals he is in love with her as well and now she has to decided if she will stay with the one who loves her or go with the one she loves.

A coming of age story that kept me guessing right up to the last page.  The ultimate unforgettable  read.

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Heidi

Heidi

So Close The Hand of Death by J.T. Ellison

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The sixth novel of Taylor Jackson, a tough Nashville homicide lieutenant who knows that The Pretender is back. The Pretender has taken several companions in on the task to show multiple serial killings that match those of the  Zodiac Killer, The Boston Strangler and the Son of Sam. As time starts to run out, Taylor realizes that the targets are hitting too close to home as she goes in for the kill before the bodies start to pile up higher.

A true roller coaster ride of thrills while finding out who the killer is, and who are following in the footsteps. My emotions soared up and down with this story. I realized at one point, I was holding my breath for a long time and had to remind myself to keep breathing during the rest of the book.

Bottom Line: Today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day…May the fourth be with you.