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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- January 30th, 2013

The month of January ends tomorrow and so does my month long vacation in warm, sunny Florida.  I now know that I definitely want to be a snowbird.  Lucky for me, the southwestern Florida RWA has invited me next January, so I have something to look forward to.  Can you hear me whining over the internet?  I don’t want to go home to cold, dreary Wisconsin.  Good thing the WW Ladies have offered up some good reads while I huddle in my house the rest of the winter.

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joysann

joysann

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Listened to by joysann

After having gone missing as a teen twenty years before, Tara Martin turns up on her parent’s doorstep looking much the same as she did when she left. She can say where she’s been, but everyone thinks she’s crazy, what with her believing it’s only been 6 months since she went away to a very strange place. As her brother and her former boyfriend try to understand this lost girl they loved, Tara tries to find her real way home.

The poignant story told here totally captivated me. Well read for audio by John Lee, it would be nearly as fascinating had I read it on my own. Between joy and heartache and dreams lost and found, Some Kind of Fairy Tale is an enchanting story I highly recommend.

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Ashley

Ashley

Bride of the High Country: A Runaway Brides Novel by Kaki Warner

Read by Ashley

Margaret Hamilton escaped the Irish slums in New York and heads west to make a fresh start. She finally stops in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, where she finds a new purpose and great friends. But two men from Margaret’s past are on her trail. One is seeking revenge and the other is seeking the truth. Now Margaret has to choose between the town and friends that she has come to love or the man that might capture her heart.

Bride of High Country is an emotional rollercoaster! It’s a tale of revenge, redemption, and romance all swept up into one amazing love story. This is one romance I won’t soon forget! I love western historical romances and this series might just be my new favorite! A must read for historical readers looking for a different era, to fall in love with.

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Heidi

Heidi

Blizzard Ball by Dennis Kelly

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Read by Heidi

Christmas Day in Minnesota is even more exciting with the drawing of Blizzard Ball and a $750 million dollar prize. During a convenience store robbery and death of it’s owner, the winning ticket is taken, and the hunt is on for the ticket. Agent Kirchner is assigned to the case with a tech-savvy partner; and they discover this isn’t a typical robbery and insider scheming is at the heart. They must work quickly before the tickets get into the wrong hands and ruin of lottery and the state’s finances.

I was so intrigued with the concept of the $750 million dollar prize of the Blizzard Ball lottery and since it was set in the Midwest. However, the biggest joy I had was figuring out who had that winning lottery ticket, since it seemed to keep bouncing from one dishonest person to another. And because  you never knew who was in on the take and who’s life was in jeopardy, this story kept me on my toes until the very end. Plus, since pink is my favorite color, it was especially cool to have all the lottery tickets that color, and whoever heard of pink lottery tickets, right?

 

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Joan

A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day

Read by Joan

Lindsay Gibson knows she is somewhat different from other people, after all, she knows when someone is evil and has been trained to kill these beings, and when she meets Adrian Mitchell, her whole world is changed and begins to make sense. Not only is Adrian far older than his handsome 30+ years, he is also the leader of the group of angels known as the Seraphim, whose task is to carryout the punishment of the Fallen. Adrian is immediately drawn to Lindsey as she is the reincarnation of his one love, Shadoe, for whom he has been waiting to be reborn.

Sylvia Day has created a fascinating world in which there are Vampires, Lycans, Angels and other creatures. I enjoyed the story a lot and cannot wait to read the next two books in the Renegade Angels series. The story line is good and keeps me wondering who or what is causing the trouble brewing between these many different beings.

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Ashley

Ashley

Night Seeker: An Indigo Court Novel by Yasmine Galenorn

Read by Ashley

Ages ago, vampires turn to the dark Fae in order to harness their magic, only to create a demonic enemy more powerful than the anyone has ever seen before. Cicely Waters is an owl shifter and wind witch who rescued the Fae Prince Grieve, at a great personal cost. Now the vampires and the Summer Fae are no longer allies in Cicely’s fight against the Winner Fae.  Together Cicely and Grieve must enter the heart of the Myst Realm and fight a very powerful enemy.

Night Seeker is a unique magical world that had me completely engrossed. A very engaging thriller for any paranormal or fantasy reader! This book left me begging for more of this series!

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joysann

joysann

Aftershock by Jill Sorenson

Read by joysann

When San Diego is struck by a major earthquake, paramedic Lauren Boyer finds herself trapped in a junction of collapsed freeway overpasses with injured and dying people, a pregnant woman about to give birth, and the released convicts of a prison transport bus. Fortunately there is also strong, capable Iraq War veteran Garrett Wright who jumps right in to make the most of their situation. As the danger increases and things get really tough, their increasing attraction becomes both strength and weakness, and secrets are the most dangerous things of all.

This exciting story hit all the right buttons to make this a fine romance, to my way of thinking. The characters are likeable, the dangers, both natural and human, are scary enough, and the resolutions satisfying. I’ll be watching for Jill Sorenson’s next romantic thriller involving one of these characters.

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Bottom Line:  Tomorrow is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, so I’d like to leave you with one of my favorites from my son, the artist.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 2nd, 2011

I don’t know about you, but whenever there is a three day weekend I get confused.  I’m always a day late and I thought yesterday was Tuesday, so that’s why the WW Ladies are on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday.  Anyway, the good news is that we have new readers with us today.  Please welcome Ashley and a family of readers, Paula (mom) and her daughters Sophie and Shelby.  I just love it when families read together and they all did a great job for their debut.  I’m looking forward to many more book blurbs from them.

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joysann

joysann

Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann

Listened to by joysann

When Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella returns from Afganistan with his injured teammate and ersatz brother-in-law Dan Gillman, they discover Danny’s minor brother is trapped in a brutal domestic situation involving their drunken step-father. Since Izzy is already married to Danny’s beautiful sister Eden, though estranged, he races to the rescue, with hopes of saving, not only his teenaged brother-in-law, but the marriage he longs to realize. Between a violent domestic situation and a murderous human trafficking ring, Izzy and Dan confront dangers that make ideal use of their particular skills.

Listening to Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters books is always an enthralling experience, start to finish, this one is no different. We enthusiasts have been rooting for the socially awkward Izzy for a long while, and this is his story. Breaking the Rules is full of action, suspense, drama, friendship, and romance, and is quite rewarding.

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Ashley

Ashley

Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner

Read by Ashley

Edwina Ladoux was a southern princess who lived on a big and rich plantation, before the Civil War. After the war, her family and her life as she knew it was torn apart. To escape the war-torn and poverty of the South, Edwina decides to become a mail-order bride and travel thousands of miles to marry a man she never met, in the Colorado territory. Her new husband Declan Brodie wants a strong, dependable and hard-working wife who can help run his ranch and take care of his four children, what Declan doesn’t expect is a southern princess who can’t cook or clean. Edwina soon realizes that marriage and mother-hood is not what she expected and she wonders if she is destined to live a love-less marriage or if it would be better to return to her former home in the South.

I was taken on an emotional roller coaster ride as the book had all the elements of a superb novel; love, lust, adventure, honor, duty and revenge.  This was truly a captivating read.  I had to read it in one sitting just to find out what happened at the end!
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Heidi

Heidi

Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney

Read by Heidi

Hannah Robinson thought her only challenge was to open her new store, Cupcakes on the Corner. But now her life has been turned upside down, as her boyfriend announces he is leaving her for another woman. Hannah has one week to pull herself together and take her next steps to become a success. Turning to her friends and family, she journeys for the next seven months to find success and happiness.

Even though Hannah is the main character of this story, I found the supporting characters like her best friend Adam, her parents and her clients to be just as charming. I was swept up in the charm of her store and the Irish town where Hannah lives. I have been craving cupcakes since reading this book. Dangerous and yummy.

Sophie

Sophie

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Read by Sophie

Beautiful, fiery Sienna is an x-Psy, as well as the long lost weapon of a cruel and dangerous Psy ruler. Strong, handsome Hawke is the changeling wolf who considers her one of his own people, who protects her like one of his own…and who cannot resist her. Together, they are a dangerous, powerful duo, and they are the two key fighters in the war against the Psy, but all the while they are struggling with the emotion they feel for each other. When one of them succumbs to these longings it further complicates things, and not everything is as it seems. Can Sienna and Hawke and the rest of the changelings of Snow Dancer, Dark River, Wind Haven and more overcome everything, protect each other, and win this war?

This intricate, intelligently written novel is humorous, heartwarming; tear jerking, and action-packed! Singh has mastered the art of jumping from one point of view to another, and uses her many fun, dynamic characters to explain everything in perfect detail. This novel was intriguing from page one.

Shelby

Shelby

Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins

Read by Shelby

A lovely artist, Tate, moves out of her apartment in SoHo to escape her ex-boyfriend Roger (jerk) and into a cheap apartment in Golgotham, a part of New York almost entirely occupied by magical creatures. After Tate is attacked in her backyard by a were-cougar, Hexe , a kymeran, and Tate’s new landlord, rescues Tate. Were-cougar Lukas, Hexe, and Tate begin living their lives as friends, and a romance between Hexe and Tate develops as Tate is preparing for an art show of her metal sculptures.

I was definitely intrigued by the characters and the setting and gradually sunk into this ancient fantasy world smack-dab in the middle of modern New York with magic and adventure, discrimination and and romance.

Paula

Paula

Identity: Lost by Pascal Marco

Read by Paula

When James Overstreet, an African-American boy living in 1975 inner-city Chicago, is witness to a horrifically violent crime, he is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to report it to a racially prejudiced police department. Innocently but personally connected to this crime, he chooses to do what’s “right”, and his life is turned upside-down. Fast-forward to the 21st century, where James has become a lawman of substance and integrity, despite all odds. How quickly can his past come back to haunt, even torture him, in spite of the extreme precautions that were taken?

Pascal Marco has debuted a fabulous crime thriller, with easily identifiable characters and exciting, familiar settings. The story has intricacy enough to keep me guessing, but is peppered with such familiar settings so that the story comes vividly alive! This is an engrossing suspense story at its best!

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joysann

joysann

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Read by joysann

Diana Bishop is a descendant of venerable and famous witches, but she wants no part of her heritage. An historian of alchemy doing research at Oxford, she discovers a mysterious ancient text wrapped in magic, and from that moment on she becomes the object of scrutiny by other creatures of magic and darkness. The most sinister-seeming of these is Professor Matthew Clairmont, but it is with him that she faces the perils of her discoveries.

With its mixture of fantasy and fact, A Discovery of Witches required me to polish up my thinking cap. The details of historical accuracy are fascinating, and there is a depth to the fictional science that makes it almost believable. The captivating story, with its romance and magic, is spellbinding.

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Ashley

Ashley

One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes

Read by Ashley

Daughters of English Duke’s are expected to wed young, run a household, and be a dutiful proper wife to their rich husbands. Lady Cecily does not want this, she wants an excitng life and a marriage based off of love not duty and when the Earl of Augustine arrives it looks like she may have the life she wanted, expect the Earl of Augustine is American and part Iroqouis. Lady Cecily realizes that she is going to have to fight against the social norms of her society if she wants to live the life she loves.

An enchanting tale of love at first sight. I enjoyed reading about the tight and strict rules of English society and how this couple broke them in the name of love.

Bottom Line: I’ll be on the 6:15 a.m. flight to Alabama tomorrow for the Heart of Dixie Reader Luncheon and I just found out that I’ll be on the same plane as Kerrilyn Sparks when I transfer in Houston…awesome!to