Monday, 25 January 2016

It's Monday. What are you reading?

For some reason, I always seem to finish reading a book on a Sunday, so Monday tends to be a new book day for me. Today, I'll be starting To The Stars by Molly McAdams and I'm really excited about reading this because it is my very first paperback arc! Living where I do, an opportunity like this doesn't happen often due to high postal charges. I was lucky to win this in a competition back in December.

This is a standalone and the 2nd Thatch novel by this author. I've not read the first book in the series. But understand it was a real tearjerker. The synopsis sounds intriguing, so I can't wait to get reading!

To The Stars
by Molly McAdams
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 9, 2016)
In the second book in New York Times  and USA Today  best-selling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together.

He promised to wait for her.
She told him he was wasting his time.
Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.

When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was three and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life—whether she liked it or not—but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else.

Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Favourite New Authors (to me) in 2015!

It's the end of the year and time to reflect back and remember favourite reading highlights.

2015 has been a fabulous year for introducing me to new writers who's work I will now pick up without a hesitation in the future.  I don't have an ultimate No.1 for my list, so here are some of books and writers who I've awarded 5 stars to during 2015:

Untrue Colors & True Deceptions. If you like romantic suspense, you'll love these fast paced plots filled with lies, deception, intrigue, lust, suspense and espionage.

Before We Were Strangers. Packed full of emotion, this book made me cry!


Nobody's Angel & Nobody's Fool.  The Hunter brothers will make you swoon!  I love male protagonists to be intelligent... Richard & Josh Hunter are not only clever, but thoughtful, compassionate and incredibly sexy!

Blurred Lines, a friends to lovers story. Parker and Ben have been friends for six years, spending most of the time convincing friends that their relationship is purely platonic!   Steal Me, New York's Finest #2. The Moretti brothers are all NY cops and eldest brother Anthony certainly caught my attention!

Worth The Risk, Just when you've fallen in love with a McKinney man, another comes along.  Stephen McKinney is a complex man but incredibly caring, thoughtful and sexy...just like his other brothers.

Call Sign Karma, this was the first book I read in 2015 and has stayed with me all year. Who doesn't love a sexy British pilot and a kick-ass heroine?

Confessions Of A Reformed Tom Cat, I was drawn instantly to the title. This humorous book was memorable not only for the highly entertaining protagonists, but for the Pacific Northwest setting.

Best Laid Plans and Out Of Plans, Gritty, sexy and violent.  A suprisingly enjoyable duet.  I loved the lightening paced adventures across Western Africa and South America.  Two sexy, dangerous guys and one tough heroine.

Monday, 2 November 2015

It's Monday. What Are You Reading?

I'm actually between books right now after finishing an arc for Cooper (Wild Boys) by Melissa Foster late last night. Cooper is due for release on 1st December and is book 4 of a hot, sexy new series featuring the Wild brothers. (Heath, Jackson, Logan) If you are a fan of Melissa Foster and looking for something a little hotter than her usual books I highly recommend these four novellas.

At the moment my main reading focus is advance reader copies as my personal TBR is getting bigger, although I've been better at NOT one-clicking recently!

My current (ever increasing) reading list

The book I will pick up later today is the long awaited final episode in the Rising Storm series Thunder Rolls by Dee Davis. Each novella is being released weekly, with a different author writing each episode.  Formatted like a soap opera, this tale of life in Storm, Texas has been such fun and really addictive.  It will be bittersweet finishing this series, although a new one is scheduled for 2016 along with a couple of specials too. Yay!

Welcome to Storm, Texas…

A town nestled among rolling hill​s and painted with vibrant wildflowers, ​where everything ​seems like perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade.

Dark and ​powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. ​That can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams.

Rising Storm is an ongoing drama. A powerful series conceived by Julie Kenner and Dee Davis, full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

get caught in the storm!

Episode 8 - Thunder Rolls

Secrets, Sex and Scandals … 

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming. 

As Hannah Grossman grapples with the very real possibility that she is dating one Johnson brother while secretly in love with another, the entire town prepares for Founders Day. The building tempest threatens not just Hannah’s relationship with Tucker and Tate, but everyone in Storm as dire revelations threaten to tear the town apart.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Feeling thankful - #100happydays

Day 3 #100happydays

Today I am feeling thankful that our prehistoric dinosaur of a lawnmower still works.  It is over 30 years old and it is getting incredibly difficult to source parts for it when it has a breakdown.  We were lucky this year that my husband was able to find substitute parts to fix it. In the future we may not be so lucky.

To replace this beast will require a lot of money - somewhere in the region of NOK 50K .  So, as you can imagine, we'd rather not be burdened with that expense any time soon.

To cut the lawn (tamed meadow) takes over 2 hours, so this isn't a luxury garden toy, but an essential one. Here's hoping we have have a couple more, trouble free years of grass cutting.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

A challenge

Joanne, a friend of mine recently completed the #100HappyDays challenge. I read most of her posts, as she documented each day and I must admit I looked forward to seeing what she photographed and talked about.  So, when the challenge finished, I admit to missing the daily anecdotes and pictures.  So, to fill the void Joanne's #100HappyDays has left, I've decided to take up the batten myself and begin my own journey of discovery.

The question: Can I be happy for 100 consecutive days?  Hmm, I'm not sure, but I am going to give this a try.  I'm not a card wearing member of the "grinning Cheshire cat society," nor am I miserable.  If nothing else, I hope that this is an exercise in appreciating what we have and not taking things for granted.  The geek that I am has already figured out that this challenge will be finished on 25th September and it seems such a long way away.  This isn't about wishing my life away, but what life lessons can be learned.

Day 1 #100happydays

This arrived in the post today, my husband's PhD certificate... much work to achieve, but I am very proud of his accomplishment.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

It's that time of year again.  The poppy plant in the garden is flowering again.  Nothing unusual about that, except this year the first flower began opening on 30th May.  I can't remember a flower before June before (at least in the Summer).

This photo was taken just as Oskar was leaving for school this morning .  The background story as to why I take photos of Oskar and the poppy is here.

Monday, 17 February 2014

***Sweetheart Smackdown*** - Elite Eight - Vote for Kathleen

The heroine of The Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany Snow has made it through to the final "Elite" Eight in the Sweetheart Smackdown competition run my the book blog : For the Love of Books.

Kathleen needs you vote!