Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodreads 2011 December Monthly Challenge

Posted by Unknown at 4:38 PM 0 comments

10 of 10 Completed

Goodreads Challenge Thread

1. 'D' is for December: Doing it Right by MaryJanice Davidson 12/21
Read a book that starts with 'D' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'D'.
2. Happy Birthday!: Happy Birthday Sho! Tangled Up in You (Writer Friends, #3) by Rachel Gibson  12/11
Read a book from a December birthday celebrant's GR bookshelf whose "day" falls on the same "day" as yours. If no one has the same day, choose someone with the closest day to yours. December Birthday List
3. Geography: One Summer in Italy by Lucy Gordon 12/23
Read a book whose author, setting or character is from Italy.
4. Christmas Theme: Her Montana Christmas Groom by Teresa Southwick 12/13
Read a book that has a "Christmas" word in its title (mistletoe, christmas, holiday, santa, reindeer, etc) or has a Christmas theme cover.
5. Walt Disney's Birthday: Strings Attached by Nick Nolan 12/31
Read a young adult book or a book that has been made into a family friendly movie.
6. Explore-A-Series: Baby, Don’t Go by Stephanie Bond 12/4
Start a new series or continue a series that you have wanted to get back to.
7. Pearl Harbor Day: Hot Zone (Elite Force) by Catherine Mann 12/21
Read a book that has war related theme or characters.
8. Fruitcake & Pumpkin Pies: Some Like It Hot by Louisa Edwards 12/3
Read a book that the character, the title or the cover is food related. (ie. Visions of Sugar Plums)
9. Holiday Clean-Up: Quade: The Irresistable One (Bronwyn Jameson) 12/12 or Zane: The Wild One by Bronwyn Jameson) 12/13 (Goodreads Romance A-Z Challenge)
Read a book that you need for another challenge. Be sure to say for which challenge. (Monthly or a Yearly Challenge)
10. Reader's Choice: Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor, #3) by Jill Shalvis 12/10
Read any book of your choice.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Goodreads Romance A-Z Challenge

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A-Z Romance Title Challenge 

A: Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis 2/6
B: The Bikini Diaries by Lacey Alexander 2/20
C: Compromising Positions by Jenna Bailey-Burke 1/2
D: Deadly Heat (Deadly, #2) by Cynthia Eden 2/8
E: Everyone Loves a Hero by Marie Force 2/13
F: The Fall by Marie Force 1/8
G: Guns and the Girl Next Door by HelenKay Dimon 2/21
H: How Sweet It Is by Sophie Gunn 1/19
I: Icebreaker (New York Blades, #9) by Deirdre Martin 2/5
J: Just My Type (Bradfords #3) by Erin Nicholas 1/6
K: Killing Time by Leslie Kelly 2/26
L: Love Me Tender by Alison Kent 1/9
M: Marked for Marriage by Jackie Merritt 1/3
N: Not Another Blind Date by Leslie Kelly, Janelle Denison & JoAnn Ross 2/27
O: Off Kilter by Donna Kauffman 1/18
P: Playboy Prankster (Extreme Racing #1) by Pamela Britton 1/17
Q: Quade: The Irresistible One by Bronwyn Jameson 12/12 
R: The Reluctant Vampire by Linsay Sands 6/3
S: Silver and Spice by Lori Greene 1/8
T: Then He Kissed Me by Christy Ridgway 1/8
U: Undertow by Cherry Adair 1/1
V: Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Spark 4/16
W: Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr 1/27
X: X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo 3/27
Y: Yours for the Taking by Robin Kaye 1/2
Z: Zane: The Wild One by Bronwyn Jameson 12/13 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GoodReads 2011 November Monthly Challenge

Posted by Unknown at 2:15 PM 0 comments

6 of 10 Completed

Goodreads Challenge Thread

1. 'N' is for November: Night after Night by Janelle Denison 11/12
Read a book that starts with 'N' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'N'.
2. Happy Birthday!: Happy Brithday Emily! Fancy Pants (Wynette Texas, #1) by Susan Elisabeth Phillips 11/26
Read a book from a November birthday celebrant's GR bookshelf whose "day" falls on the same "day" as yours. If no one has the same day, choose someone with the closest day to yours. November Birthday List
3. Geography: The Hellion by LaVryle Spencer 11/12
Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Alabama
4. Chemistry Week: The Sex Solution by Kimberly Raye 11/5
Read a book with a character who is a scientist or a book that takes place within science field or a book with the word "chemistry" in title.
5. Young Readers Day (Nov 8): Either (a) If I Die Young by Talia Jager; (b) Forever Mine by Elizabeth Reyes; or (c) Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy, #1) by Nicole Williams
Read a YA book.
6. Native American Heritage Month: Comanche Moon (Comanche #1) by Catherine Anderson
Read a book with Native American character or a Native American author
7. Red Planet Day (Nov 28): Hide from Evil by Jami Alden or Cheri on Top by Susan Donovan
Read a book with a Red cover or a book set in space or a futuristic/science-fiction book.
8. Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20): Long Way Home by Carolyn Gray
Read a LGBT book (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender)
9. Absurdity Day (Nov 20): Razer’s Edge (An Edge Novel) by Shannon Butcher 11/8
Read something spontaneous/absurd - a book with an absurd plot or use to select a random book off your TBR or read a book from a new-to-you author or genre.
10. Reader's Choice: Night Moves: A Shadow Force Novel by Stephanie Tyler 11/2
Read any book of your choice.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

#Readathon - Book 3 Completed

Posted by Unknown at 7:37 PM 2 comments

A great dinner and a short quck read to get back in to readathon reading.

Title: A Very Vampy Christmas

Author Kerrelyn Sparks

Start: 21:15

End: 22:30

Pages: 100

Description: Maggie O'Brien is thrilled when she lands a starring role on the Digital Vampire Network's hottest soap opera, As the Vampire Turns. Doesn't hurt that her leading man is Don Orlando de Corazon, the greatest lover in the vampire world! But who is Don Orlando really? Nobody knows, not even Don Orlando. As the couple sets out in search of his mysterious past, "home for the holidays" takes on a new meaning when the recently-turned vamp discovers his own Christmas miracle.

Comments:  A quick read from the Love At Stake series


Books Read Pages Read
3 868


Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
Bad Boys Do Victoria Dahl 8:00 14:00 Hour 6 384
Darn Good Cowboy Christmas Carolyn Brown 14:18 20:20 Hour 13 384
A Very Vampy Christmas Kerrelyn Sparks 21:15 22:30 Hour 15 100


#Readathon Mid Survey

Posted by Unknown at 5:44 PM 3 comments

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Just finished my second book…not really sure what I’m going to start next
2. How many books have you read so far? 2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Anything that will help me stay awake through the wee hours of the morning
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I rescheduled my facial and manicure and took Monday off work
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Not this time – although I still feel like I got off to a slow start
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Fewer of my bookfriends participating and less blogging…but that let’s me read more
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Some ideas…would love to discuss…really would have like to see the participants posted earlier so I could set up my rss feeds to see others blogs
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I think after 3 years…I’ve gotten it down…maybe recruit more friends
9. Are you getting tired yet? Not yet
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Pick books that are light, enjoyable reads…that helps me get through the long hours

#Readathon–Book 2 Completed

Posted by Unknown at 5:35 PM 0 comments

We are just over half-way through the readathon and I just completed my second book. And John is in the process of cooking a meal that smells fabulous…something about apple stuffed grilled pork chops, grilled eggplant, and rice. And I believe that there is some Jeni’s Salty Caramel ice cream for dessert. Have I mentioned that I love my husband????

Now to decide what to start next…

Title: Darn Good Cowboy Christmas

Author Carolyn Brown

Start: 14:00

End: 20:24

Pages: 384

Description: Born and raised in a traveling carnival, all Liz Hanson ever wanted for Christmas was a home that didn't have wheels. After she was old enough to date she added one more item: a sexy cowboy.

She's about given up on Santa ever bringing either one when her father dies and leaves her an ugly house and twenty acres in Texas. Then rancher Raylen O'Donnell walks onto her property...

Comments:  I’ve loved Brown’s series of contemporary Cowboy romances. The O’Donnell family has been one of my favorites…and I’m looking forward to more.

Books Read Pages Read




Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
Bad Boys Do Victoria Dahl 8:00 14:00 Hour 6 384
Darn Good Cowboy Christmas Carolyn Brown 14:18 20:20 Hour 13 384

#Readathon Hour 11 Update

Posted by Unknown at 3:10 PM 0 comments

60% through my second book, Darn Good Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown. Need a little snack to see me through to the dinner that John will be making… Checked in with Shaunesay, Reading in Texas, and DancingDog.

#Readathon–Book 1 Completed

Posted by Unknown at 11:18 AM 1 comments

Wow…we are just starting Hour 6 and I JUST NOW finished my first book. It has been a slow start. But there is a lot more to do than just reading…I need to check up on what my Readathon friends are up to; do some cheerleading and provide some encouragement – like they do for me; update my blog; and, of course, read. Now to decide what to read next…

Title: Bad Boys Do

Author Victoria Dahl

Start: 08:00

End: 14:00

Pages: 384

Description: Olivia Bishop is no fun. That's what her ex-husband said. And that's what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She's going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away for some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble—in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan—may be too tempting to avoid.


Jamie Donovan doesn't mean to be bad. Sure, the wild streak in his wicked green eyes has lured the ladies before. Now it's time to grow up. He's even ready for a serious romance. But how can that be when Olivia, the only right woman he has ever met, already has him pegged as wrong?

Comments: This was a very good book. Dahl has done a great job developing and cultivating the characters and the family tensions.   I read the first Donovan Brothers Brewery, Good Girls Don’t, earlier this month and the prequel is in The Guy Next Door (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #0.5). I’m looking forward to the next book, Real Men Will, coming out soon.  

Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
Bad Boys Do Victoria Dahl 8:00 14:00 Hour 6 384

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