Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: One Lucky Vampire

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:10 AM 0 comments

One Lucky Vampire
One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Sands Argeneau series is one of the few paranormal series I still read. Funny, entertaining, steamy with great characters is a winning combination.



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Review: A Seaside Christmas

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:07 AM 0 comments

A Seaside Christmas
A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



More enjoyable characters make their way to Chesapeake Shores. Jenny returns home and the O'Briens are there to provide support. I love how Caleb went about winning Jenny's heart...again.



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Review: Going Once

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:00 AM 0 comments

Going Once
Going Once by Sharon Sala

My rating: 0 of 5 stars



Another romantic thriller from Sala. Great characters and believable story. An unfortunate reminder that there are people who prey on others...even in disasters.



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Review: Deadly Descent

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:56 AM 0 comments

Deadly Descent
Deadly Descent by Kaylea Cross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Read this one out of order. While I enjoyed this book, I've enjoyed the later books in the series more. I know, that seems like cheating doesn't it.



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Review: Run To You

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:52 AM 0 comments

Run To You
Run To You by Rachel Gibson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Enjoyable read...however, the characters and story didn't leave me wanting more. I usually enjoy Gibson's stories so I'm sure I'll be back for more.



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Review: Tempted in the Tropics

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:45 AM 0 comments

Tempted in the Tropics
Tempted in the Tropics by Tracy March

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I really enjoyed The Practice Proposal (Suddenly Smitten, #1), was not disappointed by this follow-up, and am definitely looking forward to the next installment from Maple Creek. I'm really hoping it is Cyn's story.

I love Paige...she is one of the most real and honest characters I've come across.



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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: Merry and Bright

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:50 AM 0 comments

Merry and Bright
Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



The entire time I read this book...I felt like I had already read the stories. Not sure why that is...

Educational Line:
"Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from the toilet to avoid airborne particles"

Favorite Line:
"I haven’t completely denied myself. I have a showerhead.”




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Review: Anything But Love

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:45 AM 0 comments

Anything But Love
Anything But Love by Beth Ciotta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I seem to enjoy these small town series even though I could never imagine myself living in a small town. Sugar Creek Vermont is no different. I love the characters!



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Review: Marrying Dr. Maverick

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:42 AM 0 comments

Marrying Dr. Maverick
Marrying Dr. Maverick by Karen Rose Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



There seem to be a bunch of threads in the Maverick's storyline. And I keep coming back for more.



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Review: Christmas on 4th Street

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:39 AM 0 comments

Christmas on 4th Street
Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I love the Fools Gold books. Great writing. Great storyline. Great characters. Nuff said.



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Review: Christmas on 4th Street

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:36 AM 0 comments

Christmas on 4th Street
Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I love the Fools Gold books. Great writing. Great storyline. Great characters. Nuff said.



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Review: Secrets Collide

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:34 AM 0 comments

Secrets Collide
Secrets Collide by Kathleen Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



We get closer and closer to Ahmed's storyline. But the the route to get there is an enjoyable read. Suggest reading this series in order.



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Review: 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:22 AM 0 comments

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



#readathon Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Book #4

I will never look at bunny slippers the same way again. This book was highly rated by other readers. While I enjoyed the book, I'm not sure if I would run out and read the next book in the series. Of course, I am curious about the lake monster.

Favorite Line:
"Some things can’t be ignored. You can only conquer your past if you choose to face it."



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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Hour 24

Posted by Ann Roberts at 4:51 AM 1 comments

Well I didn’t complete another book in this read-a-thon. However, I will include the book I’m currently reading in my total raised so I will be donating $100 to both Project Read and to Room to Read making it another $200 raised for literacy and making the total that I have raised for literacy programs during Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon to $1955 (since April 2010). See it doesn’t take much to make a difference. Happy Reading to everyone who participated!

End of Read-A-Thon Mini Challenge
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 20
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    I should have saved for late night.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    (1) I really wish there was an easier way to interact with everyone participating. (2) I’d like to see more promotion of the Reading for Charity aspects. I’d help on both fronts. 229 people started the readathon; if we could harness that so every per raised just $100 that is $22,900 for non-profits.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    Not sure. I feel like I interacted online less this year and I read fewer boosk.
  5. How many books did you read?
    3
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    See below
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
    Love and Lists (Chocoholics, #1)
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Absolutely. Definitely Reader.
Books Read Pages Read
3 987
Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
Melissa Cutler 8:00 13:45 Hour 6 358
Tara Sivec 14:20 16:58 Hour 9 181
Lori Foster 17:30 22:28 Hour 15 448
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover(Hex, #1) Linda Wisdom 23:00     226

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadathonHour 15

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:38 PM 3 comments

buybooksWow! Here we are at hour 15 and I just finished book #3. That is now $150 raised for literacy programs. You might want to check out some of the other readers. Shaunesay @ The Space Between is a definite read-a-thon junkie. This hours’ mini challenge is about Horror books…where is Sanddanz when you need her? Still feeling good so…Back to more reading…

Books Read Pages Read
3 987
Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
Melissa Cutler 8:00 13:45 Hour 6 358
Tara Sivec 14:20 16:58 Hour 9 181
Lori Foster 17:30 22:28 Hour 15 448

   

Review: Getting Rowdy

Posted by Ann Roberts at 7:33 PM 1 comments

Getting Rowdy
Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



#readathon Dewey's Read-A-Thon Book #3 Complete

I really enjoy Lori Foster books and this is just another great series from her. Strong characters, both male and female, with interesting storylines. Fast paced and hot!



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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Hour 9

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:26 PM 0 comments

Completed book 2 during this hour. The mini challenge this hour is a video book review. No thanks…no video for me.

Books Read Pages Read
2 539

That is $100 raised for charity so far.

Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
Melissa Cutler 8:00 13:45 Hour 6 358
Tara Sivec 14:20 16:58 Hour 9 181

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon Hour 6

Posted by Ann Roberts at 11:02 AM 2 comments

#readathon

In the first 6 hours, I finally finished book 1; I started the day with a heavy dose of Starbucks; and I had my much need beer-braised turkey sandwich.

The hardest part about Dewey’s is reading while trying to participate and interact. I want to engage with everyone but struggle against taking time out of my reading. Especially since I read for charity. I want to finish as many books as I can.

One of the best things about the read-a-thon is the opportunity to participate with friends. Lately, things have been so crazy that I haven’t had much of chance to interact and catch up with my book friends. But not this weekend, we are here together.

Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
Melissa Cutler 8:00 13:45 Hour 6 358

Review: Cowboy Justice

Posted by Ann Roberts at 10:44 AM 2 comments

Cowboy Justice
Cowboy Justice by Melissa Cutler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



#readathon Book 1 Completed for Dewey's Read-A-Thon - Hour 6

Having grown up as the oldest, much of Rachel's story resonates. Definitely looking forward to learning more about Jenna.

Favorite lines:
“You don’t always get to choose when or who you fall in love with. Sometimes love sweeps you off your feet and there’s nothing to be done but to go along for the ride.”

"It’s funny how often we get what we need instead of what we think we want.”



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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon October 2013

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:17 AM 2 comments

dewey1Here We Go! I did my first Read-A-Thon in April 2010. During my read-a-thon weekends,  I’ve read 21 books, 5896 pages. And Since April 2011, I’ve donated $1755 to a local literacy organization and Room To Read. Once again, I will be reading for these non-profits.

If this is your first Read-A-Thon, Chris @ Stuff As Dreams Are Made On has some great tips.

For each book that I read, I will donate $25 per book read to both Project Read and to Room to ReadIf you want to help by making a pledge based on how much I read, please let me know! I will let you specify which organization (or both) gets your donation.

Room to Read

Room to Read believes that "world change starts with educated children". We focus on countries whose lack of resources results in insufficient educational infrastructure. Rather than apply a short-term solution, Room to Read seeks to intervene early in a child's life and provide ongoing educational opportunities in their communities. We have developed a successful three-pronged approach to tackling the problem of education by:

  • Partnering with communities to build schools;
  • Enhancing educational facilities within schools, including establishing libraries, computers labs and language training centers; and
  • Providing scholarships for underprivileged young girls

Project Read

Project READ is a coalition of public and private organizations working together to build skilled workers, strong families, and healthy communities. Through Project READ, over 35 literacy and basic skills providers, 80 schools and tutoring sites in Montgomery, Greene, and Preble counties, and over 100 businesses and community partners are committed to building literacy in the Miami Valley.  Project READ relies solely on grants and individual gifts for financial support.

Kickoff Questions

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m in the US
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Any book that helps me complete my Goodreads Romance Readers October Reading Challenge and any book that doesn’t make me want to go to sleep.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Beer Braised Turkey Thigh Sandwich
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I enjoy reading and giving back to make a difference. Dewey’s allows me to do both!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
If I find a book that I’m struggling to get through, it is NOT read-a-thon material. I will put it down (for now) and find something else to read.

HAVE FUN EVERYONE!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 September Goodreads Reader Challenge

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:37 PM 1 comments

Whew! Just made it under the wire!

9 of 10 Complete

Goodreads Challenge Thread

1. 'S' is for September: Sharpshooter (Shadow Agents, #3) by Eden, Cynthia 9/26
Read a book that starts with 'S' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'S'
2. Member of the Month - Pollyanna: Sweet Danger by Pierson, Cheryl 9/30
Pollyanna has been a member of the RRRC since January 2010. Here is the link to Pollyanna's shelves. Please read a book from any of Pollyanna's shelves or a book published in 2010.
3. Geography - Connecticut: The Hero (Thunder Point, #3) by Carr, Robyn 9/2
Read a book whose author, character or setting is from Connecticut.

Fun Facts about Connecticut:
★ Connecticut is known as the "Constitution State".
★ Connecticut is named after the Connecticut River. The word is a French corruption of the Algonquian word quinetucket, which means "long tidal river".
★ The famous author Mark Twain was a resident of Connecticut.
So you can also read a historical romance set in the United States or any book where a MC works for the government. Or you could read a book with a body of water on the cover or is set on a body of water. In addition, you may read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnor any other classic.
4. Fight Procrastination Day (Sept. 6): Flirting with Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #5) by Lane, Katie 9/15
One problem with this group, it makes your TBR grow and grow and many books get neglected. Read a book that has been on your to-read (or similar) shelf for over a year. Or if you are a newer member to goodreads, one that has been on that shelf since you joined.
5. Make Your Bed Day (Sept. 11): How to Tame a Wild Fireman(The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #4) by Bernard, Jennifer 9/29
Or don't! Read a book where someone ends up in a bed at some point - alone or otherwise! =P
6. Defy Superstition Day (Sept. 13): The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake, #14) by Sparks, Kerrelyn 9/8
Knock on Wood, Cross Your Fingers or maybe counting on Beginner's Luck - all things we might be doing this Friday the 13th! Or you could read instead! Read a PNR, UF, horror or a book with any good or bad luck symbol on the cover.
7. Blame Someone Else Day (Sept. 13): Ruthless Corcoran Team, #2) by Dimon, HelenKay 9/21
Read a book recommended to you by someone or a book from your GR recommendations. Then you can blame, or credit, someone else!
8. Elephant Appreciation Day (Sept. 22): The Sweetheart Bargain by Jump, Shirley 9/7
And there is so much to appreciate...! Read a book with an animal (or shifter) on the cover or in the story.
9. National Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 28): Temptation by Woods, Sherryl 9/18
I have some and I hope you do too! Read a book where a neighbor plays part in the story or a friends to lovers story.
10. Reader's Choice: Always On My Mind (Lucky Harbor, #8) by Shalvis, Jill 9/29
Read any book of your choosing!
 

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