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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, #3)

In today's mail I received Iron Kissed
When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not. 

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Just finished Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Loved it! Can't wait to read the next!

Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.

Mercy Thompson's sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.

She's tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.

But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself ... and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.

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Today's Mail

Life with My Sister Madonna
Today in the mail I received Life with My Sister Madonna
If anyone has read it, please let me know what you thought of it. Right now it is in my to-read pile.

Madonna up close, by the brother who knows her better than anyone.
Christopher Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his forty-seven years of growing up with, working with, and understanding the most famous woman of our time, who has intrigued, scandalized, and entertained millions for half a century.
Through most of the iconic star's kaleidoscopic career, Christopher played an important role in her life: as her backup dancer, her personal assistant, her dresser, her decorator, her art director, her tour director.
If you think you know everything there is to know about Madonna, you are wrong. Only Christopher can tell the full scale, riveting untold story behind Madonna's carefully constructed mythology, and the real woman behind the glittering facade.
From their shared Michigan childhood, which Madonna transcended, then whisked Christopher to Manhattan with her in the early eighties, where he slept on her roach-infested floor and danced with her in clubs all over town — Christopher was with her every step of the way, experiencing her first hand in all her incarnations. The spoiled daddy's girl, the punk drummer, the raunchy Boy Toy, Material Girl, Mrs. Sean Penn, Warren Beatty's glamorous Hollywood paramour, loving mother, Mrs. Guy Ritchie, English grande dame — Christopher witnessed and understood all of them, as his own life was inexorably entwined with that of his chameleon sister.
He tangled with a cast of characters from artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, to Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Demi Moore, and, of course, Guy Ritchie, whose advent in Madonna's life splintered the loving relationship Christopher once had with her.
The mirror image of his legendary sister, with his acid Ciccone tongue, Christopher pulls no punches as he tells his astonishing story.
Life with My Sister Madonna is the juicy, can't-put-it-down story you've always wanted to hear, as told by Madonna's younger brother.

Finished Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This woman never fails to crack me up...had me laughing all the way through!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Book Giveaway: The Starlet by Mary McNamara

Author:  Mary McNamara
Publication Date:  June 8, 2010
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
It’s a not-so-well-respected rule in Hollywood that what happens on location stays on location. But when a hot young leading man winds up dead in his Rome hotel room, his costar’s life is about to go off the rails in a very public way—even by celeb standards.  
At the tender age of twenty-three, Mercy Talbot has won an Oscar, battled addiction, wrecked more than her share of cars, and burned down her house. Her look-alike mother keeps her on a tight leash (and fueled with an endless supply of OxyContin and cocaine) and her producers demand a grueling schedule. By the time she stumbles across Juliette Greyson, a Hollywood insider on a much-needed vacation, Mercy is surrounded by photographers and about to emerge drunk, high, and naked from a public fountain. Whisking her away to an idyllic Tuscan ‘retreat,’ Juliette is about to discover another rule of Hollywood: wherever the starlet may go, the drama will follow. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Just Finished Secrets of the Tudor Court

Secrets of the Tudor Court Secrets of the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A look at the Tudor era through the eyes of Mary Howard Fitzroy, Duchess of Richmond; wife of Henry Fitzroy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII; daughter of Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk.
I just can't get enough of reading about this era!!

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Just Finished Every Which Way But Dead

Every Which Way But Dead (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #3)

"There's no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who's already put her love life and soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice." "Between "runs," she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor." "Rachel must also take a stand in the war that's raging in the city's underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin - and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation." And now her dark "master" is coming to collect his due. 

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Blogger Hop: June 25-28, 2010


In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and find new book-related blogs that we may be missing out on!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! Click on the logo above to sign up!

Reading Challange


100+ Reading Challenge. If you want to do this also, sign up here!

  1. Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg (PB)
  2. Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf (Kindle Edition)
  3. Going Rogue by Sarah Palin (Kindle Edition)
  4. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (PB)
  5. Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber (PB)
  6. Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber (PB)
  7. The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber (PB)
  8. Royal Blood by Ellen Schreiber (HC)
  9. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (PB)
  10. The Widow by Carla Neggers (PB)
  11. Demon Mistress by Yasmine Galenorn (PB)
  12. Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton (HC)
  13. 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber (PB)
  14. Specials by Scott Westerfeld (PB)
  15. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (PB)
  16. Night's Edge by Maggie Shayne, Barbara Hambly & Charlaine Harris (PB)
  17. 204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber (PB)
  18. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (PB)
  19. Howling at the Moon by Karen MacInerney (PB)
  20. Frostbite by Richelle Mead (PB)
  21. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (PB)
  22. Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton (HC)
  23. 311 Pelican Court by Debbie Macomber (PB)
  24. Sarah's Keys by Tatiana De Rosnay (PB)
  25. The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie (HC)
  26. Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz (PB)
  27. Come Back by Claire Fontaine & Mia Fontaine (PB)
  28. 44 Cranberry Point by Debbie Macomber (PB)
  29. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (Kindle)
  30. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (PB)
  31. Hell On Heels by Julie Kenner, Kathleen O'Reilly and Dee Davis (PB)
  32. Weird Hauntings: True Tales of Ghostly Places by Joanne Austin (HC)
  33. The Other Queen by Philippa Gergory (HC)
  34. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (PB)
  35. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir (PB)
  36. 50 Harbor Street by Debbie Macomber (PB)
  37. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison (PB)
  38. Secret Lives of the First Ladies by Cormac O'Brien (PB)
  39. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands by Chelsea Handler (PB)
  40. 6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber (PB)
  41. Blockade Billy by Stephen King (Kindle)
  42. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (PB)
  43. Burned by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast (HC)
  44. Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood Book 8) by J.R. Ward (HC)
  45. Masquerade (Blue Bloods Book 2) by Melissa de la Cruz (Kindle)
  46. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse Book 10) by Charlaine Harris (HC)
  47. Heat of Passion: An Out of Uniform Story by Elle Kennedy (Kindle)
  48. Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire by J.R. Rain (Kindle)
  49. The Vampire Shrink: Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist by Lynda Hilburn (Kindle)
  50. UR by Stephen King (Kindle)
  51. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir (PB)
  52. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (PB)
  53. Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz (PB)
  54. Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton (HC)
  55. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (Kindle)
  56. Many Bloody Returns edited by Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner (PB)
  57. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Kindle)
  58. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (PB)
  59. Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison (PB)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Debut Author Guest Post & Book Giveaway: Murder in the Abstract by Susan Shea

Murder in the Abstract
Murder in the Abstract
Author: Susan Shea
Publication Date: June 24, 2010 (TODAY!)
Publisher: Avalon Books

Danielle O'Rourke's gala evening at the Devor Museum ends in catastrophe when the body of a young artist plummets from her office window. The police label it murder and suspect Dani, the Museum’s chief fundraiser. Self-preservation and an insider's understanding of how money moves the art world drive her to investigate who might have a motive for murder. Dani's playboy ex-husband and a green-eyed cop complicate matters as her search moves through the fashionable worlds of San Francisco and Santa Fe.


Book Giveaway by Crazy-for-Books!!

The Panic Zone

Panic Zone
Paperback Edition
Publication Date: June 29, 2010

A car crashes in Wyoming: A young mother is thrown clear of the devastating car crash. Dazed, she sees a figure pull her infant son from the flames. Or does she? The police believe it's a case of trauma playing cruel tricks on the mind, until the night the grief-stricken woman hears a voice through the phone: "Your baby is alive."

A bomb explodes in a Rio de Janeiro café: The heinous act kills ten people, including two journalists with the World Press Alliance news agency. Jack Gannon's first international assignment is to find out whether his colleagues were innocent victims or targets who got too close to a huge story.

A Caribbean cruise ends in horror: Doctors are desperate to identify the mysterious cause of a cruise ship passenger's agonizing death. They turn to the world's top scientists, who fear that someone has resurrected their long-buried secret research. Research that is now being used as a deadly weapon.

With millions of lives at stake, experts work frantically against time. And as an anguished mother searches for her child and Jack Gannon pursues the truth, an unstoppable force hurls them all into the panic zone.

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And here to enter at Lori's Reading Corner also!!

Lori's Reading Corner

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today in the mail

Today in the mail I got this book: Dead and Alive
Dead and Alive (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #3)
I have the first two so now I am ready to read the series!

Book Giveaway!

Book Giveaway: Shiver & Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, click here!

About Shiver:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

About Linger:
This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn't cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it's only me who's not firmly in my own skin.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Another Day

Another day gone...:( Was sunny all day! Work was pretty hectic but now I am home and can relax..:) My cats are lounging in the sun and I am going to get started with my book. The book I am reading now is Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison. I read it a few years back but I wanted to read the series in order so now I have finally made it to book 3...:) I have also been reading Secrets of the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan on my Kindle. I love anything that is written about the Tudors. Such an interesting period of time! Well better get to reading!

Just Finished Nefertiti

Nefertiti Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved reading about Egypt and the pharaohs. The only thing was that I thought this book was about Nefertiti but really it was about her sister Mutnodjmet. It wasn't a horrible book but I wanted to read it from Nefertiti's point a view. But I still gave it 4 out of 5 stars because it kept my attention throughout the book.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

First Time

Well, this is the first time I have ever done this....I thought I would give it a try..:) Yesterday I worked on more of my family tree...I am already back to the 1700's! We also went fishing later in the afternoon. Troy caught a sunny and I caught a small northern. Had time to read some more of my book. Right now I am reading Nefertiti. We then went out to his brother campsite and sat around the fire for awhile. Very nice night with a slight breeze. It did sprinkle for about 2 minutes.