WWW Wednesday 12-3-2014

Snagged this meme from shouldbereading:



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

prayer of night shepherdI am currently listening to the 6th book in Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series. I read it previously, and this is my second time to listen. They are something like mysteries with a hefty dose of horror or paranormal, much discussion of religion, and hit so many of my buttons that this is my second time through the 12-book (so far) series. I seem to have bought all the books in digital and audio, both. I like them that much. Merrily Watkins is a vicar, one of the Church of England’s first female priests, who (in the second book in the series) is appointed deliverance consultant for the Diocese of Hereford, aka, diocesan exorcist. She isn’t even sure what she thinks about the paranormal aspects of this job, but like Agent Scully, usually winds up in situations that make it hard not to believe. I love her teenaged daughter, the guy who later becomes her love interest, and various supporting members of the cast. Each book involves another historical oddity from a village or town in the borders of England and Wales. For an Anglophile like me, these books are my catnip. Surely I’m not the only one?

• What did you recently finish reading?

Think of EnglandYou mean other than books 1-thru-5 in the Merrily Watkins series? I recently read Think of England, a m/m romance set in pre-WWI England. I saw the book first mentioned on Dear Author and am glad I followed the crowd and read it. Industrial espionage, spies, tragedy and betrayal, oh and did I mention romance?

From Goodreads: Warning: Contains explicit male/male encounters, ghastly historical attitudes, and some extremely stiff upper lips.

The anti-Jewish sentiment is definitely triggery for some readers, so it’s a fair warning but there is never any indication that the bigotry is acceptable. Daniel, the Jewish character, is terrific and I found the love story to be tense and compelling. I do hope this is the first of a series, although it stands alone quite well. I’d like to see how these two guys make things work in a society that is against them. But since this author has apparently written other series, maybe it’s not too far off the mark to anticipate more here.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

StrangerI have a couple of books high on my to-be-read list, both by BVC authors.

I’ve been wanting to read Stranger, by Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, ever since it hit the news a year or two ago. And it’s out! I love Sherwood’s work, but this is the first I will have read of Rachel’s. I’m particularly interested in the cultural diversity in the book, and of course, any tale that has an ancient book as a treasured artifact and central device of power intrigues me.

Kindred RitesWhen I finally read ‘the first Allie book,’ Night Calls, by Katherine Eliska Kimbriel, I totally fell in love with the world and characters. Next up, Kindred Rites, the second book in the series.

I can’t wait to dive back into the alternate American history of the early 1800s western frontier, complete with werewolves and vampires and magic, oh my! Now I understand why people fell in love with these books when they were first published, and have waited so patiently for sequels. Luckily, Kathi has written the third in the series with more planned, so none of us will have to wait so long for more of Allie’s adventures.



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Cross-posted at Book View Café.

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WWW Wednesday – 11-12-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

The-Forgotten-Sister-cover1The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice, by Jennifer Paynter.

I just started listening to this audiobook last night, and I have to admit, it’s starting off better than I expected. I was offered a special price on it, so low I couldn’t refuse. I’m not sure if that’s through some audible-member algorithms, or if it’s cheap for everybody, so check it out if you’re interested. $1.99.

The opening chapters give background on what was happening between Mr and Mrs Bennet during those early years when she kept popping out daughter after daughter, and it was more compelling than I anticipated.

:izzie doesn’t come off all that great here, but why would she, when viewed through Mary’s eyes? And Lydia, omg, Lydia. Well, nothing surprising there!

Looking forward to more.


• What did you recently finish reading?

All Who Are Lost ForrestAll Who Are Lost by Lindsey Forrest grabbed me and subtly pulled me in until I couldn’t stop turning pages until I finally got to the end.

This is the first of a trilogy, Ashmore’s Folly Trilogy. I think it’s unusual for women’s fiction to be presented as a trilogy, but these are long books individually so it’s definitely not an effort to pad sales. Instead, it’s a sweeping soap opera of a tale with four stories of grand passion tangled into a compelling whole.

“Here’s a monk, sworn to chastity, devoted to God, and it took your mother one evening and all she had to do was flutter her eyes at him and off he went.

Dominic, the domineering ex-monk and brilliant composer/director, had three illegitimate daughters with the operatic diva who swept him into her wake, plus a daughter with their nanny.  When the diva drowned in the Irish Sea, most agreed Dominic got away with murder. And from this background springs the four sisters whose lives are forever marked by the father who was determined to create a new operatic genius to control, ‘control’ being the significant word there.

Five stars for women’s fiction that sinks your teeth in and doesn’t let go!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know! I have many books I want to read but can’t even guess what will suit me when it’s time to open the next!

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell us!


WWW Wednesday October 22, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

cemetery toursI’m reading Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E. Smith and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Contemporary, yes, and set in the US, which is not my favorite location or time period, but it has me totally sucked in. There are ghosts!

The cover is so evocative, too.

The heroine is an interior designer whose brain injury means she can’t remember the names of colors. Intriguing, imaginative and unexpected!


• What did you recently finish reading?

Several things, since I last posted. Where to begin?

rondo allegroRondo Allegro by Sherwood Smith was a delightful surprise. This is an old school romance, not one filled with wtf-ery, but one that follows a young girl as she turns into a woman–the bride in an arranged marriage that remained unconsummated, as the hero–a Lt. in the Royal Navy, planned to have it annulled later. He is off fighting Boney, and in the meantime, Anna Maria Ludovisi [now Duncannon] is on her own with no money, no family, and only her lovely, operatically trained voice to stand between her an penury, and worse. Her adventures are fascinating as she hides in plain sight in Spain, Portugal and France, even in the Court of Bonaparte. Check it out. You’ll love it.

lawyer's luckI also read a novella, The Lawyer’s Luck. I first learned of the author, Piper Huguley, when we ended up on a panel together for the upcoming RT Convention in Dallas. I can’t wait! As I said on Goodreads:

A tale of a runaway slave and the lawyer who shot her while she was stealing his horse? Oh yes, please!

I loved this book. Realie (great name!) has such a distinctive voice, and I loved her to bits. Lawyer (loved that, too) had his own distinctive voice–and important to him, dignity. Opposites attract, and in this case, provided what they each desperately needed.

I’m looking forward to the other books in the series.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know! I have many books I want to read but can’t even guess what will suit me when it’s time to open the next!

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell us!


Holy Cow–Books on Sale!

Just popping in to let you know that I have books on sale at the Kobo site–where you can download books for any and all ereaders.

First, for half price, use the coupon code: SAVE50 and nab your copy of Some Enchanted Season.



Coupon code: SAVE50



Kevyn Llewellyn needs a god.

She must have exactly the right model for Darius: Warrior-God of the Gray Planet, or she’ll lose the contract to illustrate the rest of the series. When she sees him—none other than NFL football player Rusty Rivers—she does the absolutely logical thing: she kidnaps him. Or rescues him… it depends on whom you’re asking.

Rusty Rivers is no god.

He’s the kind of guy who’s squandered every opportunity from the Redskins to the Cardinals, while Kevyn’s had to fight for every chance to prove herself as a cover artist for fantasy novels. His struggles have been broadcast across the sports pages, while she keeps hers buried deep. They’re as different as meteor and moonbeam, with nothing apparent in common.

In this doomed, yet enchanted, football season, dare they hope something magical can happen that will last forever?

Originally published by Bantam Books



Next, you can save 35% on Beguiled Again.


Coupon code: SAVE35

Coupon code: SAVE35


Jeff shook off Cecilia and her high school crush seventeen years ago, and he’s made an orderly, boring, safe, successful life for himself as an accountant. Just the way he wants things.


Cecilia’s taste for driven, orderly men has left her divorced with three kids and two half-incomes. But nobody’s looking over her shoulder, criticizing her for being messy and disorganized. Life is never boring, is always filled with laughter and energy. Just the way she wants things.


From the moment she sucks him into her sticky, single-mom universe, Jeff can’t keep it together anymore. Her checkbook is a nightmare, her oldest kid hates him, and she’s lush and messy, mouth-watering and independent and annoyingly unforgettable. And he can’t stay away.

Cecilia is a fighter. She doesn’t need Jeff turning up again, making her feel like she’s still fourteen years, treating her like she can’t manage her life without his assistance. Why, why, why does he keep trying to help? To make matters worse, Jeff is hotter than ever, and a single mom can’t afford a sex life.

Plus, his parrot hates her.

In this battle between order and chaos, between hostile kids and cranky parrots, between romance and responsibility, is heartbreak inevitable?

Or this time, can love win?



And finally, to complete the trifecta–save 25% on La Desperada!


Historical Romance

Coupon code: SAVE25


A desperate woman fleeing for her life holds a cold-blooded murderer at gunpoint and says, “Take me with you.”

Thus her bid for freedom is bound to the bitter outlaw’s quest for vengeance, and a tale of grand passion and wild adventure unfurls. Set in the Texas and New Mexico of Billy the Kid, their love and sacrifice become the stuff of legend, the legend of “La Desperada.”

Originally titled What Wild Ecstasy [Kensington Books], this book captivated readers and inspired the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences/Nicholl Award-winning screenplay, “Redemption.” Novel and script are both available in digital and print.



Have a great weekend, and read some good books!


Harvest Monday Oct 13, 2014

See what gardeners are harvesting around the world at daphne’s dandelions. Add your pictures, too, if you have some!

This is my first Harvest Monday since July 2013. I haven’t devoted a lot of effort to gardening because, well, writing and promoting my book.  But I have done some stuff, with a little bit of success.  And my message to you is this:

Even if you only do a little bit and have a little bit of success, it’s worth it.

It’s fun to walk into the house with your harvest in the palm of your hand, two cherry tomatoes, and hand one to the Resident Storm Chaser and eat them on the spot. Yay, harvest! [Yep, did that this morning. Today’s picture is missing two gorgeous yellow tomatoes that were a bite of sweet sunshine on a cool, rainy October morning.]


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I think I’m picking these flat French green beans too early, because I found some long ones today that maybe are what they all should be. But I thought I wasn’t ever going to get any off these vines so once they got big enough to cook some, I started picking them. Live and learn.  See the longer ones on the lower left.

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And finally, I want to tell you about our new pepper bush. Chile Pequin peppers are the original peppers from which all others were developed, or some I’m told. They are the only pepper that is native to Texas–possibly because they are the only wild pepper, I’m assuming. They are tiny. They are hot. But the reason we bought this plant is because the guy selling it at Dallas Farmer’s Market had two little jars–one with green peppers and one with red–and omg, they smelled GOOD.

I am not a pepper eater, though I like them as seasoning. They smelled like good food to me, not just like something that burns you. Although they are very very hot.  I am hoping these will turn red on the bush, but the last time I think birds got them, so I am watching them closely and if they start disappearing I’ll pick them green and let them dry off the bush.  However if you ever taste a tomato that ripened on the vine head-to-head against one that was picked almost ripe and ripened on the window sill, you know it makes a difference. And if you taste one that was picked almost green and shipped so that it would be ripe later, that’s the crap they sell you at your supermarket.

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Click for more detail. They are tiny and green!


Teensy little peppers. Humongous taste!

And that’s some of what is happening in the garden of pooks.


Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-in Oct 12 2014

Book Blog Walkers: Weekly Check-in Oct 12 2014

The Geeky Book Blogger takes stats on Friday but I’m doing mine on Sunday.


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Made my goal of averaging 10,000 steps a day!