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text 2014-10-30 14:00
Monthly Key Word Challenge ~ October {Completed}
Blood For Ink - L.L. Muir
The Master-Knot of Human Fate - Jennifer Hurt,Ellis Meredith
The Rover Boys on the Ocean - Edward Stratemeyer
Thawed Out and Fed Up - Ryan Brown
What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? New Edition With Study Guide: A Guide to What Matters Most - Martin Thielen
Masquerading the Marquess - Anne Mallory

October Key Words: Blood, Fate, Ocean, Out, Still, The

 

Blood for Ink by L. L. Muir - 10-3-14

 

Master Knot of Human Fate by Ellis Meredith - 10-2-14

 

Rover Boys on the Ocean by Edward Stratemeyer - 10-3-14

 

Fed Up and Thawed Out by Ryan Brown - 10-6-14

 

What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian by Martin Thielen - 10-8-14

 

Masquerading the Marquess by Anne Mallory - 10-2-14

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review 2014-01-22 21:24
Christmas Kiss: A Time Travel Holiday Romance by L.L. Muir
Christmas Kiss: A Time Travel Holiday Romance - L.L. Muir

Not all that impressed, to be honest. The story itself was enjoyable, though not very Christmasy. My problem is with the constant assumptions the two MCs make throughout the whole story. "She's disappointed, so she must be disappointed in me - I must not be good enough, she must be thinking blah blah blah" And visa versa. Entirely too much time was spent with these characters making assumptions in their own heads. I eventually started skimming because I got sick of reading about people fretting over nothing.

 

Now, the time travel bit was interesting and the way the author made it happen was not only intriguing, but upsetting. My heart broke for the characters. That was just... sad, dammit.

 

Fortunately, there is a happily ever after.

 

I didn't love it, but meh... I didn't hate it. Glad to have gotten it out of the way, even if I was almost a month late with it.

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text 2013-10-01 21:08
Free E-books to Soothe the Pain of Government Shutdown

Since the Republicans in the House of Representatives have decided they wanted a role on the show Hostages and are trying to extort  the president and the country at large, many people out there are not going to be paid.  With all the stress of having to continue to do your jobs (something that Congress doesn't know how to do anymore), you're going to need some escapist literature.  Fortunately, for you, there are a number of e-books available for free from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ibooks, and other sites.

 

1. The Honeymoon Cottage by Barbara Cool Lee.

 

InD'tale Magazine gives The Honeymoon Cottage 4 stars: "This first novel in the Pajaro Bay romance series promises great things to come! It is written well, with interesting characters that are easy to like. The novel holds the reader's interest with romance, intrigue, danger and murder. The author's theme of redemption and forgiveness is well thought out. One will love getting to know the characters in this story where everyone has a secret! Also, the author has 10% of all profits going to charities. With all that, what's not to love?" You can read the entire review at indtale.com/reviews/honeymoon-cottage

 

Camilla Stewart desperately needs to make a fresh start: her despicable ex-fiancé stole her life savings, embezzled from her job, and then disappeared without a trace--leaving behind nothing but his eight-year-old son, Oliver.

But when she arrives in the little beach town of Pajaro Bay, she immediately runs into local sheriff's captain Ryan Knight, and finds escaping her past won't be as easy as she planned.

 

This book is available on Amazon through October 3rd.

 

2. All the Blue of Heaven by Virginia Carmichael

 

Eight years ago, Allie Hathaway scandalized the wealthy elite of Chicago when she ran away to San Francisco. Now a world-renowned portrait painter, her life is filled with laughter and friendship, including being a mother to her orphaned niece. Life is perfect, so why can’t she forget her first love?

 

Thomas Bradford has come a long way from being the Hathaway family’s carriage boy. A veterinary degree, ambition and hard work have made him one of Chicago’s most sought-after bachelors. If only he could forget those stolen moments with Allie, Thomas might be able to enjoy his success.

 

The Great Quake of 1906 stuns the nation and Allie’s art studio burns to the ground, destroying years of valuable work. She’s forced to return to Chicago with little Janey, the only spark of hope in a life reduced to ashes. Her faith is crushed by her tragic reversal of fortune.

 

Thomas knows better than to fall for the beautiful young painter again, but he’s never been very wise around Allie Hathaway.

 

The carriage man’s son is all grown up and Allie doesn’t expect a second chance at a love that was refused eight years ago. Her life is in shambles and she has a child to support, so why won’t her heart accept the truth?

 

Once their love was torn apart by circumstance, but Thomas and Allie must decide whether to forge a future of hope together.

This book is available through Amazon until October 4th.

 

3. Blood for Ink by L.L. Muir

 

If he unmasks her, she's as good as dead...

As the mysterious writer who exposes gentlemen's secrets, it is not the first time The Scarlet Plumiere has been hunted. But this time it’s different. This time, she interferes with one of the Four Kings, and the brotherhood will not rest until they marry her off and place her securely under a man’s thumb. Only they have to catch her first.

The Earl of Northwick is falling for this writer, sight unseen. Will she be pretty? Will she have all her teeth? In his rush to claim her for himself, regardless of who she might ultimately be, he places her in grave danger — her desperate enemies are watching closely for the moment her mask is removed.

 

This book is available until October 2nd on Amazon.

 

4. The Reluctant Amazon by Sandy James

 

The last thing Rebecca Massee expects on her wedding day is to go from jilted kindergarten teacher to Amazonian Earth warrior. But when she causes an earthquake after her groom says I don’t, she discovers that not only does she possess incredible powers, she is one of four lost chosen sisters who must fight to keep humanity safe from rogue gods and demons. Luckily she has help: ruggedly handsome Scottish warrior Artair MacKay, her protector and teacher.

An immortal, Artair has trained countless warriors for more than four hundred years. He understands Rebecca’s confusion at the new world she’s been thrust into and worries she is too emotionally vulnerable, but that doesn’t stop his growing feelings for the beautiful and fearless woman.

 

When an evil force threatens to destroy the Amazons, Rebecca must claim her full powers — but they come at a cost. Can she sacrifice the man she loves if it means saving the world?

 

2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Awards Finalist
2013 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Finalist
USA Today Recommended Read

 

This book is available on Amazon and Apple through October 6th.

 

5. Broken Build by Rachelle Ayala

 

Bestselling Technothriller & Romantic Suspense

 

When a woman wrongs a man... can a man forgive and love?

 

Jennifer Cruz Jones thinks she can lay her past to rest. She’s landed her dream job at Silicon Valley’s hottest startup. Instead, she’s caught in a web of blackmail, murder, and broken code.

 

Startup founder David Jewell refuses to dwell on his past. When a man last seen with Jennifer is found dead, he takes a closer look at her. With investors losing confidence and his company in jeopardy, he is forced to protect Jennifer when she is attacked.

Together, David and Jennifer must thwart a killer while rescuing a victim from their past. Love blossoms, but a damaging revelation points straight at Jennifer and threatens to tear them apart forever.

 

Broken Build is a dramatic, multicultural romance mixed with a huge dose of chemistry, an unsolved murder, a missing child, and a relentless adversary.

 

This book is available through AmazonBarnes and NobleAppleSmashwords, and Kobo through October 6th.

 

6. Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

 

From USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly comes Waking Up Married, a free book in Harlequin’s brand-new contemporary romance collection — Harlequin KISS.

 

Her first thought: “Who are you?”

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well — a funny, arrogant, sexy… husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible — been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter… no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

“I don't want a divorce.”

 

This book is available on AmazonAppleGoogleBarnes and NobleSony, and Kobo indefinitely.

 

7. Murder in the South of France by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

 

Maggie Newberry is sheltered, privileged, but also a whip-smart advertising copywriter who’s fast on her feet and a little stunned to realize that she’s 32 years old and still hasn't found “the one.” When her long-missing sister ends up dead, Maggie flies to the south of France to find the little niece that no one in the family even knew existed. Along the way, she finds handsome Laurent Dernier, a sexy if nefarious Frenchman who it’s not clear is there to help or hinder Maggie’s search for the girl. Meanwhile, her sister’s murderer sets his sights on the little girl — and Maggie.

 

This book is available through AmazonAppleBarnes and NobleKoboSmashwords, and Sony until October 11th.

 

Hopefully, the government shutdown will be over long before these deals expire.

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review 2013-08-08 22:55
Going Back For Romeo: Fun Summer-Read: Hunky Highlander / Time-Travel Romance
Going Back for Romeo: A Highlander Time Travel Romance (A Muir Witch Project) (Volume 1) - L L Muir

Quick Look

"Hot" Scale: 2 out of 5 Flames - lots of "heat" but not a lot of steam

 

Recommended For: Fans of Highlander/time-travel romances

 

Genres: Highland Romance, Historical Fiction (15th Century), Time Travel, Magic/Fantasy

 

Book Summary

(From Goodreads book blurb) Alone, with a Highlander, in his castle, on a cold dark night...

(Okay, so it wasn’t that cold.)

Jillian MacKay is being conned by a pair of eighty-year-old witches. They’re convinced she’s the perfect sucker to test a prophecy and they’re willing to bury her alive to prove it. Once she escapes and finds herself in 15th Century Scotland, she believes her return home depends on a heroic deed—she must rescue a plaid-clad Romeo and Juliet before tragedy can strike. The monster standing in her way, however, is a handsome Highlander who might just be her own Romeo...a Romeo she must leave behind.

Rather than surrender his secrets, Montgomery Ross would prefer to go down in history as the heartless creature who betrayed one sister and buried the other alive. When he falls in love with the prophesied faery who has come to expose him, he'll have to learn a wee lesson from the star-crossed lovers or suffer the fate to which he once condemned them.

 

Lori's Review

LOVED this book - fun, laughter, romance, confusion, hunky Highlanders, ghosts, witches, and mysterious twin sisters... all the best elements of a time-travel Highlander romance!

Jillian (Jilly) MacKay is finally in Scotland! Her grandmother raised her, but she had strange ideas about Jilly and letting her out of Wyoming. And Jilly was especially NOT to set foot in Scotland or some dire consequences would result. But her grandmother was never quite clear... and of course, it made Jilly want to travel to Scotland all the more.

She ends up being convinced by a pair of 80-year old twin sisters (the Muir sisters) to test a prophecy about the Ross and MacKay families - she's supposed to break a curse for a pair of star-crossed lovers, Ivar MacKay and Morna Ross. Morna had been given in marriage to the Gordon clan, not to Ivar MacKay, the man she loved. It was a typical marriage of property and alliance for the time. The prophecy was foretold by Morna's sister, Isobelle, who was entombed in the Main Hall of Castle Ross by her brother and laird, Montgomery Ross, because she was a witch... or so the church said. Isobelle couldn't stand to see Morna's suffering over losing her love, Ivar, so she placed a curse on a necklace, that a faery would come to claim the necklace - a faery bearing the Immediate Blood of both the MacKay and Ross clans - and said faery would reunite the star-crossed lovers, Ivar and Morna. That very prophecy made Isobelle a witch in the church's eyes, and having condemned her, Montgomery tried to save her from burning and hanging by entombing her alive. The ghost of Isobelle haunted Castle Ross, and poor Laird Montgomery never married or had children.

Jillian visits Castle Ross in the company of the Muir sisters and puts on the torque. But nothing happens. She knows a con when she sees one, but Jillian can't seem to stop thinking and dreaming of Montgomery Ross. Is it just his magnificent statue in the Great Hall? Or is it the likeness his great+ nephew Quinn Ross, current laird, bears to Montgomery? Either way, Jillian finds herself tricked again by the Muir sisters to go into the Isobelle's tomb, where, surprise! The actual torque resides - not the necklace she tried on earlier.

And suddenly, Jillian finds herself in Castle Ross in 1495... with the real Montgomery Ross. But she has no idea how to reunite Ivar and Morna, to return to her own time, or to keep her sanity. Jillian and Montgomery try to keep attraction from becoming more, but... we all know that's not going to happen. When the Gordons get involved, well... we've got a story!
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While there are some real stretches of disbelief, this book is FUN, LIGHT, and full of ROMANCE! It's the perfect summer read for fans of Highland hunks and time-traveling heroines.

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review 2012-12-16 00:00
Christmas Kiss - L.L. Muir Christmas Kiss - L.L. Muir What is it about time-travel stories that involve Scottish Highlanders that I go gaga over? Dunno, but I'm not gonna fight it!This is a sweet, fun, light read. I really liked the heroine Brianna. She was a pretty strong character when, in the book, she's traveling alone to Scotland to get away from a controlling mother and recover from a bad relationship. She seemed stronger than she apparently thought she was. The hero is a strong, sexy Laird living alone and also going through a crisis of identity. There's no sex but still a fair amount of heat. The time-travel element has a neat twist that I hadn't encountered before. Again, I thought the ending was a bit rushed and tied up a bit too neatly, but it didn't take away too much from the overall story. If you are looking for a sweet, quick, light read, this one fits the bill.
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