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review 2017-08-05 17:47
Love it!
Wyne and Song (Citizen Soldier Series Bo... Wyne and Song (Citizen Soldier Series Book 3) - Donna Michaels

Wyne And Song by Donna Michaels is simply phenomenal.  Ms Michaels has done it again, delivered a well-written book that wraps you up in the story and away from your everyday problems.  Ethan and Phoebe's story has plenty of drama, humor and sexy bits to make any reader happy.  I enjoyed Wyne And Song and can't wait for my next book by the talented Donna Michaels.  Wyne And Song is book 3 of the Citizen Soldier Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I read a print copy of this book.

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review 2017-08-03 09:07
Death in an Australian penal colony – well-written and engaging novel
The Soldier's Curse: A Novel (Monsarrat ... The Soldier's Curse: A Novel (Monsarrat Series Trilogy Book 1) - Meg Keneally,Thomas Keneally

 

 

This novel by Tom Keneally and his daughter, Meg, is the first in a series about Hugh Monsarrat, a convict serving out his sentence in an Australian penal colony. The plot centres around the death and suspected murder of the colony's commander's wife. Monsarrat, a clerk, helps to solve the mystery behind her death with the aid of some of the colony's residents.

 

However this is much more than a detective story as its main aim, in my opinion, is to describe the workings and life in Port Macquarie, delving into the various characters at length at describing the day-to-day activities that mark life in an Australian penal colony in 1825. It is evidently well-researched and this helps to put together an engaging and interesting novel which should entertain and educate the reader. Characters are developed and well-described, including their background and reasons for being in this remote location. There is little, if anything, to fault in this novel and I recommend it to anyone interested in either the mystery genre or the well-researched historical novel: this combines both in an intelligent and rewarding manner.

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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text 2017-07-31 18:07
July 2017 Wrap Up
The Soldier's Dark Secret (Comrades in Arms) - Marguerite Kaye
The Doctor's Undoing (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Licensed for Trouble - Susan May Warren

Two things helped push the number of books I read this month higher than usual: 24in48 Read-a-thon and binge reading series via COYER. Since the start of COYER, I have managed to read through 4 series (1 was a duet, the others were longer). I will not be adding any more books to the list in August because I want to finish off the list. I am finding myself to be a definite mood reader (see binge reading a series) rather than a list follower.

 

Reading for the Pop Sugar challenge went better this month than last month's lonely 1 book. Again, thanks to that read-a-thon! I completed one challenge already - Library Love Challenge (hosted by Angel) "OverDrive Junkie" level (36+ books). I also earned all four badges within my library's summer reading program (adult level goal is to read 990 minutes; I am at 1200 and some change). My son earned all three badges and my daughter earned two at the kids level (goal of 660 minutes).

 

 DNFs: 2. The Rake's Redemption by Regina Scott was supposed to be read for RB Bingo but I couldn't stand either the hero or heroine - I don't think I made it to 25%. Whispered Promises by Nora Roberts was a 2-in-1 anthology of two 1980s category romance she wrote for Silhouette....1980s category romances DO. NOT. AGE. WELL. Just the sheer amount of smoking by both hero and heroine was enough to give me the dry heaves. I read a chapter from each story and then tossed it on the donation pile. And the descriptions of the clothes/hair/makeup/facial hair....NOPE.

 

Challenges

BL/GR: 117/150

Pop Sugar: 3; 40/52 prompts completed

COYER: 26/45 books

RB Bingo: 14/25

Library Love Challenge: 5; 40/36 for the year 

 

1. Rock Courtship: A Rock Kiss Novella by Nalini Singh (RB Bingo) (Library Love Challenge) - 1 star

 

2. Licensed for Trouble (PJ Sugar #3) by Susan May Warren (Library Love Challenge) 3.5 stars

 

3. Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels #5) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 3 stars

 

4. The Doctor's Undoing by Allie Pleiter (COYER) - 4.5 stars

 

5. The Soldier's Dark Secret by Marguerite Kaye (COYER) - 4.5 stars

 

6. A Charming Potion: A Magical Cures Mystery Novella (#2.5) by Tonya Kappes (COYER)- 2 stars

 

7. A Charming Wish (A Magical Cures Mystery #3) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) - 2.5 stars

 

8. A Family for Christmas (Texas Grooms #3) by Winnie Griggs (COYER) - 2 stars

 

9. A Charming Spell (A Magical Cures Mystery #4) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) - 2 stars

 

10. A Charming Magic (A Magical Cures Mystery #5) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) - 2 stars

 

11. A Charming Christmas (A Magical Cures Mystery #6.5) by Tonya Kappes (COYER) -2 stars

 

12. Bearly Awake (Providence Paranormal College #1) by D. R. Perry - 2 stars

 

13. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love Challenge) - 3.5 stars 

 

14. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love Challenge) - 5 stars

 

15. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti (Pop Sugar) (COYER) (Library Love Challenge) - 3 stars

 

16. Honeymoon in High Heels (High Heels #6.5) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 2 stars

 

17. Fearless in High Heels (High Heels #6) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 1.5 stars

 

18. A High Heels Haunting (High Heels #) by Gemma Halliday (COYER) - 1 star

 

19. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray (COYER) - 2 stars

 

20. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander (COYER) - 3 stars

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review 2017-07-30 22:52
Magically Delicious
Wyne and Chocolate (Citizen Soldier Seri... Wyne and Chocolate (Citizen Soldier Series) (Volume 2) - Donna Michaels

Wyne And Chocolate by Donna Michaels is an amazing read.  Thinking about this author's books and it comes to me that Ms Michaels' books seem to be underappreciated.  They should be celebrated more.  I usually have 2 or 3 books going at the same time but stationed in different parts of the house, so I always have something to read without looking for my book.  I just realized today, when reading a Donna Michaels book, I don't set it down.  I carry it with me and read it straight through.  Because her books are just that good, I don't want to put them down.  Wyne And Chocolate is another that I couldn't put down.  This is a well-written book, loaded with fantastic characters.  Mason and Jill's story is full of drama, suspense, humor (I love Jill's runaway mouth), and plenty of sizzle.   I enjoyed every page of Wyne And Chocolate and look forward to my next book by the talented Donna Michaels.  Wyne And Chocolate is book 2 of the Citizen Soldier Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I read a print copy of this book.

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review 2017-07-21 22:01
Podcast #60 is up!
MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II - Peter Eisner

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it I interview Peter Eisner about his account of a small group of Americans who resisted the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. Enjoy!

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