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text 2018-12-05 22:16
24 Festive Tasks, Door 15 - St Nicholas Day
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner
Anya's Ghost - Vera Brosgol
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings

Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day

 

Book: I will read A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville #1) by Farrah Rochon.

 

Task #2

1. For myself - the appliances in the In Death series. An Autochef would top the list, along with a drying tube and a car that can go "vertical" and bypass traffic. A computer that can run searches for me while I go to sleep would come in handy when grad school starts.

 

2. For my community - in this case, I claim the military veteran community for this wish. I want a competent, science and advance medical Veteran Affairs system, from the administrative and the medical sides. The system is broken and has been before this current administration took over, but three schmucks running the agency from Mar-Largo is not helping. A completely overhauled agency that not only takes care of OEF/OIF veterans, but the veterans of the humanitarian missions, the Gulf War veterans (especially those affected by Gulf War Syndrome, which needs more research!), and one that takes military sexual assault seriously. 

 

Sorry that was a downer, but it's frustrating to deal with this ass backward agency.

 

3. For the world - Every C-suite executive at Facebook goes to jail/is somehow punished for the shit that has been going in in global politics since 2015/16. Punitive fines would go to libraries to fund their digital citizenship/digital literacy programs for all ages. Also Net Neutrality laws in every country, even the good old USA, and regulate it as an utility.

 

Task #4

I tend to avoid kids in my reading unless I am reading a MG level book because I don't like to read about kids in peril. However, this year I read three great books that had this trope:

 

1. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner

2. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

3. The Soldier's Secrets (Belanger Family #2) by Naomi Rawlings

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text 2018-07-13 16:16
Friday Reads - July 13, 2018
The Hens: The Third Day - Merry Farmer
The Swan: The Seventh Day: The 12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides, #7 - Piper Huguley
The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day - Mimi Milan
All She Wants for Christmas: A Regency Christmas Novella - Amy Rose Bennett
Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives Book 1) - Amanda Dykes
On A Cold Christmas Eve - Bethany M. Sefchick
A Dangerous Nativity (The Dangerous Series) - Caroline Warfield
At Your Request (Apart From the Crowd): An Apart From the Crowd Novella - Jen Turano
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon
The Christmas Mail Order Bride - Kit Morgan

This Sunday starts the week long COYER Christmas in July read-a-thon and ends during the halfway mark of 24 in 48 read-a-thon. So this list is for the next 10-12 days of reading; I am still working through All the Devils Are Here and Just Mercy, but those are on the back-burner come Sunday.

 

Holiday Reading List:

1. The Hens: The Third Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #3) by Merry Farmer

2. The Swan: The Seventh Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #7) by Merry Farmer

3. The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day (12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #9) by Mimi Milan

4. All She Wants For Christmas (A Regency Christmas Novella) by Amy Rose Bennett

5. Twelfth Night by Marisa Dillon

6. Bespoke: A Tiny Christmas Tale (Espoir Archives #1) by Amanda Dykes

7. The Christmas Mail Order Bride by Kit Morgan

8. On a Cold Christmas Eve by Bethany Sefchick

9. A Dangerous Nativity (The Dangerous Series #1) by Caroline Warfield

10. At Your Request (Apart from the Crowd Novella) by Jen Turano

11. A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Mapleville) by Farrah Rochon

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text 2018-04-19 23:15
Tea's TBR Thursday - April 19, 2018
Under His Kilt - Melissa Blue
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated - Alison Arngrim
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain - Phoebe Robinson,Jessica Williams
Dueling the Desperado - Mimi Milan
Are You There Coffee? It's Me, Mom - Kianna Alexander
Cafe Au Lait - Liane Spicer
An Uncommon Protector - Shelley Shepard Gray
Howard Haskell Takes a Bride - Merry Farmer

I haven't done a TBR meme post in a while due to being in limbo about the status of our leaving England's shores for the US - turns out we are staying put a year, so we will be moving next summer. So I have lots of time to get through all the books I stuffed my NOOK and Kindle with. At least I can focus on grad school applications now.

 

Anyway a bunch more books were added to my TBR pile (which now stands at 257 ebooks) in the three weeks I haven't done a TBR post.

 

Added to NOOK:

1. Frey by Melissa Wright

2. The Robber Bride by Jerrica Knight-Catania

3. Verity, Clarity, Adversity, and Purity (Cursed series #1, 1.5, 2, 3) by Claire Farrell

4. Marrying Miss Marshal by Lacy Williams

5. Wishful Romance, Volume 1 by Kait Nolan

6. The Sweetest Thing by Lilan Darcy

7. When You Got a Good Thing by Kait Nolan

8. Once Upon a Campfire by Kait Nolan

9. Bitter Roots by C.J. Carmichael

10. Down Deep by Virna DePaul

11. Atlantis Riptide by Allie Burton

12. Love Like This/For Now and Forever by Sophie Love

13. The Duke in Denial by Alexandra Ainsworth

14. Once Upon a Christmas (anthology) by Various Authors

15. Lone Star Love (anthology) by Various Authors

16. You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

17. Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman

18. A Search for Refuge by Kristi Ann Hunter

19. On a Cold Christmas Eve by Bethany M. Sefchick

20. The Chef's Mail Order Bride by Cindy Caldwell

21. His Prairie Princess by Kit Morgan

22. Catherine Finds Love by Karla Gracey

23. Brony's Destiny by Karla Gracey

24. A Bride for Carlton by Karla Gracey

25. Winter Eve by Lia Davis

26. Opal by Juliet James

27. Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue

28. The Prequel by Mona Ingram

29. Return to Love by Christine Kingsley

30. Star King by Susan Grant

31. A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon

32. Bruised by Stacey-Deanne

33. Desperate by Sylvia McDaniel

34. Rocky Mountain Haven by Vivan Arend

35. A Dangerous Nativity by Caroline Warfield

36. Rebel Cowboy by Nicole Helm

37. Stardust by Kristen Strassel

38. Doc's Town by Cheryl Phipps

39. Pride of Africa by Tori Knightwood

40. Strange Tango by Michelle Dayton

41. Spring in Sweetwater County by Ciara Knight

42. An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepherd Gray

43. The Lieutenants Online Love by Caro Carson (technically a pre-order)

 

Added to the Kindle:

1. Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

2. Café Au Lait by Liane Spicer

3. The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

4. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim

5. Dueling the Desperado by Mimi Milan

6. The Dancing Lady by Mimi Milan

7. Howard Haskell Takes a Bride by Merry Farmer

8. The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi

9. A Radiant Soul by Kianna Alexander

10. Drifting to You by Kianna Alexander

11. Are You There Coffee? It's Me, Mom by Kianna Alexander

12. Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

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review 2016-12-13 17:32
A Little Bit Naughty by Farrah Rochon - My Thoughts
A Little Bit Naughty - Farrah Rochon

This is the second novella in the Moments in Maplesville series and it was as entertaining as the first.  Now, I know I'm supposed to be reading my holiday stories, but I got fooled into thinking this was another Christmas story.  Well, fooled... I didn't pay enough attention.  *LOL*

 

Anyway, we meet another pair of charming main characters, Jada (a bestie of the heroine of the 1st book) and Mason, a couple who have known each other since high school and disliked each other since high school.  

 

While it might seem that the enemies to lovers happens awfully quick, I'm reminded of the day way back in time, that John Goldie (who was just a guy in my class) said something innocuous to me and I was instantly in love.  *LOL*  So I'm willing to give Jada and Mason a pass.  

 

The author seems to have cut down on the fanatical use of descriptors in this book - YAY!  But I realised that whatever happened to Jada to 'pique her interest' went directly to her nipples.  SO many nipples.  Nipples galore.  Too many effing nipples.  *LOL*  Honestly, there are other ways/responses that women feel when they get turned on.

 

So yes, this was an entertaining read and I'll probably read more in the series should the chance arise.  And once again, this is a story about POC written by a WOC.

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review 2016-12-12 17:11
A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon - My Thoughts
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon

Farrah Rochon is an author I see mentioned many times in my Twitter feed by the romance authors I follow, so I figured it was about time I checked her out.  

 

A Perfect Holiday Fling is the first of the Moments in Maplesville novellas which seem to all circle around holidays, and I found it quite enjoyable and perfect for the Christmas season.  

 

I liked the characters, but as always, I bemoan the fact that there just isn't enough time in a novella to really get to know them, but what we do get is pretty good.  I enjoyed the instant chemistry between the two MCs as well as the fact that Stefan's young 5 year old nephew wasn't perfectly precocious as so many kids in romances tend to be.  

 

My one problem with this book was that the author likes her descriptors a little too much for my taste.  Adjectives abound all over the place.  Now I'm all for giving the reader a picture, God knows, but I often felt as if I was being inundated with colours and textures and brand names and all kinds of other stuff.  

 

But I did like the book.  :)  Perfect read for the holiday season.

 

And for those that search them out, this is a book written by a WOC and about POC.

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