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review 2019-01-16 21:20
The Summer Queen - Elizabeth Chadwick

The first book in Chadwick's series about Alienor (Eleanor of Aquitaine). It basically covers her marriage to Louis and the very beginning of her marriage to Henry. Chadwick's Alienor is not only in keeping with her brief appearances in the Chadwick Marshall books, but also with the image that most of us have of the Queen. Perhaps even a bit of Kate Hepburn

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review 2019-01-13 03:29
Picture Perfect Summer (Kings of Castle Beach Book 3) by Marquita Valentine
Picture Perfect Summer - Marquita Valentine



The Kings of Castle Beach is a great series. Valentine drew me in with haunting romance and tempting delight. Picture Perfect Summer is a tale of two lonely hearts. Duke and True meet by chance and tumble into love. When life gets in the way of their happy ending, can the hands of fate and the sands of time help them find their way back to each other? Love is not always pretty, but if you can survive the pain, the experience is a rewarding one. True and Duke prove there is beauty to be found from heartache.

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review 2019-01-11 14:25
ARC REVIEW Summer of Love by Sidney Bristol
The Love Barn #2, I'm loving the Lively's. The only weddings Benjamin Lively is worried about are the ones that take place at his families wedding venue The Love Barn. Benji is enjoying life and has no plans to settle down himself anytime soon that is until he sees Dixie again. Dixie Applewhite is finally free from her husband after a grueling two year long divorce she plans to make up for lost time and she decides a summer fling with her secret high school crush Benji is just the thing she needs.

Benji has had a crush on Dixie since high school but he respected that she was in a relationship with someone else. Dixie was with Jace since she was 13 and she always thought him her Prince Charming until he wasn't any more. Dixie realized he was controlling and she had changed so much about herself to please him and his mother; it wasn't worth it anymore she wanted to be back in charge of her life. Being single for the first time in forever Dixie wasn't ready for a full fledged relationship so Benji and her started with just friendship until the sexual tension couldn't be ignored. Benji's problem was that he was already half in love with Dixie and the longer they are together the more the fling becomes something real.

Overall, this was a good read. It's written in third person mainly from over the shoulder of Benji and Dixie.I love Sidney Bristol's writing she really brings her characters to life and you empathize with them so much. That little Texas town of Ransom has become so real for me. Elizabeth better get her own HEA, I don't care what series it's in she just needs one! I liked the progression of the relationship and how stubborn Dixie was. I loved the side story with Garth, Benji's older brother, that really showed how much a person, ie. Benji, can mature when they need to. The little tease about Garth and the next book at the end was nice, I was hoping that was going to happen so I can't wait for that book.    


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review 2019-01-01 06:50
The Last Summer (of You and Me)
The Last Summer (of You and Me) - Ann Brashares

A marshmallow book. Light and (mostly) fluffy. It's nothing groundbreaking, but the writing is good, and I enjoy coming back to it every so often (unlike the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series which seems to have completely lost its magic now that I'm no longer 15).

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text 2018-12-30 04:11
The Summer Tree - Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 383 pages. And about the ten million . . . .
The Summer Tree - Guy Gavriel Kay

Disclaimer:  I'm not sure I ever posted a disclaimer about this, so here goes.  I bought the Kindle edition of this book in October 2018. I do not know the author personally, but I follow him on Twitter and we have had some brief exchanges there.  I also purchased the second volume of The Fionavar Tapestry, The Wandering Fire.  I obtained the third volume, The Darkest Road, in the late 1980s as a review copy when I was reviewing for Rave Reviews magazine.  I refused to write a review, or even read the book, because I felt it unfair to review the last volume of a trilogy when I hadn't read and couldn't even acquire the first two books.  I am an author of contemporary and historical romance and various non-fiction.


So far, I've read the first 10 pages of this book about fourteen times since purchasing it in late October; it's now late December.  I keep getting interrupted, then have to go back and reread to remember what's going on.  This is not therefore a real status report.


It's a new year's resolution, of sorts.


My resolution, initially arrived at without a whole lot of thought, is to read 10,000,000 words of fiction in 2019.  I'm qualifying that here because I'm quite sure I read far more than ten million words of news and non-fiction and internet chatter every year.  And while I may include some non-fiction full-length works in this accounting, the real purpose of it is to boost my reading of book-length fiction.


I used to read almost nothing but novels.  My non-fiction reading was mostly research material for my writing.  When my writing career crashed and burned in 1996, I lost all interest in fiction.  In 1998, when I went back to college, almost all my reading was academic stuff.  Since then, I've sometimes had some difficulty getting back into fiction.  That's one of the reasons I've enjoyed the Halloween Bingo game so much -- it has forced me to focus my reading at least partly on fiction, especially genre fiction.


So for 2019, it's going to be fiction, fiction, and more fiction.  Mostly romance and epic fantasy -- like The Fionavar Tapestry -- but who knows what else might get thrown in!  I have a system in place for estimating the number of words per book, and I'm going to set up a spreadsheet to keep track of them.  Only completed books count.


I started with Phyllis A. Whitney's Window on the Square, and now I'm going to curl up in bed with the Kindle and The Summer Tree.  It's cold here in central Arizona tonight, so this sounds like a good plan.




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