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My Monday Book Date

Hello Book Lover’s ! What have you read lately ? I have been making my way through my Net Galley list and even requested some new books. I have been reading everything from Non fiction to fiction and have found a bunch of winners. Also dont forget this week we celebrate some important days : Library Workers day, Book Mobil Day , Library day

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

What I read last week :

What I am reading now

From Net Galley . :

Bookshop by the Sea
by Denise Hunter

Looking Forward to Reading:

In this blockbuster novel from Danielle Steel, two estranged sisters get the chance to connect again and right the wrongs of the past. ( Out April 27th)

Happy National Library workers Day! To my fellow library workers have a great day.

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Monday Book Date

Welcome to Monday

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

My Last week reading :

  • 2 Garden books
  • 2 Children books
  • 1 Cookbook
  • 2 Romances

From the Library :

I just finished this book .

A riveting new read that will thrill you from #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels, perfect for fans of Nora Roberts, Rachel Caine, and J.D. Robb.
 
Ellie Bowman barely remembers the incident that put her into a coma. When she awoke, filled with unease, all she knew for certain was that her boyfriend, Rick, was missing. She knew she needed to get away from her old life and recover in safety. With the proceeds of a video game she helped develop, Ellie starts over in rural Missouri, working from her cottage and trusting no one except her friend and business partner.
 
Yet even in this quiet small town, it’s impossible to completely isolate herself. Especially when a curious eight-year-old boy, smitten with Ellie’s pup, stops by every day to talk to him over the fence. Little by little, Ellie is being drawn back into the world through the neighbors and community around her, realizing that everyone has their own fears and obstacles to contend with.  
 
But when Ellie hears that Rick has resurfaced, her nightmares return, and with them, small snippets of memory. No one has heard from Rick since before the incident, so why is he back now? Ellie wants to move forward with her life, but first she must find the courage to look into her past, no matter what she finds there . . .

Book thoughts:

Not your typical book from this author 9 This is a thriller) -so I was glad I could read a copy from the library. It’s a very character driven book as Ellie is front and center of the book. I did like the messages about the power of supportive neighbors, trusting yourself, embracing friendship, starting .over, and reaching out to others when you need help. However, the story is slow-building and slow-paced. So glad I grabbed a copy from the Library.

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Make sure you check with me and see what I am reading next…. Lisa

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SAVE THE DATE by Ellen Fannon

 

Join us for this tour from Mar 1 to Mar 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: Save the Date by Ellen Fannan
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +),  329 pages
Genre:  Fiction Romance
PublisherForget Me Not Romances, an imprint of Winged Publications
Release date:   October 2020
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

What if you were given the chance to rekindle the flame with your first love? What happened to all those girls who were mean to you in school? Should Hannah Jensen take the chance of attending her high school reunion to find out?

Hannah hasn’t been back to her hometown in more than twenty years. Now, a widow, raising a teenaged daughter, she has the opportunity to go home for her twenty-fifth high school reunion. The invitation to the reunion stirs up a lot of old memories at the same time she is dealing with loneliness, the challenges of single-parenting a teenager, people who want to “set her up” with eligible men, her own insecurities, and her eccentric family.

The story interweaves the present with scenes from Hannah’s past and her fantasy of “happily ever after” with her high school boyfriend in a humorous and entertaining manner. Her feelings from being “shunned” by the cool kids resurface as she reflects back on her time as a teenager. There are several roadblocks on Hannah’s journey from a teenager through her present. The growing pains and amusing situations in which she finds herself are ones to which we all can relate. As she walks the path of self-discovery, she also discovers the most important life lesson of all–her relationship to God.

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Meet the Author:

Award-winning author Ellen Fannon is a practicing veterinarian, former missionary, and church pianist/organist. She originated and wrote the Pet Peeves column for the Northwest Florida Daily News before taking a two-year assignment with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. She and her retired Air Force pilot-turned-pastor husband have been foster parents to more than 40 children, and the adoptive parents of two sons. Her first novel, “Other People’s Children,” is a humorous account of the life of a foster parent. She is a regular contributing author for One Christian Voice, and her stories have been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as Lifeway’s Open Windows devotional booklets, among many other publications. Her third novel about a veterinarian entitled “Don’t Bite the Doctor” will be released in 2021. She lives in Valparaiso, Florida, with her husband, sons, and assorted pets.

connect with author:  website ~ facebook ~ pinterest

Tour Schedule:

Mar 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight . giveaway
Mar 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 2 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 3 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 4 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 5 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 8 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Mar 10 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 10 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 11 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 12 – From the TBR Pile – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Mar 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 18 – Kam’s Place – book spotlight / author interview
Mar 19 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
 

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My husband and I are quite competitive. Each morning we read the Trivia questions in the paper and see who got the most questions right. Then the winner gloats. If, for some reason, my husband reads the paper before I do, he actually writes down how many questions he got right. Then, later that day, he will ask me how many I got right. Generally, I tell the truth, even if I didn’t get as many right as he did and have a clear-cut opportunity to pretend I did. 

Trivial Pursuit often leans more in his favor because he knows the answers to all those obscure history and geography questions. It wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t feel the need to pontificate over every question. We tried playing Monopoly—once—but he makes his own little, dirty, side deals with other players, such as allowing them a free pass on his properties if they allow him a free pass on theirs, while showing no mercy to other players, such as his wife. He is equally merciless when playing Sorry, never giving anyone, including small children, a break. Don’t even get me started on miniature golf. He meticulously counts each and every stroke and revels in his opponent’s misfortunes. If I add the score at the end of the game and for some reason, he has more strokes than I do, he insists on checking the math, himself.

Recently, in the Trivia section of the newspaper, there was a question which asked, “Which sense is less sharp after one eats too much?” The answers from which to choose included: hearing, smelling, sight, and taste. The answer, strangely enough, is hearing—which I got right, by the way, and he missed. This explains a lot. I have complained for a long time that my husband doesn’t hear me and have nagged him repeatedly to have his hearing checked. Of course, with his competitive nature, he will not admit that my hearing is better than his. Now I know it’s not a matter of who has the better hearing. He just overeats.

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MURDER WITH STRINGS ATTACHED Book Blast

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender. Step 2 Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.
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Monday Book Date

Welcome t Monday ! This last week has been crazy with Snow and Ice and problems with both the electrical grid and internet. But I did get a chance to read a couple of books this last week :

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

Last Week Reads:

While Gedeon “Player” Lazaroff is one of Torpedo Ink motorcycle club’s roughest members, he’s also one of the calmest. Little rattles Player, except for the times his gift gets the better of him. When that happens, he has to just lie down in the dark and hope for the best. But on a night when he’s on the verge of losing it, he meets a woman who manages to soothe his fractured mind.

Zyah is a striking, ethereal beauty who seduces him with every word and move. Their night together is one of pure, exquisite bliss. But when Player gets confused and thinks their intimate encounter was nothing more than a dream, his careless dismissal leaves her humiliated and angry. 

Now, Player will have to devote his every breath to convincing Zyah to give him a second chance. Because she might be the only one who can save him from himself.…

When Clara Delany walks into the Aces High Motorcycle Club’s hangout, she’s hit rock bottom. She’s hiding her car from the repo man, she has less than two dollars in her bank account and the only employment she can get is delivering messages for a criminal.

All because of a man. Therefore, she’s sworn off them.

And then she meets West “Buck” Hardy, president of the Aces High MC.

Buck also meets her, and the minute he does, he makes it clear (to everyone but Clara) that they’re starting something. Since Clara doesn’t get that message, she decides to leave Buck and sort out her life in order to come back to him clean.

She’s not gone but hours before life hits Clara with another blow. Which means Buck and his boys have to ride in and save the day. After that, Buck makes no bones about where they stand.

But does he?

Welcome to the first novel in the Wild West MC series which will tell the stories of the brothers of the Aces High MC, the Resurrection MC and the Chaos MC…and the women who love them.

My Book updates:

I enjoyed both of these book very much. The both feature hot alpha bikers and the strong women that love them. If you are a fan of these authors grab these latest New Releases. As what’s on my TBR list : whatever I lay my hands on this week. Lisa

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HE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL (A Maximum Security Novel) by Kat Martin

 

Join us for this tour from Jan 6 to Jan 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Ultimate Betrayal (a Maximum Security Novel) by Kat Martin
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 yrs +),  464 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller
PublisherHQN
Release date:   December 29, 2020
Tour dates: Jan 6 to Jan 26, 2021
Content Rating:  R. The “F” word is used 12 times in the book. There are some explicit consensual sex scenes.
 

“With plenty of suspense, The Ultimate Betrayal is exactly the kind of escape you’ve been craving.” – BOOKTRIB

Book Description:

When her father is accused of espionage and treason, journalist Jessie Kegan has no doubt the man she looked up to her entire life is innocent. Worse yet, before Colonel Kegan can stand trial, he’s found dead of a heart attack…but Jessie knows it was murder. Forcing aside her grief, she’s determined to use her investigative resources to clear her father’s name. But going after the truth means Jessie soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who wants that truth to stay buried with her father. Protecting Jessie Kegan is a job bodyguard Brandon Garrett can’t refuse. Jessie isn’t just a client at Maximum Security—she’s the sister of his best friend, Danny, who was killed in Afghanistan. With dangerous enemies gunning for Jessie from every angle, keeping her safe will mean keeping her close, and Bran finds their mutual attraction growing, though being Danny’s sister puts Jessie out of bounds. With their backs against the wall, Jessie and Bran will have to risk everything to expose her father’s killer—before his legacy dies with his daughter.

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Meet the Author:

Bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin. More than seventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Fifteen of her recent novels have taken top-ten spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel, BEYOND REASON, was recently optioned for a feature film. Kat’s latest novel, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, a Romantic Thriller, was released in paperback December 29th.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

Jan 6 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 6 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
Jan 8 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 13 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 13 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 14 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – books spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 19 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 –The Obsessed Reader – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway

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MY FIRST SALE

I never wanted to be a writer.  Or at least I never knew I did until I sort of stumbled into it.  But I always had stories rolling around in my head and when my husband started writing a Western novel, I thought…hummm…maybe I could do that.

I had characters and a plot in mind right away, a western romance because I loved reading them, and coming from a western background (my great grandmother came out in a covered wagon), I was comfortable in that time frame.  

But how to actually write?

I needed to learn the basics so I went to the first writers’ conference I could find, which happened to be in Santa Barbara, California and turned out to be one of the best in the country.  I went to all the classes and discovered that one of the speakers gave semi-private lessons on writing, once a week in L.A.  My husband and I decided to go. 

We made the two-hour drive every week for a year, all the while attending other local conferences and doing our homework on who was publishing what and how to find an agent.  I also joined RWA, which I highly recommend.  

We were both writing madly, determined to finish our novels.  We went to critic groups, went to another writing class, this one two hours away in Fresno.  

The books got completed.  Now we needed to find a way to sell them.

When we sent our money in for the Fresno Writer’s Conference, fortune intervened.  We were told that an agent would be attending the conference and she would be willing to read sixty pages of any attendee’s book.

I desperately needed an agent.  Since I have always been a firm believer in taking the extra step, instead of mailing the pages, I dressed in my best leather outfit and drove to Hollywood.  Unfortunately the temperature soared to one-hundred degrees that day.  By the time I climbed the stairs to the agent’s office, my stomach quaking with nerves, I was drenched in perspiration.  

When the agent walked into the reception area, I was almost too nervous to speak.  I managed to croak-out in a squeaky little voice, “Hi, I’m Kat Martin.  I just happened to be in the neighborhood so I thought I’d drop this by.”

The agent grinned.  Clearly, I wasn’t “in the neighborhood.”  The good news was, she liked authors who were aggressive about their careers and she was impressed with my moxie.  After reading the pages, she took me on as a client.  She also decided to represent my husband.

Both of us were turned down by just about every publisher in New York.  I was sick to my stomach, terrified my year-and-a-half, twelve-hour-a-day writing effort would be for naught, but the agent wouldn’t give up.

The last publisher among her submissions made an offer for MAGNIFICENT PASSAGE and I was over the moon.  

I was even more excited when they decided to make the book the lead title for their new line of romances.  It was my first break in the business and though the company ultimately folded and I was out of work, the lesson was clear.

If you want to succeed as a writer–never give up. To that point I’ve written over seventy romance novels!!

In THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, book #3 in my Maximum Security series, released in paperback on 12/29/20, when investigative journalist Jessie Kegan’s father, a colonel in the army, is accused of treason, she’s determined to clear his name.  With her life in danger, Jessie turns to former Special Ops soldier, Brandon Garrett.  But time is running out and the game being played is deadly.  

Working together, Bran and Jessie risk everything to solve the riddle and confront the threat–before it’s too late.

I hope you’ll watch for THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL and that you can travel vicariously to some of the settings in the book.  Until next time, all best and happy reading.  Kat

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Book Date : 12/7

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

Going on at Home:

It’s been a busy week at home. Changing out Thanksgiving decorations to Christmas : and celebrating my Hubby birthdays. The weather in Louisiana has finally changed some for December with rain and colder nights . Perfect time to cozy up with a good book or two.

On my blog : It’s Christmas time with lots of holiday books and cookbooks during my Cookie Swap on Thursday…

Last week total : 3 romance, 2 cozy and a new cookbook.

My Book Date :

is with this cool coloring book. I love some quite time before bed for a cup of tea and some coloring.

Unwind and relax with this is Cozy and Calm Coloring Book.

Take a moment to unwind as you settle in for a cozy night, escaping to the festive scenery that awaits in Cozy and Calm Coloring Book.

Tranquil snow and holiday scenes await you among relaxing winter’s festive and serene pages.

My next read:

I have this on my library list to read next ….

In the latest thrilling collaboration from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke, television producer Laurie Moran must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew—just days before her wedding.

Thanks for stopping bye ……. Lisa

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A Mother For Christmas by Jackie Weger

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Genre: Women’s Fiction, Christmas Romance
Decker Davenport is on a deadline. He has thirty days — Christmas Eve, to be exact — to remodel a St. Augustine Victorian house, or the owner will put it back on the market. Not a good time for Decker’s decorator to take off on a honeymoon, leaving him with Annalise Owens, a stand-in with a malaise he isn’t privy to.
But as he watches Annalise work miracles on the house and his daughter, he realizes the two of them have bonded in some ethereal way, as if they’ve always known each other.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Decker still sees the curious malaise in Annalise’s eyes. A haunting that even his kiss can’t take away. What secret does the new woman in his house possess? And will learning Annalise’s secret bring him and his daughter joy, or tear their world apart?
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Claim Me Now

Today we have the release week blitz of Lea Nolan’s Claim Me Now! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!

Title: Claim Me Now

Author: Lea Nolan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Claim Me Now:

Strangers to lovers, who don’t know they’re enemies…   Raven Donovan isn’t looking for a relationship. She’s married to her job and vice president of her company. So she’s blindsided when a corporate takeover leaves her unceremoniously unemployed. Reeling, she retreats to her family’s beach house on Heron Harbor Island and drowns her sorrows in a bottle of tequila. And then a tall, dark, and gorgeous stranger walks through the door…   Jack Baines has it all—money, a good job, and he’s the heir to one of the largest private equity firms on the East Coast. With his latest conquest under his belt, he should be flying high. But as much as he enjoys the thrill of the hunt, firing people takes a toll on him. So he heads to the beach for some alone time, never expecting to find a half-naked, dark-haired beauty in his rental.   With a storm raging outside, Raven and Jack end up sharing more than just the house. A scorching night turns into a red-hot weekend that reveals how much they have in common—including Raven’s ex-company. That revelation threatens everything they’ve found unless they fight to build something new…together.

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About Lea Nolan:

Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author who writes smart, witty contemporary stories filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. She also pens books for young adults featuring bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. Born and raised on Long Island, New York she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three brilliant children, she resides in Maryland where she cracks crabs and bakes ugly birthday cakes.  

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Excerpt 1

Jack had never been so grateful for central heating as when they stepped back into the house from the biting nor’easter. Even the dog had the good sense to stay out only long enough to do her business then come straight back inside.

Raven’s jaw trembled. “We’d better g-g-et these w-w-et clothes off before we c-c-catch cold. L-l-laundry room.” She turned and sprinted for the small room off the rear of the kitchen.

She shed her jacket, then tried to peel her soaked sweatshirt off her body but got stuck mid-way through. “Um…h-help.” Her arms were tangled in the wet cloth above her head. 

Jack tossed his own sweater and T-shirt into the open washer, then freed her from her sweatshirt. 

“T-thanks,” she said, then whipped off her freezing tank, leaving her topless.  

Jack barely noticed, since he was too busy removing his drenched sweatpants which had chilled him straight to the bone. By the time they were in the washer along with the rest of the clothes, Raven was fighting to free her legs from her jeans. Jack reached down and gave her an extra hand, stripping them off her skin. 

Raven’s teeth rattled but she still managed a smile. “Th-thank you.” Her shoulders were hunched and her arms were tight against her body, her wrists crossed at her breasts. She shook like a leaf in a hurricane.

“Come here.” He pulled her to his chest and wrapped himself around her, letting his chin gently rest against the top of her head. Breathing deep, he drank her in. She was soft and smelled like rain. And though she was so much smaller than he, and her features so petite, in his arms, she felt like she was made to fit against his body. His wide palms stroked the length of her back. 

Raven exhaled and relaxed into him, releasing her arms. On a sigh, she threaded her hands around his waist and nuzzled her face against his left pec. He imagined she was listening to his heartbeat, and wondered if it quickened as their skin heated against each other’s.  

She tilted her head to meet his gaze. “You’re so warm.” Her brown eyes searched his.

“As warm as you.” God, she was gorgeous. 

“Kiss me.” 

Aaand there went his plan to keep things platonic. Together-but-separate was impossible with this woman. He wanted to be around her. In her. Whatever it took.

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Monday Book Date 11/9

It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday, What are You Reading”, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week

Not much reading but I did work on getting some back book reviews for Net Galley up to date on my blog. . I also started my holiday reading list of books with some non fiction thrown in. So my book date is a Snowman or maybe a joy old pan on a red suite ! Just finished this from the Net Galley back list…. Lisa

Not even her impending nuptials can keep Lucy Berberian, manager of her family-owned Kebab Kitchen, from the Jersey Shore’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. But her dive into the icy ocean is especially chilling when she finds a fellow swimmer doing the dead man’s float—for real . . .

On my Holiday Reading list:

Just finished this book with kindle unlimited. A favorite author of mine :

In#1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels’ heartwarming holiday novel, Christmas is a time for remembering loved ones—past and present . . .
 
Joy Preston misses her beloved late grandmother dearly. But when she learns the terms of Nana’s will, she’s shocked—and more than a little irked. Joy’s life is in Denver. How can Nana have expected her to give that up, even temporarily, to take over a bed and breakfast in North Carolina for six months? Still, there’s no denying Heart and Soul’s charm, especially at holiday time . . .
 
The B&B is always elaborately decorated for the season, with themed guest rooms and dazzling lawn displays created for the annual Parade of Homes competition. The entire town takes part in the festivities, and soon, Joy is too, letting her reservations melt away. Yet there’s another reason for Heart and Soul’s popularity . . .
 
Rumor has it that, during the holidays, guests can be reunited with the spirit of a loved one who’s passed on. Joy is skeptical, yet she feels her Nana’s influence all around her—perhaps even indulging in a little matchmaking between Joy and a handsome estate attorney who just might inspire a magical new beginning . .

Coming next up – Releases 11/10:

Perfect for Thanksgiving from Net Galley :

Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you’ll ever want or need.

Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you’ll ever need to know for making perfect pies. The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savory, and mini. 

Thanks for stopping byre and check out my newest reviews on my blog….. Lisa