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Goodreads Friday Pick

If you check out my Goodreads list on the side of my blog- you will see I have been binge reading this book series. Perfect for the Halloween season its > Monster Between the Sheets

Watt and Bothered: Monster Between the Sheets ( Book one)

Having his beloved home town turn monstrous overnight was rough for Silas Adler. Even more difficult was finding out that he suddenly had the power to channel electricity…at the expense of being able to touch anyone.

Two decades later, he was stunned when Juniper Finch stumbled into his arms without being hurt. It was a lucky thing since Silas knew at first glance that Juniper was meant to be his.

My Godhead pick : 12 book seers with KU

This is a fun and sexy instant love series. This two hour read is perfect for a quick afternoon read for anyone who loves fairy tale romance or instant love romances. The Monsters will want you to move too Screaming Woods.

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A Pumpkin and a Patch 

Every person has that one thing they’re known for, and it doesn’t matter what you do, that one thing—whether good or bad—follows you around like a bloodhound for the rest of your life. For me it’s a story I wrote when I was fifteen. Forever more I will be known as the Reece the Rogue Pirate girl, instead of Josie Peterson. Why couldn’t I be known for all the cute children’s stories I’ve written about my family’s pumpkin patch?

Tragically, the torrid story I wrote as a teen was based on a real person, Reece Cavanaugh. And guess what? He grew up to be a pirate—okay, lawyer. Same thing. To make matters worse, the man is representing my ex-fiancé who wants to steal my treasure, aka engagement ring. If that wasn’t the icing on the cake, Reece has an adorable daughter who happens to be my new student. That’s right, I must now have actual conversations with him after avoiding him for half my life, even by hiding behind banana displays when needed. But the more I get to know Reece—the real version, not the imaginary one who ravishes me on sandy beaches—I can’t help but wish we could roll around in the sand together. There’s a problem though, the school I work for frowns upon relationships between parents and teachers. And it’s pumpkin season, which means all my free time is spent on the family farm. But when he kisses me, I can’t help wanting to break all the rules and get tangled up in the barn. The burning question is, am I brave enough to make my story a reality or will it be another bad ending?

From USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Peel comes a curl your toes and cuddle up with your favorite blanket and cocoa romantic comedy.

KU book pick :

Jennifer Peel writes a brilliant story that is filled with laughter and love. Josie has had a crazy crush on Reece since High School but after a story she wrote about him when she was 15 was shared in high school she’s had to live with the notoriety of being the pirate girl. Years later Josie comes face-to-face with Reece when he represents her ex, and then again when his daughter Andi becomes a student in her class. Gradually they become friends…
Jennifer writes such a heartfelt tale of embarrassment, first crushes, unrequited love, and how all that translates into adulthood. A worthy read this Holiday season.

Book Review: Always Be My Duchess

Lord Lysander Blackstone, the stern Duke of Montcroix, has only one interest: increasing his considerable fortune. After a series of betrayals, he keeps his emotions buried deep. Money, after all, can’t break a man’s heart—or make promises it can’t keep. But when his reputation for being heartless jeopardizes a new business deal, he finds himself seeking a most unusual—and alluring—solution . . . 

Once an up-and-coming ballerina, Miss Geneviève Valery is now hopelessly out of work. After refusing to become a wealthy patron’s mistress, Nève was promptly shown the door to the streets. When she accidentally saves the life of a handsome duke, she doubts the encounter will go any better than her last brush with nobility. But instead of propositioning her, Montcroix makes Nève an offer she would be a fool to refuse: act as his fake fiancée in exchange for fortune enough to start over.

Only neither is prepared when very real feelings begin to grow between them. They both stand to win . . . but only if they’re willing to risk their hearts.

book review (from Library)

Super fun, easy read with a lovable heroine and interesting hero.
The plot was very light, it would have been better if it had an antagonist, but I really enjoyed it and will read everything Amalie howard writes. Such a fun read.

2021 Reading Roundup

Happy Friday and today is the end of the month, the year. So Happy New year !

So many books.

Dec reads Holiday books

December reads where mainly holiday themed books. A mix of romance books and cozy mystery books. From Net Galley, library, kindle unlimited and Goodreads giveaways.

Goodreads reading challenge: I meet my goal of books. Total of 573 books read.

Book challenge 2021 and links

I enjoyed many reading challenge and read books from some of my favorite challenges. Its a fun way to discover new authors and books.

Link up

Whats new on the blog:

I made a few changes for the New Year!

Touch of Louisiana: local authors, books and books set in my home state.

Lisa Reading Challenges: a new theme each month.Check out my page for details.

Saturday Book Club: by request of library guest. We will be alternating between Cozy Mystry and Historical romance. And featuring fun reading challenge books and treats.

I am looking forward to an awsome 2022 . Reading what I love and sharing books with my blog readers. Happy New Year Lisa!

Book Review: Snowdrop Dreams, Cherry Thumbprint Screams

When Annie Barkley discovers a boy living in the attic of her cookie shop, she’s stunned—and oddly elated. She can almost believe the universe is giving her back the infant son she lost eleven years ago.

Annie senses that something bad happened to the boy, but he won’t talk. All she knows is that he’s terrified of being found. When her long-ago crush, police captain Sam Stern, stops by to inquire about a missing boy, Annie says she hasn’t seen him.

Big mistake. Because that lie might cost her more than a romance with Sam. It also leaves her vulnerable to a ruthless pursuer, one who’s determined to silence the boy for good.

Net Galley book review:

Another novella in the Christmas Cookie book series but with a twist. . Snowdrop Dreams, Cherry Thumbprint Screams is a romantic suspense with all the holiday feels. I simply adored this book. It has everything IThe storyline ran smoothly and the characters were realistic. The young boy in the story was lucky to be helped by the heroine, Annie Barkley. I wasn’t expecting the story to end the way it did but I was happy with it. It has everything I love in a holiday read plus gripping romantic suspense- I highly recommend you read it now.

Three Mini Book Reviews : Christmas Cookies Series

This Friday I am featuring 3 novella in the Christmas cookies series. Its a cute 54 book series featuring holiday cookies. Yum ! Enjoy these books.

In Landry, Wyoming, outspoken, bossy Dr. Bea Inseldorf secretly longs for a home and family of her own. She fills her life with caring for everyone else instead.
Widower Tate Reed is filled with bitterness and refuses to celebrate Christmas—his wife died in childbirth at the holiday several years ago. His young daughter misses her mother but also her father, who is no longer the happy, loving man he used to be.
Four days of isolation together in a ranch house and a batch of small round cookies magically change the lives of them all, starved for affection as they are, all seeking the same thing—happiness.

A Little Kringle Magic by Loretta C. Rogers is part of the Christmas Cookies releases. This is a sweet historical romance. I enjoyed the Christmas spirit in the book and the way Dr. Bea brought about a change of heart for Tate Reed.

For some women, having a gorgeous Irishman come for Christmas is like getting an unexpected gift. For Gina St. Ives, it was just another complication. Facing the loss of the family homestead, she wants to have a traditional holiday for the sake of little sister Emma. That includes finding a lost cookie recipe from their childhood.

Donal O’Brien is dismayed to find himself in the midst of sibling discord. Despite her brusqueness, Gina attracts him. And Emma is a kindred soul who believes in the supernatural. When strange things start happening, the St. Ives sisters and their handsome house guest have a mystery to solve. Is Nana’s missing recipe the answer?

The Great Christmas Jelly Cookie Hunt is a novella in the Christmas Cookies series.
Gina is trying to have one last holiday at the family home with her sister Emma. She wants to make a cookie that was a big part of their childhood but can not find her grandmothers recipe anywhere.

Baking enthusiast Livi Hanson never misses Jean-Marc’s online videos. Hoping to save money for pastry school, she agrees to nanny over Christmas break in Switzerland for generous overtime pay.

To expand his audience, pastry chef and internet star Jean-Marc Dobrinsky scores a contract for a network TV slot with one caveat: he needs an attractive co-host who equals him in the kitchen.

When she’s invited to bake with Jean-Marc, Livi must prove she has the culinary chops, and Jean-Marc must put aside his pride. Can they rise to the challenge, or will it flop?

It’s Christmas time in Europe with a famous pastry chef. Can life gets any better for an inspiring pastry chef when so finds all her dreams come true at Christmas time. Lisa

First Line Friday

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up!
 Without further ado… it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.

Morning Hap, I said to Hap Hollister my dog Tilly and I entered his home and hardware store to deliver his mail. ” Morning ,Tees,Tilly Are you all set for your trip?

The entire Thomas family takes a Thanksgiving trip to a mountain cabin after Tess learns that her father visited the area every autumn to hunt and fish before his supposed death in a fiery truck accident. After arriving at the cabin, Tess and Tony, along with Mike and Bree, team up to investigate a suspicious death, while Tess and Tony secretly talk to people who live in the area and once knew her father. Hoping to finally find answers for her unanswered questions regarding her father’s current whereabouts, Tess widens her search which lead her to a startling realization.

Meanwhile, a stray dog seems intent on adopting Mike in spite of Mike’s insistence that there is no way he has room in his life for an energetic and mischievous puppy.

Connect 5 Friday

This Friday I am celebrating National Black Cat Day with Cozy Mystery with Black Cats…

A Friday List Link Up.

So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative!

Sabrina Tate and her cat, Hitchcock, must sort through the clues when a librarian is killed and justice is overdue . 

From her Brooklyn bookstore, Darla Pettistone not only sells mysteries, but solves them, aided by her big-boned black cat, Hamlet—who has suddenly pounced into the spotlight after unleashing his fists of furry

Stuck in a snowstorm is a nightmare . . . caught with a killer is deadly!

With the roads impassable and the power out, real trouble arrives at the Blackbird Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to Coventry

Kinsley Skeenbauer never thought she would go home. At seventeen, she’d left Coventry and didn’t look back. But after a messy divorce, she packed up her stuff and drove toward the only place that she knew would accept her.

Life hadn’t been easy for Kinsley since she left town. Despite wanting a family desperately, she was childless. She had a college degree but had just been fired… again…

In the first in this cat-filled cozy series, aspiring mystery author Sabrina Tate is about to discover that when it comes to solving murders, her new feline friend Hitchcock is a master of sleuthing…

Friday 5 Connect :

Welcome to my Friday reads. My state has been through COVID, Hurricanes and Storms but we are strong. So today I am connecting 5 book with settings in Louisiana. . From New Orleans to the Small Towns or Swamps – Here’s some of my favorite Books in series. Lisa

Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter Novels Book 1)

The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .

He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she’s being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it’s not just their lives that are hanging in the balance. Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let’s hope they win.

Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1

It was a hell of a long shot….

CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever—in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world’s largest arms

Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters Book 1)

Return to where it all started: New Orleans, the birthplace of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s elite paranormal investigation unit. Rediscover the first case in book 1 of the New York Times bestselling series, only from Heather Graham.

Riggs (Kings of Retribution Louisiana Book 1)

Abel LeBlanc, better known to his brothers as Riggs — President for The Kings of Retribution MC, Louisiana Chapter. As a former Green Beret, he runs the club with the same amount of precision and grit he did serving his country.

Night Game (Ghostwalker Novel Book 3)

Gator Fontenot of the Special Forces paranormal squad can’t refuse an urgent request to save the elusive Iris “Flame” Johnson, a victim of the same horrific experiments that warped Gator. Now unleashed, she’s a red-haired weapon of unimaginable destructive powers, a walking time bomb bent on revenge in the sultry bayous of New Orleans, and hunted by a shadowy assassin. It’s Gator’s job to reel Flame in. But can two people haunted by violent betrayals trust the passion that soon ignites between them? Or is one of them just playing another seductive and deadly night game

Celebrate Paperback Book Day !

What does paperback mean in books?

a book bound in a flexible paper cover, often a lower-priced edition of a hardcover book. adjective. (of a book) bound in a flexible paper cover: a paperback edition of Orwell’s novel. of, for, or pertaining to paperbacks: a paperback bookstore. Also softcover; pa·per·bound [pey-per-bound], softbound (for defs.

How to Celebrate Paperback Book Day

Read a paperback book today  of course!

If you’ve already started on a paperback, keep reading it.

But if you’ve been reading a hardcover or ebooks, put those down at least for one day. Find a paperback in your to-read pile. Or find an old favorite.

No paperback in the house that you want to read? Visit the bookstore. Even better, spend some time exploring the paperbacks in a used book store. Those are magical places.

So, do you still read physical books? Will you be reading a paperback book to celebrate this day?

How will you celebrate today ? Favorite Paper back book read ?