The Reason for this Blog

Although I track my books on Goodreads, I wanted a place of my own to talk about books.  I will post reviews for the most part, but I reserve the right to ramble.


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Quote-tastic Monday: River Marked by Patricia Briggs

You know there’s a reason I love Mercy Thompson.  She reminds me of myself.  Not that I’m the badass she is, but I can be annoying.

In this quote, she’s talking to Stefan who doesn’t want to listen to her.  I cannot understand why.

You might as well give in because I’ll just annoy you until you do.

Love her, love her, love her!

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Quote-tastic Monday: Creepy Babies

Sorry I missed last week.  I was at DragonCon in Atlanta and that had priority over everything else.  I will say I got to see Patricia Briggs of Mercy Thompson fame and I caught myself wanting to stay in the room re-reading her books instead of going to panels.  Fortunately, there were a lot of lines to wait in, so I still had time to read.

This week’s quote is from the new Eve Dallas book by J. D. Robb:  Apprentice in Death.  I love Eve and Roarke and it’s hard to believe this is book forty-three.  I don’t know if that includes the novellas she has also released or not, but that is one prolific author.

Anyway, Eve is investigating the murder of an OB/GYN and he has numerous photos in his home of babies he has delivered.  Eve’s reaction is definitely not “Awww.  How sweet.”

Many of the babies — the really fresh ones — struck her as creepy.  They either looked like fish, or really pissed-off alien life-forms.

You know, she has a point.

I finished the book in three days and it only took that long because I had to work.  I cannot wait for retirement!

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Guardian’s Mate (Shifters Unbound, #9) by Jennifer Ashley

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Guardian’s Mate
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound, #9
Pages: 320
Publisher: Berkley
Date: September 6, 2016


She wasn’t ready to lead…

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love…

A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger…and to each other.


I love Shifter books and I love Jennifer Ashley books, so this series is a match made in heaven for me.

And Rae, Guardian Shifter, and Zander, Shifter Healer, are mates chosen by the Goddess. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t hard to convince.

Zander is a loner. He has friends, but mostly he stays by himself. It’s necessary for him to recover whenever he heals a shifter. Rae, however, comes from a loving family in a Shiftertown. They are her adopted family and feline where she is lupine, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. She wants and needs to be part of a pack.

So, of course, she ends up dumped on Zander’s boat in Alaska. Did I mention she’s from Montana? At least she’s used to the cold.

He’s angry to have her forced on him. She’s angry that she’s been exiled from her family. So they take it out on each other.

Obviously, they were meant to be mates.

This is not meant to be a humorous book. It is a drama, an adventure, a mystery, AND has some really funny scenes. Just when you think things are getting too intense, Zander will do or say something to lighten things up. I really, really love Zander.

Like all the books in this series, characters from previous books make an appearance. I can’t imagine reading them out of order. If you haven’t read any of them before, you’re in for a treat. I definitely need to do a straight through read of the series again.

One character that we had not met before is Jake. I love Jake. I’m not going to say anything more about him, but he is totally unexpected and integral to the plot.

As you can tell, I love this series. They are not necessarily happy books, but the couples all have a happy ever after. Read them!

This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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Quote-tastic Monday: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Alright, this one is totally different from my normal reading material, but I am hooked.  It’s funny, as in odd, not humorous.  I have no interest in creating anything whether it is writing, painting, music, etc.  I told a friend who is an art teacher once that all artists need an audience and that is my job.  I am happy with that role.  This book however really has some good nuggets.  Some of them are her words and some are quotes from other people.  Either way, I am enjoying them.

This week’s quote is actually a quote of a quote of a quote.  I am quoting the author who is quoting Erica Jong.

Take your life in your own hands and what happens?  A terrible thing:  no one to blame.

I have read variations of that thought before.  Years ago, I read a passage in “something” where the author was bemoaning that she wanted to write a book, but did not have time.  Her friend told her she would find the time for anything she really wanted to do.  She said the advice made her mad because she knew it was true.

That has stuck with and I have a feeling this quote by Jong will as well.

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Quote-tastic Monday: I’ve got nothing!

I’m in a slump.  I am reading five different books and I’m not particularly interested in any of them.  I have searched for quotes that would be good for this post, and nothing.  The books are not bad.  They just aren’t what I want to read right now.

What do I want to read?  Books that AREN’T PUBLISHED YET!  -sigh-

There is nothing!  Nothing! Nothing until at least September.

I think I need a comfort read.

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Quote-tastic Monday: The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie

This is the fourth book in the Chance Sisters series and as far as I know, it is the last.  However, there is definitely room for at least one more book.

Anyway, I have to say that Flynn is my favorite hero from the series.  I loved them all, but he is such a scamp, he outshines them.  Oddly enough my quote does not involve him and Daisy, but Flynn and Lady Beatrice.  Lady Beatrice is an elderly woman who has taken in and claimed the Chance sisters.  She has the most personality of all of the characters in my opinion.  Anyway, she forced Flynn to attend a dancing lesson with the sisters because she knows he does not come from a privileged background and assumes he needs all the help he can get.  She is proven wrong (something that rarely happens) at a ball the very next night.

“Why did you not tell me you knew how to dance?”

Flynn smiled.  “I never tell a lady what she doesn’t wish to hear.”

She snorted again.  “That little habit — if it’s true — is going to get you into a lot of trouble then.”  Her beady old eyes twinkled up at him.  “I look forward to it.”

“So do I, ma’am, so do I.”

Didn’t I tell you he was a scamp?Summer Bride

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It’s Here! Or almost . . . Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

I reviewed Curious Minds several weeks ago, but the release date is finally here – August 16th.  That’s this Tuesday people.  You do not want to miss this book.  You can read my review here and the publisher sent me a cute trailer to include as well.  Enjoy . . . and yes, there really are zebras.

You can find the trailer on YouTube by clicking here.

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