Monday, February 27, 2012

It's Monday What Are You Reading? February 27, 2012

This is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books.

What I read last week:- The Negotiator by Dee Henderson (reread in honor of her new book coming out this year)
- The Litigators by John Grisham (on audio)
- Downtown Green by Judy Christie
- The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig

What I am currently reading:
- The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Steig Larrson (on audio)
- Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn (on Nook)
- Sweet Baklava by Debby Mayne (on Kindle app I phone)
- Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble
- Various library books have bookmarks in them lol

What I am reading next:
- Missing by Shelley Shepard Gray

I have missed this meme. Hopefully I can remember to do it again next week. I get home from the gym at 7:30 and it is a rush to get things done before I go to bed at ten. Have a good week and lots of reading time. :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason (Review)

  • Paperback: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (February 1, 2012)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720070

  • About the Book:After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson--and a handsome detective.

    But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles to accept and forgive her family's past, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

    Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension you've come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

    My Review:

    I thought this was a good Christian romantic suspense book. The characters and plot are well written and I did not guess the ending. The ending was good but I am so ready for the next book in the series. Fans of Dee Henderson will love this author's books. Highly Recommended. :)

    About the Author:

    Lynette Eason is the author of several romantic suspense novels, including Too Close to Home, Don't Look Back, and A Killer Among Us. She is a member of American Fiction Christian Writers and Romance Writers of America. A homeschooling mother of two, she has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina.

    Available now wherever Revell/Baker books are sold.

    Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

    The Sunday Salon February 12, 2012

    The Sunday

    * Once again Sunday night has come. I really think the weekend went by even quicker this time around. It stinks!

    * I stayed up until 12:30 this morning reading Home Front by Kristin Hannah. I could not put it down. I have not done that in forever. It was a page turner. It was so good I definitely recommend it.

    * I also just started the third book in the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series. It is slower than the first two. I hope it does not take me forever to read it. I read a quick Love Inspired Suspense book this afternoon because my brain was fried from cooking and eating all day.

     *I have no idea how many carbs and calories I consumed this weekend. I am just going to try and make up for it this week. I want to start the Whole30 over again. I always end up failing because it is so strict. I know I have been eating way too much fruit and nuts though. Knowing and doing something about it are two very different things. lol

    * I am doing laundry and still have to put my salad together for tomorrow and pack my lunch box. lol

    * I hope everyone has a great week and lots of reading time. :)

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Blue Moon Bay
    Bethany House (February 1, 2012)
    Lisa Wingate


    Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author of sixteen books. Her first mainstream novel, Tending Roses, is in its eighteenth printing from Penguin Putnam. Tending Roses is a staple on the shelves of national bookstore chains as well as in many independent bookstores.

    Recently, Lisa’s Blue Sky Hill Series, set in Dallas, received national attention with back-to-back nominations for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award for A Month of Summer (2009) and The Summer Kitchen (2010). Pithy, emotional, and inspirational, her stories bring to life characters so real that readers often write to ask what is happening to them after the book ends.

    Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and mainstream markets, writing for both Bethany House, a Christian publisher, and NAL Penguin Putnam, a general market publisher. Her bestselling books have become a hallmark of inspirational fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader's Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, Crossings Book Club, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.

    When not busy dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteer mentors teach adults to read. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life.


    Heather Hampton returns to Moses Lake, Texas, to help facilitate the sale of a family farm as part of a planned industrial plant that will provide the area with much-needed jobs. Heather's future fiance has brokered the deal, and Heather is in line to do her first large-scale architectural design--if the deal goes through.

    But the currents of Moses Lake have a way of taking visitors on unexpected journeys. What was intended to be a quick trip suddenly morphs into Valentine's week--with Blaine Underhill, the handsome banker who just happens to be opposing Heather's project. Spending the holiday in an ex-funeral parlor seems like a nightmare, but Heather slowly finds herself being drawn into the area's history, hope, and heart.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Blue Moon Bay, go HERE.

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

    January 2012 Books Read

    I finally am getting back into a reading groove. I read or finished 15 books in January. I decided that I will not be signing up for a lot of book tours or reading challenges. This year will be about regaining the pleasure I used to find in reading. Also I am trying to work my way through some of my huge TBR shelves by reading and donating them. I really enjoyed An Amish Wedding and The Survivor. I have been on an Amish book kick lately. I also read The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo and I thought it was an interesting story but too much s*x and cussing. The three nonfiction books were all good and I learned a lot from them. My favorite was Primal Blueprint. I have been trying to go Paleo for almost a year. I last for a few weeks then fall off. My absolute favorites are in bold. I am not doing so good on getting reviews up so only two for this month.

    1. A Texan's Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray
    2. Am Amish Gathering by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron
    3. Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston (Audio)
    4. The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher
    5. The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    6. The Two Mrs. Abbotts by D. E. Stevenson
    7. An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long, Kathleen Fuller
    8. Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell
    9. Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    10. Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen (nonfiction)
    11. South Beach Wake Up Call by Arthur Agatston (nonfiction)
    12. Rally Round Green by Judy Christie
    13. The Survivor by Shelley Shepard Gray
    14. When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason
    15. The Primal Life Blueprint by Mark Sisson (nonfiction)

    The Sunday Salon February 5, 2012

    * Why does the weekend always go by so quick? I can't believe Sunday is almost half over. It is quite depressing to think about so I am stopping. lol I had a good weekend. I read two books. One for the Money by Janet Evanoich and Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer.

    * One for the money was okay. It had too much cussing and sex stuff in it. My sister wants to go see the movie and I wanted to read the book first or I would not have read it.

    * Along Wooded Paths was very good. It is the second in the Big Sky series and is an Amish book but not really a typical one. I can't wait to read the third book coming out in March. Highly recommended!

    * I am in the middle of my Sunday cooking right now. I am making almost the same thing as last week. I really liked it. I am going to try to post some recipes this week for the green beans and turkey burgers. I love the Food Lovers Make it Paleo blog and cookbook which is where I found the green bean recipe.

    * I also want to get some more reading in if possible. I am almost half way in the Girl Who Play With Fire and I want to finish it even though the cussing and sex bother me. I am not sure why. For some reason I want to see what happens to Lisbeth.

    * I hope everyone has a great week and lots of reading time. :)

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