Friday, January 30, 2009

Harlequin - 60 years old!! Free E-Books offer!

I was made aware of this offer and thought some of you might be interested in it. Harlequin is celebrating 60 years of “pure reading pleasure,” and is offering free e-books to their readers. Click on the link below if you are interested, or pass it on to friends and family members that might enjoy it. J Happy reading.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Book Review: Wind Dancer

Released : January 1, 2009

"Wind Dancer" is an amazing story of strong-willed Isabelle Renoir and her journey in finding her true meaning in life. She is raised in a British-held frontier during the American Revolution. Change is all around her, but she doesn't know what her place is in the world. She is unlike other women who cook and sew. She enjoys using her knife, riding and shooting her long rifle (which she sleeps with too!) On a journey with her brother to retrieve books for her priest at another fort, they encounter Samuel Holt. He is a rugged American spy who shows up as their guide disappears. He leads them to safety at the fort, but you can feel the sexual passion between Isabelle and Samuel building. On the return trip home, they are attacked by Indians, held prisoner and have to watch a horrific killing. Isabelle must bring in to play her spirituality to help her get through each day in the Indian camp, until the day she can be free.

This was the first book by Jamie Carie that I have read, but it won't be the last. I was pulled in by the interesting time period of the American Revolution. I love any kind of book based in the frontier, which Ms. Carie brings vividly to life at a time the land and country was changing. Strong-willed, independent Isabelle and rugged and strong Samuel are two characters created that you can actual see having been pulled from history. The story is very spiritually based, which worried me a little that it would be 'overly' so, but it didn't distract from the story at all. From the take-over of forts by the "Americans" to the Shawnee rituals at their camps to the passion and love of Isabelle and Samuel from 2 different worlds, this book will draw you in to a period of ours lives that made our country in to the amazing place we live today.

I would highly recommend you read this book, along with the Jamie Carie's other books "The Duchess and the Dragon", "Snow Angel" and the soon to be released "Love's First Light". I should have reviews for all of these at some point in the future!!

Thank you to Julie at B&H Publishing for the review copy of this book!!

Rating : 5/5

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesday Thingers!

Tuesday Thingers is hosted by Wendi of Wendi’s Book Corner. She seems to find things on Librarything that I had no clue are there!!

Today's question: Have you ever used the Swap This Book function which can be found on the main page of any book (here is an example of Flirting With Forty by Jane Porter: link shown on book page, what it looks like if you click on the link)? If so, what do you think about it? If not, are there any other swap sites you utilize to exchange books once you are done? What do you do with your books if you no longer want them anymore?

I didn't know about the 'Swap This Book' feature on the page of a book on Librarything! Surprise!! I went and took a look of course and am really amazed at how many book swap sites there are online. I knew about a few like BookMooch and PaperBack Swap, but have never used them. I will need to take some time and look at some of the other sites.

Back when I lived in Arizona, I took the books I didn't want or finished reading to a used book store to get store credit for other books. The only problem with doing it online is having to pay for the shipping to send books to people, which isn't bad, but is an extra cost. I have used the Early Reviewer group thread Done with share books with people (and them with me!)
I share my books with my mom and sisters too, so they stay in the family too! Alot of books though stay right with me on my 3 5-shelf bookcases..and 2 that too many?? hahaha.... I love books!


Monday, January 19, 2009

Book Review: The Lady Flees Her Lord

Back of the book:

She's desperate for peace and safety...
Lucinda, Lady Denbigh, is running from a husband who physically and emotionally abuses her because she is unfashionably plump and has failed to produce an heir. Posing as a widow, she seeks refuge in he the quiet countryside.

He's returned from the wards, wounded and tomented...
Lord Hugo Wanstead, with a wound that won't heal, and his mother's and Spanish wife's deaths on his conscience, finds his estate impoverished, his sleep torn by nightmares, and brandy his only solace. When he meets Lucinda, he finds her beautiful--- body and soul --- and thinks she just might give him something to live for...

Together they can begin to heal, but not until she is free from her violent past...


This book was an amazing story of 2 people living different lives brought together during harsh and difficult times. I loved how the author, Michele Ann Young, wrote about 2 'out of the norm' main characters. Lucinda is a larger sized woman wanting to be loved, but her husband is so cruel and condescending that she finds she has to leave him to really live. Hugo is tormented by his past and having been in the war. His mood is dark, but he is a lonely man just wanting to be left alone with his bourbon. From deception to emotional fireworks to forgiveness, this book has everything. The romantic tension between Lucinda and Hugo kept me reading the book and I didn't want to put it down! The buildup of whether the two end up together is filled with enough twists and turns you'll never be sure until the very end. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Michele Ann Young.

Thank you to Sourcebooks for the book to do the review!!

Rating: 4/5


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Book Review: Cole Family Christmas

One of my favorite books I read over Christmas was a children's book called "Cole Family Christmas" by Jennifer Liu Bryan with Hazel Cole Kendle. This is a true story of Hazel's family at Christmas time in 1920.

As a coal miner's family of nine children they don't have much money, but they realize they are rich in many other ways. The children are excited about getting a chance to look through the 'wish book' for Christmas ( a Sears, Roebuck and Company catalogue). Each child may choose a gift that they really want.

"Think carefully about how good you've been this year when you make your wish," Mama said. "There are plenty of magical things in this book that Santa could bring to some lucky Cole children - if they just look." And with that, Mama searched the book's pages and opened the volume wide, pointing.

From one of Mama's treasured possession getting broken to Papa getting caught in a blizzard coming home from the mine Christmas Eve, everyone realizes how special this Christmas will be. When Christmas morning arrives, the true meaning of giving and receiving shines through all their hearts.

This warm and tender book about family should be read to every child 'any' time of the year! The story reminds you of how family memories are to be cherished and passed down to the next generation to enjoy. Kids will love the goat, Hilda, who gets to live in the house when it's cold outside. I loved the illustrations that brought the Cole family to life for me as I read the book. The Cole Family Christmas story will help you realize that the best gift you can give someone is something from the heart.

Check out the Cole Family website: to read the first chapter.

Rating: 4/5


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Welcome to 2009 !!!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Sorry that I've not done may reviews the last few weeks, but with family around and work I didn't get much done. I was hoping to have some up yesterday, but my first cold in a few years has got my energy down a bit!!! Keep watching the next few days, I should have some reviews up!!

A Big Thank You goes out to all of you that have been following my blog this past year!! I hope you keep coming back to check out my blog!!!

Take care all!!! Keep reading!!!

Allison :-)