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  • #203335
    summersami
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    I wasn’t able to make my goal last year due to life getting in the way. This year instead of setting a certain number for my goal, I will try something different. I will try to read and post at least 1 to 2 books per week. This may still be too ambitious but I want to see how it will work.

    #245804
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    Week of Jan. 3-9

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    Tamara would risk her life to gain freedom. She’s finally built up the courage to escape from a world of abuse by the hands of a man who promised her the world. But when her plans backfire, her hope for freedom begins to fade. When her world hits rock bottom, she stumbles across wolf shifter, Devin Caedmon, who offers her safety and protection. She learns to trust the wolf, but has yet to trust the man.

    Devin, potential future leader of the Caedmon Pack, returns to the foothills of his Virginia home after five long years as a lone wolf. His people are exposed to threats without a leader, but that doesn’t stop many of them from challenging him for his birthright. Leading a Pack was never in Devin’s plans, but letting his people fall prey to turmoil under the rule of his cousin Darius is out of the question. Will he rise to lead them as Alpha?

    Within Devin’s world, rages another inner battle. The human woman, Tamara, has captured his heart. When they are together, their tribulations take the backburner. Their desire for one another grows as they consummate their passion in wolf’s haven. The Alpha leader-to-be simply cannot resist Tamara’s lure, but she’s already experienced enough disorder in her life. Will Devin forfeit the most coveted position within the Caedmon Pack to bond with his chosen mate? Can Tamara trust Devin or will the memories of her abuse dissuade her from being bound to the wolf?

    #245805
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    Week of Jan. 3-9

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    Sophia Waterhouse has always been afraid of needles and vampires so there’s no way she wants anything to do with a modern day Count Dracula—even if he does come wrapped in the package of a huge Kindred warrior with blond hair and ice blue eyes. She’s only on the Kindred Mothership to participate in her sister Liv’s wedding and that’s all.

    Sylvan is a Tranq Kindred who has made a sacred vow never to call a bride. After a devastating rejection on his home planet, his heart is a block of ice no one can melt—or so he thinks until he meets Sophia.

    When their ship is forced down in the middle of a rugged mountain range Sophia and Sylvan are stranded. Running for their lives they have only each other to depend on. Will they give in to the intense attraction between them or will the evil hunting Sophia take its toll?

    #245806
    summersami
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    Week of Jan. 10-16

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    When Prince Tamar El Amin Yarin walked into the simple neighborhood diner, he didn’t expect to find the woman of his dreams. In fact, he was there on business, trying to locate the hacker who had been stealing government and corporate secrets. What he discovers instead is a blue eyed, blond haired beauty that challenges him on so many levels. After a night of searing passion with the innocent temptress, he discovers that he has actually found his hacker! The betrayal leaves him stunned, but he shifts back into business mode and takes the lovely, seductive Wyndi back to Surisia as his prisoner.

    Wyndi cannot believe that the man who had shown her so much passion and taught her how incredible a simple touch could be, could actually have kidnapped her and brought her back to his country. And now he’s accusing her of espionage and of profiting from selling his country’s secrets? Protecting her own secrets, she refuses Tamar’s demands for the names of the buyers of the proprietary information, only angering him further. They are at an impasse. She refuses to tell him why she is hacking into his company and government files, and he refuses to release her until he has the information he requires.

    Despite their conflict over her hacking, neither can forget the passion they shared and the feelings that had begun to blossom. It is this intense attraction that binds them together, even in the midst of their conflict. But when her secrets are revealed, will it cement their bond or destroy it?

    #245807
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    Week of Jan. 10-16

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    Blood Slave. Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. No matter what becomes of her though, Aria knows that she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She has already been branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires do not know the true depth of her involvement with it, and they must never know. Though hoping for death, Aria’s world is turned upside down when a vampire named Braith steps forward to claim her. He delays her execution, but Aria knows it’s only a matter of time before he drains her, and destroys her. Especially once she learns his true identity as a prince within the royal family; the same royal family that started the war that ultimately brought down humankind, reducing them to nothing more than servants and slaves. Aria is determined to hate the prince, determined not to give into him in anyway, but his strange kindness, and surprising gentleness astonish her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding.

    #245808
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    Week of Jan. 17-23

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    Though she is free of the palace, rescued from her position as a blood slave, Aria is haunted by the memories of her time spent within the fortress, tormented by memories of Braith, the prince that betrayed her and shattered her heart. Every day is a struggle to get through, and the only solace she is able to find is with Max, her best friend, and fellow captive. Though Max does not understand her bond to Braith, he knows some of what she endured, and helps to ease some of the tattered pieces of her soul. Aria slowly begins to salvage the broken parts of her wounded spirit by throwing herself into the wonder of the woods she had so greatly missed, and the secure and reassuring love that Max freely gives her. Her world is thrown into a tailspin again though when a marauding group of vampires destroy the caves she had found temporary shelter in. Scattered about the forest, seeking to stay hidden and find her family, Aria is stunned when Braith, the monster that savaged her heart, reappears. Stunned by his sudden arrival in her world, Arianna is uncertain if he has come to recapture her, or to kill her for daring to escape.

    #245809
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    Week of Jan. 17-23

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    Chey’s ability to handle diplomatic situations is put to the test by an unexpected visitor to the shores of Latvala. When the visitor makes a startling revelation, it throws the Ahtissari family into a tailspin. Chey learns that holding grudges and abandoning her nemesis in a time of crisis isn’t as easy as it seems, while a sequence of events regarding the King and his bloodline threaten to rip the country apart.

    In an effort to ease the tension, Chey offers to sacrifice the one thing she’s wanted all along: her wedding to the King.

    #245810
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    **I forgot to post my reads for the past two weeks.**

    Week of Jan. 24-30

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    One Woman, Two Hot Guys, A Galaxy of Problems…

    Kat O’Connor is no pushover. She’s a no nonsense girl with a commonsense approach to life. But there’s nothing common about what’s happening to her lately…

    First she was forced to have a kinky mind ménage with two of the hottest and most irritating men in the galaxy—Twin Kindred warriors, Deep and Lock—in order to locate her kidnapped friend. Then she couldn’t get their feelings out of her head. And now she’s on her way to their home planet, Twin Moons, to find a cure for the debilitating illness their unorthodox joining caused, when all she really wants to do is go home.

    Locks Tight, the light twin of the two, is already in love with Kat. Her curvy plus-sized body is the epitome of beauty on his home planet and her sharp mind makes her doubly attractive. But though he fell for her the moment he saw her, Twin Kindred are unable to mate a woman alone. Lock knows nothing can happen between them without his brother…

    Stabs Deep. The dark twin has a secret agony in his past—a tragedy he feels he and he alone is to blame for. He too, hungers for Kat, but he hides his fear of rejection behind an impenetrable wall of angry sarcasm. For if he lets anyone get too close, the unbearable pain he has already endured once may happen again.

    Now Kat and her twin warriors are on a quest—but they’re all looking for different things. Kat wants to find a way to dissolve the half-formed bond between them so she can be alone in her own head again. Lock wants to convince both her and his brother to complete the bond which will keep them together forever. And Deep is trying to protect his heart and love Kat from afar…though it grows more and more difficult to deny the hunger he feels for her growing inside him.

    Their travels will take them from the uncharted wilds of Twin Moons to the Deadworld of the Scourge home planet. Will Kat find a cure for having other people’s emotions crowding her mind? Will Lock convince his brother and the woman they both love that they’re all meant to be together forever? And will Deep ever unshield his heart long enough to let Kat in?

    You’ll have to read Sought, the third book in the Brides of the Kindred series, to find out…

    #245811
    summersami
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    **I forgot to post my reads for the past two weeks.**

    Week of Jan. 24-30

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    A warrior with a scarred heart who doesn’t know how to love. And the woman who must teach him how before it’s too late…

    The son of the evil AllFather, Xairn is filled with conflicting emotions. On one hand, he has finally gained his freedom and cut the ties that bound him to his race and the sadistic male who is his father. But doing so has unleashed feelings in him Xairn would rather keep buried. Desires that he prayed would never manifest now rage through him and they are centered on one woman alone…

    Lauren Jakes is the long lost cousin Liv and Sophie never knew they had. Abducted by the Scourge, she formed a connection with Xairn more meaningful than any other in his life. But though Lauren thinks she knows him, there is more to the huge Scourge warrior than she comprehends. A nightmare childhood and a cruel father have scarred Xairn’s heart almost past the point of healing. But that is nothing to the secret inside him—the forbidden desires coded into his very DNA itself, which urge him to commit unspeakable acts in order to sate his newly awakened hunger.

    Now a conflict is brewing—both in Xairn’s soul, and aboard the Fathership where the twisted AllFather has hatched a new, malicious plot to bring his estranged son home. Can Xairn resist the brutal lust growing within him? Can he fight against his very nature which urges him to dominate and control any female he mates? Can Lauren heal his heart before the AllFather’s trap closes on both of them?
    And can she teach him how to love before it’s too late?

    #245812
    summersami
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    **I forgot to post my reads for the past two weeks.**

    Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6

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    Nadiah has the Sight—the ability to see into the future. But the one thing she can’t see is how she’s ever going to be free of the blood bond her parents forced her into when she was only six. Her fiancée is an evil bastard who delights in torturing her and her only way out of a loveless marriage is for a Kindred warrior to challenge the hated bond. But Nadiah has no warrior to challenge for her—she just has Rast.

    Adam Rast doesn’t know why he feels so protective and possessive of Nadiah, only that he’s willing to kill or die to protect her. When the chance to set her free arises, he takes it without hesitation, even though his lack of Kindred blood could mean his defeat or even his death. But Rast has a secret, one even he doesn’t know he possesses. When he undertakes Nadiah’s quest, the truth comes out in a strange and provocative way.

    Can Nadiah and Rast live through their ordeal? Will the truth about Rast set them free…or kill them? You’ll have to read Revealed to find out.

    #245813
    summersami
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    **I forgot to post my reads for the past two weeks.**

    Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6

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    Rocked by an unexpected attack, Latvala and its citizens find themselves at the mercy of a man whose sole intent is to shake up the monarchy. Queen for less than a year, Chey must choose between protecting the man she loves and protecting her unborn child. It’s a decision that threatens to tear the fabric of her family apart. Determined to overcome the odds, an embattled Chey proves she can still be wily, unpredictable and hard to control.

    Only time will tell if loyalty, trust and the strength of close friends can help overcome the chokehold of tyranny.

    #245814
    summersami
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    **I read this book to help me find a new and different way of planning and writing my own stories.**

    Week of Feb. 7-13

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    A powerful secret, and a fresh approach to writing bestselling fiction!

    What’s the best way to write a “next level” novel? Some writers start at the beginning and let the story unfold without a plan. They are called “pantsers,” because they write by the “seat of the pants.”

    Other writers plan and outline and know the ending before they start. These are the “plotters.”

    The two sides never seem to agree with each other on the best approach.

    But what if it’s not the beginning or the end that is the key to a successful book? What if, amazing as it may seem, the place to begin writing your novel is in the very middle of the story?

    According to #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell, that’s exactly where you’ll find your story’s heart and heat. Bell’s “Mirror Moment” is the secret, and its power is available to any writer, at any stage of the writing process.

    Bringing together years of craft study and personal discovery, Bell presents a truly unique approach to writing a novel, one that will stand the test of time and serve you all your writing life.

    #245815
    summersami
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    Week of Feb. 7-13

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    Will she choose marriage to avoid a scandal?

    From the moment Mister Christopher Robinson meets Lady Richfield at a ball, he wants to marry her. But Agatha Lyons has no desire to enslave herself to another cruel husband. She’s very happy as a widow and is determined to stay that way. Unfortunately, she is hiding a secret, and if it’s discovered, it could ruin her reputation.

    When a little slip exposes this secret, Mister Robinson sees his chance and makes her a deal: marry him or risk scandal. Will she keep her independence as a wealthy widow or will she succumb to a second husband who not only threatens to ignite her dormant passions but makes her want to give up her heart as well?

    #245816
    summersami
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    Week of Feb. 14-20

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    Shari is past done with letting her uber-incompetent boss, Corinne, steal her ideas and get the big bucks and promotions. So, why not pose as Corinne, work a major ad account, and prove who’s the real talent? And if that means competing with a rival agency’s top executive, well, Shari can’t wait to take him on. But when the man turns out to be Tom Sexton, her boss’ ruggedly-sexy boyfriend, his agenda has the kind of sizzling moves Shari can’t trust or resist . . .

    #245817
    summersami
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    Week of Feb. 14-20

    DESCRIPTION:

    A band of brothers from different nations, different cultures, all bound by one covenant: to protect their own. Secretive, cunning and deadly, they fight for the innocent who have become targets in a society obsessed with power, money and greed. It isn’t just a moral code that drives the brothers, but the thrill of danger they can’t find anywhere else.

    Meet the men who risk everything, even their own lives, and the women who capture their hearts.

    * * * *

    Mattias Ahtissari, Prince of Latvala, discovers that quirky, socially awkward Alannah Astbury has been targeted for murder. Trying to protect the sharp-tongued woman proves more of a challenge than he can believe. Tension and conflict erupt, leaving the pair at odds while the members of the Royal Elite seek answers into the threats against her. A deeper, more sinister secret lurks behind the scenes, one that Mattias never sees coming—until it’s too late.

    Saving Alannah will take every ounce of skill and training Mattias possesses.

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