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My Whispers of Horror: Letters Telling Women's True Tales from Ex-USSR Nations
Brine Books Publishing, Olga Brine, Chris Brine
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Maggie O'Farrell
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Anne Rice, A.N. Roquelaure
Beauty From Pain - Georgia Cates


Laurelyn and her friend Addison fly off to Sydney Australia for winter. They will be staying with Addison's brother Ben, who apparently has a crush on Laurelyn. She has no interest in Ben in that manner. She is just getting out of a bad relationship and is in no rush to get into another.


Jack MacLachlan is a wealthy bachelor, happy with his freedom. He enjoys short term "relationships" with carefully selected women. Stipulations include not using real names and no personal information. These relationship usually last roughly 4 weeks; this time it will be 3 months. He finds himself in the same bar on the same night that Laurelyn and her friends, and believes he has found his next mate. He falls in lust with her voice while singing on karaoke night.


He pursues her, propositions her, and she eventually agrees. But she is nothing like all the other women he has done this with. She challenges him, keeps him on his toes. They find themselves falling in love with each other but wont admit it to either. Love wasn't part of the deal. Three fantastic months together and they split - no strings attached, no further contact. Somewhere along the way that contract was broken. ...




Good in Bed  - Jennifer Weiner

Cannie is a plus size woman, who recently requested a break from her boyfriend. Not a BREAK UP but a little time off. Bruce didn't see it that way and decided that he would discuss his relationship with "C" in a magazine, monthly. Cannie can't believe it. She also realizes that she still loves this man.


A few months later, Bruce's dad dies and Cannie comes to the funeral. Tags along with Bruce and his friends, just "being there". They all eventually leave and Cannie stays. Then comes the I'm-sorry-for-your-loss sex. And BAM. Look who turns out to be pregnant.

They are not back together and Bruce has no interest in getting back with her. Cannie eventually writes him a letter to advise him of the pregnancy; it's the right thing to do. Telling him he ball is in his court.


At this point, Cannie's life becomes awesome. She meets a young starlet she was to interview and they become friends. This starlet, Maxi, get Cannie connected with her agent who now wants to make Cannie's screenplay into a movie. Her weight loss doctor has the hots for her, but she doesn't see it. She spends a couple of months in California with Maxi just enjoying life.


Cannie becomes homesick and flies back to PA. Only to be dropped kicked back into reality...Bruce and his girlfriend.....

Bag of Bones 1st edition by King, Stephen published by Scribner Hardcover -

Typically large tomb. You get really get into the main character's head. There is a lot of build up, both quick and slow. Gets you to really root for the main character. Mike, a novelist, has just lost his wife and the unborn child he knew nothing of. For the next 4 years he lived like a hermit. He did no work, walked through life day to day. He had a serious case of writers block, so it was a good thing he had some manuscripts stored away for a rainy day, because it has been pouring for 4 years.

Various disturbing dreams forces him to their old summer home, Sara Laughs, some place he hadn't been since her death. All sorts of supernatural activity start to take place. He feels the presence of different entities in the house and around the house, down by the lake. He communicates with them, or they communicate with him, through the use of ABC magnets on the fridge and the ringing of a moose bell.

While in the "TR", what they call the area, he meets 3 year old Kyra and her mother, Mattie. This meeting has now thrust him in the middle of a custody battle between Mattie and her ancient father in law. As they get closer, he and Kyra get even closer. Sharing a psychic bond and understanding. They visit each other in dreams where they meet various people of long ago who are still haunting the TR and Sara Laughs. This eventually leads to fights of survival both in life and the supernatural.

The ending was very realistic in that everyone didn't "walk off into the sunset". I really liked that.


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Planet of All Animals...But humans

Zoo - Michael Ledwidge, James Patterson

What would happen if the animals went berserk and attacked humans on sight? What if your pet chimp killed your recently ex-girlfriend and left her half eaten/disembodied in your apartment? How about being attacked by rats while walking down the street minding your own business?

In Zoo, the animals attack, as suddenly humans have become the enemy. The advancement in science has finally disturbed animals on a molecular level that we are scrambling to understand.

Good story but not a future I would look forward to.

Twisted  - Emma Chase

I liked the format of this book. It can easily be made into a movie, no editing necessary. The writing was in a conversational tone. The character "interacted" with the reader.

Andrew (Drew) is a man who has it all: rich family, company job, money, looks, and all the women he wants. Into Drews "fishing pool" walks Katherine. She is new. He strikes up a conversation and she blocks him. The next day he finds that she is the new hire at his family firm.

Drew now has a dilemma. He wants in her pants but doesn't want her fawning over him afterward in the office. So dollars trump sex, so she is now on his no-lay list. But the two of them are forced together when the company president, Drew's father, has them compete for a potential client. Daggers are thrown, bullets are flying. In the end, they tag team the client who turns out to be a douche. The client propositions Katherine, to which Drew defends her and the firm, losing the client, but getting Katherine's appreciation.

This leads us to the forbidden hookup, then break up, then the "Say Anything" moments, that eventually lead to a happy ending.

I may have to read the sequel.

x0 (46. Ascending #1) - Sherrie Cronin, S.R. Cronin

Somadina and Lola are two totally different people, on different continents, worlds apart but find themselves linked by telepathic abilities. They hear each other, hears each other emotions but do not know of each other until many years later; Somadina to earn money and Lola because it is kind of driving her crazy. 

Somadina has made her little sister, Nwanyi, her priority when their mother died during child birth. She knows that Nwanyi won't get the love and attention she will need from their father. Their mother was his only love. Since she was now dead because of yet another daughter, he is forced to marry again to give him and his father another "heir".

When he finally tires of being tormented by his dead love, he decides to do "right" by the youngest daughter and marry her off, but not to the man that he thought he had.

Somadina eventually fears for her sisters life after not being able to tap into her sisters thoughts as she use to as a child, after Nwanyi's calls home stopped abruptly. Using their [newly honed] abilities, Lola, along with a group of other telepaths, assist Somadina in her search for her sister Nwayni.

I found the story intriguing, it kept me reading. As I am not a lover of READING sci-fi, I skimmed a lot of the educational parts.

SUSPENSE, I Must read more Sandra Brown

Play Dirty - Sandra Brown

There was so much going on I don't know where to begin. This is my first Sandra Brown book and I LOVED it!


After 5 years in prison, Griff, an ex-football player just released from prison back into the city where is despised by all football lovers. No job prospects, no friends, no one to welcome him home but his lawyer, and being followed by a detective with a vengeance.


Foster, a wealthy business owner, and his wife and business partner, Laura, are desperate for a child but Foster can't father the child. They need a sperm donor with attributes as close as possible to Foster's.


Detective Rodarte has had it in for Griff since the day Griff was arrested for murder. He couldn't get it to stick 5 years ago so he is trying his best to make it stick now. He believes he has finally found a way to get rid of Griff permanently without getting his hands dirty when Griff's prints are found on the murder weapon that kills Foster.


But why would Griff kill Foster? Why would he leave evidence?




Calm in the face of Danger

Prepared for a Purpose: The Inspiring True Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege - Antoinette Tuff, Alex Tresniowski


This woman's story of courage is very moving. Obviously her faith in her god kept her calm under pressure. Or it could also be the phone call she received just before the situation began just putting life into perspective. She spoke calmly to the intruder, she resigned herself to the situation and let rationality take over. Be a calming presence, don't talk too much, listen.

I had to put the book down, though. I got really emotional when all was safe and she was explaining what was happening just past the office door. Brought tears of joy to my eyes, literally. I will finish the last chapter or two alone, at home, just in case I need to let the tears flow.

Bravo to this brave woman. In the face of the intruder and her personal life.


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most of these :)

Sometimes It Works Out

Something Borrowed  - Emily Giffin

This book was really good. Rachel and Darcy have been best friends since elementary school. Darcy is the pretty one, and Rachel is the smart one who always takes the backseat to whatever is going on in their lives.

When they were in 6th grade, Rachel had planned to be married by 30. That was the perfect age to start a that phase of life - marriage and children. At her actual 30th birthday party she was unmarried with no prospects. By the end of that night she was up 1 prospect - Darcy's fiance, Dex. 

Dex and Darcy were to marry in September. Dex and Rachel's affair lasted over the summer. As a group, they and their crew hung out in the Hamptons. Darcy tried setting Rachel up with Dex's friend, Marcus. There were no sparks but they got along well. At some point Rachel gave Dex an ultimatum on their "relationship", then headed off to to London to visit an old friend.

When she got back home, lots of things had changed.

Can't wait to read the sequel Something Blue.

Quartet in Autumn - Barbara Pym

The story of 4 co-workers, up in years, trying to figure out what to do next. Edwin is very dedicated to religion, Norman is... normal, Letty is efficient, Marcia is going a little senile. They all appear miserable in their old age. They don't really have a relationship with each other outside of the office until tragedy strikes on of them.

Not bad, I followed Letty and Marcia's stories a little better than the men. Those two just became one to me lol.


Ava finds out she has HIV. Her (sex) life wont be the same but she is refusing to give into despair. She packs up for a summer trip to see her sister in Idlewild, somewhere that her business isn't in the street. Her sister, Joyce, couldn't meet her at the airport so an old family friend, Eddie, picks her up. As they all get closer, Ava finds herself very attracted to Eddie and he to her. Before they decide to express their feelings, they both tell stories of their painful pasts that made them who they are at that moment. That included Ava telling him about her health status. And just like a book, the first man she admits it to doesn't have a problem with it, they make love (with protection) and start a relationship. In the midst of all this lovey-dovey stuff, Joyce is battling with her the church reverend's wife, Gerry, about a teen girl youth group that Gerry doesn't not agree with. Joyce is trying to educate the young women on sex, abuse, taking charge of their lives. All things Gerry believes are sinful to discuss - just give it to the lord. This is where all the drama of the book lies, between Joyce and Gerry.

Manhunt - Janet Evanovich

Alex is tired of her life as a top executive. She is too young for all the stress. When presented with an opportunity to change her live 180 degrees, she jumps on it and finds herself and her Rottweiler living in a log cabin in Alaska owning a Bait and Tackle shop.

Her new neighbor, Casey, doesn't much care for her since she broke his nose and doesn't remember, and she is just to intriguing. But being a man, he wants in her pants.

Neither planned on falling for each other. Alex was looking for a dull, stable man to marry and Casey wasn't looking to get married at all. Well, I guess everyone is allowed to changed their minds.

I really enjoyed this book. I don't read a lot of these sappy things because they all have the same outcome, but I enjoyed the journey to the Happily Ever After.

You've Got It All Wrong -

A collections of sad/tragic stories all ending I better ever after. Teenagers create stories of their real life struggles: alcohol and drug abuse, physical abuse, gang affiliations. All these teenagers turned their lives around.

The Devil's Spawn?

The Eye Unseen - Cynthia Tottleben


What would you do if you knew that somewhere down the line you would give birth to the devils child? What would you do if you did not heed your ancestors as they advised you to kill the devils offspring asap? Well Joan did not.

What if you were that child and didn't know it? Being treated like garbage by your mother and didn't understand/know why? Meet Lucy, the unwanted child of a vicious rape. She spent all her life under her mothers boot with only her older sister showing her love. Her sister was more of a mother than the mother!

Joan is haunted by the rapist, by her devil spawn and having to get rid of Lucy for her "sanity". Joan kicks out her oldest daughter on her 18th birthday to spare her from the scenes to unfold as Joan prepares to kill Lucy.

The ending will surprise you.