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A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore

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CAUGHT BETWEEN DUTY AND DESIRE . . .

Sophie, the Duchess of Calton, has finally moved on. After seven years mourning the loss of her husband, Garrett, at Waterloo, she has married his cousin and heir, Tristan. Sophie gives herself to him body and soul. . . until the day Garrett returns from the Continent, demanding his title, his lands-and his wife.

TORN BETWEEN TWO HUSBANDS . . .

Now Sophie must choose between her first love and her new love, knowing that no matter what, her choice will destroy one of the men she adores. Will it be Garrett, her childhood sweetheart, whose loss nearly destroyed her once already? Or will it be Tristan, beloved friend turned lover, who supported her through the last, dark years and introduced her to a passion she had never known? As her two husbands battle for her heart, Sophie finds herself immersed in a dangerous game-where the stakes are not only love . . . but life and death.

As a child, Jennifer Haymore traveled the South Pacific with her family on their homebuilt sailboat. The months spent on the sometimes-quiet, sometimes-raging seas sparked her love of adventure and grand romance. Since then, she’s earned degrees in Computer Science and Education and held various jobs from bookselling to teaching inner-city children to acting, but she’s never stopped writing.

You can find Jennifer in Southern California trying to talk her husband into yet another trip to England, helping her three children with homework while brainstorming a new five-minute dinner menu, or crouched in a corner of the local bookstore writing her next novel.

You can learn more at her website: www.jenniferhaymore.com.

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And the winners are…

I’ve got a whole lot to list – you should be hearing from me at some point today for your mailing address.  Congratulations to all of you!

How I Got to Be Whoever I Am
Bermudaonion
Dan
Dawn M.
Val
A Real Librarian

A Lucky Child
avisannschild
rhapsodyinbooks
Elisabet
Sharon
Cheryl S

Run For Your Life
Kylee‘s 2009
Vanessa D.
Janice

Drood
Darlene
MJ
Teddy

The Accountant’s Story
Tiffany
Bridget3420
Charlie

Max
Debbie
Dot
Kelly

Never Give Up
MJ
Kitten 22
Janice

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Alyce
Karen
Carolsue

Age of the Unthinkable
Darby
Sara
Stacie

Women’s Murder Club
Kylee’s 2009
Anne
dsuzuki

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

 

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Internet Dating is not Like Ordering Pizza by Cherie Burbach

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Have you become frustrated with Internet dating?If you’ve tried online dating and given up, or even if you thought the Internet wasn’t right for you, this book will give you the courage to try again, this time armed with specific illustrations on what really works – from the profile through the dating stage. Don’t waste another minute wondering why some people seem to have Internet dating success while you’re still waiting for a response to your online ad. Through dozens of concrete examples, dating expert Cherie Burbach will show you how to write an eye-catching profile, search for, and meet the right person online.

Cherie Burbach used her experience with meeting her husband online to pen At the Coffee Shop, a humorous look at the world of Internet dating. Cherie went on over 60 coffee dates in just six months. She met lots of great people and one of those turned out to be the guy she would marry just one year later.

She is the Dating Feature Writer for Suite101, an online magazine with over 10 million views monthly, and also the author of three poetry books, including A New Dish and The Difference Now. Her latest, Father’s Eyes, has received the 2008 Editor’s Choice Award by Allbooks Review. Cherie blogs at Jennifer Lopez, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Career and Kids, Celebrity Apprentice, Gossip on Sports, and Diabetes Notes.

For poets looking for a review of their book, check out Cherie’s new site Bonjour Poetry Reviews.

Readers have resonated with Cherie’s honest and inspirational “This I Believe” essay, which is the second-most popular out of over 32,000 entries on the NPR website. For more information, please visit Cherie’s website at www.thedifferencenow.com or www.datingdatingall-things-dating.blogspot.com.

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Unseen by Nancy Bush

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She woke up with no memories…She wakes up in a hospital room…bruised…bloody…confused. She knows her name is Gemma La Porte – but that’s all. She doesn’t remember smashing her car. She doesn’t remember anything from the last three days. But a policeman, Deputy Will Tanninger, is waiting for answers and wants to know if she’s responsible for a fatal hit-and-run…But remembering her past could kill her…Hoping to restore her shattered memory, Gemma has no choice but to put her trust in Will. But if it turns out she’s guilty of murder, he has no choice but to arrest her. Torn by her growing feelings for Will, and haunted by her shadowy past, Gemma is determined to learn the truth. But, in this case, the darkest truths are unknowable – and the deadliest enemies are unseen…

I have been a big fan of Nancy’s sister Lisa for quite some time so I was ready to give this book a try.  I am nto sure how I felt about this one.  

This book starts out with a young girl being kidnapped by a pedophile.  The pedophile is run over by a car and is mortally wounded.  At the same time Gemma LaPorte show up at the ER with some major injuries – nothing life threatening but enough to keep her there.  Coincidentally they look like they could be the same type of injury you might receive in a car accident leading Detective Will Tanniger to think she may be the one responsible for the hit and run.  After questioning her she states that she has no memory of what happened, and this is not the first time she has had blackouts.  When your life is littered with tragedy like Gemma’s, you look for some way to cope.

Although Tanniger begins to feel an attraction for LaPorte, she quickly becomes the suspect in another murder – this one is an abusive husband and father.  There is another set of murders taking place that involves young women. 

While the story is a good one it just felt as if this story wasn’t as well thought out as it could have been.  The author seems to have rushed through some of the details and left me wanting for more.  Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this book and would still recommend it, but after reading “Wicked Game” I was expecting something more.

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The Cradle by Patrick Somerville

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Early one summer morning, Matthew Bishop kisses his still-sleeping wife Marissa, gets dressed and eases his truck through Milwaukee, bound for the highway. His wife, pregnant with their first child, has asked him to find the antique cradle taken years before by her mother Caroline when she abandoned Marissa, never to contact her daughter again. Soon to be a mother herself, Marissa now dreams of nothing else but bringing her baby home to the cradle she herself slept in. His wife does not know-does not want to know-where her mother lives, but Matt has an address for Caroline’s sister near by and with any luck, he will be home in time for dinner.

Only as Matt tries to track down his wife’s mother, he discovers that Caroline, upon leaving Marissa, has led a life increasingly plagued by impulse and irrationality, a mysterious life that grows more inexplicable with each new lead Matt gains, and door he enters. As hours turn into days and Caroline’s trail takes Matt from Wisconsin to Minnesota, Illinois, and beyond in search of the cradle, Matt makes a discovery that will forever change Marissa’s life, and faces a decision that will challenge everything he has ever known.

Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man’s journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder. 

This is the debut novel by Patrick Somerville and I for one think that is extremely well written and full of life…not an easy feat for a book that is just over 200 pages in length.  This book actually consists of two stories.  The first story centers around Matt and Marissa.  Both of them have had issues of abandonment due to issues revolving around their childhood, so when Marissa finds out she is pregnant she feels the need to have the antique cradle from her years of infancy.  When Marissa’s mother left the family she took the cradle with her.  It is imperative to Marissa that she has this cradle, so Matt is off on a mission to find it.  And quite a mission it is as he follows the path that the cradle has taken.

In a separate story set 10 years later we are introduced to Renee.  Her son has decided to join the military and this has brought about a flood of memories that she would rather have kept hidden.  These stories intersect and although the outcome was not a total surprise, it was still very well written and tied up nicely.

I really enjoyed this book and look foward to reading more by this author!

Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. He is the author of the story collection Trouble (Vintage, 2006), and his writing has appeared in One Story, Epoch and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. He lives with his wife in Chicago, and is currently the Blattner Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern University.

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Rabbit in the Moon by Deborah and Joel Shlian

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San Francisco, 1989: Forty years after Mao and his People’s Liberation Army set poised to change China forever, Dr. Lili Quan prepares for a journey that will change her life forever. To honor her mother’s dying wish that Lili “return home,” Lili reluctantly sets out for China.

For Lili, a passionate idealist, this will be an extraordinary trip filled with remarkable discoveries – from meeting and falling in love with Chi-Wen Zhou, a victim of the Cutural Revolution and zealous Taoist, to finding Dr. Ni-Fu Cheng, the grandfather Lili believed had died years ago. But Dr. Cheng has made the most remarkable discovery of all: he’s discovered the secret to long life.

As Dr. Cheng’s only relative, Lili’s life is in jeopardy. As greedy and unscrupulous men vie for control of the most earth-shattering discovery of the century, Lili Quan could become a pawn in a deadly and dangerous international game.

Before Lili can hold the key to the future, she must unlock the deadly secrets of the past.

I have always been a huge fan of anything involving the Orient.  And let me tell you, this book did not disappoint me.  This book centers around Dr. Lili Quan.  She is a young physician, and although she is of Chinese descent, she considers herself and American through and through.  She has no desire to learn anything about her culture, but when her mother’s dying wish is for her to go to China to find a Grandfather she didn’t know existed she decides to go to honor her.

This book is a whirlwind adventure.  Having never been to China myself, these authors have the ability to transport you there through their beautiful descriptions.  And, the suspense that ensues once Lili reaches China is sure to thrill any reader.  This book has a little bit of everything and is sure to be a hit!

Deborah and Joel Shlian have collaborated in both their vocations and avocations. Deborah and Joel practiced medicine together in a large multispecialty group before returning to UCLA for MBAs. They have since balanced medical management consulting with writing. After 25 years in Los Angeles, Deborah and Joel moved to Florida and now reside in Boca Raton.

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My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

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About the Book:

MY LITTLE RED BOOK is an anthology of stories about first periods, collected from women of all ages from around the world. The accounts range from light-hearted (the editor got hers while water skiing in a yellow bathing suit) to heart-stopping (a first period discovered just as one girl was about to be strip-searched by the Nazis). The contributors include well-known women writers (Meg Cabot, Erica Jong, Gloria Steinem, Cecily von Ziegesar), alongside today’s teens. And while the authors differ in race, faith, or cultural background, their stories share a common bond: they are all accessible, deeply honest, and highly informative. Whatever a girl experiences or expects, she’ll find stories that speak to her thoughts and feelings.

Ultimately, MY LITTLE READ BOOK is more than a collection of stories. It is a call for a change in attitude, for a new way of seeing periods. In a time when the taboo around menstruation seems to be one of the few left standing, it makes a difficult subject easier to talk about, and helps girls feel proud instead of embarrassed or ashamed. By revealing what it feels like to undergo this experience first hand, and giving women the chance to explain their feelings in their own words, it aims to provide support, entertainment, and a starting point for discussion for mothers and daughters everywhere. It is a book every girl should have. Period.

Review:

I grew up with a very open mother so I was not shocked when I got my period.  And although we had talked about it it was still only one account of what was going to happen.  I think this book is a must read for any woman and a must read for any mother or father that has a daughter.  The stories are insightful, and while some are for a more mature audience (opinion) I believe that we can all relate to more than one of them.  I applaud the author and wish her well with this book!

 

About the Author:

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff was initially embarrassed by her first period, but the power of these recollections has rubbed off. She has come to embrace her own story (and has even used it as a conversation starter). Because she talked about periods…let’s just say more than once a month, it was inevitable that she would go down in her high school‘s history as “the period girl.” She is absolutely cool with that.

Rachel is on a gap year before heading to Yale. In her free time, she plays guitar, rides/falls off her unicycle, and indulges in late-night pie baking with friends. She is donating all the proceeds of My Little Red Book to women’s health charities so that this book may benefit girls beyond its readers. My Little Red Book is her first published work.

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