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  1. I read The Fantastic Fluke by Sam Burns; this is a contemporary paranormal romance which I enjoyed. (Adult content) "A lost fox. A gorgeous ghost. And an unlikely partnership to stop a murderer.Since his mother's murder, Sage McKinley doesn’t live, he exists. His weak magic has made him an outcast, shadowing his life with self-doubt. All that changes when the spirit of a gunslinger appears in his bookstore with a message that will flip Sage’s world upside down. According to the mesmerizing apparition, a powerful magic lies within Sage... if he can find a way to tap into it.But dastardly threats accompany this untapped power. Bodies are piling high as a killer hunts for the secrets of the mage that now course through Sage’s veins. Can Sage find the confidence to embrace all he’s capable of? Or will the next life snuffed out be his own?" Regards, Kareni
  2. Creative ways to make money tends to be frowned upon, but ... photocopier. Regards, Kareni
  3. Sending good thoughts to BK21. How very frightening, @dmmetler. Regards, Kareni
  4. A fun bookish infographic for Jane Austen fans ~ Jane Austen with a Twist (From the Austin Public Library) Regards, Kareni
  5. Today only ... and strangely timely ... free for Kindle readers ~ A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe "Defoe’s gripping fictionalized account of the plague that racked seventeenth-century London The year is 1665 and the plague has come to London. The air is heavy with death, the body count is rising, and the death carts are filling quickly. Our unflinching eyewitness narrator, HF, recounts the gruesome realities of life in a city overrun by the Black Death. Terror and hysteria seize the city as disease runs rampant.Blending fiction with journalism, Defoe re-creates the plague in all its horrifying detail. First published in 1722, A Journal of the Plague Year is one of the most chilling accounts of the plague ever written." Regards , Kareni
  6. The more the merrier, Little Green Leaves -- welcome! Regards, Kareni
  7. It's that 'be careful what you ask for' syndrome! I hope you'll enjoy your re-retirement, Melissa. Regards, Kareni
  8. Last night I read a lovely historical romance story, 'The Mender' by Carla Kelly. You can find it in the still free anthology All Regency Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 10) by various authors. "In THE MENDER, a captivating story by Carla Kelly, Thankful Winnings takes a sea voyage with her cousin on the Ann Alexander, in a last adventure before she settles down to marry one of her beaus. Unexpectedly they come upon the aftermath of a fierce ship battle, and Thankful is commissioned to help in the place of an injured surgeon on one of the Royal Navy ships. Adam Farnsworth, surgeon, has been at sea for years. Tired of war, but devoted to his post, it takes a resourceful lady such as Thankful to give him the hope of love and help heal his own wounds, the ones that show and the ones that don’t." Regards, Kareni
  9. We also liked George and Martha at my house. I was pleasantly surprised recently when I saw it on the ideal bookshelf that my adult daughter shared in this thread: What would be on your 'Ideal Bookshelf'? Regards, Kareni
  10. Free for Kindle readers ~ @mumto2, the first book contains a story by Carla Kelly! All Regency Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 10) by various authors Christmas with the Cookes (Matchmakers in Time Book 1) by Kit Morgan Nora Roberts Land (Dare Valley Series, Book 1) by Ava Miles Regards, Kareni
  11. I read and enjoyed Beyond the Sea by Keira Andrews which is a contemporary romance. (Adult content) "Troy Tanner walks out on his boy band’s world tour rather than watching his little brother snort his life away. Screw it. He’ll take a private jet home and figure out his life away from the spotlight.But Troy doesn’t make it home.The plane crashes on a jungle island in the South Pacific. Forget dodging the paparazzi—now Troy’s desperate for food and water. The turquoise ocean and white sand beach looks like paradise, but danger lurks everywhere. Thank God the pilot survived too. At least Troy’s not alone. He has Brian.Brian’s smart and brave and strong. He doesn’t care that Troy’s famous. Brian’s real. As days turn into weeks with no sign of rescue, Troy and Brian rely on each other. They make each other laugh despite being stranded. They go from strangers to friends...." Regards, Kareni
  12. Some bookish posts ~ From reddit: What are your favorite 3 books you've read in the first half of 2020? Books like "Surely you're joking Mr Feynman" and more books on Science and History with a bit of humour. r/Fantasy's Unofficial List of Books for 10-12 year old years Book that makes you feel like a Studio Ghibli movie? ** And, today only, free for Kindle readers ~ The Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series: Book 1-3 by Willow Rose Regards, Kareni
  13. @Mothersweets and @mumto2, I was also going to mention Piranesi by Susanna Clarke which comes out next month. ** Today only, free for Kindle readers ~ The Filigree Ball by Anna Katharine Green "A police detective investigates a death in a historic Washington, DC, mansion in this novel whose author “revolutionized mystery fiction” (The New York Times). For two weeks Washington has been abuzz with talk about what happened at the Moore house. The historic old building, dating back to colonial times, has long been a subject of unease as the site of multiple deaths. But pretty young Veronica Moore decides to defy superstition and hold her lavish wedding at the ancestral property—an event that turns tragic when a guest’s lifeless body is discovered. Now, a man has reported to the police that he spotted a light coming from within the supposedly empty house on an all but deserted block, and a detective must enter the mansion to unravel the secrets within . . . Published near the turn of the twentieth century, The Filigree Ball was written by Anna Katharine Green, a woman whose detective fiction, praised for its realism and accuracy, predated the creation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous investigator, Sherlock Holmes. Indeed, Green was one of the most accomplished mystery writers of her era. " Regards, Kareni
  14. I just finished Burn by Patrick Ness . This was a book that went in directions that I did not anticipate. It's a new book, but if a sequel were to magically appear, I'd read it. @mumto2 and @Robin M, if you are looking for more dragon books, you might consider this young adult novel. "On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm… Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to. The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe. Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself. " Regards, Kareni
  15. Some bookish posts ~ IF YOU LIKE THE GOBLIN EMPEROR (this is a post of recommendations collected by Katherine Addison, the author of The Goblin Emperor) From the Word Wenches: What We're Reading — July 2020 25 Best Star Trek Books (ETA: numbers 21, 14, and 2 are amongst my favorites!) A TIDE OF MURDER: DETECTIVE NOVELS SET ON NEW ENGLAND'S CAPE AND ISLANDS Regards, Kareni
  16. Today only, a free classic for Kindle readers ~ Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy "Thomas Hardy’s final novel: A passionate and tragic story of the follies of Victorian England’s most rigid institutions: class, marriage, and higher educationGrowing up in southern England, Jude Fawley dreams of one day transcending his country life and becoming a scholar at Christminster’s most prestigious college. It’s the driving focus of his young life, leading him to rigorous study of classical Greek and Latin after spending long days working as a stonemason. But everything changes when Jude meets Arabella Donn, a calculating local girl who ensnares him in marriage. As his dreams of Christminster recede into the background, Jude finds himself trapped in one unhappy marriage while the woman he loves, his free-thinking cousin Sue Bridehead, is trapped in another. Though Jude and Sue are able to escape their first spouses, their new life together proves to be no simpler. With two young children born out of wedlock, Jude and Sue’s unconventional relationship is burdened by the judgments of society. But it isn’t until the unexpected arrival of Jude’s first son, born of his troubled relationship with Arabella, that the accumulation of Jude’s misfortunes reaches its final, shattering crescendo. " Regards, Kareni
  17. Enjoy your Giving Week! It sounds like a lovely idea. We moved to our current state close to twenty years ago. Each year on our moving date, we have a barbecue and celebrate our own independence day. Regards, Kareni
  18. As soon as I saw the title of this post, I thought of The Giving Tree. The Rainbow Fish was another I didn't care for as were the Berenstain Bear books. I'm in good company, I see! Regards, Kareni
  19. You might also find some ideas in this thread I started last year ~ What one book have you so enjoyed that you'd like everyone to read, because you want them to share the pleasure? Regards, Kareni
  20. A few lists for you. (There is overlap, but each list also has unique choices.) One Two Three Regards Kareni
  21. A free classic for Kindle readers ~ The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray;, "A continent-spanning adventure featuring one of literature’s greatest roguesRedmond Barry has almost all the qualities of a gentleman: he speaks well, has learned courtly etiquette, and can hold his own with a sword in hand. But passion is his downfall—passion for life, for excitement, and unfortunately, for his cousin Nora. When he almost kills Nora’s suitor in a duel, Barry flees to Dublin, and the adventure of his life begins. A consummate rake and con man, Barry finds himself on the battlefield against the Prussians in the Seven Years’ War after losing everything. But war—and life, for that matter—is not exactly what Barry wished or expected it to be. A braggart’s tale through and through, with an antihero of epic proporations, The Luck of Barry Lyndon is a brisk romp through one of literature’s most unusual lives." Regards, Kareni
  22. Book Depository has free shipping to MANY countries. These are all under ten dollars. One Two Three Four (I like these!) Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve. ...well, that was a pleasant way to spend an hour.... Regards, Kareni
  23. Two historical romances that are free for Kindle readers ~ Simple Jess (Tales from Marrying Stone Book 2) Kindle Edition by Pamela MorsiTo Winter at Wildsyde By Emma V. Leech Regards, Kareni
  24. Currently free for Kindle readers ~ Crown of Frost by Isabella August Regards, Kareni
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