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8/21/19 11:18 A

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i am reading "Once You're Mine" by Barbara Freethy

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12/21/17 8:25 A

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Going through my collection of Christmas books, with some new ones on the shelf this year. I'm a sucker for them.

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Reading Amish Cooking Class. The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter that I won from goodreads. emoticon

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11/6/17 2:17 P

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Big praise indeed. I've recently read through the Bridgerton series again, one of the first series I read when I discovered that other people than G Heyer had written Regencies.
Speaking of whom, I'm rewarding myself for writing my NaNoWriMo wordcount each day by re-reading some of the Heyers I have on my Kindle. I have them all in paperback, of course (the Regencies, not the detective novels which I don't admire so much) but the Kindle is so much easier. Every so often Amazon has a special offer on a set of them. I'm gradually building up my collection at 99p a time. This one is "The Quiet Gentleman," one of my favourites. Well they're nearly all my ;favourites actually, but it's a favourite favourite.

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I LOVE Julia Quinn. Someone once told me my writing reminded them of a contemporary Julia Quinn and I was all... I love you. :)

I was also enthralled by Lisa Kleypas's Wallflower series. It's really good.



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10/13/17 12:03 P

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Exactly.

Yes, I'm on Goodreads. I gave myself an ambitious target again, 365 books in the year. Not going to make it of course, too many other things to do, though one year I did.

At the gym I'm getting near the end of "Ten Things I Love About You" by Julia Quinn. I try to restrain myself from listening to the books when not at the gym. I find, as my daughter did, that I tend to go off to sleep, and it's not so easy to backtrack with an iPod.

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10/13/17 10:27 A

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OMG HOW COULD THEY KILL SEAN BEAN?????? The Red Wedding upset me, also.

Do you use Goodreads? You can track your books on there. I read at the gym, too. Makes the time go by so much faster!



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9/21/17 11:45 A

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It wasn't so much the blood that put me off, but having read the book I knew Sean Bean was going to die (along with most of the rest of the cast of course).

I've started re-reading (and listening on Audible) to Grace Burrowes. I've listened to "The Heir", "The Soldier" and have started on "The Virtuoso" at the gym this year - it's my motivation for going to the gym, so I don't usually let myself listen at other times - and I've started re-reading some others except that I got them from Kobo for some reason. I've given up on Kobo, the books are generally more expensive than Kindle, and the website is less user-friendly. I have to remind myself from time to time what I've got from them so I don't buy it all over again.

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9/20/17 1:28 P

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I like the Lord John books - though not as much as Outlander.

And honestly, I watch GoT because Husband watches GoT, and we rarely have overlapping TV shows, so it's a shared experience. Some of it is a little too bloody for my tastes. I watch with my hand covering my screen.



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9/8/17 1:34 P

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I couldn't watch "Game of Thrones" because I'd read the first four or five books and I knew what was going to happen!

I've been going through the oldies on the TBR shelf, some Patricia Cornwell, a Lord John book by Diana Gabaldon, and now a couple of Mercedes Lackay Valdemar books. You can't say my collection isn't eclectic.

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Oh, Sean Bean. *swoon* and he remains alive in the Sharpe books. *laugh*



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8/30/17 1:21 P

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I was working through them but - so many books, so little time. I got a lot from the local library which has a book sale every so often, then topped up with ebooks. I found the Sharpe depicted in the books was a bit different from the one in the tv series. I have to admit to a soft spot for Sean Bean though.

BTW I thought "Sea Lord" was very good.

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I read a couple Sharpe books (I mean, look at my name!) and while I liked them, I was attached to only a handful of the story lines (it's been a long time, so don't remember details). Not to say I wouldn't read them again, but they're not high on my list.



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8/19/17 5:02 A

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I finished the shodunnit, Murder At Merisham Lodge by Celina Grace - she writes contemporary whodunnits too. It was quite good, I'd read another in the series, and I've already read some of her other books.

From there the next one on my TBR is a contemporary seafaring story by Bernard Cornwell. I like his Sharpe books best.

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8/18/17 1:05 P

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My hubby has far more bookshelves than I do. But he also collects the dungeons and dragons genre, while I just read. So it's okay.



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8/17/17 11:55 A

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We've had a few book culls, but I noticed that far more of my books got culled than Richard's, so I'm reluctant to take part now. But I try not to buy dead tree books if there's an alternative. Mostly I end up getting research books in physical format, non-fiction seems less likely to exist in e-book. This is probably why my e-book TBR list is so much longer than my dead tree book TBR shelf. I've still got lots of Mary Balogh backlist books I got second hand because they were simply not available in electronic.

I've read a few historical whodunnits recently, started one today set in 1930.

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8/16/17 1:47 P

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Letting go of books is hard! I do some book purges, but then I have my extensive keeper shelf.

I've been on a mystery/suspense kick lately - too funny! Most of them are contemporary.



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8/10/17 4:21 A

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I have all Heyer's historical romances in paperback, second-hand, but you can't carry them around with you.

I started reading them when I was around 13, at boarding school - amazing that the school library had some of them. "Regency Buck" was the first, and I was hooked. Later in life I lost interest and gave away all I possessed, then regretted it and bought them all again on eBay and Amazon.

I'm not so keen on the detective stories though, somehow they seem a lot more dated. Perhaps because we expect historical fiction to be old-fashioned.

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8/9/17 9:37 P

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I love Georgette Heyer! She's actually that author that got me hooked on romance books. As a teen I read mainly classical so it went Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, recency romances, and then the floodgates opened and I started reading more romance books than anything else.

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That's frustrating.

I was doing pretty well with my TBR shelf, and then they reduced a whole lot of Georgette Heyer ebooks to 99p each. And I discovered a really good series and maybe another really good author, so the TBR and Wish List have grown again.

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8/2/17 10:38 A

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Oh, now I really have to read this. :)

Right now I"m reading A French Girl in New York. It's... okay. I think I'm older than the target audience. one of my problems is the girl grew up in a small French town. She's been in New York for a month, but gained an amazing command of idioms and colloquialisms. It doesn't make sense.



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8/1/17 10:18 A

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Non-fiction. Who would have guessed that the life of a Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General could have been so exciting?

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8/1/17 10:10 A

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oh, that sounds good. Is it fiction based on a true story, or non-fiction?



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7/22/17 7:23 A

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I'm waiting for "Because of Miss Bridgerton" to be reduced at the moment - got all the first series.
At the moment I'm doing some background reading, "The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes".

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7/17/17 10:02 A

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I LOVE the Bridgertons. The last two are my favorite, so go get those books!



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7/13/17 1:15 P

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I've been on a Julia Quinn binge, reading all the series in the right order. Trouble is that I get to the place where I haven't got the next one in the series and have to stop. My wish list is getting longer again.

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7/13/17 12:37 P

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I am a big fan of the library. :)

I haven't read Grace Burrows, but I've met her. :) Her books are often nominated for RITA awards.

I'm reading Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. You can guess from the title that it's paranormal.



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6/19/17 9:48 A

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No, I may do, but I found I could understand the plot fairly well. There was a certain amount of explanation of the back story. I may if ever the two previous books are reduced in price. I check my wish list most days.

Now reading a newish Grace Burrowes, an author I like a lot. This one is The Trouble With Dukes.

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Oh, nice. Did you read the first two?



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6/17/17 5:02 A

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I usually write in 2 PsOV, the hero and the heroine. I have been known to throw in the occasional scene from the villain's POV though.

I decided not to waste any more time on the anthology which was so bad, and instead went on to something I did want to read, "The Daredevil Snared" and "Lord of the Privateers" by Stephanie Laurens. They are bookd 3 and 4 of a series, but you pick up the story quite quickly. I was annoyed when book 3 ended on a cliffhanger, but then found I had already bought no 4 - must have been on offer at the same time.

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6/16/17 2:28 P

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OMG when I first started writing, I'd hop all over POV. Anyone who had a thought got a POV at any given time. It was awful.



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6/12/17 3:03 P

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I've found some favourite authors in anthologies. I find the Christmas ones are particularly good for some reason.

I just started reading a book on Point of View. So far it's a bit basic but I'll go on with it to see if it digs deeper in a while.

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6/12/17 2:58 P

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I completely agree! It's great to try new authors, and anthologies are a good way to do it.

Dinner has gotten interesting. There was more to it than dinner. I have found the point. :)



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6/10/17 6:31 A

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Reading an anthology of fifty stories (varying lengths). Alas they are not very good, so I'm following the advice of someone in my Creative Writing group - give it ten minutes and if it's not grabbing you, go on to the next one.

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6/9/17 10:01 A

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Reading Dinner for a book club. Not a romance, and by a Dutch author. It's about two brothers and their wives having... wait for it... dinner. I'm not yet sure of the point.



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8/28/16 11:38 A

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There's been a plot twist at around 80% which was quite good. Still not as good as Stephanie Plum in my opinion. I've not read all the latest Plum books, mostly for lack of time and money. The concept of the new (I guess) series is interesting.

I'm simultaneously trying to read a book on editing, but I've had a disaster - my usb memory stick has failed, and the backups that I thought I had set up have't been happening. The current edit isn't too serious - I've got a hard copy I've been working on, it would just take ages to retype 65k words. But last year's NaNoWriMo first draft only has 42k words instead of 54k. I'm pinning my hopes on my usual computer dude, but he doesn't open on Saturday, and tomorrow is Bank Holiday here.

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8/28/16 11:06 A

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I'm interested to hear if it catches you--I gave up on Stephanie Plum at about book 13. I LOVED the first ten, but eventually it was like...time to choose a guy and move on, girlfriend.
But those first books...omigod, I was like a Harry Potter kid, waiting at the bookstore for the next installment! I didn't dress up tho, lol. I'd have been the white Lula.

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I'm reading "The Heist" by Janet Evanovich. Not a Stephanie Plum book, and maybe not as good. Still, it's the first in a series and maybe it's taking her (or me) a while to get into the swing of it.

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I'm reading "Tell me Lies" by Jill Shalvis right now. I've got quite an eclectic group on my TBR pile right now, though, from all the conferences I've been to this year, so can't quite decide what should be next. Maybe historical!



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I finished the book, enjoyed it a lot even though I thought Clariel herself was a bit of a pain.

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How goes Clariel?



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7/20/16 11:31 A

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And I've just got a new Mary Balogh on Audible with my credit for this month. It's "Unforgiven". Haven't started listening to it yet, but I've been sort of converted to Audible, though occasionally I do miss little sections of the narration. It's not quite so easy to skip back a bit on the iPod.

Apart from that, I'm having a small break from the historicals and have downloaded "Clariel" by Garth Nix. He was originally recommended to me by one of my son's friends, and I really enjoyed the original trilogy, so I'm hoping that this one will be up to standard.

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Oh, I agree. I was completely enthralled when I read them. My favorite part was when the story about one of the brothers meshed with the story about the sister, coming together at the end of one of them. Don't want to go into too many details, but it's still so clear in my mind.

I've been on a historical kick lately, which is odd for this contemporary girl.



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7/18/16 12:52 P

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Not far out, they were the Bedwyns, the head of the family being the Duke of Bewcastle. I understand Bedwyn is a place not far from where I live in Wales. Which makes sense because Mary Balogh was born in Wales. The Simply series is a sort of spin-off which follows the teachers at the school run by Freya's ex-governess. But in my opinion anything written by Mary Balogh is worth reading, even the early works pre-Bedwyn.

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7/6/16 1:20 P

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Okay, now I'm confused. *laugh* I think the family name was Bedoin, or something like that.

I'm going through Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie books, starting with The Madness of Ian Mackenzie. I'm on the third one now - The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. They're good, but I'd like a little more internal monologues from the heroes.



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The Simply series is good too.

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RIGHT - Slightly, not Simply. *laugh*



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I've re-read the Slightly series many times by now. She's a class act.

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I adore May Balogh! Her Simply series - loved it.

I'm now on a Nora Roberts kick. After downing 30+ Eve Dallas books, I've moved on to the Inn BoonsBoro ones.



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I've just given up on a book after a couple of chapters - all to much navel-gazing.

I do get annoyed when I read a historical romance which has mistakes or is badly written, though I have to admit I find it sort of reassuring: if someone can have that published, I can write a whole lot better (I think). Though I do read really excellent writers and enjoy them, at the same time asking myself how they do it, and how can I do it. My style is completely my own, of course, but I remember especially re-reading a book by Mary Balogh to see how she handled description, and finding that she keeps it to the bare essentials. I resolved to do the same myself.

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I just started Nora Roberts Boonsboro Inn trilogy. I have a hard time reading contemporary romance novels, since that's what I write. If my ego isn't in the right place, I spend the entire time comparing instead of enjoying.

But I'm in a good headspace with Nora. She's amazing.



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I've been re-reading the Richard and Rose series and the first four books of the Maiden Lane series. I've also bought (reduced) about seven of the Lindsay Davis Falco series. It looks as if my future involves lots of series.

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Hooray!!!

I've been watching some superhero TV (namely, The Arrow OMG Stephen Amell) and they do NOT act like folks with common sense! But they're beautiful to look at. ;)



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Just read a Christina Courtenay regency where the hero and heroine act like people with common sense. So refreshing!

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I finished a reread of Pride and Prejudice. *sigh* Just love that story.



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I got the first one of the series as a special offer, but it hasn't floated up to the top of the pile yet. I'm reading Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke, but it's a bit heavy going.

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Oh, MAN I hate waiting. At least Nora writes quickly. I'm going through her JD Robb books right now. Still. There are, like 40 of them.



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I love series too, though they can be a bit hard on the wallet.

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Just bought Nora Rober's Starlight.

Planning on buying her new Guardian trilogy December when the 3rd one comes out. I tend to buy her trilogies once they are all out because I hate waiting to find out what happens.
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I've started reading the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Interesting characters, and a lot of nautical information. It gives a very different picture from that in the Hornblower books. They're also quite long, so I'm reading them in concert with other things.

Also just finished listening to the audio book of "Noble Satyr" while working out at the gym. Don't know if I can put it down to the books, but I've put up the weights on the resistance machines. Listening to the books does make the whole experience more bearable though.

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DOR: Great idea!

I'm much more selective with my books, now a days.


Currently reading my Bible. Psalms to be exact. Romance IS there.

Also read, "The War Room" Whew! powerful, romantic in a way.

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I'm giving myself a treat and reading "Axel" by Grace Burrowes.

Not exactly a resolution, and I started this last year, but I'm buying only books that I expect to be good on the basis of past experience, or ones that have been recommended by someone whose opinions I trust. Hope this will prevent a lot of frustration in the coming year.

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Works for me! I just had to deal with my computer not connecting to wireless and when I looked at the help, BOOM! There was the answer. I would not have been able to do it on my own.

I'm reading the second book in the All Soul's Trilogy. I like it - and I like how everything is coming together.



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I read manuals when I can get them. It's a woman thing.

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Not only do I read manuals - I also write them! *laugh* You can probably find instructions to anything online.

Now I'm reading A Discovery of Witches by Debra Harkness. I had hears so much about it and was like, eh, fine. I'm really enjoying it.



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I've found that very few gadgets these days even come with manuals - you just have to muddle your way through.

I'm reading a few novellas to try to shorten my TBR list before I allow myself to start on the Christmas books.

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I wonder how to write a mystery. Not that I'd be good at it. I think my husband would be, tho.

Does one start at the end and work backwards?


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I would love to write sci fi, fantasy, or whodunnits. I just can't.

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Write what you like!

I'm still reading Kushiel's Dart. It's really l o n g...



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I read mostly historicals, and that's what I write mostly.

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Like historicals, I see. :)



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I've finished the Courtney Milan series now, and gone on to Isabella Bradford's "When You Wish Upon A Duke".

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Reading Kushiel's Dart, which is ... fantasy? But with real people, just not on this world. Or, rather, on this world, but in an alternate reality.

Not sure how I feel about it. There are pages and pages of history, so I'm skimming them.





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Working my way through Courtney Milan. I'm currently on "The Heiress Effect".

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I'm reading The Crystal Slipper by Selena Fulton (who's a friend). Good so far - it's a Cinderella retelling.



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I hate when that happens.



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"His Majesty The Prince Of Toads" by Delle Jacobs. I was sure I'd already read it, but it's not at all familiar after all.

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"Heart of a Soldier" by Belle Calhoune

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Hooray! :)

The Duchess Wars is Courtney Milan, right? I have the first one but haven't read it yet.



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Having dispatched "Chill" I've gone back to the beginning of the Duchess Wars series. I've recently bought the last of the series, and I'm going to read through the whole lot. I've become a big fan of hers this year.

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Doreen, think of all the great books you're NOT reading. And just because you don't like a book, it doesn't mean the book is bad. The book is just not for you.

Elisa, sounds... interesting. :)



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"Bride in Training" by ? Mostly has to do with dog training, so far. emoticon Or is it people training for the dog....

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You're right of course, and I have a shelf on my Goodreads account for "Life's Too Short", but it's a bit like leaving food on your plate.

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Why are you still reading it if you're struggling? Life's to short to read books you don't like! :)



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I'm struggling through "Chills" by Heather Boyd, and have been for quite a long time.

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I, however, am reading Lady Vice by Wendy LaCapra. :)



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You don't have to read All Romance, All The Time. :)



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"Abba's Heart" Finding our way back to the Father's Delight. by Lozano

I know this book is not in the romance category. However, it IS a romance in a sense.

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Those are some big names in there!



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I am reading "A Sweet Life" 12 Stories in one e-book



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Blood Surfer by Debra Jess. it comes out in two weeks!



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A Cereal Killer by Morgana Best emoticon . It is on my Kindle.

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Ground to a Halt by Elaine Orr
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I just finished The Rules of Gentility, which was a cross between Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary. Cute.



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