open book and  pink flowerI’ve taken part in Musing Monday hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm with another blog of mine.  I’ve decided to move some of these meme’s that I take part in around a bit and do a bit of a random blog of mine that takes part each week.  I don’t know that I could do it with each of the 3 book blogs I have.  But never say never, right?

Random Prompt:

I blogged about ____ this past week…

  1. various book reviews
  2. Bloggiesta
  3. meme’s that I love
  4. new meme’s to try out
  5. general thoughts and my own musings

One of the reasons I love book blogging is the amazing people and their blogs that I discover along the way.  Not one of us blogs exactly the same way – and isn’t that fantastic?  Each person sees the world and books differently, and I enjoy reading how others view this unique world of ours.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite lesson learned, or quote, from a recent book you’ve read?

I get caught up in dealing with daily life.  I am mother to a young man who is a paraplegic due to spinal muscular atrophy.  He uses a ventilator to help his breathing and we have around the clock nursing.  To say that I am a 24/7/12/365 caregiver would be accurate.  I’m his mother, so in my mind, I am always going to be his main helper in life (please let a wife come into the picture one day 🙂 ).  It’s not a “feel bad for us” comment it is… our reality.  So at times I am very uptight.  Extremely might be a better word.  So while reading Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley I came upon this quote from Tack – it changed how I looked at each day.

”Life’s a roller coaster. Best damn ride in the park. You don’t close your eyes, hold on and wait for it to be over, babe. You keep your eyes open, lift your hands straight up in the air and enjoy the ride for as long as it lasts.”

I work hard each and every day to find something I can enjoy like a roller coaster.  So far, it’s been a life changing experience.

bloggiesta start

Okay, I’m ready to start the spring clean up of my life.  *wink*  Or maybe just three blogs to start off with, but hey it’s a beginning!

Bloggiesta began today.  You can follow the conversations (and there are tons) at  @Bloggiesta and using the hashtag #bloggiesta – I am so excited to take part in this.  Alright, maybe just the learning and reading part, but hopefully I’ll get brave and try out chatting on Twitter (one of my to do list items).

Here is a link to the Mini-Challenges this year and man, there are some great ones for learning in this list.  MINI-CHALLENGES BLOGGIESTA 2015

Now I’m off to get one of my To Do List items taken care of… installing and understanding how to use TweetDeck.  Wish me luck.

Want to join in the fun?  Click on either graphic to be taken to the signup page and so much information.

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UPDATE:  Whoot!  I am now TWEETDECKed.  So cross off one item from my To-Do’s.  Understanding it, may take more than this week – but damn, I got one thing accomplished.  Go Me!   🙂

A Gentleman Never TellsTitle:  A Gentleman Never Tells
Series:  The Wetherby Brides (Book 1)
Author:  Jerrica Knight-Catania
Genre:  Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Published:  January 11, 2012 (original 2009)
Publisher:  Smashwords
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  Amazon Free, owned
Synopsis:

Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquisate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.

Miss Phoebe Blake is finally out of mourning for her father, and just in time. She and her mother could be days away from being carted off to debtors prison, so Phoebe returns to society with the intent and determination to secure a rich husband.
Sparks fly when Benjamin and Phoebe meet, and it appears they have both found just what they are looking for. But will a dark secret keep them from finding their happily ever after?

This was last week’s Monday Free Pick Feature.  Read on for my thoughts.  No true spoilers, promise.

Conflict of InterestTitle:  Conflict of Interest
Series:
Author:  Gillian Reese
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 18, 2015
Publisher:  Riverdale Avenue Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Conflict of Interest is a look at lawyers in love in the high stakes world of Manhattan’s prestigious legal firms.

Avery Peters is excited to start her summer associates job at a boutique law firm. On her first day, she finds out her office has been swallowed up by law giant Coldwater, Brock, & Henry.

She is apprehensive at first, but everything seems to be going well. Her high spirits quickly crumble when she bumps into her high school ex — Trent Cannon, who is now a high-powered partner at Coldwater.

Avery doesn’t think she can handle the internship working alongside her former love. Worse, the pain of remembering a buried secret every time she sees Trent is too much to bear.

She knows she must find a way to get a handle on her emotions for the rest of the summer. But despite her determination not to get involved with him, there is an undeniable attraction.

Is it nostalgia or is it something more? Will it matter when Avery discovers the truth about Trent?

Read on for my thoughts on Conflict of Interest.  No true spoilers, promise.

family couple in a winter clothesTitle:  When Things Go Wrong
Series:  Prequel to Cheaters Anonymous
Author:  Lacey Silks
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Published:  March 8, 2015
Publisher:  MyLit Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Lazy eyes, scarred lip and brow, muscled and tattooed, Julia’s high school best friend, the one who made her heart go pitter-patter, had definitely changed in the past five years she hadn’t seen him.

Being stuck with her mom and boyfriend number one hundred at an exclusive ski resort doesn’t seem as daunting when Julia runs into the gorgeous and enticing Scar Wagner. And when fate forces the couple much closer than Julia would ever allow a man to be, she can’t help but wonder whether it’s time to give relationships another try.

After all, when things go wrong, they turn out right.

Read on for  my thoughts on When Things Go Wrong.  No true spoilers, promise.

Up to DateTitle:  Up to Date
Series:  Better Date Than Never (Book 8)
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 31, 2014
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Ginger knows that practical choices guarantee a stable life, which is why she chose a career as an office manager. Her job provides a steady paycheck, but it also has her snoozing at her desk. She wishes she’d pursued her passion for interior decorating rather than business.

She’s also trying to forget Greg Shaffer—the gorgeous emergency room doctor she met at a dance club last month. Her dad was an emergency room doctor and the stress of the job turned him into a raging alcoholic, which didn’t exactly create happy childhood memories.

Ginger believes donating her decorating services to her friend’s charity auction is the perfect fix for both her problems. She’ll get a break from the daily grind, get her creative juices flowing, and stay so busy she’ll finally forget about Greg.

But then Greg ends up buying the condo right above her. Even worse, he deliberately wins the bid on her auction item. Greg seems determined to prove to Ginger that practicality has nothing on passion. And as Ginger brings beauty into Greg’s world, how can she possibly resist the beauty he brings to hers?

Read on for my thoughts on Up to Date.  No true spoilers, promise.

Poppy's DilemmaTitle:  Poppy’s Dilemma
Series:
Author:  Nancy Carson
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 30, 2015
Publisher:  HarperCollins, Maze
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

From the newest name in saga writing comes a tale of one girl’s brave escape from a world of poverty in her search for true love.

Poppy Silk is the daughter of a railroad worker in the Midlands. The world around her is violent, immoral and poverty stricken. But despite being penniless and unschooled, Poppy is determined to escape the squalor, and a future cleaning up after a husband she doesn’t love.

Robert Crawford, a handsome engineer she encounters one day, is like no one she’s ever met. As he teaches her to read, feelings blossom. But life is not kind to Poppy. Robert is promised to another and Poppy can’t afford the luxury of hope. At a heartbreaking cross-roads, she must decide…is true love worth risking everything for?

Read on for my thoughts on Poppy’s Dilemma.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Vampire JeromeTitle:  The Vampire Jerome
Series:  The Whitcombe Legacy (Book 2)
Author:  Ann B. Morris
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  Original September, 2010  Reissue:  March 31, 2016
Publisher:  BelleBooks
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

She could save him or destroy him.

The Whitcombe Legacy: Three brothers, all vampires. For more than a century they’ve waited to fulfill a prophecy that could restore their humanity.

Jerome Whitcombe has embraced his life as a vampire and has no desire to become human again. But his destiny is about to catch up with him . . . in the form of a beautiful woman.

During Hurricane Katrina, Dottie Crawford was kidnapped by the evil vampire, Zurik, and contracted a rare form of sleeping sickness. In the hurricane’s aftermath, treatment is impossible. So Julian sends her to his brother and tasks Jerome with Dottie’s medical care and safety. But from the moment he sees her, Jerome knows that recovery from her illness is the least of Dottie’s concerns. He’s drawn to her in the most basic vampiric way—he craves her blood, her energy, her soul.

Before long Jerome is caught in a struggle between the darkness he has come to embrace and his return to humankind. And in the balance hangs the life of the woman he loves . .

Read on for my thoughts on The Vampire Jerome.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Vampire JulianTitle:  The Vampire Julian
Series:  The Whitcombe Legacy (Book 1)
Author:  Ann B. Morris
Genre:  Paranormal
Published:  Original June 2008  Reissue: March 31, 2015
Publisher:  BelleBooks
My Rating: 3 (barely) stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

His legacy demands her sacrifice.

The Whitcombe Legacy: Three brothers, all vampires. For more than a century they’ve waited to fulfill a prophecy that could restore their humanity.

Julian Whitcombe’s mission is to destroy vampires who prey on the citizens of New Orleans. According to prophecy, a woman with the power to restore Julian’s humanity will enter his life when the need for his transformation is greatest. As a mortal, Julian will continue his fight against the evil ones in both daylight and darkness, fulfilling his destiny. So, when Hurricane Katrina hits with a vengeance, Julian’s not surprised to find Simone LeClerc on his doorstep. He immediately knows she’s the woman destined to make him human again. All he has to do is make her fall in love with him—and make her willing to offer her life in exchange for his.

Simone LeClerc is frantically searching for her missing stepsister. Out of money and with no place to live, Simone finds help at Mike’s After Dark, a bar in the French Quarter. There, Simone meets Julian and finds herself falling hopelessly in love with him.

Still, as they search for her sister—and fight off evil vampires from hell—Simone can’t help wondering if it’s really love she’s feeling for Julian or if he’s woven a spell around her that will mean her certain death.

Read on for my thoughts on The Vampire Julian.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Courtesan Duchess

Title:  The Courtesan Duchess
Series:  Wicked Deceptions (Book 1)
Author:  Joanna Shupe
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 31, 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing Corp.
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

 

Cover Blurb:

How to seduce an estranged husband—and banish debt!—in four wickedly improper, shockingly pleasurable steps…

1. Learn the most intimate secrets of London’s leading courtesan.
2. Pretend to be a courtesan yourself, using the name Juliet Leighton.
3. Travel to Venice and locate said husband.
4. Seduce husband, conceive an heir, and voilà, your future is secure!

For Julia, the Duchess of Colton, such a ruse promises to be foolproof. After all, her husband has not bothered to lay eyes on her in eight years, since their hasty wedding day when she was only sixteen. But what begins as a tempestuous flirtation escalates into full-blown passion—and the feeling is mutual. Could the man the Courtesan Duchess married actually turn out to be the love of her life?

Read on for my thoughts on The Courtesan Duchess.  No true spoilers, promise.

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