Weekly Reader

Hi everyone! Sorry this is late. I had it drafted but forgot to post it. I decided yesterday to rearrange my bedroom/office to put my desk so I could see the backyard through the windows. I don't think there was one piece of furniture that didn't get moved - meaning every book, paper, and picture along with the furniture. The good news is the room is on its way to being spotless now. Probably won't be like that again until I do my cleaning frenzy for Christmas. LOL! The bad news is: Zach tried to help me. Yeah. :-) His shirt was a dust mop and his little knees were so dirty it took two scrubbings in the bathtub to get him clean. Ole vie!

I had an interesting read week: some comfort from visiting beloved places, a little frustration, and a new discovery.

He was an embittered soldier with a name well-known in town. A long-lost son with Cheyenne roots, Ethan Parish sought to meet his father for the first time. The community buzzed over this newcomer, suspicious of his identity, but Ethan found the seeds of hope.

Falling in love with Connie Halloran was never part of his plan. Somehow, the beautiful deputy and her adorable daughter got under his skin and brought out his protective instincts. As a violent element from the past emerged, Ethan had to risk his heart and his life to save his new family.

I have been a big fan of Rachel Lee's Conard County series since the first book came out - Exile's End, released in 1992 as a Silhouette Intimate Romance #449. It was one of the few books that received a 5 star rating from Romantic Times. Cherokee Thunder and Miss Emmaline and the Archangel are on my all-time favorites list. So I was thrilled to discover that she is revisiting Conard County and that I was able to visit again with Micah and Faith - my favorites from Cherokee Thunder. If it went a little heavy on the internal emotional difficulties of the two main characters and the police procedure in tracking who was stalking Connie's daughter was a bit illogical - I forgave. It's Conard County after all. I enjoyed Ethan's need and reluctance to tell Micah he was his son and thought she handled that situation with gentle hands. Her Conard County series has at least a dozen books or more and everyone is worth the read. This gets a 4.

Even the deepest peril couldn't keep him away from her.

As an anti-terrorism operative in T-FLAC's classified paranormal unit, the intrepid, ruggedly handsome Gabriel Edge protects the world from the forces of evil. So when an ingenious and extremely volatile invention is stolen from a covert lab in Arizona, Gabriel zeroes in on the brilliant young scientist who helped to create the device. From Gabriel's first contact, Eden Cahill leaves an indelible impression.

Using a mysterious telepathic power as ancient as his Scottish heritage, as well as his seductive physical charms, Gabriel must infiltrate Eden's mind to uncover the secrets she so desperately protects. But Gabriel is in a bind - for the only way to penetrate Eden's memories is through one shared intimate encounter that will trigger revelations, shatter lives, and just might save humanity - all at a terribly steep price.

I have to admit I almost put this one down. An extremely unusual occurrence because I love Cherry Adair. Her writing style and rhythm - her voice - fascinates me. I had problems with this one. First, jerking my brain around from the reality based terrorism series of the past seven books to accepting wizardy as a major part of the fight was a stretch for me. Don't get me wrong. I loved Gabriel and Eden and that's probably what kept me reading. But the setup took forever. First she had to explain Eden's AI robot Rex and what all he could do - and how a terrorist could pervert that. Then she had to explain the 500 year old curse on Gabriel's family and Gabriel's wizardry powers and how T-FLAC used them. It was slowwww. By the 8th chapter, I was in despair. Would this be the first Cherry Adair I put down? Finally, a rogue wizard was introduced - pitting Gabriel and Eden against his madness. And just like that the book took off. My interest soared. And I rapidly consumed the rest of the book. I'm tempted to give this a 3 because of the slow start, but seriously the last half of the book rocked, so I'll settle on a 4 for this one.

He would rewrite the past to save the woman he loves.

The fearless Caleb Edge is one of three brothers assigned to the top-secret paranormal unit of an elite counterterrorism group. As a prized T-FLAC agent, Caleb uses his special mystical gifts to rewind history, halt evil in its tracks, and protect innocent people . . . like Heather Shaw.

The beautiful daughter of a terrorism financier, Heather watched her father brutally murder her mother. Now, to escape his clutches, Heather begins a new life, far from the realm of power and privilege in which she grew up. On the hunt for Heather's father, Caleb hopes that Heather can lead him to his target, and he'll do anything to achieve his objective - even if it means using his striking good looks to his advantage. But in the face of malevolent forces, Caleb doesn't anticipate a burning conflict between duty and desire, or that he might have to use his power to turn back time - not for justice, but for love.

Now that my head is in the game, this one went much better. Plus, the story started with a bang and kept the pages turning. In fact, her voice in this one - the rhythm of her word choices and expert handling of ALL the rhetorical devices made this one fascinating. I'll make a separate post later with an excerpt so you can see what I mean. -- Pause momentarily for a plug - if you are a writer and haven't taken Margie Lawson's Deep Edits class - RUN, don't walk to and learn how to put these rhetorical devices in your own writing; end of plug. -- This one was plotted well, had great dialogue, and gets a 4+G keeper rating.

Finally, I added something different this week. Ever feel like your in a rut with your thinking and your reading? Well I did, so at Borders last week, I hit the magazine section. Here's a couple - one a new find, the other an old resource - that I added to my reading this week.

I've casually practiced yoga for years. It just never occurred to me to buy a magazine about it - now I wish I had. It was a good tweak to my thinking - shoving it down paths I hadn't considered. Always a good thing.

As always, the Romantic Times made me add several books to my list -- ones I might not have found on my own. Several? Who am I kidding? Fifteen!!

Trips to the used book store and Borders this week. I think all together I added seven books to the read stack. . . four from the used book store and three off my list from RT at Borders. I'm in the middle of reading the current Wednesday Corner book - Open Season by Linda Howard - always fun to revisit this one.

I also made a stop at the library this week looking for David McCullough's John Adams and William Shatner's autobiography. See. Occassionally, I do read other things beside romance. Found John Adams, but William Shatner's book was out. Considering the thickness of John Adam's, it will probably take me the three week checkout period plus a renewal to get it read. Oh well. Reading is what I live for.

It's a holiday this weekend . . . I hope you're off to somewhere relaxing and that you've got a pile of adventure by your side. Until next time . . . TTFN.

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