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Crossed

Cassia is working for the Society in the Outer Provinces. She's truthfully trying to find a way to get to Ky, who the Society have taken away from her. She knows that she loves Ky, but she's not so sure about what to do about her match, Xander, because she loves him also. She knows that it will break his heart for her to go after Ky. One day, as her transfer to her next job becomes eminent, Xander shows up to have a bit of a date with Cassia. This is kind of a new thing, because Cassia and Xander grew up together, they lived in the same province until not very long ago, but all of the Matchees get to have a face to face meeting with their match and Xander made it happen, because he and Cassia no longer live in the same province. On their date they go to the very small province museum, Cassia wants to go there, because she knows that there will most likely be an Archivist there that she can trade for information she needs to get to find Ky. The Archivist gives her information, …

Northanger Alibi Book Launch

Jenni James is writing an amazing series, The Jane Austen Diaries, I read the first one Pride and Popularity not too long ago. If you can make it to the Launch party, you could win a free nook!

The Trove of the Passion Room

Sharlamagne Dickens (Sharla) is a bit of an old school girl. She and her crazy family run an antiques shop. She and her sister Guinevere love to help their parents at sales and in the shop, they even play Old Maid when they get bored. Sharla feels that nothing is made the way it used to be and she loves antiques and old books. One day, at a special sale their favorite customer, Elisaveta Tanner, comes into their booth looking for treasures from the past. This time is different though, because she brings her handsome 23 year-old grandson, Maxim with her. Sharla and Gwen both think Maxim is hot, and maybe even a bit familiar looking. It's not until they go to the mall after the sale that they realize why he looked so familiar. Not only is the hot man their friends grandson, he's also the hot Jeans Innovations model. Both Gwen and Sharla take pictures of the full size posters of him in the mall and move on. Flash forward a few years and Elisaveta is nearing her time to die, she a…

The Outer Edge of Heaven

Charlie Evans is just about ready to graduate from BYU in preparation to attend law school there. Her parents have always wanted her to be a lawyer, she hasn't, but she's basically following her parents' path for her. She's also gotten her Bachelor's in Education, she would love to be a teacher, what they don't know can't hurt them...right? With summer rapidly approaching, Charlie knows that she can't spend a whole summer in her childhood home with them, she would go nuts. She allows her best friend, Fo, to talk her into coming with him to his uncle's cattle ranch in Montana as a hired helper. She goes, expecting to help with the cattle or maybe the garden. Her name though, has led everyone to believe that she was a man, and no one has planned for a girl. Fo's cousin, Luke, decides that maybe the best thing for her would be to work as kind of a nanny to his step-brothers and step-sisters. His stepmother is very busy in her job as a flight attend…

The Queen of Kentucky

Erica Winstead is 14 years old and about to go into high school. She's trying to shed her redneck "Ricky Jo" image that she's had at her Catholic school, and become more sophisticated Erica at the public high school in rural Kentucky. She and her best friend, Luke, work on his farm right before school starts and she tells him all her hopes and dreams for her freshman year of high school, well, at least the not too embarrassing ones! On her first day she realizes that homerooms are grouped alphabetically and the girls in her homeroom are gorgeous cheerleader types. She knows how much she wants to fit in, so she decides to go out for cheer too. Also in her homeroom is a boy who just goes by Wolf and Erica thinks he's the cutest boy she's ever seen. He seems to want to flirt with her, but she notices that he flirts with all the girls. Will Erica be able to overcome "Ricki Jo" and make her top ten goals for her freshman year happen? I enjoyed this book,…

Letters in the Jade Dragon Box

It's 1976, Chen Wen-shan is 15 years old. She lives in Hong Kong with her great uncle. She lived on mainland China with her mother and grandfather until she was 5, but she doesn't really remember any of that. She does have a few vague nightmares that she figures are from about that time. She's been raised by her uncle, but she doesn't really feel as though she knows him, he's kind of aloof and she doesn't ask a lot of questions, mostly because he doesn't answer them to her satisfaction. Wen-shan and her uncle live fairly normal lives in Hong Kong, there is some western influence, things like Corn Flakes and rock and roll music, but her uncle doesn't really approve of them. Their lives are normal until the day the message comes. It comes by messenger and it's a rare enough thing that it causes quite a stir with their nosy neighbors. Wen-shan and her Uncle are invited to visit with a well-respected English man who says he has a surprise for them, and …

Blog Tour - On the Bright Side

It's the day of the funeral and 14 year old Gabby is watching everyone show up for...her own funeral. It seems everyone in her school has shown up, her best friend and crush Michael Smith and even her frenemy Angela. Doesn't Angela know it's not polite to show up to the funeral of the person you had a hand in killing? Gabby was just a normal girl before she died, she and Michael hung out all the time, she was getting ready to ask him to the Sadie Hawkins dance. At her final fencing match with Angela, Gabby had told her that she was thinking about asking Michael, little did she know that Angela would immediately go ask him herself. Gabby finds out later when she asks Michael to go with her that he's already planning on going with Angela, just before Angela starts texting her telling her not to ask Michael. While crossing a road Gabby gets one final text from Angela, unfortunately she doesn't realize that there's a car coming right then and she gets hit and dies.…

Pride and Popularity

Chloe Hart is just an ordinary senior in high school. She's not one of the "Popular" crowd, but she does have plenty of her own friends. Her family is just a little crazy, but whose isn't? I love the character of her mom, she is such an individual! It seems she had asked Chloe's younger sister, Cassidy, to clean her room for 3 weeks, she decided that was long enough and starts to "clean" it herself, using garbage bags for all of the stuff on the floor. Chloe finally has what she's been waiting her whole high school career for, an art class with her two best friends, Alyssa and Maddie. Unfortunately for her Taylor Andersen is also in that art class. Chloe has been avoiding him for ages, all of the girls in school are in love with him,  except Chloe and he seems to have a problem with that. Chloe can't understand why he wants her, when all those other girls like him. Things get pretty crazy when Chloe gets an "urgent" message from Taylor…

Cinder and Ella

If you drink water and breathe air, then you have heard the story of Cinderella. And if you drink water and breathe air, you have heard it...wrong. Thus begins this new retelling of a familiar classic, Cinderella. Cinder and Ella had a normal family when they were young. They had a father, a mother, an older sister Katrina and a younger sister Beatrice. Their family was happy. Until, one night the prince came to their home. Their father was never the same after that, and neither was the rest of their family. Soon their father disappeared completely, their mother sat and spun her yarn all day, mostly ignoring her daughters, and Katrina and Beatrice became spoiled and selfish girls. Cinder was a beautiful young girl and she knew that she needed to support the family, so she got a job at the Kingdom Castle, even though, the whole family depended on her. She thought that Ella could take care of the rest of the family while she was a way working. What she didn't know was that to their …

Take a Walk with Me

Cossette Robbins aka Cozy is a college co-ed. She is paying for her college by making cute little Christmas tree ornaments out of walnuts. She knows just how much her Grandma Robbins loves to see them, so she makes certain to take her a basket full every year. When she takes her grandma her knew ornaments for the year, she discovers her watching her new neighbor out the kitchen window. Grandma Robbins has been a widow for a while and Cozy is thrilled to see her taking an interest in her new neighbor, Buckly Bryant, who her grandmother has taken to calling a "Hunk of Burning Love." On one of Cozy's weekly visits to her grandmother the "Hunk of Burning Love" has another younger man with him that Cozy thinks is a hottie. Grandma Robbins talks Cozy into taking some banana bread to the Bryant house with her and Cozy is thrilled about the sparks that seem to fly between the two older people, so thrilled in fact, that she doesn't think much about the sparks that a…

Identity

Amelia and her fiance Brent are enjoying their vacation in Mexico, until Amelia's condo gets broken into. Nothing appears to really be missing, except Amelia's cell phone. Not so good, because she is an heiress owning the cell phone company, and her company is planning to make some upgrades that will make them even more wealthy. Savannah and her friend, Haley, are also enjoying their vacation in the same condo resort. They have been spending time shopping and at the beach, and are about to head home when they run into Brent. But because Savannah and Amelia look so similar, Brent assumes that Amelia has picked up a friend to go shopping with and that he should go fishing and just leave her alone. Amelia, waiting in his condo, becomes furious when he doesn't come back. She decides to take the next flight out of Mexico, which happens to be Savannah's flight. They end up sitting next to each other and quickly discover all the misunderstandings that were caused by their sta…

The Light of the Lovers' Moon

Violet Fynne is the new school teacher in her old home town of Rattler Rock. She moved from there 10 years previously with her family to Albany, New York. She left her best friend, Stoney Wrenn there in perilous circumstances. His father would beat him every chance he had. Violet promised him when she left that she would return one day to check on him. This promise has haunted her all through her life in New York. Now she's returned and the first place she goes is the tree where she and Stoney played as children. The first thing that she notices is that their initials, VF + SW are still carved into that tree. She's uncertain how to go about finding Stoney, but she does realize at the point of a shotgun that their old friend, Buddy Chisholm has died. On her first day of school, she gets a bit of a shock when the children make it very apparent to her that the mean man who pointed his shotgun at her is none other than her childhood friend, Stoney. But has his heart turned to ston…

Blog Tour - Persuasion

Anne never thought she'd see Neil again. She had been engaged to him 8 years earlier, but she broke it off, not because she didn't love him, but because her parents thought that they were too young. Now, 8 years older and wiser, her father is selling the home that she grew up in. And who should buy it but Neil's brother Jack and his wife Linda. Neil comes to see the house with Jack as Anne is running a yard sale to clean out things, so her father won't have to move everything. She has unfortunately not showered, done her hair or put on her makeup. So she's embarrassed not only about having broken off their engagement and never spoken to Neil again, but also of the way she looks. Oh well, she shouldn't have to see him again anytime soon, right?? Of course not, as the fates would have it Neil is currently dating her sister Mary's sister-in-law, Lily, who happens to live right next door to Mary. Normally not a problem, but when Mary gets put on bed rest with h…

Kiss in the Dark

Boston is a happy kind of girl. She also is kind of a push over, because she always wants to make others happy before she thinks of herself. It kind of gets her into messes. For example, the boss that thinks it's great sport to swat her in the rear on her way by. She can't report him, because she doesn't want to get passed over for the promotion she wants, so she just ignores it. Then there's her roommate, Steph. She lives with Steph, not because she wants to, but because she feels sorry for her. Steph is a mean, manipulative person who Boston is trying to help see the error of her ways. But even Boston is getting close to not being able to deal with Steph any more. Steph took it upon herself to answer Boston's phone when Boston was busy, even though she's been asked several times not to. It would have to be that hot Logan West that Boston has wanted to be asked out by when Steph answered. But when Boston decides that she's done being Steph's doormat an…