Friday, March 13, 2015

What We're Reading; How About You?



Leann Harris

I'm reading Madeline Hunter's Accidental Duchess
I finished The Sheriff by Angi Morgan (Intrigue)
I plan to read Best Little Stories from WWII by C.Brian Kelly

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Debby Giusti

I love sharing book selections, but like Missy, I just finished judging a contest and can't disclose what I read. However, I can share that I gave a perfect score to one novel, a YA, that really hooked me. I'm hoping the story wins!

Now, I'm eager to read Marta Perry's newest Amish suspense, WHERE SECRETS SLEEP. I lived near Amish areas in Ohio and Pennsylvania in my youth, and Marta's stories always take me back to those early years and the simple life of the Amish people.

Next on my To Be Read List is my book club's April selectionPRISONER OF TEHRAN: One Woman's Story of Survival Inside an Iranian Prison, by Marina Nemat. The member of the book club who made the selection highly recommend the true story and said she learned so much from the book about Iran in the 1980s.


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Rhonda Gibson 

I just finished reading, Janet Lee Barton's, A Daughter's Return. Very Good. 

I am reading now, Mrs. Jefferies and the one who got away by Emily Brightwell. I'm a big cozy mystery reader so this is just what I needed. 

Next I plan to read, The Lumberjack's Bride by Jean Kincaid.  

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Mary Curry
I can't name the last book I read since it was for a contest, but it was great!
I'm currently reading Angi Morgan's  Protecting Their Child. It's an Intrigue that led to her current West Texas Watchmen series. It's a bit gritty, but I'm turning the pages as fast as I can and reading when I should be doing other things, so I guess that tells you how great it is.
Next up, Dana R. Lynn's Presumed Guilty. Dana is one of my fellow Killer Voices so I'm excited to read her debut.

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Keli Gwyn
What you just finished reading: Months ago I’d celebrated fellow Love Inspired author Jill Kemerer’s First Sale. I eagerly awaited the release of her debut Love Inspired romance and rejoiced when an advance copy of Small-Town Bachelor, an April release, showed up in my post office box. Jill’s book went to the top of my to-be-read piles. (Yes, I have more than one.) I enjoyed this sweet story of a small-town gal and the big city guy who comes to her rescue during a tornado, ends up staying in her hometown due to an injury he suffers as a result and finds himself reluctant to leave. Jill’s characters are likable, the romance satisfying and the writing crisp and clean. As a bonus, the heroine, a wannabe zookeeper, is caring for a pair of adorable otters. A heartwarming tale!

 What are you reading now: I’m a huge fan of fellow Love Inspired Historical author Renee Ryan and love her Charity House series. I read my first of her stories a few months ago. As soon as I finished it, I dug through my TBR piles and found several more of her books. I’m currently enjoying His Most Suitable Bride. As usual, Renee’s characters are well drawn, the emotion is deep and the romance is sigh-worthy. Another winner!

 What you plan to read next: I'm privileged to read The Cactus Creek Challenge by my friend and agent mate Erica Vestch for endorsement. I'm eager to dive into Erica’s entertaining story and know I’m in for a treat—along with some chuckles
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Pamela Tracy

What you just finished reading: Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill - one of the more unique books I've read. It was set in Thailand and had a set of characters that didn't really work for me. But, I was interested enough in the whodunit to keep reading. When all was said and done, at the end, the only character I'd be willing to share tea with was Granddad Jar (not sure the spelling; I did this as an audio as I drove back and forth to work). Oh, and I did enjoy the George W. Bush quotes.


What you are now reading: Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford. Just started today! My WIP has a forest ranger hero. Plus, there's Grand Canyon stories and since I live in the Grand Canyon state, how can I go wrong? (Yes, I know. I always manage to find a way).

What you plan to read next: Based on the two above, I need something relaxing LOL. Not sure what. Probably a spooky book by Heather Graham especially since I've already checked the audio Phantom Evil (I know, I know, the name…. And, I already had to fast forward one part because it scared me) out of the library. FYI, the library always has Graham's book (and yes I am a fan) and seldom has Dianne Gist books. Makes me cranky a bit.
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 Louise M. Gouge

What you just finished reading: Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings. This is a terrific LIH story that takes place in 1805 France during one of the many wars between England and France.

What are you reading now: Wolf Creek Father by Penny Richards. A heartwarming story of love between a small town sheriff with two trouble making children and a feisty schoolteacher who aims to tame the all.

What you plan to read next: The Gift of a Child by Laura Abbot. This is another LIH, and I'm looking forward to reading it because it's a love story with the added element of danger to a winsome orphan boy.

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 Christine Johnson
In fiction, I'm currently reading Cara Putman's Shadowed by Grace, which takes place in WW2 Italy. It follows the work of the U.S. Army's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives division which was in charge of protecting and recovering art works. As someone who studied art many years ago, this is fascinating reading.
In nonfiction I'm reading Lysa Terkeurst's The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. Now that's something I really need to do well before I get overwhelmed. Anyone here feel overtaxed? See my hand waving? She addresses our tendency to say "yes" without thinking through the decision. Sounds like me. Now I just need to stop myself from leaping to give an answer right away.
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 Missy Tippens
I just finished reading several books for a contest I was judging. I can't reveal the titles, but several of them were very good! Two were novels that I could NOT put down. The characters were very well done.

I'm not reading anything at the moment.

But sitting next to me on the couch, waiting to be read, is Engaged to the Single Mom, a March Love Inspired book from Lee McClain. I can't wait!
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Jean C. Gordon

I just finished the Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, the first book in her Shanghai series. It's a historical family saga that starts before WWII in Shanghai and ends in California about 20 years later.
Now, I'm reading the second one, Dreams of Joy. My granddaughter recommended them to me. They're the first Kindle books I've bor, owed from my library. The first one was okay, but moved a little slow. The second one is faster paced, and I can't put it down.
Next, I should read The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins for a workshop she's doing at my local RWA chapter meeting in April that will reference the book.
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12 comments:

Marta Perry said...

So nice to see the huge variety of books everyone is reading! I'm currently reading Beloved by Antoinette Stockenberg. Also reading After the Fire: The Destruction of the Lancaster County Amish by Randy Testa and a compilation of C.S. Lewis's writings, Words to Live By. Best, Marta Perry.

Christine Johnson said...

What a wonderful selection of books! Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Tracy said...

Marta,
I've read Antoinette Stockenberg for years :)

Linda Goodnight said...

I totally missed getting my list into Pamela in time but I just finished Debra Clopton's BETTING ON HOPE. I really enjoyed it--warm, emotional, and Debbie's trademark humor--and cowboys!!

Currently, I'm reading Quiet, by Susan Cain which discusses the science behind being an introvert in an extroverted world. Now I know why I dread talking on the telephone!

CatMom said...

I enjoyed seeing what you all are reading! Some were familiar, but a few have made me curious to read them for myself.
Thanks for sharing.
Blessings, Patti Jo :)

Rhonda Gibson said...

Great reading lists everyone! There are several in my to be read pile that I saw listed in your lists. Love that we are able to share here.

Danica Favorite said...

Wow! These are great! I love seeing all of the reading I have in common with people. :)

Like many of the others, I'm in contest judging season, so I can't reveal what I just read.

However, right now, I'm reading The Secret of Red Gate Farm with my daughter, and I really hate having to close the book each night. Nancy Drew sure keeps us busy!

What I'm reading next? Ah, contest entries... so many contest entries...

Debby Giusti said...

Love seeing what everyone is reading. Lots of great stories from which to choose!

Mary Curry said...

Oh Marta, Antionette's Beloved is one of my most favorite books ever!


Such fun to see what everyone is reading.

Love the Nancy Drew reading with your daughter, Danica.

Missy Tippens said...

So fun to see what everyone is reading!

Scraproni Adventures of Single Woman said...

I am reading Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton, Rafe by Debra Clopton, Somewhere to call home by Janet Lee Barton. I finished Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg. Looking forward to reading Good Company by Jen Turano.

Jill Kemerer said...

I feel as if we're all at a coffee shop sharing what we're reading--love it!! (Thanks, Keli, for the kind words about my book!)

I'm reading Carla Laureano's Five Days in Skye. It is absolutely swoonworthy!! My kind of Christian romance, that's for sure!!