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Thursday, August 4, 2011

  1. Shirley Soliday permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:25 am

    What great questions with answers you’re gonna love – they’re all 3 part of your Ransome Trilogy! The last book I read was Book #1 – Ransome’s Honor. The book I’m now reading is Book #2 – Ransome’s Crossing. And the next book I’ll be reading is Book #3 – Ransome’s Quest. I do not like to read a series unless I have all the books in the series – hence, the reason I’m just now reading all 3 books. Love them!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:02 am

      Yay! I’m glad you’re reading them. I do that with series sometimes, too . . . wait until I know all (or almost all) of the books are out before I start reading them.


  2. Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:55 am

    The last book I read was Book #2 of the Ransome Trilogy – Ransome’s Crossing.
    The book I’m reading now is Book #3 – Ransome’s Quest. (I couldn’t read book three without re-reading book one and two first!)
    The next book on my list is Michal by Jill Eileen Smith and then The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller.


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:03 am

      I’ve heard great things about both Jill’s and Judith’s books . . . I’m sure you’ll love them!


  3. Thursday, August 4, 2011 2:30 am

    I just finished Alexis and the Lake Tahoe Tumult (Book 17) by Erica Rodgers (before that Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman)
    Im reading The Champion by Carla Capshaw

    and next well I think its going to be Ransome’s Crossing and then Ransome’s Quest. I have the third book to read for the CFBA tour but haven’t read book two yet but bought it a few months back.
    after that well Oh yes Darlene Franklins new one.
    (of course I have to spend time studying as I am behind)


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:04 am

      I have Stealing Jake on my Kindle and am looking forward to that one!

      When is the CFBA tour for Ransome’s Quest scheduled?


      • Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:07 pm

        August 22 – 24 i loved stealing Jake. its on my top 5 for the year it also made me think and still is which means its good in my eye


  4. Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:10 am

    Finished The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn a couple of days ago. Tonight I’m going to be picking up Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter at the library.


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:06 am

      Is that the fourth one in the Lady Julia Grey series? I have Silent in the Grave as an audio book—I need to listen to that one on the next long road trip I take.

      Have you read The Dead Travel Fast? That’s the first Deanna Raybourn book I’ve read (audio book, on a road trip last year) and I quite enjoyed it.


      • Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:31 pm

        It’s the fifth one. Just came out back in June. I have read The Dead Travel Fast, and I enjoyed it too. Reminded me of the Victoria Holt novels I read as a teenager.


  5. Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:33 am

    Let’s see…I finished Out of Control by Mary Connealy, am now reading The Reluctant Cowgirl by Christine Lynxwiler, and then…I’m gonna read Ransome’s Quest! I feel like I should go back and read book 1 & 2 in the Ransome series because I forget so much, but I am itching to get to book 3.


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:06 am

      Before you got to that third title, I was getting ready to tease you about being in a cowboy frame of mind! πŸ˜‰


  6. Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:37 am

    Just finished “The Champion” by Carla Capshaw. AWESOME end to the Roman trilogy. I was attached to my Kindle for two days with that one. Next up is “Redeeming the Rogue” by (I believe debut LIH author) CJ Chase.

    Randsome’s Quest is on my list!!!! πŸ™‚


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:07 am

      Ooh—I love Roman Empire–era stuff. I’ll have to look for Carla’s books.


    • Friday, August 5, 2011 5:37 pm

      I loved Redeeming the Rogue (and I’m not just saying it as a friend of CJ’s…) lots of suspense and intrigue and spectacular plotting.

      I’ve got to get going on Carla’s books one of these days.


  7. Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:49 am

    The last book I read was Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig (great book, btw)

    The book I’m reading right now is The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

    Next on the list? Not sure. Taking suggestions.

    Maybe Ransome’s Quest!! πŸ™‚


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:08 am

      Ronie is a fabulous writer, isn’t she? I’ve heard great things about Mark Mynheir, too. Are you enjoying the book?


  8. Audry permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 8:47 am

    The last book I read was “Love Remains.” I’m not currently reading anything, because my library doesn’t have “The Art of Romance” and I’m on waiting lists for all the other books I really feel like reading now. The shortest is for “Ransome’s Quest” though, so that will probably be the next one I read.

    (I usually only buy books I’ve already read and know I’ll read again since it only takes me a day or two to read a typical novel… I really couldn’t afford that kind of habit!)


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:11 am

      Hopefully those people who are ahead of you on the list for RQ are fast readers!!!


  9. Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:56 am

    The last book I finished reading is Waterfall, by Lisa T. Bergren. Right now I’m reading four books:
    The Colonel’s Lady, by Laura Frantz
    Who Switched off my Brain, by Caroline Leaf (non fiction, the science behind “taking every thought captive” and “think on that which is pure” etc.)
    Long Knife, by James Alexander Thom
    A book on the Cherokee, the long name of which escapes me.
    Three other books on the Cherokee, children’s books, which are great to start with for any research subject.
    10 other books on the Cherokee await pick up at the library.

    Not sure what’s next. I have a load of research to do right now so I’ll be a long time finishing the above novels. Ransome’s Quest is near the top though! As is Cascade, Bergren’s sequel to Waterfall.


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:15 am

      If I hadn’t already started the George RR Martin book (second in the series the HBO show Game of Thrones is based on), I’d have already dug in to Lisa Bergren’s book. A lot of times, I can have several novels in progress at the same time, but only if they’re different genres. So, trying to read two fantasy novels at the same time probably wouldn’t work for me. Now . . . if I can figure out how to get my hands on a copy of The Colonel’s Lady, that I could read at the same time as the GRRM book!


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:19 pm

      Ooooh, Loved LONG KNIFE.


  10. Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:00 am

    Last book I finished: The Bargain by Mary Jo Putney
    Turnabout’s Fair Play (if proofreading my galley counts!)

    Currently reading: A Clash of Kings: A Song of Fire & Ice Book 2 by George R.R. Martin
    Life in the Victorian Country House by Pamela Horn

    Next on my TBR list: Waterfall by Lisa Bergren
    Life in the English Country House by Mark Girouard


  11. Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:14 am

    Last book I finished: A PERFECT MATCH by Janice Hanna, before that, THE COLONEL’S LADY by Laura Frantz (Oh my goodness. WHAT A good book!!!)
    Currently reading: FRASIER’S ISLAND by Susan Paige Davis (Got it from Susan at our meeting last weekend and I’m REALLY enjoying it!)
    Next on my list? RANSOME’S QUEST by Kaye Dacus πŸ™‚ , THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. I want to read it before I see the movie!


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:19 am

      We had a big discussion when I was in Baton Rouge a week or so ago about The Help. My grandmother, who grew up in the South (Louisiana, Texas, Georgia) grew up with that tradition—hired help who happened to be black. My mom grew up with this too, as they had a woman who worked for them up until she died when my mom was a young teenager. My grandmother was somewhat affronted by the way the white women in the book were portrayed by the author—because that wasn’t her experience. Not having read the book, I can’t defend or object to its content, but we (her granddaughters and granddaughters-in-law) did try to get her to see that while it may not have been her experience, it did happen. But I can understand her point of view—that, as someone who grew up in that tradition, she doesn’t want to be painted with that broad brushstroke.


      • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:23 am

        I understand that, too. Having not grown up in that socio-economic lifestyle, it’s totally foreign to me – but I’ve known people with those attitudes, and I wouldn’t want to be categorized with them, either! I want to read it for myself, though. Everyone I’ve talked to that read it, said it was a VERY good book.


  12. Dianne Bennett permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:18 am

    Currently reading Ransomes Crossing and The Help. Last read Waterfall by Bergren and William and Harry.


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:19 am

      So will you go see the movie The Help now that you’ve read the book?


  13. Sylvia M. permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:34 am

    I just finished Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin (wonderful series) and a Heartsong called Parting Secrets by Becky Melby and Cathy Weinke. I love the Heartsongs by these two. They’re short, but get right to the point with their plot and the characters seem like normal people I might know. Before those I read The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones. What a book! It’s kind of sad and happy at the same time. The book I’m currently reading is The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz. I loved her other two so I’m sure this one will be just as good. I’m only on chapter three or so. The next book I read will probably be Out of Control by Mary Connealy or The Clouds Roll Away by Sibello Giorello. I have Mary’s book on hold at the library. If it’s in I’ll read it first. If it’s not in I’ll read Sibello’s book. I own it, but haven’t read it yet.


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:39 am

      Did you hear that as of the end of 2011, Heartsongs will be no more? Barbour is restructuring and will have a person focused solely on e-publishing, so many of us are speculating that’s the direction they’ll go in for these shorter-length romances. After all, they’re already the right price/length for that format!


      • Sylvia M. permalink
        Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:50 am

        Yes, I did hear that! I certainly feel bad for the authors that only use Heartsong as the line that fits them. Do you think it will be difficult for them to get published with another line? Several authors seem to have gotten their start in writing Heartsongs. I never belonged to the book club because I only have a select few Heartsong authors whose books I liked to read no matter what they write. There are other books in that line that I occasionally would read,but not very many.

        I’m not sure how I feel about e-book only. I don’t have an e-reader except for the Kindle for PC on my computer. It’s OK, but I prefer to have a book in my hands. Someday I might get a Kindle, but not right now.


        • Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:56 am

          Reading between the lines of the (very few) announcements/e-mails I’ve seen about the cancellation of the line, it sounds like the reason they’re discontinuing it is because there were so few people anymore who were willing to subscribe and be sent four books each month with no guarantee they’d enjoy them (yet still have to pay for them). If they’re doing what I would do in this situation, they’ll keep publishing the category-length romances, but in the e-reader format, since those are more “consumable” and transitory anyway, and e-books are quickly replacing that type of book.

          As far as the “someday” with getting an e-reader, I didn’t think I’d ever be one of those people who’d (a) have one or (b) use it if I did. But now that I’ve had my Kindle for three or four months, I don’t know how I lived without it. And while there are still some books I want in hard copy, anymore, I’m more than likely to download the e-book of something if I know it’s something I’m not going to be reading over and over and over. Or if it’s something extremely long, like the George RR Martin books. (Plus, there’s the advantage of access to all of those public domain classics and nonfiction/research books!)


  14. Audry permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:37 am

    I like these kinds of discussions – they give me so many suggestions for what to read πŸ™‚


  15. Becky Allen permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 11:34 am

    Just finished The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz, next is The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan (never read anything by this author). I am eagerly awaiting Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 11:37 am

      I’ve never read any of River’s books, but I do know her through the Nashville writing community. Wonderful lady!


  16. Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:05 pm

    I just finished & reviewed Stealing Home by Allison Pittman. Currently I’m reading The Bridegrooms by Pittman and The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C. W. Gortner. I’m trying not to think ahead to Mt. TBR until I finish one of those… πŸ™‚


  17. Thursday, August 4, 2011 3:29 pm

    I just finished Ronie Kendig’s Wolfsbane.

    I’m reading Rachelle McKalla’s Dead Reckoning.

    Up next is Lee Strobel’s The Ambition.

    I think ereaders are perfect for one-time only books, which most category romances are. Most books, in general. That’s why I can see them becoming the first option for most readers, with readers only picking up books they really want to keep, books with some special significance in print format.


    • Thursday, August 4, 2011 3:42 pm

      I’ve seen the argument being made that e-readers are to our generation what mass-market was to the post-WWII generation. It’s a change in the way we handle/consume our transient fiction. Is that to say I’ll never go back and re-read anything I have on my Kindle? No. But I have mass-market paperbacks sitting on my self I’ve had since I was eleven or twelve years old that I still read occasionally. And I actually have a couple of old, old paperbacks—books that are OOP and not likely to be put back in print ever—which I’m actually typing in to the computer so that I can transfer the text documents to my Kindle before the books disintegrate. (In the same way that when I got a recordable DVD-VHS machine, I transferred all of my old videos onto DVD.)


  18. Jane permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 4:19 pm

    I just finished reading Tyndall’s lastest book Surrender the Dawn.
    I am currently reading Villette by Bronte but I debating on whether or not I want to continue reading it.

    Next on my list is The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz. I also want to read Ransome’s Quest and Ransome’s Crossing. I purchased Ransome’s Honor a while ago so I’m going to read it again and then continue with the other two in the series.


  19. Shirley Soliday permalink
    Thursday, August 4, 2011 5:22 pm

    I finished Ransome’s Crossing today – soooo glad I have Ransome’s Quest to read now! Ransome’s Crossing ended with an “Oh, No” – so now I can go right into Ransome’s Quest. It would’ve been upsetting if I’d read it before having the next book on hand – gotta see what happens next to these delightful characters!!!


  20. Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:17 pm

    Listening to Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist, Reading Ransome’s Crossing and up next? I’m going to finish Shadowed in Silk on my kindle and start The Lady of Bolton Hill (did I get that title right?)


  21. Thursday, August 4, 2011 7:11 pm

    Just finished Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer. SO glad I read it before I started on my revisions. I’ve got a couple things I need to take out, since Bethany is one of my targeted publishers. I had my governess heroine reading Jane Eyre again at the beginning, but I’m going to change it to North and South. The theme of that book fits better with what my characters are struggling with.

    Currently reading The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz.

    Next up will be either King Cotton And His Retainers or Social Life In Old New Orleans by Eliza Ripley. It depends on how fast King Cotton gets here since it just shipped this morning. I’m heading into research mode again.


  22. Judy Burgi permalink
    Friday, August 5, 2011 9:59 am

    I finished “Red Ink” by Kathi Macias.

    I am currently reading “A Hero’s Tribute” by Graham Garrison.

    Next up is “The Protector” by Shelley Shepard Gray.

    My TBR pile is very high and I’ve got a list of must haves a mile long!


  23. RAC permalink
    Friday, August 5, 2011 12:31 pm

    I just barely finished Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig.
    You have to read the first two before you read it. It was wicked good. I gave it five out of five stars.

    I am currently reading Surrender the Dawn by MaryLu Tyndall.
    You have to read the first two before you read this too. Ha!

    Next I’m going to read Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs.
    Never read one of her books. It better be good.


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