These Things…

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After adding to my ever-growing list of things to share with you yet again this morn, I decided a blog post would be a good idea. Here’s some good stuff I think y’all will enjoy!

 

 

 

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*BOOK TIP: My friend Jeannie Moon has a brand new book out today! Click the book cover over there <<to see more, but I assure you it’s a story worth reading…all of Jeannie’s stories are!

*This article about Math makes so much sense! I encourage everyone with children to read it, really read it–especially those who homeschool and thus have math freedom 🙂

 

*A brief but great article about Nora Roberts books with a couple of tips on where to start if you’re new to her books–or just a Nora junkie like me. One of the books quoted I can’t remember reading, so I’m all excited to get it and dive in!

*Lately I’ve been studying about pallitive and hospice care–it’s a specific part of my personal compassion crusade. My brother (a fellow compassion crusader and often my inspiration) sent me this TED talk. BJ Miller is simply amazing in this realm. Amazing.

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*Join me over on Instagram for snaps n snippets of day to day life. I plan to take on a 3 photos a day challenge soon–come along for the ride!

As always, we’re an active bunch over on Facebook on my FB profile (just friend me!) or in my Circle of Friends bookity group–you’re always welcome at either…or both! C’mon by, let’s chat 🙂
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Read a Romance Month: Bonus

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I decided to put a specific spin on the book challenge I’ve been tagged in on Facebook  a couple times lately and thought it’d be fun to post it here as well. In a last hurrah celebration of this year’s Read a Romance Month, I’m going to expand on this past post and list 10 a buncha romance books/authors I’ve enjoyed, remembered and sometimes even re-read. Yes, it’s an excuse to talk about Jamie and Claire, yet again…and Nora Roberts books..and…

*Outlander by Diana Gabaldon— the book, yes, but also the entire eight book series. Jamie and Claire *sigh* are the sterling couple of the romance book world, the measuring stick all fictional relationships aspire to. I never tire of reading about their world.

 *The In-Death Series by J.D.Robb-the alter ego of Nora Roberts (see next in this list). Each book is a compelling romance mystery story as super cop Eve kicks ass while super thief-turned-billionaire Roarke pursues and cares for her. Roarke’s devotion to Eve is as good as it gets in the romance book world–just after Jamie’s devotion to Claire in the above mentioned Outlander series.

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*Born-In Trilogy by Nora Roberts— I read anything Nora writes and usually enjoy every story. The Born In Trilogy was my first Nora re-read. Upon that re-read, I realized the reason why I particularly liked this story was the friendships–not just the couple’s relationship. Nora has a beautiful knack of showing deep friendships among the characters, giving off a warm, inviting feeling, a true feeling of family.

 *Beach House No. 9 series by Christie Ridgway--each of these books focuses on one of a trio of battered war weary men–a journalist/writer, a combat medic and a photojournalist–and the women who find themselves wanting to bring these guys peace at home. No place better for love than Beach House No. 9.

 *Sugar Springs Trilogy by Kim Law-a small town scene where three couples find their way to forever love despite–and maybe even because of–small town gossip and lack of privacy. Pure fun, all three of these.

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 *Seasons of Love series by Jennifer Gracen–a four part series that follows a story of finding a new love and learning to trust again. I adore Sam and Lydia’s story and eagerly await the next installment. Two of the four books are out and two are highly anticipated, coming soon!

 *The Sullivans series by Bella Andre-each book follows the story of a Sullivan family member as they find their own happily ever after. The family connections are as much fun to read about as the evolving of the couple’s relationship.

 

*The Kowalskis by Shannon Stacey-Fun and engaging, the Kowalski family plays hard and loves deeply. Each story is a treat.

The list could go on and on, but these series make up a big list of great stories, so I’ll stop there for now. I hope you’ll check out some of these for your next romance reads–if you haven’t read them already. Do come back and tell me how you liked them!

 As always, I’d love to hear about what you’re reading lately. (comment here or pop over to Facebook and join the conversation!)

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Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts was a good read, one I curled up with and only put down once–and that was to refill my tea glass because the teenagers weren’t handy! 😉 Not suspenseful, but I wanted to know what was next…

When mid-reading, I simply devoured it and enjoyed it. It wasn’t until later that I realized how vivid the pictures were and still are to me…I caught myself ‘seeing’ it, ya know?

I really liked these characters, of course Gulliver most of all. He reminds me of my husband, always seeing the big picture, always making things easier just by offering who he is and what he does best…

Ella was a memorable character for me…likely because I, too, have lost my mother and have a wonderful woman for a stepmother. I appreciated Ella’s understanding of Rowan’s feelings and also her empathy for people in general.

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The rest of my reading lately has been a stack of good magazines and numerous websites…I shall  post on those one day soon…

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Drop on by the Sunday Salon page on Facebook to see what other folks have been reading lately…always some good posts and good book ideas.