Bargain books January 17, 2023

We have bargain books today. For sure this time. And furnaces.

It started with 1531 Entertainment’s suggestion and then went from there. Which is a very good thing.

This book is from a long time favorite author and it’s one I’ve read and enjoyed, ten years ago. I can still remember the experience, which is pretty good after ten years and hundreds of books read.

Shadow in Serenity

Carny Sullivan grew up in the zany world of a traveling carnival. Quaint and peaceful Serenity, Texas, has given her a home, a life, and a child. Logan Brisco is the smoothest, slickest, handsomest man Serenity, Texas has ever seen. But Carny Sullivan knows a con artist when she sees one—and she’s seen plenty, starting with her father. As far as Carny Sullivan can tell, she’s the only one in town who has his number. Because from his Italian shoes to his movie-actor smile, Logan has the rest of the town snowed. Carny is determined to reveal Brisco’s selfish intentions before his promise to the townspeople for a cut in a giant amusement park sucks Serenity dry. Yet, as much as she hates his winning ways, there is a man behind that suave smile, a man who may win her heart against her will.Shadow in Serenity is a modern-day Music Man, penned by a Christy Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author.


From here two more great choices showed up. Colleen Coble is another regular here.

Alaska Twilight

USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble brings her signature blend of suspense and romance to the beautiful—and deadly—Alaskan wilderness.

“You hide behind your camera instead of stepping out and engaging life with both hands. You’re so afraid you’ll fail at something, you won’t even try.”

For some people, Alaska is a breathtaking wilderness adventure, full of light and beauty. For Haley, it is a dangerous world of dark dreams and tortured memories. On the surface, she’s here to document wildlife activist Kipp Nowak’s bear encounters. But her real reason is to unearth the truth about a past murder. The suspense mounts when another body turns up, and Haley begins to wonder if the tragedies she experienced in the past are connected to the dangers and mysterious incidents of the present.

From behind her camera, Haley observes it all, including Tank Lassiter, the wildlife biologist who has been forced to lead Kipp and his team into the Alaskan backcountry. As she watches him with his work, she feels a growing attraction. It will take great courage and faith to confront the truth she once ran away from. Before it’s over, Haley may be viewing herself from an entirely new angle.


I haven’t read this next one but I want to. The first page has me hooked.

When Dreams Cross (Second Chances, Book 2)

Justin Pierce’s brainchild, Khaki Kangaroo, is exactly the cartoon theme Andi Sherman needs for her world-class amusement park, Promised Land. In turn, Andi’s park is the opportunity that can rocket Justin from obscurity to success. For both of them, spreading the Gospel through their creation is their passion–a shared dream that could cement a powerful partnership. If their shared past hadn’t already driven them apart. Now, with construction of the park in its final phase, what begins as an uneasy alliance between the successful businesswoman and the talented animator enters a baptism of fire. Disaster stalks Promised Land–and only by burying their pride can Justin and Andi save everything they’ve work for from destruction.

When Dreams Cross is part of the Second Chances series by award-winning suspense novelist Terri Blackstock. Combining fast-paced reading with realistic characters and situations, Second Chances takes readers to where the conflict between good and evil becomes the proving grounds of faith.


There are more. But this post will be getting too long so we need to have Part two. With at least three more books, all in a little different vein as these three.

See you shortly is the plan but my hands are freezing and need a warm up. My furnace stopped working yesterday and won’t be replaced until tomorrow. Hopefully. The heating company provided heaters to help me survive but it’s still pretty cool in here.

It’s crazy. The furnace, as far as I can tell, is the same age as the house, 33 years. It has been working perfectly all this time. I asked the salesman what the life expectancy would be on new furnaces and he said 8 -12 years. Isn’t that crazy?

They say things are made to wear out and I guess they are right.

I’m told the furnace I picked should last the twelve years or longer. I hope it will although I don’t plan to be around here to see that it does. My kids are agitating (and have been for a while) for me to move closer to them. I did move close to them when I moved here but then they moved. They could do that again. Life has no guarantees. Then again they may not either and I would have missed out on time closer to them.

I’ve been unsure for 6 years. It’s time to take another serious look. Hopefully it will work this time. I’d like to finally get off the fence about moving.

See you soon with more books.

Happy Reading

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