Bargain books September 27, 2020

The challenge today was finding bargain books for some of the new authors from yesterday. There was a pre-order bargain offer for a seven book Christmas Romance collection. Two of the authors were familiar to me – today I wanted to find what I could about the other five.

Finding more was not as easy as one might think. A search by name on Amazon may or may not give accurate results. And it’s not easy wading through all the unrelated material invariably coming up along with the information I do want. It’s frustrating, truth be told.

Maybe there is a way to narrow the search to the one name I’m looking for but I haven’t discovered what that is yet. I’ll have to dig a little on that. If there isn’t a way and Amazon is listening, (they could be, you never know. Big Brother and all that) it’s on my wish list.

It turns out, some of the five authors are more prolific than others and it was easier to find more for them. This book is one of the more. Awesome cover.

The Christmas Challenge: (Serendipity Christmas Series Book 1)

Amazon quote:

Donovan Harper and Claire Morgan are more successful as co-owners of a thriving advertising agency in quaint Serendipity, Pennsylvania, than they were at navigating their romantic relationship.

When an eccentric client makes an unusual request, Donovan convinces Claire their agency should participate in Serendipity’s annual Christmas Challenge. With contests and activities ranging from The Snowflake Plunge, candy cane making, snowman building, wreath and tree decorating, and a snowmobile race, could this be the opportunity Donovan has prayed for to win back the love of his life?


While I was researching The Christmas Challenge I happened upon a Lyn Cote book I haven’t read. I’m not sure it’s wise to add it to my steadily growing TBR list but I want to, so I guess I will.

Bitter Autumn: Clean Romance and Mystery (Northern Shore Intrigue Book 2)

Amazon quote:

Vengeance can be dangerous~

Grey Lawson returns home after serving a seven-year sentence for vehicular homicide while under the influence. The only reason he’s coming home to Winfield is to care for his great-aunt Elsie who raised him. He can’t believe that he didn’t realize seven years ago that everything he did affected this good woman. But now will his return cause her more trouble in the small Lake Superior town?

Trish Franklin, the first female deputy in the county, walks a tightrope too. As a law officer, she should see Grey only as an ex-con. On the other hand, she is the niece of the man Grey’s reckless action killed. As unlikely as it is, Trish finds herself attracted to Grey. He always seems to appear when she needs him to help with her family which is in crisis.

As she finds herself drawn to this good, repentant man, she faces the challenge of dealing with her intractable, bitter father. And a rash of copycat accidents in the eerie fog-shrouded evenings mimic Grey’s original crime. People wonder is Grey acting out some sick compulsion of his own. How can Trish solve this series of near fatal accidents before someone is seriously injured or killed? And sort out her feelings for the man her father hates?


An intriguing seven book collection popped up while I was researching JoAnn Durgin but I think I’m going to save it for tomorrow. Spread out the wealth a bit.

Today is story prompt day (Sunday Scribblings) and I have a small idea. It is not fiction and may involve a picture or two.

In the meantime …

Happy Reading!

Random thoughts on a Friday night.

It’s a disappointing book day but I’m loving the view of my garden on this sunny day.

Part of the reason for today’s disappointment, other than the lack of interesting suggestions – is the erotica the Amazon logarithms insist on showing me. They haven’t figured out that offense causes me to spend less time browsing and downloading not more.

Maybe their overall sales are down and they are making a concerted effort to boost the numbers with what they believe the consumer wants. I don’t suppose they will notice but it’s backfiring, at least with some of us. And I would wager it’s happening more often than they realize. Many people are on the fence when it comes to reading, they do very little over the course of the year. The fight needed to find something worth reading is pushing away rather than drawing in new readers.

I didn’t plan to say any of this when I started this post but I am steamed over the stuff Amazon keeps pushing on me. The logarithms are supposed to keep track of my likes and show me ads and suggestions that reflect the same. They are not. It’s like showing you choices you hate when you’re shopping for food. Highly annoying.  It’s enough to make you lose your appetite and send you to some other more satisfying vendor

On the upside, with fewer downloads I’m better able to catch up on the backlog of books waiting to be read. I guess you could say they are doing me a big favor.


I have had several time consuming things on the agenda this week to keep me from reading and blogging.

One is my high maintenance yard. It was in need of a make over and now most of the planting and moving things around has happened. Hopefully the last of it will be finished  this long weekend. That’s the goal, anyway. The weeds are not as prolific this late in the season either and that’s got me feeling encouraged. Maybe I can do this. Have it looking beautiful and then keep it that way. I am pleased with the changes and I love the new look.

Another perk in spending a lot of time out doors. The best tan I’ve had in my adult life. It’s mostly on my arms but hey, it’s still good. Improved muscle tone after a passive winter hasn’t hurt (much) either.

The other nice thing about time outside is neighborly conversations. This has been the best summer ever in that regard.


The second time consuming thing this week has been my job.  There have been some challenging projects pop up and one of the upsides to that has been time spent working with colleagues to figure things out. I’ve enjoyed the challenge and the chance to work with others. It’s been great.


This is the before picture of the flower bed on the left and the empty spot in the back by the hydro pole. They are both sporting new plants. I’ll try for new pictures of the upgrades tomorrow.



I’m currently still reading this collection. I’m finally on book 5, just started.

The Newpointe 911 collection


Until tomorrow…

Happy reading!

Bargain books June 09, 2020

Following an unlikely trail of crumbs, I happened upon clean Regency novels last night. At bargain prices. With unfamiliar authors. They look interesting and definitely worth a try.

The Nobleman’s Governess Bride (The Glass Slipper Chronicles Book 1) $0.99

The Nobelman's Governess Bride

Amazon quote:

In the novella “The Viscount Meets His Match” Sebastian Viscount Benedict knows from bitter experience that marrying a woman of lower rank and fortune brings nothing but heartache. He is determined to prevent his beloved brother from making the same mistake by wedding the local squire’s daughter. Rebecca Beaton disagrees. She is certain her former pupil, Hermione, truly loves the viscount’s brother and will make him a devoted wife. She tries to persuade formidable Lord Benedict to give the young couple his blessing.

In the novel The Baron’s Governess Bride, Rupert Lord Steadwell is determined to hire the dowdiest, most unmarriageable woman he can find to care for his motherless daughters. The girls were heartbroken when their last governess eloped and Rupert does not want to risk a repetition. In her drab clothes, frumpy cap and spectacles, Grace Ellerby look like the ideal person for the job.

Rupert has no idea that clever, caring Miss Ellerby is a beauty in disguise. Alarmed by unwanted advances from men in her previous positions, Grace is desperate to hide her dangerously attractive appearance and her growing feelings for her new employer. But when Lord Steadwell appears in danger of making a loveless marriage and saddling his daughters with a dreaded stepmother, Grace must risk everything to prevent it. Will a midnight kiss at a masked ball lead to scandal and ruin or might two wary hearts find their happily ever after at last?


The Reclusive Duke $0.99

The Reclusive Duke

Amazon quote:

The Reclusive Duke
When Lydia Sinclair is left to care for the orphaned children of her sister she discovers they are distant relatives of The Duke of Hemingford. With the last few coins she possesses she buys seats on a common stage for all five of them, determined to persuade the duke to assume responsibility for his cousins. The duke has no wish to have these unwanted relatives foisted on him, since his accident he shuns society.
However, Digby, his man of business, has other ideas and installs Lydia and the children in The Dower House.
Will the duke evict them when he discovers this deception or can Lydia get him to change his mind?


The Duke and the Spinster: Clean Regency Romance (The Nettlefold Chronicles Book 1)  $1.30

The Duke and The Spinster

Amazon quote:

Lady Juliana Willoughby, whose first Season was such a disaster that it was her last, finds herself at a country house party, all for her pretty sister’s benefit. She expects nothing more than to hide away in corners, and avoid socialising, sure that no man would ever want to marry such as her.

Garrett Rutherford, Duke of Kilmerstan, needs to marry, and get an heir. But he has yet to meet a woman he does not flinch from, even though some pursue him relentlessly. Dragged to the house party for his sister’s benefit, he expects nothing but boredom. Then he sees Lady Juliana.

But there are others at the house party who have less than honourable intentions towards both the Duke and Lady Juliana.


BookBub has a sensitively written bargain suggestion for us. I’ve not read this author yet but browsing through her Acknowledgement page I’m impressed with her tender heart.

The Birthday Portrait (The Family Portrait) $0.99

The Birhday Portrait

Amazon quote:

When overwhelmed with growing up without Mama, will young Kate survive?

As Kate’s eleventh birthday approaches, she fears no one will remember her tradition of dressing up in her mother’s heirloom wedding gown for her birthday portrait. She grieves that their handprints won’t be on the back of the birthday photograph, and there’ll be no special letter from her mother to go in her Book of My Life this year. Precocious Kate gets a few more life’s-not-always-fair lessons as she struggles and finds the courage to ask the hard questions about life.

A divinely-appointed encounter with the mysterious and elusive Mr. Josh aids in her dilemma but requires of her an innocent faith that will satisfy her deepest questions, will raise a few more, and will change her life forever. Kate’s story is the story of a family—a story blending joy and sorrow, death and new life, the joys and hope that children bring, the wisdom elders offer, the value of family traditions, and the mystery of life that remains unanswered.


I’m currently reading and enjoying the first one in this list. There are two stories, a novella and a full length novel. About to move on to the novel.

The Nobelman's Governess Bride


Happy Reading

… on this wet and stormy week. A perfect time to read.

I’m sure the sun is shining somewhere today. Maybe it’s at your house. I’m thinking tropical beaches as I’m looking out at our grey skies.

It could be depressing but we need the rain on our parched flower beds and fields of grain. That’s the bright side.

It will be easier to pull weeds when the sun comes out again.  Liking it.

OK enough window gazing. Back to breakfast and my book.

Free and bargain books May 29, 2020

1531 Entertainment has a bargain suggestion for us. $1.38 CDN It looks like this could be a debut novel but I’m not totally sure.

The River Beautiful 

The River Beautiful

Amazon quote:

A difficult past. A strange letter. An unsolved mystery.

Someone is following Lena, mapping her every move.

Where strength can be weakness and vulnerability-an asset, the greatest danger that threatens Lena may just be herself.

After the death of her father years ago, Lena ran from the quiet community of Kennerdell, but she’s back, forced to face a past she’d rather forget.

To make things more difficult, awkward, and terrifying, her old friend, Will, is back in her life. Even worse, she needs him there if she hopes to figure out what the letter she found in her father’s study means. They’re on a mission to find answers before her stalker does.


A reader suggested I should mention FREE Classics and I think it’s a good idea. Here are a few for your enjoyment. I’ve read and enjoyed a number of classics over the course of my lifetime but have not yet read the first two although I have downloaded them and have good intentions. The third one I’ve read a number of times. These three are popular and diverse. Something for everyone (hopefully.) If you’ve never read the Classics, I hope you will.

A Tale of Two Cities 

A Tale of Two Cities


Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from Thomas Carlyle’s history, The French Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves Sydney Carton’s sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess–the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the guillotine. The book is perhaps best known for its opening lines, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” and for Carton’s last speech, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a prison cell, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” — The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature


Moby Dick (AmazonClassics Edition)

Moby Dick


Ignoring prophecies of doom, the seafarer Ishmael joins the crew of a whaling expedition that is an obsession for the ship’s captain, Ahab. Once maimed by the White Whale, Moby Dick, Ahab has set out on a voyage of revenge. With godlike ferocity, he surges into dangerous waters—immune to the madness of his vision, refusing to be bested by the forces of nature.

An exhilarating whaling yarn, an apocalyptic theodicy, a tragic confessional, and a profound allegory, Moby Dick encompasses all that it means to be human—from the physical and metaphysical to the spiritual and emotional. Full of strange wisdom and wild digressive energy, it’s a singular literary performance universally regarded as one of the great American novels.

Revised edition: Previously published as Moby Dick, this edition of Moby Dick (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.


A number of movies have been made based on this book. An enjoyable new one was released this winter. I liked it, along with many others.

Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition)

Little Women


As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband’s service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too—caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.

Based on the author’s life, Little Women transcends genre, gender, and class with its examination of personal quests, societal restrictions, family ties, and the end of innocence.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

Revised edition: Previously published as Little Women, this edition of Little Women (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.


I’m currently between books, again, and I’m looking at a lighter read this time, a collection that is still a bargain price $1.39

Honeysuckle Cove: The Collection: Books 1-6 

Honey Suckle Cove collection

Amazon quote:

Enjoy the first six books in the Honeysuckle Cove series, all in one collection.

Now is the perfect time to take a mini-vacation to the cozy town of Honeysuckle Cove, where romance two-steps with a hint of mystery…

Sunrise at Honeysuckle Cove ~ Dylan O’ Connor’s handyman skills will be put to the test when it comes to rebuilding the bridge between Maggie’s heart and his, and designing a future…together.

Beyond the Storm ~ Nick Jones is skilled at extinguishing fires, so he doesn’t count on kindling the flames with lifelong friend Ava Kennedy.

Honeysuckle Cove Secrets ~ When the paths of childhood friends Luke and Peyton cross, he must make a choice—bare his heart and face the consequences of a past mistake, or allow the only woman he’s ever loved to slip away. …


Happy Reading!

Free and bargain books March 7, 2020

Author Cami Checketts, a regular here, has a FREE book us this morning.

The Gentle Patriot: Georgia Patriots Romance (Quinn Family Romance Book 3)

The Gentile Patriot

Amazon quote:

It was love at first glance for Mack Quinn, but Sariah Udy has scars that not even this gentle giant can heal.
Sariah Udy has been staring at, and falling in love with, Mack Quinn every game of the Patriots’ winning season, but she knows she could never date someone perfect like him. Sariah has deformities and heartache that she covers with her long hair and lots of humor. When Mack pursues her across the country, can she trust him with her heart, and her sad past?
Mack Quinn knows Sariah Udy is the woman for him. When his efforts to connect with her fail, he has to decide how far he’s willing to go to pursue a woman who won’t allow him into her life.


BookBub has an interesting bargain suggestion for us. This author is new to me and I find that attractive. Also, her book sounds different and intriguing, another good reason to check it out. A bargain at $0.99

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrook Park

Amazon quote:

Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play…

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor’s past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail’s attention. Hoping to restore her family’s finances–and her dowry–Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn’t the only one secretly searching the house.

Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.


Browsing, I came across an interesting FREE romance

The Marine’s Marriage: (Fuller Family in Brush Creek Romance Book 1)

The Marine's Marriage

Amazon quote:

Tate Benson can’t believe he’s come to Nowhere, Utah, to fix up a house that hasn’t been inhabited in years. But he has. Because he’s retired from the Marines and looking to start a life as a police officer in small-town Brush Creek.

Wren Fuller has her hands full most days running her family’s company. When Tate calls and demands a maid for that morning, she decides to have the calls forwarded to her cell and go help him out. She didn’t know he was moving in next door, and she’s completely unprepared for his handsomeness, his kind heart, and his wounded soul.


Happy Reading

Free and bargain books March 6, 2020 part two

Today is turning out to be a good day for books.

Bookbub has a bargain suggestion for us at $0.99. Dee Henderson has been a favorite for many years.

Traces of Guilt (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case)

Traces of Guilt

Amazon quote:

 Riveting Cold-Case Mystery from Dee Henderson

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She’s very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. 

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. 

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it’s to help launch a new joint task force dedicated to  unsolved crimes across the state.  As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case, with key answers coming from Sheriff Thane’s family. 


Browsing through Amazon suggestions has yielded some interesting results.

Hidden (Jacobs Family Series Book 1) is romantic suspense and a bargain at $1.31


Amazon quote:

DANA JACOBS is the supervisor in charge of the Department of Homeland Security in Taos. Her team is prepared to handle any threat—biological, chemical, conventional, cyber, even nuclear. BENJAMIN MARSHALL is newly assigned to Dana’s office. Straight from a six year military deployment, he is not what Dana wants or needs.

When a local school is threatened, they open a case which leads them on a chase through the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest, pursuing a man filled with a bitterness Dana can understand.


Then there’s a fun romance, a bargain at $0.99

Nurse’s Date with a Billionaire: A clean billionaire romance (Billionaire Date Book 1)

Nurse's Date with a Billionaire

Amazon quote:

Nurse Kali is sure she’ll never love again…until she meets Craig. He’s everything she ever wanted —handsome, funny, and sweet. Too bad he’s also a former patient suffering from amnesia. A relationship is out of the question, but when Kali finds out Craig has no place to stay while recuperating, she offers him her rental apartment. All she’ll have to do now is figure out how to ignore the annoying attraction she feels for him.

Craig feels like his whole life is a puzzle. He doesn’t know what landed him in the hospital or even where he came from. The only thing he does know is that he’s quickly becoming way too attached to his landlord/former ICU nurse. He can’t remember anything about his life before her… and now he’s not even sure he wants to anymore.

Craig knows Kali won’t consider making new memories with him until the mystery of his past is solved. But what if the truth he seeks is the one thing that could destroy their budding romance before it even truly begins?


Author Chautona Havig has a FREE book for us, since it’s Friday

Argosy Junction

Argosy Junction 2012

Amazon quote:

With a past more like a tragic ballad than a sweet love song, Lane’s life is about to change forever.

Montana—rugged, wild, and full of sheep that Matt Rushby had never imagined in his childhood dreams. Much to his relief, the local rancher’s daughter arrives just in time to save him from certain death by sheep smothering.

Lose yourself in the pages of Argosy Junction and fall in love with Matt, Lane, and the entire Argosy family.


Further browsing paid dividends.

Some of Christy Barritt’s Lantern Beach series (she has a few) have showed up in my downloads but I don’t think I’ve read any in this particular series. A  good time to start maybe.

Rising Tide (Lantern Beach Blackout Book 4) is a PRE-ORDER bargain at $1.31

Rising Tide

Amazon quote:

The thrilling conclusion to the Lantern Beach Blackout series is here!

Benjamin James knows there’s a traitor within his former command. The rest of his team might even think it’s him. As danger closes in, he must clear himself and stop a deadly plot by a dangerous terrorist group.

All CJ Compton wanted was a new start after her career ended under suspicion. Working as the house manager for private security group Blackout seems perfect. But there’s more trouble here than what she left behind.

As the tide rushes in, the stakes continue to rise. If the Blackout team fails, it’s not just Lantern Beach at stake—it’s the whole country. Can Benjamin and CJ overcome their differences and work together to find the truth?


I think we will call it good for this post.

Happy Reading


Free and bargain books February 28, 2020 Part Two

It will be an adventure to see what we can find for new downloads today. There are a few suggestions worth checking out. Very encouraging.

BookBub has suggested a bargain book collection by an author we see quite often, Liz Isaacson. It’s a three book collection for $1.32

Her Last Chance: Christian Cowboy Romance (Three Inspirational Seasoned Romances Book 1)

Her Last Chance

Amazon quote:

Her Last First Kiss: A cowgirl down on her luck hires a man who’s good with horses and under the hood of a car. Can Hudson fine tune Scarlett’s heart as they work together? Or will things backfire and make everything worse at Last Chance Ranch?

Her Last Billionaire Boyfriend: A billionaire cowboy without a home meets a woman who secretly makes food videos to pay her debts…Can Carson and Adele do more than fight in the kitchens at Last Chance Ranch?

Her Last Make-Believe Marriage: A female carpenter needs a husband so she can get her contractor’s license back… Can Jeri and Sawyer navigate the minefield of a pretend marriage before their feelings become real?


Author Chautona Havig has a FREE book for us this Friday. I can remember reading this last summer. It was a good experience.

Christmas Embers

Christmas Embers

Amazon quote:

Emily Byrne sits in her daughter’s classroom listening to the deepest wishes of twenty kindergarteners as she sketches them. But when little Joey Cordell breaks down, weeping and insisting the only thing he wants to find is his father, she isn’t sure where her Christmas project will take her.

Davia Cordell came to Rockland for one purpose–find her son’s father before she dies. An ex-prostitute, she’s well aware that the news will cause waves, but what’s a mother to do?

As these women join forces to search for Joey’s father–a Rockland area pastor, no less– Emily learns compassion for a woman who just wants the best for her son and can’t quite imagine that Jesus wants anything to do with her.

Each day, Davia weakens until Emily isn’t confident she’ll find the boy’s father in time–if at all. Doubts form. Should she look? Is it right to risk destroying a family like this–an entire church? The weight of that responsibility crushes her as Davia wastes away before her eyes.


A bargain at $1.30. When Night Comes is a suspense novel from my 2016 reading days and I do still remember the book.

When Night Comes (Jack Turner Suspense Series Book 1)

When Night Comes

Amazon quote:

Jack Turner comes back to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor. Within days, he starts having bizarre experiences at night. Like he’s traveling back in time, experiencing the epic events in his lectures firsthand. He has no control over these experiences and can’t make them stop.

Joe Boyd thought he’d left big city crime back in Pittsburgh when he took a detective job in Culpepper, Georgia, a sleepy southern college town. His peaceful life ends when two students turn up dead in two weeks. The coroner is saying natural causes, but something doesn’t add up.

Rachel Cook, a teaching assistant at Culpepper, can’t believe Jack is back in her life again. She’s had a crush on him since she was fourteen, but Jack never knew. He instantly seems attracted to her, but she can tell…something is deeply troubling him.
Watching all this from a distance is Nigel Avery. He’s certain this experiment’s about to unravel. It’ll be his job to tie up all the loose ends when it does.


A new book showed up, one I’ve not seen before. I have nothing from this author in my collection either so double good. It’s a bargain at $1.32 and I’m looking forward to checking this out.

Irregardless of Murder (A Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery Series Book 1)

Irregardless of Murder

Amazon quote:

Amelia Prentice regains consciousness after tripping over the corpse of a former student in the safest of places, the public library.

Returning to the classroom where she teaches, she tries to pretend nothing happened. But when it becomes obvious that the victim’s death wasn’t an accident and she is now a murder suspect, she realizes that her cozy small-town life in New York’s Adirondack region will never be the same.

Crazy things begin to happen: The victim’s mother disappears. Amelia’s friend Lily is thrown overboard from the Lake Champlain ferryboat. A mysterious millionaire from Montreal seems determined to buy Amelia’s house. The school nurse is viciously attacked by a student. Amelia’s old beau Gil suddenly seems determined to rekindle their romance. Amelia is carjacked, and, of course, there’s the Lake Champlain Monster . . .


I thought I was done, but I found another gem. I’d leave it until tomorrow except it’s impossible to find the same books two days in a row, it seems, so….

Me & Mr Everything is a bargain at $1.32 and Brooke St James is becoming a favorite author so this appeals to me as a good choice.

Me & Mister Everything: A Romance (Tanner Family Book 4)

Me and Mr Everything

Amazon quote:

My brother needed thirty thousand dollars to make an investment that could potentially change everything for him. The problem was, he was still in college and working as a stable hand, so coming up with that kind of money seemed virtually impossible.

I was daydreaming of ways to help him while I covered the morning shift at Roxy’s coffee shop. Business was slow, so I couldn’t help but notice when a handsome stranger walked in. I didn’t know it at the time, but he would turn out to be the answer to my brother’s prayer.

And he might even be the answer to mine.


OK, I’m going to stop looking now, this is a big enough haul for today, I think.

Are the links helpful at all? I realized just now that they are for which won’t be helpful in other countries. Maybe let me know in the comments if the book titles  would be better without links.

Happy Friday and Happy Reading



Free and bargain books February 26, 2020

LPC has several FREE suggestions for us today and they are both New Releases. Rachel Scott McDaniel is new to me but Susan L Tuttle has been seen twice in the last year. I’ve read and enjoyed one of her books so far.

Hurry is needed as this price will be good only until the 28th.

Above the Fold

Above the Fold

Amazon quote:

After losing the love of her life to a big city journalism job, Elissa Tillman pours herself into the suffragette movement and her secretarial work helping keep her father’s Pittsburgh newspaper afloat.

Cole Parker returns to the steel city with the phantom failures of his past nipping his heels. All he asks of the future is a second chance with the woman he once spurned.

The murder of a millionaire offers the perfect chance for Elissa to prove to her father and the world that she’s a serious journalist. But there’s a catch—she has to compete for the story. Against none other than Cole Parker, the very man who shattered her heart.


Love You Truly

Love You Truly

Amazon quote:

Blake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.

After her fiancé dumps her for her best friend, aspiring photographer Harlow Tucker is done with romance—until her beloved, disabled sister requests her aid to start a nonprofit. Harlow agrees to do whatever is needed to raise funds, even reluctantly costarring on a dating show with a notorious womanizer who distrusts anyone behind a lens.

As Blake and Harlow navigate the superficiality of a reality show, their preconceived notions of love are challenged. Deciding to trust each other feels like the ultimate risk, but taking that chance could lead to a love truly picture-perfect, worth both of their hearts.


Two bargains showing up as a bonus while window shopping.

Diamond in the Rough, a bargain at $0.99. We’ve seen a number of awesome books from Jen Turano and this one sounds like it will be a fun read too. There is a good chance this could be next on my TBR list.

Diamond in the Rough

Amazon quote:

To save her family from financial ruin, Miss Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season in exchange for her grandmother settling a family loan that has unexpectedly come due. Ill-equipped to handle the intricacies of mingling within the New York Four Hundred, Poppy becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, doomed to suffer a grand societal failure instead of being deemed the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs for her to become.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, has been forced to travel to America to help his cousin, Charles Wynn, Earl of Lonsdale, find an American heiress to wed in order to shore up his family estate that is in desperate need of funds. Reginald himself has no interest in finding an heiress to marry, but when Poppy’s grandmother asks him to give etiquette lessons to Poppy, he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.


Sweet on You is new to me and a bargain at $0.99. Becky Wade is not new though. It looks like she appears on my radar every two years, except this time it’s only been a year. I’m not complaining, at all.

Sweet on You

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Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknownst to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.

Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who’s spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He’s achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him–Britt’s heart.

When Zander’s uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.


Actually, all four of these new books will probably make their way to the top of my TBR list. I couldn’t be happier.

I’m currently reading Sarah’s Smile and it’s awesome.

Sarah's Smile

It’s been a good day for books. As much as I love them, it gets boring seeing the same covers show up over and over. The appearance of new authors and covers is the best.

I hope you will be as excited about today’s awesome selection as I am.

Happy Reading.








Free and bargain books February 19, 2020

An Amazon suggestion that showed up while I was searching for something else. A FREE book that also appeared in my 2016 reading lineup. I can still remember the great experience with this story.

Moving On

Moving On

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Two completely different personalities must learn to get along and play nice in order to survive a will that will change their lives.

Twenty years ago, Tyler Hayes was ripped from his childhood home. Right after a horrific accident took his parents’ lives, Tyler’s grandfather cast him out of the mansion and sent him away.

Now his grandfather has passed away and he can finally come home. However, even in death, Tyler’s grandfather has betrayed him, leaving the mansion to a woman he’s never met.

Even though Kate Mitchell has never met Tyler, she knows all about the accident that changed the Hayes family. What she doesn’t know is how she will be caught in a twenty-year estrangement between two generations and an inheritance tussle she wants no part of.

Kate has a promise to fulfill, but how will she do that when Tyler wants nothing to do with her?


An interesting historical romance bargain book showed up next ($1.23). This book is new to me and I expect the author is too. I’m looking forward to checking it out, the synopsis sounds intriguing.

His Stubborn Sweet Bride

His Stubborn Sweet Bride

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When Englishman Nate Trowbridge inherits his uncle’s American ranch, he and his sister Leonie travel to Colorado. Nate plans to become a gentleman rancher and to marry Emmaline Chiswick, the daughter of family friends in Denver.

But Nate’s orderly world is turned upside down when his proposal letter to Emmaline is accidentally delivered to the wrong woman. When a redheaded adventuress arrives on his doorstep, demanding that he honor his offer of marriage, Nate is outraged at her nerve but also attracted to her beauty.

But when Molly Clanahan refuses to be bribed and also refuses to leave his house, Nate finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. In his wealthy social circles, where reputation is everything, the presence of a voluptuous unmarried woman in his home is a recipe for disaster.

But the longer Molly stays, the more Nate begins to suspect that she isn’t the greedy gold digger that she seems. He starts to believe that she’s taken refuge in his home because she’s hiding from something.


A exciting new release at a bargain price showed up next. It will be out April 20, 2020 and the pre-order price is a $1.30. This series is written by a team of authors (different book different author) authors most of us have seen and enjoyed. It looks like most of the other seven books are at bargain prices right now as well. My pre-order copy is now in the queue.

Accept Me (Chapel Cove Romances book 8) 

Accept Me

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On her deathbed, Haddie Hayes’s mother whispers a secret into Haddie’s ear—one that she and Haddie’s father had kept for twenty-eight years. The truth that Haddie wasn’t born a Hayes sends this shy Kentucky girl far from the bluegrass of home to a small coastal town in Oregon in search of her birth mother. Hopefully in Chapel Cove she’ll find the answers to all her questions.

EMT Riley Jordan can’t help himself—he’s a fixer, a helper, sometimes to his own detriment. A 911 call to Ivy’s on Spruce has Riley attending to Haddie Hayes, the new girl in town. After Riley learns of Haddie’s quest, he promises to help her find her birth family.

When Haddie makes the wrong assumptions, she vows to give up on her foolish crusade and go back to the only place she called home, a place she’d always felt safe and loved. But a freak accident hinders her plans of bolting from Chapel Cove.

And running from Riley…who has a secret of his own.


Well, that’s not too bad for a Wednesday, we have a few new intriguing reads to look forward to, anyway.

Happy reading

on a sunny and crisp Manitoba morning.


Free and bargain books February 14, 2020

BookRunes has a FREE suggestion that showed up a couple of months ago. It’s always good to see books come back for another look. I did read this one too.

The Renovation: (Fulton Ridge Series book 3) 

The Renovation

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Donovan hasn’t dated since he wrecked the last two attempts. But when he sees Elizabeth, he rethinks his ‘no dating’ policy.

Starting over in a new town means Elizabeth needs to build friendships. When her roommate invites her to join the home improvement ministry, she gets more than she bargained for. Even though she gets a warning to stay away from her new best friend’s ex-boyfriend, she discovers that romance can be healing.

Life in Fulton Ridge gets better until gossips ruin her plans.


Author Chautona Havig has a Friday Freebie (it will be FREE for several days.) I think this cover would show up better on a paperback copy but the inside will read well just the same.

Speak Now, Chautona Havig

Speak Now

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They met at a wedding and his children stole her heart. What started as a polite dance at the reception initiated a whirlwind romance. He admires her heart–not to mention her beauty. She feels more comfortable with him than anyone she’s ever met.

Their chemistry–so intense that they can’t risk affection. Their temptation threshold is simply too narrow to risk.

Cara has a unique talent for making anyone feel at ease. Jonathan prefers to listen rather than speak.

But some things must be spoken–never assumed.


Amazon browsing offers this bargain book  at a $1.32 CDN

Gotta Have Faith: A Seven Virtues Ranch Romance Book 1

Gotta Have Faith

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Can a small town cowgirl and a big-time city boy risk a second chance at happily ever after?

Faith Goodacre has overcome major obstacles to save her family and bring Seven Virtues Ranch back from the brink of disaster.

So when her high school sweetheart shows up out of the blue hoping to win back her heart – oh, and he’s bought the ranch next door – her tightly wound world suddenly spins out of her control.

Cordell Overman is back, and he’s ready to face his past and make things right. But he’s got a whole town to convince that this time around, he’s here to stay.


1531 Entertainment has a FREE suggestion for us today. This book is new to me and the author is too. I like new.

Sarah’s Smile (The Daughters of Riverton Book 1) 

Sarah's Smile

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Romance. Heartbreak. Scandal. Secrets. Second Chances.

In 1902, Sarah McCall is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget.

Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death.

When Sarah learns that Peter is returning to Riverton, the letter giving her departure date for Africa can’t come soon enough for her. They were best friends—she loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance. But a charming newcomer pursues her affections—and Sarah’s childhood nemesis manipulates her way into Peter’s life. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to forgiveness and each other, or will past mistakes make a life together impossible?


One last bargain ($1.32 CDN), I couldn’t resist. It doesn’t look like all the rest and that has me hopeful. We have seen this author before, though.

Remember Me: (Chapel Cove Romances Book 1)

Remember Me

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Heath Brock has been in love with Clarise for over twenty-seven years and counting. As a young man, he’d plucked up the courage to ask her out on a Valentine’s date, but the couple succumbed to pent-up passions, sending Clarise dashing for the other side of the country.

He’d held out hope of Clarise’s return, but buries his feelings for his childhood sweetheart when he learns she’s married.

Almost penniless, divorced, and with nowhere to go, Clarise returns home to Chapel Cove, her future uncertain. 

With Clarise back in town, Heath is determined not to repeat past mistakes, but if he has anything to say about it, never again will he lose the only woman he’s ever loved.

Welcome to Chapel Cove, Oregon, where life begins at forty.


Today’s abundance makes up for the slime pickings of yesterday, which is very nice.

My current read was More Than Meets the Eye but I left it for Gotta Have Faith. Hopefully I’ll finish one of them, not sure yet if that’s gonna happen.

More Than Meets the EyeGotta Have Faith

Happy Reading y’all.