Free and bargain books September 26, 2022

We have free books. 1531 Entertainment has an interesting bargain and a FREE one for us.

The Healer’s Apprentice (Fairy Tale Romance Series Book 1)

A realistic, fast-paced reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale full of royalty, romance, and danger. This masterful combination of love and heartbreak—combined with the novel’s surprise ending—is everything fans of fantasy, historical, and medieval fiction yearn for.

Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same.

But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

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Like a Winter Snow: A Sweet Romance (Port Willis Romance Book 1)

Cozy up with this charming romance all about unexpected love, true friendship, and family loyalty. Set during a Christmas-time wedding among the falling snow, this sweet story will warm your heart.

Women’s counselor Joy Beckman has always been a friend and helper to all. That’s why she’s given up everything to be with her parents as her mother suffers through Alzheimer’s.

Joy may not have a thriving career or a love life at the moment, but she’s doing what she does best—taking care of others. And even though it’s difficult, she knows it’s where she is supposed to be.

But life throws a curveball when she has to leave her parents temporarily to travel to England for the December wedding of her best friend. While there, Joy helps Sophia tackle her last-minute to-do list, and in the process, finally meets a man who turns her head—and her heart.

The only problem? He lives in snowy London, and her life is with her parents back in sunny Florida.

She tries to resist Oliver Lincoln’s charms, but it’s harder than it should be. With her heart torn in two, Joy is forced to choose between a life she knows she’s meant for and the one she didn’t see coming.

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LPC Free Books has a FREE suggestion too. This is one we downloaded a year and a half ago. It looks interesting but I have to admit I haven’t read it yet. It’s back on page one so we will see if it is selected this time around.

One Degree of Freedom 

Fifteen-year-old Adriana Nicu lives in the sheltered world of Bucharest, Romania, in the year 1987. Under the rule of Communist president Nicolae Ceaușescu, citizens of Bucharest live with the eyes and ears of the government ever present. Adriana’s future, which will involve becoming an engineer, is locked in against her will.

During a visit to her aunt’s apartment, Adriana walks through a wardrobe into a hidden room filled with stacks of forbidden novels. Stories bring light into the darkest of circumstances as her family begins to unravel and her life strangely parallels those of her novels’ heroines. Adriana’s childhood loyalties and her belief that God doesn’t exist are called into question as her circumstances force her to rethink things she once believed were certain.

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It has turned out to be a good book day. They all look attractive but I think my next read will be the first one here.

No until after I’m finished with my current read, though. I’m not in any hurry, I’m enjoying it too much.

In the meantime,

Happy Reading!

This and that August 14, 2022

I have nothing so I’ll have to wing it. Because I feel like posting.

I’ve been distracted today, listening to the latest news, over and over again. It’s not easy, leaning toward hope for the world. We don’t know the future, things can turn around on a dime in the most unexpected of ways, every now and then.

Hopefully the voice of reason will break through somewhere and save us from crazy decisions that leave us shaking our heads in despair.

With hindsight, we have seen times that didn’t turn out to be the done deals we thought they were. That means there is always hope no matter how bleak life looks in the moment.

I managed to tear myself away from the news long enough to get some grocery shopping done today. The cupboards were seriously empty and my son and family will be dropping in for the night in a couple of days. Now we are ready to be fed.

I’ve been reading another book in the current collection. It has soldiers, spies, assassins, and allies that are suspect for trustworthiness. There are robotic eyes, hands, dogs, even drones that can band together to kidnap people. It has been a good story but somewhat challenging to follow at times. It definitely has unexpected twists and turns. I’m close but not quite at the end yet so it will still be a surprise.

ZERO TRUST by Jan Thompson is the one I’m about to finish

When Mira hires a former soldier to help her assassinate her mother’s killer, she doesn’t expect to target her own father.

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TRIGGERS by Terry Toler is up next.

Will Trigger, the loveable German Shepherd with military skills, be able to save a woman running from an abusive husband and a war hero with PTSD? . . . good question.

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We must always have hope,

and a good book to read when we need a distraction.

Happy Reading y’all

Bargain books August 13, 2022

BookBub has two suggestions for us this time. One is an author new to me and reading the first few pages has me wanting to read more, much more.

A Midnight Dance

Politano writes beautifully, evoking the magic of ballet and the theater from the opening turns to the final curtain, leaving readers applauding for an encore.”–Booklist starred review

All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.

Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past?

Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano.

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This second one, a collection, is something we have seen before. I can remember the read three years ago.

Dangerous Love (Secrets of Rios Azules Sets Book 1) 

Color of Danger
Life as the sister of a serial killer is never easy, especially when a former runaway Mari Del Lobo becomes a target herself. A recent crime has her late brother’s signature and MO, what Mari finds highly unusual, as she still blames herself for her only sibling’s death. Soon Mari encounters an unexpected – and a very attractive – ally in Dr. Luke Goodman.
Luke couldn’t save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he’ll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer’s sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul in Mari, Luke is determined to keep her alive, but it’s not easy to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. Can Mari survive to solve the mystery, renew her faith, and find love and redemption
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Taste of Danger
Small-town librarian Soledad Sokolova has three days to find a hidden Russian treasure – or she and her father will die. Out of options, she turns for help to a hunky stranger, private investigator James O’Hara. But she knows better than to let a ladies’ man break her heart for the second time.
Bound by his word to Soledad’s father, James is ready to protect her at all costs. However, once betrayed, he’s reluctant to fall in love again. Will James and Soledad escape danger and find treasures of faith, love, and hope?

Touch of Danger
Rookie cop Ivan Vargas blames small-town accountant Julia Morrison for his brother’s suicide, as claimed in the note. When Julia is attacked, Ivan wonders if she’s right about the suicide being staged. He’s determined to find his brother’s killer and keep Julia safe but reluctant to lose his heart to the stubborn beauty who’s known to break them…
Hurt in the past, Julia has avoided letting men too close. But she needs Ivan’s help to uncover traumatic secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. Can she stay alive long enough to learn to love and trust again?


Three full-length novels in the Secrets of Rios Azules series. Each book is a complete romance featuring one of a group of childhood friends.

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My current read is still a collection. I’m on book 3

Winter Deceptions: A Collection of Christian Suspense Novellas 

ONE WONDERS by Luana Ehrlich

Silas McKay’s worst fears are realized when his investigation takes an unexpected turn.

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They sure don’t give us much of an idea about the story lines in this collection.

I can say, so far I enjoyed book 1 the most, book two not as much. It was an ok story but not much suspense. Book three is living up to the suspense theme quite nicely at the moment and I hope it continues.

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Another good book day. I’m looking forward to the first read A Midnight Dance

Happy Reading y’all

I’d add categories but they don’t seem to be working for me these days. Haven’t figured out how to fix them.

Bargain collections August 06, 2022

Browsing Facebook I crossed paths with author Chautona Havig and discovered two new Christmas collections scheduled for release in a couple of months. They contain six books each with a new lineup of authors, most of them new to me. (Sometimes I’ve experienced these authors outside of collections but not this time.)

I’m looking forward to these releases.

Keeping Christmas: Volume One

In castles far and near, long ago and yesterday, find happily-ever-afters wrapped in love and tied with Christmas joy.

The Lights of Castlebourne (by Cathe Swanson and Chautona Havig): He bowled her over at first sight–his dog, that is. Sydney just wanted a chance to do the landscape design at Castlebourne. She never dreamed the owner’s electrician would light up her heart at Christmas.

The Girl From Dalarna (by Olivia Talbott): She’s the most beautiful woman in Sweden, but she doesn’t want to be. A simple life among milk cows is all she desires. Will a scandal upend her plans and ruin her chances for love?

The Cross at Morioka Castle (by Kathleen J. Robison): In the ancient land of shoji screens and tatami mats, Ariko finds the stone ruins of Morioka Castle, and the mysterious cross that holds the secret of a Christian faith extending far deeper than Ariko ever imagined.

The Ghost of Christmas… (by Denise L. Barela): Abbigayl needs to get away for Christmas this year. No family, no questions about why she’s still single, no suggestion about being set up with someone’s friend. What will happen when Neuschwanstein Castle’s past converged with Abbigayl’s future?

Crystal Clear (by Marguerite Martin Gray): Rosalind’s muddied past and foggy future crystalize in Château Chenonceau, a refuge from gossip and more. Watch as the château and Christmas work their magic and break the bonds of propriety, and rejoice as Rosalind experiences the crystal-clear hints of peace, joy, and hope all around her.

The Weary World Rejoices (by Naomi Craig): Behind the elaborate furnishings of Herod the Great’s palace, conspiracy and distrust run rampant. Mysterious visitors from the east challenge everything Amal thinks he knows as palace scribe. Will his quest to uncover the Truth free him from the ornate shackles of palace life, or will he be the next victim of King Herod’s maniacal jealousy?

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Keeping Christmas: Volume 2 

Escape to Greenaway (by Chautona Havig): She just wanted to escape another holly, jolly family holiday. Because snowbound in a castle B&B with one of Santa’s elves (or as good as) is so much better. With the help of the castle’s owner, Tonya plays matchmaker in a bid to get that Christmas-loving girl out of her hair.

The King’s Promise (by Tabitha Bouldin): In a world of airships and kings, a prince makes a promise that tears him away from his love. An ordinary baker’s daughter finds herself caught in the middle of a game where the winner earns the queen’s crown. They both want what they can’t have as they struggle toward a seemingly impossible happily ever after.

A Castle for Christmas (by Susan K. Beatty): Sadie Foster abhors wealth. Will Randolph, on the other hand, works for the uber-wealthy owner of an over-the-top castle on the California coast–Sadie’s father. When Christopher Foster leaves the castle to her, Sadie doesn’t want anything to do with it or his money. But what if Sadie and Will use the castle and her inheritance for the good of others—together?

An Irish Christmas Heart (by Jennifer Sienes): Will she choose love or an arranged marriage? In the midst of post-famine unrest, Eleanor Blake, daughter of an English nobleman, is thrown into a maelstrom of emotions. How will she escape the duty for which she was born and the confines of the ill-fated Menlo Castle of Galway, Ireland to find her true love?

Christmas at Curwood’s Castle (by Melissa Wardwell): A Christmas party at Curwood Castle should have been Angel Davis’ Cinderella moment. Especially when her dear friend Jimmy arrives. Instead, one obstacle after another threatens to break any chance at a happily-ever-after.

Christmas in the Cotswolds (by Stacy T. Simmons): She’s a paleontologist and ardent Jane Austen fan. He’s enmeshed in the exactitude of mathematics, can they find common ground? Do opposites attract, will the romantic castle, and dashing duke be the undoing of Victoria’s plans?

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Twelve books in one go. How awesome is that?

Christmas is good anytime of year!

Happy Reading y’all.

Free book August 03, 2022 part two

Here is August 03 post part two.

BookRunes has an interesting Free suggestion from a new-to-me author. At this point I know nothing about her writing ability or habits but the prologue contains a make-me-laugh scenario. A feisty little girl who’d had enough. Hilarious. Hopefully there are more of these moments.

How to Close the Deal of Love: A Clean & Sweet Regency Historical Romance Novel

A business misfortune will bring them together, but the most important deal they close will be that of the heart…

Upon meeting Evelyn Frampton, people are deceived by her doll-like appearance. She is as decisive and strong-willed as any seasoned businessman, and perhaps more so than some. With a great head for business, she is the pride of her father and practically irreplaceable in the family company.

Timothy Andrews is one of the most eligible bachelors, with swarms of women swooning over him. His outgoing and witty personality makes it really easy for him to close the hardest of deals when it comes to business, but in matters of the heart, he has yet to find a woman worth pursuing.

When disaster strikes and both businesses struggle to stay afloat, Evelyn and Timothy must band together and figure things out, but their long-standing family feud complicates things, as well as the feelings that they stir in each other!

Standing against their own family and a mysterious enemy bent on keeping them apart, will they find the strength to fight for their right to follow their hearts…?

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Currently, I’m halfway through Christy Barritt’s newest release. It’s good but intense and I was momentarily too uptight last night to keep going without a change.

For the change I went back to a collection I’m also halfway through. It’s lighter but needs to be read in smaller doses, what with it being seven books long.

I have not been downloading everyday and was shocked to see how many new books had accumulated. More than 15. Perusing the list I see Christy Barritt had a second new release downloaded as well, I’m excited about that.

The much anticipated visit with my three kids has come to an end, the last plane flew out this afternoon, and my focus can return to reading with purpose. Knock off a few a little faster.

So here are the three books currently at the top of the list.

I’ve read and enjoyed books 1 and 2 in both of these series. Looking forward to book 3 in them both.

Happy Reading y’all

Bargain book July 06, 2022

1531 Entertainment has a bargain suggestion for us, one I’m excited about. Some books are more exciting than others, what can I say. It’s the truth. I wish all books were the best, wouldn’t that be awesome.

We’ve recently read and enjoyed three of Rachel’s books and I think this one promises to be good too

The Writing Desk

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

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I was hoping for more than one interesting new book this morning, there were other suggestions but nothing I just had to have.

To add a little encouragement here are the three books we experienced in 2021.

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Happy Reading y’all

Update on the weather April 24, 2022

I’m sad. People don’t get my ironic sense of humor, talking about boring weather. It has been a wild weather weekend around here folks. It is still happening. Blowing like crazy, snowing all over the flooded back yard. Weather is definitely not boring at a time like this.

The humor is probably meant to cover up my insecurities. I can’t imagine anyone thinking what is happening over here is that big a deal. Weather like this is happening in all sorts of places around the world.

I just know one thing for sure, I wouldn’t want to be out in it right now.

That’s all I have to say but somehow it seems wrong to end quite yet.

I guess I could admit that I like living somewhere with dramatic weather. Moderate weather truly is boring, to me anyway. I know lots of people, like some of my family members, who would choose moderate every time.

I like true winter and true summer. Cold and hot. I’m not a fan of hot and very hot though. Lots love tropical weather and I can see why. It is beautiful too. Although I’m not sure I could survive tropical storms. They are really scary.

Even there it’s what you know. Severe cold can kill you in minutes if you are left exposed outside. The thought doesn’t fill me with terror because I know what to do to keep it from happening.

It’s amazing how we can adapt to dangerous situations and take it all in stride. Knowledge brings out the bravery. It’s what we are used to that makes the difference I guess. I can handle seeing a bear in the vicinity but I’m pretty sure I’d be freaked if I met an alligator in the neighborhood.

I probably should be freaked. What’s an alligator doing in this cool climate anyway? He needs to be rescued by animal control and relocated.

OK, I’m out of here. This could go on and on all night.

Have a good night y’all.

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No contest. I’ll stick with bears.

Current read April 01, 2022

This one tugs at the emotions more than some. My expectation was for it to be much darker than it has turned out. At a third of the way through, tough, it is developing into a great mystery.

It’s tough being the one to find your friend lying dead in a field. It’s even worse when an adult friend you know couldn’t have done it is convicted anyway.

As an adult maybe she will have a chance to prove she was right.

Secrets She Knew: A Secrets and Lies Suspense Novel

Some secrets won’t stay buried.

Boston police detective Dani Lake dreads returning to her small hometown of Skye, Alabama, for her ten-year high school reunion—and not just for the normal reasons.

At only fifteen, Dani tragically discovered the body of her murdered classmate, setting in motion events leading to the unjust conviction of a dear friend and an unshakable burden of guilt she carries to this day. So when new evidence surfaces during her trip home which suggests the truth Dani’s always suspected, she embarks on a mission to expose the real killer. Unexpectedly, she finds help in Skye police detective Chris Newton—who happens to be the man Dani’s best friend is dying to set her up with and the only person who believes her.

But when Dani pushes too hard, someone pushes back, endangering Dani and those closest to her as she unearths secrets deeper and darker than she ever imagined she’d learn—secrets that may finally bring the truth into the open, if they don’t get her killed first.

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I’m enjoying the read.

Check it out maybe you will love it too.

I haven’t look at suggestions yet today but will at some point and get back to you if there is anything good.

Happy Reading.

Well, that didn’t work. March 27, 2022

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The goal was/is to post everyday but I messed up, again. I was distracted, playing a computer game while listening to a live streamer.

Oh no!!!

Five minutes wasn’t much but I gave it my best shot. I moved fast but apparently not fast enough. Hitting publish at 11:59 didn’t do it for me. Oh well, there would be no worrying about today’s post being on time. (big smile)

While I would like to have a perfect record, the world won’t end if I don’t manage to post everyday. The new plan is to cut myself some slack, still try but don’t stress. It’s much too late to change some habits. Besides I like being lost in whatever is going on in my little world. Usually a book or a three hour podcast.

Three hours sounds daunting but I really like hearing about things that are new to me. Some of the posts are fresh every time; like Carey Nieuwhof, his is usually only an hour long but he has interesting guests and he is an exceptional interviewer. No two podcasts of his are alike and even when he has repeat guests it’s because they have more to talk about. Carey is a long time favorite.

Then there is the three hour podcaster who is new to me, his You Tube name is Viva Frei. He is quite the character and he hangs out with other interesting characters. He is a lawyer turned hopeful politician and since he didn’t win his first try at an election he has turned serious attention toward his online presence. Most of the conversations center around politics and legal situations. His co-host is an American lawyer who is also his friend and business partner. These guys are both characters and will, in small ways, be shocking to some, I’m sure. That’s all part of their charm. Wild haircuts, blind dogs and cigars they can’t light up. They are highly intelligent and knowledgeable. “Boring” quickly kills my interest but so far I’m still watching and enjoying these guys and their guests.

The third one gaining the most attention from me is a podcaster I’ve mentioned often. She is from Ottawa and covered the Trucker’s Freedom Convoy there, never having done such a thing before. Her brother started the channel and enlisted her help with streaming 24 hours a day. Charlotte was out on the streets late at night in freezing weather walking blocks and blocks so we could see what was going on. To warm up she would find truckers or others on the ground to hear about their stories and why they were there.

As events in Ottawa wound down the American effort was started. Once their convoy reached Maryland Charlotte traveled down, for an indefinite period of time, to report on what is happening with them.

Her abilities have blossomed with the experience she is gaining as a live streamer. It’s not as easy as she makes it look. Charlotte is nineteen and a university student with a deep well of resolve and determination. This morning she left Maryland to return to Toronto to write exams. This gal is amazing. She has acquired a loyal and devoted audience who pay attention to where she is, what she eating (or if she is eating), and who in her presence is paying attention to her. She has a ton of moms and dads watching out and worrying over her. They do it because she has captured their hearts. She appreciates and relates well to her audience. Actually, even the in-person people she is hanging out with everyday are vigilant in making sure she is OK.

The channel shared with her brother is ZOT. The plan after exams is to cover the story in the next place that needs it. The US convoy may even see her again.

There are a ton of live streamers out there and ZOT is one of the best, both Charlotte and her brother Matt have worked hard to make it successful.

There is much going on out there that is never mentioned in mainstream media. This is an amazing opportunity for potential journalists. Right now it’s easy to break into the industry and gain experience and a following with the new and modern ways of reaching people. Grass roots people want to know what is going on in their world. It’s amazing that polls show some of these podcasters have larger audiences than mainstream media. This is totally mind blowing.

Charlotte is unsure of what her future holds but journalism is definitely on her radar and we all know she would excel if that was her choice.

So there you have it, another unplanned fixation. lol

It was fun.

I wonder is this qualifies as scribbling? (this weeks weekly prompt from Sunday Scribblings)

It felt like scribbling. lol