Tuesday, September 20, 2016

RRRC 2016 October Monthly Challenge

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads

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1. 'O' is for October: Read a book that starts with 'O' or a book whose author's first or last name starts with 'O'. 

2. Happy Anniversary!- Read a book that was published in October of any year or read a book of an RRRC member that joined in October of any year. Link to member list, beginning with October 2015- https://www.goodreads.com/group/12880...

3. Featured Author Challenge (FAC) author- Suzanne Enoch: Read one book written by Suzanne Enoch or any author with her first or last name. Link to Suzanne Enoch's backlist- https://www.goodreads.com/author/list...
Fun Facts about Suzanne-
★ Suzanne Enoch currently resides in Placentia, California with several hundred guppies and various other tropical fish, and handful of very loud, spinach-loving finches. .
★ She published her first book, The Black Duke’s Prize, from Avon Books in the Spring of 1995.
★ She writes historical romance.
★ Suzanne is known for her humorous characters, sexy bad boys, and whip-sharp, witty dialogue. 
So you may also read any book that was published by Avon Books. You can also read any book published in 1995, or that is shelved as Historical Romancer or you can read a book set in California or it can also be about an MC that is humorous characters, sexy bad boys, whip-sharp, or has a witty dialogue.

4. October is Breast Cancer month. Read a book with pink in the cover.

5. October 7th is World Smile Day. Read a book where someone is smiling on the cover.

6. October 10th is Columbus Day. Read a book that has water or any mode of transport and/or shoreline or coastline on the cover.

7. October 16th is Boss Day. Read a book that has a boss in the book or has a bossy character, or a character who likes to take charge.

8. October 18th is Chocolate Cupcake Day. Read a book with a type of food on the cover and/or someone in the food industry.

9. October 31st is Halloween. Read a PNR book or a book with a witchy character.

10. Reader's Choice: Read any book of your choice.

Monday, September 19, 2016

FALL 2016 SCAVENGER CHALLENGE: Make Your Own Apple Cider

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

Timeframe: 9/21/16 to 12/20/16

This challenge was created by Barb. Thanks for putting us in the fall mood, Barb!

One of my favorite things about fall is the fresh apple cider, preferably from a local cider mill, rather than the store-bought stuff that lasts forever in my refrigerator. There was a local mill not far from my childhood home, and none of the neighbors could wait until they started pressing apples to make cider. It was a fun process to watch, and even all these years later, I can still smell the sweet apples and their juices. In an attempt to recreate those memories, here's a challenge based on making your own apple cider. 
Source: Mother Earth News 

1. The virtues of apple juice seem almost endless: it tastes good, it's a natural sweetener for those trying to reduce their consumption of processed sugars, and it's an easy source of Vitamin C in the winter. It's said to aid digestion and, when consumed in the morning, to increase body performance all day. That old adage about "an apple a day" seems to apply even to liquified apples!
Read a book with a fruit or vegetable in the title or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book that boosts your mood in some way.

2. Commercial apple juice is strained to remove all sediment, pasteurized, and diluted to a particular sugar concentration, called a Brix. Preservatives are often added as well before bottling. Compare that to the cider you take home from the local mill, which has nothing added or subtracted: it'll be richer and darker in appearance not to mention better-tasting and more aromatic than the pale, clear stuff sold in supermarkets.

Read a book that seems to fit a standard formula (tell us how) OR a book with a X somewhere in the title or author's name (if you use the author option, tell us his/her name).
Jax Olivia Chase 9/23/16

3. Every autumn, billions of apples fall from branches of thousands of wild and abandoned trees, tumbling onto roadsides, pouring down hills, and rotting on the ground. All you have to do is locate a fraction of these tons of fruit which go to waste each year in abandoned orchards or on public land and you won't even have to pay for the apples!

Read a book that someone else discarded OR a book that you previously abandoned.

4. Blemished, bruised, and/or undersized apples don't sell well at the farmstand or in the produce department, but they make wonderful cider. Try asking commercial growers if you can clean such apples off the ground for them.

Read a book that you got for free OR a book with an unattractive cover (tell us why you think it's unattractive; post the cover).
Dare to Love Carly Phillips 9/21/16

5. Late-ripening varieties of apples, like Red and Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Northern Spy, and Rome Beauty generally produce cider with a better flavor than those apples that ripen early. For even better flavor, blend several varieties together.

Read a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in one of the apple varieties named (tell us the variety) OR a book originally published in October of any year (tell us the year). Northern Spy.
Whiskey Beach Nora Roberts 9/24/16

6. To ensure that the apples are mature, don't start to collect them until they are ripe enough to fall from the trees on their own. Don't wait too long, though, after they've fallen, or you'll lose out to the local birds, deer, raccoons and other critters. 
Read a book with some sort of wild animal on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book by an author who has published at least 10 books (tell us how many books).

7. Plan to have plenty of boxes, baskets, bags or other containers on hand when you begin to gather your apples. It takes a bushel of apples to make two to three gallons of cider, so if you plan to make a lot of cider, you're going to need a lot of containers. 

Read a book with an intact "23" in its total number of pages (tell us how many pages) OR a book with a container of some sort on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover).

8. After you have collected your apples, be sure they're reasonably free of dirt, insecticides, mold, and other impurities. Now it's time to take the whole mess to an old-fashioned cider mill. 

Read a book with a cluttered cover (post the cover) OR a book that takes place before the advent of telephones, cars, etc. (tell us when).

9. If you have an abundant supply of other fruits, you might want to experiment and mix them in with your apples. Grapes, pears, and pitted peaches all make delicious cider variations!

Read a book with at least two different genres on its main GR page (for example, mystery and historical; tell us the genres) OR a book written by two or more authors.
Frost Line Linda Howard Linda Winstead Jones 9/22/16

10. Because of the long hours in a relatively short period of time, not to mention the high cost of owning and maintaining the machinery, cider mills have been closing down across the country in recent years. Industry leaders guess that there may be only around 300 still in operation, concentrated mostly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Washington.

Read a book in which a business closes (permanently, not a temporary shutdown) OR a book set in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan or Washington (state); tell us the state.

11. Once you have that delicious juice safely in your containers, you need to keep it cold or drink it within a few days. Without added preservatives to retard the growth of micro-organisms, pure apple cider will begin to ferment in about a week if refrigerated – much sooner if not kept cold. 

Read a book set in a location that is cold more often than not (tell us the location) OR a short book (150-200 pages, tell us how many). 158 pages
The Girl in the Time Machine Debra Chapoton 9/23/16

12. If it is stored in an airtight container, its sugars will gradually be converted into alcohol, and the sweet cider will then become hard cider, a favorite drink of our forefathers. In fact, it was the USA's national beverage up to about 1850.

Read a book with a character who works in/owns a bar OR a book with a sweet character who turns hard/bitter by the end of the book.
Wicked Bond Sawyer Bennett 9/21/16

13. Freezing is not only easier than canning, but preserves the cider's fresh flavor better. When you fill jugs for freezing, be sure to allow room for the liquid to expand as it freezes (at least four inches at the top).

Read a book from a series that has not yet ended OR a book with a beverage of some sort on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover).

14. To can fresh apple cider, plastic containers won't do: glass is a must. It's possible to put up cider in regular one-quart canning jars, but unless you've been stockpiling them for decades you'll probably run out well before putting up your last quart of juice. A better idea is to use half-gallon or one-gallon glass jugs (the kind that you buy vinegar or cider in at the supermarket). You'll also need some rubber-lined lids to cap the filled containers.

Read a book that was originally published at least a decade ago (tell us when it was published) OR a enough half-step books to equal 150+ pages.

15. Once you've acquired the necessary jugs and their lids, canning the cider is really easy! Empty the cider into a large pot, heat almost to boiling, rinse the glass containers then warm them in a low oven (to prevent the glass from cracking during the next step), and ladle the steaming cider into the jugs. To seal the jugs, simply screw the lids firmly into place before the batch of juice has a chance to cool. Set your filled containers in a cool, dark place and tada! You're done!

Read a book with a glass object of some sort (not a window, but something like a jar, vase, wine glass) on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with a night scene on the cover (post the cover).

♦ If you want to participate in a challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link here for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not simply skim through it. 

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover. If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 
* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: 
Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you’ve read :) If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

RRRC 2016 October Word Hunt

Romance Readers Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads

Monthly Word Hunt 
1 - 30 October 2016

This challenge is to see if you can find all the words listed below within your reading for the month. You do not need to preselect a level.

The maximum number of words for each book is THREE. There is no page limit.

0-3 words : better luck next time
3-5 words : warming up
6-8 words : getting hotter
9-10 words : CHAMPION hunter!


For our over-achievers who just need some extra words because the above weren't enough...

Unlike with the 10 words above - you must find the EXACT word to claim these bonus words, and I try to make them hard.


To prove that you have found the word, please quote the page, percentage or LOC (Kindle) and include the sentence in which it appears.

Audiobooks are allowed so long as you can quote the page/%/LOC and the sentence. (Eg Using whispersync or finding that sentence in some other way.)

You must find the actual word or the word's root word must be at the core with the meaning essentially remaining the same ~ just turned into a noun, adjective, adverb etc. No prefixes or hyphenated extensions. An extension is allowed where it is often the accepted spelling eg goodbye or good-bye.

Where a word has more than one meaning, either meaning may be used. Eg coast (beachfront) or coast (moving without effort) etc

Please post all entries, updates, final posts and questions in this thread.

Examples for 'Reversal'
Reverse - Laser Visions √ 15 May
p50-51 : There were a couple of bands Tam had that this person didn't, but none in the reverse.

Reversing - Sunset √ 10 Jul
p204 : Reversing his grip on his katana, he held it out to Nick. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Holiday Haul

Stress Free Reading Challenges discussion on goodreads



Does anyone else love celebrating as much as me? Whether it be New Year's, Christmas, or Easter, you can have so much fun gathering with family, binge eating on yummy foods, or getting down on the dance floor.

I know you need some more excuses to party hard and celebrate, so I've hauled in some holidays from all over the world. Get ready to mark your calendars!

In the posts below are 10 holidays with 3 tasks associated with each one. Choose one task from each holiday (or complete them all!) and read a book that fits that task. I know most of you will want to complete the challenge within the month, but that is not a requirement. Relax and enjoy some stress-free celebratory reading!

**Be on the lookout for a Holiday Haul each month!**


September follows on from Quinitlis and Sextilis, in that it comes from the Latin wordseptem, meaning 'seven'. As with those (and the rest of the calendar), the numbering is a bit off now: September was originally the seventh month in an ancient Roman ten-month calendar, which started with March.

If you complete this bonus task for September, you will receive a special souvenir! (All souvenirs can be found in post 4 of this thread)

- Read a book with the number SEVEN in the title OR a book that is 7th in a series

1. Labor Day - September 5 (U.S.)
The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894 and was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times.

Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. Some public celebrations, such as fireworks displays, picnics and barbecues, are organized.

- Read a book where a business/school shuts down
- Read a book published in September
- Read a book where a character works for a living 
Wrong Place, Right Time Elle Casey 9/7/16

2. Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day - September 10 (U.S.)
In the 1980's, a man named Carl Garner organized a large citizen cleanup of the area around Greers Ferry Lake. Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day evolved as a result of Garner’s work. The day was created in 1985 by the Federal Lands Cleanup Act as the "Federal Lands National Cleanup Day". It was renamed in 1995 to honor Carl Garner.

Each year the president of the United States issues a proclamation calling on people to observe Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. Each federal land management agency organizes cleanup and maintenance activities together with volunteers and state and local authorities. Activities that occur on the day aim to: continue public and private sector cooperation in preserving the beauty and safety of these areas; increase people’s sense of ownership and community pride in these areas; reduce litter along federal lands; and maintain and improve trails, recreation areas, waterways, and facilities.

- Read a book with a landscape on the cover
- Read a book set in the 80's
- Read a book with a character or author named Carl 
Ruthless Lexi Blake 9/1/16

3. Grandparents Day - September 11 (U.S.)
National Grandparents Day has more than one origin. Some people consider it to have been first proposed by Michael Goldgar in the 1970s after he visited his aunt in an Atlanta nursing home, Spending $11,000 of his own money in lobbying efforts to have the day officially recognized, he made 17 trips to Washington DC over a seven-year span to meet with legislators. Others consider Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to have been the main driver for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience. National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

Many people honor their grandparents through a range of activities such as gift-giving, card-giving, and for children to invite their grandparents to school for a day where they participate in special lessons or special assembly programs. Many school students take part in story-telling activities that relate to their grandparents, as well as art or poster competitions where children often use a story about their grandparents in their artwork.

- Read a book where a grandparent plays a major role 
Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 Abbie Zanders 9/2/16
- Read a book written by an author who shares your grandmother or grandfathers name
- Read a book that a friend thought was grand (4 or 5 stars)


4. Sacrifice Feast - September 12 (Turkey)
The Sacrifice Feast is one of the oldest Islamic holidays in Turkey. It commemorates the story about Prophet Abraham who showed obedience to God by agreeing to sacrifice his son. God then sent him a ram to be sacrificed instead. The Sacrifice Feast comes about 70 days after the Ramadan Feast. According to old belief it is unlucky to get married or start a new business in the period between these two holidays.

Traditionally, on the first day of the Sacrifice Feast in Turkey, men of each family go to a mosque for a special morning prayer. Then the sacrifice ritual begins. In some regions in Turkey, people paint the sacrificial animal with henna and adorn it with ribbons. The butcher reads a prayer before slaughtering the animal. Families share about two-thirds of the animal’s meat with relatives and neighbors, and they traditionally give about one-third to the poor.

- Read a book where a character makes a sacrifice Porn Star Laurelin Paige 9/9/16
- Read a book with a food item on the cover
- Read a book with a character or author named Abraham


5. Cry of Dolores - September 15 (Mexico)
The day of the Cry of Dolores is an important event leading up to Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations. One of Mexico’s greatest heroes Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico. There is no scholarly agreement on Hidalgo’s exact words, but his speech – the cry of Dolores – was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico's independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

On the night of the Cry of Dolores, the Mexican president rings a bell at the National Palace in Mexico City at 11pm. The president then shouts the cry of patriotism, based on the Cry of Dolores, also called the cry of independence. The following day, Independence Day, is a public holiday in Mexico.

- Read a book with a bell on the cover
- Read a book where a character cries Close to You Kristen Proby 9/10/16
- Read a book with a title that starts with a letter in HIDALGO

6. Day of Melilla - September 17 (Spain)
The Day of Melilla in Spain marks the anniversary of September 17, 1497 when soldiers of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, lead by Don Pedro de Estopiñán, stormed the city. They claimed Melilla for the Crown of Castile, an Iberian dynasty. These events are marked each year on Melilla Day. Some people in Melilla do not celebrate the Day of Melilla, as they feel that the city should not be under Spanish control, but part of Morocco.

Some people mark the Day of Melilla with parties and other celebrations. For others, it is a day off work to spend quietly with family members and close friends. Some people also use the day to protest.

- Read a book where a protest is held
- Read a book with a "quiet" cover (light colors, quiet scene, etc)
- Read a book where a character is controlled by someone/something 

Smith Olivia Chase 9/14/16

7. Emancipation Day - September 22 (U.S.)
On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation, which required all states to abandon slavery within 100 days. It declared all slaves “thenceforth and forever more free”. The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863.

Emancipation Day has been observed annually since 1863. Today's celebration includes concerts, historic re-enactments, food and a wide range of other activities.

- Read a book with a main page genre of History or Historical (can be fiction)
- Read a book published on the 22nd of any month
- Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in FREEDOM

Fight You Cynthia Dane 9/4/16

8. Constitutional Day - September 24 (Cambodia)
To avoid further attacks from the Thais and Vietnamese, the Cambodian government allowed the French to colonise areas of Cambodia. In 1941, Cambodia was occupied by Japanese forces. The Japanese occupiers originally allowed the French officials to maintain their posts in Cambodia, but this decision was revoked when the Japanese forces began to lose World War II. To win the favour of Cambodia, the Japanese occupiers arrested the French officials and made a promise that Cambodia would be granted independence after the war. When Japan was defeated by the Americans, French powers recaptured Cambodia. Because of their collaboration with the Japanese, Cambodians were not allowed to participate in political affairs.

In 1953, the French forces left Cambodia. King Sihanouk took control of the Cambodian government. Unfortunately, it did not take long for internal strife to interrupt this period of peace. Sihanouk was exiled by 1970, and communists took control of the Cambodian government by 1975. They established the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge was forced out of power when Vietnamese forces invaded Cambodia. In 1993 CE, Sihanouk returned to Cambodia as a constitutional monarch. Cambodia is now relatively peaceful. Constitution Day allows the Cambodian people to hope for an optimistic future after nearly 1,000 years of violence and hardship.

- Read a book that would be considered R-rated (violence, sex, drugs, etc)
Elemental Pleasure Mari Carr 9/2/16
- Read a book with an optimistic character
- Read a book with over 1,000 Goodreads reviews


9. Gold Star Mothers Day - September 25 (U.S.)
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died while serving their nation in times of war or conflict. It organizes major events that take place on or around Gold Star Mothers Day each year. Previous activities included a Gold Star flower wreath laying service, as well as an afternoon tour of President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington DC.

Each year on Gold Star Mother's Day the United States president calls on all Americans to display the nation's flag and hold appropriate meetings to publicly express their love, sorrow, and reverence towards Gold Star Mothers and their families. Government buildings are also required to display the flag.

- Read a book with a star on the cover
- Read a book where a parent loses a child
- Read a book about love or sorrow 
First Time in Forever Sarah Morgan 9/5/16

10. Botswana Day - September 30 (Botswana)
Botswana Day commemorates the independence of Botswana from the United Kingdom in 1966. In the 19th century, hostilities broke out between several tribes that laid claims to the territory of present-day Botswana. The tensions escalated when the Boer settlers arrived from the Transvaal. Eventually, a group of Batswana leaders asked the British government for protection. In 1885, the Bechuanaland Protectorate was officially established. In 1961, Seretse Khama founded the Bechuanaland Democratic Party that struggled for the protectorate's independence. Three years later, Bechuanaland was granted democratic-self government. The first general elections were held in 1965, following the adoption of the constitution. On September 30, 1996, Botswana officially became an independent republic within the Commonwealth with Seretse Khama as its first President.

Botswana Independence Day is the country's main national holiday. It is widely celebrated throughout the country with official speeches, ceremonies, parades, street parties, concerts, and other festive events and activities. The main celebration is held in the capital city of Gaborone.

- Read a book with a lot of tension between characters
- Read a book published on the 30th of any month
- Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in BOTSWANA
Stuck-Up Suit Vi Keeland 9/6/16 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

AMMP September Word Hunt

A Million More Pages discussion on goodreads

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott including Giant's Bread, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigative work of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Ariadne Oliver, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap. In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contribution to literature. 

She was also a surfer. Who knew?

In honor of Agatha Christie's birthday, we have put together a word hunt to celebrate her life and writing. There is also a mini challenge to read some of her books. And of course, lots of badges!
You may use a book up to 5 times. Plurals are fine. Some words have options listed, you only need to find one of the options. Books used for the mini-challenge can still be used 5 times for the word hunt. 

England Bite Me loc 2009
mystery Sweet Tomorrows p 311
author Filthy p 6

detective Elemental Pleasure p 131
police Hard Rules p 101
Scotland Yard
investigator Save Us p 132
clue(s) Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 p. 278

disappear Hard Rules p 134
vanish Sea Rose Lane p 51
scandal Elemental Pleasure p 151
seaside Sea Rose Lane p 330
spa Elemental Pleasure p 7

travel Hard Rules p 177
adventure Bite Me loc 3098
holiday Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 p. 258
surfing Arrogant Playboy p 6
pioneer Elemental Pleasure p 72

murder Forever Mine: Callaghan Brothers, Book 9 p. 93
kidnapping Hard Rules p 71
poison Ruthless p 225
pistol First Time in Forever p 125
robbery Elemental Pleasure p 133


To earn the "Keep Calm" badge, complete the following three tasks:

 1. Read an Agatha Christie book featuring Hercule Poirot

 2. Read an Agatha Christie book featuring Miss Marple

 3. Read an Agatha Christie book featuring any other detective (Tommy & Tuppence, Harley Quinn, etc.)