Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chased by Lauren Dane

Chase Brothers #3
Olivia wants love. She keeps dating all the wrong men and gets hurt. Marc has always noticed her but she had a relationship with his brother that did not work out. He is waiting until he thinks she is over it to make his move. But when he does, she doesn't take him seriously because he's a flirt, has been with a lot of women and he's 6 years younger than her.
She has thought about him but she thinks he's a player.  Marc needs to convince her that he wants her and only her. Olivia thinks that if they start a relationship he leave her like everyone else has.

Can these two push everything else away and love each other?

I loved this one.  It was very steamy but the story called for it. Liv needed to get rid of her demons. Marc needed to get everyone especially Liv to see he was a changed person.

From the author:
Liv Davis had just about given up on her happily ever after. Burned by love more than once, she’s beginning to think Mr. Right wasn’t in the cards for her.

Marc Chase is a confirmed bachelor and lover of women—lots of them. He’s determined not to fall head over heels the way his brothers have. Until he kisses Olivia Davis and realizes head over heels may not be such a bad thing after all!

Can Liv open her scarred heart for this younger ladies man? She loves Marc more than she can begin to admit but she’s terrified of being rejected again. Marc faces a challenge greater than he’s ever faced before. Making a woman believe he’s more than just a great bedmate—making her believe he’s in it for good.

In the end it will all come down to two days in a hotel and a bet. Can they both win?


Excerpt:
He shifted beside her and her heart kicked in her chest.

“Liv,” he said softly and it was as if another woman’s hands screwed the top of the water on and placed the bottle aside. She turned to face him and couldn’t stop a swift intake of breath when she found him so very close.

“There you are.” He smiled lazily. “You’re so damned sexy I don’t quite know where to start. But I figure the lips are the best first step.”

Surely, he moved, closing the last few inches between them. Warm, lush lips covered hers. His hand slid up her back, fingertips teasing her spine and then to her neck and into her hair. He cradled her head, holding her just how he wanted as he deepened the kiss from slow exploration to hungry plunder.

His tongue feathered the seam of her lips and flowed inside when she opened to him. Warm and sinuous, his tongue slid along hers. He kissed not so much with aggression but he knew what he was about and he didn’t hesitate with it. He took what he wanted and gave back in spades.

Liv wasn’t shy sexually, she believed very strongly that women had to be in charge of themselves and their pleasure and to demand it if necessary from a partner. But Marc needed no guidance on that score. No wonder the women on his arm always looked so happy.

He guided her back to the blanket, his upper body settling against hers. His teeth nipped her bottom lip in short succession, once, twice and then again, his tongue laved the sting away.

She slid her hands under his shirt, exploring the miles of hot, hard muscle there, loving the flex and bunch as she touched him. This was dangerous. Marc wasn’t some jovial hunk like Brody had been. This was happening at his pace although he wasn’t forcing anything, he was firmly in charge.

She normally held the sexual upper hand in the relationship. Damn, perhaps that was why Brody cheated and Matt walked away. Okay, that wasn’t something to think on right then.

Marc broke the kiss, looking into her face. “You okay? You with me?”

Breathless, she nodded and grabbed his hair, pulling his mouth back to her own.


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ebook180 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Taking Chase by Lauren Dane


Cassie has moved to Petal. She was a successful doctor in LA but her abusive husband ruined things. She's in hiding. Her first moments in town are ruined when she is stopped at a red light and Polly crashes into her. The sheriff, Shane, is there. He can tell that something isn't right with her but he doesn't know what it is. Cassie's new place is in the same building as Matt, Shane's brother. The men notice that she is skittish around men. But Shane wants her. Is he going to get her? Her pain from her last relationship is going to be front and center - can Shane deal with that? Can Cassie get over her past and see who Shane is?

I loved this story. 

Cassie Gambol is on the run. In what seems like another lifetime, her ex-husband nearly ended her life and effectively ended her successful career as a vascular surgeon. But even though the justice system found him guilty of attempted murder, he fled while awaiting sentencing and Carly Sunderland became Cassie Gambol.
Fleeing Los Angeles, she heads to small and off the map Petal, Georgia to start her life again.
Shane Chase, a man who’s held himself away from commitment since his fiancée dumped him several years before knows the beautiful newcomer is hiding something. He’s wildly attracted to her strength and her underlying vulnerability as well.
But the last thing Cassie wants is another big, overwhelming man who wants to control her life. A battle begins between Shane, who knows what he wants and Cassie, who knows she needs to do everything she can to keep a distance between herself and the very handsome sheriff.
But Cassie’s ex is back and he wants her dead.

Excerpt:
“I’m gonna kiss you now, Cassie Gambol.”

“Why? I mean, why do you want me? I don’t understand it. I can’t lie and tell you I don’t know you’ve been regarded as a player here in Petal. I like men, yes, but I’m afraid of being a casual indulgence to a man like you.”

“There’s not a damned thing about the way I feel about you that’s casual. Now, I’ve been dying to do this for so long.” He closed the last bit of distance between them and he brushed his mouth over hers. His lips were lush and delicious, spicy and masculine, just like the rest of him. They both groaned as he moved away.

“Cassie, you fascinate me. I’m shocked by how much I want you. I think I started wanting you when you kicked my ass at pool. No, I’m a damned liar. Since you stumbled out of your wrecked car and called my momma Crash.” He put his face into her neck and inhaled deeply. “God, you smell good.”
“Shampoo, sweat and a little bit of Delice,” she breathed out, running her tongue over the lips he’d just touched with his own. A sense of unreality washed over her. The connection between them was warm and sticky. Lethargic with want, she let him hold her against his body. The heat of him blanketed her skin. Her nipples hardened against the wall of his chest and a libido that she’d thought beaten out of her roared back to life. There was a moment where she wondered if she was dreaming. Hell, if it wasn’t she sure didn’t want to wake up.

“Mmm.” He licked his lips as she’d just done and a shiver ran through her. “You taste good, too. Better than you should. I ought to be running out the door but damned if you don’t make me want things I’d thought I’d never want with a woman again.”

His hand rested at the small of her back, hot and inescapably present. The other rested on her shoulder. He held her in his orbit physically and mentally. His presence was so intense it boggled her mind. Things tightened low in her gut as her skin tingled everywhere he touched her. And yet, aside from general nervousness, she wasn’t afraid.



ebook227 pages
Published November 21st 2006 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Friday, February 27, 2015

MAR15 Scavenger Hunt

From A Million More Pages on goodreads.

2015 March Scavenger Hunt link
MARCH 1 - 19, 2015
Total: 20/20


1. NEIGHBOR Castaway Cove by JoAnn Ross p. 291 "The neighbors-".

2. CURTAIN I Belong To You by Lisa Renee Jones  p. 113  ...light through the bedroom curtains  ...

3. SPY Captivated by You by Sylvia Day p. 32 html The spying?

4. CANE Blame It On Texas by Tori Scott loc 2879  ... and he used a cane to get around, ...

5. LUCK Always On My Mind by Bella Andre p. 12 html  No, today his luck meant getting to hold a beautiful girl ....

6. COIN Captivated by You by Sylvia Day p. 43 html ...speared one of the coin-sized cakes with a fork.

7. FIRE Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton p. 14 html So fast , like you're on fire.

8. JOSEPH (Character) Lost In You by Lauren Dane p. 3 html Hey, Joseph.

9. LOUD Castaway Cove by JoAnn Ross p. 328 Not out loud.

10. WIND Always On My Mind by Bella Andre p. 12 html  Where had the wind come from so quickly?

11. WAR Castaway Cove by JoAnn Ross p. 2 ...world's most dangerous war zones.

12. ROME/ROMAN Freefall by JoAnn Ross p. 11  ...it was in Venice or Rome ...

13. LEMON Making Chase by Lauren Dane p. 52 If so they've got cherry and lemon meringue too.

14. PALM  If You Were Mine by Bella Andre p. 9 html  ...and press a kiss to her palm.

15. BASKETBALL  If You Were Mine by Bella Andre p. 30 html  ...ever get her interested in basketball, ...

16. BRACKET Hope Burns by Jaci Burton p. 200 Will you screw in these brackets ....

17. SEED Always On My Mind by Bella Andre p. 10 html  Is planting seeds next on my list?

18. MADNESS Alpha by Jasinda Wilder p. 10 html  ... to a sudden and gut-wrenching madness.

19. HOPE I Belong To You by Lisa Renee Jones p. 261 I hope you both end up with a strong woman ...

20. TROPHY  If You Were Mine by Bella Andre p. 25 html  She'd obviously seen the trophy girls congratulating him on the track.

21. Fruitcake

RULES:
1. Must read at least 5 books.
2. NO Audiobooks, Children's, Manga, Fan Fiction, or Beta reads. 
3. Page minimums: All = 125 pp; YA = 140 pp 
4. Items found in reading, not in title or on cover.
5. No more than 5 items per book.
6. In your post, list TITLE, PAGE #, and SENTENCE where the item can be found.
7. For non-fiction the caption texts are not allowed, however, anything within the main text would be allowed. 
8. For e-readers, use LOC#.
9. Words not found will ROLLOVER to the next month.

Giving Chase by Lauren Dane

Chase Brothers #1
Maggie is looking for love. It's about time in her life. She's a high school history teacher. She owns her own home. But she never seems to find the one. Her last boyfriend has just dumped her. So her best friend Liv sets them up on a double date. Maggie meets Alan and he seems nice, at first. Then she dates the hot sheriff a couple of times but he hurts her feelings. Then six weeks after that another man comes knocking on the door. Will this be the one?  Or is the past going to come back to haunt her?

I really liked this one. I am going to read more in this series.

From the author:
Some small towns grow really good looking men! This is the case with the four Chase brothers. The home grown hotties are on the wishlist of every single woman in town and Maggie Wright is no exception.
Maggie has finally had it with the men she’s been dating but a spilled plate of chili cheese fries drops Shane Chase right into her lap. The sheriff is hot stuff but was burned by a former fiancee and is quite happy to play the field.
After Shane’s skittishness sends him out the door, Maggie realizes that Kyle Chase has had his eye on her from the start. Now that Shane has messed up, Kyle has no intention of letting anything stop him from wooing her right into his bed.
Despite Maggie’s happiness and growing love with Kyle, a dark shadow threatens everything—she’s got a stalker and he’s not happy at all. In the end, Maggie will need her wits, strength and the love of her man to get her out alive.


Read an excerpt here.

Kindle Edition204 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published June 2005)

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

Spindle Cove #1
Susanna has made Spindle Cove a place for young women that don't fit into the ideal Regency Era woman. The troubles she had made her feel inadequate. Everything is going great until a bunch of military men invade her town led by Victor Bramwell. Bram is determined to get back to the war even though he has a bad knee. He is convinced that Susanna's father will help.
But Susanna's father has his own plan. Bram and Susanna are drawn to each other, seeing what they need in the other person. Will they fall in love or will circumstances keep them apart?

I would give this book a 3 and half. I liked it but was bored in some spots.

From the author:
Welcome to Spindle Cove, where ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are…nowhere to be found.Or are they?
Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the awkward, the delicate, the painfully shy; young wives disenchanted with matrimony and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men. It’s a haven for the women who live there.
Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn’t belong in “Spinster Cove,” but he has orders to gather a militia. It’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch—a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.
The scene is set for an epic battle…but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?

Excerpt:
Sussex, England
Summer 1813
Bram stared into a pair of wide, dark eyes. Eyes that reflected a surprising glimmer of intelligence. This might be the rare female a man could reason with.
“Now, then,” he said. “We can do this the easy way, or we can make things difficult.”
With a soft snort, she turned her head. It was as if he’d ceased to exist.
Bram shifted his weight to his good leg, feeling the stab to his pride. He was a lieutenant colonel in the British Army, and at over six feet tall, he was said to cut an imposing figure. Typically, a pointed glance from his quarter would quell the slightest hint of disobedience. He was not accustomed to being ignored.
“Listen sharp, now.” He gave her ear a rough tweak and sank his voice to a low threat. “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll do as I say.”
Though she spoke not a word, her reply was clear: You can kiss my great woolly arse.
Confounded sheep.
“Ah, the English countryside. So charming. So . . . fragrant.” Colin approached, stripped of his London-best topcoat, wading hip-deep through the river of wool. Blotting the sheen of perspiration from his brow with a handkerchief, he asked, “I don’t suppose this means we can simply turn back?”
Ahead of them, a boy pushing a handcart had overturned his cargo, strewing corn all over the road. It was an open buffet, and every ram and ewe in Sussex appeared to have answered the invitation. A vast throng of sheep bustled and bleated around the unfortunate youth, gorging themselves on the spilled grain—and completely obstructing Bram’s wagons.
“Can we walk the teams in reverse?” Colin asked. “Perhaps we can go around, find another road.”
Bram gestured at the surrounding landscape. “There is no other road.”
They stood in the middle of the rutted dirt lane, which occupied a kind of narrow, winding valley. A steep bank of gorse rose up on one side, and on the other, some dozen yards of heath separated the road from dramatic bluffs. And below those—far below those—lay the sparkling turquoise sea. If the air was seasonably dry and clear, and Bram squinted hard at that thin indigo line of the horizon, he might even glimpse the northern coast of France.
So close. He’d get there. Not today, but soon. He had a task to accomplish here, and the sooner he completed it, the sooner he could rejoin his regiment. He wasn’t stopping for anything.
Except sheep. Blast it. It would seem they were stopping for sheep.
A rough voice said, “I’ll take care of them.”
Thorne joined their group. Bram flicked his gaze to the side and spied his hulking mountain of a corporal shouldering a flintlock rifle.
“We can’t simply shoot them, Thorne.”
Obedient as ever, Thorne lowered his gun. “Then I’ve a cutlass. Just sharpened the blade last night.”
“We can’t butcher them, either.”

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ebook294 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Avon

Dark Desire by Emily Jane Trent


Touched By You #1
Natalie is going to a concert instead of the prom. At the concert she meets a man, Tanner. He excites her. They were supposed to leave together but he disappeared. She missed him every day.
Four years later, Natalie is going to go to a fashion design school in NYC. She is renting a room with a former supermodel and also working as a seamstress at school for extra money. She won a scholarship. She is out shopping on her second day in the city and sees Tanner again. Natalie is so excited to see him. They go out to a fashion show and an after party. They make out and he wants to go all the way but at the last minute she stops him. She's a virgin. He tells her that he has different tastes when it comes to sex and she needs to understand. But he will give her vanilla sex first.

Will she be able to accept him for what he truly is?

From the author:
Tanner Clarke, the gorgeous billionaire, was bad for her….but Natalie would never stay away!
Natalie Baker, a girl from rural America, has an unforgettable sexual encounter with billionaire, Tanner Clarke. The story of their steamy romance radiates off the page…
“There was something in his face. She couldn’t think the thought she grasped for. His skin was pale, and she got the impression he wasn’t out in the sun much. His baby blue eyes were so bright, they appeared luminous. And his dark brown hair shimmered with auburn highlights, here under the blaring brightness of the lobby. He was just beautiful. She’d never known a man could be beautiful, but he definitely was.”
The passion between them ignites a flame that can’t be put out. She discovers her dark desire and her life will never be the same.
Dark Desire, 1st novella in the Touched By You series, is a romantic tale that takes place in New York. Touched By You is a unique love story, with full character development, and added intrigue from the billionaire’s life, that will make each book in the series hard to put down.

Excerpt:
Prologue
1 – Concert Night
Her upcoming graduation from high school, only weeks away, was bittersweet. She knew she’d miss her friends. They’d promised to stay in touch, but one never knew. Tonight, she was with a group that had escaped prom night for something more entertaining. Natalie had turned eighteen recently, and with senior year ending, wanted a last fling. She was so enthralled with Justin’s somber voice that she didn’t notice the eyes gazing at her from not far away.

Tanner Clarke had her in his direct line of vision. At the last minute, he had secured tickets to hear the group She Wants Revenge, one of his current favorites. And he could hear them just fine. He didn’t need to look at them. A gorgeous young woman caught his eye and he couldn’t seem to look away. He’d come alone tonight. He didn’t know anyone else, personally, that liked the musical group like he did. He had to admit his taste in music was eclectic.

She looked like any other of the hundreds of women her age at the concert. She wore a short denim skirt and jacket. He couldn’t see very well in the dark. Her long brown hair hung midway down her back. The soft curls begged to be touched. His seat was in the balcony and his view of her lovely, angelic face was unobstructed. He couldn’t put his finger on it, but there was something special about her.

What a beauty she was, yet he noted her demeanor was unassuming. So unlike the women he was used to. He let his eyes wander, just a bit, to see if she was with a date, but no male seemed to be with her. The song ended. The little screech she let out pulled his attention back to her. She jumped up and down, clapping. Such childlike joy was foreign in his world.

The lights came up and the intermission started. Tanner slipped out to the tunnel and turned left, just in time to see her exit with a girlfriend. Figuring she’d be headed for a drink and the ladies’ room, he walked in that direction, trying to keep her in sight. Hurrying a little too much, he nearly bumped into her. She stood in a line at a refreshment station, chatting with another girl her age.

Spellbound, Tanner stopped. The soft laugh she shared with her friend touched his ears and he felt it in his heart. Oh, her joy was infectious. Clearly, she was having a good time at the concert. He had no idea how to approach her. Normally, women flocked to him—whether he wanted them or not. Now, the prospect of meeting someone outside his circle of influence was a bit awkward. He wasn’t really the social type.

Natalie felt someone looking at her and glanced to her left to see who it was. She found herself eye to eye with the most devastatingly gorgeous man she’d ever seen. He had to be at least six feet tall. He wore washed jeans that accentuated his lean thighs, a suede jacket that screamed high quality, and a plain white T-shirt.

But that wasn’t it. There was something in his face. She couldn’t think the thought she grasped for. His skin was pale and she got the impression he wasn’t out in the sun much. His baby-blue eyes were so bright they appeared luminous. And his dark brown hair shimmered with auburn highlights, here under the blaring brightness of the lobby. He was just beautiful. She’d never known a man could be beautiful, but he definitely was.

“What do you want, Natalie?” Jenny’s voice broke the trance. “Uh, nothing,” she replied, looking away from her friend. “I’ll be in the restroom.” For a reason she couldn’t explain, Natalie made a sudden move to get away from the captivating stranger. An unexpected feeling of desire consumed her, making her feel nervous and flustered. She couldn’t imagine how she’d explain why she’d been boldly staring at him.

She had to make her escape before embarrassing herself further. Whipping around to make a dash back to the facilities, she walked directly into him, not exactly graceful. Yet he didn’t seem to mind. He grabbed her arms the moment she plowed into him, and held her at arm’s length, looking at her strangely. He must have stepped closer to her when she’d turned to talk to Jenny, and now blocked her path.

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Kindle EditionFirst Edition203 pages
Published January 20th 2014 by Emily Jane Trent (first published February 6th 2013)

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words Game Play

Since the challenge was so large with the categories and pictures, I started this game play post to track my books read.

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words  link
Duration: Mar 01, 2015 - Dec 11, 2015
Completed: 25/25

1. Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus1486, Italy, Tempera on Canvas, Uffizzi Gallery in Florence.
❊ Read  a book with a birth in it If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

2. Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa~1517, Italy, Oil on Poplar, Musee de Louvre in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a two word title that does not include a, an or the Making Chase by Lauren Dane

3. Michaelangelo, The Creation of Adam1512, Italy, Fresco, Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
❊ Read a book where a male main character has a first name starting with the letter A  August Fletcher Turn and Burn by Lorelei James

4. Raphael, The School of Athens1511, Italy, Fresco, Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
❊ Read  a book whose cover shows at least three people.  Games Girls Play by Deanna Lee


5. Pieter Brugel, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus1590, Belgium, Oil on Canvas, Museum van Buuren in Brussels.
❊ Read a book where a document or work of art is forged Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods

6. Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas1656, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museo del Prado in Madrid.
❊ Read  a book with a predominantly black cover I Belong To You by Lisa Renee Jones



7. Rembrandt, The Night Watch1642, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
❊ Read a book where a battle is fought In His Keeping by Maya Banks

8. Johannes Vermeer, Girl With a Pearl Earring1663, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Mauritshuis in The Hague.
❊ Read a book with a woman's face clearly visible on the cover Once and Again by Lauren Dane


9. Francisco Goya, The Third of May 18081814, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museo del Prado in Madrid.
❊ Read a book with a gun on the cover. When You Dare by Lori Foster



10. Edouard Manet, Olympia1863, France, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a woman of easy virtue This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

11. James McNeill Whistler, Whistler's Mother1871, US, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a seated person clearly visible on the cover -Hope Burns by Jaci Burton

12. Paul Cezanne, The Basket of Apples1895, France, Oil on Canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read  a book that can be said to belong to at least two different genres - Erotic Paranormal Mystery 
Their Virgin Secretary by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

13. Claude Monet, Water Lilies~1920, France, Oil on Canvas, several museums around the world.
❊ Read at least two books from the same series 
Always On My Mind by Bella Andre
Let Me Be the One by Bella Andre

14. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette1876, France, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay.
❊ Read a book with a word in a foreign language in the title The Christmas Bouquet Sherryl Woods 5/8/15

15. Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night1889, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Museum of Modern Art.
❊ Read a book with a character who has a mental illness This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas

16. Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte1884, France, Oil on Canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read  a book set during summer months. Freefall by JoAnn Ross

17. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss1909, Austria, Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna.
❊ Read  a book marked Romance on its GR main page Come A Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

18. Edvard Munch, The Scream1893, Norway, Oil, Tempera, Pastel and Crayon on Cardboard, National Gallery in Oslo.
❊ Read a book with a predominantly orange cover Black Magic Woman by Christine Warren     


19. Vasily Kandinsky, Composition 81923, Russia, Oil on Canvas, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
❊ Read a book with a Russian character Wolf at the Door by Christine Warren

20. Henri Matisse, Dance1910, France, Oil on Canvas, The Hermitage on St. Petersburg.
❊ Read  a book where a character gets free (of some kind of bondage). Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

21. Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar1937, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Tate Gallery in London.
❊ Read a book where a main character is a muse to someone Sweet Surrender by Deanna Lee

22. Grant Wood, American Gothic1930, US, Oil on Beaverboard, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read a book that is set in Iowa Out of the Past Dana Roquet 12/11/15 

23. Rene Magritte, The Son of Man1964, Belgium, Oil on Canvas, Private Collection.
❊ Read a book with a hat on the cover Shoulda Been a Cowboy by Lorelei James



24. Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory1931, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museum of Modern Art in New York.
❊ Read  a book that deals with memories (the narrator could be an old person reflecting on their youth) -Cowboy Take Me Away by Lorelei James

25. Jackson Pollock, No. 5, 19481948, US, Oil on Fibreboard, Private Collection.
❊ Read  a book by an author whose spouse is also an author spouse Jack Wilder  and a book whose title starts with a letter in "ABSTRACT" (ignore A, An and The).  Alpha by Jasinda Wilder

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS

From Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words    Game Play Link
Duration: Mar 01, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015

Paintings mean different things to different people. They are luscious colors and the trickery of shadow and light, the meaning of life and death and the state of the world. They showcase not only exceptional artistry, but also the passion, intellect and the madness of the painters themselves. These are, if not the most famous paintings in the world, certainly seminal works from some of the most important painters of the world. The list I borrowed from here and the paintings themselves are sourced from various sources, many are from Wikipedia's art project.

To finish, fulfill a task option for each painting. Please note, #13 is a two book task.

CHALLENGE RULES - PLEASE READ!

❖ If you want to participate in a challenge, 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. 

❖ Books must be at least 150 pages long (unless otherwise noted) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ For each book you read, please post a link to the title and mention the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item/color 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 want the challenge moderator to verify those books as you post them, please copy/paste your update into a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. It will make it easier on the moderators if we won't have to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post.

❖ 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. 

❖ Rereads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book and not just skim the best portions! :)

* If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions HERE

THE CHALLENGE

    

1. Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus1486, Italy, Tempera on Canvas, Uffizzi Gallery in Florence.
❊ Read a book with a planet in the title -or- read a book with a birth in it -or- read a book where the female main protagonist wears her hair long.

2. Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa~1517, Italy, Oil on Poplar, Musee de Louvre in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a woman on the cover (her face must be visible) -or- read a book with a two word title that does not include a, an or the -or- read a book where something important gets stolen.

    

3. Michaelangelo, The Creation of Adam1512, Italy, Fresco, Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
❊ Read a book where a male main character has a first name starting with the letter A -or- read a book whose cover shows a hand where the index finger is visible -or- read a book where knowledge is imparted. 

4. Raphael, The School of Athens1511, Italy, Fresco, Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.
❊ Read a book that has a quote by or discussion about any famous philosopher -or- read a book consisting of short stories, essays or novellas of at least three different authors -or- read a book whose cover shows at least three people. 

    

5. Pieter Brugel, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus1590, Belgium, Oil on Canvas, Museum van Buuren in Brussels.
❊ Read a book where a document or work of art is forged -or- read a book with wings on the cover -or- read a book with any of the following words in the title: Sun, Fall, Flight, Ship, Land (no variations).

6. Diego Velazquez, Las Meninas1656, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museo del Prado in Madrid.
❊ Read a book with a princess in it -or- read a book with a predominantly black cover -or- read a book from the list: Metafiction

    

7. Rembrandt, The Night Watch1642, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
❊ Read a book where a battle is fought -or- read a book whose author's initials can be found in "CHIAROSCURO" -or- read a book with a yellow item of clothing on the cover.

8. Johannes Vermeer, Girl With a Pearl Earring1663, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Mauritshuis in The Hague.
❊ Read a book with a woman's face clearly visible on the cover (it should be full) -or- read a book with a protagonist who wears a headgear of some sort (a hat, a turban etc.) -or- read a book with the word GIRL in the title or subtitle (no variations).

    

9. Francisco Goya, The Third of May 18081814, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museo del Prado in Madrid.
❊ Read a book which features a resistance unit to an invading force -or- read a book with a date, month or year in the title -or- read a book with a gun on the cover.

10. Edouard Manet, Olympia1863, France, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a woman of easy virtue -or- read a book with a cover with a nude person (or implied to be nude) -or- read a book with a one word title that is a woman's name.

    

11. James McNeill Whistler, Whistler's Mother1871, US, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
❊ Read a book with a main character who is a mother -or- read a book with a seated person clearly visible on the cover -or- read a book with an author or main character whose last name starts with a Mc. (no variations).

12. Paul Cezanne, The Basket of Apples1895, France, Oil on Canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read a book with an unreliable narrator -or- read a book with apple(s) on the cover -or- read a book that can be said to belong to at least two different genres (like a Historical Mystery with a ghost in it). 

    

13. Claude Monet, Water Lilies~1920, France, Oil on Canvas, several museums around the world.
❊ Read at least two books from the same series -or- read at least two books with a garden on the cover -or- read at least two books set in France.

    

14. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette1876, France, Oil on Canvas, Musee d'Orsay.
❊ Read a book with a word in a foreign language in the title -or- read a book with some kind of texture on the cover -or- read a book that can be described as slice of life (no plot to speak of, mostly day-to-day activities of a number of characters).

15. Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night1889, The Netherlands, Oil on Canvas, Museum of Modern Art.
❊ Read a book with a character who has a mental illness -or- read a book with a predominantly blue cover -or- read a book with a word in the title which appears in the lyrics of the song Vincent. (Matching word should have a minimum of 5 letters).

    

16. Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte1884, France, Oil on Canvas, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read a book with a dotted object on the cover -or- read a book where the characters go somewhere to get away from their daily life -or- read a book set during summer months.

17. Gustav Klimt, The Kiss1909, Austria, Oil and Gold Leaf on Canvas, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna.
❊ Read a book with a gold object on the cover (has to be something within the cover, award seals don't count) -or- read a book marked Romance on its GR main page -or- read a book which has a character or plot you would describe as decadent. 

    

18. Edvard Munch, The Scream1893, Norway, Oil, Tempera, Pastel and Crayon on Cardboard, National Gallery in Oslo.
❊ Read a book from a 4 book (completed) series -or- read a book with a predominantly orange cover -or- read a book that has been the target of a parody, spinoff or adaptation of some kind.

19. Vasily Kandinsky, Composition 81923, Russia, Oil on Canvas, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
❊ Read a book set in Russia or with a Russian character -or- read a book with any shape appearing onthis painting on the cover (the shape should be obvious) -or- read a book whose author's first and last names end with the same letter.

    

20. Henri Matisse, Dance1910, France, Oil on Canvas, The Hermitage on St. Petersburg.
❊ Read a book with bright colors on its cover -or- read a book whose author has written 5 (and only 5) full-length books at the time of your reading -or- read a book where a character gets free (of some kind of bondage).

21. Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar1937, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Tate Gallery in London.
❊ Read a book where a main character is a muse to someone -or- read a book with an image on the cover that is distorted in some fashion (cut, broken, marred, stretched, anything that looks out of the ordinary) -or- read a book whose narration is not linear (jumps around in time).

    

22. Grant Wood, American Gothic1930, US, Oil on Beaverboard, Art Institute of Chicago.
❊ Read a book that is set in Iowa -or- read a book marked Gothic on its GR main page -or- read a book with a farming implement on the cover. 

23. Rene Magritte, The Son of Man1964, Belgium, Oil on Canvas, Private Collection.
❊ Read a book with an overcoat or hat on the cover -or- read a book set by the sea -or- read a book where something physical is hidden. 

    

24. Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory1931, Spain, Oil on Canvas, Museum of Modern Art in New York.
❊ Read a book with a clock clearly visible on the cover -or- read a book that deals with memories (the narrator could be an old person reflecting on their youth) -or- read a book that is marked Fantasy.

25. Jackson Pollock, No. 5, 19481948, US, Oil on Fibreboard, Private Collection.
❊ Read a book with a predominantly black, white, grey, brown or yellow cover -or- read a book by an author whose spouse is also an author (mention the spouse, husband-wife writing under the same name works) -or- read a book whose title starts with a letter in "ABSTRACT" (ignore A, An and The).