Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Books

I have been very lax this month with blogging.  I have been reading voraciously. I have plowed through several authors too.

Knight (Unfinished Hero, #1) Ashley, Kristen

Creed (Unfinished Hero, #2) Ashley, Kristen

Raid (Unfinished Hero, #3) Ashley, Kristen

Deacon (Unfinished Hero, #4) Ashley, Kristen

Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1) Ashley, Kristen

Wild Man (Dream Man, #2) Ashley, Kristen

Law Man (Dream Man, #3) Ashley, Kristen

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4) Ashley, Kristen

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick, #3) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Renegade (Rock Chick, #4) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Revenge (Rock Chick, #5) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Reckoning (Rock Chick, #6) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Regret (Rock Chick, #7) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Revolution (Rock Chick, #8) Ashley, Kristen

Rock Chick Redux (Rock Chick, #8.5) Ashley, Kristen

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1) Ashley, Kristen

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain, #2) Ashley, Kristen 

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain, #3) Ashley, Kristen 

Breathe (Colorado Mountain, #4) Ashley, Kristen 

Jagged (Colorado Mountain, #5) Ashley, Kristen 

Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountain, #6) Ashley, Kristen 

Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard, #3.6) Lauren, Christina

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4) Lauren, Christina

Temptation (Club X, #1) Scott, K.M.

Surrender (Club X, #2) Scott, K.M.

Possession (Club X, #3) Scott, K.M.

For You (The 'Burg, #1) Ashley, Kristen 

At Peace (The 'Burg, #2) Ashley, Kristen 

Golden Trail (The 'Burg, #3) Ashley, Kristen 

Games of the Heart (The 'Burg, #4) Ashley, Kristen 

The Promise (The 'Burg, #5) Ashley, Kristen 

Falling for Max (Kowalski Family, #9) Stacey, Shannon 

Beach Town Andrews, Mary Kay

Knight & Play (Knight, #1) French, Kitty

Knight & Stay (Knight, #2) French, Kitty 

Knight & Day (Knight, #3) French, Kitty 

Hardwired: The Hacker Series #1 Wild, Meredith 

Hardpressed: The Hacker Series #2 Wild, Meredith 

Hardline: The Hacker Series #3 Wild, Meredith 

Hard Limit (Hacker #4) Wild, Meredith 

Promised (One Night, #1) Malpas, Jodi Ellen 

Denied (One Night, #2) Malpas, Jodi Ellen 

Unveiled (One Night, #3) Malpas, Jodi Ellen 

The Dom Who Loved Me (Masters and Mercenaries, #1) Blake, Lexi 

The Men with the Golden Cuffs (Masters and Mercenaries, #2) Blake, Lexi 

A Dom is Forever (Masters and Mercenaries, #3) Blake, Lexi 

On Her Master's Secret Service (Masters and Mercenaries, #4) Blake, Lexi 

Sanctum (Masters and Mercenaries, #4.5) Blake, Lexi 

Love and Let Die (Masters and Mercenaries, #5) Blake, Lexi 

Unconditional (Masters and Mercenaries, #5.5) Blake, Lexi 

Dungeon Royale (Masters and Mercenaries, #6) Blake, Lexi 

Dungeon Games (Masters and Mercenaries, #6.5) Blake, Lexi

A View to a Thrill (Masters and Mercenaries, #7) Blake, Lexi 

Cherished (Masters and Mercenaries, #7.5) Blake, Lexi 

In Flight (Up in the Air, #1) Lilley, R.K. 

Mile High (Up in the Air, #2) Lilley, R.K. 

Grounded (Up in the Air, #3) Lilley, R.K. 

Mr. Beautiful (Up in the Air, #4) Lilley, R.K. 

Bad Things (Tristan & Danika, #1) Lilley, R.K. 

Rock Bottom (Tristan & Danika, #2) Lilley, R.K. 

Lovely Trigger (Tristan & Danika #3) Lilley, R.K. 

Lana Lilley, R.K. 

The Wild Side (The Wild Side, #1) Lilley, R.K. 

Iris (The Wild Side, #2) Lilley, R.K. 

Dair (The Wild Side, #3) Lilley, R.K. 

Manwhore (Manwhore, #1) Evans, Katy 

Good Together Carmichael, C.J.

Echoes at Dawn (KGI, #5) Banks, Maya


Monday, June 1, 2015

*Summer Scavenger Hunt*

From ♥♥ Serious About Series ♥♥ on goodreads 

   

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Get ready to go searching through your books...it's time for our Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Here's how it will work:
The challenge will run from June 1st to August 31st. A list of "items" to find will be posted. Every time you find one of these items in a book you're reading, you'll receive a point. Easy right? OK...so there might be a few twists added here and there.

Twist #1: Finish an entire category of items and receive 5 bonus points.


Twist #2: Find a book that contains an item from each of 3 or more categories, and take bonus points equal to the number of categories (so, if your book has items from 4 categories, take 4 bonus points...and so on). Note: you can only use each category once.


Twist #3: Not really a twist, but a reward! At the end of August, the participant who has accumulated the most points will be awarded a $10 gift card from the book seller of their choice (Kobo/Amazon/B&N). I'll also do a random draw from all participants who accumulate at least 25 points between June 1st and August 31st. Last day to join the challenge and qualify for the bonus draw will be August 1st. 


Categories   link

1. Genre

Contemporary romance
Historical romance
Dystopian/futuristic romance
Romantic suspense
Erotic romance
Paranormal romance
Western romance
m/m romance
Urban fantasy
Suspense/thriller
Chick-lit

2. Cover color(majority of cover)
black
white
grey
red
green 
blue
purple
pink
orange
yellow

3. Cover content
mode of transportation loving cara
couple tied with me
male only nash
female only asa
beach scene a new hope
mountain scene falling for jillian
river/stream seducing lauren
flowers the will
weapon
hat justice healed
winter scene
summer scene sunrise kisses

4. Setting (does not have to take place entirely in this setting, just part of the book)
Canada
Western US
Eastern US
Southern US
Northern US
UK
Continental Europe
Asia
Africa
Australia
New Zealand/South Pacific
South America

5. Theme
friends to lovers
enemies to lovers
geek/brainiac
virgin Rule 
rock star Jet 
motorcycle club 
military/law enforcement  Last Call 4??
small-town
sports Alex 
Highlander
Regency

No need to declare your goal at the beginning, but please create a tracking post in this thread so that we can keep track 

June 2015 Spell Challenge - Picnic Food

From Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads

June 2015 Spell Challenge - Picnic Food
Duration: Jun 01, 2015 - Jun 30, 2015
Thanks to Connie for this challenge!

There are oodles of possibilities for what food to bring on a picnic, but most people choose something cold and easy to eat with your fingers. Or maybe you’re planning to choose a picnic area with a BBQ. Either way, choose one of these yummy dishes for this month’s spelling challenge. If you don't see your favorite picnic food on the list, feel free to spell it, as long as it is 4 letters or more. 

Sandwich
Fried Chicken

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4) Lauren, Christina
Unveiled (One Night, #3) Malpas, Jodi Ellen
Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1) Ashley, Kristen
The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1) Ashley, Kristen
Echoes at Dawn (KGI, #5) Banks, Maya
Rock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2) Ashley, Kristen

Hotdog
Coldcuts
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Macaroni Salad
Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob
Watermelon
Cheese
Veggies
Deviled Eggs
Coleslaw
Antipasto
Skewers
Grapes
Fruit
Chips
Applesauce
Pickles
Olives
Lemonade
Iced Tea
Brownies
Cookies 

CHALLENGE RULES - PLEASE READ!
See this thread for more detailed rules for CCC challenges.

❖ 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 they are graphic novels, see below) and may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged.

❖ Graphic novels must be at least 300 pages long, but two books can be combined to make up the page count as long as they both meet the same criteria.

❖ For each book you read, please post a link to the title and mention the author and the date you finished reading it.*

❖ 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

June Scavenger Challenge - PICNICS

From Crazy Challenge Connection on goodreads

LET'S HAVE A PICNIC!  link
Timeframe: 6/1/15 to 6/30/15
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CHALLENGE RULES: 
♦ 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. 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 do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your formatting, etc. too. We don’t have time to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

CHALLENGE TASKS: 

1. International Picnic Day, June 18, celebrates the gathering together outdoors to eat and enjoy one another's company. As an informal food holiday, there are few rules and lots of options. The location, the guests, the music, and the conviviality of the event are what really count. Have a picnic. Keep it simple. Take foods that don't require utensils. Prepare food ahead of time so you can relax.
* Read a book that takes place in the summer 
Beach Town Andrews, Mary Kay

2. A picnic is defined as an excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors. A secondary definition of a picnic is something that is a pleasant or carefree experience, or an easy task or feat. A “k” is inserted to preserve the "k" sound before a suffix beginning in -i-, -y-, or -e- (such as picnicking). “A few sandwiches short of a picnic” is a phrase used to describe someone who is not mentally together. 
* Read a book whose author’s first or last name begins with “K” 
Rock Chick Redemption (Rock Chick, #3) Ashley, Kristen

3. When the picnic is not also a cookout, the food eaten is rarely hot. Classic picnic foods include sandwiches, potato chips, lemonade, bread, fruit salad, cheese, wine, fresh vegetables, iced tea, cold fried chicken, and cole slaw. Outdoor games or some other form of entertainment are common at large picnics. In established public parks, a picnic area generally includes picnic tables and possibly other items related to eating outdoors, such as built-in grills, water faucets, garbage containers, and restrooms.
* Read  a book with some kind of food on the cover (show us the cover).
Rock Chick Revenge (Rock Chick, #5) Ashley, Kristen 



4. Picnics are often family-oriented but can range from an intimate occasion between two people or a large get-together such as company or church picnics. In the U.S., families and groups enjoy picnics to celebrate just about any event, including Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and family reunions. In Italy, the favorite picnic day is Easter Monday. In Romania, May Day is the preferred day for a picnic.
* Read a book where family is important 
For You (The 'Burg, #1) Ashley, Kristen

5. The first use of the word in print is traced to the 1692 edition of Tony Willis, Origines de la Langue Française, which mentions pique-nique. The term was used to describe a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. The concept of a picnic long retained the connotation of a meal to which everyone contributed something. The word picnic first appeared in English in a letter by Lord Chesterfield in 1748, who associates it with card-playing, drinking and conversation. 
* Read a book set in England 
Promised (One Night, #1) Malpas, Jodi Ellen

6. After the French Revolution in 1789, the Royal Gardens were opened to the public for the first time. It was the new common pastime for the French to visit the gardens and take along a meal. Early in the 19th century, a fashionable group of Londoners formed the 'Picnic Society.” Each member was expected to provide a share of the entertainment and of the refreshments with no one particular host. Picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality. They date back to Medieval times when outdoor feasts were held to celebrate a successful hunt. They then grew in popularity during the Victorian Era in England.
* Read a book set in a country other than the United States  - England
Denied (One Night, #2) Malpas, Jodi Ellen

7. In the arts, perhaps the most famous painting of a picnic is The Luncheon on the Grass by Édouard Manet. The most well-known lines of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward FitzGerald contain the words:
"A Book of Verse beneath the Bough, 
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou 
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
Oh, wilderness were Paradise enow!”
In music in 1906, British composer John William Bratton wrote a piece originally titled "The Teddy Bear Two Step,” but it became popular in a 1908 instrumental version renamed "Teddy Bears' Picnic", performed by the Arthur Pryor Band, then later regained prominence in 1932 when words were added, and it was recorded by Henry Hall and his BBC Dance Orchestra, which went on to sell a million copies. 
* Read a book with a musical instrument on the cover (show us the cover). 
Rock Chick Reckoning (Rock Chick, #6) Ashley, Kristen

June 2015 Word Search

From WACKY READING CHALLENGES on goodreads

June 2015 Word Search
June 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015

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This month's word search is inspired by our May Group Read: Dissolution by C.J. Sansom.

Important Rule: You CANNOT use this book when looking for the words. That would be just too easy.

Below is the list of words to find. They can only be found within the text of the book - no covers, titles or authors, please. For each word you find, provide the book title, page or location, and the sentence containing the word. You can use one book to find all the words, or as many as you like. 

***And if you don't find all the words this month, you are welcome to carry them over to next month's word search challenge.*** 

Challenge Rules:
Books should be at least 125 pages. All formats are acceptable. Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. When updating your challenge with books you've read, please include a link to the book title, include the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book. 

Have fun!

List of Words:

1. Monastery Rock Chick Revenge p. 648 ... at a males-only monastery ...

2. Politics Rock Chick Reckoning  p. 200 He wasn't big on politics and working the system.

3. Lawyer Rock Chick Redemption p. 89 He wanted him to be a lawyer.

4. Relic  Lovely Trigger p. 69 The thing was a relic.

5. Disability Rock Chick Rescue p. 260 ... for my mother's disability.

6. Reform Rock Chick Revenge p. 552 ... who looked like a reformed serial killer ...

7. Interrogate Rock Chick Redemption p. 224 Interrogate suspects?

8. Scholar The Gamble p. 68 ..., got that scholarship to play ball ...

9. Commission Rock Chick Rescue p. 96 ... my car's out of commission, ...

10. Infirmary The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand p260 an infirmary with a full-time nurse practitioner

11. Chanting  Rock Chick (Rock Chick, #1) Ashley, Kristen  p. 259 ... the crowd began chanting the chorus. 

12. Sword Rock Chick Rescue p. 185 ...and crossed swords on the wall.

13. Poison Deacon p. 35 "I'm poison," Deacon reminded him.

14. Confession Rock Chick Reckoning p. 577 Got a confession to make.

15. Melancholy  Rock Chick Revolution p. 56 ...because it was melancholy

June's Words

JUN- My, Together, Whisper, Win, Soul, Sleep

Here are the key words for  in the 3rd Annual Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge!  You only have to read one book whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month.  These are some of books that are available from my kindle and on Scribd.  My selections will have links to the reviews. 

I read 4 books last month (May).  link


My

My Champion by 

My First - Jason & Katie by 

My Little Runaway by 

Together

Good Together by 

Perfect Together by 

Knit Two Together by 


Whisper

Whisper Cape by 

Whisper No Lies by 

The Whisper by 


Win

A Win-Win Proposition by 

The Winning Season by 


Soul

Fevered Souls Book 1 by 

Lonely Souls by 

Music of the Soul by 


Sleep

Let the Dead Sleep by 

Too Hot to Sleep by 

Sing Me To Sleep by