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Some of My Favorite Books

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My Favorite Cover

by Julie Klassen

Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release date:  January 1, 2011

Bethany House Publishers
Copyright 2011
Pages:  400
ISBN:  9780764207082

Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret. 
Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans. 
The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?


After reading The Silent Governess (click HERE for my review) -- I'm really excited about reading this one!!


Waiting on Wednesday

Thanks to Jill over @ Breaking the Spine, every Wednesday we get to see which books our blogger friends are anxiously waiting to be released.  I know I'm waaaaay behind in keeping up with all the fun, weekly memes, but I'm hoping to start participating again, as much as possible.

For this week, my choice is the 2nd book in Vicki Hinze's debut Christian Fiction series, Crossroads Crisis Center.  I loved the first book, Forget Me Not (read my review HERE), and am sooooo excited to read Deadly Ties!!  Be sure to add them both to your wish list.  :)

(Crossroads Crisis Center, Bk 2)
by Vicki Hinze

Release date:  2/8/2011

Christian Fiction / Romantic Suspense

Multnomah Books
Copyright 2011
Pages:  320
ISBN:  9781601422064

*** No description available yet  --  sorry! ***


*Another* apology + an update

I just want to apologize to my followers, friends, visitors, etc. for not being around much the last few months.  It's not that I don't WANT to be here, it's just that there never seems to be enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want/need to do.

Ever since starting my new job, though it's only part-time, I can't seem to find the time to keep up my "normal" schedule.  I hope to be doing a better job by the end of July/first of August.  I may only be able to post every other week, but that's definitely better than once a month!  ;)

Also, I know some of you have been so nice to give me a couple of awards that I haven't found the time to post yet -- thank you from the bottom of my heart! -- and I'm sorry for the delay in getting them posted.  I hope to work on those soon, too.

In case you haven't noticed it yet, I've added a sticky note to the top of my blog.  I'll be updating it regularly *fingers crossed* with any new reviews I've posted over on my Book Review blog.  This way, those of you who aren't followers over there will still be able to see what I've been reading/reviewing.

I miss y'all, and hope to catch up with everything that's going on over on your blogs soon!

Thank you!
~ Lori


My Favorite Cover(s)

I just think these are some of the most beautiful covers ever, so I wanted to share them will y'all.  They are from Nora Roberts' The Bride Quartet series.

(The Bride Quartet, bk 1)

Childhood friends Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmeline have formed a very successful wedding planning business together but, despite helping thousands of happy couples to organize the biggest day of their lives, all four women are unlucky in love.

Photographer Mackensie Elliott has suffered a tough childhood and has a bad relationship with her mother, which makes her wary of commitment. But when she meets Carter MacGuire, she can't stop herself falling for him, although his ex girlfriend is prepared to play dirty to keep him. Mackensie soon realizes she has to put her past demons to rest in order to find lasting love...

(The Brides Quartet, bk 2)

Since she was a little girl, Emma Grant has always loved romance. So it's really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist. She gets to play with flowers every day and work with her three best friends in the process. She couldn't ask for a better job. And on the surface, Emma's love life seems to be thriving. Slim and sultry, she brings color into every room she enters, just like the arrangements she creates. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. And the last place she's looking is right under her nose.

But that's just where Jack Cooke is. He's been best friends with Parker's brother for years, which makes him practically family. But the architect has begun to admit to himself that his feelings for Emma have developed into much more than friendship. And when Emma returns his passion -- kiss for blistering kiss -- things start to get complicated at Vows. Jack has never been big on commitment. Emma yearns for a lifelong love affair. And if the two are to find common ground, they must trust in their history -- and in their hearts.

(The Brides Quartet, bk 3)

Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she's too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker's older brother Delaney, on whom she's had mega-crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. When Laurel's quicksilver moods get the better of her--leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del--she'll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever?

(The Bride Quartet, bk 4)

As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…


Waiting on Wednesday

Happy Ever After
(The Bride Quartet, bk 4)
by Nora Roberts

Contemporary Romance

Release date:  Nov. 2, 2010

Berkley Trade
Copyright 2010

ISBN:  978-1594134036

(from Amazon):

As the public face of Vows wedding planning company, Parker Brown has an uncanny knack for fulfilling every bride’s vision. She just can’t see where her own life is headed. Mechanic Malcomb Kavanaugh loves figuring out how things work, and Parker is no exception. Both know that moving from minor flirtation to major hook-up is a serious step. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart…

I broke down and bought the first 3 books in this series and can't wait to read them!  The first 2 arrived in today's mail.  It's sooooo hard to ignore them, and keep reading the review books that I have piled up right now.  :(  Hopefully I'll get a break from them soon, and can give this series a try.


Check it out!

In the past year, I have started having problems gripping things, such as opening a jug of milk, or a Coke bottle.  I also have a hard time using an ice cream scoop.  It's something about having to grip and twist/move at the same time.  To be honest, it can be really annoying at times.  Anyway, I wanted to show y'all this AWESOME ice cream scoop I got in the mail a few days ago.  I've used it once, and fell completely in love!  LOL

Here it is:

Isn't is sooo cool?!?!?  Click HERE to find out more about it!


Waiting on Wednesday

Walker's Wedding
(The Western Sky series, bk 3)
by Lori Copeland

Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
/ Western

Release date:  6/1/2010

Harvest House Publishers
Copyright 2010
Pages:  304
ISBN:  9780736927611

(from PBS):

Abandoned by his fiancee hours before their wedding, Walker McKay is determined to never let a woman near his heart again, but he needs an heir to inherit his ranch after he is gone. Courting someone new is out of the question, so he'll have to find a wife another way.

Wealthy heiress Sara Livingston wants to be married, but her suitors are deemed unsuitable by her unreasonable father. When the opportunity to fill the bill for a mail-order bride comes her way, she grabs onto it with both hands.
Will Sara's deception and Walker's wounded heart keep them from finding what they are looking for? Or are they truly meant for one another?

Formerly titled Marrying Walker McKay


My Favorite Cover

(A McCord Sister Romance, bk 3)
by Christine Lynxwiler

Christian Fiction / Inspirational / Romance

Release date:  November 1, 2010

Barbour Books
Copyright 2010
Pages:  320
ISBN:  978-1602601529

(from Amazon):

Journalist Kaleigh McCord is driven by the need to succeed. When the perfect profile story seems to be handed to her with the start of a camp for reading disabled kids on her family’s ranch, she jumps into helping—alongside a renowned music artist and a disillusioned pediatrician.
Award-winning author Christine Lynxwiler concludes the McCord Sisters trilogy with Kaleigh’s quest for success in journalism. The perfect profile story comes to her on the McCord family ranch when Dr. Simon Chandler starts a camp for reading disabled kids and invites his old friend, renowned pop artist Sterling Moss, to help out. Kaleigh is charmed by Sterling and thrilled with her story—until children are put in danger by a deranged fan. Will Kaleigh temper her goals to work alongside Simon, helping the kids in the McCord family tradition?
I can't wait to finish this series!!