Friday, August 28, 2015

Emerald City? Not This Summer! - Saturday Snapshots

With its multitudes of evergreen trees and usually rainy climate, the city of Seattle, Washington, is nicknamed The Emerald City. But this year the green has turned yellow or brown because of drought, and much of the state has battled wildfires. According to the National Weather Service, Seattle set a new record for driest May 1 to July 31, with just 0.9 inches of precipitation. 

Here are the effects of drought on my Pacific Northwest lawn, south of Seattle. Luckily, rain is forecast for this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Taming Jenna - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

Jenna Leigh-Whittington can track, shoot, and ride as well as any man, skills which have earned her a job as a Pinkerton agent assigned to track down ruthless killer Black Jack Mendoza. Once she earns the reward money for his capture, she'll use it to find her deadbeat father - a man who abandoned her and her mother and ruined their lives. Hired gunman Branch Macauley is tracking Mendoza too, determined to make him pay for killing his brother. What happens when Branch and Jenna meet? And could Mendoza be an innocent man? 

Taming Jenna is set in 1879 in Utah's mining country. The confrontations between these two strong characters result in a story filled with action, mystery, and romance. Author Charlene Raddon's vivid descriptions took me into forests of quaking aspen, into rough-and-rowdy mining towns, and in a particularly scary scene, even down into a mine. I enjoyed this action-filled romance, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Book Beginning:
     A man's naked chest was one thing, Jenna Leigh-Whittington told herself as she crept through the brush. After all, this was 1879, not the dark ages, and she'd seen men without shirts before. Back home in Illinois, farmhands often went shirtless, toiling under a broiling sun.
     Besides, Jenna had decided fifteen years ago - at the ripe age of seven - never to make the same mistake her mother had in giving her heart to a man.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
   Miguel's eyebrows rose. "You were held prisoner in a whorehouse? Dios, this is every man's dream, my friend."

Genre: Historical Western Romance
Length: 416 Pages
Amazon Link: Taming Jenna
Author Website: Charlene Raddon

Rather than include a synopsis, here's a trailer.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Samuel & Sophia: A Tale of Two Teddies - Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph

I have a four-year-old granddaughter who loves books, and one of her favorites is Samuel & Sophia - A Tale of Two Teddies by Judy Dearborn Nill. It's the story of twin teddy bears, their loyalty to each other, and their search for the perfect home.

The book is recommended for ages 4 to 8.

First Paragraph:
   A little boy with curly hair poked Samuel in the middle.
   Samuel giggled, but Sophia frowned.
   "I want these bears," the boy told his mother. "What are they called?"
   "The tags say Samuel and Sophia, dear."
   "I don't like the name Samuel," said the boy. "I don't like Sophia either...."

Teaser (from Page 4): 
"We don't need money," said the little girl. "We have credit cards!"

Genre: Children's Fiction
Length: 24 Pages
Publisher's Link: Samuel & Sophia at Guardian Angel Publishing
Amazon Link: Samuel & Sophia at Amazon
More Books by this Author: Judy's Amazon Author Page

This author has also written excellent books for young adults, early readers, and middle grade students.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Key to Love - Friday 56 & Book Beginnings

I enjoyed Key to Love for so many reasons: engaging plot, realistic characters, great description. This story has plenty of conflict and is much more than boy-meets-girl. There's suspicion that the death of Lucas Fisher's brother wasn't an accident. His will hasn't been found, and custody of his orphaned child is up in the air. There's also $100,000 missing. Elise Springer  has come to her hometown to help her injured father, but decisions she makes will affect her career as an architect back in San Francisco and her future with Lucas. This story examines the choices that can change a person's life.

Book Beginning:
     Scranton Wilkes-Barre International Airport was doing a brisk business for a Monday afternoon when Lucas Fisher arrived late because of heavy traffic on Interstate 81. He scanned the electronic arrivals board and instantly realized the early arrival of the San Francisco flight via a Detroit connection and his own tardiness meant one thing. He had already lost Elise Springer, sister of his best friend, Fritz. He'd bet all the money in his wallet she was impatiently wandering around the airport in search of him. Now he'd have to track her down or have her paged. Lucas sighed. He should have never washed his cell phone.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):

     Decked out in a Death Valley theme, the hangout held everything from cactuses to cattle skulls, obviously all plastic renditions. The bar's motley group of patrons consisted of bikers in black leathers with chain wallets and colorful tattoos, second-shift factory workers with no homing instincts, and young couples either fond of the kaleidoscopic atmosphere or in love with the western two-step.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 326 Pages
Amazon Link: Key to Love
Website: Judy Ann Davis

     When architect Elise Springer's father is injured, she immediately leaves San Francisco to care for him. The last person she expects to encounter in her Pennsylvania hometown is her childhood friend Lucas Fisher. Lucas is investigating his brother's mysterious death, and Elise can't resist lending a hand. 
     Lucas longs for the close family ties he never had. He's back in Scranton to set up a classic car restoration business and build a future. The torch he carries for Elise burns brighter than ever, but before he can declare his love, he must obtain the legal rights to adopt his nephew--and prove his brother's death was no accident. 
     As they unearth clues to find the murderer and a missing stash of money, Elise faces a dilemma. Is her career on the West Coast the key to her happiness, or is it an animal-cracker-eating four-year-old and his handsome uncle instead?


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