Author : Marsha

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If you read books then you have a To Be Read list/pile/tower of doom — we all do.  They might be physical books on your bookshelf, ebooks stored on your e-readers, or simply books that you’ve written down somewhere to get to “someday”.  Yeah.  We all have TBR piles – and mine is so out of control it isn’t even the slightest bit funny in a haha kinda way but more of an Oh My Goodness what have I done! way.

I’m joining the NovelKnight 2020 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge with a specific goal in mind.  You can also join or just check it all out at the text link above or by clicking on the graphic link at the top of this post.

I’m picking twenty (20) books from my bought but haven’t read yet TBR – all from various lines of Harlequin™.  This past year has been heavy with NetGalley ARC commitments, way more than I should have but put a book cover in front of me and I’m like a kid in a candy store — they all look so “good”.  But I’ve put the brakes on (or at least I’m tapping the brakes) so that I can get to some of my purchased books from 2019.  All of my adult reading life I have adored Harlequin.  Yet, I haven’t read as many or gotten caught up on ongoing series in recent years due to other online and real-life commitments.  That changes in 2020 as I’m taking more time for my own personal reading experiences and this challenge will work perfectly to help me keep on track to get those bought but not read books into my brain, my heart and off of my Kindle.  I’m determined.

My list of books will follow in the next section of this post.  When read and/or reviewed they will either be crossed out or linked to the review post here at Keeper Bookshelf.


I noticed a pattern in my purely for pleasure reading last year (not the NetGalley or ARCs reading) where it seems I’m picking up more re-telling of classic fairy-tales romances than I usually do.  I honestly seem to go in cycles on re-tellings and 2020 seems to be the year they are on my reading radar.

I decided to join the 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge hosted at Centerfolds this year.  I’ve joined in the past with, frankly, not much success so I’m hoping for a much better result this time around.

You can find all the rules, options, levels, and any information you could possibly need by following either the text link above or the graphic link on the side of this post.

I’m aiming for the “Warrior Princess: 6-10 Retellings” level this time.  I believe that is more than doable, and should I manage to read more – all the better.  🙂

If this sounds like fun, head on over to the sign-up page and check it out for yourself.  Good luck & happy reading challenges!

 

It’s so easy to get caught up in the “challenge madness” of the beginning of each new year.  January comes around and I’m ready to dive in to far more challenges than I can honestly handle – come on, they all sound so fun – but I’ve learned to be selective, to pick the ones that I have a chance of keeping up with given that there is always some “real life” not “reading life” issue that will crop up.

So when another blogger’s post about this challenge popped up in my feed I took a look – and yeah, 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge really does fit in with my reading style and my own plan for the coming year.  (You can find out everything you need to know by clicking either on that text link above or on the graphic link over there <– )

More details are on the next page.

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Head back to Big Verde, Texas, where a homecoming queen and the bad-boy-turned-sheriff get a second chance at first love!

Once Jessica Acosta left Big Verde, Texas, she didn’t look back . . . until now, when a temporary homecoming brings her face-to-face with her high school sweetheart. Still devastatingly sexy, Casey Long sets off the same sparks that drew them together years ago. But Jess can’t forget how he broke her heart . . . or the secret that came between them.

Casey may have traded in his bad-boy rep and big rodeo dreams for a sheriff’s badge, but he’s never gotten over Jess leaving. Having her back in town feels like a second chance, especially when it’s clear that their chemistry is as strong as ever. But can Casey and Jess move beyond the pain of the past . . . to have the future they both deserve?

Titles in the Once Upon a Time in Texas series include – Big Bad CowboyIt’s All About That Cowboy (#1.5) – Cowboy Come Home –

* It’s All About That Cowboy was a bonus novella included in Justified (Loveless #1) by Jay Crownover – in that sense this novella was previously published)

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Forty years ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, “The Incident” occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases, causing peculiar effects on its residents, such as strange visions and ominous voices. Not wanting the government to get involved, they chalked it up to the hallucinogenic effects of mushrooms. Little did they know these effects would linger through the generations…

Residents Catalina Lark and Olivia Dayton have been best friends for years and own an investigation firm together, using what they call the “other sight” to help with their business. When Olivia goes missing, Cat frantically begins the search for her alone when the town does nothing about it. When scientist Slate Trevelyan shows up, she has no choice but to accept his help even though there’s something about him she just can’t trust. The duo discovers someone is hunting the two witnesses of a murder in Fogg Lake fourteen years ago—the very one Cat and Olivia witnessed as teens, one that they couldn’t prove happened. Cat and Slate’s search for Olivia takes them down a rabbit hole that is far more dangerous and mysterious than they ever expected, and with a killer in their midst, neither of them can foresee who will come out alive.

Titles in the Fogg Lake series include — The Vanishing

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They want different things, but they just might need each other

Barrel racer Cheyenne Whitten returns to Wishing, Texas, after an injury, determined to recuperate and return to the rodeo circuit. But living with her over-protective mother only adds to Cheyenne’s problems. Desperate to move out and reclaim her independence, Cheyenne believes a service dog is the answer. That is until she learns the waiting list for one is up to five years.

Having lost his fiancée two years ago, Cooper Abbott wants to run his veterinarian clinic and rebuild his life. A calm, stable, uneventful life. Then Cheyenne shows up asking for help getting a service dog, and Cooper finds he can’t refuse the feisty redhead.

Cheyenne and Cooper insist a relationship is the last thing they want. Cheyenne is focused on her health and returning to the rodeo. Cooper’s heart is still raw from loss. But it could be they’re exactly what each other needs.

Titles in the Wishing, Texas series include – To Love A Texas Cowboy – To Catch A Texas Cowboy – To Tame A Texas Cowboy –

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A woman fighting to keep her family’s farm. A man hiding from the guilt that consumes him. The two angels determined to show each of them the power of forgiveness.

Sarah Abrahams hears the whispers around town and knows that no man would consider marrying her. Alone after her family’s death, she is now in danger of losing the farm and the only life she has known in Creede, Colorado. The bank won’t negotiate with her unless she is married, and she knows that no man would consider marrying her without expecting something in return. What she didn’t count on was the stranger from the North East that appeared on a rainy night and how a simple kindness could be repaid in a big way.

Ian Poole has been branded a coward and is on the run from the memories that plague him. He leaves his old life behind and heads West to find healing. Injured en route, he seeks refuge at a farm. When Ian finds out Sarah needs help, can this be the opportunity to redeem himself?

Married by Midnight is the 48th title in the multi-author series, Cowboys and Angels   For a complete list of titles and authors in this series please visit the Cowboys and Angels page.

(Now that the Cowboys and Angels series has ended with the 49th title – I need to binge read to catch up – be sure to look for the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series)

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There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…

Carrying Death’s orders is my sole duty. I’ve never had reason to question her, even if I disagreed. But Kyra’s fierceness and willpower shed light on my mission. She drives the darkness of my world away.

The answers to the Others’ goals lie in her past. For Kyra, I will risk going against Death’s wishes. For her…I will battle the past and the future itself.

Titles in the Reaper series include — Dark Alpha’s Claim – Dark Alpha’s Embrace – Dark Alpha’s Demand – Dark Alpha’s Lover – Dark Alpha’s Night – Dark Alpha’s Hunger – Dark Alpha’s Awakening – Dark Alpha’s Redemption – Dark Alpha’s Temptation –

There are connections between Ms. Grant’s Reaper and Dark Kings series.  Should you want to dive deeper into the Dark Universe then here are the other titles that may interest you.

Titles in the Dark Kings series, long series include — Darkest Flame – Fire Rising – Burning Desire – Hot-Blooded – Night Blaze – Soul Scorched – Passion Ignites – Smoldering Hunger – Smoke and Fire – Firestorm – Blaze – Heat – Torched – Dragonfire – Ignite – Fever

I love a good romance – contemporary, historical, paranormal, mystery, suspense – it doesn’t matter the genre, I simply love a good love story.

I absolutely hate spoilers.  I’m not afraid to admit to that one, at all.

I try very hard in my reviews of books I’ve read and enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy at all) to keep my observations, plot-wise, about what can be found in the Cover Description.  The author or publishing house decided to give those spoilers away all on their own.  The rest of the review contains my reactions to the story, my feelings for the characters, how well the author pulled me into their world or how their writing flowed, hopefully, holding me in place until the end.

Once my review is published I’ll look over other readers/reviewers’ thoughts about the same book out of curiosity.  What I often see makes me cringe.  And I know if I had read some of those reviews first that I never would have picked up the book to begin with – and sometimes I’m told the entire story including the ending so actually why bother buying the book now?

This little post, my small blog isn’t going to have a huge impact on spoilers in reviews.  I know that.  Every reader, every reviewer is entitled to their own thoughts, their own style, their own opinion.

But for the love of books that have the words “The End” in them, please don’t tell me how it all ends.  Allow me something to discover on my own, some part of this adventure that is a surprise to me, something… please.  To be quite frank, this is the reason that as a reader I never, ever read reviews before I’ve finished the book.  That probably sounds very strange to some people – but the ending has been spoiled for me far too many times to take that risk.

My opinion.  My thoughts.  My plea – Please Don’t Spoil The Book For Me By Telling Me The Ending.  I don’t think that’s too much to ask, really I don’t.

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Hollis and Daisy love podcasting about murder cases…
But can they solve one?

Hollis Bisbee used to be a big-city crime reporter. Now, she’s a small-town journalist, and she’s bored. She and a young mom, talented baker Daisy Mueller, start the Knock ‘Em Dead podcast— ”Where murder and muffins meet!” It’s all fun, games, and baking tips until murder comes to Parkwood.

After a brutal homecoming game loss, the coach of the rival football team is the victim of a hit-and-run in the high school parking lot. The entire town is on edge, and the star quarterback—who happens to be the police chief’s son—may just look the guiltiest of all.

With Hollis’s investigative skills and Daisy’s famous muffins…and in spite of the charming rookie police officer tasked with keeping Hollis out of the way…the podcasting duo sets out to solve their first real case.

A Parkwood Mystery

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