B is for Book Love

Welcome to this week's a2z: Take 2 and
the letter B.

What can I say, B is Books and here are some GREAT Books we've been reading recently here at my house...

Cooking the Books

by Bonnie Calhoun

After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also "inherits" a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron Chef when in reality you need a cast iron stomach to partake of her culinary disasters. And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”

A lot! Sloane begins to receive cyber threats. While Sloane uses her computer forensic skills to uncover the source of the threats, it is discovered someone is out to kill her. Can her life get more crazy?

Patty says: I totally loved Cooking the Books. Bonnie's sense of humor cracks me up and I could not keep from laughing. I planned to read a little every day so I didn't fall behind with everything else in life, but that idea didn't last long before I settled in for duration. So glad I did. I needed the laughs and Cooking the Books was a recipe for fun. Don't miss this one!!


Where Wildflowers Bloom

Book 1 in the new Sisters at Heart series by Ann Shorey

How far will she go to follow her dreams?

The War Between the States stole a father and brother from Faith Lindberg--as well as Royal Baxter, the man she wanted to marry. With only her grandfather left, she dreams of leaving Noble Springs, Missouri, and traveling west to Oregon to start a new life, away from the memories that haunt her. But first she must convince her grandfather to sell the family's mercantile and leave a town their family has called home for generations.

When Royal Baxter suddenly returns, Faith allows herself to hope that she and Royal will finally wed. But does he truly love her? Or will another man claim her heart?

Esther says: I really like Where the Wildflowers Bloom!! Curt and Faith drew me in from the start and made me wish I could be there and meet them.


When the Smoke Clears

by Lynette Eason

As a member of the North Cascades Smokejumpers, Alexia Allen always takes care of the equipment that keeps her safe. So when she nearly dies in a fire due to equipment failure, she knows something is up. Ordered to take time off while the investigation continues, Alexia makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she's involved with murder, arson--and a handsome detective. But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she strives to remember and forgive her family history, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension readers have come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.

Abby says: When The Smoke Clears is definitely a book that keeps you on your toes! I've been reading as fast as I could to find out what happens next.


And, next on my list to read...
The Next Target

by Nikki Arana
Would You Share Your Faith If It Would Cost You Your Life?

It only took one bullet. Austia's friend and student fell dead. And with a glimpse of a newspaper headline, the young and recently widowed Austia knows more about what happened than the police. From that fatal night, Austia's secret outreach to the U.S. Muslim community-in the guise of English language classes-becomes a target. Local Muslim extremists set their sights on ending her ministry and even her life. And the women she ministers to will be next.

A thick web of deceit closes in around Austia, and her circle of friends becomes smaller by the day, even as she finally opens herself to the idea of falling in love again. But who can she trust? Facing a spiritual battle that proves more treacherous than it at first seemed, Austia's convictions are tested to their limits and her heart becomes primed for breaking. She must ask herself: how much she will risk to stay true to her herself, her faith, and to the lives of the women she serves?

Patty says: I've not read The Next Target yet, but I've been anxious to read it since Niki told me about it many months ago, when she was working on it. Can't wait to jump into in, even though it's not my usual reading fare. The girls and I might wrestle over who gets to read this one first!


So tell me, read any good books lately?

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  1. The latest book I read, Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer, is up on a review at my blog: http://marjilaine.blogspot.com/2012/01/review-songbird-under-german-moon.html

    Right now, I'm reading Relentless by Robin Parrish, but I'm looking forward to enjoying Cooking the Books soon!

  2. Sound like some great books! One of my favorite authors, Brandilyn Collins, is a guest on my blog this week. :-)

    Right now I'm reading Camille Eide's Savanna's Gift--a Christmas romance novella by a friend in my writing critique group and Elite of the Weak, a well-done suspense book about a young lady joining the global fight against child prostitution (forget that author's name).

  3. They all sound like interesting reads! I've not taken the time to read a book in the last couple of weeks but will in the next day or two.

  4. I just finished reading "To See the Sun" by Peggy Blann Phifer. It was awesome.

    I'll be posting my review on my blog soon and Peggy will be joining me for an interview in February.

  5. I loved both Anne and Lynn's books! I finished Lynn's this weekend. Thrilling page turner. Now I MUST get Bonnie's.

  6. I had a good reading weekend. I finished Book 1 in the Broadmoore Legacy by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, No Place for a Lady by Maggie Brendan, Julie Lessman's A Hope Undaunted and Anderson Cooper's bio.

    Great post!

  7. Those *all* sound good! I have so many books I've downloaded onto my Kindle when they're free I don't think I'll ever catch up, lol. Right now I'm reading Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. I'm not very far into it yet, but am enjoying it!

  8. I'm always months behind on the books I'm reading. I just finished one by Laurie Alice Eakes that was excellent... you know you read too fast when you can't remember the titles.

  9. LOVE that I got to see what the girls were reading too!

    I'm reading "The Art of War for Writers," but planning to do something fiction (maybe Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith) when I'm done.

  10. I'm reading "The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow" by Joyce Magnin. I'm still toward the beginning but so far the main characters are very unique to any I've read before. I'm also working my way through Jane Austen's works. But I'm now wanting "Cooking the Books"!! I love anything that makes me laugh!!


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