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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 7

Is it Sunday already??? We’ve been pretty busy with that silly fence. All the posts are in now, but we have to do that actual “build the fence” thing.

Here are some bargain reads I’ve found.
Edited: First pick was deleted due to content, so we’ll have to move to the next selection!

The one I really want to read is pre-order until Monday (Sept 4):

Snowspelled I love the cover and I wish I owned that dress!

In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules…

Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.

Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.

But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks…and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.

To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.

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Posted: September 3, 2017
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  1. I thought I’d try The Hitman’s Guide to Housekeeping.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 3, 2017 @ 7:47 pm

  2. I’ve had my eye on Snowspelled myself.

    I haven’t gotten much reading done, the audiobook is on hold because while here on vacay I have had other people in the car and for the trip we had to keep it off most of the time while we were getting lost. It’s a thing we do pretty often. I’m still reading The Jupiter Myth, it seems really slow to me but I want to find out what happens.

    Comment by April — September 4, 2017 @ 6:05 am

  3. Warning!!! About 13% in, there is something in The Hitman’s Guide to Housekeeping that is so atrocious, so disgusting, that I immediately closed the book and will not finish. I should have looked at the reviews.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 4, 2017 @ 4:12 pm

  4. OH NO! I’m deleting it from the front page. I did check the reviews, but they were all over the map. I didn’t see any huge warning references, but I did only scan a few.

    Comment by Maria — September 4, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

  5. It was just a reference to something that happened during a war but it was enough to turn my stomach.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 4, 2017 @ 7:32 pm

  6. I’ll take your word for it. I don’t need graphic violence descriptions–from the past, present or future!

    Comment by Maria — September 4, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

  7. I’m listening to a mystery, now. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 5, 2017 @ 8:25 am

  8. Which mystery???

    Comment by Maria — September 5, 2017 @ 9:52 am

  9. Cheringham. It’s a British Cozy. The narrator is Neil Dudgeon and I’m familiar with him through watching Midsomer Murders. The body was found pretty quickly and what I can see will be the main characters were established by Chapter 2.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 5, 2017 @ 11:24 am

  10. I will not tolerate detailed violence. Thank you for reacting quickly Maria. I have picked up the book a few times, but never got beyond the first page. I’m glad I didn’t.

    Comment by Elisabeth — September 5, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

  11. The thanks goes to Margaret for trying it and letting us know! I know they say that good writers write great descriptions, but there is a lot to be said for a writer who can create an aura and set the stage–without gory details. Bad things happen in this world. It’s enough to know about them. I don’t want to read horrific details–imagined or otherwise.

    Comment by Maria — September 5, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

  12. I returned the book and the audio and I never do that.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 5, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

  13. I’m glad I didn’t pick up that book!

    Finished The Jupiter Myth and it was good, if a bit slower than I would have liked. Also finished Grounded and am now moving on to Disenchanted which is the Cindrella story. I’m still listening to The Snake, The Crocodile and The Dog but since mom is listening to this one with me, I’ll have to have something for my commute. About to start Firebug by Lish McBride. I loved her earlier duology (starts with Hold Me Closer Necromancer – it is funny for those who like to laugh) so I’m checking out her newest series.

    Comment by April — September 5, 2017 @ 8:19 pm

  14. You returned The Hitman or the cozy???

    Comment by Maria — September 5, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

  15. Wow. April. Slow down there. You’re gonna hurt yourself. If you were running a marathon instead of reading, you’d have just circled the world three times!

    Comment by Maria — September 5, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

  16. Nah. I’ll live. Unless Irma comes to get me.

    Comment by April — September 6, 2017 @ 9:04 am

  17. Irma looks like it could be bad. I’m going to at least try to have food and water for several days. They don’t know for sure, but Atlanta could be in its path. Times like these I’m glad I don’t live in Florida.

    Comment by Elisabeth — September 6, 2017 @ 11:50 am

  18. Irma does not look like a nice lady. Glad you are prepping. Never hurts to have food on hand.

    Comment by Maria — September 6, 2017 @ 12:02 pm

  19. Irma looks very scary. A friend from another blog lives in the USVI and she’s been posting snippets of videos from Irma. She and her family managed to get out over the weekend and are in Georgia but neighbors and friends have been sending her video when they have cell service. April, stay safe!
    I’m reading Denise Swanson’s newest Scumble River –“Dead In the Water”. True cozy — no language, explicit violence or explicit sex. She’s rebooting the series and has a new publisher. The characters are the same and it’s interesting enough to keep me reading, but the story doesn’t flow. Nothing I can put my finger on, but it just seems disjointed. It also could benefit from another round of editing/proofreading. I hope it’s just the birth pangs of a reboot and getting used to a new publisher, and not a loss of quality, because this series has always been one of my favorites.

    Comment by Dee/dragons3 — September 6, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

  20. Maria, I returned Hitman. I’m happy with Cheringham.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 6, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

  21. Irma has taken a slight shift to the right which puts the eye right over us. If it shifts just a bit more, the eye will be over the ocean and the bad side of the storm will be out to sea.

    We have food, water frozen in the freezer, a generator is arriving tomorrow as swell as sufficient gas cans (if we have gas) to keep it going. Shutters are going up tomorrow.

    We’re as good as it gets.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 6, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

  22. While Irma has been giving the islands a beating, each day is looking like she’ll be giving us in Florida less of a hassle – though the Keys and most of Miami has been evacuated. I hope it stays that way. We’re as prepared as we’re going to get.

    Started Disenchanted which is the second in the Tyme series after Grounded and this one is the Cinderella story. I’m liking it so far. What is really fun is that the author gives the ‘villains’ real and concrete reasons for their villainy. They aren’t just evil to be evil, they do the things they do for understandable (not right, but understandable) reasons and few authors do this so well. We also see the flaws that the mains have and how their perceptions are very different from others’. Good stuff.

    Comment by April — September 7, 2017 @ 11:13 am

  23. I hope Irma goes out to sea and just makes pals with the ocean beasts.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 7, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

  24. I just read on KB that Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton and Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama are opening up their camping facilities for free to any Irma evacuees.

    Very generous of them.

    Ooops, with all the prep I’ve been doing (water, food, shutters, etc.), I almost forgot to download a bunch of books to my Kindle. I do have some paper books left just in case.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 7, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

  25. Yes, you want to make sure to have books on hand and charge your kindle, your phone and other stuff!

    Comment by Maria — September 7, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

  26. My generator arrived this morning. We filled it with gas and it’s up and running. I can charge my kindles and phone on the generator in an emergency.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 8, 2017 @ 9:40 am

  27. Margaret, I hope you don’t end up needing it, but it’s good that you have one!!!

    Comment by Maria — September 8, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

  28. I actually got a generator today as well. A friend needed one for medical devices and they had enough for sale that I bought one too. They said that if electric goes out, could be off for days.

    Comment by Elisabeth — September 9, 2017 @ 9:46 pm

  29. That is very good, Elisabeth and they are right. When my friend lost electricity in one of these bad ones, she didn’t have it for 3 weeks and by that time there were no generators to be had, no way to get one delivered and at first there was no gas around. So make sure you have some gas for it. You can always use the gas up in your mower or put it in your car if it isn’t diesel.

    And remember–do not use the generators inside a closed space. They are noisy, loud and full of fumes that you want OUTSIDE! 🙂 Be safe, my friends.

    Comment by Maria — September 10, 2017 @ 7:30 am

  30. We absolutely cannot run our generators during the storm. It has to be outside or you’re facing carbon monoxide poisoning. I’ll be putting mine on the screened porch when the time comes.

    I mentioned charging my kindles and phone on the generator. Big no-no. DD suggested charging my electronics in the car. I have full tank.

    Hopefully by the time I run out of gas, the stations will be open again. Everyone tells me you only have to run the generator about two hours a day and my generator should run for 11 hours on a tank of gas. I’ve got another 2.5 gallons in a can.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 10, 2017 @ 9:25 am

  31. They have announced that gas is coming from Houston. They were just devastated a couple of weeks ago and here they are helping us.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — September 11, 2017 @ 8:44 am

  32. Houston has the refineries. The one thing they do all the time, with rare exception, is deliver gas! I’m glad it will be getting there. April the Dragon has reported in–she doesn’t have electricity, but is doing fine otherwise. Y’all hang tough.

    Comment by Maria — September 11, 2017 @ 8:50 am

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