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Posted on Apr 24, 2012 7:59:14 AM PDT
liz bennet says:
A couple I spotted:

London Calling (Susanna and the Spy)
Romance and treason in Regency London
It is the autumn of 1809, and Susanna Ward's life is more perfect than she could ever have dared hope. She is reconciled with her estranged family and engaged to the man she loves, Lord James Ravenwood. But across the English Channel, Britain's war with the Emperor Napoleon still rages. And when a chance letter arrives from London, Susanna learns that James has secretly allowed himself to be drawn into the shadowy world of espionage and intrigue. To be with James, Susanna travels to London--and is soon caught up in a dangerous operation to uncover a ring of French spies and a traitor within the British War Office.
Susanna will risk her life to protect both her country and the man she loves. And yet as she sees James torn between love for her and duty to King and country, she realizes that the greatest danger may be to her own heart.
Set against the glittering backdrop of a Regency London Season, London Calling is a cozy mystery, appropriate for all ages. It is approximately 61,000 words or 244 pages in length.
Although London Calling can be read alone, the story builds on the events of Susanna and the Spy.

Pity the first one isn't free.

A Worthy Attachment
Mary Highcross had always been perfectly content with her life, to the point that she views marriage as an unnecessary and even undesirable step - especially if it were to a solemn clergyman. But when disaster befalls her family, her opinions may have to change.

I'm just in a very Regency mood lately...happens when I go through all my Austens again, I'm left wanting more, so I slog through the current imitators and hash the bad ones and compliment the good.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:02:07 AM PDT
Grandma says:
@Moggy K - you can freeze them at several points - as just the dough, after you've shaped them but before you allow them to rise, after you've baked them off or you can bake them at a lower temp so that they bake through but do not brown, then freeze them as "brown and serve" rolls. Already baked ones will have more of a shelf life, though you will probably want to pop them into the oven for a few minutes after they've thawed to freshen up the crust a bit.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:12:57 AM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
@Nospin - and other cat servants
speaking of Quotes for Cats.....
my calendar a day pic yesterday featured a lovely golden-eyed, black and white cat lying next to a blank sheet of paper and pen, looking up at me. The caption said:

This is my list of all your clever quips and quotes.

You will notice it is blank.

That was my Andy (deceased) all over again....amazing how the cat could do a sarcastic raised eyebrow look without ever actually having them.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:20:16 AM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
Well, it ain't illegal down here, but it does look a little uppity using a fork with fried chicken....that's the only way we eat it...we folks are fond of "finger" foods...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:20:58 AM PDT
Mieko* says:
Liz, My kindle will arrive tomorrow!


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:21:36 AM PDT
You be sure to nap whenever you feel sleepy or tired! You need to treat yourself well after what you've been through! I'm glad to see you back and feeling better.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:26:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 8:48:38 AM PDT
Heading over to hunt the 272 book kinlib list. Picks posted as I find them:

Discreet Activities (Barry/McCall Series)- Mystery/Thriller (I think I already have 2 more books from this series)
As a result of information gathered via electronic surveillance by intelligence agencies in the U.S. and Canada, a budding terrorist organization, the Army for Islam or AFI, is suspected of planning an attack, its target possibly NYC, Burlington, Vermont or even Canada's famed Montreal.
When four foreign students from Pakistan with known ties to the AFI's Montreal cell arrive in the area on New Year's Eve, Discreet Activities' head, Jonathan Addley, along with Chris Barry and other DA consultants are more than willing to take on the additional workload.
After two of the DA team members die violently in an AFI related suicide-bombing, the job becomes getting revenge on those responsible for this Holy War...

Visions of Evil- Mystery/Thriller
FBI Special Agent, Allison Lewis, uses her psychic abilities along with her identical twin sister, Madison, to zero in on Jake Tansey a psychopathic killer. Jake flees to Mexico, then returns to the United States to eliminate the twins. The three end up in Sedona, AZ where the girls confront the killer.
A historical subplot revolves around Pearl whose family is murdered in 1875 on a wagon trail in the Colorado Territory. Pearl, the lone survivor at fifteen, must learn to rely on her intuition and intelligence to out-wit human predators, and the harsh conditions of the old West.

The Eternal Gift (The Eternal Series)- Paranormal
A young girl (Kailah) discovers that she is from a lost and forgotten powerful Immortal blood line after she meets a strange new physician at work. She begins to have visions and see spirits and has trouble controlling bad things from happening when she is angry. Along the way she discovers the terrible truth about who she is and the incredible power that is locked away deep inside her. Her Immortal ancestors want to use her to destroy the vampire race. Vampires want to use her power to destroy her Immortal ancestors. But hiding in the shadows are those who have been watching her since she was born. They want to help Kailah discover who she is and help her learn to use her abilities. They simply want for her to make the right decision before it's too late. Unfortunately for them time is not on their side and the Rogue Vampires have plans for Kailah no one could have imagined.

Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars)- Adventure
Doctor Talbot Harrison, a professor in archeology, receives a phone call one day which will destroy everything he perceives as reality. His brother has been mysteriously killed and within moments the United States Military appear at his door, literally dragging him from his home. Thrown into a helicopter under intense armed guard, it doesn't take long until they are attacked by something which cannot possibly exist, something drawn to destroy the one man who can stop the beasts from a land beyond Hades....

The Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lover's Recipe Book Volume 1 (Girl Talk Cookbooks Series)- cookbook
*From 1 review-
I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life doing a little late night reading.
I just grabbed a copy of this and can tell you that if you want a good laugh the stories alone will do it for you.

Stigma- Suspense
In Los Angeles, a young Mayan boy with a blue-crescent-moon tattoo dies mysteriously. In Central America, a puzzling illness is spreading among Mayan tribal villages.
And soon, E.R. physician Luke McKenna will discover the link between these events and demons from his dark past. The secrets that haunt Luke are about to pull him and the woman he loves into a terrifying house of mirrors where nothing is as it first appears. Time is running out, and only by reawakening the ghost of Luke McKenna's past can they discover the truth.
His enemies may also discover a truth: When threatened, Luke McKenna is a very dangerous man.

The House in Banes Meadow- Mystery/Thriller
The House in Banes Meadow is the second volume in the Ray Corngrower series. It, like The Infant Carrier, combines actual Native American legend with a contemporary setting, using the same characters.

Lost in the Evensongs (The Evensongs Trilogy)- Fantasy (I have book 1 Quest of the Evensongs already)
Pii is a child prodigy, his best friend is the heir to the planets, he shares his home with a warrior and a ballerina, and to top it off he's in love with a Gipsie, could his life get any more strange?
The school year is just starting on the sparkling crystal planet at Niula College and Pii is about to learn just how bizarre it can get. A small drop of blood changes his and his friend's lives forever.
A gripping adventure into fantasy as eight young college students find their way into the Evensongs and discover a power beyond their imaginations.

Torbrek...and the Dragon Variation (The Torbrek Trilogy)- Fantasy
When Tor saves the Princess from the terrifying, fire-breathing dragon and delivers her to the handsome knight she is destined to marry, nothing is quite as it seems; the dragon is overweight and hasn't breathed fire for years; the Princess and her supposed suitor don't hit it off; and Tor shouldn't be in the rebel cavalry at all because she's a woman disguised as a man. Which doesn't help when she is attracted to a fellow soldier...
Meanwhile, studying the records of the legendary Hundred Knights, cold-blooded agent Corfe unearths a secret about Tor that even she is unaware of, a secret that makes ruthless King Skardroft very interested in her, and will change the outcome of the battle for the kingdom.

Lady of High Regard, A- Historical Fiction
Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She's also a writer for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the disdain of her family--and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn't meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words...
When her writing draws her into the world of downtrodden seamen's wives on Philadelphia's docks, Mia uncovers a scheme that puts her in harm's way. But her heart ends up on the line as well.... Has her determination to always make a match driven away the one man whose esteem she covets?

That's my first 10. I'm up to book #58.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:26:23 AM PDT
Moggy K says:
Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:26:29 AM PDT
Mieko* says:
Liz: Thanks about my new name. Everyone was having such fun with changing I went with the flow.

My children are older, taller and richer than me...they should remember Mother's Day all by themselves now lol.

I luckily get lots of gift cards, as they are far away from me in distance.

When they ask what I want...I say 'You know what I want :)' Each year one or two of them send that strange item called M O N E I can keep my garden looking good...I have my garden stash.

Thanks for the motivation!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:28:38 AM PDT
Mieko* says:

First thing I did today was UV the three times re-submitted cookbook review you posted.


Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:33:35 AM PDT
BB says:
Titanic Survivor: Life Boat No. 6 Helen Churchill Candee - In Memory of Titanic Survivor in the 100th Titanic Anniversary 2012 (100th Anniversary Titanic Series) ships

Mouse: New Toy humor

The Ghost Of Witches' Hollow ghosts

Home Sweet Home - A short story humor

7 Ways to Avoid the Debt Collector (The Repo Man series) humor

Mouse: Bad Doug humor

that's all she wrote from kinlib 272.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:40:07 AM PDT
Melissa says:
Thanks AmeliaAT. I am defiantely gonna be doing alot of napping. I already feel my eyes getting heavy. And I have only been up a couple of hours.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:47:12 AM PDT
liz bennet says:
Checking out the Chocolate Peanut Butter book now, it better improve pretty quick...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 8:50:33 AM PDT
I actually enjoyed the stories, the recipes mostly sounded okay, not sure about the PB smoothie with v8 fusion, but that's personal taste

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:56:12 AM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
I did an amateur check on the The Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lover's Recipe Book Volume 1 (Girl Talk Cookbooks Series), picked two of the more unique recipes, the parfait and the eggs (peanut butter layered fudge is too common for an amateur like me to discredit someone for having the same ingredients) - did a google on the parfait, and did not immediately find a matching recipe, and went to allrecipes, same result, and entered ingredients in allrecipes, and no matches. Tried one more time with Baby Ruth Squares, and as with the others, the ingredients might match or come close, but not the amounts. Nice TOC, and stories in front, but there is no author page, just a couple of others dealing with soups and funny named recipes. That is as far as I can judge, so may take it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:00:44 AM PDT
Moggy K says:
They have 2 other cookbooks ~NOT free~ "Hot Soups for Winter Warmth" and "Funny Foods 39 Recipes with Funny Names"

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 9:14:59 AM PDT
bethcross says:
It seems to me that the last couple of weeks have brought fewer repeats, which is good. Only one from the archives today:
The Silk Train Murder (The Klondike Era Mysteries) (Feb 9)

Four(!!) new:
Past Imperfect (Mystery; beautiful cover, great reviews)
The Orange Blossom Express (Fiction; I'm a sucker for anything "hippie" related; I missed it by "just this much")
Cold Edge (Edge Series #3) (This is part of new series AGAIN, but it's set in Houston, where I was born and still live; can't wait to see what the author does with the setting)
Lady of High Regard, A - Ok, my prejudices are going to show here and I'm sorry for that. I waffled about this one. I love the blurb but I am really leery of the genre classification. I absolutely can't do Christian feel-good fiction - not now. I really want this to be about a young woman writing for Godey's Ladies magazine and having adventures, but I can't do with overly sentimental religious messages throughout. If ANYbody's read this book, or others in the series, could you please let me know how strong this is?? I am not attacking anyone at all for their beliefs or opinions, I just personally can't go there right now. If this book is a light historical that just doesn't have a lot of graphic situations, such as violence or sex, then I'll enjoy it just fine - I can read "clean", I just can't do God-is-great-all-the-time, life-is-perfect at this point in time. Please understand and thanks for letting me in on any info!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:17:05 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Melissa - So glad you are home!

Thanks for posting, everyone! I was trying to use ereader and it stopped working in the middle of things (yikes)! I hate to miss out on more books since I have nothing to read (lol)......

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:17:10 AM PDT
Bob n Gail says:
I was going to click this one until I noticed the single 4 star review was by a Jimmy Walls, which just happens to be the same name as the main character in this book. Think I'll pass for now.

Changes A Werewolf's Saga "Jimmy Walls was a simple man. When his life changes forever, he takes a job as a night watchman at a local research laboratory. After finding himself lost in his new world, he stumbles on an unusual man, who seems to be living inside a locked up room of the labs. Befriended by him, he learns of an incredible secret that seems to revolve around the man known as Collins. A secret that intensifies when an animal escapes from the labs. Bitten by the animal, Jimmy changes, becoming someone or something that he does not understand. With the help of Rachel Garland, a lead researcher at the facility, he must now learn what he is about to become before the next full moon--the animal growing inside him that the lab wants for the cure that it can give to the human race. "

Just G

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:19:19 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Juaquin - Now I can't get that song (Dust in the Wind) out of my head! Good thing I like it.........

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 9:21:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2012 10:42:08 AM PDT
Continuing the 272 book kinlib list:

Music Box (Digital Short) (Thriller)- Mystery/Thriller
Esther is getting old. No, she is old. Aging with every blink, with every breath.
After a life full of power and purpose, she is met with the harsh reality that she is now obsolete, and her fragile moments are short. On the eve of the last night in the city she has called home for years, Esther and her lover Jacob share their fears and their romance for this world over one last meal, as they wait in fearful unrest for what is coming.

Redemption (A Noah Milano novelette) (Noah Miilano)- Mystery/Thriller
Twenty years ago he tortured and killed a young boy. Now he is out of prison, ready to find redemption confronting the victim's parents.
He hires Noah Milano, security specialist and son of LA's biggest mobster to protect him.
When the unexpected happens it's up to Noah Milano to do what he thinks is right and make sure justice is done.

Slave Auction--Part One (A Short Story)--from the Trouble Down South Series- Historical Short Story
Master Finnius has died, and his widow must sell off his holdings. Included in these holdings are 22 slaves. In Slave Auction, Horatio, one of the slaves, is ripped from the arms of his mother and sold into bondage. This story will bring you to tears as you learn the fate of this four-year-old slave boy.
I also picked up these by the same author from that series for free today-
*Trouble Down South and Other Stories (Was free Sept 21, 2011 when I got it and FREE today)
*Grandpa's Courtship (A Short Story) --from the Trouble Down South Series
*Rock (A Short Story)--from the Trouble Down South Series

SIXED Up- Science Fiction
After practically giving up on life and suffering several heart attacks, Jeffrey Thomas Henderson is given a choice between death within minutes or a new life by the strange man who has materialized in his living room.
Choosing to leave comes at a cost. To be an experiment. Alot awaits him as he travels to a world that isn't even in the Universe, falls in love and is faced with a choice of saving those of the two worlds he's known.

Hoof Beats and Hummingbirds-Memoir
This is a memoir of sorts, recalling over 40 years of my husband's and my interaction with animals. We were often over matched. Almost always out smarted. This includes a lifetime spent with dogs, cats, horses and various wildlife, including deer, one small black bear and hummingbirds: a fascinating but pushy little bird in my opinion.

Barking Dogs - A Mitch Helwig Book- Science Fiction/Cop Thriller
Mitch Helwig is a cop who has gone over the edge. He's got a Barking Dog-an infallible, illegal lie-detector, worn under street clothes - and he's tired of being lied to. He's a criminal's worst nightmare.

Unfinished (Historical Fiction)- Historical Fiction
A fraudulent psychic. A soulless declaration. A wealthy heiress whose father is determined to disinherit her. Can love overcome all -- or will it need another generation?
Billionaire's daughter Lilith Stone never imagined she'd (almost) lose her virginity in her father's Beacon Hill garden, right under his watchful eye. Poor Southie boy James Hillman never intended to fall in love; ambition and wealth meant too much to him.
When this unlikely duo meets for the first time as Lilith's father tries to have her committed to the mental ward for a repeat performance, both find that "never" means nothing when it comes to love. As James prepares to find his fortune in the mines in Chile, Lilith struggles with the demons of her own past and a sexual proclivity that shatters known medical science assumptions.
With a cast of characters that range from a cuckolded billionaire to a beribboned chihuahua, this Edwardian tale of 1910s love -- and loss -- asks the question: If love never dies, then where does it go?

Two Strong Women Mysteries (The Gandy Mysteries)- Mystery/Thriller
In "Gloriette", Jenny Livingston, a young married state employee, is drawn into thickets of deception and political hardball when she is taken from her agency job to work as a legislative liaison by the rapacious Mississippi Governor Robert Summers. Jacey Clare, a sociopathic, bodacious rival for Summers' attention, threatens Jenny's career while edging the First Lady Melanie Summers out of her position and her marriage.
In "Coercion", a later Mississippi governor, Edythe Glover, is forced into running for President when she refuses to reveal the identity of a client from her past career as an attorney. But the protected client, a teenage girl when Edythe represented her, is a central figure in a chain of serial murders that appears to involve both a set of runaway teenagers known as the Olivet Seven and their cruel parents, who have died mysteriously over the decades.

The Mystery of the Canebrake- Mystery/Adventure
Thanksgiving Day, 1944, Norphlet, Arkansas
Well, I just know you ain't gonna believe this in a million, million years, 'cause sometimes things like what happen to me and John Clayton just sound so plain outta this world, that nobody ever believes us. So, if you just throw back and laugh, I won't blame you, 'cause nearly everybody does after they hears one of our stories.
Shoot, wait'll y'all hear about what happened last year.
Follow the childhood adventures of Richard and his friend John Clayton as they uncover the Mystery in the Canebrake.

Crimes of Fashion- Suspense
A lie that caused Breezy Cristofori to run from Nathaniel Markham is uncovered when they meet by chance 18 years later. Nathaniel is a decorated Vietnam war veteran and now a U.S. Senator. Breezy is an artist, a mother, and the wife of Carlton de Veers, the ruthless head of the Rêvant fashion empire. When she discovers a note hidden in the label of a Rêvant dress, it's a cry for help that galvanizes Breezy to look inside her lifeless marriage. With the help of friends, a daring plan is designed to find the girl who wrote the note, a search that exposes Carlton's complicity in an underworld of Chinese slave labor and drugs. As his empire begins to crumble, Breezy finds the courage to face her troubled past and a way to love Nathaniel once again.

There's 10 more and that will have to hold you at least for now until after I get some lunch ;-). I'm up to book #166...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:21:40 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
Karen- Some guacamole and hummus for an appetizer with Beef Stew as the entree (yum)! Don't know why I'm so hungry all of a sudden!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:25:21 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
GoldDigging Zombie Whacker: Those Amazon/Kindle gift cards are always the perfect gift item! My birthday is coming up next month, so I'd better start dropping a few hints to my family.............

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 9:33:11 AM PDT
Bkworm Bren says:
bethcross: I'm with you regarding Lady of High Regard, A. I looked it over, read some reviews and decided not to click on it. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, but I don't like those that lean more towards romance or are religious fiction. Sometimes it's really hard to tell the difference without reading the book! Right now I'm reading The Crimson Petal and the White (Harvest Book). There's certainly nothing romantic there and sometimes it's very dark and brooding. If I didn't have such a huge kindle library already, I might have just clicked on "A Lady of High Regard" without worrying about it so much!

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 9:33:59 AM PDT
TerryInTexas says:
I read The Silk Train Murder (The Klondike Era Mysteries) and mostly liked it - qualified because it started out as a historical mystery similar to the Jack London series The Golden Gate Murders (Jack London Mysteries) NOT KINDLED OR FREE, place and time was great, interesting mystery, but halfway through veered more into a romantic mystery with changing viewpoints. STill nicely done, I just would have preferred it stayed focused on the primary character and the mystery elements.
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