Monday Again

I received several new books this week. I’m looking forward to reading them.

Pirates of Desire from Books By You

(I won this Books By You personalized book from All Things Urban Fantasy a while ago, but I just gave it to David yesterday for his birthday.)

Journey back to the late 1700s when pirates and love conquered new worlds!

Our heroine is a lady of the Court with a passion for the open seas and all things ‘pirate’. She’s also strong willed with a penchant for finding trouble. The trouble begins when she convinces her best friend to take a forbidden trip on a merchant ship.

The ship is captured by our hero, a pirate, scoundrel and handsome rogue, aptly nicknamed ‘Sea Wolf ‘ for his cunning and spectacular sea raids.

Feared far and wide and with a price on his head, he allows our heroine and her friend to escape his deathly grip only to be surprised when our leading lady returns, masquerading as a male crew member.

She becomes his willing prisoner of passion – or is it the lure of the seas that holds her heart captive? Pirates of Desire is a swashbuckling adventure full of love, passion and humor!

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

(Won from It’s All About Books. Thanks, Aleetha!)

Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.

Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.

Dragon Blues by Edie Ramer

(Won from the Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell. Thanks, Blodeuedd!)

Saxophone player Noah Long shifted from dragon to human 2500 years ago, but the dragon blood still coursing through his veins has kept him healthy and virile. Now his secret is out, and the man who discovered it will do anything to make Noah’s blood his own. Noah’s only ally is martial arts expert Lila Fox, who heats up the fire in his belly…and his heart.

Lila Fox’s first kill was at age sixteen after her stepfather put her mother in a wheelchair. Fourteen years later, she kills another abuser to save a woman’s life. When the man who wants Noah’s blood kills her sister, she can’t let the death go unanswered. She teams up with the strangely compelling Noah, and discovers he’s not all man and has a few tricks of his own.

Quick-Fix Southern by Rebecca Lang

(Esme from Chocolate & Croissants sent this one to me. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to try some of the recipes.)

In Quick-Fix Southern, Rebecca Lang, cookbook author and contributing editor for Southern Living magazine, promises homemade hospitality–Southern style–in 30 minutes or less. Lang dishes up 115 recipes grouped in 10 themes ranging from Rise and Shine breakfasts to Sipping on the Screened Porch beverages, Girls’ Night In party pleasers, and Southern Sweets desserts. In addition to photography, the book features cooking and preparation time for the effortless recipes.

The ultimate goal of Quick-Fix Southern is to present novice and experienced cooks with authentic homemade dishes reflective of New South cuisine that are delicious, fast, and easy to prepare. From Three Cheese Grits, Peach Yogurt Parfait, and Spiked Lemonade and Lime Mint Juleps to Fried Green Tomatoes and Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan Grits, Benne Seed Sugar Cookies, and Lazy Girl Berry Cobbler, the delectable flavor combinations offered up inside Quick-Fix Southern transition to any setting. So, whether you’re cooking up a side for a church potluck or preparing a main course for Sunday dinner or a Sunday spent at a sporting tailgate, Quick-Fix Southern promises to be your go-to guide for every occasion.

Mailbox Monday is taking a blog tour. This month’s host is Amy at Passages to the Past. Head over there to see what goodies others got in their boxes and to share your own loot.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Here’s my report today.

Last week’s Reviews:

Finished Last Week:

  • Caught by Harlan Coben
  • Silver and Spice by Jennifer Greene
  • “Bluebeard”
  • “The Making of Mac’s” by P. G. Wodehouse

Currently Reading:

  • In Christ Alone by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  • The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell
  • The Seven Songs of Merlin by T. A. Barron (with Amber)

Listening to:

  • The Shimmer by David Morrell
  • The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket (with Amber)

Up next:

  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

What have you been reading?

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