On My Wishlist–Cowboy Crush Edition!

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Here are some cowboy books that I would love to read!  Most of these titles are Harlequin releases, because nobody has the romance formula down as well as they do.  When I need a quick little pick-me-up, they are my go to publisher because I know I am going to get a happy ending out of the deal.

I enjoyed One Brave Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle, so I would like to get to know some of the supporting cast better. 

Cool Hand Hank by Kathleen Eagle

Sally Drexler was always running. The proprietor of the Double D Ranch and wild mustang sanctuary had her hands full keeping health, hearth and horses on an even keel. And though she approached every challenge with her chin high and her spirits even higher, it could get lonely. That’s when Hank Night Horse came along, singing her tune.

Hank couldn’t help noticing the bride’s irresistible sister at his best friend’s wedding. But this physician’s assistant put rodeo riders back together for a living, and could sense that something about Sally was broken. Was his healing touch what it would take to soothe Sally mind, body and soul…and stop her running?

Once a Father by Kathleen Eagle

Logan Wolf Track had horses in his blood. For this "Indian cowboy," teaming up with army sergeant Mary Tutan to enter the Double D’s wild mustang training competition was a win-win proposition. This tough yet vulnerable woman was a natural with horses—and with Logan. She soon had the single father yearning for love and family, something he’d lost when his grown stepsons left home.

But as with horses, it wasn’t enough for Logan to know how to ride this feeling; he had to know how to fall. And when Mary made a shocking discovery that threw their relationship into question, Logan knew he’d risk all to keep their untamable passion alive….

I would love to read Linda Lael Miller’s  series about sexy cowboy brothers.  The synopsis below is for A Creed in Stone Creek:

When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O’Ballivan. It’ll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man’s heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he’s truly found home.

Walker by Rebecca Winters (I admit that I am drawn to this title because of the horse on the cover)

Out of nowhere, Walker Cody swoops in and saves Paula Olsen’s toddler son from a dog bite. Before she can properly thank him, the handsome Iraq War veteran fades into the crowd.

Walker’s in training to retake his World Champion Bulldogger title. The practice rides are bruising, but still don’t knock thoughts of a certain beautiful young widow and her little boy out of his head. And Paula’s shocked to realize she has a bad case of Pervasive Walkeritis.

Survivors’ guilt and ghosts from their pasts stand between them. Walker’s need to prove himself on the rodeo circuit runs deeper than bragging rights. But can Paula risk her healing heart on a troubled man who deliberately puts himself in danger?

Bachelor Cowboy by Roxann Delaney (Hmmmmm….I am sensing a cover trend here)

Bull riding–and all the danger that comes with it–is in Dusty McPherson’s blood. When an injury knocks him out of the rodeo and back home to Desperation, Oklahoma, all he can focus on is riding again. Until he’s welcomed by a gorgeous redhead aiming a shotgun at him.

To Kate Clayborne’s surprise, the handsome trespasser is not only a farmhand hired to help maintain the Clayborne farm, he’d been her high school crush. Used to living on her own terms and without the help of a man, Kate is reluctant to work with Dusty. Being so close to him now means trusting him, relying on him…and dealing with the attraction between them. Can she trust her heart to an adventure-seeking bull rider whose life is full of risks?

Samantha’s Cowboy by Marin Thomas

There should be millions in Samantha Cartwright’s trust fund… but it’s empty. Luckily for Wade Dawson, her financial adviser, Samantha doesn’t know that yet. So Wade’s buying time to solve the mystery of the missing money by playing cowboy on her ranch. But he’s in way over his head!

Wade is so different from the men Samantha is used to. He wears a tie to work instead of dusty jeans and a Stetson. And while she’s intrigued by him, she’s frustrated by the delay. After all, starting her new horse ranch will finally prove to her overprotective father that she’s capable of running her own life.

But Samantha’s memory lapses from an old injury once brought harm to a child she loved, and she cannot risk being a danger to Wade or his young son. Even if the businessman does look irresistible in a cowboy hat…

All of the above are available for the Kindle, and most of these titles are priced under 4 bucks, so if you need a cowboy fix, look no further.

On My Wishlist–All Romance Edition

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted at Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s a way to share your wishlist with the rest of the blogsphere. The books can be old, new or forthcoming.  Click here for more information.

It seems that no matter how large my TBR towers over my head, I always manage to find more books to add to it.  It’s been even worse lately, because I have been on such an eclectic reading binge. I have rediscovered a fondness for adult romance novels, regardless of genre.  I feel like I have so much catching up to do, too, because I haven’t read these types of books in years.

Susan Andersen’s Playing Dirty has one of my favorite romance trope – reconciliation with jerk-face guy.  There is just something about a contrite hero that pushes all of my buttons.

When old enemies are thrown together, all bets are off…

Way back in high school, golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he’d slept with "fat girl" Ava Spencer to win a bet. Now a decade older and a head turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn’t the gullible dreamer she once was— and she plans to prove it when Cade, hotter than ever, breezes back into town with an offer she can’t refuse.

A documentary film producer, Cade is shooting a movie about the mysterious mansion Ava inherited. And he wants her as his personal concierge. She’s certainly professional enough to be at his beck and call without giving him everything he wants. Like another shot at having her in his bed. But Ava doesn’t count on Cade’s determination. Because he’s never gotten over her— and he’s not above playing dirty to score a second chance at a red–hot future…

I’m not so fond of the covers for this new paranormal romance mini series from Harlequin, but I’ll overlook that because the books look fun.  Gena Showalter kicks off Royal House of Shadows in August with Lord of the Vampires, and other authors include Nalini Singh, whose books I have always wanted to try.

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.

To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.

Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate "The Dark Seducer" had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who could help him.

In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm.

But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai’s memory…but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.


Wedding Magic by Patricia Coughlin just looks cute.  Sometimes that’s all I need to push that 1-click to buy button at Amazon.  That is a scary button, too, if you like books as much as I do!

A woman with a dream of romance-and some sparkling summer magic.

Incurably romantic dressmaker Sophie Bennet finds her attention divided between the handsome single father of a young bride-to-be, and the mystical appearance of a ghost-bride with a haunting message.

What’s on your wishlist?



Vacation Reads Reading Challenge!

The summer reading season is here!  Don’t forget to sign up for the Vacation Reads Reading Challenge, which I am co-hosting with Ruby from Ruby’s Reads.  You can win some awesome prizes (to be announced soon!), for something that you are going to do anyway!  Click here and here for more information.

On My Wishlist – They Came From Below, By These Ten Bones, Well of Sorrows

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted at Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s a way to share your wishlist with the rest of the blogsphere. The books can be old, new or forthcoming, but my lists will be limited to already released titles. If you would like to join in and post your wishlist,  click here for more information.

I love the cover for They Came From Below by Blake Nelson.  What are they staring at so intently??

From Amazon:

Seventeen-year-old Emily and her best friend Reese are spending their summer vacation on Cape Cod when out of nowhere they meet two unbelievably adorable boys who are just too cute to be true! Which, they soon discover, may be the case…. A lot of odd things happen when Steve and Dave are around. Reese figures it’s because they’re not from around here. So where are they from, France? Well, not quite….

Summoned from the depths of the sea by the dire threat of global pollution, friendly aliens “Steve” and “Dave” have come ashore in a last desperate attempt to save the oceans. But with the police and the FBI hot on their trail, will Emily and Reese be able to help them fulfill their mission?

I love the new paperback cover for Clare B. Dunkle’s By These Ten Bones, too, and the title alone deserves some props.  I love it!

From Amazon:

A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon wins the admiration of the weaver’s daughter, Maddie. Fascinated by the silent carver, she sets out to gain his trust, only to find herself drawn into a terrifying secret that threatens everything she loves. There is an evil presence in the carver’s life that cannot be controlled, and Maddie watches her town fall under a shadow. One by one, people begin to die. Caught in the middle, Maddie must decide what matters most to her-and what price she is willing to pay to keep it

The Well of Sorrows by Benjamin Tate has a title that caught my attention.  The premise looks awesome!

From Amazon:

An epic tale of a continent on the brink of war, and a deadly magic that waits to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

Colin Harten and his parents had fled across the ocean to escape the Family wars in Andover. But trouble followed them and their fellow refugees to this new land, forcing them to abandon the settled areas and head into unexplored territory-the sacred grounds of a race of underground dwellers and warriors. It was here that they would meet their doom. Driven to the borders of a dark forest, they were attacked by mysterious Shadow creatures who fed on life force. Only Colin survived to find his way to the Well of Sorrows-and to a destiny that might prove the last hope for peace in this troubled land.

What’s on your wishlist?

On My Wishlist: Academy 7, Violet on the Runway, Ever

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted at Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s a way to share your wishlist with the rest of the blogsphere. The books can be old, new or forthcoming, but my lists will be limited to already released titles. If you would like to join in and post your wishlist,  click here for more information.

Just when I think I’ve had enough of books with a school setting, along comes Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund.  This looks really good!

From Amazon:

With a past too terrible to speak of, and a bleak, lonely future ahead of her, Aerin Renning is shocked to find she has earned a place at the most exclusive school in the universe. Aerin excels at Academy 7 in all but debate, where Dane Madousin—son of one of the most powerful men in the Alliance— consistently outtalks her. Fortunately Aerin consistently outwits him at sparring. They are at the top of their class until Dane jeopardizes everything and Aerin is unintentionally dragged down with him. When the pair is given a joint punishment, an unexpected friendship—and romance—begins to form. But Dane and Aerin both harbor dangerous secrets, and the two are linked in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. . . .

Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker looks like a really good read!  I love the cover!  I want it!

From Amazon:

A wallflower in the spotlight can do one of two things: wilt, or blossom…

Violet Greenfield’s life changes forever when a lady in giant Chanel shades tells her she could be IT, the next Kate Moss-but taller, and without the PR problems. That’s how Violet winds up with a business card in the front pocket of her jeans on her first day as a senior in high school. Angela Blythe from Tryst Models in New York City wants to put Violet on a plane and whisk her into the world of high-heeled boots and oversized sunglasses. Tall, skinny Violet, who’s been P-L-A-I-N practically forever.

And guess what? She’s going.

I think I’m ready to venture away from Gail Carson Levine’s Princess Tales and dig into a meatier title.  Ever looks fantastic.

From Amazon:

Falling in love is easy . . .

. . . for Kezi, a beautiful mortal, dancer, and rug weaver, and for Olus, Akkan god of the winds. Their love brings Kezi the strength to fight her fate, and it gives Olus the strength to confront his fears. Together — and apart — they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss, and Kezi will have to make the supreme sacrifice.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens. Her story of love, fate, and belief is spellbinding.

What’s on  your wishlist?

In My Mailbox – October 31th Edition

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme, and it is hosted by The Story SirenGo here for a full description of IMM.

Gah!  Why does it seem that it takes about a month to catch up on things after a week long vacation?!  I’m still scrambling at work!  End of year is fast approaching, too, with all of pesky required tax filings. I am so looking forward to having a few days off for Thanksgiving, so I can catch up on my reading!

Check back later, too – I will be announcing contest winners and adding more chances to score some awesome reads!

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck – Love the cover, love the premise!

The Stowaway by R.A. & Geno Salvatore – There can never be enough fantasy books, so I’m looking forward to digging into this series.

The Shadowmask by R.A. & Geno Salvatore

The Sentinels by R.A. & Geno Salvatore

The Invisible Order by Paul Crilley – I love the setting!

The Stellar Six of Gingacho Vol 1 by Yuuki Fujimoto – I don’t know anything about this series, but I’m curious to read it and find out more about it

Summoner Girl Vol 1 by Hiroshi Kubota – This looks like fun!

Saving Life Vol 1 by Mario Kaneda – Hmmm.  I always get nervous when female characters have boobs bigger than their heads.

How to Draw Shojo Manga – Will it teach me to draw? Probably not, but it will be fun practicing my non-existent skills

The Thinking Girl’s Princess series by Shirin Yim Bridges look very interesting.  I can hardly wait to read them!

Artemisia of Caria by Shirin Yim Bridges

Hatshepsut of Egypt by Shirin Yim Bridges

Sorghagtani of Mongolia by Shirin Yim Bridges

Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman by Shirin Yim Bridges

Isabella of Castile by Shirin Yim Bridges

Nur Jahan of India by Shirin Yim Bridges

Superman Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski & Shane Davis – I love Straczynski and am eager to see what he does with Superman.

Psycho Busters 6/7 by Akinari Nao & Yay Aoki – I am SO happy to see new manga releases from Del Rey!

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Vol 8 by Koji Kumeta – The first volume wasn’t my cup of tea, but I need to give this series another chance.

Ghost Hunt Vol 11 by Shiho Inada & Fuyumi Ono –  I thought the first volumes were a little slow, but my reading tastes have changed since then.

Ninja Girls Vol 4 by Hosana Tanaka  – I haven’t read any of these yet….

Papillon Vol 5/6 by Miwa Ueda – So happy to see more of this series, despite the similarities to Peach Girl.

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On My Wishlist – The Lost Art, The Midnight Charter, The Last Page

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted at Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s a way to share your wishlist with the rest of the blogsphere. The books can be old, new or forthcoming, but my lists will be limited to already released titles. If you would like to join in and post your wishlist,  click here for more information.

The Lost Art by Simon Mordon looks intriguing, and has many elements that I love about sci-fi.

From Amazon:

A MILLENNIUM AFTER the formidable war machines of the User cultures devoured entire civilizations and rewrote planetary geography, Earth is in the grip of a perpetual Dark Age. Scientific endeavor is strongly discouraged, while remnant technology is locked away—hidden by a Church determined to prevent a new Armageddon.

This is the world to which Benzamir Michael Mahmood must return. A descendant of the tribes who fled the planet during those ages old wars, he comes in pursuit of enemies from the far reaches of space. The technology he brings is wondrous beyond the imaginings of those he will meet, but can its potency match that of the Church’s most closely guarded treasure?For centuries it has lain dormant, but it is about to be unearthed, and the powers that will be unleashed may be beyond anyone’s capacity to control. Even a man as extraordinary as Benzamir . .

The premise of The Midnight Charter by David Whitley looks intriguing, and I really want to read it!

From Amazon:

In a society based on trade, where everything can be bought and sold, the future rests on the secrets of a single document-and the lives of two children whose destiny it is to discover its secrets. In this spellbinding novel, newcomer David Whitley has imagined a nation at a crossroads: misshaped by materialism and facing a choice about its future. He has brought to life two children who will test the nation’s values-and crafted a spellbinding adventure story that will keep readers turning the pages until the very end.

For readers who love Philip Pullman, THE MIDNIGHT CHARTER combines great storytelling with a compelling vision – a many layered adventure with powerful and timely implications.

The Last Page by Anthony Huso looks like an awesome read.  Political intrigue, magic, the lust for power.  How can that not deliver a fascinating read? 

From Amazon:

The city of Isca is set like a dark jewel in the crown of the Duchy of Stonehold. In this sprawling landscape, the monsters one sees are nothing compared to what’s living in the city’s sewers.

Twenty-three-year-old Caliph Howl is Stonehold’s reluctant High King. Thrust onto the throne, Caliph has inherited Stonehold’s dirtiest court secrets. He also faces a brewing civil war that he is unprepared to fight. After months alone amid a swirl of gossip and political machinations, the sudden reappearance of his old lover, Sena, is a welcome bit of relief. But Sena has her own legacy to claim: she has been trained from birth by the Shradnae witchocracy—adept in espionage and the art of magical equations writ in blood—and she has been sent to spy on the High King.

Yet there are magics that demand a higher price than blood. Sena secretly plots to unlock the Cisrym Ta, an arcane text whose pages contain the power to destroy worlds. The key to opening the book lies in Caliph’s veins, forcing Sena to decide if her obsession for power is greater than her love for Caliph.

Meanwhile, a fleet of airships creeps ever closer to Isca. As the final battle in a devastating civil war looms and the last page of the Cisrym Tawaits to be read, Caliph and Sena must face the deadly consequences of their decisions. And the blood of these conflicts will stain this and other worlds forever.

What’s on your wishlist?

On My Wishlist – Alcestis, Hand of Isis, Book of a Thousand Days

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted at Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s a way to share your wishlist with the rest of the blogsphere. The books can be old, new or forthcoming, but my lists will be limited to already released titles. If you would like to join in and post your wishlist,  click here for more information.

I have been reminded of how much I enjoy books set in ancient Greece, so Alcestis by Katharine Beutner comes along at a good time.  I really want this book!

From Amazon:

In Greek myth, Alcestis is known as the ideal wife; she loved her husband so much that she died and went to the underworld in his place. In this vividly-imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal and reveals the part of the story that’s never been told: What happened to Alcestis in the three days she spent in the underworld?

Oh, and lookie here!  A novel set in another of my favorite time periods, Ancient Egypt!! The Hand of Isis by Jo Graham is right up  my alley.

From Amazon:

Following her acclaimed debut, Jo Graham returns to the ancient world with a novel that will captivate lovers of fantasy, history and romance.

Set in Ancient Egypt, Hand of Isis is the story of Charmian, a handmaiden, and her two sisters. It is a novel of lovers who transcend death, of gods who meddle in mortal affairs, and of women who guide empires.

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale is a fairy tale retelling, and you all know that I can’t resist those.

From Amazon:

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.

With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

What’s on your wishlist?

On My Wishlist – Write Before Your Eyes, To Catch a Pirate, The Amaranth Enchantment

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted at Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It’s a way to share your wishlist with the rest of the blogsphere. The books can be old, new or forthcoming, but my lists will be limited to already released titles. If you would like to join in and post your wishlist,  click here for more information.

I love the premise for Write Before Your Eyes by Lisa Williams Kline.  How would you use a magic notebook, if one fell into your possession?

From Amazon:

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD GRACIE IS always flying under the radar of her overworked parents and outspoken siblings. But when she buys an old journal at a yard sale, Gracie is stunned to realize that everything she writes in the journal comes true—though sometimes in unexpected ways.

At first Gracie uses the journal selfishly, controlling her mother’s BlackBerry and eliminating the dress code at school. But then she starts to think about bigger issues: what about world hunger? Global warming? World peace Unfortunately, before she can make headway on any of those issues, the journal falls into the wrong hands—and soon Gracie and her best friend/crush Dylan are rushing around town trying to undo the damage! This fun, warm, emotionally honest novel is both a fantastic adventure and a testament to the power of writing to change the world.

To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker looks awesome!  I love pirates!

From Amazon:

When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold.  When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother.  He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace.  “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing.

A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him.  But now she’s in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.

After reading Secondhand Charm, I really want to read Julie Berry’s other title,  The Amaranth Enchantment.

From Amazon:

When a mysterious piece of jewelry and a strange visitor arrive in the jewelry shop where she works for her evil aunt, Lucinda’s course takes a surprising turn. With the help of the Amaranth Witch, a young (and harmless) con-artist, and a prince, Lucinda uncovers secrets about her own royal past. A strong seller in hardcover, this original fairytale marks an exciting debut from a lyrical new voice. Can one magical momentlead to happily ever after? Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a BS in communications from Rensselaer and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons, and works as a director of software sales and marketing for a technology startup. This is her first book.

What’s on your wishlist?