Sweet Valley High Christmas Special Edition. I just googled this book and got chills looking at the cover- I could be ten years old, sitting on the sofa in the living room, so excited to read about Elizabeth and Todd. (Ten years old? The romance bug bit me young :-D.) Oh how I loved these books-it is no coincidence that Elizabeth was the name of the heroine in my first (unpublished) novel.
Anne of Green Gables. It was a thick hardcover edition that seemed so grownup to me. I’d heard of Anne, but had never read about her. Little did I know I was about to enter a world that would be part of my life forever. I devored those books. I don’t think I slept for a year. Ah, Anne and Gilbert, how sweet you were.
The next Christmas my mom got wise and bought me a reading light. She’d given up trying to make me go to sleep and finally just wanted to protect my eyes. Somewhere is those years, my younger brother started giving me fancy bookmarks. Some of them are still stuffed in my old books (the one’s I am not able to give away.)
The Tao of Pooh and The Power of Myth. Both of these are lovely books, packed full of powerful ideas and interesting information. I must give my dad credit, he read both cover to cover.
I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon and I Am A Bunny are favorites in my household.
For my friends who read romance, the book I chose this year is A WEEK TO BE WICKED by Tessa Dare. This book hits the right notes of romance, humor, and life lessons and is a delight from start to finish. I’ve also given DEFIANT by Kris Kennedy.
Gift certificates to the local bookstore abound in our family stockings. I wouldn’t be surprised if I receive a Kindle Fire this year. My kindle is a few years and, has one mark on the screen, but it's fine by me. It is my husband who looks at it and shakes his head. For him, the technology is exciting. For me, it is still all about the story.
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Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin.Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor.
Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant…and surely as corrupt as his father once was.
Sensible, rule-driven Trent Carthwick, twelfth Earl of Radford, is certain the threat of the gallows will prompt the villagers’ beloved Angel of Kindness to reveal the highwayman’s identity. But his bewitching captive volunteers nothing—except a sultry, bewildering kiss.
And so the games begin. Trent feints, Mazie parries. He threatens, she pretends nonchalance. He cajoles, she rebuffs. Thwarted at every turn, Trent probes deep into her one vulnerability—her past. There he finds the leverage he needs and a searing truth that challenges all he believes about right and wrong.
The Misbehaving Marquess by Leigh LaValle
Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir-immediately-she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again?
(Originally published in the e-book anthology THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER.)
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