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January 13, 2014

My January Reading

I got on a reading roll in December and January has kept on rolling. Actually, I had to tell myself that I couldn't start another book this weekend until I got caught up on some reviews. Though I didn't meet my 2013 reading challenge goal, I'm currently 4 books ahead of schedule for 2014!


Broken Allegiance
Before Travis Mays, before Gerrit O’Rourke—there was Tom Kagan.

Police gang detective Tom Kagan has been seeking justice for more than ten years, leaving him a broken man. His only reason for living—the woman he loves and the badge he swore to uphold. When a man is brutally killed in a vineyard on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, California, it sparks a series of events that test what’s left of Kagan’s resolve to protect and serve.

Secrets from the past thwart Kagan’s efforts to unravel a series of killings sanctioned from within the walls of California’s highest security prison. From the lush vineyards of Sonoma County to the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe, the detective must outsmart a killer who is moving in for one epic killing spree.

Leaders of the notorious Nuestra Family prison gang are fighting for power, a struggle that spills out onto the streets of California. Kagan joins forces with Special Agent Hector Garcia, a feisty supervisor of the Special Services Unit for the California Department of Corrections; Diane Phillips, a beautiful and hard-charging prosecutor; and Mikio Sanchez, a former gang member marked for death. Through the eyes of cops and gangsters, readers are able to glimpse the seldom seen workings of the gangster underworld.

Broken Allegiance is about treacherous lies, broken promises, and shattered lives—about life, death and a man’s honor.

Buy Broken Allegiance at Amazon

Witch Hunt
Teen witch Sydlynn Hayle finally did it. Despite the fact she's a social outcast, Syd finally made friends. Even the captain of the football team wants to be her boyfriend. When an ancient power is freed to ravage her new town, Syd does her best to help her family fight. Too bad the mysterious Chosen of the Light don't see things her way. Their interference could lead to her family's destruction.

Buy Witch Hunt (Hayle Coven #2) at Amazon

Demon Child

Syd has only ever wanted to be normal. And now that the rift between her and her demon is growing wider, that future is finally a real possibility. But Syd is having second thoughts, especially when a vampire kidnaps her little sister, Meira. And her normal life at school is falling apart around her, thanks to the new kid, Benjamin, who seems to be an expert at turning her new friends against her. Syd finally understands the value of what she has, but may be too late. The demon inside her has her own agenda and will no longer be ignored.

Buy Demon Child (Hayle Coven #3) at Amazon


Syd has what she’s always wanted. Thanks to her demon’s sacrifice, she is finally normal. Why then does she want her magic back so badly? It really sucks to find out Brad was only into her because of her power. And even Quaid is keeping his distance. Her loss couldn’t have come at a worse time. A storm is brewing, one that could devour the entire world. Syd refuses to accept she will never be a witch again, doing everything she can to track down the Chosen of the Light and rescue her demon. If only the ordinary life she’s been building didn’t interfere.

Buy The Wild (Hayle Coven #4) at Amazon

Dreams and Echos

Sydlynn Hayle just wants to be ordinary. But with a witch for a mother and a demon for a father, her dream of being normal and like everyone else has its difficulties. When Syd lands a job in a hair salon, she finally feels like her wish to be just folks could be coming true. That is, until the ghost haunting her house wakes to ask her a favor...

Buy Dreams and Echoes (Hayle Coven prequel) at Amazon

(That's all the Hayle Coven novels I currently have. If anyone is looking for a birthday present for me - my birthday is on Saturday - I have a Nook!)

A Maynard Moose Tale
From the award winning creative team who brought you The Uglified Ducky, winner of the 2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award, Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Bully Goat Grim comes the fourth fractured fairy tale from Maynard Moose. The Little Moose Who Couldn’t go to Sleep practically named itself. Part cautionary tale, part travelogue, Little Moose will take you places no moose has been before, well except Mother Moose. Never mind that. If you want to do well in school, impress your parents and show up your siblings, a good night’s sleep is essential. So grab a cup of tea, hang on for a ride into space and learn the secret of, uh, of MAHHH Dingy-Ding!

Includes a Moose / English glossary to help everyone follow the action.

Buy The Little Moose Who Couldn't go to Sleep at Amazon

Up Next:

This is how you pitch
So you want to work in PR? Does the idea of glamorous parties, open bars 
and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous sound like an exciting career 
for you? Then neither this book or a career in Public Relations are for you. This book will teach you all you need to know about public relations, from
 what to do on your first day at your desk to how to start your own PR 
agency. You’ll learn the core skill of the business: pitching. It’ll also 
tell you how to avoid becoming a buzzword-spitting automaton that the media 
will hate. Written by a PR veteran who has done it all – and made every mistake along the way – This Is How You Pitch is an honest, direct guidebook to Public Relations and how to survive your first years in the business and how to turn it into a prosperous, fulfilling career.

Buy This is How You Pitch at Amazon

Imagine waking to the shock of finding yourself on a train and realizing that you don't know who you are, where you have come from, where you are going. And with the certain knowledge that you cannot afford to reveal your plight to anyone, least of all the police. A story of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be. Claudia Rose, Detective Joel Jovanic, and Dr. Zebediah Gold from Sheila Lowe's Forensic Handwriting mystery series play a vital role in helping her uncover a devastating past and learn what she saw that robbed her of her memory.

Buy What She Saw at Amazon

Morgan Kane
Kane was born a gambler. When he was taken to the cleaners in a rigged game of cards in St. Louis, he didn't realize it was part of a private vendetta.

When they thought they had finished Kane off, he was left for dead - but saved by the buzzards, he survived/ As a match to the the Ranger's star he carried/. Kaen had gained a star-shaped scar on his right hand - the hand that meant the difference between life and death to a ranger who lived by the speed of his draw.

Kane wanted revenge...

Buy Morgan Kane - Without Mercy at Amazon

Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes returns this month so I'm sure my reading time will be shortened a bit. But there is always lunch!

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  1. I just finished watching the new is amazing!



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