Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Speculative Fiction Challenge

The Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge can include young adult as well as adult books, and many genres and sub-genres fall under the umbrella of speculative fiction. This challenge is hosted by Book Chick City. I noticed that I had 13 challenges scheduled for 2010 and decided that was not a good number, so I added one more. To top that off, I also decided that I would not let this challenge cross over with my other fantasy challenges to make it a bit for difficult for myself. I will be reading at the Obsessed level with 24 titles. Every review can be linked back to the host site to be entered in a monthly prize draw.
1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
2. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
3. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
4. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
5. Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
6. Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
7. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
8. Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
9. Burned by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
10. The Elvenbane by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey
11. Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
12. Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey
13. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
14. Quatrain by Sharon Shinn
15. Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop
16. The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey
17. Winter Moon by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee, and C. E. Murphy
18. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chosen by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Chosen: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels)
Chosen is the third installment in the House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I am reading through this series entirely too fast for my own good! The authors balance the more mundane and normal aspects of Zoey Redbird's life with the other-worldly, mystical aspects. Her birthday coincides with Christmas Eve but her best friend is currently undead, leaving her with a rather "full plate." Pile on juggling three boyfriends, the goddess Nyx making her once-enemy her new magical sidekick, and once-trusted advisor becoming her enemy. With that much to deal with, something is bound to backfire given enough time. But even when things start falling apart, she still stays true to her destiny to follow the path that Nyx has given her. I think the series would lose much if its appeal without the balance of the "normal" teenage stuff with the supernatural. If I had to say something bad about the series, I would not mind more development on the textbook stuff that Zoey is supposed to be learning - very little of the books cover actual classroom activities, causing me to wonder what it is the students of the various Houses of Night actually do during the four years it takes for them to go through the Change.
I've already read the fourth installment, Untamed, but I have to get the library to order the next one. I hate waiting!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Betrayed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2)
The first book in the House of Night series by P C. Cast and Kristin Cast is titled Marked. I started this series because my sister recommended it to me, describing it as a cross between the Harry Potter series and the Twilight series, which we both loved.  Betrayed is the second book in the series, and I read it in about 3 days, carrying it around with me, like my oldest daughter's security blanket, to steal a minute whenever I could to read a paragraph or a page.
Since I didn't do a book review on the first book, I think a little background information might be useful here. The plotline of the House of Night series is about a 16-year-old girl, Zoey Redbird, who is marked to turn into a vampyre within the course of the next four years or die from this Change. When a person is Marked, they began attending- and living at -  the nearest House of Night finishing school, which as you could have guessed, has classes at night. In the world of Zoey Redbird, vampyres are a natural part of the world, and famous people both past and present are named as vampyres throughout the series, a much-used name being William Shakespeare. Taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma Zoey learns over the course of a month that she isn't just a normal fledgling, the term given to would-be vampyres, but an especially-powerful one, experiencing much that only full vampyres experience and even some things that no vampyre in existence has ever experienced.
In Betrayed, Zoey learns about the power of Imprinting - not unlike the Imprinting in the Twilight series - through her Imprint with her human boyfriend, Heath. This Imprint turns out to be very useful as she discovers what is killing humans in a fashion similar to the bites of a vampyre. Zoey's introduction into the life of a vampyre is learned through trial and error mostly, and she exercises her abilities instinctively as she is driven by the guidance of the vampyre race's female deity, Nyx.
This series has some obvious "cool" factors that make it very appropriate for the Young Adult genre, such as the facial and body tattoos that result from the Change, as well as attending school in the dead of night and sleeping all through the day. Vampyres are well-known for their beauty and artistic abilities, and fame and fortune seem to be a natural part of the life of a vampyre. Magic is also prevalent in the series, through the abilities of being able to control the elements of air, fire, water, earth, as well as the vague element spirit, and receiving visions. The male vampyres are often gifted with physical abilities such as strength and speed that come from their male deity Erebus.
What I specifically appreciate about the second book is how the other fledglings that Zoey befriends are given abilities as rewards for helping her. Zoey is not the only one that is all-powerful, and she actually needs her friends and their abilities to accomplish the tasks that Nyx gives to her. The romantic aspects of the book are pretty appealing too, what with the Vampyre Poet Laureate making very bold advances towards Zoey, only confusing her already conflicted dating life of one Imprinted human boyfriend and one fledgling boyfriend. The reader gets the sense that the events transpiring are building up to something on a grander scale, and that Zoey Redbird plays a key part in acting on Nyx's behalf, but the reader knows no more than Zoey herself does.
I picked up the third book in the series, Chosen, immediately after finishing Betrayed, so that review should be following soon.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Homemade White Bread

Today my step-daughter Prudence taught me how to make yeast bread. I live in a high-altitude area, so knowing how to make bread rise can be a trick. She learned how to do it from a 90-year-old woman on one of her many travels. I have always wanted to know how to make bread, and now that I know the trick, a whole new world of possibilities has opened up before me! Maybe hubby will even buy me a bread machine in the future, who knows. So here's the recipe for high-altitude bread.

White Bread
(makes 3 loaves)
2 Tbsp. yeast
2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
3 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsp. salt

1. Mix together yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Warm water to just before steaming, then add to yeast and sugar. Place bowl in a warm, dark place (such as a cupboard) and let stand for about 10 minutes, or until all the yeast has been activated.
2. Melt the butter, warm the milk to just before scalding, and warm the water, then mix all 3 liquids together in a large bowl.
3. Add the sugar, salt, and activated yeast mixture to the liquid mixture and mix. Mix in flour until mixture solidifies, then turn onto pre-floured surface and knead in more flour until dough is no longer sticky.
4. Grease a large bowl and place dough in bowl and cover with a tea towel. Place in pre-warmed oven that is turned off to let rise for about 2 hours.
5. Grease 3 loaf pans. Turn risen dough out of bowl and separate into 3 balls for the loaf pans. Place in loaf pans, making sure the dough fills the bottom of each pan. Cover each pan with a tea towel and put back in pre-warmed oven that is turned off and let rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
6. Remove pans from oven and set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake loaves for 30-45 minutes.
7. Remove pans and let bread cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Gloss loaves with melted butter to produce a golden color and prevent them from drying out.

Note: While this recipe is likely not the most professional bread recipe available, I do know for certain that in this climate and at this altitude it works!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dirty Rice

So to continue my series of Cajun recipes, I thought I would post my version of "Dirty Rice." It is rather a simple recipe, similar to fried rice, but made with ground beef - hence the "dirty" term. This dish can also be used as an alternative to stuffing.

Dirty Rice

2 cups cold, cooked rice
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms
soy sauce
dill weed
cajun seasoning

1. Heat oil in large skillet. Add onions and cook until soft. Add sliced mushrooms and brown for a few minutes.
2. Add ground beef and brown with cajun seasoning to taste.
3. Add rice and mix well until rice is hot. Add soy sauce and dill weed to taste.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard EditionI received The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling, as a gift through a LibraryThing Secret-Santa project called SantaThing. The book only took me two days to read, and only that long because I am a mom and wife, too. The book was a nice finishing touch to the Harry Potter series that shed light on a few details about the Potter-verse that was not included in the previous books. The book plays a key role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and it contains five stories that are classic fairy-tales from the wizarding world. The title page states that the tales are translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger. Each story is followed by a commentary from Professor Albus Dumbledore on the previous tale. Also included are notes that Rowling claims for herself as explanations for the non-magically inclined reader.
The first story is titled "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" and sheds light on the prejudice against Muggles within the wizarding world. I did not particularily care for this story because the main character, the Wizard, in the end had to sacrifice his free will to the will of his dead father.
The second story is titled "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," and Dumbledore's notes explain how this tale played a part in preventing theatre productions from being part of a Hogwart's education, as well as what started the fued between Lucius Malfoy and Dumbledore. I enjoyed this tale simply for the bit of romance at the end.
The third story is titled "The Warlock's Hairy Heart". Dumbledore's commentary largely discusses love and the main character's impossible desire for invulnerability. He also makes mention of the meaning of a common wizarding expression " to have a hairy heart." I found this story paralleled the fairytale "Beauty and the Beast" in some aspects, but the ending was entirely too gruesome for my taste.
The fourth story is titled "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump". Dumbledore uses this tale to discuss the impossibility of restoring life to the dead, the nature of the Animagi, and the role of trees in wand-making. I enjoyed this tale for the way that the washerwoman outsmarts her foes.
The final story is titled "The Tale of the Three Brothers" and has the greatest significance in the final Harry Potter book, as the three objects described in the tale - the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak - belonged to the Peverell brothers, Harry Potter's ancestors. Dumbledore describes the moral of the story as that death can not be avoided, and he further assures the reader that the existence of the three objects is only legend and superstition. I enjoyed this story the most because it invokes the imagination with its possibilities.
Profits from the sale of the book go to the Children's High Level Group, which Rowling founded with Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne MEP. The charity's focus is on helping children across Europe who still reside in large residential institutions in the areas of health, education, and welfare.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


The latest cajun dish on the menu was a variation of Jambalaya - made with sausage this time. Jambalaya is a highly varied dish, and it also goes well with chicken or shrimp. The fancier versions will have a variety of meats in the dish.

2 Tbsp. oil
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
16 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup broth or water
2 cups cooked sausage, chicken, or shrimp
1 cup rice
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. salt
hot sauce to taste

1. Cook onions, garlic, and bell pepper in hot oil until lightly browned. Add meat and rice and cook until rice is coated in oil.
2. Add seasoning, tomatoes, and broth. Cover and simmer until rice is done, about 20-25 minutes.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Take Another Chance Challenge

This challenge is hosted by the blog FindYourNextBookHere. There are 12 challenges in all, and participants have the chance to win a book from Amazon worth up to $25. Each completed challenge earns the participant 1 or 2 entries into the drawing, depending on the difficulty of the challenge. Completing all 12 earns the participant 5 extra entries. I am planning on completing 8 of the challenges, which is under the heading of "A Moderate Gamble."
1. Read Your Doppelganger (same first name) - Glass Houses by Rachel Caine (1 entry)
2. Blogroll Roulette - (11, Dark Faerie Tales) - Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick(1 entry)
3. 100 Best Book - (100 Best Romance Novels of the 20th Century) - Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (1 entry)
4. Prize Winner Book (1 entry)
5. Title Word Count - (2) - Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (1 entry)
6. Genre Switch-Up - The Season by Sarah MacLean (1 entry)
7. Break a Prejudice - The Dead Rise First: Rapture Countdown by Alton Ragan and Robert D. McLaughlin (1 entry)
8. Real and Inspired (2 entries)
9. Same Word, Different Book - (Blood) - Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs, Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (2 entries)
10. Become a Character - Stardust by Neil Gaiman (2 entries)
11. All in the Family (2 entries)
12. Author Anthology Pick (2 entries)

451 Challenge

This challenge is based on an idea from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each "become" a book - memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation. The idea is to pick books from the "451 Master List" to read and write a review about them. I will be reading at the "Ember" level with 3 books. This challenge is hosted by the blog 451 Challenge.
1. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
2. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
3. The Shipping News - E. Annie Proulx

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fantasy Reading Challenge

Fantasy is easily my favorite genre of literature, and much can fall under this heading, so choosing this challenge was easy. I will be reading at the "Obsessed" level with 20 titles, and I will likely read even more than that in the coming year. The Fastasy Reading Challenge is hosted by Royal Reviews.
1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
2. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
3. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
5. The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine
6. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
7. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
8. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
9. Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
10. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
11. Ash by Malinda Lo
12. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
13. Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
14. Hannah by Kathryn Lasky
15. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
16. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
17. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
18. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
19. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
20. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pages Read Challenge

This challenge is pretty simple - set a certain number of pages to read in a year and meet the goal. I am planning to read 20,000 pages for 2010. This challenge is hosted by Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic.

Tally:  20,000 pages

The 2nd Challenge

This challenge is just like "1st in a Series", only I am reading the second book in the series. I will be at the same level with this one, Fascinated, at 6 titles. This one is also hosted by Royal Reviews.

1. Pretties (Uglies, #2) by Scott Westerfeld
2. Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, #2) by Rachel Caine
3. Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) by Patricia Briggs
4. The Hidden Flame (Acts of Faith, #2) by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
5. Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead
6. Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2) by Melissa Marr

1st in a Series Challenge

This challenge is exactly as it says - read the first book in a series. I will start off at the second level in the challenge, Fascinated, with 6 titles. This challenge is hosted by Royal Reviews.

1. Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier
2. Uglies (Uglies, #1) by Scott Westerfeld
3. Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, #1) by Rachel Caine
4. The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith, #1) by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke
5. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs
6. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

New Author Challenge

 The idea behind this challenge is to find new authors that I’ve never tried before. The authors must be new to me and from novels, not anthologies. This challenge is hosted by Literary Escapism. I can link any review I write back to the host site.

1. Juliet Marillier
2. Scott Westerfeld
3. Rachel Caine
4. Anne Lamott
5. Colleen Coble
6. Davis Bunn
7. Patricia Briggs
8. Joe Boyd
9. Sarah MacLean
10. Malinda Lo
11. Mandy Hubbard
12. Becca Fitzpatrick
13. Tosca Lee
14. Julie Klassen
15. Jen Lancaster

Celebrate the Author Challenge

This challenge is designed to “celebrate” author birthdays. I choose one author for each month of the year, reading at least one book a month. 12 authors. 12 birthdays. I can read the books in any order I like, as long as I've got one book representing an author birthday from each month of the year by the end. This challenge is hosted by Becky's Book Reviews.

January: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
February: The Centurion's Wife by Janette Oke
March: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
April: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
May: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
June: Hannah by Kathryn Lasky
July: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
August: Ash by Malinda Lo
September: Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
October: She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell
November: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
December: The Season by Sarah MacLean

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

101 Fantasy Reading Challenge

This challenge pulls from a specific list of fantasy books that Bella at A Bibliophile's Bookshelf and Jo at Ink & Paper compiled and gathered votes over a period of a few months to determine the best of the fantasy genre. The challenge runs from 10/10/09 to 10/10/10. I aim to read at least 12 books from the top 101 books on the list, and I will likely read lots more from the rest of the list that did not make the top 101 titles. The challenge was originally hosted by Bella at A Bibliophile's Bookshelf, but was taken over by Michelle at 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge.
Top 101
1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
2. Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy
3. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
4. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
5. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
6. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
7. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
8. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
9. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
10. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
11. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
12. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
13. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
14. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
15. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
16. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
17. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
18. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
19. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
20. At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost
21. Dark Lover by J. R. Ward
22. Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward
23. Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward
24. Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward
25. Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward
26. Lover Enshrined by J. R. Ward
27. Storm Born by Richelle Mead
28. Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

1. Thunderbird Falls by C. E. Murphy
2. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
3. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
4. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
5. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
6. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
7. Coyote Dreams by C.E. Murphy
8. Walking Dead by C.E. Murphy
9. Winter Moon by C.E. Murphy
10. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
11. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
12. Untamed by P.C. Cast
13. Life of Pi by Pann Martel
14. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
15. Glass House by Rachel Caine
16. Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
17. The Dead Girls Dance by Rachel Caine
18. Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
19. Lord of Misrule of Rachel Caine
20. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
21. The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin
22. The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin
23. The Other Wind by Ursula K. LeGuin
24. Tehanu by Ursula K. LeGuin
25. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
26. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
27. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
28. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
29. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
30. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
31. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
32. Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge

The Once Upon a Time 2010 Reading Challenge is simply to read at least five books that are based on fairy tales. I have always loved fairy tales and have read my fair share of fairy tale rewrites, so I will enjoy completing this challenge. This challenge originates at Crazy Book Slut, where I can link back my reviews.

1. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
2. Ash by Malinda Lo
3. The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey

Reading Challenges

My Favorite Recipes

Cajun / Creole

Reviews by Author

Aguirre, Ann: Enclave
Almond, Steve: Candyfreak
Armstrong, Karen: A Short History of Myth
Atwood, Margaret: The Penelopiad, Morning in the Burned House

Banerjee, Anjali: Haunting Jasmine
Bishop, Anne: Shalador's Lady, Twilight's Dawn
Boyd, Joe: Between Two Kingdoms
Brazier, Branden: Whole Foods to Thrive
Briggs, Patricia:
  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed
  4. Bone Crossed
  5. Silver Borne 
  6. River Marked  
On The Prowl
Brooks. Geraldine: Year of Wonders
Bunn, Davis and Janette Oke:
  1. The Centurion's Wife
  2. The Hidden Flame

Cabot, Meg: Abandon,

  1. Insatiable
  2. Overbite

Caine, Rachel:
  1. Glass Houses
  2. The Dead Girls' Dance
  3. Midnight Alley
  4. Feast of Fools
  5. Lord of Misrule
  6. Carpe Corpus
  7. Fade Out
  8. Kiss of Death
  9. Ghost Town
  10. Bite Club
  11. Last Breath
Carey, Jacqueline: Naamah's Curse
Carroll, Lewis:
  1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  2. Through the Looking Glass
Cast, P. C. and Kristin Cast:
  1. Betrayed
  2. Chosen
  3. Untamed
  4. Hunted
  5. Tempted
  6. Burned
  7. Awakened
  8. Destined
Chance, Karen: On The Prowl
Christie, Judy: Hurry Less, Worry Less for Moms
Coble, Colleen: The Lightkeeper's Daughter
Collins, Suzanne:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

Deacon, Gillian: There's Lead in Your Lipstick
DeStefano, Lauren:

  1. Wither
  2. Fever

Dewey, Laurel: Redemption
DiPasqua, Lila: A Midnight Dance
Draper, Sharon: Out of My Mind

Edwards, Louisa: Just One Taste
Ely, Scott: The Elephant Mountains

Feehan, Christine: Savage Nature
Feehan, Christine, Sabrina Jeffries, Emma Holly, and Elda Minger: Fantasy
Feldhahn, Shaunti and Robert Lewis: The Life Ready Woman
Ferrarella, Marie: The Doctor's Forever Family
Fitzpatrick, Becca:

  1. Hush, Hush
  2. Crescendo

Flinn, Alex: Beastly
Frost, Jeaniene:

  1. Halfway to the Grave
  2. One Foot in the Grave
  3. At Grave's End
  4. Destined for an Early Grave

Gaiman, Neil: Stardust, American Gods
Geisler, Norman L.: If God, Why Evil?
Gilbert, Elizabeth: Eat, Pray, Love
Gruen, Sara: Water for Elephants
Grossman, David: Lion's Honey

Hake, Kelly Eileen: Rugged and Relentless
Haley, Cameron, Mercedes Lackey, and Michelle Sagara: Harvest Moon
Harmer, Dan & Denise: Holy Guacamole
Harris, Joanne: Chocolat
Harrison, Kim:

Hawkins, Rachel: Hex Hall
Healy, Erin: Never Let You Go
Holly, Emma, Christine Feehan, Sabrina Jeffries, and Elda Minger: Fantasy
Hubbard, Charlotte:

  1. Summer of Secrets
  2. Autumn Winds

Hubbard, Mandy: Prada & Prejudice
Heugten, Antoinette van: Saving Max

Ione, Larissa: Eternal Rider

Jamison, Rebecca H.: Persuasion: A Latter-Day Tale
Jeffries, Sabrina, Christine Feehan, Emma Holly, and Elda Minger: Fantasy
Johnson, Maureen: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Jones, Laurie Beth: Jesus, Career Counselor

Kaufman, Lory S.:

  1. The Lens and the Looker
  2. The Bronze and the Brimstone

Kilpack, Josi S.: Pumpkin Roll
King, Naomi: Abby Finds Her Calling
King, Stephen: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Klassen, Julie: The Silent Governess

Lackey, Mercedes:

Lackey, Mercedes and Andre Norton: The Elvenbane
Lackey, Mercedes, Michelle Sagara, and Cameron Haley: Harvest Moon
Lackey, Mercedes, Tanith Lee, and C. E. Murphy: Winter Moon
Lamott, Anne: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Lancaster, Jen: My Fair Lazy
Lasky, Kathryn: Hannah
Laurens, Jennifer: Heavenly
Lee, Tanith, Mercedes Lackey, and C. E. Murphy: Winter Moon
Lee, Tosca: Havah: The Story of Eve, Demon: A Memoir
Lo, Malinda: Ash
Lowell, Sophia: Glee: The Beginning
Luck, Kenny: Thumbing Through Thoreau

MacLean, Sarah: The Season
Maguire, Gregory: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Malarkey, Kevin & Alex: The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven
Marillier, Juliet: Daughter of the Forest
Marr, Melissa:
  1. Wicked Lovely
  2. Ink Exchange
  3. Fragile Eternity
  4. Radiant Shadows
  5. Darkest Mercy
Martel, Yann: Life of Pi
McDaniel, Lurlene: Kathleen's Story
McDavid, Cathy: The Comeback Cowboy
McHale, Karen: Economic Meltdown
McKay, Ami: The Birth House, The Virgin Cure
McLaughlin, Robert D. and Alton Ragan: The Dead Rise First: Rapture Countdown
McQueen, Tom: Letters To Ethan
Mead, Richelle:
  1. Vampire Academy
  2. Frostbite
  3. Shadow Kiss
  4. Blood Promise
  5. Spirit Bound
  6. Last Sacrifice
     1.  Bloodlines

  1. Storm Born
  2. Thorn Queen

Minger, Elda, Christine Feehan, Sabrina Jeffries, and Emma Holly: Fantasy
Mitchell, Siri: She Walks in Beauty, A Heart Most Worthy
Moser, Nancy: Masquerade
Murphy, C. E.:
  1. Urban Shaman
  2. Thunderbird Falls
  3. Coyote Dreams
  4. Walking Dead
  5. Demon Hunts
Murphy, C. E., Mercedes Lackey, and Tanith Lee: Winter Moon

Newmark, Elle: The Sandalwood Tree
Nichols, Linda: Not a Sparrow Falls
Norton, Andre and Mercedes Lackey: The Elvenbane

Oke, Janette and Davis Bunn:
  1. The Centurion's Wife
  2. The Hidden Flame

Patterson, James: The Angel Experiment
Paul, Wendy: 101 Gourmet Cake Bites
Paxson, Diana L.: Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon
Peterson, Michelle: Keridan's Journey
Potter, Mandy: Cooking With Healthy Girl


Rabbani, Waheed: Doctor Margaret's Sea Chest
Ragan, Alton and Robert D. McLaughlin: The Dead Rise First: Rapture Countdown
Revis, Beth:

  1. Across the Universe
  2. A Million Suns

Roquelaure, A. N.: Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
Roth, Veronica: Divergent
Rowling, J. K.: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Russell, Kath: A Pointed Death
Ryken, Leland; Philip Ryken; and James Wilhoit: Ryken's Bible Handbook

Sagara, Michelle, Mercedes Lackey, and Cameron Haley: Harvest Moon
Schlessinger, Dr. Laura: The Proper Care & Feeding of Marriage, In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms
Setterfield, Diane: The Thirteenth Tale
Shinn, Sharon: Quatrain, Summers at Castle Auburn
Sierra, Javier: The Lost Angel
Snyder, Maria V.:

  1. Storm Glass 
  2. Sea Glass
  3. Spy Glass
Stengl, Anne Elisabeth: Veiled Rose
Stiefvater, Maggie: The Scorpio Races

  1. Shiver
  2. Linger
  3. Forever

Stockett, Kathryn: The Help
Sunny: On The Prowl

Thayne, RaeAnne: Blackberry Summer, A Cold Creek Secret
Thebault, Rachel Schifter: Sweet Chic
Trachtenberg, Bonnie: Wedlocked
Turbin, Tina: Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy



Ward, J. R.:

  1. Dark Lover
  2. Lover Eternal

Watson, S.J.: Before I Go To Sleep
Westerfeld, Scott:
  1. Uglies
  2. Pretties
  3. Specials
  4. Extras
Whitson, Stephanie Grace: Sixteen Brides
Wilks, Eileen: On The Prowl
Wolitzer, Meg: The Uncoupling
Wright, Bradley R.E. Wright, Ph.D.: Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites ...and Other Lies You've Been Told



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