WWW Wednesday: August 12th, 2020

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Nothing too much going on here. Miss B and Mr Z have been signed up for orientation/pick up Chromebooks at their schools (I am still in the dark if parents are supposed to go with the kids for Miss B’s). Miss R’s teacher assignment is being delivered today. Now, all that has to happen is for Monday to come around.

My weekend was lowkey. We went to the Boone outlets (again) to pick up school clothes. And again, we spent way more than we should have but they have a bunch of clothes.

There was some low key drama this week. Miss R’s horseback riding instructor messaged me on Facebook on Monday and said that she moved back home. She said that her boyfriend (well, ex boyfriend) would be continuing the lessons. Well, I texted him and he never returned my text. So I spent Monday, Tuesday and until 11am today an anxious mess because I wasn’t sure what was going on. Thankfully, he was there and was able to clear the air. We have lessons every Monday at 4pm. As always, the horse was keeping Miss R on her A game. He decided that he didn’t want to walk anymore and went into a stall, with Miss R on his back. He did that twice!!! And he decided that he did NOT want to do anything that was asked of him after a while. It was pretty amusing but it did teach Miss R that she needed to take control of him.


What I am currently reading:

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery, and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.

Why doesn’t ready include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?


I recently finished reading:

The Legend of Little Sharpshooter

A Girl with Skill:

Randy Carter has been playing survival games with her pa for as long as she can remember. Her pa was once a famed Texas Ranger and the list of those who want to see him dead is long. When the Anthony brothers gun him down in a cold-blooded act of revenge, the sixteen-year-old didn’t play the game as well as she could have when the outlaws escape with their lives, and she’s left injured and on her own.

Afraid they’ll come back for her, a wounded Randy plans on leaving the New Mexico Territory to head west with her temperamental horse Al, her gun Pearl, and the ashes of her family as her only companions.

A Horse Thief with Heart:

All Trevor wants is a decent horse. When he sees the best-looking horse he’s ever laid eyes on and tries to steal it, he finds himself in an awful predicament when he discovers he wasn’t fighting a boy but a very sick girl with a mean punch. He decides to save her life instead and he is smitten.

The Real Journey Begins:

Randy has a new traveling companion but finds she is in over her head when they run into an old family friend that knows she’s a great shot, a skilled sharpshooter of the likes of Annie Oakley. He exploits her amazing skill and her name quickly rises to fame as they cross the West. Because no one knows her pa is gone, the mob of outlaws on their tail is growing and they’re dead set on revenge

She might be a prodigy with a gun but becoming legendary as Miranda Carter was not what she wanted. Neither was falling in love. What must Randy sacrifice to find the peace she was looking for?

Baited Truth

Brooke

Nothing about my life has been easy, but that hasn’t stopped me from living it. So when someone sets out to steal that life from me, they better come heavily armed and with an army close behind, because nothing short of nuclear warfare is going to stop me from protecting what’s mine.

When my mom gets taken, I set out to find her and missing pieces of a puzzle I didn’t even know existed start to fall into place.

I might end up paying the price for someone else’s sins, but there’s no turning back now. I’m far too invested in this now – in finding my mom, in untangling the web of lies surrounding me, and more than anything else, I’m far too invested in the sexy, secretive and seriously annoying man helping me.

Grant

As an ex-SEAL that’s seen and endured horrors the majority of civilians think only exist in Hollywood, I really thought there wasn’t much that could surprise me anymore.

Then Jack, my boss and closest thing I have to a dad, goes missing.

He goes missing on the same day a pint-sized little spitfire that makes waterboarding sound relaxing compared to her relentless persistence shows up. She shows up someplace she doesn’t belong and claims to be looking for her mom, who was abducted the same day Jack went missing.

Her arrival starts looking less and less like a coincidence and more like karma looking to punish me for decades of sins I didn’t even know I’d committed.

She fights me at every turn. Challenges me in the worst ways. And turns me on like no woman has before.

Not that I have any plans of hooking up with the nuisance who lives to make my life difficult. I’d have to be a giant dumbass to get into bed with her before knowing if she’s friend or foe.

Apparently I’m a giant dumbass.


What books I think I’ll read next:

Screams of Steel (The Cacophony Blade, #1)

A magic sword with a terrible price unleashes chaos in an honorable man’s life.

Torant has spent his life as a Stone Warden upholding the law. After being warned by a legendary sorceress, Torant must take down a mad bandit lord who wields a fearsome greatsword. When the sword falls into Torant’s hands, he learns it’s secret – the sword gives him the strength of the last person it killed at the cost of hearing that person’s soul. Now magically bound to the sword, Torant finds himself trying to thwart a plot against him while an angry soul whispers and screams in a voice that only he can hear. As his honorable life unravels, Torant fights to keep his oath, his sanity, and his life.

Screams of Steel is a Cacophony Blade Novel, the first in a series of stand-alone, sword and sorcery adventures that follow Torant, his friend Laden, and the Cacophony Blade. Dive into a world of fast-paced tales of magic, steel, and monsters in the tradition of Leiber and Moorcock.

Three Abductions and an Earl (Parvenues & Paramours, #1)

London-hating dreamer, Lydia Norwood, has failed spectacularly as a débutante. Now an encoretante whose family has lost a fortune, Lydia discovers that the beau monde is hard on a nouveau riche social climber, particularly one who is no longer riche and only wants to climb trees. Lydia must stave off the effrontery of rakes and conniving competitors long enough to make a good match, or else incur society’s scorn by earning her own money. Falling for the unattainable Lord Aldley is a distraction she cannot afford. But they share such an enchanted history, how can her heart resist?

The tragically virtuous Earl of Aldley is tired of ambitious families hurling debutantes at his head, but cannot hide in France forever. He returns to London to seek out the mysterious tree-climbing girl who once saved him from a scheming chit, and finds more than he bargained for. Abductions, seductions, trickery and injury all endanger Lydia, but Lord Aldley’s heart is imperiled beyond rescue. He has only just found her; will he lose her forever to his enemy, his best friend, or his own dangerous mistake?
Three Abductions and an Earl is a full length novel and the first book in Tessa Candle’s Parvenues and Paramours series.

Bad Judgment

A deliciously sexy enemies-to-lovers STANDALONE.

He’s arrogant.

She’s self-righteous.

I hate him.

I want her.

I’ve been turning him down for two years straight.

Every shut-down makes me work harder.

I’m not a one-night stand kind of girl.

She doesn’t realize I won’t settle for only one night.

He’s a distraction I don’t need.

She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.

Death Becomes Her (The Kurtherian Gambit #1)

The UnknownWorld is about to suffer change. For a thousand years, it has felt stifled by Michael’s strictures, the rules they must follow on pain of death. As the first and most powerful vampire in existence, he has the power to keep the power struggles under the radar from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately that is changing.

Someone has found the serum to make intelligent nosferatu, a type of vampire little better than blood sucking beasts who can change the power struggle significantly. Michael thought this serum safely lost in the bombing of Japan in 1945.

The third effort to overturn Michael’s decrees is about to take place, the problem is Michael is tired. After a thousand years of fighting and keeping the peace with his Family, the Unforsaken and the known supernaturals he is world weary and ready to sleep a final time.

He needs to find a way to bring another to take his place, someone with the will and desire to make a difference. He finds Bethany Anne.

The daughter of a General, she excels were others fear to go. She accepts the offer but doesn’t realize she won’t be transformed like any other vampire in history, even Michael. The problem? Even he didn’t realize exactly how he was transformed and it completely throws the understanding of vampires and why they were created out the window.

When she wakes up, nothing is going to go like she thought. The UnkownWorld is going to change, it just doesn’t know whose beat they will dance to, yet.

Regnate

The Regnate raised a bejewelled hand and sat back, awaiting the sight of blood and savage death with pleasant anticipation.

Life in the Commonwealth of Sutherland is far from content.

The Regnate rules his land with an iron fist, and has done for 25 years. Exactly the same as the previous Regnate. And many more before him. Every 25 years, the heirs of the eight High Houses battle to the death to earn the crown of Regnate.

After a brutal tournament, John of the House of the Red Dog emerges victorious. John is a fair, noble and compassionate human being. Surely he will not allow the people to suffer the same injustices as his predecessors. Yet, after a couple of days, all the old principles are clearly there to stay.

John’s brother, Tom, cannot believe his brother is that cruel. When he is finally granted an audience with the new Regnate, he is shocked to discover the grisly truth. Determined to unveil the truth of what has happened to the Regnate, Tom refuses to succumb to his predicament, and finds some unlikely allies in his quest.

Will their combined forces be able to save their Commonwealth? Or is the power they face too great to overcome?

Regnate is packed full of action with fantasy and magic bursting from every page.

Praise for R. M. Dorn:

“I admire Rosemary’s astounding feat of imagination and storytelling skills.” – The Bell

‘Ms. Dorn has an excellent imagination.’ — Karen J. Hickory, Baroness’ Book Trove

R M Dorn is a pen name. The author has enjoyed a busy and varied career, and a number of interests, including reading, theatre, art, local history and gardening. Following up on her life-long passion for fantasy, mythology, and science fiction, she now spends most of her time writing. With a tendency to get restless, and a liking for doing up houses, she spent twenty years moving at frequent intervals, but within a confined area. She has now put down roots, and has two homes, one in East Devon, for summers by the sea, and the other in West Sussex for snug winters by the fireside.

Hope of Ages Past: An Epic Novel of Faith, Love, and the Thirty Years War

AD 1618 — Post-Reformation Central Europe is on the verge of a cataclysmic new religious conflict—the Thirty Years War—that will ultimately lead to the deaths of eight million and the dramatic alteration of European civilization.

When Peter Erhart, a young German Lutheran, comes to the aid of a frightened Catholic boy named Hans Mannheim on the day of the war’s outbreak in Prague, he embarks on a life journey that will severely test his courage, humanity, and faith. A decade later, Peter, now married and pastoring in Magdeburg, Germany, sees this test begin in earnest when powerful rivals threaten his career and the war engulfs the city.

As the Catholic imperial army approaches, Peter encounters Anna Ritter, a peasant girl of uncommon beauty and wit who has secretly adored him for years. Each must fight bravely for survival of their families and friends when local villains invade countryside cottages and the army, led by an awe-inspiring Black Knight, besieges the city.

At the pinnacle of their trial, unthinkable tragedy unites Peter and Anna and links their fates with Hans, now a grown man with a reputation to prove. Will faith and forgiveness prevail over despair and death when the three face together their ultimate test in the siege’s horrific aftermath?

Recalling one of the last times and places in history when religion and state were inseparable, where warrior kings and ambitious nobles personally led their armies in battle, and fully armored knights fought to preserve the honor of their dying tradition, Hope of Ages Past captures the reality of 17th Century religious war in a compelling story of faith and love—a story that, once begun, will be hard for the reader to put down.

**Hope of Ages Past offers a thrilling, continually evolving panorama of international religious warfare, intrigue, family love, and romance.**
—CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEWS—
FIVE-STAR RATING AND FIRST PLACE CHAUCER AWARD WINNER

2 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: August 12th, 2020

  1. I wonder how you’re finding No Prince Charming. I’ve loved Angel Payne’s books, but when I read this one, the tone I was looking for was missing. I hope you’re enjoying it!

    Happy reading!

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