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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

A Dance of Blades
David Dalglish
Progress: 10 %
For Love of Mother-Not (Pip and Flinx Adventure Series #1)
Alan Dean Foster
By a Thread (Elemental Assassin #6)
Jennifer Estep
Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6)
Chloe Neill
The Unyielding
Shelly Laurenston
Progress: 100 %
Wings of Fire
Alma Alexander
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Reading progress: 10%.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

Lots of action, some melodrama and at 10% setting off for a road trip.  Seems like a good breaking point for today.


If you care to join the read, booklikes bookclub is here.


Reading progress: 7%.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

How quickly the game is afoot, familiar players, new players …


Starts off five years since the end of the first book that was so full of just about everything. The merchants still in disarray and fearful after the attempted takeover by the thieves guilds, Haern and others creating bloodshed and disarray among the guilds.


If anything like the first in series, lots will be happening very quickly with the worldbuilding and politics just getting deliciously more complex with the turn of each page.


Care to join the read?  Book club is here.


Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/94/shadowdance-series

The Coolest Food and Drink Specials for the Great American Eclipse



Source: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2017/08/the-coolest-food-and-drink-specials-for-the-great-american-eclipse

"Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages."

—George Washington

Just starting for a group/buddy read ...

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

Second in the series.


I'm reading the Orbit published edition.


Feel free to join in via dashboard posts and/or the booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/94/shadowdance-series 

Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/94/shadowdance-series

Classic Noir Group Read

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader

Ghosts! Haunted Houses! Romantic Suspense! (Contemporary) Gothic!

The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

I am terrible at self promotion.  I feel queasy even doing this much.


But I'm screwing up my courage, because yes, this is my book and it fits a whole bunch of Halloween Bingo squares.  (And if I do say so myself, it's a fun read, with no graphic violence or sex.)  (And I never read the reviews!)


The Looking-Glass Portrait


When Thomasina Ryder inherits her grandmother's house, she expects to quickly arrange for the sale of the estate. She soon learns the disposal of her legacy will be a more complicated process than she expected. And nothing could complicate matters more than the return into Thomasina's life of a forbidden love from the past.

The further she delves into the secrets of that past, the more she is made aware of something sinister and hidden, never to be spoken of even in whispers. She begins to suspect this secret is connected to the silent forms she has seen moving in the old house, from the corner of her eye or in the distorted reflection of a mirror. Then, as her investigations bear fruit, the shadows in the mirrors become more threatening.





Reblogged from Linda Hilton

Reading Progress

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

Reading Progress

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

Reading progress: 86%.

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

Our intrepid couple are doing Viking heroics throughout one whatever-heim world after another on their quest.


Meanwhile, if anyone was worried about the goat from a previous book that was used in a prank to make someone think they did animal sacrifice:



For "Darkest London" Square, how about trying an author on booklikes?

A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1) - H.Y. Hanna

Currently free for kindle, how about this cozy mystery for Halloween BINGO 2017?  The "Darkest London" square wants "any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London."


Free or not, any other booklikes authors have books that would suit the BINGO squares?  



Reading progress: 56%.

 Source:  The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston  


The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston 

Barnes and Noble Readouts: Green Pea and Green Chile Soup with Crispy Serrano Ham

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen - Bobby Flay

Just sharing link to recipe in Barnes and Noble's Friday Readouts.

Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/readouts/bobby-flays-mesa-grill-cookbook-explosive-flavors-from-the-southwestern-kitchen-4

I recommend these free kindle ones For Halloween BINGO 2017 options

Trouble in Mudbug  - Jana Deleon Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

These I already read.  Fun cozy mystery ones with ghosts or other elements that work for the squares.  Hardly deep, profound, erudite literature -- but fun reads by hybrid (traditional and self-published) authors.

Barnes and Noble Readouts: Free ebooks (some suitable for Halloween BINGO 2017)

I need more freebies downloaded like I need more cat fur on their favorite chair -- but, I'm snagging some as backup because might be useful for BINGO squares.


Don't forget to also check the booklikes deals by genre category for potential freebies.  (Like http://booklikes.com/dailydeals/free/178/horror and http://booklikes.com/dailydeals/free/374/romantic-suspense ) And, of course, please support booklikes if buying new books from Amazon by using the link on the booklikes book page.


I downloaded (not read, not familiar with authors) these that fit one or more squares:


Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story) - Lyla Payne Out of Time Series Box Set (Books 1-3) - Monique Martin  Runes - Ednah Walters  Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura  Durham,Laura Durham  


Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story) - Lyla Payne 

Out of Time Series Box Set (Books 1-3) - Monique Martin 

Runes - Ednah Walters 

Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura Durham


I would have downloaded this free mystery one except I boycott books (unless an already fave author) whose Amazon descriptions are buried by quoted praises:


Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery--Book #1) - Blake Pierce  Once Gone (a Riley Paige Mystery--Book #1) - Blake Pierce  

Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/readouts/category/free-ebooks

Barnes and Noble Readouts: BLT with Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp RĂ©moulade recipe

Emeril's Kicked-Up Sandwiches: Stacked with Flavor - Emeril Lagasse

Sharing the Friday link (I'm allergic to shellfish myself).

Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/readouts/emerils-kicked-up-sandwiches-stacked-with-flavor