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I just received it. This looks like a fun romance! Here is the description from Amazon:
LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.
As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.
WILL LOVE BE A HOME RUN?
Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…in The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott.

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Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings by Craig Symonds


I’m glad that I listened to the audiobook edition of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings by Craig Symonds. Mr. Symonds taught at The Naval Academy and you can hear his passion for history in his narration. Even if you think you’ve heard everything about the D-Day Landings, your understanding of it all will deepen with his book.

Neptune was the code name for D-Day preparation by the Allied forces. While I listened, I felt a nervous tension. It’s the human details that make it so compelling. From admirals to ensigns, letters home revealed that these heroes knew that they might be writing their families for the last time. He describes the meals on board the ships as they traveled to France and the seasickness and exhaustion that accompanied them through a storm so fierce that it had caused the invasion’s delay. And while the book focuses on the Navy’s heroic contribution, it’s the infantry that haunts me. They landed on the beaches, vulnerable despite the allied airmen and Navy, and marched towards what they knew were enemy bullets. The right people came together at the right time and saved the free world. I hope their sacrifice will always be honored.

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Mailbox Monday (2)


I just received a copy of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings by Craig Symonds from Audible for review.
And a copy of Conversations with Steve Martin from Net Galley for review. Looking forward to both!

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Targeted: How Technology is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies are Reaching Consumers by Mike Smith


The secrets to the seduction of online shopping isn’t just that you’re sipping a glass of wine at night while you shop:) If you listen to Targeted: How Technology is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies are Reaching Consumers, written and performed by Mike Smith, you’ll know, if you don’t already, (I didn’t), that there has never been a time in history when advertisers were more likely to reach a potential customer.

Mr. Smith, who works for the Hearst Corporation, explains that through tracking online buying, i.e. buying diapers, a mini-van manufacture can focus on a receptive demographic: growing families. A hearing aid manufacturer who might have only sent ads out to seniors through AARP can now learn through on-line tracking that young women often buy hearing aids for their elderly parents. The specificity of a targeted demographic has never been so accessible. And when manufacturers learn of a new demographic, like the young women buying hearing aids for elderly family members, they can immediately adjust their advertising targets.

Mobile advertising keeps burgeoning at a multi-billion dollar rate. Of the billion Facebook users, six hundred million check FB on their phones and tablets. And people are saying that they don’t mind watching ads on apps if that means the apps are free. I recommend Targeting for an illuminating look at why you’re seeing the ads you’re seeing online.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Targeted by Mike Smith from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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Coming for Christmas – MEOW NOW BROWN COW


MEOW NOW BROWN COW will be released on Christmas Day and you can pre-order by clicking on the link below:

With her delicate feline nostrils flaring, Tatania catches the scent of fire first. Flames threaten a dairy farm where Tatania spent one of her nine lives. In an abandoned building on adjoining land, a charred body remains unclaimed.
Jack, Grace and Tatania fly to the scene in Jack’s biplane. Without missing a nap, Tatania uncovers a killer out to steal the most precious resource of all.

Meow Now Brown Cow (Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Book 11)

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FREE: A Christmas Feral November 27,28,29,30 & December 1

Judge Scrooge learns the meaning of Christmas and cats in this homage to A Christmas Carol. AND…A Christmas Feral is FREE to download on Kindle on December 27,28,29,30 and December 1. Just click on the link below to go to A Christmas Feral:

http://tinyurl.com/k56kfzz

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Mailbox Monday (1)


I am looking forward to listening to this audio book: Targeted: How Technology is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companies Reach Consumers by Mike Smith. I just downloaded it today for review. Thank you, Audible.

Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving.

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Emily: Sex and Sensibility “What is the point of all that wealth if I can’t spend it on you?”

“What is the point of all that wealth if I can’t spend it on you?”

This is one of the most charming things said by the hero, Marco Santini, in Sandra Marton’s Emily: Sex and Sensibility. (The Wilde Sisters)

Marco, up from the slums of Sicily, and rich through his own talents, vowed never to fall in love again after discarding a mercenary first wife. Then he meets Emily, a woman determined to make it on her own merits, instead of buoyed by her wealthy family.

He offers her a job as his assistant at six figures a year with health insurance benefits, a clothing allowance, and four weeks paid vacation. Emily negotiates for more. She matches him in self-assurance. They negotiate as only the sexually attracted can negotiate and they’re immediately off to Paris on a business trip.

Emily: Sex and Sensibility is ultimately a romantic fantasy written by an assured and experienced writer. I listened to the audio book edition narrated by Devra Woodward. Since I’ve been listening to more audio books, I’ve developed an appreciation for talented narrators and Devra Woodward is one of the best.

Marco is not only well-endowed financially. He’s physically impressive. And he’s witty. What’s not to like about a hero who describes the heroine as the “most beautiful, most brilliant woman any man has ever known?” I’m not sure I believed that he didn’t notice that other beautiful women around him are beautiful besides Emily because, um, he’s a man. But again, this is a romantic fantasy and it’s well done.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Emily: Sex and Sensibility from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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Saving Forever (Ever Trilogy Book 3) by Jasinda Wilder


The Ever Trilogy by Jasinda Wilder is the story of four people with three romances among them: Ever, Eden, Caden, and Carter. Ever and Eden are twin sisters.

I listened to the audio book edition of Saving Forever before I read Forever & Always (Book 1) and Saving Forever (Book 2) and I learned something: Never be afraid to read a book out of order in a series because if it’s well written you can not only enjoy it without reading sequentially, you can experience it with a completely different perspective.

Saving Forever opens with the voice of Carter, who is one of those guys who stare at girls without speaking. He’s staring at Eden, who is beautiful, haunted, and pregnant under the most complicated of circumstances. Carter volunteers to restore the cottage where mysterious Eden lives alone. When Carter begins speaking, stimulated by Eden, every word from him is meaningful. He tells her that she shouldn’t define her life by a mistake. This is a book about forgiveness and redemption. Carter, when he’s not swimming, or working at his wealthy family’s winery, devotes himself to evoking self-acceptance in Eden.

Ever wakes from a coma to discover a betrayal that would probably make some women want to go back into a coma. But Ever is stronger than that. With persistence, she finds out why her husband, Caden, looks so guilty. Ever’s choice to forgive her husband may seem saint-like or masochistic or both. But it’s her choice. And if there’s something that resonates powerfully in all these characters, it’s that they make choices. No one is passively dragged through the story.

Jasinda rocks again in the audio book edition narrated by Piper Goodeve and Gabriel Vaughan.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Saving Forever from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

AND….I just learned that Book 1 of the Ever Trilogy, Forever & Always, is free on Kindle, so click on over to Amazon if you haven’t read it yet:

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The Final Silence by Stuart Neville

Rea Carlisle gets a house the old fashioned way: inheritance. While she’s exploring her bequest, she discovers what appears to be a serial killer’s journal. It includes mementos of his victims and the chills begin in this tense novel.

Rea’s Dad, a politician, admonishes her to stay silent about the journal. She tells her ex-boyfriend, Jack Lennon, who is described as a “disgraced police inspector” in the book’s blurb. Although this is Book 4 of a series featuring Jack Lennon, it can be read as a stand alone novel. It’s a bleak world filled with characters who often reek of despair. Jack Lennon’s determination provides something to cheer as he navigates a dismal life. He perseveres despite drug and alcohol addictions and discovers, with a few twists along the way, the killer’s identity.

I listened to the audio book edition and George Doyle’s narration offers a strong sense of atmosphere.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Final Silence from Audible in exchange for an honest review.

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