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April and May Books

I'm falling behind again on my blog...huge project at work is keeping me busy.

1) On Lavender Lane - JoAnn Ross (hardback)
2) The Glass Case - Kristin Hannah (Kindle short)
3) The Big 5-0! - Sandra D. Bricker (Kindle)
4) Ties That Bind - Heather Huffman (Kindle)
5) The Teacher's Billionaire - Christina Tetreault (Kindle)
6) Kit and Kisses - Karen Rose Smith (Kindle)
7) In The Dead of Winter - Nancy Mehl (oversized paperback on loan from Sandy) - included following two books
8) Bye Bye Bertie - Nancy Mehl
9) For Thom The Wedding Bell Tolls
10) More Than Memories - Kristen James (Kindle)
11) The Witness - Nora Roberts (hardback)

1) Sunrise Point - Robyn Carr (Kindle)
2) Her Greek Romance - Mona Risk (Kindle)
3) What Doesn't Kill You - Iris Johansen (hardback)
4) Loving - Karen Kingsbury (paperback)
5) Having My Baby - Theresa Ragan (Kindle)
6) Silenced - Allison Brennan (paperback)
7) The Last Boyfriend: Book Two of the InnBoonsBoro Trilogy - Nora Roberts

I enjoyed Mehl's mystery romance trilogy that Sandy loaned me. Found out Mehl is from Wichita, and the dedication for the second book was to a former Eagle employee, Juanita Dunlap. Small world!

Johansen continues to write good solid thrillers, and I enjoyed both of Nora Roberts books too.

I found a new author this month - Carly Phillips - one recommended to me by Stacy, my hairdresser. I read one of her trilogies, and then quickly bought a lot of 14 of her previous books on Ebay for $20! So you'll be seeing some of her books mentioned over the next few months.


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