Kay Keppler has a new story out: Skirting Danger.
Suspended for a hunch gone wrong, CIA language analyst Phoebe Renfrew is desperate to get her job back. But when she uncovers a terrorist plot at a Las Vegas start-up owned by famed ex-quarterback Chase Bonaventure, no one will listen. Can Phoebe get Chase on her side—and thwart international disaster—before the All-Elvis Revue sings “Jailhouse Rock”?
See more about Kay’s books at her website: www.kaykeppler.com
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Skirting Danger (Chasing the CIA Book 1) – Kindle edition by Keppler, Kay. Contemporary Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Jilly Wood has a new Elan Intrigues novella, The Seeds of Exile, a sequel to her last story, The Seeds of Power:
Two princes. A desperate duel. A perilous legacy . . . Continue reading
This week I re-read a lot because I’m looking for stability and safety. Tried some samples, but they all had the hero smirking and I just cannot. Went back and read A Deadly Education because I wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered. It was, it’s brilliant. Remembered a book I’d read awhile ago that started out great–members of a small high school’s senior class are dying mysteriously–until it ended with the heroine alone left to tell the tale, sitting on her porch watching the sun go down (come up?) and waiting for her own inevitable death, never understanding WTF was happening. Or maybe she did and I just missed it. One of those books you need brain bleach for, not because it’s gross or horrifying but just because it’s so damn depressing. That’s fine, just give me a head’s up in the blurb so I don’t read it, although now that I come to think about it, “This book is confusing and depressing as hell” is probably not a good blurb.
You’re safe with A Deadly Education, though. Some people die, but it’s in a good cause, you know what’s going on, and Good Wins. Also, Good is bitchy and funny and angry as hell, my kind of protagonist.
What did you read this week?
I’m still working on convincing Emily to be an indoor cat–two failed attempts to get her locked inside–and ignoring Christmas because I am just not in the mood. I think I’ll be a Druid this year. They celebrate the solstice, right? That’s over, so I’m good.
What did you work on this week? Sanity? That’s my big project for the rest of 2020, simple sanity.
Gin has another garlic mystery out today, Rhubarb Pie Before You Die (Garlic Farm Mystery #2):
Inheriting her late aunt’s Massachusetts farm is no gift for app developer Mabel Skinner, who is about to learn that even the best-grown garlic can’t ward off murderous intent. . . Continue reading
Before the storm, Mollie called me and made sure I had plenty of everything I needed. That made me feel loved.
After the storm, my neighbor-across-the-street Allan came over with his snowblower and made a path from the street to my front walk because he is a good man. That made me feel grateful.
During the storm, Bob e-mailed me and we had this exchange . . .
BOB: Do you know how to trap for food?
JENNY: No, I don’t know how to trap for food. I know how to shop for food and put it in the fridge.
BOB: Trapping is much more efficient than hunting. If you haven’t bought any snares– I recommend Redneck Snares on Amazon–you can always rip some ligaments out of your non-primary arm and use those.
JENNY: Good tip about the non-primary arm.
BOB: And then you can eat the arm but only after stopping the bleeding.
JENNY: I am not eating my left arm.
BOB: After you use the ligaments to make snares, you use the larger bones as clubs and the ones from the hands as fishing lures.
. . . which made me laugh.
And then Krissie’s box of Christmas presents arrived which made me feel like a little kid again, presents and snow and something to look forward to on Christmas.
What I’m saying is, the people in my life make me happy (and grateful). What made you happy this week?
This week I read like crazy while hunkering down for a storm. I read Connie Willis’s mostly Christmas anthology, A Lot Like Christmas, and re-glommed Loretta Chase because historicals are cosy and I need cosy right now. In fact, I think it’s going to be a re-reading month.
What was good for you this week?
I’m writing this on Tuesday because on Wednesday we’re supposed to get slammed with 16″ of snow. Upside: It’s not two feet, which we’ve gotten buried in before. So my work today and tomorrow (and for the pat four days) before the white stuff is making sure there’s firewood by my front door (in case the power goes out, which it always does, please don’t let the power go out) and plenty of food I don’t have to cook, which means cooking ahead. I have bottled water, blankets, dogs, and both people and pet food. As long as the power stays on, I’ll enjoy this–snow is beautiful–but if you don’t hear from me for awhile, it’ll be because I don’t have internet.
So what did you work on this week?
It snowed here Wednesday. It fell in gentle flakes and made my hellaciously overgrown yard with its backdrop of bare trees look like a holiday card. We didn’t get much, I could clear the walk with a push broom, but it fell for a couple of hours, and since it was going to be in the forties later that day, I didn’t even worry about the push broom. Weather Valium. Which is not to say that I want more, just that snow is beautiful (for about an inch) and that made me happy. (And now we’re getting fourteen inches on Wed. Because there is no free
What made you happy this week?
Krissie and I agreed to read Ten Things I Hate About the Duke, and then we started talking about one of her faves, Mine Until Midnight, and I said she should read Last Night’s Scandal, although it’s better if you read the book that comes before that (Lord Perfect) since that’s the one where Olivia and Peregrine meet as children and start their friendship (in fact most of that mini-series is good so I’m re-reading my way through the other three books, too). Then Krissie bought me her fave, The Prince of Midnight, so it’s pretty much been historical romance 24/7 here.
What did you read this week?