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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight.  No one wants to be outside of the Glade at night.  And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

 I loved this book.  The Maze Runner is a mash of action, sci-fi, suspense and overall great writing, which constitutes as a pr…

Brazen Review - My Wicked Highlander, Jen Holling

The MacDonell Brides Trilogy

Blurb From Amazon -
With Scotland in the grip of a nationwide witch hunt, Isobel MacDonell is hiding in England. But when Sir Philip Kilpatrick arrives to escort her to her betrothed in the Highlands, Isobel must face a harrowing journey through a land of fear and suspicion. Soon, however, Philip grows reluctant to deliver Isobel to the noble intended she has never met. Isobel has charmed her way into his heart...and yet her determination to use her magic to solve the dark mystery of Philip's tortured past could destroy them both.

My Thoughts -

Isobel MacDonell has been with her foster family for twelve years.  Sent away from her Highland home for her own protection, Isobel joyfully anticipates the day she will be re-united with her father and sisters.  But when Sir Phillip Kilpatrick of Clan Colquhoun arrives to escort her home - Isobel experiences a deep sense of foreboding.  Learning of her arranged betrothal to a Highland Earl, Isobel begins …

Man Candy Monday, March 26

Man Candy ...It Makes Mondays So Much Better...

This week, I'm taking everyone on a Tour Of Italy!  Is anyone familiar with comedian Eddie Izzard?  If not, you've got to watch his older special, 'Dressed To Kill'!  I mention it because he refers often to Italian men as being the only men who can appear sexy and manly while riding on a scooter and waving and yelling in sultry tone, 'Chow'.  I have to    First up is Raoul Bova.  Click here to learn more about this Italian Man-Candy! Date of Birth14 August1971, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Nickname  Rollo

Height  5' 11¼" (1.81 m)

Mini BiographyRaoul Bova was born in a Roman white collar family, his father was an employee and his mother a housewife. He has two sisters who he is close to. His passion in his youth was swimming and he became a champion at 16. He performed his military duty in the "Bersaglieri" and he studied at the ISEF but didn't finish in order to begin an acting career. His …

Brazen Review ~ One Hundred And One Nights: A Novel, Benjamin Buchholz

After 13 years in America, Abu Saheeh has returned to his native Iraq, a nation transformed by the American military presence. Alone in a new city, he has exactly what he wants: freedom from his past. Then he meets Layla, a whimsical fourteen-year-old girl who enchants him with her love of American pop culture. Enchanted by Layla's stories and her company, Abu Saheeh settles into the city's rhythm and begins rebuilding his life. But two sudden developments--his alliance with a powerful merchant and his employment of a hot-headed young assistant--reawaken painful memories, and not even Layla may be able to save Abu Saheeh from careening out of control and endangering all around them.

A breathtaking tale of friendship, love, and betrayal, One Hundred and One Nights is an unforgettable novel about the struggle for salvation and the power of family. My Thoughts - Abu Saheeh, so he is known, appears in the small border town of Safwan.  Under the patronage of a local Sheik…

Braised Broads

Well, my husband has gone and done it.  High cholesterol.  The nerve.  While it isn't astronomical, at 235 he needs a low cholesterol diet nonetheless.  Ah, crap.  This pronouncement only succeeded in sending me into a panic.  What kind of life did I have now?  Stuck on the fringes of culinary society with nothing but skim milk and oatmeal to keep me company.  I can feel the abyss clawing at me, stripping away my bacon and butter.
    Oatmeal can at least be doctored (I still won't eat it, a textural thing), but skim milk is down right raunchy.  And not the yee-haw-leather-chaps-party kind of raunchy either(don't judge me); but that nasty kind that looks like watered down milk and tastes like it's been on the counter too long.  My horror cannot fully be expressed here.  Before you start; yes I have tried it.  Several times.  Same gagging response, sorry.  No, chocolate can't even fix it.  Yes, I have tried that.  Geez.
    Anyway, I figured a good place to start …

Teaser Tuesday ~ March 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Welcome back for Teaser Tuesday!  Here's my selection for this week.  I don't know about you, but with spring in the air, I've been getting outside to read a bit.  It's the way I 'do' fresh air - I take a book out-of-doors. 

My feature for the week is a bit on the serious side.  I'm reading this book for my women's group and just had to share it.  Even with the uncomfortable topics, Radical is thus far a good read.  It's provocative, to be sure, but we al…

A Broad's Abode ~ Book Nooks

Book Nook #11

Book Nooks *Every weekend* Founder: Sasha Soren (Random Magic)
Hosting through April 2012: The True Book Addict (@truebookaddict) Show us something pretty!

I thought this little nook was cozy looking while still being bright and cheery.  Love all those pillows.  I can almost hear the ocean in the background... Join in: Add your own Book Nooks post.

Book Nooks is a weekly meme featuring a collective gallery of pretty and comfortable places for book lovers to enjoy a nice read.
Book Nooks posts go up every weekend (we're counting anywhere from late Fri. through early Mon. as a weekend), so please feel free to jump in whenever you like, with your own post - that just means more nice things to look at!

 - Moíra ♣

Man Candy Monday

Welcome!  Here's a new meme I learned about through another blog.  Cha-cha-cha...

  Great green eyes.

  Who knew a back could be so nice to look at?  We'll never know about the face!  'Pssttt...hey buddy, I think your buns are showing!'

Hope you enjoyed my selections.  I certainly enjoyed posting them.

 - Moíra ♣

Here's how to join in -

How to join in:
-You should run a book blog or be an author with blog. Because most pictures may contain some nudity, the blog should mainly be 18 & over.
-Make a separate post for Man Candy Monday on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-Tell us who your man candy for the week is and post pictures. (Of course if you are shallow like me and don't know the model's name, that's ok too)
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post.
-Check out the other sites participating. Make sure you leave a comment about the delectable me…

Coffee Talk ~ With Moira

Romance Writers Of America has an interesting survey on their website.  It's all about romance readers...of course!  I was reading author Matt Hofferth's blog post on Goodreads and had to share his link-up!

What stands out on the survey, to this romance reader, is that the number one way we find new books to read is through word of mouth!  Not that I'm surprised.  I have a close knit circle of women that share my love of all things romance - and we definitely recommend books to one another weekly!  At least half of my reviews come about because a friend suggested I read 'such-and-such-book'. 

My other sources are split between my Book Club, Amazon recommendations, and browsing my local library.  Here's a breakdown...
50% ~ Friend recommendation
16% ~ Amazon suggestion
16% ~ Browsing the library
16% ~ My book club
2%  ~  Ways I have forgotten to mention

Next up, RWA featured a section on percentage of readers who read on e-readers vs. paperbacks.  The results did…

Coffee Talk With Moira ~ March 15, 2012

Attitude...It's Important!

While shopping the other day, I came to a sad conclusion.  Too many people have bad attitudes!  What I mean by 'bad-attitudes' is this - people seem to be eager to get upset!  For the life of me, I can't understand the motivation behind it!?!  Who wants to go around feeling upset, angry, slighted, offended, or spiteful? 
We all get upset.  This Broad admits to getting her panties in a bunch once in awhile *blushes*, but being happy is much better.  And then, I realized an underlying issue that I just had to share with you all during Coffee-Talk!  Our attitudes, whether in the grocery store, at the too-long-red-light, during a poor performance, toward our kids as they come in the door from a hard day at school, with the insurance salesman on the telephone, or with the stranger walking down the same side of the street as we are matters more than we can imagine.
Every day, we affect someone - lots of someones.  We wield power, Broads!  Likewise, w…

Teaser Tuesday - March 13, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random pageShare two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that pageBE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Here's My Teaser ~

Pg. 49 - 'Berta's reminder that she was virtually betrothed had a distinctly sobering effect on Elizabeth, and the mood stayed with her as she walked toward the flight of steps leading down to the ballroom.  The prospect of confronting Mr. Ian Thornton no longer made her pulse race, and she refused to regret his refusal to dance with her, or even to think of him.

Moíra ♣