I found out yesterday one of the make-up days for the ice day will be on my BIRTHDAY! On a SATURDAY! GAH! But at least the kids won't be there. They're making up their missed day on Feb. 19, which was supposed to be an inservice the day before TAKS. Then the teachers will make up their inservice on Easter Monday, which is fine with me. But we'll make up our semester workday on a Saturday in April. Tell me how that makes sense. Out of ANY Saturday, why that one?

Anyway. I wrote 17 handwritten pages on Sunday and 3 more yesterday. I also read this book this weekend and I LOVED it!

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The premise: three couples of different ages meet on a boat tour in Asia. That’s not the cool part, though. Each couple takes turns telling about the night they met.

Pam Morsi’s story is first, and set at college in the 1950s, where our heroine is struggling to be taken seriously as a scientist in a man’s world. It’s so sweet and her struggle is so true-to-life, you don’t know how she will overcome it. The hero is a little too good to be true, but so sweet and memorable.

Karen Kendall’s story is set in 2005, in Bangkok one year after the tsunami. The hero is a world-weary photographer, the heroine a young, idealistic stylist sent to help him. I was laughing one minute and crying the next.

Colleen Collins’s story was my least favorite, but it was the setting (early 1970s) more than anything in this tale of opposites attracting.

All in all, my favorite romance this year. And straight romance. Go figure.

I have more books than I have time to read. But there are some books coming out that I’m realllllly looking forward to reading.

Fanged and Fabulous by Michelle Rowen

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Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft (AKA Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler

The Dark Gate by Pamela Palmer She finally sold this after a LONGGGGG time.

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Harry Potter!

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High Noon by Nora Roberts Her hostage negotiator book!

There are several others I’ve preordered, like Stacey Kayne’s and Tawny Weber’s and Cindy Gerard’s. SEP and Jenny Crusie and Suz Brockmann all have new ones coming up, too.

What are you looking forward to?

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Jill Monroe said...

Sorry about Saturday on your birthday. Wonder why they didn't tack it on to the end of the school year? That what we're doing here.

Those are some great TBR books, Mary. I'm anxious for Stephanie Tyler's new book and going to check out that Nocturne right now!

Kelly Boyce said...

That stinks about working on Saturday. My company just tried to get me to recertify my First Aid training on a Saturday. Not happenin'! You want me to save your employees send me on company time!!

And all those books....ooohhh where to start...

April said...

That's just crappy that you have to work on your birthday... Especially since it's on a Saturday!

I'm waiting for SEP's new book. I'm enjoying her wit a lot lately!

Trish Milburn said...

I'm looking forward to many of the ones you mentioned, plus J.R. Ward's new book and the next in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.

Toni Anderson said...

Bummer that you have to work your birthday! Great books to be read :)

MJFredrick said...

Jill, there's a petition going around to change the day to the end of the year. Since it's a workday, I guess it makes sense. We won't have to rush so much to close out the year. I sure could use the workday NOW, though.

Kelly, one of the teachers in my unit is ADAMANT about not working on Saturday, not even for inservice. He says it sets a dangerous precedent. That said, I'm going to an inservice in March - $75 for 4 hours. Worth it to me.

I forgot to mention that Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton is on its way. I've been looking forward to this book since she sold it!!

Shesawriter said...

Eclipse, by Stephanie Meyer (the sequel to Twilight and New Moon.

Also, Stephanie has posted the first chapter of Edward's take on the events that happened in the first book, Twilight. If you've read Twilight, you have GOT to read this first chapter in Midnight Sun. It's all in Edward's POV and it's FASCINATING. She's got it as a PDF file on her site.

Here's the link:

Midnight Sun

MJFredrick said...

I haven't read Twilight yet, but it's on my wishlist.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Harry Potter of course, and Jennifer Crusie's book with Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart, and SEP's new book.

MJFredrick said...

Oh, yeah, Elizabeth! The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes!


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