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I'm a librarian by day, and a writer by night. I love to share books that interest me. My own book - The Marshal Meets His Match - released January 2013. You can also find me at www.facebook.com/ClariDees

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Millie's Treasure

Calling all readers who enjoy adventuresome, historical, romantic reads -- this book is for you!

Millie's Treasure by Kathleen Y'Barbo is the second book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, and it's just as enjoyable as the first book, Flora's Wish.

Back Cover Copy:
MEMPHIS 1889 -- Bookish heiress Millie Cope is as clever as she is beautiful. Unfortunately, though adept at solving puzzles and cryptograms, she doesn't realize her new fiance isn't who he claims to be, but is a charming scoundrel. The notorious Will Tucker is passing himself off as a British gentleman, Sir William Trueck, though in reality he is a crafty criminal looking for a hidden map to a secret treasure.

Pinkerton agent and part-time inventor Kyle Russell has been on Tucker's trail for years. At last Kyle believes he has Tucker cornered, but he is uncertain whether the lovely woman on the con man's arm is an unsuspecting victim or a willing accomplice. Finding reasons to spend time with Millie is easy. Keeping himself from falling in love with her is another issue entirely.

That snippet barely scratches the surface of all the fun just waiting to be discovered within this story's pages. But I don't want to spoil any of the surprises, so take my word for it, you need to read this one. From the streets of Historic Memphis to the bayous of New Orleans, from charming con men to legends of lost pirate treasure, from witty inventions to surprising family secrets, this book has it all, including a wonderful hero, a spunky heroine, and a heart-warming love story. 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


It's here!
The third book in Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series.

My copy is on it's way and I can't wait to dive in. I am really enjoying this author, and I'm thrilled the series is set to continue for several more books. Yeah!

And here's more good news. In celebration of Dani's newest release, she's hosting a Huge giveaway.
Click on the link below to find out more about the giveaway and to enter. 

Enter the ALASKAN ADVENTURES Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

Head on over and check it out! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Best book I've listened to this summer

 I have read and enjoyed several SEAL books and had been wanting to read this one as well, but I have a tottering stack of books waiting and not as much time to read as I'd like. So, I downloaded the Amazon's Audible audio version of Rorke Denver's Damn Few as part of their Whisper Sync deal with the Kindle purchase.

It was well worth the purchase price!

Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver is one of the active-duty SEALs that participated in the movie Act of Valor (which I have watched more than once),

and he has led 200 commando missions. As executive officer in charge of training Navy SEALs for several years, he has a very unique and fascinating perspective from the other SEAL accounts I've read. He has a delightful sense of humor that made me laugh in more than one place. I would have really enjoyed reading the book, but hearing it narrated in the author's own voice added an extra level of enjoyment. (He has an awesome voice!)

If you're looking for a fast-paced, exciting read, I highly recommend Damn Few. And if you want to get a lot of things done on your to-do list, I strongly suggest you pick up the audio version and listen to it while you work. Or drive. I could hardly stand to turn it off when it was time to go to work.

I've listened to several audio books this summer, but this one is my favorite so far. I will be listening to it again, and probably reading my Kindle copy, too. It's that good.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

God's own fireworks display

I love this time of year. 

I love the prominent display of patriotism: the flags, the red, white, and blue banners, the stars, the fireworks, the parades.

I love the weather. (Yes. Even when it's hot and sticky.)

And I love the display of wildflowers in full bloom.
It's like watching God's personal fireworks show.

The chicory launches explosions of blue and purple color skyward.

The Queen Anne's lace gets in on the action with big flares of white.

The lilies send their bright orangey-red star-bursts into the air.

Followed by the silvery-white sparklers of sweet clover and daisy fleabane,

and the bright yellow fountains of bird foot trefoil.

Happy Independence Day, America!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stealing the Preacher

I have loved every book Karen Witemeyer has written, so I was really looking forward to her latest release, Stealing the Preacher, which continues the story of the Archer brothers who we first meet in Short-Straw Bride.

I am thrilled to report that the book has not only lived up to my expectations, it completely surpassed them.

Back cover copy:
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he's forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he's haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind--a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna's outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?

I loved the fact that Crockett Archer is a tough, gun-toting, not-afraid-to-get-his-hands-dirty preacher who knows when to let his actions speak for him and when it's time to let someone have it with both barrels. :-)
The way he lets his faith shine through his work not only made old Silas Robbins set up and take notice, it made me stop and think about how I live out my own faith. 

This story really touched my heart and without giving away any spoilers, by the time a certain climaxing scene between Silas and Crockett rolled around, I had tears in my eyes. 

Don't worry, the book didn't leave me crying. Within a few pages I was ready to smack a certain blond, interfering female. :-) But of course, by the last page, I was smiling and sighing in satisfaction. 

If you haven't read any of Karen's books yet, you're missing out on some delightful storytelling. I wholeheartedly recommend any and all of Karen's books for your own collection. Check her out today!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Talon: Combat Tracking Team

Back Cover Copy:
     Her brother is missing. And her only chance of finding him lies with a combat dog that has lost his edge.

     All Air Force veteran Aspen Courtland wants is her brother back. The US Marine Corps says he's dead, but Aspen won't believe it till she sees his body. Her only hope is her brother's tracking dog, Talon, but a brutal attack has left the dog afraid of his own shadow. 

     The truth is something Military Intelligence Operative Dane Markowski has never faced. But now it's the only thing--along with Talon's help--that can save him. But working with Talon means teaming up with Aspen as well, and Dane swore he'd never work with a woman. 

     Eventually they join forces to battle the elements and extremists. But if Talon can't rise up to his former glory for one last mission, the only outcome for all three will be game over.


Talon: Combat Tracking Team is everything I hoped it would be and more! Book one of this series, Trinity: Military War Dog (see review here), gave us a glimpse of Aspen Courtland and Talon, so I was eagerly awaiting their story. 

I. Loved. It!

Explosive missions, hair-raising danger, deadly secrets, spies, romance (it has to have a little romance to sweeten it, you know :-), Talon has it all. If you want an adrenalin rush without ever leaving your chair, you have to try Ronie's books! She writes characters that are so real to me, I find myself wondering what they're doing, long after I've closed the covers of the book.

Which is why I'm impatiently waiting for the next book in the series, Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog, which releases in January.

Now hurry up and grab yourself a copy of Talon: Combat Tracking Team. And while you're waiting, check out the book trailer...

Monday, June 10, 2013


Shattered is the second book in the Alaskan Courage series. (See my review of book one here.)

From the Back Cover:

When her prodigal brother Reef's return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon's career in jeopardy.

When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself--and whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada's rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

I absolutely loved my return visit to Alaska with the McKenna clan and had trouble putting the book down to do other things. Really?! Who needs to go to work when you can follow Deputy Logan and Piper McKenna around Alaska and Canada?! (Just watch out for the bad guys!) :-)

It's awesome to have another author to add to my list of favorite romantic suspense/adventure writers. Dani Pettrey is right alongside Dee Henderson, Ronie Kendig, and Irene Hannon. And if you haven't discovered Dani's writing yet, you're missing out. You need to head to your nearest bookstore now!

Book three, Stranded, releases September 1st. I can hardly wait!

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