Thursday, February 4, 2016

February Challenge *The Many Faces of Love*

♥♥ Serious About Series ♥♥ discussion on goodreads

♦♦Challenges♦♦ > February Challenge *The Many Faces of Love*




February is the month to celebrate love. Valentine's Day brings romantic love into focus, but have you ever thought about how many different kinds of love there are? 
Certainly romance authors have thought about it, and it seems that we'll read about just about any variation!

This month, challenge yourself to discover some new ones.

Here's how the challenge will work:

1. Choose a level -
2 - 4 books...Novice lover
5 - 7 books...You're a player!
8+ books......You're a romantic fool!

2. Choose your categories (choose a minimum of 2, no maximum)
First Love - read a NA or YA romance
Second Chance Love - read about 2 people getting their second chance together
Erotic Love - read a romance with erotic content
Forbidden Love - read a book with dark or taboo content, or a book with star-crossed lovers
Long Lost Love - read a historical romance
Fantastical Love - read a fantasy(Urban Fantasy included) or time-travel romance
Dangerous Love - read a romantic-suspense, or a Paranormal Romance

3. Choose your books, and set up a tracking post.

4. Share the love! Tell us how you like the books you've read (include a link to your review if you wish) 

I'm in too for 8+ books......You're a romantic fool!

Erotic Love:
Temptation (Club Destiny, #2) by Nicole Edwards - re-read for me LOVE this series

Dangerous Love:
Vicious Cycle (Vicious Cycle, #1) by Katie Ashley

Redemption Road (Vicious Cycle, #2) by Katie Ashley 

Second Chance Love 
Offside (Heller Brothers, #5) by Kelly Jamieson 


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Feb Word Hunt - An Ember in the Ashes

A Million More Pages discussion from goodreads


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This February our Word Hunt was inspired by our Book of the Month (BotM), An Ember in the Ashes! Various reviews I read compared the setting to both Ancient Rome and Arabian Nights all mixed in. So those and the title became the starting point for our words. 

This month there are four categories of words, each based on a different aspect of the book. Since I will be reading this in February along with the group, please don't shoot me for any misconceptions :), I only took what different reviews around the web said as a starting point! 

Each book can be used a maximum of once per category. Please post word, book, and page number/location.
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Fire
1. Ember Temptation Nicole Edwards 2/10/16 p. 86
2. Ashes Wyoming Rugged Diana Palmer 2/2/16 p. 12
3. Cinder
4. Sparks Evening Stars Susan Mallery 2/3/16 p. 362
5. Flare Three Sisters Susan Mallery 2/2/16 p. 149

Revolution
6. Rebellion Three Sisters Susan Mallery 2/2/16 p. 132
7. Overthrow
8. Chaos Barefoot Season Susan Mallery 2/1/16 p. 32
9. Riot Vicious Cycle Katie Ashley 2/3/16 p. 61
10. Shift Wyoming Rugged Diana Palmer 2/2/16 p. 24

Rome
11. Gladiator
12. Villa
13. Forum
14. Legion
15. Slave  Redemption Road Katie Ashley 2/3/16 p. 42

Arabian Nights
16. Genie/Jinn
17. Lamp  Barefoot Season Susan Mallery 2/1/16 p. 121
18. Voyage  Undeniably Yours Shannon Stacey 2/12/16 p. 15
19. Treasure Three Sisters Susan Mallery 2/2/16 p. 100
20. Thief Evening Stars Susan Mallery 2/3/16 p. 325 

Rules 
1. Books may be used a maximum of four times.
2. Please post word, book, and page number/location found. Sentence NOT required.
3. Plural/singular are accepted, any other variations please ask!
4. Standard AMMP Rules apply:
✪ Minimum Page Length: 125 (140 for YA)
✪ Are Rereads Allowed? Yes 
✪ Can I start a book before Challenge Start Date? Yes
✪ Children Allowed with restrictions: Yes 
☛ Restrictions: must also have YA as Main Page Genre

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Monthly Challenges > February 2016 Word Search

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion from goodreads

February 2016 Word Search
February 1, 2016 - February 29, 2016

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This month's word search is inspired by our January Group Read: The Magician's Lie byGreer Macallister.

Important Rule: You CANNOT use this book when looking for the words. That would be just too easy.

Below is the list of words to find. They can only be found within the text of the book - no covers, titles or authors, please. For each word you find, provide the book title, page or location, and the sentence containing the word. You can use one book to find all the words, or as many as you like. 

Optional Words: You can choose to look for them or leave them off your list...it's up to you. 

***If you don't find all the words this month, you are welcome to carry them over to next month's word search challenge.*** 

Words

Applause Undeniably Yours Shannon Stacey 2/12/16 p 29 ... soundtrack of cheers,applause, wolf whistles ...

Audience Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 71 We have a captive audience with our guests. 2/1/16

Ax or Axe

Broken Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 89 ... like the end of broken bones... 2/1/16

Bullet Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 192 ... more deadly that a bullet. 2/1/16

Costume  Three Sisters Susan Mallery 2/2/16 p 55 ... or a costume party at Halloween.

Gesture Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 75 ..pleased both by the gesture... 2/1/16

Graceful  Three Sisters Susan Mallery 2/2/16 p 21 He moved as easily and gracefully .... 

Heal Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 80 Sleep would probably help her heal faster, ... 2/1/16

Illusion Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 201 ...she had the illusion of control ... 2/1/16

Razor  Vicious Cycle Katie Ashley 2/3/16 p 51 ... like razor blades. 2/3/16

Skeptical Seduction Nicole Edwards 2/5/16 p 25 The skeptical look in her eye had him biting back another grin.

Stage Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 8 At this stage in her life ... 2/1/16

Tiger Barefoot Season Susan Mallery p 12 ... recipes the way tiger moms ... 2/1/16

Transformation Wyoming Rugged Diana Palmer 2/2/16 Blair's expression underwent a remarkable transformation. p 161 

Optional Words
Cello
Coffin

Handcuffs Vicious Cycle Katie Ashley 2/3/16 p 66 A pair of handcuffs appeared out of Case’s pockets.

Kohl
Magician 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Monthly Challenges > February 2016 Mini Challenge

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion from goodreads

February 2016 Mini Challenge
Date: 02/01/16 - 02/29/16

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An early Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! Welcome to Wacky's February mini challenge. This is a combination spell/task challenge, where you pick and choose the task, spell out option, or a combination of both, to complete your challenge.

Challenge Rules:
The page limit requirement is 125 pages, but you are welcome to combine smaller books to reach the page limit. All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book.

TASKS: 
1. Second Month of the Year:
February is the second month of the year.
Read the second book in a series, or the second book on your TBR.
Three Sisters Susan Mallery 2/2/16

2. Leap Year:
This is a leap year, which means February gains an extra day. Read a book in which the letters LEAP can be found in the book's title (any order).

3. Violet:
The violet is February's flower.
Read a book with the color purple found on the cover.
Wyoming Rugged (Wyoming Men, #5) by Diana Palmer Diana Palmer 2/2/16

4. Zodiac:
The zodiac signs for February are Aquarius (through February 18) and Pisces (from February 19, forward.)
Read a book with water or fish on the cover. 2/1/16
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SPELL OUT: 
Using the first letter of a book title or the first letter of the authors first or last name, spell out a February item. A list of February items is provided below. You may choose from the list, or use a word of your own that represents February to you.

1. February
2. Valentine's Day

3. Violets
SPELL OUT: 
Vicious Cycle Katie Ashley 2/3/16 
Inevitable Angela Graham 2/7/16
Offside Kelly Jamieson 2/8/16
Love a Little Sideways Shannon Stacey 2/12/16
Exclusively Yours Shannon Stacey 2/12/16
Thrust Victoria Ashley 2/5/16
Something for the Pain Victoria Ashley 2/6/16 


4. Aquarius
5. Pisces
6. Amethyst
7. Super Bowl
8. Groundhog Day 



Thursday, January 28, 2016

LET'S CELEBRATE!

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion




DURATION: Feb. 1 - 29, 2016

Everyone knows that Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and US President’s Day are in February. Here’s a challenge based on lesser-known holidays that occur in the second month of the year. 

FEBRUARY 5 IS NATIONAL WEATHERMAN'S DAY
* Read a book in which a character makes a formal prediction of some kind OR a book with a main character who is on TV or radio regularly OR a book with some sort of inclement weather on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover)

FEBRUARY 8 IS CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY
* Read a book with a main character who cleans or organizes for a living OR a book with a character who works with computers OR clean out your physical bookshelves or your ebook "shelves" and read one of the books you'd forgotten about

FEBRUARY 13 IS GET A DIFFERENT NAME DAY
* Read a book by an author who writes under more than one name OR a book by an author whose first or last name is the same as yours (spelling variations are ok -- Kathy and Cathy, for example -- but otherwise, the name should be an exact match)
If we know you by a nickname, but your given name is different, you may match either name for this task (i.e., Cindy and Cynthia).

FEBRUARY 15 IS SINGLES AWARENESS DAY
* Read a book with a main character who is single (not engaged/married) from the start of the book to the end OR a book by an author who has written only ONE book

FEBRUARY 19 IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY
* Read a book whose cover is primarily chocolate brown or mint green (post the cover!) OR a book with some kind of candy or dessert on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover)

FEBRUARY 22 IS WALKING THE DOG DAY
* Read a book with a dog on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with the word WALK in its title or in the author's name (compound words and names like WALKer are ok)

FEBRUARY 27 IS POLAR BEAR DAY
* Read a book set in a climate that is cold more often than not (tell us where) OR a book with a single white object occupying at least 50% of its cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover); a white cover will NOT work for this

FEBRUARY 29 IS LEAP DAY
* Read a book with a "29" in its total number of pages (294 or 629 work; 209 or 923 do not) OR a book with the letters L, E, A and P in its title (do NOT have to be consecutive or in order) 

CHALLENGE RULES :
See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover or specific author initials or name/s, you must include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Monthly Challenges > January 2016 Mini Challenge

WACKY READING CHALLENGES Group on goodreads

January 2016 Mini Challenge
Date: 01/01/16 - 01/31/16

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Happy New Year, Wacky friends! Let's ring in the new year together with a new mini challenge.

This is a combination spell/task challenge. You may choose to do the task, the spell out option, or a combination of both.

Challenge Rules:
The page limit requirement is 125 pages; however, participants are welcome to combine smaller books to reach the page limit. All books and formats are allowed (children's, manga, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc). Re-reads are fine - just be sure to re-read the entire book. When posting updates for your challenge, please include the following information: a link to the book title, the author's name, and the date you finished reading the book.

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TASKS: 
1. First Month of the Year:
January is the first month of the year. Read a book by a new to you author, OR start a new series.
A Billionaire Between the Sheets by Katie Lane 1/2/16
The Unexpected Billionaires series Book 1 - new author to me

2. Garnet:
The Garnet is the birthstone for January. Read a book with a red, orange, or yellow cover.
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 Third Grave Dead Ahead Darynda Jones 1/7/16 

3. Pink Carnation:
The pink carnation is January's flower. Read a book with the letters PINK found in the title of the book (any order). Housekeeper Under the Mistletoe Cara Colter 1/6/16

4. Zodiac Sign:
The zodiac signs for January are Capricorn (through January 18th) and Aquarius (January 19th, forward). Read a book with a goat as part of the story, OR with water on the cover.
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The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay #1)

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SPELL OUT: 
Using the first letter of a book title or the first letter of the authors first or last name, spell out a January item. A list of January items is provided below. You may choose from the list, or use a word of your own that represents January to you.

1. January

2. Garnet
 Gemini Penelope Ward 1/4/16
 After the Ex Games J.S. Cooper 1/4/16
R R
unaway Cowboy by TJ Kline 1/3/16
The New Year's Wish by Dani-Lyn Alexander 1/2/16
 Easy Tammara Webber 1/6/16
Throb Vi Keeland 1/5/16 

3. Pink Carnation
4. Capricorn
5. Aquarius
6. New Years Day
7. New Years Resolution
8. Plum Blossom