Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Finds (05.22.09)

FridayFindsFriday Finds is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

I added a few books to my reading list this week thanks to all you fabulous bloggers out there who keep reviewing books that sound like they'd be right up my alley. I also stumbled across a "last call" Fantasy bargain book for $3 that sounded too interesting to pass up... First up, my picks from reading reviews this week:

The Scarecrow coverThe Scarecrow by Michael Connelly. This one is actually due out next week on Tuesday, May 26th. Synopsis from

Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paperto write the definitive murder story of his career.

He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

Jack is soon running with his biggest story since The Poetmade his career years ago. He is tracking a killer who operates completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Including Jack's.

What Would Jane Austen Do coverWhat Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown. Synopsis from

Surely Jane Austen would know how to handle such a rake...

From the author of Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake, a new time travel romance featuring a modern day career woman swept back in time to Regency England, where she thwarts a Napoleonic spy, chats with Jane Austen, and falls in love with a notorious rake.

Eleanor is a costume designer in England for the Jane Austen festival, where her room at the inn is haunted. In the middle of the night she encounters two ghost sisters whose brother was killed in a duel over 200 years ago. They persuade her to travel back in time with them to prevent the duel. Eleanor is swept into a country house party, presided over by the charming Lord Shermont, where she encounters and befriends Jane Austen. But there's much more to Lord Shermont than the ghosts knew, and as Eleanor dances and flirts with him, she begins to lose her heart.

Star of the Morning coverAnd my bargain book: Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland. Synopsis from

From the USA Today bestselling author comes the first in a magical romantic fantasy trilogy.

Darkness covers the north, since the black mage has begun his assault on the kingdom of Neroche. Legend has it that only the two magical swords held by Neroche's king can defeat the mage. Now the fate of the Nine Kingdoms rests in the hands of a woman destined to wield one of those blades...

In this land of dragons and mages, warrior maids and magical swords, nothing is as it seems. And Morgan will find that the magic in her blood brings her troubles she cannot face with a sword-and a love more powerful than she has ever imagined.


  1. What would Jane Austen? do is on my TBR list. Love all the fun Austen inspired books out there.

  2. I really want What Would Jane Austen do too. It sounds so good. I have the audio of The Scarecrow up for grabs. Did you enter? I can't remember. Have a great weekend!

  3. Hurrah!! I'm in now. Removing the widget did the trick I guess.

  4. Congrats! You have something here.

  5. I added the Scarecrow to my TBR list as well!

    Wanted to let you know that I gave your blog the "enchanted" award today.

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  6. Melissa - haven't forgotten the recipes a few technical difficulties at the moment, but I don't think it is just me. I think it is a Google problem. I have a Facebook account as Vivienne Dacosta - if you want to link up and then I can see your pics and you can see mine. That is if you want to. Will have a look at the pics later on. Thanks for sending the link.

  7. Jess ~ I actually haven't gotten into the Austen inspired books yet, but I'm looking forward to trying this one.

    Dar ~ I didn't enter your contest, have to admit I haven't gotten into audiobooks yet so I held off...

    Liyana ~ Thank you, you're a sweetie!

    Molly ~ Thank you, as well, and you're another sweetie!

    Scrap girl ~ No worries on the recipes, whenever you can send them is fine. I looked you up on FB :-)

  8. I read What Would Jane Austen Do over the weekend. Great fun quick read!


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