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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: Yesterday at 08:44:04 AM »
As the Penrose books looked quite good, but I wasn't sure I wanted to spend $10 to try the first one, I asked if my local library could get them in their eBook collection. And they did! So I'm now on the wait list for . Woo Hoo!
Yay. My library is pretty good with getting recs I make. More so if they are historical mysteries. They don't get me everything when it comes to HR.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Unlimited Question
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:55:31 PM »
Yes there is. Anything you ever borrowed shows up in the "your kindle unlimited" section. Its in the drop down accounts on lists when you are on the amazon home page. Top right thereabouts. You know where all the stuff is, your account, your drive, your wishlist. Just go down to your kindle unlimited. You can sort by oldest borrows and see everything. Mine go back to 2014, when it started, even though I cancelled in between. It keeps track of everything if you re-subscribe.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: June 09, 2018, 08:57:32 AM »
I loved those too. Had to check and I gave all three 4 stars.  ;D
Its been a while I read them though, 2009. So my first full year of having a kindle.

I too tend to enjoy the older ones more for their depth and adventure. Just something about them, no matter if they are lighter or more darker. They just have more something something than a lot of newer stuff. I find so many now too be so modern. Like they are written for a contrempo romance reader to ease them into the sub genre. Not sure how to put it. Its also the themes that they used to tackle in the older books are more interesting. The settings and all that. 

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Software update for newer Kindles (5.9.6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:29:51 AM »
I haven't updated yet. I think this is the first update they put out I have no clue how to use. I wish they had just put a bunch of fonts in there to "activate" or something. I wouldn't even have a clue how to find fonts, where to get them, how to know they are proper and what files to get and all that stuff. But I guess they put this out for the fiddlers. Or maybe I am the only one in the universe that has no clue about fonts and what is free and where they are and all that jazz.

Not that I have a issue now using bookerly with the bold option, but I wouldn't mind a few more fonts. But not if its something I have no clue how to do.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: June 06, 2018, 12:43:32 PM »
If these have already been mentioned in this thread, just ignore me, but I don't remember them and found them in a different way.

I just finished a pretty good historical mystery by D.M. Quincy, Murder in Mayfair. It has a romantic thread to the story, but wouldn't qualify as a romance. It's one of two in the series available currently (haven't read the second, so maybe it wraps things up, but somehow I doubt it). Set in 1810, London and close by. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRZ3V3F/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Before that I read Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence. Set in Edinburgh in 1880s. It was okay. I'll try the 2d one of these when it comes out (only on pre-order now), but how I feel about the 2d will determine whether I'll read any more. It's mystery only, nothing romantic. In fact the hero avoids women. He's my problem with the book. He's kind of a jerk, so will have to see if he improves.

https://www.amazon.com/Edinburgh-Twilight-Hamilton-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B06X3V28MX/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1528248989&sr=1-1&keywords=edinburgh+twilight
Always happy to hear your recs on HM. I think I put the Quincy one on a wishlist some time back and then promptly it fell out of my brain. Sigh. Never heard of the other one, I'll wait until you read the 2nd to see.

I am reading the 2nd in the Andrea Penrose series right now.

Liking them, liked the first. Not sure if they'll ever go to a romance here, maybe. Nothing at the moment though other than friendship and working together. Well, maybe a few slight signs of something further down. But he's a lord and she's who knows what. Still lots of seeeeecrets.  ;D

Ellen . . . I have both of those; read the first and enjoyed it but haven't gotten to the other one yet.

sigh! so many books, so little time! :o
Don't we all have that tshirt by now?  ;D

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: June 04, 2018, 07:34:28 PM »
I haz read the Heath.  ;D

I liked it. Great price too. For once, I am read up on a series.

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Anything Else Amazon / Re: New Delivery Information
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:11:08 AM »
Yep, all mine.  ;D

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Tea Thread
« on: June 03, 2018, 02:00:34 PM »
I have owned this one since January 2011


Wow, I didn't think it was that long. It still works fine. The 200 degrees button is slightly wearing off the numbers, but still readable.  ;D
I need one with easy to use buttons for husband. If he has to fiddle and go up and down, he'll not like it. This one he always knows what to press, it lights up and its on the handle. It can be heavy when full and it does get hot as its stainless, but they all get hot.

I also had bought one recently when I was doing pourover coffee. It was on sale when I got it so 39.99.


Its really cute looking and the settings work very well. It is smaller though than the Cuisinart and not as fast. The Cuisinart I assume has a larger element in it.

For now I put the gooseneck up in the closet as I don't make pourover by hand anymore, but use my cup one technivorm. I just don't have the space to keep both up. And we go through a lot of hot water so the bigger one has to stay.

I also still have a simple Braun plastic one that just boils. It has to be like 15 plus years old now. I use that for my footbath water.  ;D

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:49:04 PM »
I have been reading a lot of historical mysteries and regular mysteries also. So not just you.
It seems to go in binges at times.

I think I felt the same about the last Kelly Bowen. Still enjoyed it, but not quite as magical as the early ones. But maybe its me and I am just getting jaded? I can't tell sometimes.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:16:59 PM »
Hello is this thing on?

 ;D

So I got a interesting book via KU as it was given an A on a romance site. Its a non fiction with all the interesting stuff about the sites we always read about in HR in London.

I am not super far in, but so far its interesting.



Some pics, info all in one place. Its meant to also be a travel guide with a grading system. For those things that are still there that is.


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The Book Corner / Re: First Reads -- June 2018
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:24:28 AM »
I do still check each month, not sure why though.  ;D. Oh look, another women in peril thriller. Well actually two of those if I read the blurbs right.

And yet another historical fiction set around Nazi, WWII. Didn't I comment on that already the last month? Or the one before, I can't recall. Sigh.

Me, going back to my historical mystery, totally not set in nazi/WWII time.

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Anything Else Amazon / Re: New Delivery Information
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:51:13 AM »
Nope, not Alaska. My order is in Texas.

If it comes by my house, I'll hold it for you.  ;D

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Wow, learn something new after all these years. I don't read samples, like at all. I use them mostly as placeholders if that to put in folders like when I get a rec. Most times they just go on a wishlist though as not to clog up my kindle.

So in 10 years of reading kindle books, I had no idea you couldn't bookmark samples.  8)
I do use bookmarking in my books so i would have noticed it. That is if I was a person that reads samples, which i am not.

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Anything Else Amazon / Re: New Delivery Information
« on: May 30, 2018, 05:31:04 AM »
I get the photo maybe half of the time. I like it. They always ask my feedback in those cases and I tell them I love it. But they still seem to be testing all that.

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Authors are also readers - a lot of authors read a lot!


Sure they are. I wouldn't trust an author that wasn't a reader anyway. But reading the comments in this thread, many of the author/readers talk about not using KU anymore because of the business side of it. They care about their fellow authors. Most regular readers do not think or care about that side at all. Nor should they. So there will be a huge difference in responses based on that question between author/readers and non author readers.

But that's ok, its the authors section. We don't really participate here much anymore anyway. For obvious reasons.

Reader out.

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Well, you gonna get different results if you ask actual readers. Not authors.

I have KU and I have a 2 year prepaid and I have no reason to stop. Most of the regular non author readers really don't care about any of the payment stuff, nor do they know. Nor should they care. We just read books. Only time I cancelled was when there was all these shorts and chopped up books in it. Back when they apparently paid per book, not page. Once the normal books went back in, so did I as a subscriber. I did let amazon know why I cancelled at the time.

I make wishlists and that is how I pick my reads. I don't browse on amazon anymore at all. I find my KU reads by going with known authors and other readers recs. Not much has dropped off my wishlists so that is good. Opposite, I see many more going into KU from my "wait for loan" wishlist.

I borrow books, I buy books, just like I always have done. Nothing has changed. Biggest problem I see is authors thinking that readers can be put in boxes or that we don't buy books. I just keep buying and borrowing and not caring what anyone things. I just read. And I want to read all the good books. KU is just one part of my supply line. And I see this with any other readers I hang out with.

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The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« on: May 27, 2018, 09:46:00 AM »
I am a bit snobby about covers now. I don't consider myself to be too picky, but I see so many titles and covers that basically look like contemporaries in an extra long gown. And it's more the titles that get me. I saw one title that was something like...."The Girl with the Make Believe/Fake Husband"....and it was set in the 1800s....my eye has still not stopped twitching from that.
Yeah, that title makes me twitch too. Fortunately for the author, her name is already cemented. So its not as big of a deal overall. A brand new author with a title like that? Not sure if I would take them serious or give a 2nd look.
I think the titling and cover thing is an attempt to tap into the CR readers. More and more romance readers and authors also go over to CR from HR. So maybe they are trying to either lure them back this way, or appeal to those that usually don't read historical stuff. Who knows. I already know pretty much all the authors I read so I don't have to go in blind anymore. There are very very few actual new historical romance authors that write decently. So I get happy when I do find one and go through their list.

Some of the stuff I read recently.

Really enjoyed this one. But then Joan Wolf is always a dependable writer. There was a total lack of any kind of hanky panky, which is normal in trad regency, but since the hero was a supposed rake, it felt a bit lacking. At least a sensual kiss would have made this work much better. But great characters, including the side ones. Recommend.


Overall enjoyable, if at times sugary sweet. Easy read. Looking forward reading the other brothers story


Not so sure about this one. It felt very modern and I skipped some. It just didn't click all the way for me. Well written, but trying to hard to be a sexy edgy HR. This author is also Zoe Archer, so that might explain the modern stuff a bit. Not having started with HR. I might still read the next in the series when I get to it, but I am not jumping on it.

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The Book Corner / Re: Amazon First Reads -- May 2018
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:59:50 PM »

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: New oasis -- First Impressions
« on: May 25, 2018, 07:21:00 AM »
That is why I like the "bold" function in the menu. I can make any font a little darker that way. My personal Voyage and both Oasis don't look very different from each other. I say the Voyage might be a very very little bit darker, if the bold is turned off on all of them. Once I put bold on #1 or #2, it doesn't matter anymore. That was one of the best updates they have given us. Because I find all lit kindles to be a bit more washed out at night than the basic and K3 with a outside light source. Its always been that way for me. E-ink tends to wash out for me when it gets darker. But I got used to it.

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Thanks, downloaded it!  :)  I have some of her books on my tbr pile, but haven't read any of them yet. Well, I have read the Rugby series she co-wrote with Penny Reid and loved those.  Book #4, "The Varlet and the Voyeur" is scheduled to release in June, can't wait!  :D



Funny, me too. I already owned the first of that Rugby series and also Painted Faces. Now I have a 3rd and have not read either of them  :P

To many books. But I'll get to them. Its the motto. No croaking until all books are read.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 24, 2018, 03:38:25 PM »
Rest assured: Tony evolves.
At this point, I just want him dead. Strung up on his, um you know.  :-X
He is a big issue, but he is not the only thing on this show though. But he is a huge one. The whole tone of the show at times is like a frat house party. Ugh.

I am just trying to figure out how folks got past all that and still continued to watch. It might get better, but one still has to get through that mess. Thankfully there are other things keeping me going right now, but I don't think I would have watched that past a few episodes had I watched it "live".

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 24, 2018, 02:10:51 PM »
I started binging NCIS. I don't like any of the cop shows out there, so I never watched that one. Yep, like 15 seasons and I never seen even one episode. Same goes for all the CIS and other letters. But then I realized I needed something long and it had Mark Harmon in it. I remember him from Flamingo Road. Had a crush on him back then.  ;D

Anywho, watching something from that far back is like the watching the evolution of anything computer, internet and phone. That is my favorite part so far. I am at the almost end of Season 2 so by now they have blackberries and now they mention "IM"  ;D. I like some of the characters on it, the quirky ones.

But I almost stopped watching for the sheer disgusting sexism on that show. It is making me ill to think this made it on the air just fine. It is ongoing sexual harassment of the most disgusting kind and they turned the one female character into something that doesn't correlate with her suppose training. But I guess that goes with the tone of the show. Ugh. But I just try to ignore those parts, hard as it is. It hasn't gotten much better yet on that front. How that became such a popular and long running show is baffling. Well I am still watching, but for the Autopsy doc and Abbie and Gibbs at the moment. Maybe that is what many did. Ignoring the obvious.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Tea Thread
« on: May 22, 2018, 06:56:32 PM »
Oh thats a cute one. I like the color, I also like the mint green they have. I guess that brand gets what tea is about. How many times do you see teapot with filters and they are so tiny. Man, I really don't need another teapot, but its tempting  ;D

I been sipping on some Lavender Sencha tonight. I am not feeling too good and it really hits that spot. Gently, calming and soothing.

I almost finished the red plum tea. Its just so good. The Nandi also has really gotten better and better the more I have it too. So I am making a list this time for next order. But I still have to drink what I have for now.

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LOL!!!!! So it is. In my defense, it is confusing when you are reading a book with the chapter name that is close to the date of the month you are reading it on.  :P ::)  Or clearly it's just me.  :o  Obviously before I never noticed that the chapter name popped up!

Thanks!

 ;D That is so much something I would have done too.

 At least I don't have to dig into all my kindle settings anymore trying to find the darn date.  :P


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Maybe a good freebie will be a good lure.  :P



This author has quite a few books out and they all seem to get good reviews among folks I follow on goodreads and on amazon. Different type of characters for CR. And normal length, not short.

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