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message 1: by Fran, Moderator (last edited Aug 07, 2012 05:48AM) (new)

Fran | 9116 comments HELLO TO ALL YOU ROMANCE LOVERS OUT THERE!

Here is our next Quarterly Challenge!

Please join us for a romantic, tragic, angst-filled, swoon-worthy, possibly steamy good time!!


This challenge runs from August 15, 2012- November 15st, 2012. Please feel free to jump in at any time during the 3 months :)

There is no minimum page count, re-reads and audio books are allowed.

Please re-post as you complete your book selections.

If you would like to add your star ratings to your completed books that would be great. It's always nice to see what everyone else enjoyed and get some new recs along the way :)


message 2: by Fran, Moderator (last edited Aug 09, 2012 03:35PM) (new)

Fran | 9116 comments Romance Lovers Quarterly Challenge
August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012



We are a Romance Reading group so how about a Romance challenge? Below are 12 Romance Sub-Genres. You may read 4,8,12 or 15(with Bonus) books. No repeats please, you can only read a sub-genre once.

Romance Levels-

4 books read- Flirt!

8 books read- Dating

12 books read- Committed Relationship

15 books read-with Bonus- Golden Anniversary



Romance Sub-Genres

1. Erotic
2. Suspense
3. Contemporary
4. Historical
5. YA
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi
7. Christian/Religious/Inspirational
8. Western
9. Interracial
10. GLBT
11. Time Travel
12. Category (Harlequin, etc.)

Please choose one letter below for every sub-genre chosen.

No repeats please, each letter can be used only once.

a. read a book from a friend's or RRRC member's shelf (any shelf works)
b. read an ebook
c. read a borrowed book- library,friend,lending site
d. read a book that's been on your tbr for awhile
e. read a book from the list generated from clicking the 'Recommendations' link on top of your home page
f. read a new release (within 2 months)
g. read a book with a new-to-you author
h. read a book by a favorite author of yours
i. read a book that is part of a series
j. read a stand-alone book
k. read a short book (under 200 pages)
l. read a long book (over 300 pages)

BONUS-

The Bonus category can be added only if the 12 book level is completed.

You may choose a letter you have already used to go with each bonus choice below. You must use a different letter for each bonus book chosen.


13. read a book with a setting of a place you love or would love to visit.

14. read a book with a cover that you love (please post cover link and if you like, tell us why you love it)

15. read a book that uses your favorite plot device- ( i.e. Amnesia, May/December Romance, Geek Hero or Secret Baby)


message 3: by Fran, Moderator (last edited Aug 07, 2012 05:39AM) (new)

Fran | 9116 comments Here is a sample Flirt! Level-

1. Paranormal (C)- Werewolf In The North Woods by Vicki Lewis Thompson, borrowed from library

2. Historical (H)- Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas, a favorite author of mine.

3. GLBT (I)- Heaven by Jet Mykles (m/m), part of series.

4. Time Travel (G)- Totally Tubular by Gwen Hayes, new to me author.


message 4: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 9116 comments reserved


message 5: by Tina "IRead2Escape" (last edited Nov 22, 2012 07:16AM) (new)

Tina "IRead2Escape" (tinar1121) | 1102 comments Im in...COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP
12/12 Completed


1. Erotic (h) ~ One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James 8/26 (4 stars)
2. Suspense (b) ~ Wild Man by Kristen Ashley 8/29 (4 stars)
3. Contemporary (e) ~ The Witness by Nora Roberts 8/22 (5 Stars)
4. Historical (j) ~ No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord 9/8 (3 stars)
5. Young Adult (i) ~ Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine 10/22 (4 Stars)
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (k) ~ The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands 11/13 (4 Stars)
7. Christian/Religious (l) ~ A Hope Springs Christmas by Patricia Davids 11/11 (4 Stars)
8. Western (a) ~ Quinn by R.C. Ryan 8/19 (3 stars)
9. Interracial (c) ~ Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley 8/21 (5 Stars)
10. GLBT (g) ~ Going All In (Three of a Kind, #1) by Jess Dee 9/10 (4 stars)
11. Time Travel (d) ~ A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon 11/14 (5 Stars)
12. Category (Harlequin, etc.) (f) ~ Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller 9/12 (4 stars)

One Night Rodeo (Blacktop Cowboys, #4) by Lorelei James Big Sky Mountain (Swoon-Worthy Cowboys #2) by Linda Lael Miller No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord The Bite Before Christmas (Argeneau, #15.5; Night Huntress, #6.5) by Lynsay Sands Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1) by Kristen Ashley Wild Man (Dream Man, #2) by Kristen Ashley The Witness by Nora Roberts Quinn by R.C. Ryan A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6) by Diana Gabaldon Going All In (Three of a Kind, #1)  by Jess Dee Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires, #4) by Rachel Caine A Hope Springs Christmas by Patricia Davids


message 6: by Dee (last edited Aug 07, 2012 06:05AM) (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments of course I'm in - i'm going to go with Committed Relationship


message 7: by Wan (last edited Oct 01, 2012 11:39AM) (new)

Wan  (WanWaddell) | 2081 comments (Since I'm dating someone right now), I'll do Dating level, 8 books.

Romance Lovers Quarterly Challenge
Duration: August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012
Dating Level - 5/8


1. Erotic(D): Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare 9/13 (4)
2. Suspense(A): Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones 9/28 (4)
3. Contemporary(G): The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
4. Historical(L): Never Love A Highlander by Maya Banks 8/31 (4)
5. YA(F): The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
6. PNR(H): Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter 9/11 (5)
7. Christian/Religious
8. Western
9. Interracial(L): Skinwalker by Faith Hunter 9/26 (4)
10. GLBT
11. Time Travel
12. Category (Harlequin, etc.)

Extreme Exposure (I-Team, #1) by Pamela Clare Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2) by Darynda Jones The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1) by Jaci Burton Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy, #3) by Maya Banks The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3) by Pittacus Lore Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark, #1) by Gena Showalter Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter


message 8: by Amanda (last edited Nov 10, 2012 06:46PM) (new)

Amanda (shortie357) | 103 comments Romance Lovers Quarterly Challenge
Duration: August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012
Dating Level - Completed: 8/8

1. Erotic - (i) -
Flash Point by Shelli Stevens (9/7/2012)
2. Suspense - (a) - Hard Evidence by Pamela Clare (8/19/2012)
3. Contemporary - (g) - Deadly Heat by Cynthia Eden (8/26/2012)
4. Historical - (f) - How to Capture a Countess by Karen Hawkins (9/28/2012)
5. YA - (d) - Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (11/10/2012)
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi - (h) - Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (10/10/2012)
7. Christian/Religious
8. Western
9. Interracial- (k) - Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder (9/6/2012)
10. GLBT
11. Time Travel
12. Category (Harlequin, etc.) - (b) - A Silken Seduction by Yvonne Lindsey (10/1/2012)

Hard Evidence (I-Team, #2) by Pamela Clare Deadly Heat (Deadly, #2) by Cynthia Eden Infatuation (A Little Harmless Military Romance, #1) by Melissa Schroeder Flash Point (Holding Out For a Hero, #3) by Shelli Stevens How to Capture a Countess (The Duchess Diaries, #1) by Karen Hawkins A Silken Seduction by Yvonne Lindsay Once Burned (Night Prince, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins



message 9: by Hina (last edited Aug 11, 2012 04:09PM) (new)

Hina | 2579 comments I will try the Golden Anniversary...
Duration:8/15/12 - 11/15/12
0/15 Completed

1. Erotic (I - Part of Series) - Hot for Santa by Lacey Alexander.
2. Suspense (H - Favorite Author) - Naked Edge by Pamela Clare.
3. Contemporary (F - New Release)- Wrong Bed, Right Guy by Katee Robert.
4. Historical (D-In TRB for 2 yrs.) - How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn.
5. YA - (A - Fran) - Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (J - Stand Alone) - Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens
7. Christian/Religious (B - Ebook) - The Nanny's Homecoming by Linda Goodnight.
8. Western (G - New Author) - To Bed a Montana Man by KyAnn Waters.
9. Interracial (E - Recommendation) - Mistress to the Beast by Eve Vaughn.
10. GLBT (K - Under 200 pages) - The Man by Mechele Armstrong.
11. Time Travel (L - Over 300 Pages) - The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.
12. Category - (C - Library) - Exposed: Her Undercover Millionaire by Michelle Celmer.
13. read a book with a setting of a place you love or would love to visit.

14. read a book with a cover that you love (please post cover link and if you like, tell us why you love it)

15. Plot Device: Amnesia (I - Part of Series) - Enticed by His Forgotten Lover by Maya Banks.


message 10: by Irina (last edited Sep 03, 2012 05:44AM) (new)

Irina (reetu_416) | 460 comments I am in and here's my list:

Lovers Quarterly Challenge
Duration: Aug 15th to November 15th, 2012

Dating Level -- Read 0/8

Romance Sub-Genres


1. Erotic (E) – The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst (Recommendation List)

3. Contemporary (H)– Mouth To Mouth by Erin McCarthy (Favourite Author Of Mine)

4. Historical (I) – Heiress in Love by Christina Brooke (Part of a Series)

5. YA (G)– My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Author New To Me)

6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (L) – Fallen By Lauren Kate (A Long Book)

8. Western (B) – Lucky in love by Carolyn brown (E—book)

11. Time Travel (C)– Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Borrowed from the library)

12. Category (Harlequin, etc.) (K) – Heart Of A Desert Warrior By Lucy Monroe (Short Book)


The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire, #1) by Jennifer Probst Mouth To Mouth by Erin McCarthy Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1) by Christina Brooke My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate Lucky in Love (Lucky, #1) by Carolyn Brown Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) by Myra McEntire Heart of a Desert Warrior by Lucy Monroe


message 11: by Hexe (last edited Nov 06, 2012 11:50AM) (new)

Hexe Lovers Quarterly Challenge
Aug 15th to November 15th, 2012
Golden Anniversary(?)
12/15 Books read

Completed Flirt 4/4 09/03
Completed Date 8/8 10/23

1. Erotic (b): Comfort Object - Annabel Joseph 09/16 ****
2. Suspense(f): White Hot - Nina Bruhns 09/14 **
3. Contemporary(e): When You Dare - Lori foster 08/26 ***
4. Historical(j): Swept Away - Marsha Canham
5. YA(c): The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 05/11 **
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi(k): Dragon Down Under - Angela Castle 09/03 ***
7. Christian/Religious(g): Tempt Me with Darkness - Shayla Black 11/04 **
8. Western(h): One Night Rodeo - Lorelei James 08/24 ****
9. Interracial(i): Obsidian - Laurann Dohner 08/29 *****
10. GLBT(a): Muscling Through - J.L. Merrow
11. Time Travel(d): Into the Dreaming - Karen Marie Moning 10/23 ***
12. Category (l): The Darkest Night - Gena Showalter 10/17 **

13. read a book with a setting of a place you love or would love to visit: Bound - Sophie Oak 10/28 *****
14. read a book with a cover that you love: Tiger - Laurann Dohner
15. read a book that uses your favorite plot device: The Darkest Hour - Maya Banks 10/01 ***

Comfort Object (Comfort Series, #1) by Annabel Joseph White Hot (Men in Uniform, #2) by Nina Bruhns When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #1) by Lori Foster Swept Away by Marsha Canham The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Dragon Down Under by Angela Castle Tempt Me with Darkness (Doomsday Brethren, #1) by Shayla Black One Night Rodeo (Blacktop Cowboys, #4) by Lorelei James Obsidian (New Species, #8) by Laurann Dohner Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow Into the Dreaming (Highlander, #8) by Karen Marie Moning The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena Showalter Tiger (New Species, #7) by Laurann Dohner The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1) by Maya Banks Bound (A Faery Story, #1) by Sophie Oak


message 12: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Aug 16, 2012 02:55AM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 13552 comments Fun challenge Fran - I'm in, but I'm yet to work out my level :) I need to closely review my book options first...

(Hmmm - I may not be good with 'commitment' :)

Target - Dating
Completed: 0/8


1. Erotic (a) - With a Kiss
2. Suspense (h) - Armed & Dangerous
3. Contemporary (d) - At Piper's Point
4. Historical
5. YA (i) - Burn
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (s) - Life After Death
7. Christian/Religious/Inspirational
8. Western (l) - The Heart of Texas
9. Interracial
10. GLBT (k) - Paris A to Z
11. Time Travel
12. Category (Harlequin, etc.)

matched to -
a. read a book from a friend's or RRRC member's shelf (any shelf works)
b. read an ebook
c. read a borrowed book- library,friend,lending site
d. read a book that's been on your tbr for awhile
e. read a book from the list generated from clicking the 'Recommendations' link on top of your home page
f. read a new release (within 2 months)
g. read a book with a new-to-you author
h. read a book by a favorite author of yours
i. read a book that is part of a series
j. read a stand-alone book
k. read a short book (under 200 pages)
l. read a long book (over 300 pages)


message 13: by Laura (last edited Oct 04, 2012 03:35AM) (new)

Laura | 165 comments im in and go with Flirt! - 4 books

3/4

1. Erotic -
2. Suspense - Dead Right ***** 25.08
3. Historical - Seduction of a Highland Lass 05.09 *****
4. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors 27.08 ***

Dead Right (Stillwater Trilogy, #3) by Brenda NovakSeduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy, #2) by Maya BanksNice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson, #4) by Molly Harper



message 14: by Nikita (last edited Aug 23, 2012 08:03PM) (new)

Nikita | 500 comments I'm in


Romance Lovers Quarterly Challenge
August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012


Committed Relationship - 0/12 completed


1. Erotic (I - part of a series): Colters' Promise by Maya Banks

2. Suspense

3. Contemporary

4. Historical (D - TBR): Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught

5. YA (J - Stand Alone): Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (H - Favorite Author): Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh

7. Christian/Religious

8. Western

9. Interracial

10. GLBT (K - Under 200 pages): Whitetail Rock by Anne Tenino

11. Time Travel (A - RRRC member's shelf): Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

12. Category (Harlequin, etc.)

Colters' Promise (Colters' Legacy, #4) by Maya Banks Whitney, My Love (Westmoreland, #2) by Judith McNaught Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, #11) by Nalini Singh Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Whitetail Rock (Whitetail Rock, #1) by Anne Tenino


message 15: by Elke (new)

Elke (ejurca) | 1737 comments I am in...probably for "Dating"! Will post as soon as I get my list together!!


message 16: by Vicki (last edited Aug 08, 2012 07:41PM) (new)

Vicki | 153 comments I'm in for FLIRT

3. Contemporary(G): Trial by Fire by Jo Davis

4. Historical(H): Ransom by Julie Garwood

7. Christian/Religious(C): Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

11. Time Travel(D): Enslaved by Virginia Henley

Trial by Fire (Firefighters of Station Five, #1) by Jo Davis Ransom (Highlands' Lairds, #2) by Julie Garwood Blue Skies Tomorrow (Wings of Glory #3) by Sarah Sundin Enslaved by Virginia Henley


message 17: by Suzanne (last edited Nov 29, 2012 11:46AM) (new)

Suzanne (Pebblesy) | 124 comments I am in too! But no idea what level/books I will read - all good to update as I go?

Lovers Quarterly Challenge
Aug 15th to November 15th, 2012
Flirt Level
4/4 Books read

3. Contemporary - Rock Chick Completed 16/10
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Angelfall Completed 17/10
8. Western - Wild Montana Sky Completed 10/10
11. Time Travel - Taken by the Cowboy Completed 6/11


message 18: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 8666 comments I'm in! Since my hubby and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this week, I'm not going to be happy unless I make it to Golden Anniversary. But because my immediate future is a bit in the air, hubby and I are trying to move closer to where he works and I have had major surgery recommended (again), I am only going to commit to Dating.


message 19: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (MsThestral) Lovers Quarterly Challenge
Duration: August 15th to November 15th, 2012

Dating Level - Complete: 0/8

1. Erotic (F- New Release): Stygian's Honor by Lora Leigh

2. Suspense (G - New Author): Forget Me Not by Marliss Melton

3. Contemporary (A - Friend's Shelf): Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

4. Historical (B - eBook): The Hawk by Monica McCarty

5. Paranormal (H - Favorite Author): Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

6. Western (J - Stand Alone): Taken by the Cowboy by Julianne MacLean

7. Time Travel (I - Series): The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

8. Category (D - TBR Oldie): Slow Hands by Leslie Kelley

Stygian's Honor (Breeds, #27) by Lora Leigh Forget Me Not (SEAL Team 12, #1) by Marliss Melton Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2) by Jaci Burton The Hawk (Highland Guard, #2) by Monica McCarty Bonds of Justice (Psy-Changeling, #8) by Nalini Singh Taken by the Cowboy by Julianne MacLean The Dark Highlander (Highlander, #5) by Karen Marie Moning Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly


message 20: by Barbara ★ (last edited Aug 09, 2012 04:43AM) (new)

Barbara ★ | 3014 comments I'm in for Dating (10 books).

DURATION: August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012
LEVEL: Dating

READ: 0/10


1. Erotic: (b-ebook) - Good Girl Seeks Bad Rider - Vonna Harper
2. Suspense: (e-recommended) - The Unsung Hero - Suzanne Brockmann
3. Contemporary: (j-stand alone) - Born To Be Wild - Catherine Coulter
4. Historical: (i=series) - Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake - Sarah Maclean
5. YA: (f-July 2012) - Endlessly - Kiersten White
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi: (d-aug 2010) - Unchained - Sharon Ashwood
8. Western: (g-new author) - Ruthless Heart - Emma Lang
10. GLBT: (k-31 pages) - My Gay Zombie - Xondra Day
11. Time Travel: (l-372 pages) - Haunting Warrior - Erin Quinn
12. Category: (a-Lady Danielle) - Doukakis's Apprentice - Sarah Morgan

Good Girl Seeks Bad Rider by Vonna Harper The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters, #1) by Suzanne Brockmann Born To Be Wild by Catherine Coulter Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1) by Sarah MacLean Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3) by Kiersten White Unchained (The Dark Forgotten, #3) by Sharon Ashwood Ruthless Heart (Heart, #1) by Emma Lang My Gay Zombie by Xondra Day Haunting Warrior (Mists of Ireland, #2) by Erin Quinn Doukakis's Apprentice (Harlequin Presents, #3021) by Sarah Morgan


message 21: by Hina (new)

Hina | 2579 comments MountainKat wrote: "I'm in! Since my hubby and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this week, I'm not going to be happy unless I make it to Golden Anniversary. But because my immediate future is a bit in the air, hubb..."

Congrats on the anniversary! I hope the rest works out.


message 22: by ~Leslie~ (last edited Oct 19, 2012 11:37AM) (new)

~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) | 1934 comments Duration: 8/15/12 - 11/15/12

6/8

2.Suspense(G)Beautiful Lies 10/3/12 **** stars
3. Contemporary(E)Animal Magnetism 10/4/12 **** stars
4. Historical(B)Sweet Release 8/15/12 ***1/2 stars
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi(C) Beyond The Darkness 9/3/12 ****1/2 stars
8.Western(H)Autumn Lover (Maxwells, #1) 9/2/12 *** stars
9. Interracial(J)Jezebel's Blues
11. Time Travel(I)The Highlander's Touch
12. Category (K)The Italian's Inexperienced Mistress (Ruthless) 9/3/12 *** stars

Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #1) by Pamela Clare Autumn Lover (Maxwells, #1) (Only, #5) by Elizabeth Lowell The Italian's Inexperienced Mistress (Ruthless) (Harlequin Presents, #2621) by Lynne Graham Beyond The Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, #6) by Alexandra Ivy Beautiful Lies  by Lisa Unger Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism, #1) by Jill Shalvis


message 23: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Aug 09, 2012 10:18AM) (new)

MountainKat | 8666 comments Hina wrote: "Congrats on the anniversary! I hope the rest works out."

Thanks Hina! The most frustrating thing is we have found a place we want to buy and for some reason we just can't seem to make it work. It was on the market as a short sale, we offered more than they were asking because it was really underpriced. Our offer was accepted, but the bank decided to foreclose anyway. Then it is back on the market as a bank owned and we made an offer for more than they were asking, but our offer wasn't accepted - we assume someone offered more. The process if that deal fell through was supposed to be that they would accept the next best offer, but instead it is back on the market again for $20K less than our last offer! I just don't get it!! Oh well, I think I'm going to go play with the grandbabies instead! =)


message 24: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments that is so screwed up MK...I don't understand how banks do business

almost like one of the stories from when I was house-hunting...we went into a house, it had literally been stripped - no carpet, no light fixtures, no toilet...it had literally been gutted - none of which was indicated on listing...my relator was soo mad about that


message 25: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 8666 comments Dee wrote: "that is so screwed up MK...I don't understand how banks do business

almost like one of the stories from when I was house-hunting...we went into a house, it had literally been stripped - no carpet,..."


I heard stories like that, especially with foreclosures. We saw some of that when we were looking for our first house. Crazy!!


message 26: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments this one wasn't even a foreclosure - it was a straight sale...oh well, I like where I ended up - unfortunately now I have to move because of new orders


message 27: by Hina (new)

Hina | 2579 comments MountainKat wrote: "Hina wrote: "Congrats on the anniversary! I hope the rest works out."

Thanks Hina! The most frustrating thing is we have found a place we want to buy and for some reason we just can't seem to mak..."


yeah I have sen that with bank owned or short sale properties. Although I can't ever figure it out what's going on in the bank's head. You really have to be in love with the house because the banks take months to do anything.


message 28: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 8666 comments Dee wrote: "this one wasn't even a foreclosure - it was a straight sale...oh well, I like where I ended up - unfortunately now I have to move because of new orders"

Moving stinks! But hopefully you will end up somewhere nice again! We are just trying to find a place where we can be together since my hubby has been working 4 or 5 hours away for almost 4 years. He was renting up there, but had to move because they were selling. He has been working remotely, but that isn't going to last. I sure am enjoying it for now though!


message 29: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments i'm trying to find a place with a fenced in yard for my dog right now...always fun...


message 30: by Hina (new)

Hina | 2579 comments My fiancee and I spent some time looking at houses, but with everything else going on and on top to plan a wedding. I was way too stress to enjoy house hunting and we decided to put it off for now.


message 31: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 9116 comments MountainKat wrote: "I'm in! Since my hubby and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this week, I'm not going to be happy unless I make it to Golden Anniversary. But because my immediate future is a bit in the air, hubb..."

Kat,
I'm sorry to hear about the added surgery. Wishing you super speedy recovery time (and lots of good books to read while mending;)). Hopefully the right place for you and hubby will turn up soon :)


message 32: by Elke (new)

Elke (ejurca) | 1737 comments Romance Lovers Quarterly Challenge
August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012

Dating...even though happily married for 9 yrs! ;)

0/8 Completed-Updated 8/9/12

1. Erotic:
(B) Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

2. Suspense:(H) Run the Risk by Lori Foster

3. Contemporary:(C) Too Hot To Touch by Louisa Edwards

4. Historical:(K) Little Miss Independent by Julia Templeton

5. YA:(I) Desires of the Dead by Kemberly Derting

6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi:(F) Rapture by J.R. Ward

7. Christian/Religious:(J) The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus

8. Western(G) Cowboy Heat by Sable Hunter


Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2) by Sylvia Day Run the Risk (Love Undercover, #1) by Lori Foster Too Hot To Touch (Rising Star Chef, #1) by Louisa Edwards Little Miss Independent by Julia Templeton Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) by Kimberly Derting Rapture (The Fallen Angels, #4) by J.R. Ward The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus Cowboy Heat (Hell Yeah!, #1) by Sable Hunter


message 33: by Penney (last edited Aug 09, 2012 03:16PM) (new)

Penney (pschoener) | 3553 comments Oh, Fran! What are you doing to me!! How am I supposed to resist this one?! It looks so gooooood. I think I'm in tho :)


message 34: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 9116 comments Penney wrote: "Oh, Fran! What are you doing to me!! How am I supposed to resist this one?! It looks so gooooood. I think I'm in tho :)"

Yay! Glad to have you Penney :)


message 35: by Samantha (last edited Aug 18, 2012 07:34AM) (new)

Samantha | 1182 comments This is so tempting. I'm going to jump in with Dating.


message 36: by Christina (last edited Oct 01, 2012 10:35AM) (new)

Christina  | 273 comments Duration: August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012
Dating Level - Completed: 4/8

1. Erotic – (A) Corralled - Lorelei James (from Dee's shelves and Fran's author recommendation) 4*
2. Suspense – (D) Left to Die - Lisa Jackson
3. Contemporary – (H) Sea Swept Nora Roberts
4. Historical
5. YA – (G) Delirium
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi – (F) Jeanine Frost – Once Burned 5*
7. Christian/Religious/Inspirational
8. Western – (E) Wild Hearts Susan Mallory
9. Interracial
10. GLBT
11. Time Travel – (J) Hourglass Myra McIntire 2 stars
12. Category (Harlequin, etc.) – (K) Strictly Temporary Robyn Grady 2 stars
Corralled (Blacktop Cowboys, #1) by Lorelei James Left To Die (To Die, #1) by Lisa Jackson Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #1) by Nora Roberts Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver Once Burned (Night Prince, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Wild Hearts (Lone Star Sisters, #0.5) by Susan Mallery Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) by Myra McEntire Strictly Temporary by Robyn Grady


message 37: by Sassafrass (last edited Nov 05, 2012 06:34AM) (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 1849 comments I think I'll be in for Committed Relationship with the hopes of getting to Golden Anniversary. I'll post later. Committed Relationship done...now onto Golden Anniversary

15/15

1. Erotic (h) My Liege of Dark Haven finished 9/1/12
2. Suspense (e) The Darkest Hour finished 9/16/12
3. Contemporary (a) Cutting Loose (Rossy's shelf) finished 9/2/12
4. Historical (l) Simply Voracious finished 9/4/12
5. YA (i) Wicked Lovely finished 10/14/12
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (g) Demon in Disguise finished 8/22/12
7. Christian/Religious/Inspirational (b)A Very Special Delivery finished 10/22/12
8. Western (d) Kissin' Tell finished 9/1/12
9. Interracial (j) A Pastry Princess finished 9/11/12
10. GLBT (f) Craving finished 10/12/12
11. Time Travel (c) Time Was finished 9/28/12
12. Category (Harlequin, etc.) (k)Their New-Found Family finished 9/7/12

√a. read a book from a friend's or RRRC member's shelf (any shelf works)
√b. read an ebook
√c. read a borrowed book- library,friend,lending site
√d. read a book that's been on your tbr for awhile
√e. read a book from the list generated from clicking the 'Recommendations' link on top of your home page
√f. read a new release (within 2 months)
√g. read a book with a new-to-you author
√h. read a book by a favorite author of yours
√i. read a book that is part of a series
√j. read a stand-alone book
√k. read a short book (under 200 pages)
√l. read a long book (over 300 pages)

Bonus

13. read a book with a setting of a place you love or would love to visit.(i) Twister (set in australia)--- finished 11/4/12


14. read a book with a cover that you love (please post cover link and if you like, tell us why you love it)(h)> Siren Unleashed--one woman, two hot men...what's not to love???-- finished 10/30/12

15. read a book that uses your favorite plot device- ( i.e. Amnesia, May/December Romance, Geek Hero or Secret Baby)(b) All He Ever Desired--second chance love-- finished 11/1/12


message 38: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 8666 comments Fran wrote: "Kat,
I'm sorry to hear about the added surgery. Wishing you super speedy recovery time (and lots of good books to read while mending;)). Hopefully the right place for you and hubby will turn up soon :) "


Thanks Fran! I'm getting a second opinion in a couple of weeks, but I think that is the way it's headed. I really hope I can read more during this recovery! My surgery last year threw me for a loop, I couldn't focus enough to read for several weeks! It was depressing!


message 39: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (new)

~KarenH~ | 4063 comments I'm definitely in, but I've been debating how many I want to commit to. I finally decided that I know myself well enough to know I won't be happy unless I do them all, so I'll go for Golden Anniversary!


message 40: by Jensine (last edited Nov 25, 2012 06:21PM) (new)

Jensine (JJ1982) | 89 comments 10/15
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. JamesErotic-I
Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) by Deborah Harkness Suspense- D
Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood Contemporary- G
Nothing Denied (Albright sisters #3) by Jess Michaels Historical- A
Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate YA- C 11-25-12
Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) by Karen Chance Paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi- L FINISHED 8-28-12
Hidden (Sisters of the Heart, #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray Chistian/Religious- K 11-11-12
High Country Bride (McKettrick Cowboys, #1) by Linda Lael Miller Western-E 11-3-12
Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark, #1) by Gena Showalter Interracial- F 11-15-12
Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast GLBT-B 11-2-12
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Time travel- J 11-4-12
The Cowboy's Lady (Manning Sisters, #1) by Debbie Macomber Category-Harlequin-H
BONUS
A Month of Italy Rediscovering the Art of Vacation by Chris Brady Place I'd love to visit-F
Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1) by Jennifer WeinerCover I love--hot chick!-H
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Plot device-L


message 41: by Ren (last edited Oct 27, 2012 11:04PM) (new)

Ren (RenPuspita) | 121 comments Romance Lovers Quarterly Challenge
August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012


Romance Levels : 8 books read (Dating)

Read :0/8



Romance Sub-Genres :

1. Erotic (b) : TBD
2. Suspense (h) : TBD
3. Contemporary (k) : TBD
4. Historical (l): TBD
5. YA (d) : TBD
6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (f) : TBD
7. Western (g) :TBD
8. Category (Harlequin, etc.) (i): TBD


message 42: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 9116 comments Jensine wrote: "1/15
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. JamesErotic-I
Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) by Deborah Harkness Suspense- D
Sweet Talk (Bakery Sisters, #1) by Susan Mallery Contemporary- G
Nothing Denied (Albright sisters #3) by Jess Michaels Historical- A
Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate YA- C
[bookc..."



Welcome to the challenge Jensine!

The challenge doesn't start until August 15th so unfortunately you will have to choose another GLBT title for this challenge. Only 5 more days!


message 43: by Gea (last edited Aug 15, 2012 04:55AM) (new)

Gea (Gea89) | 545 comments Level: Dating
0/8


1. Erotic (K - Under 200 pages): Danger Zone by Sierra Cartwright
2. Suspense (L - Over 300 pages): When You Dare by Lori Foster
3. Contemporary (C - Borrowed book): The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
4. Historical (A - Friend's shelf): The Countess by Lynsay Sands
5. YA (G - New author): Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
6. Paranormal (I - Part of series): Kissed by Death by Andi Anderson
10. GLBT (E - Recommendations): Unthinkable by Vicktor Alexander
12. Category (D - TBR shelf): The Greek's Forced Bride by Michelle Reid

Danger Zone (Hawkeye, #1) by Sierra Cartwright When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #1) by Lori Foster The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire, #1) by Jennifer Probst The Countess (Madison Sisters #1) by Lynsay Sands Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves, #1) by Quinn Loftis Kissed by Death (Kissed by an Immortal, #1) by Andi Anderson Unthinkable (Tate Pack, #1) by Vicktor Alexander The Greek's Forced Bride (Modern Romance) by Michelle Reid


message 44: by Jensine (new)

Jensine (JJ1982) | 89 comments Fran wrote: "Jensine wrote: "1/15
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. JamesErotic-I
Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) by Deborah Harkness Suspense- D
Sweet Talk (Bakery Sisters, #1) by Susan Mallery Contemporary- G
Nothing Denied (Albright sisters #3) by Jess Michaels Historical- A
[bookcover:Fall..."


Ok...I picked another one :)


message 45: by Gisbelle (last edited Aug 19, 2012 09:51PM) (new)

Gisbelle Duration: August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012
Romance Level: Golden Anniversary
descriptionCompleted: 4/15

description1. Erotic (a: friend's shelf): The Marriage Bargain ☆☆☆☆ August 20
2. Suspense (h: favorite author): Killer
3. Contemporary (g: new-to-me author): Dante's Girl
4. Historical (c: borrowed friend): The Lord Next Door
5. YA (j: stand-alone): The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window
description6. Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi (f: new release): Onyx ☆☆☆☆☆ August 16
description7. Christian/Religious/Inspirational (d: tbr): Waiting ☆☆☆ August 19
8. Western (i: part of a series): The Return of Rafe MacKade
9. Interracial (e: recommendation link): Tiger's Curse
description10. GLBT (M/M) (l: long book): Don't Let Me Go ☆☆☆☆☆ August 18
11. Time Travel (b: ebook): Hourglass
12. Category (k: short book): Lie With Me (Lust in Translation)

Bonus:
13. Dream Place (Greece) (b: ebook): Oh. My. Gods.
14. Favorite Cover (j: stand-alone): While He Was Away
15. Favorite Plot Device (Cancer)(d: tbr): The Probability of Miracles

The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire, #1) by Jennifer Probst Killer (Pretty Little Liars, #6) by Sara Shepard Dante's Girl by Courtney Cole The Lord Next Door (Willow Pond, #1) by Gayle Callen The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley Onyx (Lux, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams The Return of Rafe MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #1) by Nora Roberts Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1) by Colleen Houck Don't Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) by Myra McEntire Lie With Me (Lust in Translation) (Harlequin Blaze #413) by Cara Summers
Bonus
Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods, #1) by Tera Lynn Childs While He Was Away by Karen Schreck The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder


message 46: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 644 comments MountainKat wrote: "Fran wrote: "Kat,
I'm sorry to hear about the added surgery. Wishing you super speedy recovery time (and lots of good books to read while mending;)). Hopefully the right place for you and hubby wil..."


Good luck with ALL of it MountainKat. The best thing you can do is relax (okay -- try to relax) and let it all carry out as it should. The perfect place will fall in your lap and the recovery will be speedy and well read. In the last few years I have discovered how really important the power of positive thinking can be on your ability to mend. (I will admit I am still working on myself in that area, but have seen amazing results in a few people who are very closeto me!)


message 47: by Nicola (new)

Nicola | 644 comments Oh yah - and I am in. As usual not sure of level and will post as I go.


message 48: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 9116 comments Gisbelle wrote: "Duration: August 15, 2012 - November 15th, 2012
Romance Level: Golden Anniversary
Completed: 0/15

1. Erotic (k): The Marriage Bargain
2. Suspense (h): Killer
3. Contemporary (g): Dante's Girl
4. H..."



Gisbelle,

I can't wait for Onyx to be released!
Only 4 more days- I pre-ordered it so it will be sitting on my kindle waiting for me on Tuesday morning :)


message 49: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments And this is why I am not picking any books in advance....no temptation to start ;)


message 50: by Gisbelle (last edited Aug 11, 2012 07:31AM) (new)

Gisbelle @Fran ~ That makes two of us. I get all antsy waiting for Onyx. It's gonna be EPIC!!!

My list is finally completed. Can't wait to start.


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