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In December, Rosey from Rosey’s Reviews sent me a message asking if I wanted to contribute my Top Ten Favorite Books of 2011 after I participated in the half year Top Ten List.

It was a hard list to come up with. I strictly looked at the 16 books I had given a 5 Horseshoe rating and from those picked the books I have read more than once. I noticed that my Top Five have not changed from the first list, and like on that one the top three are easily interchangeable.

The images are linked to my review of the books. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

1. The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

This book is number one because I have been recommending it like crazy to people! Lisa did an amazing job with her first book of her Zodius Series. (I think my mom has re-read it more than I have!)

The Legend Of Michael is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Legend Of Michael

Number of Pages: 382

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5156-6

2. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

This was my first Steampunk book and what a great introduction to the genre! This is the book I recommend to those who want to get in to this genre. Meljean did an amazing job with giving her readers a living, breathing Victorian era story that relies on automation. I have not had the chance to read the second book, but the novellas are just as enjoyable!

The Iron Duke is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Meljean Brook

Title: The Iron Duke

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Berkley Trade

ISBN: 978-0-4252-3667-6

3. 12.21.12 by Killian McRae

This is an amazing debut book by Killian McRae. She did a masterful job of weaving a contemporary story that explored the history of Egypt and the paranoid suspicion of the Mayan Calendar. If you love Indian Jones, Stargate, and Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, you will love this book!

12.21.12 is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Killian McRae

Title: 12.21.12

Format: eBook

Publication Date: December 2010

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-9363-0554-4

4. Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Fever is Joanne Kennedy’s third contemporary western romance. The primary story is a rekindled relationship story between the two main characters (one of my favorite types of romance), but the underlying plot is an amazing social acceptance and education story. Joanne shows in this story that everyone, no matter their physical or mental disabilities, is capable of great things if given the chance and motivation.

Cowboy Fever is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Joanne Kennedy

Title: Cowboy Fever

Number of Pages: 393

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-402-25141-2

5. On The Edge by Ilona Andrews

I greatly enjoy Ilona Andrews’ writing. This husband and wife team writes fantastic Urban Fantasy books. They write deep characters that are fun to watch grow through their stories. I knew that this book was going to be good when it starts with Rose shooting her grandfather with a crossbow.

On The Edge is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Ilona Andrews

Title: On The Edge

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-4410-1780-5

6. Badlands by Seleste deLaney

Badlands is a Steampunk Novella that takes place in the United States after the civil war, but it is a different world than what our history shows. Seleste wrote beautiful deep characters, and left me very satisfied with the story. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

Badlands is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Seleste deLaney

Title: Badlands

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: February 28, 2011

Publisher: Carina Press

ISBN: 978-1-4268-9125-0

7. Savor The Danger by Lori Foster

Savor The Danger the third book in Lori’s Men Who Walk The Edge Of Honor series. I fell in love with Jackson after he had a night of passion with a woman he had been chasing for months and then couldn’t remember the night. While trying to protect her, he spends his time trying to convince her to do it again. Sometimes a desperate Alpha Male is fun to read.

Savor The Danger is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes And Noble in Print and Nook editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lori Foster

Title: Savor The Danger

Number of Pages: 411

Publication Date: June 28, 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7582-8

8. Locked In Silence by Shiloh Walker

Locked In Silence is book of Shiloh’s Grimm Series. Out of the ones I’ve read so far (which isn’t the whole series, yet), this one really touched me. I won’t spoil who the lead is, but his story is a tear jerker.

Locked In Silence is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes And Noble in Nook edition.
Publication Details:

Author: Shiloh Walker

Title: Locked In Silence

Format: eBook

Publication Date: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 978-1-6092-8528-9

9. Giving Up The Ghost by Melissa Ecker

With Giving Up The Ghost, Melissa gave every woman even more reason to hold tight on to their spouse. This is the story of a woman who loses her husband in a tragic accident and a year later believes he is visiting her. But things aren’t as they seem. Make sure you have a box of tissue next to you when you read this one!

Giving Up The Ghost is available from Amazon in Kindle and Print editions. Also from Barnes And Noble in Nook edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Melissa Ecker

Title: Giving Up The Ghost

Format: eBook

Publication Date: April 2011

Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press

ISBN: 978-1-9358-1781-9

10. Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

Creed’s Honor is the second book in Linda’s 2011 Creed Trilogy. This series is following the Creed’s of Colorado. Linda Lael Miller has given her readers a couple, everyone can relate to, who reminds us all that home is where love thrives and that love has a stronger pull than anything else in the world.

Creed’s Honor is available on from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions

Publication Details:

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Title: Creed’s Honor

Number of Pages: 377

Publication Date: June 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7580-4

There are many other books that deserve to be on a top ten list but these are my favorites of 2011. What are favorite books from 2012?

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From Amazon

An Irish lass. An English lord. A love that overcomes all boundaries.

August Grayson has secretly dreamt of the girl living on his family’s Irish estate since childhoods spent together in Killarney. Now a proper Lord of the British Empire, he knows that Maeve could never be more than just a distant fantasy. Still, if only…

Maeve O’Connor owns nothing in this world but her good name, which proves just enough to win a proposal for a marriage of convenience to a good, Irish lad. Until the wedding, however, she’s in dire straits. Rent on the cottage she and her father share is due, but there simply isn’t the money to pay. Driven to desperation, Maeve hopes Lord Grayson, childhood chum turned dashing English rogue, will prove lenient when she comes seeking clemency.

The temptation presented proves too much, and August offers Maeve a compromise: should she permit him twice as long on each succeeding visit to do whatever he wishes in pursuit of his pleasure, he will consider her rent paid. Starting with a mere five seconds, pulses soon out race the ticking clock, as August’s desires become Maeve’s own. Passion blinds them to the challenges closing in on both the Irish and English fronts, threatening to destroy the love they’ve only just rediscovered.

Working to bridge that which divides them, tempting fate with each stolen kiss, and torn between desire and obligation, Maeve and August must strive to overcome all and find a love by any measure…

My Review:

When Killian asked me to review A Love By Any Measure, I was very excited. I loved her debut book, 12.21.12. Unfortunately, this one fell a little short of her debut novel.

The story premise and the characters were enjoyable. However, I felt that the book didn’t flow smoothly after a certain point.

The first 21 chapters of the book takes place during 1866. Then all of the sudden it jumps ahead to 1872. The only time the reader is told that the first part is in 1866 is the beginning of chapter one, so by the time you get to chapter 22 you don’t remember what year it is. The author should have included on the header for chapter 22 that it was 6 years later.

From chapter 22 to chapter 39, was jarring swaps between the two time lines. The transitions were not smooth.

I love when an author makes me look up words because I don’t know them. However, with the frequency of large and uncommon words used in this story, I can easily see some readers getting discouraged.

Overlooking the lack of time line transitions, I feel that Killian told a beautiful tale with strong, well thought out characters. I believe that with a little more beta reading and editing, this book would have been amazing.

I give A Love By Any Measure a 4 Horseshoe rating!

A Love By Any Measure is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions.

Publication Details:

Author Killian McRae
Title A Love By Any Measure
Format Ebook
Publication Date November 2011
Publisher Tulipe Noire Press
ISBN 978-0-9839-7971-5

About ten days ago, Rosey from Rosey’s Reviews sent me a message asking what my Top Ten Books of 2011 were so far. It was a hard list to come up with. The top three are easily interchangeable. Here is the list I sent to her.  The images are linked to my review of the books. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

1. The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones

This book is number one because I have been recommending it like crazy to people! Lisa did an amazing job with her first book of her Zodius Series.

The Legend Of Michael is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lisa Renee Jones

Title: The Legend Of Michael

Number of Pages: 382

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5156-6

2. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

This was my first Steampunk book and what a great introduction to the genre! This is the book I recommend to those who are wanting to get in to this genre. Meljean did an amazing job with giving her readers a living, breathing Victorian era story that relies on automation.

The Iron Duke is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Meljean Brook

Title: The Iron Duke

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Berkley Trade

ISBN: 978-0-4252-3667-6

3. 12.21.12 by Killian McRae

This is an amazing debut book by Killian McRae. She did a masterful job of weaving a contemporary story that explored the history of Egypt and the paranoid suspicion of the Mayan Calendar. If you love Indian Jones, Stargate, and Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, you will love this book!

12.21.12 is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Killian McRae

Title: 12.21.12

Format: eBook

Publication Date: December 2010

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-9363-0554-4

4. Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy

Cowboy Fever is Joanne Kennedy’s third contemporary western romance. The primary story is a rekindled relationship story between the two main characters, but the underlying plot is an amazing social acceptance and education story. Joanne shows in this story that everyone, no matter their physical or mental disabilities, are capable of great things if given the chance and motivation.

Cowboy Fever is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Joanne Kennedy

Title: Cowboy Fever

Number of Pages: 393

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-402-25141-2

5. On The Edge by Ilona Andrews

I greatly enjoy Ilona Andrews’ writing. The husband and wife team writes fantastic Urban Fantasy books. They write deep characters that are fun to watch grow through their stories. I knew that this book was going to be good when it starts with Rose shooting her grandfather with a crossbow.

On The Edge is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Ilona Andrews

Title: On The Edge

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-4410-1780-5

6. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews

Bayou Moon is Ilona Andrews’ second book in the Edge series. Yes, I know, number 5 is the first book in this series. That should really tell you something about this series! This story follows a character from the first book through a different part of the Edge. Once again, it is an amazing story and characters.

Bayou Moon is available from Amazon in and editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Ilona Andrews

Title: Bayou Moon

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: September 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group

ISBN: 978-0-4410-1945-8

7. Badlands by Seleste deLaney

Badlands is a Steampunk Novella that takes place in the United States after the civil war, but it is a different world than what our history shows. Seleste wrote beautiful deep characters, and left me very satisfied with the story. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

Badlands is available from Amazon in Kindle edition and from Barnes and Noble in Nook Edition.

Publication Details:

Author: Seleste deLaney

Title: Badlands

Format: Ebook

Publication Date: February 28, 2011

Publisher: Carina Press

ISBN: 978-1-4268-9125-0

8. Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

Creed’s Honor is the second book in Linda’s current Creed Trilogy. This series is following the Creed’s of Colorado. Linda Lael Miller has given her readers a couple, everyone can relate to, who reminds us all that home is where love thrives and that love has a stronger pull than any thing else in the world.

Creed’s Honor is available on from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions. Also from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook editions

Publication Details:

Author: Linda Lael Miller

Title: Creed’s Honor

Number of Pages: 377

Publication Date: June 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-3737-7580-4

9. Awaken The Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

This is another wonderful debut novel! Anita gave her readers a very capable yummy clan of Highlanders. I would expect Anita to give Karen Marie Moning a run for her money, if she continues to produce stories like this one!

Awaken The Highland Warror is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Anita Clenney

Title: Awaken The Highland Warrior

Number of Pages: 430

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

ISBN: 978-1-4022-5123-8

10. When You Dare by Lori Foster

When You Dare is the first in Lori’s Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series. This is a compelling Romantic Suspense book. You might be surprised who ordered the kidnapping of Molly. I know I was. The second book in series can easily be on this list as well, but this is only a Top Ten not a Top Eleven list.

When You Dare is available from Amazon in Print and Kindle editions and from Barnes and Noble in Print and Nook Editions.

Publication Details:

Author: Lori Foster

Title: When You Dare

Number of Pages: 448

Publication Date: May 2011

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 978-0-373-77571-2

There are many other books that deserve to be on a top ten list but these are my favorites so far this year. What are your current favorite books you have read so far this year?

 

 

From Author’s Website:

Archaeologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career as well as the memory of his deceased wife and partner on proving his widely-panned theory: Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of Ancient Egypt, was murdered. When a statue of the doomed Queen is discovered in an Olmec excavation site, Smyth is drawn to Mexico to investigate and, hopefully, find the proof that has evaded him for so long. Soon, he finds himself in the middle of the rivalry between the sexy, bewitching international thief, Victoria Kent, and commanding, ruthless Russian mobster, Dmitri Kronastia.

Both Dmitri and Victoria hold pieces to the puzzle that will finally shed light on Cleopatra’s death. As Shep is drawn further into their world of ancient gods, supernatural powers, and alternative history, little does he know that the fate of all—even humanity itself—may hinge on his ability to discover the truth among their fragmented claims. Working to decode the true past while attempting to save the future, Shep becomes a pawn in the hands of forces working out a quest older than the pyramids—a quest that may lead to the end of everything when it all comes together on 12.21.12.

My Review:

I was blown away by this book. I really didn’t know much about it other than the synopsis above. The description intrigued me which is why I asked to be on the tour. This book went beyond anything I expected.

The way I described it to my mom was that it was a cross between Indiana Jones and Stargate with a little of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon thrown in. It was a highly intellectual read and I loved it. Sometimes I find myself bored with normal romances because there isn’t anything that makes my mind think and process. I did that through this whole book. I literally could not put this book down and I haven’t been able to be quiet about it either.

Killian did a masterful job of weaving a contemporary story that explored the history of Egypt and the paranoid suspicion of the Mayan Calendar. She did it brilliantly. I am in awe with how she did it and then the conclusion she lead everyone too. There are twists that you never expect. Killian gave her readers enough to whet their appetite for more information about what was going to happen.

I am eagerly looking forward to Killian’s next novel. I hope it will be as amazing as this one.

I give 12.21.12 a rating of 5 Horseshoes!!

Please follow the 12.21.12 blog tour through the month of March. If you click the above blog tour badge, it will take you to the official calendar for the tour.

Publication Details:

Author Killian McRae
Title 12.21.12
Format eBook
Publication Date December 2010
Publisher Omnific Publishing
ISBN 978-1-9363-0554-4