First Line Fridays: “Shelter in Place” by Nora Roberts

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books.

Well, hello there Friday! For a while I thought you wouldn’t ever come. It’s been a tiring week at work and what’s left of my already frayed nerves are getting even more hits. I expect this to continue until the first week of July, or maybe until this work-related thing gets cleared up.

Anyway, to get me out of the real world a bit, I’ll just go read book after book. I’m breaking out of my usual plate of sci-fi and fantasy and reading something by the great Nora Roberts.


On Friday, July 22, 2005, Simone Knox ordered a large Fanta – orange – to go with her popcorn and Swedish Fish. The choice, her standard night-at-the-movies fare, changed her life, and very likely saved it, Still, she’d never drink Fanta again.





I’m only 25% into this book, but the first part – the mall shooting part – chilled me to the bone. I had to stop to breathe and direct my attention somewhere else because imagining that kind of thing happening in real life – and sadly, it had numerous times – scares the life out of me. I don’t know and I’ll never understand how some people could just think to do such: kill, take lives and end stories.

I’m hoping to finish this book this coming weekend as I have 2 days off work (yay!) Then, on Sunday, I’m going to Randy Ribay’s book launch for Patron Saints of Nothing. Plans, plans – I will keep up to them.

Well, that’s it for me today. I wish you all a happy weekend full of reading and fun.



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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Connections in Death” J.D. Robb

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Hey there! Welcome to this week’s installment of CWW. Today I’m going to be sharing the latest installment of a long-time running favorite series of mine.

40122012Title: Connections in Death
Series: In Death #48
Author: J.D. Robb
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: February 5, 2019
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Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads—and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering—whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support.

Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together, and he’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy. Returning from a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, she finds Lyle dead with a syringe in his lap, and Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. After all his work to get clean, Lyle’s been pumped full of poison—and a neighbor with a peephole reports seeing a scruffy, pink-haired girl fleeing the scene.

Now Eve and Roarke must venture into the gang territory where Lyle used to run, and the ugly underground world of tattoo parlors and strip joints where everyone has taken a wrong turn somewhere. They both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

This is already the 48th installment of the In Death series, but it still excites me. It’s like getting to meet a friend you haven’t seen a while and catching up with them, that’s how it feels for me.

Nora posted an excerpt of this book on her blog Fall Into the Story. If you’re interested, here’s the link to that preview.



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First Line Fridays: “Conspiracy in Death” by J.D. Robb

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.

Hey there! Look at that, it’s Friday already! Yay for all of us!

I’ve been feeling a bit saturated right now, reading multiple books at the same time can do that to you. I usually can keep up with no issue whatsoever, but I think it’s because I’m not really feeling one of the books I’m reading??? I’m powering though it, same thing I did with a book I recently finished (which hid all the gems in its last part so it was worth it), but I just got tired and decided to put it down for now and give it another go later.

Anyway, I needed something to lift up my mood, and what do I do? Yeah, pick up another book, and today, let me just share the first couple of lines of it with you guys.




In my hands is power. The power to heal or to destroy. To grant life ot to cause death. I revere this gift, have honed it over time to an art as magnificent and awesome as any painting in the Louvre.

I am art, I am science. In all the ways that matter, I am God.





A friend of mine introduced the In Death series to me sometime in the last months of 2016. I was on a reading rut and none of the books I tried to read managed to bring me out of my funk, so she recommended this series knowing that I love police procedurals and romance. I never looked back.

Conspiracy in Death is one of my favorite installment in J.D. Robb’s long-running In Death series. Eve has always been a strong character, but she was really put through the wringer in this one and I just loved how Roarke and the rest of their friends closed ranks around her.

I really recommend this series to everyone, so I hope you enjoyed the line from one of its books.



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Bookish News: “Leverage in Death” (J.D. Robb) Excerpt

Two years ago when I was in a reading rut, a friend of mine recommended the In Death series to me. Needless to say I got hooked. Since then I’ve read all 46 books (It’s been around since 1995. I’m just less than a decade older than it.) in the series, and I’m pretty much hyped to get my hands on the next one.

37638161For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter―but what was the motive of the masked men?

Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.


It’s still three months until Leverage in Death is released, but an excerpt of the first chapter is up on Nora Roberts’ (J.D. Robb is just her pseudonym) blog Fall Into The Story.  It opens up with a supposed suicide bombing at a meeting full of airline executives. Sounds like another tough case for my fave fictional police detective Lt. Eve Dallas.

Leverage in Death will be out September 4. Add it to your TBR!