Thursday, May 24, 2007

The 6th Target ~ James Patterson

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A burst of gunfire leaves several people dead–and one woman fighting for her life. That victim is a member of the Women's Murder Club, four friends who join forces on their toughest cases. Detective Lindsay Boxer pursues one lead after another to capture the man who tried to kill her friend…but the clues don't seem to make sense.

While Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano prepares to prosecute a high-profile trial, the city suffers from a chilling crime spree. Children of wealthy families are being abducted–along with their nannies. Yet the kidnappers are silent and do not demand a ransom. Parents everywhere fear the worst. Now with the entire city gripped in fear, Lindsay must frantically work with her new partner to connect these horrific crimes.

Another great James Patterson novel and as with most all his novels couldn't put it down.

The Other Woman ~ Joy Fielding

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"Hello, I'm Nicole Clark. I'm going to marry your husband." The young woman was stunning and her message stunningly clear when she told Jill Plumley. What wasn't clear was how Jill could save her perfect marriage and her attractive husband from the younger, sexier, very clever Nicole. The frightening thing was, Jill knew that David could be stolen. She had done it herself. She had taken David from his wife when she, Jill, had been the other woman. And David was still a prize catch: handsome, rich, successful and irresistible. Yes, Jill knew what it was like to be David's mistress; she knew everything that would happen. But she didn't know what to do about it.
I found this to be a very interesting read, maddening at times, but very good.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Alibi Man ~ Tami Hoag

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She was a vision. She was a siren. She was a nightmare. She was dead. Now he needed her to disappear. And he knew just how to make it happen. The Palm Beach elite go to great lengths to protect their own—and their own no longer includes Elena Estes. Once upon a time a child of wealth and privilege, Elena turned her back on that life. Betrayed and disillusioned by those closest to her, she chose the life of an undercover cop, the hunt for justice her own personal passion. Then a tragic, haunting mistake ended her career. Now Elena exists on the fringes of her old life, training horses for a living. But a shocking event is about to draw her back into the painful vortex she's fought so hard to leave behind.

First she finds the body—a young woman used, murdered, and dumped in a canal. Not just a victim, but a friend. As Elena delves into her dead friend's secret life, she discovers ties not only to the Russian mob but also to a group of powerful and wealthy Palm Beach bad boys known for giving each other alibis to cover a multitude of sins. A group that includes a man Elena once knew very well—her former fiance, Bennett Walker, a man she knows has already escaped justice at least once in his life.

Finding her friend's killer will put Elena at odds with her old life, with her new lover, and with herself. But she is determined to reveal the truth—a truth that will shock Palm Beach society to its core, and could very well get her killed.

Book #2 featuring Elena Estes. A good read, but an absolute have-to-read? I don't think so. I found I was just plodding along in the beginning and end. The middle was entertaining, but that was about it. I know I'll continue with this series, only because that is how I am, but I'll be less than excited about doing so!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Four To Score ~ Janet Evanovich

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Stephanie Plum's charge is on the run. As a bounty hunter she is responsible for her charge and making sure she attends court. As things start to go wrong Stephanie becomes aware that the girl is hiding a treasure and that people will kill to get it.
Once again, another laugh out loud book about the escapades of Stephanie Plum. I'm looking forward to book #5 to see what kind of trouble Stephanie will get in with Morelli, as well as the type of case she'll be working.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Chai Tea Latte Grande and sooo much more

As what I see becoming a very expensive habit and one that needs to be curtailed quickly, is an addiction to Starbucks Chai Tea Latte. Not only is this making a dent in my pocketbook, but also a lump on my rear end. It's not an all bad thing, this Starbucks addiction, I'm getting in some good reading too. Starbucks has The Way I See It messages on their beveridge cups. Today's cup, message #232, is awesome and more than true for so many people, myself included.

You simply can't make someone love you if they don't. You must choose someone who already loves you. If you choose someone who does not love you this is the sort of love you must want. -- Isreal Horovitz Playwright/Screenwriter, quote from his new play, The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Up Up and Away

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My princess climbed the rock. Here is a pic of Princess on Sunday climbing with her Uncle James and his girlfriend, Anita. I was the amazed bystander, but am going to give it a whirl next time.

I'm so impressed with Princess in her first endeavor with rock climbing. She is very much a princess kind of girl, not much of an outdoors type at all. It was a very proud moment to watch her harness up and start off to challenge the rock. She was able to surpass the climbing height of both James and Anita. I loved watching her think through the transitions and her beautiful little hands gliding over the rock in an effort to find a place to get another good grip. I'm not the most objective, I know, but she really looked like a natural.

She is looking forward to next time when James and Anita are in town so she can have another go at climbing. Who would have ever thought I'd see the day my little baby was climbing a rock. Proud silent tears rolled down my cheeks as I watched her at times. Shhhh, she doesn't know that part.

Over You ~ Chris Daughtry

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Over You
Now that it’s all said and done
I can’t believe you were the one
To build me up and tear me down
Like an old abandoned house
What you said when you left
Just left me cold and out of breath
I fell too far, was in way too deep
Guess I let you get the best of meeee

Well I never saw it coming
I should have started running
A long, time agooo!
And I never thought I’d doubt you
I’m better off without you
More than you, more than you know
I’m slowly getting closure
I guess it’s really over
I’m finally gettin’ better
Now I’m picking up the pieces
From spending all of these years
Putting my heart back together
‘Cause the day I thought I’d never get through
I got over you!!!

You took a hammer to these walls
Dragged the memories down the hall
Packed your bags and walked away
There was nothing I could say,
And when you slammed the front door shut
A lot of other’s opened up
So did my eyes so I could see
That you never were the best for meee

I never saw it coming
I should have started running
A long, long time agooo
And I never thought I’d doubt you
I’m better off without you

And I never saw it coming
I should have started running
I’m finally getting better
Now I’m picking up the pieces
From spending all of these years
Putting my heart back together
And I got over you!!!
And I got over you!!!
And I got over you!!!

The day I thought I’d never get through
I got over you…

I just bought this disc and I now ask myself: "What took so long?" This disc is amazing. I was driving along, listening away and this song literally jumped out at me. I love it. Chris Daughtry has the most amazing edgy voice. I've found my 'new favorite' rocker, for now, anyway!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May Running Log

2 - 4.9K (38m) 3/2 (walk/run)
4 - 130.8lb (-.2lb)
4 - 6.5K (48m) 3/2
11 - 131.4 (+.6lb)
14 - 5.5K (42m) 2/3
25 - 132lbs bleh!
26 - 5K
Total: 21.9

Jonathan Kellerman ~ Blood Test

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Dr. Alexander Davenport, a child psychologist in Los Angeles, is called in to evaluate the case of a leukemia patient whose parents want to discontinue chemotherapy. When the boy disappears from the hospital and his parents are found dead, the only leads are the boy's sensual older sister and a holistic-meditative cult called The Touch. Davenport's search for the child takes him to a small town near the Mexican border where he finally unearths the dark secrets kept by the boy's family and the townspeople. He also uncovers drugs and group sex in the commune and survives a few harrowing attempts on his life.

This was a good novel, but touched on incest. I didn't see this developing! Freaked me out big time! I'm not 100% on Jonathan Kellerman's style so I'll give it some time before I follow up with the 3rd novel in this series.