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Organised chaos

We are now ensconced in our new apartment but, as you can see from the photo, everything is still in a state of organised chaos. We do, however, have access to the internet which means I can post on Rakes and Rascals again. Over the next few weeks, I ‘m hoping to catch up on reviewing the books I read before the move and there will be more ‘In the Spotlight’ author interviews as well.

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Moving House 2

We are moving to a new apartment after Easter and, as you can imagine everything is chaotic at the moment. Luckily, most of my books are contained on my Kindle, but my husband has a HUGE number of Railway and World War II  related books, all of which need to be packed. Then, there is my son’s VAST collection of DVD box sets which appears to cover every TV series ever produced from the original Hawaii 5-O to Mr Selfridge. Therefore, over the next few weeks, until we are settled into our new apartment, blog posts will be few and far between and I hope you will bear with me in the meantime.

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R&R - Up and running again

I’m pleased to say that Rakes and Rascals is up and running again.

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Having been selected for Jury Service with effect from Monday 19th February, I  won’t be available to run the blog. The Jury Service is expected to last two weeks but could be longer, and I will let you know when Rakes and Rascals is back to normal again.

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I’d like to wish everyone…

Merry-Christmas-And-Happy-New-Year-2018

I will be spending time with my family over the holiday period and won’t be around  until 2nd January 2018, when the blog will be up and running again. I’d like to thank all my readers for their continued support of Rakes and Rascals.  

 

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I’m over on Meghan Holloway’s Blog today chatting about Rakes and Rascals, reviewing and lots more. You will find the link below, so do stop by.

https://authoramholloway.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/eleven-questions-12/

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BOOK TAG

Blog Post - Tag I'm It

Fellow blogger Melanie Friedman from  Bookworm2Bookworm has challenged me to this Book Tag post


RULES:

You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

Here goes!


1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I’ve discovered that there are two, Not Quite a Lady and Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase, that have been on my Goodreads “To-Read” shelf since 31 July 2010. As Loretta Chase is one of my top favourite authors and I have read all the other books in the Carsington Brothers series, I’m not sure why they are still languishing there!

Not Quite a LadyMiss Wonderful 2


2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current:
Happily Bedded Bliss by Tracy Anne Warren.

Last:
The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren, the first book in her Rakes of Cavendish Square series. I loved this and started reading the second book in the series straight after.

Next: Her Enemy at the Altar by Virginia Heath.

Happily Bedded BlissThe Bedding ProposalHer Enemy at the Altar


3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I can’t recall any book that I’ve truly hated but Lisa Kleypas’ Crystal Cove, the last book in her contemporary Friday Harbor series, was a real disappointment.

Crystal Cove


4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

I downloaded Outlander by Diana Gebaldon but I’m sure I’ll never read it.


5. What book are you saving for retirement?

No need to save any books because I’m already retired!


6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I always wait until the end because I want to savour the hero and heroine’s journey to their Happy Ever After.


7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I am rather biased because I have been the recipient of such an Acknowledgement from an author.


8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Aline Marsden in Lisa Kleypas’ Again the Magic because I want to hear John McKenna say:

I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…. the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life….to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.”

Again the Magic

 

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I still have a copy of Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught because this was the book that introduced me to the wonderful world of historical romance.

Whitney, My Love


10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I can’t recall one.


11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Not really, but I do donate books to the local Marie Curie Hospice for sale in their local charity shop. The hospice is dedicated to ensuring that people living with a terminal illness and their families get the best support and care.


12. Which book has been with you most places?

No special book but now, with the Kindle app. on my iPhone, I can carry lots of books.


13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

There was only one book I really hated which was Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope. Unfortunately, I still hate it today!


14. Used or brand new?

I’ve bought both used and new books.


15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

No, I have never read any of his books.


16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

I can’t really think of one.


17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Oh, yes. In Lisa Kleypas’ Dream Lake, the heroine, Zoë, is a wonderful cook and the culinary delights are so vividly described that I could positively smell the aromas wafting past my nose and taste all the mouth-watering delicacies.


18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My dear friend, Wendy Loveridge.


19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

I remember reading The Lady’s Tutor, an erotic novel by Robin Schone. Erotica was a genre that never really appealed to me but I loved this book. It wasn’t just an excuse for a series of explicit sex scenes with the flimsiest of plots, it had an intriguing storyline and a darkly, sensual romance.

The Lady's Tutor

 

Now I’m tagging:

Frankie – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Dot Salvagin – ladeetdareads

Jaci Tobin – The Reading Wench

Rose – Roses Are Blue

l look forward to reading your answers, ladies.

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