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The Official Nora Roberts Companion

Hello, and welcome back! I think we're having our Indian Summer right now. It's in the 70s outside today, and was over the weekend as well, but the weatherman says by the end of the week, the highs will only be in the 50s. Oh well. I have lots of reading material sitting here on my desk, and, having just returned from NJ's annual romance writers' conference, I have plenty of work to do--final polishing on a manuscript requested by both an editor and agent.

For now, though, I have a treat for die-hard Nora fans: The Official Nora Roberts Companion
The Official Nora Roberts Companion
(Berkley). Absolutely a must-have for anyone who loves Ms. Roberts's books. Not only is there a complete list of all her books here, with pictures of most of the covers, but family trees for her series books, as well as tidbits on her stories, notes from her travels, pictures and so much more information I can't possibly list it all here. Suffice it to say that I was thrilled when this arrived with my review books, and now, having read through it, am even more thrilled to have it in my possession. I highly, highly recommend this to all Nora fans, and if you know of a Nora fan, this would make a terrific Christmas present--that's coming up faster than I'd like to think about. Excellent resource.

Then I have two more books to share with you this week. First up is P. C. Cast's Goddess of the Sea
Goddess of the Sea
(Berkley). C.C, aka Sergeant Christine Canady, finds herself in the midst of the adventure of a lifetime, courtesy of the ritual she did after downing two bottles of champagne the night of her twenty-fifth birthday. Instead of dying when her Air Force plane goes down in the middle of the ocean, she switches places with a mermaid bent on escaping a vengeful suitor, gets rescued by a goddess and falls in love with a merman. Whew. And that's just the start of things. I wasn't certain how well I was going to like this story--I hate when authors mess with mythology--but this is a very well-told tale. Now I have to hunt up her last book and am looking forward to the next in her goddess series. I'm borrowing four of Cupid's five arrows for this one.

The other book I have to share with you this week is Rebecca York's Witching Moon
Witching Moon
(Berkley). You'll remember werewolf Adam Marshall from her last book which I reviewed here, and this book is his story. Sara Weston has come to his swamp to work, but she finds herself caught up in a struggle with a group of vengeful witches bent on hurting those who'd hurt their parents. This one's not a keeper for me, not only because I'm not wild about Ms. York's werewolf hero, but, having some familiarity with the practices of real-life witches, I found it very difficult to suspend disbelief when it came to the witches in her tale. I'm only giving this one two arrows.

Until next time, happy reading!

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