Hello, my Lovelies!
I hope Monday is treating you well!
I finally decided to get my behind in gear and start on my Renaissance dress, so I’ve been up to my eyes in fabric, ribbons, buttons, thread, eyehooks, and patterns (that make no sense and have me Googling sewing terms in the wee hours of the morning). I have the underskirt nearly finished—I just have to add eyehooks and stitch the ribbon in place once I figure out how full I want it. I’ve also finished my hat. If things go according to plan, I should have the overskirt finished today. Now it’s just deciding on what type of sleeves I want and waiting for the boning to arrive so I can finish the bodice.
I finally caught up on the last two episodes of Outlander. I was a bit disappointed in ‘Surrender’ (episode two, season three). I’m not going to give anything away but I was really expecting more from the Dunbonnet episode. It felt way too rushed and, given that this was the Dunbonnet episode and Jamie’s story had so much to offer, I could have done without most of the Claire and Frank scenes—which felt pointless—and could have had more of Jamie.
‘All Debts Paid’ was amazing but way too rushed. So much should have happened between the start of the episode and the ending and it didn’t even begin to touch what it should have. I know that there’s a limited amount of time for each episode and a limited amount of episodes in each season but I have a feeling that everything is going to feel rushed until Claire comes back. With that being said, I enjoyed the first introduction of the adult Lord John and there was surprise that made me do a happy little dance.
Here’s a few free e-books to brighten your Monday. (All books listed below were free at the time of posting. Please check the price before buying. )
The Solemn Bell by Allyson Jeleyne
Reeling from a motorcar accident, Captain Brody Neill seeks shelter in a derelict manor. But the injured Captain is not alone. Haunted by horrors of the Great War, he has become addicted to the only drug strong enough to dull his tortured soul. Without his precious morphine, he cannot keep the disturbing visions of his past at bay.
Wild Boys After Dark: Logan by Melissa Foster
Navy SEAL turned private Investigator Logan Wild is relentless in his pursuit to discover the truth for his clients. He works hard, plays even harder, and always walks away unscathed and untethered. Until he meets mysterious and sexy-as-hell Stormy Knight, who leaves him craving more than a one-night stand.
Stella "Stormy" Knight is an expert at hiding--her feelings, her past, and her identity. Sometimes all that hiding takes its toll, and she needs to come out from under that heavy suit of armor and cut loose--but it never takes her long to put it right back on and disappear without a trace.
Passion ignites, secrets are shared, and their deep connection is impossible to ignore. But in order to have a future, Logan must uncover Stormy's dark past--and when he does, he'll hold her fate in his hands.
Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Perfect for the men of Treasure Hunter Security. Former Navy SEAL Declan Ward is haunted by the demons of his past and throws everything he has into his security business--Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs - no problem. Daring expeditions - sure thing. Museum security for invaluable exhibits - easy. But on a simple dig in the Egyptian desert, he collides with a stubborn, smart archeologist, Dr. Layne Rush, and together they get swept into a deadly treasure hunt for a mythical lost oasis. When an evil from his past reappears, Declan vows to do anything to protect Layne.
Dr. Layne Rush is dedicated to building a successful career--a promise to the parents she lost far too young. But when her dig is plagued by strange accidents, targeted by a lethal black market antiquities ring, and artifacts are stolen, she is forced to turn to Treasure Hunter Security, and to the tough, sexy, and too-used-to-giving-orders Declan. Soon her organized dig morphs into a wild treasure hunt across the desert dunes. Danger is hunting them every step of the way, and Layne and Declan must find a way to work together...to not only find the treasure but to survive.
Light Up the Night: A Cottonbloom Novel by Laura Trentham
When a police chief who craves stability meets a free-thinking, colorful college professor, neither anticipate the fireworks that light up the night...
After a mugging in grad school left her with an irrational fear of the night not even her PhD in psychology has helped overcome, Sadie Wren is sure she’s found an idyllic, safe place in Cottonbloom. When a break-in at her house shatters her sense of safety, gruff, protective Thaddeus Preston storms into her life. On the surface, they have little in common, but a loneliness she’s only too familiar with hides behind his infrequent smiles. But based on her knowledge of the human psyche, Sadie is convinced her infatuation with Thad will burn out as quickly as it flared.
As the Chief of Police of Cottonbloom, Mississippi, Thaddeus Preston maintains a strict control on everything in the small town—himself included. With an older brother serving time for a crime Thad committed when he was just a kid, he lives a life of penance, not allowing anyone to get close. When a reported lurker turns into a real threat, Thad is determined to restore order as quickly as possible and get back to his virtual jail.
But Thad’s brother gets out on probation just as Sadie and the town turns to him for protection. His tidy, barren life spins into chaos, and the only thing that makes sense is the one woman who shouldn’t.
What have you lovelies been up to?