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A record three This and That postings in a row.

J.R. Ward is now also writing as Jessica Bird. I just bought An Unforgettable Lady (2010) while visiting Barnes & Noble with my best friend on Sunday night. (Doesn't dinner and coffee already seem like forever ago, Keli??)

The synopsis for An Unforgettable Lady from J.R. Ward's site, where you can also read an excerpt:

Grace Hall is a society beauty surrounded by glamour, privilege, and wealth- but her fortune has made her a glittering target. One by one, Manhattan’s most influential women are being murdered, and Grace is on the killer’s hit list. In order to protect herself, she demands the best in bodyguards- and gets so much more than she expects.

John Smith is a hard-hearted security specialist who is as dedicated to his work as he is deadly. Moving into Grace’s luxury penthouse is the last thing he wants, but saying no to her is something he can’t seem to do. As he lays down the rules for his new client, sparks ignite between them- as does an incendiary desire. With Grace in his arms, John finds himself letting down his own defenses to meet the terms of an intimate and unforgettable new assignment.

As the warm nights grow hot, and the canny killer closes in, Grace and Smith face a crucial choice: follow the rules or follow their hearts.

Of course, I'll post my personal views on the book soon.

I'm really enjoying writing to "my" two soldiers through AdoptaPlatoon. I'll note that I haven't heard back from either of them yet, though I went in with the understanding that they're busy and may not have the time or inclination to respond. If you're interested and willing to commit to sending a letter a week and an occasional package to one or two deployed servicepeople, visit their site.

My new pen pal (yeah!) also has a brother serving overseas, and she asked her blog readers to drop her an e-mail if they wanted to send a supportive note to him. You can find her e-mail contact information through her fun letter-related blog, Dolce Vita. Plus, there's a great photo of her brother, who looks like a really nice guy, holding some of his fantastic mail loot.

Hmm. Maybe I'm reading less because I'm spending more of my free time on writing letters and postcards! The truth is out there. . . .


Keli said…
Yes, it does seem like forever ago that we did dinner and coffee! But heck, its been a long week and it is only Tuesday!! Did I mention how much I like your This and That postings?!?! :)
sapphireblue said…
Adopting a soldier is so much fun and good for the soul too.
Keli, you made it to Friday. Hope the weekend ahead makes up for the long week!

I agree; adopting a soldier is something nice to do for yourself--not just the soldier. :)

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