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Jan's Newsletter   *   August 2019   *   Edition No. 122
Hello from Lori
I'm finding it quite surreal as August hits us.  This time last year, we were working on packing the store up and getting ready to move.  It's been a year!  The time is flying.  The cool part is having people still find us and how excited they are to hear that we are still around.  

Lori did something not so fun at the beginning of the month... The short story is one Sunday morning in my frustrated lack of caffeine delirium I started deleting files on my computer (which I never do) and accidentally deleted THE SYSTEM.  You know that system that tracks our inventory, customer credit, reading history?  Yeah, that one. All gone. On a Sunday. I spent 24 hours having a minor heart attack waiting for IT to be less expensive Monday morning... only to get here at 815am and realize I had left my keys inside the store and my sister had closed up... So my IT people were here at 830 to fix it and I was running to Hillsboro to get a key.  Many unforgettable moments for me later, they were able to restore to Friday. Meaning I only lost Saturday's information.  So overall, lessons learned and Lori is not allowed near the computer without sufficient caffeine and patience. 

Downtown continues to grow, this month we got Raindrop Taphouse and Syndicate Wine Bar.  We're getting a new location of Lionheart...I don't know when but construction has begun on their building.  I hear tell we're getting a ramen location.  It's all just very exciting. 

July was a lot of fun, we ended up throwing a Harry Potter Birthday party on the 27th... it wasn't in the newsletter cause we waited to plan it until a couple weeks before.  I had 1 day off in July, so yes, that means Lori is starting to look a little tired around here.  I'm in this catch 22, I LOVE being here and seeing everyone, but I know I need a day off.  My sister offers to watch the store on Sundays, but I have a hard time pulling myself away.  I ended up taking one day, and of course 5 people came in looking for me... I'm still shooting for October 1st before I look at the data and see what day is best to close weekly.  Fair warning, that means towards the end of September, Lori is going to be one tired cookie.  

I know it's early to be talking about February, but I want to give everyone plenty of time!  I have said from the beginning that I will be closing 1 week in February every year so I can have an annual vacation.  In 2020, there is a convention on the Queen Mary in early February that I want to attend, so I've decided to close February 3rd through the 10th.  I'll be sure to post more as we get closer, but make sure that you mark the last week of January to get in here and get books for that week! 

August is shaping up to be one big party all month!  It is my birthday month, so I find that only appropriate.  Hopefully you can come down and help us celebrate 1 year open on the 10th. 

Reading was light this month for me, I'm in a bit of a slump and nothing is appealing to me.  Hoping to kick that soon!

Re-reads: Rising Tides by Nora Roberts, Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts, Strong Enough by Cardeno C., How Was He Supposed to Know by Andy Slayde and Ali Wylde, Vision in White by Nora Roberts

New Reads:
Fifth Essence by Jacqueline Faye - This was the 5th book in the Lovin' the Coven series. It's been a fun light-hearted series that didn't take much focus to read.  It is a reverse harem e-book only. 

Seal's Honor by Megan Crane - This was our book club book for Beyond Borders Romance.  Our biggest issues were some plot holes and forced plot-lines, but we had several members in the group that were holding out hope the next books would get better. 

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - This was our YA read for the month.  Fantasy is a hard genre for me to read.  I would say that it was an interesting concept, and at the time it was released was probably pretty fresh.  I don't know that if it's held up against time, but it was a very easy read.  And would be good for middle aged readers as well as YA. 

Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter - We had 2 books in this series come in this month that I hadn't read so I picked one up.  It lived up to the series with a little adventure, some light sci-fi/fantasy, and some heat to the romance.  

Teardrop Shot by Tijan - This was a little bit removed from Tijan's normal, but was a really good emotional read.  She's always good for that emotional impact, but her books tend to the extreme, whereas this one was more grounded in reality. 

Sea Legs by KG MacGregor - This was the "secret" bookclub selection.  It's a f/f romance set on a cruise ship.  And I love cruising, so that was awesome!  There were some issues with a few character traits, and it was definitely an easier read than I think we all wanted.  But overall, it's a good summer read since it was a light story-line. 
Debbie's Corner
Well here we are going into August, I need time to slow down a little. So I know you all want to know how goes the house project. VERY SLOWLY, I did the neighborhood garage sale and got rid of some stuff. Garage sales in Orenco have never done well, probably because the garage can’t be seen from the street. I did get rid of my antique desk that I brought back from England and I am happy with the people who bought it.

I told you last month that I am lucky enough to still have both of my parents however my Dad has begun to fail and stubborn old goat that he is refuses to move anywhere that would be helpful so my sister or myself are taking turns being with them at all times. Good thing we both are retired and have homes on wheels so we can live in the driveway. So far Dad hasn’t figured out that we are “babysitting”, but Mom needs help with him so that is what we will do for as long as we are needed. I will still sell the house but it is taking longer than I planned on. I must say if I have to be stuck somewhere Rockaway Beach isn’t a bad place to be stuck.

What have I read this month, it is a sad list.

Bloody Mary by J.A. Konrath. A bookseller friend gave me a copy several years ago and I finally pulled it off the shelf. It was very good for you mystery/suspense readers I recommend this. It is a series which I love.

Where Evil Waits by Kate Brady. Another book that has been on my shelf for a while also very good. This is a romantic suspense.

Hallowed Ground by Lori G. Armstrong. I told you about this series a couple of months ago. I am reading it way out of order which I rarely do. I am still enjoying however I recommend that you get Lori (bookstore owner, not the author) to print the list and read it in order. The setting is South Dakota which makes it a little unique.

I am in Hillsboro for the moment to finish that blasted bathroom and finish selling off stuff and then begin packing up the rest to be donated.

Have a great August and aim to read more.
The Vault
It's my birthday and
I'll purple if I want to. 
That's right, for my birthday month, the vault will have only books that are PURPLE! 
Calendar of Events
Help us celebrate 1 year open in the new location! 

If you can't make it by that day, make sure you at least drive by as we will have very unique decorations!
Click Here to Register! 
Happy Birthday to Lori
August 13th
Beyond Borders Romance
August 13th at 6:30
Attending Authors: 
Lynda Aicher
Annabeth Albert
Kim Allred
Judith Ashley
Jenna Bayley-Burke
Kerry Blaisdell
Delilah Marvelle
Minnette Meador
Terri Reed
EJ Russell
Karelia Stetz-Walters

Watch FB event since new authors may get added!

Raffle Prizes!!!!
Valerie is the dance instructor/friend of one our YA Bookclub members. While we wish crowdfunding wasn't necessary, we are happy to help where we can. If you aren't able to make it on that day, but wish to help, visit here to learn about how. 
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