December 30th, 2009
Book-of-the-Day: Reading Between the Lines


Every day from today until January 4th, 2010, I’ll be giving away one of Lauren Dane’s fabulous novels. In turn, she will be giving one of mine away. Head on over to her blog to see which one.

By random drawing, the winner of yesterday’s book-of-the-day contest for RELENTLESS is Tracy D., who said, “Yes, we have 2 traditions. One, is that the first meal of the new year must be black eyed peas. It supposed to prevent you from getting lice! Two – a male must be the first person to cross your threshhold in the new year. I think you’re supposed to have good luck for the year.

Congratulations! You have a week from today to contact me and collect your prize. anyabast (at)

READING BETWEEN THE LINES: Celtic language expert Haley O’Brien is thrilled when she gets the chance to translate a scroll written in Ogham, an ancient Celtic text used in magic and divination. While translating the text, she unwittingly frees Conall macCormac’s Fae soul from a millennia-old curse that kept him imprisoned in a human body, lifetime after lifetime.

The end of the curse is just the beginning of the magic for Haley and the ridiculously sexy Conall. He takes her into the world of his people, the Daoine Sidhe, where she begins to learn of her own Fae heritage, carve out a new path for herself, and embrace her new-found power.
But their happiness is marred by Ninane, the jealous Fae who cursed Conall a thousand years ago. She will stop at nothing to have him for her own, including the murder of Haley’s family.

Determined to bring Ninane to justice, Haley must ask Conall to undergo the ultimate test of love—to stand aside and let her fight her own battles

Want a shot at winning this book? Answer the following question in the comments:

When you were kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

82 comments to “Book-of-the-Day: Reading Between the Lines”

  1. When I was young I always wanted to be a Marine Biologist. And I still love dolphins.

    Then, during my college visits, I discovered that you could actually get a degree in art! ;D My parent’s were rather dismayed, but I love my job as a graphic artist!

  2. I seriously wanted to be a vet! Or a least anything to do w/animals. My best friend & I had a plan that we would open our very own office and she would specialize in cats & I would specialize in dogs. Both of us would treat any horses (we were both horse crazy!). Unfortunately, it didn’t come true for me, but she is a vet who works in an animal hospital specializing in cats!

  3. Since kindergarten I wanted to be an ER-nurse and beside I ever wanted to have kids and be a mom. So yep, I reached both of my favorite jobs and I’m very happy with’em.

  4. It was a tie between a nun and an archaeologist…

  5. I wanted to be everything. Singer, writer, actress, doctor, you name it and at one time I probably wanted to be it. So far I am a married, stay at home mommy who writes occasionally (my daughters are 4 and 5). My husband who is in concert production and an audio/video engineer, recorded me singing a song (just for my personal pleasure). I am also a certified surgical technologist (non practicing, lol).
    I’m only 30 (that’s still pretty young in my book) so I still have alot of time (god willing) left to do more.
    The sky’s the limit right?

  6. From the time I was about 6, I wanted to be a veterinarian. This lasted into college, and I did go to the University of Florida, which has a vet school. Thanks to a particular professor, to whom I never spoke during the semester – the class had 750 people! – I found my calling. I teach HS special ed math.

    While growing up, the last thing I ever wanted to do was… teach!

  7. I wanted to be loved. I wanted children, several and a husband that wanted me above all others. Seriously; I know it sound corny, but I did. My life is not what I envisioned, but it is not bad either.

  8. :grin:
    I wanted to be an Indian and a vet. Instead I married an Indian and became a mother.

  9. I wanted to be a teacher, a veterinarian, a pop star, and an Egyptologist…not necessarily in that order.

  10. Growing up Iwanted to be a singer, lessons for 9 years & still enjoy singing/ doing community theater; a geologist, still LOVE rock hunting/metal detecting and speech pathologist so I could help other people that stutter like I did.


  11. I’m an animal lover and I wanted to be a vet. I also thought a stay at home mom and wife was a good thing too. My mom worked and was never home and I knew I didn’t want to be like her. As I got older I realized what was involved in being a vet and settled for being a pet owner. I’ve had a few jobs and owned a few businesses but my fav is wife and mother. Thanks, Sue

  12. When I was little I wanted to be a vet or an animal doctor in the wild.


  13. I wanted to be a nurse or doctor, and that lasted until I figured out that the very sight of blood made me faint :) I did also want to be a mom, and that has come true marvelously :D

  14. Hi Anya :)
    I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up.
    Here’s to a wonderful 2010!

  15. I always wanted to be an attorney…It never came to pass, the closest I got was being a secretary for the State Attorneys office in Jacksonville, FL The law has always held an interest for me.

  16. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 4 years old and read Martha’s House on my own. Still hasn’t happened…

  17. When I was young I also wanted to be a teacher!! Of course, I became a secretary!!
    Go, figure!!

  18. I wanted to be quite a few things — interior designer, police, architect, attorney…none of the things came true for me, lol.

  19. When I was really small, all I wanted to be was ‘grown up.’ A little older and I wanted to be a secretary. Must have read too many secretary/boss harlequin romances. LOL

  20. I wanted to be a park ranger at Yellowstone National park.

  21. As a little girl I wanted to be many things growing up: a teacher, a lawyer, a nurse, even a trucker – thanks to 70’s trucker shows Movin On and BJ and the Bear!

  22. I wanted to be a movie critic, just think of all the free movies I would have been able to see!

  23. A teacher or a rancher.

  24. Now that’s an easy question – astronaut

  25. The very first thing I remember wanting to be was a vet… then at a fair, I saw live spaying of a dog and never wanted to be one again…

  26. I actually don’t remember what I wanted to be when I was a younger kid. By the time I hit high school, though, I wanted to be either a social worker or a physical therapist – then I found out how little social workers were paid and switched totally to physical therapist. But I ended up working as a computer tech instead :)

  27. I wanted to be superwoman! I was not impressed when I finally learned that that was not a real profession! Instead, I became SUPER MOM! lol

  28. I wanted to be a vet, then as I got older I realized there would be some animals i couldn’t save and would see abused/neglected animals and decided that might not be the best profession for me LOL

  29. I wanted to be a back-up singer. Not a lead singer, mind you, but stand in the back and harmonize and rock out – like Gladys and the Pips….yeah, I wanted to be a Pip!

  30. I wanted to be a doctor, but at the end I was much better at letters than numbers, and I realized I really didn’t liked medicine at all.

  31. *gg* I wanted to be a kindergarten teacher – today I study history :wink:

  32. As a little girl I loved horses and started riding when I was six. I really wanted to be a jockey when I grew up, but I was already too tall by the time I was ten.

  33. I wanted to be a teacher or a doctor.

  34. When I was a young girl I always wanted to be an archaeologist .

  35. I wanted to be a gymnast after seeing Mary Lou Retton at the Olympics.

  36. I wanted to be a veterinarian I knew when I got older I knew I couldn’t go that route because I would have a house full of pets (which I have now anyway) and would be heartbroken when I couldn’t help an animal in distress.

  37. I wanted to be a nurse. Today I’m a teacher.

  38. ohhh I always wanted to be a singer. lol I took lessons and did recitals and contests. Biggest thing i ever did was sing at the National FFA convention in Kansas City Missouri when i was a sophomore in in high school. Now i mostly just sing in the car.

  39. I wanted to be a teacher then that changed and then I wanted to be a social worker.

  40. I wanted to be a librarian. I’ve always loved books.

  41. I wanted to be a doctor but that’s long gone because of my fear of needles and squeamishness with blood.

  42. It was a strange dream for a girl, but growing up I always wanted to be a soldier – played “war” endlessly with my brother. I was always drawn to the military and ended up enlisting in the Air Force.

  43. I wanted to be a teacher and thank goodness I did go that route. Love kiddos but only as long as they are mine or I can treat them like mine lol.

  44. When i was a kid i wanted to be an archaeologist :) i love history and still do.

  45. I always wanted to be a teacher when I was in grade school, almost until middle school. By then I grew a bit out of it and then didn’t really want to grow up at all, lol

  46. I wanted to be a mom. :o)

  47. When I was young I wanted to be a teacher. My Dad tells the story that when he asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I told him I wanted to be his little girl forever.

  48. More than anything I wanted to be a mom and then a vet. I am the proud mom of three teen boys and have always had at least three pets at all times! We currently have three dogs. I have also been fortunate enough to be a teacher and artist. All dream jobs!

  49. I wanted to be an airline stewardess.

  50. I wanted to be a secretary.. I think I watched too many episodes of Mannix!

  51. I wanted to be a doctor, but luckily I found out fast I didn’t like blood much. Rather, I became an accountant because I was much better at numbers. Go figure. :wink:

  52. I wanted to be a nurse my sister made me a nurse apron and a nave cape with red lining ties crossed in front I also had a nurse cap if you look up nurse fashion in England in the 1950 & 60 you’ll get the idea.
    Even today although not a nurse I’m the one people turn to for advice about ailments …..
    Have a good one……….Ann

  53. A Dancer, A “June Taylor Dancer” on TV. But I am only 5 ft tall and dancers had to be taller back in the good old days, (1958). LOL I still love to dance but don’t have an occasion to do so. Became office manager then civilian employee and retired..

  54. I wanted to be a doctor.

  55. OK, I bet not many people will say this, but I wanted to be a librarian :) I know right….who wants to be this when they grow up? Ducking…me. However, I went the route of Art History instead, and kept my reading novels as a hobby. You never know…maybe someday….

  56. I wanted to be a teacher…

  57. I don’t remember wanting to be anything in particular. I knew that when I made it through High school I would go to college… and I did. The only one of my siblings that actually graduated from college, yea me.

  58. A teacher and an author. I’m still studying to be the first, and hope to eventually be the latter.

  59. This is crazy but when I was little I wanted to be a waitress when I grew up. LOL
    I just loved serving dinner and talking with a fake Southern accent. ( I’m from Cananda and when we travelled to the South, that is normally when we went to restaurants)
    Anyhow, I grew up and ended up in banking. (but I still love to talk with my fake Southern accent hee hee)

  60. That’s an easy one: I wanted to be an air stewardess so bad. Then when we had career day, this lady came to our school and gave us certain rules that applied to certain careers; I was not tall enough and I wore glasses and so could not be my choice; I said OK, I’ll teach school but fond out you needed a lot of schooling and money to pay for it and none was available to me. So I ended up working in a bank for twelve years and did enjoy my work after all.

  61. I wanted to be an interior designer like on Designing Women.

  62. I wanted to work in a morgue and examine dead bodies. I know its wierd :eek:

  63. I was dying to be an actress. I almost went to Cali for acting camp in my teens. I was in several plays, drama club and classes.


  64. I wanted to be an astronaut. I thought it would be fun.

  65. I wanted to be a teacher. I’d make pretend I was the teacher.

  66. I wanted to be an archeologist and a National Geographic photographer. I do get the chance to do photography and have sold a couple but I still dream of traveling and getting great wildlife shots.

  67. When you were kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    an egyptologist and still this day i do…
    I absolutely love egyptian history and etc. It’s the best… My dream =D

  68. I wanted to be an actress or a rockstar.

    Congrats, Tracy!

  69. I wanted to be whatever was on TV! LOL!

  70. I wanted to be a teacher.

  71. I wanted to be a wife and a mother…the old fashion stay at home kind. Unfortunately, life had other plans for me.

  72. I Wanted to dig up Bones and Pottery from the past.then I wanted to be a if I could go back in time I would want to be a CSI person. :mrgreen:

  73. When I was little I wanted to be a nurse when I grew up.

  74. I first wanted to be an anthropologist and archaeologist; to study different cultures, dig up artifacts and bones of pharoahs and dinosaurs. Then I changed it to a Marine Biologistso I could play with whales, dolophins and manatees. :smile:

  75. What didn’t I want to be? First a doctor, and I still dispense medical advice to friends and family, mostly herbal. Next a lawyer, we won’t go there. I leaned towards batgirl for a while, but the costume was a little much and her toys were not as cool as the boys were so that had to go. I ended up just being me, a mix of all my hopes and dreams, and life’s realities, but somehow satisfied with the result.

  76. I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, but I have such a horrible fear of public speaking that it just did not work out.

  77. When I was very young I thought I would like to be a nurse. As I got older that idea went by the wayside.

  78. When I was little I wanted to be an archeologist, then I discovered I did not like bugs, dirt, heat etc…… I always after that wanted to be a teacher and a Mom, and I am a Mom and a substitute teacher

  79. When I was growing up wanted to be either a writer or a book store owner, because I am always reading. As for fulfilling those dreams, I’m still writing and and revising my story. Also, I have started working toward the book store, as just got my associates degree in business management. Hopefully I will get to both goal sometime in the future.

  80. I wanted to be a ballet dancer or a bodyguard :blush: I do have brow belt in takewondo but didn’t use it to defend anyone :)
    I’m a designer now who likes to dance while working

  81. I wanted to be a nurse but found that I can’t stand blood! Then I thought I would be a teacher but I got married and left the country to live with my hubby. Now, I’m just a normal working woman!

  82. I wanted to be a nurse when i grew up but as i amso squemish at the site of wound & have a phobia of scars, it was never going to happen.