First up:

First up for the Read-a-thon was supposed to be a western, Longarm and the Shoshone Silver by Tabor Evans but I’ve somehow misplaced it, so I’m going to be starting off with another oldie on my shelves, Vella Munn’s Daughter of the Forest. It was published in 1995 and comes in at 410 pages. On reserve, I have Suzanne Collin’s Mockingjay(one I’ve been looking forward to for a while, so squee!!)published in 2010 and at 398 pages. Then there’s Ellen Hopkin’s crank published in 2004 and at a whopping 537 pages. I’m not sure I’ll get through all of these today, or any but I’m going to try my best barring phone calls, errands, etc. I will attempt to update every couple hours as to where I am(what page I’m on etc.). I will also be reading some non-fiction books: Theodore Rees A. Cheney’s On Getting the Words Right, Frederick S. Calhoun’s The Lawmen, Angela Thomas’ When Wallflower’s Dance, Joyce Meyer’s How to Succeed at Being Yourself, K.L. Going’s Writing and Selling the YA Novel, Heather Seller’s Chapter After Chapter, and finally, Donald Maas’ The Breakout Novelist. All of which, I read a chapter in every weekend per day.

Here’s the blurb for Daughter of the Forest:

The forests of the Pacific Northwest are lands of mists and rain, of towering trees and salmon-choked rivers. Where forest approaches sea, there live the Tillamook and the Nisqually, two tribes tied to each other by hatred.

Madsaw, war chief of the Tillamook, kidnaps Twana, step-daughter of the Nisqually shaman. Though their people are enemies, and to love a slave violates tribal law, Madsaw finds comfort and desire in his captive’s arms.

Each lover’s heart conceals a secret. Madsaw hides his grief and anger over the murder of his first wife. Twan’s burden is far heavier: her spirit touches those of the forest’s creatures, from the gentle deer to the powerful, half-mad grizzly bear who stalks the Tillamook village–and everyone who knows of her power hates and fears her.

United by a love stronger than any fear, Twana and Madsaw are determined to find peace and happiness, no matter what perils they must face.

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