Bounty of Books

At this time of year when we focus on all that we’re grateful for, I want to feature a few books I’ve read over the past months that have been winners.

I’m very thankful for books–for authors who write them, for being able to write my own and get those crazy imaginings out of my head, and for the ability to read. I love reading (if you can’t tell from my Goodreads log)…and these stories all rated the highest score from me. Something about them–whether it was the characters, the fantastic plot, or just well-written prose–caused these books to work their way into my heart, not just my mind.

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson – A memoir by Dr. Carson about his life growing up in the ghetto to becoming a world-renowned brain surgeon at John Hopkins. See my Goodreads Review

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram – Clean contemporary romance. The characters (a blogger and Hollywood star) were super funny in this one. Read my review

Life: Citizens of Logan Pond by Rebecca Belliston – Dystopian fiction that really makes you ponder what you would do in the same believable scenario. Read more about it HERE.

Saving Grace by Michelle Paige Holmes – Regency romance with a heroine who is super adorable and charming. Read my Goodreads Review.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving wherever you may be, even if you don’t celebrate the American holiday, there is so much to be grateful for in life (besides books). Hope you have a great week filled with family, food and fun!



Forgetting and Remembering

Forget Me Not

I just read and reviewed these Young Adult books in the Collective Series. The first book, Forget Me Not, was very riveting. Anamae (or Mae) is a normal 17-year-old girl who struggles to get up in time for school, spend time with her best friend, Will, and hang out with her dad since her mother disappeared years ago and they only have each other. But when she touches her mother’s necklace pendant and opens the gift of invisibility, everything she knew to be true is shattered.

She changes her definition of ‘normal’ and unknowingly brings down the wrath of the Collective upon her, a secret society of techno-gurus who run the world incognito through the use of technology that no one else knows about. Mae and her best friend, Will, escape and are taken in by the resistance. That’s where she meets Jax, a hot 18-year-old who confuses and attracts her. This book was fast-paced and introduced the characters for the series as well as some mysteries that need to be solved in the future.


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Remember Me

The 2nd book in the series, Remember Me, has just been released. This story throws a twist into Mae’s life when she receives a blow to the head and awakes in an unfamiliar location and can’t remember anything–even who she is.

This sequel was much darker than the first book, and a little more confusing (but I felt this was done on purpose so the reader was in the same boat as Mae with not remembering anything). There’s a good love triangle forming to continue on in book 3. I’m excited to see what Mae decides to do and whether the Collective will come out on top or not in the end. It’s a pretty scary scenario!

This series is great for teenagers since the main characters are high school age. Both books are clean and didn’t have any offensive scenes. The stories have a touch of romance in them, but the main plot centers around the paranormal element and action (which is advanced technology, not magic).


Check these out if they sound like something you would like. Though they don’t fit in the normal genre I read, I enjoyed them anyway. Also, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win $25. Good luck!

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Campaign Time

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After the election ruckus we just endured, please rest assured that this campaign isn’t a political one. Whew!! I just finished reading this regency romance set in war torn Spain. This has a few of the same characters from Becoming Lady Lockwood, which I reviewed HERE, but it isn’t a sequel. It’s a stand-alone story.

Emma Drake is the little sister of William, one of the main characters in the first book. She has been in love with her brother’s sailor friend, Sidney, for as long as she can remember. The only problem is that he only views her as a sister-figure. When Sidney is captured by the French and proclaimed dead falsely, a witness from his ship’s crew comes to plead for William’s help to save his friend. Emma stows aboard her brother’s ship to save the man she loves, but it isn’t the happily ever after fairy tale ending she imagined as she is thrust into the savage clutches of war and sees and experiences atrocities she will never forget.

I loved this plot and the setting on the battlefields of Spain. The growth of the characters was charming to watch unfold, and heartbreaking at times too. The subject of post-traumatic stress disorder is addressed as the characters suffer from anxiety and panic after what they endure and what they must face as they escape behind battle lines.

There are all sorts of rating systems out there. I rated this 5 on both Amazon and Goodreads! The author deserved credit for a well-written book that captured my heart and mind. If you like sweets, then a different rating system might appeal to you. I’d rate this story a Brownie Sundae–the kind made with decadent brownies with chocolate chips in them and a good vanilla bean ice cream on top. Yeah! It’s that good.

Enter to win a $75 gift card to Sweet Salt Clothing from a Rafflecopter giveaway. And you can stop by more sites on the campaign trail through November 15th:

So start your own campaign to read this book…or make a yummy brownie sundae…or both!


News on the Book Front

444864412_fcd684b27f_zGood news! I’ve been working on all the books of the Bending Willow Trilogy (the new name for my Eyes of Light series) for the last millennium. What? Did I hear a snort of disbelief? Well, for your information, it feels like forever…and that’s even longer than a millennium.

When I’m in the reader’s chair eagerly awaiting a new book release, I wish the author would hurry up and get their book done. It’s agony waiting for a beloved book!

But now, after being in the author’s rigid, uncomfortable seat…I beg mercy and plead my case (and a box of chocolates) before you oh, noble readers. I had every intention of Continue reading

Make me a Match!

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Yea! It’s time to make a match. Do you remember when I reviewed The Husband Maker? Well, this is the sequel, and it didn’t disappoint.

If you haven’t read book #1 The Husband Maker yet, this blurb for book 2 might contain spoilers…so skip over it. Better yet, go buy Book 1 so you can get to know Charlotte, the girl with the dreaded nickname of “Husband Maker.”

It’s been six months since Charlotte and Kyle broke up, and the Husband Maker strikes again. Kyle is officially engaged, while Charlotte is still nursing a broken heart.

In an effort to get Charlotte out of her rut, she and her best friend decide it’s time for some good old-fashioned matchmaking. While Aleena arranges for Charlotte to meet up with a handsome Scottish tourist, Charlotte gets her two best friends together. But when sparks start to fly between Aleena and Angus, Charlotte is Continue reading

Fun Fall Frolicks

Fall is whizzing by in a swirl of colorful fun. I’ve slowly been regaining my confidence on my mountain bike since my accident. It feels good to be out again. I love being out and seeing views like these…

I also did a road trip with Continue reading

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I know I’ve been gone from the blogging world for a while. October has been full of fun vacations and other things that I’ll tell you about a little later. Yet, I’ve managed to fit in some reading time and this was one of the better books I read this month. This story had some of my favorite loves in it–painting and kisses (ha ha). Continue reading