Reading Year in Review (2016)

dsc04045It’s a new year. Whew! 2016 was rough for me and my family, but reading-wise, it was wonderful. Thank goodness for books! They save my sanity. I read 108 books last year. That’s down from 2015, but still nothing to spit at. My favorite genre is romance, so the majority of my books fell somewhere in that category. But I did branch out and read a few different genres, and some of those turned out to be my favorites. Here is a breakdown of how many books I read in each genre. At the end, I’ve listed my top picks and links to find them. There are a few FREEBIES, so grab them if you’re interested. 

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Merry Christmas

DSC04007.JPGI love this time of year. There is snow on the ground and anticipation in the air. The holiday decorations are out and lights twinkle everywhere. The house smells of baking happiness and the kids want to do something fun as a family or take goodies to others.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the white stocking.  Continue reading

The Highwayman of Cordovia

Here’s another book review from my author friend, Linda Weaver Clarke. This is the second in a series, and takes place back when there were swashbuckling men and brave women engaged in daring and romantic adventures. It’s a creative take on Robin Hood with the clear-cut good versus evil theme and some romance weaved into it.

Rebels of Cordovia webIn The Rebels of Cordovia, a group of men and women who called themselves Robin’s Rebels realize they must help the people survive oppression. As they battle for freedom, Continue reading

December Deals

11-decMy books are FREE or discounted for a limited time. Between Hope & the Highway and Eyes of Light are absolutely FREE and books 2 & 3 of the Bending Willow Trilogy (Secret Keepers & Hands of Mercy) are only 99 cents. What that means is you can grab all 4 books & pay less than $2. Here are the links so you can grab these deals & make December merry & bright.

Between Hope & the Highway

Eyes of Light

Secret Keepers

Hands of Mercy

How I met your brother

bookI didn’t really meet YOUR brother necessarily, but I did read a book about someone else meeting someone else’s brother. You get that?

Before November ends, I wanted to review this month’s Power of the Matchmaker book–How I Met Your Brother, by Janette Rallison. I’ve read a few of her books before and enjoyed them, but this was definitely my favorite so far. I have really enjoyed reading these Matchmaker books this year. This group of authors did a bang-up job at creating awesome books from different time periods and places all centered around a Chinese Matchmaker, Pearl (who I love). Continue reading

Grateful

DSCN9570It has been a rough few months, but there is still so much to be grateful for in my life. I just spent a few days down in Vegas with my mom and youngest daughter, and that made me realize just how precious each moment in life really is.

My mom suffered a severe stroke in September which stole her speech and movement on her right (dominant) side. It’s been a long recovery (and probably still a lot more to go), but I am so tickled pink by her progress. She is learning to communicate again and each word she manages to utter is completely precious. Seriously. I already love the power of words because I’m a writer. But seeing her lack that gift right now makes each word even more powerful when they leave her lips. Continue reading