Thursday, December 16, 2021

Christmas Grace

There are four novellas in this regency holiday collection by four talented authors. 

Each story is a complete tale and unique. You'll enjoy four different styles and romances. They are quick reads to sneak in between the madness of the holiday season that will leave you smiling at each happy conclusion. 

This is also a great introduction to four authors if you haven't tried them yet. 


  • Let Nothing You Dismay by Jennifer Moore — After their childhood friendship blossomed into love, one young couple’s whirlwind romance ended in bitter disappointment. Now, years later, can a long-overdue Christmas gift heal two wounded hearts?
  • Christmas at Canterwood by Krista Lynne Jensen— A charming new governess is determined to create a magical Christmas for her young charges. What follows is a season of warmth and laughter and even the promise of unanticipated love.
  • Winter Angel by Anita Stansfield— For generations, one small London bakery has carried on the sweet tradition of delivering bread to the impoverished. When the lovely baker meets a down-on-his-luck stranger, her kindness opens the door to a bright friendship and an astonishing discovery.
  • Christmas Grace by Chalon Linton— After suffering a heartbreaking loss, one woman returns home to honor the family tradition of staging a Christmas celebration for the surrounding village. But when a severe snowstorm hinders her plans, help and hope find her in the most unexpected way.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Christmas Romance Collection

Apparently I like reading Ms. Checketts a lot because I'd already read two of the stories in the collection. 

These are great holiday reads to escape from the hustle and bustle or just to spend a quiet moment. Each story is sweet, fun, and unique with characters that will linger in your blissful thoughts. Many of these stories fit into other collections by Ms. Checketts 


Five complete Christmas romances by #1 bestselling author Cami Checketts.
How to Kiss a Billionaire:
Sassy meets swoon-worthy in this fast-paced contemporary romance.
Miriam Salisbury escapes to Oregon to avoid a boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer, killing her beloved cat to prove it. When her father sends Clay Browning to protect her, she’s certain he’s lost his mind. As far as she’s concerned Clay’s experience is limited to posing for the camera, charming women, and making fun of her. He’s been teasing her since they were children and she’s never gotten over the way he threw crawdads at her at church picnics.
Clay retired from the military and entered the world of private security. When he gets the call to protect Miriam he’s excited to be around his lifelong crush. As expected, he teases her nonstop and the only thing he takes seriously is her security. He knows she’d never give him a chance and he can’t help but give her a hard time.
After Miriam is dumped in the freezing ocean on a crabbing expedition and Clay saves her from drowning and freezing to death, she takes a second look at her hired gun. But opening up to him is more terrifying than facing her stalker.
As events escalate to a frenzied climax, Miriam and Clay must put aside past grudges in the hope of finding a lasting love for their future.

The Faithful One:
Zander Keller survived a stint on reality TV and the addiction recovery center that fame forced him into, but he should never have agreed to do an undercover boss ploy to help his father. The beautiful manager of the Southern bed and breakfast makes him laugh and forget his troubles, until she tries to solve his commitment issues like every woman has since his mother’s murder.
Trin Dean has no intention of becoming besotted with Zander like every other red-blooded female who drooled over him on television. But when he begins helping out at her ancestral bed and breakfast, she discovers the true Zander, who has overcome more heartache than most people can understand. Can she risk falling for him and jeopardize her job and the home her family has treasured for generations?

Oh, Come On, Be Faithful
Former Army security expert Matt Degan is in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. His ex-wife cleaned out his savings account and abandoned their son. Sadly, he has no presents stashed.
When he finds a job as a bodyguard for Mikayla Lambert, a billionaire heiress who has been tormented by a stalker for four years, he’s caught up in family drama that threatens this beautiful woman he’s becoming enamored with and might also endanger his son. Can Matt protect everyone and save Christmas for his son, or will the stalker succeed at kidnapping Mikayla and destroying any chance at love between them?

Christmas Makeover
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.

Full Court Devotion
Kazlyn is too busy with her schooling and future plans to enjoy life, let alone fall in love with a man who has heartbreak written all over him. Tyrese Hamilton, a college basketball star and major heartthrob, is intrigued when Kazlyn doesn't pursue him or even seem interested. Ty's career is in jeopardy, and he needs a miracle and Kazlyn to save him.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Holly & Mistletoe is HERE!

I'm so excited to give Cobalt his story and to share it with you. It's the perfect holiday read because it can be read in about an hour so you can escape the holiday madness, take a breather, then plunge back in. Enjoy!

Her voice is his siren song. He’s a distraction she didn’t plan for. When these two country singers meet under the mistletoe, sparks fly at the Fantasy Music Festival.

When a petite blonde with a powerhouse voice catches Cobalt’s ear, a crushing desire to wrap Holly Fields in his arms kicks in. Both his band mates found love at the festival, but falling so easily for Holly seems too good to be true. And he’s been burned before. 

Holly is both awed and terrified to be performing with so many talented big names. She’s a small fish in the big pond of music. A relationship with Cobalt could become a huge distraction and derail her budding career, or perhaps their association is just the opportunity she needs for success.

When the festival ends, will their blossoming love fade like dried up mistletoe or endure like evergreen holly?

A holiday short story that can be read in an hour or less.

Fantasy Music Festival Series:
Hart & Soul
A Song in Every Kiss
Electric Heartstrings

Holiday Edition:
Heart of Joy
Under Snowflakes and Stars
Holly & Mistletoe

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Sugarplums & Mistletoe

Such a lovely holiday read. 

Ms. Pennington gives Ruth and Mason lots of reasons, past and present, to stay apart, but they just can't resist each other. This is a predecessor to Ms. Pennington's romantic comedy writing with lots of funny moments and good romantic tension. A clean read with kisses that spark. 


He's her biggest competition. She's his greatest temptation.

Ruth Haynes is excited to start another Christmas season selling cookies from her store, Sugar Lips Cookie Company, on Old Main Street in Willow Falls. Everything is shaping up for her to have another successful year—that is until competition comes to town in the form of Mason Baker, the guy who broke her heart in high school. When he opens a chocolate store next door, her cookie business starts to crumble. Still, she can’t help but notice that he’s even more attractive and charming now, and no doubt he still gets everything he wants in life. Too bad he’s never wanted her.

Mason has come back to his hometown to open his very own business selling chocolate after studying under world-class chocolatiers in Europe. He risked everything he has on this new venture so he can't afford any distractions, especially from Ruth, who is definitely all grown up. Totally distracted by her beauty and talent, he can’t help but try to break down her defenses. Just when she begins to open up, however, his decision to bid against her for the catering job her business depends on threatens to ruin everything.

To find true success, Ruth and Mason must let go of everything they thought they wanted and create a life that’s truly sweet.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Billionaire's Christmas Hideaway

This story is unique in that our female character is the billionaire. 

Poor Reve isn't having a successful romantic life and this last breakup is the worst. She breaks her original family plans to hidout in the snow. Perfect. 

I liked Reve's personality and thought Logan was a great complement to her. Fun watching these two overcome their barriers to see if love could be in the cards. I love that she 'rents' Christmas. So fun. Lots of heart in this story by Ms. Montpetit. 


My Christmas Plan This Year:

Option 1: Spend Christmas with nosy family members picking at her personal life...or lack thereof. No thank you!

Option 2: Spend Christmas in Los Angeles all alone. Not a chance!

Option 3: A small-town cozy holiday getaway. Yes please!!

One small problem: Logan Redmond. 

Revé Chatham sure knows how to pick 'em. After two failed engagements she thinks she's found “the one”, only to have it end—in a very public disaster just before the holidays. All she wants is a man who truly loves her and a kiss that takes her breath away.

Will Revé play it safe, and go back to her lonely city life, or risk her heart once again for the future she longs for?

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Romance Your Brand: Building a Marketable Genre Fiction Series

There are many books to choose from on this topic. I picked up this one at a discount to try it out. 

I was pleased to find there was plenty of good advice and even homework to do. Much of the homework is downloadable at her site. 

The idea I liked the most was to take or leave her advice and tactics because writing is not a one-size-fits-all business. I was welcome to take the cafeteria approach. 

Well worth the read and I'm already applying tactics for my next series. 


For the first time ever in print, Zoe York breaks down how she plans a series—something she has done ten times over.
Romance Your Brand is an adaptation of an intensive four-week course, now available to authors everywhere.

This book covers:

•high-concept pitches

•taglines and blurbs

•world building and casts of characters

•writing the first book in a series

•finding comparable series and covers

•how to write towards future marketing

•and why ALL OF THE ABOVE should be considered before you write a single word

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Heavy Without You

Ms. Everly strikes again. 

A grab you by the collar story that won't let go and will have you turning pages at the expense of meals, chores, work, and late into the night to finish. 

It isn't super long and you'll want to devour it in one sitting. Preferably with cake, though you may not look at frosting the same after reading this story. The plot is full of twists and turns. The characters emotions burst from the pages. You'll want to read it twice to savor the lingering taste of sweetness in your mouth. 

Sizzling kisses but nothing beyond. 


She awakens a passion he thought was gone. Showing her the love he feels without crossing the lines is not as easy as he thought.

Cai Taylor is confident, bold, and single—with two kids. His wife died eighteen months ago to the day, and he should be ready to move on, according to his secretary, who’s been preparing him for a while to enter the dating world.

He’s had his eye on Kate Windsor. She’s saucy, artistic, and just her walking toward him on the sidewalk gets him all hot under the collar.

That won’t do when he’s the principal and she’s a frequent substitute teacher at his school. To top it off, one minute Kate’s easy going and gives him every sign that she wants him as much as he wants her, and the next minute, she’s standing him up.

If Cai wants difficult, he can just try feeding his toddler lima beans.

Being a principal gives him a professional mindset that won’t allow him to hear no. On the surface, Kate is everything Cai wants in a wife and in a mother for his kids, but as dark secrets unfold, Kate’s past might be harder to overcome than he thought.


Heavy Without You is a sweet contemporary romance. If you like forbidden love; a sexy, confident man; saucy situations; and a woman hiding from her past, then you’ll love this book by E.E. Everly.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Fresh in the Kitchen

I had a lot of fun reading about Aubrey and Tom. 

They were a great pair from the beginning. Ms. Burke sets up the tropes, conflict, and stakes from the beginning and hits reader expectations every step of the way. 

A fun fresh take on a tried and true trope, and I maybe read at times when I should've been doing responsible things because I was enjoying the story. 

FYI, the MC's are a clean and wholesome couple. The secondary characters not as much, but everything is aluded to off page. 


What happens between two best friends when a fake-dating plan goes better than expected?

Aubrey Walker just wants to get through her big sister’s wedding without losing her sanity. Her overbearing mother and nosy family, however, might push her over the edge. To get them off her back, she comes up with a harebrained plan – pretend that Tommy Flanagan, her best friend, is actually her serious boyfriend. To her great surprise, the fake relationship with Tom actually works, but what happens when Aubrey starts to see him in a whole new light?

Chef Thomas Flanagan is ecstatic when he wins several awards from the city’s local magazine – not so much when his famous chef father decides to attend the awards party. Tom finds the perfect solution in Aubrey’s fake dating scheme, but there’s one big problem: he’s secretly in love with the beautiful Aussie. Torn between playing along or telling her the truth, will he risk his heart to fire things up between them for real?

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Body Beats

If you're an author and need a great way to figure out how to get your character's mood/thoughts across, this is an excellent resource. 

Ms. Gardner has done a marvelous job of putting together lists or ways to convey character by breaking them down to body parts. The division is easy to navigate and will up your game as a writer when applied properly. 

It's the book I've been looking for and would be an excellent addition to The Emotional Thesaurus. 

A must for every genre fiction writer. 


BODY BEATS TO BUILD ON is on a mission to nix the same old "he smiled" and "she shrugged," to transform worn-out beats into phrasing the reader won’t flag as been-there-done-that. Need help revolutionizing your tired beats? Now, there’s a resource.

It all starts with a gasp. Fifty-seven of them actually. In one manuscript. You probably just gasped. Or maybe you...gulped air, pulled a sharp breath through your teeth, sucked in a lungful of wind, or took a crisply indrawn breath

The truth is, having numerous inhales over the course of a manuscript isn’t so odd—we humans, even the fictional kind, do tend to breathe. The trouble come with repetition, which readers will interpret as a lack of originality or, Muse forbid, laziness. And they’ll be right.

Staying inventive isn’t easy, though. Especially when it comes to those actions an author can’t avoid repeating, such as gazing, raising eyebrows, making a fist, and the list goes on. Use this fiction writer’s thesaurus to add variety to repetitive body beats!

BODY BEATS TO BUILD ON is an emotion phrase book that provides the bones for fresh, vibrant content. Layer with a little imagination, mix and match, and voilà—endless, unique beats. No more pet phrases. No more wasting time in search of a different way to write "she blushed." Just you and your manuscript climbing to the next level. This easy-to-navigate tool for novelists is a must-have for your fiction self-editing checklist.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Running to You

If you're looking for a clean romance, then Ms. Spencer's book will serve you well. 

The HEA I expected. The timeline wasn't what I thought it would be, but as I don't want to give away spoilers, I won't elaborate. 

This is a YA/NA age book with likeable characters, a lovely setting (who doesn't love a B&B?), and a few sweet kisses. 
There is mention of sex but none happens on page. 

Sammy didn’t expect Brandon to look twice. But Brandon didn’t count on Sammy running off with his heart.

First love can be bittersweet in this touching teen romance. Sammy had her sights set on track state finals and never paid much attention to the college guys who came to help her mom run their bed-and-breakfast. But that was before Brandon. He was young and strong and not that much older than Sammy.

Brandon took the job to help pay for college. It sounded easy: live in the apartment above the garage, be the handyman and groundskeeper, and run off to the dorms in the fall. He didn’t count on finding a family. He didn’t count on Sammy running away with his heart.

When tragedy strikes, Brandon has to make a choice. Be the big brother Sammy so desperately needs, or admit his feelings run much deeper.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Financial Residency

 If you want a quick and easy, bite-sized way to approach your finances and future retirement plans, this is a good starting point. 

There are other books that are more in depth, but I recommend starting here to get your ducks in a row and your paperwork in order. The chapters are concise with overviews and materials to help you get the work done at the end of each one. 

This book can apply to anyone, not just those in the medical field. 


This book is everything you need to control your financial future.

A financial plan guides you during good and bad times, ups and downs of the market, job changes, and financial setbacks. Creating a financial plan is not all about money, budgeting, and investing--it’s about enabling you to live the life you truly want. Physicians are the smartest people on the planet when it comes to medicine, so why not finances too?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Normally I wouldn't pick up a non-fiction book about a doctor treating infectious disease but this was assigned for book club, so I gave it a try. 

And I found Dr. Farmer's work fascinating. Helping the poor and underprivileged were his calling and he carried it out with gusto. I learned tons about a topic I knew nothing about, and can now understand and sympathize with. 

Do note, that as the book was written by a journalist, it reads more like a fact text book than an emotionally engaging read. 

The narrator was excellent. 

Best wishes for Dr. Farmer's legacy to live on. 


In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder’s magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Courting Eliza

I give it 2.5 stars. 

I honestly debated whether to review or not because I don't like to leave negative reviews. After reading others reviews, I decided mine is in keeping what others have said. 

This is a clean and wholesome romance regency style. If that's what you're looking for, you'll be happy with the story. It is on the whole, a lovely little story, though some scenes could use more emotional depth. 

Here's where I was challenged in regards to finishing the book, which I did, because I nearly stopped reading multiple times. There are too many good books in the world to spend time on a book that's not suited to your taste. 

There were typos/errors on every page, ranging from one to five per page! I know, because I marked every single one of them. I ultimately finished the book just to see if the trend carried to the last page, not because of the story. This isn't why authors want to a reader to finish a book, to see how poor a job they did. 

I did check Amazon for an updated version. There isn't one. 

I suspect that in the author's haste to get the book out quickly, she forwent having it properly edited or at the least proofread. This was a mistake. 

As the book has been out for two years and multiple reviews for this book mentioned the errors, I can only assume the author has neither the inclination nor the time to correct the manuscript. Sad. 

I'm unlikely to read another book by this author due to these issues. 

Eliza is in love with her best friends’ brother...

But can William see her as more than a friend?

Eliza takes her future into her own hands. It is time Eliza finds someone to love her, even if she has to give up her longing for William.

William returns home from his studies and he’s intrigued by this new Eliza, his sister’s best friend.

When Eliza disappears to her aunts, William takes action. Can William capture her heart?

Friday, September 10, 2021

The Runaway King

The moment we finished listening to The False Prince, my teenage son loaded up The Runaway King because he coulnd't wait to hear what happened next. 

Once again, Ms. Nielsen does a brilliant job of painting Sage into corner after corner as you wonder how in the world is he getting out of this position alive? A total page turner. 

Masterfully told, this sequel is equal to the first in the series. I have great expectations for the third installment. 


A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the thrilling sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's blockbuster The False Prince!

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Series takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with the Runaway King!And don't miss the highly anticipated fourth book in the series, The Captive Kingdom, coming October 2020!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The False Prince

Ms Nielsen is a masteful storyteller. 

Every book I read of hers leaves me in awe of her creativity and professionalism. 

I enjoyed the twists and turns of the novel and the characters' progression so much that I immediately started the second book. 

This story is good for all ages. 


In a discontented kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.And don't miss the highly anticipated fourth book in the series, The Captive Kingdom, coming October 2020!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Falling for the Diva is Here!!!

 I'm so excited for you to read Giuseppe and Fiona's story! 

He gave up the role of a lifetime when he walked away from her. Her greatest performance is concealing her secret. They’re cast as the ill-fated lovers in Carmen, but the real drama is offstage.


For three years, Giuseppe has carried the guilt and shame of running away from the woman he loves. Soon he’ll be holding her in his arms—onstage. Fiona’s reaction will tell him if they could have a second act, or if she’s cast him as the villain and found a new leading man. He’ll have to win her forgiveness and her love if there’s any hope of a happily-ever-after.

Since Giuseppe left her heartbroken, Fiona has lived a lie. Falling in love with him and dying by his hand at every performance are easier than dropping her act and having her life torn apart again. But revealing the truth could bring them both the greatest joy life can offer. They were young and innocent when they fell in love, but Fiona is older and wiser. She must protect her heart and those she loves. She can do this, right?

Giuseppe and Fiona will have to overcome their past to build a future together or their love will die when the final curtain falls.

Falling for the Diva is the third book in the Opera Dynasty contemporary, clean and wholesome romance series. If you like second chance romance, a conflicted hero who wants to do the right thing, and a heroine who sticks to her guns, then you’ll love this novel by award-winning author Lisa Swinton

Pick up your copy of Falling for the Diva today!

Opera Dynasty Romance Series:
Fallen Angel
Falling Down Under
Falling for the Diva

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Branches of Love

Miss Britton weaves wonderful regency tales that will have you swooning as much as the heroines.

Delightful in every way, the box set is a gem and will have you craving more of her wonderful writing. Each story comes with beloved characters with obstacles to overcome before they come together. 

Miss Britton, please continue your high standard of writing and I'll keep reading. 


Three Love Stories Set in the Romantic Regency Era. 

A Convenient Arrangement, An Inconvenient Marriage, and a Second Chance at Love.

The Social Tutor:
Christine Devon's social graces are lacking and her entrance in society depends upon her improvement. Thomas Gilbert's finances are in ruin and the only way to save his dream is to find investors for his stables. Together, they can solve both their problems, as long as they don't fall in love.

The Gentleman Physician: 
Five years ago, Julia Devon said goodbye to the man who held her heart, though she had to break his in the process. When Nathaniel Hastings, a physician in Bath, meets her again, will past regrets keep them apart or will a second chance at love heal them both?

His Bluestocking Bride: 
Marcus Calvert must wed in order to inherit his estate, but he's vowed to never risk his heart in a love match again. Ellen Bringhurst has resigned herself to spinsterhood until her match-making friends contrive to reintroduce Ellen to the man she has secretly loved since childhood. Marcus and Ellen wed, though this marriage of convenience is not what either of them wished for. 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Writing Romance is Not About Sex… or is it?: How Far is too Far in Clean Romance?

 Ms. Spencer has a new book out that's nonfiction. I think the title tells you quite a bit about the content. 

This is a fun, energetic, and light discussion of the topic of sex in romance. Included are some heavy themes that are used in romantic tropes: religious preferences, accidentally crossing boundaries, pregnancy, nonconsenual sex, etc. 

She uses examples from contemporary authors to illustrate her points of how sex is represented in romance even when the couples aren't having it. Reading the snippets from these books is half the fun and will pique your interest about the story itself. What happens to these characters? What came before to bring them to this point? 

Also that authors have a responsibility regarding their characters in relation to sex and the message it sends to the reader. 

This book is great for both readers and authors. 

PS You might find a snippet or two from my books in there. 


How much sex is too much sex?

•How many kissing scenes are allowed in a clean romance novel?
•What is the difference between Clean & Wholesome, Sweet Romance, and Steamy Romance?
•Where does an author draw the line?
•More importantly, where does the reader draw the line?
•How can I position my book to fit clean romance market trends? and more...

Sex is not dirty. But sex doesn’t need to happen on the pages of a book in order for the book to sell.

Writing Romance is Not About Sex… or is it? How to Write Clean Romance will help you understand how…

•Heat level is often the first thing readers take into consideration when choosing a book. Especially in a romance novel, but in all novels really.
•Heat level can be used to position your book according to market trends and expectations.
•It’s up to us as authors to use our cover design and back copy to make it clear to the reader what our heat level is before they even open the book.
•Sex can be used (or strategically not used) as a literary element.
•Authors have a valuable platform that can be used influence society.
•Definitions and acceptance levels do and have changed and will continue to change.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Rithmatist

I listened to the audio book on a road trip. My first Mr. Sanderson book. 
Really enjoyed it. 
Absolutely loved the world building. The desciption of the strategies. The characters come to life on the page. There are twists and turns. Intrigue. Mystery. You end each chapter with more questions of how will this work out or come together. 
A great introduction to Mr. Sanderson's works. A good read for MG/YA. 
I hope there will be a second in the series. I'd love to read more. 

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

E-book Marketing

This short book is full of useful information for marketing. 

I'm looking foward to implementing the tactics. 

I hope there will be an updated edition. 


Congratulations on writing and publishing your book! Now the nitty-gritty marketing starts. With a lot of excellent marketing tools and books available, why did we write this one? To share a journey of how it’s possible to indie publish a book and hit a bestsellers list. In 2014, Heather Moore hit the USA Today list with a self-published box set. A few months later, she put together the Triple Treat Romance Box Set series, and brought in Tracy Daley to market the series. 12 box sets and 36 authors later, and hitting multiple Top 5 & Top 10 lists consistently, we are ready to pass on our research and recommendations. The promotion sites included in this book are organized in an easy to find manner to target your specific marketing needs.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Second Chance on the Corner of Main Street

Ms. Easton tells a wonderful second chance romance. 

Heartache. Regret. Doubts. Past mistakes that need to be overcome.

Loveable characters. Charming small town. Wounds to heal. 


He shattered her heart when he raced out of town 12 years ago. Can she forgive him now that he's back?

Fun-loving Whitney Brennan has been running the presses at the Nestled Hollow Gazette while running from love. She's part of every town gathering, but is terrified of making any real or deep connection with anyone because she knows that if she does, they'll end up leaving like her mother did. Like the man who taught her everything about the paper did. Like her high school best-friend-turned-boyfriend did on graduation night.

Eli Treanor skipped out of Nestled Hollow twelve years ago and created a new life and a thriving team-building business he thoroughly enjoys in Sacramento. When his parents beg him to come back and run the family outdoor rentals business while his dad has surgery, Eli isn't happy about returning to the town that didn't love him, the dad he could never please, and the girl he left behind all those years ago.

When Whitney and Eli are paired together to create the decorations for the Main Street Fall Market, many of their old feelings resurface. But it also opens past wounds. Can Whitney and Eli overcome the fears that are stopping them from giving their love the second chance it deserves?

Thursday, June 24, 2021

A Case of Extreme Mistaken Identity

 Ms. Lieske has put together another wonderful romantic comedy with heart. 

Characters with baggage. Billionaires homeless and cleaning toilets. Plus a sinsiter stalker. Excellent recipe for a page turning romance that will have you wondering if Danica and Austin will end up together. 

Get ready for crazy fun. Ms. Lieske has done it again. 


Some mistakes are meant to happen.

When Danica Jordan, daughter of the famous actor Samuel Jordan, gets involved in yet another horrible scandal, her father cuts her off, leaving her stranded and forced to get a—gasp!—CLEANING JOB. If that isn’t bad enough, someone keeps leaking photos of her to the paparazzi. All Dani wants to do is disappear.

Famous football star Austin Scott is staying at the Billionaire Club to recuperate from an injury. When Danica mistakes him for a maintenance man, he doesn’t correct her. He really doesn’t even want to talk to her, but she’s in a bad spot and he ends up helping her. The more time he spends with her, the more he falls for her. Except, she still thinks he’s the maintenance man.

Sometimes the truth is better left alone. That is, until it all comes crashing down around you.

This is a clean romantic comedy full of laughs and love. Grab your copy today!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Honorary Prince

If you want this one, then you'll have to sign up for Julie Spencer's newsletter. 

This is a shorter story of a young man who makes big changes in his life after a near fatal car accident. This work ties into some of her other series. It's a good introduction to her writing style. 

Go here to get it. 

Honorary Prince

Honorary Prince is a special bonus book that overlaps Part Three of Billionaire Crown Prince (The Young Princes), features alternate point-of-views of scenes from Billionaire Hero and Billionaire's Brother. Follow Alex, Jr.'s journey from a rebellious playboy through his tragic car accident when he has a near-death experience, which he calls a journey to paradise, and claims to have been in the presence of God. Witness his transformation dedicating his life to God and speaking out against teen drinking. Note: teen drinking, extensive discussions about prayer, God, and repentance after committing teenage promiscuity, brief partial nudity without descriptions.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hawaii Ever After

Enjoy escaping to a beautful island of Hawaii in this sweet tale. 

Ms. Christensen has crafted a lovely tale between Gracie and Pika, a ballerina and a native Hawaiian coconut cutter. As the story goes, we learn that both are more than what they start out as and together they can help fulfill each other's dreams. 

Naturally there's a bit of internal and external conflict to keep the story interesting. And the backdrop is stunning. You'll feel like you're there enjoying the sights with them.

A lovely beach read. 


A ballet dancer at the end of her career.

A handsome Hawaiian who chops coconuts for a living.

Their two worlds collide with a smoldering kiss, but is the chemistry enough to overlook their differences?

Gracie Cardulo has performed for the New York ballet for over a decade, but her body can’t keep up with the rigorous demands of dance anymore. She arrives on the isle of Kauai for her billionaire best friend’s wedding to consider new job options and ends up dancing with the best man, Pika Sepe. The entire island is filled with romance when she’s with the handsome Hawaiian, but can she truly be happy without dance?

Pika has always worked a blue-collar job and most of the time barely makes ends meet. When Gracie dances into his life, she inspires him to go after his dreams of taking tourists on island adventures. In between deep-sea fishing, sweet kisses, and hikes along the Na’ pali coast, Gracie and Pika each find something they were missing.

When Pika’s ex-girlfriend stirs up trouble, Pika and Gracie must dig deep to find out if their love is meant to be. Can they hold together when people keep trying to pull them apart? Will their love last beyond the beautiful island sunset, or fade into the deep waters of doubt?

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Anxious People

I read this for book club or I probably wouldn't have picked it up. 

I had a rough start with the unusual style of this book. Mainly because it breaks all the rules of writing. I got 100 pages in, and then gave up. 
But after book club and learning more of the story, I decided to give it another try. 
I finished the book. 

It's a well woven tale, if a bit circuitous, but that is to keep the tension going and the reader turning pages. 

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world. 

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them — the bank robber included — desperately crave some sort of rescue. 

As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next. Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope — the things that save us, even in the most anxious times. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Whole Book Marketing

Ms. Lieske packs a ton of information into her book. 

It is well laid out, organized, concise, and each section comes with a summary of the main points for easy reference. Links are included to relevant information. Her voice is a delight and feels like you're listening to a friend and mentor who genuinely wants to help you get your books into your reader's hands. 

If you're an independent author, this is a must read when it comes to marketing your books. 

Are you an indie author struggling to sell fiction novels? Is marketing your book overwhelming to you? Are you wanting to start buying ads, but don't know where to begin?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the book for you. Let NYT's and USA Today bestselling author Victorine E. Lieske walk you through the process of learning what marketing is, and how to do it effectively. Victorine will tell you all the things she's tried that haven't worked, to save you the time and hassle. Don't make the same mistakes she did. Learn from someone who has been there and done it.

In this book you'll learn:

  • What marketing is, and what you need to know in order to sell books.
  • Why defining your genre is so important, and how to do so.
  • What different audiences are and why you need to know which audience you're marketing to.
  • The best ways to find your audience.
  • Why people buy books, and how this helps you.
  • How to get people to subscribe to your newsletter.
  • Best practices for writing a blurb.
  • Amazon algorithms and why they are important.
  • What an author platform is and what you should be doing with it.
  • Victorine's tips on buying ads.
  • What to do when nothing works.
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Marketing your book doesn't have to take hours and hours. It doesn't have to be a daunting task. You don't have to feel like you're wasting time and nothing is working. Let this book help you discover what the top indies are doing to sell so many books. Order your copy today!