What Am I Reading?

Happy Thursday! Here are the titles I am planning on reading and reviewing this week 🙂 

Laura’s Dream: A Cape Harriet Novella, by Roma Brooks

Publication: March 12, 2017


Synopsis: Book 4 of the much loved Cape Harriet series promises clean sweet romance in a beach setting, yummy food with recipes and small town charm.
Connor Brown is exhausted and sleepy after his cross country drive. He brakes, just in the nick of time, but the damage is done. Amy is working two jobs, slaving to make ends meet. Her hopes of winning the Annual Flower Show are dashed when a stranger almost ploughs into her house. After giving him a piece of her mind, she learns he’s sticking around for a while.

Laura’s Dream is a sweet, contemporary story of two people who start off on the wrong foot, but then find common ground. Will the magic of Cape Harriet make them believe in a happy ending?

Life After, by Katie Ganshert

Publication: Waterbrook; April 18, 2017

life-afterSynopsis: Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.

Forever is the Worst Long Time, by Camille Pagan

Publication: Lake Union Publishing; February 7, 2017


When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.

As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.

When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined.

The Good Side of Crazy, by Anna Chastain

Publication: February 18, 2014

good-sideSynopsis: Shae Martin has been called up for duty, guardian duty. When her dad and stepmother are killed in a car accident, Shae is called up as guardian of her 15-year-old sister, Sadie. It wasn’t that long ago that Shae, herself, was a teenager; but you’d think, based on her current relations with Sadie, that it had been a millennia Shae struggles to balance being a “pseudo-mama” to a teenager, back to living in a small town, in her estranged father’s home, with dating and career and her sanity. Sadie’s assistant principal, Adam MacCallum, is entirely too delectable for Shae to pass up on, whether or not Sadie approves; and Sadie’s bad-boy, Cash, is the thorn in Shae’s side that just won’t go away. So the question is, can these women navigate the many facets of love in their lives, and resolve to settle their futures without killing/maiming/deleting, or becoming each other’s worst enemies in the process?

Just the Two of Us: A heartfelt novel about finding love in unexpected places, by Georgie Capron

Publication: Aria; February 1, 2017


Lucy is the wrong side of thirty and tormented daily by the idyllic family pictures cluttering up her Facebook newsfeed. All of her friends seem to be getting married and having babies, and yet here she is, resolutely single, and no prospect of creating the perfect family she’s always dreamt of.

How she longs for it to be her turn.

But finding love is complicated, and as time passes she wonders if there might just be another way to make her dreams come true. Is she brave enough to go it alone, or is the fantasy of ‘baby makes three’ just too precious to give up on?



Happy reading and let me know if there is something that I should add to my TBR list!

What Am I Reading?

Here is my eclectic mix of what I’m planning on reading and reviewing this week. One author is one that I have read several times, but the others are all new to me! Check back for reviews 🙂

Almost Missed You, by Jessica Strawser

Publication: St. Martin’s Press; March 28, 2017


Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.

Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.

Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Jessica Strawser’s Almost Missed You is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

This August, by Kelly Moore

Publication: March 7, 2017

this-august-kelly-moore-ebook-finalSynopsis: August Rylan had a reputation for being a brilliant businessman with no emotional attachments. He avoided having any personal ties except for his best friend Sam. His father’s past pushed him into building his life around secrets and lies.
His world came crashing down when he met Nashville, a sweet-talking southern girl who stole his heart. For the first time in his life, he wanted to give his heart to someone. He gave up his world for her after all his secrets were exposed.
Now, he’s a changed man. He’s given up his suits for cowboy boots for the woman that stole his heart. He wants to give her the world and all she wants is HIM. He’s fiercely in love with Nashville and their passion for each other is sizzling hot. He had finally found balance in his life.
August thought he was done paying for his father’s sins until a new threat emerges. The stakes have never been higher. He stands to lose everything he’s worked to build. The new threat will shatter their world, hell bent on revenge.
Will they figure out who it is before it’s too late? There is no escape, someone’s life will be changed forever.

Sunset Thunder: The Caliendo Resort, by Shannyn Leah

Publication:  Carlex Ruby Press; 1 edition; December 15, 2015

sunset-thunderSynopsis: Violet Caliendo escorts couples into the illusion of “happily ever after” as wedding coordinator at Willow Valley’s five-star Caliendo Resort. But Violet doesn’t believe in love or “happily ever after” anymore. She’s guarded herself from love so deeply since her divorce that some even call her the “Ice Queen.” When she has to plan her ex-husband’s wedding, even her Ice Queen persona takes a hit.

With her emotions in high gear, she takes out her frustrations by having sex with her ex’s best man, Ryder Carlex. Ryder is a playboy type and Violet figures it’s a simple one-time fling. But Ryder actually is attracted to Violet in a way he’s never known before. Neither of them ever imagines that the sparks between them will ignite a fire hotter than anything they’ve ever encountered – slowly breaking down both their walls.

Will Violet be able to let go of her past and embrace a possible future with Ryder? Will Ryder let Violet into his own deep, dark secrets? Or will their trust issues forever doom them both from achieving their own “happily ever after”?


The Boy Who Didn’t Die, by Albert Onions

Publication Date: September 7, 2015



Synopsis: In a day that was never going to be ordinary – the boy who didn’t die, will meet the man who wants kill him. Now he must try and save the hero, keep a date with the lady he might love, and if possible, settle a score with the wanker in the pink and orange tie. All before his time runs out.

The Little Voice: A Rebellious Novel, by Joss Sheldon

Publication: November 23, 2016



Synopsis:  Dear reader,

My character has been shaped by two opposing forces; the pressure to conform to social norms, and the pressure to be true to myself. To be honest with you, these forces have really torn me apart. They’ve pulled me one way and then the other. At times, they’ve left me questioning my whole entire existence.

But please don’t think that I’m angry or morose. I’m not. Because through adversity comes knowledge. I’ve suffered, it’s true. But I’ve learnt from my pain. I’ve become a better person.

Now, for the first time, I’m ready to tell my story. Perhaps it will inspire you. Perhaps it will encourage you to think in a whole new way. Perhaps it won’t. There’s only one way to find out…

Enjoy the book,

Yew Shodkin

What Am I Reading?

Here are the books that I am planning on reading and reviewing this week! Happy reading to everyone 🙂

A Chance at Forever (The Chances Series Book 1),

by K.B. Andrews

Publication: November 11, 2016


Synopsis: Mason knew where his life was going, until it was all taken away from him. Left with bitterness and resentment, he forces himself to live the life he never wanted.
Lennox came blowing into town looking for a new start. She had big dreams and would do anything to make them come true.
Lennox was just what Mason didn’t know he needed.
But what happens when Lennox is offered her dream?
Will Mason let his life walk away from him a second time, or will he fight to keep her?
Written in Mason and Lennox’s POV.



The Travelers: A Novel, by Chris Pavone

Publication: Broadway Books; Reprint edition; March 8, 2016

the-travelersSynopsis: It’s 3:00am. Do you know where your husband is?

Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all.

It’s 3:00am. Your husband has just become a spy.

The Girl in the Garden, by Melanie Wallace

Publication: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; January 31, 2017

girl-in-the-gardenSynopsis: An unforgettable novel about a young woman and her infant son, abandoned at a seaside motel in New England, and the secrets of the townspeople who provide them with shelter.

When June arrives on the coast of New England, baby in arms, an untrustworthy man by her side, Mabel—who rents them a cabin—senses trouble. A few days later, the girl and her child are abandoned. 

June is soon placed with Mabel’s friend, Iris, in town, and her life becomes entwined with a number of locals who have known one another for decades: a wealthy recluse with a tragic past; a widow in mourning; a forsaken daughter returning for the first time in years, with a stranger in tow; a lawyer, whose longings he can never reveal; and a kindly World War II veteran who serves as the town’s sage. Surrounded by the personal histories and secrets of others, June finds the way forward for herself and her son amid revelations of the others’ pasts, including loves—and crimes—from years ago. 


Start Over: A Novel (Start Again Series #2), by J. Saman

Publication: January 30, 2017


start-overSynopsis: I like to play by the rules. But when I get coaxed into crashing a party, I run into the last man I ever thought I’d see again, my one and only one-night stand, Luke Walker. It’s been ten years since we’ve seen each other, but our chemistry is just as palpable as it was that night so long ago. Only problem is, I’m leaving in one month for a pediatric fellowship across the country.

I like to keep everything close to my chest. But when I see Ivy Green again, the woman I was never able to get out of my mind, I want her. It doesn’t matter that my dark past and dangerous present mean I can’t keep her. That my secrets would destroy any shot at a real future. After all, she’s leaving in a month. What’s the worst that could happen?

Can be read as a standalone novel.

What Happened to Rose, by Helga Zeiner

Publication: POW WOW Books, Canada; October 27, 2016

roseSynopsis: A mystery so shocking it needs to stay hidden

Carola’s life is perfect – or so it seems. Her husband, her friends, her staff don’t see the emptiness of a loveless existence. Every day is the same, until the day when she has enough. Without warning she leaves her home country of Germany to start a new life in the Canadian wilderness.
But she is not equipped to handle the hardships of a lonely existence in a remote cabin. A five-day snowstorm brings her close to her breaking point. Searching for means to survive, she discovers the written confession of the previous cabin owner who wants to clear his conscience by admitting to a terrible sin he committed involving a girl called Rose.
When the storm subsides, Carola begins to ask questions but nobody is willing to talk. Nobody wants to tell what happened to Rose, but Carola becomes obsessed with finding out the truth.

Will Rose finally get justice? If you love mystery and suspense, with an added romance bonus, this new novel by an Amazon bestselling author will keep you turning the pages all night long.


Author Interview: Adalina Mae

The other day I posted my review for Adalina Mae’s, “Nothing is Predictable,” and today I am so excited to bring you an interview with the author. I was truly fascinated by this novel so I decided that I must pick her brain a little 🙂 If you missed my review of “Nothing is Predictable,” you can see the review here! 


Interview with Adalina Mae 

I loved Zara’s story in “Nothing is predictable. Although a fiction novel, what parallels, if any, are there between you and Zara?

Great question Jennifer, the novel is listed as fiction, however, you can also classify it as Roman a Clef, (novel with a key) There are some true events, most scenes and all characters are fictitious. I can confirm that Zara’s childhood years, unfortunately, are my experiences. The relationship with her father and mother are based on my life.

The humor, sarcasm and wittiness are very much my character disposition. I tend to turn negative emotions into positive ones through my sense of humor. Also, the martial arts skills and business engagements are very much me. I created my wittiness into the character along with some herbs and spices if you know what I mean. Hahaha.

However, since the majority of the story is fictitious, I cannot classify it as a memoir or biography. Because really, it’s not. Only certain elements are.

Have you had the opportunity to travel as much as Zara?

All of Zara’s travels are my experiences. That is why I can describe the locations with the emotional attachment that Zara had. Of course, not in the sequence that Zara did.  

Did you associate Zara’s tendency to gravitate towards dishonest men with her abuse as a child?

Absolutely, not just from my experience, also other examples I have seen in life. When people experience childhood abuse and grow up in an unstable environment, the mental effect it has on clear judgment and perception is interesting. I undertook psychological therapy to help me understand the impact my childhood abuse has had on me. If you look at Zara’s experience as a child, who was her role model? He was a loving man when sober but her worst nightmare when drunk. So, she grew up confused not understanding how to read in between the lines.

I’ve noticed on social media and your web site that there are no photos of you (that are not blurred) or a descriptive bio regarding where you live, etc. With so many authors including pictures and details about their lives on their sites, what prompted you to remain so mysterious?

Wow, another great question, you are amazing Jennifer, you certainly did your research. You should be a journalist. Hahaha.

I don’t want to expose myself yet. I know soon I will be on TV and cannot avoid that. For now, my interest is in promoting my book not myself. I am slowly building the courage though. Exposing my childhood incidents is a big thing for me. I need to build my confidence a little more before I get out there. You know what I mean?

However, I do want to help women that have experienced similar incidents, one day I will be able to publicly share it with the press and media. If I can contribute to helping others that have suffered. I most certainly will.

What is one of your top 5 books that you’ve ever read and why do you love it?

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. For the past decade, I think I’ve read that book over 8 times. I feel revived when I read that. It puts me back in line when I feel my positive thinking is diverting.

I am currently reading Expectation Therapy: Mastering Your Expectations

Book by Art Costello. I am really enjoying it, although I have been flat out and slow with the progress. I am loving it and can see myself reading it often.

You’ve expressed interest in writing a novel that will be adapted for film. Who do you picture as playing Zara, Jamal, or any other characters that you’ve imagined coming to life on the screen?

Oh, yes I am. That is my ultimate dream. Funny you asked that, I am in deep thought regarding some of the characters.  I have a vision and please I must state it’s only my vision, no discussions have been done regarding that. But I do have fun with my imaginations though.

Zara – I am thinking Margot Robbie, she is witty, athletic, I can see her do martial arts and play the role perfectly. I also like Emilia Clarke, I love her, my Khaleesee from Game of Thrones hahaha.

Jamal – Henry Cavil all the way baby. I love him, I love his character and has the right accent. Considering Jamal was from London.

Leandro – Since writing that chapter, the only one I vision that has the Spanish look that I want is William Levy. I am obsessed with him, I think with his looks and physique he would be perfect. But in the contract, the sex rehearsal scenes must be with me though. Hahaha. Gosh! If only!  Step aside Zara, he is mine.

Livio – The Swiss God – Oh dear! This one is a tough one. He must be someone that melts you when watching him. How does Mario Rodrigues sound? Hubba hubba.

Can you imagine a movie with all the above actors in it? There will be endless line-ups at the movies. All of them in one movie. You would need therapy after that.

I’m assuming, based on the ending of “Nothing is Predictable,” that Zara wants to find out more about her father’s death. Can you give us any hints about “Nothing Can Last Forever?”

Well, I can’t say much. I don’t want to spoil it, but I can say, that is resolved in the sequel. Lots of drama there and more romance. Zara hasn’t learned her lesson yet.

When not reading or writing, what is your favorite way to pass the time?

I love movies and series. I do have a ridiculous attachment there.

I also like my beach strolls early in the morning before sunrise. As in 4:30am. I love being on that beach to watch the sunrise as I meditate.

Thank you, Jennifer, I really enjoyed this interview and best of luck in your career.

Thanks so much to Adalina Mae for sharing a little with readers! I especially loved the responses to her ideal actors to play her characters in a movie 🙂 

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What Am I Reading?

So many fantastic books, but so little time! Here is what I am planning to read and review in the next week, but of course it could always change. Let me know if you know of something you think I should check out 🙂

“The Good Daughter,” by Alexandra Burt

Publication: Berkley; February 7, 2017

good-daughterSynopsis: What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…


“My (not so) Perfect Life,” by Sophie Kinsella

Publication: The Dial Press; February 7, 2017


Synopsis: Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.

“Nothing is Predictable,” by Adalina Mae

Publication: September 1, 2016

predictableSynopsis: Zara is a vibrant, funny, resilient American-born woman struggling with a traumatic past. When Zara is eight years old, her father, in a drunken rampage, accidentally shoots himself dead, leaving her to battle through her life.

Zara’s long exhausting journey dealing with her childhood memories leaves her struggling with romance and hinders her from developing healthy relationships.

Who is the love of her life? Is it her Swiss God? Will she be able to find peace and happiness?

Readers will relate to the journey that Adalina Mae takes us on, which is interspersed with heartbreaking moments as well as hilarious escapades. This is life and nothing is predictable.

The story will keep you on your toes and offers mysteries to solve: Why does Zara have recurrent nightmares of her last night with her father? Who does Zara end up with? Does she eventually find love?

“Scattered Souls” (Flames of Time Book 2),

by Erica Lucke Dean

Publication:  Red Adept Publishing, LLC; January 10, 2017

scatteredSynopsis: Ava Flynn is cursed.

After barely surviving an epic battle between her warring soul mates, Ava is stranded in the past with Laith, while Maddox frantically searches across the decades. Laith will stop at nothing to prove his love to Ava, and a desperate Maddox must race against time to find her before his brother can win her heart.

Torn between the two brothers, and with her eternal soul at stake, Ava comes to the horrifying conclusion that only she can break the curse. But the cost may be more than she is willing to pay.




“Setting Free the Kites,” by Alex George

Publication:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons; February 21, 2017

setting-free-the-kitesSynopsis: For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous—and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan’s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It’s there that Nathan’s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge.

Unforgettable and heart-breaking, Setting Free the Kites is a poignant and moving exploration of the pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.

The Next Best Thing: Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway

About the Book:

Four years ago, Emma Fraser’s first love took his own life. Now, twenty years old and in college, Emma and her best friend, Andy, are still mourning the loss of a friend and brother. Nothing is the same as it once was…and things are about to change even more.

Too heartbroken to even consider falling in love again, Emma stays distracted by school and work. Until she meets Landon and, for the first time ever, finds herself believing she might actually have a future with someone. But when Deegan Burke—the man responsible for all of Emma’s heartache—gets out of prison early, Emma is suddenly confronted by her worst fears. And when faced with choices she never thought she’d have to make, Emma discovers that the only person she really wants by her side is the last person she ever expected.

My Review: 

I am so excited to review “The Next Best Thing” and be a part of Wendi Nunnery’s Blog Tour! Let me begin by saying that I did not read the first novel, “The Best kept Secret,” however, the sweet author provided such a detailed synopsis that I had no issues following along and getting completely wrapped up in this novel. This novel picks up with Emma in college and still best friends with Andy. She is also still friends with Elsie, although the relationship quickly becomes strained after Andy ends his relationship with Elsie, yet Emma and Andy are still friends. 

Emma has done well in school, made good grades, and sort of stumbled through everything – without truly getting over the loss of Jesse and the impact that his death had on her, her friends, and family. What no one knows is the secret and guilt that Emma has been carrying since Jesse’s death, as well as, her fear of no one understanding or forgiving her. Things seem to brighten up and lighten up once she meets Landon, who happens to also be Andy’s roommate, but even as she thinks she’s falling in love, she still feels as if something is holding her back. Emma struggles through the realization of her true feelings, accepting that Deegan gets out of prison and also faces the beginning and end of various relationships.

I loved the sweet romance of “The Next Best Thing” while still reminding the reader of Emma’s faith and personal beliefs. Emma’s vulnerability and curiosity about relationships and physical intimacy made her very real and I would think, very relatable to young women. I was also crazy about Andy and couldn’t help but wish they were a couple as soon as I was introduced to his character! At times I was frustrated with Emma for keeping the secret that was eating away at her and causing her so much guilt but also respected how she opened up at her own pace throughout the novel and shared her secret with various people when she was ready. 

The most prominent theme of this novel was absolutely forgiveness – both wanting forgiveness for yourself, as well as, wanting or needing to forgive others. The author beautifully captured the relief and peace that comes along with forgiveness, while also touching on themes of friendship, honesty, love, and growing up.  I loved most everything about this novel and am in awe of Nunnery’s writing. I so look forward to reading more from this author in the future. 

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Author Bio:


Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story,
The Best Kept Secret, and The Next Best Thing. She is also the
founding editor of Lady Literary Magazine and her work has appeared in The
Huffington Post
, The Simply Beloved, and Introvert, Dear.
Wendi is a proud Georgia Southern University alum and believes colorful
language is good for the soul. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta,
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Tour Schedule

January 3 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

January 4 – T’s Stuff – Excerpt

January 4 – Books, Dreams, Life – Excerpt

January 5 – Book Lover in Florida –Excerpt

January 10 – Coffeholic Bookworm –Review

January 12 – Rae Reads – Review

January 13 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews –Review

January 14 – Dandelions Inspired –Review

January 16 – A Page To Turn – Review

January 16 – Chick Lit Goddess – Review

January 17 – Kendra Loves Books – Review

What Am I Reading?

I don’t usually do this on Thursdays, but at least I’m finally getting caught up and organized! Here are some things that I am planning to read and review this week! By the way – everything I’m reading this week are review requests from authors that came to me quite awhile ago and I’m finally getting to them! So sorry for the delay!! 🙂 

“When Time Comes: A Summer Romance Novella,”

by Cat Nicolaou

Publication: March 28, 2015

When Time Comes.jpgSynopsis: 


Athena can’t avert her eyes. Alex Dane is back in Greece. Her mind wanders in time, six years ago, to the island of Rhodes. Three lustful days with him and a precious gift he left her with. All she needs is a leap of faith, but will he fly? Dare they dream again “When Time Comes”?


After a bad marriage, Jenny thinks she will never find happiness again. A strange coincidence changes her whole life and her new future is sealed by a long-awaited passionate kiss.

Two heart-warming contemporary romances for those who still believe in love.


“The Sacrifice: A Collection of Short Stories,”

by Indrajit GARAI

Publication: Indrajit GARAI; August 25, 2016




In this collection, meet:
Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child; young Mathew, who stakes his life to save his home; and François, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.





“Curses – A Paranormal Mystery,” by Calvin Dean

Publication: November 4, 2016

cursesSynopsis: GHOSTS & A HAUNTING CAST OF CHARACTERS. “Edge of your seat suspense and laugh out loud humor.” If you like ghost stories that keep you on the edge of your seat, make you laugh out loud, and take you on a profound emotional journey, you’ll like Curses.

Martin Gallagher buys an old house in the country. While pursuing Hannah, a widow from the neighborhood, he encounters a sexy but psychotic ghost named Agnes. To make matters worse, Agnes is dead-set on derailing his blossoming romance.

“Just my luck. A woman wants me and there isn’t a breath of life in her.”

Meanwhile, an eccentric medium offers to help Martin exorcise his home, but this means resisting the temptress, encountering the bizarre, and braving supernatural encounters. Can Martin overcome his desires and fears long enough to lift the dreaded curse?

“I recalled Madam Zelda’s advice—avoid Agnes. Have nothing to do with her. Yet there I stood, drool on my chin, tangled in her wicked web, rendered powerless to resist.”

Curses is three connected paranormal mysteries that elicit horror, laughter, warmth, even tears. Cozy up with Dean’s haunting cast of characters and enjoy a delightfully humorous tale of the paranormal. If you dare.

“If you haven’t discovered Calvin Dean’s books yet, you’re missing out on a talent to watch.” -Teri Polen, author

Curses is a paranormal mystery with horrifying scenes and a haunting cast of characters that will make you laugh out loud.


“Games People Play,” by Owen Mullen

Publication: Bloodhound Books; January 19, 2017


Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.

Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment Charlie gets involved In the case and when more bodies are discovered the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades.

Is baby Lily the latest victim of a madman?

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go.

His demons won’t let him.


Book Blast: Shine Your Light

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Title:  Shine Your Light
Series:  Paige Maddison Series, Book #3
Authors:    Lee Bice-Matheson and J.R. Matheson
Published:  November 15, 2016
Publisher:   FriesenPress
Genre:  Supernatural
Content Warning:   No sex. Clean read for Ages 10+ No drugs, no alcohol.
Recommended Age:  10+

Synopsis:  Paige Maddison is only 17 years old, but many know her spirit is ageless. She holds the gift of seeing beyond the layers of our reality, the courage to battle the evils that threaten to tear those layers apart, and the key to an ancient mystery that will decide the fate of the spirit realm, and our own, for another century.

In Shine Your Light, the third book of the Paige Maddison series, Paige finds herself precariously balanced between the mortal and spiritual realms, even while being haunted by events of the past. Surrounded by powerful allies, old and new, she discovers the true power of friendship―and the impact of its betrayal―as she faces her greatest challenge: the Prince of Darkness himself. The Ultimate Evil.

When a black moon looms over All Hallows’ Eve, and the battle for control of an ancient Grimoire threatens to destroy the world as we know it, Paige will be put to the test. Will love and goodness win the day? Will the strength and magic of her Celtic ancestry, the First Nations People, her Spirit Wolf family, or even divine intervention be enough to help her prevail?

Paige’s visions tell her that she is the Chosen One―chosen by fate, God, or perhaps the universe itself … but is she worthy? The ultimate battle between fallen angels, humanity, and the upperworld is about to be fought on Earth’s battlefield.

What if they’ve made the wrong choice?
Shine Your Light is on the Top 100 Best Seller for Teens and Young Adult Ghost Stories.
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Chapter One Excerpt
Snowflakes danced and swirled beyond the windowpane, capturing the sun’s rays, glistening like diamonds as they drifted, mesmerizing me as I stood by and watched without a care in the world. Mother Nature had trapped me tight within her grasp. I was drawn into her beauty and magnetic, overpowering energy. Snowflakes accumulated, forming small mounds and snow drifts, and I viewed the scene as if through the lens of time-lapse photography. I sensed danger was near, yet felt warm and peaceful inside. And then I sensed nothing at all.
My instincts snapped me into a state of high alert as I searched carefully inside a dimly lit room, arms outstretched, hoping I wouldn’t bump into something and wound myself.

I blinked my eyes repeatedly and as my vision returned, images penetrated my consciousness. Eyesight sharpened, I spied a shimmering, oval, mahogany table with twelve handsomely crafted wooden chairs with etched frames and deep-cushioned red-velvet seats. The table caught the sunlight peeking in from beyond the dining room, through the kitchen window with its tiny panes of glass and lattice framing. It was of a time long ago.

I approached the back door and peeked out through a tall, narrow side window. I gasped as I spied a dense forest filled with 100-year-old pine, birch, oak, and black walnut trees all coexisting as one, their branches intertwined. Something seemed familiar about this place. I found my courage and it urged me to continue exploring my new surroundings. I passed through a low-set hallway and noticed two bedrooms across from one another. Each room contained twin beds, and I assumed the children’s room was the one with colourful quilts adorned with patches of birds and animals.

There were carvings in that particular room which drew me in. One carving was of a beaver, another was of a moose, and the third a wolf’s head. It was much larger than the others, and it captured my attention, as the wolf was a kindred spirit to me. I ran my fingers along its nose and felt the etching on its face, wondering who had created this beautiful work of art.
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About the Authors:

Lee Bice-Matheson began her writing career as a storyteller, often weaving tales for her son, J.R. Matheson. Her stories parlayed into a writing career that was united with her son’s creative imagination, as a mom-son writing team. It was her dream come true! Lee is proud to say they have coauthored Destiny’s Gate, Book Two, and Shine Your Light, Book Three. Lee is also the author of Wake Me Up Inside, Book One, in the Paige Maddison Series. It was the recipient of the Literacy Award from the Readers’ Advisory Panel, Orillia Public Library, and the Paige Maddison Series continues to be included in the Battle of the Books, Simcoe County. Lee is passionate about spirituality, and all it encompasses. She loves spending time in nature, and canoeing and portaging into Algonquin Park with her husband. Lee has degrees in Honours History, Master of Library & Information Science, both from Western University. She has worked in public, medical, and corporate libraries, and now works proudly with her husband, Kevin, in their Chiropractic Clinic.

J.R. Matheson has been writing fantasy and horror since he was old enough to hold a pen. Collaborating on the Paige Maddison Series has reignited his passion for creative writing. When he’s not weaving tales with his mom and coauthor, Lee Bice-Matheson, he can be found drowning in scientific publications and talking incessantly about his research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, where he is a pharmacology PhD student. Some may claim that science and the creative arts are at odds, but J.R. feels they are one and the same.

Giveaway Details:

There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • A print copy of Shine Your Light

Giveaway is US only. Ends January 10th, 2017

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Top Twelve Reads of 2016

As we are closely approaching the end of the year, I wanted to take a few moments to praise my favorite books of the year – which is incredibly difficult considering that I read more than 200 novels this year. There are so many novels and authors that I love, but I tried to wrap it up to my top 12 faves of the year (couldn’t choose just 10, lol)! Some of these are actually a series because I love the entire series and couldn’t choose just one of the novels 🙂 Follow links to my reviews if you missed them the 1st time!

The first 3 are my TOP 3, but the rest are not in any particular order 🙂 


1. Never Open Desert Diner, by James Anderson


2. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood


3. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George

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4. Everything You Want Me to Be, by Mindy Mejia 


5. Ophelia’s War, by Alison McLennan 

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6. A Thousand Yesteryears, by Mae Clair

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7. Lust, Money, & Murder series, by Mike Wells


8. The Heart Trilogy, by Audrina Lane

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9. Broken Pieces series, by Kelly Moore


10. The Empty Room, by Sarah J. Clemens


11. The Promise of Jesse Woods, by Chris Fabry

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12. Cupcakes series, by Bethany Lopez



What Am I Reading?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 weeks since I’ve done this post with all of the holiday business! But here is what I am hoping to read and review this week! 

“The Law of Duality,” by J.D. Davis

Publication: October 8, 2016

dualitySynopsis: With his wife gone, Sean Case did his best to raise their deaf, seven-year-old son alone. On a day when he did not think things could get any better, the most miraculous thing ever happened, he discovered his son’s ability to communicate with telepathy.

After finding hidden cameras in his home that could have recorded the event, strange things start happening.

As a hybrid monster pursues him and his son, he encounters someone he never expected and another he never knew. He soon learns that the monster is the result of hideous DNA research, but that is not all. Sean Case is the nucleus of the DNA experiments surrounding him and everything he’d known until then are fabricated tales and lies.

The Law of Duality is the gripping, turbulent story of a family being chased by not only a brutal monster intent on killing them but their own horrendous past.

“Anonymous,” by Christine Benedict

Loconeal Select; 2 edition; June 25, 2014)





Synopsis: Debra Hamilton confronts the fear of inheriting mental illness when her husband moves her into a hundred-year-old farmhouse on fifty-three acres of blacklisted real estate property. Floorboards creak when she’s alone. Objects appear and disappear. Neighbors insinuate the house is haunted but memories of her mother’s schizophrenia make her wonder. Julie, a neighbor who befriends Debra, faces her own fears when a stalker starts sending perverted anonymous letters that cause a rift in Julie’s unstable marriage. Their plots merge as their friendship grows to create a rich and satisfying story.



“Traveling Light,” by Lynne Branard

Publication: Berkley Publishing; January 10, 2017

travelling.pngSynopsis: Driving from North Carolina to New Mexico with her three-legged dog, a strange man’s ashes, and a waitress named Blossom riding shotgun isn’t exactly what Alissa Wells ever wanted to be doing. But it’s exactly what she needs…

It all starts when Alissa impulsively puts a bid on an abandoned storage unit, only to become the proud new owner of Roger Hart’s remains. Two weeks later, she jumps in her car and heads west, thinking that returning the ashes of a dead man might be the first step on her way to a new life.

She isn’t wrong.

Especially when Blossom, who just graduated from high school, hitches a ride with her to Texas, and Alissa has to get used to letting someone else take the wheel. Posting about their road trip on Facebook, complete with photos of Roger at every stop, Blossom opens Alissa’s eyes to the road in front of her—and to how sometimes the best things in life are the ones you never see coming…

“The Most Dangerous Place on Earth,”

by Lindsey Lee Johnson

Publication: Random House; January 10, 2017

most-dangerousSynopsis: In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for “her” kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents’ expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become public—postable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age.


So those are my reading plans for the week, but of course, they could possibly change. Happy reading and have a great week!