Must Read Monday 11/20/17

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The Boss’s Daughter

By:

Jennifer Bates

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I am marked by the Black Rose, the symbol of my father’s cruelty and arrogance. It’s a stain that will never wash out, the same mark all those girls carry—the ones who keep turning up dead.

My father, underboss for a powerful crime family, killed my fiancé, then told me he’d see me dead too. The only reason he didn’t kill me right then and there was because he wanted me to suffer first.

But he will never break me.

I ran away. I survived. Those other girls…they weren’t so lucky.

To stop the murders, I’ll have to go back and give my father what he wants. Me. My blood.

And then there’s Hunter…the only man I want, and the only one I can never have. If he finds out who I am, everything I’ve fought for will fall apart.

There will never be a knight in shining armor to rescue the girls of the Black Rose. I’ll have to do that myself.

The blood of the Family runs in my veins, and I will not go down without a fight.

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Must Read Monday 11/13

Broken

by:

Josephine Templeton

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Angelle tossed in her fallen angel wings many molted feathers ago, but a shade demon pops in to ruin her plans of getting back into Heaven. He lays a curse on her. In order to stay out of Hell, she must find a missing Celestial angel and the chit’s demon lover.

As the case develops, Angelle begins to suspect the answer might involve herself and her own Sangre demon boyfriend, Jack. To complicate matters, her last flame from Hell shows up.

Mel, who has a penchant for the 1920’s era, is determined to take over the Devil’s Brigade. To do that, he needs the hearts of an angel and a demon who are in love.

Coincidence? Or are Angelle and Jack the target of a maniac’s scheme to rule Hades?

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I’m a Loser, Baby. A NaNoWriMo Loser.

It’s November again. National Novel Writing Month. I can’t count how many times I’ve attempted to write 50,000 words in one month and not once have I achieved this lofty goal.

This month, I decided not to even try to reach 50,000 words. I set my own goal. Eleven days into it, I’m giving up. I’m done.

Why?

Last night, I went out and was listening to karaoke and enjoying some time out. Sitting at a bar, even in a restaurant, has always been my brainstorming time. I write notes on napkins and log things in memos on my phone. Last night was no different. I was getting all kinds of future writing ideas. What was I not doing? Writing. I wasn’t logging those word counts. As I realized this, I knew that NaNoWriMo was simply not working for me.

You see, when writing starts to become a “job” for me, I start to lose interest. I know that to write books, you have to sit and write, but I want it to be because I enjoy it. Putting those words down is a stress reliever for me. When it becomes something that causes stress, it’s time for me to take a step back and reevaluate. I did that. In doing so, I realized that even when it’s not NaNoWriMo, I’m pushing myself too hard. There are many things I want to write, blogs included, and I’m not doing it. It’s time for me to slow down and enjoy the process.

I so admire the people that can win NaNoWriMo.  And I enjoy doing word sprints and the camaraderie that results from those. I’m definitely not saying it’s a bad thing. Writer’s supporting each other to reach their goals and words being written in droves can never be a bad thing. It’s simply not MY thing.

I’m a loser, baby. And I’m okay with it.

Peace!

I’m out!

 

Must Read Monday 11/6

The Asgardian Prophecies: The Black Quasar

By: Amber Daniels and Charley Swanda

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Synopsis:

Charles grew up with his mother in a small Oklahoma town, where he is known as a freak and a nobody. The fact that his dad is believed dead, and his best friend is the town drug dealer, doesn’t help him much. But that all changes on the day of his fifteenth birthday, when the guy he has thought was just a family friend shows up demanding that Charles is told the truth about his life and his world; his mom isn’t his mom, his dad was once a member of Odin’s guard (the Odinites) and is now possibly a traitor, and Charles is not named Charles. But his name is Magnus, and he is the prophecy child. He is then given his father’s ring (that has unknown powers) and after almost killing a school jock is whisked away to Asgard where he can learn to use his powers properly. Upon arriving in this new world he is introduced to the other Odinites, who are to be his fellow warriors, even the only female Odinite Helena whom he can’t decide whether she likes him or wants to kill him. With his powers and the powers of the others he is trained to save the nine worlds; that is unless the newly awakened Loki and the evil Goddess Hel; with the use of secrets Magnus desperately wants the answers to, can sway him to destroy the worlds instead.

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Must Read Monday 10/30

I finished this book last week and I couldn’t wait to blog about it. It really is a must read. You laugh, you cry, you cheer on the main characters, and you identify with them. I highly recommend this book by Lori Leger.

Running Out of Rain

by: Lori Leger

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Synopsis:

Eventually, all storms break for a little sunshine.

Dr. Cynthia Ellender is devastated when her husband of thirty-three years dies suddenly. A revelation at his funeral leaves her bitter, angry, and determined to leave Oklahoma for good. Maybe a move back to her hometown in south Louisiana is just the right prescription for the good doctor.

John Michael Ferguson has weathered some serious storms in his fifty-three years. At sixteen he lost a sister, and at thirty-nine, a wife. Now, he’s forced to watch his mom lose her battle with Alzheimer’s. A chance meeting with “Cyn” has the semi-retired businessman wanting to bury his past and look to the future. Armed with questionable advice from his wise-cracking, seventy-seven year old father, he vacates the “widower’s bench” to re-enter the dating world with his old classmate.

RUNNING OUT OF RAIN is a mature love story that proves just because there’s a little silver in the hair doesn’t mean the pump isn’t primed for passion.

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Must Read Monday 10/23

This week’s must read is a new book by Natalina Reis! It’s a sequel to Loved You Always, a book I adored! I can not wait to get my hands on this one!

Blind Magic

by Natalina Reis

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Will her promise to heal the man who’s captured her heart put him in danger? In Natalina Reis’s whimsical novel of spells, desire, and unwavering determination, a hot detective with a painful past and an impulsive witch armed with potent tea are linked by an instant connection and the promise of possibility.

Marcy has never been in love. But when Oliver Dawson walks into her store, she falls head over heels. Unable to shake the feeling that she and Oliver were made for each other, for the first time in her life, the quirky witch considers casting a love spell for herself.

Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he’s shot and almost killed. Even though events haven’t been kind to the sexy police detective, he’s determined to make the best of his situation. But still, nothing could have prepared him for feisty Marcy breaking down his defenses, nor the healing tea that leaves him gagging.

Unconventional and hell-bent on getting her man, the little witch soon weaves her magic and captures his heart. He’s more than willing to give it to her, but when faced with his painful and turbulent past, neither are sure they’ll get their happily ever after.

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Natalina wrote her first romance in collaboration with her best friend at the age of 13. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes.

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she has taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.

Must Read Monday

 

Check out Debra Shively Welch!

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Born in Columbus, Ohio, Commissioned Kentucky Colonel, Honorable Debra Shiveley Welch, resides in Central Ohio with her husband Mark and son Christopher, an author and photographer.

Author of seven books and a bevy of short stories and poems, Debra is the winner of Books and Authors best Native American Fiction, AllBooks Review Editor’s Choice, Faithwriters Gold Seal of Approval – Outstanding Read, Books and Authors Best Non-Fiction Book and Excellence in Literature awards and is a medalist in the New Apple Award for Excellence.

Debra is now working on “Brave Heart Woman,” third in the “Cedar Woman” series, “Memories of an Old Farm House,” a micro memoir about her memories of her family’s ancestral farmhouse situated on a hill across from Serpent Mound in Southern, Ohio and “Christopher’s Family Table,” a cookbook featuring recipes from Chopped Champion Christopher Thames and Chopped Champion Junior, Daniel Kligmann.

Cedar Woman (The Cedar Woman Saga Book 1)

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Winner of the Best Native American Fiction Award, and the first book of the Cedar Woman Saga, Cedar Woman is a powerful book filled with courage, romance and the beliefs, ceremonies and language of the Lakota Sioux. Volume II of the Cedar Woman Saga: Book Excellence Finalist and New Apple Award winner “Spirit Woman.”

When tragedy threatens her family’s future, Lena Cedar Woman Catcher takes their fate into her own hands. She begins to work toward her goal at age 14, and through sheer determination, builds a restaurant dynasty. Cook book included.

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