WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
School has started in my household. Our school district is doing 4 weeks virtual and then transferring to a blended model. I am keeping Miss R and Mr Z in virtual learning. Miss B will be going back but they are doing it a little different for high school. She is doing 1 week in person (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) with Wednesday as a virtual day and 2 weeks virtual. I am comfortable with her going to school since the high school has about 200 kids total. Her freshman class consists of 75 kids and we were assured by the principal that there will be no more than 8 kids in each class.
Miss R is going in for oral surgery next Monday. She is getting 2 extra teeth removed (they are causing her adult teeth to grow in weird and in one case, preventing them from coming down). I was aware of that going in. It was the other stuff that made me cringe. They are also removing 6 baby teeth (4 on top and 2 on the bottom). 8 teeth at once!!! And she is being put under for it. My poor baby :(.
Miss R is doing well with her horseback riding lessons. Her instructor is phenomenal. She did get thrown last week but her fall was broken by sawdust. I got her up and put her back on the horse. Her last lesson, the instructor had her working on trust.
So, expect no blog posts on Monday, Tuesday and maybe Wednesday. I will try and schedule some ahead of time but no promises.
What I am currently reading:
AD 1618 — Post-Reformation Central Europe is on the verge of a cataclysmic new religious conflict—the Thirty Years War—that will ultimately lead to the deaths of eight million and the dramatic alteration of European civilization.
When Peter Erhart, a young German Lutheran, comes to the aid of a frightened Catholic boy named Hans Mannheim on the day of the war’s outbreak in Prague, he embarks on a life journey that will severely test his courage, humanity, and faith. A decade later, Peter, now married and pastoring in Magdeburg, Germany, sees this test begin in earnest when powerful rivals threaten his career and the war engulfs the city.
As the Catholic imperial army approaches, Peter encounters Anna Ritter, a peasant girl of uncommon beauty and wit who has secretly adored him for years. Each must fight bravely for survival of their families and friends when local villains invade countryside cottages and the army, led by an awe-inspiring Black Knight, besieges the city.
At the pinnacle of their trial, unthinkable tragedy unites Peter and Anna and links their fates with Hans, now a grown man with a reputation to prove. Will faith and forgiveness prevail over despair and death when the three face together their ultimate test in the siege’s horrific aftermath?
Recalling one of the last times and places in history when religion and state were inseparable, where warrior kings and ambitious nobles personally led their armies in battle, and fully armored knights fought to preserve the honor of their dying tradition, Hope of Ages Past captures the reality of 17th Century religious war in a compelling story of faith and love—a story that, once begun, will be hard for the reader to put down.
**Hope of Ages Past offers a thrilling, continually evolving panorama of international religious warfare, intrigue, family love, and romance.**
I recently finished reading:
The Regnate raised a bejewelled hand and sat back, awaiting the sight of blood and savage death with pleasant anticipation.
Life in the Commonwealth of Sutherland is far from content.
The Regnate rules his land with an iron fist, and has done for 25 years. Exactly the same as the previous Regnate. And many more before him. Every 25 years, the heirs of the eight High Houses battle to the death to earn the crown of Regnate.
After a brutal tournament, John of the House of the Red Dog emerges victorious. John is a fair, noble and compassionate human being. Surely he will not allow the people to suffer the same injustices as his predecessors. Yet, after a couple of days, all the old principles are clearly there to stay.
John’s brother, Tom, cannot believe his brother is that cruel. When he is finally granted an audience with the new Regnate, he is shocked to discover the grisly truth. Determined to unveil the truth of what has happened to the Regnate, Tom refuses to succumb to his predicament, and finds some unlikely allies in his quest.
Will their combined forces be able to save their Commonwealth? Or is the power they face too great to overcome?
Regnate is packed full of action with fantasy and magic bursting from every page.
What books I think I’ll read next:
The last thing Octavia expects when she finds herself with Aaron Viteri’s gun pressed to the back of her head is that he won’t pull the trigger. After all, she’s a Ferrara, and her family and the Viteris have been enemies for decades. Not to mention she has snuck into his apartment to steal the files her family desperately needs.
But Aaron offers her a deal. He’ll spare her life if she pretends to be his sex slave and helps him take over his father’s business. Octavia knows she can’t trust the cold, arrogant, controlling, and devilishly handsome Aaron, but her only choice is to accept his offer.
The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes he isn’t who everyone thinks he is. And the way he looks at her makes her want to tie him to the bed and put his perfect mouth to better use. But if Octavia wants to stop a looming war before it’s too late, she can’t let her growing feelings for her enemy get in the way.
This is the first installment in the three-book Loving Your Enemy series. It contains potentially triggering situations, violence, strong language, sexual content, and a cliffhanger.
Note: Gettin’ Hard is a full length stand-alone novel, approximately 58,000 words.
When Adriana heads to Paris on a trip to “get away from it all,” little does she realize what she’s in for. Before she’s even crossed the Atlantic she meets Conlon Davies, the handsome billionaire with abs of steel and a sharp tongue to match. But he’s just a distraction, right? Just a little hors d’oeuvre before the main course…
Conlon is a self-proclaimed bastard with no interest in commitment. Women are a game for him; one-night achievements intended to be disposable. That is, until Adriana walks into his life. For some reason he can’t get her out of his head, even though she’s bad news. She lives in another country, far from his Parisian home. So why the hell does he want her to stay so badly?
This is the first in the Single Ladies’ Travel Agency series, stand-alone Contemporary Romance novels to take you to a faraway place and get your mind racing.
A sinister phone call, an unknown visitor. Sophie’s life is about to be turned upside down
Sophie has worked hard to free herself from the clutches of addiction and turn her life around. Practising as a counsellor, in a women’s centre in Manchester, she now helps other girls in trouble.
She forms a close relationship with Cassie, one of her clients and tries to help her escape the clutches of a violent boyfriend.
But is Sophie being followed?
How can she uncover the truth, when she can’t trust what is real?
The more she delves, the closer she gets to danger.
Can she revisit her own dark past before it is too late?
Get hooked on this dark, twist-filled suspense thriller that’s in the vein of works by Rachel Abbott and Mark Edwards.
A mind-bending mystery that takes you on a thrilling journey—with a dash of humor!
Can you die of boredom?
Sitting in her small den, surrounded by nothing that she can legitimately call “civilization” in a small town in North Dakota, that is the question that frequently crosses Ella’s mind. Like a typical teenager, she longs for a life she doesn’t have, dreaming of the extravagant world of Hollywood stars. But when her mother’s extraordinary luck makes her wish come true, strange events begin to transpire. As she slowly untangles the mystery, she realizes that wish fulfillment has its consequences.
Left alone with millions of dollars while her family spirals down deep into the darkest hole, Ella’s life is forever changed.
Love Hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that’s where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realising that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.
Love Hurts. For me, Samantha Smith, Enquiry Agent, love arrived at the end of a fist. First, I had to contend with an alcoholic mother, who took her frustrations out on me throughout my childhood, then my husband, Dan, who regarded domestic violence as an integral part of marriage. But I survived. I obtained a divorce, kept my sense of humour and retained an air of optimism. I established my business and gained the respect of my peers. However, I was not prepared for Dan when he re-entered my life, or for the affection showered on me by Dr Alan Storey, a compassionate and rather handsome psychologist.
Sam’s Song. This is the story of a week that changed my life forever.