WWW Wednesday: September 2nd, 2020

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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?


Personal:

Virtual learning is going great, now that we have gotten into a routine and that all the hiccups have been ironed out. And by hiccups, I mean Zoom meetings that were cut short and the virtual platform that they are using being down for hours at end.

Miss R had her oral surgery on Monday and she did awesome!! She had 2 teeth extracted and 7 teeth removed (1 more than what we were told). She handled the pain like a champ. Unfortunately, she thinks she looks like a scary clown and cried when she saw herself in the mirror. She is also worried that her teeth will not grow back in. I ended up pulling out the XRay they did of her mouth and showing her where her adult teeth were. Still, poor kid :(.

I am trying to find time to post reviews. Stress trying. There are a few upcoming books that I want to write reviews for. But, I have to see how I feel after school is over. Usually, I feel like I have been put through the wringer and all I want to do is sit on the couch with my eyes closed. I will keep up with my weekly posts, though.


What I am currently reading:

Sam's Song (Sam Smith Mystery #1)

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Alibris | IndieBound | Audible | Walmart eBooks


I recently finished reading:

One For Sorrow (Isabel Fielding, #1)

What lengths would you go to if you thought a killer was innocent?

Within the walls of the high-security psychiatric facility, Crowmont Hospital, reside many violent offenders. To nurse Leah Smith, no matter what, all offenders are patients first and foremost. When Leah is appointed as nurse to Isabel Fielding, she is determined to remain professional despite the shocking crime Isabel allegedly committed in her past.

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found face down in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel–at age fourteen, found covered in Maisie’s blood–was convicted of murder.

As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she’s not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent too.

But is Leah letting her own troubled past taint her judgement as she grows closer to her patient? Or has a young woman been unjustly robbed of her childhood?

Purchase Links: Amazon |B&N | Alibris | IndieBound |Indigo | Audible


What books I think I’ll read next:

Just One Wish

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Janette Rallison’s proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.

Purchase Links: Amazon |AbeBooks | Alibris | Powells | IndieBound | Audible

Dawn of Destiny (A New Dawn, #1)

When the greatest horrors exist in the mind, how do you deal with a man who puts them there?

Julianne is the strongest mystic of her generation. Her mental magic might even be getting stronger… it’s hard to tell when her practice time is eaten up by paperwork and leading her people.

That is, until a rogue mystic cult shows up, trying to drag Julianne into their plot for world domination.

Crossing the dangerous Madlands and issuing a slap down to the bad guys is just the kind of trip she needs – some quiet solitude and the chance to kick some ass. If only her smartass companions had stayed at home…

Set on the foundation laid by the Kurtherian Gambit Series, Dawn of Destiny tells an entirely new story in the Age of Magic.

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Alibris | IndieBound

Ready For Flynn, Part 1 (Ready For Flynn #1)

How much can a day change your life?
How much pain can a heart endure?

Love? How hard can you fall?

When Valerie Darsin is left devastated by a sudden and disastrous event there is no one to turn to.
That is until a crush from her past, Flynn Docherty makes a reappearance and tries to be all that she needs.

With a playboy reputation and a lifestyle beyond Valerie’s small range existence, Flynn has much more in common than Valerie knows.

When Valerie learns he’s only one call away the connection they make isn’t only by phone. What happens next is a story of trials, trust and an undeniable love.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris | Audible

The One-Way Time Traveler

American astronaut John Donegal makes a desperate decision: with his damaged orbiter spinning away from the earth he floods its cabin with liquid nitrogen from the reserve air supply to freeze himself in the hopes of eventual rescue when next passing near the earth, decades or even centuries in the future. His last thoughts before the sleeping pills and cold overtake him are of his lifelong love, Jill.

When he is awakened, Donegal finds himself in what is surely a hospital, but seems more like a lavish manor house. He is in the care of two doctors and two nurses, all women. He seems to have been gone for something more than three hundred years. The patriarchy of his past has been replaced by a powerful and aggressive matriarchy.

 After an initial exuberance at being alive at all, he is overcome with a mounting sense of loss: Jill, has now been dead for centuries. Can he even grieve for someone who has been dead for so long? And yet, in his own frame of reference she was alive only weeks ago. He believes he knows her well enough to be sure of one thing: She would not have let him go off into the unknown future without something from her. There must be a message somewhere waiting for him, a message from Jill. He sets out to find it.

 The traces of the past are so long forgotten that he begins to lose hope of finding anything about Jill and how the rest of her life played out. He has only a few dreams to sustain him, dreams in which she tries and fails to tell him something. On the brink of defeat, he hears a haunting melody in a fairground, a song one of the performers tells him is “as old as the hills.” The words make no sense to him at all, but as he encounters it again and again he comes to suspect that the song is the message, a cryptic love note that has reached out to him across the centuries.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris

Death by Chocolate

Lindsay Powell’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who doesn’t seem very dead and a psycho stalker. Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula’s past have come back to put lives in jeopardy. Determined to help Paula and to save her own life, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns and the inside of maximum security prisons. Lindsay needs more than a chocolate fix to survive all this chaos. Lindsay Powell’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly Lindsay finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a dead man who doesn’t seem very dead and a psycho stalker. Lindsay needs more than a chocolate fix to survive all this chaos.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris | Powells | IndieBound | Audible

Fairy-Struck (The Twilight Court, #1)

I’m trained to kill fairies.

I’m an Extinguisher; a psychic soldier charged with protecting our world from them—the Fey. Long ago, there was a war between humans and fairies, and we nearly destroyed the world with it. Now, we have a truce in place to prevent that from happening again. Both sides enforce the truce; we have the Extinguishers and they have the Wild Hunt. Humans don’t remember the truce anymore; they don’t remember the Fey anymore. A fact that the Fey use to their advantage. I hate that. After they killed my mother, I even started to hate them. But that hatred doesn’t seem to matter when I look at him. Fairy hunter. Deadly. Beautiful. Intent on sliding himself into my life. We’ll just see about that.

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | AbeBooks | Alibris | IndieBound | Indigo | Walmart e-Books

9 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: September 2nd, 2020

  1. I feel your pain Jolie. I have many friends who are teachers and are frustrated from their end as well when the technology does not work. Take deep breaths. I hope you daughter does okay and gets those new teeth sooner rather than later. Just ONe Wish sounds like one I would enjoy.

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