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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Hungry

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


Sweet Tea & Second Chances

Delicious Disasters

Dirty Cooking

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings

Maybe for You

Baby Teeth

Man Candy

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

Arm Candy

Eye Candy

WWW Wednesday: August 26th, 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:

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:

Hope of Ages Past: An Epic Novel of Faith, Love, and the Thirty Years War

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.**

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | AbeBooks | Alibris | IndieBound | Indigo


I recently finished reading:

Regnate

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris


What books I think I’ll read next:

Hers to Take (Loving Your Enemy Book 1) by [Talia Ellison]

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | AbeBooks | Alibris | Walmart eBooks

Gettin' Hard (Single Ladies' Travel Agency Book 1)

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | AbeBooks

I Know Your Every Move (Sophie Brown #1)

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.

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

The Lucky Winner

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.

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

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

#SixforSundays: Autumnal Colours

#SixforSundays is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot. Every month there is a theme and that is broken down on Sundays into categories.

August’s theme is Let’s Celebrate Colors. Broken down by date, the categories are:

2nd: Wintery Colours

9th: Spring Colours

16th: Summer Colours

23rd: Autumnal Colours

30th: Your Favorite Colour

Today’s prompt is:

Autumnal Colours


I am playing catch up from yesterday!! I didn’t turn my computer on until 4pm and I only played SIMS 4. So, my bad and here’s my list!!


Smolder
The Passage (Wonderland #1)
The Recruit: Book One (The Recruit, #1)
On the Rocks (Becker Brothers, #1)
The Italian Sister (The Wine Lover's Daughter, Book 1)
Odriel's Heirs (Odriel's Heirs, #1)

WWW Wednesday: August 19th, 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?


What I am currently reading:

Bad Judgment

A deliciously sexy enemies-to-lovers STANDALONE.

He’s arrogant.

She’s self-righteous.

I hate him.

I want her.

I’ve been turning him down for two years straight.

Every shut-down makes me work harder.

I’m not a one-night stand kind of girl.

She doesn’t realize I won’t settle for only one night.

He’s a distraction I don’t need.

She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Alibris | IndieBound | Audible | Walmart eBooks


I recently finished reading:

Three Abductions and an Earl (Parvenues & Paramours, #1)

London-hating dreamer, Lydia Norwood, has failed spectacularly as a débutante. Now an encoretante whose family has lost a fortune, Lydia discovers that the beau monde is hard on a nouveau riche social climber, particularly one who is no longer riche and only wants to climb trees. Lydia must stave off the effrontery of rakes and conniving competitors long enough to make a good match, or else incur society’s scorn by earning her own money. Falling for the unattainable Lord Aldley is a distraction she cannot afford. But they share such an enchanted history, how can her heart resist?

The tragically virtuous Earl of Aldley is tired of ambitious families hurling debutantes at his head, but cannot hide in France forever. He returns to London to seek out the mysterious tree-climbing girl who once saved him from a scheming chit, and finds more than he bargained for. Abductions, seductions, trickery and injury all endanger Lydia, but Lord Aldley’s heart is imperiled beyond rescue. He has only just found her; will he lose her forever to his enemy, his best friend, or his own dangerous mistake?
Three Abductions and an Earl is a full length novel and the first book in Tessa Candle’s Parvenues and Paramours series.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris | IndieBound | Walmart eBooks


What books I think I’ll read next:

Death Becomes Her (The Kurtherian Gambit #1)

The UnknownWorld is about to suffer change. For a thousand years, it has felt stifled by Michael’s strictures, the rules they must follow on pain of death. As the first and most powerful vampire in existence, he has the power to keep the power struggles under the radar from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately that is changing.

Someone has found the serum to make intelligent nosferatu, a type of vampire little better than blood sucking beasts who can change the power struggle significantly. Michael thought this serum safely lost in the bombing of Japan in 1945.

The third effort to overturn Michael’s decrees is about to take place, the problem is Michael is tired. After a thousand years of fighting and keeping the peace with his Family, the Unforsaken and the known supernaturals he is world weary and ready to sleep a final time.

He needs to find a way to bring another to take his place, someone with the will and desire to make a difference. He finds Bethany Anne.

The daughter of a General, she excels were others fear to go. She accepts the offer but doesn’t realize she won’t be transformed like any other vampire in history, even Michael. The problem? Even he didn’t realize exactly how he was transformed and it completely throws the understanding of vampires and why they were created out the window.

When she wakes up, nothing is going to go like she thought. The UnkownWorld is going to change, it just doesn’t know whose beat they will dance to, yet.

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

Regnate

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris

Hope of Ages Past: An Epic Novel of Faith, Love, and the Thirty Years War

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.

Purchase Links: Amazon | AbeBooks | Alibris | IndieBound

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Should Be Made Into Netflix Shows/Movies

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


I dislike it when books are made into movies/TV Shows. They never follow the plotline or the director makes changes that make me go “Ummmm, ok”. Now saying that, there are some books I would love to see on the screen (if the director keeps to the plot!!).

Here they are and enjoy!!


Woman of Flames

Alice Isn’t Well

The Passage

Sweet Like a Psycho and The Truth in My Lies (Secrets of Suburbia series)

Shameless Southern Nights series

The Italian Sister

The Tetradome Run

The Only Good Indians

The Last Human

The Borgia Confessions

Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.


What I Am Reading Now:

Three Abductions and an Earl (Parvenues & Paramours, #1)

London-hating dreamer, Lydia Norwood, has failed spectacularly as a débutante. Now an encoretante whose family has lost a fortune, Lydia discovers that the beau monde is hard on a nouveau riche social climber, particularly one who is no longer riche and only wants to climb trees. Lydia must stave off the effrontery of rakes and conniving competitors long enough to make a good match, or else incur society’s scorn by earning her own money. Falling for the unattainable Lord Aldley is a distraction she cannot afford. But they share such an enchanted history, how can her heart resist?

The tragically virtuous Earl of Aldley is tired of ambitious families hurling debutantes at his head, but cannot hide in France forever. He returns to London to seek out the mysterious tree-climbing girl who once saved him from a scheming chit, and finds more than he bargained for. Abductions, seductions, trickery and injury all endanger Lydia, but Lord Aldley’s heart is imperiled beyond rescue. He has only just found her; will he lose her forever to his enemy, his best friend, or his own dangerous mistake?

Three Abductions and an Earl is a full length novel and the first book in Tessa Candle’s Parvenues and Paramours series.


What I Plan on Reading This Week:

Bad Judgment

A deliciously sexy enemies-to-lovers STANDALONE.

He’s arrogant.

She’s self-righteous.

I hate him.

I want her.

I’ve been turning him down for two years straight.

Every shut-down makes me work harder.

I’m not a one-night stand kind of girl.

She doesn’t realize I won’t settle for only one night.

He’s a distraction I don’t need.

She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.

Death Becomes Her (The Kurtherian Gambit #1)

The UnknownWorld is about to suffer change. For a thousand years, it has felt stifled by Michael’s strictures, the rules they must follow on pain of death. As the first and most powerful vampire in existence, he has the power to keep the power struggles under the radar from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately that is changing.

Someone has found the serum to make intelligent nosferatu, a type of vampire little better than blood sucking beasts who can change the power struggle significantly. Michael thought this serum safely lost in the bombing of Japan in 1945.

The third effort to overturn Michael’s decrees is about to take place, the problem is Michael is tired. After a thousand years of fighting and keeping the peace with his Family, the Unforsaken and the known supernaturals he is world weary and ready to sleep a final time.

He needs to find a way to bring another to take his place, someone with the will and desire to make a difference. He finds Bethany Anne.

The daughter of a General, she excels were others fear to go. She accepts the offer but doesn’t realize she won’t be transformed like any other vampire in history, even Michael. The problem? Even he didn’t realize exactly how he was transformed and it completely throws the understanding of vampires and why they were created out the window.

When she wakes up, nothing is going to go like she thought. The UnkownWorld is going to change, it just doesn’t know whose beat they will dance to, yet.

Regnate

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.

#SixforSundays: Summer Colors

#SixforSundays is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot. Every month there is a theme and that is broken down on Sundays into categories.

August’s theme is Let’s Celebrate Colors. Broken down by date, the categories are:

2nd: Wintery Colours

9th: Spring Colours

16th: Summer Colours

23rd: Autumnal Colours

30th: Your Favorite Colour

Today’s prompt is:

Summer Colors


When I think of summer colors, I think of bright colors, sunny colors. Bright yellows, reds, blues and whites.


A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)
Been There, Married That
Tucker (The McBrides of Texas #2; Eternity Springs #17)
Stranger in a Small Town
An Everyday Hero (Heart of a Hero #2)
We Came Here to Shine

WWW Wednesday: August 12th, 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:

Nothing too much going on here. Miss B and Mr Z have been signed up for orientation/pick up Chromebooks at their schools (I am still in the dark if parents are supposed to go with the kids for Miss B’s). Miss R’s teacher assignment is being delivered today. Now, all that has to happen is for Monday to come around.

My weekend was lowkey. We went to the Boone outlets (again) to pick up school clothes. And again, we spent way more than we should have but they have a bunch of clothes.

There was some low key drama this week. Miss R’s horseback riding instructor messaged me on Facebook on Monday and said that she moved back home. She said that her boyfriend (well, ex boyfriend) would be continuing the lessons. Well, I texted him and he never returned my text. So I spent Monday, Tuesday and until 11am today an anxious mess because I wasn’t sure what was going on. Thankfully, he was there and was able to clear the air. We have lessons every Monday at 4pm. As always, the horse was keeping Miss R on her A game. He decided that he didn’t want to walk anymore and went into a stall, with Miss R on his back. He did that twice!!! And he decided that he did NOT want to do anything that was asked of him after a while. It was pretty amusing but it did teach Miss R that she needed to take control of him.


What I am currently reading:

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1)

Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery, and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.

Why doesn’t ready include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?


I recently finished reading:

The Legend of Little Sharpshooter

A Girl with Skill:

Randy Carter has been playing survival games with her pa for as long as she can remember. Her pa was once a famed Texas Ranger and the list of those who want to see him dead is long. When the Anthony brothers gun him down in a cold-blooded act of revenge, the sixteen-year-old didn’t play the game as well as she could have when the outlaws escape with their lives, and she’s left injured and on her own.

Afraid they’ll come back for her, a wounded Randy plans on leaving the New Mexico Territory to head west with her temperamental horse Al, her gun Pearl, and the ashes of her family as her only companions.

A Horse Thief with Heart:

All Trevor wants is a decent horse. When he sees the best-looking horse he’s ever laid eyes on and tries to steal it, he finds himself in an awful predicament when he discovers he wasn’t fighting a boy but a very sick girl with a mean punch. He decides to save her life instead and he is smitten.

The Real Journey Begins:

Randy has a new traveling companion but finds she is in over her head when they run into an old family friend that knows she’s a great shot, a skilled sharpshooter of the likes of Annie Oakley. He exploits her amazing skill and her name quickly rises to fame as they cross the West. Because no one knows her pa is gone, the mob of outlaws on their tail is growing and they’re dead set on revenge

She might be a prodigy with a gun but becoming legendary as Miranda Carter was not what she wanted. Neither was falling in love. What must Randy sacrifice to find the peace she was looking for?

Baited Truth

Brooke

Nothing about my life has been easy, but that hasn’t stopped me from living it. So when someone sets out to steal that life from me, they better come heavily armed and with an army close behind, because nothing short of nuclear warfare is going to stop me from protecting what’s mine.

When my mom gets taken, I set out to find her and missing pieces of a puzzle I didn’t even know existed start to fall into place.

I might end up paying the price for someone else’s sins, but there’s no turning back now. I’m far too invested in this now – in finding my mom, in untangling the web of lies surrounding me, and more than anything else, I’m far too invested in the sexy, secretive and seriously annoying man helping me.

Grant

As an ex-SEAL that’s seen and endured horrors the majority of civilians think only exist in Hollywood, I really thought there wasn’t much that could surprise me anymore.

Then Jack, my boss and closest thing I have to a dad, goes missing.

He goes missing on the same day a pint-sized little spitfire that makes waterboarding sound relaxing compared to her relentless persistence shows up. She shows up someplace she doesn’t belong and claims to be looking for her mom, who was abducted the same day Jack went missing.

Her arrival starts looking less and less like a coincidence and more like karma looking to punish me for decades of sins I didn’t even know I’d committed.

She fights me at every turn. Challenges me in the worst ways. And turns me on like no woman has before.

Not that I have any plans of hooking up with the nuisance who lives to make my life difficult. I’d have to be a giant dumbass to get into bed with her before knowing if she’s friend or foe.

Apparently I’m a giant dumbass.


What books I think I’ll read next:

Screams of Steel (The Cacophony Blade, #1)

A magic sword with a terrible price unleashes chaos in an honorable man’s life.

Torant has spent his life as a Stone Warden upholding the law. After being warned by a legendary sorceress, Torant must take down a mad bandit lord who wields a fearsome greatsword. When the sword falls into Torant’s hands, he learns it’s secret – the sword gives him the strength of the last person it killed at the cost of hearing that person’s soul. Now magically bound to the sword, Torant finds himself trying to thwart a plot against him while an angry soul whispers and screams in a voice that only he can hear. As his honorable life unravels, Torant fights to keep his oath, his sanity, and his life.

Screams of Steel is a Cacophony Blade Novel, the first in a series of stand-alone, sword and sorcery adventures that follow Torant, his friend Laden, and the Cacophony Blade. Dive into a world of fast-paced tales of magic, steel, and monsters in the tradition of Leiber and Moorcock.

Three Abductions and an Earl (Parvenues & Paramours, #1)

London-hating dreamer, Lydia Norwood, has failed spectacularly as a débutante. Now an encoretante whose family has lost a fortune, Lydia discovers that the beau monde is hard on a nouveau riche social climber, particularly one who is no longer riche and only wants to climb trees. Lydia must stave off the effrontery of rakes and conniving competitors long enough to make a good match, or else incur society’s scorn by earning her own money. Falling for the unattainable Lord Aldley is a distraction she cannot afford. But they share such an enchanted history, how can her heart resist?

The tragically virtuous Earl of Aldley is tired of ambitious families hurling debutantes at his head, but cannot hide in France forever. He returns to London to seek out the mysterious tree-climbing girl who once saved him from a scheming chit, and finds more than he bargained for. Abductions, seductions, trickery and injury all endanger Lydia, but Lord Aldley’s heart is imperiled beyond rescue. He has only just found her; will he lose her forever to his enemy, his best friend, or his own dangerous mistake?
Three Abductions and an Earl is a full length novel and the first book in Tessa Candle’s Parvenues and Paramours series.

Bad Judgment

A deliciously sexy enemies-to-lovers STANDALONE.

He’s arrogant.

She’s self-righteous.

I hate him.

I want her.

I’ve been turning him down for two years straight.

Every shut-down makes me work harder.

I’m not a one-night stand kind of girl.

She doesn’t realize I won’t settle for only one night.

He’s a distraction I don’t need.

She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.

Death Becomes Her (The Kurtherian Gambit #1)

The UnknownWorld is about to suffer change. For a thousand years, it has felt stifled by Michael’s strictures, the rules they must follow on pain of death. As the first and most powerful vampire in existence, he has the power to keep the power struggles under the radar from the rest of humanity. Unfortunately that is changing.

Someone has found the serum to make intelligent nosferatu, a type of vampire little better than blood sucking beasts who can change the power struggle significantly. Michael thought this serum safely lost in the bombing of Japan in 1945.

The third effort to overturn Michael’s decrees is about to take place, the problem is Michael is tired. After a thousand years of fighting and keeping the peace with his Family, the Unforsaken and the known supernaturals he is world weary and ready to sleep a final time.

He needs to find a way to bring another to take his place, someone with the will and desire to make a difference. He finds Bethany Anne.

The daughter of a General, she excels were others fear to go. She accepts the offer but doesn’t realize she won’t be transformed like any other vampire in history, even Michael. The problem? Even he didn’t realize exactly how he was transformed and it completely throws the understanding of vampires and why they were created out the window.

When she wakes up, nothing is going to go like she thought. The UnkownWorld is going to change, it just doesn’t know whose beat they will dance to, yet.

Regnate

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.

Praise for R. M. Dorn:

“I admire Rosemary’s astounding feat of imagination and storytelling skills.” – The Bell

‘Ms. Dorn has an excellent imagination.’ — Karen J. Hickory, Baroness’ Book Trove

R M Dorn is a pen name. The author has enjoyed a busy and varied career, and a number of interests, including reading, theatre, art, local history and gardening. Following up on her life-long passion for fantasy, mythology, and science fiction, she now spends most of her time writing. With a tendency to get restless, and a liking for doing up houses, she spent twenty years moving at frequent intervals, but within a confined area. She has now put down roots, and has two homes, one in East Devon, for summers by the sea, and the other in West Sussex for snug winters by the fireside.

Hope of Ages Past: An Epic Novel of Faith, Love, and the Thirty Years War

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.**
—CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEWS—
FIVE-STAR RATING AND FIRST PLACE CHAUCER AWARD WINNER

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Didn’t Review

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


I had to go back with this week’s TTT. I have reviewed almost every book I have read from 2016 to early 2020. Thankfully, I have been on Goodreads (and previously Shelfari) since 210ish and I was/am anal about keeping my books tracked. So here are my top 10 books.

Enjoy!!


  1. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
  2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  3. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  4. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  5. Breath of Magic by Teresa Medeiros
  6. Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop
  7. Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros
  8. Black Diamond Death by Cheryl Bradshaw
  9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  10. Children of Another God by T.C. Southwell