Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5 Giveaway: Dragon's Bayne

To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the Dr. Wolf series, Cheree Alsop is giving away the first four books in the series! 


Rumors of a dragon have rattled Edge City along with mangled bodies that throw a light of distrust on Dr. Wolf. Protestors warn against the werewolf doctor while Dr. Wolf pushes himself to the limits to save more fae that have fallen through the rift into a scared city. A new foe surfaces. Desperate to save Lilian, Aleric goes back to Blays. But when he finds the city of his youth under attack from terrifying creatures, Dr. Wolf realizes he might be the only one who can save it. Torn between protecting his home or saving the woman he loves, Dr. Wolf faces a fight that might destroy them all. 

Author Bio:

Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published 38 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, riding motorcycles, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book.

Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.


Giveaway


Cheree has given me two e-copies of the first four books to give away to two lucky readers. The e-copies are through smashwords. Which is great, because no matter which e-reader you have, they usually have the format that fits it. You must be at least 17 years old to enter the giveaway. 

Book 1:Shockwave
Book 2: Demon Spiral
Book 3: The Four Horsemen
Book 4: Dragon’s Bayne

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

0 Review: Roald Dahl: A Biography


Author: Jeremy Treglown
Publisher: Open Road Media
Published: June 28, 2016
ISBN: 9781504038591
Ebook
Genre: Biography
Source: Publisher

Summary


A New York Times Notable Book: A revealing look at the famous twentieth-century children’s author who brought us The BFGand Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Few writers have had the enduring cultural influence of Roald Dahl, who inspired generations of loyal readers. Acclaimed biographer Jeremy Treglown cuts no corners in humanizing this longstanding immortal of juvenile fiction.
 
Roald Dahl explores this master of children’s literature from childhood—focusing a tight lens on the relationship between Dahl and his mother, who lovingly referred to him as “Apple”—through to his death. Treglown deftly navigates Dahl’s time as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force, exploring how the experience transformed many of the beliefs that influenced the English writer’s work, including The Gremlins, which was commissioned by Walt Disney.
 
A former editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Treglown discusses many of Dahl’s most famous works, such as James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox, while also delving into his marriage to actress Patricia Neal, combing through letters and archives to show a man who could be both comic and vitriolic, thoughtful yet manipulative and irascible. Treglown highlights many of Dahl’s literary achievements as well as his breakdowns and shortcomings, presenting a very personal and telling picture of the author and the inner turmoil that crippled him.
 
Separating the man from the myth, Treglown’s frank, intimate portrait of Dahl illuminates the contradictions within the mind of this beloved author, a man who could be both a monster and a hero. It is required reading for book lovers and film buffs alike.

My Thoughts

When I was in the second grade my class had a student teacher. I don't remember her name, or what she looked like, but I do remember that she read to us ever day after lunch. The first book she read to our class was The Witches by Roald Dahl. I remember being absolutely enthralled by the story. And as if The Witches was a gateway drug, I soon became addicted to his other stories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, all of these books filled my childhood.

As much as I read and love these books, I knew little about the author other than he's a talented writer. I didn't know he wrote for adults as well as children. I didn't know that I have been mispronouncing his name for most of my life. And I didn't know he had a very troublesome life. People that knew him either loved or hated him. Also, he might have invented the word: gremlins.

Through Jeremy Treglown's book, Roald Dahl: A Biography I learned a lot about Dahl, from his early childhood to his death, his tumultuous marriage to his career highs and lows. Roald Dahl was an interesting man. I only now realize that I've read a small portion of his work. I plan of correcting this oversight and reading more of his work in 2017. While his children's books filled my childhood, I hope to fill my adulthood with his books meant for grownups. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

0 Last Week In Review (28)


I took last week off for a little R&R. I'm not sure how much I actually got because my house was full of people. I ate lots of food and watched lots of television. But I did manage to get a little reading done too.

What I'm Currently Reading



I made some progress with Britt-Marie last week. It's so good!


I'm listening to this with my kids. I read the book awhile back, but the audiobook is better! 

What I Finished

This book was a recommendation by a friend, who was upset that I didn't finish it in a day. Despite that, I really enjoyed reading this book. I've since passed it on to another and there seems to be a waiting list forming to read this book. 



Witches of America was an interesting read. I need to gather my thoughts about it before I write the review. 

What I Watched


Last night I watched the season finale of Poldark. I can't believe it's over already.


I had some friends over on Friday and we binged-watched all four episodes. In a way it came around full circle, but I wouldn't mind more episodes. There wasn't enough Sookie either. 


PBS also had their pledge drive last weekend, so I did a little Downton Abbey binge-watching too.

Reading Challenge Update


Yay! Something to report! This book fits the Nonfiction Reading Challenge. 

That's my bookish update for last week. This week we're putting up Christmas decorations. I'll post some pictures next Monday. I hope you had a great week and weekend. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

0 #ThanksgivingGoals


Happy Thanksgiving! We've decided to take the week off from To Read, or Not To Read for some rest and relaxation. This Thanksgiving is a first for my family. We usually go to my mother-in-law's house for the feast, but as some of you know, she passed away in February after battling cancer for two years. This year we all seem to have lost our bearings.

But life moves on and so must we. My mother is hosting Thanksgiving at her house this year. She insisted on doing all the cooking herself. Which is quite the opposite of what my husband and I are used to. We are in charge of bringing the drinks, though. So at least that's something. But it also feels bereft at the same time. And all though I am looking forward to Thursday, it's Friday that I am excited about. You might think I'm talking about shopping, but I'm not. I'm talking about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.


I have been avoiding all mentions of the above in social media. I've not clicked on any links for fear of someone revealing a spoiler or two. I've invited some of my Gilmore-loving friends to join me in binge-watching all four episodes. We intend to eat like the Gilmores with a few healthy exceptions. After all, we're not fictional characters with iron stomachs. Also, it's a pajama party. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

In addition to watching GG and eating turkey, I also plan on doing some major reading. What else is a holiday weekend for? I have several books going, and I hope to finish them all. Even though I have house guests this week, I know they'll forgive me for curling up with a book in a quiet space. That's why I love them. They get me.



Despite all the ups and downs this year, I have a lot to be thankful for. I'm thankful for books and to be able to share my love of reading with all of you. I hope wherever you are or wherever you go, you have a great Thanksgiving.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

0 Review: The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies


Author: Piers Dudgeon
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: July 12, 2016
Hardcover, 416 pages
ISBN: 9781250087799
Genre: Biography
Source: Publisher

Summary

The world has long been captivated by the story of Peter Pan and the countless movies, plays, musicals, and books that retell the story of Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys. Now, in this revealing behind-the-scenes book, author Piers Dudgeon examines the fascinating and complex relationships among Peter Pan's creator, J.M. Barrie, and the family of boys who inspired his work.

After meeting the Llewelyn Davies family in London's Kensington Garden, Barrie struck up an intense friendship with the children and their parents. The innocence of Michael, the fourth of five brothers, went on to influence the creation of Barrie's most famous character, Peter Pan. Barrie was so close to the Llewelyn Davies family that he became trustee and guardian to the boys following the deaths of their parents. Although the relationship between the boys and Barrie (and particularly between Barrie and Michael) was enduring, it was punctuated by the fiercest of tragedies. Throughout the heart-rending saga of Barrie's involvement with the Llewelyn Davies brothers, it is the figure of Michael, the most original and inspirational of their number, and yet also the one whose fate is most pitiable, that stands out.

The Real Peter Pan is a captivating true story of childhood, friendship, war, love, and regret.

My Thoughts

"The Real Peter Pan is the story, both joyous and tragic, of a beautiful boy who was chosen by Barrie to be his gateway to the magical world of childhood, which he longed to recapture, and to the strange spiritual world of his later work."

Like so many others that have come before me and after me, I met Peter Pan as a child. Not the actual Peter Pan, mind you, but the Peter Pan Walt Disney so gladly bestowed upon the world. Neverland has become a place of mystic legend. A place where one goes when they don't want to grow up. A place where we as children and sometimes adults long to escape to.

J.M. Barrie managed to enthrall generation after generation of children, even to this day. How did Barrie manage to tap into the magic which he bestowed upon millions of children? He had a real-life inspiration in a boy named Michael Davies.

Piers Dudgeon has many talents, among them is bestselling author of biographies on novelists such as Catherine Cookson, Daphne du Maurier, and Edward de Bono, and, of course, J.M. Barrie. In this book Dudgeon explores the friendship between the Davies family and the famous author, even alluding to the possibility of unsavory acts that Barrie may or may not have been guilty of.

The Real Peter Pan gives you an excellent insight to the famous author and playwright. He befriended the family before Michael, the boy who would be Peter Pan, was born. Barrie was a true introvert that only a handful of people really got to know. His character was sometimes peculiar and at times downright odd. But to the Davies, he was like a member of the family and after the death of Michael's parents, he was even the children's guardian. This book follows Barrie's relationship with Michael until Michael's untimely death.

Before reading this book, I didn't know the story behind Peter Pan. A real person to influence the unforgettable characters. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it. It will forever change the way I see this classic novel.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

0 COVER REVEAL: Mine, Forever

COVER REVEAL



Mine, Forever

(Deadly Women, Book One)
Author: Kate Bonham
Book One
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto
Edited by: Swish Editing & Design 
Genre: Dark Romance
Release: 16 December 2016

BLURB


JETT

She's mine.
Ever since I first laid eyes on her, I knew there was something about her but I had to be sure.
I had to know she was like me.
Now, after what I've put her through, I own her.
But they keep trying to pull her away from me.
They keep trying to destroy my world forcing me to unleash hell on earth to keep her in my arms.

EBONY

I’m broken, alone and hated by my own family. 
When Jett Black walks into my life, I know I'm not safe.
Not safe from him, not safe from anyone and yet I can't get enough of him.
He's my savior in every way, shape and form. 
Finally, after years I felt as if I was on the right path until forces try to tear us apart – forces which are trying to kill me. 

But I won’t give him up – he’s mine...forever. 













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AUTHOR BIO


Kate grew up in Western Sydney, Australia, hoping to one day have a pet dragon and castle to roam around in. Then the Khaleesi stole her life and she was forced to reinvent herself. 

It was around the age of 15 when she really thought she could make it as a writer, and after course after course on different writing styles, she finally gulped down her fear and pursued independent publishing. 

When she's not writing, she's spending time with her boyfriend and their zoo of pets that include snakes, spiders, lizards, gecko, an axolotl and a bird. 

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Monday, November 14, 2016

0 Last Week In Review (27)


What I'm Currently Reading





What I Finished

I didn't finish any books, but I did make progress in the books that I'm currently reading.

What I'm Watching


I can't wait to find out who's under the sheet!


Watching Poldark is the best part of my week.

Things of Note

December's New Books on the Block form is now live: http://www.toreadornottoread.net/2016/11/decembers-nbotb-form-is-live.html



Friday, November 11, 2016

0 Review: Kubrick's Game


Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Published: September 26, 2016
Paperback, 363 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62253-457-7
Genre: Mystery
Source: Author


About the Book:

Shawn Hagan, a college film student obsessed with legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, discovers hidden clues in his movies which lead him on a harrowing quest toward a mysterious treasure that Kubrick left behind. Endangered by sinister groups on the same quest, Shawn has no choice but to claim the prize first because in the wrong hands … "It has the power to change the course of history."


My Thoughts:

In 1999, my husband and I went to the theater and watched Eyes Wide Shut. I remember leaving the movie feeling uncertain about what I had witnessed. I wasn't the only one though. Several others were commenting on their way out that this was the strangest movie they had ever seen. But if they had been familiar with Stanley Kubrick's films, they might have expected to be a little flabbergasted. 

Kubrick is considered to be one of the great filmmakers of all times. Movies like The Shining, Spartacus, and A Clockwork Orange are often mentioned among the best in cinematic history. Kubrick was known for his "subtle symbols and mysterious riddles" as well as "realism, dark humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and evocative use of music." If you've seen his movies, you know that statement is true. 

Many of his fans watch his movies time and time again to try to decipher his hidden messages. And that's where Derek Taylor Kent takes us in his new novel, Kubrick's Game. His main character, Shawn Hagan, is a huge fan of Kubrick's. He might even be considered a Kubrick encyclopedia. His knowledge of the famed director is the reason he gets tapped to be let into one of the greatest treasure hunts of all time organized by Stanley Kubrick himself. 

I first became familiar with Derek Taylor Kent a few years ago with his middle grade series, Scary School. These books were a big win in my house. So, I was more than intrigued to read Kubrick's Game, his first adult novel. I had heard of Stanley Kubrick before, but I didn't know much about him. I'm certainly not what you would call a movie buff. However, Stanley Kubrick was an interesting man and Kent highlights that in this well-researched novel. 

I love the depth Kent gives his characters. They are flawed and therefore interesting. He gives his characters many obstacles to overcome--internal and external--and it keeps you turning pages until you reach the end. And if you're not exhausted from reading about the treasure hunt, Kent also has a real-life treasure hunt going on live right now at http://www.derektaylorkent.com/the-game. "You may be able to complete this first round without reading the book, but will need any version of the book to unravel future puzzles." So don't wait. Pick up your copy today!  















Thursday, November 10, 2016

0 A Writer's Consultation With A Bestselling Author



A Writer's Consultation With A Bestselling Author



Whether you just started thinking about writing your first novel, are jumping in head first with National Novel Writing Month in November, or are a seasoned author, you can always gain invaluable insight from speaking to a peer, especially one as respected as Lisa Gardner.

Bestselling author of RIGHT BEHIND YOU, FIND HER, and more, Lisa Gardner offers her thoughts and advice in this one-hour phone consultation. Click here for details and to enter sweepstakes. (or copy and paste this into your browser: https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/lisa-gardner-phone-consult





Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, including her most recent, Find Her. Her Detective D. D. Warren novels include Find Her, Fear Nothing, Catch Me, Love You More, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. Her FBI Profiler Novels include Gone, The Next Accident, and The Third Victim. She lives with her family in New England.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

0 3 Fun Halloween Books That You Can Read Anytime!


Halloween Hijinks - A Zoe Donovan Mystery
By: Kathi Daley


Amid the backdrop of zombies on the run and Halloween festivities, animal control officer Zoe Donovan is faced w loosing something she loves to save someone she loves when she finds a dead body in the basement of a haunted house just two days before Halloween. With the help of her best friends, Levi and Ellie, and her dog Charlie, she delves into a mystery as complex and multilayered as the feelings for her ex-nemesis Zac Zimmerman.


Halloween Hijinks is a perfect recipe, combining holiday fun and a touch of humor, a pinch of romance, and a dollop of murder.


Zoe's Treasure Hunt: Zoe and Charlie et a mysterious stranger at the hospital while doing therapy rounds. The man is in town searching for a seventy year old treasure. When he is unable to continue the journey into the past himself, Zoe and Charlie take over with the help of Poppy and a few of his friends.


My thoughts:

This is the first book in the series " A Zoe Donovan Mystery". I read the seventeenth book first, so I decided to go back to the beginning because I wanted to know the history of the characters.

Again, I completely enjoyed the fast pace and the interaction the characters. The likes, the dislikes and the friction that occur between them.

Zoe is a strong and determined young woman, who was raised by her father after being abandoned by her mother at a young age. Her flaws are real. Her love for her friends are obvious in her actions nd her loyalty to them.

Kathi Daley has sculptured her characters perfectly. From start to finish, this book has everything a reader would want. I can't wait to read the next adventure.





July Jackson's job as a Holiday Host at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, is more trick than treat when one of her scary rich slot tournament players croak. Then 3,000,000 dollars goes missing. And a couple dressed as condiments he's mustard, she's ketchup-- might be behind the spooky shenanigans. What's a Holiday Host supposed to do? Call in the flying monkeys? July turns to the highest level of security and meets a boy named Baylor -- just Baylor. From there it's all thrills and chills.


My thoughts:

Although this is a short story, it is jammed packed full of mystery. If you have a few hours to spare, you won't be disappointed.
Gretchen Archer brings her characters to life from the very beginning and keeps the pace running to the very end.




Ghostly Graveyard
A Zoe Donovan Mystery
by Kathi Daley


When Zoe finds a body lying across the grave of the man behind a hundred year old legend, she sets out to find the killer before the deputy, who is substituting for Salinger, finds a way to pin the murder on her. Meanwhile, Ellie is asked to babysit her cousins baby, love is AWOL, and the entire Donovan-Zimmerman household is busy with Halloween activities.


My thoughts:


I really liked this book. it was book seventeen in this series, so I was a little lost with the character's relationships. It didn't take me long to sort things out. Zoe's life is full with committees, foster kids, an animal rescue hospital and a husband. She finds time to be an amateur sleuth. This is a fast read with plenty of twists and turns. It really kept me guessing as to who was the murderer during the Halloween haunted hamlet activities.


This is a new author for me I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of her work.



Monday, November 7, 2016

0 Q&A with MK McClintock


1. What is it about the 1800's that fascinates you?
- I usually say it’s because life was simpler, but that’s not entirely true. Life was simpler in many ways, and in my imagination that amounts to none of the modern distractions we have today. For me, it’s escaping from the modern world and living in a time when people had to slow down enough to give thought to every little task. Of course, 1800s in rural Montana Territory was different from the 1800s in a city, but it’s the simplicity and purity of life back then that draws me to it. 

2. Montana is a gorgeous state. Why did you choose it as your setting?
- It is gorgeous. When I first moved to Montana, I liked to boast that we had fewer than one million people and I wouldn’t like see it go over that number in my lifetime. I was quite wrong, and in many ways the state has changed so much—too much—for me. Except, I still remember what it was like the first time I saw it. I was in awe of the mountains that were as impressive as those I’d known in Colorado, yet different. The more research I did on the state, the more I understood how remarkable (though not easy) it must have been a century ago. And it’s a part of who I am, and natural to give the Gallaghers their home here.  

3. Amanda and Ben are your main characters in this book. What are some of their biggest challenges?
- I put my poor characters through the ringer at times, and Amanda and Ben are no expection. I like to test my characters so both they and I know how strong they really are. Amanda came to Montana, and Hawk’s Peak ranch, by way of both a physical and emotional journey. It’s not easy for her, but she’s a trooper. Ben does have a past, and one he doesn’t talk about, yet by speaking of some of what he experienced, he helps Amanda with her journey. Without giving anything away, all I can tell you is that their individual challenges are woven together to the point where they are fighting for the same things. 

4. Who are your favorite writers?
- I seem to find new authors to add to my favorite list every year, but the top five tend to stay the same: Edward Rutherford, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Charles Dickens, Johanna Lindsey, and Julie Garwood (her historicals). 

5. What book have you reread the most?
- There are quite a few that I’ve read a dozen or so times (probably more), and I honestly don’t know which I’ve read more than any other. If I were to guess, I would say Ransom by Julie Garwood or Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss. 



Journey to Hawk’s Peak

One woman's desperation to escape would become the greatest journey of her life.

Briarwood, Montana Territory—1884

Amanda Warren arrived in Briarwood, Montana, with one satchel and a dream. After death destroyed her happiness, she fled, unwilling to believe that was the end, yet her weary spirit thought only of survival.

Then she met the Gallaghers.

They took a chance and gave her a home and a family, but is she strong enough to make a new start?

Ben Stuart has seen more of life than he wants to remember, but with the Gallaghers he had found a place where he could forget times gone by and live the life he always wanted. When Amanda arrived at Hawk's Peak, Ben saw a woman hiding from secrets and running from her past. How will he convince her that the journey is over? Join us on a journey to Hawk's Peak for a romantic adventure you'll never forget.

The Montana Gallagher Series (historical western romance adventures): 
Gallagher's Pride
Gallagher's Hope
Gallagher's Choice
An Angel Called Gallagher
Journey to Hawk's Peak


Buy Links


Praise for the Montana Gallaghers

"The Montana Gallagher Collection is adventurous and romantic with scenes that transport you into the wild west." —InD'Tale Magazine, Crowned Heart for Excellence

"Any reader who loves westerns, romances, historical fiction or just a great read would love this book, and I am pleased to be able to very highly recommend it. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it certainly won't be the last. Do yourself a favor and give it a chance!"
Readers' Favorite on Gallagher’s Pride

"You will love where she takes you and will fall in love with all her characters."
—M.L. Sullivan on An Angel Called Gallagher

"This series is spell-binding. Once you start it you cannot put it down."
—Amazon Reviewer



A note from the author . . .

Dearest Reader,

Little did I know that my first published book, Gallagher's Pride, would lead to a fifth Montana Gallagher book and yet here we are. Amanda Warren entered the Gallaghers' lives in book three, and I immediately knew she would need a story of her own. Her past held many unanswered questions, and I wanted to learn more about her and how she came to be in Briarwood. Ben Stuart, the ranch foreman at Hawk's Peak, has a bit of his own mysterious past, and the more time I spent with him and Amanda, the clearer their stories became. I hope you enjoy their tender, romantic adventure.

Happy Reading!
-MK



EXCERPT

Excerpt from Journey to Hawk’s Peak
From Chapter One

Hawk’s Peak, Montana Territory
May 1884

A hawk and its mate soared high above their heads. White clouds tipped with gray created a continuous patchwork in the vast, blue sky, casting shadows over the snow-capped mountains. A cool, spring breeze caressed Amanda’s face and whipped her unbound hair over her shoulders. She’d left the house wearing only a shawl, preferring to relish in the warmer air after the long, harsh season.
The winter of ’84 had been one of the coldest in Amanda’s memory. Although it had been her first in Montana, she was no stranger to the hardships of the western frontier. No matter how settled the land became or how many people from the East ventured in search of the same dreams which brought her parents west, she loved the wildness the land fought to retain.
“I’ll never tire of this sight.” Not a soul within one hundred miles could miss the grand mountain ranges that crisscrossed the land and protected their valley.
“I won’t either.” Brenna wore a heavier wool shawl, the edges gathered over her growing belly. Amanda smiled at her friend—one of many she’d made since arriving at Hawk’s Peak—and imagined Brenna as a new mother once again.
Brenna and Ethan Gallagher already had one son, Jacob, named after Ethan’s father and born in Scotland, Brenna’s homeland. The courage to leave behind everything and everyone she knew at Cameron Manor to journey across an ocean and vast continent impressed Amanda. She’d embarked on her own journey when she left home, but it compared nothing to what Brenna must have experienced.
Brenna stopped at a point in the meadow and bent over to pick a few sprigs of wild lupine and add them to the basket she carried over one arm. Calves frolicked in the nearby pastures, another sign that spring had come regardless of winter’s efforts to linger. In her lyrical voice with her refined Scottish accent, Brenna said, “When I first stepped foot off the stage, the sheer enormity of what I’d done paled in comparison to the beauty of these mountains. I abhorred the circumstances that forced me to flee, and yet without those trials, I wouldn’t be here now. I wouldn’t have Ethan or Jacob.” She patted her belly and smiled. “Or this one.”
“I envy you, Brenna.” Amanda continued walking, but it was Brenna who stopped, surprised by the quietly spoken words.
“What a dear thing for you to say, but there are many who could say the same of you.”
Amanda was quick to assure Brenna. “Please, don’t think me ungrateful for what I have. I’ve been blessed many times over in my life. I envy the way you approach life, every day with such hope.”
“It got me into trouble often as a child,” Brenna said with a smile. “Give yourself time. I often feel as though you’ve always been a part of our lives, but it wasn’t so long ago when you arrived.”
Amanda stared across the quiet meadow, fixated on the swaying grass. “Before you met Ethan, did you ever . . .”
“Did I ever what?” Brenna asked. “You may ask me anything, and I’ll answer if I can.”
“Did you ever wonder if you were strong enough to live the life you always wanted?”

End of Excerpt




Sunday, November 6, 2016

0 Last Week in Review (26)

What I'm Currently Reading


The Traveler's Gift came highly recommended from a friend.


Witches of America is very interesting so far.

I've only read a few pages of  The Jane Austen Writers' Club so far. I'll keep you posted.

What I Finished Reading


This is a great series on Charles II. I'll have a review coming shortly of the entire series.


The small book has an abundance of information. 


Review will be coming shortly of Kubrick's Game.

What I'm Watching


Who is under the sheet?!?


I absolutely love this series! πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Reading Challenge Update


I listened to this on Halloween. Definitely a classic!




What are you reading?
 

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