It’s no longer mine

It’s true once I see a book published it no longer belongs to me or rather my mind. It belongs to the reader.

Maybe that’s the true meaning of release day, not just that a book is for sale but that it is out there ready to be discovered by a reader.

Maybe that reader is already reading the series and can’t wait to get into the next book. Or maybe it’s a new reader just discovering my work.

Either way, it’s no longer mine. Today A Time to Heal belongs to you the reader.

THE BIGGEST DISASTER IN HER LIFE PROTECTS HER HEART FROM LOVE

Do you like cats or dogs?

Today A Time to Dance is on a Kindle Countdown! Starting at 99 cents!

But what does that have to do with liking a cat or a dog?

This book has both! A cat and a chocolate lab! Add that to romance and a bit of mystery.

I have a cat, we used to have four. Here’s a photo of Oliver. He rules the house.

And my son has a dog so I get my dog fix since we don’t have one right now. His name is Patton.

phot by Angela Murphy

Here’s the link to a Time to Dance https://readerlinks.com/l/409453

Tell me do you like cats or dogs the best or do you have a different kind of pet?

June Reading List

It’s been a great month for reading. Lots of rainy days and nights is a good reason to hang out in a chair with my Kindle. Except for nights when the hockey playoffs are on and then my attention goes to our local team. The St. Louis Blues. I’m not a big sports fan except for hockey. For some reason I like it. I think it’s because I’m amazed at the agility of the players. I can not stand up on ice at all.

I’ve jumped into KindleUnlimited with gusto and have had fun tracking down good books to read.

A series I started and can’t stop reading is by Valerie Comer. The Montana Ranches Christian Romances

There is something about modern day cowboys that captures my attention.

Start with the first one The Cowboy’s Christmas Reunion and see what you think.

From Book 1: A jilted cowboy gets a second chance at love when his ex-fiancée returns with her small daughter.

From Book 2: Friends become more in this romance with a matchmaker bent on finding dates for the cowboy she believes doesn’t return her love.

From Book 3: Opposites attract in this romance with a grumpy cowboy burned by love and a bubbly romance editor with (almost) all the answers!

https://amzn.to/2WyRlG3

What are you reading this month?

May Reads

It’s been a busy month for me. I read one book that I fell in love with.

A Moonbow night by Laura Franz. It’s a bit pricey but if you have kindle unlimited you can read it for free.

Get it here

On the vast, uncharted Kentucky frontier of the 1770s, Temperance Tucker has learned to be fleet of foot, accurate with her rifle, and silent about the past. But her family secrets complicate her growing attraction to a handsome Virginia land surveyor with a harsh history of his own. Will the hurts and hardships of the past prevent them from a fulfilling future?

When I drive around this country it’s hard to imagine what it looked like in 1770. Thanks to my GPS on my phone I never get lost. Temperance Tucker has her own GPS–her eyes and her memory.

Following her story deep into the woods of Kentucky and a hair-raising event inside of a cave kept me reading many nights after my bedtime.

It’s not your normal romance where they couple meet and fall in love and marry. It’s much more complicated and the setting takes on a life as a character.

If you want a book that’s not so fast paced allowing you to live in the books world for a time, this book is for you.

April Reads

I know I should be writing but I downloaded Christy Barritt’s Lantern Beach P.D. series. They are on KindleUnlimited so I devoured them like a sack of candy at least there weren’t calories involved.

These are great, they are light on gory details which makes them perfect for me. I like to read books with romance and police cases but I’m not a fan of being terrified.

And while it’s fun to read them back to back you don’t have too. The books are good on their own.

https://amzn.to/2IoT3Xc

Cassidy and Ty are back in an all-new Lantern Beach series that will leave readers wanting more . . .

A runaway woman. A dead body. A mysterious compound. 

When Cassidy Chambers accepted the job as police chief on Lantern Beach, she knew the island had its secrets. But a suspicious death with potentially far-reaching implications will test all her skills—and threaten to reveal her true identity. 

Cassidy enlists the help of her husband, former Navy SEAL Ty Chambers. As they dig for answers, both uncover parts of their pasts that are best left buried. Not everything is as it seems, and they must figure out if their John Doe is connected to the secretive group that has moved onto the island.

As facts materialize, danger on the island grows. Can Cassidy and Ty discover the truth about the shadowy crimes in their cozy community? Or has darkness permanently invaded their beloved Lantern Beach?

Get it here https://amzn.to/2IllSVp

Tidying Up? Cozy Minimalist?

It’s spring weather sort of…rainy, gloomy and partly sunny.

Over the winter I’ve watched some of the Netflix series Tidying Up and read the Cozy Minimalist. I’ve been inspired to remove some of the things in my home.

But…

The idea of piling all my clothes on the bed and donating the ones that don’t bring me joy sounds like a bad idea. I’m tired of wearing my winter clothes and it’s not warm enough to switch over for the next season. If I followed Marie Kondo’s advice next winter, I’d have to shop for an entire new wardrobe. Sounds like fun.

But…

My bank account has been following the minimalist life style too long for me to purchase much of anything new.

Then there are the books. So many books in my house and I’ve donated a lot of those already. I’m going to say the ones that remain all bring me joy or like the ones my laptop sits on earn their keep.

Collections to pair down? I had to think about that one. I don’t seem to have those either unless you count the millions of files and photos on computer. I suppose I could take the next ten years and tidy those up. Nah. Can’t see those so they can’t possible count as clutter, right?

There is one room in my house that could use some tidying.

The sewing room. 

Shudder. That room is a scary mess. So many things were piled in there when my son and his wife and my grandkids moved in while their house was being built. Sure they took their stuff out but the room is ‘out of sorts’ in a major way.

This is where following these plans becomes tricky. It seems to be the area that I’m not ready to let go of that causes me and maybe others to hold back from letting go.

That room will take a long time to go through and I’ll have to evaluate if I want to keep sewing. I think I do but honestly, I haven’t sewn anything in five years. But I want too, I think. I don’t have time until summer to tackle this issue, but it is weighing on me. And that’s when the tidying up and minimalist people say it’s time to get to work and find out what’s important enough to stay.

I’m giving going to set a deadline for next September to have that room back together or packed to donate. Pray for me!

What about you? Have you hopped on this crazy train of living like a minimalist?

I’m giving going to set a deadline of next September to have that room back together or packed to donate. Pray for me! What about you? Have you hopped on this crazy train of living like a minimalist?

Leave me a comment to help me get started on cleaning out that room and On April 1, 2019, I’ll use Rafflecopter to pick one winner in the United States to send an autographed copy of The Rails to Love Collection.   

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March Reads

Since spring hasn’t decided to show up yet this month I’ve been reading.

I have a KindleUnlimited subscription (you can get one here) and I’ve been exploring new to me authors.

The Homesteader’s Sweetheart by Lacy Williams won me over fast. I do love a good marriage of convenience story.

They come from different worlds. Can a wealthy debutante belong with a simple homesteader and his makeshift family?

And this one is a fairy tale retelling suggested by a newsletter subscriber to read.

The Princess Companion by Melanie Cellier It’s a fairy tale retelling. It was fun to put together clues of which fairy tales were used.

Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.

Still a lot of month left so I’m looking for my next read. Drop a suggestion in the comments for me.

February Reading

This month isn’t over yet but I’ve got two fun books to recommend.

We had a few snow/windchill days here in Illinois so school was canceled. That meant I could read!

I dug into this one, no pun intended. I couldn’t stop reading!

Irene Hannon Buried Secrets

After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales–and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried

And this one. I love the character in this series. Joey Darling is a mess but doing her best to pull it all together but trouble is always finding her.

Christy Barrit Gaffe Out Loud

Actress Joey Darling is beginning a new season . . . of her TV show and her life.

Joey Darling’s life is finally on track. Her hit series has been picked up by a new network, her relationship with Detective Jackson Sullivan couldn’t be better, and she’s even bought a house. But right after taking possession, Joey discovers a dead body upstairs. 

Joey knows she won’t have any peace until she figures out why a dead woman was left at her house and who killed her. And she desperately needs peace as the “normal” life she’s trying to establish quickly progresses from great to the brink of collapse. 

The countdown is ticking as Joey must soon leave to begin filming. But one gaffe after another slows her investigation and makes her question her choices. The closer Joey gets to answers, the more someone is determined to make sure this season of her life is canceled—permanently.

January Reading List

I just finished reading the latest book in the Raleigh Harmon Series. The Wind Will Howl by Sibella Giorello. What a ride!

Raleigh is a forensic geologist and she works/doesn’t work for the FBI. She has a mom with mental issues and an aunt who loves acting and is often quoting lines from plays she’s been in. That makes me want to find the movies on Netflix or Amazon.

Raleigh has a dead body on her mind, Jack wants a wedding date and her mom is released into her care. Never a dull moment.

And then there’s Jack.

Jack. Not saying more but…you have to love Jack.

I’ve been following Raleigh since The Rivers Run Dry

The Raleigh Harmon Series fascinates me because she uses rock and dirt to solve crimes, very clever and Giorello knows her stuff. And you might learn a few things too. I did.

I hope there is another book coming because I can’t get enough of Raleigh and Jack.

https://amzn.to/2HgLcMy

And next up on my reading list is book 2 in the Home Town Hero’s series, Flash Point by Jennifer Crosswhite. It’s about a firefighter that was introduced in book 1 Protective Custody.

Say it with me FIREFIGHTER!

Captain Joe Romero–doesn’t the name melt you? Is battling blazes in California and fires burning in his heart.

https://amzn.to/2SR1eha