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She Said Coffee

Hey y’all! I’m still kicking around over here, been a bit distracted with a work in progress. I’ve been having so much fun writing this week. Sometimes, I just have a good week where the ideas and words flow from me like rain down a tin roof.

Union was getting a little to serious for me, so I had to take a step away from her and write something fun. I’ve been working on a cute, feisty little Christmas story. I can not wait to share it with you!

Just today, I purchased my first ever book cover! It’s for another book, but when I saw the image I knew it was perfect! I couldn’t let it slip away from me. That led to some talk with the Author/Artist Josephine Blake over at Covers and Cupcakes about the cover design I have in my head for this little Christmas story. Josephine says, “That’s very specific” – I do have a picture in my head for it. How to create it on a cover, I’ve no idea. I would love to learn, but right now I need to finish the story and Josephine has been designing a bit. Work smarter, not harder – correct?

I’ve read a few books I need to write reviews for and then I need to get back to writing my story while it is quiet in my house. The groceries were purchased yesterday and today is my day home to write, so I really need to get to it.

Recently, I have read: Java Break, Java Muse, The Housekeeper’s Proposal, Novel Notes, Anxious in Atlanta and Flyboy’s Fancy.

Now, if you know me, you know I hate to leave a bad review and it doesn’t matter if I know you or not. I’ve connected with a lot of Authors on Social Media – a few I even consider friends. I write reviews for everyone and do my very best not to spoil the story/information or say anything bad.

With that said, if you are an aspiring Author/Writer, my recommendation is not to purchase Novel Notes. It will most likely be a waste of your time. I flipped through it in under 5 minutes. It was a lot of blank pages with a subject written across the top. I’ll just leave it at that.

I will be writing up my review for The Housekeeper’s Proposal later this week, as I do not believe it is yet released. I was proofreading it for author Barb Goss. She has a great little Facebook group called, Sweet Wild West Reads. It is a pretty active group and from time to time you’ll find an Author seeking some proof readers, beta readers or street team requests. You’ll also find new things to read, contests and games.

Today, we are going to review Java Break by Lynn Donovan & Java Muse by George McVey. Y’all know George by now, right? By now you should!

If you read my previous post, When It Hits, you already know most of my thoughts on Java Muse – that book impacted me pretty strongly.

However, Lynn Donovan is a new Author to me – so let’s write her review in my normal fashion.

Dear Lynn,

First off I think Charlie is behind the messages and I find I am intrigued most by him. I hope even if he is behind the messages that he still gets hit by Cupid.

The book was cute and enjoyable to read. I did feel that things progressed rather quickly with the characters intimately, but I still enjoyed the book.

The Java Cupid must really be something because as I was working on my own manuscript one of my character’s was reading about him!

So thank you for inspiring ideas in my own mind and delivering a sweet little story around my favorite thing: Coffee! I am looking forward to reading the rest of this multi-author series and I’m glad you thought of creating it!

Be Blessed as you Progress!

I could write a letter to George again, but I think he already knows how I feel about Java Muse and most of you should too. I love the books by George and I’m sure you’ll be reading more about him later as he has several books coming out this year and I WILL be reading them.

I hope you will return for my reviews of Flyboy’s Fancy, Anxious in Atlanta and The Housekeeper’s Proposal, which I will have up over the next few days. However, if you are looking for something to read – go ahead and read them! You’ll enjoy them.

I’m off to mine some words now…my hot headed little Character is up to no good at the moment and someone needs to straighten her out. We’ll talk again soon!


Katie Crabapple: Homespun

I saw this question asked via Facebook this week:

Do you check the number of pages before choosing a book?

Before the Kindle I did not check – all you had to do was look at the book and let the thickness be your deciding factor, if it so mattered. I don’t really mind if the story is short or long – to each their own.

However, I have learned since the Kindle entered my life to check the number of pages. The reason for this is, I have stumbled upon the makings of a really great story and then all the sudden it’s done. Almost as if it’s been beheaded! I find myself looking for the rest of the story! Quickly searching Amazon and the Author’s website for more details or possibly the next book only to come up empty handed.

I don’t know why this happens but I know I dislike reading a book that leaves me hungry with no second course or desert. There are times I am looking for a quick book to read, like Katie’s Homespun series but I want the whole story. If you have to break it down in parts, okay, go for it. Just don’t leave me looking for more and coming up empty. That is in my opinion not worth my time.

Therefore, I do check the number of pages. If it is not above 50 – I will skip it, UNLESS it has been recommended highly. How bout you? Do you check the number of pages?

Earlier this week or maybe last week I read all 7 of the Homespun books by Katie Crabapple. It didn’t take long. The books are rather short. 64 to 98 pages in length, so pretty quick reads, but very enjoyable stories.

Dear Katie,

Thank you for such lovely stories. Rumor is that you are currently taking some time off from writing. I believe the last book you released was in 2015. I’m not sure the reason for the time away, but I want you to know that you and your sweet stories are missed. I hope you are well and that someday we’ll get to read more from you. God Bless.


Review: Stones Creek

Sophie Dawson. I think I mentioned previously that I had just stumbled onto Author Sophie Dawson. My friend and Author, George McVey introduced me to her books. The two of them have worked together on books and personally, I think they make a great team, but each also have their own books out.

Sophie has been publishing her books from what I can see, since 2012 and I just recently heard of her! Imagine that! It really pays to be apart of Author groups via Facebook. I am part of several. One of my favorites is Pioneer Hearts. There are nearly 4,000 members and many authors. You are able to connect with them, interact with them and you have first hand knowledge of when some of your favorites release a new book. I do follow Authors I enjoy via Amazon, their websites and newsletters, and Goodreads – but in all honesty I learn more via Facebook.

The wonderful thing about this group and these Authors are they promote each other, they tell a reader, “If you loved this, you should really check out that!” and then we all find new wonderful stories to read! That’s how I found Sophie and even though I just found her, like within the last month, I have already read both her Cottonwood series and Stones Creek series. I highly recommend them both!

I was hoping there would be more added to them, especially Stones Creek and she did actually tell me that she is planning a spin-off of Stones Creek – The Ladies of Sanctuary House! Also, her project for NANO (National Novel Writing Month) is going to be Janie’s story from the Cottonwood series.

She even shared with me a way to be in-the-know before anyone else and maybe even snag a few FREE stories: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/4pu6ns1txb

She also has a new series out…Love’s Infestation. I haven’t read these, so I cannot recommend them, yet. Sophie’s books are Historical Christian and Contemporary Christian and from what I’ve read so far, have a lot of depth to them. I really like that.

Dear Sophie,

Chloe’s Sanctuary is the last book of yours I’ve read and I loved it! I was so happy for how things worked out with her. Her son reminded me a bit of myself. I’m the oldest of 4 and have been called the “Mother Hen” regularly because I am very protective of my family.

Chloe also reminded me a bit of my mother and some painful experiences she’s been through.

I truly enjoyed the entire series as well as the Cottonwood Series and I’m very excited for the projects you have in the works. I thought I’d liked Cottonwood better but now I’m not so sure! I loved them both. I think what intrigued me most about Stones Creek was the brides that arrived and their stories. I do love a good heart packed adventure.

I love the depth within your books, it brings about a lot of thinking and I like books that make me think and feel vs a book that leaves no lasting impact.

So thank you! Thank you for braving the world, publishing and sharing your stories. To me that is inspiring. I look forward to reading more of your work. Until then, be blessed as you progress.

Sincerely,

Renea

 


Write Those Reviews

At the beginning of the year I decided that I would not only keep track of how many books I read this year, but I would also be sure to leave every Author a review – as long as I finished the book and could honestly do so.

Why did I decide to do this? Because, I feel the Author was brave enough to put his/her written work out there and a little encouragement can go a long ways. As a writer myself, I have struggled with being brave enough and I also know receiving that little “well done” keeps the pen or keys moving. It feels nice to have some appreciate what you’ve created.

I’ve also connected with many of these Authors on Facebook and they are great people who love to tell stories and they are human, they have feelings too. I’ve had some Authors in the past (years ago) make me feel as if I’d never make it as a writer. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get to me. It did. It hurt, badly. Times have changed though and today, I consider several Authors my friends. Authors who are willing to speak to me and treat me like Author verses a peon. I also think…this is my friend, I read her/his book, shouldn’t I be a true friend and help promote it? For these reasons and more, I now write the reviews.

I do have a 3 chapter rule and I feel I’m rather lenient with that. I think most Readers give up long before that if the Author hasn’t drawn them in. The reason I have this rule is I have stumbled upon some really great books that just took a little longer to grab me, but in the end grabbed me so hard I couldn’t put it down. And honestly, I love those books! They become the unexpected adventure that pulls at every emotion. They make me feel deeply.

I also planned to write “lengthier” reviews on my website here as a letter to each Author – sadly, I’ve only accomplished that twice and I’ve read far more than 2 books this year. I admit my reading has slowed down a bit due to the fact that I am working on my own novels, but no-the-less I’m still reading.

I have left reviews at the end of each book. I love how reading on my Kindle allows me to write the review, right there as soon as I finish the book. Sometimes I hold on to it and write it a couple days later, mainly because I tend to finish books in the middle of the night and simply want to drift off to sleep after “the end“. I have found if I just leave the book in my carousel on my device I will remember to write the review. If I delete or remove the book…then oops. Those books usually return and I find myself saying, “I’ve read this“.

Since I’ve failed to write each Author a letter of review – I’ve decided to try and fix that by a serious list of link backs. These links within will take you to either Amazon, Goodreads or the Author’s Facebook page. Don’t be afraid to connect with them or reach out to them – they truly love connecting with their readers.I hope to get back to writing the review letters, I enjoyed that. Life just got in my way for a bit – it tends to do that from time to time.

So if you are looking for something to read…

Jan 2 – Wild West Wedding by Caroline Lee (#9 Rivers End Ranch series) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 8 – Wronged by Sylvia McDaniel (#1 Cuvier Women) ⭐⭐⭐

Jan 8 – Flowers in the Snow by Danielle Stewart (The Edenville Series) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 9 – Penny by Kirsten Osbourne (Orlan Orphans #6) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 10 – Chasing Justice by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson #1) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 11 – Cutting Ties by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson #2) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 12 – Changing Fate by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson #3) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 13 – Finding Freedom by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson #4) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 13 – Betty’s Journal by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson 4.5) ⭐⭐

Jan 14 – Settling Scores by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson #5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 15 – Battling Destiny by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson #6) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 15 – Choosing Christmas by Danielle Stewart (Piper Anderson 2.5) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 17 – Wilhelmina by Hildie McQueen (Brides for all seasons #1) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 18 – Phoebe’s Promise by Kay P. Dawson (Oregon Sky #1) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 18 – Audrey’s Awakening by Kay P. Dawson (Oregon Sky #2) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jan 18 – Ella’s Embrace by Kay P. Dawson (Oregon Sky #3) ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Feb 1 – Christmas in Clover Springs by Rachel Wesson (Clover Springs #8) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Feb 17 – Redeeming Reputation by George McVey (Redemption Tales #1) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mar 8 – Erin by Rachel Wesson (Clover Springs #9) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mar 8 – Mail Order Mishap by Barbara Goss (Kansas Brides #1)⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mar 10 – Gunsmoke and Gingham by Kirsten Osbourne, Amelia C. Adams, Peggy L. Henderson, Kristin Holt and Margery Scott ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

It appears I took a break from reading until May, I was busy training and participating in a  couple of CrossFit competitions..and that my friend, is exhausting!

May 7 – Wooing in Wyoming by Kirsten Osbourne (At the Altar #11)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 7 – A Twisted Fate by Amelia C. Adams (Kansas Crossroads #12)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 7 – Dear Mr. Vander by Kit Morgan (Mail-Order Bride Ink #4)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 8 – An Unspoken Dream by Amelia C. Adams (Kansas Crossroads #13)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 8 – Oregon Bound by Rachel Wesson (Trails of the Heart #1)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 8 – Oregon Dreams by Rachel Wesson (Trails of the Heart #2)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 9 – Bridget’s Beau by Kirsten Osbourne (Rivers End Ranch #11)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 9 – Cute Cowboy by Pamela M. Kelley (Rivers End Ranch #12)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 10 – Welcome Wagon by Amelia C. Adams (Rivers End Ranch #13)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 10 – Sarsaparilla Showdown by Caroline Lee (Rivers End Ranch #14)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 11 – Mischievous Maid by Cindy Caldwell (Rivers End Ranch #15)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 11 – Baker’s Bob by Kirsten Osbourne (Rivers End Ranch #16)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 12 – Merry Manager by Pamela M. Kelley (Rivers End Ranch #17)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 15 – Santa’s Shopkeeper by Amelia C. Adams (Rivers End Ranch #18)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 16 – The Rancher Takes a Bride by Sylvia McDaniel (#1)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 17 – The Outlaw Takes a Bride by Sylvia McDaniel (#2)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 19 – The Marshal Takes a Bride by Sylvia McDaniel (#3)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 19 – The Christmas Bride by Sylvia McDaniel (#4)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 21 – His Magical Bride by Merry Farmer (#10)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 22 – Blacksmith’s Beauty by Caroline Lee (Rivers End Ranch #19)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 22 – Oregon Destiny by Rachel Wesson⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 24 – An Ivy Tangels by Kari Trumbo (Cutter’s Creek #19)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 24 – The Judge’s Bride by Patricia PacJac Carroll (#1)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 24 – Zebulon’s Bride by Patricia PacJac Carroll (#2)⭐⭐⭐

May 26 – Nolan’s Vow by Linda K. Hubalek (Grooms with Honor #1)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 26 – Elof’s Mission by Linda K. Hubalek (Grooms with Honor #2)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 26 – Angus’ Trust by Linda K. Hubalek (Grooms with Honor #3)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 27 – Healing Love by Sophie Dawson (Cottonwood #1)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 28 – Lord’s Love by Sophie Dawson (Cottonwood #2)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 29 – Giving Love by Sophie Dawson (Cottonwood #3)⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 30 – Redeeming Love by Sophie Dawson & George McVey (#4)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 31 – Redeeming Character by George McVey (#5)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

May 31 – The Pastor’s Replacement Bride by George McVey (#1)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

and we’ve made it to JUNE!

June 2 – His Brother’s Bride by George McVey (#2)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

June 5 – Discovering Dani by Cindy Caldwell (Rivers End Ranch #20)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

June 7 – Leah’s Peace by Sophie Dawson (#1)⭐⭐⭐⭐

June 7 – Hook, Line and Blinker by Jana DeLeon (Miss Fortune Series #10)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

June 7 – Chasing Norie by Sophie Dawson (#2)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Currently reading…

Rachel Wesson is FAST becoming one of my favorite Authors. She does a great job – such a good job that I’ve not been able to truly focus today because I knew this book had just been released! EEEK! Look for my review soon – like seriously soon, because we all know I won’t get much done until I finish this book. I’ve read several of the same authors recently, so I may swing back through and write them each a little something, we’ll see. Until then, be blessed.

 

 

Oops, I forgot one! Gallant Golfer by Cindy Caldwell (Rivers End Ranch #10)⭐⭐⭐⭐


Book Review: Dianna

Josephine Blake. A relatively new author and one I also met through Facebook. I must say Facebook has opened up a whole new world for authors and readers. I love being able to connect with the authors who have connected with me through their books as well as finding new authors. There are so many books out there, so many new ones being written every day and so many little hidden gemstones that without today’s technology…I believe we might never find. Like diamonds in the rough. I have been lucky enough to find a few of those precious stones and in the process I have found some really fun authors that I adore.

Now, before I get into this review I want to share with you the link to FREEBIE FRIDAY – a list of books that are currently free or will be within this week. Perhaps, you might find a precious stone of your own here. Happy Reading.

Dear Josephine,

Here’s the honesty! At first I was not going to read your book. Why? Because it wasn’t on Kindle Unlimited and I was unsure if I wanted to spend $2.99 on an author I hadn’t heard of. I only knew you a little bit through some Facebook groups. You had left a comment on a post I’d made back in October and offered to discuss self-publishing with me.

So I sent you a message and you actually responded! I was thrilled! I have had some bad experiences with Authors in the past, some can be really hurtful to aspiring Authors. I was also feeling really guilty because I still hadn’t purchased or read your book and you were being so nice to me. Needless to say I purchased Dianna that day in October. However, I was reading several different series at the time and I put Dianna on the back burner. As I weeded through the books I was reading I finally returned to Dianna.

You had me wondering throughout the book what on earth was up with Greyson Crowley (I did not trust him) and even more so, Shiye. I wanted to know their stories and why they were so evasive. I was very intrigued. I was even afraid a few times that perhaps Dianna would not end the way I, as the reader, wanted it to. I am happy to report that you did not disappoint me. It ended just the way I wanted, except now I’m worried about the future of these characters and I need book number 2!

I feel I should say congratulations here…

I believe that Dianna was your debut novel and I believe from my standpoint that it was a success.

My reasons for that are:

  1. You kept me interested enough to get past chapter 3. I have a 3 chapter rule, if I’m not hooked by then chances are I won’t finish it.
  2. If I don’t finish it, I don’t leave a review. I left one and noticed that several others did as well, giving you a 4.5 star rating.
  3. You made me care enough about the characters to purchase Little Rose, the next book in the series. I’d say that’s an accomplishment for an Author, a goal they hope to meet if writing a series.

…so Congratulations! I’m very happy for you and I can not wait to read Little Rose. Thank you for writing and sharing your stories with the world and thank you for being my friend.

Sincerely,

Renea

Now then, I have one more thing I must tell you before I sign off. The third book in Josephine’s series – The Brittler Sisters – is available for preorder HERE. If you preorder Charlotte and send Josephine your confirmation number, as long as you are one of the first 30 to do so, she will send you a FREE copy of  “Two Hearts One Stone“. You can find Josephine on Facebook by clicking on her name within this post. You can also find her in The Rumor Mill, a historical romance Facebook group. I do hope you’ll give her a chance. I know I’m glad I did. She is quite a comical person.