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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!


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.