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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!


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)⭐⭐⭐⭐