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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!


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