October Book Reviews, Part II


Some wonderful fall reading recommendations from Diana Peach, including My Baby Wrote Me a Letter!

Myths of the Mirror

Happy Halloween! Bwa-ha-ha-ha. My 60-book Autumn Reading Challenge is stumbling along. I’ve read and reviewed 21 books so far.

October’s Part II book reviews includes my 4 and 5 star reads of fantasy, sci-fi, short stories, women’s lit, an exploration of spiritual landscapes, and a guide for new educators! I hope you enjoy the browse.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.

*****

Heir of Doom by Jina S. Bazzar

The pace moves quickly, and the action is well done. Danger is Roxanne’s constant companion and it’s hard to know who she can trust among these powerful and ruthless preternatural beings. Across the board, the characters are compelling, demanding, and rather scary. I’d last about 2 minutes with this bunch. Roxanne is tough! But she has a soft side too that puts the reader solidly on her team.

The world-building around the story is complex. There are multiple dimensions…

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Ichabod Crane and the Van Tassel Feast


Can you imagine growing up in the land of Ichabod Crane? My friend, Sharon Wray, did and lived to tell the story! 🙂

Word by Word

Because it’s almost Halloween, I thought I’d do something different for today’s blog post.

I grew up close to Tarrytown, NY near where the Dutch settled in the mid-seventeenth century and the story of Ichabod Crane and his headless horseman took place. We took many school trips to Tarrytown in the fall, but I never got tired of wandering around the old cemeteries, Revolutionary War skirmish sites, and throwing apples at the tree where Major Andre was supposedly hanged. (I don’t remember why we did that!) Anyway, I especially loved the bonfires with the live readings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving’s famous short story. After the reading, we’d go to a nearby inn where we’d drink hot cider and eat apple cakes and ginger cakes.

Why those two cakes? Because they’re mentioned in the story when Washington Irving gives us a wonderful description of the Van…

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#Bookreview – Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Jacquie Biggar


I’m thrilled with this wonderful review from Robbie Cheadle! Thank you, so much 🙂

What Amazon says

Take two stubborn fools, mix a touch of fate, stir in some desire, and you have the recipe for aCrazy Little Thing Called Love.

Sophia Shaughnessy left her beloved home in order to prove once and for all she was more than a pretty face to her family and ex-boyfriend, Tony. But, it backfired. When her grandmother needed her most, she wasn’t there.

Tony Morrison had been in love with the youngest Shaughnessy for almost as long as he’d been employed at her family’s ranch. Trouble was, he had secrets. Things he couldn’t tell anyone, especially the beautiful Sophia. So, he’d let her go.

But now she’d returned, bringing the winds of change to the Texas ranch, and Tony wasn’t sure he could protect her from the fallout.

My review

This is a delightful romance between a young woman, Sophia, the daughter of a ranching…

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#NewRelease- HIS DISINCLINED BRIDE by @aladyinfrance #RegencyRomance #OneClick


HIS DISINCLINED BRIDE by Jennie Goutet is out now! Be sure to order your copy of this sweet Regency romance today! Title: His Disinclined Bride Author: Jennie Goutet Genre: Regency Romance About His Disinclined Bride: Theirs is not a love match. She’ll make sure of it.  Kitty Stokes never imagined she’d be so weak as …

An Ode to A Friend- #FictioninaFlash #WritingCommunity


Photo by Marc Schaefer on Unsplash It's Week #22 of Suzanne Burke's Fiction in a Flash Challenge Write up to 750 words on the photo prompt. Go where your muse leads you. Check out some of the fabulous entries and join in here An Ode to A Friend It's strange how empty my world is without you. I …

#SundayStills- It’s a Bird’s Life


This week's Sunday Stills Challenge- birds that visit your yard Terri Webster Schrandt has a wonderful blog where she posts a weekly photography challenge. Check it out here My Iphone doesn't do these birds justice, but I thought I'd share some of my favorite bird pics, anyway. Some are taken from the beach about two …

Sunday Lines: Sunday, October 25


Lines of encouragement shared by the Word by Word​ ladies ❤

Word by Word

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN THE ROAD GETS BUMPY.

Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author.




“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”― Edmund Burke

Pat Amsden



“Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” ~ Hafez

Jacquie Biggar


“I see your pain and it is difficult and it is hard, but it was made just for you and I also see that your courage is greater than your fear.” ~ Glennon Doyle

Kathryn Jane


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

Marsha West


“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” ~ Hannah Moore

Sharon Wray


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#ThriftyThursday- The Lady Said No #Mystery #Reading


The Lady Said No is on Sale- 0.99! #Free in #KindleUnlimited! The Lady Said No Timeline: 1953 Location: Lexington and Bourbonville Kentucky And Now on Audio Book!- http://a.co/23uX6b8 Start your #Free Trial Today! https://www.audible.com/pd/B074VFB534/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-094041&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_094041_rh_us And check out my other #audiobooks here: https://www.audible.com/author/Jacquie-Biggar/B00MSIJQBG The Race is on to find a Killer in the heart of Kentucky …

#BookReview- Mid-October #reads @Jacqui_Nelson Jacqui Murray @DWallacePeach @WordDreams


Photo by Thought Catalog on Pexels.com Mid-October Book Reviews from Three Fabulous Writers! Generally, I like to give separate posts for book reviews, but I've been doing a lot of reading lately (your fault!), that I decided to post three of them today. Ready? Here we go! Tap the covers to go to the retail …

New Release- A Mother for Christmas by @JackieWeger #Romance #Reading #eNovAaw


A Mother for Christmas by Jackie Weger Book Description: Decker Davenport is on a deadline. He has thirty days — Christmas Eve, to be exact — to remodel a St. Augustine Victorian house or the owner will put it back on the market. Not a good time for Decker’s decorator to take off on a …

#NewRelease- Deadly Past by @KatieReus #RomSuspense #amreading


USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus is taking you back to Verona Bay with DEADLY PAST. If you love all things romantic suspense and thrillers, this is one you don't want to miss! About DEADLY PAST She lost everything once… Autumn Perez was just twenty-two when she witnessed a brutal murder and gave up her …

Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish by the Authors’ Billboard #HolidayRomance #mgtab @mimisgang1


Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish A Holiday Romance Anthology Presented by Authors' Billboard The Authors’ Billboard’s 2020 fabulous Christmas Box Collection, DEAR SANTA, is filled with 18 brand new stories about characters who have special wishes to ask the big guy during this season. Most of us have had experiences when something we’ve desperately wanted …

Pledge of Allegiance by Timarie #Thriller #Suspense @InkslingerPR


Today we have the blog tour for Timarie’s new romantic thriller, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE! Check it out and be sure to order your copy today! Title: Pledge of Allegiance Author: Timarie Genre: Romantic Suspense About Pledge of Allegiance: April 15, 2013, Patriots Day. The city of Boston, and all of the nation, was rocked by …

#BookReviews! @JacqBiggar @howellwave @marciameara


Jan Sikes shares a few of her recent reads- including my Perfectly Imperfect! Thank you, Jan 🙂

Writing and Music

It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to post some book reviews, so I want to share these three recent books I’ve read.

The books and reviews are listed in random order.

THE BLURB:

James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places…

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#NewRelease- Magical Whispers by Balroop Singh #Poetry #Reading @BalroopShado


I'm thrilled to share Balroop's new release with you today. Her poetry is beautiful, lyrical, and speaks to our souls. Magical Whispers by Balroop Singh Book Blurb: I wait for whispers; they regale my muse. Whispers that can be heard by our heart, whispers that ride on the breeze to dispel darkness and ignite hope. …

#BookReview- The Nine by D.L. Cross #SciFi #Suspense @StaciTroilo


He can’t trust his allies, won’t trust his enemies. Now he fears that he shouldn’t trust even himself. Landon Thorne is convinced the key to defeating the Astrals is in the vault — a repository of ancient artifacts, origins unknown, covered with undeciphered glyphs. He’s also convinced he’s the one person on the planet who …

#BookReview- The Thief by J.R. Ward #PNR #Suspense


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • New enemies rise and desire burns in the latest thrilling novel of the paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far …

#NewRelease- The Gritty Truth by @Melissa_Foster #Romance #Read


Today we have the release week blitz of Melissa Foster’s The Gritty Truth! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today! Title: The Gritty Truth Author: Melissa Foster Genre: Contemporary Romance About The Gritty Truth: A fun, sexy, and emotionally riveting new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling …

The Long Road Home- #Fiction in a Flash #Challenge @amwriting


Suzanne Burke stimulates the imagination with her weekly Fiction in a Flash #Challenges! You can read the participants entries and join in here The Long Road Home The creak of saddle leather and gentle sway of Maggie's horse lulled her toward a long overdo nap. Two weeks and still no sign of the men she …