#Bookreviews- The Hay Bale @PriscillaBettis, The Sorcerer’s Garden @DWallacePeach, Redemption @GMPlano, The Last Drive @HowellWave, The Bubble Reputation by Alex Craigie #reading

Spring is here and I'm so happy! This is one of the cute little crocuses popping up in the garden. I love their fuzzy orange sherbet centers 🙂 This week I have a few reviews from some of the amazing writers I've met on the blogs. Please click the covers and support our blogging community. …

Spring Green #SundayStills #photoChallenge

Terri Webster Brandt's Sunday Stills Challenge is GREEN this week. You can see her post here and join in if you're so inclined. Spring is slowly starting to show its colors in the Pacific Northwest. We are about a month behind normal, but I'm glad to see the sun! In the Spring, I have counted …

Pros and Cons: Series or Book? #reading #inspiration

Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh on Pexels.com I came up with this post after watching an excellent short series on Amazon Prime last night- Daisy Jones & the Six. https://youtu.be/kSrcNCGMrLc Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, Daisy Jones & the Six follows the story of a 1970s band fronted by two feuding yet …

#bookreviews- North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan, A Father for Bella @JillWeatherholt, Now That You Mention It @Kristan_Higgins, A Girl Called Samson @AHarmon_author #reading

Photo by 7inchs on Pexels.com Isn't this photo magical? There's something about the ocean that instills the same sense of awe as witnessing the Aurora Borealis, a rainbow while the sun shines and the rain falls, a fawn. What part of nature is spellbinding for you? This week I've read a variety of interesting novels, …

February Book Reviews

Thank you, Diana Peach, for the lovely reviews including my romance novella, With This Heart.

Myths of the Mirror

This was a great month of reading, and I have some wonderful books to share. All but one of these books are written by indie authors, and I have to say, the talent in this community is amazing. Every month, I’m impressed almost beyond words. I hope everyone is up for some great reading.

February’s reviews include my 4 and 5-star reads of two dark short story collections, an international thriller, a romance novella, paranormal/occult fiction, a Christian thriller, experimental fiction, and an Edgar Allen Poe retelling.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.


At the End of it All by Suzanne Craig-Whytock

Have you ever, while reading a collection of stories, jotted down your favorites to mention in a review? And when you finish the book, you realize that you just jotted down the entire table of contents? That’s this book.

Craig-Whytock is a marvelous writer of…

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#BookReviews- Just a Regular Boy by Catherine Ryan Hyde, The Angel Maker @writer_north, Identity by Nora Roberts, The Maid’s Diary @loreth, Home Front by Kristin Hannah #readingCommunity

Spring was soooo close, then we got a rude Arctic outflow that brought below seasonal temps and some of the white stuff. I'm hoping it doesn't do too much damage to the tender buds, but we shall see. This week I'm catching up on a few NetGalley reviews and one from a local bestselling author …

Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Book Review – #Family #Romance – Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) by Jacquie Biggar

A special thank you to Sally Cronin for this wonderful review of Letting Go, the first in my Defiant Sisters Duet.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share my review for – Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) by Jacquie Biggar.

About the book

A coming-of-age novel about the pain of misconceptions and learning from them.
When life gives you lemons…


Mom is barely in the grave and the prodigal child is here to pick the bones clean.

I don’t want her here. My sister’s defection is a wound that won’t heal, and her return simply rubs at the scabs covering my heart.

I’ve managed just fine without her. She can go back to her fancy college and forget about us- that’s what she does best anyway.

If only I didn’t need her help. Or miss her so much.


The day my dad committed suicide I ran. I’ve been running ever since.

Going home is supposed to be the answer, instead it makes me question every thoughtless decision I’ve…

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#BookReviews- The Button @DLFinnAuthor, The Cabinet of Dr. Leng by Preston & Child, Homecoming by Kate Morton, Sir Chocolate & the Valentine Toffee Cupid @BakeandWrite #Mystery #ReadingFC #ChildrensFic

Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels.com My reading has taken a turn into the dark and suspenseful. Do you go through phases, or prefer to stick with one genre? This week, I have a selection of the paranormal, fantasy, and creepy! https://read.amazon.ca/kp/embed?asin=B07GNWV4Z9&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_HDTNBAGCJMFFFN01PBP4&tag=jacqbiggar-20 Lynn must learn to trust again. Her survival depends on it in this …

Red, The Color of Love #SundayStills #Photography

It's been a while since I've participated in Terri Webster Schrandt's Sunday Stills Challenge, but with this month's theme being RED how could I not? You can check out Terri's post and participate here. The photo above is one of my Japanese Maples. I can't wait for spring to see its beautiful colors again! “If …

Love is in The Air- #Romance #Freebie Crazy Little Thing Called Love

While Valentine's Day is a time for lovers, it's also a great time for romance writers to promote their work! Sophia Shaughnessy is the spoiled daughter of a Texan ranching family. One who did everything she could to be taken seriously in the family business. When that didn't work, she left home determined to make …

#BookReviews- Lunar Boogie by C. S. Boyak, The Sunset Crowd by Karin Tanabe, Bright Lights and Candle Glow by collected authors #reading

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com Still catching up on my reading list before my poor Kindle revolts, lol. Today I have a selection of different genres to share with you. The first is from creative writer Craig Boyack. His fantasy series The Hat is highly entertaining and imaginative. https://read.amazon.ca/kp/embed?asin=B094GG6VGK&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_GBJZJ1Z8V4A7JXHJ8TGJ&tag=jacqbiggar-20 Lizzie and the hat are …

My Top Series of 2023 is Death defying- literally! #amreading #CharleyDavidson @Darynda

Photo by Mudassir Ali on Pexels.com I realize it's early in the year to be picking favorites, but holy-grim-reaper, the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones is some of the best murder/mystery/fantasy/romance books I've read in a long time! I've known of Darynda for several years- in fact, her first book won the coveted RITA …

Valentine #Romance #freebies Guaranteed to Make You Smile

Photo by Criativithy on Pexels.com Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and since I am a romance author, I've decided to spread the love by having a sale! The books below are short reads guaranteed to give you the warm fuzzies, so download your copy and enjoy 🤗 Free for a limited time! Valentine: …

#BookReviews- Variety is the Spice of Life @sgc58, The Lemon Sisters @JillShalvis, True Colors by Kristin Hannah #Reading

Photo by Jenna Hamra on Pexels.com We've been enjoying a nice dry spell on the Pacific West Coast, but the temperatures are chilly overnight making a warm fire, cozy blanket, and a four-legged heating pad extra comforting. I'm still not writing, but I have been reading some excellent books which I hope to share with …

If I Were a Carpenter… #DreamJob #DailyPrompt

What's your dream job? Other than becoming a world-famous author (still working on that one 😁), or a National Geographic photographer (camera equipment is EXPENSIVE!), I used to fantasize about carpentry- I know, strange, right? Photo by Caroline Cagnin on Pexels.com I've always been a fan of captivating architecture, whether it's a twenty-story post-modern building, …

#ReleaseBlitz- The Backup Plan by @JillShalvis #Romance #Reading

An unexpected inheritance might be the gift of a lifetime. The Back Up Plan, an all-new second chance standalone romance in the heartwarming Sunrise Cove series from New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis is now available! New York Times bestselling authorJill Shalvis returns to Sunrise Cove with a heartwarming tale of three people who …

#BookBlast- Natural Selection @WordDreams #PrehistoricFiction

I'm excited to have best-selling author Jacqui Murray visiting the blog today with her new release Natural Selection- book 3 in an amazing prehistoric fiction series! Jacqui is the author of the wildly popular The Crossroads Trilogy and Dawn of Humanity series, as well as the compelling Rowe-Delamagente books along with various technology manuals. She …

#BookReviews- Playing it Safe @AshleyCWeaver, Secrets in the Blood @RoLuvsSims, Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah

Photo by John Ray Ebora on Pexels.com I'm so far behind on writing reviews that I may never catch up, lol, but I'll give it the old college try. 🙂 Click on the covers to learn more. The third in the Electra McDonnell series from Edgar-nominated author Ashley Weaver, Playing It Safe is a delightful World War …

Top Five #Reads of 2022- #GoodreadsChallenge @sgc58 @katherinecenter @Dwallacepeach

Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but the last two-three years have been a trial to the health and welfare of many and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight. With that in mind, I want to apologize if I'm spotty on the blogs. I love this community, but life is …

The Last Drive – Sequel to Eternal Road – is Now Available on Amazon #newbook

Congrats to John Howell on his new release, The Last Drive! I picked up my copy, have you got yours?

Fiction Favorites

I’m pleased to say The Last Drive is now available on Amazon in paper and Kindle formats. I have a full tour beginning on January 4th, but to prepare, it was necessary to secure the links by publishing. I didn’t want to do a pre-order, so I went live. Also, this means that the tour hosts will be getting the material within a week.

I am thrilled that twenty-two bloggers will be participating and consider them a grateful abundance of attention for this book. I will be using my blog space to announce the locations. Normal posts will be on hold until after the tour, so your inbox won’t suffer. I hope you will support the tour with visits since each post will be unique and carry a different excerpt.


In the sequel to Eternal Road – The final stop, Sam and James are reunited to look for two…

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