My 2019 #reading Journey #Goodreads


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Jacquie
My year in books
2019

TOTALS: I read 19,476 pages across 68 books

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The Scout by D.L. Cross
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SHORTEST BOOK: 32 pages The Scout: Dark Crossingsby D.L. Cross

LONGEST BOOK: 480 pages Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins

Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins

AVERAGE LENGTH: 286 pages


MOST POPULAR: 123,082 people also read Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2019: 4.5


The Scout by D.L. Cross

HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS: The Scout: Dark Crossingsby D.L. Cross it was amazing! 5.00 average

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A Five-Minute Life by Emma   Scott

My first review of the year
Thea Hughes lives life five minutes at a time.

Diagnosed as the second-worst amnesia case in the world after a serious accident that steals not only her parents, but her memory, Thea is trapped in an endless loop of confusion and barely contained fear. Her drawings are cries of help that no one, least of all her, understands.

Until Jim Whelan arrives.

Jim is fascinated by the young woman with a smile that lights up the room, even as outside forces, …more

MY 2019 BOOKS

A Five-Minute Life by Emma   Scott
The Contract by John W. Howell
Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron
Robyn by Jacqui Nelson
Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis
Rush by Emma   Scott
Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward
Letters from Peaceful Lane by Janet Dailey
In Shadows by Sharon Sala
The Dark Bones by Loreth Anne White
The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
End of Day by Mae Clair
Forever My Hero by Sharon Sala
The Soccer Player and the Single Mom by Kyra Jacobs
Soul Swallowers by D. Wallace Peach
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin
Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan   Mallery
While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle
Unbreakable by Emma   Scott
The Gate by D.L. Cross
Hard Target by Pamela Clare
Hardwired by Andrea Bills
Legacy of Souls by D. Wallace Peach
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
The Whisper Man by Alex North
Making Waves by Laura Moore
Father Figure by James J. Cudney
Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin
A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
A Five-Minute Life by Emma   Scott
The Scout by D.L. Cross
Lies by Kylie Scott
Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis
Death Among Us by Stephen Bentley
Hold 'Em by Jacquie Biggar
Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins
Mixing It Up with Mortals by Judi Lynn
One Year Home by Marie Force
A Teaspoon of Trouble by Shirley Jump
Fallen by Rebecca Zanetti
The Liar's Sister by Sarah A. Denzil
Practicing Murder by Erin Unger
Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque
A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair
Penny for Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber
Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
One Dark Wish by Sharon  Wray
Haunted House Ghost by James J. Cudney
Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas
Must Love Coffee by Sarah Mayberry
A Bride for Brynmor by Jacqui Nelson
My Way to You by Catherine Bybee
Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie Grazer
Unseen Motives by Joan  Hall
Single by K.L. Slater
In the Dark by Loreth Anne White
Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh
Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
Do I Know You? by Edwin Dasso
Someday, Someday by Emma   Scott
A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins

When Sunshine Vicram’s well-meaning parents get her elected as sheriff of small town Del Sol, she doesn’t expect her first day to include a child abduction, a runaway rooster, a car barreling into the sheriff’s station and almost running her down, and a run-in with her first crush, Levi Ravinder.

And the fun has just begun!

Attribution goes to Goodreads.com- https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2019/5218458

It’s impossible to pick a favorite- each one was unique and took me on voyages of discovery, whether it be this century or the next. That’s the best thing about reading, you can go wherever the author’s imagination takes you, and that’s pretty wonderful 🙂

Happy New Year to all my blogging friends!

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Fallen by @RebeccaZanetti #Suspense #BookReview


Too quiet. A talented hacker who got caught, Brigid Banaghan is now forced to work with a secret Deep Ops unit. But she won’t reveal any more to these renegade Feds than she has to. Especially not to Raider Tanaka, her control freak of a bodyguard and handler. It’s enough that his body is tensed for action and his heated gaze is always on her . . .

Too sharp. Raider knows there’s more to his new assignment than he’s been told. Why send a deadly agent of his experience to guard a computer genius—even a gorgeous, unpredictable, undisciplined one? But when Brigid’s estranged father is named in an investigation into Boston’s organized crime, Raider’s mind switches onto high alert, just like his senses . . .

Too close. To clear her father’s name, Brigid needs Raider’s help. The Unit’s idea that she bring a straight-laced Fed in as her “fiancé” won’t fly, though—not unless Raider can release his inner bad boy and become the rebel Brigid can’t resist . . .

Praise for the debut novel in the Deep Ops series

 “Explodes with action, spice and humor.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Fans of J. D. Robb and Karen Robards will love Zanetti’s series
start.”

—Booklist

“The suspense is chilling and the romance is hot.”
—Book Page

Biography

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day–or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

 Please visit Rebecca at: http://www.rebeccazanetti.com/
 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RebeccaZanetti.Books/
 Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebeccaZanetti

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My Review

Hacker Brigid Banaghan hates the undercover work she’s forced to do after getting caught by the HDD. She’s placed with a washed-up Deep Ops unit and is supposed to report on all activities. It isn’t long though before her loyalties shift and she’s placed in the awkward position of lying to both parties.

Her growing attraction to Raider Tanaka doesn’t help. He’s her pretend fiancé in a mission to capture a group of human traffickers involving a mob her father had previous ties with- or was it in the past? She’s determined to prove his innocence and capture those who are behind the ring.

Raider isn’t happy having the inexperienced Banaghan along on an undercover sting operation. He’s supposed to be her handler- he can’t afford to be distracted by the Irish beauty, but her plucky spirit and vulnerability draws him to her.

The action is fast-paced, with the good guys taking as many hits as the bad guys, but offset by humorous characters, (like Roscoe, the high-heel wearing PTSD dog) and snarky interactions that had me laughing-out-loud.

The Romance between Raider and Brigid is hot and sexy, with enough chemistry to burn up the pages, and had enough misunderstandings to make me want to bang their heads together!

I give Fallen 5+ lovely kisses- Loved this book!

“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”

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My #Goodreads #Reading Challenge for 2019


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This is my journey in books so far for 2019! Obviously, amazing is my go-to phrase, lol


TOTALS-I read 5,227 pages across 20 books

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Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
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 SHORTEST BOOK 83 pages Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot

LONGEST BOOK 440 pages The Dark Bones by Loreth Anne White

The Dark Bones by Loreth Anne White

AVERAGE LENGTH 261 pages


MOST POPULAR 14,315 people also read Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot

Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn
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LEAST POPULAR 8 people also read Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn


MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2019-4.6


Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn

HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn it was amazing 5.00 average

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Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron

My first review of the year-it was amazing 
Riveting!

This is not a book for pus-says as Mullins would say. There are so many raw moments, it brought tears to my eyes. Yes, it’s that good.

Katy Scott is proud of her military heritage and is happy to serve her country when she is called upon, even though it means leaving behind the most important people in her life- her husband, the Captain, and her six-year-old son, Noah.

Baghdad is an awakening, but with the help of her best friend, Mullins, …more

MY 2019 BOOKS

Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron

it was amazing

The Contract by John W. Howell
Robyn by Jacqui Nelson
Close to the Bone by Kendra Elliot
Rush by Emma   Scott
The Good Luck Sister by Jill Shalvis
Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward
In Shadows by Sharon Sala
Letters from Peaceful Lane by Janet Dailey
The Dark Bones by Loreth Anne White

it was amazing

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
End of Day by Mae Clair
Forever My Hero by Sharon Sala
Soul Swallowers by D. Wallace Peach
The Soccer Player and the Single Mom by Kyra Jacobs
Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin
Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn
The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle

it was amazing

Unbreakable by Emma   Scott
While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle

My last review of the year-it was amazing 
The story of life behind war zones.

Elsie is born in England during a tumultuous period in history- WWII. Her family must learn to live on rations, restricted power, blackout posters, and food stamps while still providing milk to the nearby village.

Elsie understands the threat of war. The fear of German bombers is a backdrop to an everyday life without extras, but the family still manages to enjoy simple pleasures such as summer swims, afternoon t …more

See My Books shelved in 2019

2019 READING 
CHALLENGE

You read 20 out of 52 books. 38%There are still 236 days left! You can do it!

WWW Wednesday #Reading #Goodreads


I was reading the #blogs and came across this fun topic on ABook. A Thought.  and thought I’d give it a try. WWW Wednesday (originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words, I’ll share the books that I’ve finished, my current and upcoming readings.

 

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This meme tries to answer the following three questions:

 What are you currently reading?

  What did you finish recently reading?

 What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What I’m currently reading

 

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Just Her Poetry: Seasons of Soul by D.L. Finn

This book of poetry is perfect for the soft, sweet scents of spring. I’m thoroughly enjoying the author’s beautiful lyrics and can already say this will be a 5 star read!

 

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

The story of fraternal twin sisters trying to make changes in their lives- and maybe find love along the way!

I’m halfway through this one and am still waiting for the grab-me moment. You know, the one where you burn dinner and forget to go to bed because it’s too good to set down? Yeah, not happening- at least so far 🙂

 

Legacy of Souls by D. Wallace Peach

I LOVED Soul Swallowers and immediately bought this after. The author is a gifted writer with beautiful turns of phrase. I’m a slow reader, so it’ll take a while to finish (Kindle edition is 1264 pages) but well worth the read!

 

What I Recently Finished Reading

 

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Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin

#13 in her much-loved Tracer series, Stone Cold Heart delves into the world of sexual predators and left its mark on me. It’s scary how easy these monsters can lure their prey!

 

The Soccer Player and The Single Mom by Kyra Jacobs

This book had me laughing almost every chapter! If you’re looking for a fun romance, give Kyra’s book a try.

 

What Do I Think I’ll Read Next

 

UnBreakable by Emma Scott

 

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Alex Gardener has her life planned out, down to the smallest detail. She has a skyrocketing career as a litigation attorney, a close group of socialite friends, and is engaged to one of the most successful businessmen in Beverly Hills. Everything is just as she wants it: comfortable, predictable, secure…if lacking passion. Fire.

Cory Bishop is a struggling working man, trying to make ends meet while fighting to keep custody his young daughter. He knows that working hard is the only way to achieve his goals, but lately it seems everything he wants hangs just out of reach.

The bank robbery changes everything.

Alex and Cory spend three harrowing days as hostages locked in a bank with fifty frightened people and six criminals who grow more desperate–and dangerous–by the hour. Alex and Cory find comfort and safety with each other and reveal their deepest hopes and fears and secrets, unknowingly building a bond forged out of desperation and fear, one that they can’t break, even once outside the bank’s walls.

Their lives are turned upside down, irrevocably altered, and they seek to move on and put the robbery–and each other–behind them.

But some bonds, once forged, cannot be broken. Save a Life

 

Emma Scott is one of my top five authors. I’ve been saving this for the right moment (does anyone else do that? lol) and think now, with those warm summer days on the way, is the perfect time.

 

How about you? Any favorite books you’re looking forward to reading this summer?

 

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RELEASE DAY NEWS!


Today is release day for the second book in my Wounded Hearts series, The Rebel’s Redemption.

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Annie Campbell has made a good life for her and her young son in the mountain town of Tidal Falls. She’s dating the sheriff, owns a successful business, and has the support of the community.
So why isn’t it quite enough?
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth, and now, after eight years in the military, he returns a bitter, disillusioned man.
Then he finds out he’s a father.
When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew, or will it be too late?

Excerpt:

“Miss Campbell, guess what? Jake’s here. He was outside when we went to get Susan. How cool is that?”

“That’s pretty cool all right. How’d he get here? And where’s Chris?” She’d grabbed up a napkin to wipe the ice cream from her lips, when a voice out of the past lifted the hairs on the nape of her neck and sent a shiver down her spine.

“He’s here. With me.”

The smooth tones rolled over her, and sucked all the air out of the room. Annie stiffened, then crumpled the napkin and slowly turned in her seat—yep, it was Jared all right. And Chris.

Oh.

My.

God.

He looked good. The random thought floated through her mind even as she tried to digest the fact he was finally back. Eight years too late, but he was here. She wanted to grab Chris and run. Run before what was obvious to her became obvious to everyone else. Shit.

“Hello, Annie, it’s been a long time.” Why was he looking at her as if she’d betrayed him? She wasn’t the one to cut and run without a single word in all this time. Goddamn him.

“Jared. Yes, it has been. A very long time. There were no phones where you were? Your mother probably would’ve appreciated knowing whether you were dead or alive.” Not to mention herself. She’d promised herself she wasn’t going down this road, the blame road. It was time to leave.

She turned her back on him, looked into Jack’s concerned eyes, and forced herself to smile as if her heart wasn’t shattering into a million tiny pieces. “I better get back. Tina needs to take her break. Call me later?”

He gave her waist a warm squeeze, and placed a gentle kiss on her cheek before sliding free. “I’m not sure what’s going on, but for what it’s worth, I’ve got your back.”

Near tears, she stood from the table, and without looking at either man again, grabbed both children’s hands and hustled them out the door.

I’ve started a Thunderclap campaign to help spread the word, and would appreciate your support. The link is here:

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I’m giving away five paperback copies of The Rebel’s Redemption through a GoodReads giveaway ending Feb 10/15, so enter now!

 

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WHAT TO DO WHEN THE BOOK IS WRITTEN


 

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So now you’ve written, rewritten, revised, edited, critiqued, and hopefully had beta readers look at your baby and tell you how great it is, right? RIGHT?

What’s next?

We’re lucky enough to be publishing now when there are so many options available.

  • E-book publishers– Lyrical Press, Montlake, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, & many more.
  • Traditional Publishers– The big five as they are affectionately known. In the romance genre, this would be, Harlequin, Kensington, Avon, Hachette, & Penguin. Some of these will let you submit without an agent, check their guidelines and follow them, exactly.
  • Self-publishing– This is becoming more and more popular as authors get tired of waiting for their manuscripts to find first an agent and then a publisher, all of which could conceivably take years. Self-publishing puts the onus on the author to pay for everything it takes to get the book in front of the public eye.

Some of the things you need to plan for are: Covers, editing services, formatting, advertising.

Writer groups such as both local and on-line RWA chapters, and internet searches are vital research tools. Use them.

The best advice I could give is to remember why you’re doing this. For myself, it’s because I love books, everything about them. This community suits me and my goals.

What about you? Why do you write?

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