Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Addiction

Dear Readers, 
Found this on the Bethany Publisher blog.  I have to say I probably suffer from all of them.  I also refuse to get treatment for any of them. 
Happy Reading. 
Here are a few easy ways to find out if you are addicted to reading. (Tweet this!) Read through the common symptoms carefully and see how many apply to you.
One: After seeing a movie adaptation, you have to find someone to talk about the inaccuracies and inadequacies of the film compared to the novel…but you still inexplicably want all of your favorite books to be made into movies.
Two: If your Kindle was magically turned into a physical library, it would probably look like the one from Beauty and the Beast.
(Speaking of which: best movie moment of your childhood, right there.)
Three: The package delivery person carries around earplugs so as not to be deafened by your squeal of delight when a new book arrives. Which is often.
Four: Everyone knows what to get you for Christmas, or your birthday, or Mother’s Day (even if you’re not a mother), or World Book Day (it’s a real thing!), or really, any day of the week.
Five: Half of the pictures on your Dream Home board on Pinterest involve bookshelves, personal libraries, or cozy reading nooks.
Six: When you check out fewer than twelve books from the library, the librarian gives you a concerned look and asks if everything is all right.
Seven: Getting to all the titles on your to-read list on Goodreads would require you to drop out of life for at least a year with nothing but you in a room alone with books…and that doesn’t actually sound like a bad plan.
Eight: You have high standards—if the author hasn’t impressed you (or at least intrigued you) by the end of chapter one, you’re outta there! Too many books, too little time.
Nine: Some of your friends actually think your favorite fictional characters are real people because you gush about them so much.
Ten: When asked to list your hobbies, you start with “reading”…and then struggle to think of something else. Maybe…collecting books? That’s a hobby, right?
Don’t worry—there is help for a reading addiction. I recommend extensive time spent in group therapy with other reading-addicted friends, discussing your favorite books. Of course, you have to face the real world eventually…but maybe after a few more pages.
What’s your biggest indicator that you might be addicted to books?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Release - Murder Comes by Mail - A. H. Gabhart

Murder Comes by Mail - A.H. Gabhart

Murder+Comes+by+MailDoing a good deed never felt so bad
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn't particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses--a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn't last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs' concerned citizens. 

Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves--because the killer could be targeting one of them next.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Progeny - Tosca Lee

The Progeny released yesterday.  I am very excited to talk to anyone who has read it.  I so enjoyed it and can't wait until book #2 is in my hands so I can read it and find out what happens to... Oh wait, I shouldn't give anything away.

Happy Reading

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Release - Messenger by Moonlight - Stephanie Grace Whitson

Messenger by Moonlight - Stephanie Grace Whitson

Messenger+by+MoonlightOrphaned Annie Paxton and her brothers may have lost the only home they've ever known, but they're determined to make a better future in St. Joseph, Missouri. Annie dreams of a pretty house with window boxes, and having friends, and attending church every week. But then her brothers spot the ad for a new venture called the Pony Express. "Wanted," it reads, "Young, skinny fellows not over eighteen. Must be expert riders and willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred." Sure enough, both her brothers land jobs as Express messengers, and Annie puts her dreams on hold to work as a cook at Clearwater Ranch, a station along the Pony Express route. 

Annie struggles to adapt to her new job--work made all the more challenging when she has so many to feed and few ingredients. The gruff station owner, George, doesn't seem inclined to make her life any easier, or at least not at first. But slowly a friendship builds between them. When Annie attracts the attention of a refined, dashing lieutenant from the nearby fort, she'll have to learn how to trust her instincts and follow her heart, even if she's conflicted about which way it's leading her. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

New Releases May 16-21

Dear Readers,

Happy Victoria Day.  At least to my Canadian friends. I am not sure how you celebrate that day in Canada, but here in the U.S.  I plan on putting my feet up and reading.

Happy Reading,

Murder Comes by Mail - A.H. Gabhart - #2 A Hidden Springs Mystery - Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is not thrilled with his new found fame.  Happily it is short lived when pictures of a murdered girl arrive in the mail.  now Michael is busy trying to find a killer.

Every Bride has her Day - Janice Thompson - #3 Brides with Style Novel - Katie is finally planning her big day.  Brady has proposed and now she can do what she has always dreamed of, plan her perfect wedding.  Her happiness is derailed when those around her begin to offer the opinions of what that day should look like.

Dawn at Emberwilde - Sarah E. Ladd - #2 A Treasure of Surrey - Isabel was never happy at Fellsworth School, but a teaching job there will help her and her sister find a stable life.  When unknown relatives show up, Isabel's life is turned upside down and she now has to learn a whole different set of rules to live by.

Messenger by Moonlight - Stephanie Grace Whitson - A novel about the pony express - Annie and her two brothers are looking for a place to settle.  Her brothers see an advertisement for the pony express and take the job and finding her one in a remote outpost.  The cantankerous owner seems to just be waiting for Annie to fail. Will she be able to prove him wrong?

Close to Home - Deborah Raney -#4 Chicory Inn Novel - Bree Whitman became a member of the Whitman family when she married Ben.  She remained a family member even after his death in Afghanistan 5 years ago.  Now she has two men interested in dating her, but she still loves Ben and his family.  Will she be able find a balance between her old love and maybe new love?

Friday, May 20, 2016


"you know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?" 

-Gabrielle Zevin , the Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Release - There will be Stars - Billy Coffey

There will be Stars - Billy Coffey


There+Will+Be+StarsNo one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible and even likely it doesn't stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his son’s screams. Bobby s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one There will be stars.

Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped with him.

Bobby soon discovers that this supposed place of peace is actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love."