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Some Book Suggestions

Here it is, another cold, snowy day, and I’m bundled up inside, wondering how much snow I’m going to have to shovel later. In the meantime, I’m spending day one of a three-day weekend catching up on some reading. I’ve got a gargantuan stack of to-be-read books on my nightstand, and a couple hundred or so ebooks in my queue on-line. If you know me at all, I love reading almost as much as I love writing, and part of what I love, is sharing and discussing awesome books I’ve read, or am reading.

So today, I’m going to show you a few of my recently read books that I would definitely recommend. If you’re looking for something to read after the last thing you’ve finished, or you’re interested in trying something new, these are my suggestions for today.

1.) Shades of Magic series, by V. E. Schwab

20180217_104918The first book in the series (pictured) is A Darker Shade of Magic. A good friend recommended this author to me, and I picked up the book, not sure what to expect. What I got was a refreshingly original fantasy story, with enigmatic characters and an exciting, danger-filled plot. There’s magic, alternate worlds, evil, good, love, and so much more. I devoured this first and second books immediately, and had to wait in agony for months for the third book. Loved them all. If you’re looking for something new in fantasy, give this one a try.



2.) The Invisible Library, book and series, by Genevieve Cogman

20180217_104948The premise is that there is an immense, inter-dimensional library out there, filled with scholarly librarians who make it their life’s work to travel to all the worlds, bringing back unique copies of books from every place. Not just a different year’s print of say, Jane Eyre, but lost novels of Charles Dickens, steampunk versions of Jane Austen, and so many more. The main character, Irene, a librarian with a particular fondness for the Sherlock Holmes books, is given an apprentice with his own secrets, and they’re thrust into a dangerous and politically charged search for yet another rare book. I’ve loved every book in the series (so far there are four) and who doesn’t love the idea of a library so huge that it takes literal days to get from one end to the other?

3.) The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

20180217_105010Bought this one and didn’t know quite what to expect, then burned through it so fast, I was sad when it ended. It is about a golem and a jinni, otherwordly creatures brought to life in the real world with such ease and care that I can almost believe one would walk past me on the street. The book takes place in 1899 New York and the historical details are well-written without being too wordy, the characters are believable and full of life. This book isn’t quite fantasy, isn’t quite history, and definitely not quite romantic, but it can make you believe in things you never would have thought possible.


4.) A Study in Scarlet Women, book 1 of The Lady Sherlock series, by Sherry Thomas

20180217_105437The writer has changed Sherlock Holmes into Charlotte Holmes, and the idiosyncrasies that you may have loved about the original detective are here, but because she’s a woman, her situation is quite different. And still, she solves murders by pretending to work for her brother, Sherlock, a fabrication that allows her to do what she loves. There are familiar characters and if you’re looking for a fun, new twist on the old classics, I’d recommend this one.




5.) Historical Mysteries, various:

I don’t know why but I’ve been hooked on historical mysteries lately. There are a few series I’ve been reading, and several others I could go on and on about, but if you’re interested in anything of the sort, here are some I’d recommend (on top of the Lady Sherlock series I’ve already mentioned.)

Death at Bishop’s Keep, the Kathryn Ardleigh series, by Robin Paige, a husband and wife writing duo using a pen name. Kathryn Ardleigh is an American woman visiting her eccentric, elderly aunts in late-Victorian England only to be embroiled in a double-murder investigation. There are 12 books in the series and they were published starting back in the nineties, but I’ve enjoyed every one of them.

The Anatomist’s Wife, the Lady Darby mysteries, by Anna Lee Huber, about a widow who drew pictures and diagrams for her late husband, an anatomist, which, in the time period of the series, was not a respectable career. Because of her strange knowledge, she’s asked to assist in a murder investigation and helps, in spite of wanting to have nothing to do with it. I’ve enjoyed the five books in the series so far, and look forward to the next.

A Curious Beginning, the Veronica Speedwell mysteries, by Deanna Raybourn. I’ve read other historical mysteries by Ms. Raybourn but this is her most recent, and the main characters are unique, to say the least. Loved the fresh twists and characters as much as the mysteries themselves.

And Only to Deceive, the Lady Emily Murder Mysteries, by Tasha Alexander. This series is about a widow who begins in the first book by solving her own late husband’s murder. I’ve been reading this series since the start and have enjoyed each book very much. The author spends a decent amount of time researching the time period and places that the characters visit, from Greece, to Venice, to St. Petersburg.

So there you have it, today’s book recommendations. If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your opinions. If you haven’t, go out and give one or more a try. On a miserable snowy day like today, I know I’m going to enjoy my next new book.

As always, take care and happy reading.


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“Sugar and Ice” – Update


I’m happy to report (so soon!) that my latest release, “Sugar and Ice”, is now available at all the usual retailers for purchase now. You can buy it at Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble Nook Book Store, Kobo Books, and at the iTunes book store. I hope you take the time to check it out, and maybe buy it! If you do, please leave a comment on whichever site you purchase it from. It’s wonderful support for an indie author like me, who can’t afford much in the way of traditional advertising.

As always, take care and happy reading!

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Publication News – “Sugar and Ice”

Hello all! I have happy and exciting news to share with you. Available for purchase now is my latest release, an all new novel, “Sugar and Ice.” It stars some familiar characters, or at least they may be familiar if you’ve read “A Crack In the Ice,” and if you haven’t, now’s the perfect time. 😉


When a trade brings Rafe O’Brien back to Montreal, Eliza Murray isn’t sure what to think. Their past was a mixture of joy and heartbreak, and neither of them have quite learned how to move on. Then he walks into her bakery and all those old feelings rush to the surface.

Eliza has been trying to get over Rafe for years. She’s even dating again. But nothing feels quite right without him. When they see each other again, Rafe isn’t the same laid-back, romantic man she once knew. She doesn’t know how to deal with everything he makes her feel and she can’t help but wonder if this is their second chance.

From the moment he sets foot in Montreal, Rafe is bombarded with memories and heartache. He thought he’d moved on but one glimpse of Eliza and he’s lost again. He knows he wants another chance to prove how much she means to him but he has no idea what Eliza wants and he’s terrified that it isn’t him.

I’ll update as my new book becomes available at the other stores, but for now, it’s available at Amazon Kindle and on Smashwords. As always, I ask that you please, please write a review if you purchase my book. I am an indie writer, and can’t afford fancy marketing people and plans, so word-of-mouth and on-line reviews are all I’ve got. I’ll love you forever!

As always, take care and happy reading.

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New Sneak Peek

If you’ve read my latest “Ice” story publication, “A Crack in the Ice”, you might be familiar with the characters featured in my next story. I’m hoping to have this completed and ready for publication this spring or summer, but as always, I don’t make any promises!
Anyway, pop onto my Sneak Peeks page for a taste of what’s to come. The title is “Sugar and Ice.”

I hope everyone is enjoying what’s left of the weekend. As always, take care and happy reading. 🙂


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Publication News!

Hello and Happy Holidays!

I have exciting news to share. I’ve been working on something for AGES it seems, and it’s finally ready. Now available on Amazon Kindle, the fourth in my adventure/spy series, affectionately known as TAITS, Duty and Deception. It’s been extensively reworked and revamped and edited to within an inch of its life, and now it’s available to read once again. Read on for the book description or click this link to go right to the Amazon Kindle page to purchase.

DandD cover 2nd draft

“In the fourth book of the TAITS series, Cricket finally gets to show her teammates what she can do.

The smart, easy-going computer genius has always loved her place on the team, but lately, she feels like something’s missing. She convinces Rhodes to let her go on an undercover mission to bring in the guy who tried to kill her teammates in Montreal: Ivan Laratta. Cricket trains, studies his weaknesses and she knows she’s ready for anything. Anything but the way he makes her feel when they come face-to-face. Too bad he only knows her as Tabitha Cutter, mercenary-for-hire.

Ivan doesn’t know what to make of the mousy brunette when she shows up wanting to join his crew. All he knows is she’s smart and tough and he can’t stop thinking about her. There’s just something about her attitude and the way she’s always messing with her glasses. Everything about her gets under his skin and he finds himself letting her in, to his tough-as-nails crew and into his heart.

A big job takes them halfway around the world and it doesn’t take long for the dangers to pile up, or for the wicked chemistry between Cricket and Ivan to become more than a hot distraction. Before they know it, they’re running for their lives, pursued by numerous enemies, and Cricket is faced with a devastating choice: complete her mission, and do her duty by arresting Ivan, or turn her back on everything and everyone she cares for to be with the man she’s fallen for.”

In other news, the holidays are always a busy time of year. This year is no exception. I’ll be off and travelling again soon, not that that will change how often I post here. 🙂 I will have my computer with me at all times though, so rest assured, I will always be hard at work on something. Next up, hopefully another ice story, maybe even something popping up for free on Lit. No pun intended. 😀

As always, take care and happy reading, and a very Merry Christmas to everyone!

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Publication News!

I have exciting news to share. For the first time, I’ve written something brand new for publication. This story has never been posted on any website or forum before. It’s called “A Crack in the Ice” and is a sequel to “Uncovering the Ice”. See below for the book description.

cover page 1st draft

“After a year, Sean Bertrand, hockey player, and Vanessa Landon, erotica writer, are still blissfully in love. Things between them seem to be progressing just as they should. Until the unthinkable happens: Sean is traded to another team. Separated by thousands of miles and divided by miscommunication, their relationship starts to crumble. They need to find a way through this or their once serendipitous romance may finally have reached its breaking point.”

It’s currently only available for sale on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords. Hopefully it won’t take too long to be posted up at the iTunes bookstore and the Nook Book store as well, but as soon as I see them there, I’ll let you know.

Anyway, I hope you venture over to the websites to view the free sample downloads and perhaps that’ll be enough to inspire you to buy it. If you do buy it, please, I encourage everyone to leave an honest review on the websites. I have no other means of advertising and reviews mean everything. So please take the time to leave a review. It doesn’t have to be some long diatribe about what you liked or didn’t like, just a few words would be wonderful. Plus, I just like knowing if you enjoyed it or not. 🙂

Thank you again for following along. I have been rather absent of late, and I promise, it’s only because I’m spending all my spare time writing and editing. I hope everyone is doing well and surviving the start of the season of Big Eating. Anyone else od’d on candy and chocolate from Halloween? Me too!

As always, take care and happy reading!


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Publication News!

Hello all.

Just a quick note today to let everyone know that “Uncovering the Ice” is now available for sale on Smashwords, in all the different ebook formats. I’m not sure how long it’ll take to go up at Kobo Books, Nook Books or in the iTunes book store, but as soon as I know, I’ll post that news as well.

For now though, you can buy any format through the Smashwords store. The link it on the right side of my blog page, or you can simply visit the website, at http://www.smashwords.com.

I also want to take a moment to thank all those who have purchased it so far on Amazon Kindle. I hadn’t been watching the stats but recently checked it out and was pleased to see the number of sales. Thank you so much for your support and interest! If you have purchased it through the Kindle store, please consider taking a moment to write/post a review on the website. For indie authors like myself, the only way we encourage sales is by word of mouth. If you liked the book and want to recommend it, please do that as well. Every little bit counts.

For now, I’m hard at work on a couple of other projects. I’m finishing up my initial draft of the forthcoming sequel to the aforementioned “Uncovering the Ice.” I’m hoping to have that done and edited within a few months but I can’t make any promises on timelines. I’m also working on editing and revising “Duty and Deception,” the fourth book in my adventure/spy series, known as TAITS. And finally, I’m working on something entirely new and exciting and possibly the longest novel I’ll ever have written – assuming, of course, I ever get through it!

I hope everyone is having a nice summer and if the kids are back in school, I hope the leap back into the school year wasn’t too stressful.

Take care and happy reading!

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