• cover image for braver than you think, featured book in What I'm Reading Wednesday Redux
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    What I’m Reading Wednesday, Redux

    I’ve been doing so much reading and not enough reviewing – at least, not here on the blog. Between my own writing (which was going well, and now is – not) and reading and life in general, I feel both overwhelmed and behind. (Is it possible for the year to have passed both quickly and painfully slowly at the same time?) Reflective of my brain, the blog feels both overweighted with book reviews and also…empty. What I need is consistency, and a schedule. So with that, I’m bringing back “What I’m Reading Wednesday“. With this, I can – at a minimum -share with you some of the good stuff that…

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    Ely Air Lines by Mike Ely & Linda Street-Ely – Top Ten List

    Today I’m featuring Ely Air Lines! Written by co-authors and licensed pilots Mike Ely and Linda Street-Ely, this two-volume series features select stories from ten years of their weekly newspaper column of the same name. For a bit of a sneak peek, I’m sharing their “Top Ten” list of places where they’ve landed! Read on to learn more about these fascinating authors, their top 10 list, and be sure to both enter the giveaway for their books and check out the tour list for more great content about these books! ELY AIR LINES Select Stories from 10 Years of a Weekly Column Volumes 1 & 2byMIKE ELY AND LINDA STREET-ELY Genre: NonfictionCategories:…

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    Comfort Foods by Kimberly Fish – Book Review

    ⭐️⭐️Today I’m jumping on the Lone Star Book Blog Tour for Comfort Foods, a delicious addition to author Kimberly Fish’s series set in Comfort, Texas. Read on for my thoughts on the novel, enter the fantastic giveaway, and take a look at the other blogs on the tour stop – we’ve got some great content for you! Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for providing a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.   COMFORT FOODS: A Comfort Stories Stand-Alone Novel byKimberly Fish Categories: Contemporary / Second Chance RomancePublisher: Fish Tales PublishingDate of Publication: October 7, 2020Number of Pages: 385 pages  Scroll down for Giveaway!…

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    Review: Finding Esme by Suzanne Crowley

    I’m delighted to share the Middle-Grade book FINDING ESME. From the pretty cover design on the outside to the engaging, warm-hearted (and sometimes heart-tugging) story on the inside, this was a book that I wasn’t ready to put down. Read on to find out what about this book reeled me in and enter the giveaway for a chance of one of two prize packs which include a copy of the book, candle, pen, and more!Many thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book. FINDING ESMEbySUZANNE CROWLEY Genre: Middle Grade (3-7) / Magical Realism / Family & LossPublisher: Greenwillow BooksDate of Publication: August 14, 2018Number of…

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    Book Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

    I read a LOT Of books this summer and I’m still getting caught up with reviews. The Grace Year was one of those books that I devoured and have been ITCHING to talk about!! via GIPHY The Grace Year by Kim Liggett was published on October 8 and I have been WAITING to share this one with you! (That should be read with a bit of squealing, this was so delicious.) I’m ever so thankful to have gotten my hands on an advance reader copy (thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press). This post includes affiliate links to buy your own copy (in case you are as excited to read…

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    Book Review: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

    Today I’m talking about the just-released middle grade adventure tale The Storm Runner by author J.C. Cervantes. I absolutely LOVED this story – which is the first installation in The Storm Runner series – so I’m happy to know there is more to come, even if I’m already impatient for the next book in the series. I think this is a book that will flying off library shelves as it ticks off a lot of boxes: action and adventure, mythology, fantasy, and it has a pretty great protagonist, too.   Review If you are looking for a fantastic, funny, crazy adventure for your middle grade reader, J.C. Cervantes’ novel The…

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    Lone Star Book Blog Tour (and Giveaway): The Theory of Happily Ever After

    I’m back after a hiatus from writing book reviews (I’ve been reading, reading, reading) and I’m very excited that I get to join up with Lone Star Lit and bring you Kristin Billerbeck’s latest book, The Theory of Happily Ever After. Just the cover makes me happy! I loved this book, so read on to find out what kept me from putting it down (while trying to read more slowly so it wouldn’t end) and then enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own copy, and more! THE THEORY OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER by KRISTIN BILLERBECK Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Revell Date of Publication: May 1, 2018 Number…

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    Bonnie and Clyde Resurrection Road Book Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway!

    BONNIE AND CLYDE: Resurrection Road Book One in a New Trilogy by CLARK HAYS AND KATHLEEN McFALL    Genre:  Alternative Historical Fiction / Thriller Date of Publication: April 22, 2017 Pages: 308 Publisher: Pumpjack Press on Facebook Scroll down for the giveaway! In an alternate timeline, legendary lovers Bonnie and Clyde are given one last shot at redemption. The story begins in 1984 when a reporter gets a tip to meet an old woman at a Texas cemetery. Cradling an antique rifle and standing over a freshly dug grave, the old woman claims to be Bonnie Parker. Turns out, she says, it wasn’t Bonnie and Clyde who were ambushed fifty years…

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    Middle School Book Picks from my Middle Schooler

    Two weeks before school let out, my 11-year-old suffered a concussion which left her unable to do much of anything – like watching TV, running outside, or the worst possible punishment when you could inflict upon her – reading. This proves especially painful (pun intended) when your order of Scholastic books arrives the day after you bonk your head. Thankfully, the  concussion cleared up in time for vacation and Maddie spent nearly the entire 3200 mile drive reading.  As such, SHE has a pile of middle school books she would love to recommend. They run the gamut from fantasy to supernatural fiction (dealing with grief) to historical fiction, and she was…

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    Two Twisty-Turny Psychological Thrillers

    When the world feels upside down and my anxiety is through the roof, a fast-paced, tense roller-coaster of a psychological thriller through which I can funnel and filter that anxiety is often  just the thing I need. Forget a gentle, happy book. I need to work through my jitters and restlessness. In this case, I have just the books for you. Set in London, both books have the kind of eye-opening endings that will make you look back at everything you read. Both will have you looking over your shoulder – but you’ll forget all your other concerns!   I See You Author: Clare Mackintosh Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 21 Feb 2017   372…