National Book Lovers Day: My Recommendations and Wish List

Did you know it’s National Book Lovers Day? I didn’t until today. I’ve done a number of book reviews of the years. I don’t do them as much anymore but my love of books has not changed. It’s one reason I participate in the Silver Dagger Book Tours. I love learning about new book I might want to add to my list or having the chance to review a book I just can’t pass up.

I’m all over the board with the type of books like to read thrillers, para-normal, romance, comedy, drama, if the premise of the book peaks my interest then I’m about it.

I do tend to like books with strong/smart female characters (no whiney damsel in distress for me). I tend to like books set in the deep south for some reason or book set in Pennsylvania or the beach. I do NOT like books where bad things happen to kids and they go into too much detail. I also don’t like anything too gory.

My Book Recommendations

  • The Graveyard Queen Series by Amanda Stevens – If you’ve ever asked me about books I’ve probably raved about this series to you. I had the chance to review The Abandoned several years ago. It’s the prequel to The Graveyard Queen Series. This book can stand alone and you do not NEED to read it to understand the rest of the series. But if you end up liking the series as much as I did, you’ll want to read every page you have access to. The Graveyard Queen Series is a paranormal romance taking place in the deep south. A strong, professional, female character (not your helpless damsel in distress), ghosts, romance, cop drama, this series has everything. For some reason Amazon has The Abandoned listed as book 4 but it’s not, it’s the prequel. Trust me, every time a new book came out I went back and reread the series again. That’s how much I enjoyed it.
  • Paranoid by Lisa Jackson – I had the opportunity to review this book not that long ago. This thriller kept me up reading until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. Then i went to work, came home and snuggled up to finish it again. (There may have been frozen pizza for dinner that night) This again has a strong lead female character.
  • Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn – Straight up I’m gonna tell you, I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I’m not a BIG romance reader but I do like it if it’s done right. I don’t want an over-the-top romance or cowboy romance. I think part of what I don’t like is the whole damsel in distress idea that some of these romances seem to embrace as their theme. For me I like a modern day romance. Either realistic or with a smart woman character that’s not needy and clingy. I think that’s why I enjoyed this book. I also enjoyed that even over a 1/4 of the way through the book you weren’t sure how the situation was going to work out.
  • Pancake House Mysteries by Sarah Fox – Yes another series I fell in love with. This is a cozy mystery series that takes place in a little beach time. Perfect beach read or cuddled up under a blanket with your favorite warm beverage or glass of wine. This is currently a 6 book series and I’ve yet to read all of them but I’ve read 3 of the 6 so far. I actually started with Yeast of Eden which is book 4 because it was offered up for review. After reading that book and loving it I found out it was part of this series. I went back and snapped up book 1 and 2 to devour. Devour is an interesting choice of words too because the dishes served in the pancake house sound amazing. AND they offer recipes for some of the dishes described in each book at the end of the book. So when you’re mouth is watering reading the book you can whipped up a dish or two. You can read the books as stand-alone but I found, reading from book one gives you more background on the relationships and the history of the characters. Book One is The Crepes of Wrath.

What’s on my Bookish Wishlist?

The answer is, a lot. I have an ever growing list on Amazon for my book wishlist Here are my top 5

Now I want to know. Name one book you’d recommend and one book on your wish list.

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As It Pleases the King Book Tour & Giveaway

As It Pleases the King The King’s Pleasure Book 1 by Sara Harris Genre: Medieval Romance

February 1542, London Catherine Howard, Queen Consort of England, faces the executioner’s axe. King Henry VIII needs a new wife. Lady Bridget Denny and her cousin, Lady Elizabeth, have fallen into favor with His Majesty’s groomsmen. They are taken to Court to be judged for the position of the next queen, but Bridget fears the title of Queen of England is little more than a royal death sentence. The woods surrounding the castle are deep and dark and hold many secrets-perhaps there is room for one more. Bridget is determined to escape the lusty king. But can she survive his royal executioner? Add to GoodreadsAmazon * B&N * Kobo

Sara is a mother of four, animal lover and advocate, and conservationist. Little House on the Prairie, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Lonesome Dove are among her favorite shows/movies and books. Sara holds her B.A. in History and is the author of the historical romance series, An Everlasting Heart, from 5 Prince Publishing and recently debuted into the children’s book realm with Chunky Sugars (5 Prince Kids), written for her own chunky baby. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads

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Chasing Wild Horses Book Tour & Giveaway

Chasing Wild Horses Wild Horse Ranch Book 1 by Mila Nicks Genre: Contemporary Romance

A slow-burn romance between two outsiders from opposite worlds: He’s the biggest outcast in town… Chase Collins has never met a horse he didn’t like. Too bad he can’t say the same for people. In his hometown Lutton, his poor reputation follows him like a dark shadow. It’s best for everyone if he sticks to where he belongs. At least on Wild Horse Ranch, he’s safe from judgment. Then one day a familiar face from 10 years ago shows up out of the blue. She’s a wanderer who comes and goes… Samara Grant is a nomad at heart. She doesn’t like staying put for too long. But when her Grandma Bunny passes away, she has to put her carefree lifestyle on hold to handle her affairs. She might have spent childhood summers in Lutton, Texas, but it’s no place to live. She wants to get in and out as fast as possible. Little does she know life has other plans. Together, they form an unbreakable bond… After a series of near-death experiences, Samara decides to take back control of her life. She asks Chase to teach her how to ride. Neither expect to find common ground—and a fiery attraction—when Chase agrees. But their blossoming relationship isn’t celebrated by everyone. The closer Chase and Samara get, the more an unforseen enemy seeks to tear them apart… Goodreads * Amazon

Mila Nicks is an emerging romance author on a mission to pen heartfelt love stories featuring women of color. From the time she was a small girl with crayons and an overactive imagination, she’s had a passion for storytelling. In addition to receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she is presently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing. She has also served her country in the United States Air Force. When she isn’t penning uplifting love stories, you can find this imaginative writer traveling across the globe, sampling new cuisines, or spending quality time with her spunky pet Chihuahua, Zayden. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

The kiss kept him up at night. For hours he lay in his bed and stared up at the
dark ceiling. He couldn’t close his eyes. The second he did the image of them flashed
behind his lids. It replayed for him like a movie on a projector screen. Only that it felt too
real; it had been real.

The sensations enveloped him. The earthy musk of rain hung in the air. The
wet soil squelched under their boots, clumps of dirt now muddied. Raindrops clung to
their skin and dampened their clothes until the soaked fabric weighed them down. His
usually wooden exterior washed away as if an act by the rain itself. He wiped his face and
blinked against the falling droplets, and there she was. Right in front of him with
breathless curiosity.
He still couldn’t say what it was that came over him. His critical mind pressed
pause. His heart thwacked against his rib cage at full speed. His eyes were wide and open
for what felt like the first time. Hers were on his face, pools of deep brown that he got
lost in. Before he knew what he was doing, he reached for her. His fingers clamped
around her arm and they orbited each other. The pull was inevitable. Those full, dusky
pink lips of hers begging to be kissed…

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Dem Folk at Holy Rock Book Tour & Giveaway

Dem Folk At Holy Rock My Son’s Wife Series Book 10 by Shelia E. Bell Genre: Inspirational Romance, Drama

Just when you thought they couldn’t come with more drama, more upsets, more spilled secrets…here they go! They’re Baack! Hezekiah McCoy is a free man in more ways than one. He’s roaming around seeking a place to establish “New Holy Rock Ministries” and find himself a first lady to go along with it. Fancy McCoy is determined to live her best life after being duped by a man sent by her ex- husband to humiliate her. Dem McCoy Boys are still making their marks and leaving some unforgettable legacies (not necessarily all good ones). Stiles’s visits to Holy Rock are growing more frequent. Is it because of his new position or the new lady in his life? Add to GoodreadsAmazon * Kobo

Shelia E. Bell (formerly Shelia E. Lipsey) is an award-winning, national bestselling author with 20+ books published in christian fiction, women’s fiction, nonfiction, and young adult genres. Her books have garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 2017 Christian Literary Readers’ Choice Award, 2015 Rosa Parks Award, 2014 Christian Literary Award, AAMBC Nate Holmes Honorary Award, Kindle Award, OOSA Book of the Year, numerous SORMAG awards and more. Shelia began her publishing career in 1999. Since then, she has set the literary industry ablaze with her dynamic, true to life stories that she calls “perfect stories about imperfect people like you…and me.” Shelia is passionate about helping others and encourages and promotes people to ‘live their dreams now.’ In 2012, she founded a non profit organization “Black Writers And Book Clubs (BWABC) Literacy Association” with a mission to promote literacy one community at a time. Shelia is also a well-respected freelance book editor. A much sought after inspirational speaker, Shelia travels near and far sharing her inspirational messages of how to overcome the adversities of life. Having had polio since the age of two, she accepts no excuses and is determined not to let her physical imperfections keep her from her life’s purposes. Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Goodreads

“The moment you know yourself you have known the most precious thing in existence.” Osho

“What was I thinking? God knows I shouldn’t have come here. This is wrong on so many levels.”
Xavier buttoned his shirt and stepped into his Ferragamo loafers.
Ian lay back in the middle of the bed, watching his lover dress and dismissing the part about Xavier
saying he shouldn’t have come there. Ian dismissed Xavier’s short rant because at the end of the day,
Xavier was where he wanted to be–in his bed.
“This is not what you regret, Xavier. What you regret is having to go home to Pepper when you know
that’s not where you wanna be. It’s not too late to get an annulment you know.”
Xavier tucked his shirt inside his jeans and turned to face Ian head on, with arms folded. “You can’t
be serious.”
“Why not?”
“An annulment? It’s too late for that.”
“Okay, then a divorce. Irreconcilable differences, anything that’s quick, fast, and in a hurry. I told you,
I’m not gonna be anybody’s side piece or second choice. You feel me?”
Ian got out of the bed, walked over to his nightstand, and picked up his pack of cigarettes and lighter.
Lighting the cigarette, he sat back down on the bed. Taking a long pull before slowly exhaling a trail of
smoke, he spoke up again. “I tried to warn you about her from the jump, but you wouldn’t listen. But it’s
not too late to get out of it. I know a lawyer who can help. His name is Trevor Price. He visits Holy Rock
from time to time. You know him?”
“Nah, I can’t say I do. But that’s nothing strange. There’re thousands of people in and out of those
church doors every week. I don’t know a fifth of ‘em.”
“No problem. You just say the word and I’ll give him a call.”
“You’re taking me too fast, bruh. I know I got into the marriage thing too quick. I didn’t wanna marry
her. I don’t know why I let her talk me into it. But now, I’m stuck.”
“Stuck? What do you mean you’re stuck? A divorce is quick. Y’all don’t have kids. You don’t have
common property together, and you’ve been married less than a year. Why are you making this out like
it’s going to be impossible to get rid of her?”
“Ian, I just can’t up and leave her. Not when she says she’s carrying my kid.”
Ian took another pull and then another one from his cigarette before mashing it out in a fish-shaped
ashtray he kept on the nightstand. “What the hell did you just say?”
Xavier looked like he’d swallowed a canary. “You heard me, she’s pregnant.”
Ian stood in front of Xavier, cheeks deep red, eyes blazing with anger. “That bee is pregnant? Is it
supposed to be your kid?”
“What are you talking about?”
“You heard me. Is it yours? A female like her, you can’t be too careful. She wanted to trap you and
this is a good way to do it. I can’t believe you.”
Ian smacked his forehead and did a quick swivel. His disgust was apparent in his voice and the way
he began pacing the hardwoods.
“I’m going to handle it,” Xavier tried reassuring Ian. “As far as whether I think the kid is mine or not, I
don’t have any reason to doubt Pepper. Contrary to what you might think, she is not the kind of girl
you’re making her out to be. I need you to stop worrying about her. I promise I got this. Trust me.”
“I did trust you. Look where it got me. You got married on me.” Ian turned and walked off,
disappearing into his bathroom, slamming the door behind him.
Xavier waited a few seconds, still confused himself about his situation. He turned the doorknob. It
was locked.
“Come on, Ian. Don’t be like that. Open the door.”

Ian responded by turning on the bathroom radio drowning out Xavier’s pointless begging. Next, the
sound of rushing water could be heard as he turned on the shower and stepped inside. He didn’t want to
hear any fake explanation Xavier was trying to throw his way. Enough already.
Xavier continued beating on the door. “Ian! Open the dang door. Let me explain!”
Xavier grew increasingly frustrated until he couldn’t take it anymore. He stormed out of Ian’s
bedroom, ran down the hall, and out the front door. Tears streamed as he got into his car and drove off.
He didn’t know what to do. He still needed time to digest the idea for himself. Him? A daddy? What had
he gotten himself into? A baby meant he would be forever obligated to Pepper. Was he ready for his life
to change in such a dramatic fashion? Ian had been right all along. He had bitten off more than he could
chew. He cared a lot about her but a kid with her? That was a whole other matter, but it was out of his

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Pride’s Downfall Series Book Tour & Giveaway

Be Not Afraid Pride’s Downfall Book 1 by K.R. Morrison Genre: Paranormal Horror

Now available from Linkville Press: Lydia’s faith in God is strong—at least on paper. But what happens when that faith is tested? Turned into a vampire by the worst—Vlad Drakul—she feels that God has abandoned her. But the opposite is true. God rescues her from a fate worse than death, and brings her into the plan He has for global redemption. With the help He sends, she feels like nothing can stop her. But when Vlad torments her again, and then her family, the temptation to run and hide is almost too strong to resist. Her answer to God’s call is the deciding factor in the battle that pits the angelic powers of God against the demonic powers of Hell. **Only .99 cents!! ** Goodreads * Amazon

Unholy Trinity Pride’s Downfall Book 2

What happened in the moments after Judas hanged himself? Where did Cain go after the death of Abel? Myths abound, and some of them have similar endings. Cain murders his brother out of jealousy. Judas betrays Jesus to those who want to see Him dead. Vlad the Impaler destroys without mercy, and is legendary as Count Dracula. Three souls, collected and bound together in the same body by Lilith, Satan’s mate and favorite slave. Cain, Judas, and Vlad Tepes all fall into the same trap: weakened by pride but too stubborn to turn back, they become cursed to walk the world through all of time. Pursued by Hunters, a group first established by Cain’s tribe when he was abducted by Lilith and the Serpent, they must keep one step ahead of their enemies from century to century. The tale starts in Genesis, moves to the time before and after the Crucifixion, then makes the journey into what will become known as the Carpathian Mountains. We are dropped briefly into the 15th century, pass through time in Romania and Scotland, then conclude in 19th- century New Orleans. This is where the story, and the three-souled Beast, must await another day and another century. **Only .99 cents!! ** Goodreads * Amazon

Resurgence: The Rise of Judas Pride’s Downfall Book 3

Two years after the horrific events of “That Night”, Lydia and her family and friends have settled back into their lives. All seems peaceful, but for the haunting memories of the war that took place over their heads. A battle that everyone else has put aside as “mass hysteria.” Now, with the unearthing of an old house in New Orleans and the appearance of a mysterious woman named Delilah, events are transpiring that have the Bronsons and their friends worried. Delilah is a mystery. She takes on a partnership with a world-famous loser, and insists on rebuilding the crumbling buildings on the hill overlooking Lydia’s home town. The very same buildings that housed the evil that plagued them all two years before. Pat and Trudy, the Bronson siblings, learn that their time to act is upon them. Demons and dark shadows are appearing in their lives, and in the lives of those they love. The one seemingly most threatened is their own father, Steve, who can’t seem to spend enough time in Delilah’s company. Then there are Martha, Sean, and Ryan, whose sinister experiences make them re-think their stance on the “mass-hysteria event.” Not to mention Toby, almost three years old, who has powers beyond any mortal, but is definitely nothing more than a toddler. Once again, the Bronsons must take on responsibilities much more than they think they can handle. However, God sends more helpers: an odd old man by the name of Nick, who lives in the park; and Miriam, a young lady who steals Pat’s heart. Side by side, these young people show that their generation can be just as strong as the previous one. For they will need all the strength they can muster to fight the foe among them. Goodreads * Amazon

K.R. Morrison has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over twenty years. She uses her maiden name to show honor to her Scottish roots, and as a tribute to her dad. She and her husband have two young-adult children. “Be Not Afraid” is her first book, a darling little creature spawned from an all-too real nightmare. Her second book, “Unholy Trinity”, was published in 2016. “Resurgence: The Rise of Judas”, is the third book in the “Pride’s Downfall” series, and the fourth book, “Enoch’s Return”, will be available by September of 2020. Facebook * Facebook *Twitter *Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads

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