Steven James

Dear Readers,

I love Steven James’ books.  I will say that I don’t read them when my husband is out of town, because for sure every creak or groan of the house means the murder is coming to get me.  Which of course it is not true, but you tell yourself that after finishing one of Steven’s books.

Every Deadly Kiss is the latest installment of the Patrick Bowers books and once again you will not be disappointed.  High body count, high creep factor and a bit of gore, just so you know.

Steven shared one time he was writing a book, he always tries to think of “how can he make it worse.”  You can see that he is a master at it. Just when you think the bad guy can’t get any worse, they do.  I don’t want to give anything away, but there are 2 scenes from 2 other books that still haunt my dreams.  Steven has the ability to make sure his criminals are not easily forgotten.


So if you are looking for something that has a great mystery along side a character who has been great to get to know, read this series.  It will leave not only leave you trying to solve the mystery, but also wrestling with issue that arise in the books and  you get to come to your own answers.  Steven and Patrick don’t hand you the answers, but they will take you on the journey to discovery.   It adds to the books and make them better.

Happy Reading,


New Releases March 4-10

Dear Readers,

Ah March, hope for warmer temps.  Outdoor reading is coming soon.  Well you can do what I did a few weeks and build a fire and enjoy.

Here are a couple new titles to add to the list.

Happy Reading,

As Bright as Heaven – Susan Meissner – In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life.  But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without–and what they are willing to do about it.

The Lost Castle – Kristy Cambron – A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s. As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother’s bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history.

Words from the Heart –  Kathleen Fuller – #4 An Amish Letters Novel – Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is grateful for the distraction.  Noah Schlabach isn’t from Birch Creek, or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious items he might find up there?

The Innkeeper’s Daughter – Michelle Griep – Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king–and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.  All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse–where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Paul, Apostle of Christ – Angela Hunt – novelization of the movie – Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life every time he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s bleakest prison cell. Before Paul’s execution, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “the Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians.  Paul has survived so much–floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure–yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past. He wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

What are you reading?

Dear Readers,

I am truly curious what you are reading.  I am going to try to post occasionally what I am reading.  I probably won’t do it every week as it doesn’t always change.  Please don’t feel like you have to keep up, it is not a contest.  And yes I do usually have 3 or 4 books going at a time.  Crazy I know, but it is how I read.  I use to be able to read one book straight through even if it meant staying up late.  Can’t do that now, need my sleep, but I have found if I have 3 or 4 going it is kind of the same thing.  Right?

Anyways, feel free to let me know what you are reading, I will post and we will learn about new authors and books together.

Happy Reading,

Here are my books that I have going right now.

9780718099398Interesting read about what would happen if you disappeared for 8 months and came back as a totally different person






9780718095765Charlie decides to help her sister, Whitney, with her heart’s desire.  A baby, but it is so much more than that.  Releases in May






Loving listening to this series off and on.  It reminds me of James Herriot’s Series that was a favorite of mine years ago.  It is about a couple of Irish country doctors and the village they live in.


Kristy Cambron

Dear Readers,

Kristy Cambron was a breath of fresh air in the fiction market, she wrote great stories with issues hidden in between the covers that you were not always expecting to find.  What was it like to live in the ghetto in Poland during WWII?  What was it like to live and work in a circus?  Or as an Illusionist’s Apprentice?  9780718095468-1497651993

In this new time split book, The Lost Castle, she takes on a journey in three very different time periods.  You will explore the French revolution, WWII and a contemporary tale.  How do they all tie together?  What can we learn from history, whether it is our own family story or others that have something to say?

I love reading her books because of that.  She doesn’t just let you quietly read a book, she invites you in to live along side and learn from her characters.  Even those you think you are not going to like are ones find yourself enjoying their company.  You suddenly find yourself totally wrapped up in a time period that you kind of wish you could visit.

Personally because of this book, I want to go back to France and find the “sleeping beauty” castle and stay for awhile to find out what I can learn.

Happy Reading,