Happy New Year

It’s a New Year!! I can hardly believe that we are entering 2018.  This past year has flown by.  Below is a list of the top twelve books that I read this year.  There are definitely more favorites but if I didn’t stop at twelve my list would just keep on going.  I am not putting them in any particular order.

  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  • Ruby Red Kerstin Gier
  • Roar  by Cora Carmack
  • Scarlet by A. C Gaughen
  • The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
  • It by Stephen King


Happy New Year!!!!


Sharing Saturday Five

Once again I am back with a Sharing Saturday which I started four weeks ago.  Today I will be sharing the first paragraph from a short story called Timelessness Itself.

It was a cold and dark night.  A storm rumbled, pouring out its tears for all to see.  A woman stumbled around, searching for her car.  She slipped and fell, landing hard, crying out in pain.  That’s when she saw it: a single, blood-red book shone against the dark pavement.  An instant later there was a scream that shattered the night.  Then silence–except for the incessant patter of drops.  The book slowly dissolved.


The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

It’s London, 1812 and Lady Helen Wrexhall is living a life full of balls and trying to secure a marriage proposal.  Despite that she is soon drawn into regency London when a maid of her household mysteriously disappears.  There she meets Lord Carlston, a man intent on finding and destroying the demons that infiltrate society.  Helen shouldn’t be anywhere near the man who is surrounded by a taint of scandal but he offers a way to find out why her parents died.  Soon she is drawn into a conspiracy that could destroy the world as she knows it.  But can she trust a man whose life is built on lies and does she have the strength to face the dangers of an unknown world?

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Merry Christmas

In celebration of the holiday I created a video.But first I would like to thank all of my followers for a fantastic eight months.  Enjoy!



Sharing Saturday Four

The holidays are practically on top of us, so in celebration I will be sharing the first two pages of a novel I recently started.  I am currently calling it The Spanish that Took my Heart.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays to all!!

Chapter One

I couldn’t breath.  My corset was yanked so tight that it was strangling.  It didn’t help that I was surrounded by people.  People in all of their finery and covered in layers of perfume, jewels, makeup, and cloth of every color and design.  I didn’t want to go to this abhorrence called a ball.  I wanted to be at our mansion with the sound of the sea filling my ears and the wind lifting my hair from my shoulders and whisking it into knots.  No corsets.  No encasing dresses.  

Since I was a child I had always loved the sea.  The lapping waves gently rolling onto my feet and in between my toes soothed my restless soul.  When I was younger my father had let me run free–too caught up in grief over my mother’s death.  Every time I asked about my mother he would not tell me a single thing about her.  All I remembered of her was glimpses of her bright brown hair and her blue as the sea eyes which I could see in my own face.  My hair was nothing like hers.  I had inherited my father’s unusual, almost white blonde hair.  I remembered nothing else of her except that she was tall much like myself.  I was taller than most men my father included.

I slipped through the crowd, eager for air, an empty space where I could breath.  I stumbled out of the masses and opened the first handle I found.  It was a library and no one was currently occupying the space.  I sighed and began to relax a little, taking in my surroundings.  The space was cavernous and filled from floor to ceiling with books.  There were comfortable looking sofas which seemed unused and were a dull and hideous color.  I kicked off my shoes and dug my feet into the soft bear’s fur rug could almost be mistaken for sand.   Suddenly a viselike grip held my arm.  Instinctively, I twisted, ducked and placed whoever had gripped me in a chokehold.

“Can you let go, Milady,” a mild voice said.  I complied, recognizing the insolent voice instantly.  

“Crevell,” I hissed.  “You should not of sneaked up on me.  It’s rude.”

“You should not react like that.  Can you hold yourself together, please.”  

I shook my head and stalked towards the closest divan.  “Why are you here?” I said, flopping down into the weepy pillows of the divan.

“I followed you for who could resist such a beauty.” he said.

I gasped and stood.  “How dare you.”

“I am daring to do nothing,” he said.  

I turned and took a deep breath.  I could not let him get to me.  “Leave. Please,” I said.

“But if I complied, then you might never hear the message I have for you.  Oh well. Pity.”  He turned to leave, and I grabbed him.

“Ah, look now who is grabbing who,” he said, peering into my eyes with a challenge.  

I let him go, crossing my arms. “What is the message,” I said as nonchalant as I could despite the rising of my stomach.

“Oh, so you don’t want me to leave, my fair one.”  

An eyebrow of his raised and my lip curled.  An urge to slap him arose.

“Just tell me the message,” I said through gritted teeth.


Author Highlights

Hello, I am starting a new post where I highlight an author and talk about their writing style and books. I hope you enjoy.  Without further ado let’s start with an author I have been reading recently.  I cannot seem to stop reading her wonderful tales of adventure, misfortune, and romance.  Announcing……..

Melanie Dickerson

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Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Regency Spies of London series and The Hangenheim/Fairy Tale Romance series.

I have read most of Melanie’s books and simply adored them.  Melanie has a unique style that shows in each of her stories.  She creates the perfect balance between characters and reveals just enough to the readers that one is constantly on the edge of their seat.

The Hagenheim Series

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“You are brave and strong and good, noble and kind. I love you and I think you’re…”
― The Captive Maiden

“For us mortals, love is greater than justice.”
― The Merchant’s Daughter

The Regency Spies of London

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“Her whole world was in the depth of his eyes.”
― A Spy’s Devotion

“I’m proud of my carefree behaviour […] I am boisterous, when I choose to be, and simply because I don’t behave like a wan and fainting female who has not a thought in her head except try to attract an eligible suitor […] I shall not conform to how you or anyone else tells me I should behave. I am answerable only to God.”
― A Viscount’s Proposal

Melanie has also written three medieval books.

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“If you die fighting, I want to die fighting with you.”
― The Beautiful Pretender

“The touch of his fingers sent her heart to dancing, and her mind flitted to being held in his arms after he had saved her”
― The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

In 2018 Melanie is coming out with a new and exciting book which is a part of the Hagenheim series.

The Orphan's Wish
Coming June 26th, 2018

I would suggest checking out Melanie Dickerson at her blog


and her website.






Sharing Saturday Three

It has been three weeks since I started this wonderful Sharing Saturday at the beginning of December.  See the one that started it all Here.  Now I am back for another one.  This week is a Haiku. Enjoy!

The Light of Hope

The new flower blooms

Shining in a world of grey

A small great beacon