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January 2017

Book Review: Forgotten by Neven Carr


⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 4.5 out of 5 stars

Claudia Cabriati has no memory of her childhood before the age of about 7 or 8. Raised in an overprotective Italian household with a doting father, a somewhat standoffish mother, three brothers and a large extended family she has been convinced this memory lapse is nothing to be concerned about. But as an adult, she begins to question that notion. Do her recurrent dreams have anything to do with it? And what about the nameless, faceless individuals she perceives following her, watching her from a distance? When bodies start to turn up in Claudia’s vicinity, and I mean A LOT of bodies, the possible connections become impossible to ignore. 

Enter Saul Reardon, an enigmatic man whose sole purpose in life appears to be helping those in trouble. Saul is a mystery, his real motivations and resources never fully explained (maybe we’ll get more in book 2?). I equate him to a Robin Hood-like character, replete with his own “Little John” aka his best friend: the womanizing muscle-head Ethan. 

I enjoyed this mystery. Alternating POVs between Claudia and Saul kept the tension high. As Claudia digs into her unknown past we get to witness a wonderful character transformation. Doubts give way to answers and she finds her own kind of strength to carry her through. 

But there are still so many unanswered questions! Is Claudia finally safe? What really happened to Saul’s family? Is Claudia really the key to finding out, as Saul suspects? Who are the mercenary-like soldiers Saul calls for reinforcements when the chips are down? Who is the real villain, still hiding in the shadows at the end of this installment? *shakes fists at the heavens* Damn you Neven Carr! 

This was a very well written book. The characters, and their responses, were very realistic. The only fault I would give is the number of unresolved issues. I understand this book is part of a planned series, and my assessment might change after I read book two, but right at this moment the number of loose ends is driving me crazy. Guess that’s a good sign; it means I care about the story and its characters. 

Interested it reading Forgotten for yourself? Pick up a copy HERE (free on Kindle Unlimited).

Book Review: Sweet Vengeance (Jessica Sweet Trilogy Book 1) By Aliya Dalrae 


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars

If you pick up this book (seriously though, pick it up right now) be prepared to get completely sucked in! If it hadn’t been for a flu bug knocking me on my proverbial backside for four whole days I would’ve been dead to the world for a whole other reason. Instead, I was forced to take a hiatus midway through this book. Talk about sucks-ville!

Ms. Dalrae has woven a wonderful story. Her heroine, Jessica Sweet (great first name BTW) is really sweet. As in slang for kick-ass! And what’s even better is that she has no idea how badass she really is. She’s just a normal “nothing special to see here folks” kinda girl. Oh, except for the fact that she has these psychic visions, premonitions of the future that always come true. Like I said, just your run of the mill average girl. 

Add to Jessica’s psychic ability the fact that outta nowhere she finds herself in the company of Vamps, Sorcerers and Weres embroiled in some centuries old war and you’ve got a recipe for a stellar story. But Ms. Dalrae doesn’t stop there; we’re also treated to an impossible attraction between sweet Jessica and one sexy as sin Vamp named Raven. 

The two main characters were fabulously portrayed. I loved the backstories of both characters. While both sad, Raven’s held its own unique flavor of tragedy. The supporting characters were each little gems in their own right. Jessica’s best friends Piper and Alexander “Alex” created a really fun and believable dynamic. Then there was Raven’s crew: an elite group of Vampire warriors dedicated to enforcing Vampire law and keeping Vamp existence a secret from all humans. (Side note: After this trilogy wraps, if she’d like to treat us to a book featuring each of the Vamps on “the Team” I’ll be first in line for my copies. Start with Tas please. Then Harrier; he may be an ass, but he’s a sexy one!)

The tension, both of pending war between the supernatural and that of the sexual variety between Raven and Jessica, was well maintained through the entire story. As the first book in a trilogy, the ending was satisfying but with just enough turmoil left brewing that I absolutely cannot wait to sink my fangs into the next installment! I loved this book. Thank you for an entertaining and addicting read.

To get your copy, visit Amazon. It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited. 

Book Review: Playing With Fire by Cris and Clare Meyers

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars 
What a seriously fun romp! I truly enjoyed this book, cover to cover (metaphorically speaking, of course).
Playing With Fire introduces us to Renee and Stone, a pair of ‘independent contractors’ in a shady world of thieves, grifters and hackers. But they’re not typical thieves. In their world, the best contractors have Talent; the ability to control elements such as fire, water, or the ether. Some have the ability to shape shift. Yes! Please sir, may I have some more?

At the start of the story, Renee and Stone are strangers, hired to join a crew for a single job then fly their separate ways. Over the next few years, Renee and Stone find their orbits intersecting again and again. I really liked this build up in their relationship. They pass like ships in the night, drawing a little closer to one another each time until they, eventually, realize they make a perfect team. I applaud Cris and Clare for their approach to Renee and Stone’s relationship. It would’ve been easy to simply slam the characters together in a flashy way, but their gradual build up of trust, respect, and need for the other made their relationship much more believable. It wouldn’t be in the nature of a professional thief to trust too quickly!

After our wonder-duo realize their happy place is at the other’s side, the rest of the story centers on a heist meant to liberate a certain magical artifact from an old nemesis. The opportunity for revenge it too good to pass up, even if it means working for a woman they know they cannot trust. The rest of their crew on this job is a motley collection of shape shifters: a coyote, a cat, and a crow. I positively loved these supporting characters! Carlos, the young rookie, was my favorite. But Grace (the grifter) was awesome too! Even Rook (the hacker), despite his annoying bravado, grew on me. 

The writing was well-paced with a tight plot. I have to add that I appreciated the fact that although magic could’ve been used to get our characters out of any number of tight spots, it was moderated nicely. 

Playing With Fire is the first book in a series, however it ends on a nice point. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but just enough to leave you hungry for the next book. And trust me, I’m hungry! 

Interested? Pick up your copy HERE. You won’t be sorry!

Freeday the 13th book event


The Goodreads group Support For Indie Authors has done it again! All January they’re featuring some amazing books by member authors on their events page (HERE). And to make your Friday the 13th even more fantastic they’ve rounded up some freakishly fabulous free fiction for you to fawn over. Whew! Glad that alliteration is over.  🤓

As I type this, there are 35 (yes, you read that right: thirty-five) different Amazon e-books available for FREE download. In addition to the freebies, there are a few dozen others available for purchase at Indie Author prices (translation: not very much moola). There’s even a bucketful of Kindle Unlimited bargains too!

Now, I’m not gonna lie: I’m a sucker for a free book. Who isn’t? And being on the inside, so to speak, I’ve been plotting and planning some downloads for a week or two. Wanna know the books I’m most eager to pick up? Well, here you go (in no particular order):

Gateway Drug by Rohvannyn Shaw 

Blurb: When the meth addicts next door show signs of being affected by a supernatural force, Rowan becomes concerned. She’s a practicing Witch who’s majoring in Medieval History. This is something more horrifying than she has ever encountered before. The stakes are quickly raised when Rowan’s best friend also falls victim. It is up to Rowan to unravel the dark mysteries surrounding these events in order to rescue her friend.

Crimson Mistress by Ann Livi Andrews 

Blurb: Having long ago abandoned her true identity and the idea of a normal life, Clementine has finally embraced her self appointed duty of protecting the city as the Crimson Mistress. But when Michael, a villain she put behind bars, escapes and puts a bounty on her head, she’s forced into hiding. 

As her fear that her powers might be killing her begins to rise, Clementine faces a difficult choice: accept the villain’s offer to rehabilitate her or take Michael down for good.

The Eyes of the Sun by Christina McMullen 

Okay, this one might be cheating, it’s been on my TBR and downloaded to my Kindle for some time, but this event reminded me how much I wanted to read it!

Blurb: New Orleans certainly has no shortage of vampire legends and after a few months in the French Quarter, Lucy Soriano was sure she had heard them all. But when a date with a handsome stranger takes a deadly turn, she quickly discovers that the truth is more terrifying than fiction. The real monsters are the creations of evolutionary advantage, not vivid imaginations. 

But vampires aren’t the only ones with evolution on their side. An anomaly in her blood is found to be fatal to vampires and Lucy is swiftly recruited into shadow organization hell bent on eliminating the vampire problem once and for all. Vampirehunting does not come naturally and Lucy’s dangerous improvisations are quickly called out by Andre Garnier, a hunter who makes no secret of the fact that he opposes Lucy’s recruitment. 

Soon it is discovered that The Eyes of The Sun, the oldest and most dangerous collective of vampires, are once again gaining ground and have infiltrated the very organization that is trying to stop them. The hunters have become the hunted and no one is to be trusted. Lucy and Andre are forced to set aside their differences for the sake of survival, but The Eyes of The Sun have an agenda that no one expected.

All the Nothing We’ve Done by Christina McMullen

Blurb: Chevelle Falsetto has died, struck down by the Number 48 bus. The very bus she should have been riding to work. Now, instead of explaining to her boss why she’s late, Chevelle finds herself explaining to Saint Peter why she’s early.


Obsessed by Alex Carver 

Okay, another slight cheat! I’ve already read this short story, but it was a sneak peek before it was actually published. Now that it’s published I need to download, re-read & enjoy, then write up a quick review. 

Blurb: When Kirsty is attacked on her doorstep after returning from a party, she is left to wonder who is responsible, and why. 

A short story of approximately 8,000 words.

*****

There are oodles & oodles more that have piqued my interest, so go check them out for yourself. And while you’re at it, snag yourself a copy of Mirror, Mirror. It’s free as part of the Friday the 13th festivities. My free promo will run from 1/13 all the way through Tuesday 1/17/17.

Happy reading! And remember: leave a review! We indies love them almost as much as our coffee. ☕️❤📚

Sneak Peek of my Work in Progress

I’m about midway through a stand-alone title set in the same city as my book “Mirror, Mirror.” In fact, Sam and a couple other characters from Mirror make cameo appearances. It works for the story and is fun for me, so why not? 

I haven’t settled on a title yet, but the working title is “Guardian.” It’s a fallen angel redemption tale, told from alternating POVs… quite a few POVs at that! Currently I’m up to four main POVs as well as a couple shorter chapters told by minor characters. Yikes! This is also one of the first times I’ve tried writing first person male perspective, so I’m spending a lot of my writing time on reworking and editing to make sure each character’s voice rings true. 

Today, I thought I’d share the first couple chapters. They’re from the POVs of my two main characters Jocen and Shea. Hope you enjoy!


Chapter One- Jocen

Time.

As a concept it is fluid, infinite, ever changing. There are sayings about it such as time marches on and time waits for no man. Mankind measures their lives in neat bricks of it, laments the passage of it, and worries there is never enough of it. But when time is all you have you realize it is truly meaningless.

For ages all that has existed for me is frozen, stagnant time. It spreads bleak and black toward nothingness. The sun never shines in my realm and I find I miss its warmth, its comings and goings to mark the days. I sit alone in darkness, waiting for those brief times a traveler comes to me. One would think a visitor should be a welcome respite, but for me it is only torment.

Most travelers find their way to me on roads of their own choosing. Lost souls are never happy to see me and with my remaining gift I am made to feel the hatred in their hearts. I have become almost inured to it in my time here. A fair few, however, are blameless and they are always the most difficult. The torment of the innocent, lost here only because of the way in which they were taken, is almost more than I can bear.

It is my duty to escort them across this realm; innocent or tainted, all must traverse these nightmare caves and desolate plains to the place of their final rest. I am forced to feel the weight of their emotions every step of the way. Father was certain to leave that much of my power intact. Heightened even. Such is the nature of my punishment, but it was not always so.

My name is Jocen. Once I could count my place among hundreds of brothers and sisters; now I stand outcast and alone. I was a Guardian, an angel assigned by God to watch over mankind. It was a sacred duty, one I performed with great pride from the day Eve bore her first child. Mankind is special, afforded great gifts and liberties by our creator, but among their gifts are also many weaknesses. Their bodies are fragile, their lives easily ended, and they are so readily swayed by temptation. That is why our guardianship is so important.

Although the path of a man’s life is laid before his feet by our Father at the time of his birth, he may encounter many pitfalls along the way. Hazard might come in the shape of a beautiful woman or as a shady, sure-fire business deal. Or perhaps only as the whispered words of a man’s subconscious, that part he calls id, pushing him to selfish ends. We Guardians are the flip side of the coin: the voice of reason urging virtue or caution.

In some instances, a man’s heart is beyond evil’s grasp. This is when Lucifer must send forth his agents in a more direct attack. Accidents and murder, many a senseless death, can often be traced back to their malevolent influence. Here we become the nameless stranger, the good Samaritan in the black of night holding out a hand in aid. We cannot keep such a form for long, so after pulling our charges from the brink of disaster we fade into the background, unseen once more.

I was good at what I did and perhaps that was the first step toward my downfall; I was prideful. But that is not the only reason for my punishment and exile. My true crimes were much worse. The least of which… I fell in love.
Chapter Two- Shea

Love stinks.

I should know. I fall in love often and quickly, just never with the right guy. Whoever thought up the concept of love was crazy. Either that or a masochist. Love is torture. Problem is, I don’t do single well.

In my teens and through college, there was a different boyfriend for each term. Sometimes not even that long. My roommates always wondered why I bothered with campus housing or apartments. It wasn’t like I was around much, I was always staying over someplace else. In my mid-twenties, I fell madly in love with a man I thought was the one. It lasted three whole months and established a pattern for the years to come.

If I had to use just one word to describe the men I loved it would be spectacular. Spectacularly handsome, spectacularly caring (about themselves) and spectacularly (un)motivated. It’s just that I couldn’t see it until my life was so thoroughly entwined with theirs that when I finally pulled my head out and left, it was like starting over from scratch. Aside from the clothes on my back and in the trunk of my ridiculously ancient car, I didn’t own much of anything.

For the past week I’d been crashed at my friend Missy’s. She let me stay after I left Frank, my latest disaster. Couch surfing was no big deal when my friends were single, in fact it was kinda fun… but it gets awkward when husbands and kids enter the mix. I didn’t have many single friends left. Missy wasn’t married yet, but her boyfriend seemed like a nice guy and I knew, when my next relationship went south, I probably wouldn’t be able to call on her for help again.

It was Friday night and it had been a long, rough week. I needed a night out. When I asked Missy she just smiled and said I should go on without her. She said that since she knew her couch would be free for the night, she was planning on having Jim over and they were just gonna stay home and watch a movie. I laughed and told her she was a wet blanket, but to enjoy the couch and I’d see her in the morning. With any luck, I’d be staying someplace else anyway. She just shook her head and told me to be careful.

“Careful?” I scoffed. “Where’s the fun in that?”

I changed and headed for Uptown. The pulsing lights and pounding music of the dance club were a balm to my soul. Bodies swayed all around me, tan limbs covered in a light sheen of perspiration. I joined them, letting the music sweep me away in a heady current which made it easy to forget my troubles. Somewhere in this writhing sea of bodies I hoped to find a kindred spirit, someone else seeking comfort, if only for one night.

After expending some excess energy on the dance floor, I made my way to the bar. I hated it when people drank themselves stupid, but there was something to be said for a little liquid fortification. I asked Tommy, the bartender, for a shot of courage and he just winked at me. He’d set up enough drinks for me over the past couple years that he could tell what I was in the mood for just by looking at me. I asked him one time how he did it and he told me it was all about how I dressed.

Tonight I wore low-slung jeans and a tight, black sequined top that showed just enough skin that it bordered on over-sharing. I guess that warranted a shot of tequila with a beer chaser, ‘cause that’s what Tommy put in front of me. I smiled and nodded my thanks. Who was I to argue with an expert?

“I hear you and Frank called it quits?” I nodded, not really in the mood to talk about it. “So,” Tommy continued, “should I tell the guy at end of the bar he’s got a shot? Your drink’s on him.”

I let my gaze wander to where Tommy had indicated. There were a few guys milling around in the general area but none of them seemed to be looking my direction. “Which one?”

Tommy chuckled. “The one trying to play it cool. He’s got his back to us right now, but I think he’s got a bead on you in one of the mirrors.”

I thought I could see one of the men watching me, just like Tommy had said, and smiled to myself. “Thanks Tommy. I’ll take it from here.” I gave him a generous tip before he moved down the bar to fill another order.

I couldn’t really see the guy’s face, but what I saw so far was promising. Wide, muscular shoulders encased in crisp, gray cotton, a long back and narrow waist. He had dark hair, admittedly a weakness of mine, trimmed neat. Well, I’d come looking for a good time and I certainly wasn’t going to find it perched on a bar stool all night. I downed my shot, took a quick sip of beer and headed his direction.

If he was watching me in the mirror he sure could’ve fooled me; he actually jumped a little in surprise when I leaned in and put a hand on his shoulder so I could speak right by his ear. “Thanks for the drink.”

“Excuse me?” He seemed genuinely confused.

I nodded my head Tommy’s direction. “The bartender said you bought me a drink.”

“I did?”

Realization dawned; Tommy had set me up! He saw this guy, knew he was my type and that Frank and I were quits, so he gave me the incentive I needed to talk to him. “I’m gonna kill him,” I snarled, deathly quiet.

Tall, dark and handsome smiled, his confusion quickly replaced by curiosity. “I take it your bartender friend lied to you?”

“Looks that way.”

“Well, don’t kill him just yet.”

“Why?”

“I’d like to thank him.”

“Smooth,” I laughed.

He tossed his head back and joined me in laughter before flagging Tommy down. There was a mischievous glint in his dark eyes. “Can I buy you a drink,” he asked, “for real this time?”

I nodded, extending my hand in introduction. “I’m Shea.”

“Ethan.”

Tommy refilled our drinks, a guarded smile tugging at his mouth, but he didn’t say anything to either of us. Perhaps that was best; we were so wrapped up in each other I doubt we’d have even heard him if he spoke.

I learned Ethan was relatively new in town. He said he worked in advertising and had just been hired on at Nike. I asked him how he was liking Portland and he said, “Much better now.” I preened under his obvious flattery.

When we’d finished our drinks, Ethan gestured toward the dance floor. I let him take me by the hand and lead me into the mass of bodies where he claimed a small square of space and pulled my body close against his. He swayed slowly, despite the pounding beat of the music, his hands splayed widely across my lower back and warm where they touched my skin. Ethan held my gaze intensely and I thought I could discern several tantalizing thoughts flickering in the depths of his dark eyes.

I have no idea how much time passed like that, but we eventually made our way back to the bar. When Tommy set up our drinks this time he shot me a meaningful glance and leaned in to whisper, “You’re looking awfully cozy.”

I turned and placed a quick kiss on his cheek. “Yes. I am.”

“Be careful Shea,” he whispered, rolling his eyes as he walked away.

What was with everyone saying that to me? First Missy and now Tommy? And where did he get off? He was the one who’d pointed me in Ethan’s direction, after all! Feeling suddenly reckless I turned my attention back to Ethan and gave him my best come-hither look.

They want me to be careful? I’ll show them careful.

Stepping close, his voice so low it was almost a growl, Ethan said, “I’m going to kiss you now.”

“What took you so…” Anything else I might have been about to say didn’t matter any more. His kiss took my breath away.

*****

So, whadya think? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. The good, the bad, the in-between… Let it flow!

Book Reviews: Longing (a prequel novella) & Control (The Mystery of Landon Miller Book 1) by R.M. Gauthier 

Longing ⭐⭐⭐💫 3.5 out of 5 stars.                                       Control  ⭐⭐⭐⭐4 out of 5 stars

In December I participated in a Facebook event with the Indie Writers’ Cooperative where I was lucky enough to win a handful of free reads. Longing and Control were two of them. What a treat!

I read Longing (a Prequel Novella) first. It’s a great background story and character study of Leroy, a supporting character in the latter book. It was a super quick read and gave me, as a reader, more of an investment in & understanding of Leroy in the main work. 

After reading Longing I jumped feet first into Control (The Mystery of Landon Miller Book 1). Holy crap! Told first person from the point of view of Lexi, we are allowed to witness Lexi’s intro into the BDSM realm. Her best friend, Hailey, has participated in the lifestyle for some time, but kept it secret from Lexi until the fateful day when Lexi laments the lack of excitement in her life. That night Hailey takes her to an exclusive club, except Lexi knows absolutely nothing about the type of club she’s in. That’d be something of a shocker, right?

As a newcomer to the lifestyle, Lexi is understandably taken aback. While exploring the club she encounters Landon, the club’s mysterious, wealthy owner. Now, as I was reading the first handful of chapters I couldn’t help but draw parallels to Fifty Shades… especially when Lexi and Landon begin to discuss their contract. Landon: the damaged, reclusive millionaire. Lexi: the self-doubting innocent. But I assure you, that’s where the similarities end. 

Lexi is a married woman in a boring, thankless relationship. She’s questioning her life, her accomplishments, and her future. She’s infatuated with Landon, drawn to him magnetically, and her willingness to consider a contractual relationship with him is based solely on her desire to be near him. She’s willing to do anything to be in his orbit. 

Control has the bones of a great book! And the ending!?! WTF? I didn’t see it coming. AT ALL! I seriously hope there’s a second installment in the works. There is no HEA in this story and the ending is quite the shocker. 

The only issue I had with this book, and what kept me from giving Control a full five stars, was the over use and/or misuse of certain punctuation. There were lots of sentences with random semicolons in them. Comas placed in abundance where there needn’t be any. Another editing pass at this book to remove extraneous punctuation marks would give Control (and Longing) a facelift. Even with the punctuation issues, I still thoroughly enjoyed the read. 

All told, these two books are an awesome duo. The erotica element is mild, so readers worried about the BDSM content needn’t be. It’s more like a supporting character in the book than a gratuitous ploy to draw in readers. I recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a dark romance.

Are you curious? Check out R.M. Gauthier’s author page on Amazon here. Control is available on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it free. 

Book Review: Eerie by C.M. McCoy

⭐⭐⭐⭐💫4.5 out of 5 stars


Eerie was a thoroughly enjoyable Y.A. read. The level of humor in this book was an unexpected but highly enjoyable element, providing me with more than a few laugh out loud moments. 

The first quarter of the book revolves around our main character, Hailey, and the kidnap / murder of her older sister. The two girls are incredibly close; the elder, Holly, delays her departure for college by a year so she and her younger sister can go to college as freshmen together. (Who does that?!? I couldn’t wait to get away… which just goes to show that these two girls must have an extra special relationship!) While the bond between the sisters is important, as are the despair & loss Hailey experiences after Holly’s death, that portion of the book kinda trudged. 

Once Hailey leaves for college, however, the story picks up. Rapidly! I loved the quirky atmosphere of Bear Towne University. One must maintain a certain level of just-roll-with-it-ness when we, along with Hailey, learn that Bear Towne is a specialty college. What do they specialize in? Why, the paranormal, of course! The students are a mix of humans and… let’s just call them “others.” I positively adored how easily Hailey adapted to her strange new surroundings. She’s a fish out of water and her sunny disposition was endearing. 

Amidst all this, Hailey also has the attention of two men(?), both vying for her attention and her heart. It’s a classic young adult trope, but with some wonderful twists. Soul-wrenching life & death, anyone? If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself switching from Team Asher to Team Fin and back again quite often. Both men have some serious issues, none of which are resolved by the end of the book. 

The supporting cast of characters is phenomenal! Hailey’s roommate is a banshee renounced by her family because she cannot perform a death-wail. Hailey has a poltergeist following her around, but instead of causing mischief he wants to style her hair. Say what?? But it totally works! 

There is a cliffhanger ending and I really, really hope the next book is rapidly forthcoming. If cliffhangers are a turn off, you might wanna shelve this one for a bit. At the end of the day, however, it’s a definite must-read! It’s got just the right mix of paranormal, magic, humor, and budding romance. Great for Y.A. readers and adults alike. 

**I received a copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of Eerie, you can do so HERE

My first 10 TBR books of 2017

It’s hard to believe a new year is upon us already. I swear 2016 just started yesterday and I was resolving to see at least one of my three completed books out in the world. I was going to read more books. I was going to work on my 2 current novels. At least I didn’t break those resolutions! I published all three of my books by the end of the summer. I stumbled onto Goodreads and got the kick in the backside I needed to motivate my reading. I worked on my two WIPs and then created a third! I even started this blog as a means of sharing the indie-author love. Not too shabby if I may say so.

Looking ahead into 2017 I find myself asking “How do I top that?” The answer: “I’m not gonna try.” I’m going to write when I feel like it. I’m going to read what I like and share my reviews for the heck of it. And if I happen to complete one of my three WIPs, then great!

Planning and strict schedules aren’t really my cup ‘o tea. That said, I have complied a list of the first ten books I plan to read in 2017. Six of these books I won in a holiday Facebook event with my friends over at the Indie Writers’ Cooperative. If only I were normally so lucky! LOL

Without further ado, here’s the start of my 2017 reading plans:

img_3798-11)   Eerie by C.M, McCoy. I had actually started this book a day or so after Christmas, thinking it would wrap up my 2016 reading list. Unfortunately, after reading the first chapter, I had to step away and didn’t get back to this book until New Year’s Eve. So first book of 2017 it is!

 

 

img_3799-12)   Feversong by Karen Marie Moning.  While the majority of the books I read are by indie authors such as myself, KMM is one of my all time favorite authors and I’ve been waiting nearly a year for this book. Two guesses where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing when his book drops on Jan 17th!

TBR books 3 thru 10 are in no particular order (books denoted with an * are my lucky winnings):

Longing by R.M. Gauthier *

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Control by R.M. Gauthier *

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Playing With Fire by Cris & Claire Meyers *

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Sweet Vengeance by Aliya DalRae *

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Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr *

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Shiva XIV by Lyra Shanti *

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Trust Me I Lie by Louise Marley

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Forgotten by Neven Carr

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Links to all of my first ten are included, so be sure to check them out. Have you read, or are you planning to read, any of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Here’s to a book-fueled 2017!

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