Sheila's Books Read

Sheila's bookshelf: read

The Best Intentions
Scotland's Melody
The Secret Society of Salzburg
Secret of the Sonnets
20-40-60-Minute Dinners: Meals to Match the Time You Have
Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild
Secret Santa Claus Club: A Tool to Help Parents Unwrap the Secret of Santa
Mr. Pudgins
Revenge Never Rests
The Best Mistake
Meriden Park
More Inspirational Stories for Young Women
The Great Tree: A Christmas Fable
To Capture His Heart
The Call of the Sea
Livvy and the Enchanted Woodland
Come, Gentle Night
The Bad Boy Theory
Guide To Smart Wedding Planning: What You want to know and everything you haven't thought of yet.

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2023 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 3 books toward her goal of 100 books.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blitz and Giveaway: Day 12-Snow White's Witch By Jessica Parker

Jessica Parker’s adventures in the written world, have occurred as long as she can remember. Reading stories of dragons, magic, romance and the power of one person, inspired Jessica to write stories of her own. Jessica is currently working on a fairy tale series and the sequel to The Bride Trials
Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, driving four wheelers, swimming, scuba diving, movies and cooking.
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What if the greatest deception comes from our own heart?

Despite knowing little in expressions of love, Anessa, Queen of the seven covens would set the world on fire if it meant gaining the attentions of Rothe. Despite his past and state of exile, she is determined to remain loyal to the only man to ever claim her love… even if it means stealing the magic mirror of Eventyr. 
But when the shocking truth of Rothe’s intention rises to the surface, Anessa realizes that his dark obsessions are far more than she is prepared to forgive. Caught between the pains of betrayal and the need to gather her courage to face the man she once thought she loved, Anessa steels herself to do whatever it takes to see him fail.
Even if it means making the princess Snow White sleep forever. 
Can Anessa protect the royal family? Or will her own broken heart prove, once and for all, that it really is as evil as the stories say?

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Q&A With The Author:

1.       When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? 
a.     I started seriously pusuing writing and publishing about a year ago. But a friend about six years ago posted that she was teaching a class. I will always be grateful for the path she showed got me started on.
2.     Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
a.     I am currently working on a fairytale retelling of Snow White & Rose Red as well as the sequel to my book The Bride Trials. Magic, mayhem, happily ever afters? We'll see.
3.       What is your favorite writing snack?
a.     Jolly ranchers.
4.       If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
a.     I'd love to have dinner with Theron from Snow White's Witch. It would be a lot of fun to hear his stories as Knight Captain.
5.       Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
a.     I always learn more about writing as I do it. This story helped me to really see how perceptions are dangerous. One of my Mom's favorite sayings is, "There are two sides to every story." I'm glad I was able to explore the Witch's point of view in Snow White's Witch.
6.       How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
a.     Scuba Diving or reading a book. I love escaping into a different world.
7.       What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
a.     Making a living on telling stories. I hope one day to leave my day job behind so I can spend more time with my family and travel with them. I'm working on writing as many stories as I can.
8.       What do you fear most?
a.     Losing my family. I don't ever want to be in a position where they aren't part of my life.
9.       What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?
Start, don't wait for some day. Make that day today even if it is only for a few minutes.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blitz and Giveaway: Day 11- Ocean So Wide By Nichole Giles

USAT Bestselling author, Nichole Giles, is the author of The DESCENDANT series and The WATER SO DEEP series. Her dreams include owning a garden full of fairies, riding a unicorn, and taming her pet dragons. She loves traveling to tropical and exotic destinations, driving with the convertible top down, and playing music at full volume while she sings along.

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Recently forced into the underwater city of Atlantis, Emma Harris has managed to avoid marrying the merman who brought her, but her grandfather—the Sea King—insists that joining with the abusive Merrick is inevitable. When Emma discovers a poison that might restore her human lungs, she goes in search of the rare creature that carries it, prepared to try the poison no matter the cost, so she can return home to her family—and to James.

Since his girlfriend went missing, James’ depression has destroyed his chance at a basketball scholarship and incurred the wrath of his uncle, who was once his strongest supporter. When the police inform him that he’s a suspect in Emma’s mysterious disappearance, James sells his beloved motorcycle to buy a boat so he can find Emma and prove his innocence before going on trial for a murder he didn’t commit.

With destiny against them, it’s only a matter of time before both are imprisoned forever.

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Q&A With The Author:

1.     When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I started writing about the time my youngest child started preschool. Looking back, I think I was searching for something of my own, since I’d finally gotten past the baby/toddler/diaper phase of motherhood. I’d always been a huge reader, and exceptional with my English skills, so when I came across an online writing class, I took it, just for fun. And then I found my first writing conference, and it kind of snowballed from there.
2.     Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
This week I’m working on a deadline! I’m doing a short story for a charity anthology, the proceeds of which will go toward hurricane victims from this year. I have a personal connection to the one that hit Texas, since one of the first towns hit is where I lived a few years ago, so even though I have a long to-do list this fall, I couldn’t say no. So… though it hasn’t been announced yet, I’m now working on a novelette from the Water So Deep world. The series is still complete, as far as I have planned. This is just an extra addition. For charity! Also because this world is the one I’ve worked in most recently, so it’s the freshest in my mind, which helps with the necessary quick turnaround.
3.     What is your favorite writing snack?
It really depends on my mood. I have a hard time typing and eating at the same time, especially because I do all my writing on a laptop. But I do get snacky here and there, so usually it’s something easy to grab, and okay to have sit for a while if I strike a good vein on my WIP. Fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts—stuff like that. And occasionally gummy candies, because-obviously!
4.     If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
Elise from Sea So Blue. I think I’d serve her snow crab (obvs) because it’s her favorite, and mine too. And I’d tell her that grief is temporary, and encourage her to be happy while she can. (Is that vague enough without being spoilery?)
5.     Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Oh man. This one actually required a LOT of research. I learned to scuba dive (and did it in the ocean a few times), studied whales and went whale watching, learned about the most dangerous creatures in the sea, and the most poisonous. I had to check facts about criminal procedures with a missing persons’ (thought to be a murder investigation) and what would happen if police suspect foul play but don’t have a body, and also I had to use my knowledge of driving a boat, and learn about a different type than mine. There’s probably more, but that’s a long enough list, I think.
6.     How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
If it’s summer, I’m usually out on the lake on our boat. Or near a beach somewhere. Wherever there is water, that’s where I want to be. In the winter, we have snow where I live, so that’s a lot harder. Usually I’m either home reading and enjoying my family, or shopping, because that’s where I go to get out of the house when it’s cold (and I can’t take cold very well).
7.     What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
I used to say it was to become a bestselling author, but this year, Sea So Blue hit the USA Today bestseller list. My new goal is to make a steady paycheck from my books, and maybe someday sell my movie rights. Oh, also, someday I want to own a beach house—so it wouldn’t hurt to get rich! winkwink
8.     What do you fear most?
My husband and/or children being seriously hurt or dying.
9.     What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?

No matter how you choose to pursue publishing, study the craft of writing well over and over again. Practice, and never stop practicing, studying, and learning. And never give up just because you get rejected or have a bad review. OH, also, don’t read the reviews!

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Christmas Grace: A Regency Christmas Collection By Jennifer Moore, Krista Lynne Jensen, Anita Stansfield & Chalon Linton-Blog Tour and Giveaway

{Product Details}
  • Title: Christmas Grace: A Regency Christmas Collection 
  • Authors:Jennifer Moore, Krista Lynne Jensen, Anita Stansfield & Chalon Linton
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (October 2, 2017)
  • Genre: Regency/ Romance
  • ISBN-10: 1524404403
  • FTA/FYI: I received a review paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Synopsis}
Let Nothing You Dismay by Jennifer Moore, After their childhood friendship blossomed into love, one young couple's whirlwind romance ended in bitter disappointment. Now, years later, can a long-overdue Christmas gift heal two wounded hearts?
Christmas at Canterwood by Krista Lynn Jensen A charming new governess is determined to create a magical Christmas for her young charges. What follows is a season of warmth, laughter, and even the promise of an unanticipated love.
Winter Angel by Anita Stansfield For generations, one small London bakery has carried on the sweet tradition of delivering bread to the impoverished. When the lovely baker meets a down-on-his luck stranger, her kindness will open the door to a bright friendship—and an astonishing discovery.
Christmas Grace by Chalon Linton After suffering a heartbreaking loss, one woman returns home to honor the family tradition of staging a Christmas celebration for the surrounding village. But when a severe snowstorm hinders her plans, help—and hope—find her in the most unexpected of ways.

{My Review}

I really loved this book of four novellas which were very different with their story lines but each one had such a fabulous Christmas feeling intertwined with the words. This is the kind of book you pick up during a busy Christmas season and can read one story, put it down and come back hours later and read the next novella in the book and feel like you never left. Each of these writers' did such a great job making the characters stand out that I remembered each and every story days after finishing the book. Another great compliment I can give, is that I wished each story could have been expanded into a much longer book. I didn't want the stories to end. 

I truly tried picking which one I loved the most but I couldn't do it. There was something about each story that I totally loved from the sacrifice shown from the heroine in 'Let Nothing You Dismay', to the loving and charming Governess in 'Christmas at Canterwood', then there was the kindly and angelic family that sheltered and loved the homeless in 'Winter Angel',and with the last story, 'Christmas Grace' we see true miracles happen when Gordon and Grace meet and plan a Christmas celebration to benefit others that ends up enriching their own lives. 

Christmas Grace should definitely be on the top of your list of books to purchase for those lovers of Regency Romance and those that just love satisfying, heart-filled Christmas stories. 

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Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blitz and Giveaway: Day 10- League of Turn: 6th Turn: KAT By Ren Garcia

Lord Belmont’s life ended in Clovis, in the impenetrable darkness beneath the ground where forbidden rites were once held. Lady Gwendolyn was his love, body and soul, and the Demon in Blue Light killed her.

Every year, on the anniversary of Gwen’s death, he returned to Clovis to stand in the cold desolation, hearing the wind moan through the lonely passes, feeling her loss all over again.

On this anniversary, he wasn’t alone in Clovis. He heard the noises rustling in the brush. He smelled the raw river of Shadow tech. Then he saw it:

The claws …
The flicking tail …
The maniacal, glittering eyes fixed on him …
“I’ve been waiting for you,” it said in a grating voice as it attacked.
* * * * *

Far away, across the cosmos in a city of wondrous crystal towers, two people watch in horror as the desperate scene at Clovis unfolds. They had worked so hard, sacrificed so much, even argued for it before the gods. They convinced the gods they were right, that they knew best, and everything would go well.

But, things weren’t going well at Clovis.

If this situation went poorly, then ages worth of work would be lost, and, just possibly, the universe might come to an end.

 ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative "League of Elder" book series is published by Loconeal Publishing


Connect with the Author here: 

Facebook ~ Website ~ Amazon ~

Q&A With The Author:

Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?

I write science fiction/fantasy books. Very low on the science, very high on the fantasy. I have a giant-sized imagination that’s extruded from my brain like a slushie at the gas station, and such a genre is well-suited for me. I don’t think I have a personal favorite, I’m happy with them all. Essentially, I write stories that I like to read. I’m fairly minimalist when it comes to floral descriptions, I’ve been taught plot is king, and I’m a really good plotter. The next book in the series is Book 10: The House of Bloodstein: Perlamum, followed by The House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis. I’m very excited for this series. It should be a lot of fun.

What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist?

I love writing at night--that usually gets my juices flowing. When I listen to music, I usually listen to darker, more depressing sort of tunes. One of my usual soundtracks is “Bella Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus and the soundtrack to the Fear Effect.

What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows? Hobbies?

I have all sorts of interests. I love caving, I love crawling in the deep unseen places. I also love wandering through huge, craggy buildings like hospitals and old hotels. I really can’t say what my favorite film would be--I have many that I love, and the list changes all the time. My current favorite TV show is “Vikings” on the History Channel though I also like “Longmire” on Netflicks as well.

What color would you wear if you had only one choice?

Red and Gray (I’m a Buckeye fan)

What writers inspired you to become an author?

Michael Moorcock and Fritz Leiber were my biggest influences. Michael Moorcock taught me to be bold and uninhibited in my writing, while Fritz Leiber taught me how to use my imagination to world build, filling it with all sorts of crazy things.

What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you'd like to share about writing?

Writing is a very personal thing. What works for me likely won’t work for another. The best advice I can offer is to have a vision and stick to it. If you believe in your vision, then do not allow negative feedback to sway you from your path. If you have access to a writing group that you trust, then join and hear what they have to say--but, avoid constantly changing your work to suit the needs of others, otherwise your vision will be lost.  

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

I visit a number of different shows and conventions across the Midwest

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?

The Goddess Atha. We will eat manna.

If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?


"All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction." Do you have a stand on this one? Any cute pictures of your kitty or other pet?

I’m allergic to cat fur, so I have no cats. I have three Dachshunds. They won’t sit still long enough to create a cute picture.

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