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.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Jennifer A. Nielsen's Cover Reveal Contest! TODAY only! Prizes and Fun Ahead!

Today is a...

New York Times Best Selling author, Jennifer A. Nielsen, has a new book coming out next year! To celebrate, she is having a contest to share with the world the cover of the new book!


I know you've read her books, and they are some of the most popular out there! 

So I know that anything she writes is a winner! Jennifer wants to help someone be a winner today.

Let's talk about the contest.

You will find this image (with 15 trivia squares) hiding the cover on Jennifer's site. 

The Contest is now over! Jennifer will be picking a winner soon! Here is the cover for the new book!

There are (Surprise!) 15 blogs that will have a piece of the cover on their blog. My blog has one and that's probably why you are here! 
 1. Follow each link to find the trivia question. 2. Answer the question in the comment section of each individual blog. (SO RIGHT HERE!!) 3. The first correct answer on each blog will unlock that square of the cover, BUT... 4. Even if the square is unlocked, please visit every blog to get an entry point. Leave a comment down below! The contest is open until every square is unlocked and the full cover is revealed. This means if you visit every blog before the cover is revealed, 
you can get up to 15 entries! WHAT WILL YOU WIN? THREE signed books from Jennifer Nielsen, INCLUDING the choice of THE CAPTIVE KINGDOM

 – or – the first ARC of this new historical when she receives it!

Here is the Trivia Question on my blog: 

#13 Who said, 
“France has lost the battle, but she has not lost the war.”  

Comment down below who you think said this, and you can get an entry point. Leave you full name and email address.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Noble Smuggler (A Historical Romance) by Sian Ann Bessey- Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

Product Details

  • Title: The Noble Smuggler (A Historical Romance) 
  • Author:  Sian Ann Bessey
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (April 1, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524412279
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

Book Synopsis 
Despite living at her father’s inn her entire life, Elizabeth Doyle has always managed to avoid involvement with the smugglers who frequently gather there. Until now. When a handsome smuggler is brought to her with dire injuries, Elizabeth risks everything to hide him—completely unaware that the wounded man is not who he appears to be.

When an opportunity arises to infiltrate the notorious smuggling gang he believes caused his father’s death, Jonas Ainsworth, the Viscount Langton, pretends to be one of them. But when he is wounded mid-charade, Jonas’s life is placed in the hands of an unlikely savior: a smuggler’s daughter. Forced to flee before his wounds have fully healed, he does not think he will ever see her again—until she appears on his doorstep, seeking safe haven. Divided by their social standings yet united in their mutual desire to expose the leader of the smuggling ring, Jonas and Elizabeth are undeniably drawn to each other. Neither realizes, however, that they are dangerously close to uncovering explosive secrets from the past—secrets that will alter the course of their lives forever.

My Review
Every book I read by Author Sian Ann Bessey instantly transports me away to another world and in this case, it's the coast of England in 1784. The details in her writing actually make me feel as if I'm there. Authors that can write this way amaze me! It's like all of your senses are opened up just by the descriptions written in this historical novel.

The next spectacular thing to point out, are the characters. You have a brave and spirited daughter of an innkeeper, Elizabeth Doyle, who is not afraid to do the right thing amidst a bad situation. Then there is the handsome and courageous Jonas Ainsworth, the Viscount Langton, who will do everything to find the truth about his father's death and nobly try to stop those breaking the law with the smuggling ring in the area. 

The cast of side characters is strong with the addition of Jonas's sister Rosalind, his mother Lady Langton, and the housekeeper Mrs. Beecham. What wonderfully strong women are portrayed in this novel! The book also has the perfect combination of history, action, mystery, intrigue, danger, and astonishment. Sian Ann always has something up her sleeve that seems to blow me away at the end when the mystery and the true villains are revealed. 

This novel is one that you do not want to miss reading. I honestly grow to love her writing more and more with each novel of hers that I read.  This historical romance mixed with entanglements and never-ending suspense will make for a day of reading with an enjoyable and rewarding conclusion.

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The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4) by Julie Kagawa, MacLeod Andrews (Narrator)-Audible Book Review

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa


's review
It was amazing
bookshelves: books-for-teens, ya-books, ya-fantasy
Book Synopsis: 

From the limitless imagination of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julie Kagawa, The Iron Fey series continues.

My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court.

And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl...

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. Then Meghan Chase—a half-human, half fey slip of a girl—smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight.

Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive and with the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way, Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that sometimes it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
My Audible Book Review
I've been listening to this whole series on Audible. The Iron Knight has a new narrator, a man this time and he did an excellent job! I loved listening to him read. I was so happy that this book was written. Readers get a deeper look into Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn, The Winter Prince, or Ash as we knew him in the first three books in the series. This is the story about his life and his background. It was nice to get to know why he did what he did in the first books. I actually like him even more now. It also gave us more insight into Puck and Ash's friendship and conflicts. This book doesn't have The Iron Queen(Meghan) in it much, but I found that it was OK for the plot of this novel. I have to say this is my favorite book in the series so far. I'm so glad that I've finally been able to immerse myself into this world of the Iron Fey. I've been wanting to read the series for years. Listening to them on Audible has been great! 

"Oy, ice-boy! You sure you know where you're going?"

I ignored Robin Goodfellow as we wove through the gray murk of the wyldwood, pushing farther into the soggy swamp known as the Bone Marsh. Mud sucked at my footsteps, and water dripped from twisted green trees so covered in moss they appeared sheathed in slime. Mist coiled around the exposed roots or pooled in sunken areas, hiding what lay beneath, and every so often there was a splash in the still waters farther out, reminding us that we were not alone. As its name suggested, bones were scattered throughout the marsh, jutting out of the mud, half-hidden in tangles of weeds or shimmering beneath the surface of the water, bleached and white. This was a dangerous part of the wyldwood, more so than most—not because of the catoblepas and the jabberwocks and other monsters that called the dark swamp their home, but because of the resident who lived somewhere deep within the marsh.

The one we were going to see.

Something flew past my head from behind, barely missing me, and spattered against a trunk a few feet away. Stopping beneath the tree, I turned and glared at my companion, silently daring him to do that again.

"Oh, hey, it lives!" Robin Goodfellow threw up his muddy hands in mock celebration. "I was afraid it had become a zombie or something." He crossed his arms and smirked at me, mud streaking his red hair and speckling his pointed face. "Did you hear me, ice-boy? I've been yelling at you for some time now."

"Yes," I said, repressing a sigh. "I heard you. I think the jabberwocks on the other side of the swamp heard you."

"Oh, good! Maybe if we fight a couple you'll start paying attention to me!" Puck matched my glare before gesturing around at the swamp. "This is crazy," he exclaimed. "How do we even know he's here? The Bone Marsh isn't exactly on my list of favorite vacation getaways, prince. You sure your contact knew what he was talking about? If this turns out to be another false lead I might turn that phouka into a pair of gloves."

"I thought you wanted an adventure," I said, just to annoy him. Puck snorted.

"Oh sure, don't get me wrong. I'm all for tromping to all five corners of the Nevernever, getting chased by angry Summer Queens, sneaking into an ogre's basement, fighting giant spiders, playing hide-and-seek with a cranky dragon—good times." He shook his head, and his eyes gleamed, reliving fond memories. "But this is like the sixth place we've come to look for that wretched cat, and if he isn't here I'm almost afraid of where we're going next."

"You don't have to be here," I told him. "Leave if you want. I'm not stopping you."

"Nice try, prince." Puck crossed his arms and smiled. "But you're not getting rid of me that easily."

"Then let's keep moving." It was getting dark, and his constant chattering was getting on my nerves. Joking aside, I did not want to attract the attention of a hungry jabberwock and have to fight it in the middle of the swamp.

"Oh, fine," Puck sighed, tromping along behind me. "But if he's not here, I refuse to go to the Spider Queen's palace with you, ice-boy. That's where I draw the line."

Friday, April 17, 2020

Official Book Tour: Mrs. Murray's Home By Emily Jane Hills Orford-Spotlight Post

There is a hidden treasure in the grand old mansion on Piccadilly Street, in a place called London, but not the real London of English fame. There’s also a lot of mystery and a murder that’s been unsolved for decades. But it’s the treasure that captures Mary’s interest. 

Mary lives in this house along with her family, her Brownie friends and a ghost. When the ghost reveals her secret about the hidden treasure, there’s no stopping Mary, her Brownie friends, or her enemies from searching for this treasure. 

Why the intrigue? Apparently there’s a little bit of magic connected to this treasure. And so the adventure begins. Who will find the treasure first?

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Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 

She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at:

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Longer Excerpt #1:
Yes, she was going to Scotland. It was a dream of hers to visit Scotland, the land of Brownies and grand storytelling. Her Granny was born in Glasgow and spent her early years visiting family in Kinross and at Blair Castle, the home of the Murray clan chief. That’s where they were headed: Blair Castle. Granny was taking Mary and their collection of Brownies, and, of course, the ghost, across the ocean. They were flying. Mary’s first airplane ride. Mary’s first visit outside of Canada. Mary’s first visit overseas. A lot of firsts. It was all very exciting.
            The Brownies weren’t convinced. Neither was Mrs. Murray. And she was the ghost. They all wanted to go. It was their home. Or, at least it had been their home a long time ago. But flying? That was unnatural. It went against the laws of physics. It went against the laws of their magical powers, too. It was one thing to conjure up a spell and become invisible, or to grow bigger like Brunny did the first time he met Mary. Scared her, too. But that was months ago and the two were now fast friends.
            “I can’t go,” a voice sobbed from somewhere underneath the growing piles of unpacked clothes. It was Briddie. “I just can’t go. Flying? No! I can’t!”
            “We must, Briddie.” Brunny appeared near the folded pyjamas, Mary’s favorite pink ones. “There is so much we have to resolve. And I want to see our cousins and Pelly’s son. Perhaps they have grandchildren. I want to know. Don’t you? Don’t you want to connect with our family and friends?”
            “Yes, Brunny. But flying?” She peaked out from underneath the pyjamas. “I can’t go inside a metal cavern and allow it to take off into the air, thousands of feet off the ground. Once inside, there’s no escape. We’ll be stuck. Inside. Forever.”
            “Just eight hours,” Mary interrupted. “And it’s overnight, so we can sleep the whole time. We’ll be there first thing in the morning.”
            “No! No! No! It was bad enough getting on that boat and floating out into the deep, blue ocean. But flying over it? No! I can’t! I just can’t.”
            Mary stood there watching the exchange. It was actually a little comical. This couple were the bravest people she had ever met, considering all their past adventures. They really weren’t people, though. They were Brownies. Little people. They lived between the walls and underneath the floors. Magical little people who once called Scotland their home. And they were old. Extremely old. Mary wasn’t sure how old, but they all talked of things they did three and four hundred years ago.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Healthy Eats With Six Sisters Stuff: 101+ Delicious Recipes and Tips for a Healthy Family: Cookbook Review

Product Details

  • Title: Healthy Eats With Six Sisters Stuff: 101+ Delicious Recipes and Tips for a Healthy Family
  • Authors: Six Sisters
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (April 7, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162972730X
  • Book Design: © Shadow Mountain
    Cover Photo: © Shutterstock/Elena Eryomenko
    Art Direction: Richard Erickson
    Cover Design: Emily Remington
    Typesetting: Rachael Ward
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

Book Synopsis 
More than 100 recipes under 500 calories. Quick and easy. Delicious and healthy. Food you can feel good about serving to your family. 

Six Sisters' Stuff are popular lifestyle bloggers and cookbook authors who know about managing busy families, and they know sometimes quick means not healthy. After getting numerous requests; from their fans for healthy meals, they combined their fast-and-easy cooking style with fresh and unprocessed ingredients for healthy and family-friendly recipes in their latest cookbook.

My Review
I was very happy when I found out The Six Sisters had written a healthy eating cookbook. I have loved using their recipes for years. I've changed my way of eating the past several years where I eat low-carb foods, especially a lot of veggies. It was amazing to see so many recipes that I could use. There are also so many recipes that are low-calorie for those that watch their calorie intakes. After reading through the cookbook, I could see this was a very well-rounded cookbook using healthy and natural ingredients. My own kids were so excited to start trying out some of the recipes. They especially were enthusiastic about trying the breakfast recipes. We sat down and immediately started making a weekly menu just from the recipes found in this cookbook. Some of our favorites:
Blueberry Protein Pancakes, Scrambled Egg Breakfast Muffins, Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad, Lemon Garlic Salmon, and Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

As always, the actual book has beautiful photographs of all of the finished recipes and clear and easy to read directions. I also like how most of the recipes have few ingredients that are easy on your budget. The recipes I tried were prepared quickly and I didn't spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This cookbook is a true winner for me and my family and for other families looking for healthier recipes.

Here is an example of some of the recipes you'll find in the cookbook:

Blueberry Breakfast Cookies
Chocolate-Banana Blender Muffins
Red Potato Turkey Bacon Bake
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
Scrambled Egg Breakfast Muffins
Breakfast Tostadas
Bagel Thin Egg White Breakfast Sandwiches
Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Immunity-Boosting Smoothie

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

Easy Vegetable Wraps
Flatbread Veggie Pizza
Buffalo Chicken Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Skinny BBQ Chicken Tostadas
Cajun Chicken Sausage Bake
Make-Ahead Bean and Rice Burritos
Sweet Potato Taco Bowls
Grilled Salmon Salad
Shredded Beef and Sweet Potato Tacos

Main Dish
Grilled Cajun Lime Chicken
Lemon Garlic Salmon
Garlic Steak Kebabs
Egg Roll in a Bowl
Teriyaki Pork Stir-Fry
Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Shrimp Protein Bowl with Mango Salsa
Easy Chicken Street Tacos
Cauliflower-Crust Pizza

Honey-Dijon Salmon

Garlic-Lime Sweet Potato Fries
Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus
Honey-Roasted Carrots
Homemade Naan
Honey Dijon Brussel Sprouts

Healthy Broccoli Salad
Cheesy Zucchini Strips

Snacks and Desserts
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
Flourless Banana Bread
Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Strawberry Dole Whip
Watermelon Sorbet

Meet the Authors: Six Sisters

The Six Sisters—Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra—started their blog in 2011 as a way to keep in touch after they moved out of their house and started lives and families on their own. In just a few years, their blog has become one of the top blog sites for women, with millions of visitors each month enjoying the Sisters’ family stories, recipes, and tips for running a home. The sisters live in California, Texas, and Utah.

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Suffering The Scot: Brotherhood of the Black Tartan (Book 1) By Nichole Van: Book Review

Product Details
Suffering the Scot by Nichole Van
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
  • Series: Brotherhood of the Black Tartan (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Fiorenza Publishing (April 30, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1949863034

Book Synopsis
Lady Jane Everard cannot abide the new Earl of Hadley. The unmannered Scot is a menace to genteel ladies everywhere, what with his booming laugh and swishing kilt and endless supply of ‘ochs’ and ‘ayes.’ Jane wishes Lord Hadley would behave as an earl should and adhere to English rules of polite conduct.

Andrew Langston, the new Earl of Hadley, knows that the English aristocracy think poorly of his lowly Scottish upbringing. This is hardly new. History is littered with the English assuming the worst about Scotland. By living up to their lowest expectations, he is simply fulfilling his civic duty as a Scotsman.

Jane sees Andrew as an unmannered eejit. Andrew considers Jane to be a haughty English lady. But, as the saying goes, . . . opposites attract.

And what if beneath his boisterous behavior and her chilly reserve, Andrew and Jane are not nearly as different as they suppose? Can Scotland and England reach a harmonious union at last? 

My Review
I liked this book, but I didn't like a lot of the characters. They were stuffy, selfish, and troublesome. Most of them were Andrew's relatives. My favorite character is the main hero, the Scot himself, Andrew Langston. He is charming, humorous, stalwart, and loyal. He truly is the heart of his whole family and the story. I did enjoy Lady Jane and how she finally found the courage to change and stand up to her controlling mother and half-brother. The plot is good and the mystery to who's behind a failed murder for hire is quite shocking. I can't wait to read the second book in this series.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

His Lady In Hiding: A Historical Romance By Jen Geigle Johnson-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway


Product Details

  • Title: His Lady In Hiding: A Historical Romance
  • Author: Jen Geigle Johnson
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (April 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524410454
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own*** 

Book Synopsis

Lady Elizabeth Davenport is desperate. Her hand in marriage has been offered to the highest bidder, a distressing proposition in and of itself but made all the more repulsive when she meets her father’s first choice for her hand: Lord Pinweather. When her parents refuse to hear her pleas, Liz is forced to take drastic measures—she will impersonate her maid and begin anew in America on her own terms.

Once on board the ship to America, another passenger, Lord Barton, almost immediately discovers her true status as a noble. After listening to Liz’s highly modified version of her life and her plans to begin again, Barton has compassion on her and teaches her how to abandon her noble mannerisms. Upon disembarking, however, Barton’s generous spirit quickly dampens when he discovers Liz has indeed found work—as his own head housekeeper. Suddenly, the tender feelings they hid from each other on the ship are inescapable, but their difference in station makes romance impossible. As misunderstandings abound and a shocking character from Liz’s past looms, she knows she can’t hide her true identity forever. But as her deception begins to unravel, will her charade cost her the man she loves?

My Review
His Lady In Hiding has so many good things that readers will love. You have a mystery of sorts, a wonderful adventure, a romance that is all wrapped up in one novel.

Lady Elizabeth {"Liz"} Davenport finds herself being forced into a marriage with a very untasteful fellow, Lord Pinweather. In order to avoid the marriage, Liz disguises herself and boards a ship to America to be a housekeeper. Of course, this is when the real fun begins. While on the ship she meets Lord Anthony Barton, who saves Liz, (I'm not telling you what happens) now taking the name of Heidi. They become fast friends and maybe something more. It's really funny how Liz ends up taking the job of being Anthony's housekeeper. One thing I loved more than anything else, is that Liz has a hard time not showing her background as a Lady after being raised as part of the ton. Most people notice something different about her, but it doesn't stop Liz from showing courage and doing her job well. Anthony is torn about this new situation and about his feelings for the servant, "Heidi". 

There are many funny moments created from Liz's situation and many scary ones too, as she is still being sought out by Lord Pinweather. He takes the cake for the most annoying character in the novel! :) He was a dangerous and bothersome pest that wouldn't leave Liz alone. So...he was well written like many of the characters. I also loved how the author included a real-life character, Richard Allen and his wife Sarah. Richard Allen was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential black leaders. His home and church worked as part of The Underground Railroad. He has a very important part in the story. The house staff at Anthony's American house also had many lovable characters too. 

This Historical Romance is one that will not only entertain you, but will educate you too. I enjoyed the comparison between the aristocracy in England compared to America. There was only one part of the story near the end which I wish had been different, but I can see why the author had the story go the way it did. Never the less, readers will be happy about the outcome and the journey the characters traveled to get there.

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Meet Author Jen Geigle Johnson
An award-winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards, Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.
She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She knows all about the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love.
Now, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure.


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