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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.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

A Bounty of Secrets & Rebellion by Sharayah Maurice-YA Fantasy Book Tour Review and Excerpt!

Welcome to the Book Tour for
 A Bounty of Secrets and Rebellion
by Sharayah Maurice!

 Book Summary

A historical alliance between two gifted races is threatened when Princess Alana Bell Sundry is attacked and a bounty is placed on her head. With powerful enemies on two borders, the kingdom of Latera is relying on her arranged marriage to the Gaellen Prince to strengthen their position in Tanithor.

Enlisting the help of a mysterious bodyguard to keep her alive until her prince arrives to claim her, Alana soon learns there’s more to the undercover guard than meets the eye. As she spends time with her new bodyguard, she realizes that the attacks on her life aren’t the only threats to the alliance. Her heart may prove just as effective at dismantling a union that has been years in the making.

Meanwhile, across the Great River, Griff Shoshone is unaware of the political events happening around him. The girl he’s loved for years has recently been promised to his little brother, the future Chief of Hoken, and Griff must find a way to reconcile his heart to the Oracle’s prophetic declaration. However, after a fateful decision with deadly consequences leaves him and his brother’s betrothed captured in enemy territory, Griff must now come to terms with his new fated destiny.

A Bounty of Secrets and Rebellion is the first in the Chronicles of Tanithor YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like clean romance, characters with elemental powers, and action packed chapters with cliff hanger endings, then you’ll love the enchanting world of Tanithor.

Book Details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0C8R1QZKL
  • Genre: YA Fantasy
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 1, 2023
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3595 KB
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

This was an exciting debut novel. A Bounty of Secrets & Rebellion has many things in it to draw readers in. There are great characters, a lot of action, romance, and mysteries to keep you guessing...even until the next novel comes out.

The magic system was different and exciting, especially as they come from The All Gods. I always love books with elemental magic. The secrets in this novel are extended far and wide to many groups of people but eventually are connected. This brings some surprising twists near the end that I wasn't expecting.

If you like YA Fantasy books with danger, suspense, exciting magic, forbidden love, and some great plot twists, then you'll truly enjoy A Bounty of Secrets & Rebellion. 

****Meet Author Sharayah Maurice****

Sharayah Maurice has been a lover of books since she first learned to read and has dreamed of being an author for just as long. She is the author of The Chronicles of Tanithor: Age of the Oracle series. Her stories are filled with adventure, political intrigue and swoony romance that will leave you desperate for more. She lives in north Texas with her husband and five children. To find out more, visit her at or follow her @thesharayahmaurice on Instagram.

{{{Excerpt from A Bounty of Secrets and Rebellion}}}

Griff ducked into the chief’s hut and gave the Hoken greeting as his father returned the gesture.

“Griff, my son!” the chief said with a smile, coming forward to embrace him. Griff smiled widely back, returning his father’s warm embrace. He had the same dark, black eyes and long black hair that Alo had, but, to Griff, it turned his father’s features more comforting and inviting as opposed to firm and fierce. Behind him, Griff saw Alo standing in the corner with his arms crossed and his brows drawn together.

“What’s wrong with Alo? He looks like you just condemned him to a journey of solitude for six months.”

The chief chuckled, and the beads on his feathered headrest jangled. “It is a short journey and not in solitude, son.”

Griff eyed his father suspiciously, not sure he was liking where this was going. The chief gave Griff a loaded look. “I need you two to go and see the Oracle.”

Griff instantly shook his head. “No, Father. Please. Don’t make me go there. That lady gives me the creeps.” Not to mention the fact that she was the one responsible for Halyn’s fate.

The chief lowered his eyebrows in reproach. “Griff, the Oracle is a great woman, and you would do well to speak honorably of the All God’s chosen.”

“Can’t you just send Alo? I’m sure he doesn’t want to travel with me anyway. That’s why he looks so grumpy,” Griff replied, waving a hand toward his brother.

“Please, you two act like you can’t stand a simple two-day journey to Pavati. You’ll be there and back before you know it,” the chief said warmly, guiding Griff over to stand by Alo.

“The last time we went on a two-day journey together, Griff set the forest on fire, and we nursed burns for weeks,” Alo replied irritably.

“That was an accident!” Griff shouted in defense. “I put the stones around the fire like I was supposed to.”

“But you didn’t dig the hole first in your haste to get something cooking so you could eat!”

“Funny, you were just as eager to eat that turkey as I was. Plus, I don’t remember you making an effort to dig the hole either!”

“You’re always thinking of your stomach!”

“No, I’m not!”

“Yes, you are!”

“That’s enough!” the chief roared. Griff and Alo immediately went silent. “You two will journey to Pavati to meet the Oracle,” their father declared firmly. “She has requested your presence and you will not delay. Is that understood?”

“Yes, Father,” they each replied sullenly.

Just then, Halyn stepped into the hut with embalmed leaves. “Alo, I have the treatment you requested for your shoulder.”

Griff’s mouth twitched. Alo was such a baby. She walked over and started placing the leaves on the shoulder he had used to cart the elk.

“Halyn, my dear, how would you like to journey to Pavati with my boys? The Oracle has a message for them, and I believe they could use your presence as a buffer along the way,” the chief said with a wink at Halyn.

Her eyes met Griff’s for the briefest moment and then she focused on her ministrations as she said, “I’m not sure anyone can buffer these two, but I’ll do my best.”

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry By Chad Morris and Shelly Brown-Middle Grade Fiction Book Review

 Book Summary

Juniper Berry knows how to handle bobcats, bears, and mountain lions, but can she survive the toughest predator of all—middle school?

Eleven-year-old Juniper Berry lives with her family deep in the wild woods. Living off the grid is pretty exciting, but her happy life in the wild ends abruptly when her younger brother gets sick, and they move to the city to be closer to the hospital. Juniper and her older sister end up living with cousins they hardly know and attending public school for the first time, which is harder to navigate than the wild woods ever were. Juniper feels like a wolf cub separated from her pack.

As the hospital bills for her brother start piling up, Juniper knows they’ll need to be paid before the family can go back to the woods, so she decides to make enough money to help out. With her cousin Alayna’s support, Juniper starts posting videos filled with her wisdom from the woods, hoping to get a following. But what if it doesn’t work? What if the bills never get paid? Not going home to the wild is Juniper’s worst nightmare. While she’s stuck in the city, she might as well make the most of it, like sticking up for Alayna, who’s being bullied by her supposed friends, for starters.

The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry is a story about perseverance when faced with difficult and unfamiliar challenge, belonging and finding your identity, compassion for others, and learning that our differences can sometimes be our strengths.

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shadow Mountain (August 15, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 163993099X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639930999
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 10 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 6
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

Have you ever wondered how a fish out of water would survive in our crazy, technological, social-media-filled society? The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry by Authors Chad Morris and Shelly Brown has written a story for middle-grade readers that shows you exactly this. 

Eleven-year-old Juniper has lived her whole life with her family off the grid and learning to love nature. When her younger brother Hank becomes ill, the family is forced to re-enter modern society to get medical help for him. This is when the changes begin for Juniper whose POV is used to tell this story. There are many humorous moments as Juniper is introduced to many things we take for granted, like a fridge, microwave, a shower, using a flush toilet, and eating pizza for the first time. I really liked Juniper who despite realizing she really doesn't fit in doesn't change to make her blend in. She truly is a strong and confident girl who loves her family and will support them whatever it takes.

There are some strong themes of bullying, split families, and anxiety attacks, that are beautifully written for this age readers to understand. This novel also has such wonderful characters from Zombie the Goose,  grumpy Mrs. Nakamura, stuck-up Sophie, and Juniper's cousins. Readers will learn lessons of having confidence in your own gifts and talents, standing up for others...even if you don't like someone, and staying strong as families in any circumstance. 

Chad and Shelly write the best books for Middle-Grade readers. The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry is another accomplishment in their growing list of novels that change kids' lives as they navigate the journey toward being an adult. I highly recommend this heart-filled book.

****Meet the Authors****

Chad Wilson

Chad Morris coauthored Virtually Me, Mustaches for Maddie, Squint, Willa and the Whale, and the upcoming Wild Journey of Juniper Berry with his wife, Shelly Brown. He is also the author of the Cragbridge Hall series (The Inventor's Secret, The Avatar Battle, and The Impossible Race). He has won the Utah Book Award, the Buckeye Award, and the Nebraska Book Award, and the Silver Foreword INDIES award for Juvenile fiction. Chad also wrote one of the short stories in True Heroes: A Treasury of Modern-day Fairy Tales Written by Best-selling Authors. His story was based on JP Gibson, an amazing boy who faced cancer with courage, heart, and a basketball dream.

Chad grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. (Inspired by Animal from The Muppets, he has been banging on drums since he was eight years old.) Neither of those plans quite panned out. After high school, he left the Rocky Mountains to live in Brazil for a few years then returned home to write and perform sketch comedy while going to college. He graduated from BYU with a couple of degrees and became a teacher and a curriculum writer.

Shelly Brown

A native to the ocean and transplanted to the mountains, Shelly Brown has always loved children and books so it made sense when she started writing books for children. In her spare time she helps her husband, author Chad Morris, write MORE children's books. In her extra-extra spare time she loves the theater and traveling. She is also one of the worst tap dancers you will ever meet. But she does it anyway.

She has no regrets, one husband, three chickens, five children, and sixty-four Pez dispensers.

For more information, to request interviews or school visits, or for a press kit contact her at

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Crown and Serpent: A Fate of Eyrinthia Novella By Heather Frost-YA Fantasy Book Review & Excerpt

Book Summary
All she wanted . . .

Seventeen-year-old Iris Winn loves her quiet life with her father, studying the poisons that fascinate them both. But after his sudden death, Iris is now the ward of her estranged aunt and uncle. In order to claim her inheritance, she must live in the capital city of Lenzen for one year. While there, she must attend parties, balls, and participate in every other vapid thing the elite of Ryden value. Iris doesn’t care about learning their rules or joining their ranks–her only goal is to endure the next year. Then she meets Prince Henri Kaelin.

Everything they demanded . . .

Every young woman in Lenzen wants Henri–except for Iris. Unfortunately, the prince only has eyes for her. The king has decreed that Henri must choose a bride before his birthday, and Iris is determined it won’t be her. Dodging a prince’s focused attention while placating her relatives and the rest of Ryden’s high society is exhausting–and more dangerous than Iris could have ever imagined. She is about to learn that not all games are innocent, and some smiles are more lethal than poison. Luckily, Iris is a quick study, and this is a game she is determined to win.

She would take it all.
Book Details
Series: Fate of Eyrinthia
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: August 25, 2023 
Number of pages: 244

****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

Crown and Serpent is a prequel novella in the Fate of Eyrinthia Series. This series has been so good. When I heard what this novella was about I was so intrigued. This time we get to read the story of the evil King Henri and his equally evil wife Queen Iris. 
The biggest surprise for readers is finding out at their first meeting neither of them was seriously heinous. Experiences in their lives eventually headed them in that direction. I actually was charmed by both of them and loved their witty banter. This is not to say I like them and they're horrible at what they do in the other novels. But I had a new understanding of how life sometimes shapes us in ways that we have no control over.
This novella must be read by all Fate of Eyrinthia fans. Getting this insight into the character's early lives made me look at many things differently. This novella is not a happy one, and there are some deaths by poison but it was another great read by Heather Frost.

****Meet Author Heather Frost****

Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon bestselling author who writes magical stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy, the Fate of Eyrinthia series, and Esperance. Her books have been Whitney Award and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website:

~~~~~~Excerpt from Crown and Serpent~~~~~~

“Tell me what you love most in the world.”

Iris stared at Henri. She didn’t understand his captivation with her, but they were stuck together for the rest of this dance. She couldn’t very well ignore him. 

She could try to dissuade his attention, though.

She smiled a bit thinly. “I love poison.”

Henri blinked, though he was skilled enough at dancing that he didn’t miss a step. “Poison?”

“Yes.” Her head tipped to the side. “Don’t you think poison is interesting?”

“I’ve never really thought about it, to be honest.”

“It’s my favorite area of study.”


Challenge was in his voice, and Iris’s spine straightened as she rose to it. “Did you know there’s a toad in Zennor that secretes a venom that can paralyze every muscle in a man’s body? It’s absorbed through the skin, so there’s not even a need to pierce the flesh. And did you know there’s a berry in Devendra so poisonous, it can kill a person mere seconds after eating it? There’s a root in Mortise that can be ground up and dried, and added to tea—and it will boil your insides. There’s even a powder that can burn you. No flames—just a harmless-looking white powder. There are potions that will make a person sleep, and others that will keep a person awake. Some things can even force a person to tell the truth—whether they want to or not. It’s endlessly thrilling to experiment with what nature offers. Perfecting it, and making it your own . . . It’s my ultimate passion.”

Henri stared at her, his expression impossible to read.

Iris’s cheeks warmed under his scrutiny. “What?”

“You’ve convinced me,” he said. “Poison is utterly fascinating.”

They still moved together to the sound of the stringed music, dancing on the floor with the other couples. But having his focus solely on her, Iris felt like they were completely alone.

“How did you come to know so much about poison?” Henri asked.

“It was my father’s passion. I joined him in his research, and it eventually became mine as well. I’ve learned much from books and experimentation.”

His forehead creased. “That sounds dangerous.”

“It can be, if you’re not paying attention. But there’s an order to things. An expected reaction. It’s exhilarating when you find the right blend or the proper dilution . . .” She trailed off.

Henri was smiling. “Utterly fascinating,” he repeated. This time, she didn’t think he was talking about poison.

Her face felt even more flushed than before. Almost feverish. Fates, what was wrong with her?

The sound of applause made her jolt. The song had ended.

She attempted to pull away, but Henri held her fast.

“Unfortunately, I must dance with several other ladies tonight,” Henri said. “But are you free tomorrow afternoon?”

Her breathing came out a little strained. “Your Highness, I don’t think you should spend any more of your time with me.”

“Are you free tomorrow afternoon?” he repeated, unruffled.

Across the floor, all the couples had broken apart—except for them. She could feel people staring.

That uncomfortable flush wound down her neck, heating all her skin. “Fine,” she said through her teeth.

The corner of his mouth lifted. “You’re free, then?”

“Yes. As long as you let me go.” She tugged at her hand, which he still clasped.

Henri smiled. “For now.” He lifted her hand and brushed his lips against the back of it.

Her skin tingled from the unexpected kiss, and her heart stuttered in her chest. 

The prince seemed wholly unaffected as he released her hand and inclined his head, his lips quirked and his eyes glittering as he said, “Until tomorrow afternoon, Lady Iris.”

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Friday, August 18, 2023

Flashes of Memory (Constantine Capers Book 2) By Natalie Brianne-Book Review

 Book Summary

When Mira Blayse agreed to be a personal secretary to an amnesiac detective, she never expected to be invited to Buckingham Palace. Yet here she is meeting with the Prime Minister. Assigned to protect the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire the two don’t realize this assignment will lead to murder, espionage, and not one, but three mysteries.

Meanwhile, an unexpected encounter with a woman from his past leaves Byron reeling with flashbacks and new memories. But despite this miraculous recovery, he always forgets Mira.

This new development, family expectations and the ever looming Order of Circe all threaten their unique partnership, the truth, and their lives. With Mira’s heart pulled every which way, can she accept that the man she loves will never remember her?

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Immortal Works LLC (September 13, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1953491413
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

I read this at the beginning of the year and realized I had forgotten to review it. Flashes of Memory is book 2 in the Constantine Capers series by Natalie Brianne. I read book one in this series last year and really liked it. This book was even better because I already knew and loved the main characters. 

Once again Mira and Byron are completely involved in a mystery and loads of danger. Byron still has his memory problems but he starts having flashbacks in this novel. We also meet both of their brothers and find out more about each of their backgrounds and also learn more about the organization, The Order of Circe. The best part is when the twosome are invited to Buckingham Palace and all of the mystery and intrigue that happens while there.

This novel had the right mixture of romance, mystery, suspense, and excitement. Flashes of memory was a great second book in the series. There were a few things left up in the air which makes waiting for book three very hard.

***Meet Author Natalie Brianne*** 

Natalie Brianne's love of writing might be traced back to an old Rainbow Macintosh Laptop she received for her 8th birthday. Perhaps it came from years of storytelling and the discipline of wonder. Or maybe, she was born to write and didn’t realize it until a book sprung out of her fingertips somewhere between a house in Pleasant Grove, Utah and a bus on its way to Edinburgh, Scotland.

She received her degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from BYU. While she could have studied English or Creative Writing, she opted to learn more about culture, distant lands, and people in hopes of writing better stories. Much of her first book, Constantine Capers: The Pennington Perplexity was written when she lived at 27 Palace Court, London, walking the streets as if she were her characters.

While her interests in writing spread across genres, you can always expect her work to be imaginative, clean, and clever.

Learn more about Natalie and her books HERE:

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Monday, August 14, 2023

Chiara's Choice Everly Series #3: A Regency Romance by Chalon Linton-Regency Romance Book Review

 Book Summary

Chiara Madero, daughter of an Italian baron, is the epitome of beauty and fire, and when confronted, her lovely lips reveal a sharp tongue. But her enchanting facade hides a less-than-elegant her family believes her true value lies in her ability to secure an advantageous match. And there is no better place to find a wealthy, titled husband than the London Marriage Mart. Mr. Abraham Jamison is not a firstborn son and has procrastinated choosing an occupation. Nevertheless, his honest and forthright nature immediately captures Chiara’s attention. He is unsuitable for a woman of her station in all ways, but she can’t seem to resist seeking out his company. Abraham sees through her fiery personality and refuses to play her games, yet after waging a mutual battle of wits, an unexpected friendship forms between them―a rapport that soon blossoms into something more. Abraham’s wish is to become a man worthy of her. But when faced with her family’s determination to manipulate circumstances to their advantage, he and Chiara must face their feelings and find the strength to defy an insurmountable Chiara’s mother.

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications; First Edition (August 8, 2023)
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Series: Everly Series #3
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524423394
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

Chiara's Choice was written by one of my favorite authors, Chalon Linton. She has a way of writing such relatable characters that you remember for a long time. Chiara's Choice is part of the Everly Series that features the Jamison family. I've loved the previous two books, Escape to Everly Manor and Forever Phoebe. This third book is a fantastic addition to the series. 

Chiara Madero is the daughter of an Italian Baron looking for the perfect man her parents want her to marry. This lady is full of spice and doesn't want to head into a loveless marriage like her parents. Here she is in the London Marriage Mart and isn't very impressed with what she is seeing.

Abraham Jamison is a wonderful and perfect gentleman but not a first son. He has nothing to offer a baron's daughter. When these two people meet they clash and fireworks ensue. If you are looking for an enemies-to-lovers trope, you are reading the right book. There are moments when you get frustrated with both Chiara and Abraham. Chiara is very much in control until readers find out that she feels exactly the opposite. I grew to like her more and more as the story went on. Abraham also gained courage and strength as he spent more time with Chiara.

Chiara's Choice is a love story about two people that fight hard for their love. They both are up against societal expectations and need the bravery to stand up for themselves. Just know that there is a surprising "Happily Ever After" that will make readers smile. I'm excited to see what happens in the next Everly Series book.

****Meet Author Chalon Linton****

Chalon Linton is an air force spouse, a mother of four, and a fan of all things romance. Jane Austen has long been a favorite because who can resist handsome men in tailcoats? Manners, wit, and true love, combined with a faith in God, guide her stories to a happily ever after. She has met friends from around the globe and is grateful for each experience that adds to her own faith in the goodness of people.

Learn More about Chalon and her Books


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Sunday, August 13, 2023

The Trespassers {A Trespassers Suspense Novel}-By Stephanie Black-Suspense Novel Book Review

 Book Summary

Rayna Kirkpatrick has lived her entire life with a secret: she possesses dangerous paranormal abilities. But she’s carefully kept her powers hidden from the world―or so she thinks. When new struggles in her life prompt her to seek information about her abilities, her internet search sends up red flags. Without her knowledge, she is placed under surveillance by a government team who monitors people with unique gifts like hers, individuals known as Trespassers. There are only two options for those manifesting such supernatural abilities: submit to regulation and scientific study or be eliminated.

Damon Hale is an invaluable asset to the government. As a Trespasser himself, he is perfectly positioned to determine how to handle others like him. When a series of unexplained deaths is connected to Rayna, Damon is assigned to go undercover to her California hometown to determine whether she’s the killer they suspect she is. As he gets to know this kind and charming woman, he’s determined not to allow his growing attraction to her to shake his objectivity. But the deaths surrounding her are no coincidence, and as his suspicions about her guilt begin to fade, he realizes he and Rayna must work together to discover the truth or risk becoming the next victims.

Book Details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications; First Edition (September 5, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524424544
  • ****I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, NetGalley, book tours, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.****

My Review

The Trespassers is a new suspense series by the wonderful Stephanie Black. This author writes some of the best mystery suspense novels I've read. I couldn't wait to read the first book in this new series. I want to say, my high expectations were met!

The interesting part about this suspense novel is that the main character Rayna has paranormal abilities. As she investigates her "powers" she signals to a secret government group that she is a "Trespasser". When a Trespasser is found they have two choices, either they go along with this team and become one of them or they become eliminated. 

The suspense part in this novel are the many deaths that are happening in Rayna's hometown. So many clues lead toward Rayna being involved in the deaths. I couldn't believe how things were stacking up against her. Damon Hale is a Trespasser sent to investigate Rayna. He also is seeing Rayna as a killer but the more he gets to know her, the more he is confused by the facts and his feelings. Of course, day by day Rayna and Damon can't help but grow closer together and there is a definite attraction. 

There are so many things happening in this novel, that you can't read fast enough as you gather clues. The accusations are flying hard and fast and everyone is looked at as the guilty party. Red Herrings anyone? Do you notice I'm not giving you many clues about the deaths and who could be guilty? Well, this is what I do because I want you to read this amazing suspense novel. Trespassers is going to be a brilliant series and I can't wait to read the next installment.

****Meet Author Stephanie Black****

Stephanie Black has loved books since she was old enough to grab the pages and has enjoyed creating make-believe adventures since she and her sisters were inventing long Barbie games filled with intrigue and danger or running around pretending to be detectives. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner for Best Mystery/Suspense Novel. Stephanie lives in northern California, plays the violin in a community symphony but never practices enough, and likes to wander around taking pictures of birds. She enjoys spending time with her family, is a fan of homemade pizza, chocolate-chip cookies, and naps, and ranks as the cat's third-favorite person, though that ranking is shaky. Follow her on Facebook at or Instagram at @stephanieblackauthor.

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