Motivational Monday

After an awful week on the personal front, I decided I needed a retreat – a break from reality this past weekend. Since money is almost non-existent at my house at this time actually going somewhere was out of the question so I knew I had to stay home to create break. I’ve done weekend writing blitzes but my brain struggled to remember my name so that would have resulted in more frustration. I decided a reading retreat would be met all my needs…
(1) Provide an escape into all the wonderful worlds different authors had created
(2) I had a great to-be read pile already on hand that I mixed in some old comforting rereads
(3) I could move my retreat (Tuesday’s Two is going to be my favorite reading spots)
Friday morning I went to the store and stocked up on ‘retreat’ goodies for my weekend (I’ll share some of the recipes on Tasty Thursday). One of the things I decided is I’d stay away from twitter, facebook, and e-mail. BUT one of the last things I did as a functioning part of society was ‘attended’ a Kick-off Event on facebook for author – Natalie Gayle for her 2nd book in the Centre Games series – Finding Judgement.
It was fun and great way to begin my retreat. AND I added two new books to my retreat list. The first book I read was an old favorite – Terry Brooks Sword of Shannara. This set the mood of my retreat – a wonderful escape.
Next I read Finding Trust by Natalie Gayle ~ here is the buy link because you’ll want to get it – it’s AWESOME!!!!

He’s hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that’s more than his to share.
She’s a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year’s Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead guitarist was furthest thing from Rihanna Mason’s mind when the night began.
When Rihanna inadvertently becomes the target of a deadly terrorist plot using the Hendra virus as a biological weapon, Brayden is forced to reveal his other life. His job is to keep her safe and together they must stop the terrorists before it’s too late. But what happens when she becomes more to him than just the assignment?
Will the secret he cannot disclose ultimately prove too much for Rihanna’s fragile trust in relationships? Or will he finally break through the double brick walls around her heart, where every other man has failed?
Where Terry Brooks spun a world of make-believe and fantasy, Natalie Gayle offered me an escape into a danger, excitement, and romance.
I loved Rihanna and Brayden. I loved the dance they did around the relationship. Rihanna has relationship ‘issues’ but she is far from a boring cardboard cookie cutter character. I loved the mix of suspense and love. The balance is prefect. The genetic altering ‘Centre’ thread of the series is well explained without moving the genre to sci-fi.
The relationships in Finding Trust are well developed and realistic and offered me a wonderful escape from my own life for a couple of hours (the purpose of the retreat). I felt like I knew the characters – they were well developed with their own set of traits and ticks so I was spending time with them.
I eagerly started Finding Judgment on Sunday but reality knocked and I was unable to finish it but as of this posting it rocks!

The retreat provided the break I needed so I’m ready to tackle my WIP’s and resume my role in the world.

I’d love to hear about some of your favorite books to add to my reading list.


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