Friday Read

This Friday’s read… is awesome!

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Playing the field is my thing. Beautiful hot women even hotter sex
I was always upfront. They knew the deal. I never wanted anything more.
Until that night.
That woman.
The inexplicable connection.

I finally found that something more.
But then she was gone.

Life moved on. Women came and went. They just never compared.

Until Zoe. Why does she feel so familiar, yet so new?
Have you ever had that weird sensation when you meet for the first time?

Her eyes fascinate me, her body talks to me.
She is by far my biggest temptation.
A force that draws me to her, like I’ve been here before.
Which is impossible.

Or is it?


Life wounded me. Yet made me stronger.
Taking control, it’s time to change my direction.

He inspired that. Making me feel things deep down in a place I never knew existed.
Today is my new beginning. The life I long for starts now.
This job will be the leap forward I need. No stopping or looking back.

Until that moment. The one that makes me freeze, my breath catches.
This day was never meant to happen.
I had tried so hard to leave that life in the past. My identity a secret.

No matter how hard I try to resist, he draws me in.
I try to hide them, but my lies will come out. They always do.

I know I’m finally home, but will I be able to stay?
Can we survive the truth?


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Karen Deen has been a lover of romance novels and happily-ever-after stories for as long as she can remember. Reaching a point in her life where she wanted to explore her own dreams, Karen decided now was the time to finally write some of her own stories. For years, all of her characters have been forming story lines in her head, just waiting for the right time to bust free.

In 2016, Karen put pen to paper for the first time, with Zach and Emily being the first characters fighting to have their story written.  From that first word, she hasn’t been able to stop. Publishing Loves Wall (her first novel in the Time to Love Series) in 2017 has ignited her passion to continue writing and bring more of her characters to life.

Karen is married to her loving husband and high school sweetheart. Together, they live the crazy life of parents to three children. She is balancing her life between a career as an accountant by day and writer of romance novels by night. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Kiama, Australia, Karen loves to enjoy time with her family and friends in her beautiful surroundings.




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Read it Friday

blog bookIrresistible Force – A K-9 Rescue Novel by: D.D. Ayers
This was my first book of 2018 and the first in my reading new to series reading focus for the year. D.D. Ayers is also a new to me author.
Irresistible Force is the first book in the series so it was written several years ago. To date the series is 6 books with the last published in 2017.

This book has several parts that I totally loved…

I loved the character that Ayers gave the dog Bogart/Prince (name depends on which owner). He was so much more than a ‘back-drop.’ He was the magnet that drew the couple together and often kept them that way.

Shay and James have several hiccups in the start. The first one is that James thinks Shay stole his K-9…a big hiccup. Then Shay is about as open to a relationship as having bamboo shoots shoved under her fingernails. Actually, she may welcome the bamboo torture more than James in her life. And James knows the ticks that Shay displays as signs of abuse. So he needs to be professional. And he has much luck not falling for Shay as a he would trying to keep ice cream from melting while standing in the desert.
The thing I really like is that while is all about protecting Shay, he also trains her to protect herself. There are great scenes of her working with Bogart/Prince and him in self-defense.

The thing I had trouble with was where Shay picked to escape to. I get it was a safe haven in the past but it was also secluded. I have worked with abused women for years, being secluded in the woods alone is their worst nightmare.

That aside I enjoyed the book and it definitely fits into my snuggle blanket Friday read category.

I still have two more series to read this month to see which one moves ahead to February. I will do the reviews over the next weeks on Fridays with Friday, February 2 revealing what series I’ll continue and announce which I’ll be starting. I’m focusing on authors with last names starting with D, E or F so if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Weekend Read

This weekend read is the first in a trilogy… T1

Rosaline: An Epic Tale of Stolen Love Book # 1 (The Transcendence Trilogy) by PENELOPE MARSHALL



Penelope Marshall was born in the Philippines, and raised in Southern California.


She picked up writing in early 2016 and instantly fell in love with the craft. Her writing runs the romance gamut from sweet romantic comedies, to tough alpha male military suspense thrillers, with a little young adult, and paranormal thrown into the mix.

A good plot twist is what drives Penelope’s writing, striving for that jaw dropping moment at the end of each book.

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It’s been said that love knows no bounds. But perhaps there are forces in the world that keep love at bay. Forces working together to separate the gravitational pull of two souls meant to intertwine.

Would such forces be considered evil? Or would they be of sullen heart, buried in the stench of scorn and betrayal?

After all, what is love but a chemical reaction induced by neurons and electrons banging against one another in some random fashion?

But what if love were predestined, written in the book of life by an omniscient author?

What if love could be harnessed to raise armies…to sink ships?

Then love would no longer be a chance meeting in the meadows of life. Love would be a game played with pawns and castles between kings and queens.

And sometimes…just sometimes the players come veiled in myth and tale.

Such is the story of Rosaline and Gideon…

***This trilogy must be read in order***

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Listifylife Monday

This week’s listifylife is favorite beach reads. I know most people like to read fiction/romance/fantasy or something along those lines at the beach. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good steamy romance suspense to read while basking in the sun in total relaxation mode but I also use the summer to read non-fiction. During the ‘school’ season (my life has two seasons – school and non-school/summer), all my brain cells are consumed by the crazy day job and my writing, I don’t do non-fiction justice. This is the reason my beach reads include non-fiction…
If you follow my blog you know I’m reading my way through the alphabet this year so each month I select 8 to 10 books from authors whose last name start with these letters. This month I’m reading authors whose last name start with P,Q, and R. I’ll post that to read list later this week.

2016 Top 5 Beach Reads List
1. The Fallen Angel series by JR Ward (On the 4th book now…) I’m a little slow finding this series but it was my summer fav
2. The Aeronuat’s Windlass by Jim Butcher — wow – just wow.
3. Living Well on Less by – Ruth Soukup – As my golden years are rapidly approaching books with a financial spin have become much more interesting. She deals with determining the internal drive of purchasing unneeded wants.
4. The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts
5. Fire Heaven Trilogy by Russell Kirkpatrick
6. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
7. The Hollows (first 3 books) by Angela Kulig
8. How to beat your procrastination – by William Harris
9. Illusion Town by Jayne Castle
10. Joyelyn Glei’s 3 book series – on time management and allowing creativity to bloom in a non-creative work place.

What were some of your favorite beach reads this year? I still have two weeks left before I have to go back to the crazy day job.

Friday Read

This week’s Friday Read is a romance fantasy (the blend of both of my worlds so you know I love it). And while my reading list for April is to focus on authors whose last names start with G/H (see reading list 2016), I’m skipping ahead this weekend (you know me and shiny objects or good books).


 ‘Romance, Magic, Action…Illusional Reality has it all.’ Emily Woodmansee 

Illusional Reality Blurb:

Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie. Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filed with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction. 

Becky will soon learn that her arrival is no accident. If learning that she is Thya, the heir of the enchanting land isn’t enough, she’s then told that an Oracle prophesied that she will save the gentle Tsinians from slavery and domination by Darthorn, the Warlord of Senx. 

It is at a festival where she is introduced to the Tsinian council and her kinsmen, that she learns the whole truth. The council are so certain that a union between Darthorn’s son, Kovon and Thya will create peace between the two lands. However, Darthorn has plans for Tsinia as does Kovon for Thya and neither are good. 

Although her future has been planned and if she is to save Tsinia she must marry Kovon, Thya gives her heart to another. A love that is forbidden and dangerous. 

Illusional Reality is a story about hope, courage, love and sacrifice. 

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Still not sure this should be your Friday Read???? Here’s a little more “persuasion”  


 Preparations were under way for Thya’s arrival. They had been expecting her since the writing of the first Oracle long ago. Omad, the head of the council, made sure everyone knew of her coming, for it was his task to prepare his people for the arrival of their princess. He’d left strict instructions that no one witness the arrival, or approach until he had conversed with her himself. It was his duty to inform Thya who she was, and of her destiny.

He felt anxious and nervous, yet not for himself. Tsinia was his home; but to an outsider, a human, it might seem like a mystical, dreamlike place. How was he to make her understand? Would she listen, and most importantly would she believe him? Too much was at stake. He could not fail. The fate of Tsinia lay in his hands.

Omad stretched and rubbed the back of his neck as he pondered over his revised speech. Would it be too much for her to take in? He nodded his head, feeling happy with his decision to inform her of her true identity. Telling her about the prophecy could wait. He didn’t relish that task.

 Omad looked around the gold leaf covered throne room. Soon she would take her rightful place among her people and they would once again have a ruler, removing the burden from the Tsinian council. He clenched his trembling, clammy hands. He had been preparing for this moment since being appointed head, long ago.


His election had been a cause for celebration, the start of planned preparations to bring their queen home.

The council comprised of twelve elected Tsinians, those held in the highest regard. The head of the council was seated centrally in a semicircle of chairs, his seat raised so there could be no doubt of who was in charge. Council business was held in the Escos on the border of their land. Meetings were not open, and only by appointment could citizens address the council.

Omad sighed, remembering the feast held in his honour, the one time he had felt truly scared. The nomination was in recognition, yet to be chosen for a task with repercussions that could destroy Tsinia’s peaceful existence was something he wished hadn’t been entrusted to him.

There was much excitement and discussion about how Thya would become the saviour of them all, how her return would cause the warlord’s demise.

The Tsinians lived by the words of the Oracle, and although there was no indication of how Thya would save Tsinia from Darthorn’s domination, the people felt as though their troubles were over. They were so confident that for the first time in the history of their great land an Oracle was ignored.

Omad shivered as he recalled Athron confronting the council with the latest reading. Were they wrong to ignore the warning?

The Oracles were written upon ancient scrolls. It was a riddle that only a Zenith could read, for it was they who wrote them. The generations of Zeniths were male; born with the gift of Sight.

Omad remembered being awoken from his sleep by a very anxious Athron. He demanded the council assemble at once, and as a valued Tsinian, Omad took the urgency seriously.

“I would not have removed you from your slumber if I did not consider this to be of consequence,” Athron announced when the council had convened.

“Continue,” Omad said.

“The Oracle proclaims a warning.”

Omad, suddenly wide-awake, frowned. “Good Athron, decipher.”

Athron nodded and unrolled the scroll. “Not all will come to pass and though the saviour will return, she will not be delivered.”

The council whispered among themselves.

“Rephrase,” Omad said.

“Our lady will return. Regardless, she will not be whom you expect. The matrimony will not be entered upon. There is no alliance. For tis written so it will be.”

“Nonsense,” Tasarc retorted. “Tis ludicrous. The alliance is not established. All that is required is our lady’s sign.”

“And what if she does not sign?” Athron said.

Omad rose from his seat. There was silence. “I sympathise with your anxiety, Athron. We all are concerned with our future. However, as our good friend Tasarc remarked, the alliance will precede. As for our lady not receiving us, tis her duty as princess of Tsinia to aid her kinsmen. I am confident that once she returns, all will be well. Do not distress.” Omad then reseated.

Athron continued, “I pray you are accurate. The fact is the Oracles have never been unjust. Do not shut your eyes to the truth.”

Athron had spoken out of turn and Omad had to show strength in front of his peers. He stood abruptly from his seat. “Tis proper you have brought this to our attention. You will retire,” he ordered.

Only Athron did not turn to leave. “You sight only what you want. Free your eyes!”

“Silence,” Omad growled.

The council gasped with dismay, for they had never before heard Omad raise his voice.

“Dare you judge me? I will not justify myself to you.” He then lowered his voice. “Athron, I hold you in the highest esteem. Be assured we will review the Oracle and rule on the correct outcome. Depart—now.”

Athron left, yet he was not satisfied. He spoke his thoughts aloud, “By the name of Zenith, I am compelled for them to listen. It will be taken earnestly.”

Deciding on his next action, he called upon Nimas, the wise one. If anyone had a hold over the council, it was Nimas.

Nimas listened intently as Athron read him the Oracle.

“And Omad expressed?” Nimas quizzed.

“Omad declared the council would review the issue, only I judge they do not take the Oracle earnestly.”

“Are you confident of this, Athron?”

“I am, Nimas. I am hoping you could converse with Omad, press him on the urgency. It will be a grave error if the Oracle is ignored.”

“Athron, I have taken heed. Nonetheless, I concur with Omad. The contract between our two nations is almost complete. I am certain you misread the interpretation.”

“Will not one heed me?” Athron shouted in dismay. “There will not be an alliance. Tis not the means. Since when has an Oracle been false?”

 Nimas sighed. “Omad is the appointed one. He alone has planned for adjustments. If, as you state, it does not come to pass, I am certain Omad can resolve the issue. Athron, I am weary. I will rest, go you to the door.”

Nimas left the agitated Athron alone.

It was the first time the Oracles had been ignored and Athron felt as though he had shamed the name of Zenith. Perhaps he had not explained the meaning correctly.

Athron tried to reason with Omad repeatedly, only to no avail. The council had made up their mind to disregard the Oracle. They concurred that Athron, for the first time, had made an error in his interpretation.


Now, as Omad waited for his princess’ arrival, he regretted treating Athron disrespectfully. Should he have taken heed? Only it did not make sense. If the Tsinians’ alliance with the Senxs did not result in peace, what was Thya’s calling?

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Karina Kantas originates from the UK, but has lived in Greece most of her life. Karina is a prolific author and publishes in the fiction genres of MC thrillers, fantasy, horror, comedy, romance and thrillers  When her imagination is working over time, she writes thought provoking/dark flash fiction.  

Titles to date: 

The OUTLAW series

In Times of Violence Urban thriller YA

Huntress MC thrillers/romance

Lawless Justice Vigilante MC thriller

Road Rage MC thriller


Heads & Tales Flash and short fiction.

Undressed Flash, poetry, prose

Stone Cold YA Supernatural thriller

Illusional Reality New adult romantic fantasy

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2016 – Reading through the ABC’s

Each month my goal is to focus on two letters of the alphabet. And have at least one new author (noted in bold).

January – A/B

Cherry Adair – Rip Tide – Always a favorite J author.

Cat Adams – Blood Song I loved the world building. I was slightly disappointed in the lack of relationships – it’s the romance writer in me. I’m looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.

Anna Bishop – Written In Red and Murder of the crows (the Others series) – this is her young adult series. I LOVE IT! I’ve read everything Bishop has written. And while far different than her adult books, I enjoyed every page.

Nevada Barr – A Superior Death. This takes place in my back yard…

Suzanne Brockmann – Born to Darkness – First book I read in this series.

Terry Bolryder – Bear to the Bone – Yet another great series to add to my list.


February C/D

Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer – Wild Ride

Cleo Coyle – A brew to Kill

Richard Castle – Frozen Heat

Patricia Cornwell – The Scarpetta Factor

Joseph Delaney – The Last Apprentice – Wrath of the BloodEye ( I started this series after watching the movie The Seventh Son. I’ve never read a book that differed so completely from a movie. Sadly, I liked the movie far more than the books. But once I start a series I feel compelled to read it to the end. This is one of the few – and I mean few – things I have OCD about.)

Diane Mott Davidson – The Whole Enchilada – tried the Not-so-skinny spinach dip recipe in the back of the book – oh my. So good but I could feel my thighs growing with every bit.

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Friday Read

This week’s Friday read is a sneak peak at the 3rd book in the Cynfell Brothers series by amazing talented Samantha Holt! Make sure you enter the give away for a reader book journal. I love these and this one is my list to use. Thanks Samantha 🙂

Sinful Liaisons Cover Reveal
Book 3 of the Cynfell Brothers Series
Releasing August 12th 2015

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Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell brothers are the very embodiment of a sinful existence. But could the right woman change that?


It’s not every day a duchess comes across a naked man on the roadside. It’s not every day a duchess takes said naked man home with her. But Evelyn Chesworth can hardly leave the poor man in nought but his skin on the dangerous road to London. Particularly when he’s so attractive…
Lord Pierce Cynfell is in a world of trouble. With his brother threatening to cut him off and his gambling debts increasing, his beautiful rescuer couldn’t have come at a better time. He can’t help but be attracted to the worldly, mature woman.
So he certainly isn’t going to say no when she offers to write off his debts in return for one thing—his body.
However, it soon becomes clear more than his body is becoming involved. While everyone else might think he’s only there for the money, the beautiful widow slowly draws him deeper until he wants to unlock every secret buried beneath those tight corsets.
Evelyn might let Pierce beneath her corsets but she’s determined it will be no more than that. She has loved and lost twice in her life and won’t let that happen again. Meanwhile, she has too many other things to worry about—like the preservation of her son’s land.
When Pierce begins to show himself as more than a skilled lover, Evelyn has a choice—let herself be vulnerable again or send away the man who lights a fire in her body, heart and soul.
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Read-it Tuesday

Last week on Read-it Tuesday, I finished a series on how to read like a writer. So does a writer read? Anything they want 😀

In 2013 I assigned each month a ‘theme’ – romance, sci-fi, steampuke, etc – so I would add variety into my reading. As much as I suffer from shiny object disorder, my reading is often the one area where I fall into a rut. The same authors, the same genre.

For this year, I have to try at least one new author (to me) in genre. So far this year the new authors I’ve read are:

January  ~ young adult fantasy ~

Trail By Fire by Josephine Angelini

Marking Time by April White

Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton

February ~ romance (of course) ~

Jack of Hearts by Kathryn Thomas

Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble.

March is going to be folklore, fairy tales.

If you would like to see all the books I’ve read for January and so far in February, check out my goodreads.

I always love suggestions so if

you have read an awesome book, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by.

Read it Tuesday

How to Use Reading to Improve Your Writing

I’m not talking ‘how-to’ books – although they are great. I’m talking EVERYTHING else so there isn’t a list because every writer’s reading preference is different just like out writing style.

In this blog series (oh my gosh I’m even writing blog series – every book I start lately is a series *head to desk*) I’m going ‘share some tips of what works for me – take anything you like and please share what you do.
In talking to my fellow writers, I have discovered many have ‘given-up’ reading and replaced it with writing. I think reading is pivotal to writing. Not just resource reading but for pure enjoyment. Like a writing needs to be a habit (talked about that a few weeks ago) so does reading.

It can’t be a matter of just reading a book and then forgetting about reading after the initial burst of enthusiasm for reading. It has to be a habit, you create and keep for life (this little sermon comes from the crazy day job part of me).
As someone who has learned a lot about creating habits, I know that the best way to form the habit of reading is to focus on it exclusively — don’t try to form any other habits during this time. Write down your goal (i.e. “Read for 30 minutes every day” or something like that) and post it up somewhere you can see it. Tell a lot of people about it and report to them regularly to create accountability. Log your progress daily and give yourself rewards. Do this for a month and you’ll have a decent habit in place.

Why is a reading habit so important to my writing????

I get inspired. When I read great writing, I am filled with inspiration to write. Sometimes I throw down my book and go to my computer to start hacking away at the keyboard. Other times I’ll jot down stuff in my notebook for later. Use these writers to inspire you to greatness.

To be continued…. But in the meantime I’d love to hear some of the ways reading has impacted in your writing.

Finding Reading time…

As a writer, reading has many forms. Some for research (i.e. the articles on keeping spiders as pets, the most dangerous spiders, spiders found in various regions – yes, this was research because I personal HATE spiders but the killer in my current WIP has a thing for spiders), some for improving my craft, some for critiques, so it’s often hard to fit in ‘pleasure’ reading.

I love to read! And I know it benefits my writing. Last year I assigned each month a ‘reading’ focus. I think this did increase my

Books are a uniquely portable magic ~ Stephen King

Books are a uniquely portable magic ~ Stephen King

reading because I had to read at least 2 books in the assigned focus. Besides that, I …..

1. Make Reading a Priority
In most every case, you can make time for what you truly want to have time for.
2. Always Have a Book Handy
I keep a few books I’m working on reading through different parts of the house, my purse, and my car. That way, if I have a few minutes of extra time, I have a book handy to pick up and read.
When I’m headed out the door for an appointment, when I’ll be riding in the passenger seat instead of driving or when I’m going anywhere that there’s a potential I might have some “dead” time, I bring a book along. Sometimes, I don’t even get to crack it open. Other times, I end up having unexpected waiting time and finish half the book!

3. Set Reading Goals
I’ve been amazed at how much more I’m reading when I have clear-cut reading goals in place. Like reading at least 2 steampunk books in addition to any other books that grab my interest with a 3 book a month minimum. I don’t do weekly goals…
This year I’m going to ‘try’ to post the books I’ve read on Pinterest. I have avoided Pinterest with the same diligence as a person would the plague but I’ve been repeatedly told that it’s wonderful….
4. Turn Off the TV and deleted Candy Crush
I’m not a big TV watcher but I did donate HOURS to Candy Crush… I don’t even want to think about the total.
5. Listen to Audiobooks
I do this while crocheting or working one of my other Linus Project blankets unless I need to focus on the pattern or I’m ‘cooking’ on a writing project. But you can listen in the car, while you’re folding laundry, while you’re exercising… any time your hands are busy but your mind is free.

These are five things, I’ve done that has increased my reading time. I’d love to hear any of your suggestions/tips.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend 😀