Connect Five Friday – Books written by Authors With Autism

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

I am reading The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida for a book club read. Higashida has autism, was 13 when he wrote this book and gives us such an in-depth look at his experience with autism.  I was surprised (and  pleased) at the number of books that are written by autistic writers. Here are 5 books, some I’ve read and others I hope to read. (summaries from Goodreads)

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The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. Loved both of these romance novels.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I’ve so enjoyed her series and have a new one to devour shortly.

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Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neurotypical World by Laura E. James. I haven’t read this one but looks to be an intriguing read.

“From early childhood, Laura James knew she was different, but it wasn’t until her mid-forties that she found out why. A successful journalist and mother to four children, she had spent her whole life feeling as if she were running a different operating system to those around her. This book charts a year in her life and offers a unique insight into the autistic mind and the journey from diagnosis to acceptance.”

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. Another one I haven’t read but plan to,

“Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.”

WOW Book Review – The Little Book of Big Knowing by Michele Sammons

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Michele Sammons’ book The Little Book of Big Knowing, which I read and am now reviewing.

(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

 

My Review

Michele Sammons’ book may be short but it is definitely full of wisdom. It offers insights into how to live your best life – each page just a few short, impactful paragraphs.

These are much needed reminders – especially written to reassure us that we are “Worthy”, “loved, supported and guided” and that we should “dream big”.

This book could easily be a regular part of your morning routine – a spiritual component that involves reading one or several pieces a day and then reflecting on the message.

There are so many words of wisdom. Here are a couple of my favourites:

“Dance to your own beat. Live. Rejoice. Be who you are. Take chances”

“If you want to call forth love, happiness, joy, peace or enthusiasm, you must value it above all else.”

 

I highly recommend Michele Sammons’ book.

 

 

Book Summary

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The Little Book of Big Knowing is filled with tiny bursts of insight to nourish your heart, warm your Soul, and help you to remember your true self. 

If you find yourself asking big, deep life questions like, “What’s my purpose?” and “Why am I here?” then you’ll want to curl up with The Little Book of Big Knowing.

Three reasons why you’ll love this book:

 

  1. It includes gentle reminders of why you are here, who you are at your core, and why your dreams matter to more than just you.
  2. This book will help you to look at life in a light-hearted, joyful way. Consider it spirituality with a playful twist!
  3. And the best part is, the book is written in short bursts you can read in any order. So, you can pick it up, read a little bit, put it down, and come back to it when you’re ready for more!

 

This book is perfect for someone who wants a little dose of playful spirituality every day to remind them of the bigger picture.

Print Length: 138 Pages 

Genre: Spiritual Self-Help 

ISBN-10: 1736168606 

ISBN-13: 978-1736168608 

Publisher: Michele Sammons 

 

The Little Book of Big Knowing is available to purchase at Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and Walmart.com. You can also add this to your reading list on GoodReads.com. 

 

About the Author, Michele Sammons

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Michele makes her home in Memphis, Tennessee, with husband Scott and chocolate Labrador, Dewey. The Little Book of Big Knowing is Michele’s first book, but probably not her last. You can discover more about Michele’s work on her website: 

https://www.michelesammons.com

 

Be sure to check all the stops along the blog tour!

– Blog Tour Dates

March 29th @ The Muffin 

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Join us on the WOW blog today and celebrate the launch of Michele Sammons’ book Little Book of Big Knowing. You can read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book too. 

https://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

March 31st @ Create Write Now 

Today, author Michele Sammons shares a guest post on the subject of consciousness. CreateWriteNow.com 

April 1st @ Editor 911 

Join Margo as she shares a guest post by Michele Sammons about energy and how it influences your creative process. 

https://editor-911.com/blog

April 2nd @ Balance and Joy

Visit Sheri’s blog today to see her spotlight and review of Little Book of Big Knowing by Michele Sammons.

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April 3rd @ Eden Literary 

Deirdra will be showcasing Little Book of Big Knowing by Michele Sammons. http://www.edenliterary.com/

April 5th @ Ramona Mead 

Join Romana as she reviews Michele Sammons’ book Little Book of Big Knowinghttps://ramonamead.com/

April 8th @ Deborah Adams 

Join Deborah as she shares a guest post about Spirit by Michele Sammons, author of Little Book of Big Knowing

http://www.deborah-adams.com/blog

April 9th @ Boots, Shoes, and Fashion

Linda features author Michele Sammons book Little Book of Big Knowing.

http://bootsshoesandfashion.com

April 11th @ Knotty Needle 

Judy shares her insights into Michele Sammons’ soul-inspiring book Little Book of Big Knowinghttp://knottyneedle.blogspot.com/

April 12th @ Freeing the Butterfly 

Visit the Freeing the Butterfly blog today and read Michele Sammons’ guest post on the spiritual path. https://www.freeingthebutterfly.com/blog

April 14th @Beverley A Baird’s Blog 

Join Beverley as she shares Michele Sammons’ guest post on mindfulness. https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 15th @ The Frugalista Mom 

Join Rozelyn as she shares a guest post on manifestation by Michele Sammons, author of Little Book of Big Knowing

https://thefrugalistamom.com

April 15th @ Choices 

Join Madeline at her blog Choices today where she shares a guest post by Michele Sammons about consciousness. 

http://madelinesharples.com/

April 16th @ Author Anthony Avina 

Join Anthony as he shares his thoughts about Michele Sammons’ book Little Book of Big Knowinghttp://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com 

April 16th @ The Faerie Review 

Visit Lily’s blog today and read Michele Sammons’ guest post about meditation. https://www.thefaeriereview.com/

April 18th @ It’s Alanna Jean 

Visit Alanna’s blog today as she reviews Michele Sammons’ book, Little Book of Big Knowinghttps://itsalannajean.webnode.com

April 20th @ Coloring Outside the Lines

Join Cara as she reviews Michele Sammons’ book Little Book of Big Knowing.

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/coloringoutsidethelines/

April 21st @ Speaking of Spirit 

Join Linda as she shares Michele Sammons’ guest post on spirit guides. https://interfaithmoments.blogspot.com/

April 23rd @ A Writer’s Life 

Join Caroline today as she shares a guest post by author Michele Sammons on intuition. http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/

April 23rd @ ReadingGirlReviews 

Gina shares her thoughts on Michele Sammons’ book Little Book of Big Knowinghttps://readinggirlreviews.com/ 

April 24th @ CK Sorens Blog 

Visit Carrie’s blog today and read a guest post by author Michele Sammons on the topic of meditation. https://www.cksorens.com/blog

April 25th @ Strength 4 Spouses 

Join Wendi as she reviews Michele Sammons’ inspiring book Little Book of Big Knowing https://strength4spouses.blog/

April 27th @Beverley A Baird’s Blog 

Visit Beverley’s blog again as she reviews author Michele Sammons’ inspiring book, Little Book of Big Knowing

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 28th @ Books Beans and Botany 

Visit Ashley’s blog today as she reviews author Michele Sammons’ book, Little Book of Big Knowinghttps://booksbeansandbotany.com

April 29th @ Strength 4 Spouses 

Join Wendi as she shares a guest post by Michele Sammons about present-moment awareness. https://strength4spouses.blog/

April 30th @ My Question Life 

Join Kara as she interviews author Michele Sammons about her bookLittle Book of Big Knowinghttps://myquestionlife.com/

May 1st @ CK Sorens Blog 

Join Carrie again as she reviews author Michele Sammons inspiring book, Little Book of Big Knowinghttps://www.cksorens.com/blog

May 2nd @ Shoe’s Seeds & Stories 

Visit Linda’s blog today where she reviews Little Book of Big Knowing by Michele Sammons. https://lschuelerca.wordpress.com/

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, ”It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

 

Such a lovely day yesterday,, and I had a distance visit with my daughter, her hubby and son. What a treat. We are still in lockdown – our premier even had tears a few days ago over how he has let us down. That’s putting it mildly. Our numbers are way up here in Ontario

 

What I Read Last Week

I read 6 books. Plus 3 picture books– an historical fiction, 2 women’s fiction, 2 historical romances and an urban fantasy.

 

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The Gown by Jennifer Robson. Loved this book – that gives us an inside look behind the wedding gown created for Queen Elizabeth. Yes, it is imagined with imagined characters, but the research behind it is amazing. Best book of the week for me.

 

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The Soldier by Grace Burrowes.  Quite enjoyed this historical romance, second book in her Burrows Windham series.

 

 

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The Duke Effect by Sophie Jordan, Another enjoyable historical romance, number 7 in her Rogue Files series.

 

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Graced by Amanda Peller, Was surprised by this urban fantasy – a free ebook, a new author to me. But the world-building was intriguing and was a great read.

 

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Never Change by Elizabeth Berg. I am slow3lyu reading Berg’s books and so enjoyed this one. An older MC,  a dying protagonist.

 

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The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery. The latest novel by Mallery and it was such an enjoyable read.

 

With Earth Day this past week, I read three well-written picture books, that highlight our environment/world.

A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein, illus. Qin Ling

The Ocean in Your Bathtub by Seth Fishman, illus. Isabel Greenberg 

Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Cavies illus. Emily Sutton

 

What I’m Reading Now 

  What You Wish For by Katherine Center

 

What’s Up Next

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

 

Connect Five Friday – 5 Must-Read Books

 

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

Today is World Book Day and there have been celebrations and book giveaways all over the world.

In honour of this day, here are 5 books I would buy today to give as a gift, They are also books I think everyone should read.

 

 

 

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackasy

 

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Wonder by R. J.Palacio

 

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

 

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Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

 

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

 

There are so many other books I could suggest but these have stayed with me since I read them. Check here for books to buy and must-read books.

 

Which books would you buy for someone?

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme,” It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” hosted at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

More rain, more flowers and now we head into a few days of much cooler weather. But spring will soon be back!

What I Read Last Week

I read 5 books– an historical romance, a woman’s fiction, and 3 memoirs.

If I Knew Then by Jann Arden. I so enjoyed this memoir. I read this for a book study and so glad we chose it.

The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes. Enjoyed this historical romance, part of her Windham Brides series

What New Beginnings are Made Of? By Debra Clopton. Enjoyed this novel by Clopton, about a widow buying an inn and coming to terms with her grief.

Field Notes From An Unintentional Birder by Julia Zarankin. This was an unexpected read – a most enjoyable one at that. A friend recommended it and I was quickly drawn into this memoir.

I’ll Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott. This memoir was another surprising read. It was filled with short essays and I took my time reading them over the past two weeks – even made notes.

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What I’m Reading Now 

  What You Wish For by Katherine Center (Must get back to it!)

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

What’s Up Next

Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Connect Five Friday – Romance Tropes

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

 I was reading Ramona Mead’s blog yesterday and she listed her favourite romance tropes. As an avid romance reader (from historical, to contemporary to fantasy romances), this inspired me to do the same.

Here are my 5 favourite romance tropes:

  1. Older characters.  Yes, as I have gotten older I really do appreciate reading about more mature characters.

My fav:

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After Care by L.B. Dunbar (from her Sexy Silver Foxes series – check them all out!)

 

  1. Older Woman, younger man. Love the dynamics here.

3 I have so enjoyed:

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Such a wonderful series – with a strong older woman and time travel (and Jamie’s a Scot!). 

 

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Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

 

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Everything She Ever Wanted by Liz Durano

 

  1. Second Chance Love. Maybe we can go back!

Here are a couple I’ve enjoyed:

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Ain’t She Sweet? by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

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The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

 

  1. Enemy to Lover; friend to lover – how strong emotions can be changed

Here are a couple I’ve enjoyed:

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. Alaska anyone?

 

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Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (I adore her books!)

 

And then there is: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – the original?

 

  1. Fake Engagement/Relationship. Of course, they are going to fall in love – but the fun is watching how it happens.

Here’s a couple of enjoyable ones:

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (also enemy to lover! -double trope dose)

 

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The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

 

 

What’s your favourite romance trope?

 

Guest Post by Michele Sammons: Mindfulness

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I am honoored to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Michele Sammons book The Little Book of Big Knowing.

Today Michele Sammons is visiting my blog for a wonderful guest post on mindfulness. In these unusual times, this is such a needed practice.

Welcome Michele

How to Use Mindfulness in a Brand New Way to Create Your Experience
I like to think of mindfulness as choice. Each moment, each here-and-now is full
of possibilities and potentials. When you become fully present in the now, you
can sense the fullness of these possible creations.

Between you and me, mindfulness is a fancy name for focus, and focus is
choosing what you give your attention to. Choosing is creating because when
you give your attention to something, it grows in your awareness and
experience. As you become aware of how you choose to use your powerful
focus, you can get picky about what you are creating.

I see mindfulness or focus as more than just accepting what is. It’s about
creating a quality of experience. Mindfulness is choosing to love what is by
choosing how you focus on the experience.

It’s possible to focus in a zillion different ways. For example, as I write this post,
the dishwasher repairman is installing a new part in my dishwasher. Currently,
there are many possibilities to be mindful of—positive and negative. Irritation
that my work is interrupted, appreciation of the repairman’s skill, glee at meeting
this friendly, soft-spoken kid, or the distraction of the noisy goings-on in the
kitchen. Each of these aspects is true, so it’s important to notice my responses
and wisely choose which part I focus on because that becomes my experience.

It may help to view mindfulness this way; it’s choosing to see what’s before you
as—here for you. When you frame up your experience through this lens, it takes
the sting out of things. It automatically brings you to a neutral state where you
can choose where you put your attention. It’s taking responsibility for how you
see the world. It’s giving up the belief that you can be a victim.

When you become mindful of the present moment’s potential and your power to
choose how you focus, you begin to tap into your ability to create with Life. At
every turn, the Universe can delight you. Delight you with the potential all around
you. Allowing you to celebrate again. And again.

Thank you Michelle for your insights.

Be sure to check out all the stops along the blog tour:

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It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, It’s Monday! What are You Reading? at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

Hope everyone had a good week – spring rain is sure pushing the tulips and daffodils up. So lovely.

What I Read Last Week

I read 7 books (all of which I rated 5 at Goodreads) – 3 historical romances, a woman’s fiction, a fantasy, a magical-realism, and a picture book

 3 historical romances by Lorraine Heath, from her Hellions of Havisham series – so enjoyed them all.

The Earl Takes All  

The Viscount and the Vixen

 When the Marquess Falls (novella about the grand love of the father – a prequel to the series)

 

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Loved it. Read most of the day yesterday to finish it. A special book – one I had to buy as I couldn’t wait for the huge number of holds at the library. So glad I did.

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh. I have been waiting for this one from the library and had to read it as soon as I got it. Loved this fantasy series and the pairing of Titus and the Hummingbird.

The Friendship List by Susan Mallery. Love stories where there is a life list and so enjoy Mallery’s novels.

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings. Absolutely loved this humorous picture book about a dog writing letters to request a new owner. Kids (and adults) will enjoy it.

What I’m Reading Now (Yes, I am still working on these!)

  What You Wish For by Katherine Center

 If I Knew Then by Jann Arden

What’s Up Next

Off Script by Marci Ien

Connect Five Friday

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It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday,  hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

 

A reading challenge hosted by Emilie Richards that I participate in each month has us choosing a book to read from Time Magazine’s 100 All Time Best Novels (from 1923 – 2005). Many great novels after this are not included unfortunately.

 I found 5 that are on my TBR shelves – 1 of which I need to read this month – although I do want to eventually read them all.

Here they are (with book blurbs from Goodreads):

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

“Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison’s Beloved is a spellbinding and dazzlingly innovative portrait of a woman haunted by the past.
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad, yet she is still held captive by memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. 
Combining the visionary power of legend with the unassailable truth of history, Morrison’s unforgettable novel is one of the great and enduring works of American literature.

 

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (This has to be the year I read this series – even my children have read it!)

“Narnia… the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don’t believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they’ve been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch’s sinister spell.”
 

 

2 books by Virginia Woolf:

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To the Lighthouse    

The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. From the seemingly trivial postponement of a visit to a nearby lighthouse, Woolf constructs a remarkable, moving examination of the complex tensions and allegiances of family life and the conflict between men and women.

Mrs. Dalloway

“Heralded as Virginia Woolf’s greatest novel, this is a vivid portrait of a single day in a woman’s life. When we meet her, Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway is preoccupied with the last-minute details of party preparation while in her mind she is something much more than a perfect society hostess. As she readies her house, she is flooded with remembrances of faraway times.”

 

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

“At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods and strives to bring out the best in each one of her students. Determined to instill in them independence, passion, and ambition, Miss Brodie advises them, “Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me.” And they do–but one of them will betray her.”

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme, “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?” at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Easter. It was a quiet one here, but we had lovely weather and a delicious ham dinner.

What I Read Last Week

I read 10 books plus 2 picture books. I read a contemporary romance and a romantic suspense, 6 historical romances, 1 non-fiction and 1 memoir.

 4 historical romances by Lorraine Heath. I zipped through the first 3 books of her “Sins for All Seasons” series and have now finished this most enjoyable series.

   

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Beyond Scandal and Desire             The Scoundrel in Her Bed

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When a Duke Loves a Woman      Falling in Bed with a Duke (my favourite of the 4 – new series)

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The Duke’s Stolen Bride by Sophie Jordan. Another book in her series I enjoyed.

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Duke Heist by Erica Ridley. A different historical romance but it was a good read.

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You Lucky Dog by Julia London. A first read by this author but a fun one. What would you do if you got the wrong dog back from the dog-sitter?

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Watch Over Me by Kait Nolan. Nolan is a favourite author and I’ve received a number of her ebooks for free. Enjoyed this romantic suspense.

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Light the Dark ed. by Joe Fassier.  So many exceptional essays on writing and creativity that I read for a book study the past 6 weeks. Highly recommend it.

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But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami. Enjoyed this memoir – read my review here.

2 pbs to finish my book study from March – both humorous reads

No Fuzzball by Isabella King       Bob, Not Bob! By Liz Garton Scanlon

What I’m Reading Now 

  What You Wish For by Katherine Center

 If I Knew Then by Jann Arden

What’s Up Next

Off Script by Marci Ien