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My Reads in 2015

Year Round Up. What does that mean? Well, I want share some awesome authors I have found this year. There are links to my blog posts. A video below to give even more info. If you want to really know why I loved any of these books, with a chance of revealing way too many details ...I would love to do that? These authors are in no particular order. Just men 1st & then ladies at the end. I figure ladies always go 1st.

Robert Dugoni - "Tracy Crosswhite Series", "In the Clearing" (The Tracy Crosswhite Series) will be coming out May 17th, 2016 ...I have already preordered it & I am super excited. OH YEAH!
John Green - "Paper Towns" & "An Abundance of Katherines" (read "The Fault in Our Stars" last year i think it was.)
Julie Murphy - "Dumplin" -- If Julie doesn't win a few book awards for this awesome book, I will be shocked. Got it in my 1st " Sept 2015 OwlCrate".
Susan M. Boyer - "A Liz Talbot Myst…

The Mistletoe Promise by: Richard Paul Evans

"The Mistletoe Promise" by: Richard Paul Evans
Amazon says: "Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful.
Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks—until the evening of December 24—he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules:

1. No deep, probing personal questions
2. No drama
3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship 
4. The contract is void on Christmas Day

The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again…

The Mistletoe Inn by: Richard Paul Evans

"The Mistletoe Inn" by: Richard Paul Evan "Amazon" says: "At thirty-two Kimberly Rossi, a finance officer at a Lexus car dealership, has had her heart broken more times than she wants to remember. With two failed engagements, a divorce and again alone with no prospects, she hardly seems the type to dream of being a published romance author. Dreading another holiday alone, she signs up for The Mistletoe Retreat, a nine-day writing retreat in Burlington, VT. Deep inside Kimberly knows she’s at a junction in her life and it’s time to either fulfill her dream or let it go. The other reason she decides to attend the conference is because famed romance writer, H.T. Cowell, once the best selling romance writer in America, and the author whose books instilled in her the desire to be a writer, will be speaking in public for the first time in more than a decade.
In one of her breakout sessions Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, and one of the few men at the conferenc…

Must Have Scents

Must Have Scents 4 the Men & Ladies on your Christmas List:
For The Men: 
1. & 2. "John Varvatos" & "Artisan" from John Varvatos

3. "Chrome" from Azzarc

For The Ladies: 
1. "Rosabotanica" from Balenciaga

2. "My Burberry" from Burberry

3. "Mod Noir" from Marc Jacob's 

I have always been the one to pick our scents. I go 2 Sephora &/or Ulta, just depends? I get to sniffing & usually come out with one for me & one for him. There are always great sales. I am such a fan of Marc Jacobs. If you enjoy clean, fresh & a hint of floral his scents are for you. Rosabotanica is not one I would normally go for, that is why I LOVE IT, it is spicy, sexy & perfect to add to my perfume collection. I think the Burberry is classic, very lady like, another one that is not my normal scent, loving it!!!
In the future I know that anything John Varvatos will probably be perfect for my man. If you like a scent that i…

recent reads by: Terri L. Austin

"Diners, Dives & Dead Ends" (A Rose Strickland Mystery Book 1) by: Terri L. Austin
"Amazon" says: "As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland’s life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she’s hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out. With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and a pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose goes from zero to sixty and quickly learns when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn."

"Last Diner Standing (A Rose Strickland Mystery Book 2)"

"Amazon" says: Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner. Deter…

Beautifully Damaged by: L.A. Fiore

"Beautifully Damaged" (Beautifully Damaged series) by: L.A. Fiore
"Amazon" says: "Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man—Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel."
I found this book from Amazon for reading on my kindle was an Amazon suggestion & a $1.99 October book deal with an email coupon they sent me, so I grabbed it up & was thoroughly happy that it was such a great read.

Here's one of my favorite lines from the book: Ember Walsh was describing "Lucien" who is one of Trace's figh…

The Reluctant Groom by: Debbie Macomber

"The Reluctant Groom" by: Debbie Macomber
Amazon says: "All Things Considered 
Judd Matthiessen was married, and it didn't work out. He left his wife, Lanni, and their daughter, which seemed to prove what his father had always said—he was no good. But now the old man's illness brings Judd back to the family ranch. Despite all his bitterness, all his anger, Judd asks Lanni to join him. When she does, he finds that he still has strong feelings for her, and he has to wonder: Is there"
My Mom got this from the library for me to read. I love "Debbie Macomber" 's books. I love her style of writing. ... it is happy, good lucky ... when you read her books ...You know that there will always be a happy ending. & there will always be some one falling in love, thinking they might get a divorce but somehow with the fates of the world they fall back in love, or they move to Montana, does Debbie Macomber have a fascination with Montana like I do? or what??…

On My Knees (Bridge Book #1) by: Meredith Wild

"On My Knees" (Bridge Book#1) by: Meredith Wild

"Amazon" says: "Haunted by the responsibility of caring for her troubled family, Maya Jacobs gave the only answer she could when Cameron asked her to marry him. Years later, entrenched in a soulless professional routine, she distracts herself from the lingering regret of her decision with a “work hard, play hard” lifestyle that guarantees no man will ever find his way into her heart again. ..."

My Thoughts: I enjoyed the "Hacker series" by Meredith Wild. Have you read it yet? I bought this book on my kindle. I have been on a roll with finding great stories for my kindle collection. I love that!! Wait till I tell ya about a mystery series I found's a must read for sure. Who doesn't love a good love story? I have known several couples that have started going out, break up, soon enough before the end of time get back together & get married. I am now waiting on the next book in the ser…

The Witches by: Roald Dahl

"The Witches" by: Roald Dahl
Amazon says: "This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches.
Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!..."
My Thoughts: I remember reading this book as a kid. It was one book my mom had to be very iffy about because lots of parents didn't like that it was about witches. Now I didn't go to a religious school or anything but some parents get their panties up in a bunch over the silliest things. I think that folks should read what makes them happy, stirs their imaginations, makes them want to read & they love it! I LOVED THIS BOOK, & my Mom got over the witches being the content. She ha…

Make Me Howl by: Susan Shay

"Make Me Howl" by: Susan Shay
"Amazon" says: "When Chase Holliday's gaze first met mine, something tingled on my end. He was hot. Dark blue eyes, a square jaw, hair that was just a little too long, and he had this way of focusing that made me wonder if I should attack or run.
And I never run."
My Thoughts: Here is a post about my friends these amazing 2 authors: "Susan Shay" & "Susan M. Boyer" please check it out to see how my story with them all got started. I am waiting on Susan M. Boyer's new book "Lowcountry Bordello (A Liz Talbot Mystery Book 4)" is coming out this November 3rd, 2015. Super excited about that. I knew I wanted to read this book by Susan Shay, it was on the "to read list" & I just decided it was time. I had some free extra reading time why not. I have not read a book about werewolves in a while. (Let's see maybe Harry Potter or the Twilight series? We need more werewolf book p…

My Sister's Grave by: Robert Dugoni

"My Sister's Grave" by: Robert Dugoni
"Amazon" says: "Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers. When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger."
My Thoughts: I bought this book from Amazon in paper back form & I loved it!! I am not a picky person when it comes to book ...meaning I will read m…

Outer Banks Baker Mystery Series by: Phoebe T. Eggli

"Outer Banks Baker Mystery Series" by: Phoebe T. Eggli
"Amazon" says: "Attempting to rebuild her life after the tragic death of her beloved husband, middle-aged widow Melissa Maples moved back to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Part of her starting over meant opening her own bakery – Kill Devil Delicacies - that specialized in artisan breads. Already successful after a few short years, she looked forward to a number of things namely: her nephew, Logan, visiting for the summer and competing in the Outer Banks Regional Bake-Off for the chance to appear on a nationally televised cooking show. ..."
My Thoughts: I bought these books on my kindle. LOVE THEM!! such great reads. I will say that I am still finishing up #3, just a bit left, but I had to tell you guys about these books. They are set in Outer Banks of North Carolina, which is where I spent a lot of childhood at the beach there with our extended family. I love the area. The views, the people, the be…

The "Hacker" series by: Meredith Wild

HEY there! not sure how I found these books but I was searching for a great read to read on my kindle thanks 2 "Amazon". The author "Meredith Wild" is who I found, now come on that a pen name or is she really that super lucky to have such a cool unique name? I bought the 1st, two books by themselves & then the last 3 all in one fell-swoop. Why drag it out into 5 books? I said the same thing about the "After" series? I know what you are thinking, for us silly book readers, it would be all the MONEY she is racking up on? But seriously, I wonder why this needed to be a 5 book series? 
I don't have the most huge vocabulary. I try to wean myself off words like: "like", "whatever" & lately it has been "i'm so over this?". I love the kindle for that very reason, I love that when I don't know a word I can just go to the word & look it up right there on the kindle. SO PERFECT!!! Here are 3 words that sud…

The Fall Favorites Tag

Hey Guys!! What's your favorite season? Mine is Fall. I love everything fall. The crisp fall air. apple picking. apple cider. apple pies. chai tea. anything chai. I saw lots of YouTubers doing the "Fall Favorite tag" so for fun I thought I would share my faves. Please enjoy! Beth ( :

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by: Judy Blume

"Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." by: Judy Blume
"Amazon" says: "Margaret Simon, almost twelve, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she’s anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she’s asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she’s normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she’s got someone else to confide in . . . someone who always listens." 
My Thoughts: I remember reading this book as a kid when in elementary school. If I recall correctly it was for a book report but that was so many years ago that I don't recall that story word for word. It was on the must read again as an adult list for sure, I love doing that, see how my adult brain differs from my kid brain, how thoughts have changed & not changed. We t…