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Book Review #13: A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna

Posted 30th October 2017 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 12 Comments

Book Review #13: A Scone to Die For by H.Y. HannaA Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna
Series: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries #1
Published by Wisheart Press on January 17th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 335
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose’s quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford’s past.

Armed with her insider knowledge of the University and with the help of four nosy old ladies from the village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery—all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O’Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

But with the body count rising and her business going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?

A Scone to Die For is the first book in a cozy mystery series – Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. I was drawn to it because Lola reviewed it on her blog, and the cover is so cute! I’m a sucker for a cutesy cozy cover.

Cozy mystery staples: Cats? Check. Baking? Check. For some reason the main character finds herself investigating a murder despite police involvement? Check.

This little novel was very easy to read and went along at a good pace, but some things I found weird/annoying. For example:

  • Cassie’s exasperation at Gemma’s simple curiosity about a piece of paper she saw felt too strong and really odd.
  • Gemma missed Jaffa Cakes while in Sydney. If I can go to a supermarket in Perth (and before that, an independent grocery or British food shop) and find them in every international section, I’m SURE you can get them in Sydney! I love Jaffa Cakes, and have been getting them here for 20 years.
  • Am I nitpicking? I feel like I’m nitpicking.
  • Devlin’s need to over-explain things felt like he thought Gemma was stupid, which in turn made me dislike him a bit. And why would he even discuss a case with her in such detail? They’ve not seen each other for 8 years!

On the plus side, I liked much of it:

  • The old ladies were a delight; sticking their noses in and doing a bit of sleuthing.
  • I twigged who the killer was right before Gemma did, talk about stressful! This one had a pretty good mystery, and it kept me guessing. I had conversations with myself that went: “No…wait…could it be? Too obvious. Or is it? Maybe the author is trying to psych me out…” and so on.
  • Gemma herself is a good main character, she’s believable and likeable; even if she does make some questionable decisions.
  • Cats! Recipes! Is it a true cozy without at least one of these things? Bonus points for both haha. I love that Muesli is based on the author’s cat (who is adorable) look at that face!

Overall this was a good cozy mystery, but had a few flaws with characterisation in my opinion; not everyone seemed natural. But I’m sure as the series goes on and I get to know everyone better, it will all gel together (having now read a few of these books, I am correct. This seems to be the case with a lot of cozy series!)

It did make me realise that I prefer my cozies set in the UK. I’m not entirely sure why, it’s probably all the BBC tv shows I watch starring amateur detectives (or maybe it’s just Midsomer Murders, which seems to always be on, and I always watch it!) I’ve read a number of American ones, but quaint and English is definitely my preferred setting.

If you like cozy mysteries (and sweet foods) I would definitely recommend this for a lazy day of reading! It’s a good start to a series that just gets better as it goes along.

Also, the first book is currently free on Amazon (kindle) 🙂

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 4.1

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Sunday Post #6

Posted 29th October 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 34 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

What did I do last week? *ponders* I saw Thor: Ragnarok, and it was super duper fun and great and I really liked it, but I didn’t love it. There’s a couple of things that unsettled me…I need to see it again to make sure (oh no, how awful for me) and then I think I’ll review it.

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I’m still reading The Best Little Christmas Shop 🙁 it’s taking me forever. Case Histories is an abridged version, which I would usually avoid; but it’s narrated by Jason Isaacs soooo…I made an exception haha

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #5
Book Review: Taken by Jennifer Dawson
A Trip Down Memory Lane: Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: A Scone to Die For by H.Y. Hanna
Book Review: The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey*

*If I finish it by release date, yikes!

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

For Review:

And that’s it this week. I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

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A Trip Down Memory Lane #1: Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry

Posted 27th October 2017 by Wattle in A Trip Down Memory Lane / 14 Comments

I finally decided to start this feature I’ve had simmering (and on my features page) for the past year or so. And I’m opening it up with a very special book.

A Trip Down Memory Lane #1: Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite HenryBrighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
Published by Rand McNally on September 15th 1978 (first published January 1st 1953)
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: five-stars

Long ago, a lone little burro roamed the high cliffs of the Grand Canyon and touched the hearts of all who knew him: a grizzled old miner, a big-game hunter, even President Teddy Roosevelt. Named Brighty by the prospector who befriended him, he remained a free spirit at heart. But when a ruthless claim-jumper murdered the prospector, loyal Brighty risked everything to bring the killer to justice.

Brighty's adventures have delighted generations of readers, and he has become the symbol of a joyous way of life. Some people say that you can even see his spirit roving the canyon on moonlit nights-forever wild, forever free.

When I was a kid, I pretty much lived on a diet of Enid Blyton books and fairy tales. We’d visit the library often and I’m pretty sure I read my way through the entire children’s section; good times.

In 1995, when I was 11, my folks took me on a trip to the USA. We flew with Ansett Australia (they don’t exist anymore!), I got a horrific ear infection when we had a short layover in Cairns (we had to fly from Papua New Guinea back down to Australia to go overseas) that turned into a week because I wasn’t allowed to fly. I’ve suffered from ear infections my entire life and that one still has me cringing!

There’s a few things I remember from that trip.
1) I loved my walkman and every time we were in the car I’d be listening to it (much to my parents disgust), my jam at the time was the Broadway Grease soundtrack and various boybands haha
2) The Trees of Mystery in California are amazing
3) Alcatraz Island was the best part of the trip (probably because the self guided tours involved bright yellow walkmans)
4) The Grand Canyon and ALL THE SQUIRRELS (this is where my love of squirrels started and has never ceased, I will ALWAYS take a photo of a squirrel over everything else).

And this book.

We flew to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas (I think…) in a small plane, the trip there was fine; but on the way back we were going down the runway and the pilot pulled the plane up short, said it wasn’t right, and then we were there for 4 hours. There was nothing to do at that time of day, so we spent an awful lot of time in the gift shop, and my parents bought me Brighty of the Grand Canyon to stop me complaining about being bored.

I must have read that book at least three times while we were travelling. And then a few more times when we got home again. Dad was all ‘why do you keep reading this book?’ and then read it too (and bent the cover, THE HORROR).

It’s been many years since I last read it. I’m almost too scared to at this point, what if it doesn’t live up to my memories? What if it does? Will it still make me cry?

I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to re-read it, but it will always bring back fond memories. This was the first book I truly loved.

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Book Review #12: Taken by Jennifer Dawson

Posted 23rd October 2017 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review #12: Taken by Jennifer DawsonTaken by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Undone #4
Published by Jennifer Dawson Publishing on October 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 407
Format: E-Book
Source: Author
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
Heat Level: 4 Flames

Brandon Townsend III

Rich, beautiful and entitled, once upon a time he was king of the trust fund babies. He took anything and anyone he wanted, until one day, he walked away without explanation. Now, he’s an untouchable mystery, one I’m determined to crack. And I’m not talking about anything mundane like his bed. No, I want something far more valuable.

I want into his head.

*

Veronica Westwood has blown into my life creating chaos in her wake, and I don’t know quite what to do with her. Rich, beautiful and entitled, she represents everything I’ve sworn off in life, and her being unexpectedly clever doesn’t change that. Instincts warn me to stay away, and that’s just what I intend to do, no matter her attempts to wear me down. I’m good at saying no, or at least I was until I met her. I don’t understand it, but she’s like a weakness, and a man like me can’t have weakness.

I simply won’t allow it.

Taken is the fourth book in the Undone series by Jennifer Dawson. You can find my reviews for the previous novels here:

1) Crave   2) Sinful   2.5) Unraveled   3) Debauched

I think…though I could be wrong, that this is also the last book of the series 😮 *sobs*

Brandon has always intrigued me, he’s the most detached of all of our dominant men, but perhaps the most interesting. I was excited to see that we were going to get his story, and jumped at the chance to read an ARC copy when it was offered.

Taken is dual POV, both Brandon and Veronica give us insight into the story. Brandon was born into a rich family; but opted to shun his status as the #1 trust fund kid and hit out on his own. He still appears at events every so often to appease his parents, and it’s at one of these events that he runs into Veronica. Or rather, she tracks him down.

Veronica, like Brandon, wants out of her privileged life. She’s determined to venture out into the world on her own, but to do that she needs a job. And that’s where Brandon comes in. Veronica is relentless in challenging him to hire her for a management position he’s had open for almost a year. And while he puts up a fight, Brandon loses and against his better instincts caves and gives Veronica what she wants. But it turns out they want so much more from each other. Try as Brandon might, they just can’t resist and it’s explosive (in more ways than one!)

It was great seeing all the characters from previous novels again, and to have a little more continuation to their stories and where they’ve all ended up.

I think Taken was a wee bit more kinky than the other instalments, but I didn’t find it as hot? Which probably makes no sense; I think the last one, Debauched, was a bit steamier. But it might just be how my brain works.

While Brandon and Veronica aren’t my favourite couple of the series, they were sure fun to read about! There’s a bit of drama toward the end that sort of threw me off the pace a bit. I could understand Brandon’s reaction, but it also perplexed me. I wanted to reach into the pages and give him a shake; he drove me (and Veronica) crazy for a short amount of time.

Dawson’s writing is addictive as usual, and I was up until just before 2:30am to finish this novel. I could not put it down! And then I woke up thinking about it, and then I just kept thinking about it.

At some point in the near future, I’m going to give this entire series a re-read. It’s worth it!

If you like your romance on the kinky side, I cannot recommend this series enough!

Rating Report
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 4.1

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Sunday Post #5

Posted 22nd October 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 30 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

A whole bunch of nothing happened last week. But that’s okay. Because this week? If all goes to plan, I’m seeing Thor: Ragnarok on Thursday, woo hoo! Thor is my favourite of the Marvel movie series, I don’t really care about the others anymore (they managed to burn me out AND piss me off with the last Avengers movie so…*shrugs*)

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #4
Book Review: Debauched by Jennifer Dawson
Book Review: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: Taken by Jennifer Dawson

There will be another book review, but I’m not sure what yet!

NEW ON MY SHELVES

There’s a theme this week. Can you see it?

The Christmas Gift by Monica McInerney is less than 35 pages long lol but it sounded cute, and I was browsing Christmas titles for the HoHoHo Readathon! I usually read novellas during readathons, which is probably cheating a bit, but they’re so easy to get a full story and move on to the next. I have a couple of actual novels that are on my ‘maybe read’ list, if I have enough time.

Bought:

For Review:

And that’s it from me! I hope you all had a wonderful week. I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of October already 😮

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Book Review #11: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

Posted 18th October 2017 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review #11: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine MillerChristmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller
Published by HQ Digital on October 13th 2017
Genres: Adult, Christmas, Holiday
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book
Source: NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: two-half-stars

Welcome in the festive season with love, laughter and the perfect G&T in Christmas at the Gin Shack – the most uplifting holiday read of 2017!

Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…

Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!

But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.

Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day?

I wasn’t aware at the time of requesting this book, but it’s a sequel to The Gin Shack on the Beach, which I have not read. And I think my experience suffered because of this.

After reading a couple of chapters I figured out something must have come before, so ended up googling and getting a brief rundown of the first book. Because we dived right into Olive’s life, without any recap at all, I had no idea who was who, who I was meant to like or who was relevant to the plot. There were so many side-plots and so many characters I really strugged to connect with anyone, and therefore didn’t really care about the distracting drama.

This would have been a cute, Christmassy read; but there was apparently evil forces at work, trying to take down the Gin Shack. A health scare for another character. A blossoming romance between another pair. A family drama. And uncertainty about a couple of characters motives.

It was just too much! The first 40% of the book I was mostly bored as it was all plodding along, then the next 20% was pretty good, and then everything just became so dramatic and a bit silly.

There were some humerous moments scattered throughout, Olive’s idea of a mobility scooter really made me laugh. But it just wasn’t enough to keep me interested for the whole novel.

If this had just focused on Christmas at the Gin Shack, with the Christmassy cocktail competition (which sounded fun!) and the sub-plot of someone trying to undo all their hard work with their bar; this would have been great. Alas, everything but the kitchen sink was thrown in, so it came across as rushed and it didn’t really feel like things were resolved properly at all.

The writing was okay, but the pacing was all over the place (due to everything that was going on), and it did get a little repetitive at times; though I assume that is just the nature of it being an ARC.

I’m afraid it’s just a 2.5/5 read for me, it had so much potential, but there was simply too much going on and not enough actual plot to sink your teeth into.

Rating Report
Plot
two-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
three-stars
Pacing
two-stars
Overall: 2.5

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Book Review #10: Debauched by Jennifer Dawson

Posted 16th October 2017 by Wattle in Reviews / 10 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review #10: Debauched by Jennifer DawsonDebauched by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Undone #3
Published by Jennifer Dawson Publishing on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 256
Format: E-Book
Source: Author
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
Heat Level: 4.5 Flames

One night in a moment of sheer madness I confessed my secrets to him.

All my life I’ve been pretending. Pretending to be the woman I thought I should be instead of the woman I really am. I’ve been faking it and I am good. No one has ever guessed. Except him. He just looked at me and knew.

Chad Fellows is not the man I want, but he’s fast becoming the man I need.

*

One night in a moment of sheer madness I held her in my arms and let her cry.

I did the right thing, letting her walk away, no matter how much she calls to the part of me that wants to rescue her. We are nothing alike, and she’s a mess of complications in a life I’m trying to keep simple. But then I touched her and made her tremble and now I can’t turn away.

Ruby Stiles is not the woman I want, but she’s fast becoming the woman I need.

Debauched is the third book (or fourth, if you count the Unraveled novella) in the Undone series by Jennifer Dawson. My reviews for the previous books aren’t on my blog, as they were on the previous incarnation of Whimsical Nature, but you can find them here:

1) Crave   2) Sinful   2.5) Unraveled

This series is admittedly not what I would consider my tastes. It’s borderline erotica (I’m hesitant to call it erotica outright, because I’m sure there’s more full on ones out there haha), there’s BDSM elements – dominance and submission, and the plot is the romance.

And I love it. All of it!

Dawson creates such great characters in the world of these novels, and Debauched is no different. We’ve already met Ruby and Chad in Unraveled and this is a continuation of their story which delves deeper into their lives – characters from the other instalments pop up of course, and it was nice to see them all again.

Ruby has convinced herself that Chad is all wrong for her; and she most certainly doesn’t want to buy into the dom/sub scene, but her friends relationships with their partners cannot help but pique her interest. Ruby starts out uncertain, and Chad is sure he knows just want she needs, but isn’t convinced a relationship is a good idea. They’re not sure if they can make it work; or if they even want to make it work.

Chad is patient and sweet with Ruby (I think he might actually be my favourite), while she had mildly irritating moments because she had an image in her head of how she was meant to be, and just couldn’t figure out that wasn’t her at all. They are actually kind of adorable together, and the wilder side of their relationship is just…it’s hot, I’m not sure how else to put it, keep a cool drink on hand 😆

Debauched is told in first person with dual points of view, and it works really well (as it has in the previous books). It feels like you get the whole picture and get to know both characters. I don’t think it would be as effective if it was told any other way.

The writing is excellent and there is something addictive about it for me. Each time I’ve read one of these books I’ve had an awful lot of trouble putting it down to go and do things I need to; and I often stay up late reading them.

I’m actually thinking about re-reading them all, and I hardly ever do that!

I definitely recommend this series if you’re a fan of steamy romance with a bit of kink.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.8

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Sunday Post #4

Posted 15th October 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 20 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Our weather has turned and it’s starting to become warm. I am not ready for summer! It is allegedly spring (my allergies agree) but it’s almost at the point where I’m considering breaking out my fan at night. I’m not quite there yet though, there’s apparently some sporadic winter weather on its way. I’m not sure I believe it, looking at the blue sky right now!

My iron infusion went well, although it took 50 minutes instead of 15, but they knew I was a challenge beforehand 🙂 I had to lay there and watch morning tv, the horror.

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I just started this one this morning, it’s moving VERY quickly. The crime took place within the first 8%, we just dived straight in to the story (and there’s a super obvious suspect I’m assuming didn’t do it!)

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #3
Review of Here Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Book Review: Debauched by Jennifer Dawson
Book Review: Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller

It turns out I have a period of time where I thought I’d reviewed books and didn’t 🙁 so I’ll be slowly making my way through those over the next few weeks.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Origin and The Furthest Station are both really pretty hardcover books, the latter being a novella. The rest are Kindle versions.

Bought:

Apparently I can’t resist a sale when it comes to ebooks!

For Review:

I was up until just before 2:30am this morning reading this baby. I thought it’d take me the weekend to read my way through it, but I could not put it down. It’s been a long while since a book did that to me!

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Book Review #9: Here Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez

Posted 11th October 2017 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review #9: Here Comes The Witch by Ani GonzalezHere Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez
Series: Main Street Witches #1
Published by FAC Publishing LLC on September 5th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 178
Format: E-Book
Source: Lola's Blog Tours
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars
Heat Level: 0.5 Flames

Jewelry designer Kat Ramos has come to Banshee Creek to break the famous Hagen House curse and, in order to do that, she must marry Liam Hagen. A vengeful ghost with a deadly history isn’t part of the deal, and neither is love. Will Kat be able to handle both? Or will the mystery of the cursed Hagen House remain unsolved?

 

This is apparently a cozy mystery (I think?) but it didn’t really read like one, it’s more a lighthearted paranormal. Cozy paranormal? That should be a thing!

It is a spinoff of another series, Banshee Creek, which I haven’t read. I don’t think I missed out on anything though – and indeed, it made me curious about that series itself, which I will have to check out at some point.

Our main character is Kat Ramos, she’s in town for an unusual business arrangement. To marry Liam Hagen, in the hopes of breaking a long held family curse on Hagen House. Then it can be sold and everyone can move on (one of Kat’s ancestors put a curse on the place). She’s doing this to make her dreams of owning a jewellery shop become a reality, as they will split the proceeds when the property sells.

There’s some quirky characters in this. The PRoVE team (Paranormal Research of Virginia Enterprises) were a delight, as was Amy from the Chinese restaurant (I hope there’s more about her in future instalments!) I liked Kat well enough, although her and Liam both made me roll my eyes. For a couple of people who had researched this place very well, they were both pretty dumb about it. Also, it was established that the house only had a grudge against Hagens, but then it seemed like it was against both families. Perhaps I interpreted it incorrectly to begin with?

Anyway. The writing was engaging, but the pacing was a bit slow at first, but then it ramped up and was a bit too fast. Things happened and suddenly it was over! I would have liked to seen the mystery of the house drawn out a bit more. We weren’t privy to Kat’s ‘solving’ of the ghostly mystery, which was disappointing. She was also one of those characters that just gets everything right first go, there wasn’t much tension at the climax. And the romance was…okay. It was just there, I didn’t feel strongly about it either way.

All in all it was a cute, fun read; if a bit short. I am curious enough to read more though!

I read this book thanks to Lola’s Blog Tours 🙂

Rating Report
Plot
three-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
three-half-stars
Pacing
two-half-stars
Overall: 3.1

About Ani Gonzalez

I write paranormal romantic comedy and cozy mystery (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. My books feature feisty funny heroines dealing with a host of paranormal critters (ghosts, cryptids, pagan gods...the sky's the limit) and mysteries. They find magic, love and laughter and readers get to follow them every step of the way.

I love quirky towns with spooky stories, and, thanks to my books, I get to "live" in one year-around. In real life I live in a Minneapolis suburb (which is sadly lacking in ghosts) with my husband and three children and I'm still trying to adjust to the cold.

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Sunday Post #3

Posted 8th October 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 29 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I have made close to zero progress in my blog ahead challenge so far, but I have written a bunch of notes for books I have read over the past few months…some of which I didn’t actually remember reading, oops!

This week has been super slow for some reason. You know those days that just drag and drag? This week was full of them. I’m getting an iron infusion bright and early at 6:30am tomorrow (yikes!) which I’m almost glad about. Maybe I won’t be so tired in the near future, and since it’s so early, I should be home for breakfast – although I might need to take a nap afterwards. I have awful veins, so I’m trying to stay hydrated. Water is so boring 🙁

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I’m only a few pages into this so haven’t really got a feel for it yet, but the main character is an 84 year old lady who is searching for the perfect gin & tonic (despite not being a drinker myself, I appreciate looking for the perfect tasting something – for me it’s ginger ale soda in the USA which SUCKS BEYOND BELIEF! It’s not gingery at all, and every time I go there I try a few more…ginger beer soda doesn’t count, it’s not the same). Oops, how’s that for off topic randomness?

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

There were two posts on the blog last week (I know, how weird!)

The Sunday Post (#2)
Review of Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Mainly the virtual sort (I have some actual REAL books winging my way next week, exciting!)

Although I totally just remembered, I got a paperback copy of Big Little Lies. All those Emmys have convinced me I need to see Alexandar Skarsgård in it watch it then read it! Everything else is on my Kindle though:

Bought:

For Review

I haven’t bought or received this many books in a long time, it’s kind of exciting! Even though I have a zillion other books to read, I’m sure I’ll fit them all in *cough* at some point.

Hope you all had a great week and weekend. Who knows, I might even have more posts go up this week 🙂

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