I’m Fine and Neither Are You

How amazing is that title? Probably one of my favorites of all time. Well, it turns out, the grass isn’t always greener and the truth doesn’t always set you free. Or does it? Penelope is fine. Everything is fine. Jenny is her BFF, their kids play together, their marriages are grand, and life is how... Continue Reading →


Five Best Places to Win Book Giveaways

GREAT write up. Well done, Ashley!

Home Sweet Houser

I often see questions on social media from fellow book lovers wondering how they can get their hands on advanced copies of books, particularly if they aren’t dedicated book reviewers.  While there are many answers to this question, giveaways are probably the easiest way to snatch a book before it hits the shelves.

Giveaways are also a fantastic way to discover new authors and push yourself outside of your typical reading genre.  I personally have found myself a new fan of several authors I’d not previously heard of after winning giveaways for their latest novels.

So, you ask, where are the best places to win these giveaways?  Well, let me tell you!

  1. Goodreads

Goodreads is probably the easiest place to start.  They run hundreds of giveaways every week and you can organize by Featured, Ending Soon, Most Requested, and Recently Listed.  My game plan is usually to sort by Ending…

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Lost Roses – Another Smash from Martha Hall Kelly

And this time she takes us to the era of World War I. Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls was a phenomenal hit and her new prequel, Lost Roses, holds on to that esteem. When that first novel is such a hit, it makes you wonder…can the next one be as big? Is it possible to... Continue Reading →

Reading is escapism at it’s finest

It’s me!!! What a fun interview.

A Writer of History

Today we have the pleasure of hearing from Jen, another reader who agreed to be interviewed. As you will see, Jen also runs a reading site called In Literary Love.

Please tell us a little about yourself: for example, background, age range, country, general book reading habits. If you’re prepared to share your name or your first name, please do. 

Hi, my name is Jen and I am a 36 year old mother of two girls and have been with my partner for over 12 years. I work full time and read every chance I get. I am currently on book 70 for the year! [Jen wrote this in November – apologies to Jen for not posting sooner.]

In your opinion, what is the power of fiction?Fiction has the power to take you somewhere you’ve never been, escape the life you’re currently in, and distract you from almost anything

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Daisy Jones and the Six – A Must Read and an Album Needed

First off, I want to say that I desperately need Aurora produced into a real album. Reese Witherspoon, if you’re reading this – seriously – for the show that you are producing, you have to do this. Oh wait, hold on. Upon pulling up some articles to check out for reference as I write this,... Continue Reading →

Rapid Falls

I’ve never read a book that grows darker and darker as gradually and seamlessly as Rapid Falls. Cowie magnificently and immediately captivates you with the intertwining stories of Cara and Anna- sisters both devastated by a tragedy in their past. As the dual timelines lead you to the truth, you can’t help but wonder- who... Continue Reading →

Home Front by Kristin Hannah

My favorite Kristin Hannah book

Home Sweet Houser

Home FrontHome Front by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love Kristin Hannah so darn much!

After reading The Nightingale and The Great Alone and absolutely falling in love, Kristin Hannah became my favorite author. And I’m now on a mission to read all of her books. Home Front happened to be the next one available at the library and in typical Kristin Hannah fashion, it was wonderful!

Home Front is set in 2005 and is about Joleen, a wife and mother of two daughters, who is a helicopter pilot in the National Guard. Her marriage is crumbling. Her husband, a workaholic, is regularly absent from family activities and events. And he doesn’t particularly agree with her participation in the military. When Joleen is unexpectedly deployed to Iraq, it could not be worse timing. Will her husband be able to fulfill the role of “Mr. Mom” when…

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Girls on the Line

  This review is a few days late and for that, I apologize. Life, ya know? Released the 6th, grab this book NOW. So, when I first started this book I thought, “Ruby has gumption” and wondered if there was a way we could bring that word back (honestly, it’s a gem). And low and... Continue Reading →


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