Sunday, July 15, 2018

Book Club

I’ve decided to start an online book club. I’m not sure how successful it will be, but I’m hoping a few of you might want to join. It is a closed group so that only those who are members can read the posts. This way we have a little privacy.

This book club is for those who like to read and discuss cozy mysteries. We will read one cozy mystery chosen by group consensus each month. Throughout the month, members are encouraged to comment and post about the book. On the last Saturday of each month, members should log in to rate the book and vote on the next read. For questions, contact me at

If you would like to join, I would love to have you. Here’s the link:

After you have selected the join group button, I will approve you, and you will have access to the group posts. I have created a poll to help choose our first book for August. Please vote or offer your own suggestions in the comments.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

If you have been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I love Ilona Andrews. They are a husband and wife writing team. I have read just about everything they have written. Their Kate Daniels series is my favorite, but I really enjoy the Hidden Legacy and Innkeeper books too. They also have a two book series that doesn’t seem to get as much pub called the Kinsmen that I really enjoyed.

So I was looking forward to their latest, Iron and Magic. I remember the April Fool’s joke the authors played regarding this book. I saw their fake book cover and read the description thinking it was really odd. It took me a little while, but I figured it out before they announced the joke. I thought it was very funny.

Like some of the other reviews I read, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Hugh as the “hero.” He is an awful person in the Kate Daniels series, but Andrews handled it well in this book. I actually like him now. Not sure what that says about me! 😊

The book was really good. The characters are well-developed. Both Hugh and Elara are interesting, and I enjoyed the way they interact with one another. I really like the supporting characters, the Iron Dogs and Elara’s advisers.

I had read that there were a lot of action/fight scenes in the book as well as sex. I don’t read the action/fight scenes closely in any book, but the ones in Iron and Magic fit well. There was sex, but it wasn’t throughout the book. I read a lot of romance so it didn’t surprise or bother me in any way.

The plot was interesting, and there is a lot going on. This book is part of a series by itself within the Kate Daniels world. It is setup well for the characters to cross over into the last Kate Daniels book, Magic Triumphs. I’m looking forward to reading more about Hugh and Elara.

5 stars

If you are interested in the book, you can find it on all the major retailers. Links for Amazon and Barnes and Noble are below.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Giveaway - $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

My monthly giveaway is back! I will be offering a giveaway each month. I will be doing things just a little differently this time. You must be on my email list or join my email list to be eligible to win. Hey – I need to get something out of this. J

I'm going to be busy at the end of July and first part of August so this giveaway will actually be two months. Let's make it big. $50 Amazon or B&N gift card.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018


One of my goals this year was to write the next Leah Norwood mystery. I had a general idea of the story, who the killer would be, and who Leah would need to help. The first few chapters went okay but slowly. Then I had some things happen at my day job that made finding time to write difficult. I got back on track and made some progress with the book, but three weeks ago I started experiencing vertigo and it will not go away.

I’ve been dealing with vertigo episodes for the past 15 years. I say I have 3 levels. Level 1 is when it’s there in the background. I feel it occasionally especially if I move too fast. It’s just kind of hovering around. Level 2 is when I feel it all the time. I have to move slowly but can still function. It’s just exhausting, and it takes me so long to do anything. My normal morning routine goes from 45 minutes to well over an hour. Level 3 is when I can’t really do anything. I typically just have to stay in bed or sit in a chair. It’s no fun at all.

Since June 9, I’ve been fluctuating between levels 1 and 2. I had one day last week when I thought it was all gone, but it came back the next day. Yesterday was bad, but I feel much better today.

If you have ever experienced it, I know you understand what I mean. To me, this is one of the craziest “illnesses.” I, mean, I don’t look sick. I look normal. I’ve been to doctors and always get the same answer – there is no cure. I’ve tried the exercises, and one doctor did prescribe some medication. I don’t think it helps, but it’s hard to judge. Am I feeling better because of the pill or just because the vertigo is less?

As I’m feeling better today, I’m going to try to get some work done. I’m determine to finish this book! I hope you all are having a great weekend. Enjoy your Sunday.