Have You Read This Romance Yet?

I’m currently reading A Gift for Guile (The Thief-takers) by Alissa Johnson…

A Gift for Guile - Alissa Johnson

(Book Blurb – Courtesy of Amazon.com – buy it)
Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn’t want. Esther knows she’s put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family’s enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he’s near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers…and wish she were worthy of being saved.
I’m about halfway through this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. It has rich characters, humor and mystery which are things that grab me right away. To see my Top Ten Book Hooks, check out my previous post here. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Tell me, what are you reading? Have you read A Gift for Guile?
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Top Ten Book Hooks That Work For Me

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday blog post.

(For info on TTT and to join in, check out That Artsy Reader Girl)

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What makes me pick up a book to read?
  1. Title – can’t resist a catchy title. For example: Chose The Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison. Love that title 🙂
  2. Cover – I’m a very visual person so I like a colorful cover. One of the best ones I’ve seen is The Azalea Assault by Alyse Carlson (the paperback version). It’s truly a work of art.
  3. Locale – I love to read about far away and exotic places so locales of dreamy islands or Asian countries will grab me (and anywhere in the Carolinas since I’m a newbie Southerner).
  4. Romance – I especially love the enemies to lovers theme with funny banter between the couple while they resist the attraction.
  5. Mystery – I don’t always enjoy books that are only romance. To me they need to include a mystery of some kind (who’s stalking the heroine, who’s stealing company secrets, who murdered the butcher, etc.)
  6. Suspense – Who doesn’t love a little nail-biting suspense? Nothing stirs up those desires better than a little danger to the hero and heroine.
  7. Characters – Of course this is a major element. If you don’t care about the characters you won’t be able to enjoy the story.
  8. Length – This is a lesser element for me except if the book is longer than 350 pages you better have a pace that keeps me turning the pages.
  9. Author – I’m always on the lookout for new authors but with the authors that I know I enjoy, I will definitely try anything they write.
  10. Time period – I enjoy Historical but mainly just in the 1800’s or else the current time period.
So what kind of book hooks grab you?

Books, Words & Lists – What’s Not To Love?

Have you discovered Top Ten Tuesday (TTT)? It’s a weekly blog post project at That Artsy Reader Girl that provides topics to make your own Top Ten list.

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So if you love books, words and lists (like me) you will enjoy this Top Ten Tuesday series!

Be sure to check out previous posts:

TTT – I Need Mooooore

TTT Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Okay, I’m going to go back to creating my own list now. I have lists all over my house – on scraps of paper, colorful post-it notes and whole sheets of paper.

What do you make lists about?

It’s Almost Here!

It’s almost here!

What?

Chinese New Year 2019!

Chinese New Year

Tuesday, February 5th begins the Year of the Pig

Not Chinese? Doesn’t matter. I like to have tacos on Cinco de Mayo but I’m not Hispanic. I love pierogies even though I’m not Polish. So, I like to celebrate Chinese New Year even though I’m not Chinese. And you can too.

Fireworks are set off at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve to “ward off monsters” and bad luck. Then are set off again in the morning to welcome the new year and good luck. I love fireworks!

fireworks

You get to eat dumplings and/or spring rolls. Yum!

spring rolls

Lots of red decorations. I love the color of red 🙂

Chinese red lanterns

During the festival it is taboo to sweep or clean! Ha, a reason not to clean. What’s better than that? You don’t want to sweep away your good fortune.

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I also enjoy decorating with Feng Shui in mind. Not familiar with Feng Shui? Check out this link and this link.

Here are some of my previous Feng Shui posts:

How to Feng Shui a New Home

Let Feng Shui Make Your Wedding Lucky

Crucial Factors for Feng Shui Success  (reblogged)

So what do you like best about Chinese New Year? Have you ever celebrated the holiday? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear it.

2019 – A Fresh New Year

Do you have disappointments, regrets and missed opportunities from 2018 bringing you down? We all fail at our resolutions, fall short of a goal or regret a missed opportunity, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Brush it off and stand up straight because you have a whole new year in front of you and a fresh start with 2019.

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Give yourself a few minutes to recall positive moments and goals from 2018…

  • I finished writing my second romance novel and began querying for representation and publication.
  • I created my plot/timeline for book #3. plot line storyboard
  • I began creating my new office/library/craft room.
  • I discovered some new, healthy recipes.
  • I completed my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 48 books.
  • Both of my sons are now living down in NC with us. North Carolina State Line Sign

Good for you!

Now, set some goals and inspirations for 2019…

  • I want to complete a second draft of my third book.
  • I want to gain a contract for book #2.
  • I will begin querying for a reprint of my 1st book (Hong Kong Treasure – publisher closed within a year of its publication). Hong Kong Treasure
  • I will complete my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 50 books.
  • I will limit my consumption of sugar, dairy and wheat.

Great! Now don’t let any doubt and negativity creep in. Fight it. Start each day with positive thoughts and energy. Remember, you are a great you. Don’t let anyone tell you different. You can shine in 2019!

2019 New Year's

Tell me your positive items from 2018 and a goal for 2019. Let’s share some much-needed support 🙂

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In Case You Missed It … 2018

2018 is almost done and 2019 is approaching fast.

So, while we are still here in 2018 let’s recap. “In case you missed” any of these…

2018 with fireworks

Feng Shui

Want a Lucky 2018?

 

Romance

What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

8 Romance Sub-genres To Find Your Next Love

6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

6 Nontraditional Places To Have A Romantic Wedding

 

Inspiration

What Can Spring Teach Us About Life?

Heroes of Hurricane Florence

 

Cats

Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

 

Friday Fun

4 Funny Jokes To Start Your Weekend

 

Blogiversary

It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 Years!

 

I thank all my followers and visitors for your support and friendship through 2018.

I hope meet and connect with even more of you in 2019!

Beauty After Breast Cancer

A powerful post about beauty after breast cancer. Do breasts alone determine our beauty? Are women less feminine without them? What are your thoughts?

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Beauty is more than a skinny body, fancy clothes, and makeup. Going through cancer can put your body through harsh treatments and sometimes multiple surgeries. Some lose their hair, some have only the spot where the cancer is removed, and some have both breasts removed. Radiation and chemotherapy are harsh treatments. Going through these treatments and surgeries can make you feel ugly and less like a woman.

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When I was given the choice to have a mastectomy, I thought I had to have reconstruction to keep my beauty. I thought I’d be less of a woman without breasts. After the surgery it took me a while to look at my chest or look at myself shirtless in a mirror. I was afraid to see the scars where my breasts used to be. I was afraid I would look ugly and disfigured. When I finally looked at my chest, I cried.

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