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June 2016

June Reads

This was one of the weirdest reading months I’ve had in a very, very long time.  I tell everyone my reading tastes are eclectic but, this month was a little too convoluted even for me!  It included reviewing a giant stack of upcoming Catholic non-fiction titles for a local parish (they are updating their parish library and asked me for some guidance) and a string of recently released erotic fiction titles, and the epic historical text of Rome SPQR.  Since it was a pretty extensive list this month, I’m not going to list them all but if you are interested in some recc’s in either of those genres, I’m your girl!


As for SPQR: A History of Rome by Mary Beard,  this made me feel like I had retreated back to college history.  It was intriguing and the narrative feel made the history jump off the page, but there is no denying the weight of this volume.  It’s not light reading, it’s not for entertainment…it’s for educational purposes whether they be scholarly or a personal hobby.  It took me a few chapters to understand the format (history is given then dissected by what is popular belief and what is fact versus fiction), but once I had that down I was able to finish the book without too many head shakes.  The text is sprinkled liberally with diagrams, drawings and art work to support the research which was helpful and upped the “textbook” feel of the title.  So…recommended for scholars, people with a STRONG interest in Roman history, or those who need it for their own book research 😀  


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Enter Here

My Kindle Scout campaign is live!  Please visit the site to read an excerpt and consider giving it your vote!

Fear in the Heart

Fear of rejection is a real thing!  After talking with some debut authors, I decided to submit my novel to the Kindle Scout program.  If you aren’t familiar, KS is a program run by Kindle Press that allows the public at large to vote on books to be published.  I’ve been nominating titles for awhile now but could never summon the courage to submit my own.  Fueled by tons of caffeine, I finally got brave enough to hit the submit button.  They warn you that it could take a couple of days to hear if your novel is accepting for a campaign…how nail biting is that??


Thankfully, my notice came last than two hours later.  I really don’t know if I could’ve waited much longer because I was already a basket case!  My novel was accepting and my Scout campaign begins on June 23!!

June Galley Picks

The titles listed below grabbed my attention due to either their descriptions, the authors, or buzz in the publishing world.  All are currently available as ARCs for professional readers through either NetGalley and/or Edelweiss.  The publisher has been listed in case you are interested in hard copy proofs and a link is provided to the title’s Goodreads page.


Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies.  Penguin.
generation chef
Generation Chef by Karen Stabiner.  Avery Books
Demand. by Lisa Renee Jones.  Gallery Books
Far Afield by Shane Mitchell.  Ten Speed Press.


Instagram Faves

I love Instagram.  If I had enough free time, I’d spend it dreamily scrolling through book and travel photos.  It’s like a mini-vacation for your eyes.  I have a collection of favorite accounts and I’m highlighting one in each post with a sample of their page so you can see if you might be interested in giving them a follow as well.  Enjoy!

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