Something unusual this way comes…

So I was at the book store yesterday and I strayed away from my beloved Romance section. It might have been the weather, the helpful clerk or my third cup of coffee but something possessed me and I ended up with three lovely books that are nothing like my usual reads.

Still, can’t wait to read them!

Summertime Madness Book Tag

Alas…It already looks like summer is leaving us here in good old Canada. Today, it’s grey, damp and rainy. I won’t complain because we’ve had a lovely summer even if it only lasts two months here. Plus, I got tagged by Melissa Barker-Simpson for this lovely Summertime Book Tag and I can’t wait to share in. (thank you for thinking of me Melissa!)

Here are the questions (and none of them are crazy exam-like questions):

  • Show a book with a summery cover.
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And yes, I read this one and absolutely loved, loved it. Mary Balogh is amazing.

  • Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a summer vacation!

I would love to visit England for the summer. I’ve been and it’s just beautiful, full of incredible culture and wonderful people. True, my hubby is British, so I’m a little biased. If I had to choose another destination, I’d love to see the East Coast of Canada. Halifax and Nova Scotia. They’re gorgeous places and I’ve never been.

  • You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation. But you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight, what novella do you choose?

Depends how long the flight is. If we’re talking only a couple of hours, then I’d reread a book. Right now I’m rereading the Archangel series by Nalini Singh. It’s one of those I keep reading over and over.

If the flight was transatlantic, about 6 or 8 hours, then I’d choose a new book. I’d like to take something I haven’t read yet. Right now I’m reading a Chaos novel by Kristen Ashley. It’s nice and thick, she’s a reliable author and I’d love to have a few hours to just read and read.

On a very long  flight, I’d love to take something out of genre that I would read. I like to read Jodi Picoult…Its not my usual thing but I like the way she writes. Or something completely different for me. Just take a chance and test something off the shelf. You never know what you’ll find!

Okay…one thing is obvious, I sure can ramble! Time to shorten these answers!

  • You have a case of summertime sadness what happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

Anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I just finished one by her and she’s outstanding. Though, for honesty’s sake, I’d have to add that reading anything romance cheers me up.

  • You’re sitting at the beach all alone…which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Ah….beach babe?…….Ah…….ahem….let’s see….ah….

  • To match your ice cream you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional side kick do you pick?

Ah…side kick? I thought these questions were going to be easy!….ah….I’m going to choose my doggies…and thank Callum for the idea!

  • Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?

Oh…here we are! The end! Hm…who do I tag…hee hee…the power…hee hee. I choose….Infinitefreetime, aka Luther M. Siler. Ha!

 

Review: The Pact by Jodi Picoult

I chose to read something else out of my usual comfort zone and chose Jodi Picoult’s ‘The Pact’.

‘The Pact’ was absolutely incredible. I think one of the things I enjoyed the most about it was how realistic the character arcs were. Ms. Picoult has the ability to not only create fleshed-out characters but to describe their growth–when they meet challenging obstacles–and make it believable. Not once did I think: They’d never say that or do that. Instead, I kept turning the pages, hoping to find out what happened to characters who had become endeared and very real to me.

As well, the plot was an absolute page-turner. Every scene left me hanging and wanting more. Woven like a fine rug, the threads of the many stories intertwined beautifully.

Yes, it wasn’t romance, but it was very well written, with incredibly real characters who went through the very worst that could ever happen to them and came out changed. Realistically, they didn’t all get ‘better’ or end up happier. They just changed. I thought the ending was all the greater because of it. I would highly recommend this book. Absolutely gripping.

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News and upcoming

Just finished reading Julie James’ It happened One Wedding. Check out my review on my Goodreads sidebar!

I’ve also updated the links for editing on the editing page. The link is on the side under ‘resources for writers’.

I’ve also just finished reading ‘The Benevolence Archives‘ by Luther M. Siler and ‘The Pact‘ by Jodi Picoult. I’ll post my humble thoughts on those books tonight and tomorrow. I chose these books because they’re outside my usual genre (romance!) so I thought I’d stretch my tastebuds. Let me know what you think about the reviews or the books!

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