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THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER   is   coming out July 14,  2020 from Swoon Reads / Macmillan 1851. Bounced from one begrudging relative to another their whole lives, orphaned identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter have always relied on each other for love and support, even though the sisters couldn't be more different. Brash Sophie wants to be an inventor, and demure Mariah wants to be an artist. Both long to visit London for the summer—Sophie to see the Queen’s Great Exhibition and Mariah to study the world’s finest collection of paintings. But when their cantankerous aunt answers their letter pleading for a place to stay, she insists she only has time and room to spare for one of them. So, Mariah and Sophie hatch a clever scheme: They will travel to London together and take turns playing the part of "Sophie". At first the plan runs like clockwork. But as the girls avoid getting caught by increasingly narrow margins and two handsome gentlemen—both
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The Collector

Do you collect anything?  I collect books and teacups. My newest teacup is inspired by STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor.  (From LitJoyCrate) #sharethelitjoy

What’s on the menu

I thought I’d share my home projects with books! This board and batten wall is in my dining room. My husband and I did it in February this year. I was glad for the help because the ceiling is 14+ feet high!  On the menu today is a delicious new book from Suzanne Park Comedienne and Author πŸ›πŸ²πŸœ SO WE MEET AGAIN  Book review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jess is fired from her Wallstreet banker job because they were restructuring and she was not leadership material; despite her work colleagues calling her an “Asian worker-bee” (#cringe). Embarrassed and jobless, Jess heads back to her parent’s home in Nashville. There she meets her middle school rival/nemesis Daniel and now he’s hot. Jess comes up with her own business plan to sell Korean sauces that can be used with meal kits. She even films cooking videos and her Korean parents help. But as her relationship with Daniel begins to simmer, her business has a setback. Jess overcomes sexism and racism to create her own happily-ever-after. I loved her relat

Alternate Endings!!!

 Did you know that I wrote four different endings for Mariah Carter and my beta readers picked the one in the book?  Join my monthly newsletter and you can discover which one is YOUR favorite. March, April, and May will all highlight a new alternate ending to THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER πŸŽ©πŸ’—πŸ“œ!!! Join here: 

We Are the Fire

  WE ARE THE FIRE by Sam Taylor  Book review: πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ A riveting fantasy that had me spellbound.  When they were children, Oksana and Pran were stolen from their homes and countries and turned into demons. Fire-wielding Tuliikobrets for Emperor Juhan. Pran will do anything to get their freedom from the fort. Oksana is determined to help her friends, especially Pran get the medicine he needs for his bad leg (from all the transformations and experimenting). They both choose dangerous paths that might tear them apart before the emperor does. Both are trying to hold onto their humanity—but it may be too late.  Told in dual POV, both Oksana and Pran are well-rounded characters with plenty of flaws and morally gray decisions. Their world is unique. Fantasy and science are mixed together in this stand-alone book over a simmering flame: Ready to explode.

Lucky 13!

 It’s my anniversary! Lucky 13.  Thirteen things I love about my husband: 1. He’s my best friend. 2. He always puts my needs first. 3. He supports my writing.  4. He respects me. 5. He makes me laugh all the time. 6. He is a great dad. 7. He’s super patient. 8. He helps me with my house projects. 9. He is really tall. 10. He’s sooo handsome (it does matter, but shouldn’t be the top of the list). 11. He is a hard worker. 12. He makes me feel happy when I’m near him. 13. He likes LOTR and Star Wars. It does matter. 

Review: Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease

  E VERYTHING THAT BURNS  by Gita Trelease Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A sumptuous and thrilling conclusion to Camille’s story set during the French Revolution. Camille and her sister Sophie now have a home and money; but many other lost girls are less fortunate. Camille helps a flower girl escape the untrue accusations of a nobleman and meets a group of girls that are about to be evicted. She writes their stories to get them support. Meanwhile, both the king and the revolutionaries are calling for the deaths of magicians like her. Revolutionary Paris becomes even more dangerous and Camille has not told Lazare that she is performing magic again. Lazare continues to be a dynamic and layered love interest (who flies hot air balloons). The romance grows with their relationship. Camille finally accepts who she is and is willing to pay the ultimate price for her beliefs. Author Gita Trelease does a beautiful job of showing how revolutions can begin with hope and ideals, but then end in violence and destr

Drum Roll...the Winners!

  Thank you to everyone who participated in Austentines! We hope you had fun. The Grand Prize Winner is:  @reading_for_two The Second Prize Winners are:  @booknookcook04 and  @dezroute