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Ashen Blog Tour - Book Spotlight

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This spring when I was terribly sick from pregnancy, I had one bright spot. A bright spot I couldn't even share with anyone! For those of you who know me well, you know I hate waiting to share good news or good books. So I'm super excited to be able to share with you about Ashen, the upcoming release from fantasy author H. L. Burke. I've been following H. L. Burke for a long time, and when she asked for some extra eyes on her Cinderella retelling, Ashen, I was immediately interested. Vaguely Icelandic setting, steampunk and fantasy elements, plus fairy tale I love? Sign me up!  And this story definitely didn't disappoint. Here's the official blurb: Stealer of warmth, bringer of death. What if Cinderella had a secret that kept her locked away? Unable to make her own body heat, foundling Lizbete survives in the tavern kitchen, drawing warmth from the fires, the sun—and sometimes, other living beings. Her days are spent cookin g alongside the tavern owner and avoiding

Where the Heart Is Book Birthday!

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Readers, I was seriously beginning to wonder if this day would ever come! It's been a long time since I went this long without having a new release for you. But now that release day is finally here, I'm so very excited to share   Where the Heart Is   with you! These characters have been on my mind for a long time, and I bet they're super excited to be going out into the world too.   One of the things I loved most about working on this project was all the research that went into it. I'm always learning new things for my book projects, and this particular project sent me looking for information more than once. I learned a lot about ranch life, the animals, conservation in ranching, and so much more. I could (and probably should) write a whole series of blog posts just on all the research I did!  But one of the most exciting things for me is that I managed to release a book this year. With 2020 being a year of upheavals, it was not looking good for me. Betwe

Welcome to Twining Hearts Ranch: What's In a Name?

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Readers, I've been away for a terribly long time and I apologize for that. The last several months, as I'm sure you've experienced for yourself, have been crazy. While I've been gone, I've gotten some slow writing done and I'm now in the process of wrapping up a project I've been wanting to do all year.  Where the Heart Is is on preorder now through Labor Day.  Coming very soon, the first book in the Twining Hearts Ranch series, Where the Heart Is ! Over the next month as we prepare for the book to come out, I'll share some insights into the locations, characters, and animal friends you'll meet in Where the Heart Is.  For today, I thought I'd answer a question sent by one of my beta readers. When Lottie inherits the ranch from her grandfather, it is called the Rocking Bar H. She changes the name to Twining Hearts Ranch, though she preserves the brand and title Rocking Bar H for the cattle aspect of her business.  But, why Rocking Bar H? What'

Happy Birthday, Kansas!

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If you've been my reader for more than a few days, you know by now that I'm a Kansan girl through and through. I've lived in Kansas the majority of my life, and have traveled around much of the state. I look for excuses to take pictures of sunflowers and honey bees, and get a special sort of thrill when I see a herd of bison. Yep, Kansas has seeped into my very being, and quite often seeps into my writing. How to Marry a Genie When I wrote the Charming Academy series, the stories were meant to take place in a fantasy version of our world, way, way back when. So while Kansas couldn't be a location, it certainly inspired the rolling plains of Lictthane, where Moira and Adrian grew up, and the dangerous tornado which prolongs Lucian's stop in the province. But as for my contemporary works, Kansas has quite often appeared as part of the setting. Almost a Fairy Tale never specifically states it, but I've always imagined that the story took place on the easter

Dumplings and Dynamite - A Book Review

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I promised you romance readers that my reviews wouldn't just be fantasy, and today I'm here to prove it! I received an advanced copy of Shanna Hatfield's newest (and by newest, it released just yesterday) book, Dumplings and Dynamite . If you are a historical romance reader, pay attention! This book was fabulous! Dumplings and Dynamite So, I'll just start out by saying the Baker City Brides series by Shanna is my absolute favorite of her series. Not only are the titles unique and memorable (the series begins with Crumpets and Cowpies ), but the stories are wonderfully told. The series is set in historic Baker City, Oregon during the later half of the Victorian era. The research behind each book is visible in the rich details of the city, and how the characters dress, speak, and act. Along with the wonderful human characters, precious animal sidekicks often steal the show with their sweet little personalities, making you wish for the ability to travel in time jus

Determination to Find Solutions

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It's been a tough week, readers. And not necessarily because of any one thing. I've been struggling to get a good sleep pattern going thanks to a toddler who is transitioning from a daily afternoon nap to no nap. Which essentially boils down to when he's up past ten or eleven (because he crashed for a three hour nap at three), I'm up past ten or eleven. On top of the lack of sleep, it's been a gray and dreary week. As much as I love the fuzzy blankets, cozy sweaters, and quiet peace of winter, I miss the sunshine of spring and summer. Image from QuoteMaster.org If you look at my house based on the original design, my office is put in what used to be a bedroom, but was converted into a walk in closet and essentially hallway into the master bedroom when it was added on. There are no windows, and the windows in the master bedroom are north and west facing. The west facing window is blocked by the garage. Yeah, I know, not the best or smartest design in the world

Labyrinth of Shadows - A Book Review

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One of my goals this year is to actually read all of the Fellowship of Fantasy book club books this year. Which, by the way, if you are one of my fantasy readers and you haven't joined yet, do so now! Great books, opportunities to chat with wonderful indie authors, giveaways, parties, and lots of fun await you there. Anyway, back to the blog. Last year I did pitifully, completing only two of the books, even though the majority had already been on my to be read pile. Embarrassing? Yeah, pretty much. Especially since we all know I love a good fantasy. But, I figure if I tell you now in January that I'm going to start regularly blogging about the books I read, that ought to hold me at least a little accountable. And don't worry, romance fans, I'll be reading and reviewing lots of romances this year too. Labyrinth of Shadows So without further ado, my first book of the year is Labyrinth of Shadows by Kyla Stone. Oh. My. Goodness! If you like Greek mythology, you n