Motivational Mondays #7

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” – T.S. Eliot

I like this one. A lot.

It’s a good thing to keep in the back of our minds. That no matter what happens to us, we can always “start over”. If something is bothering us, something is against us, or we want to make a change in our lives to better ourselves to to make our dreams/goals to come true – we can start at any moment. It doesn’t have to be a certain time, or a certain day, or a certain month, or a certain age.

Every Moment (every minute of every day of every month of every year) can become a fresh beginning.

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Trust No One | Thursday Reads

“Trust No One” by Paul Cleave

Where do I begin? This book is amazing!!

I don’t recall when I purchased this one, but it hasn’t been in my To Be Read pile for too long. And, THAT was too long. This is the first book I’ve read by Mr. Cleave, and now I need the rest of his books now, like RIGHT NOW! He is one talented author and I cannot wait to dive into the rest of his works.

In “Trust No One”, author Jerry Grey, who uses the pseudonym Henry Cutter, is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 49. He begins a journal so Future Jerry can remember things. But his dementia breaks down the wall between his real life and the lives of his characters. Are his stories real from crimes he actually committed?? Jerry learns that he can trust no one….Even himself.

If you love Crime Fiction and haven’t read any Paul Cleave, you will love Paul Cleave. If you haven’t read in the Crime Fiction genre, check out “Trust No One” and you may find yourself falling in love with a new genre, and author!

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Diary of a Haunting | Thursday Reads

“Diary of a Haunting” by M. Verano

Last summer, I saw this book at Walmart and was very intrigued, first by it’s cover (which is a kick ass cover – both the dust jacket and the binding of the book) and second because it deals with a haunted house. So of course I had to pick it up.

It is my understanding that M. Verano is not a real person. When I first dig into a book, I always check out the copyright page, and for this one, it says Simon & Schuster. Plus, M. Verano is one of the characters. Nonetheless, it is very intriguing. Set up as “real” but isn’t. And it is written diary style form, which I always find to fun.

In this tale, Paige moves to Idaho with her mom and brother from LA, renting an old mansion. This mansion happens to be infested with flies and spiders. At first, things seem normal and harmless, then the real fun begins. Her brother starts acting weird. She find someone living in the basement. Things continue to get creepier, until the past becomes part of the present.

So if you like haunted houses, this is one to check out.

Order “Diary of a Haunting” on Amazon here
Pre-order “Possession” (Diary of a Haunting)” here Will be published on 8-30-16

The House | Thursday Reads

“The House” by Christina Lauren

“The House” is the second YA novel for authors Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings), the first being “Sublime”. And you do not have to be a young adult to read YA books, I’m 34 and I still love them.

I fell in love with Christina Lauren with the “Beautiful Bastard” series, and while their YA books are obviously nothing like that series, they have become among my favorite authors (in which I will read anything they write), and they do not disappoint.

This book follows the love story of Delilah and Gavin, typical high schoolers, but involves a secret. Wanna know what they secret is? I’ll tell ya. Gavin’s house is alive. And when I mean it’s alive, it’s ALIVE! It has taken care of him since he was a little boy. But, his house doesn’t want to share him. Can their love survive? That, I won’t tell you, you will have to read the book yourself 🙂

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Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Happy Pub Day to Caroline Kepnes’ “Hidden Bodies”!

One of my favorite characters, Joe Goldberg, returns today, in “Hidden Bodies”, the sequel to Caroline’s smashing debut “YOU”.

In HB we find Joe going on an adventure, he decides to move to California (after a girl of course). There, he finds himself among a bunch of characters in a strange world that is anything but what he is used to. Does he find the girl? (Like I’m going to tell you!)

So, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today!

Check out my Thursday Reads of HB here
Check out my post about YOU here

Motivational Mondays #6

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Don’t worry about what happened yesterday, because it is in the past, and it cannot be changed.

Don’t worry about what will happen tomorrow, because tomorrow is in the future and anything can happen.

Worry about today.

Live for today.

Do what you can today, instead of pushing it off to do tomorrow, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

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I’m working on this one. The little free time I have, I find myself just vegging and not wanting to do anything. But I need to find the strength within to motivate my butt and get shit done.

The Hatching | Thursday Reads

“The Hatching” by Ezekiel Boone

This book is EXCITING yet TERRIFYING!

I have a love/hate relationship with this one. The simple fact is: I loved it. But the reason I hate it: spiders. I hate spiders.

The one good thing about living up in the North is we don’t have the Black Widows, Brown Recluses, or Tarantulas. The spiders I tend to see are little ones or Daddy Long Legs. But, these little creatures can send me into such a tizzy, it is ridiculous. I panic, then while I am panicking I need to form a plan of action to kill. Spiders don’t bother me nearly as much when outdoors because that is their territory. But when they come indoors, oh hell no, it’s game on!

Strange events start occurring around the world, many including a swarming, black mass, that seem to devour people instantly. You have the Chinese that “accidentally” drop a nuclear bomb in their own country, a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis (that’s a little too close to comfort for me, thank God this is fiction LOL), unusual seismic patterns in India, and a mysterious package finds its way to a Washington DC laboratory from South America. This nightmare is only the beginning. Something Wants Out.

There is so much we don’t know about the Earth and what mysteries lie hidden in the corners of the world. Deep, dark secrets. So, are the events that happen in The Hatching beyond the realm of possibilities? No. Even if spiders creep you out, give this book a chance.

It’s chock full of CREEPY CRAWLY goodness.

This book will be published on July 5th, 2016 (yes, again, I was very lucky to get an ARC on this one).

They Want Out!

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The Vanishing | Thursday Reads

“The Vanishing” by Wendy Webb

I can’t remember exactly why I asked for this book for Christmas, I believe I found it recommended somewhere, but after reading the synopsis, I was very intrigued.

I finally got around to getting this one read a few weeks ago, and I have fallen in love with it and with Wendy Webb (I just recently purchased her other 2 novels “The Tale of Halcyon Crane” and “The Fate of Mercy Alban”).

“The Vanishing” is centered around a haunted house (I LOVE haunted houses!!!!) Julia Bishop’s life is falling apart when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer – to become a companion to his elderly mother, whom happens to be the famous horror novelist Amaris Sinclair (who is presumed dead). Julia accepts the offer and heads to Havenwood, where mysteries and secrets haunt the halls and the forest beyond.

This novel is full of twists and turns, with a surprise ending, in which I never guessed!

[Side note: after finishing this book, it helped inspire me to pick the current writing project that I am working on, and to take it into a different direction in which I was initially going to take it.]

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An Honorable Man | Thursday Reads

“An Honorable Man” by Paul Vidich

This debut novel by Paul Vidich brings us back to the Cold War Era. It is a very interesting read in which I greatly enjoyed. I’ve always been fascinated by the 50s.

“An Honorable Man” finds CIA agent George Mueller trying to help find a double agent within the organization that is seeking secrets to the Soviets in which is compromising missions around the globe. He has his own secrets and as he digs deeper into the case, suspicion begins to fall on him as well. Until Protocol (the double agent) is found, no one can be trusted, and everyone is at risk.

If you enjoy thrillers, particularly political thrillers, then this book is a must. It will leave you feeling as if you have been transported back into the 50s.

Again, I was very lucky to receive an ARC of this novel, and it will be published on April 12, 2016.

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Motivational Mondays #5

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

There is no time limit on your dreams and goals. As long as you put in the time, no matter how little, as long as you just keep doing it, it will add up.

Do not stop.

Do not give up.

Keep on truckin’!

In our busy lives, sometimes it can be hard to find the time to work on us (dreams, goals, etc). And it is hard to remember that things don’t just happen overnight, no matter how much we would like them to. “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

So if you can, try to find the time. Even if it is as little as 5 minutes. Over time, it adds up, and your efforts will be rewarded.