Circle of Shadows Release Day!!!

It’s release day for one of my most anticipated books of 2019: Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye!!!

Here is where I’ll admit that I got my hands on it a bit early, and have already started to make my way through it. You guys, it’s even better than I was hoping for! Plus, the cover is beautiful!!

Happy book birthday, Evelyn!!

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Circle-Shadows-Evelyn-Skye-ebook/dp/B078W7FT2X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548158478&sr=8-1&keywords=Circle+of+Shadows

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave- The End of an Era…

It’s hard to believe that I am actually typing these words, but we have received the final installment in the Charley Davidson series by the ever talented Darynda Jones. All good things must come to an end sometime, but as book lovers we hate to see favorite series’ end and miss out on new adventures with our friends. It’s especially hard when they’re as well written as these characters (and when you can see yourself so clearly in them, at times). The time has come, though, and the beautiful final book is here:

I have had the privilege to meet and speak with Darynda on several occasions over the past few years, at a few signings here in my hometown and the one time I was able to make it to RT. I can honestly say that she is one of the nicest and most genuine people that I have met. We chatted about tattoos, life in the little NM towns that we both know so well, and of course- books. I was lucky enough to be able to see her again for a signing of Thirteenth Grave this past weekend, and have a brief chat (and get a Darynda hug!).

Fear not, fellow Grimlets, there is more work from Mrs. Jones on the horizon!! I hear that there is a trilogy that has already been picked up & that we may even see a spin-off of our beloved Charley series at some point in the future!

So, for now, just re-read and enjoy this lovely series again. Maybe listen on audio if you haven’t already (Lorelei King is a treasure!). I’ll be sure to let you know when the next gem is announced!

Thank you, Darynda, for all of the adventures with Charley, Reyes, Cookie and the gang!

Best of 2018…

                                                                              The Best of 2018!!!

Hi all!!! 

I can’t believe that we are already at the end of 2018! It feels like this year has been extraordinarily long, but has gone by in a flash at the same time, if that makes sense. This year has certainly seen its share of highs and lows, but I hope that your year in books has been one of the highlights! Despite reading quite a bit less than I did last year, thanks to a marked uptick in work and several reading slumps, I can say that my literary journey was definitely a high note of the year. I read so many wonderful books this year from many, many wonderful authors- from old favorites to debuts. It was very difficult to narrow down my favorite reads of the year, so much so that I had to choose a fiction a non-fiction as I couldn’t decide between the final two! So, without further ado- my favorite books of 2018: 

                                Favorite Fiction of 2018: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

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This book, the first in a new series by the amazing author of The Girl from Everywhere duology (another favorite of mine!), was released at the end of September of this year. It is a hefty book at a little over 500 pages (hardback edition), but I got so absorbed in it and it read so quickly that I read it while on a weekend trip. The world building was so phenomenal and the writing so lyrical (literally at times!), that it was easy to get swept away in the novel. I loved the strong female lead, and that this was an own voices novel so the writing was true to the character. This is technically YA Fantasy, but anyone who is a fan of well written fantasy would enjoy this. You can find the full review here: For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, Book 1)

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Muse-Fire-Heidi-Heilig/dp/0062380818/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546224730&sr=8-1&keywords=for+a+muse+of+fire

                            Favorite Non-Fiction of 2018: Becoming by Michelle Obama

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After the review that was posted yesterday, this may come as no surprise, but this is definitely the bet non-fiction that I read this year. This memoir was published in mid November, and I read it while I was on vacation. It took me a bit to write my review, because there was so much that I wanted to say about it, but I didn’t want to just summarize the entire book. I find Michelle Obama so inspirational, and this book made her even more so. She was open, witty, honest, funny, and relatable. This book left me with a feeling of hope. If you’re looking to add more memoirs to your reading list this year and haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend it! Find my initial review here: Becoming

Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Michelle-Obama/dp/1524763136/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546225152&sr=8-1&keywords=becoming+michelle+obama

I hope that you guys enjoy these as much as I did! What were your favorite reads of 2018? Anything that I should check out? I’ll be spending the next couple of days attempting to get together some semblance of a reading list for the first part of 2019. There are some exciting new books coming out this year!!

I wish you all an amazing new year!!!!