New Release: Choosing to Dream by Jennifer Senhaji

Reviewers are saying this one couldn’t be put down–check it out!!


Blurb:  Jenna Morris and Jacob Walker have finally given in to the flames of passion licking at their heels. But they’re only allowed one, blissful week together before the responsibilities of Jen’s café and Jake’s new film wrench the new lovers from each other’s arms.

Struggling to keep insecurities at bay whilst involved in a long distance relationship with one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors is tough enough. Dealing with Bethany Phillips, ex-supermodel turned actress and Jake’s new costar is almost unbearable.

They say love can move mountains, but can it bridge the gap that fame, jealously, and thousands of miles between them has caused?


senhajiauthorphotoAuthor Bio: Jennifer Senhaji was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and is married with two children. If she’s not singing along at the top of her lungs to whatever is playing on the radio, you can find her making music playlists at home on her laptop. She works full time and splits her spare time between family, reading, blogging, and writing. Other than English, Jennifer speaks Spanish, Moroccan, and a little French. She loves to travel, but doesn’t do enough of it and will weave places she has gone or wants to go into her stories. Reading has been a passion for most of her life and she loves to write. She calls herself Your Sweet and Spicy Romance Author because she loves the sweet nuances of new love, but also is a bit of a voyuer and wants to be in the bedroom when the characters finally come together.









What I’m Reading…


I can’t begin to tell y’all how much I’ve enjoyed reading various tidbits about Camille Claudel, the artist Rodin’s lover–this book cannot arrive on my doorstep soon enough! (click the pic for more details)

I’m frequently asked about what I’m reading these days so, even though we chat about books over on Facebook all the time, I thought twas past time for a new bookity post over here.

Typically I read whatever strikes me in the moment I’m looking for a fresh read–I don’t make lists beyond simply ‘I want to read this’. These are the books that I’m reading right now or about to read because I’ve been eagerly waiting for all of them and thus am making sure they stay atop my stacks until I get to them!

Check ’em out–do let me know if you’ve read or go forth to read any of them. Y’know how I adore talking books 🙂  (pop over to Facebook to chat)


I’ve enjoyed Jessica Lemmon’s sexy, steamy stories lately and am confident that this one will be no exception. I’m ready to meet Marcus and Lily! (click the pic for more info)


I love the story of Wyatt Earp, so when I saw this book about Doc Holliday I knew I wanted to check it out. I’m really anticipating this one! Click the picture to learn more…

Cover Reveal & Book Blurb: Lauren Greene’s The Devil Within

Today I bring you the cover reveal of Lauren Green’s latest novel, The Devil Within–available Monday, June 22nd. Definitely both an intriguing cover and book blurb, I think!


Blurb —
When nine-year old William loses most of his family in car accident, he is left alone with a religious zealot of a father. As a result of his father’s abuse, William blames himself for his family’s death and becomes convinced the devil is leading him astray. The backdrop of life in a rural town in the 1960’s sets the tumultuous scene as William struggles to cope in a world no child should have to face on his own. Will William be saved, or will he succumb to the devil within?



Lauren Greene has been writing since childhood. Writing about the south comes natural to her as Lauren has lived the majority of her life in Alabama. She lives with her family in Montgomery, Alabama and is currently working on a thriller set in a small southern town.



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Historical Fiction Reads

Recently I’ve had several conversations in which the topic of historical fiction came up, spurring me to this list of few historical fiction novels I’ve really enjoyed in hopes that you might enjoy them, too 🙂 (click on each picture to learn more about the book)










As I finished this post, I realized there are two Hemingway related books here and thus confess to being fascinated with Hemingway since I read A Moveable Feast followed by a few of his short stories. These two books address women in Hemingway’s life–his Kryptonite, if you will–and, while they’re both historical fiction, I feel like these stories let the reader get to know the man behind the legend. If you’re interested, I’d recommend you read A Moveable Feast by Hemingway himself then read these two books–it all comes together so well, such satisfying reads.


Such a good read–with a surprising twist!



The first book about the Holocaust that I finished. I was speechless.











And last, but oh-so-far-from-least, is my all time favorite, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Best series ever. There is simply no comparison to Jamie and Claire’s story. *sigh*


Once Upon a Tuesday Morn…

Here’s a few great reads I thought y’all might enjoy–two of them are brand-new releases, one today and one tomorrow 🙂


*For fans of clean romance and those who like romantic suspense, Shirlee McCoy’s Protection Detail is a wonderful read–I bet you’ll fall in love with Gavin and Cassie from the very beginning, just like I did.




*I’m celebrating Bella Andre’s Sullivan Series as we finally get Adam’s story tomorrow–I’m so excited!  I *love* the Sullivans and can’t wait to read this latest one. If you’ve not read this series, or not read them all, you’re in for a treat every time!




Today’s much-anticipated release is Jill Shalvis’ Still the One, AJ and Darcy’s story. This one is the latest in Jill’s Animal Magnetism series–mercy, I can hardly keep up with all the great series I want to read!



As always, pop on over to Facebook to join in the conversation–I’d love to hear what you’re reading and/or what you think about these books 🙂 



Find More Time to Read : A Tip


Nearly every single day, someone says to me, “I want to read more, but I just don’t have time.”  As with everything else in the world, the time to read only comes if you make it part of your daily groove. Surprisingly, many of the folks who’ve told me they want to read more confess to not doing this number one tip:


Anything you want to read, keep it handy–books, your Kindle, your phone, magazines, newspaper pages…  Try it! 


First Shades of Blue Quotes!

****DRUM ROLL****   The first quotes from SHADES OF BLUE! (Due out May 2015)


And one more…


This is my first time sharing these quote graphics with the world–I’d LOVE to hear what you think about them! Hop on over to Facebook and let me know, won’t you?



Book Release! The Mind of a Child by Marshanne Mishoe

Please join me in welcoming author Marshanne Mishoe as a guest on my blog today!

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Winter Beauty

The weather has sucked recently.  Everywhere you look there is snow, ice or some form of frozen precipitation.  All the news reports are talking about it.  Ditto with all the radio stations.  What makes this even worse is the fact that the power has gone out in a lot of places, leaving us cold in our homes.  Combine that with the fact that school has been canceled for most of the week and you’ve got a pretty dire situation.

But among all this stress and discomfort that the cold weather has caused, we can choose to stop and find beauty in the situation.  Just look at the ice covered trees with the sun shining through the crystals.  It is strikingly gorgeous!  The still, quiet of the nearby woods is a great respite from the chaos swirling in my cold home.   When the wind blows there’s a tinkling as the bare branches brush up to one another.

Back to that cold home.  The power outage has left us with no TV, no lights and no way to charge cell phones.  But from the “blessing in disguise” category, we have found other ways to spend our time.  We have cooked on our gas-top stove, using matches to start it.  We have had, for the first time ever, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner, a meal I traditionally save for lunch.  But this simple supper was such a comfort to us all and seemed to warm our souls.  Then the five of us gathered by candlelight and played a game of Monopoly.  Watching my children’s shadowed faces laughing and teasing each other was beautiful to me.

The cold weather has actually spawned a new feeling of community among some of us as well.  Upon hearing a teacher’s plea that some of the children from her school would be low on food, while missing the meals they normally get at school, a local restaurant owner jumped in to help.  He offered over 60 pizzas to teachers, who then went door to door to some of their at-risk students and made the deliveries.  Dimitri is his name and he owns a nice restaurant called Giorgio’s.  You’ll have to eat there whenever you’re in this part of North Georgia.

I know the super-cold weather has been a pain, but if each of us stops and takes the time to look, we will see the beauty peeking through.


ABOUT The Mind of a Child


Two eras, two women, one story of strength and love.

1940: When Jessa gives birth to her youngest son, instinct tells her all’s not well. Her husband and doctor are keeping something from her, but what?

2007: Willa adjusts to her new job serving as an assistant teacher in a special needs classroom. At first she balks at the work she has to do – often involving bathroom issues and tantruming children.  As she grows into the job, she comes to truly love her students, even as she learns that things aren’t all that they seem within her own family.

The Mind of a Child paints a vivid picture of contrasting times, disparate perceptions, and the women who shaped them. As they rely on their wits, family, and growing faith in God, their stories intertwine, teaching them that love can overcome any challenge.

ABOUT Marshanne Mishoe


The Mind of a Child is Marshanne Mishoe’s first novel. She started her writing career back in the mid 1980’s as a television news reporter and anchor. She worked at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina for the better part of a decade, and before that she had a two-year stint as a writer and producer for SC-ETV’s satellite branch in Beaufort, SC.

Marshanne now makes her home just north of Atlanta.  She lives with her husband, Steve, and their three kids, Jake, Spencer and Marishay.  Their dog Millie would be highly incensed if she were left out, so she lives there too.

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