Caught Reading: April Reads

Caught Reading: April Reads

For April’s Goodreads Challenge, I’ve selected a book by one of my favorite authors (Cheryl Cooke-Harrington…love, love, love her fast paced writing style!) and Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest release. I’m also delving into a time travel romance (by Jennette Marie Powell) and a recommendation from last month, a fantasy novel by Tameri Etherton, which happens to be free on Amazon right now.

In March, I also squeezed in a Young Adult novel, the first in a series by H.M. Ward, so I’m including that here.

So now, let’s talk about what you’re reading now. And what books or authors do you recommend I try out next?

Time's Enemy by Jennette Marie PowellRock Solid by Cheryl Cooke-Harrington

 

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertThe Stones of Kaldaar by Tameri Etherton

 

The Arrangement by H.M. Ward

 

Next time up, I’ll share the new cover for my upcoming April release Caught Between a Lie and True Love.

Happy reading!

Caught Reading: February 2015

Caught Reading: February 2015

I’m celebrating the month of love with romance books!

Caught Reading: February 2015

Last month’s selections were all terrific and while I loved each book, the one that touched me the most was Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. In fact, it touched me so deeply, at one point I had to set the book down and…well, if you’re interested, I shared my discovery over at the Women Unplugged site (What I Discovered While Reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert).

And now I’m looking forward to another month with my nose in some great books. How about you? What are you reading this month?

Here are my February reads:

The Deceived by Linda StyleCrazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan

Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia KentOn Deadly Ground by Susan Vaughan

One in a Million by Jill ShalvisThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Caught In Transition: Scattered and Splattered

Caught In Transition: Scattered and Splattered

I’m usually a mess. Scattered and splattered and easily brought down. I used to blame it on my creative nature. After all, I’m an artist. I wholeheartedly embrace the insanity gene I inherited from some long-dead ancestor. I mean, how else can I account for those voices whispering in my head?

But I’m in transition now, working to separate THOSE voices from MY voices.

Scattered & SplatteredIf I allow it, MY voices loudly berate me because the dust bunnies are on the rampage and the fridge is empty…again. And listen, the roads will be icy tomorrow and I might have to leave my house and navigate ice covered streets better made for skates. And gosh, wouldn’t it be fun to head somewhere warm—sans computer—and lie on a beach and listen to the waves crash against the shoreline? Maybe spend the winter chilling with a bottle of sunblock in my hand instead of a snow shovel?

However, with a deadline fast approaching, my life and my thoughts must revolve around the keyboard, and the voices that whisper their story in my ear. So when MY loud voice intrudes, and I get caught up in thoughts of tasks undone, past regrets, and unlikely-to-ever-occur fears, I take a deep breath, release it, and remember…all that exists is this moment, this day…and I unsplatter and get back to the business of completing this book.

Scattered & SplatteredIt doesn’t matter our age, whether we work inside or outside the home, whether we have children or not, whether those children are at the diaper stage, or full grown and on their own.

Life is too short to focus on past regrets or future fears. There’s only enough time today for…well, the moments that make up today.

So tell me…do you celebrate each moment as it happens? Or do the voices in your head demand you spend time on past regrets and future fears and everything in-between? Please tell me in the comments below what you plan to do in the moments after you leave this page. And then tell me whether or not you’ll intentionally and deliberately block out the disruptive voices so you can immerse yourself in the joy of each moment.

Caught Between Reading & Writing: January Reads

Caught Between Reading & Writing: January Reads

For most of 2014, I didn’t read. It’s sad, I know. For someone who used to read a book a day, the busyness of last year turned me into a text/email/internet/blog addict. And somehow the joy of selecting, reading, and losing myself in a good book became…well, lost.

Thankfully in December I got caught by the reading bug and read four wonderfully awesome books:

Divergent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth

Allegiant by Veronica RothWhat I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

I’ve set a 2015 intention to read a book a week, and to keep me on track, I’ve joined the Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. If you’re a member of Goodreads, or plan to become one, I hope you’ll join the challenge.

And if you choose not to, that’s okay. You can join me right here and help me on my 2015 reading journey by sharing the books you’re reading (or have read or plan to read).

So this month, I’ve chosen:

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertBurned Too Hot by Ann Voss Peterson

Stillwater Rising by Steena HolmesThe Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Happy reading!

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