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*Blogtober day 9*TTT – Autumn – Goals, Bucket List, And TBR

Whilst browsing around I came across a great post idea by Kathy@Books and Munches.  Her Top Ten Tuesday for Autumn, she included her Blog goals up until the end of December, Bucket list and a list of books to read by the end of the year.  Thought I would jump on the idea.

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Seasonal Goals

Book / blog – related:

  • Post 3 times a week.
  • Post on Instagram 3 times a week.
  • Do less promotional post.
  • Improve my photography/ link photos.
  • Read 8 books before the end of the year

Personal / health – related:

  • Get a better routine at home
  • Get out the house more, join some baby groups.
  • Try to cook more healthy dishes
  • Start my journey to my goal weight.

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Bucket List

  • Watch Hocus Pocus like every year.
  • Go for an Autumn walk.
  • Start swimming with my boy.
  • Try a pumpkin latte

Autumn TBR

Now this is a huge challenge for me.  I am still reading Torment which is taking me a while. But I really want to read these 8 books before the end of the year.

 

What are some things you want to do this Autumn / Fall? Or Spring?
Reading goals, other goals, bucket list?
Tell me all about it; maybe I’ll even add to my own!
What’s your favourite thing to eat / drink that has pumpkin in it?

 

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*Blogtober day 6*Top 10 anticipated Book releases in October

Thought we could all have a little look at the top 10 releases on Goodreads becoming available in October .  Check out the link to see many many more.

 

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*Blogtober day 5*October TBR

I saw  a post by a fellow blogger called Kathy mentioning Owntober.  For Owntober I choose books to read of my own.  No ARCS or requests but books I want to read.  This is exciting.  Torment is a current read but taking me a little longer than planned.  So I have only added 3 books to read in October due to being a busy mum.

Torment (Fallen, #2)
How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

The Crane Diaries: Homecoming
New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to.

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved.

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house.

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate.

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?

The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

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Current Read – Troubled Spirits

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Jody has been a conduit for ghosts her entire life. Not only do they come to her for help, but at times she experiences what they feel when they die. This gift or curse comes at a high personal cost—especially when a child is involved. There’s not a man alive who is willing to compete with troubled spirits.

Jared, a wealthy and determined high-powered P.I., has lived without love his entire life. In business if he wants something, he goes after it with a vengeance and is usually not denied. His life experiences have taught him that believing and trusting in others is a dead end street.

But on one magical night Jared meets Jody, and they soon find themselves on the brink of falling in love. But will the spirits surrounding Jody relinquish their hold on her in order for Jared to stake his claim or will their love disappear in an ethereal puff of smoke?


About the Author

Sandy Wolters
I’ve been an avid reader for years. To my husband’s dismay, I have bookshelves full of books, rooms full of books, boxes full of books. My cars have books in them. I just can’t seem to get rid of them after I read them. You just never know when you will want to read it again, right?

About two years ago, my husband gave me the dream gift, a Kindle. It was love at first sight and my first foray into the world of ebooks. To say the least, I am a technologically challenged person but when a reader, such as I, is told that you can have the book you want to read in seconds, I’m going to do whatever it takes to learn how to use it as quickly as possible.

While I still have books everywhere, I no longer take ten or twelve books with me when I go on vacation. The only thing I need is my Kindle. It never leaves my purse.

My genre of choice is romance with a paranormal twist. My authors of choice are Diana Palmer, Iris Johansen, Catherine Coulter, Jill Gregory and of course, the queen, Nora Roberts. I am also very partial to Michael Connelly, who is not a romance author but damn that man can write!

In my life prior to becoming an author, I was a Legal Assistant/Office Manager for a wonderful local estate planning attorney (no criminals that I know of). Prior to that, I also worked my way up the ladder in a large corporation, from payroll clerk to supervising nine employees in operational accounting.

When my children, Shandelle and Pilar, were small, I took a few years off to be a full-time mom and help my husband with his accounting work for his auto repair shop.

After, Michael, my husband, sold his business, he changed professions and started working for a national construction company.

Michael and I raised two beautiful, strong women so that’s who I write about. The women in my books are strong individuals that have moments of weakness and frailty to work through.

 

Mistress of the vampire – Book Review

Synopsis

He had a hungry look in his eyes. He had been searching, seeking, until he found me. I was burning under his gaze, I wanted to rip my clothes off, I wanted to run away. Who was this beautiful man and what did he want from me?

Magnus Redman became my boss and my lover. I was young, innocent and inexperienced, the opposite of him, and he knew just how to penetrate the soft core of my mind until all I could think about was him. Our passion was intense, crazy, sexy, white hot and dangerous, just like him. I craved him like a drug, his hands, his body, his teeth……

But then hidden secrets and painful revelations from the past threatened to tear us apart. And we found ourselves battling a powerful force hell-bent on revenge and destruction. How much would we be willing to sacrifice to save the ones that we love?

Kindle Edition, 259 pages
3.97 star rating on Goodreads with 31 ratings.
5 star rating on Amazon with 6 reviews (Kindle Edition via Amazon Only £1.99 UK)

My rating – 5 stars

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Review

I was sent an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Lenna and Magnus come from two very different backgrounds, or so they thought.
Lenna lives with her best friend Sarah at college.  Lenna needs some extra cash to get by, when she starts working in a mansion as a cleaner/hostess.
This is when Lenna meets Magnus, a tall handsome and intriguing man.  Lenna is attracted to him and becomes willing to agree to his requests, practically weak at the knees.

The story was fast paced, Magnus at the beginning comes right out with “i’m a vampire” no questions, no secrets, just the truth.  The first scene between them is him feeding off her, the sexual tension between them both and the chemistry is instant, but Lenna was warned by her boss at the beginning that being with Magnus comes with risks.  The erotic scenes were few, however very heated and not over done.  Definitely an adult book.

Lenna was always safe until her grandfather passes away, then all of a sudden a group of vampires called the Vamposi take a lot of interest in her and threaten not only her life but that of her friend Sarah.  Magnus feels forced to intervene and protect Lenna.

However there are secrets that even Lenna didn’t know about her grandfather, once he passes she is forced to face the truth head on, but how will Magnus feel when the truth is revealed and they are both forced to discuss their past.

The book travels between the world of Magnus as well as Lenna, giving a great insight into their feelings, past and present.   As well as delving into another character “Richard” – his character is revealed in the finale and I didn’t even see it coming.
To find out where the title of the book comes from you have to read the book, all the way to the end, all is revealed.
The ending was very unexpected, new paranormal creatures came into the story,  Magnus has secrets that I didn’t even guess throughout the book and overall Lenna becomes a bad ass.  very empowering.

Overall I loved this book, I was engrossed.  I am very much looking forward to the second book because this story definitely finished with a cliffhanger, and I NEED to know what happens next for these two.

Books like this one are reasons why I love paranormal fantasy books.  They send your imagination wild, and I am lost in a whole new world.

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The Ghost Downstairs – Book Review.

After making a fatal mistake on the job, Lina Zuendel seeks shelter in a Seattle assisted-living facility as their live-in nurse. But peace is not what she finds. She soon hears tales of ghosts haunting the house, and of two tragic deaths that took place in the 1930s. Unexplained events send her to ask questions of the handsome resident houseboy.

Ren Schultz, a seemingly young live-in houseboy, tries to avoid his growing attraction to the new nurse. His secrets are too dangerous to share, no matter how lonely he has become. But Lina is persistent, and soon uncovers dark truths that no one else has dared to face.

As their attraction grows, so does the intensity of the paranormal activity. Can their love survive the mysteries that lurk in the old sorority house?

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Review – ARC copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lina is a nurse who made a mistake on the job, one she regrets even though the family of the deceased patient are not pressing charges, and the hospital wish to keep her.  She decides to leave the hospital environment and embark on a new journey working in a Residential home in an old styled home which has it’s own back story.  Quiet, peaceful and a fresh start.
She leaves her old friends/room mates behind, as well as trying to get over the fact that her ex boyfriend is now suddenly in a committed relationship literally 3 months after breaking up.

Lina meets Ren, a houseboy who has been working at the home for years, never seems to leave and keeps himself to himself.  Even after warnings of not getting to close by the manager Marla, Lina is still smitten and proceeds to get to know Ren, not before long they develop a close friendship.
Ren and Lina both have issues in their life, however Ren has a little bit more hidden beneath the surface.  That is until Lina decides to take one of Ren’s diaries,  and discovers a whole new truth to why he is on “house arrest”.

The book is a very lighthearted romance book, main focus is on Lina and Ren but there are the odd appearances from Mrs B, Marla, and an unwanted ghost that everyone is suspicious about, whether you believe in them or not.  Lots go bump in the night.

I liked the twist and turns of this story, I was constantly engaged between the romance brewing between Ren and Lina.  I liked that the secondary characters were enough to push Lina and keep the story flowing, I enjoyed the banter between the residents, it kept the story light hearted even when there was some dark parts.
The story line never dragged, a little mystery, romance, drama, supernatural and a few spooks along the way.  But not a horror story.
I never would have guessed the ending though, that was a surprise, and well written by the author.

I have fallen in love with these two characters, I felt so sorry for Lina.  Being a nurse myself I can only imagine how bad it feels to make a mistake on the job and the guilt way you down.
Ren – he was sweet throughout, mysterious, caring and an honest man.  Well honest when he could be without there being a threat of Lina leaving, if she knew the whole truth.

I am now hooked on the Author Molly Ringle and her art of story telling.  To keep me intrigued like this is rare and only a few authors have managed to keep my attention throughout, I definitely recommend this book to you all.


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You can check out the reviews on amazon via the links above, other reviews can be found on Goodreads – link below to my reviews

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Current Read/Recently finished – The Ghost Downstairs

After making a fatal mistake on the job, Lina Zuendel seeks shelter in a Seattle assisted-living facility as their live-in nurse. But peace is not what she finds. She soon hears tales of ghosts haunting the house, and of two tragic deaths that took place in the 1930s. Unexplained events send her to ask questions of the handsome resident houseboy.

Ren Schultz, a seemingly young live-in houseboy, tries to avoid his growing attraction to the new nurse. His secrets are too dangerous to share, no matter how lonely he has become. But Lina is persistent, and soon uncovers dark truths that no one else has dared
to face.

As their attraction grows, so does the intensity of the paranormal activity. Can their love survive the mysteries that lurk in the old sorority house


ARC received from Netgalley.

Paperback, 284 pages
Published March 6th 2009 by Wild Rose Press
About the Author

Molly Ringle

Molly Ringle was one of the quiet, weird kids in school, and is now one of the quiet, weird writers of the world. She likes thinking up innovative romantic obstacles and mixing them with topics like Greek mythology, ghost stories, fairy tales, or regular-world scandalous gossip. She’s into mild rainy climates, gardens, ’80s new wave music, chocolate, tea, and perfume (or really anything that smells good). She has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of her life, aside from grad school in California and one work-abroad season in Edinburgh in the 1990s. (She’s also really into the U.K., though has a love/stress relationship with travel.) She currently lives in Seattle with her husband, kids, guinea pigs, and a lot of moss.

 

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