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Thursday, January 02, 2020

Books of 2019...

I read a total of 95 books in 2019 and binged a few terrific new (to me) mystery series. You can check out the entire list over on Goodreads but these few were my five-star favourites, listed in order read with most recently finished first:

The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger
The Other Windsor Girl by Georgie Blalock
Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delany
A Sorrowful Sanctuary by Iona Wishaw
A Dance of Cranes by Steve Burrows

I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming
A Better Man by Louise Penny
All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
It Begins in Betrayal by Iona Wishaw
A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming
An Old, Cold Grave by Iona Wishaw
Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates
A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Wishaw
The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell
The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman
The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal
Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
Malice in Miniature by Jeanne M. Dams
Just Killing Time by Julianne Holmes
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

What were  your favourite reads last year? What books are you most looking forward to in the coming year? Leave a comment or connect on Goodreads and let's share!

Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year and happy reading in 2020! 

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Friday, August 09, 2019

just a little buzz...

How to make an author happy: leave a review! I can be a bit intimidating, but a book review doesn't need to be complicated - just a few words will do the trick. You'll make an author smile by letting them know someone is out there, reading their work. Even more important, your review will help other readers find books that you've enjoyed. 

Here are just a few things readers have said after reading Sparks Fly, Fast Focus, and Rock Solid.

About Sparks Fly:

"I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves a sweet romantic story filled with lovable family members, adventures in the sky and on the ground, and that age old feeling of falling in love."  - review

"The setting is so vibrantly real one can smell the pines and feel the icy stab of cold water as well as the warmth of the sun on chilled flesh. - review

"Lovely setting, sweet story with some exciting moments." - review

"I very much enjoyed this story and couldn't put it down, particularly in the end, when everything reached a climax. The characters are totally lovable and the scenery is described so well that you can hear the roaring of the fire. I recommend this book!" - Goodreads review

"Her description of flying through a forest fire was riveting. I am so glad I found this book." - review

Find Sparks Fly in paperback, hardcover, or for your Kindle (free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!) 

About Rock Solid: 

"An excellent read! It's well written, with a well-paced storyline that sucks you in from the beginning and keeps you turning pages. The characters are likeable and believable. Thoroughly recommended!" - review

"A sweet, fun read. 5 stars!" - review

"A great summer read. 5 stars!" - review

"Totally delightful! - Goodreads review

"What a brilliant book, I just had to read it from cover to cover, I just could not put it down." - review

Find Rock Solid in paperback, hardcover, or for your Kindle (free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!) 

About Fast Focus:

"Entertaining! This is a fun and enjoyable read." - review

"This story is a light, humourous, romantic, silly tale. It's pretty corny but cute. It would make a perfect Hallmark romantic movie as it's exactly that style." review

"Another wonderful read with lots of mystery, action, suspense and romance. These two authors should investigate having both their books turned into a movie for either the big screen or television. Look forward to their next book as I enjoy their writing." review

"This book is an easy read. With interesting/quirky characters, great dialogue to move the story forward, and a less than predictable plot line, it's time well spent." - review

"A fun read with great three-dimensional characters." - Goodreads review

Find Fast Focus in paperback, hardcover, or for your Kindle (free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!) 

Thanks for reading ... and a special thank you for leaving reviews!

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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

books of 2018...

I read eighty-seven books in 2018, most of them e-books on my iPad. 

These seventeen were my highest-rated (listed alphabetically, by author):

A Tiding of Magpies by Steve Burrows 
Bleeding Darkness by Brenda Chapman 
The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany
A Scandal in Scarlet by Vicki Delany
'Twas the Knife Before Christmas by  Jacqueline Frost
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
The Little French Bistro by Nina George
Wishful Seeing by Janet Kellough 
Death in the Off Season by Francine Mathews
Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller
The Deep End by Julie Mulhern 
Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar
The Lightkeeper's Daughters by by Jean E. Pendziwol
The Birdwatcher, by William Shaw
To Brew of Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel
The Patriarch by Martin Walker
The Bengal Identity by Eileen Watkins

Check out all eighty-seven on my Goodreads Challenge page.

I'd love some recommendations for what to read next - did you have a favourite book of 2018? Tell me in the comments. And Happy New Year! May 2019 be kind to us all, and may we all be kind.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sparks Fly homecoming...

This excerpt from Sparks Fly really sets the scene for me from Logan's point of view:  

"Beyond the window, across a narrow stretch of dark water, windswept white pines stood guard on a rocky islet. Home. Such a beautiful word. A beautiful place...rugged and wild." 

I've tried to capture the feel of Logan's bittersweet wilderness homecoming for you in this short trailer. Enjoy!

Sparks Fly by Cheryl Cooke Harrington is available from Montlake Romance (Encore) in paperback and for your Kindle. It's free on Kindle Unlimited! Find it on Amazon.

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Monday, January 01, 2018

books of 2017...

Happy New Year and welcome to my seventh annual New Year's Day book list. I almost made it to one hundred books in 2017... but not quite. According to Goodreads, I missed the big number by four. 

My five-star reads were a mix of mystery, historical fiction, and non-fiction and if there's an overarching theme, it must be books with a French connection. I binged on first two Brittany Mysteries (Commissaire Dupin) by Jean-Luc Bannalec and can't wait for April to get my hands on The Fleur de Sel Murders, book three in this terrific series that is slowly (too slowly!) being translated from the original German. That led me to Martin Walker's Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries - highly recommended for the settings and food alone. Closer to home, Janet Kellough's Thaddeus Lewis series is a step back in time to pre-Confederation Ontario - engrossing history in clever mysteries. 

2017 five-star reads, in no particular order:

If you'd like to see all ninety-six books, hop on over to my 2017 Goodreads Challenge round-up page and browse around. 

So... what were your best books of the year? Do we have any titles in common?

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