Review of Trail Magic by Cara Malone

Trail Magic

I love spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and just overall enjoying nature. I was really drawn to Trail Magic by Cara Malone because of the mixture of romance and the thrill of hiking the Appalachian Trail. I read a large section of this book while I was camping. It really helped to add to my enjoyment of the book.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Raven is two years cancer-free on the day she arrives on the Appalachian Trail, ready to prove to the world that she’s more than just a breast cancer survivor. She’s still Raven, and she’s strong enough to tackle the 2,000-mile journey.

Kit shows up with nothing but a hastily-packed bag and a new pair of hiking boots. When her boss and her girlfriend dump her on the same day, she decides now is as good a time as any to tick the AT off her bucket list.

Trail magic brings Kit and Raven together on the mountain. Raven needs a friend and Kit needs an experienced hiker to guide her.

They share meals, fireside stories, old wounds and new dreams… and a one-man tent in the wilderness.

But can they bring that magic with them off the mountain?

 

I really enjoyed this book from the moment I picked it up. It really made me want to go camping. The descriptions of the Appalachian Trail and the different points of interest were one of the best aspects of the book. It made it feel like you were really there. I also liked the other hikers that were on the trail. Dodger was my favorite. Even though he was a drunk party boy he has some very wise moments that really add to the story.

 

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the romance aspect of this book but in the end, it blew me away. I thought Kits development was phenomenal. I liked how she was so young acting and the reason behind her attitude towards life. It made her such a relatable character. The way she bonded with Raven was very sweet. The book really had a slow burn type of feel, which worked really well. I like how Raven had to overcome her insecurities and open herself up to Kit’s love and affection.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes outdoorsy romance novels.

 

Thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

 

You can purchase a copy of Trail Magic by clicking here.

Review of Mercy by Michelle Larkin

Mercy

When I saw Mercy by Michelle Larkin listed on NetGalley I was intrigued. I love thrillers. But I was a little shocked when I found out it wasn’t the traditional thriller that I was expecting.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

FBI Special Agent Mercy Parker has never shied away from a difficult case. But finding and stopping the man who plans on single-handedly annihilating the human race—armed only with her 9mm, integrity, and sense of humor—is definitely not in her job description. Perhaps it’s time to ask for some help.

 

Psychic ex-profiler Piper Vasey keeps everyone at arm’s length, but Mercy’s wit and selfless dedication to the greater good slowly break down Piper’s defenses. As their attraction for one another grows, they’re joined by an unlikely team of extraordinary people. Together, they embark on a race against time to recover a journal, a dog, and a kidnapped girl with unique psychic abilities.

 

There’s a slim chance they’ll succeed in saving the human race, but will it be enough to restore the balance between unseen forces of light and darkness that have plagued humankind for centuries?

 

As I mentioned before I thought that Mercy was going to be a traditional thriller, but I was wrong it was more of a supernatural thriller. I don’t think the blurb does a good job of explaining that. I mean I was expecting psychic but not all of the other extraordinary abilities. Once I got over that shock the book really sucked me in.

I liked how action packed and fast paced the book was. It really kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed all of the characters and how they banded together. Two of my favorites are Emily and Bobby. Emily was one tough little kid. I also loved how much she cared about animals. When she pulled the little skunk from her backpack my heart melted. I also loved Bobby the giant golden retriever. As everyone knows I love dogs and Bobby was the perfect addition to this book. The way he protected Emily was great. They had a very special bond.

 

I thought the romance aspect of the book was okay. It was kind of a love at first sight type of deal, but it worked well with the theme of the book. I never really felt passion from Mercy and Piper. Their relationship was kind of teasing each other. I never really felt any heat from their actions. But this aspect didn’t take anything away from the story in my opinion.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an action-packed read. This book defiantly kept me on the edge of my seat.

 

You can purchase a copy of Mercy by clicking here.

Interview with Radclyffe

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I just finished reading Dangerous Waters  by Radclyffe, and I have had the opportunity to interview the author about it!

 

Who or what inspired your latest novel Dangerous Waters?

 

I was impressed by the incredible response from people—from community members to first responders—to the two nearly back-to-back hurricanes in Texas and Florida in 2017. The selfless outpouring of aid and support made me want to capture some of that as a backdrop to a First Responders novel, so I quickly re-arranged my writing schedule to fit Dangerous Waters in as the next book.

 

Who or what inspired you to start writing?

 

Every book I’ve ever read has helped create my life-long love of reading. I started writing lesbian fiction to fill a gap in what I was able to find to read at the time. Now even though there is a wealth of new queer fiction available, I enjoy the process of writing and sharing my work with readers.

 

Which of your books was your favorite to write and why?

 

If I had to pick one: Safe Harbor, since it is one of the earliest ones and begins the Provincetown Tales. I have always loved the characters and the setting—one of my favorite places to visit.

 

Who is your favorite character from your books and why?

 

Again – not a fair question since I have quite a few characters I like to revisit and write about. At the moment it’s Blake Remy, a trans teen first introduced in the second book in the Rivers series (Prescription for Love). His story has turned out to be a major secondary plotline in three books, and I get lots of emails asking me to write more about him.  Writing a young queer character has been challenging and rewarding.

 

How do you approach writing a new storyline?

 

For me, any story, but particularly a romance, is about the characters. I start with two characters who find themselves in a situation they never expected, often at odds at first, who learn more about themselves as they come to know each other.

 

Where do your inspirations for characters and their lives come from?

 

Most of the situations I write about come from real life events I have either experienced (as in the medical romances) or events I’ve read about that seem to me to be important and interesting for readers. Life is filled with “every day” heroes and those are the stories I like to tell.

 

Where is your favorite place to write?

 

I can write anywhere, but I prefer writing while sitting on a sofa rather than at a desk. I don’t listen to music although I can edit a draft while watching baseball on TV 😊.

 

 

What is your writing process?

 

I dictate my first draft with voice-to-text software and then edit the transcription on computer. I write from page one to the end, and I never write scenes out of sequence. The book grows as the characters interact.

 

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

 

I learned to be a much better self-editor as I became more experienced. Being published has helped me be a better writer.

 

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

 

Becoming a member of the Romance Writers of America. Attending the annual meetings and learning from the best romance writers in the world has really helped me improve my craft.

 

What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

 

I’ve been fortunate to receive countless messages of support over the years, and they are all invaluable. I am always especially happy when someone tells me my books helped them come out or to realize they are not alone.

 

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

 

The first book I ever read with a lesbian character—that was when I understood who I was.Beebo Brinkerby Ann Bannon.

 

How do you take your coffee?

 

Americano with ½ and ½.

 

Interview with Missouri Vaun

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Who or what inspired your latest novel Love at Cooper’s Creek?

Homesickness. I think for those of us who’ve left the Deep South because of the necessities of career there’s a part of us that always longs for home. The initial idea for this book started with a brief bout of homesickness while overseas, but then, as with all character driven stories, it took on a life of its own.

Who or what inspired you to start writing?

I think I’ve always written stories. My mom has some hilarious bits of writing from all the way back when I was in second grade. My childhood was spent in rural, sometimes quite remote, areas because my father was a forester. I think I began creating characters and stories for my own entertainment, so I didn’t feel quite so lonely. Not that I had a sad childhood or anything like that, but the easiest way to have friends in a remote place was to create them on paper.

Which of your books was your favorite to write and why?

Wow… that’s a tough question. The last one I finish is always my favorite. But that’s not entirely true… it’s just that the most recent is the newest to be released into the world at large. You feel attached, protective, and basically, you’re still living in that world in your head. The release of a book always, for me, comes with an immediate brief period of sadness… Like leaving friends behind and moving on to a new place, you miss the characters.

Who is your favorite character from your books and why?

Cole from the first novel, “All Things Rise,” might be my favorite. Possibly because she was the first, possibly because there’s a lot of myself in that character. But it’s hard to choose between the rest. I try to create characters that I would fall in love with or want to be best friends with.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I have a converted shed in my backyard. It’s small, but quiet. My father lined the interior walls with heart pine and we didn’t seal them, so it smells great… literally, like a pine forest. When I’m in that space it’s easy to be transported to another place or time. I also have a great writing studio in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the back side of my parent’s property. It’s built like an old 1930s era fire tower. But I don’t get to go there as often as my backyard.

What is your writing process?

I describe my writing process as chaos.

I keep one or two notebooks of random thoughts, and about a million scraps of paper in my pocket that I eventually type into a file on my laptop… My novels don’t really take full shape until I’m about thirty percent into the book. Then I go back and rewrite everything before moving forward.

I was in Amsterdam last year and had a pocket full of notes for a story I was developing. I’d forgotten about the notes… along with the cash… and sent my jeans out to be laundered. The laundry staff very kindly returned my soggy cash along with the wet, faded, unreadable remnants of my story notes in a zip lock bag. The moral of that story? Check your pockets… always check your pockets.

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How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I think the best part of working with a publisher for me has been working so closely with one editor. My editor, Cindy Cresap, has taught me so much… It sort of makes me wonder if I even had English composition in college… or if I did, possibly I slept through it.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Converting my backyard tool shed into a writing studio.

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What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?

The sweetest thing a reader ever said to me was that reading my work, that my characters, made them feel less alone.

What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

It’s hard to narrow that down to one book… I could maybe narrow it down to one writer and that would be, James Agee. He literally paints with words. In terms of the first book I discovered that made me fall in love with reading? It was “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” by C.S. Lewis.

How do you take your coffee?

Often. Cream, no sugar.

 

 

 

Review of Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon

Twice In A Lifetime

When one of my favorite authors contacted me to read her latest work I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon is a wonderful story of a second chance romance.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

When her first love walks back into her life, Harriet Locke is thrown – because Sally McCall still looks as gorgeous as ever. The trouble is, Sally doesn’t trust Harriet, and with good reason: she hasn’t forgotten the past.

Sally loved her once, but 17 years later, is that still the case? And if it is, there’s just the small matter of living in different states, as well as convincing Sally she’s worth taking a chance on again.

Will Harriet and Sally be lucky enough to find love twice in a lifetime?

From the best-selling author of London Calling and Nothing To Lose comes a witty & wondrous story of second-chance romance!

 

As always Clare Lydon delivers. Twice in a Lifetime is a cute lighthearted read.  I really enjoy how chance brings these two lovers back together. I thought that the characters were beautifully written. My favorite character was Sally. She was so relatable. I feel like everyone has been he here shoes before. Not knowing what choice to make because they don’t want to be hurt again. I was also a huge fan of Aunt Paula. She seemed like that crazy Aunt that everyone has. You can’t help but love her because she is so off the wall. The sex scenes in this book are a knockout. Clare really has a talent for creating some of the steamiest sex scenes in her books.

 

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a second chance romance. Also to anyone who loves steamy sex scenes.

 

I would like to thank Clare Lydon for allowing me to review this book.

You can purchase a copy of Twice in a Lifetime by clicking here.

Review of Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D

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I really enjoy reading Thrillers. There is something about the way they keep you guessing that I really enjoy. When I saw Lucy’s Chance by Jackie D available on NetGalley I couldn’t pass up the chance to read it.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Lucy severed the connection to her first love when the seduction of college life pulled at her desires. Now in their thirties, Lucy returns home to cover a story where Detective Erica Chance plays a central character. Erica has spent a decade trying to banish the memory of Lucy, and on the surface, she has succeeded. Now, the reporter is back in her life, insisting she is a valued resource in the search for their hometown’s first serial killer. Old wounds are opened and new enemies are discovered as Lucy tries to take her chance.

 

I thought this book was great. I really enjoyed how the search for the serial killer was the main focus of the book. The way the relationship between Lucy and Erica was intertwined with the story of the missing women really made the story for me. Even though the women had a past they didn’t let it take away from trying to save the victim of the serial killer. I enjoyed how Lucy and Erica had a troubled past but still had a deep connection to one another. As everyone knows I always enjoy a story with a puppy in it and this book does not disappoint in that area. There are two cute little puppers to love.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Mystery or Thriller genera.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

You can purchase a copy of Lucy’s Chance by clicking here.