About Waiting for Fitz

Waiting for Fitz

Addie loves nothing more than curling up on the couch with her dog, Duck, and watching The Great British Baking Show with her mom. It’s one of the few things that can help her relax when her OCD kicks into overdrive. She counts everything. All the time. She can’t stop. Rituals and rhythms. It’s exhausting.

When Fitz was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he named the voices in his head after famous country singers. The adolescent psychiatric ward at Seattle Regional Hospital isn’t exactly the ideal place to meet your soul mate, but when Addie meets Fitz, they immediately connect over their shared love of words, appreciate each other’s quick wit, and wish they could both make more sense of their lives.

Fitz is haunted by the voices in his head and often doesn’t know what is real. But he feels if he can convince Addie to help him escape the psych ward and get to San Juan Island, everything will be okay. If not, he risks falling into a downward spiral that may keep him in the hospital indefinitely.

Waiting for Fitz is a story about life and love, forgiveness and courage, and learning what is truly worth waiting for.

My review

This book touched me. The plot line about Addie being in a psychiatric ward was really interesting to me. It’s not a place I ever would have thought to have set a book. But the author really made it work. He made me feel as though I’d been there with Addie. I loved that!

Addie is a great character. I think if she had been real, we would have been friends. We like many of the same things. I wasn’t sure just why Addie was placed in the psychiatric ward. It seemed to me that her situation would have been better with outpatient care, but she did seem to be getting at least some better. I think I understand OCD just a little bit better after reading this one. Addie does a good job of explaining how she feels, even if she doesn’t understand exactly why she’s feeling that way.

I liked Fitz too. The reader doesn’t see anything from his point of view. But I felt like we got to know him fairly well, especially near the end when he explains as best as he can to Addie what had happened to him.

This one has so many deep meanings, it’s really hard to know exactly what to say. I loved the way I learned many things as I read this one. It’s a fiction book, but the way things are presented, the reader learns about many different things. This one made me feel. And that’s something I loved about a book.

I was sent a copy of Waiting for Fitz as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About the author

Spencer Hyde spent three years during high school at Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He feels particularly suited to write this novel because he’s lived through his protagonists’ obsessions. Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA and his PhD specializing in fiction, short humor pieces, and essays. He wrote Waiting for Fitz while working as a Teaching Fellow in Denton, Texas. Spencer and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four children.

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About Her App, a Match, and the Billionaire

Her app, a match and the Billionaire

It is a truth universally accepted that anyone who’s single must be looking for their perfect match, right? Lizzie Beckett isn’t, however. At least not romantically. As a software developer, Lizzie pitches her dating app to a panel of tech billionaires on the national television show Tech Tank, hoping to land the perfect financier to boost her business. It’s just her luck, the only offer she gets is a provisional contract with the toughest, most skeptical and self-important of the CEOs. 

Dawson Fitzwilliam isn’t a fan of online dating–or dogs, for that matter. When he blunders during Lizzie’s presentation, guilt drives him to give her app, Capture My Heart, a 30-day trial period. If Lizzie can convince him the app works within that time frame, then his company will back the product. If not, the deal will have helped him save face and protected his brand. Unfortunately, what he forgets to protect is his heart. Although Lizzie Beckett is so wrong for him in so many ways, Dawson can’t help but fall for the beautiful, headstrong woman. 

When it appears Lizzie’s intellectual property has been undermined, her pattern of hasty judgments might destroy her opportunity for love and success. Dawson, on the other hand, is starting to recognize signs that the two of them might actually be a good match. Now he must decide if Lizzie and her app are worth the investment this billionaire is ready to make.

My review

I love these Billionaire Bachelor Cove books! They’re all tons of fun. This one was no different.

I loved the way the author of this one loosely based her book on Pride and Prejudice. It was so much fun to find the little references to it in the names of the characters or their actions. The book was just that much more fun because of it!

Lizzie was a great character! She’s just a down to earth young woman. She’s training a dog to be companion for someone with diabetes. And she has created a dating app that matches clients together using their interests. One of my favorite things about her was her bravery. I would never be willing to go on a show like Tech Tank the way she did. It makes me anxious just thinking of it. But Lizzie did it, and she did it brilliantly. I also loved her compassionate nature. Lizzie is just amazing!

Next we have Dawson. I’m not sure I liked his character through out the whole book. But he did have a mansion with a lighthouse attached, so there is that! I liked the way Dawson was willing to take a chance on Lizzie’s app, even though he didn’t want to. He even set up a profile and went on a few dates. And…of course, he had to make a huge blunder in the book. He did a great job at that!

I loved the whole service animal aspect of this one. I’ve never known much about the way you’d train one. And I had no idea that a dog could be trained for the kind of service described in this book. These parts amazed me!

This is a fun romance. It was a nice trip to Seattle for me. And a great walk down memory lane from the Pride and Prejudice parts!

I was sent an e-copy of Her App, a Match, and the Billionaire as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About Second Chance on the Corner of Main

Second Chance on the Corner of Main

Meet the women business owners at Nestled Hollow! Each has been running their business while running from love. All that is about to change in this beloved small town.

Fun-loving Whitney Brennan enjoys being in the middle of every town gathering in Nestled Hollow—and writing about it all in the town paper that she owns. But she’s terrified of making any real or deep connection with anyone because she knows that if she does, they’ll end up leaving like everyone else did. Like her high school best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Eli, did on graduation night.

Eli Treanor skipped out of Nestled Hollow twelve years ago and created a new life and a thriving team-building business he thoroughly enjoys in Sacramento. When his parents beg him to come back and run the family outdoor rentals business while his dad has surgery, Eli isn’t happy about returning to the town that didn’t love him, the dad he could never please, and the girl he’d left behind all those years ago.

When Whitney and Eli are paired together to create the decorations for the Main Street Fall Market, many of their old feelings resurface, along with new fun and excitement, but it also opens past wounds. Can this couple overcome the fears that are stopping them from giving their love the second chance it deserves?

My review

I love finding great new authors who write contemporary romance! And bonus when the book is free. This was one of those free kindle books. And it’s amazing! I can’t wait to read the rest by this author!

Whitney is such a fun character! She’s the editor of the Nestled Falls town paper. I loved the way she treated those who worked with her, all the way down to the elementary boy who brought her school news. She was adorable with him! And her “uniform” was a lot of fun too.

Eli…there was a lot to like about Eli too. I spent a lot of the book wondering just what made him give up on the whole town, and especially on his family. That is explained later in the book. It made me a bit sad to see the way he was with his parents. But I loved the way he was with Whitney, they were just so cute together!

The plot of this one is a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure it was going to work out. But the romantic ending was just what I wanted! Make sure to read all of these by Meg Easton!

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About Catherine’s Intrigue

Catherine's Intrigue

To fulfill her mother’s last request, twenty-four-year-old historic design specialist Catherine Pressley-Coombes travels to England in order to investigate an elusive family line. Armed with an illegible diary, she is determined to discover the identity of her mysterious ancestress. Distracted by an Elizabethan manor and unused to British country roads, Catherine runs her car into a ditch. Luckily, Nick Davidson, a handsome, hard-working local rides in on his tractor to save the day. As the down-to-earth manager of his family’s estate, Nick also happens to be one of England’s most eligible aristocrats.

Nick is certainly not the kind of man Catherine would fall for, a man dogged by media and rumor. So why does she find the English lord so irresistible? Even though she can’t overlook their differing values and beliefs, as she and Nick spend time together, their attraction deepens. While she battles through romantic turmoil, Catherine is beleaguered with far more sinister concerns: a series of unexplainable misfortunes that are not mere accidents. With her heart on the line, Catherine discovers her life is in jeopardy, and she has no idea who the perpetrator is but she has a growing suspicion that the danger might be connected to whatever secrets lie hidden in her ancestor’s diary.

My review

It’s always fun when you find a brand new author that you love! Paige Edward’s debut novel Catherine’s Intrigue is amazing!

This book is romantic suspense. And, wow, it was super suspenseful! I loved every bit of it.

Catherine has just graduated from college. She’s gone to England to visit her brother and fulfill her mother’s last wish to find a missing ancestor. I really loved the way you could almost feel Catherine’s apprehension about telling Jack why she was really in England at the beginning. She knew he would be against her working on the family history problem. And he was….but she was determined. Catherine is a strong female character!

The way she and Nick meet was so fun! Jack had Catherine drive his car home from the airport where he picked her up, I have no idea why?! Catherine wasn’t used to driving on the wrong side of the road. And they ended up in the ditch. That’s where Nick comes in, saving her from the cold. Nick saves her so many times in this book. I loved that! What’s better than being saved by a handsome English gentleman?

The plot of this one is full of intrigue. I loved the way I never knew what was going to happen next. There were tons of things I never would have even imagined could have happened in this book. It really kept my attention.

Make sure you read this great book! You won’t regret it.

I was sent a copy of Catherine’s Intrigue as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Paige Edwards

Born and raised in Southern California, Paige Edwards is a multi-award-winning author who enjoys clean romances and thrillers. A BYU-I alumna, she went on to graduate summa cum laude from NOVA with a degree in interior design. Her husband’s job transferred their family to the mid-Atlantic states where they have lived ever since. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and former chapter registrar, she has spent time researching applicants’ genealogical credentials. When she needs a break from writing, you can find her shooing deer out of her garden, biking battlefields, or kayaking on the lake.

Please join Paige’s newsletter at authorpaigeedwards@gmail.com where you’ll hear about upcoming projects, research trips, fun trivia, and deals on books by other clean and wholesome authors.

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About A Monster Like Me

A Monster like me

Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She’s convinced she is definitely a monster because of the “monster mark” on her face. At least that’s what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too.

Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it’s only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave—just like her dad did.

Because who would want to live with a real monster?

Inspired by real events in the author’s life, A Monster Like Me teaches the importance of believing in oneself, accepting change, and the power of friendship.

My review

I always love it when I find a book that I can enjoy as an adult, but that I can also enjoy with my kids. This one would be a perfect book for a parent to read to an elementary child. The plot will intrigue both.

Sophie in this book is a great character. I loved her imagination. Sophie has a mark on her face that kids have deemed a “monster mark.” This causes Sophie to think she is a monster. She found a monster book at one point that she carries around trying to determine just what kind of a monster everyone around her is. And this is really real to her.

I was kind of sad for Sophie, it’s hard not to be as a parent. Up to this point she’s never had a real friend. Watching her become best friends with Autumn and the joy that came from both of them to have a great friend in their corner was one of my favorite things about this book.

The author did a great job having this book feel as though the reader was back in school with Sophie. I could picture the way the school, teachers, principal and kids were. It made me sad just how the other kids treated Sophie, almost as though I were her.

And the story of Autumn’s little brother. So sad. I love the scene where Sophie learns what a monster really is. There are so many lessons that we can teach our kids from this one. They’re lessons that all the kids need to learn. How we treat others is so important.

Make sure you read this great book with your kids! I know I will be.

I was sent a copy of A Monster Like Me as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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A note from author Wendy S Swore

Sophie’s story is dear to my heart because I know how it feels to be bullied because I looked different from everyone else. When I was a child, I had a hemangioma on my forehead that stuck out so far my bangs couldn’t cover it, no matter how hard my mother tried. Because the tumor was made up of blood vessels, I could feel my heart beating inside it when I was playing hard or really upset.

The incident at the grocery store where the hydra lady says, “Hey, look kids! That girl doesn’t need a Halloween costume. She’s already got one!” is an exact quote of what a woman once said to my mother and me. Another woman told a classroom full of kids that I had the mark of the devil. Kids asked if it was a goose bump, or hamburger, or if my brains had leaked out. My dad had to chase away some bullies who had followed me home, called me names, and pushed me into the street. Sometimes, after a bad day of bullying, I wished I could just rip the mark off my face and be like everyone else—but it was a part of me, and wishing didn’t change that.

My parents decided to take an active role in educating the people around me so they would know what a hemangioma was and understand that it wasn’t icky, or gross, or contagious. Whenever we moved to a new place, my dad would go with me to the elementary school and talk to the kids about my mark and let them ask questions. After those talks, kids befriended me and noticed when bullies came around. Like Autumn, my school friends would speak up when they saw someone being mean to me, and sometimes they would stand between me and the bullies until they left me alone. I didn’t let the bullies stop me from doing what I wanted to do. I climbed trees, went swimming, wrote poetry, brought my tarantula and snakes to show-and-tell, and played in the tide pools.

This is my message to anyone who experiences bullying: Don’t let the bullies define you! I’ve been there, I know it hurts to be teased, but don’t let it stop you from doing what you want. Find something you enjoy—a hobby, talent, or challenge—and practice that skill. Know that someone out there, maybe even someone in your same school, needs a friend as much as you do. Be that friend. Stand up for each other. And know that you are not alone.

You can always find me at WendySwore.com, and I would love to hear your stories and what you thought of the book.

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About Watch Your Back

Watch Your Back

When local radio personality Bronson Melville is accused of murder, the crime appears to be one of passion. The case should be open and shut. But as Detective Gage Tipson soon discovers, this homicide is just one piece in a diabolical puzzle that will test his instincts to their limit. As Gage struggles to uncover the evidence that will bring down the suspect once and for all, he finds his efforts frustrated at every turn by the ruthless interference of Melville’s big-shot attorney.

When a second body is discovered, the shocking identity of the victim strikes dangerously close to home, and Gage’s investigation gets personal. With his theories turned upside down, Gage is back to the drawing board—but this time, with the assistance of a beautiful woman as intent on finding the truth as he is. Time is running out as Gage tracks the twisted trial of a murderer who will not hesitate to kill again . . .

My review

Clair Poulson is one of my very favorite clean suspense authors. He really just has a way with writing suspense novels. And his characters are so great!

This one is told from the perspective of Gage Tipton, the detective assigned to the case. I loved Gage’s character. He was smart and able to do whatever was needed to figure out this case. Everything from quick thinking to scuba diving.

I loved the way this book has crazy situation after crazy situation. They all seemed like coincidences, but they all kind of interconnect. Everything to the woman Gage is dating to someone seeing some men at night on the lake. Wow, the plot of this one really kept me guessing!

There are so many characters in this one, and they’re all great! I loved them all, except for the bad guys of course.

This is one suspense book you won’t want to put down! Make sure to get your own copy!

I was sent a copy of Watch Your Back as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Clair M Poulson

Clair M. Poulson retired after twenty years in law enforcement. During his career he served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Department, where he was first a deputy and the the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for nineteen years. His nearly forty-year career working in the criminal justice system has provided a wealth of material from which he draws in writing his books. Clair has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. Among them are the Utah Judicial Council, and FBI advisory board, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Utah Justice Court Board of Directors, and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Other interests include activity in the LDS Church, assisting his oldest son in operating their grocery store, ranching with his oldest son and other family members, and raising registered Missouri Fox Trotter horses. Clair and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have twenty-two grandchildren.

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About Upheld

Upheld

This book contains a series of short stories where the authors open the doors of their lives, sending the reader on an emotional journey that allows them to relate personally and broaden their empathy for others in similar situations. They share, through every day accounts, how they discover God’s uplifting hand.

First as a newlywed and then as a young mother, Rebekah awakens to the daily light that comes from realizing how often and simply the Lord touches her life. Jeni nurtures a child with special needs and learns that strength and support are only a prayer away. Elizabeth forges a new path towards renewal and regeneration after she exits the roller coaster ride of her spouse’s addiction. Faith discovers the beauty of reminders from a loving Heavenly Father that she has worth and the precious gift of agency. Dawn opens her mind to the understanding that no matter what happens peace can abound and everything will work out.

My review

I love reading non-fiction books where you can learn about a person and why they are who they are. This one is that, times 5, there are sections by 5 different women. Each of these women face different challenges in different ways. I loved that!

This book is written in a different way than most books. There are 5 sections. And each section many little almost journal entries or blog posts. I loved that! It’s really quick and easy to read this book with it written that way.

One thing that really touched me about this one was the way each of the authors included Heavenly Father in their lives. They are all women of faith and they were able to learn and grow through each of their different challenges. All the women faced their challenges with faith, knowing that they have a loving Heavenly Father who wants what is best for them and their families.

If you enjoy reading non-fiction books or learning about the lives of others, you’ll love this little book. It really is inspiring!

I was given a copy of Upheld as a gift from the authors. All opinions are my own.

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About Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend’s tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family’s private island off the coast of Main. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future—until she comes face-to-face with her past.

Ace Samson is dead, or so the world believes. As a member of a secret organization known as the guardians, he was forced to fake his death years ago, leaving everything behind when he became an agent. So when he is selected to offer a potential new recruit a job with the organization, Ace braces himself: for the first time in more than a decade, he must face the woman he loved&mash;and left.

Kristi’s world is rocked by Ace’s sudden reappearance, and she’s soon drawn into his world of danger and cover-up. But when Kristi herself becomes a target, Ace will do whatever it takes to protect the only woman he has ever loved.

My review

It’s always a great day when there’s a new Traci Hunter Abramson book to read. She is one of my very favorite authors. I just love her books! This new one is no exception.

Kristi is an amazing woman. She went through a lot when her boyfriend died 20 years earlier. Now she lives on her family’s island alone. I loved the way she was strong. Kristi had an awful lot going for her in her life. And she knew what to do in a sticky situation.

I loved seeing some characters from this authors previous novels, Kade, Renee and Ace have all made appearances before. It was really great to learn more about Ace and his life. And I loved the way he was with Kristi. Ace was her love who “died” before. That made things in the story really interesting.

There is tons of action and adventure in this one. I loved that the reader never knows just who is after Kristi or really even why. That all unfolds as she and Ace figure things out. It just makes it one of those books that you don’t want to read by yourself, late at night. And I love to be just a little scared when I know everything is really okay.

Make sure you grab this one and really all of the books by this author! I love them all!

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About Seven at Sea

Seven at Sea

A New York City family’s remarkable story of how they gave up their urban life, packed up their family of seven, and braved the difficult conditions of the Atlantic Ocean as they sailed more than 2,500 from New York to and around the Caribbean.

Working the night shift as a temp in a high-rise cubicle, Erik Orton knew something had to change. He felt the responsibility of providing for his wife and their five children—the youngest with Down syndrome—but craved a life that offered more than just surviving.

Watching the sailboats on the Hudson River during his sunset dinner breaks, Erik dared to dream. What would it be like to leave the hustle of the city and instead spend a year on a sailboat, somewhere beautiful, as a family? Despite having no sailing experience, his wife Emily’s phobia of deep water, and already stretching every dollar to pay rent and buy groceries, the family of seven turned their excuses into reasons and their fears into motivation. Sure, they would miss their friends, the could go broke, they could get injured or die. Worst of all, they could humiliate themselves by trying something audacious and failing. But the little time they still had together as a family, before their oldest daughter left for college, was drifting away. The Ortons cast off the life they knew to begin an uncertain journey of 5,000 miles between New York City and the Caribbean, ultimately arriving at a new place within themselves.

A portrait of a captivating and resilient family and a celebration of the courage it takes to head for something over the horizon, this is a deeply compelling story—told alternately by Erik and Emily—for all those who dream of leaving routine in their wake.

My review

This book is so great! The voice of both of the authors, Erik and Emily Orton, were both amazing. I loved the way they both talk, giving the story of their family and adventures a complete feeling.

The authors start this one out before they’ve even learned how to sail a boat. I loved the way that gives the reader the full story of what they did and why. The reader gets to follow these two and their family as they learn to sail, figure out what kind of boat they want, and deal with their adventures and misadventures at sea.

This book includes maps and pictures. This gives the reader a way to form images in their mind. I loved being able to see where each of the sections took place and relate all of those things to the story.

This one’s non-fiction. I can’t say I’ve ever wanted to live with our three kids on a boat on the ocean. But reading this book made me see that there can be so much more to life for a family then being in one central location. It’s something to think about!

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About Falling for Centerfield

Falling for Centerfield

Cole has secrets. 
Harlow has a past. 
Will the part of his life Cole hides tear them apart, or become the very thing she loves most about him? 

Major League Baseball Player, Cole Hunter, has strong ties to his college days and the university he shared with five of his best friends, now known as the #BellTownSixPack. When an old acquaintance, Harlow Ember, walks in, wearing his jersey and his signature sunglasses, he knows this woman might have what it takes to capture his heart. But none of Cole’s typical efforts to gain a girl’s attention seem to work on Harlow. 

Harlow Ember is asked to report on a charity event for children back in Belltown sponsored by Cole Hunter and the Six Pack. Even though Cole attracts her in all the right ways, she has goals of her own that don’t involve losing her heart to one more guy who will end up leaving her cold. While her trust is at an all-time low, her interest and attraction are a raging pull in the other direction. 

Will her hurts from the past and the secrets he hides work in their favor or end things before they can even begin? 

My review

This book is really a lot of fun! I loved the chemistry between Harlow and Cole in this one from the very start. There were parts where I didn’t like Cole. But more on that later. All in all this one’s great!

Harlow Ember is a journalist. She went to Belltown University at the same time as the Six Pack. She knew all of them. Now she’s assigned to cover their lives for the newspaper. I loved how that gave her access to Cole that no one else ever got. Harlow is a bit of a spitfire, especially when she’s around Cole. That part of the book was so much fun! I really loved the whole #hecklerharlow thing that goes on in this book. You’d better read it to find out why!

Cole…when Cole was being himself I really liked him. When he was being “Big Dawg” I thought he was really self absorbed and not kind. It seemed like Harlow had a bit of a hard time with this too. While she was able to joke around and be “Little Dawg” through part of it, when anything was really important she wanted Cole to be just Cole. This is I’m sure what the author intended with this character, so it actually works really well for the plot.

I liked the plot. There were so many fun baseball parts. And there were beautiful romantic parts. There were also some parts that were just sad. Those parts were all balanced out by the funny parts. I loved just how many funny parts were in this one. This book really has it all. And it’s so well done!

If you love contemporary romance, with or without sports references, you’ll love this one!

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