#BookReview: The Sunday Potluck Club (The Sunday Potluck Club, #1) by Melissa Storm

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: March 31, 2020

Summary:

New friends can be found in unexpected places. For Bridget and Amy, that place was the cancer ward of an Anchorage hospital. Now, as each struggles to overcome loss, they lean on each other for support—sharing suppers, laughter and tears.

Bridget and Amy aren’t about to let hardship knock them down—Bridget plans to return to her veterinarian school studies, Amy to her position as a second-grade teacher—but neither feels quite ready. And so the Sunday Potluck Club is born, a way for Bridget, Amy, and other women who have lost a loved one to find solace and understanding. Savoring favorite dishes while sharing memories and the comfort of connection, the members of the Sunday Potluck Club nourish body and soul.

As weeks go by and the group grows in unforeseen ways, both Bridget and Amy areinspired to find greater purpose. Amy reaches out to a student whose father bravely faces his own struggle. Bridget volunteers at the local animal shelter, rehabilitating dogs whose unconditional love will bring others a chance to heal. And with the help of a very special man, Amy is realizing that there’s always room at the table for love and rekindled joy . .

Review:

Melissa Storm has written such charming and entertaining novel with “ The Sunday Potluck Club”.

The relationships between old friendships and new are pushed with the decisions they are forced to face, whether they feel like they were ready or not. This close-knit group of friends had experienced so much loss yet they helped each other through the tough times.

The dogs and cats in the story kept it entertaining too and I am definitely a sucker when it comes to animals.

A couple of my favorite quotes:

“It is not about what you have, it is about what you do.”

“Dogs are better than dudes, they should put that on a poster.”

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

Also: There is an intro to “Wednesday Walks and Wags” – the next book – which I am looking forward to. 🐾 🐾

#BookReview: Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: February 4, 2020

Summary:

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his Under-14s away match, watch him play, and bring him home.

Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.

But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Except… There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. As Beth would have expected. It’s the children. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then.

They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Hilary hears Flora call them by their names – but they haven’t changed at all.

They are no taller, no older… Why haven’t they grown?

Review:

“Perfect Little Children” by Sophie Hannah was a haunting and mysterious novel.

It took me a little bit to really get into it and then I was unable to put it down.

The relationships between all of the characters in the novel were intense and complex.

I was definitely not expecting the surprising and twisted ending, so it made the wait worth it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for fair and honest review.

3.75 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BookReview: One plus Two (Maple Glen #6) by Christina Butrum

 

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: February 28, 2020

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Summary:

Hannah Michaelson wants nothing more than a fresh start and a safe place to stay. The only problem? She’s stranded roadside in a small town in the middle of winter. Even worse? Her sister’s baby is asleep in the back seat.

Carter Mitchell has one goal in life—to be the best mechanic he can be while running a successful shop. That, and to avoid love at all costs. But when his family calls on him to help a distressed woman on the side of the road, he doesn’t hesitate. Certain that he can stay strong in the face of the stranger’s beauty, he agrees to help.

Soon enough, the rugged mechanic realizes there’s more to Hannah’s extended stay in Maple Glen than he realized. His aunt is playing matchmaker again, but there’s something Hannah isn’t telling him.

Review:

It was so nice to be taken back to the romantic whimsical town of Maple Glen with “One Plus Two”.

Christina Butrum has a way of drawing you in with a touching, heartfelt story that keeps you reading until you see how it ends.

The characters in this book do not disappoint and you will especially fall in love with Hannah and Grace right from the beginning. Oh yes! You cannot forget about Carter! He was one of my favorites. And who doesn’t love Fran, the town matchmaker?!

This can be read as stand alone, however the characters from the previous books are definitely part of the backstory.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

#BookTour, #BookReview & #Giveaway – Wildland by Rebecca Hodge

E495379A-6C23-43A4-A836-EAD0D2C84F49I’m so honored to be part of Kate Rock Book Tours for “Wildland” by Rebecca Hodge! Such a pleasure and amazing opportunity! Thank you Kate Rock and Rebecca Hodge!

Date of Release: February 11, 2020

75019EE2-2254-4E9E-ADEE-6F9E30445867Rebecca Hodge is giving away an awesome Prize Package (see graphic):  

Here is the link to share:

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Order link: https://amzn.to/34DLPq6

Website: https://www.rebeccahodgefiction.com/

Instagram: @rhodge.fiction

Review:

Everything in “Wildland” by Rebecca Hodge screams “Fervent”!

From the wild fires that began raging in the mountains to the deep, hot, and burning desire for Kat Jamison to determine her life’s next chapter; every moment was so deeply experienced.

As I joined Kat on her path and those of the other characters, I was so immersed I could not let go! I turned the pages with the same sense of urgency I’m sure each character was either trying to escape the Blue Ridge Mountains or rescue them!

Intense, powerful, inspirational!

Wildland left me breathless. Holding my dogs tighter! Appreciating my life!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

Summary:

For fans of Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve comes an exhilarating debut novel of one woman’s courage in the face of catastrophe.

She’ll do anything to save them.

But what will she do to save herself?

When Kat Jamison retreats to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she’s counting on peace and solitude to help her make a difficult decision. Her breast cancer has returned, but after the death of her husband, her will to fight is dampened. Now she has a choice to make: face yet another round of chemotherapy or surrender gracefully.

Self-reflection quickly proves impossible as her getaway is complicated by a pair of abandoned dogs and two friendly children staying nearby, Lily and Nirav. In no time at all, Kat’s quiet seclusion is invaded by the happy confusion of children and pets.

But when lightning ignites a deadly wildfire, Kat’s cabin is cut off from the rest of the camp, separating Lily and Nirav from their parents. Left with no choice, Kat, the children, and the dogs must flee on foot through the drought-stricken forest, away from the ravenous flames. As a frantic rescue mission is launched below the fire line, Kat drives the party deeper into the mountains, determined to save four innocent lives. But when the moment comes to save her own, Kat will have to decide just how hard she’s willing to fight to survive–and what’s worth living for.

A heart-pounding novel of bravery, sacrifice, and self-discovery, Wildland will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last page.

Praise for Wildland:

“Heart-stopping…Hodge shows great skill in writing a story that’s both touching and exhilarating.”

—Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Daughter

#BookReview: The Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin

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Reviewer: Annie Horsky McDonnell

Date of Release: June 23, 2019

Summary:

Good neighbors invite you over for dinner, bring you baked goods to welcome you to the neighborhood, and wave hello at the mailbox.

Good neighbors do not destroy your life.

When Bryant and Harper Page move to Lancaster Mills, their first encounter with their new neighbors—Jason and Tori Fuller: beautiful, strange, and terrifying—is anything but a warm welcome. Despite their hesitations, the Pages are intrigued by the people they now share a street with. As their curiosity gets the best of them, they discover that there’s much more to the Fullers than meets the eye. Their new neighbors have secrets, that much is obvious, but just how dangerous could they be?

With two haunting shadows lingering over their house and lives, the Pages’ relationship is tested in every way. What exactly makes a good neighbor? And what makes a good neighbor bad?

Review:

Kiersten Modglin definitely nails down the unexpected!

“The Good Neighbors” was a shocking, impassioned, nail-biting story told about neighbors that will totally make you question yours for a hot second!!

I was never sure who to trust! It was crazy!

Page Flipping! Second Guessing! Mind boggling….Kiersten Modglining!! 😉

4 Stars.

#BookReview: Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

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Reviewer: Annie Horsky McDonnell

Date of Release: February 4, 2020

Summary:

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself.

Told in alternating perspectives from Eva’s search for answers and Kat’s mysterious past, Christina McDonald has crafted another “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) domestic thriller. Behind Every Lie explores the complicated nature of mother-daughter relationships, family trauma, and the danger behind long-held secrets.

Review:

Christina McDonald tests the levels of trauma someone can handle in one lifetime without splitting at their very core in her novel “Behind Every Lie”.

A magnificently complex, gripping and unexpected family story that left me breathless.

Stunning at every turn because of the thrill ride I was on!

With such flawless storytelling!

….waiting patiently for Christina McDonald’s next book announcing proudly I’m an über fan!!

5 Stars. (wishing I could give more)

#BookReview: Every Thing You Are by Kerry Anne King

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Reviewer: Annie Horsky McDonnell

Date of Release: October 1, 2019

Summary:

From the bestselling author of Whisper Me This comes a haunting and lyrical novel about the promises we make and the forgiveness we need when we break them.

One tragic twist of fate destroyed Braden Healey’s hands, his musical career, and his family. Now, unable to play, adrift in an alcoholic daze, and with only fragmented memories of his past, Braden wants desperately to escape the darkness of the last eleven years.

When his ex-wife and son are killed in a car accident, Braden returns home, hoping to forge a relationship with his troubled seventeen-year-old daughter, Allie. But how can he hope to rescue her from the curse that seems to shadow his family?

Ophelia “Phee” MacPhee, granddaughter of the eccentric old man who sold Braden his cello, believes the curse is real. She swore an oath to her dying grandfather that she would ensure Braden plays the cello as long as he lives. But he can’t play, and as the shadows deepen and Phee finds herself falling for Braden, she’ll do anything to save him. It will take a miracle of forgiveness and love to bring all three of them back to the healing power of music.

Review:

Kerry Anne King wrote a haunting story with a fable feel to it. The magical essence was so delightful and engaging, it kept me turning the pages. Full of colorful characters, including a cello that felt alive, “Everything You Are” is touched with whimsical charm and an enticing mystery.

I was absolutely in love with Kerry Anne King’s story-telling! She had me enraptured with her lyrical nature! Mesmerizing!

Read this book and enjoy all it’s brilliance!

5 Stars.

 

#BookReview: Happy To Meet Me: 201+ Self-discovery secrets to power up your self-esteem and recognize your self-worth. A guided journal for Women & Men by Calista J. McBride

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Reviewer: Annie Horsky McDonnell

Date of Release: January 16, 2020

Summary:

If you truly want to LOVE yourself, then keep reading…

 

What if you could find the key to living your life joyfully and free of self-doubt?

How different your life would be? Happy relationships? Abundance? Inner Peace? Joy and love?

Happy to meet Me is a writing prompts Journal for self-discovery created to explore all areas of your life.

It’s simply designed to fire up your creativity and challenge your thinking with a variety of unique writing prompts, self-discovery questions and uplifting quotes.

Each prompts support each other to create a progressive experience.

 

In this journal, you’ll discover:

Unique and engaging self-discovery writing prompts
Irresistible questions that will make you stop and think… deeply
Daily inspiration to challenge your imagination
Rare uplifting quotes

More than that, these are the Ultimate Benefits you will get from this Journal:

You’ll discover how to better accept and love your true self.
You’ll feel clear-minded, decisive, and confident.
You’ll feel naturally happier throughout your day.
You’ll gradually become more optimistic and experience positive momentum
You’ll naturally find yourself back on track with your writing habit even after a
journaling rut
You’ll feel self-empowered and find yourself free to explore life like you’ve never dared before

And much, much more!

Review:

I have been using Calista McBride’s “Happy to Meet Me” Journal every morning or evening for about 30 days now and I have to say I am completely sure it is a wonderful asset to my day. I see the changes already within myself.
I find myself looking forward to the next quote and question Calista has lined up. The thoughts flow throughout the day, too. I feel my self-awareness becoming so much more clear. My self-esteem is absolutely going to benefit from the practices in the book!
I am beyond excited to have found this journal.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview, #Excerpt, #BookReview – Julie Strier

Julie StrieInterview with author Julie Strier and Review of her novelette, “The Woman in the Woods”.

“The Woman in the Woods” is offered FREE when you sign up for Julie Strier’s Newsletter at http://www.JulieStrier.com

Reviewer: Serena Soape

Summary:

The Woman in the Woods is a short novelette about a long-distance hiker who takes an immobilizing fall and has to rely on the kindness of a begrudging old woman living deep within the woods. She seems harmless enough, but he quickly learns that looks can be deceiving. Be careful who you trust.

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Julie Strier has written a page turning novelette with “The Woman in the Woods”.

It was thrilling and haunting yet mysterious.

I was curious to learn more about this woman in the woods as she had a creepy sense right from the beginning.

This is exclusive to her newsletter subscribers so be sure to sign up so that you can read it.

I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

The Woman in the Woods Excerpt

I turned and placed my hand on the knob, but before I opened it, I knew what was behind the door. I could smell it – that savory aroma of sweet peppery spiced I had never smelled before today. Without hesitation, I threw the door open. Before me stood a mountain of dried meats, the shelves full of jerky. Jerky stood upright in open mason jars, some large jagged chunks, others think little sticks, organized by thickness and size. The shelves filled half the closet. The other half was a drying rack. Rib meat hung from a rod, seasoned and drying until it was ready to be processed. Whatever animal she caught wasn’t too big, the rib cage was about the size of my own. A small deer, maybe? Or a young bear?
While my brain rattled off the possibilities, my hand shot forward and grabbed a stick of jerky and before I knew it, that sweet, savory flavor filled my mouth again. My stomach rumbled, and I moaned, the taste unlike anything I had eaten before. When Connie found me, I was still too out of it to appreciate the complexities of the meat. I gobbled down half a stick of jerky, my hand reaching for another piece when I heard a loud thump behind me. I jumped, spilling a container of jerky onto the shelf, and turned to find the source of the noise. Connie stood at the threshold of the kitchen, her fist upon the counter. She lifted her hand up and slammed her fist back down, rattling the cabinets above. The bowl I had been using for peels jumped off the counter and fell to the floor with a clang, peels spilling everywhere.
“I told you not to touch anything. I turn my back for one minute and I find you stealing food. After all, I’ve done for you.” Her face fell.
“It’s not what it looks like.” The jerky bobbed in my mouth.
Her mouth twisted into a scowl and she glared at me.
“I was looking for the trash,” I continued, feeling like I owed her an explanation, “the bowl was full, and I was looking for the trash so I could empty it and keep working.”
“Which is how you ended up in the meat pantry eating my jerky?” A strange, faint tap accompanied her words. I looked down to find an ax hanging from her hand, the flat part of the blade thumping softly against her work boots. “That’s my food, my supplies to get me through the winter. You hikers are all the same, taking things that aren’t yours. I told you not to touch anything. I told you not to make a mess.”

Julie Strier Interview

Q: What first sparked your interest in writing your first book?

A: I’ve always been interested in writing books. I’m one of those writers who grew up always wanting to be a writer. But then, life, and work, and being an adult got in the way. Eventually, despite wanting desperately to be a writer, I was doing everything but writing. On the rare occasion I did write, I couldn’t finish anything. Every project I tried, I abandoned.

Then, in my late 30’s, my daughter came along. I adored everything about being pregnant, morning sickness aside, but with the highs come the lows. After my daughter was born I left with some pretty heavy postpartum depression. On the outside I may have looked okay, but inside I was falling apart. I felt like I was losing my identity. I didn’t know who I was anymore.

Then a curious thing started happening. My sleep schedule was torn apart, held hostage by the demands of a newborn and soon, I found myself awake morning after morning at 5 am, when the rest of the house slept. For two glorious hours, sometimes longer, it was just me and a delicious cup of hot coffee.

At first, I used that time to knit and watch youtube videos. That quickly got old and after a week I decided to try to use the time to write. I had always wanted to write, and there I was with a little spare time, so why not?

Initially, I didn’t know what to write. I just played with voices in my head, or explored thoughts that sounded interesting. Then I found an old slush folder on my hard drive, full of pieces and starts and stops.

I came across a few hundred words, a rough sketch of an idea I had picked up from a writing podcast. In one episode, they mentioned a writing website called WriteOrDie.com. It’s basically one big textbox that you type into, except if you stop typing for long enough, it erases your work. It’s supposed to help motivate writers to write.

But my writer brain wondered what if it were real — what if there were a website where you could contract to do something, like write a story or finish some big project, and if you didn’t do it in a certain amount of time, a hitman would come and kill you.

Something about that old piece spoke to me, and I decided to pick it up again. So, in those quiet early morning hours, I went to work on that idea, fleshing it out. The premise changed quite a bit, but somewhere along the way the piece grew legs and I started wondering if I could turn it into a book. (And I did! This later went on to become Dangerous Contracts 1.)

Every morning I got up early and wrote. I just put one word in front of the other until it was done. Once it was finished, I realized that writing a novel didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would – it only took a few months to write the first draft (editing is another matter). Instantly, I had the bug to write more. But more importantly, I started to feel like myself again. Writing saved me.

Q: You now have 4 works for us to read:
julie strier31. One is with The Crimson Falls Novellas, called “Returned Home”, Did you enjoy writing this?

A: Very much so. Crimson Falls was a collaborative project set in a shared world created by seven other mystery, thriller, and suspense writers. While our novellas are our own works, there are many aspects in each story that were influenced by the other authors.

I really enjoyed the constraints of the project. While most people think that constraints can affect creativity, I found the opposite to be true — there was so much possibility within the limitations. As soon as we started talking about the project in our group, a story came to mind and I knew what I wanted to write. I knew what the big twist in the story would be right away — that came to mind almost immediately. I also think Returned Home is some of my finest writing to date.

Julie Strier42. Two are the Dangerous Contract Series! What is your favorite part of this? Will there be a #3?

A: I really like the action and fast-paced nature of book 1. In book 2, I enjoyed playing with dual point of views (POVs), flipping between the main character, Thomas Butcher, and his wife, Sonia. I really like multiple POVs in books that I read, and it was a lot of fun writing from two different perspectives. I also think having multiple POVs gives the reader greater insight into the Create or Die universe as a whole, and Thomas and Sonia’s marriage and life together.

Dangerous Contracts was designed as a duology, so as of right now I don’t foresee adding a third book to it, but you never know. There is a little bit of wiggle room in how it ends for me to open the world back up if I wanted. But as of right now, I’m eager to explore other worlds.julie Strier2

3. Now, this novelette! What a cool idea! Can people leave reviews anywhere?

A: Thanks! The Woman in the Woods was my first attempt at writing psychological horror. I’ve been exploring different aspects of my work, and this genre is one I’ve always loved. I remember adoring stories like The Lottery, or Lord of the Flies, or The Yellow Wallpaper when I had to read them in school, so I decided to try my hand at the genre. The Woman in the Woods is a result of that exploration, and I really like how it turned out.

It’s short, clocking in under just 10,000 words, which makes it a quick read, but I’ve been told the story lingers in your head long after you’re done. Readers can leave reviews for The Woman in the Woods on Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51098048-the-woman-in-the-woods

Q: Is there any truth to your stories?

A: Yes, tucked away in characters and themes. For example, in Dangerous Contracts, a large part of Thomas and Sonia’s relationship mirrors my marriage. There’s a scene early on in book one where Sonia kisses Thomas’ bald spot on the back of his head. I do the same thing to my husband.

Also, a large part of both Dangerous Contracts books is about parents losing their children. For my day job, I’ve worked for the same couple for 17 years, and when I was pregnant, they found out their youngest died while traveling abroad. He passed away from a pulmonary embolism at 19 years old. In a way, I think Dangerous Contracts helped me process some of my feelings about Dale and what his family was going through.

Q: Do you have a favorite character? Why?

A: I like Lilith in Returned Home, because she’s tough. In real life I’m a big softie, but inside there’s this hidden tough rocker-chick side of me. Mostly she exists in my head, and sometimes in my clothing choices.

I also like Bradley Barnes in The Woman in the Woods. Even though it’s a short piece, you learn a lot about him and get a real sense of who he is. I also have a bit of wanderlust, and while I wouldn’t necessarily go long distance thru-hiking like he does, I understand the feeling and longing to wander, to get off the grid and get lost somewhere remote from time to time.

Q: How long did it take you to write this Novelette?

A: The first draft? Not long. A few weeks? Maybe a month? But I’m starting to find that the process takes longer than that to finish a story. The first draft is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m a lean writer, so once a piece is written I go back in and add depth and detail through various editing passes. Taking editing into consideration, overall it took me maybe four months until The Woman In The Woods was at a place where I felt happy with it.

Q: When did you realize you were a novelist?

A: Not until Returned Home came out. There was something about the joy of having three books published and out into the world that filled me with a sense of pride. All the hard work, the hours, and years, and early mornings I spent at the keyboard, took physical form. It made me realize that I wanted to keep writing, and more importantly, that I could, if I just kept at it.

Q: With this being your third release, do you think you will always explore suspense, thrillers and horrors?

A: I think there will always be some aspect of my work that has suspense, thriller, and horror elements, though I don’t know if I will always stay true to those genres. There are a lot of stories I still want to explore. Some of the stories in my head have a science fiction bent, or a romance leaning, or something else entirely. The genre I write in is dictated by the larger story I’m trying to tell.

Julie StrierQ: When do you typically write? Where do you write? Set this up for us…

A: I still write first thing in the morning when the house is quiet, though I no longer get up at 5 am. I get up around 6, which gives me about an hour of writing time before I have to get ready for work. My office is next to my daughter’s room, so I listen to the swoosh of her sound machine (we keep it on ocean sounds) while I write. A cup of coffee steams next to me as I work. I keep the lights in my office low, so I’m still kind of in that sleepy in between state of not quiet being conscious. And then I get to work on my computer. While I love the *idea* of handwriting drafts, the reality is I’m much faster on a keyboard.

Q: May I ask who your favorite authors are? Books?

A: I love almost anything written by Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Poppy Z. Brite, and Stephen King. I’m also a big fan of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishigro, and The Box Man by Kōbō Abe. Really, I’m a fan of strange, interesting stories.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a published author?

A: I enjoy interacting with my fans and hearing about what they enjoyed about the crazy worlds I’ve created. It’s always interesting to see the deeper meaning that people find in my work.

And of course, I enjoy just getting my stories out there in general. It’s fun to get these characters and stories out of my head and into the real world where they can have other lives. It’s also the only way I’ve found to get them to shut up. 😉

Q: Any hobbies you’d like to share with us?

A: These days, most of my hobbies include chasing toddler around and keeping her from climbing the world. But I’m also an avid knitter, and can be found with my knitting needles in hand most days. I’m also really into houseplants and fishkeeping, two hobbies I recently got into in 2019.

Q: Do you have another book on the horizon? If you do, would you like to tell us a little bit about it?

A: I have two different stories in the works right now – one is a suspense-thriller that follows a serial killer and his descent into madness. The other is a futuristic sci-fi thriller that makes social commentary on how eager we are to call out people on social media, circumventing our due process in the United States. They’re both still in raw form, but I’m hoping one or both will develop into my next full length novel.

Lastly, Do you prefer Print Book or eBook?? Audible?

A: Both print and ebook are fine with me. I can’t do audio books. At least, not for fiction. There’s something about how my head works where I need to see the words on the page with fiction. I need to take in the world by reading about it, instead of having someone read it to me. Nonfiction is another matter though. I can easily listen to audiobooks if they are nonfiction. I think part of this also has to do with *where* I consume audio. Typically, I listen when I’m driving, and since I have to focus on the road, I can’t get into fiction like I’d like. Instead, I listen to a lot of podcasts and nonfiction so that I can learn during my commute.

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Here’s where people can find Julie:

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The Woman in the Woods on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51098048-the-woman-in-the-woods

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about Julie and her new release!!

#BookReview: A Dog’s Hope by Casey Wilson

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Book Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: March 6, 2020

Summary:

There are some things in life that only a dog can teach you.

A poignant, heart-wrenching, but ultimately uplifting novel about the unbreakable bond between a boy and his dog. Perfect for fans of A Dog’s Purpose, The Art of Racing in the Rain and Marley and Me.

In the farming town of Riverside in Washington, Toby Fuller is feeling more alone than ever. Nothing Toby did was ever good enough for his father, but he never expected his father to leave, to abandon him and his mother forever. He loses hope, until a scruffy golden retriever called Buddy follows him home from school.

Though he’s struggling to walk, Buddy matches Toby step for step, never taking his eyes off him, as if Toby is all he needs in the world. And from that day on Buddy never leaves Toby’s side.

Buddy shows Toby a loyalty that he has never known. But then disaster strikes and Toby’s life is changed forever. Will Buddy be able to give Toby the strength he needs to carry on?

A tale of how unconditional love can bound into your life when you least expect it, giving you hope in the darkest of times.

Review:

Ahhhhh- Not only was this a beautiful cover, but a truly poignant story written on the pages between……so moving and emotionally stirring!

Casey Wilson has written a totally heart and gut wrenching novel with “A Dog’s Hope”.

Buddy was such a loyal companion to Toby and is with him through it all. I loved watching their relationship grow.

I read the last couple chapters through tears as it touched me very deeply.

I absolutely recommend this page turner! You will not want to put it down!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.

5 Stars.