In no particular order, here are my best reads of 2016.
December is for feel-good books. At least in my world. So I’ve chosen a few of my Christmas favorites for this post.
I love all the different versions of A Christmas Carol we get hit with every year for Christmas. Movies, cartoons, musicals, etc. But nothing really beats the original. That’s true for a lot of things, and it certainly is here. The best part is that you can easily read it year after year without getting bored with it.
This is a sweet mail-order bride story. It will warm you up and is perfect enjoyed in any weather. But look at the cover. It’s better at Christmas.
Sweet, romantic stories from Nora Roberts, perfect for the holidays. And I’m such a big fan of her that I find all of her stories gifts. These just happen to be Christmas gifts.
For the Danish crowd – don’t forget that this year’s edition of VED JULELAMPENS SKÆR is out today. Available in paperback and hardback online or at your usual bookstore. My contribution is a short story called “Mig og Jesus” (Me and Jesus).
This is the NaNoWriMo edition of The Author Recommends. For those who don’t know what it is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes places every November, where writers across the globe pledge to write 50,000 words in a month. It’s a lot of fun, and I bet there are a lot of you out there who are participating. So I’ll focus on books that might help or inspire you. Happy NaNoWriMo!
Title: Inking Scars (Ink & Metal #1)
Author: M.A. Stacie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Cover Design: Totally Bound
Tattoo artist, Seth Baxter, has had enough loss to last him a lifetime. Focused and driven, he channels his energy into making his store is the best in the business. The one thing he can certainly do without is the return of his ex-girlfriend.
Bexley Way is lost. She runs back to the only person who can help her. She’s willing to take Seth’s hurt as long as he’ll offer her the solace she craves. He needs her help in the store and she’s desperate for his forgiveness, as well as his personal brand of security.
Secrets are kept by both of them, even when their old, unresolved, feelings resurface. Each day spent in her presence is a step forward for Seth. Their relationship was never truly over to him. Yet Bexley keeps so much to herself. Protecting her heart. Protecting Seth.
But when Bexley is faced with the true horror of her situation, she has no choice but to reveal it all to Seth. However, the words barely leave her lips before it all takes a deadly turn, leaving behind more anguish than ever before.
Are Seth and Bexley strong enough to right a past wrong and give themselves a permanent future?
About The Author
M.A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she loves getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.
She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Along with running, knitting, and listening to loud music. However, she is yet to work out how to do them all at the same time.
M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.
You’re preparing to write a book, plotting away, creating characters, and writing more notes than you will ever use. There, on one of the pages, is a clear description of your main character. Height, weight, eye color, favorite childhood memory. You have probably thought of it all. Maybe you start writing and hit a wall, maybe you notice something is wrong before that.
No matter the season, I think it’s the perfect time for reading. But there’s just something about fall that makes you want to curl up with a blanket, something hot to drink, and a good book, isn’t there? In any case, here are a few of my suggestions for this month’s reading. What are yours?
A dear friend gave me this a few years ago, and I was slightly awed that the book had existed without me knowing about it. If you have an interest in Israel, or in the world in general, this is a book for you.
If you haven’t read this already, I strongly suggest that you do. Wartime brides cross the seas to start new lives with the soldier husbands they barely know. It’s been a few years since I read it, but I remember devouring it.
I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this in a translated version, but I realize it might be difficult, if not impossible, to get a hold of. Herman Bang is one of the greatest Danish authors, and this is a masterpiece. I’ve cried over this book so many times, and it’s definitely not a feel-good romance. But it’s worth every tear.
I have the great pleasure of revealing the cover art for the third Morello Cove novel, DREAMING WITH YOU. As always, Shelley Schmidt has made a real gem that I instantly fell in love with. I’d love to hear if you agree. 🙂
It’s release day! 🙂
Home from the war, Austin is plagued by dark thoughts. Fleur wants to help but soon discovers that loving a man who hates himself is hard. Both fighting inner battles, Fleur and Austin can’t also fight temptation. So they give into it. The result is not something either of them can live with, but they have very different solutions on how to fix the little four-letter problem called LOVE.
Summer’s over – did you get all the summer reading done you’d planned? I’d love to hear about any newly discovered gems or old favorites. 🙂 This time I’ll be recommending three new arrivals on my own shelf, but even though they’re relatively new, they seem like old friends.