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Twice the Love with Two Free Romances for Valentine’s Day Weekend

Do you enjoy reading romances in February? I have two love stories on sale this weekend to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. My contemporary romance, Saving Snow White, and my historical romance, the Seashell and the Stone, are both free all weekend. The Seashell and the Stone is free through Monday, February 15. Saving Snow White is free through Tuesday, February 16.

Purchase link: http://mybook.to/Seashell

Preparing for her wedding day at Seashells Inn, the Victorian Cape May Inn that has been in her family for generations, Ginny Dixon reads her great-great grandmother’s diary and discovers a secret going back to the 1880’s that may impact her future.

Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/savingsnowwhite

A summer reunion ignites romance.

Amy Palmer, home from veterinary school on summer break, is reunited with her best friend, Tom Tremont, when the two of them end up working as assistants at the local veterinary clinic. Amy who once hoped for more than friendship with Tom, discovers that he now has a girlfriend. However, on the day of the summer Solstice, a special cat brings them together in a new way.

Besides my free books, I’d like to recommend some of my favorite romance reads that should be available at your local library.


The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
(historical romance)

Time and Again by Jack Finney (time-travel romance)

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (contemporary romance)

The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux (Paranormal romance)

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (time-travel romance)

While I haven’t read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, I’m currently watching the series on Netflix and enjoying it very much. I also haven’t had the pleasure of reading Debbie Macomber’s sweet romances, but I know that they are popular, as well as Danielle Steel’s romances.

Posted in A Stone's Throw, Authors, blog challenge, Books

#LifeBooksWriting Blog Challenge: My Top 5 (10) Books and Why

blogchallengegraphicupdatedThis week’s blog challenge is about my 5 Favorite books and what I like about them. I couldn’t limit it to 5, so I am featuring my top 10 (I could probably list a lot more and have actually cheated a bit by listing more than one by each author). Sophia Valentine of Lifestyle and Literature created this blog challenge (see graphic for topics and dates if you have a blog and would like to participate. If you’re a reader, I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning about some of the great participating authors).

My 10 Favorite Books

Authors (and librarians, too) are often asked what books they have read and enjoyed. Like movie reviews, their replies are very individual and not necessarily meant as recommendations. Below I have listed some of my favorite books and series along with why I liked them and what I would perhaps like to emulate about the writing style or plot. They are not listed in any particular order.

friblog1secondglance1. Second Glance and Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 
While I have read a few of Picoult’s books, these two stand out for me. They both have a touch of paranormal that I like with the sense of past and strong characters that appeal to me. I also enjoyed  Leaving Time for it’s unique information about elephants and a great twist featuring a touch of supernatural, as well.  One of my books, Cloudy Rainbow, also features a touch of the paranormal.

2. The Eight by Katherine Neville

friblog2Not an easy book to read but one that is worth reading several times. Historical detail about the French Revolution is nicely researched. It brings to mind one of my classic favorites, A Tale of Two Cities. The characters are witty and colorful. The time switches between the past and the present merge well. Information about chess and its history and masters is a plus.

friblog33. Chill Factor by Sandra Brown
This mystery novel is atmospheric and features well-depicted winter weather effects. It kept me guessing until nearly the end.

4. The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux friblog4
As a time travel fan, this hit a chord with me. I loved the characters and plot.

friblog55. Find Me by Carol O’Connell
All of the Mallory mysteries are good, but this one was especially well written. The Mallory series is tough to read but worth the effort. I like books that make you think and feel. This psychological thriller does both, as do all the books in this series.

6. Lightning by Dean Koontz friblog6
Koontz is another of my favorite horror authors. This was an oldie but greatie featuring time travel with great characters and plot.

friblog77. Time and Again by Jack Finney
This wonderful time travel classic tells a beautiful love story set in atmospheric turn-of-the-century New York. The black and white photos were an interesting plus. I loved this book.

8. Carolina Moon, Midnight Bayou, and Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts (counting these as 1)  whiskeybeachfriblog8
I thoroughly enjoy most of this prolific author’s novels, but these are friblog9my favorites, so far, for atmosphere, suspense, and romance. I also love her futuristic In Death mystery series Roberts writes as J.D. Robb.

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9  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes– This is a different type of book about a woman who falls in love with a paraplegic. The characters were portrayed realistically, and it made me cry at the end. I can’t wait to see the movie that just came out.

1friblog110.  I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins  – a suspenseful read that keeps you guessing who-dun-it. I love Mary Higgins Clark.

Of course, my own book, A Stone’s Throw, is one of my favorites, as well, and I hope it will become one of yours, too.  It features mystery, romance, and what most reviewers are saying is a great twist.

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