I’ve been busy promoting my newest release from Eskape Press, The Road to Escape! My publisher tells me that sales have been good, and the reviews so far have been encouraging. If you haven’t purchased it yet, you can get it as an EBOOK or in PRINT. I’d love to hear what you think of it! If you’re in West Michigan, I’ve been busy making arrangements for a book signing on August 5. I’ll be at Between the Covers Bookstore in Holland, MI from 11am to 2pm! I’ve also put together a newsletter that I’d love to send to readers! I’ll include writing news, crafting projects, a guest crafty author, and a contest. You can sign up for my newsletter HERE.
And now to share my reading picks for this month (click on book covers to read more):
Reluctant Reunion by Ruth J. Hartman
This soon-to-be-released novella is the second in the Reunion Series from Eskape Press, and it details the story of Tom Cooper’s third child and older daughter. Kennedy left the Cooper Alpaca Ranch to make it big on Broadway – but things didn’t turn out as she planned. After suffering through several disappointing auditions, loss of a day job, and a philandering boyfriend, she makes the difficult choice to return to the farm. She’s not looking forward to it, because it’s not the happy place she remembered from he childhood.
Courting Sparks by Joselyn Vaughn
I enjoyed this best-friends-to-more story. Daphne was the high school homecoming queen. She dated the star football player, and now she teaches English there. She thought she and the football star would marry and have their happily ever after, but he broke her heart. His cousin Noah, however, is now the high school athletic director, and while he’s always loved Daphne, he’s been waiting for the perfect time to tell her. Since Noah is also a volunteer fireman, the sparks fly – literally as well as figuratively!
Rapunzel’s Lighthouse by Christina Lorenzen
This is a cute story about a modern-day Rapunzel. Unlike the traditional fairy tale, this Rapunzel (named Georgie) wasn’t kidnapped and kept in the tower by an evil woman, but leads a rather hermit-like existence by choice. She has emotional wounds, and she’s so anti-social (not just anti-men – she also refuses to chat with women) that she’s downright rude to her neighbor Colby when he shows up at her door asking if she has spare paint. Fortunately he has a thick skin and he’s brave enough to stop in again when he hurts himself. He has a tough job breaking through her defenses!
The Matchmakers by Ruth J. Hartman
This is a cute novella featuring Ruth J. Hartman’s trademark cats. Jessie Selkirk takes care of some fifty felines in her parents’ decrepit barn. Her brother Adam works for the wealthy Baldwin Rutledge, whose Aunt Esther takes the term Crazy Cat Lady to the next level. Some how Ms. Hartman manages to make a totally inconceivable series of events believable, leading to the requisite happy ending.
The 12-Step Program by Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman.
I’ve enjoyed previous collaborative efforts by Springsteen and Bowman, and hurried to add this to my electronic bookshelf. Since I had a lot of work to do, I thought I’d reward myself for completing an hour of work by reading one chapter. But one chapter led to two, and before I knew it I was at the end! This is an entertaining story about Lucy, a poor, misguided soul who gets into more trouble than anyone I’ve ever known. Tom, her next-door neighbor, is a saint for standing by her. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel. Warning: rough language.