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  • The Sunday Post: Light Week, Thanksgiving, and Nasty Spills

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

    Light Week, Thanksgiving, and Nasty Spills

    Hey Bookdragons! How was your week? Did you have a great Thanksgiving if you celebrate?

    I didn’t get to all of my posts this week (mainly my Friday ones) because I got really busy with the holiday and my schedule got screwed up due to other reasons, so it was a bit of a light week for me with blogging, reading, and writing.

    I did have a really enjoyable Thanksgiving. My mom and I worked out an appetite organizing and rearranging the den and the living room while my sister and her boyfriend were out hunting. We decided to do a turkey breast and a pork roast and the turkey was really tender. The pork roast not so much but I skipped that. The only unfortunate part was I was going to make carrots but the carrots we bought only the day before had a thick layer of slime so they had to be tossed out instead.

    Earlier in the week my dog decided to wrap his leash around my legs and I fell in the driveway between my sister’s car and our mailbox. Luckily no broken bones, only a sore back and a scraped up elbow that still hasn’t quite healed. Hopefully the scab falls off soon and it stops hurting when I sleep or when it rubs against my clothing.

    🍁 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 21 November 2022

    🍁 First Chapter, First Paragraph: Tuesday Intros – The Club

    🍁 Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Authors I’m Thankful I Picked Up That First Book By

    🍁 Can’t Wait Wednesday… Wicked Dreams!

    🍁 Taylor Fenner’s Spooky Season 2022 – Week 12 Wrap Up & Horror Movies/Books/Authors/Directors I’m Thankful For

    🍁 Book Review: A Quiet Retreat by Kiersten Modglin

    🍁 Book Review: The Rhythm Method by Kylie Scott

    🍁 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 28 November 2022

    🍁 First Chapter, First Paragraph: Tuesday Intros – Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

    🍁 Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Cozy Reads

    🍁 Can’t Wait Wednesday… Secretly Yours!

    🍁 🎧 Audiobook Review: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

    🍁 The Friday 56

    🍁 Book Blogger Hop: Do you go back and reread the previous book before starting the sequel?

    🍁 Winter TBR

    🍁 Book Review: The Club by Ellery Lloyd

    Physical:

    PangoBooks Haul
    BOTM selection
    PangoBooks Haul
    Not book related but I did bookmark this recipe while writing this week…

    Italian Sausage Pasta

  • Book Review: The Rhythm Method by Kylie Scott

    The Rhythm Method by Kylie Scott

    Blurb:

    From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

    It all started in Vegas…

    After a wild and tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Evelyn Thomas and her rock star husband David Ferris have been happily married for years. Nothing needs to change, their life together is perfect. Which means that change in the shape of an unexpected pregnancy is bound to shake things up some. But could it be for the better?

    **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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    My Review:

    This was not my favorite Stage Dive novella. While I always enjoy reading about the couples from the original Stage Dive novels and the new side characters introduced in the novellas since, revisiting David and Ev in this one was a bit painful.

    I found both characters to be a bit immature in handling the situation considering their ages and preferred to read more about the other characters that swooped in to help them.

    As always, Mal saved the day and adds comic relief to the story.

    Overall, this book is great for fans of the series to see David and Ev overcome and embrace their new surprise role of parenthood, but in comparison with the other novellas, it’s a bit lacking.

    My Rating:

    3.75/5 Stars!

    🌟🌟🌟.75

  • Book Review: A Quiet Retreat by Kiersten Modglin

    A Quiet Retreat by Kiersten Modglin

    Blurb:

    You are cordially invited to visit the new Black Hills Manor Writing Retreat.

    That’s how it all begins—with a simple invitation.

    For five authors, it’s meant to be the start of a restful week, filled with free food, drinks, and likeminded company.
    But shortly after their arrival, things take an unsettling turn.

    Broken property, missing items, and strange noises are just some of the odd occurrences that have each member questioning their companions. As suspicions mount, the authors are pitted against each other.

    Whom can they trust in a house full of strangers?

    With tensions rising, the writers find themselves in the middle of their own mystery. Death, terror, and despair are common elements in their books, but at Black Hills Manor, the murders being plotted are their own.

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    My Review:

    I immediately jumped to read A Quiet Retreat after reading the blurb and seeing the setting. I had just been in The Black Hills over the summer and this book gives you all the vibes of the setting.

    I’ve always wanted to go on a writing retreat myself but now after reading two books back to back about writing retreats gone very wrong, I may have to rethink that!

    This book grabs you right away. The tension and build up perfect, it quickly became my new favorite book by this author.

    I will say, I did suspect the twist but I still thought it was excellently done. I also enjoyed the dual timeline, which sometimes is hard to pull off but this one really worked.

    I loved the chemistry between Blakey and Tennessee. I strongly suspected Lyra of being up to no good for most of the book, and I liked Daniel. I think he’s meant to sort of be fashioned after Stephen King and I definitely got mentor/fatherly vibes from him as he’s older than the other characters.

    If you’re looking for a thriller that will keep you going and have you double checking the locks on your doors and windows, you need to read A Quiet Retreat!

    My Rating:

    5/5 Stars!

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • Taylor Fenner’s Spooky Season 2022 – Week 12 Wrap Up & Horror Movies/Books/Authors/Directors I’m Thankful For

    Hey Spooky Season lovers! This is it, the final wrap up of the season! Are you sad to see it go? I am for sure, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy thrillers, horror, and more all year round, now does it?!?! Of course not! The Spooky Season is a lifestyle, an aesthetic!

    Week 12 Wrap Up:

    Reading:

    This week I started reading The Club by Ellery Lloyd. It’s set at a luxury resort for celebrities only, cut off from the mainland by a causeway that floods until low tide every day… and then someone gets murdered. It’s a launch party to die for. Literally.

    Watching:

    This week I binged two fantastic new shows. The first was 1899, which was a total mindf*ck from start to finish! I loved it, except I wasn’t fully pleased with the ending. It’s a limited series so I don’t expect more to come.

    I also binged Tim Burton’s Wednesday over Thanksgiving. I went in not expecting to like it but I really did love it! I hope it’s not just a one season then cancelled thing.

    Writing:

    I did pretty good this week Writing wise. I added 9,110 words to It Rose From the Ashes and I’m now over 21,000 words total. Here is an excerpt from my favorite line I wrote this week:

    Horror/Thriller/Suspense Movies/Books/Authors/Directors I’m Thankful For

    Since it was Thanksgiving week, I’m listing the horror movies, books, authors, and directors I’m thankful for…

    Movies:

    The Fog (2005), Crimson Peak, Halloween, Friday the Thirteenth, and House on Haunted Hill

    Books:

    The Lost Village, Daughters Unto Devils, The Dead House, And Then There We’re None, and The Return

    Authors:

    Dawn Kurtagich, Stephen King, Kate Alice Marshall, Rachel Harrison, and Lisa Jackson

    Actors:

    Vincent Price

    Directors:

    Guillermo del Toro, Alfred Hitchcock


    What horror creators / creations are you thankful for? What brought you into this great big season to love?

  • Can’t Wait Wednesday… Wicked Dreams!

    Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released.

    Wicked Dreams by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

    Thriller, Standalone

    eBook, Hardcover, Audiobook, 384 Pages

    December 27, 2022 by Zebra Books

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    Blurb:

    The New York Times bestselling authors return with a chilling new thriller set on an isolated island off the Oregon coast. A group of women with extraordinary gifts will need to face evil…before it returns to burn their refuge to the ground.

    The note pinned to the dead body found on the remote beach has no name, just Ravinia Rutledge’s phone number and the words “Next of Kin.” Ravinia insists she doesn’t recognize the man on the mortuary slab, but she suspects Detective Nev Rhodes doesn’t believe her. He can tell that she’s one of them—the Siren Song women.

    Five years after moving away from The Colony, Ravinia has carved out a life as a private investigator whose specialty is helping others locate their missing loved ones. Yet sometimes, it’s better if the missing are never found. “Good Time Charlie” is the name given to a monster from her past, a man whom she and her sisters hoped was gone forever. But the dead man on the beach is a sign that Charlie has merely been waiting, preparing to fulfill his mission to rid the world of the Siren Song women—and anyone else who gets in his way.

    Rhodes has his own reasons for being fascinated with The Colony and its surroundings—a place marked by unexplained deaths and tragedies. Rhodes plays by the rules, but there are forces at work here that defy notions of law and order. And despite Ravinia’s reluctance to team up with Nev, it’s the only way to stop an adversary determined to see that each and every member of The Colony will die at his hands . . .

    Why I Want to Read Wicked Dreams

    Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush are a couple of my favorite thriller authors and I always look forward to their latest releases!


    Will you be checking this book out? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?

  • Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Authors I’m Thankful I Picked Up That First Book By

    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish and currently hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

    Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Authors I’m Thankful I Picked Up That First Book By

    This week’s TTT is a Thankful Freebie to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US this week. I think I’ve done books I’m thankful for in years past so this year I’m doing 12 Authors I’m Thankful For / 12 Authors I’m Thankful I Picked Up That First Book By! These are some of my auto-but authors and I’ve attached the first books I read by each of them!

    1. Dawn Kurtagich

    2. Jennifer Crusie

    3. Rosemary Clement-Moore

    4. Sarah J. Maas

    5. Kylie Scott

    6. Rachel Harrison

    7. Riley Sager

    8. Jennifer L. Armentrout

    9. Melanie Harlow

    10. Abbi Glines

    Bonus – 11. Jade Presley

    Bonus – 12. Kiersten Modglin


    What did you choose for the thankful freebie? Who are some of your auto-buy authors? Let me know in the comments or drop me a link to your TTT!

  • First Chapter, First Paragraph: Tuesday Intros – The Club

    First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a weekly meme hosted by Socrates Book Reviews where you share the first paragraph of one of the books that you are currently reading. Each week bloggers will choose a book or books of the week (which will be one of the books that you are currently reading) and that book will take part in this book blog meme.

    My Book of the Week is: The Club by Ellery Lloyd


    By the time the Land Rover was halfway across the causeway it must have been obvious they were never going to make it. Not at the speed that tide was coming in. Not with that distance still to go. At which point, what do you do?


    This is part of the first paragraph. What do you think? Would you keep reading?

    I’m about 90 pages in right now and I’m enjoying this one so far.

    Blurb:

    From the author of People Like Her comes a smart and sinister murder mystery set in the secretive world of exclusive celebrity clubs.

    Everyone’s Dying to Join . . .

    The Home Group is a glamorous collection of celebrity members’ clubs dotted across the globe, where the rich and famous can party hard and then crash out in its five-star suites, far from the prying eyes of fans and the media.

    The most spectacular of all is Island Home—a closely-guarded, ultraluxurious resort, just off the English coast—and its three-day launch party is easily the most coveted A-list invite of the decade.

    But behind the scenes, tensions are at breaking point: the ambitious and expensive project has pushed the Home Group’s CEO and his long-suffering team to their absolute limits. All of them have something to hide—and that’s before the beautiful people with their own ugly secrets even set foot on the island. 

    As tempers fray and behavior worsens, as things get more sinister by the hour and the body count piles up, some of Island Home’s members will begin to wish they’d never made the guest list.

    Because at this club, if your name’s on the list, you’re not getting out.

  • It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 21 November 2022

    #IMWAYR is a weekly meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.


    Hey Bookdragons! What have you been reading and loving this past week? Reading took a slight backseat to writing this past week but I still read a couple really good books.

    What I Read Last Week:

    The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

    I liked this one for the most part, I just thought the ending was a little abrupt.

    A Quiet Retreat by Kiersten Modglin

    This may be my new favorite by this author! I couldn’t seem to put it down.

    The Rhythm Method by Kylie Scott

    This isn’t my favorite Stage Dive novella. As always I loved seeing the original crew from the series but Ev and David were both really immature in this one.

    Currently Reading:

    The Club by Ellery Lloyd

    I just started this one yesterday but it grabbed me right away. I’m looking forward to getting into it more.

    Next Read:

    Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger

    I just got my signed copy of this one last week and I’m looking forward to reading this one next weekend. The excerpts I’ve read were really good.


    Will you be reading any seasonal reads in the next month or so? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments or drop me a link to your post!

  • The Sunday Post: Feeling Tired, Retail Therapy, and Binge Watching

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

    Feeling Tired, Retail Therapy, and Binge Watching

    Hey Bookdragons! How was your weekend? It’s technically my Thursday so I’m subsisting on caffeine and looking forward to Thanksgiving this week. Can you believe it’s almost the end of November? Insanity!

    This past week I was really tired. I think part of it was needing to catch up on sleep from the week before and part of it was the sugary drinks I’ve been indulging in during the day. I’ve finally switched to energy drinks to get me through my overnights so hopefully that helps instead of all the crashing and burning I’ve been doing.

    Of course the sleepiness could also be depression, which would explain why I decided this week was the best time to indulge in purchasing some items I’ve had on my wishlists for a long time. We’ll just call it a little self-care 😉

    This week I passed the 12,000 word mark in my current writing project, It Rose From the Ashes! 🥳

    Finally, I started watching a new show on Netflix. It’s called Echoes and it’s sort of a thriller. I’m still not sure if I like it or not. I’ll have to let you know.

    🍁 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 14 November 2022

    🍁 Book Review: The Writing Retreat by Julie Bartz

    🍁 First Chapter, First Paragraph: Tuesday Intros – A Quiet Retreat

    🍁 Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover

    🍁 Can’t Wait Wednesday… Sun Touched!

    🍁 Book Review: To Free the Rising Storm by C.N. Maxwell

    🍁 The Friday 56 – A Quiet Retreat

    🍁 Book Blogger Hop: Do You Like Writing Short or Long Reviews?

    🍁 🎧 Audiobook Review: The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

    🍁 Taylor Fenner’s Spooky Season 2022 – Week 11 Wrap Up and 5 Favorite “Final Girls” in Horror Movies

    🍁 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 21 November 2022

    🍁 Book Review: A Quiet Retreat by Kiersten Modglin

    🍁 First Chapter, First Paragraph: Tuesday Intros: The Club

    🍁 Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful Freebie (I’m thinking 10 Authors I’m Thankful For)

    🍁 Can’t Wait Wednesday… Wicked Dreams!

    🍁 Book Review: The Rhythm Method by Kylie Scott

    🍁 The Friday 56: The Club or The Woman in the Library, depending on which one I’m further into

    🍁 Book Blogger Hop: Which print size do you prefer: small, medium, or large?

    🍁 Taylor Fenner’s Spooky Season 2022 – Week 12 Wrap Up & Horror Movies/Books/Actors/Directors I’m Thankful For

    Audiobook:

    Physical:

    None this week!

  • 🎧 Audiobook Review: The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

    The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict, Narrated by Laura Costello

    Blurb:

    Follow the clues. Find the fortune. Solve the Mystery.
    This Christmas is to die for. Let the game begin…
    ‘Endgame has kept our secrets for half a century, now it’s time for it, and its secrets, to have a new owner.’
    When Lily returns home to her aunt’s manor house, she discovers that in order to inherit, she and her estranged cousins must stay together over the Christmas week and take part in a family tradition: the annual treasure
    hunt. But as they are drawn deeper into the game, the clues seem to point not to the deeds to the manor house, but to the key to a twenty-year-old mystery: what really happened to Lily’s mother? As a snowstorm
    cuts them off from the village, it becomes apparent that the game has turned deadly and that Lily is fighting for more than just an inheritance: she is now fighting for
    her life. Does she have what it takes to survive? 12 clues, 12 keys and 12 days of Christmas for the heirs of Endgame House to find their inheritance, but how many
    will die before Twelfth Night?

    My Review:

    Lily has avoided returning to her childhood home, Endgame, for years. Ever since her mother’s tragic death. But now her aunt and adoptive mother is dead, and her last wish is to gather Lily and her cousins together for one last Christmas game to determine who will be the sole heir of Aunt Lilliana’s estate and get the deed to Endgame. Lily doesn’t care about the house, but her aunt’s note also promises to reveal the truth behind Lily’s mother’s death.

    But as the game begins and a terrible snow storm bears down on the house the heirs become trapped and Lily and her cousins soon learn that someone in the house will do anything for the inheritance. Even kill.

    This book is a locked door mystery, which I love but this one took me until almost the halfway point to really get into. The beginning seems pretty drawn out and then all of a sudden at the halfway point BAM! Characters start dropping like flies.

    The killer is pretty obvious early on, but you as a reader begin to wonder, can this character really be the killer? Or is it the obvious choice to suspect them and the real killer will be a total shock later. There was a bit of a surprise as to the accomplice but even that I began to have suspicions about the more I listened.

    I liked the narrator of the audiobook. She was easy to understand without an overbearing accent I sometimes find troublesome with British narrators.

    Once I got into this book I did enjoy it but I felt that the ending was a little abrupt. I thought I had missed something at first and was like “was that it?!” I would have liked to have seen how Lily ended up after everything was settled.

    Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who likes thrillers or anyone wanting to read something a little less jolly this holiday season.

    My Rating:

    3.75/5 Stars!

    🌟🌟🌟.75/🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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