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Top Reads of 2020

Despite the global pandemic, not all of 2020 was bad.

When looking back through my book list of books read, I’m surprised at how many are on my list. My goal of reading 24 books through the year was shattered. It’s a new record for me and probably one I likely won’t repeat as the world opens up again.

2020 was a special year for me. My debut novel, Snowbound in Winterberry Falls released on November 6. If you haven’t read it, you should try it (of course, I’m not biased… wink).

But all joking aside, here are the books, in no particular order that I enjoyed and would put in my TBRA pile – To Be Read Again.

Contemporary

Suspense/Procedural

Historical/Regency

Christmas

Worth Mentioning

These books were interesting reads, but didn’t quite make it in my I’ll definitely read these again category (but there’s also a good possibility I will). They were totally worth the investment of time I made reading them.

I have a bunch more books on my bookshelf to read that released in 2020, but I didn’t have time to get to them. I hope to read them as time permits and will post reviews either on my blog or at least a starred review on GoodReads.

How about you? Are any of these books on your list?

Love’s Pure Light Book Review

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Susanne Dietze, Shannon McNear, Deborah Raney, Janine Rosche

Christmas is coming and now is the perfect time to read a collection of stories to get readers into the spirit of the season.

This brand new collection of short stories from Barbour Publishing follows a nativity set throughout four generations and through four significant times in history. The talented authors sew the threads together tightly and seamlessly providing the reader with a delightful reading experience.

I enjoyed each story and appreciated the work and research that went in to creating stories set from the end of the 19th century through to present day.

A wonderful book to get readers ready for Christmas.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

RELEASE DAY! SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS

Snowbound in Winterberry Falls

It’s finally here! Snowbound in Winterberry Falls is out in the world and you can grab your copy now.

Paperback link

Amazon Canada

Amazon US

I’m excited to celebrate the release of my debut novel. It really is the work of my heart and I can’t wait for you to read it. If you happen to grab your own copy, I welcome any reviews on my GoodReads author page. If you’re an author, I’d welcome reviews on my BookBub page (US feature only at the moment).

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

A Joyful Christmas (6 Historical Stories): Book Review

BOOK BY: Cynthia Hickey; Liz Johnson; Vickie McDonough; Liz Tolsma; Carrie Turansky; Erica Vetsch

A lovely collection of inspirational Christmas stories just in time for the season!

As always, Barbour Publishing brings talented authors together to create a delightful collection of stories that will leave readers with a smile on their faces. Feel-good holiday stories with just enough tension and more than enough romance to satisfy an appetite for light, Christmas reads.

Each author brings her own voice and own spin to Christmas tales of faith, hardship and Christmas joy from the 1800s. Some stories have been published before and others are brand new.

You’ll be in for a treat if you pick up this collection.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

From Idea to Publication: The Journey of a Published Novel

A Series on My Journey to Publication

When I first started on this journey to publication, I hadn’t realized how much work goes on behind the scenes before the finished product hits bookshelves or virtual shelves. So I thought I’d take some time to talk about the process and pull back the curtain on a very long, but rewarding, process.

SNOWBOUND IN WINTERBERRY FALLS is due to release on November 20, 2020. The idea for the story started back in mid-2018. I’d just finished writing my first novel and had entered it in several contests and submitted it to various publishers. While I was waiting for responses, this idea about a Christmas story was germinating.

THE IDEA

I love Christmas stories and am known to read them in October right up until New Years, so the idea of a new holiday story intrigued me. I also needed something to focus on while I was waiting for responses. The initial idea was triggered by a Facebook post someone had shared about a resort that does Christmas all year round in New England. I followed a rabbit trail and discovered a month-long holiday festival celebrated in Middlebury, Vermont which starts November 30 and continues right through December 31.

What a fun setting and event to work through a story!

Photo by Ylanite Koppens from Pexels

I began asking questions. Having been an event planner for much of my career, I wondered how the event planners would handle things going wrong or disappearing all together. It sure would throw a wrench in the plans! In a place that does Christmas better than any other in New England, why would someone want to destroy the festival or at least the appearance of wanting to destroy it? And who would be able to get to the bottom of the mystery?

I probably have answered those questions quite differently than others would have. You’ll just have to read the story when it comes out in November to see how I handled them!

Have an idea? Start asking questions and see where your story takes you.

Next time, we’ll talk about plotting or pantsing or plantsing.

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