Getting green around here
Sunburned but it was so worth it. The husband and I were able to transplant some of our vegetables from the egg cartons to our garden bed and my sunflowers to the spot I have picked out for it. I'm so excited to be growing some of our own food this year. My next step is to get a raspberry bush.
In other news, I'm slowly working on a mafia romance which is going off my typical path of outlining. I'm just going to see where its going. I'm also starting the second draft of my first mountain lion shifter romance that will be coming out late next year.
We are entering week 5 of the kids' virtual schooling and we have 5 left. Even though I'm really hoping they can get out before Memorial Day.
I hope every one of you had a great weekend and an easy week.
What Brooke Read
Three books, like usual, for you think week!
Werewolves, second chances, and a hot lumberjack read! I'm all over the board with reads.
Starting off, I read Mated in Mist by Carrie Ann Ryan. I loved her Redwood Pack and enjoy the Talon pack just as much.
The Talon Pack continues with an outcast witch and a wolf who can see past the darkness.
As Heir to the Talon Pack, Ryder Brentwood carries the responsibility of not only protecting his Pack, but ensuring its future. Only no one knows that as he does this, he must also shield his people from their past. When a witch with no ties bursts into his life, he must decide if he can overcome the depravity of his secrets and trust the one person who could break the fragile hold on his control.
Grieving over the loss of her twin and on the run from the unknown, Leah Helm knows she is far more alone than she thought possible. Her coven shunned her before she was born and the wolves she sought protection with are in a war of their own. When a wolf with a whisper of secrets is forced to work with her in order to protect their people, she finds she might not be so alone after all.
The world knows more than they ever have before about those shrouded in darkness, while Ryder and Leah are thrust into the center of a conflict they never should have been part of to begin with. On their journey they must not only fight those against them, but the burning temptation that is flaring between them. Fate might have paved their path, but that doesn’t mean they have to follow.
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Next up is This Time Around by Jennie Kew. This is a new to me author and found the dynamics of the characters of this story.
Jane Melville has done some very stupid things in her life. Having an open sexual relationship with someone who turned out to be a thieving con man and left her standing at the altar—pregnant and penniless—was one of the worst. With her dreams of owning her own catering business down the drain, and the prospect of working at her family's patisserie for the rest of her life looking more and more likely, Jane is determined to make the most of her misfortunes. After all, things could be worse. Her baby daddy might have turned out to be the con man instead of the tall, brooding lawyer, Rafael Bennett. But just because she's willing to have a baby with the man doesn't mean she has to like him.
Rafe Bennett's life has been one of responsibility and heartache. A long time ago, he was forced to give up the girl of his dreams, then made to bear the brunt of her anger for his trouble. In the years since, he has shared his bed with Jane Melville more times than he can count, snatching moments of erotic bliss whenever he can, but when she chose to marry someone else, Rafe walked away for good. Or so he thought. When fate thrusts Jane back into his life—complete with baby on board—Rafe seizes the opportunity with both hands. He lost her once and never truly got her back, but he's determined to change their fate. He knows in his heart that with a little persuasion and a whole lot of cake, everything will be different this time around!
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The last book I have for you this week is Timber by Frankie Love. It's a hot lumberjack read and even though I loved the hot story, it was kind of ruined for me by the lack of mountain life knowledge. It shouldn't have stole from the story for me but it did.
I've been called wild. Dirty. Untamed.
I moved to the woods to get away from the bullsh*t of the city. People there don't understand a man like me.
I work hard, and my hands are as calloused as my heart.
And nothing's gonna change that.
But now I've met Harper.
And my whole f*cking world has changed.
But this girl keeps running.
I need to make her stay because she's having my baby.
I'm gonna make sure I'm the only man she ever needs again.
I never expected my fiancé to break things off.
I'd saved myself for my wedding night, and now I'm left wondering why.
Needing to get away, I ran to my uncle's cabin in the woods.
But a storm has left me stranded on Jax's doorstep, and soon enough he takes me in his arms.
And on the floor. And on the table. And in the great outdoors.
Our time together has left me with a big problem ... a problem a wild man like him can't fix.
A problem that makes me run ... because I need a man who believes in true love and commitment.
I need a man who is ready to be a father.
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And there you have it for the week. I hope you find something great for the weekend. I'm going to be soaking up some doses of Vitamin D this weekend.
It's getting easier.
Getting the kids up ready, walked, and to their electronic for school has gotten so much easier. At least for this Monday. We are entering week 4 of virtual schooling and my kids are finally figuring out that if you work really hard at the beginning of the week, they'll have an easier time for the remainder of it.
In my writing, I'm in the final stretch for the second draft of my rom-com coming next March and I'll be having a cover reveal later this week for Bottomed Out. It's damn sexy.
I hope you're having plenty of sunshine you can enjoy, good books, and great health.
See you Friday.
What Brooke Read
We made it to another Friday and I'm still sane!
I have three reads for you this week.
Playing Dirty by Mickey Miller is another great read from this author.
I'm going to teach Andrea to play dirty...she just doesn't know it yet.
Pulling in eight figures a year as star pitcher for the Chicago Jaguars, there's no shortage of parties, booze, and women. I'm a beast on the mound and between the sheets but when my social media presence becomes a major problem, the team’s owner brings in a PR expert to clean up my image. Andrea Diggers is the complete opposite of every girl I’ve ever met. She’s smart, classy, and completely off limits. Which makes me want her even more. I’ve always loved a challenge, and Andrea has no idea I'm about to get her to play...on my terms.
Cleaning up Jake Napleton’s image may be my hardest assignment yet, and not just because of the secrets he keeps deeply buried. Working alongside the six-foot-six arrogant, filthy-mouthed man is a challenge in restraint. He screams poster-boy for favorite mistakes with his chiseled abs and rippling muscles. And I want to take him up on every dirty word he’s said. But he’s not the only one with something to hide. Our attraction may be immediate. Potent. Dirty. But is it enough to withstand our shadowed pasts?
Next I have Love Under Construction by M.C. Cerny. It was a sweet story.
Hunter Hart knows construction.
He knows relationships hurt after watching his parents self destruct.
Somehow he forgot all the warnings when Taylor Jane Bryant blasted through the crumbling foundation around his heart.
Taylor Jane Bryant knows home design.
Well... she thinks she knows based on marathon sessions of her favorite television show.
Now she's all grown up and ready to nail the last stud, Hunter Hart.
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My last book of the week is a new mafia story from Rachel Van Dyken, Royal Bully. It's a great intro into her next mafia series.
Something dark this way comes.
He's gorgeous, mean, and mine.
He catches me dreaming about him, and then just like my dream, he decides to make me his.
I should have said no when he asked me to swear fealty to him.
The knife clued me in first.
The blood second.
And third, it was the blessing of the most famous mafia bosses in the known world as they sat around the dinner table and told me that I had no choice but to join.
Because they knew my secrets.
And running meant I was nothing more than target practice.
I said yes because of my bully.
And he told me he'd keep me safe.
But who keeps me safe from him?
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I hope you find something good to read this weekend. See you Monday.
Sums up the weekend
Timber loves getting clean blankets out of the dryer. This weekend, while it snowed, she buried herself in her blankets. It sums up our weekend pretty well. We managed to get a family walk in before the snow came down and now we've been pretty much stuck at home since. Tomorrow, we should be able to resume our morning walks which will help this mom bring some sanity back into my life.
I never disliked or had an issue with Mondays until virtual schooling started. It's even more difficult now getting my kids into school mode with the computers.
Today will be easier than yesterday. And for anyone else out there struggling with this time, we'll get through this. Everything will work out and like everything else, this shall pass. You're doing a great job.
I missed yesterday since it was so busy. Today, I'm diving back into working on my very first standalone. I'm about halfway done with the second draft. I'm going to put a warning at the beginning since it's a long book.
That's all I have for the week. See you Friday!
What Brooke Read
Happy Friday everyone!
What a week. I feel more exhausted trying to keep my boys in line for school work than I remember being when I was in school!
Anyway, here are my reads for the week.
Revenge at Raleigh High and Reckless at Raleigh High by Callie Hart!
I'm truly enjoying this series and even though I'm still in the middle of Reckless, I couldn't not share!
Blurb for Revenge at Raleigh High:
It’s hard to remember what life was like before the dark-haired, dark-eyed devil waltzed into Silver’s life and set fire to her soul.
The town of Raleigh is gradually returning to normal after the painful losses it suffered. Jacob Weaving and his football f#@k boys are nothing but tainted memories in Silver’s rear-view mirror. The halls of Raleigh High don’t even inspire the same terror that they used to…
Falling in love so hard, so fast was always bound to blind a girl. Silver has been too wrapped up in her inked-up hero to notice any of the signs: all is not as it should be at Raleigh High. The Raleigh High elite haven’t forgotten the girl who dared defy them…
And now it’s time to make her pay.
Reckless at Raleigh High Blurb:
“When will we have given enough? When will we have lost enough? If there’s no one out there keeping track of how much pain we’re dealt, how much we’re asked to bear, then that’s the most terrifying thing, Silver. ’Cause if there’s no one keeping track...then there’s no one out there to make it stop.”
Pain is a currency the residents of Raleigh are rich in.
For Silver Parisi, life should be simpler than ever now that Jacob Weaving is behind bars. However, corruption runs deep within Raleigh's town limits, and power and money will turn even those sworn to serve and protect in the end.
Alex Moretti's never had anything to lose. Kicked from foster home to foster home, beaten, broken and abandoned, he's used to fighting for his own survival. The brutal challenges he's had to face have hardened him. Made him a savage force to be reckoned with.
But even the strongest amongst us have a breaking point...
That's all I have for this week. I hope the weather is warm there and you're safe.
Have a happy, healthy, and wonderful Easter weekend!
Good Morning World!
I needed something bright, what about you? I took this a few years ago on the mountain. I can't wait for everything to turn green again.
My youngest is already meeting with his class for the day and my oldest is waiting for his to begin. I'm working on my first standalone book that will be coming out next March. Typically, I wait until summer to do second drafts of the books I'm releasing the next year, but it got bumped up this year. Which is good because this story is a long one. Think The Predator Part One length. Willow had a lot to tell me and her journey is a blast!
I hope wherever you're reading this from that you are healthy and able to get out and enjoy the spring weather (as long as it's nice.)
I'm able to see what my kids are working on in school and even though I was already hands on with my youngest, I get to be with my oldest now. I'm not giving him answers, but with some things he is struggling with - English - I'm helping him get a better understanding.
Have a wonderful week.
What Brooke Read
I'm ready for the weekend and the warmth it's supposed to bring here. I just got the kids into walking in the morning with me before they started school and then cold temps and snow came back. Grrr
Anyway, I only have two books for you this week.
Enemies by Tijan was a great enemies to friends book.
Stone Reeves was my neighbor, and I've hated him since sixth grade.
Gorgeous and charismatic, he became the town's football god, while I became the town's invisible girl.
He went to a Division 1 school for football, while my father was fired by his father.
His team won the National Championship, while my mother died the same day.
He was a first round pick for the NFL ...
... while I made the worst decision of my life.
Now I'm in Texas trying to pick up the pieces of my life.
But, Stone is here.
Stone is everywhere.
It doesn't matter that disaster has struck my life again.
It doesn't matter that he's the one trying to console me.
It doesn't matter that he's the nation's newest football obsession.
Because for me, he always has been and always will be my enemy.
** Enemies is a 100k enemies-to-lovers football romance standalone!
The Rebel of Raleigh High by Callie Hart is an intense read that I couldn't put down. I'm diving into the second book tonight.
* The Rebel of Raleigh High is the first book in the Raleigh Rebels Series. Please be advised, this book comes with a trigger warning. Intended for readers 17+ *
There’s nothing that the students of Raleigh High can do to Silver Parisi anymore. Over the past year, she’s had to endure more pain and suffering than most people are asked to bear in their lifetimes. She’s a pariah, an outcast, a ghost. She’s also never been one to take shit lying down, though…despite what half the football team might say.
With only one hundred and sixty-eight days left of the school year, it won’t be long until graduation, and Silver’s planning on skipping town and leaving Raleigh firmly in her rearview mirror…
Until he comes along…
Alex Moretti’s earned most of his labels, and he’s not ashamed of a single one of them. He’ll earn far worse before he’s finished with his new found ‘friends’ at Raleigh High. Having spent years being ground down under the boot heel of society, it’s time for a little payback. And if exacting revenge upon the heads of the Raleigh elite means he can also help the beautiful girl who hovers in the shadows, then that’s all for the better.
Oil and water. Fire and ice. The differences between Silver and Alex are broader than any chasm. To reach one another, they must take a leap of faith and fall into the divide.
Nothing good ever came from falling.
I hope I help you in finding some good reads during this time. Have a happy, healthy, and wonderful weekend.