August 30th, 2019
I'm still working on the Outlander Series. I'm just about to finish Voyager and I'm loving these books more and more.
From the author of the breathtaking bestsellers Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, the extraordinary saga continues.Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her... and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.
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It can also be found at your local library.
School is back in session!
Well, almost. Tomorrow my kiddos go back to school and as much as I'm ready for that, I'm going to miss the constant companionship throughout the day.
I'll be able to get more writing done though.
I did my best to try to make it a fun weekend for them. We spent the day in the mountains on Saturday. Saw a bald eagle, caught a few fish with grasshoppers (my kids didn't believe my dad and I when we told them what great bait they make,) and had a barbecue with my parents and friends. I have more plans for us this coming weekend.
This week is going to take some adjustment since my youngest will be in school full time.
In other news, I will be doing a takeover tomorrow at 4:30 pm EST at Gracie Wilson's Group. Link here
That's all for now. See you Friday.
What Brooke Read
Since I'm reading the Outlander books, it is pretty slow going. I've picked up a couple of books from the local library as well to read for a break, but I'm really getting into the story more.
I finished book two, Dragonfly in Amber and well into book three, Voyager. I'm truly enjoying this time traveler romance. It is something different for me to read and I can't wait to see what comes next. Especially since I haven't watched any more of the show after season two.
From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ...in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
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Also check your local library.
Joe on Monday? Yes, Please
Well, it's Monday again and I thought we could all use a little of Joe today.
I mean, look at him!
He's my reason for watching both Magic Mike movies. There, I said that, now to move on.
This is the last week of summer with my kiddos and I'm going to do my best to make it a fun one for them. My oldest is on the mountain right now and my youngest and I are getting ready to swim after lunch. I'm still working away on the Powder River Pack. I'm not sure what order I'm going to have to shift everything to once this book comes out, but I have a feeling it might be safe to make this one the first. But we shall see. They will all be read as standalones so I might not change anything.
I hope the weather is great where you are.
Have a great week and I'll see you Friday.
I'm still working away on Outlander, but I took a break to read this fabulous book by my favorite author, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes the STEAMY Part Two and conclusion of The Boyfriend Collector.
My name is Dr. Bex Hughes, and I’m in love with a woman who cannot truly love me back. Unless I help her as my patient, and that is forbidden—a taboo in the eyes of the world and the worst professional sin for a therapist.
But what else can I do? Rose was once a real-life Cinderella. Now she’s wealthy, single, and free. Except she’s convinced that love is used to hurt people, family tries to murder you for money, and no one can be trusted. It’s all she’s ever known.
So I’m bending every rule I’ve ever lived by and helping her find her way to real happiness. Only, my self-control wears thin as I hear the details of Rose’s dating adventures. Can I prove I will love her unconditionally before my jealousy shatters her trust in me forever?
(Part 2 of 2)
My Five Star Review:
Roller coaster of emotion, The Boyfriend Collector Two picks up right where the first book left off. This book keeps you going from page one until the end. Don't worry, I'm not going to give you anything. You'll have to read to find out how it ends. Will Bex finally pull his head out of his bum? Will Rose find everything she has always wanted? If you're looking for a book with suspense, I highly recommend The Boyfriend Collector One and Two. You won't be disappointed!
ManCrush Monday and other tid bits
Sticking with the Hollywood military, how about Nikolaj Coster Waldau? Everyone knows he plays Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones but before that, he was in Black Hawk Down. Look at that smolder! Though, I do love him as Jaime, later seasons and only the first half of season 8.
Our weekend was spent school clothes shopping, birthday party, and cleaning the house. Yeah, not much fun.
This morning, I dropped my youngest off at kindergarten round-up and I'm proud to say that I didn't cry. I gave him a kiss and whispered something I tell my boys every day during the school year.
"I love you. Have a great day. Be on your best behavior. And make a positive difference."
I'm continuing my work on the third Powder River Pack for the week and hanging out with my oldest until we have to go get little brother.
Have a great week!
Talk to you Friday.
What Brooke Read
I only have one book for you today. Since I'm listening to Outlander on my kindle it has been slow going.
This week, I continued with books that have been turned into shows with Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
I love the show and decided to see how close it is to the book. There are some major differences but I'm not going to go into anything because I don't want to spoil it if it is something you may be interested in reading.
From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
A murder... A tragic accident... Or just parents behaving badly? What s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
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You can also find this book at your local library and at Wal-Mart.
Teaser Tuesday is a double header for you this week!
First, the above teaser is from Courage of Us, coming October 24th.
Courage; a strong word Patience LaClare thought she lost the meaning to.
Lost, the word she has come to know. She lost her way in a loveless marriage and stuck in a never-ending cycle of life which lacks any form of joy.
That is all about to end, she is taking Courage back and finding who she truly is meant to be. With none of her friends close to help her, Patience finds her own way to bring her life back to something she can be proud of.
Everything is about to change.
Broken; is who Marine Duke Michaels is now. Medically discharged from the Marines, he is heading home where to Centennial, Montana and the first piece of his life fell apart.
Not just a word of one's state of being but the girl he left. She was everything to him and he let her move on with someone else. He lives with many regrets, but none are as powerful as not fighting for Patience. But things aren't what he thought they would be once he came home.
He discovers the shell of a girl he loved and sees she is now struggling to gain Courage once more. Duke isn’t about to let her slip through his fingers for a second time.
This time, he has his own Courage to go after what he wants.
This second teaser is from Love, Mercy. It is a Code of Honor book along with Courage of Us, but it will be a novella that ties into a collaboration I'm working on with a wonderful group of ladies for a Veteran's Day release.
You fall in love.
And you do everything within your power to support your spouse.
Mercy Logan goes above and beyond for her love for her husband, Daxon. But their life together has not turned out how they always thought it would.
Both strived to join the Army to follow in their fathers' footsteps. Only to have that plan waylaid by Mercy's inability to join.
She has made up for it by showing her support to her husband who is now in the active duty of special ops.
Living her life as normally as she can, Mercy clings to the moments between deployments and yearns to make more.
That includes adding children to their future.
A future that completely spins out of control with news that Daxon may never come home again.
Through it all, Mercy writes Daxon. Hoping, praying, and pleading that her love is enough to make the impossible possible.
I don't have any links for this one yet, but should by next week.
I hope you enjoy both teasers.
I'm getting a new vehicle. Okay. It isn't brand new, but it is new to me and I love it!
Five years ago, I said good bye to my believed beast. It was a GMC Jimmy. It only had two doors but it was a tank that protected my children and I. Well, I traded vehicles with my mom since the old beast was slowly dying and she got a new vehicle while I got her car.
I can't stand being low to the ground, but I love the gas mileage. So, over the past couple of months the husband and I have talked it over and the right vehicle came in at his work.
Today, we get a suburban and now my kids are trying to figure out what to name it. Yes, we name our vehicles. My car is Terry (after a T-Rex in a show the youngest watches) and our truck is Ace. I can't wait to see what they come up for it.
In book news, I'm working on the third book of the Powder River Pack. When I first wrote the first three books I had a certain order I wanted to go. Well, that's gone out the window! Book 3 became Book 1. Book 1 to 2, Book 2 became 4, and 4 is now going to be 2. I also added a story so the original Book 6 will now be Book 7. I know, it's confusing, but it will all work out in the end of the series.
I hope y'all had a great weekend and will have a wonderful week.
See you Friday.
What Brooke Read 8/1
I'm taking my time with my current reads. This week was inspired by several shows I watch. The Handmaid's Tale and Outlander are two shows I enjoy watching.
Outlander is still new to me TV wise. I've only seen the first two season and I'm almost done with the first book. I must say, the show did a great job staying close to the book.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
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You might also be able to find copies at your local library.
I've been watching The Handmaid's Tale since it premiered. The show has my emotions going high and low and ignites my anger from time to time, but I enjoy it. I went to my local library and checked out a copy because I wanted to see how the book compared. I won't give anything away aside from saying that the show goes beyond the book.
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...
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You may also find this one as well at your local library.
Head to https://find-your-public-library.dp.la/ to find your local library.