Today is the warden's birthday! So, Mancrush Monday goes to him! It's rare to get a picture of him, especially a good one. I'm talking Big Foot level of attempting to get a clear picture of the man I married. I tried last night at his and his twin sister's birthday dinner while holding our niece.
Here is one of those rare treasures I took a few years ago.
Last night we had a home full of laughter and family. I learned to make peanut butter frosting which is amazing! And now, here I sit getting back to work on my first mountain lion shifter book while freezing my butt off.
I hope you have a great week.
See you Friday.
What Brooke Read
I'm a day late!
In my defense, I was cuddling an adorable little girl yesterday, but I'm her aunt so I'm entitled to say that.
I didn't get anything done so I'm not playing catch-up.
Here's my first step in that process.
This week, I finished two books. Reign of Brayshaw by Meagan Brandy and Neanderthal marries Human by Penny Reid.
So, first off, Reign of Brayshaw!
I was so excited to finish this trilogy. It has been truly enjoyable BUT I found some of the conclusions that were tied up to be a little predictable. It didn't take away my enjoyment of the story though.
"Trust only those who earn it."
A sentiment I follow without direction but holds more consequence than ever before.
One decision, five lives, three futures.
This is what's at stake.
One night, one choice, four broken Brayshaws.
That is where we're headed.
Unless I stop it.
I have to stop it.
I have to remind him of what he's chosen to forget.
My town. My choice. My ending.
And now Neanderthal marries Human.
Witty, fun, with a happily ever after. Despite some errors, I found myself laughing page after page. Even took a joke out of it and have been telling it to anyone willing to humor me.
There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.
After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions.
But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.
Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?
This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ and is book #1.5 in the Knitting in the City series.
Courage of Us releases this week!
Like every book I publish, I'm excited to share this story with you. It's filled with healing and second chances.
Hopefully I'm feeling better by then. Last week, we celebrated my oldest being recognized for being boldly kind by all his teachers. We had a birthday party and science fun over the weekend and then a day of crafting on Sunday since we weren't feeling good.
Now, armed with warm fluids, I'm back to writing.
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.
What Brooke Read
And I'm back with other books!
I'm still reading Outlander, Book Eight, but that was a library check out which has freed up my kindle once more.
And what do I pick?
A funny read by Penny Reid. I love her Wintson Brothers books so I thought why not dive into her Knitting in the City ones? I've read the third book.
From the first page, I found humor in this book. I love awkward mainly because I am. I can't wait to dive into the other books, but there is something else I want to get to first.
There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris:
1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved,
2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and
3) She doesn't know how to knit.
After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store.
To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan—aka Sir McHotpants—witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn to make her an offer she can't refuse.
The countdown is on!
The first book of the Code of Honor Series releases in ten days!
Courage of Us is a second chance romance based in a small Montana town, Centennial I made up. In the beginning you will be introduced to some of the characters of the other books.
Each book will be a standalone, but linked by the characters and their relationships with one another. Love, Mercy will be coming out shortly after.
Though it is a novella for the Honoring Those Who Serve Series with other lovely authors, it will be a novella in the Code of Honor Series as well.
My kids are home today so I'm going to attempt to get some work done but I may end up reading instead.
This Weekend Read is different this week.
Yesterday, I had a cover reveal with a great group of ladies. We are publishing military romances November 11th and 12th in Honor of Those Who Serve.
Each of our stories is a standalone or part of our own series. Like mine, Love, Mercy, is part of my upcoming Code of Honor Series.
Here's a list of all the books, authors, and their links
Public Relations by Brittany Anne
Broken Heartbeats by Lindsay Becs
Callahan's Haven by Sandra Daniels
Love, Mercy by yours truly
Plane Love by Avery Kingston
Hidden Letters by Audrey Ravine
Saving Ryleigh by K.R. Reese
Signed Sealed Delivered by Jaime Russell
Never Forget by Marie Savage
What a weekend
Courage of Us is only a couple of weeks away from being published! How about some military men for Man Crush Monday for the next couple of weeks?
I think you're right.
I got edits back Friday afternoon so that meant a work weekend for this momma. Edited, formatted, and now waiting for the email to come to get my proof copy. I'm not even going to get into that. Nothing but pissing me off at the moment.
Love, Mercy will be coming a couple weeks after Courage of Us. It will be part of the Code of Honor Series but it will be marked under a different series since I'm going to be releasing with a group of authors.
I'm tired of staring at a computer screen so I'm going to sign off for the day.
See you Friday.