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Five a.m.: Amanda Mallorie wakes to the knowledge that her son Robbie is gone. And a new chapter of her own life must begin. She has spent four years as her son's only support, desperately trying to understand the actions that landed him on death row and to change his fate. Now Amanda faces an even more difficult task--finding a way, and a reason, to move forward with her own life.

Opening line:
"Two hours, forty-three minutes."

AS WIDE AS THE SKY is a heavy, enlightening, hopeful book about a mother and the ramifications of a single act of her son.

The book opens with Amanda waking up and wondering about her son and his death. I was immediately pulled in and wanted to know why he was dead and why the chapter started with a sort of count down. The more I read the more I understood that Amanda's son, Robbie, had committed a heinous crime for which he got the death penalty and was given a lethal injection that morning.
But that's not what makes up the book…

Update post #2 ~ SUMMER TBR WIPEOUT 2018

I CANNOT believe July is almost over. Say it isn't so! I feel like I haven't played enough. How about you? How has your summer been so far??

Here is what I've read since my last posted update:

I hope to read these books before the next post:

LOVING LIEUTENANT LANCASTER (The Lancaster Family #4) by Sarah M. Eden

For the first time since returning to life on land, Linus Lancaster has something challenging to look forward to: the seemingly impossible task of preventing his infamous brother-in-law from wreaking havoc on a house party he is being forced to attend against his will. But Linus's sisters have something far more dangerous in mind... matchmaking!

Opening line:
"Only a fool would ignore an edict from the Dike of Kielder, and though Linus Lancaster was many things, he was not a fool."

Hooray! The Lancaster's and Jonquil's are together in one book. There were a lot of laughs and sighs going on while I read this book of Sarah Eden's. Once again, her writing had me gripped from beginning to end with humor and a slow building romance.
Linus is back from his work as a Naval officer. He is suppose to take over the running of his estate that he feels he is not skilled enough to.
Arabella has become a companion to Mater and is not really sure of her place in th…

Update post #1 ~ Summer TBR Wipeoout 2018!

I can't believe it's time for an update already! How is everyone doing with their summer reading goals??

How's your summer? We've been busy some weeks and other weeks it's been nice and slow. The heat turned up here in Utah and our AC is having a hard time keeping up. Those days we hunker down and read and watch TV and drink lots of water and eats lots of ice cream. LOL

So far, I'm on track for my summer reading goals. BUT I've been distracted with other books so I've added a few to my list. That's not a bad thing...right?

This is what I've read so far:

SOOOOO...I got only THREE off my TBR list but FIVE others. LOL

This is what I hope to read:

VEINS OF GOLD by Charlie H. Holmberg Happy Book Birthday!

Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.

Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.

Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.

Opening line:
"To the ears of Gentry's father, gold cried louder than his children did."

Charlie is an exceptionally talented writer. She can write about ANYTHING and it will be amazing and unique.
This latest story is set in the Gold Rush Era. Gentry…


King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.

Opening line:
"Lady Eleanor sat at the window seat of her chambers, gently stroking her son's head in her lap."

Why haven't I read this series yet?? Why hasn't anyone told me to read it?? I thoroughly enjoye…

THE ROAD TO GRETNA GREEN by Lucinda Brant, Heather Moore, Julie Daines

SAVING GRACE by Lucinda Brant
When widow Helen, Lady Dysart, returns to the English border town of Carlisle for a family wedding, she decides to confront local physician Royston Meredith, the man who broke her heart. Royston has loved Helen since they were teenagers. He thought the feeling mutual until she up and married the local MP. While everyone around them hopes this reunion will see Helen and Royston sort out their differences, of more immediate concern is Royston’s youngest sister Grace, when she elopes with the steward’s son. Helen and Royston dash after her, determined to save her from scandal and an imprudent match. But in saving Grace the couple may very well be saving themselves.

FOOLS RUSH IN by Julie Daines
Richard Arden needs a wife in order to collect his inheritance. Eliza Barnes needs to escape an arranged marriage to the odious Mr. Barrington. When Richard overhears Eliza’s plight at the coaching inn, he does the most reckless thing he’s ever done—he prop…

Summer TBR Wipeout! Here are the books I hope to wipeout!

What are you reading this summer??
In no particular order (because who am I kidding?? I have to be in the mooooood):

ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

VEINS OF GOLD by Charlie N. Holmberg

Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.



Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule.

SPELL & SPINDLE by Michelle Schusterman

Doll Bones meets Splendors and Glooms as a boy trades bodies with a wooden marionette.

 GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.


For the first time since returning to life on land, Linus Lancaster has something challenging to look forward to: the seemin…

WAITING FOR YOU (Pine valley #4) Heather B. Moore

WAITING FOR YOU is Gwen & Seth's story.

Gwen Robbins loves her job waitressing at the Pine Valley resort restaurant, and as a single woman, she has no trouble turning down any offers of dates from the restaurant patrons. Even when her boss, Seth Owens, shows interest in her, she’s not tempted in the least, no matter how strong their attraction.

But when Seth helps her through a crisis, she begins to see him in a different light. He’s not the rich and privileged business owner she first makes him out to be, but a man who’s making huge sacrifices to follow his own dreams. As Seth encourages Gwen to mend her own divide with her family, she realizes her heart is slowly opening toward a better future.

Opening line:
""Fourth of July isn't until Thursday,' Alicia told Gwen."

First of all, the cover of this story is delicious, I mean, gorgeous. I want to back cupcakes now! But they will never be as good as Seth's. He bakes and cooks and is really good…


A steampunk Sleeping Beauty story from the author of Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date—after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.

In a desperate attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she's traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.

Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is steampunk Slee…