Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Spotlight: The Bone Carver by Monique Snyman - October 20 Release

Author: Monique Snyman
Published: October 20, 2020
Pages: 251

For a small New England town, Shadow Grove has an uncanny ability to attract the worst kind of trouble. Not that the residents are too concerned about the various horrors living among them.

As the leaves change color and the weather grows colder, a foul presence is making itself known by leaving peculiar gifts for the students of Ridge Crest High. At first, the presents seem harmless—and a rash of accidents seem coincidental—but when seniors Rachel Cleary and her Scottish cousin, Dougal Mackay, find a boneless body in the boiler room, things take an ominous turn.

Something vicious is on the loose in Shadow Grove, but with Orion Nebulius gone, Rachel has little hope of anyone getting out alive.

Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the Bram Stoker Award® nominated author of THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Spotlight: The Magic Ingredient by Lindy Miller - October 13th Release


Author: Lindy Miller
Published: October 13, 2020
Pages: 285

The end of summer is approaching, but even at the height of Bar Harbor’s tourist season, Eve Silver is having a hard time keeping enough dough in the bank to sustain the family bakery. Her only hope of paying past due bills is to win the catering bid for the town’s upcoming Harvest Happening festival. Otherwise, it’ll be lights out for Mount Desserts by Christmas.

Widower Jeff Perry is moving with his twelve-year-old daughter, Candy, from Manhattan to Maine with one goal: starting over. When sparks fly between Jeff and Eve as the town readies for the annual harvest festival, Candy wishes she had a love potion to help her dad fall in love again.

Will Eve be able to save Mount Desserts—and open her heart to Jeff—by the most bewitching night of the year?

It’ll take a lot of love, a little bit of luck … and just a pinch of magic.

Lindy Miller is an author of feel-good love stories that are full of sweet moments and happily ever afters. She believes the best time to fall in love is during the holidays, preferably over a cup of warm tea or a delicious vegan pastry - two things she can't get enough of.

A free spirit, Lindy loves to travel and has a soft spot for Bar Harbor, Maine though she grew up at home in the South. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and bakes as often as she can for her husband, son, and pets - especially her golden retriever, Finn, who has a tendency to show up in her stories.

Lindy is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management and supported by Smith Publicity. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Romantic Novelist Association (RNA).

Friday, October 16, 2020


 Hey y'all. So I've been pretty much radio silent for about two years now. I posted earlier this year about being back, maybe, and I'm glad I included the maybe since I was clearly not back in any meaningful way. Now I don't remember what all I talked about in that post, and I'm not going back to re-read it, so I may repeat myself some here, but please bear with me on that, since that post was written several months and a whole pandemic ago. 

Anyway, I'm transitioning this blog into more of a lifestyle blog for myself. The main focus will still almost certainly be books because they are still a huge part of my life, and pretty much a defining characteristic about me as a person, but I probably won't be posting many book reviews because I simply don't have all that much time to read books just for fun (and I've decided to stop reviewing books I've proofread here on the blog, although I may provide a star rating with spotlight posts. I haven't decided on that yet.) 

I would love to be able to sit here and give a brief idea of what I will end up talking about in the future, but honestly, my life is pretty much a hot mess express (and that was true even before Covid), so I think you're just going to have to be as surprised by my posts as I am. One thing that I currently intend on talking about here is my journey towards more earth friendly life choices. 

For example, a while back, I found shampoo and conditioner bars at my local grocery store and bought a whole bunch of them to try out. I've now gone through all the shampoo bars and need to replenish, but it's so much easier to just buy the bottles of shampoo available at the store than it is to find quality shampoo bars online (maybe, searches on Amazon don't yield super positive results in my opinion). I recently clicked a sponsored ad for shampoo bars on Facebook though, which resulted in a lot more sponsored ads in my feed, so I spent the past half hour or so comparing prices on all the different sites. For now, I kind of intend to buy at least one product from all of them, and probably a few from most of them as scent varieties are different and I'm a big fan of getting free shipping. I've already placed orders on two different sites, so now we shall see how long it takes them to arrive and just what I think of them. While a part of me is concerned about price overall, quality of product will also be a factor for me, since I can purchase from all of these sites via PayPal (where all of my proofreading income hangs out until I find something I wanna buy online where I can pay with PayPal). 

Beyond that, once again I hope to post a bit more consistently around here, I just need to figure out how that's going to look with working a day job and moonlighting as a proofreader, all while being a wife and mother as well. Wish me luck. - Katie