By Rachel Hollis
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
Jeny’s Note: I’m always humbled when I read an author younger than me, giving me life advice but I have to say Ms. Hollis was perfection in her approach to life and is someone who is a new favorite! I think anyone and everyone will get something out of this read.
By Deborah Harkness
Deborah Harkness’s sparkling debut, A Discovery of Witches, has brought her into the spotlight and galvanized fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.
Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar’s depth to this riveting tale of magic and suspense. The story continues in book two, Shadow of Night, and concludes with The Book of Life.
Jeny’s Note: This is a fabulous book and I am excited to read the series now. You’ll find the characters fully developed and rich in authenticity. This is an AMC series now too, which I just found out and am excited to watch. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Two wedding nights. Two dead husbands.
Deirdre MacCoinneach wishes to understand her unusual ability to sense others’ lifeblood energies…and vows to discover if her gift killed the men she married. Her father’s search for a new and unsuspecting suitor for Deirdre becomes complicated when rumors of witchcraft abound.
Under the façade of a trader, Alasdair Montgomerie travels to Uist with pivotal information for a Claimant seeking the Scottish throne. A ruthless baron hunts him and a dark past haunts him, leaving little room for alliances with a Highland laird or his tempting daughter.
Awestruck when she realizes that her unlikely travel companion is the man from her visions, a man whose thickly veiled emotions are buried beneath his burning lifeblood, Deirdre wonders if he, too, will die in her bed if she follows her father’s orders. Amidst magic, superstition, and ghosts of the past, Alasdair and Deirdre find themselves falling together in a web of secrets and the curse of a hundred kisses…
Okay, so first you should know I love Jean M. Grant. I think she’s a very talented writer (and a very busy one too). I was able to finish A Hundred Kisses and I also wrote her a review on Goodreads. I really enjoyed her swashbuckling story of Deidre and Alasdair. If you love Scottish romances, adventure and a little of the fantastical, you will like this book for sure.
The second book I hoped to review was Stephen B. King’s, Glimpse, A Memoir of a Serial Killer. The problem is I entered the Rita contests (it’s like the academy awards for romance writers). To enter you must also judge and I was given five books to read before March 6th. So, I’m in a mad rush to read and fairly critique these books, before starting Mr. King’s.
So, stayed tuned because a ton of reviews will be coming your way shortly.
I was a little nostalgic this past month and read some old favorites.
If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raze Hell.
Half demon, Charlie Henderson, is living a lie. Her real name is Muse, and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.
After an assassin tries to kill her, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. His price is high and the cost could tear her apart.
Trapped between a scheming Prince of Hell and an assassin with ulterior motives, Muse must embrace the demon inside her if she has any hope of surviving them both.
Three dead Enforcers in three weeks, their bodies butchered. Muse has seen it before, and when she reads the metal memories in the murder weapon, she sees it all again. Her owner, Damien, is back, and he wants what is rightfully his.
Muse escaped him and the netherworld, once before. This time, she’s stronger, smarter. This time she knows she has the fires of hell at her fingertips, but so does Damien, and he’s not the only one. Akil is weak. No longer a Prince, he needs Muse’s limitless power to regain his title. How fortuitous then, that Akil’s fate is tied to the one man she cares the most for.
As Muse, Stefan, and Akil battle their own demons, not all will come away victorious. Some choices can never be forgiven. Some lies are never forgotten. Some wounds will never heal.
This series is quirky. I like Muse. She is a pretty tough human/demon but at the same time she’s looking for something bigger than herself that isn’t defined by the whole paranomal world. All the characters are dynamic, which is why I was drawn to them in the first place and why I returned to them over the month of December. -Jeny
They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted—and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.
In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. And when the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into the woman she was born to be, the world outside will never be whole again.
So, you should know I’m pretty much all about Nora! I have most of her books and though at times they can be predictable and repetitious I just can’t put them down. When she wrote Year One, I found it very different than most of the books she’s written and loved the dark nature of it but with a message of hope too. I was really excited to read book two but was a little disappointed. Usually, I can’t put her books down and it’s not that this one was bad, just at times confusing and didn’t progress very fast. Still going to continue the series because I’m invested in the characters and want to know what happens next.
Then I’m re-reading Liane Moriarty’s, Big Little Lies.
From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, 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 mom 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.
I love anything by Liane Moriarty. She is a gifted storyteller and her characters are very real in their dialogue and actions. So, I was going to just read this one again until the New Year and then start my new cycle of reading independents for the next year. Of course, now I’m going to finish it though and begin the new books after.
In the next month, I hope to read two fellow Wild Rose Press authors, Stephen B. King’s, Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer, and Jean M. Grant’s A Hundred Kisses.
Read along and tell me what you think!