Book Love #2 and a Giveaway

Part of my wellness routine and overall health routine is reading and I want to spread my reading joy so I am hosting a book giveaway in addition to my reviews.  I LOVE to read…I read every night before I go to sleep.  It helps relax my mind and fall asleep.  My favorite genres are historical fiction, suspense and pretty much anything that catches my attention.  Am I the only one who often picks books by the way the cover looks?  Here are some of my current favorites:


Trouble Maker by Leah Remini

After seeing Leah Remini’s docu-series about her time in Scientology and her exposure of its’ problems and shortcomings, I was intrigued my the subject.  I LOVED her book…I read it in 3 days.  She is lays everything out there and I learned so much about her that I didn’t know.  If you like her and/or if you are intrigued by this secretive “religion”, it is a must read.


The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews writes a lot of novels that take place in North Carolina.  I have been to the Outer Banks of NC so I am familiar with the area.  The book was about a woman who has an unhappy marriage, a teenager and an old money family that summers on one of the islands off the NC coast.  There are many highs and lows in her life plus a little romance.  It is a great summer read.

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

This novel by Mary Kay Andrews takes place in the Outer Banks.  It is about some friends who rent a house for the summer and the rental isn’t what they expected in many ways.  Of course, there is a summer romance and some twists and turns.  Another fun summer read.


The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabi Bernstein has written many bestselling books about spirituality.  I like this one because it gives you step-by-step directions to help you become a more spiritual person.  I recently started doing yoga and meditation so this book fits right into what I’ve been doing in my life.  It is a great resource, which supports an introspective, self-care lifestyle.

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I haven’t read Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews, but I love the books I’ve read that are written by her so I’m sure to love this one too.  Please enter to win a Kindle copy of the book.  Happy Reading!!!!

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Book Love #1

I love to read…yes…it’s Book Love.  Anyone who wants to relax while keeping their brain engaged should take up leisure reading…it’s part of my wellness routine.  I know that a lot of people say that they don’t have the time, but it is just such a great hobby and use of brain power.  I read EVERY night before going to sleep.  It’s hard for me  to wind down without my nightly read.   I am always looking for good books to read and I love to find little gems that aren’t always on the best seller list.

#1 – The Ladies room by Carolyn Brown

This book was a special on Amazon and the blurb that was written about it was intriguing so I picked it up.  It is a story of unrequited love after a loveless marriage.  It can be a little predictable, but it is a sweet story and I really enjoyed it.  It’s one of the books that when you finish it, you wish there was a follow-up book to continue the story because you want to know what happens with the characters.

#2 – The Dead Key by d. m. pulley

Another Amazon special…what drew me to this book was the preview that stated the book flashed backward and forward between the past and present.  That aspect of the book was engrossing.  As you read each flash forward or back, you couldn’t wait to see how it affected the opposite time period.  I love historical fiction and this gives you the best of historical fiction with a current suspense novel.

#3 – The 7th Canon by robert dugoni

If you love thrillers and suspense, Robert Dugoni is the author for you.  I read My Sister’s Grave several years ago and loved it so when I saw that he had other novels, I had to add this to my must-read list.  This one takes place in San Francisco and has many twists and turns that you won’t see coming.

#4 – Blown by Lauren halstead burroughs

After watching the Scientology documentary by actress Leah Remini, I was fascinated by the Scientology movement.  I couldn’t believe the stories she and other former members told of this religion/cult.  Blown is a novel which tells the story of a girl/woman’s life in Scientology.  It is a novel so it is fictitious, but after seeing the documentary, I know that the things in the novel could have actually happened.

#5 – The Good Lawyer by thomas benigno

I love legal thrillers and Thomas Benigno is legal thriller royalty.  I have read several of his books and liked all of them.  His stories are a little more gritty than a John Grisham book and I like it that way.

What is your current favorite leisure reading book?

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Great Reads – Part ll

I know that I am always looking for good books to read so I thought I’d share some that I have come across lately.  I have a Kindle and I have been trying to spend little to no money on books.  If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can borrow one book a month for free and they also offer a soon to be released book for free.  They also offer new  $2 books each week.  I have been taking advantage of all those perks.

I was talking with a friend yesterday and she told me that she doesn’t pay for any books on her Kindle.  She uses the Noblenet/Overdrive website/app to borrow e-books from the local library.  I live in MA and this is the website for my area.  I’m not sure if it is nationwide or not, so you would have to contact your local library to see what system to which it is connected.  You also need a library card for your local library. You can be put on waitlists if books are currently checked out and they email you when the books are available.

girl in ice

The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza is a psychological, cop thriller which deals with a serial killer and an entitled rich family.  If you like cop thrillers that have twists and turns, you’ll love this book.  It is .99 cents on Amazon.  (I do not have affiliate links with Amazon.  I’m just placing links to Amazon because I find it the easiest and best ebook retailer.)

hour of need

Hour of Need by Melinda Leigh was another psychological thriller that was unsettling to me when I first started to read it.  There are deaths in it and children who end up without parents, which really bothered me.  There is also a bullying story line, which was also unsettling to me.  It didn’t keep me from continuing and finishing the book, but just a heads up to anyone who is bothered by those topics.  The story kept moving and was well written so if you like suspense, it’s worth a look.  You can borrow this free if you have Amazon Prime.


Vanished by Kendra Elliot was another cop/FBI thriller about child abduction.  It was a very fast moving story and I did enjoy, although it was another unsettling topic.  This book is the first in the Callahan & McLane series).  I personally love series because you get to really know the characters and see how they react and work in different situations.  Another book you can borrow free with Amazon Prime.

I am currently reading the second book in the Callahan & McLane series and it is called Bridged.  I will include it in my next Good Reads update.

What is your favorite genre of book?  Do you have a favorite series?


Great Reads – Part I

I love to read.  I read EVERY night before going to sleep.  If I don’t read, I find it hard to unwind and go to sleep.  I have been reading a lot of books on my Kindle that aren’t on any best seller lists and you probably haven’t heard of them.  I have enjoyed them and love when others suggest good books so I want to pass on some suggestions of my own.  I read my books on my Kindle Paperwhite (this is not an affiliate link…I just really love my Kindle) and I usually try to order books that are inexpensive.  Amazon has great deals on pre-released books, monthly specials or you can join Kindle Unlimited.  I joined Kindle Unlimited for one free month and one paid month, but this program doesn’t include all books on Amazon so in addition to the $9.99 a month, you may be paying extra for other books you want.  It just wasn’t cost effective for me.

My blog includes fitness, nutrition, health and wellness so this post may seem a little misplaced.  However, I feel that reading every day is part of my health and wellness because it helps me relax and is a true stress reliever for me.  I get lost in these stories and it keeps my mind off the trials and tribulations of the day.  Without further ado, here are my current book suggestions.

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin is a great book about a heart surgeon who is hiding from a painful past when he meets a little girl who is in need of a heart transplant.  It is a poignant story and which has flashbacks and a touching story line.  It seemed to end abruptly, but I did enjoy it.  It made me want to know more about what was to happen after it ended.  Definitely a great read.

when crickets cry

Play Dead, Stay Dead and Pretty Dead by Anne Frasier are a trilogy of books based in Savannah, Georgia.  The main character is a police detective and who has connections to the voodoo history of the city.  I LOVED this series, which made me want to read more books by this author.  I love books set in the South and this series did not disappoint.  If you like detective stories with a bit of historical fiction, you will love these books.


Sleep Tight by Anne Frasier is another police detective/suspense story, but very different from the Savannah based trilogy.  This story takes place in Minnesota where a detective is sent to her home town to work on a series of murders.  She is made to relive a traumatic event from her childhood, which has a direct connection to the current goings-on.  Another great read.

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What are you reading and what are your current best book suggestions?