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November’s Book of the Month

It’s been a hectic month, but I had to share a novel, by Heidi Eljarbø, that I’ve been reading. Trailing the Hunter is a compelling read from the very first page. Some of her scenes are still etched in my mind because of her beautiful scene descriptions and intriguing character development. Definitely, one to check out.

Isn’t the cover stunning. The story is even better!

Here’s her book link:

 

September’s Book of the Month

I recently read Georgia Tingley’s latest novel, Having Faith. A story about love — with attached taboo’s, that makes the main character, Faith, doubt her love interest’s role in her life.

It’s a story with interesting characters that also touches on friendship, loss, and starting over.

Having Faith was a novel that I stayed up late into the night reading, as I enjoyed the story and I couldn’t wait to see what Faith decided towards the end of the read.

As usual, Tingley has written another page-turning romance, which makes it my September read. 🙂

 

August’s Book of the Month

A Spy Named Orphan is a book I’m reading for research, but it’s such an interesting story it was worth making it August’s Book of the Month.

The story is about one of the famous Cambridge Five spies who were accused of being double agents for Russia and England.

MacLean had it all, intelligence; good looks, a loving family, respect, and on the outside, it looked like he was altogether. But he wasn’t.

He was a conflicted sort, troubled by current ideologies of the day, and as a result, he turns his back on his own country to support a different ideology that more closely matched his own. He soon unravelled from the pressure of leading a double life.

MacLean went from being an employee of the month, until his treachery was discovered, to becoming an internationally wanted man. His story is jaw-dropping, chilling, sad, yet fascinating at the same time.

There’s much more to learn about this spy’s story, well worth a read if you enjoy this topic.

June’s Book of the Month

Okay, this is by far the funniest book I have read all year and is my pick of the month.

Amy’s husband just gets up one day and disappears, only to turn up in a local store three years later. She’s not sure to be shocked or to kill him with a pink hula hoop.

If you want a book that will have you laughing out loud, this may be worth a read. Kelly Harms’ writing reminds me a bit like Erma Bombeck—but with her own twist.

Excuse me while I go back to read more of this book.  🙂

 

May’s Book of the Month

 

What can I say, Karin Slaughter’s novel, The Good Daughter, is a page-turner. Slaughter takes the gloves off and says it like it is in this adrenaline filled thriller.

The plight of the characters broke my heart, yet left me to read late into the night with its roller-coaster ride right until the very last page.

Excellent, excellent read, and I highly recommend this novel.

Curious? Here’s a free preview below:

Tuesday has started with a wonderful surprise. You see, my novel, Finding Kate, was listed as a novel to read on Frolic. I am ecstatic! Here’s what Frolic’s Donna Saluri had to say about Finding Kate.

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by Cynthia MacLean

Finding Kate is the first book in MacLean’s Tangled Road series. Our heroine sets off on a journey to a foreign land to escape the troubles of her life; a life she has decided to move on from, altogether. She’s given herself three months to explore, but what will she do when that time is up, and reality comes crashing back in? This book debuted at the end of June, but I loved the cover and blurb so much, I decided to put it on my radar for July!

Here is the full write-up where you will also see the other recommendations—great books too.

Seasoned Romance On My Radar: July Edition

Okay, this is by far the funniest book I have read all year and is my pick of the month.

Amy’s husband just gets up one day and disappears, only to turn up in a local store three years later. She’s not sure to be shocked or to kill him with a pink hula hoop.

If you want a book that will have you laughing out loud, this may be worth a read. Kelly Harms’ writing reminds me a bit like Erma Bombeck—but with her own twist.

Excuse me while I go back to read more of this book.  🙂

Running Shadows is available on Amazon in ebook and print form. Check out the free preview below!

 

I’m so excited to share that I’m writing a romance novel. Check out my new cover for Chasing Dreams. The feedback from my beta readers has been phenomenal!

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Anna was confident about three things.

1. The empty room upstairs had a story.
2. Time was a killer.
3. And the insane walked amongst her—even in the positions of power and authority.

Through the storms, the lies and unknowns, what will Anna do when her curiosity for a lost soul becomes her greatest obsession.

The truth, with certainty, will bring a sleepy community to its knees as she shines a bright light on the rats that run in the shadows.

I’m thrilled to start the new year off with a new mini-series: The Twisted Road Series.

These stories follow the life of Kate Franklin, an ordinary woman who finds herself in an unusual situation. She is placed on the precipice of life and is uncertain what tomorrow will bring. But, as she gains clarity in her world, and makes difficult choices, she wonders if there’s beauty in secrets after all.

This series, along with my other books, is available on Amazon. Plus! You can read them for free on Kindle Unlimited!

In The Grey (A Twisted Road Series Book 1)


The Blue Book (A Twisted Road Series 2)

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I hope you have a holiday filled with love, joy and warm memories.

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Writers observe their surroundings, and there is a lot to learn.

For me, it’s interesting to watch the boxes that people place themselves into; and more interestingly, the stories they tell themselves to stay neatly and securely tucked inside their life’s containers.

They operate out of this box with a strict set of rules that they, along with their list of supporters, follow to the letter – and a lot of this is learned from the day they are born, and then built upon to become firmly ingrained in their sub-conscience.

But eventually, those same routines, the same rules, the same outcomes, and the same supporters, make a person want to peek through the cracks just to see if there is something more to their existence.

What would happen if they kicked open the flap of their windowless space – and took a chance on themselves? You see, that’s where the joy of being alive begins; it’s breaking old habits and not allowing others to padlock us into the box they think we belong.

It’s saying “what-if” to life’s possibilities – then exploring options that help with personal growth – but it also recognizes that once we leave that mundane set of rituals that we have become accustomed to, we will never be able to step back into those old scripts again. Because, we have shed the cocoon and we are now in a period of transition – and will forever be different.

And that is what scares a lot of people.

As a population, that is very tribal in nature, the peer pressure to remain within the social clicks/beliefs is both enormous and yet comforting – and at the same time suffocating.

Some people will never question their personal “belief-box”, yet others can’t wait to escape to experience what they are fully capable of becoming in their lives.

It all makes me wonder as I watch those around me, who is trying to shake themselves free from an old script, and who will continue to wilt inside from unmet dreams?

The reality is, is that the person holding the keys to your box is you.

And this my friends, will be the basis of my next novel.