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Blog Book Tour | “Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose” by Diamante Lavendar #poetry collection

Posted Monday, 20 August, 2018 by jorielov , , 3 Comments

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I have been hosting for Poetic Book Tours for a few years now, where I am finding myself encouraged to seek out collections of poetry or incredible fiction being published through Small Trade publishers and presses. I have an Indie spirit and mentality as a writer and I appreciate finding authors who are writing creative works through Indie resources as I find Indies have a special spirit about them. It is a joy to work with Poetic Book Tours for their resilience in seeking out voices in Literature which others might overlook and thereby, increasing my own awareness of these beautiful lyrical voices in the craft.

I received a complimentary copy of “Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief” direct from the author Diamante Lavendar in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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Blog Book Tour | “Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose” by Diamante Lavendar #poetry collectionFinding Hope in the Darkness of Grief
Subtitle: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose
by Diamante Lavendar
Source: Publisher via Poetic Book Tours

This earthly plane offers much for us to learn: happiness, wisdom, loss, heartbreak, and enlightenment. It is a Pandora’s box of emotions, situations, opportunities, and failures, all wrapped into a package we call life. Nobody is immune, but everyone has the opportunity to grow tall or wither like a flower in harsh light. It’s completely up to us how we choose to respond.

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief is a gleaning of insights from artist Diamante Lavender. For her, life has been a long, difficult road, but it has taught many poignant lessons. Her poetry collection is an exploration of the human soul, a traversing of situations that life throws at us. Diamante has always been intrigued by the ability to overcome and move on to bigger and better things.

She writes to encourage hope and possibility in those who read her stories. If she can help others heal, as she has, then Diamante’s work as an author and artist will have been well spent. She believes that everyone should try to leave a positive mark on the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.

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ISBN: 9781982205683

Also by this author: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief

Genres: Poetry & Drama


Published by Balboa Press

on 16th June, 2018

Format: Paperback Edition

Pages: 74

Published By: Balboa Press (@BalboaPress)

an imprint of Hay House (@hayhouse)

Available Formats: Paperback and Ebook

Converse via: #Poetry

About Diamante Lavendar

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief by Diamante Lavendar (full cover)

Diamante Lavendar began writing in college and published poetry in anthologies. Most of her writing is personal and stems from her experiences and those of her family and friends. She also creates visual art with colored pencils, acrylic paints, and various mixed media. Diamante is also the author of Breaking the Silence and Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing through Poetry.

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Posted Monday, 20 August, 2018 by jorielov in 21st Century, Blog Tour Host & Reviewer, Indie Author, Modern Day, Poetic Book Tours, Poetry

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Time to time, on Jorie Loves A Story, there will be bookish events featured on this blog! To help make it a bit easier to keep up with the Book Cover Reveals, Author Interviews, Author Guest Posts, Book Tour Stops, and the books received in exchange for an honest review which alight on my blog, I thought it would be best to create a page specifically to serve as a one-stop archive for easy access!

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audiobooks i’ve adopted via Audiobookworm Promotions for 2018

Bloggers can adopt audiobooks for review with a 90 day window to post. I am finding this is a great way to thread my way through different genres of audiobooks & meet an eclectically diverse group of narrators in the process. I also appreciate the diversions of colouring & listening to the stories themselves – as colouring & audios rock my bookish heart!  I found I also like to knit whilst I am listening to audiobooks – especially for the ‘first’ go round ahead of listening whilst reviewing them.

I announced my first Adoptable #AudioReads via #AudiobookMonth

Fame is a Killer (Book One: Hadley Cosy Mystery series) by Meredith Potts, narrated by Rachel Carr (see also Review)

The To-Do List by JC Miller, narrated by Sara K. Sheckhells (see also Review)

Once Upon a Time in Venice by Monique Roy, narrated by Kevin E. Green (see also Review)

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January

5th January, 2018 | “The Captain’s Disgraced Lady” by Catherine Tinley

*Historical Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

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6th January, 2018 | “A Second Christmas Wish” by Kathryn Freeman

*Christmas Contemporary Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Book Review, courtesy of ChocLitUK

A Second Christmas Wish by Kathryn Freeman

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7th January, 2018 | “Promises Under the Peach Tree” by Joanne Rock

*Contemporary Romance | Harlequin SuperRomance (duology)

| Featured Book Review | *backlogue review

Book Review, courtesy of the author Joanne Rock & Lola’s Book Tours

Promises Under the Peach Tree by Joanne Rock

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10th January, 2018 | “The Woman in the Camphor Trunk” by Jennifer Kincheloe

*Cosy Historical Mystery

| Featured Audiobook AND Novel Review + Narrator Interview | *I had to cancel the interview

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

Book Review, courtesy of Seventh Street Books

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer KincheloeThe Woman in the Camphor Trunk (audiobook) by Jennifer Kincheloe

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12th, January 2018 | “The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen” by Collins Hemingway

*Historical Romance, Biological HistFic

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview | *I had to cancel the interview

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen by Collins HemingwayFun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.com13th January, 2018 | “House on the Forgotten Coast” by Rue Coe Chambers

*Suspense/Thriller; Magical Realism

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Poetic Book Tours

House on the Forgotten Coast by Ruth Coe Chambers

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17th January, 2018 | “The Lost Season of Love & Snow” by Jennifer Laam

*Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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17th January, 2018 | “A Stranger in the Cove” by Rachel Brimble

*Contemporary Romance

| Author Interview |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Brook Cottage Book Tours

Rachel Brimble

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23rd January, 2018 | “A Looming of Vultures” by Richard Storry, narrated by Jake Urry

*Suspense

| Featured Audiobook Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

A Looming of Vultures by Richard Storry (audiobook)

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25th January, 2018 | “His One and Only Bride” by Tara Randel

*Contemporary Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

His One and Only Bride by Tara Randel

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29th January, 2018 | “Kiss Carlo” by Adriana Trigiani

*Contemporary Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Italy Book Tours

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

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30th January, 2018 | “The Magic of Stars” by Jackie Ladbury

*Contemporary Romance

| Author Guest Post |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

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February

1st February, 2018 | “The Pearl Sister” by Lucinda Riley

*Historical Time Shift & Contemporary Drama

| Featured Book Review |

I read the entire series – all four novels within one week. Book I: The Seven Sisters; Book II: The Storm Sister; Book III: The Shadow Sister before revealling my thoughts on ‘Pearl’.

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of the publisher Atria Books

The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

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6th February, 2018 | “Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin and Superversatile Material which will Revolutionize the World by Les Johnson and Joseph E. Meany

*Materials Science, Nanotechonlogy | Select Topics in Science Non-Fiction

| Featured Book Review |

Book Review, courtesy of Prometheus Books

Graphene by Les Johnson and Joseph E. Meany

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8th February, 2018 | “The Lost Season of Love & Snow” by Jennifer Laam

*Historical Fiction

| Author Guest Post | *previously I shared my review of this novel

Guest feature, courtesy of the author Jennifer Laam

Jennifer Laam

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12th February, 2018 | “Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café”  by Richard Dee

*Sci Fi Mystery

| Author Q&A |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

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13th February, 2018 | “The Disconnected Man” by Jim Turner

*Memoir, Emotional Health, Self-Help | Select Topics in Non-Fiction

| Featured Book Review | *interview pending

Book Review, courtesy of Hachette Books via FaithWords (imprint)

The Disconnected Man by Jim Turner

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15th February, 2018 | “The Secret Life of Mrs London” by Rebecca Rosenberg

*Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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17th February, 2018 | “The Rest of my Life” by Sheryl Browne

*Contemporary Romance | *five flames for ‘heat’

| Featured Book Review |

Book review, courtesy of the author Sheryl Browne

The Rest of my Life by Sheryl Browne

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20th & 21st, February 2018 | “A Reflection of Evil” by William Todd, narrated by Ben Whirling

*Sherlock Holmes sequel

| Featured Audiobook Review + Author Guest Post |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

A Reflection of Evil by William Todd

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21st February, 2018 | “The Forgotten Girl” by Heather Chapman

*Biological Historical Fiction | based on the author’s great-grandparents

| Featured Book Review | *interview rescheduled post-tour

Blog book tour, courtesy of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

The Forgotten Girl by Heather Chapman

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26th February, 2018 | “The Phantom’s Apprentice” by Heather Webb

*Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review | *rescheduling the interview for after the tour!

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

The Phantom's Apprentice by Heather Webb

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27th February, 2018 | “Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal” by Lara Temple

*Historical Romance

| Author Guest Post |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

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*Contemporary Romance, Harlequin

| Book Spotlight w/ Notes on Chapter Sampler |

*mail delay, posting review post-tour

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

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March

1st March, 2018 | “The Disconnected Man” by Jim Turner

*Memoir, Emotional Health, Self-Help | Select Topics in Non-Fiction

| Author Q&A | *previously reviewed

Book Review, courtesy of Hachette Books via FaithWords (imprint)

Jim Turner

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2nd March, 2018 | “Forever a Father” by Lynne Marshall

*Contemporary Romance, Harlequin

| Featured Book Review |

*mail delay, posting review before the tour ends

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Forever A Father by Lynne Marshall

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3rd March, 2018 | “Dante’s Gift” by Aubrey Wynne

*Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance

| Audiobook Spotlight w/ Notes |

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

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5th March, 2018 | “Beauty and Her Boss” by Jennifer Faye

*Contemporary Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Beauty and Her Boss by Jennifer Faye

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7th & 10th March, 2018 | “The Road Ghosts Omnibus” by E. Chris Garrison

*Urban Fantasy | *previously I featured a Cover Reveal for this series

| Featured Book Review + Author Video Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Tomorrow Comes Media

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13th March, 2018 | “Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story” by AshleyRose Sullivan

*Superhero Fiction

| Featured Book Review + Author Video Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Tomorrow Comes Media

Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story by AshleyRose Sullivan

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14th, March 2018 | “The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover” by Susan Wittig Albert

*Cosy Historical Mystery, No.7 in series

| Featured Book Review | *will be reading books 1 & 6 via local library

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover by Susan Wittig Albert

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15th March, 2018 | “An Unbidden Visitor” by Dianne Ashcroft

*Historical Fiction, Short Story & Ghost Story

| Author Interview + Audio Extract |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

An Unbidden Visitor by Diane Ascroft (audiobook)

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16th March, 2018 | “The Best Boomerville Hotel” by Caroline James

*Women’s Fiction

| Featured Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline JamesCaroline James

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23rd March, 2018 | “In Spite of Lions” by Scarlette Pike

*Historical Adventure

| Featured Book Review | *purchase REQ @ my library accepted

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

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22nd & 25th March, 2018 | “The Invisible Hand” by James Hartley

*Shakespeare After Canon, MacBeth

| Featured Book Review + Author Guest Post |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

The Invisible Hand by James HartleyJames Hartley

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29th March, 2018 | “Scared to Death” by Rachel Amphlett

*Police Procedural, Hard-boiled Mystery

| Featured Audiobook Review | *I am reviewing books 2-4 in April on this tour

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

Scared to Death by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

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April

8th, 12th & 19th April, 2018 | The Kay Hunter Detective series by Rachel Amphlett

*Police Procedural, Hard-boiled Mystery

| Featured Audiobook Review: Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4

*previously reviewed Book 1 in March

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

Will to Live by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Ailson CampbellOne to Watch by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison CampbellHell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

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8th April, 2018 | “Nights Under the Tennessee Stars” by Joanne Rock

*Contemporary Romance | Harlequin SuperRomance (duology)

| Featured Book Review | *backlogue review

Book Review, courtesy of the author Joanne Rock & Lola’s Book Tours

Nights Under the Tennessee Stars by Joanne Rock

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11th April, 2018 | “She’s Bad News” by Elle Spellman

*Superhero Fiction

| Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

Elle SpellmanShe's Bad News by Elle Spellman

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17th April, 2018 | “The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay” by Nicola May

*Romantic Comedy

| Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

Nicola May

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May

3rd May, 2018 | “The Breedling and the Trickster” by Kimberlee M. Bastian

*Historical Fantasy | *previously I shared my review of the 1st novel in this series

| Featured Book Review & Author Special Feature | *via #WyrdAndWonder

Virtual Tour Stop during Author’s IRL Book Tour, courtesy of the author Kimberlee M. Bastian

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16th April, 2018 | “Aphrodite’s Tears” by Hannah Fielding

*Greek Mythology, Women’s Fiction

| Author Q&A |

Review & Interview, courtesy of JKS Communications

Hannah Fielding

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10th May, 2018 | “Falling for You” by Becky Wade

*INSPY Contemporary Romance

| Spotlight w/ Notes + Author Q&A |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Falling for You blog tour via Prism Book Tours

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14th & 18th May, 2018 | “Ain’t Misbehaving” by Jennifer Lamont Leo

*Historical Fiction

Previously I had the joy of reading the first in this series: You’re the Cream in my Coffee (see also Review)

| Featured Book Review + Author Guest Post |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Ain't Misbehavin' by Jennifer Lamont LeoJennifer Lamont Leo

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16th May, 2018 | “Ecstasy” by Mary Sharratt

*Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours - HFVBT

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25th May, 2018 | “Woven” by Bree Moore

*Epic Fantasy

| Audiobook Spotlight w/ Notes | *during #WyrdAndWonder

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

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27th May, 2018 | The Kay Hunter Detective series by Rachel Amphlett

*Police Procedural, Hard-boiled Mystery

Previously, I have listened and reviewed the series: Book1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4

| Featured Audiobook Review |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

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29th May, 2018 | “Silver Hollow” by Jennifer Silverwood

*Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy & Fantasy Romance

| Author Interview |

Blog Tour stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Jennifer Silverwood

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June

4th June, 2018 | “Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters, Book 2)” by Kat Flannery

*Historical Rom, Western Rom

| Author Interview |

Blog Tour stop, courtesy of iRead Book Tours

Kat FlanneryPoppy by Kat Flannery

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4th June, 2018 | “Miss White and the Seventh Heir” by Jennifer Faye

*Contemporary Romance, Fairy-Tale Re-Telling (Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs)

Previously I reviewed the first in this series: Beauty and Her Boss (see also Review)

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Miss White and the Seventh Heir by Jennifer Faye

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6th June, 2018 | “A Cowboy of Convenience” by Stacy Henrie

*Historical / Western Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

A Cowboy of Convenience by Stacy Henrie

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7th June, 2018 | “The Widow’s Redeemer” by Philippa Jane Keyworth

*Historical Romance

| Featured Audiobook Review |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Audiobookworm Promotions

The Widow's Redeemer by Philippa Jane Keyworth

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11th & 21st June, 2018 | “The Painting on the Pond Series” by Sharon Lewis Koho

*Contemporary INSPY Suspense, duology

| Featured Review: Book 1, Book 2 | *interview cancelled

Blog Tour stop, courtesy of SLB Book Tours

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17th June, 2018 | “Falling for You” by Becky Wade

*INSPY Contemporary Romance

| Featured Book Review | *previously I posted a Spotlight w/ Notes about my intentions towards reading this novel and the series it is attached; as I wasn’t able to post during the blog tour.

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Falling for You by Becky Wade

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20th & 24th, 2018 | “Destiny’s Gambit” and “Beyond the Moon” by RJ Wood

*Fantasy, Science Fiction, Sword and Space, Space Fantasy

| Featured Book Reviews: Book 1: Destiny’s Gambit & Author Interview |

| off-tour: Featured Book Review: Book 2: Beyond the Moon |

Blog Book Tour stop, courtesy of Lola’s Book Tours

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July

13th July, 2018 | “Trial on Mount Koya” by Susan Spann

*Cosy Historical Mystery, a Hiro Hattori Novel

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann

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11th July, 2018 | “The Underground River” by Martha Conway

*Historical Fiction, the Underground Railroad

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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16th July, 2018 | “The Last Summer” by Brandy Bruce

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Singing Librarian Book Tours

The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

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20th July, 2018 | “Building A Life” by Lauraine Hendrson

| Author Interview w/ 10 Behind-the-Scenes of the Book |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Singing Librarian Book Tours

Building a Life blog tour via SLB Tours

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28th July, 2018 | “The Secret of Haversham House” by Julie Matern

| Featured Book Review w/ Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Singing Librarian Book Tours

The Secret of Haversham House by Julie MaternJulie Matern

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August

1st August, 2018 | “Her Lost and Found Baby” by Tara Taylor Quinn

*Harlequin Special Edition Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Her Lost and Found Baby blog tour via Prism Book Tours

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3rd August, 2018 | “Trial on Mount Koya” by Susan Spann

*Cosy Historical Mystery, a Hiro Hattori Novel

| Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Susan Spann

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15th & 22nd of August, 2018 | “Dream of the Navigator” by Stephen Zimmer

*Young Adult Dystopian

| Video Interview Vlog + Featured Book Review |

Blog book tour courtesy of Tomorrow Comes Media

Dream of the Navigator by Stephen Zimmer

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16th August, 2018 | “The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street” by Rachel Dove

*Contemporary Rom Com, British

| Book Spotlight w/ Q&A |

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Brook Cottage Books

The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street by Rachel Dove

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20th & 27th August, 2018 | “Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose” by Diamante Lavendar

*Non-Fiction, Poetry, Prose and Artwork

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Poetic Book Tours

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief by Diamante Lavendar (full cover)

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26th August, 2018

“Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” by Kate Douglas Wiggin, narrated by Ann Richardson

*Classical Children’s Literature, audiobook by Post Hypnotic Press

| Featured Audiobook Review |

Audiobook blog tour courtesy, of Audiobookworm Promotions

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (audiobook) by Post Hypnotic Press

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31st August, 2018 | “George and Lizzie” by Nancy Pearl

*Contemporary Literary Fiction and Alternative ‘Romance’

| Featured Book Review |

Book Review, courtesy of Simon & Schuster

George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl

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3rd September, 2018 | “Twelve Months of Awkward Moments” by Lisa Acerbo

*Contemporary Romantic Suspense

| Book Blitz with Notes + Extras |

Book Blitz Tour, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours

Twelve Months of Ackward Moments by Lisa Acerbo

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4th September, 2018 | “Jaclyn and the Beanstalk” by Mary Ting

*Fairy Tale Re-telling, YA Fantasy

| Book Blitz with Notes + Extract |

Book Blitz Tour, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours

Jaclyn and the Beanstalk blitz by Xpresso Book Tours

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5th & 7th September, 2018

“Gone to Ground” by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

*Police Procedural, the Kay Hunter series book six | previously I have listened to and reviewed the rest of the series: Book One | Book Two | Book Three | Book Four | Book Five

| Author Interview + Featured Audiobook Review |

Audiobook blog tour courtesy, of Audiobookworm Promotions

Rachel AmphletttGone to Ground by Rachel Amphlett

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5th September, 2018 ” A Cowboy’s Pride” by Karen Rock

*Contemporary Romance, Western Rom

Previously I read the prequel novel in this series whilst I made a purchase request for the first. I am attempting to borrow the rest of the series leading into this release.

| Book Spotlight w/ Notes and Extract |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

A Cowboy's Pride blog tour via Prism Book Tours

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6th September, 2018 | “It Happened on Dufferin Terrace” by Melanie Robertson-King

*Sweet Romance, Holiday Romance

| Book Spotlight w/ Q&A |

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Brook Cottage Books

It Happened on Dufferin Terrace by Melanie Robertson-King

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12th September, 2018 | “Snowflakes over Holly Cove” by Lucy Coleman

*Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance

| Book Spotlight w/ Q&A and Extract |

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Brook Cottage Books

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12th & 13th September, 2018 | “Escapement” by Kristen Wolf

*Historical Fiction, LGBTQ+

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Kristen WolfEscapement by Kristen Wolf

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14th September, 2018 | “Lille de Jong” by Janet Benton

*Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview (TBA) |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

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15th September, 2018 “The Rancher’s Twins” by Carol Ross

*Contemporary Romance, Western, Harlequin Heartwarming

*part of a 5-book series release

| Featured Book Review |

Review tour stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

The Rancher's Twins by Carol Ross

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16th September, 2018

“Mourning Dove” written and narrated by Claire Fullerton

*Young Adult, Historical Fiction

| Featured Audiobook Review |

Audiobook blog tour courtesy, of Audiobookworm Promotions

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18th September, 2018 | “The Fourteenth of September” by Rita Dragonette

*Feminist Historical Fiction, War drama

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview (cancelled) |

Book review and interview courtesy of JKS Communications

The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette

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22nd September, 2018 “Love & Secrets at Cassfield Manor” by Sarah L. McConkie

*Pure Romance, Historical Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Singing Librarian Books

Love and Secrets at Cassfield Manor by Sarah L. McConkie

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25th September, 2018 | “Political Parties” by Rachel Magee

*Harlequin Special Edition Romance

| Book Spotlight w/ Notes + Extract |

*books were delayed for review; received book on the 9th of October
review is forthcoming shortly after receipt

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

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TBA Autumn, 2018 “Purple Kisses” by Priya

*Poetry

| Featured Book Review + Illustrator Guest Feature |

*delayed due to missing guest features

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Writerly Yours

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28th September, 2018 | “Montana Dreams” by Kim Law

*Contemporary Romance | *the whole series is avail on Scribd (audiobook)

| Book Blitz with Notes |

Book Blitz Tour, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours

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29th September, 2018 ” A Cowboy’s Pride” by Karen Rock

*Contemporary Romance, Western Rom

Previously I read the prequel novel in this series whilst I made a purchase request for the first. I am attempting to borrow the rest of the series leading into this release.

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

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October

2nd & 8-9th October, 2018 | “A Duel for Christmas” by Rosanne E. Lortz

*Historical Fiction | previously I read and reviewed “The Duke’s Last Hunt”, the second novel in this series. This marks the third release and I’m hoping to read the first before it.

| Featured Book Review: Book 1 & Book 3 + Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

To Wed an Heiress by Rosanne L. LortzA Duel for Christmas by Roseanne E. Lortz

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10th & 12th October, 2018 | “The Wisdom of Listening” by Marilyn R. Wilson

*Non-Fiction, Motivational

*previously I read the first collection of motivational essays by this author

| Featured Book Review + Author Guest Post |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of iRead Book Tours

Marilyn R. WilsonThe Wisdom of Listening by Marilyn R. Wilson

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TBA Autumn, 2018 | “Mistress of Legend” by Nicole Evelina

*Feminist Historical Fiction, Camelot After Canon | *previously, I have read and reviewed the first two novels in this series: Daughter of Destiny & Camelot’s Queen as well as the author’s Contemporary Romance debut ‘Been Searching for You‘.

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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11th & 17th, 2018 | “NY Doc Under the Northern Lights” by Amy Ruttan

*Harlequin Medical Romance

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

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19th October, 2018 | “Lady of Thousand Treasures” by Sandra Byrd

*Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

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23rd October, 2018 | “Off-Island” by Marlene Hauser

*Contemporary Women’s Fiction

| Book Spotlight w/ Notes + Extract | *interview forthcoming

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Faye Rogers PR

Off Island blog tour via Faye Rogers PR

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24th October, 2018 ” Legacy of Mercy” by Lynn Austin

*INSPY Historical Romance

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin

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Next in Queue | To be announced

October, 2018 “The Robot in the Next Cubicle” by Larry Boyer

*Automation, Futuristic Science, Robotics

| Featured Book Review |

Book Review, courtesy of Prometheus Books

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*Feminist Historical Fiction, After Canon

| Featured Book Review |

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November

Will be seeking books to read during #RRSciFiMonth (Sci Fi November!) (Nov 2017)

Read my archives: 2013 + 2014 + 2015 + 2016 + 2017 (under revision) + 2018

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1st November, 2018 | “A Small Town Christmas” by Nan Reinhardt

*Christmas Romance, Holiday Contemporary

| Featured Book Review |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

A Small Town Christmas by Nan Reinhardt

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3rd November, 2018 “The Rancher’s Rescue” by Cari Lynn Webb

*Contemporary Romance, Western, Harlequin Heartwarming

*part of a 5-book series release

| Featured Book Review |

Review tour stop, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

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7th November, 2018 | “Rescued by the Firefighter” by Catherine Lanigan

*Contemporary Romance, Harlequin Heartwarming

| Featured Book Review + Guest Post |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Blog Book Tour, courtesy of Prism Book Tours

Rescued by the Firefighter by Catherine Lanigan

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10th, 17th, 24th November & 1st, 8th Dec, 2018
Regency House Party: Somerstone Authors

*Regency Romance

| Featured Interview(s): Michelle Pennington, Heidi Kimball,
Mindy Burbidge Strunk, Sara Cardon and Jen Geigle Johnson |

Blog Tour Stop, courtesy of Singling Librarian Books

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13th & 16th November, 2018 | “The Tory” & “The Traitor” by T.J. London

*Historical Fiction. #RevWar

| Featured Book Reviews of this Series: Book One + Book Two |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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17th November, 2018 | “The Attraction Equation” by Kadie Scott

*Contemporary Romance

| Book Blitz with Notes |

Book Blitz Tour, courtesy of Xpresso Book Tours

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19th November, 2018 | “A Pivotal Right” by K.A. Servian

*Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review | *purchase request at library for book one

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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27th & 29th November, 2018 | ” The Jinni’s Last Wish” by Zenobia Neil

*Historical Fantasy, Mythology and the Jinn

| Author Interview + Featured Book Review |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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TBA Autumn, 2018 | “Mistress of Legend” by Nicole Evelina

*Historical Fiction, Camelot After Canon

Previously I’ve read the first two novels in this trilogy: Daughter of Destiny + Camelot’s Queen

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview |

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December

Will be seeking books to read during #SciFiExperience (Dec-Jan 2018)

Read my archives: 2014/15 + 2015/16 and 2016/17 (inclusive of #RRSciFiMonth 2016)

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3rd & 7th December, 2018 | “From Across the Room” by Gina Mulligan

*Epistolary Historical Fiction

| Featured Book Review + Author Interview |

Blog Book Tour Stop, courtesy of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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11th December, 2018 | “Once Upon A River” by Diane Setterfield

*Mystery, Magical Realism

| Featured Book Review |

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17th November, 2018 | “Song of Sacrifice” by Janell Rhiannon

*Historical Fantasy

| Book Blitz with Notes |

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19th December, 2018 | SPECIAL GUEST FEATURE

And ANNOUNCEMENT by a fellow book blogger! Shh!! #mumstheword!

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2019 Dates

January

  • Guest Feature by fellow book blogger
  • 16th & 23rd January (Xpresso Book Tours)

February

  • (19th) Interview w/ Extract Claire Gray feat. Running in Circles

March/April/Spring TBA

  • Special Review of a Special Project involving a book blogger

April

  • Interview with Kristin Fields (Lake Union debut) | Contact between Jan or Feb/March

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#ChocLitSaturdays Continues!

I personally *love!* serial fiction, and as you will start to notice, my focus on ChocLit serial fiction is going to be increasing tenfold! Especially within the first selections of what I am focusing on reviewing, as The Wild One is the second in the Coorah Creek series; The Scarlet Kimono begins the Kumashiro Series whereas The Silver Locket begins the Charton Minster series set during the World War era (as I quite fancy a well-writ war drama!). Concurrently, I will be reading a second series by Ms Courtenay and the other half of her duology; as revealled below this listing of my next ChocLit reads!

New Year ChocLit Reviews:

A Second Christmas Wish | The Rest of My Life

[ Kathryn Freeman + Sheryl Browne ]

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end of Winter | SPring  ChocLit Reviews:

Hubble Bubble | Don’t Stop the Music | Follow A Star | Sugar & Spice

[ Jane Lovering + Christine Stovell + Angela Britnell ]

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Autumn ChocLit Reviews:

Emma and Her Daughter | The Soft Whispers of Dreams | The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight

October + November (specifically)

[ Linda Mitchelmore + Christina Courtenay ]

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as well as these titles from the library of Christina Courtenay:

Trade Winds | Highland Dreams | Monsoon Mists (Kinross series!)

November | December | January 2019 (respectively!)

+| New England Rocks (YA!) in September during my YA focus fortnight!

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On this page, I will be listing by ‘type’ of literature all of the lovely books that have been featured on Jorie Loves A Story! In this way, you will not have to go through each individual year’s Bookish Events to ascertain which books I’ve read! I am keeping those archived for myself mainly as I simply want to be able to reflect back upon my experiences in reading and the bookish blog community that I am blessed to be a part of! Here, you can simply JUMP! to which book interests you to read about the most, in a handy stream-lined archive! Be sure to drop a note on the post of which books whet your fancy to read the most! I encourage comments on my blog and look forward to the exchanges of conversation that follow suit! Happy reading, dear hearts!! Kindly note that if a book does not yet have a link it is an ‘upcoming event’!

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Join me, whilst I discover the next story
to captivate my imagination and expand my horizons!?

I’d never advocate for banning books but I do advocate for books to be marked with explicit content for language as a method of understanding what we will find inside and therefore start to curb our disillusioned disappointment. If they can mark books for science fiction & fantasy as much as lyrics in music, I am thinking it is time to start marking books with ‘strong language included’ and ‘explicit violence’ if the case might be as well.

-quoted from my review of Lost in Thought 

I am especially growing disillusioned by the fact too much of modern literature is evoking a stance that strong language is necessary to tell a story. I did not grow up on stories with strong language, either as a young child, a growing young adult, a teenager, nor a twenty-something; no, I began to see the churning tides towards more reads turning vulgar and inclusive to strong language, excessive violence, and strong adult situations as a thirty-something. Try as I might to be particularly particular about what I read and what I blog about, there are instances whilst participating on blog tours I am taken unawares and find issues with the novels I am reading whereupon I spark a notation I refer to as a ‘fly in the ointment’. As a book blogger, as a reader, and as a future Mum the sphere of literature I am most advocating for change is inside Children’s Literature and most especially Young Adult titles. As an adult reader outside that scope I find myself craving the ‘clean reads’ I grew up with and wonder why now in order to find them I appear to need to read outside the mainstream whereas previously it was quite common all the books I was picking up to read were ‘clean’ and had nothing to do with who was publishing the work itself.

I have updated my Story Vault to reflect those titles of YA (across genres) and Adult Paranormal stories which are inclusive to strong language. The rest of the Vault are organised by genre and if you were to visit each book showcase per title and see an absence of a ‘fly in the ointment’ you are assured I did not take any issue with reading the story. I’ve decided to take a stand against strong language because it is not something I grew up with nor is it something I am going take lightly as an adult. Literature to me was always a true lift of spirits and/or a challenging experience which opened my eyes to a different life outside my own culture, religion, or environment of where my own hours are walked. I grew in empathy and understanding through reading a myriad of stories and the writers always enhanced my vocabulary by the wondrous words they elected to choose to breathe life into their characters and their worlds. I have not stopped my search for wordsmiths nor for a story that I can read without befalling a muddling sea of explicit vulgarity and violence.

These are my wanderings as I blog my way through the books which alight on my path to read and my quest to find the stories and the writers I will want to savour a second time around after I find what I am looking for as I proceed forward into new expanding worlds of fiction.

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Joyfully Absorbing Literature:

{ a journal through where my genre dances take me }

A few titles are showcased in two separate categories of interest due to how they cross-relate to where they are placed

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Classical Literature: 19th Century Literature

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre (Chapters I-XI) by Charlotte Brontë {RAL}
  • Jane Eyre (the Final Ruminations) by by Charlotte Brontë #Bronte200
  • Little Women (audiobook) by Louisa May Alcott, narrated by Andrea Emmes
  • The Ladies Paradise by Emilie Zola
  • Charles Dickens
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Wilkie Collins
  • HG Wells
  • George Eliot
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Classical Literature:

19th Century Stories (by era of locale)

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton

Classical Literature: 20th Century Literature

the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

and continuing,..

Classical Literature: After Canons

Guinevere Tale Trilogy by Nicole Evelina

also listed under Feminist HistFic

  • Daughter of Destiny+ by Nicole Evelina {BT} Guinevere, Avalon & Camelot re-telling
  • Camelot’s Queen by Nicole Evelina {BT} Guinevere, Avalon & Camelot re-telling
  • Mistress of Legend by Nicole Evelina {BT} Guinevere, Avalon & Camelot re-telling

| Focused on sequels of ‘Jane Austen’ & ‘ Jane Eyre’ |

*refer to Poetry for an ‘after canon’ of poems based on Jane Eyre & Bertha!

| Focused on ‘Fairy-tale Re-tellings’ |

  • Star of Deliverance by Mandy Madson Voisin+ {BT}
    Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) by Brothers Grimm
  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth {BT} Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
  • Becoming Beauty by Sarah E. Boucher+ {BT}
    Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
  • What is Lost by Lauren Skidmore {BT} Little Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm
  • Bearskin by Jamie Robyn Wood+ {BT} Bearskin by Brothers Grimm
    and Norse fairy-tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon
  • Keep On Believing: A Cinderella Story (audiobook) by Marie Higginsm, narrated by Paula Slade {AA} Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) by Brothers Grimm

Harlequin Romance (imprint) series | Fairy Tale Duology by Jennifer Faye

| Focused on ‘mythological Re-tellings’ |

| focused on ‘after canons’ of Sir arthur conan doyle |

Classical Literature:

Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror)

Literary Fiction:

Contemporary Fiction:

  • Jane Two+ by Sean Patrick Flanery {RIEHR}

French Literature (translated):

Swedish Literature (translated):

South American Literature (translated):

  • Riding by Cassia Cassitas+ {BT}

German Literature (translated):

Realistic Fiction:

*note: also find stories for this category in INSPY Fict and YA Lit

Motherhood | Parenthood | Mumhood | Adoption: (Fiction)

Inspirational Fiction:

*INSPY by definition refers to “Inspirational Fiction” the main branch of Literature for ‘faith-based literature’ and is non-inclusive to one particular religion as it is accepting of all denominations and religions as a whole; wherein the stories are rooted in a faith-centered life. Faith is an individual walk and journey, thereby the stories under this umbrella of a genre ‘Inspirational Fiction’ is as diverse as the seven seas and the populace therein on the continents. (written originally here)

Inspirational Fiction: Contemporary INSPY

Contemporary INSPY | sweet romance

an LDS Contemporary Rom duology by Laura L. Walker:

Inspirational Fiction: Historical INSPY

The Roaring Twenties Novels by Jennifer Lamont Leo

harlequin Love inspired (imprint series)

Sheridan Sweethearts series by Stacie Henrie:

Realistic INSPY Fiction:

The Coming Home Series by Brenda S. Anderson:

  • Chain of Mercy by Brenda S. Anderson+ {RIEHR}{Street Team}
  • Pieces of Granite (Prequel) by Brenda S. Anderson {RIEHR}{Street Team}
  • Memory Box Secrets by Brenda S. Anderson {RIEHR}{Street Team}
  • Hungry for Home by Brenda S. Anderson {RIEHR}{Street Team}{gift}

The Bradford Sisters Romance series by Becky Wade

Waves of Mercy series by Lynn Austin

And, then continuing,…

INSPY suspense / thriller Fiction:

  • Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson
  • Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman
  • Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

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Children’s Literature: | Main Archive (more expansive!)

{ visit the main archive for stories under a ‘content warning’

for all stories published under ‘Young Adult, Middle Grade, etc’ }

Juvenile Fiction | Middle Grade:

Picture | Chapter Books | Early Readers:

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the Kitty Hawk series by Iain Reading:

A Book Blogger Retrospective on the Kitty Hawk series by Iain Reading *special post*

  • Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold+ by Iain Reading {RIEHR}
  • Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading {RIEHR}
  • Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading {RIEHR}
  • Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the R.M.S. Titanic by Iain Reading {RIEHR}

Realistic YA:

YA Fantasy | YA Sci-Fantasy:

The Leland Dragon series by Jackie Gamber:

The Cobbogoth series by Hannah L. Clark

And, then continuing,…

the Ian Quicksilver series by Alyson Peterson

A Book Blogger Retrospective of the Piercing the Veil series by C.A. Gray *special post*

A Book Blogger Retrospective on the History Mystery series by Deborah Heal *special post*

  • Time And Again+ by Deborah Heal {RIEHR}
  • Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal {RIEHR}
  • Every Hill & Mountain by Deborah Heal {BKAWY}

The collective works of PNR & Science Fiction by L.G. O’ Connor

  • Hope’s Prelude (Trinity Stones, Prequel) by L.G. O’ Connor
  • Trinity Stones: the YA Edition by L.G. O’ Connor

The collective works of Paranormal YA by Terry Maggert

Halfway Witchy series:

YA Historical:

ya science fiction:

New Adult:

{ New Adult / NA is a transition between YA & Adult Fiction }

Upper YA:

And, then continuing,…

A Clockpunk LGBTQPlus Upper YA series by Tara Sim

Timekeeper series:

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YA Dystopian:

the Faraway Saga by Stephen Zimmer

YA Paranormal Romance:

Moonflower by EDC Johnson+ {RIEHR}

YA Fantasy and/or Paranormal Romance:

Magical Realism YA:

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Legal Mysteries | Thrillers:

Cosy Mysteries | Suspense (Traditional):

The Cosy Suburbs Mysteries | Maycroft Mysteries by Lisa B. Thomas

Cosy Mysteries | Dramatic Crime Fiction:

the Marjorie Trumaine Mysteries by Larry D. Sweazy

the Willa Cather & Edith Lewis Mysteries by Sue Hallgarth

the Samuel Craddock series by Terry Shames

NOTE: I explain why I read this series out of sequence on the first review

Cosy Historical Mysteries:

the Hiro Hattori (aka Shinobi Mysteries) by Susan Spann:

the Lady Darby Mysteries by Anna Lee Huber:

the Verity Kent Mysteries by Anna Lee Huber:

the Edith Head and Lillian Frost novels by Renee Patrick:

the Kate Clifford Mysteries by Candace Robb:

The Anna Blanc series by Jennifer Kincheloe:

Hard-boiled | Traditional Historical Mysteries:

  • The Iris Fan by Laura Joh Rowland {BT} includes reflections on “Shinju”, “The Incense Game”, and “The Shogun’s Daughter” as a preview of the series before I read “The Iris Fan”
  • Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd {BT} includes reflections on “A Test of Wills” and an introductory precursor to reading ‘Hunting Shadows’ by a reader first attempt to read Todd.
  • Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell {BT} includes an expanded reflection (it’s a review!) on “Murder As A Fine Art” the first in the series from a new reader of Morrell.
  • The Bloody Black Flag by Steve Goble {LS} read ahead of the sequel’s release

traditional historical suspense:

Hard-boiled | Suspense | Thriller:

the Kay Hunter Detective series by Rachel Amphlett, narrated by Alison Campbell

TechnoThriller | Espionage Fiction:

ERUPTION duology by Adrienne Quintana

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Cosy Horror | Psychological Suspense:

This section is upcoming to Jorie Loves A Story! Refer to my interview with Lynn Carthage to understand how to find cross-referenced links to route through where I blog about ‘Cosy Horror’ a sub-genre designation I created during Oh, the Books! Horror October, 2014!

anthologies of cosy horror:

novels of cosy horror:

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Epistolary historical fiction:

+ one from Non-Fiction

And, then continuing,…

Military Stories and/or War Dramas of HistFic:

War Dramas & Contemporaries by ChocLitUK author Margaret James

(Charton Minster series) // in order of publication first, numbered by order of series

Biographical { Historical } Fiction:

The Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley

Biographical { Historical } Fiction {sub-focus} Biblical History:

Biographical &/or traditional

{ Historical } Fiction

{sub-focus} Feminist HistFic:

The Guinevere Tale series by Nicole Evelina

{sub-focus} Feminist contemporary lit:

Vote for Remy+ by Leanna Lehman {BT}

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Hard Science Fiction:

The Clan Chronicles by Julie E. Czerneda:

space opera series (unnamed) by Cindy koepp:

And, then continuing,…

Science Fiction based on Science Fact:

  • Category 5 by Paul Mark Tag+ {RIEHR}
  • Prophecy by Paul Mark Tag {RIEHR}
  • White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy {RIEHR}
  • Antiphony+ & Entrevoir by Chris Katsaropoulos {RIEHR}

Steampunk:

  • The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky+ {CC} *Guest Review on Hannah’s blog
  • The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead {SFN}
  • A MidSummer Night’s Steampunk+ {RIEHR}
  • Trans-Continental: Girl in the Gears by E. Chris Garrison {RIEHR}
  • Trans-Continental: Mississippi Queen by E. Chris Garrison {RIEHR}
  • The Gin Thief: Volume 1 by S.C. Barrus {RWOOR} I was a betareader on this project

Discovering Aberration+ by S.C. Barrus (a JLAS Feature)

Science Fiction Anthologies:

science fiction novellas (one-offs/singular release)

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  • The Brotherhood of the Dwarves by D.A. Adams {RIEHR, SSPW}
  • Dragons of Unrest by Anthony Russo {REIER}
  • Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer {RIEHR, SSPW}

Magical Realism:

The Element Odysseys series by Kimberlee Ann Bastian

Easter Family series by Nancy Schoellkopf

middle grade Fantasy:

Croswald series by D.E. Night

And, then continuing,…

Comedic Fantasy | Fairy-Tale Fantasy:

Urban Fantasy:

The Tipsy Fairy Tale series by Ms Chris (E. Chris Garrison)

dark fantasy:

  • Heartborn (audiobook) by Terry Maggert, narrated by Erin Spencer {AA}
  • Woven (audiobook) by Bree Moore, narrated by Rebecca McKernan {BT}

Superhero Fiction:

Awesome Jones series by AshleyRose Sullivan

And, then continuing,…

Fantasy Anthologies:

shorts | novellas inside Fantasy Anthologies:

  • Ethical Will by Kaki Olsen (inside UNSPUN anthology) {RIEHR}

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Women’s Fiction | Contemporary Romance:

ChocLit : Little Spitmarsh series by Christine Stovell

ChocLit: Nashville Connections series by Angela Britnell

Identity Detective series by Sandra Danby

Indecision duology by Brittany Fuller

harlequin heartwarming (imprint series)

The Rocky Mountain Cowboy series by Karen Rock:

as you might have inferred, I read this slightly out of sequence as I couldn’t fetch ‘Bad Boy Rancher’ ahead of receiving ‘A Cowboy’s Pride’ – instead, I decided to read it ahead of books 5-8 which are releasing from 2019 & 2020 – it is a series I truly have loved reading!

Shores of Indian Lake series by Catherine Lanigan:

Camden Falls series by Kate James:

The Business of Brides series by Tara Randel:

Return of the Blackwell Brothers series (multiple authors)

  • The Rancher’s Twins (book one) by Carol Ross {RIEHR}
  • The Rancher’s Rescue (book two) by Cari Lynn Webb
  • The Rancher’s Redemption (book three) by Melinda Curtis
  • The Rancher’s Fake Fiancee (book four) by Amy Vastine
  • The Rancher’s Homecoming (book five) by Anna J. Stewart

harlequin medical (imprint series)

Harlequin Medical Romances by Amy Ruttan

harlequin superromance (imprint series)

harlequin special edition (imprint series)

+ Biographical Women’s Fiction +

  • all in her head+ by Sunny Mera {RIEHR, #FRC2015}
  • see also: The Fourteenth of September, listed under ‘Feminist HistFic’ as it befits this heading!

Romantic Suspense:

White Knights series by Susan Sleeman:

  • Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman {RIEHR}
  • Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman {RIEHR}

Jacob Pevensey Mysteries by Rosanne E. Lortz

I did read these slightly out of order, as I was on the blog tour for the second novel before I was able to join the blog tour for the third; wherein I had the chance to hear the first!

Historical Romance Fiction:

Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Liz Harris

Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Christina Courtenay

(Kumashiro series)

Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Christina Courtenay

(Kinross series)

  • Trade Winds+ by Christina Courtenay {gift}
  • Highland Storms by Christina Courtenay {gift}
  • Monsoon Mists by Christina Courtenay {gift}

Historical Rom by ChocLitUK author Linda Mitchelmore

(Emma series)

Historical Roms by Philippa Jane Keyworth

The Victorian Ladies series by Sandra Byrd

mills & boon historical romance (imprint series)

Christmas Stories | Romances:

+ one in Non-Fiction

Western Romance Fiction:

romance novellas:

romance short stories:

romance novella anthologies:

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Alternative Historical Fiction | with Fantasy or PNR Elements:

Adult Paranormal Romance:

Due note: I am attempting to navigate the world of Adult PNR w/o vulgarity yet finding it still. However, the novels in this list are ones where the strong language did not deter me from the pages and thankfully were not peppered with such a high frequency to divert my joy.

{ includes Time Travel Romance + Time Slips }

Shadows of the Past series by Christina Courtenay

  • The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay {RIEHR, CLS}
  • The Secret Kiss of Darkness by Christina Courtenay {gift}
  • The Soft Whispers of Dreams (audiobook) by Christina Courtenay, narrated by Jenny Funnell {gift}
  • The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight by Christina Courtenay {gift}

(Rossetti Mysteries) by author Kirsty Ferry

The collective works of PNR & Suspense by M.J. Rose

(esp Daughters of La Lune trilogy)

And, then continuing,…

The ones that pushed the envelope for me a bit:

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Select Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoir:

My ruminative thoughts about Betty MacDonald:

Select Topics in Science:

Motherhood | Parenthood | Mumhood | Adoption:

Assorted Subjects & Topics:

Cookery: Savoury & Baking (with a healthy bent of focus):

Literary Journals and/or Poetry:

colouring books and/or art journals:

Fiber art | homemade crafts | old world arts:

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Special Editions | Chapter Samplers:

The following are threaded above by genre however, I am routing them here for ease of finding.

More to come!

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