January Newsletter – Off to Betas and Of Beast and Beauty

“You can do this, little girl,” he said. “You will be a good mother.”

“But how, Father? How can I be a mother when I’ve had no mother to guide me?”

With a kiss to her brow, he smiled. “Never say that. Always be thankful for your mother, even if all she taught you was who not to be.”

~ From Twisted River (Hope or High Water Book 2)

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The End

Yes, you read that right—Broken Lines is finished and off for beta reader review! But I’m not taking a break. This is the month to clear my mind so I can start final edits with fresh eyes on March 1. In the meantime, I am re-reading Across Oceans and Twisted River as a refresher, making notes of anything I might have overlooked while writing Broken Lines and tying up loose ends for the next and final book in the series. Continuity is key! I’m also starting the task of requesting library research materials and hopefully will get through another fictional read just for fun if time allows. In the coming months, I’m eagerly anticipating the opportunity to advance read new material from some of my favorite authors, and can’t wait to share my reviews with you all. So if you’re wondering why you don’t see me on social media as much, I simply don’t have a breath to spare! I promise I’ll always report on the important things though and if you ever have a question or comment, e-mail me. I check my messages nearly every day.

Recommended Reads

41HPUGypXBLSome people can’t stand retellings, but when done correctly, I think they’re wonderful. It’s always interesting to see a well known story with a different imagining. Chanda Hahn’s Of Beast and Beauty is the first in a series of fairytale retellings around Lady Eville, a literal witch of a mother who plans to use her magical daughters to extract revenge against the seven kingdoms. She sends her beautiful daughter, Rosalie, off to marry Xander, a beast of a prince, in order to take down his kingdom from within. Little do they know that no plan is without fault, secrets run deeper than the blood their truth can draw, and everyone is wearing a mask … but whose true colors will be revealed first? From the minute of Rosalie and Xander’s first meeting, I enjoyed that the author didn’t conceal that they were both up to no good. They each had their own selfish motives and I’m not sure she actually wrote their characters to be likeable. Yet it didn’t take long before I actually liked them both. The historical fantasy world Chanda Hahn creates is quite believable, and the banter between the characters kept me interested and sometimes guessing. Being a retelling, I assumed at some point everything would turn around, they would get their act together, and finally become honorable rulers. But did they? You’ll just have to read and find out. All I’ll say is the story definitely had a couple twists to the usual tale, and I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the series.

For more information on Chanda Hahn’s books, visit: https://www.chandahahn.com/

Upcoming Events

University City Library Local Author Event – February 25, 2020

Broken Lines Book Launch – April 25, 2020 – Location TBD

St. Charles City-County Library Local Author Fair – Spring 2020 – Date TBD

ACFW Conference Storyfest – September 18-19, 2020 (Please note, I will be attending this event as a reader and will not have a sale table. However, I would love to meet up with any readers on a one-off basis. Please send me a message.)

Do you know of an organization, book club, fair, coffee shop, book store, etc. that would be interested in hosting an author talk, book signing, or needs an event speaker? I would love to meet some new faces! If so, send me a note via the contact page.

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