Hey guys! Long time no blog!
I’ve been flat out with life over the last few months, a lot happening with my family (we’re all ok! just challenges we’ve needed to face together), and I’ve started a little side biz with an incredible company called Young Living.
The Novel Lifestyle is so excited to announce that we are now sharing our love for Young Living Essential Oils. Promoting and providing a more natural living environment for you and your family!
As I one-click my way through Amazons ‘new release’ list, I’m overwhelmed with the amount of books I am yet to read. As most of you know, I’m a complete mood reader. I can’t just pick up any book and read it. I usually download a sample and see if I’m ‘feeling’ it at that moment. So in order to help anyone else who has book anxiety over finding their next read, I have compiled a list of books that you must have on your radar this October! Some are new, others not so much, but these are the ones I have either read, or have caught my attention for what to read this month!
“The only thing worse than not finding your soulmate, is finding him and realising you’re two parts of the same train traveling in different directions.”
After four months away from the blog, I was bombarded with a bookshelf full of recommendations by readers, friends and fellow bloggers that I was slowly sifting my way through, trying to figure out which one was going to grab my attention. I thought I wanted something I hadn’t touched before. Something new. Fresh. A new author maybe. Until my dear friend Leisa Rayven messaged me offering to send me the next book in her Masters of Love series. Now, if you’ve followed along for a while, you will know my absolute love for Leisa’s stories. They are something else entirely. So I jumped at the opportunity to read Professor Feelgood without even reading the synopsis.
I begin this new post by saying hello. Hello from someone who has lived the last 9 years with books other than the ones I love reading, under my nose. Someone who has spent the last 9 years trying to juggle a marriage, kids, blogging, reading, life in general, with late nights, text books, practicums (which are not paid, by the way), essay writing, case studies, due dates and exams. I have tried to keep this blog alive through it all because it is the one thing that I have consistently done for myself. One thing that I have kept in my life because it brings me life. The readers, the authors, my fellow bloggers, the incredible friendships I have made along the way. They give me so much life, I’m honestly not sure I would have been able to make it through the last 9 years in one piece without them.
It’s been such a long time since I’ve logged onto my blog, and I have missed it so much. Although I’ve been feeling a little lost without it, I have absolutely needed the break to reconnect with my family and friends after I completed my university degree which has been an ongoing battle for the last 9 years. So, to sum it all up for you all, I have been running this blog, raising 2 kids, working, studying full time and trying to find time to read and review books all while balancing life. It’s been tough, but without this book community, I wouldn’t have made it through some of the darkest days.
For those of you in my Facebook Group, you now have access to my first Facebook LIVE where we spoke about all things #hashtags. If you’d like to check it out, you can follow the link here and join us.
One of the most important points I spoke about was the use of banned hashtags. Yes, they are a thing! And if you use them, you are not doing your blog or author page any favours. So I have written up a list of the most common ones that you should not use.
The cover of The Thief has been changed to fit the overall feel of the book. I think I love this one better!!
“Babe. Your beauty isn’t in how you look. It’s in how you stood outside of Fix that night where I met you. You turned to look at me with lust in your eyes, which at the time I thought was for me but it was really for Romero’s Charger.”
I always feel this amazing sense of excitement when starting a new book from a favourite author. Especially when it’s a brand new series. Getting to know new characters, falling in love all over again. It’s why we read, right? And finding two characters that not only connect with each other, but connect with me is a huge deal. So when I had read the first few chapters of The Thief by Kate McCarthy and found myself lost in a world I never wanted to escape, I knew I had stepped into a love affair with two new characters that would last an eternity.
Dear lord… Where do I start with this book?
I think I should begin by saying it has been a very long while – years, even – since I have read such ingenious writing.
There is something about this author. Her dry, quick wit and cleverness with words really pulled me in and almost immediately after starting this book, I was invested in the characters.
All of them.
Every single one.
“He restores vintage muscle cars . . .
. . . she steals them.”
Hey guys! I am SO excited to be sharing with you the cover of Kate McCarthy’s upcoming romantic suspense novel, The Thief, which is book one in her new Sentinels Series. So, good news! If you are new to Kate’s books, you can very well start right here! In fact, this book will guarantee a love of all things McCarthy, you’ll be coming back for more!