Yearly Archives: 2013


Run To You by Rachel Gibson [Review]

Run To You by Rachel Gibson [Review]

Yet and still, I was excited to read Run to You, sight unseen. It’s rare these days that I get a book and read the entire thing in one day. For one it has to be a shortish book and for two it has to be just that engrossing.

Stella Leon is a the second heroine penned as a bartender who ran away from home, especially when home tends to be the place where the money is. I guess the running theme right now is women can be and are completely self sufficient– that message is coming through loud and clear.



Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster [Review]

Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster [Review]

Rowdy Yates is your typical grouchy, big-as-a-bear curmudgeon with a heart of gold that he doesn’t want you to see. Avery is your run of the mill spitfire redhead who runs her own life and doesn’t like to be told. Mix the two and you get your standard ‘two strong people that butt heads but are actually perfect for each other, go through a dramatic situation together and come out of it in love.



#FridayReads – Furious Cool, Disappearing Acts (+tiny writing update)

#FridayReads – Furious Cool, Disappearing Acts (+tiny writing update)

  I feel like all I ever talk about here are books. I DO actually write. Just not that often.  I write in a pretty limited interest box and I figure people don’t care. I mean, I honestly don’t care when people say they write steampunk or HP fanfic or death metal poetry. So if you’re wondering how the writing is going……….eh. I haven’t written a single additional word on Brunch at Ruby’s. I’m back to wondering if it’s crap and if I should just dump the idea. [Insert whiny rambling about that here. I’m tired of listening to myself complain.] Hoping that reading helps kick up my creativity  I […]



Deadline by Sandra Brown [Review]

Deadline by Sandra Brown [Review]

Deadline by Sandra Brown This book will be available for purchase on September 24, 2013 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Summary:  Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he’s privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson’s career one in which he has a vested interest. Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy […]




#FridayReads- The Residue Years & Getting Rowdy (+1?)

#FridayReads- The Residue Years & Getting Rowdy  (+1?)

Welcome to another edition of Friday Reads  here at The Sweet Escape, where I chat about what I’ll be reading over the weekend!   This week I started two pretty good books: The Residue Years–   switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. Grace is just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean and get her kids back. Champ is trying to do right by his mom and younger brothers, and dreams of reclaiming the only home he and his family have ever shared. But selling crack is the only sure way he knows to achieve his dream. In this world of few options […]




Joe Victim: A Thriller by Paul Cleave [REVIEW]

Joe Victim: A Thriller by Paul Cleave [REVIEW]

Joe Victim: A Thriller by Paul Cleave My rating: 4 of 5 stars Summary: Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate, to say the least. Arrested for a whole slew of murders he says he can’t remember, Joe—a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver—has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn’t of sound mind and can’t be blamed for what he did. And, incredibly, that’s the least of his worries. That’s because there’s no shortage of people who like the idea of seeing Joe dead, some of whom are on the inside with him. On the outside, there’s […]



Writing Update!

Writing Update!

Notice I said writing update and not novel update because aside from re-reading what I’ve already written, doing some plotting work sheets and mapping out my Acts, I haven’t resumed writing. However, I will. I’m gearing up for it. I just feel it. Yeah. I know, I am going to have to force myself into it. Part of my issue is that I am elbows deep into a serial for the archive and I’m not in a huge hurry to say goodbye to these characters. This story marks my return to writing, so I’m enjoying writing for the sake of writing and not trying to write a really good first […]