Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Review: She Paints My Soul (The Medicine Man Book 3) by Karen Kay


In spite of her fear of Indians, Sharon Wells travels from her home in St. Louis to Indian Territory in the northwest, along with her fiancé, and her friend Amelia, who is determined to return to Blackfoot Country. An orphan, Sharon yearns to be married and have a family of her own. She’s loyal to her fiancé, even when he carelessly puts her life in danger.

Strikes Fast, of the Crow People, was once on the path to becoming a medicine man, but he has lost his way. When nearly all his family were killed in a Blackfoot raid, he went on the warpath to avenge the ghosts of his murdered family. But he’s carried revenge too far, and the blood of innocents has left him feeling no longer human, without empathy or sympathy. But the beautiful white woman, Sharon, ignites a spark in him. When she’s captured in an Indian raid and her fiancé does nothing, Strikes Fast hopes his heroic deed of rescuing her might return him to the good graces of the Creator, from whom all medicine men receive their powers.

Strikes Fast’s handsome masculinity calls out to Sharon, as her beauty and her kindness calls to him. Trapped together in a blizzard, surrounded by danger, and despite the many reasons they shouldn’t be together, their growing love is undeniable. Can they find a way to heal one another and create the family each of them is longing for?


My Review:

An inspiring love story. 

This is the third book in the Medicine Men series and I was excited to learn more about Sharon and Strikes Fast.  This is a heartfelt story that has lots of excitement and passion.  I enjoyed the backstory of the characters and the descriptive scenery.  I could easily visualize the story playing out as I read it. 


Review: Big Little Spells (Witchlore Book 2) by Hazel Beck



Is her magic a threat to witchkind…or is she simply powerful enough to save the world?

Rebekah Wilde was eighteen when she left St. Cyprian, officially stripped of her magic and banished from her home. Ten years later, she’s forced to return to face the Joywood Coven, who preside over not just her hometown but the whole magical world. Rebekah is happy to reunite with her sister, and with her friends, but the implications of her return are darker and more dangerous than they could have imagined.

The Joywood are determined to prove Rebekah and her friends are a danger to witchkind, and her group faces an impending death sentence if they can’t prove otherwise. Rebekah must seek help from the only one who knows how to stop the Joywood—the ruthless immortal Nicholas Frost. Years ago, he was her secret tutor in magic, and her secret impossible crush. But the icy immortal is as remote and arrogant as ever, and if he feels anything for Rebekah—or witchkind—it’s impossible to tell.


My Review:

A highly entertaining book.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Small Town, Big Magic, so I was happy to get my hands on this book.  It was just as addictive as the first book.  I enjoyed learning more about Rebekah, who had her magic taken away, and forced to leave town, when she was just eighteen.  Ten years later, she is back in St. Cyprian after being summoned by the Joywood Coven.  She is glad to be reunited with her sister and friends, but they have a big battle ahead of them and it will take all of their powers if they want to succeed.  Rebekah is also reunited with her secret crush, the immortal Nicholas Frost.  Overall, this is a good book and it was fun revisiting this world of witches.  I would definitely recommend reading the first book in this series before this one in order to know what is going on. 


Thank you Graydon House and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.   


Friday, August 18, 2023

Virtual Pet Parade in Honor of Cat Lavoie



The world lost an incredible chick-lit author recently, Cat Lavoie.  I didn't know Cat personally, but I read some of her books and thoroughly enjoyed them.  I loved her writing style with fun, sometimes quirky characters that I could always relate to.  She was the kind of writer that once I finished one of her books, I immediately wanted to pick up another and read it too.  Cat was an animal lover and in honor of her memory, her friends have come up with the great idea of a virtual pet parade in her honor, starting Tuesday, August 22nd.

The world has lost a bright light and voice. Let’s remember our animal-loving friend author Cat Lavoie with the Cat Lavoie Virtual Pet Parade. Post a picture of your pet—or an animal in nature or art—using the hashtag #CatLavoiePetParade.

Please also consider making a tax-deductible donation to PetSmart Charities, which helps animals find their happily ever afters in forever homes in honor of Cat and her beloved rescue cats, Abbie, Molly, and Paddington. Select the option to make your donation in memory of Cat Lavoie. If you’d prefer to make a donation in Cat’s name to a local animal charity or rescue organization, that would be awesome too!

Copy and paste this text with your photos to help us keep this virtual pet parade going.


PetSmart Charities (USA): https://secure.petsmartcharities.org/give/219478/

 PetSmart Charities of Canada: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/19222