Monthly Archives: January 2019

Top Ten Books of 2018

Read here if you wish to see what I read in 2018. Welcome back, owlnerds. So I decided to share my top ten books I read last year in no order what so ever. 🙂

  1. Fire and Ice: Elementals by Erin Forbes (Review:
    I finished this book in less than 5 hours. Wow. It’s been a very long time since I read a novel in a day. The book itself reminded me a lot of X-men, Harry Potter, and Miss Peregrine’s Home of Of Peculiar Children… It’s probably just me then 😅. LOVE THIS BOOK!)
  2. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes Find the review here
  3. The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch (Review:
    Wow, just wow. I literally had to lay in bed for a few minutes to return back to reality. This book, just wow. I still questioned why I didn’t read this and why it took so long to read it. The family theme was amazing. I can’t wait to read the sequel. So many emotions, I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed this book. 😀 )
  4. Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox (Review:
    One word: Mick. I probably fell for him a bit too fast. But come on. He is caring and protective towards Celeste. This would have been a quick read but sometimes I slow down my reading because there are only the first time reactions in reading something. Now on my top ten books this year.)
  5. The Theif, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela Watts
  6. The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo (Review:
    Love this books so much. Burndee is so humorous. It’s the best. Reminds me of someone, me. 😛 I loved the twist at the very end. I almost forgot to eat something as I was too consumed by this book.)
  7. Not by Sight by Kate Breslin (Review can be found here)
  8. Love Defined by Kristen Clark, Bethany Baird
  9. Beasts of Extradorinary Creatures by Ruth Emmie Lang (Review can be found here)
  10. Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire (Review:
    This book is to die for… of course not literally. Gemma is a teen mother to be. With a horrible past, she meets the Martin’s who change her life completely. The Martin’s are a country living Christian family.
    This book was balanced with description. Each background of each character was balanced as well. I loved how certain characters tied well with Gemma’s past. Loved how the story didn’t end after Gemma giving birth. Josiah was probably my favorite character. Not only is he protective of his siblings but he didn’t even think of Gemma’s past to be kind to her. I honestly think we need more men like Josiah. This book is probably my favorite so far for this year. Love it so much. )

Thanks for reading! See you next week, owlnerds. 🙂

Most anticipated reads

Welcome back, owlnerds in today’s most I decided to share books I am most excited about. Enjoy!

Live without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

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Synopsis:
Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t. 

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?  Will be published: Jan. 22, 2019

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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Synopsis:
The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other. Will be Published: May 7th, 2019

Uprising by Ivie Brooks

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Synopsis:
If you had to choose between freedom or safety, what would you pick? 

Nothing will ever be the same.
Everything around us is crumbling.
I have to fight to protect everything I love.
But fighting might only mean the end of everything.

Fate has a way of playing games, breaking us down into pieces.
I won’t stay down, not without a fight. 
And if it means losing it all, I know we will still rise.

If you had to choose between everything you care about or the safety of everyone else, what would you decide? 

I didn’t want this life for everyone when it already changed mine. 
It seems it was inevitable.
No one wants to sit and let this happen to everything we know.
I’ll never have normal. 
I don’t even know what it means.

I know I’m at risk of losing everything, but we have to win this war.
It’s not about the battle we lose or the one we win.
It’s about the aftermath. 
And if it means losing it all, I know we will still rise. Will be Published August 2019

The Wedding by Livy Jarmusch

Synopsis: N/A

Will be Published: N/A

This is the last book to her series. I am still waiting for the cover reveal and such.

Shadows in London by Victoria Lynn

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Synopsis:
In the wake of the Titanic’s sinking, all of England is in unrest and nothing is as it seems.
Widowed landlady Mrs. Vivian Hobbs, has grown resigned to spending the rest of her life alone. But suddenly she is faced with an alternative she never could have expected.

Officer William Ridley is consumed by his occupation, but when the unstable foundation upon which he has built his life gives way, despair takes hold.

Retired Detective Harlow Doyle can’t seem to stay retired. When he lands in the hospital due to his need to help, he must seek the assistance of his friends to solve a case that grows more dark and ominous as the days pass.

A missing persons case, an uncertain romance, and a dangerous gang draw their lives inexorably together, sweeping them into a sea of uncertainty.

Will the shadows in London engulf them all? Or will the Light of Christ scatter the darkness?
Will be published: One day

Open Your Horizons

Greetings, owlnerds! It’s the first blog post of 2019. This year will be a crazy year. I plan on finishing my rewrites by the end of March. So I take the next big step toward publishing. More info for that will come soon. For today’s post, I am telling myself and all that we should expand our research, our ideas, and development of worlds. Enjoy!!

As I walk around a bookstore staring at books besides the classics. I see heavy duty romance, stories of assassins, and the chosen one. Popular books and over-hyped books. As writers, we should expand our ideas above the horizon. We usually get our ideas from other popular books.

As a fantasy writer, myself. I enjoying my setting be based in the medieval times, of course. I chose this setting because I am inspired by Tolkien. I decided to expand my imagination by modernizing it. Still medieval themes with several adjustments.

We should start looking back at the basics. We could do some retelling with biblical characters, fairy tales, mythology, etc. We should take events in history and create our own worlds. We should use politics as a means of ideas. We need to observe people more. We should watch the behavior of how people react to certain things. We should listen to how people talk. We should notice more carefully how the world around us works. We should notice how each season changes to the next. We should notice how certain people dress. We should study other people’s cultures. We should notice the different landscape other countries have.

The main reason for this blog post is to stop looking at the screen for an answer and observe the world a little more each day. See ya soon.