In the next few weeks, I hope to have the cover of Killing the Kordovas finalized. It’s been an arduous journey writing and editing, but I am happy to have finished another to release this year. I say this every time I finish a book, but I believe it rings true with this one – Kordovas is perhaps the most “way-out” there thing I’ve written. Mind you, I have an anthology of odd stories out now in The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo. Even though the new book isn’t out yet, but I’m already seeking to top it with my next work. Project AK is in the outline stage now, and I have another work to start.

In the meantime, I’m still reading. I slacked off a bit during vacation, since I spent more time outside than with a book. I did manage to get a few put away toward my goal of 125:

Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek, #4)Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC received from NetGalley.

This is the first Whiskey Creek novel I have had, as well as my first Brenda Novak book. I had previewed the book on Ms. Novak’s website, and the excerpt proved compelling enough to get me to read the book. If you start here I don’t think you’ll be lost – this story about a woman returning to her hometown years after a horrifying event is written in a way that you can follow the community easily. The tension between the emotional bruised Addy and Noah is palpable and you are pushed to read forward. There is an element of mystery involved, namely who is involved in scaring Addy out of town, and Novak managed to keep me guessing for a while.

Because I’ve read this book, I am intrigued to read the other Whiskey Creek novels.

Queen's GambitQueen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC received from NetGalley

I love Tudor-set stories, and Queen’s Gambit stars a queen who doesn’t receive as much attention as the previous wives of Henry V. Katherine Parr led a short but fascinating life – as the object of affection of two men (one the most powerful in England), Katherine fought her natural instincts toward love and deferred to duty.

Queen’s Gambit flows quickly in a fictional retelling of Henry V’s final marriage, concentrating mainly on the Parr household – Katherine’s stepdaughter and the people in her employ. A great addition to the bookshelf of anybody who enjoys Tudor fact and fiction.

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