January 2018 Reading List

I know that it has been awhile since I posted one of these and I’m going to blame it on the fact that I haven’t been reading all that many books or stories lately. I guess I could have posted about all the online articles I’ve been reading because there are a ton of them, but I really didn’t feel like writing a post that could be considered the equivalent of a novel about them.

First up this month was…

The Right-Brain Business Plan by Jennifer Lee

I actually re-read this book since it’s been awhile and so much has changed in what I’m doing and how I want to do it. While I’ve decided not to run a business for several reasons, I still like the idea of having a plan or focus for my year.

For the creative brain that snoozes when it comes to creating a business plan (mine!), this book takes the boring out of making plans and makes it fun. There are lots of activities to do and examples to see. Besides who doesn’t want to do a little cut and pasting while making a visual map of their business plan.

The Dimensions Trilogy by Barbara Joan Russell

This trilogy won’t be out until March 24th, but you can jump over to the author’s website to sign up for her mailing list to find out when it will be. I’m lucky to know the author so I was able to get my hands on the books before they are even published, mostly because she wanted me to design her book covers and help her with the book descriptions. Since the best way to do that was to read the books, she let me.

While light on the fantasy in the first book, the series soon picks up speed in the fantasy department and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next. This is definitely a novella series I feel comfortable buying for my girls and would suggest to any parent whose kids aren’t interested in picking up giant tomes to read.


Secrets, Book #1 in the Dimensions Trilogy, Barbara Joan RussellRaven, Montana is a small town, secluded from the rest of the world, where nothing exciting ever happens. But high school senior, Jessica Riley has never felt like she lacked anything. Well, that is, except for that one special boy who can make her life complete.

When she meets Steve Montgomery, the newcomer, the void she always experienced with her past boyfriends is finally filled. With Steve, she has everything she’s ever wanted.

There’s just one small problem…

Steve didn’t come to Raven to fall in love. He came to escape a dark past, something that didn’t originate in this world but has a definite hold on it…and on him. As much as he longs to be free from it, it’s followed him, and it’s about to threaten anyone who gets close to him.

And unfortunately for Jessica, he cares about her a little too much.


Stalker, book #2 in the Dimensions Trilogy, Barbara Joan RussellRaven, Montana is a small town where nothing exciting used to happen. But forces from another world are pressing in, and those forces will make Raven anything but boring…

Jessica Riley now knows Steve Montgomery’s secret. She knows why he says they can’t be together. And logically, it makes sense. But one thing she’s learned from her past relationships is how rare something like true love is. It’s something that only happens once in a lifetime. So when someone finds it, they need to fight for it. And she’s determined to fight for Steve, no matter what the cost will be.

While Steve loves her, he can’t let her risk everything just to be with him. She doesn’t understand how dangerous his father is. His father has plans. Dark plans. Plans that don’t include Jessica. And he’ll stop at nothing to get his way.

Steve Montgomery was trying to escape his past, but dark forces from another world have followed him to Raven. He wants to fight it, but how can he when those forces threaten the girl he loves?


Showdown, Book #3 in the Dimensions Trilogy, Barbara Joan RussellRaven, Montana, a place once thought to be boring, will send Jessica Riley and her friends into another world where the rules are vastly different than the ones they’re used to…

Steve Montgomery has finally given his father what he wants. He has joined his father into the Seventh Dimension where his father is determined to establish his reign.  But Jessica is just as determined to get Steve back, and her friends have agreed to help her.

As soon as they get to the Seventh Dimension, Steve’s father sends them all through portals that will take them to different words, worlds they could never have imagined in the quiet and safe town of Raven. Worlds of magic. Worlds where time doesn’t have any meaning. Worlds where anything is possible.

And it’s up to each one to find their way back to the Seventh Dimension before Steve’s father will have his way. Because if he succeeds, then Steve will be lost forever, and Jessica can’t allow that, no matter what challenges she has to face.

Write to Market (Deliver a Book that Sells) by Chris Fox

This was a book that a fellow writer sent to me last year when I was having difficulties deciding what I wanted to do and even what to write. While I started it last year, I didn’t finish it. Last week I pulled it off my book shelf and started reading it again.

Now the plan to make money with my writing hasn’t changed, as in I’m not planning to make money, I just want to write the stories in my head and share them. But this book had some really good information about writing and publishing that I found invaluable.

Evermore (The Immortals Series) by Alyson Noël

The last book I read this month was a YA Paranormal Romance that I borrowed from the library. I got about five books by various authors in various series for research into YA fiction in preparation for writing the Sara Greenway Series.  I figure if I find a book I like among them, I’ll read the rest of the series.

Among them was a book by Alyson Noël titled Evermore. For those who love a little more romance in their YA, this might be a series that you would enjoy. While it had a premise that I found intriguing, it won’t be a series that I will continue reading.

Here’s a description:

After a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

Happy Groundhog Day and  reading to ya’ll!