Positivity Monday- Half Way There

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I’m a huge believer in faking it until you make it. Bring an aura of calm and professionalism, and you’ll be more respected and reap greater results. I often feel like a duck. You might not see my legs working furiously under the water, but I promise you they are.

This weekend was a whirlwind for me. I had an author event at the Virginia Festival of the Book and got to hang out with so many lovely romance authors! The highlight for me was meeting Julia London, Margaret Locke, and Sue London!

I also packed some and helped move. My husband did SO much more work than me, but it’s been on my mind even if I couldn’t help physically.

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I also published The Earl’s Bluestocking Dream! I’m so proud to offer this story to non-JAFF readers as the story line should appeal to all Regency romance and historical fiction lovers- especially with the new changes! I can’t wait to have time to work on some others and finally feel energized to continue my current projects. Now, it’s just a matter of getting settled in the new house.

Now, it’s just a matter of getting settled in the new house. Unless things change, the plan is for the kids and me to stay here until April 7. I am going down today (Monday, Marcy 27) to help arrange furniture but then driving right back up. Fingers crossed we can make it to spring break without me losing my mind. Then there will be two weeks off where my son can adjust to the new house and area before school starts.

It sounds like a lot! And it is! But I believe I can do it so I know I’m half way there.

Monday Reads

Here’s my list of reading this week:

dress finalFirst I get to read through my upcoming release, A Sense of Obligation, one more time.

Then I get to read some chapters from April Floyd’s current work in progress: In One Season

And unpublished writer Kay Kay’s Quill: The Education of Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth. It can be found on Fanfiction.net and DarcyandLizzy.com

51JdN9U5VgL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ lady of deceptionThen, if I’m a very good girl, I’m treating myself to Christi Caldwell’s My Lady of Deception

and Sue London’s Fates for Apate, another part of the Haberdasher Series that I recently discovered and fell in love with.

Side note. Does the woman on the cover of My Lady of Deception remind anyone else of Belle French from the TV series Once Upon a Time? I’m a new fan to the series, having found it on Netflix. I’m dying for Season 4.

Reading Saturday

I’m back!! My computer blew up the other week and even posting on mobile became too difficult! I got my computer back from the factory the other day and I’m trying to catch up on everything. I did do a good bit of reading the last two weeks, which I suppose is ironic because I had planned to write a bunch and I gave myself the week before off to read but my muse didn’t want to listen.

Anyway, I’ve decided to share on Saturdays what I’ve read in the past week. I’m not sharing everything on here because it was a lot and I don’t have time to track it all down. But here’s the cream of the crop!

Trials of Artemis This series is like the feminist’s dream boat for Romance.

The Haberdashers
In 1805 three little girls decided to create a “boys club” because boys have more fun. Their childhood was filled with sword fighting, horse racing, and archery. Now in 1815 they are all grown up and expected to join Society. Who will marry such independent and deadly misses?

This is the first book of the series and I really loved Jacqueline called “Jack.” Found in a compromising situation with a stranger she’s forced to marry a man. That’s always one of my favorite scenarios. They had quite their bit of trials to get to know one another but hope was never too far away either. Jack learns to keep her identity and love a man with differing tastes.

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I loved the next one even more:

Athena's OrdealThe second Haberdasher, Sabrina called “Sabre,” becomes immediately obsessed with the Duke of Beloin after challenging him to a DUEL to defend her honor. I love Quincy so much!! Again, Sabre stays true to herself and finds love on her own terms. I can’t wait to read the third one.

Both of these books have spicy scenes, so clean readers beware.

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Love of a RogueAnother one I read this week is by Christi Caldwell. I’ve been quite a fan of her Heart of a Duke Series, but I skipped over this one a few times. I just wasn’t in the mood for a reformed rake at the moment. Well, I’m glad I finally read it! Ms. Caldwell really gave so much substance to Alex and the reason for his dissipation and I could feel Imogen’s feelings evolve as she let go of the pain from having her betrothed leave her for her younger sister. More than attraction, Alex and Imogen come to rely on each other and trust one another with their deepest feelings. Another one with sexual scenes.

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DoCTonight I’m going to curl up with Denial of Conscience. I loved reading it online and can’t wait to revisit it. It’s a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling. What happens to Darcy and Elizabeth when they repress their inner conscience? The thing that makes them them in the original? How can they get it back? Or was it ever really gone? Don’t be afraid of the journey, get on and ride! More spice!

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Clean Romance reading this week included:


FPOMWhen Elizabeth Bennet is sent to London after refusing Mr. Collins, the last person she expects to find is Mr. Darcy. A nice Mr. Darcy. Ah, but is the path to Happily Ever After ever so easy? You must read for your own peace of mind (see what I did there? LOL!)

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We all think of Cupid as throwing arrows and we’re instantly smitten. Well, it may be he sets traps instead. And it may be that he needs some help from one, Georgiana Darcy. A fun, sweet read!

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