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An Author’s Secret Fear

From the moment a story idea blooms in our heart and plays out in our mind, there's a small thread of fear that takes seed in a place we don't want to acknowledge. Writing is hard. Publishing is even harder. If you were to ask your favorite author the part of the process they like the least - they might admit it's those moments before someone reads your book. When I'm writing a story - the thought of how readers will react is always there, at the back of my mind, but I'm focused on the plot,...

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Steena Reads: A Family of Strangers

Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies? I love anything when it comes to secrets - especially when they are lifelong secrets that impact families. There's something about the idea - how they impact everyone around us, ourselves and the lives we lead - it's like candy to me. Suggest a book that deals with lies and secrets and I'm all in! A Family of Strangers is the perfect beach read! Emilie Richards crafted a web I couldn't entangle myself from in her latest novel - A Family of...

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July Sales – just in time for my birthday

My birthday is in just a few weeks and I was thinking about placing a book or two on sale but my publisher beat me to the punch and placed ALL of my books I've published with them on sale! That's right - ALL 8 OF THEM! (insert a woot woot here if you'd like!) Let the birthday celebrations begin... Headed on vacation? A road trip? Plan on sitting on the beach? Why not pick up one of my novels while they're such a great price. Head on over to Amazon to find a novel you haven't read yet. Ps...if...

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You Need To Read: Dear Wife

Who wants a new book hangover? Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle. This is the book hangover selection of the month! It's also now available to order! Click the link, buy the book (if you haven't already). Oh My SWEET JELLY BEANS. This book was good. If you read my original review when I first finished this book, you'll recall how much I love this book. Here's a few of my 'no secret' things when it comes to this author and this book: I fan girl over Kimberly Belle on a regular basis. She's probably...

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What are you reading?

I leave tomorrow to visit my daughter and do some exploring with her - you can follow along on my travel blog - Steena Travels for updates if you'd like. While I'm gone, I'll be reading some ARCs on my kindle but I'm really excited about the books I'll be listening to. A Discovery of Witches - I downloaded it via audible and am 3/4 of the way through and downloaded book 2 as well. I have a very long flight with a 5 hr layover before landing in London to see my daughter so I'll have lots of...

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My book hangover continues…

I have a question... What are you reading right now? Do you like it? Is it the type of book you can't put down, the kind where you're up all night, when you say just one more page or one more chapter... If so, I want to know about it! My kindle is full, my night stand has 3 stacks of unread books on it and yet, nothing is calling to me. I blame it all on Kimberly Belle and Dear Wife...that hangover is still real (not sure what I'm talking about...click here to read my post). The good news with...

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Steena Reads: Dear Wife

Be prepared for a book-hangover! I always think I'm ready for a Kimberly Belle novel. I know it will be a page turner, the beautiful cadence will tease me, the characters will be so well developed I feel as if I know them. What I'm never ready for is the ride Kimberly takes me on from start to finish. I 'think" I know what is happening, how the book will finish but then with whip-lash accuracy, things twist and unwind and by the time I finish the last word of her novel, I'm struggling to...

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The Pain of Grieving

Grief affects everyone differently, but one thing I know, all grief is real, regardless of the circumstance. A dear friend of mine, recently lost her husband. I can't begin to understand what she is dealing with or will continue to deal with, but my heart breaks for her. This weekend, my cousin passed away. She was too young, too vibrant, too full of life to not be here anymore and my heart breaks for my aunt and uncle, for my family, as they learn to live with this loss. For years, I lived...

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What I’m reading this month

I'm reading up a storm this month and I'm loving it! It's been so long since I've had a chance to just read...maybe it's the cold weather, maybe it's the fact I can't sleep but I'm going through a book every two or three days and it's amazing! I know you understand what it's like, right? While I'm sure it's the cold and not being able to sleep that's helping, but I know it's also because I sent in a proposal to my editor, and rather than stress about her response, I've been pouring through...

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You are not alone

Do you ever find you have days when even the simplest of tasks seem more difficult than they should? Or when you know you have a to-do list a mile long but the only thing you can do is curl up on the couch with a blanket and binge watch a show you weren't remotely interested in the day before? Have you ever had someone ask you if you were okay or what was wrong and you had no answer? Nothing that really satisfied yourself or the other person? Dealing with mental illness is hard. Hard for you,...

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Your next read...on me!

Your next read...on me!


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