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From my bookshelf:


The Quest for the Crown of Thorns

by Cynthia Ripley Miller

                                                                                          AD 454. Three years after the Roman victory over Attila the Hun at Catalaunum, Arria Felix and Garic the Frank are married and enjoying life on Garic's farm in northern Gaul (France). Their happy life is interrupted, when a cryptic message arrives from Rome, calling Arria home to her father, the esteemed Senator Felix. At Arria's insistence, but against Garic's better judgment, they leave at once.


Upon their arrival at Villa Solis, they are confronted with a brutal murder and the dangerous mission that awaits them. The fate of a profound and sacred object--Christ's Crown of Thorns--rests in their hands. 

On my Kindle Fire:

The Princess of Dhagabad

by Anna Kashina


When, on the day of her age-coming, the princess opens a mysterious bronze bottle--a gift from her grandmother--she has no idea that she is about to unleash a power older than the world itself. Worse, she is not prepared for the bearer of this power to be a handsome man whose intense gray eyes pierce her very soul. Hasan, her new slave, is immeasurably wiser and stronger than anyone she has ever heard of, and he is now hers to command--if she can handle him, that is.


Book 1 in the Spirits of the Ancient Sands trilogy.

J.'s books

Madame Presidentess
really liked it
Review to be posted in the upcoming newsletter of the Historical Novel Society at with Goodreads to follow.
Apollo's Raven
really liked it
Review to be posted in the upcoming newsletter of the Historical Novel Society at with Goodreads to follow.
Twisted Reveries
it was amazing
So I've actually read Twisted Reveries Volume II, but I wanted to share my love of Hafdahl's storytelling and spread the 5 stars! While I typically avoid horror stories, this one has such a delightful X-Files twist that I found it hard ...

I love books! I love old books. I love the smell of books. I love hard-bound books! I LOVE BOOKS! 

    One thing I enjoy doing is going to the library and judging a few books by its cover. Does the cover art grab me? What do I get from the first pages? I do not like to know too much about a book when I'm reading it. I think jackets can give too much away. Like overzealous movie previews! I hate it when I can tell the ending from the preview. That's probably why I don't like romance movies. 9 out of 10 times, its too predictable. But that's not books... I'm talking books.


Feel free to share what you think I should look for at the library on my next stop!


Of note -- these are just my opinions.  If you're going to leave a note blasting me, do not be offended if I delete your comment.  I overall try to keep a positive attitude and open mind.  I hope the visitors of my site will also keep this point of view and respect the fact that these are only my opinions.  I welcome yours as well, as long as its not a shoot you down with guns blazing sort of rebuttle.

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Just released December 2016: "The Forgotten" volume 2 "Heir of the Heretic"

Reviewed and awarded the

2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

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2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
J. has read 27 books toward her goal of 63 books.

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