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I was able to read a lot during 2012, mostly for the purpose of analyzing the elements of successful novels. At least I told myself it was homework! Each of the titles below are HOT-LINKS to the review on my blog. 


  • Mama B. A Time to Speak by Michelle Stimpson - Such an encouraging and comfortable read - and quick! I love novellas!

  • Submerged by Dani Pettrey - I have a new favorite author! Every movement, every emotion, in this story had me right there, living it along with the characters.

  • Refuge in Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson - Her writing reminds me so much of my own! This mystery with suspense and romance proved delightful!

  • Peril by Suzanne Hartmann - This book was made with me in mind. Intrigue, danger, and oh yes, a NASCAR champion and a couple of races thrown in for good measure.

  • A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn - Such a delightful historical with real-to-life characters. I couldn't put it down!

  • Nipped in the Bud by Susan Sleeman - A relaxing read. Clever and full of humor, this cozy mystery distracted me perfectly during my summer travel.

  • Wildflowers From Winter: A Novel by Katie Ganshert - Poignant and inspiring. Katie is a Michelangelo with words! Easily one of the best books I've ever read!

  • Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry - This is a perfect example of the old fashioned romantic mystery that I love.

  • Cowboy by Staci Stallings - Unique writing style highlights this sweet romance and gives a fresh look to indie books. Check out my author interview HERE.

  • Protection for Hire by Camy Tang - Seat gripping. So glad this is the first of the series so I have more to look forward to!

  • Firethorn by Ronie Kendig - Wow! This ranks right up there with A Bride's Portrait! Another amazing book that knocked my socks clean off!

  • A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch - A new all-time favorite of mine - awesome characters, lively plot, timeless era, even a lovely mystery! What more could I ask for? An interview - HERE!

  • Always the Baker Never the Bride by Sandra Bricker - A delightful romance with lively characters and lots of Bricker humor!

  • Out of Control by Mary Connealy - Enjoyed the twists and turns of the plotting and after getting to know the characters, this title was perfect!

  • Freezing Point by Elizabeth Goddard - Spent a most satisfying weekend with this book. Clever plotting, fine characters!

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