Favorite Author Spotlight: Trisha Wolfe

Favorite Author Spotlight is a new series on my blog in which I highlight my current favorite authors and their books.

Today’s spotlight is focused on Trisha Wolfe.

Trisha Wolfe
“From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.”

I may as well call this blog The Trisha Wolfe blog considering how many times I’ve mentioned her and her books, so I figured, who better to kick off this series with than Trisha?

I’ve mentioned the story of how I discovered Trisha in my review for Born, Darkly (which was, of course, the first book I’ve ever read by her.)

In short, I bought Born, Darkly on a whim after reading a 1-star review of the book. In that (really well written) 1-star review, the snippets of writing that was shared and the premise of the book (a serial killer and a criminal psychologist fall in ‘love’) reeled me in.

And I didn’t stop reeling as I read several more of her books.

I have a HUGE amount of respect for independent authors and I love supporting them. In fact, most of the authors I’m obsessed with are independent.

I also had the chance to chat with Trisha with my book club a few months ago, and she answered my silly questions (such as, “Are you a serial killer, because you’re REALLY good at writing serial killer POVs?”) and her thoughts on writing and her commitment to researching topics was so admirable.

I’m a member of Trisha’s Facebook group, Trisha Wolfe’s Lair, and she’s great about interacting with her fans. I loved fangirling over the audiobooks for With Visions of Red when they came out with her and her other fans.

Most of all? The books of hers that I’ve read are haunting and beautiful and despite being incredibly dark, they are absolute comfort reads that I find myself re-reading over and over again.

Favorite Books by Trisha Wolfe

I can’t just pick one book, I have to go with series. My favorite series by Trisha is a close call between the Darkly, Madly Duet and the With Visions of Red series.

My Previous Blog Posts About Trisha Wolfe

OMG, I’ve mentioned Trisha in so many posts!

Reviews
Born, Darkly
Born, Madly
With Visions of Red Series
With Ties That Bind Series
Coming Soon: Mini Reviews July 2018

Favorites Posts
Favorite Quotes from the Madly, Darkly series: in which I obsessively shared all of my favorite quotes from this epic duet.

Favorite Reads from March 2018: in which two of Trisha’s series made it to my Favorites of March.

3 Quotes, 3 Days: Day 1: in which I share one of my favorite Grayson quotes.

Current Auto-Buy Authors and My Favorite Books They Wrote: in which Trisha easily made this list.

Reading Lists

Reading List: March 2018: in which I was planning to read my very first Trisha Wolfe book! Eek!

April 2018: in which I’d just finished two series by Trisha and wanted to read With Ties that Bind.

Reading List Wrap Up: May 2018: in which I read and loved With Visions of Red.

Reading List Wrap-up July 2018: in which I reread Trisha’s books.

Discussion Posts
Things I Thought I Hated in Romance Novels and The Books That Proved Me Wrong: in which Trisha made me love suspense and mystery despite thinking I didn’t like those things.

Meet My Book Boyfriend: Colton Reed: in which I confess my obsession with Colton from With Visions of Red

Book Hauls

Book Haul: February 2018: in which I bought my first Trisha Wolfe Book!

Book Haul: April 2018: in which I preordered the With Visions of Red audiobook

Book Haul: March 2018: in which I’d immediately bought Born, Darkly after reading the first book

Tags
The Goodreads Tag: in which I list Trisha as a favorite author

I Dare You Book Tag: in which With Visions of Red was my current read.

TeaChats
TeaChat: Misogyny and Book Clubs (Unrelated): in which my “obsessing over” of the month is Trisha.

TeaChat: Playing Hooky: in which I had just started reading With Visions of Red and had no idea how it would rock my freaking world.


Connect with Trisha Wolfe

Goodreads | Amazon | Facebook | Facebook Group | Website

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren *Favorite Read*

5-stars
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Title: Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

GOODREADS

Review

Christina and Lauren knocked it out of the park with this one. Out. Of. The. Park.

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Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Us
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: Him
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

GOODREADS

Review

It was so nice being back in Wes and Jamie’s world again

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Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by Tammara Webber *New to Me Author*

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Easy
Author: Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

GOODREADS

Review

Easy was one of those audiobooks I’ve had sitting in my Audible Library and kept avoiding. Maybe it’s the cover… yeah, it’s probably the cover. My being-in-love-with-emo-boys expired a good decade ago, so I’ve been a bit deterred.

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Raising Little Readers: How I Instill a Love of Reading in my Kids

It’s 12:30pm on a Saturday and my youngest daughter, Violet (3yo) is napping with her dad in my room.

Vsleeping

I’ve been sitting and reading a book for about 20 minutes when I notice that my oldest daughter, Roree (5yo) has been extremely quiet for most of those moments.

Feeling like an awful mother, I decide to see what she’s up to, fully expecting that she has fallen asleep herself in the middle of the playroom floor, which wouldn’t be the first time.

Instead, I find her lounging on her bed with a book in her lap and two piles of books on either side of her.

My heart absolutely soars.

Roree

Continue reading “Raising Little Readers: How I Instill a Love of Reading in my Kids”

Favorite Book Blogger Posts from July 2018

Confession: I’ve been THE WORST about reading blogs this month. On the upside, it’s because I’ve been mostly reading books. (I had a record reading month in July with 19 books read!)

But I wasn’t completely lame about it. I still found several amazing blog posts around the book blogger community, and I’m excited to share them with you!

Hopefully, you’ll be entertained and maybe even find some new, amazing, blogs to follow!

 

Favorite Book Blogger Posts from July 2018

 

Whenever anyone asks me for writing advice, my #1 answers is always, “READ!” Orangutan Librarian wrote a fantastic post about why writers should be readers.

 

Cafe Book Bean had a great 2 part series featuring America in literature. Perfect for celebrating the 4th of July!

 

If you love great discussion posts, you want to subscribe to Just Another Book in the Wall. I really enjoyed her post asking whether or not you read reviews for sequels this month.

 

Another great Independence Day post was over at Pages Unbound with a list of books set in every state! Such a cool idea!

 

CelineLingg had an adorable post that any book lover will swoon over, A Date with a Book!

 

Dusk Angel Reads set up this really cool Book Exchange, you can learn more about it over on her post!

 

Books, Vertigo, and Tea had a really great post about rereading books that originally missed the mark. 

 

My TBR grew exponentially thanks to this post by Book Twins Reviews listing their MUST READ Sports Romances.

 

I’ve been LIVING for Chelle’s Book Ramblings’ tropish book recs, and this royalty post was full of great recs.

 

And, of course, my all-time favorite posts this month are completely self-serving because they are reviews for my book, A Soul Full of Stars.

 

I almost died when I saw my book listed among such amazing ones on Whit Reads Lit’s WWW Wednesday post, not to mention the 5-star rating! So much love!

 

And this incredible review by my dear friend Ginny (who I swear won my book giveaway fair and square, despite my biased towards her. :P) Ginny was pretty much the target audience for my novel since she and I have an eerily similar taste in books. I wrote what and how I like to read, so her thoughts on my book meant a lot to me. When I saw her review and heard about how much she enjoyed the book, I felt like I’d accomplished what I set out to do: create fun characters with interesting relationships and a swoony story for readers like me… with some poetry thrown in because, well, I’ll take any excuse to write poetry 🙂

 

And that’s all folks! I’m sure there were so many more fantastic blog posts out there that I missed (I wish I had all the time in the world to read your posts!). Be sure to let me know in the comments your favorite blog posts this month! (Or link to your similar post!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Books of July 2018

It’s been such a fun week for me!

My brother and I went to the Panic! at the Disco concert on Wednesday (seriously was the best concert I’ve ever been to) and then last night I had a fun karaoke night with some friends and the hubs.

Anyway, that is kind of my reason for not posting this yesterday as I originally intended. 😛 Pretty good reason, right?

July was a fantastic reading month for me. I read a total of 19 books last month – which is a record high for me this year! Of those 19, I had seven 5-star reads!

Here are my favorite reads from July 2018

November 9 A Novel By Colleen Hoover

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

 

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

 

Pucked Love (Pucked #7) by Helena Hunting 

As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date.

Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty.

I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I’ve let her set the rules in our relationship.

But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her.

We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.

The FINAL standalone novel in The Pucked Series.

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

 

Full Tilt (Full Tilt #1) and All in (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott 

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

 

Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga #3) by Mary Balogh 

Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality.

Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she.

Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom.

Adventure soon finds her on a visit to Bath, when a handsome stranger bursts into Freyja’s room and entreats her to hide him. His name is Joshua Moore, Marquess of Hallmere, a man with a hell-raising reputation of his own who is quickly intrigued by the independent beauty. So intrigued, in fact, that he makes her a surprising request: to pose as his fiancée and help thwart his family’s matchmaking schemes. For two people determined to be free, it’s the perfect plan…until passion blindsides them both. For as Joshua sets out to achieve his complete seduction of Freyja, a woman who has sworn off love is in danger of losing the one thing she never expected to give again: her heart…


 

What were your favorite reads from July?