The Wicked Aftermath by Melissa Foster

Set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the Wickeds feature fiercely protective heroes, strong heroines, and unbreakable family bonds. If you think bikers are all the same, you haven’t met Tank in The Wicked Aftermath, or the rest of the Dark Knights. The Dark Knights are a motorcycle club, not a gang. Their members stick together like family and will stop at nothing to keep their communities safe. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun and deeply emotional, others will tear at your heartstrings and include injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them. Check out the book details, read an excerpt, and enter a GIVEAWAY!

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Book Haul February 2021

Here is all the books I hauled (bought and received as an ARC) for February 2021. There wasn’t as many as January, but there’s still quite a bit to check out. As I’m still working my way through some of the ones I bought, you can expect to see more than a few of them pop up for a review over the next few weeks. The ARCs you will see reviews of those in the coming weeks and months, as some of them don’t come out until later on this year.

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White Chicken Chili Recipe (Review)

On Thursday, February 18, 2021, Harlequin posted their first episode of Harlequin Books and Cooks, a new YouTube cooking show where the host, Princess Elmore, cooks a dish with a featured author. This week, Princess and guest author, Brenda Jackson, made White Chicken Chili. Since I’ve personally never made it or tried it, I thought I would make it and share my efforts here in a new feature called, Cooking with Harlequin. I can’t promise I will always cook the recipes or even like them once I do try them, but I might do both, who knows. Either way, I think it’s a fun new show and a great way to get to know some wonderful authors in a brand new way.

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The Power of the Actor by Ivana Chubbuck (Research Thursday)

Looking for a good book to help with deepening characterization? What about how to tie your own emotions to those of your character so that you can deepen the emotional resonance of your story? The Power of the Actor by Ivana Chubbuck can help with that, specifically with how to take the idea of a character and turn them into a three-dimensional person that leaps of the page and into the imagination of those who read your work. Originally intended for actors, it has a lot to offer authors, too, and it is a book I highly recommend for aspiring authors to read. Click on the link to read more…

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Book Haul January 2021 (Book Buys and ARCs)

This is actually a returning feature here at Okie Dreams, where I discuss and share all the books I bought and purchased throughout the month. For January 2021, there are a lot of books I bought (in print and in digital) or received in ARC form. Instead of talking about each individual book, I listed them and linked them all to their Amazon page. Unfortunately, there were way too many to discuss individually this time. But you can still see what I’ve been buying and reading this month, and also what is coming up in the next few months in terms of reviews and discussion posts. Because I have plans, ya’ll. Lots and lots of plans.

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The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (Crime Friday)

A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname–Buffalo Bill–is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau’s Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter–Hannibal the Cannibal–who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history, unusual tastes, and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind.

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Take Me Cowboy by Maisey Yates (Thursday Throwback)

Have you read Take Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates? It came out years ago, but if you missed it, you’re in luck because it’s still available in e-book and it’s freshly available in print as a bonus read in the back of the author’s most recent Harlequin Desire release, The Rancher’s Wager. But be forewarned, this book has some steamy-hot, seriously well-done love scenes between two people who deserve much more than they let themselves believe they should have.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Deanna Lynn’s 10 Latest Book Buys

For 2021, we’re doing things a little different at Okie Dreams. Starting with a new feature called Top Ten Tuesday. This week we’re revealing Deanna’s top ten latest book purchases, and believe us when we tell you they are all over the map and then some. Different genres, as well as both traditional and indie pub reads. Be sure to check them out, and if you fancy, tell us in the comments if you’ve read any of these yourself!

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