8 Recent Reads is a mini book review post about some of the books I read and enjoyed the last couple of months. These books include Amari and the Night Brothers, Back in the Texan’s Bed, The Rancher’s Wager, The Vineyard at Painted Moon, Dragon Revealed, The Reckoning, Halfway to the Grave, and Desperate Measures.
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.
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.
An endangered hotel CEO gets help from a sexy security expert in author K.D. Richards debut Harlequin Intrigue, Pursuit of the Truth. Through busy New York streets, neighborhood bars, and fancy apartments, Ryan West will stop at nothing to keep Nadia Shelton safe…while doing his best to fight the pull he feels to make her his.
Todd Kohlhepp is a former South Carolina real estate agent and convicted serial killer. In this post, I share a graduate school paper I wrote about his childhood background and how that may have led to his criminal actions and behavior. I also discuss his part in John Douglas’s 2019 book, The Killer Across the Table, published the year after I wrote my paper for my class in school.
This is where you can find the latest book news from around the web over the past week or so, as well as a weekly recap of our own blog posts. Since we missed last weekend, we’ve made this post with all the news from the past two weeks, including cover reveals, publishing sales, and book to film announcements.
Over the years, I’ve read a lot of series books, whether connected by characters, community, location, or something else equally enchanting. Some of my favorite authors have written multiple series, which I have loved, own and still read consistently today. One of these authors is Maisey Yates, and one of these series is Copper Ridge.
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…
Today sees the release of 7 new historical romance books, both debut series books and sequel books. They are written by some of the biggest names in the genre to date, and they are set everywhere from the Scottish Highlands to Regency and Victorian England, to ranching in the West. Which one are you choosing to read today?
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.