I Have No Self Control: A Book Haul

So as most of you know, I am currently on tour with the Broadway Musical, Cats.  One of my favorite things about touring is getting to visit all of the amazing bookstores around the country.  However; as a bookaholic, this can make things difficult.  I have been living out of the same two suitcases for about 6 months now, and space is limited as you can imagine.  This fact does not seem to be able to deter me from book shopping, and I have wayyyy too many books with me on the road.  For all of you who will tell me to get a kindle, don’t worry, I have one of those too. 🙂 But how can I not buy the beauties I find in my bookish explorations!? Recently, my self-control has been extinguished and I have been on a book buying spree.  My luggage won’t thank me, but you know what? There are worse vices to have.


My Book Haul

Broken Throne (Red Queen #4.5) by Victoria Aveyard


Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas


The Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

And believe me, it’s a miracle I haven’t bought more.

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Broadway Book Chat: Kevin Clay from The Book of Mormon

It's Liberation Day.

As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family.  There is something special about theatre and its ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other.  I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature.  Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!

Kevin Clay


Currently playing Elder Price on the European Tour of The Book of Mormon

Instagram: @kclay6

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Hero of Ages, by Brandon Sanderson. It is the third book in his Mistborn trilogy. I first started reading Sanderson’s books after being recommended his Stormlight Archive series. He has such a knack for making brilliant magic systems and rules that define his worlds paired with extensive lore and histories. Certainly someone to check out if you want some immersive fantasy.

What is your favorite book series?

Hm, this is a tough one. Though not a traditional “book series,” I am always reading the latest issues of Batman comics and associated graphic novels. One of my favorites growing up was Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan. They inspired my initial love of classical mythology. Of course, I’ll always be a big Harry Potter nerd (as made evident by my Slytherin House robe I wear backstage). I think my true favorite series, however, is one that isn’t finished yet: The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss. Perhaps it’s gripping me so much simply because it isn’t finished, but it’s been a long time since I have connected so strongly to a protagonist.

Who is your favorite author?

Ernest Hemingway, for sure. His writing is such a strange combination of dry minimalism and sweeping detail work. No other author has been able to elicit such emotional responses in me from written work as Hemingway. If you want a good read and probably a good cry, pick up A Farewell to Arms.

What book inspires you and why?60647322_457453288392578_9113568406203793408_n

I always come back to The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Most of my friends know my love for this novel. Edmund Dantes may be a bit of a dark character to be inspired by, but there is something so compelling about a man who has had everything wrongly taken from him only to come back stronger than ever. In my mind, The Count is like an 1800’s Bruce Wayne and I love it.

Which literary character would you like to play?

My nerdy side says that I want to play Tim Drake (the third Robin under Batman). My sophisticated side says Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, to sound impressive. Seriously though, I love the book so much, and Heathcliff and I, in most regards, are stark contrasts. I’ll need to age up a few more years before I think I would be appropriate for the character, but I can wait.

If you could be friends with any of the characters you have played, who would it be and why?

Being a Jet in West Side Story is the greatest. The first time I was in the show in high school, I played Baby John; a few years later, I got to play A-rab. I think that, as misguided as they are, I would like to be friends with the Jets and maybe have a little chat with Riff before he puts that switchblade in his pocket.

What book would you like to see made into a musical/play/movie?

I’ve said for years that I would love for The Prestige (novel by Christopher Priest, film by Christopher Nolan) to be adapted into a Sweeney Todd-esque musical. There is plenty of meaty character development and potential for spectacle all wrapped in a macabre overtone. The show would rely on finding an incredibly talented pair of twins, but I’m sure there are plenty out there!

What is the next book on your reading list?

I’ve been reading Sanderson novels for a few months straight now, so I’m ready to switch up genres. I’ve already downloaded Supermarket, by rapper Logic, onto my kindle. I’m a huge fan of his music, so I am definitely curious to see how his style translates to a novella.

Have you ever thought about writing yourself?

There are so many times when I come up with what I think is a brilliant idea, jot it down, and then return to it only to be disappointed and uninspired later. I have one idea for a graphic novel that still excites me so I’m clinging to it and continually come back to it. My favorite idea, however, is for a science-fiction novel. I was playing around with the notion of writing my own creation myth that could be the foundation of a religion and from that developed a world that would observe this faith. I even adapted the world slightly to be used for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign that I dungeon mastered, and it surprisingly gave me a lot of inspiration. There is a lot of work to be done, specifically how hard it is to actually write the text itself, but the bones are there.

What show are you working on now?

I am currently playing Elder Price in a new Book of Mormon European Tour. Before that I was Elder Price on Broadway and before that Elder Price on the US National Tour, and before that Elder Smith on the US National Tour……. So I’ve been with the Book of Mormon for quite a journey! It is the greatest show that I’ve ever been a part of and it has taught me a lot of what it means to be a professional performer.

What is your favorite show to have been a part of and why?

Other than The Book of Mormon, I always hold a special place in my heart for West Side Story. Like I wrote earlier, being a Jet is indescribably special. It’s the kind of show that, whether you like it own not, you will feel completely connected to the whole cast by the time you’re done.

I feature a new performer every month, so check back in June for our next guest! I would really love some suggestions for new questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know. Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Shout out to my friend Kevin for sharing with us from across the pond! 🙂


Cleaning Up My TBR- Down the TBR Hole #8

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

7227174Sometimes all you can do is fly away home . . .

When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife-her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.

Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve-a husband, a young son, the perfect home-and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.

After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.

Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another. 

My thoughts: I’m pretty sure I added this because I was obsessed with the movie Fly Away Home when I was a kid…. definitely not the same story.  I really like Jennifer Weiner’s writing, and while I don’t tend to read much women’s fiction any more, this one sounds really intriguing still. VERDICT: KEEP

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Seventeen-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her 6400090parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father . . . until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.

The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms – first love, the love between parents and children – that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts . . . and heal them. 

My Thoughts: I went through a Nicholas Sparks phase, once upon a time, and I didn’t get to all of his books.  I’ve realized that I like the movies better *GASP* and don’t feel the need to read them anymore. VERDICT: TOSS

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Karus

6487537In the highly anticipated follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller, Nan returns to New York City after 10 years away. Discover how she–and the city–has changed in her absence.

My thoughts: I liked The Nanny Diaries, but I wasn’t crazy about it.  Seeing as it has a 2.91 Star rating on Goodreads, this one is easy.  VERDICT: TOSS




Insatiable by Meg Cabot

6953500Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. 

But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. 

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die. (Not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does.)

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It’s a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien’s already dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own. 

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. 

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . . 

If she even has one.

My thoughts: I love everything Meg Cabot has ever written, and I honestly can’t believe this is on my TBR and I haven’t read it yet.  VERDICT: A resounding KEEP

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls by Zoey Dean

1022411Recent Yale graduate Megan Smith comes to Manhattan with big plans for a career in journalism and even bigger student loan debt: $75,000. When she flails at her trashy tabloid job, she’s given an escape hatch: tutor seventeen-year-old identical twins Rose and Sage Baker–yes, the infamous Baker heiresses of Palm Beach, Florida, best known for their massive fortunes and their penchant for drunkenly flashing the paparazzi — and get their SAT scores up enough to get into Duke. Impossible job — yes. But if she succeeds, her student debts are history. Unfortunately for Megan, the Baker twins aren’t about to curtail their busy social schedules for basic algebra. And they certainly aren’t thrilled to have to sit down for a study session with dowdy Megan. Megan quickly discovers that if she’s going to get her money, she’ll have to learn her Pucci from her Prada. And if she can look the part, maybe, just maybe, she can teach the girls something along the way.

My thoughts: I was in love with Zoey Dean’s The A-List series, and I really enjoyed the short-lived TV show that they made from this book.  I think this one will be low on my priority list, and I don’t know if I’ll seek it out, but if I come across it at the library… VERDICT: KEEP

What do you think of my decisions?  Did I make any mistakes? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Top 10 Tuesday: New Releases I’m On The Fence About


There are so many new releases coming out, and as hard as I try I can barely keep up.  Sometimes I get overwhelmed and feel a little guilty that I can’t get to them all right away, but it is such a great problem to have.  Among all of these exciting new stories, there are a couple that I am on the fence about.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about getting help with deciding whether or not to add these new books to our TBR’s!

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand — May 21st

40523458Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien — but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist. Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption — fear of becoming another Rielle — keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted — by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.

The Cerulean by Amy Ewing — January 29th

Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is 29751998curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman — April 2nd

36535913On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broke — April 23rd

40087230High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good. 

In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…

But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want.

Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell — January 29th

The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to37534266 be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.

When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers — February 5th

37569347Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh — October 8th

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine 42265183Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as Le Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of Le Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes — May 7th

40590407The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia — February 26th

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two 37868569roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith — March 5th

35707080Aurelia is the first princess born to the Renalten crown in two hundred years, destined to fulfill a treaty by journeying to marry Valentin, the prince of Achelva – Renalt’s greatest enemy. Rumors of an unwell, cruel prince abound, and the only thing that eclipses Aurelia’s apprehension of her impending marriage is her fear of those who’d kill her to prevent it.

When an assassination attempt forces Aurelia to use forbidden magic to save a stranger, she is driven from Renalt by the witch-hunting Tribunal and a mob out for blood. But before she can claim asylum in the court of her betrothed, her travel party turns on her, forcing her to trade places with her treacherous lady-in-waiting, Lisette.

Now penniless in Achleva and bereft of her identity, Aurelia must decide if she wants to surrender to her new life or fight for her old one, all while navigating the complicated ties binding her to the enigmatic prince, the unquiet ghost of an ancient queen, and a poisonous plant called bloodleaf.

Aurelia is a pawn in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war— and if she can’t extricate herself from it before Lisette marries Valentin in her stead, she may face losses far more devastating than her crown.

What do you think about these books? Has anyone read them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments- I need your help on this one!


ARC Review: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3 by Audrey Davis

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3

Check out The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 1 and Part Two here!

HH3finalcoverSummary: Nothing lasts forever … Could it be that Gary’s time on earth is coming to an end? His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But Gary still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message. And there’s something else he needs to do, but spirit guide Clarence isn’t proving very helpful.

Hattie’s best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?

Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …
Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?

Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed as ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*

My Thoughts: This three-part story is absolutely lovely.  I had so much fun reading it, and I fell in love with the characters more and more in every installment.  I surprisingly loved the format of having three quick novellas continuing the story of Hattie and her husband, Gary.  The character development in such a small amount of time was fantastic, and I really cared for all of them and their relationships to one another.  They all felt very real and I wanted to be friends with them.  The way Davis has written the dialogue and  the character’s inner monologues is so witty, fun, and engaging that I could not put the books down.  I found myself laughing out loud at moments (in public on the subway… not even a little embarrassed about it), and at other times feeling near tears.  It is such an easy story to connect to, from so many different points of view, and I think it was such a clever way to show how people deal with grief.  Part 3 definitely tied up all of the loose ends, but I could have read about these characters for so much longer!  I was not ready for the story to end!  I highly recommend this trilogy of novellas to anyone who is looking for a speedy dose of the warm fuzzies.

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About the Author: Audrey Davis

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Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland.  Rubbish at 2017-04-13 19.43.40science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option.  Probably wise.  She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire.  Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies.  She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity- or just the downright odd.  From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch.  Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate.  As Taggart would say: “There’s been a murrrder!”

After stint in London on a video magazine- yes, she is that old- Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé.  She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat. humidity, and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two.  Still, she loved the Aussie way of life- BBQ’s, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants- so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK.  Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well…

Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again.  Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists.  Then, hubby drops another bombshell.  Switzerland.  As in- it’s packing time again.  Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny-tiny issues.  Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.  

It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …



Blog Tour: The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance by P.J. Reed

Torcian Chronicle

TorcianChronicles_CVR_LRGSummary: Mesham sits dejectedly in a tiny garret above an inn, as the lands of Torcia fall to the magically-enhanced army of the infamous Mivirian Horde. One of the last surviving ancient warlocks of Torcia, Mesham knows he is marked for death.

The Torcian king knocks on Mesham’s door later that evening and offers him the chance of rejuvenation in return for a seemingly impossible mission into the heart of Mivir. Mesham reluctantly agrees, only to realise the evil of Mivir has spread to the very top of the Torcian government.

As Mesham undertakes his quest to complete the mission, he finds himself hunted by his king, by the mighty Torcian warbands, and by the Horde.

But he cannot fail, for the fate of Mesham’s beloved Torcia rests in his hands.

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P.J. Reed

P.J. Reed – Writer of warlocks and other magical creatures.

P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA from Bradford University. She has been widely published in anthologies and collections.

P.J. Reed currently lives in Devon, with a handful of teenagers, one feral cat and a dog called Fizz.

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Dreams Do Come True- Meeting My Favorite Author

On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of attending one of my favorite author’s book signings and I almost peed my pants.  I have been a fan of Kristin Hannah since I was a freshman in high school, and discovered Firefly Lane with my best friend, Kaley.  After that book tore me to pieces, I devoured every Kristin Hannah book I could find, and she has consistently been one of the first authors I recommend to people in search of a good book.  The way she writes her characters is unparalleled for me, and I get more emotionally invested in her books than in any others.


Hearing her talk about her process, and how she got started writing was super inspiring, and I could have listened to her talk about it forever.  When I was waiting in line for her to sign my book, I was so nervous to actually meet her, but she was so welcoming and open, and asked which book was my favorite.  I told her that I loved True Colors, and she was surprised and said that no one ever says that book!  I was trying not to geek out, but I was fangirling hard core, and my cheeks hurt from smiling so big the whole time.


I can’t wait to read The Great Alone, especially after hearing what inspired it, and how it came to be.  I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books, so I have no doubt that I’ll love this one as well.



August 2017 Wrap-Up

This year really is speeding by! I’ve had a busy August, finishing up Bullets Over Broadway in Maine, teaching dance at my home studio in Wisconsin, and then heading to Denver, Colorado where I have been rehearsing A Chorus Line.  It was also a great reading month for me, and I read 4 books I absolutely loved.

Books Read: 

Favorite Book of the Month:


Books Acquired: 

Currently Reading: 35615310

August Reviews:

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Starswept by Mary Fan

August Posts:

Top 10 Tuesday: Book Recommendations for People Who Love Downton Abbey

Broadway Book Chat: Blaire Baker

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books I Read in School

Blogger Recognition Award




July 2017 Wrap-Up

I can’t believe it’s already August!  I spent July in beautiful Ogunquit, Maine with some of my favorite people in the world, doing a show that I am in love with.  What could be better?  I also got started on my Classics Challenge, and discovered some awesome new books on Netgalley.

Books read:

Favorite Book of the Month:


Books Purchased/Received:

I found a bunch of Nancy Drew books at a thrift shop in Maine, and I had to buy them.  I also recently discovered NetGalley, and have been LOVING it.

Currently Reading:


July Reviews:

Sense and Sensibility

A Court of Wings and Ruin

July Posts:

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Broadway Book Chat: Bridget Elise Yingling

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Discussion Post: Reading Classics

The Classics Club

Happy reading friends! 🙂


June 2017 Wrap-Up

June has been a very busy and exciting month for me!  I’ve been in rehearsals for my next show, so I haven’t had as much time to read or blog as I would have liked, but I have read some really great books this month!

Books Read:


Favorite Book of the Month:


Books Purchased/Received:

Currently Reading:


June Reviews:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Blog Posts:

Discussion Post: Abandoning Books

Top 10 Tuesday: Fantasy Books on my TBR List 6/6/17

Top 10 Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t 6/20/17

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Have Read So Far in 2017 6/27/17

I am so looking forward to the month of July! I will be performing in Maine at the Ogunquit Playhouse, in a show that holds such a special place in my heart, with some of my most favorite people.  I can’t wait to read on the beach, live onstage every night, and eat all of the lobster rolls! Bring it on July! I’m ready for ya!