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Special February book recommendation, freebies, and discounts for my lovely subscribers!

Thank you, Rebecca Bryn, for featuring Injury and Earthbound, my free books.

Rebecca Bryn

First, a recommendation. If you love science fiction/techno thriller, Spectral State by Senan Gil Senan is for you. It was my favourite book of 2019, and I read some really good books.

Grab it while it’s only 99c.

This was my 5-star review: Wow, just WoW! One of the best books I’ve read for a long while.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I can’t wait for the sequel to come along. The subject is handled with an authority that makes the scenario totally believable and assures your trust in the author. I love sci-fi, but this amazing tale goes beyond normal science fiction into altered realities, dreams, and remote viewing that leaves you questioning your own existence. Are we all figments of someone’s weird dream, or have we been conjured by a machine with artificial intelligence and its own game plan?

Hano is a…

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List of Books Read in 2019

In 2019 I decided to keep track of the books I read, and, as it turns out, I set a lively reading pace. By the end of December 2019, I’d read a total of sixty-three books, most of them fiction. Only those books I finished made the list. If I set them aside or am still working on reading them, I left them off the list. Titles in bold are books I’ve read before and reread in 2019. Two are my books (more on that another time).

I’m trying to get a handle on what it is about the books I read quickly that captivate me so much that I can’t put them down, or if I must put them down, I can’t get them out of my head and must pick them up again as soon as possible. I think the writing style has the most to do with it and genre the least. This also goes for authors that grab me so much with their stories that I have to read everything they write. As you can see from the list, Sue Grafton has me hooked, and I started reading her books in March 2019 with A is for Alibi.

I used to read more non-fiction, but lately, I prefer the escape of fiction, though literary fiction isn’t the same type of escape as genre fiction. Most literary fiction rubs your nose in reality rather than allows you to escape it.

A number of indie books made my reading list. I’m an indie author and I read other indie authors. I often get them in e-book format, which takes me much longer to read. When I find a compelling story, though, the format doesn’t prevent me from getting addicted to it; however, it might prevent me from picking it up as frequently as I do paperback stories I’m addicted to.

Here is my complete reading list for 2019:

Month Title Author
January The Host Stephenie Meyer
January The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion Fannie Flagg
January Leaving Time Jodi Picoult
January Whiskey Sour J. A. Konrath
January The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
January Saving Grace Hannah Howe
January Watership Down Richard Adams
February Dune Frank Herbert
February Leverage in Death J. D. Robb
February The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman
February Save the Cat! Writes a Novel Jessica Brody
February The Rules of Magic Alice Hoffman
March The Lake House Kate Morton
March A is for Alibi Sue Grafton
March Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Douglas Adams
March Stones from the River Ursula Hegi
April Of Blood and Bone Nora Roberts
April Final Year MJ Moores
April Sam’s Song Hannah Howe
April Twe12lve Ceri Bladen
April The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks
May B is for Burglar Sue Grafton
May C is for Corpse Sue Grafton
May Half-Blood Blues Esi Edugyan
May Blood and Circuses Aliya Smyth
May The Birth House Ami McKay
May The Great Alone Kristin Hannah
June Blithe Images Nora Roberts
June Strands of Starlight Gael Baudino
June Death of an Expert Witness P. D. James
July Bloody Mary J. A. Konrath
July A Fatal Inversion Barbara Vine
July Soothed by Magic: Hidden Coven Series Book 2 Kim McDougal
August Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
August Blank Space Jennifer Young
August The Wonder Emma Donoghue
August Dark Sacred Night Michael Connelly
August The Midnight Line Lee Child
August Past Tense Lee Child
August Connections in Death Nora Roberts
September The Accidental Tourist Anne Tyler
September After Eden Jennifer Young
September An Irish Country Girl Patrick Taylor
September Born a Crime Trevor Noah
September Persuader Lee Child
September One Shot Lee Child
September Lo’ Mae John Erwin
October Assassin’s Apprentice Robin Hobb
October Inborn Magic: Hidden Coven Series Book 1 Kim McDougal
October The Godfather Mario Puzzo
October The Hunted Val Tobin
November Innocence Roald Dahl
November Trigger Magic: Hidden Coven Series Book 3 Kim McDougal
November Odd Thomas Dean Koontz
December Practical Magic Alice Hoffman
December Body in the Harbour Nanci M. Pattenden
December Two Solitudes Hugh MacLennan
December Could it be Forever? My Story David Cassidy
December E is for Evidence Sue Grafton
December F is for Fugitive Sue Grafton
December Storm Child Jennifer Young
December G is for Gumshoe Sue Grafton
December Earthbound Val Tobin


Cold and heartless actions in Ottawa by the NCC. Destroying the precious few things these homeless people had left. Disgusting.

Overdose Prevention Ottawa

OTTAWA – On December 10th, International Human Rights day, residents of Tent City and their supporters stood by as their tents and belongings were bulldozed by employees of the National Capital Commission under the supervision of the Ottawa Police Service.

On Monday, some residents of Tent City were provided with temporary accommodations – a motel room – in Vanier so they could shower and sleep somewhere warm. Residents accepted this offer with the understanding they had 48-hours to come back to the site near Bayview Station to collect their belongings, which included items the community generously donated to support their survival. Unfortunately, residents woke up 7am Tuesday morning to news that the NCC and the Ottawa Police were already at the site, dismantling their tents.

“This is what the criminalization of poverty looks like,” says Leila Attar, advocate and member of Overdose Prevention Ottawa. “[The city has] no…

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Too Good to be True? Scams on Social Media by T E Hodden

Informative article on social media scams in Mom’s Favorite Reads July magazine.

Mom's Favorite Reads

If you spend any length of time on social media, it’s growing increasingly likely that sooner or later you are going to see a friend, or a friend of a friend, sharing the kind of competition or deal that seems too good to be true. You know the sort of thing: Holidays given away for liking a page, vouchers for everybody who shares a link, or some free gift for filling out a survey.

A lot of the time, they come from sites that look like they belong to the real company, and even the most wary of us could be forgiven for thinking it might be worth taking a punt.

After all, they aren’t asking for money, so what’s the worst that can happen?

Read the full article in our magazine


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Fascinating exploration of the origin of the word “injury.” Thank you, Millie.


It’s time for another article highlighting an author, and this time the choice is Val Tobin.

About Author Val Tobin

A multi-genre author, Val has written books ranging from supernatural thrillers, paranormal romance, romantic suspense to mystery and suspense, and even horror. I have chosen the title of one of her award-winning books, Injury, for today’s word exploration.

Injury by Val Tobin Awarded Gold and SilverInjury

It’s interesting to think about what ‘injury’ actually means. We think of it as hurt or damage, perhaps to a person; an injury playing sport, a serious head injury following a car accident, and so forth. But of course, it also has a legal sense, a violation of rights that may not incude any bodily harm.

It’s worth remembering this second usage as we look into the origin of our word. Compared to some, it does not measure an enormously long history in the English language,, having entered it some time during the late…

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Hauntingly Good

Thank you so much for the lovely post, Ronesa!

Discover the Magic of Bulgaria

Today’s visitor from Mom’s Favorite Reads authors is Val Tobin. She writes in a variety of genres: romance, paranormal, and horror.

Val Tobin

I hadn’t read any of her books before this time, so I decided to take a look at one of her paranormal stories. I chose Earthbound. It’s a book those who love paranormal will enjoy. It resonated even more with me since I had earlier listened to a podcast where Val talked about some of her own unusual experiences.

Earthbound cover

Here’s a bit from the book description:

Nothing says bad day like waking up dead.

Software developer Jayden McQueen is dead, but it’s not in her stubborn and controlling nature to say die. When she’s offered a chance to return to the physical plane to bid a final farewell to her loved ones, she seizes it.

Who wouldn’t want to attend their own funeral?

One part of the…

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Guest Post; Val Tobin

Thank you for a great interview, Anna!

So where's the snow?

This week’s featured author from Mom’s favorite reads, welcome Val!
Tell us a little about yourself
I’ve had a lifelong love of reading and writing but was too insecure to pursue writing as a profession so I went into software and web development. At the same time, my fascination for the metaphysical had me investigating meditation and a variety of holistic modalities. I also wrote for an online tech magazine for a while (Community MX, based in Florida) and that was a bump to my confidence as a writer. In 2004 I became a certified Reiki Master/Teacher and then in March 2008 I went to Kona, Hawaii, to study angel therapy with Doreen Virtue. I received my Angel Therapy Practitioner Certification with Advanced Standing in October 2010. I’d started work on a Bachelor of Science in Parapsychic Science in 2008 and received the degree in October 2010. Then I went…

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