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What I’m Reading this Week

She’s a smokejumper afraid of fire…

Kate Burns is a legendary smoke jumper, known for her courage and willingness to risk everything to get the job done. Only she has a secret, one she won’t admit to anyone.

He can’t forget the love they once shared…

Supervisor Jed Ransom commands the Jude County Smoke Jumpers with a reputation as a calm, level-headed leader. Kate is the only one who’s ever gotten under his skin.

They must face the flames together…

A raging wildfire in the mountains of Montana brings Kate and Jed together to train up a new team of jumpers. Suddenly, they must face the past they’ve been running from and the secrets that keep them apart. When an arsonist goes after their team, Kate and Jed must face their deepest fears—and learn to rely on each other as they fight a blaze that could destroy them all.

In this first book of the Montana Fire: Summer of Fire trilogy, Kate and Jed are about to discover that where there’s smoke, there just might be a chance to start again.

This came out today! What are you reading this week?

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Interview of Catherine Finger

Thank you for being willing to be interviewed on my blog!

Thank YOU! I love being a part of the reading and writing world and I so appreciate opportunities to meet new friends.

1. What made you first interested in writing a book?

I’ve always wanted to, and known I would eventually, write books-fiction and nonfiction. It’s kind of funny, but from my earliest days, I thought of myself as a writer. My writing path didn’t materialize until I went through a difficult personal loss, and found myself wandering through the grieving process. I discovered that there is a lot of real estate between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., and I filled my sleepless nights with short stories. As so often happens, my short stories took on a life of their own and surprised me by growing in a series of thriller novels!

2. Why mystery/suspense?

Simply put: I LOVE SUSPENSE! And I find myself writing the kind of book I’d love to read.

3. Which authors would you say have influenced your writing the most?

Gosh, there are so many! I love, love, LOVE C.S. Lewis, and hope to add a sliver of spiritual insight into my adventures in a way he’d appreciate. I am in love with the ‘classics’ of my genre, including (but certainly not limited to!) Agatha Christie tops my list, and I would have to say my life has not been the same since reading Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. John Macdonald’s books delight and influence me, as do the three contemporary grande dames of my genre: J.D. Robb; Sara Peretsky; and Janet Ivanovich. I preorder, and read everything by Steven James; and the same is true with most of the Kay Scarpetta series. I loved Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series and am already hooked on her new Midnight series.

Oh dear, now I’m cranked up! This list is incomplete without Stephen King—even though he scares me I LOVE his work—and I have to add that in addition to C.S. Lewis, Watchman Nee is one of my favorite theologians. I reread Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” annually, and I just finished “A Man Called Ove” by Fredick Backman—not at all my genre—yet I find myself missing his beautiful prose. And if we’re being honest, I might have a relationship book or two on my shelf…Oh, and did I mention I have a slight addiction to ZOMBIE lit?

4. On my blog, I focus a lot on romance. So, fun question: of all the books you have read, which book had the best kiss/most romantic moment? Wow—great question! One of my all time favorites immediately came to mind: A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken. He describes a ‘Shining Barrier’ that he and his wife constructed around themselves that allowed them to lavish love and attention upon each other—keeping the world and it’s distractions at bay. He has some beautiful, passionate descriptions of their intimacies, starting from the heart and extending out to the physical. Love that stuff!

5. What are you working on now?

I’m happy to say that I’m editing the third book in my Jo Oliver Thriller series. I have another book in the works, and it might just be the beginning of a YA series… I am also very slowly working on a (non-fiction) leadership book.

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Elizabeth Camden’s From This Moment

Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.

But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.

Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they’ve worked for at risk?


I always look forward to anything Elizabeth Camden writes. Here’s why:

What I liked:

Stella. Camden writes smart, intelligent women who are usually a bit older, but know exactly what they want without coming across as being from another time period. Ms. Camden does her research and puts together some sharp heroines. Stella is no different.

Romulus. In fact, I think I usually love Elizabeth Camden’s heroes more than her heroines. That would be the case here. I understood Romulus more…most of the time. I loved that he was flamboyant and out there and yet managed to be so utterly masculine. I love heroes that are not cookie-cutters.

The history. I always manage to learn so much about some small aspect of history without feeling like the author is beating me over the head with facts. And by small, I mean some event or invention that I didn’t realize happened then.

The suspense. I thought they mystery of who killed Stella’s sisters was good. Even though I guessed the bad guy kind of quickly, parts of the story still managed to catch me off guard.

What I didn’t like:

The romance. I know. If I don’t like the romance, than I’m not usually a fan of the book. I will admit that this book wasn’t my favorite especially. So…the problem was that Stella came across as super self-absorbed. She wanted Romulus’ help and she wanted it now. It didn’t matter what was going on in his life. She fully expected this man to drop everything and be there for her….even though they had no past history of friendship. It just made me look at Stella in a negative way, which made me question why Romulus would want to be with her, etc., etc., etc. I do understand that her boldness is what made her her. But she could have been more kind (I know, I know, as always I’m so harsh on heroines).

Romantic scale: 7.8

Overall, not my favorite of Elizabeth Camden, but still a very enjoyable novel.

**I received a copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**


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Monday Musings…What’s Coming Out Next

I promised that Through the Waters was the first in a new series….and it is. Through the Rivers is coming along.

It usually takes me two years to write a new book. But I’ve actually written most of this book in less than 8 months. So…fast for me…slow in the publishing world. Nevertheless, Through the Rivers is coming out this year. I just can’t say when.

What is it about?

Katie Tate. Truitt Tate’s younger, more impulsive sister and that’s all I want to say about her.

Any focused historical moments?

Actually no. That said, research has taken place. I’ve been studying lynchings and their affects on communities as well as sharecropping.

How long will this series be?

Three books: Through the Waters, Through the Rivers, and Through the Fire. Tentatively, very tentatively, Through the Fire will be about the brilliant Ivy Tate and her story about being the first woman of color in a doctoral program in the late 1950s.

And then?

And then, that’s it for the Tate’s. I’ve already started mentally planning my next series, but let me get through these next two first.

So, thoughts?

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What I’m Hoping to Read this Week!

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg–and possibly his life–Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch’s will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance’s three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don’t live and work at the home for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative.

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set–and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future–and a desired future with Sadie–locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

Secrets and Lies. Danger That Will Never Go Away.
Join Three Beloved Masters of Romantic Suspense for Novellas Where the Past Will Not Stay Buried.

Dee Henderson – “Missing”
A Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing from her retirement community. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two soon launch into a race against the clock when they realize something dark may lie at the heart of the disappearance.

Dani Pettrey – “Shadowed”
Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young Alaskan fisherman nets the body of a Russian open water swimming competitor. Another swimmer, who’d been the dead woman’s roommate years ago, is pulled into the search for answers as it grows more and more clear that something sinister is at play.

Lynette Eason – “Blackout”
A young woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong finds herself at risk years later when the real culprit is up for parole. The loot taken that night has never been found and he believes she knows where it’s hidden–only her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety?

What are you reading this week?

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Monday Musings…Where Have I Been All Week?

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, Em, you disappeared and said nothing.

I should have said something. But guys I was here last week (BEA Expo):

and here:

Doing a lot of this:

Getting a lot of ARCs like this:

and this

And meeting bucket loads of amazing people!

Guys! It was amazing. If you ever have the chance to go. Go!