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Showcase Sunday (6)

Showcase Sunday is an original feature/meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea. ~ Showcase Sunday is designed to share your latest reads received from reviewing, libraries, book shops, and other sources. Thanks to Vicky for creating this meme and encouraging participants.


Happy Memorial Day!

Are you spending time with your loved ones this weekend? Maybe a trip to the lake? Wherever you are, I hope that your spirit will be rejuvenated by a weekend of fun, fellowship with your families and a moment of reflection for the lives of the men and women who have sacrified everything for the sake of our freedom.

This weekend, my family and I honored my father who celebrated a landmark birthday this weekend. Here in the midwest, we do things BBQ-style with alfresco dining and a potluck open house at the farm. I tried a new recipe, a strawberry pretzel salad, that was devoured. I’ve also been keeping track of all of the animals (domestic and wild) I’ve spotted on the road and back again.

Total animal count:

2 turkey vultures hanging out on a railbar on the side of the highway (quite ugly birds).
1 brown goat bearing saddle bags, and being led around by a couple of hikers (milk to go anyone?)
2 box turtles we managed not to crush while crossing the road. I tried to imagine life as a turtle…why would you want to cross such an expanse of non-grass like a highway? I dunno.
4 dogs
1 mommy cat
3 kittens
1 strange Asian beetle with a beautiful green back
1 strange black worm that the Asian beetle eats
1 giant spider (a wolf spider maybe?) hanging around the lintel of a door
12 seed ticks and counting…

I didn’t get much reading done today.

My Book Bag

This week I didn’t have a regular trip to the library to collect books. Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of e-book reading, courtesy of my library’s partnership with Overdrive.

I am working my way through Abigail Gibbs’ “Dark Heroine” series, beginning with “Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire” and now I’ve progressed to book 2 which came out this year, “Autumn Rose”. Both books are somewhere between 450-500 pages each and are really different from one another, leading to mixed reviews on Goodreads.

Between the two, I’d say that the content matter in “Dinner with a Vampire” is mature in nature and wouldn’t recommend it for younger audiences. It’s got some profanity, rape content, sexual allusions and at least one sex scene. It’s actually a lot better than it sounds and I loathe books that deal with women who are abused. That’s just one thing I hate (in fiction or IRL).

Anyway, book 2 “Autumn Rose” is more milder in tone and it runs along some of the same timeline as the first book, but there’s little interaction between the characters from books 1 and 2. The relationship between the two leads is also a lot purer and less lust-driven I think than the first book. It’s a much sweeter romance.

I haven’t finished book 2 yet so I’m not sure how it’ll all pan out but I’m crossing my fingers that Gibbs will write more of the series. If it continues in the same way, we might be able to skip book 1 and still have a great story without all of the “dark” elements. Then again, I suspect necromancy may play a stronger role in book 3 so we’ll see…

Next up in the reading queue is “The Pelican Bride”, an ARC I received not too long ago. Should be fun! What are you reading this weekend? Shoot me a comment below and tell me about it.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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