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Week 14 In Review

This week I’ve been enjoying a lot of reading! My new Kindle Fire (2015 model) arrived last Saturday– a Black Friday deal I picked up to replace my older model which died a couple of weeks ago. This meant, of course, that I spent the majority of the weekend re-downloading all of my favorite apps, books, and music playlists. And because  my desktop is too old to be compatible with Amazon’s music platform, I manually transferred 888 songs and created 60-some odd playlists. Yes, I like my music!

Feeling inspired and looking for some new reads, I picked up Driving Mr. Dead by Molly Harper (2012), an amusing paranormal romance with some nice tension about a road trip gone horribly awry.

I also read Borderline by Mischell Baker (2016), a weird trip of a contemporary adult fantasy where faeries live in a parallel world to our own and are the muses behind Hollywood greats, told from the perspective of a protagonist suffering from BPD.

jay-548381_1920If that weren’t enough, I also finished my final novel for review this year, The Artisan’s Wife by Judith Miller (2016) —  a sweet inspirational historical romance that you’ll be able to read more about in the next issue of HNR.

So clearly, I’ve been doing a lot of reading…

As to writing, I’ve had several submissions for our guild’s literary magazine and have begun compiling those for the January 2017 issue (still need to edit). I completed my final review for HNR for the year. I also took some time out to take a look and analyze all of my writing statistics over the course of the year, and you’ll be able to check those out in a future post.

On the home front, all of my Christmas cards are now in the mail and if you’re on my list, you should be getting them any day now.

With the holiday season always feeling so frantic, be sure to take some time to be present in the moment (a tip I picked up from this year’s devotional, Savor by Shauna Niequist.) Suggestions for a 2017 devotional are welcome. 🙂

Enjoy your weekend everybody.

P.S. Don’t you just love WordPress for letting it snow on blogs? I adore it!

P.P.S. Much love and a shout-out to, my go-to source for free, high quality images released under the  Creative Commons CCO license, and attribution is not required. For small bloggers like me, this makes a world of difference. Thank you.

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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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