2015 Top Reads

2015 has been a whirlwind of new books and author friends. It’s been a crazy ride that has culminated in my attendance at Utopia 2016 and potential publication.. we’ll see 😉

Happy New Year readers, this blog wouldn’t be anything without all of your kind words and support!

And now…

Top 15 Books of 2015


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Happy reading and here’s to an even better reading year next year!


Tour, ARC Review & Giveaway: The Dead of Winter-Julie Solano & Tracy Justice

The Dead of Winter (Seasons of Jefferson #2)
Author: Julie Solano & Tracy Justice
Release Date: Nov 24, 2015

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synFor one group of teens, a cruel, twisted fall changed everything.

Relationships. Trust. Destiny.
Now, living with the harsh consequences of their choices, is there hope to mend what fall has left broken?
Find out as the story continues.
2.5/5 Stars
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review and with participation in this tour.
      Dead of Winter reads like 2 different books. One, about the events that happened in book 1, When Fall Breaks, and another about Caden and a newfound love interest. The cohesion is loose and haphazard, it’s like pieces were thrown together and the original plotline got lost in the secondary romance. The entire read is spent wondering about the horrible disaster the book begins with and whether or not the perp is alive and you have to wade through so much random romance that you lose faith that you’ll ever get answers.
     Kaitlyn is dealing with her trauma of abuse, stalking, etc., from book 1 but we barely see any of that. What we do get is Caden’s PTSD. The brief moments of terror and paranoia to get behind the wheel after the crash are spot on. The anxiety, fear, and constant second-guessing truly show how PTSD can affect you down to the smallest, seemingly inconsequential everyday choices. It sneaks in and consumes, a plague that you can’t escape from. 
     Issues between Caden and Peyton that were life or death important took over the plot and then abruptly were replaced by a mystery girl. Nothing was resolved, things were barely talked through, and it left a big hole in how to process the whole romance, whether it was real at all.
     From the first encounter, I saw it coming. The surprise factor was lost early on and the story was a little predictable. 
     Some sections were cute and engaging, like the holiday scavenger hunt. Others were a bit dull.
     The sexual banter and love/hate playfullness between Caden and Avery (Tangles) was hilarious and totally will have you falling in love with the idea of them as a couple. They tease and mock each other in a way that’s childish and endearing. ❤ Avery is a sassy little Southern charmer. 
ExcerptI wanted to give you everything. You were the first girl that I ever wanted to call back. The first girl I was proud to let wear my jersey. The first girl I ever stopped myself from crossing the line with. You were too good for that. Too good for me… I loved you with everything in me.
When Fall Breaks (#1) – Released: March 5, 2015

Kaitlyn Woodley is a beautiful, determined, high school senior, who embraces her small-town roots and country life. She’s studious, musically gifted, and headed for a successful career in swimming. Aside from a catty group of jealous girls, who taunt her mercilessly, Kaitlyn’s dreams are well within her reach. That is, until she becomes tangled up with the handsome Pistol Black, a rodeo cowboy, who not only turns every girl’s head in the county, but also turns her perfect world upside down. 

Kaitlyn’s overprotective twin brother and best friends, begin to see signs that make them question Pistol’s subtle control over her. As secrets are unveiled, they intervene to save her from a possible path of destruction. To their surprise, when best friend Brody steps in to protect her, newly discovered feelings complicate an already volatile situation. Soon, everything begins to change. Old feelings die, new feelings emerge, and the once beautiful path they had traveled over summer, begins to alter with the season.

Will Kaitlyn’s closest friends be able to pull her from the destructive path she’s been led to follow? As the winds of time blast through their lives, the loyalty toward their best friend will remain stronger than ever. They are determined to protect her, even if one of them ends up getting hurt in the hunt for safety. One thing is for certain, none of this close group of friends will be left untouched when fall breaks.


Julie Solano has lived in far Northern California, nearly her entire life.  She graduated from CSU, Chico, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development.  She later went on to Simpson University where she obtained her multiple subject teaching credential.  Julie enjoys life in the “State of Jefferson” where she lives with her husband and two children.  As a family, they spend their time tromping around the Marble Mountains and Russian Wilder-ness.  They also take pleasure in rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, off-roading, campfires, and living it up in the great outdoors.  When she’s not with her family, Julie spends her days teaching next door to her co-author, fellow prankster, and partner in crime, Tracy.  The most recent of their crazy adventures was to take on the challenge of writing this silly, little novel about life in their neck of the woods.  They hope you have fun reading this story which was inspired by their small town, rural upbringing, and the personalities of their four children.

Born and raised in Northern California, Tracy Justice is a wife, mother, and full-time teacher. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. One of her fondest memories growing up was herding cattle in the Marble Mountains with her family. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding horses, running, hiking, swimming, and of course reading. After some encouragement from Julie, she decided to add “Coauthor” to her ever growing bucket list. She never knew how much fun it would be to write a book with her best friend. She hopes you enjoy reading this story as much as they enjoyed writing it.

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