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Dragon Speaker by Elana A. Mugdan

  When a young outcast fights to become recognized by her town as a worthy citizen, she's sent out into the woods to prove herself. A dragon appears to her, and commands her to go on an epically dangerously magical quest. But Keriya has a problem. Not only is she young, unexperienced, and without the support of her community, but unlike every other person she knows, she can't wield magic. This is a great fantasy series with a female lead. I usually find it hard to get into dragon stories, but this one had me gripped within the first few pages. To check it out for yourself, find it on Amazon right here . As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This doesn't cost you anything extra, but does help to fund Chai lattes and book purchases.
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Exile with Karen Harris Tully

  When competitive gymnast Sunny Price finds out her mother's decided to enforce her custody agreement, she finds she's about to lose more than a couple weekends a month with her father. She's got to give up her dreams of being an Olympic contender, leave her friends behind, and move to another planet for a whole year! The move transforms her life from one of endless training at the gymnasium, to becoming an alien warrior, protecting her mother's family from a terrible threat. You can find out more about the Faarian Chronicles on Amazon right here . As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This doesn't cost you anything extra, but does help to fund Chai lattes and book purchases.

7 Figure Fiction with T. Taylor

  As I've been writing Bound to Deceive, I've been reading some on how to write more good. The more I write, the more I want to expand my ability to tell better and more complex stories. In 7 Figure Fiction, T. Taylor looks at writing through the lens of using universal fantasy stories to improve all types of fiction. If you're a writer, I definitely recommend this one for your reading list. Find it on Amazon here . As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This doesn't cost you anything extra, but does help to fund Chai lattes and book purchases.

Welcome to the Monkey House

  One of my goals for this year is to get through my physical TBR pile. I've been reading through the short stories in Welcome to the Monkey House  between writing projects and other books I've been reading for quite a while, and finally made it to the end. Each story holds its own sort of magic, with amazing character building and emotional depth. And a big surprise for me, at the end of this special edition there's a section with drafts of Vonnegut's early attempts at writing Welcome to the Monkey House . It was incredibly interesting to catch a glimpse of Vonnegut's process. If you'd like to see it for yourself, you can find it on Amazon right here . As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This doesn't cost you anything extra, but does help to fund Chai lattes and book purchases.

Faithless and Karin Slaughter

  While attending a virtual crime and thriller writing conference last fall, I got to hear Karin Slaughter talk about writing deliciously devious crimes. She was so engaging and entertaining, I was sure I'd enjoy her books. I got into her Grant County books, and as all good readers do, I started near the end of the series with no idea what was going on. And I enjoyed every page! See if this is the series for you on Amazon's series page right here . As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This doesn't cost you anything extra, but does help to fund Chai lattes and book purchases.

Catching Epics with Halie Fewkes

  My kiddo and I read the second book in the Tally series, and enjoyed revisiting some old characters, and watching them fight to save some new ones! When Ebby is kidnapped, she finds out there's more to the story of her life than she could have ever imagined. The new human Epic, her captors are interested in helping her discover her powers. She must choose to accept their help, or find a way to escape... which will she choose? Check it out for yourself here on Amazon . As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This doesn't cost you anything extra, but does help to fund Chai lattes and book purchases.

The Moonlight Child by Karen McQuestion

  Every so often, I take a stroll through the best selling books on Amazon to see what the masses are reading, and boy howdy am I glad I picked up The Moonlight Child by Karen McQuestion . The Moonlight Child has a wide cast of characters. There's the grandmotherly neighbor who sees a mysterious child through the window of a home over her back yard fence. A young woman who aged out of foster care and is trying to make it on her own, with a strong sense of right and wrong. A lawyer who worked with the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program. And the suburbanite elitist woman keeping a secret house servant hidden within her home. This book has several interwoven stories that show who the characters are and how they relate to one another and the neighborhood surrounding them. It was an absolute delight to read this well-written story that features strong women who won't stop until the weakest among us are protected. I absolutely adored this book and will be reading more of