What I’m Reading This Weekend (6) #FridayReads

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Finally! A new Friday Reads post.  I don’t ever want to have another month like July again.  That was horrible!

For this week I have already started the first book, the two after are new releases that I have been waiting to read, and the last one I just bought because I had to get another book from that author.

First up –


Beautiful Downfall by Scarlett Jade
Paperback |Kindle

Camille Taylor’s life fell apart after the tragic accident that haunts her every waking moment. She became a recluse, only looking forward to each day with the hope of having those dreams… A handsome man with dark hair and wicked eyes visits her at night, keeping her company as she struggles to get past the sudden death of her beloved parents. There is something undeniable about him. She is drawn to the mysterious man like a moth to a flame. This couldn’t be insanity, but it can’t be real, either… Casey Philips has his own damaged past that put him in a delicate situation. He is an angel working for redemption, and has been watching over Camille since that horrible day where her mother and father were stolen away. It’s all God’s plan, they are fine and well now, but the task of helping this lovely human get past her grief to move on in her life is quickly taking a wrong turn. She’s stunning and plays the key role in his every thought. Angels aren’t suppose to fall in love with their clients. If he continues he could lose everything and fall from God’s good graces. But if he stops he will lose the most important person in his life. With every thing on the line, Casey and Camille set out on a life-altering adventure to discover if love really can overcome anything.

Full disclosure – I won that one in a giveaway, then met the fabulous Scarlett, and I adore her. She is one of my fave Facebook friends now. As soon as her next book came out, I had to buy it even though I hadn’t been able to read Beautiful Downfall yet.

Next up on my Friday Reads list is


September Tango by Scarlett Jade and Llerxt the 13th
Paperback |Kindle

** How often do you get a book that has a guy writing the male POV? Not often. This book is written by Scarlett Jade and her husband, Llerxt the 13th, a whirlwind romance between a US Soldier and the girl back home he should have always loved to begin with. Loosely based on their own romance. **
64K words.
The town of Major is nothing more than a major disappointment for Zoe Parker. She is living in a grey world after the death of her beloved Momma, and can’t seem to shake the growing depression that threatens to consume her. Things only get worse when she discovers her longtime boyfriend is banging every chick in town.
Her daddy is gone most nights, and all she can think about is the boy who really caught her eye in high school more than five years ago… The one with gorgeous dark skin and smoldering eyes… Too bad he was dating her best friend. Now she floats around, moving through the daily routine with small dreams about getting away from the small town, and finding a real man to claim her heart…
Staff Sergeant Calvin Hall of the US Army is finally putting his boots back on American soil for some R&R. It’s been five years since he joined the military, and he hasn’t looked back since. After dealing with his own troubling past, he wants to lay back and enjoy some time to put it all behind him. But fate has other plans for him… A beautiful woman snags his attention the first day in town and the pull between them is too strong to resist. The problem? She is his ex-girlfriend’s best friend, she is just as broken as he is, and he has a war he has to get back to in two weeks.
Who says a summer romance ever has to end? What if thousands of miles and a war separated you? Would you keep dancing? Or would it simply be… a September Tango?

I think it is so awesome that her and her husband wrote this together.  Cannot wait to read it!

Connect with Scarlett Jade
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I liked Scarlett Dawn on Facebook either through a giveaway or someone telling me how awesome she is or something like that.  After that, I started seeing her new book popping up in reviews and everyone on FB in my newsfeed telling me I must read this. Who am I to argue with the masses? :) I’m not. I bought it.


King Hall by Scarlett Jade
Kindle

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…
King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.
Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Rulers: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.
Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution.

Connect With Scarlett Dawn
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Finally, because we all know how I love to hyperextend myself when it comes to my Friday Reads list, and the one that will probably take me into Monday –


South of Bixby Bridge by Ryan Winfield
Paperback |Kindle

2011 Breakout Novel — About to turn 30 and being discharged from drug rehab, Trevor Roberts is sure he’s hit bottom with nowhere to go but up. He soon learns that sometimes the “bottom” is just the beginning. With more twists than California’s Highway 1, the intimate narrative follows a young man on a wild month-long ride to the dizzying, drunken heights of Napa Valley excess where he falls fast for his new boss’s intoxicating wife and becomes entangled in a strange threesome affair. But things soon begin to unravel as Trevor is drawn into a secret world of sex and scandal, only to have his lust for success drag him down again through a phantasmagoria of hedonistic hell. “Shocking and unapologetic”, South of Bixby Bridge barrels along with the “frenetic pace of a Hollywood blockbuster,” delivering “poetic prose loaded with images”. With gripping drama, witty dialogue, and sexy, jaw-dropping glimpses into the nouveau-riche underworld of California’s wealthy elite, you won’t be able to put this riveting new novel down. Buckle up and enjoy the read!
ADULT TOPICS
(?)  FINANCIAL THRILLER (?)  CAUTIONARY TALE (?)  REDEMPTION QUEST (?)

***If you or anyone you know has struggled with alcohol, drug, or sex addiction, you must read this!

Warning: This novel is an unfiltered account of a young man’s struggle to overcome addictions and it includes some graphic language, descriptive sexual scenes, and adult situations.

I totally fell in love with Ryan’s writing while reading Jane’s Melody (review here), I bought his first book South of Bixby Bridge before I was even done.  I’m really excited to get into it and read the book that started it all for him. After that, I need to grab his The Park Service Trilogy. I’m afraid I’m going to turn into a Ryan Winfield book-stalker, going through withdrawal waiting for every new release. I book-stalk way too many authors.  If you’re reading this post, you can’t tell me you don’t do it too. :)

Connect with Ryan Winfield
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Goodreads|Amazon Author Page

What is on your reading list this weekend?  Hook me up with your posts, videos, tweets (@HeatherM74), wherever your shouting it out at.

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2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Heather has read 108 books toward her goal of 175 books.
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I lost some wiggle room there in my reading challenge. This last month was rough with the deaths in our family, hospitalizations of family members, including those 3 days my 4 year old was in the hospital. I just couldn’t settle my mind down enough to read more than a few sentences without getting lost in my own thoughts.
How are you doing in your challenge?  Righting on the mark?  Blowing right by it?  Having trouble finding time to read?
Keep on reading my friends.
Have a great day!

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