My 10 Red Hot Reads!

To me anytime is a good time to read. Summer is here and some folks are headed to the lake or the mountains or the beach to relax. Why not take along a great book to read while you are relaxing? Some of my personal favorites will be listed below. Check out the review page for more information on what the book is about. Although I am calling them “red hot reads” they are not all romance or sizzle. There might be something here for everyone. They are listed in no particular order.

  1. Love Me True by Melissa Crosby
  2. Crimson Dreams by Georgiana Fields
  3. Cold Fear by Rick Mofina
  4. Sorrow Wood by Raymond Atkins
  5. Bertha by Mike Ragland
  6. Madam May by Janet Hogan Chapman
  7. Jaybird’s Song by Kathy Wilson Florence
  8. Protecting Melissa by Mary Marvella
  9. Fireworks in Jubilee by Linda Joyce, Melissa Klein, Rachel Jones
  10. Finding Faith in Maryville Tennessee by Julia Lynch

The Rumble Hunters

By Courtney B. Dunlap

Five year old James is awakened in the night to a rumbling sound. He heads out to investigate the sound. Along the way he is joined by his siblings and their variety of pets. The adventure has them exploring in the dark where their imagination make the shadows come alive . Through delightful prose and wonderful illustrations the kids finally find the source of the noise. It is a delightful book that will have your kids giggling at bedtime. I loved this book! It was fun the illustrations were fabulous!

Color Blind Friends

by William Bentrim

In this book Mikey, who is white, and Dejon, who is black discuss the events of 2020. From the pandemic, wearing masks, corrupt cops, racial unrest and looting. They agree that there are good and bad in all groups. It is a refreshing look at adult subjects from the prospective of a young person. The boys c0me to realize that change is needed and they can help make that change for future generations. This is an excellent book for our current times and events.

Little Black Girl

by Brittany Green

Little Black Girl is a wonderfully written and illustrated story that reminds young girls of their worth. The author references famous black women from Egyptian Queens to current pop culture icons like Oprah and Beyonce. This story encourages young girls to reach their potential and to always remember their worth.

A Place With A Past

by Marlene Ratledge Buchanan

Some secrets stay dead and buried. Some come back to haunt you.

Patty was mourning the death of her beloved  Great Aunt Belle, or “Ring a Ding, as she called her. As the only living  family member, she became the heir to the family farm and the surprising contents. Patty never expected to inherit two ghosts, and family secrets that had long been buried. In a town where everyone knows everything about their neighbors, murder, moonshine, and mystery threatens her happiness with William. Will Patty and William be able to solve the mystery and put the spirits to rest or will Clarisse and Morton drive them away? This cozy mystery will have you thinking twice about opening closed doors.

Guest Post: Author Lorelai Watson

Only he can save me… but I’m not his to save.

Help me welcome our first guest blogger, Author Lorelai Watson. Lorelai published her first book earlier this year and we are delighted to showcase her on our blog to kick off July. Here is Lorelai’s story about becoming an author.

A Word of Encouragement

People love a good origins story. Whether we’re curious about the humble beginnings of a headline-making entrepreneur, or even our favorite superhero, we often clamor to see the metamorphosis of others. But what is it about origin stories that we love?  For me, I think it’s easier to identify with this person who started out like a regular person just like me. There’s hope in the universal message that we all have the ability to pursue our passions and do something awe-inspiring. 

I have been an author for a whole four months. I am unknown, and far from best-selling or award-winning. But for this shy, generally introverted writer, I find that there’s an edge of cool-ness that accompanies being a published author. In short, people suddenly find you infinitely more interesting than they did before. One of the questions I’ve gotten more than one is this – how did you get started? When did you start writing?

And thus, my origin story as an author begins. I remember rather clearly the day that my second-grade teacher Mrs. Harrison told us that our next assignment in language arts would be to write (wait for it… it’s exciting) our own story. Now, as a teacher, looking back on this, this lesson had no grand hook, bells or whistles to enrapture my attention, as we’re often taught to do in college, but she had my undivided attention. For one, I was already a complete book nerd. I blame my parents. They read to me every night, and gave in to my demands to read the same story a million times over. Now maybe our writing education had not been as complex as it is today, but I honestly think it was the first time it occurred to me that I could write my very own story.

There were no subjects or prompts given, just freedom.

I spent an entire day wondering what to write, looking at the illustrated writing process poster above the wall. I spend an inordinate amount of time staring at the “brainstorming” frame, so much that I could probably redraw the little blonde boy with glasses and a blue sweater, propped up on his desk as he imagined the perfect story. After speaking with a friend who seemed to be making much better progress than me, we started throwing ideas around, and suddenly the story began to unfold in my mind. I worked hard on that story, writing a whole page and a half (this feels big when you’re in second grade) and what ensued was an amazingly plagiarized mashup between ‘The Goonies’ and a Goosebumps book I had read earlier that year.

There is no other way to say it, but writing was – and remains — magical. It found its way straight to my heart and there it has resided for twenty-two years. I imagine it always will. But I think we all know that our passions must be tended to, no matter how deeply rooted they may be. My passion for writing might have been eventually squelched by age or other interests had another form of magic not occurred. I can’t remember why, but my mother picked me up early from school one day, and she walked into my classroom. Mrs. Harrison walked me over and told my mother all about my story. Now this was pretty exciting, and I remember being so proud, but what came out of her mouth next was something that has stuck with me for the rest of life. 

“She’s going to be an author one day.”

That’s it. Simple, not eloquent, but so incredibly life changing. Just a word of encouragement was enough to inspire an eight-year-old girl to keep writing. I was lucky enough to have supportive parents, friends and other teachers who kept giving those words of encouragement throughout my life, and I convinced that without them, I never would have kept writing, much less fulfilled the dream of publishing.

                And so, I leave you with a challenge. Know that your words have power, and seek ways to leave a genuine word of encouragement here and there. You never know how it could change a life. 

Please follow Lorelai Watson on her social media accounts and be sure to click the link below for a free copy of her book from July 1st – 5th.

Social Media Links:


Twitter: @lorelai_watson

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Buy Links (kindle Unlimited)

Amazon US:Ain’t Nothin But The Devil (The Atwood Legacy Book 1)

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Welcome to Indie Author Book Reviews

Just a few books by some of my favorite indie authors .

Hello, and welcome to Indie Author Book reviews. I have been a book reviewer for a number of years and had a blog with various book reviews, product reviews and recipes. I stopped reviewing about two years ago when my time and energy was needed elsewhere. the time is now right for me to start back. On this blog I will only be reviewing indie authors. Why, only indie authors and not traditionally published? There are so many great indie authors out there that people are not aware of. They have great stories that would rival most any by traditionally published authors. My hope is to give support to those hard working authors and help you find you next favorite book.