FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – JANUARY

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning 

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Book one of what is currently an eleven book series.
MacKayla’s life was perfectly normal and exactly what she wanted – until her sister is murdered while studying abroad.  When the authorities and her parents except that the case is cold and will never be solved, she travels to Ireland to find her sister’s killer. But as her own ability’s turn magical, MacKayla realizes that she might need help.
Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Children of Virtue and Vengence by Tomi Adeyemi

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The long await sequel to the AMAZING Children of Blood and BoneDefinitely read it before picking up this one. But you should probably read them both. ASAP. 😀 

 

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 



The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 419TWZk7luL

If you read this one, AND YOU SHOULD, make sure you check out the author’s note at the end.
Sequel to Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments takes place 15 years following the beginning of this powerful tale. Gilead is showing signs of rotting from the inside out.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

 

 

 



The Golden Son by Pierce Brown 

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Yet another sequel! Make sure you read book one, or you will be pretty lost in this series.

Shout out to my cousin, Anna, for turning me onto this series – even though it’s taking me a while to continue it.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 



The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan 

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I bought this book based entirely on this line of the book blurb: In the aftermath of World War II, two women with unusual gifts must protect a mysterious baby in a poignant tale of family, sacrifice and magic.
Granted, I should have read the rest of the description, as it was very different than I thought I would be. However, it was still an excellent story and very well told.
Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – DECEMBER

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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*Trigger Warning: This novel includes references to sexual abuse.

Grace Mae is sent to an asylum in disgrace with a growing belly. But her circumstances change drastically when she loses the baby and fakes her own death to escape her previous life. She finds herself assisting in the case of a serial killer while still trying to come to terms with her own life.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Fingersmith by Sarah Waters41W6d8hHJZL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_

Written in the Dickens Era, Sue Tinder is hired as a ladies maid for Maud Lilly. Little does Maud know it is all part of a scheme to get at her fortune. Little does Sue know that she will fall in love with her mistress. Both girls are sure to be disappointed when they find out they are not the architects of their own destinies.

 

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

 


The Deep

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From the cover:

The water-breathing descendants of African slave women tossed overboard have built their own underwater society—and must reclaim the memories of their past to shape their future.

 

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 




If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – NOVEMBER

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi51hdUH-oWQL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

I am 112 years old. Let that be stated for the record. which basically means I did not understand half of the pop culture references or texting acronyms in this book. But I enjoyed it, none the less.

This is a good Young Adult Romance.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes51qBXuJJUZL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_

If you are interested in writing romance stories, this book is a must. It’s short. It’s sweet. It’s witty. It is straight to the point. 
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 

 

 


Until The Day I Die by Emily Carpenter 91G-Jyu+lwL._AC_UY218_ML3_

This was a great, little thriller.

A father suddenly passes away, a mother doesn’t know how to grieve and decides to sell their company, and a young adult is shipped off to college against her wishes. Add in some adult “Lord of the Flies” and Ta da! You have this book. It kept me guessing the whole way.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


War of the Oaks by Emma Bull 51491m++eIL._SY346_

Shout out to Kathryn Malody for finally recommending a book that is already published! War of the Oaks is set in the Twin Cities. It was quite lovely to be so familiar with the area where the book was taking place.

I can’t say it any better than this snippet from the book description: “By turns tough and lyrical, fabulous and down-to-earth, War for the Oaks is a fantasy novel that’s as much about this world as about the other one. It’s about real love and loyalty, about real music and musicians, about false glamour and true art. It will change the way you hear and see your own daily life.”

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

 


Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal 411O6O1986L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_

I heard about this book through a podcast (Breaking the Glass Slipper). Kowal described it as Pride and Prejudice plus magic. As you can imagine, it went straight to the top of my reading list. It held to Jane Austin’s writing and storytelling style. I loved it.

Shades of Milk and Honey is the first book in a series I definitely plan on continuing.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!

Long Way Home – PreOrder


When Julie’s heart and life are at odds, will true love conquer all?

Julie has come home to Paradise Valley at last. Her big brother, Cole, and bestselling author Claire are tying the knot, and Julie has arrived early to help with the big day. But as she examines her own romantic choices, she finds herself envious of the couple’s fairytale love.

Garrett is a new ranchhand and is getting roped into all sorts of wedding tasks. When Julie arrives, he finds her spunky, beautiful, and charming. But when her secret fiancé shows, Garrett finds that he doesn’t think too much of the man – or of how he treats Julie.

As Julie struggles to come to terms with her life and possibly leaving Paradise Valley for good, Garrett is determined to let the unmistakable chemistry between them go. But as they work together to help Cole and Claire enchant the valley with the perfect wedding, their hearts are drawn to each other.

Will Julie and Garrett walk away from their own fairytale romance, or will love bring them home?

Long Way Home is a refreshingly sweet Western romance. If you like charming characters, unmistakable attraction, and breathtaking mountain settings, then you’ll adore Jana Floyd’s touching novel.

Buy Long Way Home to continue with this new chapter of love at Paradise Valley!

To Be Released on December 17th, 2019!

 


Pre-Order the E-book on Amazon or the Signed Paperback Here!


FLOYD’S BOOK CLUB – OCTOBER

Welcome, to Floyd’s Book Club! Below you will find a list of the books I have read within the current month – complete with “Love,” “Weeping,” and “Donita” Factors. I even have links to the books on Amazon, for your viewing pleasure!

I sincerely hope that you find a book or two within this newsletter that catches your interest. Whether you pick one up at the library, a local bookstore, or on your E-reader – I wish you Happy Reading!

– Jana M. Floyd



*GUEST REVIEW*

by Donita Tovas

The Line Between by Tosca Lee51S6FUF6KoL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

Two confessions before I begin. 1: I “read” the audible version of this book. It’s just what works best for me right now. (The person reading did a great job, which is important!) 2. I purchased it without knowing anything more than the author’s name. She has written with Ted Dekker, so she MUST be good, right?

That second confession is important because I never would have purposely read a book described as an apocalyptic thriller. EVER. So, I’m glad I didn’t know. The book follows Wynter Roth from a cult compound with the requisite charismatic leader, into the “real” world, and through a maze of circumstances resulting in mass death and mayhem that is far too plausible to be easily shrugged off and forgotten.

Lee is a master storyteller with an eye for detail and an ability to draw emotion from the reader, and further, to make them contemplate the possibility of similar events occurring in the not-so-distant future. I highly recommend this book . . . but not if you’re looking for a light, sunshine and roses read. As for me, I quickly bought and read the sequel.

Love Factor: 5 of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 2 of 5 Tears (I didn’t actually cry, but it made my heart hurt.)


The Searchers by Alan Le May512iXlIskZL

I LOVE JOHN WAYNE. In fact, I may or may not have John Wayne coasters. So… as you can imagine, I have seen the film ‘The Searchers’ a few times, though never as an adult. There is a lovely tribute to John Wayne and his relation to this film at the beginning of the book.

Comanche stealthy attack a Texas homestead and steal away a small girl. Her kin, Martin Pauley and Amos Edwards, start on a stubborn and dramatic journey to find her.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


The Power by Naomi Alderman51hBlMcILkL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Holy Cow. This was such an interesting read! Some very intense ideas in this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

What if the woman in the world suddenly developed the power to inflict pain and even death? What would change? What wouldn’t?

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

*Donita Factor: This factor will tell you if there are any steamy bits in the book. The scale will be measured by Teapots of Steam. 1 being just a little steam and 5 being… well…. you get the picture.


Infinity Blade: Awakening by Brandon Sanderson61dZqwePlDL._SX342_

This book is so great if you love video games. Or even if you just kind of like them. It’s a very witty read.

Based on a video game. You will follow Siris – the hero of the video game –  as he goes about trying to have about having a life after killing The God King.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Infinity Blade: Redemption by Brandon Sanderson61dZqwePlDL._SX342_

 

The conclusion of the Infinity Blade books. Definitely ready Awakening (above) first.

 

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young  510Sb7mDFyL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

I think I read this book just because the cover is so epic.

Tova washed up on the shore of the Svell as a child and has lived as an outcast and prophet among them ever since. But she reads a fate that divides the Svell leaders and brings war. Caught up in a fight for her life, Tova’s life is changed forever.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


Redemption Road by John Hart51q-2vZBtWL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Lots of twists and turns in this one. It was a good Mystery/Thriller.

A cop is released after a torturous 13 years in prison for a crime he still claims he didn’t commit. But more murders start occurring as soon as he is out. The cops, save one detective, are convinced it convicted cop is the killer.

This one will keep you on your toes.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


Still Life by Louise Penny51KK16nBqqL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

 

A murder has taken place in the sleepy Quebec town. Most of the locals assume it is a hunting accident, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache isn’t convinced. This was a great little cozy mystery.

 

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler51tvwJEzc-L._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_

The subtitle of this gem is “13 of Edgar Allen Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Re-imagined.” It’s the token Halloween read this year.

I would say it was about half and half in relation to measuring up to the original stories. For the record, Poe’s are still at the top of the mountain.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin51aJ6TClKxL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

 

Henry the VIII and his company of wives meets One Tree Hill. No, I’m not kidding. It was actually quite entertaining. But don’t read this one if you don’t like teenagers.

 

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


Open Season by C.J. Box51PJTtqwRYL._SX284_BO1,204,203,200_

Growing up in Northwest Montana gave me some ‘insider’ knowledge and perspective on this book. It almost felt like being home.

The newly anointed head game warden, Joe Pickett, starts out his new position with a bang when a dead man is found on his woodpile by his daughter. As Joe digs into the murder, things start to get out of control and ends up fighting for everything he holds dear.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears



If you would like to send me a book recommendation, become a guest reviewer, or just want to chat about any of the books in today’s issue – please feel free to email me or comment on this post!