FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – JULY

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



Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 51j5p18mJNL

Shout out to Aunt Martha for the recommendation on this book!

The Marsh Girl is what they call her in town. Kya is a young girl, abandon by her family at the age of six, trying to survive in the swamplands by herself. This story is lovely and intriguing.

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.


Cape May by Chip Cheek 41Xj0RA8vpL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

This book was written with a lovely Great Gatsby style… plus sex.

Young Henry and Effie are in New Jersey for their honeymoon and become entangled with a glamorous couple who drag them into a world they could have never imagined.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 5 out of 5 Teapots


The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz 51xFl+72vTL._SX277_BO1,204,203,200_

Book two of the Jane Hawk Series. And Koontz has given us another excellent thriller.

Former FBI Agent Jane Hawk has become America’s most wanted. On the run, she is trying to get to the top of the two-headed snake responsible for not only her husband’s suicide but dozens of other “incidents.” But the ladder of power goes far higher than she could have ever anticipated.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


The Body Myth by Rheea Mukerjee51rGcg3MilL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

This book was written with some amazing language and imagery. I picked it up after hearing an interview with the author on a podcast. I would almost describe this as a coming of age story more than anything else.

A young widow living and teaching in Suryam, India is drawn to a woman, and consequently a couple, who live with tragedies of their own – most prominently a swath of unexplained illnesses that plague Sara. What develops between them is an interesting, loving bond that they all desperately need.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 5 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quote: “The fog of self-righteousness could be a powerful drug.


 

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey 51Fiej09wKL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

I read this entire book on my birthday. And it was divine! It totally lived up to the title, which is saying a lot.

Full of references to rom-com movies, Annie Cassidy is waiting for the man of her dreams – a Tom Hanks type of man who is sensitive, sweet, and owns a houseboat. As you can imagine, there are all sorts of obstacles and it doesn’t work out quite the way Annie thinks it will.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “Tom Hanks isn’t a person so much as he is a representation of the kind of man I deserve, as my mom told over and over.”


Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts61dM4M-OpjL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_

Book Two of the Guardians Trilogy. (Check out the review from Book One Here!)

The Six are back at it again, protecting the world from an evil goddess. But this time she is more dangerous than ever.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 3 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quotes: “I wanted you then, but it wasn’t time, and I had to wait.”


Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs 51Ye9OxbDiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Book 11 in the Mercy Thompson novels. And you really should read them in order. Otherwise, this complicated world of werewolves, vampires, witches, fae, and god knows what else would be very hard to keep track of. I enjoy these books. Briggs always has an enchanting way of pulling me into her books from the very first sentence.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 3 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quotes: “Sometimes there is no way to make things better. Ther is only making it through.”


511RHa4P7-L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_This Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer

Bradley 

This is book one of a series about the legend of King Arthur. At least that is what I had thought when I started the book. But it’s more about the women surrounding the legend, more specifically the women of the priestess bloodline of the druid island of Avalon. It’s an interesting perspective and I intend to read at least the next book of the series.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor:  0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots



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 – JUNE


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



Sunburn by Laura Lippman51i2hLp31ZL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_

I don’t remember where I heard about this book… probably a podcast.

Strange incidents keep happening around Polly, when all she is trying to do is survive. Everything seems to be masterfully orchestrated… but who is the pulling all the puppet strings?

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.


The Writing Life by Annie Dillard31-oCiyJS6L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Shout out to Rachael Herron, host of both The Writer’s Well and How Do You Write? podcasts, for this book recommendation.

I would consider this book a reflection collection of thoughts about the writing life. I would recommend reading this one slowly, taking the time to reflect on the ideas and thoughts presented.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall41QQ7tI1ajL

I heard an interview with the author on the Unlikable Female Characters podcast and immediately requested the book from the library. It’s one part thriller, one part mystery, and one part Clue (the board game and/or film) – with the seven deadly sins thrown in.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows51zSWUuPdTL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_

Shout out to the wonderful Alissa Bimberg for the recommendation on this one! We plan to watch the Netflix film sometime in the near future.
Written entirely in the form of letters between several individuals following WWII, this book is full of charming characters and stories of a Nazi German occupation. I truly enjoyed this read.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

 

 


Echo in Onyx by Sharon Shinn  51L+enFud9L._SX342_ (1)

If I had to guess, I suppose this book would go into the YA/Fantasy novel category.

A country girl, Brianna, become employed to Lady Marguerite, a princess with three echos – a clone of sorts, incapable of thought and only copy the host. When disaster strikes, both Brianna and Marguerite must pull together to survive.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop51NCJjP9AIL

This book is certainly not for everyone. Has some real weird/fanciful steamy bits. Just a warning.

A small future queen and witch child is struggling to survive in a very strange fantasy world/worlds. She find help from a slew of people, including a couple of demons and Satan. Kind of a weird book.

Love Factor: 2 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 10 out of 5 Teapots

 


Blood Sisters by Juin Charnell 51UzE6QmerL

*Trigger warning. This book deals with child sex trafficking.

Remember that Liam Neeson movie, Taken? This novel reminded me of that type of justice. As in, everything will be okay as long as you take the bad guys down. The End.

Love Factor: 1 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


Spring by Ali Smith41etjy5BOOL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

I cannot do better than the “blurb” for this book. So…

With an eye to the migrancy of story over time and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tell the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown, Smith opens the door.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “I’m okay, she says. I’m doing my best in response to my situation and being as good-humored as I can while I’m doing it.”


Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield 51lD2JA-QIL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Remember that one film, 300? This is a re-telling of that story. And it’s definitely not as fanciful as the film.

With Persia threatening to take over the world, 300 Spartans stand in the way… and give their lives for eternal glory.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “Men’s pain is lightly borne and swiftly over. Our wounds are of the flesh, which is nothing; women’s is of the heart-sorrow unending, far more bitter to bear.”


The Dead Drink First by Dale Maharidge46183531 (1)

I listened to this book while I painted my kitchen. Praise the sweet baby Jesus that my kitchen is no longer the color of fry sauce (it’s a lovely off white now).
I have read my fair share of WWII books and watched a number of documentaries and films on the subject. However, rarely have I encountered such a honest perspective from the family of a WWII vet. I found this book powerful and moving. Highly recommend it.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann51PP3iTK8DL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

I know this book was making the rounds in the last year or so, but I didn’t really know what it was about or had any interest until I heard the author on a podcast (Sorry, Donita, I don’t remember which one). I was hooked from chapter one. And I am getting the Jimmy Stewart film based on the events covered in this book from the library this week! *Shout out to Ramsey County Library!*
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “I don’t know of a single Osage family which didn’t lose at least one family member because of the head rights.”



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!

 

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FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – May


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



The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

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Some say the legend of Merlin was based on a man named Lailoken. But what some do not know is the Lailoken had a twin sister who became a Queen. This is her forgotten story.

What’s the catch? The next book in the series doesn’t come out till the summer of 2020 – which I did not know until after I finished the book. Insert grumpy face here.

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.


Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue41zRAm+0OEL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Mike McHargue is better known as Science Mike, of the Science Mike and The Liturgists podcasts. He is great. I mean, really great.

This book is one part science and one part autobiography. And yes, the science part that feels heavy… but I found it super interesting and helpful.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “We can approach beliefs not as gems to be mined from the earth and protected with clenched fists, but as butterflies that land on an open hand – as gifts to enjoy but not possess.


Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella51DVdktI8mL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_

This book was recommended by Libbie Hawker (you know her as the author of many great books including The Book of Coming Forth by Day series) on her Facebook page.

This is a different version of Helen than I have ever heard of. For example, Helen isn’t married to Menelaus…yet. I have book two of these series, and it is in the Que to be read.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Donita Factor: 2 out of 5 Teapots


The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 51ccMKHmt3L._SX281_BO1,204,203,200_

I heard about this book on the podcast “Unlikable Female Characters.” And as you may guess, none of the characters are particularly likable. But I found myself unable to put it down. The writing is excellent and the characters are so very human.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick finds an old letter, addresses to her to be read in the event of her husband’s death. This will change everything for several families.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears


Design Before You Design by Jacob deNeui 41J2uScVLDL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

This book is about the design of Social Impact. Told in one part parable and one part case studies, deNeui builds a great argument on how Social Impact can change the world – through business or as an individual.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quotes: “Pickle ice cream sundae: two good things mixed together do not always equal a better product.”

“People matter, regardless of economic status…”


Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse51kdtjYAaPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

I loved this novel! Book Two of the Sixth World series. You should definitely read Book One, Trail of Lightening, first.

Our hero, Maggie, a Native American young woman who has been nicknamed ‘god-slayer,’ is back and better than ever. With friends kidnapped and a cult leader threatening to destroy her home, she must once again face her inner demons and fight for the fate of the world.

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!

 

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Paradise Valley

My Dearest Friends and Readers!

The day has finally come! Paradise Valley – Book One of The Paradise Valley Series – is officially published! *Insert Ridiculous Victory Dance Here*

I am beyond excited to share this sweet, western romance with you. Fair warning, my love of Montana and the Montana mountains may show. Just a little bit. Maybe. Claire and Cole hold special places in my heart. I hope you love them as much as I do.

You can purchase Paradise Valley in Paperback or E-Book on Amazon, as well as Signed Paperback copies here on my website.

In case you want a refresher on the plot line…

 



When a city girl meets a rugged cowboy, will true love take the reins?

Bestselling author Claire blames her writer’s block on her recent breakup. So a peaceful Montana cabin retreat seems like the perfect setting to clear her mind. But her summer gets off to a rocky start when she maroons her car and has to endure a humiliating rescue from her handsome host.

Patrick Cole is desperate to save his ranch from foreclosure. But making a few dollars renting cabins to entitled city folk won’t keep the family property in the black. And his latest guest may just prove to be more trouble than she’s worth… even if she does look like a million bucks.

As Claire relaxes into her new surroundings, Cole sees glimpses of a possible future. But with her deadline approaching and the bank threatening to repossess his business, neither can afford to let their hearts run free.

Will Claire and Cole’s budding romance remain unfinished, or open a door to love?

Paradise Valley 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 Paradise Valley to begin a new chapter of love today!

1.1 Paradise Valley E-Book Cover



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FLOYD’S BOOKCLUB – April


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



This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis41rhyhzs5AL

This book was super interesting! Both in concept and how it was written!

Sasha Stone discovers a sonogram picture while digging through old photos. According to the date scribbled on the back, she is one of the babies in the picture. But who is the other? Sasha becomes convinced that she killed her twin sister in the womb, but her own heart is actually that of her twin. And her twin wants to live a life too.

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quote: “People are always surprised when roses have a few thrones, like the girls who wear khakis and live with our natural hair color aren’t ever going to bite.”

 

*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.


Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts 518t+t+9v-L

As some of you many know, I am a new Nora Roberts fan. I picked this one up off the clearance shelf at HalfPrice Books. I do believe it is a trilogy. And as if I didn’t want to go to Greece before…. I really, really want to go now.

Six individuals are drawn together by fate to protect the world against an evil goddess. There is magick, fighting scenes, and – of course – love.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 1 out of 5 Teapots


Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger51XE9MbKYGL

Book Five of the Cork O’Connor Series.

Cork is once again Sheriff and, true to form, there is trouble in Tamarack County. Not only was a deputy shot in the line of duty, a bullet Cork is sure was meant for him, a wanna-be Hollywood hotshot is found dead with a knife wound to his chest.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

 


Mercy by Jodi Picoult512DYwLMwdL

In the past, I have been conceded enough to think that I had read most Picoult books. Stumbling upon this gem through my library audio book app has dissuaded me of that notion.

As usually, Picoult tackles tough issues – Infidelity, love, marriage, human kindness, and virtual reality. The fun part of this book is that it was written and set the early 90s, where screen savers and cell phones are newer technologies that have to be explained.

Love Factor: 4 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears


Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice31FrLjjwCiL._SY346_

What would you do if the whole world lost all power? It’s an intriguing idea. This books follows a small First Nations community as they attempt to cope. While there is certainly a lot of Native Culture in this book, it is also uniquely human. And a very good, interesting read.
Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “‘Bad moose meat is always better than a good pork chop,’ his father always said.”


99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne 41YZTtN2VEL._SY346_

Some of you may remember that I read a Thorne book last month (check it out here) and liked it. This one was pretty great too! I found myself identifying with the main female character more than I thought I would. It’s a great little romance. P.s. I picture the main characters way different than this cover art. 😉

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 0 out of 5 Tears

*Donita Factor: 3 out of 5 Teapots

Favorite Quote: “I need a hug. I need someone’s warm skin on mine. I ache with the loneliness…”


The Winter Sister by Megan Collins41QyGB8C7BL

Oh Man. I loved this book. An interview with the author turned me onto it. The novel based on myth of Persephone -But it’s certainly not on the nose or obvious.

I can’t put it any better than the book’s teaser: “In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister’s unsolved murder.”

Love Factor: 5 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears


A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness5180OCWnlZL

This book was recommended to me about 8 years ago. And I have finally gotten around to reading it. In case you haven’t heard anything about this book before… It’s your basic Witch and Vampire fall in love… and the world may end because of it. I’m curious to see where the next book goes, but it’s not super high on my reading list.

Love Factor: 3 out of 5 Hearts

Weeping Factor: 1 out of 5 Tears

Favorite Quote: “My ideas about vampires may be romantic, but your attitudes toward woman need a major overhaul.”


Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen51A1ZRn9+PL

This book was recommend on a podcast. And I will admit, I did enjoy and identify with most of the ideas presented. In short, each chapter profiles a different woman and the reason the world/society considers them Unruly. My feeling is that people will either love or hate this book. But I would seriously doubt anyone reading this it with an open mind could claim the entire thing and it’s ideas are unfounded.

 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!

 

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