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What make the Montgomery Ink World go round? Family and Food….

Welcome back to Denver and the Montgomery Ink world!

Montgomery Ink Bites is a anthology and cookbook collaboration between Carrie Ann Ryan and Suzanne M. Johnson.

It is a time to check-in with the ‘original’ Montgomery siblings that kick-started the Montgomery Ink world, and get some tasty recipes with each story.

So what’s the latest with the Denver crew?

Are Austin and Sierra ready to send Leif to college??

Spend Valentine’s Day with Decker, Miranda, and their crew…

Then spend some quality time with Montgomery-Dodds…

See what brings Griffin and Autumn to New Orleans…

Catch up with Maya, Jake, and Border on vacation…

Spend some time with Tabby, Alex, and their twins…and of course cheese…

Can Storm and the rest of the family pull off his surprise for Everly?

Then finally check in with Wes and Jillian, and the ‘surprise’ they find when they work to fix a plumbing leak….

I loved checking in with the original Montgomery crew and seeing how everyone was doing.

Plus—the recipes!!

Each short story also includes at the end—several original recipes by Suzanne Johnson that fit each family.

I have several ‘bookmarked’ to try—including the cheesy chicken enchiladas, the cheesesteak stuffed peppers, raspberry dark chocolate fudge, s’mores cinnamon rolls, and peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes.

I loved being able to check back in with the Denver branch of the family, and while I know we’ll be seeing everyone in various spin-offs—I would love to see each ‘branch’ get their own cookbook…..

So, pull up seat, grab a drink, and possibly a pad of paper and an pen (to start the grocery list) and enjoy spending time with the various members of the Denver branch of the family.

Carrie Ann never disappoints, and I’ll be checking out Suzanne Johnson’s other collaborative cookbooks with other authors…

I give Montgomery Ink Bites five out of five stars and highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read or to cook…

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ARC review: The latest Montgomery Ink: Inked Craving-A friends to Lovers tale

Welcome back to Fort Collins, and the Montgomery Ink family.

Inked Craving picks up where Inked Devotion left off, and features Paige and Lee.

Paige is the youngest of the Montgomerys (she has four older siblings, and fifteen older cousins), is the office manager for the family business, and is workingo nmeding her broken heart.

She had thought she was getting a proposal, instead she is working on mending her heart and determined to move forward with her life.

Lee has been an ‘honorary’ Montgomery for years–what with being best friends with Beckett and Benjamin.

He comes to Paige’s rescue during a thunderstorm, and is the first to find out her ‘secret’.

He promises to be there as a friend to help her adjust and deal with things, since she is determined to do things without family interference.

They slowly go from friends to lovers, with all the ‘normal’ bumps in the road.

Though there is also some danger lurking in the shadows….

Who is Clay’s ‘secret admirer’?

Will Paige and Lee be able to hand the bumps and twists?

The answers and more can be found within the pages of Inked Craving; I give Inked Cravings five out of five stars. I’m really enjoying the Fort Collins branch of the family, and especially enjoyed the appearance of a couple of Montgomery cousins from Denver. I would say that I’m ‘sad’ that Archer’s story is the last in the Montgomery family—but it looks like we’ll be seeing the next generation as they grow up and get their own stories.

Looking forward to seeing Archer get his happily-ever-after this summer. Take a dive into the Montgomery Ink World—a perfect way of dealing with the chills of winter.

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Looking back at January of 2022: Reading goals on track, others are lagging

So, we’re officially a month into 2022—January has somehow come and went. I’d like to say that I’m going to be even more productive than last year—and I know I will be more productive, but how much more—well that is the question.

I feel like January has been a ‘tester’ month. I started out with large plans, and then the inner critic came out and tossed them all into the wind. I’m realizing that I need to find a ‘harmony’ if you will with my inner critic—a time when I’m more than willing to say ‘I’m done’ for the day, and a time when I politely tell my inner critic that there is still work to be done before playing ‘hokey’.

So, we’re now about six weeks shy of starting year three of the pandemic (the US started shutting things down roughly mid-March 2020), and I’m scared that we’re starting to ‘normalize’ this damn virus and all its variants. In terms of the total number of cases of the virus within the US, when I published ‘December in Review’ on January 1st, I noted that we had reached almost 55.7 million cases and now as of January 31st—we have reached a little over 76.2 million cases (that is 20 million cases in a month). The numbers are going up due to the omicron variant that is more contagious than the previous variants (and doesn’t seem to care if one has had their vaccine and booster shots or not).

Its looking like the younger kids (under the age of five) could be eligible for vaccines come as early as March or April—that means if everyone does their part, we may just be able to see the end of the pandemic within a year or so. Because, as I mentioned last month—the only way this pandemic is going to get under control is vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, and also listening to those who have decades of experience working with infectious diseases.

I managed to get several posts published on the blog/website during January—but I didn’t get to updating/modifying the last set of pages I’ve been needing to—again the inner critic won that round of ‘battles’. I’d mentioned that I’d removed the games I’d been playing on the kindle at the end of December—only to re-download and overplay them again this month. I deleted them from both the kindle and my amazon cloud today—so there is won’t be giving into any urge to download to play occasionally.

But before I can look ahead to setting goals for February, I need to look back at the goals I set for January and how I did with each of them.

The goals for January included:

  1. 130-155,000 steps
  2. Continue with a second round of Morning Meltdown 100 (may only be M-F)
  3. Read at least one non-fiction book from my 2022 non-fiction book BINGO card
  4. Continue setting up my ‘master’ plan for 2022-2025 (and beyond)
  5. Read two to four (if not more) fiction books (and write mini-book reviews to be posted on the blog and other sites)
  6. No spend days/no spend weeks/ Limited spending week
  7. Time outdoors, meditation/sitting quietly, daily gratitude journal entries, and daily oracle card drawings
  8. Craft time
  9. Continue working on updating the blog/website
  10. Assignments for the diamond group
  11. Work through at least one module of a personal/professional development course from my 2022 e-course BINGO card

So how did I do with each of them?

130-155,000 steps: I managed to get a little over 144,000 steps (144,123 steps or 58.91 miles to be exact). There was a walk at Boomer Lake, and a walk with Chaos through the neighborhood this month. I would have preferred to surpass the 155K steps—but I didn’t, though I did get past the bare minimum number of steps.

Continuing with a second round of Morning Meltdown 100: This didn’t really happen. I started it back up at the beginning of the month, but just didn’t feel like pushing play daily. I’ve realized that this is a ‘theme’ at times for me—I complete a program, decide to repeat it and then fizzle for a while before I actually manage to repeat the program (happened with LIIFT4).

Currently I’m thinking of just putting on music and lifting weights three to four times a week, streaming a yoga/Pilates/cardio workout once or twice a week, and then trying to get in a walk on the other day of the week. We’ll have to see how this plan goes.

Read at least one non-fiction book from my 2022 non-fiction BINGO card:

I managed to finish reading the following books:

‘Work Quilting’ by Vicki Walton

‘Girl, Take Back Your Career’ by Solange Lope

I’m now bouncing between several other non-fiction books (like I usually do), though some of them aren’t currently on the 2022 non-fiction BINGO card.

Continuing setting up my ‘master’ plan for 2022-2025 (and beyond):

I mentioned in my Capricorn New Moon goal review post that I’d let my imposter syndrome/inner critic derail me for a good portion of the month, so this was one of the goals that fell by the wayside.

Read two to four (if not more) fiction books:

I managed to read quite a few fiction books this month, though I only wrote and posted mini-book reviews for two of them.

The ‘new’ books I read during January included:

Dusk Unveiled (Ravenwood Coven #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan (book review posted)

Nothing But Ink (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #3.5) by Carrie Ann Ryan (book review posted)

The following books by Michele Miller:

From the Wreckage

Out of Ruins

All That Remains

West: Male POV

Into the Fire

After the Fall

Until We Crash

The entire Maverick Billionaire series by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully; the seventh was just released and I went back and read the first six that I’d bought over the years.

Inked Fantasy by Carrie Ann Ryan

In addition to several ‘re-reads’, that I decided I didn’t need to list out, but I am keeping track of in a spreadsheet so that I can include them in my end-of-the-year total.

No spend days/no spend weeks/Limited spending month:

Nope—January was a bad month in terms of spending. I did delete various games again from the kindle, and then went ahead and deleted them from the ‘cloud’ as well. Hopefully this will help me really curb the impulsive spending.

Time outdoors, meditation/sitting quietly, daily gratitude journal entries, and daily oracle drawings

There was some time spent outdoors this month. With the temperatures bouncing back and forth—there were days spent sitting outdoors, while the next day I barely stepped foot outside.

Mediation/sitting quietly, daily gratitude journal entries, and daily oracle drawings only happened really for the first half of the month, and then inner critic/imposter syndrome derailed me.

Craft time:

I did a little crafting throughout the month (some photography, and color by number). I’m going to try to start another abstract cross-stitch project this coming month as a way of switching things up.

Continue working on updating the blog/website:

Nope. I only managed to post nine blog posts last month, though there was a decent amount of traffic to the page (at least according to wordpress analytics). This will probably be yet another goal for the next two or three months (as I don’t see me getting all the pages I needed redone done in just a couple of weeks).

Assignments for the diamond group:

This has been slightly slow going—remember the saying ‘you are your own worse enemy?’—Well that has been me. I’ve been getting in my own way on a lot of the assignments. I’m slowly working through the mindset/reflective questions (and am thinking that at least one or two of them may become a slightly longer ‘essay’).

There is still another month or so of the group—and I’m aiming to transition by the end of the summer (or at least then find a part time job possibly on campus since I’ll be really tight on funds by then).

Work through at least one module of a personal/professional development course from my 2022 e-course BINGO card:

I’m working through two of the courses on the BINGO card:

Write Your Way to Freedom (a course on becoming a freelance copywriter), and How to work for yourself (an course on Udemy talking about freelancing/side-hustle)

But I did finish watching two other short ‘courses’ on Skill Share:

Productivity Basics: How to become more productive in 4 steps

Personal and Lifestyle Branding: Building your story

It is slightly funny how I started the month with big plans to be highly productive (and even watched a small course on it)—and ended the month being somewhat unproductive.

While I wasn’t perfect with all the goals (and some I wasn’t even in the ballpark of being ‘okay’ with)—acknowledging those mistakes are progress in and of themselves.

I’ve deleted all the games on the kindle that I would spend way too many hours and way too much money on playing. While I bought quite a few books this past month—I read most of them (at least most of the fiction books I’d bought). I’ve also realized that I do get antsy during the day (at times), and that I really do need to find a variety of recipes for protein-rich breakfasts (since I’m pretty certain I’m not getting nearly as much protein as I should be getting).

I’m still debating on whether or not to do the monthly spending challenge updates (especially in light of how much I spent this month)—but it is a way of keeping myself accountable.

So, January wasn’t the ‘perfect’ month—but I’m not aiming for perfection, I’m aiming for progress, and progress was made.

I read two non-fiction books, and have started several others (and I’m over halfway through one of those), I watched two short courses, and spent part of the time earlier this month working through a couple of other courses.

I deleted the games (not just from the kindle, but from the amazon cloud as well)—that means I have to ‘search’ for them if I want to download them again, and not to mention having to ‘start’ from the beginning.

The goal is still to ‘change’ this year—getting a remote position, starting the freelance side-gig, and everything else that I want to be trying to do—I’m not going to let ‘Pam’ stop me, she may slow me down quite a bit—but I’m going to keep moving forward.

Therefore the goals for February will include:

  1. 120-140,000 steps
  2. Daily Intentional Movements (walks, chores, lifting weights, yoga, and so forth)
  3. Read at least one non-fiction book (preferably from the BINGO card, but not required)
  4. Read at least two-to-four fiction books (and have mini book reviews posted on the blog and other sites)
  5. No spend days/no spend weeks/limited spending month
  6. Time outdoors, meditation/sitting quietly, daily gratitude journal entries, and daily oracle card drawings
  7. Daily craft time
  8. Work through at least one module of a personal/professional development e-course on the 2022 e-course BINGO card

In addition to the above goals—I’m also going to work on improving my time and project management skills as well (as being better at both will help me reach the above goals and all other goals as well).

While I may have ‘missed’ a few goals (or at least completed ‘half’)—I still made progress. Knowing that I was sabotaging myself, and how I was doing it—half the battle, the other half is determining how to ‘fix’ the sabotaging problems so that I am productive as I go forward.

What are some of your favorite time/project management tips or tricks?

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Back to the Montgomery Ink World: Review of Nothing But Ink

Welcome back to the Montgomery Ink world.

‘Nothing But Ink’ is set within the Fort Collins branch of the Montgomery family, and features Clay and Riggs.

The story also features an appearance by some of the members of the Denver branch of the family.

Clay is first introduced back in the ‘original’ Montgomery Ink world (Inked Expressions), and has grown up a lot since then.

Riggs was first introduced in ‘Inked Persuasion’ as the owner of a local bar ‘Riggs’ that the Montgomerys frequently go to.

Unknown to the others—Clay and Riggs knew each other in high school…

Coveted looks have been shared up to this point…when they take a night just for themselves.

Clay doesn’t think he has room for someone else in his present, not with having to care for his cousins…

Rigg’s past is back to haunt…

Can they find their way back to each other??

The answer, plus the more can be found within the pages of ‘Nothing But Ink’.

It was nice to see Clay and Riggs get their story, and to see how far Clay had grown since Inked Expressions.

I enjoy every trip back into the Montgomery Ink world (and probably should schedule a weekend to binge read all the interconnected series), and Nothing But Ink, delivered another breathtaking hit.

I give Nothing But Ink, five out of five stars and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a second-chance romance and it’s a ‘perfect’ introduction to the world if you haven’t read any of the previous books.

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An opposites-attract, and friends-to-lovers story: Review of My Bad Decisions

‘My Bad Decisions’ is the final book in the ‘On My Own’ series by Carrie Ann Ryan, and features Tanner and Natalie.

This is an opposites-attract, friends-to-lovers romance.

They’re the last two ‘single’ roommates between the two houses.

He considers himself to be from the ‘wrong side’ of town, and she’s the ‘rich’ one in the group–the one ‘out of his reach’.

An night out with some high school classmates and Natalie accidentally ‘discovers’ Tanner’s college occupation.

What do stolen kisses, a broken window, and an afternoon together add up to?

The answer(s) can be found within the pages of ‘My Bad Decisions’.

While completing their final semester of college, can Tanner and Natalie also weather the drama of both their families, and figuring out if they’re just ‘friends’ or more than friends?

I absolutely loved the book and how it wove a wonderful ending together for everyone: Dillon and Elise, Percy and Mackenzie, Miles and Nessa, and Tanner and Natalie. While I was sad that the series has ended, I’m hoping to periodically catch glimpses of the couples in future Montgomery Ink books—since they are part of the Montgomery Ink family.

I give ‘My Bad Decisions’ five out of five stars, and hope that there may be a novella or two ( or perhaps four) in the future allowing us to catch up with these wonderful couples.

If you haven’t given the On My Own series a try—go for it, you won’t be disappointed.

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Mix one part road-trip, two parts secrets, & tequila. Results: Inked Devotion.

Welcome back to the Fort Collins’ branch of the Montgomery family.

Inked Devotion picks up after Inked Obsession (so while it is a stand alone book—it may be easier to understand if you’re read the first two books in this mini series), and focuses on Benjamin and Brenna.

Brenna Garrett is use to large family gatherings, after all she has six siblings—so she usually feels right at home with the Montogomerys.

Though, unbeknownst to everyone she has been keeping a rather large secret (though she did try to tell Beckett).

During lunch with his ex-girlfriend and her wife, Benjamin is surprised by a favor they ask of him.

Brenna has decided to drive back to Virginia for a family reunion—making use of the time to think about how to tell people about her ‘secret’.

Not wanting to deal with his siblings yet, Benjamin asks to tag along so that he can also think on his ex’s request.

Throw in a storm, some tequila, sharing a room for a night, and Benjamin meeting Brenna’s family—and everyone’s plans get shaken up.

Can Benjamin and Brenna figure out how to make their relationship work?

How will the rest of the Montgomerys react to their news?

The answers to both of these questions and more lie within the pages of Inked Devotion; I give Inked Devotion five out of five stars. While I love all the books within the Montgomery Ink world, I’ve really been enjoying the Fort Collins branch. I’m looking forward to the last two books (Paige and then Archer), to see how those two get their happily-ever-afters.

Inked Devotion will be released on October 26, 2021.

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Reunited Lovers Escaping Their Past: Review of Inked Kingdom

The ‘series’ page for Underworld Kings gives the best description for the series.

“A multi-author series of standalone books filled with mafia families waging war, danger and violence, arranged and forced marriages, angst, love, and everything in-between. Light or dark, twisted or sweet, the Underworld Kings has something for everyone.”

So, while I don’t go with the underworld, biker club, mafia family backdrop all that often, I was curious to see how Carrie Ann would weave it into her much larger Montgomery Ink world. Because you know if the word Inked in is title–some Montgomery is going to be making an appearance.

Inked Kingdom introduces Stone as he is trying to figure out how to get out of the ‘kingdom’ that he no longer wants to be a part of—but knows that the only real way out is death.

With some unexpected ‘help’, he is able to escape and makes his way west.

Sarina managed to escape the ‘kingdom’ years ago and is making a new life for herself in Denver, though she still looks over her shoulder for the past. She has found a place for herself working for the Montgomerys and another ‘kingdom’ escapee.

When their paths cross in Denver, can Sarina put her fear of the past repeating itself behind her and reconnect with who Stone is now—or will the Kingdom be able to keep them apart?

The answers are within the pages of Inked Kingdom.

I enjoyed the introduction of Stone and Sarina, and the visit with the Montgomerys, and will be interested to see if they show up in future books. I give Inked Kingdom five out of five stars.

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Review: My Next Play. A friends to lovers tale

‘My Next Play’ is the third book in the ‘On My Own’ series by Carrie Ann Ryan. This book picks up shortly after ‘My Rebound’ and features Miles and Nessa.

What happens when you’re trying to move on from a crush on your roommate’s now boyfriend?

In addition to realizing you may have feelings for one of his roommates? Who has been hiding his feelings for you?

You accept an invitation to go out with someone else…but there aren’t sparks (at least fro you).

Add in various family dramas and secrets…and you get the premise of ‘My Next Play’.

Both Nessa and Miles have family ‘issues’ that pop up, giving insight into both characters. I like how Nessa had ‘ties’ to the Denver Montgomerys even before she met Dillon (who has ties to the Colorado Spring Montgomerys), and weaved a little of that world into the book.

Are Nessa and Miles strong enough to weather the combined storms of their families and the other dangers facing them? The answers lie within the pages of ‘My Next Play’.

I give the latest entry of the ‘On My Own’ series, five out of five stars and can’t wait for the final book that will be featuring Tanner and Natalie.

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Time to grab a book, a reading nook, and read the day away: It’s National Book Lovers Day!

So today (August 9th) is ‘National Book Lovers Day’, and it is a day that encourages us to find our favorite reading spot, grab a good book (or two), and read the day away.

Here are some random facts on early books:

  1. The first books had either parchment or calfskin for pages
  2. The covers were usually made of wood and covered in leather
  3. They had clasps or straps to keep them closed
  4. The first public libraries appeared during the Middle Ages, and the books were often chained to shelves or desks to prevent theft.

I’ve always been an avid reader to the point where I would usually be accumulating huge to-be read piles (or actually entire to-be read bookcases) during high school and college.

I got my first e-reader shortly before I finished graduate school (as a way to help cut back on the number of boxes of books Id’ be having to move), and for the most part that is what I’ve stuck with over the years.

I will use my e-reader for reading most books (whether they’re fiction or non-fiction), but when it comes to having a ‘referenec’ book (usually a textbook)–those I prefer to have in physical form (easier to highlight, make notes, and so forth). As I movemore into freelance writing, the bookcases will once again be propagated by books–just the larger (and heavier) textbooks.

While I could try to list out all my favorite books, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fiction books so far from this year:

  1. Call You Mine (The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers #4) by Claudia Burgoa
  2. Inked Persuasion (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  3. Blackout After Dark (Gansett Island #23) by Marie Force
  4. Billionaire Unexpected: Jax (The Billionaire Obsessions #16) by J.S. Scott
  5. My True Love: Jules Steele (The Steeles at Silver Island #2) by Melissa Foster
  6. My One Night (On My Own #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  7. State of Affairs (First Family #1) by Marie Force
  8. As We Are (The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers #5) by Claudia Burgoa
  9. My Rebound (On My Own #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  10. How Much I Love (Miami Nights #3) by Marie Force
  11. A Scent of Magick (McKendrick Warlocks #3) by Rhyannon Byrd
  12. Inked Obsession (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  13. Come Together (Butler, VT #7) by Marie Force
  14. Dawn Unearthed (Ravenwood Coven #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Yes, there is a trend in the authors–I usually have a small list of authors that are automatic buys for me, three of the above authors I’ve been reading for quite a while (Marie Force, Carrie Ann Ryan, and Rhyannon Byrd), while the others I’ve only started reading since the pandemic. If I really like the series, it won’t matter how long it is between books–I’ll purchase the next book (I think it’s been roughly fourteen years between the release of the second McKendrick Warlock book and the third–but I liked the overall plot of the series, I’m personally waiting for Colin’s book).

I’ve also bought a large number of books by ‘new’ to me authors over the past year (mainly through special sales), which I’m going ot be working in around all the pre-ordered books that I will still be getting throughout the year. I’m hoping to slowly expand my reading genera from contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance to also include mysteries/thrillers, and ‘normal’ science fiction/fantasy (in addition the non-fiction).

Here are a few of those books that I’m going to be reading over the next few months:

  1. Familiar Kitten Mysteries Bundle (Books 1-6) by Sara Bourgeois
  2. The White Magic Five and Dime: A Tarot Mystery by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco
  3. Phoenix Rising (Complete Series) by Annie Anderson
  4. The Dark Emeralds (Books 1-3) by Jerry Lambert
  5. Dead to Me: Arcane Souls World (Grave Talker #1) by Annie Anderson

Also over the past two years or so, I’ve been trying to balance out the fiction reading with some non-fiction reading, and here is a list of some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading:

  1. Minimalist Money Makeover by Michelle Moore
  2. The No Spend Challenge Guide: How to stop spending money impulsively, pay off debt fast, and make your finances fit your dreams by Jen Smith
  3. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  4. The Renaissance Soul: How to make your passions your life–a creative and practical guide by Margaret Lobensteine
  5. Reboot Your Life: Energize your career and life by taking a break by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, and Jaye Smith
  6. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  7. The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan
  8. What your clutter is trying to tell you: uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson
  9. YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your Path, Show the World! by Kristin Sherry
  10. The Year of Less: How I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy by Cait Flanders
  11. Pause: Harness the life-changing power of giving yourself a break by Rachael O’Meara
  12. The Latte Factor: why you don’t have to be rich to live rich by David Bach and John David Mann
  13. Girl on Fire: How to Choose Yourself, Burn the Rule Book, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business by Cara Alwill Leyba
  14. The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tonya Dalton
  15. The 12 week year: get more done in 12 weeks than others do in 12 months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
  16. Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
  17. Hello Fears: Crush your comfort zone and become who you’re meant to be by Michelle Poler
  18. How to be everything: A guide for those who (still) don’t know what they want to be when they grow up by Emilie Wapnick
  19. 25 ways to work from home: smart business models to make money online by Jen Ruiz

These are the books that have resonated somewhat with me, either in terms of finances, career, or trying to par down on the amount of stuff I own. All three of these areas are things I’ve been trying to focus on for the past eighteen months. I had decided right before the pandemic that I was going to take a ‘reboot break’ to focus on my health and finding the ‘right’ job.

Once the pandemic hit—I switched gears to more personal/professional development and ‘escapism’ (buying large numbers of books [both physical and electronic], craft supplies, and organizational supplies). I’ve worked through a small number of the courses—but have acquired a large number of books.

So, those are areas that I’m still focusing on (especially trying to get the impulsive purchasing under control again), in addition to expanding the genera I read.

Here are some of the non-fiction books that are on my to-be read list:

  1. The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify your strengths and create success on your own terms by Beth Buelow
  2. The Freelance Introvert: Work the way you want without changing who you are by Tom Albrighton
  3. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers in World War II by Liz Mundy
  4. The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel by Marie Benedict
  5. When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney
  6. Just Do You: Authenticity, Leadership, and Your Personal Brand by Lisa King
  7. Owning It: Take Control of Your Life, Work, and Career by Kris Taylor
  8. Stepping Stones: A journey through the ice caves of the Dordogne by Christine Desdemaines-Hugo and Ian Tattersall
  9. Work Quilting: Piece together diverse income streams; live an insanely awesome life by Vikki Walton
  10. What if it does work out: How a side hustle can change your life by Susie Moore
  11. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  12. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

So, there you have it: some of my favorite 2021 fiction books, and some of my favorite non-fiction books from the past few years. In addition to some of the fiction and non-fiction books I plan on reading over the next few months.

Curious to know–who are some of your favorite (automatic-buy) authors?

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Friends to Lovers via a weekend getaway: Inked Obsession Review

Welcome back to the Montgomery Ink World. This is a ‘large’ world that encompasses a total of seven different series and fifty-nine books (novels and novellas–though some won’t be out until 2022). One thing I love about this world–each book is a ‘stand-alone’ book, and a good entry point into the Montgomery Ink World.

Inked Obsession is the second installment for the Fort Collins branch of the family and focuses on Beckett Montgomery and Eliza Wilder-Strong. It picks up about a year after Inked Persuasion (which introduced the Fort Collins Branch of the Montgomery family).

What happens when various ‘secrets’ come to light and both are urged to take a weekend vacation away?

So, while it isn’t necessary to have read Inked Persuasion–it does give a little background to Eliza’s story and the ‘secret’ bomb her in-laws drop on her.

A year after her world was rocked, Eliza is slowly starting to develop a ‘new’ identity and life, when her in-laws drop some news on her that she didn’t know.

She is urged by her siblings and friends to go away as the anniversary of losing her husband is coming up.

When Beckett Montgomery’s siblings and friends discover his ‘secret’, they also urge him to take soem time to relax and regroup–a weekend away if you will.

They end up ‘neighbors’ on their solo weekend getaway. While things heat up, they decide to take it day-by-day back home (as they’re still processing the prior news), but nothing can keep a Montgomery down for long, or away from the one they choose.

To find out more about these friends to lovers–pick up Inked Obsession, out now.

I absolutely love this world, as there are numerous doors and families to get know and fall in love with, plus old friends to visit with as well. I’m hoping that there will be a spin-off series for Eliza’s brothers coming soon as well–I’d like to get to know the Wilder brothers better.

I give Inked Obsession five out of five stars and highly recommend both the book and the ‘Montgomery Inked World’ to everyone.

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