Spring Reads 2017

Spring is fighting its way across the country, making my daffodil leaves pop up through the temporary snowfalls and sending me into a frenzy of searching for fresh, new reads. Here are a few new ones I am excited about starting.

Count Me In by Mikal DawnCount Me In (Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn – releasing in May.

Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is book-ended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym.

Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop.

She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she’s suddenly out of a job.

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL Tight End. He retired on a high note and is now living a second dream of owning his own business leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books–and his heart.

When Allegra takes the job, sparks–and water–fly. Will Allegra be able to show Tyler he’s worth so much more than his star-status while being open to the most thrilling adventure of all…love?

Mikal is a local author friend of mine, and she has such an amazing sense of humor that I cannot wait to read this gem!! And it has lots of COFFEE in it!!!

Ashen City (Black Tiger #2) by Sara Baysinger –coming in AprilAshen City by Sara Baysinger

Make your choice, Ember Carter. And make it count.

Ember Carter has escaped the flames of death. But will she ever be free from Chief Titus? When the orchard goes up in smoke and her family turns up missing, Ember returns to Frankfort hoping to find her brother and father, and to get Titus to drop the death wish he has against her.

But Titus is always one step ahead. When Ember faces him head-on, she’s captured, only to receive another death sentence. But on her way to her execution, plans go a little askew, and Ember finds herself traveling to the one place no one dares travel: Louisville. If the outskirts of Ky were a ghost town, the ashen city is the borderline of hell itself, but it’s the one place Ember can find refuge from the people who want her dead.

In the ashen city, Ember must learn that being a hero is more than doing what is right because she can, but doing it for the good of the people. And when plans take a turn for the worst, she must decide if it’s worth risking her life to save her country.

Preorder it here

Last year I read Baysinger’s first book, Black Tiger, and am so thrilled to finally get the chance at reading what happens next. This is a series about a post-apocalyptic world where God and the Bible have been eradicated from the history books and minds of the controlled populace. However, the main character, Ember, continues to feel a tug that leads her toward her Creator. Really well done with many twists along the way. I’m confident Sara will deliver with this second book.