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Monday, September 26, 2016
Marvelous Monday, #OMKindle, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews

Last Thursday I mentioned that Kyle and I were on our way to Penned Con 2016 in St. Louis. I finally got to meet Madge Gressley, one of the authors that I have worked with several times in the past. It was great to finally meet her; what made it even more awesome was that I got to thank her for giving us tickets to the event in person!

Kyle and I met so many wonderful authors; they were so passionate and excited to tell me about their books, and I ended up buying a bunch of books to review. It was so cool to meet so many people who, like me, just want to have a positive impact on people's lives and to be heard. It reminded me of why I started book blogging to begin with; I just wanted to introduce readers to indie authors and help indie authors gain the credibility that they deserve. There are times when I wonder if what I do really matters to anyone, but meeting those authors demonstrated to me that what I do matters.

The experience was eye-opening for Kyle. While he understood why I push myself so hard to get reviews written, and why I sometimes agonized over how to express my thoughts; he did not fully comprehend it until he met some authors. He sees why I am so passionate about what I do, and why it sometimes seems to encompass my whole life. He saw how authors reacted to me and how I reacted to them, and he got caught up in it too!

It was also really nice to be in a real, bonafide city! I miss the culture and diversity, the feeling that one is a part of a teeming mass of humanity while remaining apart from it; not to mention the wonderful, transcendental food! And the museum? It is friggin' HUGE! We visited the second floor for two hours and we still did not get to see everything on that floor, and it has a total of three floors!

Kyle and I are already planning on attending Penned Con next year, but we are spending a week in St. Louis so that we can check out the sights that we were not able to see during our two-day visit.

I could keep going on and on about our visit to St. Louis, but this post is supposed to be about the books that I am reading and reviewing this week; even though I really did not get a whole lot of reading done last week.

To be Reviewed

To be Reviewed, 'Tween Thorn and Oak, On My Kindle Book Reviews       Parallel Adventures: Into the Caves, To be Reviewed, On My Kindle Book Reviews

With everything that has been going on in my life recently, I really have fallen behind on my reading. I am going to try to catch up by reading three books this week; wish me luck!

To be Read

Parallel Adventures: Secrets Revealed, To be Read, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Jenny and Jayden Carter are twins. This is their second adventure.

When the two find a puppy named Portal who leads them into the caves by their house the two find that is only the beginning of the mystery. They find that upon turning thirteen they have been chosen to travel to alternate realities to help the worlds. In this the second book of the series, the two are going to find more adventure and also the secrets revealed expose an evil presence is closer than they could have ever dreamed.
The Hero of Blind Pig Island, To be Read, On My Kindle Book Reviews
This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes -- all told with humor ad the insight that comes from firsthand experience.
The Fire, To be Read, On My Kindle Book Reviews
When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's comet and the largest wildfire in U.S. history. Within hours, Kevin finds himself in the era of horse-drawn wagons, straw hats, and ankle-length dresses. Traveling repeatedly to the same time and place, he decides to make the portal his gateway to summer fun. The adventure takes a more serious turn, however, when the luckless-in-love science major falls for pretty English teacher Sarah Thompson and integrates himself in a community headed for disaster. Filled with humor, romance, and heartbreak, THE FIRE, the sequel to THE JOURNEY, follows a conflicted soul through a life-changing journey as he makes his mark on a world he was never meant to see.
What did you do last week? What's in your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments.

Have a marvelous Monday and an unbelievable week!