Book Recommendations

A new, lovely cover

Years ago (January 2018), I read and reviewed As Big as the Sky by Amy Aislin here on the blog (link here). It was a lovely book, and I loved everything about it; the story, the characters, the cover, everything.

Then some time ago, Amy Aislin got her rights back to the story and has now self-published it instead with a brand new cover. I have to admit I was a bit upset when I heard it was getting a new cover. Why would she do that, the cover is lovely? I grumbled to myself, happy that I still had the book with the old cover at least.

Then I saw the new cover and was blown away.

I mean. Look at this:

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old cover / new cover

I love the new color scheme, how you can see the house better, how the title fits in the hole in the clouds. Everything. I love everything about the new cover. In fact, I love it so much I bought the book again, despite already owning it 😬

And if you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. It’s wonderful! ❤️

Have you ever done that? Bought a book you already own because of a new, beautiful cover?

(Also, please don’t ask how many Pride and Prejudice:s I own. The answer to that question is: more than my husband deems necessary 😁)

 

About Nell, Resolutions for an Arbitrary Holiday

Writing update

I told you in Wednesday’s post that making a blog schedule was at the top of my to-do list so I could get back to regular blogging. I’m happy to report that the schedule’s made, and this is the first day of the shiny new fancy schedule, so yay for crossing that off my list! Isn’t crossing items off your to-do list the greatest feeling? 😁

I also hinted in the above linked blog post from Wednesday, that I have written several stories during summer, and that one of them was inspired to a visit to the ancient stone ship Ale’s Stones here in Skåne, Sweden where I live. The idea to incorporate this into my writing wasn’t mine to begin with, but came from my fellow JMS Books writer Thomas Grant Bruso. I posted pictures from the trip on Twitter and he asked if I planned on incorporating it in a story, and that gave me ideas. So I did.

The story is currently untitled and only has a temporary name: Petter and Isak meet at the ancient stones, but trust me when I say it won’t be called that when it’s released 😁 The release date is late December, since it’s a holiday story. But it’s actually not a Christmas story this year. Instead, I decided to write a story taking place on New Year’s Eve. To change things up a bit, you know?

I’m sending it to betas this week, and I’ll update you more when I’ve decided on the real name and have been forced to write a blurb and such.😁

Until then, I thought you might like to see a mood board?

Moodboard NYE story

Ignore the summer and sunshine on four of the pictures. NYE in Sweden is dark and wintery and cold, but funnily enough all the pictures I found was taken in summer, so this will have to do 🙂 

 

Book Recommendations

Sunday book recommendation

I’ve hardly read anything this summer. Okay, that’s a big fat lie; I’ve read a SHITLOAD of stuff this summer. Textbooks, poetry books (one of them 1000 pages), and 1200 pages of kidlit, so okay. I’ve read lots of stuff.

But I’ve hardly read anything for pleasure. Not many romances at all, which of course is my preferred genre. When I’ve had a free moment between all the other reading I’ve done, I haven’t exactly been in the mood to read and instead I’ve spent lots of time on YouTube.

That being said; I’ve read three books these last couple months that I’ve really loved and thought I’d tell you about them 🙂

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Buy links:

A Sweet Man | Of Starlit Balls and Starship Captains | When Skies are Gray

A Sweet Man (M/M contemporary, 391 pages) is the seventh book in The Men of Halfway House series. Maybe you remember me raving about the fifth book in the series and how much I loved it, so when the seventh book was released back in June, I bought it and threw myself all over it. And I loved it! Granted, not as much as I loved A Worthy Man (book #5) but it was a five-star read for sure.

If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you also know that I’m a K.L. Noone fangirl, so of course I bought Of Starlit Balls and Starship Captains (M/F sci-fi, 6596 words), even though I usually don’t read sci-fi or M/F. But it was short and fabulous, and I loved it so much that I complained to Ms. Noone that it actually was too short. I wanted more of Kit and Arthur! Can you imagine? Me complaining about a story being too short?? 😁

The blurb of When Skies are Gray (M/M contemporary, 16 356 words) intrigued me when I read it, and I wanted to support my writing buddy Ofelia Gränd, so I bought it one afternoon when I was bored and had given myself some time off the studying. OMG, it was so good and it’s age-gap, one of my favorite tropes! I wasn’t surprised, of course, because everything I’ve read that she’s written has been great. (And if you haven’t read Trapped, you should. Immediately!) But these characters…they are extra special. I adore Levi, the big drama queen, and Doc, the most stubborn man on the planet, so the other day I stealthily sowed seeds in Ms. Gränd’s mind that I’d love to read a sequel. We shall see if she falls for my evil tricks 😁

I gave all three books five stars and I give them my warmest recommendations.


And now I’m in desperate need to catch up with my reading. Have any good recommendations for me? 🙂

Box Sets, Cinnamon Eyes, His Steady Heart, Nell Iris' Christmas, Promise Me We'll Be Okay

Don’t forget…

…that I have books available in the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you’re a KU subscriber you can read the books below for free!

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UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | HIS STEADY HEART | ONE MORE CHANCE

Unexpected Christmas is for you if you can’t wait for the holidays. His Steady Heart if you. like me, is a fan of age-gap romance. One More Chance if you want two-for-the-price-of-one books about second chances, because who doesn’t love second chances? 😁

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One More Chance is a box set containing my previously published books Cinnamon Eyes and Promise Me We’ll Be Okay, and it’s currently only available in KU, but will be released widely soon if you’re not a KU-user. I’ll post buy links as soon as I have them 🙂

Regaining Trust

Regaining Trust

A couple months back, I scrolled past an article in the news that was about how to stay together if your partner had been unfaithful. That sparked a whole slew of thoughts and questions in my mind, and I thought What if I’d write a story about an established couple where one of the MCs is unfaithful to the other because of reasons, but they don’t want to break up despite this? 

At first I discarded the idea, because I know how readers feel about infidelity. Heck, I’m one of them. But I’m also a sucker for second chances and I naïvely believe that love conquers all. And I also thought that if you love someone, really love someone, do you stop loving them because of an infidelity?

So I decided to explore all these questions, and that exploration turned into Regaining Trust.

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Regaining Trust is unusually angsty to be a Nell Iris story, but the theme demands angst. It’s also a bit longer than I usually write; it’s currently at about 30K words and I still have the final edits to do, so the word count is subject to change.

The story just poured out of me, to be honest. I thought it would be hard, since it’s a difficult topic and since I’m usually the Queen of Fluff, but this story wanted to be told. And I love Lawrence and Frankie and their determination; I hope you’ll give their story a chance. They deserve it.

can trust once broken be regained

The fabulous J.M. Snyder sometimes writes with me, Ofelia Gränd and A.L. Lester in our morning writing session whenever she can; she’s American and the rest of us are European, so we have a time zone issue to deal with.

Between sprints, we talk about what we’re writing, and I’ve spoken about my Lawrence and Frankie’s story of course. One morning, J.M. sent me a quote, said she’d thought of my story when she read it. And I agree. It fits perfectly.

So thanks, J.M. ❤️ I really appreciate the quote.

Here it is:

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I will post the cover and buy links as soon as I have them.

Tell me, how do you feel about infidelity in books?