Books That Changed Me: Fall Edition

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Fall has arrived with its red leaves, and cooler nights. I love walking through downtown Nevada City capturing the colors with my camera. I’m the one kicking the piles of leaves, too. It’s a time of color, harvest, and wondering what I’m going to be for Halloween. Pumpkins are my main choice of decorations, while spiderweb sheets grace my bed. It is also the perfect time to cuddle up with a book. I’ve found three amazing books and a bonus short story that are as changing to me as the autumn leaves are to the trees.

Here are my three choices along with the Halloween bonus read!


I found myself very attached to this character. I hated finishing the last chapter, but at the same time I couldn’t wait to finish it. This is a series I am going to fully enjoy…and have to wait for. I will re-read it before the second one comes out which I reserve only for the really good ones.

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Hexborn (The Hexborn Chronicles Book 1)

by A.M. Manay

I loved Ms. Manay’s November Snow Series. I wondered if a new story line could rival that…yes it could. In fact, it could even surpass it. I found myself drawn deep into “Hexborn”. Shiloh grew up considered unclean by the population even though the laws against her kind had disappeared. Shunned, she was being educated to use her strong magic. Dealing with illness and deformity she develops an inner grace and strength. Suddenly when her teacher dies Silas arrives to bring her to the King’s court. Silas seems the perfect villain and I love the relationships she builds in court. Then there were surprises along Shiloh’s journey that she answered with her heart. I admired that about her. The flashbacks were skillfully used so the reader could understand how things developed. What her body lacked, her fortitude made up for.  I’m hooked on the magical girl with pink hair and eyes. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.  If I could give this more than five stars I would. It may be a YA, but it’s for adults, too.  I highly recommend this book!


This has stuck with me after reading it. The message of miracles jumped off the pages at me. It was a reminder I needed at the moment and even now– to have some faith. It makes me want to just go sit under a tree and be–or take off on a roadtrip to explore. To follow my heart.

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LOVE The Beat Goes On 

by Lynda Filler

I believe in miracles and this is what “LOVE The Beat Goes On” is about! Sometimes, in life we forget about the miracles that surround us, and this book is a reminder of them. Ms. Filler was faced with a dire diagnosis from her doctor and set out on a healing journey. This is an uplifting book that reminds you to trust your inner voice.  To joyfully do things that only make sense to yourself.  It is necessary to heal our bodies, minds and souls.  With references to Dr. Wayne Dyer, and a reading guide at the end, the reader is given some tools to do this journey on their own– if they are ready for it. I will definitely be listening to the Shaman’s chants and checking into books I haven’t read. This book was recommended to me and I am thankful for that recommendation! I have fought past some of my own health issues, but this story is a guiding beacon for everyone dealing with that– or just needs an uplifting story in their lives.  I highly recommend this for anyone on a journey to find themselves, heal—or needs to be reminded of miracles.


All three books of this series have lingered with me. I’m already a person who thinks about “what if”. Surviving after what we know as civilization comes crashing down is one of those “what ifs”. I do buy that extra bag of rice and keep a canned food supply…just in case. This story is a good warning and just darn entertaining at the same time.

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Into Winter: The Armed Invasion (The Four Seasons Book 3) 

by Larry Landgraf

This is the third book in the “Four Seasons” series. It continues with the residents of Peaceful Valley– following the grid shut down that caused the collapse of society. After Robbie and Sean find their way back from the cruel dictatorship in Corpus Christi, there is a price to pay for leaving. Sandra is determined to attack Peaceful Valley. It was an interesting process to watch them prepare and defend their way of life, with very real consequences on both sides. What I found most thought-provoking was their realization that what goes on outside of Peaceful Valley affects them. There is some great insight into what makes a good government from the ground up. Although, it’s a brutal process I found it a spell binding read. I loved learning survival skills in the first book, the exploration in the second book, but this one gets you to wonder “what would you do” and then admire when the characters go beyond their own comfort. I’m eagerly looking forward to “Into Summer” and seeing where Mr. Landgraf takes us next.

Halloween bonus read:

There was something about reading a story through the killer’s eyes. I kept thinking of the TV show “Dexter” which was a family favorite. I’ve been reading a lot of short stories lately. There have been so many outstanding ones, but this one made itself right at home.

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I’ve Always Loved Women

by Rhani D’Chae

This was a fascinating read! Although it stated clearly in the beginning there was going to be a murder I was still surprised when it happened. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. I had to know why. It was chilling to see through the killer’s point of view. The characters were real, the subject matter of abuse important, and the rationale almost makes sense—almost. I loved this story and highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy a story told through the “serial killer’s” prospective!


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Happy Fall! Embrace your inner child. D.L. Finn

20 thoughts on “Books That Changed Me: Fall Edition”

  1. I’m lying here on my couch chatting with an Indian friend talking about strength and the power of the female mind to nurture and provide for those we love. I’m feeling a little off, maybe something I ate so I’m drinking lemon water with ginger and honey as my young friend recommended. And then your beautiful words show up in my twitter feed and on my desktop in this email. Thank you. Not only for your amazing sentiments but for reminding me to listen to my own counsel and remind myself of what it took to heal and what it takes to continue to heal in todays world! I am honored that my words affected you deeply. You know i’ve written over 16 works. Some are discontinued. But LOVE The Beat Goes On a memoir no less, is my best selling work. So authenticity is a much needed means of communication in the world today.
    Thank you for your amazing words!

    1. I hope you are feeling better Lynda:) Lemon water with ginger and honey usually always makes me feel better and a good conversation helps, too. I’m so glad this was a message you needed to hear…its something we all need reminding of–even if we already know it. I can see why this is your best selling book, congrats on that. Sometimes it’s easy to forget or the world and life distracts us from what is important. I know I get in funks and lost at times but messages like yours remind of me of what is important. I hope more people read your wonderful book! Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you:) It was a very uplifting book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Glad you found a new book to read from this list… yay!

  2. Thanks for sharing your reviews of this great selection of books, Denise. I’ve read and enjoyed all of Rhani’s works now, and books 1 and 2 of Larry Langraf’s collection and can’t wait to start reading the next one. I’ll be adding Hexborn and Love The Beat Goes On to my TBR list after this recommendation.

    1. Thanks Soooz:) I’ve read all but one of Rhani’s books and it’s working it’s way to the top of my TBR list. I can’t wait for Into Summer to see how this story ends! I believe you are going to really enjoy Hexborn and Love for completely different reasons.

  3. Love the Beat Goes On was a fantastic inspiring read and I’m thrilled to see it here. I also loved Rhani D’Chae’s short story. I have not read the others yet, but they are on my Kindle and I will definitely get to them. Thank you for sharing, Denise!

    1. I have to thank you for sharing Love with me:) Such a great read. I believe you will enjoy the rest. Hard to keep up on what my Kindle and I keep adding…lol. Have a a great weekend Jan.

  4. Summer is my favorite season, but I also have a passion for Autumn. And yes, it’s the perfect time for tucking into a good book–or three 🙂
    Congrats to all of the authors featured here!

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