2020 “Books That Changed Me” Winter Edition! @BalroopShado @HowellWave @Dwallacepeach @JacqBiggar #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity #MustReadBooks #BooksThatChangedMe #ReadingList #WhatToRead

(2011 snowstorm, looking out our garage. It’s time to read.)

On the shortest day of the year, I can’t think of a more perfect time to read a fantastic story. This has been my best year of reading so far! I hope to hit my elusive 100 books read by the end of it.

I had a really difficult time picking this edition because I read SO many amazing books this year. I pulled a short story from past reading to round out my list and add a touch of holiday cheer as it did for me.

Each one here had me either laughing, crying, thinking, or kept me on the edge of my seat. I lost a lot of sleep reading these authors.

I’ve tried not to repeat authors, but I can’t help it if they write more than one good book. I’ve included one here today. So, now in the future, I can honor more of these:) I have repeated for short stories.

I’m continuing to use the author’s blurb over my review. This isn’t about my reviews. This is about great books! You can’t go wrong reading any of these.

Here they are in no particular order:

Magical Whispers

by Balroop Singh

I wait for whispers; they regale my muse. Whispers that can be heard by our heart, whispers that ride on the breeze to dispel darkness and ignite hope. I’m sure you would hear them through these poems if you read slowly.
‘Magical Whispers’ would transport you to an island of serenity; beseech you to tread softly on the velvety carpet of nature to feel the ethereal beauty around you. The jigsaw of life would melt and merge as you dive into the warmth of words.

In this book, my poems focus on the whispers of Mother Nature, whispers that are subtle but speak louder than words and breathe a quiet message.
Each day reminds us
It’s the symphony of surroundings
That whispers life into us.

Liars and Thieves

by D. Wallace Peach

Behind the Veil, the hordes of Chaos gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.

Three unlikely allies stand in his way.

A misfit elf plagued by failure—When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.

A changeling who betrays his home—Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.

A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.

When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.

Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.

Eternal Road: The final stop

by John W. Howell

James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save mankind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.

Mistletoe Inn 

by Jacquie Biggar

Fall in love this holiday season!

A grieving man finds the greatest gift is love in this heartwarming holiday romance.

Molly McCarty is in need of a new beginning after a disastrous divorce. When the opportunity to invest in a bed and breakfast appears online in Christmas, Michigan she’s intrigued.
A snow storm derails her travels and leaves her at the mercy of a grim stranger- who turns out to be her new partner!
Noah Kincaid loses his parents in a tragic fire that leaves him scarred inside and out. He’s raised by a great-aunt and is devastated when cancer takes her life. But vowing never to care about anyone again is hampered by his troublesome new partner and her son.
Will a Christmas miracle bring three lonely hearts the gift of love?

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Embrace your inner child by reading a good book. Happy Winter, Happy Holidays, Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  Until next year… D. L. Finn


34 thoughts on “2020 “Books That Changed Me” Winter Edition! @BalroopShado @HowellWave @Dwallacepeach @JacqBiggar #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity #MustReadBooks #BooksThatChangedMe #ReadingList #WhatToRead”

    1. You can’t go wrong with any of these authors:) Thank you Harmony, Happy Holidays to you and yours as well!

  1. Wonderful selection, Denise. I’ve read two of your four and now am adding the others to my Kindle. Wishing you and yours a very blessed Christmas. 💗

    1. You have some good reading ahead, Gwen. Thank you, I wish the same for you and your loved ones. Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank you so much for your selection of Eternal Road, Denise. I am humbled that you liked the story, and as a result you considered it one of the reads that moved you. The other books are outstanding as well, and it is an honor to be in their company.

    1. I think it’s your best to date and it got me to change my own rules about what I post:) Yes, definitely a great group of authors! Happy Holidays, John.

    1. Thank you, Lynda 🙂 I finally hit 100. There are so many good books out there to read. I wish I had more time to put a dent in my TBR list. Can’t go wrong with any if these authors. Happy Holidays!

    1. Your book needed to be here, Balroop. Your poems have so much emotion and beautiful images. Yes, all wondeful authors! Happy Holidays.

  3. A great collection, Denise. The ones I haven’t read, I want to add to my list but I already have more than I can read over the holidays!

    Well, maybe I can add just a few more…

  4. Whoot, whoot! 100 books read is awesome, Denise! Reading is a true pleasure and I’m always thrilled to see others who love it as much as i do 🙂
    Thanks so much for including Mistletoe Inn as one of your top reads- I’m honored <3
    Happy New Year!

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