October Book Reviews Part 3! @WriterMSmith @Virgilante @NoFacilities #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #bookreviews #whattoread #mustreads

The Power of Love 

by Marlena Smith

Scarlet is on the run from her past. She ends up in a charming little Montana town but hides away in an old, abandoned house while enjoying her new freedom. She is slowly pulled out of her protective shell when she runs into a town resident. Scarlet’s story slowly unfolds, and I couldn’t help rooting for her. I love the relationships she develops as she rediscovers what has been lost. This is a town and people I’d love to be a part of. A heartwarming short story about second chances if only the past doesn’t ruin it. I can easily recommend this!

The Midnight Rambler (The Hat Book 6)

by C. S. Boyack

“The Midnight Rambler” was another fun addition to the Hat Book Series. Lizzie and the Hat run into some crazy fruit at a roadside stand. This is when Hat realizes his old enemy is after him. The flood they had to deal with creates an obstacle when their time is limited to find this clever monster while trying to save Lizzie’s friend, Ray. I could feel the cold water sloshing through Lizzie’s slippers and her concern for her friends. The relationship between Ray and Lizzie added another layer to the story and created extra tension in the hunt for where Hat’s enemy had Ray’s creator. The Midnight Rambler was always one step ahead and seemed to enjoy a good hunt, but that never stopped their search. A mystery to solve with all the humor, music, and danger blended nicely with every day worries. The ending has me looking forward to the next story. Although this is a perfect Halloween read, it can be enjoyed any time of the year.

The Evil You Choose

By Daniel Antion

I enjoyed “Knuckleheads” and was excited to see where the story went next. Blessed with unusual gifts, Zach and Billy are now adults and Zach is enjoying retirement. An FBI agent contacts Zach with a proposition that unfortunately he can’t refuse. Zach is unwillingly thrust into a world of criminals on both sides, and there is no one to trust but family. Zach must figure out how to protect himself and make sure they don’t find out about Billy. I found it interesting how Zach navigated with the help of Billy in dealing with not only the FBI, but the man they wanted to put in jail. The direction Zach took, along with a few twists, kept me guessing how it would all turn out. There is a wonderful and supportive relationship between Zach and his daughter, brother and Billy that balance all the corruption that surrounds him. Zach’s gifts had me wishing for a good night’s sleep for him. An exciting read for those who enjoy a thriller with the depth of family relationships and a criminal element weaved in.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!


I have a couple of vacations coming up. The first one is October 20-24th. I will be going to Disneyland & Universal with my youngest daughter, Danielle. My monthly newsletter will be a few days late because of this or coming out late on the 24th and there will be no weekly blog here on October 24th & 31st .

Then, I will be around for a few days and off a week starting October 29th to hang out with the hubby. I’ll be back November 7th with a new book review post.

In the middle of all this I’m excited to be hosting a guest you won’t want to miss on October 27th.

I will wish you an early Happy Halloween here and post photos as I can on Instagram.

Embrace your beautiful inner soul by reading a book! D. L. Finn

65 thoughts on “October Book Reviews Part 3! @WriterMSmith @Virgilante @NoFacilities #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #bookreviews #whattoread #mustreads”

  1. Thanks for another great list of wonderful books, Denise! I hope you had a nice weekend, and a good start into the new week. Will forward the news, and also start reading. Best wishes, Michael

    1. Thank you, Michael, I appreciate the share. I did have a good weekend, I hope you did too! Happy reading 🙂

  2. Three wonderful authors. Congrats to all of them. I’ve read The Midnight Rambler and really enjoyed it.
    I had no clue Dan had released the sequel to Knuckleheads. I’m going to have to pick that one up, as Knuckleheads was great!

    1. Thanks, Mae 🙂 Midnight Rambler was a fun read and perfect for Halloween. I hope you enjoy the sequel too. Happy reading!

    1. Thank you Liz 🙂 I am looking forward to my vacations, one of them is a late birthday celebration.

    1. It does seem to be. The grandkids are off on a school break this week. I’m going to a haunted pumpkin patch with them today. Yes, I know I will come back with more reviews!

    1. Thank you, Staci 🙂 It was a fun Halloween read. Good reading ahead for you 🙂 I’m looking forward to some down time and late birthday celebrations.

  3. Enjoy your time away. After three years (usually it’s two, but COVID happened in there), this week we have 24 children’s authors flying or driving into our county. We’ll be taking them out to more than 50 schools in the county to talk to children about their books and the life of an author. This will probably be my only day blogging for the next week.

    Thanks for the recommendations on the books.

    1. What a wonderful event for the authors and kids! How wonderful you are involved in in and I bet it inspires the kids, as well as the authors.
      Thank you, I am looking forward to some down time.

  4. Wonderful reviews, Denise. Thank you for sharing them. Enjoy your time with family and snuggle with your hubby. We all need these moments away. Sending hugs. 🤗

    1. Thank you, Gwen 🙂 I’m looking forward to some fun time with daughter then explore with my husband after at the beach if weather corporates. Sending hugs back xo

  5. Thanks so much for the review, Denise. I’ve only read The Midnight Rambler (so fun), so you’re way ahead of me this month with Mar and Dan’s books. They sound great. Congrats to all three authors on the fabulous reviews. And enjoy your time off! I hope you have a wonderful trip and some relaxing time with your hubby when you get back.

    1. It was a fun one, Diana 🙂 I had a good reading period. Thank you, really looking forward to it. Hope to get to the coast, even looked at going to Crescent City 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing these reviews. I have both Dan’s and Marlena’s books waiting for me and I know I’m going to enjoy them. Sounds like some fun vacation days coming up! Enjoy!

    1. You have some good reading ahead, Jan 🙂 Thanks. I’m looking forward to some down time and late bday celebration.

  7. I can’t thank you enough for reading & sharing your thoughts on TPOL, Denise. <3 And you've shared some other great reads, too!
    You have an exciting few weeks coming up. Enjoy your time at Disneyland! Hope to see pictures of all the fun you're having with the family.

    1. Happy to share it, Mar 🙂 Should be fun at Disneyland with youngest daughter and her friends. Then hitting the beach if weather lets my husband and I. Thank you, will post some pics on Instagram.

    1. Yes, too busy. I look forward to some downtime by the sea if weather allows. Thank you, Eden 🙂

  8. Thank you for sharing your fabulous reviews, Denise. Congratulations to Marlene, Craig, and Dan. I’m a 10-minutes drove from Disneyland. I’ll wave at you from the top of my roof! Enjoy your two trips with your daughter and your husband!

    1. All good reads, Miriam! Oh no, I missed your wave 🙂 It was a fun trip even with the downpour. xoxo

    1. Thanks, Debby 🙂 I did enjoy it and Universal too! Fun times, and now a good exhausted at home, until next vacation next week. hugs xo

    1. It’s nice to have read Knucklehead before the second book. Yes, always enjoy any book in the Hat Series. xo

    2. I’m glad you are enjoying Knuckleheads. I think reading it makes the series more enjoyable. I know they are coming in quick succession, but there’s no rush to read.

  9. Thank you so much, Denise for including The Evil You Choose in your reviews. I am honored to be included with Marlene and Craig, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the adult characters in my series. I hope you have safe travels and have a wonderful time in your trips. Thanks again!

    1. I’m happy to share it here, it was a good read. Loved seeing them grow up. Had a great part one of vacation, can’t wait for part two in a couple of days. Thank you 🙂

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