Exciting News!

Hello, dear friends. After a little over three years blogging on my wordpress.com site, I have decided it’s time to upgrade. I’ve spent the last two and a half months working on a brand new website, and today, it’s finally gone live! You can now find me at www.fictionaficionado.com!

All the old content is over there too, as well some exciting new features that will hopefully make it easier to find what you’re looking for. And I have lots of ideas for more new content to come, as well as the regular features and reviews you all know and (hopefully) love!

This website will still be here for now, but if you want to keep up to date with all my bookish news and reviews, you’ll need to come over to the new site and follow me there. Hope to see you soon!

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Stratagem (Robin Caroll) – Review

~ About the Book ~

A High-Stakes Simulation Adventure Leaves Grayson Thibodeaux the Prime Suspect. . .for Murder

Deep in the gritty underbelly of New Orleans, psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux loses everything when his wife leaves him to climb her company’s corporate ladder. He buries himself in his job of creating mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s to create an elaborate game, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder.

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First Line Friday – 11 January 2019 – With This Pledge (Tamera Alexander)

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! The book I’m sharing with you today is hot off the press, released just three days ago! Tamera Alexander’s With This Pledge is the first book in her new Carnton series, and is based on a real-life love story set amidst the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin.

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Meet the Writer (+ Giveaway!): Sara Davison

Seven Trilogy blog tour

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Seven Trilogy, romantic suspense novels by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead tours!

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Word Nerd Wednesday – Pigwidgeon

Welcome to the first Word Nerd Wednesday post for 2019! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I was super excited to receive Jeff Kacirk’s Calendar of Forgotten English from my sister as a Christmas gift, so guess who’s going to have plenty of Word Nerd Wednesday fodder this year!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl probably comes as no surprise: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. In all honesty, this has to be one of the most difficult posts each year! How on earth do I pick a manageable list out of all the options available? I mean, I know ten is technically an arbitrary number in this posts, but if I don’t set myself some kind of limit I could be here all day listing the books I’m looking forward to!

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The Widows (Jess Montgomery) – Review + Giveaway

This review is part of TLC’s review tour for The Widows

~ About the Book ~

Kinship, Ohio, 1924: When Lily Ross learns that her husband, Daniel Ross, the town’s widely respected sheriff, is killed while transporting a prisoner, she is devastated and vows to avenge his death.

Hours after his funeral, a stranger appears at her door. Marvena Whitcomb, a coal miner’s widow, is unaware that Daniel has died, and begs to speak with him about her missing daughter.

From miles away but worlds apart, Lily and Marvena’s lives collide as they realize that Daniel was not the man that either of them believed him to be―and that his murder is far more complex than either of them could have imagined.

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Best of 2018: The Emoji Files, Part V – The LOL Awards

Hello, reader friends, and welcome to the final post in my Best of 2018 series, The Emoji Files. Today’s list is a slightly smaller one, particularly in terms of the number of authors represented, but there are still laughs aplenty to be had.

If you want to read the previous posts in this series, you can find them here:

The Swoony Awards
The “Got Me in the Feels” Awards
The WOW Awards
The “Take Me Away” Awards

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Best of 2018: The Emoji Files, Part IV – Take Me Away . . .

Welcome to Part IV of my Best of 2018 series, The Emoji Files. Today, I’m sharing those reads that carried me away to a different time and place and so thoroughly immersed me in the world of the story that I forgot it wasn’t the here and now!

This year I travelled as far back in time as Israel’s early years in the Promised Land (A Light on the Hill), and all the way out of this world to the Nine Kingdoms in Ronie Kendig’s Fierian. I’ve shared in the challenges of the early apostles (A Conspiracy of Breath), been entertained by a troubadour (The Raveling), painted in Yosemite National Park (Where the Fire Falls), and been drawn into the struggles of two very different women in 1950s Pennsylvania (The Solace of Water). If you’re an armchair time-traveller, this is the list for you! No Tardis required . . . 😉

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First Line Friday – 4 January 2019 – A Light So Lovely (Sarah Arthur)

Happy New Year, and welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Do you have as many fantastic reads lined up for 2019 as I have? I can’t wait to dive in! But I’m doing something new this year, too. This year, I’ve decided to do a Reading Challenge—specifically, the Hope by the Book Reading Challenge! For my first challenge selection, I’ve chosen to read a biography, and I’m sharing the first line of the book I’ve chosen today: A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle by Sarah Arthur.

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