My Top Upcoming Releases of 2018 (for all my fellow bookworms)

There are so many delightful books coming out in 2018, every writer’s or reader’s blog should be doing this. I hadn’t planned on it before, but some of these are just too good to not share. What books are you most looking forward to this year??

1. Fawkes (Nadine Brandes)

Not only does this book sound totally incredible, it is the newest standalone from an all-time favorite author. I loved her previous trilogy – and this is a historical fantasy – so it is an auto-buy. Fawkes releases in July.

2. The Man He Never Was (James Rubart)

Not only do I personally love some of Rubart’s previous work (Well Spring Novels, Book of Days, etc.), but the premise of this story is incredibly intriguing. I think it will have the same impact that his other work did. Plus, it releases in about a month, which is quite exciting!

3. The Ghost Ship (Paul Regnier)

Who doesn’t love a good science fiction from Enclave publishers? Actually, I have yet to read book one of the Space Drifters Series, but since the first two sound so cool, and since I plan to read the series, I decided to put number three on this list. It releases in April.

4. Bitter Winter (Jaye L Knight)

This is the fifth installment into the Ilyon Chronicles Series, and therefore is an auto-buy. No official release date yet, but it should be this year. Oh, so exciting! Seriously, if you haven’t read the series yet, you must. 🙂


And there you have it. I’m sure there are a few more books out there I’m not thinking of and I know there are many more that I wouldn’t particularly care to put on this list. 🙂 That’s why you have to tell me the books you are most looking forward to in 2018. It’s going to be a delightful year, isn’t it? Let’s chat in the comments!


The Blades of Acktar Book Release and Review

Today there’s something exciting going on the book world – a release of the final Blades of Acktar story! Deliver can be found on Amazon, so I highly recommend you jump over there and grab this incredible book. But before you do, let me squeal about it a little longer. Actually, I’m squealing about all of Tricia Mingerink’s books. The Blades of Acktar series has truly inspired me, and I know many other readers as well. If you’re picking up these books for the first time, I assure you, you will be far from disappointed.

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When I finished reading book three, Defy, I was blown away. But I was also skeptical about there being a book four. The series, I thought, could have ended with Defy. When I jumped into the launch team for this book, I was blown away yet again. This is the kind of story you wish you could claim to have written yourself. 🙂

Deliver picks up exactly where Defy left off, and (slight spolier alert) we see Martyn’s POV for the first time. Given the struggle between him and Leith in Defy, the stage was set for part of Deliver’s plot. In this book, we see incredible character development, as well as a certain new character . . .  Oh, but that really would be a spoiler. I shall say no more. Just, please, read this book so we can squeal about that together!

One of the highlights I’ve found in Tricia’s books is the character development. It is so smoothly interwoven and often extremely powerful, as it was in Deliver. It’s sad to see the series end, but for where it has come from, it ended well.

Plot: 5/5  Need I say more??

Characters: 5/5  They were all awesome! Completely fangirl-worthy. Even Martyn. 😉

Dialog: 4/5  Dialog is a pretty tricky business when you’re a writer, but the Blades of Acktar series has always handled it well.

Worried about violence? That’s a gold star too. Tricia doesn’t leave it out by any means, but it is handled expertly, and is less in this book than in Deny and Defy.

In short, I absolutely loved this story. There was so much power, so much meaning, so much to capture a reader’s attention and make them hang on! With the Blades of Acktar characters – Leith, Renna, Martyn, Shad, Brandi, Keevan – it has been a wild ride. Here in Deliver it comes to a close, but it does so with hope, promise and a smile.




Can something broken ever heal?

Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt.

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever outrun his past?

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself?

They face their hardest battle yet.


Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

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