Before I get down to the nitty-gritty of suggestions for summer reading, how about a little Texas trivia.

Did you know … Austin, Texas is home the largest urban bat colony in North America. Over 1.5 million bats make the Congress Avenue Bridge over Lady Bird Lake their roosting place. They eat between 10,000 – 30,000 pounds of insects, including mosquitoes, per night. If your interested, you can read about my experience here: of the Bats

Now as promised, here are five more book suggestions for good clean reads for the summer:




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1. “Shattered Rose” (Book 1 of Winsor Series) by Tammy L. Gray. Her books are romance novels written for YA/NA, but the biggest share of her fans are adults. That being said … try one, you might like it. Her stories are written to inspire and provoke change—which you tell me what you think after you’ve read her books. You can find the book here:


2. “A Woman of Fortune” (Book 1 of Texas Gold Series) by Kellie Coates Gilbert is a modern day tale of the heroine living the good life that all too soon turns to dust. As you can tell by the series name all three books take place in Texas. Kellie’s third in the series will be out in October this year. You can find Kellie’s book here:

3. “A Lady in Defiance” (Romance in the Rockies Book 1) by Heather Frey Blanton, a historical romance, is set in the time of the wild, wild west. I don’t normally read westerns; however, intrigued by the forward, I decided to read the book and I found it to be a very entertaining read. I’d like to know what you think. You can find Heather’s book here:

4. “A Voice in the Wind” by Francine Rivers, is book one of three of the “Mark of the Lion” series. And though these books have been around for a number of years, they are good enough to read again. The story is set about 70 years after the death of Christ, and is the story of a Jewish girl forced into slavery. I believe if you read one of Francine’s books, you will want to read the other two as well. You can find Francine’s book here:

An short aside at no extra cost: I met Francine at a reader’s book signing in May. I sat next to her, signing my books as she signed hers, which was an enjoyable time with a lot of laughs too. I hocked her books while hocking mine—what fun.  What a gracious lady. (For you who don’t know what hocking means—like a barker at a carnival, I called and waved in people who would stand off pointing and/or nodding, too awestruck to bother one of their favorite author while saying, “That’s Francine Rivers.”)

5. “Serenity’s Deception” (Texas Sorority Sisters Book 1) by Janice Olson (moi) is a romantic suspense. If you want a fast read and a page-turner than “Serenity’s Deception” is the book. The best part about the book it has been reedited, with a new updated cover, and you can read it free by clicking here.

Come back next Wednesday and I’ll have five more suggested books for summer reading. And at the same time, I’m having a celebration – OOPS! I almost forgot. That’s a secret that I’ll reveal next Wednesday.

I hope you have a great week. And, if you do nothing more,at least keep your mind healthy by reading a good book.

Y’all come back now, ya hear!


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