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Oh My Oppa!:A My Korean Crush Series novel

 

Kate Morrison has plans to rekindle her dying relationship when her boyfriend Derek invites her on a two week business trip to Korea. But when the trip turns out to be just that—business—she discovers that eating kimchi and bulgogi alone isn’t exactly what she’d hoped for.

Even though he can’t take his eyes off his laptop, Derek does try to make sure Kate isn’t completely bored. Unfortunately, hiring an oppa tour guide to show her around isn’t the solution Kate had been hoping for. All she really wants is for Derek to remember how much he still loves her.

Kate decides that spending more time with her “oppa,” Sean, might jog Derek’s memory. The problem is, Sean isn’t just attractive—he’s smart, funny, and he not only listens to her dreams about writing children’s books, he encourages them. With Derek too busy with mergers and acquisitions to find time to be jealous, will Kate be able to win his heart back before her new oppa steals hers away?


 

Oh My  Oppa! is the latest release in the multi-author My Korean Crush series.  You don’t need to read these in any order really.

This new title is only $0.99 for a limited time.

For more books with Korean characters and settings, including more My Korean Crush books, visit my book blog here. (You can find reviews and more there.)

February Reads

I have read quite a few books this month. (I’ve reviewed a few of them  over on my book blog.) Here are a few of them. (Don’t forget to tell me what you’ve been reading in the comments!)

Beneath the Bellemont Sky is a heartwarming story about family, love, and second chances. It primarily follows the Larson family, who own a farm in Wyoming.

As I was reading this I felt like I was part of the family. I wanted them to find happiness, and this book delivers. (Even for the couple who you wanted to shake some sense into.)

I received an ARC from the publisher.


This was an enjoyable story about family, finding love, and God. It also deals a bit with prejudices after the Civil War. It shows how both sides had issues that were painful for them, and how God’s healing hand can help. It also showed two different father and son relationships. I liked the character growth. There was a lot of it.

What made this book a bit difficult was the way speaking was written for the Quincy and his family. I had trouble reading it, and would have preferred a little less linguistically spellings..

The other drawback was the romance. The bulk of it is with a man who doesn’t suit Laurel. I do appreciate the happy ending though. The ending was as it should.

I received an ARC, and would read this author again.


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I loved this book. For one thing, I could relate to how Ollie must feel about moving. Ollie’s unhappiness is straining his family relationships. Quickly upon moving, Ollie has a run in with the class bully, and a friendly boy name Teddy.

When Ollie’s mom’s new job is threatened with closing, Teddy tells Ollie about his father’s hidden gold. The trouble is, Teddy doesn’t remember where his house is, nor his last name. So Ollie and Teddy go on a hunt for the golden treasure, and end up repairing another treasure–Ollie’s family.

This is a must read book. It’s middle grade, but I do feel that it’s a good book about family.  If you like heartwarming tales of adventure and family, this is for you. All the pieces fit together nicely.

This book releases June 18, 2019.

I received an ARC from the publisher.


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Heartwarming tale with beautiful illustrations.

One of the things I loved about this storybook was that it showcases family love. Although Grandpa lived far away from Mayumi, he still was a part of her life through the garden he created for her. The ending is poignant.

I received and ARC from the publisher.


What books have you been reading? 

January Reads

January is nearly gone. We’ve finally gotten cold, and snow had started to stick. (Although, as I write this it is raining and melting.)

Over the past year, I’ve been learning the more technical details of crafting a good story, and honing editing/proofreading skills.  Lately, I’ve also been reading a lot. I love getting lost in a good book. I thought I’d share some of those books with you.

 

The Winter of the Witch is the third book in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale. I have enjoyed the series, although there were a few things I could do with out. (For sensitive readers, such as myself, there are several instances of the word b—h,  and in this particular book, mostly in reference to a dog with nursing puppies.)

You can read my reviews for The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower here at my book blog.

Again, I enjoyed this book. I enjoy the way author Katherine Arden writes, the way she weaves her words. But there were a few things I didn’t care for.

The story picks up where The Girl in the Tower left off.  A growing mob wants Vasya dead, endangering Vasya’s sister Olga and her family. So Vasya faces the peril head on, and goes into Midnight. Meanwhile, Russia  is on the brink of war, the bear is again lose, and Morozko is trapped.

Sensitive Reader warning: Some language, nudity, and some sensuality.  (the b word, Vasya gets naked a few times, such as  a scene were she is drying her clothes, and there’s a mostly fade to black sex scene in the bathhouse.)


This book was a lot of fun.  This book starts after Flower Boy Tour Guide, where we first met our leading lady, Letty.

We start off at the airport, where a classic K-drama scene unfolds. Letty literally bumps into her favorite star and becomes an overnight gossip sensation. Not to miss out on the free publicity, the Kpop singers  agency launches a web show, Marry My Stalker. Because Letty doesn’t speak Korean, she gets her own charming translator, Ben.

From the array of  reality brides, to the camera crew, the Kpop stars themselves, and to Letty’s developing relationships with her co-stars and translator, this story will keep you turning (digital)  pages.

A delightful modern day fairy tale.

Only  $0.99 today, January 23, 2019.

(this review also appears on my book blog.)


I’ve long been a fan of Carrie Fisher.  Princess Leia was my childhood hero.  Star Wars was also the first VHS movie my parents purchased with our very first VCR. They asked my sister and I to choose the movie, and Star Wars it was.  I cried when she died.

I was also a fan of Debbie Reynolds. I had first known of her from Charlotte’s Web, and that she was Carrie’s mother. (We watched the animated Charlotte’s web a lot after my sister died. And during that time, Leia was even more important. Leia had lost her family too.  She had to be strong and carry on, too.)

I knew that Carrie had a brother, and I was interested in reading his book. He had been lucky to have his sister longer than I had, but we had both suffered a tragic loss, and there is a sad kinship to that.

I liked seeing things from Todd’s eyes. You can tell he loved his mother and sister.  The hard part is knowing that it’s only his version, and because it’s in his point of view, things are missing. There were a few things that were TMI about his personal relationships.  I didn’t need to know that.

What I liked the most was, how valued family was. That they didn’t give up on Carrie.  They didn’t give up on family.

Now, at the time I write this, the kindle edition of this book is $1.99. If you’ve been waiting to  get a copy, now is the time.

 


 

What books have you read recently? Let me know in the comments!

Get Ready for the Halloween Hop

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Trick or Treat for your chance to win a variety of prizes!

Prizes include: eBooks, audiobooks, gift cards, and more!

PLUS one lucky winner will win the GRAND PRIZE if $130 AMAZON (US) GIFT CARD!

Here’s how it works:

On Halloween, visit each author’s Facebook Group and enter their giveaway. Be sure to comment on the pinned giveaway post in the group (Posting here does not count).

YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL 13 GROUP POSTS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE.

Here are the participating groups. Just click and join them ahead of time so you’re ready for the Hop on Halloween! Plus, you’ll find some awesome YA and YA-Friendly reads in a variety of genres! (If you ask to join and have to answer a question or two, just let them know you’re joining to participate in the Trick or Treat Hop, and to find out about their books!)

S. Usher Evans Street Team

Stevie Rae Causey Author Fan Group

P.A.W.S. People

The Explorers of Kendra’s Realms

Erica Laurie’s Soaring with Dragons

Sydney’s Sweethearts – Sydney Logan’s Reader Group

Julie C. Gilbert’s Special Agents

Caroline’s Court of Love

Carol Beth Anderson’s Street Team

Epic YA – Free Books for Young Adult Readers

Clean Speculative Fiction Readers Group

Mystical Mishaps Series

T.M. Franklin Book Club

The Hop runs from 11:59 EST on October 30th to 11:59 EST on October 31st. Grand prize will be awarded at random among entrants who comment in all 13 groups, and winner will be verified.

Good Luck!

 

This hop is organized by author T.M. Franklin

A ghostly love: Eun Na and the Phantom

 

He’s cursed to walk the earth for all eternity, neither living nor dead.

She’s struggling to pay her father’s debt to save her family.

He can pay the debt…

Can she help him save his soul?

This Halloween enjoy the love story between a logger’s daughter and a phantom.


Paperback      Ebook  (all major retailers)

 

 

 

What I’m up to this October

 

October is one of my favorite months. For one thing, I love how it starts of the holiday season. Maybe it’s also because my mom loved it and  had lots of fun decorations.  I know as a kid, dressing up and trick or treating was the reason.  As an adult, I loved passing out candy.  (I was generous and delighted in the big eyes of the beggers.) These days I take my kids begging, but it’s not the huge mass of kids  ghosts and ghouls like I recall when I was a kid. Another great thing about fall is all the yummy goodies, and the colors of nature is that winter is coming!

I know that makes most people groan.

What are some of  the things you like about October?


I’m currently reading:

I was lucky in that I got an ARC for this beauty.  It’s a fun story so far. Our leading  lady has spunk and wit.  This book hits the shelves on November 6th.

Drama wise, I’m watching Blood and 100 Days My Prince.

(Images from Dramafever.  Used with permission.)

One is a story about a vampire who works as surgeon, as he tries to uncover who murdered his parents. The other is an historical drama about an unhappy prince who forgets who he is.

 

What are you currently reading and/or watching?

Happy Chuseok 2018

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Or buy the paperback on Amazon and get the ebook free through the Kindle MatchBook program for a limited time. (Look for the MatchBook icon to learn more on a kindle book.)

Click to go to my Amazon Author Page.



Find your new Oppa in the My Korean Crush Series

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Flower Boy Tour Guide : Free on Tuesday, Sept 25th

Silver Screen Dreams: 99 cents on Tuesday, Sept 25th*

Barefoot Seouls:  99 cents New Release, Sept 25th*

 

*my apologies for my earlier misprint.


Share this blog post, then comment to let me know, and you’ll be entered to win a BTS keychain!

 

 

For the Love of Korea: My Korean Crush: Silver Screen Dreams by Jennie Bennet (new release!)

 

 

Summer Henley is sick of playing it safe. Safe career path (accounting,) safe place to live (with her parents,) and a safe best friend (Mark.)
In her dreams she was a screenwriter with a home in a Malibu and a hot actor boyfriend, but that was saved in her someday file. For the moment, she’d play the part of a good worker, good daughter, and good friend. Even though her heart longed for something more, especially with Mark.
It wouldn’t be so hard to stay just friends if Mark would quit being so amazing to her. Knowing her dream, he’s secured her a spot as an extra in Korean television show⸺placing her directly in the path of the handsome lead actor. Now, two incredible men are vying for her attention and she has to decided if her dreams are really what she wants, or if her reality is better than she could ever imagine.

 

Pre-orders on Kobo

Kobo Release date: August 28th


 

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For the Love of Korea: Eun Na and the Phantom

Eun Na’s father is deep in debt, and if he can’t pay, their landlord will claim her as payment.

The family rallies together to pay what they owe, and Eun Na meets Tae Kyung, a wealthy young man from the mountains. When Eun Na’s father is injured and unable to work, Tae Kyung steps in to help.

Eun Na accepts his offer…and finds herself falling in love.

But Tae Kyung keeps a dark secret. His soul is cursed. Each night he is forced to take the form of an ethereal phantom, and he has lost all hope of freedom—and love.

This magical story, inspired by a Korean folktale, is set in a fictional world based on Joseon era Korea.


 

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For the Love of Korea: Flower Boy Tour Guide

 

Flower Boy: noun 1. slang for a really hot guy

Hannah Reynolds travels to Korea in search of her own drama hero come to life. What she gets instead is gorgeous, but surly tour guide, Jae Lee. He seems determined to ruin every romantic location they visit with his snarky comments, but Hannah can’t deny the crackling tension between them.

As they travel around the country with a busload of wacky K-drama and K-pop fans, their chemistry keeps drawing the two together. Hannah sees the mountain of problems standing between her and a relationship with Jae. They live in different countries. She’s flying home in five days. And he always takes an emotional step back whenever they get closer. But her heart doesn’t want to listen to reason. All it can see is the flower boy tour guide.


My Review:

Flower Boy Tour Guide is the first in the multi-author series, My Korean Crush. These authors love learning about Korea because of what we’ve been lucky enough to see of their dramas and  Kpop music.

I was lucky enough to read this prior to release, and I’ve already purchased my ebook. (It’s only 99 cents of you act fast!)

The story sets  out with a young American  arriving in Seoul.  She feels like she’s come home, and is excited to be there.  When she meets her roommate for the tour, it’s instant  best friends. And then there is Jae.  He may look like a flower boy, but he has thorns. Romantic comedy ensues in this delightful debut  by Shannon Kent.

 

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(see this review and others on my book blog.)