Book Reviews – The Island by Mary Grand / The Night She Disappeared by Kevin O’Brien

Hey, everyone. Today I have two reviews to share. I received copies of both books from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. The Island Blurb The Island - where everyone knows everyone, and secrets are impossible to keep... ‘Be careful, you don’t know them as well as you think. Remember - anyone can … Continue reading Book Reviews – The Island by Mary Grand / The Night She Disappeared by Kevin O’Brien

The Year in Review #ThursdayThoughts

Hey, everyone. Today is the last day of 2020. If you’re like most people there aren’t many words more welcomed than those. This has been a trying year in more ways than one. It was what I expected to be a great year. 2020 had a nice ring to it. We were twenty years into … Continue reading The Year in Review #ThursdayThoughts

My 2020 Reads #TuesdayBookshare

Hey, everyone. Wrapping up the last Tuesday book share with my 2020 reads. I’ve seen a few posts out there with people naming their top ten reads, but I decided to share my entire list. As in previous years, I took part in the Goodreads Challenge. Because I don’t have a lot of time to … Continue reading My 2020 Reads #TuesdayBookshare

Suddenly it Was June

Hey everyone. Today’s post is short and sweet. I realized it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted here. How quickly time flies. One day it was early March. Spring was just around the corner, bringing longer days and the promise of warmer weather. Then COVID struck, and the world went crazy. I fully intended … Continue reading Suddenly it Was June

Old Favorites #TuesdayBookShare

Hey, everyone. Since I'm still busy writing, and haven't had time to read a lot the past month, I decided today I would share three books by one of my all-time favorite authors. Sometime in the late 1970's, I was in a book store with my brother. He and I often made trips to the … Continue reading Old Favorites #TuesdayBookShare

Taking Time #ThursdayThoughts

Hey, y'all. In last week's Thursday thoughts, I wrote about my Saturday writing schedule did not go as planned. What I didn't say was when I tried to write on Sunday, I was exhausted and didn't get anything done. That put me two days behind. However, DH pointed out that I had been going pretty … Continue reading Taking Time #ThursdayThoughts

What’s Next?

Hi, Readers. Most of you know I reached a milestone last month—the publication of the third and final book of the Driscoll Lake series. It’s hard to believe five years have passed since I began writing the first draft of Unseen Motives. There were many times I thought I’d never complete it—let alone edit and … Continue reading What’s Next?

Bonus Friday: Favorite Book

Maybe we’re a glutton for punishing ourselves, but today at Story Empire each of us picked our favorite work. Not an easy thing to do. Stop by and see which of our own books we selected.

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Hey, SEers! This is one of those months with five Fridays in it. That means today is a group post.

The theme for today is Favorite Book Written and WhyWe’re each going to tell you our personal favorite. We encourage you to share yours in the comments.


Tortured Soul by Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! Staci here. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I chose Tortured Soul. It’s the fourth and final book in the Medici Protectorate Series.

I won’t swear it’s my favorite, but it’s up there. And here’s why.

  • The writing is a lot stronger than at the beginning of the series.
  • It’s the culmination of a work inspired by my grandfather.
  • It’s a springboard to another series that I enjoy.
  • I love these characters.

You can read more about it here or purchase it here.


Hey SE Readers. Joan here.

So far, my favorite book to…

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