February: 100 in 2016

Where did February go? We even got an extra day and it still felt like it super-sonic flew by! I gotta say, February is my favorite month. I’m a little biased because it’s my BIRTHDAY month! Overall, this month was WONDERFUL!

  • I “finished” editing and resubmitted my novel (waiting…”patiently” to hear).
  • I got to be a part of a book launch–so fun!
  • And on my actual birthday, I got to BE THERE to witness the birth of my GOD-SON! Such an amazing birthday gift from my bestest friend! (Still deciding which T-shirt & baby outfit to get… 😉


  • Oh, and I got purple and green highlights in my hair, which is my annual birthday hair fun.

“I Read These” List

Here, as promised, is the list of books I read in February–brings my total up to 13 for 2016!

Unmasking Juliet By: Teri Wilson: Genre: Adult, RomanceFeb1

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This was the first book I’ve read by Teri Wilson. Must say, I really enjoyed her writing style and her quirky dialogue–and the ROMANCE!  Her writing style is tight and easy to read. It was a quick read and super fun.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy By: Teri Wilson: Genre: Adult, Romance

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After watching the Hallmark version of this novel, I of course had to go look it up! The novel was so similar to the movie, even most of the fun dialogue. I really enjoyed getting to read Darcy’s side to the story–which they didn’t show at all in the movie. Again, an enjoyable, fast read by Teri Wilson.

Poison Princess By: Kresley Cole: Genre: YA

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febThis is the first book in The Arcane Chronicles series. I enjoyed the writing and the premise. It grabbed my attention right away . . . but I kinda of lost interest in the middle, but it did pick up again at the end. I’ll probably read the second book at sometime.


Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets By: JK Rowling

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Always so much fun to revisit Harry Potter’s world! These stories are just as good the 100th time through as they were the first! I actually listened to this on CD with my boys (we’re reading/listening to all the books before we watch the movies–so fun to hear them say THE BOOK WAS BETTER!) These audio books are read by Jim Dale–he is AMAZINGLY talented!

Passenger By Alexandra Bracken: Genre: YA

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This story was so unique and the characters all very well written! Time travel, lies, secrets, a race to save lives . . . and a cliffhanger ending! I can’t wait to
continue this series!

Starflight By Melissa Landers: Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

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I absolutely LOVED this story! It was like watching an episode of the TV show Firefly. Such a fun romp through space and the future–I couldn’t put it down!



Asleep By Krystal Wade: Genre: YA, paranormal thriller

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This book messed with my brain! I started it last night and couldn’t put it down! By the time I was dasleepone reading, I couldn’t fall asleep–and didn’t want to (when I did, I admit, I actually had a nightmare that I was locked away!). ASLEEP was so well-written, that I felt I was the one in the asylum. I felt trapped, scared, betrayed . . . and whenever Rose thought about runnin
g, I was right there with her. I just wanted to get out! I went in thinking I knew everything, that Rose wasn’t really crazy just misunderstood, that her parents and the nice doctor just wanted to help her, that her nightmares were just that–dreams. But as I read, I began to doubt her sanity (and mine). I began to doubt who could be trusted, and doubt that everyone Rose met in the asylum was real.

**I was privileged to be a part of the release day party for ASLEEP. This also happened to be the first book published through BLAZE publishing! So excited for them all!


**Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: I LOVED it!! I wasn’t sure if I could handle the zombies invading my Jane Austen, but it just added a new layer to it. And the first proposal/rejection scene: EPIC! I could always sense the tension and the desire to react more (but propriety wouldn’t allow it) in the scene in the novel, but to see Darcy and Elizabeth actually do hand-to-hand combat…definitely something I can’t wait to see again!

**Agent Carter Season 2: This show is so much fun! I love Peggy Carter–her relationship with Jarvis and the others is so well done.

**DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Another fun super hero show. Really enjoying it so far.

**Fuller House: I just started watching this on Leap Day. So many memories wrapped up in one show.

**Gilmore Girls: I FINALLY got around to watching this show! The characters–and the LOVE for coffee–has me hooked.




ASLEEP by Krystal Wade

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To celebrate the release of the spine-chilling YA psychological thriller ASLEEP by Krystal Wade, we have a full blog tour and exciting giveaways ahead! ASLEEP is the debut novel from Blaze Publishing, and answers the question of what happens when Sleeping Beauty meets Freddy Krueger. If you want to see more of ASLEEP, you can still find the Ten Weeks of Teasers and other great content on the Blaze Publishing blog. Order your copy now!

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aslThat was the first time he’d spoken her name, and she would have celebrated the fact she’d made a connection with someone—anyone—had her world not been spinning.

Betty just gave me something before I came outside.”

Something’s changing, something big.” He nodded once, agreeing with himself most likely. “You’re like me.”

The sounds of the door opening and closing, the women squabbling near the oak tree over who drew the better picture in the dirt, and people’s feet crunching on the gravel path leading to the door all felt trapped inside her head, loud and somehow touching her, upsetting her system more. God, even the smell of antiseptic made it out here and into Rose’s nostrils… 

I think I’m going to throw up.”

You are.” Phillip gently placed his hand on her back and rubbed small circles. “And they’ll get you.”

I don’t understand. What’s changing? Why do you keep saying I’m like you? Who’ll get me?”

He was paranoid. Crazy. Unpredictable. Yet part of him seemed to know things, to understand, to want to help. How much of what he said was real? How much was just crap made up in his head?

Different. Everything’s different. Except it’s not. And you . . .” He fell to the ground with Rose as she began vomiting. Phillip held her hair back and talked softly, the lunatic whispering, “It’s okay,” a couple times and touching her raw wrist before continuing, “I wish you never had to fall asleep again.”

“To cure fear, you must use fear.”asleep

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

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“To cure fear, you must use fear.”

asleep Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He’s understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they’ll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.



Krystal Wade can be found in the sluglines outside Washington D.C. every morning, Monday through Friday. With coffee in hand, iPod plugged in, and strangers-who sometimes snore, smell, or have incredibly bad gas-sitting next to her, she zones out and thinks of fantastical worlds for you and me to read. How else can she cope with a fifty mile commute?

Good thing she has her husband and three kids to go home to. They keep her sane.

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2016 Reading Goal

My reading goal for 2016 is 100 books. (Not including any of mine…seeing as I’ve already read BOUND about 3 times this month…) 🙂

My other goal is to check in here with what I’ve read, give a little blurb review, and rate it–using coffee cups!


I might also include movies, TV shows I just discovered, and maybe one or two books from my TBR (To Be Read).

So here goes.


A Season to Love by Nicole Deese 

Genre: Contemporary Romance–Adult

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This was the second book I’ve read by Nicole Deese. I loved every second of it!

(Check out my full review: https://janelleleonard.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/a-season-to-love-nicole-deese/

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel



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The Book of Ivy had a very cool premise–Girl forced to marry guy, who also happens to be the son of her families enemy–and she plans on killing him! It grabbed my attention right away, but then I kinda lost interest until the very end where it picked up again. There is a sequel that I’m planning on picking up sometime in the future.

Heat Rises by Richard Castle

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I have been devouring the TV show Castle! I love it! And then I discovered that the Niki Heat books was a real series! Heat Rises is the third book in the series. So far, they’ve all read like an episode of the show. Wonderful!

Jilted by Carla Laureano (a Novella)

Genre: Adult, contemporary romance

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book5Jilted was a fun, super quick read. Carla Laureano is an excellent story teller. This novella was offered for FREE on her website to those who have subscribed to her newsletter. Link: http://www.carlalaureano.com/books/jilted/

Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

Genre: YA

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book3I was a fan of the original Twilight series, so any trip back to that world was a must. I have to say that Stephenie Meyer’s writing tightened up–I could really see that she’s improving and honing her writing craft. I was intrigued and liked the idea of the major roles being switched, but she over did the switches, in my opinion. Everyone that was female is now male and vice versa. The only one I REALLY liked in a reverse role was Jacob. The character was so much better as a female. Having it all flip-flopped just didn’t work as well as I’d hoped and I was confused more times than not because I couldn’t remember who was supposed to be who . . . And, it was kinda annoying because it was the EXACT same story just with the names and genders switched. I was hoping for a little more originality. There were things that worked for a female human that just didn’t have the same effect on a human male–the car stopping, the blood fainting, the tripping . . .


This month I was introduced to iZombie.

The Shannara Chronicles–I was SUPER excited when I heard about this show!! The Shannara series is one of the first adult series that I remember my dad reading to me! I love the books, and this TV adaptation has been really great so far! Can’t wait to watch more!

Unleashing Mr. Darcy–A new Hallmark movie based on Pride and Prejudice. I love P&P, so of course I had to watch. This retelling had some very interesting twists along with all the things I love about the original. While not really a dog person myself, I enjoyed the story.

I FINALLY watched Paper Towns (novel by John Green).

The Finest Hours–saw it in the theater. (CHRIS PINE!) Based on a true story, this movie was very well done! Great acting and action. Although, I saw it in 3D…I was fine while watching, but as soon as the movie was over and I stood up, I had a moment of seasickness and trying to regain my land legs!

For February–MY BIRTHDAY MONTH–I’m most looking forward to reading ASLEEP by Krystal Wade! It releases on February 7th! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy–get yours on Amazon or at http://www.blazepub.com/