MY BEST READS OF THE YEAR, 4th EDITION

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Another year is almost at an end. This just doesn’t cease to amaze me, though with less intensity. When it’s the start of the year I can’t wait for it to end. Then when the year ends, I wish it lasted longer. Part of the reason is that I wish I could accomplish more. In 2016, I’ve published no more novels. My last one was In A Greater Reality, back in November ’15. This year, I canceled a project I was working on, so that slowed me down. Now I’m writing a new sci-fi novel I’m very excited about.
As 2016 is the fourth year I’m tracking my books finished in Goodreads, I finished less new books. I’ve been instead re-reading old ones. Three years is, well, pretty long to go without revisiting novels I liked in the past. So once again, the pool to choose my best reads from is smaller. That means that this year, the list will be 10 books long. As usual, I include a star rating and a short summary of the books chosen. I’ll start at 10 and go down until reaching my #1 read of the year. Without further ado:
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DELETED SCENES FROM “DEVOTED TO HER”

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Since I released my debut novel Dream Date, I can hardly believe I’ve finished and self-published two more books. That would almost have been a trilogy. I wanted to release a third Dream Date novel focused on the character of Kayla Moran. The project had to be put on hold because the series still isn’t popular enough to make writing another entry worth it. Don’t get me wrong, I will write Kayla her book eventually. At the moment, I have other priorities, though. I’ve made my foray into sci-fi, which is a more time-sensitive genre (the stuff one writes about that doesn’t exist yet may be a reality in a decade or two)

Over the course of editing a book, you almost always end up having to cut stuff. It’s just an unavoidable part of the process. As it’s been over a year since I published Devoted to Her, the time is fitting to post that book’s deleted scenes. Some of these make the early drafts of Devoted to Her considerably different from the finished work. I’m quite proud of it. The book turned out just as great as I wanted it to be. Here are the deleted scenes. They’re not in any particular order, but they really aren’t meant to be. Enjoy:
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MOST DATEABLE FICTIONAL WOMEN

How’s it going? There are only two days left for Valentine’s Day. Couples all over will be celebrating the day of love in different ways. For those of us who are single, we can still hang out with pals. Valentine’s is for friendship, too!
Whether you are single or in a relationship, you probably have a crush on someone well-known. For this post, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the most dateable women in fiction. This list will not be in any particular order. I’ve included characters I know well or have at least heard of. A side note: not all of them are crushes of mine! 😀 Here they are:

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BOOK REVIEW: FALL WITH ME

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Author: Julie Particka
Published on: April 28, 2014
Genre: New Adult, romance
Published by: Macmillan, Entangled: Embrace
Format: E-book, paperback, audible

A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

Love is patient. Revenge is sweet.

In the game of love…

Dumped by her college boyfriend for her best friend, the last thing Jenna Brandt needs to deal with is working beside her backstabbing-BFF’s hotter-than-hot brother. But when he offers her a chance to get some revenge on her ex, she can hardly say no–even if spending more time with Sutton puts her heart in jeopardy all over again.

Someone’s going to get hurt…

Sutton Bell has had a thing for Jenna since they were in high school, but after one screwed-up night, she didn’t want anything to do with him. Now, with just the summer before he leaves to begin his new career, Sutton’s determined to convince Jenna he’s not the player he used to be. But saving his sister from making an awful mistake may mean losing Jenna for good.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SWEETEST GAME (THE PERFECT GAME, #3)

THE SWEETEST GAME (The Perfect Game, #3)

Author: J. Sterling
Published on: December 25, 2013
Genre:
 New Adult, contemporary romance

Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Format: E-book, paperback, Audible

The third (and final) installment in Jack & Cassie’s epic love story is here!

“It’s one hell of a sledgehammer to the chest when your baseball career comes to an end. It’s like you finally realize that baseball never loved you back. All the sleepless nights, the hours spent at the gym trying to stay fit, the conditioning, the training, the mental preparation, the holidays missed, the birthdays passed, the memories you didn’t get to make with your family … all for what? It’s not like baseball lost any sleep over you. She didn’t stay awake for nights on end, trying to figure out how to make you a better player. She didn’t care. Baseball’s a business. A sport. A game. And as much as my entire life has been wrapped up in it, it’s time to let it go.” – Jack Carter

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BOOK REVIEW: THE GAME CHANGER (THE PERFECT GAME, #2)

THE GAME CHANGER (The Perfect Game, #2)

Author: J. Sterling
Published on: June 25, 2013
Genre:
 New Adult, contemporary romance

Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Format: E-book, paperback, Audible

Jack appeared at my door last night after six months of no communication wearing a Mets jersey and holding a dozen red roses. He told me he was sorry, that he loved me, and that he would earn my trust again. It took everything in me to not fall apart at the mere sight of him. I wanted to take him back into my life, but I needed to know that this time it would be forever…

In J. Sterling’s highly anticipated follow-up to her USA Today bestselling novel The Perfect Game, Jack and Cassie quickly realize that their new lifestyle can often be cruel and unforgiving. Their happiness is put to the test as the past is never truly far behind.

How do you stay together when the world’s trying to tear you apart?

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BOOK REVIEW: THE PERFECT GAME (THE PERFECT GAME, #1)

THE PERFECT GAME (The Perfect Game, #1)

Author: J. Sterling
Published on: October 1, 2012
Genre:
 New Adult, contemporary romance

Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Format: E-book, paperback, Audible

He’s a game she never intended to play.
And she’s the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews and Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind…like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.
They are damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.
Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful…

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