Recent Reads

Every so often I like to round up my favorite recent reads and shout to the world about them. Here’s a selection of favorites from the past couple of months—

Liza's Recent Reads April 2019

And a typed-out list:

Circe, by Madeline Miller. Historical fantasy.

The Risk, by Elle Kennedy. Contemporary sports romance.

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty. Thriller/mystery.

The Sexy One, by Lauren Blakely. Contemporary romance.

Chef Sugarlips, by Tawna Fenske. Contemporary romance.

Have you read any of these? Do you have other recommendations for me?

What I’m Reading…Gmorning, Gnight!

gmorning gnight book cover

So first of all, if it has Lin-Manuel Miranda’s name on it, I’m definitely interested. We’re huge Hamilton fans in my house.

Gmorning, Gnight! did not disappoint. It carries the positivity and the solid rhythms I’ve come to associate with Lin-Manuel Miranda. This is the kind of book you can read in an hour for an ultra-concentrated burst of positivity, or you can keep it on your nightstand (with a stack of fifteen or so other books, she says, side-eyeing her own nightstand) to pick a couple of Gmorning-Gnights to read each day.

During some recent stresses in my life, I found these little pep talks to be perfectly-sized and perfectly-timed. The illustrations were cute and poignant, and although I read a library copy, I’ll be getting this for myself at some point to flip through in the years to come.

Planners, Calendars, and Goals!

Yes, honey, I know. It’s January 1st and could we please just recover from staying up too late last night instead of talking about resolutions?

Nope. I didn’t stay up late, mwahahaha, and I’m ready to kick some ass this year!

My tools include books, two calendars, and a publishing schedule that will probably have me hiding under the bed come March. Oh, and my phone’s yoga app, because a set of resolutions isn’t complete without some kind of promise to get in shape.

Four books are on my January reading list, two of which I’ve already read at least once (twice, in the case of Deep Work).

  • You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
  • Your Best Year Ever, by Michael Hyatt
  • The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • Deep Work, by Cal Newport

goals

Two calendars–one is my planner. I’m branching out this year and moving beyond my 3-ring binder with the removable calendar pages. Instead, I’ll be using a Simple Elephant planner. I like the space it has for a mini vision board and goal-setting–not only for the beginning of the year, but for each week. Also, lots of pages at the back for notes and scribbles about how I might take over the world and spread the joy of paranormal romance throughout the land. (The downside is it doesn’t lie flat and I’m already fighting with it. I was giving the Happy Planners at Michael’s a longing gaze last week. My next planner will be spiral-bound!)

The other calendar is a boring 8.5×11 monthly agenda. I need a spot to keep track of what I’m publishing and when, with a nice big view of each month. I can also keep track of when I’m sharing friends’ books, and when they’re sharing mine, as well as giveaway start and end dates.

The publishing schedule has me releasing a Fierce Mates book every other month. This isn’t too ambitious on its own…but when we factor in all the reverse harem projects I’m writing and publishing with Keira in 2019, it might start to feel like a lot. We shall see!

Stuff I Love: Bombas Socks

As an author, I do quite a lot of sitting at home. And while I sit, my feet get cold–sometimes even when it’s hot outside!

bombas socks

An author friend of mine gave me these socks, and it was love as soon as I put them on. The ones she gave me are thick and they fit perfectly. They’re soft, they’re comfy, and I don’t have to worry about cold feet while I’m trying to revise sexytimes scenes in my paranormal romance novels.

The other really cool thing about this company is that for every pair of socks purchased, they give a pair away. From the outset, they wanted to give socks to the homeless. I love the giving nature of this company. To read more about them and view the video on their story, you can visit their site!

(Nope, Bombas has no idea I’m writing this post, I’m not getting paid to advertise for them or anything like that.)