Need a Weekend Read? Three Suggestions as I Play Catch-up

These days I feel like I’m running and running and never catching whatever it is I’m chasing. Of course, some people actually do that for exercise I hear. They’re called “runners” and “joggers”. Strange creatures. I’m even related to a few of them.

But I digress. Which I do often. I once again find myself with a hundred and one Dalmatians things to do and limited time resources to do them with. Did I mention we’re painting the house? Yes, it desperately needs to be done. By us? I voted no, hire pros even if you, hubby, need to sell a kidney. Hubby voted, DYI. Why do I let him win? *sigh*

Okay, digression again. What’s the point of all this? Well, first and foremost, I’ve read some amazing books of late (two outside my usual genre) that I have yet to get around to reviewing and feel like a schmuck for not doing so. Yet. So, until such a time, I wanted to share them with you so that you may enjoy them as well.

  • A Little Primitive by Josh Langston Funny, engaging, witty, full of twists and turns. If you’ve never read any of Josh’s work, I urge you to do so. The man can write.  Blurb: “Life can be tough, but it’s even tougher for a guy who’s only two feet tall — and utterly uncivilized. When the little primitive tumbles into the world of a reclusive young woman, he changes her life forever. It’s not enough that she must protect herself from an insanely jealous ex-husband, she now has to nurse her tiny, unwanted guest back to health *and* maintain the secret of his existence! This contemporary thriller goes beyond the usual genre boundaries and delivers a story of intrigue, humor, history and suspense. Mato, the little primitive, has many talents. Not only is he a fearless warrior and intrepid hunter, but he’s a gifted artist and seer. On a life-or-death mission for his clan, the two-foot tall hero faces a world dominated by giants whose magic has no limits. Fortunately, Mato runs into Tori Lanier, a young woman facing demons of her own. Together, they struggle to make sense of a world that grows more confusing every day.”
  • Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz  I was fortunate to get an ARC of this book and will be hosting Kourtney for an interview in June 11. An emotional, excellent read. Blurb:Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything. There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets. When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened. To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned–Butternut, Wisconsin–where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future? An emotionally powerful debut, The Six Train to Wisconsin pushes the bounds of love as it explores devotion, forgiveness and acceptance. Brief Summary: When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her to the quiet Wisconsin hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.
  • Games of Adversaries by Susan Elizabeth Curnow  Fantasy & SciFi rolled into one tale. At first I was thinking, Cowboys vs Aliens. Pishaw! That movie has nothing on this book. Think major culture clash when highly advanced meets medieval. Wonderfully written. Gobbled it in one day thanks to bad weather (or I would have been painting). Blurb:  “Yiahan rial Krais dances for his god, while in another time and another world, Commander Marcus Oregada strives to save his folk. Bereft of families, wives and children, no loved ones live to warn them: Beware the door slammed shut to escape inhuman violence, where memories amass like cobwebs, spun by he who spilled your blood. For there will be a day of reckoning to sweep away reason and sanity. To break you and divide you, never knowing it will bind you, as it twists and rends your lives to face the destroyer of souls.”

I also have received several Blog Awards over the past couple of weeks that I need to address. I promise to acknowledge those as well. Soon.

And, if you haven’t yet, hop over and Like my FaceBook page K. L. Schwengel. I share tidbits there you might not find elsewhere.

Now, have a great weekend! I’m off to update my Works in Progress page, dash off a Blog Post for There & Draft Again, and maybe squeeze in some writing (which involves the demise of a Plot Bunny I’m afraid) and then head outside to work some dogs and, yes, paint the house. So much for a day off, right?



12 responses


    Sorry for yelling. I just need more tidbits in my empty life.

    I also need more time for reading. My list just keeps getting longer and my kobo fuller, and I’m getting farther and farther behind. :/

    May 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

    • Tidbits?!!? What? Where? Who let them out? Jeeves, did you leave the gate open again? So hard to find good help these days. What’s the world coming to when Tidbits are allowed to roam free?

      May 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

  2. Thanks for the nod, Kathi!

    May 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

  3. Thanks for the suggestions! These sound great! My goodness, my TBR pile is already hugely long.

    May 17, 2013 at 11:04 am

    • I don’t think TBR piles ever shrink, do they? Seems for every book I read, three more enter the queue.

      May 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

  4. I can’t wait to read Kourtney’s book…it’s on a very long to-read list, but considering she’s one of my fave bloggers I’m sure the book is excellent!

    May 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    • It’s a very emotional book but a great story with some surprising twists and dashes of humor.

      May 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

  5. Hi Kathi! Thanks for the shout out for my book! So happy to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂 Can’t wait to stop by in June and dish with you. Good luck with the painting. I once tried to repaint the wall. The results motivated my dad to hire a painter immediately. 😉

    May 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    • Hmm . . . maybe I should have tried that technique. I’m thinking it wouldn’t have worked well with the hubby, though.

      May 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

  6. You have been nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Here are the details:

    May 18, 2013 at 12:24 am

    • Thanks!! I’m so behind in awards but I promise I’ll get to them. 🙂

      May 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

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