The world is awash with SO. MANY. BOOKS.

Every time I turn around, someone else is launching another book. By and large, the only books anyone hears about are those with large marketing budgets, huge followings, and big endorsements. The rest of us struggle to replenish our dwindling savings accounts after failed marketing investments. I know I’m not the only author who feels like I kills myself to give money to everyone but me.

One of the best ways to find worthy books is to recommend them. Strongly. With gusto.

And I’m here today to do just that. Here are three books I’ve read recently THAT YOU SHOULD READ, TOO. RIGHT NOW. YESTERDAY. Put them at the top of your reading list. You won’t be sorry.

All About You by Liz Butler Duren


I’ve followed Liz’s journey to find her birth mother for close to a quarter-century. From the time she was tiny, she suspected she was adopted, but for fifteen years, her parents lied to her. The truth sent her on an epic quest to discover who she really was.




It took Sean seven years to write the follow up to his debut novel The Trust, and I WAS CHOMPING AT THE BIT THE WHOLE DANG TIME! Well, dear readers, the wait was worth it. When a celebrated attorney finds himself jailed for murder, he must summon every trick he knows to clear his name. You’ll devour this book in one sitting. I promise.


REDEMPTION by Meghan O’Flynn


One of the perks of being an author is getting to read and blurb books. And every time Meghan adds an installment to her Ash Park Series, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Whether you’ve read the first four books or not, you’ll tear through this well-crafted thriller. Show Meghan some love. She’s a hard-working, talented author who deserves it.


Three years ago, I walked the Natchez Trace Parkway…all 444 miles of it…over one million steps……..

But sometimes it’s fun to retrace our steps.

You can read more in this blog post about that time of my walk or you can read the whole story in Not Without My Father. Available NOW. Amazon/Nook/iTunes/Kobo/Audible.


A driven daughter. A gassy, nightmare father. Can they finish an epic walk of an ancient highway before they kill each other? If you like Bill Bryson, Cheryl Strayed and Elizabeth Gilbert, then you’ll love Andra Watkins’ New York Times bestselling memoir. 

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Schedules are irrelevant in the face of waning time.

Schedules are irrelevant in the face of waning time. – Andra Watkins

Happy Fourth of July to my US readers! What are you doing to celebrate?


I’m floating the Edisto River with Alice and MTM…and alligators and snakes and other crazies. I’m hanging on the back porch with Dad and listening to him regale everyone with his stories. I’m eating BBQ in my swimsuit and singing America the Beautiful. I’m blasting fireworks in a graveyard at sunset, because the dead like to celebrate holidays, too.

I’ve been following the same Fourth schedule for a decade or more. Every year, I can’t believe it’s happening already. When my toes sink into Edisto River goo, I think I was there five minutes ago.

Why do schedules go faster and faster?

The mid-point of a year is a good time to reflect. What’s working for you in 2016? What isn’t? Did you start the year keen to make a memory, yet it still languishes on your list of good intentions?

One of Dad’s favorite phrases is “It’s your knitting.”

So get to knitting the memories of your dreams!

If you missed my Friday post or my weekend e-newsletter, check it out HERE.

I was lucky to be included in a seriously cool summer reading list. To celebrate, we’re giving away a $225 Amazon gift card plus ELEVEN books. Multiple chances to enter through July 8, so follow the link and click to enter.



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