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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Cline Barton

Veronica’s #WritersDiary, #Winter Wonderlands & Chilling, Thrilling #Reads!

We’re back from the Tetons in beautiful Wyoming–what a trip! The snow was plentiful, the temperatures chilling, and a merry time was had by all. One of my favorite treks of the trip was exploring the Teton National Park. Many of the roads were closed due to snow and ice, but we were able to explore about 50 miles of this wondrous wilderness. The mountains and terrain left us in jaw dropping awe. The Jackson Lake and Snake River gave that icy pop of blue against the white winter snow–and those clear blue skies, just wow! Unfortunately the only wildlife we saw was a lone deer in the road–but I do want to come back to try and see the moose and elk (bears, not so much!). This area is a dude ranch haven–I can’t think of a better place to do a bit of horse back riding, water rafting and gazing up at the stars in warmer temps. If you’re looking for a vacation spot in 2020, Jackson Hole and nearby Yellowstone is highly recommended!

Tis the season for some #Holiday reading! So, to keep those chilling thrills going, I wanted to highlight the #mystery #thriller #suspense #dystopian #chaos authors whose #books I’ve had the pleasure of #reading this year. Terrific reads to keep the #blood flowing in these cold winter months:

The writers of Twitter have awesome reads for everyone–check them out! It’s Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:

Speaking of mystery 🙂 …looking for a #cozymystery series with #actors, #royals, #fashion, #food, and dash of #romance?

My American Almost Royal Cousin Series–check out my #books here:

go away reading

International thriller and a heartwarming romance from the #writers of Twitter this week…

Author John Dolan, Two Rivers, One Stream, 5 STARS

International thrills galore in this second book of Author John Dolan’s Children of Karma series. Private investigator David Braddock receives a call from his daughter, Katie, that chills his parental soul–she’s killed her husband. As David travels to London to be at his daughter’s side, he learns his daughter’s relationship with her Russian husband has been one of emotional pain and physical abuse. As they deal with the fallout of the police investigation, David realizes the life and death battle his daughter is in.

Assassin for hire, Ross Gallagher, vows that this latest assignment will be his last. He longs to change his life, and strengthen his relationship with his half-sister Adele. His past is hard to shake however as many of his tangled lies from his violent dealings are exposed. He struggles with his demons, oscillating from the darkness to light, moment to moment–is it too late for him to change?

As the two men deal with the complex situations in their lives–their paths cross, for a final violent time. Has karma dealt its final hand with a destiny that cannot be changed? Author Dolan keeps you on the page turning edge with this thrill filled tale that zips you around the globe as the interlaced, sinister plots unfold. A great series–highly recommended!

A new #BookBirthday from Author Shanna Swenson, Stars Over Abundance, 5 STARS

Mega movie star Vivian Alexander has everything a person could want—career success, awards galore, and movie roles with men most women can only dream about. She’s beginning to wonder if this is all there is and feels a longing for something more in her heart. She’s about to meet the man of her dreams, but is he? Retired football star Buck Jenkins sweeps her off her feet in the Ponderosa Ballroom, leading to a night of steamy passion. A family tragedy intervenes and takes him away without speaking a word to her. She’s hurt and bitter at being another Buck Jenkins conquest.

Months later, back in Abundance, Nat and Jack Kinsen invite a few of their close friends and family over for dinner, leading to Buck and Viv meeting once again. Buck long to tell her the reason why he left that magical night, but it’s clear Viv does not want to talk with him! Their friends and family know these two have feelings for one another, but can they convince them in time before life, career and other interests convene, taking away their chance to have a life together? Stars over Abundance is the latest in the series by Author Shanna Swenson that I have come to love. I feel like I’m at home now in Abundance, getting to be around the characters I’ve gotten to know about in the other books. This a is another heartwarming (and steamy!) story in the series and a great read, highly recommended!

Next up in the reading queue:

Christmas at the Four Seasons

Lovely hotel, super friendly staff, and a spectacular winter wonderland location–we’ll definitely be back!

Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your #week and #weekend, friends–#read a book!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. Speaking of #Christmas–stay tuned for the post next week. We’re taking a #roadtrip to Hearst Castle in central California for their #Holiday Twilight Tour–Christmas, Castle Style! Gemma and Rikkhe approve 🙂

hearst castle holiday twilight tour
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