Recommended Reads for November

I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month, so I don’t have a lot of time for blogging, but I thought I’d put up a quick post of recommended reads for the month, based on books I’ve read recently and enjoyed. Click the book cover images for more information about the titles at

Ghost Writer by Vala Kaye Book CoverGhost Writer by Vala Kaye

During October, I loaded up my Kindle with a variety off spooky tales in the days leading up to Halloween. Ghost Writer was one I found to be a quick, fun read. It’s a young adult ghost story with a little romance, a little history and of course a mysterious ghost. The characters are likeable, the romance is sweet and there’s an interesting use of modern technology that gives the story a unique premise that separates it from other YA ghost stories.

From the back of the book:

Tech-savvy teen Malden Montgomery leaves New York City anticipating nothing but boredom when her artist-mother brings her along on a two-week vacation to a family inn in rural Virginia. What Malden doesn’t expect is the owner’s 17-year-old son, Jackson, who is totally to-die-for cute. But does she dare believe him when he tells her that her room at the inn may be haunted by a young woman named Emily, who died there more than 150 years ago? Then Emily begins to communicate with Malden and she and Jackson realize they have to find a way to help Emily’s ghost come back home or risk a spirit’s wrath if they choose to leave her lost in the darkness forever.

Incense & Peppermints by Carole Bellacera Book CoverIncense & Peppermints by Carole Bellacera

If you enjoy historical romance in the not-so-distance past, this one is for you. I loved it! Incense & Peppermints takes you back to 1970 and the Vietnam war. At its heart, it’s a romance, but it’s also so much more. Keep a tissue handy because so many of the scenes will just tug at your heart.

From the back of the book:

On a snowy February day in 2011, 62-year-old Cindy Sweet receives a Facebook message from a dead man—Warrant Officer Ryan Quinlan who supposedly died in Vietnam forty years earlier. He’d been Cindy’s fiancé before an RPG took out his “dust-off” chopper, killing all aboard. Cindy, a young combat nurse at the 24th Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh, had been devastated by her loss, but with no other choice, had served out her year in Vietnam—and even found love again.

INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS is a novel about patriotism, loyalty, enduring love, unimaginable courage and devastating loss. It’s the story of one woman’s year in a war zone during the most unpopular war in U.S. history.

Cherish by Norma Huss Book CoverCherish by Norma Huss

I haven’t quite finished this book yet, but I’m about 70% through and am enjoying it enough that it should also be on my November recommended reading list. It’s another YA ghost story I picked up in October. This one rolls mystery, romance, time travel and history all up into an fun story of two lives intertwined with a cool Freaky Friday feel to it. And you know I’m always a sucker for a good time travel! 😀

Cherish is lighter than your typical ghost story (Cherish’s personality is a hoot!), but the plot is still mysterious and gets you turning those pages wondering what will happen next!

From the back of the book:

It’s the sophomore Local History cemetery visit. Sure, it’s almost Halloween, but Kayla has seen that ghost for years. She wants to make the ghost go away, but she shouldn’t have touched her hand, because, That’s When Everything Changed.

Kayla finds herself in 1946 as someone else, someone whose name is on an elaborate tombstone. Is she Cherish, or is Cherish her? Is Cherish taking her place?

Fact: Cherish is ruining her life in two centuries. If Kayla doesn’t find her way home to her own time and her own body, she will die with Cherish in a few days.

Question: Do cell phone texts span the centuries? And, if they do, will Kayla’s friends believe her?