Empty Nightstand

Happy New Year, dear Reader!

I hope you all had a blessed holiday, wherever in the world you happened to be. We enjoyed a week-long vacation down South… where it was no warmer than it had been at home… but that was fine with us. The kids got to play with their cousins, and we made yummy food, watched movies, played games, and just enjoyed being together. It was a lovely holiday.

As it is the first Wednesday of the New Year, it is definitely time for a Nightstand Books post. Misfortunately, I don’t have much on my nightstand at present.

Thaw Lord of Dreams


I started reading “Thaw: Winter’s Child” by E. Kaiser Writes while we were on vacation and so far I am enjoying it, though I’m only a few chapters in. “The Lord of Dreams” is one I’ll be reading on my computer if I have time, as it is the January book for the Fellowship of Fantasy Indie Book Club. If you want to join us, you are most welcome! You can get a copy of this month’s book for free in one of two ways:
The author has set up a coupon code via smashwords as well as a download link so you can pick up your copy for free: The code QF25X can be used at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/731424 to get it free.

https://gumroad.com/l/poTQOO/fellowshipoffantasybookclub is another way to get it free. The discount code is embedded in the link, so you don’t have to type in anything extra.

I apologize for not having a picture of the books like normal, but at the time I was writing this post, we were in the midst of unpacking and I was unable to find my camera!

Now, perhaps you have already filled your New Year’s reading plate… but in case you have not and are looking for something to place on your 2018 nightstand… let me take a moment of your time to tell you about a very exciting sale I am participating in: the Clean Fantasy Dragon Sale!!!



There are TONS of clean fantasy books, all featuring DRAGONS in some way… come on over and check out the titles! I’ve read a few of these authors and heard of most of them… there are several here I am definitely interested in! Many thanks to Emily Sorenson for putting together this sale.

And that’s all I have for today. I have some exciting things in the works, though, so stay tuned!

What are you reading in the New Year, dear Reader?

~ jenelle



Oooooh, shiny free books! *goes to investigate*

It’s a pity that your nightstand is rather empty at the moment, but oh well. I read the first three of the Thaw books . . . the third one is definitely the best; the other two are kind of eh, in my opinion. That said, maybe you’ll like them better. I know the author has made a couple changes since I read them.


I have a bunch of reading to do this month that’s not on my nightstand, but it’s judging for a writing contest I signed up to help out with, so I can’t talk about those stories.

So far Winter’s Child is cute… it’s not really hitting me as either mind-blowingly wonderful or awful… it’s kind of a nice break from having to think critically, as I’m doing a lot of that this month.


Ahhhhhh. Makes sense. Is it a writing contest I know about, out of curiosity? *eyebrow wiggle*

I can understand that. And I think the storyline itself was ok when I read it; I was just kind of like ” . . . Frozen. You’re rewriting Frozen. I was promised the Snow Queen and this is not that.” So, yeah.


Pooooossibly….? :) :)

Yeah, it is very Frozen… which I thought came out around the same time – and at first I was thinking, “Wow, Frozen must have borrowed more from the original versions of the Snow Queen than I thought,” but then I looked at the publication date and realized Frozen was 2 years earlier… so… the similarities don’t seem quite so accidental. LOL

Savannah Jezowski

I’m reading the book of the month as well as So Sang the Dawn by AnnMarie Pavese. It’s epically huge lol.

Deborah O'Carroll

I’m hoping to read the book of the month too! :D Ooh, I have Winter’s Child… I should read that soon too. :) (I read the third book and really liked it!)

I’m currently reading The Last Motley and re-reading The Stroke of Eleven because the siblings hadn’t read it yet and I decided to just re-read it, aloud, to them in one fell swoop, so we can experience aaaall the MEEPery together. XD (I did read it last month, but you know. *cough*)

I’ll probably post a more complete nightstand post tomorrow morning! :)

Happy reading to you! <3


You’re reading Last Motley!!! Eeeeep!

I need to read the rest of Kyle’s books. I gave The Beast of Talesend to my husband to read and he just finished it the other night and asked, “Are there more of these? This was pretty good.” (that’s extremely high praise coming from him!)

Winter’s Child is interesting. It reads like an old-school fairy tale… the discussion questions at the end of each chapter are kind of annoying me… but I’m ignoring them as best I can. LOL

I look forward to reading your nightstand post!

Madeline J. Rose

Books with dragons?? *is there* XD

I just recently started reading The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul. Me and a friend are going through it together! It’s such a great book. :)


I really need to read some of her books. So far, the only one I’ve read is The Dragon and the Turtle, which is cute and a children’s picture book. :)


I love hearing from you, dear Reader!