Studio 5: 6 Page Getaways To Beat Winter Blues


If you’re feeling the winter blues and need an escape from the cold, here are six books that will whisk you away to another place. Fabulous page getaways for when you can’t actually fly away to an exotic location.

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first frost1. “First Frost” by Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author, is best known for her book ‘Garden Spells,’ an enchanting tale of the Waverly women and the everyday magic of their lives. In this brand new sequel to ‘Garden Spells,’ we are whisked away to North Carolina and the best time of year – fall. The Waverly women are all busy with new pursuits and hopes, but when a mysterious stranger comes to town the family must fight to keep their lives together.

Content note: I haven’t read this one yet, but in past books by SAA there have been 1-2 moderately descriptive sex scenes, a few uses of foul language, and sexual references.

the martian

2. “The Martian” by Andy Weir

You can’t escape much farther away than by flying through space to Mars. In this epic science fiction that has captivated the book world over the last year, astronaut Mark Watney lands his ship on Mars and becomes the first man to walk on the red planet. When a dust storm damages his suit and forces his crew to leave him behind, he also becomes the first man to try to survive on the hostile alone. Drawing on his ingenuity and engineering skills, and a tireless will to survive, he confronts one obstacle after another. But will his intelligence and resourcefulness be enough to keep him alive?

Content note: I haven’t a chance to read this one yet either and haven’t read any books y this author. So content is unknown at this time.

Thorn Birds

3. “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough

Miss the heat? This epic trip into the harsh, hot landscape of Australia will make you grateful for the cold. From page one I was hopelessly addicted to this story.  So beautifully written, with rich emotions and amazing characters, it’s the kind of story you can’t stop thinking about. Everything about the book is grand and atmospheric, from the stark, unforgiving setting, to the family drama, to the forbidden love story. It’s romantic, and tragic, and wonderful! I loved it so much, it’s one of the rare books I plan to read again in a few years.

Content note: There are about six mildly descriptive sex scenes, some violence, some sensuality and sexual references, and some infrequent language including a few F-words.

big in japan

4. “Big in Japan” by Jennifer Griffith

How about a trip to Japan, deep into the secret world of Sumo wrestling? Buck Cooper is a six-foot-six, obese Texan who has spent his life as the butt of everyone’s jokes. All he’s ever wanted is to fit in and find love, but he struggles with both. Until fate takes him to Japan, the land of Sumo. In a country where being big can bring fortune and fame, opportunity finally comes knocking for Buck when he is thrown into the ring. But life in Sumo is anything but easy and he has to risk everything, even his life, to reach out and tackle the dreams he always wanted. Laugh out loud funny, emotionally tender, and a fantastic read.

Content note: Some mild violence (fighting and hazing), but otherwise CLEAN.

BIG IN JAPAN just got a new cover . . . Isn’t it great?

Big In Japan 2015 Blonder

Snow Child

5. “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey

Instead of escaping the snow, how about a blissful, magical celebration of it? “The Snow Child” is mystical, enchanting, and perfectly plotted. The writing is gorgeous, intoxicating, and emotional.

It is a book that begs to be read in the winter time with its rich descriptions of the Alaska woods. I was lucky enough to finish the book at a time when I was all alone in my house, tucked under a heavy blanket with snow swirling outside the windows. It was a perfect reading moment and I’ll admit to a few tears at the last words. This book touches you, leaves behind a tiny imprint, a snowflake on your mind and heart. Truly an amazing read!

Content note: Clean

peter and starcatches

6. “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

For our last getaway, we take a whimsical trip to Neverland with some devious pirates and a precocious orphan boy named Peter. In this highly entertaining prequel to “Peter Pan,” a group of orphan boys are put on a ship, along with a sophisticated girl named Molly, and a trunk with some magical and mysterious cargo.  What follows is a thrilling adventure with pirates, dangerous, humorous, and hard to put down.


And of course, if you’d like to disappear into the alluring and dangerous world of witchcraft, past and present, check out my two books, BLOOD MOON and BLACK MOON, the first two books in the Moonlight Trilogy.

Happy reading!


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