Audiobooks & Haiku Reviews

So…ti’s been like a whole summer since I’ve posted!  Is anyone still out there??? [echo, echo]

The summer has been pretty crazy.  My boys’ activities kept us busy, plus I’ve visited the Asheville area twice this summer and been sick for an entire week.  Some progress has been made on a few things though.  First things first: all my books are now available in audiobook format, professionally narrated, and they all sound great!  They are available on, Amazon, or ITunes.  Let me know what you think of the audiobook images–I’m quite taken with them.

Austensibly Ordinary on Audible

Austentatious on Audible

Unladylike Pursuits on Audible


Cover-Audio-Book---Unladylike Pursuits







I’ve been making some moderate progress on my novel-in-progress, and I hope to buckle down and finish it once my boys start back to school in TWO WEEKS!!  (The countdown has absolutely started!)  I have reached the point in the writing where I have a good feel for the characters and their behaviors, so it’s a lot of fun to write.  Currently I get about five-ten minute blocks before someone comes to me with a question or complaint.  Not good for the concentration, not good at all.


I’ve read some really good books this summer, and rather than do a lengthy review for each of them, I’m trying something new (for me anyways), a review haiku.  Just to whet your appetites.

1.  Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Survival Story

of Louie Zamperini

World War 2 hero.

2. Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers (second book in the His Fair Assassin series, which I love):

Handmaiden of Death

trying to forget the past

and find her future.

3.  The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (the start of a new series)

Heroes and villains

At Hogwarts-style school but two

friends buck the system.


4.  The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig (The Pink Carnation series)

Capable spinster

meets her match in merry romp.

Series continues.

5.  Faking It by Cora Cormack (my first New Adult read)

Sexy romantic

story of two broken souls

Finding each other.

6.  This is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker

A horrible death.

Four girls’ make a pact to get

justice and revenge.

7.  The Paris Affair by Theresa Grant (Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch Historical Mysteries)

A new adventure,

Napoleonic Europe,

crafty, married spies.

8.  The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart

Old school, romantic

suspense on island of Crete




Posted in austensibly ordinary, austentatious, books, Uncategorized on 08/12/2013 09:04 pm


  1. Liz Castillo (@liz_josette)

    I totally get that being busy during the summer, it seems like if it’s one thing it’s another. And I’m single without kids, so I can’t image what you are going through. Good luck with the final weeks of summer.

    Anyways, I like the haikus. I’ve added a couple of the books onto my to-be-read list.


  2. Alyssa Goodnight

    Glad you found some books, Liz! My efforts were not in vain. 😉

  3. The Paris Affair. “Crafty, married spies.” that sounds like my kind of sin.

    Good to have you back, Alyssa. I hope all is well with you and your family.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      There’s a LOT of history wrapped up in that one, David. I bet you’d enjoy it.

      Both boys started jr. high. It’s all good. 😉
      Hope you are also well!

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