The best captivating novels that will take you on a magical and fun journey

Who am I?

Growing up with a severe disability and being an advocate from a very young age has taught me a lot of hard lessons. I struggled and endured a tremendous amount of bullying and discrimination, so I tend to pick books that I can relate to such as the Dresden Files where the character also struggles with difficulties in his life. I also pick books that make me laugh or are truly magical that help lift my spirits.  


I wrote...

Hope

By Jennifer Gibson,

Book cover of Hope

What is my book about?

"Jennifer Gibson’s young adult coming of age/social issues novel, Hope, is the fourth book in the series that features Jessie McIntyre, a young,  hearing disabled woman. I had not read any of the previous books in the series but found myself smoothly integrated into the story of this engaging character. Gibson’s story gives the reader a sobering look into the challenges faced on an everyday basis by people who are seen by the rest of the world as disabled.

And yes, I finished the book thinking that the world needs a few more heroes like Jessie McIntyre. Hope is most  highly recommended." - Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favourite

The books I picked & why

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Gypsy Magic (The Gypsy Magic Trilogy: Book 1)

By Tonya Royston,

Book cover of Gypsy Magic (The Gypsy Magic Trilogy: Book 1)

Why this book?

Tonya is a very talented young adult writer who has written two trilogies and currently working on her third series now. She weaves a magical tale that will leave you wanting more as you turn the pages, they are gripping and fun to read! These books have had a special place in my heart since I designed her book covers. 


Plum Lucky: A Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers Novel

By Janet Evanovich,

Book cover of Plum Lucky: A Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers Novel

Why this book?

Janet has a penchant for coming up with the craziest and most outrageous scenes with her characters who go around investigating strange cases as bounty hunters. This is a short and sweet holiday version based on the original Stephanie Plum series. Every book features explosions, mishaps, romantic hookups, and epic failures. She makes me laugh every time, and I don’t feel as bad about having an old car, small apartment, empty fridge, or lack of romance. Totally worth it.


Peace Talks

By Jim Butcher,

Book cover of Peace Talks

Why this book?

I am currently reading this book and enjoying it. I have been a big fan of the Dresden Files series for a long time and admire the strength it takes to be a wizard in the modern world. Jim comes up with the wildest and imaginative stories featuring battles with the supernatural. The author is also a fencer and martial artist just like me!  


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

By Chris Hadfield,

Book cover of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

Why this book?

I was fortunate enough to attend Chris’s book launch a few years ago while he was on tour in Canada and I was immediately taken in by his incredibly humble personality. He was far more down-to-earth than I expected and very informative. His book takes you on this amazing journey from his childhood all the way to NASA where he had to overcome a lot of challenges. It was a truly captivating read.  


Grant's Crossing: Death on the Alder

By Jamie Tremain,

Book cover of Grant's Crossing: Death on the Alder

Why this book?

This novel was written by two sweet authors who live not too far from me and they have a wonderful sense of humour. It’s an intriguing mystery that is worthwhile picking up! They also have another series called the Dorothy Dennehy Mysteries and I have designed those book covers as well!  


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