I’m pleased to have fellow Clean Reads author, Kadee Carder, here today talking about her new release and her top five favorite books. Kadee’s a reader after my own hear, she titled her list, her top five favorites, for now 🙂 Here are her recommendations:
5) The Heir by Kiera Cass – This YA novel is Book 4 in The Selection series and was my favorite. The idea of The Selection series is like a futuristic “Bachelor” for the royal family. The Heir follows the princess and her journey to selecting her own future husband and I adored the girl’s feisty attitude. Ain’t nobody tellin’ that queen who she needs to be with.
4) The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott – “Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she’s had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men—a kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman—who offer differing views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.” The Dressmaker follows Tess through those harrowing days following the survival of the Titanic, which is a story I’ve never even thought about before. Imagine how those people felt, knowing so many others had died, and they lived. Well, you don’t have to guess, because Alcott paints an extraordinary and heart-wrenching picture here that gave me goosebumps and ended with a poignant smile. If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend this one for you.
3) A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle – “Fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo.” I read this book, the third book in the Wrinkle In Time series, during my Master’s degree classes. At the time when I read it, my world felt quite shaky. Absorbed in work and classes, I didn’t know which way was up or down, but this book brought such insight and peace to my troubled heart. I adore L’Engle’s passion coming through her writing. She brings these fantastic worlds to life, with unicorns of all creatures, and the book is easy to read, inspiring, and offers numerous poignant moments to reflect on what we’re really doing on this planet.
2) Wild Storm by Richard Castle – If you’ve followed the TV show, “Castle,” then you know the Castle books. Which. Let’s just stop and be awed that a TV show created a whole series of actual books that followed the TV show, which the TV show could reference and the TV show characters are in the books. But I could talk about that for too many hours. However, while Castle’s popular books were the Nikki Heat books, I loved Wild Storm, following the daring adventures of Derrick Storm, as he traveled the world stopping bad guys and taking names. And a few hot girls along the way. I loved the quick pace, the fabulous wit, and intriguing plotlines of this thriller. A must read!
1) Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle – Be still my heart. Here’s the book blurb: “Addressing the subject of “faith and art” head on, this masterful work examines the difference between Christian art and secular art, as well as the relationship between the two. Award-winning artist L’Engle exhorts artists to listen to, remain aware of, and to respond to creation through one’s own art.” This book changed my life. Recommended by a fellow writer, I dove into this book and didn’t breathe until I was done. Each line spoke directly to me, as someone who sought purpose and intentionality. L’Engle offers so many kickin’ one-liners that it’s a good thing memes weren’t a thing when she wrote this. She offers inspiration, purpose, and thoughtful insight into writing, art, and faith. This will always be my favorite book and I believe that if you’re frustrated with what you’re doing, aren’t sure what to do with your time on this planet, then you’ll glean some crucial wisdom to help you figure out your unique gifting.
Now, let’s talk about Incomplete, Kadee’s new book which just released this week. Here’s Kadee’s comments on the book: We humans have to be stronger than we ever imagine, love ourselves in the process, and dig in when the ground seems to sink. We not only relish adventures, we create them. That’s the basis of Saylor’s story in my young adult science fiction trilogy, Insurrection. Volume Two of the trilogy, entitled Incomplete, is now available on iTunes, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook!
Blurb: Saylor started out on one adventure and ended up on another. After finding herself on a Caribbean island filled with strange noises, dazzling beaches, and a secret military base, Saylor must clutch the missing pieces of her fate. While harnessing her ability to communicate with deadly weapons of mass destruction, attending the annual gala, and fighting her growing feelings for the hunky Australian soldier, Saylor’s instincts become increasingly distressed. Tempted by greed and independence, she must determine what she stands for and on whose side she belongs. Power within in her. War without.
They wanted a warrior. They got one.
Excerpt: Silent, smooth, and undefined, he slipped beside me, the two of us watching the horizon and the navy sky, dotted with starlight and swaying under the breeze. In the same way that chocolate nestles down slowly and sweetly on the taste buds, or like a crisp spring morning drifts dew over the dawn, he slid his right arm around me, pulling me close. Satin brushed against cotton and hope dashed against the rough breakwater of changing tides.
“Against my own rules, the other day I allowed in the thought about what losing you would feel like,” Tucker said. “Those monsters hovering over you were a greater risk than the Commander’s orders. Holding you in my arms after you fell, motionless,” he shook his head. “That was the flip of the switch.”
Several clouds meandered overhead, blocking out starlight and passing by, finally clearing out again, and I could once again accept oxygen into my lungs. Letting a smile tease my lips, a rosy glow burned across my cheeks.
“I’m terribly challenged in the area of accepting someone loving me,” I admitted. “I have buckets of love. But they’ve been boxed up, packed away, and I don’t know how to carry them.”
He turned to me, his eyes glinting in the light, probably imagining my struggle with big gray metal sand castle buckets.
“Well, that’s convenient,” he answered, somehow moving closer, arms circling, tightening around my waist, until we faced each other. “I have pretty strong arms. I’d be pleased to help you carry them.”
Somewhere, innocent lips blew the wispy seeds from a dandelion bud, somewhere passionate lips sputtered rhetoric and jargon, and somewhere else, lips dripped with lies and temptation. But his smoldered.
A little about Kadee: Deep in the heart of Texas, Kadee Carder resides with her husband and daughters. Carder earned a BA in Public Relations at Howard Payne University and an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. She teaches English courses on the university level and plans her schedule around coffee availability. When she’s not dancing around the living room with her daughters, she helps at church activities, creates encouraging blogs, and orders pizza like a boss.
Kadee would love to connect with readers. Find her online at her website: KadeeCarder.com or on various social media platforms:
Who doesn’t love free?? She’s giving away a free, empowering e-book to those who subscribe to her email list at kadeecarder.com. The book is called Ignite and offers a serving of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a cup of grace.
Incomplete can be purchased at most ebook outlets:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/incomplete-kadee-carder/1125528337?ean=2940157351953
Thanks for visiting, Kadee, and all the best with your new release 🙂