My 2018 Read list

This is a running list of the books I've read each month, with a copy of the cover as my favourite of the month - which turns out to be 34! WOW! I am not including any of the manuscripts I have worked on for my author friends, as sometimes they had no working title when I received it, or the author has decided to withhold it from the public as it's being queried out, but there are likely a dozen or two I'd add to the list.

It's definitely been a nice variety as our book club switches genres each month. That's fun - it's nice to read something a little different. 


Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter
Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Love Connection by Camilla Isley
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Landing Luck by Tracy Krimmer
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (re-read)


Bird Box by Josh Mailerman


The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
Spelled by Betsy Schow


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill


Pax by Sarah Pennypacker
Weird Things Customers Said in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Mrs. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh


The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnson


The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro
Blackheart by Nicole Castroman

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Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
The Whispering Magpies by J. Huet
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs


My Life as a Country Album by LJ Evans

my life as a country album (my life as an album Book 1) by [Evans, LJ]

Serving Up Hope

Serving Up Hope - Book Four

Single male needed for former fiance's wedding.
Must pretend to be my boyfriend for the day.
Steady employment necessary, must look great in a suit and be between the ages of 25 - 40.
Bonus points if similar in nature to a Disney prince.

Meghan Carter, the owner of Westside, is blindsided when she receives an invitation to her ex's
wedding; the one who left her at the altar four years ago. Whatever the motive behind the invite, she needs to show up and prove she's better off without him. On the arm of the perfect man would be the best kind of revenge.

The workaholic reluctantly sets up a dating profile and through the slush pile, four potential candidates seem acceptable. However, there's one she feels a connection with as he understands the motivation behind needing the fake date and is willing to be her arm candy.

She didn't join the dating site to be jerked around, and she didn't join it to find an everlasting love, but feelings start blossoming. Is the attraction real, or is someone saying everything she's desperate to hear? Because she just crawled out of the dark hole and she doesn't want to fall back in. Ever again. 

And for fun, here is Meghan's dating profile and the other acceptable candidates. 

releasing February 13, 2019

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Others in the Series: 

Serving Up Innocence - Book One - October 3rd
Serving Up Devotion - Book Two - November 21st
Serving Up Secrecy - Book Three - January 2nd

Serving Up Secrecy

Serving Up Secrecy - Book Three

A wedding. A one-night stand. A future forever changed.

Joy is happy to do her own thing and live for each day… until the day she discovers she's pregnant. With that little pink line on the test, her focus shifts toward the future and finding the guy from the night she vaguely remembers.

James is the jam to her peanut butter. He’s charming and brilliant and understands how to treat a lady. A steady focus on the road ahead of him, he knows exactly what he wants from life, and figures Joy could be a part of that. However, his living the dream does not include children. Ever.

If she tells him the truth, he’ll leave. So she's going to make the most of their time together before cutting him free, as a pregnancy can only stay a secret for so long. However brief their time together will be, it doesn't prevent deeper feelings from growing.  

Will Joy call it a heart-breaking fling and cut James loose, or will she share with him the big secret and risk ruining his future plans for a chance at love?

releasing January 3, 2019

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Add to your Goodreads Want to Read list today. 

Others in the series: 

Serving Up Innocence - Book One - October 3rd
Serving Up Devotion - Book Two - November 21st
Serving Up Hope - Book Four - February 13th

Serving Up Devotion

Serving Up Devotion - Book Two

Audrina may be a witch to her co-workers, but at home she’s somebody’s hero. Since her mother’s death a few months back, she’s become her twenty-two-year old brother’s legal guardian. Michael suffers from muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, and while her home suited her, it’s not for someone with disabilities. With his comfort in mind, she sets out to hire the perfect person to make the required changes.

Chad is the well-researched carpenter for hire. Rugged yet endearing, he agrees to rebuild the deck on one condition–that Audrina help. As the renovations get underway, Chad charms Audrina by having Michael assist, slowly winning her over by treating Michael like a real person. She relishes in these moments with Chad and finds her hardened heart softening.

Beyond the renovations, she knows it’ll never work out. Her heart and energy belong to Michael and his well-being, and despite what Chad thinks is best for her, there’s really no time for frolicking. The more he pushes her to live a little, the harder she fights against him. When Michael’s health rapidly declines, she shuts out everyone; Chad included.

However, it forces her to see the depth of her loneliness. Maybe Chad really was the perfect person to make the changes… in her. Is it too late to tell him? Or did she push him away forever?

(formerly: Audrina's Moments as was in the running for Fan Favourite via the Book Doctor's Pitchapalooza.)

What reviewers are saying: 

"Shame on you. Serving Up Devotion made my cry. I loved it."

"I just want to praise H.M Shader for evoking my emotion. What I love the most is the fact that Shader does not offer the reader with steamy sex scene to make her story spicier. Her story is great "

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Add to your Goodreads Want to Read list. 

More in the series: 

Serving Up Innocence - Book One - October 3rd
Serving Up Secrecy - Book Three - January 2nd
Serving Up Hope - Book Four - February 13th

Serving Up Innocence

Serving Up Innocence - Book One

Falling in love wasn’t on the menu.

Shayne is a straight and narrow twenty-year-old. After acquiring debt from a relationship gone sideways and forced to put her college plans on hold, she begrudgingly accepts a position at Westside. She hopes the tips will solve her financial problems and put her back on the path she’d planned.

It’s there she meets Jasper—her trainer—a smooth-talking bohemian who has his eyes on her. His free-spirited personality is a far cry from her reserved one, and no matter how hard she tries to resist him, he gets under her skin and into her heart. His training goes beyond the four walls of the restaurant, and he teaches her to toss aside her innocence and free herself from the rigid lifestyle that ties her down.

But her best friend is self-destructing, and she’s so tight with her family she can’t possibly be away from them for long. Being connected to them is part of who she is, and Jasper can’t understand that.

Do opposites truly attract? Or is that just an expression? Because Shayne isn’t sure if Jasper is too much for her, or everything she didn’t know she needed.

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Add to your Goodreads Want to Read list today. 

More in the Series: 
Serving Up Devotion - Book Two - November 21st
Serving Up Secrecy - Book Three - January 2nd
Serving Up Hope - Book Four - February 13th