I track most of my reading on Goodreads. Generally I don’t put in the middle grade books I read every day with my 3rd grader (sooo much Geronimo Stilton), but just about everything else is in there. I went through the past six months or so of my reading and started to build a visual representation of my favorite historical mysteries on Pinterest. I’d love to know your favorites, and hope you enjoy my reads! I started writing historical mystery in late 2016, and my first Heather Redmond tale will be out this July…
I'm Dreaming of...a Newly Furnished Living Room
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Do you dream of the perfect reading nook?
Last year’s holiday season brought a drum kit into my living room of eleven years. This prompted a historic reimagining of where our Christmas tree would live this year. All of which, coupled with the fact that I’m working on a Charles Dickens Christmas mystery right now, made me think of my living room past, present, and future.
Once upon a time, I had a blue corduroy high-end recliner in one corner of the bow window. Next to it was an antique piecrust table with two levels, that I’d purchased or inherited somewhere along the way. I framed a photo of a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in a white wood frame, so I always had a touch of spring, and placed it on the bottom level of the table. Intermixed were candles and family photos, nicely framed. A tall lamp added illumination.
It was my happy place.
On to the present. Someone rearranged my living room. The chair broke. The table broke. The lamp broke. I had a toddler so no more candles in the living room. The flowers disappeared. Now, in another part of this large room, I own a brown corduroy chair, not nearly as plush (but made in America), a cheap lamp from Target, and an unfinished wooden table with a big pile of middle grade books perched there. The sense of peace and pretty are gone.
What might my future reading and writing nook look like? I’m going to dream, using www.arhaus.com. Come imagine your new favorite spot with me!
First of all, I must have the Easton 33″ Upholstered Tufted Recliner in Elmont Ink-. It’s so elegant. It would probably be the nicest piece of furniture I ever owned, and bonus – it’s made in America!
I’ve written a trilogy set in the 1920s, so I think I need this table along the wall behind my recliner. I love the mirror finish. It can hold a nice stack of my research books for Christmas Carol Murdered, with a side of mushroom books for my next Krinar story.
I need a table to the left of my chair. It will hold my water (I’m drinking lots these days), a kid book or two, my bullet journal, my phone… I don’t think I can resist the iron console table, even if it is probably too large. I’m researching trains for…reasons…and this will remind me about that project.
Of course I need a nice lamp, preferably one my father isn’t afraid will explode on me one of these days. I always buy floor lamps, but my console table will have room for a table lamp if I want to go that route for once. Here are some prime options. The Marla floor lamp has a lovely period feel, and I like lamps with a “hang” to them that I can turn around to refocus on whatever I’m doing. The Domino table lamp is a good fit for me. It reminds me of both the geometry of 1920s designs, and Native American baskets. It’s nice to put hints of both my hobby (basket weaving) and my heritage (Delaware/Cherokee tribes among many other ethnicities) into my home décor. Arhaus has many unique lighting pieces to accent a reading nook.
This basket is nicer than I’m capable of making, and it might look nice on one of my new tables. It harkens back to the table lamp.
On the other side of the room, I might hang this Rain at Sea framed print. It would be a nice way to let my eyes relax after long hours at the computer, and looks appropriately Pacific Northwest.
What do I think? Did I build myself the perfect space for creative work and relaxation? What do you need in your special space?
Here is my Pinterest board! https://www.pinterest.com/heatherhiestand/dream-living-room/
While searching for her true identity, an innocent woman falls into the path of a drug kingpin.
Catch up on my delightful bakery-based Victorian romance series right now. Six of the seven Redcakes stories are on sale, some for as low as $.99. If you want a Christmas read, start with Christmas Delights, but otherwise, the first book is The Marquess of Cake. If you’re a fan of my Grand Russe Hotel series, His Wicked Smile will give you some hints about my hotel characters!
Series link on Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0159I828Y/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
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The reviews are coming in!
“This was a great read.” Aimee, ARC reviewer
“Krinar Revenge is a Science Fiction Novel that is suffused with adventure & a bit of humour. ” Sophie, ARC reviewer
“Wow what a read” Sarah, ARC reviewer
When firefighter Conway Smith enters Cloud Bar in Las Cruces, New Mexico, he has only one thing on his mind—revenge against the aliens who let his mother die, despite having promised her immortality. One look at Resistance fighter Venus Cloud, though, and all he can think about is the magic they will make together back in his hotel room.
Venus has been raised in the Resistance, and she’s tasked with seducing Conway and learning all his secrets. He has something to offer the hardened warriors trying to free Earth from the invaders—a stolen nanocyte serum that will make one human effectively immortal.
The local cell wants Conway in their group, not leading it, and devises a brutal operation to get what they want. If Venus finds herself more in love with Conway than respectful of her ruthless father’s plans, she’ll have to go on the run to save his life.
Sex, lies, and a road trip from hell. Venus may have to turn to her enemy Krinar to save her lover’s life.
P.S. There are seven other fresh new novellas set in the world of the Krinar Chronicles! And to see where it all began, read Close Liaisons, currently free! https://www.amazon.com/Close-Liaisons-Krinar-Chronicles-1-ebook/dp/B009MNXWMO
5 stars: “LADY BE GOOD is not only a beautiful romance, but a terrific spy story as well, and both of them seamlessly woven into a fabulous book.”–Monique Daost, Goodreads/Amazon reviewer
4 stars: “A historical romantic suspense with incredible characters who carry more than guns – they carry secrets they will do anything to keep under wraps. The storyline is rich in historical details, but the detail does not distract from the overall plot. Olga and Douglas care for one another, but as they are both “royals” they have to maintain decorum. Heather Hiestand is a talented author who brings to life what could have happened to the royal family of Russia during the revolution.”–RT Book Reviews
B rating: “What I liked about this story is the relationship between Olga and Glass and the depiction of this somewhat gray and dreary world.”–Jayne, DearAuthor
My first unboxing video!
A number of my Redcakes Victorian romance series are on sale this week! These books are guaranteed to make you hungry for the bake shop treats of 1800s England!
Wedding Matilda and His Wicked Smile are on sale for $.99 and Trifling Favors is $1.99. Check your favorite etailers for the discounts!