Book Review – Carnival Farm by Lisa Jacob

Hey everyone,

Well it’s been months since I posted on this blog — just about seven, in fact — and in the intervening time I have learned a lot about loss, grief, and love. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions, but I’m sensing some lightness these days. Some forward motion.

I haven’t written a word in the last year, save for journaling, which has been a lifesaver. I have paid attention to my books though, and thank you to everyone who has enjoyed them over the last year.

And I’m so excited so share with you that the Shelby McDougall audio books are now available! They were narrated by the talented Jenn Broda, who gave voice to Shelby’s story with enthusiasm, delight, and care. She was the perfect narrator! You can find them Amazon, Audible, and Apple Books. Here’s the links for the Audible versions:

To celebrate this amazing milestone, my books will be on sale from November 18th to the 21st.

I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year; but I haven’t given up completely on writing! Instead, I’ve decided to read and review some of the amazing books published by Paper Angel Press, staring with Carnival Farm from Lisa Jacob.

Carnival Farm

Carnival Farm is a delightful read, and is just the right length to cozy up with. The main character, Seagn Conway (such a lovely name) is a veterinarian who is unhappy in her job, “bored to tears with dogs and cats and the every-once-in-a-while rabbit.” When she happens upon a travelling carnival’s petting zoo in need of an upgrade, she jumps in to save it, deciding in an instant to change her life.  A decision from the heart, not the pocketbook. She buys the ten animals – a cow, a Shetland pony, pigs, goats, and sheep – plus the semitruck used to transport them from site to site as well as the necessities to keep and show them. Next she quits her job, and sets about learning how to care for, display, and nurse ten farm animals back to health. All while trying to keep herself financially afloat.

Seagn is a woman with a big, big heart. The animals take over her life; and it takes everything – all her savings, all her energy, and all her wits — to nurture them. Her spine and her fire carry her through. I won’t spoil the plot for you, but it’s safe to say that Seagn gives her all. She wonders, every day, if it was worth it.

I’ll let you read the book and figure out the answer to that question. Safe to say though, that this is a fun and thought-provoking read. What does it take to make a leap of faith? How many times have we all looked at something and said, “Wow, I’d do that in an instant, if only…” Here’s a story of someone who ignored the countless “if only-s” and went ahead and followed her heart.

Highly recommended.

The book: Carnival Farm by Lisa Jacobs, 217 pages, published September 20, 2021, by Paper Angel Press. Available at all your favorite places.

Book Release: The Found Child

Hey everyone,

I’m delighted to let you know that The Found Child is available for purchase. After many years of hard work, and countless plot lines explored and discarded, Shelby’s story is complete. As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s a bit dark, but it does make for a good read. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Private Investigator Shelby McDougall is out for revenge.

Repeated miscarriages have caused Shelby’s marriage to disintegrate. Financial ruin lies ahead. A cheek swab sent to an online ancestry service turns up a surprise child: Shelby’s genetic offspring — found in the misty ether of the internet.

The only way Shelby can hang on to her shredding sanity is to take things into her own hands and, once and for all, locate and apprehend Helen Brannon — the woman responsible for hijacking her fertility … and her future.

As Shelby closes in on her target, the stakes get higher and higher. But when Shelby finds Helen Brannon … how far will she go?

It’s available from the usual places: Amazon, Lulu, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, or Smashwords. To see all formats, get a sample, or order a signed copy, go to the Paper Angel Press website.

The book, in paperback, is 359 pages pages. Compare to Due Date, at 424 pages and The Stork at 343 pages. All in all , that’s over 1,000 pages covering fourteen years of Shelby’s life!

If you haven’t read Due Date or The Stork, it’s okay. I’ve written the books to be read stand-alone, as well as in order. I had to pay particular attention to continuity since there was such a gap between Due Date (first published in 2012) and The Stork (first published in 2018). If you want to give Due Date or The Stork a read first, you can pick them up for just 99 cents through mid-October.

Click the links below to find out more:
Due Date, Book 1 in the Shelby McDougall series
The Stork, Book 2 in the series

Thanks everyone! I’m looking forward to your reaction to the book!

Oh, and before I forget, Paper Angel Press will be hosting a book launch party (on Zoom, of course) on October 17th at 10:00 am PST. Find out more on Facebook: The Found Child – Virtual Book Launch Celebration

Until next time,


On Sale!

Hey everyone,

Hope everyone is doing well. After what seemed like weeks of smoggy, gray skies, the sun is finally out today and the AQI (Purple Air is my new BFF) is below 100. Yay! Even though it was a bit high last night, I took a walk, just to get out; it was wonderful.

And I came home to the great news that the sale price for Due Date and The Stork kicked in. Thank you Paper Angel Press. In advance of the publication of The Found Child on October 1st, the first two books in the series are on sale for just 99¢! So if you’ve been wanting to check them out, now’s your chance!