Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Giveaway Shoutout

YA Author Alliance is running a giveaway 10 signed books by bestselling authors and a $200 giftcard.

Here's the link to enter  and below is a picture of all the books.

If any book blogger wants to or is willing to post this on their blog, please do so.  

Monday, November 9, 2015

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves
This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

For review:


In Firefly Valley (Texas Crossroads #2) by Amanda Cabot

Playing for Love by Dana Burkey

The Perfect Arrangement:  An October Wedding Story (A Year of Weddings 2) by Katie Ganshert

Borrowed from Library:


Married 'til Monday (Chapel Springs #4) by Denise Hunter



Christmas Kisses (Echo

Ridge Romance, #1) by Cami Checketts, Lucy McConnel, Rachelle J. Christensen, Heather Tullis, and Connie E. Sokol

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses

Thanks to the publisher and authors for the e-books to review.  I received one from the author and the other two from Net Galley.   

Is anybody else in the Christmas mood yet?  I still want to get several more Christmas e-books.  :)

What did you stack your shelves with this week?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Christmas Kisses $200 Giveaway

Are you on the hunt for that special Christmas book, the one that will get you into the holiday spirit, bring back memories of your own family traditions, and inspire you to revel in this Christmas season like no other? (What about $200 in Christmas cash to go along with it?) Every year, I search for stories that will fill my Christmas reading list--romance is always a fun read, but  I want them to be clean and wholesome too. That's why I'm sharing this spectacular book. Christmas Kisses is not just one story, but five romances, all clean, wholesome, and beautifully written in one anthology now on sale for .99 cents!

Let's show the world that there is a demand for clean and wholesome romances by purchasing this book today. For less than a dollar, you get a delightful read and help send a message that we want more of these kinds of books. Purchase your copy here, or your preferred vendor and then, will you please help spread the word about this book? Feel free to share any part of this post or share or like the Facebook or Twitter post. Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway for $200 in Christmas cash!

Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors.
Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.

***$.99 November 3 - 7***
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The Candy Counter Heiress by Lucy McConnell Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Someday Reese Gates will own The Candy Counter at Kenworth's; but someday can't come fast enough when the manager threatens to bring in a national candy provider. Reese secretly takes matters into her own hands hoping to save her parents from additional worry and prove herself capable of running the company. Her deception deepens as she ropes computer guru Andy Edwards into helping her expand the business.  Reese wanted to shake things up, but she wasn't planning on her heart getting caught in the mix by Andy's stolen kisses. If she can hold it together until after Christmas, then she can reveal her successful online company and her feelings for Andy. Unfortunately for Reese, even the best laid plans can melt like chocolate.

Christmas Makeover by Cami Checketts Amazon bestselling author
Chelsea Jamison has been infatuated with Drew Stirling longer than she's loved playing basketball, high-top sneakers, and the Knicks. Unfortunately, all Drew sees is the kid who kicked his trash in the high school free throw contest and not the girl whose heart breaks into a fast dribble when he's near.
Drew makes an unexpected visit home to Echo Ridge and their friendship picks up where they left off as they scheme to make a teenaged boy's Christmas dreams come true. When Chelsea realizes she's fallen for her best friend, she wonders if there is any hope of a relationship with Drew or if she's stuck in buddy-status for life.

Hope for Christmas by Rachelle J. Christensen Amazon bestselling & award-winning author
Anika Fletcher hates Christmas--its promises of good tidings and hope for the future are as tinseled as the ornaments on Kenworth's Hope Tree. Despite her feelings, Anika wants to maintain her daughter's faith in the magic of the season and gladly accepts a second job working with the handsome Carlos Rodriguez to restore Kenworth's old fashioned soda fountain. Carlos is no stranger to hard times and slowly shares his life of light and joy with Anika as they work together. Just as her fragile soul begins to feel hope again, an ill-timed act of charity changes everything. Anika isn't sure who she can trust or if hope is worth nurturing--especially at Christmas when it's easy to enjoy a kiss and believe love can last longer than the season. *

Soda Fountain Christmas by Connie E. Sokol Amazon bestselling author
Keira Kenworth has one focus this holiday season: save her father's old-time department store from bankruptcy. She is not focused on Tayton Wells, the tall, dark, and genius marketing guru from downtown New York, hired to make it happen. He is as doubtful that her nostalgic connect-the-town ideas will succeed as she is about his numbers-first plan. However, it's not just their different approaches that cause sparks to fly. Working together on a fast deadline to save the store before Christmas, the unspoken connection between them grows. But will the tough decisions they face drive them back to their separate worlds, or will they lead to the beginning of love?

 One Winter Night by Heather Tullis Amazon bestselling author
Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma's house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn't have all those farm animals.
Kaya Feidler's family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years--long before the neighbors were there. There's no way she's giving up the animal therapy business she's been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?

Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme co-hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Question of the Week: If you could take the place of one author, which author would it be and what changes would you make in his/her writing style? - Suggested byNJKinny’s World of Books & Stuff

I wouldn't really want to take the place of an author, but I would love to have Colleen Houck's writing style.  She always writes really long books, but I feel like they can always capture my attention, which is saying something since she normally has a book over 400 pages.  

I also would love if she would go ahead and publish Tiger's Dream, the fifth book of the Tiger's Curse series.

What about you?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Book Tag Thursday-Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

I don't know if there are any other book bloggers out there that do this, but from time to time, I'll watch book vloggers or booktubers on Youtube.  I really enjoy watching their book tags and decided I wanted to do some of their tags.  I don't know if I'll do this every Thursday, but I think book tags are always a nice way to introduce new books with not a lot of information.

For this particular tag, I'm going to keep

Fall Time Cozy Book Tag created by Sam of Novels&Nonsense

Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

1. Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color - choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows
on the cover

10798428 The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker

I haven't read this one yet, but it's about Ricki Jo, a farm girl who wants to fit in with the other popular girls at her small-town school.  Her best friend, Luke, wants her to stay the same

2. Cozy Sweater - It's finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

13453481  Persuaded (The Jane Austen Diaries #3) by Jenni James

I've really enjoyed all of the books that I have read by Jenni James.  All of her books are clean and fun!  I really appreciate this for YA because it is sorely lacking in the genre for me.  I have never read any of Jane Austen's books, but I have read re-tellings about them.  I just had so many heart strings that were pulled during this book. I could understand where both main characters were coming from this book.

3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding - choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day

I don't know if I truly pick a genre to read on a stormy day, but if I paid attention, I'd probably pick a contemporary romance.  I know a mystery/thriller/horror would be better for most, BUT I do not want to be scared anymore because I really hate stormy weather.

4. Cool Crisp Air: What's the coolest character you'd want to trade places with?

9284655Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Okay, with this pick, I don't necessarily think Kelsey is the coolest character, but she gets to do pretty cool things.  I would love to go to a place like India and see and experience the culture for myself.  I just love everything about this book!

5. Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

493790The House Next Door by Richie Tankersley Cusick

This is an oldie, but I absolutely love this book.  It's about a set of twins, Emma and Charlie.  They dare each other to spend a night in the creepy house next door to them.  Charlie doesn't last long, but Emma has several instances of meeting a guy who thinks she's someone else.  Emma is intrigued by him and tries to figure out the mystery about him and who he mistakes her for.  I think this would have been perfect to read for Halloween!

6. Coat, Scarves, and Mittens - The weather has turned cold & it's time to cover up - What's the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

6054449Tales from a NOT-SO-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries #1) by Rachel Renee Russell

I would probably say any Dork Diaries book.  I do like reading middle grade books, but I do get embarrassed by it!  

7. Pumpkin Spice: What's your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

I really don't have any comfort foods specific for fall time, but I do love hot chocolate and hot apple cider

8. Warm, Cozy Bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth - Who do you tag?

I tag anybody who wants to do this tag.  If any bloggers do this, please leave me a link to your blog!  I'd love to see your list!

Also, I have a question.  Do any of you ever think about doing Booktube?  I know I have, but I'm too shy to do that sort of thing!  Do any of you like watching their videos?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Winter Brides (A Year of Weddings Novella Collection) by Denise Hunter, Deborah Raney, and Besty St. Amant


Title: Winter Brides (A Year of Weddings Novella Collection)
Author: Denise Hunter, Deborah Raney, Betsy St. Amant
  Published: November 25, 2014
 Publisher:  Zondervan
Format: paperback

 Source: own

An anthology that will warm your heart for the holidays

A December Bride by Denise Hunter

Layla O’ Reilly’s date for a wedding just cancelled on her while she is busy at work. It wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t for her cousin’s and her ex’s wedding. Unfortunately for her, her day is getting worse when Seth Murphy, the guy she blames for her broken relationship, offers her a ride after she waits on him at her job.

Not really wanting his company, but not wanting to show up alone, she says, “Yes.” After a few awkward moments at the wedding the two find themselves faking an engagement. At first, Layla wants out of the misunderstanding but decides against it because she thinks Seth’s social standing with another man will help her fledgling home decorating business soar.

I never have read anything by Denise Hunter before, and I sure have been missing out! I’ll have to raid my mom’s bookshelves and borrow some of her books by Denise Hunter. I really loved this story and the two main characters, Seth and Layla. This novella takes place in Chapel Springs, but I really wish this was a full story by itself. I loved the story and these two characters that much. 

A January Bride by Deborah Raney

Madeline has recently relocated from NYC to Kansas to live in her sister’s and husband’s home while it’s being renovated. Their mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s and is in the late stages of it. Madeline wants to spend more time with her mom and work on her book.

The renovations are not coming along well, so Ginny, her next door neighbor, offers her to work on her book at her friend’s bed and breakfast. Madeline is grateful to work in a quieter environment and starts exchanging notes with the owner, Art. Madeline enjoys the exchanges from who she believes is an elderly gentleman.

At first, I didn’t know what to think of the story because I didn’t like it at first, but this did grow on me. This is a contemporary story, as is all of them, but it read to me as a historical. I enjoyed the letter exchanges with Madeline and Arthur and the brief encounters with Art’s cat, Alex.

I do feel like too much tried to happen in what seems happened it a short time frame but that happens often with novellas like this. I did like that this one incorporated God more than the other two novellas. 

A February Bride by Betsy St. Amant

Allie is going to marry her best-friend’s brother but runs away because she feels the females in her family is cursed and wants to spare Marcus the same pain. She stays away from his family and her best friend, Hannah, for four months. Allie is supposed to meet Hannah for lunch but she comes to her place. Hannah reveals that she is getting married and wants Allie in the wedding.

Allie decides to be there for her friend and knows that it will be awkward around Hannah’s family, especially Marcus. When Allie is around Marcus, she thinks he is still warm around her, and she hopes they still can be friends. 

I never heard of this author, but I really loved this story. I hated how Allie viewed herself, especially with the family “curse.” I can see how Marcus could be hot and cold because Allie never told anyone why she ran away. I wished that this story was longer. I could easily see a longer book for this story. I am going to be on the hunt for more books by this author. 

I’m really excited to read the other anthologies in this series! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Emma (Manga Classics) by Jane Austen and Crystal Silvermoon


Title: Emma (Manga Classics)

Author: Jane Austin and Crystal Silvermoon
  Published: June 18, 2015
 Publisher:  Udon Entertainment, Inc
Format: e-book

 Source: for review

I received a copy from the publishers via Net Galley.

Emma Woodhouse and her father now live alone now that her governess, who she helped set up, has married.  She has set her sights on trying to set up her new friend Harriet.  Emma is concerned about people’s status, and although the social class Harriet is unknown, Emma is determined to set her up with someone in good standing because she believes that Harriet’s character shows she has a similar background.

Mr. Knightley, a friend of Emma’s, encourages a farmer to pursue Harriet, but Emma has other plans in mind.  Emma, herself, as vowed never to marry because of her father’s particular way of liking to live.  Will Emma’s matchmaking schemes backfire?

I have only read a few classics and have never finished one by Jane Austin.  When I was about thirteen or so, I tried reading Pride and Prejudice, but I think I wasn’t at a mature enough level to truly enjoy reading a classic. When I was about eighteen, I started to read a small handful of classics and enjoyed them quite a bit.

I was so excited when I saw this cover on Net Galley.  I love reading manga and thought this would be a good way to reintroduce myself to Jane Austen’s world.  I truly loved the artwork, and the artwork is one thing that draws more to manga.  I can get really picky about drawings in manga and was not disappointed by the artwork. 

Mr. Knightley was my favorite character in this book.  He is one of the only ones that even tries to reign in Emma.  I really didn’t like her at first because of how she viewed people’s standing.  She does at least know she has that problem and does apologize once in the book when Mr. Knightley points out what happens. 

I hope there are plans of doing Jane Eyre because that is my favorite classic that I have read so far.  Hopefully, if readers like reading the manga, they will try reading the original.