Monday, October 3, 2022

Month in Review: September 2022

 
I honestly can barely think of what happened this month!  The biggest thing going on right now is my mom's upcoming move.  She planned on retiring next year and moving to Oklahoma (where my brother lives), but she accelerated her plans over the summer and is now leaving in October.  So, this month was filled with garage sales, packing, and purging.  We've lived a mile away from her for 5 years now, so it's going to be a big adjustment for us!

Other than that, it's been pretty quiet. I'm glad the fall weather has arrived!  Henry and I have been going for lots of walks.  He's still going weekly to physical therapy and his helmet comes off soon!  He's making lots more sounds, some that actually almost sound like words (finally babbling "mamama"!).  Pretty exciting stuff, haha!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Christmas Wish

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Lindsey Kelk
Expected publication date: November 10, 2022
What if it really was Christmas every day?

Gwen has had quite the year. Newly single and in trouble at work, a family Christmas could be exactly what she needs – fresh country air, piles of presents and festive films. But since when were families relaxing? Between her parents interfering in her love life, fighting with her sister and an awkward run-in with Dev, the boy next door, Gwen is grateful that Christmas only comes but once a year.

But when someone in her family makes a Christmas wish, she wakes up to discover she has to relive the day all over again.

And again.

And again.

As Gwen does her best to grant the wish, she begins to realize that even the people closest to us have secrets of their own, and just because her heart is broken, doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed with a little Christmas magic…
- from Goodreads
 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Guest Blogger: Show Some Love For Indies #3 - Smartypants Romance Edition

 
 
Today is the final installment in Michele's guest series on indie authors!

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Authors are no longer confined to traditional publishing – the number of writers self-publishing seems to have exploded over the last few years. With access to so many forms of social media and the technology to format and market their own books, authors can have successful careers without ever being accepted by a traditional publishing house. This is also great for readers, as we have access to so many more wonderful authors.

Today’s installment focuses on authors who self-publish and are also part of Penny Reid’s Smartypants Romance imprint (SPRU).

Karla Sorenson – Love at First Sight series (SPRU) and the Washington Wolves and Ward Family series. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Nora Everly – Monroe Brothers (SPRU) and Barrett Brothers. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Piper Sheldon – Scorned Women’s Society (SPRU) and other contemporary and paranormal works. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Juliette Cross – Part of the Green Valley Heroes series (SPRU). Other series include contemporary (Beauville) and paranormal (Stay a Spell).

Aly Stiles – Work for It series (SPRU). Genres are wide, with rockstar, angsty and paranormal romances. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Laney Hatcher – London Ladies Embroidery (SPRU) and Bartholomew Family historical romance series. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Susannah Nix – Common Threads series (SPRU). Other series include rockstar, women in STEM and small town romance.

Jiffy Kate – Fighting for Love series (SPRU). Small town and sports romances set in New Orleans. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Allie Winters – Lessons Learned series (SPRU). Also has billionaire and new adult series. Available in Kindle Unlimited.


Have you read any of these indie authors? If so, any favorites?

Friday, September 23, 2022

Romance Quick Reviews

Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills (2022)

After a disastrous one-night stand, a former football player turned coach and a former beauty queen are surprised to find they're now neighbors in her small hometown.  Will they make the most of their second chance?  I'd heard so many good things about this author, and this book in particular, that I had really high expectations - and unfortunately, this missed the mark for me.  I honestly can't even really explain why.  Something about it just didn't click for me.  I have no problem with one-night stands, but the reasons behind it seemed a little icky to me and I wasn't necessarily rooting for Ronan and Nova to overcome it.  I liked that Nova dropped everything to be there for her younger sister, but she also seemed so aimless.  Ronan and Nova's conversations were often cringey and cliche, with too much purple prose.  The side characters felt quirky just for the sake of being quirky, and the depictions of teenage football players felt so off.  This book has such a high rating on Goodreads, so this seems to be more of a "me" issue, and I hope other readers enjoy this book more than I did.  2 stars

My Cone and Only by Susannah Nix (2021)
 
When I first heard about this new series, which follows the King siblings in their small Texas town, also home to their family's ice cream company, I was pretty excited, but unfortunately, this first book was a bit of a letdown.  The first book focuses on Wyatt King and his relationship with Andie, his best friend's little sister.  They have both been hiding their feelings for years, but when Andie needs Wyatt's help to fix up her house so she doesn't lose it, they finally open up to each other.  It's a cute trope, and I liked Wyatt's loyalty to Josh, but there were things that didn't work for me.  I didn't expect that the King family would be so... dysfunctional?  Usually in these types of series, it's a very close-knit family, but the Kings just seem like a mess.  And Wyatt basically has nothing to do with the family business, so that seemed odd.  Also, I'm not sure what Andie saw in Wyatt - he drinks, smokes weed, lives in a disgusting apartment, has no steady job, and sleeps with any girl who looks at him.  The story is fairly predictable, but it has the happy ending you're looking for in a romance.  3 stars


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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Runaway Groomsman

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Meghan Quinn
Expected publication date: October 11, 2022
Quinn comes a heartfelt romantic comedy about new beginnings and finding the romanticized happily ever after in the most unlikely of places.

Hollywood screenwriter Sawyer Walsh knows a good love story when he sees it. But when it comes to real life romance, he’s a mess. That’s how he finds himself standing at the altar…as his ex-girlfriend ties the knot with his very famous best friend. The pressure, the resentment, the media coverage—it’s all too much—and before he knows exactly what he’s doing, he’s making a run for it, leaving a shocked congregation and flashing cameras in his wake.

Needing to lie low amid the media fallout, Sawyer lands in the charming town of Canoodle, California, where he crosses paths with Fallon Long, who runs the Canoodle Cove Cabins, a family-owned business and Sawyer’s new short-term residence. Overwhelmed with renovations and her long list of responsibilities, Fallon is struggling to make ends meet while attempting to bring the cabins back to their original glory. So when Sawyer arrives, she is grateful for the income, but immediately writes him off as just another vapid Hollywood hack, until he begins to prove her wrong at every turn.

As Fallon comes closer to saving the family business, an undeniable bond forms between her and the handsome screenwriter. But the pressures of her family obligations and Sawyer’s notoriety might prove to be too much for anyone to handle. Could Canoodle be the setting for a new romance—or is true love just a Hollywood cliché? - from Goodreads

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is our fall TBR.  Now that it's autumn, I'm finally feeling ready to move away from romance a bit and lean more into thrillers, mysteries, spooky stories, and gothic reads!  (But yes, there's still a romance in there!)


What will you be reading this fall?

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Wherever The Wind Takes Us

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Kelly Harms
Expected publication date: October 18, 2022
When life stops making sense, it’s time to raise the anchor and follow the tide.

Twenty-two years of marriage, and all Becca Larkin’s divorce settlement includes is a live-aboard sailboat and a huge helping of heartache.

So when normally cautious Becca proposes a girls’ trip with her daughter, Liv, boating from Maine to a ready buyer for the boat in Miami, it seems like a recipe for a fun summer and a fresh start. After all, how hard can this sailing thing be?

Enter Grant Murphy, a stunning Irish sailing coach that Liv can barely stand—and Becca can’t seem to resist. Grant’s too young for Becca, but he’s insightful and kind, and his passion for sailing is contagious. Through his eyes, Becca sees for the first time in years a future she might want to navigate toward.

There are seventeen hundred miles between Maine and Miami, but the journey Becca’s on can’t be charted on any map. And the only way to get there is to hoist the sails and throw caution to the wind. From the bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler comes a sparkling novel about mothers and daughters, change and escape, and learning to love again. - from Goodreads

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Geographical Terms in the Title


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is books with geographical terms in the title.  I had a fun time perusing my shelves for this one!


What titles did you find this week?
 

Monday, September 12, 2022

Guest Blogger: Show Some Love for Indies #2 – New Girls on the Block

 
Michele is back for the second installment in her Show Some Love for Indies series!

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Authors are no longer confined to traditional publishing – the number of writers self-publishing seems to have exploded over the last few years. With access to so many forms of social media and the technology to format and market their own books, authors can have successful careers without ever being accepted by a traditional publishing house. This is also great for readers, as we have access to so many more wonderful authors.

Today’s installment focuses on authors newer to indie publishing.

 

Elsie Silver – author of the Gold Rush Ranch and Chestnut Springs series, focusing on horse trainers and rodeo riders in Canada. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Chloe Liese – author of the Bergman Brothers series, which centers around a big Swedish family of brothers and sisters. Will also be making her traditional publishing debut this fall.

BK Borison – author of the Lovelight Farms series, set on a Christmas tree farm in Maryland. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Jenny Bunting – Currently publishing her Finch Family series, which takes place in and around a winery in California. Currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Julie Olivia – Currently publishing her Honeywood Fun Park series, which takes place at an amusement park. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Victoria Denault – Author of hockey and small town romances, with two titles under Sarina Bowen’s Heart Eye Press publishing imprint.

Catherine Cowles – Small town romance author whose books are self-proclaimed “suspense lite."


Have you read any of these indie authors?

Friday, September 9, 2022

Quick Reviews: Pride & Prejudice Retellings

A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King (2021)

A contemporary retelling of the classic Pride & Prejudice, set in and around a New York City burlesque show.  Liz Bennet was an aspiring interior designer until an incident at her internship forced her to give up her dream.  She made her way to NYC and started working at a burlesque show, where she ultimately meets Will Darcy.  I tend to really enjoy P&P retellings, and there was a lot to like about this one.  I liked the way the author updated the characters; Jane is now Liz's gay best friend and her other sisters have been replaced by a found family at the burlesque show.  Although a bit clumsy with his words (when he can actually get one in), Will Darcy is dreamy - handsome, successful, and totally into Liz.  The chemistry between them just oozed off the page; the tension between the two is the heart of the original story, but I liked that the author brought them together more quickly in this version.  I expect that retellings generally won't deviate too much from their original source material, but my quibble here is that it almost followed it too closely, despite the modern setting.  There's really no question because you know exactly how everything will turn out.  King's lush writing definitely helps, but I felt myself looking for something a bit more.  3.5 stars

Accomplished by Amanda Quain (2022)
 
This Pride & Prejudice retelling focuses on one of the secondary characters of the original book, Georgiana Darcy, as it modernizes the story and reimagines it set at an elite private high school.  I loved that this story wasn't about the main couple, but rather tells a new story from a different point of view.  Here, Georgiana (Georgie in this modern version) has been duped by Wickham, who was selling drugs from her dorm room without her knowledge, and she is returning to school as a pariah.  But Georgie isn't ready to give up, and she hatches a plan to reclaim her good name.  I liked the parallels to the original, although this story definitely doesn't rely too much on it, so it feels really fresh.  I felt for Georgie and was rooting for her to succeed, but at times her plans felt so... I don't know, singular?  Not well-thought out?  There wasn't a lot of nuance; it was more like, "If I do this one thing, everything will be fixed," without necessarily thinking through all the consequences.  I guess, to be fair, she is a teenager, but it reinforced my feelings that YA is no longer a top genre for me.  3 stars


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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Prince of Song and Sea

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Linsey Miller
Expected publication date: October 4, 2022
For fans of Twisted Tales and Villains is a brand new YA series that retells the classic Disney stories you thought you knew from the Disney Princes' perspectives.

Before Prince Eric’s mother, the Queen of Vellona, went missing two years ago, she reminded him about the details of the deadly curse that has plagued his entire life. The curse? If he were to kiss someone other than his true love, he would die. With a neighboring kingdom looking for any excuse to invade their shores, and rumors of ghost pirates lurking the seas, Eric is desperate for any information that may help him break his enchantment and bring stability to Vellona. The answers he has been searching for come to him in the form of a letter left from his mother that reveals Eric must find his true love, the one with a voice pure of heart, or kill the sea witch responsible for cursing him in the first place.

Now Eric is on a quest to find the Isle of Serein, the witch's legendary home. But after he is rescued by a mysterious young woman with a mesmerizing singing voice, Eric’s heart becomes torn. Does he enter a battle he is almost certain he cannot win or chase a love that might not even exist? And when a shipwrecked young woman with flaming red hair and a smile that could calm the seven seas enters his life, Eric may discover that true love isn’t something that can be decided by magic.
- from Goodreads
 

Monday, September 5, 2022

Giveaway: Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Happy Monday, everyone!  And happy Labor Day to everyone here in the US!  Just a quick post today to announce a giveaway because I've ended up with two copies of Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid - I preordered a copy myself months ago and the event I went to last week included a signed copy with the ticket, so I want to share the TJR love by giving away my preordered copy!


A few rules and notes:
  • You must be at least 13 years old and a resident of the United States to enter.
  • The giveaway will be open until September 9, 2022.
  • The winner will be notified by email, and they will have three days to respond with their full name and mailing address.  If they don't, another winner will be chosen.


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Thanks and good luck!


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Friday, September 2, 2022

Month in Review: August 2022

 
August was a busy month!  I went to the office one day to have my annual review, which thankfully went very well!  My sister threw a belated birthday party for our niece (her birthday is in January, but it's much more fun to have a pool party!), so that was a fun day.  Henry has another tooth coming in, right next to the other one.  And we went on our first family vacation!  My dad and stepmom rented a house right on the beach in Virginia Beach and my sister, 3 of my 4 brothers, and all their families headed down for a week.  The cousins had so much fun hanging out together and there was lots of laughter and smiles and noise!  We took Henry to the aquarium and zoo for the first time and also spent a morning walking on the boardwalk and seeing the King Neptune statue, among other art installations.  Although he wasn't a fan of putting his feet in the ocean, Henry enjoyed sitting on the beach and playing with his Tupperware of water.  He also tried to eat the sand many times, which wasn't good!  We had a local photographer come out to the house to take some updated family photos on the beach, so I'm excited to see how those turn out.  At the very end of the month, my sister and I attended a bookish event, Taylor Jenkins Reid talking about her new book, in-person!  I feel like she doesn't come to the east coast often, so when this event was added a couple weeks ago, we jumped at the chance.  She actually contracted COVID a few days before the event but thankfully tested negative the day before and was feeling better, so the event went on!  Taylor was so wonderful to listen to - she's charming and funny - it was a great night!


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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Before I Do

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Sophie Cousens
Expected publication date: October 11, 2022
What would you do if 'the one that got away' turned up the night before your wedding?

Head-in-the-stars Audrey is about to marry down-to-earth Josh. Though they are polar opposites, they have a healthy, stable relationship; Josh is just what Audrey needs. But romance should be unpredictable and full of fireworks, and as the big day approaches, Audrey's found herself wondering if Josh really is The One.

So, when Josh's sister shows up to the rehearsal dinner with Fred, Audrey's What If? guy--the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with--Audrey finds herself torn. Surely Fred's appearance the night before she is due to get married can't be a coincidence. And when everything that could go wrong with the wedding starts to go wrong, Audrey has to ask herself: Is fate trying to stop her from making a huge mistake? Or does destiny just have a really twisty sense of humour? - from Goodreads

 

Monday, August 29, 2022

Guest Blogger: Show Some Love For Indies #1 - The OGs

 
My sister is back today with the first in a series of guest blogger posts about indie authors!  She has introduced me to so many amazing authors, so let's dive in!

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Authors are no longer confined to traditional publishing – the number of writers self-publishing seems to have exploded over the last few years. With access to so many forms of social media and the technology to format and market their own books, authors can have successful careers without ever being accepted by a traditional publishing house. This is also great for readers, as we have access to so many more wonderful authors.

Today’s installment focuses on the OG’s – authors with a lot of indie experience, publishing for more than 5 years or with 10+ titles.

 

Penny Reid – author of beloved series Knitting in the City and the Winston Brothers. Has expanded her reach with Smartypants Romance, her own publishing imprint.

Melanie Harlow – Small town romance in series such as Cloverleigh Farms and Bellamy Creek. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Adrianna Locke – Small town, family series such as the Masons, Gibsons and Landrys. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Devney Perry – Small town romances almost exclusively set in Montana. Some have suspense elements and the Clifton Forge series revolves around a defunct motorcycle club. Also writes under the pen name Willa Nash, whose books can be found in Kindle Unlimited.

Staci Hart – Romances with settings that range from a tattoo parlor in NYC to a bee farm in Texas. Currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Kandi Steiner – Angsty romance, with her most current being a new adult, football series. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Kathryn Nolan – Romance author with surfer, boxer and billionaire heroes and heroines. Also has a romantic suspense series that centers around a detective agency that tracks down rare stolen books. Available in Kindle Unlimited.

Lauren Blakely – Super prolific romance author, releasing almost a title per month. Fun and quick reads with lots of sporty heroes.

Sarina Bowen – Widely known for her Brooklyn hockey and True North series. Has expanded into her own publishing imprint, Heart Eyes Press.


Do you read any indie authors? If so, any favorites?

Friday, August 19, 2022

Blog Break + Quick Reviews: Amazon Short Stories

Just a quick note that I'll be taking a blog break next week and returning on August 29!  Now, onto quick reviews of two Amazon Original Stories, written by two very big names!
 
 
A Wild Rose (A Point in Time #5) by Fiona Davis (2022)

Gloria Banderas, a world-famous concert pianist, is supposed to be playing a huge show at Carnegie Hall, but she is experiencing some unsettling symptoms in her hand which force her to cancel.  She then meets the artists who live above Carnegie Hall and joins them as she heals, at the same time wondering if her life is what she really wants it to be.  I love Fiona Davis' writing, even if only in a short story like this.  She brings New York City to life through its buildings, teaching the reader about places and times.  Gloria was an incredible and well-drawn character, and I enjoyed seeing her journey, wondering if she would overcome the issues with her hand or be forced to give up the only life she's ever known - or would she be content to find a new way?  4 stars

Signal Moon by Kate Quinn (2022)

During WWII, Lily is one of the ladies trained to intercept foreign radio transmissions and then pass them along to the codebreakers at Bletchley Park.  One day, she hears an odd transmission of an American ship taking fire and ultimately sinking.  She thinks she heard the sailor Matt say the year was 2023 - can that even be right?  Can she help him?  I love time travel stories and this was a fantastic and unique take on the genre.  Lily finds a way to communicate with Matt, and I was eager to see how she would convince him that she was really speaking to him from 1943.  There's so much tension because time is of the essence, but the story is also emotional and hopeful.  Overall, just a perfect and captivating short story.  5 stars

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: So This Is Christmas

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Jenny Holiday
Expected publication date: October 4, 2022
USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday concludes her beloved royal Christmas series with an unforgettable romance about a confident American woman and the strait-laced royal advisor who falls hopelessly in love with her.

Matteo Benz has spent his life serving at the pleasure of the Eldovian crown. His work is his life and his life, well...he doesn't have much of one. When he is tasked to aid a management consultant who has been flown in to help straighten out the king's affairs, he is instantly disturbed by her brash American manner--as well by an inconvenient attraction to the brainy beauty.

Cara Delaney is in Eldovia to help clean up the king's financial affairs, but soon finds herself at odds with the very proper Mr. Benz. As intrigued by his good looks as she is annoyed by his dedication to tradition for its own sake, she slowly begins to see the real man behind the royal throne.

As they work together to return Eldovia to its former glory during the country's magical Christmas season, Matteo discovers he is falling hopelessly in love with the unconventional American. But a man who has devoted his life to tradition doesn't change easily. Can he become the man Cara needs, or will their love be another sacrifice to the crown? - from Goodreads

 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love That Were Written Over 10 Years Ago

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is books we love that were written over 10 years ago.  This was a pretty easy topic for me - my shelves are filled with older releases that I love and have reread many times.  So, here are some of my favorites!
 






Outlander (1991)





What are some of your favorites?

Friday, August 12, 2022

Fiction/Nonfiction Quick Reviews: The Paris Edition

Eiffel's Tower for Young People by Jill Jonnes, Rebecca Stefoff (2019)

This nonfiction book is an adaptation for younger readers of Jill Jonnes' history of the Eiffel Tower.  It's more than just the story of the Eiffel Tower; it places it in the context of the time and purpose for which it was built, the 1889 World's Fair in Paris.  It's a great approach, but sometimes it felt like the book talked more about other things than it did about the Tower.  The Eiffel Tower faced a lot of hurdles and opposition, yet the narrative kind of glosses over a lot and things happen very quickly.  There were a few typos and the formatting was kind of odd at times - the main narrative would sometimes be interrupted by a page spread about another topic often not directly related to the Eiffel Tower or even the Fair, and instead of putting it at the end of a chapter, it would just appear when you turned a page, even if the previous page ended in the middle of a sentence, which I really don't like.  It takes the reader out of the story in the most jarring way.  I enjoyed all the pictures, although the blue tone of a lot of them blurred the images.  3 stars

The Last Dress From Paris by Jade Beer (2022)

A dual timeline historical fiction novel that takes place mostly in Paris.  In the 1950s, Alice's husband is the British ambassador to France.  Married life isn't quite what she imagined it would be, and when she meets Antoine, her heart is pulled in another direction.  In the present day, Lucille's grandmother asks her to venture to France to retrieve a Dior gown from her youth, but the trip turns into something much more than Lucille bargained for.  I really enjoyed this book!  Paris is always a wonderful setting, and I was so drawn into Alice's story.  I loved seeing the way she blossomed with Antoine and how taken he was with her.  Her closetful of Dior dresses sounded so glamorous, and I found myself Googling images of the dresses.  I wasn't as crazy about Lucille; she sounded a little innocent and clueless at times, but I liked her journey to find her grandmother's dress.  That there was such history and such memories behind the items of clothing was really interesting.  Of course, family secrets abound, but the story unfolds nicely, if not a little predictably.  4 stars


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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Once Upon A December

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
 
Amy E. Reichert
Expected publication date: October 4, 2022
A one-of-a-kind Christmas market offers holiday magic in the new romance from the author of The Kindred Spirits Supper Club.

With a name like Astra Noel Snow, holiday spirit isn't just a seasonal specialty--it's a way of life. But after a stinging divorce, Astra's yearly trip to the Milwaukee Christmas market takes on a whole new meaning. She's ready to eat, drink, and be merry, especially with the handsome stranger who saves the best kringle for her at his family bakery.

For Jack Clausen, the Julemarked with its snowy lights and charming shops stays the same, while the world outside the joyful street changes, magically leaping from one December to the next every four weeks. He's never minded living this charmed existence until Astra shows him the life he's been missing outside of the festive red brick alley.

After a swoon-worthy series of dates, some Yuletide magic, and the unexpected glow of new love, Astra and Jack must decide whether this relationship can weather all seasons, or if what they're feeling is as ephemeral as marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa. - from Goodreads

 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Guest Blogger: Book Bonanza 2022

 
Today, my sister Michele is back to talk about a recent bookish event she attended, Book Bonanza 2022!

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When Book Bonanza 2021 was cancelled due to Covid, the organizers instead held a raffle to raise money for the chosen charities. One of the prizes up for grabs was two tickets to Book Bonanza 2022 and since these tickets are apparently harder to get than Super Bowl tickets, you can imagine my shock when I actually won them!  For a weekend this past July, over 2,000 book lovers descended on Dallas, TX for the book signing and it was the most incredible event.

The Gaylord Texan

 

Held at the Gaylord Texan (which is itself a destination), Book Bonanza is the brainchild of author Colleen Hoover.  This year was the biggest event they have held so far, with well over 100 authors.   Thursday was registration for the event as well as the opening festivities.  Also held Thursday night was the Smartypants Romance party, hosted by author Penny Reid. This was such a fun event with author interviews, meet and greets, and photos with Penny herself.

Friday and Saturday both started with a few hours of author panels, with topics ranging from Small Town Romance and Writing During Covid to Meet the Narrators and Adaptations of Books to Film.   These were all very interesting and another way to interact with the authors.  The afternoons were then each devoted to a 5 hour signing block.  Despite there being almost 2,000 attendees, the signings actually went incredibly smoothly and lines were not nearly as bad as I worried they would be.  I got to meet every author and narrator on my list. My hubby was a great sport, standing in every line with me, taking all the photos and carrying all my swag.

So lucky to have met:

Penny Reid

Melanie Harlow

Adriana Locke

April White

Chris Brinkley (narrator)

Piper Sheldon

Catherine Cowles

Heidi Hutchinson

Staci Hart

KA Tucker

Emma Lee Jayne

Juliette Cross

Karla Sorenson

Susannah Nix

Nora Everly

Devney Perry

Emma Scott

Aly Stiles

Jiffy Kate

Rebecca Yarros

Helena Hunting

Sarina Bowen

Elle Kennedy

Penny Reid

KA Tucker

Staci Hart

I am so grateful I had the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful event – it was so incredible to be surrounded by so many book lovers and the authors were so enthusiastic, gracious, and friendly!


Have you ever been to Book Bonanza or another book signing? Who is your dream author to meet?