Friday, December 7, 2018

12 Days of Clean Romance ~ Featuring Author Lucy McConnell

Marrying Kiss Kringle: Frost Frost buried her face in her hands, feeling all the pressure to save Christmas. Neither Stella nor Robyn had the potential for love yet. They were starting from scratch. But she had more than potential; she had an invitation. It was up to her to find Tannon; get him to profess his love to her; and save her family, the North Pole, and Christmas for children all over the world. Oh, Tannon, I hope you're ready to love me. Frost Kringle broke one of the North Pole's rules the day she replied to a letter from Tannon Cebu; but, her Kringle-enhanced empathy wouldn't allow her to walk away from the anguish in his words. What began as a disobedient impulse grew into friendship and eventually love. If her secret romance is revealed, she'll be banished from her home and family. When the Kringles discover Christmas Magic is dangerously off balance, Frost musters up the courage to meet Tannon in person with the hope that they can marry and save Christmas. While she's away from her precious Letters Room, her secret is blown right open and she's exiled. In order to make it home for Christmas, Frost has to bring Christmas cheer to those who need it most. Tannon, is tired of the corporate grind and wants out. He's decided to sell his paper mill and retire to a quiet corner where he can raise his son in peace. His announcement, right before the holidays, creates an uproar as employees wonder if they'll have a job in the New Year. No one in town feels like celebrating and they have little hope of a happy holiday. If Frost can get Tannon, and the town of Elderberry, to believe in Christmas once again, she'll make it home and save Santa's workshop from turning into a block of ice and ruining Christmas for children all over the world. Trouble arises when Tannon's interest turn to Frost more than to Christmas. She walks a tinsel-fine line between falling for him and failing in her Christmas quest. With her whole world out of balance, Frost must look deep inside herself to bring about a Christmas miracle--with a little help from her jolly family.  

Frost Kringle rubbed her arms. “It’s not my year. I’m the youngest. You two should find your husbands first,” she told her older, single sisters. Robyn huffed. “Apparently, Christmas Magic doesn’t give a partridge in a pear tree about birth order. And I don’t, either. Come with us—just to get used to being south-er.” Frost hesitated, searching for a polite way to tell them to jump out of a flying sleigh. Stella took her hesitation as a silent agreement and forged on. “Perfect. Where should we go? I was thinking of heading back to Alaska.” “No thanks.” Robyn popped another chocolate. “We need someplace new.” Frost puzzled the question of where they should go. She puzzled it high and she puzzled it low. And while she puzzled, a strange thought came to be. A thought she thought just might be the key. She tried to hold it in, did her best to be good. But there was a part of Frost Kringle that never quite could. “Oregon,” Frost whispered, staring off into space. “Elderberry, Oregon. That’s the place.” Both her sisters stared at her. “Why there?” asked Stella. Frost cleared her throat, breaking through the fog that had clouded her mind while at the same time giving herself clarity. She mentally stumbled to come up with an excuse that wouldn’t reveal her biggest and best-kept secret. “It’s got a large populate of single men. There’s a, um, paper company and mill and they make beautiful stationary.” Like cream envelopes with gold trim that bring the most wonderful letters. Stella shrugged. “As long as it’s got men, I’m game.” Robyn poked Stella in the arm. “That’s your problem—you need to be pickier.” “Do you have a better idea?” Frost held her breath. She’d dreamed and dreamed of going to Elderberry, of meeting Tannon, of finally seeing the man whose words had captured her heart. If she was a romantic, it was because each mail delivery included a little bit of romance just for her. “No,” admitted Robyn. “Okay, then.” Stella slapped her hand on the table. “Meeting adjourned. We’re going to Elderberry the day after tomorrow. Have your bags packed.” Frost threaded her fingers together under the table, holding her hands tight, tight, tight in an effort to hold in her excitement as her sisters left the room. She was going to meet Tannon. “I’m going to meet Tannon,” she said out loud. With a squeal, she threw her hands in the air. This trip may be the best thing that ever happened to her, or it may be the ending of a long and special friendship. Either way, the time had come to meet her crush face-to-face.


I have loved all of Lucy McConnell's books, and this one definitely lived up to my expectations. I love the other books in this series and this one did not disappoint. It was an enjoyable story that kept me reading late into the night. I can’t wait for next installment! I found Marrying Miss Kringle to be a fun and lovely read. It is light in nature with a feeling of watching one of those Lifetime Christmas movies, but only in book form.


Author Lucy McConnell Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, loves Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis. After graduating from the University of Utah, she became an editor at an advertising agency before moving on to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loved teaching and often misses the academic environment. Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock. If she's not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, on a bike, in the kitchen, or on a horse.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spotlighting "Bound Beauty" by Jennifer Silverwood (Enter the Tour Giveaway!)

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Bound Beauty
(A Wylder Tale #3)
By Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook
December 21st 2018

Beware the bond between blood and beasts...

Vynasha has united the warring human and forgotten clans of Wylderland, claiming her majik and power as curse breaker. Her brother, Ceddrych keeps their nephew safely hidden away while Vynasha and her new allies fight against the feral beasts roaming their borders.

Meanwhile, her friendship with the Iceveins family deepens, unveiling a love she never expected. But her majik is still bound to the cursed prince she left behind and he isn't done fighting for her soul.

Darker forces walk in the forests, all drawn to Vynasha's light and the shade of a corrupt Enchantress haunts her waking dreams. A war is about to begin, between the forgotten people of Wylderland and the evil power of Bitterhelm.

Prophecy and Forgotten unite in the epic third chapter of the Wylder Tales Series, a gothic re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.

The Wylder Tales Series
Craving Beauty (Vol. 1)
Wolfsbane's Daughter (Vol. 1.5)
Scarred Beauty (Vol. 2)
Bound Beauty (Vol. 3)

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In the beginning, all the prince of Bitterhelm could see was the curse.

By day he walked the shadowed halls of his forefathers, the bitter remnant of his kingdom. By night his bones snapped in a moment of agony, until his cries fell into roars. He learned quickly, after wreaking havoc to all the furniture in his stately chamber, to confine himself to the dungeons. There, only the other beasts could hear his screams.
Once the night was through, his manservant, Odym appeared with keys to lead his master back to his chambers. The broken furniture had been discreetly cleared away by the other servants, replaced by pieces from the king’s vacant rooms. Grendall had been too weary to punish them, though his skin crawled for different reasons, lying in the bed of his father.
At first, he could almost pretend his own mother hadn’t killed his father and damned them all. His people continued to perform their duties, even as their luminous forms faded each night into ethereal shades.
Until unmated maidens of mixed bloodlines started appearing at his door. Dark majik had led them here, Mother’s curse at its cruelest work. This too, had not seemed so terrible at first. In truth, he thought his manic mother was in jest when she claimed he must find a wife. There were plenty in Bitterhelm with majikal blood, no matter how much his father had pretended otherwise.
In the beginning, so many came that they filled the guest wing and spent their days at their leisure. While his mangled body recovered from the horrors of the night, his lovely guests explored the grounds or the library. Every night he took turns dining with one, in full confidence the mummer’s farce would be over quickly. So he placed heirloom gems on their fingers and about their necks, dressed them in the finest silks and velvet frocks. He treated them like the princesses they could and often wanted to be. Why wouldn’t they? He had been considered beautiful by his kingdom since birth. Once he came into his power, his choice of princess was at his leisure. Even after his mother’s revenge, as his power was stripped away like the wings he had inherited from her Fayere bloodline, he believed in himself. But over time, as he courted each in turn, hiding trembling hands in his coat pockets and bruises beneath layers of princely clothing, they too faded. A sickness took hold of them each night at midnight.
Grendall felt fear like he knew after his first change as he watched the familiar symptoms overtake them. The first maiden died before her body could transform into that of a monster, before the curse claimed her. The others were not always so lucky.
His night form had to be chained after this, as other dungeon cells were filled with fresh prisoners. Every morning as Odym led him up to wash the blood and filth from his body, he looked through the bars of their cells with hope. None changed back. None had been strong enough to break the curse. He forced Odym to recite his mother’s prophecy again and again until he knew it by memory.

Too late he understood his mother had not necessarily meant for him to find a wife, but the mate to his majik. Many children were born of such unions, but none like him, a child of both worlds—yet another fact his father had chosen to forget. To find his other half, the right complement to his stripped powers, the prince knew none in his realm could match. It was a fool’s hope.


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About the Author

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of two series—Heaven's Edge and Wylder Tales—and the stand-alone titles Stay and Silver Hollow.

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Declarations of a Fangirl
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We Write Fantasy
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Book Spotlight ~ Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft (Enter the #giveaway today!)

Wager for a Wife
William Barlow's life has been forever altered: his estranged father is dead, and William has inherited the title of Viscount Farleigh. Along with the title comes a neglected estate, an enormous amount of gambling debt, and one astounding acquisition that will turn William's world upside down . . .

It is her first London Season, and Lady Louisa Hargreaves could not be more pleased. She has attracted the attention of the Earl of Kerridge, and the two are on the cusp of an official betrothal. That is, until she learns of a generations-old family debt: her grandfather gambled her hand in marriage and lost, and now Louisa must pay the price. She will marry not the earl but a man she just met, who has taken her freedom in one fell swoop. Even as she struggles to understand the handsome and aloof man she is to wed, Louisa is irresistibly drawn to him—and he to her. But she soon realizes he is harboring secrets, and as her wedding day approaches, she must discover what her future husband is hiding before she makes the gravest mistake of her life.

My thoughts:  This books looks great!  I will be reading and having a review up within the next week.

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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU and graduated from the University of Utah in music theory, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.
In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger. She has spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions along the Wasatch Front. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel whether it's by car, plane, or paperback.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

"Tis the Season to Be Reading" Reading Challenge #SeasonToRead

I have joined another reading challenge!  WooHoo!  I am hoping that my life is settling down and getting back on schedule.  (Really, does that ever happen?)  My son's wedding is over.  He has been married for two weeks and is happy.  I am SO relieved. 

I have a few goals that I want to accomplish this month.

 1. Read the 9 scheduled reviews I have for this month ON TIME!  
2. Read a book on Kindle Unlimited
3. Read a book just for fun.

This may not seem like a challenging challenge, but for me right now, it's got to be enough. In so many ways I have felt like I was drowning lately with review books.  I need a "no pressure" breather.

Here are the daily prompts.  Today, it is to set my goals.  Done, a bit late in the day. But I have accomplished this!✅

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  1. REQUIRED: Fill out the Sign-Up Form – You only need to do this once!
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  3. Beginning December 3rd – Post a photo relating to the daily prompt on your Blog, Facebook or Instagram. Use the hashtag #SeasonToRead on all posts. Post Monday – Friday, use the weekends to catch up or take a break!
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  6. Have fun, Be Creative, Don’t Stress
  7. There is no right or wrong answer to the daily prompts!
  8. You can participate as much or a little as you want.

I am hosting a giveaway for this challenge.  One of the things that I do is I am a Perfectly Posh Consultant.  What does this mean?  I buy a lot of pampering products. 😅  I LOVE them.  I don't actively sell, just to those who ask or are interested.  Mostly to my family and friends.

In this giveaway I will be offering a Holly Jolly bath bar, a Honey Berry hand cream, and Little Ginger Bath bombs.  
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The Honey Berry hand cream is sold out, it is not available on the website anymore.  But I snagged a few early!  I hope you look forward to the giveaway.  Watch for more info later.

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My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson ~ Blog tour with a #giveaway.


My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book Description:  Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.

My thoughts: I love Regency books written by Rachael Anderson. She has a knack for writing a book that is thoughtful and contains humor.

As a reader, I wondered along with his family members why a young man who loves living the single life, who loves being a rake and not looking at getting married anytime soon, would suddenly run off to Gretna Green and marry a woman he barely knows? The answers come a bit at a time. As the truth is revealed I realized that he is not the rake he portrays, but a man of character. Unfortunately, (or fortunately for the progression of this book), he doesn't stick around for long. His time in the story is cut short by an unfortunate accident.

The older brother decides to take care of the widow and her unborn child. The result is a fantastic love story full of banter and great dialogue. This is a book that calls to be read. You don't want to put it down but discover how the couple will overcome the law that forbids them to marry.
You won't want to miss this second installment of the Serendipity Series. It can be read as a stand-alone.

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When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.
“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.
A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch's face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”
Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”
“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.
Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”
Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.
He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”
“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.
“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”
Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.
Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.
As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.
Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”
He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”
“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”


  Praise for My Brother's Bride   I haven't read a book by Rachael Anderson that I didn't absolutely love and this awesome book didn't fail to meet that grade. ~Vicki

Enjoyed reading this book. The characters, dialogue, and plotline kept me entertained. Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy clean romances. ~Michele

This is the first full-length novel I've read by Rachael Anderson, but it definitely won't be the last. I really enjoyed the story--the writing was really good with no annoying parts or awkwardness, the plot was interesting, the characters were endearing (I loved the banter between Brigtson and Abby!), and this book was just really good. Highly enjoyable. Great choice for those who like clean, well-written Regency romances. ~AE2

 This forbidden Regency romance was excellent! Once I started, it was hard—almost impossible—to put down. The characters—Abigail and Brigston—were super well done. I became invested in their lives, their troubles, their hearts really fast, and the author did a superb job of not letting me go. The plot twist was unique. ~Charissa A lovely, well-written story. Highly recommended. ~Linda

I always enjoy Ms. Anderson's books! This one is wonderful, filled with great story and characters. Beautiful story of love, family and forgiveness. ~Nichee

I can not praise this author's books enough. I have loved every single one. I love the characters! I love the development of the romance! I love the story line. I love the fun dialogue. I know when I start one of her books I will have a hard time putting it down until I am done and then I am sad the book is over. I love that each story is unique. ~Nari

  Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

$100 giveaway for the "12 Days of Clean Romance"

12 Days of Clean Romance

December 2018

During the month of December, we will be featuring 12 Authors who write clean romance!
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