Sunday, December 9, 2018

My Favorite Holiday Reads

Happy Sunday, bibliovores!I haven't done one of these favorites posts in a while, so I'm doing one today! You can check out my other favorites posts in a previous posts (for example). 

I love the holiday season! We are in the thick of it now, and I wanted to share some of my favorite Young Adult and Adult holiday fiction novels. Happy reading and happy holidays!

Once and Always by [Elizabeth Hoyt writing as Julia Harper]

Here are a few that I've not read but want to read!

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by [Perkins, Stephanie]  The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily (Dash & Lily Series) by [Cohn, Rachel, Levithan, David]  Snow in Love (Point) by [Friedman, Aimee, de la Cruz, Melissa, West, Kasie, Stone, Nic]

Do you have any holiday recommendations for me? I'll take anything!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#311)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!

So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, December 2nd to Saturday, December 8th?

(all links to Goodreads are provided!)

In the mail:

This has been a great week in books, with these two! Thanks so much, Swoon Reads and Abrams!

This week went by so quickly! Last weekend, I was in Philadelphia for my job/company's Christmas party. It was a lot of fun - I had a great time exploring Philadelphia. And I got to see a blogger friend! More pictures to be posted later. =)

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 2018 New Release Giveaway!

Welcome to the December New Release Giveaway Hop! The December New Release Giveaway hop is hosted by It Starts At Midnight and FLYLēF

This month, I'm giving a December '18 book of your choice! Here are some examples:

(You are not limited to these below!)

Once a King (A Clash of Kingdoms, #3)  Evermore (Everless, #2)  Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)
Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, #2)  Dirty Little Secret (Wild Rose Ranch #1)  Not the Duke’s Darling (The Greycourt, #1)
(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads!)

The Giveaway:

Win a December book of your choice! Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. The usual Giveaways rules apply.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Swoon Thursday (#306): Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan

- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting

This week, my swoon is from Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan!

Dirty Little Secret (Wild Rose Ranch #1)

She laughed, ad the sound went right to his belly and tied it into knots.

Unable to fight it any longer, he closed the distance between them and with one hand sliding to the back of her neck, his fingers buried in the thick mass of silky hair, he pulled her lips to his. She smelled of paint with a hint of flowers, like the ones she'd left by his bed. Their smell teased him all night and made him think of her.

His instinct was to devour, but he felt her tense and her eyes went wide. Watching her, he brushed his lips against hers. One. Twice. With barely a touch, he tasted a hint of the sweet grapes she'd eaten.

She stood perfectly still; her breath washed over his mouth from her slightly parted lips. "I thought we agreed this wasn't a good idea."

"We both lied about that." He kissed her softly again, lingering over the sweet torment.

- Paperback, page 169

My favorite thing about this scene is Noah and Roxy breaking their own rules. It's fun to see two characters wake up. =) There is a 50-copy giveaway going on for USA residents, ending on December 9th!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#310): The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm featuring:

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
Book One of The Merciful Crow series
Publisher: Henry Holt (BYR)
Publication Date: July 30, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

The cover of this book was revealed recently, and it is AWESOME! I am looking forward to reading the book. Hoping for no love triangle though!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (33)

Happy Tuesday! Today I've decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today's topic is:

Cozy/Wintry Reads

I came up with four! And these are holiday reads. Where I live, beginning of winter = holiday season!


I want to read the anthology Snow in Love - there's a Kasie West story in there. Tell me some of your favorite winter and/or holiday reads!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Monday Muse (13)

Hey fam! Happy Monday! Or something - are Mondays ever really happy? Let's change that! Today I'm sharing another Monday Muse post, which features my hobbies other than reading.

Happy Chanukah, to those who celebrate!

I'm in full holiday mode, and it certainly shows, in terms of my coloring choices! I finished up the holly design I'd been coloring in my 17-18 Johanna Basford planner. 

And then I started on a candy cane/reindeer one! I love the holidays!

I'm also just about ready to ship my #TBTBSanta goodies to my recipient. I hope she loves everything!

I went to Philadelphia this weekend for a work function, but I got to indulge in a ton of holiday festivities! For example, there is a gorgeous tree outside of City Hall...

... and one in 30th Street Station...

... and a giant present in Love Park...

... and the gorgeous lights show in the Macy's!

I got to see the Liberty Bell for the first time, which was pretty cool. I felt like I had to go through airport-level security though. But hey, worth it; another National Historic Park checked off my list! 

It was a fun trip. The work function went well too. I can't wait to go back to Philly next year.

While I was away, I got one of my Black Friday purchases in the mail! I have recently discovered local eclectic and absolutely adore their collections. I saw this starburst blue opal ring and just had to get it, especially with the Black Friday sale. You all know how much I love rings! 

And finally, I'll leave you all with some holiday reading recommendations. I loved these two books and hope you will too.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Blog Tour: A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle

Hey y'all! Today I'm sharing information about A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle. Recently I posted a swoony snippet from this book. Today I get to share a brand-new excerpt! Read on for more details!

About the Book:

A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle
Book One of the Duke's Den series
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: November 27, 2018

Official Summary:

In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .

Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.

When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.

With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?

About the Author:

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author CHRISTY CARLYLE writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

The Excerpt:

 Nick looked at the dark drop of honey on her skin and his mouth watered. He licked his lips and looked into her eyes. The heat there made him want more. More moments like this with her. When there was no Enderley boxing them in, no duties that needed their attention. Just Mina and the odd, undeniable spark he’d felt between them from the day he arrived.

“I’d like a taste,” he told her quietly.

Mina bit her lip, and her brows dipped in concentration. She locked her gaze on his mouth and seemed to hold her breath as she slid a honeyed finger across his lower lip.

Nick swept his tongue out to taste and reached for her hand. Flavor burst inside his mouth in a shock of floral sweetness. 

“Delicious,” he whispered before leaning closer, flicking his tongue out, and tasting the tip of her finger once more. “But I honestly can’t tell whether it’s you or the honey.”

Bonus! Check out a swoony kiss:

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#310)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!

So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, November 25th to Saturday, December 1st?

(all links to Goodreads are provided!)

In the mail:

Thank you, S&S and Avon! Both unsolicited but appreciated. =)

That's all I've got going on this week! I'm leaving for Philadelphia early Saturday morning. I'll be there for my company's holiday party later that evening. I love Philadelphia, especially during the holidays! I plan to check out the Liberty Bell, City Hall, Christmas Village, Dilworth Park, and of course the party. =) Have a great weekend, bookworms!