** A WEDDING IN DECEMBER by Sarah Morgan – Interview & Giveaway **

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Hello December. Nothing is better than climbing into a comfy chair, with a cuppa and reading a holiday romance novel. According to Harlequin Romance, here are some reasons why:

  1. Embrace the Holiday spirit:  It’s uplifting, inspiring and good entertainment.
  2. Get rid of stress: That’s right. To do good, its important to feel good. Reading can reduce stress about 68%.
  3. Girl Power: Romance novels are typically written by and for women. Best genre to celebrate Girl Power in the 21st century!
  4. Recharge: Take some me time. Even as little as ten minutes can re-energize you.
  5. Be Merry: In life and love we all love happily ever afters. In a romance novel, it’s guaranteed.

We’re featuring a holiday book and giveaway every Friday leading up to Christmas. Today we have Sarah Morgan’s, A WEDDING IN DECEMBER. (HQN).

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This funny, charming and heartwarming new Christmas novel is USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan at her festive best!

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding. First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret of their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister, Katie, is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself! If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiancé but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived—how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget!

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Thanks to Harlequin Romance novels,  we have one copy of A WEDDING IN DECEMBER  to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite Holiday memory.  We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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** COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by RaeAnne Thayne – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway **

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Hello December. Nothing is better than climbing into a comfy chair, with a cuppa and reading a holiday romance novel. According to Harlequin Romance, here are some reasons why:

  1. Embrace the Holiday spirit:  It’s uplifting, inspiring and good entertainment.
  2. Get rid of stress: That’s right. To do good, its important to feel good. Reading can reduce stress by about 68%.
  3. Girl Power: Romance novels are typically written by and for women. Best genre to celebrate Girl Power in the 21st century!
  4. Recharge: Take some me time. Even as little as ten minutes can re-energize you.
  5. Be Merry: In life and love we all love happily ever afters. In a romance novel, it’s guaranteed.

We’re featuring a holiday book and giveaway every week leading up to Christmas. Today we have book 10 in RaeAnne Thayne’s, Haven Point Series, COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. (HQN).

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Hearts are lighter and wishes burn a little brighter at Christmas…

Elizabeth Hamilton has been lost. Trapped in a tangle of postpartum depression and grief after the death of her beloved parents, she couldn’t quite see the way back to her husband and their two beautiful kids…until a car accident stole away her memories and changed her life. And when she finally remembered the sound of little Cassie’s laugh, the baby powder smell of Bridger and the feel of her husband’s hand in hers, Elizabeth worried that they’d moved on without her. That she’d missed too much. That perhaps she wasn’t the right mother for her kids or wife for Luke, no matter how much she loved them.

But now, seven years later, Luke finds her in a nearby town and brings Elizabeth back home to the family she loves, just in time for Christmas. And being reunited with Luke and her children is better than anything Elizabeth could have imagined. As they all trim the tree and bake cookies, making new holiday memories, Elizabeth and Luke are drawn ever closer. Can the hurt of the past seven years be healed over the course of one Christmas season and bring the Hamiltons the gift of a new beginning?

*****

Thanks to Harlequin Romance novels,  we have one copy of COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite Holiday memory.  We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell – Review & Giveaway

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CREEP, alert! Another Lisa Jewell novel has been released.THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS (ATRIA) will have you never-ever looking at big mansions the same…. what really goes on in those big houses, anyway?

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS shifts POVs each chapter allowing the reader to get to know the numerous characters. Unfortunately, I got to know the characters but I found myself confused by the story at times. I felt claustraphobic throughout most of the novel, which was achieved by Lisa’s talented technique. It kind of freaked me out that one can end up finding themselves in a cult without even being aware of the slow progression. I felt myself at unease while reading the entire book, but I still stayed up until the very last page.

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LET IN.

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

Libby soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS is a satisfying domestic noir, who-dunnit who won’t disappoint Lisa’s many fans.

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Lisa was born in London in 1968. Her mother was a secretary and her father was a textile agent and she was brought up in the northernmost reaches of London with her two younger sisters. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school at sixteen she spent two years at Barnet College doing an arts foundation course and then two years at Epsom School of Art & Design studying Fashion Illustration and Communication.

She worked for the fashion chain Warehouse for three years as a PR assistant and then for Thomas Pink, the Jermyn Street shirt company for four years as a receptionist and PA. She started her first novel, Ralph’s Party, for a bet in 1996. She finished it in 1997 and it was published by Penguin books in May 1998. It went on to become the best-selling debut novel of that year.

She has since written a further nine novels, as is currently at work on her eleventh.

She now lives in an innermost part of north London with her husband Jascha, an IT consultant, her daughters, Amelie and Evie and her silver tabbies, Jack and Milly.

http://www.lisajewell.co/uk

We’re lucky to have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which of Lisa’s novels is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY USA only please

BODY LEAPING BACKWARD: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton – Spotlight & Giveaway

Maureen Stanton’s memoir, ABOUT BODY LEAPING FORWARD (HoughtonMifflinHarcourt) shares the struggles of one young girl in the 1970s. It focuses on how Maureen was derailed by drugs and alcohol.

For Maureen Stanton’s proper Catholic mother, the town’s maximum security prison was a way to keep her seven children in line (“If you don’t behave, I’ll put you in Walpole Prison!”).  But as the 1970s brought upheaval to America, and the lines between good and bad blurred, Stanton’s once-solid family lost its way. A promising young girl with a smart mouth, Stanton turns watchful as her parents separate and her now-single mother descends into shoplifting, then grand larceny, anything to keep a toehold in the middle class for her children. No longer scared by threats of Walpole Prison, Stanton too slips into delinquency—vandalism, breaking and entering—all while nearly erasing herself through addiction to angel dust, a homemade form of PCP that swept through her hometown in the wake of Nixon’s “total war” on drugs.

Body Leaping Backward is the haunting and beautifully drawn story of a self-destructive girlhood, of a town and a nation overwhelmed in a time of change, and of how life-altering a glimpse of a world bigger than the one we come from can be.

Reading Maureen Stanton’s memoir was a little too close for comfort for me. At times, I felt I was reading about myself. Needless to say, I connected with her story.


Purchase Links

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Photo by Heather Perry

About Maureen Stanton

Maureen Stanton is an award-winning nonfiction writer, and author of “Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood,” a People Magazine “Best New Books” pick, and “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money,” winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction. Her essays and memoirs have been published in many literary journals, including Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, The Florida Review, New England Review, and River Teeth, among others. She has received the Iowa Review Prize, the American Literary Review Prize, Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships. She has an M.F.A. from Ohio State University, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the latest memoir you’ve read. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

#bodyleapingbackward,  @tlcbooktours, @maureenstanton41 @hmhbooks.

MEG & JO by Virginia Kantra – Spotlight & Giveaway

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Little Women is the inspiration for bestselling author, Virginia Kantra’s new novel, MEG & JO (Berkley).

The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.

Meg appears to have the life she always planned—the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.

One thing’s for sure—they’ll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.

*****

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Bestselling author Virginia Kantra has earned numerous awards, including two Romance Writers of America’s RITA (R) Awards. Virginia is married to her college sweetheart, a coffee shop owner who keeps her well supplied with caffeine and material. They make their home in Raleigh, where they raised three (mostly adult) children. She is a firm believer in the strength of family, the importance of storytelling, and the power of love.

We’re lucky to have one copy of MEG & JO to giveaway. Just tell us your memories of the novel, LITTLE WOMEN. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST by Julie Valerie – PUBLICATION DAY & GIVEAWAY

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HOLLY BANKS FULL of ANGST (LakeUnionPublishing) is a laugh-out-loud debut novel for anyone who’s tried to live the perfect life—and learned the hard way there’s no such thing.

And they all lived happily ever after … until that happened.

Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect moms in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pajama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartener late to the first day of school wasn’t her best look.

Not to mention Holly’s worried her husband may be having an affair, she can’t get her daughter to stop sucking her thumb, her hard-won film degree is collecting dust, and to top it all off, the power-hungry PTA president clearly has it in for her…

To make matters even worse, Holly’s natural eye for drama lands her smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood mystery—right as her own crazy mother shows up in Primm “to help.” Through it all, Holly begins to realize her neighbors may be just as flawed as—and even wackier than—she is, leaving her to wonder: Is there such a thing as a perfect mom?

This is only the FIRST book in The Primm series. You KNOW we’ll be back for more visits!

(Full review November 1st)

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Julie Valerie, an avid Scrabble player who once played QWERTY on a triple word, writes humorous women’s fiction and is developing a series set in the idyllic Village of Primm.

She is the founder of the 85K Writing Challenge, providing writers an enriching environment in which to pen 85,000 words in 90 days, supported by a full calendar of writing support. Julie also serves on the board of directors for James River Writers, a multi-faceted non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that serves as central Virginia’s literary hub. A voracious reader, Julie has reviewed 200+ books in her genre and won the BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge Grand Prize.

Deepening her love of the written word, Julie earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School and is constantly humbled by the nuances of language and the nitty-gritty of grammar while strengthening her proficiencies in the Chicago Manual of Style. With a master’s degree in education and a certification in wilderness first aid, Julie enjoys reading, the study of wine, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and travel.

Writing amid the mayhem and merriment of her motley crew, Julie is married to her college sweetheart, has four children (two girls, two boys) and two English Labradors (one yellow, one chocolate)

http://www.julievalerie.com

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about what causes you angst. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good Luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

Giveaway Closed ** STEALING KISSES IN THE SNOW by Jo McNally – Interview & Giveaway **

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HELLO BLACK FRIDAY! THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGINS.

And nothing is better than climbing into a comfy chair, with a cuppa and reading a holiday romance novel. According to Harlequin Romance, here are some reasons why:

  1. Embrace the Holiday spirit:  It’s uplifting, inspiring and good entertainment.
  2. Get rid of stress: That’s right. To do good, its important to feel good. Reading can reduce stress by about 68%.
  3. Girl Power: Romance novels are typically written by and for women. Best genre to celebrate Girl Power in the 21st century!
  4. Recharge: Take some me time. Even as little as ten minutes can re-energize you.
  5. Be Merry: In life and love we all love happily ever afters. In a romance novel, it’s guaranteed.

We’ll be featuring a holiday Romance novel and giveaway every Friday leading up to Christmas. Today we begin with book two in Jo McNally’s, Rendezvous series, STEALING KISSES in the SNOW (HQN).

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It’s Christmas in Rendezvous Falls and love’s waiting to be unwrapped…

Single mom Piper Montgomery’s plate is full. Between her two adorable kids, two jobs and a fixer-upper house, she’s so busy she can hardly see straight. But when rugged biker Logan Taggart strolls into the inn where she’s working, she can’t help but stare. He has bad boy written all over him. And with two kids relying on her, that’s the last thing she needs this Christmas.

Rendezvous Falls is nothing but a pit stop for Logan. Once his grandmother is back on her feet and ready to reclaim the inn, Logan can get back on the road. It’s where he belongs, even if his grandmother’s matchmaking book club try to convince him otherwise. Still, there’s something about beautiful spitfire Piper that makes him wonder if family and forever might just be what he needs after all.

But as the holidays draw ever closer, so do Piper and Logan. Could these polar opposites find that all they want this Christmas is each other? You’ll just have to read and find out.

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Thanks to Harlequin Romance novels,  we have one copy of STEALING KISSES in the SNOW to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite Holiday memory.  We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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