The Bookshelf Tag

The Bookshelf Tag

It’s Random Friday and time for another tag! I found this tag on Dreamland Book Blog. I thought this one looked like a lot of fun to do.

On to the questions!

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from

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This is my only bookshelf and it doesn’t hold all my books. I’ve had this since I was little so I have no clue where it came from. I have books on my desk by my bed and then books in a chest.

How do you organize your books?

As you can tell in the above picture my books are just stacked with series together. They have to be in order.

What’s the longest book on your shelf?

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What’s the shortest book on your shelf?

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My shortest book is The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna with 177 pages.

 Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

Surprisingly there isn’t one. I have many from Christmas and contests, but not birthdays.

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Two actually. I’ve read The American Heiress already, but have been too busy to read The Fortune Hunter. A friend read them and thought I would love them and sent them home with me.

The most expensive book on your shelf?

Has to be the Outlander books, but I don’t know which one is the most expensive.

The last book you read on your shelf?

 

Do you have a complete series?

20180112_144847-01.jpegYes. I only have one and that is the Star Trek Destiny series.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

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No Earls Allowed which is even published yet.

The oldest book on your shelf?

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The Lawman is how I found romances books. I had the ebook version first.

What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight? (A.K.A. No one is touching it. Ever.)

All of my signed books.

Most beat up book?

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My Outlander books are pretty beat up

Most pristine book?

No Earls Allowed because I haven’t read it yet.

A book that doesn’t belong to you?

None.

A book that is your favorite color?

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I have many in my favorite color, but this is my favorite cover in that color.

A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?

Part of the Outlander series

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

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Never Surrender to a Scoundrel. This was my first giveaway win too!

Any signed books?

 

 

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My New Kindle Case

My New Kindle Case

It’s Random Friday and today I’m sharing one of my Christmas gifts!

For Christmas, I got a new Kindle case! This was a gift on my wishlist and my brother was the one to get it for me. It has many of my favorite colors and now I feel like my Kindle is safe and secure in this case.

It’s a Fintie case in Z – Moroccoan Love.

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What I’m Reading This Week – A New Author

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This week I’m reading not only a new to me author but a brand new author! I’m reading Leila Snow’s Proof of Virtue. It’s not your typical romance as it’s truer to the time with no fluff and raw.

While I do love the romances out there I’m also always on the lookout for those that dare to be different by showing more of the rougher side of the times, choosing settings outside of the ballrooms and fancy locations, or having storylines that are not always popular.

I can’t wait to dive into this one and post my review Wednesday!

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

I found this tag on Between My Lines and it sounded like a lot of fun! It will also get us even more into the Christmas spirit. I have changed the wording around a bit to fit me.

What is your favorite Christmas scene in a book?

Tough one because I have read a lot of Christmas stories lately. I will say in A Scottish Lord for Christmas when Quinn’s gives Rowenna her gift is my favorite.

Do you have any Christmas book traditions?

I read as many Christmas themed Historical Romances as I can get my hands on leading up to Christmas.

Do you prefer to get presents of bookstore gift cards or books?

Gift cards! You may know who my favorite authors are, but not know what I already have by them. Even going on my TBR list on Goodreads to pick isn’t the best idea because there are so many and some are a higher priority than others to me.

Do you give books as presents?

Only if the person gives me a list of books they want or have been talking about certain ones a lot. It’s too risky to get the wrong book or something they have no interested in.

What bookish item is on your Christmas wishlist?

A new Kindle case! I got my Kindle earlier this year and still don’t have a proper case. I also have many bookish themed shirts on my list.

What 3 books would you love Santa to have in his sack for you? 

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Fake Christmas tree or real Christmas tree?

We’ve always had a fake tree. Allergies, mess, and pets keep us fro ma real one. Plus the lights are already on it and we can set it up as early as we want.

What’s your favorite thing about Christmas?

The wrapping and food! I love to wrap gifts and anything I can get my hands on. but I also love the food.

What Christmas book would you recommend?

All the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor books. They are amazing stories.

What dish on your Christmas menu are you most looking forward to? 

The sauce! We are doing spaghetti and meatballs this year and I love my mom’s sauce with fried pepperoni in it.

When do you open your Christmas presents? 

On Christmas Eve. We use to get up and do it on Christmas morning. Then we started opening one on Christmas Eve. Then we just decided to open them all on Christmas Eve since we didn’t have as many gifts as we got older.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow by Randy Travis.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? 

I always do, but it rarely happens.

Reading Christmas Stories!

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You know I love my Halloween stories, but I also love my Christmas ones. Right now I am reading the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor series (which I’ve already posted a couple of reviews for) which I love because they still have the spooky feel.

I’m almost finished with Enchanted at Christmas and then I have one more to go. I have read this all out of order by accident, but the way they are done it’s not a big deal.

I hope the Castle Keyvnor stories will continue after these.

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The Earl Who Loved Her

The Honorable Scoundrels
by Sophie Barnes
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

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A chance meeting…
Eve Potter can hardly wait to arrive at Amberly Hall for the Christmas season! The hope is that she will make a match with an eligible gentleman. But as fate would have it, she misses the coach that is sent to collect her from her point of arrival and starts out on foot…only to go in the wrong direction. Nearly frozen, she arrives at BlackHall, where she is invited inside and introduced to the master of the house, the Earl of Ravenworth. Eve is smitten, for he is beyond handsome, which makes him a temptation she must avoid. But can she…?

Bryce Harlowe lives as a recluse, shunned by Society and even his own family after being accused of a scandalous transgression. The young woman at his door cannot stay at Blackhall less her reputation be ruined. And yet, when the pesky winter climate leaves them snowed in together at Blackhall, Bryce and Eve grow closer, each discovering a mutual respect and longing for the other. Until Bryce’s past is revealed, threatening to rip apart their newfound love…

Excerpt

Bryce Elliot Harlowe, Earl of Ravenworth, was preparing to enjoy the brandy he’d poured when a knock at the door brought his butler into the library. “My Lord,” Radcliff said, “a woman has arrived.”

Does she have a name?” Bryce asked. He glanced across at his favorite chair. Enjoying a peaceful moment of reading by the fire would clearly have to wait.

Miss Potter. She says she is here to see Mrs. Havisham.”

Then she must have taken a wrong turn somewhere.” The Havisham home was six miles in the opposite direction.

I wish to know if I might offer her the use of your carriage. It is almost dark outside, you see, and it has started to snow. Sending a young woman back out without escort would not sit well with me.”

Bryce had to agree. It wouldn’t be right to send any woman away again under such circumstances, no matter her age. “Have Peter make the necessary preparations, and in the meantime, please ask Miss Potter to join me.” He received few visitors these days and was starting to grow weary of his isolation.

Very well, my lord.” Radcliff left, returning moments later with a woman who stood encased in a long black pelisse. She wore a floppy bonnet which dipped across her forehead, concealing her eyes. Several shawls were wrapped tightly across her shoulders and chest. “May I present Miss Potter?”

The woman attempted a curtsy even as she shivered, which prompted Bryce to step forward quickly and guide her toward the fireplace. Once there, he took a step back and sketched a short bow. “It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Miss Potter. I am the Earl of Ravenworth.”

She tipped her chin up, her surprise unmistakable. It encompassed her entire face. But what caught his attention the most were her dark blue eyes. They left him completely dazed. Radcliff coughed, pulling Bryce out of his trance and enabling him to gather his wits. He turned toward his butler. “Please arrange for some tea and sandwiches to be brought up and—”

Miss Potter sneezed and then she sneezed again. And a third time.

Oh dear,” she murmured as she took a step closer to the fire.

Oh dear, indeed.

Bryce gave her an assessing look before addressing Radcliff once more. “I believe we should get her out of her wet pelisse and hang it to dry in the kitchen next to the stove. The same goes for her shawls.”

Yes, my lord.” Radcliff, being the practical, no-nonsense man he was, crossed to where Miss Potter was standing and held out his hand. “If you’ll please give me your outerwear, miss.”

Miss Potter hesitated. She glanced at Bryce, who gave her a reassuring nod. “We would hate for you to catch a cold,” he said. “Such a thing could very well ruin your Christmas.”

That seemed to get her cooperation. Her fingers quickly untied her shawls and peeled them away before going to work on the buttons of her pelisse. This garment came off too, revealing an equally black dress. But not without hinting at a slender yet curvaceous form. Beneath the other layers of clothing, her breasts had been undefined and unremarkable. Now, their rounded curves stood out, drawing Bryce’s attention in a way that made him wish she would keep on undressing.

Of course she didn’t. But she did take off her bonnet as well, exposing a pile of blonde curls that appeared to have been twisted and pinned down by force. It made him wonder what her hair might look like if it were set free – allowed to fall down over her shoulders and…

He swallowed and turned away, grabbing his glass and tossing back his brandy before swinging around to face Radcliff. “That will be all for now.”

 About Sophie Barnes

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: December 5, 2017

Synopsis

The best gifts come wrapped in a kilt…
Beautiful Lady Rowena Pepperwirth can have any man her heart desires. Unfortunately no gentleman has elicited even the slightest flutter—until she meets the brooding Lord Forres at a holiday house party. With just one look at the dashing Scottish lord, Rowena suddenly knows what she wants for Christmas.
Quinn MacCauley, Lord Forres, is in need of a wife. When he meets the lovely Lady Rowena, he knows she’ll be a good mother to his daughter and a capable household manager. But Quinn doesn’t count on Rowena being the most tempting woman he’s ever met. He’s determined not to risk his heart, but Rowena’s just as determined to give him the greatest holiday gift of all—a chance at true love.

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As much as he wished it weren’t true, he wanted to hold her deep into the night. It was one of the things he had dearly missed as a widower. There was no woman who belonged to him, no woman who he could tuck into his side and sleep with. Surely it would not be a bad thing to let himself have this one little joy in life.
We will sleep, nothing more. I hope. Even as he thought this, his mind replayed their wedding night, how wonderful it felt to have her beneath him, to taste her lips, to feel her body grip him tightly as they chased the building waves of pleasure.
“Thank you, Quinn.” Rowena was kissing him again and he lost control in a mere instant.
He rotated their bodies and pinned her against the wall, his hands exploring her curves, shaping the flare of her hips and the softness of her breasts. She arched into him, nipping at his lips playfully. He loved that about her, how she made him feel young and happy again. Losing Maura had aged him a decade, but being with Rowena, and her teasing kisses and playful nibbles, resurrected the ghosts of his youthful passions.
Years of practice had him lifting her up and carrying her to his bedroom. They only bumped into one wall and it was his arm he knocked into the wood paneling. With a little curse at the pain, he finally reached the bed and dropped her onto it. The woman was giggling. Quinn climbed up the bed over her and his clever wife was already working at the buttons on his waistcoat and peeling it off his shoulders. When she reached for his trousers, he gently pushed her hands away so he could get them off faster. Desire fogged his head, and his lips curved into a boyish grin that couldn’t be helped.
“You’re so lovely,” he whispered as he bent to kiss her. His hands rucked her skirts up to her thighs and he growled in frustration at all the fabric preventing him from reaching what he needed most.
Laughing, Rowena lifted her bottom so he could push the skirts to her waist. He covered one stocking-clad knee with his palm, urging her to part her legs as he tugged at her drawers. There was something wonderfully sinful about taking a woman fully clothed.
They shared a moan as he sank into her welcoming heat. She was damned tight, but wet and hot enough to burn him.
As he thrust into her deeper, their hips jerked together. She whimpered and threw her head back. Pins scattered as her blond hair broke free of the elaborate coiffure and rippled across the dark blue coverlet. Something inside him, a dark animal side, broke free. He didn’t want to hold back, not any longer. He covered Rowena’s mouth with his, kissing hard, giving her no chance to breathe as he drove into her again and again. He didn’t want to think about how he desired her, about how being with her like this drove him mad with hunger. It was like nothing else he’d ever experienced. When he was inside her, he couldn’t think past his next breath, the next surge back into her body, and how good it felt when she squeezed him with her inner muscles. His heart beat thunderously and boomed against his eardrums.
Her palms slid over his body, clawing at the shirt he still wore. They’d not gotten past his trousers and her undergarments. And he didn’t care. He needed more…he needed…Panting, he lifted up off her and rolled her over onto her stomach, raising her dress over her bare bottom. He gripped her hips, repositioned himself, and thrust back into her from behind. Rowena hissed in surprise and dug into the blankets as she stifled a low moan.
That never-ending sense of madness and the need to connect to her kept pulsing through him and he rammed into her over and over.
He was aware, dimly, of her coming apart beneath him by the sounds of her muffled cries. Quinn didn’t bother to do the same. He came with a shout and an exhalation as his body went limp. Doing his best to not crush her, he collapsed onto the bed and kept her tucked against him. Her bare bottom still rubbed against his groin and he moaned in lethargic pleasure.
Rowena was quiet, except for her shallow, quick breaths. His stomach clenched in sudden worry and he leaned over her, cupping her face to turn it toward his. Tears coated her lashes and her eyes were a little red.
“Rowena, lass, are you all right?” His voice roughened as his anxiety deepened. He’d hurt her? Been too rough? Bloody barbarian, I am…
“I’m fine,” she whispered. “I…well…it was so intense. I didn’t know…” Her cheeks were red as fresh cranberries.
“Aye, it can be intense.” He paused, wondering how to explain what they’d experienced. He’d been married and in love before. He knew from experience that sex with someone you loved was overwhelming, not just physically but emotionally. If Rowena was feeling that way now, she was falling in with love with him. He’d known she would fall for him. She was too open, too young and sweet not to fall for her husband. And what truly worried him was how powerful his feelings for her had been, still were…
“Have I upset you?” She tried to smile, but her lips quivered. It made something deep inside him stir, like a bird in its nest after winter had passed. It was strange…he had not felt…what it was he could not readily identify.
“I’m not upset,” he promised, and against his better judgment he bent his head to hers for a slow, lingering kiss that burned clear through him like shafts of winter sunlight piercing clouds.
“I forgot how young you are.” He smiled. Ten years felt like a lifetime between them in moments like this.
Her face was still dark with uncertainty and yet he didn’t know what to say to put her at ease.

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  USA TODAY Bestselling author LAUREN SMITH is an Oklahoma attorney by day, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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