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The Gentleman’s Heart by Lynn Winchester
Isadora Mosier never fit in, and she didn’t mind. She still laughed and loved and experienced life at its fullest. But when an accident steals the use of her legs, she’s left with a half-life…until she’s given a new one, as someone else.

 

 
Captain Allon Banks is a broken Civil War veteran and literature professor who never thought he could find a mind and wit to match his. As he begins to correspond with Philomena Parks, he discovers a spirit that captures his heart. Overcome with his need to see her face to face, he travels to Dry Bayou to meet his Philomena and make her his own.
 
Dora is shocked with Allon arrives in town, searching for the woman he’d fallen in love with on paper. What happens when he finds out the woman he’s been writing to is a cripple? What happens when Dora falls for a man who is already in love with someone else? Someone who isn’t real?
 
Allon is torn between his love for the spirited Philomena of his letters and his attraction to the lovely, warm Dora who seems to know more than she’s saying. When he discovers Dora is keeping secrets, Allon must decide if the woman in the letters is the same one he can’t stop thinking about.
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The Fifty Bookish Questions Tag

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Hello! It’s Random Friday and this week it’s another book tag! I found this tag on My Little Book Blog and they list where they found it. It’s a lot of questions and I will try to keep my answers short, but we all know that doesn’t always happen.

1. What was the last book you read?

To Love a Highland Rogue by Collette Cameron. My review was posted Wednesday!

2. Was it a good one?

Yes, although I wished it was longer. I loved the beginning a lot.

3. What made it good?

Great writing, amazing characters, and a different kind of romance.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes, especially if you like a quick read where the romance doesn’t happen too quickly.

5. How often do you read?

Depends on my schedule, but almost every night. If I’m going through a burn out then only once a week.

6. Do you like to read?

Of course! I wouldn’t have this blog if I didn’t.

7.What was the last bad book you read?

There are no bad books in my opinion, but ones that just aren’t for me. I won’t name the book, but it was more on the erotica side. I liked most of it since it was different and had funny scenes but it just wasn’t for me.

8. What made you dislike it?

I didn’t like the heroine very much. She came off as a spoiled brat and it was too fast for my taste for me to get to like her.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes! It’s my dream to finish a story and publish it.

10. Has any book every influenced you greatly?

Many books have influenced me in different ways. There are too many to list.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

I use to read it but haven’t in a long time. I loved it when I did read it.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Not anymore. I have a little notebook full of fan fiction I write when younger. Mostly Bonanza and Robin Hood stories.

13. What’s your favorite book?

I can never answer that question because there isn’t one single book. Pretty much all of Darcy Burke, Erica Monroe, and Ava Stone’s books are favorites.

14. What’s your least favorite book?

I don’t really have one and if I did I probably couldn’t remember the name.

15. Do you prefer physical books or ready on a device (like a kindle)?

I love my Kindle, but I love the feel and smell of physical books.

16. When did you learn to read?

I think around four years old. I don’t remember ever not reading and was ahead of other kids my age.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

I didn’t really have any that were required reading in school because I was homeschooled and don’t remember any being a part of the curriculum we were sent. I did read Charlotte’s Web by E.B White and loved it.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Another hard one because there are many in the historical romance genre that I love. Darcy Burke, Erica Monroe, Christina McKnight and Ava Stone’s series.

19. Who is your favorite author?

Never ask me that question! I have a page on here that lists all of my favorites and my reviews show who I read the most.

20. What is your favorite genre?

Hands down historical romances. I love all kind in the genre including a few time travels.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Again a hard one, but I will go with my all time favorite book boyfriend Ethan Jagger from Darcy Burke’s Secrets and Scandals series. He was in three books in that series and seeing him change over time is what made him my favorite.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes! that’s why I love books because I’m transported to their settings.

23.Which book do you wish had a sequel?

I don’t think there is one that I’ve read that hasn’t finished up nicely or the story didn’t continue in some way in the next one in the series.

24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

Haven’t read one that I wish didn’t continue.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

Depends on the length of the book and how into it I am. If I’m really into it and it’s around 350 pages I can read it in around three to five hours. I’m a fast reader most of the time and I retain what I read.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

Yes and no. I’ve only seen a couple that I have also read the books. I’ve liked the ones that I have read and watched.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

I can’t answer that because I have seen movies, but not read the books to know.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

I’m going to say Broken Trail (technically a two part mini series) because the slight changes weren’t noticeable to me and I loved both.

29. Do you read newspapers?

Sometimes when a headline catches my attention.

30: Do you read magazines?

Not anymore. I use to read them all the time.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

It depends on what I’m looking for in them. For most news, I will read the newspaper, but for makeup and hair stuff I will read a magazine.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Always. That’s my preferred place for reading.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Nope.

34. Do you read while in the car?

yes if it’s a long drive or I’m waiting for someone.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

No. I’m not a bath person and a shower wouldn’t be a good place to read.

36. Are you a fast reader?

Yes.

37. Are you a slow reader?

No.

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

In my bed at night snuggled up with Abigail.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

Sometimes. I read at night to avoid distractions like my family talking or doing things around me.

40.Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

No. I always have the TV on in the background or music playing.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My mom. She loves to read and would read to me all the time before I started reading to myself.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

A Gentleman Never Surrenders by Lauren Smith

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I don’t remember. I know I had a bunch of them at ten years old and younger.

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

 Bill Martin, Jr because he wrote Chica Chica Boom Boom and Jan Berenstain and Stan Berenstain.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

There are many, but I think if I had to pick someone that I don’t think it would ever happen would be Diana Gabaldon. I would love to talk to her and ask so many questions.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

I have no clue.

47.What book have you reread the most?

A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Gone With The Wind and How To Kill A Mockingbird.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

A mix of classics that teach and speak to people and more contemporary ones that kids will enjoy and still learn something.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

There are none that should be banned as long as they speak to you and teach you something important no matter the subject matter or life lessons.

FINISHED! I answered all fifty questions. Let me know if you do the tag.

Review: To Love a Highland Rogue (Heart of a Scot #1) by Collette Cameron

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To Love a Highland Rogue by Collette Cameron

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

She’s determined to end her betrothal, but he must make her his at all cost.

A Scottish lass determined to end her betrothal. 

As an infant, Mayra Findlay’s hand was pledged in marriage. So closely has her virtue been guarded, she’s never been permitted a beau—has never even flirted with a man. However, after a chance encounter with a dashing rogue who sets her pulse and imagination cavorting, Mayra initiates a scheme that’s sure to force her affianced to call off their union.

The laird who must make her his at all cost. 

Until Logan Rutherford, Laird of Lockelieth Keep, inherited a near bankrupt estate, he had no intention of wedding the lass he was betrothed to as a wee lad. Now he needs Mayra’s remaining dowry to save his beloved Lockelieth. However, before they exchange vows, he’s determined to know just what type of woman he’s reluctantly taking to wife. So he assumes his cousin’s identity; a decision that soon has him snared in a tangled web of deceit.

Caution: This historical romance contains one rakish fiery-haired Scot accustomed to getting his own way, a lass who’s fed-up with men dictating her life, and stubborn gelding with a superior attitude.

Buy this first installment in the Heart of a Scot series for a Highland adventure you won’t want to put down.

My Review

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I was hooked from the start when it showed them as kids. I normally don’t like books where one is pretending to be someone else, but I loved this one because it didn’t drag on. When they first see each other there’s spark and I didn’t know how it was going to play out. I loved how she found out who he really was and that she had a different reaction than I expected. I loved the ending a lot!

Mayra has a very good reason for wanting to end their betrothal. She craved a bit of freedom and seemed so shy, but she really wasn’t. I loved when she started looking for a way to break the betrothal off. She understood things more than people gave her credit for.

Logan feared ending up married to a woman like his father had. I loved that his plan didn’t quite go the way he wanted. He learned things about his family and got a better understanding of her and her family. I also loved him as a child and how he acted during those events.

Release Tour: The Marooner (Pirates of the Coast Book 3) by Barbara Devlin!

Today we celebrate the release of
The Marooner (Pirates of the Coast Book 3)
by USA Today and Amazon All-Star best-selling author Barbara Devlin!
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance

Barbara Devlin offers history, romance, and mystery all wrapped up in an engrossing story that is filled with witty repartee and ribald scenes that border on debauchery. ~IndieReader

Inside the Book:

A GENTLY BRED VIRGIN
Lady Sophia Grace Radcliff, the epitome of a genteel Englishwoman, has no idea what awaits her, when she is summoned to her father’s study to meet her prospective husband. Given the miserable state of the family finances, she understands she will be sold to the highest bidder, to save the earldom from a humiliating declaration of insolvency, and it is a sacrifice she is prepared to accept. But the impeccably tailored garb and clean-shaven face do nothing to conceal the menacing demeanor of her intended. How will she survive a match to a man she fears?

A COLD-HEARTED PIRATE
Leland Stryker, known throughout the pirate ranks as The Marooner, for his practice of abandoning his victims on deserted islands, is a ruthless buccaneer who reluctantly signs a pact with the English, in exchange for a full pardon for past crimes. But the Crown extends no protection to the fairer sex, and it is in the sensual realm that Leland feeds his basic instincts. After he successfully negotiates the purchase of a highborn bride, he proceeds to well and truly debauch her. But something happens on the journey to America, as his wife assumes her position without complaint, and soon Leland realizes he faces his most lethal opponent. Who will win the battle of the hearts?

The Marooner Excerpt

“Good evening, Mr. Stryker.” Another in a long line of chits paraded past, batting her lashes at him, and he waited for some sign of life below his belly button, as he dipped his chin.

“Good evening.” Thus far, his notoriously fickle interest rejected every single blushing debutante, but he was in no rush to the altar.

Known throughout the pirate ranks as The Marooner, for his habit of abandoning his victims on deserted islands, a practice he considered far more charitable than gunning down, running through with a sword, slashing with a knife, or feeding to the sharks, as did other buccaneers, patience guided his every move. Whereas he always thought it unfair that the general public deemed him heartless and brutal for leaving his quarry to their own fate, his colleagues viewed his eccentricity as a sign of weakness.

For most marauders, innocents manifested prey to be consumed, in some form or another, if only to provide amusement for the crew. For Leland, those who had the misfortune of falling into his custody, through no fault of their own, other than happenstance, presented a connection to his childhood, to the young lad sold into servitude because his parents could not afford to feed him. Perhaps that was why he could not, by his own hands, kill the guiltless.

“My, my, Lady Sophia, what an interesting ensemble you sport, tonight.” An unseen female snickered in a nasty tone. “Is that not last year’s fashion?”

In that moment, he came alert.

“This is my favorite gown, so I see no reason to dispose of it, simply because it might offend your delicate sensibilities.” Given the cutting retort, the heretofore-unfamiliar Lady Sophia charged the fore, as she piqued Leland’s curiosity. “As always, Miss Barty, you exhibit the stellar comportment one would expect of a lady. Your parents must be so proud.”

“My father says your father has driven the earldom to ruin, and you have no dowry.” Now that bit of information snared Leland’s attention, because it made his goal much easier. “Such a pity. Who will have you now, when you possess naught but a good name to recommend you?”

“Certainly not that delicious Mr. Stryker from America.” So another tormentor joined the fray, and he gritted his teeth. “I mean, he could afford to marry anyone.”

“Why would he settle for nothing but an empty title?” Miss Barty replied, in the shrill voice that grated his last nerve. “When he could have a woman of taste and fortune.”

If there was anything he hated, it was a bully, because he was small in his youth and often the recipient of abuse aboard ship. But as the boy grew into a man, and he gained physical strength, he never forgot the seemingly endless beatings, and he always championed the unfortunate.

Devlin’s prose and descriptions enchant right from the opening scene. ~RT Book Reviews

This heart-fluttering, nerve-wracking, swoon-worthy romance is one for the ages! ~InD’tale Magazine

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USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, DE that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite. Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero, before they find their happily ever after. Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.

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Release Tour and Review for Adeline (Lady Archer’s Creed #3) by Christina McKnight

Adeline_BlogTour_Badge.pngWhen the beast with a heart of gold tames a beauty with a wicked past.

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Title: Adeline
Series: Lady Archer’s Creed #3
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance Romance
Release Date: August 29, 2017

WHEN THE BEAST WITH A HEART OF GOLD

Everything changed for Jasper Benedict, the Earl of Ailesbury, the night his family died in a tragic fire—the same fire that left him disfigured. Now, his scars have given him the name the Beast of Faversham. But when he stumbles upon a damaged carriage during a tempest, the beautiful woman inside reminds him of the man he wishes he could be: free of his past, and able to love.

TAMES A BEAUTY WITH A WICKED PAST

When her carriage breaks down outside Faversham Abbey, this is just the most recent in a long series of misadventures for Miss Adeline Price. Her beauty hides a fatal flaw: she’s quick to judge, and rarely looks beneath the surface. But the longer she’s around Jasper, the more she begins to want to be better—someone deserving of him. 

But when it comes time to reunite Adeline with her family in London, will Jasper believe that she sees not his scars, but the good, honorable man he is?

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Short Excerpt:

I am the Earl of Ailesbury,” he called, the words fighting the noise of the storm at his back. “My home is only a short distance away. You may seek shelter there.” Her almond-shaped, hazel eyes inspected him from his hidden face and down the length of his body. Jasper hadn’t felt laid bare before another his entire life. Was she leery enough of him to refuse his offer? As if on cue, a wolf howled in the near distance, its call echoing above the whine of the storm. Within moments, several others answered.

My Review

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

This is my favorite book in this series! They were what each other needed and didn’t even know it. I loved seeing both of them change and fight their feelings at times. His servants knew what they were doing and didn’t care what he thought. I was afraid in the end what would happen, but loved how different it was.

Adeline has always been at odds with people. She is one of my favorites because she speaks her mind even though at times it doesn’t it comes out harsh. I loved that she started to see her ways of thinking wasn’t the best and started to change.

Jasper has been hidden away for so long. The way people treated him broke my heart because they were quick to judge. I loved that he took care of things the way he did and never ran from anything. He is favorite of mine too.

Christina Photo (1)About Christina McKnight:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Follow the tour and enter to #win one of 5 paperback copies of Theodora (Lady Archer’s Creed book 1)

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Cover Reveals: The Honorable Scoundrels by Sophie Barnes

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The Governess Who Captured His Heart

 Releasing November 7, 2017

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Temptations or Priorities…?
Determined to help her oldest sister make ends meet, Louise Potter accepts a governess position in the northern part of England. If this means accompanying an older gentleman on his travels, then she will. There’s only one problem: Louise is about to discover that her travelling companion is not the elderly man she expected, but rather seduction itself…Alistair Langley has no desire to share his carriage with his niece’s newly hired employee. But the matron he expected to find at his door is instead a beautiful young woman, one he knows he can’t travel alone with. After all, he’s going to visit his brother who is pressuring him to marry and produce a Langley heir–or be cut off from inheritance. When he confides in Louise, together they form a plan. But the closer they become, the more temptation beckons…
Until finally a choice must be made: Love or money? Or is it possible to have both?

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The Earl Who Loved Her

Releasing November 14, 2017

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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, shuned 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…

 

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The Duke Who Came To Town

Releasing November 21, 2017

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She doesn’t want to be a kept woman…

Josephine Potter knows she must retain her employment to provide for her younger sisters and to maintain the house.  While a young woman working as an accountant – at a hotel no less – could be frowned upon by some, it’s still a respectable way to earn a living. No matter what a certain duke might think. Besides, Josephine has a few rules she lives by: Don’t rely on others, don’t accept money from someone you don’t know, and never allow a man to control your life. But when she is fired from her job, Josephine may have to bend a few rules…

Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, has never met a more bull-headed woman than Josephine Potter! The Potter sisters are granddaughters of a Viscount and should not have to work for a living. So despite Josephine’s arguments, Devon insists she end her employee status immediately and accept a stipend for her and her sisters. When she is then fired, she accuses him of meddling in her life…and things are about to heat up despite the cold winter weather. As they work together to figure out why Devon’s hotel is losing money, a mutual attraction that won’t be denied, grows between them.

But when rumors of impropriety abound, can Josephine’s reputation be saved…or will her life be destroyed by scandal?

 

 

Review: The Rake’s Bride (Dry Bayou Brides #5) by Lynn Winchester

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The Rake’s Bride by Lynn Winchester

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Spice Level: 💋💋

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Blurb

Jean-Luc La Fontaine is tired of sowing his wild oats. So, after a disastrous summer in France, he’s back in Dry Bayou, ordering himself a mail-order bride. A new wife will help him forget about the siren with sapphire eyes…

Intelligence, wealth, prestige… It means nothing when you fall in love with the wrong man. So, when scandal chases Isabeau Montefret from France, she runs to America, determined to forget the man with the wicked smile.

Isabeau hoped becoming a mail-order bride was the answer to her problems. She’d change her name, start a new life, and lose herself in a small town. When she discovers that the man who disappeared with her heart is the man she agreed to marry, Isabeau settles in for the fight of her life.

When the one woman he’d left France to forget arrives in town, claiming she’s his new bride, Jean-Luc doesn’t know what to feel. But when pain gives way to the truth, he must risk keeping a dark secret, one that would steal every chance at happiness. Isabeau once made him believe in happily ever after, now he must learn how to keep his new bride at a distance, lest he lose everything.

Can Jean-Luc be a true husband to the woman he’s been deceiving? Can Isabeau convince Jean-Luc she’s his one true love? Will these two rediscover what they had once upon a summertime?

My Review

The perfect amount of sweetness. Many sweet westerns loose their ruggedness or the sense of being a western, but this one doesn’t and I loved that! There is a lot of emotions in this one too that will pull at your heart and you will connect with them throughout the story. I loved that they weren’t your typical western couple and that they were brought back together. There was a twist with her family that I didn’t see coming. I didn’t want it to end but loved the ending because everything came out.

Isabeau was ruined by a scandal but wasn’t going to fall into a black hole and disappear. I loved that she actually could take care of herself with the upbringing she had and that she wouldn’t back down. She spoke her mind at all times and I loved that about her.

Jean-Luc was heartbroken without realizing it. My heart ached for him in the garden and how he changed after that. He was a hardened man after that and I loved how he slowly softened again. He will pull at your heart like crazy.

Don’t mess with a group of women that have a plan!

Cover Reveal: A Gentleman Never Surrender by Lauren Smith

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Release Date: September 12, 2017

 

Synopsis

Love is worth a little scandal.

Owen Hadley needs a wife. Preferably a wealthy one. Alas, there aren’t a great number of heiresses willing to marry a rogue of no particular fortune—luckily, if there is ever a gentleman capable of melting a lady’s chilly heart, it’s Owen. 

Milly has had enough of the marriage mart. If matrimony means giving up her freedom for a foppish husband, then society can take their idea of marital bliss and toss it. But when the ton’s most notorious rogue mistakenly makes his way into her bedchambers, Milly finds herself unexpectedly and unwillingly at the altar . . . 

Yet the more time she spends with her new husband, the more Milly starts to wonder if the marriage she never wanted may be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Now it’s up to Owen to convince Milly that what started as a mistake is anything but—and that every night with him will be more wonderfully scandalous than the last.

 

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Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night 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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Solar Eclipse Party 2017!!!

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Today was the solar eclipse! It was amazing and we had our own little party in the backyard. The excitement was just bouncing off of my brother and infecting the rest of us. Claire was the only fur baby really looking outside during it and didn’t know what to think of it when it suddenly was darker. Abigail paid no attention and was watching tv, but did come outside right after to enjoy the change in temperature. Below are some of the photos from my Instagram where I caught Colt in action and check out my profile for more photos and a video. Check out my brother’s blog Colt S. Photography tomorrow for his photos and follow his Instagram for a preview later today.

How to Get Your Book Accepted for Review on My Blog or Any Blog

 

Capture“How to get your book accepted for review?” this is a question that I hear from both authors and bloggers because it affects both sides. So I thought I’d put together my personal tips for getting a book accepted for review on my blog. These can help on any blog you are looking at.

1. Check out the blog to see if it’s a good fit for your book.

I can usually tell when someone has gone straight to my contact page and gotten my email. The books usually don’t fit my blog at all and it’s sent directly to my email and not through my request form. Looking around a blog first can help your chances a lot because you can get an idea for what they like to read (genres, what authors they like, etc). That way you don’t waste time sending a request and being rejected because the book doesn’t fit the blog. I’ve had to say many times that my blog is for historical romances only when answering a request because I like to give a reason.

2. Check their review policy.

My review policy will give you tons of info on how my blog works and has the form to request a review. It explains my rating system, what genres I accept, what I won’t review, what I like in books, what formats I accept, where else I post my reviews. It will help you know if your book is a good fit too and answer many questions you might have like if I will accept a book with a deadline for review. 99% of book blogs have these to save you and themselves time in the long run. If they have a form on that page it’s the best way to request a review so your message doesn’t go to spam or get lost in their inbox.

3. Make it personal when contacting them.

If you make your message personal it makes your chances higher for being accepted. Especially if you’re not sure your book fits my blog and you can send me the request with the message or on my regular contact page. It really does help if you use my name and/or include something that you noticed on my blog to get my attention. I accepted a book for review that didn’t fully fit my blog (was a historical romance, but with time travel). I accepted it because the message included was personal by using my name and talking about a post I had done on TV shows I love. Many bloggers are the same way because you make a connection with them on something and they take another look at your request. About me pages usually have the blogger’s name (may be their real name or how they like to be referred to when contacted) so you know how to addressee them in your message.

4. Double check your info and message before sending.

I know it’s easier when contacting multiple blogs to copy and paste the same message (I do it), but double-check things before sending. I’ve been called totally different names (like Ashley instead of Kelly) and even had my blog called another blog’s name. This can at times hurt you because it can seem like you don’t know who you are contacting or that you are contacting every blog you see when you don’t correct it. This falls into #1 and #3 too. If you fill out a form check your info to make sure it’s correct. For example, I ask for websites so I can link to the author’s site in my review, but when something is off in the site listed on the form (a letter missing, weird icon added or misspellings). I then have to find the site myself and make sure it’s the right one and that it’s not a scammer. You don’t want a blogger to link to someone else’s site or call you a different name because the info was mixed up.

5. Remeber they have a schedule for their blog.

If you have a deadline for the review give enough notice and be mindful of the blog’s schedule. I usually can move things around if they book has a deadline, but I have a schedule that not only includes reviews but also tours, blasts, spotlights, and blitzes that I can’t move. If you need a review right away and it’s a busy time for my blog I may have to pass and will explain this. Pretty much every blog has a schedule like this so like in #2 check policies beforehand. If you don’t have a deadline be prepared for it to take time to get to your book because most blogs read in the order received if there is no deadline. Some also stop accepting books for a time if they have many to read and don’t want you to be waiting a long time. Many ARC readers also like to include buy or preorder links so that can delay a review if those aren’t available yet.

6. Don’t write them off if they don’t accept.

There are many reasons for bloggers to not accept a book so don’t write them off when it comes to another book. If your book was turned down due to the genre or it wasn’t something they weren’t interested in don’t loose hope. If you write in different genres that are accepted or have another book or series check back because it might just be accepted. I may not be into one book, but might be into another by the same author for many reasons. Bloggers tastes change so check back to see if they open up to more genres.

7. If you have questions ask.

If you’re not sure about you book fitting the blog, want to get to know the blogger first, or have questions just ask. That’s what the regular contact form or email is for and it’s not a waste of time. I love answering questions and getting to know an author even if they don’t submit a review request. If your book fits a blog, but you aren’t fully sure (like it’s a historical romance, but also something not listed) and don’t want to submit a request. Then reach out, introduce yourself, and ask questions and talk about the book. That book may be something they have never read before or never knew about and are glad you reached out.

8. Don’t send a book file in your first contact and be friendly.

Sending a file right away without asking first is the fastest way to be turned down. Always contact or submit a request and have it accepted before sending a file. I will not touch that file out of fears of viruses since we have never talked before and you have not asked. These kinds of contacts usually include wording along the lines of “Here’s my book and I need it reviewed by this date”. Wording like that doesn’t help at all even when not including a file. Being friendly will always help you in the long run. Most bloggers are the same way when it comes to files and being friendly.