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 Book Blogger Test

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I’ve not had time to read the last two days so it’s another book tag. This time it’s The Book Blogger Test that I found on My Little Book Blog.

what are your top three book pet hates?

1. When a romance book has a risque cover and then you read it only to realize it is a 1 or 2 out of 5 on the heat level. It alienates readers from both sides because sweet readers won’t know it’s sweet so they don’t buy it and spicy readers who buy it will think it’s spicy.

2. Characters that hate each other one second then they are madly in love the next after something small happens. Yes, that something small can make a change in feelings, but you still need to build it up over time even if it’s a short amount of time, but not instantly.

3. Novella’s that don’t tie up loose ends or explain things fully. When there is something in a character’s backstory that is never fully explained or something happens and then forgotten about then it’s like a cliffhanger. If it will be explained in another book please let us know.

describe your perfect reading spot

I’m an in bed reader or an out in nature reader. So either a cozy bed, nice pjs, my fur babies, my tv in the background, and no loud noises. Or a nice comfy shady spot surrounded nature with no city noise.

tell us three book confessions

1. I still haven’t read Pride and Prejudices even though I have it as an ebook and have watched two film adaptions.

2. I have a massive TBR list of over 800 on Goodreads and don’t even own like 95% of them. I will read a book by a new to me author and then add all of their books to my TBR list, but rarely get around to buy them or forget I added them.

3.  I have been stuck read book 5 of the Outlander series for over a year. I took a break from it due to review requests at the time and haven’t picked it up since even when I have free time.

when was the last time you cried during a book?

A Scarlet Woman by Lorna Peel. There were many things in it that made me cry for different reasons and I loved it.

how many books are on your bedside table?

One and it’s The Fiery Cross book 5 of the Outlander series. It’s sitting there to remind me I haven’t finished it.

what is your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?

I don’t eat while 99% of the time, but if I do eat then it’s usually some kind of chips.

name three books you would recommend to everyone

This is soooooo hard and I’m going to list series:

The Willow Creek series by Lily Graison

The Secrets and Scandal series by Darcy Burke

The Rookery Rogues series by Erica Monroe

show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase

No shelves! Just a stack of books on a cubbie.

write how much books mean to you in just three words

Hard one!!!

Escape for everything!

what is your biggest reading secret?

I love many types of heroes in romances, but unlike many, I don’t like the very alpha male type. The ones that like to be in charge at all times and don’t let up ever are a huge turn off for me.

That is the end of the tag! I’m not tagging anyone, but if you decided to do it let me know!

What I’m Reading This Week: More Christmas at Castle Keyvnor!

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This week I am on to more of the Christmas at Castle Keyvnor books! I’m reading Tempted at Christmas and I have already finished one of the stories and loved it. I will have the review up on Wednesday.

I don’t know what I will have for Friday yet, but it will be a review. You will have to come back and see if it’s another Christmas at Castle Keyvnor book or something else.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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It’s Random Friday and it’s time for another tag! And since it’s my birthday I thought this tag sounded like a lot of fun. I found the tag on Spines & Covers. I wasn’t tagged and won’t tag anyone so if you like this tag consider yourself tagged.

How long have you been a blogger?

Almost two years. I started in December 2015 and originally it was going to be a personal blog, but it quickly turned into a book blog after a few posts. Time really flies when you are doing something you love. My blog has grown and changed in that short time too.

At what point do you think you’ll stop blogging?

I don’t think I ever will. I will probably take breaks, but never fully stop. This blog has opened so many doors for me and I’ve met some great people through blogging. It will always be my baby (my others are too) since it is the first blog that I really put the time into it.

What is the best thing about blogging?

In two word THE PEOPLE! I have met so many people and gotten to know them through this blog. We talk, help each other, and love seeing each other’s opinions on all things books and book related. Even if we don’t always agree we still have fun.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?

The drama that comes from one bad apple in the bunch. All it takes is one book blogger to do something to upset someone and it can set off a domino effect for the rest of us. I usually stay away from it, but there are times that I need to defend us bloggers.

How long does it take to make/find pictures to use?

Depending on the post it doesn’t usually take long. If it’s something I have on hand I ask my brother (the photographer) to take pictures for me and then just do quick edits ( sometimes me and sometimes him). When it comes to my graphics it can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the look I’m going for.

What do you wear when you write blog posts?

95% of the time it’s my PJs. I like comfy clothes when typing, but sometimes I have other things to do so I put on normal clothes.

How long does it take to prepare?

I have a schedule for this blog that I don’t always stick to. Mondays are either writing updates or what I’m reading that week, Wednesdays are always book reviews, and Fridays are random days. I sometimes plan out Friday posts if I don’t have another book review for that day or there is something on my mind I want to share. Other times I find random tags that catch my attention like today. Sometimes I have reviews on all three days or reviews on other days of the week due to tours.

How do you feel about the book blogger community?

Every book blogger I have met is amazing! We can refer people to each other and we all understand each other and the book blogger life. There can be a bit of drama and some cliches, but usually, we all get along great.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Don’t let it become a chore. If you find yourself dreading the work change it up and keep it fun. If you are in a reading slump take a break from accepting requests and read what you want out of your personal collection and slow down.

What I’m Reading This Week: Shana Galen and Laura A. Barnes

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This week I have another ARC to read Third Son’s a Charm by Shana Galen. I will be starting it tonight so look out for the review on Wednesday! Then I am Reading Rescued By the Captain by Laura A. Barnes. She is a new to me author and this is her first book so I can’t wait. I have many favorite author books coming in the coming weeks!

In non-book related news, my birthday is Friday!

What I’m Reading This Week: Emma Locke and Diana Gabaldon Plus a Writing Update

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This week I am jumping back into the Outlander world by getting back to reading The Fiery Cross. I took a break from it months ago because it is very slow in the beginning and I was frustrated with it so I stepped back from it for awhile. I’m also going to be reading The Art of Ruining a Rake by Emma Locke. I have been loving her Naughty Girls series and can’t wait to see what happens in this one.

I’m also going to be reading The Art of Ruining a Rake by Emma Locke. I have been loving her Naughty Girls series and can’t wait to see what happens in this one. If you’ve been following me for awhile then you know I love series that are not the typical ballroom setting and very innocent heroines. I love this series because it’s different.

Writing Update

Now a writing update! I got some time last week to write again and the words were flowing. My hero and heroine made a decision I did not see coming and I wondered if it would work, but after lots of thinking, I decided it worked perfectly for the story. Still no clue how long it will be, but I’m excited to see what happens with it.

No Review, but an Update!

I’ve been super busy this week as my two posts (release day for two books!) yesterday showed. So I didn’t have time to read a book for review today because since I was working on things behind the scenes for different people. Since there is no review I thought I would do an update post.

Friday is a blog tour that I am super excited about! It is for Hell Hath No Fury by Annabelle Anders. She is apart of a writing group I’m in on Facebook and this is her first book and I’m thrilled to read it and be apart of the tour.

Tomorrow is the cover reveal for Christina McKnight’s Adeline and I can’t wait for it either.

You can still join my Sassy Historial Romancers group on Facebook.

 

What I’m Reading This Week: Christy Carlyle and Vanessa Kelly

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I hope everyone had a great Father’s day! Ours was a quiet one with just my dad’s picking what he wanted us to make for supper (fish), a card, and gift. I didn’t get a chance to read all weekend but have some book to read this week.

Wednesday I will have a review of Christy Carlyle’s A Study in Scoundrels. I can’t wait to read this one. Friday will be an ARC review of Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly! I loved the first one in this series.

Tomorrow is release day for The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful Suitors #4) by Sabrina Jeffries and you can read my review by clicking that link.

 

What I’m Reading This Week

Wow, I don’t remember the last time I did one of these posts! I have been so busy with reviews that my regular schedule has been forgotten again, but that can be a good thing. Anyway, I have two new to me authors that I’m reading this week and have already started reading one.

First up is the one I started last it is The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien. This one has a very different setting and a different POV than most. I am enjoying it so far and it will be Wednesday’s review.

The next one is The Firstborn by Quenby Olson for a Random Friday Review. I haven’t started it yet because I don’t like to read multiple books at once.

I’ve got a packed review schedule until the end of the month, but next Friday Jude Knight will be featured on Sassy Book Lover and I can’t wait.

Long Overdue Writing Update

Writing Update

I know it’s been a long time since I posted a writing update and I slapped my hand and said bad writer to myself, lol. Things got hectic around my house with different work schedules, changes, and not being able to find time to write (again I slapped my hand). Part of the problem was I got into a bit of a writer’s block with not knowing if I liked where my hero and heroine going or if I wanted to change what I had them doing. Another thing was I had a lot of blog work to do with reviews and tours so I put writing on the backburner for a bit. But I’m back to it!

Did I decide to change what I had my hero and heroine doing?

Yes, I did and I now will be rewriting a small section. Better now than later when I might have to change multiple things to work with this change. I think this will help with the writer’s block since I was fighting with the characters on what to do.

What have I learned from this?

Finding other writers to talk things over is great. I’m apart of a couple of facebook groups that are for writing but my favorite is ran by an author and mostly the historical genre. I also have learned to find someone that will let to talk about your writing without judging. For me, it is my brother who is also a book lover even though he reads a totally different genre he will listen to me. I can run different things by him and he will help me figure out what sounds better.

Anything else?

If you have followed me for awhile then you know that I pretty much only read historical romances. I realized when going through some old stuff that as a teenager I wrote some romance stories that were contemporary westerns. I got to thinking about it and I could clean them up and they would be great stories so I’m toying with the idea of working on them too. I know many authors write in different genres.