Friday Reads: 15 November 2019

FRIDAY READS

Happy Friday friends! Let’s chat about what I’m reading this weekend, and I’d love to know what you’re reading too! It has been a nice, chilly past few days here in South Texas; perfect weather for staying inside and relaxing as I make my way through my stack of holiday romances! I’ve been thriving!

Really, I have my heart set on two reads this weekend! I have a midterm exam to study for and take this weekend, so I don’t want to overdo it much.

First up, I want to read Christmas In Vermont by Anita Hughes which follows a woman named Emma who just days before Christmas finds a jewelry shop open to trade in a bracelet given her by her ex. While in the shop, she recognizes the watch she gave her college boyfriend Fletcher. She trades the bracelet for the watch, wondering at the timing. Her friend believes in signs and synchronicity, tracks Fletcher down and finds that he is at a romantic inn in Vermont. Off Emma Goes to Vermont! Only, when she gets there, Fletcher isn’t there alone. He is there with his fiancé and daughter. oops!

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My second read is one I’ve been reading  on my phone in bed early in the morning, This Christmas by Sarah Spade, which is book two in her Holiday Hunk series. Back in October I read the first book, Halloween Boo and loved it, and so far I’m really enjoying The Christmas Hunk as well! fingers crossed, I love it!

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Let me know what you’re reading this weekend friends, I’d love to know! We will chat again soon.

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#Blogtober Friday Reads

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Happy Friday friends. I hope this week has been amazing for you. If you have any cool weekend reading plans, share them with me down in the comments. I may or may not have something cool I’m doing on Saturday. We’ll see.

What I’m reading though.. My current read is A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan.

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Sarah Morgan is a master story teller. This book is such a joy to read. It follows a Mother named Maggie and her two daughters, Rosie and Katie. Rosie, calls randomly with news that she is getting married..in a month! The family is from Europe but Rosie has been in the states, so not only is there a last minute wedding, but the family will have to fly to Colorado. Maggie is harboring the secret from the girls that she and their dad are getting a divorce and daughter Katie, a doctor, just doesn’t believe in love and is determined to talk her sister out of getting married. It’s so good. It is part of my Holiday Romance 5 Star Predictions which I did a video for over on my Youtube..

Fingers crossed, I get A Wedding In December finished today so I can kick off the weekend with something else. I’m thinking I may pick up my copy of Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Shoutout to Penguin Teen for sending it to me! My friend Carolyn posted on Instagram that this is one of her favorite books and she rereads it just about every year, so that has me even more excited to read it.

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These two are my immediate priorities. Once finished with those I want to pick up Awakened by Mini Boyce, which is book 1 in her Oracle Chronicle series.

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Secret lineage, a ruthless vampire, and forbidden love. 

Thank you Thank you to Author Mini Boyce for sending me a copy!

 

Other stuff I have out there this week..

Check out my Holiday Romance Recommendations Video

 

You can also check out my Author Question and Answer with Author Jenny Hale here. This weekend Jenny’s second book to film adaptation will be premiering on Hallmark and I can’t wait!

xx

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Friday Reads October 11, 2019

Happy Friday lovers.

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Last night I had every intention of reading Halloween Boo by Sarah Spade.

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I started reading Halloween Boo Wednesday night before going to bed and made it through the first chapter. I am excited to see where the story goes and how the romance takes place between an alive heroine and a dead hero.

The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz. I am a huge Sierra Simone fan and I hear, Ms. Simone is a tamer version of Tiffany Reisz.

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I have only read one Tiffany Reisz which was a holiday romance I loved and will have more info about in December. I am excited to read something else by her. If Sierra Simone, who I don’t think is tame at all..is considered a tamer version of Ms. Reisz, I have to read more by her.

The last book I am prioritizing to finish this weekend is The Water Witch by Juliet Dark  aka Carol Goodman.

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This is book two in the Fairwick Chronicles. Honestly, it’s been a while since I read the first book so I went into this one a little fuzzy on the world and the characters. I’m a few chapters into this one and although I’m not a super huge fan of the audiobook narrator, I am enjoying the story.

Those are my Friday Reads. Let me know what you plan to read this weekend.

we will chat again soon.

xo.
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Friday Reads

Welcome to another Friday my friends. Let’s chat about what I’m reading.

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My reading is crazy at the moment. I found myself in this very random mood to download some very random audiobooks via Audible Escape, and let’s just say I am currently reading from the heroine, Emily, in Claimed by the Elven King..and am strangely turned on a bit. This fantasy erotic romance is taking me quite by surprise.

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Once finished with Claimed by the Elven King, I am going to start Swept Away by Kamery Solomon which a time travel romance I have been so excited to get my hands on. I have both the ebook and audiobook downloaded and am so antsy to dive into this story. There is this show called The Curse of Oak Island that comes on the History Channel and from the sounds of it, this story gives me vibes that if not the same thing, the historical aspects have something to do with the same history as that. Honestly, I was sold at: time travel and pirates.

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I would also really like to read The Shifter Romances the Writer by Kristen Painter. I have a vlog coming to my youtube channel on Sunday where I read a novella in her Nocturne Falls series. After finishing the novella I became very interested in reading other books in the series, so I picked this one up.

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Those are the reads I really hope to get to this weekend. Let me know what you plan to read, and if you have any recommendations for me.

We will chat again soon. Until next time, take care of yourselves.

xo.

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Friday Reads

Happy Friday!

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The fact that we are in the middle of September makes me very happy. We will celebrate my youngest turning 4 soon and I have broken out cookbooks handed down to me from my Grandmother, on the prowl for fall soups and recipes to try. Specifically, I really want to try and make my own broth and tomato sauce. I make a lot of pasta..and would love to be able to make my own sauce rather than constantly rely on jars from the store.

I do have some school work I still need to do and turn in this weekend, but I do have a few reading plans.

I am currently reading The Bakeshop at Pumpkin Spice which is  a collection of 3 romance short stories by 3 different authors: Donna Kaufmann, Kate Angell and Allyson Charles. I have already read the first story, Sweet Magic, by Donna Kaufmann and really enjoyed it. It was the right mixture of small town sweet with angsty and magic. I really enjoyed it.

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I would love to finish Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels which I have been reading via Netgalley. It feels like I have been reading this one for forever, which in reality, it has been a while. No fault of the book, I am actually really, really loving it. It’s just a nice read to pick up here and there, mostly at night in bed since I’m reading it on my kindle. our heroine in this one is Joy, who is from a small town called Spruce City, North Carolina but lives in Colorado where she is the CEO of her self made nail polish company. Her Nana passes away and leaves her bed and breakfast, Heart and Soul to Joy. Joy has to stay in Spruce City through the holidays for a total of 6 months before making the decision to give the business up or not. I am loving it! It is giving me all the sometimes you have to go home, Hallmark vibes!

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Lastly, what I plan to pick up this weekend and just read a chapter or two is, Moorhaven by Daoma Winston. I recently began listening to a podcast called Currently Reading, and the hosts have this Slow But Steady project which I am totally a Stan for. The idea is to have a book that you’re committed to just taking your time with. I love this idea because the online bookish world has a way of making you feel like you have to rush rush rush through your reads. You get in the grind of hustling through books, trying to read as much as you can in a month..and I would like to have a book here and there that I am in no rush to get through. Moorhaven is kicking this project off for me. It was published in 1973 by Avon and is a multigenerational family saga. The front cover says it’s, “The most sweeping romantic novel of our time!” So of course, I need to read it.

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I hope your week has been good to you and I hope your weekend turns out exactly as you hope! Let me know what you plan to read this weekend and we will chat again soon.

xo.

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Friday Reads. new Life phases. making New Norms.

Hello and Happy Friday friends. Things have been changing. I’ve still been wanting to read, and have received some amazing book mail and hauled a few gems..but finding the time to read has become a bit difficult. The weekend is here though and I am determined to play catch up for my lack of reading this week, so let’s chat about my reading plans and what’s been going on.

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First things first, I am on my way out of the military after 14 years of service! I can’t believe a journey I began when I was 18, literally 3 weeks after graduating high school, is coming to a close. It is surreal, a bit frightening but also very exciting. My official last day is at the end of September, so I am enjoying some much needed vacation time before that day comes. I jumped straight into full time online student and stay at home..hence, the struggle finding time to read. I am a History student which constitutes quite a few reading assignments throughout the week. I am trying to figure out a routine so that I have a balance of reading for school and reading for leisure. 

This past week has been a mixture of reading for school, making soups in the crockpot, wine with friends and tons of Scooby Doo reruns with the kids. I have some catching up with reading I need to do.

My first read is Only Him by Melanie Harlow, book 2 in her One and Only trilogy.

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Friends who have read this already have admitted this isn’t their favorite from the trilogy. Confession: this is book 2, and it is the last one I need to finish in the series. Yes, another trilogy I’ve been reading out of order. I actually kicked off this trilogy by reading the last book first and it remains my favorite, but Only Him isn’t terrible. It is a second chance romance between two high school sweethearts, Dallas and Maren. One day Dallas just ups and leaves without giving Maren any kind of explanation and now he’s back. Melanie Harlow writes Dallas and his internal conflict so well. We really get to see what he believes about himself and how that impacts the story. It is very sexy but also really emotional. It has some family drama and amends that need to be made.

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox

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Shame shame shame! The Widow on Pale Harbor is a buddy read I am an entire week behind on. I am determined to get it started today though. I am going into this one knowing as little as possible, I just know Hester Fox writes a wonderful mixture of gothic romance, horror and historical fiction..so that’s kind of what I’m expecting from this one.

My third, really want to get read this weekend is Midnight At the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

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Midnight At the Blackbird Cafe has a stunning cover which gives off all the autumnal vibes. It was the cover I spotted out of the corner of my eye at the bookstore and drew me to it. I hauled the book and have the audiobook checked out from the library which I need to get to sooner rather than later because it is coming up due very soon. From what I’ve gathered there is some magical realism, romance and of course recipes all mixed in the story and I can’t wait to get lost in it.

My fingers are crossed that I can get started and make somewhat of a dent in these reads. My Melanie Harlow book I have about an hour left on the audiobook so I can definitely get it finished today. Here we are, five days into the month already and I haven’t finished a single thing. I do have an essay that’s due for class as well as the topic for my research paper which is haunting me. I don’t know what to do it on. My class is on the Vietnam War and it feels so manly. I want to do something about what the women were doing, I just can’t figure out what.

With this new phase in life, there will be some new posts coming to the blog. I will always make sure we are chatting about books but I try and be as transparent as possible on here, and I’d like to share bits and pieces and chunks of this new phase with you all too. Juggling staying home everyday with a three year old, full time online student with a love of reading is going to be interesting so I am going to share that with you all. Who knows, maybe a post will reach someone who can share their How To’s with me.. but yes, tons of ideas planned that I can’t wait to put out. We will chat again soon.

Until then, take care of yourselves.

xo.

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Friday Reads & #SmutAThon Plans

Happy Friday Friends. I have secretly always wanted to post Friday Reads here on the blog, but it was just not conducive to me working full time. Now that I’m not, I will definitely make it a priority to let you all know what my reading plans for the weekend consist of. So let’s shake things up a bit here on the blog, shall we?

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I recently finished Love In Cataline Cove by Brenda Jackson.

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This is my second ever Brenda Jackson romance and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although in the beginning, the story did move a little slow for my liking. I highly recommend it now, but just forewarning you, it feels a bit slow at first. Vashti is our heroine in Love in Catalina Cove. This is her hometown, although when we first meet her, she lives in New York City and has been recently let go from her job. She learns that her Aunt who passed away, left Vashti her bed and breakfast which leads her back home. Brenda Jackson is such an amazing storyteller. Her ability to weave the romance and the subplot together seems so effortless. Neither felt as though it overpowers the other, and I was on the edge of my seat in regards to both equally. It turned out to be such a great read.

On Kindle I am reading Reigning Magicks by Candace Osmond and JJ King.

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I am so loving this book. It is a time travel fantasy romance and just what I need at the moment. Once upon a time I would read a good time travel novel at anytime of the year, but now, as we slip into fall, and the entire season of fall, feels like the right time for time slippage novels. Ashlynn in the beginning of this book is arguing with her family who wants to marry her off to unite their clan and their rival clan together. Ashlynn is not having it. She sneaks off into the woods to find the witch she saw as a little girl and is given what she needs to basically grant a wish. Well, she does she what she’s told and is transported 300 years into the future. It is 300 years in the future where she meets Cian. I can’t get this book on my mind. When a time travel story is written well in my opinion, you’re torn between the now, and them traveling back to the time of their own. I’m loving it.

Ultimately, I would love to get Reigning Magicks finished, so I can completely dedicate my Saturday reading to SmutAthon which is hosted by Lainey and Riley. Go follow the Twitter account here, to keep up. This is one of my all time favorite readathons, which typically lasts a week, but the ladies surprised us with a very random 24 hour SmutAthon. I have a few reads I’d love to get to, but I also plan to take it kind of easy.

I have two audiobooks by Kendall Ryan downloaded who I’ve been wanting to read SOMETHING by ever since I read and loved Junk Mail by her.

First I have The Room Mate

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I also have The Bed Mate

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Both of these are less than 3 hours on audio so I should make it through them pretty quickly. I will also be reading the group read, Only For A Night by Naima Simone.

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This past week was my first weekend back to being an online student, and the amount of reading as a History student is insane. I am very much looking forward to some reading for pleasure this weekend. Let me know what you’re hoping to get to, and anything you’d recommend I give a try.

xo.

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