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Book Blitz: All We Want for Christmas is You by Anita Maxwell

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All We Want For Christmas Is You  by Anita Maxwell Publication date: December 20, 2017 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance Hayden Halloway wants to see her name in print when she gets out of college, preferably in one of the big five newspapers in New York. She has everything lined up to make that happen, except for that one perfect story to finalize her portfolio. Christian, Vinnie, and Justin, first string forwards on the college hockey team, all have their sights set on Hayden. But a situation involving her best friend and the Puck Games – the hockey team’s sex rating competition – ends up setting them on a collision course that could leave more than their reputations damaged. Eggnog, coffee dates, and the Winter Wonderland all have Hayden losing bits and pieces of herself to the guys. Will Hayden sacrifice her integrity for her heart, or will she ruin the guys chances at going pro and any chance they have of being together? Goodreads / Amazon Autho

Mini Review: Shine by Jodi Picoult

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Shine by Jodi Picoult Published: September 13, 2016 Publisher: Ballantine Books Format: via Overdrive [audio] Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Jodi Picoult tackles issues of race and privilege in this ebook original short story, a prequel to her upcoming novel Small Great Things. In “Shine,” the master storyteller and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and My Sister’s Keeper introduces readers to the unforgettable Ruth Brooks. Today is Ruth’s first day of third grade at Dalton. The prestigious institution on New York’s Upper East Side couldn’t be more different from her old school in Harlem. Despite being the smartest girl in her grade, Ruth suspects that her classmates and teachers only see her dark skin. She also notices that Christina, the daughter of her mother’s employer, treats Ruth very differently when they’re hanging out with the popular girls rather than playing together. Ruth must navigate between two worlds, never losing sight of the dreams she ha

Release Day Blitz: Renegade Cowboy by Sara Richardson

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 Today we are celebrating the release of RENEGADE COWBOY by Sara Richardson. This is the third book in her Rocky Mountain Riders series. Don't miss her ' Cowboys for Christmas ' giveaway event taking place all this week. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs!   RENEGADE COWBOY by Sara Richardson The third book in Sara Richardson's Rocky Mountain Riders series featuring sexy bull-riding brothers.   PURCHASE RENEGADE COWBOY NOW Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks  BLURB: Cassidy Greer knows that cowboys are nothing but trouble. But when her childhood crush comes riding into town, she starts to have second thoughts. Levi's a world-class bull rider now, and more handsome than ever. It's a good thing she's headed out of town soon or she just might be tempted.... As a famous rodeo star, Levi Cortez could have his pick of any woman on the circuit. But when he reconnects with Cassidy, sweet memories come rushing back. Levi knows Cass doesn't want

Book Blitz: It Must've Been the Mistletoe by L.P. Dover

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It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe by L.P. Dover Publication date: December 18, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Finding your soul mate is a dream Adeline Hamilton thought was just that … a dream. After several failed relationships, she realizes she’s not capable of falling in love. The only passion she’s ever had is teaching U.S. History at the local high school. A week before Christmas, Adeline is all set for her best friend’s wedding, even though she dreads having to go to it alone. But when she’s given a Christmas wish that could change her future forever, she’s whisked away to the past, to a completely different place and time. It’s also when she meets him , William Blair, the man who steals her heart. As their relationship grows, Adeline realizes that true love does exist. What she doesn’t know is that her wish can’t last forever, that soon she’ll have to leave the past behind. Will Adeline and William find their way back to each other? Or will their love ha

Day 12 of 12 Days of Christmas: Christmas in Holly Springs by R. Castro

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Christmas in Holly Springs by R. Castro Published: September 29, 2017 Format: Kindle buy Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Regina Blackwell didn’t know her father. At the age of sixteen, she lost her mother. There’d always been a sense of emptiness and a yearning for belonging, that she could not placate. Of course, her mother’s estranged family didn’t help. But, Stephanie, Regina’s best friend, did her best to fill the void. College took Regina to Seattle, and her career kept her there. However, a change was in the air when her employer was forced to make drastic cuts, which resulted in her taking unexpected time off. Coincidentally, this led to a chain of events that had her packing and on her way to unravel the mystery that was her father. Soon, Regina was on her way to Holly Springs, Arkansas, a small country village in the middle of nowhere USA, at least that was how she’d perceived it. Holly Springs held more than just the answers she’d been looking for; it held a chanc

Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas: I'm Scheming of a White Christmas by Kate O'Keeffe

I’m Scheming of a White Christmas by Kate O’Keeffe Published: January 30, 2017 Publisher: Wild Lime Books Format: free Kindle read Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Tilly Grayson is finally back in the city she loves, New York. She's exactly where she wants to be and is loving every moment as a personal shopper at the prestigious Marlowe Department Store. That is until Brady McKinnon walks in one cold December day. Brady may have been Tilly's high school crush, but he publicly humiliated her back in the day. Something she's never been able to forget. So, when the perfect opportunity presents itself - a Christmas party at a chic New York apartment - it could be time to get her revenge... But has Brady changed? And will Tilly realize it before it’s too late? My Thoughts In I’m Scheming of a White Christmas we meet Tilly who one day at work meets up with her old high school crush who of course has no idea who she is. They talk and he invites her to a Christmas party. W

Day 10 of 12 Days of Christmas: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

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My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff Published: October 31, 2017 Publisher: Swoon Reads Format: NetGalley Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists. But Charlie is determined to be Teo's date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He s easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he s willing

Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily [Dash & Lily #2] BY Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Published: October 18, 2016 Publisher: Knopf BYR Format: audiobook via Overdrive Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers watched the couple fall in love in Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. Lily's beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. Lily's spark has dimmed so much that Langston, her brother, has put aside his grudge against Dash to team up and remind Lily what there is to love about life. With only twelve days left until Christmas--Lily's favorite time of the year--Dash, Langston, and their friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday spirit of New York City in December, a time and place unlike anywhere else in the world. Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily is bound to be a Christma

Day 8 of 12 Days of Christmas: What Light by Jay Asher

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What Light by Jay Asher Published: October 18, 2016 Publisher: Little Brown and Co. Format: audiobook via Overdrive Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love. My Thoughts In W

Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas: Children's Christmas reads

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During my holiday reads I like to look for children’s books that I think will be entertaining for the little ones and I found three I thought you might what to check out for the kiddos. The Warm-Hearted Snowman by Sigal Adler This is a tale about a friendship between a snowman and rabbit and how the magical sense of Christmas means everything. I really enjoyed this cute read and the illustrations are so beautiful! My little cousin really loved this book. A cute read with a great message. Snowflake and Christmas by Ezra Monson I must admit this cover got me, I’m a sucker for a cute cover and I was so happy that the book was just as amazing! This is the story of Snowflake and her wanting to know everything about Christmas. She soon finds out that its true meaning is being together and the love we have for one another. Santa Ate my Gingerbread House by Mark I. Sutherland This is the tale of Tommy who loves Christmas more than everything but when Santa mis

Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas: The Reading Group by Della Parker

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The Reading Group: December by Della Parker Published: December 1, 2016 Publisher: Quercus Format: free Kindle read Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Meet the Reading Group: six women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love, and loss . . . and don't forget the glass of red!  Grace knows that the holiday season is going to be different this year. No turkey, no tinsel, no gorgeously wrapped gifts under the tree . . . how on earth is she going to break it to her little boys that Christmas is effectively canceled? And can she bear to tell anyone her embarrassing secret? Enter the Reading Group: Grace's life might have turned upside down but there's no problem they can't solve. My Thoughts I really enjoyed this short story about a group of friends who initially came together for their love but books but soon realize that this group was much more than that. This

Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas: Under the Mistletoe by J. Parker

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Under The Mistletoe by J. Parker Published: December 23, 2016 Published: HHH Books Format: free Kindle read Rating: 2/5 Synopsis It's Christmas Eve, and Grace still hasn't seen a present under the Christmas tree from her husband. When Todd announces there is no present coming, she feels snubbed, not realizing that he's got a different surprise planned. But is his gift what she really wants? Or even what she needs? My Thoughts This is a very short read around 20 pages or so but what I didn’t like about this story was Grace the main character. I felt like she wasn’t very nice to her husband and I just didn’t like her overall attitude. My dislike for her ruined the story for me.

Berkley Bookmas

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A Southern Girls Bookshelf is so excited to participate in Berkley Bookmas and I'm hosting Julie James's favorite holiday cookie recipes today!  Berkley Bookmas is chock full of exclusive content from authors like exclusive excerpts, deleted scenes, author recipes and more! Check out the calendar of events below Need Cookies for the holidays? I’ve got your back. When I was a kid, one of my favorite things about the holidays was my grandmother’s cookies. She used to spend days baking, and when we visited her house every Christmas Eve, there would be platters and tins of cookies seemingly everywhere . Over the years, my cookie recipe book has expanded, but below are two classics that have been part of my family’s holiday traditions for years. Both are kid-friendly, adult-friendly, easy to make, and loaded with chocolate (generally a requirement for all my cookies, snickerdoodles excepted.) Enjoy! Snowball Cookies 1 cup butter (softened to room temper

Day 4 of 12 Days of Christmas: Married by Midnight by Talli Roland

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Married by Midnight by Talli Roland Published: November 14, 2014 Publisher: Notting Hill Press Format: free Kindle read Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Christmas is coming . . . and so is the biggest day of Kate’s life. While choosing a vintage dress for her Christmas Eve wedding, Kate finds a cryptic note pinned to the inside of a 1930s gown. As doubts about her own ceremony loom, Kate is determined to track down the dress’ owner and determine what became of her – and the marriage. Will Kate find the answers she’s seeking to propel her down the aisle, or will her discovery prompt her to call off the wedding for good? My Thoughts This was such an amazing read! In Married by Midnight we met Kate who is getting married on Christmas but no one besides her mother believes this is the man for her. On the hunt for her wedding dress, she fits a vintage dress and a note stuck inside it. This becomes her mission days before her wedding to find the owner in hopes she can conv

Release Launch: Kelly Elliot's Wanted World

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    Mason is a place where love can be found in every pasture and small-town hopes meet big city dreams. A world filled with love, angst, and plenty of chances to find your soulmate. So whether you're a cowboy dedicated to your family’s ranch or a young woman from the city looking to start a new life, happiness can be found in Kelly Elliott’s Wanted Kindle World. Come take a stroll and get lost in this charming Texas hill country town. JOIN THE WANTED WORLD READER GROUP     ADORED by Georgia Cates   My name is Judd Mathews and I have it all: money, good looks, success. Fans buy my music and scream my name. My life is a charmed one… until my world is turned onto its head by a girl. Scarlett Mathews. A baby girl. My newborn daughter. Her mother is gone, and she has no one in this world but me. This delicate little girl couldn’t have been born to a more unsuitable father… until Leighton Mitchell opens my eyes and makes me see things differently. Leighton is not my typical kin