Saturday, December 9, 2017

Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas Week 3: Reviews


We hope you have been enjoying our Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas hosted by KJ's Book Nook, Bookworm Nation, and Katie's Clean Book Collection!

Every Saturday we will be posting links to all the fabulous reviews from the Swoony Christmas reads you send us as well as the new Rafflecopter.

We really do hope you are having as much fun as we are! Life can get pretty crazy this time of year and it's always good to escape reality for a little while. What better way than reading swoony Christmas books and entering to win prizes?!

So... without further adieu... here are the reviews we have received so far! 

Marrying Miss Kringle: Lux by Lucy McConnell: 


The Christmas Groom by Taylor Hart: 


A Lawman for Christmas by Karen Kirst


How to Kiss a Billionaire by Cami Checketts: 


Honeymoon for One in Christmas Falls by Jennifer Peel:


Hot Cocoa Wars by Christene Houston:


The Christmas Boyfriend by Taylor Hart:


The Lumberjack's Yuletide Bride by Kimberly Krey:


A Christmas Kiss by Susan Hatler: 


Home For Christmas by Melissa McClone: 


The Bookworm and the Beast by Charlee James: 


A Gift for Santa by Beth Carpenter: 


More Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel: 


Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch: 


Christmas Grace by Jennifer Moore, Krista Lynn Jensen, Anita Stansfield & Chalon Linton: 


Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone: 


One Enchanted Christmas by Melissa Tagg: 


A Christmas Seduction by Kristin Vayden, Nadine Millard and Rachel VanDyken:

Kathy

Sawdust and Mistletoe by Michelle Pennington:

Kathy
Jackie
KJ

The Object of His Affection by Marcia Lynn McClure:

Kathy

Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler:

Kathy

Operation: Married by Christmas by Debra Clopton:

Kathy

Oh, Come On, Be Faithful by Cami Checketts:

Kathy

Under the Mistletoe Collection: 

Heidi

Eve's Christmas Wedding by Caroline Mickelson:

Ria

His Frontier Christmas Family by Regina Scott:

Heidi

A Convenient Christmas Wedding by Regina Scott:

Kathy

Forever Yours in Christmas Falls by Susan Hatler:

KJ

Author's Corner #12



Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.


For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...

Ranee S. Clark

Ranee S. Clark

During her early years of reading, Ranee` S. Clark devoured fantasy books, which continued into her adulthood—since she often believes that a well-written romance novel is a delightful fantasy. Though raising three boys can sometimes hamper both romance with her own Mr. Charming and her writing, she tries to get a little of both in every day. And most of the time she succeeds.

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Ranee writes such cute chick-lit romances
that really warm my heart and soul.

I love her book
Playing for Keeps.
  
 

https://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/search?q=playing+for+keeps

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12 Days of Clean Romance Day 6: Author Jennifer Griffith

   
My Fair Aussie by Jennifer Griffith  

There's more to this Aussie cowboy than meets the eye. 

Former grad student Eliza works as a nanny for a self-absorbed trophy wife looking to trade up for a new husband and ditch her child. Eliza will do anything to protect the little girl and open her boss’s eyes. Even if it requires an elaborate hoax. 

Then fate hits Eliza with Henry, a bewildered, dirty guy at the bus station. He’s got amazing teeth, cowboy swagger, and an accent to swoon for. Everything is falling into place for a rags-to-riches-style bait and switch. But will it deliver a slice of humble pie to Eliza’s boss—or get Eliza fired? 

Worse, refining him might mean losing her heart.     

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Praise for My Fair Aussie  

My Fair Aussie is the perfect retelling of a classic tale with a delicious twist—and an Australian cowboy to boot. It's the ideal combination of humor and romance. Totally swoon-worthy. Highly recommended! – CJ Anaya, USA Today bestselling author
“How does she do it? Griffith once again makes me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy a good book. Love her cute characters.” Amazon Reviewer 'grimm

 
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“That’s nice and all,” Henry said, his dazzling teeth outshining his grime, “but I really do need access to an international phone. This place only has a pay phone that calls locally, and I need to make an overseas call, and—”
“How about this, Henry?” Polly rubbed her chin as if she were an old man stroking his beard in thought. “We need someone to do a project with us for two weeks.”
Two weeks! I spluttered beside her, not knowing how to stop this fast-moving freight train. Did she even know what she was saying?
“At the end of two weeks, if you can accomplish what we need you to do—all of it being totally legal and above-board, I promise—I’ll make sure you get an international phone.”
“Two weeks…” Henry frowned. He didn’t have the confused look of earlier, but he didn’t seem to be rejecting it. “What exactly are we talking about?”
“Oh, it will be fun. Lots of fun.” Polly would not be stopped. “You’ll get to dress in nice clothes, meet wealthy people, go to at least one nice party.”
I’d rather work for Mo-No forever than hurt this guy who was worrying about the helicopters and the water in the river and his fanciful realm of reality-forged-of-imagination. For as wacked as it was, his crazy worldview definitely did seem harmless, sweet almost. And his Australian accent, now that it quit plaguing me as I tried to decipher it, was totally engaging.
We could not set him up.
However, Henry didn’t look appalled; he looked intrigued, if that was possible, through the grime. “My Fair Lady. I get it. But in this case, I’m the lady.”

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Author Jennifer Griffith 

Jennifer Griffith writes light, sweet romances she calls Cotton Candy for the Soul. Her Legally in Love Collection stems from the fact she fell in love with a handsome law school student who now serves as a judge—as well as her muse. She also writes the Billionaire Makeover Romances, billionaires and makeovers being some things with which she has less experience. Jennifer loves old cars, landscape paintings, fresh bread with raspberry jam, and reading. She lived in Japan during college, where she once ate a cricket on a dare. She also traveled through Europe, where she slept a night in a castle on the Rhine. Jennifer worked summers in a cookie factory, and she spent a few years working for the U.S. Congress before becoming a wife, a mom and an author.

 
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Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/22/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas Week 3: Festivity Friday


We are so excited for our first annual 
Have Yourself a Very Swoony Christmas event,


Festivity Friday is our fabulous cap of the week!
Each Friday, we will be posting the winners of 
our giveaways. Be sure to stop by all week long
for fun posts and chances to win,
and be sure to check back on Fridays to see if you're a winner!

And the winners are...

Christmas Treat Pack -- Robin Moore

One ebook of Sawdust and Mistletoe and Twist of Fate -- Danielle Hammelef

$5 Amazon Gift Card -- Amanda Reyes

Cami Checketts ebook -- Darla C.

**Winners will be contacted by email**

A Promise for Tomorrow by Michele Paige Holmes {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}


A Promise for Tomorrow by Michele Paige Holmes
400 pages
Published by Mirror Press 


Scottish Highlands, 1700s:

Barely two weeks have passed since Laird Collin MacDonald first darkened Katherine Mercer’s doorstep and married her. Marriage has hardly been what she expected, given their grueling and adventurous days of travel to the Scottish Highlands. Along with the discovery that Collin’s twin Ian would like to see her dead, Katie must now face her own clan, whose chief wants to kill Collin and take her to wife himself. All because Katie possesses the Campbell gift of sight, passed down through centuries of her ancestors.

With little more than faith in her grandfather’s vision and her unique bond with Collin to guide her, Katie steps bravely into an unknown future, where the glimpses afforded her may bring more danger than direction. When the misuse of her gift takes Collin from her side, she is left alone and vulnerable. Help arrives in the most unexpected form as Ian MacDonald makes good on his threat to attack the Campbells and Katie learns that the bond between brothers and love knows no bounds.

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My Review: 5 Stars

I almost feel like I have no words, and yet too many that I just don't know how to get out. You MUST read Yesterday's Promise before reading this one. This book picks up immediately where that one leaves off, with no recap or anything, so it's a must if you want the full experience. I can't decide if I was smart or not to have read it right before picking this one up because I totally escaped to Scotland in a scary time (at least, it was scary for me).

Scotland has always seemed a little like a dream world to me--a place of mystique, gorgeous castles, highlands, and kilts. But it's also seemed a bit terrifying to me, especially its history, mainly because of the clans. Clans are fiercely loyal, which means they're also violent, and that's very, very apparent throughout this series. 

There is something completely magical about this book (and the series, really) that transported me immediately into the story. I lived, breathed, swooned, feared, loved, triumphed, and cried this story. The characters came alive and I could feel their emotions and I seriously felt like I lived their lives for a time. I also loved the complicated relationships immensely.

I really don't want to give anything away, but I was really blown away by this story and can't quit thinking about it. The middle part was hard--so hard--and I'm soooo glad there will be more to the series, but I want to read it now--I'm not ready to go back home yet. 

Content: some violence and danger (nothing graphic); a fade-to-black between a married couple. I would consider it clean.

*I received a copy to review, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*

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Buy Links

A Promise for Tomorrow: http://a.co/fdJqe0l
Yesterday’s Promise: http://a.co/iVW3tIn 

(on sale for $1.60)

About the Author:

Michele Paige HolmesMichele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.

She is the author of ten published romance novels, including contemporary series, HEARTHFIRE HISTORICALS, and the FOREVER AFTER series (young adult fairy tales). She is also the author of four novellas, three in the TIMELESS ROMANCE COLLECTION.
 




Tour schedule

Dec 8 - Why Not? Because I Said So / Katie’s Clean Book Collection

a Rafflecopter giveaway

12 Days of Clean Romance Day 5: Author Janette Rallison

     
How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison 

The best day of his life, the worst day of hers.

Back in college, Marco Dawson never thought of Belle as anything more than a friend. If she had crossed his mind on his wedding day, it was probably only to wonder why she hadn’t shown up to be a bridesmaid. After all, his new wife was her old roommate. Seven years have passed since then, and Belle just found out that Marco is divorced and vacationing with his family in an elegant Cancun resort. She’s not about to let the right man get away twice. She heads to the resort where she plans to casually bump into Marco and ignite some romantic flames.

But Belle hadn’t planned on one thing: Flynn Dawson, Marco’s handsome, charming, and determined twin brother. He thinks Marco and his ex-wife can make amends and he’s not about to let Belle stand in the way.

Part Sabrina, part While You Were Sleeping, romantic comedy readers will eat this book up! 

 
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Praise for How I Met Your Brother

"This is a romantic comedy in one of it's finest hours."
 "In true Janette Rallison form, this novel does not disappoint!"
 "Love, love, love this book!"

 
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“Dawson,” she called in feigned surprise. “Is that you?”
He looked up from the map and his blue eyes wandered over her. “Yes.” He must have liked what he saw because a smile appeared on his lips. Not a smile of recognition, just a smile of approval.
She sauntered over, taking slow nonchalant steps. “Don’t tell me you don’t remember me. I haven’t changed that much, have I?”
“I’m not sure,” he said. “Tell me who you are, and I’ll tell you how much you’ve changed.”
His lack of recognition should have bothered her a little, but it felt like victory. Proof the mousy unnoticeable girl she’d been was gone. “Perhaps you recall a study group we were in at WSU? Or the fact that I proofread a lot of your papers? You obviously don’t remember telling me that you’d never forget me.”
“Ah,” he said, with understanding. At least now he knew she wasn’t a stranger with a creative pickup line.
“Perhaps you remember me introducing you to Daisy?”
His eyes widened and his expression changed. She couldn’t quite read it. Was it astonishment? Disbelief? Regret? “Isabelle,” he uttered.
She smiled at the way her name sounded on his lips. “I go by Belle now.”
His gaze went over her a second time, stopping on her ring finger—absent of the symbols of marriage. “What a surprise. I don’t know what to say.”
“Most people say something along the lines of ‘It’s good to see you.’ But I’ll settle for a belated, ‘Thanks for all those papers you helped with.’”
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Author Janette Rallison 

 Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)
 
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Also by Janette Rallison

 
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Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/21/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  

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