Feb 18
2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

2017 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy. I first participated in Love-a-thon back in 2014 and had a lot of fun, but since then, things have gotten in the way and I haven’t been able to participate. Last year, I totally missed the sign-up date. The first mini Love-a-thon challenge is all about Mad Libs! Mad Libs are always fun and I can’t wait to read what others have come up with! Once upon a time, in a faraway desert, there lived a smart hermit. It lived alone in a hardware shop, where it had grown up with the deceased owner. It had beautiful toes, and it was… Read more »

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Feb 18
2017 Love-a-Thon Questionnaire

2017 Love-a-Thon Questionnaire

Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick & Mel of The Daily Prophecy. 1. What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from? Hi, I’m Jessica and I live in the Land of Entrapment (ahem, New Mexico). 2. Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader? I enjoyed reading as a kid and was *that* preteen trying to show off by reading books far beyond my reading level. I thought people would see me as sophisticated. During high school I didn’t read much other than assigned reading. It was while I was working… Read more »

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Jan 26
Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Accidentally on Purpose

Book Review: Jill Shalvis’ Accidentally on Purpose

Over the Christmas break, I read my first Jill Shalvis book, The Trouble with Mistotle. I loved it and couldn’t wait to read more of her books! When I was given the opportunity to review Accidentally on Purpose, I couldn’t say no. It’s the third book in her Heartbreaker Bay series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Accidentally on Purpose. Although, I have a confession…I actually thought Accidentally on Purpose was part of a different series and thought how nice it was that other Shalvis characters made cameos! We have great character development. Elle Wheaten is a strong and independent woman! She’s definitely a woman who can handle anything thrown her way. Elle is also fiercely loyal and isn’t… Read more »

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Jan 25
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Life in the Spotlight by Heather Long

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Life in the Spotlight by Heather Long

I’m honored to be part of the Good Reads, Good Causes blog tour! And even more so knowing that 20% of the royalties will be donated to Home for our Troops. It’s a great organization and I firmly believe that heroes shouldn’t be homeless or struggle to live in their house. I’m also really excited to read Hot on the Ice! It’s a unique take on an anthology-each team member has their own story! Life in the Spotlight One might think that life under the spotlight is a great place to be. After all, how bad could fame be? Anyone who has found their every movement, choice, or taste analyzed, criticized, and held up for ridicule across social media and the press will have a very different opinion. Just ask… Read more »

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Nov 23
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire

The Dempsy clan is back and this time it’s Alex’s story! If you haven’t read the first book in the Hot in Chicago series, it’s not necessary to enjoy Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire. I do recommend it because you’ll get introduced to the Dempsy family and everyone around them. Meader does a pretty good job at keeping spoilers out of books in the series and I do believe you’ll be okay delving into book two. We have really good character development. Alexandra Dempsy is a female firefighter trying to prove to the boys she can handle any job thrown her way. She’s tough, can kick ass, but also is vulnerable. Alex really is a woman who can handle her own and isn’t afraid to take matters into her own… Read more »

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Nov 21
McNaught-E November Excerpt: A Kingdom of Dreams

McNaught-E November Excerpt: A Kingdom of Dreams

In case you missed it, I’m participating in McNaught-E November! It’s a month long celebration: fourteen of Judith McNaught’s books have been published for the first time in E-Book format! Each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt of Chapter 1 of A Kingdom of Dreams. And I haven’t read this one and looking forward to doing so! Synopsis:Abducted from her convent school, headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick does not easily surrender to Royce Westmoreland, Duke of Claymore. Known as “The Wolf,” his very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But proud Jennifer will have nothing to do with the fierce English warrior who holds her captive, no matter what he threatens. Boldly she challenges his will—until the… Read more »

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Nov 16
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Knot

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Knot

Woo-hoo, Gretchen Archer’s Davis Way is back! Double Knot is the fifth book in the series and if you haven’t read the series before, it’s not necessary to enjoy Double Knot. I do recommend you read at least the first book, Double Whammy, because you’ll get to meet the characters and better understand who they are and why they act the way they do. We continue to have good character development. I often find myself struggling to read a series when there’s no character growth or there’s nothing new to discover about the main character. Archer does a great job adding more dimensions to her characters. We find out about Davis’ secret, which is heartbreaking on many levels, but also understanding when we find out about it. I won’t say… Read more »

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Nov 14
McNaught-E November Excerpt: Paradise

McNaught-E November Excerpt: Paradise

In case you missed it, I’m participating in McNaught-E November! It’s a month long celebration: fourteen of Judith McNaught’s books have been published for the first time in E-Book format! Each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught. Today, I’m sharing an excerpt of Chapter 8 and 9 of Paradise. And I haven’t read this one and looking forward to doing so! Synopsis: “Judith McNaught comes close to an Edith Wharton edge” (The Chicago Tribune) in this stylish and fast-paced classic. Ruthless corporate raider Matthew Farrell is poised to move in on the legendary department store empire owned by Chicago’s renowned Bancroft family. In the glare of the media spotlight, it’s a stunning takeover that overshadows the electric chemistry between Matt, once a scruffy kid from… Read more »

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Nov 13
McNaught-E November + Giveaway

McNaught-E November + Giveaway

I’m really excited to be part of McNaught E-November! Judith McNaught was one of the first authors I read when I began to read romance. Whitney My Love was my first book of hers, but it’s Once and Always I consider to be one of my favorites! In all honesty, I never considered her books not being available in ebook format and I admit to being surprised that some of my favorites weren’t available as ebooks. I’m excited to share the opportunity with you to win 7 ebook promo codes (2 winners) and it’s open internationally! Have you read Judith McNaught and if so, what’s your favorite book? And if you haven’t, which book interests you the most? SEQUELS SERIES: Once and Always (ISBN: 9781501145520) $7.99 Victoria Seaton, a blithe… Read more »

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Nov 07
McNaught-E November Excerpt: Whitney My Love

McNaught-E November Excerpt: Whitney My Love

I’m really excited to be part of McNaught-E November! It’s a month long celebration: fourteen of Judith McNaught’s books have been published for the first time in E-Book format! Each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught. I’m sharing an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Whitney My Love. It’s one of the first McNaught novels I read and one of my favorites! If you’re a fan of historical romance, I recommend reading this one if you haven’t already. Synopsis: “Whitney, My Love” stands as Judith McNaught’s timeless bestseller — a novel so rich with laughter, tears, and the power of dreams that millions of readers have returned to it again and again to savor its beauty and majesty. Under the dark, languorous eyes of Clayton Westmoreland,… Read more »

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Oct 13
Blog Tour: Excerpt-Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman

Blog Tour: Excerpt-Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman. Enjoy! Synopsis: As a young, penniless gentleman, Maxwell Harwick knew he had little to offer Juliet White—the most beautiful debutante of the season—except his love, and one thoroughly scandalous kiss. But when they were discovered in a compromising position, a nearly ruined Juliet fled into the arms of a rich, older lord… taking Max’s heart with her. Now a widow, Lady Juliet Granworth intends to use the fortune she inherited from her odious husband to build a new life in London. Five years have passed, but she’s never forgotten Max… or his soul-searing kiss. Yet it’s clear the newly-minted Marquess of Thayne has not forgiven her—after all, the infuriating man can… Read more »

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Oct 07
Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire + Giveaway

Woo-hoo! Kate Meader is back with a new Hot in Chicago book! Sparking the Fire is the third and final book in her Hot in Chicago series and if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary in order to enjoy Sparking the Fire. I’ve read all of them and while Meader will mention an event or two from the previous books, it’s nothing that I consider to be a huge spoiler. We have great character development. Molly Cade is a Hollywood actress struggling to get her career back on track. At first, Molly comes off as bit vulnerable, but she quickly establishes herself as a capable woman. She’s not afraid to fight for what she wants and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself…. Read more »

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