Book Blogger Hop ~ 11.17.17

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


 If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @Lukten av Trykksverte)

Oooooohhh. I would invite two of my top and probably most long-read authors, Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon. I’d also invite a new favorite, Jason Reynolds. Another newbie I’d invite would be Julie Murphy, who is an absolute hoot. Ellie Alexander would be there and make us all the most delicious desserts. To add to the contemporary flare, I couldn’t turn John Green down.

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Famous Last Words #32

Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words is a new monthly feature here in Land of 1000 Wonders. I wanted to find a new way to share some fabulous quotations from reads old and new. The inspiration for this feature came from the character Pudge in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.


Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.

Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with The Scandalous Flirt all along. . .and has finally found a way to win her heart?

 

My Favorite…Fairytale

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Fairytale

I like so many of the fairytales, and I know someone is going to say something today that I didn’t even think about.

I always loved the story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. The concept of a beautiful half-girl, half-fish being fascinated me. Perhaps because I’m a Pisces and naturally drawn to water. Perhaps because I pretended I was a mermaid.

I remember watching the 1975 film as a child, as well as the Disney animated version. I watched it so many times I broke the VHS. 😦 While I don’t like Hans Christian Andersen’s ending, now that I’m older I can understand his reasoning for telling the tale better. It can be an awful thing to want for something and disobey your parents so defiantly. That element of parental protection can be so powerful.

Which version do I like better? Of course the Disney version.

What is your favorite fairytale? 

WWW Wednesdays (Nov 15)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

I picked up Donna Alward’s Deck the Halls holiday novel. It is part of her Darling, VT series which I loved when I read one of her books in this series a while back. I expect good things to come! This is my last book for #HoHoHoRAT hosted by Kimba. I was proud of myself for participating in all the challenges, and I hope to join in the Twitter party tonight. Like I said, this is my last book and I will be finishing it tonight! 🙂


 What did you just finish reading?

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I finished reading my second holiday read of the year, Christmas at Two Love Lane. It started off with such potential and tension. I was only able to read a page or two here or there unit this past weekend. I thought things were about to take off…and they just fell flat. It just seemed like the two characters were going in circles. A couple of times I felt like there was some conversation and “understanding” they came to that I didn’t know about.


What do you think you’ll read next?

These are as many Christmas reads as I could spend the time to dig up. About a dozen are new publications, and the remainder are NetGalley downloads from last year except for a couple Amazon freebies. I think I am going to read A Season of You and No Place Like You next.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books I Want My Future Children to Read

 

 

Which books make your child’s reading list?

Tuesday Teaser & Intro: The Scot Beds His Wife

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Synopsis ~ The Scot Beds His Wife

Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario who uses his slightly menacing charm to get what he wants—including too many women married to other men. But now, Gavin wants to put his shady past behind him…more or less. When a fiery lass who is the heiress to the land he wishes to possess drops into his lap, he sees a perfectly delicious opportunity…

A marriage most convenient

Samantha Masters has come back to Scotland, in a pair of trousers, and with a whole world of dangerous secrets from her time spent in the Wild West trailing behind her. Her only hope of protection is to marry—and to do so quickly. Gavin is only too willing to provide that service for someone he finds so disturbingly irresistible. But even as danger approaches, what begins as a scandalous proposition slowly turns into an all-consuming passion. And Gavin discovers that he will do whatever is necessary to keep the woman he has claimed as his own…

 

Prologue

Ravencroft Keep, Wester Ross, Scotland

The boy they called Thorne lost his virginity at almost twelve years of age. He’d lost his innocence long before that. So young, in fact, it never occurred to him to miss it.

 


Chapter 1 

 

Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland

Autumn 1880 Twenty-four years later

“So it’s true. The Earl of Thorne made a deal with the devil.” The unique Scots-Irish brogue slid through the night like a sharp dirk through supple skin.

Even on the Sannda Mhòr, the wide swath of beach leading down to Strath Bay, Gavin St. James recognized the deceptively light footfalls of the large man behind him before he’d spoken.


Teasers

 

Well. Shit. Not two minutes off the train and she’d already stepped in a steaming pile of sedition. [Loc 682]

 

“I wouldn’t wish marriage to you on my worst enemy. No one deserves a lifetime of nothing but arduous lessons in disappointed expectations.” [Loc 1778]

 

“Hand me your knife.” She held her hand behind her to her husband. When one didn’t appear in her palm, she glanced back to see what the problem was.

A congregation of narrow-eyed Highlanders crossed their arms above her in a choreographed show of resistance.

“What?” Was it something she said?

“It’s called a dirk, lass,” Gavin stated seriously. “And a man doesna just hand it over.” [Loc 4118]


Would you keep reading? 

tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is hosted by The PurpleBooker. Post two sentences from somewhere in a book you’re reading. No spoilers, please! List the author and book title too. Link up HERE.

First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To participate, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon. Link up HERE.

 

Review: April’s Glow

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: April’s Glow
Author: Juliet Madison
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Release Date: April 2016
Length: 138 pages
Series?: Tarrin’s Bay #4
Genre: Contemporary, Romance 

Distracting herself from a string of bad luck and a disastrous love life, bubbly April Vedora throws herself into her new business —April’s Glow, a candle store in seaside Tarrin’s Bay — the enchanting scents and colorful atmosphere provide a safe haven. But outside business hours she’s clueless about her personal life.

When a mysterious loner moves in next door, she can’t help but become intrigued, and ex-soldier Zac Masterson is equally fascinated by April. But both have sworn off relationships, and while April avoids her emotions by keeping busy and sociable, Zac hides away from the world — and his past.

As the pair chip away at each other’s facades and secrets are revealed, April fears that the man she is unwillingly falling for could represent everything she’s worked so hard to avoid. Or could they be just what the other needs?

They’ve shared their secrets over the back fence, but resolving the past is going to mean opening the doors to their hearts — and letting each other in.

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

my review

April’s Glow is set in Tarrin’s Bay and is the fourth in the series. I had read the fifth book prior to this book and they can be read as complete standalones.

April Vedora has physically healed and recovered from a terrible accident, but she is still in an emotionally fragile state. She avoids listening to any songs with lyrics and hasn’t gotten over what happened. She is a spunky, talkative young woman who owns her own business, a candle shop called April’s Glow, and has a great group of girlfriends.

When Zac Masterson moves in next door, he is furtive and secretive. But he is kindhearted, leaving a mystery flower on April’s porch for her birthday. As much as April tries to ignore it, he is a hunk of a man. She also discovers he’s a bit on the strange side, a different kind of bird, and she winds up liking him after their many backyard over-the-fence talks, drop-in visits, and texts. Like her, Zac is also suffering from his past and he uses poetry on his anonymous blog as an outlet.

Being told from both their perspectives, readers get insight into the issues they are struggling with before they share those scars with each other. This was a slow, slow burn romance. It started as a friendship and then turned into more, and I really liked that it was done very well. It wasn’t rushed or stilted but a smooth, natural development.

Despite Zac’s obvious appeal, April’s familial relationship plays a hard role in her driving a wedge between Zac and herself. While she hates what her father is and does – and did in the past – she also enables him a little bit. She projects her father’s history onto Zac and pushes him away despite all the help and advice he’s given her. This creates tension and advances the plot for both of them as they work through their individual issues. This is a sweet read with sincere, genuine characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juliet Madison is a bestselling and award-nominated author of fiction in multiple genres, an inspirational coloring book artist, and a self-empowerment and writing coach. With her background as a naturopath and a dancer, Juliet is passionate about health, fitness, and living a positive life. She likes to combine her love of words, art, and inspiration to create books that entertain and empower readers to love, laugh, and live. Juliet lives on the picturesque south coast of NSW, Australia, where she spends as much time as possible writing books and as little time as possible doing housework.

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