Annual End Of Year Survey – 2017 Edition

Best books of 2017

This is the 8th annual End of Year Book Survey created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner.

The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published. Please link back to this post and go check out other bloggers’ surveys.

Number Of Books You Read: 52
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Romance

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

 

My two favorite books of the year I read so close to one another and both have the word blue in the title with blue covers. Blue Like Elvis by Diane Moody was all about Cadillac Jack’s daughter and her sightings and relationship with Elvis. Blue Steal by Marnie St. Clair is the incredible story of a woman searching for infamous lost jewels in the hotel her grandfather died in decades before, but something isn’t quite right about his twin’s account from that night.

Check out the rest of my favorites list here.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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I thought I was going to love Home at Last. I had just read the book prior to this in the series and adored it. And this book focused on Quinn, the spunky darling of the island who’s also a bit of a luluhead. The plot line drove me crazy and I hated the antagonist. He was making everyone’s lives worse. I didn’t find it as redeeming as I’d hoped.

 3. Most Surprising Book You Read?  (in a good way or bad way)

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I think I was expecting something much different from this recounting of Malcolm X by his daughter. I don’t know what exactly I was thinking it would be like. Less…criminal, I suppose. I guess you could say I was uneducated and learned a lot in reading about his younger life.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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I really pushed my students to read this. I had a group of 26 or so who read it with me and they went out and talked about the book and got other sixth graders interested. I even had a science teacher come get one to read!

 5. Best Series You Started In 2017?

 

I have really enjoyed The Rakes of St. James series so far. I’ve read the first two books in the series so far, Last Night With the Duke and To the Duke, With Love. The last rake is Rathburn, so the next book will be about him.

Best Sequel Of 2017?

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The best sequel I read was The Piper’s Price by Audrey Greathouse. I loved it!! Gwen faces some dilemmas in her journey back to the real world and she meets Tiger Lily, who has been living in plain sight in the real world.

 

 6. Favorite New Author You Discovered In 2017?

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My favorite new author is Donna Alward. I loved her Darling, VT series and just read a holiday book in the Jewell Cove series. She was my most read author of the year. It just so ended up working out that way. I would like to read the rest of the Jewell Cove series.

 

7. Best Book From A Genre You Don’t Typically Read OR Was Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

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I don’t read very much nonfiction, I’m sure to my own detriment, and I also don’t read a lot of books that have a heavy religious tone (probably even more to my detriment). The Hiding Place had both.

 8. Most Action-Packed/Thrilling/Unputdownable Book Of The Year?

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Blue Steal was riveting. I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a book, but it truly was. The main plot line drew me in right from the start. Searching an old hotel for a famous sapphire necklace? The same hotel her grandfather died in as a teen, leaving behind his twin? The story of that night just doesn’t add up to the P.I. also looking for the necklace…

When the original cop on the Holloway scene and a childhood acquaintance turn up, the mystery of what happened the night Andrew Holloway died intensifies and starts crystallizing into a third story than the two previously told.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t plan on doing much rereading. I think the only book I’d reread would be the ones I teach: Trouble River and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

10. Favorite Cover Of A Book You Read In 2017?

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11. Most Memorable Character Of 2017?

33574182Samantha Masters grew up in America’s Wild West. After her parents’ death, she was taken in by a family that worked her hard. She married to escape that life and dreamed of the coast of Oregon. That’s what her husband has promised her…after the Masters Gang pulls their last train heist. When her husband steps into her car and shoots a man dead, Sam makes a decision to save a life and is thrust an opportunity to start over and lay low in Scotland at the behest of Alison Ross. She is to live and work the family land for one year so that Alison can legally retain. Only thing is, Sam enters Scotland as Alison Ross.  There’s cussing and LOTS of it. Particularly the f word, used mostly by Sam. She makes it quite clear that Gavin St. James should stay clear off her land, being very handy with her pistols and a better shot than any man.

 12. Most Beautifully Written Book Read In 2017?

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I thought Hope at Christmas was such a beautiful, sweet book with so many great messages. I loved all the characters except Sydney’s ex-husband, and even he did show some character growth after many episodes.

13. Most Thought-Provoking Book of 2017?

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 Without Borders is a story that speaks to so many topics, and I found the title fit like a glass slipper. This story set in Nicaragua and features adopted Nicaraguan brother and sister working with their mother to provide medical care in their country. The jungle is a dangerous place, and it is a true mission getting to the people. And then there is the fragile and tentative trust of the villagers that Felipe’s mother has established over many years.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

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I thought for years that I would love the intrigue and mystery and suspense and thrill of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I’ve had it on audio for a few years now and finally got around to it in 2017. I didn’t like it.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

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16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

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 17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

31454815I was shocked the the most by Blue Steal. I was left all throughout the book with these little tidbits as Jack Tierney, P.I., continues to investigate Lewis Holloway and his account of the night the the famous Petrovsky sapphire collection disappeared from the Empire Hotel – and the night his twin brother died.

While trying to riddle out the still-missing necklace’s possible hiding places, Jack and Selina both discover the mystery surrounding her grandfather’s death due to the Petrovsky sapphires. It just doesn’t add up. And Jack’s not going to let that go. MIND. BLOWN. Plus, the ending was explosive!

18. OTP Of The Year? (You will go down with this ship!)

29875915Darling, Vermont is known for their famous Kissing Bridge. Local legend says that a kiss on the bridge brings everlasting love, and it is perpetuated by the city and local businesses for tourism. Despite that, Darling is a fairly small town with the traditional small town mindset.

Aiden Gallagher and Laurel Stone were photographed on the Kissing Bridge when they were five years old, dressed for a relative’s wedding. Ten years later, they date in high school…until word gets around to Laurel about a bet Aiden made in the locker room. Their break-up scene is still whispered about to this day, and Laurel still carries this anger and almost hatred for him. Now that she is back home and rebuilding her new life – alone – there is now avoiding him.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year?
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I loved Mac, the local high school history teacher and baseball coach, and his college coworker. There are an elite few in town (the mayor, Miss Bea) who know Mac plays the local Santa every year at their winter wonderland. He has since his son Seth was in the womb, and he has quite a knack for it. His coworker plays his elf and they work so well together! Ironically, the first year she worked with Mac she rolled her eyes and was an ungrateful jerk. Mac took her under his wing and taught her the spirit of grace and thoughtfulness, and ever since they have been the exclusive Santa-Elf pair.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously?

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This year I read Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman. It is the seventh book in the Playful Brides series. I previously read the fifth book in the series, The Untamed Earl, in spring 2016.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation OR Peer Pressure?

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I was pressured (ahem, told) to read The Phantom Tollbooth with my not-really homeroom students last year. We also had two different packets to complete with each chapter, so it literally took us from the beginning of December to almost the end of March to finish reading.

22. Newest Fictional Crush From A Book You Read In 2017?

31752357I don’t have many fictional crushes. There are few who get that honor. But I did have one this year to add to my list. Hunter the hot fireman from King of the Friend Zone. I loved three things about Hunter the most: his realism, his humor and fun nature, and his conviction and determination to stand for what he believes in. Hunter’s reactions and inner dialogue were so on point. He thought – and sometimes said – what everyone else was thinking. Sometimes it wasn’t the best time or place, but he was honest with himself.

Hunter and Esme have grown up their whole lives with one another and are best friends. Esme keeps up with all of the calls for service Hunter is dispatched to, competes with him for steps on her FitBit, and constantly keeps up by texts. They are integral parts of each other’s lives, which they quickly learn the hard way after being ripped apart by jealousy – Esme’s jealous fiancé, that is. Jon is a straight up douche that goes for the jugular and single-handedly cuts all communication between the lifelong best friends and manipulates Esme into making decisions she later regrets. Hunter adopts a NOT TODAY SATAN armor toward Esme in order to get on with his life and follow Esme’s wishes.

23. Best 2017 Debut You Read?

I don’t think any of the books I read in 2017 were debuts.

24. Best World Building/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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I loved the setting and some of the scenes – especially those describing Willow’s home – in Someone to Love. The scene of Ethan’s young son cuddled with Willow in her swinging hanging chair, both fast asleep, still sticks with me.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is HILARIOUS! I crack up throughout the entire thing, and my kids this year LOVED my reading of it. They all did really well on their test over it, too.

 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

I think the better question is, which books didn’t make me cry in 2017? I distinctly remember these books making me cry: Someone to Love, Last Night with the Duke, Close to Home, The Bad Luck Bride, The Master of Strathburn, The Scandalous Flirt, and Deck the Halls.

 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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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.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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There are two heavy subjects that come up in Someone to Love. A semicolon is a very well-known mark, and has now become a stamp forever as a reminder and as hope for many people who battle depression or other mental health issues. The second heavy subject revolves around a woman’s right to choose for herself and her body, which is somehow a controversial topic in what is supposed to be such a progressive time.

Willow and Ethan slowly grow close to one another, neither wanting to admit what they have. But life takes its natural course, and all of the reason behind Willow’s semicolon tattoo forces her to make a different choice at this point in her life – not the choice she made before. Not the choice Ethan wants her to make. Willow chooses not to allow someone else to force her into making a choice she does not want, so she chooses her own path. When an innocent bicycle collision happens in front of her store, it propels Willow into an entire situation she and Ethan are not prepared to handle. On the flip side, as Ethan points out to Willow, she has also robbed him of his right to choice in the matter. It is a fine and delicate line, and in the end, Willow made the best decision for herself.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

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The Scandalous Flirt was the most unique book I read, but please don’t let the cover fool you. About the only thing accurate on the cover are the red slippers. The main character is Aurora Paxton, Rory for short. After being exiled eight years ago following a scandal that near ruined her family, Rory is now tricked into returning to London after learning her stepmother is being blackmailed and her younger sister is engaged to an old codger of a duke. Rory receives ruby red slippers from Lady Milford, the bearer of the bad news.

Upon her arrival in London, Rory discovers her stepmother hasn’t changed a lick, despite the years that have passed and the death of Rory’s father. Her stepmother is steadfast that Lucas Vale, the Marquess of Dashell, is the blackmailer, holding a packet of secret love letters between his father and Rory’s stepmother. Rory strikes a deal – if she can return the stolen items that are the source of frantic scandal – Rory will receive a third of her dowry, money she desperately needs to sustain her and her aunt in their cottage in the country.

Rory immediately sets out to become the companion to the Marchioness, reputed to be incorrigible and going through companions like fresh knickers due to her horrendous nature and behavior.  It will be easy to recover the scandalous letters if she’s under the same roof where they are hidden. During her search for the mysterious letters and to stop the impending blackmail, Rory finds herself embroiled in a bitter battle with Lucas Vale.

And the love letters reveal some shocking information – quite a different story than the one Rory’s stepmother tells. And the exact same thing she was exiled for all those years ago.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad?

29962807The Master of Strathburn is the one book that made me see red this year. I wanted to kill off the two antagonists myself, a mother-son duo. Jessie Munroe and her father have come to Lochrose Castle. Jessie takes a liking to the elderly Earl of Strathburn, although his wife and half-son, Simon, are not cut from the same cloth. They are snobbish and devious. The Earl pines for his long-lost son, Robert, who took part in the Jacobite uprising. With a price on his head, a near fatal injury, and his brother hounding the Dragoons to steal him away to the gaol, he fled the country.

Jessie flees the castle to protect herself against the wretched and lecherous Simon Grant. He is an ugly, vengeful, borderline demented young man. She is his Jezebel. She won’t get away.  She flees the castle for the nearby coach station and travel to a relative’s home for safety.

Robert’s warrior instinct vows to shield her. He is a stark contrast to his villainous brother, Simon. Those two play large parts in moving the plot onward,  and it is utterly despicable. The gooseflesh will rise on your arms. I wanted to wrap Jessie up in bubble wrap and hide her away somewhere.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

I don’t remember exactly when I started following Latte Night Reviews, but I have loved keeping up with Gen in Puerto Rico and now Victoria.

2. Favorite review you wrote In 2017?

31553350My favorite review was The Piper’s Price. I spent a lot of time perusing my review of the first book in the series, The Neverland Wars, and really thinking how to review the book without giving away vital spoilers.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I had two non-review discussions on my blog. One was a personal, My Personal First Aid Kit. The core of the personal first aid kit is to be an emotional toolkit to treat, comfort and heal emotional injuries. The other post was a recent one, How Dare You Goodreads!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Author Jason Reynolds came to my school in September! I loved his talk and getting to spend a minute with him. Then I saw him again (and a bunch of other authors) at Texas Teen Book Festival at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

The best moment of my bookish and blogging life in 2017 was when Texas Teen Book Fest shared my IG photo!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

The most challenging thing about reading and blogging this year was the time and motivation. I have been SO exhausted and took most of the summer to just veg out and kind of check out. It took a toll on my creativity content, reading time, and getting things done on time.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Most Popular by Views (OLD) – Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Readers Who Liked Dead Poet’s Society and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: WONDER

Most Popular by Views (NEW) – How Dare You Goodreads! and My Bullet Journal: Things That Didn’t Work

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My Bullet Journal: Fall – August & September

 

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Honestly, I try to stay away as much as possible. I spent more money this year on bullet journal supplies than books. Journal This Now is one of my faves.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I wrapped up all my challenges in my December Chit Chat. Sadly, the ONLY one I finished was my Audiobook Challenge. I was only one book away from meeting my Goodreads Challenge, but I just couldn’t squeeze one more in.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

I have a few that are currently on my list…

 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

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3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Middle school hasn’t been going well for Colin. His teenage sister teases him mercilessly, his autistic brother lashes out at him, and he has a crush on his best friend, Andy. But after the tragic night when his father commits suicide, none of that matters. Diane, his mother, seeks solace in therapy. Colin is awash in guilt, and casts about for someone to confide in: first his estranged grandfather, then a predatory science teacher. But nothing helps as much as the strange writing his father kept in a series of notebooks locked in his study. Colin looks for answers there—in fragments about disaster scenarios, the violence of snow, mustangs running wild in the West—but instead finds the writing infecting his worldview. Diane, meanwhile, has a miserable fling with a coworker, and leans more heavily on Colin for support as things go from bad to worse. But spring is unfolding, and a road trip to Los Angeles gives them a tantalizing glimpse of what the future might hold. 

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

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5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

My NetGalley ratio is horrible…because I have 600+ books on my approved list. My big reading/blogging goal I want to accomplish this year is to increase my NetGalley feedback ratio to at least 20%.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

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I’m currently reading Saturday at Sweeney’s and I’m loving it! I was sad to learn it is the fifth book in the series, though. I think it can be read as a standalone, but now I want to go back and read them all.

Spotlight: Grigori

Today I’m excited to share with you the Book Promo of ‘Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance’ by Lauren Smith. This is a Paranormal Romance and the first book in the ‘Brothers of Ash and Fire’ series. ‘Grigori’ was published on October 18th. 

About the Book:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36044124-grigori?ac=1&from_search=true

He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …

Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia. 
She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…

 


Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.

This book is available at Amazon

Excerpt:

Madelyn woke slowly, bit by bit, stretching the muscles here and there and enjoying the warmth of the bed she was laying in and the hard body that she was half sprawled out on. 
Hard body… 
She tensed and opened one eye to peek at the man in the bed with her as memories of last night came flooding back. She’d had a terrible nightmare, and then Grigori Barinov had made it snow and held her until she fell asleep. She wasn’t sure what shocked her more, having fallen asleep with a stranger after her nightmares, or that she watched him take a vast thunderstorm over Moscow and make it snow.
Just for me.  
A smile curved her lips and she tried to hide it. Men didn’t even open doors for her, but this man had made it snow. It was the most romantic thing that had ever happened to her. 
She enjoyed her moment to study him. The sensual lips and pale gold brows. He was gorgeous. She knew she kept thinking about it, but damn, he was beautiful. It almost hurt to look at him.  
One of his arms curled around her waist. The other lay against his stomach. The tattoo on his forearm was in open view and she examined it. The tattoo was stunning. More symbolic of a dragon than lifelike, she could see the dragon was clearly in a curled position. One of its eyes was closed, but the other was open and fixed on her. Her attention turned to the signet ring on his hand. The serpent biting its tail. A symbol for eternity. The ouroboros. The jeweled eyes of the serpent were made of tiny bright sapphires.  
“Did you rest well?” Madelyn jumped at the sound of his voice, her body clashing against the arm wrapped around her waist. Her eyes flew to his and her knees weakened at the sight of his soft, indulgent smile.  
“Er . . . yes.” She stammered, trying not to think of how many women over the countless years he’d seduced with a look. It was a look that promised whispers in the dark, glittering jewels and naked bodies entwined on beds of furs. But when she looked at him she could see a future unfurling like a new flower, a future that his bright gleaming eyes and strong hands hinted at as they held her captive against him in bed.  
“Good.” He suddenly flipped them so she lay beneath him on the bed. A gasp escaped her and she tilted her head back to look up at him.  
“What are you—” 
With a wicked smile he dipped his head to hers. The kiss burned and sizzled, sparking part of her to life that she hadn’t even known existed. It seemed in the last day her body had completely changed inside, making her aware that she wasn’t as in control of herself as she’d always believed. She should not be turned on by a stranger’s kiss, but she was.  
Oh yes, hell yes. She tried to wrap her arms around his neck, but he caught her wrists and pinned them into the bed on either side of her head. His large, strong hands curled around her wrists, making her feel small, helpless . . . She strained against the hold, struggling just enough to test his power.  
His blue eyes flashed with molten fire. “My bed, my woman,” he purred in a low seductive rumble that seemed to ripple through her entire body. She was hyper-aware of him, from the wisps of his hair brushing against her neck as he nuzzled her throat to the scrape of the faint shadow of a golden-brown beard along his jaw. He may have worn an expensive suit and looked like an Armani model, but he acted like an ancient warrior—one who took what he wanted. God help her, she liked it.  
His natural dominance frustrated and aroused her at the same time. She should have been scared, kissing a stranger in a foreign city in his bed. But bit by bit, Grigori was becoming less a stranger to her.  
He tugged on her bottom lip. The weight of his body on hers was thrilling and yet she felt safe. How was that possible? She’d never had sex before, had never been all that interested in the whole idea of sex, but right now all she could think about was having him take her and make love to her, wildly, roughly. Her body was in total overload with all of the sensations and new hungers. 
“I can feel you thinking.” He teased before he moved his lips in a trail of kisses down her neck. 
“Not thinking,” she panted. “I promise.” She rolled her hips, inviting him to lay deeper into the cradle of her thighs. It was time to get rid of that pesky virginity.  
Grigori’s warm laughter on her neck made her quiver. He lifted his head, their gazes locked. His body still trapped hers, his hand still holding her wrists captive.  
“I have so little control around you,” he whispered. 
“Is that a bad thing?” she asked, loving the way his lips twitched. He was trying not to smile and for some reason she adored that. It was a challenge. What could she do to make him lose that control and grin at her?  
“It can be. You are untouched and I might be too rough.” 
Every muscle in her tensed, her body going rigid. “You, you know that I’m a . . .” the word failed to come out.  
“A virgin? Yes.” His eyes hardened and he frowned.  
Suddenly she couldn’t breathe, her lungs seized in panic and she struggled. How did he know? How the hell could he know she was a virgin?  
“Let go of me,” she demanded.  
Grigori slid off her at once, as though he’d expected this.  
She grabbed the top blanket off the bed and dragged it around her like a protective shield. Being a virgin had not been something she wanted him to know. Didn’t it freak out guys to be with a virgin? That’s what she’d heard, anyway. And just how had he figured it out? Was she a bad kisser? Was it because he was a dragon? Had he sensed something or was she acting like a virgin? Maybe she . . .  
“Madelyn, do not be angry with me.” 
She lifted her chin. “I’m not. It’s just . . . How did you know?”  
He slowly skirted the bed and when she retreated, he paused leaning against the nearest bedpost, his blue eyes changing to liquid amber.  
“Your scent. It’s like a potent aphrodisiac.” He licked his lips, the action seductive and a little frightening.  
“My scent?” She kept the blanket wrapped around her and continued to retreat until her back bumped into the wall.  
Grigori smiled crookedly as he seemed to realize he had effectively cornered her. 
“It’s like Georgian wine with a hint of berries . . . and rain.”  
Madelyn stared at him, trying to process that before she lifted a lock of her hair up and took a sniff. Nothing but a faint scent of the shampoo she’d used a day ago. She didn’t smell like a thing. He was creeping closer, his long elegant fingers trailing along the bedspread and she was momentarily distracted by imagining those fingertips gliding along her skin, sliding into her. Her body quivered with new hungers and Grigori’s nostrils flared.  
“It’s almost impossible not to touch you. From the first moment I picked up Barrow’s book back at the Russian State Library your scent has been torturing me with its sweetness. Madelyn,” he growled her name in a subtle warning.  
“My sc—scent?” She couldn’t believe she’d stuttered. It wasn’t like her at all, but neither was she the type to tremble and quake at a man’s touch, let alone a scorching look. Not that she’d honestly had much experience with men sending scorching looks her way.  
“You know a fair bit about dragon mythology, don’t you?” he asked, taking one step closer. 
She nodded, suspicious.  
“And what do dragons love to eat?”  
The moment she realized the answer, Grigori’s wicked grin grew.  
She didn’t stutter this time, but her heart was pounding wildly.  
“Virgins . . .”

About the Author:


USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Smith is an Oklahoma attorney by day, author by night who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, and a Semi-Finalist award for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

For more information about Lauren please visit her website. Or visit her on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. 

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Holiday Story Prompt Challenge ~ Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon 2017

Aleen @ Lampshade Reader is hosting one of the challenges for HOHOHO Readathon that involves writing. She has a list of holiday words to use in your writing. My story ended up being immensely long. I did not intend this, so I created a post to share it. I didn’t want to stifle the story that started flowing out, so I just kept going. I bolded the words Aleen outlined for the prompt in my story.

Marina had carefully planned this year’s Christmas affair at the lodge. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the large and luxuriously glamorized structure sat on extensive grounds covered in fresh powdered snow. The early morning sun winked off icicles decorating the wrap-around porch. Smoke curled up from the chimney. Out front in the large circular drive sat a glossy red sleigh, complete with intricate silver inlays, she had commissioned over a year ago. Life-like reindeer stood at attention in front of the sleigh as if ready for take-off. The hand-tooled harnesses matched the intricate designs on the sleigh. Her request for 31 custom jingle bells along each harness had been met. Anything was met when you flashed enough cash, Marina had come to learn.

This day had been on her mind for the last few years. She had waited painstakingly to pull off the perfect holiday vacation for the people she cared about most. An out-of-state catering crew had come highly recommended following one of her now ex-fiancé’s business dinners was already on staff and planning delicious fare. Marina practically begged for the classic and quintessential holiday treat she was accustomed to during the Christmas season but had long given up after her first Christmas with Ian. Unlike Sheldon, her favorite character from The Big Bang Theory, she only took her hot chocolate with four marshmallows. Sipping the warm concoction brought back the memory of her younger brother, Benny, pouring marshmallows into his steaming mug directly from the bag. They had cut such a large hole that the small white missiles ended up everywhere that cold morning. It always brought back a chuckle, remembering three-year-old Benny scrambling around the table, standing in his long-johns in the kitchen chair.

Marina mused on her initial misgivings about her sudden inheritance. Despite the two years of misery living in New York, attending social functions with Ian and committee meetings scheduled by his secretary, Marina supposed it was nice to come into her sizeable wealth. At least Ian hadn’t been a Grinch with his money. He’d created a sizeable financial portfolio that Marina significantly benefited from after his sudden death. She’d never want for anything in life. Except love. Surely that was what Ian was buying when she found the arms of a street sleaze snaked around his pale body in his office suite. Such naughty behavior from such an upstanding businessman of the community.

The tinkling of glass brought her back to the present. Marina glanced at the eight-foot Christmas tree, neatly arranged in the corner. Decked out with glass ornaments and strings of lights, Marina walked across the double living room to stand in front of the tree, looking at the angel on top. Silver strands of tinsel fluttered on the branches at her approach. A lone silver strand slithered to the floor to lay next to a pile of presents.

Feeling vulnerable and alone despite the impending avalanche of family, she turned her back to the tree and took in the scenery. Yards of garland decorated the doorways and beautiful cherry banister leading up to the second floor. Huge gossamer bows decorated the railing along the upstairs landing.

Just then she heard the chime of the front door. “Oh, they’re here!” she said aloud to the empty room.

Rushing to the door, she was greeted with the sticky fingers of her toddling nephew. His twin sister was squalling, trying to rip herself from her father’s steadfast arms. “It’s been a rough trip,” he says before Karina launched herself at Marina. Sticky fingers grasp both cheeks as Karina plants an open-mouthed kiss on Marina’s pert nose.

“That boy dropped the damn candy cane on the carpet, James!” she heard her sister yell from the depths of the minivan.

Marina raised a brow. “It was just shampooed,” James whispers while rolling his eyes. “Honestly, Mar, I don’t understand her. We have three children under the age of seven. Two dogs, a pot-bellied pig -”

“And a partridge in a pear tree!” screeched Kevin, zipping through the doorway while inadvertently dodging his siblings’ sticky fingers. He had grown inches since Marina had last seen him, but his face was still round and innocent as a babe’s. He proudly brought in a sackful of presents, boasting his immense strength while marching directly to the tree.

James chuckled. “He just learned that song at school for the pageant. We’ve listened to it all the way here,” he said as he walked in. Taking both hands of his fiendish twins, he hustled them to the downstairs bathroom.

Sabrina rushed up the front steps breathless. “Oh, Mar, it’s so beautiful. You didn’t have to…” she let her voice drop off at seeing the dark look cross her sister’s face. A conversation best left for later, she thought as she tucked away her next words.

“Alright, Kevin, go get the last few things,” his mother told him.

His eyes widened. He glanced in horror at Marina. “You mean the le-”

“Kevin! We talked about this,” Sabrina said in a panic.

Kevin stood dumbstruck, staring at Marina. He gulped. “Oh, yeah.”

He raced out the door, leaving Marina to stare in his wake. Then she turned to her sister, carefully making herself up in the hall mirror. She placed her purse and phone next to the bronze bowl spruced with sprigs of holly. Marina instantly knew something was not quite right with her own twin. Classic deflect move. Sabrina had done it ever since they were girls.

“Sab, what was that all about? What was Kevin talking about?” she peered around her sister’s bustling form.

“Hmmmm?” her sister purred. She leaned into the mirror to preen over an already perfectly coiffed up-do. “Oh, it’s some little leggy chicken thing he brought to show Parker.”

Marina stilled. Sabrina’s comment had hit its mark and she knew it. She looked into the mirror at her sister as their eyes met.

“Parker?” Marina asked.

Sabrina faked a wince. “Oh, dear! Didn’t James tell you? He came into town. Ever since his mama passed – bless her soul – he’s been this lone drifter type. James invited him weeks ago. I thought he’d told you,” Sabrina pursed her lips and applied a fresh coat of Rapscallion Red.

“No,” Marina whispered. “He didn’t mention it.”

Sabrina swirled around. “Oh, Mar, I didn’t know. Honest,” she said. Marina could see the fingers crossed behind her back in the mirror, another vestige from childhood her sister had never been able to give up.

“I’m sure it will be fine,” Marina huffed.

“Mar, it was ten years ago,” Sabrina says quietly.

“Please don’t remind me,” Marina retorts. Grabbing a trenchcoat from the coat rack, she flees the foyer to find what was keeping Kevin.

Out in the drive, the minivan sits glinting in the sun, all doors open. The bags were abandoned by a front wheel.

“Kevin, what the hell are you up to now?” Marina muttered as a blast of cold air hit her full in the face. She marched around the side of the lodge, head down and buttoning her coat as she rounded the corner. To run full into a steel wall.

Strong hands reach out to grasp her arms to keep her from toppling over backward. “Whoa, careful there,” a familiar voice says.

Marina looked up after regaining her balance. She blanched, then quickly recovers. “Sabrina just told me you were coming.” She tries to shake his hold and move on, but he doesn’t loosen his hands. She glances around him. Where did that kid get to this time?

“Well, Merry Christmas to you, too. You near bulldozed me over running around the corner like that. You ought to give a man some warning,” he drawled.

Just like there should be a flashing neon billboard above your head warning a poor girl, Marina thought. The man was pure sex on a stick.

Parker lets his hands drop to his sides. Still prickly after all these years, he thought. What would she say if she knew tomorrow night he’d be playing Santa himself? Deck the halls with holly, he couldn’t contain his grin at the thought of her sculpted bottom sitting across his lap.

Marina frowned. “Have you seen Kevin? He was supposed to bring the last bags in, but he’s run off.” She scanned the hillside. Kevin’s red jacket was just a speck in a cloud of white.

Parker turned. “Oh, yeah, he took himself down to the old campfire.”

Marina stood staring, lost in another time. The campfire. It was the first place she’d met Parker as a gangly girl of eight. She thought he was the most interesting person on the planet. That summer had been an awakening for Marina. She finally understood what all the girls in her class thought when they dreamed up their wedding days.

As the years passed, the campfire was the one place Marina always seemed to find herself at. The night she had the worst fight with Sabrina, she ran down the hillside. The night she learned her best friend was moving overseas, Marina had found herself at the campsite. Parker had been there too. That night.

The night of their first kiss. The gentle way Parker had talked to her, held her. Memories flooded Marina.

“I was surprised it was still here after all these years,” Parker mused.

Marina jolted back to the present. A flush that had nothing to do with the cold crept up her face. “I…I had it maintained,” she said stiffly as she started down the hillside.

Of course she did, Parker thought. She had bank vaults full of money now.

“Quit being an ass, Parker,” he ground out. Watching the black swatch of cloth sway in the arctic blast, he made his way after her. “I think there are still some coals down there!” he called out to her swiftly retreating backside.

Maybe spending a week ensconced with Marina was a bad idea after all, Parker thought as his large feet filled the tiny prints Marina’s had left in the pristine snow.

By the time he reached the bottom of the hill, Marina already had Kevin rounded up.

“Tia! Did you leave room for our stockings? Mama packed all of them in the twins’ suitcase. The new ones you sent us as an early present!” Kevin crowed. His gap-toothed grin spread from ear to ear. Christmas was his favorite time of year.

Marina nuzzled him into her side. “Of course I did, you rascal. Now, let’s go get those bags. You can hang your stocking right on the mantle next to mine,” she declared.

“Uncle Parker! I didn’t know you were coming!” Kevin exclaimed, racing up the hill and launching himself at Parker.

“Yeah, it seems that’s the general theme around here,” he said wryly, glancing up at Marina as he hefted Kevin in his arms.

She smiled conspiratorially. “Come on, Kev.”

He placed his small mittened hand in hers. She latched on to the warmth, chiding herself for running out the door in such haste.

Parker picked up the bags by the van while Kevin ran around shutting the doors, and they walked up the front steps together. Once inside Kevin melted out of his jacket and mittens, leaving them in a puddle on the floor. Parker followed him just as quickly, leaving Marina to pick everything up and sort it out in the coat closet.

Soon she heard laughter and giggles from the kitchen. “My gingerbread didn’t turn out right, Mama,” Kevin whined.

“It didn’t? I thought you were going for Rudolph?” she said between bites. “Here, put a Red Hot for his nose.”

“It’s just a fat cow with a runny nose, now.” A lot of huffing and puffing followed Kevin’s declaration.

“I’m sure it’s a tasty fat cow,” Sabrina prompted.

“Here, I’ll eat him,” Parker said.

Marina realized she was standing outside the kitchen doorway eavesdropping. A part of her felt compelled to join them in the kitchen, while another had her rooted to the floor.

“Parker, we brought the letter. Mama says we’re going to send it to the North Pole. Maybe Santa will bring some extra toys when he comes to visit.” Kevin was such a hopeful kid.

“Did you write and tell Santa what you were looking for?” There was the hint of a laugh in Parker’s voice.

“Yeah, Uncle Park. We told him Tia Marina needs a man!” Kevin yelled at the top of his lungs.

“Oh, this is going to be good,” Sabrina chortled. “This is your brainchild, I assume?”

There was a silence. “Uh…yeah,” Parker admitted.

“Mom! Uncle Park brought a Santa suit and everything! It’s going to work.” Kevin’s enthusiasm didn’t reach the living room.

Marina stood rooted to the floor. Her mouth hung open.

A small noise had Marina swirl around. James stood there with a sleeping Karina on his shoulder. The look of horror on his face told Marina he had heard everything, too.

“Were you a part of this?” Marina whispered traitorously. She felt sheathed in anguish.

James paused, thinking over his next words carefully. “Mar, I think we should sit down,” he said levelly.

Marina stepped toward him, then stopped and seemed to think better of it. He hitched his arm higher, settling the prone Karina higher up on his shoulder.

Kevin’s laughter drifted in from the kitchen.

“Hey, there you guys are. We were just looking for….you,” Parker’s words slow to a halt. Kevin grasps onto him like a monkey, giggling into the silence.

Marina stands there in the center of the room, directly in front of the grand staircase. He can see the rigid lines in the set of her shoulders. Something just went south.

“Well, St. Nick,” she whirls around, her raven hair whipping around her face. She advances on him, finger raised. Just like when they were kids. “You thought Santa needed to bring me a man? A man!” she shrieked.

Warning bells went off in Parker’s head, so he did the first thing he could think of to distract her. When she came near enough, poking her finger against the muscled wall of his chest, he grabbed her to him. He could instantly feel Kevin let go and drop to the ground.

Parker molded her to his chest. She looked up at him with a speechless expression, yet there was spitting fire in her eyes. Before the next string of words could get out, Parker slanted his mouth over hers.

For a brief moment he felt Marina go limp against him. Then gathering her courage to buck up again, she wrenched free of his hold. Hot anger welled in her eyes.

They were doomed. All of them.

“Wheeeewwwweeeee. I think we need some eggnog to put out that fire,” Sabrina drawled.

Marina spit bars. Then she rounded on Parker. “Just what do you think you are doing?” she yelled, punching his chest again with her finger, punctuating each word.

Kevin tugged on her arm. “But Tia, look!” Kevin pointed up to the chandelier.

Everyone inclined their heads, following Kevin’s finger. There, tied to the chandelier and dangling down, was mistletoe.

“It was the mistletoe, Tia Marina,” Kevin pronounced the Spanish flawlessly. A

James gave his wife a meaningful look. Crossing the room, he placed Karina couch. “Come on, Kev, let’s go eat some more of those cookies.”

“They’re reindeers, Dad,” Kevin corrected.

“Come on, my little elves,” Sabrina said in a sing-song as she followed them into the kitchen.

Marina stood glaring at Parker. “I can’t believe you would do this. Sabrina I can understand this from, but to drag James and Kevin into this. What the hell were you thinking?”

Parker glared right back. That cold, hard kernel inside of him was back. The feeling he had all those years ago with a ring burning a hole in his pocket.

“Don’t make me into the Krampus, here, Marina. If I could have you wrapped in that sparking damn wrapping paper and tied with a curly bow, I would. I deserve it at the least. You owe me that much,” he bit out.

Marina sucked in a breath. “I owe you? I don’t owe you any damn thing, Parker Blake.”

Parker gave an arresting stare. Anger flashed across his face. “No? I was going to ask you to be my wife that night, Marina. I had the ring in my pocket.”

He could see the shock sink in. Marina never knew.

Well, now she does.

He could see she didn’t know what to make of this new information. “Suck on that, sugar plum. You can feel just as badly as I did ten years ago. I’ll see you later for the caroling.”

Marina reeled back onto the couch. Well, figgy pudding! This vacation was not going at all as planned.

HoHoHo Readathon Sign-Up Post

I think for the first time ever I am joining the HoHoHo Readathon! This is the Fifth Annual HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Readathon and it is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

It’s that time of year when the holiday and winter-themed books hit the bookshelves. Gather up your favorite cocoa, comfort foods, holiday music and books and join in the fun!

This year’s event will run from Wednesday, November 8th through Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 pm. During the event, you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twiter party. You can participate for a day or cozy up by the fire and hang out every day. The more you participate the more entries you will earn for the Participant Giveaway.

Read-A-Thon Rules

  • Link-up
  • Before November 8th, post a goals post to your blog
  • Participate in at least one challenge to be eligible for grand prize
  • Read/listen to as many Holiday or Winter themed books as you can.
  • Tweet your progress using #hohohorat
  • Twitter Party Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 8:30 pm (EST). Come chat about the books you have read. There will be prizes. #hohohorat
  • Challenge schedule and Grand Prize widget will post on November 8th at/by 8 am (EST)
  • Read-a-thon starts on November 8th 12:o1 am (your time zone) and ends on November 15 at 11:59 pm (your time zone)
  • Challenges will be open from 8 am (EST) on the 8th and stay open until Nov 15th at 11:59 pm (EST)
  • Grand Prize Raffle will be open until November 16th at 11:59 pm (EST) to allow you to submit entries.
  • All winners of challenges and the grand prize will be notified by November 20th.

My HOHOHO Reads

While I am so proud of myself for clearing out some more NetGalley books off my load, when they sent out a Christmas list of auto-approvals…I downloaded almost all of them. Nine total. So much for plans, right? I’m going to work through these and then get back to my original Christmas reads list.

I plan to read at least two of these during the readathon and start a third book.

8 Reasons Reading Is A Superpower!

Confessions of a Book Geek

Book lovers have long held the notion that reading is good for you – ask any Book Geek and they’ll tell you reading is relaxing, fun, and educational, that they feel more empathetic and understanding as a result of the stories they’ve read, and that their horizons have been broadened, which is all great stuff, but now there’s scientific evidence to prove that reading actually IS a superpower 😉


1. Reading Improves Your Memory

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Not only is it proven that reading improves your memory, but researchers also believe that chapter books in particular encourage “deep reading”.

Unlike reading magazines and newspapers, reading a book (of any genre) forces your brain to think critically and make connections from one chapter to the next, as well as make connections to your real-life and the outside world. When you make these connections, so does your brain, literally forging new pathways. Over…

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FREE AUDIOBOOKS ALL SUMMER LONG

SYNC Your Summer

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ that gives away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. SYNC is dedicated to introducing the listening experience to the teen audience and demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.

This is an outreach from the Audio Publishers Association and sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app.  Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!

It’s entirely free – all you have to do is enter your name and email address in order to download the two titles each week.

The only downside is you only have a week to download the audiobook pairing. Sometimes I forget when life gets busy, so you can also get a text notification when the new week’s books are available to download. Text syncya to 25827 for title updates and alerts when the new books are out!

Why Audiobooks? 

SUMMER 2017 SYNC TITLES

SYNC has already begun! The program runs April 27 – August 16. Below are the 30 titles for this year.

April 27 – May 3
May 4  – May 10
May 11 – May 17
May 18 – May 24
May 25 – May 31
June 1 – June 7
June 8 – June 14
June 15 – June 21
June 22 – June 28
June 29  – July 5
July 6 – July 12
July 13 – July 19
July 20 – July 26
July 27 – August 2
August 3  – August 9
 
August 10 – August 16

Will you be downloading any titles? What do you think of the choices for this year?

My Book Haul

I haven’t been keeping up with my haul in my Sunday Posts like I used to. I’ve neglected updating what I got in the last few months all year long, so it is well overdue.

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Purchased

I had a $50 B&N giftcard from two Christmases ago that I still have not used since there aren’t many in my area. I was already in the area for another important purchase, so I swung in to the closest location. Apparently a $50 GC will buy you two books at B&N. I walked out paying a little over $100 in books, and this is what I got:

Mini Blog Ahead – Week 3

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Week 1 started off great with a total of 62 posts written, and 36 of those counted for this challenge! Week 2 nothing happened at all. I was a little disappointed with that, but life got the better of me. Here are my results for week 3.

 

March Start: 11 posts 

Day 11 

  • Sunday Post –> scheduled for 3/12
  • Mini Blog Ahead – Week 3 –> scheduled for 3/16
  • WWW Wednesday –> drafted

Day 11 – Posts Written:  3 //  Running Total: 65

Day 11 – Challenge Posts: 0  //  Running Total: 36

*** hiatus ***

Day 14

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR –> scheduled for 3/14
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting Theme –> scheduled for 3/21
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet –> scheduled for 3/28
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Fandom Freebie –> 4/4 
  • Review: King of the Friend Zone –> scheduled for 4/17

Day 14 – Posts Written:  5  //  Running Total: 70

Day 14 – Challenge Posts: 2  //  Running Total: 38

 

Did You Hear About the New Goodreads Feature?

Did you hear the news!?

 

We asked.

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And Goodreads listened. 

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Finally.

Here’s the thing about me: I don’t re-read a whole lot. But sometimes I do. I want to re-read the Harry Potter series so hard. I re-read some books each year with my students. Do you count that toward your Goodreads goal? I mean, I did read it during that year, so I do. I know others who don’t.

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And now our thousands of requests to add a re-read feature has been granted!

Want to know more about how it works? Go check out the blog post on Goodreads.

Mini Blog Ahead – Week 1

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I didn’t fare well with Blog Ahead last year, but I kicked ass in 2015. I think I lamented the need for a Blog Ahead in the spring, and Herding Cats delivered! 🙂

I am forcing myself to use my time wisely and

truly work on building up my posts again. This time last year I was scheduled ahead a month and a half or more thanks to my buckling down during 2015 Blog Ahead.

I also decided to keep track of ALL the posts I write during the challenge, not just the ones that count because I am so behind. I need to get myself together before I can tackle the post-March posts. So I’ll have two different sets of numbers. The bolded posts below are the ones that will count for the challenge.

March Start: 11 posts 

Day 1 

  • Mini Blog Ahead – Week 1 –> scheduled for 3/6
  • March Chit Chat –> revised structure and started draft
  • Blitz + Giveaway: Scarred –> scheduled for 3/3
  • Blitz + Giveaway: Ares Road –> scheduled for 3/6
  • 2017 Spring BINGO –> scheduled for 3/1
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – To Move the World –> scheduled for 3/7
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – The Piper’s Price –> scheduled for 3/14
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – Last Night with the Duke –> scheduled for 3/21
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – Close to Home –> scheduled for 3/28
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – Home at Last –> scheduled for 4/4
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – My One True Highlander –> scheduled for 4/11
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – I Dared the Duke –> scheduled for 4/18
  • Teaser Tues & Intro – The Bad Luck Bride –> scheduled for 4/25
  • Cover Characteristics – Elephants –> scheduled for 3/13
  • Cover Characteristics – Santa –> scheduled for 3/20
  • Cover Characteristics – UFO  –> scheduled for 3/27
  • Cover Characteristics – New York City –> scheduled for 4/3
  • Cover Characteristics – Person Sitting in a Field –> scheduled for 4/10
  • Cover Characteristics – Perfume –> scheduled for 4/17
  • Cover Characteristics – Balloons –> scheduled for 4/24
  • Cover Characteristics – Pencils/Pens  –> scheduled for 5/1
  • Cover Characteristics – Wolves –> scheduled for 5/8
  • Cover Characteristics – Footprints –> scheduled for 5/15
  • Cover Characteristics – Clocks –> scheduled for 5/22
  • Cover Characteristics – Swamp –> scheduled for 5/29
  • Cover Characteristics – Compass Symbol –> scheduled for 6/5
  • Cover Characteristics  – Face in the Sky –> scheduled for 6/12
  • Cover Characteristics – Movie Screen –> scheduled for 6/19
  • Cover Characteristics – Hearts –> scheduled for 6/26
  • Cover Characteristics – Fortune Cookies –> scheduled for 7/3

Day 1 – Posts Written: 30

Day 1 – Challenge Posts: 18

 

Day 2

  • Spring Fever Giveaway –> scheduled for 3/6
  • Blitz + Giveaway: Falling for Boston –> scheduled for 3/7
  • Starting My Bullet Journal –> scheduled for 4/6
  • My BUJO: How to Get Started –> scheduled for 4/20
  • My BUJO: My Collections –> scheduled for 5/4
  • Feature Follow Friday – Rogue –> scheduled for 3/3
  • Feature Follow Friday –  Books Made You Cry –> scheduled for 3/10
  • Feature Follow Friday – Graphic Novels & Web Comics–> scheduled for 3/17
  • Feature Follow Friday – Books/Series in the Closet –> scheduled for 3/24
  • Feature Follow Friday – Recommend a Fave –> scheduled for 3/31
  • Feature Follow Friday – Keeping up with the Kardashians Blogs –> scheduled for 4/7
  • Feature Follow Friday – Tracking New Releases –> scheduled for 4/14
  • Feature Follow Friday – Shows –> scheduled for 4/21
  • Feature Follow Friday – Accessories–> scheduled for 4/28
  • Blogger Hop #15 – Meet an Author –> scheduled for 4/7
  • Blogger Hop #16 – Book Covers –> scheduled for 4/14
  • Blogger Hop #17  – Stop Reading –> scheduled for 4/21
  • Blogger Hop #18 – Re-Reads –> scheduled for 4/28
  • Blogger Hop #19 –  Rearranging –> scheduled for 5/5
  • Blogger Hop #20 – Second Chance –> scheduled for 5/12
  • Blogger Hop #21 – Old Books –> scheduled for 5/19
  • Blogger Hop #22  – Most Fun –> scheduled for 5/26
  • Blogger Hop #23 – Nonbooks –> scheduled for 6/2
  • Blogger Hop #24 –> scheduled for 6/9 –> partially drafted

Day 2 – Posts Written: 23  //  Running Total: 53

Day 2 – Challenge Posts: 16  //  Running Total: 34

 

Day 3

  • The New Goodreads Feature — scheduled for 3/9
  • Review: Somebody’s Baby –> scheduled for 3/13
  • Review: X –> scheduled for 3/27
  • Famous Last Words – Somebody’s Baby –> scheduled for 3/16

Day 3 – Posts Written: 4  //  Running Total: 57

Day 3 – Challenge Posts: 0  //  Running Total: 34

 

Day 4

  • Review: Crows and Cards –> scheduled for 4/3
  • Review: Chasing Fireflies –> scheduled for 4/10
  • Review: King of the Friend Zone –> draft started
  • Sunday Post –> scheduled for 3/5
  • Blitz + Giveaway: Incense and Peppermints –> scheduled for 3/14
  • March 2017 BINGO –> published

Day 4 – Posts Written: 5  //  Running Total: 62

Day 4 – Challenge Posts: 2  //  Running Total: 36