Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Historical Christmas Event with Heather Snow

Heather Snow is an award-winning historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she much preferred creating chemistry on the page rather than in the lab.

Her books have been published in seven languages around the world and have won numerous awards, including: The Golden Quill, The National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, The Write Touch Reader's Award and the Book Buyer's Best Top Pick.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys, three insanely huge dogs and two new rescue kittens who are doubtless wondering just what they’ve gotten themselves into.

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Historical Christmas Event with Janna MacGregor

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs. She loves to hear from readers. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Review: Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

Dear Aaron is the first book that I have read from Mariana Zapata, but I have heard nothing but good things about her and this book really grabbed my attention. While it wasn't my favorite book, it won't be the last I read from her. I really love penpal romance stories, and throw in a sexy soldier and this one sounded like it was made for me. While I enjoyed parts of it though, there were things here I struggled with. 

After her brother served time overseas, Ruby signed up for the help a soldier operation. They pair you with a soldier and you write a letter/email a week, sending care packages if you choose to. While Aaron is reluctant to participate at first, eventually they hit it off and a friendship begins to form. But what they never expected was to fall in love through their letters and conversations.

I loved the letters and emails, and as they got closer that those transitioned to IMs. What I didn't love though was that they went on for as long as they did being the entire story. I wanted some story outside of just those conversations and yet that is all there was for the first half of the book! I almost gave up a few times but stuck with it because I knew eventually something had to give. It took a bit longer than I would have liked though. I also felt like Ruby was on the immature side, and that had me rolling my eyes a lot of the time. While I liked Aaron, he was a bit one dimensional. I wanted to get more of who he was, but I never felt like we really did. He was a bit bland. I did like these two and the connection they formed, but I just wanted more. 

I knew going in that Mariana Zapata is known for writing slow burn stories with little steam, and that was okay with me. I do feel like the pacing was beyond slow here though, and the letters (while I did like them to some extent) went on for far too long as the only thing happening in the story. I think that once we got past the first half and it only being email/letter correspondence, the story picked up and at that point I was hooked. The second half was so much better for me than the first half and I am glad I didn't give up. I will read more from Mariana, and I am really looking forward to reading The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. I have heard nothing but great things about it, and while I didn't love Dear Aaron, it is clear that Mariana Zapata is a talented writer.

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A Historical Christmas Event with Alyssa Alexander

Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Written in the Scars is the first book I have ever read from Adriana Locke, though she has been on my TBR for awhile now. I really enjoyed this book, though it wasn't an easy read. This story was emotional and heartfelt and while I liked it a lot, it also made me cry. I definitely want to read more from Adriana Locke now though.

Ty and Elin knew when they met in school that they were meant to be together. They got married and started planning their life together. But when an accident and hard times happened, Ty left leaving Elin with a broken heart. Now Ty is back, and determined to get his family and future back. But can she let him back in knowing that he can is the one that can hurt her the most? What happens when life throws them more obstacles that can destroy everything that they are working towards rebuilding? 

I loved Ty and Elin. Both of them had been through a lot, and were proof that sometimes love isn't enough to ensure a marriage works. Marriage takes hard work and these two were both struggling with everything that had happened. Ty didn't make the best choice in leaving, though I did understand his point of view and why he did it. But while both Ty and Elin had been hurting, their connection and love had never died or dimmed. They had chemistry and were great together, and I really believed in their love. I couldn't get enough of them.

I also really loved their group of friends/family. Elin and Ty's best friends were her twin brother Jiggs, her best friend Lindsay (she was married to Jiggs) and their other best friend Cord. I really felt the strong bond and connection between the five of them and I adored them all. They all made this book enjoyable to read, even though there were tough times. There was one thing that happened that broke my heart and really upset me and honestly that was the only thing that kept this one from being a five star book for me. I know that this was the author's vision and that she had her reasons for it happening the way it did, but for me it was really hard to swallow and made the ending a bittersweet one for me. I wish she hadn't gone there, but that is probably a personal thing and might not bother most readers the way it did me. This is still a great read though, and I am looking forward to reading more from Adriana Locke in the future.

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A Historical Christmas Event with Katharine Ashe

Katharine Ashe is the USA Today bestselling, award winning author of historical romances reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including The Duke, one of Amazon’s Best Romances of 2017. A professor of history and popular culture, she writes romance because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. 
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Historical Christmas Event with Christy Carlyle

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there's nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

A Historical Christmas Event with Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at, or like her Facebook page,

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Historical Christmas Event with Wendy LaCapra

Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers.

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