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Some sweet romances... All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle & Stormy Kisses by Multiple Authors (Review Briefs)

Review briefs are just like they sound, a briefer review (and usually for more
than one book) than my norm for books that I want or need to share about.
It's also a play off of legal briefs, which include just what you need to know...

All By My SelfieAll By My Selfie
by Jo Noelle
Adult Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Novella
ebook, 91 Pages
October 16th 2016 by Little Box Press LLC

Summary

While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. She clicks a few selfies with him in the background. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never see, taste, or feel any of it—except Gwen. 

This is a 100 page novella in the clean & wholesome category.

Currently FREE at B&N
(Affiliate link included.)

Check out the cover for My Dearest Love by Sarah M. Eden (Cover Reveal)


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
My Dearest Love by Sarah M. Eden
From the world of Hope Springs, coming July 11th 2017...

Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop (Giveaway)


The Best of 2016 Giveaway Hop is hosted by BookHounds.

For my giveaway, the winner can choose any of the books from my top reads of 2016.
Find the post with my list HERE.

A great end to the series... Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (Review)

Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School, #4)Manners & Mutiny
(Finishing School #4)
by Gail Carriger
YA Steampunk
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 326 Pages
November 3rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary

If one must flirt...flirt with danger. 

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia's sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored. 

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

(Affiliate links included.)

I can't wait for... American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

I love the sound of this one and that the main character is Haitian! I'm looking forward to diving in...

Check out the cover for Mischief & Magnolias by Kristi Cook (Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway)


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Mischief & Magnolias by Kristi Cook
Coming February 7th 2017.

Definitely check it, an excerpt, and the giveaway out below...

Happy release day to... Damaged Goods by Jennifer Bardsley (Book Blitz Excerpt & Giveaway) #ReleaseDay #DamagedGoods #Month9Squad #Month9Books


I'm sharing in spreading the word about the release of this YA Dystopian
from Month9Books. Check it out, the excerpt, and giveaway below...

Damaged Goods
(Blank Slate #2)
by Jennifer Bardsley
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
January 17th 2017 by Month9Books

Summary

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.

But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.

While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

(Affiliate links included.)

A unique twist on The Twelve Dancing Princesses... Midnight Sister by Sarah E. Boucher (Blog Tour Review, Guest Post & Giveaway)



I love all things fairy tale, so I've been looking forward to reading this retelling of the The Twelve Dancing Princess! The author's first book, Becoming Beauty, which is also a fairy tale retelling, is on sale for 99¢ in ebook, if you're interested in grabbing a copy (links below).

Midnight Sister
by Sarah E. Boucher
YA Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Retelling
Paperback & ebook, 188 Pages
January 1st 2017

Summary

The words rattled around Jonas’s head. What was the punishment again? Death? Dismemberment? Jonas, the newest addition to the gardening staff, couldn’t recall the exact penalty for breaking the rule. What does it matter anyway? He would never dream of meddling with the Earl of Bromhurst’s haughty daughters.

Until he comes face to face with Lady Ariela, the eldest of the Master’s daughters.

Her elusive smile and open manner cause him to question his convictions. In no time, he’s drawn into Lady Ariela’s world of mystery and intrigue, a world where she and her sisters will do anything—including leaving twelve empty beds at midnight—to escape their father’s strict rules.

Only Jonas can uncover the truth and save them from their father’s wrath and their own folly, if he is willing to risk everything he’s ever worked for.

(Affiliate links included.)

Excerpt

“Jonas—”

I could see the words growing in his eyes.

“You know the cardinal rule.”

I wanted to roll my eyes, but kept my expression bland instead. Showing impatience had consequences for an undergardener.

“Do not meddle with the Master’s daughters.”

I had heard the words so many times my ears felt like they would start bleeding. If Higgins knew how pointless it was to fire them at me time and again, he’d save his breath.

“Understood?” Higgins asked with one eyebrow cocked.

The thought of running back to my family became more appealing with every upward slant of that eyebrow. “Yes, sir.”

2017 Retellings Reading Challenge #RetellingsRC2017


The 2017 Retellings Reading Challenge is hosted by Jo at Once Upon a Bookcase. You can find all the details and sign up here.

I participated in a challenge like this last year and it was fun, so I thought I'd join this one. I'll keep track of my books on Goodreads here, but will also update this post with what I've read and reviewed.

Do you enjoy reading retellings?

2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge Reading Challenge #BeatTheBacklist


The Beat the Backlist Challenge is hosted by Austine and Tia at novelknight. You can find all the details and sign up here.

Last year I participated in a similar challenge, which isn't being continued this year, so I'm switching to this one. I have a lot of books that I need to read from my shelves and from my Kindle, so I'm hoping this will help encourage me. One can hope. ;)

I'll keep a shelf on Goodreads here, but will also list books that I've read/reviewed below.

Did you or are you joining this challenge?

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge #NGEW2017


I'm joining the Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Katrina @ Bookish Things. You can find all the details and sign up here.

I participated in this challenge last year too, although it was hosted by a different blogger. I did okay, but did terrible at updating each month and linking up. Hopefully I'll do better with that this year.

I'm going for the Gold – 50 Books level. I have NetGalley and Edeleweiss bookshelves on Goodreads that I'll kind of use to monitor this (they're crazy long), but I'll also list books here that I've read and reviewed this year.

Looking forward to increasing my review percentage for both sites!



Weekly Update #198, where I'm on a romance kick...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, as well as to Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week, and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

I have had such a lighter blogging schedule so far this year which has been a very good thing as the family has kept me super, super busy. I had my youngest sick this week and some other things going on. I also just felt like I needed some comfort reads, so I've been eating up sweet romances. It's been so nice to just read to relax. I'll be mixing in some less relaxing, but hopefully still really enjoyable reads coming up. I think I don't easily get burned out of reading or blogging is because I read a wide variety of genres. Keeps things interesting. What genre(s) do you read?

Here's what to expect this week:
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