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Weekly Update #224, the monsoons have arrived...


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 ReviewerTynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday 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.

If you've lived in Arizona, then you know about the monsoons. It's where we switch from our dry heat to humidity with dust storms (sometimes huge dust walls), rain, and thunderstorms (we have some seriously awesome lightning shows). I love the rain! Love it! I also love the lower temperatures (like from 115 back down to 100). However, it does disrupt me trying to take pictures for Instagram. :/ The flip side is that I love reading while it's storming outside. I don't know what it is about rain, but it's the perfect background to reading. Do you guys like to read when it's raining?


My oldest starts school tomorrow and I'm rather dreading it. Although, I think he's dreading it more. Lol! The other kids don't start for about three more weeks. I'm not really looking forward to the crazy drop-off and pick-up schedules, before and after school events, and homework. Plus, the kids are just growing up too darn fast! It does give me a little more free time during the day, so at least there's a trade-off there.

Anyway, on to reading... I've got a mix of books this week and hopefully something for all of you. Here's what to expect:

A Holiday in Bath by Julie Daines, Caroline Warfield & Jaima Fixsen (Review)

A Holiday in Bath
(Timeless Regency Collection)
by Julie Daines, Caroline Warfield & Jaima Fixsen
Adult Historical Romance, Novella
ebook, 300 Pages
May 9th 2017 by Mirror Press

Summary

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes A HOLIDAY IN BATH. 

Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Julie Daines, Caroline Warfield, and Jaima Fixsen 

TRIAL OF THE HEART by Julie Daines 
Marianne Wood has been summoned to Bath to testify against the man who killed her family. She dreads coming face to face with the monster of her nightmares, but finds surprising comfort under the care of a charming barrister, Harby Northam. Despite his kindly attentions, Mr. Northam is a shrewd and discerning man of law with an awful secret. Marianne is put to the test as she deals with the evil of her past and her growing affection for the mysterious Mr. Northam. 

LORD EDMUND’S DILEMMA by Caroline Warfield 
Lucy Ashcroft doesn’t share her stepmother’s belief that she might find a husband during her sojourn in Bath, but she does enjoy a respite from a household full of half-siblings and a younger sister preparing for her London Season, something Lucy can’t even dream about. In Bath, she enjoys the company of the elderly ladies in her aunt’s circle, and happy to be out from under her stepmother’s watchful and speculating eye. But when Lucy meets Lord Edmund Parker, all of her expectations for a quiet, unassuming holiday suddenly change. 

THE ART OF KISSING IN THE PARK by Jaima Fixsen 
Caroline Trenholme is not pleased with Bath, the fussy, antiquated resort of the shabby-genteel. She ought to be in London, finding a man—not here, coddling her irrational grandmother. In the park, she crosses paths (literally—this is Bath, after all) with a nameless, mannerless rogue, intent on stealing a kiss. As if his proposition weren’t insult enough, even her dog seems to like the man better. It's impossible! Especially once she suspects she might like him too…

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

Lucky in Love by Kasie West (Blog Tour Guest Post & #Giveaway)


Kasie West is one of my top favorite authors! Today she's stopping by to share some
fun things about her heroine, Maddie, from her newest release. Check it all out below...

Lucky in Love
by Kasie West
YA Contemporary
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
July 25th 2017 by Scholastic

Summary

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture. 

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for July 17th - 23rd #BookSale


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by
Sharon over at Beck Valley Books, for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books.
Readers please free to add your own finds.
(any genre except erotica welcome)

Rebel in a Small Town by Kristina Knight (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Rebel in a Small Town
By Kristina Knight

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

My family's special project for this new series is continuing with the release of Rebel in a Small Town, too. We’re donating a portion of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series toward providing Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children. Most children going in to foster care have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Sweet Cases are duffel bags given to children coming in to care, and once given, the bags remain with that child, giving them a sense of home and, hopefully, a sense that they aren't alone. Each duffel includes a warm blanket, a teddy bear, hygiene kit, and art supplies.

— Kristina

Starting Over at Steeple Ridge by Liz Isaacson (Review)

Starting Over at Steeple Ridge
(Timeless Romance Single)
by Liz Isaacson
Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella
ebook, 100 Pages
March 20th 2017 by Mirror Press

Summary

STARTING OVER AT STEEPLE RIDGE: A brand new contemporary romance novella from Liz Isaacson

Tucker Jenkins has had enough of tall buildings, traffic, and business meetings to determine the next app that will change the world. He's sold his technology firm for billions and traded it for Steeple Ridge Horse Farm in rural Vermont.

Missy Marino has worked at the boarding stable and farm since she was a teen, and she's always dreamed of owning it. But her ex-husband left her with a truckload of debt, making her fantasies of owning the farm unfulfilled.

When she meets Tucker, she starts having a new kind of fantasy—one where they work with the horses together. Tucker didn't come to the country to find a new wife, but he supposes a woman could help him start over in Steeple Ridge. Will Tucker and Missy be able to navigate the shaky ground between them to find a new beginning?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming the author of this new release to my blog today for an
interview, so make sure you check that out as well as the giveaway below...

The Last Magician
by Lisa Maxwell
YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy. Time Travel
Hardcover & ebook, 512 Pages
July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Summary

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

I can't wait for... Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

I love the cover for this one (my favorite color is green) and the synopsis just sounds like it will be an awesome story. I also love that this is set outside the US and is a retelling. It's my pick this week...

Let's discuss... Book Reviews that Offend


I don't believe that people should hide how they think, feel, or stand on an issue, but I also think they should be respectful of others and stick to what is being discussed and not take things personally. I have a group of friends who believe all sorts of things differently than I do and I've never felt that meant I couldn't be respectful, kind or their friend. In fact, I love learning why they think or believe the way they do and how I can better understand them. Sometimes we just agree to disagree.

This translates to book reviews as well. I know that reviews are subjective. They're based on the reader's feelings and preferences. I totally went against the trend when I reviewed the Hunger Games series quite a while back because I didn't enjoy it. I know, shocker. I actually like the movies better (except that last one with aliens instead of dogs). I've never written a review with the purpose to offend other readers or the author. In fact, I usually try to be nice about books I don't end up liking, although it can be a tough line to balance.

Have you seen readers get offended by others' reviews or have you been offended by a review?

The Renegade's Redemption by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Renegade's Redemption
By Stacy Henrie

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops

you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Ever since sharing some of Tex’s story in my last Love Inspired Historical book about his twin brother Tate, I’ve eagerly anticipated the chance for readers to get to know Tex better—through his own story this time. A legendary, charismatic outlaw, Tex was a fun and complex character to write. So, too, was his reunion with the girl he left behind eight years ago Ravena Reid.
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