Dec 02
Book Blast (and a Giveaway!): Poppy Peters Mysteries by A. Gardner

Book Blast (and a Giveaway!): Poppy Peters Mysteries by A. Gardner

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After an injury derails Poppy Peters’ ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town in Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school’s famous peach pie. But Poppy’s pastry problems go from bad to worse when she’s suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry…resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy’s going to survive this culinary experience, she’ll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school’s dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she’s one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?

Dec 01
Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I’m Excited to Read

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I’m Excited to Read

Celeste Fletcher McHale, coming soon, Connilyn Cossette, Dani Pettrey, Jaime Jo Wright, Kara Isaac, Lynette Eason, Mary Connealy, Melanie Dickerson, Melissa Jagears, Rachel McMillan, Top Ten Tuesday 130

This week is all about those first novels by new authors, specifically the ones coming up in 2016 that we just can’t wait to read! I’ve picked some of the debut novels I’m most excited about – and then also some books by established authors who are starting either a new series or a new direction.

Nov 25
Harlequin Heartwarming Thanksgiving: The Sweetheart Tree & Guest Post by Rula Sinara

Harlequin Heartwarming Thanksgiving: The Sweetheart Tree & Guest Post by Rula Sinara

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Environmental activist Serena Myss has a reputation for not shying away from difficult situations, yet memories of her brother’s death and Austin—the man who’d failed to save him—have kept her from returning home for years. But when she hears that the tree she and Austin once carved their initials in and shared their first kiss under is getting cut down by Thanksgiving, she has a new fight on her hands. That oak and the fields around it are a centuries old wildlife habitat, but if she can’t bring herself to admit that the tree and land aren’t the only things worth fighting for…she stands to lose more than just memories.

Nov 24
Top Ten Tuesday (Plus a Giveaway!): Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner

Top Ten Tuesday (Plus a Giveaway!): Guess Who’s Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner

Becky Wade, Carla Laureano, Cynthia Ruchti, Dani Pettrey, Dee Henderson, Denise Hunter, Irene Hannon, J.K. Rowling, Kristan Higgins, Sarah Addison Allen, Top Ten Tuesday 45

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I am dedicating this week’s Top Ten Tuesday to the fictional families I would most like to join for Thanksgiving. So, grab a plate, pile it high with all your favorite foods, and settle in for my dream invite list.

Nov 21
Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

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Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Grandma Dodie and Grandpa Wilson are just the absolute sweetest and cutest couple ever! I want to be like them when I grow up.

For as much as I had tears in my eyes while reading An Endless Christmas, I also laughed out loud just as frequently.

Nov 19
Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

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The Golden Braid has it all – adventure, romance, dashing knights, damsels who can save their own lives, faith, nostalgia-nods to series fans, even a mention or two of Thornbeck to tie in her other series. Most of all though, it has the warmth and heart with which Melanie Dickerson writes all of her books. C.S. Lewis famously said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” If you haven’t read one since childhood, may I suggest you start again now – and start with Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tales/Hagenheim series?