Monday, November 30, 2015

Aloha For Now: A Break From Blogging

In Hawaiian, 'Aloha' means affection, peace, compassion and mercy but it has also become part of the English language meaning 'hello' and 'goodbye'. For me, this Aloha is 'goodbye for now'.

I will be taking a break from blogging but if I have committed to a tour, spotlight, blitz or what have you, I will still get that post up on the blog and promote it. The December Joyathon will still happen.

It's hard for me to type this out at o'dark thirty. This blog has been everything to me. It has allowed me to connect with fellow readers and bloggers. It has given me the chance to meet my personal rockstars: authors. It has also given me some wonderful friendships along the way. Thank you to those who have been here from the beginning and to those who just recently joined me on this blogging journey.

The reason I am taking a step back from blogging is to focus on my family. Particularly my dad. For a few months now, my father has had issues breathing. He would get winded just getting up from the couch and walking a few steps. He met with a cardiologist two days before Thanksgiving and was diagnosed with arrhythmia. His poor heart was beating irregularly and the cardiologist wanted to admit him to the hospital for a procedure that would shock my dad's heart to a regular rhythm. They did that the next day and my father was breathing better. He was able to stand up, walk with the help of a walker, roll himself around on a wheelchair, all without breathing like he had just run a marathon. My mother and I thought he was out of the woods until that night. He flatlined for 18 seconds and that was 18 seconds too long. The cardiologist wanted my dad to get a pacemaker. At first, dad was adamant about not getting one but with a bit of explanation as how the contraption would work, he agreed to get one put in. After all, he had to make it until his 90th birthday (next year). That procedure went well. My dad was suddenly joking with the nurses. It was like he got a new outlook on life after the pacemaker was put in. Plot twist! After the x-ray tech took some x-rays to make sure the pacemaker was put in correctly, the doctors noticed nodules in my dad's lungs. They turned out to be cancer. Benign or malignant, I find out tomorrow. My father has to decide what course of action to take. He's gone through treatment before for cancer in a different part of his body and I'm not sure he wants to go through all that again. I'm not sure if his elderly body can take radiation, chemo or whatever new fangled medicine is available out there to slow the cancer down.

So with a heavy heart, I will be stepping away from blogging for a little while. I'll still be posting reading recommendations on the blog Facebook page, chatting on Twitter, and sharing photos from my life on instagram. I'm not totally going off grid.

So until then...ALOHA.

February 28, 2016 UPDATE: My dad has declined quickly since I wrote the original post. It won't be long now until he leaves this life for a new one. Thank you all for sticking with me and stopping by the blog to check out posts even though I promote them a few days late. I still have quite a few tours, spotlights and giveaways I committed to before all this happened so there will still be posts. I will still be doing the occasional Flash Friday Giveaway post on Facebook so be sure to get notifications of when I post so you don't miss out.

March 20, 2016 UPDATE: My father passed away this month so I have been struggling with the aftermath of it. I know I owe some of you prizes, posts, etc. I am slowly trying to make sure I have posts up on time, reviews written, and prizes sent out. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

In the words of J.K. Rowling and Albus Dumbledore, "After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sourcebooks Spotlight + #Giveaway: Excerpt from IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL by Susanne Lord

Susanne Lord is a writer of Victorian-era romance and author of the London Explorer series published by Sourcebooks. Originally from Okinawa, off-base and on, she now makes her home in Chicago where she is an active member of Chicago North RWA. When not writing, attending theater or reading, she enjoys hiking the English countryside and visiting historic homes and gardens.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Upcoming Blog Event: 5th Annual December Joyathon

Mark those calendars for December 1st-24th. It's that time of year again...our 5th(!) December Joyathon. 24 days of fabulous authors, new and old book recommendations, giveaways galore, and some grand prize goodness. We're so excited to feature new as well as returning authors in this year's lineup. A new author will be featured every day until Christmas Eve. We hope you'll join us in celebrating the season!

Katy Evans
Nicole Flockton
Vanessa Kelly
Tiffany Reisz
Anne Barton
Roni Loren
Shana Galen
Miranda Neville
Katharine Ashe
Bronwen Evans
Lila DiPasqua
Beth Yarnall
Theresa Romain
Heather Long
Monica Murphy
Pamela Clare
Robin Bielman
Valerie Bowman
Kat Latham
Selena Laurence
Cathy Maxwell
Lauren Smith
Olivia Miles
Christina Lauren

Come celebrate with us!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Forever Romance Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from SWEETEST SCOUNDREL by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from THE MATCH OF THE CENTURY by Cathy Maxwell

New York Times Bestselling Author, Cathy Maxwell spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Forever Romance Blitz + #Giveaway: Interview with Lauren Layne

A long-time romance reader, Lauren Layne thinks the only thing better than reading about happy endings is writing them. She now pursues a full-time career in Happily Ever After, a job she's naturally suited for after marrying her high school sweetheart. A bit of a nomad, Lauren's lived everywhere from Orange County to Manhattan, and currently lives in the Seattle-area. Her hobbies include coffee by day, wine by night, and lots of writing in between.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Forever Romance Blitz + #Giveaway: Excerpt from DUKES ARE FOREVER by Anna Harrington

Anna is an English professor in Chattanooga Tennessee and a lover of all things chocolate and coffee. She's a member of RWA and when she's not hard at work writing her next book or planning her next series, she's watching BBC and piloting her own aircrafts.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sourcebooks Spotlight + #Giveaway: Excerpt from ONE ROGUE AT A TIME by Jade Lee

USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been crafting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ballgowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 40 romance novels and winner of dozens of reader awards, she brings laughter into the sexy nights of England's elite. Quirky characters and sexy banter are her hallmarks. Find out more at her website, or check out her wild contemporary half at

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sourcebooks Spotlight: Historical Romance Heroine Quiz with Christy English + #Giveaway

Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.

Friday, November 20, 2015

#Thankful4You Hop (INT)

This week we're letting everyone know just what we're thankful for. And that includes...YOU! There's a new giveaway at every single stop so be sure to hop around and visit your favorite blogs and find a few new ones to follow too! The lovely Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup is the host of this hop.

We can't believe this blog has been chugging along for 5 years!!! And we couldn't have done it without all of YOU. Whether you're a recent blog reader or have been with us since the beginning, we really, really, really appreciate you checking out our blog.

So as a HUGE Thank You to you, we are giving away $15 worth of books to the Book Depository for being awesome.

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Check out all the other participating blogs for fun giveaways!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tasty Book Tours + #Giveaway: Excerpt from THE IDEA OF YOU by Darcy Burke

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from COMPROMISING HER POSITION by Samanthe Beck

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son, Hud. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.

When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Teaser from THE SPINSTER'S GUIDE TO SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR by Jennifer McQuiston

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kismet Blog Tour, Excerpt + #Giveaway: Harlequin Naughty or Nice Tour featuring CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK by Linda Lael Miller

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Avon Romance Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Lori Wilde

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Tasty Book Tour + #Giveaway: Excerpt from NO GROOM AT THE INN by Megan Frampton

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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