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Holiday Books

Barbara Vey -- November 1st, 2013

Well, Halloween is a thing of the past for 2013 and it’s November.  You all know what that means…time for Christmas books.  There is a whole slew of them this year, so we will have them today and next Wednesday.   These books will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.  BTW, the winner of Tuesday’s giveaway by Kensington is Jenny St. G. Please send my your street address bvey@ publishersweekly.com

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joysann

joysann

Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes

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Lady Jenny Windham has longed to be taken seriously as an artist and allowed to pursue her painting passion, but that’s just not what ladies do. When famous portrait artist Elijah Harrison is commissioned to take family portraits, it’s not just Lady Jenny’s charms that enthrall him, but the genuine quality of her talent and skill. But endorsing and encouraging the talent of a mere woman may force him to relinquish his dreams of a seat in the Royal Academy of Artists.

Lady Jenny’s story must not have been uncommon in centuries past, and Grace Burrowes has well described the heartache of a young woman unable to achieve her dreams because of her gender. The touching story of the growing respect between these two characters is heart-warming and romantic. Wrapped around the holiday traditions of Regency England, it’s a lovely read for this season.

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joysann

joysann

The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde

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Twilight, Texas is a small modern town whose tourist popularity is based around a legend of romance and a penny in a fountain, that young lovers will be reunited in love. These four stories of members of the town’s Christmas Cookie Club show that true love might take more than a wish.  Carrie and Mark went their separate ways after high school so Mark could follow his dreams of big career; after a long, happy marriage, Earl left Raylene after she told him a 35 year old secret; bakery owner Christine has resigned herself to never having a family of her own when high school crush Eli waltzes in the shop door; and after long years of hard separations Flynn and Jesse are expecting their first baby, but it can’t be that easy.

Good contemporary romances woven around the holiday season in a small town always touch a soft spot in my heart, and this Christmas Cookie Collection made for a sweet treat. The interwoven stories makes one remember that everyone has a story, and in these, they are all about love.

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Joan

Joan

A Cowboy Christmas by Janette Kenny

Read by Joan

In 1894 Wyoming, Reid Barclay is trying to save the only home he has known. When Eleanor Jo Cade shows up to temporarily replace his cook, he is shocked that she is not at all what he expected. Eleanor, raised to be a lady, is praying she will be able to pull off the role as a cook; how hard could it be? She had taken the job hoping to be able to spend a Christmas with her horse thief of a father, thought to be making off with Reid’s prized thoroughbreds, and the salvation for the Crown Seven Ranch. Eleanor wants this to be a wonderful Christmas, however, Reid could care less – after all, he is to be married on Christmas Day.

This book was fun to read. I love Christmas myself and could understand Eleanor’s need to see her father and to decorate Reid’s home, to make the holiday special. I could also identify with her trying to follow a recipe and still burning the food.  Marvelous!

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joysann

joysann

The Christmas Cuckoo by Mary Jo Putney

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Tired and disheartened, Major Jack Howard has just returned to England from the Peninsula and winds up at a country inn in an inebriated state. Miss Meg Lambert’s brother writes that his fellow soldier and best friend Jack would arrive before he does and she should pick him up at the inn to spend the holidays with the family. So Meg brings Jack home where he enjoys his best holiday ever, only he’s the wrong Jack.

Mary Jo Putney has totally charmed me again. This delightful short is a re-release from an older anthology, but even if you read it several years ago, you’ll love again. The unlikely zany circumstances of mis-identity and miscommunication can be easily overlooked as these wonderfully splendid characters come together in love and good cheer.

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Joan

Joan

The Christmas He Loved Her by Juliana Stone

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Jake Edwards and his fraternal twin brother Jesse grew up in Crystal Lake doing everything together, including loving the same girl. However, Jesse was the one that married Raine. When Jesse is killed in Afghanistan, Jake returns for the funeral, unable to be around his family or Raine. When Jake returns over a year later, he brings the sister of one of his unit’s members. Her brother was left in a coma by the same attack that killed Jesse. Raine sees Jake’s absence and bringing home this “girl” friend as a sign of betrayal. Was he with her when she needed him to be there for her?

I sort of wish I lived in Crystal Lake at Christmas time. This was a very good book to read, showing what some of what our soldiers and their families go through. Though parts of it were sad, it left me feeling happy and hopeful. This is a happily ever after with room for more stand-alone stories that I  hope Juliana Stone will write.  Heartwarming and uplifting.

Bottom Line:  Only 53 days until Christmas!

WW Ladies/Men Favorite Books of 2012

Barbara Vey -- December 31st, 2012

There are best of lists popping up all over.  Best books, best movies, best fashions and more than enough worst lists, but we won’t go there.  Rather than name “Best Books,” we’re going with the WW Ladies favorite reads of 2012.  Now this doesn’t mean the book had to be published in 2012, it just means it had to be read in 2012.  In their emails to me, many lamented the fact that they could pick just one and it was a very difficult decision.  Kym absolutely couldn’t make up her mind.  Regardless, here’s what I finally got out of them.

 

Heidi

Heidi

 

Heidi - Gnome on the Range, by Jennifer Zane

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SheilaSomebody to Love, by Kristan Higgins.

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joysann

joysann

 

joysann – This is too hard…  I don’t like to choose. There are just too many books I really enjoy a lot.  Print book: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Audio book: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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Susan

Susan

 

Susan - The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener
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Kym L

Kym 

Kym –  I can’t do it! I loved Trisha Ashley‘s newest, Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues, just as I love all of hers. Really liked Grace Burrowes‘s Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight and was also thrilled to discover Rena Gregory’s short story in the Five Golden Rings anthology.

 

 

 

 

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Joan

 

Joan –  If You See Her by Shiloh Walker 

 

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Tammy

TammyFifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, I loved the whole trilogy as one story.

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Michael

Michael

MichaelTimeless (The fifth book in the Alexia Tarabotti series) by Gail Carriger (audio book)

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Ashley

Ashley

AshleyOne Night Rodeo by  Lorelei James

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I have to agree that’s it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite book I read this year.  There were many that I enjoyed, but the two I talked about most to people were The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti , a fun romp with an escaped but not guilty convict and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a futuristic adventure that I couldn’t put down.  Neither were all romance, but did have romantic elements.

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Please take a moment to tell me the best book you read in 2012.  It won’t be easy, but I do like to get recommendations, as do all my readers.

Bottom Line:  Remember to check back tomorrow for the link to my new website…it’s launch day!!

Weekly Giveaways

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More Christmas Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- November 14th, 2012

After seeing my first snowfall of this season, I know it’s time for more Christmas books.  Come December, I pile up all my Christmas books, sit by my tree, light an evergreen candle and drink Bailey’s Irish Cream in my coffee while diving into one book after the other.  It helps put me in the spirit of the season with my happily ever afters.  Please feel free to post any Christmas books we haven’t covered yet to let the readers know what else is out there.

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Joan

A Magical Christmas by Heather Graham

Read by Joan

Jon and Julie Radcliff, with their three children, Christie and Jordan (teenagers) and young six year old daughter, Ashley, have been at odds due to their hectic lives, and are even considering divorce. Wanting to give the children one last traditional Christmas together, they spend Christmas at Oak River Plantation outside Washington, DC, where their unusual hosts greet them wearing authentic period costumes. What we know and the Radcliff’s don’t is that on a Christmas Eve during the civil war there was a terrible tragedy that separated the owners and their family.

‘Tis the season for reading heart warming books, and this book (originally released in 1996) provides a story within a story. What I liked about this book is it reminds you that many of the things we fuss and fret over daily are not as important as the people we love. We should not get caught up in the hustle and bustle and not have time to appreciate what we have the the ones we love. I know I got sappy, but the civil war period intrigues me, and the book reminds me of how Christmas should be. I believed when I was little and I still believe in Christmas magic.

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Kym L

Kym L

Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes

Read by Kym

Lady Louisa is charming, with a dazzling intelligence that would frighten all but the most stouthearted suitor. Sir Joseph is a kind, generous war hero whose only confidants are his horse, Sonnet, and sow, Lady Ophelia. Both Louisa and Joseph have secrets, which they are convinced make them unsuitable for marriage. But it’s Christmas, and at Christmas, the most magic of all magical things can happen — true love.

In my opinion, this book could be titled “The Perfect Christmas Regency Romance.” It’s that good. Burrowes’s love story is tender, her characters endearing, and the resolution/ending satisfying. Truly, you couldn’t ask for more in a holiday romance. If you like Christmas regency romances, and only have time for one this year, make it Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight.

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Heidi

Heidi

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
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Angie LeCroix arrives in Virgin River to escape her very controlling mother while she finds her own voice after a tragic car accident. Angie has healed and is looking for clarity while finding peace before the holidays. In walks Patrick Riordan to her uncle’s bar. Handsome, quiet, tough, yet something about him tells Angie that he is hurting inside. Patrick wants to avoid Angie… she is too young, too pretty, too special. Both of them want to avoid people during the holidays, but they are drawn to each other.

I loved Angie’s passion to find herself and what she was meant to do. Her car accident changed everything she planned or what her mother planned, and it was exciting to read about where she wanted to go. The love story between her and Patrick is so sweet and loving. It makes you feel cozy for the holidays.

Bottom Line:  I almost forgot, I can’t have my Baileys and coffee without the whipped cream, it’s also part of my holiday tradition.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 22nd, 2011

Summer has officially arrived and with it beach reads.  Personally, I could read any book at the beach.  There’s just something about having the sun warm your bones while you’re deep in an adventure and an ice cold lemonade quenching your thirst.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Of course, I could do without the sand that seems to cling to every crevice of my body, but that’s a small price to pay for not having to shovel snow.  Here’s what the WW Ladies have been enjoying in the sun.

Kym A

Kym A

Awakening by JoAnn Durgin
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Lexa Clarke joins a Team Work Mission for the summer.  She expects to travel to an exotic country, but instead is sent to San Antonio, TX to rebuild homes destroyed by a flood.  Lexa meets the team work mission director, Sam Lewis who challenges her to grow spiritually and emotionally. They have an immediate attraction, which brings out the best and worst in Lexa.  During the eight weeks, Sam and Lexa endure many challenges that cause them to question and grow in their faith, which also brings them closer as a couple.

This is a humorous, uplifting, and adventurous story.  Awakening is JoAnn Durgin’s first published novel, which I found to be an entertaining story with many surprising twists and turns.

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joysann

joysann

Spirit Dances by C E Murphy

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Since recognizing and accepting her shamanic powers, Seattle Detective Joanne Walker’s gifts for magic and healing have grown almost faster than she can learn to control them. In fact, watching an exquisite theater performance of Native American dance, Joanne discovers metaphysical changes in herself as magic swells around her. Something evil is hijacking the magic, however, and Joanne is drawn into searching for an extraordinary murderer.

I’ve been an enthusiastic fan of Joanne and her exploits for years, and The Walker Papers series just keeps getting better. This one I read cover to cover, enthralled, allowing no distractions (then read the last chapter over again). There’s mystery and suspense, humor and sorrow, discovery and excitement, and delight.

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Stacey

Stacey

Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr (E-book)

Read by Stacey

A young sports radio producer from Buffalo moves to Manhattan for her big break, a drive time sports talk show hosted by a former hockey player.  But from day one, explosive sexual tension wars with a strong professional camaraderie.  When  they take their relationship into the bedroom, will they learn there is more at stake than just sex, or will they loose the game of love before the opening face off?

Debut author Carr delivers a scorching erotic tale that captures the essence of Manhattan, Brooklyn and two people who have legitimate concerns about being in a relationship.  With her skillful pen, she draws them closer, past emotional pitfalls and well developed secondary characters, towards a love that I genuinely believe is happily ever after.
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Kym L

Kym L

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins (E-book)

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Harper’s got her life just how she wants it. She’s ready to pop the question to long-term boyfriend Dennis when she is interrupted by a phone call from her flighty sister. It seems Willa is getting married — again — to the brother of Harper’s ex-husband Nick. Harper will have to postpone her own plans for matrimony in order to attend the wedding. There, despite the presence of Dennis, Harper and Nick realize they still love each other. To find a future together, they will have to confront the issues that drove them apart, issues both would rather ignore.

Although My One and Only departs somewhat from Higgins’ usual theme of finding love for the first time, it reads as delightfully as her other books. I was left satisfied by Nick and Harper’s tale and enjoyed the numerous other quirky characters as well.

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Heidi

Heidi

Slugfest: A Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris

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Paula Holliday has left Connecticut to attend the Big Apple Flower Show in New York City. Her goal is to sell all of the merchandise in her booth, not to be involved in another murder mystery. But when mysterious circumstances keep happening to sabotage the show AND a security guard winds up dead, Paula can’t help but search for answers.

Even though this is the fourth in the series, Slugfest is a funny, quirky mystery all on it’s own. Not only did I fall in love with Paula, I loved JC Kaufman who is looking out for Paula during the flower show. That feisty woman could make any robber think again. With the whole story wrapped around gardening and a flower show, it’s a perfect summertime read!

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Stacey

Stacey

The Heir by Grace Burrowes

Read by Stacey

Dutiful, driven Gayle slowly and inescapably falls in love with his housekeeper.  But she has secrets and will not let herself see him as anything but her boss…despite the steadily growing attraction between them.  But as he continually demonstrates himself to be a true gentleman, she finds she is powerless to resist him.  Yet when her past intervenes, she finds herself hoping that circumstances will allow her to find true love with the heir.

It’s Grace Burrowes’ writing style and amazing characters that made this book such a joy to read.  It was quite easy to understand why Gayle’s entire family wanted to protect him, his emotional fragility and his desire to protect those around him from any sort of harm combine to create a wonderful central character and from that, a great story.

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Bottom Line: If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  ~Bern Williams