Thursday, November 29, 2018

8 Quirky Christmas Reads for Adults

8 Quirky Christmas Reads, something a little different for this holiday season
Looking for something a little different to read over the holidays, but still want a touch of Christmas? Here are 8 Christmas stories with a twist! Non-traditional reads featuring imps, angels, witches, and more, there's something for anyone tired of wonderfully sappy Christmas stories making them cry!

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Down the Chimney

Down the Chimney by Debra Dunbar, a funny Christmas story about an imp who winds up being more Santa than Satan!
Down the Chimney by Debra Dunbar is a novella from one of my favorite series! A hilarious read about an imp surviving Christmas!

Roped into being the Ruling Council's Christmas Ambassador, Sam finds herself more Santa than Satan at a slew of human social events, all while trying to score an impossible-to-get gift for Lux and plan the most amazing Christmas celebration any imp has ever thrown. (Amazon)

Festive in Death

Festive in Death by JD Robb isn't your usual Christmas story, It's not really a Christmas story at all, but does take place at Christmas time. My favorite homicide Lieutenant and her sexy, bazillionaire husband are back for another adventure!
Festive in Death by JD Robb is not your typical Christmas tale but hey, it takes place at Christmas time so it totally counts!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 2

Should they stay or should they go? This week's contenders: Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy, Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield, Pompeii by Robert Harris, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, and Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She's since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!

How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven't read yet, so I'm going to use my wishlist instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wishlist and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I'll move on to my Amazon list next!

The Books:

Lady in the Tower by Jean PlaidyLady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy

Date Added: June 18, 2009

One of history's most complex and alluring women comes to life in this classic novel by the legendary Jean Plaidy.

Young Anne Boleyn was not beautiful but she was irresistible, capturing the hearts of kings and commoners alike.... 

Although his queen was loving and loyal, King Henry VIII swore he would put her aside and make Anne his wife. And so he did, though the divorce would tear apart the English church and inflict religious turmoil and bloodshed on his people for generations to come. (Goodreads)

While I'll always have a soft spot for King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, I think I've had my fill of the family for now.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Book Review: After I've Gone by Linda Green

After I've Gone by Linda Green revolves around Jess, who discovers her future via Facebook condolence messages! How does she die? Is there anything she can do to prevent it?
Title:  After I've Gone
Author:  Linda Green
Release Date:  July 27, 2017
Publisher:  Quercus
Source:  Amazon Vine

On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn't got long left to live. She doesn't hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward eighteen months and friends and family start posting tributes to her, following her death in a terrible and mysterious accident.

At first, Jess thinks this must be a sick joke by a colleague jealous of her handsome new boyfriend. But as the posts continue and it becomes clear that no one else can see what she can, Jess is forced to confront that her impending death might be all too real... (Goodreads)


After I've Gone reminded me a little of The Future of Us in that the main character gets a glimpse of their future via Facebook. Only instead of a bright future, Jess sees condolence messages on her timeline. Because she died. Whoa! Talk about future shock!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Amazon First Reads for November 2018

The Amazon First Reads program gives Amazon First Reads members the opportunity to download an ebook each month before the official publication date, for only $1.99 - Prime members receive it for FREE!

Amazon First Reads program is an amazing deal that not many people seem to know about.

As per the website:  The Amazon First Reads program gives Amazon First Reads members the opportunity to download a Kindle book from our editors' picks each month before the official publication date, for $1.99 - Prime members receive it for free. Customers can also shop editors’ picks in hardcover at exclusive prices. New titles are announced on the 1st of each month. (source)

I'm always surprised when I find out that people aren't aware of this program, but it's well worth signing up! Granted, some month's picks are better than others and I sometimes skip a month, but it's a fun way to discover new titles! And did I mention that it's FREE? (post may contain affiliate links)

Here are November's First Read titles:

Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley
Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley

Their son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.

Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.

When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more to the story. Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with information no one else should have. Could the secrets they’ve kept hidden - even from one another - have led to Danny’s abduction?

As pressure from the kidnapper mounts, Carey and Pete must face their own ugly mistakes to find their son before he’s taken from them forever. (Amazon)