Category: Book Spotlight

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler | Book Trailer Reveal

Posted April 24, 2020 by Jana in Book Spotlight / 9 Comments

Hello! Today I’m helping reveal the book trailer for my favorite book of 2020 (so far!), The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler! I wrote a raving review for The Tourist Attraction back in February, and have been eagerly awaiting its release so I can have a beautiful copy for my bookshelves! This book trailer is so cute, and took me right back into the story. I guess it’s good that the book releases in less than two weeks, because I might be re-reading it when my copy arrives. Anyway! Here’s the trailer! Read more about the book below!

 

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
Series: Moose Springs Alaska #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2020
Genres: Contemporary FictionContemporary RomanceRomance
Pages: 352
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When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless string of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…

Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the man than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.

So what do you think of the trailer!?
Are you planning to read this thing of perfection?
Have you read it already? If so, what did you think?


2019 Romantic Christmas Book Releases | A Book List

Posted December 1, 2019 by Jana in Book Spotlight / 5 Comments

There are SO MANY romantic Christmas books coming out this year, and here’s a bunch of them (feel free to let me know if I’ve missed something)! You’ll be seeing reviews of some of these on the blog this month! Links will take you to Goodreads to read more about each title.

Adult

25 Days ’til Christmas by Poppy Alexander
All I Want for Christmas Is You (Angel Falls #3) by Miranda Liasson
An Alaskan Christmas (Wild River #1) by Jennifer Snow
A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (Angelic Intervention #11) by Debbie Macomber
An Amish Christmas Bakery by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin
An Amish Second Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray, Patricia Johns, & Virginia Wise
Cakes and Kisses: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Kelly Irvin
Christmas Angels by Nancy Naigle
Christmas at Frozen Falls by Kiley Dunbar
Christmas at Silver Falls by Jenny Hale
Christmas at White Pines (And Baby Makes Three #1-2) by Sherryl Woods
Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews
The Christmas Cookie House by Jennifer Griffith
The Christmas Dare (Twilight, Texas #10) by Lori Wilde
Christmas from the Heart by Sheila Roberts
A Christmas Haven (An Amish Christmas Romance #2) by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall

Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle
Christmas in Harmony Harbor (Harmony Harbor #9) by Debbie Mason
Christmas in Silver Springs (Silver Springs, #6) by Brenda Novak
Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson
Christmas in Winter Valley (Ransom Canyon #8) by Jodi Thomas
The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay
The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan
The Christmas Shop by Nancy Naigle
Christmas Shopaholic (Shopaholic #9) by Sophie Kinsella
The Christmas Voyage by Deirdre Purcell
The Christmas Wish by Melinda Curtis
Christmas with a Cowboy (Longhorn Canyon #5) by Carolyn Brown
Christmas with You by Nora Roberts
A Coldwater Christmas (Coldwater Texas #4) by Delores Fossen
Coming Home for Christmas (Haven Point #10) by RaeAnne Thayne
Cookies and Cheer: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Amy Clipston
Cowboy Christmas Homecoming (Dark Horse Cowboys #4) by June Faver

Cowboy Christmas Redemption (Gold Valley #8) by Maisey Yates
Cowboy Firefighter Christmas Kiss (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys #5) by Kim Redford
A Cowboy for Christmas (Rocky Mountain Riders #6) by Sara Richardson
A Dash of Christmas (The Montgomery Brothers #9) by Samantha Chase
The Duke’s Desire (12 Dukes of Christmas Book 8) by Erica Ridley
The Earl’s Christmas Pearl (Duke’s Daughters #4.5) by Megan Frampton
Finding Christmas by Karen Schaler
The Giving Heart (Summer Island #2) by Toni Blake
The Highlander’s Christmas Bride (Clan Kendrick, #2) by Vanessa Kelly
It Started at Christmas… by Jo McNally
It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale
It’s a Christmas Thing by Janet Dailey
It Won’t be Christmas Without You by Beth Reekles
Lavender & Mistletoe by Donna Kauffman
Let It Snow by Nancy Thayer
Loaves of Love: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Beth Wiseman

Longing for a Cowboy Christmas by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, & Amy Sandas
Low Country Christmas (Safe Haven #3) by Lee Tobin McClain
A Mackenzie Clan Christmas (Mackenzies & McBrides #8.5 & 11.5) by Jennifer Ashley
Melting Hearts: An Amish Christmas Bakery Story by Kathleen Fuller
The Merry Viscount (Widow’s Brew #2) by Sally MacKenzie
My Favorite Things: A Christmas Collection by Lynsay Sands
Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas (River Ranch #3) by Soraya M. Lane
Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep
One Christmas Eve (Cedar Street #2) by Shannon Stacey
One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen
The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry
Puppy Christmas by Lucy Gilmore
A Royal Christmas Wish by Lizzie Shane
Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4) by Jasmine Guillory

Sergeant’s Christmas Siege by Megan Crane
Seduction On a Snowy Night by Madeline Hunter, Sabrina Jeffries, & Mary Jo Putney
Snowfall In the City by Susan Wiggs
Snowfall On Cedar Trail (Sweetwater Springs #3) by Annie Rains
A Snowy Little Christmas by Fern Michaels, Tara Sheets, & Kate Clayborn
Spirit of the Season by Fern Michaels
A Tale of Two Christmas Letters by Cathy Gillen Thacker
Tangled Up In Christmas (Texas Heat #2) by Lisa Renee Jones
A Texas Kind of Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, & Rachael Miles
The Trouble with Christmas (Credence, Colorado #2) by Amy Andrews
The Ugly Christmas Sweater by Jackie Paxson
An Unforgettable Christmas by Ginny Baird
A Wedding In December by Sarah Morgan
We Met In December by Rosie Curtis
Where Winter Finds You (Black Dagger Brotherhood #17.5) by J.R. Ward
White Christmas Wedding: A Novel by Celeste Winters

Winter’s Proposal (And Baby Makes Three #3-4) by Sherryl Woods
Wrapped Up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan
Wrapped Up In Christmas by Janice Lynn
Wrapped Uo In You (Heartbreaker Bay #8) by Jill Shalvis

Young Adult

I can’t believe I could only find one YA Christmas book
releasing in 2019! Isn’t this kind of a strong market that the
publishers are ignoring? With all the cute Netflix Christmas
movies, I just figured there would be more interest.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

 

 

Which titles are you excited to read this year?


Tomb of the Ancients (House of Furies #3) by Madeleine Roux Spotlight and Giveaway

Posted July 26, 2019 by Jana in Book Spotlight, Giveaway / 2 Comments

Tomb of the Ancients, the third and final book in the House of Furies trilogy, came out this past May and Wunderkind PR is graciously offering up a finished copy to one of my readers! Read more about the book below, and enter to win!


Tomb of the Ancients by Madeleine Roux
Series: House of Furies #3
Published by HarperTeen on May 14, 2019
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The war between old gods and monsters comes to a thrilling climax in this final book in the “darkly delightful”* House of Furies series, from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum. (*Publishers Weekly)

Free from the nightmares of Coldthistle House, Louisa and her friends have taken up a posh new London residence. But there’s no rest for the wicked. Religious zealots from the shepherd’s flock are gathering in the city, and ominous warnings are being left on Louisa’s doorstep. With the evil influence of her father’s spirit growing stronger—trying to take over—Louisa knows she will be forced to pick a side in the coming war between the old gods, whether she’d like to or not.

To save herself, Louisa is desperate enough to do whatever it takes—even if it means returning to Coldthistle House and striking another deal with Mr. Morningside. To uphold her end of the bargain, Louisa will have to rejoin his supernatural staff to venture to a gateway between worlds, a place of legend: the Tomb of Ancients. But, as always, there’s a catch…

Have you read any of the books in this series yet? What did you think?

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Ginger’s Favorite Holiday Romances | Blogger Guest Post

Posted December 5, 2018 by Jana in Book Spotlight, Guest Post / 2 Comments

Hello and Happy Holidays! When Jana reached out to me, asking if I’d like to join her A Bookish Little Christmas feature on her blog, I was first, extremely honored, and second, immediately wanting to say yes! I love collaborating with other bloggers in the community, especially for fun holiday features like this one. It’s a great way to meet new readers while sharing your own love for reading. So, thank you, Jana for asking me to be a part of this!

If you know me, or follow me anywhere on social media, then you probably already know where my style of reading tends to fall… ROMANCE! I’ve always been more of a contemporary kind of reader, but in the last five years or so, all I’ve wanted to read are romances. The romances I’ve read the most this year have been Adult and fall under contemporary or historical romance. I can never get enough!

With that being said, I would love to recommend a few of my favorite holiday romances I’ve read, plus share some others I am hoping to get to this holiday season. If romance is your jam, then I bet this post is for you! If you’re not so much a romance fan, maybe I could convince you to try something new? Either way, I hope I’ve added a few new books to your to-be-read lists (and maybe even your holiday wish lists??).

For the Holiday Romance Novella Fan…

Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis

About the book: It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate. 

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air. [goodreads.com]

This was a fun, quick read if you’re looking for something steamy to read during the holidays. The festiveness of the Bed & Breakfast set the scene for a cozy Christmas holiday, and these two characters definitely kept things warm! Jill Shalvis is always a reliable author if you’re looking for something to entertain and keep you satisfied. Also check out a previous novella from this same series, One Snowy Night, which I enjoyed just as much – if not more!

Room at the Inn  by Ruthie Knox

About the book: Ambitious and driven, Carson Vance couldn’t wait to escape the small town where he was born. But now that Carson is back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people of Potter Falls he’s left behind. Topping that list is Julie Long, who’s sacrificed so much for Carson’s family, and whose heart he broke once upon a time.  

Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie has blossomed from a shy schoolgirl into a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for in a relationship. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must convince Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come. [goodreads.com]

If you have not read a Ruthie Knox novel before, then I highly recommend starting with this sweet, sexy holiday novella of hers. It’s such a great introduction to her realistically romantic story telling. This particular story is a second chance romance sort of tale. What began as just a physical relationship gets a second go, and satisfies way more than just physical needs. In just these short pages I really got to know these characters and understood their journey, all while told against a sweet Christmas back drop.

For the Historical Romance Fan…

I Will: A Christmas Novella by Lisa Kleypas

About the book: Andrew, Lord Drake, has been cut out of his father’s will because of his dissolute manner of living. To be reinstated, Andrew decides to pretend that he has changed his wicked ways. 

As part of his plan, he wants to convince his father that he is courting a respectable woman with the intention of marrying her. The problem is, he doesn’t know any decent women, except for his friend’s spinster sister, Miss Caroline Hargreaves. He blackmails the reluctant Caroline into helping him, and so the charade begins . . . [goodreads.com]

Oh how I love a fake relationship turns something more! This deliciously romantic tale kept me reading in one sitting (bonus: it’s a novella!) and I knew I was in for a treat considering it was from Lisa Kleypas. There’s something festive about an English setting during the holidays from the 19th century. Throw in a fun plot and I am sold!

How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, & Joanna Shupe

About the book:

“Meet Me in Mayfair” by Tessa Dare

Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless–and unexpectedly handsome–Thorndale himself. Now the duke’s holding her future in his hands…and he’s not letting go.

“The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean

Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm–the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can’t resist the woman he never stopped loving…or the future that had once been in reach. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay…but if ever there were a time for miracles, it’s Christmas…

“Heiress Alone” by Sophie Jordan

When Annis Bannister’s family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss … until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms.

“Christmas in Central Park” by Joanna Shupe

Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker’s weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column’s author, can’t even boil water. When the paper’s owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing–especially when Duke’s attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love? [goodreads.com]

Not one, but FOUR historical romance holiday stories in this one! And even better, they’re from some of my favorite authors! Tessa Dare and Sarah MacLean’s were probably the two I enjoyed most, but all four are definitely a treat that should not be missed this holiday season. If you’re like me and having withdraws waiting for the next MacLean novel to come out, this is a nice surprise to tide you over.

For the Steamy Romance Fan…

An Ex for Christmas  by Lauren Layne

About the book: When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along. [goodreads.com]

Oh how I loved this one!!! Lauren Layne writes some of the yummiest, steamiest romances, in my opinion. Her characters always make me laugh out loud and I end up adoring their relationships. Though I knew where this story would eventually end up, it was still fun to experience. There’s an unexpected emotional pull that I felt while reading this one, and for someone who is always looking for substance in her romances, this one definitely hit that spot.

One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz

About the book: Never mess with a woman who carries a blowtorch in her backpack. Welder and artist Veronica “Flash” Redding’s playful sense of evil sometimes gets the better of her. Like when her insanely handsome, wealthy, suited-up boss gave her the most sensuously wicked night of her life…then dumped her. Yep, revenge is a dish best served hot.

Only Ian Asher isn’t quite letting Flash get away quite so easily. He’s not ready to forget the intensity between them. The searing heat when they touch. And the deliciously demanding control Ian wields in the bedroom. Now he has only the holidays to convince Flash that they belong together…and that even the most exquisite, broken things can be welded back together. [goodreads.com]

Whew! Get ready to fan yourself if you read this one. It is HOTTT. If sexytimes in your romances is your jam, then definitely pick up this holiday romance by Tiffany Seisz. She definitely knows how to warm you right up!

Gift Wrapped by Karla Doyle

About the book: After catching her boyfriend cheating two weeks before Christmas, Brinn is seriously lacking in holiday spirit. So when she looks into the eyes of a last-minute shopper after closing on Christmas Eve, she’s sarcastic rather than sympathetic. But Brinn is ever the good girl and her conscience wins out. She offers the handsome stranger ten minutes to select a gift and ends up with a present of her own—a date. On Christmas Eve.  

Davis hates Christmas. Especially this year, since a neighborhood heist liberated him of his hard-earned belongings and the few gifts he’d purchased. But the robbery led him to a cute store manager with a sense of humor, smokin’ body and no plans for the evening. Mistletoe might be in order after all.  

Their Christmas Eve date is like gift-wrapped, sexy satisfaction. But the best gifts keep on giving, and one naughty night may not be enough—for either of them. [goodreads.com]

I love a good story that highlights two characters that may be down and out, yet when they meet their luck starts to change. These two held great chemistry and kept a fun, sexy romance set against the holidays delightful and entertaining. If sexytimes are your thing, but you also want more substance between the physical encounters, then this holiday romance is for you.

A Few Holiday Romances on My Christmas Wish List…

One Day in December  by Josie Silver

About the book: Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

 Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be. 

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness. [goodreads.com]

Santa, Baby by Jennifer Crusie, Carly Phillips, and Lori Foster

About the book:

JENNIFER CRUSIE

Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game–in the arms of a sexy secret agent. . .

LORI FOSTER

Two dedicated coworkers with a lot of secrets (and fantasies!) between them must plan a Christmas party side by side–and discover a love worth celebrating–in this steamy office romance.

CARLY PHILLIPS

A “mistletoe moment” begins when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead–after giving him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more. . . [goodreads.com]

Coming Home for Christmas  by Jenny Hale

About the book: Allie Richfield loves Christmas, so when she lands a job as House Manager for the amazing Ashford Estate—which includes organizing the Marley family festivities—she is in her element. With a budget bigger than her life savings and a team of staff, how hard can it be?

As one-by-one she meets the Marleys, she’s about to find out…

Allie’s new boss, Robert, might be gorgeous, but he’s also colder than the snow outside and refuses to come home for Christmas. Robert’s playboy brother, Kip, flirts with her relentlessly; and his sister, Sloane, arrives home with baggage—both the divorce-kind and the Louis Vuitton kind. Their ninety-two year old grandmother, Pippa, spends her day grumbling at everybody from her mobility scooter.

With Robert intending to sell Ashford, it’s the Marley’s last chance to create some happy memories in their family home—and Allie is determined to make it happen… even if it takes a little Christmas magic! With the festive spirit in full swing, she might even discover a little happiness of her own… [goodreads]

Thank you, again, to Jana for hosting A Bookish Little Christmas and allowing me to recommend a few of my favorite holiday romances. I hope I’ve added a few to your own to-be-read lists!

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2018 Christmas Book Releases

Posted December 3, 2018 by Jana in Book Spotlight / 5 Comments

I love Christmas books (all kinds), and a ton of amazing ones have been released this year! I’ve compiled a huge list of all (well, not ALL… that would be impossible) the new ones! You’ll be seeing reviews for a few of these this month!

Adult & New Adult

A Christmas Bride by Viveka Portman
A Christmas By the Sea by Melody Carlson
A Christmas Miracle for the Doctor (Shadow Creek, Montana #6) by Victoria James
A Christmas Revelation (Christmas Stories #16) by Anne Perry
A Christmas Wish for the Land Girls (Land Girls #3) by Jenny Holmes
A Coldwater Warm Hearts Christmas (Coldwater #3) by Lexi Eddings
A Duel for Christmas (Pevensey Mysteries #3) by Rosanne E. Lortz
A Firefighter’s Christmas Gift (Holidays in Heart Falls #1; Heart Falls #3) by Vivian Arend
A Miracle on Hope Street by Emma Heatherington
A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie
Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber
A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews
A Merry Mountain Christmas by Trish Milburn
An Unexpected Christmas (Taking the Shot #1) by Shannon Richard
A Season to Celebrate by Fern Michaels, Kate Pearce, Donna Kauffman, & Priscilla Oliveras

A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2) by Michelle Griep
A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (Gold Valley, #4) by Maisey Yates
At the Heart of Christmas by Jill Monroe
A Timeless Christmas by Alexis Stanton
A Very Lucky Christmas by Lilac Mills
Christmas Angel by Kat Martin
Christmas at Borteen Bay by Morton S. Gray
Christmas at First Creek Farm by Joss Wood
Christmas at Liberty’s (Liberty Girls #1) by Fiona Ford
Christmas at the Chalet: A Novel by Anita Hughes
Christmas at Tuppenny Corner  by Katie Flynn
Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright
Christmas Camp: A Novel by Karen Schaler
Christmas Catch by Mary Shotwell
Christmas In Cape Cod by Nan Rossiter

Christmas In Evergreen by Nancy Naigle
Christmas In Whispering Pines (The Langtry Sisters #3) by Scarlett Dunn
Christmas on Mistletoe Lane (Sweetwater Springs #1) by Annie Raines
Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
Cowboy Christmas Jubilee (Holiday, Texas #2) by Dylann Crush
Cowboy Honor (Longhorn Canyon #2) by Carolyn Brown
Cowboy SEAL Christmas (Navy SEAL Cowboys, #3) by Nicole Helm
High Country Christmas by Cynthia Thomason
Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis
It Started with Christmas by Jenny Hale
Kiss Me At Christmas (Playful Brides #10) by Valerie Bowman
Lone Star Christmas (Coldwater Texas #1) by Delores Fossen
Merrily Ever After (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #2.5) by Jenny Holiday
Mistletoe Miracles (Ransom Canyon #7) by Jodi Thomas
Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood
My Kind of Christmas (The Christmas Tree Ranch #1) by Janet Dailey
Naughty but Nice (Hamilton Christmas #3) by Donna Kauffman

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley
Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick
Premeditated Peppermint (Amish Candy Shop Mystery #3)
Read and Gone (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #2) by Allison Brook
Respect for Christmas by Grace Burrowes
Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas (Rocky Mountain Cowboys #1) by Katie Ruggle
Santa’s on His Way by Lisa Jackson, Maisey Yates, Stacy Finz, & Nicole Helm
Season of Wonder (Haven Point #9) by RaeAnne Thayne
Snowed In for Christmas (Holiday Acres #2) by Noelle Adams
Snowed in with the Cowboy (Gold Valley, #3.5) by Maisey Yates
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane (Honeymoon Harbor #2) by JoAnn Ross
Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman
Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King
The Autobiography of Santa Claus: A Revised Edition of the Christmas Classic by Jeff Guinn
The Billionaire’s Christmas Cinderella by Carol Marinelli

The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove (Seashell Cove #3) by Karen Clarke
The Christmas Company by Alys Murray
The Christmas Layover by Robert Tate Miller
The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall
The Chrismas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
The Christmas Window by Melissa McClone
The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant
The Christmas Wishing Tree (Eternity Springs #15) by Emily March
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby by Jennifer Hoopes
The Forever Christmas Tree (Bell Sound #1) by Sandra Hill
The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances (Castle Cove #2) by Donna Ashcroft
The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm by Erin Green
The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson
The White Christmas Inn by Colleen Wright
The Windmill Café: Christmas Trees (The Windmill Café #3) by Poppy Blake

‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2) by Jacqueline Frost
Unleashed (Hamilton Christmas #1) by Donna Kauffman
Watch for Me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry
Winter At the Beach (Moonlight Harbor #2) by Sheila Roberts

Young Adult

Carols and Chaos by Cindy Antsey
Holly Jolly Summer by Tiffany Stewart
Kiss Me in Paris by Katherine Rider
Snow In Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, & Kasie West
Together At Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Middle Grade

Father Christmas and Me (Christmas #3) by Matt Haig

Fraud at Snowfields by Daniel Klock
The Lotterys More or Less (The Lotterys #2) by Emma Donoghue

Children’s Picture

All Is Merry and Bright by Jeffrey Burton
Christmas Cookie Day! by Tara Knudson
Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck
Little Christmas Tree by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
Mouse’s Christmas Gift by Mindy Baker
Plum by Sean Hayes & Scott Icenogle
Searching for Christmas by Holly Gardner
The Star in the Christmas Play by Lynne Marie


Waiting on Wednesday: As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

Posted August 22, 2018 by Jana in Book Spotlight / 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is the baby of Jill at Breaking the Spine, which I participate in every once in a while. This fun feature allows us to showcase upcoming book releases that we’re excited to read! This week I’m sharing my excitement for As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows, book #2 of The Fallen Isles trilogy. These books are about dragons and greatness and a heroine who fights against obstacles in her way, be them physical or mental. I read and really enjoyed Before She Ignites last year, and can’t wait for As She Ascends‘s release!

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows
Series: Fallen Isles Trilogy Book #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on September 11, 2018
Genres: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance
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MIRA, THE HOPEBEARER
Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?

MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTED
As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.

Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.

There’s an exciting pre-order campaign going on right now, so there’s really no excuse to not get reading this series!

Have you read Before She Ignites? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you want to?


A.J. Pine’s Summer Reading Recs | Forever Summer Reading Blog Event (+ Giveaway)

Posted August 15, 2018 by Jana in Blog Tour, Book Spotlight, Giveaway, Guest Post / 0 Comments

A.J. Pine's Summer Reading Recs | Forever Summer Reading Blog Event (+ Giveaway)

A.J. Pine’s Summer Reading Recs

During the months of the school year, I’m a high school librarian. I’m also a mom of two fabulous kiddos. Add writing into that, and you probably wonder where I find time to read. The answer? Audio books! I get to “read” while doing other things like driving…or less enjoyable activities such as laundry, emptying the dishwasher, or blow drying my hair (yay earbuds!). Also, I just plain love audio books, so here are a few of my recent listens that you should definitely add to your audio list!

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: I read this book for my summer book club, and it blew me away. I could talk about this book for days—and have. There’s so much to discuss, and I can’t do it justice without spoiling it, but what a fascinating exploration of self vs. projected image we let others see; of how parents see their children and vice versa; of how prejudice can so easily blind someone to the truth; and of what it truly means to be a mother.
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton: Dual timelines, dual narrators, forbidden love, exile from Cuba, family secrets—this book has so muchAnd that cover??? STUNNING. A must read!
  • It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley: I’m a sucker for small town romance. And men who are good with animals. So a southern veterinarian hero and a heroine who is—shall we say—dog averse? Puh-lease. You had me at Rhett Valentine and Pepper Knight.
  • Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood: Sometimes I just need a good romcom, and Jennifer Blackwood’s humor always has me legit laughing out loud. As an educator myself, I love a strong school teacher heroine. And I mentioned before my penchant for men and their dogs. Even sexier—a man who’s a good dad. Did I also mention he’s a firefighter?
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: I just started listening to this one but know it’s going to be spectacular. Bahni Turpin is one of my favorite audio book narrators, plus the story has fantasy, magic, and romance yet also a storyline that deals very much with the reality of the world we live in. I’m sure I’ll be flailing about this one on social media when I’m done!

 

 

A librarian for teens by day and a romance writer by night, A.J. Pine can’t seem to escape the world of fiction, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. For more on A.J. and her books, please visit AJPine.com.

 

 


Tough Luck Cowboy by A.J. Pine
Book #2 in the Crossroads Ranch series
Published by Forever on August 28, 2018
Genres: Adult – Contemporary, Romance

The only girl he ever wanted was the one he could never have.

What’s the saying, bad luck comes in threes? If so, Lily Green is due for something good. First, her divorce is finalized—on her birthday, no less. Then the first job she lands for her catering company turns out to be for her ex-husband’s wedding. To top it off, she’s stuck working the event with Luke Everett, the sexy-as-hell best man who’s never been able to stand her. When can a girl catch a break?

For years, Luke has kept his feelings for Lily safely hidden. Hitting on his best friend’s ex-wife would definitely break the cowboy code of honor. But ever since an injury sidelined his rodeo riding, the two of them keep getting thrown together. It’s only a matter of time until his true feelings come to light. When that happens, it will either be the biggest mistake of his life, or a sign that his luck is about to change.

 

 


Ten Books I Loved Before I Became a Book Blogger

Posted June 22, 2018 by Jana in About Me, Book Spotlight / 10 Comments

A long time ago… in this galaxy… way back in the dino days, before Moby Dick was a minnow (can you tell I’m feeling old today? It’s my birthday!)… I wasn’t a book blogger. I know. It’s kind of hard for me to believe it, too, because I have been eating, breathing, and sleeping books since June of 2010 (I started The Broke and the Bookish with Jamie). About a year and a half later, That Artsy Reader Girl was born, and I’ve made a pretty cozy place for myself here in my corner of the Internet. Blogging has been a huge blessing for me, and has given me the opportunity to read so many amazing books, but some long-time favorites rekindled my love of reading way before I started writing. Since I never wrote full reviews for any of these books, I thought it’d be fun to share some of them with you today!

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight is the book that made me discover there was a young adult section in the bookstore. I had NO idea! I’m not even kidding. I grew up reading romance novels, and never knew there was a genre devoted to me. But oh, I loved Edward. :) Oh, and random fact… this is actually the first book I added to Goodreads when I joined. Crazy!

2. Pretend You Don’t See Her by Mary Higgins-Clark
This was first mystery novel! My mom has always really loved Mary Higgins-Clark, and started me on her books when I was a teenager. I became an instant fan, and will read anything she writes. I still can’t believe she’s still pumping books out at her age. It’s super impressive.

3. Catherine and the Pirate by Karen Hawkins
Did anyone else read the Avon True Romance series? There were, I think, 12 books aimed towards young adults in this series, all written by well-known authors like Meg Cabot, Beverly Jenkins, etc. This one was my first and favorite, though. I found it in my high school’s library when we had to write a book report (I can’t believe I chose this book for a book report. lol)  and thus began my love of pirate romances. I swear, I live for a really good historical romance featuring pirates and pirate ships.

4. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
I really loved this story, even though it made me cry because Nicholas Sparks likes to kill people. I’ll never read another book of his again for that reason, but I did really connect with this story. Even though I can cry about it right now if I think about it enough.

5. With Every Breath by Lynn Kurland
This was my very first time travel book! I LOVE Lynn’s romances. They are soooooo sweet, and so amazing. I just love Scotland, too, and most of her books take place there.

6. The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum 
This is a very fun trilogy that I found after reading Twilight and wanting something similar. The Hourglass Door features time travel and Da Vinci and a cute Italian boy. I loved it more than Twilight.

7. Kiss and Tell by Suzanne Brockman 
This book starts when a woman gets kissed by a mysterious man in a Zorro mask on New Year’s Eve. Who is he!?!?! Oh, I loved this book. The other two books in this trilogy and wonderful, too.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I was pretty scared of this book. It took me forever to be ok with it, and my mom thought I was insane for wanting it. I loved it. Seriously, this solidified my love of YA novels. And I kind of love that I read it before it was cool and before the movies and the hype. The second book, Catching Fire, wasn’t even out yet!

9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I found Shiver in the hopes of finding something like Twilight. I was skeptical, though, because I was team Edward and not Jacob, so why on Earth would I like a book about werewolves? I loved Maggie’s writing, though, and the story was so perfect.

10. Austenland by Shannon Hale
Yes, I reviewed this here (my first review ever, actually!), but I actually had to re-read the book in order to remember it enough to write a review. So it counts. It’s still one of my favorite books, even though the movie leaves much to be desired.

Which books did you read and love before you became a book blogger? 


Happy Holidays from Forever! | Christmas Book Spotlights & Giveaway

Posted December 6, 2017 by Jana in Book Spotlight, Giveaway / 5 Comments

Celebrate the Christmas season with That Artsy Reader Girl and her bookish friends! 

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The lovely people at Forever, the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing, are here to celebrate the holidays with us today with a pretty amazing prize pack giveaway for three of my readers! Read more about Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown, Back Home at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy, Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason, The Winter Wedding Plan by Oliva Miles, and Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow below, and then enter to win a special Forever tote filled with paperbacks of them all!

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas #2) by Carolyn Brown
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Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That’s exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Before he knows it, they’re stringing Christmas lights and decorating the tree… and he’s having the time of his life. But after everything he’s been through, Nash knows this kind of happiness doesn’t last.

Kasey Dawson thought she’d never get over the death of her husband. Nash, with his strong hands and infinite patience, is stirring something she hasn’t felt in a long time. Kasey knows the sexy cowboy isn’t telling her everything about this past, though. And she refuses to risk heartbreak all over again. But her kids have a plan of their own: Nothing will keep them from having a real family again-even if it takes a little help from Santa himself.

Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3) by Jen Gilroy
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She has a million reasons to leave.
Can he give her the one she needs to stay?

Cat McGuire’s return to Firefly Lake is turning into much more than she bargained for. Sure, she missed the crisp pine-scented air and the comfort of having her family around her. But being home makes her feel less like the successful single mom she is–and more like the awkward teen who never fit in. It doesn’t help that hockey-pro Luc Simard is back in town, too. Luc was her childhood crush, the hometown hero who never noticed her, and yet somehow he still makes her heart skip a beat.

Luc’s homecoming has been bittersweet. He’s lost his wife and his career, but there’s no better place to start over than Firefly Lake. Coaching the local kids’ hockey team makes him feel alive again, and he thinks his life is complete–until Cat arrives. The shy girl he always wanted to protect is now the gorgeous woman who’s stealing his heart and making him believe in second chances. But how can he convince Cat that Firefly Lake is where she truly belongs?

In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional story about finding love in the most unexpected of places from Jen Gilroy.

Sugarplum Way (Harmony Harbor #4) by Debbie Mason
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Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….

Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.

The Winter Wedding Plan (Misty Point #2) by Olivia Miles
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All she wants for Christmas is a second chance . . .

Charlotte Daniels has made her share of mistakes, but now that she’s a single mom, she vows to do better–and that starts with a new career. Working at her sister’s event-planning company is just the fresh start she needs.

Kate Daniels has finally forgiven Charlotte for her betrayal, but forgetting it is harder. But as the holidays approach and Kate has her own wedding to plan, she has no choice but to turn to Charlotte for help to throw a high-profile client the holiday party of the season.

Charlotte leaps at the chance to redeem herself . . . until this irresistible client asks her to pretend to be his fiancée for the party. She knows their charade won’t come without consequences–not just for her fresh start with Kate, but also for her own daughter.

As Kate’s wedding draws near and Charlotte’s fake romance starts to feel more and more real, will she fall back into the mistakes of her past, or finally prove herself to Kate once and for all?

Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice #3) by Jennifer Snow
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All wrapped up . . .

One more game. That’s all that stands between NHL star Asher Westmore and a major career milestone. But then his brother bashes him against the hockey boards, sidelining him for months. Over Christmas holidays, no less. If staying off the ice doesn’t drive him crazy, staying with his family will. The only bright spot amidst the mistletoe and twinkle lights: His best friend, Emma, is a physical therapist. And working out with her improves his body and his spirit.

One last time. Emma Callaway was in trouble the minute she and Asher added benefits to their friendship. How is she supposed to resist a funny, caring guy who makes her toes curl? Her heart was safe while he lived in a different state. Now that he’s back home recuperating, though, it’s only a matter of time before she blurts out her feelings. Emma’s only hope is that with a little holiday magic, she’ll get the best Christmas gift of all.

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2017 Christmas Novels | New Release Book List

Posted December 1, 2017 by Jana in Book Spotlight, Bookish News / 4 Comments

 

Looking for something to read this holiday season? I’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of brand new Christmas novels that are out this year to help you get in the festive spirit. This list is broken up by age group, and then alphabetized. The links will take you to Goodreads to read more about each title. If I’ve missed any that you’re really excited about, let me know in the comments! And seriously, where are all the YA Christmas books? Pretty sure we’re lacking a little…

Adult:

A Chance This Christmas by Joanne Rock
A Christmas Affair by Jodi Thomas
A Christmas to Remember by Lisa Kleypas, et al.
A Cosy, Candlelit Christmas (An Unforgettable Christmas #2) by Tilly Tennant
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis
A Hummingbird Christmas by Karen Foley
Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota #3) by Julie Hammerle
At the Christmas Wedding by Caroline Linden, Katharine Ashe, and Maya Rodale
A Scottish Lord for Christmas by Lauren Smith (12/5)
A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology by Carla Kelly
A Season of You by Emma Douglas
A Snow Country Christmas by Linda Lael Miller

A Very Cowboy Christmas (Smokin’ Hot Cowboys) by Kim Redford
A Very Merry Princess by Susan Mallery
A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt
Becoming Bella by Sarah Hegger
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
Christmas at Hope Cottage by Lily Graham
Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin
Christmas At the Candied Apple Cafe by Katherine Garbera
Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer
Christmas In a Cowboy’s Arms by Leigh Greenwood
Christmas In Icicle Falls (Life In Icicle Falls #11) by Sheila Roberts
Christmas In Kilts by Various (anthology)
Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley

Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot
Christmastime Cowboy by Maisey Yates
Close to Heaven (Colorado High Country #5) by Pamela Clare
Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson
Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside (Twilight, Texas #8) by Lori Wilde
Deck the Halls (Darling, VT #3.5) by Dolla Alward
His Mistletoe Wager by Virginia Heath
Hold Her Again by Shannon Stacey
Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase
Holiday Wishes
(Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis
Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin
Homicide for the Holidays (Viv and Charlie Mystery #2) by Cheryl Honigford
Hope for Christmas by Stacy Finz
Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

Hot Winter Nights by Various (anthology)
How the Finch Stole Christmas! by Donna Andrews
Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose by Stephanie Laurens
Last Christmas In Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas by Carolyn Brown
Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice #3) by Jennifer Snow
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Carla Burgess
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Miracle At Christmas by Debbie Mason (12/19)
Miss Christmas by Gigi Garrett
Moonlight Over Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love #6) by Sarah Morgan

Once Upon a Christms Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt (12/5)
One Day In December by Shari Low
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
Slay Bells Ring by (Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7) by Karen Rose Smith
Snowbound With an Heiress by Jennifer Faye
Snowflakes, Iced Cakes, and Second Chances by Sue Watson
Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point #7) by RaeAnne Thayne
Tangled Up In Tinsel by Candis Terry
The Beachside Christmas (Beachside Bay #3) by Karen Clarke
The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey
The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
The Christmas Room by Catherine Anderson
The Deal of a Lifetime by Frederik Backman
The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke
The Inn at Blue Hollow Falls (Blue Hollow Falls #1.5) by Donna Kauffman
The Lady In Red by Kelly Bowen (12/5)
The Rancher’s Christmas Song (Cowboys of Cold Creek #16) by RaeAnne Thayne
We’ll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale
Winter Solstice by Erin Hilderbrand
With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins
Wyoming Winter (Wyoming Men #7) by Diana Palmer

 

Children/Middle Grade:

Aglow: A Christmas Fable by Bruce Ashkenas
Carols and Crushes: A Wish Novel by Natalie Blitt
Father Christmas and Me
by Matt Haig
Ghosts of Greenglass House
(Greenglass House #2) by Kate Milford
Janie Gets a Genie for Christmas by David Blaze
Nutcracked by Susan Adrian
The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
The Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett

 

Picture Books:

A Christmas for Bear by Kady MacDonald Denton
A Christmas Wish: A Peter Rabbit Tale by Beatrix Potter
Alfred: A Christmas Tree Destined to Shine by Caroline Wilson Ellison
A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman
Baseball Bats for Christmas
by Michael Kusugak
Jingle Bells
by Susan Jeffers
Merry Christmas from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Merry Christmas, Peanut! by Terry Border
Ninja Claus by Aree Chung

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares
Redrick Raccoon and the Christmas Mystery by Karen H. Monteith
Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree by Liz Climo
Santa’s Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson
Santa Rex by Molly Idle
The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker
The Little Reindeer by Nicola Killen
The Santa Thief by Alane Adams

The Secret of the Santa Box by Christopher Fenoglio
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Emma Randall
River Rose and the Magical Christmas by Kelly Clarkson
You Are My Merry by Marianne Richmond (paperback release)

 

Young Adult:

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

 

Which books are you excited to read this year?
Which ones have you already read and loved?