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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…


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?



Apollycon ’17 Venue, Hotel, Volunteer, Ticket, & Schedule Info + FAQ’s

Posted June 3, 2016 by Jana in Bookish News, Giveaway / 0 Comments

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Hey there! I’m one of 25 official Apollycon 2017 bloggers so over the next year I’ll be giving you all the information on the conference so you know exactly what’s going on.

Ok, guys. This post has all the information about Apollycon you could possibly need. Seriously, it’s info city over here. Today we’re announcing the venue for the event and how to book hotel rooms there at a discounted rate. You’ll also find information on signing up to volunteer at Apollycon, where to go to buy tickets, the full events schedule, and a bunch of answers to questions you didn’t even know you had.

The Venue

Apollycon 2017 will be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando!

Go look at the website! This hotel is beautiful!

Hotel Rooms Available

There is a block of rooms reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, at a discounted rate. To book a room, go here. You can book a room for an arrival as early as 3/19/2017, and check out as late as 3/31/2017 with access to the Apollycon 2017 rate. These rooms will go quickly, so book early to make sure you don’t miss out. If by chance the room block is sold out, you may still contact the hotel to inquire about other available rooms, but they may not have the discounted rate.

Want to Volunteer at Apollycon?

Sign up here to volunteer at Apollycon! Please be sure to thoroughly read the form prior to submitting.


Tickets can be purchased here! The ticket sale will be live at 12PM EST on Friday, June 3rd, 2016. Please note that there has been a ticket update: The FAST PASS (which was previously announced) will no longer be available for purchase. For more info, check out the Apollycon tickets page, or the Apollycon website.

Event Schedule

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Time TBD – On-site Registration Opens

2pm-5pm – Exclusive Titan Signing:
This signing will be for Titan pass holders only. All attending authors and vendors will be on site during this session as well. This signing will end promptly at 4PM. If you still have books you need to have signed, you may attend the General Signing session on Saturday.

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Time TBD – On-site Registration Opens

12pm-5pm – General Signing Session:
This session is free to all attendees! Please keep in mind that we are asking that you still register to attend the event (registration opens at 12PM EST today). All authors and vendors will be on site and available at this time. Some authors will be ticketed and/or have book limits (that may differ from the general book limitations which can be found in the FAQ section below), so please be prepared to adhere to the specified instructions.

The signing will end promptly at 5PM, as we will need to clear the space for the after party which will be occurring later that evening.

8pm-11pm – Demigod After Party:
You must purchase a Demigod pass in order to attend. (This is included with both the Titan AND the Apollyon pass, so you won’t need to purchase 2 separate passes.) The party will include:

  • 1,001 Dark Nights gift bags for the first 300 people! – Be among the first 300 people to arrive, and you will get to take home a bag filled with goodies!
  • Mingle with your favorite authors! – Featured authors & cover model(s) will be in attendance!
  • Photobooth Fun – We will have a photo booth with fun props where you and your friends can capture the fun!
  • Hit the dance floor with your friends! – We will have a DJ bringing the tunes!
  • Giveaways! – There will be chances to win gift cards, an iPad, a Kindle Fire tablet, signed books, and more throughout the party!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Saturday general signing is free. Do I still need to register?
Yes. If you solely wish to attend the Saturday signing (which is FREE), we are still asking that all attendees register for a general signing ticket.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Plan to bring your ID with you when picking up your registration on site.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to the event?
There will be on-site paid parking available at the venue hotel.

What are the book limitations?
You may bring as many books from home as you’d like, but you can only get 5 books per author signed at a time. You’ll be asked to go to the back of the line to get any additional books signed by the same author. **Please note: There may be some authors that have a different book limit (less than 5), but we will make a formal announcement on the Apollycon site/social media closer to the event.

Is my registration/ticket refundable/transferrable?
All paid passes/registration will be fully refundable until January 1st, 2017. Beyond that point, it will be transferable (so you can resell your pass to another attendee) should you no longer be able to attend.

I plan to sign up to volunteer. Do I still need to pay for a pass?
Yes. If you are interested in getting the swag/items that comes with the Titan or Apollyon passes, you must still purchase the a pass. If you purchase the Titan pass, and are selected to be an Apollycon volunteer, you will still be granted access to the full Friday signing that comes along with it.

Can I purchase books at the event?
Yes! There will be an onsite bookseller with books for purchase (Hours of operation will be posted closer to date of the event.). Self-published titles will be sold by the author at their respective tables, at the author’s discretion. As we get closer to the event, we will provide a list of books that will be available for purchase at the event. **Please note: There may be limited titles/formats available through the bookseller, so if you have specific titles you’d like to have for the signing, your best bet is to purchase them before the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can reach the Apollycon 2017 event organizers (Steph & Hannah) using the messaging options on the Apollycon social media pages, or at apollyconevent[at]gmails[dot]com.

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– For more FAQ’s, check out the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Apollycon website.
– For additional information regarding this event, including attending authors & vendors, check out the Apollycon website.

Apollycon ’17 Author/Vendor Line-Up & Registration Options (+ Giveaway)

Posted May 6, 2016 by Jana in Bookish News, Giveaway / 1 Comment

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Hey there! I’m one of 25 official Apollycon 2017 bloggers so over the next year I’ll be giving you all the information on the conference so you know exactly what’s going on.

Today is the magical day of the unveiling of the Apollycon author and vendor line-up! It started at 9AM EST this morning on the conference Facebook page, and was revealed in three parts (hourly) on the Apollycon Twitter and Instagram accounts. In case you missed it, here’s that list of gold:


Follow the Apollycon social media pages so you don’t miss anything important!

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
(and it’s a good idea to sign up for the Newsletter too)

Ok, so also… Today is the day we tell you all about Apollycon registration options and the different passes you can purchase. There are four: Titan, Apollyon, Demi-god and FAST PASS. Each one is different and provides you with different opportunities, so make sure you read carefully and pick the one that works best for you.


And here are the conference pass options:

apollycon titan pass

Apollycon apollycon pass

Apollycon demigod pass



You will still need to register through the Eventbrite page, but there will be no cost for your general signing ticket. This will grant you entry to the Saturday signing, and all authors and vendors in attendance.

Woo! So exciting! Which pass do you want to buy when the time comes?


Of course, we have a giveaway for you! One winner will receive a “Front of the Line” pass for Apollycon which they may redeem during one of the Apollycon signings to jump the to the front of one line. It is a one-time use pass. ID must be presented when claiming the pass. It is transferrable. If you win and later find you cannot attend, you may transfer the pass once to another attendee.

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Special Accouncement from Tracey Garvis-Graves!

Posted May 11, 2014 by Jana in Bookish News / 4 Comments

GUESS WHAT!? Tracey Garvis-Graves (author of On the Island, Uncharted, and Covet) is releasing an adult romantic suspense novel sometime this year! I am SO EXCITED. I love romantic suspense and mysteries, and I have loved every one of Tracey’s novels so far! She is an auto-buy author for sure, and I will be trying to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Here’s what we know so far:

Title: Every Time I Think of You
Cover Coming Soon!
Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Release Date: Sometime in 2014
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Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before.

And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.

HELLO! I am so excited!!!! How good does this one sound!?

Check out the book’s trailer!

Book Excerpt
(In case you need any more reasons to be excited about this…)

My watch said 11:00 p.m. Way too late to show up unannounced, but I knocked on Daisy’s door anyway, picturing her tip-toeing quietly to look through the peephole. It took a full minute because I’d undoubtedly roused her from a sound sleep. But then she opened the door far enough for me to cross the threshold and locked it again behind me.

The apartment was dark, save for a small beam of light that spilled into the hallway from her bedroom. As my eyes adjusted I noticed her hair. I’d never seen it down before. It fell way past her shoulders and was slightly messy, like she’d been tossing and turning in her sleep before I arrived. She wore a pair of pajama pants and a tank top with narrow straps, one of which had fallen off her shoulder.

“What is it?” she asked. “Are you okay?”

“My mom died,” I said. It felt strange to say the words out loud. My voice sounded flat, unemotional.

“I’m so sorry, Brooks,” she said, but she didn’t say anything else.

I wanted something that would take away the empty, restless feeling inside of me. Something solid and real. She was standing close enough that one step was all I needed to close the gap between us. She must have taken a shower right before she went to bed because when I plunged my hands into all that hair, grabbing fistfuls and pulling her up against me, I felt the dampness and smelled the faint traces of her shampoo.

I moved my hands to the sides of her face and cupped it. She didn’t miss a beat when I pressed my lips to hers. She was probably wondering how I could possibly kiss her at a time like this, but it didn’t stop her from putting her arms around me and kissing me back like it was exactly what she needed, too.

Like the steady turn of a release valve, everything that had been bottled up inside of me escaped slowly through that kiss. I hadn’t realized how rigidly I’d been holding my body until it slackened against hers. How tightly I’d been clenching my jaw until I relaxed it to kiss her. All the tension I’d been feeling disappeared when she opened her mouth and let me in.

It was a long slow kiss, the kind that wasn’t meant to lead to anything else and was all the more powerful because of it. When I’d finally had enough I said, “I don’t know why I came. It’s late. I woke you up.”

“It’s okay,” she said softly. “I don’t mind.”

“Go back to bed,” I whispered.

She nodded and I opened the door. “Lock this behind me,” I said, and I waited in the hallway until I heard the tumble of the lock clicking into place.


About Tracey

Tracey Garvis-Graves is the author of On the Island, Uncharted, and Covet. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She blogs at using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood. You can e-mail her at She’d love to hear from you.

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Bookish News: eReaders Allowed During Take-Off Next Year!

Posted March 27, 2013 by Jana in Bookish News, Discussion / 12 Comments

So, I fly a lot. And I LOVE reading on flights. And up until I got a Kindle, I was allowed to read any time I wanted on a plane. But then… I got my beloved Kindle and was told to turn it off for 20 minutes while the plane took off, and then for 20-30 minutes while the plane prepared to land. That’s almost an hour of sitting in my uncomfortable seat, staring at the people with their tangible books, who were still reading happily. Who here understands this frustration? I’m sure I’m not the only one.

So, guess what? It turns out there is no scientific proof that these devices cause any problems at all! I mean, iPads are used in the cockpit during take-off, and we have all lived to tell the tale of our flight! You know what this means for us? Rules are changing. And we might get an extra hour of reading time while flying. That sounds pretty cool to me!

Want to read more about this exiting news? Visit this article.

Discussion: So, tell me! What does this mean for you? Are you excited? Do you not really care? Did you never follow the rules anyway? Haha. Do you like reading on planes? Any good recommendations for plane reading? With summer coming up, I know we all need some good books to read while traveling!