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Mailbox Monday (35)

It's that time of the week again!  I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday, check it out here ! I hope everyone in the states had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We had a nice time on Thursday and then put up all of our Christmas decorations yesterday.  We are ready for December! I had Wednesday off and Julia was at daycare so I could run a bunch of errands and bake pies.  I stopped in at the library because I haven't had a chance to browse by myself since it re-opened.  There were parts of the library that I didn't even remember being there because I only ever get to go to the children's section!  I went a little overboard because everything looked so good. Here is what I got:   Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnivall All that I Am by Anna Funder Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory You'd Be So Pretty If... by Dara Chadwick The Secret Place by Tana French Did you g

Guest Post: Elaine Cougler author of "The Loyalist's Luck"

Today I'm really happy to welcome Elaine Cougler to the blog!  She is the author of The Loyalist's Wife and The Loyalist's Luck which was just released in October (check out the review I posted yesterday!). 7 Super Interesting Things Writing The Loyalist’s Luck Taught Me For the next half hour the house was all a-tumble with getting William ready to travel. Young Will and wee John woke with all the hubbub and even their sister slid down the steps as fast as she could to be part of the excitement. Catherine and Lucy held the youngest ones on their laps, out of the way of the men. Young Will ran back up to his room and reappeared as his father was opening the door, his hand behind his back. “Daddy.” “No, Will. Your daddy has to hurry,” said Catherine, holding the boy’s hand. They gathered together in the kitchen and he stopped to smile at each one in turn. “I’ll be back soon.”  But he wasn’t. The hours passed, night came and with it the far-off sounds of can

Review: "The Loyalist's Luck" by Elaine Cougler

Synopsis:  When the Revolutionary War turns in favor of the Americans, John and Lucy flee across the Niagara River with almost nothing. They begin again in Butlersburg, a badly supplied British outpost surrounded by endless trees and rivers, and the mighty roar of the giant falls nearby. He is off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she is left behind with her young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy—her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy. With vivid scenes of heartbreak and betrayal, heroism and shattered hopes, Elaine Cougler takes us into the hearts and homes of Loyalists still fighting for their beliefs, and draws po

Mailbox Monday (34)

I'm linking up with Mailbox Monday again. Check it out here ! It's almost Thanksgiving! I'm so looking forward to the long weekend!  It is much needed right now.  We are just staying in town and going to my in-laws for Thanksgiving.  It will be nice to relax a bit.  I got two new books this week, both look really good.  I swore I was going to stay away from NetGalley but I couldn't help myself!   From NetGalley: The Marriage Game by Alison Weir The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah I hope all of my American followers have a happy Thanksgiving!!  What books did you get this week?  Any big plans for the holiday?

Review and Giveaway: "The Tudor Vendetta" by C.W. Gortner

Synopsis:  Winter, 1558: Elizabeth I has ascended the throne but the first days of her reign are already fraught with turmoil, the kingdom weakened by strife and her ability to rule uncertain. Summoned from exile abroad at the new queen’s behest, Brendan Prescott arrives in London to face his shattered past. He soon finds himself pitted in deadly rivalry with his life-long foe, Robert Dudley, but when a poison attempt overshadows the queen’s coronation, Elizabeth privately dispatches Brendan on a far more dangerous assignation: to find her favored lady-in-waiting, Lady Parry, who has vanished in Yorkshire. Upon his arrival at the crumbling sea-side manor that may hold the key to Lady Parry’s disappearance, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but

Mailbox Monday (33)

 Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme started by Marcia at To Be Continued.  It's a great way to show off all the cool books you received during the week.  Check it out here ! I got some great books this week!  On Monday night, I went to an event at a library near Kansas City and got to see Maggie Stiefvater and the Merry Sisters of Fate.  They gave a great talk on writing and then signed books.  I picked up a copy of The Raven Boys got it signed.  It was so fun!  I also got a couple of review books that I'm so excited to read. Purchased: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater For Review (from HFVBT): Whither Thou Goest by Anna Belfrage A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren From the Library (ebook): The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater What books did you get this week?

Guest Post: Shanna Hatfield, author of the Hardman Holiday series

Welcome to the Cowboys & Christmas Blog Tour! A kickoff of two new holiday romances by Shanna Hatfield and a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund An Interview with the Men of Hardman Holidays Three characters from Shanna Hatfield’s historical holiday series, Hardman Holidays join us today . Set in the western town of Hardman, Oregon, this series of sweet romances highlights determined women and the men who fall for them. Luke Granger, Blake Stratton, and Arlan Guthry talk about life in Hardman in the 1890s. A warm welcome to you all. Tell us a little about how you met. Luke: We all grew up in Hardman. Blake moved here with his parents from England just after my family arrived from New York when we were quite small. Arlan, your parents moved here before you were born, didn’t they? I was young enough I don’t remember. Arlan: Yes, they did. My brother, Adam, was just a year old when they moved to Hardman. I was born two years

Mailbox Monday (32)

Mailbox Monday is a great way to share the books you get each week!  Check it out here ! I haven't received any books for a few weeks and then in the past week, I got quite a few!  I'm still really busy with school and work but the semester will be over in a month and then I can get back to more reading.  Thank goodness! For Review (from HFVBT): The Loyalist's Luck by Elaine Cougler Borrowed from a friend: On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder From the Library (ebook): The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater What books did you get this week?

Book Blast: "A Home for Christmas" by MK McClintock

Publication Date: November 5, 2014 Trappers Peak Publishing eBook; 74 pages ASIN: B00NE43C0O Settings: 19th Century Montana, Wyoming, & Colorado Genre: Christmas Short Stories/Western/Sweet Romance Includes three historical fiction short stories to delight and entertain this holiday season. CHRISTMAS MOUNTAIN In search of family she barely knows and adventure she's always wanted, Katherine Donahue is saved from freezing on a winter night in the mountains of Montana by August Hollister. Neither of them expected that what one woman had in mind was a new beginning for them both. TETON CHRISTMAS Heartache and a thirst for adventure lead McKensie Stewart and her sister to Wyoming after the death of their parents. With the help of a widowed aunt and a charming horse breeder, McKensie discovers that hope is a cherished promise, and there is no greater gift than love. LILY'S CHRISTMAS WISH Lily Malone has never had a real family or a real Christmas. This holiday season