What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! Stop by each blog for a chance to win fabulous books & gifties for the Holidays!
(Want double the giveaways? Check out my upcoming release, BY THE RULES, and enter the cover-reveal giveaway!)
So. Favorite holiday things. It occurred to me that I don’t really have a favorite holiday romance – I think the last one I read was All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann, which was excellent by the way. I love Christmas movies – my favorites are all the remakes of A Christmas Carol, specifically Scrooged and A Muppet Christmas Carol.
Mostly I’m boring over the holidays because when I’m not cooking and and frantically screaming HOLY SHIT I FORGOT TO <fill in the blank with all of the things> I’m writing or I’m hanging out with my kids. Holiday time is prime catch up on work time for me because when hubs is off work I can buckle down and squeeze in as much writing / working time as I can. Right now I’m getting ARCs ready for my upcoming m/m NA novel, BY THE RULES – you can check it out plus an excerpt and giveaway in the By the Rules giveaway post.
When I squeeze in fun reading time at the holidays, I’m usually catching up on things I’ve been meaning to read but hadn’t gotten around to. Right now I’m reading Pent Up by my friend Damon Suede, and Elanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (I just finished her LGBT YA fantasy novel, Carry On, which I LOVED sososomuch).
My kiddos love that Penguins of Madagascar short where the penguins go to the big city to rescue their friend. My husband isn’t much into books or movies but he has the jazzy Xmas music playing 24/7 pretty much starting December first. So tell me – what are your favorite holiday books/movies/things on your wishlist? What have you read lately that’s good?
Since I know we ALL want to get ourselves more books (even I do, and I’ve got hundreds more than I have time to read), I’m giving away a B&N gift card for this hop, and some swag. So you can go out and get yourself something pretty and bookish. 😉 Happy reading, and happy holidays!!
Look, Ma! I wrote a book with boys kissing! Okay, maybe my mom shouldn’t look (she doesn’t actually read any of my books, because of the kissing – it’s cool). The rest of you though, you should totally look, because this cover is pretty damn awesome and so is the book.
BY THE RULES is book 3 in my Evergreen Grove new adult series. I got so many requests for AJ’s story, and I had to write about my snarky, former male escort. I hope you all will love AJ and Hayden as much as I do.
I should mention that to celebrate the upcoming release, Acts of Creation (Evergreen Grove, Book 2) is currently on sale for $0.99! You can grab Acts of Creation while it’s on sale at the following places: Amazon | Apple | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | ARe
Now, a little info about BY THE RULES:
He thinks I want him because of the rumors around town. Because I think he’s easy. I want AJ, because he’s AJ.
No liars. No suits. Absolutelyno straight guys…
AJ Fabin’s list of rules keeps him safe. Since getting kicked out of his parents’ home and attacked by a former escorting client, his rules and his life in the tiny town of Evergreen Grove provide a quiet haven. He may be lonely, and he may stick out like a sore thumb, but the folks like him well enough. When he’s not dodging his old pimp, things are peaceful.
Hayden Price is having a quarter-life crisis. Engaged to a woman he can’t connect to and working a job he secretly hates, he comes to Evergreen Grove to help his mother through a health scare. Returning to his childhood home makes Hayden reevaluate a lot of things, including himself. When he meets AJ and finds he can’t stand the mouthy jerk—almost as much as he can’t stop thinking about him—he has a lot more to change than his career.
To be together, they’ll both have to break all of their rules.
To celebrate and help spread the world about BY THE RULES’s upcoming release, I’m giving away a fun mystery bundle! The bundle will include one signed book of mine for sure, some swag, and possibly some cool stuff I’ve picked up from other authors. It’ll be a surprise!
Hey – sorry to be late in posting this! I’m always late with blog posts though, so I’m sure we’ll persevere. The winner of my Furiously Happy #Thankful4u giveaway is Amanda W! Thank you so much for entering the giveaway.
Everyone else, you can check out Jenny Lawson and her books at her blog and pretty much everywhere books are sold these days.
This week we’re letting everyone know just what we’re thankful for. And that includes…YOU! There’s a new giveaway at every single stop so be sure to hop around and visit your favorite blogs and find a few new ones to follow too!
So the purpose of this post is to tell you, my readers, why I’m thankful. Well yay! An easy blog topic. One with a lot of answers, but easy. I love my readers, because without them I’d basically just be writing for my cat, and the couple of writer buddies who are kind enough to cheer me on (Thanks, guys!). I love what I do, and I love to write because I love to read. I love all the feelings I have when fall head over heels for an amazing story. When I get email from a reader letting me know that I’ve made them laugh or cry or want more of a series, I am grateful because it gives me hope that just maybe I’ve come close to giving someone else that same amazing feeling I get when I fall in love with a story. I’m also thankful to my readers because when I write, I fall in love with my characters. The good ones, the bad ones, the alphas and the betas, they are all real to me. I see and hear them in my head, and getting to spend quality time with them is such a gift. Every reader who talks to me about those worlds, about Michelle and Dante’s struggles in Acts of Creation, or the emotional conclusion to Lee and Alexia in Hunter by Night, they become even more vivid, more real, and more alive to me.
I’m grateful because writing can be a solitary activity. Sometimes depressing, sometimes anxiety inducing, and never as easy as it looks in the movies. If I were only writing into the void, and reading things aloud to my cat, I’d look even crazier than I’m sure I already do. 😉
I love my readers for making it possible to continue. It’s that simple, and that huge. Thank you so much to all of you. <3
Giveaway –One copy of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, and some bookmarks. I had the extreme luck of hearing Jenny Lawson speak about a month (maybe? I’m awful at time) ago about things like mental illness, and while I’m generally reasonably perky on social media, it’s something I struggle with as much as the next writer. Mostly, I deal with it quietly because I have trouble behaving like a human being when I’m in deep–as I’m sure is the case with lots of people. So if I feel like hell, I simply retreat and marathon Supernatural like a good girl. 😉
I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety since my early teens, and have have more trouble since having kids and starting writing. Lawson’s writing–her humor and her keep swimming attitude–was the sort of thing I needed. I keep her books by my bed and on my phone and pull one out when I need to remember I’m not alone and to give myself a good laugh. Sadly, due to time constraints I didn’t actually get to meet her the day she was in my town signing books, but I got to hear her speak, and some of the things she said touched my heart so much that it was worth the drive all the same.
So. The point of all the babbling? Someone on Twitter mentioned buying an extra copy of the book to give away to someone who might not otherwise be able to afford one, which I thought was a great idea – being the good procrastinator that I am, I’m just now getting around to giving my extra copy away. I needed to give something away for this blog hop, so here we are!
**I’m doing something different today for the giveaway. Typically to maximize social media exposure and whatnot, I set up a giveaway widget, and it gives bonus entries to folks who follow me on Facebook and and my Newsletter, or Twitter, or who Tweet about the giveaway. I’m not requiring that for this giveaway simply because I want to give everyone an equal chance. So while it’d be lovely if you joined my nutty tribe of followers, and I think it’s a really awesome giveaway so I would definitely appreciate if you shared the giveaway on Twitter / FB / etc, for this particular giveaway the deal is one comment, one entry, and I’ll choose a winner at the end by having my cat shine her laser pointer at the screen (or more likely a randomizer) (My God, is she always so wordy? Yes, yes she is).
Also, and more importantly, if you don’t already follow Jenny as “The Bloggess” on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog, you really are missing out.
SO If you would like a chance to win the book, leave a comment below. Make sure the blog comment doohickie has captured your email address or something so I can contact you if you win. Simple as that. So comment below. And if you have the means and can’t wait to read Furiously Happy, go and get it. It’s so good, and full of taxidermy. Who can go wrong with Taxidermy? Lots of other folks are doing giveaways this week. Check them out:
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time for the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 7 wickedly fun shops have come together to create one spooktalcular Prize Pack ($225+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Accessories and more! All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below or visit the Main Giveaway Page on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE.
Join us daily on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog during the giveaway for our Halloween Movie Marathon featuring the Guess the Movie Game and our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.
October is the perfect time for watching spooky movies. Along with the Halloween Movie Marathon each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite movie choices with you.
So… MY favorites?? I had to think about this one, because I actually don’t love horror a whole lot, and that’s what I usually associate with Halloween. I have to mention Nightmare before Christmas though, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Okay, not exactly movies to leave you shaking in your shoes but still must-watch Halloween classics. I AM on a massive paranormal TV binge right now, however – I just finished a Teen Wolf marathon and now I’m catching up with the Winchester brothers on Supernatural. I kinda figure all the spooky things that go bump in the night on those shows will put anyone in the Halloween spirit! And those shirtless abs go better with chocolate! What are your Halloween faves??
The giveaway runs October 18th – November 1st and is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE to see the full prize list, participating shops and daily giveaway events.