martedì 31 dicembre 2019

2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge


This challenge is hosted by GirlXOXO and requires you to read a book each month that fits with the assigned motif.


Below are the 12 challenges for the year.
JANUARY-  Winter Wonderland
Focusing on ‘wonderland’, read a book set in a truly wonderful place- somewhere you’ve always thought was beautiful, somewhere with a wonderfully rich culture, a snowy setting, or maybe even a magical realm. It’s your interpretation, so have fun with it.
FEBRUARY- Seeing Red
Read a book with the word ‘red’ in the title OR a book with a red-ish cover. Bonus if it has both.
MARCH- Sub-Genre Sound Off
Choose a sub-genre of your favorite genre and read a book from it. Make sure you mention the sub genre you chose in your review. (Ex. Sub Genres of Fantasy could be Magical Realism, Fairytale Retellings, or Epic Fantasy to name just a few.)
APRIL- Classics or Currents
Read a book published before the year you were born (classic-ish) OR a book published between April 2019 and April 2020 (current.)
MAY- Author Introduction
Read a book written by an author who you’ve never read anything by. Bonus if its been on your TBR for more than a year.
JUNE- Name or Number
Read a book in which a name OR a number is part of the title. Bonus if the title includes both a name and a number.
JULY- Around or Out of this World 
Read a book set in a country other than the one you live in OR written by an author who is from a country other than your own OR read a book that takes place in space or on another planet.
AUGUST- Creature Feature
Read a book that includes a creature of some kind on the cover or in the story. Cat, dog, dragon, werewolf – mythical or real – find a book that features a creature.
SEPTEMBER- When Text Just Isn’t Enough
Read a book that includes more than just text. Maybe it’s a map, a family tree, illustrations, documents like emails or letters- something else that helps to paint the picture.
OCTOBER- Thrills and Chills
Ghost stories, haunted houses, true crime, murder mysteries, a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat- it’s up to you!
NOVEMBER- Dynamic Duos
Read a book with a couple of characters that make the perfect pair whether in business or in love. (Ex. Sherlock & Holmes, Elizabeth & Darcy)
DECEMBER- Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice
Holiday or winter themed reads, love stories and romances, happy cries, comedies; round out your year with a truly feel good read.

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020



hosted by Andi at Andi's ABC

  • Runs January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 (books read prior to 1/1/2020 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2020. 
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2020 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2020 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books (My goal)

2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge



Hosted by Amy over at Passages to the Past

Rules:
  • Everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section back at Passages to the Past if you wish)
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky added each month at Passages to the Past (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide readers directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)

The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2020 and there are six different levels to choose from:

20th century Reader  - 2 books
Victorian Reader        - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval                   - 15 books
Ancient History          - 25 books
Prehistoric                 - 50+ books

I'm signing up at the Ancient History level (25 books)

lunedì 30 dicembre 2019

2020 Reading Assignment Challenge



hosted by Berls and Michelle @ Because Reading

Register for your spring semester reading assignment classes!
This year you’ll be registering for classes that fit your reading goals. And the best part? You’re only registering for a semester at a time!
The spring semester is January – April 2020. You’ll come back in April to register for your summer classes (May-August 2020). You’ll do your spring report card the second week of May.
You’ll be back again in August to register for your fall classes (September – December). You’ll do your summer report card the second week of September.
Finally, check back in December to register for the next year! You’ll do your year end report card the second week of January 2020.
Final Exams
Anyone who’s ever been a college student knows that there’s a crazy week at the end of every semester where you cram like crazy to make up for all the times you fell behind over the semester. That final exam (or paper) is your chance to make it right.
So we’ve added a bonus week at the end of every semester for you to cram. Missed a month? Catch up over this week! Whatever you can cram into this week will count and fix the month(s) you messed up.
Meet your professors
You can register for the same classes all year if you want, but you can also switch it up, depending on your life and goals. You can even choose to take a semester or two off!
Professor AuthorLuv
Professor AuthorLuv used to have her own school, where her students we’re required to pick a favorite author and commit to reading all their books over the course of a year (aka The AuthorLuv Challenge). She’s decided to make her life a little easier and just host some classes here instead. She still wants you to pick a favorite author and commit to reading a certain number of books by that author each month, but she’s letting you set your number based on the level course you sign up for.
AuthorLuv Beginner Class (credits: 1) – In the beginner’s course your committing to reading one book a month by your chosen author. You’ll get an A if you read 1 book by that author all 5 months, a B if you read 1 book 4 of the months, a C if you read 1 book 3 of the months, and a D if you read 1 book 2 of the months. Professor AuthorLuv will have to give you an F for anything less.
Professor Genre
Professor Genre is all about choosing a genre/theme. For his classes you’ll commit to reading a certain number of books from one genre each month. Choose your level course to sign up for the number of books you’ll read each month. (theme can be anything from Christmas to reading books with the letter P in the title)
Genre Beginner Class (credits: 1) – In the beginner’s course your committing to reading one book a month in your chosen genre/theme. You’ll get an A if you read 1 book in that genre all 5 months, a B if you read 1 book 4 of the months, a C if you read 1 book 3 of the months, and a D if you read 1 book 2 of the months. Professor Genre will have to give you an F for anything less.
Professor Mix-It-Up
Professor Mix-It-Up wants you to have the freedom to mix-it-up. For her courses you’ll commit to reading a certain number of books from a list that you create in the first month of the course. She’s giving you a lot of freedom; The books can be any genre, any author, any format! But you have to have your list completed and posted by January 31, 2020 and you have to stick to it. Choose your level course to sign up for the number of books you’ll read each month.
Mix-It-Up Beginner Class (credits: 1) – In the beginner’s course your committing to reading one book a month from your list. You’ll get an A if you read 1 book from the list all 5 months, a B if you read 1 book 4 of the months, a C if you read 1 book 3 of the months, and a D if you read 1 book 2 of the months. Professor Mix-It-Up will have to give you an F for anything less.
Professor Ann Thology
Like Professor AuthorLuv, Professor Ann Thology once had her own challenge (A Year in Anthologies), but realized she’d be happier joining these professors than trying to go it solo. Professor Ann Thology works with students who have a tendency to grab those great deals on anthologies, with multiple books in one book… and then forget about them. She’s determined that those purchases will no longer be a waste. Her class is a bit more challenging, because 1 book is actually multiple, but she believes in her students ability to do it. Plus, they get to read shorter books and multiple authors all in one!
Anthology Beginner Class (credits: 1) – In the beginner’s course your committing to reading one anthology a month. You’ll get an A if you read 1 anthology all 5 months, a B if you read 1 anthology 4 of the months, a C if you read 1 anthology 3 of the months, and a D if you read 1 anthology 2 of the months. Professor Ann Thology will have to give you an F for anything less.
There are actually an intermediate and an advanced class for each professor where you can double or triple your classwork and credits.

I'm signing up for Professor Mix-It-Up at the advanced class. That's four books a month for four months. 
I'm signing up for Professor Author Luv at the beginner class, my author is Philippa Gregory
I'm signing up for Professor Genre at the beginner class, my genre is classic

My List

January

1. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
2.The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 


February

1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
2. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
3. Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes


March

1.Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
2. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

April

1. Love Letters by Katie Fforde
2. Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
3. The Lake House by Kate Morton



2020 FINISHING THE SERIES READING CHALLENGE



Hosted by : Celebrity Readers

This challenge is focused on finally finishing those series that you’ve started but not yet completed. 

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020.  Books must be read during this time frame to count.  Sign up is open from now until December 1st, 2020, so you may join even just for the last month of the year.
  • Series can be already completed as well as still ongoing.  For ongoing series, the goal is to catch up to the most recent book published by the end of 2020.
  • We don’t care if you have only 1 book or 10 books to read in order to finish your series, as long as you’ve started the series before 2020 (ie read at least one book in the series), it counts.  Re-reads are not required.
  • Any format and length of book counts – print, ebook, audio, ARC, etc.
  • Series can be any length (even if it’s just a Duet).
  • Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable!
  • Reviews are not required, but highly encouraged.

There are 3 levels for this challenge:
  • C-List Series Finisher- complete 1 to 4 series
  • B-List Series Finisher- complete 5 to 8 series
  • A-List Series Finisher- complete 9+ series
 My goal


Release Blitz &Giveaway: Unfinished Sympathy by Amélie S. Duncan.




Title: Unfinished Sympathy
Series: Absolution #1
Author: Amélie S. Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 30, 2019



Blurb

A symphony of passion and desire…

Aubrey Irving has music in her heart. Once a violin prodigy at the prestigious Juilliard, family issues and money problems forced her to give up her dreams. Now she struggles as an audio engineer for a hot new video game developer.

Then she met Paul…

Handsome, gifted, wealthy…At twenty-eight years old, Paul Crane seems to have it all. He’s made a fortune as a modern commercial composer. But he longs to show the world that there’s more to his music than trendy, disposable tunes.

An impromptu audition awakens a yearning deep inside their hearts. But just as the sparks begin to fly, they both find themselves pulling away…

Aubrey has a dark and troubled past. Paul has a history of crossing the line with his clients. The last thing either of them wants is another temptation.

Can these two artists unlock their hearts, and compose a symphony of passion? Or will their love song fade out before it even begins?





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Author Bio

Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary romances. Whether writing in the erotic, sports, or dark genres, all of her stories at the heart are character-driven. Her inspiration comes from many sources, including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her awesome husband and her sweet golden retriever Rosco. 




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venerdì 20 dicembre 2019

2020 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge



Hosted by Carol at Carol's Notebook.

  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up (blog, goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
  • You make a goal post and link it back to the sign-up page with your goal for this challenge (which is this post here)
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges  are fine
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st (Sign up ends March 15th)
There will be a monthly link up so that others can check out your progress and look at your reviews. At the halfway mark and at the end there will be a giveaway for those participating.
As with all good challenges there are levels based on how much you read / can commit to:
  • 5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
  • 16-25 books – Detective
  • 26-35 books – Inspector
  • 36 – 55 – Special agent
  • 56+ books – Sherlock Holmes
 I am signing up for the Inspector level, which is 26-35 books.

venerdì 8 novembre 2019

Review & Giveaway: Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey


Apple Cider Slaying 

(A Cider Shop Mystery)

by Julie Anne Lindsey

About Apple Cider Slaying

 
Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series 
Kensington (October 29, 2019) 
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496723473 
ISBN-13: 978-1496723475 
Digital ASIN: B07NCQPSVW 
Apples are at the core of the family business run by Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe. But this year’s crop is unseasonably ripe with murder . . .
ONE ROTTEN APPLE
Blossom Valley, West Virginia, is home to Smythe Orchards, Winnie and her Granny’s beloved twenty-five-acre farm and family business. But any way you slice it, it’s struggling. That’s why they’re trying to drum up business with the “First Annual Christmas at the Orchard,” a good old-fashioned holiday festival with enough delicious draw to satisfy apple-picking locals and cider-loving tourists alike—until the whole endeavor takes a sour turn when the body of Nadine Cooper, Granny’s long-time, grudge-holding nemesis, is found lodged in the apple press. Now, with Granny the number one suspect, Winnie is hard-pressed to prove her innocence before the real killer delivers another murder . .
Includes Recipes!
My Review
The cover, the plot, the setting prompted me to read this story and I wasn't disappointed. Apples, orchards, Christmas, family, murder how can you not love this story.
Winnie tries to save the family business by creating new apple cider and opening a shop to sell them. To do this they need funding but a corpse is found in the cider press which is the grandmother's number one enemy and Granny is the biggest suspect. Winnie has to investigate to save her grandmother and their orchard, irritating, however, the sheriff and the murderer.
Winnie is a great protagonist, she loves her family and their orchard, she has a wonderful relationship with her grandmother and she misses her grandfather who is no longer there. She is very sweet but also determined, intelligent. I also like her relationship with the sheriff especially as it changes throughout history.
It's written very well, there's a lot of suspense, twists and lots of little clues. I loved the setting this small rural town full of gossip but also of friendly and welcoming people.
Great debut for this new series, I can't wait to read the new adventures of Winona and her grandmother and above all I hope for new tasty recipes to try.
If you love cozy mysteries, apple cider and small rural communities this is the perfect book for you




About Julie Anne Lindsey


Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. When she's not creating new worlds and organizing the epic adventures of fictional characters, Julie can be found carpooling her three kids around Northeastern Ohio and plotting with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
Author Links
Visit her online at www.JulieAnneLindsey.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JulieAnneLindseyAuthor/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/JulieALindsey
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/juliealindsey/

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Review & Giveaway: Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper by D.E. Haggerty



Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper

 (Death by Cupcake) 

by D.E. Haggerty

About Christmas Cupcakes and a Caper

 
Cozy Mystery Novella 
4th in Series 
Independently Published (November 1, 2019) 
Number of Pages: 80
ASIN: B07XMF4L35

It’s all candy cane cupcakes and peppermint coffee until you find a dead elf on your doorstep.
Only the elf wasn’t a real elf, because elves don’t actually exist – not even at Christmas time. A college student dressed like an elf decided taking a nap in sub-zero winter temps was a good idea. It wasn’t. Anna, the pink-haired baker extraordinaire of Callie’s Cakes, is convinced the student’s death was not an accident. She drags Callie and Kristie along with her as she attempts to discover who killed the elf … um… student.
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes find the killer before Christmas is ruined?
Cupcakes not included, although you’ll find recipes for all the delicious Christmas cupcakes Anna baked.
My Review
It was a short but very funny read, there are some hilarious scenes.
Anna, Callie and Kristie are very busy producing cupcakes and cookies for the holiday season when they find an elf on their door. At first they think he's drunk but they soon find out he's dead. He's a Callie student and he goes to Kristie's college but they don't know him so well. When the autopsy reveals that it was a murder, Anna cannot help but investigate even if she is overwhelmed with work. And her friends - colleagues can't leave her alone.
I really enjoyed reading about the relationship of the three women with their overprotective boyfriends. Although Callie is not having a good time with Ben. Anna is a stubborn and determined woman, Kristie is sweet and romantic.
I loved every single page, every chapter starts with a request to Santa and is full of delicious sweets, I have been mouth-watering from beginning to end. There is mystery, humor, romance, nothing is missing.
I can't wait to try the cupcake recipes
I recommend it to those who love cozy mysteries, cupcakes and short and fun stories

About D.E. Haggerty


I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.
Author links
Website: http://dehaggerty.wordpress.com
Blog: https://dehaggerty.wordpress.com/category/mymusings/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dehaggerty
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dehaggerty/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210211.D_E_Haggerty
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/D.E.-Haggerty/e/B00ECQBURU/
Newsletter signup: https://mailchi.mp/027b2768aa1c/newsletter-sign-up-for-a-writers-life-by-de-haggerty
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/denahaggerty/
Bookbub author page: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/d-e-haggerty
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/d-e-haggerty-4b49a29/

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sabato 2 novembre 2019

Review & Giveaway:Beware the East Wind by Barbara Barrett

Beware the East Wind

 (The Mah Jongg Mysteries) 

by Barbara Barrett

About Beware the East Wind

 
Cozy Mystery 
4th in Series
Bowker (August 17, 2019)
Paperback: 254 pages 
ISBN-10: 1948532182 
ISBN-13: 978-1948532181 
Digital ASIN: B07WJ7KYSW

Beware the east wind! It’s hurricane season in Florida, and everyone’s attention is focused on preparing for the latest tempest. But in Serendipity Springs, mah jongg pals Marianne, Sydney, Micki and Kat are caught in a different kind of whirlwind—a mesmerizing murder case involving a slain hypnotist/chef and the woman police suspect of doing her in, her embittered catering partner, Portia.
My Review
 was happy to read a new adventure of these four very nice friends. This time they have to solve a murder in the complicated hurricane period
Marianne neglects her friends a little, is often late and lost in her thoughts because of her plays. While Kat is neglected a little by Rick, the sheriff, who has to work overtime for a murder that took place in the city. The dead woman is Alice the hypnotist that Kat and her friends had seen the night before the murder at a fund-raising dinner.
It can be read as stand alone even if it is the fourth book in the series and even if you don't know Mah Jongg
It was a pleasant read, with lovable and realistic characters, a fascinating setting and a well written and engaging plot



About the Author


Barbara Barrett started reading mysteries when she was pregnant with her first child to keep her mind off things like her changing body and food cravings. When she’d devoured as many Agatha Christies as she could find, she branched out to English village cozies and Ellery Queen.
Later, to avoid a midlife crisis, she began writing fiction at night when she wasn’t at her day job as a human resources analyst for Iowa State Government. After releasing eleven full-length romance novels and one novella, she returned to the cozy mystery genre, using one of her retirement pastimes, the game of mah jongg, as her inspiration. Not only has it been a great social outlet, it has also helped keep her mind active when not writing.
Bamboozled, the second book in her “Mah Jongg Mystery” series, features four friends who play mah jongg together and share otherwise in each other’s lives. None of the four is based on an actual person. Each is an amalgamation of several mah jongg friends with a lot of Barbara’s imagination thrown in for good measure. The four will continue to appear in future books in the series.
Anticipating the day when she would write her first mystery, she has been a member of the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America for over a decade. She credits them with helping her hone her craft.
Barbara is married to the man she met her senior year of college. They have two grown children and eight grandchildren.
Author Links
Website – http://www.barbarabarrettbooks.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Barbara-Barrett-Author-1678443865812386/
Twitter – www.twitter.com/bbarrettbooks
Pinterest – pinterest.com/barbarabarrett7
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8181756.Barbara_Barrett
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