Thursday, September 19, 2019

Blog Tour: The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden


Synopsis:
Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school and a well-respected author of “silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories—the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Mr. King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.
 
Fletcher Walker began life as a street urchin, but is now the most successful author in the Penny Dreadful market, that is until Mr. King started taking all of his readers--and his profits. No one knows who King is, including Fletcher’s fellow members of the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the rights of the less-fortunate.
 
Determined to find the elusive Mr. King, Fletcher approaches Miss Black. As a fellow-author, she is well-known among the high-class writers; perhaps she could be persuaded to make some inquiries as to Mr. King’s whereabouts? Elizabeth agrees to help Fletcher, if only to insure her secret identity is never discovered. 
 
For the first time, Elizabeth experiences the thrill of a cat-and-mouse adventure reminiscent of one of her own novels as she tries to throw Fletcher off her scent. But the more time they spend together, the more she loses her heart. Its upper-class against working-class, author against author where readers, reputations, and romance are all on the line.

My Review:
I always know when I pick up a Sarah Eden book that  I will get a wonderful story, relatable characters, accurate history and an overall entertaining reading experience. Her books are an experience, especially her historicals.  I went into this one without reading the synopsis first, I have started doing this more with books and think it adds more surprises to the story. I was quickly sucked into this one, I don't want to give too much away, but as usual Ms. Eden has written a captivating story. I enjoy the characters she creates and how she is really able to bring them to life. I could be wrong, but I think this is her first Victorian novel and I really enjoyed the time period. 

Our main characters Fletcher and Elizabeth were charming, unique and perfect for each other. I enjoyed their chemistry and what each brought to the story. It was an interesting take to have both of them authors with their stories woven into the overall story. It was handled well. I liked that it stayed light, while still addressing serious issue. 

I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys historicals or just great stories! 

Title: The Lady and the Highwayman
Author: Sarah M Eden
Genre: Victorian Historical Romance, Suspense
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Content: Clean, mild peril, mild abuse (not overly description), kissing

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Love and Karma by Shannon Guymon

Love and Karma: Book 1 in the Belfast SeriesLove and Karma: Book 1 in the Belfast Series by Shannon Guymon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Y'all, Ms. Guymon is back! I was so excited when I found out she had a new series coming up and jumped at the chance to read this first installment in the new Belfast series. Ms. Guymon is the Queen at writing small-town romance. I don't know how she does it, but by the end of the book I was ready to pack up and head for Belfast, Maine. She really created a fun atmosphere and great location. I've traveled through Main a few times and so it was easy to picture this charming seaside town.

Riley Nash is a likable character. I liked that she has a positive outlook on things, even when things are not going her way. She is a fighter and stands up for those around her. She is also brave, I can't imagine packing up and moving across the country all by myself. Riley makes it seem fun though! I enjoyed the supporting cast and how things play out. A touch of drama, betrayal and romance! There were some fun side characters that I hope get their own books in the future. I look forward to returning to Belfast again and again!

Overall, this was a fun read. Kept me engaged and turning the pages. I thought it was well written and the characters were well developed. Good balance of lightheartedness, romance and enough drama to keep you on your toes! Great job, Ms. Guymon!

Content
Romance: Clean, just kissing
Language: None
Violence: None
Series: Belfast, Book One

*Eligible for a 2019 Swoony Award for Contemporary Romance https://bit.ly/2Wv6dXk

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Announcing the New and Imporved 2019 Swoony Awards!


After going over all the responses from the questionnaire and having several discussions amongst the three of us, we have finalized all the changes that will take effect this year!

So... without further adieu... we proudly present the...

 2019 Swoony Awards! 

What are The Swoony Awards? 

The Swoony Awards are a Reader’s Choice Award recognizing excellence in clean, secular, wholesome romance. We wanted a way to show our appreciation to these amazing authors who write the kind of books that we love. It’s also a great way to find new books, new authors and it's a good go-to when you're looking for something fun to read.

What are the published dates for eligible books? 

Eligible books will need to be released from January to December of each year. Since we didn't want to leave out books that were published in December 2018, the date range for the 2019 Swoony Awards will be December 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.

Will there be a list showing eligible books?

Yes! We will have a reference list on Goodreads showing eligible books. This will be a REFERENCE LIST ONLY. It will NOT be the way to VOTE. The numbers listed on Goodreads will NOT be counted as votes. Click here to head on over to the reference list. We will also try to keep a running post on our blog showing the eligible books in each category for those voters who are not on Goodreads.

When and how do you vote? 

Voting will be taking place during the entire month of December by using a Google Form. We will share the voting form on December 1, 2019. You will be able to vote for up to 3 books per category. There will be a total of 24 categories. When voting, please make sure to include the title of the book as well as the author. If the author is left off, then the vote will be removed. Winners will be announced on or before January 31, 2020.

What are the categories for the 2019 Swoony Awards? 

Best Book of the Year
Best Anthology
Best Contemporary Romance
Best Young Adult
Best New Adult
Best Western Contemporary
Best Billionaire/Celebrity/Royal
Best Christmas
Best Military/Police/Firefighter
Best Suspense/Mystery
Best Sports
Best High Fantasy Romance
Best Fairy Tale Retelling
Best Urban Fantasy Romance
Best Paranormal
Best Time Travel
Best Steampunk Romance
Best Dystopian Romance
Best Historical Romance
Best Historical Western
Best Medieval/Highlander
Best Regency (1811-1820)
Best Victorian (1837-1901)
Best Novella

Is there a full list of the eligibility requirements? 

Yes! See below for the full list. As in previous years, if the book does not meet the qualifications then it will be removed from the list.

Eligibility:

-ONLY books PUBLISHED December 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019 are eligible.
-Books must be published OR have arc reviews before being nominated. Since the award is based on readers having actually read and enjoyed the book(s) they are voting for, the book has to have been published or arcs read in order to receive nominations.
-Intimacy: No sex, no/low closed door/fade-to-black, no/low innuendo, nothing crude or crass. G-PG13.
-Language: None/mild (No F words or other explicit language), nothing overly crude.
-Violence: Mild/low.
-Page Count: 100 pages or higher, anthologies are okay. No short stories. No collections.
-Age: Only Young Adult, New Adult and Adult. NO children’s or middle grade.
-Religious: NO Christian fiction, some *very mild* religious elements may be allowed.

And just in case you're wondering, here's all the ways to stay updated on all things Swoony!

Instagram: SwoonyAwards
Twitter: @theswoonyawards
Pinterest: The Swoony Awards

We are SO excited for this year's Swoony Awards and we hope you are too! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! 

Happy reading our fellow Book Dragons! 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Wager for a Wife by Karen Tuft

Wager for a WifeWager for a Wife by Karen Tuft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just typed up this nice long review, hit save and it all disappeared! Ugh, sometimes I hate technology. I'll have to come back later and try and rewrite it. For now, I liked this one. It has a fun spin on the marriage of convenience trope and our Hero and Heroine are both likable characters. I liked that they were opposites in a lot of way, but have a strong connection that makes for a fun story.

Content: Clean romance, no language or violence

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Friday, January 4, 2019

My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson

My Brother's Bride (Serendipity Book 2)My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rachael’s books always captivate me, I have a hard time putting them down! I had to wait until after the holidays were over to dive into this one because I didn’t want any interruptions! As usual, I fell in love with the characters and setting.

I decided to just jump into this one without reading the synopsis first (I've been doing that more and more lately and really enjoy it), just going off the title I was wondering how this story was going to come about. I was glued to the pages as this story unfolded and these character jumped off the pages and really came to life for me. I liked Abby and Morgan. I don't want to give too much away, it's better to just read and enjoy. One of the many things I love about Rachael's books is the obvious time and effort she puts into them. Her writing is always on point, character's are unique and well developed and the story always sucks me in and keeps me turning the pages.

Content
Romance: Clean
Language: None
Violence: Mild (view spoiler)
Series: Serendipity, Book Two: Can stand on its own


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Best of 2018

So, I'm going to jump on the bandwagon with KJ's Book Nook and Katie's Clean Book Collection and share my favorite 18 books of 2018! I didn't read as much as I usually do this past year, it's actually one of my worst years as far as reading goes. I only read about 95 books (which I guess is still a lot!). I really want to READ MORE in 2019 and I am going to make more time for it. Anyway, since I wasn't reading as much I was a bit picker about what I did read and ended up finding some great books! Below are the ones that really stuck with me, in random order.

2018 Swoony Award Winners



We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Swoony Awards! The Swoony Awards were created to recognize excellence in clean fiction. We wanted a reference for all those out there looking for a swoony romance without the steam. We also wanted to recognize and show our appreciation to all these great authors who write the kinds of books we love. We couldn't be more pleased with all the participation and great book nominations we received. We have found a lot of great books this year and even found some new authors to try!

So, without further ado, here are the winners...


Best Novel of the Year
The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel


Best Anthology
A Night in Grosvenor Square by Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore


Best Billionaire Romance


Best Christmas Romance
Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney


Best Contemporary Romance
The Sidelined Wife by Jennifer Peel


Best Fairy Tale Retelling Romance


Best Fantasy Romance 
Mistress Grim by Jane Redd


Best High Fantasy Romance 
Champion of the Crown by Melissa McShane


Best Historical Romance 


Best Historical Western Romance 
A Perfect Bride by Ginny Sterling


Best Medieval Romance 
Highland Secrets Revealed by Bridget Freya


Best Military Romance
The Protective Warrior by Cami Checketts


Best Mystery/Suspense Romance
If I Could Stay by Annette Larsen and Pass Protection by Christine Kersey


Best New Adult Romance 
#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson 


Best Novella 
Stone Cold Sparks by Cami Checketts


Best Paranormal Romance 
Lady of Breken Manor by Heather Moore


Best Regency/Victorian Romance 
My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson


Best Royal Romance
Dating the Prince by Addison Quinn


Best Science Fiction Romance 
Royal Ball by Sheralyn Pratt 


Best Sports Romance
Match Me if You Can by Lindzee Armstrong


Best Steampunk Romance
Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen


Best Time Travel Romance
Against the Magic by Donna Weaver


Best Urban Fantasy Romance
Lightning Struck by Nichole Van


Best Western/Cowboy Romance 
Once Hitched, Twice Shy by Kimberly Krey


Best YA Contemporary Romance 
Love, Life and the List by Kasie West and Meet Me There by Judy Corry 


Best YA Fantasy Romance 
Flicker by Rebecca Rode


Best YA High Fantasy Romance 
More Than Just Luck by Jaclyn Weist


Best YA Urban Fantasy Romance 
The Dragon Lords by CJ Hill


Kathy's Choice 


Katie's Choice 
Illegally Wedded by Jennifer Griffith


Kathy Jo's Choice 
The Secretive Wife by Jennifer Peel

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