Friday, December 30, 2016


That's right its time for my annual top twenty novels of the year post. 
This year's recipients reflect my love of multiple genres, they include some of my go to authors,  some new to me and one debut author too!

I hope you enjoy the picks, that maybe there will be one or more that you'll add to your pile.
All the novels listed below were newly released in 2016 and are in alphabetical order only.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Harlequin January Releases!

JANUARY RELEASES                         

So you've just put away the Christmas decorations and the house is looking a little less festive, well I have just the cure for those blah winter blues.
Sit back and enjoy the Harlequin January showcase there's something for everyone and they are all available right now!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Showcase - Excerpt - The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and you're ready to pick out some new books for 2107 I have a historical novel that just releases today that looks like a great pic for a cold winter's day.

ISBN-13: 9780373788545
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 12-27-2016
Length: 448pp
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Lady Julia Hazelton is the most dazzling among 1920s England's bright young things. But rather than choosing the thrill of wanton adventure like so many of her contemporaries, Julia shocks society with her bold business aspirations. Determined to usher the cursed Worthington estate into a prosperous, modern new era, and thus preserve her beloved late fiancé's legacy, the willful Julia tackles her wildest, most unexpected adventure in Cal Carstairs, the reluctant new Earl of Worthington. 

The unconventional American artist threatens everything Julia seeks to protect while stirring desires she thought had died in the war. For reasons of his own, Cal has designed the ultimate revenge. Rather than see the estate prosper, he intends to destroy it. But their impulsive marriage—one that secures Julia's plans as well as Cal's secrets—proves that passion is ambition's greatest rival. Unless Cal ends his quest to satisfy his darkest vendetta, he stands to ruin his Worthington wife and all her glittering dreams.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Cover Reveal - Sarah Castille - Luca - Author's Pal

We are so excited to bring you the cover reveal for Sarah Castille's Luca. We hope you love the cover as much as we do!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - Christine Rimmer - A Bravo for Christmas

Welcome back to my tribute to Harlequin Holiday tales. Christine Rimmer is here today with her guest post about her Christmas Tree. She's also sponsoring a giveaway of a signed copy of her 2015 holiday novel. Details Below
This is the last post of my Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza I hope you enjoyed all the special guest posts from the Harlequin authors.
Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


…he usually gets it. And the powerhouse CEO has wanted Ava Malloy since he was a Justice Creek High senior. Darius is already adored by one Malloy: Ava's spirited daughter. Helping Sylvie and her local Blueberry troop build dollhouses for needy kids is a worthy cause that's bringing him closer to the widowed single mom. Imagine his surprise when the usually unapproachable Ava starts flirting and making her romantic intentions crystal clear!

With one condition.

A holiday fling with the man Ava has always found irresistibly attractive is a thrilling way to ring in the New Year. She can't promise Darius the future—one devastating heartbreak in a lifetime is enough. But Ava underestimates his staying power. And what about her own secret heart's desire? A Bravo under the mistletoe and in her arms forever!

Christine is giving away one signed copy of
Carter Bravo's Christmas Bride
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - Caro Carson - A Cowboy's Wish Upon a Star

Welcome back to another post dedicated to Harlequin Holiday novels, today Caro Carson is up to bat with her Guest Post titled, The Best Day of the Year. She's also sponsoring a giveaway of her last two releases which happen to feature sisters, Her Texas Rescue Doctor and A Cowboy's Wish Upon a Star. Details below


From Hollywood… 

A cattle ranch is the perfect place for movie star Sophia Jackson to escape her scandalous past and the paparazzi hot on her trail. But foreman Travis Chalmers makes it clear who's running the ranch. When their constant clashing ignites unexpected attraction, Sophia takes on her greatest acting role: pretending she isn't falling for the sexy, domineering cowboy. 

…to Motherhood 

Once Travis sweeps her into his arms at her sister's wedding, she knows the feeling's mutual. But a precious secret followed Sophia to Texas. And now a Hollywood hurricane is about to blow through Travis's peaceful Texas town. Is the mother-to-be ready to fight for her future and see her most passionate Christmas wish granted—she and Travis vowing to love each other forever?

Caro's Website

Caro is offering Her Texas Rescue Doctor &
A Cowboy's Wish Upon A Star

as a giveaway
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - RaeAnne Thayne - The Holiday Gift - Review

Welcome back to my tribute to Harlequin it's RaeAnne Thayne's turn today and in her guest post she's sharing with us a brand new holiday tradition plus I'm sharing my RT review of The Holiday Gift.
RaeAnne is sponsoring a giveaway of the complete 3 book set of her Holiday Ranch series, details below.



With two kids and an active life, widow Faith Dustin only wants peace and quiet for Christmas. But her snowy Pine Gulch ranch is nothing but chaotic. All that keeps Faith going is her helpful neighbor, cowboy Chase Brannon. He's always been "good ol' Chase," her faithful friend. Until he kisses her under the mistletoe… 

Years ago Chase blew his chance with the woman he's loved since childhood. Now he's determined to step out of the friend zone…and into the role of husband. But the scared and stubborn Faith won't let herself fall. With Christmas just days away, Chase will need all the magic of the season—and the help of her two matchmaking children—to unwrap a second chance at love.

RaeAnne's Website

RaeAnne is giving away the entire 3 book set
of Her Holiday Ranch Series (pictured below)
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - Joanna Sims - Thankful for You

Welcome back to my holiday bash featuring all things Harlequin, today I have Joanna Sims visiting with a very special holiday tribute to her mom called My Mother's Hands. Joanna is sponsoring a giveaway of her recent Brands of Montana, holiday release, Thankful for You. Details below


Is he a big-sky kind of guy? 

All Nick Brand wants to see of Montana is a for-sale sign on his family's in-dispute land. That's before the fast-track Chicago lawyer meets the ranch hand who's been hired to help clean up the property. Dallas Dalton can rope a steer, ace a barrel-racing competition…and lasso her way into one smitten bachelor's heart. 

Raised on the rodeo circuit, Dallas lives to compete—while guarding against future heartbreak. Now she just wants to muss up Nick's hair and show him how this Western woman is won! The refined attorney is a world away from the rough-and-tumble cowboys Dallas knows. Yet deep down, she and Nick desire the same thing. Is he ready to trade his Eastern view for the big sky with a cowgirl who's through singing the blues?

Joanna's Website

Joanna is sponsoring a giveaway for
one print copy of Thankful for You
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - Karen Templeton - The Rancher's Exptectant Christmas

Welcome to the last week of my holiday blog tribute to Harlequin I hope you stop by everyday to read the guest posts, leave a little comment luv and to enter a giveaway or two or three ;-)
Today I've got Karen Templeton who is sharing one of her family's favorite holiday recipes. I'll be showcasing her holiday HQN novel and she's sponsoring a giveaway of Santa's Playbook, a RT award winner from last year. Details below.


An unexpected homecoming 

Deanna Blake is stunned at the loss of her estranged father—and inheriting half his ranch. In a strange twist, the other half goes to Josh Talbot…her former crush and one of the many sources of trouble between Dee and her dad. Not to worry. The single mom-to-be hates this place, steeped in reminders of the past she's still trying to leave behind. She'll sell her share now and ensure a comfortable future for her unborn child. 

Except Josh can't afford to buy her out. Reluctantly, the handsome cowboy agrees to sell the entire operation and split the proceeds. Josh—and his young son—will have to start over. But as Dee warms to their friendship, something sparks. And Josh begins to wonder if maybe they should keep it all in the family.

Karen's Website

Karen is giving one print copy of
Santa's Playbook US ONLY
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - Michelle Major - Christmas on Crimson Mountain

Welcome back to my holiday tribute to Harlequin, today I have Michelle Major visiting and sharing with us a very special Christmas tradition. Michelle is sponsoring a Very Special Christmas package giveaway US ONLY! Details below.


Peace and quiet—that’s all Connor Pierce wanted from the rented cabin on Crimson Mountain. Yet the caretaker turned out to be lovely April Sanders—a total distraction. As were the two little girls she was caring for. Connor’s plan to forget his painful past soon detoured into giving the ladies a Christmas to remember. 
Being named guardian of two motherless girls has upended April’s world. Add to the mix a mysterious, brooding writer claiming he wanted to be left alone while going out of his way to bring a little joy to the girls, and she has quite the quandary. April had counted herself out of a happy ending. But maybe Santa still had a few surprises up his merry old sleeve… 

Michelle's Website

Michelle's Giveaway is for a $10 Amazon Gift Card
One print copy of her Christmas on Crimson Mountain novel &
a Basket of Christmas Goodies!!
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Thanks Michelle!
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Giveaway - Guest Post - Meg Maxwell - The Cowboy's Big Family Tree

Welcome back to my annual  Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza bash. Its my tribute to Harlequin who in my opinion makes the world go round! Today I have Meg Maxwell visiting with a sweet Christmas memory and she's sponsoring a giveaway of all three books in her Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen series. Details below.


Former rodeo rider Logan Grainger had finally set down roots to care for his orphaned twin nephews. He'd allowed himself to consider a future with the boys' pretty caretaker, Clementine Hurley. Then he'd discovered he was not truly a Grainger. His life in turmoil, Logan decided to break all ties with her before someone got hurt. 

Clementine was not about to let Logan keep avoiding her. His nephews are in her Christmas pageant; she has plans to foster a girl who might well be Logan's stepsister. He's been hiding from their attraction for too long. The feisty waitress is gonna show that stubborn cowboy just how much room he has to add on to his family tree…starting with her!

Meg's Website

Meg is sponsoring a giveawy of
all 3 books in her Hurley's Homestyle Kitchen series
pictured below US ONLY
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

***GIVEAWAY*** Interview Donna Grant - The Hero - Review

We'll get back to our regularly scheduled holiday program tomorrow but I wanted to tell you about Donna Grant's brand new, Sons of Texas, series. The debut, The Hero just released yesterday. I loved it and wanted to chat with Donna about it. So I hope you enjoy our interview and St. Martin's Press is sponsoring one print copy US ONLY for a giveaway. Details below.

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget: his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After more than a decade away, Owen has returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe—and win her heart.

Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughmans again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, how much will she risk to stay with the only man she’s ever loved, in The Hero by New York Timesbestselling author Donna Grant

ISBN-13: 9781250083395
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 12-06-2016
Length: 336pp
Buy It: B&N-Amazon-Kobo-IndieBound-Audible-Publisher

St. Martin's Press is sponsoring one
Print copy of The Hero US ONLY
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

**GIVEAWAY** Interview - Matt Coyle - Review - Dark Fissures

Today I'm taking a short break from my holiday bash to bring you an interview with Anthony Award winning author of the Rick Cahill series, Matt Coyle about #3 in his series Dark Fissures, just released today and which I'm also reviewing. So sit back and enjoy our chat then enter to win an author signed copy of your own compliments of Matt's publicist, Author Guide. Details below.

Private Investigator Rick Cahill fears the next knock on his door will be a cop holding a warrant for his arrest. For murder. La Jolla Chief of Police Tony Moretti is convinced Rick killed a missing person. No body has been found, but the evidence that s piling up says murder and it all points to Rick. With Moretti on his tail and the bank about to foreclose on his house, Rick takes a paying case that will stave off the bank, but pits him against Moretti and the La Jolla Police Department.

Brianne Colton, a beautiful country singer, is convinced her estranged husband s suicide was really murder. Rick is unconvinced, but the mortgage has to be paid. Each new piece of evidence convinces him she s right. He breaks his number one rule and falls for Brianne even, as he begins to question her motives.

As Moretti cinches the vise tighter, with Rick unable to trust the FBI, evil forces emerge from the shadows who will do anything, including torture and murder, to stop Rick from uncovering the truth."

ISBN-13: 9781608092260
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 12-06-2016
Length: 416pp
Buy It: B&N - Amazon - Kobo - IndieBound

The Giveaway is for one autographed copy
of Dark Fissures US ONLY
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Thanks Author-Guide for sponsoring
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Giveaway - Guest Post Brenda Harlen - Showcase The More Mavericks the Merrier

Welcome back to my tribute to all things Harlequin Holiday. Today I'm featuring Brenda Harlen, she's got a fantastic recipe for her gingerbread cookies and her recipe for cafe mocha. She's also sponsoring a giveaway package. Details below



Rust Creek Ramblings 

We here at The Gazette just love a happy ending, and if anyone needs a little Christmas, it's Jamie Stockton. The stoic rancher has been raising his triplet babies alone since his wife died. Thanks to Rust Creek Falls's volunteer "baby chain," Jamie has had many helping hands. But his bed is still empty, and so is his heart. 

Could family friend Fallon O'Reilly be the one to brighten his holiday? Babies Henry, Jared and Kate surely love having Fallon around, but their lonely dad may take a little more convincing. Hang the holly, dear readers, and deck the halls as our cautious cowboy rediscovers his Christmas spirit—and the "girl next door" gets a present she will never forget!

Brenda is giving a copy of her holiday novel
The More Mavericks the Merrier
and a portable usb charger
US & Canada Only
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Thanks Brenda!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Giveaway - Guest Post Karen Rose Smith - Showcase - The Maverick's Holiday Surprise

Welcome back to my Holiday blog bash featuring all things Holiday and Harlequin. Today's guest post is from Karen Rose Smith entitled White Christmas.
Enjoy the post, the showcase of her holiday HQN Special Edition novel then enter for a chance to win her gift package. Details below!

Rust Creek Ramblings 


We here at the Gazette are amazed to report that trust-fund cowboy Hudson Jones may soon be off the market. The boyish billionaire has been spending more time than ever with Bella Stockton, who manages his day-care center. It seems impossible that quiet, reserved Bella would have captured the fancy of such an alluring specimen of manhood. 

Bella finds it hard to believe herself, and she keeps pushing Hudson away. What are the odds the footloose cowboy will stick around once he finds out she can't have kids? Don't tell Bella, but our sources report Hudson has his heart set on a Christmas proposal. When he finds out the truth, will it still be a holiday to remember? 

Karen Rose Smith's Website

Karen Rose Smith is giving away
a $10 Starbucks Gift Card
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Thanks Karen Rose!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Guest Post Sarah Morgan - Miracle on 5th Avenue review-showcase #Giveaway

I'm so excite to welcome you to the first post of my annual Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday 
Extravaganza. Each author is sharing a guest post about something special to them about the holidays.  
There is also a Harlequin sponsored giveaway that will be running through the entire event and I'll add that contest widget on every post.
I'm starting with a go-to author who I've been reading for years Sarah Morgan and showcasing plus sharing my review of her holiday novel Miracle on 5th Avenue. 
Sarah is also sponsoring a giveaway of Miracle on 5th Avenue.
So enjoy Sarah's guest post and my review then stop by and enter for your chance to win a copy of her new novel!


It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! 

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner. 

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?

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Sarah is sponsoring a giveaway of one copy
of her novel Miracle on 5th Avenue
Open Internationally
Thanks Sarah!
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2016 Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza

Welcome to my annual blog bash tribute to Harlequin
HO HO HO Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza
This year I have 10 Harlequin authors who will be sharing with us a special holiday guest post and some fantastic #Giveaways too!

But first to start it all off Harlequin is sponsoring a very special
giveaway package of the following Harlequin recent releases
there are Hardbacks and paperbacks and even two coloring books to ease the stress from all the holiday hub-bub
The Contest is open from December 1st through December 16th
please use the Rafflecopter form to enter

Good Luck!
And Enter Everyday for more chances to win!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Harlequin!!!!

                   FireBrand by Diana Palmer (hard cover)
               Don’tTempt Me by Lori Foster (hard cover)

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