12/18/14

Christmas Actually - Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, and Melinda Curtis

Over all - 4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!
The Christmas Gift -
Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him. 
The Christmas Wish -
Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.
The Christmas Date -
Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, and Melinda Curtis are friends and critique partners. They came up with the idea for Christmas, Actually - 3 siblings who fall in love in the holiday season leading up to Christmas Eve. Harlequin Heartwarming was kind enough to publish the story.

MY THOUGHTS -
Three stories intertwined by the characters. All three were nice, fun, romantic Christmas reads.
The Christmas Gift - Anna Adams - 4 Stars
I really liked this one. It had a lot of emotion and some twists. I loved the characters, the character development was very good. I liked the way Sophie never gave up! She had spunk.
The Christmas Wish - Anna J Stewart - 3 Stars
I liked the idea of this story. What I didn't care for was that Santa was almost God like. Ask Santa and he will answer, almost like praying it seemed to me. I am sure the author didn't mean it that way but that's the feeling I got from it. But besides that it was a sweet story.
The Christmas Date - Melinda Curtis - 4 Stars
Liked this one a lot. Very good original storyline. It was sweet and very touching. I loved the male character, he was kind but strong. And again - I liked that he never gave up on Gina.

I won this book from "Free Book Friday" - Thanks!

I chose to read 5-6 book and a few movies.

Books -
1.  The Thursday Night Club
2. Real Elves 
3. Christmas at Come-alive Cottage
4. Twist of Fate 
5. A Sandy Seashell Shop Christmas 
6. Christmas Actually
 
Movies -
1.  One Christmas Eve
2. Nine Lives of Christmas

12/17/14

A Sandy Seashell Shop Christmas - Lisa Wingate

5+++ Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
A magical place, an island Christmas eve, a broken family in need of healing….

For young military widow, Tiff Riley, Christmas isn't just another day. It's the worst of all days. Hiding out on Hatteras Island with three-and-a-half-year-old Micah, she's desperate to once again ignore the anniversary of tragedy. The winter-season quiet of North Carolina's Outer Banks is the perfect place to escape. It never feels like Christmas at the beach.

But in tiny Hatteras Village, the crew at Sandy's Seashell Shop is determined to make sure no one is forgotten at Christmas. Is it possible for a magical Christmas Eve at the Seashell Shop to help mend one damaged life? On a night of miracles, in a place of miracles, can a young widow's heart be reopened to joy, hope… and even love?

Proceeds from the sale of this E-short will help fund a donation to Operation Military Kids, which serves children whose parents are deployed. E-short length: 40 pages.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Good Hope Road, The Language of Sycamores, and Drenched in Light. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live in Central Texas.

MY THOUGHTS -
Wow wow wow!!! Well it is no wonder why Lisa Wingate is one of my favorite authors after reading this. What a beautiful story! I was in tears for at least 3/4 of the story and had chills for the rest. If this story does not either touch or melt your heart I don't know what will. 

Please get a copy of this short e-book from Amazon - HERE you won't regret it!


 I chose to read 5-6 book and a few movies.

  
Books -
1.  The Thursday Night Club
2. Real Elves 
3. Christmas at Come-alive Cottage
4. Twist of Fate 
5. A Sandy Seashell Shop Christmas
 
Movies -
1.  One Christmas Eve
2. Nine Lives of Christmas

12/16/14

Twist of Fate - Rachel Anderson

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK-
When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty’s mailbox, Ty’s faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancĂ© is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her – make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all? This was originally published as part of the All I Want holiday romance anthology.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating. You can read more about her and her books online at rachaelreneeanderson.com.

To learn more about Rachael, visit http://www.rachaelreneeanderson.com

MY THOUGHTS -
LOVED! A very cute sweet story! There was definitely twist of plot. It had a very good and original storyline.Their names were the same only reversed - 
"Did you know that Mr. Ty and I have the same name, only flip-flopped? His name is Tyler McKenzie, and my name is Mackenzie Tyler. Isn't that funny?"
So they kept getting each others mail - fate! 
This story was fun, flirty but clean, sweet and romantic but not overdone, believable and with great characters! I could totally see this as a movie someday!
"Kenzie had never seen so many forks at a place setting before. They made chopsticks look simple."

"Come on. I've been waiting all day to chop dow two innocent trees who've done nothing to deserve the ugly, plastic ornaments and gobs of tinsel my mom plans to put on them tomorrow." Kenzie laughed. "Speak for your own tree. Mine will love the decorations i have for it."
"Just promise not to tell my tree, No need to make it feel even worse than it already does."
Thank you "Book Blasts and Blog Tours" for this wonderful e-book in exchange for my honest review!

Get your copy for only .99 from Amazon - HERE



I chose to read 5-6 book and a few movies.
  
Books -
1.  The Thursday Night Club
2. Real Elves 
3. Christmas at Come-alive Cottage
4. Twist of Fate
Movies -
1.  One Christmas Eve
2. Nine Lives of Christmas

12/12/14

Happy Friday! Contest info for 2015

For the year 2015 I am going to change it up a bit. I am taking a break from my usual "Fun Friday" and will start doing "Friday Top Five". Every Friday I will list a top 5, every week will be different. Some will be funny and some more serious. Some will be about books and some just about life. I will list my top 5 and you are asked to list yours.

Every month I will give away an Amazon "cheap" e-book of your choice (between .99 - 1.99) to one winner, I will "gift it to you" via Amazon. Every time you do a top 5 list in the comments you get one entry. So every month, if you do all of them you could get 4-5 chances to win. And for the year - that's 12 months of winning.
Then at the end of the year I will randomly choose from all the people who commented with their top 5 at any time - one winner to win a $25.00 Amazon virtual GC.

I will explain again in Jan.

Here is my Top 5 list for today.
You can comment with yours for practice but it doesn't count towards winning till Jan.

Top 5 Newer Christmas songs
Christmas, Baby Please Come Home - Lady Antebellum
Shake Up Christmas - Train
This Christmas - Lady A.
Let It Be Christmas - Alan Jackson
Where are you Christmas - Faith Hill

12/10/14

Christmas at Come-alive Cottage - Wendy Unsworth - GIVEAWAY!

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
On Christmas Eve, Aunt Kitty has a special wish-come-true spell to make for Kellie. But when a whole glass of her greenish, orangish, purplish, brownish, reddish, yellowish spell-mixture is accidentally spilled into the pot, everything starts to go wrong! Can Aunt kitty put everything right in time for Christmas Day? 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Wendy Unsworth was born and raised in Lincolnshire, England; her passions are her family, travel, beautiful gardens and reading and writing stories. Wendy lived in Ndola, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya throughout the 1980's and early '90's before returning to the U.K. to acclimatise back to the English weather in a Cornish cottage close to Bodmin Moor! The African continent has left a lasting impression; The Palaver Tree, her first novel in the Berriwood series is set in a fictional Central African country and Cornwall. At present Wendy is working on the second Berriwood novel, Beneathwood, re-introducing cameo characters from The Palaver Tree and telling their own individual story. Wendy also enjoys writing for children. The Come-alive Cottage series features Kellie Culpepper, her madcap family and plenty of magic! Kellie at Come-alive Cottage (Book 1) Danger at Come-alive Cottage (Book 2) Catastrophe at Come-alive Cottage (Book 3).

MY THOUGHTS -
This is the third one for me (I will be reviewing Catastrophe at Come-alive Cottage - Book 3in Jan. due to my Christmas theme) and I think was my favorite one so far! These books are so cute, even for me as an adult. I can't imagine what a child would think of them. They are so full of magical fun, great characters, and adorable drawings. And this one with the Christmas theme was just plain wonderful. I can't wait to read them out loud to my future grandchildren someday!
"It circled and swooped and then it caught her silent wish (which looked greenish and yellowish with a few red spots and was just about the size of a hope and a little bit smaller than a dream) and shot up high into the night with it." - I just loved this description!

"A wish can be round or square or heart shaped but it is always very plump because it is almost bursting with impatience to break out and come true." - this put a smile on my face.
 Thank you so much Wendy for sending me this Magical Christmas book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

GIVEAWAY!!!!
Wendy Unsworth has a copy of her book to one winner.
The winner will get their choice - of either getting an unsigned copy of the book right away, or getting a signed copy sometime after Christmas.
Winner will be chosen on 12/16


12/8/14

Yay books!

I received a box of books from my friend Jen - @Random, not for Christmas, just for because!
First of all there are a lot of great books in here! I am so excited!

Last night I started looking at all the books and I did not realize when she was telling me about them just how many of them have either Juliet or Julia in the title!!!

What are the chances that 4 of the books have similar names in the title!

PS&BTW - Thanks Jen!!!!!!  :-)

12/5/14

Real Elves - Helen Smith

4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
In a department store in London, a little girl called Sophie visits Santa’s magical forest with her grandfather. As they emerge from the forest, Sophie’s grandfather reports her missing… but the little girl’s right there. Is she a ghost, a twin, an alien abductee—or is there some simpler explanation? Twenty-six-year-old amateur sleuth Emily Castles has fifteen minutes to figure out the puzzle before the police are called and Christmas is ruined. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Helen Smith is a British novelist and playwright who lives in London. She is a member of the Crime Writers' Association and the Mystery Writers of America. Her books have reached number one on Amazon's bestseller lists in the US, UK, Germany and Canada and appeared in "best of the year" lists at For Books' Sake, The Cult Den, The Independent, and the Guardian. Helen Smith reached the top spot as America's most popular mystery author in July 2013. Her work has been optioned by the BBC. 

MY THOUGHTS -
Absolutely adorable! 
This short story was cute, fun, sweet, christmassy, and magical. What more could you want from a Christmas story?
"It would be great if it did transform them," said Selena. "Imagine that. Like if Santa was real. You bring a few naughty kids and walk them through the forest, Santa has a chat with them, and they come out well behaved."
I couldn't put it down, but it is a short story so you are able to read the whole thing without putting it down! Definitely worth the read. I think this would be a fun read for a teen or pre-teen as well! They'll love it! This had me smiling the whole way through.

Thank you Helen for sending me this fun e-book for my honest review!

Get you copy from Amazon - HERE

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I chose to read 5-6 book and a few movies.
  
Books -
1.  The Thursday Night Club
2. Real Elves 
Movies -
1.  One Christmas Eve
2. Nine Lives of Christmas