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Cover Reveal: Cooking Up Trouble

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Title:  Cooking Up Trouble Author : Judi Lynn Publisher : Lyrical Shine Genre:  Romance Format:  Ebook Nothing stirs the pot like a new man in town… Welcome to Mill Pond and small-town country living, filled with fresh air, fresh food, and plenty of fresh gossip—especially when it comes to romance… It’s impossible not to notice when someone new shows up in Mill Pond. Especially someone as obviously out-of-place as Ian McGregor. His stylish suit and fancy car scream “city slicker.” And when Tessa Lawrence discovers he can’t even change a tire, she has no choice but to help. That’s just what the locals do. And when she finds out Ian’s her new neighbor, of course she’s obliged to invite him to dinner too… Turns out Ian’s come from New York to open a luxury resort on the property next door to Tessa’s farm, where she grows berries and sells her famous jams and delectable baked goods. But despite their quickly growing friendship and temptingly close proximi

Dysfunctional Character's We'd Invite To Our Thanksgiving Dinner

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Around the holidays there are always articles written about how to deal with awkward and uncomfortable and people and situations during the holidays. And let's face it, we're all a little dysfunctional now and then. I got to thinking . . . which dysfunctional characters would make Thanksgiving a little more interesting? So I got Nancy and Steve involved, and we each chose a few characters that we think would fit the bill. These are in no particular order. Alastor Moody a.k.a. Mad-Eye Alastor Moody from Harry Potter has been through a lot and seen a lot. And he would definitely have some interesting tales to tell. He's not a very trusting sort. Not that you can blame him. But he would be the kind a guy to bring his own food and drink in a tightly sealed container. And you would probably catch him out of the corner of your eye taking sips of something peculiar in a flask.  Mr. Darcy This is the Mr. Darcy before he falls in love with Elizabeth Bennet

I am a Nora Roberts Virgin

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Title: Stars of Fortune (Guardians Trilogy) Author: Nora Roberts Publisher: Berkley Published: November 3, 2015 Paperback, 304 pages ISBN: 9780425280102 Genre: Fantasy, Romance Source: Publisher Summary: To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces… Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets. Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. A

THE 6TH ANNUAL YA DISCOVERY CONTEST HAS BEGUN!

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THE 6TH ANNUAL YA  DISCOVERY  CONTEST HAS BEGUN! NO QUERY? NO PITCH? NO PROBLEM! Get in front of top YA Editors and Agents with only the first 250 words of your YA novel!   Serendipity Literary Agency  in conjunction with  Sourcebooks Inc.  is hosting their sixth annual  Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition. Have a  young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first  250 words  of your novel and you can win exposure to editors and a reading of your manuscript by one of New York’s TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.   Regina Brooks  is the CEO of  Serendipity Literary Agency  and the author of the award winning book  Writing Great Books for Young Adults  now available in a second edition. Great Prizes The Grand Prize Winner  will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regi

I got to play with paper dolls!

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It may not be an election year, but you can cast your vote early with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset! This fold-out book features replicas of the Oval Office and other White House locations, plus perforated paper dolls of Hillary Clinton and all of her political pals and adversaries. Be HRC’s chief of staff as she takes questions at the press podium, hashes out tough negotiations in the Situation Room, or even consults with the ghost of Abe Lincoln. Complete with a pop-up cast of characters and accouterments (Bill comes with a lawn mower to keep him busy), this fun and feminist-friendly playset is perfect for Hillary fans young and old. The book includes: 10 perforated dolls, Republican adversaries, Outfits, accessories, and expressions, and White House ghosts. Thanks to Quirk Books, I got a chance to play with these paper dolls. Now before I get started, I would like to say this post in no way reflects the views of To Read, or Not To Read. It's all in fu

News Flash: Announcing a sublime – and scandalously wonderful – new series from New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Sarah MacLean!

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News Flash:  Announcing a sublime – and scandalously wonderful – new series from New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Sarah MacLean! The author aroused immediate interest when she announced this high-concept affair: “I'm thrilled to announce my next project -- the Scandal & Scoundrel series, which I pitched to my editor as ‘Old School TMZ,’" says MacLean.  “It’s modern celebrity gossip with a pre-Victorian twist. Basically, this is my way of convincing my husband that all those glossy magazines in our house are ‘work necessities.’ The first novel in the series, THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN (Avon Books; ISBN 9780062379412; eISBN 9780062379399; on-sale 12/29/15)  is a riff on a certain elevator incident made famous at a Met gala several years ago.  But in MacLean’s imagination, the scurrilous turns absolutely sensational, as a ballroom imbroglio sets off a very heated carriage journey along the Great North Road.  It’s a long way from Londo

Cover Reveal: The Accidental Boyfriend

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Title:  The Accidental Boyfriend Author : Maggie Dallen Publisher : Lyrical Press Genre:  Contemporary Romance Format:  Ebook What do you do when Mr. Right seems oh-so-wrong? Holly Sinclair is ready to have it all. She’s even found her Mr. Right—a steady, reliable guy who just needs a little convincing. Now all the former wild child has to do is free herself of her very inconvenient attraction to Jack Everett. Not only does the notorious playboy and tabloid king seduce her at her sister’s wedding, he follows her to Paris! Suddenly, Holly is alone with Jack in the most romantic city in the world—and his family is leaping to the wrong conclusions… The world’s most infamous bachelor has finally met his match. If Jack was the type to settle down, Holly would be the woman of his dreams. There’s just one hitch: Holly actually believes she wants to marry Mr. Oh-So-Boring. Intent on proving that she deserves someone better, Jack finds himself playing the role of

Check Out The Playlist For Once Upon A Time University

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TITLE:   Once Upon a Time University RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2015 AUTHOR: Savannah Ostler KEYWORDS: Fantasy, fiction, YA, teen, clean teen fairytales, adventure, romance CATEGORIES: YA Fantasy/Clean Teen SYNOPSIS: The enchanting sequel to “Happily Ever After High School” After graduating Happily Ever High, eighteen year old Albany French was living the perfect fairy tale. She had her very own fairy godmother, a delightfully eccentric grandmother, and her boyfriend was her dream knight in shining armor. At first, it seemed like a flawless freshman year for her at Once Upon A Time University. The campus was magical and enchanted, her classes were extraordinary, and she made surprising new friends. A chain of unsettling events followed by a twist of fate sends Albany spinning. She is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life- one that could potentially break her heart. The perfect happily ever after was still within Albany’s grasp

Dark Turns Interview and Giveaway

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Nia Washington is an incredibly talented ballerina. She fought her way up from the streets and was nearing the pinnacle of her profession when an injury and a broken heart derailed her career. Taking a temporary job at an elite boarding school was supposed to give her time to nurse both body and soul. It was supposed to be a safe place to launch a triumphant comeback. It is anything but. Shortly after she arrives at the beautiful lakeside campus, she discovers the body of a murdered student, and her life takes a truly dark turn. It’s not long before she is drawn into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a ruthless killer. And Nia isn't the only target. She must use all of her street smarts to protect her dancers, save a wrongfully accused student, and rescue the man she loves. A stunning and suspenseful tale of passion and betrayal, Cate Holahan's Dark Turns will take readers deep into the mind of a murderer and the woman who must put an end to the killing. Q&A