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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 proximity, Tessa plans to keep things with Ian str…

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 Bennett. The Darcy at the beginnin…

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. As Sasha struggles wi…

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 Regina Brooks AND receive a collection of gourmet teas …

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 fun or at …

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 London to Scotland…you …

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 the perfect boyfriend…a little too well…

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… or so she thought.
ONE LINER:The enchanting sequel to…

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 for DARK…