Friday, November 30, 2018

NaNoWriMo completed!

Congratulations, winner!

And on the last day of the month, I breathe a sigh of relief because I finished.

I normally finish with a few days left of the month to spare, but this year was harder.

The story is not complete.
 I tried something new this year - an adult Christmas Romance.
I'm hoping to make it read like a Hallmark movie.
And yes, it does need a lot of work.

I debated about writing something new this year, but in the end, I decided (also at the last minute) that I wanted to write something fun.

Did anyone else participate this year?
How did it go?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holiday Book Review: Christmas Camp


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Finding the Christmas Spirit in Christmas Camp
I reviewed this one for Fresh Fiction. Check it out.

Isn't the cover amazing?

This book is from the writer of the Netflix movie A Christmas Prince 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Picture Book Review: Goodbye Book



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A goldfish lost his companion fish and shares his grief.  

Todd Parr does it again. He shares all about different kinds of grief - and how there's not just one way to grieve. It's sweet and touching and just a little bit sad. A great way to introduce death to kids. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Friendship Books

This week's topic is all about friendships. I love a good friendship story. Here are my favorites that I've read this year. I love how a strong friendship can change everything!

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff ZentnerFront Desk by Kelly YangThe Parker Inheritance by Varian JohnsonLove Double Dutch! by Doreen Spicer-Dannelly
See You on a Starry Night by Lisa SchroederThe Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen WangGood Luck with That by Kristan HigginsThe Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst
Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. FrankNightfall by Shannon Messenger

Monday, November 26, 2018

Graphic Novel Review: Check Please


Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1





Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur p√Ętissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain. (Summary from the publisher)

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I'd been hearing about it for AGES and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it. Here's what I liked about it:
Pies
Hockey
Friendships
College
Vlog
Embarrassing Parents 
Bitty
Jack
And that ending!

I want more immediately!


Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas: Adult Books


Here are some of my favorites that I read this year that would make GREAT holiday gifts!

Fiction:
Good Luck with That by Kristan HigginsWhen We Found Home by Susan MalleryNow That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

Romance:

The Good Luck Charm by Helena HuntingEvery Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlayAbout That Kiss by Jill ShalvisThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
One More Promise by Samantha ChaseUntil There Was Us by Samantha ChaseThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa ColeA Duke by Default by Alyssa ColeThe Real Deal by Lauren BlakelyOne and Only by Jenny Holiday
How to Keep a Secret by Sarah MorganCottage by the Sea by Debbie MacomberThe Cottages on Silver Beach by RaeAnne ThayneRainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

Fantasy:
The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst

Historical:
Third Son's a Charm by Shana GalenIt's Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya RodaleWicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLeanWhat a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora BellNo Earls Allowed by Shana Galen
The Governess Game by Tessa DareBeyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine HeathThe Duchess Deal by Tessa DareMy Fair Duchess by Megan FramptonForbidden by Beverly Jenkins
Hello Stranger by Lisa KleypasWilde in Love by Eloisa JamesEdenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson


Mystery/Thriller:
Shelter in Place by Nora RobertsFour Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys BowenDeath on the Menu by Lucy BurdetteA Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
Dead Cold Brew by Cleo CoylePrivate India by James PattersonWedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlayDeath in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay
The Diva Cooks up a Storm by Krista Davis

Nonfiction:
Debbie Macomber's Table by Debbie MacomberWhy We March by Artisan PressChasing Light by Amanda LucidonWhiskey In a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Christmas Books:
Hot Winter Nights by Jill ShalvisChristmas Camp by Karen SchalerChristmas Cake Murder by Joanne FlukeDear Santa by Nancy NaigleAlaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber
Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie MasonMoonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah MorganSugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne