March Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the March 2018 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLeF

The old saying about March is that it comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. It’s supposed to be every bit as chilly and rainy today as it was Wednesday, which is probably as lion-like as March gets in Atlanta. Especially considering that this weekend is supposed to be sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s. By the end of the month, who knows? It might even be summer around here.

Rainy or sunny, it’s always good weather to read a great book! Even if we are losing an hour to daylight savings time in the middle of the month!

As always, there are a few books I’m particularly looking forward to this month.

March is the month when the new Maisie Dobbs mystery comes out. This year it’s To Die But Once, and I’m expecting great things of Maisie, as always. The Maisie Dobbs series is historical mystery at its finest, so if you like the genre you’ll love Maisie.

Two completely new books that I’m looking forward to, books that are not part of any series (at least not so far) are Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, and The Queens of Innis Lear, by Tessa Gratton. Blood of the Four looks like terrific dark fantasy. Golden and Lebbon are the authors of one of my favorite post-Katrina New Orleans fantasies, The Map of Moments, so I’m expecting great things.

The Queens of Innis Lear is a fantasy retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy King Lear, only this time the story is told from the daughters’ point of view. And it looks awesome.

And I would say I was looking forward to Lake Silence by Anne Bishop and Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai, but I confess that I read both of them a couple of months ago, as soon as I got my eARC. If you love The Others series, Lake Silence is a real treat and an interesting continuation of the series. I hope there will be lots, lots more. And Hurts to Love You is every bit as sexy and heartbreaking as the first two books in that series, Hate to Want You and Wrong to Need You. I think this particular series may be over, but I really, really hope that somehow it’s not.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

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Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so a lot of people are probably thinking about romance. And that’s only fair, as this is a blog hop to celebrate romance – romance books, that is.

Of the romances I’ve read so far this year, the one that I’m recommending everyone read is The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. This rom-com is a winner from beginning to end, whether you usually like rom-coms or not. It’s just a great, fun, romantic story.

The romance I’m looking forward to reading right now is Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. I read a fair amount of fantasy and paranormal romance, and several, many, LOTS of people have recommended Harrison’s Elder Races series, but I’ve never managed to get a round tuit until now. It’s my review for tomorrow.

And for those of you who like science fiction romance, or who might be thinking of just seeing what it’s all about, the SFR Galaxy Awards were announced just a couple of weeks ago. There are plenty of fantastic, award-winning books right there to add to your TBR pile. I know I found some. A few. Too many to count…

Speaking of adding to your TBR pile, I’m offering the lucky winner of the giveaway their choice of a $10 Gift Card from Amazon or a $10 Book from the Book Depository. The rafflecopter is right down there, waiting for you to enter.

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February Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the February 2018 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLeF

February is the shortest month. Considering the weather in the northern hemisphere this time of year, that’s often a blessing.

But even in a short month there’s still plenty of time to get into a few (or quite a few) good books. And with Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, it’s certain the season for romance!

As always, there are a few books I’m particularly looking forward to this month. Right now, I’m reading Into the Fire, the second book in the marvelous military-ish SF series, Vatta’s Peace. Which is itself a sequel series to one of my favorite SF series, Vatta’s War. If you think SF needs more kick-ass female warriors, you really need to meet Kylara Vatta.

I’m also looking forward to the latest entry in a completely different series. The Cat in the Stacks cozy mystery series follows the adventures of small-town Mississippi librarian Charlie Harris and his smart, sweet and very outsized Maine Coon cat Diesel – so named because his big purr sounds like one. Charlie reads like “one of us librarians” and Diesel is always a treat. But there are always Claws for Concern in the little town of Athena Mississippi, as Charlie manages to stumble over yet another dead body.

And speaking of romance, one of my favorite authors, Maisey Yates, is opening a new series this month with Smooth Talking Cowboy. Although its not a completely new series, as Gold Valley is just down the road from Copper Ridge, and that series has certainly been a treat for both my guest reviewer Amy and for me.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

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Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Best of 2017 Giveaway Hop, Hosted by Bookhounds.

It’s time to not just talk about the best books of last year, but also to give some away. This blog hop celebrates the best books of the previous year, at least according to yours truly.

I publish three different “Best of the Year” lists. One for me, one for Library Journal and one for the SFR Galaxy Awards, coming up at the end of the month. But no spoilers for the Galaxy Awards, to that means two lists to work with.

Two lists for you to work with, that is.

So take a look at 17 for 2017 here on Reading Reality, and the whole Library Journal Best Books 2017 article and let me know which book appeals to you the most.

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Jeepers It’s January Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Jeepers! It’s January Giveaway Hop, hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island

Jeepers, it IS January, isn’t it?

It’s COLD here in Atlanta, with highs barely into the 30s and lows in the teens. One of the reasons we moved down here it to avoid this stuff. I like having four seasons, but I much prefer it when winter deals us a very glancing blow. That’s not what this is. BRRRR!

But everywhere (and everyone is different. In both Anchorage and Chicago, this weather would be almost balmy for this time of year. And it would be warm enough that everyone would be just waiting for the snow, make that MORE snow, to fall, followed by a temperature plunge into the “belows”. As in below zero. There were definitely things I loved about living in both cities, but the January (and February!) weather was not among them.

But it is definitely January, which means short chilly days and long, even chillier nights. One lucky commenter will win their choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository, to get themselves something to help pass those long cold nights. Spring will come. Eventually.

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January Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the January 2018 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLeF

New Year’s Day is a time for setting goals and making resolutions for the year ahead. And for looking forward to all the lovely new books coming out in the months ahead.

My own personal end-of-2017 had more than its share of low notes, so I’m looking forward to getting lost in a few (more than a few) forthcoming new books. Three books I’m really looking forward to this month: Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra, The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (Invisible Library #4) and one of my annual treats, Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara, the next book in her marvelous fantasy series, the Chronicles of Elantra.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

 

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Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the 2017 Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds!

Today is the shortest day of the year, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. And tonight, well, tonight is the longest night. And possibly a chilly one as well, depending on where you live.

Unlike all the holidays that center around this time of year, the longest night is a phenomenon that simply happens, whether we chose anything to mark it or not. One has to wonder how its been marked in the past, and how it will be in the future. Or how it might be, on some other planet in some other universe, if the planet tilts towards its sun at the right angle to make it happen.

One of the books I read this holiday season, Amid the Winter Snow, shows the Winter Solstice celebration in four completely different fantasy universes. If you’re looking for a holiday book with a bit of a twist, I highly recommend it.

But however you will be whiling away the longest night, here’s a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book to help you while away some of the chilly winter nights yet to come.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Stuck in Books!

Let’s talk about holiday traditions. I’m being deliberately inclusive here. I don’t celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Hanukkah instead. You may celebrate both, neither, or something else altogether. My husband and I kind of celebrate December, as in its a great occasion to give each other presents, whether there’s a holiday involved for either of us or not. And we both get a couple of paid holidays from work, which is also a nice thing to celebrate.

While I’ve never had a Christmas tree, for obvious reasons, I have always enjoyed decorating other people’s trees, especially since I’ve never had to clean up the mess. I’ve also had one or more cats continuously for the past “lo these many years” and cats and decorated trees only mix badly, messily, and with broken ornaments and shredded wrapping paper.

What about your holiday traditions, whatever holiday or holidays you celebrate this time of year? Answer in the rafflecopter for your chance at a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository to make your holiday just a bit shinier, whatever it might be.

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Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the second annual Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop,  hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island.

Winter is really coming, even down here in Atlanta. It’s in the upper 60s as I type, but by the time you read this post the temperature will have dropped 20 degrees and a cold rain is supposed to be falling. My friends up in Anchorage probably think of that as a balmy day, but down here it’s time for everyone to get out all of their winter clothes that it is barely cold enough to wear.

Hopefully your winter won’t be too frostbitten this year!

No matter how cold it is, or not, there’s always time to curl up with a hot libation of your choice and a good book. I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository to help provide either the book or the libation. Fill out the rafflecopter for your chance at something to help you while away the cold winter months!

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December Book of Choice Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the December Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, hosted by FLYLēF.

And now we’re into the post-Thanksgiving OMG can I get everything done in time for the holidays season. The days are winding down, the daylight is getting shorter (at least in the Northern hemisphere) and the Winter Solstice with all of its attendant holidays is rushing closer.

It’s even cooler here in Atlanta. At least cool enough to break out the jackets. And to be grateful for the cats curling up at our feet at night. When they cooperate – which isn’t half as often as we’d like.

There’s always time for a good book – even if it’s on the nights when you can’t sleep for worrying over all the stuff you have to get done!

Three books I’m really looking forward to this month, A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev, Back Home at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy and War Games by Jess Anastasi. And even though those last two sound like polar opposites, all three books are the latest installments in long-running series that I really like. Firefly Lake with its small-town feel and its second-chance at love stories seems particularly apropos for the holiday season.

What books are you looking forward to this month?

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