Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Coming Attractions & Birthday Giveaway #1

 



Eight months in, four more to go. Weren't we just celebrating Christmas? It sure seems like it! I love fall; it's my favorite season of the year. Usually by this time I've started to smell the changes in the air, that crispness that signals the change of seasons, the coolness of early mornings. Not so this year. We're still experiencing temperatures in the 90's with a heat index over 100. Summer is holding on with a tight grip but while Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to let go, Romance is leading the way with a plethora of titles signaling the upcoming holiday season. I can't wait to share them with you! 





Kicking things off on Thursday, September 2 is my review of The Inheritance by JoAnn Ross. This dual-timeline story is Ross's first women's fiction novel and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. 


 




Hellie shares her thoughts about The Shaadi Set-Up in her review on Friday, September 3. This Indian-American rom-com by Tillie Vale is getting a lot of buzz.







Tuesday, September 7 brings a review of Much Ado About Barbecue, a Q&A with the author, Sally Kilpatrick, and a giveaway. Be prepared to have your funny bone tickled, your heart touched, and your taste buds excited! 






On Wednesday, September 8 I'll be sharing an excerpt (and giveaway) of A Little Christmas Spirit by Sheila Roberts. I'm looking forward to this new holiday story about family, friendship, and second chances. 




I'll be sharing my thoughts about TRACKED by Suzanne Ferrell on Monday, September 13. This second book in Ferrell's Neptune's Five series takes readers back to 1941 with Ruth, a female Army code breaker, Scout, the tracker and sniper of the spy-chasing Neptune's Five team, and another life or death mission in the months leading up to America's entry into WWII. 




Alexis Daria is back with a Latinx, reunited friends-to-lovers page turner this month and I am all over it. Stop by Tuesday, September 14 for my review of A Lot Like Adios






Shana Galen is back with another installment in her popular Survivors series. Stop by Wednesday, September 15 to read my review of From Rags to Kisses






Join us Thursday September 16 for a guest post from Maggie Robinson and my review of the final book in Robinson's Lady Adelaide Mysteries series: Farewell Blues. If you enjoy 1920's cozy mysteries with plenty of humor and heart (and a mischief making ghost) you won't want to miss this one. 





Lauren Accardo heads back to the small town of Pine Ridge for the second book in her Forever Adirondacks, contemporary romance series. Join me on Wednesday, September 22 for my review of Sweet Love, a best friends-to-lovers romance. 





Are you ready for A Little Christmas Spirit? Don't miss my review of this newest holiday novel by Sheila Roberts on Thursday, September 23.








Continuing with the holiday theme, characters will be Kissing Under the Mistletoe when historical romance authors Suzanne Enoch, Amelia Grey, and Anna Bennett join forces in this new anthology. Don't miss my review on Friday, September 24




Join me Saturday, September 25 for my review of Wrong for Him by Christi Barth. This friends-to-lovers contemporary romance wraps up Barth's thoroughly enjoyable Love Lottery trilogy. 







Monday, September 27 brings my review of Lenora Bell's newest historical romance, The Devil's Own Duke, book two in her Wallflowers vs Rogues series. You do not want to miss this one!







Anybody in the mood for a historical road romance? Virginia Heath wraps up her The Talk of the Beau Monde series with How Not to Chaperon a Lady. I'll be sharing my thoughts about this childhood-friends-to-lovers romance on Tuesday, September 28







It Started With a Dog. How many stories of my life have begun with that sentence? This time though, it's the title of the newest book in Julia London's Lucky Dog series. Visit us on Wednesday, September 29 for my review of this new canine-centric rom-com. 






Wrapping up the month on Thursday, September 30 will be my review of The Inn on Sweetbriar Lane by Jeannie Chin. This opposites-attract, small-town contemporary romance launches Chin's Blue Cedar Falls series. 





If you've been here longer than a year you know that September is my birthday month. Well, this year is one of those "big" birthdays and, to be honest, it has me a bit rattled. Now, I could go crawl under the covers and pretend it isn't happening but, really, what would be the fun in that? Unless, of course, I had a fully charged Kindle under there with me. Now that would be fun. But I digress...

I've decided to take a page from my late husband's life lessons. He always said that any birthday on this side of the dirt was a birthday to be celebrated. So, I'm going to celebrate. All. Month. Long. And how am I going to do that? By giving away books, of course! I've always felt it was better to give than receive so, my bookish friends, prepare yourselves to receive!

All month long, I'll be giving away books. Sometimes, one book. Sometimes, a couple. And a few other times, a whole bunch. Maybe even a gift card or two. Some giveaways will be noted at the end of a scheduled post. Others may pop up on a day when there's nothing else scheduled. A few may be flash giveaways that appear in the middle of the day. Check in every day from September 1 - 30 to join the fun and increase your chances of having a book - or books - winging their way to you. 

Let's start today!

Birthday Giveaway #1: Tell me what you're looking forward to in September. I can't deny that I'm eager for cooler mornings, fresh from the orchard apples, and college football. Lots of college football!

One person who comments before 11:00 PM, September 3 will receive a package of books from my stash.

*U.S. only
*Must be 18
*Void where prohibited


47 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to You. This is a very wonderful and generous thing you are doing. TY. Your late husband's words are so very true. I hope you have a great bday.

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  2. I am looking for the baseball playoffs and hopefully World Series (Dodgers) and many contemp romance books.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the playoffs. I'm neutral on the teams this year.

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  3. I am looking forward to help plan my daughter's wedding. She got engaged a week ago.
    Rainebear

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    1. Congratulations, Rainebear! What an exciting time in your family's life.

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  4. I'm looking forward to getting my colonoscopy over and done with at the end of September. It's something I've been dreading, but now I just want it over and done with.

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    1. I hope it all goes well, Diane. I've found the anxiety leading up to the event to be much worse than the actual procedure. They give me happy juice and I wake up hungry when it's all over. :)

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    2. Thank you, PJ. I also have to have an Endoscopic procedure with it, too. I agree with you about the anxiety. I'm so glad that we're put out for these procedures. Like you, I always wake up hungry and also extremely thirsty.

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  5. Happy Birthday! What a beautiful month for you to celebrate and enjoy! I enjoy September since it is a beginning of our New Year as well as lovely weather we can appreciate everyday.

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    1. I'm a few days early but I wish you a good and sweet year.

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  6. Happy Birthday! Best Wishes. Birthdays should be something extraordinary and special. I am glad that you will be celebrating for the entire month. Thanks for this happy giveaway. I am always looking forward to a new season and month since it is meaningful for me. When I had serious health problems I realized that everyday and every month is a blessing to be looked forward to.

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    1. Hope you have many good days to look forward to!

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  7. Happy Birthday. Yes, those years with a zero after them are always a shock lol. September is a big birthday month for us. My mom's birthday was today. She made it to 98 1/2 last year. Tomorrow my nephew's only child turns 9 and then on the 3rd my only grandchild turns 4! so 1, 2 and 3. A good month!

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    1. Sounds like there will be lots of celebrating in your household this year!

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  8. Happy birthday PJ!!! Wish you all the best!! I'm going on vacation to Maryland so I'm looking forward to that

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  9. Happy birthday PJ. I’m looking forward to football and pumpkin scented candles and reading lots of books while I recover from knee replacement surgery

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    1. Best wishes for a successful surgery and a smooth recovery!

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  10. Happy Birthday Month!!!
    I am looking forward to cooler temps and college football.

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  11. Happiest of birthdays to you--make every day a celebration!!! Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I live in the beautiful mountains of VA--always gorgeous--breathtaking in the Fall. With a tapestry of colors from nature's palette, and painted by a master hand, the scenery is stunning. The deep, rustic reds are my favorites. The scents of Autumn are equally appealing. The smell of the leaves--especially those in the piles my grandfather would rake up and I would jump in and demolish. Apple pies, cinnamon rolls, and molasses cookies from my grandmother's kitchen. Candles, fireplaces, and campfires with marshmallows toasting on sticks. School supplies--oh, how I loved the smell of fresh pencils, notebooks, crayons, and chalk, and new school books. Pumpkins everywhere!!! I love Autumn.

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  12. Happy Birthday! Looking forward to cooler weather (I hope), youngest going back to school, and college football.

    Denise

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  13. Look forward for hurricane season to be over, even tho in NY, heavy rains and wind so far, no where as bad as La. And cooler weather, had some humid days. And of course all the new books.
    Patty Brennan

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  14. Happy Birthday PJ!! I'm a September birthday too - this year on Labor Day. When I was a kid we had a Labor Day Weekend fair just down the street, so I got to spend Birthday money on rides & snacks (and the annual AAUW book sale that was in the school gym - my book obsession started early). I'm looking forward to the humid weather being gone - as I write this Hurricane Ida is here, heavy rain has started, thunder is rolling thru & there are tornado warnings - hopefully the rest of the month will be better!

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  15. Pumpkin and apple everything

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  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU....HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU....HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR P J ......HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...AND MANY MORE
    Now you owe me big time. The fact you could not hear me sing means you will have many more happy years in front of you.
    As far as a "big" birthday, I will tell you what I tell everyone, " I have panty hose older than you" and that is true no matter what the number is.
    I am a fan of autumn. But, I live in Texas, and our autumn comes for a day and a half in early December. I like the way the sunshine becomes really lovely. It is lit like a really good European film.
    Seriously, I hope your birthday is a good one for you. And personally, I would love the idea of all day in bed with my full Kindle. But, no matter how it goes, I hope it is a joyous day for you

    I am looking forward to many of the books you have on your list of Coming Attractions. So many good authors and so many wonderful stories. Thanks for your reminder of all the stories I need to read. And football games. And baseball playoffs. And that special scent that comes with autumn.

    Hope everyone is well and happy and safe. And

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  17. Happy Birthday!! I'm looking forward to having a better month than last month.

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  18. Happy Birthday
    My daughter's birthday is the 6th and my sister's is the 11th

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  19. Hubby and I are celebrating 40 yrs of marriage. We already had the best present. Our daughter got married on 8/22 and the kids came in. It was immediate family only. So many wonderful memories and pictures.

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  20. Happy Birthday wishes to you! I'm ready for some relief from the mosquitoes after so much rain last month. Although they have provided an excuse to stay in and read.

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  21. Happy Birthday Month! The west coast has suffered quite a bit in heat wave, drought, and wildfire. I am looking forward to cooler temperatures, some rain, and less smoke. Books have always been my solace but it was difficult to fall into a story in the summer conditions we have had.

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  22. A Happy Big Birthday. May you have a wonderful New Year. I am always thankful I have made it as far as I have and hope there will be many more. You have chosen a generous way to celebrate your birthday. Thank you.
    I am looking forward to the cooler weather and certainly hope we get some soon. It is my favorite time of the year. I love the colors, fall produce, getting some NY North Country McIntosh apples (but we will have to wait until we go up for a visit in Oct.), and the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot.

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    1. I forgot to mention you have a good line-up for this month. There are a few on my wish list.

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  23. An early Happy Birthday PJ!! I'm hopeful that our bathrooms will get redone/updated this month, or at least started. I have enough doctor appointments for the month to make me feel old, but I know I'm really not. After losing our sister at age 53 a few years ago, my brother reminded me on my birthday that everyone birthday is another year we are alive and not to fear the age. So I have that attitude now, too!!

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  24. Happy Birthday Month, PJ! I'm actually looking forward to my own birthday on the 22nd! And I always anticipate the colors of fall!

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  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH PJ!!! All birthdays are good ones and those special numbers are only more reason to celebrate!

    I'm looking forward to cooler weather for most of the month. Returning to Texas at the end of the month will turn up the heat a few notches though. I'm also looking forward to gaining more mobility as my knee continues to heal and hopefully spending some time in the woods and around the lakes in the Teton area!

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  26. Happy birthday month!! September is my birthday too. I HATE the "0" birthdays. LOL. Just had mine so I'm good for 8 more years. As my grandchildren grow up I realize just how fast my life has gone. So I'm gonna enjoy every single day!! As my husband always says, just roll with the punches. Have a great month!!

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  27. Happy Birthday PJ!🎂 I just read The Inheritance and I loved it! I love fall and can't wait for the cooler temps!!🤗🌞📚💜

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  29. Happy Birthday ❗I look forward to cooler weather & being able to put clothes on, instead of taking them off in the HEAT.

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  30. I love September and the approaching fall season. I like the cooler weather; especially, after many days of triple digits with no air conditioning except for a portable one in the living room. My grandson has returned to school in first grade. It's good for him to be around other kids after spending the summer with just his parents and grandparents. Happy Birthday! bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

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  31. Happy Birthday PJ! I'm with your hubby on this. My next birthday is coming up in November so I guess that's what I love best about the Fall. But I do love the cooler weather and colorful trees. I don't like the idea that winter cold, ice and snow follows on the heels of Fall. Where I life, our fall season is realativly short which means winter is rather long.

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  32. Definitely looking forward to college football. First Iowa Hawkeyes fame is Saturday. Love the cooler days for sure and the changing of the weather. Also Halloween is soon.

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  33. Happy Birthday, PJ. I may have just celebrated (in August) the same overwhelmingly distressful birthday. Had you told me in my early reading days (probably 8 or so on, when I began shipping Nancy Drew and Ned big time) that I'd still consider myself a relatable human being at this age, I would never have believed it! But here we are, and I thank the universe that books (print, electronic, and audio) are so readily available to provide succor in this crazy world.

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  34. Happy birthday month, PJ!! I am very excited for September and everything it brings with it, but most especially fall weather and cooler temps. I LOVE sweaters, sweatshirts and warm comfy clothes...bring on the cooler temps!

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  35. Happy birthday month!! I hope you have wonderful time celebrating:)

    I love the changing seasons in September and the way it feels like a time for new beginnings, even more so than the new year in January!

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  36. Happy Birthday!! Our youngest son turns 32 this month. Love the slightly cooler weather!

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