Thursday, December 1, 2022

Coming Attractions and Giveaway


It's here. The final month of the year. My favorite month of the year. December is usually a light reading month for me. I tend to fit in novellas, short stories, and bits of full-length novels between baking, decorating, buying (and wrapping) gifts, and writing Christmas cards. Also, watching feel-good holiday movies on all the channels. What can I say? I'm all fluffy, gooey marshmallow when it comes to holiday-wrapped, happy endings. Here's some of the happy endings we'll be spotlighting at The Romance Dish this month. 

Launching this month on Thursday, December 1 is a review of The Reluctant Countess by Eloisa James. This historical romance brimming with witty banter, emotional depth, well-developed characters, and superb writing is the second installment of James' Would-Be Wallflowers series but can easily be enjoyed on its own.  

Stop by Friday, December 2 for a review of Duke Most Wicked by Lenora Bell. This cross-class, reformed-dissolute-duke, historical romance sparkles with humor, wit, steam, delightful secondary characters, and more than a few surprises. There will also be giveaways!

Faking it with the Green Beret by Tracy Brody blends sweet romance and emotional depth with charm and laugh-out-loud humor in this new military rom-com. Don't miss my review on Monday, December 5

We're going Down in Flames with Kate Meader on Tuesday, December 6 when I share my thoughts about this steamy M/M Firefighter - Hockey crossover romance. 

On Wednesday, December 7, we'll be heading to small-town Indiana for The Sweetheart Fix by Miranda Liasson. This second book in Liasson's Blossom Glen, contemporary romance series captured my imagination and my heart. There's also a giveaway. 

It's Home for Christmas on Thursday, December 8 when I share my thoughts about this holiday time-travel, women's fiction novel by Courtney Cole. 1940's, anyone? 

Join me on Monday, December 12 for a review - and giveaway - of A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal by Preslaysa Williams. I enjoyed Williams' debut last year and am looking forward to returning to Charleston, SC for her second novel. 

Thursday, December 15 brings an excerpt and ARC giveaway of The Year of Cecily by Lisa Lin. Set during the Lunar New Year, this debut rom-com (17 January 2023) will launch Lin's From Sunset Park, with Love series.

There are a few more reviews in the works for December that will be added when I have firm dates so be sure to check back for updates throughout the month. 

I will be on medical leave from December 19 through the end of the year. I hope to be back with you the first week of January. 

What are you looking forward to in December?

Do you have special holiday plans?

Any new books on your reading radar?

Post a comment before 11:00 PM, December 3 and you might win one of the following. Winners randomly selected.

*A hardcover copy of 'Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries

*Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter

*An ARC of A Christmas Haven by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall

*25 Days 'til Christmas by Poppy Alexander

*We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

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


  1. Looking forward to Eloisa's book and so many others on the calendar.
    I am happily getting my fill of the season's romances both on screen and on my kindle.

    We plan to do our annual feast of the seven fishes with two dogs and eight people in the kitchen. It's all hands on deck for Mayhem and tomfoolery in Mt tiny house couldn't be happier!

    Hope all goes well for you at the end of the year!

  2. I'm looking forward to reading lots of Christmas books!! It's my favorite reading season :-) I hope everything goes well for you during your medical leave!

  3. First of all PJ good luck with your medical issue. Hope all goes smoothly!
    We will be babysitting through Dec 19th then have 1-2 weeks off. The time will go by quickly. I still have presents to buy, to wrap and to send out. Along with my Christmas cards to write and to mail.

    1. I’m reading several Christmas categories by Roxanne Rustand, Jo McNally and Brenda Harlen.
      Also Christmas Brides with Suzanne Enoch and Valerie Bowman and Elizabeth Essex and Together For Christmas- Brenda. Oval, RaeAnne Thane, Debbie Macomber and Sheila Roberts

    2. Beginning with my family, no special plans and I have many books from 2022 to catch up on

  4. First, I hope all goes well with your medical adventure. Take care and I will pray.
    I will be away from home for a few weeks, but hope to be home by Christmas in order to at least put up a tree. I am a fan of Christmas books, so hope to be able to read and enjoy quite a few....and may be reading them until spring or after. Isn't it always lovely to read about love and Christmas and family affection?

  5. Good luck with your medical leave! I am looking forward to spend the holidays with my family. It's just me, my husband and our daughters and it's just so relaxing! Also time off from work to get some reading done!!

  6. Have to say the cover for A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal is lovely!

    I am looking forward to retiring in a couple of weeks. No special holiday plans except getting in some extra reading and baking some cookies without work interrupting.

    I recently finished Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert which had a time travel element to it. I enjoyed the story and the ending was not what I expected! I am looking forward to reading A Wish for Winter by Viola Shipman and The Duke Alone by Christi Caldwell, along with other holiday books that cross my path.

    PJ - Wishing you lots of healing and lots of reading during your medical leave at the end of the year.

  7. Christmas is so busy for us. I usually manage to pack a few Christmas novellas into my schedule. My attention span is really short this month. Sending healing prayers your way.

  8. Some of us women in the family are going to see the Nutcracker. I saw it once before but probably 30 years ago. I asked for some books from my secret santa so we'll see lol. Hope all goes well with you!

  9. Looking forward to reading. I have a stack of Christmas books I plan to enjoy in a variety of genres. Also looking forward to doing some baking and spending time with my family. Hope all goes well with your medical leave.

  10. I am trying hard to get ready for the holidays. I was finally getting to the boxes and piles that seem to have grown out of control. We are planning on having Christmas dinner for the family here plus our oldest daughter and her family will be staying here. We got a new tower for our internet which I installed yesterday. The cords run behind 4 large floor to ceiling shelving units. They are full of books, movies, CD's , and equipment. It isn't a place easy to clean and it showed. So my husband decided we should empty the shelves, clean everything, and why not paint while we are at it (I am going to try and talk him out of that.) This is in our family room which is an extension of the kitchen. I was having enough trouble getting through what I needed to clear the pool table and straighten things up. Now the room is torn apart and much more of a mess than ever. It is a busy month and I don't know if I can get it all back together. We have done 4 Red Cross fire calls in the past week or so and got another this evening we will take care of tomorrow. It is the time of the year we are busiest. I don't have much time for reading this month, but do have a book started and several more on stand-by if I get time.
    I am looking forward to the holiday activities and having everyone over for Christmas. I really hope I can get all the baking in that I would like to do.
    You have another nice selection of books for this month.

  11. Hopefully my daughter will be home for Christmas! I'm trying to do Christmas reading this month, which includes Jenny Bayliss' Meet Me Under the Mistletoe!

  12. I always enjoy the baking in December. We take most of the cookies to work. I’m almost done with my shopping, now I just need to wrap!