Saturday, September 30, 2023

Review - - Once Upon a Christmas Kiss

Once Upon a Christmas Kiss: Cozy Christmas Collection
Cherry Creek Holiday Romance Anthology
by Ciara Knight, Brenda Lowder, Susan Carlisle, 
Terra Weiss, Susan Sands, Christy Hayes
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 3, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

You're cordially invited to the charming town of Cherry Creek, Tennessee, where the legendary book—O
nce Upon a Christmas Kiss—promises true love to the one who possesses it during the holiday season.

Don’t miss this collection of unique, romantic novellas by six different authors about women who’ve been given the gift of romance. Featuring all your favorite tropes, such as: small town, Second-chance at love, emotionally scarred, opposites attract, friends-to-lovers, secrets, cute meet-cute, blind-to-love, enemies-to-lovers, and of course, a lot of classic Christmas charm.

Who knows, you might be the next to find 
Once Upon a Christmas Kiss in your stocking.

Included in this collection:

Once Upon a Christmas Reunion by Ciara Knight
Broken hearts reunite for a second chance at love on Christmas night.

Once Upon a Christmas Treasure By Brenda Lowder
When Amelia enlists former best friend Oliver to help her hunt for a legendary book for her sister, she doesn’t know finding the treasure might mean losing her heart.

Once Upon a Christmas Promise By Susan Carlisle
Two emotionally scarred hearts mend through the promise of love.

Once Upon a Christmas Secret By Terra Weiss
To uncover the deepest secret of her late best friend, Dawson must volunteer for the holidays with her nemesis, Sawyer, and do good for the community... and maybe her heart too.

Once Upon a Christmas Wish By Susan Sands
Star-crossed lovers reunite with the help of a little Christmas magic.

Once Upon a Christmas Party
 By Christy Hayes
Two young millennials find love with the help of a Christmas legend, meddling grandparents, and a well-placed sprig of mistletoe

PJ's Thoughts:

I'm a big fan of holiday romance collections. It's the time of year when my to-do list becomes a bit (okay, very) chaotic. I'm always looking for a good happily ever after to soothe my soul but carving out the time to read a full-length book isn't always possible. Short stories and novellas are the perfect solution: delicious bites of romantic journeys to love without a full day's commitment. Yes, please!

Another benefit to a holiday collection is the opportunity it affords to discover new - or new to me - authors. In fact, some of my favorite authors over the years were first discovered in an anthology I bought because of a different author. It's happened again with Once Upon a Christmas Kiss. I had previously read only two of the contributing authors in this collection but after reading all of the stories, I now have new backlists to explore and future books (hopefully some set in Cherry Creek) to enjoy.

If you enjoy charming small-towns, a variety of tropes, humor, hope, sweet romance, a festive holiday spirit, and feel-good happy endings, give yourself an early gift and pick up a copy of Once Upon a Christmas Kiss. It's currently available to preorder in e-book format for only $0.99. 

Friday, September 29, 2023

Second-Chance Winners - - PJ's Birthday


The second-chance winners 

from PJ's Birthday Giveaway are:

Annette N

 It's You by Jane Porter

Nicole B

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn

Love's reading and cats (Tracy Friits)

$20 Amazon Gift Card

Please send your full name and mailing address to:

theromancedish (at) gmail (dot) com

New winners will be drawn for any items 

still unclaimed by 11:00 PM, October 1

Winner - - The Duke Gets Desperate


The randomly chosen winner of

a print copy of

The Duke Gets Desperate by Diana Quincy is:

Natasha Persaud


Please send your full name and mailing address to:

theromancedish (at) gmail (dot) com

Review - - Kiss and Spell

Kiss and Spell
by Celestine Martin
Elemental Love - Book 2
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: September 26, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

A witch without a spell

All Ursula Caraway wished for was to live happily ever after in her hometown of Freya Grove. The self-proclaimed Jersey Shore Witch Princess was set to begin her perfect life—until a twist of fate changed everything. Now, she's telling fortunes to the lovelorn, selling crystals at the local psychic shop, and reclaiming her missing magic. Ursula desperately wishes to shake up her life—so much so, that she’ll do just about anything. Including befriending a very cute, very enchanted prince.  
A prince in search of a kiss 
Prince Xavier Alder needs to find The One, but his lack of social skills has made that a challenge—and being cursed by the Faerie Queen isn’t helping either. So when Ursula, eager to believe in magic again, agrees to help Xavier find a perfect, curse-breaking kiss before Midsummer, it’s the ideal opportunity for them to get what they want. So long as they don’t let their mutual (and inconvenient) attraction get in the way.

PJ's Thoughts:

Prince Xavier may be trying to break the Faerie Queen's unwelcome enchantment but I'm the one who is thoroughly - and happily - enchanted by Celestine Martin's town of Freya Grove and the mystical beings who call it home. 

I'm a pretty pragmatic person so when I can lose myself in the premise that witches, Fae princes, and mischievous gnomes are living side by side in a small New Jersey town, that's a sign that the author has created something special. I loved these characters, sympathizing with the obstacles facing them, sharing their frustrations with family expectations, cringing over awkward moments, and cheering them on to what was clearly what both of their hearts desired. 

Martin has created a main couple who engaged my emotions (Xavier is so endearing and how could I not cheer on Ursula's heartfelt efforts to atone for past actions) along with a well-developed supporting cast that brings conflict, complex relationships, humor, unexpected matchmaking, and opportunity for growth to the main couple while also introducing potential future lead characters I hope we'll be seeing more of in books to come. I'm on board for many more visits to this fascinating place and fun, magical, emotional journeys to love...along with - I hope - a glimpse or two of Ursula and Xavier's happily ever after.   

Give this one a try. It has my enthusiastic recommendation. 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Tour Review & Giveaway - - The Ex-Mas Holidays

The Ex-Mas Holidays
by Zoe Allison
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: September 26, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

Maya Bashir is dreading her drive home for Christmas and having to explain that she's just left her high-paying job and a long-term relationship, so a brief detour to her friend’s festive party doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Until Maya walks in to find the last person she wants to see. Sam, the boy who broke her heart eight years ago. And he’s serving drinks. Naked.

Sam Holland is working an extra job on the sly to help his friend get by. But little did he expect Maya Bashir to come barrelling back into his life, learning about his secret side-hustle and taking back her old job alongside him at his daytime role as a ski instructor on the slopes of the Scottish Highlands.
As both Sam and Maya realize that their reason for heartbreak so many years ago wasn’t entirely as it seemed, they must learn to stand up for what they want the most…or else miss their second chance at love.

PJ's Thoughts:

Zoe Allison takes readers to the Scottish Highlands in this humorous and heart-tugging second-chance romance, tugging me into the lives of these characters from their unexpectedly funny "reunion" in the first few pages then easily holding my attention right up to the final scene. 

The ski resort provides a wonderful backdrop for this small-town, reunion romance, offering up cozy fires, delicious hot chocolate, crisp air, and snowy slopes that invite you to indulge your inner snow bunny. The setting has me wanting to pack my bags and book a flight to Scotland but it's the characters who would make me want to stay.

At first glance, this book would seem to be a lighthearted, funny second-chance romance. And it is...but it's also so much more. Allison has created complex characters with multiple layers, dealing with real-life issues that elicit a range of emotions. Maya's relationship with her family, and their expectations, has had a profound impact on her life and her happiness while Sam's own family issues have led him into an emotionally abusive relationship. These characters are so relatable, and endearing. I enjoyed their friendship, the attraction between them, the goodness and kindness in them. I was in their corner, cheering them on the entire way. 

While much of Sam and Maya's journey is flirty and fun, there are serious issues front and center in each of their lives. I appreciate the fact that the author gives both Maya and Sam the necessary time - and tools - to face those issues head-on. There is much to sort out between them with open communication being the key. There are also some emotionally triggering circumstances for Sam that are critical to his well being. Kudos to Allison for allowing her characters to grow realistically, acknowledging that the need for mental health treatment doesn't take away from this book's enjoyment, or from the romantic journey, but rather enhances it. 

This was my first book by Zoe Allison. It will not be my last. 

Have you visited the Scottish Highlands?

Where would you be spending your ski resort vacation: on the slopes or snuggled up to a cozy fire in the lodge?

One person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, September 30 will receive a print copy of The Ex-Mas Holidays

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Coastal Magic Featured Author & Giveaway - - Lisa Lin

Welcome back to my second Coastal Magic Convention 2024 Featured Author Spotlight. This month, I'm featuring debut author Lisa Lin. Lisa not only writes multi-cultural romcoms that elicit both heartfelt tears as well laugh-out-loud humor but she's also a friend of many years. 

Lisa Lin started reading romance when she was 13 and never looked back. After previous jobs in law and politics, she realized writer was the job meant for her. She believes in writing what she knows so her books contain witty characters, family relationships, and celebrates female friendships. An introvert to the core, she is addicted to Twitter, and prefers to spend her weekends in pajamas bingeing on Netflix. ha'

Hi, Lisa! Welcome back to The Romance Dish. It is so exciting to have you here as a Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author.

Thanks so much PJ! So thrilled to be here. It’s always a pleasure to be at The Dish-been a long time fan!

The first two books in your From Sunset Park, With Love series have been published this year. What should readers expect from The Year of Cecily and The Rachel Experiment?

Asian characters finding their HEAs! But also snappy witty banter (major Aaron Sorkin fan here), legal 
jokes (hey I gotta put that JD to use somehow), food (I’ve been accused of making readers hungry while reading my books to which I say #sorrynotsorry), and complicated family dynamics.

And Girl Squads. I love featuring friendships in my books, female friendships in particular. Romance tends to focus on romantic relationships for obvious reasons, but in my opinion, and personal experience, those aren’t the only relationships that are important and worthy of being explored.

Familial relationships and friendships also play an incredibly essential role in our lives and should be highlighted too. I know for me, my circle of girlfriends are invaluable and have gotten me through a lot of rough times. I don’t know what I’d do without them and I hope I never have to find out.

My writing friends have been lifesavers on my path to publication. They’ve held my hand, talked me off the ledge, kicked my butt when I needed it, and are always happier and more excited for me than I am for me.

Asian-American culture features predominantly in these stories. What was it like to write books so closely mirroring your own heritage? Are family members trying to figure out which characters are modeled after them? 

It truly meant so much to me. Growing up, it was difficult and rare to find books with Asian characters or covers with people who looked like me or reflected my life or experience in any way . And when I did, it was a thrill. Representation is SO important y’all. And when I started reading romance, it was the same deal. It wasn’t until authors like Jeannie Lin, Courtney Milan, Sherry Thomas, etc. came along that things really began to change. I know I stand on the shoulders of giants and I am beyond grateful to all of them and all the other authors who put cracks in that ceiling for me. I am proud of being part of the effort to help Romancelandia live up to its mission statement of “HEAs for All” and it’s not a responsibility I take lightly. As Lyn Liao Butler said “It’s about time there are more of us out there.”

As for my family, I had a strict policy with family members who expressed interest in reading my books. “If you insist, you can buy and/or read my book. I can’t stop you, do what you want to do. But we shall never speak of it. It’ll be like it never happened.” So if they are wondering, they can keep wondering. ;)

I love the humor in your books, laughing out loud more than once while reading. How emotionally involved do you get during the creation of these stories? Do you find yourself experiencing the same emotions while writing that we do when reading?

This is a really interesting question and I had to think for a minute. First off, thank you for saying you enjoyed the humor in my books. Having someone say they laughed while reading my books lets me know I did my job right. Generally, I think I can compartmentalize pretty well when I write. It isn’t me waking up after a one night stand/night of debauchery because I forgot no good ever comes from tequila, it was Rachel. Cecily was the one locking horns with her mother and trying to hold on to her temper, not me. But like any author, there are elements of me and my own life in my books.

Cecily’s meeting with the genealogist and her feeling when she looked at her ancestor’s naturalization certificate and thinking about how different her life would be if they hadn’t come to America, and the great debt she owes likely reflects the feelings of many children of immigrants, me included. Rachel very much shares my awkward turtle and introvert tendencies. More than once I have gotten anxious and panicked over something I said that I was afraid had been taken the wrong way only for the other person to wonder what I was even talking about when I tried to apologize. No wonder Rachel and I are both baffled by people who like to people. But yes, I cringed along with Cecily when Judith told her she too understood the importance of a good sex life. I mean, who wouldn’t under those circumstances?? I cringed, then laughed HA ;)

This has been a year of firsts for you. First published novel. First author book signing. First time as a CMC Featured Author. Has your debut year been what you expected? What have you learned? Any surprises along the way?

Like I mentioned above, I’m extremely fortunate to have phenomenal author friends who are a few steps ahead of me on their publishing journey and they’ve shared their wisdom with me and gave me tips and a heads up on what to expect. That being said, there are still some things you can only understand after experiencing it first hand. For example, what it feels like to hold a copy of your book in your hand for the first time or how to deal with reviews, good and bad. One of the things I had to learn was how to promo my books and it’s been a steep learning curve for sure. How much is too much? How much is too little? How do I juggle promo while I’m editing the next book and drafting yet another one? Still working on that one.

At heart, I am still a voracious romance reader and lover who fangirls over her favorite authors. The transition to the author side of the equation has been a bit surreal to say the least. This past summer I attended my first big romance reader/author event as an author and having readers come up to my table at the signing to tell me they’ve read and enjoyed my books was staggering and gratifying.

I have been blown away by how generous the romance community has been to me. Fellow writers, bloggers, readers, have all been so kind and supportive. So many congratulated me and supported me when I announced my deal back in July of 2021 and boosted and spread the word when Cecily and Rachel released. Fellow authors welcomed me into the fold and treated me like one of their own. To give just one example, I did my first author event in NYC at Yu and Me Books right after Cecily released. I was so nervous and terrified no one would show up and I’d face an empty store alone. But Lyn Liao Butler agreed to moderate the event and do a Q&A with me, and Priscilla Oliveras, Alexis Daria, and Maya Rodale all came to support me. I will love all of them forever for that. All I know is I am beyond grateful and I have a lot of paying forward to do.

As a debut author you may be a bit of a mystery to readers so let’s talk about you a bit.

What are your passions (aside from writing, of course)?

I was a political science and history major in college and politics and history are huge passions of mine. The West Wing is my most favorite show EVER and I loved the Medici mini-series and The Crown on Netflix. My friend Susannah Erwin and I just finished the Diplomat and it ticked ALL my boxes. I also love food-my dad always used to tease/joke that while some people eat to live, I live to eat. And…no lies detected, lol.

What would readers be surprised to learn about you?

As a pandemic project, I decided to use Duolingo to learn/improve my French. I’m currently on a 868 day streak and I’m probably prouder of it than I should be.

What is the top travel destination on your bucket list?

Oh there are so many. But Ireland has to be at the top of the list. Nora Roberts wass my gateway to romance, and many of her books are set there. Nora’s love for the land and people shine through on every page, and I want to pop into an Irish pub, listen to traditional music, and learn to dance a jig. I’ve also always wanted to travel south of the Equator so Australia is on my bucket list as well.

What are you currently reading or looking forward to reading?

I’m about to start Xio Axelrod’s Love on the Byline and I just know I’m going to devour it in one sitting. A second chance romance with a journalist heroine and hero who’s the personal assistant to a Hollywood star who have to fight their growing attraction when she’s assigned to do an in depth interview on said star. Need I say more??

I’m also looking forward to the next book in Felicia Grossman’s Once Upon the East End series. Felicia is one of my favorite romance authors and she writes fantastic historicals with Jewish protagonists. Book 1, Marry Me By Midnight (her take on Cinderella) came out last month and I can’t wait for Wake Me Most Wickedly, which comes out April 2024. Felicia’s spin on Snow White is bound to be amazing and y’all should also go pre-order it now.

What are your must-have drinks and/or snacks while writing?

Vino is crucial when writing *those* scenes. Julie James gave me that tip years ago and thank goodness for it. Maybe someday, writing sex scenes will be a less awkward out-of-body experience but today is not that day, lol. Other than that, I don’t have any essential drinks or snacks when I’m writing, though I have been known to reward/bribe myself with an ice cream sandwich or cupcake, or brownie, etc. after I’ve met my daily word count.

When will your next book be released? Are you able to tell us anything about it?

The final book in the From Sunset Park, with Love series will be out April 10, 2024. The title is Bethany Meets Her Match and features Jeffrey’s little sister Bethany Lee, who readers meet in The Year of Cecily. When Bethany showed up on the page in Cecily, I fell in love with her immediately and knew she’d have to get her own book eventually. What can I tell you about the book? Hmm. Well, the love interest I paired her with is also a doctor and they butt heads right off the bat. There’s a dumpling making contest, Bethany’s neighbor has a precocious daughter who steals the show, and there may or may not be a Guess Who game that goes awry. And expect more family drama, food, and banter. I’m excited to share Bethany’s story with readers and have them get to know her better.

Where can readers find you online?

I am @laforesta1 on Instagram, Twitter, and Bluesky (though I’m on Twitter less these days). I’m LisaLinBooks on Facebook.
My website is

Thanks for visiting with us today, Lisa. I’m excited to see you in Daytona Beach next February for Coastal Magic Convention 2024. Before we wrap this up, do you have any questions for the Romance Dish readers?

As a new/new-ish author, I’d love to know-how do you discover new to you authors? What will entice you to give a new/debut author a shot? The cover? Back blurb? Reviews? Personal recs from trusted friends or family? A mention from a fav author? Let me know below.

Lisa has also offered a giveaway today. One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, September 29 will receive a signed copy of The Year of Cecily and The Rachel Experiment.

*U.S. only
*Must be 18

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Second Chance Winner - - The Twelve Months of Christmas


The second chance winner of

a print ARC of

The Twelve Months of Christmas by Sheila Roberts is:



Please send your full name and mailing address to:

theromancedish (at) gmail (dot) com

Review & Giveaway - - The Duke Gets Desperate

The Duke Gets Desperate
by Diana Quincy
Sirens in Silk - Book 1
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 26, 2023
Reviewed by Santa

Anthony Cary, Duke of Strickland, inherits his spendthrift father’s title and can finally restore the family castle to its former glory. But at the reading of the will, Strick is stunned to learn that his father has secretly disentailed him, leaving the family manor—home to twelve generations of dukes—to Strick’s American stepmother. Everyone knows Strick detests the dowager duchess, and when she dies mysteriously, damning rumors start to surface. 

When Raya Darwish unexpectedly inherits her glamorous late cousin’s castle in the English countryside, she clashes with the charismatic young duke who insists the castle is rightfully his. The estate is practically bankrupt, so she must find a way to work with the duke in order to save both of their futures.

The two cannot stand each other, but mutual disdain soon gives way to desire. When questions arise about how her cousin died, Raya cannot help wondering if Strick’s sudden unbridled passion for her is part of a scheme to get his castle back...  

Santa Says:

I am a huge Diana Quincy fan and have enjoyed every book I have read. The Duke Gets Desperate has quickly become a favorite read of 2023 for me. You can’t help but fall for Anthony Cary, Duke of Strickland. A duke in love with his lands, tenants and with his beloved castle. There is just one problem - the castle isn’t really his. Upon his death, his father gave it to his American wife. Adding insult to injury his step mother left it to another American cousin. Sorely lacking in funds, he is desperate to set things to rights. Once this American interloper arrives, he will move heaven and earth to gain back the castle.

While Anthony does expect to meet another brash American heiress, he is stunned to face a formidable foe. Raya Darwish is a beautiful Arab-American woman who does not understand why her cousin would have left her a run down and crumbling castle. What could she have been thinking? Having helped run her family’s business in Boston, Raya begins to see how she can make the castle into a showpiece that she can turn around, sell and leave England. Not on Anthony’s watch! They clash over each proposal, both passionate about their goals. That passion and their conflicts are what drive this romance forward. Yet all around them are mysteries surrounding her cousin’s death and the theft of ancient artifacts found on the grounds. Delicious intrigue, indeed.

I highly recommend this five star read. Diana Quincy writes beautiful dialog and wonderful imagery. I enjoy her books from a historical perspective as I learn about the lives and history of Arabians during Victorian times both in America and England. So run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore or let your fingers do the waking and order your copy today! Enjoy!


PJ, here. I hope you enjoyed Santa's review of Diana Quincy's The Duke Gets Desperate. If I hadn't already read it, I'd be hightailing it to my favorite book buying site to download a copy. Like Santa, I adored Anthony and Raya. I'm already excited to discover what book two in this new series will bring.

Have you read Diana Quincy yet?

Do you enjoy multi-cultural historical romances?

What do you think of romances set during Victorian times rather than the Regency?

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, September 27 will receive a print copy of The Duke Gets Desperate.

*U.S. only

*Must be 18

Sunday, September 24, 2023

PJ's 2023 Birthday Winners


Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to help me
celebrate my birthday last week. The kindnesses you have
given and received filled my heart with happiness. 

The randomizer has done its job so, 
without further ado, here are my 
2023 birthday winners.  

Patricia Bennett Barber
It Had to Be You by Tracy Solheim

Famous in a Small Town by Viola Shipman

Patricia B
The Seaside Library by Brenda Novak

Becki Wisner
Queen Charlotte by Julia Quinn & Shonda Rhimes

Mary Lopez
It's You by Jane Porter

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn

$20 Amazon Gift Card

Congrats to all!

Please send your full name and mailing address to:

theromancedish (at) gmail (dot) com

Please put the name of the item won in the 
subject line of your email.

Tes283, I only need your email address.

New winners will be drawn for any items not
claimed by September 27.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Review - - The Book Club Hotel

The Book Club Hotel: A Christmas Novel
by Sarah Morgan
Publisher: Canary Street Press
Release Date: September 19, 2023
Reviewed by PJ

With its historic charm and picture-perfect library, the Maple Sugar Inn is considered 
the winter destination. As the holidays approach, the inn is fully booked with guests looking for their dream vacation. But widowed far too young, and exhausted from juggling the hotel with being a dedicated single mom, Hattie Coleman dreams only of making it through the festive season.

But when Erica, Claudia and Anna—lifelong friends who seem to have it all—check in for a girlfriends’ book club holiday, it changes everything. Their close friendship and shared love of books have carried them through life's ups and downs. But Hattie can see they're also packing some major emotional baggage, and 
nothing prepares her for how deeply her own story is about to become entwined in theirs.

In the span of a week over the most enchanting time of the year, can these four women come together to improve each other’s lives and make this the start of a whole new chapter?

PJ's Thoughts:

When I open the cover of Sarah Morgan's annual holiday novel each year, I know I'm about to be immersed into a story filled with friendship, love, complex relationships, emotional depth, and a heartfelt, deeply satisfying conclusion. Morgan's newest offering, The Book Club Hotel, brings all that and more.

Morgan creates a setting for this newest book that is so vibrant and realistic that I'm sure it has to be nestled in a quaint New England town waiting for readers to arrive. I want to explore the town, spend too much money on new sweaters, take way too many photos of the lovely decorations, then enjoy a leisurely walk back to the Maple Sugar Inn before cuddling up in the Inn's library with hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and a good book. I want to do it all and I want to do it with the four women - and one little girl - who make this book shine.

Sarah Morgan is a master of characterization. The women in this novel, both primary and secondary, are beautifully developed, continuing to grow and evolve as their intertwined stories unfold. I love the ebb and flow of the friendships, both old and new, that are explored, especially the inter-generational relationships that form among characters ranging from forty to five. The five-year-old is a special delight!

While there are (enjoyable) romance threads with happy outcomes, the primary focus of this book is on the journeys of these women, on the themes of friendship and found family, of forgiveness, of discovering your path, your joy, and moving forward to claim it. I laughed with them, cried with them, and couldn't bring myself to set their story aside until I reached the final page. Then, all I wanted to do was go back to the beginning and experience it all over again.

I highly recommend adding The Book Club Hotel to your holiday reading list. It's a charming, heart-tugging, gift to yourself that readers should not miss. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

It's My Birthday Giveaway!


It's my birthday!

You all know what that means. Well, if you've been here a while you know. If you're new to The Romance Dish, here's the deal.

Today is my birthday. I'm of an age where I pretty much have everything I need. Except books. I mean, come on, can we ever really have enough books? I think not. But I digress. 

This year, I'm asking for one thing: kindness. In lieu of gifts, I would like people to perform acts of kindness. Large or small, random or planned, we can all benefit from the giving and receiving of kindness. I already have one (given) in my pocket from my trip to the grocery Monday. And here's my next...

Another favorite gift of mine is books and on my birthday, I like to flip the kindness script. Instead of receiving books, it gives me immense pleasure to give them. To you, my favorite readers who come to the Dish day after day, year after year, or possibly are visiting for the first time, to share my love of reading and romance. 

So, for a chance to take home one of the birthday giveaways listed below, tell me how you celebrate your birthday. Is it a big deal? Low key? What brings you joy on your special day? 

Have you given - or received - a kindness recently?

Random winners will be chosen from all comments posted before 11:00 PM, September 23. If you post anonymously, please include a first name or screen name in your comment. 

*U.S. only

*Must be 18

It Had to be You by Tracy Solheim
signed by author

Famous in a Small Town by Viola Shipman
signed by author

The Seaside Library by Brenda Novak
signed by author

Queen Charlotte 
by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes
signed by Julia Quinn

It's You by Jane Porter
signed by author

Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn
signed by author

$20 Amazon (US) Gift Card