domenica 15 gennaio 2017

2017 What An Animal Reading Challenge Sign Up

Yvonne at Socrates’ Book Reviews is hosting the 2017 What An Animal Reading Challenge. This is a fun challenge for anyone who likes reading books with animal stars or costars.  
1.  Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)
  It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like).  In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies.  This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal.

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

10.  To sign up, use the Mister Linky below. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.
Last year I have completed the level 2 of this challenge, this year I want to try again with the level 2.

sabato 14 gennaio 2017

The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017

Hosted at Socrates' Book Reviews. For more information and to sign up, click here 

This one is all about cat mysteries!
Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!


1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.
2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.
3. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime for those who make a list in advance.
4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.
5. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. I also have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is 
6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks) 
7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later. 
I'm going for purring, I hope to read 1-10 books.

Cruisin' thru the Cozies 2017 Reading Challenge

It's the third year that I participate in this challenge, I love cozy mystery genre This year there are some changes that make it even more fun

Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.

Level one (Snoop) - Read one book in each of these cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
- One from British cozy mysteries (example:  Belinda Lawrence series)
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Level two (Investigator) - Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) - Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017.

2. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!

4. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists. 

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link. I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.

5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky here. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

6. I'm going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won't be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.
ADDENDUM:  (I'm adding one more thing for those who aren't sure they want to read some of the sub-genres.)

7.  If you can't find or don't want to read a certain sub-genre, you can switch it out for another one of your choice. However, this can only be done one time.

 I am shooting for Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire.

venerdì 13 gennaio 2017

Release Blitz & Giveaway: Game Winning Catch by Roxy Sinclaire




Game Winning Catch by Roxy Sinclaire

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Sports Romance Publication Date: January 11, 2017 
I don't play dirty, I play to win. "The more innocent a girl looks, the wilder she is in bed ... and that goes double for Natalie" I went to see my childhood idol but instead I saw the girl I could never forget. People always say there's always one that got away, and for me that was Natalie. We spent one amazing summer together but then I never saw her again ... until now. "Good girls love bad boys always seemed like such a cliche saying to me." From the moment I saw him on my doorstep I knew I was his, whether I wanted to or not. Our time together was sinfully sweet but also short, as we both knew it had to come to an end. Only for me, it was just the beginning, as after Chris left I found out I'm pregnant with his child. Full-length romance novel. This is a standalone, with NO cliffhanger, NO cheating & a guaranteed happy ending!

giovedì 12 gennaio 2017

Review & Giveaway: The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns

K.S.R. Burns

on Tour January 9-13 with

The Paris Effect

(women’s fiction) Release date: June 1st, 2016 at Velvet Morning Press ISBN: 978-0692710852 246 pages


Friendship, loss and a tantalizing trip to Paris in this highly praised #1 Amazon Best Seller! Amy and Kat had planned a secret trip to Paris. Even Amy’s husband wouldn’t know about it. But when Amy loses Kat to cancer, she knows the plan is gone forever. Or is it?
Guided by memories of her friend and dissatisfaction with her own calorie-counting life in Phoenix, Amy sneaks off to Paris while her husband is away on a business trip. Once there, she’s robbed, stalked, arrested and almost kidnapped. Worse, she finds that all her problems have come right along with her. Through her adventures, laced with luscious descriptions of food and Paris, Amy learns that often in life, love and friendship, nothing is exactly as it seems. Grab a croissant and settle in for a decidedly non-touristy trip to the City of Light.

My Review

It 's an exciting book with some touching moments but also lots of humor and irony, food and beautiful landscapes
Kat and Amy had a plan, make a trip to Paris, in secret without telling even to Amy's husband. Kat unfortunately has lost her battle with cancer. Now Amy has the opportunity to make this journey alone: ​​the husband goes away for work for 10 days. Will she have the courage to do?
Amy is unemployed and takes care of the home full-time, makes a lot of manual labor but according to her friend Kat had to be more daring, make better use of her artistic skills. She's always on a diet, but loves food, she hates her life but doesn't dare to change it. It was really interesting to see evolving her, try changing her monotonous and boring life.
Before you start reading this book I recommend you have a full stomach because so many foods are nominated, both savory and sweet, that is constantly hungry.
It was a quick and flowing read but enjoyable, an intriguing journey into the most romantic city in the world. 


k-s-r-burns-the-paris-effect Unlike her character Amy in THE PARIS EFFECT, K. S. R. Burns has never ventured down into the scary and forbidden catacombs. Nor has she run away from home, but she has lived and worked in 22 cities, one of them Paris (because she does definitely share Amy’s passion for Paris). Burns is also the author of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF WORKING GIRL: REAL-LIFE CAREER ADVICE YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE (Running Press 2009), because while living in 22 cities she racked up a total of 59 jobs, thereby learning a lot about the world of work. She currently writes a weekly career advice column for The Seattle Times. No longer a wanderer, Burns currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and cat. Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter Subscribe to her newsletter Buy the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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mercoledì 11 gennaio 2017

Review & Giveaway:One Safe Place by Robena Grant

One Safe Place
by Robena Grant


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



American, Naomi Paverman, finds clues to her heritage when her grandmother passes. Realizing her existence is based on many lies, she yearns for connection and one safe place to call home. She rents a cottage in an English village to search for her biological father. What she discovers is resistance to questions, but she befriends an attractive and interesting local man…could he be related?

Oliver York is stirred to uncover family history he’s long ignored. Five years earlier, he inherited York Manor in Oldcastle. Oliver maintains an element of privacy to protect himself and his invalid sister from gossip. His interest in Naomi, and the secrets she reveals, causes him to come out of seclusion. Secrets threaten to expose admired citizens.

As their romance blossoms, someone attempts to run Naomi out of town. Is history repeating itself?


My Review:

I loved this book from the first page, the story was so compelling that really seemed to live in a small cottage in the English countryside.
Naomi has discovered that her whole life is made up of lies and wants to finally know her past, especially knowing her biological father. The diary that she found references to a painting in the room of her grandmother with an inscription in Gaelic and she impulsively leaves for England. She rents a small cottage and meets a strange man Oliver York, is lonely, owns a manor and is a painter, all the men of his family were. Is he linked to the picture of her grandmother?
All the characters are lovable and believable, I adored Annie, is so kind and welcoming. I can not help but love Oliver, a crossing between Hugh Grant and Colin Firth (my favorite actor!!!!).
I loved the setting, the descriptions of the places are really fascinating, the English countryside is beautiful even when it rains and it's cold. Just a fire, hot tea, some scones and the cold goes away.
It 's a sweet romance, funny  with romantic love story and with a little of mystery and suspense.
Highly recommended.



Brian’s riff ended to enthusiastic applause. Oliver glanced behind him as Brian slung the guitar over his back and took a bow. He tinkled away on the piano.

“Annie…earth to Annie.” Brian beckoned. You’re up next. Bring me a beer will you luv?”

“Let them have a request or two.” Annie lazily raised her half-full beer glass. Oliver grinned.

“Can ya’ play us Piano Man?” a bloke yelled.

Brian left the stage and shouldered his way to the bar. Oliver chuckled. Annie wouldn’t be hurried by anyone. If she had a beer to finish, then finish it she would. Even though she liked to joke with Brian, she remained quiet, even polite around him, but she let them all know an older lady deserved respect. He wondered if he’d ever had a real conversation with her. Probably not.

Oliver tinkled on the keys again, then moved closer to the mic next to the piano, his tone turning serious. He loved this tune. They knew he did. Almost every night when Annie went to the bar to wet her whistle with a pint, he’d get a request. Nine times out of ten for Piano Man.

He finished the song with a flourish. Applause filled the room. He’d put his heart into it tonight. Pride too, he supposed. He’d played it for Naomi. For all the possibilities that could have been once upon a time, in a different place, a different time, when he had different, or no obligations.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robena Grant writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense about ordinary women thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Travel and discovering new places brings her great pleasure, and she often includes these discoveries in her stories. She is Australian by birth, lives in Southern California, and has two grown children. Robena may be contacted at: where she blogs frequently, or follow her on social media



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Retellings Reading Challenge 2017

I am signing up for this one again! I didn't get to read any retellings in 2016 but I have a lot on my shelf! 

Challenge details:

Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017

Host: Once Upon a Bookcase
Sign Up Here!

The Challenge:

  • For readers to read retellings of stories we know well from their chosen level in 2016:
    • Easy: 1-4 retellings
    • Medium: 5-8 retellings
    • Hard: 9-12 retellings
    • Difficult: 12+ retellings

The Rules:
  • You must sign up to the challenge below.
  • You must share your thoughts/reviews on the retellings you read for the book to count. You can post anywhere: your blog, YouTube, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon, Tumblr, etc.
  • As you review the books, update the monthly link up post with a link to your review. This is important, as each book you review will be an entry into that month’s giveaway.
  • You can sign up any time between now and 31st December 2017.
  • Use the hashtag #RetellingsRC2017 so we can follow your participation in the challenge!
Which Books Count:
  • You can read retellings of any of the following (if I’ve left anything out, please let me know!):
    • Classics & Children’s Classics
    • Fairy Tales
    • Myths and Legends
    • Folk Tales
    • Retellings of real, well known people’s lives – I.E. Becoming Jane by Kevin Hood about a young Jane Austen, and And I Darken by Kirsten White, a gender bent retelling of Vald Dracul’s teen years, both count
    • I will also accept origin stories/prequels/sequels – I.E. Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige is a sequel series to The Wizard of Oz, Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the origin story of the Queen of Hearts, and both would count.
    • Reimaginings that aren’t strict retellings would also count – I.E. Kody Keplinger’s novels Shut Out and A Midsummer’s Nightmare are both reimaginings, the first of the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, and the second of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both of which would count.
  • You can read any retellings you want, they do not need to be recent releases to count.
  • Feel free to re-read any retellings! They will also count, as long as you review them somewhere.
  • All age categories are accepted; middle grade/young fiction, YA, NA, adult.
  • All books count; physical books, audiobooks, eBooks.
  • ARCs/Proofs count, as do self-published books.
To Sign Up:
  • Write a blog post/page, record a video, or upload a photo to Instagram about your participation in the challenge. This is important, you must do this. (If you’re using Goodreads, Amazon, or any other platform that doesn’t allow you to do this, in the link up below, just link to your public profile.)
  • If you wish, in that post/page/video you can compile a list of retellings that you hope to read and review for the challenge – but this isn’t compulsory. Also, the titles you list do not have to be set in stone. If you’d like some inspiration, Goodreads has a number of lists on retellings you can browse.
  • Comment below to say you’re signing up. (I’m having issues with link-ups at the moment. There will be proper link-up widgets for each month from January, but for now, comment, and I’ll add you to this post. Sorry for the inconvenience.) If you have a blog/channel/Instagram, please make sure the link you add goes directly to your sign up post/page/video/photo and you mention your blog/channel/Insta name/screen name. If you’re participating via Goodreads or Amazon, etc, please put your “screename @ platform” – I.E. If I was participating via Goodreads, I would put “Jo @ Goodreads”.

I am going to sign up for hard (9-12 retellings).

What I am currently planning to read:

1. Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
2. The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale
3. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
4. Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
5. Splintered - A.G.Howard

6. Longbourn - Jo Baker
7. Beastly - Alex Flinn
8. The Two Princesses of Bamarre -Gail Carson Levine
9. Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier
10. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
11. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
12. Alice in Zombieland - Gena Showalter

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