Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#REVIEW with a #GIVEAWAY too! #AHomeForChristmasBlogTour #Historical #ShortStory #Western #SweetRomance #Christmas @hfvbt @MKMcClintock

Publication Date: November 5, 2014
Trappers Peak Publishing
eBook; 74 pages
Settings: 19th Century Montana, Wyoming, & Colorado
Genre: Christmas Short Stories/Western/Sweet Romance

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Includes three historical fiction short stories to delight and entertain this holiday season.
In search of family she barely knows and adventure she’s always wanted, Katherine Donahue is saved from freezing on a winter night in the mountains of Montana by August Hollister. Neither of them expected that what one woman had in mind was a new beginning for them both.
Heartache and a thirst for adventure lead McKensie Stewart and her sister to Wyoming after the death of their parents. With the help of a widowed aunt and a charming horse breeder, McKensie discovers that hope is a cherished promise, and there is no greater gift than love.
Lily Malone has never had a real family or a real Christmas. This holiday season, she might get both. From an orphanage in New York City to the rugged mountains of Colorado, Lily sends out only one wish. But when the time comes, can she give it up so someone else’s wish can come true?

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Praise for A Home for Christmas

“5 stars! I have just finished reading three short stories written by M.K. McClintock, part of her collection A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. I really enjoyed these charming historical fictions CHRISTMAS MOUNTAIN, TETON CHRISTMAS and LILY’S CHRISTMAS WISH!” – Nicole Laverdure
“Heart-warming and inspiring.” – Kat Cambron
“A delightful collection of stories sure to warm any reader’s heart.” – Elizabeth Loftus

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About the Author

MK McClintock is the author bestselling historical western romance and award-nominated historical romantic mystery. She spins tales of romance and adventure inspired by the heather-covered hills of Scotland and the majestic mountains of home. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.
Learn more about MK by visiting her website and blog. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

5 Stars!
All three of these books take place during the 19th century, and the author gives us an Author's Note in the beginning showing her excitement for Christmas during this time period. She said, "it not only delighted and entertained, but also gave me pause." What a statement, huh!
Each story really focuses on the people, and they make you truly feel the love and warmth everyone truly has for each other. Back then there was not television, the internet, or cell phones like we have today, and people focused much more on 'people' and their relationships to one another than what I feel we do today. With that being said, this is why these stories do really 'need' to be read. They truly warm our hearts in ways some books today cannot.
From the book, it states: This is a collection of 3 different historical western short stories to inspire love and warm the heart.
1. Christmas Mountain
2. Teton Christmas
3. Lily's Christmas Wish
There is a recipe at the end call The Wycliffe Hotel's Famous Coffee Cake Recipe - which sounds SO yummy!
I enjoyed ALL 3 stories very much. They really did make your heart feel warmth for the characters, and you really felt as if you were in the 19th century! I LOVED that part of the stories! 
If I had to choose which story was my favorite, I would say Lily's Christmas Wish. That one touched my heart the most! It's about a little girl named Lily who has lived in an orphanage, and all she wants is to find a loving family to live with. She was on a train, an Orphan Train, where they try to adopt children out anywhere orphanages can. When they got to their location, up went a poster that said, 'WANTED: HOMES FOR CHILDREN". SO sad!!! You really felt for Lily! As I said she wanted a loving family so badly, that is all she wanted as she worried no one would want her because she was older and not a little kid that so many people preferred.
I don't know if you ever saw a specific movie where they adopt children out, but it is SO sad as to how they do it! The kids stand in a line while people look at them and pretty much inspected them. It was horrible!
Well, I'm not going to tell you anymore about that short story so I don't ruin it for you! I loved the other two stories JUST as MUCH! ALL of these short stories are the perfect read for the holiday season and will uplift your spirits!! This author, MK McClintock, knows just how to write a story that pull at your heart strings! You end up wanting more and more from her! She really knows how to make characters and make them come alive! I want to read MORE from this author! Next time I would love to read a full length novel of hers, that is how excellent this what I call a 'sampling' of her writing did for me! They really much these 3 stories affected my heart!
Grab your copy for this season and take some time to read these Christmas stories! I dare you not to fall in love with these stories, and you'll be so glad you read them! I promise!
I received a copy of this ebook from the author for free, but only for review purposes.


NOW TO SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29th a midnight!
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending 11-22-14 PLUS #BLOG UPDATES!

Welcome to another week of GREAT books! This is a weekly post that is always posted by NOON every Sunday, and sometimes a little earlier! Thanks for stopping by!

Remember last week when I wished you ALL a Happy Thanksgiving? I was ONE WHOLE WEEK EARLY! LOL!!! NONE of you caught it! Listen to this hilarious part! I took the turkey OUT of the freezer!! LOL!!! My husband wondered, "WHY did she do that????", but he didn't ask me why! I had to reinstruct him again that when I do something DUMB to ask me about it! LOL!!!! I figured it out early Monday morning that last week was NOT Thanksgiving! WHERE was my head??? Any of you ever do something SO funny like that? LOL!!! Turns out I didn't feel well all week, so I was WAY OFF! (The turkey was STILL hard as a rock!)


*All I Want for Christmas is You by Jessica Scott with and I-PAD Giveaway, BUT IT ENDS AT MIDNIGHT ON THE 23rd! HERE! 

*Thankful for Cash Giveaway - $250! HERE! 

*Fall Into Cash Giveaway Hop! - $250 HERE!

More Christmas book reviews to come this week! I am not going to list the books because they have changed, and I have not written up a list yet of what I'm going to write about, except for:

*A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (which is more of a commentary about life and the way people treat each other, plus I talk about possible reasons Dickens might have written that story because too much of what he had to say holds true to today!) and,

*Christmas in July by Debbie Mason (which is NOTHING about Christmas! I was very disappointed! This has NOTHING to do with Christmas! You'll see in the review.)
More to come, too, but Christmas books!

*Black Friday Book Bonanza (Giveaway Hop!) starts Friday, November 29th to November 30th! This is a short one ONLY meant for deals and steals instead of shopping and standing in line in the stores!

*Possibly Silver Bells (A Timeless Romance Anthology by many authors)  - we'll see about this one. It's a Victorian/Regency Romance, so I'll see if this is for me or not.

The rest we'll see!


Let's hit the books!

All books link to the ebook. If you would like a different version, just click on it when you are on the page. There will be a box with all the different versions available! All proceeds from the sale of these books do go towards Giveaways at this blog! 

1.  Revival by Stephen King
ebook: $12.74
print:   $17.04

2. Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell
ebook: $12.99
print:   $17.87

3. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
ebook: $10.99
print:   $17.37

4. The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
ebook: $  3.99
print:   $12.58

5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
ebook: $2.99
print:   $8.49

6. Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston
ebook: $9.99
print:   $9.00

7. A Will and A Way by Nora Roberts
ebook: $4.89
No print version available yet

8. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $6.99
print: $13.60

9. Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
ebook: $  3.99
print:   $10.07

10. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
ebook: $10.99
print:   $16.80

11. Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
ebook: $1.99
print:   $7.19

12. Kiss of Christmas Magic by Eve Langlais, Aubrey Rose and many others
ebook: $ .99
print: no print edition at this time

13. Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice
ebook: $10.99
print:   $17.37

14. His Secretary Undone by Melanie Marchande
ebook: $    .99
print:   $11.68

15. Private India: City on Fire by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi
ebook: $  9.99
print:   $13.08

Thanks for stopping by! Again, Happy Thanksgiving! The rest of the books are:  

  • ONE NIGHT: DENIED, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Grand Central)
  • ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline (Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • HAVANA STORM, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (Putnam)
  • FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James (Vintage)
  • DARK PLACES, by Gillian Flynn (Broadway)
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    #GIVEAWAY #REVIEW #BOOKBLAST "All I Want for Christmas is You" (Coming Home novel 5.5) by Jessica Scott

    All Major Patrick MacLean wanted was Christmas with the woman and child who were his family in everything but name. But Captain Samantha Egan has come back from the war a different woman than the one who left - and she doesn't know if she can love him anymore.

    But neither of them counted on the determination of a little girl they both call daughter and if Natalie has her wish, her parents may have no idea what's coming for them. It's going to take Christmas miracle to bring these two wounded warriors back from the edge of a broken heart.

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    Buy Links 

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    Google Play - http://bit.ly/aiwgplay

    My Take:
    4 Stars!
    I really enjoyed this Novella of 95 pages, it really packs a bunch of Christmas joy! This book is part of a series, but can be read alone for the season.
    In this novella, it is Samantha who comes back home from fighting in the war, and not a man. This was definitely different because we are so used to it always being a man in this type of a situation. Not this time.
    Samantha thought she could handle her demons from the war alone, but she quickly learns she cannot. These two have a daughter, and even though their daughter is not Patrick’s biological daughter, he feels as if she is. He feels such a loss without his wife and daughter as Samantha is trying to readjust to being back home now, but they are far away from Patrick, and being far away, and separate, is not quite working.
    They come back together, and they find sparks still fly between them.
    This was a very enjoyable romance novella, the first one I’ve read by Jessica Scott, and I would like to read more by her.

    I received this book from the author for review purposes.

    About the Author, Jessica Scott

    Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
    She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas.
    She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time  and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

    Not only does Jessica Scott has this Christmas novel, but she released another with author Joann Ross, called, "Home for Christmas, A Holiday Duet". This book is also available NOW! Enjoy!

    NOTE: This giveaway ENDS on November 22nd, at midnight! Get your entries in NOW!

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    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending Nov 16th, 2014 PLUS BLOG UPDATES!

    Welcome to another week of the BEST of the BEST in books! Plus, we'll find out what's going on at the blog this week, too! As always! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday, and most of the time earlier!

    This Thursday is THANKSGIVING! I would love to wish you ALL a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I want to wish each and EVERY ONE OF YOU A HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALLLLLL WEEKEND!!!  There are some FUN THINGS to look forward to, so keep reading!!!

    GIVEAWAYS are always posted in the LEFT SIDE COLUMN! They are always changing! Make sure to enter what's there because there are some GREAT ones going on right now!

    THIS *NEW* GIVEAWAY - THANKFUL FOR #CASH $250 #GIVEAWAY (The little turkey dude! It was literally 'just' posted as I was typing this up! I had to stop and get it posted! You can enter to win MONEY!!!! $250!!! Perfect to win that right now! Bloggers (myself) and others as well as some authors, too, have all chipped in money to give this away! Come on over and enter to win! Click HERE! We have switched over from giving Kindle HDX's away because Amazon has changed ALL of the pricing around, plus, if you already have one, you don't want another! This gives YOU the ability to use that $250 however YOU want to! COOL!!!

    The day AFTER Thanksgiving is BLACK FRIDAY! Instead of standing in line in the stores, come here to the blog (no link YET!) and enter THIS BLOG HOP! The BLACK FRIDAY BOOK BONANZA! Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer  and by Book Shelfery! GREAT blogs/Hosts! It ONLY LASTS 4 DAYS! From FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th to Sunday, NOVEMBER 30th! So you definitely want to get your hopping done and enter ALL OF THE BLOGS' GIVEAWAYS! AND FAST!!!

    HEADS UP!!!!! MONDAY, DECEMBER 1st STARTS the $300 Holiday CASH GIVEAWAY!!! Not many people know about this YET, so YOU are some of the FIRST! Mark your calendars! This runs from 12-1 to 12-21! It looks like this just so you know when you spot it!

    A Home for Christmas by MK MCCLINTOCK - TUESDAY!
    All I Want for Christmas is You by Jessica Scott - TUESDAY!
    A Christmas Reunion by Susanna Fraser - WEDNESDAY!
    Christmas in July by Debbie Mason - THURSDAY!

    Don't forget the Hallmark Channel has Holiday movies 24/7 RIGHT NOW! ALLLLL the way through to New Year's Day! Enjoy!!! I am!! (Maybe a little too much! LOL!)

    Don't miss other Giveaways, too! There are some GREAT ones going on now!!! (LEFT side column!!)

    Okay! On to the books!

    ALL links DO go to the Kindle version of the books, however, if you want a different version of the book, while you are at the book, click on the version you prefer, and it will take you there!
    Thank you to ALL OF YOU who purchase books through these links I provide here! The money goes right back into ALL of the Giveaways I provide for you here on my blog! All of the cash giveaways AND the book giveaways come out of my pocket, and since I cannot work, it can get expensive! Therefore, I am EXTREMELY grateful when you choose to purchase and support my blog by purchasing through all of these links I provide!

    1.   The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
    ebook: $  9.99
    print:   $12.85

    2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $17.37

    3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    ebook: $7.99
    print:   $9.00

    4. Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
    ebook: $  6.99
    print:   $10.07

    5. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $16.80

    6. Alpha Billionaire by Helen Cooper
    ebook: $2.99
    No print copy - yet

    7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    ebook: $  6.99
    print:   $13.54

    8. Ruin Part 3 by Deborah Bladon
    ebook: $ .99
    No print copy - yet

    9. Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $17.37

    10. I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force
    ebook: $5.70
    print:   $7.99

    11. Havana Storm by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $19.61

    12. Deadline by John Sanford
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $16.77

    13. Ruin by Deborah Bladon
    ebook: $ .99
    No print book - yet

    14. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    ebook: $7.98
    print:   $8.40

    15. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
    ebook: $  7.59
    print:   $11.40

    Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by again this week! I appreciate your coming by! Leave a comment and tell us what YOU are reading!

    And the rest of the books are: 

  • HAVE ME, by J. Kenner (Bantam)
  • ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline (Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • BURN, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Little, Brown)
  • THIRTY-THREE AND A HALF SHENANIGANS, by Denise Grover Swank (Denise Grover Swank)
  • RUIN - PART TWO, by Deborah Bladon (Deborah Bladon)

  • THANKFUL FOR #CASH $250 #CASH #GIVEAWAY! NOW TO DEC 15th! Come enter!

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