Holiday Reading – Bonnie Trachtenberg

I hope you’ve got your holiday reading list handy so you can add to it today. Author Bonnie Trachtenberg is going to share her latest favourites with us. Here’s Bonnie:

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I love to laugh all year long, but especially during the holidays, so I’ve chosen three books to share that thoroughly entertained me!

 

Here they are. All funny books for the holiday season.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

If you enjoy lighthearted mysteries, you’ll love this gem by Lisa Lutz, which had me laughing so hard at one point that I actually had tears streaming down my face.

Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris

If you’re in a holiday kind of mood, David Sedaris’ hilarious collection of Christmas-themed stories told in his inimitably funny voice, will bring a smile to your face and some extra joy to your holiday.

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

We lost the great Nora Ephron recently, but luckily she left us with some of her wonderful books and movies to enjoy over and over again. In this one, she brings us her candid and witty insights and observations on modern life.

 

Here is one of Bonnie’s own novels, Neurotically Yours

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Website: http://www.BonnieTrachtenberg.com

Holiday Reading – Melanie Robertson-King

Author Melanie Robertson-King joins us today to share her favourite books to add to our holiday reading list. Here she is:

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The Missing and the Dead by Stuart MacBride:  Another page turner by this Scottish crime writer. I picked this book up on a recent trip to Scotland and read it on the plane coming home. One of the things I love about Stuart’s books and especially this one, is they’re set in places I’ve visited. Dark, heinous crimes, and in this latest book, Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae is removed from his comfort zone (Aberdeen) to rural Aberdeenshire. This novel is different from the earlier books starring this detective, but well worth reading.

The Highland Lass by Rosemary Gemmell:  Set in present-day Scotland, this novel ties in the love story between Robbie Burns and his beloved Highland Mary when Eilidh Campbell returns to Scotland to discover the identity of her biological father.

The Farran Mackenzie Mystery Series by Maggie Wheeler: There are four books in this series and I’ve read and re-read them. All  have been recently re-released in e-book format. Maggie spins a series of cozy mysteries (A Violent End, Brother of Sleep, All Mortal Things and On a Darkling Plain) set in Eastern Ontario and tying in to the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project of the late 1950s with Farran Mackenzie (a modern day Miss Marple) in the middle of it all, trying to solve the crimes without getting herself killed.

Melanie’s latest release: Tim’s Magic Christmas

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Melanie’s website http://www.melanierobertson-king.com/

Holiday Reading – Darlene Jones

Here’s the lady on the camel, Darlene Jones, with her recommendations for your holiday reading list.

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Tis the season to curl up with an afghan, a cup of hot chocolate (or a rum toddy) and indulge in a feel-good read. Here are three books I love. The stories are not all sunshine and laughter, but they will leave you with a sense of having met new friends, learned new things, and, most importantly, with the satisfaction that comes from having spent your reading time wisely.

Domingo’s Angel by Jenny Twist. A survey showed that the most important aspect of a fiction novel to readers is that they learn. Domingo’s Angel fills the bill perfectly. The reader learns about conditions in Spain during Franco’s rule through the lives of villagers in the mountains and the young foreign girl who arrives on their doorstep. The story is beautiful, heartbreaking, and haunting. The characters, depicted so vividly, stay with the reader long after the book is done. This is one I will reread. Do pick up a copy. You won’t be disappointed. Note: The events in this story are based on the real experiences of the people of the White Villages in Southern Spain and their struggle to keep their communities alive through the years of war and the oppression of Franco’s rule.

The Palaver Tree by Wendy Unsworth. Subtle, direct, gentle, and jarring, The Palaver Tree takes the reader on an incredible journey from the safety of small town England to the dangers of Africa. But, for Ellie, Diane, and Tiffany, England isn’t safe either as the wily and unscrupulous Gabriel cons them all. And the Africa Ellie comes to know and love—the friends she makes and the children she teaches—cannot protect her from the dangers of either Gabriel or rioting as rebels attempt a coup to overturn the government. I’ve lived and traveled in Africa and found this book taking me down memory lane. Thankfully, I never had to face the dangers Ellie faced. If you’re looking for a good read, that takes “ordinary” people into extraordinary circumstances, this is it. Note: Watch for Wendy’s new book, Beneathwood, coming out in November.

And my favorite book of all: Mixed Marriage by Elizabeth Cadell. Written in 1969, it’s a timeless rendition of family (you’ll be thinking of your own as you read) and clash of cultures as a young British girl plans her marriage to a young Portuguese man. Moving to Portugal, meeting his family, learning the language—all of it told in diary entry format—makes for one of the rare books that has me laughing out loud every time I read it. If you can get your hands on a copy, all I can say is, lucky you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading to all.

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Find all books by Darlene Jones on her author page on amazon.com or on amazon.co.uk

Visit her website at www.emandyves.com

Holiday Reading – Rachel Brimble

And now for something a bit different. Today’s guest writes romance of a different kind. Author Rachel Brimble is going to share her thoughts on what makes the cut on her reading list. (Looks like she’s already having fun celebrating the holidays).

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My reading taste is immensely varied and I love many genres from romantic suspense to crime to biographies. I usually have two or three books on the go at any one time. Usually a hardback for bed, a paperback for in the bath (naughty, but nice!) and something on my Kindle, which I keep in my bag for emergencies.

When I say emergencies, these are those pesky times waiting at the doctors/dentists, waiting for one of my two teenage daughters to come out of one class or another…or those times when I’m waiting unexpectedly!

I have read many great books this year but two of my favourites have been:

  • The Yard by Alex Grecan  –  A Victorian set crime novel
  • Consuelo & Alva Vanderbilt by  Amanda Mackenzie Stuart – A biography of a famous mother and daughter

My latest novel is book 5 in my ongoing Templeton Cove series with Harlequin Superromance (all the books can be read stand-alone).

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She’s back to right her wrongs

When Tanya Todd returns to Templeton Cove, she knows better than to expect a warm welcome. She burned a few bridges on her way out of town, and making amends won’t be easy. First on her list is the man whose heart she carelessly shattered, Liam Browne.

Seeing the successful criminal lawyer after all these years, Tanya is interested in more than just Liam’s forgiveness. As they work together to bring the man who hurt her sister to justice, the attraction between them sizzles. Suddenly Tanya’s second chance could include a future with Liam…if she can prove she’s changed.

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Holiday Reading – Patricia Sands

Author Patricia Sands has been busy reading and will share her three recent good reads to add to your holiday reading list.
Here’s Patricia:
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3 books recently read (click on the book titles for more information):
The Red Notebook ~ The owner of a bookshop in Paris finds a woman’s handbag on the street and becomes obsessed with finding the owner although there is no identifying information apart from a dry cleaning tag. It’s a quirky, creative read that becomes addictive. Who is that woman?
~ My Wish List ~ Also set in France. A woman leading a simple life in a small village wins a BIG lottery and can’t decide whether to upset her life by cashing it. This is a quick, light read and gives pause to the question of what you might do. My Wish List on Kindle
All The Light We Cannot See ~ On a completely different literary level (and, yes, also set in France … but then you know that country is my addiction), from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr. This is the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
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And here are Patricia’s own books for your reading pleasure.
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Holiday Reading – Sheryl Browne

Continuing our list of books for good holiday reading, we have Sheryl Browne to enlighten us.

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I’ve enjoyed quite a few books this year. The most outstanding for me though was Police, Crime & 999 – The True Story of a Front Line Officer by John Donoghue. I badly needed something to cheer me up after my partner’s cancer diagnosis and his undergoing various surgeries (he’s doing fabulously now, btw!). You can probably guess then that this author had his work cut out making me smile. He succeeded, admirably. I laughed until I cried, literally. The book is totally hilarious. In fact the title of my review, which you can find here, is ‘Excellent Therapy’. His other books, Police, Lies & Alibis and Shakespeare My Butt are similarly side-splittingly hilarious and I’ve just purchased his latest, Police, Arrests & Suspects. If you find me crying, it will be in the best possible way.

My second choice is Untouchable by Ava Marsh. The central character is a high class call girl and if you want a read that is riveting, powerful, and different, this is the book for you. I have to say, well done Ava Marsh on tackling a subject that some would shy away from.

Thirdly, NAKED TRUTHS About Getting Book Reviews by Gisela Hausmann. This easy-to-read book simply outlines the dos and don’ts when approaching reviewers. Unlike many ‘how to’ books, which tend to be great tomes, this one is concise enough to make you want to read it. It works for me.

Happy reading all!

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Holiday Reading – Julie Ryan

Ready to add to your holiday reading list? Here’s author Julie Ryan to share three of her favourites with us, and two of her own novels as well.
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Why not add these to your list?
Three books I enjoyed –
The Little Bookshop on the Seine – Rebecca Raisin
One Wish in Manhattan – Mandy Baggot
My Big Fat Christmas Wedding – Samantha Tonge
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Link to Pandora’s Prophecy on amazon.com
And watch for “Callie’s Christmas Countdown” coming out on amazon in early December:
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