Recommending Awesome November Reads!

This Thanksgiving, Ty and I are in Louisiana with the boys and we’re touring historic plantations, overnighting at one of the most haunted buildings in the US (the Myrtles Plantation!), and spending a few days in New Orleans enjoying the French Quarter.  In between sight-seeing, I’m also looking forward to doing a lot of reading and have loaded my kindle with some great books!

First on my list is Put A Ring On It by Beth Kendrick.  Some of you may recall reading previously on my blog that I met Beth a number of  years ago at a tea hosted by John Charles, former RWA Librarian of the Year.  I remember reading one of Beth’s womens fiction stories and becoming an instant fan, loving her fresh, fun voice and flirty writing style.  As always, I’m thrilled every time she has a new book out so this month and available in stores today, November 3rd, is Beth’s new book, Put A Ring On It, which I cannot wait to read!

The author of New Uses for Old Boyfriends returns to the Delaware beach town of Black Dog Bay, where one woman learns to put passion before practicality…
Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, she’s trained to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…
That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.
Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality…and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.

Look for Beth’s new release at one of these online retailers:
Amazon | Indie Bound | Barnes & Noble

Next, I’m really looking forward to reading The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris.


From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances.
On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard’s only daughter–one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island–has gone missing. Tending the warden’s greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl’s whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search’s outcome.
Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.
Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell–and believe–in order to survive.

Look for The Edge of Lost here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

I’ve always been a huge historical romance fan and Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my all time favorite authors so I’m especially looking forward to reading her new release, Sweetest Scoundrel.

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother’s investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London’s premier pleasure garden, Harte’s Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can’t be controlled.

Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn’t have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden’s larger-than-life owner, he’s already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He’s not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.
In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte’s Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There’s no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

You’ll find Elizabeth‘s release available for download here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Another favorite author I always love reading is Kelly Hunter and she’s got the perfect story for the holidays in  A Bad Boy For Christmas!


How can he protect his family when he no longer knows what family is?
Cutter Jackson’s perfect world is crumbling. A new-found half-brother, a father short on answers, and a woman who challenges his every word will do that to a man. He’s losing his authority, his morality and his restraint with every breath. And there’s still Christmas and New Year to navigate.
Street-savvy Mia Blake isn’t looking for a place in the family Cutter loves so much. As for the lust that sparks between them, Mia’s more than happy to fan those flames and drive them both a little nuts. She can handle it. She can handle him right up until the moment Cutter decides he wants more than a holiday fling…

Look for Kelly’s new release here: Amazon | iBooks

I’m such an avid book girl and always looking for great reads and there’s nothing I love more than talking about books.  Have you added any good books to your TBR lately?  Can you recommend a great holiday read for me?  Share with me and one of you will win a signed print copy of my Taming of the Sheenans anthology (which includes the first three stories in the Taming of the Sheenan), a $5 Starbucks drink card, a festive ornament and some great reader swag.   Giveaway closes Dec 1st with the winner announced Dec 2nd!

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