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!


  1. Nope. Just finished the recently published books I’ve wanted to read. Now I’m working on really old books by favorite authors, yourself included. Still a joy.

  2. I have so many on my tbr and my authors keep publishing new books. I have your Christmas for Daisy on my tbr and hope to soon get the Elizabeth Hoyt’s latest, Sweetest Scoundrel. I’ve already finished some others that I wanted to read.

  3. I have half those books on my TBR pile, with a ton of others….I can’t get ahead! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  4. I haven’t caught up yet in my TBR to recent releases. I am currently switching between Julie Anne Long (Historical Romance) and Caitlin Kittredge (UF).

  5. i have quite a big TBR list. i am trying to work on it, but keep adding more, like the 2 you mentioned first. i already had the 2 others on it. 🙂 i loved your book A Christmas Miracle for Daisy. i am reading It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa Romain right now; so far it is very good!

  6. been out of the fray for some time so have nothing to recommend that I’ve read; sorry.

    I need some new reading material so any author would be great.

  7. Thank you Jane for the book titles. I love Kristina MacMorris’s books. A Christmas romance I’d say it’s Christmas On Candy Cane Lane by Sheila Roberts.
    Carol L

  8. HAHAHAHA I was about to say A Christmas Miracle for Daisy then realized it is yours. I recommend “Untamable Rogue” by Annette Blair. Have fun in Louisiana.

  9. I love Beth and Elizabeth’s books. I’ll put them on my TBR list. I can recommend Susan Mallerys Marry Me at Christmas.

  10. I have so many books to read but first need study since I started back to college and at 60 I’m a bit rusty in study habits but work but so far doing quite well, better then I did when I went at 18yrs. old! I finally am reading Megan Crane’s book about a biker, that’s what I’ve been into lately bad boys! Have a wonderful time in New Orleans!

  11. Haven’t gotten to the Christmas stores yet but I just finished Kiss and Makeup by Taryn Leigh Taylor, a debut Harlequin Blaze by last year’s So You Think You Can Write winner.

    I also read Party Girl by Rachel Hollis, who does The Chic Site.

    Besides having great leading women as characters, both stories offered interesting insights on business and getting ahead. These kept me entertained and exceeded my expectations.

  12. I just enjoyed “Finding Christmas” by Jeannie Moon. She has a fun, light style that I personally love. I will definitely get a copy of “Put a Ring On It.” What a delightful cover for what sounds like a perfect book to curl up on the couch with. Thank you, Jane!

  13. I’m afraid I’m a very dedicated reader to the authors that I enjoy. I tend to go back to my favorites this time of year, that way I’m surprised after the new year. Probably seems silly, but it works for me. I will, however, break with tradition and check out the books you’ve recommended. I always enjoy yours.

  14. Just read Jen Frederick’s “Sacked” and really enjoyed it. Some of my favorite holiday romances are in the Jingle Bell Rock anthology with authors such as Nancy Warren, Alison Kent and Janelle Denison.

  15. I’ve been wanting to read the Sheenans’ stories so this would be amazing. I have so many TBR books that I am overwhelmed. 🙂 Still reading the Inspector Montalbano series.

  16. You’ve probably already read them since they’re from Tule, but I loved:
    Montana Miracle by Debra Salonen.
    Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham.
    A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone.

  17. I have A Christmas Miracle for Daisy and a couple of Theresa Romaine books to read, plus all the Tule Christmas books. I can’t wait for some down time!

  18. Those sound like great reads. I have a huge TBR list and I have been reading all the Tule Christmas books. I have Kelly Hunter’s still to read. I did just add Kristan Higgins newest after hearing her read part of it at a book event.

  19. For a holiday recommendation I choose Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait by Grace Burrowes. She is always on my tbr and tbb list.

  20. LOVE Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews, almost done with Christmas in SugarCreek by Shelly Shepherd Gray, next up is Kristin Hannah Comfort & Joy & then Debbie Maconber 1225 Christmas Tree Lane. Been wanting to buy your Christmas at Copper Mountain, but we just moved. Need to plug Barnes & Noble into my GPS & find it Merry Christmas.

  21. Always looking for new books to add to me TBR list. Did some serious reading during the holiday last week. Sadly it back to work today. Counting down to Christmas break!

  22. I highly recommend The Christmas Pearl for holiday reading! A funny, sometimes sad, but always magical Christmas story!! Also, I just read Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer, and it’s a sweet, charming Christmas story that I also loved.

  23. Maggie Davis has two cute Christmas stories A Christmas Romance was made into a movie but I preferred the book

  24. Having lost my job in August and being in a shelter until last week, current job on hold. I have not been looking at books to read. I have been reading what is on my Kindle

  25. I still have a lot of books on my TBR pile to read and haven’t had much time to read lately. The only Christmas book I can think of right now is an old one by Constance O’Banyon called Five Golden Rings and I loved this book.

  26. Finished daisys story and the latest by Elizabeth Hoyt and Jennifer mcquiston just discovered Lynn messina and Kelly Bowen -so many books to read 🙂

  27. Love your book suggestions! I just finished reading a non-fiction book: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was great.

  28. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! There are quite a few titles mentioned here that I’m looking forward to checking out.
    Meanwhile, our winner is #37 Kim Piette! Kim, drop me an email with your mailing details so I can get prize to you soon.
    Happy Reading!

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