Monday, November 21, 2011

TTBA Weekly News and Mailbox Monday

This feature was inspired by It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and by The Sunday Salon.

Thanksgiving just a couple of days away and Christmas right around the corner...where does the time go?  This time of year means non-stop busy for me.  How about you?  Oh, and I saw Breaking Dawn on Saturday and I LOVED it! Can you believe I cried almost through the whole movie?  I always cry at weddings...and difficult pregnancies. *L*

Historical fiction author Colin Falconer shares his knowledge of harems in honor of the re-issue of his novel, Harem.  Check it out HERE and enter for your chance to win an eCopy of the book.
We're only one week in on the Bag of Bones read-a-long over at Castle Macabre.  Why not join in?  At this point, you can still catch up.  You can check out the details HERE.  Come spend a month with the king of horror, Stephen King! The mini-series adaptation of Bag of Bones is coming in December on A&E.

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge started yesterday.  You can still sign up and join us.  You can find out the details and sign- up over at The Christmas Spirit HERE.

My annual season long event, Sharing the Joy, starts Friday on The Christmas Spirit and I'm kicking off with a charity post by Melissa Ann Goodwin, author of The Christmas Village.  You can read all about Friday's kick-off and what I have planned for the month at the INTRO POST.  I'm extending an invitation to any authors or bloggers who might like to contribute a guest post.

Save the date! My winter read-a-thon, A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon, is scheduled for January 23 -29, 2012.  Be watching for details and sign-up coming some time in December.

Last week:
--finished The Women of the Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory et al (Review)
Currently reading:
--What Alice Knew by Paula Marantz Cohen...for TuesBookTalk
--The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts...for review
--Bag of Bones by Stephen King for the read-a-long at Castle Macabre (see above)

I'm participating in the Goodreads Cover to Cover Challenge group's week long read-a-thon week (sort of).  They let you pick which day you want to do the 24 hour portion and I'm thinking about doing that on Wednesday.  We'll see!

Coming up:
--I'm going to be doing a lot of Christmas reading from now throughout Christmas, including The Gingerbread Bump-Off by Livia J. Washburn, Tumbleweed Christmas by Beverly Stowe McClure, and Next Christmas in Girouette by Michael Welch (all for review) and some Christmas titles of my own, like Richard Paul Evans's new one, Lost December, among others.
--For review next week, Catherine by  Sigrid Weidenweber
--The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose, blog tour December 6 and 9

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia and is currently on tour. This month, Marcia is hosting it herself on the Mailbox Monday dedicated blog HERE.(want to read a book description? Clicking the book covers will take you to the book's page on Amazon). 

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Next Christmas in Girouette by Michael Welch...from the author

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Candy Paull
Very Merry Cookies from Better Homes and Gardens


From Sharon at Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews:
--Debbie Macomber Christmas books:
   The Perfect Christmas
   Touched by Angels
   A Season of Angels
--Cedar Cove, Washington coffee mug filled with coffee and tea
--Debbie Macomber Cedar Cove recipe cards

From Lori at Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book
--Sup with the Devil by Barbara Hamilton
--Dollycas totebag
--Cozy Chicks blog button/pin
--a pencil
--flip-flop notepad (cute)
--lots of bookmarks/swag


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  1. Yay for winning all that Christmas fabulousness :)

  2. Congrats on the wins and I can't wait for Christmas!

  3. Congrats on your wins. You got some nice swag too. yay!

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