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text 2018-01-01 01:29
16 Festive Tasks - Square 8 - Las Posadas
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter - Erika L. Sánchez

The book doesn't start or end in Mexico, but part of the middle is set there, so I'm going to count I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter for this square.

 

 

 

Book themes for Las Posadas: Read a book dealing with visits by family or friends, or set in Mexico, –OR– with a poinsettia on the cover. –OR– a story where the main character is stranded without a place to stay, or find themselves in a 'no room at the Inn’ situation.

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review 2017-11-26 15:53
A great starter novel for kids 4-12
The Power of the Sapphire Wand: Creepy Hollow Adventures 2 - Erika M Szabo,Joe Bonadonna,Lee Porche

 

A great starter novel for kids 4-12

 

 

The Power of the Sapphire Wand continues the Creepy Hollow Adventures (the first being Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin: Creepy Hollow Adventures 1). It is crafted by the duo of Erika M Szabo, an established children's book author, and Joe Bonadonna, established in the Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction arena. I know Bonadonna's work more than Szabo's; even though he has written more adult fiction, he has always expressed empathy and interest in children's perspectives (partly inspired by a direct connection to the 1958 Our Lady of the Angels School fire).

 

The paperback The Power of the Sapphire Wand clocks in at 244 pages, but it reads fast with wide spacing and large font. Jack and Nikki are key young protagonists who come of age ~13yrs old, learning new Gifts and making friends as they adventure in "Creepy Hollow" (a parallel world, Narnia-esque). They leave earth to save family members and fantastical creatures from Evila, a cruel witch. All the fantasy creatures are derived from common myths/stories, and the "Creepy" world is appropriately fantastical yet very accessible.

 

Humor abounds, with three stooge-like goons (Poo, Goo, and Boo) and Dragon Rocks (a.k.a. scat, or poop) playing essential roles. Plenty of righteous motivations drive Jack and Nikki: they protect the weak and confront evil directly. It is fun to see them grow. Some of the bad guys are just too bad to save, but others are open to redemption.

 

In short, Szabo and Bonadonna make a great pair. Their Creepy Hollow Adventures is a perfect starting point for young children making the leap from "kids books" to "novels.".

 

The Power of the Sapphire Wand by Erika M Szabo Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin Creepy Hollow Adventures 1 by Erika M. Szabo

 

 

 

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review 2017-11-14 07:10
Release Day Blitz - Rock Solid

Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Rock Solid

Book Boyfriend Series Book 4

Release Date Nov. 14, 2017



Blurb:

Connor Prescott doesn't do one night stands (yes, ladies, he's an anomaly) so when he meets a beautiful woman during a snowed in night at the airport who wants to forget her heartache, he makes an exception. Their night together is incendiary, and by morning Connor wants more . . . except his sexy stranger is gone. He's pretty sure he'll never see her again, until three and a half years later she finds him, and changes his entire world with three little words . . You're a daddy.


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Rock Solid (Book Boyfriend, #4)Rock Solid by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4 in the Book Boyfriend series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I always recommend reading these series books in order.

Connor has an amazing layover night in Denver with Katie. He just wishes he has a way to contact her the next day. He is not really a one-night stand kind of guy, and she seems perfect for him.

Katie has a lot to lose by letting Connor into her life once again. She knows he is a man of his word, but putting her heart out there is a leap she thought she would never take. Can she take a chance on the one man who makes her happy?

I was so in love with these characters right from the first chapter! The banter is great. The sexy times were well paced. The whole flow of the book was so good. We also got a bit of a glimpse of some of our favorites from previous books in the Book Boyfriend series.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About the Authors:

 


Carly Phillips

 

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.


Website - Mailing List - Goodreads - Amazon - Facebook - Twitter


Erika Wilde

 

Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison (http://www.janelledenison.com/)) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers. So, why the new pen name? As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance.   However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with.   That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories. Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage.  The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship. I’m also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates.  Sign up to receive my newsletter for updates and news!


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review 2017-11-14 06:01
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Rock Solid - Carly Phillips

This is book #4 in the Book Boyfriend series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I always recommend reading these series books in order.

 

Connor has an amazing layover night in Denver with Katie.  He just wishes he has a way to contact her the next day.  He is not really a one-night stand kind of guy, and she seems perfect for him.

 

Katie has a lot to lose by letting Connor into her life once again.  She knows he is a man of his word, but putting her heart out there is a leap she thought she would never take.  Can she take a chance on the one man who makes her happy?

 

I was so in love with these characters right from the first chapter!  The banter is great.  The sexy times were well paced.  The whole flow of the book was so good.  We also got a bit of a glimpse of some of our favorites from previous books in the Book Boyfriend series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-11-12 00:00
Rock Solid
Rock Solid - Carly Phillips,Erika Wilde "Everything happens for a reason." Often heard words that are either quite profound or a bunch of hooey, but they definitely leave an impression. Rock Solid takes those words and runs with them into a tempting melting pot of sensation. A freak snowstorm leads to a cancelled flight and a chance meeting that has lasting consequences for strangers in the night. One night of lust brought them together. Daylight and doubts tore them apart. Will three years and a surprise delivery turn a one night stand into a full blown family? Phillips and Wilde are pros when it comes to seducing readers, but they are no amateurs to heartwarming stories that blend laughter and deep thought. Fantasy and reality meet to create the ideal book boyfriend.
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