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My Fiction Book recommendations
The Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays are quickly approaching and most of us are just scratching our heads what to buy for our loved ones!
Or maybe we are looking for some quality time away from social interactions with a nice book and a cup of aromatic tea! Ahhh, what a bliss!
I know it’s difficult sometimes to figure out which book to pick from the shelves, so I decided to share with you my book recommendations not just for the holidays!
You can find beautiful romance reads, intriguing mystery stories, enchanting fantasy books, and captivating narratives for the gentle phase of coming of age.
I hope you and your close ones will enjoy these volumes and spend some wonderful time in the magical world of books!
Let’s see what I’ve prepared for you!
My Romance Book Recommendations:
Curl up by the fire with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and celebrate the magic of Christmas with these nine heart-warming stories about love, hope and family.
From contemporary romance to historical romance to romantic suspense, there’s something for any reader who loves the romance of Christmas. These sweet novellas are a perfect way to unwind in the busy the holiday season, so pick up your copy today!
About the authors:
Joanne Dannon, an Australian author, writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor–indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the every day by diving into a delicious romance novel.
Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on Facebook and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.
Tracey Pedersen is also an Australian author who’s finally accepted that she is meant to write, write, write! In 2016 she released her first eight romance novels as well as three non-fiction titles and six books under a separate pen name. Now writing full time, and fighting the urge to write every second of the day, she loves travel, crocheting, scrapbooking, replying to reader emails and spending WAY too much time on Facebook! Find her at www.traceypedersen.com.
Kitty, recently jilted, and Mary, overlooked wherever she goes, are thrown together and, through their hurt, they begin to see one another in a whole new light.
With the help of the worst winter storms England has ever seen, they are forced to face their flaws and tackle life head-on, for fear that nothing will ever change for them.
Their greatest fear is to end their days unmarried.
Yet, this year – with the aid of the ever-deepening snow – they are set to have their best ever Christmas at Longbourn!
About the author:
Karen Aminadra travels the world, the universe, and in time through her imagination and her novels. She writes Historical romance, Historical Crime, Contemporary novels, and Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is a teacher and a geek, a big fan of Star Trek, Stargate, and Red Dwarf with a healthy dose of Vikings thrown in too.
Sign up to her Sci-Fi mailing list for more information on her blog https://kaminadra.blogspot.co.uk/ and to download a free Historical Romance book visit www.karenaminadra.com.
The life of a military spouse is tough for Heather. The long separations, deployments, military housing and the regulations, the rank structure and how it permeates every aspect of their life together… The list goes on and on.
Heather had no idea when she married Rick just how much she would be tested, or how their relationship would be stretched. Will they endure, or will they snap?
Sacrifice, service, heartache, loneliness, strength, and tears. This is the cost of entry into this unique band of individuals. Not everyone is up to the task.
Join Heather and Rick in this first installment of the trilogy as they take this journey together. Meet some of the unique characters and see some interesting places from the amazing, and often overwhelming, perspective of a military spouse.
About the author:
Cari has worn numerous hats in her life. She proudly wore the uniform of the United States Air Force, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree working as a critical care RN for almost a decade. She owned her own Personal Chef and Catering company for six years. After all that, she chose to turn her attention back to her family and spend precious time raising her children and overseeing the household.
You can find her at https://www.carischaeffer.com/.
Every year for thirty years Lord Robert, the Viscount of Marchwood, throws a Christmas Ball.
But this year, the Marchwood Christmas Ball holds extra importance.
His daughter, Lady Audrey, has just turned eighteen, and it is time for her to be introduced into society.
It is Audrey’s first, best, and potentially only chance of securing a husband.
Especially seeing as there are rumours that the Marchwood money is running dry.
But headstrong Lady Audrey is not sure she wants a husband.
Ever since her mother died she has been left to her own devices.
Though she is very close to her father, it was often the servants she turned to for companionship, particularly Thomas, who, five years older than her, was always the person she depended on for conversation.
She is not ready to leave everything she knows, and the thought of abandoning her father breaks her heart.
She is determined that only someone truly special will take her away from her home.
But with the ball centred around a masquerade theme, everyone is in disguise.
And a handsome stranger threatens to steal Audrey’s heart.
Could he hold the key to her heart?
And when she unmasks him will it be a good, or bad, Christmas Surprise?
A Christmas Surprise is a festive regency romance novella.
About the author:
Emily Murdoch is a medieval historian and writer. Throughout her career so far she has examined a codex and transcribed medieval sermons at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, designed part of an exhibition for the Yorkshire Museum, worked as a researcher for a BBC documentary presented by Ian Hislop, and worked at Polesden Lacey with the National Trust. She has a degree in History and English, and a Masters in Medieval Studies, both from the University of York. Emily is currently working on a new six part book series, as well as writing freelance. You can follow her on twitter and instagram @emilyekmurdoch, find her on facebook at www.facebook.com/theemilyekmurdoch, and read her blog at emilyekmurdoch.com.
Young Adult Book Recommendations:
Christopher, the nephew of a local swordsmith, hates living under the rule of a tyrant lord. But what choice does he have? Oppression, fear and the constant threat of retribution are a normal way of life. Until one night a stranger appears, revealing a family secret.
Arnak Antrobus will go to any lengths to exact his revenge. He’ll even sell his soul to the Lord of the Underlands. As the Dark Lord seals their pact he reveals a contradiction to Arnak’s request, “One has already been born to counteract your deeds. You must slay the child born of prophecy before he has a chance to rise.”
Will Christopher embrace his destiny? Or will the words of prophecy decide his fate?
Bound to Survive is the first book in The Magic Within series. If you love epic tales of sword and sorcery, then you’ll love Sharon Gibbs’ Bound to Survive.
Pick up your copy of Bound to Survive and start your journey into The Magic Within series Today!
***For a limited time, you can get the Prequel, of the Magic Within Series, Beginnings, Part 1 for free – click here to find out more > sharongibbsauthor.com/book/beginnings/ ***
About the author:
Sharon would probably write more books if we had another day in the week. Witches and wizards run wild in her imagination where heroes and villains battle and there’s always room for a dragon or two. Magical cats and family curses take up most of her time and she’s been searching for that secret ingredient in Mrs Junket’s pudding. You can meet a few of these zany characters inside the pages of her Magic Within Series.
Sharon needs two cups of tea in the morning before she can function, loves sitting outside in the sunshine and enjoying every day. She sucks at remembering to water her plants but holds fast to the belief that anything is possible if you just try.
Liv, Jude and Kat are greater than the sum of their parts. Separately they are Brainy, Sporty and Arty. Together they are invincible. Until Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Ray wheels up.
The intravenous chocolate, hatred of sports and loss of her partner-in-crime have taken their toll on Liv, leaving her flabby, unfit and best-friendless. Add in a wicked tongue, lack of boyfriend, and a mortal enemy determined to destroy her, and you’re pretty much up-to-speed.
Liv’s life isn’t a complete pity party: Jude, sporting superstar, and Irish songbird, Kat, have her back. And her front, when it’s not bursting out of a blouse two sizes too small. As they prepare for the school show and looming exams, Ray explodes on the scene, taking no prisoners.
Every girl wants a piece of the new boy in town, but wheelchair-bound Ray chooses Liv’s group with devastating results. He trades insults with Liv, lusts after Jude in her ice skating dress, and upstages Kat when he hams up Shakespeare in their English class. As his presence threatens the life-long friendship, Liv becomes convinced he hides a dark secret.
Described as a pitch-perfect blend of drama and romance for fans of “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Glee,” this young adult story is snappy, eclectic and edgy. An enjoyable read which will appeal to anyone with a sense of humour and an ear for the ironic.
About the author:
Jacky Gray lives in the English Midlands with her husband and three children, where she enjoys all live entertainment, watches a lot of movies and some great TV shows like Merlin, Robin Hood, Dr Who, and Being Human. She also listens to a lot of Journey and Queen and reads (apologies to the adverb police) voraciously, especially Lee Child, Suzanne Collins, Cornelia Funke, Michelle Paver, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling, Preston/Child, George RR Martin and Wilbur Smith. But her favourite author will always be the master of history, Bernard Cornwall.
Mystery Book Recommendations:
Her first murder case will stick with her. Closer than she ever imagined.
New TV reporter Stella Reynolds moves across the country for her chance at a dream job, and her career kicks off when she covers the town’s first murders in years.
When the prime suspect’s girlfriend enlists Stella to help clear his name, she uncovers another shocking crime that could expose a handful of powerful insiders.
Who is honest, who can’t be trusted and who committed the murders? Stella is on a tight deadline to find out. Can she help free an innocent man, or will the real culprit get away with murder?
The Big Lead is the first book in Libby Kirsch’s entertaining cozy mystery series. Kirkus Reviews says,”Kirsch’s novel is full of humor, mystery, and romantic tension.” If you like cringe-worthy catastrophes, laugh out loud antics, and a mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page, then you’ll love this series by an Emmy award-winning former journalist.
About the author:
Libby Kirsch is an Emmy award-winning journalist, with over ten years experience working as a news anchor and reporter. She draws on her rich history of making embarrassing mistakes on live TV, and is happy to finally indulge her creative writing side, instead of always having to stick to the facts. She is also happy to not wake up at 2:30 am to anchor the morning news anymore–there’s simply not enough coffee in the world for that shift!
Though she is from Columbus, Ohio, Libby lives with her husband, children, and Sam the dog in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yes, Thanksgiving weekend is stressful at her house.
Sign up for her mailing list and learn more about the books at libbykirschbooks.com and Facebook.
What happens when your past catches up with you? If what you did back then, shows up now?
A seemingly ordinary man, with no enemies is found dead in Tersel Woods, with no identification, not even a mobile phone. Clearly, someone wanted him dead, but why? Faukon Abbey CID officers, DI Greene and DC Ford and their friend Carter, a journalist at the Abbey Chronicle uncover all hidden tragedies, murder being just one. They find out what really happens behind the elegant facades – where crimes go unseen and unreported because they don’t happen to people like us – – Or do they? And what happens when Pandora’s box is opened, and revenge is unleashed.
A traditional detective story, a classic whodunit. A tale of deep hidden secrets of so-called love, set in a small town of Faukon Abbey near Exeter, in Devon, England.
Join Greene, Ford and Carter to London, Exeter, the Scilly Isles, Penzance, Greece and back to uncover all the hidden secrets and find out who actually did it and why!
This debut novel by A.K. Lakelett “Remember Me?” is a new addition to great British detective story tradition – Chief Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter, Inspector Barnaby in Midsomer Murders by Caroline Graham and DI Banks Mysteries by Peter Robinson.
About the author:
A.K. Lakelett grew up as a lonely kid in the Frozen North and was a frequent visitor in every library in every place her family moved to. When she grew out of reading Anne of Green Gables, which she loved, she fell in love with mysteries. Agatha Christie was and is one of her absolute favorites. When AK gets old, she plans to become a new Miss Marple, sans knitting, but with an equally observant mind and keen eyes for connecting the dots. AK loves doing research. Her desk is covered with books about poisons, inquests, post mortems and forensic methodologies.
She writes about murders in a bucolic small town of Faukon Abbey in Devon, England. You can find out more about Faukon Abbey on her website www.aklakelett.com and in the Faukon Abbey Companion booklet.
She also writes an occasional novella/short story series called Occupational Hazard set in nowhere in particular.
Aaaand a little bit of fantasy! We can’t go without dragons, can we?
Now he’s found one last chance at a cure.
Hidden in an ancient, powerful stone.
Buried and lost.
To find the gem he’ll need the help of
- the crotchety dwarf with the treasure map,
- the bumbling wizard who wants the stone for himself,
- and the enigmatic elf who wants — well, no one knows what Ayda wants.
But Alaric’s unlikely band isn’t the only one looking for the stone.
An old evil stirs, reaching for the power it holds, standing between Alaric and the cure.
Facing this enemy would be nearly impossible for a Keeper.
What chance does a broken former Keeper stand?
Can Alaric put the failures and pain of his past behind him to face the approaching threat?
Or, in the face of all the growing shadows, will it be the darkness within himself that destroys everything?
About the author:
JA Andrews is a writer, wife, mother, and unemployed rocket scientist. She doesn’t regret the rocket science degree, but finds it generally inapplicable in daily life. Except for the rare occurrence of her being able to definitively state, “That’s not rocket science.” She does, however, love the stars.
She began writing stories and creating coloring books because these sorts of things need an outlet. And now good markers are a deductible business expense.
She spends an inordinate amount of time at home, with her family, who she adores, and lives deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where she can see more stars than she ever imagined.
Find out more at www.jaandrews.com
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That’s all from me for now, folks!
Happy shopping and stay healthy!
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