It’s Getting Scot in Here BLOG TOUR!!

51WPhzdiAML._SY346_It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch was released this past Tuesday, and to celebrate I am participating in a Blog Tour for the book! I’m hoping to have my review up within the next couple days, so far I’m really enjoying the book! See below for more information about the book, a short author bio, and an excerpt! 

SUMMARY

The first in a wickedly seductive new Scottish historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch!

“It’s time to fall in love with Suzanne Enoch.” — Lisa Kleypas

HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER
London socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter is nobody’s fool. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. A man who considers her his equal—and won’t try to tame her wild heart…

IN THE HIGHLANDS
Rough, rugged Highlander Niall MacTaggert and his brothers know the rules: the eldest must marry or lose the ancestral estate, period. But Niall’s eldest brother just isn’t interested in the lady his mother selected. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too. . . Free-spirited? Yes. Brazen? Aye. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family.

JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT HOTTER.
Instead it’s Niall who tempts Amelia-Rose, despite her reservations about barbarian Highlanders. Niall finds the lass nigh irresistible as well, but he won’t make the mistake his father did in marrying an Englishwoman who doesn’t like the Highlands. Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written more than forty Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the New York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.
Some of Suzanne’s books include Barefoot In The Dark, I’ts Getting Scot in Here, Lady Whistledown Stirkes Back and The Legend of Nimway Hall.

BUY IT HERE!

EXCERPT

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The Book Blogging Community

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I just started blogging during the last year and I really feel that in the past year a whole new world has been opened up to me. The Book Blogging community is astoundingly vast. There are so many people who want to share their opinions on the books they read and to connect with other people who like those books as well. When my husband first suggested to me last year that I should start a blog about my reading, I thought to myself “no one cares what I think about the books I read.” But I’ve found that there is a large not only community but also an audience for book bloggers. People actually are interested in your thoughts about the books you’re reading, especially other book bloggers! The social aspect of book blogging is a great way to get the word out about your blog and increase your followers. Its also a great way to find new interesting books to read!

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One of the things I recently discovered is the world of book memes. Book memes are a great way to become more involved in the book blogger community. A meme is usually where you take a picture and add words to them to make the picture more comical (examples can be found here) but a book meme, specifically for blog posts, is a posting with a certain topic that ties in with the day of the week. Usually one site will “host” the book meme and then everyone who posts on that topic can put a link on the host site’s page. This makes it easy to connect with other bloggers posting on the same topic and see how their ideas compare to yours. And the good news is that there are just tons of them. A few examples of book memes that I know of are Friday Finds, Waiting on Wednesday, and Top Ten Tuesday. These are just the few that I have participated in, but you can find a more extensive listing here.

Another interesting aspect of book blogging is reading challenges. The whole idea for my blog started because my mom and I decided we were each going to set goals for ourselves for the year (in 2014), me with my reading and her with quilting. Suffice it to say, I love challenging myself to read more books each year and to read a variety. Due to that, I have been very excited by the great number of reading challenges that are incorporated into the book blogging world. And its also fun to create your own reading challenges. Last year I “hosted” a Spooky Series Reading Challenge for October, and though I was the only one to participate, I still had a great time. This year I’ve joined into a few reading challenges from other blogs, including the TBR Pile Reading Challenge at the Roof Beam Reader site covering all of 2015 and Pop Sugar Reading Challenge for 2015. And a really awesome one I found in January is the Bookish Bingo from the Great Imaginations blog. You get a bingo square with different kinds of books in all the spots. Its really interesting and due to my LENGTHY to be read listing, I am usually able to find books to fit the categories from ones I have been wanting to read but never got around to. Plus I’m discovering a few new books that I never knew about! And that’s just a handful of reading challenges you can find on the web, here’s a listing of a few more.

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I recently learned that there are a lot of great resources for book bloggers. There are directories and how-to’s and checklists and pretty much anything and everything a beginning book blogger could ask for. One of these sites is bookblogging.net, which I know will be a site that I am definitely going to use in the future. There are over 1,000 book blogs listed on this site, and the site has a directory for current reading challenges, book memes, blogs, giveaways, and events. Another site is bookbloggerlist.com which looks like a great site for finding other blogs to connect with. I liked that you could pick your blog to be listed under multiple categories on this site as well. I read a decent (though I could be better) variety of books and I don’t like to have my blog required to be pegged down to one category. And the last one I wanted to mention is the Book Blogger Directory Blog which also looks like it will be a great tool in discovering new blogs to connect with.

So overall I think you can tell that I’m really happy to be part of the book blogging community. I’ve learned a lot in the past year and I look forward to growing my blog in the future. Thanks to my loyal followers!

Be Proud of What You Read

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My love of reading really took shape when I discovered romance novels. My whole life I liked books and reading but my passion really began to form when I was in high school and read my first romance novel. I just absolutely loved the happy ending. And all through the next four years of high school when I was that awkward teenager who couldn’t seem to figure out who she was, I was able to take comfort in the knowledge that each and every romance novel I picked up, the heroine would be beautiful and there would be a man who loves her more than anything else in the world and they would be happy together.

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And all through high school and in college, I met many people who would snicker when I told them I liked to read romance novels. I was told on various occasions that I was reading “trash” or “smut.” And I will admit, I was embarrassed. Because I was treated in a way that made me believe I should be embarrassed for the books I liked to read. And in all honesty, I liked romance novels that had a lot of emotional tension in them, not necessarily a lot of sex. In fact, one of my absolute favorite romance novelists is Kristan Higgins and her books take more of a “fade to black” approach in which the hero and heroine start getting down to business and then it pretty much moves on to the next scene. I would try to defend myself, saying that romance novels aren’t “porn” or “smut,” that they’re like romance comedies where there is a sex scene or two but its mostly about the feelings and the love story. I would still get the wary looks and the continued snickers so I would just drop the topic and talk about something else.

But really, what reason did I have to be embarrassed? I loved reading. And I loved reading more than romance novels, but even now romance novels tend to be my genre of choice in most cases. I love being able to escape to Victorian England or to another planet even and fall in love time and again. Romance novels are what introduced me to my love of reading, and I have no reason to be embarrassed. Who cares if there’s a half naked man on the cover? Does that really make you an inferior person for wanting to read it? No, it doesn’t. Does it make you less smart than people who read classics or what is known as “great literature”? Hell no. Whether you love graphic novels, romance novels, young adult novels or non-fiction, you have no reason to be embarrassed. Scream you’re love of reading from the rooftops.

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Over the last few months I’ve read a lot of articles from various sources about not being embarrassed about the books you like to read. If you’re interested, below are a few of articles that I enjoyed.

Why Smart Women Read Romance Novels by Anne Browning Walker

No, Adults Should NOT be embarrassed to read Young Adult books by Heather Hogan

Stop Apologizing For What You Like to Read by Brenna Clarke Gray

Liebster Award Nomination

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Thank you so much to Claire from the Bookfaerie blog for nominating me for the Liebster award!

This award is a chain award by bloggers to welcome newbie bloggers to the world of blogging.  The only condition is that you have less than 200 followers!

To accept, all you have to do is:

1) Link and thank the person who nominated you (thanks again Claire!).
2) Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
3) Tag 11 bloggers who have 200 or less followers
4) Ask the 11 bloggers 11 questions, and let them know you nominated them!

So, here are my answers to the 11 questions Claire asked me:

1) What’s your favorite place to read?

I love reading in libraries, the quiet is so relaxing to me. I will read pretty much anywhere though!

2) Paper or electronic book? Or a bit of both?

Definitely paper! I am a die hard paper book fan. I have read a few e-books here and there but only when its not available in any other format.

3) Have you got any hidden talents?

I don’t think so. I’m pretty organized but I think of that more as a “condition” than a talent.

4) What’s your favorite thing to cook?

Not much of a cooker, but I love to bake. Cookies and cakes and brownies and pretty much anything sweet.

5) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Ireland or Scotland probably. I always think the landscape and the castles would be so romantic to see. I love reading about those countries in different books.

6) Have you any siblings?

Nope. Only child.

7) Who’s your hero or role model?

I would have to say my mom. I know its cliche but she’s a pretty amazing gal and she always pushes me to be a better person, which I think is really important. And she has always believed in me and taught me to reach for my goals, even the ones that seem impossible. She has a blog too if you want to check it out! joanne94wquilts

8) What sort of music do you like to listen to?

I’m pretty varied in my music tastes but I do love listening to musicals.

9) Who’s your favorite author?

Now that is a hard one. Lately I’ve been loving Kristan Higgins’ books a lot. I also would say Linda Howard is probably my all-time favorite. I also love MaryJanice Davidson’s books, I always end up laughing out loud when I read those. Also Jayne Ann Krentz, Meg Cabot, Nora Roberts, and Vicki Lewis Thompson.

10) What film could you watch over and over again?

Hocus Pocus for my all-time pick. Lately also Austenland, Despicable Me 2, Sherlock Holmes, and Beautiful Creatures.

11) What are three things we probably don’t know about you?

I’m an accountant by day (I know, boring).
Someday I’d like to work in a library again. I miss many things about working at one.
I just absolutely love peanut butter.


My 11 blogs that I’ve nominated are:

1) Embracing Romance
2) Cover too Cover
3) Read Love
4) Kittens and Books
5) Book Love
6) Stories For Coffee
7) And Then He Kissed Her
8) Badass Romance
9) Romance Reader Girl
10) Girl meets Books
11) Rogues, Rebels, & Rakes

Sorry if you’ve already been nominated or you have more than 200 followers but I thought you all deserved a nomination!!

 

My 11 questions to you are:

1) What are you currently reading?
2) What movie have you enjoyed more than the book?
3) If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
4) What is your favorite book of all time?
5) Paper or electronic book? Or a bit of both?
6) Who’s your hero or role model?
7) What are 3 random facts about you?
8) What is the best book you’ve read this year?
9) What book series did you completely binge-read…or wish you could have binge-read but not all of them were out at the time?
10) What is your favorite genre to read and what would you say to readers who don’t like that genre?
11) If you could recommend one author to me, who would you recommend and why?

 

Happy blogging!

Book talk and signing

So last night I went to a book talk and signing with Kristan Higgins at the Durham Public Library. She talked about her two most recent books, The Perfect Match and Waiting on You. Her talk was just awesome! I figured out why her books are so funny, she is just hilarious! She talked about her process with writing the two books (two most recent books in her Blue Heron series) and the part I found most interesting I think was when she talked about the different things she had to research when writing the books.

Kristan discussed the research she had to do for her two most recently published books. For The Perfect Match she had to research immigration laws, toxic friendships, and boxing. For Waiting on You she had to research kidney failure, Chicago, and fraternal twins. I never really considered before how much work and research has to be put into each novel for it to work and make sense. I thought it was fun that she got to research vineyards while she was looking for the right setting for the Blue Heron series. Who doesn’t want to do research at a winery? I think it might be interesting to try and write a book. Obviously it is extremely difficult and I’m not really sure I could manage but it might be interesting to try.

Kristan also talked about her writing process and how she finds a celebrity guy to crush on when she’s first forming the hero’s character in the book. I thought this was funny, she even included some pictures of cute celebrities in her PowerPoint! I also liked how she connects a lot of things from her life into the books. Like one of her books has a teenage girl in it and at the time she was writing this book her daughter was just entering teenage age. Kristan was very personable and gave such a great presentation!

What a great talk, Kristan kept me interested the whole time! And then I got my book signed, I felt like I was meeting a celebrity I was so nervous 🙂

And surprise Mom (in case you read this before tomorrow) but I got a signed copy for you in addition to my signed copy!

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Link to review on Waiting on You: https://rebeccabookreview.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/2014-book-24/

Link to author website: http://www.kristanhiggins.com

Link to author’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks