Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hot Summer Romance Give@way Hop ~ Beach Reads

One thing I love about summer is picking my list of Beach Reads.

I always look forward to stocking up on my summertime books. Whether I go to the beach or not, there's always summer vacation!

Reading is an all year activity for me, but I also read seasonally. I like to read summery books (involving stories with beach or island settings or those that take place at sea) during the summer and wintry books (settings that take place during blizzards or with Christmas themes) during winter. Makes sense, yes?  Well, I guess it makes sense to some. My husband doesn't agree. He thinks I'm...eccentric. Not quite the word he used, but that's what I'm going with. And I know I'm not the only one who reads this way. I worked 12 years in a bookstore; I've met other readers who do the same. I'm not alone!

I made a list of summer books I'd like to read this year. I know I won't get to all of them (I have writing deadlines!). That's okay! I can bend the rules now and then to read them whenever I want! :)

  • Secrets of a Summer Wallflower by Lisa Kleypas
  • Summer Secrets by Barbara Freethy 
  • Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale
  • Swept Away by Marsha Canham
  • Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
  • The Shipwreck by Glynnis Campbell

****Are you a seasonal reader? Do you have any Beach Reads or Summer Vacation Books you plan to read this summer? Share with us! I'm always looking to add to my TBR! Comment for a chance to WIN a KINDLE or PDF version of THE WITCH AND THE WOLF.

Now, I give you fair warning. The Witch and the Wolf is not a beach read (for me). It's a winter time book. But,  maybe you aren't a seasonal reader. Maybe you like to read summer books in the winter and winter books in the summer. Either way, I hope you'll enjoy my historical paranormal romance. Even I can't wait to read some books! :)

If you can't wait to read my books (I adore you!) then you can purchase them from The Wild Rose Press or Kindle. There are two currently available in The Merriweather Witches series with the third to be released hopefully by the end of the year. More to come on that another day!

Here's a little about the The Witch and the Wolf:

Lord Jeremy North's curse is to become a werewolf during every full moon, turning into a bloodthirsty monster that kills with no remorse. When he finds a woman nearly frozen upon his doorstep, his sense of honor compels him to help her, even at the risk he might kill her himself.

Lillian Merriweather hadn't planned to get caught in a blizzard while traveling the English countryside. Nor had she planned on finding refuge in a house full of secrets. But Lillian has secrets of her own. And what she's running from is not far behind...


There were several moments Jeremy North suspected he suffered hallucinations. Most of those times had been when he had first begun to change into the beast during the full moon. And now, as he answered the knocking he had at first imagined to be the pounding in his skull, he wondered if the brandy he had been drinking this evening was perhaps tainted. He could not quite believe his eyes.

A woman stood on his doorstep, covered in a layer of snow, her bright blue eyes silently pleading to him just before her eyelids fluttered closed, and she crumpled at his feet. He managed to set the candle down safely on a table in time to catch her before she cracked her head on the stone beneath her. He lifted her effortlessly into his arms, brought her into the house, slamming the door closed with his foot. He hurried into the library with his unexpected guest. North had returned earlier seeking the warm oblivion of yet another glass of brandy. He grimaced at the memory of countless other sleep-deprived nights spent in much the same way. Sans an unconscious woman, however.

He placed the bundled woman onto the sofa, ignoring the fact that the snow was bound to create a water stain on the fabric once it melted. He leaned over her, pushing the curly brown strands of wet hair off her face and checked to see if she still breathed. Satisfied when he felt her breath on his hand, he went back to the corridor.

“Amery!” He roared.

Turning back to the woman on his sofa, he again felt the necessity to blink his eyes, wondering if they played a trick with his senses. He lit more candles to brighten the room and added more wood to the fire. Then he walked back to the woman and knelt at her side. He found her hand dangling over the edge of the sofa and took it gently in his, the digits frozen stiff. He inhaled a gasp. He cupped both of his hands instinctively around hers, hoping to lend her his warmth.

He heard the shuffle from the hallway and Amery’s muttering, then a noisy yawn.

“Bloody hell! What is this?” Amery bellowed from the doorway.

North ignored the query. “We need blankets,” he said, instead. “She’s frozen through.”

Amery nodded and left.

A muffled groan from behind drew his attention, and he turned to see the woman’s eyelids flutter open. He inhaled sharply as her bright blue gaze fell upon him.

She studied him for a moment.

And then, she smiled.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this hop! Lots and lots of cool prizes!  

This blog hop has two Grand Prizes
#1 is a Kindle Fire
#2 is a $50 gift certificate

Everyone who comments on this blog will be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize as well as a chance to win a copy of  
The Witch and the Wolf!

Good luck!


  1. Thanks for a great post. itlnbrt @ att dot net

  2. Thanks so much for the post.

  3. I think the only rule I have is no Christmas books in the summer. I don't think that's too eccentric though. It makes sense to me. :) Thank you! heather1974 at gmail dot com

  4. I am not a seasonal reader I read whatever when the mood hits me though Christmas like the one above I don't think I could read in the Summer.


  5. I read almost every day.. I always find the time.. ;)

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. Loved the excerpt.


  7. I am really feeling shifter books this summer. Delicious sexy reads!!
    So many great books being added to my TRB list today!!
    Thanks for being in the hop!

  8. Thanks for the chance to win The Witch & the Wolf

  9. I'm not really a seasonal reader, however, since I don't enjoy going outdoors in this heat, I do tend to catch up a bit on my TBR list during the summer. I will recommend anything by Shelly Crane. Srsly some of the best reading this summer so far from her! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

  10. I'm a constant reader and my upcoming to read list is mainly rereads.
    1-Kresley Cole's IAD series
    2-Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress series
    3-Finishing Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series
    4-Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series
    5-Because of You by T.E. Sivec
    Just to name a few :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    dixiedukegurl2 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Thanks for sharing! I'm not a seasonal reader! I'll read anything anytime ;)


  12. I am finally going to have time to read J R Ward's Fame Series will If all gos will all of her books.

  13. I read all year round,I hope to finish the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and read anything by Molly Harper.


  14. I'm not a seasonal reader. My plan this summer is to randomly pick something from my TBR pile.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  15. I'm not a seasonal reader I mainly read paranormal romance. I am looking forward to reading Macrieve by Kresley Cole.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  16. I'm not really a seasonal reader.
    Sometimes during Halloween or Christmas I will read a seasonal book or two.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  17. Thanks for sharing these awesome giveaways. Love the excerpt! I read all books all the time as long as I have books to read, I am happy. evamillien at gmail dot com

  18. Thank you for the great post. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading the book.
    Thanks for the blog hop

  19. I'm not a seasonal reader, I read what I want no matter what genre/ topic the book is :)

  20. Everyday reader here

  21. everyday reader but like more horror around halloween - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  22. I'm an everyday reader. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. I'm not really a seasonal reader, I read a little bit of everything at any given time. Thank you so much for being a part of this hop and for giving me the opportunity to win!

  24. No, I'm not

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  25. Usually I love to read a HEA romance in the rainy season.

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  26. Not a seasonal reader at all. I love to read, hence following the hop to see what other books are out.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for a chance to win.

    dragon5174 at gmail dot com

  27. thank you for participating in the giveaway

  28. I read anything and everything all year round.


  29. Hi! I have so many books i want to read and reread. I dont have anything set in stone tho. Right now, im read The Immortal Instruments. Thank you for the fun hop and giveaway! :)

  30. I read all year round, but have more time to complete series during the summer as I am off of school.

    Thanks for being on the hop. My summer reading is going to be full of some great reads.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  31. This Summer I have Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels), Cast in Sorrow by Michelle Sagara (Chronicles of Elantra), MacRieve by Kresley Cole, Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning and Kitty In the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  32. My summer reads include The Trouble With Love by Beth Ciotta, The Last Debutante by Julia London, and Captive Hero by Donna Michaels. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  33. I am so glad I stopped by your blog. The Witch and Wolf sounds like an interesting read.