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Deet’s Five Year Blogaversary and Men in Kilts

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This is my five year Blogaversary.  It’s hard to believe it has been five years but I confess I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve made a few friends along the cyber highway. I was going to do a giveaway this week to celebrate the event but had to change that plan.  It seems I can’t encourage enough response to my giveaways so I will not be doing them in the future.  I hope you will continue to enjoy La Deetda Reads and I will keep those recommendations coming.

Since I still want to give away treats for this Blogaversary, how about 5 men in kilts.

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Outlander

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How did only 4 guys get in here?

Five men in kilts 4

Fashionistas

Five men in kilts 5

What no kilt?

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Deet’s Life- On the road again……

travelingI will be traveling over the next few weeks and I won’t be posting any “new stuff” until I return home.  But I couldn’t leave you all in limbo so I have posted some oldies but goodies for you until I can return to the home fires.

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Deet’s Year End Rec’s for Romance Lovers

It is that time of the year when I usually tell you about my favorite books of the year but this year there were at least 45!!!  If you go to my header up above and click on “Deet’s Favorite Reads of…” you will see the entire list.  You can then go to the search box and find the reviews for them.

Goodreads has done a fabulous job of putting together my stats and showing the book covers for the ones that I read.  This is really fun to look at so I encourage you to take a look.  You will get some good recommendations here, all on one page.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/3203610?utm_source=fb&fb_ref=Default

 I did fall in love with some stunning book covers too. Here are a few of my favorites:

The curiosity Keeper

This cover just shouts Regency Era. I love it.

The Art of Sinning 3

I don’t know who this model is, but isn’t that the most sinful look you’ve ever seen?

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway HeiressI love this one for the color, my favorite.

The Legend of Lyon Redmond

Besides loving this book and series, this cover gets my vote for the book cover that relates most to the story and it’s pretty.

Reason to wed

Okay this one was a terrific, 5-star book with the worst cover ever!!!

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Christmas Eve in Iceland- A tradition to start here

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December 24, 2015 · 9:34 pm

Kindle $1.99 Deals on Historical Romances

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Sourcebooks Casablanca is a publisher whose books I review often and have they got some fabulous $1.99 deals for Kindle.  There are 80 Historical Romance books offered at this fantastic price and if that isn’t enough all the authors are terrific.  Georgette Heyer, Grace Burrowes, Theresa Romaine, Shana Galen, to just name a few.

Go here, to see them all and Happy Shopping:

http://tinyurl.com/oyfu4b4

 

(Just so you know, I receive no compensation for steering you to these deals.)

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NPR (National Public Radio) List of top 100 Romance Novels and Series

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National Public Radio has published a monumental list of 100 Romance books. Undeniably they are the best of the best. Go to their sight and you can have a printable list to take to the bookstore or the library. I’ve been busy checking off the ones I’ve read and staring the ones I want to read.

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/29/427477293/100-swoon-worthy-romances-the-printable-list

After you swoon over the list then go to this page where they tell you how and why.

http://www.npr.org/2015/07/29/427126789/heartbreakers-why-some-books-didnt-make-the-final-romance-list

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Get Ready- POLDARK coming to PBS on June 21, 2015

Are we ready for POLDARK? You betcha! The first of 8 episodes coming to PBS Masterpiece Theater on June 21st at 9 p.m. (check your local listing)  Here are some scene out-takes with lots of kissing.  Enjoy!

The song is by Lady Antebellum

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Extra, Extra, News- Today’s Kindle Deal- The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley only $1.99

Today’s Kindle Romance Deal for $1.99:

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Firebird

When published, I gave this book 5+ stars. I truly encourage you to get it at this fantastic price. Below see my review from May 2014.

Description from amazon.com:

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird-the mythical creature from an old Russian fable.

Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna into the past who leads her on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

Deet’s Review:

FIREBIRD weaves well researched, historical fact with a riveting, fictitious historical plot and an intriguing and beguiling contemporary subplot.  If you have read any of Kearsley’s previous novels you will recognize some of the characters in this one.  Rob the psychic boy from THE SHADOWY HORSES and Colonel Grahame, Thomas Gordon, John Moray and Sophia from THE WINTER SEA. That said, this is a stand-alone novel.

Rob is all grown up and had a university fling with Nicola but now it is two years later and Nicola seeks his help because Rob has higher psychic abilities than she.  They set off together to St. Petersburg to unravel the mystery of the Firebird carving.  As they delve, with their abilities, into the early 18th century and the Jacobite uprising they uncover the story of Anna, the child who grows to womanhood to hand down to her heirs the Firebird carving.

This is a story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, a story of faith, trust and romance.  There is dangerous adventure, simmering sexual tension, a fairytale introduced that relates to the plot and some surprises.  It is also a story of being true to yourself and acknowledging who you are.

Five stars are not enough for this wonderful book.  I give it a 10.

Every so often I come across an author or a book, or one is recommended to me, that is just off-the-charts good and I want to get up on a soap box and shout  to the world “Buy this book” or “Read this author, I insist”.  That is what I’m doing here.  Susanna Kearsley is just too good and you must read her books. All of them!

  1. The Rose Garden
  2. The Winter Sea
  3. Mariana
  4. The Shadowy Horses
  5. The Firebird
  6. A Desperate Fortune (coming April 7, 2015)

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Award Nominees Announced: Romance Writers of America

The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.

The 2015 winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 25 at the 2015 RWA Annual Conference in New York.

Here is a sampling of categories. For all nominees in all categories go to :

https://www.rwa.org/p/bl/et/blogid=20&blogaid=1070

2015 RITA Finalists

Historical Romance: Long

Douglas: Lord of Heartache by Grace Burrowes Sourcebooks, Casablanca Deb Werksman, editor

A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas Penguin Group USA, Berkley Wendy McCurdy, editor

Worth: Lord of Reckoning by Grace Burrowes Self-published

Historical Romance: Short

Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt Grand Central Publishing Leah Hultenschmidt, editor

The Gentleman Rogue by Margaret McPhee Harlequin Mills & Boon, Historical Pippa Roscoe, editor

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books Tessa Woodward, editor

Paranormal Romance

Be Careful What You Kiss For by Jane Lynne Daniels Boroughs Publishing Group Jill Limber, editor

Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden Kensington Publishing, Brava Esi Sogah, editor

The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter Harlequin, HQN Emily Ohanjanians, editor

Evernight by Kristen Callihan Grand Central Publishing, Forever Alex Logan, editor

Forged By Desire by Bec McMaster Sourcebooks, Casablanca Mary Altman, editor

Mind Sweeper by AE Jones Self-published Faith Freewoman, editor

My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe Self-published Martha Trachtenberg, editor

Romance Novella

10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date by Heidi Rice Harlequin, Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Bryony Green, editor

“A Game of Brides” by Megan Crane in Love Me True Tule Publishing Group, LLC Lilian Darcy, editor

Kiss and Tell by Grace Burrowes Self-published

“A Love Letter to the Editor” by Robin Lee Hatcher in Four Weddings & a Kiss Thomas Nelson, Inc. Traci Depree and Ami McConnell, editors

Pushing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid Self-published Curtis Brown Digital, editor

“Will You Be My Wi-Fi?” by Caroline Linden in At the Billionaire’s Wedding Self-published, The Lady Authors Martha Trachtenberg, editor

“A Yorkshire Christmas” by Kate Hewitt in All I Want For Christmas Tule Publishing Group, LLC Sinclair Sawhney, editor

Romantic Suspense

Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb Penguin Group USA, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Leslie Gelbman, editor

Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane Self-published Deb Nemeth and my fabulous critique partners, editors

Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy New American Library, Signet Laura Fazio, editor

You’re Not Safe by Mary Burton Kensington Publishing, Zebra John Scognamiglio, editor

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Cover Reveal-Coming March 31st.- DECEPTION by D.B. Reynolds (Vampires In America, book #9)

Those of you who follow my blog know that I get all fan-girl over D.B.Reynolds’ Vampires In America Series.  I can’t help myself it is just the best vampire/urban fantasy/Paranormal Romance around.  And here we are up to book#9, DECEPTION.  There is a vampire war that has been brewing for the past couple of books and which looks to becoming full out war.  Here is the beautiful cover (notice that very astute and well done quote).  Preorder is now available for e-reader.

DECEPTION-large-for-blogTo see all of my posts on this series just type D.B. Reynolds in the search box in the left column.

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