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“Anything else”

These days I am especially thankful for books.

Comic: reality vs. anything else

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Book love: Light Changes Everything

“I blame the beginning of the whole thing on Jane Austen.”

Photo: a snippet from Light Changes Everything

The first sentence of Light Changes Everything, a newish novel of historical fiction by Nancy E. Turner, totally hooked me, and the rest of the story reeled me in, all the way to the glorious conclusion. I’d love to share the closing lines, which are beautiful and soul-satisfying and perfect, but I won’t, because I think you should read this marvelous book. :)

Photo: Light Changes Everything

I love the cover, too!

 

More about Nancy E. Turner here.

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Cozy bookishness!

Or bookish coziness! Regardless, something pretty and peaceful to look at.

Artist: Bettina Baldassari. Shared via Helen Warlow on Twitter

Artist: Bettina Baldassari. Shared via Helen Warlow on Twitter

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Creative bookshelves!

My own bookshelves are sadly conventional, but I will always look with deep interest at more innovative ones. Here are a few that recently caught my eye. (Thanks, Bored Panda!)

Any of these get your bookish heart thumping? :)

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Giveaway alert!

The amazing Sophie Jordan has a treasure trove of books to share over on her Facebook page! (One of them is Engaged to the Earl!) She says:

Graphic: Giveaway!

I wanted to support just a few of my fav authors during these crazy times … and at the same time support YOU, my dear readers. Take care of YOU and YOURS and remember we can still support authors while sitting at home and feeding our souls with some fantastic reads.

-The first book up for grabs is the new release: ENGAGED TO THE EARL by Lisa Berne
-The second book is THE BEWILDERED BRIDE by Vanessa Riley
-Third book for grabs: BLAME IT ON THE BILLIONAIRE by Naima Simone
-The fourth book is HIGHLAND SECRET (first in a series!) by Kerrigan Byrne
-The fifth book is DESPERATE MEASURES (first in a series!) by Katee Robert
-And lastly, two winners will score my most recent release (b/c why not?): THE DUKE’S STOLEN BRIDE!

Head on over to Sophie’s page for a chance to win! And good luck to you! 💕

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Tsundoku!

A new word for me. Tsundoku:

Buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands.

Can I relate? Big-time! You?

Artwork: Tsundoku

By the way, did you notice the title of the book she’s reading? ;)

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Too many books?

LOL! Words to live by.

Graphic: "Don't let anyone tell you you have too many books," shared via LisaBerne.com

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“I have invented a new sport”

Not to brag, but I’m a black belt too. :)

Graphic: "I have invented a new sport" - shared via LisaBerne.com

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“You can only keep 3”

Oh my gosh, this is HARD!

Graphic: "You can only keep 3"

But I’ll have to go with pet, books, and coffee. And feel bad about leaving out chocolate. :)

You?

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“You are the heroine or hero of your own life”

I really enjoyed the essay “Lisa Kleypas Talks Changing Trends in Romance,” which was recently featured on Goodreads. Lisa’s such a rock star of the genre! (And she has a new book out, too! Who else is excited to read Chasing Cassandra?)Image: Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (Avon Books)

My favorite snippet from the essay? Photo: Lisa Kleypas

 

The message of romance novels is that you are the heroine or hero of your own life. You, regardless of your gender identification, culture, appearance, belief system, disabilities, or age, deserve to love and be loved. Wholeheartedly, passionately, and entirely.

That’s not an unrealistic expectation. Don’t settle for less.

Beautiful!

And “Don’t settle for less,” has a lot of resonance for me . . . It’s something my heroine Gwendolyn Penhallow says in Engaged to the Earl:

Image: Engaged to the Earl by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

Coming your way February 25th, 2020!

“But there is a moral to the story, my dears. It’s this: I hope you’ll always follow your dreams — and settle for nothing less than whatever is the best for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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