Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Love Kissed Book Bargains December Giveaway

Love reading & reviewing?

Like finding new authors?

Wanna join a review team/street team?

We have 15 authors of varying genres who would love to find new readers! Why join a team? (Or lots of teams?) There are so many FREE books, advanced notice of sales, giveaways, and new releases. Let's not forget the swag and signed books so many authors give to their team as a reward for the support.

Give it a try!

Join some teams

and be entered to win

$100 in Amazon Gift Cards!

Participating Authors:

Amanda Heartley | Amanda Roberts | Ana Simons | Ashlee Price | Dariel Raye | Desiree A. Cox | Ella Jade | Ellis O. Day | Emma Nichols | Kimi Flores | Lilliana Rose | Melissa Stevens | Monica Corwin | Olivia Howe | Rachelle Ayala | Sammi Starlight | Traci Douglass

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November Free Reads and Giveaway #LKBB - My Pre-Christmas Gift to You

Welcome to the November FREE Reads & Giveaway!

Thank you for being loyal readers! To show their appreciation, your favorite authors have come together to offer a book for FREE. Download one or all. Maybe you'll find your next favorite author.

Please note: all sales are limited time offers.

Don't have a Kindle? Don't worry. Read with the FREE Kindle App.

**Please note: these books may not be free on other Amazon sites and many of these books are free for a limited time only.**

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My contribution to this giveaway is my favorite bad boy Santa, Nick Wolff.

Meet Nick and Carol.
He’s the Santa Stripper turned Good Guy.
She may be in a wheelchair, but she’s as naughty as she’s nice.

FREE - expires Black Friday

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Case for Paperbacks by Rachelle Ayala

My house is literally full of books. Books I've collected since I was a child [I still have a ragged Barney Beagle] to books I purchased just this week. If you're like me, your kindle is also burgeoning with books. I have over 5000 at last count.
My friends tell me to declutter and sometimes, I have rather reluctantly said goodbye to many of my books (sniff, sob, I still mourn them). After all, why hold onto the paper or hardback when I can simply download an ebook to my ereader?

The answer is simple. With 5000+ books in my kindle library, I'm constantly forgetting I have a book. How many of you have gone to a book page, hit "purchase" only to have Amazon tell you you already have the book? Thank goodness Amazon does this, but that doesn't count the books I have on Nook and Google Play, not to mention borrowed from Scribd or Overdrive.

So the other day, I got to thinking, and maybe it's a dangerous thing since I'm supposed to be decluttering so that when my husband retires we can move... Books that I have in paper form are like friends I see in person, my neighbors, my cousins, my relatives, and my old school friends who live within fifty miles of me. Books I have on kindle are like social media friends. And while I love my social media friends, they don't occupy the mind space and physical space as people I get together for coffee, walks, and parties.

It's the same with ebooks. Now, don't kill me here. I love ebooks. I love the convenience, the ability to have thousands in my account and countless more available at any time or any place. But I don't "bump" into them the way I do with my paperbacks. They don't bring back memories, and I don't pick them up and flip to a bookmark or a crease in the spine or discover a long-forgotten sticky note or bookmark, and they definitely don't transport me back to when we first met.

Paper books, meanwhile, are like old friends. A couple weeks back, in the throes of decluttering, I kept putting a set of books into a box, then taking them back out and reshelving them, then trying to resolve to give them away. I made excuses for them. They're yellowed and wrinkled, no one would want them, and I can't bear to throw them in the garbage. But they're taking up space! Logically, all these books exist as ebooks. I can simply do as Marie Kondo says: to discard them, knowing that if I ever wanted to read them again, I can buy the ebook or the audiobook.

BUT... here is the big question. Will I remember them?

This particular set of cozy mysteries was written by Carolyn Hart. While flipping through these yellowed paperbacks, I was transported back to my younger days, scouring bookstores to buy her latest Death on Demand mystery. I've quite forgotten Max and Annie throughout the years as my reading tastes diverged to romance and suspense thrillers. But because I could not throw away that set of books, I am now reliving the 1980's by re-reading my Death on Demand stories. I've even downloaded the audiobook so I can have it read to me--the font on the old paperback being kind of small for my senior eyes. I've rediscovered that series and was so pleased to discover that it is STILL GOING after all these years.

It's all because I had the paperbacks. A paperback from 30 years ago can remind you of an author you loved and lost touch with. A paperback is like a loyal friend sitting on the shelf winking at you when you walk by, and a paperback is something you can pass on to others. As an author, a paperback is a living reminder to your readers about you. Who knows? Twenty years from now, the reader you have now might rediscover you and be joyously surprised that your series is still going on. Or your paperback has been passed from friend to friend, making you new friends to the farthest corners of the earth.

Now that, is like having a friend for life!

p.s. I have the black covered collector's hardbacks of the Agatha Christie mystery library [a subscription series] and I'm NOT parting with them. Besides, my daughter has tagged them all already. Agatha is a friend for life and beyond.

What do you think? Do you buy paperbacks of the books and authors you like? Do you keep every autographed paperback of your writer friends? [I do]. Or do you let them go to share and spread the joy?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

High School Reunions and Old Friends by Rachelle Ayala

There's something really special about going to class reunions and partying with the people you grew up with. For one thing, you're still around! And these days, that's a real plus. Add to that, these are people who knew you when you were a little tyke, AND they were witnesses to all your tantrums and embarrassing moments and they're still smiling. I've thought a lot about what a reunion means and realized that for people who grew up in a big city, a big, anonymous city, our high school is the equivalent of the small town we never knew. In that high school, going back to junior high and elementary school are people you knew since kindergarten. Teachers, friends, parents, and classmates.

Once we leave high school, we leave the only "small town" we ever knew and end up in "the world." How sad, but at the same time, how wonderful to know that we still had the community within the high school--the football team, the spirit, the togetherness, and the friendships.

Here are some pictures from my reunion. [I'm the one with the glasses, long hair and red blouse].

"I see you as the kindergartner I met in the sandbox. I see you as the third grader hanging on the rings and the fifth grader socking the sockball out of the field. I see you in junior high school playing in the orchestra or running the mile, and I see you in high school yelling your heart out with the Pep Club. I see you at eighteen going out into the world with that unquenchable Banning Pilot Spirit. And now, I still see you, my friend, with all your wisdom, love, tears, and experience. And I love you because being with you brings us back to those unforgettable days when we all cheered for ol' Banning High, in unity and victory." - Clare Chu, writing as USA Today Bestselling Author, Rachelle Ayala

Speaking of small towns, come with me to my favorite fictional town in Nebraska, Sapphire Falls, where Amber and Chad, two nerdy scientists, get makeovers and a new start during the Summer Festival.

With the holidays coming up, you might like to listen to some audiobooks. It's a great way to multitask while decorating.