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7 02, 2017

Giveaway: Fearless and Free by Wendy Sachs

By | February 7th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |5 Comments

fearless and free book coverEnter to win a copy of Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot — and Relaunch Their Careers by Wendy Sachs! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Author Wendy Sachs is a master of the career pivot. An Emmy-award winning TV news producer, Wendy has worked at Dateline, NBC, Fox, and CNN. She was also a Capitol Hill press secretary and editor-in-chief of Care.com.

We are in the midst of a wild job market. Technology has disrupted nearly every industry, blowing up many careers, but creating millions more. Many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant or may be struggling to get back into the workforce after taking time off to raise kids.

1 02, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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worthington wife book coverPlease join Sharon Page, author of The Worthington Wife, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win a $25 gift card below!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

There is much to appreciate in this story of tradition. On the one side is the continuous story of the Worthington family and the privileges they receive as part of the nobility. On the other is the effect of being literally disowned and left with no resources for even basic survival. Patrimony is responsible for both of these conditions–and it is both the strength and the weakness of England. Daughters may not inherit unless the ‘letters patent’ were originally created to make allowances for such an eventuality. This does happen, but not often enough.

26 01, 2017

Giveaway: The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

echo of twilight book coverEnter to win a copy of The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

1914. Whispers of war are rapidly spreading across Europe as a dark cloud of uncertainty settles over England. But with the promise of a glamorous new career as a lady’s maid, one young woman’s future has never been so bright in Judith Kinghorn’s new World War I period piece, The Echo of Twilight.

Once hired by Lady Ottoline Campbell—a beautiful Northumberland aristocrat—Pearl Gibson cannot help but be swept up into Ottoline’s dazzling world of luxury and scandal. Although at first perturbed by Ottoline’s unusually brazen demeanor, Pearl soon develops a deep and complicated bond with her rather eccentric employer.

25 01, 2017

Giveaway: The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |14 Comments

the arrangement book coverEnter to win a copy of The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

In The Arrangement Ashley Warlick imagines the story of what transpired between celebrated food writer M.F.K. Fisher, her first husband Al, and her lover Tim Parrish, offering a tantalizing picture Fisher never brought to the pages of her own work. It begins with a meal. That will not surprise those familiar with Fisher, a food writer whose essays showed her life through the lens of her appetites, one who focused on the pleasures of eating and what it means to satisfy our hungers. While researching Fisher, Warlick was intrigued by the sparse details of the beginning of Fisher’s love affair with Tim Parrish: how Fisher orchestrated a dinner alone with him, then surprised him later by appearing at his bedroom door, already disrobing. Inspired by this glimpse of the brazen, confident woman behind classics like The Gastronomical Me and Consider the Oyster, The Arrangement was born.

24 01, 2017

Giveaway: World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman

By | January 24th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

world chase me down book coverEnter to win a copy of World, Chase Me Down by Andrew Hilleman! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

World, Chase Me Down is a thrilling debut historical Western by Andrew Hilleman.

As if channeling Mark Twain and Charles Portis, Hilleman resurrects the legend of Pat Crowe, a forgotten, real-life Robin Hood–like outlaw who committed the first great crime of the 20th century: the revenge kidnapping of the son of an Omaha meatpacking tycoon. More than 100 years have gone by since the fevered cross-country manhunt for Crowe was dubbed “the thrill of the nation.”

22 01, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Minor Deception by Nupur Tustin

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Amateur Sleuths, Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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a minor deception book coverPlease join Nupur Tustin, author of A Minor Deception, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

What a charmer! I really wanted to enjoy A Minor Deception before ever even opening it! As a classical music person all my life, any book that appreciates that art form is special to me.

But this one went beyond a good many of them, in cleverly utilizing the music as part of the scenery, so to speak. It is honest in its presentation, and since Franz Josef Haydn – the principal ‘detective’ in this story – is known as the father of both string quartets and symphonies, there are a lot of potential episodes waiting to be unveiled.

22 01, 2017

December Monthly Contest Winner

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Giveaways, Monthly Contest|Tags: |8 Comments

stack of books As promised, every month I give away a prize of their choice to the most creative/prolific contributor to Luxury Reading.

Our December winner is…

TechEditor!

Kudos to everyone for your great comments! Please post a comment here with your selection!

22 01, 2017

Giveaway: Tides by Jonathan White

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |2 Comments

tides by jonathan white book coverEnter to win a copy of Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean by Jonathan White! Open to US residents only

About the book

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the

18 01, 2017

Giveaway: Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom by Acharya Shunya

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |8 Comments

ayuerveda lifestyle wisdom book coverEnter to win a copy of Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy by Acharya Shunya! Open to US residents only

About the book

Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone’s birthright—and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature’s abundance to restore and renew ourselves.

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom is a breakthrough book for yoga practitioners, spiritual seekers, and anyone ready to learn a “doable” approach to this time-tested art and science of health and well-being.

9 01, 2017

Giveaway: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |38 Comments

a list of cages book coverEnter A List of Cages giveaway! One winner will receive a copy of A List of Cages by Robin Roe and a $50 Visa gift card to put towards a day of friendship! 

Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.