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Giveaway: Thankful for Today by Roitman Trillo

[ 3 ] November 20, 2014

thankful for today book coverI have a copy of an adorable children’s book, Thankful For Today by Roitman Trillo, to give away!

Open to US residents only

About the book

Whether sunny, cloudy or rainy Little Bear is grateful and finds joy in every circumstance the day brings.

Inspired by the prayers of a three year old, this beautifully illustrated story celebrates the little blessings in the life of a child. Published by Fun With A Message.

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Most Creative/Prolific Contributor Award!

[ 4 ] November 18, 2014

As promised, on the 10th of every month, I give away a prize of their choice to the most creative/prolific contributor to Luxury Reading!

This month, our fearless contender is…

Colleen Turner!

Kudos to everyone for your great comments! Colleen, p
lease post a comment here with your selection!

The contest started over on November 10th, and I will pick a new winner on the 10th of December. There is no limit to how many times you can win.

Remember, frequency of commenting counts, but so does the quality – a creative and relevant comment will get you more points than something like “sounds great”. Every month, I will pick a winner and post their name, as well as send them an e-mail. The winner can pick any item that is available on

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Christmas Book Giveaway

[ 42 ] November 17, 2014

books for christmas

It’s my favorite time of the year and I’ve decided to play Santa!

Here’s how this giveaway will work:

  • Comment on this post with titles of 3 books that you’ve recently enjoyed
  • Commenting will open up additional Rafflecopter entries – the more you enter, the higher your chances of winning
  • One lucky reader will receive a surprise package of 3 books personally selected by me – just in time for Christmas!

Open to US residents only for paper copies; international residents may enter but will receive eBooks instead

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate

[ 4 ] November 6, 2014

primrose house book coverPlease join Marty Wingate, author of The Red Book of Primrose House, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a gift card to the eBook Retailer of the winner’s choice plus 1 copy of THE GARDEN PLOT by Marty Wingate below

Reviewed by Charity Lyman

I am a sucker for a good mystery. I look for the story that has me guessing who the bad guy is and why he did it all the way through to the end. I think I found an excellent one in The Red Book of Primrose House by Marty Wingate. This appears to be the second novel in the Potting Shed Mystery Series and while I have not read the first one, it is now on my to-read list.

The book opens with someone being murdered. They knew too much and got in the way–to put it plainly. The story then cuts to the main characters. The heroine is Pru Parke. She is an older woman and has just gotten the much coveted job of head gardener at, you guessed it, the Primrose House. She has a boyfriend, Christopher Pierce, who happens to be a Detective Chief Inspector. They met in the first book while on a case and things are going along great for them. Pru is doing her job of landscaping and designing but when the murder happens, will Pru become a victim as she searches for the answers?

My favorite aspect of this book is Pru herself. She is an older woman – not often heard of in mystery books – and I love her spunky attitude! She is feisty and wants to do things on her own but isn’t afraid to call in help from Christopher when she needs it. Of course, she often needs him for things not related to the case! I think her boyfriend (feels funny calling him a boyfriend when he is in his 50’s?) does an excellent job of protecting without being overbearing. I think the secondary characters play out perfectly as well. And Robbie was probably my favorite.

The mystery is well guarded in here! I kept swinging back and forth on who I thought the murderer was and why they had done what they did. There are little tidbits tossed to the reader to keep them guessing but to never be quite sure of their guesses. Great job at that Marty Wingate!! Just a word of caution that there are some scenes that are a bit intimate. Nothing in detail but it definitely heads in that direction. Overall, a great book that kept me turning pages to the end.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh

[ 1 ] November 5, 2014

caged in winter book coverPlease join Brighton Walsh who is touring the blogosphere with her new book, Caged in Winter!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US residents

Reviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

To begin, I found Brighton Walsh’s style of writing to be beautiful and I had an immediate connection to the book from the very first page because of her technique. This was a really fast read for me and yet, extremely powerful. I am in love with Cade Maxwell and Winter Jacobson!

Winter, a tough-as-nails-I-don’t-need (or want)-anyone’s-help girl, is just trying to make it through life. More specifically, the next 76 days until she graduates from college and can do whatever her heart desires. In the meantime, her nights are spent at a sleazy pub wearing less than desirable attire. Cade, an aspiring chef and restaurant owner, swoops in and tries to save the day when one of the pub’s patrons takes things a little too far with Winter. Although she loathes him for this, he refuses to let that stop him from pursuing her. With each night that he waits for her, their love story grows and you cannot help but get sucked in and root for them.

One of my favorite things about this story was that Cade was downright normal – and that the book felt real. Although I love my Christian Greys and Kellan Kyles, in reality, they are not waiting around the corner where Cade is. Cade is human and fighting the same demons everyone else is, yet he wants to move past them. I admit that I get tired of reading about the “beautiful billionaire who rescues the poor sad woman and pays off her college loans and buys her fancy lingerie.” This was so refreshing and gives hope to the “normal” woman.

Aside from the main characters’ chemistry, I really felt at home with them and their connection was much deeper than the average romance novel that I typically read. The common theme with Winter was her pride and hanging on to it for dear life, which, I can assume that most of us “cage” as well.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Rebecca is passionate and insane, empathetic and aggressive, loud and predictable. She loves reading, writing, shopping and creating. She is what she is and it may not be what the world wants but it is what it is. Love.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Penguin Group. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka

[ 9 ] October 23, 2014

breast cancer alphabet book coverPlease join Madhulika Sikka, author of A Breast Cancer Alphabet, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

When I was going through my own breast cancer journey (and I am still not sure I like referring to it as a “journey”), I was constantly struggling to find something I could finish reading in the chemo chair before the Benadryl IV drip kicked in. Although I read Breast Cancer Alphabet some time after I finished chemo, I could instantly appreciate Madhulika Sikka’s intention to give breast cancer patients a quick but meaningful read.

In 2010, Sikka was a journalist with NPR; four days before her very first interview in the Oval Office, she underwent a needle biopsy to determine if a mass in her breast was malignant. Shortly after the interview with President Obama was over, Sikka heard the diagnosis from her doctor: “You have breast cancer.” And thus began the whirlwind that accompanies those words–scans and more scans, blood tests, appointments with surgeons and oncologists and radiologists, surgeries and recoveries, pills of all shapes and sizes, and the list goes on. Beating cancer is a full time job.

There is a chapter in Sikka’s book for each letter in the alphabet, and she associates each letter with a particular aspect of one’s breast cancer journey.

My favorite chapters were titled “F is for Fashion Accessories” and “P is for Pillows“. You may wonder, “What do fashion accessories have to do with cancer?” I personally commend Sikka for including this chapter and another one on looks. Going through chemo, radiation and other types of treatment is tough and draining and sometimes all I wanted to do was go out to dinner and feel normal. That is where scarves and earrings came in and I enjoyed simply spending a few moments worrying about regular things like make-up. In “P is for Pillows” Sikka discusses a topic that was near and dear to my heart after surgeries, during chemo, and many times in between. If you’re scratching your head, read Sikka’s excellent description of the effects of mastectomies on your pectoral muscles. Wedge pillows are a godsend and can make the miserable mastectomy experience just a bit easier.

Sikka expertly maneuvers all the topics that would occupy a breast cancer patient’s mind and does so with grace and humor. In A Breast Cancer Alphabet, Sikka provides both a manual for the novices and a relatable story for the survivors.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Random House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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