Books I’ve Loved Recently

So I was asked for some book recs, and I haven’t made such a post since September. I figure it’s in the holiday spirit to give away a book. Here are 10 books I’ve enjoyed lately. Oh, I also feel like I should say: This isn’t a best of 2013 list or ranked 1-10 in any fashion. I just put the books I loved on the list as I thought of them.

Comment to enter to win one of these and make sure to offer your own recs for great reading.

Big Honking Holiday Contest

This is a two-parter.

I know you love the title of this contest. Who doesn’t? So here’s the scoop. The holidays are awesome and what-not. It’s been a long time since I did one of these mega-giveaways, and this is the right time of year for it. This will run from now until Dec 15. Why? Because it’s a random date in the holiday season, kinda smack in the middle of everything, regardless of how you celebrate your happy days or what you call them.

Let’s get down to the the nitty gritty.

Part One: Thunderdome

First, I’m offering a chance for Jax fans to go head to head with Deuce fans. That’s right; I went there. Who do you love? It’s time for some girl on girl action, a regular cat fight! Right now, Grimspace has 88 reviews on Amazon. Enclave has 182. If you can get Team Jax to 100 or Team Deuce to 200 before December 15, a random commenter from the winning faction will receive … the ebook reader of his/her choice. For real.

Kindle
Nook
Sony

I’ll also have a custom T-shirt printed up that reads DEUCE ROCKS or JAX RULES, depending on which faction wins. If BOTH factions reach goal by Dec 15? Then I guess I have no choice but to give out two e-readers, one to each faction, and two winning T-shirts. Feel free to trash-talk each other in the comments. Yeah, girl fight is gonna get ugly. There’s gonna be hand-slapping and hair pulling… ehm. Anyhow.

The rules are simple. If you already posted a review for one of these books, that’s one entry. If you posted for both, well, you’re a bi-factional reader (and I adore you and think you’re cute), plus you get TWO entries. Obviously I don’t mind if you’re bi-factional, and it increases your chances to win. Likewise, reviewing one or both books nets you one or two entries after the contest starts, for a total of two. DO NOT create dummy accounts to post fake reviews. If you rally people in support of your faction, that’s fine, but don’t spam people’s Facebook walls or inboxes, please. Reviews should be honest. Post a comment telling me which book you reviewed (or both) and what your username is on Amazon. That’s all to enter! Oh, and mark your total entries for me.

+1 if you tweet about the Big Honking Holiday Contest
+1 if you put it on your Facebook wall (but don’t put it on other people’s, please!) So final tally could be, like so:

Reviewed Enclave & Grimspace. Username: Imtoosexyformypants. 2 entries. Tweeted for +1, Facebook for +1. Total of 4 entries.

And that’s it for part one. Which brings us to…

Part Two: Electric Boogaloo

Prizes:
(International shipping)
Signed copy of Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards
Signed copy of Truth and Dare by Candace Havens
Signed copy of Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe
Signed copy of Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
Signed copy of Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Signed copy of Face of Danger by Roxanne St. Clair
Signed copy of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
$25 Amazon gift certificate, courtesy of Alison Kent
ARC of Control Point, signed bookplate, and a challenge coin, courtesy of Myke Cole
A copy of Kindling the Moon (anywhere Book Depository ships, some countries may not be served), courtesy of Jenn Bennett
Copies of God’s War & Infidel, courtesy of Kameron Hurley
Signed book of winner’s choice from available backlist, a gift certificate, and a charitable donation in winner’s name, courtesy of Shiloh Walker
Five ebooks in reader’s format of choice (any of author’s backlist), courtesy of Moira Rogers
A $25 Amazon gift certificate & a copy of of the Carina holiday antho, Holiday Kisses, in reader’s format of choice, courtesy of HelenKay Dimon
A copy of Season for Temptation, courtesy of Theresa Romain
Two e-books of reader’s choice in any format from author’s backlist, courtesy of Sierra Dean
Signed copy of FLESH AND FIRE and HARD MAGIC (1st book of each series), paperback, courtesy of Laura Anne Gilman
Signed copy of Cargon: Honour & Privilege, courtesy of Kimberly Gould
One ebook from author’s backlist, reader’s choice of title (formats include mobi, epub or pdf), courtesy of Nadia Lee
Signed copy of The Cloud Roads, courtesy of Martha Wells

US / Canada only
A copy of Devil’s Kiss, courtesy of Zoe Archer
The Crystal Locket series, courtesy of Julia Nielsen (US only)

Damn, that’s a lot of loot.

Here’s what you need to do for part two. Answer the following question in comments: What’s your favorite holiday memory? (Yes, it can be any holiday. Feel free to wow us with Arbor Day awesomeness.)

Yes, you can enter both contests, but the part one entries should be posted in a separate comment from the part two. Part two will have multiple winners, obviously. Part one, a single winner gets the e-reader. Unless both make goal. In which case, TWO big winners. ZOMG, it’s too much excitement.

Yes, you can use the +1 for contests tweets and +1 Facebook wall posts. The same NO SPAMMING rule applies. Tell people about the Big Honking Holiday Contest but don’t annoy them.

Sample entry for part two:

My favorite holiday memory is when Uncle Albert drank all my mom’s cooking sherry and set his toupee on fire. I tweeted & facebooked the contest. Total of 3 entries.

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It’s Magically Delicious

For your reading pleasure this holiday, we have been conspiring, rubbing our hands together with maniacal glee. if you peed your pants over the first one, then invest in Depends this Christmas.

For we are at it again!

The usual suspects:
Tumperkin, Carolyn Jean, moi, Carrie Lofty, Bettie Sharpe, Meljean Brook, Kate Rothwell and Lorelie Brown! It’ll begin later this month (complete with an amazing cover by Bettie) but here’s a teaser: the blurb!

He needed children for an advertising campaign. . .

All Cesar Machismo wants is to ensure the bambinos of the world experience the flavor explosion of his company’s newest baby-food, Thai Shrimp in Peanut Dressing. But when he goes to an orphanage looking for a new spokes-baby, he finds twins with eyes the color of pureed Cornish game hens. Mama Mia! He must take them home!

What he got was a ready-made family!

Content with her lot in life, Chastity Bliss slaves for her stepmother at the orphanage. This way she stays with her babies, though she can never acknowledge them. When Cesar adopts her twins, she follows as their nanny. What can she do? She has no choice, because though he doesn’t know it . . .

Cesar is their father!

what a long, strange day it has been

If you’ve never tried to coordinate vacation plans with people who live halfway across the world and are in no real hurry to get back to you regarding what they’re doing and when, while racing against the ever-increasing fares, then you have no idea what my day has been like. See, the closer we get to Christmas, the more it’s going to cost to go anywhere. And we’re apparently going to Cancun.

So here I go, researching this and checking that, comparing flight times, fleet of planes, safety record, service, price, and god only knows what else. I killed most of yesterday doing this, and the bulk of today as well. I’m happy to report I booked a super cheap fare on an obscure airline that has an excellent safety and service record. No, I’m not going to tell you the name of it because then you’ll overload them with your travel plans, and I won’t be able to get the super cheap rates when I want them!

I’m gonna be logging some serious miles between Dec 29 and January 7. You don’t want to know. I don’t even want to know, and I’m gonna be doing the traveling. The good news is, that between Dec 31 and Jan 6, I’ll be kicking back in Cancun. That’s a great way to usher in the New Year. With all the legwork I did putting this trip together, I’ve earned the break.

What are your holiday plans? Have you even thought about it yet?