Favorites Books for 2017

book-1760998_1280This year I read 129 books.

I’ve posted my Favorites with links to check out on my new author blog–Char’s Succulent Thoughts. It took forever to categorize books & then choose my favorites from each genre. (A work of love…you’re welcome. Ha ha) You can see ALL my books in that post on my Goodreads Year in Review link (It’s a pretty cool visual–Thanks Goodreads!)

New Website Look & Blog

618be8f5fb7e7a0d849a06d4d0d6a247If you click on my website in the menu bar above, you’ll see I’ve changed up the look of my website, and added a new blog to it.

Char’s Succulent Thoughts will be more of my author arena to post about book updates, giveaways, & random thoughts.

Joy in the Moments will lean more to book reviewing. At least, that’s what I’m thinking at the moment. We’ll see how things pan out, right?

Package Deal available for Pre-Order

Package Deal-Final (2)Last little tidbit to ring in the New Year is….

Package Deal will release January 10th.

I’m super excited for you to read this second book in the Ruled Out Romances. It was a blast to write, and I really, really love Hudson & Spring in this story. Spring really is an angel. Little Emma’s adorable and annoying (like any good toddler should be). Don’t you love her shoes on the cover?

I hope you’ll enjoy this. If you’re interested in being an early reader in exchange for leaving a review on Amazon, shoot me an email from the contact page and we’ll talk (Ebook only).

Have a Happy New Year!

I’ll talk to you next year.

Char

 

 

 

Day 12 – Cami Checketts

Okay, I’ve missed a couple days here and there during this 12 Days of Clean Romance, but I hope you got a taste of some new great authors to check out. The last author for this giveaway is Cami Checketts, and I couldn’t tell you how many books that girl has out. All I know it that it’s a LOT!!! She writes fast, or she’s been writing since she was in the womb. Hee hee. Here is a sample of her latest works to check out. Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Sassy meets swoon-worthy in this fast-paced contemporary romance. Continue reading

Day 10 – Annette Larsen

Today’s author spotlight is Annette Larsen. I’m doing Day 9 Author tomorrow out of order, so sorry.  Annette’s books are super fun. I’ve read her Books of Dalthia, and liked them. Check them out below.

 

Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen

Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined. Continue reading

Day 8 – Sheralyn Pratt

 

For the 8th day of Clean Romance, I’d like to introduce you to Sheralyn Pratt. She writes amazing, intense stories with fascinating characters and riveting, mind-blowing action. I absolutely LOVED her book, Pimpernel. So good. And today, you get to learn more about her sequel to that award-winning novel. Yea! Here’s the blurb (and check out the giveaway at the end of this post):

One man, one night, one dance, and one question…none of which Claire Ramsey sees coming.

She thinks the night is a test—a call to rise above her insecurities and step more fully into her skills. It’s been a year since she learned about the Pimpernel and fell in love with the man of so many masks. Jack’s world is full of high stakes and big players, and Claire wants in.

To her frustration, Jack is dragging his feet on letting her all the way into both his heart and his work. The risk is too high, he says. But Claire is ready to prove him wrong. She’s ready to go all-in.

What Claire doesn’t know is that Jack is no lone wolf, and the world he is shielding her from is much bigger than she has ever imagined.

But one man, one night, one dance, and one question will change all of that in a way Claire never saw coming. Continue reading

Day 7 – Taylor Dean

Whoohoo!!! Today’s author deserves a round of applause. Taylor’s books are always my favorites, and I’ve read them all several times. She has the best premises and unique twists to her romances. They always touch my heart. Her newest series is incredible. I beta-read these, and LOVED them. It was hard to give constructive criticism because I got too pulled into the plots and characters and became more of a reader then a critiquer. I figured that meant they were just super good, so she had nothing to worry about. If you haven’t read them, check them out here, and give yourself some Christmas cheer with this series.

The Sound of Silence Series

Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers. They are not stand-alones and should be read in order.

 

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Day 6 – Jennifer Griffith

Today’s featured clean romance author is Jennifer Griffith. I’ve read many of her romances. They are light, fluffy, and usually very funny. I’ve loved them. She likes to write books that help readers escape their lives and have some fun for a moment. Her latest release is My Fair Aussie. I haven’t got my hands on this one yet, but it’s on Kindle Unlimited, so I’ll probably check it out soon.  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. Here’s the blurb:

There’s more to this Aussie cowboy than meets the eye.

Former grad student Eliza works as a nanny for a self-absorbed trophy wife looking to trade up for a new husband and ditch her child. Eliza will do anything to protect the little girl and open her boss’s eyes. Even if it requires an elaborate hoax.

Then fate hits Eliza with Henry, a bewildered, dirty guy at the bus station. He’s got amazing teeth, cowboy swagger, and an accent to swoon for. Everything is falling into place for a rags-to-riches-style bait and switch. But will it deliver a slice of humble pie to Eliza’s boss—or get Eliza fired?

Worse, refining him might mean losing her heart. Continue reading

A Gentleman’s Deception

The Gentleman's DeceptionI’m cutting into the 12 Days of Clean Romance Giveaway to be part of another blog tour today. You can follow along with today’s clean romance author at this link HERE. I’m excited to share with you my thoughts about A Gentleman’s Deception today. There’s a giveaway at the end of this post, so don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of this delicious romance as well as some Amazon Cash! Here’s the blurb:

Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, The Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unnoticed proves impossible, and in one desperate moment, she embarks on the greatest act of her life when she throws herself into the arms of a stranger to avoid recognition. Continue reading

Day 4 – Josi Kilpack

Here is another fun author I can wholeheartedly get behind. Josi Kilpack has written many beautiful stories, but some of my favorites of hers are her historical romances that delve into true life historical figures lives and their loves. I read Lady of the Lakes about Sir Walter Scott and his love interests, and it was fascinating. She has a gift for words and bringing life to the past.

Her newest book is about the life and love of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet’s sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.

Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed—being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living Continue reading

Day 3 – Rachael Anderson

Day 3 features the amazing Rachael Anderson. I love her Tanglewood series. They are such fun Regency novels. If you haven’t read them, check them out. They’re so awesome.
THE FALL OF LORD DRAYSON – When handsome and arrogant Lord Drayson awakens from a fall with no recollection of who he is or whence he came, the fiery and headstrong Miss Lucy Beresford takes it upon herself to humble him. Continue reading