Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Winter Sea by Di Morrissey Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Winter Sea
Di Morrissey

Page Count: 432
Release Date: December 30th 2014 (US release)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (MacMillan)
Genre: Australia, Family, Suspense

Escaping an unhappy marriage and an unsatisfactory job, Cassie Holloway moves to the little Australian coastal town of Whitby Point. There she meets the Aquino family, whose fishing business was founded by their ancestor, Giuseppe, an Italian immigrant, some ninety years before. Life for Cassie on the southwest coast is sweet as she sets up a successful restaurant and falls in love with Giuseppe's great grandson Michael. But when the family patriarch dies, a devastating family secret is revealed which threatens to destroy her dreams. Cassie's future happiness now rests with her quest for the truth.

A novel about finding your true place in world, The Winter Sea is a must-read.

Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away
 one finished copy of The Winter Sea—yay!!


To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What are your 2015 New Year's resolutions? And don't give me that "I don't make New Year's resolutions" excuse; make one right this instant—make it good!—just for me.
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Di and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends January 13th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canadian residents only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Monday, December 29, 2014


What I Had Before I Had You // Sarah Cornwell // My review
Perfect // Rachel Joyce // My review
The Good Luck of Right Now // Matthew Quick // My review
The Moon Sisters // Therese Walsh // My review
Mind of Winter // Laura Kasischke // My review
Heiresses // Sara Shepard // My review

The Ocean at the End of the Lane // Neil Gaiman // My review
Only with You // Lauren Layne // My review
Last Night at the Blue Angel // Rebecca Rotert // My review [TK]

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Another Night, Another Day
Sarah Rayner

Page Count: 416
Release Date: December 23rd, 2014 (US release)
Publisher: Picador (St. Martin's Press; MacMillan)
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health

Three people, each crying out for help.

There’s Karen, about to lose her father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care, and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they’re brought together at Moreland’s Clinic.

Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another, and share plenty of laughs. But how will they cope when a new crisis strikes?

From the internationally bestselling author, Sarah Rayner, Another Night, Another Day is the emotional story of a group of strangers who come together to heal, creating lifelong friendships along the way.

Giveaway!

Books à la Mode is giving away one finished copy of Another Night, Another Day—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Who do you run to whenever you're in a crisis? I think it's interesting how different people turn to different constants in their lives—friends, family members, work acquaintances, significant others... who's your usual go-to?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Sarah and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publisher—a huge thank you to the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press!
Giveaway ends January 6th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canadian residents only—sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for a list of running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

How Much of My Actual Life Is in The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Language of Hoofbeats
Catherine Ryan Hyde

Page Count: 342
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: Lake Union (Amazon)
Genre: Literary, Horses, Family

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of the heartbreak and healing power of family.

New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse. When Star disappears with Comet, the neighbors are thrown together—far too close together. But as the search for the pair wears on, both families must learn to put aside their animosity and confront the choices they’ve made and the scars they carry.

Plumbing the depths of regret and forgiveness, The Language of Hoofbeats explores the strange alchemy that transforms a group of people into a family.

Friday, December 19, 2014

What You Can Expect in The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak + Giveaway! (Open US/Can only)


The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek #7)
Brenda Novak

Page Count: 384
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: MIRA (Harlequin)
Genre: Contemporary, Christmas, Small Town

Just call her Christmas Eve...

Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn't have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that's what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B&B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem... confining. 

Eve's worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There's no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband—until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve's definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve's happily ever after—just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she's counting on the best Christmas of her life!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop (Open Internationally!)


The Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Debut Author Giveaway Hop is scheduled from December 11th at 12.01 AM until December 18th at 11:59 PM (EST).


The Prizes


2014 was a huge reading year for me; I read so many titles that I gave 9 or 10 hearts to. Stay tuned for my annual list of the Modish Book Awards later this month!

For now, I'll give you a recap of my top six picks, and the winner of the giveaway will be able to choose which one to take home. There are many different genres represented here, as I'm a pretty eclectic reader, so I hope there's something for everyone. Click on each of the covers to read my (obsessive fangirly) reviews!


One lucky follower will win their choice of one of my favorite books I read in 2014.

We'll have ANOTHER winner for this amazing set of eBooks:

Both giveaways are open internationally—that's two winners total! Woohoo!!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Top 10 Baseball Facts from A League of Her Own by Karen Rock + Giveaway (Open Internationally!)

A League of Her Own
Karen Rock

Page Count: 312
Release Date: December 1st, 2014
Publisher: Heartwarming (Harlequin)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Baseball, Rivals to Lovers

He was attractive, talented... and way off-limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor-league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she's worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather's world falls apart and Garrett's the one who's there to catch her...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Debut Author Giveaway Hop 2014 (Open internationally!)

The 2014 Debut Author Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds and I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Debut Author Giveaway Hop is scheduled from December 4th at 12.01 AM until December 11th at 11:59 PM (EST).


The Prizes


I'm excited to do something a little different from my regular hops this time!

Recently, the New York Times released their list of the top 50 fiction titles of 2014, and several of them were from debut authors that I'd love to spotlight. Click each cover to learn more!


One lucky follower will win their choice of one of the debut novels that made the NYT Notable list.

We'll have ANOTHER winner for this amazing set of eBooks:

Both giveaways are open internationally—that's two winners total! Woohoo!!!!