Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Waiting to Read Wednesday: The Christmas Edition (#14)


I know what most of you are thinking. It is way too early to be thinking about holiday-themed books. 

Publishers do not think so, however. And so I give you my early Christmas edition!

The Old(er) 
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!


Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love #3) by Sarah Morgan (HQN, 2016)
It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! 
Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner.  
Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I have only read one Sarah Morgan romance, and I was smitten. I have been wanting to read more of her books, and what better than through a Christmas themed novel? 


Cardwell Christmas Crime Scene (Cardwell Ranch #5) by B.J. Daniels (Harlequin, 2016)
A conman's daughter takes refuge with the family she never knew she had in New York Times bestseller B.J. Daniels's latest addition to the Cardwell family saga. 
Dee Anna Justice had thought that her convict father was her only living relative. Now Walter Justice, fearing for his daughter's safety, urges her to seek out her cousins in Montana. Calling in a decades-old debt, he also enlists private investigator Beau Tanner to protect her.

Despite their fiery attraction, she resents the bodyguard her dad foists on her. Trust doesn't come easy to DJ. But the warm, embracing family she finds at Cardwell ranch just might begin to soften her suspicious nature, and learning to trust the sexy PI may be the key to saving her life.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I tend to favor romance novels that add in a bit of suspense, and this one sounds like it has a good mix of both. 

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The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.


Season of Wonder (Haven Point #9) by RaeAnne Thayne
Release Date: September 25, 2018 by HQN
He’s giving her children a season of wonder…
Dani Capelli seized a chance to start over in a small town with her daughters. Now, facing her first Christmas in Haven Point, she wonders if leaving New York was a mistake. Dani loves working alongside veterinarian Dr. Morales, but her two children aren’t adjusting to small-town life. And then there’s Dr. Morales’s son, Ruben—Dani’s next-door neighbor. Gorgeous, muscled and dependable, the deputy sheriff is everything she secretly craves and can’t bear to risk loving…and losing. 
Ruben never pictured himself falling for a big-city woman like Dani. But beneath her prickly facade, she’s caring and softhearted and she needs all the love and protection he can give. When Dani’s teenage daughter starts acting out, Ruben draws on family traditions to show the girls just how magical a Haven Point Christmas can be. But can he convince Dani that she’s found a home for the holidays—and forever—in his arms? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: RaeAnne Thayne is my favorite romance novelist. Her characters are well developed and complex and their romances are always swoon-worthy. I cannot wait to see read her latest. 


Bells, Spells, and Murders (Witch City Mystery #7) by Carol J. Perry
Release Date: September 25, 2018 by Kensington
Someone's spreading deadly holiday cheer through Salem, Mass . . .

Lee Barrett has landed her dream job at Salem's WICH-TV. As the new field reporter, she'll be covering events live as they're unfolding. Next on her holiday checklist is an interview with the beloved chairman of a popular walking tour through Salem's historic districts. But it may be his ghost walking this snowy Noel season after Lee finds him murdered in his stately offices, bloody Santa hat askew.

With her police detective boyfriend working the case and a witch's brew of suspects--including some bell-ringing Santas--Lee chases down leads aided and abetted by her wise cat O'Ryan and some unsettling psychic visions of her own. When a revealing clue leads to another dead body, not even a monster blizzard can stop Lee from inching closer to the truth . . . and a scoop that could spell her own demise this killer Christmas.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I cannot let this holiday season slip by without a Christmas themed cozy mystery. Add in a witch and a cat? I do not know why I have not tried this series before! 


Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick
Release Date: September 25, 2018 by Kensington
A heartwarming, hilarious Christmas story with a Southern twist. 
Like most things in Ellery, Tennessee, this year's Drive Thru Nativity is a little unconventional. The Dollar General parking lot doubles as a Bethlehem stable, and widowed writer Ivy Long, who's been roped into playing Mary, sure as heck isn't a virgin. But then comes an unexpected development: a genuine, real-life baby left in the manger, with only a brief note. And somehow, in the kerfuffle that follows, Ivy finds her life is about to change . . .

The holidays are a bittersweet time for Ivy--filled with memories of her beloved late husband and reminders that life doesn't always offer the happily-ever-afters her readers expect. So when Ivy ends up with custody of the baby, she can only chalk it up to a Christmas miracle. She doesn't know if it will be forever, but with help from family, she'll make little Zuzu's first Christmas a good one. The nativity's Joseph, aka Gabe Ledbetter, has a pediatrics background that's coming in mighty handy. In turn, Ivy is helping Gabe find his place in the quirky community. If that place turns out to be somewhere near Ivy, well, maybe this particular Christmas story will turn out to be merry and bright after all . . .
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: A touch of the Christmas spirit seems strong in this one. I have a feeling I will enjoy getting to know Ivy and Gabe and the "quirky" folks in Ellery, Tennessee.


Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge (A Jaine Austen Mystery) by Laura Levine
Release Date: September 25, 2018 by Kensington
Freelance writer Jaine Austen is feeling festive about spending Christmas house-sitting at a posh Bel Air mansion, accompanied by her friend Lance and her cat, Prozac. But when a grumpy neighbor gets himself iced, she’ll have to find the culprit or she may spend the New Year in jail . . . 
Scotty Parker is a former child star who once played Tiny Tim, but now he’s grown up into the role of neighborhood Scrooge. He cuts the wires on his neighbors’ Christmas lights and tells local kids that Santa had a stroke. And his miserly, bah-humbug attitude lasts year-round—a fact known all too well by his current wife, his ex-wife, his maid, and many more. 
Scotty thinks he can stage a comeback with the screenplay he’s working on (The Return of Tiny Tim: Vengeance Is Mine!), and Jaine’s been reluctantly helping him edit it. So when Scotty is bludgeoned with a frozen chocolate yule log and the police start making a list of suspects and checking it twice, Jaine’s name is unfortunately included. True, she’s been under some stress, with Lance trying to set her up on dates and her fickle feline taking a sudden liking to someone else—but she’s not guilty of murder. Now she just has to prove it, by using her gift for detection and figuring out who committed this holiday homicide. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: Laura Levine is one of those authors I have been meaning to try for awhile now, but just haven't managed to. Her Jaine Austen series is a long running one, but this one seems like a good place to jump in. A little mystery to break up the holiday romance.



Do any of these books appeal to you? Have you read them?


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34 comments:

  1. Oh these all look like great books for that holiday spirit!

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    1. Greg - I think I may need some of that holiday spirit soon! Thanks for visiting. :-)

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  2. I've posted a similar post today myself and was worried it was early - feeling much better seeing yours.

    I was going to say I've heard good words about RaeAnne Thayne but I think that's from you! I'm tempted to put this on my list. The cover's very appealing and the plot sounds suitably warm and festive.

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    1. Charlie - I do really enjoy RaeAnne Thayne's books. Sweet romance at its best. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Kathy - I think so too! Thanks for visiting. :-)

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  4. Oh My Stars sounds like it will be a lot of fun around the holidays. If I'm gonna read romance, it needs to have some suspense thrown in. I've been trying to set some books back for the holidays this year. I usually read Christmas tales from mid-November thru December. However, you know me, I like to add in Christmas horror as well!

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    1. Barb - It has that holiday feel, doesn't it? I tend to prefer my romance with some sort of suspense too, although I do read the other too sometimes. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. It does seem a little early for Christmas books, but I guess that means that we can make our lists for holiday reading. Ha!

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    1. Kay - Tell the publishers it is too early. LOL Something to look forward to at least. :-) Thanks for visiting, Kay.

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  6. All these books sound great! I'm especially intrigued by Miracle on 5th Avenue. It sounds like a fun read!

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    1. Ashley - I'm looking forward to that one as well. Hopefully this year! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I enjoy RaeAnne Thayne's books, and Death of a Neighborhood Scrooge looks like fun. But it's way too early for me to start thinking about Christmas. :D

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    1. Lark - It's never too early for Christmas books! Well, maybe . . . LOL Thanks for stopping by, Lark.

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  8. Ooh! Lots of awesome Christmas reads! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - It'll be a good year for Christmas books, I think. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Ellen - I hope it will be! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. It is hard to believe that we are moving into the Christmas book season :) I think that I have a book or two from B.J. Daniels on my shelf as well! I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. Carole - It does seem like it's came up so fast, doesn't it? Thanks for stopping by, Carole!

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  11. Very nice holiday spread there. I've been meaning to read a BJ Daniel's book at some point b/c I do like romantic suspense and western settings.

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    1. Sophie Rose - I read one of Daniel's books awhile ago and really liked it, so am hoping to read more by her. This one sounds good. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. These all would be great to read for the upcoming holidays. I'm just planning for spooky reads, there is no way I can even think about Christmas. I hope you enjoy them.

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    1. Jovita - I need to get in a couple spooky reads as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I just started getting together some holiday reads last weekend so all of these are really appealing to me, especially the cozy mysteries.

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    1. Suzanne - I am looking forward to reading the cozy mysteries. I don't read enough of the seasonal ones. It's always romance. LOL Thanks for visiting!

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  14. OMG!!! What a GREAT post, Wendy!! As you probably know, I'm a HUGE Christmas fan!! Right after Thanksgiving, I stop reading anything but Christmas books, especially romance novels.

    What you say about publishers putting out Christmas-themed books early is true. I have to do two review tours for such books in October. Lol.

    You have a TERRIFIC selection here, that's for sure!! And the first book you've mentioned is "Miracle on 5th Avenue". I read that book in December of 2016, and enjoyed it immensely! So I highly recommend it to you for this Christmas season!!

    I have also read two B.J. Daniels suspense romance novels. I will read anything that author writes! She has fascinating plots, wonderful characterizations, and great settings! So I think you'll love this one, too!

    The cozy mysteries also look GREAT!! I especially liked the idea of a cat named "Prozac". LOL.

    I'm adding all of these to my Goodreads shelves. And I'm very glad you posted this, so that now I can prepare my reading list for this Christmas season!

    Thanks for sharing! Thanks as well for commenting on my CWW post!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!! <3 <3 :) :)

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    1. Maria - I need to get started on some holiday reading soon or else they won't be reviewed before Christmas. Haha. I am glad to hear you liked Sarah Morgan's book. I am eager to read more by her. I've only read one of her books, which I loved. And B.J. Daniels is good for romantic suspense!

      I hope you like whichever ones you do decide to read. Have a great week!

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  15. I typically don't read a lot of Christmas-themed books but I'm kind of interested in some of these. They seem like real cozy, fun reads!

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    1. Iliana - I jumped on the Christmas-themed bandwagon a few years ago and it has stuck. I don't read enough seasonal mysteries though, which I'd like to change.

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  16. I read the Sarah Morgan and it's probably my favorite of hers! It was a fun read and very Christmas-y. I love the Witch City series and am looking forward to this one and I love all Christmas RaeAnne Thayne books. She writes the best Christmas books!

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    1. Katherine - I am glad you really liked the Sarah Morgan one. I can't wait to read it. This will be my first Witch City mystery and I'm looking forward to it! And RaeAnne Thayne has yet to disappoint! Thanks for visiting!

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