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RR’s Book Release Calendar

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know, I know, I’m LATE! As you know, I was away for a week and couldn’t update the blog…Thanks for not abandoning me! I’ll reply to all the comments ASAP!

So I’ve wanted to do this for a while now and why not start in the beginning of the new year? There’s no better date for it! I hope you enjoy this calendar and that this will prevent you from getting lost, overwhelmed and crazy with the huge amount of books being released each month. And you know what’s cool? This can help you with the Reading Romances Challenge, which, by the way, you can follow via the RR goodreads group now!

Dear reader, consider this a new year’s eve gift ; )

Click the image and open the full size calendar perfect for printing!

Want to see your favorite titles as part of the calendar next month? Please add it to this list!

You can also vote here for your top 3 titles of 2011! Post coming soon!

Reading Romances January Challenge

What is this post about?! What is this event? HOW CAN I JOIN? Click here and find out!

Welcome to our first challenge of the year, yay! We’ll start slow and simple, things will get more exciting on the next few months, don’t worry. You can post or link your reading list by leaving a comment, and in case you have any questions I’ll be back by the end of the week (vacation time!), so don’t feel like I’ve abandoned the blog, I’ll be back soon <3

P.S: Giveaways for the challenge will NOT be posted with the jan challenge post, you’ll have to keep an eye on the blog for your special giveaways! ; )

This month you can choose between the following options:

- Read a book that is first of a series, by an author that is “new” to you or a debut novel by an author.

OR

- Read a romance that has a teen as the protagonist.

OR

- Read an Erotic Romance or Erotica.

And let me know which topic(s) you’ll choose!

Add your reviews here: 

Just in case you are curious, I’m accepting 2 topics this month! Stay tunned cause I’ll review them at the blog!

Giveaway Winners

Jealous and Freakn’ by Eve Langlais

And the winner is…CECILE!

All the Pleasures of the Season

And the winner is…AMANDA MEDINA

Mid winter’s eve giveaway: A copy of CHRISTMAS MEMORIES by Karyn Gerrard

And the winner is…CATHERINE!

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You’ll all be contacted via email! Thank you for participating and CONGRATS! Wohooo!

Guest Post: He Thinks Her Tractor’s Sexy by Wendi Zwaduk

He Thinks Her Tractor’s Sexy

by Wendi Zwaduk

I want to first thank Reading Romances for letting me guest today. I love the blog and was so excited when the offer came to guest. You ladies rock!

Now reading this far, you might be wondering about the title. Isn’t that line… yeah, it’s she and then he. But in the case of my newest release, Somewhere I Belong, the title is apropos.

I grew up not on a farm, but darned close. My grandparents farmed and my dad spent all his time when he wasn’t working the EDJ, at the farm. So I spent more than my share of time out there. I can’t drive a tractor, but I can work a riding mower pretty well. I’ve done time on the hay wagon. Forgotten to wear long pants when working said wagon. Yes, hay stalks and straw does hurt when you’re trying to stack it. I saw cattle being born. Helped take care of the critters that didn’t make it and just plain ran around on the farm.

A couple years ago my dad lost his job. He’d worked there for more than 15 years and was a dedicated employee. Unfortunately when the bubble burst, he was out. As a kid, I’d dealt with him being laid off and it wasn’t fun. I couldn’t imagine being over 50 and having to start all over again.

Sadly, his job predicament jumpstarted my idea for what became Somewhere I Belong. I wanted to write a story about a farmer. Now, that said, I can’t just say, well, I’d like to write a story about a farmer. The character, if there’s one in there, has to show up and start talking. Thankfully Sully showed up and did he talk? Holy cow. It helped quite a bit that I knew a thing or two about farming, so the setting was easier to deal with than it could’ve been.

Before I knew it, I had quite a story going. The only thing was I was the only one who thought it was quite a story. The Crit Partner thankfully saved me from some embarrassing writing. Honestly, there’s very few first drafts of stories that are fantastic. Really. Even if you’re the type who writes and sends it in, you’ll probably twiddle with the story. I’m glad I had the CP to tell me I needed to do more twiddling.

Marley was another challenge. I had the story pretty well written, but it didn’t feel right. She was too one dimensional. But being overly excited about the story, I sent if off rather than listen to her. I wish I’d listened to her. There was so much more to this girl on the tractor than just working on a farm. She had a life and dreams. She wanted things from life and had to deal with what life handed her. Some pretty deep stuff and I should’ve listened earlier. I’m glad I did finally let her really tell her story.

It seemed like it took forever to get to the steamy scenes. I wrote the entire story and then let the sex happen where it was natural. There’s nothing that’s more irritating than sex that feels like it’s in the book just to be there, not to emotionally engage the characters. When I got to the sex, part of it just wouldn’t gel so I had to let it sit a while. Not that there’s anything wrong with letting a sex scene simmer that long. And when the characters were left in the middle of sex, they didn’t complain much. I think they rather liked it.

But in time the story came together, the rough edges were worked out and what I ended up with I’m really proud of. And what does my dad think? I told him and he’s interested in reading it. I don’t know if he’ll approve. Most of my hot writing just embarrasses him in the ‘I can’t believe my daughter wrote that!?!?!’ sort of fashion.

Now I don’t know about you, but I love seeing a farm hand, especially one with six pack abs, all sweaty in the summer sun, taking a moment to get a drink. Especially if he’s got his shirt off. Hopefully, reading Somewhere I Belong is kinda like that for you. Tender but hot and great for a chilly evening.

Want to know a little more about the book? Here you go!

He never knew what he was missing until he came home to find his place to belong—with her.
Sullavan Tanner walked away from Jarvis, Ohio, afraid to give his heart to the woman he loved. He lived the rock and roll lifestyle, but never quite made it to the big time. Fifteen years later, he’s back and ready to claim what’s his—if she’ll accept his help.

Marley Lockwood’s done asking for help. The family farm is more than she can handle, but if she can survive a cancer scare, the loss of her parents, the abandonment by her first love, and a messy divorce, she can handle anything. 

Until Sully shows up. 

Although she’s not interested in rekindling the love affair, she’s not above accepting Sully’s hands on the farm. What’s the worst that could happen? They get the farm out of the red and into the black? That’s her plan. They actually fall in love? The past says it won’t work, so she’s not hedging her bets.

Too bad Sully’s not giving up this time.

Here’s a little bit about me:

I always dreamed of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I tend to write books with titles taken from songs because music is one of my many muses.
I earned a BA in education at Kent State university and as well as a Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University. I’ve tried my hand at teaching, waitressing, and retail sales, but writing holds my heart.
I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I books under contract with Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books, and the Wild Rose Press. But then again, I’ve got more stories percolating than my brain can handle. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Here’s my links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Guest Review: Blind Dates and Other Disasters

Blind Dates & Other Disasters

by Ally Blake , Fiona Harper & Barbara Hannay

Publisher:  Harlequin UK

Published Date:  02/01/2011

ISBN: 9781408935200

Summary:

Three easy ways to keep your love life clean and simple ..

…don’t get your friends to fix you up. Party planner Holly can’t find the perfect man – it’s time to turn to her friends to help her out. But after a string of horrific dates, will Jake Lincoln be the man for her?…don’t go on a blind date. Serena wishes she could ignore her unconventional upbringing and settle down with her dream man! So she’s heading out on a blind date. But her date is a man who lives by one rule: never get married!

…don’t try your hand at internet dating. Annie is stuck in the Outback without any men for miles. When she meets Damien on an internet chat group, she immediately heads to the city to meet him. Then Theo steps in to take Damien’s place.

My thoughts:The book contains three separate contemporary romance tales. I was hoping they would be intertwined with each other but each was a stand alone tale. From the blurbs, each sounded like they would be good reads, three stories about blind dates. Here’s my thoughts on each:


The first story The Wedding Wishby Ally Blake was slow from the start and I found it difficult to connect with the heroine, Holly. She found the perfect man, Jacob, but she did everything to avoid him, I just didn’t get it. It is evident that Jacob shared the same feelings but it was this cat and mouse game which went on longer than it should have. I would have liked to see some more courting or romance between the two characters. There were a few cute moments in the story.
The second story Blind-Date Marriage was written by Fiona Harper. This story was my least favorite of the three stories in this book. I found it hard to connect with this one. I didn’t care too much for some of the characters which made it hard to continue reading. It was more intense that I had thought, I was hoping for a light read and something quirky and cute.

The last story Blind Date Surprise is by Barbara Hanna. There were some things I really liked about this; I thought it was funny, quirky and cute, but it seemed a bit hurried along then I would have liked.

Overall: I loved the idea of romance book spun around the concept of “blind dates”, there was so much potential here for some wonderful, humorous romance stories, unfortunately it fell short for me. Which is too bad, this book could have been a lot better. I would have love to see it a three fun tales about blind dating with a humorous matchmaking twists. I think the readers may enjoy at least two out of three of the stories. If you want to read it, go to your library and check it out.


Review courtesy of netGalley