2018: A Year in Fiction Book Reviews

Here's a look back at some of the best books I read in 2018 (mostly YA fantasy and YA paranormal romance), plus one that I simply couldn't finish. Click to check out the full list of books and my reviews of them.

As much as I love to read, I’m actually a pretty slow reader. So I went into the year with the goal of reading one book a month.

Luckily, I discovered so many wonderful books that I read far more than that.

(And if I count the children’s books I’ve read to my kids, I could probably add 100+ to this list!)

So, without further ado, here is the round-up of the fiction books I read in 2018.

(These reviews first appeared on BookBub – be sure to follow me there for my latest recommendations and reviews!).

Plus, keep reading for the one book I just couldn’t bring myself to finish.

Books Worth Reading

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Elementals by Michelle Madow

This was a really enjoyable read. I thought the concept of the elemental powers was clever and intertwining that with mythology made for an interesting storyline. I’m planning to read the whole series. 🙂

The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow

I loved the second book in this series. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to the characters and elemental powers in the first book, now that the characters are well established the reader is immediately pulled in to a wild adventure. I love Madows‘ writing style. Her books are fast-paced and easy to read — the perfect little escape from reality!

The Head of Medusa by Michelle Madow

This book was action-packed, easy to read and thoroughly entertaining.

The Portal to Kerberos by Michelle Madow

The Portal to Kerberos continues Madow’s style of great world-building and is a real page-turner.

The Hands of Time by Michelle Madow

The conclusion of this series was action-packed, original and thoroughly entertaining.

Gods and Demons by BR Kingsolver

This book was very well written, it just didn’t capture my interest as much as I would have hoped. I don’t fault the author for that, though, as I knew I was trying a new genre. The main characters were original and believable (although I did have a hard time remembering who the more minor characters were). The storyline was unique and very creative. I think readers who enjoy UF books about elves and shifters will find this to be a fun read.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Why did I wait so long to read this?!?! It’s like The Bachelor meets dystopian YA fiction, but in the absolute best way possible. There’s jealousy, competition and friendship among the girls vying for Prince Maxon’s heart. And the blossoming relationship between America and Maxon feels so genuine and sweet. I liked this book WAY more than I thought I would. This is a series I definitely plan on finishing.

The Vampire Wish by Michelle Madow

I never got into the whole Twilight thing as a teen. But I’m on a The Vampire Diaries kick right now, so I wanted to read a book about vampires. I loved Madow’s Elementals series, so I knew this series would probably be good, too. And it is! The book is written from multiple points of view, and the chapters are relatively short and keep you wanting more (in a good way). It was a really fun read and not too graphic. I think this is a book both teens and adults will enjoy.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I don’t know why I waited so long to read the second book in The Lunar Chronicles. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed Cinder, and Scarlet did not disappoint. Scarlet is definitely a strong female lead and will do anything to save her beloved grandmother, even if that means putting herself in grave danger. Marissa Meyer’s beautiful descriptions and thoughtful character development make this book one you can lose yourself in. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.

The Elite by Kiera Cass

I have mixed feelings about the second book in the series. I didn’t love it as much as the first. But every time I thought I might be about to lose interest, a new twist pulled me back in. I’m still enjoying the relationship blossoming between America and Maxon and hope America can use her position for good. I’m still liking this series enough to read the next book. 🙂

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I’m (seemingly) one of the few people in the world who didn’t read the Twilight series when it first came out. I think I would have absolutely loved it as a teen. As an adult, I can see the argument for Edward coming across as a bit creepy and controlling. But if I turn off the logical part of my brain and just enjoy this story for what it is, it’s hard to deny that it’s a fascinating premise and keeps your attention. It’s easy to see how this book started a phenomenon.

The Vampire Prince by Michelle Madow

This book was romantic, had great world-building and is filled with wonderful characters.

The Vampire Trick by Michelle Madow

The third book in this series was easy to read, entertaining and totally original.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

While A Study in Charlotte is a little outside of the realm of what I normally read, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad that I did. I thought this was an insanely clever idea. The descendents of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson ending up at the same boarding school and teaming up to solve a mystery that they’re being framed for? Um, yes please! I wavered between giving this 4 or 5 stars. The biggest negative aspect of the book, in my opinion, is how casually Holmes’ drug use is treated. I mean, the girl has a SERIOUS drug problem, but it’s treated as if that is perfectly normal and just what teens do. That really rubbed me the wrong way. But the story was entertaining enough that I could look past it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am glad I decided to branch out and try something new.

The Wombanditos by Andrew Einspruch

The Wombanditos is unlike anything I’ve read – in the best way possible. In a novelette, author Andrew Einspruch has managed to create a whimsical yet believeable world inhabited by an OCD princess and her talking chipmunk companion Jerome (who was my favorite character!). Together, they set off on an adventure – and run into trouble along the way. Princess Eloise is kidnapped, and it’s up to her and Jerome to outsmart her captors – the Wombanditos. I actually found myself smiling as I read this story. There have been plenty of books lately that have made me teary-eyed, but I can’t remember the last time I SMILED while reading. It’s one of those books that’s a great little escape. Though this story can stand alone, it is the perfect teaser for the series. While it’s technically a YA book, it can certainly be enjoyed by a younger audience as there is no violence or graphic language. As a parent, it’s always nice to come across a fun story that can be enjoyed by all ages. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

The One by Kiera Cass

The third book in The Selection series did not disappoint. If you enjoyed The Selection and The Elite, you’ll find The One to be a great conclusion to America and Maxon’s story. While I expected the dystopian element to play a larger part in things, this series is definitely more of a romance than anything else. I thought I had the ending figured out, but while there is an HEA, the way it played out was shocking. The action really ramped up, which made for a page-turning ending. This series is a great little mindless read. It’s fun and entertaining and a fun escape.

A Game of Vampires by Caroline Peckham

I think I just found a new favorite vampire series. I can’t wait to read the rest! The quality of writing was superb and the descriptions were so vivid without being over the top. For a relatively short story, it was full of action and romance. I loved everything about this book! I highly recommend it.

The Vampire Fate by Michelle Madow

If you enjoyed the rest of The Vampire Wish series, Book 4 will not disappoint! Can’t wait to see what happens next. 🙂

V Games by Caroline Peckham

I absolutely LOVED this book. Like most readers, when I see something being compared to The Hunger Games, I’m a bit skeptical. But y’all… after reading it, I’m telling you it’s a totally fair comparison. It’s like The Hunger Games on steroids… with vampires. But in it’s own totally unique way. The whole premise was fascinating, the characters were well developed, the quality of writing is phenomenal. I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re into reading books about vampires, you do NOT want to miss this one.

The Book I Just Couldn’t Finish

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I realize that I’m in the vast minority hear, but I did not enjoy this book. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I really don’t get the hype. The idea was interesting enough, but I think there was just SO much description that, for me, it got in the way of the story. Before reading it, I remember seeing reviewers complaining about the excessive descriptions of dresses and thinking that was an odd complaint. But seriously. There are so many long-winded descriptions of dresses and colors that it started grating on my nerves. It’s not a terrible book by any means, but I was nearly finished with it when I realized I wasn’t enjoying it at all.

The Cookbooks You Need On Your Kitchen Counter Right Now

Looking for the best cookbooks on the market? Not the ones filled with fancy recipes that you'll never actually use, but the ones that have classic, home-style foods that your whole family will enjoy? Click here for the ultimate list of cookbooks. #cooking #cookbooks #tbr #giftsforcooks #kitchen

When I’m not busy writing, you can probably find me in the kitchen.

I didn’t grow up in a family with home-cooked meals on the table every night. We would often have microwave dinners or fast food, which was fine. But when I got to college, I quickly realized I needed to figure out how to cook. It was cheaper, healthier and, perhaps most importantly to me, a lot of fun.

And now that I’m a mom, I get great pleasure out of putting home-cooked meals on the table for my family.

I collect cookbooks like some people collect shoes. I can’t get enough of them!

Some are good for fancy parties, some are good for holidays, but my favorites are the ones that are good for everyday home cooking.

Here are the cookbooks you NEED on your kitchen counter right now:

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First up is Pull Up a Chair by Tiffani Thiessen.

I know what you’re thinking.

Tiffani Thiessen? Wasn’t she Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell?

Yes. Yes, she was.

And let me tell you: she is a brilliant cook.

Every single recipe I have tried in this cookbook has turned out phenomenal. From raspberry jam to grilled pizza to the absolute best chocolate chip cookie recipe you’ve ever tried, this book covers it all.

These recipes are quickly becoming my classic, go-to family dinners.

I don’t know why she hasn’t gotten more recognition yet.

If you only get one cookbook from this list, I’m telling you right now – this is the one to get.

You won’t regret it.

Next up is The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.

If you’ve ever watched The Food Network, then you know all about Ree Drummond.

I absolutely love her show, and over the years I’ve used many of her recipes.

I love that this cookbook spells out full holiday menus for you.

In fact, it’s Christmas Eve as I’m writing this, and today I’ll be using her recipes for Prime Rib, Burgundy Mushrooms and Gingerbread Cookies.

She doesn’t just cover the obvious holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

She has complete menus for holidays like Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, too.

Plus, I love that her cookbooks show pictures of every step of the process, not just some fancy picture of the end-product. It’s super helpful.

Another go-to cookbook is Valerie’s Home Cooking.

Yep, it’s another celebrity cookbook.

But if you haven’t tried Valerie Bertinelli’s recipes, then you’re missing out.

My favorite recipe from this cookbook is her gumbo.

If you had any idea how long I’ve searched for the perfect gumbo recipe, you’ll understand why.

In my opinion, it’s worth getting the whole cookbook for the gumbo recipe alone.

Finally, the last cookbook you need in your life is Chrissy Tiegen’s Cravings.

First, it’s one of the funniest cookbooks you’ll ever read.

I never thought I’d type that sentence, but it’s true. She’s hilarious, and her introduction sections of her recipes made me laugh out loud.

But, more importantly, she has some wonderful recipes in there. Her Vegetable Tortilla Stew and Rotochick Chicken Noodle Soup are game-changers.

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The YA Paranormal Romance You Need To Read Immediately

V Games is the first book in Caroline Peckham’s exciting YA paranormal romance series The Vampire Games. And let me tell you – I absolutely loved it.

Like most readers, when I see something being compared to The Hunger Games, I’m a bit skeptical.

But y’all

After reading it, I’m telling you it’s a totally fair comparison.

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It’s like The Hunger Games on steroids… with vampires. But in its own totally unique way.

The whole premise was fascinating, the characters were well developed, the quality of writing is phenomenal. I can’t recommend it enough.

If you’re into reading books about vampires, you do NOT want to miss this one.

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Authors Share The Best Paranormal Books You Need To Know About

I’ve teamed up with some amazing paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors to share the best paranormal books you need to know about. 

These are personalized recommendations of our all-time favorite paranormal reads. 

Tip: You can scroll to the bottom to see a gallery
of the books recommended in this post.


I know this will come as a shocker that my favorite one isn’t about vampires, but I absolutely loved Elementals by Michelle Madow. I don’t think I’ve ever read through a series so quickly. Normally, I’m a slow reader. But I couldn’t put it down. 

It’s about the teenage descendants of Greek gods who also have elemental magic. They have to team up to unravel an ancient prophecy and save the world. 

It’s fast-paced and filled with action and romance – everything I could want in a series. It’s a really fun read!


Submitted by L. DanversAuthor of Blood Heirs


I adore the Covencraft series by Margarita Gakis. In her world, witches are ruled by covens and not allowed to be independent of them. Most are reared within the system and have their magic honed and guided. Her MC, Jade, was born outside the system and discovers her magic as an adult. She’s forced to join the local coven, and as an independent person who has survived some pretty dark stuff, she resists this tooth and nail. But her powers are immense and she is a danger to herself and others if she doesn’t learn how to control them. Fabulous series that neatly balances dramatic action with humor. (Huh, I should go leave a review somewhere…)

McKenna Dean, Author of Snowfall

The Fever Series. It’s not only dark and sexy, it has a murder to elucidate, and the heroine changes so much along the way that she becomes almost unrecognizable. And the romance is deliciously slow-burn, which I love!


Anya J Cosgrove, Author of Lost Boy


I love the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian. It was my first taste of paranormal romance, and I devoured them!


Carrie Pulkinen, Author of Sweet Release


I enjoyed this PNR series: Afterlight: The Dark Ink Chronicles by author Elle Jasper.   


Sherry Soule, Author of Witchy Wickedness


My favorite is my first. I came to paranormal romance through True Blood, and while not a pure PNR, I went back to read Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and my love of vampires was born!

Cecelia Mecca, Author of The Healer’s Curse 

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According to Authors: Vampires vs. Werewolves

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According to Authors: Vampires vs. Werewolves

It's the question that keeps fans of paranormal romance up at night - which is better? Vampires or werewolves? A brave team of authors battles it out. Who will win? Keep reading to find out...

It’s an age-old question any paranormal romance or urban fantasy fan has probably spent a disproportionate amount of time thinking about…

Which is better: vampires or werewolves?

A brave team of authors is battling it out this week making their arguments for which supernatural being is the most powerful – and the most fun!

Who will win? Keep reading to find out!

Here we go…

 

I’m team vampire all the way. Yeah, the whole drinking blood and being dead thing is kind of a downer, but they’re incredibly strong and fast. They never age. And then there’s the power of compulsion…

Meanwhile, while werewolves have their perks, they typically only change during a full moon, leaving them vulnerable when in human form.

L. Danvers, Author of Blood Heirs

 

Vampires, totally. They tend to be loner symbols, living centuries without being fully a part of the eras they live through. Also they tend to be aristocratic and I like the trappings of that (elegance, beautiful old-fashioned clothes, castles). It’s kinda funny: my best friend is firmly Team Werewolf. We have an agreement: if I get bitten by a vampire, I’ll ask if she wants to be bitten, but if I get bitten by a werewolf, she *definitely* wants me to bite her, and her biting me is exactly the reverse!

Ironically, the works I currently have available are about werewolves. It could’ve been any paranormal being, but frankly I liked the title I came up with for the first one. I plan to introduce vampires to the series later, and other creatures as well.

Lilith Rosetti, Author of Werewolf Proof Fence

 

I love both! But hey, if a girl has got to choose, I’m team vampire. If I ended up with a vampire boyfriend, I’d rather have one that can go in the sunlight, though. A vampire’s bite is way sexier than being bitten by a wolf. And if I were a vampire, one thing I definitely wouldn’t do is go to high school! I’d travel the world.

Anya J Cosgrove, Author of Lost Boy

 

I’m team shifter all the way. The idea of an undead lover gives me the creeps. Give me the hot blooded primal male. I follow the shifter lore where they are born that way with the ability to shift whenever they want. It is as normal as breathing to them. I really like the wolves, but the cats have their charms. The bears are pretty cool, too. And lately I’ve discovered honey badgers. Talk about your anti-hero!

Julye Evans, Author of Tiger’s Heart: Nightfair Shifters Series

 

Woot, team VAMPIRE all the way!!

Cecelia Mecca, Author of The Healer’s Curse

 

That’s four votes for vampires and one vote for werewolves. Vampires it is!

What would YOU choose? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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New Release Roundup: YA Paranormal Romance

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Here’s a selection of some of the latest new releases in YA paranormal romance.

She didn’t want an Alpha,
but Destiny had other plans…

Click here to read His Mate by Anna Santos.

Everything is quiet in the magnificent halls of the Sapphire Palace but Eira is not deluded into thinking her struggles are over.

Click here to read On Wings of Doom by Ginny Clyde.

Four supposed soulmates. One persistent Light Angel. A power she can’t control.

Click here to read Hunted by the Fallen by Samantha Britt.

Nighttide has come and with it demons who prowl the darkened streets, killing those who stray from safety.

Click here to read Song of Nighttide by Megan O’Russell.

 

And don’t forget, my YA-friendly PNR book Curses and Crowns is on pre-order now for only $0.99!  You can snag the deal here.

The Perfect Cookie + The One That Needs A Name

There are two things I love: writing and cooking.

Wait, make that three: writing, cooking and eating.

I didn’t grow up in a foodie family. While there are a couple comfort food-type dishes that have been passed down, I don’t have access to a collection of timeless, tried and true family recipes. So I’ve had to search for my own.

For whatever reason, last year I decided that finding the perfect cookie was my number one mission. Why? I don’t know, exactly. It just seemed like a perfect cookie was something a mom should have.

Plus, it was an excuse to make cookies.

So I tested a bunch. Some were fine. Some were downright disgusting.  But none were memorable – at least not in a good way.

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Everything changed a week or so ago when I opened up Tiffani Thiessen’s Pull Up A Chair. Yes, she was Kelly on Saved by the Bell. And let me tell you, that lady knows how to cook.  I have yet to try a recipe from that book that hasn’t turned out amazing. Her cookbook is honestly the best cookbook I have EVER used. And I am kind of a cookbook hoarder, so that’s saying a lot.

These cookies were made using her recipe for her Sea-Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, I have to confess. I did not have sea salt on hand. Which I realize is kind of in the name. But still, even without it, these were the most perfect cookies I have ever put in my mouth.

First, they were HUGE. Like, one is enough. Second, they were a perfect consistency. They had a slight crunch to them on the outside but were soft on the inside. And, of course, they tasted amazing.

Now that you know about where to find the perfect cookie, I thought I’d share one that I invented while playing around in the kitchen. I actually got the inspiration from Pull Up A Chair’s recipes for whiskey-glazed spice nuts (seriously, it’s worth buying the cookbook just for this recipe) and shortbread cookies.

Ok, so for the cookie that still needs a name, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups butter (cold)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp whiskey
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

Directions
Using a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugars with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add the vanilla extract, flour and salt and keep mixing until incorporated. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.  Roll the dough into a flat disk, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Roll out the dough and cut out into 3-inch circles. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

 

The Pure Joy of Creating

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

Whether you’re just starting out in your creative journey or you’ve published a successful series, you probably hear the same negative self-talk:

  • What if this project I’m working on is a massive failure?
  • Am I wasting my time?
  • What will people think?

For many creatives, as much as we yearn for success and recognition, the truth is that we’d continue to pursue our passion even if we knew no one else would see it.

Because we create for the pure joy of contributing beauty to this world.

It gives us meaning and purpose.

Even after publishing a number of fiction books, some of which have done better than others (though none, as of writing this, have broken through what I’d consider successful monetarily or recognition-wise), the questions listed above come to the surface daily.

Sometimes it’s when I’m actively working on a project. Sometimes it’s when I’m planning out my quarterly goals. And sometimes it’s when I’m doing something as simple as washing the dishes.

So what drives me to keep pushing forward?

The pure joy of creating.

When I examine the gifts and talents I’ve been given, when I think of what mark I want to leave on this world, it all comes down to one thing: sharing stories.

Do you want to write a book? Learn to paint? Learn guitar? What's stopping you? Here, you'll learn how to overcome the negative self-talk and pursue your passion joyfully.

The first book I ever wrote was a tremendous flop. I spent years writing Stellix (later rebranded as Conspiracy Unleashed). It was the first major project of the sort that I’d ever taken on. I had no idea what I was doing. Honestly, I never dreamed I was even capable of writing a book, let alone finishing one. But the idea came on so fast and so strong that all I knew was that I had to get it down.

If the muse has ever taken over, you understand what I mean.

Suddenly, I found myself staying up late to write. And waking up early. And pulling out my phone and making notes to myself about character traits and plot. And making character inspiration boards…

You see, the drive to get this story down was powerful.

I could have ignored it. I could have told myself that, while it was a nice idea, I had other things to spend my time on. I could have thought to myself, “Who am I to write this down?”

But I didn’t.

I allowed the muse to come to me, and the words flowed.

Was it sunshine and rainbows? No. It was work. But it was work that filled me with purpose and passion.

The book may never hit the New York Times Bestseller List.

But that’s okay.

It will always be my favorite book because it was the book that allowed me to prove to myself that I could write. It was the book that unlocked a burning passion within me to create for the pure joy of creating.

Do you want to write a book? Learn to paint? Learn guitar? What's stopping you? Here, you'll learn how to overcome the negative self-talk and pursue your passion joyfully.

While I’ve always enjoyed writing, I don’t have a degree in creative writing or English literature. My degree is in journalism. At the time, it seemed like the more practical route. (Little did I know at the time that printed newspapers were about to become a thing of the past.) I briefly worked as a news producer, and while I loved my company and coworkers, nothing about it fulfilled me.

Early on in my writing career, I decided to view it like this: I don’t have a degree in writing and publishing books—so these early years are my learning years. These are the years to learn everything I can about my craft. These are the years to research the publishing industry, make connections and learn everything I can about what it takes to run a successful author business.

But, more than that, these are the years to create for the joy of creating.

It’s true—the more books I write, the more I learn about writing. And the stronger my writing becomes.

Will I ever be one of the great writers remembered and adored for generations to come?

Who knows?

And, quite frankly, who cares?

All I know is that this pursuit brings me happiness.

And while, yes, there are ups and downs (there is nothing more heart-wrenching for a creative than the first negative review), there is also excitement and wonder. Sometimes, I look back at the stack of books that I’ve published and just think, “Wow. I did that.”

So here’s my challenge to you: whatever you’ve been putting off, whether it’s writing a book, learning to paint, mastering the guitar, stop crumbling under the weight of the what ifs.

What if Michelangelo had talked himself out of picking up a paintbrush?

What if Mozart had been too afraid of failure to sit down at a piano?

Not only would they have never unlocked the potential within themselves, but the world would be worse off for it.

Because when you create, you are bringing beauty into the world.

You are creating something out of nothing.

Don’t sell yourself—and therefore the world—short.

Ignore the doubt.

Ignore the negative self-talk.

Do it anyway.

Go create something beautiful.

But first, tell me: what’s been holding you back from pursuing your passion? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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New Releases in Paranormal Romance

Here are the latest new releases in paranormal romance books. Enjoy!

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Four brothers seek one woman. Mission: revenge. Enjoy the latest paranormal romance by Shelley Munro today. #pnr #pnrbooks #paranormal romance #werewolves #werewolfbooks

Four brothers seek one woman. Mission: revenge.

Read Renee’s Mates by Shelley Munro today.

He needed a mate. She wanted a fling. Enjoy paranormal romance? Check out Icing on His Mate by Michelle Ziegler today! #pnr #pnrbooks #paranormal romance #werewolves #werewolfbooks

He needed a mate. She wanted a fling.

Read Icing On His Mate by Michelle Ziegler today.

More than 20 award-winning and bestselling authors have come together to curate this bewitching boxed set collection of the best PARANORMAL ROMANCE and URBAN FANTASY books in the genre, each brimming with stories of royal magic. Enjoy this multi-author bundle of paranormal romance and urban fantasy titles today. #witches #booksaboutroyalty #witchlit #paranormalromance #pnr #pnrbooks #urbanfantasy

Willful witches, supernatural sorcerers, cruel queens, and powerful priestesses fall out of favor and rise to rule in this highly sought-after collection of spellbinding stories!

Grab this multi-author box set including a story from Tanya Dawson today!

A newborn witch is hunted for her blood. Two smoking-hot brothers teach her how to survive. Can she unravel their dark secrets? Read Shadow Walker by Anya Cosgrove today! #witchlit #booksaboutwitches #pnr #paranormalromance #paranormalromancebooks

A newborn witch is hunted for her blood. Two smoking-hot brothers teach her how to survive. Can she unravel their dark secrets?

Read Shadow Walker by Anya J. Cosgrove today!

A cut-throat competition. A romance to die for. Grab your copy of Curses and Crowns (Vampires of Crescent Cape Book 1) today! #paranormalromance #pnrbooks #yabooks #yapnr #vampire books

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.

Grab Curses and Crowns by L. Danvers today!

Top Gift Ideas for Readers According to Authors

Looking for some fun gift ideas for the avid readers in your life?

Good news. You’ve come to the right place.

I’ve teamed up with some fellow authors to share our picks for the perfect gifts (in a variety of price ranges!) for readers to cozy up with. The only other thing they’ll need is a great book.

Without further ado, here is our roundup of the top gift ideas for readers:

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Huhuhero Fineliner Color Pen Set

These color pens are perfect for bullet journaling, coloring and notetaking in general. At just $6.98, they come in a 10-pack of vivid colors.  They write smoothly and are just plain fun!

Product suggested by L. Danvers, YA Paranormal Romance Author

Literary Candles

Have you ever seen anything so adorable? These bookish candles feature custom scents designed to evoke fond memories of your favorite literary tales – from Sherlock Holmes to Jane Eyre. Sixteen bucks for a gift your loved one will rave about? Yes, please!

Product suggested by Cecelia Mecca, Paranormal Romance Author

Long Distance Friendship Lamp

This gift is on the high end, price wise, but as I have several loved ones who live far away, I love the idea behind it and it seems like a lovely way to touch their heart!

Product suggested by D.M. Marlowe, Paranormal Romance Author

I Love Reading Fleece Luxury Blanket

Know an avid reader who simply wants to snuggle up with a good book and be left alone? Then this blanket is sure to make them smile. (Mental note to self: do not mess with L.G. Castillo when she’s reading.)

Product suggested by L.G. Castillo, Paranormal Romance Author

Mismatched Fingerless Mittens

Keeping your hands warm doesn’t have to be boring. These fingerless gloves are colorful with a bit of whimsy. Perfect for long winter nights.

Product suggested by Beth Caudill, Paranormal Romance Author

Aqua Love Notes Waterproof Notepad

Since I do all my best thinking in the shower…

Product suggested by Shelley Munro, Paranormal Romance Author

 

We hope you found this list helpful. We’d love to know – are any of these products on your Christmas wish list this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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