Showing posts with label Warbling Wednesdays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Warbling Wednesdays. Show all posts

Friday, 23 December 2016

Warbling Me - 2016 Wrap Up


Hello again lovely readers. Here we are, finally at the end of the God-awful year 2016. If this year was an animal, it would fart vomit and vomit poo. It would snarl and bite and claw until its victim was a bloody mess of torn parts on the ground. Okay, I’m being overly dramatic, but hallelujah it’s nearly over.
I’m a private person, and I really don’t want to bore you with my rubbish, but I’ll let you in on a private joke. You might’ve been wondering why the heck I’d call my romance blog The Flare Up. Am I referring to what might happen if you don’t practise safe sex, or what? My tag line is Stories with romantic flare, so the name fits with that. But I also suffer from several autoimmune diseases. When I’m under a heap of stress I get a flare up that knocks me down for weeks, if not months. So, The Flare Up was me making a lame joke of myself. You’ve got to laugh, right?
I know things could have been worse, and have been worse for some of my friends, but the events of this year had just about snuffed out my muse for good. The stories are still there in the background waiting for me to get my shit together, and I’m so thankful that they have stuck by me. It’s driven me nuts not being able to publish to my original schedule, but I’ve learned that sometimes I just need to give myself a break.
Now that that’s out of my system I’ll share my hopes and dreams for 2017 with you.

I hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday season.


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I hope I can handle a slice of cheesecake and pavlova on Christmas Day.



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I hope my kids continue to grow into the beautiful souls that they are.


I hope DT can make America great again.



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I hope I get to meet at least some of you at signing events next year.


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I hope that you’ll all love my stories as much as I do.



I hope Santa finds the cookies.



I hope that you experience the love that you deserve.

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I hope your hopes and dreams come true (only the good dreams).


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I hope my friends and family can understand and forgive me for my absence this year.


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I hope the world can find some peace.


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I hope my editor is ready for next year, it’s going to be a big one.

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and jolly whatever it is you celebrate. See you next year, guys!
I'll be back in January with a character interview, starring Chelsea from Finding Home.
Cheers!


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Warbling Me—November 2016

Hi all,

Do you like The Flare Up’s new look? It ties in with my website and is the place to find all the latest info on my works in progress, and maybe a bit of what I’m reading and anything else about me that I deem won’t send you to sleep in a puddle of dribble.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Warbling Me - Behind the Scenes of Sensing You & GIVEAWAY!



BEHIND THE SCENES OF SENSING YOU

Hi all,

Time for the monthly warble. Don't worry there's no audio file, no need to block your ears. As promised I'm giving you a look behind the scenes of Sensing You.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Warbling Me - Behind the Scenes of Remembering Home


Hi all,

I sincerely hope your week is treating you well. Here I am because it’s Warbling Me time. I’m writing a book called Finding Home at the moment. It’s a prequel to my contemporary romance novella, Remembering Home, but it’s definitely a new adult romance. I thought I’d share a little bit of the behind the scenes of Remembering Home with you. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

March in Review & RWDU!


March in Review

Hi lovelies!
March, March, March. Can march right out the door. *Waves hands and gives it the boot*
Seriously. Life sends us tests from time to time to see if we're still paying attention and appreciating all that we have. That was March for me. It turned into a big snotty, vicious monster testing my resilience, courage and tenacity. Well, I'm pretty sure I kicked March's butt, and now I'm back with a brand new book release and a revamping of the blog. 

Check out the pics of the Readers and Writers Down Under book convention. RWDU on the Gold Coast was the trail blazer for book signing events here in Australia, and sadly 2016 was to be its final year. Dang it! I finally got to go and it was the last one. What a mammoth task. Organising not only the book signing, but also the day of seminars, and the masquerade ball. I can understand why they need a break.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Warbling Me - Farewell my Beautiful Companion



Writing this post is extremely difficult. On Friday we had to laid our old golden labrador to rest. For sixteen years she was our faithful companion. We had to make the decision to put her to sleep because she was debilitated and in terrible pain from legs that had failed her. Honestly, I’m struggling with the fact that we chose to end her life. She didn’t go in her own time as I always thought she would. It’s not a choice I’d wish on anyone. When she started to show disinterest in her food we knew it was time. A labrador’s life revolves around food. But I still wish I could take it back. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Warbling Me - January in Review

Hello lovely readers,

Bit of a shaky start to the year, but we're getting into the swing now. I hope your year has had a promising start.

I'm making some changes to the format of the blog. When I first started, I did three regular posts: 
  • Music Mondays—where I shared a video clip of a song I was loving from an Aussie artist; 
  • Warbling Wednesdays—where I wrote random thoughts about what was happening in life, 
  • and Fixation Fridays—where I shared two book reviews. 
Music Monday is history. Sorry, all you music lovers out there. I love my music, but I'll be sharing it in the form of playlists with each book I release, and that'll be over on my website (see that purple button on the menu? Yup, that's it). 

Warbling Wednesdays is now Warbling Me, and I'll be posting that over on my website on a monthly basis to coincide with my newsletter content. 

Fixation Fridays has transformed into me discussing my favourite reads, authors, genres, things that I don't like to read and whatever else comes to me. I'll still be doing reviews, but they'll be posted at random, or with the release tour.


I'll be doing some teasers for Sensing You very soon. Can't wait to start sharing those on my social media pages. I'm working on some swag for the tour giveaways, too.

The first four chapters of Remembering Home are now on Wattpad. If you're a Wattpad fan check out my profile HERE.

I've been reading The Consequences of Seduction by Rachel Van Dyken. Oh my god, this series is such a good escape from life. It's humour therapy. I love a dark, shocking read, and a good contemporary, but breaking them up with a slapstick rom-com is a fantastic idea. And Max... Max. Max, Max. He is... well, you should read this series. The man is a hilarious handful.

I finally read my first Jay McLean. I will be sharing my review of Combative shortly. This author has been on my TBR list for a while, and I'm so glad I finally had the opportunity to sample her work. Check her out! Redemptive is out soon *does a happy dance*.

Okay, so that's what's happening. Check out my picks and the month in review below.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Warbling Me - Australia Day



Happy Australia Day!

Armed with a stick and a can of insect spray, thousands of Aussies are fending off venomous vermin in the search for their beach gear. Braving the maze of debris in their sheds and garages to find the umbrella, the camping chairs, the set of plastic wickets for beach cricket, and the esky. Cloudy day? grab the pop-up gazebo, too. 

Mere decades ago, unknown for our patriotism, we seem to have swung to the other extreme, painting ourselves in green and gold, fluorescent zinc, and draping our backs in the Aussie flag in an impersonation of a super hero. Shouts of, “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oi, oi, oi,” ring out over beaches and parks across our wide, brown, green, ochre land. If someone yells, “DUCK!” they’re not referring to our feathered friends. No. It literally means, duck your head because a ball is flying in your direction. Aussie rules football, rugby league, rugby union, cricket, tennis… any number of balls could be airborne and heading for your melon.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Warbling Me - November Roundup


Hello lovely readers,
I think I'm still in shock after being accosted by a giant spider and a cane toad all in one afternoon!

It's December... WHAT?! Unbelievable. I am not ready for the festive season. NOT READY! Who's got a time machine? Where's the Tardis?

I hope you all had a fantastic November and that your Christmas shopping is under control (if you're into Christmas, that is). Can  you feel the spirit? The anticipation around this time of year? Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, there's still a different energy in the air. It's a time to spend with those you love. Let those you haven't seen for a while know that you still think of them. Or, maybe adopt a Nigel. It's pretty common to live far from family, so plenty of Aussies do an open house for Christmas or Boxing Day. In other words, any and all of their friends are welcome to rock up unannounced and join in the festivities. Better bring a plate and some drinks, though.

Here in Oz, the school kids are counting down the days until the holidays. No more school lunches and getting everyone out the door by 8 am. Hoo-freakin'-ray! It's bloomin' hot here, already. Trips to the beach and the nearest water playground are a given. Escaping to the movies to take advantage of family discounts and air-conditioning—also popular.

November was awesome, but went by too fast. I had so much fun participating in the Thankful For You Blog Hop. Huge thank you to Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup for organising that one. Visit her blog!! 

I love giving stuff away. I'll be spending an hour taking over a party hosted by Jennifer at More Than Words Promotions on December 16th, where I'll be posting teasers, asking weird questions and giving away more prizes. Yay! If you follow my Facebook or Twitter, I'll be putting up a reminder when that's happening.

Anyway! This month, I'm winding down on the blogging to finish up my next novel, and because it's school holidays. I've been reading The Shadows by J.R. Ward. Her new one comes out today. I still love the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I've decided to read more historical and paranormal/ fantasy next year. I've been neglecting those genres, but not anymore! Next up on the reading list is Rachel Van Dyken's The Dark Ones. I mean, just the title alone is enough to make me want to read it.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Warbling Me - October Roundup


Hellooo,
What a month! I had my first book release—Yay! I carved my first pumpkin and went trick or treating for the first time. I hosted my first Halloween party. Our street was swarming with creatures this year. It was actually surprising, because Halloween hasn't really taken off here yet. Next year I'll have to have three times the amount of treats. 

Tomorrow the Melbourne Cup will be run—'The Race That Stops The Nation'—as it's known here in Oz. Whether you're into horse racing or not, doesn't matter. The race is more like one part racing, one part fashion show and one part excuse for an extended lunch/ afternoon off to party. Even if you don't bet, The Cup will lure you to have a punt. 

I've had a pearler of a month in terms of reading. I love the lingering warmth, the endorphin high you get when you've read a book that shocks and thrills and satisfies in every way a book should. I've had several of those experiences this month. Reviews coming up include books from Penelope Ward, M. Leighton, Kendall Ryan and Lauren Blakely. 


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Warbling Me - September Roundup


Hi all,

Okay, I thought I had a quiet month, but looking at all the posts below, maybe I didn't. I only did two reviews in September, although I read many more books than that. My apologies for not posting more reviews, but I've been working on the release of my novella, Remembering Home. If you want to know more about that you can click on the purple website button above. I won't warble on about it here because I'm terrible at self promo.

Anywho, I just finished reading Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines (you should  know she's one of my faves). She's returned to her YA roots with this one and I absolutely loved it. Dang it, she made me cry! I'll be posting my review, hopefully on Monday so I can do a quote-tastic meme as well.

I've nearly finished reading When I Break - the complete series by Kendall Ryan. Sex addict meets virgin sex addiction counsellor. Certainly an interesting concept and Kendall makes it work.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Warbling Me - August Roundup


Hi All,

 Here’s what’s happening:

August has left the building ... or calendar. Whatever. You know what I mean. We had 29 C last week during winter, so nature may as well bring on spring. Is it starting to cool off in the northern half?
In our little household, man flu has settled into Computer Guy's body, congregating in his nasal and chest cavities. Ever tried to sleep next to someone who sounds like they're trying to breathe under water? No? I wouldn't recommend it. Total waste of time. Thank goodness analgesics and decongestants.
Consequently, my desk chair has been accommodating my derrière late into the night. I love the night hours when it's just me and the sound of my pencil scratching thoughts onto a page (and the gurgling snores from down the hall). The late hours are when my characters are most active, projecting their activities onto the dream screen in my sleepy, sometimes semi-conscious mind.
I love it when the story solidifies into a comprehensible form, but it's a bugger that I'm half dreaming when it happens. It's what I call interrupted peace. I hope to have a blurb and cover soon.
What's happening around town? The Brisbane Writers Festival is on this week and Cassandra Clare is going to be there. Mortal Instruments? Infernal Devices? Tell me you know these books or I'm going to scowl at you. I am devastated that I have to miss it this year, but there’s always next year and it's for family reasons, so they come first.

Did you see the new releases post for September? My most anticipated book is *drum roll* Dark Wild Nights by Christina Lauren (Wild Seasons #3 - Oliver and Lola’s story). Screwed by Kendall Ryan also looks good, who doesn't love a romantic comedy? Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward has an interesting trope I’ve never read before - arranged marriage between two religious families. So many great books, I could go on.


My pick of the month is Strong Enough by M. Leighton. Read my review here


Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland came a close second. I will post that review soon.

It's always so hard to pick a favourite.




What books are you impatiently waiting for in September?
 What books blew your mind in August?
 Let me know.

Cheers






Here's the roundup for August!

Book Tours & Release Blasts:


Cover/ Trailer/ Chapter/ Excerpt/ Teaser Reveals & Sale Announcements:


Memes, Warbling Me & Reviews:

Warbling Me - August Roundup


Hi All,

 Here’s what’s happening:

August has left the building ... or calendar. Whatever. You know what I mean. We had 29 C last week during winter, so nature may as well bring on spring. Is it starting to cool off in the northern half?
In our little household, man flu has settled into Computer Guy's body, congregating in his nasal and chest cavities. Ever tried to sleep next to someone who sounds like they're trying to breathe under water? No? I wouldn't recommend it. Total waste of time. Thank goodness analgesics and decongestants.
Consequently, my desk chair has been accommodating my derrière late into the night. I love the night hours when it's just me and the sound of my pencil scratching thoughts onto a page (and the gurgling snores from down the hall). The late hours are when my characters are most active, projecting their activities onto the dream screen in my sleepy, sometimes semi-conscious mind.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Warbling Me - July Roundup


Helloooo,

Last month of winter coming up! It has actually been cold this year, but not as dry as usual, so no cracked knuckles. Hooray! Little things, little things.

July whizzed past so fast I can't believe it. So many great books came out. I hope you entered some of the competitions and took advantage of the sales I posted on the blog. You'll see a new Current Giveaways widget (above) to make them easier to find. 

♦♦♦♦♦I'm giving away three copies of Badass in my Bed #1 by Rae Lynn Blaise. One here on the blog, one on my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/jmadele5 and one on my Twitter profile - https://twitter.com/JMAdeleBooks. ENTER, ENTER, ENTER. This one ends in 2 days at midnight on Monday morning (U.S. EDT)♦♦♦♦♦

♦♦♦♦♦I'm also giving away an eCopy of Copper King (Book #1 of the Takhini Shifters series) by Vivian Arend. Hello alpha grizzly. I really enjoyed this one. Book #2, The Laird Wolf is out now. you only have 4 days left to win this one. It ends at midnight on Wednesday (U.S. EDT)♦♦♦♦♦



My pick of the month is Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit Book #1) by J.T. Geissinger. I adored it! Nico Nyx knows what he wants and he goes after her, but there are obstacles to overcome that seem insurmountable. Read my review here.






Some up and coming releases I'm chomping at the bit to share with you include Strong Enough by M. Leighton, releasing on August 4, and Resist by Heather C. Leigh, releasing August 9. I cannot rave about these two books enough. You'll hear about these from me soon. Have a look at my August New Releases post for the other books I'm looking forward to.

Anyway, let's talk about what makes a lovable heroine. I'm not talking about personality. If the female protagonist of every book had to have the same personality for readers to like that character, reading would be pointless. I'm talking about certain character traits.

I don't care if she is sweet, sassy, snarky, controlling, flighty or a loner. She should have these four qualities:
  • She has to have heart - She has to care. Someone who doesn't care about others is never likeable. 
  • She has to have a spine - She may not care about herself at the start of the book, but by the end she should value herself. A person willingly acting as a doormat doesn’t gain anybody’s respect. I’m not talking about sacrificing their own happiness to save someone they love or make that person happy. I’m talking about letting some bastard stomp all over your dignity for their own personal gain. Nooooo. Not happening. 
  • She can’t be obsessed with what she sees in the mirror, valuing that over and above what’s on the inside. Shallow isn’t likeable. Ever. It’s cool to want to take care of your appearance. Commendable even. But there’s got to be more to a person than that. 
  • She has to be able to learn. Isn’t that what life’s about? Learning and growing as a person. Someone who thinks they know it all and don’t need any more experience or to make new connections … well they aren’t likeable. They’re ignorant and arrogant. 
I think that’s it. Any more you’d like to add? Or maybe you disagree with me? Feel free to argue.

Cheers





Here's the roundup for July!

Book Tours & Release Blasts:



Cover/ Trailer/ Chapter/ Excerpt/ Teaser Reveals & Sale Announcements:



Warbling Me & Reviews:

Warbling Me - July Roundup


Helloooo,

Last month of winter coming up! It has actually been cold this year, but not as dry as usual, so no cracked knuckles. Hooray! Little things, little things.

July whizzed past so fast I can't believe it. So many great books came out. I hope you entered some of the competitions and took advantage of the sales I posted on the blog. You'll see a new Current Giveaways widget (above) to make them easier to find. 

♦♦♦♦♦I'm giving away three copies of Badass in my Bed #1 by Rae Lynn Blaise. One here on the blog, one on my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/jmadele5 and one on my Twitter profile - https://twitter.com/JMAdeleBooks. ENTER, ENTER, ENTER. This one ends in 2 days at midnight on Monday morning (U.S. EDT)♦♦♦♦♦

Monday, 20 July 2015

Warbling Me - Road Trip


Hi all,

The kids are back at school. *Wipes brow and crawls into bed* – Oh! But wait, there’s still a toddler. *throws the covers back and rolls onto the floor where she stays until jumped on by a two year old munchkin.*

In the holidays, we thought it might be nice to go for a road trip to colder climates. Brave souls that we are, we took the kids. The day before we left I rushed home with a cheapie portable DVD player for the car. 

“What’s that for?” Computer Guy complains, somewhat startled by my approach.

“Eight hours in a confined space with three boys, two of whom cannot read and would be dangerous with a pencil, are you kidding me?” My eyebrows have gone stratospheric I’m so astounded by his naiveté.

“We never had movies to watch in the car when we were kids.”

“Did your parents ever take you in the car for more than two hours?” I refrain from putting my hands on my hips, but only because I am still holding the box with plastic wrapping half ripped and falling in a cascade to the floor.

“Hmpf.” He rolls his eyes and walks off.

How much we rely on technology for entertainment these days. The bloomin’ DVD player didn’t even work for the first day. Grrr.

Our hopes of finding snow was a week premature and morphed into a tour of oversized monuments to food. First was the Big Prawn in Ballina, proudly perched in front of a hardware store. Although they do barbeques on the weekends I have never seen a prawn on any of their Barbies. Next up -The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. It's lazing on its back, you can walk right through and watch the traffic streak by.



Taking a break from the oversized food, we went to visit tiny Tacking Point Lighthouse in Port Macquarie. Out to sea, we watched the spray from three whales breaching the surface, absolutely mesmerized. That sight never gets old, I don’t care who you are.

We missed The Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth, much to my dismay, on our way to the parched higher country to the West. I can now boast that I have been to Australia’s highest city – Armidale, and Australia’s highest town – Guyra. Both of these locations receiving snow one week AFTER we had left. *Crosses arms and juts out lower lip.*

We topped off our tour with The Big Apple (not New York City, unfortunately) in Stanthorpe.
Fruit Salad touring with a prawn thrown in. Yummy. If only we had started up in Nambour at The Big Pineapple. I am quite partial to those.



All righty then. I hope you are enjoying the reviews, excerpts, trailers and teasers I have been bringing you. May you stay healthy and safe.

That’s my warbling for the week.

Cheers

Warbling Me - Road Trip


Hi all,

The kids are back at school. *Wipes brow and crawls into bed* – Oh! But wait, there’s still a toddler. *throws the covers back and rolls onto the floor where she stays until jumped on by a two year old munchkin.*

In the holidays, we thought it might be nice to go for a road trip to colder climates. Brave souls that we are, we took the kids. The day before we left I rushed home with a cheapie portable DVD player for the car. 

“What’s that for?” Computer Guy complains, somewhat startled by my approach.

“Eight hours in a confined space with three boys, two of whom cannot read and would be dangerous with a pencil, are you kidding me?” My eyebrows have gone stratospheric I’m so astounded by his naiveté.

“We never had movies to watch in the car when we were kids.”

“Did your parents ever take you in the car for more than two hours?” I refrain from putting my hands on my hips, but only because I am still holding the box with plastic wrapping half ripped and falling in a cascade to the floor.

“Hmpf.” He rolls his eyes and walks off.

How much we rely on technology for entertainment these days. The bloomin’ DVD player didn’t even work for the first day. Grrr.

Our hopes of finding snow was a week premature and morphed into a tour of oversized monuments to food. First was the Big Prawn in Ballina, proudly perched in front of a hardware store. Although they do barbeques on the weekends I have never seen a prawn on any of their Barbies. Next up -The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour. It's lazing on its back, you can walk right through and watch the traffic streak by.



Taking a break from the oversized food, we went to visit tiny Tacking Point Lighthouse in Port Macquarie. Out to sea, we watched the spray from three whales breaching the surface, absolutely mesmerized. That sight never gets old, I don’t care who you are.

We missed The Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth, much to my dismay, on our way to the parched higher country to the West. I can now boast that I have been to Australia’s highest city – Armidale, and Australia’s highest town – Guyra. Both of these locations receiving snow one week AFTER we had left. *Crosses arms and juts out lower lip.*

We topped off our tour with The Big Apple (not New York City, unfortunately) in Stanthorpe.
Fruit Salad touring with a prawn thrown in. Yummy. If only we had started up in Nambour at The Big Pineapple. I am quite partial to those.



All righty then. I hope you are enjoying the reviews, excerpts, trailers and teasers I have been bringing you. May you stay healthy and safe.

That’s my warbling for the week.

Cheers

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Warbling Me - June Roundup


G'day all,

I've been a bit quiet this month. Online, that is. Let me assure you there is nothing quiet about my home life! Three boys ... two with ADHD (one also with special needs) and a toddler. Yep. NOOOOT QUIIIEEEET.

I haven't been warbling as much because of medical dramas that I don't want to bore you with. Does this mean I'm going to stop everything? Nope. I adore helping authors get the word out about their work, but the format of the blog will be changing a bit as I get closer to publishing my own work.

The writing continues at a snail's pace. Grrr. I've tweaked my novella some more, hoping to get it copy edited soon. I need to get back to my novel because those characters are kicking up a fuss at being left alone for too long. I have so many more projects I want to start, but as any busy person knows - it's a juggling act.

It's a good thing I am a freak when it comes to organizing things. Everything gets a label and its own file, box or shelf. I do the same thing with tasks during my day. They each have a time slot or an order on the list. In my case, because the kids are so unpredictable and need so much more of my time for activities like therapies, homework and other care, I have to do my writing when they're not home or are off in dreamland. Just means I go a bit slower than most.
I'm like that duck that glides along the surface of the pond while its legs are frantically paddling under water. Can anyone else relate?

On a brighter note ...
I have been busy reading some fabulous books, most recently Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely - what a way to start a series, check out my review below - and Searching For Always by Jennifer Probst <3<3. I hope you get a chance to check these two out. I'll be posting my review of the latter in a review stop for the Searching For Always Blog Tour on Saturday, so stop in and read that one. My favourite pick for the month is Spark by Erin Noelle. It was so emotionally wrenching I needed recovery time. Just wow.

I realise that I have been neglecting the historical romance genre. Have I read any historicals? Why, yes. Yes, I have. Would I ever write one? Probably not because - OMG the research! *shudder*. Any historical romance writers are instantly superstars in my book. So, I'm going to ask for your suggestions on...


Who is your favourite historical romance author? 
What are some of your favourite historical romance books? 
Let me know in the comments below.

Here's the roundup for June -

Book Tours and Release Blasts:


Cover/ Trailer/ Excerpt Reveals & Sale Announcements: 


Reviews & Warbling:


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