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A Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers!

It’s that time of year! I don’t know about you, but I’m deep into holiday shopping and planning. Something you may or may not know about me is that I have a deep love of spreadsheets, and I personally think there’s an organizational tool for every occasion. If you’ve been looking for a way to corral your holiday gift shopping and spending, I have a free downloadable spreadsheet for you! I post a reminder about it every year, because I love to help people learn to love the spreadsheet life.

And if you’re looking to help fill it in? Well, how about a book-lover’s holiday gift guide? I’ve teamed up with several other writers to hunt down gift suggestions for all of the book-lovers on your list – and maybe even for you! Keep reading for lots of great ideas!

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1. Kindle Oasis $249.99

The new Kindle Oasis is the e-reader we’ve been waiting for, and it’s already been added to my Christmas list. Waterproof with built-in Audible, this 8GB WiFi-enabled reader will allow you to read your favorite historical romance novels in comfort and style.

Contributed by Cecelia Mecca, author of Medieval Romance

2. Purple Agate Bookends $32

Make your bookcase stand out with these gorgeous agate bookends, adding to the gems that you already have on your shelves. There are a variety of colors and RockParadise often runs a holiday discount.

Contributed by Emily Murdoch, author of Medieval, Regency, and Western historical romances

3. Literary Scarves $48

Get all wrapped up in a classic story and show some literary love with these bookish infinity scarves. Choose between Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, or Alice in Wonderland.

4. The Book Seat $40

Fed up getting cold hands holding your book in bed at night? Or do heavy books make your fingers sore? The Book Seat hands-free book holder is the perfect answer! Prop your book – or eReader – on the beanbag and the only time you’ll need to move a finger is to turn the page!

Contributed by Belle McInnes, author of Scottish historical romance

5. Literary Gifts for Book Lovers and Readers $18-45

Jewelry becomes even more romantic with inscriptions of popular book quotes. A favorite is a necklace etched with Mr. Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennett. There are many handcrafted pieces of jewelry with a variety of quotes to choose from.

Contributed by Ellie St. Clair, author of Regency romance

6. Bordeaux Journal $13

These stunning gilded journals make a beautiful gift for any book lover. From Peter Pauper Press: “Luminous detailing in the forms of iridescent and gold foil highlights and gilded-gold page edging make this lovely journal shine.”

Gift idea from Ashley Merrick, author of sweet western historical romance

7. There’s Always Time for Tea$12.50

The idea of “tea time” is a luxurious concept, but it needn’t take an hour or be accompanied by a fox hunt. Treat yourself to a daily dose of antiquity with this literary set of 25 teabags. Each English Breakfast teabag is individually tagged with beloved quotes from your favorite authors.

Gift idea from K. C. Bateman, author of Regency Historical ‘Secrets & Spies’ series

8. Bookworm Necklace $32

Featuring the quote every historical romance reader self-identifies with, this gorgeous, simple necklace is handmade in England. “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her mind.” And yes – the artist offers it in both gold and silver, and even has a few other famous literary quotes available!

Gift idea from Jamaila Brinkley, author of historical fantasy romance

9. ‘All Those Who Wander’ Art Print $12.99

Take a book quote and early 20th-century dictionary pages out of the book and onto the wall with these prints from Vintage Art Co. I love the quotes, but images are also available! Each print is one of a kind.

Audrey Adair is the author of Scottish and time travel Historical Romance

10. Book Subscription Boxes (various)

For this, our bonus tenth gift, I picked something that I confess I’d probably get for myself in addition to giving as a gift. Subscription boxes are a huge deal right now, and what could be better than new books every month? There are several different options, depending on your taste in books – from YA to romance to literary fiction. Here’s a few of my favorites:

  • OwlCrate (YA books and swag!)
  • Ever After Box (A different romance themed box every month!)
  • Muse Monthly (Literary fiction with a focus on debut authors and marginalized voices!)
  • PageHabit (Books annotated by the authors, in multiple genres!)

I hope this guide has given you a few ideas for your shopping! I know I’ve gotten several ideas for the book-lovers on my list (and maybe a few things for yours truly…). Enjoy!

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The Mathematical Gambit is available now!

My life has been sheer chaos lately, but I’m happy to be able to surprise you, gentle readers, with a new release! That’s right. Miss Anastasia Galipp, the finest spy the Home Office has ever let loose in Mayfair, is back, with a new adventure and some new feelings to explore regarding her very handsome wizard partner, Simon Armistead. The Galipp Files, Book 2: The Mathematical Gambit, is available on most major ebook retailers for just 99 cents, and I’m excited for you to read it!

You’ll find the book’s description and buy links right here. (And if you missed the first book in the series, The Star of Anatolia, it’s right here! With a shiny new cover to celebrate!)


Captain’s Lady is Available Now!

900x600I’m so excited that CAPTAIN’S LADY is finally out in the world. Captain Jack Boone appeared in both THIEVES’ HONOR and WITCH’S STONE, and I had readers frequently email me to ask when he would get his own story. I wanted it, too! Secretly, he’s always been my favorite of the original Wizards of London trio. And who better to foil our roguish, charming, carefree Captain Boone than a lady who is so carefully organized that her lists are a wonder to behold, and who plans to take a place in the society that Jack is so uninterested in? I hope you’ll enjoy watching Jack and Kate make their way through sheer, unadulterated chaos as they navigate family drama and unexpected surprises at every turn to find real love.

You can buy CAPTAIN’S LADY on Amazon, or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited. You can also add it to your shelf on Goodreads! As always, if you want to post a review, I’m grateful! I’d love to hear from you if you read this book or any of my others – you can always reach out to me by email or on social media like Twitter or Facebook.

What’s next from me? Now that CAPTAIN’S LADY is out in the world, you can keep your eyes peeled for the next installment in Miss Anastasia Galipp‘s adventures in spycraft, magic, and romance! THE MATHEMATICAL GAMBIT is coming very soon! You can also look out for THE VINTNER’S VIXEN, my contemporary romance co-written with USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Norinne.

In the meantime, I’ll be getting my kids ready to start school in a couple of weeks, celebrating my birthday (!), and buckling down to write more! I can’t wait to see what’s next in my magical world!

Book Spotlight: Steel Blood

Hi friends! I’m swinging by here to introduce you to a writer friend of mine. Because the historical fantasy genre is a place where we can mix up so many variables, we write in the same genre (and frequently co-habit panels at local conventions!) but her world is intriguingly different than mine, and it’s SO GOOD! So please read on to meet my friend J.L. Gribble and learn a bit about her newest release – I think you’ll really like it.

Steel-Blood-Jacket.inddAs her children begin lives of their own, Victory struggles with the loneliness of an empty nest. Just when the city of Limani could not seem smaller, an old friend requests that she come out of retirement for one final mercenary contract—to bodyguard his granddaughter, a princess of the Qin Empire.

For the first time in a century, the Qin and British Empires are reopening diplomatic relations. Alongside the British delegation, Victory and her daywalker Mikelos arrive in the Qin colony city of Jiang Yi Yue. As the Qin weredragons and British werewolves take careful steps toward a lasting peace between their people, a connection between the Qin princess and a British nobleman throw everyone’s plans in disarray.

Meanwhile, a third faction stalks the city under the cover of darkness.

This is not a typical romance. It’s a good thing Victory is not a typical vampire.

Gribble photo colorBy day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. She is currently working on the Steel Empires series for Dog Star Books, the science-fiction/adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press. Previously, she was an editor for the Far Worlds anthology.

Gribble studied English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where her debut novel Steel Victory was her thesis for the program.

She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits).

You can buy STEEL BLOOD on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or direct from the publisher. And don’t forget to check out the first two books in the series, STEEL VICTORY and STEEL MAGIC.

My Balticon Schedule is Up!

That’s right, after years and years of going to my local SFF convention as a fan, I’m actually there this year as an author! Dreams DO come true! Childcare DOES get more complicated!

Here’s the panels I’m scheduled to attend at Balticon, which is held over Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Baltimore, Maryland (I may be biased).

Friday:

  • 5 PM: Baltimore in Science Fiction
  • 6 PM: Writing Major Minor Characters

Saturday:

  • 10 AM: The State of SFF Publishing
  • 11 AM: Superheroine to Wise Woman: Creating Powerful Female Characters
  • 2 PM: Reading Outside Your Genre for SFF Writers

Sunday:

  • 4 PM: Judging an Editor’s Work
  • 5 PM: Blurred Lines: Writing and Marketing Mixed-Genre Books

I’m really excited to be attending as a Real Live Author this year, and I’m pumped about my lineup of panels, because they all sound awesome. (I’m SUPER excited in a deeply nerdy way about the Baltimore in Science Fiction one, and I’m proud that two of the others are panels I proposed! One other of my proposals was also accepted, but I wound up not being able to be on it because of a scheduling conflict.) And as a fan, I’m pretty excited at the chance to meet some of my author heroes.

If you’re in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, I can heartily recommend Balticon as a great convention to attend. I’ve always had an amazing time there, and I’m excited to be building my career there now. Come see me!

Plus, bonus, they have great children’s programming! A certain pair of three year olds will DEFINITELY be down for that.

The Silk and Scandal Giveaway!

How could I resist participating in a giveaway that’s named SO PERFECTLY? That’s right, I couldn’t. Check it out!

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One winner will win a Kindle and an E-book from each author.  A second winner will win an E-book from each author.

One simple entry will subscribe you to 9 Historical Author Newsletters. Plus, gain additional entries through bonus sign ups!

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The participating authors in this one are awesome, and you’re definitely going to want to meet them:

Amanda Roberts | Emily Murdoch | Jamaila Brinkley | Samantha Holt | Dianne Trimble | Aubrey Wynne | Tess Hardwick | Tammy Andersen | Jane Reynolds |

Enter here:

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WITCH’S STONE is here – and THIEVES’ HONOR is free!!

That’s right! Duncan and Fiona’s story is finally here! You can get WITCH’S STONE exclusively on Amazon, and read the story of the battle mage and the witch who has his heart. I’m so excited for you to read this one – I love everybody in this book, up to and including Duncan’s ancestral castle itself!

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And, to celebrate the release of WITCH’S STONE, we’ve put THIEVES’ HONOR up for FREE! You can get the first book in the series and meet all the Wizards of London for the first time. It’s a limited time offer, though – only through May 9th! So go grab it!

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