Monday, October 3, 2011

Recommend Monday and SWEET Giveaway Day Twenty-seven!

Good Monday All!

Hope you had a good weekend. Did you do anything fabulously fun or read anything so fantastic that you can't wait to share the news? If so, this is the place to be and we want to hear from you!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday and shared their favorite season. And congrats to Shelly E. for winning a signed copy of SWEET REVENGE. Shelly, email me at with your mailing info and I'll get the book out to you soon.

Hard to believe that SWEET REVENGE is almost here! Tomorrow is the official release day but since I stopped by several BAM stores yesterday and signed the stock, I know it's already out there. If you happen to see it on the bookshelf and have the chance, snap a photo for me and send it to me. I'll post it on my Facebook page. And btw, if you're not on my Facebook page, I'd love for you to come over. I post excerpts, book news, covers and chats there. Here's the link:

I'm gearing up for an exciting and busy week. I'll be here all day tomorrow for the SWEET REVENGE release day party. Lots of prizes, fun quizzes and a little LCR trivia. Be sure to come by for the celebration! Tomorrow night, I'm doing a call in for a book club and we'll be discussing SWEET JUSTICE and all the LCR books. Really looking forward to chatting with this group.

On Thursday, I'm over at two places. First, Marie Force's Romance and Oreo book club chose SWEET JUSTICE as their book this week. (Thank you, Marie and Crystal!) I'll be chatting about Seth and Honor and the oh so evil Alden Pike. I'll also be giving away a couple of signed copies of SWEET JUSTICE. Here's the link:

Also on Thursday, I'll be chatting at the Romance at Random website about unsinkable heroines, which is how I viewed Jamie Kendrick in SWEET REVENGE. Hope you can come by and chat! Here's that link:

Additionally, one of my favorite authors and people, Joyce Lamb, will be on this blog on Thursday, chatting about her writing, plus she's giving away a couple of her fantastic books. You don't want to miss this!

Since this is Recommend Monday, along with the last day of the SWEET giveaways, it seems only right that I'm giving a SWEET recommendation that I got from Recommend Monday. Thanks to Anne for recommending it and then Mary G for reinforcing it, I downloaded and finally read The Sweet Gum Tree by Katharine Allred. All I can say is Oh. My. Gosh. I can't believe it took me so long to read such a fabulous book. So many things in this wonderful story resonated with me. Ms. Allred describes southern living perfectly--the family dynamics, the small town mentality and the absolute joy of living in the south were all there. But what I really loved were the characters. Alix and Nick were written so realistically. You know when a book makes you cry on one page, laugh on the next page, want to shout at a character on the next page and then want to hug that same character on the next page, you have got a great book. I highly recommend this book but will warn you of two things. It is told in first person which is not my favorite kind of read but I got so caught up in the book, that it bothered me for all of one sentence and then I was lost in the story. Second, you need to schedule time to read this book. Not because it's long but because once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down. It is that good! And to make this book even more enticing, if you have a Kindle, the book is on sale for $1.49. What a SWEET deal! Here's the link at Amazon:

And with that SWEET recommendation, I'm going to give away a very SWEET prize. A signed copy of any LCR book and that also includes SWEET REWARD. (Beware that I won't have copies of SWEET REWARD until late November, but if you win, you'll get the first copy). For a chance to win, all you have to do is give a book recommendation. I'll announce the winner tomorrow before we get started on the SWEET REVENGE release day party.

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone. I hope you'll leave a recommendation today and then come back tomorrow for some SWEET release day fun!


JBarr5 said...

kiss me crazy or slow burn by ednah walters would be my recommendation from the 45 books i read last month. i can't wait for the rest of that series to come out either.


krisgils33 said...

Happy Monday all!
I'm off to SanFran later today. Looking forward to some warmer house is absolutely freezing, but I refuse to turn on the heat just yet!!

Tomorrow is going to be an awesome day!!! There are so many releases I am looking forward to!!!

Last week I read Victoria Dahl's Good Girls Don't and Bad Boys Do. Fun books. I read a couple others, but they're not quite recommends in my humble opinion.

Gail said...

I would like to reccommend "Night Circus" by Erin Morganstern Or "Only His" by Susan Mallery

Anonymous said...

any book by Jodi Thomas :)

ShellyE said...

Thanks for drawing my name for a copy of Sweet Revenge!! Can't wait to read it!! The Sweet Gum Tree sounds very interesting, and for $1.49 you can't beat it!! I'll check it out. This past week, I read Edge of Sight by Roxanne St Claire, Storm of Pleasure by Terri Brisban, and several others that I can't recall! Getting too old - will have to do a better job of keeping track of what I've read! I always look forward to seeing what everyone else is reading!

Alison said...

Happy Monday Everybody!

I've started working my way through J.D. Robbs "In Death" series and I am really enjoying it. Last week I read and enjoyed Immortal In Death, Rapture In Death and Ceremony In Death.

I have Sweet Gum Tree on my Kindle,sounds like I need to move it up my TBR list!

oklanannie said...

Christy, I'm so happy you enjoyed THE SWEET GUM TREE! Books written in first person aren't my favorite either but, as you said, you get so caught up in this story you don't even notice it. I kept hearing Alix's sweet southern voice in my head as I read the wonderful story.

"Water for Elephants" is written in first person also. Again, I got caught up in Jacob's story and hardly noticed. This is a book I would recommend. It's not really a "happy" book but a man's journey through life that touched my heart.

Can't wait for tomorrow's SWEET activities. I know SWEET REVENGE is going to be a big hit. Congrats on the fantastic feedback you're receiving already!

Elke said...

Hi Christy, hi Everyone,
last week I had a really great surprise waiting for me when I came home and checked my mail. There was an Amazon delivery containing a very sweet book - Sweet Revenge was delivered early and it was fantastic. It kept me of the edge of my seet and more than once I was tempted to sneak forward because I could´nt read fast enough.Dylan and Jamie are just awesome.

I also read the new book by Mariah Stewart "Hometown Girl" and I liked it as well.

Looking forward to tomorrows release day party

Jane said...

I've been rereading a few favorites and I'll recommend Samantha James' "A Perfect Hero" for historical romance fans.

Taryn @MySecretRomance said...

I bought The Sweet Gum Tree a while back but I haven't read it yet....I guess I need to move that up on my TBR list.

Is it possible to be in love with a book? Because I think I am, with two actually. I keep them right by me and I all I have to do it look at them and they bring a smile to my face. Good thing they don't have half-naked men on the cover or else my hubby wouldn't be so happy with me staring at them. LOL The author is Judith McNaught. I read A Kingdom of Dreams and I am almost finished with Whitney, My Love. I am in awe over these books. It's hard for me to explain how much I love them, they have basically rendered me speechless. I went on the computer and ordered a bunch of her other books and I plan to give my friends some too. Too bad they aren't available on the kindle or else I would have gifted them already. I recommend everyone to read these books! You won't be sorry. I am only sorry that it took me so long to read them when I bought them a few months ago.

Can't wait for tomorrow!!

Anonymous said...

Just finished The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle. Very good! On to the Bella Terra Series next! Have a great Monday!

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Happy Monday everyone!

I highly recommend New York to Dallas the latest Eve Dallas book by J.D. Robb, Lethal by Sandra Brown, Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love and Scoundrel's Honor by Rosemary Rogers.

I can't wait until tomorrow's release party!

Anonymous said...

I have been on a reading spree that has been all over the place. Victoria Dahl's "Bad Boys Do" Can't wait for #3 at the end of this month. Laura Kaye's "Hearts In Darkness". Bella Andre "From This Moment On".
At the moment I'm reading Nicole Jordan's "The Seduction". Kathleen E. Woodiwiss' "Shanna". Lauren Dane's "Never Enough".

Please don't enter me, Thanks.

Moving Allred's book up on the pile. I had downloaded it when it was mentioned and found it on Amazon for a great price.

Jackie P

Anonymous said...

Don't Mess With Texas by Christie Craig was a very cute book that I read lately. I always love Christie's books.

Mary G said...

It's so great to read about book love from others.

Christy, so glad you enjoyed The Sweet Gum Tree. I agree about first person-not my fave but it suited the story. Funnily enough, all her other books that I bought are 3rd person.

I enjoyed Welcome To Paradise by Elle Kennedy and I'm enjoying Money Shot by Sophie Gunn.

Yeah Shelly!!

Hope said...

I have two recommends this week. One is a new author and I truly loved her, I hope you will all give her a try. Trish McCallan's Forged in Fire. I loved it and can't wait for her next book.

Also, I finished Only Mine by Susan Mallery. Cute story keeping in the Fools Gold series.

Can't wait for tomorrow Christy. Have a great week everyone.

Mariee said...

I recommend On Thin Ice by Anne Stuart. It's the latest addition to the Ice series and I absolutely loved it. Great book!

KayB said...

Way behind in my reading, my TBR list has grown to over 75 but I will get them. Been reading EVE by Iris Johansen...WOW & HOT also because of where I live Melanie Dobson's Love Finds You in Homestead,Iowa nice picture of Iowa life.
Christy, love love LCR can't wait till tomorrow I know it's going to be has special as the others.

KC said...

I read The rebel by J.R. Ward, Serendipity by Carly Phillips and Crush on You by Christie Ridgway. I highly recommend all three. Happy reading!!

Crystal said...

Happy Monday everyone! I am feeling a bit sluggish today Monday is kicking my butt and it is only 12:30 here. **sigh** Tuesday will be better I'm almost...100%...positive. :)

I've been fighting a cold and the kids haven't been feeling to well either so I've not had the chance to read as much as I usually do, but I do have a recommendation or two. First of all I was lucky enough to win a copy of SWEET REVENGE.... You HAVE to rush out first thing in the morning and grab it!! I loved Seth and Honor, but Dylan and Jamie are even better if you can imagine that being possible. Wow Christy I have to say your writing just keeps getting better and better. Loved it!!
I also read Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen. (Thanks Kris for pointing it out to me) It was a fun read. Not your usual meet and fall in love book because they were already married just had no idea of each others secret lives. Good book especially for .99!
I reread Honor's Splendour and it was every bit as good as the first 3 or 4 times I read it.
Can't wait for Thursday and the Romance and Oreos bookclub! We get to talk talk talk about Seth. I won't promise not to gush gush gush about Dylan a little too. :)
Have a great week everyone!

Crystal said...

Taryn... I LOVE JUDITH MCNAUGHT!!! You will find some serious fans around here. Kingdom of Dreams is one of my absolute favorites. Have you read Once and Always? **sigh** I love that book!!

Kris have fun in SanFran! The highs this week just keep going day as each day passes. Friday the high is 59. I love it! Hubby not so much. :)

Congrats Shelly on your win!! Yay!

Na said...

I would recommend any book by Melody Thomas except I haven't read them all. So I'll recommend Beauty and the Duke by her or Passion and Pleasure in London.

For a women's fiction book, I really really like The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

Cathy M said...

I was in the mood for a cowboy story this weekend and grabbed one from my favorite's shelf that gives me cowboys and shifters. Reaper's Justice by Sarah McCarty.(It's an historical too)

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

TeigTanten said...

I started reading Sydney Crofts series last week. Paranormal, Suspense, SEALs, Porn... I LIKE :o))

Taryn @MySecretRomance said...

Crystal- No, I have not read that one yet, but I think it was one of the ones I ordered along with Until You, Paradise and a few others. I'm so excited to read them! Can you recommend another author that is similar to her?

Bianca- HAHA! Nice way to describe that series! You are correct too! I read them a few yeas ago when they came out but I haven't read the last one that was released in June.

Deb said...

The best book I read last week needs no recommendation, everyone that comes to this blog will already know that it is great. But I did truly enjoy Sweet Reward. I have loved all of the LCR books, but I have to say this is my favorite one.

Jennifer D. said...

Happy Monday. I have been in a little bit of a reading rut - so happy that Sweet Revenge is releasing tomorrow!! Anyway, I read a new to me author - Anne Mallory - since I was craving a historical. The book was called One Night is Never Enough & the hero is a owns a gaming club. I enjoyed it a lot and can't wait for the second book, which is coming out soon.

Crystal said...

Taryn have you read any of Julie Garwoods historicals? She is another of my favorite historical writers!! Ransom is amazing as well as Honor's Splendour. To be honest I have not read a book by either author that I didn't really enjoy.

swells77 said...

Retribution, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sundown and Abby are a great match. Sasha is so funny..I was so glad to see more of him.

Amy said...

If you are open to paranormal romance, I highly recommend Nalini Singh's books. Both her Guild Hunter and Psy/Changeling series are awesome! For romantic suspense, I recommend Cynthia Eden's Deadly series.

Monikarw said...

Well, I read Enticed by his forgotten lover by Maya Banks over the weekend and then Sweet Justice and I recommend both! Loved them!:)
yay! I don't have to wait long I can know what's next tomorrow!:P LOL
Have a nice week everyone!:*

Taryn @MySecretRomance said...

Crystal, people have recommended Julia Garwood to be but not those books. They were The Bride and The Wedding (I think?). I will have to check yours out. Thanks!

Maria Ringler said...

My recommend for this week is Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart. The whole Chesapeake Diaries series is great.

Unknown said...

I read Veil Of Night by Linda Howard. I am busy cleaning my "book room" and downsizing so I an trying to get a bunch read. I am also waiting for Bonnie by Iris Johensn to come out. I can't wait to find out how that series end. Happy reading all.

Anonymous said...

michelle t
I book that I would recommend is Stephanie Tyler's In the Air Tonight, which was a great romatic supensethat i read last week.

Laurie G said...

Stephanie Tyler's Hold trilogy. Any book by Jill Shalvis.

Kara C said...

Hey Christy!
Happy Almost Another Release Day! It is finally time for everyone to get to read D&J's story. Those two had to wait a long time!
I am reading a bit of everything right now. Getting my laugh out loud moments from Peggy Webb's Elvis series, checking in on Seth and Honor again for book club, reading Susan Mallery's Only Mine, and finishing up a recommend by you and Crystal, Once and Always. So far, I'd say I would recommend them all!
You have a busy week ahead! You're sure to be hearing from lots of grateful readers.

Spav said...

I love the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. The last book, Spider's Revenge, was released last week.

Christy Reece said...

Thanks so much for the great recommends yesterday. I've added five to my list already!

And Taryn, so glad you've discovered Judith McNaught! She is at the top of my list of all time favorite authors. My favorites are: Almost Heaven (Ah, Ian...sigh...), A Kingdom of Dreams, Once and Always, Something Wonderful, Perfect, Paradise and Someone to Watch Over Me. She writes some of the most romantic books ever!

Thanks all for the good wishes on SWEET REVENGE today. I so love Dylan and Jamie's story and hope you do too. Thanks so much for those who have already read it and told me how much you enjoyed it.

Today is release day and the party will get started at 10ish (CST), which is in a couple of hours. Hope everyone can drop by and celebrate with me.

And to get the day started off on the right track, I'm happy to announce the winner of yesterday's SWEET giveaway of any LCR book of your choice is Taryn!

Congrats, Taryn! Email me at with your book choice and your mailing address.

See you all in a couple of hours. Lots of chances for prizes, books and fun, so be sure to tell your friends and family and come on by!

Angela said...

I recommend the latest of Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold Series. It's such a great series :) Couldn't stop reading.

Taryn @MySecretRomance said...

AHHH!!! Thank you so much! I haven't heard of some of those books by Judith that you mentioned but I am going to look them up now. Happy release day and thank you again!