The Week Ahead Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week at Book Talk & More with Kathy:

Monday’s Book Talk: What have you been reading lately?

Spotlights

Mystery Monday
Teen Tuesday
Thursday-Reading Challenge
Thrifty Thursday-will resume 12/29
Friday Feature-will resume 12/30

Don’t forget the first contest post goes up on 11/30! Winter Wonderland eBooks up for grabs this week:

Merry Christmas Cowboy by Maisey Yates
A Gift-Wrapped Holiday by Amy Aislin
Two Christmases by Suleena Bibra
A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy

Click here for more info on entering the eBook contests.

Winning Wednesday will resume 12/28

Saturday Series Spotlight will resumse 12/31.

Have a great week!!

***All the eBooks in this week’s Winter Wonderland giveaways have been purchased by Book Talk & More with Kathy.***

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Saturday Series Spotlight & Giveaway: AE Lister’s Northern Horizons

Here are the eBooks in this week’s Saturday Series Spotlight contest:

Title: 760 Miles by AE Lister
Northern Horizons Book One
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Historical, Gay, Erotic, Romance
Length: 342 pages

Summary:

How far would you travel for one man?

The very last thing Jimmy Downing needed was a skinny traveling partner who acted half his age with a chip on his shoulder and no idea how the real world worked, because Jimmy had a lot of experience with the world and he wanted no part of it anymore.

He was trying his best to be an honorable man after two decades of being outside the law. He’d stolen things. He’d killed people in the name of survival. He’d helped other men do horrible things. But now he was keeping his head down and trying to live under the radar. T’wasn’t his fault that Oscar needed someone to show him right from wrong, give him something to eat on the regular and try to keep him out of trouble, so he didn’t end up making a mess of his life the way Jimmy had. Maybe that was what being a good man was all about.

Except the things Jimmy wanted from this twenty-one-year-old man were far from respectable, and he couldn’t stop thinking about them, especially when Oscar Yates of the big brown eyes, cackle of a laugh and insatiable appetite for anything grilled over an open fire insisted on pushing all his buttons.

How was Jimmy going to last the 760 miles to Port Essington without giving in to those needs Oscar called to with the hint of a smile and a smart-assed curse? Because if Jimmy did give in, it would mean both of them living outside the law and never having the chance at a decent life again.

Also Available for Download on Kindle Unlimited.


Title: Repentance and Absolution by AE Lister
Northern Horizons Book Two
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Historical, Gay, Erotic, Romance
Length: 299 pages

Summary:

You can’t take back your sins. You can only hope for forgiveness.

Jimmy Downing traveled seven hundred sixty difficult and dangerous miles to bring Oscar Yates to Port Essington to find his uncle. When Jimmy saw the abandoned homestead Oscar had inherited, he envisioned a future for them there, as long as they could keep the true nature of their relationship a secret. But once the initial work is complete and they have a cozy living space and a stable for the livestock, Oscar and Jimmy face a long winter dealing with thoughts that have time and space to plague them.

Jimmy suffers nightmares of dark deeds committed in his past, while Oscar deals with trauma from his time in Dawson and his mistreatment at the hands of Spook. A new horse provides a distraction for Oscar and leads to new friendships and a break from their solitary existence, but a dangerous encounter exposes surprising truths about their nearest neighbors and a sense that their lives are being guided by forces outside their control.

Also Available for Download on Kindle Unlimited.


Giveaway

I am giving away one eBook from the series-WINNER’S CHOICE. Here’s how to enter the Saturday Series Spotlight contest:

You must Do TWO of the Following:

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4. To be eligible to enter contests on Book Talk & More with Kathy you MUST fill out the contest entry form (found HERE). This form only needs to be filled out ONCE. Your privacy is important to me, and I will not share your information.

And don't forget to:

5. Fill out the form below by 4 PM Mountain Time Monday afternoon.

* I am the only person who will have access to info that is submitted to me UNLESS a publisher or author has donated an eBook for the giveaway. For a prize donated by an author or publisher, I will forward your e-mail and format selection to the person responsible for distributing the eBook. Please refer to the privacy page HERE if you have questions about how your information is used. In the event the contest form is not working, please leave your book selection in the comments below.*

It’s that easy! The winner will be selected using random.org. I will e-mail one lucky winner the eBook of their choice in their preferred format. The winner will be posted HERE on Tuesday.

***The eBooks in this giveaway have been purchased by Book Talk & More with Kathy.***

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Friday Feature: Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese

Do you love a good romance? Then you might like today’s Friday Feature!

Title: Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 351 pages

Summary:

One of Amazon’s Best Romances of 2022!

Opposites become allies to fool their matchmaking friends in this swoony reimagining of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

Jamie Westenberg and Bea Wilmot have nothing in common except a meet-disaster and the mutual understanding that they couldn’t be more wrong for each other. But when the people closest to them play Cupid and trick them into going on a date, Jamie and Bea realize they have something else in common after all—an undeniable need for revenge.

Soon their plan is in place: Fake date obnoxiously and convince the meddlers they’re madly in love. Then, break up spectacularly and dash everyone’s hopes, putting an end to the matchmaking madness once and for all.

To convince everyone that they’ve fallen for each other, Jamie and Bea will have to nail the performance of their lives. But as their final act nears and playing lovers becomes easier than not, they begin to wonder: What if Cupid’s arrow wasn’t so off the mark? And what if two wrongs do make a right?

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Thrifty Thursday: A Fault against the Dead by Gregory Ashe

Do you love gay mysteries? Are you looking for a book that costs less than $5.00? Then you might want to check out:

Title: A Fault against the Dead by Gregory Ashe
The First Quarto Book Four
Publisher: Hodgkin & Blount
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Mystery
Length: 419 pages

Summary:

Drugs. Sex. Murder. And, if they can squeeze it in, graduation.

When Auggie Lopez returns to Wahredua for his senior year of college, he’s excited about the future: he’s growing his brand as an influencer, he’s almost done with school, and he’s building a life with his boyfriend, Theo. Then Auggie gets a phone call from Howard Cartwright, Theo’s ex—and Cart tells Auggie he’s being framed for murder.

As Auggie and Theo begin to look into the death of a local parole officer, they realize something isn’t right. A gang of armed men almost catches them while they’re searching the victim’s home, a threatening message spray-painted on the victim’s home suggests a personal vendetta, and everyone wants to know about a missing cache of money. The trail leads Auggie and Theo into the dangerous world of the Ozark Volunteers—the local white supremacists who control the region’s drug trade.

After Theo and Auggie are attacked at home, they learn that the stakes might be much, much higher: someone is determined to put a stop to their investigation, no matter what it takes. And the killer, Theo and Auggie suspect, is hiding behind a badge.

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Thankful Thursday

Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States, so I thought today would be a good time to reflect on what you’re thankful for this year.

With all of the health issues I’ve faced this past year, I am thankful none of them have been truly serious. It has been challenging dealing with multiple surgeries while also dealing with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

But these health problems ended up having an unexpected positive side for us. Our move to Las Cruces was a direct result of needing better access to health care. This silver lining has been the best thing for us and next month, our youngest is moving over here too!

Feel free to share what you are thankful for this year.

And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates the holiday.

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eBook Contest 11/23

Here are the eBooks for this week’s Winning Wednesday contest:

Title: Christmas in Blue Dog Valley by Annie England Noblin
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Length: 378 pages

Summary:

For anyone who ever loved All Creatures Great and Small, Annie England Noblin’s newest novel—about a big city vet transplanted to a small Wisconsin town—is pure delight as we meet aging alpacas, stump-tailed cats, goats in tutus, a vagabond border collie named Kevin, and the people who think they own them. And through it all, Goldie McKenzie, DVM, navigating the small town of Blue Dog, Wisconsin.

Welcome to Blue Dog Valley. Home of the Fighting Elk. Population 3,411.

When Goldie McKenzie, DVM, vet to the L.A. pet stars, arrives from Los Angeles to Blue Dog Valley she realizes three things.

1. Never agree to upend your life when you’re hungover
2. Pot-belly pigs are not true farm animals
3. She’s going to need a warmer coat

At first Goldie is nothing more than a fish out of water, with few clients and few friends. But after a less than pleasant encounter with a man whose dog is suffering from a possibly fatal case of bloat, she’s finally earning the trust and goodwill from her fellow Blue Dog Valley citizens. Her clientele grows to include the many farm animals in the town, including a horse named Large Marge, a cape-wearing therapy alpaca, and a yardful of sweater-wearing goats. Add in Kevin, the “worst sheepdog in Blue Dog Valley,” and a Sphinx cat named Airport, and Goldie is having the best time a vet can have. . . aside from the annoying attractive town grump, Cohen, who seems intent on making sure she always feels like an outsider.

With her newfound goodwill, Goldie comes up with an idea to reinvigorate the once flourishing Blue Dog Valley: a Christmas carnival. A petting zoo, pictures with Santa, a baking contest, what more could they want? After only some brief resistance from Cohen and his father, they begin the great plan to reinvigorate Blue Dog Valley.

Will Christmas be enough to salvage this dying town—and be enough to bring Goldie closer to a certain grumpy man?


Title:Pride and Puppies by Lizzie Shane
Pine Hollow Book Four
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romnace
Length: 368 pages

Summary:

Struggling to find her modern-day Mr. Darcy, a Jane Austen fan gets more than she bargained for when she swears off men and adopts an adorable puppy.

Dr. Charlotte Rodriguez is single—again—and she blames Jane Austen. She made brooding, aloof men sound oh sodreamy. But after years of failing to find her own Mr. Darcy, Charlotte decides it’s time to swear off dating. She’s going to lavish all her love and affection on someone who actually deserves it: her new puppy, Bingley.

And there’s no one better to give her pet advice than her neighbor and coworker George Leneghan. He’s quiet and patient and, best of all, way too sweet to ever be her type. But as their friendly banter turns flirty, the unimaginable happens—Charlotte starts catching feelings.

Just as Charlotte is trying to untangle what it is she truly wants, George announces he’s contemplating a cross-country move. Suddenly, Charlotte wonders if she’s kept her soulmate in the friend zone so long that she’s entirely missed her chance at a happily ever after. Dear Reader, could it be possible she’s had it wrong all this time?+


Title: The Light Between Us by Rian Durant
Publisher: Rian Durant
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, Romance
Length: 267 pages

Summary:

Chris is living an ordinary life in North River when a decision of his adventurous parents calls him back to his hometown. He hasn’t returned for the past few years to the place where his heart was broken but decides it’s time to face it. Nothing keeps him in the city as he’d just broken up with his boyfriend and his job as a freelance web designer lets him work from wherever he wants.

Soon after his return, he stumbles upon his high-school crush Mike, who is already out of the closet but keeps it all down and takes into consideration everyone’s feelings but his own. The sparks fly again and rekindle their passion. Despite their fun walks with Sunny, the puppy Chris adopts from the local shelter, and their warm evenings, something is awry. Mike grounds Chris every time he flies into dreams of them living together.
When Chris’s gorgeous neighbor Greg and the local priest stand between them, they cause even more chaos and complications that seem unsurmountable.

Will Mike’s secret and Chris’ sensual nature lead them down diverging roads or will they take the second chance destiny granted to make it right this time and find their way home?

Content warnings: cheating, homophobia, attempted abuse in the past, animal character


Wednesday is contest day on Book Talk and More with Kathy. Three lucky winners will win the eBook of their choice! Here’s how to enter:

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And don't forget to:

5. Fill out the form below by 4 PM Mountain Time Friday afternoon:

CONTEST OVER

* I am the only person who will have access to info that is submitted to me UNLESS a publisher or author has donated an eBook for the giveaway. For a prize donated by an author or publisher, I will forward your e-mail and format selection to the person responsible for distributing the eBook. Please refer to the privacy page HERE if you have questions about how your information is used. In the event the contest form is not working, please leave your book selection in the comments below.*

It’s that easy! The winners will be selected using random.org. I will e-mail the winners the eBook of their choice in their preferred format. The winners will be posted HERE on Saturday.

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