READ-A-ROMANCE MONTH

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August is Read-A-Romance Month and this year, I’m participating as a writer for the first time. Along with sixty-one other authors, I’ll be contributing an article to http://www.readaromancemonth.com/ about The Magic of Books. We will all be sharing great titles we’re recommending apart from our own work, so expect your Mt. TBR to grow higher. Here’s the calendar to guide you on who will be featured each day: I will be closing the month with the fabulous Amanda Bouchet.

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Watch out for announcements here and on my Maida Malby Facebook author page for giveaways to thank those who visit the site and comment on my post.

Join us everyday at The Romance of Reading Facebook group for discussions hosted by the first author on the calendar.

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BOOK A TRIP HOP (July 15-21) by Chick Lit Chat HQ

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Chick Lit Chat HQ is throwing a party on Facebook to celebrate summer and lots of fun, romantic beach reads, and you’re all invited! The Book a Trip Hop is happening this week, July 15th-July 21st, and we’ve got a multitude of great prizes up for grabs. In addition, you’ll have the chance to meet and interact with 40+ bestselling, award-winning authors who all have wonderful books to share that will transport you to fabulous locations all over the world, including charming small towns, glamorous big cities, and relaxing spots near the water.

Want to know more about the hop prizes? Each participating author will be doing a giveaway* of books, gift cards, swag, and or vacation/summer-themed items. These are my prizes depending on where the winner is from.

If from the US:
📖 A signed paperback copy of BORACAY VOWS
⛓ A charm bracelet/anklet that can also be a fancy bookmark
👒 A cute sinamay hat with blue ribbon
😎 A fashionable pair of shades with white frames
👗 A sea-themed blue and white sarong
👡 White flip-flops
👜 Soak Up The Sun tote bag
🎯 $20 Target gift card

If International:
📚 Ebooks of BORACAY VOWS and NEW YORK ENGAGEMENT
💳 $20 Amazon gift card

Follow instructions from my Maida Malby Facebook page on how to enter for a chance to win either of those prizes.

Our Grand Prize*, which you can enter to win on the hop’s Facebook group page, is a designer beach bag filled with summer must-haves! (The Soul Journey ikat print scarf, Privé Revaux sunglasses, Havaianas rose gold glitter flip-flops, rainbow unicorn pool float, Mar Y Sol Hadley tote, and Deco Miami nail polish/cuticle oil set shown in the graphic below are just a few of the items included in this incredible prize.)

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And that’s not all! We’re also giving away TWO Bonus Prizes* on the hop group page: Yonanas Fruit Soft Serve Machines. With Yonanas, you can churn out 100% frozen fruits to create a yummy, summertime dessert without fat, dairy, refined sugar, or preservatives.

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So, what are you waiting for? Click on this link and join the party at the Book a Trip Hop group on Facebook. We’ve got a virtual piña colada with your name on it, and you can chat about a variety of summer-themed topics with authors and readers. You’ll also find a list of each day’s featured authors and their page links in the pinned post on the group each day of the hop and that’s where you can enter to win the Grand/Bonus Prize giveaways. See you there!

 

*The Grand and Bonus Prize giveaways are open to US residents only. However, ALL of the individual author giveaways are open internationally.

“No two persons ever read the same book.”

The quote was attributed to Edmund Wilson, a noted American writer, editor, and critic. I agree with him.

This year, I have decided to write a short review of every book I read or reread and post it on Amazon/Goodreads. Before 2017, I used to only rate the books without giving my reasons for the number of stars. After posting my rating, then and only then will I check out other people’s reviews. I always look for the ones that are most diametrically opposed to mine and just shake my head and smile at the reasoning behind their grades.

Here are a couple of examples:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

M: “Five flamethrowing stars. This book is fresh and young, utterly delightful. Josh and Lucy are fantastic characters, their chemistry is electric. I adore their conversations. I didn’t want the book to end. One of my new favorites.”

S: “DNF. Lucinda and Joshua are extremely annoying. I don’t care about how much she hates Josh 4Ever.”

The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

M: “Five heartrending stars. This novel broke my heart and put it back together again. Avendale – he’s so flawed and yet so amazingly heroic. Rose — a swindling angel. Harry — the best part, the heart of the book.”

E: Two stars. DNF. Barf. Cannot stand the prose.

We’re all different and what appeals to one may not be attractive to others. This brings to mind another (cliché) quote, “One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure.” This is one of the reasons why I appreciate my favorite Facebook Group–Old School Romance Book Club (OSRBC)–so much. We all just agree to disagree. The members’ thoughts and opinions are respected and supported. They might have been the cause of my out-of-control TBR pile, but I won’t ever regret joining them. #OSRBCRocks