Brrr . . . it's getting cold outside! We've been enjoying an extended summer in NW #Montana, and now the rain and gloom have arrived and snow will soon follow (I hope!). Cold weather always brings to my mind cozying up under a warm blanket by the fire, sitting in a favorite chair, and reading a good book for hours while enjoying a cup of cocoa.
Whether getting cozy with a book or a special someone, there's plenty of romance to be found during the cool and cold months of autumn and winter. When it comes to romance books, I really enjoy discovering new authors, but I also like to revisit some of my favorites.
Jo Goodman, Susanna Kearsley, Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Carla Kelly, and RaeAnne Thayne, to name just a few. The list is long and grows every time a new writers puts pen to page and creates a story I can't wait to read over and over again.
I also enjoy finding romance within books that aren't necessarily about the romance. Whether subtle or up-front sexy, romance is found in a silent glance and lingering touch of hands, or a long, hot night between the sheets. Whatever your preference, you're sure to find what you like in the pages of a book.
This month also brings with it Thanksgiving in the USA. Other countries celebrate their own versions Thanksgiving, but here, it's about the big, family dinner, spending time with friends and family, and giving thanks for your blessings.
I'm always thankful for books. Lots of other things, too, but since this blog is all about the books, that's what I'll focus on for now.
While out shopping this past weekend, I picked up a few new books. I usually do when I go to town or when I randomly browse online. I don't think much about it except that I want the book so I buy it. It's a small thing to be able to do, but I'm always grateful that I can buy books because I know not everyone always can.
Gratitude is a beautiful and powerful practice. It never goes out of style. I love when characters in books practice gratitude, especially when it comes to holiday stories. Whether grateful for a happily-ever-after ending or the journey itself, Gratitude is a wonderful message to convey through the written word.
I recently finished Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander. It is a lovely book with a tender message of gratitude, hope, and of course, love. It is the kind of book you want to curl up with under that blanket by the fire while sipping cocoa.
What books do you look forward to reading this month?
Now if it would only do this (below) before Thanksgiving, I'd be one happy reader (and writer).
Wishing you all a beautiful month of hope, happiness, and good books.
And if you've read this far, you get advance notice of our month of Christmas books celebration in December. All month long we'll be sharing Christmas books by various authors. There will be a grand prize giveaway at the end of the month, and a few small giveaways throughout. Stay tuned!
On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they'll stop at nothing to survive.
Tristan and Alaina were two of the first characters I wrote for a full novel, even though this was the third book I published. My style has changed somewhat, but this story and the people in it are very special to me. We all began our journey together, and it's been an exciting ride ever since! Read an Excerpt
Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 4
Language Level: 2
Violence Level: 3
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