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Best of 2013 (December 11-18, 2013)

Posted by Susan Frances on December 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

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Welcome to the Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop which will be going on from December 11 - 18, 2013.  Thanks to the websites IamAreaderNotaWriter and Bookhounds for hosting this hop.

At most blogs you visit along this hop, people will likely tell you about their top 10 list of books for 2013.   This year, it was hard for me to come up with 10 books from 2013 that really impressed me, so here is my top 8 of 2013.  Please don’t forget to post a comment at the end to have a chance to win my prize -- a free ebook copy of Not Exactly Strangers by Roni Adams.

1)  Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle, Entangled Publishing

A brawny but oh-so-gentle Viking purchases a Frankish slave girl in the marketplace.  Conkle spins their employee-indentured servant relationship into a loving and sensual romance that puts Vikings in the running for the most desirable alpha males.

2)  The Reprobate by Dorothy Bell, Freya’s Bower Publishing

A self-proclaimed reprobate is transformed into a chivalrous romantic hero when his heart craves for a lovely and physically impaired damsel whose overly protective father stands in his way.  Bell crafts a well-defined cast of characters whose lives are turned upside and then right-side up with the help of each other.

3)  The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Scholastic Press

This book continues where Nielsen’s The False Prince left off with audiences learning that the teenage orphan Jaron is really the rightful King of Carthya.  It’s a young adult read with elements of piracy, duplicity and unwavering loyalty woven throughout the story.  A very exciting ride.

4)  Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell, Viking Adult

The Dark Ages of 1002 are visited in this tale about Emma, the Maid of Normandy who is sent to London to marry the Saxon king, Athelred of England.  Bracewell gives audiences a vivid image of this time period in a world fraught with war, treachery, deceit, and scheming courtesans.  Truth or fiction, this is a story that could be viewed as a biopic about Queen Emma.

5)  Vintage Valentine by Mindy Hardwick, Books To Go Now

A sweet, contemporary romance set in the countryside, Hardwick’s story bursts with surprises and a love match that had been a long time coming to fruition.  This story is for anyone who missed their chance with a first love or a high school sweetheart and dream of another go at it.

6)  Valentine Special Delivery by Sharon Kleve, Books To Go Now

The knight in shining armor in this story is a FedEx delivery man who comes to the rescue of a fair divorcee whose ex-husband has left her with nothing more than his debts.  This feel-good-romance is a prescription for anyone suffering from feeling jilted.

7)  Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir, Ballantine Books

A War of the Roses/Tudor historian, Weir gives audiences a glimpse into the life and times of Henry VIII’s mother, Elizabeth of York.  The Queen of England during the late 1400’s is exposed in this read as Weir reveals the agony which royal children had to endure during the fight for the Crown as the War of the Roses (York vs. Lancaster) forged through England.  An insightful book.

8) The Power of Style by Bobbie Thomas, HarperOne

A self-help book, Thomas educates men and women on how to look their best, organize their belongings, and embrace their own style of living and looking.  Designed to give readers a sense of self-awareness, clarity, and confidence, The Power of Style is aimed at anyone who wishes to develop their own identity and hone their self-expression.

What was your favorite book this year.  Post your comment and enter to win a free ebook copy of Not Exactly Strangers by Roni Adams.  Please include your email in the comment using [at] and [dot] in the address.

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Reply Janie McGaugh
11:21 PM on December 10, 2013 
Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Reply Sarah S.
2:21 PM on December 11, 2013 
I loved The Runaway King
Reply Erin Koch
11:16 PM on December 11, 2013 
I loved Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare!
Reply Megan
7:27 AM on December 12, 2013 
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon it made me cry. eqfizzgig((At))hotmail((dot))com
Reply BookLady
8:52 PM on December 13, 2013 
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Love her Dark Hunter series!
Reply bn100
2:56 AM on December 17, 2013 
forever too far by Abbi Glines

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Reply Holly Letson
5:47 AM on December 17, 2013 
The "Happy Marriage?!" manga series.