TBR Challenge – New to Me Books

fairshine I went back to “Sunday” in the Back to School Challenge this month, to read the second of the books I’d chosen for that day.

The prompt was

- Read a book that has in its title the word “Sunday”, “Sun”, “light”, “shine”, “hot, “star” or “day”, or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation.

and I’d chosen a book by the British author, Sylvia Thorpe called Fair Shine the Day, which is a piece of historical fiction with romantic elements set during the time of the English Civil War. This period of English history seems to get a lot less attention than Tudor times, the Regency, or Victorian eras when it comes to historical romance and I can’t quite work out why. There’s plenty of actual history to get one’s teeth into, and of course, that whole Royalist/Puritan divide is, I’d have thought, a romance writer’s dream. Continue reading

Avon ARC and Vera Bradley Bag Giveaway (Contest Closed)

AvonbagOur friends at Avon books are helping AAR celebrate our new look by putting together an extra special prize package for one lucky reader, including coveted ARCs of favorite authors and one from a historical romance debut author.  It includes the following ARCs:

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James (July 27 release)

One Touch of Scandal by Liz Carlyle (September 28 release)

Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands (August 31 release)

Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks (September 28 release)

Afterlife by Merrie Destefano (September 28 release)

Swept Away by  Kiss by Katherine Ashe (July 27, Avon debut author)

And, to make a good giveaway even better, the prize package also includes a cute Vera Bradley drawstring bag and a beach towel in a coordinating pattern.

To enter for your chance to win, simply comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, June 24th.  The usual caveats apply:  This giveaway is designed to put advanced reading copies into the hands of readers who wouldn’t otherwise have access so, if you review for another Web site or blog, please don’t enter.  Due to high postage costs, this prize package can only be shipped to U.S. and Canadian addresses.

Thanks to our friends at Avon Books for putting together such a terrific giveaway.  Thanks, also, to everyone who visits AAR.  And good luck to everyone, but if you don’t win this time, be sure to stay tuned over the coming weeks for more cool giveaways.

- Sandy AAR