National Readathon Day: What are you reading?

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Now, I don’t know if you’re aware but today is National Readathon Day! Penguin Random House, Goodreads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation teamed up to created National Readathon Day and promote reading in America.  You can get involved by joining readers all over the country sitting down today between the hours of Noon-4 pm (in your own time zone). People are creating group reading parties, fundraising and you can pledge a book to read on Goodreads. You can use the hashtag #timetoread to share what you’re reading with the rest of us! I just fucking love this!

Unfortunately for me, the closest reading party is at a bookstore about an hour away, which is farther than I feel like driving. So, I will be sitting at home doing my reading in solitude or, if I’m feeling like it, at the library. Here’s a list of participating venues.

Today I’ll be reading: Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke.

Something had followed them from Russia.

On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare—something so important that she must write it down—floating on the edge of her consciousness.

Something had followed them from Russia!

It was thirteen years ago that she and her husband, Eric, went to Siberia to adopt the sweet, dark-haired child they had wanted so desperately. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and superstitions, and ignored their insistent warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana—Baby Tatty—was perfect.

As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, and has never been right in the years since they brought their daughter home. Now Tatty is a dangerously beautiful, petulant, and often erratic teenager, and Holly feels there is something evil lurking within their house.

She and Tatiana are alone. Eric is stuck on the roads, and none of the other guests for Christmas dinner will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana’s mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing… until, in every mother’s worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.

Are you participating in National Readathon Day? If so, what are you reading? And if you’re not, what do you wish you were reading?


Release Day Blast: The Trouble With Bree by Kristen Strassel

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The Trouble With Bree is a new adult contemporary romance novella in The Spotlight Series. The Spotlight Series is wonderful, sexy, fun, and has a lot of heart. I adore each new book more than the last. This novella is # 1.5 so it comes right between the first two books Secondhand Heart and Too Many Reasons. And it’s out today! You can buy it now! But I’m sure first you’ll want to know a little bit more about it, so here you go:

TTWB ebook FOR WEBThe trouble with Bree is…

Bree Farrell is ready to turn her life around. A twenty-one-year-old mother of two, she’s not sure where to start. She could use a little help, but her string of horrible ex-boyfriends keep setting her back. First step: she’s swearing off men forever. Or at least until she gets back on her feet.

Josh Maxwell got a second chance at life, and now he wants to help kids who are in the same situation he was in. His new job as the coordinator at a preschool for underprivileged kids is the perfect place to do that.

On paper, the policy not to get involved with the families of the students makes perfect sense. But when Bree meets the new coordinator of her son’s school, she and Josh learn that some rules are made to be broken, no matter what the consequences.

Have an excerpt too:

He ran a hand through his hair. The curls didn’t go back to the exact same place. “Does it bother you? To have someone so new be in charge of Landon’s school?”

“Are people giving you a hard time because you’re young?” I asked. I did some quick math in my head, and settled on Josh being twenty-five.

“Yeah.” Josh looked a defeated. “The administrators wanted someone fresh, but then they’re not always open to new ideas. It’s a struggle.”

“This is what I think. I’ve been in charge of Landon up until now, and something tells me you’re a couple years older than me. I’m a little biased, but I like to think I’m doing all right. So if I can do it, you can totally handle him three mornings a week.”

Josh leaned back on the couch, relief washing over his face. Maybe his age did bother some other people. Whatever. People judged first and asked questions later. I stopped letting it bother me when I had to bring Landon with me to high school. “I knew I liked you,” he said.

“Did you?” A smile spread across my face.

“You were the best fifteen minutes of my day.” He nodded. “Those evaluations can be pretty stiff, but with you guys, I felt like I was talking to friends. That’s why I asked if I could see you again. To be honest with you, I shouldn’t be doing this.”

And there it was. The catch. “Why?”

“It’s against school policy to have a relationship with the students outside of school related activities. That includes their parents.”

“That makes sense.” There were so many creeps out there, in most

circumstances, I’d be one hundred percent in favor of that rule. But now I was wondering what the loophole was.

Josh had gone back to the kitchen for a second round of food, and dropped another Rangoon on my plate when he came back. “That’s actually why I didn’t get in touch with you right away. But I just moved here, and you were the first girl I couldn’t stop thinking about.”

My heart stuttered in my chest, confused. He couldn’t stop thinking about me, but he already had his doubts. He was putting a lot on the line by just being here. “I’d said on the way to the meeting that I was never going to date again.”

He raised an eyebrow. “So we’re both breaking the rules.”

Interested or really really interested? Good news! It’s only 99 cents! 


And of course you’ll want to add it on Goodreads as well:


About the Author: 


Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.

Find Kristen on: her Website, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Hey! Don’t forget to buy THE TROUBLE WITH BREE!

And while you’re at it check out SECONDHAND HEART AND TOO MANY REASONS!

You can also check out my review for Secondhand Heart on Goodreads. Reviews for Too Many Reasons and The Trouble With Bree to come.