Thursday, November 19, 2020

Blog Tour: Christmas in the Rockies by McKenna Grey: Review & Giveaway


Synopsis: “McKensie’s Christmas Gift

When McKensie Scott returns to Wycliffe, Wyoming, she’s uncertain of her future . . . and the man she left behind two summers before. With the help of an unexpected ally, McKensie will discover that sometimes leaving the people you love is the only way to find your path home.

“A Snowy Falls Christmas”

After five years of searching for answers at her family’s home in Scotland, Maura Coburn returns to Snowy Falls, Colorado, the place she’s always called home. When Wyatt Dobbes sweeps into town to take over his family’s horse farm, Maura realizes five years might not have been long enough. When unexpected circumstances bring them together, Wyatt and Maura will soon discover the powerful magic of Christmas, love, and second chances.

“Christmas in Moose Creek”

Saige Travers said goodbye to Owen McGregor sixteen years ago. A spontaneous choice brings Saige home to Moose Creek, Montana, and she doesn’t expect her past to catch up with her present. When Owen walks back into her life, she struggles to remember why she left. Together they discover second chances are real and hope is a cherished gift.

Can six willing hearts find a second chance at love? Join us this holiday season and fall in love like it was the first time.

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My Review:  This is a collection of 3 short, sweet holiday romances. I am going to be honest, I struggled a bit with this one. The stories were very short and I wasn't able to connect with the characters or the stories. I love the idea of taking three small towns in different states along the same mountain range with the same beautiful scenery. I do also love the small town feel of the stories. Each of these were second chance romances, so there is a history between the characters and something that draws them back home and together. I think this is where I struggled the most, the backstory just didn't have time to develop and neither did the new relationships. At least until the last story in the book, I don't know what it was about Christmas in Moose Creek, but that story really worked for me. Maybe it was the kids, maybe it was the surprise event, maybe it just felt like it had longer off page to develop and become believable. All in all, I think part of the issue with this book lies with me and the fact that I was looking for more after many of my more recent reads. If you are looking for short but feel good stories to read during a busy season, this might be the book for you.

My Rating: While I did struggle a bit with this one, I really do like the idea and loved the final short story. I also loved the settings of the stories, small town, mountain communities are my favorites.  I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.


From “McKensie’s Christmas Gift” in Christmas in the Rockies

The fog cleared from McKensie’s brain. “And knowing my aunt, she insisted you have the wedding here.”

“Yeah. I thought about moving the location, but Shirley insisted we still have it at the hotel, and Olivia—”

“Wouldn’t have wanted you to change a thing. I get it. Yes, you’ll have it here.” McKensie prided herself on handling tense situations, a handy talent when managing a kitchen. She avoided looking at Cameron throughout her conversation with Julie and realized he hadn’t moved, patient as ever. “When is the wedding?”

“The week before Christmas.”

McKensie raised a brow and studied her friend. “That’s fast.”

Julie shrugged. “When it’s right, it’s right. That reminds me, I have one more thing to ask Shirley about the food. Meet you in the foyer in ten, big brother.” She stopped at the door and pointed to McKensie. “I will call you tomorrow. We have so much to catch up on.”

Julie exited the office with as much excitement as she entered. McKensie replayed some of her last words over in her mind. When it’s right, it’s right.

From “A Snowy Falls Christmas” in Christmas in the Rockies

Her breath faded into the crisp morning air. The stoneware mug cupped in her hands warmed her skin while the lavender tea blend stole away the frigid cold from within. She stood on the expansive deck overlooking the glistening waters of Winter Lake and contemplated her quiet return home.

The Snowy Falls Lodge stood tall and grand behind her, a landmark on the lake and in the quaint mountain village. Her grandmother would have said, “For better or worse, it is now yours, Maura.”

Maura spent the first twenty-five years of her life in the spacious rooms and luxurious halls of the lodge that blended the design of a Scottish castle and Victorian cattle ranch. The idea might have resulted in a haphazard structure had it not been for a truly talented, though little-known, Scottish architect named Charles Mackenzie.

Five years ago, Maura did what no one ever expected—she left home—and not because she didn’t love the lodge or the village. Her father called her a dreamer. Her mother used the word “wanderer,” and her grandmother often said she was a seeker. Maura appreciated her grandmother’s description best. What exactly Maura sought when she left Snowy Falls remained a mystery to everyone.

From “Christmas in Moose Creek” in Christmas in the Rockies

The 4x4 careened to a stop and the driver waited in disbelief at the deplorable timing of Mother Nature. Moose Creek, Montana, had its share of wildlife—bear, deer, elk, mountain lions—but in her thirty-three years, Saige Travers had never seen a moose on this mountain. Until today.

No one waited for her in her swank two-bedroom condo in Seattle except the goldfish her brother gave to her as a joke for her birthday. She’d needed a break from the city and the cataclysmic string of end-of-the-road relationships she’d been in the past five years. More like dates, if she was going to be honest with herself.

Saige Travers didn’t have time for relationships. 

McKenna Grey is the contemporary alter-ego of an award-winning, historical romance author. She writes romantic suspense, including the Kyndall Family series, and heartwarming, small-town romance to break up the murder and mayhem. She lives and plays in the northern Rocky Mountains where she manages to stay out of the trouble her characters can’t seem to avoid.





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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

(Almost) End of the Year Book Tag

I did this tag back in 2017 and last year in 2019 thought it would be fun to do again. It is beyond time to start gearing up for the end of 2020! Have you started thinking ahead to 2021 books yet? The original tag was from Ariel Brissett.  So this tag is all about crunch time, which it definitely is around here!


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?
There aren't any books that I have started that I need to finish, I have gotten pretty good about sticking with the books I pick up but I am halfway through the Library Lover's Mystery series and would love to finish the last 5 books.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I have kind of already passed the autumn books, I read a ton of those in September and October, but I am getting rather autumn vibes from The Wolf in the Whale but have heard it is a very wintery book so I think that will make a nice transition book. I am planning to pick this one up over the weekend for Tome Topple.

Is there a new release you're still waiting for?
It has already been released but I am still waiting for my copy of The Empire Strikes Back From a Certain Point of View.  Also, I am excited for A Sky Beyond the Storm but I don't think I will get to it this year, I want to be able to savor a re-read of the whole Ember in the Ashes series before saying goodbye to all them.


What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
As always there are so many books I want to read this year that I haven't gotten to pick up yet, but besides those already listed in the above answers, I really want to get to Anxious People, I have loved pretty much all of Fredrik Backman's books so really want to get to this before I loose interest.  I also want to start transitioning to wintery books (but not holiday books) with A Touch of Stone and Snow and Ember and the Ice Dragons.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?
Based on other reviews and the way people rave about it, there is definitely potential for The Wolf in the Whale. While not a shock, I expect The Empire Strikes Back to rank pretty high this year based on my read of A New Hope.  But I think the one that might surprise me is Kingdom of the Wicked, while I loved the Stalking Jack the Ripper series (and it was a surprising love too), I didn't hype this new book up in my mind that much. Then last week I started the audio book for it and just the prologue blew my mind, I had to put it down so I could finish all the other current reads and focus on it solely, so I am thinking it could become a high ranking book now.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?
Oddly enough, I haven't started making plans for next year. Normally by now I am excited to update my TBR shelf to the books I am excited about for next year, I already have more than enough challenges planned out but this year I find myself wanting to refresh my TBR with a good clean out. I have put so much pressure on myself to read all those books I purchased over the past few years that I kind of want to make that lingering pile to go away.  I also kind of just want to bask in re-reads, like slipping into a favorite sweatshirt, comfy, all stretched out and familiar. So for the next month, I think I will start a good purge of my shelves, try a chapter on the ones I am not sure of and find the books I really want to read and just meander through my shelves for the next year.

So what are you reading as the year comes to an end?

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday Reading List

    It is Monday again and it is time to update with what I read last week, what I am currently reading and what to look forward to next week.

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Selling Christmas by Angelina Goode
Three Cheers for Kid McGear by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Bedtime Story)

 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Selling Christmas
Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy
Save It
Tom & Jerry Wordless Graphic Novel
Meet the Latkes

Currently Reading:

Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White - Ebook - on page 36 of 384

Pages Read/ Time Listened
871:02 Hours Listened (8:36 listened this week)
27,166 Pages Read (433 This week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently: TBR
The Eyes of Tamburah (gift)
The Wolf in the Whale
~~~~~~~~~~March Birthday Waiver Books ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Rain Dragon Rescue
The Order of the Unicorn
All the Wandering Light
Life on the Leash
Phoenix Unbound
The Caged Queen
The Mum Who'd Had Enough
The Voyage to Magical North
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~End Birthday Waiver~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Scavenge the Stars
Hades & Persephone
Dark Skies
No Country for Old Gnomes (gift)
About That Kiss
The Girl and the Stars
A Choir of Lies
Loving Cara
Girl of Fire & Thorns (gift)
Fury of a Phoenix
Homicide in Hardcover (gift)
Unravel the Dusk
Ruthless Gods - UNHAUL
Blind Search - READ
Selling Christmas (gift) - READ


Well here we are again, my reading week was not great because I see that we are headed for another lock down and I wanted to be prepared. Which means I spent the entire weekend getting groceries, Christmas presents, Library run, Banking and packages shipped. I also spent a good chunk of the weekend raking leaves and setting up a home office. This was also probably the final weekend we would have my husband home until after the New Year, being as he works in the mail system. I am happy to say that I feel like we are pretty well set this time around and being this prepared has settled my anxiety. I just hope we can get in the last few doctor appointments needed before everything shuts down again. 

In the reading world, I have yet to begin my Tome Topple. I have a few reviews to finish up first (this seems to happen every time I try to participate). But I hope to start soon with The Wolf in the Whale and Midnight Sun.  I will probably be listening to both while I finish wrapping Christmas presents and package the last of the gifts for shipment.

What distracts you or keeps you from reading as much as you would normally like?