A Blizzard of Books

The handsome fellow posing with Santa is Yukon, the book-loving Norwegian Elkhound.  As you can see, he’s got quite the pile of presents there, and I can guarantee that some of them will be books.

My family loves giving and receiving books for Christmas.  I’ve already checked out everybody’s haul, and there are a few that I’m going to be “borrowing” for myself.   My step-mother has one particularly interesting book in her pile: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who, without her consent, made medical history.  The book has been getting great reviews, and it sounds both important and fascinating.

I also got a few swell books under the tree, ones I had been hoping Santa would bring me to help with my research.  The first is the revised edition of The London Encyclopaedia. This tome – and I do mean tome – can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about London, seemingly from the dawn of time.  It’s lucid and beautifully written, and full of cool stuff.  Want to know about the Kensal Green Cemetary?  It’s in there.  About the history of electricity in London?  That’s in there too.  An invaluable research tool, and it’s also just plain fun to read.

The other book I got was Georgian and Regency Houses Explained.  It’s not a very big book, but it’s meaty.  Not only does it give details on things like the kinds of building materials used during the period, it explains the socio-economic factors that influenced the development of style and function.  Another very cool book.

What books did you get this holiday season?  Tell me what you got, and one commenter will win an e-book copy of my VK Sykes contemporary romance, CaddyGirls.


It’s almost Christmas – time to give away more books!

In honor of the Season, I’m giving away a few more books from two very talented friends of mine.  The first is Sinful Surrender by Beverley Kendall. The second is Wild Heart by Lori Brighton.  Just leave a comment, telling me what’s your favorite kind of Christmas cookie.  One person will win both books.

And for the record, my favorite kind of cookie is good, old-fashioned chocolate chip!

Don’t forget to check out my big December contest while you’re here, too.


Winners!

There are two winners in my mini-contest to win an e-ARC of my novella, The Pleasure of a Younger Lover in the Kensington anthology, An Invitation To Sin. For those who entered here on my blog, the winner is Estela Williams.  For those who entered on my FaceBook page, the winner is Desere Steenberg.  Congratulations to you both!

An Invitation To Sin

And just for Christmas, I’ll be running another mini-contest at the end of the week.  Make sure you stop by later to find out the details!


DECEMBER CONTEST

There’s a wonderful prize pack filled with fabulous historical novels up for grabs this month!

One winner will receive a MY FAVORITE COUNTESS tote bag and t-shirt along with the following TEN novels. What better way to pamper yourself during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Books included are:

SINFUL SURRENDER by Beverley Kendall (signed by the author)
HOW TO SEDUCE A DUKE by Kathryn Caskie (signed by the author)
DEVIL OF THE HIGHLANDS by Lynsay Sands
THE CONFESSIONS OF A DUCHESS by Nicola Cornick
THE SLIGHTEST PROVOCATION by Pam Rosenthal
MY LADY NOTORIOUS by Jo Beverley
DON’T BARGAIN WITH THE DEVIL by Sabrina Jeffries
THE PERFECT POISON by Amanda Quick
WICKED BECOMES YOU by Meredith Duran
THE RECKLESS BRIDE by Stephanie Laurens

To enter the contest simply send an email to vanessakellyauthor@gmail.com with the subject line DECEMBER CONTEST. Please include your full name and mailing address.

The contest ends December 31.

One winner will be chosen at random from all entries.


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