Sunday Surprises – Bargain Finds and Reader Recommendations!

by Maryse on November 27, 2016 · 129 comments

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“…Jack might be gorgeous, but he’s also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a “rich city girl” like me, and he isn’t afraid to say so….

The deals just keep coming!!! Books, and goodies (like Black Friday-type gift deals) for all of us to indulge in, and too many to pass up creating a list for ‘em. 5-star favorites that are on sale, and even new releases that just went live early, too. ;) Some of these items are absolute must-haves, and some of these books are absolute must-reads! YAY US!!

RIGHT OFF THE BAT (this one expires tomorrow!!) ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ ➔ Here’s an AMAZON COUPON for print book orders!!!!  ($10 off of $25 with code: HOLIDAYBOOK at checkout)!!!

P.S. MY READING UPDATE ➔ I’m still reading and LOVING Colleen Hoover’s latest “Too Late“. It has me on EDGE!!!! I’m so scared, and it IS dark-ish (but so far, not too over-the-top). Definitely different for this author, but it does still totally has her writing style and character “feel” and story flow. But the way it’s different for her is that it “goes there” (language, sex, and very difficult scenes and a very dark lifestyle). This is full on danger, and I’m SO into it. Psych-thriller for sure (but intense romance or love story brewing). I just don’t know if it will end well. Which I love!! ;)

Okay so I’ll keep it updated throughout the day, since the whole BlackFriday/Cyber-Monday shopping weekend has books and much-coveted home products shifting in and out of sale regularly.

BARGAIN FINDS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: some are bargain/sale priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):

  • Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell <— JUST WENT LIVE!! FAMOUS FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!!! She accidentally punches him out, and then he asks her on a date… “Jimmy “The Falcon” Falconi is mystified that Mary has absolutely no idea who he is. Mystified and refreshed. He is, after all, not your everyday NFL quarterback. He shops at Costco, has a soft spot for Pinterest, and is in the midst of an epic losing streak. Jimmy falls for Mary fast and hard, the way he does everything—balls out and like it’s fourth and long. And he realizes he’s finally met his match. That stamina he’s so proud of? Doesn’t stand a chance against her Kegels. But what they don’t know is she’s also his new physical therapist”
  • Sacked: A Novel (Gridiron Book 1) by Jen Frederick <— FOOTBALL STAR SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! Lauren found it for us!! He’s into his teammate’s sister! “…she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one. …but he’s never met her before.

Lauren: I just read a FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC book by Jen Frederick called Sacked:A Novel (A Gridiron Novel Book 1). It’s like Elle Kennedy’s & Kristen Callahan’s books….in fact, she thanks both authors in the acknowledgments portion of the book. I loved it! You HAVE to read it!

Cristina: I jumped to Sacked by Jen Frederick and yet another really great read! Not quite as dramatic as Hustle, but still a beautiful love story. Had me laughing out loud a few times too! I believe someone else on here had recommended that a short time ago? Thanks! :-)

Shelly B:  I loved Sacked by Jen Frederick, too.

  • Half-Shelled Heart (Oyster Cove Book 2) by Jennifer Foor <— JUST WENT LIVE!! SOUNDS HEARTWARMING… SHE RETURNS TO CHINCOTEAGUE AFTER HER DIVORCE ALERT!!Jamie Danvers spent her summers on the shore of Chincoteague, Virginia, so after a messy separation from her husband, she moved her veterinary practice to the quaint coastal island. She never expected to run into the first person who ever stole her heart, or that after years there will be residual feelings…
  • Marked Box Set (The Complete Series With Bonus Content) by Elena M. Reyes <— JUST WENT LIVE!! SERIES BUNDLE ALERT! He’s a tattoo artist, and she accompanies her friend to his shop… “Talan Cox wants to mark Maya–with more than his ink. The owner of a prominent tattoo shop, he’s used to being hit on by easy women. Though “easy” is not a word associated with Maya when she comes in to support her friend. Flirtation ensues...”
  • Low by Mary Elizabeth <— I ABSOLUTELY FIVE-STAR LOVED THIS THRILL RIDE!!!! It’s crazy, a young couple just trying to survive, and they decide to do the unthinkable! GASP!!!!!! So good, and it’s super bargain priced today! (and here’s my review)

Fabi: Speaking of … did anyone here read Low by Mary Elizabeth? It came out earlier this year. I just finished listening to Aaron Shedlock’s narration. Which was excellent. But now I’m shuffling around all mopey and sad. That was pretty brutal.

Jessica: I loved this book. Let me say that you must read her other books. All of them will stay with you.

Cheryl: I just finished reading… still reeling and a little confused about the ending. Anyone care to shed some light on it please?

  • Ares (Guardians of Hades Romance Series Book 1) by Felicity Heaton <— JUST WENT LIVE!!! SON OF HADES MEETS A HUMAN WOMAN ALERT!! He’s the son of Hades and he was banished by his father and forced to protect the gates between the human world and theirs, but then he meets a human woman… “Megan has wandered far from her home, driven from everyone she loves by the devastating realisation that she is different to them all. Unsure who to trust in the world, she keeps to herself, until a fateful stormy night brings a temptingly handsome warrior crashing into her life and into her heart—a warrior who seems to hold powers more frightening and marvellous than her own…”

Johanne: This is sooo much my style !

Andrea: This sounds good!

Jasmin: Sounds interesting :D

Anne: I loved Big Rock! So fun! I love when books are from the guys POV. They always crack me up lol

Pia: Finished Big Rock a few days ago. A very sweet, fun, sexy and safe read – no angst here. But Lauren Blakely when she is best :-)

Cheryl: Finished reading Big Rock. It was a funny, lighthearted read that had a wrapped up with a pretty bow ending. Kinda like overdosing on candy.

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy <— SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN COMFORTABLE IN HER OWN SKIN… until she meets him. So she enters a beauty pageant! She gets a job at a fast food restaurant and meets the town popular jock, and she’s surprised when he becomes interested in her. “So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does.” (on sale!!!!)

bev: Dumplin’ is on SUPER SALE. One of my favorites last year.

MichelleS: I absolutely LOVED Dumplin’. How could I not? It takes place in a small Texas town (I work in a small Texas town) and it was spot on. The giant homecoming mums and all. You haven’t let me down yet, Bev, with your coming of age books: E&P, Simon vs THSA, and now Dumplin’. When I need a book like this, I will come right to you!!! I couldn’t put it down, literally.

  • Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series-Collector’s Edition) by Veronica Roth <— A COMPANION PIECE FOR YOUR COLLECTION ALERT! “…a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias’s point of view…” and it’s on super-sale!
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo <— SIX DANGEROUS OUTCASTS ALERT!!! This sounds GREAT!!! And it was a top favorite amongst some of our fellow readers. In fact one of my ABSOLUTE favorite authors LOVED this one and it’s on super-sale today!
Suanne: Six of Crows is still echoing in my head. Smart. Exciting. Suspenseful. A hint of swoon. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. You thought you had it figured out and then—WRONG! It gave me a total panic attack. Loved it.
  • Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts Book 1) by Kele Moon <— CHAMPION FIGHTER MEETS WAITRESS ALERT! ONE OF MY FAVORITES IN THE GENRE!!! And OMG to me, he was the ultimate in no-nonsense, brooding bad-asses, and I JUST LOVED how this book started. Endeared me to this grumpy guy so hard! It’s super-bargain priced right now!!! Here’s my review.
  • Cougar Christmas: (Older Woman/Younger Man Christmas Romance) by Evangeline Anderson <— EVANGELINE ANDERSON JUST WENT LIVE ALERT!!! A little Christmas steam to kick off the season… ;) She’s his cold-hearted, secretly-just-divorced boss, and she needs a “husband” to come with her to a business retreat… “When Drew agrees to impersonate Genevieve’s husband in exchange for a leg up the corporate ladder, he has no idea how intimate things will get with his beautiful but distant boss…
  • Saving Bliss by Rachael Brownell <— JUST WENT LIVE!!! HE’S HER NEW BODYGUARD… AND ROOMMATE ALERT!!I don’t need a babysitter or a bodyguard. I can take care of myself. If I had wanted a roommate I would have one, and it wouldn’t be him. He’s too… intriguing. Stubborn. Sexy. If I need protection from anyone it’s from him...”
  • A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition) by Bella Forrest <— INDIE HIT BACK WHEN WE FIRST STARTED DEVOURING THEM!! SHE’S KIDNAPPED BY A VAMPIRE…On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to The Shade, an enchanted island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.” and it’s super-bargain priced today!!

Flavia: …have you read The Shade Of Vampire by Bella Forrest series? I totally love it.

Terri: A lot of reviews and lots of stars! I love my Vampires.

  • Amazon Echo – White <— BACK ON THE LIST ’cause it’s still on sale. I have the black one, but you can get it in black or in white, and today, I felt like featuring the white one ’cause it’s pretty. ;)


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Tasha J November 27, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Hooray! Maryse is reading Too Late!! *claps hands* I loved this one, though I never did get around to reading all those extra added chapters. Dumplin sounds really good right now, so one clicking that and A Shade of Vampire sounds pretty good too!

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Maryse, I’m debating on starting Too Late or Exaltation of Larks. Help me decide! Here lately been reading “fluff” or just ok books. Wanting something with substance.

bev November 27, 2016 at 12:58 PM

I always look at all the big coffee machines. Yet, I recently bought a coffee press, and I love it. I’m lucky that there is an independent little coffee place by me that will grind the beans for it when I buy a bag. Smells so good.

bev November 27, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Yes, read Dumplin, please.

Jean November 27, 2016 at 1:43 PM

I got Dumplin and Six of Crows!

Cheryl, if you want substance, read An Exaltation of Larks!

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 1:44 PM

Jean that’s what R. recommended too. Have to say the writing is spectacular!

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 2:13 PM

I do love my coffee bev. My day is not “official” until I’ve had my morning coffee, and when I do, I suddenly become so productive.

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 2:13 PM

I recommend it too!!!!!!

Exaltation of Larks is a HUGE AWESOMENESS read.

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 2:13 PM

AND AND!!!!!

It’s delightfully risqué. ;)

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 2:15 PM


Did you see I pulled an Ela? ;)

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Tasha, yes Too Late is hooking me good!!! I’m hoping to be done tonight so I can immediately review.

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Suanne created a FB group for Larks and I’ve been consumed for 2 days. I’m “supposed” to be watching football with the husband but it’s not going well LOL.

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 3:02 PM

Looks like I’m reading Larks. At least I have the tissues already and I can also self-medicate with Nyquil. ;)

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Hurry and grab Manny before Maryse starts God-Shaped Hole!

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 3:06 PM


Amy super-washed him, too…

bev November 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Now I’m imagining him with his fur all puffed.

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM

Yeah, if by “super-wash” you mean banged… :D

bev November 27, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Now I’m throwing up in my mouth a little bit.

bev November 27, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Ok. Alot.

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 3:11 PM

Good thing you got that steam cleaner!

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Grabs Manny and goes into blankie fort with tissues and Nyquil. *whispers prayer for HEA* and continues reading Lark.

bev November 27, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Godspeed, Manny.

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 3:29 PM

No wonder Manny is drinking now…

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 3:30 PM

He’s growing up, Maryse…

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 3:30 PM

And is NOBODY going to comment on the set of er… footBALLS up there, on that guy?


bev November 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM

*scrolls up*

I’m now growing up too fast.

bev November 27, 2016 at 3:33 PM

At this rate he will be Ernest Hemingway by the new year.

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Bwahahahaha Maryse,I kinda did a confused double-take when I first saw the cover and thought, huh, two footballs, that’s weird. Blaming the Nyquil on why I didn’t “get” the cover the first time.

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Speaking of confused, I’m getting a little confused trying to keep all the people straight in Larks.

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 3:42 PM

LOL Cheryl. Larks on Nyquil could be interesting. You’ll catch up though.

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 4:09 PM

It’s true that the a few of the important names could be for males or females… and the full length names vs. the “short/nickname”

Yes I too had a an issue at first, but it sunk in perfectly. ;)

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 4:25 PM

“I will give you this, and you will give me… That.” Well, alrighty then. This just took a interesting turn.

Grey November 27, 2016 at 6:24 PM

I found us a Manny when I was shopping the other day. I sent it to Maryse on messenger LOL!

Nay November 27, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Cheryl–And I’m reading it too and FLOVing it! (And I also have a sucky cold!! I think I’ve literally used a box of kleenex since Thursday!)

And Maryse is SO right–It’s delightfully risqué. ;)

Cheryl November 27, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Nay- it is risque and I have NO idea how this will play out!

Nay November 27, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Me either!! Love it!!!

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 7:50 PM



Maryse November 27, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Isn’t it cool how she can be so eloquent and poetic, and GRAND… and yet be so risqué and titillating and touch on SO much forbidden fun!!!

:D !!!!!!

She’s sneaky… and I LIKE IT!

Maryse November 27, 2016 at 7:53 PM

It’s like we’re that “frog in the boiling water”…

The heat is turned up so subtly, yet so consistently that we don’t even notice until it’s FULL STEAM AHEAD!!!!! And we are SO in…

*fans self*

yeah… I love that book. LOL!!!!

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Emma Scott just asked me what Marmy means. I think it’s time to trademark it!

And she said to tell Maryse “she hopes her stuff gets classified as Marmy.” :D

Sharon November 27, 2016 at 8:36 PM

I just finished An Exaltation of Larks, and it’s probably one of the best all time reads for me. What a story. It smoldered and burned and hurt and ached. Every one of those characters pulled your heart strings. I was disappointed with the ending, but loved the ending . . . It was just right. I am definitely book hung over now.

bev November 27, 2016 at 8:41 PM

But not the bunny?

Amy November 27, 2016 at 9:20 PM

Alright, you know I have to ask (especially since I’ve been less than thrilled with the male-POV book Chimera)…is Larks male POV like TMIL was?

Amy November 27, 2016 at 9:21 PM

R…I’m pretty sure Full Tilt was an agreed upon book to add to the Marmy list. ;)

Sharon November 27, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Although Larks wasn’t a single POV at all – you were in all of their heads, more sometimes than other, I felt it had a male POV dominance. I’m going to be hung over for a while.

Amy November 27, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Well, dang. :?

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 9:30 PM

Amy, it’s in 3rd person, so you aren’t so much in their heads as following them. I don’t know how to explain. You might want to try a sample to see what I mean.

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Like the beginning of the story is Alex’s child hood, so it’s told in third person but it’s about him.

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 9:32 PM

LOL and yes she said the same thing. Full Tilt for sure!

Amy November 27, 2016 at 9:42 PM

I’ll definitely read the sample of Larks first. Unfortunately Chimera just solidified my dislike for male POV. :( I wasn’t thrilled with the writing, I skimmed a decent amount, I didn’t empathize with the H or “feel” what he was feeling at all, and I couldn’t have cared less about the h and what she was dealing with. *sigh* BUT!! I did finish it so that’s something to be proud of. :D

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 9:54 PM

Third person eludes me. I love reading it, can’t explain it. But yes, there are 2 H’s and an h. So you will be following one male or another most of the time. But, definitely check out a sample.

Amy November 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

I’m thinking Turning Point may be a Marmy book as well, but Maryse hasn’t read it yet.

That book. THAT BOOK. I really struggled with the writing style at first (it wasn’t bad, just difficult for me to adjust to) but once I did, I was hooked. And now…now I’m still healing. Still bruised. So of course what do I do? I keep poking at the bruise and then cringing ’cause it hurts so much. That book does NOT shy away from ugly, painful truth of what all happened.

R. Renee November 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM

I just got that one in the mail! Now I’m super curious about the writing style. Last time someone told me about a book with a “different” writing style, it was Fabi and Wolfsong and if I ever have a first born child, it’s hers.

Amy November 27, 2016 at 10:12 PM

All I can say is stick with it. Even if you feel like you’re not clicking with it, try and stick with it. I would have missed out on some delicious emotional turmoil had I given up. And you know what? By the end I loved the writing style. ;)

bev November 27, 2016 at 10:40 PM

It cracks me up anytime I recieve an update that one of you has liked my “review”, lol.

Amy November 28, 2016 at 1:08 AM

“He’s growing up, Maryse…”

“And is NOBODY going to comment on the set of er… footBALLS up there, on that guy *snort*”

“*scrolls up* I’m now growing up too fast.”

LOL!!!!!! You guys crack me up!!!

Dang, I’ve become so accustomed to looking right past the covers with guys on them that I miss all the suggestive stuff. Yes, those are some mighty large…footballs he has up there. ;)

Lisa November 28, 2016 at 2:59 AM

Drum Roll.. ……….

I am done 50,098 words. Nanowrimo is done and dusted. Yipeeee.

Come on Grey…Im spurring you on now. Id help but I quite literally can’t feel my fingers.

I am almost wetting myself reading the chat. Poor Manny….did someone put him the dryer to make him all fluffy?

Sounds like Larks might be a good holiday book. Its about time I tackled a marmy…its been a while.

Bev my favorite label is Spell and the Gypsy Collective. Theyre Australian but have an online store in the States. So beautiful….I love their blouses and wear one of their maxi gowns for Christmas each

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 3:01 AM

Congrats Lisa!!

Lisa November 28, 2016 at 3:01 AM

Oh and Maryse…Im definitely commenting on those gigantic balls!! Im not entirely certain what he’s supposedly doing to his balls? ;)

Lisa November 28, 2016 at 3:07 AM

R… I need beta readers….can you point me in the right direction?? A friend is doing a read for me but I know she will be kind with any critique.

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 3:12 AM

Lisa, can you shoot me an email so we can talk that way instead of through GR? It’s

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 3:13 AM

Or you can just post your email, but mine’s already public and you probably don’t want yours to be.

Lisa November 28, 2016 at 3:26 AM

Will do thank you R :)

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 3:32 AM

Ok. I have a bunch of info for you. I’ll send it as soon as I get your email :)

Lisa November 28, 2016 at 4:30 AM
Leslie M November 28, 2016 at 8:55 AM

QUESTION re: Instant Pot – can you just put small amount in it? Cause for a crockpot you are supposed to fill 2/3. I’m asking as I want to get 6 quart but wont always be cooking a lot. I know you can’t overfill. I’ve never used pressure cooker before, so completely newbie here.

bev November 28, 2016 at 11:13 AM




R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 11:16 AM

Lisa, I fell asleep, but I just sent it. It’s like War and Peace lol.

Tasha J November 28, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Lol Bev I just checked out all the kindle cyber Monday deals and saw that one and thought of you! I one clicked The Wonder and The Boys on the Boat.
So I stayed up super late to read Holding Up the Universe and I really, really liked it. Then I remembered I was supposed to get Dumplin while it was on sale so this morning jumped on and was glad I hadn’t missed the deal. Then read the blurb all the way though and realized it sounded too similar to what I had just read and now I’m not excited about it anymore…*sigh*

Tasha J November 28, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Oh, and Truly Madly Guilty by Lianne Moriarty is on sale for 2.99! I loved this one!

Nay November 28, 2016 at 12:52 PM

I’m at 83% on AEoLarks, and my kindle f#cking died!! So I’m catching up with online stuff until it charges enough for me to finish the book (which is tearing my guts out at the moment, btw.)

And when Maryse said delightfully risque’, I thought I knew what she meant, but no–I had zero clue at that point! LOVE it!

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 12:54 PM

Oh heavens to betsy that “scene”… wait…both those scenes…Gah.

Nay November 28, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Yes, **those** scenes!!

Leslie M November 28, 2016 at 2:14 PM

What are these mysterious risqué “scenes” you speak of?!? I thought that was a rip your heart out book, not a sexy one???

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Best of both worlds Leslie!

bev November 28, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Tasha, except Dumplin is probably better. ;)

Jan November 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Wow Lisa! Congrats. A mammoth effort! Yeah, and while you were writing, some pretty shady stuff went on with Manny *snort*

Amy, I totally second your thoughts on The Turning Point. One of my fav books ever, and I’m not even into marmee books. But this book? It crushed my heart, but I still loved it. R, I hope you love it too.

And that ‘balls out’ book cover up there? I mean, WTAH?? *snorts again*

Maryse November 28, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Leslie it is SEXY. SEXXXXXXY!

But she’s just such an eloquent writer that explores all sorts of avenues and emotions that they can be emotional, too.

Nay November 28, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Leslie–It’s MUCH more erotically sexual than I expected!

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Nay now that you’re done go check out the FB Larks group. I think you’ll find a nice leeeetle surprise ;)

Maryse November 28, 2016 at 7:10 PM

I’m a pressure cooker noob, too…

And now I’m curious for the answer!

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Yes smoking hot fan yourself sexxxxxxy!

Maryse November 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Lisa… he’s obviously supporting them… they are so big.


R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 7:13 PM

Oh yeah! Let me go find my pressure cooker stuff. BRB.

bev November 28, 2016 at 7:38 PM

An Untamed State didn’t make me cry, but I came close. Made me so sad and angry too.
I never know what will make me cry. JR did.
R, if your friend doesn’t like Hausfrau tell her to try Simon because it is on SALE.

bev November 28, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Well, yes. The Lark is probably the sexiest bird.
And if you throw in 70 disco on top of it…..

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 7:41 PM

I bought it bev ;) I’m not committing to reading it, but I have it just in case.

bev November 28, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Oh C’mon R. Let’s do a book swap. It will be fun. You read Simon I Will read ……? Next month, it would be fun.

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 7:45 PM

I’ll get back to you on that bev. It’s possible. I have a few lined up right now though.

bev November 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

*blinks rapidly*

Add R to the Marmy list.

Leslie M November 28, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Getting in the Christmas spirit and reading Bad Romeo Christmas.

I’m dying to know about the sexy times in Larks….i need some spoilers.

That big balls book cover is cray cray.

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 8:01 PM

On the pressure cooker, from what I can tell the big issue is not to over fill. It appears, as long as you have the proper amount of liquid, you’re fine. The cooker will come with an easy guide for timing and liquid measurements. Mine has several different settings, but really that’s just a fancy way of saying “different times.” Like the “cook” setting defaults to 15 minutes and “stew” to 30 minutes. I think for roast I run the stew setting, check it, then run it again. Sometimes I even run it a 3rd time if I want it extra tender.

Maryse, get one. From what I hear, it’s worth it for broth/stock alone. If you do a good amount of roasts, it’s good for that too. I love mine even though I haven’t used it in a while. It’s more of a cold weather toy for me. I’ll cook something in it to refresh my memory this weekend and take notes. It’s easy to figure out though with the instructions.

Really, any recipe you already have will work, just verify the minimum liquid requirement. I have PC cookbooks, but I tend to stick with the one that came with the cooker and make additions.

bev November 28, 2016 at 8:11 PM

Leslie, Maryse touches on that aspect in her review.

Leslie M November 28, 2016 at 8:13 PM

The pressure cooker sounds awesome!! I wicked want one!

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 8:14 PM

You should Leslie! I can help more after I refresh my memory. It’s been a year since I’ve used it.

Grey November 28, 2016 at 8:15 PM

2 more days… 2 more $#;$ing days. I wish I didn’t have to work. I wish my kids weren’t in umpteen activities… I wish November had 31 days. That said, I have just over 4500 words left to write. When this is all over, I’m going to read like nobody’s business. I hope you guys have been keeping some good notes for me!

Niki November 28, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Leslie, I have the 6 quart one and I think you just need about one or two cups of water or stock or broth depending on what you are making. I’ve made frozen chicken breasts with one cup salsa and maybe 1/2 cup water in 10-15 minutes…

Niki November 28, 2016 at 8:47 PM

Kindle Unlimited is up to 40% today..40% with two year subscription.. Does anyone have this..worth it????

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 8:53 PM

I think it is! I pay full price and think it’s worth it. So many writers are going that route these days.

Leslie M November 28, 2016 at 9:14 PM

Thanks Niki!

Nay November 28, 2016 at 9:20 PM

I LOVE Kindle Unlimited, and I also pay full price. I’ve had it ever since they started the program.

My hubby reads almost as much as I do (10-15 books/month), and we get every single book he reads for free. He won’t let me pay a dime (for him)–if I find a book that costs anything, he tells me to ‘forget it and find a free one’ (I’m his book picker-outer! lol)

Our KU pays for itself many times over each month. And R’s right. There are SO many authors going that route these days!

Nay November 28, 2016 at 9:21 PM

R–I checked out the Larks group earlier today, but there was already SO much for me to read to get caught up on the posts that I decided to go back either tonight or in the morning. I noticed that there’s some free bonus reading!

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Yes, but one in particular. Let me see if I can find a link.

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 9:27 PM

I emailed you Nay. It’s hard to navigate. New group so TONS of posts! But all great stuff for fans.

bev November 28, 2016 at 10:29 PM

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson & A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley are both on sale too. I really enjoyed both of these books.
Kearsley’s The Winter Sea is also on sale, I’ve had this one in my library for awhile.

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 10:32 PM

I just saw Rachel Higginson’s Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us, and Bet on Me are free on Amazon right now.

Cheryl November 28, 2016 at 11:12 PM

Just popping in while taking a quick break from the Larks. I am LOVING this book. It’s so beautifully written and I’m slowly eating every bit up like a big bowl of pudding. “Desire pooled thick like pudding in her chest, sweet along the back of her throat.”

And oh yeh, the name, is it only obvious to the reader?! Waiting for that shoe to fall, along with the BIG fall.

R. Renee November 28, 2016 at 11:35 PM

You know Cheryl, that quote taken out of context is…wait…or was it??

Lisa November 29, 2016 at 1:22 AM

Love Rachel Higginson. If you haven’t read 5 stages…read it.

Testing out a new (couple of) first line(s)……:

‘I wonder if there will ever be a time again when I don’t feel the fear and flight of the fox with hounds upon my heels. Weariness from the constant thrum of anxiety, from my pulse drumming in my ears, has ground me down. I feel feather light and carved out like a husk. And now I am twisting in the currents, letting the great dry gusts of Northern winds drive me home.’

Would it make you want to keep reading????

Maryse November 29, 2016 at 12:08 PM

5 Stages was AMAZING, I agree Lisa. She’s one of my favorite authors…

Maryse November 29, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Cheryl, I want to be a Lark (by blood or by integration of love… I want in!!) LOL!

Maryse November 29, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Nay I love how you’re his book picker. And I love even more that you are BOTH readers. It just seems like it would be such a sweet and comforting thing to read for hours next to your loved one.

Maryse November 29, 2016 at 12:14 PM


for those that have not read or finished An Exultation of Larks SKIP THIS COMMENT!!! I JUST NEED TO GET THIS OFF MY CHEST. ;) Tee hee!!!

*skip it*
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Okay here goes…

without spoiling anything on Larks, I just want to make ONE minor complaint. *snort*

Er… hrmm… how to say this?

Does anyone think they were er… “robbed” of one mmmmmm…. thing. Scene. You know. *waggles eyebrows*

R. Renee November 29, 2016 at 12:19 PM

Oh god Maryse did I want that scene, but I don’t see how it could have worked that far in or she’d end up with an 800 page book, which actually I’m totally fine with, so yeah! Robbed!!!

But the *fantasy* oh dear lord just take me now.

R. Renee November 29, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Maryse, and all Larks fans, Suanne has a FB Larks group that is AWESOME. And Maryse…she gives out some of her writing extras that are MUST reads, one of which is ahem…Erik/Will um…yumminess…

Might fix what ails you ;)

bev November 29, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Whoa. Maryse all group loving.

Cheryl November 29, 2016 at 5:48 PM

R. what’s the link you sent to Nay for the Larks group??

R. Renee November 29, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Right here–>

There is a Fish group too, but Larks is more active right now, obviously, and the Erik/Will goodness is on the Larks page.

Cheryl November 29, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Awww, I can’t access it because I’m not on facebook. Do you think you could send me the Erik/Will goodness, maybe via goodreads or I could send you my email address via GR. Please.

R. Renee November 29, 2016 at 6:02 PM

hmmm… not sure Cheryl, let me check :)

Cheryl November 29, 2016 at 6:04 PM

Ok thanks! I can send my email address to you on GR if that helps. Maybe a little cut/paste of the extras?!

R. Renee November 29, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Send it just in case Cheryl. You may have to get a FB to access, but if not, I’ll already have your email.

Maryse November 29, 2016 at 7:09 PM



I couldn’t have been the only one panting for that. *snort*

Maryse November 29, 2016 at 7:10 PM



a *short* scene. Like a spin-the-bottle *lightly* drunken late night Christmas Eve party type thing?


Maryse November 29, 2016 at 7:11 PM

bev!!!! *gasp* DID YOU READ IT???

R. Renee November 29, 2016 at 7:12 PM

LOL Maryse! The scene may have been short, but the repercussions…that would have been bad. But I would have happily read it!

Cheryl November 29, 2016 at 7:19 PM

You know, I’m ok with being robbed. The hotness of the scene ultimately would not have been worth it. I agree the repercussions would have been devastating and certainly things would have ended differently.

bev November 29, 2016 at 8:02 PM

Nope, just your review.

bev November 29, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Now I’m guessing what I thought the situation was going to end up as is maybe not. Lol. I was thinking triangle that ended up as one of those triad couples, and a bit surprised, but now guessing plain old triangle.

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