Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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Ten months down, fellow readers–how goes your TBR Challenge?

Mine has been abysmal for the third consecutive month. The Christmas novella I was writing is finished (and available in the anthology Christmas Ever After for a limited time!), but there’s still a lot of work to do on The Duke of Darkness and that’s what I’ve been devoting my time to.

I did managed to start reading a short novel/long novella a couple of weeks ago, but the hero is such an alpha-hole I don’t know if I’m going to finish it. I might–I want to read the rest of the heroine’s journey, and I’m curious to see if the hero learns a thing or two about consent (thought I’m not holding out much hope for him). But if I do, it won’t be until after Darkness is safely uploaded.

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Christmas Ever After now available for pre-order!

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You might remember me mentioning in a TBR check in or two that I was writing a Christmas novella. It’s called Kissing by the Mistletoe, and features a heroine who longs for a measure of independence, with a sweet cinnamon roll of a hero who is her (male) best friend’s little brother ❤ It’s also available for pre-order in the anthology Christmas Ever After with seven other novellas for just $0.99/£0.99!

Here’s the blurb for Kissing by the Mistletoe:

Maddie Hayward has been actively looking for a husband for nearly three years, but no gentleman will spare her more than a smile. Everyone thinks she’s destined to wed Kit Mathison…except neither of them is interested in a romance with the other. When Kit and his family come to visit the Haywards for Christmas, the whole village expects a proposal—but Maddie has other plans. Can she convince everyone that her friendship with Kit will never be a courtship? Or will she have to choose between her closest friend and the chance at family of her own?

Thomas Mathison has loved Maddie since the day they were first introduced, but can’t ask for her hand until he can afford to support a family. When she suggests a sham courtship between them he agrees, despite his misgivings. Being seen with someone other than Kit would shatter the illusion of an arrangement between them and give Maddie a chance at a happy life. But while she would be feigning affection, Thomas would not. Can he conceal his true feelings from her while executing her plan? Will he have the strength to let her go when he returns to Edinburgh?

The Duke of Darkness is now available for pre-order!

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The Duke of Darkness is now available for pre-order at most of your favorite retailers (Google Play coming soon)! It’s just $0.99 USD until release day!

There were few people in the world the Duke of Rhuddlan could trust, least of all his scheming brother Nicholas. So when a spate of violence is perpetrated against people with a connection to the duke, Rhuddlan knows who is behind it. But how can he end this vicious campaign when Nick is backed by the King’s own son?

Olivia Stone wants nothing more than to live quietly in her little cottage, but with a cruel suitor determined to possess her and an income that is steadily diminishing, she’s left with no choice but to appeal to her wealthy cousin—whom she’s never met—for assistance. Will he give it? Or will she be forced to marry a man she fears?

When Rhuddlan knocks on Olivia’s door with a plan to help them both, she’s skeptical but sees no other option. Working together sparks a flame between them neither could have predicted, but when Nick discovers the relationship, he becomes determined to destroy their hope for happiness. Can Rhuddlan finally put an end to his brother’s devastation before someone is killed? Will Olivia still want him when she sees how ruthless he can be?

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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We’ve made it through two-thirds of the year already! Are you two-thirds of the way to your TBR Challenge goal?

I am one-third of the way to may goal, lol–behind again this year. This month writing deadlines are mostly to blame: I’ve got more work than I’d like to admit left on The Duke of Darkness, and a Christmas novella due tomorrow (yikes!). Things have also been picking up at the Day Job, and I’ve had a few gifts to crochet for weddings and babies on rather short notice. I’ve gotten a lot done, but very little of it has been reading.

I’m not terribly optimistic about my reading time for September or October, though I’m hoping not to fall too far behind. It looks like I’m going to be sprinting to the finish again this year, reading the bulk of my TBR Challenge books in the last two months!

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Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In

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Month seven is coming to a close–how is your TBR Challenge going?

I have finally made some progress on mine, though I still have a long way to go. I’m up to 7 “old” (acquired before August 1, 2017) books read and 4 “new” (acquired in the past 2 months) books read for a total of 11. That gives me 25 left to go!

I’m not liking the decision to read half of my TBR books within two months of acquisition, though. Rather than reminding me to read books sooner and not let them languish on my e-reader or in a bin, it’s kind of stressing me out. Reading books is supposed to be fun, and the within-two-months stipulation made it feel more like a chore. So I’m ditching that part of my challenge 🙂  I’m sticking to my original goal of 36 books from my TBR pile, but for the rest of the year any book acquired before 2018 will count. And I’ll get to the books I bought this year as fast as I can!

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Happy June, fellow readers! Is your TBR pile growing or shrinking?

Mine is growing, despite this challenge. According to my Goodreads shelves, I’ve read 8 books (not counting those I judged for the RITAs) but I’ve purchased 24. And only one of those 8 was completed in May. *sigh* I’m in the middle of writing two books, and I suspect that’s where my reading time has gone. That makes me feel like I’m back in the classroom again, lol–I’ll have time to read as much as I want just as soon as summer (or, in this case, the end of the books I’m writing) comes! 🙂

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Happy Spring, fellow readers! We’re one third of the way through the year. Are you one third of the way through your TBR Challenge?

Goodreads tells me I’m 6 books behind, but given my slow start this year, and the time I spent reading books for the RITAs (which I didn’t count toward my goal), I’d say that’s not too bad. Plus, I’ve got three books going right now: Dracula, Prince of Many Faces (research), Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor (audiobook), and The Bargain: A Port Elizabeth Regency Tale (fun). Finishing those three relatively soon will get me closer to being back on track. The meteorologists are all forecasting beautiful weather for most of this week, too. So perhaps I’ll be able to sit outside with a book when I get home from the day job and enjoy the sun 🙂

A small aside: we celebrated Max’s “birthday” this week, otherwise known as Gotchya Day or The Day He Came Home From The Rescue. He got a couple of new toys and snacks, and lots of attention at the day job (he comes to work with me every day). He was also bouncing around as if he’s not a 10-year-old German Shepherd with severe arthritis, so I’m guessing he had a good time!

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We’re through the first quarter of the year, fellow readers. Are you a quarter of the way through your TBR Challenge?

I’m not, but I’m starting to gain some ground. I’ve taken to listening to audio books while I’m playing Solitaire or crocheting something easy (I only started a few months ago, so I don’t make things with elaborate patterns). That’s gotten me through three audio books that have been waiting patiently for a couple of years for my attention: The Clockwise Man (a Doctor Who novel), and the first two installments of Cressida Cowell’s How To Train Your Dragon series (which are nothing like the movies, but read beautifully by David Tennant).

That makes me just 1/12 of the way to my target of 36 books this year, but it’s progress. And I can listen to audio books even when my chronic fatigue rears its ugly head, so that’s a plus. Here’s to a book-filled April!

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What a year it’s been already! We’re two months in, fellow readers–how is your challenge going?

My chronic illnesses have been doing their best to knock me off my game…and it’s working so far. I had an asthma flare in January and missed our first check in of the year. And my chronic fatigue spent several months kicking my backside. So in the past two months, I’ve managed exactly one book from my Before-August 1, 2017 pile and none from my Read-Within-Two-Months pile.

Thankfully, everything seems quiet now and back to my normal, so perhaps March will be the month I get back on track. I have a couple of RITA entries left to read, then I can get back to my personal stash 🙂 I have a couple of library books I’ve checked out repeatedly but haven’t managed to read yet–The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I’ve had them out so long I’m not even sure they’ll count toward the TBR Challenge anymore (I’d planned to include them in the Read-Within-Two-Months category), but I think those are the two I’ll start with.