Blog Tour Review – Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler

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Hello Lovelies and Happy Wednesday! Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler hosted by TLC Book Tours.

This book was such a joy to read and absolutely warmed my heart. I love Christmas movies, but haven’t read too many Christmas themed books. After reading this delightful gem, well, I’m definitely going to add more on my TBR during the holiday season.

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From Karen Schaler, the writer of the Netflix phenomenon A Christmas Prince and Hallmark’s Christmas Camp comes this new heartwarming holiday romance. Mamma Mia meets The Bachelorette in Christmas Ever After…

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Publication: September 29, 2020

Publisher: Hawktale Publishing

Genre(s): Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Holiday, Romance

Format: Paperback, 396 Pages

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Amazon | Bookshop.org

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While promoting her next novel, a Christmas love story, author Riley Reynolds is caught off guard when she’s asked during a live national television interview how she can write about romance when she still hasn’t found “the one” herself. Scrambling for an answer, she quickly answers that she has had great love in her past and that love inspired her novels. Little does she know that this one offhanded remark will turn her world upside down. Three of her ex-boyfriends see the interview, and each, believing she’s talking about him, shows up for her Christmas Camp book event at the Christmas Lake Lodge, determined to rewrite his happily-ever-after with her! Over the festive weekend, Riley’s old boyfriends compete to win her heart, pulling out all the stops while planning the most romantic Christmas dates on the planet. Despite herself, Riley starts falling for each guy- again-but for different reasons. As Riley revisits each relationship and discovers more about herself, she embraces the magic of Christmas and finally finds true love and her own Christmas ever after…

Bonus Content: Christmas Ever After includes delicious original Christmas recipes and fun holiday crafts and activities.

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A delightfully romantic, funny, and heartwarming story! 

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A delightful, fun, sweet, and utterly enthralling read that had me hooked from the start! This book made me smile and oh the feels… Really enjoyed this Christmas gem.

I love discovering new authors and falling in love with their writing and that’s exactly what happened here. Schaler’s storytelling is engaging and mesmeric. Christmas Ever After is such a wonderful story and I seriously cannot stop gushing about it. I love the premise of the story and the plot has everything that made me smile, laugh, swoon, and feel all the feels that I just wanted to cuddle someone forever! The characters are definitely intriguing and fun. Riley Reynolds is pretty much a grinch when it comes to Christmas so watching how she reacts and changed throughout the story was really interesting and enjoyable. Luke is totally swoonworthy in my opinion and I loved that he was really funny too. I also really enjoyed all the Christmassy parts from the decorations to the food and songs. This book is just a bundle of joy and laughter with the right dose of drama and romance that will have you turning the pages.

I absolutely loved reading Christmas Ever After and just can’t recommend it enough! It’s lighthearted, entertaining, romantic, funny, sweet, and such a wonderfully heartwarming book. Karen Schaler is an amazing storyteller and writer and I’m excited to read more from her.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher for participating in a blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Instagram Features

Tuesday, September 29th: Instagram: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Wednesday, September 30th: Instagram: @theocbookgirl

Thursday, October 1st: Instagram: @my_book_journey_

Friday, October 2nd: Instagram: @falling4romance

Saturday, October 3rd: Instagram: @babygotbooks13

Sunday, October 4th: Instagram: @intentionallybookish

Monday, October 5th: Instagram: @readitandquip

Tuesday, October 6th: Instagram: @baytownbookie

December Instagram Features

Sunday, December 6th: Instagram: @melanatedreader

Monday, December 7th: Instagram: @thereadingchemist

Tuesday, December 8th: Instagram: @thebooksinmylapp

Wednesday, December 9th: Instagram: @nurse_bookie

Thursday, December 10th: Instagram: @inquisitivebookworm

Friday, December 11th: Instagram: @thephdivabooks

Saturday, December 12th: Instagram: @barkingaboutbooks

Sunday, December 13th: Instagram: @trissinalovesbooks

Monday, December 14th: Instagram: @reallyintothis

Tuesday, December 15th: Instagram: @createexploreread

Review Stops

Tuesday, September 29th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, September 30th: Into the Hall of Books

Thursday, October 1st: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, October 2nd: Kahakai Kitchen

Monday, October 5th: Instagram: @readinggirlreviews

Tuesday, October 6th: Instagram: @readwithmason

Wednesday, October 7th: Stranded in Chaos

Thursday, October 8th: Books, Cooks, and Looks

Friday, October 9th: View from the Birdhouse

Monday, October 12th: Tabi Thoughts

Tuesday, October 13th: Instagram: @shejustlovesbooks

Wednesday, October 14th: Sincerely Karen Jo

Thursday, October 15th: The Sketchy Reader

Friday, October 16th: What Is That Book About

Monday, October 19th: Literary Quicksand

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Karen Schaler APKaren Schaler is a three-time Emmy Award–winning storyteller, screenwriter, author, journalist, and national TV host. Karen has written original Christmas movies for Netflix, Hallmark, and Lifetime, including the Netflix sensation A Christmas Prince, Hallmark’s Christmas Camp, and four books, Christmas Ever After, Finding Christmas, Christmas Camp, and Christmas Camp Wedding, earning her the nickname “Christmas Karen” in the press. Karen has also created a real-life Christmas Camp experience for grown-ups, held around the world, where she carefully curates and hosts magical holiday activities from her movies and books and the show Christmas Karen: Behind the Story. For Karen’s novel Finding Christmas she also wrote the movie. Traveling to more than sixty-five countries, Karen is the creator and host of Travel Therapy TV. All of Karen’s stories are uplifting and filled with heart and hope.

Find out more about Karen at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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Thank you for stopping by sweeties. I hope you have an amazing day and I hope you’re doing something fun! Have a wonderful week lovelies! Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour.

Stay safe, wear a mask, and happy reading!!!

Until next time! Take Care fellow swoonies!!

sincerelykjologo

Blog Tour Review – Ignite the Sun by Hanna C. Howa

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Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day my lovelies! Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Ignite the Sun by Hanna C. Howard hosted by TLC Book Tours.

I’ve been in a reading slump for a while now and even though I still read here and there, it’s kind of been a bit of a struggle to really be hooked on anything. Usually when that happens, I stop reading all together and just do something else for a while. But, I’ve behind on a lot of things, so I just read when I’m in the mood and go with the flow I guess, so that’s why it took me a little longer to finish this book. That being said, I definitely think Ignite the Sun is a solid fantasy and overall I really enjoyed it.

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A YA fantasy adventure that is exciting and unique, right down to its metallic book cover

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Publication: August 18, 2020

Publisher: Blink

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical, Romance

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

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Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

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Once upon a time, there was something called the sun … In a kingdom ruled by a witch, the sun is just part of a legend about Light-filled days of old. But now Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the Light—or lose everything trying.

Sixteen-year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. That’s because Queen Iyzabel shrouded the kingdom in shadow upon her ascent to the throne, with claims it would protect her subjects from the dangerous Light.

The Darkness has always left Siria uneasy, and part of her still longs for the stories of the Light-filled days she once listened to alongside her best friend Linden, told in secret by Linden’s grandfather. But Siria’s need to please her strict and demanding parents means embracing the dark and heading to the royal city—the very center of Queen Izybel’s power—for a chance at a coveted placement at court. And what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of Light, alongside a ragtag group of rebels who could help her restore the sun … or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.

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A Fun, Engaging, and Magical YA Fantasy Adventure

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Entertaining and magical in its own ways, Ignite the Sun by Hanna C. Howard is a wonderful debut novel and I enjoyed reading it.

Even though there are a few things that didn’t work out for me, I still think that this book is definitely a fun and engrossing read. Howard’s writing easy to read, lush, detailed, and I felt like I was transported into this amazing fantasy world filled with enthralling magical creatures. The world building is definitely breathtaking, intriguing, and my favorite part of this book. I really enjoyed the magical elements of the story which kept me interested and turning the pages. The absence of the sun is a fascinating concept and I liked the good vs. evil / light vs. darkness theme. The plot could have had more action, drama, and conflict, but all in all, it was decent enough and kept me engrossed. The pacing is okay and I didn’t feel like there was really any dull moment so the story moved along quite well.

The characters are likeable and quite interesting. I wasn’t too fond of the main character, Siria, in the beginning, but she definitely won me over throughout the story. I do have some mixed feelings with the romance. I usually really love reading about friends-to-lovers romance (even though it’s not my favorite trope — that goes to enemies-to-lovers), but this one just didn’t do it for me. I just didn’t feel the swoons that I wanted… it wasn’t terrible. It was actually okay. I just personally wanted more FEELS. I do have to say that I enjoyed seeing the friendships and bonds form throughout the story. They felt genuine and heartfelt and I’m all for that.

Ignite the Sun by Hanna C. Howard is a fun and exciting fantasy book that kept me engaged until the end. Despite some minor flaws, I truly had a good time reading this story and I loved the fascinating magical world and creatures. Definitely recommend you add this on your TBR!

I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher for participating in a blog tour hosted by TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Monday, August 17th: @thereadingroom444

Tuesday, August 18th: @metalheadreader

Thursday, August 20th: Hallie Reads and @h.szott

Monday, August 24th: Amy’s Book-et List and @amysbooketlist

Wednesday, August 26th: Shelf-rated and @shelfrated

Thursday, August 27th: @amanda.the.bookish

Monday, August 31st: @thecityofdarkclockwork

Wednesday, September 2nd: Living My Best Book Life and @livingmybestbooklife

Friday, September 4th: @the_readers_nook

Monday, September 7th: Write Read Life

Tuesday, September 7th: Sincerely, Karen Jo

Wednesday, September 9th: @createexploreread

Wednesday, September 9th: Bookworm for Kids

Thursday, September 10th: @jessicamap

TBD: Monday, August 17th: What is That Book About – giveaway

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Hanna C. Howard spent most of her childhood wondering how she might avoid growing up, and eventually solved the conundrum by becoming an artist and a writer. She considers tea an essential food group, has more books than shelf-space, and thinks the ultimate geek triumvirate is Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Doctor Who. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband, their two Disreputable Dogs, and one cat skilled in the Martial Arts.

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Thank you for stopping by sweeties. I hope you have an amazing Labor Day and if you have the day off, well, I hope you’re doing something fun! Have a wonderful week lovelies! Don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour.

Stay safe, wear a mask, and happy reading!!!

Until next time! Take Care fellow swoonies!!

sincerelykjologo