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November 29, 2013

Holiday Buying Guide 2013

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Book lovers can be so difficult to buy for because they are always snatching up their favorites before you can give them as a gift. Below are some of my favorite reads for this year and as I often read off the beaten path you may just be able to surprise the book lover on your list with a new author. Be sure to also check out my past buying guides from 2011 and 2012.

For the younger reader:

Buy The Scroll at Amazon

This series has appeared each year on my buying guide. If you have a reluctant reader I would say this series may just make a reader out of them. It did for my niece. The Scroll (my review) is book 5 in The Gateway Chronicles. In case you haven't started this series, K. B. Hoyle is offering a lucky reader ebook copies of Book 1 (The Six) and Book 2 (The Oracle).

Buy Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas at Amazon

Got a little dancer on your list? I recommend Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas from award winning author Karen Pokras Toz. Read my review. You may know her from her Nate Rocks series and if not, you can pick up the ebook of Nate Rocks the School for FREE this weekend. Also Karen is offering a lucky reader an ebook of Millicent Marie Is Not My Name.

Buy Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy at Amazon

Often it is difficult to get boys to read, but I have read a couple of series that I think boys would like. My nephew is quite partial to the Huber Hill series (Can you keep a secret? My nephew is getting Huber Hill and the Golden Staff of Cibola for Christmas). Last year, Jack Templar Monster Hunter barely missed making the guide. Book 3 in the series is also available. Read an excerpt.

For Young Adults/New Adults:

Buy Wildflowers at Amazon

I loved Plain Jane by Schledia Benefield (read my review) and Wildflowers was another great read. While not necessarily a happy read, it is full of emotion and the message of hope. Schledia is offering a lucky winner a signed paperback (US only - ebook if winner is international).

Buy The Journey at Amazon

John Heldt's Northwest Passage series are probably as close to "feel good" stories that I read. As you know, I refer the darker side of life in my books. But I really enjoy John's writing. Read my review.

Buy White Chalk at Amazon

Did I mention I like books that deal with the darker side of life? White Chalk isn't for the faint of heart. It is an emotional, raw look into a very real issue plaguing our younger generation. If there is a troubled teen on your list, you may want to consider this book. But please note, that the content may be better suited for more mature young adults and new adult readers. Read my review. Pavarti is offering a signed paperback to a lucky reader (US only, if winner is international it will be an ebook).

For Adults:

Buy The Hitwoman and the Neurotic Witness at Amazon

JB Lynn is another regular on the Holiday Buying Guide. I LOVE her Hitwoman series. I'm also looking forward to her newest book that just out Nearly Departed. The Hitwoman series is perfect for those who love to laugh while reading. If there's a person on your list who enjoyes Lisa Lutz's Spellman series or Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, then The Hitwoman and the Neurotic Witness would be the perfect gift. Read my review. You can pick up the FREE novella The Hitwoman Gets Lucky at Amazon, plus JB is giving one lucky reader ebook copies of The Hitwoman Gets Lucky AND The Hitwoman and the Neurotic Witness.

Buy Lifeboat at Amazon

A Sci-Fi fan on your list? New author A. B. Shepherd's Lifeboat is a must read. It is a quick paced story that throws a curve ball at the end - you won't guess how the story ends. Read my review. A. B. Shepherd is offering an ebook set of Lifeboat AND her soon to be released novella The Beacon.

Buy The Shanghai Factor at Amazon

I love a good spy novel and The Shanghai Factor is an intriguing read. I don't often like espoinage novels set outside the Cold War era, but Charles McCarry brought all the elements I enjoyed during that time and modernized it. Read my review.

Buy Cupid on Deck at Amazon

I know this is a Valentine's Day story, but the Christmas season always makes be want to read chick-lit and Cupid on Deck was such a cute story. Read my review.

I hope I have helped you find gifts for at least a few people on your list. Each of the giveaways above is for the individual gift being offered, enter as many or as few as you like - all are open internationally. And I have one more giveaway for you to enter. My friend Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is offering an ebook - winner's choice- from her extensive published work.

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  1. Wow - LOTS of giveaways! Thanks so much for the opportunities.

  2. Great Hop!! Thanks for participating!