Thursday, November 24, 2022

X Marks the Spot!!! - Winner Announced!!


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Ruth A. Casie's Jolly Roger

Treasure Hunt.

Chose the correct cave to find the treasure.

                 Cave #1                                              Cave #2                                           Cave #3

There is a treasure buried deep in one of these caves. Find the hidden puzzle and the prize could be yours.

Find the right cave, solve the puzzle, and enter the time it took you to complete it in the comments below. 

The prize...

One US winner will receive signed copies of each of my five pirate books

  • The Pirate's Jewel
  • The Pirate's Redemption
  • Hugh: Sons of Sagamore
  • Graham: Sons of Sagamore
  • Donald: Sons of Sagamore
Five international winners will receive a signed bookplate and swag.

Winners will be randomly selected from the comments below. For an extra chance to win, join my Facebook reader's group, Casie's Café.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Twelfth Annual Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop Event. We invite bloggers and authors to join the fun! It will be a great way to discover new blogs and to celebrate our love of books! The hosts for this year’s event are Caffeinated Reviewer and Reading Reality

The giveaway will run from 12:01AM on Monday, November 21st through 11:59PM Monday, November 28th.

The Top 10 Reasons I Love Thanksgiving!


1.     We celebrate the Friday after.

At our house we celebrate Thanksgiving the day after turkey day. We started the tradition as a compromise for my kids and their in-laws. They were conflicted about where to spend Thanksgiving. No one wanted to miss dinner with their family. We talked about brunch in the morning or later in the day. That just wasn’t the same. Instead I opted for the day after. It was not a hardship. I did it selfishly. This way I have them all to myself. My kids and their in-laws love the idea.

2.     No turkey!

This year’s menu is roast leg of lamb and brisket. (It’s the same every year. I’m forbidden to change it.) That's another benefit of celebrating the day after. No turkey. Everyone's had their fill on Thursday. Although the family still demands mulled cider, sweet potato soufflĂ© and noodle pudding.

3.     Everyone moves back home.

Our son and his family drive down from Boston. Our two daughters and their families live thirty minutes away, but they all move home for the weekend. It will definitely be a houseful but I wouldn't want it any other way.

4.     Butternut Squash Soup

Our younger daughter added this to our menu a few years ago. My cooking is all done when she comes in with all the fixings and makes the soup.

5.     My granddaughters help in the kitchen

They enjoy helping in the kitchen and setting the table. The boys play video games or toss a ball in the park across the street. 

6.     The coffee runs to Dunkin Donuts and late night outings to the local ice cream shop.

Our son-in-law goes to our local DD and brings home a selection of coffees for us while we finish cooking. It’s always a surprise. Since our dinner is midafternoon, my husband takes the grandkids to the ice cream shop to bring back more surprises. I could easily have the ice cream at the house, but I think he uses it as an excuse to spend some time with them.

7.     Time together

After dinner we flop on the sofa with a large bowl of popcorn. My husband tries to get a Scrabble game going but usually they want to watch a movie.

8.    Saturday Breakfast

With all this tumult and cooking, did I mention the mandatory French toast on Saturday morning? The rest of the day is casual and lazy and usually another movie.

9.     Sunday Afternoon

After breakfast, our son and his family pack up to start home to Boston. The others linger for a short time, but they are already thinking about school on Monday. When they all leave the house is eerily quiet. Thank goodness they’ll all be back in three weeks for the holidays and we do this again. This time with presents!

10. It's all magical to me.

At our family Thanksgiving weekend, I sit and look at the twelve of us around the table and beam with pride. I’d be happy not to eat, just enjoy them. This is what I’m most thankful for, my dear husband who supports me in everything I do, my children and their spouses who make me laugh until I cry, and my four grandchildren who are each a blessing.


I hope your Thanksgiving is delicious and wonderful.

My book giveaway...

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon 2020: Ruth’s Puzzle Challenge #HOHOHORAT2022

Today is the kick-off of the HoHoHo Readathon hosted by Kimberly from Caffeinated Reader! This is my first Readathon and I am so excited to be participating as an elf with a mini challenge for participants.

If you'd like to join the readathon, it's not too late! Visit Caffeinated Reviewer on Kimberley's blog for the sign-up linky as well as a list of all the other mini-challenge hosts. 

My mini-challenge is Ruth's Holiday Puzzles. Here's what you have to do: put each puzzle together and fill out the Rafflecopter below with the name of the bookstore (the first puzzle) and the title of the book (that's the second puzzle).

I hope you had fun with this challenge! If you'd like to see what I'm reading this week, I'll be posting updates on Instagram #bookstagram, Twitter, and my blog. If you're sharing updates, don't forget to use the hashtag #HoHoHoRAT2022.

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A bit of shameless self-promo here: if you're looking to add to your TBR for the readathon or into December, I have five pirate adventure-romances on sales, each for $0.99, Nov 24th – 30th.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

2022 Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon Challenge - #HoHoHoRAT2022


Tenth Annual Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon

It is time to mark my calendar for another HoHoHo Readathon hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. This is my FIRST Read-a-Thon. The thon encourages all readers to read as many Christmas´ or winterly-themed books as we can. And there will be fun events, contests, prizes, and other things. My list of books for this readathon is short, with only one Christmas-themed books on my TBR, at least so far. But it is the fun of reading a novel, that encouraged me to join and hopefully get in the holiday mood. I must admit... I am struggling to get through Thanksgiving! Maybe a holiday story is what I need.

Let us all hope that I will reach my goal of at least one read Christmas novel or better two!

The #HoHoHoRAT will begin at 12:01 am Thursday, November 18th, and will end Wednesday, November 30th at 11:59 pm in your time zone.

-Declare your intentions on your blog or through social media. Be sure and link back to her post #HoHoHo Readathon Sign-Up over at Caffeinated Reviewer. The linky will close on November 24th, so be sure to link up even if you will only take part for a few days.

We can choose between holiday reads, winter books, yuletide murder mysteries, naughty & nice romances, and holiday horror. Whatever your mood chooses from the mentioned counts for this Ho-Ho-Ho-Readathon. Any format counts. Audiobook, library book, eBook, old book, or new book. With or without the hot chocolate, or something stronger if necessary. Follow your mood and have a great time!

Hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer
Dates of Challenge: 18 Nov. 2022 — 30 Nov. 2022
Giveaway Offered: Yes

Ruth’s Ho-Ho-Ho Reading Challenge – To Read at least One Book

I'm an Overachiever! 5 Books and still counting!

I've Read...

Christi Caldwell's The Duke Alone
"For an abandoned lady and a recluse duke, the winter season brings a swirl of romance-and danger-in a bracing novel."

Andrea Penrose's Murder on Black Swan Lane
In Regency London, an unconventional scientist and a fearless female artist team up to trap a cold-hearted killer: “Thoroughly enjoyable” (Deanna Raybourn, New York Times–bestselling author).

C. H. Harris’ What Angel’s Fear  

“Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race.”—The New Orleans Times-Picayune


Scarlett Scott's A Merry Wicked Winter
A heartwarming holiday novella featuring a long-lost Winter sister and the gruff Scot whose heart she heals.

Andrea Penrose's Murder at Half Moon Gate

“Penrose deftly combines a Regency romance with a tricky mystery that delves into social unrest and the darker side of this storied period.” —Kirkus Reviews

Sherry Thomas' Ravishing the Heiress

"Millie’s intellect and selflessness make her a standout among a cast of memorable characters in this expertly plotted and emotionally wrenching love story." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Andrea Penrose's Murder at Kensington Palace
(A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery Book 3)

“Penrose does a good job of linking the mystery to the period’s scientific and social changes....An unusually rich look at Regency life.”--Publishers Weekly