Guest Post: Carol Cassada


When most people think of romance novels, they tend to think of a book with a lot of sex scenes. While most romance novels do consist of those types of scenes, many choose not to include them or have it happen behind closed doors. I’ve read and written books with these different types of scenes, and I when someone asks me which I prefer I say it depends on the type of story.

For instance in my book Going Home Again, there’s no love scenes, the only romantic gestures are kissing and hugging. The reason I chose not to use sex scenes is because I thought it would take away from the story. The plot revolves around photographer Rachel Mitchell, who returns home following the death of her mother to comfort her family. While on her trip she reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Cole Ashton. As the two spend more time together, their feelings for each other grow and Rachel begins thinking about her life and if she made the right choices.

When I started writing Going Home Again, I wanted it to be a sweet, love story about two high-school flames reuniting. If I had included a sex scene, then I don’t think the story would have been as good.

There are times when I think its fine to use sex scenes, but there are other times when I don’t think it’s necessary. I know those scenes get readers excited, but I also think its fun to tease readers and let their imaginations go wild with what happens next.


Book Blurb:

Fashion photographer Rachel Mitchell was living the good life in New York; she had everything she ever wanted. However, the death of her mother sends Rachel home to Virginia to be with her family. Upset she seeks comfort from her ex-boyfriend Cole Ashton and they start to reconnect. Their reunion makes Rachel question her life and she’s left with a difficult decision, either stay in New York or start a new life with Cole in Virginia. Which will she choose?


Carol Cassada is a writer from the small town of Ringgold, VA. From a very young age Carol developed a love of reading and by the time she reached high school she decided on a career as a writer. After graduating from Old Dominion University in 2008, she began her writing career. Throughout the years she’s released 5 books, including the romance/soap opera series Westmore. When she’s not busy writing, Carol loves to spend her time playing with her three dogs and two cats.




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Xmas Wishlist – Jaimie Admans

Ampersand necklace


I love ampersands! I don’t know why, maybe it’s a writer thing! I have a massive wooden one on the wall above my computer and looking at it reminds me that I should be writing more words, so maybe that’s why I like them. I don’t really do dainty little necklaces like this one, but for some reason I really like it, although have stopped myself buying it as I’d be so afraid of breaking it I’d probably only ever wear it on really special occasions!

New Kindle, and/or never-ending Kindle battery


I absolutely love my Kindle, I don’t know how I ever survived without it, but the most frustrating thing in the world is either when you settle down in bed, all ready to curl up with a book, and the battery dies. Or when you get to a vital part, the heart-in-throat moment of a thriller, and the damn thing turns itself off and the charging icon comes up on the screen! Then you have to wait quarter of an hour while it’s plugged in before you can even turn it back on and sit in front of the plug socket to finish the chapter! My Kindle has rapidly deteriorated this year in terms of battery life and how much warning it gives before switching off. It’s a couple of years old now so perhaps it’s coming to the end of it’s life, but I wish there was such a thing as a never-ending Kindle battery, or at least some emergency contraption you could plug into it to give it an extra boost until you’ve got past the exciting book moments!

A bookshelf with unlimited space


A common problem faced by all booklovers – how much space books take up! I love paperback books, but I hardly ever buy them anymore due to my multiple bookshelves being full! Let’s face it, even full is an understatement. Full-to-bursting or about-to-explode also work. I always buy the ebook versions of books now, and try to get my fix by lovingly stroking paperbacks in the shops and toddling off home to my Kindle which has almost unlimited space but is sadly lacking that real-book smell.

Comfy reading chair and/or nook


It might sound silly but the only place I have to read is in bed! The sofa is in the living room which is always too noisy for reading, so my only reading option is the bed! I would love a little reading nook, you know, a cosy chair surrounded by shelves of gorgeous books… I might need a bigger house first though!

Once Upon A Time notebook


Like lots of people I know, I have an addiction to stationery! Pretty notebooks, pens, note cards, boxes. Notebooks are my biggest downfall, I always swear I won’t buy any more but then I find the stationery section in a shop and they’re all just so pretty, it would be wrong to walk out without at least one! Of course, I now have so many notebooks that it will take me three lifetimes to get through them, and I still make a beeline for the stationery section! It’s impossible to resist a nice notebook! I tell myself I can count them as ‘writerly expenses’ but my notebook drawer(s) could supply ten writers by now!

A multitude of books that people have recommended to me this year.


There are so many books on my to-read list that sound amazing! I follow quite a few avid readers on Twitter and almost every day someone will recommend a book that sounds brilliant, I just need more hours in the day to read them all! I won’t write the list out or we’d be here all night, but there are so many books I really want to read, I would be thrilled to find any of them under the tree this year!

Ferrero Rocher


No Christmas list would be complete without mentioning food of some sort, and I couldn’t possibly read all those books without some kind of sustenance by my side, so I’ll have a giant box of Ferrero Rocher, please! They’re my absolute favourites! I’m actually really lucky at this time of year because my birthday is a few days after Christmas, so no sooner have I eaten the boxes people bought me for Christmas, I get given more!

Thanks, Santa!

Xmas Wishlist – Jo @ Cometbabesbooks

Hi Everyone

I volunteered to take part in Sheli’s Xmas wish list feature in October. I am new to blogging and only created my blog in September, so I am especially thrilled that Sheli has allowed me to be apart of this

My wish list is:-

A Diary to organise my blog, I always seem to be on the last minute getting posts ready or reading books for blog tours, for 2014 I would like to be a little more organised.

A Nexus 7, been told these are one of the best tablets after an IPad.

A case for a Nexus 7, to make it easier to type my tweets and blog

I have also asked for Amazon vouchers, I’m sure these are must for all bookish fiends as I have 110 books on my wish list in Amazon, if not Amazon vouchers then of course I want books, books and more books.

Topping my wish list are the following books, despite the fact that my TBR pile seems to be getting out of control.

April Fools by Karli Perrin, I still have April Showers to read, but loved Karli’s Christmas offering The Gift.

The Elemental World series by Elizabeth Hunter, read the Elemental Mysteries Series earlier in the year and these tie in with the Characters in those books.

All the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

The Keys to the Kingdom Series by Garth Nix

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Top of my wish list is
In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran

Hope Santa brings my wish list and everyone else’s wish list.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thanks again Sheli.

Jo xx

My twitter is @cometbabe

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Xmas wishlist – Louise

There are so many fantastic things out there for the discerning bookworm so I’ve tried to be very good and limit myself to 5 items and I hope you appreciate how much restraint this is taking for me!


1. Firstly, as a full time mum to a wonderfully lively 3 year old, top of my wishlist would be an afternoon of peace and quiet on a wonderful sofa, under a cosy blanket with a drink, snack and of course a good book.  As I don’t drink tea I would have a hot chocolate and it would be lovely served in one of these with the chocolate bar too of course!!

2. I love and collect nearly as many bookmarks as I do books and think this is one of the cutest I have seen.

3. I have been lucky enough to get a new Kindle Paperwhite this year and as Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books in the world I would love one of these to keep my Kindle safe from a toddler’s hands!!

4. Although I usually have so many books on my bookshelves that I don’t usually need bookends, I think these guys are so cute I’d have to make room for them!!

5. I think that this may be the only book in the world where I couldn’t give a hoot about the words, it’s all about the pictures 🙂

Thanks to Sheli for asking me to be part of her Christmas feature.  I wish her and you a lovely, bookish Christmas.   Louise

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North Pole Reform School Blog Tour – Guest post by Jaimie

Dream Movie Cast for North Pole Reform School

 Mistletoe: Marla Sokoloff


Best known for TV movies and the starring role in one of my favourite Christmas films Christmas In Boston, I think Marla would make a great Mistletoe. She always seems happy and smiley, and I think Mistletoe needs that. She starts the book hating Christmas, and I think she needs to lighten up a bit and smile more at first, and she needs to be likeable. Marla seems like a very likeable actress, and a very good Mistletoe!

Luke: Jeremy Sumpter


Best known for playing Peter Pan in the 2003 live-action version, I have to stress that I’m talking about the grown-up Jeremy Sumpter here! He’s done loads of films and TV series in the past few years. I think he’s got the perfect mix of cheeky grin, messy hair, and bright mischievous eyes that make Luke so attractive!

Xmas Wishlist – Shaz @ Shaz’s Book Boudoir

When Sheli asked me to write a guest post about what book related gifts were on my Christmas wishlist it was actually quite difficult to narrow it down as there have been so many fabulous books published in the last couple of years that I’ve not had the chance to read yet.

Top of the Christmas wishlist is a cover for my new Kindle Paperwhite that I treated myself to in October as I didn’t realise my existing cover wouldn’t fit it.


This is the one I’ve chosen as it combines two of my favourite things other than books, the colour purple and butterflies although sadly it’s currently out of stock but secretly hoping it becomes available again soon

As my first chance cover is not currently available I have also added this one as a substitute choice


So now onto a selection of the books that are currently on my Amazon wishlist which was a lot harder to narrow down!
I don’t generally buy Trade Paperbacks as I normally wait for the regular paperback publication but I’ve read some really good reviews for The First Time I Said Goodbye by Claire Allan


Would you hold on tighter if you knew you were saying goodbye forever? In 1959, factory girl Stella Hegarty finds herself falling unexpectedly for the charms of a handsome US marine based in Derry. Caught up in a whirlwind of romance, Stella finds herself planning a new life in America with her beloved Ray. But when tragedy steps in, both their lives are thrown into turmoil and they come to realise they may have said their first, and last goodbye. In 2010, Annabel Jackson, reeling from the loss of her father, agrees to accompany her mother Stella back to Ireland to meet her family for the first time. In Derry they both start to realise that sometimes you have to say goodbye to what you thought you always wanted, in order to find what you have needed all along..

Next book I would love to receive is The Birthday Girls by Pauline Lawless as I’ve read and enjoyed all of her previous books.


They’d met on their first day at school four little girls who were all very different from each other but who somehow became close friends. Their friendship has now lasted thirty-five years. As their birthdays all fall in the same week they long ago made a pact to spend each big decade birthday together. So far they’d managed it. Now as their thirty-ninth birthday looms, Angel, a famous Hollywood actress, announces that this will be her last birthday. Terrified of aging, she absolutely refuses to turn 40. So Lexi, the mother hen of the group and an artist, invites them to Florida for a week-long celebration of this, their last birthday together. Brenda, mother to five grown-up children, flies in from Dublin, eagerly looking forward to her first foreign holiday ever. Mel, however, has to be prised away from New York where she is a successful partner in a law firm – Mel is a workaholic with no other friends or love in her life. The four come together for the celebration but soon things start to unravel and the week ends disastrously. Lexi is distraught. Can their friendship endure? Only time will tell.

Having just bought The Murder Wall, the first book in the Kate Daniels series by Mari Hannah I’d like to read the other books in the series before the fourth book, Monument to Murder, is published next year.
Settled Blood

When a young girl is found dead at the base of Hadrian’s Wall, it’s not long before Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels realises her death was no ordinary homicide. She was thrown from a great height and was probably alive before she hit the ground. Then a local businessmen reports his daughter missing, has Daniels found the identity of her victim, or is a killer playing a sickening game? As the murder investigation team delve deeper into the case, half truths are told, secrets exposed, and while Daniels makes her way through a mountain of obstacles time is running out for one terrified girl.

Deadly Deceit

Four a.m on a wet stretch of the A1 and a driver skids out of control. Quick on the scene, Senior Investigating Officer Kate Daniels and partner DS Hank Gormley are presented with a horrifying image of carnage and mayhem that quickly becomes one of the worst road traffic accidents in Northumberland’s history. But as the casualties mount up, they soon realise that not all deaths were as a result of the accident . . . On the other side of town a house goes up in flames, turning its two inhabitants into charred corpses. Seemingly unconnected with the traffic accident, Kate sets about investigating both incidences separately. But it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems, and Kate and her colleagues are one always step behind a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

The fifth and final book I’ve picked to choose for this feature is one that’s not out until January so it can be pre-ordered to receive as a late Christmas present or earlier birthday present, The Winter Folly by Lulu Taylor


In this house there are many secrets…
It is 1965 and young Alexandra Crewe obediently marries the man her father has selected for her. But very soon both she and her husband Laurence realize that their marriage is a disaster. When real love finds Alexandra, plucking her out of her unhappy existence, she is powerless to resist. Her home becomes Fort Stirling, a beautiful Dorset castle, but Alexandra fears that there will be a price to pay for this wonderful new life. When tragedy strikes, it seems that her punishment has come, and there is only one way she can atone for her sins…

In the present day, Delilah Young is the second wife of John Stirling and the new chatelaine of Fort Stirling. The house seems to be a sad one and Delilah hopes to fill it with life and happiness. But when she attempts to heal the heartbreak in John’s life, it seems that the forces of the past might be too strong for her. Why does John have such a hatred for the old folly on the hill, and what happened to his mother when she vanished from his life? As Delilah searches for the truth, she realizes that perhaps some secrets are better left buried…

I’m sure I’ll probably do a blog post on what I did actually receive for Christmas so hopefully one or two of these will be featured!


Xmas Wishlist – Kirsty @ Love of a Good Book

Friends often scream out ‘No way. you don’t need anymore books!’ When they see my Christmas list.
But as any bookworm will tell you, there is no such thing as too many books!

And this Christmas is no exception:

I’m very lucky to be sent books before they are released, so for Christmas I’m asking for books people love and have read time and time again.

Here are some on my list:

I keep hearing wonderful things about ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ from Laura
I’m really excited about reading the book that Laura found life changing.

Megan from has recommended ‘The Time Travellers Wife’ now I’ve seen the film of this but I’ve been told the book is amazing.

Victoria from loves ‘The Lady of Hay’ and has highly recommended this to me.
And I mentioned recently on my blog that I’ve not read any Jane Austen and I find this something I need to rectify, so I am also going to ask for Pride and Prejudice.

Now I’ve all these lovely new books on my list, I couldn’t imagine anything better to carry them in other than a Cambridge Satchel
My particular favourites are the pink and brown colours.

The thing about being a bookworm is that books can come in many forms and I love this book charm to add to my Pandora bracelet

Im obsessed with books, reading them, touching them and pictures of them so when I saw this, I just fell in love.
How gorgeous is this skirt, it has my dream library on it!

Since I probably won’t be able to wear the skirt until it’s sunny, I’m going to ask for a nice snuggly hoodie and this one seems highly appropriate

And finally since it’s Christmas, I wouldn’t mind discovering this hot book-boy under the mistletoe!


Have a fantastic Christmas all!