Monday, January 21, 2019

January Blahs! #bookgiveaway

Breaking the Mould - VKM #8

By: Jaymie Leighton MΓΌller
From: Breaking the Mould
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

So... it's January. The excitement of Christmas and New Years is behind us, and everyone is settled back into school and work routines. Nothing to do. Nothing to look forward to.

Blah, blah, blah!

But wait... come on... are you kidding me?? This is the BEST time of year for... readers.

I'm one of those nerds who want nothing but gift cards for Christmas... gift cards for book stores, to be precise. And I got 'em from everyone this year! Here in Michigan it is coooold, and snowy, and dark. In my downtime, when Jakob is watching a hockey game and Jocie is at a sleepover, I like to curl up by the fire and read. And that means I'm looking for new books to read.

And this time of year more than any other, I like to step out of my comfort zone. I usually read romance novels, especially Regency romances. I love a happy ending, and I adore the lovely gowns and settings. But this month I'm in the mood for something meatier, something a little darker, maybe. Sometimes I enjoy books like Gone Girl, or Girl on a Train... you know... the kind of books that get made into movies... LOL.

Do you ever switch it up? Do you read out of your 'comfort zone', or are you sometimes in the mood for something completely different? Historical? Gritty urban mystery? Biography? True Crime?


Tell me how you vary your reading habits!

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GIVEAWAY!!

And now for something completely different...

Hello, readers... Victoria Hamilton here.

Like Jaymie I read a lot of different genres. I love contemporary mysteries, true crime, historical mysteries and many many others!

And I write in different genres too! In my career I have written and published Regency romances, paranormal historical romances, historical romance mystery and cozy mysteries. I have a new book coming out February 8th from Midnight Ink. It is a historical mystery set in the Regency era; it's a little dark, and gritty, and it does include difficult subjects.

Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea. But I love my bold, strong new heroine, Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, and hope readers do, too.

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says: "Hamilton expertly balances the page-turning detection with the story of a hypocritical society where women, whether they are scullery maids or orphans, rarely get to make their own decisions. Readers will look forward to Emmeline's further adventures."

About A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder: 

Scandal and slayings among Regency London's elite

The shocking murder of Sir Henry Claybourne leaves Regency London shaken and horror-struck. But for genteel spinster Miss Emmeline St. Germaine, the crime slices far too close to home. Just hours before the knight's death she held a dagger to him, threatening him to stay silent as she rescued a scullery maid he had procured for his pleasure.

Did the man―or woman―who murdered the knight know of her visit? Her secret identity at risk, her reputation and life in jeopardy, Emmeline must solve the crime or face scandalous exposure and ruination, or worse―the hangman's noose―for a crime she did not commit.

Visit Victoria Hamilton Mysteries for pre-order links! And while you're there, sign up for my newsletter - you'll get all the latest info on my books - AND check out the link to an excerpt of A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder to see if it suits your reading needs!!

And now... the giveaway!

Just leave a comment about how you vary your reading, and you'll be entered to win a signed copy of either A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder, (once I get my author copies!!) along with a lovely fan and bookmark, OR a paper copy of Breaking the Mould, #8 in the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries!

1 - Leave a comment
2 - Include your email address and a first name
3 - Enter before Midnight, January 23rd
 

57 comments:

  1. This new series sounds intriguing! I do step out of my cosies/mysteries reading adventures. I like most books, history, science, etc. It seriously depends on my mood sometimes. I do have a thing for series. I like seeing the characters lives change and blossom!
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    Deb Price
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. Your books look amazing. I do not vary my reading habits. I read the same way all seasons. I am, however, a mood reader.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I mostly read mysteries but I’ll read an occasional fantasy or sci-fi book.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  4. I love to read a variety of books, romance , fiction and true crime. Cozy and historical romance and suspense. I read a variety of magazines also. Love, love, love my favorite library too!

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  5. I normally read cozy mysteries and the occasional suspense. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I vary my reading habits by going between books and my kindle. When we are on vacation, the kindle gets more use. My other joy is going to the library and discovering new recommendations from the librarian. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

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  7. Would love to win.Thank you for the chance.gogo2007@rocketmail.com

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  8. I enjoy reading a cozy mystery, romance books(western or western modern) and some fiction books. Thanks for the chance. Lois ( rainonlois@aol.com)

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  9. I don't really vary too much. I love my mysteries and try to stay as cozy as possible. Thank you for the chance to win these books. They look wonderful. I love those fans. Being a woman of a certain age, it would really come in handy. :) ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I read just about everything from mysteries, science fiction, political science, history, etc. David dbibb@homemail.com

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  11. I usually read cozies but also vary it with thrillers, culinary memoirs,and non-fiction. I try to read five non-fiction books a year amidst all the cozies. Congratulations on your new series! I'm looking forward to reading it. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Very intriguing title and i’m Sure the book is as well
    Absolutely love mysteries especially ones in the Victorian
    Era. Fingers crossed to win and best of luck with the book
    Verna. vernagass@gmail.com

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  13. I read many different genres, so it's pretty easy for me to change things up. I tend to find an author and read tons of their stuff in a row, and when i finish them, or need a chance, I'll switch to a new genre. Last year, I read a bunch of paranormal romances by the same author in a row, then I switched back to mysteries for a while. Next, I might read some young adult. I always keep it interesting. JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com ~ Jaime

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  14. I vary many different genre in reading. It swings from cozy mysteries, biographies, Christian, women's fiction, cookbooks and craft/art books. As they variety is the spice of life. Robin robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I usually stick to romantic reads but vary it up with historical, cowboy or western, regency, and modern. Some times I try a cozy mystery. Thanks for the giveaway! Connie lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  16. Definitely in need of a good historical mystery AND the fan, so yes please! I know guys don't usually win these but my name is Don and I vary my reading via Kindle, reading on my laptop, and of course ACTUAL BOOKS - which will never be replaced! I also usually have 3 books going at a time at least, in case one slows down. Thank you! dsareboot@gmail.com

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  17. I read different genres year round. I’m proud to say I’m a book-aholic. I would love the chsnce to read this book.
    jhdwayne(at)peoplep(dot)com

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  18. Reading gives me such enjoyment since it is my main form of entertainment. Historicals are my favorite but I enjoy mysteries, fiction, sagas, women's fiction and memoirs. Anne. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. During difficulties and health problems I read historicals since they are my escape from life. I love mysteries and fiction most of all as well as biographies and memoirs. April elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. This time of year is reading usually is dependent upon what I got for my birthday in October and what I got for Christmas Brooks range from one of your books two other murder mysteries biographies Google history and whatever looks really interesting on the bookshelves Ladd a sport. I really enjoy your books I just finished your last two last week and really looking forward to the next one. Thank you for the many hours of entertainment and travel like it from your books. Jrshooligans@gmail.com
    Lori

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  21. Yes, this is a wonderful time of year for reading. While I usually have projects to attend to, there is no holiday rush and I almost certainly have received gift cards or books (my friends and family know me well!). I read a variety of genres and like to switch up serious and light. I also like to always have a nonfiction book in the mix. Congratulations and best of luck with the new book, it sounds very, very interesting. I have discovered a lot of new books and series that I wouldn't have necessarily checked out because I learned they were by authors I already enjoyed. Thanks for all your generous giveaways.
    Sally sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I read mainly mysteries & science fiction - with an occasional romance added in. I always ask for bookstore gift cards for Christmas & January's so cold you just want to stay in with a good book & a cup of tea or cocoa. Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.
    ryannaward(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I mostly read all types of mysteries - cozy, historical, thriller. But I throw in other genres here and there so I don't get bored. Thank you for the chance to win A Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  24. I read all sorts of books, mainly cozies, but traditional mysteries as well, and some not very cozy. I also enjoy romances, but haven't read any in a while. I've been reading a mystery with a strong Gothic vibe and loving it! I loved those old Gothic novels, always seemed to have a woman in a hite nightgown looking back at a spooky mansion on a hill!
    I look forward to reading A GENTLEWOMAN'S GUIDE TO MURDER. It sounds great!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  25. I try to vary my reading from my favorites of Cozies and Historical Fiction with non-fiction and psychological thrillers. Your new series looks like just my cuppa with a mix of Regency and a good mystery. Zibbby (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks for the opportunity. (Sharon)

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  26. I read mostly mysteries, especially cozies. I will switch it up with some thrillers and if I need to lighten my mood a chick lit or romance. I will read anything if it sounds interesting! This new series is one I know I am going to love.
    Debbie at Debbie(dot)Erickson14(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I usually read cozy mysteries, but I do like reading other genres. I also enjoy reading historical fiction and chick-lit and romance or whatever else sounds interesting. I'm currently reading "The Gown" by Jennifer Robson and it's a very interesting story.
    diannekc8@gmail(dot)com

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  28. I read pretty much the same way ~ I do choose a book by how I am feeling or wanting to feel. Like if I am feeling upbeat I pick something fun to read. Thank you for the chance! Happy Reading!

    bsmiley6918 (@) yahoo (.) com

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  29. I read & enjoy all genres. It's really about the story & what I'm in the mood for at that moment. I do tend to read more mysteries & urban fantasy tho.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  30. I am a cozy reader but I also like Lee Childs books J A Jance and other similar authors. Thanks for the chance to win. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com. Mary

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  31. I like to read historical mysteries when I’m not reading cozy mysteries. But I am vary predictable in my reading habits. Rhy at RhyBirch (AT) Gmail (DOT) com I’m in Canada

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  32. The book looks very intriguing & suspenseful, my reading habits vary, sometimes I read alot & other times not at all. Thanks for this amazing chance. Linda lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  33. I am looking forward to this new series.
    I stick mostly to mysteries, with the emphasis on cozy.
    But I enjoy mixing it up with historicals.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  34. I like History, Poetry, Romance and I love Historical Mysteries as well as cozy ...Your new Hist. Mystery sounds great.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  35. I usually have 3 books going at one time and pick up the one I feel like reading. I usually start a mystery, a Western, and a romance book.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. I always have two books on the go. A cozy murder mystery and/or action packed thriller. I have a good thirty five authors that I constantly alternate between.

    Ps how do would I know if I win.

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  37. I enjoy reading different genres and switch depending on my mood.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  38. I enjoy cozies, mysteries & thrillers/adventures. Doward doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I enjoy cozies, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical romance, and women's fiction. An occassional plain fiction will find its way into my reading every so often. I stopped reading most mysteries as they were getting too gruesome and scary. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  40. My reading tastes include: cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, and historical romance. Linda lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I guess I would call myself an eclectic reader and change what I read all the time! I do tend to favor cozy mysteries and historical fiction. Right now I am reading a 600+ page monster of a book It's quite 'readable' but ... it's 600+ pages! So I read several chapters and then read a different kind of book and go back and forth that way. A favorite theme for me that crosses genres is where the MC takes up the cause of someone (or something) the less fortunate. Thank you for offering your readers a chance to win a copy of one of your books! luann(dot)braley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I take into consideration my daughter's recommendations. Often out of my comfort zone.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com
    Mary

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  43. I love cozy mysteries but also like fictional books that follow families thru the years. Vicki nvictoria77(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. I don't deviate from my comfort zone at all cause I probably wouldn't enjoy it. My comfort zone is cozies and I only read cozy mysteries now. (At least I read all the Harry Potters before I got into cozies lol) Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  45. Paranormal Cozy Mystery is my preferred genre, however, I do like clean Romance, clean Suspense, and all other Cozy Mystery. I love whodunit and humor!
    Cheryl Arcemont
    teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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  46. I have at least 3 books going at one time. Depends on my mood , usually a cozy , a horror, maybe a romantic suspense or Paranormal romance. Carolyn 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. This book sounds intriguing and interesting. I like to read a variety of genre mysteries, thrillers, cozies, historical fiction, paranormal, Clean& wholesome romance & romantic suspense. I read & review for many authors so variety just seems to come my way.
    Thanks for the chance
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I read a huge variety of stuff. I love cozy mysteries, traditional mysteries, suspense and thriller, historical mysteries, women's fiction, and occasionally some nonfiction (biographies) and YA books. I'm really looking forward to the release of a Gentlewoman's Guide to Murder! It sounds fantastic. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  49. Both books look good, but especially intrigued by the historical mystery. Thanks for the opportunity.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  50. I do vary what I read depending on my mood. This looks great for a cold snowy evening, fire going, a cup of something warm, and of course my trusty furbabies nearby, if not in me! Would love an opportunity to read and review! Meg Gustafson meg85242 at gmail dot com thank you!

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  51. I love variety - mysteries, historical fiction, cozies, and paranormal. rebarger@bellsouth.net

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  52. Renee Collins (google account)January 22, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    I’m going to love this new series. I have not read anything by Victoria Hamilton that I have not liked!

    LaFonRC@aol.com

    Renee

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  53. I can't wait to read this book, it looks so exciting. I love to read many different genres: mystery and thrillers, cozy mysteries, historical fiction, historical mysteries, chick lit, space operas, fantasy, adventure, nonfiction adventure books, supernatural cozies, every now and then I like to read a regency romance. And I also like to read cookbooks and cooking biographies.
    Thank you so muck for writing such wonderful books.
    Mot Foxdene
    Foxintheh(dot)h(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Thank you for the giveaway. I read a lot of cozy mysteries, some historical romance, love true crime, and any books I find on ufo's, aliens, also bigfoot. I also like reading haunted mysteries. I really read any book that looks interesting. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  55. Would love to read this series. Love cozy mysteries. Thank you, Sue Erickson. sue@comstocktel.com

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  56. I do read cozies but also suspenseful mysteries, historical ones too. I like paranormal too. Some thrillers it depends on the author. Donakutska7@gmail.com

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  57. Thank you everyone for your lovely responses. I have chosen a winner. Congratulations Marilyn!

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