Mistletoe Madness blog hop: What hidden gems are on your TBR pile?

It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s time for the Mistletoe Madness blog hop! Over 50 authors (including me) are giving away goodies on our blogs…PLUS, several authors got together to sponsor a special prize: a Kindle Fire!

You can find out more about the giveaways at the bottom of this post.

Mistletoe Madness blog hop 2012

This year I’ve been really lucky to discover some amazing authors who had been languishing in my TBR pile for months. These are authors I’d kept hearing about and even follow online, but I just hadn’t gotten around to reading their books. Once I did, I fell completely in love with their writing.

One gem I liberated from my TBR pile this summer was Cecilia Grant’s A Lady Awakened. A couple of my friends (Rose Lerner and Elise Rome) had raved about Cecilia Grant’s writing, and I trust their taste completely. Oh. My. They didn’t steer me wrong. Talk about sultry scenes and some of the most sensuous writing. I can’t wait to read my next Cecilia Grant novel. She’s absolutely amazing.

Another wonderful set of books I discovered this year is Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. It’s set in 1730s London, one of my favorite historical settings and one that too few authors explore. Elizabeth Hoyt’s Wicked Intentions was the first book of hers that I read but I immediately bought the next book in the series and kept reading.

Last but not least, I recently plucked Tessa Dare’s A Night to Surrender out of my TBR pile. I’d been following Tessa on Twitter for a long time and read rave reviews about her books. Don’t ask me why it took so long to get around to reading one of her books, but it certainly won’t be long until I read another. The book was so funny and poignant that I became a fan for life!

What gems have you found on your TBR pile this year? Is there anyone who’s still on your pile who you plan to give a chance in 2013?


This summer at the RWA National Conference, I was given an extra copy of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Wicked Intentions and Tessa Dare’s A Night to Surrender. I’m giving away both books to one lucky winner. (I would give away Cecilia Grant’s A Lady Awakened, but I only have one copy, and it’s personally signed to me with a note that she loves my blog – *squee!* – and you will only get it if you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.)

Wicked IntentionsA Night to SurrenderThe winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Saturday December 22. This is open internationally.

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you choose to enter by leaving a comment, make sure you enter the comment URL into the Rafflecopter widget because that’s where I’ll choose the winner from.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Other goodies you can win in the blog hop

If you’re interested in the Kindle Fire (of course you are!), find out how to enter on PJ Schnyder’s blog.

Stop by all of the other blogs in the hop to check out their personal giveaways. You can find the list of authors by clicking here.

By Kat

Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She's a California girl living in the Netherlands with her baby girl and British husband.


  1. Thank you a lot for your generosity, those were recommended to me but i haven’t had the opportunity to get them yet so i’m very happy thank you

    i’ve discovered jaci burton and felicity heaton both were recommended to me but i didn’t dare to try immediately now i want to follow those series i’ve started. i’m also glad to have discovered jill shalvis and shana galen.

    now which one i still need to give their chance in 2013:
    christina dodd and rachel van dyken as well as more historical romance i have but don’t know yet

    thank you a lot!!, happy holidays and once again big big congratulations


  2. Thanks a lot for this giveaway offer! Hope to win it, both books sound fantastic! It will be a nice christmas gift if I win them> 🙂

  3. I love historicals and have read Wicked Intentions – wonderful story. I have been wanting to try Tessa Dare and somehow never have. One of my newest favorite authors is Kathryne Kennedy. And I don’t blame you for not wanting to give up your signed copy of C. Grant’s book!!

  4. Thanks for offering this giveaway! My TBR pile is never-ending, but I’m always happy to add new titles and authors. I love to read just about anything, then pass the books along to someone else!

  5. I have Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage by Kieran Kramer is my stack next to the bed. I keep putting it off because I don’t want to get to the end. I love her books.

  6. I have discovered quite a few new authors this year that I really love: Manda Collins, Donna MacMeans, Vicky Dreiling, Marguerite Kaye, Melissa Mayhue, Kris Kennedy, and Liz Carlyle to name a few. My TBR pile is huge, with quite a few authors I have never read before. I learn about new authors every day through the romance blogs I follow.


  7. My TBR pile is out of control right now. I wish I was a speed reader. I am a slow reader but want to read faster so I can get through my TBR pile. I will be doing the widget under the name of Virginia because that is my facebook name.

  8. There are so many good books to read now, I am have trouble picking one. Thank you for having this giveaway. Its really nice having new authors. I love to read. I can read anything. I hope I win.

  9. I had a few new books by new authors on my TBR stack. How Miss Ruthorford Got Her Groove Back, by Sophie Barnes, The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand & Jaci Burton’s Playing to Win. Lots of others, too. I read A Lady Awakened also & thought that was a good one! I’ve been meaning to read Tessa Dare – I’ve heard a lot of good things about her books, and Elizabeth’s book sounds good, too! Thanks!

  10. My TBR pile is starting to intimidate me, honestly. I am looking forward to reading books by Roni Loren and Ruthie Knox.

  11. I’m looking forward to finish reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.
    Thanks for this great giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  12. I am reading Robyn Carr’s My Kind of Christmas and Loving it. (I didnt answer you question)

    Also have to read soon:Cowboy Under my Christmas Tree – Janet Dailey
    Last Chance Christmas (Hope Ramsay)
    Hunk for the Holidays – Katie Lane
    A Cowboy for Christmas – Lori Wilde
    A Magical Christmas – Heather Graham

  13. I have quite afew on my TBR pile and there areca few from authors i have not read yet…. However, i do try new authors and put them in another tbr pile… Hehehe

  14. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I have the newest Kami Garcia book waiting for my vacation reading!

  15. I LOVE these two authors!! I am even the proud owner of a signed /loved A Night to Surrender. So if I am lucky enough to win these a reader friend will be gifted this Dare copy. *smiles*

    Hmm, a few authors from my TBR pile are calling out to me…Vivian Arend and Beverley Kendall are louder than a few others. *smiles*


  16. I found The Immortalis Series by Katie Salidas, it was awesome. Who I plan on reading in 2013, Karen Marie Moning

  17. I’ve got a lot of books in my TBR pile – often if the book is part of a series I’ll wait til I have several of the books in that series before I start reading (as long as I know the author already & like their writing).

  18. In my TBR pile is Karice Bolton, Vanessa Kelly, and a few others. Most of these are books I have won in contests. I can’t wait to read them.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  19. My TBR pile is currently under control. Sleep, who needs sleep. I have a few go-to authors that are auto-buy for me, but I am willing to give almost anyone a try once. Can’t say I’ll be so kind if I don’t care for the style on the first pass though.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  20. One of these days I want to start reading JD Robb’s ‘In Death” series – I’ve read 99% of the Nora Roberts books, but haven’t read her alter-ego yet.

    1. You really need to get started on them. With the novels and novellas, she is up to 44 current books in the series and 45 is coming out in February. It took me a long time to start reading them as well, but I am oh so glad that I did.

  21. My TBR pile is always out of control, I am finding new books & authors daily it seems. Thank you for the great chance to win some awesome work. 🙂

  22. I am embarrassed to say that Darynda Jones was on my TBR pile, all 4 of her current books. My sister kept telling me how great the Charley Davidson series was, but I just kept putting it off. I finally read the first one, that immediately led to the next 3. Now I can’t wait for the 5th one to hurry up.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

  23. Thank you for the chance to win some great books!
    This is my second Hop-by; the first comment didn’t post for some reason; so I’m trying again, sorry.
    My TBR pile is always out of control especially at this time of year. But, it is getting worst because of several new authors I have discovered during the Hop. LOL!
    Merry Christmas!

  24. I’m a new fans of NA (new adult) book now, you have to try the edge of never, really awesome book 🙂
    I’m planning to read easy by tammara webber, on dublin street by samantha young and vincent boys by abbi glines

  25. I just read Exposed to You by Beth Kerry/Bethany Kane and it was good. I also finally read Iced by KMM and I hope she gets the next book out soon. I started Into the Dreaming by KMM which I have previously read but this has bonus content so I’m rereading it again.
    Merry Christmas

  26. This hop and all the giveaways are a great way to learn about more fun books! My TBR pile is huge. The latest thing I took off it is the Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean. I just finished the 3rd book. Sadly, I often pick series instead of single books so it takes more time reading but all reading is great. Thanks for the giveaway opportunities. Happy Holidays to you!

  27. Great authors! There both wonderful! Love them! Great hop & awesome giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

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