December 2012 Monthly Wrap Up

Posted December 31, 2012 by Under the Covers Book Blog in UTC Insider / 9 Comments

2012 has come to an end! Thank you Maidens for another amazing year. We’re blessed to have such loyal readers and we hope that in 2013, we can continue to bring you some fun posts and interviews!

Author of the Month

A big thank you to our lovely Author of the Month, Lorelei James! We hope that you found our posts featuring her books helpful to you. If you missed it, you can view them here.

Cowboy Week

In honor of Lorelei James and her hot cowboys, we decided to do a cowboy week for you all. It was really just an excuse for us to “invite you to ride a cowboy”.

Blacktop Cowboys by Lorelei James
Rough Riders by Lorelei James
The Secret Life of Cowboys by C.H. Admirand
Devils on Horseback by Beth Williamson
Six Pack Ranch by Vivian Arend

Promises by Sarah McCarthy
Circle Eight by Emma Lang

Author Appearances

Katie Porter
Logan Belle
JD Tyler
Leah Braemel
Beth Williamson
Ann Mayburn
Serenity Woods
Daisy Harris
Carrie Ann Ryan
Jenna Jacob
Christina Ashcroft
Julieanne Reeves
Katie Lane
Laurel McKee
Anne Calhoun
Dana Marie Bell
Dee Davis
Angel Payne
Melinda Leigh
Harlie Williams

 

Dear Santa

If you missed our second annual Dear Santa posts, you can view the hilarious letters from your favorite authors (and us!) right here…

Part One (with Angela and Francesca)

Part Two (with Annie and Suz)

Reading on the Dark Side: Bring Me Home for Christmas!

This month, we featured our favorite holiday reads to warm you up better than a cup of hot cocoa! You can view that post here.

 

Mindspill

This month we had a couple of mindspills for you!

Christmas Shopping with UTC

Under Appreciated Heroes

 

Best of 2012:

It was hard but we manage to pick our favorite books of the year!! Check it out and tell us if you agree or not!

Annie’s favorites of 2012

Angela’s favorites of 2012

Francesca’s favorites of 2012

Suzanne’s favorites of 2012

 

Angela’s recs:

December was GREAT month for me.  I had a few good reads and I’ve found a few new authors that I will be following from now on.

Robin Kaye – Hometown Girl & Back to You.  It’s Contemporary:  Bad Boys of Red Hook series.

Cecy Robson – The Weird Girls & Sealed with a Curse.  It’s a UF series: Weird Girls  I’m excited for this series, it has kick ass heroines.

Gina Robinson – Live and Let Love (Agent Ex #3).  I know this is #3 but I didn’t know that.  But it’s good enough that I am going back to read the first 2 books. Another Contemporary

Brei Betzold – My Misery Muse.  Oh this one is a good rock star story with tats and piercings.  LOL

Callahan, Coreene – Knight Awakened.  This is book one of Circle of Seven series. A historical with magic and dragons.

Laurie London’s Assasin’s Touch is a short PNR and a start to a great new series.

Shadow’s Claim (The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, #1) by Kresley Cole…Well, it’s Kresley Cole,  you know it’s good.

 

Annie’s recs: 

Holly Lane by Toni Blake (Contemporary Romance) – I adore Blake’s Destiny series, but HOLLY LANE just might be my favorite of the series (either that, or tied with ONE RECKLESS SUMMER). This is such a fun holiday read and omg, the CABIN SEX!! Just read it for the cabin sex!

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Urban Fantasy) – This might be my favorite of the series! Jones really packs a punch in this one and I definitely rec this entire series. I dare you not to enjoy yourself while reading these books.

Lover Mine, Lover Unleashed and Lover Reborn (Paranormal Romance) – Yep. I went on a BDB reading binge, which doesn’t happen often but I decided that with the holidays, I could indulge a little bit. And OH MAN, I fall deeper in love with these guys every time I reread. I even cried a few times, despite knowing what happens already. You really can’t go wrong with BDB. Ever.

 

Francesca’s recs:

I got to read some great books in December, but the first one I have to bring to EVERYONE’S attention….yet again…

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan – Even after a week of having finished this book, I still think about it every day.  I wish I was still reading it, that I could still be in the lives of Deuce and Eva.

Rush by Maya Banks – Yes I know it’s not out yet, but you just have to put this one on your TBR piles for February.  This book was so great! It’s like mixing Bared To You by Sylvia Day but with the sense of friendship you would find in Maya Banks Sweet series or Shayla Black’s Wicked Ties.  Not just one damaged guy but a few of them. *swoon*

Fall Into You by Roni Loren – I just love Roni Loren, and I think you should be reading her series.  That’s just it, plain and simple.

If you are in the mood for historicals, two of my fave authors have great books out now:

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good, Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare – This was just an awesome short story, it’s a standalone.  And Tessa Dare can always do a wonderful short story.

The Duchess War and A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan – The Brothers Sinister is Courtney Milan’s new historical and it has all the elements I’ve come to love in her books.  Definitely a series not to miss.

Last but not least…

Gone Country by Lorelei James – Yes! Our author of the month rocked my socks off with this McKay book.  It was amazing maybe because it was so different than the other McKays, but it had its own appeal.  Loved it!

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It’s been a fabulous year! Thank you for sharing with us! Happy New Year!

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what an incredible month!….thank you and happy new year all!!!

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Fun posts and I got lots of book recommendations! Happy New Year!

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Great month….great year too!!! Happy New Year guys!!!

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Great recommendations thanks ladies.