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Monday, December 26, 2022

This Week Is For Me by Laura Hunsaker

 With the Christmas Season still in full swing, I have noticed that I feel guilty when I take time for myself. I work full time, and the second school was out last Friday, I have spent this week making it as enjoyable and magical for my children as possible. I did read a book at night when everyone was in bed, but for the most part, I spent last week running around and adding finishing touches to everything.

I don't regret any of it. The kids were happy, the family had a great time, and as of now, everyone seems to have had a lovely Christmas Day. 

But I finally finished the book I was reading! I'm assuming if you are reading this blog, you are a reader. You enjoy the stories, you eat up the tropes, you devour the are definitely my kind of people! And when I added the book I just finished to Goodreads, I realized that while I did hit my goal of 100 books this year, I didn't go over. Usually I do. It's not the end of the world or anything, but it does make me look back at how I spent my time this year, and of course with the New Year right around the corner, it makes me think of how I want to spend my time going forward.

I may not have the time to spare to be selfish with my time, however, I do have this week off. And you'd better believe this week is for me. I plan to read, to watch shows, to hang out and play with my kiddos, and if possible to finish writing a short story I can't wait for you all to enjoy!

So for me, this week may be full of re-reads/comfort reads, or it may be full of playing video games with my kids, but whatever the cards hold, I plan to enjoy every single moment. 

So how about you? If you have the week off, what are your plans? If not, what would you do if you did have the week free from obligations?

I'm going to for sure re-read the Ilona Andrews Innkeeper series since the newest one just came out.

If you're in the mood for something fun, has both Hanukkah and Christmas in it, you should check out my book Roughing It. I write as one half of Kenzie MacLir, and while our book features Christmas, one of the other stories in the anthology showcases Hanukkah. 

Caught in the Crossfire by Stacey Agdern

Bryce Emerson only agreed to draw an account of the Empires Goalie Tryouts to humor his brother. But when a vision convinces him the woman who saved his prized pen from a snowy grave is in danger of being injured by a faulty mask, he takes it upon himself to make her a new one.

Goaltender Carly Fein is trying out for the New York Empires, and the last thing she needs is the complication of an artist. But when she agrees to let him make her a new mask, Bryce Emerson finds his way under her skin.

Can Bryce and Carly figure out what happens when they’re caught in the crossfire of love and hockey? Or will the stress of new love and competition drive them apart.

Crashing the Net by Isabo Kelly

Billionaire Connor Evans needs a challenge. Trying out for the New York Empires’ hockey team fits the bill, even if it is just a publicity stunt and a way to shut his twin brother up. Running into the woman who left him six years earlier, a woman he’s never gotten over, is not part of the plan. Once he sees Matty, though, Connor knows he can’t let her go again. But he’s got secrets he can’t risk sharing. And Matty is the one person who could uncover those secrets if he lets her get too close.

After traveling the world, Matilda Thomson is ready for a real job and a more stable life. Her internship with the New York Empires will give her the experience she needs to move into that future. But first, she has to face Connor again, and one of the most painful losses she’s ever experienced. The only way she can move forward is to confront her feelings and risk her heart one more time.

Heat and passion spark as hot as ever between them. But trust doesn’t come easy. And if Connor can’t open up and let Matty in this time, he’ll lose her forever.

Against the Boards by Kenzie MacLir

Kyle Sandberg is living his best life. He’s one of the top hockey players in the world. Has two amazing best friends and all the sarcastic hockey t-shirts he could wear. After his own family turns their backs on him, he’s happy playing for the Empires and hanging out with his own found family. What he doesn’t want is his pain in the ass twin brother back in his life or a mate.

When paramedic Faith Church left Puerto Rico for New York, she had zero intentions of getting involved in the local pack. Having had her fill of pack politics, she was ready to go lone wolf. But being left alone was too much to ask when her cousin was the Alpha’s mate.

What neither was counting on was Fate, having her own plans for them. A chance encounter at a traffic accident changes everything. Kyle and his wolf are willing to go with Fate’s plans. But Faith, having finally broken away from her pack’s expectations wants nothing to do with Fate, or Kyle. Too bad her wolf disagrees…


  1. Time is the best gift, whether you give it to someone else or set it aside for yourself. Enjoy!


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