Holiday Reading with Jess Macallan

Hello, Maniac Readers! I’m so happy to be here today. I don’t know about you, but Fridays are one of my favorite days of the week. I get to wrap up my week and consult my TBR (to be read) stash of books. Most of my weekends this time of year are jam packed with holiday parties, basketball games, volunteering, and attacking the laundry pile. But I always carve out a little time on the weekends for reading. It’s the best holiday stress-buster I know of.

During the holidays, I know people want to read but it can be difficult to find the time. I make the time because this is my favorite season to read. I have a winter reading ritual that includes my favorite chair, a hot drink, a warm blanket and ear plugs. Okay, I don’t actually use ear plugs, but I’m usually so engrossed in the book, I don’t hear anything but the blood-curdling screams my 4 year old is capable of. But I digress…this is the time of year I catch up on my reading. We live out in the country, and at least a few days a year, we get snowed in. When the snow flies, I grab a book and settle in for the duration. The book distracts me from that pesky white stuff and I make a dent in my stack of books—definitely a win-win.

The problem I’ve run into lately is choosing which book to read. My TBR pile has grown exponentially over the last six months. I’m a little ashamed to admit I have no idea how many unread eBooks are on my Kindle, and I stopped counting the regular books after I had to stack them up in multiple rooms. It’s safe to say I’m in the triple digits. And multiple genres are represented. How does a reader choose between so many amazing books, all penned by talented authors?

This weekend I’m reading a book I’ve been anxiously waiting for—Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum is one of my favorite characters and Ms. Evanovich always delivers a fun read. Next weekend I’ll probably switch gears and go with a paranormal romance or even a non-fiction (I have a thing for books about neuroscience).

Yes, the holidays mean a full schedule and a long to-do list for most of us. But when darkness falls at an earlier time, I relish the quiet time I can squeeze in. I’m slowly but surely going to knock back that TBR pile. It’s the best gift I can think of! I hope each of you can indulge in some relaxing reading time as well.

What book are you looking forward to diving into next?

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Jess is generously giving one lucky commenter who answers her question an e-book of  STONE COLD SEDUCTION.  Winner will be selected at random after 5 p.m. est Dec.5th (Monday).  Contest is open internationally!!

Get your copy of Stone Cold Seduction at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books On Board | Powell’s | BAM | Diesel  Look for Stone Cold Revenge and Stone Cold Destiny coming from Entangled Publishing in 2012! Please enjoy the first two chapters of Stone Cold Seduction HERE!


About Stone Cold Seduction



“Elle. It’s just Elle.”


When a regular night of Robin Hood‐ery results in the manifestation of some, um, unusual paranormal abilities, perfume‐maker Elleodora Fredricks realizes the normal world she lives in isn’t quite… normal. And neither is she, thanks to her father, king of the shadow elves. Not only is he evil incarnate and the reason Elle moonlights as a burglar—someone has to take care of all his victims—he’s stolen her memories.


And only reading her fate can fix that.


Good thing she’s got a trio of hotties willing to help her find said fate, but only if she gives them something in return. Saving her oracle BFF’s fiancée, falling in love with the gargoyle, and making up for breaking the  phoenix’s heart ought to be a piece of cake for the princess of the shadow elves.

If only the king didn’t want his daughter dead…

About Jess Macallan

Jess lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband and three children. She thrives on creative chaos. Curiosity drives her to try new things as often as  possible.


When not writing or chasing trouble, she teaches yoga, reads, runs a mini farm, watches MMA and gardens. The only things she takes seriously are chocolate, tea and world domination. But mostly chocolate.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Wow sounds like you have a busy life. I am always looking for a new author & your book sounds interesting-paranormal is my favorite genre.
    I am anxious to read Kat Martin’s Against The Storm; not paranormal, but still a good series w/ hunky men!
    Happy Holidays!

  2. You are on to something here, Jess! I was so busy for several months of this year that I practically gave up reading. YIKES! I could tell by my mood that something was off. I’d get a fix for about a half-hour a day while I exercised on the Nordic Track, but that was not enough reading to keep me satisfied. So, I did what you do–MADE time to read. And it has made a lot of difference in my overall feeling of well-being (maybe it’s the escapism?!) and I’ve made a real dent in my TBR list! I am reading a book that shall remain nameless right now that is slogging along. I’m debating on whether to give up, yet then think of the money I sunk into it–a rather expensive e-book. I have my eye on THE ANGEL MAKERS, a fictionalized account of a true story, that comes out on December 6th. If I don’t finish book that shall remain nameless by the time I receive the new one (went for the hardcover–in the mood to hold a book!), then I will just give up on it! Wishing you happy reading and happy holidays!

  3. Barb–I’ve heard good things about that series! Better add that to my TBR pile. *grins* Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you as well!

    Tracy–I know exactly what you mean. Isn’t it funny how reading has such a huge impact on our mood? And I’m sorry to hear about the book that shall remain nameless. I used to feel so guilty if I didn’t finish a book, but now I have an easier time putting it down and moving on. I always try to find it a new home, however. 🙂 I hope you have plenty of time to enjoy THE ANGEL MAKERS!

  4. Great blog! Happy Holiday season 🙂

    I’m looking forward to having some time soon to read Theresa Meyer’s The Hunter

  5. JK–That one is in my TBR pile too! Theresa has sold me on steampunk.

  6. YIkes! Do I have topick just one?!?!? I’ve been told there are now …1…2…3…4…5 series I have to read and I can’t choose just one! 🙁 I guess since there is ONE series that got me started I may as well stick with it. That would be Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, I’ve read a few in this, but want more time to read them as well as the rest in my TBR pile.

    Great thoughts about getting into more reading this season. I’m definitely trying this season Happy Holidays!

  7. I just finished a mystery thriller so right now I am looking to read Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins. A romantic comedy. Afterwards it’ll probably be a paranormal or historical. TONS of wonderful books out there including yours Jess, which I also have eye on. I also have some series I need to catch up on J.D. Robb’s In Death and the BDB series.

  8. Congratulations, J.K.
    You’re the winner of an ecopy of STONE COLD SEDUCTION.
    Please check your email.

    Thanks to everyone who participated. Hope to see you all often.

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