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Books I Loved in 2012!

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It's that time of year again, the toughest part of the year when I choose my top ten favorite books of all I read in the past 365 days. This year I did read some great stories but I didn't quite read as many 5 star books but that doesn' t mean this isn't a difficult task! I read a bunch of different genres so although this blog features mostly the Christian fiction I've decided to include some young adult fiction in the list. Please be aware that not all (but most) books on my list will be "clean" so if you're interested in a book but have questions about content feel free to ask me and I'll try to help.

Here are my top ten in no particular order:


Obsidian (Lux Series, Book 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout because aliens are the new vampires.

Baroness (Daughters of Fortune, Book 2) by Susan May Warren because I love the 1920s.

Fathom (The Chronicles of Crescent Moon Bay, Book 1) by Merrie Destefano because I love spooky stories and Celtic legends are int…

Merry Christmas!

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I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family. I appreciate each and everyone of you! Thank you for following Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot and for encouraging me throughout the year with your thoughts, comments, emails, tweets and Facebook chats! I wish nothing but the best for you in the upcoming year.

Now that most of you have opened your gifts and indulged in holiday feasts, what are your plans? Hint: Mine has something to do with the picture. ;-)


Merry Christmas!



A "Yummy" Review: THINaddictives Flavored Almond Thins

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Thanks to Klout and THINaddictives I was given the opportunity to try three of THINaddictives newest cookie flavors, Cranberry, Pistachio, and Cinnamon Raisin. Normally I'm not one for "healthy" food (just look at my Tweets from last night, I was baking a batch of brownies at almost midnight) but these THINaddictive snacks are TO DIE FOR! At only 100 calories a pack I didn't have to feel guilty about eating a pack and then going back for another pack -- yeah, they were pretty awesome so I had to go back for seconds. The THINaddictives website mentions that they are "cookies" but don't let that fool you, the texture is more like a biscotti than say, a sugar cookie. I think these would be great with a cup of hot tea or coffee. I love crunchy cookies and anything with almonds so if you or your kids are looking for a sweet but guilt-free snack THINaddictives might be something to add to your next grocery list. The ingredient list is pretty minimal which is …

Clash of the Titles: October Winner, A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes

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The Winner of our October New Releases Clash is:

A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes
A hearty congratulations to Laurie Alice!
We had a tremendous response for this Clash. So many said they wanted to vote for and loved all of the books. A special thanks to the other authors for their wonderful books and for being a part of this week. 
Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley
A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman
Callie’s Mountain by Katt Anderson
Murder in Marietta by Deborah Malone
About A Flight of Fancy

Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground. Can love cover the distance?
Cassandra Bainbridge may be a bit of a bluestocking, but when Geoffrey Giles is near, love seems a fine alternative to passion for Greek and the physics of flight. With his dashing good looks and undying devotion to her, the Earl of Whittaker sets Cassandra’s heart racing with his very presence. It seems his only flaw is his distaste for ballooning, the obsession that consumes s…

Clash of the Titles: Deadly Additive by Donn Taylor

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Clash of the Titles hopes you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food and fellowship! Today, we are thrilled to talk to you about Donn Taylor's newest book, Deadly Additive. What an exciting book!

To soldier-of-fortune Jeb Sledge it seems like a simple job: Rescue an heiress and her journalist friend Kristin Halvorsen from their kidnapping by Colombian guerrillas and collect a sizable paycheck. But Kristin has other plans. After stumbling onto a mass of dead bodies, she won't leave Colombia without the proof she needs for the story of a lifetime. While she and Jeb wrangle over her obstinacy, they discover a hidden factory where the guerrillas build a new and deadly type chemical weapon for the international black market. Their discovery triggers a raid on the factory, followed by a desperate search through the Caribbean and the U.S. to prevent a catastrophic attack by weapons the factory has produced. But who is behind that attack, and what are the planned targets? Finding …

Giveaway: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

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Howdy! This is the FIRST TIME EVER for me using Rafflecopter to host a giveaway so pleeease bear with me as I try to acquaint myself with this newfangled way of running a contest. If something isn't working or looks off please feel free to let me know in the comments section of this post.

Now...for the fun stuff! Check out my review of No Safe HarborHERE by Elizabeth Ludwig and then come back and enter to win your own copy of the book. Be sure to read the rules on the Rafflecopter form to make sure you are eligible and then enter away! Good luck!


About the book:
Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murde…

Winner of the ARC of The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win The Husband List! The lucky lady who gets her very own ARC copy before the book officially releases in January is...

Rissi!
Rissi has already claimed her prize. Don't be sad if you weren't the winner, be on the lookout for another giveaway later this week -- a Christian historical suspense!

Happy Reading!

Great New Historical Suspense: No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom, 1) by Elizabeth Ludwig

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About the Book:
Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother--but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?


My Thoughts:
I'm a huge fan of general market historical suspense/mystery by authors like Deanna Raybourn and Carol K. Carr and I'm so glad that Elizabeth Ludwig…