Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday (320)


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

October 5, 2021

FROM GOODREADS:  Winter, with its unsettling blend of the cosy and the sinister, has long been a popular time for gathering by the bright flame of a candle, or the warm crackling of a fire, and swapping stories of ghosts and strange happenings.

Now eight bestselling, award-winning authors - master storytellers of the sinister and the macabre - bring this time-honoured tradition to vivid life in a spellbinding collection of new and original haunted tales.

From a bustling Covent Garden Christmas market to the frosty moors of Yorkshire, from a country estate with a dreadful secret, to a London mansion where a beautiful girl lies frozen in death, these are stories to make your hair stand on end, send shivers down your spine and to serve as your indispensable companion to the long nights of winter.

So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the spell of The Haunting Season . . .

Featuring new and original tales from:

*Bridget Collins
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Binding
*Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock
*Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mercies
*Andrew Michael Hurley
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Loney
*Jess Kidd
International award-winning author of Things in Jars
*Elizabeth Macneal
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Doll Factory
*Natasha Pulley
Sunday Times bestselling author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
*Laura Purcell
Award-winning author of The Silent Companions 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I think cold snowy weather is the perfect time to read scary ghost tales so I think this book will be one I definitely have to add to my winter TBR.  Doesn't hurt that it has some fantastic contributors as well.


September 28, 2021

FROM GOODREADS: Thanks to an accidental phone swap, two adorable rescue pups, and a coffeehouse clash, a holiday flirtation goes to the dogs and hilarity ensues, from New York Times bestselling author Julia London.

All Harper Thompson wants for Christmas is the huge promotion she's worked so hard for--which she should get, as long as her launch of the hip new coffeehouse, Deja Brew, goes according to plan. Jonah Rogers is trying to save his family's coffee shop, Lucky Star, from going out of business, which will be tough with the brand-new Deja Brew opening across the street.

When Jonah and Harper meet for the first time after accidentally swapping phones, their chemistry is as electric as a strand of Christmas lights. He's a tall, handsome, compassionate hunk of engineer, and she's an entrepreneur whose zest for life is very sexy. They love all the same things, like scary movies, greasy food--and most of all, dogs. It's a match made in heaven...until Jonah finds out that Harper's the one about to put him out of business.

Only one coffee shop likely can survive, and a competition of one-upmanship ensues in a battle of the brews. The paws really come out when the local rescue shelter has a fundraiser where local businesses foster dogs, and patrons vote with their dollars for their favorite pup. Harper takes in an adorable old bulldog on behalf of Deja Brew, while Jonah fosters a perky three-legged dachshund for Lucky Star. As the excitement builds for who will be crowned King Mutt and king of the coffee hill, Harper and Jonah must decide if their connection was all steam or if they are the perfect blend.

WHY CASSIUS CAN'T WAIT: Mom doesn't know this but this book is  going on her Christmas reading list.  She really has to read first book, Lucky Dog, before that happens though,  If I can figure out how to use my nose and move it up on her Kindle, perhaps I can get her to do that.  And isn't the cover adorable?  Reminds me of Booker T!



  1. It Started With a Dog looks super cute!

  2. While I think Cassius has once again come up with a lovely read - it's that winter anthology that has caught my eye, Barb. I'm currently listening to a Natasha Pulley book and really enjoying it.

  3. I loved Julia London's last book so I'm definitely excited for It Started with a Dog. :)

  4. Too bad I'm not really one for collections, or I'd be all over that one!

  5. I like the sound of both of these, especially The Haunting Season (Laura Purcell!) But wow all those puns in the second blurb 😬

  6. Even though I am not big on short stories it sounds cool and I need Cass's pick! :)

  7. The Haunting Season sounds really good! It does sound like a great book to curl up with under a blanket. I also really like It Started With a Dog. Love the premise! I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them, Barb!