Book Talk ~ Books for Easter Baskets? Why Not?

Written By: Jackie Weger - Apr• 01•19

Accent on Romance and GreatBooksGreatDeals is treating you to a fabulous array of books, plus a Rafflecopter with Gift Cards and choice gifts to fill your Easter Basket. Book Sale starts April 8 – 12, 2019. But many are already sale priced. Do Check! You may enter the Giveaway starting April 1, 2019  through April 30th. 

Here’s fact. As a child, I never had a store bought Easter basket. My Mother was born in the early 1900’s. All the girls in her family got new shoes for Easter, which often coincided with First Holy Communion. The Easter bunny filled those shoe boxes with colorful grass, dyed eggs from the chicken coup and jelly beans.  Mom continued that tradition with our family.  I did the same with my kids, adding chocolate bunnies. Had no idea this tradition was a poor folks’ basket. But it was budget friendly and we had new shoes! And why not fill an Easter basket for a loved one with books, along with jelly beans? And hey! A shoe box makes a great mailer.

Because one of our authors is offering a fabulous WWII historical, I’m first sharing with you a book I picked up in the gift shop at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge, UK. War Children ~ the Second World War in their own words. It’s available on Amazon as used by 3rd parties. Starting at under $2.00. But it’s a great companion book for Roberta Kagan’s A Flicker of Light.  Which describes one of the darkest periods in the history of mankind, when horrific acts of cruelty became commonplace and Germany seemed to have gone crazy and unexpected heroes came to light.  To save the life of her unborn child, Petra Jorgenson escapes from the Lebensborn Institute. Alone, seven months pregnant, and penniless, she discovers true kindness and love in the dangerous forests. Do take a moment to read Kagan’s bio on eNovel. It’s as astonishing as her books. Amazon. Print. Audible.

Moving back a bit in time, we bring you Meant for Me, the first book in the saga of the Carlyle Women by Lyn Cote. A heart-warming compelling story driven by equally compelling characters. When a handsome stranger about to leave for World War One proposes an elopement, Chloe, the perfect Southern lady, breaks free. Soon Chloe is swept up in the heady tides of change in the young 20th century, learning how to make her own way in 1917 New York City–a place nothing like home.  But independence does not come without its tribulations.  FREE On Amazon. Don’t miss Lyn’s bio and book lists on Amazon.

Here’s an exceptional treat for you. Meet Scandinavian author Mette Barfelt who writes small town romance, Norwegian style. Time for Honesty is the first of the five Solvik books. Emmelin is faced with a dilemma when she inherits her childhood home in the small Norwegian town of Solvik. Soon, her childhood sweetheart Dennis returns to Solvik upon the death of his wife. Emmelin harbors a secret about Dennis and discovers he has  secrets of his own. Anger and regret prevail yet Emmelin knows she can’t let a second chance at love slip away. FREE on Amazon. Print edition.

Love on the Wind, the first of two books in the Montauk series is by one of eNovel’s favorite writers, P.C. Zick~Patricia to her colleagues. Kiley Nelson is longing for a place to call her own and buys a property to finally settle down.  She meets a builder when she smashes into his car. Sinfully attractive, Jeff Hammond agrees agrees to build her house. Shared dreams begin to shape the house they start building together. As their relationship deepens, so do the wounds from past hurts, rousing ghosts from Jeff’s traumatic past. Add in a storm and not only winds threaten, but so does distrust. Read FREE with KindleUnlimited. Print Edition.

Jacquie Biggar takes us in a different direction with a who-done-it in the second of two Mended Souls Thrillers in The Beast Within. A pair of displaced angels try to protect Julie Crenshaw from a serial killer. Add Detective Connor O’Rourke into the mix for a lusty contemporary romance. Readers say: “The twists and turns in this story are amazing. Just when you think you know where the adventure is going, it switches to the unexpected.” Read FREE with KindleUnlimited. Print Edition. Audible.

My contribution to the array of books on offer Free  Today to May 30th, is Count The Roses. Travel with Jennifer DeWitt from New Orleans—that humid, high-stepping city of music and magic on the Mississippi River to the depths Louisiana swamps where a brash, sexy Cajun is on the hunt for a wife. Adrien Merrill offers Jennifer a bed and marriage. Her independence blossoming, Jennifer has her hand out for a paycheck. Falling in love with a sexy Cajun, or even entering into a lustful liaison with the man was NOT going to happen. But Adrien has a work around to draw Jennifer into his life, his heritage and Cajun customs with a job offer too good to pass up. Jennifer soon finds herself hurtled into an ancient culture with all of the grit, grace and wit she can muster. On Amazon. Apple iBooks. Nook. Google Play. Kobo.

Now, I’m going to add one more book here. If one writes a book with New Orleans [New Awlins] as the background through which characters move, the best of the lot is New Orleans City Guide 1938. The book is one of many produced by writers in the WPA during the Depression. I read the original edition in 1956. After that those editions became scarce. I found my current edition in a tiny bookshop in an cobbled alley around the corner from the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis on Orleans Street. You know the Cathedral as the church that faces Jackson Square.  Our early classic writers considered The Vieux Carré a poor man’s Paris. It is utterly impossible to write a historical rendition of New Orleans and nearby parishes without referring to the 1938 City Guide. It helps if you walk the city. It helps if you’ve been visiting the city for more than seventy years, as I have. On Amazon.

And look! I’m not letting you go away empty-handed.

There’s a free Amazon book code under each bunny. First come, first snag it. Enjoy!

















@Jackie Weger 2019.  Wrapping up and Bunny Hoppin’. Please do sign up to Follow this Blog. The sign up is on the right column. Below that is Accent on Romance Newsletter sign up. Take a moment to sign up for both and you’ll never miss the good stuff. Accent on Romance goes out once-a-month. If something exciting happens, I’ll send a short note. Sharing and comments Welcome. We always adore to hear from Readers and Authors alike.  Don’t forget to Enter our Giveaway. If by some chance a link does not work on this page, tell me in comments. I’ll repair it.

Wishing you and yours the best life has to offer and an Easter Basket full of joy. Hugs, Jackie.


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  1. Enjoyed reading about your Easter memories, Jackie. Many years ago, my brother and I received giant chocolate Easter bunnies. His wore overalls and mine had a frilly dress. He ate his right away, but I didn’t want to ruin mine so I placed it (in the box) in my bedroom window.
    You can probably guess what happened next. I came home from school and my bunny was a melted puddle of goo! Of course, I blamed my brother, lol.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Awww. I feel the pain. I used to save all of my sweets in a jar during Lent. Fool me didn’t hide my jar and my baby brother ate every darn goodie. That was back in the day when we had Gold Bricks, my fav. If murder had been a venial sin that boy would’ve been gone! After that, the only thing I gave up for Lent was not saving my chewing gum in his hair.

      • So funny! My older brother always used to crunch through his sweets in one sitting. I was always slow to eat mine, two or three each day. Big bro used to wheedle round me for some of mine, and I – sucker that I was – would hand some over.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Jacquie: Sorry, but I had to laugh. I would’ve scrapped that puddle of chocolate into a jar and ate it with a spoon.

  2. AJ Lape says:

    Another great post! I love reading your stories!

  3. Books are a perfect Easter basket gift! They last longer than chocolate and won’t spread your hips!

  4. I’ve used empty shoe boxes for all kinds of treasures, but never thought of them for Easter eggs, bunnies, and lots of memories.

  5. Robyn M Ryan says:

    Love the new shoes as Easter “baskets” ~ much more original than a plastic basket you see these days! Somehow, it’s not really Easter without the smell of Easter egg dye and the Blessing of the Easter meal at church.

    ~ Robyn

  6. grandmatina says:

    Thank you for the book. Happy Easter.. Tina

  7. Shae says:

    Love your books and the post! Thank you for the ebook! Wishing you a wonderful Easter!


  8. Jackie T says:

    Unfortunately Amazon doesn’t let me accept any of the books. In Canada. Thank you

  9. Diane Wasko says:

    Thanks for the book! Can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  10. Yvonne Roberts says:

    Thank you for the free book Jackie! May your Easter be blessed [and you get to eat all of your own sweet treats!!!]

  11. Hope you make great memories this Easter too.

  12. srmallery says:

    Love the creativity of your mother…and you, Jackie! In our house, we had a tradition where my brother and I would hide one egg together, and our parents hid another one. Each egg had to be very well camouflaged, so it made us all get very creative!

  13. I love the idea of an Easter basket! Thanks, Jackie, for another delightful post. The bunnies are soo cool :))

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