#Giveaway Day 15: #HJBOOKMAS Extravaganza!

Posted December 30th, 2021 by in Blog, BookMas, Features / 57 comments

Welcome to Harlequin Junkie’s 7th Annual Reader Appreciation #BOOKMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!

HJ’s Bookmas Extravaganza is our annual celebration of YOU, our loyal and engaged readers of Harlequin Junkie blog and the Book community. THANK YOU for all you do; for all the tweets, re-post, shares, comments. We <3 You!

From Naughty to Nice and Everything in between….


On the 15th Day of #Bookmas…


Berkley Publishing gave to me…A chance to win a giveaway box of romance titles.

In the spotlight today…
A sneak peak at some of Berkley Publishing’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2022:  

We are thrilled for the titles set to publish in 2022. Check out five below that we think readers will love!
THE ROUGHEST DRAFT by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; January 25, 2022)

An achingly romantic, bookish gem perfect for fans of Beach Read by Emily Henry and Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn.

Literary darlings Katrina Freeling and Nathan Van Huysen once topped the bestseller charts with their cowritten novel. But after an unfriendly parting-of-ways, for reasons unknown to the public, they haven’t spoken in years and have no plans to do so…but their contract says otherwise. Facing crossroads in their personal and professional lives, they’re forced to reunite in Key West and hole up in the same house where they wrote their previous book. Tension abounds, but once they start writing, old patterns—and feelings—emerge.



RAMÓN AND JULIETA by Alana Quintana Albertson (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; February 1, 2022)

A delicious Romeo and Juliet retelling—full of love and tacos!—perfect for fans of steamy enemies-to-lovers romance, telenovela inspired rom-coms like Jane the Virgin, and foodies.

When it comes to growing his father’s fast-food empire, nothing will set Ramón Montez off course. Until he meets a sexy señorita on the Day of the Dead, only to discover that she is Julieta Campos—celebrity chef, and owner of the sea-to-table taqueria his family plans to overtake for their next Taco King. Even worse, it was his father who stole Julieta’s mother’s taco recipe decades ago. As San Diego’s outraged community protests the Taco King take-over and the divide between their families grows, Ramón and Julieta struggle to balance the rising tensions. But Ramón knows that true love is priceless and despite all his successes, this is the one battle he refuses to lose.



I’M SO (NOT) OVER YOU by Kosoko Jackson (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; February 22, 2022)

A queer second-chance romantic comedy perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Paul Rudnick, and Casey McQuiston.

As much as he’d like to ignore the man who broke his heart, Kian Andrews can’t help but be drawn in by Hudson Rivers’s charm. And when Hudson asks Kian to be his fake-date at Georgia high society’s wedding of the season in exchange for an introduction to one of the biggest names in media—a real chance to jumpstart his journalism career—Kian can’t turn the offer down. But their fake relationship soon begins to feel like more than a means to an end, and it’s time for both men to fact-check their feelings.



DELILAH GREEN DOESN’T CARE by Ashley Herring Blake (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; February 22, 2022)

A clever and steamy queer romantic comedy about taking chances and accepting love, with all its complications.

Struggling New York artist Delilah Green begrudgingly makes a trip back to her small home-town to photograph her stepsister’s wedding for some extra cash. But when Delilah meets the bride’s best friend Claire, she quickly develops an all-consuming crush. Claire isn’t one for surprises, and the way she begins to feel about Delilah takes her entirely off guard. When they’re forced together during a gauntlet of wedding preparations—including a plot to save Delilah’s stepsister from her horrible fiancé—Claire isn’t sure she has the strength to resist Delilah’s charms and Delilah begins to think that Bright Falls may not be so bad after all.




SADIE ON A PLATE by Amanda Elliot (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; March 15, 2022)

Featuring a young Jewish protagonist, mouthwateringly described cuisine, and a sizzling forbidden romance, Amanda Elliot delivers a delicious romantic comedy with a fresh take on the genre.

Up-and-coming Seattle chef Sadie is sure her career is over after a very messy—and public—break up with her boss. But after she lands a once-in-a-lifetime chance to participate in her favorite TV show, Chef Supreme, she thinks she may finally be able to realize her dream of opening a restaurant full of modern takes on traditional Jewish recipes. All Sadie has to do is beat some of the best chefs in the country and ignore the undeniable chemistry between her and Luke, the judge with whom she had a chance encounter only days before. Seems easy enough, right?


About Penguin – Berkley
An industry leader in commercial and genre fiction, Berkley has a rich tradition of discovering new talent, defining emerging trends, and building authors and series into global franchises. With Berkley’s dedicated focus and guidance many bestselling authors have grown into international brand names, including Nora Roberts, William Gibson, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, and Charlaine Harris. We’re proud to publish Jane Green, Jayne Ann Krentz, Karen White, Patricia Briggs, Christine Feehan, Stephen Donaldson, Maya Banks, Susan Meissner, Catherine Anderson, Clare Mackintosh, Julie Garwood, and Fiona Barton, among others.
Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors. Website

Giveaway #1: Win a box of 2022 Romance titles from Berkley Publishing. 

Winner will receive a Print Paperback copy of each of the titles noted below.

  • THE ROUGHEST DRAFT by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
  • RAMÓN AND JULIETA by Alana Quintana Albertson
  • I’M SO (NOT) OVER YOU by Kosoko Jackson
  • DELILAH GREEN DOESN’T CARE by Ashley Herring Blake
  • SADIE ON A PLATE by Amanda Elliot

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Giveaway #2: Win a box of Dec 2021 Romance titles from Berkley Publishing. 

Winner will receive a Print Paperback copy of each of the titles noted below.

  • SOMEONE PERFECT by Mary Balogh
  • LOVE AND LET BARK by Alanna Martin
  • FINDING PARADISE by Barbara Dunlop
  • ONCE UPON A CABIN by Patience Griffin
  • THE GREAT GATZ by Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Jackie Logsted
  • THE LOVE CON by Seressia Glass
  • BOLD FORTUNE by M. M. Crane
  • ANNIHILATION ROAD by Christine Feehan

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Be sure to stop by everyday from Dec 16, 2021 to Jan 01, 2022 for a chance to win: Box-O-books, Gift Cards, Audiobooks, Signed book bundles, Kindle, Author Swag & more!


57 Responses to “#Giveaway Day 15: #HJBOOKMAS Extravaganza!”

  1. Colleen Capelle

    I’ve already been looking forward to The Roughest Draft & Ramón and Julieta, but Sadie on a Plate sounds good too

  2. Leeza Stetson

    All the books sound like they’re interesting. My attention was especially caught by Ramon and Julieta and The Roughest Draft, but the o others caught my eye, too.

  3. Diana Hardt

    All the books sound good, but Sadie on a Plate grabbed my attention. It sounds really interesting.

  4. EC

    All sounds so good. The Rough Draft/Ramón & Julieta/Sadie on a Plate books definitely caught my attention since two of them were already known to me and the other one just caught it.

  5. holdenj

    I have been looking forward to The Roughest Draft. A new Griffin book and several others to add to the TBR list.

  6. courtney kinder

    RAMÓN AND JULIETA by Alana Quintana Albertson because I love Romeo and Juliet retellings.

  7. Glenda M

    The spotlighted books are all by new to me authors and all sound interesting. Sadie on a Plate and Ramon and Julieta are the most interesting

  8. Sue Galuska

    THE ROUGHEST DRAFT by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka sounds really fun.

  9. Tiffany J

    I’ve been eyeing The Roughest Draft ever since I first read the blurb!

  10. Crystal

    Sadie On A Plate & The Roughest Draft are the books that stand out to me. Why? Sadie On A Plate has a Jewish protagonist and sounds & looks like a great, unique, intriguing read with some romance. I really like the sounds of this one.
    The Roughest Draft stands out because of book co-writers and parting of the ways for reasons unknown & will they be able to get together to co-write another book or books. How will things end?

  11. Banana cake

    The roughest draft sounds great I have always wondered how people write book together.

  12. Laurie Gommermann

    e Roughest Draft – features two writers, set in tropical Key West, second chance at romance, forgiveness

    Ramon and Julieta- sounds cute, remake of Romeo and Juliette with a Latin flair! Celebrity chef and business takeover, lots of friction and explosive chemistry!

    Sadie On A Plate- I like chefs as heroes or heroines. A Jewish chef is unique like Molly Yeh. A TV competition sounds fun!

  13. Patricia B.

    Of the books highlighted here, RAMÓN AND JULIETA by Alana Quintana Albertson appeals the most. I enjoy a good enemies to friends/lovers story and the Romeo and Juliet trope always appeal. SADIE ON A PLATE by Amanda Elliot also sounds good. I guess food plot elements appeal.
    Of the two giveaways, I like the second best. Four of them are favorite authors and several others are authors I would like to try.
    Hope you have a wonderful 2022.

    • Dianne Casey

      The books that catch my attention are “The Roughest Draft” and Sadie On A Plate”. Looking forward to reading the books.

  14. auntiemissmaria

    Love and Let Bark, because it’s set in Alaska & the cover is so adorable!!!

  15. susan

    These sound like good reads! THE ROUGHEST DRAFT caught my attention because I want to know what happens to them!

  16. Jen K

    SADIE ON A PLATE by Amanda Elliot caught my eye… it’s in my neck of the woods.

  17. Heather Scully

    I’ve heard great things about Ramón and Julieta, and I’d love to read that one. The rest of these books look awesome too! Thanks for the chance! Happy Holidays!

  18. rkcjmomma

    Someone Perfect by Mary Balogh and Annihilation Road by Christine Feehan love her books and been looking forward to this book!!

  19. Janie McGaugh

    Ramón and Julieta sounds good. I like the idea of a version of Romeo and Juliet that has an HEA.

  20. Kim

    RAMÓN AND JULIETA by Alana Quintana Albertson and SADIE ON A PLATE by Amanda Elliot both sound good.

  21. Terrill R.

    I’ve been excited for Ramon and Julieta since Alana Albertson first announced that it was in the works, but Sadie On a Plate looks great, too.