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Maybe it was the injury to his head, but something stirred in him to want to kiss her

Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Chloe Richardson had just landed the biggest client of her career. A promotion was in her future, or so she thought until the handsome Jason Mitchell walked into her office with his gorgeous smile and searing blue eyesand took her job.

 


Losing her job so close to Christmas, Chloes only choice was to go back home to Aubrey Heights, where the Christmas spirit is celebrated in a tourist loving, wonderland. Perhaps she can pull herself together before the new yearbefore her new career search.

However, Jason follows her to Aubrey Heightswith a mission of his own. First he stole her jobnow he wants to steal her heart.

Is the spirit of Christmas alive enough in her to let that happen?

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Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After alwaysand says she can write it because she lives it.

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Sundays in an empty office had always been one of Jason’s favorite times. All businessall to himself.
He was a bit of a glutton that way. He liked his work. Early mornings, late at nights, and weekends were when he thrived. During the day he got caught up in watching the masses work. Everyone had a different methoda different style. There was the meeting maker who just loved to organize people into one place at one time. How many meetings had he been to where nothing had been covered? Then there was the one with the day planner in hand who had everything color coordinated. Did they spend more time on highlighting things than they did on the actual events? His favorite was the chaos organized. The people who had papers all over their desk, looked as if they’d been tasered, and yet knew right where everything wasthose were the people he enjoyed the most. They weren’t looking for his approval, they were there to get a job done.
He supposed, in a sense, he was the latter of the organized, however, usually being the supervisor or boss, he had to look like the color-coordinated person. Maybe that was why he liked working when everyone else was gone. He could live in his chaos and no one could see it.
As he went over the list of potential new clients that William had provided him with, he heard the sound of the elevator and a door. Maybe he wasn’t the only person who coveted Sundays in the office.
Pushing back from his desk, he slowly walked to his office door and listened again. Yes, someone was on the floor, and it didn’t sound like housekeeping.
He walked along the corridor flanked with windowed offices and cubicles. His sneakers made no noise on the carpet. There had been no fear that it might be an intruder, as someone would have had to have the key to the elevator to arrive on the floor.
As he turned the corner, he noticed the light in the office closest to the reception area. The office where he’d met Chloe on Friday.
Giving it some thought as he slowly and quietly moved toward her office, he took her as the color-coded type of organizer. Yeah, she was no nonsense and ready to take over the world.
He was glad she was there. It would give them some time to get to know one another. Maybe he could get some insight as to why she’d looked so frazzled when he’d introduced himself as the Account Manager.
Jason turned the corner to her office, a smile at the ready, and friendly conversation lined up in his mind as a stapler flew through the air nailing him right in the forehead.
He stumbled back, hitting one of the walls of a nearby cubicle before falling to the floor with blood dripping in his eye from where he’d collided with the stapler.
“Oh-my-God!”
He heard the trembling voice before he saw the fuzzy image of the woman in yoga pants and an oversized sweat shirt kneeling down in front of him.
“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” She stood, knocking her knee into his side as she tore tissues from a box on a random desk and pressed them to his head. “I never have anyone in here on Sundays. I didn’t know anyone was here. I saw you lurking, and
“I wasn’t lurking.”
“You were lurking.” She sat down next to him on the floor. “I think I should take you to emergency care. You might need stitches.”
“It’ll be a tale for tomorrow, that’s for sure,” he said as he tried to sit up and steady himself. “I’m sorry I scared you.”
“Seriously, I’m sorry. I’m all worked up, and I’ve been on the road for hours, I’m a little punchy. Where’s your coat? I’ll take you for stitches.”
Jason’s head pounded, but he couldn’t help but use that smile he’d been saving as he looked up at her.
Her brown hair was tossed up in one of those messy buns, and she had no makeup on. The sweatshirt said Aubrey Heights High School on it, and it had been worn many, many times. She looked much different than the uptight professional he’d met on Friday. Maybe it was the injury to his head, but something stirred in him to want to kiss her.

 

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Reformed cat burglar and orphan Nyssa Glass doesn’t have many fond memories of Christmas

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
                                               Nyssa Glass’s Clockwork Christmas

Reformed cat burglar and orphan Nyssa Glass doesn’t have many fond memories of Christmas. Her boyfriend, Ellis, however, is determined to make their first holiday together a celebration of a lifetime. Nyssa can’t let him down.
Overwhelmed by decorations and shopping, Nyssa sets out to find the perfect present for Ellis. However, when a charming dance instructor decides Nyssa is what he wants for Christmas, Ellis’s only gift might be a dose of holiday heartbreak.

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Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

Erin fell in love with a veterinarian, there is only two problems…his girlfriend and the dog

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

 

 

Didi Lawson exchanged her town car for a pick-up truck and learned to operate a tractor when she and her husband moved from Arizona to a farm in  Missouri where she now weaves her tales. Her love for writing started early in  life when  she entertained her friends with her stories, won prizes for he essays in high school and wrote road shows and poems for the youth group in her church. She enjoys the outdoors, her children and ten grandchildren, and keeps an active social calendar.

Erin O’Neal loves Christmas, except not this year because she’ll be all alone for the holidays. To make matters worse, she receives a dog as an early Christmas present, but cannot keep it. The man who delivers the dog is the snob who has embarrassed her in public a few days ago.

 

 

When the snob, a handsome veterinarian, injures his ankle and needs someone to drive him home to Prescott for the holidays, Erin is available. Getting to know him better, she falls in love with him. There are only two obstacles: his girlfriend and her own dog phobia. 
 
 
 

 

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May I have this dance, Erin?he asked.
She could only nod. Speech was impossible as a lump had formed in her throat. After a few steps, she asked, Should you be dancing with your injured foot?
Im wearing a brace,he said and then he grinned. Besides, I can lean on my dance partner.
The guests had formed a circle around the dance floor as more couples joined.
Erins hand felt cold at first but warmed quickly in his firm grasp. With his right arm around her waist, he pulled her close, resting his chin on top of her head.
Relax,he mumbled, youre doing great.
Relax, he says. How can I relax feeling the way I do and knowing its all for nothing?
Did you say something?
No. Nothing.
He drew her in even closer, so close that she could feel his heartbeat through the fabric of her dress. She tried to lean back to keep some distance but finally gave up and rested her head on his shoulder.
Thats better,he said with a smile in his voice, tightening his hold around her waist.

 

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This Christmas she finds herself at the crossroads of several life-altering choices

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018
Starla’s
Christmas Conundrum
by
Carol E. Keen
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction, Clean Romance
 
In
the greatest conflict of her life, can she figure out who to trust?
Starla
Devaroux is at the peak of her music career. Life as a popular
Christian music artist is good. This Christmas she finds herself at
the crossroads of several life-altering choices. It’s quite a
conundrum; the path she takes this time will not only define her
future but alter the lives of others as well.
 
“The
main characters were very likable, I could really put myself in
Starla’s shoes.”
 
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E. Keen enjoys fresh coffee, hot tea, and a good book. She was
published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine
Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on
CD, called Simply Seahorses.

 

 

 

She
is the author of The Beauty Series and The Corandira Station, to name
a few of her works. She currently resides in the South with her
husband and family and spends her time writing, reading, working in
photography, and being with her much loved critters.

 

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She’d worried how she could ever fill the hole that Mike’s death had left in her children’s lives…

Monday, December 17th, 2018

 

 
 

 

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Recently widowed Rae Cavanaugh just survived the worst birthday of her life. She and her two young children must now face a holiday season filled with so many reminders of what they’ve lost. 
 
But when a coworker who’s raising his young nephew moves next door, Rae discovers that the support of a good friend, and the gift of a child, can bring back some of the joy of the season.

 

 
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“Text me when you’re done.” Rae turned with the stroller, but Dylan put his hand over hers on the handle.
“Isn’t Beth going to get her picture taken too?” he asked.
“She’s too young. He’ll scare her.”
“Not if she’s with the Littles. Come on. Do you really want to have a picture of Preston but not one of Beth?”
“Well . . .” Rae hadn’t considered that.
“When she’s sixteen, she’ll want to know why you have a picture of Preston with Santa and not one of her.” He arched a brow, his head tilted. “She’ll play the you love him more than me card.”
Rae frowned, but he had a point.
“Baby, do you want to go with Preston?” When Beth nodded, Rae heaved out a breath and stepped back so Dylan could take hold of the stroller.
“Okay, guys, each of you put a hand over mine.” They did, and the four of them strode toward the Santa Claus line.
Rae’s eyes prickled. That man had been Heaven-sent. She’d worried how she could ever fill the hole that Mike’s death had left in her children’s lives, and then Dylan had shown up.

 

 


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The season brings only heartache after her fiancé was killed in combat two years ago

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

 

 

Hannah Conway is a military wife, mother of two, middle school teacher, best-selling author, and popular speaker.
 
Her novels are a deployment experience of their own, threaded with faith, and filled with twists.
 
Hannah is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and My book Therapy. 
 
She and her family live in Tennessee.
 

 

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Audria Rylatt is the school system’s liaison for homeless students. She strives to make Christmas bright for hundreds, while the season brings only heartache after her fiancé was killed in combat nearly two years ago. So when her family decides to play matchmaker, she is less than thrilled. To make matters worse, they’ve invited a soldier friend of her deceased fiancé to the family cabin for the holiday.
But she’s surprised to find this soldier, Quinton Nolan, standing at the door of heart. Faced with painful memories, the despair Christmas brings her, and the fear to love again, Audria is in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. Or at least some of the hope Christmas seems to offer so many. Can she embrace a new mission? If so, Christmas may stand to deliver a lifetime of magical memories.
 
“Christmas on a Mission” is a delightful story of hope, life, love, and second chances, filled with all the joy and cheer Christmas brings.”

 

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She pulled Perry onto her lap and rubbed around his ears until he began to doze. Soon, Gatlinburg faded, and the asphalt roads turned to gravel. They began to wind and curve upward, higher and higher until her ears popped. She yawned to relieve the pressure and watched as the evergreen trees grew thicker with each turn. Freshly fallen snow perched on their limbs. A cardinal darted low, his crimson feathers a delightful sharp contrast against the patches of snow. He
followed along the car for no more than a heartbeat and then flew back to his home high in the treetops. She smiled and let the mountains welcome her back.
The family cabin peeked from its hill, the green roof laden with snow–a Christmas card scene come to life.
It had been two years since she’d seen this place. Two years since she let the hills hold her and speak solace to her soul. This was where she felt closest to God. Why had she stayed away? Why had she not drawn near?
Tension melted from her shoulders, the driest patches of her soul thirsted and craved the respite so near. Two years was too long.
So much had happened.
Parts of her had grown and mended…yet…not all.
But she was back, drawing near, and the thought was at once was both terrifying and exhilarating.
The cabin came into full view, and her body trembled.
Who knew what emotions awaited her? Could she face them?

 

Moments and memories bombarded her thoughts.
 

 


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If you love movies and food and romance as cozy as flannel jammies, Holiday Hijinks is the Christmas read for you

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Holiday
Hijinks
Halliday
Theater #1
by
Katherine Moore
Genre:
Cozy Holiday Romance
 
It’s
Christmas, and this year Emily Halliday is trying something new at
the struggling revival movie theater she runs for her
great-grandmother. After all, how many times can you show It’s a
Wonderful Life
?
Emily
was hoping to make a little profit on “Holiday Hijinks,” her
“counter-programming Christmas” event. What she never
expected—plot twist—is that an unexpected guest will turn her own
life into a romantic comedy.
Holiday
Hijinks
is the first in a new series of cozy romances set in the
small Pacific Northwest town of Silver Birch, Washington. A short
read (15K) for a busy time, Holiday Hijinks introduces a whole
new cast of characters while bringing back “cameos” from the
“Meredith Manor Hotel” books, which are also set in Silver Birch.
If
you love movies and food and romance as cozy as flannel jammies,
Holiday Hijinks is the Christmas read for you.
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HOLIDAY HIJINKS: Halliday Theater #1 by Katherine Moore is a cute and nice, Holiday Contemporary Romance. It has the charm of old town USA and the glitter of a big city. The characters are fun, realistic and you can identify with them. It is a Christmas romance to enjoy anytime.

Emily is ready to help in her grandmother’s theater, but not with the regular Christmas movies…. She wants to rock the stage with new ones.  She has plans that make Grandma nervous. But, if they are to keep the theater open, sacrifices need to be made. All seems fine until a wild man comes to town and scares the people and Emily has to fix it. After all she invited him…. Behind him, another charming gentleman comes to help, and he catches her eyes. This Christmas may bring more changes than new Christmas movies to the town of Silver Birch.

 
Born
in Washington, D.C., Katherine Moore now lives in a small Pacific
Northwest town very much like Silver Birch. She has worked as a food
writer, a caterer, and a movie extra as well as a freelance lifestyle
reporter and staff writer for magazines in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and
Richmond, Virginia.

 

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“Maybe I’m a little more ‘bah humbug’ than ‘ho, ho, ho’ right now, but for the good of the merry, I’ll keep it to myself.”

Monday, December 10th, 2018

 

Valerie Ipson loves reading, writing, family history, and Hershey Milk Chocolate Almond & Toffee Nuggets. 
 
She lives in Mesa, Arizona, and Christmas Future is her first Christmas Romance. She is also the author of Ideal High, a YA novel. 
 
She hopes she can give readers the same experience she has enjoyed through the years while being curled up with a good book!
 
 
 
 
 


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Welcome to the books of 
Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Scarlett’s fiancé and the warm weather of Arizona will have to wait while she works her PR magic to put Alaska on the nice Christmas Spirit list. 
 
But when the wait’s too long will a warm-hearted doctor be just the one to lift her Scrooge-like spirits?

 

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She leaned forward in her chair. “Maybe I’m a
little more ‘bah humbug’ than ‘ho, ho, ho’ right now, but for the good of the
merry, I’ll keep it to myself.”
 
 

 

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MERRILY IN LOVE

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
MERRILY IN LOVE
by Melissa
West
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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Date: 11/7/2017
 
The Littleton brothers are as much a
part of Crestler’s Key as the sun and surf, living the single life
without a care. But love has a way of changing even the most
determined bachelor’s mind.
Brady Littleton has left his reckless youth
behind to become a man his brothers can count on. When the family
dive shop needs to expand, he’s got the answer: buy the Christmas
shop next door. Except the retiring owner’s goddaughter, Kylie
Waters, has come back to town. She was Brady’s first kiss—his
first everything—and she doesn’t want to sell. He’s got a
solution to that too. Whoever makes the most sales by Christmas Day
can take over the shop, fair and square.
Kylie resolved to put the youngest, wildest
Littleton brother out of her head when he abruptly ended their
relationship years ago. But the steady, gorgeous man he’s become is
impossible to ignore. Especially once reminiscing leads to a kiss as
hot and heady as mulled wine. Their deal means that one of them is
going to lose out on a dream…unless Christmas Day brings the gift
of a sweet, surprising second chance.
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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways… come and see

Monday, December 14th, 2015

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Twelve Days of Christmas Book giveaway! I am proud to be included in this fabulous event just in time for Christmas… and… I am not alone. Some awesome authors are keeping me great company.
Now, I do not write Christmas stories but many of my books  have certainly appeared in Christmas stockings before. 🙂
We have all kind of prizes to give away: I will give away 3 ebooks of “Once Upon two Kingdoms” to 3 lucky readers who leave a note and email in the comments of this blog.

Now more about Once Upon Two Kingdoms

Freedom to Choose is Paramount for any human.

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An arrangement made when Elizabeth was just a babe ties her to someone she has never met, never spoken to, never loved. Now she desires freedom—a way to choose her own path—her own husband. The moment Elizabeth meets Patrick she knows he is her soul mate. But when you are bound to a crown how is any choice your own?

Once Upon Two Kingdoms is a Young Adult Medieval Romance. It will be love by those who enjoy clean romance and a happy warm ending.  But you don’t have to take my word for it.

What other have to say about Once Upon Two Kingdoms:

  1. It was a delightful read that captured my attention from beginning to end. Elizabeth is a beautiful, young women with a strong will, and an even stronger sense of understanding and duty. I love that she doesn’t sigh and bemoan her life but takes charge and makes decisions.
    Patrick is an intriguing character. It’s hard not to fall in love with him as you read how he relates to Elizabeth. I loved how he was a gentleman, but it didn’t take away from her independence.    By  Melanie M. Mason

2) This story is gentle and sweet, yet there are moments of mystery and adventure. Someone is out to take over some kingdoms–who and why? I came away with a smile at the antics and events that occurred, especially with the way the villain was confronted. This is a must read for anyone who loves a good, clean romance involving a princess.
Content: very mild romance (although two characters spent a few nights together, nothing happened); no language or religious elements; mild violence (fighting, deaths–nothing at all graphic). Clean!

by Kit-Kat75

The other giveaways links

Day 9 (Dec. 22) – Anna del C. Dye & Peggy Urry
Day 10 (Dec. 23) – Valerie Ipson & Cassie Sheils
Day 11 (Dec. 24) – Frances Hoelsema & Angela Carling
Day 12 (Dec. 25) – Marianne Sciucco & Tara Ellis 

Merry Christmas to you all. 

 

Stuck in Chicago without food or cash

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Snowed in. A traveler’s worst nightmare.

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Stuck in Chicago without food or cash, Anna’s immediate prospects look darker than the storm outside. When Jim sits down next to her with an offer to trade fries for electricity, things begin to improve.

By the time they get home, neither one realizes they’ve exchanged more than resources…they’ve traded hearts.

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Six Days of Christmas is here to stay

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Kaylee Baldwin is the author of Six Days of Christmas.

Keylee, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Logan, Utah, but I spent most of my life in Arizona. I currently live in southern Arizona with my husband and four children.

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What makes you passionate about writing?

I love creating! When I sit down to write, I am putting pieces of myself into every character and every story. The ability to write and create is a gift that I am very grateful for.

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Goodnight Kiss, an Interview with author, Ranee` S. Clark

Friday, December 27th, 2013
Ranee, how long have you been writing?
 
I think since I could pick up a pencil. I used to write four and five page stories and then link them all in a series. I had notebook and notebooks full of my scribbles. (Now I just have lots of documents on my computer!)
 
LOL, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
 
I was born in a tiny town in Wyoming called Lovell. Right now, my family is on an adventure! We are living in Fairbanks, Alaska for a few years. (Today it’s almost negative forty degrees! Brrr.)
 
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Dreaming of You, a Christmas Story by Marie Higgins

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Marie I am glad to have you in my blog this week. When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

Funny story…but I hadn’t realized I wanted to be a real, published author until after I’d been writing stories for about five years. I actually thought it was a fun thing to do in my spare time, and it beat watching TV all day. But one day I let a friend of mine read a story of mine, and she hooked me up with a writer who was my mentor, and well…the rest is history.

So fun and exiting…What makes you passionate about writing?

I love writing twists and unexpected turns in my stories. I love making the reader think they know the ending, and then they are happily surprised when it’s totally different. And I especially love the comments I receive from my readers, telling me how much they enjoy reading these romances. That’s what makes me passionate—probably because I love to tease the reader. Every new book I write, I challenge myself to figure out a better suspenseful plot.

What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

I’ve been writing for a good 19 years. In 2005 I found an (more…)