CONNECTED BY A KISS BOXED SET RELEASE CELEBRATION ~ CHRISTINA MCKNIGHT ~ with #Giveaway + #Excerpt

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a collection of Regency Romances.

 

Available September 18th – Connected by a Kiss: Regency Holiday Collection.

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Title: Connected by a Kiss: Regency

Holiday Collection Author: Christina McKnight, Amanda Mariel, Dawn Brower

Genre: Regency Romance, Holiday

Romance Release Date: September 18th, 2018

 

A Kiss At Christmastide by Christina McKnight
After a ruinous London season, Lady Pippa Godfrey has given up on the idea of true love–until a devilishly handsome stranger arrives at her Somerset estate, seeking shelter from a winter storm. Soon, she’s daring to claim a Christmas kiss with Lucas Hatfield, the Earl of Maddox, but when the storm abates, will he break her heart like all the rest?

How To Kiss A Rogue by Amanda Mariel
Lady Natalie’s betrothal is ended and frees her to pursue the man of her dreams. During a holiday party she discovers the lord she desires in attendance. So hatches a plan to snare him.

A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower
An arranged betrothal has Lady Juliette Brooks seeking out her former childhood friend, the Duke of Kissinger to beg him to honor his long ago promise. Grayson Abbot has no desire to marry, but he always keeps his word. As they race to Scotland they rediscover the joy of friendship and a passion neither planned on.

 

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Excerpt from A Kiss At Christmastide: 

A moment of confusion clouded her mind as the laughter dimmed and a light breeze assaulted her face—as if someone had opened a window to a gusty wind.
At her side, Pippa’s mother fanned her face. Her wrist whipped to and fro, increasing as the room went silent.
Everything froze around her but her mother’s thrashing fan.
The Duchess of Midcrest, her dear mother, who’d labored for over twenty years to rise above her merchant class upbringing, would once again be embroiled in a scandal—all because of Pippa.
“Do you wish to depart?” her mother whispered.
“I did not…” Pippa stammered. “I would never…”
“I did not believe you had, my child.” Her mother sought to soften the blow—something that society had done to the current Duchess of Midcrest a hundred times over. “However, that does not change the appearance of things, no matter what we say or do in this moment.”
Pippa lifted her chin to keep her tears from streaming down her face.
“I do not understand why,” Pippa said as she leaned in close to her mother to whisper. “Lady Natalie and I are such friends.”
“Friendship and jealously often hold hands so tightly that one cannot distinguish between the pair.”

 

Excerpt from How To Kiss A Rogue by Amanda Mariel

Glancing from behind the fern, her stomach dropped. “Bradford,”—She came out into the open—“What are you doing here?”
“Knightly asked me to come in first.”
She released a breath she hadn’t known she had been holding. Christian was here. “You cannot stay.”
“I must. It would be highly improper to leave you unchaperoned with a man we are not related to.” Bradford smirked, shoving his hands in his pockets.
Natalie stepped up to him, placed her hands on his shoulders, and began pushing him toward the door. “Nothing untoward will happen as long as you leave now.”
Oh, why had she failed to think of a chaperone? Now Bradford had his nose squarely in the center of her scheme and he’d surely ruin everything.
A mischievous twinkle lit his eyes and he chuckled. “Nothing untoward will occur at any rate. Knightly has no wish to ruin you.”
Natalie’s face warmed and she gave another shove. “Mind your own affairs.”
“Perhaps I should tell Mother what you are about.”
“You would not dare! You cannot. Imagine what she would do, Bradford.” Natalie dropped her hands from his shoulders and gave him her best pouty look. “What do you think I am about? You act as though I am some sully maid,” She peered at him, her blood heated with angry indignation. How dare he think she was going about, carrying on trysting with men? No matter it was exactly her intended purpose…he should not assume such from her.
“Do calm yourself. Getting your skirts in a knot will change nothing.” Bradford shook his head. “We both know what you are doing here.”
She closed her eyes for a heartbeat. He was correct, she could no more lie to him than she could herself. “I beg of you, do not say a word to anyone.”
“You are quite entertaining.” He chuckled while he walked toward the door. “I will be directly outside should Knightly require my assistance.”
“You may well be the one in need.” Natalie reached for a nearby pot and flung it toward him. The projectile missed him, crashing into the floor. “You are not entertaining in the least.”
“You had better clean that mess up or Mother is certain to discover what you’ve been getting up to without my having to tell her.” His deep chuckle only increased in volume as he disappeared from the greenhouse.
She ought to have known he was teasing her. He no more wished for their parents to know his friend was secretly meeting her than she did. In retrospect, bringing Bradford along was a good plan on Christian’s part. As much as it pained her to admit it, he would ensure no one caught them alone together. Natalie released a sigh, then smoothed her skirts before Christian entered. Her heart pounded—this was her chance.
She stood still with one hip cocked to the left as he stepped into the greenhouse and approached her. “Lord Knightly, I am pleased you came.”
“You should be equally pleased that your brother was the only one to notice your note. Are you trying to get ruined?”
She swallowed at the harshness of his tone. “On the contrary, that is why I told you not to show it to anyone. Though I must confess, I am pleased Bradford came along. He will make an excellent look out.” She did her best to offer a charming smile despite her sudden nerves.
“And why would we need someone to watch out for us?” Christian leveled his penetrating stare on her.
She reached out a trembling hand and trailed the tips of her fingers across his strong jaw. Even through her gloves she felt his warmth seeping into her—imprinting on her soul. “I want a kiss. One more passionate than the one you bestowed on Lady Pippa.”

 

 

Excerpt from A Wallflower’s Christmas Kiss by Dawn Brower

Grayson sighed. She wasn’t going to be denied anything apparently. It was too late to save her from herself. Very well, he’d deal with her and then send her on her way. He turned and sucked in a breath momentarily stunned. A silhouette of pure beauty greeted him. Her midnight tresses were wound up and bound neatly into an elegant chignon. His fingers itched to unwind it and see it flow over her luscious curves. All of this and he’d still not seen her face. When she finally turned to meet his gaze he lost all ability to breathe. Those sea-green eyes kept him riveted in place. He should stand and greet her but his body refused to function. She was the last person he expected or wanted to enter his home.“What no words?” She raised an eyebrow. “And I thought you were noted as the witty duke amongst the ton. I must say I’m rather disappointed.”Grayson drank in the sight of her. He wanted to remember her as she stood before him for the rest of his days. She was glorious, proud, and fearless. “Didn’t your father teach you better than to enter the lion’s den?” He lifted a brow mockingly. “You could very well get eaten alive.”Her lips tilted at the corner. “I rather like my chances.” She moved further into the room. “After all I tamed a lion before.”“There’s a difference between a young cub, and a full grown male, Jules,” he explained. “One is more docile and willing to cuddle. The adult wants to be petted—in other ways.” He stood up and gazed directly into her eyes. “A bite can be pleasurable or….” Grayson crossed over to her side and leaned down, whispering in her ear, “painful depending on your preference.”Juliette took a deep breath but remained where she stood. He’d give her that much. She’d always been a stubborn girl, and apparently she’d not grown out of that trait. If she didn’t take a step back soon he’d be forced to make a choice. Either he pulled her into his arms and kissed her the way he craved or he put distance between them respecting her innocence. It was a hard decision and warred deep inside him, but he did what was best for her. Turned out that some things were ingrained. Protecting her had always been his first instinct.“If you’re done trying to intimidate me I have something I wish to discuss with you.”

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

 

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Christina McKnight writes emotional and intricate Regency Romance with rebellious women and maverick heroes.

Her books combine romance and mystery, exploring themes of redemption and forgiveness. When not writing she enjoys coffee, wine, traveling the world, and watching television.

 

You can visit her online at the following places:

Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

 

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BLOG TOUR with review~ THE NO- STRESS HOLIDAY ORGANIZER~

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Book Details
Authors: Cedar Fort Staff
Release Date: August 2014
Publisher: Plain Sight
Genre: Holiday

Get organized this holiday season! Make you plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s as enjoyable for you as it is for your guests. From calendars and checklists to budget sheets and journal pages, this book saves you the time and money to enjoy family traditions old and new – year after year!

3-month calendar for Nov – Dec – Jan filled with:

* To-do Lists
* Budget Guides
* Decoration Trackers
* Guest Lists/Contact Info
* Party Planning Breakdown
* Menu Planners
* Grocery Lists
* Cooking Schedules
* Recipes
* and MORE

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Plain Sight Publishing (August 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462114911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462114917
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    MY THOUGHTS:

    THE NO- STRESS HOLIDAY ORGANIZER: AN ALL-IN-ONE GUIDE TO…PLANNING AND RECORDING YOUR HOLIDAYS *THANKSGIVING – CHRISTMAS – NEW YEARS* by Angela Baxter, Rodney Fife (With), Whitney Lindsley is a fantastic how to book. From planning, organizing, and checklists, this little book has it all. Filled with information, lists, calendars, and so much more. You can’t go wrong with this stress free organizer. Absolute love it!!

    *Received for an honest review from the publisher*

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat rating: N/A

    Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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    RELEASE BLITZ WITH REVIEW AND EXCERPT~A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS~ KATE JAMES

     







    There’s a stranger at the door on Christmas Day… 

    Single mother Paige Summerville wants to give her seven-year-old son the Christmas of his dreams. Jason needs surgery to beat the illness that’s plagued his young life, leaving Paige desperate to make ends meet. So she turns to a charity that grants the wishes of sick children…

    Then a stranger arrives bearing gifts for Jason—and for her. He’s Daniel Kinsley, a lawyer who’s grown cynical about family. But his kindness in making Jason’s wishes come true offers him more than he ever imagined. Is there room in Paige’s heart for a man who could fulfill all their dreams? And not just at Christmas!

     

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    WHAT WAS IT about the holidays, Daniel Kinsley wondered as he returned to his desk, that seemed to bring out the worst in people?

    He was glad he had some time to spare before his next appointment. His meeting with Gloria Farnsworth had put him in a miserable mood. He dropped heavily into his chair and swung it around to stare out the window. Across the street, a billboard displaying a Norman Rockwell–style scene seemed to mock him. It showed a cheerful, ruddy-faced Santa distributing brightly wrapped gifts to an elegantly dressed and ridiculously happy family. The husband clasped his wife’s hand affectionately, and the model-perfect woman stroked the blonde curls of a little girl in a red velvet dress. Daniel snorted. Did anyone really live like that? Not in his experience.

    He thought of his own parents and their respectful, polite relationship. When was the last time he’d seen his parents touch? For that matter, his mother’s obligatory cheek kisses aside, he couldn’t recall his parents ever touching him with affection. They never argued. They never fought. But he also wasn’t sure they actually loved each other. A sad statement, especially after forty-three years of marriage.

    It didn’t help his mood to remember that he’d agreed to spend more than a week with them in Newport over the holidays. He knew there’d be no Christmas cheer in that. At times he questioned why his parents stayed together. Then again, maybe they had it right. No love, no pain. Not wanting to dwell on it, he allowed his thoughts to come full circle to Gloria Farnsworth.

    Daniel turned away from the window and looked down at the open Farnsworth case file on his desk. He’d been tempted to tell Gloria to find another lawyer. But would that really have accomplished anything? More than half his cases disgusted him in one way or another. Okay, maybe none quite as much as the Farnsworth case, but if he wanted to extricate himself from cases that he found morally reprehensible, where exactly would he draw the line?

    He picked up his pen and twirled it between his fingers.

    Gloria Farnsworth was definitely at the extreme end. She’d torn a strip off him when he told her she should be satisfied with the spousal support her husband had agreed to—generous in his estimation—and accept that she was on shaky ground trying to get child support for a nineteen-year-old who wasn’t attending school and didn’t have a job. Gloria had demanded to know under what conditions she would be entitled. And fool that he was, he’d treated her like a rational person and explained some of the circumstances under which case law might entitle her to child support. He never would’ve imagined that she’d jump on one of the alternatives and willingly label her own son mentally disabled for the sake of gouging more money out of her soon-to-be-ex.

    It was repugnant. Daniel knew it wouldn’t hold up in court—no expert witness would testify to it—but things probably wouldn’t come to that. Having met the husband on a couple of occasions, he sensed that the man cared about his child. Daniel was quite certain he’d settle rather than subject his son to the pain and humiliation of being questioned in court about his mental capacity.

    Maybe Daniel should tell Gloria Farnsworth to take a long hike off a short— Whoa! She’d really gotten to him. In more polite terms, he would ask her to hire another lawyer. He refused to be party to what essentially amounted to fraud.

    He straightened the papers, closed the file folder and tossed his pen on top.

    With his parents’ loveless marriage, plus the hostile family disputes he witnessed at work, it was hardly surprising that he was still single at thirty-six.

    Why couldn’t people be civil to one another? As an idealistic law student, he’d chosen family law because he wanted to help people, yet his caseload was dominated by nasty divorce and custody battles. Who was he kidding? He hadn’t helped anyone in a long time in any way other than to better their financial circumstances or inflict hardship and pain on their spouses. It was a bitter disappointment to see how people who’d supposedly once loved each other and been committed to each other ended up.

    Yes, he told himself again, maybe his parents had it right, after all.

    Selena, his executive assistant, interrupted his thoughts, calling to announce his next appointment—probably a good thing, as he was getting more and more depressed. Checking his schedule, he felt his mood lighten. This meeting would be a nice antithesis to his day so far.

    He rose as Selena escorted a plainly dressed, middle-aged woman into his office. “Ms. Andrews, I’m Daniel Kinsley.” He extended a hand in greeting. “Would you like a coffee? Some water?”

    “Call me Laura, please,” she said, shaking his hand, “and no. I’m fine, thank you.”

    Daniel signaled to Selena that she could leave and offered Laura Andrews a seat.

    “Thank you for meeting with me,” Laura began.

    “The pleasure is mine. Your organization has a stellar reputation, and so do you as its executive

    director.”

    “All of us at the Wish I May Foundation believe wholeheartedly in what we do, and we work very hard for our program’s children and their families. Yet we always have more families in need than we have sponsors, especially at this time of year. I can assure you that if your firm sponsors a child, you won’t regret it. All our sponsors tell us how much it means to them to make a difference in a young person’s life.”

    “What’s involved in sponsorship?”

    “It’s straightforward. You’d be given information on a chronically ill child and that child’s family and Christmas wish list. You’ll find that their wishes, for the most part, are very basic. Winter clothing, books, some small toys.” Laura’s smile conveyed sadness rather than pleasure. “Basic because these families often endure hardships that extend well beyond the illness of the child. We encourage sponsors to consider doing something extra for the child, if they can.” Daniel thought he saw a mischievous glint in her eye. “A trip to Walt Disney World, perhaps, or a PlayStation gaming system.”

    It didn’t take Daniel long to commit his firm.

    “All that’s left is to decide on the family you’ll be sponsoring.” Laura reached into her bag and pulled out a folder. Flipping through the papers, she finally drew out two sheets.

    “Problem?” Daniel asked when Laura continued to scrutinize the two pages.

    “Hmm? No. Not really.” She glanced up. “It’s just that I know both these families personally, and I’m having a hard time choosing between them.” She held out both sheets. “Here. Why don’t you decide?”

    Daniel read the pages and examined the photographs at the top of each. Choosing between the two children and their families was impossible. Finally, coming to the only decision he could, he set the pages on his desk and looked up at Laura. Her eyes were focused on him, and a small smile played at the corners of her mouth. Her expression made him think that he’d been masterfully manipulated. In this case, he didn’t mind. “You’re very good at your job,” he acknowledged.

    She gave a slight nod, and her smile remained in place. “I do my best.”

    Daniel knew that when he shared the children’s stories with his partners, he’d be able to raise the needed money for each of them, including enough for some nice extras. “We’ll sponsor them both,” he said.

    For the first time in months—no, years—he felt he was doing something worthwhile. And it had nothing to do with the law.

     

     

    Kate spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.
    Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.
    Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. “I hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,” notes Kate.
    Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada, with their beloved black Labs, Harley and Logan.
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    MY THOUGHTS:
    A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS by Kate James is an delightful Contemporary Holiday Romance. Meet, Paige Summerville,single Mom, her son Jason, and cynical lawyer, Daniel Kinsley. Jason need surgery to beat a childhood illness. Enter, Daniel, who just might make Jason’s Christmas wishes come true…he enters their lives bearing gifts. Fast paced, very emotional,in which you are hoping for a HEA. Ms. James is an extremely talented author, who draws the reader into the story and holds you in awe so these characters learn to love. With second chances, hope, healing and romance you won’t be able to put “A Child’s Christmas” down. Engaging characters and a wonderful holiday romance. What an enjoyable read, very satisfying.
    *Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley*
    Rating: 4
    Heat rating: Mild
    Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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    STARS, STOCKINGS, & SHEPHERDS~ SHERSTA CHABOT….Spotlight and review

    Are you ready for some Christmas!!

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    About the book:(courtesy of the publisher)

    Do you know the symbolism behind evergreens, sheep, or the color red? This adorably illustrated picture book teaches the meanings behind 24 Christmastime objects and is the perfect gift for any children, parents, or grandparents on your list. Make your family’s holiday season one to remember with this inspiring reminder of the gospel roots behind our treasured Christmas traditions.

     

    • Hardcover: 32 pages
    • Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (October 14, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1462114628
    • ISBN-13: 978-1462114627

     

     

    Order your copies now on Amazon.com, at DeseretBook.com, Barnes&Noble.com, or CedarFort.com.

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    About the author: 

    Shersta ChabotShersta Chabot grew up in Utah, the oldest in a family of eleven children. After working for several years in both corporate and small business accounting, she returned to her first love—English literature—and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley University while working as Acquisitions Editor for a local trade publishing company. Currently, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her three children, where she has taken on the dual challenges of graduate student and teacher of writing at Arizona State University. Shersta is the author of The Symbols of Christmas.

    Connect & Socialize!

    Website: sherstachabot.com

    Twitter: @SherstaC

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    Genre: Christmas Symbols/Holiday

    Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

    MY THOUGHTS:

    STARS, STOCKINGS, & SHEPHERDS by Shersta Chabot is an meaningful Christmas traditions/Holiday symbols. What a delightful as well as educational book. The illustrations are by Corey Egbert and they are fantastic.

    I had forgot a lot of the symbols of the Christmas season meanings, how very sad for me. Some I knew, such as the Candy Cane, The Wise Men, Jesus, and many more. The author has done an exceptional job of the definitions, explanations, and the meaning of Christmas. I loved this book. Easy to read, easy to follow. Young readers may need a bit of help reading, but I feel they will delight with this book. The pictures are vivid, and exciting.

    A keeper for any library and true treasure for your holiday reading. Did you know…the meaning of the Christmas Lights? or the meaning of the Christmas Tree? Wreaths? or Carols? Well these and so many more symbols are explained. I would highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys the Christmas season, and all the dressing pertaining to the Christmas season. Every parent, grandparent, church teacher really should get this title. Well done!!

    *Received for an honest review from the publisher*

    Rating: 5

    Heat rating: N/A

    Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

     

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    #VISIT WITH VICTORIA JAMES…..,

    MBA&M AND ENTANGLED PUBLISHING PRESENTS…..

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    WELCOME VICTORIA JAMES!

    Now, within further ado presenting Victoria James….

    MBA&M: Good morning, Victoria! Welcome to My Book Addiction and More.

    [VJ] Hi, thanks so much for having me here today!


    Please give our readers some insight into Victoria James?

    [VJ] I met my husband thirteen years ago in University-in an English Lit class.  Two years later we got married, and now we have two children-a two year old and a six year old.  My days are busy juggling the responsibilities of our small business, my writing, kids, and household chores. But when I have a free moment, I’m putting my interior design background to use-I’m always rearranging furniture and pictures in our house.  I still do freelance work as well. I love seasonal decorating.  Basically, I drive my husband nuts, because he hates change…and thing are always changing!


    MBA&M: Where did your inspiration for “The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby” come from?

    [VJ] I live in Canada, and growing up I adored our snowy winters and white Christmases.  I knew I always wanted to be a writer, so writing a book that was set in a remote, snow-filled area during the holidays was too hard to resist…

    A few years ago, surrounded by my extended family, I started wondering about how much of whom I was today, was shaped by the people around me.  I had always known the love of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins.  But what if I hadn’t?  How would that have changed me?  And that thought triggered the characters in THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS BABY.  How would different people react to the holidays if they didn’t have a family?  If they had no one?  Would they build walls around themselves?  Or would they be in a perpetual search for a soul-mate, for love?  The hero and heroine that took shape in my mind became larger than life.  Their pain, their need for acceptance and unconditional love tugged at my heartstrings until I was forced to find a way to create a happily-ever-after for the three of them!  And of course, it would have to take place during the holidays! 


    MBA&M: What do you feel the allure of contemporary romance is to readers?

    [VJ]I think it’s that we can relate to them easily.  Contemporary romance deals with characters that we can identify with, that are similar to our everyday friends and family members.  The issues in contemporary romance are also identifiable.  I think we can derive comfort from knowing that there are others who are going through the same things, people who’ve loved and lost and have come out on the other side. 


    MBA&M: Who was your favorite character in “The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby”?

    [VJ]Well, as much as I loved writing Hannah, I think Jackson is my favorite J  His journey and the evolution of his character from beginning to end tugged at my heartstrings.  Hmm…Maybe this means I have a crush on Jackson Pierce!


    MBA&M What scene stands out the most to you?

    [VJ]When Hannah thanks Jackson, after their wedding.  I loved writing this scene because it evolved so naturally-she’s about to make a sarcastic comment in order to keep her distance from Jackson, but instead she is overcome by everything he has done for her.  She thanks him and I think it’s a turning point for Hannah-she’s finally letting him in.  And of course Jackson is surprised by her candor…and well, one thing leads to another…;-)

     

    Victoria, since the Christmas holiday is upon us, let’s talk Christmas…..

    MBA&M: What are some of your favorite Christmas things?

    [VJ]“Raindrops on roses and…” Sorry, I couldn’t help it!  Some of my favorites are spending extra time with family and friends.  The decorating, the hustle and bustle at the mall, the pure, uninhibited excitement children have over Christmas.  The giving, the extra effort we put into helping those less fortunate.  The time we make to remember all our blessings.


    MBA&M: What are your favorite Christmas songs?

    [VJ]I love the classics-The Christmas Song, I’ll be home for Christmas, I’m dreaming of a White Christmas…

    But I do have some contemporary favorites…I love everything from Sarah Mclachlan-especially Wintersong.  I love The Pretenders’ Two thousand Miles, Tom Cochrane’s Christmas all the Time.

    MBA&M: What are a few of your family’s traditions?


    [VJ]Growing up in a North-American-Italian family, the holidays were always filled with an abundance of family, food, and drama.  Cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, would gather.  The crowd was loud and the toasts with homemade wine were plenty.

    This year, I’m hosting Christmas Eve dinner for approximately fifteen of our nearest and dearest.  I have hosted Christmas Eve before, but I haven’t done the full-blown deal.  This year, I’m going to cook up a big old, traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner.  All seven fish dishes.  I can do it…I hope!  The day after I told my husband my plan?  He bought a fire extinguisher. 

     

    MBA&M: If you could be anywhere this holiday season where would it be and why? 

    [VJ]Anywhere with snow and my family!!  I’m not one of those people who want to escape the cold for the hot, sunny beach.  It’s not Christmas without subzero temps, and a blanket of the white stuff.  I’m a true Canadian girl, I guess!

    Thank you for visiting with us and our readers, with Christmas just around the corner we wish you and your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS…..

    Thank you so much for having me, this has been fun!!  Merry Christmas to all of you as well!

     

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    The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby:
    Jackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.
    A baby on the doorsteps is the least of Hannah Woods problems–she has to find the baby’s uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy–and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around, and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…
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    About Victoria James:
    Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto, Canada. Victoria is a mother to two young children, and one very disorderly feline. Victoria attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and graduated with a degree in English Literature, where she met and then later married, her own hero. After Queen’s, Victoria earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized last February, 2012, when Entangled Publishing bought her manuscript. Victoria is living her dream-staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters.
    Links:
    Visit Victoria James: www.victoriajames.ca
    Twitter: @vicjames101
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     “Our Thoughts” on “The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby” by Victoria James.
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    Thank you for visiting everyone and have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
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    FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
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    #VISIT AND #GIVEAWAY WITH KATE HARDY,”BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE…

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    KATE HARDY,BABY,IT’S COLD OUTSIDE (ANTHOLOGY)

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    WITHOUT FUTHER ADO, WELCOME KATE…..

    kate hardy My favourite holiday memories, traditions and food :o)

     

    Because my closest family and best friends from university live quite a way from us, we don’t get to see them around Christmas itself – so we have a tradition of ‘early Christmas’, which means I get to have Christmas every weekend in December, complete with traditional Christmas dinner, crackers and party hats, and a little pressie from ‘Santa’ to unwrap. (These vary from sensible chocolate reindeer to the year I was a bit inspired, and my daughter gleefully told her classmates: ‘Santa gave me a box of poo!’ It also contained a sunflower seed and was a fundraiser for London Zoo!) 

     

    I normally do a very traditional English Christmas dinner – roast turkey with roast potatoes and parsnips, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower (the latter two are in place of Brussels sprouts, which are more traditional but everyone in my house hates them), plus cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon. 

     

    For pudding, we’re a bit less traditional – nobody in our house really likes Christmas pudding (it’s just too stodgy, and my husband loathes dried fruit), so we tend to have a fresh fruit salad with fresh pineapple, kiwi fruit, pomegranates and strawberries or raspberries. (I have one of those gadgets that lets you core the pineapple and take the fruit out while leaving the outside intact, which looks quite cool when you use it as a serving dish.)

     

    I think my favourite memories are from when the children were very small and the absolute look of wonder on their faces when they came downstairs to discover that Rudolph had eaten his carrot and Santa had eaten his choc-chip cookie and left a huge pile of presents. And the year one of their godmothers gave them some special food for Rudolph that sparkled at night so Santa could find our house :o) And definitely the year it snowed so we made snow angels. (Um, you might notice that particular bit in my novella…)

     

    I always love finding something they’ll NEVER guess for their Christmas stockings. I have a great one this year for my teenage son, who insists on growing a moustache – I’ve found a sandwich-cutter in the shape of a moustache!

     

    Thank you Kate, for sharing your favorite holiday memory! What lovely memories.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very MERRY CHRISTMAS from the team at My Book Addiction and More!

     

    Website: http://www.katehardy.com/

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    The blog tour for Baby, It’s Cold Outside starts this week! A brand-new holiday anthology with truffle-sized romances from four of the best authors in romantic fiction, this is one you don’t want to miss. Kate Hardy, Heidi Rice, Amy Andrews and Aimee Carson will be visiting blogs for interviews, guest posts, and some great giveaways! Who needs to buy gifts when  you can win a free e-book, plus gift cards and more? Keep them for yourself or pass on the joy – either way, don’t skip a single stop on the Baby, It’s Cold Outside blog tour!

     

    Here is the link where you can find all tour stops listed:
    http://www.entangledinromance.com/2012/12/02/baby-its-cold-outside-holiday-blog-tour/

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    When a freak blizzard hits America’s Eastern seaboard, four pairs of strangers spend a hot night together one cold Christmas season!

    ‘Tis the Season to Kiss Santa by Kate Hardy

    With the help of a sprig of mistletoe and some snow angels, a recently single pastry chef teaches a highly successful and sexy Scrooge the true meaning of the holidays on a snowy Christmas Eve that quickly heats up.

    ‘Tis the Season to Love Shopping by Heidi Rice

    When a Christmas Day blizzard strands an up-and-coming marketing manager and her boss’s very off-limits, very hot playboy son in his department store, the two toe the line between naughty and nice as they unwrap their holiday presents—and each other!

    ‘Tis the Season to be Kissed by Amy Andrews

    A down-on-her-romantic-luck kindergarten teacher plans to drown her New Year’s Eve sorrows in a gallon of spiked eggnog, but the arrival of her best friend’s sexy brother threatens to melt the snow piling up outside the tiny Vermont cabin.

    ‘Tis the Season to be Tempted by Aimee Carson

    After the worst year ever, a jilted music manager rings in the New Year alone, swearing off men forever. But things get complicated when her brother’s best friend, the perfect man with the perfect body, tempts her to break her vow—if only for one hot night!

    Title: Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Anthology)
    Author: Heidi Rice, Kate Hardy, Aimee Carson, Amy Andrews
    Genre: Category – Contemporary Romance
    Length: 260 pages
    ISBN: 978-1-62266-810-6
    Release Date: November 2012
    Imprint: Indulgence

    BUY LINKS:

    Purchase from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Its-Cold-Outside-ebook/dp/B00AA3P868

     

    Purchase from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/baby-its-cold-outside-kate-hardy/1113823988

     

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    Author Information

     

    aimee carsonAimee Carson:

    Website: http://aimeecarson.com/

     

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aimeecarsonmb

     

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aimeecarsonmb

     

    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4905490.Aimee_Carson

     

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    amyAmy Andrews:

    Website: http://www.amyandrews.com.au/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amy-Andrews/382936461720040?ref=tn_tnmn

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyAndrewsbookshttp://www.mybookaddictionandmore.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=9492&action=edit

    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1128457.Amy_Andrews

     

     

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    heidi riceHeidi Rice:

    Website: http://heidi-rice.com/

    Blog: http://heidi-rice.blogspot.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heidi.rice.524

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeidiRomRice

    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/786456.Heidi_Rice

     

     

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    GIVEAWAY ALERT!

    (Sponsored by the publisher)

    We are offering one ebook copy of “BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE” by Kate Hardy to one luckycommenter.Giveaway will run from today December 19 until December 26,2012.

    We wold love to hear some of your favorite “Holiday” memories!

    *Please leave a valid email address for contact purposes*

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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    Tour Giveaway:

    Kate Hardy is also offering a $10 Amazon gift card to one reader from all blog stops this week. All you have to do is follow the tour stops!

     

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    COMING SOON!

    “Our Thoughts” on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.

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    As always, thanks for spending time with us and our guest today!

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    HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

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    FOREVER’S HOLIDAY PRIZEPACK #GIVEAWAY.~HOPE RAMSEY,PAULA QUINN,KATIE LANE,AND JILL SHAVIS~~

    MBA&M AND FOREVER PROUDLY PRESENTS….

     

     

     

     

     

    Dear Friend,

     

    Oh the weather outside is frightful, but a book is so delightful…

     

    The holidays are upon us and we at Forever/Forever Yours are thrilled to have four wonderful stories of holiday romance, love, and laughter.

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    HUNK FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Katie Lane

    September 25, 2012; Forever/ Mass Market; $7.99; 978-1-455-52236-1

    Cassie McPherson works hard for her family’s construction business. With no date for the company Christmas party, she’s crazy enough to hire an escort. James charms everyone—including Cassie—and when the night ends, the party doesn’t stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he’s not an escort. He’s her family’s fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her…

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    LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS by Hope Ramsey

    September 25, 2012; Forever/Mass Market; $7.99; 978-0-446-57607-9

    Last Chance Chief of Police Stone Rhodes has concentrated on raising his three daughters since his wife’s death. So when photojournalist Lark Chaikin arrives in town, the last thing Stone is looking for is a relationship. But for the first time in her life, Lark wants to settle down in one place. Can Stone get past his grief and let go of his first love? Not until a certain Sorrowful Angel—and her eight-year-old helper—unleash a miracle or two.

     

    E-BOOKS ORIGINAL NOVELLA !

     


    A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS by Paula Quinn

    October 2, 2012, Forever Yours/ E-Book Original Novella; $.99; 978-1-4555-2375-7

    As the bard of the MacGregor clan, Finlay Grant is a natural-born charmer. He can easily win the heart of any lass . . . but somehow, the right words to express his love for stunning Leslie Harrison have eluded him. When Leslie’s betrothed makes a dastardly deal, putting her family and the MacGregor clan in danger, Finn will prove that he’s just as fierce in battle as he is sweet in song. Can these two lovers find a Christmas miracle that will grant them a happily-ever-after?

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    UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis

    December 3, 2012; Forever Yours/ E-Book Original Novella; $1.99;

    978-1-4555-2837-0

    New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis continues her Lucky Harbor series with a new novella.  Mia Hutchinson, Tara and Ford’s daughter from THE SWEETEST THING, has asked her college boyfriend, Nick, to travel to Lucky Harbor for her aunt Maddie’s Christmas Eve wedding. When Nick refuses her invitation, Mia returns alone and faces her high school sweetheart Carlos Rodriguez for the first time since refusing his marriage proposal—only to find that he is happily dating someone else.  With love and holiday spirit everywhere, Mia wonders who will kiss her this Christmas under the mistletoe.

     

     

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    GIVEAWAY ALERT!

    (Sponsored by the publisher)

    Thanks to Jessica at Grand Central Publishing/Forever we are offering 4,yes 4 lucky commenters a chance to win 2 print copies of “HUNK FOR THE HOLIDAYS” by Katie Lane and “LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS” by Hope Ramsey AND Sorry, e-books only thru NET GALLEY, “A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS” by Paula Quinn and “”UNDER THE MISTLETOE” by Jill Shavis. Print copies US residents only. No P.O. Boxes,please. Giveaway will run from today,December 9 until December 16,2012.

    *Please tell us a favorite holiday memory*

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! ENJOY!

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    Please check out “OUR THOUGHTS” on some of these titles!

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    We hope you have enjoyed our “Spotlight” on these titles and will check them out, Also, if you have time please spread the word on Facebook,Twitter,Linked and anywhere else you can. The authors would love for you to “like” and “tag” these titles.

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

     

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    BOOK SPOTLIGHT: DOROTHY LOVE’S “EVERY PERFECT GIFT”…

    MBA&M AND THOMAS NELSON PROUDLY PRESENTS….

    “EVERY PERFECT GIFT” BY DOROTHY LOVE…

    Every Perfect Gift, Dorothy LoveEthan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.

    Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl.

    Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.

    When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.

    “Pure Southern delight! Dorothy Love weaves a stirring romance . . . that uplifts and inspires the heart.” —Tamera Alexander, best-selling author of The Inheritance and A Lasting Impression.

    Length 320 Pages
    Series A Hickory Ridge Romance
    Publication Date December 4, 2012
    Company
    ISBN-10 1595549021
    ISBN-13 9781595549020

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    ON TOUR: PATRICIA HANRION’S “THE JINGLE BELL BUM”…..

    MBA&M AND CEDAR FORT PUBLISHING PRESENTS….

    ON TOUR:

    THE JINGLE BELL BUM AND PATRICIA HANRION…

     A moving and unforgettable read, this inspiring true story teaches all of us that following the words of the Savior is far more important than having the perfect Christmas.

     

    Here is a brief description of the book:

    Joseph was a shabby imitation of Santa Claus, with his Salvation Army kettle in front of a Kmart, but what no one could have guessed was that Joseph was a miracle waiting to happen. This inspiring Christmas story tells the true tale of a group of teenage carolers who changed the life of a down-and-out bum. A moving and unforgettable read!

     

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    Meet the Author:

    Patricia Hanrion was born in New Jersey, but became a California girl at the age of three. A graduate with honors from NYU in Nursing and Public Health, she attended UCLA while acquiring a degree in teaching. Patricia has been married to N. Patrick Hanrion for over 40 years. They have five children, (the oldest named Patrick) and 12 grandchildren, (none named Patrick). Patricia is a professor of pharmacology, and maternal-child health at UCLA Olive View-College of the Canyons and recently retired from the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District Governing Board of Education.  To learn more about Jingle Bell Bum and author Patricia Hanrion, visit: http://www.patriciahanrion.com/patricia_ann_hanrion/.

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    Thanks for stopping by today. We hope you have enjoyed our presentation of Patricia Hanrion’s  “The Jingle Bell Bum”!!

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    The Dangerous Women Writers Authors want to play “Secret Santa”

    The DWW Authors want to play Secret Santa this year ~ we’d love to help out a family with children and make their Christmas as special as this year has been for us!
    If you’d like to nominate a family, just send us an email at
    [email protected]
    telling us why and how you think we can help this family out.
    We’ll pick 5 families from the entries, and randomly draw our
    Secret Santa recipient from those!
    Entries must be received by the 14th so our recipient can be chosen in time for the holiday

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