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RJ Blue Ribbon Favorites 12/31/09

December 31, 2009 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 4 Comments →

We asked our reviewers again to tell us some of their favorite reads

RJ Blue Ribbon Favorites


Angel Land by Victor J. Banis

ANGEL LAND is an intricate and fascinating tale. I have been changed by this story and its going to stay with me for a long time. I think everyone should read ANGEL LAND by Victor J. Banis.” – Christina RJ , 5 Ribbons -  Read rest of review

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Brown Paper Packages by Christine Mckay 

“Dare I say it? Yes I think I will!  I absolutely love this story.  Why?  Because I’ve been married to a ‘minute man’ (as I refer to him) for sixteen long ‘what’s the big O anyway?’ years and having the whole problem between men and women spelled out in a short story is hysterically funny and endearing.- Chrissy RJ, 5 Ribbons -  Read rest of review

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Cowboy Christmas by Mary Connealy

“COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a book that grabs you from the first paragraph and never lets go. I was moved to tears by the end, and the journey of seeing Annette and Elijah make their way to one another is touching and sweet. Wonderful characters fill this book as well as some of the most evil villains you would ever want to be missed.”Cinlee RJ, 5 Ribbons -  Read rest of review

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Hell’s Eight- Tucker’s Claim by Sarah McCarty

“An added delight with Sarah’s books are that you get to revisit with favorite characters from previous stories in the series and they play just as important of roles in every book” Cinlee, 5 Ribbons RJ -  Read rest of review 

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Destiny’s Captive by Kate lyon

“DESTINY’S CAPTIVE literally took my breath away as it allowed me to revisit days gone by.  Both Jeremiah and Angelina are strong characters whose troubled past made them deserving to find one another.” Suzie Housley,  5 Ribbons RJ -  Read rest of review  

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Vampire Academy Book 4 Blood Promise, by Richelle Mead

“Lissa is trying to hone her magic but I think she is just beginning to understand what she is capable of.  Unfortunately, she has some major bumps along the way but I feel like it will help her mature and reach her potential. ” Ann, 4 Ribbons RJ, Read rest of review 

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The Queen’s Bastard by C.E. Murphy

“C.E. Murphy has created a masterful tale in the QUEEN’S BASTARD, combining political intrigue, suspense, power and sexuality into a fast-paced delectable mélange that will satisfy historical fiction and fantasy fans alike.”Katherine Petersen RJ, 5 Ribbons, Read rest of review 

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Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

“DREAMFEVER is an adrenaline rush from cover to cover.  MacKayla’s character matures and grows and we get a deeper glimpse into Barron’s past.” Wendy RJ, 5 Ribbons, Read rest of review

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Silent Night, Haunted Night by Terri Garey

“Humor, romance, mystery and a cast of ghosts that will have you turning the pages late into the night.  Nicki is a phenomenal character who makes some hard choices and does some growing up in this latest installment.  Ghoulishly Fantastic!” Wendy RJ, 4 Ribbons, Read rest of review

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Scorched: The Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood

“SCORCHED, THE DARK FORGOTTEN is a dark labyrinth of mystery, romance, deceit and paranormal entities with a shining bright light at the end of the corridor.” Wendy RJ, 4 Ribbons,Read rest of review

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Surrender the Devil by Lorraine Heath

“The story is filled with intrigue, fascinating characters, attention-grabbing events that were a bit of a surprise, and a passion filled romance that readers will appreciate immensely.” Pamela Denise RJ, 4.5 Ribbons, Read rest of review

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Can’t Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards

“CAN’T STAND THE HEAT is a deliciously sexy read that immerses you into the food industry and fine dining.  Louisa Edwards entertainingly details the various kitchen staff, their tasks, and the inner workings of a five star restaurant.”Pamela Denise RJ, 4.5 Ribbons,Read rest of review

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He’s No Prince Charming by LuAnn McLane

“combination of conflict, comedy, and real life struggles of a budding relationship make for one delightful read. The modern day pop princess and her gallant-though-grumpy prince are well developed characters that I loved learning about.”Pamela Denise RJ, 4.5 Ribbons,Read rest of review

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In the Master’s Bed, by Blythe Gifford

“IN THE MASTER’S BED is so cunningly bewitching that readers will unknowingly lose a whole night reading.  While rewarding reads are perpetually sought, a more satisfying read cannot be found. ” Chris RJ, 4.5 Ribbons, Read rest of review

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The Undoing of a Lady, by Nicola Cornick

“Nicola Cornick’s THE UNDOING OF A LADY is the spectacular culmination to the Brides of Fortune series.  A book worthy of the highest acclaim, a Regency series of the highest caliber, if you haven’t bought it yet – get thee to a bookstore!” Chris RJ, 5 Ribbons, Read rest of review

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Moonshadows, by Melinda Hammond

“Melinda Hammond’s MOONSHADOWS is a lingering dual-time love story, suffused with such a perfect blend of history, paranormal, and romance that lovers of all genres will be intensely satiated.” Chris RJ, 5 Ribbons,Read rest of review 

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Possess Me at Midnight by Shayla Black

“POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT has it all — powerful magic, blazing passion to warm even the coldest heart, loyalty, and breathtaking honest to goodness love in a paranormal world that left me breathless.” Natalie RJ, 5 Ribbons, Read rest of review

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 Winter Kiss by Deborah Cooke

“A beautiful and emotionally gripping fourth novel, WINTER KISS is compelling and will keep readers riveted in their seats and breathing a happy sigh at the love shared between Delaney and Ginger.Natalie RJ, 5 Ribbons, Read rest of review

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Longfellow Seduced by Violet Summers

For a wonderful read, LONGFELLOW SEDUCED is the book for you.  Magnus will make you chuckle more than once and then sigh in undignified longing – I speak from experience, let me tell you!” Natalie R, 4.5 Ribbons,Read rest of review

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A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll

“I recommend A DARK LOVE by Margaret Carroll for anyone that loves a good psychological thriller. The romance blossoms through the story and adds an extra flair” Destiny Booze RJ, 5 Ribbons,  Read rest of review ***

Hunting Season-Shelly Laurenston

With a hilarious cast of supporting characters provided by the other Ravens and Crows, a very interesting plot, and a scorching romance that nearly set my computer on fire, HUNTING SEASON is an excellent read” Noelle RJ, 5 Ribbons, Read rest of review 

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Mane Squeeze-Shelly Laurenston

“With a lively cast of supporting characters, including several returning from Ms. Laurenston’s previous works in the Pride Series, THE MANE SQUEEZE had me giggling several times at the antics and dialogue.” Noelle RJ, 5 Ribbons,Read rest of review

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 Friday Night Bites: A Chicagoland Vampires Novel by Chloe Neill

“All of the characters are extremely witty and I love every one of them. A lot of heroines tend to be full of themselves or too silly to be likeable, but not Merit. She is intelligent, strong, and very rarely lets her guard down. She is all about staying focused. I loved every last minute of FRIDAY NIGHT BITES and I cannot wait to see what is next on Merit’s agenda.” Pamela Lynne RJ, 5 Ribbons, Read rest of review 

 

Writing about dark heroes…

December 30, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 11 Comments →

Reese's Bride, by Kat MartinI love dark heroes. 

After I finished writing ROYAL’S BRIDE, the book I call my
Cinderella story, I was ready for a change.  Reese, the
moody, brooding, dark-haired, blue-eyed brother in
REESE’S BRIDE,
is far different from his fair-haired Prince
Charming brother, Royal, the Duke of Bransford.
Reese
is angry and bad-tempered, a war veteran injured while
fighting with the British cavalry.  A victim of the war
and trapped by the promise he made his dying father, Reese
is forced to give up the life he loved and begin what he
considers the boring life of a country gentleman. Worse
yet, Reese’s ex-fiancée, Elizabeth Aldridge, the woman
who betrayed him for another man, is now a widow and living
on the estate next door.

I’ve written dark heroes before.  Captain Ethan Sharp in DEVIL’S NECKLACE.  The Earl of Greville in HEARTLESS.  Damien Falon in DEVIL’S PRIZE.  I love to watch the heroine redeem these lost souls.  Perhaps every romantic has a little of that need to nurture and reform.  These sullen, temperamental men are a challenge a woman can’t resist. Whatever the case, I have written a goodly number over the years, some of which are among my all time favorites, including the ones I mentioned above. But Reese is also a favorite, so dark and sexy, his anger against Elizabeth disguising the love he still feels for her.  Clearly, Reese believes, there is no way to repair the hurt that each has suffered at the other’s hands.  And there is Elizabeth’s sweet little boy that Reese wants to ignore, but simply cannot.

It’s an emotional story, the kind I love to write. I’m hoping readers will enjoy REESE’S BRIDE as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Warmest wishes to all.  Kat 

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The end of the old

December 28, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 5 Comments →

In a few days this year will be over and a new one will begin. With this time just before the year changes I always think of what the past year has brought. A sort of remembrance of the year gone by. There are so many ups and downs in a year. Things you plan for and the unexpected that happens and you deal with. It is interesting when I sit and think of it all.

This year was many twists and turns that made me realize a few things about myself. Realize a few things about others around me. It was a learning year. Well most every year is a learning year of some sort. Some more than others. I enjoy the lessons and grow from them.

With this new year coming I can’t wait to see what new I will learn.

McKenna Jeffries
http://www.mckennajeffries.com
…. sensual, edgy, unexpected

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Conquering Jazz – What’s a woman to do when she unwittingly makes a tantalizing proposition to her best friend?

Be brazen, bold and set some ground rules. Her offer. One night of carnal bliss. No emotion allowed.

His counter offer. A continued affair to fulfill all their sexual cravings.

His hidden agenda. Conquer to make sure their affair never ends.

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Miracles by Opal Carew

December 26, 2009 By: Romance Junkies Category: Latest News 34 Comments →

Author Opal Carew http://opalcarew.com


angelsI believe in miracles. Every day is a miracle. The sun rising, the laughter of children, a perfect crystal snowflake. The breath of your baby on your cheek as you hold him close. All miracles. Is it these things that are miracles or out perceptions of them? There is beauty and magic all around us, if we choose to see it. In any circumstances we find ourselves, looking for that bright spot of hope and love will lighten our heart. I choose to find beauty and allow darkness to drift away. It’s not always easy, but believing in something greater… something uplifting to my spirit… is a good way to live my life.
blue angel
I have always been a dreamer and I have always loved Christmas. I also love to collect Christmas angels. They are so beautiful! I have about 6 lovely grand angels, but my most prized one is a small white angel that my mum had on her tree for the last twenty years of her life. It overlooked every Christmas my sons spent with mum and dad, and later when it was just mum. Now Mum is gone, but we put her angel high on a shelf to overlook our Christmas moments… to keep her memory alive in our hearts. A few years ago, when I was packing up my angels after the holidays, as I closed the box, encasing my angelic friends in darkness, I thought about how they would be in there, in total darkness for a year, then they would come out for a few precious weeks, then back into the box. (Yes, I tend to anthropomorphize a little too much. I have trouble gift wrapping a stuffed animal!) This triggered the idea for CHRISTMAS ANGEL. What if a woman had been cursed to be a Christmas treetop angel… only to see the light of day for a week or so each year. To feel emotions, but not to feel the touch of another human. To never be touched by love.The story opens when that sad, lonely woman is given a chance to recover her life. But at a terrible price.


CHRISTMAS ANGEL is a novella written by Opal Carew. It was originally published under the name Elizabeth Batten-Carew and has just be re-released by Sinful Moments Press.

Christmas Angel
 

 

 

 

Unconventional Heroes

December 18, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 18 Comments →

When it comes to romance heroes, certain professions seem to dominate. Warriors, either the historical sort or the modern-day versions (detective, undercover agent, Navy SEALs) are always popular. You can’t lose with a firefighter or a cowboy. There’s a scattering of athletes – thank you, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Lori Foster. And the stray journalist or renegade archeologist. I’m sure I’m leaving out plenty of wonderful heroes (and I’m not even approaching the paranormal world (is werewolf a profession?)

My point is, when I decided to make my most recent hero a fisherman, I had to wonder if I was nuts. Fishermen don’t risk their lives to stop the bad guys. They don’t plunge daringly into jeopardy (although fishing is actually one of the most dangerous professions.)  Oilskins, unlike uniforms, don’t make girls faint (unless it’s from the smell.) So what’s heroic about them?

I’ve always had a “thing” for fishermen. They have to be physically tough to handle rough seas and unpredictable weather. They’re independent and self-sufficient, quick-witted and resourceful. When a captain takes his boat out for a fishing trip that could last weeks, he has to know how to fix everything on that boat. If the electronics break down, he has to know how to survive without them. Fishermen know how to cook for themselves, entertain themselves, and get along with other people in close quarters. Most fishermen I know are fantastic cooks. If you’ve never had fresh tuna wrapped in foil with herbs and cooked on an engine manifold … well, it’s bliss. Many play music or do some kind of craft that helps pass the long hours waiting for fish. I know a lobsterman who could have been a professional flutist. And another who knits the most gorgeous sweaters you ever saw.

Wait, a hero who knits? Bear with me here. Fishermen think for themselves, live by their own lights, make their own way in the world. They tell it like it is, roll with the punches, live with the constant risk of injury or death. Many have traveled the world. They’re great storytellers (another skill honed by hours at sea.) Working so close to nature at her most dangerous gives them a raw, bone-deep appreciation for life.Besides, they’re hot. undefined

Okay, maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s kinda sexy.So here’s to unconventional heroes. If you’d like to meet Dustin MacDougal, my unconventional fisherman hero, he can be found in “Doll,” available now from Samhain Publishing.

What’s your favorite kind of unconventional hero? Are there any unusual professions you’d like to see in a romance novel?

Juniper Bell writes red-hot contemporary erotic romance for Samhain Publishing and Liquid Silver Books. Visit her at http://JuniperBell.com or http://AuthorJuniperBell.blogspot.com.

Sherryl Woods has her own reality

December 17, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Latest News 13 Comments →

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I’ve come to writing fiction from a curious place. In college and for many years after, I worked in journalism where reality was everything and accuracy was paramount — contrary to what many people think of the media these days.

The first time, way back in 1980, when I sat down at a typewriter — yes, folks, a typewriter – to try my hand at writing a romance, I spent a very long time staring at the blank page wondering where my notes were. Where, for instance, were the facts of the story? Where were the quotes? When I mentioned this to a friend, they laughed. “You get to make them up!”

I can’t tell you how long it took me to get used to that concept, that I could create an entire fictional world in which people said and did exactly what I told them to. Men, especially. What a joy there was in that!

Over the years and more than 100 books later, I’ve created a lot of fictional communities, but the truth is that even now, they’re based solidly in some aspect of my reality. The setting for Amazing Gracie, a reissue of one of my favorite books, due in stores December 29 is a perfect example. Though the town itself is pure fiction, it is most definitely surrounded and influenced by real places.

The Victorian house which Gracie desperately wants for a bed and breakfast is, in fact, loosely modeled on Riverhurst, a lovely old Victorian on the river in my childhood summer home, Colonial Beach, Virginia, where I still spend half of my year. Riverboat, which Kevin’s aunt delights in visiting to bet on horse races, actually exists in Colonial Beach, though the building has changed since the story was written thanks to the devastating effects of Hurricane Isabel a few years back.

I love this blending of reality and fiction. I think it adds to the atmosphere of a book. Locals, who can readily identify certain landmarks, seem to take a certain pride in recognizing things from their neighborhood. Folks unfamiliar with the area seem inspired to visit.

In one of my series, also set in a small riverside town in Virginia, the local cafe is called Earlene’s. In reality, in Colonial Beach, we have Lenny’s. Yet whenever my goddaughter comes from Ohio to visit with her family, she insists we have breakfast at Earlene’s.

Of course, there’s a danger in blending reality and fiction. When mentioning real places, I do it only in the most positive light. You can be guaranteed if I’m being critical of a place, it doesn’t exist in reality. The same is true of people. I don’t use real ones, though I may have my thoughts about who inspired certain characters. I will never in a million years own up to it.

So, I encourage you, if you read Amazing Gracie and fall in love with the town, come to Colonial Beach next summer and I promise you’ll spot many of the sights from the book. I can’t, however, promise you’ll meet anyone half as sexy, though, as Kevin. If he were around, I would have snapped him up long ago.

http://www.sherrylwoods.com/

Vanessa Kelly delves into the Regency Underworld

December 16, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 24 Comments →

Not surprisingly, since I write Regency-set historical romances, I’m a sucker for anything Regency—the  beautiful clothes, the sparkling conversation, the fascinating foibles of the leaders of the ton, the gripping politics of the Napoleonic wars.  Most especially I love the Regency rake.  That dashing dude who whirls the heroine around the ballroom, and seduces her in the dark, velvet confines of his luxurious carriage.

 But this period of history, as we know, wasn’t all ballrooms and glitter.  There was a dark side, one that was violent and dangerous, providing a fascinating contrast to the glamorous life of the aristocracy.  It’s in the intersection of these two worlds that we often find some of the most intriguing and exciting stories in historical romance.

My next book, Sex And The Single Earl, delves into that dark and dangerous underbelly.  But not in London, where so many stories are set, but in that most genteel of spa towns, Bath.Yep.  You heard me—Bath.  One of the most beautiful towns in England.  Nestled along the Avon River, the houses climb in glorious terraces of honey-colored stone up the surrounding hillsides.  Fanny Burney lived here, as did Jane Austen.  When we think of Bath, we think of Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth.  We think of the Royal Crescent and the Circus.  We imagine strolling in the Orange Grove or sipping the waters in the Pump Room.  Bath is the epitome of gentility, designed by its architects as a Utopian spa where the wealthy would gather to rest, relax, and amuse themselves with dancing, card-playing, and drinking lots of tea.

We don’t associate Bath with poverty, crime and disease.  Yet there were neighborhoods during the Georgian and Regency periods—and beyond—that were almost as bad as the infamous rookeries of London’s East End.  The worst of the slums was situated in Lower Town, along the Avon River, home to the city’s wharves and to the constant mercantile traffic that flowed into Bath.

The center of this blight was Avon Street.  For decades, it was a sanctuary for thieves and gamblers, and notorious for every type of criminal or unsavoury behaviour.  In the latter half of the 18th century the area held an astounding number of alehouses:  one house in nine or ten had a license to serve alcohol.  On Avon Street, the number was one in eight.  This part of Lower Town, a site of continual drinking by all accounts, was also the haunt of “the nymphs of Avon Street,” as the local prostitutes were sometimes referred to.

In Sex And The Single Earl, my heroine—a gently-bred young lady—is determined to save an innocent young girl from a life of enforced prostitution.  Her one-woman crusade takes her, and the hero, into the depths of Bath’s seamy underworld.  Now, I made sure to include plenty of the fun stuff, and the glitter and glam that we love so much about the period.  But the contrast with that lesser known side of Bath allowed me to create a really exciting story, one with drama, danger, and a hero and heroine brought to the very brink before they realize how much they love each other.

So my question for you, dear readers, what’s your favorite kind of Regency story?  Do you prefer the genteel world of Jane Austen?  The dark and dangerous underworld?  Or maybe a little of both?

Vanessa Kelly

Regency Romance That Sizzles

http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com

 

 

 

Samhain Publishing

December 15, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger 30 Comments →

Good morning! I’m Anne Scott and I’m an editor at Samhain Publishing. We’ve been around since 2005, and I’ve been here since 2006. I love my job and I’m excited to be entering my fourth year of working for Samhain.

Samhain is an epublisher. Our books come out in digital first. If the book is long enough (somewhere over 50K usually), it is also released in trade paperback ten months later. We publish books with word counts from from 12K to 120K.

While we’re known to some extent as a publisher of erotic romance, we actually publish a complete range of heat levels, from sweet, close-the-door romances to sexy to red-hot. As well as romance and erotica, we publish fantasy and science fiction, as long as they have romantic elements.

One of the great things about epublishing is the versatility it offers. We don’t have a certain number of slots we have to fill with, say, contemporary romance or historical romance—though we definitely love to publish those. We can choose to publish the best stories that come to us, and it doesn’t matter the size (within our 12-120K range) or subgenre. This versatility allows us to publish cross-genre and niche books that might not easily fit at a mainstream publisher, or books that might be difficult to market. That historical set in Africa or that gay futuristic romance set in another galaxy can find a home at Samhain. I love having the freedom to simply buy books that are good :)

I’ve been busy editing this year and have had a number of different types of books come out in the last third of 2009.

In the cross-genre and niche category, Blood and Roses by Aislinn Kerry is a historical, paranormal gay romance set in Holland. Not easy to pin down in terms of genre, but very evocative and romantic. With vampires.

For science fiction, Happy Snak by Nicole Kimberling is a novel that will be released December 22 in ebook format. There is more than one romance within the book, but the major focus is on the hermaphrodite aliens and the narrator’s developing relationship with them. Excellent sense of humor, wonderful world-building.

But I buy more well-known subgenres too, such as romantic suspense. Beneath the Surface by MJ Fredrick is action-adventure, wherein archeologists on the brink of divorce rebuild their fractured relationship and save each other’s lives while diving off the Yucatan Peninsula.

I wouldn’t want you to think I don’t love to read and buy red-hot romances too. One wonderful example of a straightforward, sexy contemporary is Sami Lee’s Sunset Knight, in which the inexperienced heroine sets out to seduce the playboy hero. It’s a very emotional read.

I’d love to give away a couple of Samhain books. I’ll choose two people who comment below to win their pick of one of the books I’ve described today.

I’d like to take this moment to wish everyone the best in December, and enjoy your coming holidays.

Presents, Secret Santa, and One Determined Woman

December 14, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Contests, Guest Blogger, Latest News 1 Comment →

That about sums it up…my new book, All I Want for Christmas. Presents…Secret Santa…and One Determined Woman.

Everyone loves to get a present, but what would you do if you had no idea who the gift was from and the only clue you had was a printed note with a thoughtful saying and signed Secret Santa?

I love Christmas and even if I didn’t, I have a five year old who wouldn’t allow me to Bah-Humbug it up. We’re fairly traditional and have a lot of fun during the season. I took that idea of families and traditions when I came to write this book. I asked myself that ‘What If?’ question. What if a person with a lot of family issues (who happens to hate Christmas) suddenly begins to receive gifts from a mysterious Secret Santa?

Voila! A story is born.

All I Want for Christmas is a fun, Christmas story with a message too. Discover The True Spirit of Christmas. And that spirit is different for different people. It’s not just about the season but about the whole year round. Sounds sappy I know. My heroine has to overcome some things from her past in order to become a well-adjusted person (if that’s possible) and find joy in life again.

What about the Romance?

Let’s not forget the lovin’! I love the best friend romance. You don’t have to build up the time that the characters need to get to know one another before they realize this is love. The foundation is already there. They just need the veil removed so they can see this friend in a new light and then PRESTO it hits them like a pile of bricks. I Love Him/Her!

In All I Want for Christmas, we have a writing partner team from a small magazine. Kathryn hates Christmas and Nick loves it. I suppose you could say they are opposites. What I tell readers about these characters is to think Clark Kent and Lois Lane (from the ‘90’s TV show). He’s the easy-going, mild-mannered type with the ability to tease should he need to. And she’s ambitious, head-strong and passionate. They just work and they always have. Within this friendship, the heroine feels an amount of safety unlike she has ever felt even as a child at home.

Best Friends or True Love? Only Santa Knows.

Kathryn Graham hates Christmas. She hates the snow, the decorations, the whole nine yards. Nick Pringle on the other hand can’t get enough of the season. He may be her best friend and fellow writer at Redburn Weekly Magazine, but sometimes his exuberance gets on her very last nerve. Now they’ve been assigned to cover the orphan toy drive story. It’s just a puff piece not the serious journalism Kathryn hopes for, but maybe—as Nick says—there are no old stories just new angles.

Nick Pringle has been in love with Kathryn practically since the day they met. When he realizes that she’s lost her Christmas spirit, he figures he’s just the guy to help her find it again. He enacts a plan to send her anonymous gifts from Secret Santa, but will any of this really make a difference in her? Will she ever see him as anything more than her smart-aleck partner even after their passionate kisses? Then again maybe he’ll get what he wants for Christmas after all.

Excerpt:

Halfway through the film, Nick’s fingers brushed over Kathryn’s wrist and a surge whipped through her like an electrical charge. His hand ended up on her knee, and he leaned over close to her ear. “You have any more of those Milkduds?”

“Huh?” Oh, candy. He just wanted more snacks. Well, of course, what other reason would he have for touching her like that?

“Here,” she whispered and held out the container to him.

His face remained close to hers, his warm hand still molded to the shape of her knee. She accidentally moved in too close and her forehead bumped his cheek. Looking up at him, Kathryn saw he wasn’t smiling. His eyes had grown serious and all thoughts of candy dissipated. His attention dropped to her mouth and suddenly Kathryn couldn’t swallow. Could he possibly be considering kissing her? Just then, he turned his attention back to the movie and lifted his hand from her knee.

An unexplainable inclination took over as Kathryn pushed his hand back to her knee. His face whipped back to her. Questions filled his features. His chest moved up and then down. He smoothed his hand over her pants from her knee to her thigh and back again. Her skin pebbled under the material at his touch. This was soon followed by heat tingling from her stomach to the tips of her toes.

She leaned in towards him and he met her halfway. And just like that their lips met. Giddiness spun through Kathryn’s head with sparks tingling her skin. The kiss was light and sweet yet searing all at once. Lucidity began to return to her the next moment. What was she doing? Oh, right, she was kissing Nick Pringle. She was kissing a co-worker. Worse yet, she was making out with her best friend. What was she thinking? She had to stop and yet it was the last thing she wanted to do.

The whole idea was ludicrous. An outrageous act and yet somehow her body’s sole response was that it wanted more. Whoa! Had it been that long since she’d had a date? Time to reign in those annoying hormones which threatened to take over her sanity.

She broke off the kiss and rested her hand against his chest. She could feel his heart speeding at the rate of a train. A train wreck is more like it. Ay-yi-yi! How was she going to get herself out of this one?

Available Now at Champagne Books

Merry Christmas!!

Enter my December contest going on now at my blog.

Cindy K. Green is a multi-published author with degrees in History and Education. Previously a middle school English & History teacher, she now homeschools her own children and writes in several genres: Inspirational, Contemporary, Suspense, Fantasy and Historical romance. No matter what she writes, she always throws in a bit of humor and fun. Find out more about Cindy and her books at www.cindykgreen.com and http://cindykgreen.blogspot.com/. To join her newsletter email her at newsletters@cindykgreen.com, and she will send you out all four parts of her FREE READ serial, “Valentine’s Challenge.”

Holiday Mania

December 13, 2009 By: Guestauthor Category: Guest Blogger, Latest News 2 Comments →

Time is flying by for the holidays. When I walk around I see so many people with packages for the holidays. Or hear people talking about their plans and so on. The holidays are always a frenzy to get ready. Finding that perfect gift, planning what you will be preparing, baking to be done, and mailings to be made to family who are in other states. And the list goes on and on. With all that to do is amazing it all get done. Yet it does with all that holiday mania. On that bright morning everyone gathers and the looks, camaraderie is all worth the craziness it took.

I’ve started with my holiday stuff to do. I am taking a more laid back approach this year. Started my gift buying early and got most of it done. Also I’m working down a list of things I need to do and spreading out what I have to do. Already have my baking plan down and my ingredients ready. Set aside time for it. While doing all my holiday preparations I am playing holiday music to get me moving. Nothing like a rousing song to get you moving a grooving. Ahh the holiday is upon us it is in the air, the way people smile at you and wish you good day, and the way people who you haven’t spoken to in a while call out of the blue just to say hello and happy holidays. Love the feel of the holidays.

Don’t let the holiday mania overcome you. Stop and enjoy the holiday moments. I want to wish everyone a wonderful, safe, fun, family and friend filled holiday season.

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