Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 14, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – Bluebell’s Christmas Magic

On the fourteenth day of Christmas…

Bluebell’s Christmas Magic by Marie Laval

A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …

Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to. She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?


About the Author…

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit.

She belongs to Authors on the Edge and writes short stories for the best selling Miss Moonshine’s anthologies. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 13, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – The Thirteenth Day of Christmas

On the thirteenth day of Christmas…

The Thirteenth Day of Christmas: and Other Tales of Yuletide Horror by David Voyles

Remember that line from “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? “There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago.” Telling ghost stories during the Yuletide season was a popular tradition during Victorian times, and David Allen Voyles revives the tradition with his collection of twelve original, frightening ghost tales and one novella, all set in the Christmas season. You’ll find a wide array of supernatural entities within The Thirteenth Day of Christmas and Other Tales of Yuletide Horror, from traditional ghosts to modern twists on familiar Christmas characters like Santa and Krampus. You’ll travel to a modern hotel in the Arctic Circle that’s made entirely of ice, as well as to a nineteenth century village in Bulgaria whose citizens have a unique yearly ritual with an enigmatic toymaker. There are ghostly mysteries to be solved, wicked children to be punished, haunted graveyards, possessed dolls, and even a humorous account of Santa’s visit to a haunted house on Christmas Eve. So turn down the lights, grab a cup of eggnog, and light the Yule log as you prepare to read these Christmas ghost stories. Just remember as you read them, you can cry and you can pout, but one thing is for sure–you better watch out!


About the Author…

Some of the tales in David Allen Voyles’ first collection of original horror stories The Thirteenth Day of Christmas and Other Tales of Yuletide Horror were those he told while conducting tours for his ghost tour company Dark Ride Tours in Asheville, NC. Playing the role of gravedigger/storyteller Virgil Nightshade, Voyles entertained guests as they were transported to various spooky sites in a 1972 Cadillac hearse converted for that purpose.

Having taught literature for thirty years, Voyles is no stranger to weird tales and horror fiction in general. His love for authors such as Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Shirley Jackson as well as a lifetime obsession with Halloween insured that it was just a matter of time before he tried his hand at publishing his own tales of terror.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 12, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – A Plumb Dickens of a Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

A Plumb Dickens of a Christmas by Juliette Douglas

When Christmas arrives in quiet White River, everyone shows up. But not all are there to celebrate.

As usual, Lacy and Rawley Lovett are at the center of activity. So are a pair of soiled doves who once masqueraded as nuns, Lacy’s old partner Tate Morgan, Cody Brown, grumpy Doc Smith, kindly barkeep Mike Stewart and storeowner Ezra Shemwell. Mix in a couple of well-meaning elves, Hanah Lovett and Ben Hudson, and nothing could go wrong, right?

When a long-lost love and a vengeful husband crash the scene, powder, perfume and mayhem try to ruin a “Plumb Dickens of a Christmas.”

Can Lacy and her family preserve the peace? Or will the holidays go up in smoke?

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About the Author…

Juliette Douglas is Kentucky’s Wild West Tale-Spinner, penning novels with spirit, suspense, heart and romance. Her fast-paced hard hitting stories about strong, bold and brassy women in the old west are a winning combination for her readers. Men, women and teens alike enjoy traveling back in time eating dust, shivering in the cold, sitting around a campfire sipping coffee telling tales or riding the trail with her characters. She paints a vivid palette of landscape, hard times, true friends, quirky characters and happy endings.

A Laramie Award winning author, Juliette lives on an old farm she has named Froggy Flats Farm…cause it’s flatter then a pancake and has tons of frogs in the pond!

She’s a rescue Mom with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 possums, who were featured in her first children’s book ‘We Are Awesome Possums’. More Awesome Critters Series of children’s books will follow.


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 11, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – The Nightmare Ex-Boyfriend Before Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

The Nightmare Ex-Boyfriend Before Christmas by Devon Hartford

Channing Peyton.
College football legend.
Business tycoon.
National heartthrob.
And my ex-boyfriend.

Channing screwed me over in college.
Every way you can imagine, the good ways and the bad.
We had two passionate and unforgettable years together, until he blindsided me for no reason, and with no explanation, kicking me to the curb like yesterday’s trash.
He ruined all other men for me, and almost ruined me.
But I’m stronger than that.
I don’t need him.
My biggest regret was not kicking him to the curb first.

To this day, I still wonder: was there a reason he dumped me?
Or did he never love me?
I’ll never know.
But you know what?
I don’t care.
I’m done with that man.

Now it’s ten years later and I’m back home for the holidays in King City, the town where I grew up and we both went to college. It’s also the epicenter of our past scandal that nearly killed me and my parents when it broke.
Trust me, it made the local TV news every night for two weeks. One night, it went national.
Guess who never left King City?
The curb turd.
As relentless as he was on the field, I would’ve thought he’d go on to play in the NFL. He never did. Knee injury. Oh, the cliche.
Small pond, meet big fish.
Only this fish has grown bigger than anyone ever expected, built up his own business empire. Turns out he’s better at business than he ever was at football, and that’s saying something. Despite his knee injury, he managed to keep his college football body, abs and all. Wherever he goes, it’s raining money and marriage proposals.
When he finds out I’m home for the holidays, he just has to come knocking at my parents’ house bearing meaningless gifts.
News flash, unless he’s hoping for an immaculate conception, he has another thing coming, and it definitely won’t be me.

* * * The Nightmare Ex-Boyfriend Before Christmas is a second-chance romance with an enemies-to-lovers twist. It’s gift-wrapped for you in a steamy stand-alone holiday package, and tied up with a heart-warming bow of an HEA.
Pour yourself some hot cider and start reading.

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About the Author…

Devon Hartford spent most of his life in Southern California. Devon also paints. His background in the arts was the inspiration for his #1 bestselling romantic comedy series The Story of Samantha Smith.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 10, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – Dashing Through the Snow

On the tenth day of Christmas…

Dashing Through the Snow by Dashing Through the Snow 

Christmas drama two years in a row and Brooke Payne can’t seem to get ahead in life or in a relationship after her marriage of ten years ended by way of a text message.

Dr. Ian Samuels thought he had moved back to his hometown, Burlington, Iowa temporarily until a feeling that what he’s always wanted in life could be found in the small town.

Dashing through life’s ups and downs, neither Brooke nor Ian were looking for a forever kind of love, but there are times when love happens when you least expect it, but it’s not without a little drama.


About the Author…

Cheryl Barton lives in Maryland and in her spare time she loves to read espionage, crime and romance novels, cook, watch Sci-fi movies, spend time with family and friends and enjoy Maryland steamed crabs. Cheryl is celebrating 30 years as a government employee and loves writing romance novels when she’s not working. Cheryl is the author of 31 romance novels, 3 inspirational novels and is proud of 4 book compilation projects with several other incredible women called, “One Sister Away: Encouraging Words from One Sister to Another” – a series of books meant to encourage, empower and inspire other women. People often ask Cheryl which book is her favorite of all of those she’s written. While she finds it hard to select one favorite, Cheryl still looks to her first novel, Bachelor Not for Sale, if she had to pick a favorite because it was her first novel and the one that inspired her to continue writing.

Cheryl was a 2019 Finalist for the Emma Award given by Romance Slam Jam and a 2018 Finalist for the Literary Trailblazer of the Year award by the Indie Author Legacy Award. Cheryl is a member of the Romance Writers of America – National Chapter, the Maryland Romance Writers and the Contemporary Romance Writers.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 9, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – Rosco the Rascal and the Holiday Lights

On the ninth day of Christmas…

Rosco the Rascal and the Holiday Lights by Shana Gorian

A community project in December has resulted in a first place win for James’ and Mandy’s glimmering, decked-out neighborhood. But now that they’ve won the contest, the neighbors must pull off a seamless opening night of the famed Holiday Lights Tour, in which hundreds, if not thousands of visitors will come to marvel at the Christmas displays.

So, will some petty competition between friends ruin the fun for ten-year-old James? And worse, when Rosco the rascally dog tries to make up for foolish behavior, inadvertently starting an off-the-leash dog rampage across sidewalks and lawns on opening night, will the whole neighborhood’s displays be completely destroyed?
In addition, James’s seven-year-old sister, Mandy, struggles with faulty costume construction at her school train parade that week, resulting in more than just disappointment.

Find out if the boys can come together to stop the undisciplined pack of dogs, salvage opening night, and save their friendship, and find out if Mandy can learn to appreciate her independence.

A heart-warming, realistic, and contemporary action-packed Christmas adventure, ideal for boys and girls alike.
With an Accelerated Reader (A.R.) quiz, reading level 4.2
This book is Story Monster Approved!

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About the Author…

Shana Gorian is the author of the Rosco the Rascal series, chapter books for kids 6-10 in which a sometimes rascally but always lovable German shepherd uses his steadfast heroic nature to help his pals, brother and sister James and Mandy, find adventure and overcome obstacles.

Shana grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and the ‘real’ Rosco the Rascal – her fun-loving German shepherd who constantly inspires new stories.

Shana is an avid lover of the great outdoors, spicy foods, dark chocolate, and spending an afternoon on a comfortable chair with a mug of hot cider and a good book. She is always working on more stories!


Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 8, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – The Snowbound Baron

On the eighth day of Christmas…

The Snowbound Baron by Augustine Lang

Christine Symonds is a successful poet and lady of letters, a happily independent woman. In her forty-eight years, there’s been only one man she considered marrying.

When she was young, Klaus von Bauersdorff took her seriously and set her mind on fire. But an English girl whose only fortune was her intelligence had no hope of marrying a handsome young German baron—no matter how in love they were.

Now, twenty years later, when he turns up on the doorstep of her cottage, she can think of nothing better than to help her old friend have a splendid Advent and Christmas…even if it means a little scheming to make sure he can celebrate some of the traditions he’s had to leave behind.

And although she has no need to marry, what woman would not be charmed by a devoted gentleman bearing twenty-four carefully-selected Advent gifts…?

A novella of 25,000 words (about 100 pages)
Steam Level: 1 on a scale of 0 to 5. Sweet and clean.


About the Author…

Augustine Lang lives in the beautifully rainy Pacific Northwest with her DH (Dear Housemate!), and works in a literary field. She writes sweet-to-sensual historical romances in which the men act like gentlemen…even when they’re not.





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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 7, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – Cool: Christmas with Him

On the seventh day of Christmas…

Cool: Christmas with Him by Aiden Lovely

Storie is a poor art student who wants nothing more, but to spend Christmas with his first love, Valentine. Valentine is the perfect guy—good looks, wealthy and kind. Storie seeks out the perfect present for his boyfriend, but it’s out of his budget. Determined to have a romantic Christmas, he gets a job at a local cafe. But his life takes a turn for the worst when he becomes the center of a mysterious and attractive stranger’s attention.


About the Author…

Aiden Lovely is a freelance writer residing in New England. Lovely’s short stories have appeared in many anthologies. Lovely enjoys reading and writing about sexy men who love each other.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 6, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – Snowflakes and Sparks

On the sixth day of Christmas…

Snowflakes and Sparks by Sophie-Leigh Robbins

One small town. One swoon-worthy neighbor. One second chance at love.

Old Pine Cove is the one place on earth Suzie swore she’d never return to, but then her boss asks her to manage one of their bookstores there. Since it’s only temporary, she agrees. Besides, what could possibly go wrong?

Gosh, how naïve of her.

Alex Denverton opening the door with that smoldering look of his, that’s what could go wrong. It’s been ten years since she broke his car and his heart. How is she supposed to focus on work knowing he’s right next door? And why did she even agree to organize the annual Winter Walk with him?

One thing is certain, though. If Suzie wants to have a magical Christmas, she can’t ask Santa to make it happen. It’s up to her to decide: go big or go home.

Snowflakes and Sparks is a small-town, standalone Christmas romance in the Old Pine Cove series, full of humor and heart.

The Old Pine Cove series:
Snowflakes and Sparks
Love to Prove You Wrong
In For a Treat (releasing 2020)

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About the Author…

Sophie-Leigh Robbins writes fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She started her career writing for magazines and television. Sophie always had tons of fun going backstage and interviewing famous artists. She’s now a full-time author and narrative game designer.

When she’s not busy creating your next book boyfriend, she loves to read, sew, catch up with friends, travel, and eat lots of cookies (please don’t tell her kids).


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 5, 2019

25 Books of Christmas – Jam and Jingle Bells

On the fifth day of Christmas…

Jam and Jingle Bells by Katie Mettner

Addie Collop
Age: 25
Looks: Tall, ginger, and curvaceous
Favorite Food: Jam
Status: Single, but secretly in love with a Bell’s Pass yoga instructor

Ellis David
Age: 25
Looks: Lanky, white, and thin
Favorite Food: Tater Tot Hotdish
Status: Single, but secretly in love with Bell’s Pass’s premiere cosmetologist

Addie and Ellis now hold the title for biggest dating disasters of Bells Pass. Each afraid their differences are too much to overcome, they pretend friends will be enough for them forever. It will take a broken window, a broken leg, and a magical sleigh to convince them that their differences are what make them unique together. This Christmas everything will change in Bells Pass, and no one will be untouched by the magic of old Saint Nick.


About the Author…

Katie Mettner writes small-town romantic tales filled with epic love stories and happily-ever-afters. She proudly wears the title of, ‘only person to lose her leg after falling down the bunny hill,’ and loves decorating her prosthetic with the latest fashion trends. She lives in Northern Wisconsin with her own happily-ever-after and three mini-mes. Katie has a massive addiction to coffee and Twitter, and a lessening aversion to Pinterest — now that she’s quit trying to make the things she pins.

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