Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 15, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Snowed In

On the fifteenth day of Christmas…

Snowed In by Rhoda Baxter

Tracey is a tech entrepreneur, or at least she was, until she sold her company. Now she’s not sure what she is. Uncomfortable with people and burned out from overwork, she retreats to a rural village in Yorkshire to find peace and solitude over Christmas.

After being dumped by the woman he was going to propose to, lawyer Vinnie is not intending to trust anyone with his heart again. All he wants is to be left alone.

When Tracey gets caught in a blizzard, the only place she can take shelter is Vinnie’s cottage.

Trapped together in the middle of nowhere, will they learn how to melt the walls they’ve built around themselves?

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About the Author…

Rhoda Baxter writes romantic comedies about people who make her laugh. She started off in the South of England and spent her childhood living in places as diverse at Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Micronesia before settling in Yorkshire, where she now lives with her husband and two daughters.

She also writes multicultural women’s fiction under the name Jeevani Charika. Her books have been shortlisted for various awards. She is a member of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors.

A microbiologist by training, Rhoda loves all things science geeky. She also loves cake, crochet and playing with Lego. You can find out more about her (and get a free book by signing up to her newsletter) on her website.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 14, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Frosty, The Snow-Woman

On the fourteenth day of Christmas…

Frosty, the Snow-Woman by Stefan Angelina McElvain

Sadie’s nickname is Frosty.

Is it time to thaw out?

Sadie lives to work and has no time for relationships. A colleague makes a Christmas wish, and her world is turned upside down.

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About the Author…

Stefan Angelina McElvain is fascinated by adult erotica, especially when blended with fantasy, the paranormal, and science fiction. Think–Isaac Asimov meets Emmanuelle, or Doctor Who teams up with Dan Dare. Well, that’s the goal.

Stefan is now retired, living in the South Bay, Los Angeles. He’s married, with two sons and two grandsons. Born in the middle of England in the early fifties, he grew up in a town steeped in history with a haunted castle, hidden passageways, and a double-spiral staircase in the local church tower. He relocated to Los Angeles in the late eighties.

Stefan has a first degree from Manchester University with joint honors in Physics and Electronic Engineering, and a Master’s in Business from the University of Southern California.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 13, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – The Christmas Wedding

On the thirteenth day of Christmas…

The Christmas Wedding by K.L. Ramsey

Lorna Sanders stepped up to raise her niece, after her sister and brother-in-law’s tragic deaths. She never allowed herself to dream that someday she would have a family of her own, but meeting Jonathan Sawyer changes all of that. He teaches Lorna that age is just a number and dreams can come true, especially at Christmas.

Jonathan Sawyer’s job is to keep Lorna’s family safe, he never imagined that job would also include protecting her heart. He just needs to convince Lorna that wishing for her heart’s desire and Christmas miracles are both possible. Can Sawyer’s plan, for a Christmas wedding be enough to show her that it’s never too late to find happily ever after?

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About the Author…

K. L. Ramsey was born and raised in Maryland. As a child she struggled in school, having to attend speech and reading therapy. Her teacher told her that she would never be a very good reader; that English was just not her thing. She continued to struggle until eleventh grade, when she signed up for a Creative Writing class. Her high school teacher saw her potential and submitted a short story, that K. L. had written for class, to a local literary publication. The story was not only published but won an award for best short story. Knowing that someday she wanted to become a writer, K. L. received her BA in English from Salisbury State University.

K. L. Ramsey currently resides in West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!). She lives with hunky scientist, two now not so little people, and six fur babies. In her spare time, she likes to read romance novels, attend WVU football games and drink wine with girlfriends.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 12, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – A Christmas Trio

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

A Christmas Trio by Karice Bolton

Settle in for the holidays with this Christmas bundle of holiday romances for a limited time only! Each can be read as a standalone. This Christmas Trio includes Mistletoe Mischief, Beyond the Mistletoe, and Tempting Love on Holly Lane!

Fall in love with this introduction to the Island County and Beyond Love Series in this starter set, which includes:

Mistletoe Mischief

When Gina Tuckerman goes home for the holidays after a decade-long absence, she never expects to run into the one man–Colton McAlister–who stole her heart and crushed it to smithereens. But she doesn’t have time for all that. Her goal is to wrangle her family together and make this holiday the best Christmas ever.

Yet sometimes, fate has something else in store…

The moment Colton sees Gina at the local market, his world stands still and he can barely speak. But she certainly does, and the message is loud and clear. She has never forgiven him or his family, and she never will for what they did.

Colton never expected to see her again, but now that she’s in town, he can’t get her out of his mind. She’s as beautiful, smart-mouthed, and feisty as ever, and all he can think about is holding her in his arms.

He’s determined not to let her slip away, but he’s not sure if she’ll ever be able to open her heart to him again.

Beyond the Mistletoe

Gabby Sullivan’s wedding has been perfectly planned down to the tiniest detail. What she can’t control is a blizzard scheduled to blow into town the week before and a friend who has given up on love.

As friends and family find themselves hunkered down in a blissful mountain lodge, new love sparks between two unsuspecting people who stopped believing in love a very long time ago.

But sometimes it takes more than a blizzard and a Christmas miracle for the magic of the season to come alive. It takes a man who is willing to have his heart broken if it means getting to spend just one more night with the woman he let get away.

This is Emily’s Happily Ever After.

Tempting Love on Holly Lane

Christmas is coming to Fireweed Island! Holly Wildes is excited to spend the holidays alone in a calm and peaceful setting with no pesky neighbors, no annoying bosses, and absolutely no horns honking or sirens blaring at three in the morning.

After seven years of giving her all to a top investment firm in Manhattan, her holiday bonus included a pink slip and a rather slim severance package. So when her sister, Maddie, promises the perfect opportunity to work at her tea shop, Holly jumps at the chance to start over.

What Holly doesn’t expect is to live across the street from one of the sexiest men she’s ever encountered. Thankfully, he seems too busy to notice her, and around town, she begins to learn that Nick is anything and everything but a saint. He is definitely not a complication she needs in her life, especially with her parents coming to town.

Nick always thought he was content in life. He has a thriving business, enjoys the perks of being a bachelor, and never has to think twice about doing what he wants when he wants. That all changes once Holly moves in across the street. All she has to do is throw a smile in his direction, and he knows his life is forever changed.

The only problem is that she doesn’t seem to know he exists.

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About the Author…

Karice received an MFA in Creative Writing from the U of W. She has written over forty novels, and she has several exciting projects in the works (or at least she thinks they’re exciting). Karice lives in the Pacific Northwest with her awesome husband and two cute English Bulldogs. She loves anything to do with snow, and she seeks out the stuff whenever she can, especially if there’s a toasty fire to read by.

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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 11, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Big Top Treachery

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

Big Top Treachery by CeeCee James

Christmas at the Circus!

What if the holly berry meant more than a cozy Christmas tradition? When Trixie, billed by the Concello circus as the world’s smallest Lady Godiva, finds a large ruby on the circus grounds, she thinks she’s one of the luckiest people on earth. Until she learns the stone’s past is stained as holly-red as the jewel itself.

When the police get involved, suspicion is cast not just on Trixie, but on her other friends at the circus. 

The pressure is on with Trixie getting threats from an anonymous source. When the calliope player is murdered, Trixie knows the threats she has been receiving aren’t just to scare her… she’ll be the next to die if she can’t find out the truth about the stone and unmask the murderer.

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About the Author…

CeeCee James is a USA Today best selling writer who got her story-telling feet wet with the many bedtime stories she told her children through the years. Some of her mystery series include- the Baker Street Mysteries, Angel Lake Cozy Mysteries, and the Oceanside Hotel mysteries. She’s known for writing flawed sleuths with a good sense of humor and an added dash of romance.

Her favorite place to write is curled up in an oversized squashy chair with a cup of coffee and a sleeping dog by her feet. She has two mini-dachshunds who like to snore and chase things in their sleep. In honor of them, there are usually dogs in her books, with the exception of the Angel Lake series, which has a cat in honor of the one in her author picture.

Writing has been a life long passion. Her first published works was nonfiction Ghost No More. She loves writing about love and the celebration of life.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 10, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – The Christmas Sisters

On the tenth day of Christmas…

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…

Workaholic Hannah knows she can’t avoid spending the holidays with her family two years in a row. But it’s not the weight of their expectations that’s panicking her, it’s the life-changing secret she’s hiding. Stay-at-home mom Beth is having a personal crisis. All she wants for Christmas is time to decide if she’s ready to return to work-seeing everyone was supposed to help her stress levels, not increase them! Posy isn’t sure she’s living her best life, but with her parents depending on her, making a change seems risky. But not as risky as falling for gorgeous new neighbor Luke…

As Suzanne’s dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together. But will this new togetherness teach the sisters that their close-knit bond is strong enough to withstand anything-including a family Christmas?

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About the Author…

USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy, contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as “a magician with words” by RT Book Reviews, she has sold more than eleven million copies of her books. She was nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award three times: once in 2012 for Doukakis’s Apprentice, in 2013 for A Night of No Return and in 2017 for Miracle on 5th Avenue. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their Top Pick slot. As a child, Sarah dreamed of being a writer, and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream. Sarah lives near London, England, with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 9, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – The Worst Noel

On the ninth day of Christmas…

The Worst Noel by Amy M. Reade

Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, love, and joy, but for Lilly Carlsen, this Christmas is murder.

As a single mom, small business owner, and president of the local Chamber of Commerce, the last thing she needs is to find a dead body on the floor of her jewelry shop on the busiest shopping day of the year. And as if that isn’t enough, Lilly has to deal with a deadbeat ex-husband, a mother with declining mental health, and two teenagers.

But when a second body turns up, Lilly finds herself squarely in the crosshairs of suspicion. Can she figure out who killed the victims before she becomes one herself? And will her family’s Christmas be merry…or scary?

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About the Author…

Amy M. Reade is a cook, chauffeur, household CEO, doctor, laundress, maid, psychiatrist, warden, seer, teacher, and pet whisperer. In other words, a wife, mother, community volunteer, and recovering attorney.

She’s also a writer. She is the author of The Worst Noel, The Malice Series (The House on Candlewick Lane, Highland Peril, and Murder in Thistlecross), and three standalone books, Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of the Hanging Jade. She lives in southern New Jersey, but loves to travel. Her favorite places to visit are Scotland and Hawaii and when she can’t travel she loves to read books set in far-flung locations.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 8, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland

On the eighth day of Christmas…

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course . . .

Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl.

As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.

Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself?

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About the Author…

Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes feel good fiction with heart for Simon and Schuster.

Her debut novel, The Chery Tree Café was published in July 2015 and since then she has had a further six books published, becoming a Sunday Times Bestseller in 2017. She is currently working on her summer 2019 title, Poppy’s Recipe for Life.

Heidi is represented by Amanda Preston and lives in Norfolk with her wonderful family and a mischievous cat called Storm.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 7, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – The Christmas Spirit

On the seventh day of Christmas…

The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

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About the Author…

Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day.

Susan is also a proofreader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 6, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Hotcakes and Holly

On the sixth day of Christmas…

Hotcakes and Holly by Katie Mettner

Melissa Murano
Age: 24
Looks: Bite-sized, bleach blonde, and curvaceous
Favorite Food: Hot Cakes
Status: Single, but secretly in love with the cook at work

Mason Hadley
Age: 30
Looks: Lanky, sandy brown, and athletic
Favorite Food: Pot Roast
Status: Single, but secretly in love with the waitress at work

Mel and Mason now hold the title for biggest dating disasters of Bells Pass. They’ve danced around each other at The Nightingale Diner for the past four years and everyone can see what they can’t; they’re perfect for each other. It will take a burning motel, an important wedding, and a mysterious disease to convince Mel and Mason to admit their feelings for each other. This Christmas, everything will change in Bells Pass, and no one will be untouched by the magic of Holly.

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About the Author…

Katie Mettner writes from a little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She’s the author of more than thirty romance novels, all featuring a disabled hero or heroine. Most of her series are set in the Midwest and are a mix of romance and romantic suspense.

Katie lives with her soulmate, whom she met online at Thanksgiving and married the following April. Together they share their lives with their three children and one very special leopard gecko named Gibbs. Katie has a slight addiction to Twitter and blogging, with a lessening aversion to Pinterest now that she quit trying to make the things she pinned.

Twitter: @KatieMettner

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