Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 22, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – The Deermaster

On the twenty-second day of Christmas…

The Deermaster by Christina van Deventer

Everyone agrees that Sean Stern was supposed to become the first elven apprentice to the Deermaster. But instead, the Master chose Chris Claussen, a human orphan who doesn’t seem to have half the magic or knowledge Sean has. To make things worse, Chris Claussen has killed two reindeer since his appointment and he doesn’t seem to be getting any better at flying the sleigh. When he knocks on the Sterns’
door in the middle of the night, Sean just knows something is very, very wrong. But Chris isn’t there to ask for his help. Instead it is Carol he asks for. Carol, who might just go to impossible lengths to help the new Deermaster. Even if it endangers everyone in Snow Falls. Even if it costs her her life.

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About the Author…

Christina van Deventer is a South African/Icelandic writer who loves books almost as much as she loves life. She has various short stories published in her native Afrikaans in the ‘Nuwe Stories’ collections, available on Amazon. Her first novel will come to Amazon Kindle in 2018.

When Christina is not writing, she fights demons and dragons in ESO or creates culinary masterpieces in her African kitchen.

Christina lives in Rustenburg with her husband, conductor/composer Bragi Þór Valsson and their two Huskies, Odin and Thor.


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 21, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – One of a Kind Christmas

Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 20, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Christmas and Cannolis

On the twentieth day of Christmas…

Christmas and Cannolis by Peggy Jaeger

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she’s got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she’s better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can’t find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company’s reputation—in Regina’s capable hands. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who’s awoken her heart?

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About the Author…

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

Tying into her love of families, her children’s book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.

Peggy holds a master’s degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer’s Disease during her time running an Alzheimer’s in-patient care unit during the 1990s.

In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.

In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader’s Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and was a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

In 2018, Peggy was a finalist in the HOLT MEDALLION Award and once again in the 2018 Stiletto Contest.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.




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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 19, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection

On the nineteenth day of Christmas…

Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection by Jenny Kane

There is something very special about Christmas… Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection combines all three seasonal shorts from Jenny’s best-selling Another Cup of … series in one festive anthology. In ‘Another Cup of Christmas’, we return to Pickwicks Coffee House in London, the setting for Jenny’s bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee. Together with old friends Kit, Amy, Scott and Peggy, we meet new Pickwicks waitress Megan, who’s in charge of organising a charity event for the local hospital…is romance as well as seasonal goodwill in the air? ‘Christmas in the Cotswolds’ sees Megan, now an established face at Pickwicks, travelling to the beautiful Cotswold countryside after an emergency call from her friend Izzie. Can Megan help Izzie pull off the perfect Christmas at her Arts and Crafts Centre – and save the business from disaster? Kit Lambert, Pickwicks’ writer-in-residence, takes centre stage in ‘Christmas at the Castle’. Already nervous about appearing at her very first literary festival, in the grounds of a magnificent Scottish castle at Christmas time, Kit suddenly finds herself co-organising the whole thing – and trying to repair old friendships – with the deadline fast approaching…

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Costa’s writer in residence in Tiverton, Devon, Jenny Kane is the author of the following romantic comedies; Romancing Robin Hood (Littwitz Press, 2018), Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), the bestselling, Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the bestselling Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015).

Jenny has written two children’s picture books, There’s a Cow in the Flat and Ben’s Biscuit Tin Adventure (Hushpuppy Books). Her third, Joe’s Letter, will be published in 2019.

Jenny also writes historical crime as Jennifer Ash. The Outlaw’s Ransom, The Winter Outlaw and Edward’s Outlaw were published by Littwitz Press.
Recently Jenny wrote four audio scripts for the revival of ITV’s 1980’s television series, ‘Robin of Sherwood.’


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Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 18, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Misty Winter

On the eighteenth day of Christmas…

Misty Winter by Linda Rawlins

Tragedy befalls the town of Misty Point when local veterinarian, Dr. Arnie Stokes, is shot at the Hand in Paws Animal Clinic. The investigation leads the Misty Point Police Department directly to Megan Stanford who has now inherited ownership of the grant that has continued to keep the clinic running. When thefts of drugs and medical supplies are uncovered, the attacks appear to be coordinated with other animal shelters in the area.

As Christmas approaches, Megan, Nick and her friends look to keep the spirit of the holiday alive by restarting the town traditions and hosting a fundraiser for the misplaced animals, two of which Megan reluctantly agrees to foster. With the investigation and festivities consuming Megan’s time, she is introduced to the mysterious, handsome Jonathan Brandon Carter who will serve as the future attorney for her estate. The fate of the shelter and employees are at risk unless Megan and her friends can catch a ruthless criminal before he strikes again.

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About the Author…

Linda Rawlins is an American writer of mystery fiction best known for her Misty Point Mystery Series; Misty Manor, Misty Point, and Misty Winter. She is also the author of the Rocky Meadow Mysteries including The Bench, Fatal Breach and Sacred Gold. She loved to read as a child and started writing her first mystery novel in fifth grade. She then went on to study science, medicine and literature, eventually graduating medical school and establishing her career in medicine.

Linda Rawlins lives in New Jersey with her husband, her family and spoiled pets. She loves spending time at the beach as well as visiting the mountains of Vermont. She is an active member of Mystery Writers of America as well as the 2019 President of Sisters in Crime -Central Jersey.



Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 17, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Hot Hawaiian Christmas

On the seventeenth day of Christmas…

Hot Hawaiian Christmas by Victoria M. Johnson

It’s Christmas in Hawaii, but Lindsay Clark’s vacation turns out to be anything but relaxing. With her uncle absent, she finds herself managing the hotel—a task at which she’s normally very successful. However, Lindsay’s life is turned upside down by the unfamiliar environment, Christmas festivities, and a very tempting guest. Chandler Lewis is the honorary Santa for the Kona Christmas parade and has a great life back home in California. Romance is the last thing on his mind. But when he meets Lindsay, he begins to wonder if life could be sweeter in Hawaii. Complications arise that threaten their new relationship and the holiday revelry.

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About the Author…

Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she’s happiest when creating new characters and new plots. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria’s fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma. Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries.



Posted by: S. Elisabeth M. Abbott | December 16, 2018

25 Books of Christmas – Dear Santa

On the sixteenth day of Christmas…

Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

Angela Carson wants nothing more than to be the third-generation to run her family’s holiday store, Heart of Christmas, successfully. They’ve weathered over sixty tourist seasons, major hurricanes, and urban sprawl, in their old decommissioned lighthouse. But the national chain that set up shop in their small North Carolina town of Pleasant Sands may be more than Heart of Christmas can survive.

Encouraged by her niece to ask Santa for help through the Dear Santa app, Angela gives in and lets the words fly in a way that, if Santa were real, would no doubt land her on the naughty list. What’s the harm when it’s just a computer-generated response?

Geoff Paisley has been at his mother’s side running the mega-chain Christmas Galore for the last ten years. When his mother falls ill, Geoff promises to answer the Dear Santa letters in her stead. Soon he realizes the woman he’s been corresponding with on Dear Santa is Angela. How could the woman that grates his every last nerve in person have intrigued him so deeply through those letters?

When Geoff reveals that he’s her Dear Santa, will Angela be able to set aside their very public feud to embrace the magic of the holiday and possibly find true love?

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About the Author…

USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a dash of suspense and a whole lot of heart. She began her popular contemporary romance series, Adams Grove, while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre farm. She went on to produce works in collaboration with other authors, including the hilarious southern fiction G Team series. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll author, her books have been translated in multiple languages and received favorable reviews from major trade journals.

Crown Media is bringing two of Nancy’s novels to Hallmark’s holiday programming. Nancy is also currently working on original novels for Hallmark Publishing.

Nancy is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Addison Cole, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at ~ open 24/7 just for you.

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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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