Review ~ A December Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella)

December Bride

Happily ever after begins today. The honor of your presence is requested at a December wedding.

Every couple has a love story. Join us for a year of contemporary, seasonal wedding novellas, releasing in e-book every month. Each e-novella will include an excerpt from another wedding story in the Year of Weddings Collection as well as a list of the author’s full-length novels.

What started as a whim turned into an accidental – and very public – engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season – for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?
Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy, the best friend of Layla O’Reilly’s ex-fiance would be the last person she’d marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she’ll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she’s landed her client. For Layla, it’s the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it’s his last chance to win her heart. A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

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My ****4 Star**** Review

It’s the big day, except it’s not the big day Layla O’Reilly originally anticipated. It’s her ex-fiance’s big day, and he’s marrying her cousin. Layla thinks she has everything lined up to show just how much she’s moved on, but her plan falls apart when her date calls with strep throat just hours before the wedding. Seth Murphy decides to be the answer to her problem. There’s only one thing wrong with that, though. Layla blames Seth for her break-up with Jack. Seth’s the one that introduced Jessica to Jack. Things heat up from there at the wedding when Seth announces to a snotty Jessica that he’s engaged to Layla. Then even further when he starts to show Layla that he really has feelings for her.

This story had me cracking up from the start. While it’s a story that has been told many different times with just different characters/settings, it was still thoroughly enjoyable. If I wasn’t laughing, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. It’s a good thing for me that this was a novella. I needed my sleep last night, and this is one of those stories that you can’t put down until you’ve finished. Seth was so incredibly sweet, and I was just mush right along side Layla. Then when he got jealous, it was absolutely adorable. I also have to say that they had an incredible first kiss! That’s where it stopped, though. This was a clean romance through and through. It is an absolutely perfect story for the holiday season! A warm and fuzzy 4 STARS!!! I look forward to reading more from Denise Hunter.

About the Author ~ Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of 20 novels, including The Accidental Bride and Convenient Groom.

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
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Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Merry Humbug Christmas

Merry Humbug Christmas

Blurb

A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. — the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

In “Once Upon a Jingle Bell,” A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In “It Came Upon a Midnight Deer,” Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.
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My ****4 Star**** Review

Merry Humbug Christmas is two super sweet fast-paced clean romance novellas with a Christian edge, all wrapped up in one package.
In “Once Upon a Jingle Bell,” Joss Snow is bent on hiding from all things Christmas – or hiding them from others. She also has an obsession with cheesecake that I can TOTALLY relate to! Patrick quickly has her whole avoiding Christmas scheme flipped upside down. He doesn’t believe in the commercialization of Christmas, but he believes in the true meaning behind it. I absolutely love that Patrick really understood her motivation behind her actions and the things she says. It only annoyed me that it took Joss a little bit to jump fully onboard.
“It Came Upon a Midnight Deer” is set at the same time as “Once Upon a Jingle Bell,” but it’s Reese’s story. Reese is Joss’s best friend that bailed on her at Christmas to spend the holiday meeting her new fiance’s family. Things go horrible right from the start as they hit a deer on the way. Then things get progressively worse. However, Damian, Reese’s fiance, is absolutely amazing from the start. He’s handsome, wealthy, and tender-hearted – the perfect hero for any romance novel.
Both stories have great characters and just the right amount of drama with the mushy ending we all want – especially for Christmas! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great holiday romance. If you’re looking for a clean romance, then this is perfect! 4 Stars & I look forward to reading more from Sandra D. Bricker!!
*I received a copy from NetGalley and B&H Books in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Sandra D. Bricker

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“I’m going to be a writer when I grow up!” Sandra D. Bricker declared these words to her father on a Sunday afternoon in Slidell, Louisiana. She was 5 years old, and was referring to being able to string her cursive letters together to write her full name for the first time, but the declaration proved somewhat prophetic.

By the time she reached high school and her first article was published in The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sandie knew writing was what she wanted to do. For more than a decade, Sandie lived in Los Angeles and, while writing in every spare moment, she studied screenwriting and worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved cross-country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

“I guess most people would see my career as a publicist as a sort of dream job. But giving it up turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me!” she declares. “Not only was I given the gift of getting to know my mother as an adult woman before she passed away, but I was also afforded the blessing of being able to re-focus on writing novels in an effort to pursue my dream of a writing career.”

That career weaves a web that draws in every age of reader. Sandie’s interest in telling a story knows no boundaries. Three novels for middle readers carved out the beginning of the journey; then Avalon Books followed up with two hardbound romance novels in 2001: unWANTED: Husband (romantic comedy) and Change of Heart (romantic suspense). The response was tremendous, and Sandie was asked to pen a sequel to Change of Heart … and so Sins of the Past was released in December 2003. Next up was another romantic comedy; Wish I Weren’t Here was released in February 2005.

“I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So the last couple of years has been a bit of a dream-come-true. Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch their new Love Finds You line in October 2008 with Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas, a romantic comedy for the inspirational market. So the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned!”

More hilarity continued to follow from this award-winning author.

Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida (Fall 2009) and Love Finds You in Carmel, California (Fall 2010) for Summerside Press, and The Big 5-OH! (Spring 2010) and Always the Baker, Never the Bride (Fall 2010) for Abingdon Press.

Future books will include sequels, The Big 4-OH! and The Big 3-OH! for Abingdon Press.

After spending nearly 15 years dealing with her celebrity clients’ fans, Sandie finds it amusing that she is suddenly the one getting fan mail! “When people were actually buying my books at a recent signing, I found myself wanting to go around and invite them all to dinner or offer to bake them cookies. Hey! In fact … maybe I’ll do that very soon.”
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Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas

Blurb

A Special Holiday Novella!

On the first day of Christmas, Dina Gregory, former wild child and prodigal daughter returns home to New York on a mission. Finding her young son’s father and making him take responsibility for the child he created is the only thing on her wish list. But instead of finding the man she was looking for she runs into his stuffy older brother Ben.

Ben has never liked Dina, but being trapped together on the holidays allows him to see a different side of her. She brings back his Christmas spirit and in the process reminds him what it feels like to love. Dina’s past makes her wary of falling in love, but Ben is determined to make her stay as his permanent Christmas gift.

Look for Dangerous Curves Ahead—available now!—and Thrown for a Curve, coming in March 2014 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.

Praise for Sugar Jamison’s Perfect Fit series:

“Snarky, sexy, and so much fun. Sugar Jamison is sure to be a hit!”
—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Laugh out loud funny and super sexy, with unique characters you can’t help but love!”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

“Delightful!”—Susan Donovan, New York Times bestselling author
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My ****4 Star Review****

Dina Gregory is just a breath of fresh air in this fast-paced romantic novella. She cracked me up from the start! I absolutely loved her honesty. She wasn’t afraid to say how she felt, and she didn’t concern herself about how anyone else expected her to act. She falls fast for Ben, and I mean super-fast, but the amazing thing is that it’s believable. You get it. Now, it may not be so believable from Ben’s perspective – realistically speaking. However, in the story it works. Plus, it’s a Christmas story, so I wanted to read about miracles and happy endings, and this was both of those! I’d recommend this novella to anyone else looking for those! I also better mention that Ben is absolutely amazing! He’s had more than his share of heartaches, but he’s ready to live again.
A super-sweet 4 stars! I look forward to reading more from Sugar Jamison!
Warning: this story contains strong language and sexual content
*I received a copy from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Sugar Jamison

Sugar Jamison is a Southern belle trapped in a New Yorker’s body. With a love of big hair and high heeled shoes, she spends her day at her very normal day job and night dreaming up sweet and sassy romances.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember

Blurb

Curl up with this heartwarming Christmas collection!

Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, ’tis the season for giving love a chance . . .

Kristen Ashley, Every Year: Holidays don’t come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .

Hope Ramsay, Silent Night: Down on her luck and evicted from her apartment, single mother Maryanne hopes to start over in Last Chance. When the snow begins to fall, it looks like her baby might literally spend Christmas Eve in a manger. And Maryanne might celebrate the holiday with a handsome stranger.

Molly Cannon, Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas: Lincoln is a bachelor who’s set in his ways-until a professional organizer dressed up as Mrs. Claus changes his life, one tip at a time. . .

Marilyn Pappano, A Family for Christmas: War widow Ilena doesn’t mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?

Plus: Excerpts from upcoming novels!
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My ***3 Star*** Review

This was quite an ecclectic mix of stories to me, and the writing styles were all different. This is one of those books that is quite likely to have a story (or excerpt) that you enjoy, but you may not like the others. Some of the stories I would have given 4 stars to had they been standing alone. I was thrown off by the excerpts, because they weren’t Christmasy. I felt like they detracted from the overall Christmas feel of the book. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely want to finish several of the stories those excerpts were taken from, but I expected straight Christmas from this book and didn’t get it.
From Jill Shalvis, you can expect some language and sexual content. You can also expect laughing a lot, a sexy hero, and some strong emotions right from the start.
In Kristen Ashley’s story it took me a bit to get all of the names straight. I kept having to flip back to see who was who. You can also expect some language from this one. I must confess that I was annoyed by the heroine’s dialogue in this one. Her incessant use of “my man” annoyed me. Nonetheless, the story was still sweet.
Hope Ramsay’s story was a little on the unbelivable side, but it was incredibly sweet and romantic. It’s just the kind of story I love to read at Christmas. This would have been an easy 4 stars for me.
In Molly Cannon’s story, I felt like the hero’s character just flipped like a switch. Then the sexual side of the relationship he forms seemed a bit rushed. Aside from that, this story was another one filled with laughs, and it was very intriguing. I didn’t want to stop flipping pages till the end.
In Marilyn Pappano’s story, you can also expect some language and sexual content. You can also expect an amazing heroine, that doesn’t let a broken heart turn into a broken spirit. This story was a bit on the corny side, but so very sweet.
So as I mentioned, these authors all had something different to share, but there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. 3 Stars!!!
*I received a copy from NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review.*

Happy Reading,

Alison

Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surpise Tour & Giveaway

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kirby puckernutKirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise

Kirby Puckernut is Santa’s cleverest little elf. While dreaming up marvelous toys for good girls and boys, Kirby has his best idea yet – a real elf in every home, all through the holidays, spreading Christmas Magic Santa finds the perfect family and allows Kirby to serve as the test elf for the first momentous visit. Fun and adventure are at every turn, but not everything goes as planned…

Will Kirby’s idea be a success.

 

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AliciaAbout the Author

Author Alicia Richardson has created a new Christmas classic with her children’s book, Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise.

Alicia Richardson resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and four children. She has always had a flair for storytelling, and has given life to a special little elf named Kirby Puckernut.

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Tour Giveaways

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5 winners will each recieve a copy of Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Suprise + Kirby Elf

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Giveaway #2

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 12/31/13

 

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Alison

The Christmas Train Tour & Giveaway

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Christmas trainThe Christmas Train

In this children’s picture book, President Thomas S. Monson recounts a Christmas memory from his childhood. As a boy, he yearned for an electric train. To his delight, on Christmas morning he got exactly that a train that operated through the miracle of electricity. Then he noticed a second train that his mother had purchased for the boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had an beautiful oil tanker car, which little Tommy wanted for his own. Soon after, Tommy s mother invited him to accompany her to the neighbor s home to deliver the gift. Young Mark was thrilled with his new train and, of course, didn t notice the missing train car. However, a remorseful Tommy did. What happened next will bring the spirit of Christmas into every heart and home. Illustrated by renowned artist Dan Burr, The Christmas Train is sure to be a classic Christmas story and a beautiful addition to every Christmas library.

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Includes a QR code for a FREE download of President Monson’s narration of the story!

Winner of the 2012 Gold Medal Mom’s Choice Award!

 

Download the new interactive Christmas Train app for your iPad!

The pages come alive with animations, sound effects, and narration by the author, Thomas S. Monson. Kids will love listening to a true Christmas story, read by a familiar voice, while navigating trains, turning Christmas lights on and off, and experiencing the importance of giving during the Christmas season.

Click Here to Learn MoreAbout the Author

President Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008. He had previously served for twenty-two years in the First Presidency of the Church, after having been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since October1963. Five years after his call to the Twelve, he was given a special assignment for the work of the Church in Europe, requiring many visits with members behind the Iron Curtain. He was instrumental in the construction of the Freiberg Germany Temple and in advancing the Lord’s work in other eastern European countries that were part of the communist bloc. He also served as chairman of the Scriptures Publication Committee and supervised the process that resulted in the new editions of the scriptures. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service. President Monson and his wife, Frances, are the parents of three children, grandparents of eight, and great-grandparents of eight.

 

About the Illustrator

Dan Burr earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are raising their two children in the Teton Valley of southeast Idaho, a setting that provides great artistic inspiration and fantastic fly fishing. Dan is a well-known illustrator, having been in the business for many years, most recently working as a children’s picture book illustrator. A few of the books Dan has illustrated are The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes; God Bless Your Way; A Christmas Journey; and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

Christmas Train by Monson

 

Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 12/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Alison