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It's the MISTLETOE KISSES TOUR Grand Finale for Christmas, Actually By Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, and Melinda Curtis Three Harlequin Heartwarming novellas, where a sweet kiss takes place under the mistletoe.
Did you miss any of the excerpts, guest post, or reviews on the tour? Feel free to go back and check out all the stops now!
Launch - Intro to the CollectionChristmas, Actually – three holiday stories about three siblings living in Christmas Town, Maine, where tradition has it that a kiss on Christmas Eve in the town square gazebo will lead to wedding bells in the new year! Christy's Cozy Corners - An Interview with Anna Adams How was it decided that the story would take place in Christmas Town, Maine? We were looking for a setting that spoke of the holidays, and I’d lived in Maine in a town that decorated the green for Christmas. I described it, and someone suggested Christmas Town as a name for our fictional village. Coffee Books & Art - Excerpt Snowflakes hit the windshield and splayed into star shapes while Bing Crosby crooned his dreams of a white Christmas. Sophie Palmer tried to sing along, but her mind was already racing up the icy interstate to Christmas Town, Maine, where the father of her unborn child now lived. The Book Lovers' Lounge - Christmas Town by Anna Adams And I imagined my own broken hero, Jack Banning, watching from the sidewalk, there in the town, but watching from the boundaries because he doesn’t belong any more. Getting Your Read On - Review "Yeah, I really loved my time in Christmas Town with the Banning family. Each story was unique and romantic. I loved all the characters. They were real and identifiable. It is the perfect book to curl up with as the days get colder and we get closer to Christmas." Colorimetry - The Power of a First Kiss by Anna Adams He’s at her house, killing time because he can’t go home and face his brother’s happiness when another friend calls to offer him an investment opportunity. Mary is leaning against George, also listening on the phone, when finally, he admits to his feelings. He takes her in his arms for a kiss he clearly doesn’t want even as he desires nothing in the whole wide world more than the hometown love of his life. Southern Chelle - Review "I don’t think I’ve read anything by any of these authors before, but these novellas have me falling hard for their work! I used to receive the Harlequin Heartwarming books monthly, but I didn’t have room for anymore paperback books in my house and had to give it up. I’m so glad they’ve continued these offerings!" Kelly P's Blog - An Interview with Anna J. Stewart 5. What do you hope readers will take with them after reading your story? There's nothing better than a happily ever after--that's why I write (and read) romance, but that's kind of the easy answer. I think at its core, the story is about learning how to be open with others, to tell them how you're really feeling about situations that are emotionally damaging them. Dean, Callie and Eliza all have to do this at some point during the story and once they do, the happily ever after is possible. My Love for Reading Keeps Growing - Excerpt “Is this a bad time?” The combination of sympathy and amusement shining in green eyes, along with the tamed Irish lilt, called to mind fields of clover dotting rolling hills. She’d spent many a night and more than a few days dreaming of traveling to the Emerald Isle. Now it seemed as if Ireland had come to her. Shoulder-length, golden-streaked hair brushed the worn leather of the bomber jacket he wore over snug jeans, the hint of a plain white T-shirt peeking from under the collar. The Wonderings Of One Person - Dream Cast for The Christmas Wish There are some actors who just “hit” from the second I lay eyes on them. When looking for images of my Dean, I did not have to look much further than Chris Hemsworth. Casting my heroines has always been problematic for me. Typically, I use another medium for inspiration (I’m a doll collector), but when I saw this picture of Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), I knew that was Callie. Christian Chick's Thoughts - Review "The Christmas Date: The instant I started reading this story, I knew I was going to love it. There's just something about those You've Got Mail-esque stories that I love. Nick and Gina are both so likeable, and their chemistry lept off the page. This was easily my favorite of the three stories!" Bookworm Lisa - Review "Each of the author's did a great job in telling their story. I liked the descriptions and the characters. This book is a fun way to get into the holiday season and find a little clean Christmas romance." fundinmental - My Top Ten Christmas Traditions by Anna J. Stewart I LOVE Christmas time. Truly, from about Halloween on, I’m all about the tinsel, the trees and the music (why do they have to stop the Xmas carols on the 26th?!). For years now it’s just been my mom and me during the holiday season, but we’ve got our traditions…and they start early…even before we carve the Thanksgiving turkey. Beck Valley Books - An Interview with Malinda Curtis What’s your favorite aspect of the story? One of my favorite aspects is Gina's parents. They've tried for years to do what they thought was right and it strained their character and their relationship. This year, they rejoin the pageant and the town's festivities in a very public way. It's a small part of the story, but a set of vignettes that I love. Mel's Shelves - Review "I loved seeing the siblings in each other's stories and enjoyed getting to know them. These stories are quick, easy reads which are perfect to get you in the mood for Christmas. I love that they're all clean so I can recommend it to everyone! Christmas Town was a fun place to visit!" Painted Words - Review "But what I truly loved about this book was that it didn't feel at all repetitive which can be a big hindrance to books like this especially if written by multiple authors. It was an absolutely beautiful story, one that I look forward to reading again next year at this time and it was the perfect way to start off the season." I Am A Reader - Melinda Curtis’s Favorite Treat at Christmas Time (with recipe) My mom is a fan of Jell-o salad. At Christmas, she’d serve us a slice of Jello salad on a leaf of lettuce with a dollop of mayonnaise on top. The first time Mr. Curtis had this dish, he happily took a big bite, expecting it to be whipped cream on top. Kudos to him for keeping his disappointment to himself. Deal Sharing Aunt - Excerpt In the wee hours of Christmas Eve morning, Gina stood at the edge of the town square and traced the deep, jagged scar that ran from her left temple to her jawline with the tip of a gloved finger, as if her touch could erase the past. The small ball of worry, the one that hadn’t let her sleep last night, expanded like bread dough in her chest, pressing against her lungs. I should have told him. Wishful Endings - Excerpt (4-star review here) “Are you kidding? You’re beautiful. Why would he do that? “You have to say that. You’re standing in my kitchen.” With me practically in your arms. Nevertheless, she hugged his words to her heart. No one had ever called her beautiful before. JoJo's Corner - 10 Gifts Ideas for Your Teen/Young Adult & Review I'm a little bit anal about the holidays. I have a basic list I work from that my kids will enjoy or find useful. They're all in college now, but that doesn't mean they want a package of socks for Christmas. Here's a list of 10 suggested gift giving categories for your teen/young adult... Review: "Christmas, Actually is the perfect collection of stories to cuddle up and enjoy on a cold wintry night!" Undercover Book Reviews - Review "Three stories in one book, a great way to start the Christmas season off! Anna Adams takes you on three separate journeys in the life of Jack, Callie, and Gina as each tells their own story. The plot is good in each one." Katie's Clean Book Collection - Review What a fun story! The reader is taken on a journey through Christmas Town, Maine and we get to see snippets of what makes this town special through the eyes of three different characters. Christmas, Actually by Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, & Melinda Curtis Clean Contemporary Romance Paperback & Ebook, 202 pages November 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine! Three lonely strangers come to Christmas Town, Maine, and find love with three Banning siblings in the town that celebrates the holidays by decorating its square with lights and ribbons and a holiday pageant on Christmas Eve. Tradition has it that a kiss beneath the mistletoe that night means marriage for the couple in the new year. The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams: Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him. The Christmas Wish by Anna J. Stewart: Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again. The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis: Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime! Anna Adams wrote her first romance in wet sand. The Atlantic Ocean washed it away, but Anna kept going. Her stories are of love, like the proverbial stone in a lake, making ripples that spread and contract and involve. From Iceland to Hawaii, and points in between, Anna and her own hero share with children and family and friends who’ve become family. All this living and loving gives Anna plenty of fodder for stories of love set in real life. Come along and live them with her! Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hand or a story in her head and credits her mother never saying no to a book for turning her into a writer. Anna lives in Northern California with an overly attentive cat named Snickers and is happiest when setting her heroes and heroines on their road to happily ever after amidst family, fun and laughter. Melinda Curtis grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author. She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound." That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentally ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Excerpt Chapter One Man Law: Never mess with your best friend’s sister. “Ah, shit.” Vic Andrews, butthead supreme, listened to the churn of the ocean’s waves. Or was it his life skittering off its axis? Gina laughed that belly laugh of hers and he couldn’t help smiling. He extracted himself from her lush little body and rolled off. The St. Barth sand stuck to his back. Yep, they’d worked up a sweat. Salty sea air invaded his nostrils and he inhaled, letting the moisture flood his system. Jesus Hotel Christ. What had he been thinking? He’d been heading back to his room after closing down the resort’s bar and there she was, the girl—er, woman—of his dreams, crying on the beach. No condition for her to be in after witnessing her brother’s marriage to the love of his life. Vic didn’t mention the fact it was 3:00 a.m. and she was alone on a secluded beach where any drunken asshole, like him, could have at her. Although technically he wasn’t drunk. Buzzed maybe. Big difference. Besides, they’d been at a wedding. Buzzed was allowed. Gina moved and he finally turned toward her. “I’m—” “No, absolutely not,” she said. She swiped at her curly mane of dark hair. Her face gave away nothing, but that meant squat. Gina knew how to hide bad moods. The whoosh of the ocean lapping against the shore distracted him and he stared into the blackness. “What did I say?” he asked. “You were going to apologize. I don’t want to hear it.” Apologize? Him? “I’m not sorry.” He touched her arm. “Are you?” Please don’t say you’re sorry. Please. That would be all he needed. He’d just freakin’ obliterated the sister rule Mike had invoked nearly a million—maybe two million—times. The sister rule was Man Law, and Man Laws were about the only rules Vic followed. He only wanted to check on her, and before he knew it, voila, the clothes were off, the condom was on and they were humping like bunnies right there on the beach. At least no one saw them. All the well-meaning people were asleep. Gina brushed sand from her legs and stood to straighten the sliplike dress he’d shoved up over her hips. The silky fabric glided over her curves, and the activity in Vic’s lower region made him groan. A thirty-five year-old mother of three, and she was killing him. He should be ashamed. Screw that. She was right there. Right there. And, because he’d probably never get the opportunity again, he should grab her and— “I’m not sorry,” Gina said. “Not about the sex. I’m sorry about other things, but this, I loved.” Vic retrieved his pants and stood. Gina and her honesty. Good or bad, she just put it out there and didn’t worry about the repercussions. He guessed it came from losing her husband at the age of thirty-one. She had nothing to lose. “I need to go,” she said, watching him with her big brown eyes as the moonlight drenched her face. He put his shirt on. Did she have to look at him that way? Particularly when he wanted a replay. “Aren’t the kids bunking with your folks?” “They are, but you know how Matthew is. He might search for me.” Fifteen-year-old Matt, her eldest son, took his job as man of the family seriously. “Right. Okay.” Vic motioned toward the resort. “I’ll walk you.” Gina held up a hand. “I’ll be fine.” Nuh-uh. No way. “I am going to walk you. It’s late and you shouldn’t go by yourself.” Hell, she shouldn’t have been out here alone in the first place, but he knew she’d tear him a few new ones if he said it. She stood there, peering up at him and—God—she was fantastic. She had a classic oval face with high cheekbones and a nose he knew she hated. For over two years now he’d imagined running his finger over the little bump in it, but never dared. Every inch of her seemed perfectly imperfect. Blown sister rule. Gina shoved her fingers through her curls. “We screwed up. I can’t believe it. We’ve been so good.” “We didn’t screw up. We had a simultaneous brain fart. Again.” She laughed and shook her head. “Anyway, walk me to the edge of the beach. You can see my room from there and can watch me go up.” “Gina, what’s the big deal? Nobody will know we just—” he waved his hand, “—you know.” “It’ll be better if you don’t walk me. With his mental radar, Michael is probably waiting by the door. On his damned wedding night. I swear he’s a freak. He should stay out of it.” Oh, boy. She was getting fired up. Maintenance mode. His friend needed protection. They were both ex-special ops, but they didn’t stand a chance against all five foot three of Gina. “Mike loves you. He’s trying to protect you.” “From you? You’re his best friend.” Vic ran his hands over her shoulders. “Yeah, but I’m not right for you.” “The circumstances aren’t right. That’s true, but he doesn’t have to keep reminding me.” “He does it to me too.” They strolled to the edge of the beach, and he squeezed her hand. Don’t go. Just stay for a while. All he wanted was more time with her. Not a lot to ask. On tiptoes, she brushed a kiss over his lips. A little hum escaped his throat. What the hell was that? “I had a great time,” she said. “You were just what I needed.” “I think a ‘but’ is coming.” “We can’t do this again.” Yep. Not good. “I know.” She pulled her hand from his and hauled ass toward her room. Away from him. He waited while she went up the stairs and she stopped in front of the window of the room next to hers. A minute later the door opened and Matt came out. He turned and, apparently using his Spidey sense, looked straight at Vic. And we’re busted.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. Connect with Adrienne: Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Street Team
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Love Always by Sheena Binkley Love, Life, & Happiness, #5) Publication date: November 19th 2014 Genres: New Adult, Romance Synopsis: Riana: From the first moment I’d laid eyes on Shawn Walker, I never thought he would be the love of my life. In the three years we have been together, we have been through so much, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else I would have wanted by my side. Now, we’re about to experience another event that has us both in shock. Will we be able to get through this one together, or will it end up destroying our relationship? Shawn: I never thought I would experience love again until Riana Robertson entered my life. The two of us have been through hell and back, but we’re still standing. Now that I’ve graduated Shaw and heading into the real world, I have a lot of responsibility, not just for myself, but for my growing family. With all of the issues surrounding Riana and me, will we slowly lose sight of the love we have for each other, or will it strengthen us as a couple?
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Author InterviewWhere did the idea of Love Always come about? Love Always is the fifth book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series and it’s the second book for one of the couples, Riana & Shawn. The story takes place three years after they met and it shows how much they relationship has evolved. They been through so much in their relationship and now, they have an even bigger test they have to endure. It will show whether their relationship will become stronger or will it destroy them. With the series, each book was devoted to a couple and their journey to happiness. Why were two books written about Riana and Shawn? Although I love each of the couples in the series, there were so much more to tell regarding Riana and Shawn. Their relationship is very special and unique that I had to do another story on them. Also, readers of the series love these two and wanted to have an update; so another story was born. Since this is a part of a series, do you need to read the first four books? Not necessarily. This story does provide enough background for first-time readers to understand the storyline and the couples; but it would be more beneficial if readers read the first four to see the journey each couple (especially Riana and Shawn) went through to understand where they are now in their relationships. What was your favorite part in writing Love Always? I have various scenes that are my favorite with Love Always. In fact, I love the entire story, because it shows how powerful love can be. Also, this book is important to me because it’s has some real-life elements to Riana and Shawn with myself and my husband. Some of the lessons this couple has been through was similar to some of the situations my husband and I faced at their age, so it brought back various memories during my college days a few years ago. Will there be any other stories coming soon from the series? Yes, Actually, Love Always was supposed to been the final book in the series, but I couldn’t let these characters go; so I decided to write one more story, titled Redemption. This will be a novella and will be from one of the most hated (but misunderstood) characters from the series, Nathan. Several questions will be answered in this story, so hopefully everyone would understand his point of view on some of the situations that has occurred between him and with several characters. What are your future plans? Along with Redemption, I am working on a new series titled Resisting Temptation. I am also working on a spin-off from the Love, Life, & Happiness titled Simply Love. Both series will be available next year.
About the AuthorSheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7092860.Sheena_Binkley http://sheenabinkley.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/ChevonBink https://www.facebook.com/sheenabinkleyauthor http://eepurl.com/U1gqj
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