Love, Laughter, and Merrily Ever Afters Collection Publication date: November 25th 2014 Genres: Romance Synopsis: TEN fun, romantic holiday novellas by ten New York Times & USA Today bestselling authors An all-star gathering of some of today's most popular NYT and USA Today bestselling romance authors in a fun-filled collection...holiday style! With the overwhelming response to the chart-topping summer boxed set, we've brought together even MORE of your favorite authors for a winter compilation, and this time, we've giftwrapped TEN stories for you all. From the funny & sweet, to the STEAMY & heartfelt, each novella is packed with a whole lot of romance, and hand-picked to infuse perfectly-portioned holiday cheer into your busy days this season...along with hot bursts of holiday steam for those winter nights. And at just ***99 CENTS USD*** that's a huge savings of over 95% off retail for the individual books sold separately! This is an extremely limited edition bundle available for just 5 weeks so get your copy today! THE BOXED SET INCLUDES: IF I RETURN -- by USA Today bestselling author Sawyer Bennett WILD IRISH CHRISTMAS -- by New York Times bestselling author Mari Carr SEDUCING SANTA -- by New York Times bestselling author Janelle Denison (aka Erika Wilde) DECKING DREW -- by New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke FAIRIES & WISHES -- by USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy) TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS -- by New York Times bestselling author Jessie Evans (aka J. Evans) HOLIDAY SPIRIT -- by New York Times bestselling author Cathryn Fox UNWRAPPED -- by New York Times bestselling author Melody Grace A CHRISTMAS HEAT WAVE -- by New York Times bestselling author Alannah Lynne HIS CHRISTMAS WISH -- by New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine
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About the AuthorsSawyer Bennett USA Today Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. Links http://www.sawyerbennett.com https://www.facebook.com/bennettbooks Violet Duke New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, as well as NYT, USA Today, and international bestsellers. When she's not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai'i with her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband. Links http://www.violetduke.com https://www.facebook.com/VioletDukeBooks Melody Grace Melody Grace is a small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover. After spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. Links http://www.melodygracebooks.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/melodygracebooks Marquita Valentine New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She's the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man--and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children. Links http://marquitavalentine.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarquitaValentine Mari Carr Writing a book was number one on Mari's bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Now her computer is jammed full of stories -- novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller as well as winner of the Passionate Plume, Mari found time for writing by squeezing it into the hours between 3 a.m. and daybreak when her family is asleep and the house is quiet. Links http://www.maricarr.com https://www.facebook.com/MariCarrWriter Karen Erickson Karen Erickson lives in central California with her husband, three kids, one dog and too many cats. Being a romance writer and bringing her characters to life is her greatest dream come true. She's also known as New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult author Monica Murphy, the name under which she does all her social media (leading a double life is tough!). Links http://www.karenerickson.com http://monicamurphyauthor.com/ https://www.facebook.com/MonicaMurphyauthor Jessie Evans New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary romances she loves to read. She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more. When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with. Links http://www.jessieevansauthor.com https://www.facebook.com/JessieEvansRomance Janelle Denison Janelle Denison is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over fifty contemporary romance novels. She is a two time recipient of the National Reader’s Choice Award, and has also been nominated for the prestigious RITA award. Janelle is a California native who now calls Oregon home. She resides in the Portland area with her husband and daughters, and can’t imagine a more beautiful place to live. When not writing, she can be found exploring the great Northwest, from the gorgeous beaches to the amazing waterfalls and lush mountains. Janelle also writes as NYT & USA Today bestselling author Erika Wilde. Links http://www.janelledenison.com http://www.facebook.com/janelledenisonfanpage Cathryn Fox New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love. Cathryn also writes New Adult Paranormal under Cat Kalen. Links http://www.cathrynfox.com https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCathrynFox Alannah Lynne Alannah believes there’s nothing more magical than finding the other half of your soul, experiencing fiery passion, and knowing you’ve found happily-ever-after. She loves going to work each day (in sweats and a T-shirt) and writing about hot heroes and feisty heroines who torment each other in the most delicious ways before finding their happy ending. She lives in the coastal region of North Carolina with her husband, who also happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. They have two sons, a dog, Sadie, who is always causing trouble, and two cats. Links http://www.alannahlynne.com http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlannahLynne
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Mari Carr New York Times & USA Bestselling AuthorAbout WILD IRISH CHRISTMAS Wild Irish Christmas embraces some of the same traditions I enjoy in my own family. Everyone coming together to eat, drink, open gifts and tell stories. My Wild Irish family is all grown up and married with kids of their own when the story begins. When they decide to recreate Christmas’ past for their father, Pat, the seven siblings spend the evening in the apartment where they grew up. They gather around the Christmas tree with a bottle of Jameson as Pat tells them the story of how he met their mother, Sunday. Excerpt As the bottle moved from hand to hand, they each offered up words of thanks or wishes for the New Year. When it reached Patrick, he lifted the bottle and proposed a toast he hadn’t used since the last Christmas he’d celebrated with his wife, Sunday. “To Conall Brannagh.” Ewan took the bottle from his father. “Who?” “Conall Brannagh,” Patrick repeated. “If your mother had chosen him over me, none of us would be here tonight.” Sean leaned forward, a definite gleam of interest in his eyes. “So you had some competition for Mom, eh? I never knew that.” Keira grabbed a bag of pretzels. “I didn’t either. Was Mom in love with him?” Teagan looked at Patrick. “I always thought you were her first love.” Patrick smiled at his daughter. “I was her last love, Teagan. That’s a much better spot to claim. Besides, I don’t know if it’s fair to say she loved Conall, though he certainly turned the women’s heads. What’s the word you girls use for handsome men? Dreamy?” Riley laughed. “Um…yeah, not in this decade. I definitely don’t use the word dreamy to describe Aaron.” “Then what would you say?” Pat asked. “He’s hot. Totally doable.” Killian turned to look at his younger sister and shook his head. “Jesus. How are we related?” “Dreamy works for me, Pop,” Teagan said quickly. Patrick looked at his kids and silently marveled at how different they were. Somehow, miraculously, their unique qualities meshed perfectly, creating an amazing family. Ewan, always the steady one, hadn’t been distracted by the asides. “So Mom thought this Conall was dreamy?” “All the girls in Killarney thought Conall was handsome, but he only had eyes for Sunday. Not that I could blame him. Your mother was a beauty, with that long dark hair and those crystal-blue eyes. She caught every man’s attention.” “But you didn’t fall in love with her because of her looks, right?” Keira asked. “Och, Lord no. While Sunday’s face was pleasing, it was her heart, so kind and compassionate, that I found attractive. That’s what captured me by my hand and—pardon the expression—balls and kept me holding on to her for dear life.” “So what was the story with this Conall guy?” Tris asked. “Well now, that is a tale.” Patrick leaned back and closed his eyes, letting his mind drift to a different place, a different time. “I was working on my family’s sheep farm during the day while tending bar at Scully’s Pub every night. I was a young buck of twenty when Sunday, who was just nineteen, moved to Killarney to live with her aunt. Scully hired her to sing in the pub and from the first moment I laid eyes on her, I was lost…”
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Sinful Rewards 5 by Cynthia Sax Nicolas Rainer, Chicago’s most sought-after billionaire bachelor, has finally decided what he wants, and that’s Bee Carter in his arms, forever. He shows up unannounced on her doorstep and kisses her until her toes curl and her body burns. Nicolas wasn’t the sexy man Bee expected to see this morning. Hawke Masters, her tattooed former marine, is riding his customized chopper toward the condo building, anticipating an equally mind-meltingly erotic encounter. Both men want her with a thrilling intensity. Neither her billionaire nor her biker wishes to share her affections. Is today the day Bee is forced to choose?
My ThoughtsI feel like my reviews of this series may seem slightly redundant, but I can't help it. I love this hot series - it is so awesome to watch it unfold each month with a new sexy novella. I really like the character development and the twists and turns in each installment. As soon as I finish one I find myself anxiously waiting for the next to be available. Cynthia has done an awesome job with this smokin' hot serial and I can't wait for more.
About the AuthorCynthia Sax lives in a world where demons aren’t all bad, angels aren’t all good, and magic happens every single day. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they love. They live passionately. They fight fiercely. They love the same women forever. Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago. Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynthiaSax Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.sax Website: http://cynthiasax.com a Rafflecopter giveaway
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A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.
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. 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