Fresh Pick | HOLIDAY JINX by Abbey MacInnis
Fresh Pick / December 31, 2012

November 2012 On Sale: November 12, 2012\n ISBN: 0015848302 EAN: 2940015848304 Kindle: B00A6U4AXC e-Book $3.99 Add to Wish List Romance Paranormal, HolidayBuy at Amazon.com Bringing joy at the holidays Holiday Jinx by Abbey MacInnis It’s the most wonderful time of the year…unless you’re single and lonely. Jinx–one of Santa’s elves–is in trouble with the Big Guy. She’s been charged with bringing holiday happiness to Christopher Ragan, CEO of Wondrous Toys. It’s a big job especially when he’s more attached to the bottom of a bottle than helping his fellow man. She’s got enough trouble without spilling the secrets of the North Pole, but then along comes Natalie Burnes, a newbie CEO of Enchanted Toys and in trouble of a hostile takeover from Christopher’s company. The woman literally crashes Christopher’s vacation plans in a tucked away Michigan cabin—and the sparks start flying. As if Jinx’s job of matchmaking the toy makers isn’t hard enough, she’s got to stay one step ahead of the North Pole patrol and keep out of sight of the humans. No way is she gonna screw up and lose her magic again. If the humans can’t find happiness and love by Christmas, Jinx forfeits her chance of…

Fresh Pick | A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS by Heather Graham
Fresh Pick / December 29, 2012

November 2012 On Sale: November 6, 2012 Featuring: Julie Radcliff; Jon Radliff 336 pages ISBN: 0451238443 EAN: 9780451238443 Kindle: B009GXAJNA Paperback / e-Book (reprint) $7.99 Add to Wish List  Holiday, Romance Buy at Amazon.com A sweet reunion holiday tale for a family A Magical Christmas by Heather Graham From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, a wondrous Christmas story to be reread and cherished anew each year… Jon and Julie Radcliff are facing the last Christmas of a marriage in trouble. The love they once shared has been tattered by time and torn apart by divergent goals. Their teenagers, Christie and Jordan, are rebellious, and their youngest child, six-year-old Ashley, is showing the hurt and confusion of her family’s turmoil. Yet somehow the Christmas season must be gotten through, even if their holiday spirit is only pretend. The perfect place for this is the Oak River Plantation, where the Radcliffs are promised a traditional Christmas. So imagine their surprise when they are met by the quaint couple in charge, Jesse and Clarissa Wainscott, dressed in costumes dating from before the Civil War. Have they somehow entered a place that spans the gulf between past and present?…

Amanda McIntyre | Time for Reflection
Author Guest / December 29, 2012

Here we are on the cusp of another new year. It is for some, a time of reflection and for others a time for looking ahead, at a new year of potential and possibilities! In FALLEN ANGEL, the second book in my time-travel romance series based on the Tales of the Sweet Magnolia, I write about two souls, who in search for connection receive the gift of a second chance. A second chance at redemption, at forgiveness, at finding love, even if that means having to travel through time to find their deepest desires. It reminds me that each morning is a clean slate; each New Year stands at the ready to offer great opportunities. That everything that has happened to us shapes us in some way—to strengthen, to give us wisdom, to instill us with gratitude for all that we do have. And to make you realize that there is power in love. There is power in hope. I have learned this year to be more grateful. To realize that all that has happened has brought me to where I am supposed to be and I look ahead to a new year of what can be. What are you…

Robyn DeHart | Reflections and new beginnings
Author Guest / December 29, 2012

The packages are all opened and some of you have probably already taken down your trees and decorations. Right now my living room looks like Christmas exploded everywhere. In addition to the decorations, we have new toys everywhere. We have a 2 year old and a 4 year old and so they got a lot of loot. In any case it’s a mess a mess that is beginning to close in on me and tomorrow said toys will find all their new homes in baskets and bins and shelves. So while we’re in these post-holiday days closing in on the end of the year, many of us will begin to reflect over this past year and consider the one approaching. Resolutions, goals, plans, whatever you want to call them, most of us make some sort of game plan on things to tackle in our lives. Whether they be of the professional, personal or spiritual nature, most people generally try to better themselves. I’m one of those. I love to set goals. I love fresh starts and organizing projects. It’s part of my noodly-brain I suppose. I’m geeky, I love calendars and color-coding and all that stuff. But I digress. In…

Gina Robinson | The Reading Days after Christmas
Author Guest / December 28, 2012

Ah, the big stress of the holidays is over! The shopping, the baking, the wrapping, the mailing, the decorating–done, done, done. Now it’s time to bask in the post Christmas glow and relax before New Years. To reflect on the past year and look forward to a fresh new one. Time to dream and escape. And speaking of escapes, this is my favorite reading week of the year. I live in the Pacific Northwest. The days here are incredibly short so soon after the winter solstice. The weather outside is gray and cold, perfect weather to snuggle inside with a good book without any guilt. And usually I have a fresh pile of books gifted to me for Christmas. Books I’ve been wanting and meaning to read. Or gift cards just waiting for me to use to buy any I didn’t get. If you’re like me and love to read and escape into a book, if you like romance and spies and adventure and love to laugh, I hope you’ll consider my January 2013 release LIVE AND LET LOVE, which actually came out on Christmas Eve and is available now. LIVE AND LET LOVE is the third book in my…

Victoria James | As 2012 Comes to a Close…
Author Guest / December 27, 2012

I’m wondering how this year went by so quickly.  Certain years I’m glad to say goodbye too-to the trials that left a sour note.  Last New Year’s Eve, I remember gratefully toasting away the end of 2011.  We’d had a move, a new school, and a cancer diagnosis that took us all by surprise.  This year though, it feels like we’ve turned a corner.  Last year’s worry has been replaced by gratitude and a new understanding of how quickly life moves, and how fleeting time with our loved ones can be.  This year, I know my family will be toasting to the wonderful news that after a successful round of radiation treatment, my father is cancer free.  We just received the news last week-and it’s the best Christmas gift we could have ever asked for.  The gift of health, the gift of time, of being able to create more memories has just been handed to us.  My children will have more time with their Nonno, my mother will have more time with her husband, and I’ll have more time with my father. Growing up in a North-American-Italian family, the holidays were always filled with an abundance of family, food, and…

Fresh Pick | A MACKENZIE CHRISTMAS by Liliana Hart
Fresh Pick / December 27, 2012

MacKenzie novella December 2012 On Sale: December 6, 2012 Featuring: Grant MacKenzie ISBN: 0015715884 EAN: 2940015715880 Kindle: B00AKCVNX6 e-Book (reprint) $0.99 Add to Wish List  Romance Anthology, Holiday Buy at Amazon.com Sweet short stories for the holidays A MacKenzie Christmas by Liliana Hart *This story was originally published in the All I Want for Christmas Anthology* Grant MacKenzie is ready to settle down and start a family. The only problem is the one woman he’s interested in doesn’t seem to be ready for the long haul. But fate lends Grant a helping hand in getting exactly what he wants under his Christmas tree. Previous Picks

Spotlight on Gemma Halliday
Author Spotlight / December 26, 2012

Chick lit is dead. Or so I as told three years ago when my published decided to put an end to my first series, the High Heels mysteries. The High Heel mysteries were a chick lit series about a fashion designer turned amateur sleuth who had a bad habit of stumbling on dead bodies, as well as an incontinence attraction to a bad boy detective on the LAPD Homicide squad. At the time, I was sad to see the characters go.  Not only were they the first I had sold, but by the time the series ended I’d written five books with them and felt like I’d really grown with them. As my main character had met her awesome guy, transitioning from a single gal to a women in relationship, to a women on the brink of marriage, so had I. But, I trusted my publisher’s instincts and let my characters fade into the sunset along with the entire chick lit genre. And then along came self-publishing. Through a series of circumstances, I got the rights to this series back from my publisher at just about the time that the self-publishing revolution was taking place. So, I decided to self-publish…

Fresh Pick | DECK THE HALLS WITH LOVE by Lorraine Heath
Fresh Pick / December 26, 2012

A Lost Lords of Pembrook Novella December 2012 On Sale: December 5, 2012 ISBN: 0062219332 EAN: 9780062219336 e-Book Add to Wish List Romance Historical, HolidayBuy at Amazon.com Celebrate Boxing Day with a romance Deck the Halls With Love by Lorraine Heath Christmas is a time for miracles … and second chances at love. In her dazzling first Season, Lady Meredith Hargreaves gave her heart to Alistair Wakefield, the Marquess of Chetwyn, only to have it shattered when he proposed to another. And now that he’s free to pursue her? It matters little, because she’s on her way to the altar, heartbreak be damned. Chetwyn once set aside his dreams in favor of duty and honor. But as Christmas approaches, he is determined to put his own desires first and lure Lady Meredith back into his arms, where she’s always belonged. First he steals a dance; then he steals a kiss. But when they find themselves alone in an abandoned castle during a snowstorm, reignited passion consumes them both. And Chetwyn will have one last chance to steal back Meredith’s heart, once and for all. Previous Picks

Anna DeStefano | What’s Your Christmas Memory?
Author Guest / December 26, 2012

What’s most important for me this time of year is feeling that rush of memories and smiles and hopes for another holiday season like my favorite ones from before. I’ve heard a lot from readers who’re enjoying CHRISTMAS ON MIMOSA LANE, and one of the most comment reviews or emails I get is about past and present phenomenon. Yes, folks are loving the book. But more than that, they’re feeling the characters experiences—dealing with Christmases past, dreaming of perfect Christmases future, and embracing the hopeful holiday they want to embrace today. Because we’re never really feeling only now this time of year. We’re also sensing those idealistic holidays we’ve had before and wishing for even better memories to come. In CHRISTMAS ON MIMOSA LANE our characters deal with their memories (both good and bad) so they can focus on the beautiful holiday they’re making now. This is the only way for them to have their chance to be happy. Some of us struggle with being happy, too, this time of the year, while the rest of the world seems to be celebrating non-stop. Pete and Mallory and little Polly’s story is about realizing that you can make your holiday now…