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Ann Lawrence | Christmas in Savage Bay


Every year, I stock up on holiday books, and I've always wanted to write one. Well, I finally have! CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY will be released (ebook only) on December 1st. The story is not only my first holiday book, it is also Book 1 in my Savage Bay Series. I've created a small fictitious village in Connecticut for my series called Savage Bay . . . where all the men need taming and the women are up to the task!

I love all the traditions of the holidays, so I made Kara Sinclair, star of CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY, a homebody who loves the holidays too. She loves every strand of tinsel and every cookie on the plate.

I paired Kara with Reed Savage who returns to Savage Bay to confront his past. He's Vagabond Guy. He lives out of a suitcase. I hope you'll pick up the book and see how Kara "tames" Reed!

But when Kara first meets Reed, she's not sure if her attraction is real or just the result of too much wassail! One thing she knows for sure, the kiss she shares with Reed under the mistletoe is just about perfect! I've put the kiss here. I've also included Kara's recipe for holiday wassail.

A First Kiss...

Reed gripped Kara around the waist, swinging her around to face him. He lifted his chin, and she looked up at the foyer chandelier.
She tried to back away, but as she did, he pulled her even closer, his sporran the only thing separating them.
Why was she resisting? She relaxed against him.
"Have I thanked you for saving my ass?" he said softly.
"Not yet." She could barely get the words out. Her breath was trapped somewhere in her chest.
He kissed her. His lips were warm, gentle, a whisper on hers. He eased back a moment and stared at her, his eyes shadowed.
Heat shimmered between them. She pulled his head down.
The second kiss was completely different. Hard. Demanding. A tangle of tongues.
Her insides quivered. It was not a mistletoe kiss. It was aggressive. Then it gentled and felt like an invitation. And a promise.


For the non-Scottish out there, a sporran is a pouch worn around a man's waist at the front of his kilt. Sporrans come in all sizes and shapes. Here's one of my favorite Scotsmen wearing an ornate sporran--Grandfather Lawrence.

Scottish families figure heavily in my story. My sister and I have been working on our family tree which is part Scottish, part Irish. In researching Scottish families that came to the United States during various centuries, some names just jumped out at me. I couldn't pass up Savage. The minute I saw the name, I could picture the Savage men in their kilts. Reed's particular twig on the Savage family tree is from Dalmellington, Scotland. The other two Scottish families in the story are the Sinclairs and the MacLeods.'s Kara Sinclair's Holiday Wassail. She keeps it warm in a crock pot, and the pot is always empty at the end of the night!

Kara Sinclair's Holiday Wassail

6 cups apple juice or cider
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
18 ounces of pineapple juice
Orange slices for garnish (can decorate them with cloves)
1/4 cup rum (Optional and adjust amount to personal taste.)

Heat the apple juice or cider with the cinnamon stick until boiling. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for five minutes. Uncover and stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Transfer to a crock pot to keep warm and garnish with the orange slices.

Makes 16 1/2 cup servings

I'll happily give two lucky people who comment an ebook copy of CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY (winner's choice of digital format) which will be released on December 1st.

And mark your calendars for the rest of the series: UNBRIDLED - Book 2 - June 2014 and SWEPT AWAY - Book 3 - November 2014




42 comments posted.

Re: Ann Lawrence | Christmas in Savage Bay

Looking forward to reading this book.
(Tina Lechuga 10:48am November 23, 2013)

Wow! Love the cover art. I always love the rough and tumble type men. But, I think the story sounds even better. Thanks for the contest.
(Vennie Martinisi 11:21am November 23, 2013)

This book sounds wonderful and I love Christmas romanaces. Thanks alos for the recipe. It looks great!
(Bonnie Capuano 11:26am November 23, 2013)

I love reading Christmas stories too! I think I have about 4 already!
(Sue Galuska 11:43am November 23, 2013)

Christmas is a magical time of year, especially if there are two people under the mistletoe! Romance is special then as well.
(C Culp 1:19pm November 23, 2013)

Thanks for the wassail recipe. It will be great for when I cuddle up with a good book.
(Pam Howell 1:38pm November 23, 2013)

A Christmas romance, hot toddy and a lit fireplace will keep me warm. Would love to win this.
(Lin Berda 1:46pm November 23, 2013)

Never had wassail but it sounds tasty and so does your story.
(Joyce Mandle 2:30pm November 23, 2013)

I love Christmas novels and always make sure I have a few on hand for the holidays.
Your recipe is perfect for these cold days. Thank you.
(Judith Hulley 2:54pm November 23, 2013)

Christmas romances are my favorite and this one sounds like a really good read!
(Betty Hamilton 3:30pm November 23, 2013)

Never has Wassail but after this recipe, which I am keeping, I think I will.
Thank you.
(Vicki Hancock 4:09pm November 23, 2013)

Enjoyed the short excerpt and thanks for the wassail recipe!
(G. Bisbjerg 4:21pm November 23, 2013)

I love holiday books! TU for the giveaway!
(Linda Townsend 4:28pm November 23, 2013)

I enjoy Holidays reads all year long! Thanks for sharing about your book and the Wassail recipe! Happy Holidays!
(Colleen Conklin 5:09pm November 23, 2013)

I'd love to win. I must read this!
Great excerpt.
(Rhonda Brittingham 5:29pm November 23, 2013)

this looks good thanks for the recipe the book sounds really
good also i cant wait to read it
(Denise Smith 6:00pm November 23, 2013)

That wassail recipe looks good---but I think I'll use a lot more rum.
(Sue Farrell 6:06pm November 23, 2013)

Love the excerpt. It makes me wonder about Savage Bay and Reed Savage if there is an connection or it just coincidence that both names are Savage.
(Kai Wong 6:16pm November 23, 2013)

Sounds like a good read. I love Christmas stories.
(Rita Wray 7:03pm November 23, 2013)

Christmas in Savage Bay sounds like a winner! Can't wait to read it.
(Linda Harrison 8:04pm November 23, 2013)

The recipe sounds really good. Enjoyed the excerpt, love reading Christmas stories.
(Jean Patton 8:12pm November 23, 2013)

The Holiday Wassail sounds good.
(Kim Matlock 9:12pm November 23, 2013)

Oh and so does the book. I lives series.
(Kim Matlock 9:12pm November 23, 2013)

It sounds wonderful,I want to read it !!!!
(Pamela Frady 9:13pm November 23, 2013)

Love holiday reads!
(Mary C 9:47pm November 23, 2013)

I love the recipe and know I will love the book.
(Melanie Backus 9:50pm November 23, 2013)

Love that cover!! The book sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win.
(Martha Lawson 10:17pm November 23, 2013)

Wow, Congrats on your new book: CHRISTMAS IN SAVAGE BAY. I
love the book cover too! Thank You for the wonderful recipe
also. I would love to win and read your new book this Fall.
Thank You very much. Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 10:33pm November 23, 2013)

I love Christmas books. Your books sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Linda Hall 10:37pm November 23, 2013)

It is so nice to meet so many people who love holiday stories as much as I do.
Glad you liked the recipe as well. I hope if you don't win the book, you'll still
pick it up! Thanks so much for visiting and reading my blog!
(Ann Lawrence 11:03pm November 23, 2013)

This sounds very good I can't wait to read it, Thanks for the blog today!
(Penney Wilfort 11:14pm November 23, 2013)

Both the wassial and the book look great! Love the excerpt!
(Glenda Martillotti 12:41pm November 24, 2013)

Thanks to those who commented. I really enjoyed planning this series and
creating my town. I combined some of my favorite places in Maine and
Connecticut (with a touch of NJ thrown in) to make Savage Bay. It was also fun
populating my village with people who need their own stories :) Thanks again
for reading and commenting!
(Ann Lawrence 10:57am November 24, 2013)

Sounds like a great read, loved the excerpt.
(Carol Woodruff 11:18am November 24, 2013)

All I want for Christmas is the hottie on your cover. Yum!
(Susan Falkler 3:13pm November 24, 2013)

Thanks Susan....I will pass that on to the artist. I think she did a great job :)
(Ann Lawrence 4:53pm November 24, 2013)

The book and the series both sound good!
(Marcy Shuler 7:53pm November 24, 2013)

hmmm - he needs an unbuttoned henley river driver from LL Bean under that chamois shirt - and I can't get enough of hairy men in plaid flannel at this time of year...
BTW - the wassail sounds delicious - I'll try it at Thanksgiving! thanks!
(Beth Fuller 11:50pm November 24, 2013)

Love first kisses - love second too.
(Mary Preston 3:42am November 25, 2013)

Dear Ann - is it supposed to be a 48 oz. can of pineapple juice - couldn't find any 18 oz cans at the grocery store, but there are 48 oz cans and 6 oz cans....
(Beth Fuller 11:52pm November 25, 2013)

Yes, I don't have a can at home but the really big one is right. Sorry for the typo.
Thanks for catching it Beth!
(Ann Lawrence 9:38pm November 30, 2013)

OKay...Another correction. I am so sorry about this. My sister was reading this
and said NO it is 18 ounces of pineapple juice. If you add the ounces, to get
16.5 cups you need 48 + 18 ounces. So it's 3 of the little ones or 18 ounces
from the bigger one. So sorry for the mistake. Yikes. Hope you see this Beth!!
(Ann Lawrence 8:02pm December 1, 2013)

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