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Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi Everybody!

Starting tomorrow, December 13, 2014, we will be having our 12 Days of Christmas blog hop and giveaway. There are some fabulous prizes (including a signed copy of The Marker from me, as well as a gift set of all four of my ebooks. If you’re really lucky, and I get my copies in time, I might even give away a signed copy of my best-selling book, Highland Deception. Because, honestly, I love the feel of paper books). There are a number of really fantastic writers among this group, so make sure to check it out. Enter often!

The rafflecopter for this is:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/153622a61/

I think it is, anyway. I’m technologically challenged at the moment, so if any of you find an error, please kindly let me know. I’ve been pulling my hair out these last few weeks, and it’s left me feeling a little bit like this:

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But hey, ’tis the Christmas season, and I promise to make everything into smiles and unicorns.

Who am I kidding? That’s not me at all. I’m not happy if I’m not a little bit stressed out.

So, in the spirit of the season, I say, Welcome! Check out the ridiculously fabulous line up of authors we have going over the next few days, and sign up to win prizes from… All of us!

Check out these prizes!

$10 Starbucks card from Cynthia Gail AND a Bark Less Wag More coffee mug and author swag from Rachel Lacey

$10 Amazon card from Jennifer Faye AND Author swag from Darcy Flynn

$10 Starbucks card from Jessica Jefferson AND Autographed PB copy of Marked by Jeanne Hardt

$5 Amazon card from Maureen Bonatch AND Bag of heart-shaped pasta from Abigail Sharpe

Bodycology Moroccan shower gel & lotion and author swag from Meda White

$5 Amazon card from Sophia Kimble AND Pair of hand-painted ceramic penguin holiday mugs from Ryan Jo Summers

Paris scented shower gel/lotion/mist set from Sloane B. Collins

$5 Amazon card and ecopy of Perfectly Honest from Linda O’Connor

PB copy of Sugarwater Ranch and keychain from Stephanie Berget

Complete ebook set of Aisle Bound series from Christi Barth

$5 Amazon card from Kim Hotzon AND ebook set and signed PB of The Marker from Meggan Connors

$25 Amazon card from Ann Lacey

$15 Amazon card and giant chocolate bar from Heather Miles

$10 B&N Card from Tracey Livesay

$10 Amazon card from Rebecca Neely

$10 Amazon card and curvy-love bracelets from Aidy Award


WInner, winner, chicken dinner!

How sweet is that? Check out all of those gifts! Woot!

Have a great Holiday Season!


Friday Night Book Reviews, Saturday Edition: The What If Guy

Yes, yes, I’m a day late and a dollar short.

I’ve had a wicked stomach bug for almost a week, and I’ve been coming home from work and going to bed. I’ve barely eaten anything for a week, and I’ve been living on Zofran.

Yes, I am indulging in better living through pharmacology. And it’s the only way I’ve been able to function.

But enough of my excuses.

Our book of the day is Brooke Moss’s The What If Guy, offered through Entangled Publishing, which I read some time ago, and some of you may have seen my review on Goodreads. I would have posted a pic of the cover, but, well… it’s not in the cards.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of your life? 

(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.) 

After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington, to put the pieces of her life back together. 

Her disgruntled twelve-year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making. 

Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love-and herself-with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were real. They were funny. They were people you might actually meet on the street. And like.

Ms. Moss has crafted a character driven book. So if you’re looking for a book heavy on the plot, this isn’t it. This book is about people, and they have the spark of real life about them. My one issue–and it really isn’t one–is that Henry does seem too perfect, and, well, real men have flaws. But when I think about the first blush of romance, those first few months (or years) when you’re falling in love, your man’s flaws seem endearing. Snoring–oh, cute. Morning breath–who even notices? So when I thought, “Wow, Henry seems perfect,” it’s because, in Autumn’s eyes, he is. Henry’s lack of flaws in this regard was something I was willing to overlook in exchange for a great story with great characters.

A good read for a day curled up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa. So put it on the Christmas list and download it to your new Kindle or Nook or iPad or Kobo.

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of my book, The Marker, while you’re at it. The Marker comes out in FOUR DAYS!