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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Eric R Asher

Posted December 15, 2015 By Jennifer

Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event!! I’ve teamed up with That’s What I’m Talking About and Blogging By Liza to bring you some fun holiday posts from a whole slew of awesome authors.

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It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). There will be exclusive bonus scenes, recipes, top 10 lists… all manor of shenanigan is possible. Some authors are including giveaways, too, so be sure to check out each days’ posts! You can check out the full schedule on the Kickoff Post.

Today, Eric R Asher brings us a rare moment of peace from his Vesik world. (And if you’re not familiar with the Vesik series – with necromancers, fairies, and a few little puffball with teeth, – check below for your chance to win a book in the series!)

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Year’s End

Sam narrowed her gaze and scratched Jasper behind his eyes. The gray furball purred and swelled and nestled into our parents’ couch beside her and the presents stacked precariously on the armrest.

“Take it back,” she said.

“Fine,” I said. “Fine. I promise not to use my necromancy to make you punch yourself in the face for two weeks.”

“Children,” Mom said, raising an eyebrow while sitting a small steaming teacup and saucer on the coffee table.

“She started it,” Foster said, picking up a coffee stirrer and dropping it into the very alcoholic bourbon and cider.

“Oh you little bug.” Sam growled.

Foster flexed his wings and took a long pull on the straw before wincing away. “Holy hell.”

“Bug spray,” Sam said.

Aideen took a sip and smacked her lips. “It’s quite nice. Is that butter I taste, Andi?”

Mom nodded and settled herself onto the loveseat beside Dad. He put his arm around her and shifted a small stack of presents with his foot.

“Alright,” Frank said as he stepped around the snoring cu siths by the fireplace. He set a platter of cookies and chocolate covered bacon on the coffee table.

“Dear god,” Foster said. “There’s no fudge, you heathen.”

“I got it.” I looked toward the kitchen and smiled. Vicky hummed along with the Christmas music, batting Shiawase’s hand away when he tried to help.

“Maybe don’t put that by Foster,” Mom said. “He has quite the reputation.”

“A deserved reputation,” Aideen said after taking another sip of cider.

“Thank you, Vesiks,” Shiawase said. “I am honored to be at your gathering.” He bowed slightly before sitting on the floor by the coffee table.

“We can bring in a chair from the kitchen,” Dad said.

“Unnecessary, but thank you for the offer.”

The room shook. Glasses rattled in the cabinets and Foster steadied the small pyramid of fudge.

“Is he actually coming?” Sam asked.

The stone above the fireplace shifted, two black pockets forming above the mantle before pale green fires lit in each. A rap came at the patio door a moment later.

“Aeros,” I said. “I’m so glad you could make it.”

“I have not seen a Christmas like this in many years,” the Old God said. “I thank you for having me.”

Sam blipped over to the door and slid it open, leaving Jasper to tumble into the depression her butt had left in the cushion. The furball growled and righted himself.

Zola grunted as Sam’s hug threatened to fracture things best not fractured.

“It’s good to see you too, girl. It’s good to see you too.”

Zola offered me a smile as she made her way around the room, finally dragging a kitchen chair over between me and the snoring cu siths. Vicky followed Sam back to the couch and snatched a wide-eyed Jasper off the coffee table, his mouth stuffed with fudge.

“What a pig,” Foster said through a mouthful of chocolate.

“Fairies,” Aeros’s face muttered from the stone fireplace.

Dad stared at the rocky visage, but it didn’t seem to phase Mom at all.

“Pig,” Foster said again.

“He’s a dragon, not a pig,” Vicky said, hopping up to sit between Sam and me, barely leaving room for Frank to squeeze in. “Is it time for presents now?”

It was the kind of night that I would never forget, filled with family and food and the stories we’d probably retell until we were all dead and buried. I was pretty sure that wouldn’t stop some of us. Hell, look at Shiawase for that matter.

After a time, the wrapping paper sat in mountainous chaos across the room, leaving Foster and Aideen to question what they would do with a new lightsaber, Zola with a mouthful of horehound candy, a vampire welcome mat for Mom and Dad, and a fire extinguisher for Frank’s jerky.

I pulled the ribbon of the last present and tossed the tissue paper away. Inside waited a black T-shirt with a vampire’s skull on it. I smiled at Vicky. “Thanks, Kid.”

She kept her arms wrapped tight around the giant spherical stuffed panda bear we’d gotten her.

“Best Christmas ever?” I asked.

She hesitated, and then nodded.

“A toast,” Dad said. “To the friends who couldn’t be here, the friends we’ve lost, and the family we’ve gained. Here’s to the new year. May it be a peaceful one.” Dad raised his cup, and we all followed.

Cheers.

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To enter to win one copy of any book in Eric’s Vesik series, comment below with a book you’re looking forward to reading next year (book 5 in the Vesik series, Destroyer Rising, maybe?) Contest starts now, and ends at midnight, pacific, on December 24th. Winner will be chosen and notified on December 28th. Good Luck!

And after you’ve contemplated your 2016 reading… be sure to head over to check out the other Mistletoe Madness posts for today…

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Cover Reveal: ROMAN CRAZY by Nina Bocci & Alice Clayton

Posted December 14, 2015 By Jennifer

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!

You guys… two of my very favorite people are writing a book together, and the amount of “cannot wait” in my brain right now is reaching epic proportions!!!!

I’ve been a HUGE fan of these ladies for a very long time, and have been raving about Alice’s stories for years. Now I get to share the cover and some info about their first release together, and I couldn’t be happier!! First… the pretty packaging…

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More  About ROMAN CRAZY:

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy—away from home and licking her wounds…and perhaps a gelato or two. But when Daisy, an American expat now living in Rome, throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop. She falls, quite literally, at the feet of a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello is a man from her past—the man, the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and the life she once had and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious.

And so is Marcello…

Avery slips easily into the good life that is summertime in Rome. She spends her days exploring a city that would make art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over a whirlwind what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could it really be her life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twinset cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

 

Find the Authors at:

NinaBocci.com | Twitter | Facebook Goodreads

AiceClayton.com | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

Pre-Order Links:  Barnes & Noble     Amazon     iTunes     Kobo    IndieBound     Simon & Schuster

 

It’s not urban fantasy or paranormal, which are really my “go-to” genres… but when I’m in the mood for a contemporary, these are among the first ladies I reach for. Trust me on this one… you are going to NEED this book in your life!! <3

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Terry Spear

Posted December 14, 2015 By Jennifer

Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event!! I’ve teamed up with That’s What I’m Talking About and Blogging By Liza to bring you some fun holiday posts from a whole slew of awesome authors.

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It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). There will be exclusive bonus scenes, recipes, top 10 lists… all manor of shenanigan is possible. Some authors are including giveaways, too, so be sure to check out each days’ posts! You can check out the full schedule on the Kickoff Post.

Terry Spear is getting her fictional crew in the holiday spirit. Today we get a little sneak peek at a Christmas Day happening in Yuma Town. (And after, she’s got a present for you… you can enter to win her newest audiobook release, A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS.)

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Christmas in Yuma Town

Ava Summers might be on the run, but she had to eat and when she saw a tea shop, nothing else in Yuma Town that featured a drive-through, fast food, shop and grab, not even the service stations, she decided that was the next best thing.

As soon as she walked into the beautiful, Victorian tea shop decorated in antiques, where a few women were seated at tables having sandwiches, soups, and salads, she noticed a number of women dressed in holiday sweaters and dresses heading into a room. Intrigued, she walked over to see what was going on. In the large room, Ava got a welcome eyeful of one sexy Santa wearing red pants and black boots, his sculpted abs bared, and his rugged face completely free of facial hair. It appeared to be a special Christmas social for women in Yuma Town.

Though he wore the traditional Santa hat and pants, the rest of him was untraditionally fine. Well, better than fine. He was a cougar too.

“Who is he?” Ava whispered to one of the women standing in line.

The woman glanced at her. “You must not be from around here.”

“No, I just stopped in for a quick lunch on my way through town.” Ava pulled out her camera to take a shot of the sexy Santa before another eager woman sat on Santa’s lap to tell him what she wanted for Christmas.

“Aww. Well, that’s Stryker Hill, Deputy Sheriff of Yuma Town, and a bachelor, I might add. The money gathered from the event will be given to families in need for Christmas.”

“That’s wonderful,” Ava said, knowing just what she wanted to ask the hunky Santa for Christmas, if it didn’t get her arrested. Not that she was hanging around to meet him, or anyone else in law enforcement. She didn’t do well with their kind.

Even so, she caught his eye as she took another picture, and this time he smiled. She actually liked his darker look, his dark hair cut short probably because of his occupation, his blue eyes studying her, as she still held the camera in front of her face. She didn’t pull the camera away from her face until she turned and headed for the door. Any law enforcement officer could create problems for her.

She returned to the main dining room, glanced at the sign that said Santa would be there for two more hours. Good. She thought she’d have to drive on when she was starving. She’d grab something to eat, smiling at the knowledge that the deputy sheriff was playing Santa and wasn’t watching for criminals on the run while she was in the next room having lunch.

Not that she was truly a criminal on the run, but some seemed to think so.

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Stryker Hill ignored the woman who sat on his lap as he watched the woman taking pictures of him leave the room. When Dottie Brown, their dispatcher, sat on his lap, he smiled up at her. “So, did you get her name?”

“Who?” Dottie frowned.

“The woman who was taking pictures of me.”

“No. Didn’t think to ask. She said she was just dropping in to grab lunch. I guess the crowd caught her attention.”

“Was she impressed?”

Dottie laughed. “She did take pictures, you know. Probably will plaster you all over Twitter and Facebook.”

He chuckled. “So what do you want for Christmas this year, young lady?”

Dottie smiled. “That you and I find the loves of our lives in the New Year. Wouldn’t that be the best?”

“I couldn’t agree with you more. Hey, you set this up. Does it allow for bathroom breaks?”

“Only after it’s over.” She looked back at the long line of women eager to see him. “I could see them grabbing you and ripping your clothes off if you tried to slip away.”

“But I’m a deputy sheriff.”

“Today, you’re just one hot, sexy Santa.”

By the time he was done with his mission, Stryker knew the woman would be gone if she was only here to grab a quick lunch and head on out. But even so, he asked the waitress if the woman had paid in cash or used a credit card.

Cash.

Stryker had only one wish for Christmas—that he could see the mystery woman who took his pictures and find out what she wanted for Christmas.

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silver-wolf-christmas-300-500-x750Big thank you to Terry for sharing that little tidbit with us. Now… for a chance to win an audiobook copy of A SILVER WOLF CHRISTMAS, what’s on YOUR holiday wish list? Comment below to enter. Contest starts now, and ends at midnight pacific on December 24th. Winner will be chosen and notified on December 28th. GOOD LUCK!!

Also!! Check out these awesome posts today, from my Mistletoe Madness event partners…

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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Sara Humphreys

Posted December 12, 2015 By Jennifer

Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event!! I’ve teamed up with That’s What I’m Talking About and Blogging By Liza to bring you some fun holiday posts from a whole slew of awesome authors.

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It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). There will be exclusive bonus scenes, recipes, top 10 lists… all manor of shenanigan is possible. Some authors are including giveaways, too, so be sure to check out each days’ posts! You can check out the full schedule on the Kickoff Post.

Today, Sara Humphreys, author of the upcoming THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE, shares “The Good, The Bad, and The Fabulous” of the holiday season. (She also shares a contest at the end!!)

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The Good, the Bad, and the Fabulous of the Holiday Season by Sara Humphreys
 
Like everyone else in the free world, I’m running around like a crazy person during this time of year but I didn’t want to miss out on the Mistletoe Madness! The fourth installment of my Dead in the City series will be released January 5th. In the spirit of THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE VAMPIRE…here’s my list of the The Good, the Bad, and the Fabulous for the holiday season.
 
The Good
Generosity of Spirit and Overall Kindness: We get our Christmas tree during Thanksgiving weekend and my four sons love to tease me about how early we put the decorations up. I love the overall feeling of the holiday season. Christmas day is lovely but it’s the whole season I really enjoy and I want to squeeze as much out of it as I can. People are generally kinder. There’s a spirit of goodwill in the air and who doesn’t want more of that? 
 
The Bad
Too much food and booze: I love food and wine and the holiday season brings a plethora of both. I simply can’t say no to a big glass of Malbec or some homemade cookies–or twelve. My goal this year is to enjoy the holidays without piling on any extra pounds. Put it this way, I don’t want to have to ask Santa for pants in a bigger size. We shall see.

The Fabulous
Family time: There is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my family and luckily the holidays create the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. When I’m with them, I laugh loudly and often. Love and laughter? Yeah, that’s about as fabulous as life gets.


How about you? What do you think is good, bad, and fabulous about the holiday season?


Each commenter will be entered to win one ebook copy from Sara’s backlist! (This is the perfect way to start the Vampires in NYC series, if you haven’t already!) Contest starts now, and runs through December 24th. Winner will be chosen and notified on December 28th.


**When you’re done weighing the pros and cons of the season here… be sure to check out what That’s What I’m Talking About has got going on with Sorcha Mowbray!**
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Mistletoe Madness Blog Event featuring Hildie McQueen

Posted December 11, 2015 By Jennifer

Welcome to the Mistletoe Madness Blog Event!! I’ve teamed up with That’s What I’m Talking About and Blogging By Liza to bring you some fun holiday posts from a whole slew of awesome authors.

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It’s is a two week event where authors with 2015 winter releases (November 2015 — January 2016) will take over our blogs with guest posts written from one of their character’s POV with a holiday theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, New Years, etc.). There will be exclusive bonus scenes, recipes, top 10 lists… all manor of shenanigan is possible. Some authors are including giveaways, too, so be sure to check out each days’ posts! You can check out the full schedule on the Kickoff Post.

Today Hildie McQueen gives us a peek into her holiday crazy times… something we can all relate to on some degree. And at the end, she gives us a peek at a little giveaway!

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The Truth about The Holidays or When Did that last kid pop out?

November comes with not only cooler weather, but the prospect of everyone’s favorite time of year.  Family gatherings, celebrations, office parties and the highly anticipated pictures on social media of an elf doing stupid crap that only the other elf followers find amusing.

By November fifth, I’m over it.  Not only is my husband constantly asking who’s coming for Thanksgiving again, but entire days are devoted to texts and calls between relatives and friends regarding the menu and world stopping questions like “Should I bring un-sweet tea for the Yankees?”

Just to clarify, I don’t cook, hence why I find this all annoying.  If you ask me, pop the damn bird in the oven until its done, smash some potatoes and crack open two cans.  Green beans and that jellied cranberry goop will finish a plate quite nicely, thank you very much.  Who cares whether the tea is sweet or gasp, un-sweet for the Yankees?  I’ll wash my food down with my third glass of Scotch on the rocks as I try to avert my gaze from the one person who always talks with food in their mouth.

When Thanksgiving dinner is finally over and I find out one of my dining room chairs got broken, then comes another holiday favorite activity.  Black day.  My friends sit around in a turkey meal stupor leafing through the newspaper.  A newspaper, we drove to six locations before we returned home empty handed only to find out someone had one in their car.  Blink. Blink.  Why do you drive around with the newspaper?  Do you get bored at red lights?

I’ll skip the “Black day” shenanigans since I never left dining room table, I was staring at some guy in a sweater vest in the JC Penney ad trying to figure out if he’d pose for a book cover.  Anyway, let’s talk about gifts.  I love shopping so much, most of the time I don’t have to leave my house to come up with gifts for a hoard of friends.  But for some reason, at Christmas, I am always short.  I don’t know what to get the men in my life, so they get socks.  Yes every year they get socks.  Don’t judge me. If you need socks, stop by, I have some in the “back closet”.

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But something happens at Christmas, either I buy one friend twenty things cause I keep forgetting I already got her something, or I forget one and have to throw Bath and Body Works in a bag.  By the way if you got BBW from me, it doesn’t mean I forgot you….ummm….yeah.

I have like twenty-eight or maybe it’s twelve nieces and nephews.  The little shits all look the same.  I always forget one.  Still can’t figure out which sister had five kids and which one had four…or did she have six?  And, who is that one kid that always seems to morph from one day being a kid and the next day he’s got a mustache?  Then when I check again, find out he’s only ten.  Or maybe he’s fourteen now.  Anyway, I don’t remember him being born.  So the kid always gets a McDonald’s gift card, cause I get him something on the way to their house.  I forget his name, but he’s a bit chubby now.

So yeah…. have a Merry Christmas.  I’m off to check my list.  And the back closet.

Hildie McQueen

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GIVEAWAY

$10 Amazon Giftcard

To enter – let’s talk “back closets”, lol!! Do you keep a little stash of “extra” gift(ish) items, just in case?? A box that you collect things in all year long, so you’ve got a running start for holiday gift giving? Each comment below will be on entry. Contest starts today, and ends at midnight pacific on December 24th. Winner will be chosen and notified on December 28th. Good Luck!!

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Writing is my dream come true. There is nothing I love more than bringing my characters and stories to life and sharing them with you. Writing Highlander and Western Historicals is so rewarding. I live in a small town in Georgia with my super hero husband and two unruly Chihuahuas.

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Now that you’ve chatted a bit about your “back closet” gifts… head on over to check out the other two Mistletoe Madness blog posts today!

 

 

 

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