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A Romance for Christmas
by Kayelle Allen
Title A Romance for
Christmas
Genre Sweet Contemporary Holiday Romance
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Bestseller on Amazon
A cop at the door
on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has
been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to
survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she
never expected to get.
“Mommy?”
Christine’s young voice broke in on her thoughts.
Dara put down
the romance she’d been re-reading, the favorite she’d had since she was
sixteen. She’d sold all her others at a yard sale the previous week. “What
is it, sweetie?”
“Why don’t
we has a real tree for Chribmas?”
“Why don’t
we ‘have’,” she corrected. “Come sit by me.” Dara patted the
couch and tucked her chenille robe closer around her.
One arm around
Matilda, her cloth doll, Christine climbed up beside her mother and cuddled.
Matilda’s going to need stuffing before long.
Her head flopped forward, face against her flat chest. When did the lace on her dress get so ragged? Dara smoothed the
doll’s dress. “Remember when Daddy went home to heaven before Christmas
last year?”
Christine
knuckled her eyes and yawned. “I ‘member.”
“And then
Mommy got hurt in the car accident and couldn’t go to work?”
“Uh
huh.”
Dara took a deep
breath. “Well, it meant there was no money for a real tree this year. But
I’m sure Santa will still bring you presents.” Gifts Dara bought by
selling her entire collection of romance novels at a yard sale at her friend
Sherilyn’s house. “And we drew a tree, right?” She pointed at the
crayon-bright drawing taped to the wall. Construction paper ornaments decorated
each branch.
“But it
doesn’t smell like a Chribmas tree.”
Dara hugged her.
“I know, baby. I know.”
“How will
Santa leave his presents?” Christine pulled away and got on her knees.
“He can’t put them under the tree, Mommy.”
“Oh, honey!”
She ruffled her daughter’s hair, swallowing the lump in her throat. “Santa
will find a way.” She leaned forward and kissed her little girl. “We
should get you in bed so he can come. He can’t leave presents while you’re
awake.”
She followed her
daughter into her room, got her tucked into bed and sat beside her, stroking
her golden hair. Christine gazed up at her from under thick dark lashes. Her
deep-blue eyes never failed to remind Dara of her late husband.
Jack had been
Dara’s high school sweetheart. Tonight marked a year and nine days since the
accident that had claimed his death. Neither she nor Jack had family other than
each other. His coworkers knew, and they’d helped that first year, bless them.
His senseless death happened right before Christmas. What if something happened
to her too? As an orphan herself, Dara experienced fear and anxiety for her
daughter. Tears of loneliness, terror of the future, of raising her daughter
without Jack at her side. Anger at everything and everyone. At his company for
sending him on the trip. At Jack for going. Guilt for feeling angry ate at her.
The night Jack
had left, they’d argued over it and he’d slammed the door when he left. But
then he’d stopped the car halfway down the drive, gotten out, and had come back
inside to kiss her and tell her he regretted having to go, but that he had to.
He promised he’d be back before Christmas. They’d shared a long, cherishing
kiss and she’d waved until he was out of sight.
Six hours later,
his plane went down over the Gulf of Mexico in a freak storm. All on board were
lost.
More guilt and
doubt set in with the New Year. Things she should have said. Should have done.
Why had she let him go? Why had God allowed her child to grow up without a
father?
Her friend
Sherilyn had walked through it all at her side, helping her get a job, watching
Christine, being there when all Dara needed was to cry. This year, the company
had forgotten Jack and the family he left behind. So much for “The Company
with Families at Heart.” Jack’s insurance had paid off the house, and
there was enough money to survive for a few months. While looking for a job,
she’d sold furniture, her good silver, and pawned all her jewelry, except her
wedding ring.
Dara rubbed her
face with both hands, willing herself to hold on for her daughter’s sake. To be
strong. To be both mother and father. Women had done it for centuries. They’d
survived. So would she.
“Mommy?”
Christine rubbed Dara’s arm. “Read me the story about the mouse that’s
quiet.”
“That’s a
great story. My mother used to read it to me when I was little.” Dara
snuggled beside her, and opened her daughter’s favorite Christmas book. At
least she’d been able to give her the gift of reading. When Jack had been
alive, he’d always made sure there was money for books. She would miss her own
collection, but at least Christine would have something from Santa.
“‘T’was the night before Christmas…”
After Christine
drifted off to sleep, Dara pushed off the bed. She was gaining strength daily,
and would finish therapy the first week of January and return to work.
Disability paid for the basics – lights, phone, water, trash collection, and
she’d never bought anything on credit, refusing to dig herself into a hole
she’d never escape once it got started.
It’ll be great to have a full income again! I
wish it could have come in time for Christmas.
She went to the
closet and pulled down a box with a ball, crayons, paper, and three books.
Sherilyn had brought over a few things as well. This wasn’t the grand Christmas
that Dara had wanted for Christine, but Dara had already sold her other
valuables. There was nothing left but her wedding ring.
She didn’t wear
it. Removing it had been part of saying good-bye to Jack.
Sherilyn had
said it would help, and it had. Sort of. But not much.
Dara sank into
one of the kitchen chairs and put her face in her hands.
Sometime later,
when the doorbell rang, she grabbed a paper towel and dried her eyes. The clock
over the stove said nine o’clock. Who would be calling at this hour on
Christmas Eve? She stuffed the wet towel in her robe pocket on the way to the
door.
A Romance for Christmas

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About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and
heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and
warriors who purr.

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Christmas Delights 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces
the story.

About the Author

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she
started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for
a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to
major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction
was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors
of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian
period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth
century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she is a bestseller
at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home
in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes
in her easy chair in the living room. She also writes as Anh Leod.
Heather loves to hear from readers! Visit her website for contact information.

Interview with Heather Hiestand

Why did you write this
book?
I have been dancing around the Christmas season in a few of my
Redcakes series books and wanted to make sure I had a proper Christmas read to round
out the series. When you have books that involve so many baked goods, the holidays
are a perfect time of year to embrace! I also wanted to make sure Lewis Noble, my
hero, had a happy ending, after being shot down romantically in The Marquess of
Cake, Redcakes #1. He’s become a reader favorite character. My heroine, Victoria
Courtnay, has also had rough luck in romance and I wanted her to have a love story.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I’ve been a romance reader since about 1993. I dabble-read in
everything, but primarily read romance. I like books that uplift me and have positive
messages. I don’t need that much reality in my fiction! Give me true love any day.
Who is your favorite character
from fiction (not including your own)?
Kivrin from Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book. This is such a powerful
read and makes me cry. Kivrin is a time traveler to the time of the Black Death.
What are you working on
at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I just did plotting for Trifling Favors, which will be the seventh
Redcakes book. I’ll be writing that in early 2015. I’ve also plotted the first book
in a new series for my editor’s consideration, and I continue to work on another
idea when I have time, set earlier in the nineteenth century than the Redcakes series.
My next release will be in August 2015. That is Wedding Matilda, the sixth Redcakes
book.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .
Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one–let
alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in
the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband.
But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair–and the
handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the
man for the job. . .
Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters,
so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced
pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party–but Victoria is the
only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching
other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt
before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts–for
many holidays to come. . .

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Title Christmas Delights
Genre Historical Romance
Author Heather Hiestand
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Christmas Star 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick,
easy, and fun. Today’s guest is Christine Ashworth.
What is your favorite
go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite “I know it will hit the
spot” item?
Honestly? A hamburger and fries. Or eggplant parmigiana. Beef
panang. Confession time…I like a lot of different foods!
What were you like when
you were in school?
In high school, I was impatient with my peers. I was usually
in the ballet studio – I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and it didn’t include
gossiping about football players. Of course, I haven’t danced ballet in too many
years now.
Would you rather stay
inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Both! I grew up in San Diego, and live in the Los Angeles area
– I love snow, both watching it fall and getting out in it to build snowmen. But
only if I’ve got the proper clothes, and know that there’s a fire and my hubby waiting
for me to get me warm.
If you’re on Twitter,
what’s your favorite hashtag to watch?
I love checking in on the #1k1hr hashtag. I almost always make
new friends that way, too.
What was the last movie
you watched (home or theater)?
“The Red Violin”. An AWESOME film that I’ve watched
several times now.

About The Book:

Title: Christmas Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Christine Ashworth
Book heat level: PG13
After a whirlwind courtship, the Christmas season finds plain-Jane-with-a-secret
Elle Houston engaged to one of the brightest stars in the Hollywood firmament–and
falling for the personal chef at her ritzy, pre-wedding resort.
Elle doesn’t know for sure if marrying Taylor Collins, superstar,
is the right thing to do. Separated by a continent four days before their wedding,
Elle is waiting at a private resort as her doubts escalate. Hunky Chef Luc Favreau
isn’t helping, with his Christmas cookies, and hot chocolate, and his ability to
really listen, to really see a girl for who she is, rather than who he wants her
to be…

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About the Author

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen
A Romance for Christmas
by Kayelle Allen
Kayelle Allen, author of A Romance for Christmas answers five
easy questions to help readers get to know her better. Kayelle is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning
author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk,
role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
Who is your “book
boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
I have a real yen for Roarke, from JD Robb’s In Death series.
But don’t let Lt. Eve Dallas know. *wink*
What’s your favorite hashtag
to watch on Twitter?
I have more than one. I (try to) keep up with #Loki and #Thranduil,
and also #MFRWauthor #amreading and #ASMSG. I built a Paper.li newsletter that combines
the first two. Loki’s Army Recruiters http://paper.li/kayelleallen/1383533309
What are your hobbies?
I’ve been collecting the In Death series by JD Robb (39 as of
this date), and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. Hmm… I must have
a thing for authors with J names and four-letter last names. Anyway, I challenged
myself to find these books secoond hand rather than new. So I visit used book stores,
Goodwill stores, and places like Second and Charles. I keep a list and cross them
off as I go. Once I have all the books, it’s only a matter of keeping up. And I’m
scouting for new and prolific authors to watch. Suggestions welcome.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
I just bought two Astonomy
magazines which I will read cover to cover. I also pick up Popular Science, Popular
Mechanics, and similar magazines. They help me keep up with current technology.
When you write science fiction you have to know what’s new. Scifi is often an extrapolation
built on the now. If we have this, what will it be used to do? The book I’m talking
about this time is contemporary — not scifi, but my primary writing is science
fiction romance.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
The theme from Cops! “Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna
do? What you gonna do when they come for you?” Scott Gregori is one of his
hometown’s finest boys in blue.

About the Book

Title A Romance for Christmas
Genre Contemporary Holiday Romance
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance
showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything
Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination
to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she
never expected to get.

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A Romance for Christmas 

Today’s featured book is A Romance for Christmas.

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance
showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything
Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination
to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never
expected to get.

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About the Author

Kayelle Allen is the founder of Marketing for Romance
Writers. She is a multi-published,
award-winning author, and the owner of The Author’s Secret, an author support
company. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary
characters, futuristic immortals,
covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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Once Upon A Montana Christmas 

Title Once Upon A Montana Christmas

Genre Historical
Romance
Author Name Alanna
Lucas
Book heat level
(based on movie ratings): R
Miss Eva Kenward does
not want to spend another Christmas alone. Leaving Queen Victoria’s
England, she journeys to America in search of an uncle but finds herself
on the rugged frontier of Montana.
And with no money and no acquaintances, the rudest man she has ever met is the
one she must engage. Especially considering the precious bundle in her arms.
“Hunt”
Strauss has been fooled before by beauty. So when the ravishing young woman
arrives on his doorstep, he suspects her of ulterior motives. But perhaps the
baby she holds truly is his kin…and when Miss Kenward finds herself stranded
after a hotel fire, he reluctantly agrees to help. Bringing her to his
sprawling ranch, Hunt tries to keep his distance. But the enticing woman and
her enthusiasm for the season soon prove that fairy tale love stories—and
holiday wishes—really can come true.

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Interview with Eva Kenward

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Eva Kenward. I am
originally from England
where I was a companion to my stepmother’s aunt. It was a comfortable, albeit
boring life. My only relations are a half-brother, and a distant uncle. I love
to read and have always been fascinated with tales of the Wild West.
What is it that you want, but cannot have?
Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want to be part of my family, but my
stepmother and half-brother have other ideas for my future. I have a distant
uncle in California.
Although he has not responded to my letters, I hope to be reunited with him in
the near future.
What inner doubt causes you the most
difficulty?
I constantly worry that when I finally
succeed in reaching California
and find my uncle that he will have even less interest in me than my dead
father.
What’s your external complication? In the
story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
My greatest fear is to never find my uncle
and be part of a real family. My life gets considerably complicated when I lose
all my funds, clothing…everything! I am forced to find work while my dream of
reaching California
slips further away.
Tell us about your significant other, that
person who makes living worthwhile.
What would that person say about you?
What is your family like?
My mother died when I was a little girl and
my father soon remarried. At first I was excited to have a stepmother, but that
excitement gave way to loneliness. She never had time for me, always too
concerned with the latest soiree or fashionable pursuit. My half-brother was
far worse. He was the heir and controlled my entire existence.
Are you happy with the way your story ended?
Why or why not?
More than happy. All my hopes and dreams
came true in the wild west I love so much.

About the Writer

You
have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s
see what you can do.
I’m a panster learning to plot. I love to
research, but I have to set time limits.
Was
there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
How willing Eva was to leave a comfortable
life behind in England
and venture into the unknown by herself.
When
you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy?
The simple joy she found in experiencing
Hunt’s family traditions.
Why
do you write?
I write because I love to write.
What
do you want to write next?
A Regency romance. The central theme is
family, but my hero loses sight of what is most important when he becomes
obsessed with vengeance.
Is
there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I
enjoyed writing it.

Author Bio

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California.
From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those
experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel
destination, Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or
going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of
America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance
Writers.

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