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Is It True: December Heat Wave by Joanie MacNeil @JoanieMacneil #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Joanie MacNeil author of December Heat Wave, a contemporary romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

December Heat Wave by Joanie MacNeil

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Following the death of her husband, Nicolette Oliver concentrates on re-establishing her career as a dancer, though still dealing with emotional issues relating to her life with Mark. When his friend appears on her doorstep, Nicolette honors her late husband’s invitation and invites Jake to stay.
Jake Harrigan has always been attracted to Nic and sees her as untouchable, even though she is now on her own. They are opposites, their lives and expectations literally worlds apart. Drawn into a romantic interlude, the parting is difficult when Jake returns to Europe to resume his career as TV news journalist and Nic moves to Sydney to begin rehearsals for the show that will resurrect her career.
Jake returns to Australia to see Nic again and also to finalize details with his network to sail around the world making documentaries. Will Jake follow his heart and ask Nic to give up all that she’s worked for and sail away with him?

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, though I wrote this book early in my career.
this book is part of a series?
No.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes, probably. I tend to lose sleep whenever I’m writing a book.
you did research for this book?
Some. I’d briefly visited the area where I set the story, though had to do a little more research for the setting.
My hero’s career as a photo journalist was inspired by watching TV news and articles I’d read.
My heroine was inspired by a dance performance I watched. I just had to write my heroine as a dancer resurrecting her career following a personal tragedy. I also based the visuals for the lead male dancer on one I’d seen in the show. Fantastic performances and I wish I still had the DVD.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
All characters are human. No pets.
this book has more than one genre?
Strictly contemporary romance
you speak more than one language?
I did learn German so long ago that I’ve forgotten most of it, and I was never a fluent speaker of the language
you grew up where you live now?
At seventeen, I left home to live in Brisbane which was over an hour away by train in those days. Living in the city meant I could walk to work in ten minutes, so much easier than the two hour plus train travel, and waiting to catch a bus home from the station, especially on cold winter nights.Then at twenty, I moved interstate and have lived in the same city since then, except for about five years where I lived in a little country town. A new experience, but again, a considerable commute each day, this time by car. I thought it ironic that I began my working career with a long daily bus and train journey and ended that career with at least two hour drive each day, and the same early mornings. Exhausting.
you love to read?
Yes. As well as romance I love to read Icelandic Noir. I’m a fan of Ragnar Jónasson’s novels.
you are never late?
I endeavour not to be late. I dislike being late when people are depending on me to keep an appointment on time, and vice versa.
you love pizza?
Yes, but it doesn’t like me. I have an intolerance to all grains so pizza is a no-no for me.
you love sushi?
I have tasted sushi in the past, some nice, some not so good. Now it is a no-no for me because of the rice. I was never a big fan of sushi anyway.
you have a pet?
No. With one Veteran husband, three adult children and their partners, one adult stepson, and four young grandsons, who needs pets?

Where to buy December Heat Wave

Publisher BWL Publishing Inc. http://www.bookswelove.net/authors/macneil-joanie-romance-australia/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JQRDGTK
Universal book link https://www.books2read.com/joaniemacneil-DecemberHeatWave

Joanie MacNeil Social Media

An Australian author of contemporary romance, her novels are a mix of sweet and sexy feel-good stories, most set in Australia. Joanie loves to travel and has visited parts of the world she never dreamed she’d see. From the UK to US; Italy, Croatia, Spain and Portugal; Tunisia, where she took a camel ride into the Sahara desert; Morocco, Paris; the Baltic Capitals, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands; Noumea, and late in 2018, Iceland and Wales. A summary of her visit to Iceland and link to a Writing Retreat in Wales is on her news page. In mid October this year, she boarded a cruise ship in Southampton, UK, calling into two ports in France; Lisbon, and Barcelona; Gibraltar, then travelling through the Greek Islands,visiting Malta and Rhodes before sailing through the Suez Canal; continuing to Singapore, disembarking on 28 November. Who would have thought that 38 days on the high seas would fly by so fast?
Home, family and friends are important to her. She has blended these elements into some of her stories.
Website www.joaniemacneil.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/JoanieMacneil
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/romanceauthorjoaniemacneil/
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Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JQRDGTK

 

Is It True: Believe in My Heart by Maria K Alexander @MKAlexander1 #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Maria K Alexander, author of Believe in My Heart, a Contemporary Romance novella. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Believe in My Heart by Maria K Alexander

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Culinary arts student, Hope Mastriano, is down on her luck. Homeless on Thanksgiving Day, she’s caught trying to break into her cousin’s apartment by her sexy boss and lifelong secret crush.
Since getting dumped seven months ago, head chef Vinnie DiFrancesco has been in a frustrating holding pattern. He returns relaxed from a retreat, but his life is sent into a tailspin when he offers Hope, the event coordinator at his family’s trattoria, temporary housing.
With the trattoria’s traditional Italian Christmas Eve charity dinner slated to be featured on a local TV segment and things heating up in his apartment, the two must set aside their different visions to make the event a success. When a computer glitch threatens their plans, Hope proposes a risky solution. Vinnie must believe in Hope and his heart in order to secure the future of the restaurant and make it a Christmas to remember.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, it’s my fourth published book.
this book is part of a series?
Yes, Believe in My Heart is the last book of my Tangled Hearts series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
I didn’t lose sleep but the best and most productive time for me to write is early in the morning when the house is quiet and my mind is fresh.
you did research for this book?
Yes. My heroine is a culinary arts student so I researched schools and different majors. I also did research on yoga poses for a scene with Vicky and Vinnie where she catches him doing yoga. It’s a funny scene where they both end up tangled on the floor together.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Hope has a white cate named Lucky. Even though Vinnie doesn’t like cats, Lucky takes an immediate liking to him.
this book has more than one genre?
It’s a Contemporary Romance with a touch of romantic comedy.
you speak more than one language?
No, but I do understand a very small bit of Italian, most of which I picked up while listening to my mom, aunt, and grandmom talking about me and my cousins.
you grew up where you live now?
I live in the same state where I grew up, but not the same town.
you love to read?
Absolutely! My love for reading is what made me want to be an author.
you are never late?
I try to be right on time but unfortunately that doesn’t always happen.
you love pizza?
Yes! I could eat it every day and used to when I worked as a co-op student in Philly while in college.
you love sushi?
No.
you have a pet?
No pets, much to my children’s complaints.

Where to buy Believe in My Heart

Publisher https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5348-believe-in-my-heart.html
Amazon http://amzn.com/B0764CJ24W
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/believe-in-my-heart-maria-k-alexander/1127176322
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/believe-in-my-heart/id1294159189?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/believe-in-my-heart
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Maria_K_Alexander_Believe_in_My_Heart?id=VDc9DwAAQBAJ

Maria K Alexander Social Media

Maria K Alexander is an award-winning author of Contemporary Romance. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules. You can keep in touch with Maria at http://mariakalexander.com.
Website http://mariakalexander.com
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/mariakalexander
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Maria-K.-Alexander/e/B00GW50G4M/

Christmas Wishes by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #ChristmasRomance #Books It’s #ChristmasRomance Saturday on RLFblog! Join us for a collection of free reads and downloads. All genres and heat levels. This week’s featured book is Christmas Wishes by Livia Quinn. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

Welcome to Christmas Romance Saturday

Each week, you’ll find Christmas Romances to download and read. Take a peek at each one and check out their other books. Thank you, and enjoy the books!

The Christmas Proposal by Cheryl Wright

When a transfer to the tiny town of Winston Montana, presents itself, Noah Gleeson jumps on it. This is a chance to heal his broken heart and put tragedy behind him.
Then he meets Mandy Scott. The fiery redhead gets under his skin far too quickly, which should have set alarm bells ringing. Against his better judgement, he agrees to become Mandy’s pretend boyfriend for her family’s annual Christmas party. Mandy has never taken a date to the party, but this year will different, purely to keep her parents off her back.
Can Noah continue to see Mandy without tearing his heart apart? And what will Mandy do when their pretense becomes a reality?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HN3KJ32

Christmas Blue at Flynn’s by Angela Verdenius

‘Blue’ – Aussie slang for a fight/ an argument, as in “they’re having a blue”
~*~
Christmas – peace and goodwill to all.
At least, it was supposed to be. But all good intentions and plans can go awry, as Flynn found out.
Can she save Christmas? Can she survive her family? Can Ben save her? Can her sanity remain intact? Will true love be hers?
Or will the blues happening at Flynn’s end it all?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Blue-Flynns-Angela-Verdenius-ebook/dp/B077R2W1D7

The Right to Remain Single by Barbara Monajem

Faced with the ghastly suitors her father approves, Thomasina Warren decides to lose her virginity so that no respectable man will have her. Who better to ruin her than handsome, charming James Blakely? But James is an honorable man and refuses point-blank. Humiliated, she resorts to outright refusal to wed, with the help of a ghost who scares her suitors away. But four years later, her father has arranged her marriage to a stodgy gentlemen whose only condition is that the ghost must be banished forever.
James Blakely never forgot the lovely girl who asked him to ruin her, and when he offers to get rid of the ghost, he thinks he’ll be doing a good deed. Instead, he is faced with the hostile Thomasina, her cowardly suitor, pigheaded father, lecherous cousin, an exorcist monk, and a ghost who warns of danger and deadly peril—and a few short days in which to convince Thomasina that with the right man, she might just want to marry after all.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F71SZD6/

The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal by Barbara White Daille

A husband for Christmas?
Mitch Weston’s back in Cowboy Creek, and self-proclaimed matchmaker Jed Garland has his single granddaughter Andi on his mind. Mitch is a lawman, good with the little ones and easy on the eyes. He and Andi were high school sweethearts, for heaven’s sake! Why can’t they see they’re perfect for each other?
Because Andi already lost one husband to a dangerous job, and now she’s all about playing it safe, for her sake and her children’s. Being a cop is everything to Mitch. After discovering Jed’s plan, Mitch and Andi come up with their own: they’ll pretend to get engaged and then break up due to irreconcilable differences. Jed’s got his work cut out for him—because this match needs a Christmas miracle!

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WARV1R2/

One Week to Win Her Boss by Barbara White Daille

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It’s a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she’s the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she’s looking for.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076PJ7SNN

The Christmas Ballet by Constance Bretes

Can the joy of Christmas heal the pain of the past?
Laura Hemmingway cut herself off from men and her family when the man she loved married her sister. She moved across the country and was doing just fine until she received a devastating call to return to New York. She had to face the death of her sister, her sister’s little girl, Maria, and Maria’s father, Stefan—the man she had once loved. She figured she would pay her respects and leave as soon as possible. She never anticipated on the beautiful little girl stealing her heart. And she never expected that seeing Stefan again after twelve years would stir up old feelings.
Stefan’s life was complete. He had a successful career as an attorney, a beautiful wife, and an adorable six-year-old daughter. Although him and his wife had been married in name only for the past several years, he cared for her deeply. Then her unexpected death brought him face-to-face with his former lover, and the guilt he’d carried for years.
Stefan is still in love with Laura and wants to give her everything she deserves. He and Maria are racing against time to convince Laura to stay with them in New York.
Can a little girl’s love, and the true magic of Christmas, help Stefan convince Laura to stay and give their relationship another chance?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Ballet-Constance-Bretes-ebook/dp/B07KN7FMVN/

The Twelfth Night Bride by Kelly McClymer

From USA Today Bestselling Author Kelly McClymer…a Christmas tale of love and redemption with a touch of the fey…
Christmas is a time for miracles, or so Kate Fenster, the youngest of the Fenster siblings, hopes when she heads to Ireland to confront her absentee bridegroom.
The Earl of Blarney had called in her childhood promise to marry him. It had been a lighthearted bargain, she would marry him if he let her ride his prized stallion Diablo. Charmed but not quite trusting the silver-tongued Irish lord, Kate sets him to prove he is more interested in her heart than her dowry.
The courtship takes a dark turn when, just hours after their wedding, her bridegroom is called home to Ireland and refuses to return to her in England or allow her to come to him in Ireland. Kate, tired of waiting, must travel to another country to face her husband — and the fact that everything he had told her was only half-true. Now it is her turn to prove herself to him. To prove that she is the right wife for him. The one who will stand by his side while he rebuilds his lands, regains the trust of his people, and keeps his mad, fey sister safe.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007MQG77K/

When the Right One Comes Along by Livia Quinn

Love happens when you least expect it or want it.
A former Army Ranger and CEO finds himself drawn to the woman of his dreams but an impulsive fling puts his mission and their relationship in danger.
Former international model and photographer Lana Calloway is finally headed home, after attending the DC romance convention to find the perfect model, the “one” whose face and body could make her new business venture a success. She finds “Alex”, an unwilling and unlikely candidate. Turns out his appearance was a fluke, but the Calloways have a history of getting their man, or woman, and she doesn’t intend to be the exception.
Her prospect is in DC to meet with Congress about a huge veterans project; in other words, he’s got higher priorities. It will take strategic measures to convince him that her goals could benefit his mission of making life better for wounded veterans and oh, by the way, that they are meant to be.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GMW5D6R

Underneath the Mask: The Gorgeous Stranger by Melissa Belle

They’re having one hell of a Christmas season … Book 1 of an emotional duet about lust, love, family, and healing.
(* This is Book 1 of a 2-Book Duet)
California
When I meet London Shaw, he hits on me. Crudely and without apology. But I say no to every guy, and London is no exception.
Then I find out who he is. Just because he’s a gorgeous, powerful billionaire doesn’t mean I have to like him.
And I don’t. We argue, we fight, and we have absolutely nothing in common.
So why is my body constantly on fire whenever he’s around?
It just proves that London Shaw is dangerous, and I need to stay far away from him.
Except he’s my next-door neighbor.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MR7GCE3

More Than a Gift by Patricia Preston

Holly hates Christmas and she’s stuck hunting for a last-minute gift for her boss. Then she meets a charming mall Santa who gives her advice on how to give the perfect gift. Who is hidden behind the white beard and red suit? What if the mall Santa happens be Mr. Right? Find out when you read this short RomCom Christmas Novelette.
Rated PG-13 Download a free copy from BookCave https://mybookcave.com/d/950e2136/

Kissed by You (Tropical Heat Book 4) by Sophia Knightly

When love comes calling, never say never…
What’s a guy to do when a damsel in distress lands at his door on Christmas Eve? Dr. Alex Cortes doesn’t want company this particular holiday, especially after the life-changing event that shook his resolutions. Seeking time alone to sort things out, the last thing he needs is a distraction like blonde beauty Georgiana Kincaid.
Georgie had planned for a picture-perfect Christmas Eve with a gorgeous holiday dress and a lavish celebration dinner with her boyfriend. But when he unexpectedly dumps her, she has nowhere to go. After driving for hours, her car stalls out in front of handsome exotic Dr. Alex Cortes’ beachfront home in the midst of a rainstorm.
Will bad boy billionaire Alex let optimistic Georgie weave her magic? Or will he run when he finds out her true Christmas wish? It might take a Christmas miracle for love to win…

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Whispers of Winter, a holiday Anthology by Vicki Batman

Winter may be rolling in, but that doesn’t mean your days and nights must be cold.
Before you get snowed in, grab yourself a copy of this limited-edition collection. With heroes and heroines of all kinds, you’ll be sure to find some that you just can’t help but fall in love with.
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off: When five-time champion Samantha Greene teams up with her new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn’t just about a ribbon.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GVNX2LZ/

 

 

Christmas Vows by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #ChristmasRomanceLivia Quinn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Christmas Vows by Livia Quinn

Genre Military Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Love isn’t the only thing that happens when you least expect it.
Delilah and Luc and Samantha and Jed are looking forward to their special day, a double Christmas wedding at the Calloway Farm with their friends and family in attendance. And Beau and Maddie are expecting their baby. Great news, right? But after the women go missing with a storm approaching, and a desperate soldier threatens everyone, the men in their lives scramble to make sure Maddie’s delivery and the wedding come off as planned.
More than a Christmas novel. Stuff just happens in Rainbow Bayou at Christmas time (hint: weddings, births, kidnappings, and second chance reunions. . .) A continuing theme of overcoming whatever challenges life throws in your path.
Why did you write this book?
In the timeline of the series, the next event, a double wedding, just happened to fall during December and the Calloways’ Christmas reunion. Each of the books in the series features a veterans issue, and I decided to use a recently returned soldier to complicate the plans for the wedding and Maddie’s delivery. It was great fun to bring in everyone from the community to help out and deliver a couple of Christmas miracles.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read everything and write both contemporary and paranormal. For total escape I read historical romance and thrillers since I don’t write them.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
My latest favorite is Matthew de Clairmont from the All Souls Trilogy. OMG, you can’t imagine how hunky and smart and powerful and well. . .look him up in Discovery of Witches, book 1.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m just finishing up book 8 in the Calloways and will start on book 7 of the Destiny books next.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
When Love Finds You, book 8 revolves around one of the Calloway cousins, Sky O’Rourke, a former model who owns an air cargo business in Rainbow Bayou.

Where to buy Christmas Vows

Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
Books 2 Read https://books2read.com/ChristmasVows
Amazon US https://kdp.amazon.com/dp/B07JF7K3GB
Amazon CA https://kdp.amazon.ca/dp/B07JF7K3GB
Amazon UK https://kdp.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JF7K3GB
Amazon AU https://kdp.amazon.com.au/dp/B07JF7K3GB
Apple Books https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1439236202
Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1129752737
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christmas-vows-1

Livia Quinn Social Media

Livia moved from D.C. to Louisiana where the weather and culture of the region inspired her writing, including her storm faerie, Tempest, and her contemporary romance series, The Calloways of Rainbow Bayou. She’s stored up fodder from her jobs as mail lady, salesperson, plant manager, business owner and professional singer to share with readers. Think of her as her characters’ biographer! On the bayou, she is protected from the alligators and bears by her husband and feisty Pomeranian, Dusty.
Books2read author page https://www.books2read.com/ap/x2gD7R/Livia-Quinn
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Christmas Wishes by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #ChristmasRomance #BooksIt’s #ChristmasRomance Saturday on RLFblog! Join us for a collection of free reads and downloads. All genres and heat levels. This week’s featured book is Christmas Wishes by Livia Quinn. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

Welcome to Christmas Romance Saturday

Each week, you’ll find Christmas Romances to download and read. Take a peek at each one and check out their other books. Thank you, and enjoy the books!

Christmas Wishes: Not just a holiday romance (Calloways of Rainbow Bayou Book 4) by Livia Quinn

Not just a Christmas book. . .when the Calloways and Larues get together things just happen. New relationships, engagements and miracles abound in the first Christmas novel of the Calloways of Rainbow Bayou. Revel in the ongoing lives of couples from the first three books and get a glimpse of new characters in upcoming books.
Love happens when you least expect it and sometimes delivers surprises and long-awaited second chances.
As the Calloways and Larues gather at the Romanos’ on Christmas Eve, Buffy prepares some surprises for her husband. Meanwhile, her cousin Beau is home from Hollywood and Maddie is nervous about seeing him again. Samantha’s baby is over due and no surprise to Buffy, her ex-boyfriend Jed shows up unexpectedly. Then there’s Luc, who’s is starting to believe maybe Delilah has changed her mind about spending the rest of her life with him.
But with the first Christmas miracle, Buffy knows eventually her friends will get their happily-ever-afters. Because a Calloway always knows.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GNS81D8/

Christmas in Meadow Creek by Katy Eeten

Sarah Laughlin left her big-city life and dead-end relationship behind for a fresh start as a fourth-grade teacher in the small, Wisconsin town of Meadow Creek. And it feels like home, too, despite the persistent troublemaker in her class and the lack of familiar faces. But the holidays are going to be lonely this year. Until she meets firefighter Lincoln Thompson. Suddenly, the hope of spending Christmas with someone she cares about is within reach.
Lincoln loves his home town of Meadow Creek, but ever since his long-time girlfriend left him for a better life in the city, he wonders if he’ll ever find love in this small town where everyone knows everyone. Then he meets Sarah during her class’s field trip to his firehouse, and a spark is lit. But when they discover that Sarah’s troublemaking student is none other than Lincoln’s beloved nephew, their newfound relationship is put to the test. Can they navigate through the complexities of family dynamics to find a love that will last?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6XLK8B/

Once Upon a Christmas Feast: Stories, Menus, and Recipes for a Victorian Christmas Feast (Once Upon a Wedding) by Kelly McClymer

Have you ever wanted to attend a Victorian Christmas celebration? Well now you can, in Once Upon a Christmas Feast you not only get an original story, but menus, recipes, favorite Victorian Christmas stories and songs.
What’s in this jam-packed Victorian Christmas celebration of a tome?
First: an original Once Upon a Wedding short story. “Once Upon a Fairytale Christmas.”
The Duchess of Keystone is an unconventional woman who loves fairytales and happily ever after endings. When it comes to Christmas, she loves nothing better than to have her family gathered at her estate enjoying Christmas joy, food, games, and entertainment.
This year, her niece Margause arrives to view the wonder of a fairytale Christmas celebration. At three, Margause loves to slip into the library of the ducal estate, where her parents fell in love, and peruse the books she hopes to read one day soon.
Observant and advanced for her age, Margause notices that her aunts and uncles are not as happy as they should be about her Aunt Kate’s upcoming Twelfth Night wedding to a handsome, charming Irish rogue. She also doesn’t understand why her mother’s former governess Katherine tries so hard to cheer up Scroogish Sir Robert. It seems obvious to Margause that Sir Robert would need Mr. Dicken’s three ghosts to make him feel any Christmas joy.
But then, what else does the Duchess of Keystone offer everyone, but a chance at a fairytale Christmas, where miracles happen around every corner.
Next: An Appendix of traditional Victorian Christmas stories and essays by Charles Dickens…what? You didn’t know “A Christmas Carol” wasn’t his only Christmas story? Nope. Dickens, along with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, are actually responsible for making Christmas the holiday we celebrate today. You’ll also find it handy to have the lyrics to several Christmas favorite songs, so you can make sure to lead your family in rounds of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” without messing up the lyrics.
All in all, Once Upon a Christmas Feast is your guide to celebrating a very Victorian Christmas.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KZ6TB1D

Perfectly Christmas by Linda O’Connor

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”
That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.
Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.
This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.
Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!
The Perfectly Series
Perfectly Honest
Perfectly Reasonable
Perfectly Planned
Perfectly Unpredictable

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MYW5T7X/

The Christmas of a Countess by Linda Rae Sande

A sensual tale of a couple’s first holiday away from home…
The Year with No Summer is drawing to a close, bleeding into a harsh winter that promises snow, ice and continued hardship. London, so rich with life and bustle, is quiet beneath the ice, buried in a cold few can ever truly recall happening before. Many of the ton are taking their leave for the Christmas holiday, abandoning the soggy streets of London for even chillier country roads.
Milton Grandby, Earl of Torrington, believes that now is the perfect time to introduce his new bride, Adele, to his ancestral hunting lodge and seat of his Earldom in Northumberland. A private getaway nestled in glistening snow can lead to all sorts of enjoyment… and hopefully, an heir.
With excitement in the air and Christmas fast approaching, the newlyweds make plans to travel north. While no family will be invited to the Torrington lodge, the Earl will bring his valet, Alonyius Banks, and Adele will be accompanied by Alice Simpkins, her rather grumpy lady’s maid.
Yet when The Lord and His Lady arrive at Torrington Park sans their servants, things take a decided turn and quickly become intimately awkward. While Milton is more than happy to play lady’s maid to his bride, the close confines and frigid air bring secrets to the front—and mistrust to the surface. As the duo learns more about each other’s pasts, they discover struggles and misunderstandings abound.
Can they look beyond their flaws and allow the spirit of the season and the gift of giving to thaw the sudden ice between them? Or will their first holiday away doom their new-found devotion? The budding romance of their servants may provide the answer in “The Christmas of a Countess”.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074PLTQHB

Christmastime on Donner’s Mountain by Laura Strickland

For most of her life, Becca Monroe’s been running. The urge to see what lay beyond the next horizon took her away from Donner’s Mountain and the man she loved. Now, back for what will surely be her grandfather’s last Christmas, she’s caught in a tangle of unresolved emotions that leave her torn between the impulse to flee and the desire to stay.
Jack Donner never stopped loving Becca, even though she deserted him. Better than anyone else, he knows how cruel it would be to fetter her wild spirit, and he doubts she could ever be happy living in one place, on his mountain.
Can memories of Christmases past remind Becca what truly matters? And can love convince Jack to give her one more chance, even if it means risking his battered heart?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075XFHNQ8/

Northern Magic by Laura Strickland

When Santa asks his worker, Olja, to help make another elf’s Christmas wish come true, she believes the job calls for a love potion. Brewing it up will require her to travel all around the North Pole gathering unusual supplies, and to take a few dangerous risks. But she’s never failed Santa in the past and doesn’t intend to now.
Elf Runi’s in the business of guiding Santa’s sleigh and making other people’s wishes come true. This year he’s dared make a wish of his own, one from the heart. When he meets Olja, he hopes he’s found his forever. But it will take assistance from a reindeer, a generous helping of love and a whole lot of magic to make his wish come true. That is, if Olja and Runi can just outwit the three troublesome trolls who decide they’d make a fine winter’s snack.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0763CYY57/

The Twelfth Night Wager by Regan Walker

The Redheaded Rake
It was a dull day at White’s the day he agreed to the wager: seduce, bed and walk away from the lovely Lady Leisterfield, all by Twelfth Night. But this holiday season, Christopher St. Ives, Viscount Eustace, planned to give himself a gift.
The Virtuous Widow
She was too proper by half—or so was the accusation of her friends, which was why her father had found her a husband. But Lord Leisterfield was now gone a year, and Grace was at last shedding the drab colors of mourning. The house felt empty, more so during the coming Christmastide, and so tonight would begin with a scandalous piece of theater. The play would attract rogues, or so promised her friend the dowager countess. Rogues, indeed. The night would preface the greatest danger—and the greatest happiness—that Grace had ever known.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GG2DALC

The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal by Barbara White Daille

A husband for Christmas?
Mitch Weston’s back in Cowboy Creek, and self-proclaimed matchmaker Jed Garland has his single granddaughter Andi on his mind. Mitch is a lawman, good with the little ones and easy on the eyes. He and Andi were high school sweethearts, for heaven’s sake! Why can’t they see they’re perfect for each other?
Because Andi already lost one husband to a dangerous job, and now she’s all about playing it safe, for her sake and her children’s. Being a cop is everything to Mitch. After discovering Jed’s plan, Mitch and Andi come up with their own: they’ll pretend to get engaged and then break up due to irreconcilable differences. Jed’s got his work cut out for him—because this match needs a Christmas miracle!

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WARV1R2/

His Holiday Cat Daddy by WM Kirkland

Jude returned to Wyoming looking reunite with his former lover Payton. A chance to play a cowboy at the 2 Hearts Rescue holiday event brought him face to face with…Santa? Underneath that costume, Payton was as hot as ever and when a tiny stray shows up on Patyon’s doorstep, Jude realizes he has a ready made family. If only he could convince Payton that he’s back for good.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D5M4SFT

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

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 also brings a gift she never expected to get.

Universal book link https://books2read.com/u/31MNPw

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Is It True: A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #Holiday #RomanceLet’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Kayelle Allen. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

Genre Sweet contemporary holiday romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Alone at Christmas. What a sad thing! When your loved one will never be home for Christmas again, what do you do? In the sweet holiday romance, A Romance for Christmas, a widow with a small child answers a knock at her door late on Christmas Eve. When she answers, everything about her holiday — and her life — changes. Love, loss, and the spirit of giving — this book is what Christmas is all about…

Is it true:

this is your first book?
A Romance for Christmas is my ninth book. All but one of the others is science fiction. This story is a one-off for me, but it’s a favorite.
this book is part of a series?
This is a standalone story.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Actually, this one came as a surprise — I finished it in one day. It’s a short, quick read.
you did research for this book?
I did. I looked up info about police work.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No pets, but there is a very important dolly.
this book has more than one genre?
A Romance for Christmas is contemporary, sweet, and holiday all in one.
you speak more than one language?
Not yet, but I’m learning Russian.
you grew up where you live now?
No. I moved all over the US and even Central America (as a child).
you love to read?
Yes! More than one book a week most of the year. I especially love historical romance, science fiction, and non-fiction topics like archaeology and writing.
you are never late?
If I said yes, my kids would laugh me out of town.
you love pizza?
Almost any kind, but hold the sausage, green peppers and anchovies. Layer on the pepperoni — it’s hard to give me too much of that. I could eat pizza every day. Or nachos. Yum.
you love sushi?
I do. I have a few favorites, but especially veggie. Also smoked salmon.
you have a pet?
No, but I will be living next door to someone with two dogs once I move in just under a month. I’ve already made friends with them and the dogs. Can’t wait to get settled in.

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