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Don’t you love films and books with cosy Christmas themes leading up to Christmastime?
This boxset includes an Anthology which has been put this together by five besteselling authors!
“Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.”
Let’s meet the five authors!
Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes romance and mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.
Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, as well as the Rone Award-winning novella Silver Cascade Secrets. She and her family live on a farm in Idaho.
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Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a TV core contributor “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for http://www.ksl.com. She is one of seven female hosts of The Living Room, an online value-based radio show where they dish on life, loving, and learning (www.fromthelivingroom.com). Mrs. Sokol is a bestselling author who has written 14 books, including her fiction: Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology, and Caribbean Crossroads; and her nonfiction: What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Simplify & Savor the Season, Create a Powerful Life Plan, and 40 Days with the Savior. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. For her TV segments, blog, podcasts and more, visit http://www.conniesokol.com.
Lucy McConnell has always been a reader and a writer. Once caught up in a story, she disappears into a cave until the first draft is done. She writes fantasy, clean romance, Christian romance, historical fiction, and cookbooks (under the name Christina Dymock.) Her Christmas romance, Blue Christmas, was a top seller in seven Amazon categories on its own and in thirteen as part of the Christmas in Snow Valley Anthology.
When she’s not writing, you can find her volunteering at the elementary school or church; shuttling kids to baseball, soccer, basketball, or football, depending on the time of year; skiing with her family; wakeboarding; cycling; baking; cooking; or curled up with a good book.
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HEATHER TULLIS has been reading romance for as long as she can remember and has been publishing in the genre since 2009. She has published more than twenty books. When she’s not dreaming up new stories to write, or helping out with her community garden, she enjoys playing with her dogs and cat, inventing new ways to eat chocolate, and hanging out with her husband.
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Random facts about Heather:
-I like to bake and make up recipes.
-I am an EMT-A and worked on a volunteer ambulance service for five years.
-At one time, I owned over 150 chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, and other assorted fowl.
-All four of my current pets are named after sweet foods.
-I once laid 1800 square foot of tile flooring in a building we owned.
Cami Checketts is an idealist who dreams of helping children around the world but can’t keep up with the four in her own home. Cami lives in a beautiful valley in Northern Utah where she enjoys running, biking, and swimming during the two months of the year it isn’t snowing. A portion of the proceeds from Cami’s books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to http://www.cachecfsc.org
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Let’s get a sneak peek into one of these great stories!
Snippet from One Winter Night:
Jonah stared at the invoice and wondered where he was going to come up with the money. Was there any prayer that he would make enough in the opening two weeks of the gallery to actually pay the incoming bills? Never mind the artists’ commission on top of the expenses. His friends were putting a lot of trust in him and he didn’t want to let them, or himself, down. He didn’t know how to do anything but draw and paint—or at least that’s what he’d believed. When he lost that, he’d realized he had learned a few things at his college job, and there was this option.
If he hadn’t made so many contacts and so many friends, the gallery wouldn’t have been an option. Only now he had to make good on his promises, and with a little over a week until the gallery opened, he wasn’t sure that was possible. If sheer desire could make it happen, he would have no need to worry, but that wasn’t enough, and the prep on the building still wasn’t done. He just hoped the advertising and word of mouth he’d been working on would bring people in—no matter what condition the building was in on opening day.
He filed the invoice to deal with after he’d made a deposit or two then walked back out to the showroom. The work to restore the space had finished only a week earlier, and he’d been busy framing pictures and uncrating items since. It was going slower than he had expected. Then again, maybe that had something to do with Sam—his nineteen-year-old employee, who apparently seemed to think the start time for work was flexible.
Jonah sighed and checked his watch again. He only trusted the kid to work for a couple more days, and then he’d have to let him go. Sam wasn’t a terrible employee, but he wasn’t exactly stellar, either, and he wasn’t someone Jonah trusted to handle some of the more valuable pieces—especially after some of the less graceful moves the kid had made: knocking over displays, dropping one canvas, and breaking one side support, making Jonah re-stretch it. Jonah got back to work on a frame for one of his own paintings, one he’d done a couple of years earlier. It had been far too long since he’d put paint to canvas. Or maybe it had just been too long since he’d been able to do anything that wasn’t plain mediocre. He ached for the way painting used to make him feel.
He looked at the painting of a mother and child playing in the park and remembered the way he’d planned the longer sweeping strokes, the care he’d used to select the perfect shades of color and the way instinct, coupled with years of practice had guided his hand. This piece had gotten attention at the previous gallery where it had been placed, but it was one of three pieces that hadn’t sold during the consignment period, and when Jonah had been unable to produce anything else, the gallery owner had offered to let him take them back. Now he wasn’t sure if it was more painful to see it as a reminder of what he’d lost, or more hopeful as a reminder that he might, someday, have it again.
He was almost loathe to sell the three final paintings, though he desperately needed the money.
Like painting, framing was both art and science, and took his concentrated effort. Thankfully, it didn’t seem to need as much of the muse as painting had, though he could become just as engrossed. Another thirty minutes passed before Jonah thought about Sam again, then, irritated, he picked up his phone to call the kid.
Sam answered the phone, his words tripping over themselves. “Oh, Jonah, I’m so sorry. I should have called, I just wasn’t thinking.”
“You weren’t thinking that you were nearly an hour late for work?” Jonah knew he wasn’t succeeding very well at keeping the irritation from his voice.
“I was in an accident on the way there.” His voice held a slightly shaky quality. “I didn’t think to call you. I’m so sorry. It’s been crazy.”
Jonah set down the stack of matting samples, focusing closer on the conversation. “What happened, are you okay?”
“I broke my leg. The x-rays just came back. The doc says it’s going to be a couple of weeks before I’m up and around. Even then I’ll probably have crutches. I still have to get my cast. I’m sorry I won’t be able to help you out any more.”
Jonah felt bad for his earlier irritation. “Oh, man, that’s terrible. Do you have someone there for you?” Not that he could afford to lose even a little more work time if Sam was already out of the picture, but no one deserved to sit at the hospital by themselves.
“My sister is coming from Albany to pick me up. I’ll visit her for a while. My car is totaled. Not sure how I’ll get around. Idiot driver hit me at the intersection.”
“Don’t worry about work. I’m sorry this happened to you. Take care of yourself.” Jonah wished him well and ended the call. He did feel bad for Sam, but dang it, he didn’t know what he was going to do without the help. Sam was only hired on a temporary basis, but Jonah went from somewhat overwhelmed to super stressed in a heartbeat. “Eighteen-hour days, here I come.”
He remembered his grandma was expecting a visit in a little while and decided to put it off today. She would understand if he had to change his visiting schedule to every-other day until the gallery was up and running. The thought made him feel bad, but he didn’t have much choice at this point. He picked up the phone to call her.
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Phobic by Cortney Pearson
Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. As if never needing repairs since 1875, or lights flickering in response to things she says, aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.
To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door and soon after begins to witness a string of flashbacks—including a love affair between two young servants. Not only did these servants used to live in a set of rooms just down the hall from her bedroom, but they happen to be hiding a deadly secret.
This secret is pulling Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime before becoming a part of her house for good.
Open the door to this striking, unstoppable mystery, but remember: sometimes a house…isn’t just a house.
My Review. 4 Stars.
Phobic is an enjoyable, paranormal novel for young adults. It is narrated in the first person and in the present tense, which makes for a very dynamic reading experience. First person narrators are unreliable, because they just can’t be everywhere and know everything, yet they are more authentic, because the reader knows and accepts their limited yet honest version of the story. On the other hand, the combination of their unique voice and the use of present tense, if it’s pulled off well, can be two powerful tools which the author uses to drag the reader into and along the story. Fortunately, both are combined to great effect in the case of Phobic. The story is well written and keeps you turning the pages avidly.
I felt I was rushing through events with 15-year-old Piper, her brother, Joel, her friends, especially, Todd, Jordan, and Sierra. Her mysterious 19th century house is literally alive, and she bumps into the ghosts of former inhabitants, while coping with her mother’s imprisonment, supposed lunacy and cryptic messages, as well as school and some spiteful classmates. As you read, you’ll discover how this capable and resourceful heroine must face a vicious house full of ghosts, her brother’s disappearance, her father’s death, and unravel a mystery before she can find any peace. There’s tension, sometimes chaos, and lots of suspense right to the end.
A fun and spooky read for young adults.
Cortney Pearson is the author of Phobic, about doors that shouldn’t be opened, and the Stolen Tears series, about a vial of enchanted tears and the only girl who can wield them. She is a mother, a musician, and a lover of pink and sparkles, and she lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.
As Cortney is visiting my blog I’m asking her a few questions to get to know her better:
(i) What would you say to potential readers to convince them to read your book?
Phobic is meant to be for people like me who want something a little creepy but can’t handle/don’t like hard-core horror. I call it “creepy-clean,” meaning you can still go to the bathroom by yourself when you’re done reading it, lol. 🙂
(ii) Where did the idea for writing Phobic spring from?
Growing up we would visit my great aunt’s house in Utah, and she had the creepiest basement! I always wanted to write a creepy story, and for some reason the concept of forbidden doors leading to creepy basements meshed perfectly. I also got inspiration from the Winchester Mansion in California, which I’d love to tour someday!
(iii) What are you working on now?
I’m working on sequels right now! Phobic’s sequel is called INTRINSIC, and is about a haunted bookstore (and there’s also the possibility of a haunted movie theater…). And I’m working on the sequel for my Stolen Tears series.
(iv) What would you like readers to know about you?
I love books, I love pink and sparkles, I love being a mom; cold weather makes me happy because I can bundle up in sweaters and beanies; I’m not outdoorsy at all–my idea of a fun time is curling up under a blanket with a good read–although I do enjoy camping and other things like that once in a great while.
Top Ten Places I’d Love to Travel To
1. Mount Rushmore
2. Disney World (and Harry Potter World, both in Florida)
3. New Orleans (I’ve never been to the southern US!)
5. Giza, to see the Great Pyramids
6. Venice, Italy
7. Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Shakespeare’s birthplace
8. London, England
9. Haworth, England — more specifically, the Bronte Parsonage to see the museum there
10. Paris, France!!! Ultimate destination!
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Thank you for visiting my blog today, Cortney. It was a pleasure to have you, and I’m looking forward to reading your next novel about a haunted bookstore!
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Marco had never raised his hands to her, but he knew just how to inflict maximum pain in other ways. And he had done so consistently for three decades.
Donna thought there was something wrong with her. That she was suffering from a mental illness that has caused her husband to despise her, distance himself from her, and cheat on her. She blames herself for the desolate, miserable thing that is her marriage and her life. Then she comes across a book that will change everything for her, and reading it, she discovers that there’s nothing wrong with her mind at all, but that there is something very wrong with her husband instead. Marco, she realises, is a malignant narcissist. A text book case. He has a real and documented mental disorder, and that he’s been controlling, manipulating, and abusing her for decades. The sudden full knowledge of all that he’s purposely done to her enrages her. Not sure how to leave after thirty years of what she finally knows has been intentional mental and emotional abuse from him, and believing that she has nowhere to turn, being so physically isolated, she bides her time.
Then she meets and befriends a group of unusual people who share her passion for gardening, and so begins her journey to escape. She joins her new friends in their project to assist elderly people in old age homes care for their small gardens, as well as secretly supplying those suffering from painful and terminal illnesses with medicinal herb and plant remedies, including illegal plants such as cannabis. As weeks go by, she delves into her memories, relearns what it is to be respected, liked, and loved again, and slowly she formulates a plan to safely leave her dangerous husband. But unbeknownst to Donna, Marco is in serious trouble, and has desperate plans of his own, and absolutely no regard for her safety.
Echoes of Narcissus is a work of fiction, but malignant narcissists really do exist, and it is a recognised mental illness. Unfortunately, many people never realise that they are involved with a narcissist, because their actions are so demonically bad as to be unimaginable and unbelievable, and so they spend their lives in misery, depression, fear, and isolation. If only by the accidental reading of a fictional story, Jo hopes that this book will help even one person, unknowingly suffering narcissistic abuse, to realise that they don’t have to, and that it’s never too late to start over, be happy, be fulfilled, to love and care for yourself, and be truly loved and respected by others.
Jo Robinson very recently returned to her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for eighteen years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. She is the author of African Me & Satellite TV, the science-fiction/fantasy series Shadow People, and a couple of short stories.
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