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Christmas Countdown Blitz -Day 6

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Eleanor and The Christmas Carol Fudge by Tamara Passey

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Eleanor is saving her grandmother’s fudge business but is becoming like Scrooge in the process. 

The consultant she hires to help is a friend from high school who hasn’t given up his secret crush for her. 

Will the Christmas spirit melt her heart or will she miss out on the love of her life?

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Tamara Passey, author of the The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and children in Arizona.

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Welcome to the books of
Christmas PastPresent and Future

 
10 top favorite things:

  1.    A call from a friend
  2.    Homemade chocolate chip cookies
  3.    Daughter’s smiles and laughter
  4.    Book Club
  5.    Clean sheets
  6.    Sunrises
  7.    Sunsets
  8.    Rain
  9.    A full house
  10.    A quiet house

 

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Christmas Countdown Blitz -Day 5

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A Christmas Carol for Candy by Peggy Urry

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“A Christmas engagement, broken two months later, rocked Candy Kaine’s world. After months of a schedule crammed with college courses, a full time job, and a few side jobs, the busyness is wearing thin. But school is still top priority. Until a fancy resort threatens to buy the satellite campus in the small town where she lives and takes classes.

Jace Marlowe has been down on his luck. Can a temporary job for an upscale resort in his home town be the turn around he’s looking for? The only problem? His grandmother’s beautiful neighbor who wants to keep the school just where it is. If she doesn’t get her way will she be as vindictive as his ex?

A charmed nativity facilitates the past, present, and future experiences for Candy but will she have the courage to open her heart before it’s too late?”

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Day 5 CCB AuthorPeggy is a small town girl who loves the city and the ocean (and the mountains as long as she doesn’t have to camp or hike). 

She credits her dad and the lack of television in her parents’ home for her love of reading and her imagination. She credits the guy who’s been hanging the moon for over 25 years for her belief in romance and true love. Five wonderful children, extended family, and great friends keep life exciting. 

Find a book you love and read!

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Top Ten List:

  1.    Favorite food: Indian (with Mexican a close second)
  2.    Favorite color: purple
  3.    Served a religious mission in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido
  4.    My hair is currently purple
  5.    I can solve a Rubiks cube
  6.    I love traveling
  7.    I love crafting
  8.    I grew up on a farm
  9.    I have five kids, one son-in-law, and one granddaughter
  10.    My husband is my best friend

 

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Christmas Countdown Blitz -Day 4

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Miss Dashwood’s Dilemma by Arabella Sheraton

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In this delightful traditional Regency romance, Miss Diana Dashwood accepts an invitation to Lady Prescott’s Christmas party at Camden House, in the countryside. But things do not go quite as she imagined. Through an unexpected event, she is forced to spend the night in a woodsman’s hut with one of the guests. What a scandal! 

Of course, Sir Gareth Blakely must propose, and he does. Unfortunately, Miss Diana Dashwood has already been engaged to and broken off her engagement from Sir Gareth Blakely after a bitter quarrel. Is it likely she will bow to social pressure and accept his proposal, one made only to save her reputation, and if they marry, does their union stand a chance of survival? 

And what about the pretty heiress, Miss Jemima Plymstock, whom everyone thinks is the lady Sir Gareth had his eye upon? Headstrong and proud, Miss Diana Dashwood is caught in a dreadful dilemma. A must-read for Regency fans!

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Day 4 CCB AuthorArabella Sheraton grew up on a diet of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and many other writers of that period. From Jane Austen to Georgette Heyer, Arabella has found both enjoyment and inspiration in sparkling, witty Regency novels. She also loves history and generally finds the past more fascinating than the future. Arabella wrote her first Regency romance to entertain her aged mom who loved the genre. Arabella is honoured to share the adventures of her heroes and heroines with readers.

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Fun Facts:

  1.    Arabella Sheraton is a pseudonym but if I tell anyone who I really am, I’ll have to kill them…
  2.    The image I use for Arabella is a portrait my grandmother painted many years ago of her best friend. It seemed a fitting tribute to my wonderful grandmother and her friendship.
  3.     I love anything olde worlde, which means that since I write in the genre of Regency romance, perhaps I lived once upon a time in Jane Austen’s era. Who knows? I like to think so.
  4.    Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Austen book and book to series adaptation. I just love Mr. Darcy, even when he is acting like a starched shirt.
  5.    I have always loved reading romances set in the Regency era, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that apart from my mom having all the Austen books, she was also an avid Georgette Heyer fan, and as a result, so am I.
  6.    I am never short of ideas for a Regency novel and sometimes a title just pops into my head and from that comes a book.
  7.    I wrote my first Regency romance to entertain my aged mom, now passed on, who loved the genre.

   

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Christmas Countdown Blitz -Day 3

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When Night Falls Around Us by Laura L. Walker

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“Nineteen-year-old Felicity Everstone is living her dream while attending college and serving alongside her parents in the North Atlanta Georgia Mission for the LDS Church–not to mention dating a charming guy who sweeps her off her feet. But when she is unexpectedly sent home to Idaho to care for her nephew through her sister-in-law’s difficult pregnancy, and the friend she has been sharing the gospel with no longer wants to pursue that path, everything that once brought light and joy into her life nearly flickers out. Until she meets her good-looking but solemn neighbor, Erik.

Erik Cannon has already lost the love of his life. Now, as a young, successful businessman, making money seems to be his God-given talent, but he can no longer ignore the emptiness he feels inside. He needs to find purpose and meaning in his life once again. When his best friend’s sister comes to help her family through a crisis, Erik’s heart is reawakened. He senses this is a second chance at love for him, and that he and Felicity might be able to build a beautiful life together–until her old boyfriend comes back into the picture.

When darkness settles over Erik and Felicity’s path, will their emerging love be enough to light the way?”

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Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time Laura was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when she met her own hero at Northern Arizona University and they later became the parents of six children. 

In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of seven novels and three novellas.

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10 Favorite Things:

  1.    Christmas
  2.    Chocolate
  3.    Family
  4.    Reading
  5.    Writing
  6.    Red
  7.    Mountains
  8.    Learning about history
  9.    Being a mom
  10.    The gospel of Jesus Christ

   

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Christmas Countdown Blitz -Day 2

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Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

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A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them bewildered and breathless. A charming rogue-turned-vicar, Will wants to prove that he left his rakish days behind him, but an accidental kiss changes all his plans. His secret could bring them together…or divide them forever.

Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother’s approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss…even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost.

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Day 2 CCB AuthorDonna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Top Ten List:

  1.    I adore cats–kittens are even more fun.
  2.    Claustrophia is one of my biggest challenges.
  3.    My favorite sports are water sports. I love swimming, boating, wake surfing, rowing around on a canoe, and simply walking along the beach of an ocean or lake.
  4.    I enjoy horseback riding and hope someday to take lessons so I can learn how to do it well. I’d also love to learn how to ride side saddle.
  5.    One of my favorite ways to have a good time with friends is having a tea party. I also love to play board games and card games.
  6.    Due to moves in my childhood, I attended 9 different schools including 3 junior high schools. Being the new kid isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  7.    I love chocolate. Chocolate has seen me through many brutal revisions. But please hold the dark chocolate–in most cases, it’s too chalky and bitter. I love MILK chocolate, with or without caramel, and with or without nuts. Mmmmm. Salted caramel is a very close second.
  8.    My favorite color is blue scruffy shade of blue is beautiful. I also adore pink but there are a lot of ugly shades of pink so I’m pickier on that one.
  9.    Though I’m not a real gardener, I love flowers, and I find it rewarding to plan and then carry out ways to add color to my yard.
  10.    I love to dance–any kind–but most especially ballet and ballroom. I would dance every day if I could.

 

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Christmas Countdown Blitz -Day 1

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The Spirit of Christmas by Lauraine Henderson

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George Stone can’t wait for the Christmas season to be over and his employees, especially his executive assistant, Kathryn Gleason, focused once again on their work. When a missing report requires George to stop in at Kathryn’s parents’ home the day before Christmas Eve, he ends up as an unexpected guest. Between the haunting journals of his late grandfather and the unsettling dream of an unhappy future, George is swept away by the magic of Kathryn’s charm and her family’s love.

Will the Spirit of Christmas show George the happiness he’s missing and will Kathryn’s warmth and beauty melt his cold heart?

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Day 1 CCB AuthorLauraine Henderson lives with her husband, dog and cat on 68 acres of woodland 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon. After growing up in Oregon, they moved their family of three children to Utah. From there they moved to Hawaii and Arizona, finally coming back to Oregon in 2015. Their three children, two girls and a boy are all grown and live across the United States.

After being a professional bookkeeper for over twenty years, she turned her hobby of writing into her first published novel in 2016. She loves to write inspirational romance and romantic comedy and hopes her readers will be both entertained and uplifted by her stories. When she’s not writing, she’s working her way through online university, loves to paint (watercolors, oils, and acrylics), sew, knit, crochet, make beaded jewelry, and read (of course!).

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10 Fun Facts About Me:

  1.    Besides being a writer, I’m also an artist. I enjoy painting with watercolors, oils, and acrylics.
  2.    I’m a knitter. I knit by hand, but also on a knitting machine.
  3.    I’ve sewn three wedding dresses.
  4.    I’ve moved 30 times in my life.
  5.    I read almost every evening and finish an average of 4-5 books per week.
  6.    I’m more afraid of someone walking behind me up and down the stairs than lighting professional, commercial fireworks (which I’ve done many times).
  7.    When I snap my fingers on both hands at the same time, I can’t get the snaps to sync.
  8.    I conquered a lifelong fear of being underwater and I am now a certified scuba diver.
  9.    When I laugh really hard, I almost stop breathing.
  10.    I’m secretly very competitive.

 

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Bob the Littlest Dinosaur & Bob and the Color Fairy by Karlie Lucas

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Tired of being the smallest dinosaur, Bob sets out on an adventure to change his appearance. After facing many obstacles, Bob decides that being small isn’t as bad as he thought it was.

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When the wizards steals all the color from Bob’s home, the littlest dinosaur goes in search of the color fairies. But when they refuse to help simply because he’s different, he has to find another way to restore the colors.

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My Review:

These books are entertaining stories for little dinosaur fans. The pictures are simple but vibrant.

In both books we join Bob as he goes on an adventure and learns a lesson on about self-esteem.

Bob the Littlest Dinosaur shows that size and height are not important. While the story in Bob and the Color Fairy teaches that it’s ok to be different.

 

Author Information:

AuthorKarlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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