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Holiday Deal Alert: Eve Silver, Kat Latham, and Luke Young

We couldn’t even think of going on vacation without leaving a little something for the EverAfter family! That’s why we’ve brought you these could-be-stocking-stuffers-but-let’s-face-it-TREAT-YOURSELF deals from Eve Silver, Kat Latham, and Luke Young! Have a fun, safe, fantastic holiday (and treat yourself to all the books you can get your hands on)!


 

Dark Desires by Eve Silver

Betrayed by those she trusted, penniless and alone, Darcie Finch is forced to accept a position that no one else dares, as assistant to dangerously attractive Dr. Damien Cole. Ignoring the whispered warnings and rumours that he’s a man to fear, she takes her position at his eerie estate where she quickly discovers that nothing is at it seems, least of all her handsome and brooding employer. As Darcie struggles with her fierce attraction to Damien, she must also deal with the blood, the disappearances … and the murders.

With her options dwindling and time running out, Darcie must rely on her instincts as she confronts the man she is falling in love with. Is he an innocent and misunderstood man…or a remorseless killer who prowls the East End streets?


Three Nights Before Christmas by Kat Latham
Have yourself a steamy little Christmas…

After three years in prison, freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher doesn’t expect this Christmas to be very merry and bright. At least chopping down trees for her brother’s Christmas tree farm will help her save money to get her life back on track. All her plans derail, though, when her new job puts her in territory patrolled by the man who haunts her dreams—the forest ranger who sent her to prison.

Austin Wilder isn’t thrilled about Lacey working in his forest—but he soon realizes he needs her help. His family is depending on him to restore an old steam train for a spectacular Christmas event, and train expert Lacey is his only hope of finishing in time.

Working together challenges every assumption Lacey and Austin have about each other, and they discover a desire hot enough to melt even the deepest Montana snow. But will the season of second chances be enough to mend the most hardened broken heart?


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Guest Post: Holiday Cheer from Terry Spear, Nicole Helm, and Samantha Chase!

What’s better than one person giving us the warm holiday fuzzies? “Oh, like, 3? That’s better, right? Like, off the top of my head, that sounds like the better amount of people for spreading holiday cheer.”

Well, guess what? We’ve got that exact amount of people here to spread some mid-November happiness and they are all amazing romance authors. Samantha Chase, Nicole Helm, and Terry Spear are our guests today and we are overjoyed to have them.


Samantha Chase

Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday. I always enjoyed it while I was growing up, but it wasn’t until my husband and I moved away from our family that I truly started to LOVE it.  I loved being able to start our own traditions and we really found our groove on that right away. One of my favorite things to do is decorate the tree. I’m a lunatic with that. We get a live tree every year and we sort of make it a family competition to see who picks out the best tree on the lot. The very first year Frank and I were together, we had nothing for our tree except a box of hand-me-down ornaments my dad and stepmom gave us. Every year since then, we’ve added to our collection.

When the kids were little, we did a lot of the Hallmark Keepsake ornaments and then we did a Disney ornament-of-the-month thing for about two years. Now I tend to just add one a year and it’s almost to the point that we don’t have room on the tree for everything that we have! The tree has a Disney theme – and if you know me, that’s not surprising! – and whenever I go to Disney World, a Christmas ornament is my must-get souvenir.

We definitely have foods that we only have at Christmas. Our Christmas Eve tradition is that we have a traditional Italian fish sauce for dinner. Seven different kind of fish in a red sauce. I have to admit, it’s not my favorite, but my husband and sons LOVE it. It’s a lot of work and I’m totally fine with just having it once a year. LOL! They look forward to it to the point of talking about it non-stop for the entire month of December. On Christmas morning, we have pepperoni omelets for breakfast. I’ll admit, I cheat and make these at random throughout the year, but they’re a must-have on Christmas morning after we open our presents. And my husband has learned to bake his family’s Christmas bread. For years, he only had it when we saw his parents. After we moved away, it was something he really missed. So he got the recipe from his mom and now he bakes it himself.

And our final tradition that I absolutely LOVE is our Christmas Eve dessert open house. We live in a very transient area. There’s a Baptist Seminary up the road and so a lot of people who live here only come for school and then move. So we open our doors on Christmas Eve to everyone who doesn’t have family to spend it with. They bring a dessert to share and we all hang out and it’s a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.


Nicole Helm

Butter. My favorite thing about the holiday season is buying a million pounds of butter and making everything delicious out of it. I kid, I kid. Mostly.

Though I do love the baking (and all the butter) involved, my favorite thing about the holiday season is seeing a lot of people I only get to see once a year, and celebrating with things and food we usually only engage in once a year. In my family, we go to at least seven different houses, five different cities, two different states over the course of the week of Christmas to visit all the family we can.

It’s a ton of driving, but that’s part of the fun too. We listen to Christmas music in the car as we go here, there, and everywhere. The kids snooze in the back or play with their new toys. I sneak a cookie or two from my legion of treats to donate to the meal we’re going to. Bing Crosby croons White Christmas one too many times and my husband tries to put ‘normal’ music back on (he never wins, though sometimes I can be persuaded away from Bing).

When we reach our multitude of destinations, we see parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and their kids, nieces (a first for me this year!).I always make Kringla, plenty of cookies, and Swedish Rye Bread to take to different houses, and we get to sit and eat these once a year treats while catching up and enjoying each other’s company. I get to see my kids play with my cousin’s kids, just like my cousins and I used to play growing up. I love tradition, so seeing the same ornaments on everyone’s tree year after year, the same decorations and stockings, never fails to make me smile. Sharing memories of Christmas past and making new memories with my little guys is such a joy.

By the end, we’re always exhausted, maybe a little ready for some quality alone time, or some food without butter (for maybe one meal tops), but fulfilled and happy and full to the brim with holiday spirit (and butter, never forget the butter).


Terry Spear

Family time! This is the second year we’ll have Christmas with both my son, and my daughter and son-in-law. My son was serving in Afghanistan for two years with the Air Force and so that’s what’s most important to me—family time. My daughter just informed me she’s pregnant, so Christmas after next we’ll have a new little pack member to add to the mix of my two dogs, their two dogs and my son’s dog. One big, happy family for the holidays. Nothing could be better. Decorating, making turkey, and baked goods, watching Christmas movies, playing board games, and just visiting–that’s what it’s all about. Of course, the gifts are fun–both giving and receiving. But most of all, making Christmas memories and taking pictures to capture those memories is what’s so special. Just like with my wolves or jaguars. In all my stories, I try to show this because it’s so important to me. I had the same tradition with my parents, who I was close to and the memories continue to carry on long after they were gone.

Long after my dad died, a decade even, my mother didn’t want to bother with decorating for Christmas. She had always loved decorating for the holidays. And so after decorating my home, I ran over and helped her with hers. I didn’t want her to miss out enjoying the holidays because it was just too much work to put up the tree.

Even Everett, the jaguar shifter hero in A Very Jaguar Christmas, was glad he’d decorated for Christmas. Not only because it made him feel good when he came home from a day of work, but because he’s got a special guest coming to have dinner with him, and she’s someone he’s wanted to get to know forever.

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Guest Post + Excerpt: Memories of Christmas Past from Cindy Scaggs

An Untouchable Christmas Cindy Skaggs

Memory is a tricky thing. Bad memories filter to the top while good memories settle to the bottom of a very deep well and we struggle to keep them alive. The key is to replace the bad memories with good—or drown the bad in that well, whichever works. I’m a violent sort, so I’ll be drowning those suckers. 🙂

Holidays in our house growing up were mostly good, but that means I have only this vague recollection and warm, fuzzy feelings for Christmas. Well, all but one. The year I turned five, my father was recovering from a major car accident. Money was tight and we ultimately lost the house and Dad’s business to medical expenses.

That was the year someone adopted us. Just for Christmas presents that is. We were the little angels on a Giving Tree. The night before Christmas, a group of men brought what seemed like a truckload of presents for four kids and two adults. They deposited them under the empty tree just like Santa. I bounced on my toes in sheer joy at the mass of goodies. Too young to read, I didn’t know which presents were mine, but my older brother pointed out a ginormous and awkwardly wrapped present labeled “girl, aged 5.” It was bigger than me and taller than my teenage brother. It was mine, mine, mine!

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Guest Post: Stefanie London’s Top Reasons For Loving Winter Stories

Millionaire Under The Mistletoe

Until recently Christmas books had always felt like a thing I couldn’t quite connect to. You see, I’m originally from the Southern Hemisphere. Melbourne, Australia to be exact. And Christmas for us was a strange mix of things that didn’t really belong together.

By the 25th of December the weather is warm. Some years it’s balmy and mild—perfect for barbeques and chilled wine. Other years it borders on ‘holy crap, did I suddenly teleport myself to the mouth of hell?’ But that’s Australia, for you.

The funny thing is, we persist with a lot of the cold weather traditions, despite the heat. Every year my family would roast a full turkey or chicken and hope the air conditioner would be able to keep up us cool despite the oven working at full force. We’ll burn candles scented with cinnamon and clove, wear (faux) fur-lined Christmas hats and give out presents wrapped in patterns of snow-capped pine trees and glittering snowflakes.

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Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
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Guest Post: “My Most Meaningful Christmas Gifts” by Margaret Brownley

Left At The Altar by Margaret Brownley

At age 8, I received a most meaningful gift. It was a big beautiful doll with blond hair and eyes that opened and closed. In an effort to get on Santa’s “good” list, I cleaned my room and did my chores. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, I even did everyone else’s chores. When I opened the box Christmas morning and saw two big blue eyes staring back at me, I was elated. I felt as if I could make every dream come true if I wanted it bad enough and was willing to work for it.

At 11, I received a most meaningful gift. It was an angora sweater. A year earlier, I had received toys for Christmas, but that year I had “graduated” to clothes. Wearing that sweater made me feel so grown-up. More than that, the gift told me that others saw me as grown-up, too.

At 17, I received a most meaningful gift. It was a heart-shaped necklace from my boyfriend. I believed at that moment that love would last forever. The chain snapped less than a week later, and we broke up soon after, but I learned that some things are meant to last for only a short time and that we must enjoy them while we can.

In my twenties, I received a most meaningful gift. Our oldest son was born just before Christmas. It was a gift that both elated and humbled me. This baby—this beautiful gift from God—was solely dependent on me and I wanted so much to be the perfect mother. But as I walked the floor that Christmas day trying to comfort a colicky baby, I realized the futility of that goal. I soon learned that no child ever said that his or her mother was perfect, only that she was the best.

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Q&A: Elyssa Patrick of ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS

Once Upon a Christmas Elyssa Patrick J.K. Coi Tiffany Clare Maggie Robinson

Hi everyone! My name is Elyssa Patrick, and I’m one of the authors of the Christmas anthology, Once Upon a Christmas.


Here is the blurb for Once Upon a Christmas:

The holidays are a time for family, celebration—and the Dukes of Ravenglass to fall in love. Spend the Christmas season with the Wynter family, as the Dukes of Ravenglass find their happily-ever-afters in this delightful, heartfelt collection that spans from the Regency era to the present day.

In A Price Above Rubies by Maggie Robinson, set in the Regency era, paid companion Helen Lowe doesn’t know the man she shares her first-ever dance—and first-ever kiss—is Gabriel Wynter, a reclusive, notorious duke. When Helen flees after being exposed, she leaves behind something of far greater value than a glass slipper. Can Gabriel find her, return it, and finally open his heart?

In the Victorian-era set, Never Have I Ever Fallen in Love with a Duke by Tiffany Clare, Alexander Wynter has a problem—his best friend’s younger sister grew up. When he agreed to help Emily MacCallon make her debut, he didn’t expect the beautiful, alluring woman before him—or for her to lead him on such a merry chase. Alexander knows one thing: the only man she’ll be kissing forever and ever is him.

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The SMP Holiday Romance Blitz: Books & Wish Lists!

 

SMP Romance Holiday Blitz

If everything smells like fresh baked cookies and feels like holiday cheer you’ve actually baked cookies while on the internet (well done) or you’re right in the middle of our SMP Holiday Romance Blitz! Don’t miss the favorite books and wish lists of some amazing authors!


Favorite Holiday Book

holiday-book

Ruth Logan Herne: The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado (I cry every time!!!)

Donna Alward: Twas the Night Before Christmas, because we still read it every year even though the kids are grown!

Laura Trentham: I’ve read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas about a hundred times since last Christmas to my daughter. I can recite the book, and I’ve even dreamed about it.

Nancy Naigle: I love all of those specialty shape hard cover Christmas books. I reread them every year. My favorite? Debbie Macomber’s There’s Something About Christmas

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The SMP Holiday Romance Blitz: Costumes & Consumables!

SMP Romance Holiday Blitz

Listen, we’re into the holidays over here. How into them? Well, I’m wearing a plastic ghost necklace that lights up as I type this. We’re extremely into holidays. So when we found out about the SMP Holiday Romance Blitz we had to participate! Check out Part 1 of our holiday Q&A with some amazing authors!


Favorite Halloween Costume

halloween

Ruth Logan Herne: Crotchety Old Lady Slightly Sinister… 🙂

Donna Alward: As little as possible. 🙂 I confess I’m not really a Halloween person.

Laura Trentham: I was a roller derby girl for an adult Halloween party a couple of years ago. Everything was great until after a couple of drinks, I fell on my tailbone. Nothing was seriously hurt except for my pride though! The next year, my hubby and I went as bacon and eggs. Very safe (and delicious 🙂 )

Nancy Naigle: Pocahontas! Easy to answer this one because I was Pocahontas for Halloween in the 2nd grade, the 6th grade, in junior high and even as an adult…twice. All with different costumes, and each more elaborate than the last. In the 2nd grade I was Pocahontas and my little brother (3 years my junior) was Chief Powhatan. My mom even made a wooden papoose for me and made my baby doll a matching Indian outfit complete with headband and a feather.
I might just have to find a costume party to attend. I’m in the mood to craft another Pocahontas outfit this year.

Margaret Brownley: One year my six-foot-six husband dressed as the Jolly Green Giant and I was a can of peas. It took forever to apply the green makeup, but it was worth it. We took the top prize at every party we attended that year.

Tara Wyatt: In college, I dressed up in a red fedora and trench coat and went as Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world am I? Eating all the candy. That’s where I am.

Opal Carew: Genie! I’ve always loved genies. I love the magic and the power play between the genie and the genie’s master. I love the costumes because they’re sexy and beautiful. (I used to do belly dancing and made several costumes for myself.)

Emily March: The Uncle Sam costume we put on our beloved boxer, Doc. He was disgusted by the ordeal, but stoic. 🙂

Melissa Cutler: Cowgirl (of course!)


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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Kennedy Layne, Eugenia Riley, and Brenda Hiatt

Need a break from the politics on your newsfeed? We’ve got just the cure: books. A bunch of them. And for a great price! Don’t miss these steals from Kennedy Layne, Eugenia Riley, and Brenda Hiatt!


CSA Case Files Volume 1 by Kennedy Layne

From USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne comes the first box set of the CSA Case Files series! Follow along as each book conveys a team member’s story as they work together on investigations that lead them down perilous paths of passion, intrigue and suspense…

Captured Innocence (CSA Case Files 1)

When a killer sets his sights on Lauren, Connor is forced to grabble with the reality of their relationship. He has the training it takes to catch a murderer, but does he have the courage to escape his inner demons and capture Lauren’s heart?

Sinful Resurrection (CSA Case Files 2)

Sins of the past have been resurrected, predetermining Jax and Emily’s path to love. Jax doesn’t know how he’ll walk away this time or if he even wants to. Emily is determined to expose a high-level official within the United Nations and walk away unscathed. She wants a second chance with her first love — even if it kills her.

Renewed Faith (CSA Case Files 3)

Is it possible to renew one’s faith in love? Kevin’s current case crosses paths with Elle’s past. Secrets and lies encircle them as a killer ups the stakes in a cat and mouse game meant for only one winner. When time runs out, Kevin intends to be the last man standing — in life and love.


A Timeswept Christmas Anthology Eugenia Riley
A Timeswept Christmas Anthology by Eugenia Riley

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! For a limited time, Eugenia Riley’s charming and touching collection, A Timeswept Christmas Anthology, is bargain priced! And Eugenia’s breathtaking Embers of Time is bargain priced during this same promo!

From the Bestselling Time Travel Romance Author and Winner of the HOLT Medallion: Two Victorian Christmas romance novellas, plus a bonus Valentine’s Day novella, all reissued in a single volume!

CONTENTS:
A CHRISTMAS IN TIME

Cynical reporter Jason Burke embarks on a magical journey back in time to Dickens London, where he discovers the true joys of a Victorian Christmas while meeting the love of his life . . . and struggling to save her from certain death.

CHRISTMAS WITH AN ANGEL

Nathan Fletcher realizes too late how much his bride Emily means to him–only when he learns of her death. But can a Christmas angel intervene and grant the couple one final day to rediscover the glory of their marriage?

TWO HEARTS IN TIME

After receiving a Victorian Valentine, Amanda Brewster turns a corner in time . . . and travels from the Strand in contemporary Galveston, Texas, to the Strand in Victorian London! There Amanda discovers a cure for her broken heart as she is wooed by a handsome, masterful earl.


Rogue’s Honor by Brenda Hiatt

“Brenda Hiatt has created a most different and dashing rogue.” -Kasey Michaels

To escape her stepmother’s matchmaking machinations, Lady Pearl runs away, pretending to be a common housemaid, with the help of her abigail. When she is rescued from the near-disaster of recognition by a charming serving-man, Pearl pretends to be simpleminded to safeguard herself from any unwanted advances. But soon she begins to suspect that her rescuer is far more than the common servant he seemed at first.

Luke St. Clair lives a double life, pretending to be a gentleman while in reality sustaining himself and the needy as the notorious Robin Hood-type thief, the Saint of Seven Dials. The last thing he needs in his life is a beautiful simpleton in need of protection. But “Purdy” proves to be anything but simple—or common! Once he learns the truth, does he dare continue, in the ballrooms of the elite, the flirtation that began in the slums of London? The risk is enormous, but Lady Pearl’s sweet kisses may just be worth it.

Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpts: CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA by Joanna Shupe, Donna Thorland, Piper Huguley, & Holly Bush

Christmas in America Holly Bush Piper Huguley Donna Thorland Joanna Shupe

We know it’s only September, but it’s not too early to think about Christmas. Today we feature excerpts from Christmas in America, a new anthology filled with America’s rich history and Christmas traditions from four of your favorite historical romance authors: Donna Thorland, Joanna Shupe, Piper Huguley, and Holly Bush.


“Christmas at Mount Holly” by Donna Thorland 

The Jerseys, December 23rd, 1776 – The American Revolution is on the brink of total collapse. The Rebels have lost New York, the Continental Army has endured a disastrous retreat through New Jersey, and Washington is about to lose what remains when enlistments expire on New Year’s Eve. The cause needs a miracle, but Christmas is a time for wonders: as Angela Ferrers—the woman known to history as the Widow of Mount Holly—will discover when she sets a honey trap for Hessian Colonel Count Carl Emil Urich von Donop, only to find herself ensnared in mutual attraction.

She had been many things before she had become Angela Ferrers. Daughter, lover, wife, mother, widow. And then it had all ended, not in that terrible sweeping of the board, when all her pieces had been taken, but in a single, focused act of revenge that had severed her old life from her new.

For a time it had been necessary to become someone else, and becoming other people was a skilled trade. She had apprenticed herself to the first lady of the London stage, learned how to transform her appearance with little more than posture and expression from ingénue to crone, from aristocrat to orange seller. Adopting and discarding so many guises and disguises had taught her to see through the pretenses of others and realize that almost everyone wore a mask—most just didn’t realize it.

Like the handsome young jaeger captain with his velvet eye-patch and flawlessly cut uniform. He probably spent the better part of his pay dressing the part of the dashing officer. Her younger self would have been quite taken with him, with the way he entered the room, bowing low and sweeping his coat behind him with a flourish—as trim and graceful as a dancing master—and looking intently into her eyes.

“May I present,” said Ewald, in his studied English, “the Colonel Count Carl Emil Ulrich Von Donop of Hesse-Cassel.”

Donna Thorland


“Miracle on Ladies’ Mile” by Joanna Shupe 

New York, 1895 – After losing his beloved wife, department store owner Alexander Armstrong seems incapable of anything other than work, despite his ache to be a better father to his daughter. When the pair encounters Grace, a charming shop girl designing the store’s Christmas window displays, he struggles to accept that perhaps miracles do happen in the most unlikely of places…

“There’s no one watching us now,” she whispered, rising up on her toes and placing a bold kiss on his jaw. “We’re all alone.”

A shudder went through him. “God, Grace,” he rasped. “We shouldn’t. You don’t even know—”

She put a finger over his lips, preventing him from finishing the sentence. “You won’t hurt me, Alex. I’m—”

“Drunk. On champagne.”

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