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Deal Alert: Emma Chase, Jennifer Probst, Kristen Proby, and Melody Anne!

We’ve got a great Deal Alert for you today! Just in time for the holiday season, we’ve got some holiday themed books discounted just for you! Titles from Emma Chase, Jennifer Probst, Kristen Proby, and Melody Anne! Make sure you grab these deals before they’re gone.


It’s a Wonderful Tangled Christmas by Emma Chase

Drew and Kate play a hilarious encore to New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Emma Chase’s “highly entertaining” (RT Book Reviews) debut Tangled in this sexy take on A Christmas Carol, in which three dream women remind Drew that no gift could be better than his life with Kate…

After a blowout fight with Kate about his workaholic habits sends Drew to the office in anger on Christmas Eve, he falls asleep at his desk. There, three lovely holiday spirits magically visit him to teach him that every moment is precious and that he should never take his family for granted. But when he wakes up, will he just write it off as a dream?

Originally published in the sizzling anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside, this irresistible novella is the perfect holiday treat!

And as special bonus material after the novella, Emma Chase has included a scene showing Drew’s marriage proposal to Kate!


Searching For You by Jennifer Probst

When a high-powered CEO and a playboy billionaire get stranded in a snowstorm, sparks will fly…if they can make it through the night together! This sexy enovella from Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series—originally published in the sizzling anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside—depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle.

Successful and determined executive Riley Fox has everything a modern woman could want…except for the love of her life. But she didn’t get to the top of her field without setting stringent expectations, and when it comes to finding a partner, she’s leaving nothing up to chance. Until her car breaks down in a blizzard, trapping her with the one man she’s always loathed and secretly crushed on: wealthy womanizer Dylan McCray.

Tired of his reputation as a ladies’ man, Dylan longs for a serious relationship with the woman of his dreams. Countless casual dates and hook-ups have left him with no idea what that gut-clenching moment of rightness feels like…until he rescues the stunning woman who has always tempted his fantasies. Will these staunch opposites repel rather than attract, or will sunrise bring everlasting romance after a steamy night in the snowy mountains?


Saving Grace by Kristen Proby

Sparks fly like snowflakes when a klutzy but gorgeous novice crosses skis with a hot resort owner in this tempting tie-in to New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby’s popular Love Under the Big Sky series!

Grace Douglas is on a practice run for her friend Cara Donovan’s bachelorette party ski weekend in Aspen. The problem is, despite living in rugged and picturesque Cunningham Falls, Montana, Grace is the clumsiest person ever born. To prepare for the trip, she is taking lessons at a local ski resort. She just prays that they have an ambulance on standby.

Sexy hotelier Jacob Berkley is ready to play ski instructor, but he quickly discovers that the best place on the mountain for Grace is in the lodge with a hot toddy. Her sense of humor and easy laugh quickly pull him in, and soon he’s determined to help her get off the bunny slope for a fun vacation with her friends. He just didn’t expect their steamy chemistry to trigger an avalanche of desire straight to his heart.


Safe in His Arms by Melody Anne

Can a California transplant survive Montana’s deep snows? New York Times and USA TODAYbestselling author Melody Anne breaks the ice between a sexy fireman and a brand-new teacher in this steamy holiday tale—originally published in the sizzling anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside—which launched her popular Unexpected Heroes series.

Natalie Duncan is thrilled to get her first teaching job, but southern California didn’t prepare her for winter in Montana—or for gorgeous fire chief Hawk Winchester. For a man dedicated to putting out fires, Hawk really knows how to add heat to Natalie’s life, especially when he’s rescuing her from compromising situations. A man this strong and capable should know exactly what to do when a lady is trapped under the mistletoe. Suddenly Natalie’s blue Christmas is glowing red-hot…

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Guest Post: “My Never-Ending TBR List: A Christmas Edition” by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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Hello again. Another 30 days gone and I’ve only managed to knock 1 book off my Never-Ending TBR List. The Viking Wants Forever by Koko Brown. It was fun in the extreme and I highly recommend it.

Here in Southern California, Summer hasn’t gotten the text or the snapchat that it’s almost December and it’s time to bring on the holiday season. It was 87 freaking degrees outside today, when this time of year it’s usually 60 or so degrees. It’s no winter wonderland, but being an East Coast Kid I need a bit of a temperature drop to get into the Christmas spirit. Instead, I’m waiting for El Niño to show up and soak us to the bone. I plan on diving into all the Christmas madeforTV movies ABC Family has to offer (please check out Christmas Cupid (2010) starring Christina Milian and Chad Michael Murray) and in the meantime I’ve gotten my holiday reading list going.

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Exclusive Excerpt: THE BITE OF WINTER by Lauren Smith

The Bite of Winter Lauren Smith

The Bite of Winter by Lauren Smith is out today from Samhain Publishing and we’ve got a great excerpt for you to enjoy! Be sure and pick up your copy of The Bite of Winter today!


What could be better than a sexy, drool-worthy Irish vampire? Try two Irish vampires! I don’t know about you but I’m sucker (get it? Sorry bad vampire joke) for accents, but Irish ones, the way they have that lilting cadence just makes me go hot all over. When I wrote The Bite of Winter, I wanted to create two gorgeous hunky Irish vamps named Ian and Connor who were best friends.

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Aural Pleasures: Robin Covington’s SECRET SANTA BABY

Secret Santa Baby Robin Covington

Robin Covington’s Secret Santa Baby just got a brand new cover! Since it’s the holiday season, Robin stopped by EverAfter to share her very Christmas themed playlist and answer our questions! Pick up your copy of this fabulous novella today!


1. How do you make your playlists for your books?

I usually start by trying to find key songs that go with the vibe of parts of the book or parts of the character. Obviously, with Secret Santa Baby, I began with “Santa Baby” but then I looked for songs that hit the “notes” of the story. “Naughty Naughty Children” was about Nick deciding to go after Tessa while “It Really Is (A Wonderful Life” is all Tessa – upbeat and quirky and ready to make her dreams come true.

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Q&A: Marie Sexton Interviews Heidi Cullinan of WINTER WONDERLAND

Winter Wonderland Heidi Cullinan

To celebrate our Christmas romance releases, Marie Sexton and I are interviewing each other as part of our promotional tour. The following is her interview of me; you can catch my interview of her on December 1 at Coffee and Porn in the Morning.


Tell us a little bit about your current release, Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland is the third book in the Minnesota Christmas series, a gay romance set in a fictional small town in the Northwoods of Minnesota. Three burly bears with soft hearts getting their happily ever after. In Winter Wonderland we get the story of Paul, the last of the three bears, who has sadly been waiting for his man since book one. He’s the only one who went looking for love, except his Mr. Right turned up is the last place he expected, and the one place he really wasn’t sure was a good idea. Kyle, who has been waiting for Paul and Paul alone since being rescued on the playground, will do what he must to convince Paul he’s the one worth waiting for.

How did you get the idea for the story?

Since this was a series and Paul has been a background character pining for his HEA, I knew I had to start with him and keep things in Logan, Minnesota, but beyond that I was a bit stumped. All kinds of guys auditioned but nobody was right. Then a very background character from book one got all in my face and said It’s me, dammit. So I let him make his case, and you know, it turned out he was right. Or he was just so bossy he made himself right. Could go either way.

 

Where can we buy it?

The book is published at Samhain, but you can buy it at many third party retailers, all listed through the buy links on this page at the top of the post.

 

This is the third book in the Minnesota Christmas series. Tell us a bit about the series in general.

The Minnesota Christmas series is a light-hearted escape into an idyllic Minnesota Northwoods small town. In Logan, Minnesota, you can expect shenanigans, snow, plenty of sex, and always a happily ever after. Book one, Let It Snow, features Marcus and Frankie. Marcus is a lawyer-turned lumberjack determined to scrub the Cities from his mind…until a freak snowstorm lands Minneapolis hairstylist Frankie in the cozy cabin Marcus shares with his best friends. Book two, Sleigh Ride, is about the jolly, brash Arthur and the fussy town librarian Gabriel, who hate each other more than they hate anyone else, right up until the point when those sparks ignite a fire they had no intention of starting. Book three, Winter Wonderland, is the story of Paul, the member of the “three bears” who’s pined for love the longest and has found it in the most unlikely of places, the swishy care center nurse Kyle, who once in the bedroom isn’t swishy in the slightest. The series is known for its highly-drawn secondary characters, idyllic small-town setting, serious subjects smoothed out with heartwarming holiday moments, and spicy (but not too spicy) romantic moments.

 

Will there a be a fourth installment next year?

Probably not. But there might be a spinoff series set in summer in a year or two. And you never know, they might wander down to the Twin Cities and show up in someone else’s story…

 

You’ve written stories in a lot of different genres. Do you have a favorite type of story, or does it depend on what story is speaking to you at the moment?

I sometimes feel happiest when writing fantasy, though I can’t ever do that all the time or I’ll fry my brain. I feel I do my best in contemporaries and new adult, but sometimes I have to go play in another genre to refresh the juices. I can’t seem to write a story without a serious element somewhere in the background. Every time I try, something wanders in to darken the mood. So, I’ve stopped fighting it and everything seems to work out better.

 

What can we look forward to next, and what are you working on now?

Next is one of those fantasy departures: Clockwork Heart, a steampunk/alternate historical set in 1910. It will be out in February and is starting to show up as a preorder at third parties. After that is very much up in the air. I have several things started, but this year has been a real curve ball for me on the health and productivity front, so it’s going to be interesting seeing what floats to the surface. I have a novella in the Dance With Me universe planned, and the Roosevelt and Love Lessons series books to write, and another new adult, and another fantasy, and yet none of them seem to want to plant themselves on my desk for more than a few weeks. I’m hoping eventually one of them gets to THE END, at which point I will joyously share it with everyone else.

Well, hurry up! (Okay, I know trying to make the stories hurry never works, but everybody’s anxiously awaiting the next one!)

Thanks for taking time to answer my questions!


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Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex. No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection. When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.


Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. Heidi can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr, and HeidiCullinan.com.

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway. Marie can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and MarieSexton.net.

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Guest Post: “The Food of Love” by Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, Kate Noble, and Theresa Romain

A Gentleman For All Seasons Shana Galen Vanessa Kelly Kate Noble Theresa Romain

With the holidays fast approaching, food and drink is on everyone’s mind. So many family traditions revolve around special recipes and gatherings at the dining table. In fact, it seems every season has its own special foods and drinks as well as gatherings of family and friends. Our new anthology, A Gentleman for All Seasons, spans a year in the fictional English village of Hemshawe. Each season brings a new novella and provided a fun way for us to use food in our story.

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Exclusive Excerpt: THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSAL by Victoria James

The Billionaire's Christmas Proposal Victoria James

Next week Victoria James’ newest release, The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal releases from Entangled! Today we’ve got an exclusive excerpt that we hope you’ll enjoy! Be sure and pre-order your copy of The Billionaire’s Christmas Proposal today!


Allie was finishing up some paperwork, excited about leaving. It was almost the end of the day, and this was the weekend they were going up to Jackson and Hannah’s cabin. She’d missed her best friend so much and was dying to see the kids, too. She jumped at the loud knock on her door. Seconds later, Ethan was already inside and shutting the door behind him. He proudly held up a small, live Christmas tree in a black pot.

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Aural Pleasures: THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS BARGAIN by Joely Sue Burkhart

The Billionaire's Christmas Bargain Joely Sue Burkhart

Joely Sue Burkhart’s new release from Samhain, The Billionaire’s Christmas Bargain, released today just in time for the start of the holiday seasons! Joely stopped by EverAfter to answer our questions about how music impacts her writing process! Be sure and pick up a copy of The Billionaire’s Christmas Bargain today!


A billionaire for Christmas… tied up in a bow.

The Recluse: Ever since his parents died in a holiday car accident, Harvey Caine has shut himself away with his lingering injuries and his guilt, hating Christmas more with each passing year. Clinging to the one obsession that keeps him alive—wrest control of Caine Enterprises from his aunt.

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Guest Post: Casablanca Christmas Hop by Samantha Chase, Kim Redford, and Terry Spear

Christmas is just around the corner and romance novelists Samantha Chase, Kim Redford and Terry Spear are here to help get you in the holiday spirit by sharing the craziest place they and their characters have ever spent Christmas! Also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a special Christmas Bundle!


Samantha Chase (The Christmas Cottage/Ever After):

I know this is going to sound crazy, but I’ve never had a crazy Christmas!  I am a creature of habit and growing up we were the same way.  We always had fairly normal celebrations where we were always at a relative’s home.  As an adult, it was very important for me to do the same with my kids.  So…you see? Nothing crazy here.  Sorry!

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Guest Post: A Holiday Chat with Authors Carolyn Jewel and Grace Burrowes

Christmas in Duke Street Shana Galen, Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, and Grace Burrowes

When most people think of the holidays, they think of family dinners, decorating the tree, and singing carols by the fire. When authors think of the holidays, we think of stories. Readers seem to love holiday-set books, and we authors love to write them. There’s happily-ever-after and then there’s happily-ever-after on Christmas, which makes the warm fuzzy feeling that much more special.

Grace Burrowes and Carolyn Jewel, two of the authors of the newly released holiday anthology, Christmas in Duke Street, sat down to chat about writing during holiday mayhem, our holiday wishes, and why we love holiday movies and stories.


Grace: Carolyn, I am utterly bumfuzzled to once again be in that posture of, “Where has the year gone?” But if our holiday anthology is on the shelves, then sure as pumpkin spice everything, the holidays are coming. How has your year gone?

Carolyn: The year went drinking and then got carded and couldn’t come back in time to meet us. Or, it has a lead foot and is whooshing by faster then our brains can process. It’s one of those two things.  I’m not sure which. :::Looks at notes. I’m supposed to ask Grace something. Um. Okay:

So, Grace, do the holidays affect your writing?

Grace: Some years, I honestly get MORE writing done over the holidays. Things slow down at work, the weather gives us a few snow days, and I can spend some extra time with the dukes and earls of my choice. My idea of a little Christmas! What about you? Does the writing time have to take a back seat over the holidays?

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