Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Little Holiday Therapy

Congratulation to "Maureen C." the winner of Christine's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

The holidays are just around the corner.

That’s a sentence that can either fill you with delight or fear, depending upon how hectic the holidays tend to be for you.  Are you the designated chef in charge of cooking the family turkey this year, and are you wondering how you’re ever going to find enough seats for all the relatives without making poor Cousin Bernie sit at the kiddie table?  Again?

Or are you perhaps travelling cross-country to spend the holidays at someone else’s home, which means right now you’re trying to figure out just how many goodies you can cram into your carry-on bag to distract a certain fussy someone on the plane?  (Because you know how cranky hubby can get when it comes to air travel…)

And that’s just the beginning of the holiday season.

But I hope that in the middle of all the holiday hustle and bustle you’re able to stop every now and then and enjoy the perks that go along with this time of year.  Take a moment to enjoy having family members gathered close together, some of whom you only get to see once a year (which is sometimes not a bad thing)… breathe in the scent of spiced cider or mulled wine and savor the taste as you sip it down…curl up in front of a cozy fire while snowflakes fall and Christmas carols play in the background, perhaps with a good book in your hands.

What?  You don’t have a good holiday read picked out yet?  Good thing I came along today, because have I got a book for you…

(Subtle, aren’t I?)

Pastels and Jingle Bells is a contemporary romance and the first in the Heavenly Bites novella series.  It features an unlikely romantic pairing—I’m a big fan of those—and an unexpected turn of events for a heroine who originally has a little revenge on her mind:

Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever:  the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be.  In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy.

A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

So if you find yourself needing a few minutes of “me” time this holiday season, and you just want a little something short and sweet to recharge your batteries with a dose of stolen glances and happy endings, I hope you’ll check out Pastels and Jingle Bells.

It’ll be therapeutic.  Honest.

Happy holidays!

Christine will be giving away a Kindle copy of PASTELS AND JINGLE BELLS to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

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  1. It's hard to believe that Christmas is not that far away. I always enjoy seeing family, it's the shopping that I don't look forward to. Congratulations on your new story! It looks like a sweet one.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  2. I love the shopping part! Not the spending money but picking out gifts! lol Your book sounds great!

  3. I'm in need of Holiday therapy... and I think a novella is the perfect therapist. ;)
    I am one of those people that loves black friday shopping. Not so much the buying things as watching people and the chaos.
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com


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