Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Visit From the Christmas Book Fairy

Congratulations to "Miss Kat" and "Dana", the winners of Abigail's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
everyone laughed at the lo mien I spilled on my blouse.
We had no stockings to fill or baking cookies gooeyish
it was just a normal day for someone who’s Jewish.

I had a warm blanket all cozy and nice
and settled my brains for a book to entice.
Who Wants to Marry a Doctor was done, my next book still drafted,
and I wanted to read instead of taking a nap-ped.

I realized that though in a holiday look,
I had nothing on my shelves to call a Christmas book.
To my friends I cried, I asked, a plea
for recommendations of books for me.
Kimberly Kincaid, part of The Sugar Cookie Swap,
said Only in my Dreams by Wendy Markham has heart.
It talks of life’s most important treasures.

Fantastic, I said. Friends, tell me more reading pleasures!
Under Cover Santa, said Alexis Morgan
(she wrote The Christmas Gift in Christmas on Main Street – what a bargain!)
is an all time favorite with a hardened cop 
who’s softened by a special boy – but here I’ll stop
and let you figure out the rest.

This is great! I said. More friends, tell me the best!
Holiday redemption is the theme of Miracle Road,
said Nicole Burnham (she wrote Christmas With a Prince, I’m told).
Emily March wrote it and released it this year.

PJ Mellor chimed in, in a show of good cheer,
about Jennifer Crusie and Santa Baby with a secret agent lover. 
PJ herself wrote Escaping Christmas in Under the Covers
Heidi Cullinan, author of Let it Snow, named romance old school.
Simple Gifts by Deveraux and McNaught is her holiday jewel.

One last romance gift - and this means it’s free - 
is a short download by CA Szarek, you see.
Called Cole in her Stocking and you’ll get the link
further down in my post – near the bio, I think.

On Dalton!  On Lane!  On Mason and Shalvis!
Give me books to read, even if about Elvis.

In the comments tell me your favorite holiday read
and you might find some new books under your Christmas tree.

About the Author:
Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying "y'all" in North Central Florida.  Christmas lights still look weird to her when there’s no snow as a backdrop and she enjoys her family’s Christmas tradition of getting Chinese food for dinner.  Her debut novel, Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, was released earlier this year by Grand Central and the next book in the With This Ring series, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, comes out in 2014.

Keep up with Abigail on Goodreads or on Facebook at or on her website -

Download CA Szarek’s Cole in Her Stocking here! 

The giveaway is for two winners--one print, and one electronic. Please leave a comment or email to be entered in the giveaway.

Electronic Giveaways:
Nicole Burnham, Scandal With a Prince
Kimberly Kincaid, The Sugar Cookie Swap
Heidi Cullinan, *Let it Snow 

Print Giveaways:
Debbie Mason,The Trouble With Christmas
Jill ShalvisChristmas In Lucky Harbor
Lily Dalton**Never Desire A Duke
Katie LaneHunk For The Holidays

*Gay Romance, **Historical Romance

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 1st. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. (Print books are for US residents only. Electronic books are eligible Internationally with the exception of Scandal With A Prince.)


  1. As always, Maureen, thank you for being an amazing blog hostess and letting me churn out some amazingly bad poetry. *laugh*

    Happy reading!

  2. I love the Virgin River christmas books by Robyn Carr!!

  3. Sorry I forgot to add my email
    bondedana@yahoo. ca

    1. Silly Dana. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the rec!

  4. Darling poem, Abigail, and great recommendations. Happy Channuka!

    1. Aren't you glad I never ran the FCRW meetings that way? *laugh* Thank you for my Chanukkah greeting!

  5. What great recommendations!! Im heading to amazon shortly to pick one out! Thanks! Oh and I loved the poetry! ;)

  6. Hi, Abigail! I have a sweet and sexy romantic comedy novella, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, available now. Only 99 cents at Amazon & BN.

    1. And HITTLE would have been so easy to rhyme! Little, spittle, griddle, middle...

    2. Yep. You missed out on some prime rhyming opportunities. But do you really want "spittle" in a holiday poem? :D

  7. a Christmas carol

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. sad - but I have to say my favorite holiday reads are children's books...Love Olive the Other Reindeer, The Night before Christmas and If you Take a Mouse to the Movies...and my kids have outgrown them all...

    email is

    1. Nothing wrong with children's books. Sometimes the best tales are simply told.

  9. I'm sad... I just realized I don't have a favorite Holiday book. I have two to read right now, hopefully one of them will take the position. But, I do have a smile from that tremendously rhyming poem! Thank you
    Julie O

    1. It was my pleasure, Julie! Maybe if you win one of the bundles you'll find a favorite among them.

    2. Ummm... email would be helpful just in case.
      jo1963jo at gmail dot com

  10. Sadly I don't have a favorite holiday book but I'd love to find one
    Mickicakes73 at yahoo dot com


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