Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It’s winter and it’s the holidays

Congratulations to "Ada", the winner in Shannyn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

It’s winter and it’s the holidays, so lots of people love to read
holiday-themed stories.

Not me.

Although I love the holidays, I hate winter. This is pretty funny since
I’ve lived in Chicago my whole life. In looking at all of the books I’ve
written – 9 single titles and 6 novellas – only 3 novellas and 1 and a
half of the novels take place in the winter. I say half because it starts
in the tail end of winter and gets to spring.

For me, spring and summer are all about having fun and being outside. And
in truth, Chicago is a great city for outdoor fun. Since I hate winter,
I’m not hanging out outside in 20 degree weather.

My latest release, In Your Arms, takes place at the end of summer.
Everything I love about Chicago happens in the book. From a walk on the
beach to a neighborhood fest with food and dancing, it’s all about fun. So
while I’m staring out the window at yet more snow coming down, I can read
about Sean and Emma playing in the sun.

For just a little while, I can pretend the cold isn’t bearing down and the
snow isn’t piling up. I can imagine enjoying the heat of the summer.

How about you? What’s your favorite season? Do you long for summer or
burrow in to enjoy those holiday books?

Leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of my stand alone book, Between Love and Loyalty.

In Your Arms – excerpt

“Hey. Need some help?” He took only one small step closer. He looked her up and down and waited for a response.

“No. It’s a hole in my radiator hose.”

One eyebrow lifted. As if she shouldn’t be able to diagnose the problem. Men.

“Can I take a look?”

Emma waved her arms out. “Go ahead.” At least while he was under the hood, she’d have time to get her pepper spray and her phone.

Sitting on the edge of the driver’s seat with her feet tapping, she waited on hold with the auto club. Blue Eyes came closer to the door and cleared his throat. She glanced at him.

“You’re right. It’s the hose. Only a small hole, but it needs to be

No duh. “Thanks. I’m calling the auto club now for a tow.”

“Do you have a shop you want to get it to?”

“Wherever they tow me is where I’ll go.”

“If you want, I can do a temporary fix and take you to the shop I work at.

It’s only about a mile off the highway. It’ll save you towing fees and you
can get out of here now.”

She sighed as the easy-listening music played in her ear. Climbing from

the car, she said, “I already thought of that. My duct tape is missing
from my trunk.”

He laughed. “Something tells me I should be worried about a chick who

carries duct tape in her trunk.”

She suddenly realized how bad that sounded and laughed too. Nothing about

this day was going right. “I have it for emergencies, not to tie up my

He crossed his arms, causing his shirt to tighten on his biceps and

drawing her eye to a tattoo peeking out. He smiled and added, “Maybe I
should take your picture to let my friends know who I’m with in case I

Oh, man. He was cute. She didn’t want him to be cute.



Sean O'Malley has never tried to hide who he is. He shows it in the motorcycle thrumming between the legs of his tight jeans…the shaggy hair that falls in his gorgeous eyes…the wicked gleam in his smile when he asks Emma out for a drink. Sean is a rebel, a bad boy, and a ton of fun: exactly the kind of guy she's sworn off forever.

Emma isn't just the prim kindergarten teacher she appears to be. And somehow Sean can tell. As soon as he pulls up to her overheated car he knows that a fast bike and a cold beer will fix her rotten day better than compliments or a bubble bath. Her straitlaced exterior and her wild heart light him up. But Emma wants to escape her past and settle down—and if her desk jockey dates don't understand where she comes from, at least she doesn't worry about them bringing her back.

One weekend of intense connection can't change the paths Sean and Emma
have chosen. But with a little space to be themselves together, maybe the
rest of the world can wait...

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Author Bio
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary
romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the
Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For
Your Love) released last summer with the first title Under Your Skin. When
she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and
loves to bake cookies. Find out more at: www.ShannynSchroeder.com

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 28th. 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 maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. I'm a winter baby through and through. I love everything about winter, the cold, the snow (maybe not so much the shoveling but still, the aftermath is beautiful!). I'm really not a fan of summer and heat. But I do like to read holiday books any time of the year!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  2. summer
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. I am a spring/summer person. I was born in July and I love baseball and summer sports. But I also love football in the fall.

  4. I love spring and fall - I don't like the extreme hot or cold weather, I like it nice in between. And I'll read anything at any time. Especially if it's on my TBR list!

    thebigbluewall77 (AT) gmail (DOT) com


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