Sunday, November 25, 2018


With: L.E. Rico

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In Mistletoe in Mayhem: Christmas Chaos, Hennessy and Bryan have gone through a lot to get to their wedding day. Now, the night before, he tells her one last bedtime story before they meet at the end of the aisle….


Travel to the quirky town of Mayhem, Minnesota, with these two companion novellas that prove love, and sisterhood, will always save the day.
A Christmas Wedding In Mayhem
You’re cordially invited to the wedding of the century! Please join bride-trying-not-to-be-a-zilla Hennessy O’Halloran and her prince-in-shining-snow-boots as they finally say, “I do.” Unless a rogue wedding planner and a blizzard that takes out the entire Midwest can stop them, these two will get married on Christmas. The town of Mayhem will make sure of it.

A Surprise Baby In Mayhem
The town of Mayhem, Minnesota, is about to have a population explosion…and the Whiskey Sisters are getting more than they expected! While newlyweds Henny and Bryan are anxiously awaiting not one but two little bundles of joy, Jameson and Scott are focusing on planning their own perfect wedding, with only one troublesome toddler in tow. But babies have a way of arriving on their own schedules…and fate has a way of intervening in this quirky hamlet. Now, the couple finds themselves scrambling to beat the clock—and the odds—to their own happily ever after before their unexpected special delivery arrives.
Each book in the Whiskey Sisters series is STANDALONE:
* Blame it on the Bet
* Mischief and Mayhem
* Mistletoe in Mayhem Boxed Set

On impulse, I pull my cellphone from my pocket and dial Bryan’s number. He picks up before the first ring has even completed.

“Miss me already?” he asks with some amusement in his voice.

“Tell me the story.”

“The story?”

“Tell me our story,” I revise and repeat for clarity.

He gets it. He doesn’t think it’s stupid. He just takes a deep breath and starts.

“Once upon a time, I was a lonely guy who only cared about money and power and appearances. And then I went to a tiny little speck in the middle of the map…”

“Flyover country,” I say.

“That’s right. Flyover country. And I proceeded to fall flat on my butt right in front of the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen. But I wasn’t there for romance—I was there to steal her father’s business from her…”

“You were the villain,” I point out.

“Yes, I was the villain, and you were the damsel in distress—or so I thought. What I didn’t count on was this beautiful woman being so smart and stubborn and wily. She thwarted my every attempt to snatch the pub out from under her. But the more she thwarted, the more fascinated I became by her. So I decided to stick around and see if I could win her hand. And did I try! I bought a mountain of plaid clothing and hideous boots, I started going to mass—and I’m not even Catholic! I showed up at every event she had to try and save her pub…just so I could be close to her. And then…I left.”

“You did,” I agree solemnly. “You left.”

“And I regretted it the minute I got on the plane. But I was too proud to turn back around. So I was miserable. Oh, I tried—because this beautiful woman had taught me so much about being beautiful on the inside, too. But it just wasn’t the same without her. Nothing was the same. My work seemed inconsequential. My friends seemed shallow. I was sad. So, so, sad.”

“Awwww, poor pumpkin,” I coo softly.

“I know, right? And then, one night, I wished.”

“You did? What did you wish for?” I ask, not recalling this part of the story.

“I wished for the beautiful girl. I wished I could find her again and stay with her forever. I wished she would take me with her, back to her happy kingdom.”

“So what happened? After you made the wish?”

“It came true.”

“It did?”

“It did. Her beautiful but grumpy sisters told me where to find her. And when I did, I pulled her into my arms and kissed her. And I knew I would never, ever, ever let her go again. So I returned with her to the happy kingdom, and with every day that passed, I was more and more certain that there was no other woman in the entire world for me. And I decided that I had to make her my wife. So I asked her to marry me…”

“And she said yes.”

“And she said yes. And now, here I am, on the eve of marrying that beautiful woman, and I can hardly believe my dumb luck.”

“Oh, it was never luck,” I inform him. “It was meant to be.”

“You think?”

I do.

“Okay, I think I can buy into that. Anyway, in less than twenty-four hours, I’m going to be waiting at the end of the aisle for her to come to save me yet again. Because this time, I’m the one in distress. And I will be until I can pledge my life to her in front of God and family and friends.”

I’m quiet for a long moment, swiping at the tears that have sprung to my eyes, unbidden. When I finally speak, my voice is nothing more than a whisper.

“And what happens then?”

His turn to pause.

“We live happily-ever-after, Hennessy.”

“We do?”

“We do. Now, go climb into bed, my sweet, beautiful bride, and when you wake up, it will be our wedding day.”


“I love you,” he says softly.

“I love you, too.”

“Sweet dreams, my love.”

“Sweet dreams,” I reply quietly and climb into my bed, a soft nest of blankets and pillows that will hold me and cuddle me and keep me safe until I can sleep again—in his arms.

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  1. I’m always up for another holiday story (anytime, really - even during non holiday months) so thank you so much for sharing this title and excerpt from the book!! :)

  2. Ooh love box sets!

  3. Love holiday stories!

  4. Such a beautiful excerpt! I have these books on my to-read list!!


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