Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Giveaway Blog Hop

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNER: KATHY HEARE WATTS!
Thanks to all who visited and entered the giveaway. Merry Christmas!

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, even though most of my extended family lives in Japan and don't celebrate it. But my parents always did their best to make it special. I love the sights, sounds, smells, and (other than the cold weather) the feel of the holiday.  Christmas time also inspires me as a romance author, so five of my books are set at Christmas time. Here are some quick looks at my holiday stories.

My very first Christmas novella was The Christmas Phoenix. Since I live in Michigan, we experience some rough winters. Snowplow drivers are our heroes when we need to get somewhere. Widow Jess Tate has taken over her husband’s snowplowing and landscaping business after his death, but with financial woes and a lazy teenage son it’s an uphill battle. Ice sculptor Jake Thompson has his own demons, but he can’t help being drawn to his pretty neighbor.

Christmas Wishes is a contemporary story set in West Michigan, near where I live. Sophie Gardner is a recent college graduate who’s ready to leave her small town of Zutphen and seek professional success as a scriptwriter in sunny LA. But handsome photographer Mitch Carson and his adorable daughter have her re-evaluating those goals.


Readers liked the characters in Zutphen so much they asked for a sequel, so Christmas Journey is a revisit to the largely Dutch population. This time widow Helen DeGroot is struggling with identity issues as well as financial worries. Mike Sikkema arrives to help care for his aging mother and is inspired to spend more time away from his professional life in Chicago.

I accepted a challenge to write a regency romance for a series of holiday books. The result was The Partridge and the Peartree, matching a lonely deaf duke and a feisty school mistress. It ended up being one of the toughest challenges I've ever taken on, since it involved a ton of research into the time period, but I think the result was worth it. This book was one of my best-selling stories. This fall I got a chance to revise the original manuscript and got a lovely new cover!


Continuing along the Christmas carol vein, I wrote a sequel this year called Two Tutor Doves. This time I focused on the people downstairs and featured valet Robert Townley and ladies maid Jeanne Brown. I was so pleased with the result, and hope readers are, too!




I also love giving things away. So when I was asked to participate in this giveaway blog hop I jumped on board! Up for grabs is the winner’s choice of two downloads, which will give you all five of my Christmas stories




plus 






OR a set of handmade Christmas cards (US only)! 

If you win and you live outside the US I’ll send you the ebooks. To win, enter the rafflecopter below. The winner will be selected at 10 AM EST on Wednesday, December 9. Good luck!
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13 comments:

  1. The last Christmas book I read? A Mail-Order Christmas Bride, a anthology. I'm still working on Sweet Christmas Kisses 2. I've read a bunch, but see one of your Christmas books I don't have yet, so I'll be reading it soon.

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    1. I love to read Christmas stories, too! Thanks for reading mine.

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  2. I read Candle's Christmas Chair by Jude Knight-Aleen

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    1. I have that book on my Kindle app, too! It's one I plan to read soon.

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  3. Last Christmas story I read, Mail-Order Bride: Treasuring Polly: A Christmas Novelette (Overcoming Brides) by April Jensen.

    You know, I had to go see, I've read and reviewed 782 books this year.

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  4. Trust of the heart by ea west was last Christmas book I read.

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  5. Christmas in Trace Hollow by CJ Samuels and A Dogtown Christmas by Callie Hutton. I love Christmas stories. HEA at Christmas is so much sweeter!

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  6. I am currently reading your book The Christmas Phoenix and am enjoying it.
    I'm also reading a chapter a night to my 6 year old from The Search for South Pole Santa.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Hope you like how it ends.

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  7. I really enjoy reading stories about the Christmas season . Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading some of your stories.

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  8. I love Patricia's books! I've read every one but the latest, and that's about to change!

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  9. Last Christmas book read was Catch that Santa by Karen Docter. It was a fun book.

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  10. The last Christmas book I read was Two Tudor Doves. I reviewed for you and posted on Amazon and GR. I really liked it.

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