Sunday, November 26, 2017

Do You Want Some Christmas? Week Four

Are you getting in the holiday spirit yet? Surely, you need a book or two.  To satisfy all our tastes, I've decided for all of November and December, I'll be featuring some of them here. Your choices today are: a special magical tale, a Mirror Lake contemporary, a collection of mail-order bride stories by bestselling authors, and a return to Lobster Cove, Maine. Something for everyone!

Magic & Mistletoe
By Nancy Northcott

Can A Bookworm And A Badass Find Love? 

Mage teacher Peri Lee came from a neighborhood so rough that she worried each day about whether her mom would make it home from work safely. All that is behind her now, and she wants a quiet, predictable life. So when big, tough Deputy Shire Reeve Roland Wade asks her out, she turns him down. With his linebacker's build, broken nose, and badass manner, he reminds her too much of the thugs who liked in the area where she grew up. 

Books aren't Roland's thing, but petite, smart Peri has a spark that draws him. Just when he thinks his cause is hopeless, until battling an attack by ghouls, the mages' deadly enemies, on the bus carrying Peri and her class shows her a different side of him. 

Still, his job puts him in danger and causes her the same worry she knew as a child. She isn't sure she can take it, and he isn't sure he should put her through it. Will the strain be too much for their relationship, or will magic and mistletoe help them find their way to each other?

Can't Miss Christmas
By Miranda Liasson

(A standalone Mirror Lake Christmas novella)

Fans of both Mirror Lake series will recognize familiar elements and people along the way.

It’s two days before Christmas and bestselling children’s author Grace Alberts needs to fulfill a promise—to make it to a book signing for the kids at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the place that did so much for her during a very rough time. But the weather’s getting awful and all flights are cancelled out of Boston, where she’s wrapping up her book tour. Then in walks her annoying but extremely sexy ex-husband, who (as usual) thinks he’s got all the answers.

Graham Walker just stopped by to get a book signed for Grace’s biggest fan, his niece, and wish Grace a Merry Christmas—why not? But he soon finds himself troubleshooting her dilemma. He’s got a Range Rover that can plow through a hundred-year Nor’easter. He’s even headed home to Philly. Trouble is, Grace's and his past is a disaster, something he has no intention of reliving while driving through a winter storm, no matter how much he once loved her. And maybe still does.

Bad weather has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in people, and when a run in with some deer antlers leads them to a forced stop in Mirror Lake, Connecticut, anything can happen, naughty or nice. Maybe a bit of enforced alone time and some Christmas magic can be just what it takes for them to face their past—and each other—once and for all.

Witch's Holiday Wedding 
By Tena Stetler

Elemental witch, Pepper McKay and former Navy SEAL, Lathen Quartz have built Lobster Cove Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on enchanted McKay land. During a romantic interlude on Halloween night, Pepper happily agrees to become Lathen’s wife. What better day than Winter Solstice for their wedding in a town that loves celebrations and Christmas. However, planning a wedding and operating their wildlife center takes a toll on both Pepper and Lathen.
 When the couple takes a much-needed break for Thanksgiving with family in Colorado, a Maine snowstorm fills the center with injured wildlife. Lathen finds himself drawn into a covert military mission, while trying to deal with issues concerning friends and family. Pepper wants to cancel the wedding. Is she having second thoughts? Will the nosy McKay ghosts, Lathen’s werewolf pack, Pepper’s parents, and her best friend help or hinder the wedding and holiday plans?

The Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides 
By Kit Morgan, Shanna Hatfield, Merry Farmer, Jacqui Nelson, Caroline Lee, Peggy Henderson, Piper Huguley, Rachel Wesson, Mimi Milan, Danica Favorite, Amanda McIntyre and E.E. Burke

Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town.

Christmas, 1876: Noelle, Colorado is in danger of becoming a ghost town if the railroad decides to bypass the mountaintop mining community. Determined to prove their town is thriving, twelve men commit to ordering brides before the railroad’s deadline six days into the New Year. 

Each of the twelve women has her own reason for signing up to become a mail-order bride. But after they arrive in the uncivilized settlement, they aren’t so sure they’ve made the right decision. Neither are the grooms.

Will the marriages happen in time to save Noelle? 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides, written by twelve bestselling authors, put a new twist on an old song in this heartwarming historical romance series.

Love's In The Cards 

By Becky Lower

Penny Beedle’s outlook on Christmas, as her favorite holiday, was destroyed by a messy breakup years earlier and a botched wedding last year—both on Christmas Eve. But since she and her sister now own a greeting card store, and the holidays are their crazy selling season, she has to put on a happy face. 

Del Madison has loved Penny since kindergarten. Commissioned by a big greeting card company for a line of Christmas and Valentine’s cards, he has to emerge from behind his alter ego and unveil himself to the public. He chooses Penny Beedle’s shop for the big reveal. If he plays his cards right, he just might gain Penny as part of his life.


  1. Thanks so much, Becky, for including my novella! And for the great list of books to put on my kindle! :)

    1. I agree. The list of books this week is awesome. Thanks for being a part of it, Miranda!

  2. I agree with Miranda that this is a great list of books! ;-) Thank you for featuring "Scrooge & the Secret Santa," and I look forward to buying and reading the other books your featured! Thanks, Becky!

    1. Thanks, Marcia. It's been fun to feature so many choices.