Spotlight: Christmas Comes to Dickens and Holiday Heart

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Today is my stop on the Goddess Fish Book Tour for Christmas Comes to Dickens, a Christmas anthology. Specifically, I’m highlighting Caroline Clemmons’ Holiday Heart. There’s lots of fun goodies below, including a cookie recipe book, digital jigsaw puzzel, excert, and more!

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Welcome to Dickens—a quaint New England town bustling with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Christmas holiday. We have the annual tree lighting in the town square, a snowman building competition, ice skating on Grosvenor’s Pond, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You’re welcome to cut down your own Christmas tree at Gridley Meadows, or join in the caroling on the Common.

Dickens offers an abundance of heartfelt wishes, a few much needed miracles, and—quite possibly—a touch of magic! Families reunite, new friends are made, and old flames take a second chance at happiness. All while celebrating this most joyful time of the year.

Join us as our best selling and award-winning authors fill your holiday stocking with ten brand new novellas ranging  from sweet to sassy.

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Digital Jigsaw Puzzle of Anthology Cover

Free Cookie Book

But we’re here to talk also specifically about Holliday Hearts!

Blurb
Laura Jordan plans a quiet holiday at home except for the time she serves dinner at the homeless shelter on Christmas Day. She loves her job at Callahan Group advertising agency and doesn’t want anything to jeopardize her position there. She’s aware of how quickly office gossip could ruin her reputation and career.

Ward Callahan is a wunderkind who started earning money online trading when he was in high school. At thirty-two, he owns a successful ad agency and is gaining industry recognition. He hasn’t had time for a relationship. When Laura starts working for him, he can’t get her off his mind.

When vicious remarks cause Laura to threaten a halt to their budding relationship, Ward is determined to set things right.

Excerpt:

Ward took the vase of flowers and set it on the counter then turned her to face him. “Thank you for taking care of Mom. You’ve been exceptionally kind. And Helen, too. I appreciate all you’ve done.”

She stared at the V of his collarbone. “Doris is a nice woman.”

“She counts you as a good friend.”

“I hope so because I count her as one.”

His grip tightened and he stepped toward her. “Please, don’t think less of me because I wasn’t here when she needed me. If she’d told me she was injured I’d have come home immediately.”

They stood so close she had only to lean a few inches to kiss him. She forced herself to meet his gaze. “That’s why she didn’t tell you. You have a business to manage and people depending on you. She knows you can’t be here all the time. Hopefully this was once-in-a-lifetime.”

“You’ve splashed water on your jacket. I hope it won’t ruin the fabric.”

“It’ll be all right.” She removed the jacket, revealing that the dress left her back bare to the waist.

He pretended to stagger and put his hand on his heart. “You mean that dress has hidden under that jacket whenever I’ve seen you at work? I’ll never be able to look at that ensemble without picturing the secret it hides.”

She was able to smile. “I like versatile clothes.” She put the jacket over her arm.

“You’ve messed with my mind.” He shook his head as if trying to clear his mind. “I have a huge favor to ask of you. It’s important that Vince and Helen go a few places together. If you’ll go along with me, I’ll explain later. Will you trust me?”

“I do trust you, Ward. But if I’d known you and Eddie were the same person, I don’t think I would have come tonight.”

“Why? You’ve made Mom happy.”

“You’re my boss. It’s not appropriate.” She couldn’t be like Celia and plot a trap.

“There’s nothing wrong with having dinner with a group of friends, even if one of them is your boss. The only conniving here has to do with Vince. I promise I’ll explain his story later.”

“If you’re sure.”

He took her hand. “Shall we join the others?”

Author Bio

Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a tiny office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their rescued pets: a dog and two indoor cats.

The over sixty titles she has created in her pink cave have made her a bestselling author and won several awards. She writes sweet to sensual romances about the West, both historical and contemporary as well as time travel and mystery. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading her friends’ books, lunching with friends, browsing antique malls, checking Facebook, and taking the occasional nap.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: Break the Darkness + Giveaway

Break the Darkness
Scepter Of Fire

(The Vigilant Book 2.5)
L. M. Preston

Urban Fantasy/YA

Date Published: November 2nd , 2020

Publisher: Phenomenal One Press

 

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Rei was nosey. She’d been told it would always get her in trouble, but it never did. Until she met Megan, who promised her the job of a lifetime. Sure, the high school newspaper wasn’t the ideal job for most, but for Rei, it was a dream. She’d never considered putting her investigative nature to work, but what Megan was asking her to do was way beyond the requirements of a school newspaper. It was part of an underground news-for favor-service. Her partners, Asher and Eli, annoyed her by never trusting her to do a job alone. Maybe, this one time she should have listened, because being trapped with no one to bail her out may surely be the death of Rei. Spilling the secrets about her family she’d been withholding, will place every one of them in grave and serious danger.

 

 

Excerpt:

“I got to go, but I’ll call you tonight. I also, memorized your number on your profile,” Trey laughed and his friend ran up to him and hit him on the back of the head. Trey ran after him.
Rei watched him with a stupid grin on her face. When she came out of her daze, Megan’s table, with a single yellow balloon, was in front of her. Rei shook her head. How did she get to the table? It wasn’t there before. She put the last piece of cookie in her mouth, licked her finger and wiggled her toes in her sandals. The newspaper table had no one else in line. Rei glanced around. She noticed the table was far away from the others, in the middle of the walkway and in front of the tree line leading to the football field.
“So, did you see any other clubs or groups you liked?” Megan sat at the table gripping a red feathered pen in her hand. She held a closed scroll with yellowed paper, with wooden dowels on each end.
“Yes, the art club had nice things. I haven’t found the dance team—every school has them, but they weren’t here.”
“Those girls are clicky, but if a story comes along where they are involved, you will be able to get on the team. Anything we need for a story we can get if necessary.”
A shock of excitement pooled up in Rei’s stomach. She liked being able to challenge herself, and it sounded like a job at the paper would give it to her.
“And, the newspaper pays.” Megan winked at her.
“What? Really? This isn’t volunteer?” Rei stepped closer. “I do sometimes pick up shifts at my father’s gym. I don’t get paid for it though.”
Megan smirked. “You would get paid from me as long as you meet your deadlines.”
Rei frowned. “You or the school pays?”
Megan leaned closer, bending a beckoning finger towards at Rei.
Rei stepped up to the table.
“I pay. It’s between us.”
“Wow, okay. Where do I sign?”
“I thought you’d never ask.” Megan spun the scroll around and thrust the red feathered pen into Rei’s hand. “On the blood red line at the bottom.”
Rei frowned. “Uhm, I can’t see the words at the top of the form.”
“Contract? It’s nothing much to read, just says that I promise to pay you and you promise to keep our sources, methods, mishaps, a secret.”
“Maybe I should think about it? Did you say form or contract?”
Megan sighed, then started to pull the contract away. “Sorry, no second chances. I need people committed to getting the story, and to me.”
Rei bit her lip. Megan was nice, could become a good friend, and was offering her first ever paid job. “No, I want to sign.” Rei held the bottom rod of the contract and scrawled her name on the bottom. A sharp zing sparked from her fingers and up her arms. A single drop of blood from her finger dripped next to her name. Rei gulped.
Megan smiled. “Welcome to the team.”

 

 

 

About the Author


L.M. Preston, a native of Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Spotlight: Dream Reaper + Giveaway

Dream Reaper
by Alistair Cross
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, Romance

 

Angel or Demon?
Naive and heart-stoppingly handsome, he calls himself Alejandro, and Madison O’Riley has no clue what to do with him. As they set out to recover his lost identity, Madison realizes the mysterious man who saved her life harbors deep, otherworldly secrets that will put her in grave danger.
 
The Devil is in the Details
Gremory Jones has something for everyone, and for a price, he’s willing to make a deal. Walking the streets in top hat and trench coat, he tempts the citizens with mysterious wares from his shiny black briefcase. But buyer beware: All sales are final – and fatal.
 
A Scorching New Terror Has Come to Town
The townspeople are changing in appalling ways and it’s up to Madison – with the help of a psychic, a local priest, and the new chief of police – to help Alejandro unlock his forgotten powers before an unspeakable evil tears apart the fabric of existence … and costs them their very souls …
From bestselling author Alistair Cross comes a forbidden tale of love and redemption, of good and evil, and those who dare to stand up to Hell itself.
 
 
 
Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series will be out later this year. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com
 
 
 
 
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