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It’s “Cinderella vs. Scrooge” #holidayromance Barbara White Daille @BarbaraWDaille

It's "Cinderella vs. Scrooge" #holidayromance Barbara White Daille @BarbaraWDailleI’m excited to have my friend, author Barbara White Daille, visiting today. Her new book is One Week to Win Her Boss, a sweet Christmas romance. In this book, it’s Cinderella vs. Scrooge. You’ll love the story!

Cinderella vs. Scrooge

Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It’s a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she’s the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks.

A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.

Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she’s looking for.
Genre Sweet romance
Book heat level: PG13
Entangled Publishing https://entangledpublishing.com/one-week-to-win-her-boss.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076PJ7SNN
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1127274067
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-week-to-win-her-boss/id1299758237
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/one-week-to-win-her-boss

Giveaway

Check out Barbara’s Book Birthday giveaway on another site: http://bit.ly/owrafyzXtx

Barbara White Daille Social Media

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.
Website https://www.barbarawhitedaille.com
Blog http://www.barbarawhitedaille.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/BarbaraWDaille
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/barbarawhitedaille
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/529361.Barbara_White_Daille
Amazon Author Page http://bit.ly/azbwd

 

Home for Christmas #MFRWhooks #HolidayRomance @kayelleallen

Home for Christmas #MFRWhooks #HolidayRomance


Who doesn’t want to go home for Christmas? In the sweet holiday story, A Romance for Christmas, a widow with a small child answers a knock at her door late on Christmas Eve. When she answers, everything changes. This holiday tale is a story of love, loss, and the spirit of giving.

Home for Christmas…

Home for Christmas #MFRWhooks #HolidayRomance @kayelleallenEveryone should stay home for Christmas — that was Dara’s belief. If her late husband had listened to her, he would still be here. Their daughter would still have a father. But job and duty had overshadowed family, and home. He would never be home for Christmas again…

Dara was gaining strength daily, and would finish therapy the first week of January and return to work. Disability paid for the basics – lights, phone, water, trash collection, and she’d never bought anything on credit, refusing to dig herself into a hole she’d never escape once it got started.

She went to the closet and pulled down a box with a ball, crayons, paper, and three books. A friend had brought over a few things as well. This wasn’t the grand Christmas she had wanted for her daughter, but all the other valuables had been sold. There was nothing left but her wedding ring.

She didn’t wear it. Removing it had been part of saying good-bye to Jack.

They said it would help, and it had. Sort of. But not much.

Dara sank into one of the kitchen chairs and put her face in her hands.

Sometime later, when the doorbell rang, she grabbed a paper towel and dried her eyes. The clock over the stove said nine o’clock. Who would be calling at this hour on Christmas Eve? She stuffed the wet towel in her robe pocket on the way to the door.

Giveaway

Here’s a giveaway for everyone. A Peek Inside: A Romance for Christmas | A sweet holiday story about love, loss, and the magic of giving. http://is.gd/rom4cmaspeek

Buy Links

This book is $1.99 — or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
Amazon print http://amzn.to/2dmTpdK
CreateSpace http://bit.ly/christmas-csp
Goodreads http://bit.ly/christmas-good
Print – Walmart http://bit.ly/2gos7GK

Win a Cookie Baker’s Dream Pack #Baking #Facebook

Sweeten up the holidays with the Cookie Baker’s Dream Prize Pack

Cookie Baker's Dream Pack

Cookie Baker’s Dream Pack

It’s Christmas Cookie time and I’m giving away a cookie baker’s dream pack. Why? It’s all about the spirit of giving. My friend Houston Havens and I wanted to show our appreciation to our fans and readers by giving back a little something for the holidays. We’re each giving away a gift basket to one US winner, and a gift certificate to one international winner. Don’t miss out.

Enter on my Facebook page simply by leaving a comment on the image of the Cookie Baker’s Dream Prize Pack. You can see a copy of it below, but you can’t enter by commenting here. Go to this page:  https://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author

Goodies you could win include:

1 Christmas Sweater 3D Cookie Cutter set (recipe on back)
1 Santa Claus 3D Cookie Cutter set (recipe on back)
1 Gingerbread House 3D Cookie Cutter set (recipe on back)
1 cookie cutter set (6 pieces)
1 cookie turner spatula
1 cookie timer
3 cookie serving platters (tree, candy cane, candy twist)
3 packs of treat bags (5-8 each)
1 holly printed kitchen towel
2 holly printed oven mitts
2 holly printed pot holders

Please be sure to head over to Houston’s Facebook page to enter her giveaway. If you like a little more heat in your romance, and you’re looking for a way to sizzle up the holidays, her glamour stocking stuffing prize pack is perfect. https://www.facebook.com/HoustonHavens/

Two winners – one US, one international

To enter, comment on the picture (must be done on Facebook). That’s it! How easy is that?

Winner will be chosen randomly from the comment section on December 6th. Liking, sharing, and tagging are optional, but appreciated.

Here are the disclaimers and rules Facebook wants us to post: Must be 18 or older to enter. Cookie Baker’s Dream Prize pack is open to US addresses only. International readers will be entered for a $15 gift certificate from either Barnes and Noble, or Amazon (winner’s choice). Check back to see if you won. The winner’s name will be announced on Facebook on Sunday, December 6 in the evening (ET). You must enter by commenting on the image in Facebook. Winner must reply on the author page on Facebook within 48 hours of announcement or a new winner will be picked. This promo is not endorsed or affiliated with Facebook in any way, it’s just being held there. Void where prohibited.

To join the Romance Lives Forever Reader Group and get two free books, sign up right on this site. If you haven’t picked up your copy of my sweet feel-good holiday story, A Romance for Christmas, it’s available at all major retailers:

Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
ARe http://bit.ly/christmas-are
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/christmas-bnn
Coffee Time Romance http://bit.ly/christmas-ctr
CreateSpace (print) http://bit.ly/christmas-csp
Goodreads http://bit.ly/christmas-good
Kobo http://bit.ly/christmas-kobo
iBooks http://bit.ly/christmas-ibk
Smashwords http://bit.ly/christmas-smw

July 4th, Magic Mike, and Paladin

Best 4th of July Ever!

It’s the Fourth of July and that calls for some good old American BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cold watermelon, a parade, some fireworks, and of course, a great movie in the afternoon. How about we all go see Magic Mike?

You can learn more about the movie on Facebook, or its official site.

I’m not here to review it — haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my list of “to see on the big screen.” I’m a Matt Bomer fan, and think Alex Pettyfer is adorable. Also starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough, Cody Horn, and the always hot Adam Rodriguez. Couldn’t ask for more entertainment than this group!

Lake water is refreshing

While we’re waiting for the movie to start, want to meet one of the Pool Boys from my Yahoo group Romance Lives Forever?

A swim in the lake is always refreshing, so I thought I’d share an image of one of the guys coming up from a brief dip. This photo is by Andrei Vishnyakov. The link is to his Facebook page, but you can find his work on many stock photo sites.

Original

Since I have your attention and I’m talking about a favorite photographer, now might be a good time for me to share a new wallpaper with you. One of my immortals, a winged Sempervian named Paladin was inspired by one of Andrei’s photos. The original is to the left, followed by my interpretation of the character. I created this for my wallpaper page. It will go up sometime on the Fourth. It features images of the characters in my books, maps, and other goodies. There is also a free reads page.

Work was done by me in Photoshop using images purchased on Photoxpress.com

Paladin – click to see full sized (1920×1080)

Have a hot, happy, and safe Fourth of July!


Kayelle Allen is an award-winning, multi-published author. Her heroes and heroines include badass immortals, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever. She is known for unstoppable heroes, uncompromising love, and unforgettable passion.

Join the Santa Watch 2014 #Giveaway @CoffeeTimeRoman

Santa Watch on Coffee Time Romance

Santa Watch on Coffee Time Romance

Each year on Christmas Eve, author Tarah Scott and Coffee Time Romance host the Santa Watch. Each half hour all day from 8am to midnight, one author shares his or her Christmas memories. It’s a special time for everyone. There’s also a gift certificate from Coffee Time. Check out the site and all the various posts. Here’s the schedule so you can find your favorite author’s spot.

Santa Watch 2014 on Coffee Time Romance

Hosted by Tarah Scott http://coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/
When? All day long on December 24, 2014

Schedule

Opening 8:00 AM
Pippa Jay 9:00 AM
BJ Scott 9:30
Kayelle Allen 10:00 AM
Kay Springsteen 10:30 AM
Kristina Haecker 11:00 AM
Nathalie Bernier 11:30 AM
Sue-Ellen Welfonder 12:00 AM
T. C. Archer 12:30 AM
Ceci Giltenan 1:00 PM
H. K. Carlton #4 1:30 PM
Tarah Scott 2:00 PM
T. C. Archer 2:30 PM
Lee Brazil 3:00
Debra Jupe 3:30 PM
Mary Ann Jordan 4:00 PM
Joanne Wadsworth 4:30
Collette Cameron 5:00 PM
I Smell Sheep 5:30 PM
Sam Cheever 6:00 PM
Tarah Scott 6:30
Natasha Blackthorne 7:00 PM
Angel Payne 7:30 PM
Joanne Davis 8:00 PM
Ruth Hartman 8:30PM
Hildie McQueen 9:00
Ashley York 9:30 PM
Ella Quinn 10:00 PM
Shirlee Busbee 11:30
T. C. Archer 11:45
Farewell 12:00 Midnight

I hope to see you there. Merry Christmas! I wish you a wonderful new year.

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift. A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
Peek inside the book: http://is.gd/rom4cmaspeek
Buy Links
Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1wpYfL2
Kobo http://bit.ly/1wpYndJ
iBooks http://bit.ly/1oZ8CGB
CreateSpace http://bit.ly/romforcmas

What Christmas Is, Good and Bad #holiday #giveaway

Not all Christmases are cheery and bright, but the holiday is what you make it. The book A Romance for Christmas features a heroine who’s lost her husband, and has only her little girl at the holiday. What Christmas is for her is a time of giving selflessly. She sacrifices to provide for her child. When someone gives to her, it changes her entire perception of what Christmas is.

In my life, when the holidays don’t turn out the way I expect, sometimes it’s because I didn’t let others know what my expectations were. With that thought in mind, here’s my list of what Christmas is, good and bad.

A Romance for Christmas - paper Christmas tree banner

A Paper Christmas Tree from A Romance for Christmas

What Christmas is…

  • having six strings of lights, and not one light bulb that will turn on.
  • unpacking ornaments and recalling the story and person behind each one.
  • that dazed feeling you get when you realize you forgot to prepare a dish for a dinner party — and you’re scheduled to leave with it in five minutes.
  • writing cards to friends you hadn’t thought about for too long.
  • getting a letter from relatives who went everywhere and did everything and wondering how in the world they managed to find the time and the money.
  • shopping for gifts and clothes for a needy child.
  • aching feet and knees from standing in lines everywhere you go.
  • playing Secret Santa at work, and seeing the gift you chose make a difference to a co-worker.
  • driving slowly through the neighborhood oohing and ahhing at lights.
  • the feeling of pride as you watch the town’s annual holiday parade.
  • hugging friends, visiting family, calling to say Merry Christmas to everyone far away.
  • cold winds blowing, a wet mist, snow, lazy smoke rising from chimneys, the smell of a pine fire.
  • watching your child perform in the school pageant and trying not to laugh when one of the reindeer antlers you sewed onto the costume falls off.
  • reading T’was the Night Before Christmas to a little one.
  • tears in your eyes when you hear the familiar carols of your childhood.
  • the lump in your throat when everyone in the audience stands at the first notes of Handel’s Messiah Chorus.
  • hearing again the wonderful story of the Holy Child’s birth.
  • the hope and the joy and the love of God, giving His only begotten Son so that we may live forever.
  • writing a list like this for dear friends like you.

Below, my gift to you, a Christmas Cookbook for you to download and enjoy.
No sign up required, no lists to join, just click and go. That is what Christmas is, right? Giving? I hope you enjoy the cookbook. Merry Christmas!
https://kayelleallen.com/media/Christmas.Cookbook.from.Kayelle.Allen.by.Rachel.Paxton.pdf

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
Peek inside the book: http://is.gd/rom4cmaspeek
Find Your Copy
Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1wpYfL2
Kobo http://bit.ly/1wpYndJ
iBooks http://bit.ly/1oZ8CGB
CreateSpace (Print) http://bit.ly/romforcmas

 
 
 
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