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A romance set during holiday times. May be a Christmas romance, summertime romance, Valentine’s Day romance, or other settings and periods.

Welcome to the Christmas Mistletoe Hop!

Mistletoe Hop Dec 19-22, 2014

Mistletoe Hop Dec 19-22, 2014

You’ll find two Christmas giveaways at the end of this post, a downloadable PDF with insights into the story of A Romance for Christmas, and a free, 22 page Christmas cookbook. No signing up for anything; no clicking; no entering a contest — just download and go. Merry Christmas!

Excerpt – Meet the Hero, Scott Gregori

In his old room, Scott stripped out of his uniform and put on sweatpants and slippers. On his bed was the loose T-shirt with a blond-haired elf on the front that his mother had given him the year before. The elf was shirtless, wearing red boxer shorts with holly on them, and he was licking a candy cane while dangling a round ornament on one finger of his other hand.

Upon seeing the shirt when Scott unwrapped it, a cousin had started singing, “Don we now our gay apparel…” and had broken into riotous laughter. That didn’t stop the family from insisting he wear it. He was sure he’d asked Mary to give it to Goodwill, so how it had shown up again this year he couldn’t explain. Yet, there it was. It could only have come from one person.

“The things we do for our mothers.” Scott slipped it on over his head and headed for the kitchen.

He leaned against the door jamb, enjoying the sight. His mother was chopping things for the stuffing and adding them to her biggest bowl. His dad sat at the end of the counter, reading a Popular Science magazine. Neither seemed to pay attention to the other, but while his mother was cooking, Dad always kept her company. She’d crochet in a wooden rocker in the garage while he worked on the boat he was building. As if they couldn’t bear to be parted from one another, even though they didn’t talk much. Maybe they didn’t need words.

Scott had thought he and his wife would be the same, but he and Mary had shared a different lifestyle. Both were often busy, and sometimes saw each other only in passing. He’d worked nights, and she’d worked days. She’d had a downtown office, working as an architect for government housing. Time spent outdoors had given her a great tan, but exposed her to hazardous toxins no one had known were in the old buildings being demolished. When she fainted at work, the company sent her in for a check up. After the diagnosis, the project had been shut down immediately, but cancer took a quick toll. Mary was gone in six months. A government investigation into the cause was still ongoing.

Scott now had sole custody of a four-year old daughter and a job that took him into danger every day. He’d shifted to the downtown beat and day shift because it seemed safer, and he could still do what he loved doing: Helping people.

“Well,” his dad said, not looking up from his magazine, “Are you going to help your mother or stand there in that dumb elf shirt?”

His mother braced both hands on the counter. “That shirt cost more money than any three pairs of your pants.”

“Did not. I paid a pretty penny for these pants.”

“Pants were cheaper back in 1982.”

His dad snorted, and went back to his reading.


And doesn’t that sound just like a family at Christmas? Everyone has an opinion. Scott wears the shirt to pick up Dara for Christmas dinner, and is surprised by what she has to say. I won’t spoil it by telling you. I hope you enjoy the story.

GIVEAWAYS

Thank you for popping in today. Here’s the link to the free Christmas cookbook and the free peek inside the book. Both are in Adobe Reader (PDF). This is not a contest — everyone who wants one may download it. No sign ups required.
Download the Christmas Cookbook: https://kayelleallen.com/media/Christmas.Cookbook.from.Kayelle.Allen.by.Rachel.Paxton.pdf
Download Peek Inside A Romance forChristmas: http://bit.ly/rom4cmaspeek
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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. On Amazon’s best-seller list — 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.

Find Your Copy

$1.99 for eBook, $5.99 for print
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

The Ugly Christmas Sweater, T-shirt version

 

The Ugly Christmas Sweater... Shirt.

In this scene, the hero, Scott, finds the dreaded ugly Christmas sweater, his in shirt form, a gift from his mother.

The Christmas Sweater / Shirt

In his old room, Scott stripped out of his uniform and put on sweatpants and slippers. On his bed was the loose T-shirt with a blond-haired elf on the front that his mother had given him the year before. The elf was shirtless, wearing red boxer shorts with holly on them, and he was licking a candy cane while dangling a round ornament on one finger of his other hand. Some people got an ugly Christmas sweater. His mom gave him the T-shirt version he could wear all year. Yay. Lucky him.

Upon seeing the shirt when Scott unwrapped it, a cousin had started singing, "Don we now our gay apparel..." and had broken into riotous laughter. That didn't stop the family from insisting he wear it. He was sure he'd asked Mary to give it to Goodwill, so how it had shown up again this year he couldn't explain. Yet, there it was. It could only have come from one person.

"The things we do for our mothers." Scott slipped it on over his head and headed for the kitchen.

He leaned against the door jamb, enjoying the sight. His mother was chopping things for the stuffing and adding them to her biggest bowl. His dad sat at the end of the counter, reading a Popular Science magazine. Neither seemed to pay attention to the other, but while his mother was cooking, Dad always kept her company. She'd crochet in a wooden rocker in the garage while he worked on the boat he was building. As if they couldn't bear to be parted from one another, even though they didn't talk much. Maybe they didn't need words.

Scott had thought he and his wife would be the same, but he and Mary had shared a different lifestyle. Both were often busy, and sometimes saw each other only in passing. He'd worked nights, and she'd worked days. She'd had a downtown office, working as an architect for government housing. Time spent outdoors had given her a great tan, but exposed her to hazardous toxins no one had known were in the old buildings being demolished. When she fainted at work, the company sent her in for a check up. After the diagnosis, the project had been shut down immediately, but cancer took a quick toll. Mary was gone in six months. A government investigation into the cause was still ongoing.

Scott now had sole custody of a four-year old daughter and a job that took him into danger every day. He'd shifted to the downtown beat and day shift because it seemed safer, and he could still do what he loved doing: Helping people.

A Romance for Christmas

On Amazon, when you purchase the paperback for a friend, you can get a Kindle version for yourself at no cost. Once you buy the paperback, go to the Kindle version of the book and refresh the page. It will tell you the book is available at no cost. Merry Christmas!

Paperback: http://amzn.to/2nBb37J

 

Image credits: In my honest opinion, this elf is the cutest thing ever!
Created by author/artist Janet E Jones

It's Christmas Eve and a cop is at the door... #SweetRomance #MFRWhooks

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

Most people know me as an author of erotic romance, science fiction romance, and gay romance. So when I said I was releasing a sweet contemporary holiday romance with no explicit content whatsoever I got a few WTFs and SayWhats comments. Even one or two HowzThatAgains. *grin* The nicest was “I know it’ll be awesome but why the change?” One person asked me if erotic romance was dead and I was leaving the fold. The short answer is “Um, no it isn’t, and no, I’m not.” But it was nice that they thought I’d know whether this was true.

I wrote A Romance for Christmas in December 2004 as a gift for my critique group and asked them not to share it, but told them some day I might. Last year, Bill Hinkle, my brother-in-law, died. I promised his wife (my sister Cherry) I would dedicate a book to their relationship, which was 25 years of pure awesome romance and still going strong at the time of his passing. I also wanted to pay tribute to our parents, who had passed away the year of their 50th anniversary. My father had once told my mother he’d go first, and then “wait for her just beyond the moon.” When it was his time, he didn’t have to wait long. She died a few weeks later. The parents of the hero in this story bear my parents’ names. The book is dedicated to my sister Cherry in honor of Bill.

You can download a preview of the book here: A Romance for Christmas (click for the pdf – it opens in a new window). There are more details about the story, and it includes links where you can buy your copy. The book is currently on Amazon’s best-seller lists in Kindle short reads, and genre fiction – holidays.

Here’s an excerpt to get you started.

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 Dara 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.

A Romance for Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

About 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.

Buy This Book

Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1wpYfL2
Kobo http://bit.ly/1wpYndJ
iBooks http://is.gd/sdSfMT
(Print) CreateSpace http://is.gd/gazeza

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

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

Fall Into a Wicked Good Time with a Facebook party tailor made for people who like to read. This major author bash features numerous prizes including eBooks, gift cards, and bling! Party with your fave authors and meet new ones. There’s no limit to the fun you’ll have. Sponsored by the wonderful Tina Donahue and co-hosted with dozens of authors, you really will have a wicked good time.

Wicked Good Prize List

Fall Into a Wicked Good Time Facebook Party

Fall Into a Wicked Good Time Facebook Party

There will be a total of 5 winners – please see the graphic to see how prizes will be distributed. There will be spot contests from participating authors throughout the party event from October 15 – November 25 – so visit daily to enter those contests.

I will be offering a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift certificate every Friday. That’s 6 opportunities to win, not counting the two I’ve already given away in preparation for the party. Each week I’ll have something for you to share on Facebook. When you share, you’ll be entered in my personal drawing. Just visit the party site for a chance to share and win. Plus, every Friday I’ll also have a different contest on my Facebook author page, and a different way to win a prize there. Talk about being a wicked good deal! There are oodles of prizes being offered in addition to the ones listed.

BRO - The Story Behind the Story

BRO – The Story Behind the Antonello Brothers

I’ll be partnering with author Houston Havens during the party, so we can double up and offer you a better chance to pick up some prizes. She has a free book on her website, just like I do. Grab my book Bro by joining my Romance Lives Forever Reading Group, and then get her Confessions of a Romance Author by becoming a member of her VIP Lounge. You’ll get a second free book from me after you join, and then a free book from her when you join hers. Since we’re talking about having a “wicked” good time, you should know that her book is super spicy. You’ll want a cool drink nearby while reading. *wink*

You can find someone sharing a goodie, giveaway, or wicked excerpt at almost any time of day during the party. Just drop by, say hello, ask a question, tell us what you like to read, or just lurk in the background and pick up goodies.

Why do I do parties like this? Like you, I love to read. I love to share the books I’ve written. I think most of us authors come away from these parties with a much bigger TBR list. I met both my awesome beta readers at parties like this one. I love getting to know them, sharing stories with them, and getting their opinions.

Why should you go? If you’re like me, you do things for others every day. You work hard, and you don’t take much time for yourself. You put everything else first and do for others. Look at this as a chance to go chill for a bit, read something fun, learn a new way to do things, or get a freebie. Fall into a Wicked Good Time — by giving yourself a break and taking some downtime to get away from the world for a little while. You’ll be glad you did.

Hey, if you come over to the party and say “Kayelle sent me” I’ll know I reached someone and got them to take a well deserved break. I’d love to wave at you and say hello! Come on down.

 

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