Close Contact   ( Body Armor #3) Lori Foster from Harlequin There�s no resisting a desire like this... MMA fighter Miles Dartman�s casual a...

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Close Contact (Body Armor #3)
Lori Foster
from Harlequin

There�s no resisting a desire like this...

MMA fighter Miles Dartman�s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men�s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he�s ready to finally break through her defenses�and protect her day and night.

Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi�s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former �friends,� and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there�s Miles, who doesn�t ask for anything�except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body�or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.


Grinning, Miles said, �I never pictured you on a farm dealing with a herd of cats and raccoons.�

She waved a hand down at her hideous outfit. �Yeah, I never pictured it either.�

�Actually, you look cute.�

Her incredulous gaze shot to his, but he didn�t notice as he wrestled the lid off the barrel. He managed it a whole lot easier than she usually did, but then, he was made of muscle.

Cats had followed them in, and now more gathered as he opened their food source. Meows filled the air. It was tough to move with so many animals twining around their legs.

After he almost tripped, Miles said, �Impatient, aren�t they?�

�I�m late.�

�What time do you usually feed them?�

�By seven thirty or so at the latest. Generally I feed them, then get my coffee and sit on the porch to enjoy the morning before I get started on chores.�

�Somehow, that doesn�t sound awful.�

�No,� she agreed. �It was actually a nice routine.� If it weren�t for so many different things conspiring against her, she�d be loving life right about now.

Several of the cats were trying to stretch up to the top of the barrel. Smiling, Maxi pointed to the long metal channel against the wall behind the barrel. �I use the large scoop inside to fill that trough.�

He laughed. �A trough for cats.�

�Hey, it was the only thing I could think of to get them all fed at the same time.�

�You�re resourceful.�

Was that two compliments in a row? Maybe he wasn�t as angry as he�d seemed. More likely, it was his compassionate nature trying to make her more at ease.

But�she couldn�t be the only one feeling the sexual tension. Around Miles, it hit her like a tsunami. Even under the awful circumstances, she wasn�t immune to his appeal. In fact, because of everything she�d just gone through, she felt even more drawn to him and his strength.

Watching as he loaded the scoop, she said, �It�s actu�ally a pig trough, but when you see them eating... well, let�s just say it fits.�

The cats carried on as if they hadn�t eaten in days, in�stead of just being late for breakfast. By the time Miles filled the trough, the cats had lined up side by side and were devouring their chow.

�That has to be half of a bag right there.�

�I buy in bulk,� she said. �I have to store the extra bags in the house, though, or the raccoons��

�Throw a party?� Miles grinned down at her.

�They do!�

He laughed, but slowly, as his gaze roamed her face, the grin faded. He removed a dried weed from her hair, tucked a wayward lock behind her ear, then brushed his thumb over her cheek. He leaned toward her.

Her toes curled in the rubber boots. God, she�d missed his kiss so much, the taste of him, the feel of his firm lips and his clever tongue and�

�Wait.� She flattened a hand to his chest.

Expression enigmatic, Miles cleaned a smudge off her cheek. �You�re exhausted.�

Oh God. She�d freaked out over nothing.

Get a grip, Maxi.

After clearing her throat, she said, �Yes, and it shows.�

He flicked the end of her nose. �You still look cute.�

He�d said it again! Frazzled from the mixed signals, she propped her hands on her hips. �You�re either super horny or just trying to make me feel better.�

�How about a little of both?�

About the Author


Lori Foster is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author with books from a variety of publishers, including Berkley/Jove, Kensington, St. Martin�s, Harlequin and Silhouette.

Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance.


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I went down to the Bay Area and got to see some friends! Since my family isn't here, I just stayed with family friends for actual Thanksgiving and got to join in on their dinner. Thanksgiving food is my favorite!

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Christmastime Cowboy   ( Copper Ridge #10) Maisey Yates from HQN Books // Harlequin It's Christmas in Copper Ridge, and love is waitin...

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Christmastime Cowboy (Copper Ridge #10)
Maisey Yates
from HQN Books // Harlequin

It's Christmas in Copper Ridge, and love is waiting to be unwrapped...

Falling for a bad boy once is forgivable. Twice would just be foolish. When Sabrina Leighton first offered her teenage innocence to gorgeous, tattooed Liam Donnelly, he humiliated her, then left town. The hurt still lingers. But so does that crazy spark. And if they have to work together to set up her family winery's new tasting room by Christmas, why not work him out of her system with a sizzling affair?

Thirteen years ago, Liam's boss at the winery offered him a bribe�leave his teenage daughter alone and get a full ride at college. Convinced he wasn't good enough for Sabrina, Liam took it. Now he's back, as wealthy as sin and with a heart as cold as the Oregon snow. Or so he keeps telling himself. Because the girl he vowed to stay away from has become the only woman he needs, and this Christmas could be just the beginning of a lifetime together...

Top 5 Fun Tidbits About Christmastime Cowboy


  1. �Liam Donnelly was nobody�s favorite.� That�s the first line, and it hit me when I wrote it that Liam definitely feels like he�s no one�s favorite. And that was when I knew the whole point of his story was to find that person. The woman who would make sure he knew he was her favorite. I knew from the beginning of this quartet that Sabrina was that woman.
  2. The past four books in the Copper Ridge series have been about the Donnelly brothers. They all have the same father, but they have three different mothers between them. Liam, the hero of Christmastime Cowboy and Alex, from Wild Ride Cowboy are the only two brothers who were raised in the same household. But even they have two different childhood experiences. I wanted to save Liam for last, because when you read Alex�s book you THINK you know what their life was like. But Liam has secrets he hasn�t shared with anyone about the way he was treated by his mother. I liked the idea of exploring how the same parent can treat two children in totally different ways.
  3. Copper Ridge at Christmas is based on Jacksonville, Oregon�s Victorian Christmas. There are costumed carolers, chestnuts roasting, and always a horse-drawn wagon and hot cider. It�s a fond memory of mine and incorporating it into the book was fun.
  4. The idea for Grassroots winery also came from my hometown. Oregon is, depending on who you ask, the new Napa. Vineyards are everywhere, and I saw a magazine article about women in Oregon breaking the glass-winery-ceiling, which is where I got the idea to have a female run winery. (There will be more on the winery coming in my new series, Gold Valley, too.)
  5. I don�t drink wine. In fact, I hate the taste of it. I actually can�t stand the smell or taste of any alcohol. (Some advanced sensory issue? Who can say.) Which made the wine and cheese tasting scene in Christmastime Cowboy interesting to say the least. Especially since it�s a sexy scene! It required googling, and questioning of my husband, who does like wine.

About the Author


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Maisey sold her first book. Since then it�s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn�t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.



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Snowball fights! I'm not a huge fan of snow or the cold in general, but anything that has to do with wet snow wedging itself in my boots and in my jacket sleeves is such a yucky feeling! Sledding and skiing can be fun, at least... snowball fights are like snow sports without the fun!

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Little Broken Things Nicole Baart from Atria Books ( Simon & Schuster ) An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty ...

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Little Broken Things
Nicole Baart
from Atria Books (Simon & Schuster)

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.

I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn�t think much of it. They haven�t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora�s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn's house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora�s �something� is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister�s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head�something that will threaten them all. But Quinn�s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It�s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.

Secrets I'm Spilling About Little Broken Things

  1. I cried writing the opening scene. It was so real, so visceral to me that I sobbed all the way through it. It�s still difficult for me to read because it embodies one of my deepest fears. Want to know what it is? Guess you�ll have to read to find out ;)
  2. Liz, the matriarch of the Sanford family, was not originally supposed to have a voice in Little Broken Things. But one day as I was writing suddenly she appeared on the page, demanding her own perspective. I let her because I�m kind of a pushover that way.
  3. I love my husband to bits and pieces, but Walker is my book crush. I�m Team Walker all the way.
  4. I�m mildly obsessed with sea glass and had so much fun weaving it in to the pages of Little Broken Things. It was a dream come true to work with ethically sourced, fair-trade jewelry company ViBella to design two necklaces that complement the book.
  5. While I was writing Little Broken Things I woke up in the middle of the night one night to a strange sound. Our windows were open, and as I became more alert I realized that I could smell smoke. A building near our house was engulfed in flames, and my husband and I called 9-1-1 and then ran outside in our pajamas to make sure no one was hurt. This experience may or may not have made it onto the pages of Little Broken Things.
  6. Little Broken Things was not the original title of my book. I submitted it under the title: All We Ever Wanted. Nobody liked it. (Fun fact: All We Ever Wanted is the title of Emily Giffin�s new book!)
  7. I drank copious amounts of Good Earth Sweet & Spicy tea while writing this book. In fact, I drank so much that my local grocery store ran out and they have never stocked it again. I�m having serious withdrawal. Seriously. Somebody help.
  8. My readers named the child in Little Broken Things. They nominated different names and then voted. I loved the result!
  9. I loved the cover of Little Broken Things the first time I saw it. This has not always been the case with my books. It was so fun to see it and just know it was perfect.
  10. Little Broken Things is my favorite book to date. Don�t tell my other book babies, they�ll cry. But sometimes it�s okay to play favorites ;)

About the Author


Nicole Baart wants to live in a world filled with handwritten letters, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and great conversation.

A critically acclaimed novelist, Nicole�s work has been featured as a Midwest Connections book pick, nominated for a Christy Award, and earned a starred and featured review from Publishers Weekly. In 2011 she co-authored a book that debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Nicole is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, that partners with a sisterhood of churches and orphanages in Monrovia, Liberia. An adoption advocate and the mother of five children from four different countries, Nicole speaks on a variety of topics ranging from orphan care to parenthood to books and the writing process. She currently lives in a small town in Iowa and is the author of seven previous novels including, most recently, The Beautiful Daughter.



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I love mind-bending sci-fi (think Inception, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Arrival) especially when it's laced with a well-written romance. I'd love to see something like this in literary form!

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A Season to Lie   ( Detective Gemma Monroe #2) Emily Littlejohn Minotaur Books // St. Martin's Press In Emily Littlejohn's follow-...

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A Season to Lie (Detective Gemma Monroe #2)
Emily Littlejohn
Minotaur Books // St. Martin's Press

In Emily Littlejohn's follow-up to her acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, a twisted killer stalks his prey in the dead of winter.

On a cold dark night in February, as a blizzard shrieks through Cedar Valley, police officer and new mother Gemma Monroe responds to an anonymous report of a prowler at the local private high school, The Valley Academy. In her idyllic Colorado small town, Gemma expects the call was just a prank by a bored teenager.

But there in the snow lies the savaged body of a man whose presence in town was meant to be a secret. And a disturbing message left by his killer promises more death to come.

This is only the beginning...

Nothing is as it seems in Cedar Valley and stories, both fact and fiction, ensnare Gemma as her investigation moves from the halls of an elite academy to the forests that surround Cedar Valley.

Against a backdrop of bleak winter weather, stymied by those who would lie to protect what is dearest to them, Gemma hunts a ruthless killer before he strikes again in A Season to Lie.

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I'm not a fan of cold weather, but I do enjoy the holiday festivities! The comfort food, Christmas lights, decorations, hot beverages, mmm :)

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Seeds of Revenge   ( A Greenhouse Mystery #3) Wendy Tyson from Henery Press It may be the holiday season, but the mood in Winsome is anythi...

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Seeds of Revenge (A Greenhouse Mystery #3)
Wendy Tyson
from Henery Press

It may be the holiday season, but the mood in Winsome is anything but jolly...

Megan Sawyer is determined to farm year-round. She�s braving a December snowstorm after pitching her greenhouse greens to Philadelphia chefs when she sees a stranger stranded on the side of the road. It�s Merry Chance�s niece Becca, who�s headed to Winsome to sell her �love potions� at holiday events�or so she thinks.

Merry has an ulterior motive in inviting her niece to Winsome, but Merry�s plan to reunite Becca with her estranged father goes awry when Becca�s father turns up dead. Megan soon realizes that Becca was not the only person in Winsome who despised her father. When Megan�s aunt, the famous mystery author, is implicated through her novels, things become personal. Megan must follow the literary clues while sifting through the victim�s sordid past, but can she uncover the truth before someone else in Winsome is murdered?


Merry Chance�s statuesque four square was alit with white Christmas lights�Colonial candles in the windows, braids of lights outlining the window sills and doorways, blinking lights woven into wreaths, and miniscule bulbs incorporated into a doe and two fawns that adorned the front lawn. As Megan pulled up alongside the road in front of the home, she saw with relief that Merry was home. In fact, she was standing on her porch talking with a man.

Becca gave Megan a quick hug. �Thank you,� she sang. �You saved me quite a trek.�

Megan climbed out of the truck and pulled Becca�s suitcase from the bed while Becca unloaded her boxes of love potions. Merry had noticed them, and she turned her attention toward her niece.

�Aunt Merry!� Becca called. �Hello!�

She hurried toward her aunt and stopped short just feet from the landing, Megan trailing behind. The man had turned to look at them so that his face was visible. He was older, mid- to late-sixties, but his resemblance to Becca was unmistakable. Strong features: a square chin, a broad nose, unnaturally black hair receding ever-so-slightly into his scalp line. He wore a tailored coat and carried an expensive bag. His bearing screamed money and privilege.

The man regarded Becca with an evenness that seemed unnerving, while Becca�s whole body shook with emotion.

No one acknowledged Megan. She watched the scene unfold the way a bystander witnesses a car crash. Helpless and transfixed.

�No! Why is he here? Aunt Merry, why the hell is he here?� To him, �I told you I never want to see you again. Never. Do you know what that means? You brought him here on purpose.�

�Rebecca, calm down,� Merry snapped. �You�re jumping to conclusions.�

�He�s here, I�m here. What conclusions am I jumping to?�

The man said, �Actually, I was just leaving.�

�That might be best, Paul.� Merry glanced at her niece, lips pursed into a frown. �Let�s give Becca some time to calm down.�

Paul nodded curtly. �Very well. Thank you, Merry. You know where I�ll be.� He walked down the steps, past Becca, without so much as another glance in her direction. Becca placed her bags on the ground. With a sudden rush, she darted toward the man in the slippery snow, hands outstretched. She would have pushed him had he not reacted with laser speed. He grabbed her wrists and held them out in front of her. Merry took a step forward. Megan dropped the suitcase, ready to intervene.

But Paul and Becca just stood there, staring at one another. Finally, Becca said, �You�re hurting me.�

He looked down at his hands, wrapped like bindings around her wrists, and let go. �I�m sorry.� He backed away, his eyes unwavering in their focus on Becca�s face.

He climbed into his car�a silver Mercedes�and Becca spat at the ground near his tire. She rubbed her wrists, shoulders hunched.

Becca watched as he pulled away, his rear tires slipping in the deep snow. �Why would you invite him here, Aunt Merry?�

�I wasn�t expecting you until tomorrow.�

�He�s staying here. He made that pretty clear.�

�He wanted to see you. He wants to make amends.�

�I will never forgive him. You of all people should understand that.�

Merry regarded her niece with a long, sad stare. Finally she said, �Megan, I assume Becca�s car had some difficulty in the snow?� When Megan nodded, she said, �Thank you for bringing her.�

It was a dismissal, at odds with Merry�s normally saccharine insistence on hospitality. Megan placed Becca�s suitcase on her porch and and returned to her truck. She watched as Becca followed her aunt obediently inside. With the front door shut, the visage of the house returned to its festive fa�ade.

A fa�ade, indeed, Megan thought as she pulled away. That was all it seemed to be. She wondered what conversation was going on inside.

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Christmas trees and lights are standard at my home. I think poinsettias are also very beautiful and reminiscent of winter holidays.

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The Austen Escape Katherine Reay from Thomas Nelson ( HarperCollins ) Falling into the past will change their futures forever. Mary Davies ...

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The Austen Escape
Katherine Reay
from Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)

Falling into the past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues�particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary�s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen�s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings arise, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

Things You Didn't Know About The Austen Escape and Me


  1. The Austen Escape is not a retelling of any Austen novel. It�s a contemporary story that alludes to all her famous novels and draws from them, much like a beautiful buffet.
  2. Setting is one of my primary characters so I must know it well. This story takes place in Austin, Texas (...escaping from Austen and Austin) and Bath, England. I called Texas home for nine years and England home for two.
  3. The heroines� names are plays on Austen heroines�with a twist. �Mary� because Austen didn�t much like Marys. Combing through her books, I could not find a single Mary that Austen portrayed in a positive light. I�m rehabilitating the name. ? Isabel is a direct allusion to Isabella Thorpe from Northanger Abbey, who is equally beautiful and manipulative.
  4. The idea for Braithwaite House�s Regency costumed holiday came from two sources: Austen�s Mansfield Park and Shakespeare�s The Merchant of Venice. In both stories, the �hiding� or play-acting allowed the characters the freedom to express and then become their true selves.
  5. Spoiler alert: In the original ending, Mary left Austin for her job offer in Boston. I changed this ending in final edits because staying in Austin felt stronger. Mary no longer needs to escape. While the move made sense in the early drafts, it began to feel that rather than running to something, Mary was running from something. I wanted more agency for her and her story.
  6. The only book I�ve ever named myself was Dear Mr. Knightley. A very creative duo of good friends came up with The Austen Escape with me in a Facebook chat�that is where the title for The Bronte Plot originated as well. The name points to the extensive Austen allusions, but also to the idea of escapism and the delights and dangers it holds.
  7. My favorite character in The Austen Escape is Helene Mueller. I loved the commonsense wisdom she brings in her unlikely package. She is loosely paralleled in my mind with The Bronte Plot�s Helen Carmichael, who again is loosely related to my late grandmother and a dear older friend. That said, no character is directly based on a real person I know or have ever known.
  8. Although I allude to tons of classic literature in my books, I primarily read contemporary fiction. That doesn�t mean I don�t read historical fiction, and enjoy it, for book clubs etc., but I prefer contemporary stories that wrestle with how we deal with problems and emotions today. In fact, most of the classics were cutting-edge contemporary stories when written.
  9. Although I primarily focus on female friendships (sisters in Lizzy and Jane, friends in The Bronte Plot, best friends in The Austen Escape) all my novels hold a romantic thread. This �rule� came from my first agent, and one of the best men I�ve ever known, who once said, �Never leave the cherry off a good sundae.� In his honor, I follow his advice.
  10. This is my fifth novel, and I�ve loved writing each and every one. Although they have similar covers, my novels do not form a series. Each story stands alone, and I�ve relished digging into the differing voices, lives and adventures of each heroine. In fact, I�ve enjoyed it so much that my next novel boasts three heroines. More on that later...

About the Author


Katherine Reay is a writer, wife, mom, continually rehabbing runner, compulsive vacuumist and a horrific navigator...

She has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries�who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary.

She graduated from Northwestern University and earned an MS in Marketing from Northwestern as well. She then worked in marketing and development before returning to graduate school for a Masters of Theological Studies. Moves to Texas, England, Ireland and Washington left that degree unfinished as Katherine spent her time unpacking, raising kids, volunteering, writing, and exploring new storylines and new cities.

The Reay family (with a great sense of permanency) now resides outside Chicago, and Katherine pursues writing with more focus. She writes character-driven stories and non-fiction that focuses upon examining the past and how it influences our present experiences.



Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of The Austen Escape�yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
What is your favorite Jane Austen book and why?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Katherine and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

I have only read Pride and Prejudice, which I feel like is the most well-known choice!

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Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
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Sugarplum Way   ( Harmony Harbor #4) Debbie Mason from Forever ( Hachette // Grand Central Publishing ) Romance writer Julia Landon knows...

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Sugarplum Way by Debbie Mason + Giveaway (US/Can)

Sugarplum Way (Harmony Harbor #4)
Debbie Mason
from Forever (Hachette // Grand Central Publishing)

Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising�and surprisingly passionate�kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor�s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can�t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing...

Aidan�s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can�t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, 'tis the season for a little Christmas magic.


�I was joking with you before but this is starting to sound serious, big brother. Are you sure you�re ready for a relationship? Harper did a number on��

Aidan cut Liam off. �I�m only going to say this once so listen up. I�m not dating Julia and nor am I interested in dating her. We�re not even friends, more like acquaintances.�

His father, who�d been drinking and grinning while his brothers razzed him, lowered his thermos of hot chocolate. �That�s not how it looked at Jolly Rogers this morning, son. You seemed to know quite a lot about her. She�s a sweet girl. I wouldn�t want to see her hurt. So maybe you should stop sending out mixed signals. What�s she supposed to think when you put your arm around her, play footsie under the table, and act like you�re jealous of Paul?�

Jealous of Benson? How did his dad come to that conclusion? Didn�t matter one way or another, his father had done it now. Aidan could tell by the expressions on his brothers� faces that he could declare his innocence and non-feelings all he wanted and they wouldn�t believe a single word he said.

If they weren�t married, that wouldn�t worry him much, but they were. And they told their wives everything and their wives talked too much and soon everyone at the manor would know, including his matchmaking grandmother.

�Hate to tell you, but it looks like the chief is making time with your girl, bro.�

If he knew what was good for him, he�d ignore Liam. But curiosity got the better of him and Aidan looked to where he�d last seen Julia. Benson had his arm around her and appeared to be educating her on the finer details of megaphone use. His boss was a condescending jerk. It�s a wonder Julia didn�t...

�Maggie Stewart, paging Maggie Stewart,� Julia yelled into the megaphone that was positioned a couple of inches from Benson�s ear.

Aidan laughed when the man reared back.

His brothers stared at him, and his father smiled. �It�s good to hear you laugh, son. It�s been a while. Take it from your old man, you find a woman who can make you laugh, you hang onto her.�

There was nothing he could say to that because he�d seen the truth of it with his own eyes. He�d grown up in a home filled with love and laughter. His marital home hadn�t been remotely close to the same. Maybe because he and Harper were both driven, serious, type-A personalities. Well, he didn�t have any worries on that count with Santa�s little helper. Julia was as far from... What the hell? He scrubbed his hands over his face. They were sucking him into their fantasy.

About the Author


Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue, and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. 

When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, three wonderful children and son-in-law, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella in Ontario, Canada.


Giveaway!

Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of Sugarplum Way�yay!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
At what time of year do you think it's acceptable to start celebrating winter holidays and Christmas traditions?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Debbie and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

I think November is the perfect time the begin; it's early enough to get your gift shopping done without hitting the holiday frenzy, but not so soon that you're stressed out too early. I got a laugh a couple weeks ago seeing all the Christmas decorations up for sale at Target before it was even Halloween!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and author�a huge thank you to TLC Book Tours and Debbie Mason!
Giveaway ends November 20th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only�sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ?
Good luck!

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