Making Up Under the Mistletoe, A Heartwarming Christmas #excerpt

AHeartwarmingChristmasNext week (!!) this great collection of 12 stories by Harlequin Heartwarming authors will be available…for 99 cents! These stories are sweet romance at its best. Mine, Making Up Under the Mistletoe, features a married couple on shaky ground and a dog who needs a rescue. It’s part of the Fisher Brothers Christmas set. Amy Vastine and Carol Ross have written really fun and satisfying stories for the other two brothers. All 12 of these stories are set in Christmas Town, Maine, a magical place where Christmas lives. YOU WANT THIS! Check out the excerpt at the bottom…

Here is a description of the sets inside and the buy links:

A Heartwarming Christmas

This holiday season, warm your heart with 12 connected sweet holiday romances set in Christmas Town from 12 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

There are four connected anthologies in A Heartwarming Christmas. That means each set of three novellas shares characters and storylines! This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Christmas will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters (no cliffhangers), for more than 1200 pages.
Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.

Coming Home to Christmas Town anthology by Melinda Curtis, Anna Adams, & Anna J Stewart: Three adopted siblings gather for the holiday season and closure after their father dies.

The Fisher Brothers Christmas anthology by Carol Ross, Cheryl Harper, & Amy Vastine: Three brothers with a Christmas Eve family tradition in jeopardy until love leads them home.

Gifts of the Heart anthology by Tara Randel, Leigh Riker & Cari Lynn Webb: In the spirit of Christmas, three siblings reconnect to find romance, special gifts – and each other.

The Gingerbread Men anthology by Liz Flaherty, Patricia Bradley & Rula Sinara. When two sisters and their widowed mother are reunited for the holidays, falling in love isn’t on any of their Christmas wish lists, but sometimes the best gifts are unexpected…
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Making Up Under the Mistletoe_Cheryl Harper (4)EXCERPT:

Ivy scrolled through the other messages she’d been ignoring all day long. All from Josh. All worried. Updating the website to reflect the next year’s season and tour dates had taken three times longer than it should have because she kept picking up her phone.

If she had an answer, she’d give it, but she’d have to spend time grieving first and she had no time for that. Not until Christmas was over.

Then her father would know they were splitting.

Josh’s parents, who’d taken her in and loved her like a daughter, would treat her like an acquaintance.

And she would be. The Ivy she’d been in the eight years she and Josh had been together would be shattered. Whatever she built out of that mess would be new.

I’m fine, but I’m driving tonight. Headed out on my first tour. I’ll call you later.

He didn’t deserve to worry, even if his stubborn insistence that he had to leave Christmas Town was tearing them apart. That morning, after she’d demanded to know what was in the PFD envelope she’d found while cleaning up their desk, he’d informed her he’d taken the entrance exam. Without telling her.

Outlining calmly all the reasons it was a bad idea to leave Christmas Town hadn’t worked. Instead of agreeing, he’d snapped, “For once in our lives, do what I want, Ivy. Come with me or…” She’d waited for him to fill in the blank on that ultimatum for half a second before running away.

Ivy stared hard at her phone for half a second, willing him to apologize, tell her she was right, beg her to come back.

Instead, all she saw was that she was two minutes later than she’d started.

“Work. Do the work. Then you have two days to convince Josh to change his mind.” She’d always been able to before. The anxious twist of her stomach made her wonder if this was the time she’d fail.

Standard operating procedure was to walk around the bus to check the tires and make sure it was road ready. She’d done all the research and built the safety checklist herself. She couldn’t skip it, not even to make up time.

As Ivy was trotting around the end of the bus, she noticed a long, skinny black nose poking out from behind the left rear tire.

Ivy squatted to peer under the bus.

A shivering black dog of indeterminate heritage stared at her, his or her ears quivering along with the tremors that shook a long body.

“Perfect.” Ivy held her hand out and wiggled her fingers. She wasn’t a dog person. Or a cat person. Or the kind of person that wanted to clean after any animal, two-legged or four-legged.

But she also wasn’t a monster.

“It’s too cold out here for you, baby,” Ivy said softly and made kissing sounds. Josh did that with every dog they ever met on the sidewalk. It must be the universal sound of “I’m an okay person” to dogs because this stray inched forward on his belly, shaking, while his tail pounded in hard thumps on the asphalt.

“Come on. We don’t have time for a lot of conversation, mister.” She wasn’t sure why she thought this dog was a boy.

Probably because he was disrupting her plans. She should name him Josh Junior.

The Bluebird Bet blog tour is leaving the station!

BluebirdCoverDo you like excerpts, giveaways, and the like? OF COURSE YOU DO! I’ve got a blog tour starting today. Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday – Launch at Prism Book Tours
Thursday – My Devotional Thoughts
Friday – Wishful Endings

Saturday – The Goodreads giveaway ends! Be sure to enter before it closes to win a signed copy of The Bluebird Bet UPDATE: AND I’ve also got a spotlight up at The Harlequin Junkie today! (Had the wrong date before!)

Sunday – JoJo’s Corner

Monday – Babe Book Bistro  & Colorimetry (and I’ll also be up at the Harlequin Heartwarming authors site)
Tuesday – I blog 4 books
Wednesday – I Am A Reader
Thursday – The Written Adventure
Friday – Letters from Annie (Douglas) Lima
Sunday – Paranormal Books
Monday – Getting Your Read On
Tuesday – Grand Finale (and don’t forget to wear GREEN!)

And the Rafflecopter giveaway info (CLICKCLICKCLICK!):
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10 Reasons to Read THE BLUEBIRD BET (Avail today!)

BoxBooks10. If you read it today, you can impress the cool kids in your neighborhood. You’ll know who wins the bet, after all.

9. You need some sunshine. Instead of a solid, infuriating blanket of white, my current view, you could have green grass, warm sun, cool shade, and the joy of dipping your toes in Spring Lake.

8. Elaine Watson never loses, but it’s nice to see a guy give her a run for her money. Literally. There’s some running. This is my favorite form of exercise, reading about someone else doing it. And not for long.

7. Dean Collins has spent years dodging bullets, but his biggest struggle is in coming home. Now that he’s reached the Bluebird, he has no plans to leave. Ever.

6. Did you read A Minute on the Lips? (If not, go ahead. I’ll wait.) Of course you did! And did you love Andi and Mark? OF COURSE YOU DID! Sorry. No shouting. They’re in this one, too.

5. Do you wish you’d gotten to know a little bit more about Purl’s Place? *nodding* The Shady Ladies are there, knitting and crocheting away. Drop in for a lesson. Just be nice to Elaine. She’s struggling with her stitches.

4. This book contains one of my favorite lines that I’ve ever written. I won’t tell you what it is, but it still makes me chortle when I think about it. And I hardly ever chortle (a copy editor suggested I change laugh to chortle once. I’d rewrite the whole paragraph to avoid). I should hold a contest to see if anyone can guess it… Winner gets my undying love and admiration.

3. It would look so good on your Goodreads shelf. Here’s the link to add it (and your review). And if you really feel lucky, there’s a giveaway going until March 7.

2. Want to know what the cool kids are saying about it? Here’s an excerpt from the Fresh Fiction review. Click the link to read the whole thing, read another excerpt.

This book in the Welcome to Tall Pines miniseries is an excellent read. Grab the Kleenex one minute and laugh the next. There’s a little of everything in this read; emotion, love, the sadness of life and a heartwarming town full of witty and wacky residents always ready to put in their two cents. I have not had the pleasure of reading any of the previous stories in this series but plan to do so soon as well as the new one just out. For a short tale I found THE BLUEBIRD BET as completely fulfilling and satisfying a read as any other story. There’s a lot of wit and humor and just plain good common sense and kindness. I definitely recommend THE BLUEBIRD BET for a satisfying and beautiful experience.

1. If you’re still not convinced, here’s an excerpt. And the buy links because I’m such a savvy business woman. Also, check back this week. A massive, mondo, mega blog tour is launching on… Wednesday. Did you think I was going to say Monday? Yeah, that would have been better. Lots of good giveaways, excerpts, and fun! To make sure you don’t miss a thing, you can like the Facebook Page (just make sure to choose Notifications updates to see every post) or follow me on Twitter.

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Harlequin (ebook and print): http://bit.ly/1D82sHN

Excerpt:

Elaine refused to take a step back even though she was closer to Dean Collins than she was strictly comfortable with. She could see he had hazel eyes, a mix of brown and green that was warm and possibly too intelligent for an easy win. Getting this close to him was a bad idea for a long list of reasons. Still, she was not going to back down. Not now. He’d made his opinion of her clear. He thought she was a fragile flower. He was wrong.

When Robert coughed quietly, she and Dean both turned.

“How will you decide a winner?” Elaine asked.

Dean’s snort set her teeth on edge, and she did her best to forget her own snort of disbelief earlier. Maybe turnabout snorting was fair play.

She and Dean watched Robert think. He paced. He cracked his knuckles. He opened his mouth and changed his mind twice.

Then he said, “We’ll get judges. That’s the fairest thing. All three of us. That way, an impartial panel will decide what’s best for the Bluebird and for Tall Pines.”

“And you don’t have to disappoint either one of us.” Elaine raised her eyebrows.

“Why, I never thought of that,” Robert said and smiled. “Excellent point, Doc. I like this plan. What do you think?”