Thursday, November 5, 2015

Winter Favorites Tour with Authors Tracy Brogan, Jamie Beck, and Cindy Kirk {Guest Post & Giveaway}

With winter quickly approaching, romance novels are turning to holiday stories. Readers get heroes and heroines finding their happy-ever-afters during the Christmas season. In anticipation of the celebrations, we asked authors Tracy Brogan, Jamie Beck, and Cindy Kirk their favorite holiday novel.

Tracy Brogan, author of Jingle Bell Harbor

This is going wayyyy back, but to this day, my favorite holiday book is The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Richard Scarry. It was a scratch n’ sniff book and I read it until there wasn’t any smell left. I’ve bought copies for both of my kids, too.

My heroine from Jingle Bell Harbor works at a Christmas store year round and she’s a little overly-saturated with all things holiday. So she’d love to sink her teeth into something exciting and fun. I see her as a murder-mystery or thriller lover. But A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens would probably appeal to her Scroogey sensibilities.

Jamie Beck, author of Accidentally Hers

I’m sure if I went through my Kindle and looked at all the books I’ve read, I could come up with dozens of “favorites,” but the first book that sprang to mind is Lisa Kleypas’s The Devil in Winter. I love historical romances, I love Lisa Kleypas, and I love the hero of that book, Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent. His combination of dry wit and latent tenderheartedness was a win-win for me. I also enjoyed watching the heroine, Evie, evolve and give him a run for his money. Plus, those historical settings and manors, carriage rides, and clothing really carry me away. That escapism the best part of any story!

Avery, on the other hand, might like to court a little danger with Eric Rickstad’s The Silent Girls, a thriller set in the dead of winter in Vermont, and involving the mystery surrounding a missing distant relative of one of the local cops. Of course, she is also very likely to re-read a classic tale, like Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. That book would appeal to her intellect and her sense of morality. And since Grey (the hero) is dyslexic, I’m thinking she’d even offer to read it to him…in bed, of course.

Cindy Kirk, author of Christmas in Good Hope

One of my favorite holiday books is Debbie Macomber’s Call me Mrs. Miracle. I love that this story is uplifting, and that it really brings me into the spirit of the season. The story line is full of promise and hope, and delivers that happy ending that I am always looking for in the stories I read.

Like me, Ami loves books with happy endings, and one of her favorite holiday books is a new release, Jingle Bell Harbor by Tracey Brogan. This book is fun and flirty and Ami enjoys all of the little laugh-out-loud moments. She also can relate to the setting of the book since this book is set in a Harbor town. Ami has always been a firm believer in happily ever afters. When she picks up Jingle Bell Harbor—or any other romance novel—she knows a happily ever after is guaranteed!

Jingle Bell Harbor
by Tracy Brogan

As assistant buyer for the world’s second-largest Christmas store, Kelsey Parker feels like a holiday harlot. She’s contractually obligated to promote the yuletide season. All. Year. Long. And it’s taking a toll on her spirit. But when her clueless, self-absorbed boyfriend goes on their long-anticipated romantic vacation—without her!—Kelsey is beyond disappointed to find herself tromping through the Bell Harbor snow instead of lounging on a tropical beach.

Drew Hampton is considered quite a catch among the Bell Harbor bachelorettes, but when his high school dream girl, Kelsey Parker, shows up at his grandfather’s Christmas tree lot complaining about her love life, he decides it’s long past time to get her under the mistletoe himself.

As things heat up between the two, a surprise visitor arrives, making Kelsey an offer she can’t quite believe. Now she must decide what matters most, and she just may discover the key to her happiness.

Christmas in Good Hope
by Cindy Kirk

Amaryllis “Ami” Bloom’s cheerful smile greets everyone in Good Hope, Wisconsin. But her merry facade hides a dark secret she won’t ever forget. Still, she throws herself into celebrating Christmas—and convinces her handsome, and stubborn, new neighbor to join her.

Beckett Cross, however, is determined not to celebrate the holidays. He moved to Good Hope to leave behind reminders of how he’d had it all…and lost everything. But it’s hard to resist adorable Ami, the designated keeper of the small town’s holiday traditions, when she asks for help with the Twelve Nights celebrations. And Ami has a hard time resisting Beck’s soft Southern drawl and gentle eyes. Will a Christmas miracle give them a second chance at love and the hope to heal both of their hearts for good?

Accidentally Hers
by Jamie Beck

When ruggedly sexy backcountry guide Grey Lowell moves to Sterling Canyon, Colorado, after buying the ski-expedition company Backtrax, his plans don’t include romance. Still, it’s fun to look—especially across a crowded restaurant at a beauty he dubs “Bambi.” But all his plans change later that night when he’s injured by a drunk driver.

Physical therapist Avery Randall is shocked to learn that Grey’s the man her brother struck with his car, and even more stunned when he arrives at the clinic expecting her help. Despite her reservations and Grey’s silly new nickname for her, Avery agrees to work with him, and passion begins to simmer. Yet with his livelihood at stake, Grey must make tough decisions that could hurt Avery and her family. Before long, Avery’s loyalties are tested, and the choices she and Grey each make may cost them their chance at lasting love.

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