November 26, 2011

Saturday's Salacious Suggestions - Holiday Stories

Okay, we had some great recipes last week.  Check them out HERE if you missed them.  Today, we're back to blurbs. For today, I'm limiting the blurbs to Holiday Stories, so post your blurb and links for buying the book and/or to your website.  Then spread word.

Anna Kathryn Lanier


Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Thanks for letting us post our blurbs!

Sheriff Jace Kelly’s wife died giving birth to his remarkable daughter, Emma. She inherited the families’ seer abilities, but being only six-years old, she has the tendency not to know the difference between a vision and just an ordinary dream. So Jace doesn’t put too much faith in Emma’s recent premonition: marriage for him and a new mother for her, all because she wished upon a Christmas star.

When JoBeth Riley arrives in town, Emma is convinced this is the woman she dreamed about: dark hair, green eyes and shamrocks in her pocket. Only there’s one problem, she’s the notorious outlaw, Baby Face Jo.

JoBeth’s stay in the lumber town is meant to keep Shane Maverick, the leader of the outlaw gang from finding her and breaking her out of jail before the authorities have time to devise a plan to capture him.

JoBeth finds the Kellys a strange lot. A little girl, who believes her dreams are tales of the future and the rugged sheriff whose kindness proves a distraction. She’s an outlaw for heaven’s sake, but Jace is bound and determined to steal her heart.

KMN Books Blogspot

Karen Michelle Nutt's Website

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks! My new holiday release is Somewhere the Bells Ring from the Wild Rose Press set in 1968.
The Blurb:

'Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative's ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn't so bad.

To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope--until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.

As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe--in Bailey and the ghost--before the Christmas bells ring?'

Somewhere the Bells Ring is available in various ebook formats at:

And Amazon Kindle, Nookbook, All Romance Ebooks...

Callie said...

Hey Anna, thanks for this opportunity. My story is A Wife By Christmas, an Historical Romance. It's the first sequel to A Run For Love.

High School Principal Max Colbert needs to get rid of that pesky History teacher, Ellie Henderson. Getting her married off is the perfect solution, except everyone he introduces her to doesn’t seem right.
In 1906 Guthrie, Oklahoma, History teacher, Ellie Henderson, has been a thorn in High School Principal Max Colbert’s side ever since he took over three months ago. When she’s not flying by his office, late for her class, with books and papers jumbled in her arms, she’s attending Suffragettes meetings against his orders.
Because of her family connections, he can’t fire her, but he can certainly find someone to marry her, and keep her busy in the kitchen. And far away from his school. Max soon finds that what seemed like a good idea can turn into disaster when Miss Ellie Henderson is involved. The woman is a master at getting into trouble.
With the Christmas season in full swing, he has many opportunities to introduce her to prospective husbands. However, the uncomfortable feeling is growing that no one is worthy of the minx…

A Wife By Christmas, available 12/1 from A Run For Love, available now.

Callie Hutton

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

by Anna Kathryn Lanier

Arriving home for Christmas, the last thing Jacob Scott expects in his house is a sexy, shotgun-toting stranger. Worse, his attraction to her bothers him even more than the gun. Still reeling from the deception of his long-time girlfriend, he’s not looking for romance.

Tessa Jones has learned one hard lesson—when everyone in your life has failed you the only one you can trust is yourself. Facing the whispers of the townsfolk and an arson charge, Tessa unexpectedly finds herself trusting Jacob with more than her legal troubles.

Struggling between the promise of the present and the hurts of the past, can these two lost souls overcome their pain long enough to discover a gift beyond all measure?

Susan Macatee said...

I have a free Civil War Christmas story available.

A Kiss Under the Mistletoe
available as a free download from The Wild Rose Press

In the final year of the American Civil War, Samantha Harrison is preparing for her wedding day. Trouble is, she's marrying the wrong man. The man she loves and whose child she carries, has
disappeared months ago in battle.

On Christmas Eve, Doug Mitchell shows up at her door only to learn she's marrying another man in two days.

But will passion re-ignite when they share a final kiss under the mistletoe?


Robin_Badillo said...

Yayyy! for the Holidays!! And Thank you so much for allowing us to share our Christmas stories!
Mine won't release until December 15th, but here's a hint at what the readers can expect...

"The Long Way Home" Blurb:

Exiled to Texas to attend college, Beverly Hills debutant, Lola Brennan was encouraged to experience life and learn the value of a dollar, but instead, partied, played and blew through her trust fund.
Having no other choice, her parents cut her off, and insist she return home for the holidays.

Dante Brewer, raised by his single Puerto Rican mother has had a hard life. Away at college, halfway across the country, he’s devastated to learn that his little sister needs a kidney transplant and her life depends on him getting back home to East LA.

Paths collide in a heated rush when fate throws Lola and Dante together on a cross-country trek in a classic 1953 Cadillac convertible.

Racing against the clock, can they reach California before the spoiled little rich girl kills the hood rat, or is a taste of life from the other side of the tracks exactly what they both needed?

Life is truly a highway headed anywhere your dreams can go.

Buy Link - Available December 15th:

Author Link:

marybelle said...

I'm going to go back through & read now thank you to everyone.

Laurie Ryan said...

Hi, Anna. Thanks for the blurb blog. :) My holiday story is half of a 2-story anthology:

The buzz of Damien’s pager sounded harsh in the quiet room.
“That about your patient?”
“Yes.” Damien pushed off the desk and stood.
Nicole stood with him, handing him the now wrinkled lab coat. “Maybe talking to her again would give you more clues?”
“I agree,” he said. “But I need to get her pain under control first.”
“Would you like me to go with you?”
One side of his mouth quirked up. He reached to brush a strand of hair back from her face and traced a tender line down her cheek. “No. However I look, you look worse.”
“Thanks,” she said with a laugh that vanished under the intensity of his gaze. Tough patients, sleep deprivation, everything negative in her life at the moment faded as she let her eyes show what her words could not. She cared for Damien Reed much more than she should.
She no longer felt tired. In fact, she wanted this moment to go on forever. His hand cupped her chin. Her eyes dipped to his lips. She’d let his smile lull her to sleep more nights that she could recall. Now, desire overrode sense. She wanted to feel those lips on hers.
He lowered his head one agonizing centimeter at a time. Nicole’s breath was nothing but infinitesimal puffs of air as she waited for the touch she’d dreamed about.
The door behind them creaked open and another resident stepped in. “Oh,” he said. “Sorry.”
Nicole never did figure out how Damien managed to put distance between them so fast. “No need to be sorry,” he told the doctor. He stared at Nicole for a long moment before motioning to the couch. “Get some shut-eye.” Without another word, he strode out of the room.

Available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. Easy buy links on my website:

Laurie Ryan said...

So...I did an excerpt, not a blurb. Sigh. My apologies!

Sophia Knightly said...


Thanks for letting me post my holiday romantic comedy, SOLD ON YOU. Here's the blurb:

Just Say Yes!

Confirmed bachelor Dr. Marcos Calderon is in hot water. He needs to come up with a fake fiancée fast or he’ll disappoint his beloved grandma who’s arriving on the next flight to meet her. Proper social worker Gabriela Morales should fit the bill—but tonight, in that sexy, slit-to-there red evening gown, she looks anything but proper.

Gabriela only volunteered for the hospital’s charity bachelorette auction to benefit a cause dear to her heart. Now she’s reeling from the hot doctor’s bid of fifteen thousand dollars for a weekend date with her! She’s not sure what Dr. Handsome has in mind, but the smoldering look in his eyes is unmistakable…


Unknown said...

A Bella Notte Christmas Story

A Christmas story with the beloved characters Emma and Dominic from the Bella Series. This is a short story of their first Christmas together and the fun that a little snow and a board game can make. (best listing as most haven't put it as free yet)

Jina Bacarr said...

Thanks for doing this, Anna!

Here's my holiday novella:

A Naughty Christmas Carol

What if Scrooge worked on Wall Street and used a smart phone instead of a quill pen? And what if his faithful clerk, Mr. Cratchit, was a gorgeous blond secretary?

This modern day Scrooge also has a beautiful fiancée and frequents a gentleman’s club in New York City’s financial district.

My, how Scrooge has changed: he has a bad boy persona, makes love to more than one woman and lusts after a sexy ghost. His name is Nick Radnor and he’s a Wall Street trader with no heart.

Money is his mistress.

Nick learns where his life is headed because of his corporate greed when three sexy female ghosts try to save his soul on this naughty Christmas Eve.

A Naughty Christmas Carol on Amazon

A Naughty Christmas Carol VIDEO on Vimeo

Jina Bacarr website

E. Ayers said...

A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming
by E. Ayers

A cowboy and a national TV news anchor have nothing in common except for their pasts. Is love preordained? An old diary from when Jessie and Clare Coleman settled on the land in the 1840's provides a history of their life. But tucked between the pages is an unrequited love between Clare Coleman and a tall Native American. Does love and land come full circle? In this season of giving, will fate reach through time to give a gift of love?

Andy Coyote settled into the job as foreman on the Coleman ranch. He's got custody of his thirteen month old daughter and the situation is perfect for both of them until Caroline Coleman returns home for Christmas and one of the worst blizzards in years hits the area. He's forced to accept Caroline's help to move a herd of cattle and mixed in it are several head from another ranch in the community. Cattle rustling still happens.

Caroline Coleman has her dream job as a Washington, D.C., news anchor for a national broadcast, but home is in Wyoming on her family's ranch. She has everything that money can buy, but the things that she really wants can't be purchased. Raised with solid, hard working, family values, she knows her life in the spotlight isn't real. She wants a man who appreciates the ranch, loves her for who she is and not what she is, and she wants a family of her own. And she doesn't like the idea of Andy Coyote taking advantage of her grandmother.