Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Sweeter Side of Christmas

Christmas is coming! Yeah, I know, it's still more than a month away, but in my family we make our gifts, so we're already hard at it. And I'm ready Christmas stories, and am ready to start watching the movies. I haven't decorated yet, but I've made a date with my two-year-old granddaughter to put them up this weekend and maybe bake some cookies while we're at it.

I'm loving sweet reads this season, the wholesome, heartwarming ones like the Hallmark movies. I thought I'd share some of the ones I've found, so you might discover a new favorite author.

Christmas, Actually by Anna Adams, Anna J Stewart, and Melinda Curtis. (The title makes me think of Love, Actually, one of my fave holiday movies!)

Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!
Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!

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Mistletoe Wedding by Melissa McClone

Event planner at the Bar V5 Dude Ranch, Meg Redstone is dreaming of a white Christmas with twinkling lights, sparkly decorations and strategically placed mistletoe. She loves making dreams come true for others, whether planning a holiday wedding or giving her young daughter the best Christmas ever.

Ranch foreman Tyler Murphy loves the holidays, but his newest employee has taken over his barn with her over-the-top decorations. He admires Meg’s desire to give her daughter the perfect Christmas while planning a winter wonderland wedding, but he wants to show her that a Montana Christmas is more than glitter and lights.

After raising his younger sister, an instant family is not on Ty's Christmas wish list. But he finds himself falling hard for the single mom and her little girl. Meg, however, is not interested in a romance with a cowboy like Ty, or any man. Getting her under the mistletoe is going to take a Christmas miracle . . . or a little help from Santa.


An Almost Perfect Christmas: An Ocean City Boardwalk Novella by Donna Fasano

When it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to make his little girl's dream come true.

Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees to act as Izzie's stand-in mom for this special holiday and throws herself into making the child's Christmas wish a reality. Maybe this selfless act will somehow alleviate her secret regrets and failures of the past.

The holiday is filled with fun and laughter, and it's amazing how three short days can be so life-changing. When the impish eight-year-old talks the adults into acting out a silly, make-believe wedding, young Izzie is certain the magic of the season will turn the pretend vows into the real thing. The little girl wants her daddy to have Christmas in his life--every single day.

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And I have to throw my latest book in the bunch:

Christmas in White Oak by Aileen Fish
Nick Randolph has avoided Christmas since the death of his wife, but his four-year-old daughter insists he stay with her at his parents' home for the holidays. He finally must confront his past and the woman he let get away. A tale of first love, self-forgiveness, and the importance of family and friendship.

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Happy Reading!

USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Fish is an avid quilter and auto racing fan who finds there aren't enough hours in a day/week/lifetime to stay up with her "to do" list. There is always another quilt or story begging to steal away attention from the others. When she has a spare moment she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and their families, and her fairy princess granddaughter. Her books include The Bridgethorpe Brides series and the Small Town Sweethearts series.

Stay up to date with book releases at her website or on Facebook.

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Tina Donahue said...

Wonderful choices, Aileen - can't wait to read. Hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving! :)

Aileen Fish said...

Thanks, Tina! You, too!

Melissa McClone said...

Some really great recommendations I'll add to my list! Also, thanks for mentioning Mistletoe Wedding, Aileen :)

dstoutholcomb said...

Ooh, I have several of these!

jean hart stewart said...

Love Xmas stories..they're wonderful to read and fun to write. Much luck with this one. I have one coming out December 17th myself. Christmas with the Marquis.

Melinda Curtis said...

Thanks for the shout out for Christmas, Actually! All the holiday covers put me in the Christmas spirit!