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Blog Tour with Excerpt! The Magical Christmas Do Over by Linda West!





Today, we are going to explore the new holiday release from Linda West, The Magical Christmas Do Over! Enjoy!




Author: Linda West
Publisher: Morningmayan Publishing
Pages: 320
Genre: Holiday




Three women, thrown together by fate, get a second chance to go back in time and change their lives forever.




Book Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmVp4PCCwj8


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AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/MagicalDo-Over





It was a cold December eve, some say the coldest in decades, and a blizzard warning was in effect. It was the Friday before Christmas and most of the other workers of Kennedy and Crane had already left for the Christmas holiday weekend.

Samantha looked at the clock and groaned inwardly. It was after 8 o’clock and her boss was in an extra foul mood even for her.

“Shouldn’t you be getting home to put on that awesome Chanel dress you bought for the big night?” She asked.

Macy spun around enraged, and Samantha sunk back.

Macy’s dark brows knit together and her brown eyes looked nearly black with the size of her pupils. She ran her hands through her short dark hair and then stared at Samantha with disbelief on her face.

“I got a text from Todd an hour ago. He’s gone off to LA with some friends for Christmas!”

Samantha’s mouth fell open. “What, why?” She stopped herself. “I’m sure he has a good reason Macy.”

Macy snorted. “Yeah, good reasons usually don’t come in a text. I’m losing him Sam.”

Macy plopped down in her chair and stared out the large picture window of her sleek office, and tapped her long manicured nails on her desk like a woodpecker.

“Says he’ll call me when he gets back…in a month.”

Samantha’s groaned inwardly. Poor Macy, it looked like she was getting the ultimate big let down. Broken up with at Christmas. No engagement celebration after all.

“Here’s a piece of mail you didn’t get.” Sam offered up happily as she placed it on Macy’s desk.

“Send it back.” Macy said dully without turning.

Samantha continued hopefully. “It’s not the annual Christmas invite from your mother Macy, that one is always in a red envelope. I always send that back. This is something different.”

Samantha looked at the pretty Tiffany blue colored envelope.

“It’s addressed to you personally, not the company.”

Macy cocked her head to the side intrigued.

Sam rushed on eager to bring some sort of happiness to her boss. “Maybe it’s a love letter from Todd with two tickets to Paris for when he gets back?”

Macy let out a big huff and gazed out the window at the oncoming storm. They both knew that wasn’t the case. Todd’s last minute text was just a breakup in disguise.

But if not Todd then who? Macy really didn’t have any close friends that would send her a Christmas card. Anyone that did know her at all, knew she abhorred Christmas. Too much money being spent in the name of sentimentality and tricky marketers as her father always said.

Macy waved her hand without looking back at Samantha as if she were a servant.
“Read it.”
Samantha scanned the letter, then suddenly, caught her breath and brought her hand to her heart.


Something in Samantha’s tone made Macy spin her chair around.


“Its from a friend of your mothers, a Ms. Carol Landers.”

“You have got to be kidding me!” Macy threw her hands up in the air.

Now my mother is having her friends beg me to come home and visit her? How utterly selfish!”

She shook her head in disbelief. “What is it with my mother? She ruins my life and then she stalks me! Can’t she see no matter how many times she begs me to come home for Christmas - I’m not going to Kissing Bridge to see her?”

Samantha swallowed uncomfortably and croaked out, “I’m so sorry Macy. But this letter says that your mother passed away yesterday, and you’re the only relative left to claim her body.”

She looked up sadly and met Macy’s stunned eyes.

“You have to go home to Kissing Bridge.”



Linda West is an Amazon best seller and author of the best selling series ‘Christmas Kisses and Cookies.’ She writes books that feature food and fun and includes her own recipes from her quaint beach café in Malibu.


Website - http://www.morningmayan.com/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/Morningmayan


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/morningmayan








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Holiday Extravaganza! Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt! Noelle (Smokey Blues #10) Emily Mims!





It’s Holiday Extravaganza time! Today we are spotlighting Noelle by Emily Mims and we have a wonderful holiday feature for you today! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!




The Smoky Blue Series Book 10
Emily Mims
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Date of Publication: Nov. 20, 2018
Word Count: Approx. 74,000
Cover Artist: Boroughs Art Department


Tagline: Ike and Cassie love each other. But her daughter stands between them.


Book Description:


He’s found the wife who’d run from him five years ago. But it will take a Christmas miracle to keep her in his life.


A terrified Cassie Jeffries fled Tennessee to protect her newborn daughter from her father’s wrath, abandoning her young husband in the process. Ike has tracked her down-not because he wants her any longer, but at the behest of her dying grandmother. Her love for Ike is still strong. He still loves her, too-but wants no part of her daughter Noelle.


Ike is beyond shocked to learn that the child he thought was his is in fact the child of his wife’s rape. He still loves Cassie, but every time he looks at Noelle he’s reminded of his own failure to protect the woman he loves. And Cassie is adamant. She will have no part of a man who can’t love her daughter. But danger lurks for Cassie’s child. Will Ike be able to protect Noelle from the threat that seeks to destroy everything his wife holds dear?



Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43162216-noelle


Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1030680





AVAILABLE in ebook

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Emily-Mims/e/B00FQQ247K/


Boroughs Pub - http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/noelle





A Christmas Tradition of Making Music

Music is an important part of just about everyone’s Christmas, whether it’s Christmas carols at the church Christmas program, a rerun of Bing Crosby singing in ‘White Christmas’, or the incessant Muzak playing at the malls. As a singer and musician, Christmas music is an especially important part of my Christmas. I have been making music for the holidays since I was a teenager playing the organ in a little Baptist church, and it continues to be an important part of my Christmas celebration every year.

I have made Christmas music just about everywhere. In that small church, at the school where I taught for many years, in the televised choir of a large suburban congregation, in the back of a truck on a Christmas caroling hayride, on a barge floating down the San Antonio River with the Boy Scouts, for church senior groups, in the dining rooms and halls of nursing homes. I’ve made Christmas music in every one of those places. My opportunities to make Christmas music grew exponentially when I learned to play the dulcimer and ukulele and joined The San Antonio Riverpickers, a mountain music band that features dulcimers and old-time Appalachian tunes, and Ukulele Ladies and Gents, which plays all kinds of music including lots of island songs. With these two groups, I have expanded my holiday repertoire beyond the usual Christmas carols and radio and movie songs. I also find myself playing in venues that are an adventure in themselves.

Riverpickers does a lot of street festivals around the holidays, most notably Christmas in Comfort and Dickens on Main in Boerne. We mix in a few Christmas numbers but play mostly mountain tunes, as very few carols sound all that good on a dulcimer. Our audience seems to enjoy the old mountain tunes as much as they do the carols. Playing for a street festival can get interesting in terms of weather, however. After all, we are playing outdoors. We’ve played with the sun shining in our eyes on a stage facing a setting sun, and under chilly cloud cover with rain threatening. We’ve played in the hot-this is Texas and it can still be hot in December. We’ve played in the cold. Really cold. Our record cold-weather performance was an hour-long set in Boerne a few years back. The sun had gone down, it was twenty-nine degrees and the wind was blowing. It was so cold the instruments all had to be retuned, not a problem unless you play a hammered dulcimer with forty-plus strings. (My fingers burned for a solid hour afterwards.) We promised ourselves afterwards we’d never again play below forty degrees, but I honestly don’t think it would stop us. Street festivals are just too much fun to pass up.

The ukulele group is just the opposite. We stay inside where it’s nice and warm and play Hawaiian Christmas music, complete with hula dancers and red and green Aloha shirts. And we sing them in Hawaiian! Of course, we do other Christmas songs also. The ukulele group plays many different places, including churches and libraries and a lot of nursing homes. Although we play for someone or something every month, the holidays tend to be our busy season. So far, we have one performance scheduled right before Thanksgiving and four during December. And that’s so far. There may be more.

Making all the performances can get hectic in an already jam-packed season. Occasionally we must skip a party or another event to play and sing. But making music, especially Christmas music, deeply enriches our holiday. I cannot imagine Christmas without it.



“Yeah, it’s easy to love those blue-eyed blonds, isn’t it?” Wade gibed. “Those dark ones, man. They’re a lot harder to love.”


Ike felt his temper spike and tamped it down. “It would be hard to love any child who looks like the man who raped my wife,” he replied softly. “It wouldn’t matter if they were white, black, or purple with stripes down their back.” More was on the tip of his tongue but he bit it back. He already sounded enough like an ass.


Wade gave him a go-to-hell look and glanced to one side. Cassie stood there, her face pale and her expression one of horror. Ike felt himself cringe. She’d heard every word.


He started to say something but clamped his mouth shut. He couldn’t defend a statement like that and he knew it. But it had been the unvarnished truth. Noelle was a visible reminder of Cassie’s violation. He didn’t know how to get around that.


Cassie disappeared into the house. It was time to make his case one more time and then get the hell out of here. Ike nodded to Wade, thanked Angie for her hospitality and followed Cassie inside, where he found her in the kitchen by herself. “You leaving now?” she asked as she transferred leftover vegetable sticks into a plastic bag.


“Not until you agree to come see Granny Mae.”


“Then you better wash your clothes and buy another tube of toothpaste. I’m not going to let you pressure me into a decision that’s not in Noelle’s best interests.”

“Damn it, Cassie, what about Granny Mae? Your grandmother’s dying. The only thing she wants before she goes is to see you and Noelle. Are you really going to deny her dying wish?”


“That’s right. Play the guilt card.” Cassie snapped the bag shut and practically threw it in the refrigerator. “I told you last night. Granny Mae is a woman of the holler. She’s not going to want to see Noelle. And even if she did, what part of ‘Hugh Siler will kill her’ did I not communicate fully to you?” She turned to Ike, her eyes blazing. “I’m not the sweet, gullible girl you knew before. The one who could be persuaded or guilted into doing just about anything you wanted me to. So don’t try that crap with me. No way in hell am I giving you any kind of answer today.

Don’t ask again.”


“All right. All right. Calm down. No answer today. I get that.” He paused. “But I will say it again. Granny Mae will want to see you both. Your daughter will be in no danger from your father. So please, Cassie. Will you at least think about coming? Will you do that much? You could come for a few days, maybe a week after ‘Wizard of Oz’ finishes its run. Please, Cassie? For Granny Mae? Please?”


“I will think about it but no promises.”


“Thank you. I’ll need your contact information and would like you to have mine.”

They exchanged phones and entered the necessary information. “I guess I’ll be going,” he said as she handed him back his phone.


“One more thing.”


“What’s that?”


Cassie hesitated. “Never mind.”


“No, say whatever’s on your mind.”


“Noelle. She’s not responsible for the circumstances of her conception. She’s a beautiful, wonderful child. Everyone who knows her loves her.”


“I’m sure she is and I’m sure they do. I’m not proud of my feelings toward her, Cassie. Just so you know.”






Digital copy of Noelle and a $10 Amazon gift card from Emily Mims





Author of thirty-six romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons and six grandsons, she and her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in Tennessee and Georgia. For relaxation she plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she’ll just let it.”




Website Address: www.emilymims.com


Twitter Address: @EmilyMimsAuthor


Instagram Address: mims_emily


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyMimsAuthor







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Release Day Review! Midnight Bite by Cynthia Eden!


Today is release day for Cynthia Eden's newest paranormal romance - Midnight Bite & I have a spotlight and 5 Star review for you to enjoy!





A kiss on New Year's Eve is supposed to be lucky...but a vampire bite? That's not exactly something a woman dreams of getting. And when Lark Kinsley gets bit, all bets are off. She stakes her date, runs into the night, and tries to put the whole nightmare behind her.


Only she can't.


Because she immediately runs into trouble—trouble in the form of a tall, dark, and deadly sexy vampire prince named Devereaux. He claims that he's there to help her, but she's not buying his story. The guy is no Prince Charming. After all, Prince Charming isn't supposed to come with fangs and an appetite for blood. But Devereaux says that he's been waiting centuries for her. That she is meant to rule with him. Obviously, he's wrong. And possibly insane. She's not meant to be the queen of the vamps. No matter what Devereaux says.


But he's not the only one after her. Paranormal monsters are coming out of the woodwork. And the bite that she got? It's making her feel strange. Hungry. Her self-control is shredding, and Lark knows she's changing. She just doesn't know what she'll become.


The new year won't go out with a bang...it will end with a bite.

Author’s note: Hey paranormal romance fans! MIDNIGHT BITE is a sexy vamp novella—expect danger, expect hot times, and expect naughty language as you ring in the new year. Let’s celebrate with some undead style!





Midnight Bite is the perfect blend in a quick story, it has lots of hot passion, sizzling romance, and edge of your seat danger. The characters are strong and convincing which really pulls readers into their story and this fast paced plot takes over from there and holds them hostage. The romance may be fast paced but it is feisty and hot as the characters struggle with secrets, plots and manipulations while their sizzling attractions and emotions keeps their interactions quite tense. With an intriguing plot, secrets being revealed and surprising twist keeping the characters in turmoil, readers find that they have to read every last page of this thrilling holiday story.



Author's Book Page - https://cynthiaeden.com/books/midnight-bite/





Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42584045-midnight-bite


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AVAILABLE in ebook


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Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over eighty novels and novellas.


Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Avon, Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.


Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.




Website - http://www.cynthiaeden.com/


Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiaeden


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New Release Review! Woven Fates (Others of Edenton #11) Brandy L. Rivers!


Thanks for joining me today! I have a spotlight and 5 STAR review for Brandy L. Rivers newest Others in Edenton romance - Woven Fates! Enjoy!





No matter how far you run, the past always catches up.


Mark Wellings started life as a witch, but he’d locked the memories away when he became a werewolf and gave up his magic. Now nightmares remind him of the hell he escaped.


Gina Somerset cannot remember the tragic circumstances that led to her becoming a werewolf. Mark eased a deep fear from the first time they made eye contact. Now she wants to help him face his own dark past.


Something evil lingers and Mark senses the danger. Everything changes in one fateful moment when Gina is captured by vampires.


One of the witches abducted recognize Mark and tells the remaining members of his old coven. What brings Mark and Gina closer together may tear them apart as Mark’s past catches up.




The Others of Edenton series just keep getting more intriguing and fascinating with each new couple. Mark and Gina are strong, captivating characters that easily connect to readers and completely wins their hearts. The romance is sweet and full of sizzling chemistry and smoking hot passion with an instant relationship that is believable in the circumstances surrounding these characters. Be prepared for your heart to be given to the strength and sweetness of the romance part of this story.


But of course, the bad has to be there somewhere and in this fast plot full of exciting danger, thrilling suspense, loyalty and courage, the danger comes from some evil enemies that will stop at nothing to complete their interrupted plans for Mark. Furthermore, Mark’s past brings a twist that could tear Mark and Gina’s relationship apart. The author has created a world where every story introduces not only new characters but new elements and new paranormal / supernatural types that are fascinating which makes every story different and exciting. This fascinating world is one where readers love all the characters and always return for more of their stories, their passion and their adventures and their triumphs as they battle wonderful enemies that readers can really enjoy wanting to destroy themselves.





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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42595638-woven-fates


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Woven Fates is the 11th book in the Others of Edenton series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/106492-others-of-edenton


Authors - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-edenton/


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K49QXV1?ref=series_rw_dp_labf



.5 New Beginnings
1 In Too Deep
1.5 Shadows Fall
2 Shadows of the Past
2.5 Fated Love
3 Falling Into Place
4 Breaking Free
5 Mending Scars
5.5 Labor of Love
6 Light In Darkness
7 Blissful Agony
7.5 Deep Trouble
8 Entangled Darkness
9 Deadly Design
10 Blood Bound
11 Woven Fates




The Others of Edenton is connected to The Others of Seattle and Branches of Emrys series.


Others of Seattle - http://brandylrivers.com/others-of-seattle/


Branches of Emrys - http://brandylrivers.com/branches-of-emrys/


The Reading Order for all three series - http://brandylrivers.com/reading-order-for-others-of-edenton-and-others-of-seattle/





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I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.


I'm a stay at home mother with a wonderful husband who lets me write and write to my hearts content.



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Holiday Extravaganza Blog Tour & giveaway with Guest Posts, Excerpt & 5 STAR New Release Review! Trial of a Warrior (Legends of the Fenian Warrior #3) Mary Morgan!




Hello, everyone! Today we are participating in the Bewitching Book Tours Holiday Extravaganza! I have a spotlight, review and some special holiday features for you today as I shine the light on Mary Morgan’s Trial of a Warrior! Let’s get started and be sure to enter the giveaway!






Trial of a Warrior
Legends of the Fenian Warriors
Book Three
Mary Morgan
Genre: Time-Travel Fantasy Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Date of Publication: December 12, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5092-2359-6
Number of pages: 386
Word Count: 92628
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor


Tagline: Will the burning embers of their past love spark a reunion or destroy a future?


Book Description:


"You met them in the Order of the Dragon Knights. Now, journey to the realm of the Fae and witness their legends!”


A warrior sentenced to die.


On trial for breaking a supreme Fae law, Fenian Warrior, Liam MacGregor has no regrets. He is prepared to accept his sentence—even if it means his death. However, freedom comes in an unexpected manner, and brings with it certain dangers as he travels through the Veil of Ages.


A princess honor-bound to remain hidden.


Princess Abela might be a priestess and the daughter of royalty, but that doesn’t prevent her from doing the unimaginable. She sacrifices duty and honor to set free the man who captured her heart so many years ago. No matter the severity of his crimes, she cannot let Liam die.


A rescue that will bring about a war and divide a kingdom!

In their quest to secure a treaty to forestall Liam’s death sentence, they must fight their desires for one another, as well as the Fenian Warriors sent to capture them.




Fantasy comes to life in this sensational fairytale romance where the characters are strong, convincing and steal the hearts of readers. Liam and Abela are characters that are easily connected to and they draw readers into their story. The romance between them is the stuff of fairytales and dreams as they both have hidden their feelings down deep due to the direction their lives have taken and readers can’t help but become completely taken with them both as they set out to change their world and forge a new path. The attraction sizzles between them but their road is fraught with danger and emotional turmoil which keeps readers in suspense throughout their adventure.


The plot is fast paced and full of twists and turns that adds to the intense emotions and thrilling excitement of the story which keeps readers glued to the pages. The story is further enhanced by betrayals and the ‘race against time’ factor that holds Abela and Liam’s quest in its grasp also has Abela’s life hanging in the balance. This romance captures the hearts of readers and has them fully engaged in the story both emotionally and adventurously and the author’s wonderful story telling gift ensures that readers can easily imagine each and every scene while visiting this fascinating world.






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Author - https://www.marymorganauthor.com/fenian-warriors


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/237934-legends-of-the-fenian-warriors


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JLQ9YVN?ref=series_rw_dp_labf



1 Quest of a Warrior
2 Oath of a Warrior
3 Trial of a Warrior



Legends of the Fenian Warriors follows The Order of the Dragon Knight series


Goodreads - https://www.marymorganauthor.com/order-of-the-dragon-knights






AVAILABLE in print or ebook


Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JGMH8XS/


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The Holiday Feature for the day is…


Mary Morgan is going to going to take readers to a 13th century Scotland Midwinter Feast!



Come journey with me as I whisk you away to 13th century Scotland for a Midwinter’s feast. We shall arrive at Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.

This is the home of the Clan MacKay—the Dragon Knights. Their bloodline is steeped in ancient Celtic mythology. Though they respect the new religion that has swept across their land, the Dragon Knights continue to honor the old ways. Midwinter is a celebration of light and warmth here within the walls. The doors have been left open for all to enter in peace. Once you step inside, you are drawn to the holly boughs with ivy, bay, crimson-berried yew and fragrant bunches of rosemary.


The torches cast a welcoming light as you proceed onward. As we enter the Great Hall, you are met with boisterous laughter and gaiety. A bard is recanting the tale between the aging Holly King (representing the darkness of the old year), and the young Oak King (symbolizing the light of the New Year). Some of the older lasses have chosen to weave a sprig of holly onto their gowns and they nod at you in passing.


Candles illuminate the hall in a soft glow as you make your way toward the feasting tables. The Dragon Knights and their wives are seated at a longer table near the hearth. Ale and mead are flowing, along with the tempting dishes you survey as you take your place. You are tempted by the trencher of wild boar stuffed with onions and cabbages to your right. Or maybe you would prefer the spiced apples and damson tarts.



Afterwards, the minstrels begin to play a lively tune and a few of the couples grasped hands to join in the merriment.




Mary Morgan is also going to share the modern day version of the recipe for Damson Tarts!






2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped almonds

3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cut into small pieces

1 egg yolk

2 pounds firm, ripe plums, pitted and quartered lengthwise


Preheat oven to 400 degrees


Combine the flour, almonds, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and the egg yolk. Mix by hand or with an electric mixer, until crumbly.


Press 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture in an even layer into the bottom of a 9 1/2-inch springform or tart pan. Arrange the plums in the pan, skin side down to form a flower pattern; begin at the outside and work your way in.


Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture evenly over the plums. Bake the tart for 40 to 50 minutes, or until it’s lightly browned and the plum juices are bubbling.

Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer tart to flat plate.


Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.



***Damson: A small fruit with vibrant, dark blue skin and a strong sour flavor. Damsons are similar to plums. They have a large stone (pit) and are often juicy, but tend not to be eaten raw due to the tartness of their flesh.




Add to put a cherry on top of the delicious sounding Damson Tarts – Here is an EXCERPT from Trial of a Warrior!

A tremor of longing to be kissed filled Abela. She should flee this instant, but her feet refused to listen to her mind.

Liam reached out and tucked a stray curl behind her ear. His finger trailed down the side of her neck, and she shuddered. “You have not answered me.”

“Yes,” she replied rapidly.

The smile in his eyes contained a sensuous flame, and she was drawn to him. A soft breeze billowed around them. She ached to press her mouth against his. Just one kiss.

As if reading her thoughts, Liam cupped her chin and stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “Your mouth begs to be kissed, princess.”

She swallowed and did the unthinkable. “Then kiss me, Liam MacGregor.”

His groan echoed around them as he took possession of her mouth. The kiss sent the pit of her stomach into a wild swirl of delicious sensations. Abela’s body yearned to touch him, so she wrapped her arms around his neck. The contact of his skin against her chest ignited a burning desire for more.

Liam grasped her firmly around the waist with one arm and deepened the kiss. When his silken tongue sought entry, she opened fully to the seduction, tasting wine, apples, and his own scent. His moan resonated deep within her, and she found her body responding to a rhythm as old as the land they lived upon.

Never did Abela imagine the power behind a kiss—seductive, enchanting, shattering, and she craved more.



1 prize package: A signed print copy of TRIAL OF A WARRIOR, Scottish jeweled bookmark, and postcards of all of Mary’s books. (US and Canada only)







Award-winning Celtic paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan, resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.


Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.


If you enjoy history, tortured heroes, and a wee bit of magic, then time-travel within the pages of her books.




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Thanks for joining us, Mary Morgan, I really enjoyed the 13th century Midwinter Feast and I have plans to make the Damson Tarts for my holiday parties!



I hope you enjoyed our Holiday Extravaganza and I hope you found a new book to put in your stocking! Have a Magical Holiday Season & good luck on the giveaway!



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