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Christmas Romance
Christmas Romance (Best Christmas Romances of 2013) - Danica Winters
Four sweet Christmas stories from your favorite romance authors to warm your heart for the holidays.

Christmas Wishes-Danica Winters: For most, Christmas is a time for family, love, life, dreams, and wishes—but not for Lee Llewellyn, a mother who has recently lost her son to an accident and her husband to the resentment it caused.
In a chance encounter, she is given the gift of company on Christmas, but is she ready to move forward and start living again?

Christmas at Central Bark-Jennifer Conner: When Tennyson’s boyfriend left her for her best friend from high-school, all Tennyson received in the break up was her dog. She’s sworn off men and now is rebuilding her life. The only thing Par does is work. He barely has time to do anything he wants for himself other than take his dog to the dog park. When Par and Tennyson find an abandoned dog at the park named Duke. Will they find room in their hearts to take him in?
And can this Christmas season weave some special magic for the two of them?

Halo's Wish-Sharon Kleve: Halo Ann Carlyle wishes for a home, family, and a boat-load of pets. What she gets is a bruised hip, a lump on the head, a broken ankle, and her new yellow Honda Civic is demolished.
Rich McFarland, a sexy veterinarian, keeps showing up in the most unexpected places, promising everything she's ever wanted.Halo believes she only has time to pursue her career as a pet detective and must ignore her growing attraction to achieve her dreams.
Will Halo trust her heart, and find a way to get both before Christmas?

Christmas Hope-Casey Dawes: Clara Misowski is convinced Sam Richards’ cheese making operation would be a perfect stop for her culinary tour group.
He’s adamantly opposed to anything to do with a group of women on his farm.
Can she convince him to open his heart to company, Christmas, and maybe even her?
Source: www.amazon.com/Christmas-Romance-Best-Romances-2013-ebook/dp/B00GCYPOHM/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1408999587&sr=8-9&keywords=sharon+kleve
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review 2014-01-08 01:12
Christmas Promises and Surprises
Christmas Promises: The Christmas Eve BrideA Marriage Proposal for ChristmasA Bride for Christmas - Lynne Graham,Carole Mortimer,Marion Lennox

I'd better finally write my review for this before it disappears into my mind forever.

This was a surprise find on my library's trade shelves, and I grabbed it because it had stories by Lynne Graham and Carole Mortimer. To my surprise, my favorite story was by Marion Lennox, who I had not read before.

The Lynne Graham story is very much in the vein of her full-length romances. The heroine who is young and bubbly, and becomes an unwitting sex toy for the hero (granted he fell in love with her, but he treated her like a sex object). He dumps her because he thinks she spills the goods on his sex life to a tabloid, and it turns out she got pregnant. Now she's working as a landscaper on the estate of a business associate and Rocco sees her and is reminded that he's not over her, despite his contempt. This story rubbed me the wrong way. I felt the heroine allowed the hero to treat her with minimal respect. She didn't stand up for herself enough and was willing to go back to him because she loved him and because he was her baby's father. I think he owed her a lot more than she was willing to accept from him. I don't like that in a relationship when the hero doesn't respect the heroine as his equal. In my mind, I don't see Rocco treating Amber as an equal. Graham is a good writer even when she's not at her best. But this one just offended my sensibilities too much. I couldn't give it more than three stars.

Carole Mortimer's story is a bit ho-hum in the sense that it's almost drama free (I admit that I am a drama hound, so I missed it). It's a decent Christmas romance, and the hero was a nice guy. He palliated my senses after the first arrogant, and in my mind, sexist hero. He was more of an everyday kind of guy (although wealthy). Cally has the wrong idea about Noel, and she comes to realize that he's actually a good guy. Cally has some issues in her past that made her reluctant to trust, but I liked how Noel earns her trust by being a straightforward decent guy and showing his love for her and her daughter. The family interactions (since Noel's family descends on them en masse) were good and what you'd want in a Christmas story. This was more of a 3.5 star read.

Lastly, Marion Lennox was a pleasant surprise. There is something very fresh about this story. I admit I was really impressed with the fact that the hero is a wedding planner. And no, he's not gay. Yay to bursting stereotypes. Guy's cold and precise and a bit snooty, but it's clear that he has a heart underneath that he buried due to tragedy in his past. The heroine was also refreshing in that she was a very down to earth girl who likes her quiet, small town life and embraces family obligations. She's a widow who has dedicated her life to taking care of her son who was burned badly in the accident that killed her hubsand and is recovering slowly from that debilitating accident. I loved her bond with her family-in-law and that she happily embraces their eccentricities. Her son made me cry, I mean big time. I can't believe how mean people are to people with disabilities and physical differences, but I could see what a good man (and a potential family man in the making) Guy was in how he interacted with Henry. I just plain liked this story, maybe because it taps into my fascination with wedding planning and my love for kooky people who don't read the book as far as being trendy and fitting in. Lennox also touches on the phenomenon of celebrity, since Guy is a celebrity wedding planner. Although this couple falls in love over a short time period, I believe in their happy ending. I have to give this four stars.

Because the first two stories weren't as satisfying, I'd have to give this one 3.5 stars.

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review 2014-01-04 02:09
The PulpWork Christmas Special 2013
The PulpWork Christmas Special 2013 - Josh Reynolds,Joel Jenkins,Russ Anderson,Percival Constantine


Title: PulpWork Christmas Special 2013 (Yuletide Tales of Murder and Mayhem)
Authors: Josh Reynolds, Joel Jenkins, Russ Anderson & Percival Constantine
Published: Pulp Work Press
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"PulpWork Christmas Special 2013" by four various authors was interesting anthology of four short stories or 'yuletide murder and mayhem' in this 'New Pulp' writing showing their craft with some suspense with mythologies of this Christmas holiday season. You will find that each author presents their own wring style that is very intriguing to read. The characters are all well developed along with being very well portrayed. These four pulps reads are all 'Christmas themed pulp' that goes well with the holiday season...being four tales of murder that are written by these different authors. With these being short reads they can be finished quickly in one sitting as 'you are plunged into the worlds of Monica Killingsworth, Asami, Malcom and Krampus, Charles St. Cyprian, and Ebe Gallowglass.' All of these suspense thrillers reads will be very interesting keeping you turning the pages until the end.

For anyone who would like a little something different during the holiday season, I would recommend these 'Pulp thrillers' for you. Be ready for journey of a unique read with 'drama, passion and even some fantasy' that I would recommend to you as a good read.
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review 2014-01-04 02:03
A Good Christmas-themed Devotional
30 Scripture Readings for Christmas - Christopher D. Hudson

This is basically a compilation of scriptures distributed into bite-sized readings over the 31 days of December. Some are more directly focused on the story of the Christ child, and others delve into his majesty and identity as the savior of all humanity and his fulfillment of the ancient prophecies that foretold of God's promise to reunite and redeem humanity through his Son. The scriptures featured are both Old and New Testament and show the unbreakable link between Mosaic Scriptures, and the work of the Prophets (looking forward to the awaited Messiah) and the New Testament, which focuses on the arrival of Jesus the Messiah. It worked very well as a devotional during the very busy month of December. It serves a dual purpose of reminding believers why Christmas has crucial spiritual importance and also as a reminder of our hope in Jesus. It's fairly no frills, but it serves its purpose and the scripture was food to this reader's spirit.

30 Scripture Readings for Christmas was a gem of a free read on Amazon. I could see me reading it again next year. It's great for readers who want to follow the scriptures through the Christmas story in December, but it could work any month, honestly. After all, the promised and fulfilled hope of Christmas can live everyday in our hearts.

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Christmas 2013 Book Haul

The Percy Jackson box set, Eleanor & Park, and the Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia were all gifts. 


I bought the following books with giftcards I got for Christmas:

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie

The Warrior Heir - Cinda Williams Chima

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Dragon Champion - E. E. Knight

Dawnthief - James Barclay


Hope everyone had a great holiday :)

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