CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ – DAY 9 – BERNADETTE MARIE




Chloe Richardson had just landed the biggest client of her career. A promotion was in her future, or so she thought until the handsome Jason Mitchell walked into her office with his gorgeous smile and searing blue eyesand took her job.


Losing her job so close to Christmas, Chloes only choice was to go back home to Aubrey Heights, where the Christmas spirit is celebrated in a tourist loving, wonderland. Perhaps she can pull herself together before the new yearbefore her new career search.

However, Jason follows her to Aubrey Heightswith a mission of his own. First he stole her jobnow he wants to steal her heart.

Is the spirit of Christmas alive enough in her to let that happen?


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Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After alwaysand says she can write it because she lives it.

When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might be slightly addicted to chocolate.


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Jason was sure that he’d bleed out before they could take him back and stitch up his head. A nurse had given him a gauze pad to replace the tissue that had dried to his skin.
Chloe sat next to him frantically filling out his medical record in her beautiful penmanship.
“Address?”
He gave it to her and watched as she made perfect fours.
“Phone number?”
She wrote it down.
“I’m a Pisces. My favorite color is red. I like my pizza with just sausage, and I’m sensitive to gluten, but I can’t keep away from it.”
She stopped writing and looked up at him. “I don’t think I need all that. But thanks,” she snapped, but it only made it funnier to him.
“I just thought it was a good time to get to know each other. My turn, why don’t you answer those questions for me?” He tried to smile, but each time he did it hurt his head.
“Everything you need to know about me is in my employee file. You can ask H.R. if you need to see it since you’re my boss.”
She directed her attention right back to the form, but he got the message loud and clear. She wasn’t happy about his new position.





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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ – DAY 8 – LORIN GRACE




Lorin Grace was born in Colorado and has been moving around the country ever since, living in eight states and several imaginary worlds. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Graphic Design.
Currently, she lives in northern Utah with her husband, four children, and a dog who is insanely jealous of her laptop. When not writing Lorin enjoys creating graphics, visiting historical sites, museums, and reading.
Lorin is an active member of the League of Utah Writers. Her debut novel, Waking Lucy, was awarded a 2017 Recommend Read award in the LUW Published book contest. Mending Fences received a 2018 Recommend Read award in the LUW Published book contest


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One shattered window. Two bruised hearts. And twelve days until Christmas.

Tessa Doyle’s semester in Europe left her a much wiser woman. But then she takes a job referral from her ex-boyfriend, and agrees to repair the stained-glass window, the last work she will need for her MFA. With a two-week deadline, she will have no time for anything else, especially men.

Sean Cavanagh’s Christmas season has lost all its cheer. Nothing has gone according to his plans for Christmas since the drone broke the window. Now organ pipes are missing, and a blizzard is threatening to cancel what could be Granda’s last sermon.

With a little magic and a lot of snow, Tessa and Sean work together to repair not just a window, but also their hearts.

August 2018 Extended Ending: Granda’s house hid more than boxes of papers could they be worth a million or more?



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The mayor laughed and turned to Granda, handing him the microphone. “We have Christmas—to remind us of all the things that matter. Family, love, kindness, and giving. We have Christmas so we can come together as friends, old and new, and so we can experience the miracles going unnoticed each day. But most of all we have Christmas to remind us to pause and remember God.”






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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ – DAY 7 – ORA SMITH




God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.

Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.


Experience the rich artwork and inspirational messages of A Christmas Story of Light this holiday season and let God’s light bring you the brightness of hope.





As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.




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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ – DAY 6 – BETSY LOVE





Betsy Love has loved to write from the moment she could hold a pen and has been creating stories ever since she was in elementary school. Her high school creative writing teacher told her that one day she would be published.

When not sitting at her computer pouring her heart and soul into her novels, she loves going to her mountain property for inspiration and to escape the desert heat. She loves spending time with her family. At last count she has 20 grandchildren, has given up on gardening. If she had a horse, she might give up writing.


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Joie, an over-confident rookie elf, is on her first assignment. 

Its one week before Christmas, and she must find a mother for eight-year-old Emily. Not an easy task, since Emilys grieving father, Matt, is not ready for marriage. Hes still bitter about the accident that killed his wife and handicapped his daughter. 

When events turn Joie into a human, she loses her magic and must use her ingenuity to heal the broken family. How could falling love be the answer?






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Smoke still poured out the door and rose into the evening sky. Dont worry, I put the fire out. Its going to be alright.
A man walking his dog stopped. Are you girls all right?
Emily nodded and pointed to Joie. She stopped the fire.
Wheres your dad?the man asked.
Hes on a not-date.Emily looked as if she was about to be carted away and put in jail. It wasnt Emilys fault the kitchen caught on fire. Joie alone held that responsibility. If shed just done what Matt had asked, they wouldnt be in this horrible predicament.
A not-date? What is that?The man eyed them both.
Joie bit her lip before answering. Its where a woman insists on going out for a drink. The man agrees. And hopefully, they find enough interest in each other that he asks her out on a real date. 





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FAITH THROUGH FALLING SNOW by SANDY SINNETT

With Laci and Mitch anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby, they are surrounded by the turmoil of discovering Mama’s illness while their two sons fight over the love of a woman.

A white Christmas brings a moment of joy, but Laci’s faith is tested again when their baby clings to life.

Together the Young family must lean on each other and the only One who can truly give them strength.

Will they find the faith they need…even through the snow?

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Sandy lives in her hometown of Mt. Vernon, IL enjoying life with her two youngest kids, and works full time for a local hospital as a health consultant. Most mornings she can be found at her local bookstore-coffee shop among friends, looking for inspiration and writing her next novel.

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC of FAITH THROUGH THE FALLING SNOW by SANDY SINNETT The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. Many thanks to Loving the Book for the Advanced Reader Copy.

It was my pleasure to read FAITH THROUGH THE FALLING SNOW by SANDY SINNETT.

I found this book to be a light read and I genuinely enjoyed it from beginning to end. The story line was relatively uncomplicated even with the multiple stories that were playing out within it. Several topics, including Alzheimer’s and life-threatening birth defects are handled with great dignity, honesty, and compassion. The message of faith before all things good and bad is hear very clearly throughout FAITH THROUGH THE FALLING SNOW!

The characters are well developed and unpretentious. They are down-to-earth and honest showing the reader their values and their strong relationships with family and God! The blending of two families is handled a bit too easily perhaps, but it is refreshing to see.

I found FAITH THROUGH THE FALLING SNOW by SANDY SINNETT to be a wonderful book to read this holiday season. It brought a longing for Christmas and snow to the forefront of my mind every time I sat down with it!

I definitely recommend FAITH THROUGH THE FALLING SNOW by SANDY SINNETT and give it five steaming hot cups of Reviews by Room With Books coffee!

Character Casting

Mitch – Tim McGraw

Laci- Hilarie Burton

Brad – Paul Green

Maggie – Helen Mirren

Caleb- Nick Robinson

Evan – KJ Appa

Emma – Kiernan Shipka

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THE LIBRARIAN PICKS HER POISON by AMBER GILCHRIST BOOK BLITZ



Amber Gilchrist lives in New Mexico with her husband and six children. She writes YA , Romantic Comedies, and series mysteries. She calls her lifetime of jumping from one job to another ‘experience’ for her books and not an inability to settle down. Amber loves mysteries and a good, happy romance. She also loves to laugh. Sometimes she likes all of them together.

A fan of quirky movies and indie books, Amber likes to be with her family, is socially inept, and fears strangers and small yippy dogs. She alternates between writing and being a mom. She tries to do both at the same time but her kids don’t appreciate being served lunch and told, “This is the hot dog of your discontent.” So mostly she writes when everyone else is in bed.


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Audrey Scott might be a childrens librarian, but that isnt all she can do. When her best friend, Gretchen Holden, stands accused of a murder, Audrey cant handle doing nothing more than bailing Gretchen out of jail. She has to figure out who really killed Gretchens step-father, a universally hated federal judge.



With a not small list of potential people the judge has wronged, Audrey and her friends have a rough ride ahead of them trying to decide who had a motive, means, and opportunity to put the judge in an early grave. With the help of Derek Hennessy, erstwhile enemy turned very good friend, and her normal crew of cohorts, Audrey wont stop until the threat no longer looms.



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A fragile Gretchen wasnt something I felt good about seeing.  I didnt want to smother her with my attention, but she was still shaking, her legs wobbly and she was pale, with dark circles under her eyes.  I had no idea how long it had been since shed slept.  Or even eaten.  Her blood sugar was likely rock bottom.  I bit my lip, debating if I could push her into letting me at least hold her arm and guide her to the car.  I met Kyles eyes, and I knew he was aware of how scared I was she wouldnt even make it to the car.  He nodded very slightly.
Without asking, he put his arm around her shoulder and directed her towards the door.  It was a sign of how exhausted she was that she let him.  In fact, she huddled into his side, looking ridiculously small, even though in reality she and Kyle both were tall.  She was 510which I knew for sure, and Kyle was over six feet.  I usually hated them both for it.  But right now, she looked tiny and frail.  Kyle was the most solid guy I knew.  If someone was looking for safety, clinging to Kyle was a very good choice.  I hoped his solid presence was returning at least some sense of security to her. 
  



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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ 2019 – DAY 5 – DONNA HATCH




Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling Rogue Hearts Series,and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. 

A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. 

She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). 

A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after. 



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A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them bewildered and breathless. 

A charming rogue-turned-vicar, Will wants to prove that he left his rakish days behind him, but an accidental kiss changes all his plans. His secret could bring them together…or divide them forever. 

Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother’s approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss…even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost.








Top Ten List:

1. I adore cats–kittens are even more fun.
2. Claustrophia is one of my biggest challenges.
3. My favorite sports are water sports. I love swimming, boating, wake surfing, rowing around on a canoe, and simply walking along the beach of an ocean or lake.
4. I enjoy horseback riding and hope someday to take lessons so I can learn how to do it well. I’d also love to learn how to ride side saddle.
5. One of my favorite ways to have a good time with friends is having a tea party. I also love to play board games and card games.
6. Due to moves in my childhood, I attended 9 different schools including 3 junior high schools. Being the new kid isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
7. I love chocolate. Chocolate has seen me through many brutal revisions. But please hold the dark chocolate–in most cases, it’s too chalky and bitter. I love MILK chocolate, with or without caramel, and with or without nuts. Mmmmm. Salted caramel is a very close second.
8. My favorite color is blue scruffy shade of blue is beautiful. I also adore pink but there are a lot of ugly shades of pink so I’m pickier on that one.
9. Though I’m not a real gardener, I love flowers, and I find it rewarding to plan and then carry out ways to add color to my yard.
10. I love to dance–any kind–but most especially ballet and ballroom. I would dance every day if I could.




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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ 2019 – DAY 4 – HEATHER TULLIS




HEATHER TULLIS writes sweet, small-town romance and cozy mysteries. She has published three dozen books. When shes not dreaming up new stories to write, she enjoys playing with her dogs and chickens, cake decorating, trying new jewelry designs, inventing new ways to eat chocolate, and hanging out with her husband.

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Christmas is in the air.
Pulling Garrett Johansson over isn’t the most auspicious beginnging to a relationship for Officer Lisa Weight, but at least she didn’t have to give him a ticket. Not that she’s looking for a guyeven if her mom says she should be. 

Garrett is glad to visit his sister, Sheila, during the Christmas season, but he hadn’t counted on a major snow storm as soon as he landed in Kansas City. When his sister introduces the cop who pulled him over as a friend of hers, he puts their less-than-stellar beginnings in the past and gives her a chance. The more he gets to know her, the better he likes her. If only he didn’t live 1600 miles away in California. 

With everything trying to keep them apart, can they still have a Merry Christmas?”



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10 Fun facts about myself
1-I used to be an EMT for my volunteer Ambulance department
2-I used to write books in the back of the ambulance when we were on long trips home from dropping patients off at a major hospital 100+ miles away.
3-At one time I had over 150 chickens, ducks, geese, and guineas. Now I only have four hens.
4-My husband and I met in college and were the third couple to marry from those two apartments that year.
5-I’ve now published three dozen novels and novellas.
5-I have personally laid over 2000 square feet of ceramic tile.
6-I didn’t realize I was going to be a writer until I was almost 24. 
7-My husband and I were foster parents to 15 children over the course of two years and I still keep in contact with some of them.
8-I have over thirty nieces and nephews.
9-I once built an 8×8 A-frame chicken coop by myself in a single day. (Nail guns rock!)
10-I wrote the first draft of Love at Christmas in a single day.




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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ 2019 – DAY 3 – MARTHA KEYES




Martha Keyes was born, raised, and educated in Utah–a home she loves dearly but also dearly loves to escape whenever she can by traveling the world. She received a BA in French Studies and a Master of Public Health, both from Brigham Young University.
Word crafting has always fascinated and motivated her, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she considered writing her own stories. When she isn’t writing, she is honing her photography skills, looking for travel deals, and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband and twin boys in Vineyard, Utah.



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He jilted her sister. She will never forgive him for it. Can her anger survive a snowing in and a Christmas truce?
Emma Caldwell doesnt hate anyoneexcept for Hugh Warrilow, the man who jilted her older sister and left like a coward to join the army. Men are clearly not to be trusted, and Emma is determined not to give her heart to one. No, a marriage of convenience is the very thing to suit her.
Hugh Warrilow has been secretly in love with Emma Caldwell for years, so when the time comes to live up to both familiesexpectations and marry her sister, he cant find it in himself to do it. Disgraced and misunderstood, he joins to fight Napoleon on the Continent, hoping he will forget Emma and be forgotten by everyone he has disappointed.
An injury brings Hugh homejust in time for Christmas and the snowstorm that leaves him trapped under the same roof as Emma. How will he explain that his unforgivable act was motivated by how desperately he loved her? Her icy reception doesnt leave him the chance, nor does it offer much hope for the seasons expectation of peace on earth and goodwill to men. “.


Top Ten List:

10 fun facts about me:
1. I speak French (but I’m pretty rusty these days)
2. I am a photographer (though I have vowed never to shoot another wedding againtoo high stress for this introvert!)
3. I shoot and design my book covers (except this one, ironically)
4. I have a travel addiction that started when I was an exchange student in France in high school. I’ve been to 28 countries thus far. 
5. I am a twin mom which taught me I can do hard things
6. I love stinky cheeseexcept for Bleu cheese.
7. I have a master’s degree that I don’t really use (Master of Public Health)
8. I saw Jude Law play in Hamlet in Londonwe slept on the streets of Piccadilly to ensure we were the first ones in line for tickets. Worth it!
9. My four sisters are my best friends
10. I went to the school where High School Musical was filmed. They began filming the day after my senior year endedoops! Now you know how old I am.





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CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLITZ 2019 – DAY 2 – DIDI LAWSON







Didi Lawson exchanged her town car for a pick-up truck and learned to operate a tractor when she and her husband moved from Arizona to a farm in  Missouri where she now weaves her tales. Her love for writing started early in  life when  she entertained her friends with her stories, won prizes for he essays in high school and wrote road shows and poems for the youth group in her church. She enjoys the outdoors, her children and ten grandchildren, and keeps an active social calendar.






Erin O’Neal loves Christmas, except not this year because she’ll be all alone for the holidays. To make matters worse, she receives a dog as an early Christmas present, but cannot keep it. The man who delivers the dog is the snob who has embarrassed her in public a few days ago.



When the snob, a handsome veterinarian, injures his ankle and needs someone to drive him home to Prescott for the holidays, Erin is available. Getting to know him better, she falls in love with him. There are only two obstacles: his girlfriend and her own dog phobia. 






Top Ten List:


10 fun facts about myself:
1. I have 10 wonderful and talented grandchildren
2. I live on a hobby farm in Missouri
3. We have a good-size cave on our property
4. Studied French in high school and college
5. Born  and raised in Germany
6. Came to the US to further my education at BYU
7. I have a German Shepherd dog and 2 cats
8. We also have chickens and peacocks on the farm
9. One of my ancestors is Henry VIII
10. I have OCD which drives my husband crazy




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