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A Smoky Mountain Christmas: BOOK ONE [Kindle Edition]

Carol DeVaney
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Think Sandra Bullock meets country hunk. Wacky fresh and funny characters are stranded together in a Smoky Mountain snowstorm three days before Christmas.
Tina Cole has one goal: to take back control of her life. Falling in love isn't part of the bargain. On the rebound from a fizzled relationship, she lands on writer Hank Gordon's doorstep and finds that everything she thought she wanted out of life means nothing without love.
Recently divorced and disillusioned by love, Hank Gordon has sworn off women. He isn't in the mood to entertain a woman with an attitude who frustrates him more than any woman he’s ever met. Hank’s novel deadline is twenty-four hours away and he's cut off from the world with no phone or email service, and a beautiful, aggravating crazy woman to distract him. If Hank thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he's wrong. Not only is he baby-sitting a sassy Southern princess who has no idea what a kitchen is for, but two escaped convicts turn up at the cabin, while Hank’s horse is about to foal.
A rollicking story filled with passion, humor, suspense, and zesty romantic adventure.

"Let’s see if I have this right." An hour after he’d saved her from certain frozen death, Hank introduced her to the axe.
Tina leaned back, gave the stump a once over.
"Think so."
"So, what you’re saying is…," she shook away wood shavings from a shoe, and dislodged a splinter stuck between the strap and her heel. "With this axe, I’m supposed to hit the log and split it in half?"
"Right." Hank smiled, folded his arms over a rock-solid chest, then gestured with a thumb for her to pick up the axe. "The log, not the stump."
Not that she could tell, but she was a guest. So when did hospitality kick in? Tina gritted her teeth. She must have been nuts to agree to help chop wood.
The early-afternoon’s wind blew through her long thin skirt, and Hank’s offer of a pair of his jeans made sense now, but she’d been too stubborn to accept. So the axe wouldn’t cut into the skirt, she pulled it tight between her legs and tied it off as make-shift pants.
She eye-balled the stump again.
Okay. There was no reason to work herself into a stew, since the man’s intention was for her to handle the chore. Alone.
How hard could it be to split a log? If it was Hank’s intention she carry her own weight, she would. Still, what harm would it be to appeal to his sense of macho-man logic once more?
"Shouldn’t you at least cut a log so I can see how it’s done? I’ve never seen an axe up close, much less held one."
Tina chewed on her lower lip, then grinned in spite of the situation when she thought of Rea. Wouldn’t her sister be horrified if she knew where Tina was and what she was up to now?
"Watch." Hank’s jaw muscle twitched as he reached for the axe and cracked it into the log. He twisted the axe from the wood, then leaned back against a tree and watched. "Get a firm grasp on the axe’s handle. It can turn on you."
She frowned and blew back a wisp of hair, blown across her face from the cold winds. "It looks pretty dangerous."
"You insisted on learning. Be careful."
Despite her half-hearted attempt to appeal to Hank’s common sense, he’d refused to back down since she’d insisted on doing her part. Why had she done that? The corner of his lips turned upward as he grimaced at the way she held the axe. Even Tina understood he was on lock-down. No help here.
"Can be. Take your time. Again, Careless will get you injured."
"You’re really ticking me off." Tina narrowed her eyes. Pure and simple, the man had no manners.
"Sorry." He shrugged, but didn’t budge an inch.
"You know…you really have a way with words." Tina shook her hair and bit back a stream of words a sailor would envy. "I’ve enjoyed our conversation so far. What have you said, maybe ten words this afternoon?"
"Didn’t count them," he said, and drilled a blue-eyed gaze at her.
The man was an animal, and as much as she hated to admit, a terrific looking animal.


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Ms. DeVaney's Southern accent gives her a very distinctive voice and pace that slides into this book and everything else she writes. Her ability to create delightful characters and bring them to life is a gift. She writes a story, but under it is a deeper one. The one that sticks with you long after you've put the book down.
E. Ayers Dec. 6, 2011

I loved the character of Tina. She was so out of her element when stranded out in the mountains with a handsome stranger. I had to admire her spunkiness and kind heart. Hank, a reclusive writer has his world turned upside down when Tina invades at Christmas time. Don't wait for the holidays to read this one. It will make you laugh and warm your heart.
Dragonfly May 29, 2012

From the Back Cover

A romantic, wacky, fresh, hilarious, heartwarming Christmas Tale.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1112 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carol DeVaney; 2 edition (December 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063WV8IW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, Satisfying Read December 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love books with happy endings, and Ms. DeVaney delivers a wonderfully satisfying read just in time for the holidays.

When I read I always try to guess the plot twists and turns and I have to admit, I was surprised several times in this charming story.

Quirky characters, romance and danger, this book has it all. I won't give away the ending, but if the reader isn't moved, I'd say they have a cold heart.

A thoroughly enjoyable, quick read. Highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly quirky. A sweet read. December 6, 2011
By e.ayers
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms. DeVaney's Southern accent gives her a very distinctive voice and pace that slides into this book and everything else she writes. Her ability to create delightful characters and bring them to life is a gift. She writes a story, but under it is a deeper one. The one that sticks with you long after you've put the book down. In this case, it's two people who've lost so much, and they need to learn to trust again.

A delightful Christmas story about a city girl with zero domestic ability. She finds herself lost and stranded in the Smoky Mountains, and is rescued by a guy with serious survival skills. The fun is watching the two of them try to accommodate each other. She's too independent to let on that she's incapable, and he tries hard to be the gentleman that he was raised to be. But it's Christmas so they both try to give the other something even though they have nothing to give a stranger. It's a funny, sweet read, and I found myself screaming, "Just kiss her! Really kiss her."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I loved the character of Tina. She was so out of her element when stranded out in the mountains with a handsome stranger. I had to admire her spunkiness and kind heart. Hank, a reclusive writer has his world turned upside down when Tina invades at Christmas time. I love how these two oddly match characters come together to thwart a pair of villains and find love. Don't wait for the holidays to read this one. It will make you laugh and warm your heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it November 4, 2012
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I live close to the Smokey Mountains so this book was really special to me. I thought the book started out a little slow, but it got better and more and more exciting. I had fun reading it and it had many surprises it. I liked Tina in the story she reminds me of a friend of mine. It was well worth the price and I think anyone would enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book December 11, 2012
By Jenny
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Carol,
I really enjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Thankyou very much for writing it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story November 17, 2012
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This is a very tender book for the most part. Things happen for a reason and these two people fell in love and it was meant to be. A lot of good life lessons in this book. Merry Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near home December 3, 2012
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I enjoyed this book because i live near the Smoky Mountains . We go there on Vacation, Great book enjoyed it very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant escape August 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Angie Just Read...
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She was an independent, outspoken city girl in need of refuge from a snowstorm in rural Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He was a divorced, introverted writer with a warm mountain cabin and a tight deadline for his next novel. They're both disillusioned with life, but a bit of holiday adventure makes them temporary roommates and most unlikely allies.

Hank Gordon and Tina Cole had nothing in common but their somewhat flawed first impressions of one another. Yet, Hank had no choice but to offer Tina the hospitality of his warm, dry cabin since her car was in a ditch and Mother Nature had seen fit to block the roads and kill electricity and phone service to the quaint mountain community. Tina's lack of domestic and outdoor skills didn't make her a very helpful guest, but her straight-talking smart mouth kept Hank on his toes and both of them on the verge of running out of patience with one another. And that was before Hank discovered his mare was about to foal and that two escaped convicts had been spotted in the immediate vicinity of his cabin.

With the snow continuing to fall and the outside temperatures plummeting, the skirmishes between Hank and Tina got more complicated when sightings of unwanted guests from the penitentiary put them in immediate jeopardy, but Christmas was a time for reaching out to others and for second chances for all but the most hardened of hearts. Making the best of a situation that had gone from bad to worse had the reclusive writer and the snarky urbanite looking beneath the surface and liking more and more of what they discovered the other had hidden on the inside.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Smoky Mountain Christmas
This was a very intriguing story which I thoroughly enjoyed. Carol DeVaney did an excellent job in writing this story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rlmtampa
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Wacky and Heart Warming Christmas Romance!!
I bought this book as part of an 11-Book Box Set entitled "Christmas on Main Street". This is the first book I have read by Carol DeVaney and it most certainly won't be my... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Enjoyable!
This book was a part of the Christmas on Main Street collection of 11 Christmas novels I purchased from Amazon. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Spirit Personified!
I start reading Christmas books in October. This book was by far, the best one I have read this season! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sallie L. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Characters
Good story. Liked the characters. Convicts a little weak. Nice easy comfortable read. Recommend for entertainment value. You will like the two main characters.
Published 13 months ago by Ricinturff
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, terrible book....
Not sure what book the others read but I didn't really find it that enjoyable. Actually, I couldn't wait for it to be over and had to force myself to finish. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dayna C in OKC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic book!
Oh how I love this book! It was FANTASTIC!! This is the first book I've read by this author and can't wait to read another one by her. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Judith Tulloch
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
I love chrismas stories that are full of love and romance good reading materialdifferent author for me but book was fast read
Published 19 months ago by joan k andrews
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a library rental
This was not as entertaining as was expected, but others might find more so. I you rent it, give it a try.
Published 19 months ago by Edward Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good touching Romance
Enjoy reading about NC mountains. Just the right amount of suspense to be interesting. Sometimes first impressions are not what they seem.
Published 23 months ago by Lena Painter
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Carol left the world of crunching numbers and working in the medical field and began writing her own stories. She writes and loves a great story that makes her reflect on the challenges life throws at us and how we react. She believes in and writes about happy endings through complex relationships, commitment, understanding, forgiveness, love, laughter, giving, sacrifice, and being unafraid to expose one's inner self. Her stories are peppered with a dose of humor, based on her Southern roots, where she resides with her husband and family.

Carol's won numerous awards, and published in poetry, short stories and novels.
Carol is a member of Southeastern Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Georgia Romance Writers.

Novels available in ebook: PERFECT MATCH, A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (also available in print) A Short Story, A MATTER OF TASTE available as an ebook

Coming December 2014: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Wedding
Coming December 2015: A Smoky Mountain Christmas Baby

Where to find Carol DeVaney online:
http://www.caroldevaney.weebly.com
http://www.caroldevaney.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/carol.devaney
http://twitter.com./caroldevaney

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