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Secret Santa Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood, Men of the Sisterhood, and Godmothers series, as well as dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over ninety-five million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at www.fernmichaels.com.
Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the northwest. In the three decades since her marriage, Marie and her family have moved frequently, living in eight different states at eighteen different addresses. These experiences have given Marie a unique perspective that enables her to write about people from all walks of life and corners of the country with insight and authenticity. Marie currently resides in Portland, where she enjoys writing, spending time with family, gardening, collecting fabric, and stitching quilts. Visit her at www.mariebostwick.com.
Laura Levine is a comedy writer whose television credits include The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, The Jeffersons, Three's Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles, and is currently working on the next Jaine Austen mystery. Readers can reach her at Jaineausten@aol.com, or her website: www.JaineAustenMysteries.com.
Cindy Myers worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent, and medical clinic manager before turning to writing full time. She’s written both historical and contemporary romance, as well as dozens of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her novel The View from Here was the winner of the Colorado Book Award. Former president of San Antonio Romance Authors, Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists Inc., and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She is in demand as a speaker, teaching workshops and making presentations to both local and national writing groups. She and her husband and their two dogs live in the mountains southwest of Denver. Visit her on the web at cindimyers.com.
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"Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels starts things off. It features a corporate lawyer, Claire O'Brien, who is called to Ireland by one of her important clients just days before Christmas. He only does it to get Claire to meet his nephew, and despite the mutual anger about how they were manipulated, it works and the two fall in love. This story was the shortest, and it couldn't be over fast enough. What little conflict there was was forced, awkward, and came out of no where. The hero was just a fantasy guy, and I was rolling my eyes the entire time.
Fortunately, the other three stores are better.
"The Yellow Rose of Christmas" by Marie Bostwick takes us to a small Texas town in the 1980's as spinster Velvet Tudmore thinks she's found love when she receives yellow roses and a few notes. Is it the new history teacher in town? She sure hopes so. But will another woman use this to make Velvet look bad? This was a cute romance with characters I really enjoyed. Realistic? Maybe not, but I enjoyed it so much I didn't care.
"Nightmare on Elf Street" by Laura Levine is the reason I picked up this book. I love her Jaine Austen mysteries, and this one features Jaine playing elf to a very nasty Santa at the mall. It's hardly a surprise when the Santa is killed, but Jaine has to solve the crime so she doesn't miss her annual trip to her parents' house in Florida. The laughs and clues were plentiful, and I loved this book just like I knew I would. It does feel out of place in this anthology, but I didn't care since it is the reason I bought it.
"Room at the Inn" by Cindy Myers wraps things up. More about a woman at a cross roads than a romance, it features Barb. Barb and her husband Jim get stranded by a Colorado snow storm and are forced to spend Christmas with strangers. As if that weren't bad enough, Jim drops a bombshell on Barb. Can she make the best out of a bad situation, accept what Jim has shared, and find her place in the world? While it started a little slowly, I found I enjoyed this story. The characters were good and I could feel the cold.
If you are interested in any of these last three writers, pick up this book. Just skip the first story, and you'll be fine.
I know you will love this collection. Each is a stand a lone story. Each one has been written with understand and a very sweet and wonderful holiday flavor. I just know you will enjoy them as much as I did.
I highly recommend this collection to make your holidays special and to give you an uplifting gift of the season.
The second was boring and shoes how self centered some can be.
Three was a delightful mystery.
The last and not the least, was a fun tale. Someone learned to think outside the "box".