I listen to WGTS 91.9, contemporary Christian music, in my car (link). This week, the DJ announced that WGTS will only play Christmas after Thanksgiving. I agree with this philosophy, as Thanksgiving is often lost in the holiday hustle. Yet here I am, promoting holiday books on my blog! I do so to make sure readers receive books in plenty of time to read before Christmas. Today I spotlight SECRET SANTA, a holiday anthology from Kensington (link):
Christmas is the time for miracles, mayhem, and holiday romance in these wonderful stories from four of today's most beloved authors…
"Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels
A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O'Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client's will--only to encounter resistance from his handsome nephew. Will Claire be forced to spend the holidays up close and personal with her irresistible Irish nemesis?
"The Yellow Rose of Christmas" by Marie Bostwick
Though Miss Velvet Tudmore wrote off romance years ago, rumor has it she has a secret admirer. And when her surprise suitor promises to reveal himself at the annual Christmas ball in Too Much, Texas, Velvet starts to wonder: is it ever too late to find love?
"Nightmare on Elf Street" by Laura Levine
Aside from the mortifying costume, how bad can a gig as a mall Santa's elf be? Jaine Austen finds out when she's teamed up with the Santa from Hell. But things go from bad to worse when he's found murdered on the job--and Jaine is a suspect. Now all she wants for Christmas is to find the real killer…
"Room at the Inn" by Cindy Myers
When a Rocky Mountain blizzard forces Barb and her husband to spend Christmas in a remote Colorado cabin with their fellow travelers, Barb struggles to cope--especially when her husband reveals troubling news. But sometimes a holiday shake-up is all a woman needs to discover what she's truly made of….
|Lucky is ready for the holidays ...|
I requested to review this anthology for Laura Levine - I love her books with Jaine Austen, a freelance writer in LA whose best customer is a plumber seeking clever ads. Jaine accidentally solves murders in this cozy mystery series with Prozac, her self absorbed cat, and Lance, her self absorbed neighbor. NIGHTMARE ON ELF STREET hit the spot - I laughed all the way through this short story. Highly recommend for longtime fans and new readers seeking a laugh out loud escape.
I also enjoyed the other stories in this anthology - they were more sentimental. I am giving away a print copy of SECRET SANTA to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Have you ever dressed as Santa, an elf, or a reindeer for any reason? I have not, but I once wrapped gifts with another military spouse who had. At a previous base, the commander's spouse ordered "sexy elf" costumes for the other spouses to wear during gift wrapping. Hmmm, I don't think I look too sexy in a too short dress, covered with tape!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, November 30, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 1.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
|... and so is Zsa Zsa!|