Friday, December 23, 2016

Aloha to Avon Romance with Jill Shalvis, Toni Blake, and Lori Wilde

Yesterday I received a lovely package from Avon Romance - three holiday titles plus a logo glass:

Jill Shalvis' THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE (Heartbreaker Bay Book 2):

If she has her way ...

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ...


Toni Blake's CHRISTMAS IN DESTINY (Destiny Book 7)

“Go to Destiny. There’s something waiting there for you.”

Shane Dalton’s new life is waiting in Miami, complete with fast cars and faster women. But first, he’s heeding his father’s dying words and stopping off in Destiny, Ohio. The detour wasn’t supposed to include a busted pickup and a blizzard. But Candice Sheridan, the cute redhead who reluctantly offers shelter, could prove a pleasant diversion. Trouble is, she thinks Shane’s bad news. And he’s pretty sure she’s right . . .

Candice had her trust broken once before. Yet something about Shane won’t let her stay away. By Christmas, he’ll be gone. Until then, she’s itching to stop playing nice and safe . . . and try being a little naughty for once.

As their holiday romance heats up, Shane uncovers a shattering secret and Candice is preparing to face heartache once again. But there’s no better place than Destiny—especially at Christmastime—for two lost souls to find the gift of sweet, surprising love . . .


Lori Wilde's A WEDDING FOR CHRISTMAS (Twlight, Texas Book 7)

The whole town is ready for the holidays: The Cookie Club is baking, Main Street glitters with lights, the carolers sing . . .There’s even a Christmas wedding.

When bodyguard Ryder Southerland sees his best friend’s sister Katie at an L.A. Christmas party, he mistakes the slinky blonde for a celebrity stalker and tackles her. Then they tackle each other . . . at his place. The next morning, Katie’s gone, and Ryder tells himself it’s for the best. It isn’t. Now, one Christmas later, Ryder’s falling for the woman he’s been missing in the town he hasn’t missed at all . . .

Katie Cheek’s outgrown the romantic fantasies she had about Ryder when she was fifteen. Katie’s packed their hot night away in a box labeled “fling”—or tried to. But Twilight’s bad boy is the best man in her brother’s wedding. And up-close and personal, Ryder’s impossible to ignore. So Katie can either go into hiding—or surrender to Christmas magic.


I share my windfall with one randomly selected commenter - the winner may choose one of these three titles plus a choice from my convention stash. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about your holiday plans this weekend, whether or not you celebrate Christmas.

2. Comments are open through Sunday, December 25, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, December 26.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! Just a quiet, stress free time with immediate family for us. Love it!!

  2. This year is my turn for everything. UGH! Both family parties are here at my house PLUS new year's eve. So today, and this past week, is big time cleaning day. I'm an introvert, so the thought of all of them coming here is very stressful for me. LOL

  3. My holiday plans are simple, stay at home and enjoy the Christmas movies on t.v. and have a great Ukrainian meal.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  4. I'm working most of the day Christmas Eve, then we are having the big extended family Christmas celebration. Christmas Day will be more relaxed with mostly immediate family - my in-laws will stop by for a lunch of veggies, meat, cheese, rolls, crackers etc.

  5. We do a quiet celebration as it's just us now. Our moms are gone and our families were small to begin with. But we do dinner and stocking stuffers!!

  6. That is great, love avon romances
    Will be at home Witt the family and enjoying sports watching
    Happy holidays to u
    Thanks for all the great books

  7. We'll celebrate Christmas on Monday since my one daughter has to work that day. Gives me an extra day to do everything lol.

  8. We'll definitely be celebrating Christmas with the family this weekend. Can't wait to see the magic through the eyes of the grandkids. Merry Christmas, all.

  9. I'm hosting Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day we are going by my cousin's house.

  10. Having a quiet Christmas this year - my sister-in-law & I (plus a friend who's Jewish, but won't be going to her family for Chanukah because they have the flu) are either going out for a meal or bringing in snacks & then watching movies.

  11. I love Christmas :)
    In our country we celebrate Christmas on 7th January :)
    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :)

  12. Will have Christmas brunch before the big meal and maybe head to the theaters to see Rogue One.

  13. Christmas is my favorite celebration. Everyone comes together for cookie baking, present wrapping and lots of eating. lol
    Christmas eve dinner at my oldest daughter's then the big family dinner here at y house. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas filled with love and happiness.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. We just returned from a week at Tybee Beach, GA with our daughter and 5 year old granddaughter. Unfortunately, our son-in-law couldn't get off work. It is Christmas Eve and we are concentrating on unpacking and letting the dogs relax now that we are home and they don't have to miss us (really my husband). Tomorrow will be a day of catching up with the little things that pile up when we are gone. Tomorrow my husband will help our son with a painting project and I will start some serious house cleaning. We may go by our other daughter's house for Christmas dinner. We will not really celebrate Christmas until either New Years weekend or Epiphany weekend, whichever works best with everyone's schedule. As a military family we learned to celebrate when we could. That hasn't changed in retirement.
    I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Great New Year!

  16. I'm finally not working a holiday, so I plan on just relaxing, watching some holiday movies, and reading some holiday books. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, if you celebrate.