The Librarian Picks her Poison by Author Amber Gilchrist – Excerpt

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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I laughed, despite the fact I wasn’t sure what to make of his behavior. It suggested an intimacy that he’d seemed adverse to yesterday. Maybe he’d been telling the truth. He didn’t empirically dislike being touched. He just had to be ready for it. It was still tragic, either way.
“Stepladders? You have no sympathy for my state of shortness. I need these shoes.”
He smirked. “You need them, huh?”
I pulled in a deep breath, which gave me a nose full of Derek’s coat. I had noticed it back when he’d been John Smith. Derek smelled incredible. So did his coat. Just the right mix of something smoky, something clean, and something distinctly male. I assumed it was a combination of whatever he used to groom himself and the inherent smell of man, but whatever it was, I approved.
“I need them. You are approximately seven hundred feet tall. You have no idea what it’s like not being able to reach the upper cabinets. These shoes allow me to function in normal society.”
He truly laughed this time. I loved the sound of it. I’d only really heard it twice. Once when I’d called him pretentious at the library before, and once now. He had an impish sense of humor, but one would never know it from his behavior most of the time. I shivered again, and this time it wasn’t from the weather.
“I wasn’t aware that reaching the upper cabinets was the earmark of functioning properly in normal society.”

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Held As His Pet by Vonna Harper – Book Review

Held As His Pet by Vonna Harper is an entertaining book. Sara and Tanner are an amazing couple. The story is set up in a fiction land where Sara and Tanner who belong to enemy nations happen to fall in love with each other. Sara is held as a captive by Tanner and he tries to get the truth out of her by using various methods. There are a lot of erotic scenes in the novel between Sara and Tanner where Sara finds her submissive side. 

There is a mention of BDSM at few places which goes very well with the story. 

Sara is a strong and independent woman who is in search of the truth behind the death of her brother who is presumed to be dead in the enemy nation. 

Tanner is a handsome male lead with strong dominant characteristics, and yet loyal and truthful at heart. 

This is not just a simple erotic novel, but there is a strong story line that cannot be missed. I totally loved the story. Out and out entertainment and if you are someone into hot scenes, I promise you that the story will leave you all hot and bothered.

Love At Christmas by Heather Tullis – Christmas Countdown Blitz

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?”

Q&A With the Author:

1. What inspired this Christmas/Winter book? I wanted to write a little story about how Sheila’s brother met and married the police officer in Crystal Creek for a while now so when I started thinking about writing a Christmas novella, choosing them was a no-brainer. I loved being able to share more of the community spirit that I remember growing up in a small town.
2. Do you have other Holiday books? If so, what are they are for which Holidays? If not, what other books do you write?– I have several other books set in or around Christmas time, most notably One Winter Night and Reclaiming His Bride (though that one is less Christmas specific.) I also have other titles that feature a holiday event at some point in the story.

3. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it? Getting my master’s degree. I actually applied a few weeks ago for grad school and now I’m stuck waiting to see if they’ll accept me. 

4. Tell us about things you enjoy what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing? I like learning new things and trying out recipes. Lately I learned how to make pasta from scratch (which is why Lisa does it in Love at Christmas). 

5. Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? Lots of them are. The lights in the park with Santa is a twist on an event in the town where I grew up. Lots of other little bits and pieces of my life show up in my books.

6. Tell us one Christmas or Winter tradition that you love to do every year, and why it is so special to you. I love baking holiday treats and giving them away to friends and neighbors. When I was growing up my mom baked for days and we would run them to tons of people. It made me feel connected to my neighbors when we exchanged treats. For me, Christmas is all about reaching out and serving others.

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Goodwill for the Gentleman by Martha Keyes – Christmas Countdown Blitz

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. “.

Q&A With the Author:

What inspired this Christmas/Winter book?
I and the other authors in the series decided to set our stories in December 1813, which happened to be an incredibly cold and severe winter. I had also been brainstorming concepts, words, and feelings we associate with Christmas. The concept of “peace on earth, good will toward man” sat in my brain for a bit, and I toyed with it a bit before the title was born. Definitely the only time I’ve had a title before a story!

Do you have other Holiday books? If so, what are they are for which Holidays? If not, what other books do you write?
I don’t have any other holiday books yet, but I have a few other books in the Regency genre: 
Hazelhurst (preorder)

What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
I would love to live and write abroad with my family! We are doing a little test run soon, so that’s the first step. But I also have major FOMO (fear of missing out) with my family, so we will see if I can hack it.

Tell us about things you enjoy what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I love photographyusing light to capture meaningful moments that might otherwise be forgotten is very fulfilling for me. I enjoy cooking, though I am a one-dish-at-a-time kinda person (I am no juggler!). I love music and really enjoy singing. I get anxious when there is no chocolate in my home.

Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
All of my stories are based off of aspects of my lifedrawn from experience with emotions I’ve felt or that I’ve watched those near to me navigate. I often look through my (copious amounts of) photos from the UK as I’m picturing a setting or scene. A couple of my novels have been directly inspired by places I’ve visited in England.

Tell us one Christmas or Winter tradition that you love to do every year, and why it is so special to you.
My family goes out caroling on Christmas Eve, bags of caramels in hand, to some of the elderly or home-bound in our neighborhood. It’s so fun to be together as a family engaged in something we all love (music) and bringing some needed cheer to those who might otherwise spend the evening alone. One of the songs we sing is an arrangement my grandpa created, which makes it extra meaningful for all of us.

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Special Delivery by Didi Lawson – Christmas Countdown Blitz

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. 

Q&A With the Author:

1. What inspired me to write this Christmas book? I love Hallmark Christmas and thought to write a Christmas story for fun.
2. Do you have other holiday books? Not yet.
3. Largest unfulfilled dream: Traveling the world.
4. Things you enjoy? Nature, spending time with friends and family, love animals, explore new things
5. Are your characters based on anything in real life? Some are.
6. Christmas or winter traditions? Baking Christmas cookies, singing carols, decorating tree, enjoying family in front of the fireplace, reading and watching Christmas stories

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