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Christmas in July Blog Hop

on July 21, 2014


I’m participating in the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop sponsored by I Am a Reader Not A Writer and Laurie Here blogs. This week, it’s all about the Christmas stories! On every blog participating in the hop, you will find giveaways for holiday books as well as gift cards so you can purchase your own holiday book! You can find the whole list of blogs participating here.

One of my holiday short stories for tweens, ELF SHOES, was offered as a free download from Musa Publishing.


Story Blurb: Fourteen-year-old Alexa loves to volunteer as an elf at the Island Santa Workshop but this year her costume elf shoes feel a little too tight. When childhood playmate, sixteen-year-old Samson, turns up to play Santa, Alexa finds herself trying to convince Samson to see her as more than just one of the “boys.” Can first love be found this holiday season at Santa’s Workshop?

ELF SHOES is a companion story to tween novel, STAINED GLASS SUMMER.

You can download ELF SHOES for free at my website here.


I’ve also written two holiday sweet, contemporary romances, LOVE’S CHRISTMAS GIFT and NEW YEAR HEART SONG.

Love's Christmas Gift-001Story Blurb: Skipper Bill and Elizabeth have been friends forever. But, when Elizabeth is offered a job interview across the country, these two friends are going to need the help of a little mistletoe to find their holiday romance. Can mistletoe turn friendship to Christmas romance in this short holiday romance?

LOVE’S CHRISTMAS GIFT is available here

And…..for this blog hop, I’m giving away one ebook copy (any format) of my sweet, contemporary romance, NEW YEAR HEART SONG.

New YEar Heart Song

Story Blurb: Successful concert pianist, Angie is happy to return home for the holidays where she can forget her career troubles and enjoy the opening season of the Elmheart Hotel. The only thing she didn’t plan is running into Caleb who is working as the hotel handyman and doing his best to raise his seven-year old son, Jesse. When a snowstorm throws Angie and Caleb together as hosts of the hotel’s New Year Eve party, will an old song ignite a New Year love?


Please leave me one comment and tell me what is your favorite part about reading holiday stories. I will select the winner and announce on this blog on August 2, 2014. (International and U.S. entries).

Good luck and enjoy visiting the other blogs on the hop here.



16 responses to “Christmas in July Blog Hop

  1. Mai Tran says:

    I love read holiday stories since I’d like to know how the characters feel about loneliness for being alone on a gathering occasion; I also like to know the feeling of a warm dinner where everyone is there. I spend holidays mostly alone away from family so I kind of long for the warm feeling of family gathering during holiday season.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Mai and sharing your thoughts about holidays! Good luck on the hop!

  3. isisthe12th says:

    My favorite part about reading a holiday story is with my family sitting around the christmas tree with hot cocoa and cookies.

  4. bn100 says:

    the holiday spirit

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Jen B says:

    I like seeing how different places celebrate christmas.

    • I agree, Jen. On my bucket list, I’d love to go to the Christmas Markets in Austria as well as England and attend a Christmas service at one of the old churches. Thanks for stopping by on the hop!

  6. I love dreaming away about romantic holidays. I usually have my own and I like reading about someone else’s 🙂

    Librarianlavender at gmail dot com

  7. Romantic holidays–any holiday–are great to dream about and to experience! Thanks for stopping by on the hop!

  8. Krysten says:

    My favorite part about holiday stories is that it can be Christmas any time of year 🙂

  9. Kathy Heare Watts says:

    I love reading holidays stories that fit that season. Last year I read Easter stories for Easter, Valentine, St. Patrick Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New year to go with their holiday! It was so fun. It was fun finding new books too.

  10. Daniel M says:

    get me into the spirit!

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