#Giveaway Day 1: #HJBOOKMAS Extravaganza!

Posted December 13th, 2020 by in Blog, BookMas, Features / 80 comments

Welcome to Harlequin Junkie’s 6th Annual Reader Appreciation #BOOKMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!


From Naughty to Nice and Everything in between….

HJ’s Bookmas Extravaganza is our annual celebration of YOU, our loyal and engaged readers of Harlequin Junkie blog and the romance community.

Thank You for all you do; for all the tweets, re-post, shares, comments. We <3 You!


On the 1st Day of #Bookmas…

Avon Books gave to me…. A chance to win 2 Book Bundles!!


In the spotlight today…

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A sneak peak at Avon Publishing’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2021:  

HANG THE MOON – Alexandria Bellefleur o/s 5/25/2021

In a delightful follow-up to Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur delivers another #ownvoices queer rom-com about a hopeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films…

Brendon Lowell loves love. It’s why he created a dating app to help people find their one true pairing and why he’s convinced “the one” is out there, even if he hasn’t met her yet. Or… has he? When his sister’s best friend turns up in Seattle unexpectedly, Brendon jumps at the chance to hang out with her. He’s crushed on Annie since they were kids, and the stars have finally aligned, putting them in the same city at the same time.

Annie booked a spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle to spend time with friends before moving across the globe. She’s not looking for love, especially with her best friend’s brother. Annie remembers Brendon as a sweet, dorky kid. Except, the 6-foot-4 man who shows up at her door is a certified Hot Nerd and Annie… wants him? Oh yes.

Getting involved would be a terrible idea—her stay is temporary and he wants forever—but when Brendon learns Annie has given up on dating, he’s determined to prove that romance is real. Taking cues from his favorite rom-coms, Brendon plans to woo her with elaborate dates straight out of Nora Ephron’s playbook. The clock is ticking on Annie’s time in Seattle, and Brendon’s starting to realize romance isn’t just flowers and chocolate. But maybe real love doesn’t need to be as perfect as the movies… as long as you think your partner hung the moon.
FIRST COMES LIKE – Alisha Rai o/s 2/16/2021

The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes…

Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…

When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: Can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life?
THE QUEER PRINCIPLES OF KIT WEBB – Cat Sebastian – 6/08/2021

Critically acclaimed author Cat Sebastian makes her trade paperback debut in a stunning historical romance about a reluctantly reformed highwayman and the aristocrat who threatens to steal his heart.

Kit Webb has left his stand-and-deliver days behind him. But dreary days at his coffee shop have begun to make him pine for the heady rush of thievery. When a handsome yet arrogant aristocrat storms into his shop, Kit quickly realizes he may be unable to deny whatever this highborn man desires.

In order to save himself and a beloved friend, Percy, Lord Holland must go against every gentlemanly behavior he holds dear to gain what he needs most: a book that once belonged to his mother, a book his father never lets out of his sight and could be Percy’s savior. More comfortable in silk-filled ballrooms than coffee shops frequented by criminals, his attempts to hire the roughly hewn highwayman, formerly known as Gladhand Jack, proves equal parts frustrating and electrifying.

Kit refuses to participate in the robbery but agrees to teach Percy how to do the deed. Percy knows he has little choice but to submit and as the lessons in thievery begin, he discovers thievery isn’t the only crime he’s desperate to commit with Kit.

But when their careful plan goes dangerously wrong and shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, can these stolen hearts overcome the impediments in their path?
JUST LAST NIGHT – Mhairi McFarlane – 5/04/21

International bestseller Mhairi McFarlane explores lifelong friendships, long-buried secrets, and unexpected love in a heartfelt, emotional new novel, perfect for fans of Evvie Drake Starts Over, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, or In Five Years.

Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. Now in their thirties, the four are as close as ever, Thursday night bar trivia is sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed still thinks about it, too.

But then, in an instant, their lives are changed forever.

In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction…

They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?
IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER – Tessa Bailey  7/13/2021

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who’s cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town… where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong.

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.


Giveaway #1: Lori Wilde Giveaway Set:

  • 1 paperback copy THE CHRISTMAS DARE
  • 1 paperback copy THE CHRISTMAS BACKUP PLAN
  • 1 paperback copy of THE CHRISTMAS KEY

*Ships to US mailing address.

Giveaway #2: Holiday Rom Com Giveaway Set:

  • 1 paperback copy of A PRINCESS FOR CHRISTMAS – Jenny Holliday
  • 1 paperback copy of WRITTEN IN THE STARS – Alexandria Bellefleur
  • 1 paperback copy of THE FLIP SIDE – James Bailey

*Ships to US mailing address.

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and  Leave a comment with your thoughts on the books spotlighted here, tell us which one(s) grabbed your attention & why?

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BONUS GIVEAWAY: Manuscript Critique (Maximum 50k words; worth $500 USD)

Is your dream to write a romance of your own? Do you want to take your writing to the next level in 2021?

Award-winning Harlequin author and writing coach Jennifer Hayward, whose books have been published in 31 countries and 25 languages, is offering a manuscript critique so you can put your best foot forward in your next submission. (Maximum 50k words; worth $500 USD.

To Enter: 

  • Leave a comment below (Reference Manuscript Critique)  
  • Entrants must have a partial or full manuscript ready to submit by 01/31/2021.

Enter Daily to increase your chance of winning.

One winner will be chosen by author Jennifer Hayward from entries submitted 
between Dec 13 to Dec 31 2020.

Be sure to stop by everyday from Dec 13 to Dec 31 2020 for a chance to win: Box-O-books, Gift Cards, Audio books, Signed book bundles, A Manuscript Critique, Author Swag & more!

80 Responses to “#Giveaway Day 1: #HJBOOKMAS Extravaganza!”

  1. Sonia

    All the books look awesome but It Happened One Summer got my attention because of the surly bearded man 🙂

  2. anna nguyen

    HANG THE MOON – Alexandria Bellefleur , because i like the sister’s best friend type of story and it sounds really good

  3. Amanda Thompson

    They all caught my eye, I love the covers but the one that really caught my interest was It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey!

  4. peggy clayton

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway The Christmas Key sounds wonderful I am battling a disease RSD and i so appreciate that these are print books my fingers are crippled and this disease is now up to my ears!

  5. Heather Scully

    For the Bonus Manuscript Critique entry.

    I would love to have a critique of the book I’m currently working on. Thanks for such a great offer and opportunity! Happy Holidays!

  6. holdenj

    I just read Lydia Bird, so Just Last Night is on my radar for next year!

  7. smcmahon19

    First Comes Like by Alisha Rai – the set up of the story is unique and current – the cover caught my attention too!☘️

  8. carol L

    First, thank you for the opportunity to win. I was drawn to the three Christmas titles. It’s always a good time to read Christmas books but it’s so fitting right now.

  9. hartfiction

    Just Last Night sounds fabulous! This line in the blurb sold me: “They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?” I LOVE this!

  10. Audrey Stewart

    They all look good. I really want to read A PRINCESS FOR CHRISTMAS – Jenny Holliday.

  11. Juli Huber Hall

    It Happened One Summer , loved Schitt$ Creek and Tessa’s book so I’m sure I will love this too

  12. Rita Wray

    The books sound great. I’m looking forward to reading Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane, love her books.

  13. Angel

    Love the blurb of It Happened One Summer, it sounds like a good book that will be filled with laughs and a sexy local

  14. Lynn Pallaske

    I am so excited to read First Comes Like! Loved the previous 2 in the series and I know it’s going to be an awesome romance.

  15. Glenda M

    They all sound great! I did notice they all had the ‘cartoon’ covers – well except Cat Sebastion’s since there wasn’t a cover for her book.

  16. laurieg72

    I’ve enjoyed several of Lori Wilde’s books. I would love to revisit Twilight, Texas. I LOVE Christmas themed books! The magic! I also like exmilitary heroes and athletes!

    Jenny Holiday’s book A Princess For Christmas I enjoyed her Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series Love Christmas themed stories and royalty.

    Love Tessa Bailey’s books. I enjoy Alisha Rai’s books too.

  17. courtney kinder

    It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey caught my eye. I love romcoms and can’t wait to read about all the hijinks Piper gets into while navigating her new life.

  18. Pammie R.

    Reference Manuscript Critique: I have a manuscript finished that has been sitting there for the past 2 years because I’m not sure what to do next. I would love to have it checked out by an expert so I will know if it is worth trying to have published. I have two more ready that are set in the same fictional town as the first.

  19. Pammie R.

    It Happened One Summer caught my eye because I have that book on my to read list and my Amazon wish list.

  20. Lilah Chavez

    Tessa Bailey and Jenny Holiday. I’ve read them before and they’re both great!

  21. Ruth Gutscher

    Rom-Coms are a newer genre for me,& more lighthearted from genres I normally read,they make a nice change..

    Thank you for the chance

  22. Karina Angeles

    It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey. I love opposites attract stories!

  23. Crystal

    All the books listed have interesting, intriguing, colorful book covers. This makes me want to read & review them all in print format.
    What book grabbed my attention most and Why? Tough decision but I would have to say the book that grabs my attention most is: It Happened One Summer. You asked why? Well for a lot of reasons. The book cover is very colorful, I love the looks on male and female. That in itself makes the book cover intriguing. This book looks very intriguing and looks like a page turner to me. If I were in a book store and came across this book, I would consider buying it. I like the book excerpt. very intriguing.
    Hope I Win.

  24. lindamoffitt02

    It Happened One Summer but they all look good
    Can we still enter if we don’t have a manuscript for the Manuscript Critique prize? I’m confused

  25. Trudy Dowling

    I can’t wait to read It Happened One Summer. I love stories that take place in the PNW.

  26. Charlotte Litton

    They all look good, I like the cover on It Happened One Summer.

  27. Jana Leah

    It Happened One Summer. I love that it’s inspired by Schitt’s Creek.

  28. Kim

    FIRST COMES LIKE by Alisha Rai sounds good. I’ve had Alisha on my reading wishlist for a while now.

  29. diannekc

    What a great selection of books. I’m looking forward to reading “Hang the Moon” and “It Happened One Summer”. Great covers!

  30. Bonnie

    It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey caught my eye. I enjoy reading rom-coms, the description is interesting, and the cover is attractive.

  31. Vicki Clevinger

    They all sound great, however I really enjoyed trhe excerpt from It Happened One Summer. I love the whole premise

  32. errynbarratt

    Reference Manuscript Critique

    Wow, it’s amazingly generous of Jennifer. Thank you for the chance.

  33. rkcjmomma

    It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey i love her books and this one sounds cute and fun!!

  34. Diana Hardt

    They sound great but Hang the Moon caught my attention because of the best friend’s brother type of story. I also liked the cover.

  35. Tina W

    The Christmas Key caught my eye, looking for anything to bring a holiday mood.

  36. Amy R

    IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER – Tessa Bailey because I love her books, she writes great stories and characters.

  37. Tina R

    All the books sound good. I’d like to read IT HAPPENED ONE SUMMER and HANG THE MOON

  38. Barbara Bates

    I love the cover for It Happended One Summer! The story sounds very good!

  39. Joanne B

    It Happened One Summer sounds fantastic. I’d love to learn more about the big, gruff, bearded Brendan. Thanks for the chance.

  40. Patricia B.

    I would love to win Giveaway #1. Lori Wilde is an author I really enjoy. I like that you have grouped some of her Christmas books. I have a bookcase just for holiday books and these would make nice additions.

  41. Leeza S

    I like the covers of these books. They encourage me to open the books and start reading. Thanks for the chance.