#Giveaway Day 1: #HJBOOKMAS Extravaganza!

Posted December 16th, 2021 by in Blog, BookMas, Features / 77 comments

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From Naughty to Nice and Everything in between….


On the 1st Day of #Bookmas…

Harlequin Trade Publishing gave to me…A giveaway box of 13 holiday titles

In the spotlight today…

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A sneak peak at Harlequin Trade Publishing’s Most Anticipated Releases of 2022:  


A delicious debut rom-com about Savvy Sheldon, a plus-size sweetheart who gets a full-life makeover after a brutal breakup—with the help of an irresistible cast of friends and family, a kitchen reno, and a devastatingly handsome contractor.

Savvy Sheldon spends a lot of time tiptoeing around the cracks in her life: her high-stress and low-thanks job, her clueless boyfriend and the falling-apart kitchen she inherited from her beloved grandma—who taught her how to cook and how to love people by feeding them. But when Savvy’s world starts to crash down around her, she knows it’s time for some renovations.

Starting from the outside in, Savvy tackles her crumbling kitchen, her relationship with her body, her work–life balance (or lack thereof) and, last but not least, her love life. The only thing that doesn’t seem to require effort is her ride-or-die squad of friends. But as any home-reno-show junkie can tell you, something always falls apart during renovations. First, Savvy passes out during hot yoga. Then, it turns out that the contractor she hires is the same sexy stranger she unintentionally offended by judging based on appearances. Worst of all, Savvy can’t seem to go anywhere without tripping over her ex and his latest “upgrade.” Savvy begins to realize that maybe she should’ve started her renovations the other way around: beginning with how she sees herself before building a love that lasts.
A PROPOSAL THEY CAN’T REFUSE by Natalie Caña (5/24/2022)

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” but make it Latinx when a Puerto Rican chef and an Irish American whiskey distiller are blackmailed into a fake relationship by their scheming octogenarian grandfathers.

Ain’t nobody got time for octogenarian blackmail, especially Kamilah Vega. Convincing her parents to update the family’s Puerto Rican restaurant and enter it into The Fall Foodie Tour is quite enough on her plate, muchas gracias. And with the gentrification of their Chicago neighborhood, the tour looks like the only way to save the place. Too bad her abuelo made himself very clear; if she wants to change anything in his restaurant, she must marry the one man she can’t stand: his best friend’s grandson.

Liam Kane spent a decade working his ass off to turn his family’s distillery into a contender. Now he and his grandfather are on the verge of winning a national competition. Then Granda hits him with a one-two punch: he has cancer and has his heart set on seeing Liam married before it’s too late. And his Granda knows just the girl… yup, you guessed it, Kamilah Vega.

If they refuse, their grandfathers will sell the building that houses their businesses, ruining all their well-laid plans. With their legacies and futures on the line, Kamilah and Liam plan to outfox the devious duo, faking an engagement until they both get what they want. But the more time they spend together, the more they realize how much there is to love. Soon, they find themselves tangled up in more than either of them bargained for.
THE HONEYMOON COTTAGE by Lori Foster (5/24/2022)

A wedding planner, who has resigned herself to spinsterhood, organizes other people’s happy endings in this romantic new women’s fiction from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.
A light, romantic family saga centered around Yardley Belanger’s country wedding planning business and her eccentric family, and set in a quirky small town with the unusual name of Cemetery, Indiana. (Sure, people have tried, but Betty Cemetery, who is descended from the town founders, will let the name be changed…over her dead body.)
At 31, Yardley Belanger is really good at her job as a wedding planner—organizing other people’s happy ever afters. Yardley doesn’t care that she has zero love life…all the eligible guys in Cemetery are men she grew up with, and none of them interest her anyway. She’s put her heart and soul into her business and has built a reputation specializing in country weddings—complete with a cottage by the lake for honeymooners—attracting happy couples and their families from all around.
Jubil Long had to take on too much responsibility too soon. When their parents died, he took care of his younger sister, Sheena. For years, it was just them against the world. But now his baby sister is getting married, and Jubil’s struggling to accept this change. Todd isn’t good enough for Sheena, and without meaning to, Jubil is noticebly judgmental of his sister’s intended.
Jubil and Sheena are in town to plan her country wedding. Jubil wanted something classier for his sister, but then he meets Yardley. He notices she puts her heart and soul into everything, and that she really listens to what the bride wants. Yardley has this no-nonsense way of interpreting what his sister says and doesn’t say.
How the hell is he falling in love during wedding prep for his little sister? Easy. He never expected to meet someone like Yardley Belanger.
A CARIBBEAN HEIRESS IN PARIS by Adrianna Hererra (5/31/2022)

USA TODAY bestselling author Adriana Herrera makes her historical romance debut at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, when a financially ruined rum heiress from the Dominican Republic agrees to a marriage of convenience with a not-so-secret Scottish duke. The first in a new diverse, sexy, female-forward series sure to delight the post-Bridgerton reader.
Paris, 1889.
The World’s Fair is underway and for the first time the Eiffel Tower lights up the evening sky. Luz Alana, Aurora Beatriz, and Manuela del Carmen—aka Las Léonas—have been best friends since finishing school and have set sail from Santo Domingo armed with three simple rules:

• Go to the most scandalous places in Paris and be as scandalous as possible
• Kiss disreputable men (or women!)
• Under no circumstances fall in love

Luz Alana Heith-Benzan has one mission: to make her family’s Caña Brava rum world famous. It’s a mission that’s taken on new urgency after her father passed and her trust fund was taken hostage. But she’ll figure it out as she always does—and she’ll do it alone.
The last lesson she learned before leaving her island was that any man who can control you, will.
All James Evanston Sinclair ever wanted was to find a purpose for his life outside of his father’s money. For years, Evan has been doing his best to ignore the demands of his title. In that time he’s built something he’s proud of: The Braeburn, a whisky distillery that has slowly become one of the most sought after in the kingdom, as well as his biggest—and only—passion.
That is, until he’s confronted with a Spanish-speaking force of nature who turns his life upside down.
Evan is certain he wants Luz Alana with him forever. Every day with her makes him want a lot more than just the body she hungrily offers him, or the marriage of convenience that might save them both.
But Luz Alana’s ambitions don’t include keeping a home for a man, much less being the wife of a landed aristocrat. Every attempt Evan makes to show his affection is met with reluctance—if not outright defensiveness. Luz Alana sailed for Paris with her eyes on lights, liquor, and lust…and of course lots of trouble. She never counted on love finding her.
LONG PAST SUMMER by Noué Kirwan (8/02/2022)

With the Southern charm of SWEET HOME ALABAMA and the emotional complexity of IN FIVE YEARS, LONG PAST SUMMER is a sparkling second-chance romance from debut author Noué Kirwan, featuring a diverse cast written from the author’s own perspective in the Black community.
What do you do when your face is suddenly plastered all over New York City?
Successful lawyer Mikaela Marchand is living the life she always dreamed of. With a promotion in her sights and a comfortable relationship with her doctor boyfriend, she’s come a long way from the meek teen she was in small-town Georgia. But when an old photograph of her and Julie, her childhood best friend, is used as the cover of a high-profile magazine, Julie files a lawsuit against the magazine and Mikaela is suddenly forced to confront her past.
Brought on to defend the magazine and the photographer—Mikaela’s ex-boyfriend, Cameron Murphy—Mikaela doesn’t think their shared past will affect the case. But it turns out that unresolved feelings still exist between Cam and Mikaela, and though Mikaela thought she put her past relationships behind her, she can’t get away from Cam or Julie as easily as she hoped.
Long Past Summer is a second-chance contemporary romance that combines the diverse characters and authentic story of Kennedy Ryan’s Queen Moves and Issa Rae’s film The Photograph, with just a touch of Sweet Home Alabama’s southern charm.


Giveaway: A box of 13 holiday titles!

Winner will receive a Trade Paperback copy of each of the titles noted below:

  • CHRISTMAS AT COLTS CREEK by Delores Fossen
  • CHRISTMAS IN ROSE BEND by Naima Simone
  • ONE CHRISTMAS WISH by Brenda Jackson
  • THE MATZAH BALL by Jean Meltzer
  • FIRST KISS AT CHRISTMAS by Lee Tobin McClain
  • THE CHRISTMAS ESCAPE by Sarah Morgan
  • SLEIGH BELLS RING by RaeAnne Thayne
  • THE SECRET OF SNOW by Viola Shipman
  • MISTLETOE SEASON by Michelle Major

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

  1. Leeza Stetson

    These books sound wonderful, and I love the diversity of the stories.

    • Merry

      First Kiss at Christmas reminds me of a brand new romance between two special people.

  2. Sonia

    One that grabbed my attention was The Honeymoon Cottage just because she is a wedding planner:)

  3. Terrill R.

    I super excited about A Proposal They Can’t refuse. I love the Puerto Rican rep! I’m also really surprised and excited about Adriana Hererra’s HR debut!! I’ve already locked that one down.

  4. Heather Scully

    Every author is this list is an author i already enjoy reading. Can’t wait to reading some of these new releases. Such a diverse selection, i love it! Thanks for the chance. Happy Holidays!

  5. Anita H

    They all sound like great read! I’m most interested in The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster, the premise sounds like something I’d enjoy reading

  6. Pamela Conway

    Well Lori Foster’s new book is what I’m most looking forward to, one of my favorite authors! The Christmas ones all sound good!!

    • Dianne Casey

      So many wonderful books! I especially want to read “The Matzah Ball” and “The Secret of Snow”. Thanks for the chance.

  7. Angela Anderson

    Rodeo Christmas at Evergreen Ranch by Maisey Yates…It’s Christmas time and it has a Western flair. I am sooo here for it, the best of both reader worlds.

  8. Jeanna Massman

    I’m a big Lori Foster fan so her book caught my eye. I, also, love the cover.

  9. dodgerfannnat

    So hard to choose. Many of the authors I already read, so Honeymoon Cottage would be #1 and Viola Shipman’s books as I have always wanted to read her.

  10. courtney kinder

    They all sound great. The only author that I have read is Lori Foster. I love the covers for The Honeymoon Cottage and A Proposal They Can’t Refuse.

  11. Sue Galuska

    A PROPOSAL THEY CAN’T REFUSE by Natalie Caña sounds fun. Also anything by Lori Foster is usually good.

  12. Ellen C,

    A Proposal They Can’t Refuse looks like it could be a fun book. I’m imagining all kinds of good things from 2 conniving grandfathers. I’m looking forward to Lori Foster’s book as well because the characters already look interesting. Great selection of Christmas books, I’ve read a couple of them already to get into the Christmas spirit.

  13. SusieQ

    All of them sound interesting, but A Proposal They Can’t Refuse piqued my interest the most.

  14. Kathleen O

    A Proposal They Can’t Refuse. It had me at Irish grandfather… The Honeymoon Cottage, as I am a big Lori Foster fan. This book is already on my tbr list.

  15. Kim

    I really like the sound of SAVVY SHELDON FEELS GOOD AS HELL by Taj McCoy and A PROPOSAL THEY CAN’T REFUSE by Natalie Caña.

  16. susan

    A CARIBBEAN HEIRESS IN PARIS by Adrianna Hererra caught my eye because of the setting and unique characters.

  17. auntiemissmaria

    These books sound fantastic! I love anything & everything that Lori Foster writes!!!

  18. Teresa Williams

    RODEO CHRISTMAS AT EVERGREEN RANCH by Maisey Yates .I love these authors .The other ones sound interesting to.

  19. rkcjmomma

    The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster! I love her books and the others have great excerpts!!

  20. irishpax

    Lori Foster by shear mention of her name interests me. Also though the “A Proposal They Can’t Refuse” I loved my big fat greek wedding and what can I say as an Irish American I’m intrigued…

  21. holdenj

    I always like checking out the new Christmas books by Sarah Morgan and RaeAnn Thayne.

  22. veRONIca

    Honestly the cover and title of SAVVY SHELDON FEELS GOOD AS HELL caught my eye! Seems like a strong and sassy heroine which I love

  23. Janice Richard

    The one that captured my attention was Lori Foster’s book. I loved the cover of her book.

  24. Mary C.

    They all sound like wonderful reads – I’ve read many positive posts about THE SECRET OF SNOW.

  25. Karen Golding

    They all sound great, The Honeymoon Cottage jumped out at me because I’m a Lori Foster fan!

  26. Kay Garrett

    I would love the opportunity to read ALL of them. I will say that the covers on THE HONEYMOON COTTAGE by Lori Foster and A PROPOSAL THEY CAN’T REFUSE by Natalie Caña did reach out and grab me first.

    Thank you for the chance!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  27. Bonnie

    The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster sounds wonderful. I enjoy small town romance with eccentric characters. Lovely cover too.

  28. Crystal

    The books here sound like great reads. Would love to read & review all of them in print format.
    The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster stands out as a great read and the book cover is good too.

  29. Summer

    They all look good, Long Past Summer stands out most to me for the cover and the Sweet Home Alabama comparison.

  30. Diane Sallans

    THE HONEYMOON COTTAGE by Lori Foster caught my eye – I’m working on reading all of her books

  31. eawells

    I love the diversity of these books!! I really want to read The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster as I do enjoy her books.

  32. Diana Hardt

    They all sound like really interesting books. I especially like The Honeymoon Cottage since I’m a fan of Lori Foster. I also like the cover.

  33. Eva Millien

    A Proposal They Can’t Refuse because it sounds like sparks are flying throughout the story!

  34. LauraJJ

    They all sound so good! I think the first I would read is THE HONEYMOON COTTAGE! I love that its about a small town girl….who has put everything into her business….and no love life. Always route for them to find true love!

  35. Patricia B.

    What a wonderful selection of books. So many are favorite authors. KEEP ME WARM AT CHRISTMAS by Brenda Novak, SLEIGH BELLS RING by RaeAnne Thayne, A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Sheila Roberts, ONE CHRISTMAS WISH by Brenda Jackson, and CHRISTMAS AT COLTS CREEK by Delores Fossen are all on my wish list. I have read and enjoyed their books in the past and always look forward to their new releases. Some are part of a series I have been following.

  36. Vicki Clevinger

    They all sound great, especially the Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster. I love her books as well as Susan Mallery, RaeAnne Thane and Delores Fossen

  37. Tina R

    There a lot of books on this list that draw me to want to read. From all the titles with a blurb, THE HONEYMOON COTTAGE by Lori Foster grabbed me because she’s a wedding planner who plans to stay single.

  38. Jen K

    The Lori Foster book. I’ve read other books by her in the past and enjoyed them.

  39. Connie

    Maisey Yates is a long time favorite, and Viola Shipman’s books remind me of my chi!dhood!

  40. Laurie Gommermann

    A Caribbean Heiress in Paris – offers my favorite trope marriage of convenience along with a duke who’s Scottish = a Trifecta!!
    Lori Foster – The Honeymoon Cottage = single wedding planner, country wedding, older brother /sister rivalry I enjoy her stories.
    A Proposal They Can’t Refuse- I like that Liam and Kamila respect their grandfathers. I like the spark/chemistry between the Puerto Rican and the Irishman. Sounds like it will be funny and engaging!
    Thank you for the chance to win the other Christmas stories! It’s my favorite tiime of the year.