Book blurbs and an excerpt for the anthology “Swept Away for Christmas”

A three-fer in one today with story blurbs from the contemporary romance anthology, Swept Away for
by MJ Fredrick, Tanya Michaels, and Trish Milburn.

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Christmas isn’t always snow-covered with a
frosty chill in the air. Sometimes it’s sandy beaches with balmy breezes.

And sometimes we find love in the most unexpected places, a place like Starfish

Here Comes McBride
Shelby James has only truly loved one man — but Finn McBride broke her heart
when emotional baggage from his past came between them. Now, Shelby is serving
as maid of honor at a beach wedding where Finn is the best man. Will reuniting
with Finn be a Christmas miracle, or the worst mistake she’s ever made?

Two Hearts a Leaping
After a break-up with her high school sweetheart, Harley Blume retreats to her
brother’s home in Starfish Shores to lick her wounds and figure out what she’s
doing next. But her brother is in the Coast Guard reserves and heading out of
town, leaving her in the care of Liam Channing, his best friend since they
played college football together. She’s never been able to keep her tongue in
her mouth when good-looking, easy-going Liam is around. How is she going to
find her way if she can’t keep her balance?

Cruisin’ for a Kiss
When Avery Phillips loses her magazine job right before Christmas, she heads
back home to Starfish Shores to spend the holidays with the grandparents who
raised her. The plan is to hit the job search hard so that she has a new
position when the New Year arrives. What isn’t part of the plan is heading up a
remodeling effort at her family’s beach motel or falling for the man helping to
save the business into which her grandparents put a lifetime of work. As
Christmas draws closer, will Avery stick to the original plan to leave town
again or take a chance with Luke Taylor and a new life she never expected?

Excerpt from Cruisin’
for a Kiss b
y Trish Milburn
If the last contractor didn’t
present her with a more reasonable figure, she’d start all over tomorrow.
Surely there was someone out there who’d be grateful enough for work this time
of year to cut her a nice deal.
When the door opened, she glanced up
expecting to see another middle-aged guy who’d gone a little soft around the
middle. At a glance, she was going to guess there wasn’t anything soft about
the man staring back at her. Tall, lean, dark blond hair and light eyes. It
wasn’t until he shot her a hint of a grin that she remembered it wasn’t nice to
stare at hot strangers.
Way to go, Phillips.
She resisted the urge to check her
mouth for drool.
“You called about an estimate,” he
said as he sauntered up to the front counter.
Hoping her legs supported her, Avery
stood. “Yeah. We want to give the place a new but vintage look.” She broke eye
contact and took her time rounding the counter so she could try to corral her
suddenly raging hormones.
She led him to the area they used
for continental breakfasts and told him about her idea for a soda fountain,
black-and-white checked floor tiles and a pressed tin ceiling.
“I know all that might not be
possible, but I’m just looking to get ballpark figures now.”
“I think we can work something out.”
Something about his voice seemed
familiar, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. She allowed her gaze to stay
focused on him a little too long as he wrote in a small notepad. He smiled,
more fully this time, when he lifted his eyes to catch her watching.
“You don’t remember me, do you?”
She was supposed to know him? Surely
she would have remembered someone that good looking. Not only remembered but
had wild, steamy dreams about him.
“I’m sorry.”
She expected him to give her his
name, but he didn’t. No, he left her dangling on the hook, desperately
searching her brain for the names of every man with whom she’d ever crossed paths.
He looked about her age. A classmate? He acted like he had some sway with
whether his company took the project or not, so maybe he was the owner? The
names of all the companies she’d called the day before floated through her head
until one clicked. Taylor Construction.
Surely not. It couldn’t be.
This definitely wasn’t the Luke
Taylor she remembered. The one she knew had been more on the nerdy end of the
scale than the make-me-pant end. He hadn’t been ugly, but he’d rarely looked up
from his books. And he’d lived behind glasses and worn clothes that were either
forgettable or further proclaimed his geekitude. She’d expected him to grow up
to be a medical researcher or rocket scientist, not a construction worker.
Author Bios
and Links:

MJ Fredrick knows about chasing dreams. Twelve years after
she completed her first novel, she signed her first publishing contract. Now
she divides her days between teaching elementary music, and diving into her own
writing—traveling everywhere in her mind, from Belize to Honduras to Africa to
the past.
She’s a four-time Golden Heart Award finalist, and she won the
2009 Eppie Award with Hot Shot and the 2010 Eppie with Breaking Daylight. She
was a 2012 Epic Award finalist with Don’t Look Back.
Connect with MJ: Website | Blog | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter 
Four-time RITA finalist
Tanya Michaels
is the bestselling,
award-winning author of more than thirty books. Her stories incorporate the
same elements she values in real life—community, family and a sense of humor.
Her current releases include the popular Colorado Cades trilogy for Harlequin
American Romance.
She lives in Atlanta, GA with a very patient husband as well as
two kids and a dog who are plotting against her. When not writing, reading, or
spending time with her family, Tanya watches entirely too much TV. She’s also
made Twitter her virtual home. Join her there to hear about her life as a
writer and the outrageous things her kids say.

Connect with Tanya: Website | Facebook | Twitter 
Trish Milburn is the author of contemporary romance for
Harlequin American Romance, paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne, young
adult fiction for Bell Bridge Books and indie publishes her romantic suspense,
women’s fiction and other titles. She’s a two-time Golden Heart award winner, a
fan of walks in the woods and road trips, and is a big geek girl, including
being a dedicated Whovian and Browncoat.

Connect with Trish: Twitter | Facebook | Website
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14 thoughts on “Book blurbs and an excerpt for the anthology “Swept Away for Christmas”

  1. MJFredrick says:

    Anonymous, lol, I know what you mean about being too early. We just figured, it takes some people awhile to read a book, and we'd rather get it out early than late. Andra Lyn, the hardest part for me is ALWAYS the end. Is it believable that my two characters overcame their conflict and can live happily ever after? An added challenge to this book was looking at the same fictional places through the eyes of my co-writers. Did we all imagine it the same way? I think that was hardest in mine and Tanya's stories, particularly, because her characters actually come to Liam's bar and interact with Harley.

  2. Chelsea B. says:

    *Points up* Sleepy Hollow and Reign are the BEST! Two completely awesome new shows!

    Thanks for sharing with us about the novel!


  3. Beautiful Disaster says:

    I like Reign, The Originals, and the Vampire Diaries.
    I'm looking forward to reading these wonderful holiday stories. I'm counting down the days until I can decorate and listen to Christmas music all day 🙂

    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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