Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Casa for the Holidays Blog Tour + Giveaway



For today’s Casa for the Holidays guest blog, our Christmas romance authors are telling us what their heroines will ask for Christmas this year…  

Juliana Stone, The Christmas He Loved Her
The Christmas He Loved Her is not your typical warm and fuzzy Christmas story.  It’s a book about love and loss, but ultimately, it’s a book about hope.

My heroine, Raine, has been through a lot in her young life.  When the story begins, she’s pretty much lost everything. But then Jake Edwards walks back into her life and something uncoils in her.  At first it’s anger, resentment maybe…but there is something else.  Something more.

It’s hope.  For Christmas, all this woman wants and needs is hope.  Because with hope there is love and at the end of the day, what more could anyone want?


Grace Burrowes, Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portait
Lady Jenny Windham, heroine of Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait, was one of many people for whom the holidays are difficult. For most of us, Yuletide can be tiring, expensive, and overly social. Jenny’s holidays were over shadowed by losses suffered during holidays past, and she’s reminded of those griefs year after year. Worse, the rest of her family, who shared in some of those bereavements, seems to go merrily along, hanging mistletoe, eating goodies, and swilling wassail.

One thread of the holiday tradition that has always struck a chord with me is the stranger, the friendless wanderer coping with winter’s chill and social marginalization. “No room at the inn,” is a sentiment we’ve all felt, whether it was on the second grade playground when a soccer game was organizing, or on the volunteer committee that seemed so welcoming when we first joined.

Lady Jenny was the odd sibling out, the last one to wed, the one with peculiar ambitions, the one who couldn’t shake loose of her grief. She found somebody—just one person, but a good one person—to accept her the way she was, with all those untidy, seasonally inappropriate emotions, and to love her enough that she could accept them in herself. For Christmas, Jenny came home, in a sense, because somebody lit a candle of love and kept it burning brightly enough that she could find her way through the night.

And that would be her Christmas wish for you: That when winter sets in, and you’re left out in the cold and dark, tired and dispirited, no room at the inn, somebody holds up a candle of love for you, and keeps it burning brightly enough that you can find your way home to the Christmas that’s waiting for you.

Terry Spear, A SEAL Wolf Christmas
My heroine, Anna, would ask a man who she can protect as much as he can watch her back. (I tell you, it's all part of the missions they go on!—No sweet little housewife or house-husband sitting at home.) A man she can spar with, shoot with, run with, and have fun with. A man with a sense of humor who can play as well as do the serious business. He has to be into forever—just like a real wolf is.






Carolyn Brown, The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby
It was the strangest Christmas Natalie had ever spent so when Lucas asked her one day exactly what she wanted she couldn’t answer him at all…not truthfully, anyway.

“What do you want for Christmas, Natalie?”

“I want—” She blushed. She couldn’t tell him that she wanted to be a permanent part of Cedar Hill Ranch and that she wanted him to accept Joshua as a real son. Lord, that would be asking for more than Santa Claus could stuff in his sleigh.

“What?” he pressured. “For real, what do you want?”

“I’ll think about it and let you know later. What do you want?”

“You,” he said without taking his eyes off her. “I came home in one piece and you were waiting for me.”


GIVEAWAY

To enter to win a prize pack of all 4 of these Christmas authors’ novels, tell us what you’re asking for this Christmas in the comments, along with your email address! This contest is open internationally. The winner will be announced December 20th. 

To find out more about these authors, please visit their websites!
Carolyn Brown Website: http://carolynlbrown.com/
Grace Burrowes Website: http://graceburrowes.com/
Terry Spear Website: http://www.terryspear.com/
Juliana Stone Website: http://www.julianastone.com/

FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE “CASA FOR THE HOLIDAYS” VIRTUAL TOUR!
October-December 2013
Fun Holiday-Themed Posts from Carolyn, Grace, Terry and Juliana,
And Chances to WIN Books at Each Stop!

October
Oct. 8
Booked and Loaded
Oct. 16
Ramblings From This Chick
Oct. 23
Debbie's Book Bag
Oct. 29
The Reading Café
November
Nov. 4
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Nov. 6
Smexy Books
Nov. 12
Cocktails and Books
Nov. 14
The Bookish Babe
Nov. 20
Night Owl Reviews
Nov. 22
Fresh Fiction
December
Dec. 4
USA Today HEA
Dec. 5
Under the Covers
Dec. 10
Romancing the Book
Dec. 11
Anna's Book Blog
Dec. 16
What's on the Bookshelf
Dec. 17
That's What I'm Talking About

42 comments:

  1. I am asking for gift cards to book stores!!!

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    1. Excellent choice. My sister's birthday is mid-December, and that's a perfect gift for her. If she has all the books she wants, she can do some Christmas shopping with a gift card.

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  2. I am asking for a roku player.
    All the books sound great. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. Now I must google, "roku player." You learn something with every blog post.

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  3. I'm not asking for anything. My drill sergeant hubby gets time off (from his 4am-8pm schedule) so I have everything I need. :) kylanma@yahoo.com

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    1. Good heavens--no wonder drill sergeants have a reputation for being cranky. That's a 16 hour shift! For Christmas, I'll hope he gets more reasonable hours.

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  4. I keep asking my husband for a bookcase to put all my books in. I've asked him for the last two years, without success. :-(

    dpd333(at)aol.com

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    1. Might be time to do some self-shopping--get a big one!.

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  5. I'm asking for some photos to be printed on canvas - I have an empty wall in my tv area that needs something special - curious to see what my family comes up with,
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Di--excellent challenge, because your whole family can participate. Every time you sit down to watch some TV, you'll be reminded of Christmas.

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  6. Since someone actually asked me this year :) I was able to say gift cards for Amazon or Itunes for BOOKS! geegal at gmail dot com

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    1. Shore, I give away a lot of these on my blog this time of year: graceburrowes.com. New posts go up Sunday and we're always happy to see new commenters.

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  7. I'm not picky though I love gift cards! I'll be happy to have my family together. Still not use to my baby boy moving out, but I still have my oldest at home.

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    1. Don't fret Kim. What moves out often moves back in... But having everybody together for the holidays seems more special once the moving out begins.

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  8. forgot email zipstersclue04 at gmail.com

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  9. I need a new kettle so I mentioned that; then gift cards to my favorite bookstore and maybe the most recent DVD of the Big Bang Theory!

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    1. Good to have a list, Diane, or you'll end up with three of the same Big Bangs. Can't say I've known anybody else to ask for a kettle though...

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  10. I'm asking for my mom's sugar cookies!!! I haven anything/everything I need, so I just want treats! Thanks for sharing and congrats to the ladies on the newest releases!
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Erin, excellent choice. My mom has some recipes that I associate with home and family, too. You've given me an idea...

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  11. I am asking my husband for a laptop computer.

    ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Not complicated--I like it. You can read books on it, too!

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  12. I asked for Amazon gift cards. I have a huge list of books on my wish list.
    Or the newest Kindle. These books all sound like fantastic reads by some pretty awesome Authors.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Carol, I think we've all been good girls this year, but it might be Amazon who has the best Christmas. Here's wishing you find that Kindle in your stocking...

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  13. All I want is a gift card for books!! Love to buy more books, you can never have too many after all.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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    1. What the world needs is more readers like you, Martha. Hope you get your wish 100 times over.

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  14. Books, Books, & more Books, or gift cards to buy my own books. These sound like great holiday books and I am looking forward to reading them. Thanks for sharing them and the giveaway. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season! evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. Eva,. I'm with you. Who needs socks and undies, after all? Who needs sweaters or cookies, or anything more than they need a good book?

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  15. I really am not asking for anything except books and Amazon gift cards.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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    1. Since that's all that's on list, Santa should be nice and bring it all to you!

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  16. The same thing I asked for last year and never got - book shelves. I need some cute little elves to help my husband lol.

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    1. Oh, yes, one can never have too many book shelves....or cute little elves!

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  17. I asked for a crockpot & some pictures printed on canvas for an empty wall in my tv area.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh, I do love crockpots! And this year I discovered crockpot liners. They are my new best friends after Thanksgiving and having to clean up six crock pots!

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  18. I'd love an iPad for Christmas but I'm not actually asking for anything. My family doesn't exchange gifts anymore. We just buy for my nephews.
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I'm asking for gift certificates to buy books, a wireless speaker to play music from my iPhone, and to spend time with my son and his wife (that's at the top of the list).

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    1. Wow...wireless speakers. Shows how far behind technology I am!

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  20. We are going home for Christmas, I am not asking for anything (although I know I will get plenty) but that my hubby will be relaxed and happy and his health will get better so that he can be the man he used to be. I hope for him that we will have snow for Christmas. :)

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    1. What an unselfish, sweet wish. Here's hoping you get it all!

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  21. I'm asking for books and gift cards for more books as well as a couple more pairs of jeans. I've got the most important thing -- my family together fornthe holidays. :-)

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  22. I am asking for warm sweaters since it is so cold out. Happy Holidays!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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