Saturday, December 30, 2023

New Year's Eve Eve Book Deals!

Can you believe it's New Year's Eve Eve? This year went by so fast for me. I had so many favorite books in 2023, it was hard to narrow it down, but twelve of my favorites were listed in my Meridian Magazine column. 

I wonder if we had any of the same favorites? You can see which ones I chose HERE

I also wanted to let you know that the ebooks of six of them, including The Trespassers, Educating Elizabeth, and Secret of the Sonnets, are only $1.99 right now! You really don't want to miss this deal. What a way to start out the new year!

Friday, December 29, 2023

It's New Year's Eve This Weekend!

I can hardly believe it, but it's New Year's Eve this weekend! I hope you have some fun plans, even if it's staying home curled up with a good book. (We're having a family party with lots of board games, food, and fun.) 

But I just wanted to say, if you are going out, please stay safe. You are important!

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow


Can anyone relate to this? Haha! I have to say I hate driving in snow, but this is sort of a perk . . .

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

What Are You Reading Wednesday?

I finished reading Jennifer Peel's My Ex-Mas Emergency. Oh my goodness, I loved it! So swoony and lovely. The perfect Christmas romance! 

I think one of the best parts for me was that there were so many funny moments expertly intertwined with falling in love. I think the ER visits were some of my favorite scenes, but there were definitely a lot to choose from!

You can get your copy HERE

Here's the back copy:

Very few in Aspen Lake expected that I, Calista Monroe, their most notorious wild child, would ever amount to anything besides being a model prisoner. So imagine their surprise when I returned as the hospital’s newest ER doctor. Believe me, no one is more surprised than I am. I had vowed to never return, even if it was the last safe haven during the zombie apocalypse. But when my niece, Quinn, begged me to come home, I couldn’t say no. My plan is to stay out of trouble this time, and above all, avoid Quinn’s uncle Tristan—the man I love to hate and the reason I left Aspen Lake.

But trouble starts to brew when my niece gets it into her pretty head that her uncle and I need to reconcile. The devious little thing insists we deck the halls together all season long. And since I’ll do anything to make Quinn happy, I agree, believing I’m completely immune to Tristan’s charm. Except the joke’s on me. Who knew that Tristan’s biggest regret was letting me go? And the infuriating man seems willing to do everything possible to win me back. Well, it’s going to take a Christmas miracle for me to give him a second chance. Unfortunately for my plan, our chemistry could set a blizzard on fire. Now I have a major ex emergency on my hands.

Do I give my niece her Christmas wish, or do I let the love between Tristan and me flatline once and for all?

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

My Little Elf

Isn't he the cutest little elf? I just love him.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 22, 2023

Your Favorite Christmas Book

My Christmas book about a little Métis girl named Thelma who is wondering what she could give baby Jesus holds such a special place in my heart. I love how it highlights the Métis culture and reminds me so much of my grandmother Thelma. It's definitely a book that's very close to my heart.
Do you have a Christmas book that you love?

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Last Day to Get This Free Book!

Today is the last day to get my Christmas novella, Truth or Dare--featuring two matchmaking dogs and a little holiday magic--for free! Merry Christmas!

Get your free book HERE

Here's the back copy:

After a year of recovery, wounded war veteran Jonah Harrison comes home for Christmas. No longer the outgoing high school track star, he just wants to be left alone, away from well-meaning friends and neighbors. But when a blizzard strands him with Kami Jackson—the girl who once knew him best—he can’t hide anything from her, no matter how much he wants to. Kami has a wounded heart of her own, though, and it might take a miracle---or at least two matchmaking dogs---for them to find the healing they both long for and the courage to reach for a chance at love.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Christmas Traditions

Our family went to see a local light display and it was so fun! It was Teddy's first time seeing a light display and I think he really liked it. My favorite part was the dinosaur with the Santa hat. It just made me laugh. 

Do you have fun Christmas traditions that you do?

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Do You Want to Win Some Prizes?

Today I am taking over the Team Clean Romance Book Club! I'll be giving away prizes and talking books so I hope you'll join me! 

And while you're there, you can enter to win the $500 cash grand prize! Who couldn't use a little Christmas cash, am I right?

Monday, December 18, 2023

My Monday Book Report

I was reading Melanie Jacobson's book, Scrooge and the Girls Next Door over the weekend and it is absolutely adorable! Single mom, grumpy neighbor, and plenty of enemy to friends to more sparks! I love the Creekville world the author has created and this is the perfect book to get you in the holiday spirit. So cute and fun!

You can get your copy HERE

Here's the back copy:

When the sunniest woman in Creekville buys the house next to the grumpiest man on the street, sparks fly . . . and not just because she keeps blowing his fuses...

Twenty-six-year-old Paige Redmond, single mom and go-getter, can’t wait to give her daughter, Evie, the Christmas of her dreams. Nothing can get in Paige’s way, not even her newly purchased fixer-upper cottage needing way more fixing than she planned.

Paige tackles the holiday with Clark Griswold spirit, amusing the entire town—except for her humbug next door neighbor, the grumpy but deliciously handsome Professor Henry Hill. With the help of colorful friends and found family—plus a feral cat and a pancake snowman—Paige and Evie wage a campaign to cure the cranky professor of his Christmas blues.

When Paige's feelings for Henry wind up as tangled as her Christmas lights, there's suddenly more than Christmas spirit on the line. Will Henry pull the plug on their first solo Christmas? Or can Paige and Evie convince the town's biggest scrooge to open his grinchy heart to the holiday . . . and to them?

Friday, December 15, 2023

A Dreary Kind of Day

It's an overcast and a bit of a chilly day where I live---and the perfect day to snuggle up with a book! I'm getting ready to start the next one on my TBR list. What book are you reading?

Thursday, December 14, 2023

A Little Giving Goes a Long Way

We went to the Giving Machines near us and were surprised there was a little concert going on! It was so fun to be there and to be part of the giving season. I really enjoyed picking out what we could give to those in need. You can even buy a chicken or a goat!

I love the Giving Machines and the good they do! Have you ever been to one?

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Do You Love Getting Christmas Cards?

I got the last of my Christmas cards mailed today. Whew! 

I admit, I love getting them and it's even better if there's a little note attached on how their year went, like a little year-in-review or something. Someone said once they don't like those because they feel like they're bragging, but a lot of people on my Christmas card list are people I don't see often, if at all, so I like to catch up through that little card. And it's fun for me to do a little Bellon family year-in-review because then I can see what fun things we did!

Do you send Christmas cards? Do you love getting them?

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Games, Prizes, and Fun!

Did you know there is a huge author event with amazing giveaways going on every day over on the Team Clean Romance Facebook page? And there's also a HUGE prize giveaway, too, of $500 in cash and so many books! 

You won't want to miss this. Click HERE to go to the page and join in all the fun!

Monday, December 11, 2023

My Monday Book Report

I'm still working on the Christmas Forevermore anthology. I've loved the first two in the collection so far. Sweet, romantic, with a lot of holiday-filled magic. Can't wait to read the next two!

What did you read this past weekend?

You can get Christmas Forevermore HERE

Here's the back copy:

This holiday season, fall in love with a brand-new collection of swoon-worthy novellas from four of your favorite historical romance authors. From meddling matchmakers to fortuitous fiascos, the holidays have never been more magical!

“A Family Christmas” by Sally Britton: After years abroad, Cyril Grant worries about relating to his highborn relatives at the family’s holiday celebration. But an unexpected connection with a member of the household staff opens his heart―in more ways than one.

“Christmas Forevermore” by Sarah M. Eden: In this reimagining of the beloved Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol, spinster Minna Schofield is inadvertently ensnared by a local matchmaker whose meddling launches Minna on a journey of self-reflection that could lead her to unexpected love.

“Christmas at Cranfield” by Ashtyn Newbold: Though childhood friends Hannah and Samuel secretly adore one another, fate conspires to keep them apart. But after years of shared holidays and missed opportunities, this Christmas brings the hope that their stars will align.

“A Thrill of Hope” by Karen Thornell: After a devastating loss, Christmas holds little appeal for Isabel Reid. But when a snowstorm traps her in the company of a surprising traveling companion, the perpetual winter of Isabel’s heart may just begin to thaw.

Friday, December 8, 2023

Holiday Book Deal!

Tomorrow is the last day to get this free book deal! I love these anthologies, especially during a busy holiday season, because the stories are the perfect length to let you still get that bit of romance while you are getting ready for the big day! 

Get your free book HERE

Here's the back copy:

In New York Times & USA Today’s bestselling author Lucinda Brant’s delightful novella, FAIRY CHRISTMAS, Kitty Aldershot is orphaned and forced to live on others’ charity. Offered a home under the generous roof of her relatives, the Earl of Salt Hendon and his countess, Kitty wants for nothing, not even the affections of Mr. Tom Allenby. But when Kitty stumbles across a letter written by Lady Caroline that reveals how Mr. Allenby would be ruined should he marry the likes of Kitty, she realizes she has been fooling herself all along. Kitty’s world crumbles around her as she recognizes she will forever be alone with no prospects at all.

Sarah M. Eden’s charming romance novella A CHRISTMAS PROMISE, Sean Kirkpatrick is trying to get to his new place of employment, Kilkenny Castle, in order to start as the new stablehand. His only requirement is to drive a team of high-spirited nags from Dublin to Kilkenny in a certain amount of time. Unfortunately he winds up in a muddy field, stuck, lost, and running out of time. He’s about to lose the job before he can prove himself capable of finishing his first assignment. When Maeve Butler arrives on the scene, Sean isn’t sure if she’s intent on rescuing him or bent on torturing him with her fiery wit and lovely dark eyes.

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, TWELVE MONTHS, Lucien Baxter’s best and most incorrigible friend, Will, dies unexpectedly, leaving behind his new bride and unborn child the week before Christmas. Will’s last request is that Lucien watches over Cora, not just as a benefactor, but as a husband. When Lucien does his duty and proposes to Cora, he’s turned down flat. But over the course of the next few days, Lucien discovers that marrying Cora wouldn’t be any sort of duty after all, but a matter of following his heart.

In Lu Ann Staheli’s sweet romance novella, A FEZZIWIG CHRISTMAS, Dick Wilkins and his best friend Ebenezer Scrooge have been looking forward to the annual Fezziwig Christmas dance for weeks. Ebenezer is practically engaged to Annabelle Fezziwig, and Dick hopes to start courting her younger sister, Pricilla. Once the dance starts, and Pricilla arrives, as pretty and charming as ever, Dick discovers that he’s not the only man vying for her attention. His best friend advises Dick that he has to win Pricilla’s heart, as well as her mother’s favor. Losing his heart has suddenly become very complicated.

A TASTE OF HOME, a captivating romance by Annette Lyon, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.

Becca Wilhite’s entrancing novella, MY MODERN GIRL, follows Margie, who lands her dream job as a clerk at Macy’s department store in New York City. Margie might be new in town, but she’s determined to succeed and prove to Henry that moving to the city was the right decision. As the Christmas season approaches, Margie realizes that being a “modern girl” might not be all she had dreamed of, and Henry might have more to offer than she ever imagined.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and I hope all the sacrifices of our military men and women are always remembered and appreciated.

I wasn't alive during Pearl Harbor, but I was alive when the Challenger space shuttle exploded and when 9/11 happened. It's strange a little how where you were that day and what you were doing become unforgettable core memories.

Were you alive during an event that changed the world?

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Christmas Shopping---How Are You Doing?

I started Christmas shopping in late September because I have a large family and didn't want to break the family budget by buying everything in December. By Black Friday I was done with all my major purchases and I was feeling pretty proud of myself! Now I can relax in December, I said.

But December came, and now whenever I'm out running errands and I see a cute little gift I think, oh I should get that for so and so! Or one of my kids mentions something they wished they'd put on their list and I think, oh maybe I should try to grab that! So while I'm "done" I'm sort of not done. I mean, maybe Christmas shopping is like editing a book. For me, I really could go on editing for weeks and months and maybe even years. I finally just have to tell myself to stop. And from the looks of things, I really could go on Christmas shopping for weeks and months. It's probably time to just tell myself to stop, haha.

Are you ever like that? Adding little gifts here and there even though you're "done?"

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

My Holiday TBR List

With all the cold weather, and the holidays fast approaching, I've been trying to narrow down my top four holiday books to read in the next few weeks. Here's what I came up with! 

To be honest, I'm super excited to read them! What's on your Christmas TBR list? Have you read any of my four? If so, what did you think?

Monday, December 4, 2023

Which is Your Favorite?

The weather has turned cold and snowy where I live and I'm breaking out my favorite holiday treats.

So, tell me, which one of these would you rather have this holiday season? I'm torn, because they are all good, but I think I'd have to go with hot chocolate. What about you?

Friday, December 1, 2023

Last Day to Get These Book Deals!

Today is the very last day to get these two small town romances for free or .99 cents! Grab it before midnight!

Click HERE to get your copies.