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Believe in My Heart (Tangled Hearts Book 4) by Maria K. Alexander

I LOVE hosting Wild Rose Press authors, and I also love Christmas stories, so today’s post is double the fun! Please help me welcome Maria K. Alexander…

 

Thanks to Alicia for hosting me on her blog to share my newest release, Believe in My Heart. It’s a friends-to-lovers holiday novella that’s sure to warm you up this holiday season!

Blurb from Believe in My Heart

This holiday, love is on the menu.

Culinary arts student, Hope Mastriano, is down on her luck. Homeless on Thanksgiving Day, she’s caught trying to break into her cousin’s apartment by her sexy boss and lifelong secret crush.

Since getting dumped seven months ago, head chef Vinnie DiFrancesco has been in a frustrating holding pattern. He returns relaxed from a retreat, but his life is sent into a tailspin when he offers Hope, the event coordinator at his family’s trattoria, temporary housing.

With the trattoria’s traditional Italian Christmas Eve charity dinner slated to be featured on a local TV segment and things heating up in his apartment, the two must set aside their different visions to make the event a success. When a computer glitch threatens their plans, Hope proposes a risky solution. Vinnie must believe in Hope and his heart in order to secure the future of the restaurant and make it a Christmas to remember.

 

Excerpt from Believe in My Heart

Hope raised her hands. “I know how this looks, but I can explain.”

“You can explain why you’re trying to break into this apartment?”

“It’s my cousin Faith’s place. And I wasn’t breaking in.”

Vinnie raised an eyebrow and shifted his gaze to the hanger on the ground.

“Okay, so maybe it seems as though I was breaking in, but the key she gave me no longer works.” She reached in her coat pocket and withdrew a key similar to Vinnie’s.

“Did you try calling your cousin?”

“Gee, no, I didn’t think of that,” she sneered. “She’s on a cruise and then staying in Florida a few days for business. I wasn’t kidding about my phone dying and not knowing the super’s number.”

Vinnie felt a pain in his temple. Probably from not having enough to eat or drink on the red-eye from LA. “Fine, let’s get your stuff in my place. You can use my phone.”

Hope grabbed a handle of a suitcase. “Thanks, Vin. You’re nicer than people at work say.”

He paused while unlocking his door. Well, hell. Is that what they say about me? Guess he needed to do damage control with his staff. Even though his parents owned Trattoria DiFrancesco, Vinnie was the head chef and in charge of hiring of anyone who worked in the kitchen.

Including the pretty spitfire who had just swept past him, Hope Mastriano.

He hoisted the stack of boxes and followed her inside. When she headed back out, he perused the hall to see how much more stuff she had.

There were two more suitcases and a pet carrier.

“You run away or something?” Vinnie asked.

“Moved out of Steve’s place. I’m done with that deadbeat.”

“On Thanksgiving Day and with nowhere to go?”

“It’s been long overdue. Besides, I thought I could crash at Faith’s until I figured out my next step.”

“And in there?” He nodded to the carrier.

Hope raised it up a few inches. “This is Lucky, my cat.”

Vinnie was not a fan of cats, with their sharp eyes and sneaky ways. He peeked inside and into the green eyes of a white cat. He closed the front door and stepped around Hope’s stuff, including the cat, which she pulled out of the carrier. Lucky leaned forward and sniffed him before letting out a soft mew.

Between the pixie-haired cutie and the cat, the peace and relaxation he had found out west was a distant memory. By the time he got to the trattoria for Thanksgiving dinner, Vinnie was going to need a beer or glass of wine.

Possibly both.

 

Buy Links for Believe in My Heart

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Maria K. Alexander Bio

Maria K. Alexander is an award-winning author of Contemporary Romance. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules. You can keep in touch with Maria at http://mariakalexander.com.

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Christmas at the Corral – TWRP Spotlight with Debra St. John

I’m pleased to welcome Debra St. John with her Christmas novella, Christmas at The Corral…ONLY $1.99. And, I bet it’s a great read, because Debra’s One Great Night won FIRST place in the 2015 International Digital Awards Contemporary Romance category….way to go, Debra!

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You’re never too old to believe.

Maggie Pearson has no time in her busy life for love, but an immediate attraction draws her to a mysterious stranger at The Corral, a local bar. However, any romantic feelings are ruthlessly squashed when he accuses her of having an affair with his brother.

As a divorce lawyer, Van Rawlings has seen the ugly side of marriage too many times to believe in love. But having gotten off on the wrong foot with Maggie, and genuinely contrite over his faux pas, he offers to help her with an upcoming Christmas charity dinner. The more time they spend together, the more he realizes he’s never met anyone like Maggie, who gives so generously of her time. If you have ever had to take care of a divorce and were blessed enough to have a friend like mine (who works for a law firm as a divorce lawyer Mesa AZ) – you know what a benefit that could be in an otherwise negative situation.

Can Maggie and the magic of the season help Van believe again? In Christmas and in love.

Interesting Tidbit:

After finishing the third (and final) book in my Corral series, I found I wasn’t ready to let The Corral go. I loved the setting I’d created so much I decided I wanted to visit it again. So, I created a spin-off series: Holidays at The Corral. The original characters have mentions, but we don’t ‘see’ them in the stories. The set will have five stories in it. Christmas at The Corral is first. Valentine’s Day at The Corral is coming this winter, and I just submitted the Fourth of July story. Halloween and New Year’s Eve stories will complete the set.

Debra’s Favorite Lines from the story:

He eased her closer and meshed his hips with hers. “Breaking Texas Penal Code Title 9 Section 43.01 line 5 is always interesting.”

“What is Title 9 Section…whatever you said?”

“In a nutshell? Having sex in a public place is an offense against public order and decency.”

Order the book here:

TWRP – http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_175_133&products_id=6478

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Corral-Holidays-Debra-John-ebook/dp/B0165OFHDO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448827675&sr=8-1&keywords=Debra+St.+John

Find Debra here:

Website: http://www.debrastjohnromance.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debra.s.john.1

Blog: http://heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com/

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The Wild Rose Press New Release Spotlight – A Paranormal & a Christmas Story

Two brand new releases from The Wild Rose Press…

 

Darkness Unbound by Zoe Forward, Paranormal Romance Novel 

When something feels this right, you don’t let it go. 

Fun Fact: 

My Scimitar Magi series involves Egyptian Mythology…why? I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt and its mythology. I’m not an expert. Creating a paranormal hero group the utilized Egyptian mythology and weaving that into a romance required a tad bit of fascination with the subject and a lot of research. To build this world I read a lot of very heavy books (they actually did weigh a few pounds each) and tried to get a handle on the vastness of the religion, the mythology, the lifestyle, and the magic. What I concluded was that there wasn’t always consensus on the meanings behind myths and symbols. Each expert has his or her own opinion on the surviving hieroglyphics found on tablets and papyri. Then there are the gods…oh my. Did you know there are over 700 Egyptian gods and goddesses? Some had three to five different names. Once you get beyond the sheer number of them they are an interesting bunch. They did a lot of kinky stuff from incest to revenge to killing to curses. Bottom line was after all this research my fascination persisted, but I ended up utterly confused.  So, what did I do? I let my imagination play around with the mythology. Use it, but bend it.  And focused on my heroes. 

A Favorite Line:

“They are gods. We are not. Let’s face it, they’re going to win.”

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*** ONLY $2.99 *** 

Buy links: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Unbound-Scimitar-Magi-Forward-ebook/dp/B00OQWXWOY/ref=la_B00AESQL24_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415536425&sr=1-4

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/zoe-forward

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/darkness-unbound-2

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/darkness-unbound/id933518298?mt=11

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-darknessunbound-1666876-143.html

Find Zoe Here: 

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How My Heart Finds Christmas by Gail MacMillan, Contemporary Christmas Novella 

My heart finds Christmas in the warmth of memories and the recounting of these tales. 

Fun Fact: 

I had difficulty finding a title for this book until, suddenly, one day it came to me.  The stories I write about Christmases past awaken the spirit of the Yuletide in me, comforting and reassuring as the warmth and glow of a fire on the hearth. Some ancient cultures believed the heart to be the centre of the soul. Thus the title became instantly fitting.  

A Favorite Line(s): 

Undulating like mystic spirits gowned in green and white, the Northern Lights rose and rose, then doubled back on themselves to rise again. The heavens danced, alive with their essence.

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Buy Links:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/how-my-heart-finds-christmas

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-my-heart-finds-christmas/id935076046?mt=11

Amazon:

http://amzn.com/B00OQFN3U4

http://amzn.ca/B00OQFN3U4

http://amzn.co.uk/B00OQFN3U4

Find Gail Here:

Twitter    tollerbeagle 44

Facebook     Gail MacMillan

Web Site     www.gailmacmillan.ca

 

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Wednesday’s Want, Wed, Waste: TV Geeks

Hello and welcome to my version of the game, ‘F*@#’, Marry, Kill. This week we are WWW’ing TV Geeks.

Myself and some of my friends are sharing our Want, Wed, and Waste choices from this week’s list:

Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory, Vince Masuka from Dexter, Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds

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Click on book titles below to learn more and to be taken to a buy link

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Me (Alicia Dean). Author of Liberty Divided Isle of Fangs Book 2 One man can fulfill her destiny, the other can fulfill her fantasy ~

WANT: Sheldon Cooper. There’s something about his intelligence, geekiness, and oblivion to the experience of coitus that makes me want to be the first to get his attention, if you know what I mean. Plus, I think he’s hilarious. Definitely the best part of the show. I’m attracted to people who make me laugh. Besides, I’m surely a better choice than Amy Farrah Fowler. She should NOT be his first.

WED:  Vince Masuka. Yes, he’s a slimy little pervert, and not in the least attractive, but as his wife, I would get to be around Dexter. And, heck yeah, I would cheat on Vince with Dexter. In a heartbeat. Besides, Vince is funny…remember, I like funny. 🙂

WASTE: Spencer Reid, he’s a cutie, and those brains make him all the more attractive, but it’s really process of elimination. Besides, I haven’t watched Criminal Minds religiously, so I’m not quite as attached to Spencer as I would be if I had.

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JESSICA E. SUBJECT, author of ALIEN ADMIRER Website: http://jessicasubject.com

Want: Sheldon from Big Bang Theory – I think I could teach him a thing or two 😉 and he could help me with research, too. But, I think after a bit, he would drive me crazy.

Wed: Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds – He’s cute, very smart without being annoying, and sweet.

Waste: Vince Masuka from Dexter – No offence to him, but I never watched Dexter, so I’d never heard of him before now.

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Juli D. Revezzo, author of Passion’s Sacred Dance He may be her savior in disguise, but can she trust him?
Website: http://julidrevezzo.com

Want: Spencer Reid–He’s cute, plus, I love a man not afraid of facial hair.

Wed: Sheldon. Fan boy who appreciates the nuances of Star Wars and Star Trek. Plus, he’s so smart, imagine what kind of tidbits you could learn picking his brain.

Waste: Vince Masuka, um, can you imagine the nightmares that guy must have every night? Plus, the whole kinky sex thing isn’t quite up my alley.

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SILVER JAMES, author of CHRISTMAS MOON – a Moonstruck Christmas Story Website: http://www.silverjames.com

Want – Vince Masuka from Dexter. He’s funny, in a weirdly warped way. (See how I’m incorporating the theme? I could at least laugh at him.

Wed – Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds. Spencer takes himself a little too seriously but hey, he’s employed with government benefits. And he travels a lot. I’d have free time. 

Waste – Sheldon from Big Bang Theory because, well…he’s just too…”too” for me. And he doesn’t like to be touched. Now if it were Leonard… I admit that I have a bit of geekgirl crush on Leonard. 

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Now we’d like to hear from you….which of these Geeky Guys would you Want, Wed, and Waste?

Thanks for playing!

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