Promo and Review: All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello

Today I am welcoming Lisa Mondello.  She is promoting her new book, All I Want For Christmas is You.  This is the perfect read to start off your holiday season.  Be sure to check out my review after reading an excerpt.

All I Want for Christmas is You
Fate with a Helping Hand Book One

Lisa Mondello

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ASIN:  B005KDG236

Number of pages: 192

Word Count: 40,000

Book Description:

Sometimes fate needs a little hand…

Santa Claus is going to have a rough season… Lauren Alexander is raising her daughter alone. Abandoned by her family for her decision to keep her daughter Kristen, she has done a pretty good job for the last six years. Or she thought she had. That’s why she is crushed when little Kristen gives up her wish for a toy or goodie and instead asks Santa for a present for her mother. She wants Santa to bring a Daddy. Delivering Daddies isn’t Santa’s bag.

But this Santa has a plan…

Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town.

Building a house is easy. Building someone’s trust is a whole other story. But with a little helping hand, a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.


“You don’t have to be afraid. This will explain it all. I promise you.” He smiled warmly and Lauren wanted to trust him if only to believe in simple kindness.

With shaking hands, she took the piece of paper, warm from being in the pocket close to Kyle’s body. She held it up straight so that she could see Kyle while reading the words on the paper.

“Dear Santa…” she read out loud, then read the next part silently. “Oh, no,” she groaned.

“I know. That’s just how I felt.”

Lauren shot him a skeptical glance. “How did you get this?”

“Kristen gave it to me.”

“That’s impossible. Mrs. Hopkins just helped her with it this afternoon and-”
“And she gave it to me in the Mall,” Kyle finished for her.

She looked at him quizzically, still trying to comprehend the course of events leading up to his seizure of her daughter’s precious note.

“It’s not that hard to figure out, Lauren,” Kyle said warmly.

His dark eyes gleamed with the light from the lamppost. He wore no hat to protect his head from the falling snow. Now his hair was filled with powdered flakes, matting it down.

His grin was bright and wide as he informed her, “I’m Santa Claus.”


I love a good holiday story.  Every Christmas season I look for some good holiday themed books that really bring out the meaning of the season.  This book definitely lives up to my strict criteria.  Lisa Mondello has done a wonderful job bringing in the feelings and emotions of the season along with just that of daily living.  As most people will agree emotions during this time of the year tend to be more sensitive.  That’s why when I find a good Christmas romance I latch on.  The romance between Lauren and Kyle drew me in and had me sighing with every page turn.  It’s not just their romance though that makes this such a must read for the season.  It is definitely the element of family and the importance of trying to mend fences during this time of year that really solidifies this as a fantastic holiday novel.  I would definitely suggest anyone who loves Christmas, romance and family to pick this up and read it.  You won’t regret it.

I’d like to thank Lisa Mondello for stopping by today and Bewitching Book Tours for letting me host this spot.  If you’d like more information about Lisa Mondello you can check out her links below.  If you want some additional information about  All I Want for Christmas is You you can stop by Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author:

Lisa Mondello (a.k.a. LA Mondello) has held many jobs in her life but being a published authors is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen.  Her first book, All I Want for Christmas is You, was the winner of the Golden Quill contest for Best First Book and to date has had over 400,000 downloads worldwide.

She is currently the author of 14 novels under the name Lisa Mondello and LA Mondello. You can find more information about Lisa Mondello at


Muscles and Mistletoe Blog Hop

Welcome to the Muscles and Mistletoe Blog Hop.  Be sure to comment below to enter my giveaway and stop over at the other blog stops for other awesome giveaways and holiday stories.

Today is traditionally the beginning of the holiday season.  It begins with the mad rush of shopping today and continues throughout til the new year.  With caroling, concerts, visits with Santa, church services, family traditions and many more events that go hand in hand with the holidays.  I personally have one tradition that I have to follow every year.  Yearly at this time of year I purchase a book with a holiday theme.  There is just something about love stories and the holidays that bring out the romantic in me.

There is a book I like to go back to over the holiday season.  The book is called the Christmas Train by David Baldacci.  It is a heartwarming story about a journalist who is traveling across the country by train.   Within the story you meet many interesting characters along with his long-lost love.  The re-kindling of their love is sweet and heartfelt.  If you want to fall in love over the holidays and experience it in a unique atmosphere you will definitely want to check out the Christmas Train.

Giveaway:  1 signed Gena Showalter book, Swag packs from Kerrelyn Sparks, Lara Adrian and Karen Chance.  I will be picking 3 winners.

To Enter just leave a comment below with your favorite holiday story.

Be sure to click on the links below to visit the other bloggers in the blog hop.

Review and Giveaway: My Highland Love by Tarah Scott

Today I am spotlighting My Highland Love by Tarah Scott.  It is a fantastic historical romance set in the romantic highlands of Scotland.  Be sure to check out my review right after the book blurb.  Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of the ebook, My Highland Love.

Book Blurb:

Title: My Highland Love

Series: Highland Lords, #1

Author: Tarah Scott

Genre: Historical Romance/Fantasy,

Publisher: Silver Publisher


Pages: 262

Book Description:

Elise Kingston is a wanted woman. But that won’t stop her from returning home to America and exposing the man responsible for her daughter’s death. Not even clan chief Marcus MacGregor, who moves her heart, body, and soul will stand in her way.

Until she must choose between his life and her revenge.


I love a good historical romance like any other good romantic.  This one definitely lives up to any romantics dream.  You have a bit of intrigue, really hot highland laird, loss and then of course romance and love.  Tarah has written a fantastic story.  Marcus MacGregor and Elise Kingston are the perfect couple to fall in love.  Marcus is undoubtedly smitten from the time he encounters Elise.  But, Elise has secrets that she is trying to hide to protect the new-found home she has come to love.  Elise’s independence and forthright attitude is a modern woman in a time and place when those traits are frowned upon.  This tale of Highland love between a rough Highland laird and an American rebel is not only an adventure to read but will also allow the reader to experience the emotion on this roller coaster ride of a historical romance.

I’d like to thank FMB blog tours for allowing me to host today.  I would also like to thank Tarah Scott for letting me read and review her book.  For more information about Tarah Scott be sure to click on her links below.  If you’d like more information about My Highland Love you can stop by Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author:

An award winning author, Tarah Scott writes historical romance and romantic and paranormal suspense. She is published with Total E-Bound, Loose Id, The Wild Rose Press, and Etopia Press.

Born in New Mexico, Tarah grew up in the Southwest. Ten years ago, she relocated to Westchester County, New York, where she and her daughter reside in a lakeside community. Don’t be fooled by what sounds like a quiet life. The city that never sleeps is only an hour away, and this Texas girl and her New York bred daughter wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Giveaway: Tour wide chance at one of two ebooks of My Highland Love.

Promo: Cupid’s Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby

Today I am hosting a promo today for Cupid’s Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby.  This is cute Christmas story that will let you bring in the season just as you’d like…with a heart full of love.

Book Blurb:

Romance, Women’s Fiction
Title:  Cupid’s Christmas
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Date to be published – early October 2012
In a fun Christmas Romance, Cupid is charged with making certain an older couple gets the love they’ve been waiting for and a young woman who’s far too attracted to handsome men with sexy eyes finds her perfect match. And, he has to make it happen by Christmas.
In a spot somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid tries to maneuver around the complications that threaten to wreck this romance as he struggles to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses—Life Management. He matched John and Eleanor some thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they’re both single and back together again. But before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he’s got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John’s daughter.
If you’re a Debbie Macomber fan, you’re gonna love Cupid’s Christmas!

The problem with humans is they’re in love with love. Even worse, they’re determined to find it themselves. They stumble in and out of relationships that simply were never meant to be and then wonder why it didn’t work. Females are infinitely more complicated than males. Lindsay Gray for example, she’s dead-set on doing this her way and four times she’s ended up with the wrong male. She’s the kind of female who makes my job a nightmare.

Contrary to popular belief, love isn’t a result of me shooting an arrow into some human’s heart—that whole bit is a lot of hooey. I get my orders from Upstairs. The Boss gives me a rundown of matches then it’s my job to make sure the male and female get together. When things go wrong I’ve got to come up with a Plan B. Unfortunately Lindsay Gray has already used up B through E, I’m now working on Plan F and she’s dangerously close to being reclassified as Love-Challenged.

Her problem is she can’t tell love from lust. She sees a pair of heavy-lidded dark eyes, or a rippling muscle and thinks she’s in love. This started when she was only ten years old and caught sight of the boy who lived two doors down. The lad was twelve and wanted nothing to do with her, but that didn’t stop Lindsay from developing a preadolescent case of lovesickness. She followed that poor boy around like a faithful puppy until she saw him kissing Sara McLachlan. Once that happened she swore she’d never love again and she didn’t, until she was eleven.

Lindsay’s mistaken love more times than I can count, and every time it ended in a disaster. She can’t understand why this keeps happening to her, but the answer is obvious—humans with do-it-yourself determination are not equipped to identify true love. They inevitably mistake passion for love. Elizabeth Taylor is a perfect example. She refused to let me handle things, so eight times she got married and seven times she got divorced. One poor chap was killed in a plane crash before she had a chance to divorce him—that was not my doing, that unfortunate  event came from Life Management. Not one of those gents was included in Elizabeth’s plan which goes to prove what I’ve been saying.

But I’m digressing, so let me get back to the subject at hand.

One of the advantages of this job is my ability to see the future and I can tell you Lindsay’s got a lot of problems ahead of her. Problems far worse than her bad boyfriend choices. Most of those problems are coming from the guy over in Life Management. Me, I’m a lovable fellow. But Life Management—well suffice it to say he handles things like car crashes, bankruptcies and heart attacks.

Right now my primary assignment isn’t Lindsay—it’s her father and Eleanor Barrow. But if I don’t step in and take control of Lindsay’s life, she’ll ruin theirs. Eleanor and John deserve better, they’ve been waiting a long time.

This isn’t the first time for Eleanor and John Gray, they were a perfect match back in high school. If Eleanor had gone to Penn State instead of Kentucky, she and John would have had four daughters and a lifetime of happiness. I set up that first match, but once she left the North East, she was out of my region. Raymond, the fellow she married was from Seattle—North West region—and they met at the University of Kentucky—Central region. You probably know where this is going, right? She was out of my region, Raymond was out of his and my counterpart in Kentucky was busy fending off the nineteen girls who thought they were in love with the same basketball player, so Eleanor and Raymond got married and became what we call an MM. (Migratory Mistake)

Despite the fact that I’d let her down, Eleanor made the best of it. If you were standing on the outside looking in, you’d actually think she was happy. Of course I knew the truth because I go to the inside of a person’s heart—I have to, it’s my job. Eleanor was a good wife and a good mother—a bit overindulgent with Ray Junior maybe, but still a good mother. Papa Raymond was another story. It was bad enough that he had an eye for the ladies, but he also had a great fondness for beer and the business sense of a turnip. An insurance salesman who sold life insurance to everybody but himself, how crazy is that?

When Life Management stepped in and did their dirty work, Raymond got an illness nobody wants and it was two years before they finally gave the okay for him to die. Eleanor took care of him that whole time and once he was gone, she worked two jobs so Ray Junior could go on to college.

Eleanor’s a woman with a big heart, lots of grit and steadfast determination, which is fortunate because when it comes to dealing with Lindsay Gray, she’s gonna need all of it. If Eleanor’s got a flaw it’s that she’s blind to the faults of those she loves, which is why Ray Junior is such a problem.

Author Bio

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

Born in Detroit and raised in a plethora of states scattered across the South and Northeast, Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back. “Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since that, she has gone on to win several more awards, including another NLAPW award, three Royal Palm Literary Awards, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and most recently the 2011 Reviewer’s Choice Award and Reader’s View Southeast Fiction Literary Award.

Her published works to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), and Life in the Land of IS (2012).  Life in the Land of IS is a memoir written for Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.

Crosby newest novel Cupid’s Christmas is scheduled for release in early October and following that, What Matters Most will be released in early 2013.


Twitter – @betteleecrosby

Review: Chasing the Trickster (Cernunnos Series #1) by April Grey

I am reviewing April Grey’s Chasing the Trickster.  This was an excellent fantasy book that will push your mind into new and exciting places.

Title: Chasing the Trickster

Series: The Cernunnos Series #1

Author: April Grey

Genre: Dark, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Eternal Press


Pages: 236

Book Description:

One Man, Two Women, Two Gods…who will survive the Trickster’s snare?

Ghostly images materialize in Nina Weaver’s photos. Goons try to kidnap her. When her photographs are stolen and her best friend is shot, she realizes that she has no one to turn to but her ex-lover, Pascal “”Goofy”” Guzman. Together they go on a desperate road trip in search of answers. The truth is darker and more terrifying than Nina could ever have imagined. After their love re-ignites, they fall into the Trickster God’s trap.


She stared at the photo on the gallery wall and silently swore. All semester ghostly images had marred her work. And now not only a strange inclusion ruined her photo, but the pin light needed to be repositioned as well. She found a ladder in the hallway supply closet. Balancing precariously on the top step, she noticed that the imperfection had changed into the image of a vehicle, and it was on fire. She could see the superheated air wavering up off of the flames. The crackling and sudden heat of a blaze forced her to lift a hand to guard her face. It was going to explode. She was quite sure of it. And then she was falling backwards, falling down…


I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it was a good start to the series.  The characters are very well-formed and the story has some really wonderful twists and turns.  The love triangle between Joe, Pascal and Nina was just a really good addition to this book.  Being that Joe is basically residing inside Pascal makes it interesting when one takes over the other.  I also love the Pascal/Linda aspect of the story.  I think that added a depth to Pascal that you don’t initially have.  This was a real page turner that won’t allow you to put it down until you are finished and panting for the next one.  I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Paranormal and fantasy.  April Grey is an excellent writer that keeps you guessing and moves the story along at good pace.  You won’t regret picking up this book!

I’d like to thank FMB blog tours for giving me this opportunity to review this awesome book.  Also, if you would like more information about April Grey be sure to click on the links below.  For more information about Chasing the Trickster you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

***This book was FREE in exchange for an open and honest review.

About the Author:

April Grey’s urban fantasy novel, Chasing The Trickster, is published by Eternal Press. Her short stories have been published in such print anthologies as Demonmind’s Halloween 2010, The Best of Everyday Fiction 2, Northern Haunts, Ephemera and Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry. Many of these stories can be found in her collection, The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe available through Amazon and Smashwords.

She and her family live in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC in a building next to a bedeviled garden. Gremlins, sprites or pixies, something mischievous, lurks therein. Someday she’ll find out.

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Writing Class – Jan 28 – Feb 10

Writing for e-zines 13 SPOTS LEFT
April Grey. The best piece of advice I ever had as a budding novelist was to also write short pieces. The benefits of publishing short stories and/or non-fiction articles with e-zines (and other publications) are huge. You can make a name for yourself as a writer, create a platform, improve your craft and get paid by selling to e-zines. This course will teach the beginning writer how to research markets, evaluate their own work, write a cover letter/follow up query and track their stories. Students will sub… {more info}
Duration: 13 days. $20/$30 (Craft, Plotting, Characterization, Industry, Genre, Intermediate)

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Review: Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

Today I am reviewing the book, Word and Breath by Susannah Noel.  This is book 1 in her Wordless series.  Her next book, Word and Deed is due out in December.

Book Blurb:

Riana has learned how to stay out of trouble. She spends her days studying written texts in the government’s Office of Readers, and she spends her nights taking care of her sick sister. She always—always—follows the rules. Despite her low profile, she has mysteriously become a target. Someone has kidnapped her sister. Someone else is trying to kill her. And someone has sent a Soul-Breather to beguile her out of her secrets.

Her help comes from the mythic leader of an underground rebel movement. A man who used to be her friend. A man who has silently loved her for years. He disappeared from her life without a word, and now he expects her to trust him again.

Then there’s the Soul-Breather, a man who can taste her spirit with only a touch. He makes her feel things she’s never experienced before, but she doesn’t know if the feelings are real. Hired to deceive and betray her, he offers to help her instead.

Without both men, she can’t rescue her sister. And she can’t discover the world-changing knowledge—buried in her memory—that has made her a target in the first place. ***Book Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.***


This was an excellent first book in this series.  The story was very unique.  In a genre that is inundated with traditional paranormal/fantasy characters, Susannah Noel creates a new world and a new set of paranormal entities.  The idea of the Soul-Breather was inventive and very well written.  I loved that they could manipulate emotions and were basically human lie detectors.  I think it is something of both a blessing and a curse.  But, the Soul-Breathers aren’t all there is to this book. The characters of Connor and Riana are well put together and you can really relate to their stories.  The romance between Mikal and Riana is very good but you just know it going to get better, but I couldn’t help myself but to root for Connor.  I kinda hope he gets his happy ending.  I kinda seems unfair.  Overall, this book was well written, well thought out and well executed.  Its got a little bit of suspense, a little bit of mystery, a little bit of paranormal and a little bit of romance.  I would recommend this book and believe me in the end you will be counting the days till December when the next one comes out.

For more information about Susannah Noel you can check out her website.  If you’d like to get more information about Word and Breath you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.

Interview and Review: The Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas

I am welcoming Elyse Douglas today.  They wrote the awesome holiday tale The Christmas Diary. Be sure to check out my review after my interview with Elyse Douglas.

Little Blurb about Elyse Douglas:

(We are a husband and wife writing team.  To keep it simple, we’ll use the pronoun I)

1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I heard a story teller in Kentucky when I was young.  He was entrancing, the way he blended character, atmosphere and plot.  The impact was dramatic.  People laughed, cried and shouted.  I witnessed the power of a good story expertly told.  I wanted to do that.  So I embarked on becoming a writer.  And then I embarked again… and again… and, somehow I think writers are always embarking, journeying and then embarking again.  But that story teller from Kentucky inspired me to buy the first ticket for what has become a long series of ticket buying, and embarking on journeys.

2. How long did it take you to write The Christmas Diary?

Six months on the first draft.  It lay around for months more, then was rewritten, reedited and proofed and then revised.  All total, about a year.

3. While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?

Every book begins with the title.  The title is a small poem and the plot grows out of that.  Once underway, the book unravels with hope-filled happy surprises.  If by page 50 the book lacks life, it’s abandoned.  If it flows, I rarely rewrite the plot.

4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?

To the hardback new fiction releases.

5. How many books in a month do you tend to read?

Eight to ten books.

6. In all the books you’ve read. Who is your most favorite character and why?

Ebenezer Scrooge.  He’s loathsome, rich, greedy, mean, frightening, odious and then… loveable, generous, delightful, joyful and loving.  It is very difficult to write a character any more entertaining, complex and textured than Scrooge.  But then, Dickens was skilled and supreme.

7. State 5 random facts about yourself.

A fair jazz pianist

Speech-language pathologist

Believe in reincarnation

Grew up in a family of astrologers

Love watching kids catch the spark for learning and exploration of life.

8. Your favorite Genre?  Romantic mystery.

9. What are you currently reading?  Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

10. What is the best book you’ve read?  Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

11. Any new projects coming up? Currently working on three. Two mysteries and one romantic mystery.

Book Blurb:
Contemporary Romance
Title: The Christmas Diary
Author: Elyse Douglas
Date Published: 9/12/12
A young woman, traveling to meet her wealthy fiancé for a Christmas wedding, loses her way in a snowstorm and is stranded at a bed and breakfast. In her room, she finds an old diary written by a man who had once owned the house. Moved by what she reads, she sets off on a journey to learn what happened to him.
I really fell in love with this book.  This time of the year I really enjoy reading holiday books.  Especially those that have a great story and a meaningful focus.  Alice’s story that begins with a snowstorm will force her to face her life as it is by reading the diary of Jack and the love and loss he heartfeltly writes about.  Her drive to meet Jack and find out what happened in the end.  Alice begins to question her life’s choice and tries to imagine if she continues down the path she is currently on will she be happy in the end or if she decides to change her life entirely will that be her best choice.  This beautiful story had me laughing and crying and feeling the depths of the pain the characters were feeling.  Everything I look for in a good holiday/christmas book was found right here.  I recommend this book for anyone who wants to feel the characters emotions and completely fall in love with a story.
I’d like to thank Elyse Douglas for stopping by today and Reading Addiction Book Tours.  For more information about Elyse Douglas you can click on their links below.  For more information about The Christmas Diary you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and any other book retailer.
Author Bio

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His grandfather was a gifted humorist and storyteller from Kentucky.

Elyse Douglas’ four novels include: The Astrologer’s Daughter, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary and Christmas Ever After. They live in New York City.

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