Seduction on a Snowy Night!

Seduction on a snowy nightby Mary Jo

Holiday anthologies are fun to read and fun to write, so I was happy to sign on to this project with two other Kensington authors, both bestsellers and friends of many years, Madeline Hunter and Sabrina Jeffries.

Seduction on a Snowy Night received a starred review from Library Journal, and is listed as one of BookPage's top Christmas romance reads. Publishers Weekly said, "Christmas touches appear throughout, and the passion is hot enough to melt a snow bank. This fanciful Regency anthology will keep readers warm all winter."

Though the three of us all write mostly in the Regency period, we're very different writers, and I had fun reading through the draft book several weeks ago and enjoying how very different we all are when it comes to stories of romance, Christmas, and abduction!  Read on to learn more:

 

Madeline Hunter, A Christmas Abduction

Tell us a bit about your story: 

MH: Caroline Dunham abducts notorious rake Baron Thornhill with the goal of forcing him to marry her sister, who has named him as the father of her unborn child. On the isolated horse farm that Caroline struggles to manage, they are thrown into close proximity while they await her sister's arrival for Christmas. Adam does not remember this sister, but he is very drawn to Caroline, and Caroline is not immune to his charm. By the time Christmas arrives, the emotional tangle has become impossible. 

Q:  Are there any special elements of your story that you'd like to tell us about?

MH: Adam is a bad boy, and I always enjoy writing their stories. In this one, he unexpectedly finds a purpose in what has been until now the life of a wastrel and rake. 

Q: Are any of the characters related to other stories you've written? 

MH: No, I wasn't smart enough to connect the novella to a series of books, lol. This is a stand alone novella, although there is another love story running in the background of the main one Never Deny A Duke

Q: Can you give us a small excerpt? 

            “I want you to know that Mr. and Mrs. Smith are not in any way involved in your being here,” Caroline said while she shrugged off her cape onto one of the red chairs. “They work here, and will help see to your comfort, but they are not part of it.”

            “That is good to know, but of little use to them. When my cousin starts looking for necks to stretch, he won’t care about nuances.”

            Mrs. Smith blanched. She grabbed the cape and hurried out.

            “That was unnecessary,” Caroline said.

            “She should know the truth. She is here. I am here. I am a prisoner. She is helping imprison me. That is all that will matter.”

            She untied her bonnet and cast it aside. Fires burned in her dark eyes. “You can frighten her as best you can and she will not be disloyal. She and her husband have been here for years, and are as good– Are you even listening to me?”

            “Of course.” Hardly. With that bonnet gone and the fire blazing, he could see her distinctly. His initial perceptions of dark eyes and hair and white skin, of a handsome face that would be more notable as she aged, held. Only now those eyes were ablaze with annoyance and her head balanced just so on exact posture and her presence warmed him as much as the flames in the fireplace at his back.

            “Then hear me when I say do not try that again. If you do, you will not eat well here.”

            “Surely you are not threatening me with bread and water?”

            “It won’t kill you. In fact, it might do you some good to lose a few pounds.”

            “Excuse me?”

            “I am not saying you are fat, only that you have thickened a bit, as men do when they leave youth behind and start softening in their middle years.”

            “Excuse me?” Thickened? Middle years? Softening? He was barely twenty-seven and at most weighed five pounds more than when in university.

            “Have I insulted you? Oh, dear.  I do apologize.” She did not sound the least sorry. “Now you must come with me so I can show you your chamber.”

Sabrina Jeffries, A Perfect Match

Q: Tell us a bit about your story:      

SJ: The hero is Colonel Lord Heywood Wolfe. He inherited a small estate from his mother’s side of the family, but has no money to do anything with it. So he needs to marry an heiress, and when he returns to England to visit his family, he has the perfect woman in mind: his fellow soldier’s sister, the heiress Kitty, whose letters have kept him vastly entertained. What he doesn’t know is that her cousin Cassandra really wrote the letters. Cass pretends not to be an heiress to weed out the fortune-hunters. But when the latest fortune-hunter after Kitty’s hand is overheard by Heywood plotting to kidnap her, he decides to whisk both women away to his family’s mansion to protect them. Christmas shenanigans ensue and eventually Heywood ends up with the perfect woman for him.

Q:  Are there any special elements of your story that you'd like to tell us about? The Bachelor

SJ: The story is a nod to Cyrano de Bergerac, for one thing. It also introduces the villain for my next book, The Bachelor. Since the family has lived in Prussia until recently, I was able to use a Christmas tree in the story and do some fun things with gilded gingerbread, which I’d never heard of until I started doing research for this story.

Q: Are any of the characters related to other stories you've written>

SJ: Yes, this is part of my Duke Dynasty series about a blended family: a thrice-widowed mother with children by three different dukes. The eldest is the only son of one duke, the fraternal twins (a nod to my twin niece and nephew) are the son and daughter of another, and the two youngest brothers were born to the third, who didn’t expect ever to become duke. Heywood is the younger brother of those two. Some of the other members of the family make brief appearances in this book.

Q: Can you give us a short excerpt?

SJ: I can! Here you go:

            The stranger’s gaze skimmed Cass’s form with decided interest. “Since we’re already acquainted by virtue of sharing this stretch of terrace, I was hoping we could dispense with formalities.”

            The droll remark made her smile in spite of herself. “You’re very cavalier about introductions, sir.”

            His eyes gleamed at her. “So are you. If you’ll recall, you spoke to me first.”

            He was flirting with her, of all things. In her role of poor relation, she rarely found herself the object of interest from such a good-looking fellow. “And I begin to think that was a mistake.” She cast a critical glance over his attire. “You are obviously not dressed for the occasion.”

            “Something I’m already regretting.” His rumbling voice sent a jolt to her senses, which was utterly unwise.

            “Were you even invited to the ball?” she pressed him.

            He crossed his impressive arms over his equally impressive chest. “That’s a rude question. Were you?”

            She laughed outright. “I don’t generally push my way into social affairs.”

            “Why not? You fit in beautifully. Much better than I.”

            “We’ve already established that,” she said dryly. “Although it hasn’t stopped you from lurking about out here like a thief.”

            He drew himself up with mock pride. “I’ll have you know, madam, that I’m only a thief where lovely ladies are concerned.” He leaned just close enough to give her a whiff of his bay rum scent. “I do steal the occasional kiss.”

Mary Jo Putney, One Wicked Winter Night

Q: Tell us a bit about your story.

MJP: Lady Diana Lawrence has been traveling to exotic places for years, and has finally decide to leave her home in India and return to friends and family in England. She is staying with her favorite niece, Lady Aurora Lawrence, when Rory decides to give a pre-Christmas masquerade ball.  Swathed in veils, the two Lawrence ladies perform an exotic Hindu dance together. 

A dashing masked corsair sweeps Diana into a waltz–and before the dance is over, she discovers that her corsair is the man she loved and left years ago.  Her reasons were good, but Anthony Raines, now the Duke of Castleton, has never understood why, and he's determined to find out, no matter what it takes! 

Q:  Are there any special elements of your story that you'd like to tell us about?

MJP: Yes, here's the YouTube video I found for inspiration of the exotic dance Diana and Rory performed. (Shiva Shambho: Most Watched Bharatanatyam Dance | Best of Indian Classical Dance) I loved watching this, and it fit with the characters.Once A Spy MM.story.

Also, the story has cats, in particular the Patriarch of my Pack, Panda the Magnificent.  He plays a key role, but there are a couple of other of my cats as well.  Because cats are fun.  <G>

Q: Are any of the characters related to other stories you've written?

MJP: Yes, this is one of the advantages of doing a novella; it's a chance to find happy endings for secondary characters from earlier books.  The hero of my story, Anthony Raines, is the younger brother of two of my heroines:  Lady Julia in Never Less Than a Lady and Athena Markham in Once a Soldier.  They had a horrible father and the two daughters bolted early.  As the heir to the dukedom, Anthony had to endure his father to protect his people, and it made him wise and compassionate. 

Though she isn't seen, Lady Diana is mentioned in my book Once a Scoundrel. The heroine of that story, Lady Aurora, had been visiting her aunt in India before that book begins.  I knew that Diana was a very young aunt, so what to do with her?  The result is "One Wicked Winter Night."

Q: Here's an excerpt taken from when Diana and Anthony waltz at the masquerade A Panda ponders:

            She realized that sensual awareness was moving into intense attraction and the feelings were mutual.  And wasn’t that an outrageous thought?  He was a stranger and his easy confidence suggested that he was a married man. Even if he wasn’t, she was not about to give up her independent life, and she was not a woman to take casual lovers. 

            Though there was nothing casual about how she felt tonight.  As they waltzed, their bodies drew closer than was respectable.  He was all male heat and strength, a wordless invitation to sin. 

            She felt reckless and a little wild, and she made no protest when he swept them into one of the ballroom’s shadowed alcoves. “You are enchanting, my exotic lady,” he breathed.  “Will you join me for the supper dance?”

            He wanted more than that, and so did she.  “Perhaps I will.  But first . . .”  She tugged her veil from her lower face in a not very subtle invitation for a kiss.

            An invitation he accepted.  Their lips met in a warm, sweet thank-you for the pleasure of their dancing.  Then his arms closed around her, and lightness dissolved into a desire that scorched her to her marrow.  She leaned into him, their bodies molding together as the kiss deepened.  He kissed like a god, she thought hazily.  She’d never before experienced such a fierce response–

            No, she had felt this scorching sensuality before!  She jerked away until her back was pressed against the wall. “Anthony?” she gasped as she reached up to yank off his mask, revealing the face and deep blue eyes that were burned on her heart by the flames of first love. 

We're giving away three copies of Seduction on a Snowy Night to people who leave comments on this blog between now and midnight Thursday.  Sorry, US only.

Seduction on a snowy nightHappy reading, and ho, ho, ho!

Mary Jo

    Sabrina

        Madeline

 

230 thoughts on “Seduction on a Snowy Night!”

  1. My Chartreux/Tabby mix hopped up on my chair as soon as I played the video. Her pumpkin colored eyes following the dancing frenetically while purring loudly. Who knew she likes Hindu dancing? I have begun to stock up my Christmas novellas. I may break down and read this before Halloween. I do try to keep a separation in my seasons. I’m not a fan of “Merry Hallowthanksmas.” These do look like fun stories!

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  2. My Chartreux/Tabby mix hopped up on my chair as soon as I played the video. Her pumpkin colored eyes following the dancing frenetically while purring loudly. Who knew she likes Hindu dancing? I have begun to stock up my Christmas novellas. I may break down and read this before Halloween. I do try to keep a separation in my seasons. I’m not a fan of “Merry Hallowthanksmas.” These do look like fun stories!

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  3. My Chartreux/Tabby mix hopped up on my chair as soon as I played the video. Her pumpkin colored eyes following the dancing frenetically while purring loudly. Who knew she likes Hindu dancing? I have begun to stock up my Christmas novellas. I may break down and read this before Halloween. I do try to keep a separation in my seasons. I’m not a fan of “Merry Hallowthanksmas.” These do look like fun stories!

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  4. My Chartreux/Tabby mix hopped up on my chair as soon as I played the video. Her pumpkin colored eyes following the dancing frenetically while purring loudly. Who knew she likes Hindu dancing? I have begun to stock up my Christmas novellas. I may break down and read this before Halloween. I do try to keep a separation in my seasons. I’m not a fan of “Merry Hallowthanksmas.” These do look like fun stories!

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  5. My Chartreux/Tabby mix hopped up on my chair as soon as I played the video. Her pumpkin colored eyes following the dancing frenetically while purring loudly. Who knew she likes Hindu dancing? I have begun to stock up my Christmas novellas. I may break down and read this before Halloween. I do try to keep a separation in my seasons. I’m not a fan of “Merry Hallowthanksmas.” These do look like fun stories!

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  6. Thank you for your introduction to these stories! The spirit of the authors shines through, and is an encouragement to dive into the stories.

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  7. Thank you for your introduction to these stories! The spirit of the authors shines through, and is an encouragement to dive into the stories.

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  8. Thank you for your introduction to these stories! The spirit of the authors shines through, and is an encouragement to dive into the stories.

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  9. Thank you for your introduction to these stories! The spirit of the authors shines through, and is an encouragement to dive into the stories.

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  10. Thank you for your introduction to these stories! The spirit of the authors shines through, and is an encouragement to dive into the stories.

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  11. Happy to say I have this book in my pile to read. The Hindu dancing video is a delight to watch! I am glad some of the novellas are appearing in books like Seduction on a Snowy Night because not all of us can read eBooks. Thank you.

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  12. Happy to say I have this book in my pile to read. The Hindu dancing video is a delight to watch! I am glad some of the novellas are appearing in books like Seduction on a Snowy Night because not all of us can read eBooks. Thank you.

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  13. Happy to say I have this book in my pile to read. The Hindu dancing video is a delight to watch! I am glad some of the novellas are appearing in books like Seduction on a Snowy Night because not all of us can read eBooks. Thank you.

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  14. Happy to say I have this book in my pile to read. The Hindu dancing video is a delight to watch! I am glad some of the novellas are appearing in books like Seduction on a Snowy Night because not all of us can read eBooks. Thank you.

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  15. Happy to say I have this book in my pile to read. The Hindu dancing video is a delight to watch! I am glad some of the novellas are appearing in books like Seduction on a Snowy Night because not all of us can read eBooks. Thank you.

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  16. I appreciate your giving us a taste of these stories from your Christmas book. I discovered Word Wenches through Mischief and Mistletoe found in my local digital library. I saw Joanna Bourne’s name on the cover and discovered the rest of you. And I’m very glad I did.
    Serena DuBois

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  17. I appreciate your giving us a taste of these stories from your Christmas book. I discovered Word Wenches through Mischief and Mistletoe found in my local digital library. I saw Joanna Bourne’s name on the cover and discovered the rest of you. And I’m very glad I did.
    Serena DuBois

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  18. I appreciate your giving us a taste of these stories from your Christmas book. I discovered Word Wenches through Mischief and Mistletoe found in my local digital library. I saw Joanna Bourne’s name on the cover and discovered the rest of you. And I’m very glad I did.
    Serena DuBois

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  19. I appreciate your giving us a taste of these stories from your Christmas book. I discovered Word Wenches through Mischief and Mistletoe found in my local digital library. I saw Joanna Bourne’s name on the cover and discovered the rest of you. And I’m very glad I did.
    Serena DuBois

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  20. I appreciate your giving us a taste of these stories from your Christmas book. I discovered Word Wenches through Mischief and Mistletoe found in my local digital library. I saw Joanna Bourne’s name on the cover and discovered the rest of you. And I’m very glad I did.
    Serena DuBois

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  21. Thank for for the glimpses into the stories and characters. The outfits the girls wore in the video were really great. Christmas themed anthologies are awesome with the shorter stories incase you don’t have time for a full length book plus to help you get in the mood for the season. Thank you!

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  22. Thank for for the glimpses into the stories and characters. The outfits the girls wore in the video were really great. Christmas themed anthologies are awesome with the shorter stories incase you don’t have time for a full length book plus to help you get in the mood for the season. Thank you!

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  23. Thank for for the glimpses into the stories and characters. The outfits the girls wore in the video were really great. Christmas themed anthologies are awesome with the shorter stories incase you don’t have time for a full length book plus to help you get in the mood for the season. Thank you!

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  24. Thank for for the glimpses into the stories and characters. The outfits the girls wore in the video were really great. Christmas themed anthologies are awesome with the shorter stories incase you don’t have time for a full length book plus to help you get in the mood for the season. Thank you!

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  25. Thank for for the glimpses into the stories and characters. The outfits the girls wore in the video were really great. Christmas themed anthologies are awesome with the shorter stories incase you don’t have time for a full length book plus to help you get in the mood for the season. Thank you!

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  26. Can’t wait to read this anthology! Love the authors and have read the related books. I have read several Christmas/Winter anthologies and just love them.

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  27. Can’t wait to read this anthology! Love the authors and have read the related books. I have read several Christmas/Winter anthologies and just love them.

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  28. Can’t wait to read this anthology! Love the authors and have read the related books. I have read several Christmas/Winter anthologies and just love them.

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  29. Can’t wait to read this anthology! Love the authors and have read the related books. I have read several Christmas/Winter anthologies and just love them.

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  30. Can’t wait to read this anthology! Love the authors and have read the related books. I have read several Christmas/Winter anthologies and just love them.

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  31. Oh! The delights in store! Those snippets from the stories sound wonderful. Love how you are connecting Anthony and Diana together. Anthony has always seemed to be a lovely young man and he does deserve a HEA.

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  32. Oh! The delights in store! Those snippets from the stories sound wonderful. Love how you are connecting Anthony and Diana together. Anthony has always seemed to be a lovely young man and he does deserve a HEA.

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  33. Oh! The delights in store! Those snippets from the stories sound wonderful. Love how you are connecting Anthony and Diana together. Anthony has always seemed to be a lovely young man and he does deserve a HEA.

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  34. Oh! The delights in store! Those snippets from the stories sound wonderful. Love how you are connecting Anthony and Diana together. Anthony has always seemed to be a lovely young man and he does deserve a HEA.

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  35. Oh! The delights in store! Those snippets from the stories sound wonderful. Love how you are connecting Anthony and Diana together. Anthony has always seemed to be a lovely young man and he does deserve a HEA.

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  36. I only know a little about Hindu dance but that video was exquisite! The clarity and unity of the bells on their ankles was amazing; and how they were able to hold their poses so still when they had just been doing a very vigorous passage was beyond amazing.
    I like the work of every author in the anthology and hope to read it soon. It’s an amusing twist on the standard abduction trope to see the man as the one abducted.I’m sure all the stories will be very enjoyable.

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  37. I only know a little about Hindu dance but that video was exquisite! The clarity and unity of the bells on their ankles was amazing; and how they were able to hold their poses so still when they had just been doing a very vigorous passage was beyond amazing.
    I like the work of every author in the anthology and hope to read it soon. It’s an amusing twist on the standard abduction trope to see the man as the one abducted.I’m sure all the stories will be very enjoyable.

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  38. I only know a little about Hindu dance but that video was exquisite! The clarity and unity of the bells on their ankles was amazing; and how they were able to hold their poses so still when they had just been doing a very vigorous passage was beyond amazing.
    I like the work of every author in the anthology and hope to read it soon. It’s an amusing twist on the standard abduction trope to see the man as the one abducted.I’m sure all the stories will be very enjoyable.

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  39. I only know a little about Hindu dance but that video was exquisite! The clarity and unity of the bells on their ankles was amazing; and how they were able to hold their poses so still when they had just been doing a very vigorous passage was beyond amazing.
    I like the work of every author in the anthology and hope to read it soon. It’s an amusing twist on the standard abduction trope to see the man as the one abducted.I’m sure all the stories will be very enjoyable.

    Reply
  40. I only know a little about Hindu dance but that video was exquisite! The clarity and unity of the bells on their ankles was amazing; and how they were able to hold their poses so still when they had just been doing a very vigorous passage was beyond amazing.
    I like the work of every author in the anthology and hope to read it soon. It’s an amusing twist on the standard abduction trope to see the man as the one abducted.I’m sure all the stories will be very enjoyable.

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  41. I am so looking forward to reading this book. I do love shorter stories and theme related it great. I love the cover as well. As mentioned above – thanks to the publisher in putting Anthologies together so that those of us who prefer books can access them as well.
    Thanks also for adding the images of the other books written by the three of you. I had not seen two of them so more is good.

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  42. I am so looking forward to reading this book. I do love shorter stories and theme related it great. I love the cover as well. As mentioned above – thanks to the publisher in putting Anthologies together so that those of us who prefer books can access them as well.
    Thanks also for adding the images of the other books written by the three of you. I had not seen two of them so more is good.

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  43. I am so looking forward to reading this book. I do love shorter stories and theme related it great. I love the cover as well. As mentioned above – thanks to the publisher in putting Anthologies together so that those of us who prefer books can access them as well.
    Thanks also for adding the images of the other books written by the three of you. I had not seen two of them so more is good.

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  44. I am so looking forward to reading this book. I do love shorter stories and theme related it great. I love the cover as well. As mentioned above – thanks to the publisher in putting Anthologies together so that those of us who prefer books can access them as well.
    Thanks also for adding the images of the other books written by the three of you. I had not seen two of them so more is good.

    Reply
  45. I am so looking forward to reading this book. I do love shorter stories and theme related it great. I love the cover as well. As mentioned above – thanks to the publisher in putting Anthologies together so that those of us who prefer books can access them as well.
    Thanks also for adding the images of the other books written by the three of you. I had not seen two of them so more is good.

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  46. Margot, I agree that it’s good when readers can choose either print or ebooks. I’m gradually putting more of my backlist books into Print on Demand. POD books are pricey, but I want print readers to have the choice.

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  47. Margot, I agree that it’s good when readers can choose either print or ebooks. I’m gradually putting more of my backlist books into Print on Demand. POD books are pricey, but I want print readers to have the choice.

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  48. Margot, I agree that it’s good when readers can choose either print or ebooks. I’m gradually putting more of my backlist books into Print on Demand. POD books are pricey, but I want print readers to have the choice.

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  49. Margot, I agree that it’s good when readers can choose either print or ebooks. I’m gradually putting more of my backlist books into Print on Demand. POD books are pricey, but I want print readers to have the choice.

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  50. Margot, I agree that it’s good when readers can choose either print or ebooks. I’m gradually putting more of my backlist books into Print on Demand. POD books are pricey, but I want print readers to have the choice.

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  51. I love anthologies! Sometimes I just want to get thru the whole story in one day and end with a happy sigh. I know I’ll love these stories by my favorite authors.

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  52. I love anthologies! Sometimes I just want to get thru the whole story in one day and end with a happy sigh. I know I’ll love these stories by my favorite authors.

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  53. I love anthologies! Sometimes I just want to get thru the whole story in one day and end with a happy sigh. I know I’ll love these stories by my favorite authors.

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  54. I love anthologies! Sometimes I just want to get thru the whole story in one day and end with a happy sigh. I know I’ll love these stories by my favorite authors.

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  55. I love anthologies! Sometimes I just want to get thru the whole story in one day and end with a happy sigh. I know I’ll love these stories by my favorite authors.

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  56. If it is any consolation to anyone, Merry HallowThanksMas is not exclusive to the US. I have a friend in Wales who sighs when the Christmas decorations show up all over and the leaves are just turning colors.
    These three stories sound really lovely. I am a fan of people finding love at Christmas. I am not sure why, but it seems that there should be romance all over the scene at Christmas.
    It is a time of peace on earth, goodwill to all men so why not goodwill to all women and men together?
    I believe that it is logical that people find it easier to see the good in others during the season. Also, doesn’t everyone look really terrific by the light of a Christmas tree? Or not.
    Each of these stories illustrates the talent of each author. And each excerpt made me smile. So, thank you ladies. Here in Austin Texas, we have had the hottest September on record, and it is another hot day today. I reckon that when Christmas arrives, the poor holiday will take one look around and decide to go north.

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  57. If it is any consolation to anyone, Merry HallowThanksMas is not exclusive to the US. I have a friend in Wales who sighs when the Christmas decorations show up all over and the leaves are just turning colors.
    These three stories sound really lovely. I am a fan of people finding love at Christmas. I am not sure why, but it seems that there should be romance all over the scene at Christmas.
    It is a time of peace on earth, goodwill to all men so why not goodwill to all women and men together?
    I believe that it is logical that people find it easier to see the good in others during the season. Also, doesn’t everyone look really terrific by the light of a Christmas tree? Or not.
    Each of these stories illustrates the talent of each author. And each excerpt made me smile. So, thank you ladies. Here in Austin Texas, we have had the hottest September on record, and it is another hot day today. I reckon that when Christmas arrives, the poor holiday will take one look around and decide to go north.

    Reply
  58. If it is any consolation to anyone, Merry HallowThanksMas is not exclusive to the US. I have a friend in Wales who sighs when the Christmas decorations show up all over and the leaves are just turning colors.
    These three stories sound really lovely. I am a fan of people finding love at Christmas. I am not sure why, but it seems that there should be romance all over the scene at Christmas.
    It is a time of peace on earth, goodwill to all men so why not goodwill to all women and men together?
    I believe that it is logical that people find it easier to see the good in others during the season. Also, doesn’t everyone look really terrific by the light of a Christmas tree? Or not.
    Each of these stories illustrates the talent of each author. And each excerpt made me smile. So, thank you ladies. Here in Austin Texas, we have had the hottest September on record, and it is another hot day today. I reckon that when Christmas arrives, the poor holiday will take one look around and decide to go north.

    Reply
  59. If it is any consolation to anyone, Merry HallowThanksMas is not exclusive to the US. I have a friend in Wales who sighs when the Christmas decorations show up all over and the leaves are just turning colors.
    These three stories sound really lovely. I am a fan of people finding love at Christmas. I am not sure why, but it seems that there should be romance all over the scene at Christmas.
    It is a time of peace on earth, goodwill to all men so why not goodwill to all women and men together?
    I believe that it is logical that people find it easier to see the good in others during the season. Also, doesn’t everyone look really terrific by the light of a Christmas tree? Or not.
    Each of these stories illustrates the talent of each author. And each excerpt made me smile. So, thank you ladies. Here in Austin Texas, we have had the hottest September on record, and it is another hot day today. I reckon that when Christmas arrives, the poor holiday will take one look around and decide to go north.

    Reply
  60. If it is any consolation to anyone, Merry HallowThanksMas is not exclusive to the US. I have a friend in Wales who sighs when the Christmas decorations show up all over and the leaves are just turning colors.
    These three stories sound really lovely. I am a fan of people finding love at Christmas. I am not sure why, but it seems that there should be romance all over the scene at Christmas.
    It is a time of peace on earth, goodwill to all men so why not goodwill to all women and men together?
    I believe that it is logical that people find it easier to see the good in others during the season. Also, doesn’t everyone look really terrific by the light of a Christmas tree? Or not.
    Each of these stories illustrates the talent of each author. And each excerpt made me smile. So, thank you ladies. Here in Austin Texas, we have had the hottest September on record, and it is another hot day today. I reckon that when Christmas arrives, the poor holiday will take one look around and decide to go north.

    Reply
  61. Top if my TBR. Any one of you would have made this one an auto buy. Having all three of you guarantees a terrific read.

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  62. Top if my TBR. Any one of you would have made this one an auto buy. Having all three of you guarantees a terrific read.

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  63. Top if my TBR. Any one of you would have made this one an auto buy. Having all three of you guarantees a terrific read.

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  64. Top if my TBR. Any one of you would have made this one an auto buy. Having all three of you guarantees a terrific read.

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  65. Top if my TBR. Any one of you would have made this one an auto buy. Having all three of you guarantees a terrific read.

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  66. Christmas anthologies can be just the thing to enjoy when times limited during busy holidays. Sounds like a good collection of stories.

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  67. Christmas anthologies can be just the thing to enjoy when times limited during busy holidays. Sounds like a good collection of stories.

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  68. Christmas anthologies can be just the thing to enjoy when times limited during busy holidays. Sounds like a good collection of stories.

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  69. Christmas anthologies can be just the thing to enjoy when times limited during busy holidays. Sounds like a good collection of stories.

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  70. Christmas anthologies can be just the thing to enjoy when times limited during busy holidays. Sounds like a good collection of stories.

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  71. Hello, ladies : ) The title. “Seduction on a Snowy Night”–conjures up some wicked-good imagery. The stories–written by three of my favorite authors–sound delicious. Best Wishes for all releases!!!

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  72. Hello, ladies : ) The title. “Seduction on a Snowy Night”–conjures up some wicked-good imagery. The stories–written by three of my favorite authors–sound delicious. Best Wishes for all releases!!!

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  73. Hello, ladies : ) The title. “Seduction on a Snowy Night”–conjures up some wicked-good imagery. The stories–written by three of my favorite authors–sound delicious. Best Wishes for all releases!!!

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  74. Hello, ladies : ) The title. “Seduction on a Snowy Night”–conjures up some wicked-good imagery. The stories–written by three of my favorite authors–sound delicious. Best Wishes for all releases!!!

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  75. Hello, ladies : ) The title. “Seduction on a Snowy Night”–conjures up some wicked-good imagery. The stories–written by three of my favorite authors–sound delicious. Best Wishes for all releases!!!

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  76. I love Christmas novellas. I read them all year long – at least the ones that are comfort reads to me. So, if I don’t win one, I’ll have to go out and order it. Sounds good!

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  77. I love Christmas novellas. I read them all year long – at least the ones that are comfort reads to me. So, if I don’t win one, I’ll have to go out and order it. Sounds good!

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  78. I love Christmas novellas. I read them all year long – at least the ones that are comfort reads to me. So, if I don’t win one, I’ll have to go out and order it. Sounds good!

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  79. I love Christmas novellas. I read them all year long – at least the ones that are comfort reads to me. So, if I don’t win one, I’ll have to go out and order it. Sounds good!

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  80. I love Christmas novellas. I read them all year long – at least the ones that are comfort reads to me. So, if I don’t win one, I’ll have to go out and order it. Sounds good!

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  81. I agree that print anthologies are getting more rare. I’m so glad our publisher is committed to print along with digital. I hope you enjoy these not too short shorts
    Madeline

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  82. I agree that print anthologies are getting more rare. I’m so glad our publisher is committed to print along with digital. I hope you enjoy these not too short shorts
    Madeline

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  83. I agree that print anthologies are getting more rare. I’m so glad our publisher is committed to print along with digital. I hope you enjoy these not too short shorts
    Madeline

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  84. I agree that print anthologies are getting more rare. I’m so glad our publisher is committed to print along with digital. I hope you enjoy these not too short shorts
    Madeline

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  85. I agree that print anthologies are getting more rare. I’m so glad our publisher is committed to print along with digital. I hope you enjoy these not too short shorts
    Madeline

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  86. I especially want novellas during the holidays. Life gets hectic and a novella is just the right length for a one evening escape.

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  87. I especially want novellas during the holidays. Life gets hectic and a novella is just the right length for a one evening escape.

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  88. I especially want novellas during the holidays. Life gets hectic and a novella is just the right length for a one evening escape.

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  89. I especially want novellas during the holidays. Life gets hectic and a novella is just the right length for a one evening escape.

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  90. I especially want novellas during the holidays. Life gets hectic and a novella is just the right length for a one evening escape.

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  91. So cool you read them all year long. But it makes sense. Christmas makes for an instant cozy read and setting so stories set then are definitely comfort reads.

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  92. So cool you read them all year long. But it makes sense. Christmas makes for an instant cozy read and setting so stories set then are definitely comfort reads.

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  93. So cool you read them all year long. But it makes sense. Christmas makes for an instant cozy read and setting so stories set then are definitely comfort reads.

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  94. So cool you read them all year long. But it makes sense. Christmas makes for an instant cozy read and setting so stories set then are definitely comfort reads.

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  95. So cool you read them all year long. But it makes sense. Christmas makes for an instant cozy read and setting so stories set then are definitely comfort reads.

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