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Dear Santa


by Nancy Naigle

Release Date Oct 16, 2018

A holiday retelling of You’ve Got Mail that will make

you fall in love with the Christmas Season!

Available to Pre-Order in E-Book or Paperback

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From USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle, Dear Santa is a heartwarming Christmas story about finding your passion for life and love.


Angela Carson wants nothing more than to be the third-generation to run her family’s holiday store, Heart of Christmas, successfully. They’ve weathered over sixty tourist seasons, major hurricanes, and urban sprawl, in their old decommissioned lighthouse. But the national chain that set up shop in their small North Carolina town of Pleasant Sands may be more than Heart of Christmas can survive.

Geoff Paisley has been at his mother’s side running the mega-chain Christmas Galore for the last ten years. When his mother falls ill, Geoff promises to answer the town’s Dear Santa letters in her stead. Soon he realizes the woman he’s been corresponding with on Dear Santa is Angela. How could the woman that grates his every last nerve in person have intrigued him so deeply through those letters?

Encouraged by her niece to ask Santa for help, Angela gives in and lets the words fly in a way that, if Santa were real, would no doubt land her on the naughty list. What’s the harm when it’s just a computer-generated response?

When Geoff reveals that he’s her Dear Santa, will Angela be able to set aside their very public feud to embrace the magic of the holiday and possibly find true love?

My Thoughts:

This heartwarming holiday romance smacks of a Hallmark movie although it’s not a hallmark tale. It is however a Christmas re-telling of You’ve Got Mail.
I always have loved this movie since it came out in 1998 and never miss a re-airing of it when shown on TV.

There is just enough angst between our hero and heroine to make it a page turner and far from dull.

Dear Santa letters answered by Geoff in the place of his mother, Angela’s Dear Santa letters brought on by the urging of her niece; how can these two things bring these enemies to the point of love rather than hate?

Will Angela’s distinctly naughty Santa letter be the beginning of something totally different between this warring pair?

In this must read holiday romance you will find your answers.

I gave this sweet, sexy enemies to friends to lovers story 4.25 of 5.0 stars for plot, story and character development. Since this book has a Hallmark flair to it there is no sensual nature to this book.
I read and reviewed a complimentary digital ARC of this title received through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


About The Author:

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the 4575284crossroad of small town and suspense. 

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provide an escape from the hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates.

Look for Nancy’s titles in the Adams Grove series. 
Sweet Tea and Secrets
Out of Focus
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes 
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies 
Mint Juleps and Justice 
Barbecue and Bad News
~coming soon Porch Swings and Promises

Nancy also has co-written books with:
Phyllis C. Johnson ~ inkBLOT
Kelsey Browning ~ The Granny Series
Book 1- In For A Penny
Book 2 – Fit To Be Tied
Book 3 – In High Cotton 
Book 4 – Under The Gun
Book 5 – Gimme Some Sugar

Boot Creek Novels
Life After Perfect
Every Yesterday
Until Tomorrow

Christmas Books
Christmas Joy
Hope at Christmas
Christmas in Evergreen
Dear Santa

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets. She also enjoys horseback riding on her palomino, Tooter.

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she now calls North Carolina home.

Small Town Christmas


Serendipity, Indiana Book 1

by Magdalena Scott

File Size: 4202 KB

Print Length: 188 pages

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

Publisher: Jewel Box Books

Publication Date: November 5, 2014

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English


Digital List price: $2.99

FREE For a Limited Time at:



~*~Melissa and her son need a new start. Jim wants a second chance. The past can ruin their future…or make it magical.~*~

Single mom Melissa is moving back to Serendipity, Indiana to raise her young son and run her new business, in spite of a painful past and the fact that the man who broke her heart years ago still lives there.

With his dad’s death, the work of the family Christmas tree farm has fallen to Jim Standish. But how can he hold everything together for the sake of his family, when his past is pulling him apart? Nobody can do it all, and there’s an obvious solution for the Standish family. But in Serendipity, there’s often more going on than a casual observer will ever know.

A new tragedy puts Melissa and her son in closer contact with the Standish family. Ignoring the past, and Jim Standish’s part in it, is no longer an option.

This is a story about second chances: facing difficulties of the past and not only moving on, but becoming stronger because of them. It’s also a story about “coincidences” in life that may be more than that.

A delightful touch of Christmas magic makes Small Town Christmas a story that ends on a sigh!

Here’s a holiday gift you can unwrap early…

Coming October 15th!




a holiday anthology featuring all-new linked novellas

by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan & Joanna Shupe!

The e-book is available to pre-order for $5.99 at:

Kindle * Kobo * iBooks * Nook * More

What about print copies, you ask?

 These authors have put together a special hardcover edition!

You can even order a copy with a bookplate signed by all four authors

which daresay would make an excellent holiday gift.

Signed copies are exclusively available to order from these three bookstores:

The Ripped Bodice (Los Angeles, CA)

Katy Budget Books (Houston, TX)

WORD (New York, NY)

Unsigned print copies are also available from 

Amazon and other online retailers.

Christmas magic is in the air… From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance…with a little help from some enchanted shortbread.

“Meet Me in Mayfair” by Tessa Dare
Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless—and unexpectedly handsome—Thorndale himself. Now the duke’s holding her future in his hands…and he’s not letting go.

“The Duke of Christmas Present” by Sarah MacLean
Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of Allryd, has no time for holidays. Holidays are for whimsy and charm—the only two things his money cannot buy. Lady Jacqueline Mosby is full of both, even now, twelve years after she left to see the world. When Jacqueline returns for a single Christmas, Eben can’t resist the woman he never stopped loving…or the future they’d once been promised. It will take a miracle to convince her to stay…but if ever there were a time for miracles, it’s Christmas…

“Heiress Alone” by Sophie Jordan 
When Annis Bannister’s family leaves her behind in the rush to escape an impending snowstorm, she finds herself stranded in the Highlands, left to fend off brigands terrorizing the countryside, robbing homes locked up for winter. Her only hope falls on her neighbor, a surly hermit duke who unravels her with a look, then a kiss … until she fears the danger to her heart outweighs the danger of brigands and snowstorms. 
“Christmas in Central Park” by Joanna Shupe
Women all over America devour Mrs. Walker’s weekly column for recipes and advice. No one knows Rose, the column’s author, can’t even boil water. When the paper’s owner, Duke Havemeyer, insists she host a Christmas party, Rose must scramble to find a husband, an empty mansion, and a cook. But Duke is not a man easily fooled and she fears her perfect plan is failing—especially when Duke’s attentions make her feel anything but professional. To save her career will she give up her chance at love?


Enter the How the Dukes Stole Christmas giveaway.
Twenty winners will receive one gift-wrapped, signed book from one of the four
authors: Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan, or Joanna Shupe.
Plus a little shortbread to nibble while reading!
Winners to be chosen by October 14, 2018.
Open to international readers, but prizes may be
substituted due to postage or other restrictions.

Fragments of Ash



A Modern Fairytale



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From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!

My name is Ashley Ellis…

I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.

When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.

With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father

…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**



“This release has been hyped and I was extremely stoked-up to get a copy. I kept everything crossed that this wasn’t another of those cases of overhyped-super-let-down. Thankfully this book lived up to the buzz and so much more. The telling of a modern-day fairytale has been tried and done by several authors. This author is I have to say, the best of them. Chock-full of romance, suspense and a tinge of mystery.” –Kindle Friends Forever

~From beginning to end it was total perfection. The writing was excellent. The pace was impeccable. The plot was engaging, and more importantly…UNIQUE. ” — Between the Bookends

~”The story of Cinderella has been told many times before but I can almost guarantee that you’ve never read one like this before! Katy Regnery took the beloved Cinderella story and completely flipped it on its head and I totally loved it.” –-The Book Boyfriend Addict

~”I was hooked from the first page and found that though this book does deal with quite a bit of darkness, it was also sweet and filled with characters that absolutely charmed me!” –Wine Lover Book Reviews

~”Fan-freaking-tastic! I literally could not put it down. Fragments of Ash was original, intense, and utterly phenomenal. This is Cinderella like you’ve never seen her before, and I cannot shout loudly enough about how badly you need to read it! ” –Bookgasms Book Blog

~What a wonderful, twisted spin on Cinderella. All of the books in this series are a modern twist on the old fairy tale. But this one, goodness what a twist! Lots of darkness brewing in this one along with some suspense. So many layers to unravel. It had me captivated from the first chapter.” —Obsessive Reading Disorder

~”One click this book, it’s a little dark, a little twisted but one heck of a good read.” —Erin, Goodreads reader

~”Oh, my heart. I don’t know how I’ll sleep after reading this book. I’m completely shattered.” —A Book Lover’s Emporium Book Blog

~”A dark twist on the classic Cinderella story, that will take you on a heart-wrenching and breathtaking ride, all while restoring your faith in fairytales once again.” —Yeah or Neigh Reviews

~”The plot was amazing. The drama was suspenseful. The character dynamic was amazing. There was character growth and a few surprise twists that you would not see coming. I will recommend this story to others.” —The Book Curmudgeon

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