Friday, 20 December 2013

Let It Snow Books: Guest post by Karen Erickson + Giveaway

I have another snowed-in treat for you: please give a warm welcome to Karen Erickson, one of the contributing authors of the Entangled Bliss anthology, Stranded with a Hero! ;-) 

The Magic of the Holidays
by Karen Erickson

Christmas is coming super fast and I must confess…I haven’t had as much holiday spirit as I usually do. I blame somewhat the short time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas (I know retailers do). I also blame the fact that I’ve been extra busy this year writing my tail off as not just one romance writer but two (my other pen name, Monica Murphy, as kept me running).

I also think it’s because my kids are getting older. The magic of Santa is pretty much over. My ten year old daughter doesn’t say a word but I’m pretty positive she’s a non-believer now. My nine year old son has been questioning us hardcore and when he asks if Santa exists, I always ask him in return, “Do you believe he’s real?” My son usually says yes so I say, “If you think he is, then he is.”

But that’s almost over. I can practically smell it. As my children grow older, then want less toys and more expensive things (A computer! An iPad! A cell phone! A *insert blank technological item here*!). That means less presents under the tree.

I think I see a pattern here. One I don’t mind on one point because it means less work for me. On the other hand, it also makes me a little sad because…my babies are growing up. I adore watching those babies of mine grow up but I also sometimes wish for them to be younger and full of all that Christmas/Santa magic (though I don’t miss the crying, etc.).

I write this blog post before we leave for Disneyland for the weekend so my thoughts might change by the 20th. My daughter is performing with her dance studio in their Christmas parade and she is beyond excited. My parents are going to meet us and we’re going to spend two days running all over the Magic Kingdom, which is fully decked out in its Christmas finery.

We all can’t flippin’ wait. I have a feeling it’s going to rejuvenate that holiday spirit within me. I usually get all stressed out before a trip and this one is important but for whatever reason, I’m very relaxed. Ready to embrace the ‘go with the flow’ philosophy. I want to be dazzled. I want to have fun. I want to wear candy cane striped Minnie ears even though I’m an old lady who probably has no business doing so.

I don’t care. I’m gonna embrace that Disney holiday spirit big time.

Speaking of holiday spirit, I am a huge believer in both writing and reading the Christmas romance. I love them sooo much. And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have one coming out this year (everyone who knows me will be nodding their heads in agreement). I’m excited to share with you my latest book with the Bliss imprint, their holiday anthology with three other (wonderful!) Bliss authors, STRANDED WITH A HERO (featuring LOVING MINDY, a novella that’s part of my Lone Pine Lake series.

A lot of readers have emailed me asking for Mindy’s story so here it is. Poor Mindy. The oldest McKenzie sister, the one who suffered through a bitter divorce and believes her chance at true love is over. That’s sooo not the case.

Here’s the blurb:

Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget.

Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson

Mindy can’t believe she’s stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a second time.

White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan

Naomi’s sworn off men like Aaron—rich, cocky, and dismissive of holiday traditions. Aaron decided to spend Christmas in sunny Australia to avoid snowy New York, not to fall for the woman his best friend warned him away from. But when a volcano grounds him, Aaron and Naomi’s relationship becomes eruptive.

An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen

The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover in a snowstorm is his brother’s ex and former town rebel, Kelsey Cooper. She’s his complete opposite and totally off-limits, but as they wait out the storm together, all he can think is how he wishes she’d stay forever.

Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek

Frankie Sylva was determined to free the captive reindeer, even if it meant risking her own life. Deputy Sheriff Red LeClair set out to save a stranger in a snowstorm, never expecting he’d be the one to be rescued.

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USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read — sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. Digitally published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She is also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of new adult contemporary romance Monica Murphy.

Where you can find Karen:


Karen has generously offered a Kindle or Nook copy of Stranded with a Hero to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and tell us: Are you a believer of the magic of Christmas? Or more of a Scrooge? (Karen says she is a combination of both, LOL)
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Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 4 January 2014!

Good luck!

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