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FruityCakes (A Christmas Valley Romance, Book 4)
Some presents walk on two legs...
Tate Brewster is stunned when he learns Fruitycakes is faltering this holiday season. Who moves their Christmas-baking business in December, anyway? Envisioning a white-haired old lady falling behind on both her bills and her energy, he takes off for Christmas Valley to find out what’s going on.
Charley Palmer, Fruitycakes CBO—Chief Baking Officer—greets Tate at the Fruitycakes door, dusted in flour from head to toe. The white-haired old lady is there, too, but she observes from a rocking chair, belting out Christmas songs while knitting red and green sweaters. The baking assistants, six little girls in white T-shirts and jeans, candy-cane striped aprons, and dark ponytails, bop to Granny’s Christmas beat.
Life would be a lot simpler if the visions in Tate’s head concerned only sugar plums.
Charley’s never had happily-ever-after, but if Tate’s kisses aren’t sprinkled with Christmas magic, Santa’s reindeer are doing unauthorized fly-bys, dropping love bombs.
Tate’s certain he’s found the woman he’s been waiting for. Now all he has to do is convince Charley.
SLEIGH BRIDE (A Christmas Valley Romance, Book 5)
Rory Campbell’s lifelong dream of being a Christmas bride and taking a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride after the ceremony evaporates when she discovers her groom-to-be in bed with the maid of dishonor. Goodbye magical sleigh ride.
Sleigh-builder Cooper Bryson finds Rory freezing her tush off outside the Christmas Valley Inn, waiting for the Kringles to return so she can cancel her wedding event. He’s sorry about what happened, but he’s been in love with Rory since the first moment he laid eyes on her. “I’ll marry you,” he says.
Fresh off the jilted train, Rory is resistant to the proposal, and besides, she hardly knows Coop. He’s not deterred and offers an alternative: He’ll court her for two weeks, and if she can’t stand him by then, he’ll take a hike. If she can, they’ll get married.
Despite Rory’s best intentions, her heart rate does a little reindeer gallop every time she’s near Coop. She’s not sure what that reaction is all about, but would it be so bad to agree to his plan to “court” her for two weeks before she decides what her decision is going to be? After all, he did seal the deal with the best kiss she’s ever had.
'Tis the season to be jolly...
Single mom Lily Hammond wants nothing more than to give her toddler a happy Christmas. For the second year, she assumes her elf persona for two weeks and hires out as Santa’s Helper, a personal shopper for folks who don’t have the time or inclination to fill their Christmas list.
Business owner Sean D’Arcy loves Christmas shopping for his thirteen nieces and nephews. But something happens the moment he lays eyes on the picture of the knock-’em-dead, auburn-haired elf smack dab in the middle of the Santa’s Helper poster. He decides this is the year he needs help to buy gifts.
Lily has sworn off men. Sean is a happy bachelor. The thing is, he’s never encountered an elf before, and certainly never a woman like Lily. Suddenly, he’s not so sure the single life is the high life.
Will Sean be able to convince Lily he’s the real deal?
Lily believes in Christmas magic, but does she believe in happily-ever-afters?
Candy canes and lighted lanes...
Nothing like a seven-year-old’s school assignment to shake things up. Single mom Esme Taylor and her son Arran just moved from the city, where talking to strangers was a no-no. Still, here in Christmas Valley it should be safe for Arran to interview a neighbor they haven’t met yet, right?
The psychic next door is reluctant, but she agrees because Esme and Arran arrive toting a box of home-baked cookies. What woman who can’t cook would turn away a new neighbor who can?
As it happens, psychic Olivia Strangewayes is also the mother of former NFL Stallions quarterback, Murph O’Donnell. Esme doesn’t care about football, but even she can appreciate a hot guy when she sees one.
It’s not that Murph isn’t attracted to Esme, but it’ll be a cold day on Candy Cane Lane before he falls for the daughter of the surgeon he holds responsible for never being able to get back in the game.
It’s a real Christmas pickle–Arran is angry at Murph, Murph’s brain is sending mixed messages to his heart about Esme, and Esme? Well, Esme didn’t expect to fall for a guy who hates her father and engages in a battle of wills with her son.
It’s the ultimate standoff! Can a persistent seven-year-old who loves Christmas be the glue that binds them all together?
The weather outside is frightful...
But inside Micah Barrow’s house, it’s just delightful.
Sylvie French has been hired by Micah’s family to decorate his house for Christmas. It’s a surprise for the returning Marine, recovering from a harrowing battle in which three of his friends were killed.
Micah doesn’t like surprises, or being woken up out of a dead sleep to Christmas music blasting through his house. All he wants is be left alone. He doesn’t need a knock-out Christmas decorator spouting holiday cheer, either, and really, did she have to fall off the ladder just because he yelled at her? His first day home and he not only has to take Sylvie to the ER, but now he’s on a guilt trip to help her finish decorating the tree. And what’s with Mother Nature dumping 36” of snow while they work?
Micah’s been without a woman for too long, but Sylvie’s appeal goes beyond that. He’s never believed in love at first sight, but too bad for him—in his family, that’s the way the genetic dice rolls. Sylvie’s had only one serious relationship, which ended in betrayal. Sure, she likes Micah, and man, can he kiss, but their relationship is missing something. Something important.
Micah doesn’t get why Sylvie shies away.
Can Sylvie unravel the problem herself in time to spend Christmases-ever-after with the man of her dreams?
About the Author: Ann Simas
She has written three novels that were Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalists: Chloe’s Spirit, First Star, and Blessed Are the Eagles. Magic Moon Press publishes Ann’s books, all of which are available as ebooks exclusively at Amazon, where they are also enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited Lending Library. Paperbacks are available directly from the author’s website (free shipping within the U.S.) and from Amazon (free shipping there with Prime). They are also available in the Amazon CreateSpace Store.
Ann served on the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors for two years and co-founded the Heart of Oregon Chapter RWA, where she served as President, Conference Chair, and Public Relations Chair. She has edited eight professional-organization newsletters (receiving Best-of Awards for two of them) and written articles for numerous magazines and newspapers. She also was Publications Director at a nonprofit research institute at the University of Oregon.
An award-winning watercolorist and a budding photographer, Ann enjoys needlework and gardening in her spare time. She is her family’s “genealogist” and has been blessed with the opportunity to conduct first-hand research in Italy for both her writing and her family tree. The genealogy research from decade’s old documents in Italian, she says, has been a supreme but gratifying challenge.
A Christmas Valley Romance Giveaway
A Christmas Valley Romance Series