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Nov 14 2016 2:00pm

What Christmas Stories Should You Read?

Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily March

5 Christmas Stories You Need to Read!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Emily March (Christmas in Eternity Springs) who is offering up her top 5 Christmas stories! The holiday season is kicking up into high gear, so to get in the spirit, let us know what you're looking for in your holiday read and we'll offer up a recommendation! 

I'm one of those people who doesn't like to jump into the Christmas season until after Thanksgiving. However, the minute Thanksgiving dishes are washed and put away, I like to sit down, rest my weary feet, and indulge myself by reading a Christmas story or twelve. Here are a few of my favorites. 

1. Silver Bells by Luanne Rice is an endearing story that deals with serious subjects in a hopeful, uplifting way. This story about second chances and the lonely librarian and a Christmas tree seller who meet on the snowy streets of Manhattan will warm your heart.

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Nov 1 2016 12:00pm

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the year: 3 Favorite Holiday Movies!

Three Christmas Wishes by Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts (Three Christmas Wishes) loves acting as a real-life version of a Santa’s elf—whether it's dreaming up a fun Christmas story, shopping for gifts year-round, or making the holidays fun for friends and family. In Three Christmas Wishes, on a lark three friends who are suffering in the romance department, good thing Santa is around to help. Today Sheila tells Heroes & Heartbreakers about her favorite holiday movies, which she watches every year. Thanks, Sheila!

I love Christmas! Absolutely love everything about this time of year. I especially love Christmas tales. (Just sayin’ right now, “A Christmas Carol” is the best Christmas story ever written. (Thank you, Charles Dickens!)

There’s something very fun about seeing what’s been written on the printed page come to life on the screen, especially when it’s your own novel!  Two of my books have appeared as movies (On Strike for Christmas on the Lifetime movie channel and The Nine Lives of Christmas on the Hallmark channel) and I have truly enjoyed seeing them appear on screen. While the movies were different than the books, they did capture the core story, and I got a kick out of seeing “based on a novel by Sheila Roberts” right there under the movie title. My husband and I even made a cameo appearance in Nine Lives. Needless to say, there was great cheering over our acting debut at our red carpet party.

Much as I loved those movies, they don’t make my top three. I mean, how can you beat...

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Oct 16 2016 10:00am

Season’s Greetings from Hope Ramsay’s A Christmas Bride

A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

Amidst the cheerful “making a list and checking it twice” crowd that prevail at Christmas are always people whose circumstances make them reluctant participants in the pervasive jolliness. David Lyndon is a recent widower. He has a young daughter, he is running for Congress, and if Christmas would just go away, that would be fine with him.

Willow Peterson retreats to Shenandoah Falls, the town where she grew up, after a fruitless attempt to do the right thing—she blew the whistle on corporate malfeasance and the only thing blown out of town is her. She’s a failed 34 year-old whistleblower living under her mother’s roof.

A charming aspect of A Christmas Bride is the “it takes a village” cast of characters—be it Willow’s counter-culture mother and laid-back sister or David’s uptight, controlling mother and his adorable, anxious daughter Natalie—but we never lose our focus on the evolving relationship between Willow and David. Willow was a close friend of David’s deceased wife and she mourns her friend. Her place in David’s past somewhat muddles the possibility that they might become more than friends in the future.

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Oct 4 2016 11:00am

A Colorful Christmas: Emily March’s Christmas in Eternity Springs

Emily March's Eternity Springs Series is filled with adorable dogs and their sometimes wayward humans, and now you have the opportunity to relax and color in the paw print above, creating a little magic of your own.

So grab a cup of hot chocolate from the Mocha Moose Coffeehouse and break out your colored penicls, and then get cozy with March's newest installment in the Eternity Springs Series, Christmas in Eternity Springs. This book will lift your spirits with a story of healing past hurts, finding a second chance at love, and embracing Christmas cheer. 

Click on the image above or click here for a full-page printable PDF to color in this page from March's Eternity Springs adult coloring book

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Oct 1 2016 10:00am

First Look: Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days of Christmas (October 4, 2016)

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber
Twelve Days of Christmas
Ballantine / October 4, 2016 / $20.00 print, $10.99 digital

There are two types of Christmas romance novels. One has a Christmas/holiday theme, and the other just takes place around the holidays. Of course both are nice, but ones with the theme definitely put readers in a holiday mood. Debbie Macomber’s Twelve Days of Christmas explores the theme of kindness and will certainly put you in that mood.

Julia Padden is a paragon. She elected to work at Macy's and go to school part-time rather than rack up a large student loan debt. She also is very active in her church, and volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club. She is cheerful, kind and seems to be always in a good mood. She is the perfect person to rub a grinch the wrong way.

And that is exactly what she does to Cain Maddox. Julia's bubbly personality is like a screech down a blackboard to him—flashing out warning, warning, danger. He’s learned his lesson, and he’s not going to fall victim to her attractive nature or looks.  He has rebuffed her several times, but she still seems to be hitting on him.

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Sep 26 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Carolyn Brown’s Merry Cowboy Christmas (September 27, 2016)

Merry Christmas Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown
Merry Cowboy Christmas (Lucky Penny Ranch #3)
Forever / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who’s come to stay for the holiday. Fiona Logan is downright shocked to return to her childhood home and find that the tall blond stranger who came to her rescue on an icy road will be sleeping just across the hall from her bedroom. Talk about temptation…

Jud Dawson never believed the Lucky Penny Ranch would live up to its name until now. Fiona is gorgeous, smart, funny, and everything he thought he’d never find. Now all he has to do is convince her to stick around town instead of hightailing it back to Houston. But with the wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she’s falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.

Christmas romance novels have always been my weakness.  I love the holiday season and I love romance novels so the two together is a recipe for bliss. With her latest addition to her Lucky Penny Ranch series, Merry Cowboy Christmas, Carolyn Brown catches on the perfect mix of holiday magic alongside romance hot enough to keep any body warm during the longest days of the year.

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Dec 21 2015 5:30pm

Naughty & Nice List: Holiday Romance Edition

Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne

We all know that when it comes to what gets put under the tree, being on the naughty list is not a good thing. The nice list is where it’s at. But when you’re talking about romance novels? Totally different story. Naughty, Nice and somewhere in between.

Nice List:

Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne
When it comes to holiday romance novels, the cover can give a lot away when it comes to list placement. I didn’t even have to read this one to know it would go on the nice list. A snowy ranch with horses and mountains in the background was all I needed. This story about a widowed rancher and father who needs a Christmas miracle and gets one in the form of Dr. Devin Shaw. This one has lots of holiday feels.

A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford
Another rancher – do they all have hearts of gold? This rancher also happens to be a volunteer firefighter. When he keeps running into a city girl he dubbed his Christmas angel, while tracking down suspicious fires, sparks fly between them.

[Read something naughty & nice ...]

Dec 20 2015 10:30am

Wishing You a Mary Christmas: Mary Balogh Holiday Stories, 2015 Edition

A Regency Christmas III by Mary Balogh, Sandra Heath, Melinda McRae, Edith Layton, and Mary Jo Putney

This week I changed my playlist to my Christmas setting. Most of the songs on the list I have heard countless times, but listening to them again always leaves me with a smile on my face, a lump in my throat, and a feeling that, to borrow a phrase from Dickens, I am honoring Christmas in my heart. Mary Balogh’s Christmas stories give me the same feeling. It is hardly surprising then that I started my Christmas celebration a little early this year by downloading Christmas Gifts and Christmas Miracles, two newly reissued collections of Balogh’s Christmas novellas. With these six stories and the four included in Balogh’s 2003 collection Under the Mistletoe, all ten of Balogh’s novellas from Signet Regency Christmas anthologies are now available.

Christmas Gifts includes “The Best Christmas Ever” (1991, A Regency Christmas III), “The Porcelain Madonna” (1992, A Regency Christmas IV), and “The Surprise Party” (1995, A Regency Christmas VII). All three have a poignant note, feature children, and end with unexpected gifts.

In the first story, Edwin Gwent, Viscount Radbrook, only son of the Earl and Countess of Crampton, is concerned because his five-year-old daughter Anna does not join her cousins in the family tradition of making a Christmas wish before the fire the night before Christmas Eve. Anna has not spoken since her mother accidentally drowned trying to retrieve Anna’s ball. That happened more than two years ago, and Anna, who lost her voice after screaming for two days, has lived in silence since then. However, she has other ways of making her preferences known, and she makes it clear she prefers Miss Emma Milford to the beautiful Miss Chadwick whom her father is considering as his next bride. Anna’s undeclared wish was for a new mama, “someone very quiet and ordinary. Someone who smells of roses. Someone with soft, slim hands.” But Emma shattered Lord Radbrook’s heart nine years ago when she allowed her parents to persuade her to reject the young viscount’s offer of marriage. Even his daughter’s inexplicable choice of Emma’s company is not enough to make Lord Radbrook risk his heart—and his pride—again, but Christmas can work magic in the hearts of small children and in the scarred hearts of adults as well.

[Balogh has a special place for Christmas and it reads well ...]

Dec 17 2015 2:30pm

Dancing Under the Mistletoe: Top 3 2015 Historical Christmas Anthologies

The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Nicola Cornick, Anne Gracie, Patricia Rice, Cara Elliott, and Susan King

Historical Christmas anthologies are among my most anticipated holiday treats. They are the perfect reading for the season because I can read a full story between baking batches of Christmas goodies, while waiting for more energetic family members to race through one more store at the mall, or while enjoying a cup of spiced cider before gift wrapping. In the digital age, these anthologies have increased in number. I have read a dozen or so this year and have found something to please my romance-loving, Christmas-cherishing taste in most of them, but three earned a spot on my Christmas keeper shelf so that I can reread them during holiday seasons to come.

1. The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Nicola Cornick, Anne Gracie, Patricia Rice, Cara Elliott, and Susan King

This is the second anthology from this group known collectively as the blogging Word Wenches, and it is my favorite of this year’s offerings. I think it is even better than their first anthology, Mischief and Mistletoe. The prologue (written by Jo Beverley) opens with the Dowager Countess of Holbourne, familiarly known as Lady Holly, reminiscing about past Christmas balls as her companion writes invitations to the fiftieth such ball. Lady Holly, who takes pride in the matches made at her balls, has carefully included on her guest list those she deems most in need of a match. In fact, some might say that the Christmas ball is their last chance for an HEA.

One strength of this anthology is the bounty of good stories—eight of them. Another is that the voice of each author comes through clearly.

[HEA's for the holidays ...]

Dec 2 2015 2:30pm

Writing ’Round the Christmas Tree: What’s a Busy Author to Do for the Holidays?

Christmas on Candy Lane by Sheila Roberts

T'is the season at Heroes and Heartbreakers and today we're thrilled to welcome author Sheila Roberts to the site. Sheila's latest book, Christmas on Candy Lane came out in October and got us in the mood for the holidays. Today, Sheila has brought along some Christmas elves with her today to talk about holiday decorations from some of our favorite romance authors—Susan Mallery, Nancy Herkness, Carla Neggers, and Wanda E. Brunstetter. Thanks for stopping by everyone!

I have always loved decorating for the holidays. Christmas is my favorite, and I used to go all out, rather like the women in my new novel, Christmas on Candy Cane Lane. However, it dawned on me a couple of years ago that what went up must come down—the lights, indoor and out, the boughs of greenery, the scads of candy canes—the giant tree—and it was a heck of a lot of work, especially when there was usually a deadline looming over the holidays. I got to thinking that, while a girl can never have too much chocolate, maybe she can have too much decorating to do.

In keeping with the theme of my story, I thought you’d enjoy a glimpse into the homes of some of my fellow authors during the holidays. Do they have decorating burnout or do they go all out? What are their favorites? Have new adventures in life changed the old holiday habits? Susan Mallery sure thought that would be the case when she got kitties for Christmas.

[Decorating for the holidays with authors ...]

Dec 24 2013 12:00pm

Merry and Bright: 5 Favorite Contemporary Christmas Novels of 2013

Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne ThayneI’m a fan of second chance stories, and I don’t think it is a coincidence that my five favorites from among the twenty or so contemporary Christmas stories I’ve read this year all focus on characters who, after knowing real unhappiness, get another chance, not just for a happy Christmas but for a happy life. The lovely gifts in “Grown-up Christmas List” are realized in these books. “And love would never end . . .” That’s my kind of Christmas.

Christmas in Snowflake Canyon by RaeAnne Thayne

Genevieve Beaumont, Hope’s Crossing’s spoiled princess and former Bridezilla, and Dylan Caine, war hero who left a few missing parts in Afghanistan, have only two things in common. They both ended up at drinking at the Speckled Lizard on the Friday after Thanksgiving and they both really dislike the Christmas carols some patron with lousy taste in music keeps playing on the digital jukebox. When Genevieve decides to make her objections to the music known, she ends up in an altercation with a redhead with a fondness for Christmas carols and a job as assistant district attorney. The altercation turns physical, and when the redhead’s obnoxious male companion gets involved, Dylan can’t sit there and watch him manhandle Genevieve, even if she is a spoiled brat. By evening’s end, they have something else in common: they are handcuffed together in a squad car on their way to the police station.

Genevieve and Dylan are not likeable characters. Dylan, of course, is a hero, and he sacrificed enormously in service of his country. It is impossible not to feel sympathy for him, but it’s also difficult to really like him when he is all wounded animal snarling and tearing at his loving family who are brokenhearted over his losses but whose gratitude that Dylan’s life has been spared is even greater. However, with Dylan, readers familiar with the series recognize from the opening scene that his psychological healing has begun, albeit in infinitesimal increments. The Dylan of earlier books would never have agreed to meet his brother Jamie at the Lizard.

[Good thing he did...]

Dec 20 2013 11:15am

If It’s Christmas, I Must Be Reading Debbie Macomber

The Gift of Christmas by Debbie MacomberThis year Harlequin reissued Debbie Macomber’s first Christmas romance, The Gift of Christmas, almost three decades after it was first published. Since that first holiday book in 1984, Macomber has written another twenty-three Christmas novels plus a novella. This doesn’t count the books reissued singly or in combination. Then, there are the three Hallmark Christmas movies—Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle, and Trading Christmas. The first two became Hallmark’s highest rated movies of their respective years, and the third won its slot. For many romance readers and a lot of other readers and viewers who don’t consider themselves romance fans, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Debbie Macomber’s contribution.

David Hinkley, an entertainment columnist for New York Daily News, called the Hallmark movies based on Macomber’s books “the Labrador retrievers of the movie world” whose “only goal is to make you feel good.” I thought that was an apt characterization of Macomber’s Christmas books as well. Labs are popular and family-friendly, and time with one leaves you smiling. All these things are true of her books.

[Especially her Christmas books...]

Nov 29 2013 12:00pm

All I’m Asking For: Exclusive Excerpt

Christi Barth, Kat Latham and Brighton Walsh

All I'm Asking For by Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh, Kat LathamPut love on your wish list

This Christmas, the producer of a small-town holiday spectacular is swept away by a handsome Hollywood director. Being stranded in a snowstorm offers a couple a second chance at a future together. And an American in London helps a brooding Brit put the ghosts of Christmas past behind him. Wherever you are, however you celebrate, this collection of three festive novellas will bring warmth to your holiday season.

Tinsel My Heart by Christi Barth

Becca Huntley’s produced the Lyndale Park Player’s over-the-top Christmas pageant for ten years. The beloved Minneapolis tradition is the theatre’s main fundraiser. But this year’s production is almost canceled when their director disappears into rehab at the last minute. Good thing his directing partner steps in to save the day. Except for the minor fact that he hates everything about Christmas.

Jack Whittaker wiped the Twin Cities off his shoe with his graduation tassel and never looked back. But duty compels him to fulfill Tyler’s promise to direct the show. Even though it means working side-by-side with Becca, the girl he always wanted, lost to Ty, but never forgot.

It’ll take more than a few handfuls of tinsel to soften Jack’s heart toward Becca’s favorite holiday. Steamy kisses that melt the snow right off his boots are a step in the right direction. They’ll both discover that Christmas is about making each other's dreams come true. But will doing so destroy their chance at a happily-ever-after together?

Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh

When a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan's offer to stay with him for the night.

Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. After a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex's arms-even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again.

The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he's never stopped loving, and Logan's not about to pass up this gift. He's not the workaholic he was two years ago-his family comes first. Now all he has to do is prove it to Claire, before the snow stops and she flies out of his life for good.

Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham

Thanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…

Game designer Oliver Stansfeld can’t wait to leave dreary London—and all its difficult holiday memories—for sunny San Diego. But a freak ice storm and a grounded plane have forced him back to his already-occupied flat. To make up for the mix-up, the least he can do is show his pretty houseguest where to get the perfect Christmas tree before he leaves.

The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon Ashley is tempting Oliver to give in to the spirit of the season and snuggle up for the rest of the winter. As the ice melts and flights start taking off again, he must choose between giving in to the past or risking his heart on a chance at love.

Get a sneak peek of the holiday anthology, All I'm Asking For (available December 5, 2013), featuring stories from Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh, and Kat Latham, and edited by Angela James, with an exclusive excerpt of selected scenes from each story.

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