It's beginning to look a lot like...well, you know! Today we're delighted to reveal the covers for an anthology and six new holiday novellas sure to put the hotness into your holiday cheer from fan-favorite authors Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, Sugar Jamison, Mandy Baxter, Melissa Cutler, Manda Collins, Nicole Michaels, Donna Alward, and Michele Dunaway.
Here's the scoop on all of the holiday romance goodies coming from St. Martin's Press starting this October:
Lori Foster has two co-workers plan a Christmas party side-by-side-and discover a love worth celebrating in Christmas Bonus.
Carly Phillips explores a “mistletoe moment” when a no-nonsense lawyer intent on seducing her boss meets his twin instead—and gives him a scintillating kiss that leaves him begging for more in Naughty Under the Mistletoe.
In Sugar Jamison’s Have Yourself a Curvy Little Christmas, former wild child Dina Gregory returns home to New York to find the father of her young son. Instead, she finds his stuffy older brother, Ben. Ben can’t help but admire her tenacity—and her bold beauty. Could it be that Dina has reignited his Christmas spirit?
Beth Ciotta brings two friends who, after years apart, together at home for the holidays. They don’t seem to have much in common anymore, but when the two get stranded together during a blizzard, they are forced to reexamine if they are better off as “just friends”? Or could it be that true love was there all along? in Some Kind of Wonderful.
The Billionaire Cowboy (a Billionaire's Club: Texas novella) by Mandy Baxter (October 7, 2014)
Billionaire Ryder Blackwell has got it all under control. The wealthiest cattle baron this side of the Mississippi, he’s built an empire for himself in hopes of getting distance from a tortured past. But when a stunningly sexy—and strong-willed—new vet comes to town, Ryder knows he’s finally met the one spirit he just can’t tame…
Lara Montgomery doesn’t want to be involved with any man—least of all the rich, infuriating, and unbearably sexy Ryder Blackwell. She vows never to tangle with the charming rancher, but when he offers her the ultimate deal—one weekend at his ranch in exchange for a near-priceless horse—Lara cannot resist the opportunity…or Ryder himself…
The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler (October 7, 2014)
A Texas resort is famous for its December nuptials. No couple that’s ever gotten married at the Briscoe Ranch has divorced—a phenomenon that the wedding industry has dubbed the Mistletoe Effect. But when the resort owner’s own daughter leaves her wayward fiancé at the altar, the Briscoe Ranch faces a publicity nightmare. So the sister of the bride steps in to exchange vows with one of the ranch’s loyal employees instead. Their marriage might be a sham but the sparks between them are anything but. Sometimes a little bit of Christmas magic is all it takes for two hearts to end up in the right place at the right time…Could it be that this unlikely couple ends up with the greatest gift of all?
Once Upon a Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins (October 14, 2014)
When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…
Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise is when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. Their attraction between is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistletoe their last?
Blame It on the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels (October 14, 2014)
Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith…
’Tis the season for small-town Missouri boutique owner Brooke Abbott to get crafty. Much as she adores making art for art’s sake—decorating windows, designing ornaments, crafting the perfect present for under the tree—this Christmas she needs the gift of good customers. Lots of them. Sweet Opal Studios will go under if she can’t do some serious business before the New Year…and she has no time to lose. What Brooke needs is an honest-to-goodness miracle. Instead, she finds a burglar lurking in the back room of her shop. And here she thought the holidays couldn’t get any worse!
For Christmas to work its own magic…
Or maybe things just got a lot better. Turns out the burglar is none other than Alex Coleman—local bad boy slash legendary heartthrob, childhood best friend to Brooke’s older brother, and…future landlord? That is the question. He’s come home for the holidays to see his grandmother, make peace with his distant mother, and settle his grandfather’s estate, an estate that includes the building that houses Sweet Opal. What he never expected was to bump into a grown-up Brooke, whose spirit, charm, and irresistible good looks give him pause. Should he go back to Oregon as planned, or give small-town life a chance? The only thing Alex knows for sure is that before he walks out that door, he’s going to get Brooke beneath the mistletoe, where anything can happen…
Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward (a Jewell Cove story) (October 7, 2014)
It's Christmas in Jewell Cove...
And local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger, and a real-life mystery man. Sure, she's always wanted a family of her own, but she didn't imagine it coming from a baby that wasn't hers and a man who was more interested in living day by day than making long-term plans.
Ex-SEAL Dave Ricker hadn't planned on making Jewell Cove his forever home, but the talented and tender-hearted Charlie has him reconsidering his position on settling down. Can a beautiful woman, adorable baby and a small-town full of holiday spirit change his mind for good?
A Little Christmas Jingle by Michele Dunaway (October 7, 2014)
Kat Saunders needs a Christmas miracle. She’s expanded her vet practice to include a no-kill shelter, and she forgot to get the required permits. Now that a few neighbors have complained and she’s been summoned to court, she could lose everything she has worked for. When a gorgeous detective comes to her with an abused pit-bull, she does everything she can to save the puppy and soon realizes that brooding Jack Donovan might just be the answer to her legal woes.
Jack, or Mr. December to fans of the Sexy Public Servants Charity Calendar, hates Christmas. As head of St. Louis’s first Animal Cruelty Task Force, Jack has seen the worst in people, especially around the holidays. But one sexy vet is getting under his skin with her tireless holiday cheer, intent on proving to him that there is Christmas magic in the air…
Learn more or pre-order a copy of the short story anthology On the Naughty List by Lori Foster, Carly Phillips, Beth Ciotta, and Sugar Jamison, out October 14, 2014:
Learn more or pre-order a copy of The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter, out October 7, 2014:
Learn more or pre-order a copy of The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler, out October 7, 2014:
Learn more or pre-order a copy of Once Upon a Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins, out October 14, 2014:
Learn more or pre-order a copy of Blame It on the Mistletoe by Nicole Michaels, out October 14, 2014:
Learn more or pre-order a copy of Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward, out October 7, 2014:
Learn more or pre-order a copy of A Little Christmas Jingle by Michele Dunaway, out October 7, 2014: