Friday, November 24, 2017

Winter Wonderland Books Day 1


Welcome to Get Lost in a Story's Winter Wonderland Book Shop!  Take a five minute break over Thanksgiving Weekend and peruse our bookshop. We've got wonderful gift ideas for the readers on your holiday list—or find a story for yourself. All you have to do is hit the link button and you've got instant book gratification!  

If this was a real live independent bookstore you'd be announced as you entered the shop—so just for this weekend pretend you hear the sound of a tinkling bell as you enter the Winter Wonderland Bookstore… 







Angi Morgan
Ranger Protector

Jack MacKinnon, Jr. didn’t expect to retrieve a fugitive in the middle of his vacation. Thinking he was doing a favor for his Company, he gave his word that he’d escort Megan Harper to Austin where another ranger could escort her to Dallas. Then his best friend claims she’s being framed and will be killed if placed in jail. He wants Jack to hide her on his ranch. Jack can’t afford trouble during homecoming week while he fills in for his dad, a newly-elected state senator. With no desire to fill his father’s shoes as mayor, he’s anxious to get back to Company B. Keeping his dad appeased and a determined, capable woman secluded from the person trying to kill her might just be the hardest thing this ranger has ever done.

Accused of murder, Megan wants to find out who’s framing her. That’s what she does as an investigative analyst. Should she ignore the ranger who’s putting his life and career on the line? Or play it safe and hide with his family? Her question is soon answered when trouble arrives in the form of a hit man. Jack has to find a way to keep Megan alive before her self-sufficient attitude gets them both killed.

Buy link: https://www.books2read.com/RangerProtector
https://angimorganauthor.com/get-the-books/




E. E. Burke
Santa's Mail Order Bride

Maggie has an unexpected suitor—in a red suit.
Schoolteacher Maggie O’Brien comes home for Christmas on a mission--to gather toys for orphans living on poor farms in Kansas. She's made her list, but there's no Santa in sight. Not until a local shopkeeper volunteers his services.

Gordon Sumner has his heart set on winning the black-haired Irish beauty, but Maggie’s brother is his fiercest competitor, and O’Brien’s loyal sister gives him the cold shoulder. Undaunted, he devises a clever plan.

With Christmas just around the corner, Maggie accepts Sum's help—with a plan of her own. She’ll play matchmaker and find her persistent suitor the perfect bride.

Buy Link: Amazon
Website: https://eeburke.com



Avril Tremayne
Kiss Don't Tell

It’s going to be ever so hard to keep this secret!

David wants Lane and she wants him back.

But to a known lothario like him, how will Lane ever measure up in the bedroom? With just one disastrous sexual encounter to her name, Lane knows she needs help in that department, and fast – before David loses interest.

So when Adam, her best mate’s brother (with his own impressive reputation), agrees to her bizarre proposal, she’s ready to learn everything he has to offer about how to please a guy in bed. But as she soon discovers, there is no textbook for love…

Buy link: books2read.com/u/me20Jl
Website: http://www.avriltremayne.com/





Amanda McIntyre 
Hurricane Season

Two souls on fire. An ancient legend freed. The perfect storm of passion is about to hit Evermore plantation this HURRICANE SEASON!

Dr. Gavin Beauregard lost the only love he’d ever known to Katrina. Now more than a decade later, he’s drawn by his past to Evermore plantation and the blistering desire of an ancient legend freed by the melding of a perfect storm.

Caroline Richardson plans to spend a girl’s weekend with a friend, but fate, fueled by a passionate legend has other plans as she and a handsome stranger get caught in a whirlwind of desire!

Buy link: Amazon
Website: http://www.amandamcintyresbooks.com/



Book Giveaway for Commenters: Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the Christmas season which means holiday partying, mistletoe kissing, cookie baking, gift giving and general cheer.

What's your favorite thing to do/experience during the season to be jolly? Share your 'favorite thing' and get entered in our book giveaway. Winner's choice of any book in the Winter Wonderland Bookshop. Be sure to check out all three days of books and good luck!

Be sure to visit all three days of our Winter Wonderland Bookstore. Keep scrolling! 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Favorite Holiday Must Sees

What's a must see to kick off the holidays? See if the Crew picked any of your favorites!
Have a safe Thanksgiving...
and to our international friends, we hope you kick off your holiday season with laughter!


AMANDA
Thanksgiving is annually when I watch MEET ME IN ST LOUIS. 

This Victorian set family tale really encompasses all four seasons, with music that is iconic. I love how close-knit the family is--the warmth, camaraderie, humor and respect between them--through thick and thin. Coming from a small town, I appreciate the simple era where people knew their neighbors, parties were held in each other’s homes. Entertainment was playing piano and singing. And families sat down and ate supper together. Seriously, I think that may have influenced that rule with my kids as my kids grew up. I love Judy Garland and the beautiful city of St Louis right here in the Midwest. Little known fact: I once attempted to bake the enormous cake baked at Halloween by the cook. 



PJ
I love all of the cartoons. 


I remember watching many of them as a kid myself (Rudolf, Frosty, etc.) so they've been around for a while.  Then, later watching them with my kids, now grandkids.  

Movies have come and gone over time, but my favorite holiday movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  That movie is always good for a groan and many laughs.




REGAN
Christmas in Connecticut!!




I love this movie because it takes a city girl who can't cook to the country where she is expected to be miss perfect housewife who makes a great Thanksgiving dinner. Only she can't cook and she isn't married. Which, all things considered, is a good thing because there's this handsome soldier...




KATHERINE
Lots of favorites!




My favorite Holiday rerun is watching all of the Friends Thanksgiving episodes.  My favorite song really is the Vince Guaraldi Trio Christmas Time Is Here.  The movie I will be watching this weekend…well the two movies are Miracle on 34th Street—the Natalie Wood version and Love Actually. 






JILLIAN
My favorite...


My favorite song is the Gwen Stefani version of  Santa Baby.




E.E. & AVRIL & NAN
It has to be... 
...the fantastic White Christmas. 

Hands down -- White Christmas! It fulfills all my childhood dreams. (I was going to be a musical theater star!) And the dancing is incredible. Here's a sample-- Danny Kaye and the incredible Vera Ellen. I'll be putting up trees this weekend and White Christmas will be playing. ~Nan


NANCY
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE & LOVE ACTUALLY...


...BUT my favorite Thanksgiving rerun is the Friends episode called, "Rachel's "Traditional" English Trifle-pie


ANGI
Traditionally, this always kicks it off!




Every year, where ever we are, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE kicks off our holiday movie watching. But the list is long... I try to watch one every day (or something from the Hallmark Channel LOL).  Of course I watch Die Hard & Lethal Weapon since those both set during Christmas. Family Man, Miracle on 34th Street (both versions), White Christmas (on Christmas Eve) and ...well, I'm out of space. 


I love Christmas Carols and after Thanksgiving, I definitely listen and listen and listen.
Here's one of my favorites to get you into the mood.


75th Anniversary

What's you favorite holiday rerun, cartoon, song or movie? 


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I'd like to introduce you to Trish Edmisten


I'd like to introduce you to Trish Edmisten.  Trish is one of our authors in Chandler County and the title of her story is Missing Out.  Trish has been great to work with, easy to get along with and she writes fantastic stories, so there's that too.  Let's get to know Trish better.

Have you ever been on Get Lost In A Story?

Nope, my first time.

How often do you get lost in a story?

Every time I sit down in front of my computer. 

What's your favorite thing about your current book hero?

He's so down to earth. 

Do you have a favorite movie of all time? Tell me about it.

Beauty and the Beast. I love the message of acceptance and the feeling that love will conquer all. It's proof that it doesn't matter how you look, there's always someone brave enough with a big enough heart to see past that. And it really drives home the message of not judging a book by its cover. Until you get to know someone, you can never understand who they are and why they behave the way they do. 

What's your perfect day like?

Being able to write all day without anyone interrupting me and actually producing something good that others will enjoy. 

Let's do some rapid fire questions.

All right!

Favorite color?

Red

Favorite meal?

Chicken and mushrooms with a side of rice.


Name something on your bucket list.

Have at least one of my novels reach a best seller list.

 Dream vacation?

Going to Ireland.

 Favorite book boyfriend?

Every man in every Erin Nicholas novel ever written.

Favorite memory.

Having my fifth grade teacher take the time to teach me the proper use of quotation marks when she realized I wanted to write novels. 


Geek or Jock?

Geek all the way.

The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?

Can't say I'm a daring person. Sorry to say I'm pretty pedestrian. I leave the daring stuff to the characters I write about. 

Do you have a giveaway? If so, tell me about it.

 Any of my e-books of your choosing.

 If you are doing a giveaway, please tell me what readers should do to enter?

Like and share my Facebook page.


Anything you want to share about your favorite shoes?

My favorite are my LA Dodgers Vans. They’re a fun way to support my team and they look amazing with a matching T-shirt. Not to mention, they’re comfy as hell. I wanted them the minute I spotted them, and it was so great to get them as a birthday present this year.

Let's get to Missing Out.

 Viola Belle doesn’t have time for love. Ever since her father’s death, Viola’s been doing everything she can to keep her family’s business afloat. It hasn’t been easy, especially not when her biggest competition, Steele Horses, is stronger than ever. As much as Viola hates to admit it, Barron Steele, the cocky cowboy who owns Steele Horses, is as good at horse breeding as he is handsome. Barron’s good looks aside, Viola has no intention of falling for him. When it becomes obvious that someone’s trying to sabotage her struggling ranch, Viola has to consider the possibility that the man she would never admit that she wants may have something to do with it. Will the culprit be caught in time, or will Viola lose her ranch as well as her heart?


A little more about Trish.

Trish Edmisten is the author of several novels, including Extraordinary Will, a Reader Views Literary Award Winner. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Journal, Creative With Words and A Long Story Short. Besides being an author, she holds a degree in criminology. Trish lives in Fresno, California with her husband and their teenage daughter. To learn more about Trish, visit her website www.trishedmisten.com. You can also follow her on Twitter, @trishthewriter and be sure you follow her blog trishthewriter@blogspot.com

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

E.E. Burke's Best of the West featuring USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield

Sample this sweet treat: The Christmas Confection by Shanna Hatfield

Will a sweet baker soften a hardened man’s heart? 

Born to an outlaw father and a shrewish mother, Fred Decker feels obligated to atone for the past without much hope for his future. If he possessed a lick of sense, he’d pack up and leave the town where he was born and raised, but something… someone… unknowingly holds him there. 
Captivated by Hardman’s beautiful baker, Fred fights the undeniable attraction. He buries himself in his work, refusing to let his heart dream.

Elsa Lindstrom adores the life she’s carved out for herself in a small Eastern Oregon town. She and her twin brother, Ethan, run their own bakery where she delights in creating delicious treats. Then Ethan comes home unexpectedly married, the drunks in town mistakenly identify her as a missing harlot, and a mishap in the bakery leaves her at the mercy of the most gossiped-about man in Hardman.

Mix in the arrival of three fairy-like aunts, blend with a criminal bent on dastardly schemes, and sprinkle in a hidden cache of gold for a sweet Victorian romance brimming with laughter and heartwarming holiday cheer.

Excerpt:
Her knees wobbled at the sound of his deep voice saying her name, but she resisted the urge to grip the counter for support. “You said there were two things you wanted, in addition to cookies. What is the second?”

“It’s a tiny little thing really,” Fred said, tightly gripping his hat in both hands.

“A tiny little thing? Then I shall take great honor in bestowing whatever it is.” Her gaze roved over the kitchen, trying to imagine what in the world Fred could want. She kept a jar full of assorted candy. Sometimes, she used the sweets to decorate cakes and cookies. Perhaps he wanted one. “A piece of candy?” she asked.

Fred shook his head. “No, Elsa. It’s sweeter than candy and far, far better.”

Intrigued, she took a step closer to him. “What is it?”

He waggled his index finger back and forth, indicating she should step closer. When she stood so her skirts brushed against the toes of his boots, he tapped his cheek with the same finger. “A little sugar right here would be even better than ten batches of cookies.”

The sixth book in Shanna’s Hardman Holidays series releases December 5.
These sweet, heartwarming holiday stories are set in the Old West town of Hardman, Oregon, and take readers on a journey full of laughter, love, triumphs, and tears.

Meet Shanna


     After spending her formative years on a farm in Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky heroes.
     When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
     Shanna loves to hear from readers. Follow her online at:


E.E.: How often to you get lost in a story?
Shanna: As often as humanly possible. I love to read and curling up with a great book at the end of a long day is one of my favorite pastimes. My mom shared her love of reading with me at a young age. I’ve always enjoyed getting lost in a story. My favorite types of stories to read range from sweet historicals and contemporary western romances to epic medieval tales of adventure.

E.E.: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
Shanna: As a diehard Hopeless Romantic, I’m definitely going with fairy tale. I love the idea of the heroine and her hero finding their happily ever after. In fact, readers sometimes compare the books in the Hardman Holidays series to fairy tales. They liken The Christmas Bargain to Cinderella and I definitely felt the three fairy godmother’s from Sleeping Beauty adding a little holiday magic to The Christmas Confection.

E.E.: What is your biggest vice?
Shanna: Chocolate. I love, love, love chocolate (dark and decadent, please!). When I was eleven, my mother decided I was allergic to chocolate.  For a girl who comes from a long line of chocoholics, it was horrendous! Not a speck of it touched my lips for the next eleven years. Then I started dating the wonderful Captain Cavedweller (we’ve now been married for more than twenty years). One day a few months after we began seeing each other, we were at a gas station and he purchased a few candy bars. Aware of my eyes glued to his candy, he handed me a Snickers bar and told me to eat it. He promised he could get me to the hospital in less than five minutes if I had an allergic reaction to it. Amazingly, the only thing that happened when I ate the candy was that I realized my mother had been terribly, horribly wrong all those years! Since then, I’ve been making up for lost time. CC claims I married him out of gratitude for giving me back chocolate. He’s only partially right.

E.E.: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Shanna: I absolutely do! But here’s the weird thing… I can only listen to one song while I’m writing. So I choose a song that makes me think of the characters and story in my work in progress then play it on a loop the whole time I’m working on the story. It drives the other occupants of my house bananas to hear the same song playing for the 437th time, but something about having the same song play over and over just keeps me focused in my writing zone and helps solidify my characters. The type of music varies. It might be country or rock or jazz. I listened to a song from the late 1930s when I was working on the first book in my World War II romance series. It all just depends on the characters.

E.E.: What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?
Shanna: I don’t try to hide it, but most people are unaware that I’m severely hearing-impaired due to genetic hearing loss. I wear hearing aids in both ears and have for the last several years. Since most of my time is spent at home in my own little world, it isn’t a problem. However, when I venture out to book signings or events, it is a struggle to hear what people have to say. I hate to miss even a single fascinating word that people have to share, so if we meet in person in a noisy location, don’t be surprised if I ask you to speak up.

E.E.: What three things are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse, satchel, reticule, weapons belt or amulet bag (whatever she carries)?
Shanna: Elsa Lindstrom (the heroine from The Christmas Confection) has the key to her bakery, spare hairpins, and a packet of saffron she just picked up at the mercantile because she wants to make a practice batch of St. Lucia buns tucked into her reticule.


E.E.: Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise, and why? Most?
Shanna: The era I would least like to live in fashion wise would probably be a toss-up between the 1960s and 1970s. I’m not a fan of the styles, the colors, or the fabrics. But I would love to live in the Edwardian Era. Or just visit for a day and pack a trunk full of gowns and hats and gloves and shoes. I adore everything about the fashions of that era. The next choice would be the 1940s. They looked so glamorous and lovely then, even when the women were working at jobs primarily done by men before the war.


E.E.:  What inspires you daily? 
Shanna: Honestly, I wake up every single day feeling so blessed to do something I love so much. I think about that saying (to paraphrase), if you find something you love doing, you’ll never work another day in your life. That is how I feel. Writing isn’t work. It’s fun and amazing, magnificent and satisfying. Sometimes I need to pinch myself to make sure it’s all real and not some fabulous dream. I began writing in 2010, my first three books were published in June 2011, and I was able to leave my day job in August 2013 to write full time. The Christmas Confection will be my 56th book. Truly, I’m so grateful for this opportunity and so blessed to have my incredible husband’s support every step of the way.

Today's Giveaway

Enter to win a digital copy of the first five books in the Hardman Holidays series! Just answer this question:  What’s your favorite fairy tale and why?

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