I am swirling the ice in my dairy free eggnog as I ponder the simple genius of it all.
In Once Upon a Jingle Bell we meet friends Joss Snow and Reese Prendergrass. They usually spend Christmas together--not celebrating. They both have their reasons for avoiding the holiday-- good ones-- but this year is different. Reese receives a marriage proposal which she joyfully accepts-- along with an invitation to her fiance's family lodge on Sugarloaf Mountain. So Joss takes matters into her own hands and books a "Bah Humbug" cruise to Mexican ports of call until the whole fa la la holiday is over... of course things go wonderfully awry, romance ensues, and new friends help heal old wounds.
In It Came Upon a Midnight Deer, Reese's visit to the future in-laws is not exactly a trip to Candy Land unless the destination is the licorice swamp... Fiance Damian Palmer's family is loud and energetic, with traditions galore, but Reece gets off on the wrong foot on more than one occasion, which leaves her with some yuletide concerns. Note: I think we'd all like to give being the Palmers a try...
Well, all I have to say is, the folks at B&H Books and author Sandra Bricker really know how to bless the hopeless Christmas romantic. I urge all you Lifetime Christmas addicts to put down the remote and pick up Merry Humbug Christmas. Okay, record the Lifetime movies, then get cozy and settle in for a long winter's read!
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Merry Humbug Christmas
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
Sandra D. Bricker
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.
The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line."
Sandie's real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor's proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects ... and still pursue my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"
And one of the author's pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy -- a red-haired collie with "killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown."
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.
In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.
In "It Came Upon a Midnight Deer," Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.