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O Night Divine: A Holiday Collection of Spirited Christmas Tales
Publication date: December 17th 2020
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
A MASTERPIECE OF HOLIDAY STORYTELLING…
Enjoy this stunning holiday collection from some of your favorite Dragonblade Publishing authors in this collection of never-before published seasonal tales!
Imagine, if you will, that it is Christmas Eve.
The candles are guttered, one by one, and a hush falls over the parlor. The children have gone to bed, and a tall, gloriously decorated Christmas tree looms in the shadows of the hearth’s dying embers. A tattered copy of Charles Dickens’ masterwork, “A Christmas Carol” sits, cold and lonely, upon a table nearby.
A small gust of wind, hurling from the seam of an ill-fitting window, blows the cover open. The first chapter appears… “Marley’s Ghost”…
The clock on the wall chimes midnight.
Now, the magic happens.
From the gaily bedecked halls of Regency England to the cold and crisp air of the Scottish Highlands, and everything in between, enjoy the magic of a holiday collection that has drawn inspiration from Charles Dickens’ most beloved literary works. Where the ghosts of Christmas, the incandescent spirit of a tiny disabled boy, and the joy that is the very heart of the Christmas season come alive.
USA Today and Internationally bestselling authors bring you their version of a Dickens’-inspired holiday in O NIGHT DIVINE.
I’m so happy to share my review for The Christmas Mistake Blog Tour! Let’s start…
Book Name: The Christmas Mistake
Author: Josephine Templeton
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Published by: GenZ Publishing
Publication date: December 1st, 2020
Book Acquired: Xpresso Book Tour, ARC
Dressed in nothing but Christmas lingerie, Carina has a bellhop deliver her in a gift box to her fiancé’s hotel room, but the last thing she expects when she is unwrapped is to see a sexy stranger in holiday boxers who looks like he just stepped off a magazine cover – definitely NOT her fiancé! How in the silver bells was she delivered to the wrong room?
As the owner of a small flower shop, Carina’s surrounded by romance on a daily basis. Her workaholic fiancé has been distant for the past several months, so she decides to drive from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to surprise him on Christmas Eve. However, that distance between them has brought loneliness, and the mere thought of the sexy stranger plucks at her mistletoe. When she discovers the reason for her fiancé’s lack of attention, will she put him on Santa’s naughty list and take the stranger for a sleigh ride?
The Waltz of Devil’s Creek
Publication date: October 20th 2020
Genres: Adult, Historical
Judith Campbell is dying, and she cannot take the painful truth about where her son came from to the grave with her. While on her deathbed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, Judith tells him the tragic story of his conception, and which of two men his birth father could be: the young man who professed his love to her, or the pastor who assaulted her.
Set in the Deep South in 1947, The Waltz of Devil’s Creek digs into the dark crevices of racism and women’s rights during a heated political climate in an era of segregation. Combined with Judith’s lack of social stature, and at a time when reporting sexual assault was unheard of, every injustice is stacked against her from the very beginning.
But there is a light in Judith’s young life: her best friend, Joseph Bird, who has loved her since childhood. Joseph stands up for Judith when no one else will and proves that even in the darkest of times, a light is always burning.
The Flame Game
(Magical Romantic Comedies, #12)
Publication date: November 24th 2020
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Bailey and Quinn are back for one last action-filled adventure!
A corrupt police chief is on the loose, and it falls to Bailey and Quinn to put an end to him before he finds some way to weaponize the spreading rabies virus, create yet another batch of potent gorgon dust, and otherwise wreck Bailey’s happily ever after.
With a pair of orphaned gorgon whelps to care for, more animals she can shake a stick at, and her husband’s determination to make the world a perfect place for her, Bailey has her hands full. To protect everyone she loves, she must embrace her dubious role as the Calamity Queen and rain hell down on those who stand in her way.
The Flame Game is on.
Warning: this novel contains two fire-breathing unicorns on a napalm bender, action, adventure, chaos, mayhem, humor, and bodies. Proceed with caution.
(The Chronicles of Luxor Everstone, #2)
Publication date: November 19th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
With the revelation Luxor Everstone is the daughter of the Prince of Darkness, an entirely new door fraught with danger is opened. As Cane is lying in wait, Luxor is forced to have constant protection, leaving her suffocated.
When new help arrives in the form of a witch, and a mysterious and dreamy boy who seems to soothe her more than anyone else can, she doesn’t hesitate to invite them into her life despite her growing affection for Hunter.
As fresh dangers loom on the horizon, she begins to unravel different details about her past, while greater powers are introduced, and the others continue to evolve. Conflicted between the pull toward her darkness and her desire to be good, Luxor juggles the priorities—and her opinionated guardians—while trying to find some semblance of balance.
When the darkness returns to claim her completely, can she trust herself to make the right choice?
Publication date: November 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Retelling
Mystery has surrounded Sydney White for as long as she can remember. Her mother’s death puzzled even the hardiest of investigators, but eventually, they just stopped trying. So, when Syd is presented with the opportunity to finish a degree in faery anthropology that her mother began over twenty years ago, she leaps at the chance to learn the truth. However, truth is often stranger than fiction, especially when the lines between faery and human are eroding each day. Syd will have to navigate unthinkable deals, a prince in peril she swore she would never speak to again, and an organization only known as Coventry.
(In Midsummer, #4)
Publication date: November 6th 2020
Genres: Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance, Suspense
One storm. One Santa Claus. One stalker. One secret. One surprise. One question. One answer.
Christmas is meant to be a jolly time of year, right? So, why is everyone acting like the plague is around the corner? Every year, I’m always the grumpy guy. Yet, this year, I might as well be sunshine personified.
Conner is definitely hiding something from me, River is unusually moody, and the townspeople have clearly lost their minds. Unfortunately, I can’t arrest everyone in my life and demand they explain themselves … can I?
Since my relationship with Conner is becoming more vital to me than ever, I need to find out what has everyone acting so strange. This Christmas will be the first for Conner and me together. I need to make it special. That means I have to ensure nothing can come between us. Not a Hollywood hunk, not a creepy stalker, and definitely not a snowstorm.
So, will we make it through our first Christmas together? Or will this end up being the worst day of the year?
I saw this book tag on Becky’s Book Blog. Most of my tags are found on her blog ’cause she has an amazing list of them! Do check out her blog!
- Link back to the original creator (Madame Writer)
- Link back to the person who tagged you or the blog where you first saw this tag.
- Answer all prompts.
- Add one more prompt of your own.
- Tag at least five people.
- Don’t lie.
- Have fun!
Never Have Ever… read a later book in the a series before reading the first book.
Yes! I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows first and then started reading the Philosopher’s stone and so on.
Never Have I Ever… burned a book.
Never! Why would anyone want to do that to the preciousssss.
Never have I Ever… read a book I knew I would hate.
If I don’t like a book, I don’t end up reading it so I haven’t read a book that I would hate ’cause I can’t get on with it.
Never Have I ever… wrote a fanfiction about my favourite books.
Maybe. Highschool. Harry Potter. Dramione. Wattpad. Do I need to say more?
Never Have I Ever… loved a book when I was young, yet hated it when I got older.
Not really, I’ve enjoyed all the books that I’ve read when I was young. Most of them were Nancy Drew, Goosebumps and Enid Blyton so no.
Never Have I Ever… dressed up as one of my favourite literary characters.
Yes, at Halloween in university. I dressed up as a witch. I intended to be a Hermione Granger but turned to be more of a wicked witch with lots of eyeliner.
Never Have I Ever… hated a book by an author I love.
Okay so don’t get me wrong. I love Sarah. J. Maas. but what was A Court of Frost and Starlight. I expected so much more than just a novella. Hopefully the next book will give us answers.
Never Have I Ever… gone into a bookstore to buy one book and come out with many more.
Most of the time. I go inside for a specific book and come out with new releases.
Never Have I Ever… read the ending of a book before reading the beginning.
Never. I don’t do well with spoilers. If I do read the ending then anxiety will kill me as to why things aren’t going as planned.
Never Have I Ever… read a book without the dust cover.
Always. It’s annoying and it comes off when I read and back on when I’m done.
Never Have I Ever… skim read nearly half a book.
Yes, practically all the Twilight books. Bella’s monologues were too intense to read so I skipped a lot!
Never Have I Ever… pretended to have read a book that I haven’t.
Nope, I usually just ask for a review if I haven’t read it and if someone has so I know if I’ll read it or no.
Never Have I Ever… saw the movie before the book.
Sometimes. I try not to though. I prefer reading the book and then watching the movie.
Never Have I Ever… had a book boyfriend.
Umm, yes. Rhysand from ACOTAR. Jacob from Twilight. Draco from Harry Potter.
Never Have I Ever… read a history book or anthropology book for fun.
Never. I cannot do historical books. I was bad at it even when I was in school.
My new prompt: Never Have I Ever… used random things as bookmarks.
All the time, tissue papers, boarding pass, bits of paper or receipts. Anything that is available that can be used as a bookmark.
(The Soul Heart Series, #1)
Publication date: December 1st 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Being a mermaid brings a new depth to ‘it’s complicated.’
High school teen Mariah’s life is anything but simple. Between a crush on her best friend and a rivalry brewing with the swim team star, her powers awaken early.
When Mariah’s guardian meddles in her life with magic, she causes more harm than good. The soul reapers are coming and there’s a werewolf hungry for merblood. All secrets wash ashore sooner or later, and Mariah’s about to discover hers.
Mixing a messy love life with deadly powers will whip up a storm of trouble. Can Mariah contain it or will she be swept up in its wake?
A gripping story about a mermaid, self acceptance, and romance that literally sparks.
A Case for the Toy Maker
(Ainsley McGregor #3)
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: October 26th 2020
Genres: Adult, Cosy Mystery
Ho. Ho. No…
It’s Christmas in Sweet River, Texas, and the whole town is feeling festive apart from Ainsley McGregor. Ainsley has never enjoyed the holidays and would rather ignore them, but with her shop Bless Your Art busier than ever and filled with happy shoppers, even she’s feeling some Christmas spirit. That is, until her Great Dane, George Clooney, sniffs out a dead body in the Santa House at the Christmas Festival.
When one of her favourite crafters becomes the prime suspect, Ainsley is determined to prove his innocence. The case is full of so many twists and turns that even Ainsley begins to fear the truth. Is she protecting a killer?
With help from her friends and some extremely nosey townsfolk, Ainsley and her dog hurry to find the truth––as long as they can outwit and outrun the killer first. Otherwise, this Christmas might just be her last.