December 8, 2019

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Ready to take a chance on love again?

Rachel Milligan fell head over heels…once. Then her happy world crashed in around her, leaving her reeling and wondering if she’d survive.

That was three years ago. The pretty nurse has pulled herself up from the ashes and built a solid life for herself. As a nurse. As a volunteer. As a temporary foster mom.

When ex-baseball sensation Derek Rossi shows up in Jackson Hole for much needed R&R, love is the last thing on the sexy superstar’s agenda. With three broken engagements under his belt, he’s pretty much given up on the whole happily-ever-after thing.

Neither he nor Rachel is ready for romance. But they’re not the only ones with skin in the game. When love blooms, thanks to Joy and the power of a perfectly aimed baseball, Derek and Rachel are forced to face their fears. Will they slide into home plate together? Or walk away?

Titles in the Jackson Hole, WY series include – It Started With Joy

As the holiday season begins, Laurel McCullough could use some good news. She and her husband, Zach, have been praying for a baby that seems more and more like an impossible dream, and they’ve had to move in with her beloved grandmother, Helen, who’s having trouble taking care of herself. But when Laurel contacts a local home-care organization for help, there are no caregivers available.

Then Mrs. Miracle appears at her door. No stranger to lending a helping hand to a family in need, Mrs. Miracle reveals herself to be nothing short of a godsend. Helen’s even convinced she’s an angel! Still, Laurel has to admit that Helen has become noticeably happier and more engaged, decorating the family Christmas tree and setting up the nativity with Mrs. Miracle’s companionship. In the meantime, Laurel and Zach begin to encounter curious signs, all pointing toward the arrival of a special baby.

With Christmas approaching, there appears to be even more to Mrs. Miracle than meets the eye. In a classic turn of Debbie Macomber’s signature seasonal magic, Laurel, Zach, and Helen experience a holiday of heavenly proportions.

Look for more of Mrs. Miracles Christmas adventures, along with those very special angels Shirley, Mercy & Goodness.

What a crazy, busy week it’s been around my house – I’d bet probably yours, too.

This post has been shared on The Sunday Post, a weekly recap from so many amazing blogs hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviewer.

We got our first live tree in, well, decades.  My adult son, who is determined to give Mom everything on her bucket list he can come up with – and then some, decided that I wanted a live tree.  Hmmm.  I don’t recall making that wish out loud but hey, I’m not going to turn one down.  Living in apartments for years, and with a cat who is determined to climb every single Christmas tree I’ve put up and then ride it down like a snowboard are the main reasons I’ve gone with artificial trees over the years.  But I did miss the smell, the special feel of a live tree – so there is a lovely 6 foot Frazier fir sitting in our living room at the moment – and yes, I’m definitely going back to live trees again.  Kids know their parents well, even if we don’t realize it all the time.  It’s not decorated yet, the lights going on are always my least favorite part, but that’s on the agenda for today.

In my book world are Christmas Romances galore.  I seriously believe I’ll be reading and reviewing Christmas love stories well into the 4th of July week at this rate.  I bought so many (no, don’t ask, it’s embarrassing) and there is an equal amount in Kindle Unlimited that I’m itching to click on.  I love Christmas Romance, really any time of the year but I have some serious reading to do – and I know full well that I’m not going to be done by New Year’s Day.  But, oh well.  No one said I have to stop on a particular day.  I “could” hold back and save some for next year but the truth is I’ll simply buy the new ones in 2020 so then I’d have double to read!

I’ve started the scheduled posts for 2020, and getting those first reviews ready to post is a big deal for me.  I always hesitate on how far before publication day to post an e-ARC review and I’ve come up with about a week in advance.  I don’t want the anticipation to be too long, but still enough time to have the review up should the publisher or author want to use quotes (it happens some times and I’m always thrilled when I see them).  Do you have a formula on how far in advance you review ARCs?  There don’t seem to be any hard rules to follow, at least that I’ve found.  Anyway, that’s started and the beginning is the hardest part of any habit.

That’s a wrap for me this week.  Now I’m off to tackle the lights on a live tree and then the fun part of bringing out decorations that have such loving, wonderful memories attached to them.  I hope your reading week to come is awesome and filled with stories you’ll love.

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