Thank you for coming back to join me in welcoming guest #2 to the blog today. It’s my honor to share my blog with author Jessi Gage. She’s talking holiday romances and sharing her latest release Cole In My Stocking. I love the cover….very sexy!! And who doesn’t love a holiday romance to help get us through the cold winter nights?
Take it away Jessi…
Why Do We Love Holiday Romances?
Thank you, Christine, for hosting me today. I’m excited to be here to chat about one of my favorite topics, holiday romance!
I love reading holiday romance. Some of my favorites are:
- The Klaus Brothers Boxed Set by Penny Watson, which features the sons of a certain prominent Christmas figure and the women who melt their North Poles…(my wording. I doubt Penny would be so crass, at least not until she’s had a couple Moscow Mules)
- Holding Holly by Julie Brannagh, a novella that features an interracial romance between a barista and one of Julie’s hot Seattle Sharks NFL players.
- Kissing Santa by Kylie Gilmore, a spicy and sweet novella about a guy learning how to put aside his womanizing ways to win the heart of the only woman he wants for life.
Holiday romances soothe us like spiced cider fresh from the stock pot, sticky toffee that melts on your fingers, and a Christmas Eve spent with loved ones.
I love when an author brings together two characters using a holiday situation. Christmas is the time for miracles, and I absolutely can’t get enough of it when my favorite authors give me miracles on top of all the trappings of the holidays.
This year, I wrote my very first holiday romance. It’s called Cole in My Stocking, and features a woman returning to her hometown to settle her father’s estate, including his profitable gunsmithing business and a hot cop who has always had a crush on the girl that jetted out of town the second she graduated high school. Mandy and Cole get a second chance, but hometown misconceptions and vultures honing in on Mandy’s father’s money make the holidays anything but peaceful. It definitely takes a Christmas miracle (or two) to get these two together…and keep them together.
I hope you’ll check it out. It’s getting great reviews!
Here’s a little bit of what readers are saying:
WOW ~ Holy Romance!!! …I finished the book in 2 days. I was so addicted to it that if my laptop battery died I got on my phone to read until the laptop charged up again!—5 Star review by an Amazon Reader
Wow.. WoW…freaking WOW! Did I mention wow?!?!?—5 Star review by Romance Author Becca Moree
Ladies you are going to want this “Cole” in your stocking for Christmas. He is loving, caring, romantic, and sexy cop.—5 Star review by a Goodreads Reader
Cole Blurb and Buy Links
Mandy never planned to return to Newburgh, New Hampshire, the hometown that unfairly branded her a slut, but she has no choice. Her father has died, and she’ll be spending Christmas settling his affairs. She hopes to get in and out of town without attracting the looks of disgust that drove her away, but when a certain Oakley-wearing, Harley-riding cop starts hanging around, an old crush is revived and the rumor mill restarts with a vengeance.
Cole has always been attracted to Mandy, but he has never acted on it. Besides being sixteen years older than her, he was friends with her father. The rumors people in town spread about her were bad enough without an inappropriate relationship adding fuel to the fire. But when Mandy returns to Newburgh fully adult and looking more gorgeous than ever, he can’t keep his distance, especially when an old secret of her father’s surfaces and puts her in danger. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her, but convincing her to stay in Newburgh, with him, will take a Christmas miracle.
Reader Advisory: Contains references to a past sexual assault
He cupped her chin and made her look at him, even if they couldn’t see each other in the dark. “What did he do after?”
“What do you mean?”
“When you freaked out. What did your boyfriend do after that?”
Tension straightened her shoulders. “What any decent guy would do. We stopped. He stopped. He was a perfect gentleman.”
“What? He was. I was a total spaz and he was cool about it.”
“He was cool about it?”
“What? What’s that superior tone for?” She was getting angry. He loved that about her. She’d stood up to Tooley a few days ago. She was standing up to him now. If she didn’t like something, she let you know about it. Now that was a characteristic he could believe she’d gotten from Gripper.
“You said you freaked like always when things get to a certain point, that you always blow it. You think you blew it with that guy because a single attempt at second base went poorly. I meant what happened afterwards? Was there a conversation? A second attempt after you had some time to process what happened? A third?”
“What guy would want to try again after something like that?”
“This guy would.”
Thanks again, Christine, for having me! It’s always a pleasure to blog with you!
For more information about Cole in My Stocking and Jessi Gage’s other books, visit her at:
Jessi Gage bio:
Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries…you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she’s sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.