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Mistletoe Madness Means Christmas Is Here!

 Every summer my husband and I go to the beach the 2nd or 3rd week in August. It was bad enough when the flu shot ads appeared at drug stores that week. But when I was shopping for sunscreen and happened upon tins of Christmas cookies, I knew all the hoopla had officially begun TOO EARLY.

But now...there's ice on the sidewalks. I'm all bundled up in my big puffy coat. My frig has eggnog (and the server is stocked with the dark rum with which to spike it). The final clue that it is finally time to kick off the holiday season? Okay, two clues, actually. 1) The Mistletoe Madness Blot Hop and 2) the release of my latest Christmas novella!

If by some shocking accident you haven't already heard about Tinsel My Heart, here's the blurb:
Becca Huntley's produced the Lyndale Park Players' over-the-top Christmas show for ten years. It's a beloved Minneapolis tradition, and the theater's main fundraiser. But this year's production is in danger of being canceled when their director disappears into rehab. Good thing his directing partner steps in to save the day. Except for the minor fact that he hates everything about Christmas.
Jack Whittaker wiped this town off his shoe with his graduation tassel and never looked back. But duty compels him to fulfill Tyler's promise to direct the show. Even though it means working with Becca, the girl he always wanted, lost to Ty, but never forgot.

It'll take more than a few handfuls of tinsel to soften Jack's heart toward Becca's favorite holiday. Steamy kisses that melt the snow right off his boots are a step in the right direction. They'll both discover that Christmas is about making each other's dreams come true. But will it require sacrificing their chance at a happily-ever-after together?

Oh, but wait - there's even more holiday excitement headed your way. For the entire time this blog hop is running, I've got an extra treat for you. The Christmas anthology I was in last year happens to be Amazon's Big Holiday Deal. You can snap up Romancing the Holiday for only $1.99!

I'm really glad you're hopping through all of these participating blogs. We love visitors, especially at the holidays! So here are the links for everyone, and visit the Mistletoe Madness Blog hop 2013 main page to enter to win the Grand Prize! Click Here
PJ Schnyder - steamy Laura Kaye - steamy Christi Barth - steamy Katee Robert - steamy Monica Burns - steamy
Christina Wolfer - steamy Cat Johnson - steamy Delphine Dryden - steamy Vivi Dumas - steamy Gabriella Edwards - steamy
Dana Marie Bell - steamy Christine dAbo - steamy Stephanie Flash Burke - steamy Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - all ages Romance with Flavor - steamy
Simply Ali - steamy Joyfully Reviewed - steamy Books Make Me Happy - steamy Literary Escapism - steamy Sinfully Tasty Reads - steamy
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance - steamy Thats What Im Talking About - steamy Read-Love-Blog - steamy The Book Tart - steamy Trinity Blacio - steamy
Eliza Knight - steamy Misa Buckley - all ages Leah Braemel - steamy Jodi Redford - steamy Amy Joy Lutchen - all ages
Whos Reviews - all ages - all ages Books Make Me Happy - all ages C. Margery Kempe - steamy Tiffany Allee - all ages
Anna Daye - steamy Val Griswold-Ford - all ages Heather Long, Author - all ages Nicole Zoltack - all ages Robyn Neeley - all ages
Sarah Grimm - steamy Ambrielle Kirk - steamy Tonya Burrows - all ages Selena Laurence - all ages Rachel Rawlings - all ages
TrulySimplyPink - all ages Kary Rader - all ages In The Pages of a Good Book - steamy Kait Ballenger - all ages Zany PNR Addict - steamy
Tara Kingston - steamy Mina Vaughn, Author - steamy Hilary Storm, Author - steamy Andrea Michelle - steamy Kiss And Tell Reviews - steamy
the passionate reader - all ages Emma Shortt - steamy

If you'd like the chance to win a copy of All I'm Asking For: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology (which contains Tinsel My Heart along with two other terrific holiday novellas), just comment below and let me know what moment makes you convinced that Christmas is here!



When we put up the tree December first.

Heather Long

It's the moment I hear David Bowie and Bing Crosby sing The Little Drummer and when Christmas music begins to play in all the stores...

Jill Prand

When we have our tree up I know it's Christmas

Lisa J

When Rudolph is playing on TV.

Book Mama

When I start hearing Christmas music at the stores.

Lindsey V.

I'm convinced Christmas is here on the day after Thanksgiving, when the radio stations begin playing Christmas music all day, every day.

Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love Christmas stories, so fingers crossed to win the anthology. :-)

Lindsey8907 [at] yahoo [dot] com


For me it's putting up the decorations that means Christmas is here. I love sitting with all the lights off except the tree, so peaceful and calm.

Beautiful Disaster

The day after Thanksgiving when from that day forward every store will be crowded :)
Happy Holidays!

Sebella Blue

When the house starts to smell like pine, cedar and cinnamon, then I know it's Christmas.

blueshedevil32 AT gmail DOT com

Donna Newman

When I watch Santa is coming to Town and putting the tree up.


Cathy P

It's when I start hearing Christmas music.

Cathy P

PS: My email address is


This year it will be when my son comes home from college out east.


Well, St. Louis is getting ready to be hit by 1-6 inches of snow tonight so that reminds me of Christmas.

Maria D.

For me, it's pretty much the week of Thanksgiving - the radio stations in town start playing holiday music and usually the weather gets very cold and we start to hear about snow and things like that....
junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Steph F.

The day after Thanksgiving when we put up the light and Christmas tree. It always starts the spark of the holiday spirit. :)


My clients slowing their lessons and the Christmas music starting to belay the old songs.

Judy Peterson


When we put our tree up.


When decorating the bome. This weekend is the time.
tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

Jen Barnard

Christmas arrives in my house when the tree goes up on the 21st / 22nd. I know it's arrived for everyone else though when the christmas songs start playing on the radio.

Jackie Jackson

Once the Christmas lights start going up I am totally convinced Christmas is here.


When it gets cold and I see Christmas decorations up then I feel like it's Christmas.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Michelle Willms

I realized Christmas was here when I watched my Christmas tree turn round and round sans presents, then checked the date. EEK! I've done no shopping. The panic has set in. Yep. It's Christmas. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

Laurie P

I don't even what to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but then it's no holds barred.

Sharilyn Dickerson

I realize Christmas is here when I start hearing all the Christmas songs on the radio.

Shelly Hammond

Christmas seemed to sneak up on me here this year! Now, you hear that a lot but this year it really got me. I don't mind the early decorations (heck, I wouldn't mind looking at all the pretty lights in July, but I'm nutty like that. They are just so darned pretty!) I don't much care for the early shopping crazies though. Anyway, Christmas snuck up but generally it really feels like Christmas when and if we get a good snow. Some years we don't get any and it's hard to get all in the spirit and some years we get tons! Today it's snowing nice and good so it feels like the holidays!

Happy Merry Holidays one and all!

Shelly H

Book Attict

Probably the "Santa'a Workshop" meeting at work (I do all the holiday shopping for the firm).

Happy Holidays and thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com


Black Friday :)

Thanks for the giveaway

Tina Reiter

My kids ask everyday how many days till Christmas.

amy bowens

When I worked in retail we started putting Christmas things out in July. Way to early for me lol. thanks for sharing and have a Merry Christmas!

Brandi Slater

I feel like x-mas is here when all the tv channels start showing x-mas shows and movies. Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

Eva Millien

The kids making out there Christmas list. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season! evamillien at gmail dot com

Kim Pinch

When we put up the tree, lights and decorations.

love to read

When we start talking about Christmas dinner and who's doing what, then writing cards and the first card you get in the mail.
If you are reading this please if you have something on special try to make it your international people too thank you rather than the 1.99 it is 6.99 big difference. Thank you


Christmas music and twinkling lights!

Angela Searles

I love snow and miss it!!!

Belinda G

When they begin playing Christmas music. We have one radio station that begins to play it 24/7 starting 1 month before the big day. I love listening to It anytime of the day . Christmas is here!

Belinda G
belgre at comcast dot net

Jamie Wadowsky

When it starts to snow.... I love snow on christmas


Seeing Santa at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Happy Holidays!


Christmas music and eggnog

Natasha D

When we put up the Christmas tree.
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com


Snow. Every single year I can ignore all the Christmas stuff popping up in stores around Halloween and the Christmas music on the radio, but the second it snows, BAM feels like Christmas



When I put up the tree! macti39 at yahoo dot com

Michelle Bledsoe

Thanksgiving Day is what starts Christmas for me. I know that the next day I can put up all my decorations and not look ridiculous...LOL
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Margaret Hughes

When the tree finally goes up is when Christmas really starts for me!
Margaret (at) montalbano (dot) net

Tina B

What makes me convinced that Christmas is here is probably seeing everyone's homes decorated. I know that it is time to do mine then. Lol. But it does seem like it is getting earlier and earlier each year.
Congrats on your recent release! It sounds like a great read. :)


Hi! Thanksgiving night when the tree is getting set. The finished tree really hits home its christmas time! :) Thanks for being apart of this great hop! Im having a blast! Thank you! Happy holidays!

Christi Barth

Brandi Slater - you are the winner! Please send me your email address at Congrats!

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