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Monday, October 14, 2013

Lit Connect Blog Tour: The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Christmas has come early this year folks because I have an excerpt from The Trouble with Christmas and a really great giveaway, so check it out and don't forget to enter at the end of the post! Thank you Tanya at Lit Connect for the opportunity to be a host on the tour!

About Debbie Mason
Praised as a "writer to watch" by RT Book Reviews, Debbie Mason also writes Scottish-set historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca.

Her MacLeod series debuted in April 2010 and is said to "combine the passion of Hannah Howell's Highand romances with the seductive fantasy of Karen Marie Moning's bestsellers."

Find Debbie:

Sheriff Gage McBride and Ethan O'Connor, the mayor of Christmas, are at the town hall awaiting Madison Lane's arrival.

"Don't mention that to Nell until we get Ms. Lane the hell out of Dodge. She's liable to think kidnapping the woman and holding her for ransom would be a good way to fill the coffers," Ethan said.

Given his impression of Ms. Lane, Gage said, "I doubt anyone would pay to get her back."

His radio crackled to life. "Sheriff . . . Sheriff McBride, we've got a problem."

"What's up, Ray?"

"You know that lady from Hartwell we're expecting? Well, she crashed into our welcome sign, and then Santa, he kinda fell on top of her."

"Is she injured?" Gage asked as he moved toward the doors.

"Her face is a little beat up. Would've been worse if she hadn't been going so slow. You should've seen her, Sheriff. She was practically crawling down the road. I was thinking about ticketing her before that deer ran out in front of her."

There was another crackle from the radio, and an outraged female voice came on.

"Me? You were going to give me a ticket? You people are crazy. Who for the love of God had the brilliant idea to have Santa leap out of the woods at unsuspecting drivers? I should sue. Look at that face. I'm going to have nightmares."

"Ma'am, it's Santa . . ."

Gage lowered his radio. "She really is a Grinch."

"No, ma'am, that's police property. Give it back."

"Who is this?" the woman demanded in a haughty tone of voice.

Ethan punched him in the arm. Gage rolled his eyes and waved him off. "Sheriff McBride, ma'am. Now--"

"Y'all seem to think this Grinch business is very funny. But I don't. You people have ruined my reputation and . . ." She sniffed.

Gage sighed. He was a sucker for a crying woman. And while Madison Lane might be responsible for stealing the hopes and dreams of his friends and family, she'd been hurt. Besides that, she had a point. He'd been against the vehicle-activated Santa for the very reason Ms. Lane pointed out. Only he'd been overruled. Again.

He shoved his personal feelings aside. "Calm down, Ms. Lane. Everything's going to be all right."

"Calm. You expect me to be calm? Your stupid Santa broke my nose!"

"Ray," Gage said loud enough for his deputy to hear him, "wrap her in a blanket, but don't move her. I'll be there in a minute." He shut off his radio and scrubbed his face. "If I didn't want to tie up the EMTs, I'd call them and send Jill," he muttered, referring to his other deputy. "I'm not sure I can keep from strangling that woman."

"Go be a hero. Maybe she'll join your fan club."

Gage shuddered at the thought. "No thanks. I don't want her. You can have her."

"Good idea. These days my fan club consists of women who come with their own oxygen tanks."

It will take a Christmas miracle to melt her heart.

Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world—her job. Dubbed “The Grinch Who Killed Christmas,” Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist’s winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired but the company gives her one last chance, sending Madison to the small town to restore the holiday cheer.

For Sheriff Gage McBride, no hotshot executive from New York City is going to destroy the dreams of the people he loves. But one look at this beautiful woman and it’s his heart that may be broken. In just a few days, Madison causes more trouble than he’s had to deal with all year. He can’t decide if she’s naughty or nice, but one thing is for certain, Christmas will never be the same again…

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  1. I can't wait to read this novel-I'm saving it for the Christmas Holiday so I can enjoy w/the season

  2. I love Christmas themed romances, I always look forward to new ones every year :)

  3. A town called Christmas? Sounds like my type of place!! Looking forward to reading this :)

  4. Well, that excerpt just cackled me up! Getting your nose broken by Santa is a flat out hoot.

  5. I love your sense of humor. Humor is so important in a book, as it is in life. I am waiting for this book to arrive and can't wait to read it.

  6. I love a good Christmas story and I definitely want to read this.


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