Monday, November 15, 2021

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway - Christmas Carole: A Dickens Holiday Romance by Nancy Fraser

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Christmas Carole by Nancy Fraser. This blurb blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops participating in the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Christmas Carole: A Dickens Holiday Romance
Author: Nancy Fraser
Publisher: Books From a Romantic's Heart Publishing
Publication Date: October 18th 2021
Print Length: 141 pages
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Holiday Romance
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When divorced mother of two, Carole Kelley, moves herself and her children to Dickens, she figures the most difficult thing she'll have to face is providing a perfect Christmas for her 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.

What she doesn't count on is Jaxon Matthews, Wil-Bar Toy's attorney and quite possibly the most infuriating man she's ever met.

Jax wants nothing more than to finish up his current workload within the next few weeks so he can pack his bags and leave for his usual solitary Christmas on Grand Cayman Island. His plans are quickly derailed when a big contract falls through, forcing him back to the negotiating table less than a month before the holiday.

His plans are further delayed when he meets Carole Kelley. Despite his best intentions to steer clear of any romantic entanglements, he can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful woman and her infectious holiday spirit... something he hasn’t felt in years.

Once he realizes getting to know Carole means competing with her two children for her attention, he’s ready to give up on furthering their relationship. What he doesn’t count on is the power of family, and the magic of the wish stick.

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EXCERPT:
Law Office of Matthews, Baker, and Matthews
November 30th


Once Mrs. Gimble left his office, he let out a sigh of frustration. What else could possibly go wrong?

He’d spent over a month ironing out the kinks in the shipping contract between Flannigan and Will-Bar Toys. Now, on the eve of the signing, they were trying to pull a fast one. Flannigan wouldn’t have tried such an underhanded move, Jax realized, if his father were still alive and managing the Wil-Bar account.

Leaning forward, he balanced his head in his hands, his elbows on the desktop. He needed a break, his annual holiday vacation to Grand Cayman. It wasn’t going to happen unless he was able to tie up all the loose ends on the last three outstanding corporate contracts.

For the past six months, since his father’s passing, he’d been playing catch up, doing his best to manage the workload caused by not just his father’s unexpected death, but also the retirement of Thomas Baker, his other partner.

“Jaxon,” Mrs. Gimble called from the outer office, “Mr. Flannigan is out of the office until three. His secretary will have him call you when he gets in.”

“Thank you.” He laid his hands on the keyboard, intending to forward Flannigan’s email to Wil-Bar. Instead, he picked up his cell and punched the speed dial number for Rick Barrett’s office.

The phone rang four times before a very out-of-breath voice answered, “Wil-Bar Toys, Carole speaking.”

“Is Mr. Barrett there?” he asked.

“No, not at the moment. Can I take a message?”

“How about Margaret?”

“No, she’s not available either.”

“Where the devil is everyone?”

The woman’s sigh slid across the line ahead of her explanation. “Today is Margaret’s last day, and everyone’s downstairs on the factory floor for her retirement party.” She paused, “Everyone but me, obviously.”

Jax pinched the bridge of his nose in an effort to ward off an oncoming headache. “I take it, you’re the new Margaret.”

“No, I’m not,” she said sharply. “I’m Carole.”

Cold. Impatient. And, a smart mouth.

“I really need to talk to Mr. Barrett as soon as he’s available.”

“Who should I say is calling?”

“Jaxon Matthews.”

“And your name?”

Oh... god... would this day-long nightmare ever end?

“That is my name. Jaxon, J-A-X-O-N. Matthews.”

“Oh, sorry. Jaxon Matthews sounds more like an investment company, than someone’s name.”

“Listen... uh... Carole. I realize, you’re new, maybe this is even your first job. No doubt you’re overwhelmed. Can you just give Mr. Barrett my message? Tell him it’s important.”

“Yes, Mr. Jaxon, with an X, Matthews, I can. May I tell him what this is about?”

“No, that’s okay, Carole. My name will be enough.”

“Thank you for calling Wil-Bar Toys, Mr. Matthews. I’ll be sure to let Rick know you called.”

“Rick? Is that any way to address your new employer?”

He could have sworn her heard her smirk.

“I’m sure he’ll be fine with it. He really only hates it when I call him Ricky.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
NANCY FRASER is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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GIVEAWAY:
Nancy Fraser will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for this giveaway.)

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48 comments:

  1. Looks like a cute book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. What a fantastic holiday read!
    And I love the festive cover.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. Thank you so much for hosting this stop on my tour. I'll be in and out all day checking for messages. Thanks so much to all those who have already commented.

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  5. This has a cute and sweet cover. Sounds like a great romance read for this holiday season

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  6. thanks this sounds like a great book

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    1. Deborah, thank you so much for the question. The writing process is a bit different for every book I write. This book is part of the Dickens Holiday Romance series which began last year with 10 author anthology. Six of us returned this year to write individual books. The fact that we'd already established the town and a lot of the inhabitants made it easier than starting from scratch. I also created a prequel to the series, set in 1985, called Making Christmas. So, technically, I guess ... Dickens has been a year long project and we've already started planning next year!

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  8. I am looking forward to reading this one over Christmas break!

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  9. How do you stay motivated to write?

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    1. I'd say it's for the money, but that's not true. Unless you're a huge name in the business, most writers don't get rich. A good month is dinner out with the family. Some months, it's carry out from Micky D's. However, the real motivation is the love of creating something from scratch that will (hopefully) entertain people and allow them an escape of sorts. Plus, it gets these nagging voices out of my head. And, my caffeine addiction definitely helps. Thank you so much for asking.

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  10. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  11. Nancy, I enjoyed the excerpt and Christmas Carole sounds like a delightful holiday read for me and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a spectacular holiday season!

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  12. This sounds like a wonderful Christmas story and I can't wait to read it! Thank you do much for posting

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  13. thanks for hosting! sounds like a fun read

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  14. David HollingsworthNovember 15, 2021 at 6:24 PM

    How do you unwind after writing a book?

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    1. We're supposed to unwind? No wonder I've gone through two Keurigs this year. LOL ... yes, writers do unwind occassionally when they're not on deadline. I'd say that I read, but that might not be totally honest. My reading is usually research. Plus, I have grandchildren who insist the need to see me every once in awhile, so they are my main source of distraction (although not necessary the unwinding part). Thank you for asking, David.

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  15. Sounds like a fun holiday read.

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  16. Sounds like a great book can't wait to read it thank you so much for the chance 😀

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  17. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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  18. This book sounds wonderful. I love Christmas stories. And the cover is great!

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  19. Do you have a favorite kind of cookie that you especially enjoy eating?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. Such a fantastic holiday read. I love the cover.

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  21. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  22. David HollingsworthNovember 16, 2021 at 6:24 PM

    Congrats on the book! It sounds fun and romantic.

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  23. Do you have a favorite city of all the ones you have visited around the world?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. David HollingsworthNovember 17, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    How long does it take to write a book?

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  25. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  26. sounds like a fun one

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  27. It was interesting to read about Nancy Fraser - an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author - in the About the Author section.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  28. David HollingsworthNovember 18, 2021 at 8:35 PM

    Sounds like a great book for Christmas.

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  29. Sounds like an awesome Christmas present! Love! Sounds really good!

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  30. Ooooohlala sounds like an interesting book

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  31. Last day.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  32. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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  33. Do you have a favorite treat from the bakery that you especially enjoy during the holiday season?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  34. Sounds like a sweet and beautiful Christmas read thank you

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  35. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

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  36. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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