Thursday, November 4, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Red Velvet Crinkles and Christmas Sprinkles (Christmas Cookies) by Maria Imbalzano

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Red Velvet Crinkles and Christmas Sprinkles by Maria Imbalzano. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Red Velvet Crinkles and Christmas Sprinkles
Series: Christmas Cookies
Author: Maria Imbalzano
Publication Date: November 2nd 2021
Print Length: 81 pages
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
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Competitive, work-obsessed Bella Simonetti has just been fired from her high-paying job at a Manhattan law firm. At an all-time low, she returns home and helps her parents at their small-town gift shop, but the business is failing and may not make it past the Christmas holidays.

Successful landscape architect Dean Jackson is like a son to Bella's parents. But he's a persistent annoyance to her—he seems to have forgotten his unforgivable blunder thirteen years earlier.

When Bella transforms her parents' gift shop into a cookie cottage, Dean's generosity and magnetic smile are hard to resist, and those feelings of unrequited adolescent love come rushing back. But can Bella let go of the past and accept Dean for the man he is today?

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EXCERPT:
There came that half-teasing, half-serious smile. To avoid it, she started pulling Christmas balls hung on red-and-green silk ribbons from the large box she’d brought out.

“I can help you hang those in the window. I hid the hooks above the molding last year so we don’t have to remove them every year.”

“Clever.” Her sarcastic tone couldn’t be mistaken.

“We’ll need a ladder,” he determined. “I’ll get it from the back, then you can hand me the balls, and I’ll attach them.”

She slitted her eyes at him. “I want to hang the balls. You can do something else.”

“Fine. But it takes two for this job. You don’t want to be going up and down the ladder each time you hang a ball. It’s inefficient.”

He had a point. She’d have to bury her reluctance to work with him at the risk of coming up with some other childish excuse.

Once Dean brought the ladder to the window, she climbed up three steps and took the first ball from him. Not a well-thought-out plan since her butt was now at his eye level.

“Can you stand over here, please?” She pointed to the other side of the ladder.

“It’s better if I stand behind you, to spot you. In case you lose your balance.” His grin emerged, and she gritted her teeth to prevent a growl.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maria Imbalzano is a retired matrimonial lawyer who now writes full time. Instead of drafting motions, legal memoranda, and briefs, although fascinating, she now spends her days creating memorable characters and taking them on their emotional journeys through her contemporary romance novels.

Her novel, “Unchained Memories,” won the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Award and the ACRA Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence Award. “Sworn to Forget,” the first of the four-book Sworn Sisters Series was a finalist for the illustrious RONE award as well as the Book Buyers Best Award. Her novellas, “The Blueberry Swirl Waltz” and “A Song For Another Day” each came in first in their category in the National Excellence in Story Telling contest.

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GIVEAWAY:
Maria Imbalzano will be awarding a $15 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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34 comments:

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

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    1. Hi Diana: Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck in the raffle. You really must bake red velvet sprinkles. I made them for the first time after I wrote the book, and they are delicious!

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    1. Hi Sherry: Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the raffle.

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  3. great cover, this sounds like an exciting book

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you like the book - I loved writing it - and baking red velvet crinkles.

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    1. Hi Amy: Thanks for stopping by. You must try making red velvet crinkles. They are the best.

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful romance story. Congratulations on it's release.

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    1. Hi Peg: Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy it. Good luck in the raffle.

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  6. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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    1. Hi Thomas: Thanks for stopping by. I love the cover too. It was created by Diana Carlile through The Wild Rose Press. She definitely got all the Christmas stuff in there - tree, decorations, sweaters, champagne. I hope you get the chance to read it.

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  7. The title is so cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  9. Looks like a neat book, good to learn about it.

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  10. sounds like a fun one

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  11. The book looks great. Thanks for your great generosity. Linda May

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  12. This is one sweet read with an outstanding cover!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  13. Looks like a fun book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  14. I love to read romance books. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  15. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  16. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  17. I read a love story in the making! I like stories where he's the butt, yet she finds something good in him!

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  18. Congratulations on your book release!

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  19. Sounds like a great holiday story. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Love a good Christmas read and I will have to bake those crinkles

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  21. About how many books do you write in a year?

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  22. Great cover! This sounds so good!

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