Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: The Mistletoe Contract by Jennifer Chastain

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for The Mistletoe Contract by Jennifer Chastain. This blurb blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blurb blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Mistletoe Contract
Author: Jennifer Chastain
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Publication Date: November 6th 2020
Print Length: 240 pages
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
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He needs a wife. She needs money. Is their modern-day marriage an answer to their prayers or a disaster waiting to happen?

Confirmed bachelor, Nathan Rutledge shut his heart to romance when he was forced to break the heart of the only woman he ever truly loved. Now, with his father’s retirement from the family conglomerate, the torch has been passed to him. But there are two problems—first, he needs a wife in order to take over the family business. Second, someone has been embezzling company funds. With the pressure mounting, and time expiring to find both a wife he can trust and the thief, Nate needs a Christmas miracle.

Forensic Accountant, Meredith Mitchell’s life is in a shambles. Her mother needs a lifesaving transplant, Mom’s medical bills have bankrupted Meredith’s meager savings, and she’s sold everything of value, but it’s still not enough. To make matters worse, she’s now tasked with discovering accounting errors for a new client—none other than Nathan Rutledge—the same man who gave her a broken heart for Christmas eight years ago.

Meredith wants to run. Nate wants the chance to right his wrongs. So, naturally, when he proposes a modern-day marriage of convenience, she balks at the idea. But he desperately needs a wife, and she really needs the money he offers. Is this the answer to her prayers? Or will this mutually beneficial arrangement re-open old wounds that can’t be healed?

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EXCERPT:
“Okay, you’re starting to drive me nuts. What is going on?” Meredith blew on her bare hands. She should’ve grabbed her gloves.

“I’ve been thinking. About me and the company. About you. How I need a wife. How you need money for your mom’s kidney transplant. It’s a perfect solution.”

“I’m sorry. I’m not following you. What’s perfect?”

After zipping his jacket, he clasped her cold hands in his large, warm ones. Shoot, his touch shouldn’t make her all fluttery. “Us. I think we should get married. I’d pay for your mom’s transplant and past-due hospital bills, and you’d help me retain the company. It’s a win-win.”

Her mouth hung open. “Wait. What? You want us to get married? You’re nuts!” She yanked her hands out of his grasp and stormed off the porch. She should’ve grabbed a hat, too.

“Meredith! Wait!”

She stopped in midstride next to his pickup. She had to keep it together. Not let him see the yearning in her eyes. Meredith inhaled, closed her eyes, and said a silent prayer.

He circled around her and lifted her chin with his forefinger. “Hey, I know I screwed up, and I’m truly sorry. Think of this as my way of apologizing.”

“What are you trying to do to me, Nate?” she whispered. Her mouth was dry, like she’d sucked on a hundred cotton balls.

“Nothing. Nothing at all. It’s a business proposition. We’ll call it the Mistletoe Contract.”

Shaking her head, she was certain she’d misunderstood him.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Chastain is a member of ACFW, ACFW-NC, and My Book Therapy/Novel Academy. Several of her other stories were finalists in the Blue Ridge Mountains Foundations contest and she was a finalist in the Touched by Love contest, sponsored by the Faith, Hope, and Love Christian Writers. Her contemporary romance stories contain the themes of redemption, grace, and forgiveness.

A hopeful romantic, Jennifer loves dark chocolate, Diet Coke, old movies and a good romantic movie. She loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen and when not cooking, she’s reading or conducting more research for her stories. Growing up in the snowy North, Christmas has always been her favorite holiday, with the scents of cinnamon, vanilla, and pine scenting the air.

She and her husband have been married for over 25 years and they are permitted to co-exist with their black rescue cat.

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GIVEAWAY:
Jennifer Chastain will be awarding a $10 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 and the author assume all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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44 comments:

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    1. A writer friend and I brainstormed the book one weekend. Once I had the general outline, I just started writing. It took me about 2 months to write. However, once I signed the book contract, it was another 10 months of editing, rewriting and adding more to the story.

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  2. I so enjoyed reading this excerpt - well done!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  4. Thanks so much - I hope you’ll check it out.

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

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    1. Thanks for the comment - good luck with the giveaway!

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  6. Sounds like an interesting story.

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  7. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

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    1. It depends - this book took about 2 months to write but I plotted it out and developed my characters first so that when I sat down, it was much easier to write.

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  8. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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    1. Hi Barbara - the hardest part of the book to write? I’d have to say was when they reconcile - all the deep emotions and the hurt

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  9. Did you have a big snow this weekend where you live?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  10. The book details sound interesting. Best of luck with the publication.

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  11. I think I would have a hard time putting this book down after starting to read it.

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  12. Do you hang up mistletoe each year during the holidays?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

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  14. When you were a child, did you have any favorite authors?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  16. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

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  17. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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  18. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  19. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  20. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  21. looks like a fun one

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  22. This so sounds like one that I would love to read and the cover is so cute.
    heather
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  23. how do you get models for the cover?

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  24. Sounds like a fun and flirty story. I love that they were together before and will make amends and get back together!

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  25. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. My question from yesterday doesn't seem to have posted - what's the furthest you've been from home?

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  27. Great description and I am so excited to get and read this book.

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