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Secret Santa Cindy Myers

ISBN 9781420121452
Publish Date 10/29/2013
Format Paperback
Categories Zebra, Women's Fiction, Fern Michaels

Christmas is the time for miracles, mayhem, and holiday romance in these wonderful stories from four of today's most beloved authors…

"Mister Christmas" by Fern Michaels

A week before Christmas, attorney Claire O'Brien is summoned to Ireland to change her wealthy client's will--only to encounter resistance from his handsome nephew. Will Claire be forced to spend the holidays up close and personal with her irresistible Irish nemesis?

"The Yellow Rose of Christmas" by Marie Bostwick

Though Miss Velvet Tudmore wrote off romance years ago, rumor has it she has a secret admirer. And when her surprise suitor promises to reveal himself at the annual Christmas ball in Too Much, Texas, Velvet starts to wonder: is it ever too late to find love?

"Nightmare on Elf Street" by Laura Levine

Aside from the mortifying costume, how bad can a gig as a mall Santa's elf be? Jaine Austen finds out when she's teamed up with the Santa from Hell. But things go from bad to worse when he's found murdered on the job--and Jaine is a suspect. Now all she wants for Christmas is to find the real killer…

"Room at the Inn" by Cindy Myers

When a Rocky Mountain blizzard forces Barb and her husband to spend Christmas in a remote Colorado cabin with their fellow travelers, Barb struggles to cope--especially when her husband reveals troubling news. But sometimes a holiday shake-up is all a woman needs to discover what she's truly made of….

About Cindy Myers:

Cindy Myers worked as a newspaper reporter, travel agent, and medical clinic manager before turning to writing full time. She’s written both historical and contemporary romance, as well as dozens of short stories and nonfiction articles. Former president of San Antonio Romance Authors, Cindy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists Inc., and Rocky Mountain Fiction writers. She is in demand as a speaker, teaching workshops and making presentations to both local and national writing groups. She and her husband and their two dogs live in the mountains southwest of Denver.

About Fern Michaels:

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Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines a biography this way: A biography is the written history of a person's life. Fern Michaels isn't a person. Fern Michaels is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I was born because according to him I was `a dinky little thing' weighing in at four and a half pounds. However, I answer to Fern since people are more comfortable with a name they can pronounce.

I've been telling stories and scribbling for twenty-five years. I hope I can continue for another twenty-five years. It wasn't easy during some of those years. As I said, I had to persevere. My old Polish grandmother said something to me when I was little that I never forgot. She said when God is good to you, you have to give back. For a while I didn't know how to do that. When I finally figured it out I set up The Fern Michaels Foundation. The foundation allows me to grant four year scholarships to needy, deserving students. I then went a step further and opened pre-school and day care centers with affordable rates for single moms who are having a hard time of it. Doing Fern Michaels allows me to do this and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank God for being so good to me. I don't know what I'm the most proud of, the books I write, the scholarships, the pre-schools or the fact that I put my kids through college on my own with no help from anyone. Probably the latter because when all else is said and done, the only thing that matters is family.

Is Fern Michaels a great writer. No. She is however, one hell of a story teller. When people ask me what I do, I say, "I scribble and tell stories." It's a great way to make a living. The Dutch have a saying, `If you can't whistle on your way to work, you don't belong in that job.' I whistle all day long.


About Laura Levine:

Laura Levine is a former sitcom writer whose credits include The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Jeffersons, The Love Boat, Three’s Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. As an advertising copywriter, she created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals for General Mills. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

In her latest (and favorite) incarnation as a mystery novelist, she has been an IMBA paperback bestseller and winner of the RT Book Reviews award for Most Humorous Mystery.

She and her husband live in Los Angeles.


About Marie Bostwick:

Marie Bostwick was born and raised in the northwest. In the three decades since her marriage, Marie and her family have moved frequently, living in eight different states at eighteen different addresses, three of them in Texas. These experiences have given Marie a unique perspective that enables her to write about people from all walks of life and corners of the country with insight and authenticity. Marie currently resides in Connecticut where she enjoys writing, spending time with family, helping out at church, gardening, collecting fabric, and stitching quilts.

Photo Credit: Lisa Sundell


Book Club Party Kit for The Promise Girls:

Celebrate Sisterhood by hosting a Promise Girls get together! Click below for your downloadable Book Club Party Guide, which includes activities, a menu and a suggested soundtrack – plus recipe cards for six of Marie Bostwick’s favorite drinks and dishes.

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Book Club Party Kit

Healthier Banana Bread

Joanie's Famous Lasagna

Seattle Style Mini Hot Dogs

Smoked Salmon Spread

The Tipsy Mermaid Mocktail

Seattle Sidecar

 


Average Customer Review

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Customer Review

SECRET SANTA by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine & Cindy Myers (Thursday, December 19, 2013)
Reviewer: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

SECRET SANTA by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, and Cindy Myers is an interesting collection of Christmas stories. Four talented authors have put together four interesting stories. Filled with Christmas spirit, miracles, mayhem, murder, mystery, and love. Each story is set in a different area, such as Ireland, Texas, Colorado, and in a Mall. For a sure to cheer you up, pick up "Secret Santa". Heartwarming stories of the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for a cute, sweet, holiday read, than I would recommend "Secret Santa",it is a great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

“Deck Your Bookshelf With This Heart-Tugging Anthology ” (Friday, November 22, 2013)
Reviewer: Nancy Narma

In Fern Michaels’ “Mister Christmas”, we meet Claire O’Brien who had made plans to spend Christmas with her family in Telluride, Colorado. That is—until she gets a frazzled phone call from wealthy curmudgeon/client Donald Flynn, who demands she fly to Ireland immediately as he is on his deathbed! Despite her fear of flying, Claire begrudgingly makes the trip—and is greeted by not only his friendly staff, but strange circumstances within the castle walls, not to mention, Donald’s outspoken, hunky Nephew, Quinn Connor! The adventures awaiting Claire will tug at your heartstrings and bring the true meaning of Christmas alive, as only Fern can do.

If you have read Marie Bostwick’s “Between Heaven and Texas”, then you are well acquainted with the Tudmore women (If you haven’t, do ask Santa for a copy). Happily, we travel back to Too Much, Texas, where we find Velvet Tudmore doing what she does best—teaching others about the history of Too Much and what a stalwart soul prized ancestor Flagadine Tudmore was. Miss Velvet is an inspiration to all, but she keeps her charms hidden, having never married or been in a romance. Imagine how her heart fluttered when a yellow rose was delivered from a secret admirer! I loved this tale which just reinforced the notion that you’re never too old to fall in love.

Laura Levine’s “Nightmare on Elf Street” will have you donning your sleuthing cap and forgetting about Holiday wrapping when you meet up with a frazzled Jaine Austen. It’s not bad enough that money is low, debts are high, with no advertising jobs in sight—but spoiled feline, Prozac is being less than cooperative as the “Cover Cat” for Jaine’s Christmas cards. Neighbor, Lance comes to partial rescue with an interview appointment at the ritzy/trendy new mall in town, where she is offered a chance to write their advertising, but only if she agrees to don an unflattering elf outfit and work at “Santa Land” for the holiday season. She reluctantly agrees and quickly discovers she’s not sure which she despises more, her costume complete with horizontal striped tights, or sarcastic, drunken Santa/Scotty—but she may not be the only one. When she finally gives up trying to capture a cutesy shot of Prozac (cat food on a candy cane??),she trudges off to a professional pet photographer, not far from her workplace—only to have a “Feline fiasco” occur, and with the pandemonium, a crime is committed. Being fingered as a suspect, Jaine goes into sleuthing mode, with many surprises in store for her. If you have followed Jaine and Prozac’s adventures in the past, you’ll truly enjoy this one.

With Cindy Myers’ “Room at the Inn”, we find Barbara and Jimmy leaving their cozy home in Houston, traveling to Eureka, Colorado, to spend Christmas with Barbara’s best friend, Maggie. However, Mother Nature has other plans as they get caught in a blizzard and the highway is closed. With assistance from the highway patrol. Barbara, Jimmy, truck driver Reuben and the Rodrieguez family take shelter in sparsely appointed fishing cabins owned by a crotchety soul named Mae. Little by little the group learns a lot about each other, volumes about themselves and more importantly, that “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” This is a tender tale of love, caring, sharing and the promise of a brighter tomorrow—an adaptation of a tale as old as time itself.
Deck your bookshelf with this heart-tugging anthology. It will bring joy to your heart!
Nancy Narma

secret santa (Tuesday, October 29, 2013)
Reviewer: jbarr5

Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, Cindy Myers
I wanted to read this book because of the many author's included about the same theme.
4 good books for the price of 1!!
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Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels
Claire O'Brien was summoned to fly to Ireland from CA via NY because Donald Flynn was on his deathbed and she was in charge of his finances.
She would then travel to her brothers in CO and she had the girls gifts packed with her. That was the plan...and nothing went according to the plan...
Once she gets back to the US she does head for CO and many life's becomes threatened...The only one who can save the day would be Mr. Christmas...
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The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick
Too Much, TX and Miss Velvet Tudrmore has had the honor of sharing how the town started and telling others of the history from years past and how women founded the town.
The new history teacher, Mr. Delacorte has an idea to help Velvet out by having his honor students conduct the senior interviews - thus saving her money from the budget and giving the students the experience...
Postal worker has found the yellow rose and $2 to have it delivered to Ms. Velvet at the historical society and nobody knows who the giver is...
It's just a few days before Thanksgiving and everybody in town is at the store to buy last minute items when Velvet is approached by many wanting to know who sent her a dozen roses. Things really escalate when the rumors start.
And to top that off nobody knows who the single rose is from....
Love all the talk about quilting and that career choice.
So much activity going on in town for the holidays...
Velvet thinks she knows who the admirer is and her sister knows for sure and doesn't want to disappoint her so she comes up with an idea so her sister won't be disappointed...
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Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine
Jaine Austen is an out of work freelance advertising writer and she went to apply for a copy edit job and got the elf wearing costume instead. Well she really needed the money anyways.
The Santa, Scotty is a drunk but the other Santa is Barney and they have chats about Shakespeare.
Loved hearing about the Tiny Tim project-so worthwhile.
Mishaps at the mall with her cat lead to the Santa being killed...
She's hot on the trial of who she thinks killed Scotty..
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Room at the Inn by Cindy Myers
Barb Stanowski and her husband Jim were headed to Eureka when the roads were closed due to the heavy snow fall. With the thread of avalanches they were in their car for the night.
Patrol came around the took them to the local summer cabins instead. She is not thrilled but Jim is making the best of the situation and she thought he'd be totally upset over the inconvenience.
She never thought Jim after 21 years married, would quit his job and go with the invention he and Michael had made-a golf ball recyclers.
She forms a bond with the woman and her family in the next cabin over and she wants to help with the boys gifts as they will be stranded there. The mother is knitting hats and scarves and the husband is carving small animals.
Mae the owner of the cabins is happy to get extra state money for the use of the cabins and she's a loner. She quilts during the long winter months, others would be drinking.
Love how they all come together to make it special for the kids....
Didn't realize that this was part of a series from the author that I've read part of the series already. What a treat!
I received this book from The Kennsington Books and Net Galley in exchange for my honest review


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