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The Most Wonderful Time

Fern Michaels, Sarah Title , Shirlee McCoy, Stacy Finz

ISBN 9781420135701
Publish Date 10/25/2016
Format Paperback
Categories General, Women's Fiction, Zebra

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What goes better with mistletoe and merriment than the sweet beginnings of romance?

“Christmas Passed” by Fern Michaels

Three years after her husband’s death, Brandy Heyers still finds that celebrating the holidays without him is anything but jolly. Then handsome widower Ryan Rogers shows her that moving on is possible, and her frozen heart begins to melt…

“A Glory Junction Christmas” by Stacy Finz

When Hannah Baldwin hears her ex is getting remarried, she’s ready to give up on Christmas, not to mention love. But the best gifts come in unexpected packages, and old friend Josh Garner is just the man to convince her that the coming New Year is going to be the happiest yet…

“Moonshine and Mistletoe” by Sarah Title

A holiday fling is all Emma Fallader expects when she meets gorgeous fiddler Abe Tate at her friend’s wedding—but after just days together, it isn’t all she wants. Can the spirit of the season work its special magic for two people separated by more than miles?

“An Apple Valley Christmas” by Shirlee McCoy

Now that her beloved dad is gone, Emma Baily is facing the holidays alone—until her ex, Jack McAllister, shows up to help her close her father’s estate. After four years apart, only the magic of Christmas will show Emma that joy is a gift meant to be shared…

About Fern Michaels:

Fern Michaels is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood, Men of the Sisterhood and Godmothers series, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over ninety-five million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at fernmichaels.com.

About Sarah Title :

Sarah Title has worked as a barista, a secretary, a furniture painter, and once managed a team of giant walking beans. She currently leads a much more normal life as a mild-mannered(ish) librarian in North Carolina. She is the author of the Southern Comfort series, set in small-town Kentucky; Kentucky Home, her first novel, was published in 2013. She comments irregularly and insightfully on her blog, Title, Author, at sarahtitle.com, and if you like pictures of elderly poodles, follow her on Instagram (@titleauthor), Twitter (@titleauthor), and Facebook (facebook.com/sarahtitlebooks).

Photo Credit: Emily Bacon

SNOWED IN - Q&A

WHAT'S A SILENT NIGHT? - KENTUCKY CHRISTMAS


About Shirlee McCoy:

The second of five children, Shirlee McCoy spent her childhood making up stories and acting them out with her sisters. Together with their menagerie of stuffed animals, they overpowered bad guys, righted wrongs, and made the world a better place. When she wasn’t engaged in imaginative play, she lost myself in the lives and adventures of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Trixie Belden. It wasn’t long before she discovered her mother’s gothic romances and became an ardent fan of romantic suspense.

Today she's a busy mom of five. When she's not homeschooling her children or trying to keep up with endless piles of laundry, she still enjoys losing herself in a good book. And she still loves making up stories. Armed with a laptop, ten fingers, and her God‑given imagination, she overpowers bad guys, rights wrongs, and makes the world a better place for her characters.  


About Stacy Finz:

Stacy Finz is an award-winning former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After twenty years-plus covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she had enough material to write fiction. She is the 2013 winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Readers can visit her website at stacyfinz.com

Photo Credit: Laura Finz.

Q&A for GOING HOME

Q: Is there an actual Nugget, California? If not, what town or place is Nugget based on?

A: If there is a Nugget, California, I’m not aware of it. Nugget is loosely based on a number of towns in the Sierra Nevada, but particularly towns in Plumas County. My aunt lives there and we go a couple of times a year to visit. The views are stunning and we’ve spent many amazing days just inner tubing down the Feather River. Because it’s so rural where she lives, the community is close-knit, which served as good model for Nugget. I like the idea that everyone knows everyone else in town and everyone is up in everyone else’s business. I grew up in a small town; we even shared a telephone party line. My sister and I used to listen in on other peoples’ conversations (terrible, right?), but it soon became apparent we weren’t the only ones doing it.

Q: In Going Home, the heroine, Maddy Breyer, is obsessed with the Donner Party. What inspired you to put such a macabre piece of California history into a romance novel?

A: I think a lot of Californians are intrigued with the tragedy. When you think of California, you think sunny, warm, beaches and palm trees. You don’t think of pioneers getting trapped in the snow and having to eat each other to stay alive. Now ski resorts surround the area where the Donner Party got stranded in the 1800s. Every time I’m up in those parts I wonder where it happened. Is this where pioneers feasted on their fellow travelers? Maybe I’m a little warped, but I think it’s human nature to be curious about really bad things, and Maddy is a little quirky to begin with.

Q: Going Home’s hero, Rhys Shepard, is a complicated guy. Tortured, yet bound by an innate sense of duty to take care of everyone around him. Is there a story behind his character?

A: I liked playing on the theme: can you go home again? Nugget has miserable associations for Rhys. His dad was the town’s odd ball and people wrongly assume the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. But Rhys’ sense of duty brings him home and forces him to stay at least long enough to do the right thing. I’ve known people like him, people who couldn’t wait to get out of Dodge and reinvent themselves, and despite finding new surroundings and new people, still don’t feel like they belong.

Q: What’s next for the town of Nugget?

A: Rhys’ best friend (and Nugget heartthrob) Clay McCreedy is about to meet his match.

Q: Will Rhys, Maddy and other characters from Going Home make appearances in Clay’s book?

A: They are all making cameos, but I’m also introducing some intriguing new people.


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