Thursday, November 20, 2014

Get Lost in The Soldier's Holiday Homecoming.

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Only an urgent mission could bring Sergeant Joe Wilcox back to his Texas town—and the past he’s been trying to forget.  The marine gets his wish when an accident robs him of his memory.  The beautiful blonde who offers to nurse him back to health on a ranch that’s hauntingly familiar is a bonus he didn’t expect…except Chloe Dawson is strictly off-limits.

The letter the wounded G.I. “Doe” is carrying—addressed to Chloe—only deepens the mystery of who he is and why he came to Brighton Valley.  With desire sizzling between them, Chloe’s in danger of falling for the sexy soldier.  But what happens when his memory returns?  Can she help him face his past and, together, find their future—a place where they can both belong?



USA Today Bestselling Author, Judy Duarte always knew there was a book inside her, but since English was her least favorite subject in school, she never considered herself a writer. An avid reader who enjoys a happy ending, Judy couldn’t shake the dream of creating a book of her own.

That dream became a reality in 2002, when Silhouette released her first Special Edition. Since then, more than thirty of her books have hit the shelves, including three women’s fiction novels and two novellas.

Judy, a two-time RITA® finalist with Mulberry Park (2009) and Entertaining Angels (2010), was awarded two Maggies and a National Reader’s Choice Award for her heartwarming stories.

When she’s not cooped up in her writing cave, Judy spends time with her family in Southern California.

On the Season of Wonder and Miracles

This time of year, I love to curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot cocoa or tea and watch timeless classics on television, like Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life.   

There are so many to choose from.  You can even turn to the Hallmark Channel, where some great, made-for-TV movies are sure to warm your heart and put you in the holiday spirit.

I especially enjoy the romances, like Holiday Inn, White Christmas and The Shop Around the Corner.  My all-time favorite is Christmas in Connecticut—both the original with Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan (1945), as well as the remake with Dyan Cannon and Kris Kristofferson (1992).  

There’s just something special about those heartfelt holiday stories—either the ones on we see on television or those we read.

In fact, for that reason, I’ve written several Christmas stories over the years, including Her Best Christmas Ever, Under the Mistletoe with John Doe ,and A Baby Under the Tree, and my latest, The Soldier’s Holiday Homecoming, a November 2014 Special Edition.  

If you’re a fan of my Brighton Valley series and like amnesia stories, you’ll probably enjoy this one, which is the last book in the Return to Brighton Valley series.  


Jillian has a question for Judy: You write wonderful stories that incorporate the holiday season. What is it about Christmas that makes it so magical and romantic?

Judy: I think the holidays are a special time for people to come together as a family, to count their blessings, and to relive warm memories and make new ones.  But we all know that not everyone has Norman Rockwell type families.  

However, writing stories about wounded characters, some of whom have had painful pasts and come from broken homes, allows me to show readers that a family doesn’t have to be one made up of blood relatives.  I hope they see that the holidays are a perfect time to forgive one another and to start afresh.  This truly is a season of love and joy, as well as one of wonder and miracles. 

Judy has a question for commenters: What are your favorite holiday movies or books?  And why do those stories hold such an amazing and timeless appeal? Two lucky people who comment on that appeal today—either books or movies.  One will win an autographed copy of Christmas on Nutcracker Court. And another will win all three books in the Return to Brighton Valley series, including this month’s release, The Soldier’s Holiday Homecoming.  
  
For more about Judy and her books go to: Website: http://www.judyduarte.com/
Twitter: @JudyDuarte

***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America  addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


14 comments:

  1. It's a wonderful life. Jimmy Stewart is so perfectly casted. Love that movie.

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    1. I love that movie, too, May. And I can't imagine anyone else but Jimmy Stewart in the lead. :)

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  2. I never miss A Chalrie Borwn Christmas, I also like Holiday Inn and White Christmas. I am watching all the new Hallark channel movies too and many of the old movies too. Love the Hallmark Channel - yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Tammy,

      I LOVE the Hallmark Channel. In fact, I watched A Dog Named Christmas last night! :)

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  3. I still love A Christmas Carol. I'm looking forward to Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, too! Thanks for writing such wonderful books, Judy!

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  4. Waving to Judy - sounds like a terrific book! I love Christmas books, but don't have a favorite. I eat them up like candy..... :)

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  5. Aw, thanks, JeanneD. :)

    I haven't heard about Grumpy Cat. I'm going to check that out. It sounds like the kind of story I'd like!

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  6. I love Holiday Inn, and A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott). Plus all the holiday cartoons - I grew up with A Charlie Brown Christmas and it's still one of my favorites. Hugs, Judy - this story sounds terrific!

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  7. Thanks, Christine.
    Holiday Inn is another favorite of mine. :)
    Hugs right back to you.

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  8. Love, Actually is my favorite holiday movie. I don't really have a favorite book, although I love Christmas music which includes all the carols, pop standards, the soundtrack to It's a Charlie Brown Christmas and Madonna's version of Santa, Baby! ;)

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  9. Love Actually is one of my favorites, too, Jillian. And I love the holiday music. Santa Baby is a song that always brings a smile. :)

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  10. a Christmas carol

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  11. Congratulations to May, who won the autographed copy of Christmas on Nutcracker Court. And to Tammy who won the Return to Brighton Valley series, including this month’s release, The Soldier’s Holiday Homecoming. Judy will contact you both shortly!

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