Amazing Holiday Romance Reads from San Diego. Part Deux!

More peace, love and sandy feet! –Jillian Stone

Okay, we're back again with more amazing reads from San Diego romance writers. And remember to leave a holiday survival tip.  When you comment, you have a chance to win one of the novels featured in this holiday promotion (winner's choice). For details scroll to the end of this blog.

Kathy Aarons
Death is Like a Box of Chocolates

Buy link: Amazon

Whether it’s to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for…

Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town’s Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street’s portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle’s signature truffles.

As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away…

Judy Duarte
The Soldier's Holiday Homecoming

Buy links:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble

A holiday to remember…

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?

Sally Orr
The Rake's Handbook 

Season’s Greetings Begin When You Catch a Rake Under The Mistletoe.

Buy links: Amazon  B&N  iBooks

The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies, but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of his own jaded heart.

Spirited widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

Melissa Cutler
The Mistletoe Effect

Happy Holidays! ~ Melissa Cutler

Buy links: Amazon  B&N   iTunes  Kobo

I hope your holiday season is off to a marvelous start. Mine has been particularly fun because I have a Christmas-themed romance out this year, titled THE MISTLETOE EFFECT. It's a fun, red-hot sexy contemporary romance about a “marriage of convenience” between a hotel heiress and the bad boy cowboy who manages the stables at her family’s resort. I had a blast writing it and I guarantee it’ll put a smile on your face. (and don’t you just love that cover???)  You can read Chapter One on my website (pdf): or on Goodreads.

Gina Conkle
Meet the Earl at Midnight 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~ Gina Conkle

Buy Links: Amazon US   Amazon UK

The Enigma Earl. The Lord Phantom. That's what the gossip pages call Lord Greenwich, a mysterious nobleman who doesn't show his face in London Society. With a reputation like that, it's no wonder that Lydia Montgomery is horrified to be dragged from bed and packed off to live with him to save her mother from penury.

While Lydia has received all of the training a lady should endure, she's decidedly un-ladylike. She despises her corset and isn't interested in marriage; in fact, she would prefer to remain unmarried so that she can spend her time improving her art. But if she wants a chance at happiness, she'll have to set aside her fear of Lord Greenwich and discover the man hiding behind the beast.

If you need an audiobook to warm your commute or while you exercise, why not try Meet the Earl at Midnight? Audio excerpts are available on the purchase links (above).

Leave a comment for a chance to win one of these
 fabulous reads! 

After a long day of Christmas shopping or the obligatory office Christmas party, how do you unwind? Share one of your holiday survival secrets/tips for a chance to win one of the ebooks featured in this two-day blog (winners choice). Continue scrolling for a look at the books featured on Monday.  And don't forget to leave your contact information along with your comment to be entered into the randomizer.  Good luck and  have a great holiday! 


  1. Hi,

    nothing beats a cup of tea & a great book. No - nothing at all!!


  2. Hole up in bed with a good book!

  3. Thanks for the spotlight on Get Lost in a Story! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  4. I will have a cup of tea and read for a little while to unwind.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  5. I take off my shoes and stay in my pj!

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  6. Thank you for featuring The Mistletoe Effect on GLIAS! I like to unwind by putting the Christmas tree lights on, making myself and my hubby cocktails, and sitting and talking with him about our day, the kids, the holidays...whatever, as long as we're together.

    1. One of the best ways to enjoy the holiday!

  7. May, I'm with you! I love staying in my PJs--or putting them on if it's the end of a tiring day.

    Coffee is my choice in the morning, and tea in the afternoon. But I'll usually choose wine in the evening.

    Wishing you all the warmest of holidays!

  8. eating chocolate

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Spiked eggnog and lots of it! :D

    Thanks Jillian. Cheers!

    1. Sally: The descriptor 'spiked' perked my ears up! I also love those buttery hot toddy drinks with rum ;)

    2. You got it!! Rum, brandy, etc. it all works. :) Cheers, Sally O

  10. I throw on some yoga pants and a comfy sweater, grab a book and get lost in it's pages!

  11. I get comfy on the couch with a cup of hot tea and a great romance novel. Wishing you peace and joy on Christmas. :)

    1. You too K Davis. Have a wonderful Christmas. Sally

  12. Congratulations to Lindalou. (lindalou@cfl.rr.com) You won your choice of ebook (any of the new releases) featured in this two day holiday book blog.

    Thanks for all the great survival tips. Wishing all our readers and commenters a warm, safe, and merry holiday!