Alissa Callen, Fiona Greene, Rachael Johns, Juliet Madison, Victoria Purman This collection of heartwarming Australian stories is full of the joys of the season and guaranteed to brighten your Christmas Under Christmas Stars – Alissa Callen [BRAND NEW STORY] Small–town teacher Freya George is determined to make up for last year's disastrous Christmas. This year she will stop at nothing to ensure that she and the Woodlea community have the best holiday season ever. But from the moment Freya meets cattleman Drew Macgregor, her plans unravel faster than red Christmas ribbon... Home For Christmas – Fiona Greene [FIRST TIME IN PRINT] When Sergeant Tate McAuliffe, stationed in Afghanistan, opens his Christmas care package from Australia, he is stunned by both its contents and the sender, Layla Preston. Little could Layla know that this impersonal–but–cheerful holiday gift is set to be the start of something big... The Kissing Season – Rachael Johns A wild past, a secret pregnancy and a disastrous marriage: every family has a black sheep...and Hannah Elliot is it. But when she returns to her home town of Wildwood Point, she is determined to stay on the straight and narrow. Then gorgeous Italian Matteo Della Bosca walks into her life and Hannah's resolve starts to slip... 12 Daves Of Christmas – Juliet Madison [FIRST TIME IN PRINT] Can love transcend time and space? An uplifting story of a lonely writer, her grandmother's ghost and a Christmas road trip to visit 12 different Daves. Christmas At Remarkable Bay – Victoria Purman [BRAND NEW STORY] Prickly Mara has hit a crossroads and is hoping a Christmas alone in idyllic Remarkable Bay will help. Police officer George is also alone for Christmas. Drawn together unwillingly, they try to stay out of each other's way. But Remarkable Bay is a small place...
A short Christmas story of three courses.
The Red Dirt Road
Author: Alissa Callen
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
A moving rural love story about two people who, in the face of life's tragedies, realise the strength they have within themselves and that they could be even stronger together. A new Woodlea Community rural romance by USA Today bestselling author Alissa Callen. Will facing the past bring them together? After losing a patient, Dr Fliss Knight returns to small town Woodlea and buys a rundown farm, her confidence and city career in tatters. She intends to live a solitary life and hopes that the slow country pace will help her heal. Pickup rider Hewitt Sinclair is no stranger to how hairy things can get in a rodeo arena. But when he can't save the life of his twin brother, he hangs up his spurs. Determined to provide for his brother's widow and young family, he gives himself no time to grieve. But when a motorbike accident proves he needs to also look out for himself, he accepts an old friend's invitation to stay at an isolated property while his body heals. When Fliss meets the cowboy living in the bluestone stables across the garden, all her hopes for a quiet and peaceful life fade. Despite his reserve, Hewitt is impossible to ignore. As they work together to care for an abandoned dog and her puppies they find themselves drawn to each other. But as a family secret threatens every truth Fliss has ever known, and the heavy spring rain continues to fall, both Fliss and Hewitt must face their deepest fears. Will love be enough to guarantee happiness or will the past refuse to relinquish its dark hold?
The Long Paddock
Author: Alissa Callen
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
A captivating love story about community and second chances, from Australian author Alissa Callen. A captivating love story about community and second chances. Country–girl Cressida Knight fills her days with her farm, a mischievous pet bull called Reggie and her volunteer emergency services work. The busier she keeps, the less she thinks about the cowboy who left her behind. She's convinced the small–town Woodlea grapevine that she's moved on, but now it's time to move on for real. Champion bull rider Denham Rigby shares Cressy's deep love for the land and all he's ever wanted was to stand shoulder–to–shoulder with Cressy through life. But three years ago a dark family secret left him no choice but to run. Now family duty gives him no choice but to return to the bush. What Denham hasn't come home to do is to hurt Cressy by rekindling their relationship. He's nothing but a liability and the beautiful, self–reliant cowgirl has to stay off limits. But when faced with Cressy's desperation to save her drought–stricken farm, he can't keep his distance. He joins her out droving on the long paddock. Then when Woodlea is hit by more than just rodeo fever, they are further thrown together and Denham loses the battle to lock down his emotions. But has he left it too late to stop running? And will the woman he's always loved be prepared to risk her heart for a second time?
A Very Coco Christmas
Author: Robert Bryndza
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
It's 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco is home in London for Christmas after her first term at Aberystwyth University. She has started to write, and fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, a devilishly handsome musician from the wrong side of the river. But Coco's overbearing mother has other plans and resumes her campaign for Coco to meet and marry the 'right sort of man', preferably Kenneth, son of her best friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas. As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone 'prequella' to the smash-hit Coco Pinchard series, with a glorious cast of characters including Daniel's mother Ethel, sister Meryl - and a turkey called Jean Paul Belmondo...
A Very Naughty Xmas
Author: Olivia Cunning, Cherrie Lynn, Cari Quinn, Stephanie Julian, Raven Morris
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
This sexy anthology includes five stories written by some of the biggest names in erotic romance. Please enjoy, but sensitive readers beware, the contents may be so hot you get singed! SHARE ME by Olivia Cunning, NYT & USA Today Best-Selling Author Lindsey longs for an amazing Christmas Eve with her favorite band, Sole Regret, and spends one snowy night with two generous rock stars who love to share their gifts. JINGLE BALL by Cari Quinn, USA Today Best-Selling Author This Christmas, rocking the office holiday party has taken on a whole new meaning... LIGHT ME UP by Cherrie Lynn, NYT & USA Today Best-Selling Author She's dreaming of a little sparkle in her stocking this year. He's planning a night that's anything but silent... AN INDECENT PROPOSITION by Stephanie Julian Two men. One Woman. Half a million dollars. One very indecent proposition. CHRISTMAS IS COMING by Raven Morris The best gifts are all tied up with a bow...
Everybody wants it to snow at Christmas . . . Don't they? Asta's plane touches down in Ireland as the first flakes of snow begin to settle. As the weather worsens, it turns what should be a flying visit into a snowed-in Yuletide with her chaotic family. Asta fled her childhood village years ago, with a secret hidden deep within her. That secret is now a feisty sixteen-year-old - Kitty - who's keen to meet her long-lost relatives. It seems there are many family mysteries waiting to be unwrapped, along with the presents under the tree... Missing the man she left behind in London, yet drawn to a man she meets in Ireland, Asta is caught in an emotional snowstorm. Maybe this Christmas Asta will find a cure for her long-broken heart?
A Basket Brigade Christmas
Author: Judith Mccoy Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Not even the Civil War can smother the spirit of Christmas, especially in the town of Decatur, Illinois, in 1862, where the ladies of the Basket Brigade board trains to minister to Union soldiers, offering fried chicken, pickled peaches, pound cake, and other dainties to men who haven’t eaten a home-cooked meal since enlisting. Join Sarah, Lucy, and Zona, three compassionate members of the brigade, as they care for wounded heroes—and find love along the way.
No Place Like Home
Author: Linda Lael Miller, Kat Martin, Mary Carter, Laura Florand
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
There's nothing more festive than a winter romance, and in these heart-warming stories, love is a gift that can take you by surprise. . . The 24 Days Of Christmas by Linda Lael Miller A matchbox advent calendar first brought Frank Rayner and Addie Hutton together. But that was years ago. There's no way the miracles of Christmas--and the magic of true love--could possibly be hidden under one of its tiny flaps. Or could they? Christmas Angel by Kat Martin When Angel Summers' first love, Josh Coltraine, joined the Army, she vowed to hate him forever. But now he's back in Savannah for the holidays--wishing for a miracle that could heal both their hearts. The Christmas Carousel by Mary Carter Single mom Georgia Bradley can't afford to fight the developers who want to tear down her beloved Rhode Island auction house--especially Adam Cavalier. But when she receives a mysterious gift, Adam becomes intrigued with its origin--and with Georgia. . . A Rose In Winter By Laura Florand Allegra Caldron knew the rule never to talk to strangers. But on a cold winter night in Provence, she breaks that rule--and more--with an irresistible man. Raoul Rosier seems thrillingly dangerous, yet why does Allegra feel so safe with him--even when she believes he's a thief?
The Christmas Star
Author: Sam Childs
Publisher: Scholastic Children's
When Mary and Joseph find that all of the inns are full, they wonder where they will stay for the night. One kind man offers his stable, and it is there that baby Jesus is born, beneath the shining star of Bethlehem. The story of the Nativity is gently re-told in this beautifully foiled gift book - now available as a mini edition.
The Three Miss Allens
Author: Victoria Purman
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
A Women's Fiction dual narrative that is set in the same beautiful mansion in both contemporary South Australia and in the 1930s. How much of who we are is destiny and how much chance? In 1934, the three Miss Allens – Ruby, Adeline and Clara – arrive in the seaside town of Remarkable Bay for their annual summer holiday. It's the last time they'll spend summers as a family. Adeline is engaged, Ruby is weighing up an offer, and Clara is just eighteen and about to start her life. But by summer's end, the lives they have known will change irrevocably and a mysterious secret will tear the family apart. Eighty–two years later, Ruby's great–granddaughter Roma Harris moves to the now sleepy Remarkable Bay, retreating from tragedy. Roma's distant cousin Addy arrives too, fleeing a life with too much drama. It's only when the women discover an old guest book that they start asking questions about the mysterious third Miss Allen. Who was she? Why has she disappeared from the family's history? If they solve this mystery from their past, could it change the women's futures?
Author: Susan Waggoner
Fans of nostalgia can craft their way through the holiday season with this newest volume by popular Christmas author Susan Waggoner. The 40 easy projects range from charming punched-tin votive holders, to Russian teacakes for holiday parties, to your very own edible gingerbread house (complete with miniature snowmen on the front lawn). Peppered with engaging facts about the holidays gone by, this is the perfect book for crafters who long for that vintage holiday look.
Gerry is asked to be the flower girl in Aunt Sue's wedding, and she couldn't be more excited. Her imagination runs wild with thoughts of extravagant decorations, a billowy white gown, and hundreds of guests. When she finds out the bride prefers a small celebration, Gerry can't help but be disappointed... but she soon realizes that having the wedding in her own backyard will let her put her creative stamp on everything. Even when disaster strikes in the form of rain on the big day, Gerry finds a way to bring sunshine to the party, reminding everyone that the most important thing at a wedding is the most special sparkle of all - happiness and love. Christine Davenier's whimsically elegant illustrations include lush garden scenes and plenty of wedding flowers in this spirited follow-up to The Very Fairy Princess and The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage from the renowned mother-daughter team.
A Christmas Kiss
Author: Vicky Pattison
It's the perfect season to fall in love. Amber Raey is working all the hours God sends as assistant to one of the country's top fashion designers, and her boss is a complete nightmare. But Amber has big plans for her future so, for the time being, she just has to grin and bear it. And then opportunity comes knocking and suddenly she's on the fast track to the top. Amber adores her new life, especially as she's falling in love for the first time too. But soon the glossy exterior starts to slip and Amber begins to wonder if she's made the right decision entering this world. Then a face from her past reappears and she finds herself in real trouble. With Christmas fast approaching, Amber is drifting further away from her loved ones. Can she get her life back on track before it's too late for a merry Christmas? Full of heart, warmth and humour, A Christmas Kiss is a romantic and festive read - it's the perfect book to curl up with this Christmas!