Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Spotlight: Christmas in July by Debbie Mason[+Giveaway]

Christmas in July
by Debbie Mason

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Elements/Tags: romance, Christmas
Series: Christmas, Colorado, #2
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Publishing Date: June 24, 2014
Format: Print and Ebook
Length: 416 Pages

Back Cover:

Grace Flaherty had given up hope of ever seeing her husband again. After all, it'd been over a year since he went missing in combat. So when he strides through the door of her bakery in downtown Christmas one sunny afternoon, she can hardly believe her eyes. But her happily-ever-after is going to take some effort - because Jack has no memory of his family.

All Jack Flaherty remembers about Christmas is that he couldn't wait to leave town. Now he's a local hero with a wife and son he doesn't know. Even as he struggles to rekindle the romance with his wife, he knows in his heart what he wants: a second chance at love.

"4 Stars! A quintessential romance with everything readers love: familiar and likable characters, clever dialogue and a juicy plot."
~ RT Book Reviews

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18656217-christmas-in-july?ac=1

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 Without giving Dr. Peters a chance to explain why he'd asked his sister to come to Virginia, Jack is out the door. Maria DeMarco is waiting for him in the hall outside the doctor's office. When Jack tells her he has to postpone their date, she isn't happy and does her best to change his mind.

Maria's tongue was halfway down Jack's throat when the short hairs at the back of his neck stood at attention. The electrical buzz was his internal warning system and had saved his ass in the past. Oddly enough, the damn thing went off that night in the desert when he and Maria were about to make love and stopped him from going any further. The last thing he’d wanted to do was put his men at risk because he couldn’t keep his zipper zipped.
Jack heard a soft gasp from behind him. A sharply uttered “Soldier” brought him swiftly to attention. He extricated himself from Maria and turned to face their audience. His sister, a shocked expression on her face, gaped at him.
Jack saluted the grim-faced older man standing beside her. After what he’d survived, Jack figured the general needed to cut him some slack.
 Jill recovered and ran into his now open arms. “Jack,” she cried, burying her face in his chest. He held her tight. His little sister had been the only person he’d been worried about when he was stuck half a world away. She was the reason he never gave in or gave up.
She eased back, but didn’t let him go. “I can’t believe you’re here. I almost didn’t recognize you.” She half laughed, half cried, touching his beard.
He'd wondered at her initial reaction. But he supposed with the beard and long hair, he did look different. “You’ve changed, too. Older than I remember.” He teased, making a joke of his memory loss. He wanted Jill to know he was okay with it, didn’t want her worrying about him.
 Maria nudged him, arching a dark brow.
 Right. “Jill, this is Maria DeMarco. Maria, my sister, Jill.”
His sister’s gaze narrowed when Maria placed a possessive hand on Jack’s arm. With a curt nod, Jill stepped back.  Jack frowned, confused by her reaction.
Before he had a chance to fill the uncomfortable silence, the general intervened. “Ms. DeMarco, I think it’s time for you to leave.” 
What the hell was going on? First his sister and now the general. Granted, given where they were, the kiss was inappropriate, but their rudeness was uncalled for. “Sir, that’s not your call to make.” 
“You don’t know how wrong you are, son. Jill, take your brother into Dr. Peters’ office. Ms. DeMarco.”
Dark eyes flashing from the general to Jack, Maria jerked her arm away. “What’s going on?”
His sister tugged on Jack’s sleeve. “Let General Garrison deal with Ms. DeMarco.”
“What’s gotten into you, Jill? No one’s going to deal  with Maria. She’s with me and—” 
Garrison got in his face.  Thick-necked and barrel-chested, the older man wasn’t as tall as Jack, but he had about forty years’ worth of practice intimidating soldiers. Jack wasn’t intimidated. He was pissed. And he wasn’t about to stand around and let them treat Maria like crap. “Come on, let’s go.” Taking her hand, he sidestepped the general.
 “No, Jack,” his sister called after him, “you can’t do this. You can’t do this to Grace.”
Jack froze on the spot, slowly turning to face his sister. “What did you just say?” 
Garrison put an arm around Jill’s shoulders and held Jack’s gaze. “You’re married. You have a wife and son. Peters was worried how you’d take the news and wanted to wait until we were here to support you.”


Meet Author Debbie Mason:

Praised as a "writer to watch" by RT Book Reviews, Debbie Mason also writes Scottish-set historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series debuted in April 2010 and is said to "combine the passion of Hannah Howell's Highand romances with the seductive fantasy of Karen Marie Moning's bestsellers."

Check out the rest of the Christmas, Colorado series at http://authordebbiemason.com/books.html 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Mason/492150187499546
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorDebMason
Website: http://authordebbiemason.com/

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1 comment:

  1. Things just got complicated with this excerpt.