Monday, December 17, 2012

Guest Post + Review + Giveaway: Linda Carroll-Bradd

Welcome Linda Carroll-Bradd
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My story, Wishes Come True in the Christmas Magic anthology, features a heroine whose family has owned a bakery in the small town of Dorado, Texas for 45 years. Tora wants something outside the confines of the Sugar ‘n Spice shop, outside of the city limits and intends to sell the shop and explore life’s options. Until she is distracted by a handsome widower, Ryan Dawson, who has returned to raise his 5-year-old daughter in Dorado. Once Ryan meets Tora, he’s determined to have enough time for them to get acquainted and gets the townspeople involved in his plan.

The story idea came because as human beings, most of us yearn for something we don’t have. City folks think about like in a slower-paced small town, those living in rural areas often complain about how far they have to drive to pick up groceries. People in cramped apartments wish for a ranch—style house; those in big houses want to downsize to spend less time cleaning. The bakery fit into the plot because I love to bake and the research sounded fun, which it was.

I hope you’ll be intrigued and will want to enter the contest for a chance to win a copy of Christmas Magic released by Still Moments Publishing.

     Title: Christmas Magic Anthology
Authors: Linda Carroll-Bradd
                     Lindsay McFerrin
                     Terri Rochenski
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Still Moments Publishing
Published: November 12, 2012

Now is the time when many readers are looking forward to getting in the mood for the holidays by reading romance novels with a Christmas theme. This collection is especially nice...the three lovely holiday stories in this collection are the perfect thing to read at the holidays when things are stressed.

Wishes Come True by Linda Carroll-Bradd

This is a delightful holiday tale about who small-town girl wants to sell her family's bakery then relocate to the big city. Her plans get altered slightly when the town's golden boy returns home to raise his daughter. Everything is better with sprinkles...

Disclosure: The publisher, Still Moments Publishing, provided this e-book to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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  1. I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with stories that are set within Bakeries - they are the prefect setting for romance, but they make me want to bake (then eat) goodies. While reading this I made Apple & Cherry turnovers - they were Yummy. - If anyone wants my very easy recipe just reply (and include your email).

    Thanks for the great Holiday story & for being my guest! Heather

    What a perfect time of year for this story. I want to know about the plan and what happened to Ryan's wife. Sounds like the perfect book to curl up next to the fire with.

    1. Oh! It's the prefect book to curl up with!

  3. I love the premise for your story. As Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in his "Canterbury Tales" -- "We all weep and clamour for what we cannot have." From the 1400 to 1500's era to now, little about human nature has changed. We all wish for something different in our lives. Great post.

  4. I already have this one in my holiday vacation TBR stack. Can't wait to read it. I'm with you on the bakery stories, Heather - especially this time of year. I've already eaten way too many sweets.

    Congrats on the 5-star review, Linda! Happy Holidays!

  5. I have yet to purchase anthologies. I enjoy reading pure fiction!

  6. I usually just buy anthologies if the authors are ones I read. But, I think it's a great way to be introduced to new authors that you haven't read.

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    Elizabeth Gray

  7. sometimes - it depends on the authors and the type of genre.

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