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Christmas-Themed Romance Books to Keep You Cool in the July Heat

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There’s a shop near my house called The Christmas Loft. It’s built in an old barn, and stepping inside is like walking into a winter wonderland: sparkly cotton snow lines the floors, holiday music twinkles in the background, and Santa rides over your head in a giant sleigh, his plastic reindeer leading the way across the ceiling. I love visiting the shop during December, but there’s something even more fun about going in the height of summer. As soon as you step inside, the sweltering heat of July disappears and you’re lost in a world of ornaments and presents, of trees and twinkling white lights. Christmas in July might be my new favorite thing. Which is why I’ve been a…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Stir Those Christmas Feelings

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It’s my favorite time of the year! The decorations, the yummy food, family bonding and the pep in everyone’s step is what I really love about the holidays. Another thing I can’t get enough of each December? Christmas books. There’s just something about reading a sweet holiday story by the fireplace with a mug of cocoa in my hand that stirs warm feelings of contentment. Thanks to that Christmas spirit, I’ve rounded up my top five new Christmas-themed books for this week’s Heat Index that will surely put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Christmas in Vermont: A Very White Christmas, Bryan Mooney (Lake Union Publishing, October, 2015) “The novel is staunchly nostalgic throughout… a traditional New England…

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Sizzling Summer, authors dish on new reads for the hot months ahead

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Dear Reader, See what this week’s authors have to say! In each AuthorBuzz note you’ll receive invitations to join contests, get free books, bookplates or bookmarks, read personal stories, and more. Dear Readers, As a young woman I traveled around the world—by myself. I suppose that’s a big reason I love stories that ‘take me away.’ ONCE UPON A SUMMERTIME: A New York City Romance features a boutique hotel in Soho and a hopeful young woman named Anna. Although life doesn’t go quite as planned, Anna experiences a sweet taste of the Big Apple. For a chance to win a book, email me at [email protected] with NY Contest in subject line. Thank you! Melody Carlson http://melodycarlson.com/   Dear Reader: I’m giving away…

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