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Guest Author – ALLYSON CHARLES

Allyson Charles

Allyson Charles is my guest author today. She lives in Northern California and is the author of the “Pineville Romance” series, small-town, contemporary romances published by Lyrical Press. A former attorney, she happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies: napping, eating, or martial arts (That last one almost makes up for the first two, right?). One of Allyson’s greatest disappointments is living in a state that doesn’t have any Cracker Barrels in it.

Following is the blurb for her new Christmas book. Sounds like fun!

SOMETIMES YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED . . . 

Allison Stuart has always been the odd-woman-out of her family. She wears her jeans a little too tight, BookCover_TheChristmasWeddingSwapcolors her hair a little too blonde, and instead of going into medicine and law like her sisters, she runs a diner. She’s also the only single sibling left. And while she won’t change her style, and her meatloaf is to die for, thank you very much, she wouldn’t mind her share of wedded bliss. So she makes an early New Year’s resolution: No more meaningless flings.

 

Drop-dead sexy Luke Hamilton is everything Allison has sworn off. His only serious relationship has been with his five-star restaurant, Le Cygne Noir, in Chicago. When he’s threatened by a lawsuit, Luke decides to hide out in Pineville, Michigan, until the statute of limitations runs out. The small town is filled with Christmas charm, but he can’t imagine living there. Heating things up with the hottie who owns the local diner would make his exile bearable—if he can convince her to give up her ridiculous resolution . . .


AND HERE’S AN EXCERPT FOR YOU TO ENJOY!

“This is a small-town diner. Your stock isn’t going to drop if you have a bit of fun with your newest employee.” His eyes raked her body, taking in every curve.

She swallowed and rose to her feet. Staying seated while he stared down at her looking like he wanted to…well, eat her up, wasn’t a strong authority position. Since this man now worked for her, he was off-limits. Her stomach quivered.

No. No, making him the forbidden fruit. He might be sexy, but he was also an arrogant know-it-all. At this stage in her life, she wanted someone she could settle down with, not tear up the sheets. She thrust her shoulders back, realizing too late it could look like she was shoving her D cups in his face. Fighting the heat crawling up her neck, she said, “If you want a tour, my advice would be to visit the tourist bureau. They have information on the sights to see. The holidays are a busy season for me, more so with Sadie’s wedding. I don’t have time for anything else. Got it?”

He nodded slowly, but Allison didn’t believe him. The tilt to his full lips was impish, as if she was a challenge he couldn’t wait to take on. The moment he spoke, she knew she was right. “I get it. You own a restaurant; you’re busy.” Sauntering to the door, he waited until he was just outside before hitting her with his parting shot.

“But a month is a long time. You won’t always be busy. And I’ll be waiting.”


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Buy links for THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING SWAP:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/?field-keywords=9781601836090
IBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-christmas-wedding-swap/id1209823636?mt=11
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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-christmas-wedding-swap
Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9781601836090&c=books

 

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THE REAL HEROES

THE REAL HEROES

I watched the movie Act of Valor last week. This is the movie that was made starring Navy SEALs. The plot—dealing with worldwide narco-traffickers—was woven around the SEALs doing what SEALs do. Amazing physical feats, bravery and fearlessness, dedication and selflessness, efficiency and organization you can’t believe. And clean-cut good guys to boot.

US Navy SEALS being exfilled in a single hoist

US Navy SEALS being exfilled in a single hoist (Photo credit: AN HONORABLE GERMAN)

It was rated R for violence. But then, war is violent.

The critics gave it 2 stars, whining that the SEALs couldn’t act. Well, duh.They aren’t actors. Even so, I thought they did a decent job. But then, I’m biased in favor of the SEALs. It doesn’t even need to be said that the critics and actors have never seen and will never see the day they could do what the SEALs do.

Task Force K-Bar SEALs at one of the entrances...

Task Force K-Bar SEALs at one of the entrances to the Zhawar Kili cave complex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I thought it was great. Just as entertaining as any of the action flicks that are phony. And it was reality-based. I don’t know how anyone could watch it and not feel a prideful swelling in the chest. It’s amazing to know that we have men and women this smart and this capable and this self-sacrificing serving in our military.

Of course, the special operations forces are not the only heroes in our military. As far as I’m concerned, each and every one of our volunteer army is a hero. I’ve met very few that I can’t respect and admire. All of you who have sons and daughters and spouses and even cousins serving should be very proud.

The movie is for sale now. If you buy it, part of the purchase price goes to fund a homeland support group. So give it some thought.

US Navy SEAL students

US Navy SEAL students (Photo credit: AN HONORABLE GERMAN)

On a side note, my Anna Jeffrey mainstream romance novel, THE LOVE OF A COWBOY will be a free download in Amazon‘s Kindle Store for 5 days, starting Friday, the 15th. So if you haven’t read it and want to, you can do it for free. You don’t have to have a Kindle. I think you can download an Amazon app to most e-readers, through which you can then download books from Amazon. You can also download it to your computer.

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