Friday, December 21, 2012

Giveaway and Book Review of A Soulmate for Christmas Anthology

Giveaway and Book Review of A Soulmate for Christmas Anthology
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Blurb : 

A SoulMate For Christmas, five stories that celebrate the wonder, the passion and the spirit of love during the Christmas season.

I KNOW YOU by Char Chaffinar
Star-crossed lovers, united by death on Christmas Eve, search every fifty years to find each other again.
Author Tagline: Char Chaffin Writes Contemporary and Mainstream Romance that Pairs Flawed Heroes and Heroines with that One, Perfect-For-Them Love

Two lonely hearts come together during the holidays and discover their destiny.
Author Tagline: Powerful Paranormals and Historicals for the Heart are J.J. Devine’s forte.

Would-be high school lovers Harper Stellar and Alexis Alston are back together to save his family business during the Christmas shopping season. Can they correct past mistakes and find their future?
Author Tagline: Aliza Mann: Romance with the Lights On.

A husband and wife, driven apart by tragedy, are given another chance during Christmas in the country.
Author Tagline: Cynthia Racette is a diehard family gal and her books reflect her belief that family conquers all and, without it, life is empty.

In HOLLY’S SECRET by Angela Scavone
A woman’s need to reveal the truth could ruin the holidays and cost her the man she loves.
Author Tagline: Angela writes romantic comedies, infusing humor into all situations so that her readers laugh and can forget their real life troubles, even if for a little while.

 About the Authors:
Char Chaffin
Char Chaffin started reading romance, science fiction and horror at a very young age. Her love of books is directly responsible for her overflowing bookcases, and the bounty stored on her Kindle threatens to eclipse her entire paper collection. Char currently writes mainstream and contemporary romance filled with family, rich characters and engaging plots. For her, it all comes back to the love.
Char began her writing odyssey as a poet, crafting Victorian-style poetry, then went on to writing short stories. She found her niche when she began writing longer and longer short stories, until she wrote her first novel. It might never see the light of day, but writing it taught her a lot. Over the years she worked a variety of jobs, from farm hand to costume designer to fiscal accountant, before deciding a writing career was her true focus.
In addition to writing, Char is also an Acquisitions Editor for Soul Mate Publishing.
A native New Yorker, Char currently lives Upstate on a sixty-acre farm with husband Don, rat terrier Daisy Mae and two barn cats who constantly slack off on the job of keeping the barn free of varmints. The Chaffin extended family is scattered all over the continental United States including Alaska.
Char and Don divide their time between New York State and Alaska.
When she’s not pounding away at her keyboard or burying her nose in books and Kindle, she tends a huge vegetable garden and helps Don maintain their farm. 

J.J. Devine
Reading and writing have been J.J.'s passion her whole life. Starting out with being the poet, everyone came to in high school to get that "perfect" poem for his or her boyfriend/girlfriend. She spent her weekends locked away in her room, curled up on her bed, writing short stories for only a selected few readers.
She has been happily married for 27 years to her trucker husband. She is a mother of three, grandmother of three; a lover of dogs, cats, and fish.
J.J. started to pen historical romance as a hobby when her youngest child was a year old. She got serious about her writing career joining Romance Writers of America and Indiana Romance Writers of America. She penned her first paranormal romance, Into the Darkness, in 25 days, taking herself beyond her comfort zone and just giving the characters free reign of their story.
Since taking herself out of the outside working world, she has dedicated her life to her writing and her writing world and raising consciousness for Domestic Violence Awareness.

Aliza Mann
Aliza Mann has a familiar story in the world of authors – she has been writing since she was seven, created millions of worlds in her mind and loves everything about literature. Her affair with paranormal began with her brother’s role as Aslan in an elementary school production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Everything about the story fascinated her and she has never stopped reading since. Much to her mother’s dismay, Aliza would often skip going outside to play with friends in order to stay in her room reading. Her junior high school experience was not much different. She would spend all her time making up stories for her girlfriends, then spend all evening swapping tales with them over the phone. With high school, college and eventually her professional life, she found less and less time to dedicate to her writing. In 2009, she decided to refocus on her writing career by taking courses and workshops to hone her craft. Her first short story, a historical fiction piece entitled Anjani’s Song, was selected for inclusion in Reverie – Midwest African American Journal, an Aquarius Press publication.
Aliza joined Romance Writers of America in 2010, as well as the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America local chapter. She holds a Savvy Author membership and continues to participate in workshops and critique groups.
Today, she is the mother of two and works in the Healthcare industry as an IT professional. She shares her home with her 13-year-old son and her own personal Alpha-superhero-best-friend. Her daughter lives off campus at a college nearby. She has lived in Michigan since she was a small child and still considers her home state of Georgia near and dear to her heart.
Aliza loves paranormal and contemporary romances, leaning towards searing hot heat levels. Her favorite authors include Sylvia Day, Maya Banks, Lora Leigh and Karina Cooper. She still reads excessively and works on too many stories at once. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
You may find her at her own blog, Aliza’s Garden or on the popular Heroes and Heartbreakers blog, where she occasionally contributes.

Cynthia Racette
Cynthia has been writing all her life, as a newspaper reporter, editor, and novelist. To be near her children and granddaughters, she and her newly retired hubby moved to the Buffalo, NY area. Through her daughter, who is also a writer, she got hooked up with RWA and good things started to happen. She is now writing more novels, taking lots of trips, and relaxing by the pool on gorgeous summer days in Western, NY.

Angela Scavone
Angela, who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, sharing her home with her father and much loved trio of pups. She currently works for the Board of Education behind the scenes, supporting and analyzing student data, however, in her spare time, apart from her avid love of storytelling, she likes to read and spend time with family and friends.



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            I love Christmas stories.  The heartwarming love and cheer that are the Spirit of Christmas make these my favorite types of stories, especially given the horrible things we have heard in the news lately. 

            I admit it.  I like happy endings and Christmas stories always have happy endings.  This anthology has fabulous stories.   I loved all  of them.  I don’t think I could pick a favorite out of the stories. 

            I love that with an anthology you get to sample many authors.  I enjoyed the history with the Indian mythology from the first story.  Now I want all weddings that I attend to have “I know you” incorporated into the vows.

            The stories contain vampires, witches, Santa’s granddaughter, a couple reuniting, and the high school freak dating the popular jock.  Every story had a heartwarming ending that brought a smile to my face.  Exactly what you want during the holiday season.

            I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds.

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  1. Great Review ! But that's not a surprise. A Soulmate for Christmas includes 5 great authors and 5 wonderful Christmas stories. Congratulations and I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

  2. Hi ladies,

    Best of luck with Soulmate for Christmas. This reminds me I have to still post my review.