I know it’s only the beginning of October and we’re all settling into autumn, but Christmas is right around the corner. One again I’m excited to invite you to Christmas Town, Maine. This is the fifth year of delightful Christmas stories set in our favorite town. If you’ve read the previous heartwarming Christmas Town books, I hope you’ll look forward to the 2018 addition.
This year, October not only brings a change in weather, but also the 12 Days of Heartwarming Christmas. My book, Our Christmas Promise, is part of A Christmas Wedding Story, available October 9, 2018.
If you haven’t read the prologue, A Christmas Carousel Proposal, here is a link. Instafreebie
Mark your calendars because the authors of the 12 Days of Heartwarming Christmas are holding two different giveaways. You can enter to win goodies at either our our Facebook Hop or Facebook Party.
First, the 12 Days of Christmas Hop. Just visit my author page, Tara Randel Books, on Facebook Monday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 10, 2018. I’ll be offering a prize package there. At the end of the post, you click on the link to the next authors page and then follow the links through with all 12 authors! Learn how you can win one of 12 $10. Amazon gift cards.
The Facebook Party will be held at the Heartwarming Christmas Town Facebook page on Tuesday October 9, 2018, from noon to 4 pm PST on our release day! ( 3pm to 7pm EST).
Each author will be posting and offering special giveaways you can enter to win by leaving a comment. The Grand Prize is 12 signed Heartwarming books in a tote and a $25 Amazon gift card!
Visit our Heartwarming Christmas Town website to find out about previous books and how to sign up for our newsletter.
I’ll also have a special giveaway at Prism Book Tours on October 8-12, 2018
Here’s a peak at OUR CHRISTMAS PROMISE.
Melissa Upton and Justin Caswell have been best friends since they were kids. Now, they’re all grown up and things have changed, for Melissa at least. She’s content running the family bridal shop, Candlelight and Lace. Excited about an upcoming wedding. She doesn’t even mind attending weddings with Justin, until he dubs them wedding buddies. And now that he’s back in Christmas Town, Melissa realizes she wants more. If she goes after her heart will she lose her best friend?
Justin is back home to take care of business for his estranged father while he recovers from a heart attack. He’s launched his own successful career, is happy with his single status. Until he feels the distance Melissa has put between them. What’s up with his best friend? The more time they spend together, involved in Christmas Town holiday preparations, the more he realizes she’s hoping for more in their relationship. Can Justin see that being in love, and remaining best friends, is the best of both worlds?
Jaycee tossed a paper towel in the trash and met Melissa’s gaze in the mirror over the sink.
“When are you going to tell him?”
“Tell who what?” Melissa asked as she dug in her bag for lip balm.
“Tell Justin you have feelings for him.”
Melissa froze. Blinked a few times and glanced at Jaycee. “What are you talking about?”
Jaycee rested her hip against the counter and crossed her arms over her chest. “Don’t play dumb with me. I see how you look at him, especially when he doesn’t know it.”
“He’s my friend and I’m glad he’s home.”
“Really? That’s it?”
Melissa shrugged and resumed her searching. “What more could there be?”
“You tell me.”
“There’s nothing to tell.”
“Then why don’t you date?”
Melissa gripped the tube of balm in her fingers. “I date.”
“Name the last time you went out with a guy.”
She racked her brain but came up empty. “College, maybe?”
“That was six years ago.”
“No…it can’t be that long.”
Jaycee arched a brow.
“Wait. I went out with Roger Pierce for a while.”
“Until he moved away.” Jaycee shook her head. “I’m telling you, you have it bad for Justin.”
Did she? Did that explain the tingles she’d been trying to ignore? Or had she been without a significant other for too long now?
Slowly spreading the balm across her lips, Melissa met her own gaze in the mirror. Clear brown eyes peered back, but a rosy red had crept into her cheeks. She recognized the look, had seen it on dozens of bride’s faces through the years.
Good grief, was she in love with Justin?
Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of nineteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her Harlequin Heartwarming romance, THE LAWMAN’S SECRET VOW, available now and her Christmas Town story, OUR CHRISTMAS PROMISE, available October 9, 2018. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TaraRandelBooks.