Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blog Tour & Guest Post | Stranded with a Hero by Cindi Madsen, Karen Erikson, Coleen Kwan, & Roxanne Snopek

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Stranded with a Hero
by Karen Erickson, Cindi Madsen, Roxanne Snopek and Coleen Kwan

Publisher: Entangled Publishing – Bliss

Date of Publication: November 11, 2013

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Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget.

Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson
Mindy can’t believe she’s stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a second time.

White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan
Naomi’s sworn off men like Aaron—rich, cocky, and dismissive of holiday traditions. Aaron decided to spend Christmas in sunny Australia to avoid snowy New York, not to fall for the woman his best friend warned him away from. But when a volcano grounds him, Aaron and Naomi’s relationship becomes eruptive.

An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen
The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover in a snowstorm is his brother’s ex and former town rebel, Kelsey Cooper. She’s his complete opposite and totally off-limits, but as they wait out the storm together, all he can think is how he wishes she’d stay forever.

Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek
Frankie Sylva was determined to free the reindeer cruelly held for a holiday roadshow, even if it meant risking her own life. Deputy Sheriff Red LeClair set out to save a stranger in a snowstorm, never expecting he’d be the one to be rescued.

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About the Authors

image00Karen Erikson:
USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read – sexy contemporary romance. Digitally published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, adult contemporary romances Falling for Her Fiancé and Act Like You love Me, and the women’s fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.
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image01Roxanne Snopek:
Roxanne Snopek is the author of ten books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Romance Writers of America Greater Vancouver Chapter. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s at work on more love stories for Entangled Publishing.
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Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance. Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.

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Guest Post from Cindi Madsen, author of An Officer and a Rebel

“What makes a romantic holiday read?”

Since I wrote An Officer and a Rebel in July, when it was still summer, it was a bit tricky to get myself in the holiday spirit. But all it took were a few key ingredients to have me humming holiday tunes. So, when writing with the holidays in mind, what elements of Christmas are a must for a romantic read?

  • A swoon-worthy hero. That pretty much goes unsaid I guess, but then again, we could always talk about guys who get our heart pumping, right?  Nate Walsh shows up right after Kelsey wrecked her car dodging a deer on the snowy road. He’s a cop, but he’s the kind of guy who would stop to help anyone. He looks good in his uniform, and the hours he spends helping his dad on the farm on top of his job means he’s good with his hands, too.

  • Snow (aka, Baby, it’s cold outside). I suppose you could have a holiday story without it, but there’s something about the snow that says Christmas. Plus it’s a good reason to stay inside & cuddle in front of a warm fireplace.

  • Holiday treats. Whether you’re a fan of fudge, caramel popcorn, cookies, eggnog, or all of the above, the holidays are a good time to indulge in eating. Kelsey believes all cookies should involve chocolate, and when Nate helps her out, the oven isn’t the only thing heating up the kitchen.

  • The Tree. What’s Christmas without a tree? When Kelsey discovers Nate doesn’t have one, she calls him Scrooge. Luckily they’re able to scrounge one up and decorate it with their limited supplies.

  • Kissing. What would a good holiday story be without kissing? Whether it’s a stolen moment or a nice long make-out in front of the fireplace, the holidays could always be improved with more kissing.

So that’s pretty much it. Throw them all together and you’ve got one butterfly-inducing holiday romance.

Thank you for stopping by Cindi!

Be sure to check out this wonderful Bliss anthology! It’s just the book to get you in the holiday spirit!

Happy reading!

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