By Nikki Lynn Barrett
Contemporary holiday romance
Expected release date: November 8, 2013
After being mugged, Robin Sorenson is left shaken and her spirit in humanity broken. Worse, she s not sure how to deal with the new anxieties or who to confide in since she s always preached to pick oneself up and move on. Yeah, she s been the go to girl when anyone s had problems.
Christmas is coming, and her belief in magic and miracles has faded.
Then Jonas comes back.
Jonas Aimes made a mistake. A big one, when he walked away from Robin a year earlier. He d loved her, always had and still does, but his desire to please his aging and strict parents took precedence. Back from the overseas internship they d struggled to get him in, he plans on winning Robin back. What he didn t count on was discovering the shell of the vivacious woman he d loved.
Remembering her love of Christmas, Jonas pulls the holiday heartstrings. What? All is fair and love and war. Right?
Twelve days, Twelve Dates.
Robin is speechless when Jonas not only refuses to leave her alone, but dares her to accept his cheesy holiday themed challenge. Twelve dates to give him a chance to prove he loves her and is never leaving her again.
But in the season known for miracles can Robin find the magic needed to open her heart and faith once more...or will she forever wonder about the ghost of the Christmas past that could have been?
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18483703-on-the-12th-date-of-christmas
Jonas walked up the steps and rang the doorbell. He heard the sound of the kids laughing and playing inside. A few seconds later, the door opened and there stood Jacob, with the kids behind him.
Hey there. Come on in. Robin's just about ready. Jacob opened the door for him and stepped back to let him in.
Thanks. Jonas stepped inside, thankful for the warmth.
Ben waved at him. Are you taking Miss Robin to have fun?
I sure am. I hope that's okay with you! Jonas bent down to give him a high five.
Only if you're nice to her. She's my favorite baby sitter. Ben said seriously.
Hey, what about your grandma? Jacob teased.
I love Grandma, too! But Miss Robin was our baby sitter for a long time before she came to live with us. Ben laughed.
Oh I'm your favorite, huh Ben? At the sound of Robin's voice, Jonas stood to his full height and he swept his gaze over her. Clad in a pair of blue jeans and a purple knit sweater, she looked good. Not as tired, and she sent him a smile when her gaze locked on him.
I have lots of favorites. Ben admitted.
I bet you do. Well, you're my favorite little boy! She reached out to tickle his side as she passed by him.
No tickling! Ben squealed, bouncing away from her.
You win. No tickling. Robin smiled.
Good, I win, I win!
For now. Robin winked. I will plan my tickle attack for later! She curled her fingers and wiggled them at Ben. He shrieked and ran the other way. She laughed.
Jonas loved her laugh. He hadn't heard much of it lately. Her laugh was just another on the list of things he missed about her.
What is with all this shouting about going on? Cheyenne's voice drifted from the hallway as she walked into the living room. She smiled at everyone. Hey Jonas. You two have a good time tonight.
I'll do my best to ensure that happens. He held his hand out to Robin.
You bring her back by midnight, you hear? Jacob teased, the corners of his lips twitching.
Jake! Quit that. Cheyenne giggled, wrapping her arm around him.
Robin laughed. I am not your practice for when Desiree dates, Jacob. Nice try. She shot Jonas a grin. Maybe we'd better get out of here before I become more of a guinea pig.
Hey, at least I didn't pull a Rodney Atkins or something, you know that song, don't you? Jacob smirked.
Okay, that's it. We're out of here! Robin tugged on Jonas's hand. He's relentless!
Wait what song? Jonas laughed.
No, it doesn't matter! Robin edged toward the door, wagging her finger at Jacob. You are terrible. She tossed at him with a grin.
Though it's not a series, and On the 12th Date of Christmas is a standalone book, Robin makes her first appearance in The Secret Santa Wishing Well. Readers have been asking for her story and of course, more of Cheyenne, Jacob and the kids.
Giveaway: 3 e-copies of The Secret Santa Wishing Well
The magic of Christmas has been lost to Jacob Winston. At the suggestion of his ill sister, Jacob takes a job as a Secret Santa at the mall, hoping to restore his Christmas spirit. Even that doesn t seem to work, until a special little boy ambles up to make a very special wish... Cheyenne Jensen is struggling to raise her two kids without the help of her ex-husband who refuses to acknowledge his daughter s existence and doesn t provide for the son he does. This Christmas is shaping up to be as heartbreaking as the last, until her son Ben s kind actions lead a stranger to them. Ah, but it s Christmas time and the magic has begun. When Jacob and Cheyenne meet, neither can deny their immediate attraction to one another. As situations arise that require they spend more time together, their feelings grow stronger and stronger. With Christmas fast approaching, the pair learn what matters most in life. Now, if only they could ditch the ghost of Christmases past. Maybe this holiday will bring some wishes come true- for everyone after all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki's site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Baby Stetson Blurb:
Love and Music in Texas, Book One
In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...
Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she's never lacked for love...only the knowledge of her past.
By day she works the Inn, but by night...Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good...stable, until new guests blew into town.
Some strangers come with secrets and lies.
Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn't matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony's Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.
Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery's ignited within, he's intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn't want Avery to know.
Each time they're near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.
But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.
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Other books by Nikki Lynn Barrett
The Secret Santa Wishing Well