Book Brief: An Almost Perfect Christmas

An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna FasanoAn Almost Perfect Christmas
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Romance
22,000 words

When it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to fulfill his little girl’s dream.

Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees to act as Izzie’s stand-in mom for this special holiday and throws herself into making the child’s Christmas wish a reality. Maybe this selfless act will somehow alleviate her secret regrets and failures of the past.

The holiday is filled with fun and laughter, and it’s amazing how three short days can be so life-changing. When the impish eight-year-old talks the adults into acting out a silly, make-believe wedding, young Izzie is certain the magic of the season will turn the pretend vows into the real thing. The little girl wants her daddy to have Christmas in his life — every single day.

An Almost Perfect Christmas is available for eBook and in print from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon UK, and all online booksellers.

Donna, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
One of my best friends lost her daughter over 12 years ago. I watch my friend struggle with her grief even today. She has up days and down days, as anyone would expect, but even though she will never again have an absolutely perfect day, she continues to make a valiant effort to live her life to the fullest. I wrote this book for my friend, and for all grieving parents.

Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved Izzie. She was the first character to come to me. She might only be 8 years old, but she knows what is in store for her and she wants to make sure her daddy is taken care of.

Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
An Almost Perfect Christmas is about cherishing each day, loving the people who are nearest and dearest to us, and living a hopeful, meaningful life even when tragedy strikes.

What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
No matter how hard we try, life rarely allows us to plan. Our paths are strewn with adversity and misfortune. However, we must live with compassion toward others and hopefully anticipate the next happy moment that is just around the bend. We might not be able to see it, but it’s coming.

Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“…heart-wrenching, sweet, touching, and requires a box of tissues. In this story, life isn’t always perfect, but happy endings are still possible.” ~USA Today

Where can people learn more about your writing?
http://donnafasano.blogspot.com

Book Brief: Hot in the Saddle

Hot in the Saddle by Ciana StoneHot in the Saddle
by Ciana Stone
Genre: Romance/Western
165,668 words

Four ranchers as hot as the Arizona desert – men more than willing for a night of loving, but who all think that love is not in their cards. Four men, four stories.

Chase’n’Ana: Chase Hawks had a good handle on life. Then fate intervened. He ran over a woman. Literally. Hit her with his truck. So, what what happens when a down-to-earth rancher hooks up with a quirky new age witch who likes to dance naked under the moon?

Molding Clay: Clay Russell had plans, big plans. But his family had other plans. They roped him into taking on the job of getting a struggling ranch back on its feet. He didn’t expect it to be something beyond his ability. He also didn’t expect Rusty Blackhawk to be a woman. Or a witch.

Scout’n’Cole: Cole had no trouble attracting women. He just wasn’t expecting to find love. Then he’s teamed up with Scout Windrider and everything changes. Faced with a murderous madman, Scout and Cole take a leap and discover something relegated to myth and legend is not only true, but will change them forever.

Conn’n’Caleb: Single and loving it! That’s Caleb. Life’s good — although a little predictable. Until a woman drops out of the sky and into his kayak, nearly drowning him in the process. But getting wet is the least of his problems because Conn isn’t like any woman he’s ever known.

Hot in the Saddle is available at Amazon.com and Amazon UK.

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Featured Book: The Sense of Darkness

The Sense of Darkness Book CoverThe Sense of Darkness
by Cinzia De Santis
Genres: suspense, romance, thriller
Available from Amazon.com and Amazon UK

A world of smell and touch is all Clara knows. Blind from birth, she grows up in a remote village surrounded by violence. Gifted with an extraordinary sense of smell, she becomes a famous healer, but her world shatters when a wounded stranger bursts into her life.

 Book Excerpt:

Clara went back to the man’s room. There was no part of his body that didn’t smell of death. The bandage she had put on him was already full of pus, and she had to change it. She gave him two more spoonfuls of her medicine and sat on the ground next to his bed, waiting for the remedy to take effect. Exhausted, she leaned her head against the wall, hoping for some rest. Suddenly she became aware that, in the midst of the stink of death, there was another smell. It was something she had never known before, at the same time disturbing and exciting, and it intoxicated her.

What others are saying:

“The Sense of Darkness has love, romance, betrayal, compassion and mystery…an engaging story that I recommend without hesitation.” – RMacLean, Amazon Reviewer

Video Trailer: An Almost Perfect Christmas

An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna FasanoWhen it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to fulfill his little girl’s dream.

Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees to act as Izzie’s stand-in mom for this special holiday and throws herself into making the child’s Christmas wish a reality. Maybe this selfless act will somehow alleviate her secret regrets and failures of the past.

The holiday is filled with fun and laughter, and it’s amazing how three short days can be so life-changing. When the impish eight-year-old talks the adults into acting out a silly, make-believe wedding, young Izzie is certain the magic of the season will turn the pretend vows into the real thing. The little girl wants her daddy to have Christmas in his life — every single day.

An Almost Perfect Christmas is available for eBook and in print from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon UK, and all online booksellers.

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