Today, we're delighted to welcome Debbie Mason and her The Trouble With Christmas Blog Tour to The Romance Dish. I first discovered Debbie through her books written as Debbie Mazzuca (read my reviews of Lord of the Isles and Warrior of the Isles) and happily followed her into her current contemporary series written as Debbie Mason. The Trouble With Christmas is a humorous and heartwarming tale that would be a terrific gift for any reader's Christmas list! (read my review here). ~PJ
Praised as a "writer to watch" by RT Book Reviews, Debbie Mason also writes Scottish-set historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series debuted in April 2010 and is said to "combine the passion of Hannah Howell's Highand romances with the seductive fantasy of Karen Marie Moning's bestsellers."
Connect with Debbie online at Facebook, Twitter and her website.
Madison (our heroine) is at the town hall meeting trying to explain to the citizens of Christmas why the cancellation of the resort is in their best interest. Thanks to Nell McBride and the older woman's friends, Ted and Fred, she's not off to a great start.
Alarm flashed through Madison. She'd barely started, and already she was losing them. She held up her hand. "No, that is not what I said. Not at all. I've simply parsed the date that is most relevant to your community and concerns."
"Go ahead, get on with your parsing business." Nell McBride waved her fingers at the easels.
Madison took a calming breath, then set her pointer on the first line of the graph. Her tension eased as she explained the data. She took comfort in the numbers, in the knowledge that at least in this, no one could question her motives. It was based on logic, not emotions. Moving on to the comparative analysis she'd conducted on the town of Christmas, she highlighted the salient points.
An hour into her presentation, she heard a noise every public speaker dreads--someone was snoring. Loudly. She raised her voice and soldiered on as she'd learned to do in previous presentations when this happened to her. Although it was incomprehensible to Madison, there was always one person in the audience who found the information she imparted somewhat . . .dry. Then, one after another, the citizens of Christmas joined in a rousing snore fest. Without turning, Madison knew who the ringleader was.
"Knock it off," the sheriff ordered in his deep, authoritative voice.
She looked over to offer her thanks. Her mouth dropped. There was no mistaking the look of a newly awakened man--the red imprint of a hand on the sheriff's sun-bronzed face, his eyes heavy-lidded. Rising to his feet, he avoided meeting her offended stare."I said that's enough."
The mayor came up beside Madison and placed a hand on her shoulder. "Sorry about that," he murmured, then addressed the now-silent audience. "Ms. Lane took time out of her busy schedule to speak with us, and I expect you to be courteous. If she has no objection, we'll move on to the question segment." He raised a brow, awaiting her agreement.
She nodded, wondering if she could ask him to kick Nell McBride and the gruesome twosome out.
The Trouble With Christmas
The Trouble With Christmas
It may be October but Christmas is right around the corner. The citizens of Christmas, Colorado want a new resort to save their town and Madison just wants to get out of town. What's on your Christmas wish list this year?
One US/Canada commenter from the entire tour will win a HUGE Christmas holiday themed basket filled with tons of holiday goodies, just in time for the Christmas season!
The more stops readers leave a comment on, the greater their chances of winning! (see list of tour stops below)
The Trouble with Christmas
by Debbie Mason
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Elements/Tags: romance, Christmas
Publishing Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Format: Print and Ebook
Length: 407 Pages
It will take a Christmas miracle to melt her heart.
Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world—her job. Dubbed “The Grinch Who Killed Christmas,” Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist’s winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired but the company gives her one last chance, sending Madison to the small town to restore the holiday cheer.
For Sheriff Gage McBride, no hotshot executive from New York City is going to destroy the dreams of the people he loves. But one look at this beautiful woman and it’s his heart that may be broken. In just a few days, Madison causes more trouble than he’s had to deal with all year. He can’t decide if she’s naughty or nice, but one thing is for certain—Christmas will never be the same again…