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…
Oct. 14: Adria’s Romance Reviews
Oct. 15: What I’m Reading
Oct. 16: The Romance Dish
Oct. 17: Belle’s Book Blog
Oct. 18: Ex Libris
Oct. 22: Paulette’s Papers
Oct. 23: Books-n-Kisses
Oct. 23 (Stop 2): Harlequin Junkies
Oct. 24: Novel Reflections
Oct. 25: Book Whore Blog
The Rafflecopter link didn't work, but I will try it later. I am awaiting the arrival of THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS. I can't wait to read it. It is perfect for curling up with on a cold afternoon, a cup of hot cocoa in hand. It sounds like a fun read.ReplyDelete
Good luck with the tour and the book's release.
Thanks, librarypat. Rafflecopter should be working now. Hope you enjoy your visit to Christmas, Colorado!Delete
PJ, I downloaded this one shortly after you first recommended it. I haven't read it yet. I'm saving some of the new Christmas books to read a little closer to the season. :)ReplyDelete
I do the same thing, Janga. Hope you enjoy it!Delete
I really would like to read this book; it is on my wish list and that basket is fabulous.ReplyDelete
Isn't it a terrific basket, Pat? Somebody is going to get a great prize!Delete
Hi, Debbie! Let me thank you so much for this lovely novel. It has been on my Wish List and I can’t wait to read it. I love the Christmas novels every year because they get me in the mood for the holidays and make me smile.ReplyDelete
Would love to be your winner! :-)
I love the Christmas novels every year because they get me in the mood for the holidays and make me smile.Delete
That's why I start reading them in October, Connie. I don't start decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving weekend but it's never too early to start reading Christmas romances! :)
Love your books!ReplyDelete
I just wish for more quality time with my kids!
May, I think that's a wish shared by many moms around the world.Delete
Survive the cold (as we recently moved from Hawaii to Maryland). Mele Kalikimaka!ReplyDelete
Kim, you must be craving those tropical breezes about now. I know that's how I felt the first winter after moving away from south Florida.Delete
I read nothing but Christmas stories in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and this book is on my TBB list!ReplyDelete
At the top of my personal Christmas wish list are health and happiness for my family.
A good wish all year round, Cheryl!Delete
I stack my night stand with Christmas romances to enjoy the entire month of December. Love falling asleep with a smile. :)
I am looking forward to reading this book and a whole bunch of Christmas books. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Hope you enjoy The Trouble With Christmas, Helen. I smiled from beginning to end!Delete
I know how fabulous this book is, because I was lucky enough to read parts of it while Debbie was working on it. She's a fantastic writer, and her books are both funny and emotional - love her!ReplyDelete
She's a fantastic writer, and her books are both funny and emotional - love her!Delete
I agree, Vanessa!
I am looking forward to reading this book, I love Christmas themed books, it helps me get in the mood for the holidays. I enjoy spending time with the family during the holiday season so I kind of look forward to it. Do you read a lot of holiday books this time of the year? I am entering under the name of Virginia.ReplyDelete
Hi Quilt Lady! I don't know about Debbie but I read a lot of holiday books this time of year. A lot! :)Delete
I like Christmas stories and movies actually better than the reality? What are your favorites?ReplyDelete
Jcp, do you get the Hallmark channel on your TV? They have a terrific line-up of holiday movies coming up!Delete
I love Chistmas themed books. I'd love to win this. :)ReplyDelete
I loved your book and just ent it to my friend in Washington...it was the 1st Christmas book I read this year and so far its my favorite...great read!! Hope you write loads of more books about this town...
I usually start my Christmas reading after Halloween if I have enough books or after Thanksgiving if I don't lol. I'm wishing for the bookshelves my husband promised me last year!ReplyDelete
Hi Debbie, It was a pleasure meeting you and having dinner with such a great group of my favorite people in Atlanta during RWA this summer. I'm very much looking forward to reading "The Trouble With Christmas."ReplyDelete
It's been a difficult year for me health wise, so I am wishing for a better 2013 so I can be there for my family in the way I would like to be.
Congrats to Debbie on the new release! sounds fun :) I love christmas themed books. Ummm... to be perfectly honest, I really don't have anything on my christmas list yet. My non - reading family always gets me a new kindle every year (even though I tell them my current kindle is still working great) so I know that's taken care of, so probably just giftcards :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!ReplyDelete
I'm collecting Christmas themed novels to read during the month of December-what get's you excited about the holidays?ReplyDelete
I'm really enjoying the book excerpts on this blog tour. So funny. :DReplyDelete
For Christmas I'd love an extremely large amount B&N gift card so I can get any and every book I want. LOL My lovely MIL does give me one for my B-day and Christmas. I just figure you can never have to many.
The only thing consistently on my Christmas list is books!ReplyDelete
I love reading Christmas stories! I'm more focused on Halloween and then Thanksgiving, but I have already bought a few Christmas presents and am making lists.ReplyDelete
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Hi Debbie! I'm so excited for this book! Christmas stories are always romantic and scandalous! Well at least the ones I read. :) Congrats on the release!ReplyDelete
I do so love reading Christmas romances!! It's definitely one of the better parts of the holidays!ReplyDelete
I'm a true fan of Christmas romances and am looking forward to getting in the holiday mood with this one!! Did anything in particular give you this idea... not that I think you could be a grinch..ReplyDelete
Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Do you have the family over for dinner or do you rotate the event?ReplyDelete
Books for me love them.And being with my girls I can't wait to read your book it sounds great!ReplyDelete
My copy of THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS arrived today. I am forcing myself to wait until after Halloween to read it. Can't wait.ReplyDelete
Just received my copy and yes, will read it pronto...excited that Romance once again finds me a new exciting author!!ReplyDelete
I’ve been thinking how nice it would be to have a Kindle Paperwhite. I’m intrigued that it’s lightweight, keeps a charge for weeks and is easy on the eyes. Now, I need to sit down and write a letter to Santa! :-)ReplyDelete
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