Warm up the mince pies and get out the cherry brandy, we are soon to be visited by our favourite jolly man in red. Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Papai Noel, Babbo Natale, Swiety Mikolaj…however, you say it we all all rubbing our hands in anticipation. Or atleast…some of us are, those of us who have been good, if you’ve been naughty you might be left with nothing but a lump of coal. So, us ladies at UTC and some of our favourite authors have written our letters to the big man, you know to put in a few requests and maybe explain a few things…Enjoy!
I know most people ask for Peace on Earth, but to be frank, I’d be happy with a bit of peace anywhere. Peace and quiet, so that I can hole myself away with a book, and actually get to read it instead of being constantly interrupted.
I love my family, I really do. But living with two teenagers, a crazy pug, and a gorgeous, but slightly demanding husband can be taxing. So maybe you could whisk me away to a deserted island, where I can lay on a lounger and read all day.
Come to think of it, the island doesn’t need to be completely deserted. A cocktail bar on the beach would be good.
Plus a barman. That would be good, too. If you really want to, you can make him young and sexy. I wouldn’t say no to that.
So a beach, a book, a bar and a barman. That’s what I want for Christmas.
And New Year.
From your number one fan, Carrie Elks.
PS – feel free to visit after you’ve finished your deliveries. I have cocktails!
by Carrie Elks
Released: December 13th 2016
Published by Self Published
Can the one who broke your heart be the one to heal it?
On the turn of the Millennium, at a glamorous London party, Hanna Vincent meets Richard Larsen, and sparks immediately fly.
She is a born and bred Londoner with a love of life and a witty tongue. He’s the son of a wealthy banker, and destined for Wall Street. As they go back to their own lives they keep in touch, and every time they talk, the connection between them grows. When Hanna’s heart is broken, Richard is the one who mends it. They reunite and fall deeply in love, determined to make a long-distance relationship work. But they can’t possibly imagine the way their love will be tested.
Thirteen years after they meet, Hanna walks into Richard’s office and reveals an explosive secret. Richard must decide if he can ever forgive her, and they both need to choose whether to take a risk on happiness, or if the deep love they share is beyond repair.
Wow, 2016 was a bust. Though, I am thankful of my blessings, cancer and illness has hit my friends and family. And I have to say, it sucked major ass. Now, I know some things are unavoidable but man…any chance to ask God to ease up a bit? Maybe bless our world with a cure or two? That would be amazing!
On a good note, I have been equally good and naughty this year. I can safely say, I deserve a helping of requests for 2017. To start, I would like a new midori planner with a few notebooks to come with it. Maybe stickers that will help me with my to-dos and organization of a few things. I would also like more time. Time to work on my planner, time to work out, time to read and simply time to breathe. I would like a new purse. There’s a particular bag I’ve been eying from Louis Vuitton. Maybe in 2017, I would get the chance to finally buy it. Last, and this would probably a top priority. I would like to get work out again. Not just going in work out and done. I would like the umph to be healthy. Motivation to be healthy in general. Why this concept is such a hard task, I dunno.
So you see, my request this year wasn’t too bad and I think it’s well deserved. Since you didnt grant me what Santa, whichever one you decide to give, I would be utterly grateful. Thank You.
Dear Saint Nicholas,
It’s a bit ridiculous writing a letter such as this since you’ve been dead since 343 AD. I doubt saints who abide in Paradise entertain letters from vampyres, but I have a few requests and since Paradise’s doors are closed to me you seemed to be the most sympathetic option.
There’s a woman…
She’s beautiful, fierce, and protective of others. Her name is Raven.
She is the kind of woman who inspires poets and composers. If I had the talent, I’d pen songs in praise of her. But I don’t.
If she’d lived in the Middle Ages, knights would have battled in her honour, only to win a smile from her lips or a token from her hands. But in my underworld principality I am forced to hide my regard for her – for her safety as well as my own.
Currently, she’s estranged from her sister. This is my fault, for reasons I won’t articulate. Nevertheless, I suffer with her and wish her suffering to end.
Saint Nicholas, during your life you were known for your charity and compassion and for your generosity to those in distress. In death, you are venerated as a patron saint of children. Raven and her sister suffered as children and now as adults they still suffer. I ask you to help them and to mend their estrangement.
I realize as a creature of darkness I have no standing in the realm of the blessed. I ask your favour only because of my love for Raven. Surely her shining and noble character has not gone unnoticed.
Please remember her and her sister this Advent season.
Prince of Florence.
by Sylvain Reynard
Released: December 6 2016
Series: The Florentine #3
Published by Ever After, LLC
Raven and her sister, Cara, are at the mercy of a small detachment of Florentine vampyres, who are delivering them as a peace offering to the feared Curia in Rome.
Though she’s unsure William survived the coup that toppled his principality, Raven is determined to protect her sister at all costs, even if it means challenging Borek, the commander of the detachment.
In an effort to keep Raven from falling into the hands of his enemies, William puts himself at the mercy of the Roman, the dangerous and mysterious vampyre king of Italy. But the Roman is not what he expects …
Alliances and enmities will shift and merge as William struggles to save the woman he loves and his principality, without plunging the vampyre population into a world war.
This stunning conclusion to the Florentine series will take readers across Italy and beyond as the lovers fight to remain together. Forever.
Rumor has it this winter will be colder that last year. I know there’s nothing you can do about the weather. That’s Mother Nature’s responsibly. But I know something that will help me stay warm. No, it’s not the thermal wrap and socks I saw in the store flyer last week. What I want is something much better. Something much much hotter. That’s right. I want Jamie Fraser. In a kilt. And in nothing else. That alone will get my blood toasty warm. And if he wants to say sweet nothings in Gaelic, even better!
Yes, I know I asked for Jamie last year and you never delivered. That’s okay. I’m positive it was merely an oversight. Right?
PS if you feel the need to add a festive plaid ribbon to his the package, that’s perfectly acceptable too.
by Stina Lindenblatt
Released: September 6th 2016
Series: Pushing Limits #2
Published by Loveswept
In a poignant romance from the author of This One Moment (“Hot, intense, and filled with emotion.”—Rachel Harris), the rock stars of Pushing Limits have hit the big time. But fame gets tough when love presents a fork in the road.
At twenty-one, Jared Leigh had been prepared to give up the life of a touring musician to be a father after getting his girlfriend pregnant. When she told him that she’d gotten an abortion, Jared was devastated. Now at least he has the groupies to keep him company—until a blast from the past rocks his world.
Callie Talbert hasn’t seen her sister’s ex since high school. But after Callie bumps into Jared while she’s grocery shopping with four-year-old Logan, there’s a spark that wasn’t there before. Jared quickly realizes that her deaf “son” is the same age his own child would have been. When Jared demands to know more about Logan, Callie panics. There are things she just can’t tell him. Besides, Jared’s a bad-boy rocker, not a dependable father figure. He’ll move on to his next gig soon enough . . . right?
Trouble is, Jared refuses to be pushed away, and the more quality time he spends with Logan, the more he’s captivated by the woman Callie has become. When the truth is revealed, Jared only hopes that the three of them have what it takes to become a real family.
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this but winter is one of my favorite times of the year. Despite the joy of running around barefoot in summer or sitting outdoors and letting the sun warm your skin, it just can’t compete with the magical wonder that makes up this season.
There’s something about watching the large, fluffy flakes of snow fall that makes me smile. It’s watching the snow slowly build up, creating a magical white, shimmery wonderland that makes it feel like winter is not the end of summer’s glory but rather the beginning of a new landscape; where we can build igloo cities and populate them with chubby snowmen. It’s the joy of being able to flop down in the snow knowing you have a soft (though a tad cold) landing behind you.
The cool breezes, and even colder early-dark nights, also help remind us of the simple joys of staying in; whether it’s curled up in your favorite fluffy blanket reading a book or spending time snuggled up with the ones you love watching a movie with hot chocolate. Even watching the snow pile up outside from your window can bring a sense of wonder… even if it’s just wondering how you’re going to dig yourself out of your driveway tomorrow.
And family. Whether it’s the family you were given or the one you’ve made for yourself, this season brings us all together in joy and merriment. When my mini was younger, we used to go out and see all the lights and parades, the festivities that people pour their creative energy into, and I’d watch her small face light up with joy and anticipation. Now that she’s older, she still has that excitement rumbling around inside her this time of year but our time is now spent at home with each other. Sometimes, I look at her and wonder where the small child seeking my lap has gone, to be replaced with this smart young woman who never ceases to amaze me.
And that’s it, Santa. We don’t come to visit you at malls anymore or write letters magically sent up to the North Pole. We put in less requests for your elves but the spirit of the season is not forgotten by us. Like most people, I still have wants for Christmas but they’re not the sort you can build from wood or put paint on to make them special. This year for Christmas, I want the messages we send on cards – peace on earth and goodwill toward men. I hope this season brings more people together, makes more homes warmer, and turns even the biggest Grinch’s heart three sizes larger. Thank you.
by Jen Frederick
Released: December 1, 2016
Series: Gridiron #3
Published by Self Published
He’s the guy no one likes…
Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.
She’s the girl everyone loves…
Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.
Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.
I’ve completely given up on asking you things because you’ve ignored every request I’ve made the past few years. I mean, how hard is it for you to bring me Jason Momoa? Really! Every year I fall more in love with the man and all you do is ignore me! Did you see me after watching that video where he talks about how special being a father is to him? My ovaries were exploding! Did you care? No, you were not even watching I’m sure. Too busy probably playing with Rudolph and not even looking down at me.
So this is why I decided to take 2016 and be as naughty as I wanted. Take that! I’m done with you!
If you want to be in MY good graces again, you’ll have to show me that you’re making an effort to work on our relationship. And just to keep things interesting and prove to me that you do know something about me, I’m not going to tell you what to bring me.
You know things. Figure it out.
Just make sure there’s also chocolate along with anything you bring me, because I’ve been having mad sweet cravings lately.
If all goes well, I’ll be talking to you next year.
Wonder what the awesome, sweet, sensitive Tucker from THE GOAL wants for Christmas? Keep reading to find out…
Dude, I feel like Christmas came early this year, and I’ve received so much already I don’t even know what else to ask for. I mean, I’ve got my two beautiful girls—what else do I need, right?
Sabrina has come around and finally admitted she loves me, which was music to my ears. Don’t get me wrong—I knew the woman loved me, but I’m proud of her for taking that final step and allowing herself to be vulnerable. And I swear to God, I will never hurt that woman! She’s sexy, she’s smart, she’s sexy, she’s funny, she’s sexy, she’s driven—did I mention she’s sexy? But the greatest thing about her? She’s a wonderful mother. I could watch her with our little girl for hours. It never ceases to me amaze me that they are both mine.
My mother and Sabrina still have some things to work out, but they’re getting better. I think now that Mom recognizes Sabrina truly loves me and wasn’t trying to trap me into anything, she realizes how frickin’ perfect Sabrina is for me. And yeah, Mom would’ve loved to see me move back home, but she’ll get over it eventually. Actually, lately she’s been dropping hints about moving up to Boston to be closer to her granddaughter. Can’t picture my southern mama ever getting used to the northern winters, but who knows. Maybe she’ll end up loving the snow.
The best gift, of course, was the birth of my little princess. Jamie is so perfect in every way, and if she turns out even half as determined as her mama, she’s going to be the most headstrong little girl you’ve ever met. She’s totally going to be daddy’s girl, though. I mean, how could she not? The way her little eyes sparkle when we’re together, the sound of her laughter when I blow raspberries on her tummy…Yeah, I know I got first place in her heart. Mommy’s a close second, of course, and then there’s her uncles Garrett and Logan and Dean… Okay, this kid is spoiled with affection. She deserves it, though.
And that’s it, dude. I got everything I could possibly want for Christmas this year already. I’m sure Jamie would like some new teething rings, and Sabrina would love a bit more study time for her finals. But rest assured, this will definitely be a very merry Christmas in the Tucker household.
from THE GOAL by Elle Kennedy
by Elle Kennedy
Released: September 26th 2016
Published by Self Published
She’s good at achieving her goals…
College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.
But the game just got a whole lot more complicated
Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.
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