today’s book: No Ordinary Christmas
Happy Saturday once more! We are continuing our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is our largest year yet, with the most authors & books, and we’re back with an all-new look, too.
I also officially broke out my Christmas playlist yesterday, too. If you have Spotify and want to listen along you can do so HERE.
Christmas is only 28 days away, so… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes (see above lol) and continue your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s final featured book is the first book in a new romance series, and author Belle Calhoune shares an excerpt!
NO ORDINARY CHRISTMAS by Belle Calhoune
SERIES: Mistletoe, Maine #1
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2021
Mistletoe, Maine, is buzzing and not just because Christmas is around the corner! Dante West, local cutie-turned-Hollywood hunk, is returning home to make his next movie. Everyone in town is excited . . . except librarian Lucy Marshall. When Dante took off for LA without warning—or even a goodbye—he broke Lucy’s heart. She swore not to spend one more minute thinking about her ex, but Dante makes an offer Lucy’s struggling library can’t refuse: a major donation to film on-site.
Dante is thrilled to help boost his hometown’s economy and finally begin making amends to the people he hurt years ago when he left, starting with Lucy. But seeing his former best friend on set every day feels a lot less like closure and more like a fresh start. It’s one thing for Dante to fall for Lucy all over again, quite another for a famous movie star and a small-town librarian to find lasting romance. Can the magic of the holiday season give Lucy and Dante’s first love a second chance?
Lucy Marshall straightened her glasses and peered out the window of the Free Library of Mistletoe. As head librarian for the past four years, she had gazed at this same view of the town square hundreds of times. But this was the very first occasion she’d been spying on the man who had broken her heart into a million little pieces. Some folks might find her boycotting the parade an act unbefitting of a librarian, but for Lucy, staying inside was her only option. She had her pride after all, and she had no intention of letting bygones be bygones.
At least she had a fantastic view of the unfolding spectacle. And she wasn’t freezing her buns off outside. As the sun set, the sky lit up with glorious shades of pink and orange.
The entire town of Mistletoe, Maine, was decked out in tinsel and candy canes and shiny ornaments to herald the arrival of Christmas in four weeks. Six-foot-tall nutcrackers stood at the entrance to the town hall across the way, providing a dose of holiday cheer. Mugs of peppermint hot cocoa were being served around the clock at the Starlight Diner. Every shopwindow in town was decorated in keeping with the holiday season. Normally it was her favorite time of the year, but she wasn’t feeling very merry at the moment.
Her past had risen up to greet her like a scene from A Christmas Carol. The Ghost of Christmas Past and all that. Bah Humbug!
Lucy couldn’t remember the last time she had seen such a commotion in her hometown. Hordes of people had gathered in the town square to welcome the hometown hero who’d made good in Hollywood. Dante West. Action-star extraordinaire. One of the highest paid actors in Tinseltown. Townsfolk held banners and posters bearing Dante’s likeness. Flags with his face and form on them were being enthusiastically waved by dozens of kids. One teenaged girl held up a sign asking, WILL YOU MARRY ME, DANTE? Everyone appeared to be giddy with excitement.
Belle Calhoune, No Ordinary Christmas
© 2021, Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
Belle Calhoune grew up in a small town in Massachusetts as one of five children. Although both her parents worked in the medical field, Belle never considered science as the pathway to her future. Growing up across the street from a public library was a huge influence on her life. Married to her college sweetheart, she is raising two lovely daughters in Connecticut. A dog lover, she has one mini poodle named Copper and a black lab, Beau. She is a Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a member of RWA’s Honor Roll. In 2019 her book “An Alaskan Christmas” was made into a movie (Love, Alaska) by Brain Power Studios and aired on UPTV. She is the author of over 40 novels and published by Harlequin Love Inspired and Grand Central Forever Publishing.
Belle Calhoune is offering a print copy of No Ordinary Christmas to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read No Ordinary Christmas by Belle Calhoune?