today’s 2nd book: Holiday Menace (with Sarah Hamaker)
Last week, we kicked off this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂
Christmas is still 34 days away, according to Google, BUT it’s never too early for Christmas stories. Beginning now and continuing through just after Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2023. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
HOLIDAY MENACE: A Romantic Suspense Collection
AUTHORS: Sarah Hamaker, Jerusha Agen, Mary Alford, Lori Altebaumer, Danielle Grandinetti, Kendall Hoxsey, Karen Kirst, Pat O’Brien, Hope Welborn & Terri Weldon
GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2023
Will Christmas be merry and bright? Lives are in danger when menacing pressures threaten to derail Christmas in this heart-pounding suspense—plus a little romance—collection of 10 brand-new novellas from some of the genre’s most popular Christian romantic suspense authors!
Join Jerusha Agen, Mary Alford, Lori Altebaumer, Danielle Grandinetti, Sarah Hamaker, Kendall Hoxsey, Karen Kirst, Pat O’Brien, Hope Welborn, and Terri Weldon on a dangerous Christmastime journey of mystery, suspense, romance, and faith.
Midnight Clear by Jerusha Agen
Her worst fear is another Christmas alone. Until she isn’t alone.
Christmas in the Crosshairs by Mary Alford
This Christmas, Hailey Lansing is caught in the crosshairs of a deadly terrorist plot and must turn to the man who broke her heart to save her life. CIA Scorpion Team Officer Gray Beaumont never expected a second chance with Hailey, but he’ll risk everything to bring them through the threat to rebuild the love he once shattered.
Silenced Night by Lori Altebaumer
No one thinks of murder on Christmas Eve. Now Everleigh Greene has seen too much and someone wants to wish her a silenced night.
Escape with the Prodigal by Danielle Grandinetti
Only a Christmas miracle will save an unwed mother and the lumberjack protecting her. A holiday romance filled with danger, redemption, and sacrifice.
Christmas Cold Case by Sarah Hamaker
All she wants for Christmas is to solve the decades-old murder of her parents—and stay alive.
An Imminent Christmas Threat by Kendall Hoxsey
Claiming a family legacy is not for the faint of heart. A holiday suspense novella.
Smoky Mountain Rescue by Karen Kirst
Jasper’s brother is missing, and the one person who can identify his abductor is the very woman he promised to stay away from. Can Jasper and Natalie overcome their differences to bring Nick home for Christmas?
Deadly School Break by Pat O’Brien
An art teacher is drawn into a deadly trap with a man she once trusted. A story fraught with chilling suspense, romance, and forgiveness.
Hidden by Hope Welborn
Trapped by a relentless Christmas snowstorm, an unknown threat shadows her every move. To survive, she must rely on the one man she swore never to trust again.
Murdered by Christmas by Terri Weldon
A serial killer has targeted Wynter Blakely and the only man who can protect her is her first love, Detective Max Holloway. Can they set aside the past long enough to keep Wynter from being Murdered by Christmas?
favorite Christmas memories
by Sarah Hamaker, author of Holiday Menace
Is it too early to talk about Christmas? No? Great!
I love hearing about favorite Christmas memories, and am blessed myself to have several from which to choose. For me, two Christmases stand out in a childhood of many (we won’t talk about the Christmas when I had the stomach bug…).
When I was eight, I came downstairs to find my dad had built me a doll house, which my mother furnished and decorated, knitting tiny rugs, sewing curtains and bedclothes, and wallpapering the rooms. It was simply wonderful (and yes, the dollhouse still exists and my own girls played with it for hours on end when they visited my parents’ home).
Another memorable childhood Christmas happened when I was around 10. Every morning in the week or so leading up to December 25, I awoke to find one of my 12-inch dolls (the American Girl dolls of my generation) dressed in a new outfit my mother had sewn. Each day, the outfits grew more and more elaborate, culminating in a wedding dress complete with veil and satin slippers.
The latter memory is one that enchanted me so much I decided to recreate it for my own girls when they were 5 and 7 years old. My mom had saved my 12-inch dolls (Mandy and Jenny dolls from Fischer Price) and all their clothing. I decided to give my girls these dolls to play with, but kept back most of the clothing.
Now that each girl had her own doll, I spirited them away each evening and dressed them in a new outfit and accompanied by a short story I wrote for that particular day’s adventure. For nine days, they greeted mornings with happy smiles and squeals of joy, with Christmas Day the culmination of this surprise with the dolls dressed in gloriously frilly wedding-type attire.
Now that I’ve shared some of my favorite Christmas memories, I’d love to hear what are some of your favorite Christmas memories?
Sarah Hamaker is offering some Christmas themed soap (not as pictured) 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 the Holiday Menace romantic suspense collection by Sarah Hamaker & these 9 other great authors? What are some of your favorite Christmas memories?