today’s 1st book: Christmas in the Crosshairs
We are continuing 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 only 18 days away, according to Google! 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!)
CHRISTMAS IN THE CROSSHAIRS by Kate Angelo, Kelly Underwood & Sami A. Abrams (Lynette Eason Presents)
SERIES: An Elite Guardians Christmas Anthology
GENRE: Romantic Suspense collection (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Sunrise Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2023
It’s Christmastime and love is in the air. But when these three Elite Guardians walk into the crosshairs of trouble, they find themselves fighting not just for justice, but for the lives of the men they love in this riveting thriller collection!
Deadly Holiday Hijack by Kate Angelo
“Come out to Savannah, she says. It’ll be fun, she says. Boss can be in the nativity pageant, she says,” Yeah. Great idea.
Bodyguard Christina Sherman and her fiancé, former spec ops air commando Grey Parker just want to sneak away to beautiful Savannah, attend a Nativity Pageant, maybe set a wedding date. But when a group of terrorists take over the church and the whole thing is live streamed, they find themselves in a hometown version of a Die Hard Christmas movie. But will they make it to the happy ending?
Silent Night Siege by Kelly Underwood
Billionaire Preston Whittaker and bodyguard Laila Rabbinowitz just can’t get a break. Not only are their schedules so crazy they’ve put their relationship on simmer, but on their way to the mountains for much-needed togetherness…yep, their plane crashes. Suddenly they’re stranded on a remote mountainside in freezing temperatures, minimal food, wildlife, and no hope of rescue.
And then, the real danger starts. Someone deliberately caused the wreck, and that person is hunting them through the wilderness.
Now, it’ll take more than togetherness to survive…
Christmas Snowstorm Standoff by Sami A. Abrams
It’s finally time for bodyguard Lizzie Tremaine to tie the knot with the man she’s loved for years—fellow bodyguard Charlie Lee.
But maybe fate is still against them, because on the eve of their big day, a snowstorm hits. And, while it’s kept the guests away, it’s brought trouble in the form of a woman from Charlie’s past. More, she’s on the run from a killer…
A man who will stop at nothing to make sure Charlie and Lizzie never make it to the altar.
Now Lizzie and Charlie must battle the storm, stop the killer, and defeat the doubts that suddenly have them wondering if they are truly meant to be.
Three epic love stories. Three edge-of-your-seat thrillers. Three Christmases caught in the Crosshairs inspired by best-selling author Lynette Eason’s Elite Guardian series.
by Kate Angelo, co-author of Christmas in the Crosshairs
Are you the type of gift giver who buys the perfect gift for a loved one, waits patiently for the day when you can hand it over, and watches their reaction as they open it?
Or… Are you the type who buys that perfect gift but you’re so excited about their reaction you can’t stop telling them about how perfect the gift is and how you can’t wait to give it to them, and ultimately end up giving the gift to them early?
Yeah, I’m that last one.
I tell you, this is why last minute shoppers are a thing. If I bought a gift on Black Friday, my husband would have it in his hands by Sunday!
Except one year.
That year I was out shopping and I happened to find a clear jar with a wooden lid and the word Thankful etched into the top. It gave me an idea for a Christmas gift for my husband.
I bought a box of colored note cards and cut them into strips so I could do a daily gratitude of sorts. Each day, I wrote something I appreciated about my husband on the colored scrap of paper. It could’ve been something very specific, or something general about his temperament or personality. When I finished writing it down, I folded the strip of paper in half and stuffed it in the jar. I’m not sure how many days I did this, but it was close to a year.
Ya’ll, I kept this jar hidden in my closet for months! Do you have any idea how hard that is for someone like me!?
On Christmas morning I gave him the jar stuffed full of notes. We both got teary eyed as he realized my gift of appreciation and my gratitude toward him. I’ve noticed that anytime he’s having a rough day and needs a little pick me up, he goes to the jar and reads a few notes.
This wasn’t a story designed to give Kate a big pat on the back for all her thoughtfulness. No, it’s a story about how something as small as slowing down and taking the time to notice something about those we love most can change our lives.
You see, by me being intentional in my gift and holding something back, I received the bigger blessing. My appreciation for my husband grew. I watched and listened and intentionally remembered the good things he did all day long. My thoughts began to grow in a positive direction and rather than seeing imperfections, I saw the true nature of the man I married. The honest, loyal, kind, giving, understanding, diplomatic, trustworthy, man of God he is.
And by telling him this through a jar of notes, he was able to see it too.
So, as we round Thanksgiving and head into Christmas and the New Year, I challenge you to slow down a little. Be intentional in your thoughts and what you choose to remember about your loved ones. In the Bible it says in Philippians 4:8-9 that we should think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. And when we do, the peace of God will be with us.
And isn’t peace the best Christmas gift we don’t have to wait to give or receive?
Kate Angelo is a bestselling Romantic Suspense author, minister, and public speaker from Southwest Missouri who works alongside her husband championing stronger marriages and families through their nonprofit. As Mom to 5 adult children, she’s fluent in both sarcasm and eye rolls. Kate is a coffee addict, tech enthusiast, productivity guru, expert knitter, summer lake fanatic, prayer warrior, dog lover, avid reader, and a known klutz—just ask her doctor. Having aged out of foster care, Kate brings a unique perspective to her writing, breathing life into flawed characters who find hope and healing amidst danger. Subscribe to her newsletter to hear about her pet lion at https://kateangelo.com
Kelly Underwood‘s favorite things are reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She was born in New Hampshire, but don’t ask her about snow, because she’s been a Florida girl since she was twelve. She writes book reviews for her blog bestinsuspense.com and is an active member of the Central Florida chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s a sucker for a good suspense novel, the kind you have to read cover-to-cover until the mystery is solved and the bad guys are in handcuffs. If you’re looking for her, she’s probably on her back patio with a Kindle in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
Award-winning, Bestselling author Sami Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her 30’s that she found authors that captured her attention. Now, most evenings, you can find her engrossed in a Romantic Suspense. In her opinion, a crime with a little romance is the recipe for a great story.
She lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list.
If you love romantic suspense, go to Sami’s website and sign up for her newsletter to get the inside scoop at samiaabrams.com
Sunrise Publishing is offering an ebook copy of Christmas in the Crosshairs by Kate Angelo, Kelly Underwood, and Sami A. Abrams to THREE of my readers! (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 Christmas in the Crosshairs by Kate Angelo, Kelly Underwood, and Sami A. Abrams?