Home for the Holidays by Jennette Marie Powell

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This collection of romantic holiday stories from the Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America runs from sweet to poignant, darkness-tinged to comedic, but in all, people find the hope of love, and joy in the holidays. Stories feature married couples and those newly-met, some whose lessons lie in the past, and even vampires… all of whom find happiness and peace when they come Home for the Holidays. “Coventry Arcade” is where Ben Whitaker is determined to get his beloved Lily the best gift very little money can buy in this homage to O. Henry’s classic story “The Gift of the Magi.” In “The Holly and the Ivey,” Jon thought bells would be ringing a merry tune when he did a surprise Christmas visit but it turned out to be a Ho! Ho! Oh, no! instead. Aileen is frustrated when she has difficulties communicating with her mentally challenged brother. But Dr. Lew Bard shows her it’s really just a matter of “Speaking the Language.” There’s magic in threes in “Triple Trouble for Christmas Eve.” With her dying breath, the triplets’ mother predicted they’d all find true love by midnight on Christmas Eve. Too bad Mom didn’t specify which Christmas Eve. In “Merry and Bright,” Alex and D’Vee discover that a cup of spicy tea and a pair of fine brown eyes can both be inspiring. The Christmas season is the perfect time to kindle friendships and create possibilities. Aiden Flynn is no Superman, but he does have a secret identity. And he just might be able to save Christmas for one young boy and his hardworking mom in “Silver and Gold.” Vampire Katarina thought she was drawn to the mortal who refused her gift of immortality 45 years ago, but on her “Last Christmas Visit,” she discovers the truth. Christmas can be murder when a trip back in time pits Taylor Gressman against a murderous street gang, but through a new friendship, she learns the greatest gift is in the giving in “Time’s Holiday.” In “No More Resolutions,” Stella despises holidays. Now she has to find a husband for bosszilla, deal with a stripper pole in her house and work with Simon, the guy she loves to hate. Or does she?
 

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The Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America is a local chapter of the Romance Writers of America based in Cincinnati, Ohio, dedicated to the creation, publication and promotion of romantic fiction. BECKE MARTIN is an RWA-PRO, writing contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. She's a long-time garden writer and the author of six non-fiction books. She moderates Barnes & Noble's Mystery Book Club at BN.com. For more information, please visit: www.beckemartin.com. SANDY PENNINGTON is a freelance writer of poetry, children's stories, and fiction. She loves mythology and the natural world that surrounds us-the trees, plants, waters and skies, but it's dogs that tear at her heart strings! She is a great believer in following your dreams-no matter how long the jour-ney. Her greatest inspiration comes from her sister writers, her family and her "sisters of the heart." Writing under the name ANN GREGORY, Judy Carpenter has lived in Cincinnati all her life. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and counts writing as one of her many pastimes. Her stories in this collection reflect her love of both Christmas and the romance genre. STACY McKITRICK fell in love with paranormal ro-mance, decided to write her own in 2009 and found her passion in life. She used to work in accounting, now she spends her time with vampires, ghosts, and aliens. Born in California, she now resides in Ohio with her husband. They have two grown children. You can find her website at www.stacymckitrick.com or her blog at www.stacysrantings.blogspot.com. JENNETTE MARIE POWELL is the author of the Saturn Society time travel romance novels. A lifelong resident of the Dayton, Ohio area, she likes to dig beneath the surface and find the extraordinary beneath the mundane, whether in people, places, or historical events. By day, she wrangles data and websites between excursions to search for the aliens and spacecraft that legends say are stashed away on the military base where she works. Visit Jennette at www.jenpowell.com. DAKOTA JAMES started writing fiction as a young girl when a beloved teacher encouraged her to write ghost stories around Halloween. Dakota quickly switched from writing horror to romantic fiction when she wrote such frightening paranormal stories that she ended up spooking herself. Now, she sleeps better at night writing contemporary romantic stories as opposed to writing about gangsters turning into vampires in a cornfield on the eve of Halloween.
 
Published October 19, 2012 by Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America. 135 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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