Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gift of Love Blog Hop ~ AWESOME Prizes!!

It's a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you'll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!
Here at Mimmi's Musing's, I thought I'd share some of my very favorite
Holiday Reads ~ I have a treasured shelf of antho's I pull out every year, and take at least one day of my Christmas vacation that I just chill and reread these favorite comfort reads.  Most I've had for YEARS but still love like best friends, although I DO still occasionally add to it ~
A Gift of Love: Anthology Simple Gifts: Just Curious / Miracles / Change of Heart / Double Exposure (Westmoreland, #6.5)Bluebird Winter (Spencer-Nyle Co, #3)
(I've actually had this one so long it's taped together to hold the pages in!)
Wish ListThe Present (Malory Family, #6)A Holiday of Love (Westmoreland, #3.5)
Now these are only a FEW, but some of my VERY favorites.  This was the first Kleypas I ever read, and hooked me good ~ this LH makes me cry every time, and how can you NOT love Devereaux & McNaught?  And a Malory Christmas?  Oh, the goodness! 
I would LOVE, love to share some of this book loving ~ but most of these aren't available as eBooks yet.  So how about we do a $15 Amazon GC, that way it can be open International, and you can buy whatever Christmas books you want?
So to be entered, just follow me, and make sure you leave your email in the
comments ~ and tell me ~
What makes a Holiday read magical to you? 
Do you have certain go to authors for your holiday reads?
Do you prefer anthologies? 
What have been your favorite holiday reads up to now? 

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

Be sure to Hop to EACH Blog & Enter for chances to win
Not only the prize on that blog, but lots of chances at the

But that's not all....
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
(EVERYTHING but the swag here in International!)

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


  1. I like surprises in a book but usually won't read it if it doesn't have a happy ending. I do like anthologies however they are not my faves. I do have a few fave Christmas such as An Highlander for Christmas by Paula Quinn, A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman and The Magical Christmas Cat (anthology) with Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh...I do have some others but can't recall specific titles at this time without peeking ;)

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  2. I never used to read Christmas romances because my Mom died on a 26th of December, but my granddaughter was born on December 26, 5 years after. I started to read some but they are sometimes an emotions tumbler...Recently, I read "Twas the Night After Christmas" by Sabrina Jeffries and I loved it. Story of forgiveness between a mother and her son.

  3. I don’t have a favorite holiday book. I love all romances no matter what time of the year or holiday they are set in. I like it when my favorite authors put out a holiday story with characters from their ongoing series. I follow you via GFC as Nay Nay. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

  5. Just read A Christmas Bride/A Christmas Beau by Mary Balogh -- so good if you like regency!!


  6. I love anthologies. I've read all of the books you mentioned except 2. Wish List was one of my favorite ones. The recent ones I've read and liked a lot are...'twas the Night After Christmas, Sabrina Jeffries and Janes Gift by Karen Erickson.

  7. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. My favorite Christmas go to author would have to be Lori Foster :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  9. One anthology that i loved was The Heart of Christmas, with Mary Balogh, Nicola Cornick and Courtney Milan. In general I love holiday stories, especially if they are really emotional. I also love the winter settings. Usually I'm not a big fan of anthologies, but Christmas stories are the one exception to that. It seems like shorter stories are perfect for the holidays.


  10. What makes a Holiday read magical to you? The setting, plot and storyline.

    Do you have certain go to authors for your holiday reads? Not really since I am finding someone has written a new one every year and I am all for discovering things :)

    Do you prefer anthologies? Yes

    What have been your favorite holiday reads up to now? Nope

    Happy Holidays

    (Email following)

  11. I'm having fun reading Christmas anthologies this year... Romancing the Holiday, Naughty or Nice.

    mrs.hildebrand@gmail DOT com

  12. To be honest I haven't read too many Holiday Reads, one of my favorites is a Dark Hunter Christmas and it's by my favorite Author so I guess you would say I do tend to go to my favorite authors for a Holiday Read.


    Dawna N.


  13. I love anthologies!I don't have a go to author for Christmas stories I just read what's available! My favorite Christmas book so far is an anthology of stories by Christine Feehan, A Christine Feehan Holiday Treasury!

  14. I'm new to Holiday reads and haven't read any yet *hangs head in shame* But I'm going to try my first Holiday read which is the newly released Under the Mistletoe with Me by Kristen Proby! :) Sorry I couldn't answer most of your questions... I'm new to the book community and just started picking up reading. I'll check out the Holiday reads you recommended. Thanks for the giveaway!


    1. Forgot to mention that I follow via GFC and twitter (@tess_halim)

  15. Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. I love anthologies and the books on your list are some of my favorites too. Followed. Thanks for the hop!

    mslasha at gmail dot com

  17. I enjoy Anthologies but I like the classics A Night Before Christmas, A Christams Carol. I don;t really have a go to author for the holidays. Has long as a Christmas book has a happy ending it's magical.
    Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  18. What makes christmas special for me is watching it through my son's eyes. No special go to books but I tend to like more classic historical romances at this time of year

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  19. i usually avoid anthologies, but i still read holiday themed anthology. who won't love some good holiday stories

    smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

  20. A holiday read always has that extra something special. I don't even know if it's a tangible element. No particular authors I seek out. Anthologies can be just the thing over the busy season. I don't have a favorite holiday read.


  21. What makes a Holiday read magical to you? If it keeps me interested all the way through the book.
    Do you have certain go to authors for your holiday reads? no
    Do you prefer anthologies? I like them but don't prefer them.
    What have been your favorite holiday reads up to now? I don't have a holiday read right now, I like anything that keeps me interested.

  22. What makes a Holiday read magical to you? "It gives me joy, fun, love and hope for the furture."

    Do you have certain go to authors for your holiday reads? "No, there are so many new wonderful authors to read, can't settle with just one."

    Do you prefer anthologies? "I perfer novels."

    What have been your favorite holiday reads up to now? "I'm ashamed to say I haven't read one yet. But I have purchased a couple."

    I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales. Tee Hee. Great blog.

    Thanks for being in the Holiday Blog Hop.

  23. Hello, thanks for the giveaway!

  24. No i really don't have "go to" authors for holiday reads. I really don't go out of my way to get them.
    I do like anthologies to test out new authors

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  25. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I am not really a holiday reader per say. I love all books. Although I do like anthologies!

  26. I like holiday reads full of romance. I like anthologies. I'm currently reading ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A DUKE by Delilah Marvelle and Marie Claremont. It's great read!

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!!!

  27. i like the christmas anthologies the most. i dont have to have a happy ending in most books i read but for a christmas one its a must
    gfc kimberly
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  28. i love anthologies i always find new aythor that way
    i love carolyn browns christmas books

  29. Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy holidays!


  30. Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!

  31. New GFC follower under my Google account-Scott Wilcox
    I do not have any fall back reads now that my daughter is all grown up and moved out. I used to love reading her The Night Before Christmas when she was younger before my "Santa" duties!

    Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway and being a part of this great hop.

    Merry Christmas,

  32. Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!


  33. I love anthologies - they are perfect for a holiday story. I think I've read most of the ones you've highlighted.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  34. I love the holidays, but for some reason, I never read holiday books! I'd love to change that this year! hthurmeier @ gmail . com

  35. I love anthologies :)
    GFC- Krysta Banco


  36. I just love the authors you posted..especially Jude :)This is the first year in a long time I have read Christmas books, not sure why... but really enjoying them !

    Merry Christmas !

  37. I love Lisa Plumley's Home for the Holiday with the Rudolph subplot. I'm finding that holiday books are not only fun to read, but some of my favorites to write. lolakarns(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. I love anthologies, I need to find a good m/m christmas one!

    Thanks for the chance to win :)
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  39. What makes a holiday read magical to me is seeing how the spirit of the season affects the couple:)
    Happy Holidays!

  40. I like anthologies. Christmas stories are a fun read at this time of the year.


  41. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  42. I like reading Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot for holidays.

    Thank you for the chance!

    GFC follower - Dovile

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  43. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  44. I love reading on my Kindle in front of the fire.
    smoofrog at gmail dot com

  45. My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  46. Romance makes a holiday read special to me. I don't have any certain holiday authors. I do not prefer anthologies. My favorite holiday reads up to now have been general romance or romantic suspense books.
    I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

  47. I don't really have any favorite holiday reads, unfortunately. I usually just read new or favorite books :) And I do like anthologies, though I don't read them often.
    GFC follower: laceyblossom

  48. My kids makes my holidays magical. :)
    NO, I read several authors.
    I like anthologies, but it's not a preference.
    I really love Nora Roberts's Montana Sky. It's about family and it has a beautiful party at New Year's Eve.

    Happy Holidays!

  49. I don't have any that I pull out just at Christmas but one of my favorites is The Secret by Julie Garwood.
    Seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com