Christmas Treats Blog Hop! #ChristmasTreats

I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting #ChristmasTreats holiday hop. Thanks so much to Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup for hosting us.

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What are our favorite Christmas Treats? Books, of course! Stop by each blog for a chance to win fabulous books & gifties for the Holidays!

Simply click on the gingerbread pic above for the main link or head over to: http://theherdpresents.blogspot.com/2015/12/christmas-treats-giveaway-hop.html

What is my prize? I’ll be giving away a copy of Night Lover, my latest paranormal romance. Read on for a blurb and excerpt.

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What are my favorite holiday treats? Well, I hesitate to admit it, but I treat myself with a lot of chocolate.

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Seriously, I need to start taking out stocks in chocolate companies. Even now, I am suffering a chocolate headache from overindulgence.

I know not everyone loves it, but I adore egg nog at the holidays. This creamy beverage ticks all my boxes. If it comes with a bit of rum, Rosanna is a happy girl.

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Finally, I always try to treat myself with a favorite Christmas movie. I have a lot of faves, but my all-time favorite is A Christmas Carol.  I’ll never grow tired of watching Alastair Sim as he endures the visits from the three Christmas spirits. But it had better be the black and white version, or I’ll get cranky.

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Share your favorite holiday faves with me. I will award my book Night Lover to one reader who comments here. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Now who has my spiked egg nog…?

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Blurb:

Canadian soprano Renata Bruno is tired of waiting for her big break. Unfortunately, her boss, the conductor of a chamber ensemble, sees her as little more than background material. When she learns of an opportunity to sing solo with a different troupe in England, she knows she must seize it. Especially when she hears the group is to perform Mozart’s Requiem, her favorite work.

As soon as Renata decides to make her move, a strange, sultry presence invades her life. She begins dreaming of a man, one who makes love to her, bewitching her. It isn’t long before her night lover leaves startling proof of his nocturnal presence, making her doubt her senses.

To compound her discomfort, she learns her new conductor is the college boyfriend who broke her heart years ago. As Renata grapples with old hurts and renewed passion, she must also fend off the increasingly fervent advances of her night-time visitor. She realizes she is under the influence of an incubus, a sexual demon.

It becomes harder to resist the incubus when she learns he has a name and had a tragic history. The more she discovers about his past, the more she realizes they are linked in more ways than one. Renata begins to rediscover love and her sense of faith, but will it be enough to save her night lover from an evil curse? And will it destroy her in the process?

 

Excerpt:

When I saw the face in this painting, I gasped, feeling as if someone had punched me in the gut.

Him.

It was the portrait of a man, much in the style of a Gainsborough painting. Full-length, it displayed the man in Regency dress. Tall Hessian boots reached up over his pants, accentuating his height. A waistcoat peaked out from under his soft blue riding coat. I looked up to the face above the coat, clean-shaven and somehow boyish with its round features. His hair was the color of honey and quite curly, with long sideburns travelling down his cheeks. Although he bore a fashionably serious countenance, his blue eyes smiled.

It’s him.

The man from my recurring dream, the man from the theater mezzanine in Toronto. I blinked several times, not believing my eyes.

I couldn’t move. I returned the stare of the man in the portrait. A friendly face, it still managed to unnerve me. The artist must have been a master because its subject seemed to be looking right at me. His pale eyes bore into mine. As I continued to gaze at my dream man, other objects in the background began to blur. The portrait frame and the wallpaper behind him dissolved into nothingness. I could only make out the man, and his gaze seemed to issue me a challenge, daring me to look back at him. My head swam. My tongue grew thick. Pain shot through my stomach and I clutched it so I wouldn’t keel over.

Lizzy came out of nowhere and bounded up behind me. “What’s up? Ooh, he’s cute.” She, too, had noticed the portrait. She also saw how intently I stared. “Hey, are you okay?”

“No.” I couldn’t look away from him, couldn’t stop myself from raking my gaze over every painted inch. “It’s him. The man from my dream.”

“Yeah, right.” She frowned.

Finn walked up to us and put a hand on my back, oblivious to my shock. “So you’ve found the lord of the manor.”

“Huh?”

“Hugh Dawlish, scion of Dawlish Manor. The women in the ensemble love this portrait because they think he’s, ah…easy on the eyes. So, shall we rehearse?”

I let him lead me away, but I couldn’t stop looking back at Hugh Dawlish’s portrait.

He was real. Not a wraith from my imagination.

Real. And dead.

Lizzy elbowed me. “You look like you’re going to pass out.”

“I’m fine.”

As we left the room, I looked back once more. The eyes of Hugh Dawlish followed me. I shivered.

A slight smile played on his lips.

Buy links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Lover-Rosanna-Leo-ebook/dp/B016TMOHT2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/night-lover-1

B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-lover-rosanna-leo/1122845405?ean=2940150787360

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-nightlover-1918934-149.html

 

Author Bio:

Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author. Several of her books about Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters have been named Top Picks at Night Owl Romance and The Romance Reviews.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance. Rosanna blogs at www.rosannaleoauthor.wordpress.com

Author Links:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rosanna-Leo/e/B007X5P4I8

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5826852.Rosanna_Leo

Tsu: http://www.tsu.co/RosannaLeo

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rosannaleo/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rleoauthor1

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LeoRosanna

 

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36 thoughts on “Christmas Treats Blog Hop! #ChristmasTreats

  1. I love egg nog and sparkling grape juice. Of course it is a perfect time to eat a bit more and bit “naughty” for the holidays and the parties.

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  2. I am like you, I love chocolate around the holidays but its also an indulgence that I need to cut back on this holiday season because I’m actually losing my taste for chocolate. I’m leaning more and more towards hot chocolate instead and hot cider for an indulgence.

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    • Cider is wonderful, Joey, and hopefully a lot healthier than chocolate, too. Wel, probably not. LOL Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!

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  3. My favorite holiday treat is my mom’s snowball fudge. It has a layer of chocolate fudge, then marshmallows and pecan, and then a layer of butterscotch fudge. Merry Christmas!

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  4. I love mint chocolate in whatever form I can get them. Bars, cookies, cakes… There’s something about the refreshing flavor and aroma that just gets me in a festive mood.

    Thanks for the chance, and I hope you have a great holiday season!

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  5. My favorite Christmas treat is homemade edible Christmas tree’s that I get my son and all the neighborhood kids to make out of sugar cones,food coloring frosting sprinkles mini candies and cocunt. It’s fun to do and great tasting too.
    We are stating our Stargate sg1 marathon today and all day tomorrow all 3 movies and all 11 seasons. .
    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS
    Barbara_stoker@comcast.net

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  6. This time of year my oven works overtime churning out all sorts of goodies, my favorite being expresso triple chocolate chip cookies yummy!!! I thoroughly believe that no calories should be counted until well after New Year hehehe!!! Having a blast following along on the Christmas Hop & love all the new books I’m being introduced to!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!! Happy Holidays to all!!!:)

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  7. This time of year my oven works overtime churning out all kinds of goodies, my favorite being expresso triple chocolate chip cookies yummy!!! I believe that no calories should be counted until well after the New Year hehehe!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!! Happy Holidays to all!!!:)
    akdalton@ymail.com

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  8. This time of year my oven is usually working overtime churning out goodies, my favorite being expresso triple chocolate chip cookies yummy!!! Of course, with my sweet tooth & cravings must confess that I don’t think I’ve ever met a sweet treat I didn’t like hehehe!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win & good luck to all who enter!!! Happy Holidays to all!!!:)
    akdalton@ymail.com

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