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Christmas Extravaganza-Christmas Novellas

Updated: Dec 17, 2022

Today's post is for a group of excellent Christmas novellas published as Christmas Extravaganza titles by Pelican Book Group. I have to say that some of my favorite Christmas titles each year are found in the Extravaganza releases.


All Christmas Extravaganza titles release on November 30, 2021.


EIGHT CATS OF CHRISTMAS by Erin Stevenson


Bostonian Mia Donovan’s life revolves around her work with animals and her family’s restaurant. A faltering relationship ended just a year ago in a way that Mia never imagined or wanted, and she hasn’t had any interest in another man. Until now.


Bryce Murphy is a native of New York City, working at a career that has little meaning for him. He’s alone, nursing the wounds from a marriage that never should have happened. He hasn’t so much as looked at another woman for the last eighteen months. Until now.


Mia and Bryce are the maid of honor and best man in a wedding, and they fall hard and fast. They have obstacles to overcome, and every time they clear a hurdle, something more serious comes along. Can the power of their love and the magic of Christmas see them through?


Come to Boston for a sparkling, romantic holiday and see Santa’s reindeer like you’ve never seen them before in EIGHT CATS OF CHRISTMAS.


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About the Author

Erin Stevenson is a former elementary, secondary, and collegiate educator who has lived all across the US. She currently resides in Iowa where she enjoys playing in the garden--which mostly equates to pulling weeds--during the six months of the year that it isn't snowing. Erin travels as often as she can to find inspiration for her next novels and in 2022, plans to retire and look for adventure on the road in a camper with her dog, Macy. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.


To learn more about Erin, visit her website.


A COVERT COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Carol James


A December ice storm destroys Rebekah Kingston’s Christmas plans. With the power out and the West Texas roads closed indefinitely, she’s forced to spend Christmas at her brother Braden’s ranch instead of at home with her parents.


But Rebekah and Braden are not alone. Also stranded is an annoyingly chatty ranch hand, Dirk Sims. While Rebekah is certain she’s met him before, Dirk insists she’s mistaken.


However, when Rebekah inadvertently eavesdrops on one of Dirk’s phone conversations, she discovers his lie. Dirk is not who he seems. This Christmas just got interesting.


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About the Author

Raised as an Air Force brat, the longest Carol James ever lived in one place was a year and a half. Maybe that’s why when she and her husband bought their first home forty-two years ago, they stayed.


Wife, mother, grandmother, and dog-mama, Carol loves writing stories of redemptive romance. When asked the difference between redemptive romance and standard romance, she replied, “A standard romance has two main characters––a hero and a heroine. A redemptive romance adds a third. God.”


You can learn more about Carol by visiting her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Good Reads, Bookbub, Amazon, and by signing up for her newsletter.


SAVED BY A CHRISTMAS ANGEL by Karen Malley


After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Lauren escapes to her family's mountain cabin to spend a simple Christmas alone with God. When a stranger crashes into a tree on her property, her quiet time is shattered.


All Justin wants is a weekend in the mountains with his friend, but an unexpected accident leaves him in Lauren's care. He's not interested in Christmas or God, but will he change his tune after meeting Lauren?



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About the Author

Karen Malley lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. She works full time as a scientist, but enjoys writing in her spare time. Most weekend mornings you can find her typing away in her pajamas while the rest of the family sleeps. When not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, playing board games, and especially reading! She loves reading faith-based stories, because we can all use a happy ending.


Karen loves to hear from her readers. You can connect with her on her website: www.KarenMalley.com. If you sign up for her newsletter, you’ll receive a free short story in your mailbox each week.


MISTLETOE MEADOWS ANTHOLOGY by Stacey Weeks

Three Novellas: Mistletoe Melody, Mistletoe Mission, and Mistletoe Movie Star



Mistletoe Melody: Former musician, Melody Staff, spends Christmas at a bed and breakfast in the village of Mistletoe Meadows. While everyone sings familiar carols of Christ drawing near, Melody stumbles over misplaced notes. Her recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis has scared off her fiancé and thrust her life into a grand pause. She's not sure her heart will ever sing again. Quentin Oxford has endured a devastating year. His preteen daughter suffered a stroke, and they've grieved his wife's sudden death, but the Lord coaxes a surprising refrain from Quentin's heart as God rewrites his and Melody's score into a holiday love song that will last for Christmases to come. Mistletoe Mission: While her own relationships always end up doomed, Emily Colt is still determined to create happily-ever-afters through her wedding and event planning business. In hopes of expanding, she enters her latest project--staging the Christmas wedding of the year--into a town-wide contest. But between crossing paths with the first man to break her heart and dodging a saboteur, she doubts success is within her grasp. Jilted pastor, Luca Wilson, fled to the mission field to escape a broken heart. All the hurt rushes back when he returns home to officiate his cousin's wedding, and he finds Emily--the girl to whom he once promised forever--organizing the celebration. Despite Luca's lost faith in love, their unforeseen reunion rekindles a spark, and Luca vows to help Emily save her struggling business. But to succeed, they will have to learn what it means to trust each other and believe in the God of Christmas miracles. Mistletoe Movie Star: Mistletoe Meadows is built around the magic of Christmas. As jingling sleighs cart rosy-cheeked lovers around the Mistletoe Mile, Charlene's holiday dream is more complicated than photo-edited perfection. She proposes a compassion ministry initiative called the Gingerbread House but struggles to convince the town that their need for a homeless shelter is real. Famous for his made for T.V holiday movies, Jonas longs for a happily-ever-after that isn't as neat and tidy as his scripted films. Partnering with Char to champion her ministry invigorates him with a new purpose and provides an excuse to spend time with the girl he never forgot. But when they embrace three young sisters fighting to stay together while living on the streets, their project becomes deeply personal. Together, they must prove to a town reluctant to see anything other than holiday perfection that the greatest gift of the season isn't found under a tree.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stacey is from the play-until-the-streetlights-turn-on generation, big Sunday dinners, steaming hot tea, and Saturday morning coin-sized pancakes. She’s a cool-off-in-the-sprinkler, drink-straight-from-the-hose, and fish-off-the-pier kind of girl. She stays up too late reading just one more chapter far too often. She is one of four children framed in memories on a wall. She is a wait-until-you-enter-the-house-before-driving-away kind of mom, she boils the kettle in a crisis, and she knows that a job worth doing is worth doing right.


You can learn more about Stacey from her website, her newsfeed, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


BLUE CHRISTMAS by Clare Revell


St. Morien, Cornwall at Christmastime. Beautiful. Peaceful... Deadly.


Detective Inspector Aidan Urquhart has a mystery on his hands. Three young women reported missing back in the summer have been found dead; all found wearing the clothes in which they vanished; all frozen solid on the cold shore.


When Jenica Zimmerman realizes her sister is missing, she heads to the Cornish coast where the police have few clues. The DI leading the case warns her not to take chances, to go home and leave the case to his team. Determined to stay, Jenica takes a room at a local inn and attempts to find her sister herself.


With Christmas fast approaching, all she wants a happy ending. But when a fourth body is discovered, all tidings of comfort and joy seem far away.


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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER by Clare Revell


The Adelphi Theatre has been the centre of drama in Headley Cross for one hundred years. Interim manager, Flick Anderson, does her best to juggle running the theatre and directing her first play, Home Is Where the Heart Is. Flick is overjoyed when her best friend and ex-boyfriend, Will Reid, takes on the main male lead—especially as she wrote the role for him.


Award-winning actor Will Reid prefers stage work to anything else. When the job he should have been doing over Christmas is unexpectedly cancelled, he leaps at the chance of working with Flick. This be a new beginning for the two of them.


But life is never that simple. Just as Flick begins to thaw, a spanner is thrown into the works that could ruin Christmas and their second chance.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clare lives in England with her husband, two of her three grown children, mimi panther and puppy dog. When she’s not writing she’s either reading or crocheting. She writes because otherwise the voices in her head shout and invade her dreams. She also prefers handwriting to typing.


You can learn more about Clare from her website.


AND THERE ARE MORE EXTRAVAGANZA TITLES


CHRISTMAS HIDEAWAY by Wendy Davy


Material witness Mandi Foster is running. And for good reason—if she testifies her family will pay the ultimate price. With no choice but to hide until the trial is over, she finds an isolated cabin to ride out Christmas alone—except she isn't alone.


A mysterious stranger follows her through a treacherous winter storm into the Blue Ridge Mountains, and then saves her from a potentially fatal accident. But as coincidences pile up, Mandi suspects her handsome rescuer is harboring dangerous secrets.


Security Specialist Rylan Copeland is hunting. And for good reason—he has witnessed murderers walk away unpunished. He isn't about to let that happen again—not when he can do something to stop it. But as he catches up to Mandi, danger comes in ways he hadn't anticipated.


Will he convince her to testify in time? Or will another killer get away with murder?


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STEP-ON BRIDE: A BORROWED RING AND A FAKE ENGAGEMENT by Mallary Mitchell


Ho Ho Humbug. So much for holiday joy...


The important talk Marley Paige's long-distance boyfriend wanted to have wasn't to propose. Nope. He did want to share that he'd found his perfect match; it just wasn't her. Granted, she didn't want to marry the guy, but she had kind of oversold the fact she had a serious boyfriend to her grandmother. The word “love” may even have escaped her lips. Now, she has to own up to her oversell and ruin her family's Christmas...or does she?


When Wyatt Porter took his grandmother's engagement ring to propose, he thought his girlfriend would say yes, which she did—before she moved on to someone else and lost the ring. So when his old classmate and nemesis steps onto his tour trolley wearing that heirloom ring, and his family assumes he and Marley are engaged, he does what any guy in his situation would do, he doesn't correct them. And for some unknown reason Marley plays along. Sure, he can't stand her, and she despises him, and no one would ever believe the two of them would ever get together, But that's so totally why Marley is Wyatt's perfect step-on bride.


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A TANGLED CHRISTMAS by Susan Baganz


Lucas Spanning's long-term widowhood leaves a hollowness inside him. As Christmas draws near, helping out at the local church's toy drive gives him something to do that has meaning.


Shelby has experienced her own losses yet chooses to help with the toy drive even though her own daughter will likely get little this holiday season. But that's not important. They are together, and alive.


For now.


Running into Lucas stirs up embers long dead, but Shelby wonders if love could put her and her daughter at serious risk. Is it worth it? Will their lives unravel, or will there be a Christmas miracle for them all?


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CHRISTMAS PHONE BOOTH by LoRee Peery


Cautious observer Nicasia is at the Wilber Hotel for a wedding. She is careful when it comes to small spaces due to an attack as a teen, but intrigued by the antique phone booth, she steps inside to investigate.


A just man with a star, Logan grew up at the end of the nineteenth century in a very religious home. But his reverend father led two lives and left Logan believing there was something wrong with him


Boom!


Nicasia is bowled over and knocked to the floor by a force that comes out of nowhere. Where had the man been hiding?


Logan is drawn to the 21st century maiden, but will he stay in the future?


Each wants to forgive those who hurt them and put the past where it belongs, but neither knows how. Will they help one another?


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MISTLETOE MISSES by Jody Day


Concert pianist Evan finally receives his big break. He's on tour playing his passion and getting paid well to do it, he's in love with a beautiful woman who just finished her own degree in nursing, and he's about to propose in extravagant style. Even though their relationship has been long distance, he plans to go home and start his new life with her.


But then, the virus lockdown skews all his plans.


Risé is working and living at a hospital with acutely ill patients. The precautions in place preclude any interaction with her family, with her friends, and with the man she is hoping will be her husband. How can he be, when no one knows how long this pandemic will last?


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SLAM-DUNK CHRISTMAS by Susan Baganz


Sam “Slam-Dunk” Cherio is wounded on his last mission for the Army, so he heads to his friend's Montana ranch to recuperate through the Christmas season. The bliss of family life is hard to swallow, but when he meets Mika Slovinika, she intrigues him, and he wants to know more about her.


Mika is struggling in this strange new place in America. Her boss is mean. She has nothing to call her own, and she might be sent home. Running into Slam-Dunk at the grocery store gives her hope.


Slam-Dunk might be in love, but is Mika free to reciprocate? Something is holding her back. His military training might be needed again to fight a different battle. Maybe Christmas will involve the best gift of all—freedom.


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Susan Lyttek
Susan Lyttek
Dec 01, 2021

Have bought several of these for my Kindle to read while on vacation!

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Karen Malley
Karen Malley
Nov 26, 2021

I always love reading Christmas stories, and the Pelican titles never disappoint. I've enjoyed several of these already this season!

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Carol Wilson James
Carol Wilson James
Nov 26, 2021

One of my favorite times of the year. I've had the opportunity to read most of these already, and they are so good. Thanks for sharing, Fay.

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