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Merry Christmas, Marcie

BWL Publishing Inc.


Marcie's attraction to Ivan sparked the very moment they met. But they lived in totally different worlds. She was a local high school student leading an everyday life and working after school for the local veterinarian. He was a dashing trapeze artist traveling with his circus family, and he would soon be back on tour. Was it only a fleeting romance? A romance that would vanish the moment Ivan left town? Had he fallen for her, or would he always remain an elusive dream? 

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Heart warming holiday romance

 
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If Wishes Were Magic

Books We Love Ltd. | A Christmas Collection


Chantilly Morrison is set to launch Chantilly Frost, a new cosmetics line, by holding a “Dear Santa” contest to make women’s fantasies come true. But because of an error in the ad copy, she’s inundated with letters from children, whose scribbled wishes tug at her heart. She hires an investigator to find the letter writers so she can throw a huge Christmas party and make the children’s fantasies come true. AJ Anderson can find the unfindable, whether it’s lost artifacts or people, and he’s very good at his job. But when Chanti dumps hundreds of letters in his lap with the directive to find the children-- before Christmas Eve-- he knows the request is impossible, but the woman is irresistible. Should he use his skills to make her Christmas wish come true, or can he use the count down to Christmas to find the key that unlocks the lady’s heart?

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This is a really good holiday romance, the plot is excellent, the characters are well developed, and I loved the way they handled the contest and the children. Five stars Ms. Baldwin.

 
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Merriest Christmas Ever

Books We Love Ltd. | A Christmas Collection


It’s the first day of December, snow is in the air and Gracie Singleton Saylor is shopping for a Christmas tree, when she runs smack into Merett Bradmoore, her High School hero and his seven-year-old daughter. Seeing he’s not the happy-go-lucky guy he used to be, she’s determined to restore the gift of optimism he gave her fifteen years ago. But can she return his hope without losing her own? Enter the zoning board, an old enemy and the personal problems of Gracie’s two sister, Hope and Faith. Mix in a mischievous cat named Spook, a huge furry mutt named Dumbell, and a spirit named Mirabelle who’s looking for her lost love, and you wonder - can holiday magic triumph?

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Warm and fuzzy holiday story, but throught providing too. Gracie has worked hard to rise above her impoverished background, and she still wants to take care of her sisters. She's an event decorator now, and she remembers the man and the family who made a difference in her life when she was a child. Might this man become more than just a bygone holiday hero? Can he overcome his own confusions ans concerns?

 
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Twelve Dates of Christmas

Books We Love Ltd. | A Christmas Collection


Stacy Martin, who has been married three times and had many relationships, doesn’t want a man in her life right now but her friends have other ideas. As a forty-ninth birthday present they pay for her to join three dating sites on the Internet. She just has to fill out the forms and pick the men she wants to meet. The only stipulation is that she must find a man by Christmas Eve so that the two of them can join Kate, one of her friends, and her boyfriend in Hawaii for New Year’s Eve. Stacy has a full life with owning a flight attendant school, owning a rental condo, and owning a cat. Will she choose a man from a dating site, the man who has accused her female renters of being prostitutes, or a stranger she meets as he is leaving the rental condo building?

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Fun holiday story.

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I began my writing career with a short story, progressed to travel and historical articles, and then on to travel books. I called these books my Backroads series and in the seven of them I described what there is to see and do along the back roads of British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, and Alaska. I have now switched to fiction writing and am proud to be one of Books We Love Ltd published authors. Through BWL, I have had three mystery novels, Illegally Dead, The Only Shadow In The House, and Whistler's Murder published in a boxed set in what I call the Travelling Detective Series. In my fourth novel, Gold Fever I combine mystery with a little romance.

 
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Desperately Seeking Santa

Books We Love Ltd. | A Christmas Collection


The old Santa’s drunk and Mandy Brooks, assistant manager of Wentworth’s, an upmarket department store doesn’t do Christmas. Then she’s forced to play the part of Mrs Santa in the store’s grotto. Trouble is Santa’s replacement is a blast from her past – one she ran away from at the altar five years ago. Ditched on his wedding day, Tate Sullivan left town. Now he’s back and he’s got unfinished business with Mandy Brooks. He wants her back in his bed on his terms, his way. But nothing is going according to plan.

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I really liked the premise of this story: two people being locked into a store on Christmas Eve during a snowstorm. Mandy and Tate have a lot of feelings, both good and bad about each other, and neither knows the whole story. Their mothers have a lot to answer for. The love scenes between the two are scorchers and the Mrs. Claus outfit makes for a few chuckles. This is a great holiday story.

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For author Jane Beckenham there’s nothing better than people watching. In her world, she never knows what story it may inspire her to write. 

 
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Go Home Lake

Second Story Press


In the late 1960s Penny is the youngest of four kids, known on her street as the girl with the mean brothers. She spends all year looking forward to her summers spent at Go Home Lake, where she passes the days in a soaked bathing suit, catching frogs, and getting her daily fill of fresh air.

Yet Penny's summers are far from pleasant. Her father’s weekend visits to the cottage are sporadic, and her brothers prey on her innocence in every way, while her mother offers little sympathy. But Penny holds onto a secret ambition – she’s going to be a real cowboy. If only her dad would buy her that pony he’s been promising each year.

Told from the perspective of Penny looking back on those pivotal summers, Go Home Lake tells the story of a seemingly "normal" family. Megs Beach deftly balances a child's naiveté with razor-sharp observations of a 1960s middle-class family and of a childhood that only felt wrong years later.

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Megs Beach wanted to be Jane Eyre when she grew up and practiced writing with long-winded penpal letters. She was a dental hygienist for over 20 years and now divides her time between her three daughters, writing, and refurbishing furniture. In 2009 she was the runner-up for CBC Radio One’s Canada Writes contest. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

 
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The Animals of Chinese New Year

Orca Book Publishers


Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor, the most powerful Chinese god. Each animal competes in its own unique way. The ox works hard, the tiger is brave, the dog smiles kindly, but who will win? Bright photographs of babies demonstrating the same traits as the animals in the text, complemented by traditional Chinese graphic elements, accompany Sookfong Lee's lively text.

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Simplifed Chinese) edition.

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Jen Sookfong Lee was born and raised in East Vancouver, British Columbia, and she now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, The End of East, Gentlemen of the Shade and, with Orca, Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone and The Animals of Chinese New Year. Jen appears regularly as a contributor on “The Next Chapter” on CBC Radio One and teaches at The Writer's Studio Online with Simon Fraser University. For more information, visit sookfong.com.

 
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The Birthday Girl

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Echoes


Nell makes two wishes on her birthday, but the next day they show little sign of coming true. Everyone in her household is busy and wants her out from underfoot and no one is willing to help her find her lost cat. In the end she finds more than a cat and she makes her own wishes come true with the help of a row of tall, bright, smiling sunflowers.

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Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995.

 
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Die Weihnachtsschuhe

Bastei Entertainment


Robert ist ein erfolgreicher Anwalt, der alles im Leben besitzt - und eigentlich nichts. Stets auf seine Karriere und die Dinge des Lebens konzentriert, die man für Geld kaufen kann, hat er gar nicht bemerkt, wie schlecht es um seine Ehe bestellt ist. Es scheint, dass Robert die Frau, die er einmal liebte, aus den Augen verloren hat, vielleicht auch seine beiden Kinder und vielleicht sogar sich selbst.

Auch der achtjährige Nathan, der aus einer Familie kommt, die ein einfaches, aber sehr liebevolles Leben führt, steht vor einem herben Verlust. Seine todkranke Mutter, die er über alles liebt, wird bald für immer fortgehen. Um ihr eine letzte Freude zu machen, hat Nathan seine Spardose geleert - er will seiner Mutter Schuhe kaufen, damit sie vornehm und schön aussieht, wenn sie dem lieben Gott gegenübertritt.

Ein Zufall führt Robert und Nathan an Heiligabend in einem großen Kaufhaus zusammen - Robert, der gedankenlos Geschenke in den Einkaufskorb wirft - für eine Familie, die er kaum noch kennt, und Nathan, der fieberhaft die schönsten Schuhe der Welt für seine geliebte Mutter sucht, die er noch an diesem Abend verlieren wird ...

 
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Das Jahr, in dem sich Kurt Cobain das Leben nahm

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Es ist das Jahr 1993. Bill Clinton wird Präsident der USA und Nirvana veröffentlichen ihr drittes Album >>In Utero<<. In diesem Jahr zieht Maggie mit ihrer Familie von Chicago nach Bray, einen verschlafenen Ort an der irischen Küste. Sie muss viel zurücklassen, besonders aber vermisst sie ihren chaotischen Onkel Kevin: nur zehn Jahre älter, seines Zeichens Rockmusiker und größter lebender Nirvana-Fan.

Aller Anfang ist schwer. Immerhin ist da Eoin, der Maggie mit seinem unergründlichen Lächeln ziemlich durcheinanderbringt. Doch während die beiden sich näherkommen, erreicht Maggie eine furchtbare Nachricht: Onkel Kevin ist gestorben! Alles, was Maggie von ihm bleibt: Zwei Tickets für ein Nirvana-Konzert in Rom. Und ein Brief, in dem er Maggie auffordert, sich unbedingt auf den Weg zu machen und dabei den Jungen mitzunehmen, den sie liebt. Und Maggie? Setzt sich über alle Verbote hinweg und wagt den Trip nach Rom. Zusammen mit Eoin ...

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"Das Jahr, als sich Kurt Cobain das Leben nahm, ist eine mitreißende Geschichte über das Erwachsenwerden, über die 90er Jahre und ihre Musik, über Drogen und die Suche nach dem Sinn des Lebens. Einfach wunderbar!" Hamburger Morgenpost, 13.10.2016

"Smells really like Neunzigerjahre, dieser Roman!" Gerrit Bartels, Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, 04.11.2016

 
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