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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Priceless Gift by Anna K Lanier

Well the countdown has really begun - only 10 more days until Christmas! Hope you're enjoying the shopping and parties - Personally as much fun as they are, they're also exhausting - and this year tinged with sadness.

One way I escape is with a good book!

Keeping this in mind I'm continuing with my spotlights on Holiday Themed Romances and today Anna K. Lanier is back with her book, The Priceless Gift.

Anna Kathryn lives in Texas with her husband and three cats. She wrote her first stories in high school, and a few romances in her early twenties, but then put the writing bug to bed for a while as she raised her two daughters. In 2001 she got the bit by the bug again and started writing, two novels in six months. Needless to say, they are very unpublishable, but they were finished and gave her the kick in the butt she needed. Over the next few years she wrote another novel and started in on short stories. She now has seven shorts published, including The Wild Rose Press best seller THE PRICELESS GIFT. Find out more about Anna and her work at her website.

The last thing Christina Scott expects Santa to bring her is a sexy—and very familiar—cowboy. Gavin Holloway’s just as shocked to discover she’s the woman he’s sent to pick up from the airport for a Christmas visit with her brother. They'd spent one hot week together months ago—a week where they both left their identities and individual problems behind. Neither ever expected a reunion.

Little do they know, Santa's elf has more than coal up his sleeve. Ho ho ho and a badgering we'll go before reindeer two-step on their rooftop and deliver THE PRICELESS GIFT that will leave their snowy days sizzling.

Unedited excerpt: After they hung up, Christina took a relaxing shower. Just as she slipped into a pair of Jacob’s sweatpants someone pounded on the front door. Only one person would disturb her peace in such a manner. She slipped into the matching overlarge sweatshirt, wrapped a towel around her wet hair and went downstairs.

The pounding didn’t stop until she opened the door. Gavin stood huffing and puffing on the porch.

Where the hell have you been? I’ve been calling for the past fifteen minutes.” He pushed past her and tramped into the great room.

She shut the door and followed.

I was taking a shower. So sorry I didn’t get your permission first.”

He whirled on her and his dark eyes grazed over her body. She stood transfixed, remembering, as she was sure he was, the several showers they’d taken together while on the cruise.

She hugged her arms around herself. “Did you want something?”

Jacob called and said the roads were too bad for him to make it in tonight. I wanted to make sure you were all right and knew where the emergency supplies were.” He slipped out of his coat and tossed it on a nearby chair.

“Jacob said the generator was outside.”

Yeah, it is. I’ll come over and start it if you need it. But if the electricity goes out, it’s best just to hunker down in front of the fireplace.”

His aftershave triggered memories of sensual nights, while his jeans hugged his hips and legs like a second skin. Naked images of him caused desire to whip through her only to pool low in her belly.

He went to the den and opened a closet. “Jacob keeps the supplies in here.”

She stood in the doorway and nodded. She had no desire to get within touching distance. If she did, she just might do something really stupid, like kiss him.

His handsome face rose and he sniffed. “What smells so good?”

You. She shook off the arousing thoughts.

I baked. It’s a family tradition.” She started for the kitchen. “I made plenty. You can take some home.” Leave and stop being a temptation.

He fell into step behind her. When she reached for the plastic bags, his hand gripped her arm and whipped her around. Before she could react, his lips were hot and demanding on her own. She opened her mouth, eager to taste what she knew so well.

Well, if THAT doesn't warm you up on a cold winter's night LOL! Along with Anna's other titles, The Priceless Gift is available now from The Wild Rose Press.

Check back often because I'm spotlighting more great holiday romances all month long!

Until later....take care, be safe in your travels, BE BLESSED and remember....Along with the celebration of our Lord's birth - Christmas is an attitude.


Donna B said...

Oooh I love it! I want this one! Sounds wonderful!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi, Pamela. Thanks for having me today. And thanks, Donna, for the great comment. I should add that this is a very short story, only about 17 pages long, but it's packed full of romance, angst and HEA and it's only $1.50.

Plus, I love giving things away, so whoever comments today will be in a drawing to win a copy of THE PRICELESS GIFT.

And sorry about the weird font on the excerpt. That was my computer, as I noticed later while looking at the excerpt. Not sure what happened there....

Skhye said...

This is a great read! Where's that awesome cover blurb? :) Merry Christmas, y'all!

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Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Skhye, it's there..you just skipped over it. And she's asking about if, folks, cause Skhye helped me write it. I suck at blurbs! Ho, Ho, Ho and a badgering we will go!

Kathy Otten said...

Snowed in with a sexy guy and a fireplace. Sounds perfect. Good luck with your sales. :)

LuAnn said...

Great choice for an excerpt from your new read. I can't wait to try it out!

Donna B said...

I couldn't wait! I ran and got it and I'm being a bad girl and sneaking peeks while working....oh, the things good stories make me do...LOL. I'm loving it!

Blurb, blurb, blurb Skhye - or is that blub, blub, blub. LOL Nice job! Certainly grabbed me!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi, Kathy, LuAnn and Donna. I'm back from doing some Christmas shopping....I just realized I needed to buy for my future son-in-law...lol.

Donna, thanks for buying The Priceless Gift. I really like Gavin and Christina. And this story has my all time favorite first line!

Gwynlyn MacKenzie said...

I love Christmas stories, and still believe Christmas has a special magic all its own. This one sounds like a treat---another something that goes with Christmas.

Wishing you a warm and wonder-filled Christmas!

Margaret Tanner said...

Great excerpt. Very visual, I could just see the sparks flying of this pair. OMG my TBR pile is growing some more.

Anonymous said...

Love this story and all Christmas stories. I was impressed with Pamela's site as well. I saw several stories I want to read of hers.

Carla Buchinger

Mary Ricksen said...

What a great excerpt, now I have to have it!

J K Maze said...

That left me wanting more - lots more. I have to read this book. It's delicious.

Joan K. Maze

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Congratulations to Donna, who won my drawing for The Priceless Gift, but she posted that she bought it after reading the great blurb, so Donna, e-mail me and I'll send you A Cowboy's Dream, my other Christmas story. And since I did say I'd give away a copy of The Priceless Gift, congratulations to Margaret for winning my second drawing!


Morgan Mandel said...

Those cowboys can be very sexy!

Morgan Mandel