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Not This Christmas by @maddiejames is a Christmas Holiday Festival pick #holidayromance #99cents

Title: Not This Christmas

Author: Maddie James

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Holiday

Book Blurb:

Harbor Falls Romance, Book 15 (short novella)

When Nora Patterson rear-ends Reverend Rock Peters’ SUV on a secluded mountain road one snowy Christmas Eve, she finds herself temporarily snowbound with the attractive minister. She has prayed for someone to share Christmas with this year—and yes, for the rest of her life. She’d thought time was running out, but could Reverend Peters be the one? Or will love pass her by again this Christmas? Reverend Rockford Peters has accepted being alone but often longs for a special someone to share his life. He has experienced a couple of significant relationships over the course of his adult life, but no woman held his attention for long, or turned out to be the partner he needed and desired. That is, until Nora Patterson came crashing into his life. But can love truly come so quickly to two people thrust together in an unusual circumstance?


Nora Patterson gripped the steering wheel of her shiny new red Camaro and leaned forward, as if pushing her face closer to the windshield would actually help her see better. The visibility was awful. In fact, worse than awful. The weatherman on the radio called it near whiteout conditions.

She had no business being out in this mess—in her shiny new red Camaro or in any vehicle. She should have headed out hours ago, quietly excusing herself and citing the weather. She should have called her father and told him she was on her way and would be at his home in Dalton Springs in time for Christmas Eve dinner—but she didn’t. And she should have double-checked her purse for her cell phone before leaving Sweet Hart Inn.

She knew right where it was, sitting on Suzie Hart Matthews’ side table in the living room. How could she forget it?

But she didn’t do any of those things.

A whole host of other should haves ran through her head. Should have checked the weather. Should have worn boots rather than heels. Should have stayed home in Harbor Falls....

But no. She had to be the social butterfly and flit from one holiday scene to another…

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Share a holiday family tradition:

A tradition that always happened when I was a child, we putting out a snack for Santa on Christmas Eve. It was fun to continue that tradition with my own children, years later, and to see that my grandchildren are now doing the same. While cookies and milk were generally the mainstay snack, there were times the old elf got pizza and Coke! But no matter, whatever the snack, Santa could always count on us to deliver. Delivering gifts can make a guy hungry!

Why is your featured book perfect to get readers in the holiday mood:

In Not This Christmas, we finally get to see Nora Patterson get her man. We watched her fail at dating in another Harbor Falls Book (Miss Matched Hearts) but in this short novella, we get to see the magic of Christmas unravel in an unexpected, snowbound-on-Christmas Eve, kind of way.


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Author Biography:

Maddie James writes to silence the people in her head—if only they wouldn’t all talk at once!

From flirty contemporary romance to darker erotic titles—often mixed with a dash of suspense or a hint of paranormal—James pens stories that frequently blend a variety of romantic sub-genres. The happily-ever-after, of course, is non-negotiable.

Affaire de Coeur says, “James shows a special talent for traditional romance,” and RT Book Reviews claims, “James deftly combines romance and suspense.” Maddie is the award-winning author of over fifty titles of fiction—from short stories to novels—and a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Author. Learn more at

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