Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Super Book Blast and Giveaway ~ The Christmas Dare by Joan Chandler

Self-professed Christmas addict Gia Dixon, and by-the-book Ethan Castle have been best friends all their lives. When tragedy strikes Ethan’s family, Gia’s the rock he depends on to pull him through the darkest days. Then, a shared, long-forgotten memory leads to an unexpected yet tender kiss.  Can a simple Christmas dare help them find true love?

********* EXCERPT *********

Funny how times had changed, Gia thought to herself. How was it possible to have gone all these years and not have thought of him romantically? Yet now all she wanted to do was steal a minute alone to kiss him again. Or more.

She saw headlights coming down the road and opened the door, preparing to walk out to meet him.

“No, ma’am,” she heard Ethan call out. He was already getting out of his Jeep and motioned for her to turn around and go back inside.

She was unsure what to make of it, but did as he asked. Then she heard the doorbell ring.  Slowly she opened the door, and saw his smiling face. She backed up a step to allow him to walk inside.

“We may be taking things slow, but I’m still going to do it the right way. When I ask you out on a date, I’ll park and come to your door. If this were seven years ago and you were living at home, your dad would have kicked my ass if he ever caught me letting you just walk out to the curb to get in my car.”

Gia could easily recall the many times her father had complained about that when other boys had done it to her.

“How right you are. My mistake.” She laughed. “From now on I’ll expect to be courted properly according to the Henry Dixon Dating Manual.”

“Besides, stealing a quick moment alone behind closed doors gives me the opportunity to do this.” He pulled her into his embrace to softly kiss her.

When their lips parted, she commented, “I don’t think Daddy had that in mind when he made up that particular rule. But you score extra points for showing initiative.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Joan Chandler is a Florida native who has lived in the Deep South all of her life. She is married with two children who are her pride and joy. She lives a double life of sorts, holding down a nine-to-five job during the day, and writing steamy romance at night—often with her black cat curled up in her arms as she types.

When she’s not spending her spare time working on her next novel, she loves to go camping, sharing girls’ night out with her friends, walking her two dogs, and watching football.

Book Links:

********** GIVEAWAY *********
 Joan will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card, winner's choice, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 gift card to Bath & Body Works to a randomly drawn host.
The more times you comment the better the chances you will can follow the tour ~ HERE


Cheryl S. said...

Love Christmas stories :) Thank you for the giveaway!

Josie Hink said...

Sounds like a great story...I really like the cover


KeeNaN said...

Really would like to have 1 of these as a New Year/ Christmas gift. Thank you!!

Gale Nelson said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I love the cover. Gale

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

laurie said...

Sounds like a great story...I really like the cover

Karen said...

This sounds like a great Christmas read. Thanks for the opportunity

MomJane said...

I want to read more. I guess I am going to have to buy this book.

Missie1 said...

Still following :D
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erin said...

Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

Dorthy said...

This sounds like a great read! Thank you

Chrisbails said...

I love Christmas stories. Great excerpt, and now want to read more. This is a new author for me and always looking for new authors to check out. Thanks for the great giveaway.
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bn100 said...

Nice excerpt.


chey said...

Great excerpt. I'd like to read more!

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Joan Chandler said...

Thank you for such a positive response to my new holiday book. I appreciate the chance to stop by today and share it with you.

Maria D. said...

I love friends to lovers stories - they are the best! We really get to know the characters and it's just so true that you really need to be friends with the one you love:)

Ingeborg said...

Love the excerpt, thank you.


Mary Preston said...

A wonderful story for Christmas thank you.