Monday, November 19, 2012

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts On Tour

Sheila Roberts, author of the holiday fiction MERRY EX-MAS, is touring blogdom this month on her seventh virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. As part of that tour, I had the opportunity to read Roberts latest installment in the Life in Icicle Falls series.Merry Ex-Mas banner
MERRY EX-MAS by Sheila Roberts

Holidays and weddings are special times for family and friends. But what’s a woman to do when her exs are included in all the festive events?

It seems Christmas is both a joyous and sad time for three ladies in Icicle Falls. As their past and present collide in humorous and life-altering ways.

Cass Wilkes, owneMerry Ex-Masr of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, is busy preparing for Christmas and her daughter Danielle’s unexpected wedding. She’s thrown for a loop when she learns Danielle has asked her father, Cass’ ex, to walk her down the aisle. To make matters worse - Mason, his new trophy wife, her yappy little dog, his sister, and his mother will all be staying with Cass thanks to Danielle.

Meanwhile, newly divorced Ella O’Brien is having to share her house with her ex, a musician trying to land a record deal. Neither one can afford to move until their dream home sells. Thanks to the private detective her mother hired, Ella believes Jake cheated on her.

The third friend in the group, Charlene Albach, is having her own problems with the return of her ex. It seems Richard has gotten over the hostess he left with. Now he just wants to forget and make up.

As the three friends console and support one another, life throws each one a few new curves. Their friendship holds steadfast as old wounds are reopened before the healing can begin.

Author Sheila Roberts does a wonderful job placing the reader in the midst of the charming town of Icicle Falls. Her characters are entertaining with their unique quirks and flaws.

MERRY EX-MAS moves at a steady pace with unexpected twists and turns along the way that will have you laughing out loud. The theme of family and friends, friendship and loyalty are well mixed with the story of how life can be more unexpected than ever imagined.

This is a heartwarming tale of three friends, their families and the extended families that blend together sometimes inexpertly.

Author Sheila Roberts’ website is

Merry Ex-Mas by Sheila Roberts, Life in Icicle Falls, Harlequin MIRA, @2012, ISBN: 978-0778313922, Paperback, 320 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book in order to participate in the author’s blog tour. The book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and
has three children. Her books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books. Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.

When she’s not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate. For more on the author and her writing, visit her website, find her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a great week.


  1. Mason - Thanks for sharing this story with us. I like the theme of having to come to some sort of terms with the past; I think we all have to do that in some way when an ex comes back into the picture that can just complicate the process.


  2. I love stories about friendship, this one sounds wonderful.

    I enjoyed reading your review, this book is definitly on my to be read list!

  3. Thank you for this review. I just ordered this book and am getting ready to read On Strike for Christmas

  4. Thanks so much for hosting me! I should mention, if anyone is interested, there's a coupon in the back of "Better Than Chocolate"(the first book in the series) for $1.50 off on "Merry Ex-mas". I thought that was a pretty nice offer on the part of my publisher. :)


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