Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Christmas Comes to Main Street {+ Giveaway}

Christmas is still in the air and I’m delighted to be participating in author Olivia Miles’ CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET Release Week Blitz today.

As part of the blitz, Olivia is sharing her Top 5 hardest things about writing a story dealing with Christmas if it's not Christmas and I’m sharing my thoughts on this charming story. In addition, you can enter a tour-wide giveaway to win a copy of CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET. Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details


Author: Olivia Miles
Series: Briar Creek, #5
On Sale: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99 USD
eBook: $4.99 USD

The fifth and final novel in Olivia Miles contemporary romance Briar Creek series!

The mistletoe is out, and the gloves are off . . .

'Tis the worst season to be single, but Kara Hastings won't let a little Christmas funk spoil the festive season. Sure, running her own bakery is a little harder than she expected, but she can handle it. And she'll prove it to a certain infuriatingly handsome, bossy Big City guy. She may be sugar and spice, but she can kick his butt twice.
          Nate Griffin is in Briar Creek only for the holidays, and he refuses to fall for the whole "small town, candy cane-scented Christmas Wonderland" thing. He's more interested in the fresh-faced cookie chef who always knows exactly how to get under his skin. So when Nate challenges Kara in the town's big holiday contest, it's not just the competition that starts to heat up. If he's not careful, Kara won't just melt his icy resolve against a small-town Christmas . . . she'll melt his heart too.

CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET can be found at the following sites:



The top 5 hardest things about writing a story dealing with Christmas, if it's not Christmas.

This is a very appropriate question because I have (almost) never written a Christmas story during Christmastime. CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET is actually the first Christmas book I have written during the holiday season; usually I am writing these in the summer, which poses a unique challenge.  There were definitely times where I have called my husband at work and warned him that I might have to get out the artificial tree…in July.

I’d say the hardest things about writing a Christmas story in the summer are:

1.      Really having to stretch your imagination
2.     Not being distracted by the call of the beach or the pool
3.     Just not “feeling” it
4.    Wishing it was Christmastime, because now your book has put you in the mindset for it
5.     Realizing that you are the only person (other than a fellow romance author, perhaps) who is curled up watching holiday movies in the evening instead of sipping a margarita on the porch.


Author Olivia Miles
Having grown up in New England, Olivia Miles attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.

When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small-town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.

For more on Olivia and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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This is a delightful, heartwarming story that will put you in the Christmas spirit even if it’s the middle of summer.

The author has created well-developed characters that readers will become fond of and wish were real friends. As the story unfolds the main two characters evolve and grow giving depth to the story.

The small town atmosphere is the perfect setting that will draw you in and hold you captive until the last page. The story moves at a good pace making it a hard book to put down.

CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET is the fifth installment in the series, but can be read on its own. This charming story will have you humming a Christmas tune before you are half way through it.

Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles, A Briar Creek series (Book #5), Forever, @2016, ISBN: 978-1455567188, Mass Market Paperback, 336 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

The tour-wide giveaway is for ten (10) mass market paperback copies of CHRISTMAS COMES TO MAIN STREET by Olivia Miles. For your chance to win one of these copies, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks so much for stopping by during Olivia’s visit. What do you think would be the hardest part of writing a Christmas story in the middle of summer?


  1. I am so not ready for Christmas, and can well appreciate the difficulties of writing about it when it is months and months away. Which it is. Isn't it?

  2. Those may be the hardest things about writing it in summer, but thinking snowy thoughts in July just might negate some of the heat outside.

  3. Great Giveaway! In the hottest, most "ripe" days of Summer, it may be difficult to feel the chill of the Winter holiday season. On the other hand, it might be quite refreshing to think of snowflakes in the middle of a heat wave!

  4. Sounds like a very sweet Christmas love story, Mason. Thanks for sharing. And I know just what you mean by a trying to create wintry story in the middle of summer...

  5. We're certainly ready for some heartwarming Christmas spirit now. Less than three months to go.

  6. Wonderful review thank you! This sounds very good I love this series

  7. I'm soooo not ready for Christmas but there was a little chill in the air this morning which was a welcome relief to the near triple digit temperatures we've been having.


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