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Short Christmas story now available at most ebook stores

A couple of years ago, I wrote a short (15,000-word) Christmas story and priced it at 99 cents. For most of its life online, it was available only for the Kindle, but now it is available at most ebook stores. In addition to Amazon, Christmas with Tiffany is also available at Apple iBooks, for Barnes and Noble, for Kobo Books, and Inktera. To buy, just click on the name of your preferred vendor in the previous sentence, and you should be whisked right to the appropriate store.

For those who haven’t yet read Christmas with Tiffany, following is a short description. And if you haven’t read it, be aware that it’s a sweet, second-chance-at-love story that’s set in a small town in Tennessee.

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Tiffany Elwood’s small-town gift shop has become her refuge. The quiet ambiance she created there helps her find peace after losing her father to cancer and her boyfriend to the sophisticated lures of California. Now, with Christmas fast approaching, she has high hopes that the profits from her annual open house will help her support her mom and little sister through the coming year.

But her peace is disrupted when her tiny shop is inundated with ten times the number of ornaments she’d ordered, not to mention the return of that old boyfriend, Bain Lyndhurst. Every time she turns around, the former man of her dreams is in her shop, and there’s no accounting for his sudden affinity for purchasing Christmas decorations.

With the magic of the Christmas season to aid them, can the two star-crossed lovers rediscover the passion of their youth and establish the trust they need to face the future together?

Forgotten Christmas Tree on sale for 99 cents

I’m writing today because I wanted to be sure my blog readers know that The Forgotten Christmas Tree is on sale for 99 cents for the next few days. After that, it will go back to the regular price of $3.99.

forgotten christmas web copy 3The Forgotten Christmas Tree is the fifth book in the Barbourville Series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone book. The story of the main characters, Jim Markman and Abby Grant, starts and finishes in this book.

The Forgotten Christmas Tree was first published in the latter part of 2013 and took first place in the short contemporary category of the prestigious HOLT Medallion contest (see all winners in the 2014 contest by clicking here). It is available on Amazon where it has an average of 4.6 stars.

So, if you’re in the mood for an uplifting Christmas book and haven’t already read The Forgotten Christmas Tree, this is a perfect time to download it. You can go straight to the Amazon site by clicking on this link: The Forgotten Christmas Tree. Enjoy!

Barbourville series continues

In case you haven’t heard, I recently published The Bow Wow and Meow Campaign, the seventh in my Barbourville series. The Barbourville series is set in a fictional small town in Tennessee, and while each book in the series can be read alone, there is also some continuity of characters from the first book (A Summer Sentence) through the last. In fact, the two main characters in The Bow Wow and Meow Campaign (Casey and Josh) were introduced in the preceding book, At Home in Barbourville. Following is a short description of the story:

bow-wow-web-copyCasey Trent is on the fast track as associate manager for an upscale department store in the city. Josh Preston is owner of a rundown farm in the country outside Barbourville, Tennessee. Casey is known as an up-and-comer; Josh, who takes in abandoned animals, is known as the cat-and-dog man.

Casey figures they have nothing in common, but when Josh tries to interest the citizens of Barbourville in building an animal shelter, Casey offers to help. The town can’t afford to support the center, so she suggests that she and Josh collaborate to raise funds for an endowment. Thus is born The Bow Wow and Meow Campaign.

As they work together to plan their campaign, Casey begins to realize that there are depths to Josh she hadn’t previously suspected, but nothing has prepared her to learn the full truth about his past. Once she does, can she find a way to forgive him, or is their tenuous relationship doomed to fade away?

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Latest Barbourville book released

The excitement of releasing a new book never seems to grow old. At least that’s been my experience. And I certainly felt the same this past week when I released the sixth book in the Barbourville series.

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Set in a small town in Tennessee, At Home in Barbourville (The Barbourville Series) features one of the secondary characters who first appeared in The Forgotten Christmas Tree. In that book, Steve Travis was happily selling Christmas trees on his father’s tree farm. Jump forward about three months and we find Steve sitting in an attorney’s office waiting for the reading of his great-aunt Gertie’s will. To his and everyone else’s surprise, Miss Gertie named as a major beneficiary the girl Steve once loved, the girl who, some five years earlier, had told him to “leave her the hell alone” and then moved away from town. Now, in order for Rani to claim her inheritance, she has to agree to work with Steve for the summer by creating a nursery to sell plants to the citizens of the town and county.

Steve figures he should be relieved when Rani decides to turn down the inheritance. Instead he’s angry. Here’s an excerpt:

Steve relaxed his grip on the shearing knife and stepped back to examine the Fraser fir he’d just finished shaping. Not that he really needed to be doing this work today. His dad said that shearing was best left until later in the year, but he’d needed to do something physical to work off some of his anger.

Although why he should be angry was beyond him. Okay, so Rani wasn’t interested in coming back to Barbourville, even to claim an inheritance that most people would give their eye teeth for. He should be thrilled. His dad could buy the property and keep it in the family.

But what had Aunt Gertie been thinking with that nursery business plan she’d concocted? Sure, he’d given some thought to growing vegetable plants and annuals in the greenhouse they used for growing poinsettias, but he’d never mentioned that to Aunt Gertie. He’d never mentioned it to anyone, as a matter of fact.

The sudden gust of wind sweeping between the rows of firs carried with it a scattering of snow flurries, reminding Steve that the heat of his anger couldn’t compete with the fury of Mother Nature. He turned the collar of his jacket up and headed back toward the house where he’d lived his entire life. Mom would be in the kitchen working on supper and his dad would likely be watching the early news. They’d both be wondering why he hadn’t come inside yet.

Hunching his shoulders against another wind gust, he’d barely taken two steps when his cell phone sounded. He ducked between two of the largest firs to get out of the wind while he ran his hand into his jacket pocket and pulled out the phone.

Caller ID told him only the number, but the area code was one he didn’t recognize. Prepared to hang up quickly if some telemarketer had stumbled upon his number, he answered in a brusque tone. “Yes?”

A moment of silence. Then, “Steve?”

His stomach rocked. “Yes. Who is this?” He asked the question although he knew the answer. That was one voice he’d never forget.

“Adrienne. I mean, Rani. Do you have a minute?”

“Sure.” He huddled between the two trees, shielding the phone from the wind with his body. “What’s up?”

Even if you are not a follower of the Barbourville series, At Home in Barbourville is a book that can be read as a stand-alone and is especially appropriate for people who are looking for books without graphic sex or books that can be recommended for young people.

Note: The excerpt above is copyrighted by Carolynn Carey and cannot be reproduced in whole or in part without permission of the author, Carolynn Carey.

Another book deal: Falling for Dallas

I was pleased recently to receive an email from Amazon informing me that they were including one of my books in their “Kindle Romance from $0.99 cents” promotion, which will run through February 14. (As an aside, Amazon owns the rights to two of my books because they purchased the backlist from my original publisher.) The book being featured is Falling for Dallas, and you can purchase it for only 99 cents by clicking on the following link: Falling for DallasFallingforDallas

Of course there are many books other than mine that are also available at a reduced price, beginning at 99 cents, and if you’d like to take a look at all of them, just click on this link: Kindle Romance from $0.99

I will also remind you that my Valentine-themed book, My Cupcake, My Love, is on sale for 99 cents until February 15. You can get it at the reduced price by clicking here: My Cupcake, My Love. (And while you’re at it, you may want to order something for your own Valentine. I’ve been looking here: Valentine’s Gift Suggestions)

But no matter whether you buy one of my books or one of the others in the promotion, I hope you find something you enjoy reading. If you’re like me, you don’t want to be caught without something good to read. 🙂

Sale: My Valentine-themed book just 99 cents

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m reducing the price of My Cupcake, My Love from $2.99 to just 99 cents until February 15.

As you might surmise from the title, My Cupcake, My Love deals with baked goods and a budding romance. Following is a brief synopsis of the book, which you can get for 99 cents on Amazon by clicking on the following link: My Cupcake, My Love

Briana Galen is perfectly content operating her bakery in her hometown of Cedar Hollow, Tennessee, until famous novelist Devin Morris moves back to town with his six-year-old daughter. Devin seems determined to think the worst of Bri, even accusing her of canceling her cupcake decorating class for children just to spite him.

Twitter copyDevin’s move back to the mountains from New York City was designed to comfort his daughter Kaitlin, whose mother deserted her to relocate to Europe with her lover. The last thing Devin wants is to become involved with another self-centered female, and Briana Galen appears to be just that. But if she thinks he’ll let her cancel that cupcake decorating class, she’s got another think coming.

At the same time, who would have guessed that his volunteering to supply Valentine-themed cupcake decorations for Bri’s class would leave him with his own heart pierced by Cupid’s arrow? Now he can only hope that Cupid has Bri in his sights too.

And it’s not too early to look for something for your own Valentine. I’ve been intrigued by some of the offerings in Amazon’s current promotion, which can be found here: Shop Amazon – Top Valentine’s Day Gifts

Beth Ann’s hamburgers, a Barbourville recipe

FallingforDallasThe second book in my Barbourville series, Falling for Dallas, tells the story of wealthy Chicagoan Dallas Vance and Barbourville native Beth Ann Stanfield, a single mother with a struggling business and a huge Victorian house that gobbles up all her extra cash. Despite the many differences between the two, their mutual attraction keeps pulling them together. It takes a crisis and lots of determination for them to finally figure out where their relationship is headed.

In the meantime, Beth Ann invites Dallas to a cookout where she serves her locally famous hamburgers. I’m copying her recipe below.

By the way, if you’re new to the Barbourville series, the first book in the series was A Summer Sentence. Falling for Dallas was next, followed by Dealing with Denver and Dreaming of Dayton. A Christmas book set in Barbourville will be out later in 2013. I hope you’ll stay tuned. 🙂

BETH ANN’S HAMBURGERS

1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
Grated rind and juice of one lemon
1 t paprika
1 t dry mustard
1 egg, well beaten
1 T. Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Shape and grill burgers as desired.

I hope you enjoy these hamburgers as much as the residents of Barbourville do!