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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book Blog Tour Stop - No Holly For Christmas by Julie N. Ford

Today, I'm pleased to be hosting a book blog tour stop for author Julie N. Ford and her new book, "No Holly For Christmas."

About The Book: (from Goodreads)

As Brian McAlister struggles to move past being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he's ever loved, he's all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA's office, he crosses paths with ex-socialite turned social worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter-and romance blossoms.

Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at WalMart, Holly is dreading the approaching Holiday Season. However, her angst isn't due to her husband's untimely death the previous December 25th, but because of a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas.
Love at first sight quickly turns frigid for Brian and Holly when Holly gets pulled into a manhunt for an accused murderer who now has his sights set on her. His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.
A heart-warming story of suspense, healing, giving and receiving, "No Holly for Christmas" is the perfect addition to everyone's holiday reading list.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, for many reasons. 

First of all - the setting is in my adopted home state of Alabama, and the author used many of my favorite places throughout the story - including Homewood, Helena, and Tuscaloosa. It was a delight to recognize the area.

Second, and probably most importantly, this is a well-written story!  Part romance, part suspense, Julie Ford takes her readers on a fast-paced, exciting tale that is thrilling, touching, and just a tiny bit naughty!  Her characters are personable and charismatic, even the bad guys and the family dynamics that are represented throughout the story are realistic and lively.

Although the title suggests that this story is a Christmas-themed book, I would highly recommend it for reading anytime of the year! 

About The Author:

Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in English Literature from San Diego State University. In addition, she earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has worked in teaching, childbirth education and family therapy.

She is the author of three women's fiction novels including, The woman He Married, and the most recent release, Count Down to Love. She is looking forward to the release of the follow-up novel to The Woman He Married, No Holly for Christmas, in November.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one very feisty fish.

Visit her at JulieNFord.com or JulieNFord.com/blog

I recieved a copy of this book from the author for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Thanks to Tristi Pinkston for including me on this blog tour!


Julie N Ford said...

Thank you so much for participating in this blog tour! Birmingham was my adopted home for six years. We loved it and miss living there very much. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year :)
Julie N Ford

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks for coming by, Julie! You captured the area perfectly in your story!