Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop!

You're in the Right Place!

Welcome to my little corner of  Mistletoe Madness! Whether you've been naughty or nice, you still have a chance to have Santa and his reindeer bring you something special!

What you could win from me:

An Amazon gift card and an electronic copy of my latest release, First Comes Marriage in the format of your choice.

What do you need to do? Read the blurb and excerpt below and tell me if you had to have an arranged marriage, what kind of man (or woman) you would like to spend the rest of your life with. If you already ARE spending the rest of your life with your dream partner, tell me about how you met!


Who agrees to an arranged marriage in the 21st century? Beth Malone can’t believe a date request with the 1Night Stand service morphed into an arranged marriage offer. But after a heartbreaking divorce and no knight in shining armor coming to sweep her off her feet, her desire to find that knight and have a family is looking more like a dream than a reality.
After filling out a 1Night Stand questionnaire worthy of the CIA, Christian Ramos is stunned when Madame Eve offers to arrange more than a date for one night: she suggests a wife! What the hell? After his best friend Jackson Castillo stops laughing, he advises him to consider the offer. Between the fortieth birthday looming on the horizon and his Latino upbringing, Chris is forced to take a hard look at his life. Reality check—time is running out for what he wants—a family and a woman to share his life.
First comes love, then comes marriage isn’t part of their matrimonial situation, but neither Beth nor Christian anticipated the immediate attraction and contentment that comes with saying, “I do.”


“We need to get this over with.”

Her eyes widened in shock. “Get what over with?” But she knew.

He dropped his hand and gave her a rueful smile. “We’re married. I want to make love to my wife.” He waited for her to respond again and when she didn’t, he added, “Now.”

Beth blinked. Her heart started beating again. She liked a man who knew what he wanted. Especially when he wanted her. Stretching up, she gave him a light kiss. He clasped her waist with both hands and pulled her against him, fusing his mouth to hers, nothing like he had during their wedding. He invaded her, tasting and exploring with his tongue, forcing her to open for him.

She wound her arms around his neck and gave in, letting the invasion happen. Every fear disappeared and the only trembling happening was from desire. Her breasts swelled, aching to be touched. She wanted him. How wonderful he was hers.

Chris eased away but didn’t let go, wearing the same dazed look she must have had after their wedding kiss. He stepped back a few paces, bringing her with him, until he reached the bed.

“Turn around.”

Beth narrowed her eyes but obeyed. The zipper on the back of her dress descended and the silky garment puddled at her feet as he turned her back to face him. His hungry gaze swept over her, and she shivered with anticipation. Leaning in, he kissed the space between her breasts, his face tight with desire. No man had ever looked at her body that way…so appreciative.

Reaching behind her, he unhooked her bra, and tossed it on the floor to join the dress. Her nipples stood at attention, swollen and needy. She shivered again.

He tilted his head back. “Am I going too fast?”

She cupped his face and gave him a hard kiss. “Hurry,” she whispered.

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  1. I love this question! I met my husband online. our entire family thinks we met on a blind date:)

  2. If I had to have an arranged marriage I would need someone that would not let me get away with things but is understanding and is not cruel. Someone who respects other humans. I could go on and on but I have to go to work. Thanks for the opportunity to win the interesting ebook.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family,
    Judy Peterson

  3. If I agreed to one I could only hope he was my true other half. One who would stand up to me and tell me how it is but not try to run over me. He would respect me, love me, and care for me as I would him. Plus having a hottie would be a plus lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  4. Interesting question. :) If I were to have an arranged marriage - well, the guy would have to be smarter than I am. (That'll keep me on my toes) I'd like someone that can challenge me to be better, to make me examine why I think the way I do. He'd have to be honest and kind. And for heavens sakes, he should be able to make me laugh more than anything else.

    Great giveaway! Have a wonderful & safe holiday! (oh and very sexy excerpt!)


  5. I am a widow and cannot imagine anyone arranging a marriage for me and wouldn't want it either.

  6. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I prob would not do the arranged marraige thing. I want a dominante Alpha type who has a soft spot for me!

  7. No I would not even consider a arranged marriage unless it's with Alexander Skarsgard :). but seriously I am with my dream partner, we met back in 1994, got married in 1995 but we ended up separating in 2004 due to family interferences. but we just recently got back together and I haven't been this happy at Christmas time since we were first married.


  8. I would want the person to be kind and loving. Someone I can laugh with and who will love me.

  9. I think I could do an arranged marriage, but I wouldn't last with a ditherer. I need someone who is sure of themselves and determined. Everything else can be dealt with.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  10. If I had to enter an arranged marriage, I would want the man to be steadfast and caring. Looks really aren't high on the list. I look for a wicked sense of humor and kindness.
    Merry Christmas.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  11. If I had to enter an arranged marriage, I'd like the man to be at least good looking and have money (in case he's not good looking):))

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  12. If I had to enter into an arranged marriage I would like the man to be one kind, very loving, good in bed, manly, hard worker(money isn't everything) and Funny... If a man can't make me laugh even after he pisses me off arranged or not it won't be happening.

  13. Hello, thanks for the giveaway!
    I would hate an arranged marriage, but I'd try to make it work, as long as the man is caring.

  14. Well, there are still a lot of arranged marriages in some cultures. If I had to have one I'd like for him to have a buttery Scottish Burr. I'd like him to be kind and courteous as well and hot in bed.
    There you go. Merry Christmas.
    Seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

  15. What a question. OK, I don't know if I could do an arranged marriage but if I did, hmm. He would need to be smart, honest, kind and passionate. He'd need to be a guy who likes sex. Thanks for the giveaway and joining the hop.

  16. Someone kind, gentle and a sense of humor.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  17. I don't do weddings not even mine.
    Happy Holidays,thanks for the giveaway.


  18. I met my knight in shining armor in a college class. He asked to borrow my notes. :)


  19. I don't have a lot of specific things I'm looking for, but a sense of humor is a must! If he can make me laugh, he's golden.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  20. My husband is my dream mate. We met in college when he took my picture for an event and I scolded him. lol

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  21. Im not really sure. Someone whos wonderful, can smile and laugh, down to earth, etc. Great hop & awesome giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  22. Loved the excerpt! I could not imagine if I would have had an arranged marriage.
    I am happily married. I met my husband at my mom's company holiday party. I had just moved into the state. She introduced us and we danced with each other for a while. We went our separate ways. I got a job at the same company, but we worked opposite schedules, so we never saw each other. At the next company holiday party (a year later), we got together again and danced and talked. We went out with co-workers afterwards and then started dating. He is an amazing man and father! I am so thankful to have been introduced to him.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season, Valerie!
    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway.
    trb0917 at

  23. i would leave first i would never be in an arranged marriage i like mine we are both equals who chose to be together i like his sense of hummer he always makes me laugh and theres nothing better
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  24. I can't imagine having an arranged marriage. If the terms were really beneficial to my family who really need the help, I'd do it. He doesn't have to be drop dead gorgeous, but handsome would be nice. A kind heart and good sense of humor would be nice. Kind to animals is a must as that's the real tip off to a person's soul.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com