Thursday, December 19, 2013

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

Join author Rebecca Raisin on her Virtual Book Tour for Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe, presented by Bewitching Book Tours, from December 9 – January 6, 2014.  Please leave a comment or question for Rebecca to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. 

Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe
Rebecca Raisin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Carina UK (Harlequin)

Date of Publication:  November 12th 2013


Number of pages: 52
Word Count: 17, 750

Cover Artist: Carina UK

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Book Description:

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

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About the Author:

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile.

This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly, believe in true love.

My Review

A short and sweet holiday morsel, Christmas at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin is a fun treat.  Well developed characters, a swiftly moving plot and just the right amount of heat kept me turning the pages to see how this romance would work out.  Set in a fictional town in Connecticut right before the holidays, this is the perfect choice to read when you don’t have a lot of time.

While the holidays are usually a busy time at The Gingerbread Café, business has been slow this year, giving owner Lil too much time to dwell on the past.  Still moping about her divorce, Lil refuses to take her assistant CeeCee’s advice about moving on.  At least until she meets Damon, the owner of a new store in town, and suddenly her store’s only competition.

Planning to start over and open a new store, Damon never planned on starting a showdown between his specialty store and the Café across the street.  While he’s determined to win, he can’t ignore his growing attraction to the competition.  Especially when she offers an olive branch that could end up saving both of their businesses.

The scenes between Lil and Damon are fun, full of emotional angst and just the right amount of romantic heat.  Both hurt by relationships in the past, they’ll both have to take a chance on falling in love.   While this is a short story, and the pace moves fairly fast, Ms. Raisin does a good job developing their characters and their romance.  The secondary characters, made of the townspeople, are well developed and I especially liked CeeCee, Lil’s assistant and want to be adopted mama. 

Will Lil take a chance on a new romance and let go of the past?  Will Damon share the secrets from his past?  You’ll have to read Christmas at the Gingerbread Café to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Raisin’s work.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns   


FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Tour Schedule

December 9 Interview
Curling Up With A Good Book

December 10 Interview
A Writer's Mind

December 11 Spotlight
AC James

December 12 Review
The Book Review

December 12 Spotlight
Annette Gisby

December 13 Guest blog and review
Hooked In a Book

December 13 Spotlight
Night Owl Reviews

December 16 Mama's Kitchen Mondays
Review and a Recipe
Cabin Goddess

December 16 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.

December 16 review
Ebook Escapes

December 17 Interview
Books Direct

December 17 Spotlight
Book Liaison –

December 18 Guest blog
Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust

December 18 Spotlight and review
Belinda Williams Books

December 19 Interview
Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

December 19 review
Shooting Stars Reviews

December 20 Spotlight and review
Queen of All She Reads

December 20 Spotlight
Books Books and More Books

December 23 Interview
The Romance Nook

December 23 Spotlight
Book Suburbia

December 23 review
Chicklit vs Fantasy

December 26 Spotlight and review
Kimber Leigh Writes

December 26 Spotlight
Share My Destiny

December 26 Spotlight and review
Tower of Babel

December 27 Guest blog and review
Mochas, Mysteries and More

December 30 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

December 31 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

January 1 Guest blog
Nyxx's Nook

January 2 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm

January 3 Excerpt and review
My Favorite Things |

January 3 Spotlight
Booklover Sue

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