Today kicks off the Wild Roses Christmas blog tour. For the next four Wednesdays I’ll be hosting some of my lovely co-authors from The Wild Rose Press. I am incredibly pleased to be starting this tour with my own critique partner, Sally Clements, who is currently celebrating her first release with TWRP, Catch Me a Catch, as well as her recent sale of Bound to Love to new imprint Embrace Books. Way to go, Sally!

Today’s blog theme is: What’s on your TBR (to be read) pile for the holiday season?

To read what’s on my TBR pile, please visit me at PL Parker’s blog. Now here’s Sally to tell us what’s on hers.

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Hello Rae, and hello to Rae’s readers! I’m guesting here today, revealing my reading plans for the Christmas holiday – my TBR pile.

Every year for the past twenty years, I’ve had extended family stay for the duration, which means for me, getting up early to stuff the turkey and put it in while watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ while the rest of the family are asleep. By Christmas Day, my spiced beef has been marinading for eleven days, ready for cooking on the day after Christmas (which is called St Stephen’s Day here in Ireland), and the whole house is full of food and guests.

This year is going to be a little different, as instead of the usual 5-15 extra guests filling up the extra bedrooms (I live in a very large Georgian house), I’m only welcoming one – my mother. So it’ll be a quiet Christmas, with only six of us. Maybe we’ll have snow this year, and hopefully if so the electricity will stay on so that turkey gets cooked (it didn’t one year!).

And of course to make sure I cook everything right, I’ll be reading Delia Smith’s Christmas.

All going to plan, I should find some time to retreat to bed to enjoy my TBR pile, and this is what I’ll be reading!

First off, I’ve been looking at The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I bought a couple of months ago and haven’t had a chance to read yet.

My mum always gives me the latest by one of my favourite authors, Patricia Cornwell, so I’ll be reading that too.

Romance is always welcome in my house, so I’ve snagged myself some Harlequin/Mills and Boon reads… most especially Heating up the Holidays, by Jill Shalvis, Jackquie D’Alessandro and Jamie Sobrato.

And because it’s always cold at Christmas, I’m downloading a hot Christmas read to warm me up! Yuletide Fire, by Nyla Rose, available here.

So, what’s on your holiday TBR pile? Leave me a comment on this post or any of my posts over the next few weeks, and follow or subscribe to my blog to be in for a chance to win my prize, a sparkly Swarovski necklace and matching earrings in either red or green.

There are plenty of prizes to be won on this blog tour, click on this link to find out more.

Have a lovely holiday season, wherever you find yourselves!

X Sally

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What Sally has been too modest to mention is that the amazing Swarovski crystal necklace she’s giving away as a prize at the end of this tour is hand-made by her!

Catch me a Catch is available from The Wild Rose Press here, and also from Amazon. This book is a must for anyone who loves Ireland, chocolate and delectable heroes. (Who doesn’t?)

You can also find out more about Sally at her blog:


She had the perfect life – and all she wanted was to escape it.

Artisan chocolatier and reluctant matchmaker Annie Devine wants to survive the annual Durna Matchmaking Festival without messing up. She’s useless at relationships, and the whole village know it. They’ve known ever since the day she was left at the altar in her wedding dress.

When Jack Miller, charismatic head of Miller Advertising is forced to make an emergency stop on his transatlantic crossing, she mistakes him for a love-lorn bachelor, and sparks fly. Jack’s in Ireland to discover his roots, while Annie’s desperate to escape hers. Annie longs to win the coveted Chocolate Oscar competition, and claim the ultimate prize, her own shop in Dublin.

But with the deadline for Jack’s return to New York looming, is she making the right choice?

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Finally, to enter my contest, check out the post below this one for details.