Dear Reader,

I have a very happy confession to make. I have always wanted to write a Christmas Super Romance. Why?

I love Christmas—the tree trimming, the baking, family events, of course children and their excitement each year when finding presents under the tree. Many of my fondest memories revolve around the Christmas Season and the joy it offers.

The story idea for THE CHRISTMAS INN came to me when I was surfing the Internet looking for a vacation spot in the Eastern United States. I found a beautiful inn in the mountains and immediately wondered what Christmas would be like in such a magical setting. Then fate stepped in, and a few months later I had the interesting experience of being a mystery guest for a local hotel. I decided then and there that my heroine could be the mystery guest whose responsibility it was to secretly assess the operations of the inn, and my hero could be the manager. Yet I still didn’t have the most essential part of the story—the hero and the heroine’s background stories and how those stories would influence their pathway to finding love.

Then suddenly the story of Marnie McLaughlan, down on her luck in the love department and Luke Harrison, a widower with a young son, came to me.

When Marnie meets Luke and his son Ethan at the front door of The Mirabel Inn, she experiences something she’s never, ever believed in—love at first sight. But as you will see, when two very strong individuals are attracted to each other, falling in love can be filled with many romantic twists and turns. Yet what better place to fall in love than at a beautiful inn decked out for Christmas?

Here's the official blurb:

As a favor to her brother, Marnie McLaughlan has agreed to spend Christmas at the lovely Mirabel Inn—as a mystery guest. But Marnie knows this favor is bound to be complicated because the owners need a confidential report immediately. Marnie's impressions could affect their decision to sell.

From the outset, the inn is not what she expects…and neither is the manager, Luke Harrison. She quickly develops a rapport with this very attractive widower and his adorable little boy. He knows something is up, yet she can't tell him that the inn—which is home to Luke and his son—is in danger. Marnie's torn between her obligation to her brother and her growing love for Luke. Fortunately, things have a way of working out at Christmas!

To celebrate this new release, I'm giving away a $50.00 giftcard from Barnes & Noble to one lucky reader! All you have to do is:

1. Visit my page on Facebook and send me a friend request!

2. Then send an email with your full name and mailing address to lee@authorsoundrelations.com. Be sure to mark the subject as ‘TheChristmasInn’. That's it!

No Facebook? No problem! Just share this newsletter with a friend or two by hitting the 'Forward email' link in the footer of this email for Step 1 and then follow through with Step 2.

You'll be entered into the contest. Deadline is November 12th, 2012!

All the best of the Holiday Season to each and every one of you.

Stella MacLean

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