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Guest Blogger: JoAnne Kenrick (Contest)
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Eeks! I was supposed to post this on Sunday, but you know I’ve been working so hard it completely slipped my mind! Sorry, JoAnne! The blog tour continues…

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Irish Kisses Pub Quiz — post 3

Today’s Question: Band-Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas, the UK Christmas chart-topping record was to raise funds for… what?


HOT WINTER KISS Released 30th November 2012

Book four in the bestselling Irish Kisses series.

Tasty treats await you.

GENRE: contemporary romance
CONTENT: May to December / Tinsel Play / Irish Castle / Snowed In / Holiday Romance


Hot winter kisses to warm broken hearts….

Sick of tending to everyone else’s needs around the holidays, divorced barmaid and granny Sandra ferries it from London to Belfast. All she wants for Christmas is some peace with a romance story in front of a roaring fire in a remote Irish castle. What she gets is a most unexpected Christmas present from her friends at Bell’s—A 1Night Stand with a young Irishman.

Can she hack it in the real world of romance, or are life’s complications and treacherous snowstorms best left to the pages of a book?

Newly widowed Ardan Draighean owns Ballygalley castle. Once run as a hotel with his late wife, the stone building now serves as a home for him and his son. After hearing about Madame Eve’s matchmaking skills, he contacts her in search of the perfect match. Although much older than him—by fifteen years—Sandra is his ideal woman. He be damned if he’ll let a good story get in the way of his happy ever after with her.

Hot winter kisses are all this couple needs to stay warm this Christmas, but will the heat stay long after the magical season of mistletoe has finished?


HOT WINTER KISS Chapter one, part two

She refused to head back to London to spend her time off babysitting her grandchildren while her daughter and son-in-law enjoyed themselves, as she did every year. She loved the little ones, but this once, she’d decided to put herself first. Shaun—her boss back at Bell’s Irish Pub in London—may have thought himself clever by suggesting Irish castle hopping, but he hadn’t considered Sandra’s Law. If anything can go wrong, it will.

She pulled out her mobile—she had programmed in the number for her hotels in case of an emergency—and hit speed dial. An Irish lady on reception answered and rushed to arrange a car to pick her up from nearby Laverty’s pub. The driver would take maybe an hour and a half to reach her, but she’d be waiting in the warmth and be at her destination before hot cocoa time. The lady had even offered a bowl of soup upon arrival, although the kitchen had closed.

With the promise of peace ahead of her again, she immersed herself in the seasonal spirit surrounding her. Even threw a couple of pound coins in the Salvation Army’s collection box and requested they play “White Christmas.” The group in their stern navy outfits and funky hats changed sheet music and piped out her request. Stupid idea. She cursed herself for wallowing in holiday misery and tried to block the image of her ex-husband down on one knee while he presented a ring box to her on Christmas Eve. Seemed like only a year had passed since she last kissed him. Other times, it was as if he’d been gone forever.

She clutched at her empty ring finger and a shudder raced over her. “Too fanciful. I expected a ‘fairytale romance,’ he said. Pft, what does he know? Romance does exist…and not just in storybooks. I will find love. I will.”

Four children scurrying past her with grins and rosy cheeks nearly knocked her to the ground. A woman lagged behind, weighed down by dozens of bags. Sandra offered to help, but the lady moved past, her face a mask of stress, and didn’t respond. Maybe she was mentally checking she had the stuffing and trimmings for the family feast. Heck, she’d usually be in the same shoes this time of year. Instead, she’d nothing but herself to think about. She tugged the woolen scarf tighter around her neck before turning the corner and crossing the road to Laverty’s.

To be continued in Irish Pub Quiz post 3, Laura Kaye’s blog (link in rafflecopter)

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About the Author

Born n bred Brit, JoAnne Kenrick grew up in a wee sea-side town in North Wales and has enjoyed a variety of vocations such as holistic healer, window dresser, and ghost tour guide. Having lived in Wales, England, and Scotland with her dear family, she finally escaped the dull British summers to reside in sunny Australia. After two years, they moved to the States where she endured three harsh winters in Minnesota. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids and two puddy cats. When they aren’t demanding her attention, or jumping on her head, she strums away on the keys of her little laptop, creating worlds and adventures she could only ever dream of. Come across the pond and faraway….with JoAnne Kenrick!

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12 comments to “Guest Blogger: JoAnne Kenrick (Contest)”

  1. ELF
    · December 11th, 2012 at 1:22 pm · Link

    Sounds like a delightful story perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Julianne Keller
    · December 11th, 2012 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Learning about some new drinks on this blog crawl. thanks for sharing.

  3. bn100
    · December 11th, 2012 at 8:51 pm · Link

    I enjoyed the excerpt.


  4. Melissa Porter
    · December 11th, 2012 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Oh….sounds like a yummy drink. Might have to try it out. Especially since I love my coffee. 😛
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. Shannon G.
    · December 11th, 2012 at 10:32 pm · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt!

  6. SheriV
    · December 12th, 2012 at 1:13 am · Link

    I definitely want to try that drink.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  7. Pam howell
    · December 12th, 2012 at 1:31 pm · Link

    Do they know its Christmas Baind Aid single raised $14 million for famine relief in Africa

  8. Judy-Ree
    · December 12th, 2012 at 10:51 pm · Link

    Mmmmm, the Toffee Kiss recipe sounds divine. Can’t wait to try it out.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

    Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Ginger Robertson
    · December 13th, 2012 at 12:05 am · Link

    Thank you for the blurb and I do believe I will try the drink recipe. My son is stationed in NC at Camp Lejune, he enjoys it there.

  10. JoAnne Kenrick
    · December 13th, 2012 at 12:56 pm · Link

    thanks so much for being apart of my little blog crawl and pub quiz Delilah! You RAWK

  11. JoAnne Kenrick
    · December 13th, 2012 at 12:56 pm · Link

    ohh sounds like the cocktail is a winner! Thanks for stopping by everyone xx
    I noticed the rafflecopter isn’t posted here… so if you want to enter to win some Irish Kisses swag and amazon GCs, head on over to my blog with full contest details and the rafflecopter.

  12. Christine Houser
    · December 14th, 2012 at 10:00 am · Link

    I want more this book sounds so good.

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