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Reina Torres: Everyone Needs a Gingerbear (Contest)
Sunday, November 29th, 2020

UPDATE: The winners are…ALL 13 commenters!

One of my earliest Christmas memories was my aunt’s gingerbread cookies. I was born and raised in Hawaii, but there were a number of Thanksgivings and Christmas Holidays that were spent in California. My father was the baby of six children, and four of them lived in Southern California. Aunty Dot is a great baker, and her gingerbread makes the whole house smell like heaven. I may or may not have snuck a few extra cookies and eaten them on the sly. (Guilty)
They really made that Christmas holiday a memorable one, and since that time, thoughts of Christmas bring to mind the taste of those cookies.

When I decided to write Gingerbear Christmas, it was because of two reasons. 1) I had the most amazing cover image of a tall, gorgeous, ginger model (can’t turn that down); and 2), since it was a shifter, “gingerbear” popped up in my head because… yummm.

What is one of your most enduring Christmas Memories? I’d love to know!

Gingerbear Christmas

In the chilly Christmas Season, a Bear Shifter is the perfect thing to keep her warm…

If there was one simple truth about the town of Allaway, it was that they took care of their own. Bear shifter, Clancy Rhodes, couldn’t remember his parents, but he remembered all of the kindness shown to him by the other residents in the valley and up in the mountains. He’d never wanted for a roof over his head or food in his stomach, and when he was old enough, they’d helped him build a house of his own. This fall he built an extra room onto the original structure with his own hands. Why? He really didn’t know, except his bear had thought it a good idea.

Haley Woodward hated being alone in the big city. She had friends, but no one too close and instead of being stuck in a cubicle all day, she longed to spend more time on her art. When she found herself the recipient of an artist-in-residence grant in the small town of Allaway, she jumped at the chance. The woman who arranged her trip had also arranged her lodging, in a tidy cottage with the largest and sexiest man Haley had ever seen.

Even with the heavy snows in Allaway, Haley didn’t find herself in need of a fire to keep herself warm, but would this seemingly effortless relationship continue beyond her time in the valley? She had a life she was supposed to return to in the city. Right?

Clancy had never had any intention of finding a mate. The community of the town was small. Small enough for him to know that no one there was the one to complete his soul, both halves of it. And yet Haley had made her mark on him in so many ways and before it was her time to leave, he had to make her see that what they had together would carry on for the rest of their lives, not just Christmas.

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Giveaway: a copy of Gingerbear Christmas to randomly selected commenter.

14 comments to “Reina Torres: Everyone Needs a Gingerbear (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · November 29th, 2020 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Loved helping my grandmother make breakfast for everyone on Christmas morning…

  2. Toni Whitmire
    · November 29th, 2020 at 2:43 pm · Link

    I love going to the flower house with my grandma bibbiesparks@yahoo. com

  3. Delaine
    · November 29th, 2020 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Sounds like you have great Christmas memories and the book sounds really interesting.

  4. bn100
    · November 29th, 2020 at 8:51 pm · Link

    decorating together

  5. flchen1
    · November 30th, 2020 at 12:41 am · Link

    We always decorated every year while listening to our parents’ Christmas albums on the record player–it was the Williams brothers and the Andrews sisters 🙂

  6. Melinda Workman
    · November 30th, 2020 at 6:06 am · Link

    Would love to win. My fav cover model and story sounds great!

  7. Connie
    · November 30th, 2020 at 7:17 am · Link

    Waking to the smell of coffee and homemade bread. Those two smells always take me back.

  8. Debra Guyette
    · November 30th, 2020 at 7:51 am · Link

    We had to wait until Christmas Eve to decorate the tree. It made for a long wait

  9. Stacey Kinzebach
    · November 30th, 2020 at 8:42 am · Link

    We rented a couple houses for all of us. Making popcorn chains for the tree with my cousins as adults with our kids the first time. Thank you for the chance.

  10. Michelle Levan
    · November 30th, 2020 at 3:41 pm · Link

    I adore now, though I am not sure I appreciated as much then, the stocking my Grandmother would give us, full of all different kinds of mixed nuts in shells and oranges/apples. Wish I could get one now!

  11. Carol Cox
    · December 1st, 2020 at 6:39 am · Link

    I loved my grandmother letting me stay with her over the holidays. Our ritual each morning was making sausages together. She lived in the country. It was awesome!

  12. Michele
    · December 1st, 2020 at 10:56 am · Link

    We had to wait until after breakfast to open presents, it would drive me and my sister crazy. My parents got a good laugh out of it because we were so squirmy.

  13. B
    · December 5th, 2020 at 8:34 pm · Link

    This book sounds so good. It’s on my wishlist. I used to help my grandmother make cinnamon sugar pinwheels. Then when I got going she made my favorite peanut butter fudge. Never got the recipe. Hopefully a cousin did. I also help make bunketletter with my Oma. Love Christmas treats, and get to gethers.

  14. Delilah
    · December 9th, 2020 at 8:55 am · Link

    Okay, ladies! Reina Torres has very generously offered to give EVERYONE a copy of Gingerbear Christmas. Email me and I will send you the link to go get your FREE copy! Congrats!

    Email me at!

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