‘Tis the Season….Karen Erickson

Are you ready? It feels like we were just discussing what we were thankful for and now we’re in full on Christmas mode. If I’m really being truthful, I’d say it’s more like we were just ringing in the New Year and now that year is already almost over. I feel like such an old lady when I say this but it’s so true: you blink and the entire year has flashed by!


In January I was writing a little holiday-themed story while staying for a week at my parents’ house in Palm Springs. Yep, I was surrounded by giant palms and orange trees and writing about the pleasures of Christmas set in the 1820s. When I sold the novella that would eventually be called Her Christmas Pleasure, I was given the release date of fall/winter 2011. That sounded so far away…

And now it’s here. The second in The Merry Widows series, I hope this novella will touch your heart at least a little bit. I pulled out all the stops. Man who loves the wife of his deceased best friend. A scheming father-in-law whose trying to get the hero and heroine together and an adorable five-year-old boy who wants nothing more but a father for Christmas. Stolen kisses in the halls, headaches from too many Christmas carols, you know—the usual stuff that goes down during the holiday season. *grins*

I hope you enjoy Damien and Celia’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Contest: To celebrate, I’d like to gift a copy of HER CHRISTMAS PLEASURE to one lucky winner via Amazon Kindle. And you don’t need a Kindle to read it – you can download the Kindle app on pretty much any phone or PC. Just answer the following question:


What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

I will announce the winner here in the comments on Wednesday, November 30th. That means only one day to enter!


Damien Morton is madly in love. Unfortunately, it’s with his best friend’s widow, Lady Danver. Damien is not worthy of Celia. Or so he thinks. Desperate to escape his feelings for her, he plans to leave the country at the first of the year. Celia treats him as a family friend and nothing more—until they share a heated kiss beneath the mistletoe…

Celia is shocked by the passions that surge within her at her dear friend’s kiss. One touch and one taste aren’t enough to satisfy her cravings, and she is startled into action. Damien has stirred something inside her that she never expected to experience again, and she must have more. Full of shameless desire and emotions newly discovered, she decides to pursue Damien and won’t be deterred. Will she be able to convince him to stay—both in her heart and life—forever?

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