Monday, December 10, 2012

Welcome to the Irish Kisses Blog Crawl & Pub Quiz Post 4!

Welcome Guest Author
JoAnne Kenrick
to the blog today!

See down below for her giveaway!
If you're here for Laura's blog hop giveaways, go to the Christmas Wishes and Entangled Under the Mistletoe posts.
 I'm thrilled to welcome JoAnne Kenrick to the blog today with a fun blog tour post and giveaway! Tell us more about your new release, JoAnne...

Book four in the bestselling 
Irish Kisses series!
Tasty treats await you.
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?


Sweet Irish Kiss, book 1
Shamrocked, book 2
Threesome Sweetness, book 3

Excerpt: Chapter one, part three

As she reached for the door, a pile of young girls in their twenties spilled out of the pub wearing nothing but tight mini-dresses and heels; full of liquor and jolly chatter. Sandra took a step inside and was slammed with a wall of noise. 

She did a double take and wondered if she should find somewhere quiet to wait, where punters weren’t younger than her daughter. The cold won, though, and she ventured into a twenty-something land decorated to the hilt with classy green and silver tinsel and delicate fairy lights.

She scanned the room full of partygoers; the dimly lit bar and low ceilings reminding her of Bell’s, where she worked most evenings. She fought her way through the crowd nestled around the bar and ordered an Irish coffee, taking the cup before heading for a quiet corner tucked way in the back. She took a sip and thanked God for Irishmen who knew how to make a bloody good drink. It must be in the blood. Shaun’s saying ran through her mind as she drank. Make the drinks with love and have a passion for making folk smile.

Digging out the treat the staff had bought her for her trip, all wrapped in hot hunks printed gift paper, she grinned. She’d promised to wait until she’d arrived at the castle before opening her surprise, but if not for the ferry delay and the bus strikes, she’d be snug by the fireplace already. By her calculations, present time had come and gone. She ripped that baby open and found a gift only good friends would think to buy her.

“An e-reader!”

They’d included a card, on the front of which a very sexy Santa hung up a fishnet stocking over a cartoon fireplace.

Now you’ll be able to carry those sexy stories around with you wherever you go, without your grandkids ever discovering those smutty covers! And to ensure your holiday is romantic, we’ve stocked your reader with books from your favorite series. One is about an Irish castle owner. Wink, wink. Oh, and talking of romance, tucked into the cover is another present to ensure your Christmas is one filled with joy.

Happy holidays! Your wee family from Bell’s.

Sandra thumbed around the cover and found what looked like an invitation. She opened the envelope and cringed. A 1Night Stand date. Hell’s bells. Had to be Devlin’s idea, the cheeky sod.

To be continued in Irish Pub Quiz post 3, Lissa Matthews' blog (link in rafflecopter)

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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Now for your Pub Quiz Question!

What did Tom Smith, a baker and wedding cake specialist, invent that is now apart of British & Irish Christmas table spreads?

Visit all the tour stops to complete the Rafflecopter and collect your recipes, but also consider leaving JoAnne some comment love, too! Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt?

Thanks for reading!


[Rules: Must answer all Rafflecopter questions. Open to international. More details here. Good luck!]

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Linda said...

Love this, =) Happy Monday!


Julianne Keller said...

This is such a fun idea for a hop. Sharing a Christmas drink. So far, both drinks sound very good and make me want to try them. Such great ideas for get togethers and parties.

luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

bas1chs said...

Yummy peppermint schnapps!! I'll be drunk just in time to read this one LOL
Shannon G.

pc said...

this books sounds wonderful...thanks for the fun blog hop!

SheriV said...

Loving all the questions. And the fun recipes. I love Christmas reads

smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the fun comments, guys! Glad you're enjoying the hop!

Judy-Ree said...

My favorite line is: "She took a sip and thanked God for Irishmen who knew how to make a bloody good drink." Amen sister!

Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

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

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Thanks so much for loaning me your blog for the blog crawl/pub quiz, Laura!! So awesome of you xx

JoAnne Kenrick said...

YEAY! So glad the cocktails are a hit! WOOT

Thanks for stopping by and entering! I hope all who make the drinks have a fun time trying them all out ;)

And too right, Judy-Ree! One of my favorite lines from this story, too!

kibblz said...

I love the book North of Need - it was so wonderful - just finished it last weekend