Friday, December 19, 2014

Jingle Bell Book Hop ~ Dec. 19th-21st

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

...so when the opportunity arises to enter a holiday scene into one of my books, I'm all over it! 

This excerpt comes from IN IT TO WIN IT (Deadlines & Diamonds, #2) and always makes me smile. Enjoy! 


Grayson spent the day doing one of the things he loved best. And when Jane got home he was going to do the thing he loved very most in the world.
He hoped that Jane liked what he’d done with the place. Decorating for Christmas was something that he’d learned to love from the time he could crawl. His mother had instilled that love, and now he was proud to give Clark W. Griswold a run for his money every year.

Festive didn’t begin to describe Jane’s home now. Red and green and gold covered every inch. He’d gotten the biggest tree her small living room could handle and put so many strands of lights on it that the thing could probably be seen from space. As for the decorations, they were in their boxes on the couch, waiting.

A red table runner ran down the middle of Jane’s table. Grayson put the evergreen centerpiece in the middle and admired how nice the red roses and white carnations looked nestled in the dark green pine boughs.

He stood back and admired his work.

It looked good.

The ten sprigs of mistletoe might have been overkill. But any excuse for him to kiss Jane was a good excuse in his book. He heard Jane’s key in the lock and nervous jitters skittered through his gut.

All the lights were off except for the tree, which illuminated the entire downstairs. Fighting the urge to race to her and gather her in his arms, he planted his feet and waited for her reaction.

She stepped inside and stomped her feet on the rug by the front door. As her head rose, she gasped. Then she sighed. Her hand moved to her mouth.

Grayson wasn’t sure if that was a good or a bad thing. Unable to stay away a moment longer, he took a tentative step toward her then paused until her gaze finally made it around to him. His hands were buried deep in his pockets.

“Do you like it?”

Her voice wobbled a bit. “I have never seen anything so beautiful.”

Relieved breath rushed from his lungs in a whoosh. “I thought we could decorate the tree together. Maybe tomorrow morning?”

She turned in a circle taking in the transformation of her home. “Yes, tomorrow morning,” she said wistfully.

He walked up behind her and slid his arms around her waist. She leaned back against him and sighed. He rested his chin on top of her head and just let the contented feelings swirl around them.

“You’ve been busy,” she said.

“I got your shopping done too.”

“You did,” she nearly squealed and turned in his arms. “Oh, I could kiss you for that.”

“Nobody’s stopping you.”

Her head tipped back and she moved up on her tiptoes. Her lips were soft and warm against his cheek. He shouldn’t have been disappointed by the chaste contact, but being the honest guy he was, he admitted he was hoping for at least lip to lip.

She must have understood his flash of dissatisfaction because she laughed softly. Her fingers entwined his and she tugged. “Come on, big boy, I’ll thank you properly upstairs.” 

Copyright©MorganKearns2011
 

Comment below with the email address where I can send a FREE e-copy of 
IN IT TO WIN IT (Deadlines & Diamonds, #2). 





Your comment also enters you in the drawing to win your very own "Got Balls?" t-shirt. 
*Model NOT included...  ;)
**US only. Sorry!  



Who am I? 

I am Morgan Kearns, Emmy-Nominated Journalist turned Bestselling Contemporary Romance Author. I write the Deadlines & Diamonds series, centering on my sensual journalists and uber sexy athletes. 


I am an active member of Romance Writers of America with Published Author Network status. I am the Co-Founder of The Dreams Convention. May 27th-31st, 2015. www.TheDreamsConvention.com.

If not glued to my laptop, I can be found with her nose stuck in a book or cheering for my own little athletes. I hang my hat in Northern Arizona with my amazing family and my English Bulldog, Gus. 


Merry Christmas 
from the Kearns' home to yours!  

And may your 2015 be AMAZING! 
~Morgan







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100 comments:

  1. I would complain if that model ended up under my tree :) lol! Happy holidays!
    -Rebecca
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    1. I wouldn't complain if any of the models ended up under my tree, but I have to say LUCKY 13's model is my favorite. Look up the Ryan Diaz posts here on my blog. You're welcome! ;)

      Merry Christmas!!!!

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  2. I love James. lisamarksonreviews@gmail.com

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    1. Me too!!! He's truly one of the good ones. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy Grayson! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank YOU for stopping by! Enjoy Grayson! Merry Christmas!!!

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  4. Thank you! Merry Christmas!
    g.bookley@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for hopping along with us! Merry Christmas to you!!!

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  5. Thanks for the contest!
    Ashley L
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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll love Grayson! Merry Christmas!!!

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  6. Happy Holidays!
    pepsichick1982@yahoo.com

    Rebecca

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    1. Happy Holidays to you as well,Rebecca. I hope you'll enjoy WIN!

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  7. Thank you so much for being part of the hop! I remember when I met you at the very first Arizona Dreamin' convention and you were so happy and just put off this positive vibe. Every time I see you or your picture I instantly feel happy now, haha! And I LOVE your Rockets jersey!

    I've already read some of your books and think I have a few waiting on the shelf as well, but not the one you're giving away. Thank you so much!
    kamerysolomon@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for putting all of this together! We've all come a long way since Arizona Dreamin' 2011. It's crazy!

      I hope you'll love Grayson. Let me know! Merry Christmas!

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  8. HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ten sprigs of mistletoe!!!!! I LOVE IT!! That totally made me LOL! I'm with you...you can never have enough Christmas! I love seeing things like this in stories!
    Thank you so much for being part of our hop, Morgan! I hope it is a great success. As a reader too, I'd love a copy of you book. Feel free to hop over to mine if you wish to as well!
    Have a very Merry Christmas! <3
    laceybug 35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for letting me join the fun! I enjoyed it very much!!!

      I hope you & yours have a VERY Merry Christmas and that your 2015 is AWESOME! <3

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  9. Merry Christmas, Morgan! I agree, its always fun to include our favorite holidays in the stories we write. I had a TON of fun doing that with my Christmas novella and putting my characters into different situations ... especially Elf on the Shelf! Also, LOVE the photo with you and James.
    Thanks for the great post. I'd love to read a copy of In It To Win It :D
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    1. I loved your Christmas story on your post! You always crack me up!!! James is absolutely a favorite. Elf on the Shelf, however, is NOT!!! That little guy is creepy...*shivers* LOL!!!
      Thanks for letting me be a part of such a fun thing! I hope you'll invite me next time as well. Merry Christmas to you and yours!! <3

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  10. Thank You and Merry Christmas
    crystaley73@yahoo.com
    Crystal Young

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  11. Merry Christmas! michelle.watson28@yahoo.com

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    1. Merry Christmas, Michelle! I hope all your dreams come true in 2015!

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  12. Thank you, Amber. willsfreak@aol.com

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    1. I love your email addy! Thanks for stopping by and sharing in the fun! I hope you'll enjoy Grayson. Merry Christmas!

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  13. Happy Holidays! Thank you for being a part of this!
    Amber Widdis
    jjtease87@hotmail.com

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    1. I'm so glad you joined in the fun, Amber! Enjoy Grayson, he's pretty yummy! Merry Christmas!

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  14. Thank you! Happy Holidays! Princessmegs25@msn.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! MerryChristmas to you and yours!

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  15. Thanks and Happy Holidays! sugarocg@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope your holidays are wonderful and that Santa brings you something warm and snuggly...in whatever form that is. ;)

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  16. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! tiffanesloan@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank YOU, Tiffane, for stopping by. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and an AMAZING 2015!

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  17. Thank you and Merry Christmas. jessbl75@gmail.com

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    1. Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas and may all your dreams come true in 2015.

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  18. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
    ju.martinhao@gmail.com

    Juliana Ignacio

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    1. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Enjoy Grayson!!!

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  19. Thank you and Happy Holidays. als115@optonline.net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope your holidays are all you wish for!

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  20. :) Merry Christmas! Looking forward to reading this one, it will be my first sports romance 0.o hehehe. annangelich12@gmail.com

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    1. WooHoo!!! I love introducing readers to the goodness that is Sports Romance! I hope you'll love Love LOVE Grayson and the rest of the Rockets. Let me know what you think! Have a VERY Merry Christmas! <3

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  21. Merry Christmas!!
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  22. Merry Christmas!
    Lesley
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  23. Merry Christmas! Thanks so much!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, JoAnna! Thank you for stopping by and playing along! <3

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  24. I just wanted to stop by and wish you Happy Holidays, Morgan!

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    1. Thank you, Eva! I'm glad to have "hopped" along with you! Merry Christmas! <3

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  25. Thank you! Merry Christmas!
    Melissa Martin
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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Melissa!

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  26. oooooooh I love sports romances. Thank you!! Enjoy your holidays!!
    cwdurbin@yahoo.com

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    1. Ooooooh! Yay!! I hope you'll enjoy Grayson and the rest of the Rockets too! Merry Christmas! :)

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  27. Hi Morgan, I'm stopping by to meet fellow blog hoppers. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Derinda! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, I hope all your dreams come true in 2015! <3

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  28. Sounds like a fun book. Merry Christmas!
    1mad@marktwain.net

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  29. Merry Christmas, thank you lynn16@zoominternet.net

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  31. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  32. Merry Christmas

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  33. Thanks and Happy Holiday!
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  37. Thank you & Merry Christmas!

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  38. Merry Christmas.. Thank you. theb1tch69@gmail.com kindle/mobi :D

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  39. ashley_dene@hotmail.com and I read on Kindle. My name is Ashley Dene

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  40. merry Christmas

    TaKiesha Smith
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  41. Merry Christmas Thanks for the excerpt.

    Robbie Bauldree
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  42. Happy holidays!
    Juilia
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  43. Happy Holidays!
    -♡- April
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  44. Merry Christmas. Thank you famforever4@gmail.com

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  45. Thank you very much and Happy Holidays!

    Jessica
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  46. Thanks for the fun!! kindle doe.dowiesplace@gmail.com

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  47. Happy Holidays!
    Thank you for the gifts.
    kindle mobi or pdf please

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  48. Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year!
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  49. Merry Christmas! Boy do I wish he was my present!

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  50. Merry Christmas! Thanks corsons06@yahoo.com

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  51. Thanks so much! The_nicole09@hotmail.com.

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  52. I want more books! Jingle Bell Book Hop. Thank you and have a Very Merry Christmas! sheilar414@hotmail.com

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  53. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! hmr7706@gmail.com

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  54. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!
    Mary McCoy emmasmom69 AT gmail DOT com

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  55. Merry Christmas!
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  56. Thx bunches! Merry Christmas!

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  57. sherry bauer sbauer518@hotmail.com
    Thank you so much!

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  58. Merry Christmas - Trisha Hudson - saraiyaproperties@gmail.com

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  59. Unfortunately, i ain't a US citizen :(
    Anyway happy holidays!! :)
    sakshi012@hotmail.com

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  60. Merry Christmas!
    Shirley Thompson
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  61. Thanks for the excerpt and the eBook. Have a great Christmas!

    Holly Letson ~ bookaholicholly at gmail dot com

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  62. Hi! Happy holidays! Thank you all for the fun!! Hope you have a blast with your family!
    Shadow
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  63. Thank you!! Merry Christmas!!

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  65. Merry Christmas!!-Christy Love- Christy_love14@hotmail.com

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  67. Happy Holidays. Thanks so Much. dachshundlady@comcast.net.

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  68. Happy Holidays. Thanks so Much. dachshundlady@comcast.net.

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  69. Omg that's a freaking hilarious shirt! Got Balls!!?? Well Do you!?? Bahahaha Illimani - illi818_39@kindle.com
    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Bwahahahaha!!! I love the comments I get on that shirt. I also have ones that say "I played with the ROCKETS and SCORED!"

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  70. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmass!!! mamacitasteph@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie... Enjoy WIN! Merry Christmas!

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