November 8, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway: The Trouble with Christmas by @KairaRouda

Join us in celebrating the release of THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS by Kaira Rouda!

Release: November 10, 2014
At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.

Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.

Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?


What a difference a bridge would make for the restaurant. He stopped at a tangled pile of driftwood that blocked the rest of the beach. A bridge would bring in more diners, which the restaurant desperately needed, but it would also ruin the seclusion and peace of the island, a place his grandmother introduced him to when he was a child. He needed to find an answer to the dwindling profits. As he jogged back home, his mood dark, not improved by the quick five-mile run.  For the first time in his life, Cole had failed.  His embarrassment still rankled. As the new owner of Marshside Mama’s restaurant, he’d overpromised and under delivered on his first major holiday, Thanksgiving. What had he been thinking?  He didn’t know the restaurant industry, nor did he know the island that well, but he had jumped in anyway, investing in Sally Ann’s Marshside Mama’s with a lot of ideas fueled by arrogance and enthusiasm and not a lot of knowledge or foresight.
            What the hell had happened to his brain?  He’d been determined to improve people’s lives, not destroy them.  His jaw hurt because he’s been clenching it so often, but as he ran past the Putnam Plantation, he had a whole different hurt.  Christmas had arrived. The porch glowed with white lights, wrapped in garland and cheery red ribbon bows.  Christmas.  The trouble with Christmas? It was a family holiday, but his family was far away.  His parents had begged him to come home to New England for the holidays but he couldn’t leave Sally Ann with the mess he had created. So he’d promised his mom he’d make it next year.  She hadn’t been happy, and he felt even worse.
      Cole imagined his family’s home in Lincoln, elaborately decorated for Christmas with colorful lights, a tree filled with the handmade ornaments Cole and his brother had made through elementary school. His mom’s spiced apple cider always simmered on the stove, filling the house with the scents of family and the holidays.  He imagined the snow was already blanketing the ground, and his mom would have a roaring fire in the fireplace.  And he was here.  Alone.
      He shook his head and pushed the sadness away. He’d chosen to change, to move far away and start over.  He decided that after the lunch rush, he’d head to the General Store to find a few Christmas decorations.  That would get him in the spirit.

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Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR.

Tule Publishing Group's Southern Born imprint is publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; and THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3. Four more books in the series will be out in 2015.

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. For more about Kaira and her books, please visit

1 comment:

  1. Sounds cute even though the chick on the cover looks like she doesn't like the cookie. It's like she's on an Atkins diet and even the small bite on her tongue will make her gain five pounds lol! If that were me, his whole hand would be in my mouth!


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