Monday, November 30, 2015

On Monday, November 30, 2015 by Vicki Lesage in
Make your season merry with some of our favorite holiday-themed books!



Christmas Confessions & Cocktails, by Vicki Lesage
American-turned-Parisian Vicki tells it like it is, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest to her even crazier holidays in her new home in France. Bizarre gifts, stomach-turning food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of the tales you'll chuckle at in this installment of the Paris Confessions series.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for tasty cocktails and hearty laughs this holiday season!

Christmas, Actually, by Collected Authors
You never know how Christmas will turn out! Festive and fun, or dreary and dull? While the holidays are magical for some, they are somber for others. Christmas, Actually is a holiday collection that runs the gamut of seasonal emotions: humor, hope, joy, confusion, excitement.

Curl up next to the fire, and laugh, cry and dream along with the characters in this collection of holiday tales. Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future... All play a part in Christmas, Actually.

Survival of the Christmas Spirit, by Aimee Horton
“Cooking for nineteen people will be a cinch!” Ever-optimistic Dottie Harris is preparing for the biggest and best Christmas celebration ever, and nothing—not even unexpected guests or running out of gin—will get her down.

But as always, things don't run smoothly for Dottie, and it's not long before her two energetic children, hapless husband and a nasty stomach bug wreak havoc on her carefully planned spreadsheets.

Can Dottie throw the perfect family Christmas (without so much as a swig of gin to help her through) or will preparing for the festivities get the best of her? One thing's for sure: This will be a Christmas to remember!

Mistletoe Mansion, by Samantha Tonge
When Kimmy’s Sensible Boyfriend told her he didn’t approve of her longing for the high life or her dream of starting a cupcake company Kimmy thought she could compromise – after all, she did return those five-inch Paris Hilton heels! But asking her to trade in cake-making for a job sorting potatoes is a step too far.

So, newly single - and newly homeless – Kimmy needs a dusting of Christmas luck. And, masquerading as a professional house sitter, her new temporary home is the stunning Mistletoe Mansion. Soon she’s best buds with glamorous next door golf WAG Melissa, and orders are pouring in for her fabulous Merry Berry cupcakes! The only thorn in her side is handsome handyman Luke, a distraction she definitely doesn’t need. And talking of distractions, something very odd is going on at night…

Kimmy is finally living the life she’s always wanted. But will her glimpse into the glittering lifestyle of the rich and famous be as glamorous as she’s always imagined…?

A New York Christmas, by Anne Perry
Anne Perry’s new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry’s annual yuletide offering is set in New York City—a sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace. Once more, Anne Perry delivers a suspenseful, deeply moving novel that captures the essence of the holiday spirit.



This is Christmas, by Talli Roland
Four warm and witty Christmas novellas by bestselling author Talli Roland. Mistletoe in Manhattan: Holly will never forget this Christmas... even if she wants to. Last Christmas: Sometimes, the best Christmas present is forgetting the past. Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts: Does every relationship deserve a happy ending? Married by Midnight: Christmas is coming, and so is the biggest decision of Kate's life.



Festive Feast, by Michele Gorman
As regular as that ugly jumper from your auntie and fights over the last mince pie, each year Michele's feel-good novellas have entertained us over Christmas, and now all three are available in a single collection!






Tovi the Penguin goes away for Christmas, by Janina Rossiter
Tovi and his friends are going away for Christmas. They're very excited! But will Santa find them? Let's find out...

Great for the 2 to 6-year-old on your holiday list!




The Repeat Year, by Andrea Lochen
Everyone has days, weeks, even months they wish they could do over—but what about an entire year? After living through the worst twelve months of her life, intensive care nurse Olive Watson is given a second chance to relive her past and attempt to discover where she went wrong…





The Surgeon's Christmas Baby, by Marin Thomas
After a tour in Afghanistan and years as a trauma surgeon, Alonso Marquez needs to get out of Albuquerque and away from his past. A trip seems like the perfect solution, but he doesn't make it far. Sparks fly when Alonso stops to help a gorgeous rancher fix her car, and just like that his road trip is cut short by one very hot night…with some very real consequences.

Hannah Buck didn't plan on starting a family that night. Her hands are already full managing the ranch and helping her troubled half brother. But Hannah sees the good in Alonso and knows he will be an incredible dad to their baby—if only he could see it, too. Alonso has spent his life saving others. Now, with Hannah at his side, can he finally save himself?

Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays, by Jill Smokler
From New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed “Scary Mommy” blogger Jill Smokler comes a funny and practical guide filled with essays, recipes, and tried-and-true tips sure to get any parent through the holiday season—without losing your marbles.





Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat, by Jen Mann
In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list... well, she’s working on that one.


Pick up one (or more!) of these books for your or for that special someone on your list! And Happy Holidays from Velvet Morning Press!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by Adria J. Cimino in


It's time to start the holiday shopping! And we've got the perfect gift for the reader in your life... CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY, an anthology of holiday stories, is on sale for $0.99 today through Nov. 23. 

CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY includes stories from six Velvet Morning Press authors.
You never know how Christmas will turn out! Festive and fun, or dreary and dull? While the holidays are magical for some, they are somber for others. CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY is a holiday collection that runs the gamut of seasonal emotions: humor, hope, joy, confusion, excitement. 
Curl up next to the fire, and laugh, cry and dream along with the characters in this collection of holiday tales. Christmas past, Christmas present, and Christmas future... 

Find CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY on Amazon! (Deal also available in the U.K.)

Happy Reading!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

On Saturday, November 14, 2015 by Adria J. Cimino in



Love parenting humor? Well then you'll love Dottie Harris, the so-British mom whose life is filled with hilarious adventures. And you can meet her for just $0.99... on sale today through Nov. 20.

by Aimee Horton 
Meet Dottie Harris. Dottie spent her late 20s working her way up the career ladder, but things are about to change. In this modern-day diary, Dottie, after announcing her pregnancy, turns to social networking to build a new social life. She quickly begins to rely on it—along with gin—as a way to reach out and remind herself of the funny side of the frustrations of motherhood.

Find SURVIVAL OF THE GINNEST on Amazon! (Deal also available in the U.K.)

Happy Reading!


Thursday, November 12, 2015

On Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Adria J. Cimino in


Ready, set, go! You have from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. UK time today to pick up a print copy of SURVIVAL OF THE GINNEST by Aimee Horton for only £5.00 as part of an Amazon "Lightning Deal." 

So don't wait a second longer to discover this hilarious book and its spunky heroine Dottie Harris! 

Meet Dottie Harris. She was living the self-indulgent lifestyle of every childless couple... and then she had kids.

Struggling through pregnancy and motherhood, Dottie turns to social networking. She quickly becomes reliant on it, using it as a way to reach out to others and come to terms with the funny side of motherhood, whilst realising she’s not the only person to consider anything after 7 a.m. a lie in.

Follow Dottie on her journey—made up entirely of Facebook-style updates—spanning four years of her sleep-deprived life. She bluntly shares her worries, insecurities, tears and tantrums, along with the things nobody ever tells you about motherhood!

Full of humor and honesty, Dottie's modern-day diary gives a glimpse into motherhood as she trades in her social life for the sofa and a bottle of gin, watching her children grow older while she grows less enthusiastic.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by Adria J. Cimino in

November is a great time to stay out of the cold and curl up with a good book. And we've got two great ones on sale for $0.99 from today through Nov. 16...

LEGACY: AN ANTHOLOGY features stories from New York Times best selling author Regina Calcaterra, Sherwood Anderson Award winner Kristopher Jansma and Canadian best selling author Marissa Stapley, along with 11 others. 
A rock 'n roll concert that will forever be etched in the minds of the fans who witnessed it. An adult orphan searching for a "forever home." A survivor from World War II, on a journey to find one last memory of her mother. 
What do these stories have in common? They all answer the question: What will you leave behind? This chilling, stunning, eerie, and hopeful collection of fiction and nonfiction stories will stick with you long after you've finished reading it. 

Find LEGACY for $0.99 on Amazon! (Deal also available in the U.K.)

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by Elle Marie
Archaeologist Dr. Angela Hunter discovers an ancient codex at a Mississippian Indian dig site. Knowing these Native Americans, the Mound Builders, had no written language, she is eager to solve the mystery of the 700-year-old, perfectly preserved artifact. Angela races to translate the Aztec pictograms but other forces want the codex and will do anything to get it. Can she uncover the secrets of the chronicle before the tragic events of the past are repeated today?

Find CHRONICLE OF THE MOUND BUILDERS for $0.99 on Amazon! Deal also available in the U.K.)

Happy Reading!