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Four special holiday offerings from today's favorite authors remind us that when love is on your list, you never have to stop believing. . .

"A Winter Wonderland" by Fern Michaels

Angelica Shepard left New York for Christmas in Colorado to relax and unwind--but an out-of-control snowboarder almost had her laid to rest. When she wakes up in the hospital, all she remembers is ...

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Overview

Four special holiday offerings from today's favorite authors remind us that when love is on your list, you never have to stop believing. . .

"A Winter Wonderland" by Fern Michaels

Angelica Shepard left New York for Christmas in Colorado to relax and unwind--but an out-of-control snowboarder almost had her laid to rest. When she wakes up in the hospital, all she remembers is the handsome angel who saved her. . .

"The Joy of Christmas" by Holly Chamberlin

Not all happiness is good for you--or that's what Iris Karr thinks when she decides to move away instead of marrying her sweetheart Ben. Even years later, living with that decision isn't easy--until a familiar face comes to call her home for the holidays. . .

"The Christmas Thief" by Leslie Meier

Elizabeth Stone is ready for a white Christmas in Tinker's Cove, Maine--until a fancy Yule ball at the Florida hotel where she works dumps snow on her plans. The sponsor's jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about her ties to a cute mystery guest. Good thing Elizabeth's mother, Lucy Stone, flew down to surprise her. 'Tis the season for a little investigating. . .

"The Christmas Collector" by Kristina McMorris

Estate liquidator Jenna Matthews isn't one for Christmas nostalgia. But when one grandmother's keepsakes suggest a secret life, unwrapping the mystery leads Jenna--and her client's handsome grandson--to the true heart of the holiday spirit. . .

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In the first of this romantic holiday quartet, headliner Michaels offers a story of two singles questioning their careers and choices as they find each other at a Colorado ski resort. Holly Chamberlain follows with a tear-inducing tale of guilt, loss, and love as jewelry designer Iris tries to move on with her life in Portland, ME, after her mother succumbs to cancer. Leslie Meier gives her Lucy Stone series fans a treat with a mystery starring Lucy's daughter, Elizabeth. Saving the best story for last, the collection ends with Kristina McMorris's romance featuring an estate sale worker and a reformed daredevil. VERDICT Readers looking for a little more realism than usual in their holiday stories may appreciate this collection as the characters all have to earn their happy endings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420128260
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 72,736
  • File size: 821 KB

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
Fern Michaels
With over than sixty million copies of her books sold around the world, New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels pens romance after epic romance, each filled with all the drama and heartbreak her loyal fans can handle.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

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    Author: Fern Michael, Leslie Meier, Holly Chamberlain &





    Author: Fern Michael, Leslie Meier, Holly Chamberlain & Kristana McMorris
    Published By: Zebra
    Age Recommended: YA-Adult
    Review By: Arlena Dean
    Blog Page For: GMTA
    Rating: 4

    Review:

    "The Winter Wonderland" by these four authors: Fern Michael, Leslie Meier,
    Holly Chamberlain & Kristana McMorris were four novellas with the theme
    around the U.S. Christmas Holidays.

    First Novella: "Winter Wonderland" by Fern Michael is where two people meet
    to try to revitalize themselves and their careers at a ski resort in Colorado.

    Second Novella: 'The Joy of Christmas' by Holly Chamberlain's...What will
    happen when Ms. Chamberlain brings these two lovers back together again?

    Third Novella: 'The Christmas Thief' by Leslie Meier where "The sponsor’s jewels have gone missing and the police are asking about Elizabeth Stone's ties to a cute mystery guest."

    Fourth Novella: 'The Christmas Collector' by Kristina McMorris is when "Estate liquidator Jenna Matthews isn’t one for Christmas nostalgia. But when one grandmother’s keepsakes suggest a secret life, unwrapping the mystery leads Jenna and her client's handsome grandson to the true heart of the holiday spirit"...

    Here are four well written short novellas for the holiday. Each story had some particular meaning just for the reader...whether it was to cheer you on... giving you that good feeling all over but we should remember that this isn't just for the holidays but anytime of the year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    So so

    Fern great
    Leslie nice light mystery
    Holly not do interesting
    Kristina nice love story













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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    some good some bad

    The first and third stories in this book were fairly good. On the other hand had for a Christmas book I found the second story very depressing. All in all it was a good read.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    Okay,

    Not a lot of substance in the first two stories, really quite simple. The last story was the best, I actually wanted to know how it ended, the second story dragged on to the point where I toyed with not finishing it.
    good books I keep or share with a friend, this on I left on a waiting room table for someone else with nothing but time to kill.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Agree w/the review posted on 11/3 - skipped a lot of pages in th

    Agree w/the review posted on 11/3 - skipped a lot of pages in the Holly witting.  

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    "Romance, Revelations and Remembrance " In ¿Winter Wo

    "Romance, Revelations and Remembrance "
    In “Winter Wonderland”,we meet off-Broadway actress, Angelica Shepard, who is discouraged about her career. She is feeling old and confused. She decides to take some time off & get away from N.Y.C. She decides on “Maximum Glide”, a posh ski resort in Telluride, Colorado. Dr. Parker North, Trauma Surgeon at a Denver Hospital is going through the battle of his life trying to save a little girl’s life—and loses. Despondent over the senseless accident , he takes a leave of absence & contacts his college buddy,Max Jorgenson. A series of events bring Angelica and Parker together. She finds him attractive,abrupt & nasty, while Parker didn’t miss Angelica’s beauty, but getting involved is the last thing on his mind. Fate has brought them together,will love keep them together? In “The Joy of Christmas” by Holly Chambelin, we meet jewelry designer, Iris Karr, who is a recluse & a workaholic. She has been running away from a painful part of her past-that is until ex-fiancé’ Ben Treach moves to Portland. The death of her Mother, & the cancellation of her wedding come back to slap her. She is sure that the relationship’s demise is all her fault. Iris can't deny the attraction to Ben after a 3 yr. absence. How could she ever tell Ben the reason she broke off their engagement & moved away? Wouldn’t he hate her? She opens up to her friends, Bess & Alec. Perhaps Iris has to come to some revelations about her inner self? Lucy Stone's youngest daughter, Elizabeth in Leslie Meier's “The Christmas Thief”, has moved to Florida & is working at the posh Cavendish Palm Beach Hotel. Other than a managerial reprimand & homesickness, her new life was going smoothly-until it is announced that wealthy Jonah Gruber has chosen the hotel as the site for an extravaganza called the “Blingle Bells Ball”. Elizabeth has been temporarily assigned to the Concierge position & Asst. to party planner, Layla Fine. The Ball is also scheduled to show off “The Imperial Parure”—a stunning set of ruby & emerald jewelry that Gruber bought for his wife for 47 mil. To complicate her life further, Elizabeth meets handsome Chris Kennedy & is immediately attracted, but when he hardly acknowledges her after a few dates, she thinks she was deluding herself concerning his interest. Hurt, she puts Chris on the back burner & concentrates on the of chores that Layla has created for her. Finally the evening of the ball arrives, & when the case of jewels is taken from the safe, it’s found to be empty! An accusatory finger is pointed at Elizabeth, but did she really steal them? Elizabeth gets some unexpected help to try to prove her innocence. In Kristina McMorris’s “The Christmas Collector”, Estate cataloger Jenna Matthews’ life is extremely complicated & stressful. It is difficult enough going through people’s possessions, life, & memories, but dealing with her Mom’s ever-increasing collection was more than she could bear. “Things” would never replace her Father (who had left his family for a younger woman), no matter how cute the chotchkes were! When she rescues a box of photos before they ended up in the trash, she discovers two surprises, a hunky Porter Grandson and some secrets even the Porter Family didn’t know that end up helping Jenna with her life’s work as well as the relationship with her Mother & give some deserving individuals their long overdue accolades. Nancy Narma




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  • Posted December 18, 2012

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    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite Fern Michaels and

    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite

    Fern Michaels and three other authors of note have created "A Winter Wonderland" which is comprised of four novellas centered around the Christmas holidays in the United States. The first piece, 'A Winter Wonderland' is by Fern Michaels and tells of two people, aging actress Angelica Shepard and overworked Doctor Parker North, who meet by accident at a ski resort in Colorado where they have both gone to revitalize themselves and their careers. Holly Chamberlain's 'The Joy of Christmas' tells the romantic story of gifted artist Iris Karr who escapes to Portland, Maine, to forget her mother's December death and deathbed promise. Iris also wants to leave behind the memories of her fiance of several years ago, Ben Tresch. And who should arrive in Portland to assume a new position, but Ben? Will author Holly Chamberlain bring these lovers back together or will they go their separate ways? The third story, Leslie Meier's Florida-based 'The Christmas Thief' and Kristina McMorris's 'The Christmas Collector' will delight readers who need holiday enchantment or just a good holiday read for those few spare, precious moments.

    "A Winter Wonderland" has four short novels that will entertain readers everywhere especially in a year that has served up a need for seriousness and prayers with the horrific shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Fern Michaels and her three fellow writers have written stories whose characters and plot lines are excellent and totally believable. "A Winter Wonderland" will make a great stocking stuffer for just about any reader anywhere.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Its ok

    Didn't read some of the stories, didn't like all of the authors, I like Fern Michaels. Skipped one of the stories, just couldn't get into it.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    A Winter Wonderland Two people at crossroads each spending their

    A Winter Wonderland
    Two people at crossroads each spending their Christmas holiday at a ski resort hoping to make a final decision as to which direction their life should take. When they accidentally run into each other sparks fly – and not the type you’d imagine.
    Review: I usually LOVE these Fern Michaels Christmas novellas. I wait all year for them. This one, though, fell short for me. It was fun and sweet but the ending was to abrupt and not as definitive as is typical.
    Author: Fern Michaels
    Grade: B
    Ages: 16+ (No foul language & only some chaste kissing)

    The Joy of Christmas
    It’s almost been three years since Iris’s life was shattered on Christmas morning. Iris’s refusal to acknowledge her mother’s deathbed wish has caused her to become only a shell of the daughter she’d once been. Unable to deal with the guilt of what she’d done, Iris left — she left her family and the man she was to marry. Can she once again find the Joy of Christmas?
    Review: This book took forever to read! While it was a good book it was just too emotional and lacking in Christmas feeling for me to love it.
    Author: Holly Chamberlin
    Grade: B
    Ages: 16+

    The Christmas Thief
    When a huge party books the the hotel where Elizabeth works she watches her Christmas vacation in Maine with her family fly away. Will this party have a devestating effect on gopher career, as well?
    Review: It may have started slow but it finished well 
    Author: Leslie Meier
    Grade: A
    Ages: 14+

    The Christmas Collector
    Jenna in the best at her job. She grew up with a borderline hoarder and knows just where to draw the line — she collects nothing — and her job as an estate salesperson is perfect for her. She refuses to see the sentimental value in anything – until a shoebox full of secrets upends Jenna’s otherwise orderly life.
    Review: I loved it! The hardest part of reading this book is that I couldn’t hug Jenna or Estelle. This kept me up, as I couldn’t put it down until it was finished… and then they were still on my mind.
    Author: Kristina McMorris
    Grade: A
    Ages: 14+

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

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    It's a good read

    *A Winter Wonderland*

    I found it to be a nice story, which I liked, but a little different from what I expected. The description of the story did happen, it just wasn't the way Angelica, an off-off Broadway actress, and Parker North, a trauma surgeon, actually met. To me it seemed as if part of the story was missing. It goes from Angelica not wanting to have anything to do with Parker, to them complicating how they were going to make their relationship work with her being in New York and him in Colorado. I felt that the story seemed to be rushed to get to the end, I wish that it could have been longer.

    *The Joy of Christmas*

    I wish I was able to connect to Iris’ character but I found it hard to do. I do feel really sorry for her because she loved her mother so much and her mother died on Christmas Eve. She comes off as being hateful and resentful at times. She tends to say mean and ill-spirited things and then immediately knows she shouldn’t have said those things.

    Bonnie, Iris’ mother was sick most of Iris’ entire life. Bonnie would get better and then have another relapse. Bonnie made a dying request of Iris about a month before she passed away. Iris refused to grant her mother her dying wish, thinking it would keep her alive. Shortly after her mother’s death, Iris turned her back on anyone and anything which reminded her of her mother and any semblance of happiness.

    With the help of her surrogate mother, Bess, her good friend, Alec, and her mother’s spirit, Iris is finally able to come to grips with the past and put it behind her for a better and brighter future.

    *The Christmas Thief *

    Since I had never heard of Leslie Meier before reading this book, I was surprised to find a Christmas mystery in this anthology. If you are a fan of Ms. Meier, then you already know the name Lucy Stone. The Christmas Thief is a short story about Lucy’s daughter, Elizabeth.

    I loved that the book kept me guessing up until the very end. If you are new to reading Leslie Meier, like I am, this is a good book to get you started on. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

    *The Christmas Collector*

    This is another one of those books that could have taken place anytime of the year. The message behind the story has nothing to do with Christmas, the holiday spirit, good will towards man, blah, blah, blah. The Christmas Collector is more about realizing there isn’t anything wrong with a person having possessions that they hold dear and cherish. It’s a story about being proud of your past and the accomplishments you’ve made; even when those accomplishments at one point in time are frowned upon. This is a story of lost love and being able to realize that you shouldn’t conform to the way people or society tells you that you should. The Christmas Collector is a story of first love and taking chances, even when those chances could lead to heartache.

    One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “In different ways, we all have voids to fill. Holidays, for a lot of people, can bring those feelings out even more. The best thing we can do is to fill our lives with things that matter, like...turning a favorite hobby into a job, or finding a person you’re crazy about. Even if none of those things come with guarantees.”

    While this is my least favorite book out of the four in this anthology, I’m glad that I read it for the message it conveyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Not interesting.

    The writing style did not keep my interest and the characters were flat. I only finished the lasr story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Unreadable

    Was just getting into story when pages would not turn past 142 on my nook. Paid for a book now cant read it.

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