Silver Bells

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In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas. . .so settle into your coziest armchair and enjoy four captivating tales that will make your holidays merry and bright. . .

"Silver Bells" by Fern Michaels

For years, movie star Amy Lee wondered what it would be like to leave her shallow Hollywood life and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. This Christmas, she plans to find...

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Overview

In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas. . .so settle into your coziest armchair and enjoy four captivating tales that will make your holidays merry and bright. . .

"Silver Bells" by Fern Michaels

For years, movie star Amy Lee wondered what it would be like to leave her shallow Hollywood life and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. This Christmas, she plans to find out. And Hank Anders, her high-school boyfriend, is now ready to give her a welcome she'll never forget. . .

"Dear Santa. . ." by JoAnn Ross

Mystery author Holly Berry's SUV has broken down in the little hamlet of Santa's Village, Washington. Holly hates the holidays--that is until lodge owner Gabriel O'Halloran and his five-year-old daughter rekindle her belief in passion, magic, and Christmas wishes. . .

"Christmas Past" by Mary Burton

Photographer Nicole Piper just received a very unwelcome Christmas gift--a letter that holds clues to an elusive killer's identity. Uncovering the truth means enlisting homicide detective David Ayden's help, and embarking on a road trip that will take them both into the heart of danger and desire. . .

"A Mulberry Park Christmas" by Judy Duarte

Every Christmas, the folks living on Sugar Plum Lane pull out all the stops when decorating. After a bitter breakup, Alyssa Ridgeway's heart just isn't in it this year. But running into her first love, James "Mac" MacGregor, fills her with memories of the tender Christmas kiss they once shared. . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Michaels (Hokus Pokus) headlines a quartet of heartwarming Christmas romances. In both Duarte's "A Mulberry Park Christmas" (which shares a setting with Mulberry Park) and Michaels's title tale, childhood sweethearts are reunited despite the pressures of adult life. In "Dear Santa...," Ross (Impulse) strands mystery novelist Holly Berry in a blizzard-swept town, where she meets hunky hotelier Gabe O'Halloran and finds his five-year-old daughter is a determined matchmaker. Burton (I'm Watching You) contributes "Christmas Past," in which widowed homicide sergeant David Ayden helps talented photographer Nicole Piper cope with the legacy of her late, violently abusive husband. It's a close fit, but each short story contains a full-fledged romance from first kiss to happy ending, both satisfying readers and encouraging them to seek out the authors' longer works. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

This quartet of novellas features cozy, small-town ambience, a sadistic threat from the grave, and a touch of holiday magic. A jaded Hollywood star finds love with her high school flame in Michaels's "Silver Bells," while a mystery writer spends Christmas in Santa's Village when her car breaks down in "Dear Santa" by JoAnn Ross. A young widow is terrified when a letter from her abusive husband's attorney sets her on a deadly path in Mary Burton's "Christmas Past," and a young mother of two and her high-school sweetheart rekindle their relationship with the help of a mysterious "angel" in Judy Duarte's "A Mulberry Park Christmas," a story that fans of her series will enjoy. Although several of these stories could have easily been developed into full-length works, this is a satisfying anthology.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420103632
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 381,856
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels

FERN MICHAELS is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of Up Close and Personal, Fool Me Once, The Nosy Neighbor, Pretty Woman, and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret.

New York Times bestselling author JOANN ROSS has written ninety novels and has been published in twenty-six countries. Two of her titles have been excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine, and her books have also been published by Doubleday Book Club, Rhapsody Book Club, and the Literary Guild. A member of RWA's Honor Roll of bestselling authors, JoAnn lives with her husband and two little fuzzy black dogs —who pretty much rule the house—in Tennessee.

MARY BURTON lives with her family in Central Virginia. She is an avid hiker and enjoys the occasional triathlon.

JUDY DUARTE lives with her family in Oceanside, California.

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 November 21, 2008

    ¿4 Tales of Christmas Romance¿

    Written by: Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross, Mary Burton, and Judy Duarte<BR/>Published by: Kensington Publishing<BR/>Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for ReviewYourBook.com 11/2008<BR/>ISBN: 978-1-4201-0363-2<BR/>¿4 Tales of Christmas Romance¿ 4 stars<BR/>Each of these four tales of Christmas romance has a bit of danger and spice. Silver Bells is actually a bit trite; however, Dear Santa was heart-warming and refreshing. Christmas Past brought back a few of Mary Burton¿s characters that I so enjoyed in Dead Ringer and I¿m Watching You. A Mulberry Park Christmas was a cute. <BR/>These are not your typical holiday stories. Guns, single parenthood, police and marine hotties, and lust fill the pages. What a better way to prepare for Christmas? This is a book to read and recommend to your friends. It is the holiday season, so why not buy them their own copy?

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    four heartwarming holiday romances

    ¿Silver Bells¿ by Fern Michaels. Although a star, Hollywood has not been fun for Amy Lee, who wants to leave the glitter behind her and just go home. This Christmas she returns to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania where her high-school boyfriend Hank Anders greets her in a way that makes her want to stay forever in his arms.<BR/><BR/>¿Dear Santa¿¿ by JoAnn Ross. Mystery writer author Holly Berry has another reason to hate the holidays; a blizzard has left her stranded in Santa¿s Village, Washington at the lodge owned by Gabriel O¿Halloran. He and his young matchmaking daughter give her a Christmas that makes her wish for more of their loving magic. <BR/><BR/>¿Christmas Past¿ by Mary Burton. The letter she receives provides hints to the identity of a killer. Having had a violent abusive husband, photographer Nicole Piper knows she cannot pursue this alone so she turns to homicide detective David Ayden for help. The widow and the widower face danger to their lives and to their hearts as both find a second chance at love if they survive their sleuthing ordeal.<BR/><BR/> ¿A Mulberry Park Christmas¿ by Judy Duarte. Sugar Plum Lane residents know how to enliven the community for the Christmas season. However, this year Alyssa Ridgeway still reels from an ugly breakup and is not in the holiday mood until she runs into her first sweetheart, James MacGregor, who reminds her of the Christmas kiss past, present and future.<BR/> <BR/>These four heartwarming holiday romances each contain strong lead characters, a sense of the season, and entertaining story lines.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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