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SANTA TO THE RESCUE Reissued!

  “Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!” 5 Stars! ~ Cat’s Reviews

I’m thrilled to announce that SANTA TO THE RESCUE, my sweet firefighter romance novella, has been reissued by Entangled Publishing with a great new cover as part of their Bliss line. Isn’t it pretty? And still only .99! My hero Jamey Tucker and heroine Heather Longhurst look better than ever.

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A Love Romances Cafe’ Reader’s Choice Award Winner!

Summary:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn’t go back on his word; never hurts a woman; and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Here’s what book bloggers are saying about SANTA TO THE RESCUE.

“That first flush of ‘this could be love’ makes for a wonderfully sweet read. I need to see what else this author has written!” 5 Stars! ~ First Page To The Last

This festive romance novella is the perfect read to lift your holiday spirits.” 5 Stars! ~Examiner.com Philadelphia

Ms. Downs’ writing is smooth, seamless, and engaging…Santa To The Rescue is one of those magical Christmas stories that bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.” 5 Stars! ~ The Snarkology

“[Adele] Downs’ Santa to the Rescue is a beautifully written, heartwarming tale of love during the holidays… Those who love romance added with the magic of the holidays will enjoy this read!” ~ 5 Stars! ~The Pen and Muse

“The one-dimensional holiday specials on the Hallmark channel should take a lesson from Adele Downs. She developed believable, emotional characters that keep you turning the page and leave you satisfied.” 5 Stars! ~ Amazon community reviewer

Buy on Amazon! .99!

Buy on Your Choice of Retailers! .99! (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo, Amazon Ca, Amazon UK)

Entangled Christmas in July Event! July 28, 29!

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Join us on Facebook Monday and Tuesday July 28, 29 for our Entangled Publishing Christmas in July event!

Lots of fun and tons of prizes! Just one of the items being given away is this adorable Firefighter Santa Bear Christmas ornament. Too cute!

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Here’s the link. I hope to see YOU there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/806833532694234/ 

Win! Virtual Gift Basket From Entangled Flirt Authors!

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Have you placed your bid for one…or two…or more of the fabulous items available at the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research? In addition to the many fun and unusual offerings for readers and writers is the gift basket from the Entangled Publishing Flirt authors, which includes Yours Truly. Here’s what we’ve donated for this worthy cause. I hope you’ll support the auction and place your bid. Auction ends May 31, 2014.

The winner will receive a virtual basket of goodies from the ENTANGLED FLIRT authors.

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Items include, but are not limited to:

$50 Amazon Gift Card

3-chapter critique (50 pages max, YA or NA) by authors LS Murphy and Bethanne Strasser

and includes autographed copies of the following books:

Twelve Days of Christmas Past-Emily Larkin, Susanna Fracer, Rebecca Thomas

Under the Hood-Sally Clements

Pushing the Limits-Nancy Fraser

The Blacksmith’s Son-Rebecca Thomas

Neighbors-LS Murphy

Second Chance Christmas-Ellen Butler

Letters From Home-Bethanne Strasser

White Lie Christmas-Christine Bell and Riley Murphy

Santa to the Rescue-Adele Downs

On His List-Wendy Sparrow

Eat, Play, Lust-Tawna Fenske

Hold Me Down Hard-Cathryn Fox

 Here’s the full auction link:

 

Three Truths and a Lie. Come Play!

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Entangled Publishing Flirt Novellas and I are playing Three Truths and  Lie today (12/12/13) on Facebook at 4:00 PM ET. (That’s 3:00 PM CT.)

Join us! The game will be much more fun with YOU there!

https://www.facebook.com/Flirt-an-Entangled-Publishing-Imprint/261132980633316

A Real Life Firefighter Santa Claus

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“Be prepared.” The Girl Scout motto has served me well through the years, though I never would have guessed it would pave the way to a VIP pass to Santa Claus.

One of the first things I learned as a published author was to carry business cards and promotional materials inside my purse. For SANTA TO THE RESCUE that meant keeping postcards handy in case someone asked about my sweet romance and its firefighter hero. (Be Prepared!)

While driving through a neighboring town at the start of the holiday season, I passed by a firehouse and a group of firefighters dressed in their turnouts. Naturally, like any red-blooded American woman, I turned to look. That’s when I noticed the sign advertising Santa Claus and a holiday bazaar inside the station. My convertible made an automatic turn into the parking lot and I headed to the indoor event. I wanted to meet firefighter Santa, a real life version of my fictional SANTA TO THE RESCUE hero, Jamey Tucker.

Turned out, Santa was on coffee break.

At the baked goods table (my personal favorite), hosted by the Ladies’ Auxiliary, I introduced myself and asked if I could take pictures of Santa Claus when he returned. I showed them my book cover postcards and explained what my book was about. SANTA TO THE RESCUE is a PG rated romance, suitable for readers from high school to the senior center. The women found Santa for me and asked him to return to his throne at the front of the room. Santa-the-firefighter graciously posed with my book cover while everyone gathered around.

After pictures were taken, a cupcake pop was eaten, and new friends were made, one of the women offered me the most wonderful gift I could ever have imagined. She promised to ask her husband to copy my postcard and send the information about SANTA TO THE RESCUE to all the firehouses in the county. In addition, she agreed to list my book on the fire company website. Turned out, she was not only a firefighter wife, but the wife of a District Chief. Talk about Christmas miracles!

I owe my VIP visit with Santa and the firefighters to my years as a Girl Scout, where I learned to “Be Prepared” (and to wear make-up, even when running errands). I also decided that firefighters and the women of the Ladies’ Auxiliary must know the Girl Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” They certainly live by that creed.

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New Release SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs is an Entangled Publishing Flirt Novella.

Note: This article was cross-posted on the Entangled Publishing website. If you enjoyed it, please share!

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Scavenger Hunt on Facebook Tonight 8-9:30 PM ET!

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1394297567481992/?previousaction=join&source=1#

Flirt Novella authors from Entangled Publishing will host a Scavenger Hunt with HUGE prizes tonight, December 4, 2013 on Facebook from 8-9:30 P.M. ET. 7 P.M. Central.

The more the merrier!  I hope to see you there!

Christmas Mexican Cinnamon Cookie Recipe

Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE,  baked Mexican Cinnamon Cookies for a Christmas party hosted by one of Heather’s co-workers; another pediatric nurse at County Hospital. Heather wanted to prove to Jamey that chocolate chip cookies weren’t the only cookies worth serving at Christmastime. She hopes you agree these cinnamon cookies are a delicious addition to your holiday table.

Enjoy! Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.

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Mexican Cinnamon Cookies: (Photo via Flickr: Missy Corley)

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter  1 large egg  1 tsp. vanilla  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  1 1/2 tsps. Mexican Cinnamon  1 tsp. baking powder  1/4 tsp. salt  Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 2 tsp. cinnamon)

To Make:

In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and blend well. Cover the dough and refrigerate about an hour, or until firm enough to roll into balls. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Shape the dough into small balls just less than an inch in size. Roll in cinnamon and sugar mix to coat. Set cookies 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly on the pan and then remove to rack to cool completely.

For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit http://us.sauzatequila.com/

SANTA TO THE RESCUE Announcements!

It’s Cyber Monday! For .99 you can send a friend or family member the gift of SANTA TO THE RESCUE, a digital Christmas novella receiving outstanding reviews. Kristin Contino, The Women’s Fiction Editor at Examiner.com, featured SANTA TO THE RESCUE in her New Releases for Holiday Reading column and gave it 5 Stars! Suitable for all ages from Young Adult to the Senior Center.

Want to read Christmas stories every day until December 25? Check out 25 Days of Christmas Stories. SANTA TO THE RESCUE will be featured on Monday, December 9.

Though SANTA TO THE RESCUE is a sweet romance (includes only a kiss), my virtual book tour host today is Kathy Kulig at Passion Sense. Kathy writes the super hot stuff, and she’s interviewed my hunky Appleton Fire Station hero, Jamey Tucker. I hope you enjoy meeting him!

Monday, December 2:

  •  KATHY KULIG, PASSION SENSE –Character Interview of Jamey Tucker, SANTA TO THE RESCUE hero. (After 5 p.m. ET. Will run until 12/14.)

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BRUNCH with SANTA (Cocktail Recipe)

The Bloody Maria is the perfect Brunch companion, according to Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Jamey mixes pitchers of this lightly spicy cocktail for friends during the holidays. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try. Cheers!

Courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.

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The Bloody Maria:

You’ll Need:

Serves 6

1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
7 parts tomato juice
1 squeeze of Siracha Chili Sauce
3 grinds fresh black pepper
the juice of 1 Lemon
1 dash of celery salt
1 dash of paprika
1 dash of cumin
several dashes of Worcestershire sauce

*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver

To Make:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake well and pour into a tall glass over ice, with or without salt. Garnish with a lime, an olive, a pickled jalapeño and a sprig of cilantro.

For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit http://us.sauzatequila.com/

New Release from Entangled Publishing!

New Release from Entangled Publishing!

SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

A sweet firefighter contemporary romance novella
New Release! An Entangled Publishing Flirt

Summary:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: An honorable man doesn’t go back on his word, never hurts a woman, and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at the Appleton Fire station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing Santa Baby in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Only .99! Buy Links at Entangled Publishing:

http://www.entangledpublishing.com/santa-to-the-rescue/

Only .99! Amazon Kindle Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Santa-Rescue-Entangled-Flirts-ebook/dp/B00G1IM260

Only .99! B&N Nook Buy Link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/santa-to-the-rescue-adele-downs/1117194515?ean=9781622663811

Excerpt:

She laughed out loud this time, and the sound of her voice rang through the air, pure and clear. He could listen to that voice for hours. “These are for my kids at the hospital. I’m an R.N. at County. We’re decorating the pediatric ward. And spoiling the children too, a bit. I’m baking cookies for our holiday party on Saturday.”

She held out her hand for a handshake. “I’m Heather Longhurst.”

Jamey introduced himself and took her hand. He told her what he did and where he worked. Her skin felt soft against his palm, though her grasp conveyed confidence and strength.

He cocked his chin. “What kind of cookies?”

“Chocolate chip, of course. Is there any other kind?”

Jamey shook his head. He could almost taste melted dark chocolate and smell the aromas of fresh baked flour, eggs and sugar filling her kitchen. His mouth watered. He hoped she couldn’t hear his stomach rumble. He hadn’t eaten in over fourteen hours. “No ma’am.”

Heather returned a lopsided grin. “You’re not from around here, are you?”

“Southern Indiana, born and raised.”

She moved out of the way of an elderly couple trying to pass with their half-filled shopping cart. Jamey moved too and they strolled together toward the exit. “I’ll make a plate of cookies for you, if you stop by the hospital to pick it up.” She said.

Jamey smiled at her, his heart lifting at the turnaround in his day. “That’s the best offer I’ve had since I moved to Appleton.”

“You’re new in town?”

“Been here almost three months.”

“Glad to meet you, Jamey Tucker. See you about one o’clock?”

“I’ll be there. Count on it.”

“I will.” She smiled back and their gazes locked. His mood soared with the realization she was flirting with him. The day had definitely taken a turn for the better.

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE Second Round Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following readers who have won a firefighter Christmas ornament or a Fire and Rescue magnet. Thank you for your participation in my virtual book tour! I appreciate your enthusiasm for SANTA TO THE RESCUE.

I will email each winner to arrange for shipping. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Winners of a Firefighter Christmas Ornament:

  • Maren McC
  • Carrie S
  • Melissa K
  • Kim P
  • Linda B
  • Gemma J
  • Jacqueline J

Winners of a Fire and Rescue Magnet:

  • Skye K
  • Elissa Ann M
  • Anna L
  • Cynthia B C
  •  Nicole L
Update 11/30/2013: All contest prizes have been mailed. Enjoy!

Tips For Writing A Holiday Story

Looking for tips on how to write a holiday themed story? Stop by the blog Writing Novels That Sell for my article. I’m also giving away prizes like fun firefighter Christmas ornaments and Fire and Rescue magnets to commenters. Winners listed weekly!

Manga Maniac Cafe is hosting me for an interview and has posted a review of SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews has posted a spotlight on my new release. I hope to see you there!

Would you like to win this adorable Firefighter Teddy Bear ornament? Follow Adele Downs' Blog Tour!

Would you like to win this adorable Firefighter Teddy Bear ornament? Follow Adele Downs’ Blog Tour!

Monday, November 25:

Free Gifts! Contest Prizes!

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE Christmas ornaments and Fire and Rescue magnets offered as FREE gifts on my virtual book tour. Leave a comment here and/or on my tour and be automatically entered to win prizes. List of winners posted every Saturday until mid-December. Items will be mailed USPS inside the USA and Canada.

 Stops for Friday, November 22:

Santa, a Firefighter, and a Pediatric Nurse…

 
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What do Santa Claus, a firefighter, and a pediatric nurse have in common? Find out in SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Follow Adele Downs on her virtual book tour, leave comments here and/or on the tour, and be automatically entered to win fun firefighter Christmas ornaments.

Stop for Thursday, November 21:

HARLIE’S BOOKS –Review

•RAMBLINGS FROM THIS CHICK –Holiday Adult Beverage Recipe and Spotlight

Giveaways Galore!

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Firefighter Jamey Tucker says, “Join Adele Downs on her virtual book tour for SANTA TO THE RESCUE, leave comments, and be automatically entered to win fun prizes!”

Stops for Wednesday, November 20:

All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan (Jamey’s Favorite Song)

SANTA TO THE RESCUE hero Jamey Tucker has a favorite Christmas song that’s as non-traditional as it gets. Santa Baby might be Heather Longhurst’s favorite Christmas tune and the story’s theme song, but Jamey likes All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan by Kenny Chesney.

Win prizes and free gifts during Adele Downs’ SANTA TO THE RESCUE virtual book tour by leaving comments on this blog and the host sites. Winners announced here every Saturday!

Stops for Tuesday, November 19:

Blooms, Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

You’re probably wondering what the heck I meant by this heading, so let me explain. First, Pembroke Sinclair has posted a whimsical interview with me on her blog. Blurbs In Bloom posted a Spotlight. Fangs, Wands, and Fairy Dust posted a review of SANTA TO THE RESCUE.

If you stop by the blogs and leave a comment, you’ll be automatically entered to win a firefighter Christmas ornament. I’m also giving away Fire and Rescue refrigerator magnets and swag items. I have tons of prizes to give away, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to win. Leave comments here, too, for additional chances.

Stops for Friday, November 15:

Adele Downs is giving away Fire and Rescue Refrigerator Magnets and Swag too!

Adele Downs is giving away Fire and Rescue Refrigerator Magnets and Swag too!

Excerpt SANTA TO THE RESCUE (A Firefighter Romance)

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SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

Coming Monday, November 11, 2013 from Entangled Publishing

Summary:

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn’t go back on his word; never hurts a woman; and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

 When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing “Santa Baby” in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

Excerpt:

Jamey Tucker unfastened his helmet, lifted his facemask and tugged off his fire retardant gloves before gulping half a liter of water. He could almost hear the liquid sizzle against his throat, much like the smoldering embers behind him turned to sodden ash.

He held out the cup to the volunteer rescue worker manning the drinking water. “More.” That simple word was as much as he could manage. After chugging down a refill, moisture returned to his mouth and tongue. He licked his lips and released a satisfied sigh. All he needed was a hot shower and some chow to feel human again. “Thanks, man.”

“No problem. Merry Christmas, Jamey.” The last thing on his mind was Christmas.

“Yeah. You too.” He stunk like a chimney after fighting a fire ‘till dawn. Dumb kids and their vacant warehouse rave had caused their team hours of grief and gut wrenching work. Luckily, no one died.

Though the crew decorated the firehouse with lights and garland, and set up the tree a week ago, Christmas spirit had failed to find him. Loneliness could do that to the new guy in town, not that he’d admit that to anyone. He’d cut his heart out first.

Pre-Order on Amazon .99!

http://www.amazon.com/Santa-Rescue-Entangled-Flirts-ebook/dp/B00G1IM260

Order on B&N Nook .99!

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/santa-to-the-rescue-adele-downs/1117194515?ean=9781622663811

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Follow Adele Downs on her SANTA TO THE RESCUE blog tour beginning November 11, leave comments on participating blogs, and be automatically entered to win fun firefighter related prizes!

photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vorticeassurdo/167001806/

Everyone Loves A Firefighter

Firefighters: women love them and men want to be them. As I count down the days to the digital release of SANTA TO THE RESCUE, my Christmas firefighter tale, I can’t help but admire photographs of men in turnouts.

Here’s a picture of a firefighter as I imagined him in my fictional world of the Appleton Fire Company, set in Southeastern Pennsylvania apple orchard country. Like the hero of my story, Jamey Tucker, he’s just finished fighting an overnight fire.

Wouldn’t you like to have this man safeguarding your neighborhood?

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photo credit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettarthur/2889644774/

A Fireman Suits Up!

See who I met at the 2013 Old Fiddler’s Picnic in Wagontown, Pennsylvania! One of the town’s firefighters, who was kind enough to let me take pictures and offered to ‘suit up’ for me in his turnouts to show my readers how it’s done.

This handsome firefighter reminds me of James Tucker, my SANTA TO THE RESCUE story hero. Thank you for being so generous with your time! It was nice meeting you. My readers will definitely enjoy meeting you too. Who doesn’t love a firefighter?

Photo by author Adele Downs

Photo by author
Adele Downs

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(Photos are the property of author Adele Downs and may not be copied or reproduced without written permission.)

Vintage Art Deco Jewelry, Brenda Novak Auction Item

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This fabulous collection of vintage Art Deco oriental themed jewelry, donated by author Adele Downs to the Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research, are up for bid from May 1-May 31, 2013.  Listed under Entangled Authors. To bid on these, and hundreds of other must-have items from publishing industry professionals, here’s a link to get you started:

http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=2944601

New Title to Upcoming Release!

The title of my fun and flirty firefighter novella coming Christmas 2013 from Entangled Publishing has been changed to SANTA TO THE RESCUE. Cover art coming soon!

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New Sale! A Convertible Too!

Announcing a new sale!

A CONVERTIBLE TOO! by Adele Downs

Coming from Entangled Publishing, Fall 2013!

Will a hot firefighter with the soul of Santa Claus save a jaded heart at Christmas? 

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