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Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry & Bright by Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer & Nancy Scrofano (Author Guest Post / Book Review)

In association with Fictionella, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Merry & Bright by Authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer & Nancy Scrofano!

Author Guest Posts

Four authors from Christmas anthology Merry & Bright answered the following question: 

What is your and/or your main character's favorite holiday treat/drink?

Libby Mercer: Sometimes my characters' tastes are very different from mine. In particular, I have one who’s a coffee addict, and I can’t stand the stuff myself. But Abbie and I wholeheartedly agree that gingerbread is the best holiday treat, hands down. Abbie loves the taste of mulled wine to get her into the holiday spirit, while I’m partial to hot apple cider (and I won’t say no to a few lashings of rum in the punch bowl). Tis the season!

Isabella Louise Anderson: I love festive holiday drinks, but this year I wanted something a little more soothing—something I could sip on. Being from the south, I love whisky, so when I tired Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider, I was in heaven. It’s served warm, which makes it go down smooth. In Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Lexi’s favorite holiday drink is hot buttered rum. She loves that the drink isn’t too sweet, nor is it complicated to make because she’s no expert in the kitchen. Lexi loves to be curled up on her couch, watching an old movie, while sipping her hot buttered rum.

Lauren Clark: Patricia (PD) is a baker and loves all things sweet. Among her favorite treats to make and eat are red velvet cake, bourbon pecan pie, and traditional Christmas sugar cookie cutouts decorated with frosting, sprinkles, and nonpareils. In the shop, she loves to drink lattes, hot chocolate, and flavored coffee!

Laura Chapman: Autumn Williams may experience a few tummy issues from time to time in Twelve Drummers Drumming, but that doesn’t keep her from downing a few hot chocolates and cookies as the situation calls for it. She’s on vacation at a lodge in Breckenridge, and something about a ski resort screams, “Must serve hot cocoa and carbs.” For something more substantial, she’s looking for comfort food – mashed potatoes, French fries, bread. Basically anything filled with starches that wouldn’t make it on any list of suggested diet foods.

Book Review

Merry & Bright by Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer & Nancy Scrofano
Publisher: Simon & Fig
Publication Date: November 13, 2013
Format: e-Book - 179 pages / Kindle - 582 KB / Nook - 2 MB
ISBN: 9780985352066
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Holiday Romance / Romantic Comedy

BUY THE BOOK: Merry & Bright

Book Description:

Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.

Includes the following stories:

Secret Santa by Libby Mercer
Ice Dating by Nancy Scrofano
Twelve Drummers Drumming by Laura Chapman
Christmas at Mulberry Farm by Cindy Arora
A Very Dixie Christmas by Lauren Clark
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Isabella Louise Anderson

My Book Review:

Merry & Bright is an entertaining collection of holiday chick lit stories from some of the best authors in the genre that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. Whether its from the Rocky Mountains to LA to the Deep South, the holiday cheer and magic of Christmas abounds in each of these sweet romantic tales. With lovable characters and a variety of romantic storylines, this collection has a little bit of everything that chick lit fans will surely enjoy.

Merry & Bright has enough flirty holiday fun, romance, and humor within this fabulous collection of stories that it will put a smile on your face and leave you with a fuzzy warm feeling this holiday season!


Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Tour Schedule:

11/13 - Book Mama Blog (Guest Post)
11/21 - Chick Lit Plus (Guest Post)
11/25 - Carol's Notebook (Guest Post)
11/29 - Change the Word (Guest Post)
12/7 - Everything Books & Authors (Guest Post)
12/9 - This Chick Reads (Guest Post)
12/10 - Chick Lit Club Connect (Guest Post)
12/19 - Mrs. Mommy Booknerd (Review)
12/20 - Books Etc. (Review)
12/20 - Literary Chanteuse (Review)
12/21 - Just Heard, Read, Seen (Q&A and Review)
12/22 - Fictionella - (Q&A)
12/23 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews (Guest Post & Review)
12/28 - Annabel & Alice (Review)
TBA - Carol's Notebook (Review)
TBA - Brooke Blogs (Review)


  1. Thanks for the lovely review and for having us!

    1. Hi Isabella! Thank you for the opportunity to host the virtual book blast event. :)