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Monday, November 16, 2015

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer by Joanne DeMaio (Author Guest Post / Book Review)

In association with author Joanne DeMaio, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer!

Author Guest Post

Whether I’m writing about countryside Addison, or seaside Stony Point, the charm, quirks and community of quaint Connecticut towns become their own characters in my books. So when I head out the door for a writing walk, I’m sure to bring my camera. Sights like this have a way of winding straight into my storylines. If you’ve read my newest novel, Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer, can’t you just picture these birch deer gracing the holiday front stoops?

From decorated doorsteps, to cozy Main Street shops, to swags of evergreen on white picket fences, to those quintessential New England candles aglow in frosty historical-home windows—my novels’ settings come to life right in front of me on my walks. And when readers turn the pages of my books, it is my hope that they, too, feel right at home.

About The Author

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Her sixth novel, Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer, was recently published. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut. To learn more about the author, visit She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.

Author Website

Book Review

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer by Joanne DeMaio
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Format: Paperback - 304 pages
               Kindle - 2898 KB
               Nook - 895 KB
ISBN: 978-1515120773
BNID: 2940150766846
Genre: Holiday Romance / Women's Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour hosted by the author.

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio delivers a delightful novel about following your heart on the snow-dusted journey home. 

Jane March's greeting cards have lost their jingle. While worried about her job at New England's Cobblestone Cards, she stumbles upon a forgotten box of her mother's nostalgic paintings. They depict small-town Addison's covered bridge and red barns and picket-fenced colonials. If only Jane's designs could capture the same heart. When her mother shows her how with a Christmas to-do list of memories in the making, Jane gets checking.

Wes Davis has come home again, jilted and a little bitter. His autumn wedding's off, and so is his holiday spirit. Even seeing the rustic wooden deer his father whittles by lantern light doesn't help as he settles back into the shabby Victorian home of his childhood. It is only when Wes encounters the sparkling Jane March on his winding mail route that his cold winter heart begins to thaw.

As the fall months turn wintry, and the season merry, a funny thing happens in this charming Connecticut town: Jane and Wes check off items on that Christmas itinerary, together. But falling in love wasn't included on the list. Or was it?

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer is a treasured keepsake, reminding us that like winter's first snow, life brings a beautiful flurry of its own unexpected moments.

Book Excerpt:

To read a book excerpt of Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer, click on the Goodreads Link

My Book Review:

In Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer, author Joanne DeMaio transports the reader to the tranquil small New England town of Addison Cove, Connecticut for a heartwarming Christmas tale of family, friendship, and finding unexpected love.

After breaking her left wrist, greeting card designer Jane March heads back to her hometown of Addison Cove, Connecticut to recuperate at her childhood home. Jane has lost her "jingle" and needs to find new inspiration for next season's Christmas cards, or possibly lose the job that she loves. With an uncertain future before her, Jane discovers a set of her mother Lillian's paintings of various scenes around Addison which provide her with a much needed spurt of mojo. But it's Lillian who adds the extra touch of inspiration for Jane by telling her that she needs to get back to the roots of the Christmas season and immerse herself and experience them. Lillian provides Jane with an "insist list of things to do around Addison" that will help her muse find the inspiration behind the wonder of the holiday season.

Wes Davis is a third generation mailman who has been jilted by his ex-fiance two weeks before their wedding. Wes moves back home with his father, Pete, whose hobby is whittling wooden deer that he sells at local town events. With the Christmas holiday approaching, Wes is not looking forward to the small town gossip and answering questions about his failed wedding, so to avoid it he exchanges his honeymoon tickets for a trip to California over the holiday. When Wes delivers the mail to Jane's house, he notices that her arm is in a sling, and he reluctantly begins to help Jane complete her mother's insist list. As the friendship develops between Jane and Wes, from late October leading up to Christmas, they embark on the Christmas list adventure, and their relationship blossoms into something more when Jane's natural sparkle thaws Wes' frozen heart, giving them an unexpected chance at finding love.

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer is a wonderful Christmas story that will tug at the heartstrings and fill the reader with seasonal joy. Author Joanne DeMaio weaves a spellbinding tale set in the quaint New England town of Addison Cove, Connecticut, that captivates the reader's attention with a heartwarming romance. This delightful holiday tale has a rich description of the breathtaking small town setting, holiday tradition and greeting cards, birch deer decorations, delicate swirls of snowflakes, and yummy hot cocoa. With both Jane and Wes' lives at a crossroads, their emotional journey of taking a risk, letting go of the past, and finding an unexpected chance at love and happiness unfolds in a magical way that will make the reader believe in the power of love and friendship, and the joy of the holiday season.

There is not enough words that I can express about the simplicity and beauty in which author Joanne DeMaio weaves her wonderful heartwarming and multi-layered stories that are filled with a mixture of loss and love, friendship, wholesome family values, and life's unexpected special moments, it is simply breathtaking. As the readers follow Jane and Wes' story, they will discover the true holiday meaning of what snow deers and coca cheers stands for, it is simply magical!

Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer is an enchanting holiday story full of warmth and comfort that will remind the reader of the magic, joy, and spirit of Christmas. It is a lovely story that will resonate with the reader for a very long time.


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