Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop - Win prizes!

Welcome to my Hop Stop


When I was growing up, my dad used to play Santa Clause for the neighbors around the lake, and after he was done, he'd come by our house to take pictures. It was always a treat when we'd hear the jingle bells outside the door and his hearty, "Ho, Ho, Ho!"

He inspired the character of Santa Butch in my Romancing Wisconsin series, and I had a blast writing scenes with him. I plan to expand the series and continue cameos by Santa Butch, but in the meantime, you can read all about him and his matchmaking schemes in my brand new Holiday Boxed Set:


The Romancing Wisconsin Volume I (Holiday Boxed Set) includes the 2010 Write Touch Award-winning stories Mistletoe Mischief, Mistletoe Magic, Mistletoe Match-Up, and the brand-new exclusive bonus short story, Mistletoe Rules.

Christmas recipe for love—combine a matchmaking Santa, lots of mistletoe, one iron-clad rule, fated hearts; mix and stir. The Riley siblings don't stand a chance. 

MISTLETOE MISCHIEF: Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken.

MISTLETOE MAGIC: Major Mark Riley plays Court Jester to Janelle Walsh's Snow Queen at the Christmas Parade and is instantly captivated by the cute redhead whose grandpa just happens to be Santa. When Mark learns she's the tenant he evicted from his newly purchased property, it's going to take a little bit of Santa's mistletoe magic to save their romance.

MISTLETOE MATCH-UP: When Lisa Riley comes home for her brother Mark's Christmas Eve wedding, her high school rivalry with his wife Janelle's cousin, Derek Walsh, picks up right where it left off, only this time Derek has the upper hand. Santa bides his time as they battle it out because he's waited a whole year for this mistletoe match-up.

Exclusive holiday bonus story, MISTLETOE RULES: When Benedict Riley first meets Susan Whitcomb at a college holiday dance, she’s engaged to be married to another man. In this story where mistletoe rules, you’ll learn how the Riley Family Mistletoe Rules all began one fateful Christmas, not too long ago…

EXCERPT with Santa Butch from Mistletoe Mischief:

Eric braced a hand on each girl’s shoulder, waiting until the crowd thinned. “Thank Santa for the ride.”

Reese and Heather sounded a chorus of thanks before taking off across the asphalt path toward Marissa. Eric made sure they reached the tree before turning around to face the older man.

“This was great. Thanks.”

“You’re welcome.” Butch shifted his gaze toward Marissa and the girls. “So, I expect you’ll be taking the lady and her daughter home?”

“Ah…” Eric frowned, wondering where the man would get that idea.

Butch backhanded him on the arm. “Open your eyes, boy. She can’t drive with her foot all wrapped up like that.”

Eric absently flexed his shoulder as Butch climbed back up to the driver’s bench. The old guy might be…old, but he still packed a wallop. Then his words registered. Eric’s gaze went straight to where Marissa sat, smiling up at the girls, her foot extended in front of her. He started to smile, too, unconsciously straightening.

Santa was absolutely right.

Butch gave a merry chuckle. “Got ya thinking, now, don’t I?”

Eric reached up to clasp the man’s hand with a grin of appreciation. He’d been dreading the end of the field trip without even realizing it. Now he didn’t have to figure out a clever way to see her again to collect on the invitation from earlier. When he started to back away from the wagon, Butch tossed a handful of leaves down toward him. Eric caught them, then laughed.

Mistletoe. Santa was handing out presents early this year. Eric eased the green sprig into one of his pockets, careful not to crush the precious gift.

Santa Butch winked at him before lifting the reins to urge the reindeer forward. Over his shoulder he called, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”


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You can get your copy of the Boxed Set here:



  • Leave a comment telling me if you prefer SNOWMEN or SANTAS in your Christmas decorations (don't forget  your email address!)
  • use the Rafflecopter to enter the contest
  • and have a Merry Christmas!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to visit the other blogs for chances to win TONS more individual prizes, plus...

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop Prizes:

1st Grand Prize: Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: $200 Amazon or BN Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Merry Christmas!

Stacey Joy Netzel

(who loves her Santa Butch, but collects snowmen because they're so cute!)


 

80 comments:

  1. OOOH WOWWWWWWWW:D!! I'M LOVIN' THE SNOWMA:N!
    thanQ 4 the giveaway!
    redz041@yahoo.com

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  2. So, neither! I'm a Gingerbread Man kind of gal!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    tobihelton at gmail dot com

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  3. Oh, you father seems like lots of fun! :)

    I guess I prefer Santa, if I were to pick one. He always reminds me of expectations, dreams and hope that he would bring me exactly what I had asked.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    morebooksthanlivros@gmail.com

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  4. Stacey,

    I prefer snowmen because I don't feel the need to put them away not long after Christmas. They are wintry as opposed to holiday and time is precious these days. So I'm slowly giving away my Santas. :-(

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    1. Yeah...I tend to leave things up a bit too long--even the 2 Santas I have. :) Keep at least one jolly Santa!

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  5. Never been asked this question, but definitely snowmen, but I am not sure why.....

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  6. Hmm, probably snowmen because I love snow!

    Thanks for doing the hop!

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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  7. Santa Claus is great Ho Ho Ho My Mom loves snowmen so I like snowmen too
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  8. Snowmen

    Happy Holidays

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  9. Santa for Christmas decorating and Snowmen for winter decorating.

    Kathewv@yahoo.com

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  10. Snowman~thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
    Sue B

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  11. snowman~ You can make as many as you want


    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. My mother has a Santa room. So I get lots of Santas to decorate with.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  13. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

    Angelheart618@gmail.com

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  14. i adore santas. they are so cute

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  15. Both but snowmen a little more lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  16. Great giveaway. Hope I win.
    charraddon@pobox.com

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  17. I love both but if I had to choose one I would say Santas.

    Rafflecoper Name: Dawna Newman

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I prefer snowmen. Thanks for the contest and Merry Christmas.

    lizsemkiu@gmail.com

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  19. I loooove Santa!! :)

    This is a wonderful holiday giveaway! What a way to end the year :)

    Rachel Ramos
    rachelanniramos@yahoo.com

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  20. Snowmen :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  21. Santas can be creepy, so I'd prefer Snowmen.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  22. Quick thanks to everyone for all the comments! I'm at my sister's house for our annual cookie bake with my two cousins. The 5 of us (includes my other sis) will be decorating lots of Santa and snowmen cookies today.

    Have a great weekend!

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  23. I prefer Snowmen! Thanks for participating!

    squiggles87(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. There's something about a snowman.

    sherryfundin69 at netscape dot net

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  25. Frosty, of course!

    Happy Holidays,

    Lasha
    mslasha at gmail dot com

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  26. Christmas is my favorite holiday! Here we have snow every year during the holidays, so it's really beautiful! And of course I love spending time with my family!
    Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. santas!

    booksconsidered[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. Actually, I like both. My tree has both and my entry way into my home has both. I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales. Tee Hee. Great blog. roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

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    1. As much as I love snowmen, I hate scales with equal fervor. :)

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  29. I prefer snowmen. Usually we don't get snow at Christmas but I still like them.
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

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  30. Hello, thanks for the giveaway! I prefer Snowmen. :)

    skizzles_22_hju@yahoo.com

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  31. I like snowmen better.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  32. Snowmen as I live in NC and we don't get snow very often unlike Wisconsin. Not to mention They remind me of making snowmen in the Northwoods, freezing my ass of waiting for the bus and having to walk down the driveway though snowdrifts to get on... Love Wisconsin in the summer not so much in the Winter 9 years in the south has made me dislike cold lol.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, Jeanette--your comment brings back SO many memories, and I still live here! :) I dislike cold, too.

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  33. I prefer Santas.
    bituin76@hotmail.com

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  34. santas.
    thanks for the giveaway!
    miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  35. Santas! We put up a Santa's Village set up every year, love it! Thanks for the great giveaway and a chance to win.
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

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  36. Santas. Snowmen look a little out of place since we rarely have snow. We do have a four foot Santa that talks and oh Lordy, sings. We have to remember to keep the switch on "off" or it drives us battier than we already are that time of year.

    Thank you for the chance to win some goodies.

    I hope your holidays are merry and bright!

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    1. LOL for the singing Santa! Merry Christmas!

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  37. I like snowmen and santas. I'm usually have both but looking around my house, I'd say I have more snowmen. Your books sound fantastic! Crossing my fingers for this giveaway. hthurmeier @ gmail . com

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  38. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I love snowmen!! I might have a littel crush on Frosty!
    grapeapril75(AT)gmail.com

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  39. I like snowmen. And penguins!

    jenalang(at)live(dot)com

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  40. if its a nice hot santa i will vote for that
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

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  41. I like snowmen. My family always tries to outdo each other with different and crazy snowmen.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. Snowmen!
    Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  43. Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!

    aprilnu2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. Merry Christmas. Your boxed set sounds great.
    solerawinters@hotmail.com

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    1. Snowmen! They make me smile. solerawinters@hotmail.com

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    2. Thank you, Solera! They make me smile, too. :)

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  45. I like snowmen :)
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Snowmen!

    Happy to have found WI books being a Milwaukee-gal myself! ;)


    deliachic3@hotmail.com

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    1. Yay Milwaukee! I've got lots of cousins down there. :)

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  47. I prefer Santas.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  48. Snowmen! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  49. i like snowpeople - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  50. I love snowmen!
    sheri
    feike@juno.com

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  51. Hi Stacey,
    I have both Santa and Snowmen decorations on my tree but if I had to pick one, it would be Santa.
    I downloaded a copy of Mistletoe Mischief at All Romance Ebooks. I can't wait to read it. Before I forget, there is a Romancing the West Blog Hop taking place in February 2013. Sign up is here: http://cowboycharm.blogspot.com/2012/08/romancing-west-blog-hop.html
    in case you're interested in joining.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    susan_francesny[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. Signed up for the hop, Susan, thanks! Hope you enjoy Mistletoe Mischief.

      Merry Christmas!

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  52. Hard choice, but I love snowmen just a bit more :)

    Merry Christmas!
    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. I really, really look forward to reading your books. I am a snowman type person..they can have such character.smilz
    peach_hugs@yahoo.com

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  54. Snowmen!!

    Thanks for the chance to win :)
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

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  55. I like Santa.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  56. Snowmen ....lol
    happy holidays
    missie25524@netzero.com

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  57. Santas:)

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  58. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! I like both Santas and Snowmen. I cant really decide which i like more. Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. Snowmen:)I have lots sitting around here!
    Happy Holidays!
    ajcraig77@comcast.net

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  60. Snowmen. I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

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  61. Santa! merry Christmas:)
    allysonbrann06@yahoo.com

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  62. I'll take the Santa since he can handle a little heat.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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  63. Santa! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    smoofrog at gmail dot com

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  64. I like them both and you can do a mish mash and make a santa snowman!
    Z
    Seawitchreviews at yahoo dot com

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  65. Mel B is the winner of the gift card...

    Thanks so much to all who participated!

    Merry Christmas. :)

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