Monday, November 23, 2015

The Christmas Bridge by Elyse Douglas Double Giveaway

 Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas

Christmas Bridge by Elyse Douglas:

Publisher: Elyse Douglas (September 15, 2015)

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Holiday Romance, Christmas novel

Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015

ASIN: B0141RDSCE Available in: ebook, 183 Pages

 A First Love. A Second Chance. A young widow travels to New York on business a few days before Christmas. She has reluctantly made a date with a lover she hasn’t seen in 20 years, and she is nervous and apprehensive.

Twenty years before, she made a difficult decision that has both troubled and haunted her ever since. She knows she’s about to come face-to-face with her past and she’s hoping for some redemption and resolution.

 She also wonders if she can somehow pick up where she left off 20 years ago and start again. An exciting chance encounter changes everything.

Now, not only will she face the past with hope to rekindle an old romance, but there is the possibility that this chance meeting will bring her love and happiness she never thought possible. Once again, she will have to choose. She will have to make the right decision. She will have to believe that Christmas miracles can still happen.

Praise for Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas:

"The Christmas Diary is a tender hearted story of one woman's journey of self-discovery and finding true love that will pull at your emotional heartstrings. The authors weave an inspirational tale written in the third person narrative, that draws the reader into Alice and Jack's lives, and the issues that they've faced: love and loss, questioning one's life choices, and the decision of which road/path is best to take in one's life.

This is a wonderful story that has a meaningful message within the storyline that will touch your heart. The author's' descriptive writing style is phenomenal: the characters are realistic and down-to-earth people whose emotions, dialogue and interactions are palpable, you can feel the range of highs and lows that they endure. The reader is transported to the picturesque holiday setting of the Pennsylvania towns of Eden Grove and Meadow Green. This captivating story has a mixture of mystery, tender romance, and a supernatural twist that makes The Christmas Diary a compelling and entertaining story that will warm your heart."- Kathleen, Jersey Girl Book Review "

If you are a fan of Richard Paul Evans novels then you definitely want to grab The Christmas Diary. This is a super quick read that you pick up on a Saturday afternoon and devour in one sitting. One glorious afternoon sitting.

 It is a story of love and changes with a paranormal twist. I adored this book. It was quick and simple and really perfect. I loved how everything was tied together through a ghost. A quick holiday read that makes me think of Lifetime and Hallmark channel movies.”- Andrea Guy, A Chick Who Reads "

The Christmas Diary" is a nice smooth read filled with emotions and a touch of the paranormal world. Elyse pens her characters well developed, believable and lovable in this Christmas romance story. Highly recommended for all who love a nice enjoyable romance tale."- Susan Peck, My Cozie Corner

About Elyse Douglas:Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse's mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers.

His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922. Some of Elyse Douglas' novels include: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary, The Christmas Bridge and The Summer Diary. They live in New York City. Website: Blog: Facebook: Twitter:

Guest Post!

“I Must Have Done Something Good”
by Elyse Douglas

One of my favorite songs in The Sound of Music is the song Maria and Captain Von Trapp half-sing, half-whisper after they finally declare their love for each other.  It is dusk, and the two new lovers are silhouetted in front of a glass door, their bodies barely touching, as if they have both been stunned by the miracle of love.  I often hear Julie Andrews’ clear voice singing that simple melody, whose lyrics must resonate with anyone who has suddenly received a great gift and is not sure what she did to deserve it.

 Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could.
 So somewhere in my youth or childhood, 
I must have done something good. 

I wonder how many people have whispered those words when they were lucky enough to find someone with whom they could share their life.  I know I did after I woke up one morning and realized that Doug and I loved each and would most likely spend the rest of our lives together.  
The protagonist in our new novel, The Christmas Bridge, is a woman who is troubled by her past and questioning the decisions she made as a young woman.  Olivia goes to  trying to understand why she acted the way she did, hoping she can reconnect with a former lover and “make it right.”  Things get complicated when she meets a new man. 

 There are plot twists and turns, but in the end, since this novel, like most Christmas novels, has a happy ending, Olivia could easily stand with Julie Andrews to sing in wonder that she must have done “something good” to deserve her second chance with love.
In fact, sometimes I picture the heroines in all our Christmas novels performing on a  huge American Idol stage, each one singing her own story, and then all nine of them coming together in a grand finale to belt out 

Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could. 

So somewhere in my youth or childhood, 
I must have done something good.  

First there would be Alice, who would sing about her confusing journey of self-discovery after she got lost in a snowstorm, read The Christmas Diary, and felt compelled to find the man who wrote it.  Then there would be Juliet Sinclair, recently divorced, who must try to unravel a secret involving her father’s past.  In the process, she comes face to face with the new man of her life.  Having lived through Christmas Ever After, Jennifer Taylor would tell a story reminiscent of Ebenezer Scrooge’s, about a trip to  that forced her to confront her past, her present and her possible future.  Megan and Jackie would recount the joys and fears of being in The Christmas Town of 1943, while Trudie, Mary Ann and Kristen would laugh and cry while retelling their romantic, tap dancing adventures as The Christmas Women.  

Even though Charles Dickens wrote the novel entitled Great Expectations, the title could easily have been used by Jane Austen and dozens of other writers of women’s contemporary romances, for the expectations are high:  the protagonist will find the perfect husband, and everyone will live happily ever after.  It’s Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White all over again, but with modern women center stage:  women with careers and children and pasts they’re not so proud of, women who somehow, nonetheless, find happiness—and they’re not sure what the heck they did to deserve it.   

Copyright © 2015 by Elyse Douglas

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  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour and hosting Elyse Douglas!

  2. Thanks for hosting The Christmas Bridge.
    --Elyse Douglas

  3. The long bridge intrigues me the most.

  4. The bridge intrigues me the most because it is so long.



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