Friday, November 1, 2013

YULETIDE PROTECTOR


Congratulations to "Colleen C." the winner of Julie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

November 19th marks the release of my 50th book, YULETIDE PROTECTOR.  The holidays seem like an appropriate time for the story to come out because I’m already in a celebrating mood.  As a treat, I’m sharing some pictures that inspired the setting of the story, including the beautiful lights on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri—as well as my own Christmas tree, with its mix of handmade and collectible ornaments.

As you can see, I love the lights of Christmastime.  In YULETIDE PROTECTOR, Detective Spencer Montgomery needs some light in his life to erase the darkness in his soul. The witness he’s assigned to protect is Bailey Austin, a woman whose sunny beauty, unflinching bravery and determination to celebrate the holidays crack open his hardened heart.  Here’s a teaser from the back cover:

As the lone surviving victim who can put her attacker away in prison, heiress Bailey Austin becomes the key to the D.A.'s case against a notorious criminal. As lead detective, Spencer Montgomery must prep her for trial. But he becomes her personal protector when she starts receiving terrifying "gifts" meant to scare her away from testifying.

Spencer is a cop on the fast track to making captain one day, if he can keep his emotions in check. But as the stalker's threats escalate, he can't deny that Bailey has thawed his icy heart. Her courage touches him in ways no other woman has, and reminds him that she's more important to him than any investigation.

While in hiding, Bailey decorates a fern in Spencer’s apartment with those cut-out paper snowflakes.  There’s a relentless action scene that takes place on the Plaza in Kansas City, amidst the holiday shoppers and extravagant Christmas lights and d├ęcor.
Here’s what RT Book Reviews had to say about my 50th book:
4 1/2 stars, Top Pick! - "Miller's conclusion to the intriguing Rose Red Rapist storyline is picture perfect as she neatly wraps up multiple plotlines and brings justice to all the rapist's victims in this viscerally compelling tale."

Meanwhile, you can read an excerpt from YULETIDE PROTECTOR at www.juliemiller.org.

So what are your favorite holiday decorations?  Handmade treasures?  A certain collectible?  Lights?  Yard sculptures? Big tree or small?  Real pine or artificial?  Are you more Clark Griswold and Tim the Tool Man Taylor when it comes to decorating for the holidays?  Or are you more simple and traditional?

Giveaway:
Celebrate with me.  Share your favorite holiday decorations from whatever holiday you celebrate.  I’ll be giving away an early bird copy of YULETIDE PROTECTOR to one lucky poster.

Thank you to all my readers!
Julie Miller

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Nov. 2nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

34 comments:

  1. It's Halloween. It is the only time of the year that I could get away with some of my weird decorations.

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    1. Normally, I decorate a lot for Halloween. This year, though, I've just been so busy--and I thought I'd be gone on the 31st--that I didn't even put out a pumpkin. But I'm gearing up for a festive Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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  2. Warm congrats on publishing book 50! Woohoo ~ can't wait to read it!

    My favorite decorations are paper-quilled Christmas tree ornaments, handmade by my grandmother about 40 years ago. The delicately twisted and crimped paper and sequin snowflakes and angels are the best and take center stage on my tree every year.

    What are your favorites??

    Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us!! Blessings to you ~

    Kimberly Perry k_kperry@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly! Your grandmother's ornaments sound beautiful. I love the handmade ornaments my son made as a child. And it seems as if everyone in my family collects something, so the ornaments reflecting our interests--Star Trek, Legos, music, etc. are favorites. I love my patriotic ornaments, too.

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  3. Congratulations, Julie on your 50th book. How exciting. I collect Hallmark Peanuts Christmas ornaments. I statrted in 1977. Now, I leave the 70's ornaments in the box, so my 3 cats do not desroy them. Love your new book cover too

    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! We collect many Peanuts ornaments, too. Hubby is a big fan.

      I've also collected the Hallmark village home/business ornaments--my mom gives them to me each year. I think I have more than 30 now!

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  4. So excited for the conclusion to the Rose Red rapist books. Congrats on your 50th book Julie.

    I think I tend to be more on the simple side although I love to watch Clark in Christmas Vacation. I have a simple Nativity set that I love and many ornaments that have sentimental value. They may not make a matching/coordinated set on the tree, but they bring me joy. I have a "Our 1st Christmas together 1992" ornament from the year I was married and a set of 4 balls my sister gave me for my weeding in our colors. They are my favorite for the tree.

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    1. Thanks, Jen C! I do love all the lights of Christmas. But I prefer it when someone else puts them all up and I can just go see them. ;) Although hubby does a fun job with the lights outside our house.

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  5. decorating the tree together

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. It's good to have traditions like that, isn't it? It's those traditions and family activities I appreciate the most during the holidays.

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  6. Congratulations, mrs Julie Miller, for you 50th book "Yuletide Protector"; well-deserved!

    Julie, my favorite Holiday decoration is a Christmas one actually. It has decorated the house in which I grew in since I was a very small child. I wish I could post a picture. It is a rather long, delicate pink tree ornament. It is still in pretty good condition, and I still put it on my tree every year,even now at 46 yrs old! :-) Each year, it does brings back happy childhood memories.
    Best Regards to you and your family,
    Judith
    mondijudele at yahoo dot ca

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    1. Thanks, Judith!

      Pink sounds like an interesting ornament color. What a wonderful memento to have.

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  7. Congrats! 50 books! That's awesome!! My favorite decorations are some that my mom helped my daughter make when she was really little. Mom has Alzheimer's now so she can't do that stuff anymore...

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    1. Oops forgot to leave my email just in case! ;) kdjohnston73@yahoo.com

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    2. Thanks, Karen! I'm sorry to hear about your mom. But that's wonderful that you have those memories from before.

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  8. Congratulations on 50!! Truly amazing.

    It's a great day when I can add a Julie MiIler book to my bookshelf.

    I have Christmas decorations that my children made in pre-school. They are a little sad looking by now, but very precious.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks, Mary!

      Those family "heirlooms" are so precious, aren't they?

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  9. I have some very old ornament's from an aunt who gave them to me when I was expecting my first baby. One is of a life saver that I never opened! I used to have a silver ball with my name on it for many years until it eventually broke. I still miss it since it was the first one on the tree. Now it's my green elf! I sent Jenny one yr Hershey's kiss'es ornament's and I have my set that go on, too. I have nfl and horses, hallmark ornament's, and ton's more. We have a fake tree for inside since I don't like needles in the carpet 6 months later. We have a blue spuce that is so big now that I need 4-5 strands instead of one strand that went around it 4-5 times like that first yr.. Doug an I put on lights and ornament's special for this tree on nice warm November day's and take every thing off on a warm day in March , if we r lucky in nystate!! Can't wait for book 50 and for 51 !!! Pam

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    1. Thanks, Pam! We have a couple of artificial trees, too. Plus a garland of artificial greenery and lights I put up on the top of my hutch to hang even more ornaments. Artificial trees because of my allergies (I enjoying breathing at Christmastime ;). And 3 locations because we have so many wonderful ornaments! (And a lot of them still don't get unpacked and put out. But we each pick favorites every year for the main tress. Then we have a Star Trek/Star Wars tree. And on the hutch, depending on my mood each year, I hang the patriotic ornaments or all the shiny/sparkly ones.

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  10. Hey Julie, I've been looking forward to this final book in the series, as you know! I know it'll be a good one - everything you write is fantastic! I love the holiday season! It's hard to pick a favorite decoration. I loved when my kids were home and we'd decorate the tree. Now that they are gone, I still enjoy decorating the tree with just my husband because we put each ornament on the tree and talk about each one - remembering what it means! It's a special time. Our kids live in different states and are too far away to spend the holidays with us so we just reminisce about those fun times as a family! I love the Christmas lights outside too!

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    1. What a great way to reminisce, Valri. :)

      Hubby's in charge of our outside decorations. I'm in charge inside. ;)

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  11. Oops, forgot my email address! Valri Western
    westernaz@msn.com

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  12. Hello Julie!! My favorite ornaments are the one's on my parent's tree. They still have ornaments that my brother and I made when we were in elementary school. It's amazing how the pretzels haven't molded over the years! :) I know that as my son nears his elementary school days and starts making ornaments, I will cherish those. Thanks for getting us into the holiday spirit! I look forward to reading your 50th book! Wow! You're definitely an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Good to "see" you here.

      My mom actually has a Christmas room, where she keeps a tree my dad made up and decorated all year round. She also collects antique ornaments, Santas, snowmen, etc. The whole room is decorated for Christmas the year round. When we visit in Missouri, one of my favorite things to do is to go into the Christmas room to see what's new (or at least new to the house) there.

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  13. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceNovember 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Hey Julie! I always enjoy decorating our Christmas Tree. It's fun to see all the ornaments from when we were kids. I also have participated in the Harlequin Ornament Exchanges for the past few years. I think this year will be my 5th. We have a kitten in the house again this year so we may just put up a little fiber optic tree instead of our tradition tree. It would probably be safer. Besides last year the tree stand broke so now we need a new tree.

    Congrats on the 50th book! Say Hi to Maggie for me!

    fantum2004ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Maggie always appreciates the extra attention, Laura. ;) I've never done the Harlequin ornament exchange, although I consider it every year. I just seem to get too busy to get it all done!

      And thanks! I'm pretty pleased and proud to have finally reached #50, too. (btw, #51 is written and with my editor, and I'm working on #52 now!)

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  14. Hi Julie. My favorite ornament is the one with my son's footprint for his first Christmas. Thank you for the giveaway.
    jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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    1. That's a nice memento to have, Jaclyn. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. My favourite decoration is a six inch fluffy Christmas tree with arms and legs. When you squeeze the hand, it wiggles and plays a song. I love it and my son hates it. I tell him to suck it up.
    joanneboykoATyahooDOTca

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    1. Ha! Those kinds of toys/decorations are fun for me, too. Up to a point. I put out a couple of those every year. But I do reach a point where I either take out the battery or turn the switch to off because I'm tired of hearing the tune/saying over and over. ;)

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  16. MY fav Christmas decoration... well I have two. One is my fav stocking my parents gave me as a kid... it is a mouse that plays music... I have had that for many many years and still use it... my second fav decoration is the very first one I bought with my own money... it is a polar bear panel that lights up... so cute, it has a santa hat on and is holding a present.
    Happy November & Happy Holidays!

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    1. They both sound like wonderful, meaningful ornaments, Colleen! Thanks for sharing.

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