It is advent calendar day and I have such a treat for you!

Hello stranger! Long time no see!

I’ve come out of accidental blog hibernation (golly life has been busy) to bring you wonderful, festive news. My favourite author Rebecca Raisin has a new book coming out, not only a new book but a FESTIVE BOOK!!!

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Winter at Cedarwood Lodge has been released TODAY and is a combination of Rebecca’s three Cedarwood novellas. Trust me, this is your festive by-the-fire book SORTED.

So, here’s the details…

Winter at Cedarwood Lodge

By Rebecca Raisin

Releasing December 1

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Blurb:

Includes bonus material!

This winter it’s time to fall in love at Cedarwood Lodge…

After years of dreaming, Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen and turning it into the perfect destination for celebrations, weddings and extravagant birthday parties. The huge property used to be a bustling holiday camp, now Clio wants to bring it back to its halcyon days – which will be a lot of hard work!

Returning back to the small town of her youth she’s glad to have one of her best friends still around to lean on, Micah who is just as solid as he used to be. But with her own secrets pushing her to run from her glamorous life in New York, she’ll have to tread carefully, especially when the far-too-handsome-for-his-own-good contractor, Kai, shows up on her doorstep…

Sure she’s here in Evergreen to change her life, but there is no way she’s falling in love!

 

Here’s where you can get your hands on it:

Amazon UK | Amazon | Amazon Aus | Google Play | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

What are you waiting for?!

If, somehow, you haven’t read any of Rebecca Raisin’s books yet, there are many, many mentions of her magic on my blog (under the books category) and this is her website.

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