Blog Tour [Spotlight and Excerpt] I'll Be Home for Christmas by Lori Wilde

Y:\Spring 2015\Girl Who Wrote in Silk\9781492608332-PR.jpgI’ll Be Home for Christmas by Lori Wilde
A Twilight, Texas Novel
Avon Romance
October 27, 2015
Mass-Market ISBN: 9780062311412 * $7.99
E-ISBN 9780062311429 * $5.99

Nothing says Christmas like New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde and Twilight, TX, and now Lori returns to Twilight for a brand new heartwarming holiday tale. The matchmaking members of the Cookie Club are up to their old tricks again!

Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe-a hometown guy with a restless heart-is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most…

…And who happens to be staying at his sister’s place over the holidays, while Joe’s sister is away. But Joe isn’t quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.

Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames “Trouble” won’t inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she’s never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…

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About the Lori

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. www.twilighttexas.com

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.

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Praise for LORI WILDE
“Tempered with love, a caring community, a dash of suspense, and the romantic delight of a Twilight Christmas, this engaging story brims with strength and hope-definitely one to savor.”
   — Library Journal on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT

“Christmas at Twilight is a wonderful heartwarming story not to be missed. The characters are written with compassion as the love between the couple grows.”
   — RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT

“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!”
   — Robyn Carr on A COWBOY CHRISTMAS

“A wonderful story… The ending will leave readers with the desire to make return visits to Jubilee, Texas.”
   — RT Book Reviews, 4 stars, on LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

“A pair of engaging protagonists, a wealth of wacky townsfolk, and a mystery with a dangerous twist add up to a charmingly sexy tale that will leave fans smiling.”
   — Library Journal on LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

“[T]heir personal development forms the heart and soul of the novel, a delicately revealing in-depth character study. Wilde’s clever combination of humor, sorrow and love brings a deeply appealing sense of realism.”
Publishers Weekly on ALL OF ME

Gabi polished off the cake, left a sizable tip, and picked up her purse. Time to find her new digs.
Excitement quickened her steps as she left the coffee shop and walked down the sidewalk to where she’d parallel- parked Katie Cheek’s silver Camry. Per their arrangement, Gabi had picked the car up at DFW airport, just as Katie was to pick up Gabi’s BMW convertible at LAX.
Briefly, she closed her eyes, remembering the moment she and Katie— the new friend she’d found on Pinterest from their mutual interests in snow globes and romantic comedies— had decided to switch lives.
Katie had e- mailed her after being laid off from her information technology job with a government contractor in Fort Worth. The layoff had unfortunately coincided with the one- year anniversary of Katie’s boyfriend’s death.
It was also two days after Gabi had humiliated herself in law school. She’d already slipped into her annual Christmas funk that started around Thanksgiving, and she was missing Derrick as she always did this time of year.
She and Katie exchanged phone numbers in e- mail, called each other for the first time, and commiserated on how they wished they could escape their lives for the holidays. Katie, in a bah-humbug mood, wanted out of her hometown that went nuts for Christmas. While Gabi longed for the kind of traditional Christmas celebrations she’d never had growing up.
“You say that now.” Katie had laughed. “But you have no idea how over- the- top sentimental they get in Twilight, and my family is the worst.”
“Better than my family who completely ignores Christmas.”
Well, we give a couple of gifts, and if I’m lucky we might have a meal together, but that’s it. No tree. No lights. No parties. No caroling.”
“Sounds like heaven.” Katie sighed.
Gabi had been fresh off binge- watching Christ-mas movies to cheer herself up, including The Holiday, and the idea had popped out of her mouth before she even had a chance to think it through. “What if we swapped places for Christmas?” she asked. “You’re laid off and I dropped out of school. We’re both free.”
“Why not?” Katie said, her voice growing thick with excitement. “It’s the perfect solution to our doldrums.”
Why not indeed?
And that’s how she’d ended up in this quirky little town.
Gabi opened her eyes, realizing just how impulsively out of character the agreement was. It might have been foolish, but she couldn’t deny she felt wildly free in a way she’d never felt before.
Plus, she loved being in the midst of A Christ-mas Carol unfolding around her.


  1. Good Morning, thanks so much for featuring I'll be home for Christmas today. ~ Lori