Monday, December 7, 2015

Tasty Virtual Tour for BURNING BRIGHT, four contemporary Chanukah Romances from Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern and Jennifer Gracen

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Burning Bright
Four Chanukah Love Stories
Megan Hart, KK Hendin, 
Stacey Agdern and Jennifer Gracen
Releasing December 1st, 2015 
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This December, take a break from dreidel spinning, gelt winning, and latke eating to experience the
joy of Chanukah. When you fall in love during the Festival of Lights, the world
burns a whole lot brighter.

It’s definitely not love at first sight for Amanda and her cute but mysterious new neighbor, Ben. Can a Chanukah miracle show them that getting off on the wrong foot doesn’t mean they can’t walk the same road?

Lawyers in love, Shari Cohen and Evan Sonntag are happy together. But in a moment of doubt, he pushes her away-then soon realizes he made a huge mistake. To win her back, it might take something like a Chanukah miracle.

When impulsive interior designer Molly Baker-Stein barges into Jon Adelman’s apartment and his life intent on planning the best Chanukah party their building has ever seen, neither expects that together, they just might discover a Home for Hannukah.

All Tamar Jacobs expected from her Israel vacation was time to hang out with one of her besties and to act like a tourist, cheesy t-shirt and all, in her two favorite cities. She definitely was not expecting to fall for Avi Levinson, a handsome soldier who’s more than she ever dreamed. 


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When I heard that this anthology of Chanukah themed stories was coming out, I was so excited!! I couldn’t wait to read this book about the holiday I celebrate!!

If I was asked which story I liked the most, I wouldn’t be able to decide. I loved each one! 

Miracle by Megan Hart
Ben is Amanda’s new neighbor. They meet when Amanda is mistakenly delivered a package that is for Ben. Ben has just recently moved to town and is a new tenant in her building. Ben and Amanda start spending time together and share things about themselves and like each other.

Ben has a past which he is reluctant to talk about. When he gets an unexpected visit from his father, Ben explains everything to Amanda. Ben also says that he understands if Amanda doesn’t want to see him anymore.

I love what Amanda tells Ben. She says that sometimes when there are things you don’t think you can handle, you find that you can. That the miracle was meeting the right person at the right time that helped.

A Dose of Gelt by Jennifer Gracen
Evan and Shari have a great relationship. They have been together for seven months and spend practically every day together. When Evan brings Shari to meet his family for Chanukah, there is tension caused by them.

When his family starts asking if he and Shari will get married, Evan gets cold feet and upset at the family. Evan is a divorce lawyer and it has made him leery of marriage. Not meaning to, since his family has upset him, Evan pushes Shari away and upsets her. Evan tells Shari they need time apart and he needs to assess their relationship. Shari gets upset and tells Evan she needs space also. During a long week apart, they realize how much they miss each other. Evan even shows Shari through gifts how much she means to him.

With help from her father, Shari realizes she also made mistakes with how she handled things. Evan travels to Shari’s parent’s house. He wants to discuss what had happened in person. They reconcile and Evan tells Shari that what they have and are going to have is their Chanukah miracle.

A Home for Chanukah by Stacey Agdern-
Molly Baker-Stein is planning a holiday party for Chanukah in the building where she lives. One day she knocks on the door of her neighbor Jon Adelman to ask for help with the planning. Since Jon has a car and Holly doesn’t, he takes her to the different places they need to get things for the party. They start to spend more time together and find they have feelings for one another.

Molly and Jon have a lot of fun together listening to music and going on errands for the party together. They have a very nice dinner at Holly’s Uncle Abe’s deli one night, as well as a trip to Jon’s sister’s bakery.

Jon travels a lot with his job working for a new Jewish music company. His apartment isn’t really furnished like others would.  Jon even says that it looks like a fraternity house since there isn’t much more than a futon. While Jon is away on one of his work trips, Molly surprises him by decorating his apartment. When Jon sees the apartment he gets upset that it was changed without him knowing.

After calming down, Jon talks to Uncle Abe about what happened. Uncle Abe makes Jon realize that Molly did what she did out of love. That she made Jon a home and he should show Molly how he appreciates her and what she did, which he does.

All I Got by KK Hendin
Tamar is on a trip to Israel during a break from college in New York.  On the first day she is there, she meets Avi.

Avi is an Israeli soldier that she meets at the bus stop. The two of them start talking and find they have a few things in common, including a friend. Since Tamar will only be in Israel a few weeks, Avi wants to spend time with her. They go on a trip and look at shirts with interesting sayings on them.

Tamar and Avi find that they think about each other a lot and are interested in each other, but Tamar has to go home early because of the weather. Avi  goes to New York to see Tamar. He tells her that he has a new job and would like to marry her. This isn’t out of the ordinary since they are both very religious. Sometimes you just know right away that this is the person you want to be with, no matter how long you have known each other.

Although each story is only a few chapters long, they are light reads which convey emotions in their own way.

 Whether you celebrate Chanukah or not, I would strongly recommend this book!!


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Megan Hart is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than thirty novels, novellas and short stories. Her work has been published in almost every genre, including contemporary women’s fiction, historical romance, paranormal and erotica. Learn more at

Jennifer Gracen hails from Long Island, New York, where she lives with her two young sons. After spending her youth writing in private and singing in public, she now only sings in her car and has fully embraced her lifelong passion for writing. She loves to write contemporary romance and romantic women’s fiction for readers who yearn for better days, authentic characters, and satisfying
endings. When she isn’t taking care of her kids, doing freelance copy editing/proofreading, reading, or talking to friends on Twitter and Facebook, Jennifer writes. She’s shocked her family hasn’t yet staged an intervention for her addiction to social media. But the concerts she gives in her car and the
dance parties she has in her kitchen are rumored to be fabulous.

Stacey Agdern is an award winning former bookseller who has reviewed romance novels in multiple formats and given talks about various aspects of the romance genre. She also a romance writer. You can find her on twitter at @nystacey. She’s a proud member of both LIRW and RWA NYC. She lives in New York, not far from her favorite hockey team’s practice facility.

KK Hendin writes books where people flirt awkwardly, make out, dish out a whole lot of sass and ridiculousness, and live happily ever after. She’s the author of many books, including the TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR series and the upcoming UNDERCOVER series. She also writes books as K.
Hendin, where people aren’t as nice and Happily Ever After isn’t a guarantee. KK is currently writing way too many books, and is still waiting for the subway to run on a regular schedule. When she’s not playing book Tetris in an attempt to fit everything onto the bookshelves in her tiny NYC apartment, she’s probably wandering her neighborhood with her camera or drinking yet another cup of coffee.

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