Excerpt & Giveaway with Sarah Morgan

Author Sarah Morgan is here with us today sharing an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Sleigh Bells in the Snow. Welcome to The Book Vixen Sarah!


Kayla finished her drink and followed him to the snowmobile.

He stood steady in the deep snow, legs spread as he pulled on his gloves. ‘Do you want to drive?’

Remembering the twisty turning trails and the skill he’d shown maneuvering the snowmobile, she shook her head. ‘Not this time. I’d rather let you do the work. When it comes to physical effort I’m inherently lazy.’

‘So you’re a lie back and let it happen sort of woman? That surprises me.’ The gleam in those blue eyes made her feel as if she’d stepped off a cliff.

‘Are you flirting with me?’ She breathed and felt cold air rush into her lungs. Unfortunately it did nothing to cool the heat of her skin. ‘Because if you are, I’d have to warn you that you’re wasting your time.’

‘It’s my time.’ His gaze steady on hers, he picked up his helmet. ‘Up to me how I choose to waste it.’

‘Just as long as you know I’m not good at personal relationships.’

‘Who told you that?’

‘No one. I have impressive self-insight. I know what I’m good at. I know what I’m bad at. I’m bad at relationships. Not just bad, terrible. The truth is I find work more interesting than any man.’ There. She’d said it. And he was still standing there. Still watching her with eyes that saw far, far too much.

‘Surely that would depend on the man.’

‘I’d rather check my emails than go on a date. And if I do go on a date, I still check them.’

‘Is that right?’ He reached out and tilted her chin and she froze but all he did was to zip her jacket to her throat and smile at her. ‘The internet connection is pretty unpredictable up here. You might have to find another way to occupy yourself on a date, Kayla.‘

‘I don’t intend to go on a date. I’m here to work.’

‘So your plan for dealing with chemistry is to pretend it doesn’t exist?’

‘Chemistry?’ The word came out like a croak and his eyes creased at the corners.

‘Yeah, that chemistry. Seems to me we have two choices here. We can try and ignore it or we can go with it and see where we end up.’

‘Option one works for me.’

‘That could give me a problem.’

Her mouth was dry. ‘Why?’

‘Because I’m leaning towards option two.’ For a crazy, heart stopping moment she thought he was going to kiss her. Then his smile widened and he stepped away. ‘The snow is likely to be deep up ahead. Hold on tight.’

That was it? He was going to throw out a statement like that and then just leave it there? Leave her all jumbled up and thrown off balance?

Feeling as if she’d stuck her hand into a naked flame, Kayla climbed on behind him.

About the Book

Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah MorganTitle: Sleigh Bells in the Snow
Series: O’Neil Brothers, Book 1
Author: Sarah Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 29, 2013 by HQN Books

Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.

Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail. Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 11 million copies of her books. She has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.

As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.

Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

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Thanks to Harlequin and Sarah Morgan, two lucky winners will each receive a print copy of Sleigh Bells in the Snow. Good luck to all who enter!

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  1. Awesome excerpt and great cover! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

  2. Reading a holiday novel is a great break from the rush of getting ready for the holidays - gives me time to recharge.

  3. I love holiday romances because they are extra heartwarming!

  4. What I like about holiday romance novels is they always get me in the right mood Christmas, and they usually have some message or miracle in them that makes me feel good. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  5. Thanks for the chance to win! I like holiday stories because they are usually "feel good" romances - perfect for my mood during the holiday season.

  6. Congrats on your new book. You are a new author to me. Thanks for the introduction, excerpt, description of the book, and the giveaway.

  7. I enjoy holiday romances because reading them gets me in the spirit of the holiday season.

  8. I'm not sure what it is about the holidays, but the stories seem more poignant at that time of year, I guess because it's all about family, so people who have problems with theirs tend to feel very alone.

  9. I think I just love the sense of togetherness. Whether it be with friends or family. It's heartwarming.

  10. Holiday romance are always magical.

  11. I like a bit of romance and the fact that the romance is occurring around the holiday season makes it special! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. The excerpt is compelling. What I like about holiday romance novels is the setting and the (generally) joyous atmosphere.

  13. I loved the excerpt. My favorite part of holiday romance novels is the generally joyous atmosphere surrounding the story.

  14. I love how magical they feel.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I love that it brings two of my favorite things in life together -- HEAs and Christmas. Both represent happiness to me :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  16. I enjoyed the excerpt and I really enjoy Christmas books to get me in the spirit of the season. I'm looking forward to reading this one :)

  17. I love everything about holiday romances. Christmas is magical and I love escaping into the winter wonderland and finding a beautiful romance!

    I've been looking forward to reading Sarah's book!! Thanks for having a giveaway :)

  18. I love the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season so reading stories about that time of the year gives me warm fuzzies.

  19. I enjoy the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season and reading about that time of the year gives me warm fuzzies.

  20. I like how holiday stories evoke warm fuzzies when it's freezing outside.

  21. Holiday romances make it feel like Christmas every day. I love snow and holiday traditions, so it's fun to read about what other people may be doing

  22. I enjoy holiday stories since the story feels happier when you add the holiday spirit to it.

  23. I enjoy holiday romances because I love this time of year and it's extra heart-warming to read a romance specifically set during the holidays :)

  24. Nothing gets me in the spirit more than reading holiday romances.

  25. I'm new to the holiday romances but I'm really enjoying them. They are putting me in the holiday mood. Thanks for the giveaway. I've been looking at this one since I saw it on Jennifer Estep's blog. Fingers crossed.