Saturday, December 7, 2013

Book Spotlight and a Giveaway! A Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson

A Madaris Bride for Christmas

A Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Kimani Arabesque

In her 100th book, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author blends heated sensuality and drama into a dazzling new novel featuring one of her most unforgettable Madaris heroes yet.

One by one, Madaris men have surrendered to the matchmaking schemes of Felicia Laverne Madaris, matriarch of the family. But Lee Madaris isn't letting anyone else control his destiny. He'll bring a bride of his own choosing to the family's holiday gathering; if his hotel's gorgeous new chef will agree to a marriage of convenience.

It's not just the chance to work at the Strip's hottest hotel that brought Carly Briggs to Vegas. Witnessing a crime in Miami may have made her a mob target. Though she's reluctant to complicate their working relationship, Lee's tempting offer is so hard to resist. And soon, desire is clouding their no-strings arrangement.

The danger that made Carly flee Miami is about to land at their door. So Carly and Lee must decide who to trust, when to let go; and whether a love they never anticipated is strong enough to pass the ultimate test.


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About the author

Brenda Jackson was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She got married to Gerald, her high school sweetheart, in 1972 after graduating from high school. She went on to earn a degree in business administration from Jacksonville University, and to expand their family by having two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon.

To relieve job-related stress in the early 1990s, Jackson began reading romance novels. Although she enjoyed the novels, she was dissatisfied with the lack of cultural and ethnic diversity in the characters. After complaining to her husband that she could do better, he registered her for a romance writers conference and encouraged her to try her hand at writing. At the conference, Jackson met then-unpublished authors Francis Ray and Rochelle Alers and became inspired to write.

Jackson was determined to write novels that are multicultural romances, featuring African-American characters, that "convey the belief that love is every[where]."Her first novel, Tonight and Forever was published in 1995. This and the next few books followed the fictional Madaris brothers, giving Jackson an opportunity to portray professional African-American men who were both "appreciative and respectful of women."Her heroes are in many ways inspired by her husband, whom she considers to be "a very strong African-American male [who] is supportive and centers his life around his family."

In 2001, Jackson released her first mainstream women's fiction novel, A Family Reunion. As with her previous romance novels, this book contains a "sexy spark,"as well as Jackson's familiar "polished and confident" writing style, which allows her "characters [to] burst with color right off the page." The following year, in 2002, she became the first African-American author to have a novel published as part of the Silhouette Desire line.

Despite publishing 11 books in the first ten years of her writing career, as of 2005, Jackson considers writing to be her hobby, and she continues to work full-time as a manager at State Farm Insurance.

Throughout her writing career, Jackson has written for several publishers, including St.Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance.

RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Series Romance.
RT's Career Achievment Best Author Award winner (2011) for Contemporary Romance.
2012 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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  1. I enjoy reading marriage of convenience stories. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  2. I love romantic Christmas stories. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. This sounds like a good book and really I'd read a Christmas book anytime of year. I love them.

  4. Interesting holiday book


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