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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

No Holly for Christmas by Julie N. Ford - Book Tour - Book Sale - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Julie N. Ford and her new book, “No Holly for Christmas”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Julie and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on sale during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

No Holly for Christmas
by Julie N. Ford


GENRE: Women's Fiction/Romance/Suspense



After being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he’s ever truly loved, Brian McAlister has all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA's office, he steps into the middle of a politically sensitive murder case where he crosses paths with a beautiful ex-socialite-turned-social-worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter.

Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at Walmart, Holly is dreading the approaching holiday season. However, her angst isn't due to her husband's untimely death the previous December 25th, but to a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas. To make matters worse, she unwittingly stumbles into the throes of Brian’s case and the manhunt for a killer who now has his sights set on her.

His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.



It wasn’t easy, going from six-thousand-square-feet to twenty-two-hundred practically overnight. In fact, it was downright depressing.

Looking back at Wandean’s modest two-story home, Holly imagined the women inside were already discussing how hard it must be for her to make ends meet while raising two daughters all on her own and without the financial means to do so in the manner she and her girls had once been accustomed to. But then somewhere in the far reaches of her mind, hadn’t she always feared her life would come down to something like this? That fate would require her to face what she dreaded most, force her to take up her bootstraps, rise to her full potential, and stop being so dependent on others?

Adding insult to injury, she was sick of people feeling sorry for her because her husband had died. While the timing of Kirk’s death had been unexpected, it was better than the alternative. If he hadn’t died in that car accident last Christmas, she might have killed him herself to keep him from going through with his coldblooded plans. Getting away with murder would have been tricky, though, and grisly, at least the way she had planned his untimely death.

She shuddered at her own thoughts.

Then again, so what if she had seriously considered disposing of her traitorous husband herself?

Didn’t everyone have a dark side?



This book is book two of in the Magic City Duo Book Series.  Although, I hadn’t read the first book, I had no trouble following or understanding this book as it can be easily read as a standalone.

I really like the premise of this story and was very excited to read it!  I found this book to be entertaining and intriguing for the most part.  There were a few sections that seemed a bit slow paced and definitely hindered the captivation of the story.

I loved that there was a love-story component and also an exciting, suspenseful, and intriguing mystery case with a killer and the man who hired him on the loose – my favorite kind of story combination!

I really liked the main characters – Holly and Brian – and of course Holly’s kids!  They were likable and genuine.  Very well-developed, flawed characters!

Both Holly and Brian have lots of baggage, but I definitely found myself rooting for them!  I thought they pushed each other and helped each other grow.

There’s a lot going on in this book, and I really enjoyed reading it!  I would absolutely recommend this book – and not just to romance readers as there is quite a bit of mystery, suspense, and intrigue thrown in!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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A graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science, Julie N. Ford also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of six women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. After twenty-five years of residing below the Mason-Dixon line, she now calls the chaparral of Southern Utah her home, where she lives with her husband, the one daughter who has yet to flee the nest, and the cutest Scottish fold cat you’ve ever seen.






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  1. Julie ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Ally, thank you SO much for taking the time to read and review my novel!

  4. Who is your favorite author of all time? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980@hotmail.com

  5. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!