Friday, December 19, 2014

On the 7th day of Christmas I read "Seven Swans Bride" by Donna Dalton!

It's the 7th Day of Christmas, and what's more fitting than a story from my fellow Twelve Brides of Christmas Author, Donna Dalton, with her story "Seven Swans Bride." I have to admit, Donna, I was curious how you were going to incorporate 7 Swans into a holiday romance, but you did it, and so cleverly!! Tell me a little bit about your story, and I understand you have a GIVEAWAY?
Buy Donna's book HERE
Thank you so much for hosting me today for the “12 Brides of Christmas” Author Spotlight! My book, “Seven Swans Bride” is the seventh stanza of the Twelve Days of Christmas which includes seven swans a’ swimming - and of course a bride. This sweet historical romance is set just after the American civil war.

For a chance to win a FREE e-copy of “Seven Swans Bride” comment below with your answer to my holiday question. I will be choosing one random comment by noon EDST tomorrow, so scroll down and leave a comment!
Do you have any holiday traditions that have been passed down through the years from generation to generation? If so, I’d love to hear about them. If not, just list a tradition you’d like to see started.
Here’s a little bit about my book, Seven Swans Bride”, including an excerpt and some buy links for you! Thanks again for stopping by, and don’t forget to comment for a chance to WIN!!! J
Family comes first for Abigail Whitlock. She’ll do anything to make it home to Seven Swans in time for Christmas and to attend her sister’s wedding - even if it means braving unforgiving mountainous terrain, fickle winter weather, and a captivating escort who threatens to steal her heart.

Country and duty come before all else for Major Evander Holt. He’s scheduled to arrive at his new assignment by year’s end, but a rockslide, a wily politician, and a headstrong, impetuous lady put his travel plans on hold. He doesn't need to come to her rescue, and he certainly doesn't need to fall in love with her. But there's something about Abigail he can't resist...even if it means risking his career.

Evander moved into the station house and closed the door behind him. Passengers littered the floor like routed soldiers, some sitting on trunks, others standing in small groups, their faces creased with apprehension. Even the children were subdued. The sudden cessation of their trip had everyone battle-shocked.

On the other side of the room near the ticket counter, Miss Whitlock and Congressman Jones had their gazes locked on him. One looked as though she’d swallowed a dose of castor oil. The other wore a satisfied grin. Were those expressions for him? Neither was particularly welcoming.

Miss Whitlock broke off her stare and fiddled with her crooked hat feather. Hair the color of sun-ripened wheat poured out from beneath her hat and framed her pretty face now flushed a charming shade of pink. He couldn’t see her eyes from across the distance, but he recalled their intensity as he held her close after the sudden braking of the train. They were deep blue, like a bottomless ocean, one a less sentient man might drown in.

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Author BIO:

Donna Dalton  uses the rich history of her home state of Virginia and the American Civil War to create action-packed, emotional romances. Her favorite pastime is to tour the many battlefields and museums and bring those places to life in her stories. She has four full-length historical novels published with The Wild Rose Press as well as several contemporary short stories. You can visit her at or on facebook at


  1. Hello everyone, having my morning cup of tea while checking my emails. Thanks for having me Dylan. This is going to be such fun!!!

    1. My pleasure, Donna! And my tradition, in case you were curious, is an advent calendar! We had one with little cardboard windows you opened, and each day my sister and I would take turns. Some years it was the windows with chocolate inside--woo hoo! But other years, it was just a window that revealed something inside the house. My girls are a little more spoiled--I actually make an advent calendar for them with tiny gifts that I pick up for $1 during the year. Helps keep impatient kids happy until the big day!!

      So glad to have you on my blog today, Donna!! Looking forward to hearing everyone's traditions!