GENRE: Women’s Fiction/Romance/Suspense

SERIES: Magic City Duo (Book 2)


Note: During the tour, the book will be on sale for only 99¢

About the Book

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.

Read an Excerpt

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?

My Review

Although this book is part of a series, it is a standalone story in itself.

I felt a bit misled by the title as this isn’t a holiday/Christmas story, only set at the holiday season with little content to set a holiday mood. However, that shouldn’t be a deterrent if you enjoy a story with angst and a bit of suspense.

The hero, Brian, has sworn off relationships and we all know how long that will last. Holly, a widow with two young daughters, is a good representation of a struggling, single mom. An unlikely couple in the beginning, the romance unfolds at a nice, even pace.

About the Author

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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A Giveaway

Julie N. Ford will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit previous sites for even more chances to win.

October 3: Queen of All She Reads
October 10: The Reading Addict
October 10: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 17: Natural Bri
October 17: Lisa’s Home for Books
October 17: Emily Carrington
October 24: Guam Romance Novel
October 24: Fabulous and Brunette

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Julie today. Please come back again soon for more authors, books, reviews and giveaways.



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7 Responses to NO HOLLY FOR CHRISTMAS by Julie N. Ford

  1. Carole D says:

    Congrats on the tour, love the excerpt and review, and thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Elaina says:

    Nicely done review.

  3. Nikolina says:

    This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  5. Julie N. Ford says:

    Thank you SO much reading and reviewing my novel! I really appreciate it 🙂

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