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FEATURED AUTHOR: DeAnna Cameron

DeAnnaCameron_AuthorPic_300dpiDeAnna Cameron writes contemporary romance and historical fiction featuring feisty heroines transformed by true love and belly. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Polish, and Serbian, and her work has been praised for its “deft prose, energetic characters and . . . colorful images” by RT Book Reviews and called “most entertaining” by the Historical Novel Review. She’s also the founder of O.C. Writers, a network of published and aspiring authors in Southern California. And she’s the founder and editor of Lit Central O.C., an e-magazine that showcases the work of O.C.

Before turning to fiction, DeAnna worked as a journalist, writing and editing for several Southern California newspapers and magazines. For more information, visit her website at http://www.DeAnnaCameron.com.

 

What’s your favorite scene in “Shimmy for Me” and why?

My favorite scene comes near the end and involves a bellygram situation that goes terribly wrong. When the idea for this scene first came to me, I imagined how it would go and how it could lead to additional scenes that in my mind would lead up to a particular ending. But when I sat down and started writing this scene, it didn’t go according to plan—at all. It completely took a left turn, and suddenly what I thought was going to be a lighthearted, fun scene turned into something very different. It really rattled me, but I just kept writing because the way things were unfolding felt true and real. So I went with it, and somehow the characters—Abby and Derek—found their own way back together. It wasn’t the path I had originally planned for them, but that made it even more fun for me. I felt like I was just observing their story, not creating it.

 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My husband and I started a tradition when we were dating of making a Christmas tree ornament with a photograph from a momentous occasion during the year. One year it was a photo from our first vacation together, another it was from the night he proposed. We now have ornaments that feature our wedding day, the birth of our daughter, and so many other wonderful occasions. It’s fun to have all these images on our holiday tree and to rekindle all those amazing memories.

 

If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

I’m a big fan of Bailey’s Irish Cream, but in honor of my family’s Scottish heritage I like to make a Scottish version. It tastes great in coffee or over ice, and it’s incredibly easy to make.

 

HOMEMADE SCOTTISH CREAM

Yield 4 cups

1 c. light cream

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 2/3 c. single malt Scotch whisky

1 t. instant coffee

2 T. chocolate syrup

1 t. vanilla extract

1 t. almond extract

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture in a tightly sealed container and keep in the refrigerator. The Scottish Cream will keep for up to two months in the fridge. Shake the bottle well before serving.

 

What are you working on next?

I’m finishing up “Dance with Me,” the first full-length novel in the California Belly Dance series, which will continue the story of the women of the Shimmy Shop belly dance studio. If all goes well, it should be available by early summer.

 

 

SHIMMY FOR ME

Shimmy for Me

By DeAnna Cameron
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One passionate night. Two lost souls. A whole world of trouble.

Juggling two jobs to keep her belly dance studio afloat keeps Abby Anderson’s mind off her shattered love life—until a reawakened pain sends her into the arms of an anonymous stranger she plucks from the audience of her tribal belly dance show. No names, no strings, no romance. She tells herself it’s a harmless hookup.

Until he turns up at her day job . . .

Derek Collier, the sexy heir to the Collier media dynasty, just landed everything he’s always wanted: the publisher’s seat at the Orange County Herald. Except his first order of business is to sell the newspaper. Reeling from his family’s betrayal, his only comfort is the memory of that mysterious belly dancer and the perfect night they spent together.

He won’t rest until he finds her again.

She’ll lose everything if he does.

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FEATURED AUTHOR: Gayle Carline

Gayle CarlineGayle Carline spent almost 30 years as a software engineer until she chewed her way out of the cubicle to become a writer. In 2005, she began writing a humor column for her local newspaper, entertaining readers with stories of her life as a wife, mother, and life juggler. In 2009, she published the first of her Peri Minneopa Mystery series, “Freezer Burn.” As of 2014, she has published two more books and a short story in the Peri series, two collections of her humor essays, a romantic suspense novel set at a horse show, and her horse’s memoir (she took dictation). But what she’d really like to do is direct. For more information, visit www.GayleCarline.com.

 

What’s your favorite scene in “Murder on the Hoof” and why?

My favorite scene is probably the one where my protagonist, Willie, is trying to put her chaps on and Tyler shows up, and offers to help. Chaps zip down the back of your leg, starting right under your tush and are very fitted. Anyone who helps you spends a decent amount of time pushing your flesh around to get the zipper down. To have Willie accept Tyler’s help and try not to get flustered at having a handsome cowboy handling her backside was a fun scene to write!

 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

I love so much about Christmas, from picking out the tree to going to see holiday concerts and plays. On Christmas Eve, we like to go renew our passes to Disneyland, then we have a little fun on the rides, watch the fake snow, and walk to Downtown Disney for dinner.

 

If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

“Murder on the Hoof” takes place in July, so any winter readers will be transported back to sunny, 80-degree days. Still, since Willie likes a glass or two of cabernet, I’d say a nice mulled wine sounds like the ticket.

 

What are you working on next?

I’m writing two books at the moment. One is the fourth book in my Peri Minneopa Mystery Series, featuring a 50-year-old housecleaner-turned-detective. The other is a fantasy about a girl pirate. If that makes me schizophrenic, I plead guilty.

 

 

 

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Murder on the Hoof

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She was looking for a horse. What she found was romance. And danger.
Willie Adams is at the L.A. Equestrian Center shopping for her first horse. A young widow struggling with the idea of dating again, she never expected that a gorgeous trainer like Tyler Ransome would notice her. But he did.
He wasn’t the only one, either. Bobby Fermino is not as handsome, nor as pleasant. After attacking Willie he ends up dead in her tack room, leaving her the most likely suspect.
Willie has to convince Detective Lucas Macy that she’s innocent, but her physical attraction to him isn’t making the task easy.
With growing evidence pointing to her, and two famous actors drawing attention to the investigation, Willie decides to take the reins. She must find the murderer before they find her, but will she survive opening her heart to someone new?

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Kitty Bucholtz Author

FEATURED AUTHOR: Kitty Bucholtz

Kitty BucholtzKitty Bucholtz writes light urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. Her stories feature women whose sense of humor and nervous gutsy-ness get them into and out of all kinds of trouble. Her newest hobby—exploring the fascinating worlds in comic books—led her to write a superhero series in the urban fantasy genre. She writes romantic comedies because—well, she lives in one!

She grew up in Northern Michigan, the setting for many of her stories, and married her college sweetheart. Their romantic romps have included a scolding at Parliament House in Belfast for canoodling, and two trips Down Under while her handsome hubby made a movie penguin named Mumble dance. While in Sydney, she earned her master’s degree in creative writing. She decided to combine that with her undergraduate degree in business and her years of experience in accounting and finance to become a writer-turned-independent-publisher. She loves to teach writing workshops online and in person.

When not writing in her home office, Kitty is always looking for reasons to take work—or maybe a novel—to the beach. She and her husband regularly run half-marathons to offset the hours spent on their TV addiction. Eagerly awaiting the next adventure, all she knows is that it’s certain to be filled with romance and laughter! Find out more at www.KittyBucholtz.com.

 

What’s your favorite scene in “Unexpected Superhero” and why?

Favorites are hard because they have a tendency to change based on your mood. I just now wrote about my favorite scene and then deleted what I wrote. It might spoil the fun if you read about it and hadn’t read the book yet!

So let’s see . . . well, definitely one of my very favorite scenes is the first one. Imagine you’re just living your life, minding your own business, and then POW! Something happens to not just change everything about your life that you thought you knew, but the very essence of who you are. Imagine if one day you woke up and finally realized you were someone who could make a big difference in the world!

AND imagine realizing you could choose to go out there into this new scary life, or you could ignore it and stay home where it’s comfortable and safe. What would you do? In my imagination, I go out there and change the world. But in my real life . . . I don’t know. I think of people who are out there making a difference as politicians or missionaries, and I don’t want to be either of those. (I want to stay home and write books that change the world, but I’ll never know if I succeeded.) But in the book, Tori is looking for something she can’t explain . . . and what if she’s found it?

 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

I LOVE Christmas! I love hearing about Jesus being born, and singing music that is so full of joy and life, and seeing all the beautiful decorations at church and at home and pretty much everywhere! I LOVE having a good excuse to pause in my busy work life and go see friends I don’t see enough, and go to big blockbuster movies together, and bake and eat more than anyone should be allowed to. Haha!

We’ve moved around a lot over the years, so there is very little that I’ve been able to do every year since I was child. But whether we lived in Michigan or Arizona or Australia or California, we have always been able to go drive around and look at other people’s amazing displays of Christmas decorations outside. Because it is the one thing I’ve never had to give up, I think it is my favorite tradition (outside of church stuff). In fact, I even wrote it as Tori and Joe’s favorite tradition in “A Very Merry Superhero Wedding”!

 

If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

Well, my favorite seasonal beverage is Starbucks hot chocolate! It is so rich and decadent. I found a big tin of it at Costco last year, so I drink it a lot. I’ve been known to leave the windows open in California (and in Arizona) to get cold enough to enjoy hot chocolate. I like it plain with hot milk (never water!), or with some peppermint flavor, or with a touch of brandy, or with some chocolate cookies. (Aussie friends—Tim Tam Slam, baby!!! But during Christmas in July, of course. I can’t do that when the temperature is 35-40 C outside!)

 

What are you working on next?

Oh, I’m so glad you asked! Nothing is more fun than writing a Christmas story near the holidays—except for reading a Christmas story during the holidays! I wanted to give my readers a few shorter stories to tide them over until the next full-length book comes out, so I’m writing a novella about Tori and Joe’s Christmas Eve wedding, “A Very Merry Superhero Wedding,” coming out on Christmas Eve this year.

Then I’ve got a Valentine’s Day short story about Hayley and Bull (Tori and Joe’s best friends) trying to go on a real date; everything that can go wrong, does. These shorter stories give me an opportunity to spend a little time on the romance aspects rather than fully focused on bad guys doing bad things. It takes me a lot of time to plot out all the dastardly deeds that need to happen to make the urban fantasy elements work the way I want them to for the full-length books. So it’s a nice break to write a little romantic comedy in between.

 

 

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From Wallflower…

Newlywed Tori Lewis wants nothing more than a quiet life with her hunky new husband. She doesn’t expect to walk into a robbery right after her honeymoon. But even more shocking is her discovery that she stopped the gunman with a super power! How did that happen?

Undercover superhero Joe Clarke and his team are investigating a string of missing children. When the father of a lost boy turns up dead, the team must decide if the death is related to the disappearances – or to the super villain group, The Nine.

…To Super Power!

Meanwhile, Tori decides to try out this superhero thing. She needs a mentor, so she asks Superhero X to help, the only superhero she’s ever met – and the only one she’s ever kissed. As they work together, Tori worries that the superhero is getting too familiar. How can she be attracted to one man when she’s wildly in love with another?

Will she have to choose between her husband and her destiny? No one warned her that love would be so complicated!

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Shauna Roberts

FEATURED AUTHOR: Shauna Roberts

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Shauna Roberts writes historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and romance. She is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop and was the 2011 winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writer Grant. Before retiring, she was a freelance science and medical writer and editor. Her two historical novels set in ancient Mesopotamia, “Like Mayflies in a Stream,” and “Claimed by the Enemy,” are available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online. She loves to read and also enjoys gardening, bellydancing, and visiting historic houses. You can find out more at her website, www.ShaunaRoberts.com.

 

What’s your favorite scene in “Claimed by the Enemy” and why?

One of my favorite scenes occurs after the lowborn hero, Ur-sag-enki, is recalled temporarily to the army to reconquer a city. Afterward, he’s leading his men home, and on a break, he quietly asks his two scouts for advice on wooing a princess of their city. The scouts, oblivious to Ur-sag-enki’s desire to keep his cluelessness quiet, call the other soldiers over for their input. As you can imagine, they have plenty of advice, some bawdy, some silly, some worthwhile. I like this scene because the humor cleanses the palate of the (figurative) taste of odious General Qisim of earlier scenes and also because I had fun researching what was considered admirable and attractive in a woman in this time and place.

 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My husband and I buy a Christmas tree ornament each year, usually something handcrafted. Often, it’s an ornament from a place we visited that year or a festival we went to. We now have thirty-two ornaments. Knowing of this tradition, many friends and family members have given us unusual ornaments or made us ornaments. We now have enough special Christmas ornaments to cover the tree without having to use any generic ornaments.

 

If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

I recommend the reader drink what all the characters are drinking: room-temperature beer. For nondrinkers, I suggested cider heated in a pot with cloves, a cinnamon stick, and a chunk of fresh ginger. It has nothing to do with ancient Mesopotamia, but it is what I enjoy drinking in winter.

 

What are you working on next?

I’m writing the first of two contemporary romance novels set in France. The heroines are American twin sisters who work together, one as a travel writer and the other as a travel photographer. The first book is set in the beautiful wine country around Bordeaux, where the free-spirited writer sister meets the stick-in-the-mud manager of a vineyard.

 

 

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Claimed by the Enemy

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Crown Princess Nindalla knows the terrifying power of Sargon of Akkad’s army: Ten years ago, it destroyed her home city and killed her parents. Now the nightmare is happening again. The Akkadians conquer her new home, Susa; make her a widow; and strip her of her rank. Nindalla vows to protect her children from her enemies by any means necessary, including marrying whoever can shield them best. With plots swirling around her, can she trust her instincts to tell friends from foes?

Farm boy Ur-sag-enki was forced to become a soldier in the Akkadian army ten years ago after it destroyed his home and left him with nothing. When the Akkadians conquer Susa, he is awarded its governorship. He looks forward to settling down to the normal family life he craves. First, though, he must keep control of Susa despite enemies who exploit his inexperience, and he must gain legitimacy by persuading beautiful former princess Nindalla to marry him. But can he win her heart when it was his hand that struck down her husband?

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Beth Yarnall

FEATURED AUTHOR: Beth Yarnall

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Best selling author Beth Yarnall writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person “died” in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it’s little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school’s newspaper. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist. Somehow hairstylists and salons seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information, please visit Beth’s website, www.bethyarnall.com.

 

What’s your favorite scene in “Lush,” and why?

The beginning of chapter four where Lucy and Cal get drunk and create an option agreement, detailing some of the most inventive sexual activities ever compiled, which they have notarized. Cal begins to have an inkling of what Lucy’s been through since they were together last and Lucy starts to trust Cal. It’s a fun and funny scene. I enjoyed writing it a lot.

 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My favorite holiday tradition is making and frosting sugar cookies with my parents and my sister. The older my boys have gotten, the more creative they’ve become. It makes a mess with all the sprinkles and bowls of colored frosting, but it’s fun. And the cookies are totally yum.

 

If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

Homemade eggnog. Most people who don’t like it have never had homemade. That stuff in the store is disgusting. My recipe:

2 cups half & half (you can do half milk if you’re saving calories, which everyone knows don’t count at the holidays)

1 egg (as fresh as you can get—it goes in raw)

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons sugar (the real stuff!)

a dash of nutmeg

Combine in a blender and blend until frothy. Pour into glasses and top with a light sprinkle of nutmeg. Enjoy!

 

What are you working on next?

I’m working on a New Adult Romantic Suspense about a young woman who is working to free her brother who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his ex-girlfriend. She enlists the help of the son of the owner of a private investigation firm that recently helped to free a man who went to prison for 39 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Sparks fly between the two (as they do) and they end up living happily ever after. Think Veronica Mars meets the Innocence Project. It’s titled “EXONR8” and will be available Nov. 17, 2015.

 

 

LUSH, by Beth Yarnall

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Lush (Pleasure at Home Book 2)

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Billionaire businessman, Cal Sellers, knows how to get what he wants. And what he wants is Lucy Monroe. The problem? He had her once and lost her with one careless, arrogant act. And now she’s standing in his office demanding her old job back. Cal has no intention of rehiring her as the co-host of his home shopping TV show, Pleasure at Home. He has an altogether different position in mind for her—as his wife.

If Lucy wasn’t so desperate she never would’ve stepped foot in Cal Sellers’s office, let alone the block his building stood on. Lucy’s a survivor who managed to break free of her ex’s terrible abuse, but now he’s back and more determined than ever. He wants their daughter, Poppy, and will stop at nothing to get his little girl back.

Lucy will do anything to protect her daughter, including marrying Cal Sellers. Against her better judgment, she agrees to Cal’s proposal and finds herself married to a very different man than the one who broke her heart two years ago. As Lucy’s ex grows bolder and more violent, Cal and Lucy find themselves fighting not only for Poppy, but for a forever love that could be the one thing that will save them all.

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FEATURED AUTHOR: Jacqueline Diamond

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Jacqueline Diamond has sold 100 novels, including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, fantasy, mystery, and Regency romance. A two-time finalist for the Rita Award, Jackie received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and is a former reporter and TV columnist for the Associated Press. Her best-selling ebooks include “By Leaps and Bounds,”  “Designer Genes,” and “A Lady’s Point of View.” Jackie also writes the Safe Harbor Medical miniseries for Harlequin American Romance. Sign up for her free monthly newsletter and learn more about her books at her website, www.jacquelinediamond.com. Say hello at her Facebook site, JacquelineDiamondAuthor, and on Twitter to @jacquediamond.

 

What’s your favorite scene in “The Forgetful Lady” and why?

I enjoy writing scenes that take the reader deep into a character’s viewpoint when he or she lands in an unexpected situation. In Chapter Two of “The Forgetful Lady,” Lady Elizabeth Fairchild awakens after a riding accident to discover she has amnesia. Weary of playing flirtatious games in Regency London, she’d already resolved to be her caring and honest self. But now, how can she defend her character against the accusations of the handsome lord she’s falling in love with? He believes she caused his friend’s death, and she can’t remember what happened!

 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Both our sons and their fiancées spend the holidays with us and, on Christmas morning, fix breakfast of waffles, sausage, and eggs for my husband, my mother-in-law and me. This is especially meaningful to my husband’s stepmother, who originated the tradition of Grandma’s Grand Slam breakfast but now suffers from a disability that prevents her from cooking. Instead, she not only gets to enjoy the food but also the knowledge that she started a precious family tradition.

 

If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?

A family favorite is wassail, another tradition from Grandma Joyce! In a large pot, stir together: 2 quarts apple juice, 2 cups orange juice, 2 cups pineapple juice, a half a cup lemon juice, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 12 whole cloves. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon and cloves. Keep warm and serve in a hot pot.

 

What are you working on next?

I’m currently writing Book 16 in my Safe Harbor Medical series for Harlequin American Romance (each book stands alone). Book 14, “The Surprise Triplets,” came out in September, while Book 15, “The Baby Bonanza,” is due to be delivered in March 2015. I’m also in the planning stages for a mystery series. Details to be revealed when it’s further along!

 

 

 

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She lost her memory … now she’s misplaced her heart. A finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.

Lady Elizabeth Fairchild is weary of playing flirtatious games in Regency London. Henceforth, she’s determined to be her caring and honest self. But that can be dangerous in a scandal-loving society, especially when she loses her memory . . . and falls in love with a highly honorable lord. No matter how strongly he may return her affections, he’s convinced she caused his friend’s untimely death. And without a memory, how can she be certain of her innocence?

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How to Give an Ebook as a Gift

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The words “Christmas is coming” fill children with delight but adults with anxiety. Even if we enjoy the holiday, finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones can be stressful.

Filling the Christmas stocking is especially difficult.

When kids are older new pencils and PEZ candy dispensers just don’t cut it. Spouses and visiting relatives will only appreciate so much chocolate during this overindulgent season. Perfume, jewelry, gift cards, and other items small enough for stocking stuffers can add up fast.

If your friends and family are readers, ebooks are a terrific option. Most are very cost effective and, even better, many authors run specials at the holidays offering their books at the incredible price of 99 cents. If you’re wondering how to give an ebook as a gift, relax, it isn’t complicated.

How to give an ebook as a gift

Step 1: Go to Amazon Books and click on the Kindle version of the book you wish to purchase (If you’re buying a Books on the Vine book, simply click on the book cover on our site and you’ll be directed there.)

Step 2: In the purchase box click on “Give as a Gift”

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Step 3: You will now have the option to have Amazon send the recipient an email with a link to the gift, or you can have the email sent to you and you can forward it. Type in the email address where you want the book sent.

Step 4: If you chose the recipient, you can set the date you’d like the gift to be sent. Set it for Christmas Day, and no surprises will be ruined..

Step 5: If you are purchasing through Books on the Vine, CLICK HERE for a lovely gift voucher you can print out. You can tuck it in an envelope, or get more creative. Perhaps scroll it, tie it with a pretty ribbon, and place in a Christmas stocking. Or it could make a wonderful addition to an ereader gift.

What your loved one sees

On the day you requested Amazon’s notification to be sent, your friend or family member will receive an email from Amazon that looks like this:

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Whenever they’re ready to collect their reading material, they will click on the “Get your book now” button and it will take them to a screen that looks like this

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All they have to do is select the device they’d like to read on, click “Accept Kindle Gift” and voilá. In minutes they will be cuddled up by the fire sipping hot cocoa and reading their new ebook.