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#BookGiveaway An Unforgettable Holiday by Joanne Dannon


What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?

I love storylines and characters that are different. My heroes are superstars, lawyers, scientists, sales executives and tour guide operators. I love to write the books that I love to read. When I decided to write two holiday reads I wanted to create heart warming stories that had depth and meaning to them, as well as being inspirational.

In my Christmas story my theme is around family and bravery when faced with adversity. In my Chanukah story, my theme is around family, helping the less fortunate but also addresses the heartbreak of PTSD and suicide. 


How did you come up with the title?

With my novellas, I splash faith into them so it was only natural that I would use the word magical. And then I added their location to differentiate between them – A Magical Christmas in Jerusalem and A Magical Chanukah in new York. 


What is your favorite scene?

In my Christmas story, I love the scene where the hero takes the heroine to dinner at Abraham’s Tent. This place actually exists and replicates the welcoming reception that Abraham and Sarah had with travellers in biblical times. When you look out from your dinner table, you see the same scenery of magnificent desert that they saw thousands of years ago.

In my Chanukah story, I love the scene where Gabe and Lisa kiss for the first time, at the top of the Empire State building. It may be cliché but my romance-loving heroine, Lisa loved it…and so did Gabe ;) 



Tell us a little about your book?


An Unforgettable Holiday features two novellas which are feel good, heartwarming stories and perfect for the holiday season. They’re clean, with a splash of faith and perfect to gift to your mum, aunty, grandma or your romance loving BFF. I loved writing these novellas and set them in two of my favourite cities – Jerusalem and New York. I have featured Australian heroines who, when travelling, find love when they least expect it. 

A Magical Christmas In Jerusalem

Australian project manager Kiara Lonsdale is career focussed and determined to provide and care for the grandmother who raised her. Taking time off work to vacation has never been high on her agenda, but this year she’s made an exception. She’s helping her gran fulfil a life-long dream by accompanying her on a Christmas to the Holy Land tour.

Jacques Lenoir and his extended family run tours in Israel and he’s committed to their business. Jacques feels responsible for his grandparents’ welfare since they risked their lives, and others’, as operatives in the French Resistance, during the War.

But over romantic dinners in the desert, camel rides, and mud baths at the Dead Sea, sparks fly between Kiara and Jacques. Will this only be a holiday romance or will a touch of Christmas magic make it last a lifetime?


A Magical Chanukah in New York
Lisa Sassoon has shunned the scandal of her loser-ex cheating on her by escaping to New York. Instead of sightseeing, she’s become a recluse focusing on helping the less fortunate at a homeless shelter.

Gabe Olivari, entrepreneur and savvy business New Yorker, can’t let go of the pain of losing his best friend. So caught up in his own grief and believing he doesn’t deserve to be happy, he compensates by pushing everyone close to him away.

But when Lisa and Gabe meet, there is an instant connection that forces them to question not only their behaviours but their aspirations.

Can a dash of Chanukah magic help Lisa and Gabe realise that sparkling dates and dreamy kisses can lead to more? Perhaps even a lifetime of happiness?

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Meet the Author               Joanne Dannon


Joanne Dannon has been living in the world of romance for as long as she can remember.  From doodling love hearts on her school notebooks to regularly reading romances, Joanne’s world has always been filled with the excitement of love stories. So it was just a natural for Joanne to begin writing the genre she’s always loved. 

Formerly a policy writer by day and romance writer by night, Joanne now spends full time writing the books she adores. Creating heroes for readers to fall in love with and heroines to cheer on, her characters are people readers can identify with.

Joanne writes to give her readers the experience she still loves to savor—indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever- after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.

Joanne Dannon is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family.  She can be found on Facebook and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.  She loves to hear from readers.  

Joanne Dannon on the web:  

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28 comments:

  1. Wow! Awesome reading your answers! Congratulations on the release of this new novellas Joanne!

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    1. Thanks so much Romance Reader, that's so nice of you to say :) Thanks for dropping by x

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  2. Free book? I'm in! Your answers gave more perception into you as an author, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Ann :)

      The link to Bidding on Love is above. I hope you enjoy reading it, so far my readers have loved this book! Hooray!

      And thanks for your kind words, I do appreciate it :)

      Thanks for dropping by x

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  3. I saw this on a couple other blogs. :) Congrats Joanne!

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    1. Thanks so much Chrys - does that make you my groupie? ;) LOL :)

      Thanks for dropping by x

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  4. Christmas stories this time a year are the best.

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    1. I agree Mary. I've read quite a few in the past couple of weeks and they have definitely got me in to the holiday spirit :)

      Thanks for dropping by x

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  5. lovely interview and the books sound interesting.

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    1. Hi Christine - thanks so much for your kind words, I do appreciate them :) and thanks for dropping by x

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    1. Hi again Squid - so nice to see you again *waving back*

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  7. reading and writing are way to express your inner world exquisitely .
    i wish you best of luck for your imaginative adventures dear

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    1. Thanks so much Baili - that's very nice of you to say :)

      Thanks for dropping by :)

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  8. Great answers. Just read your post at Jemi's. Inspirational. Congratulations, Joanne.

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    1. Aw shucks, thanks Denise :) so lovely of you to say x

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  9. I love that you put both holidays in one collection. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly :) I'm thinking about doing it again for 2017 :)

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  10. I have been seeing Joanne all over the blogosphere. Yeah! Congrats to her and awesome to learn more about her and her books here. Wishing her all the best. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Aw, thanks Jess - that's so nice of you to say :) This is my first official blog tour and I have LOVED it. I've been able to chat with so many fab readers and writers, and can't wait to do it again.

      My next release, Forever Mine, is in April 2017 so look out for me then :) I'll be chatting about things I love and my latest romance with Hannah and Zac :)

      Thanks again Jess x

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  11. I think writing about what you love is what makes you successful, I wish you lots of success with your books xox

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    1. Thanks Launna, that's so nice of you to say :) I write characters that I love and really hope my readers enjoy them too :)

      Thanks for dropping by x

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  12. Great post!!! Thanks for sharing! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Thanks so much Gingi :) Really appreciate you saying so :)

      Had a look-sie on your website - looks great!!!!

      Thanks for dropping by x

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  13. I love hearing about books like these around Christmas time! They're just perfect, seasonal and so appropriate for what is happening in the real world as well. Family, love, it all happens at this time of year...

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    1. Thanks so much Olivia-Savannah :)

      I wrote books from the heart that focus on issues that many of us feel, have experienced or know of someone who's gone through it - heart break, grief, loss. I then add a splash of holiday magic to make a heart warming "happily ever after" :)

      Thanks for dropping by x

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  14. You know, I didn't get enough of the holiday books this year. I was too busy burning through the regular TBR list, and many was it nice! Still, you make me want to go back and pick up a couple holiday reads.

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    1. Over-reading during the holidays sounds perfect to me :)

      If you decide to read my holiday novellas, let me know what you think. They're perfect for relaxing.

      Thanks for dropping by Crystal x

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