Advent Calendar Day 5: After Midnight by Sarah Grimm + Giveaway!

Filed in Advent Calendar , featured , Giveaways , Sarah Grimm , The Danger Lover Posted on December 5, 2011 @ 6:00 am 35 comments

Welcome to the 5th day of Book Lovers Inc Advent Calendar. Each day we will offer you one great read in a giveaway on all 24 days till Christmas.

Today you will have the chance to win a copy of After Midnight, by Sarah Grimm, one of my favorite reads of 2011. After Midnight is an emotional, beautifully constructed contemporary romance about Isabeau Montgomery, a piano virtuoso who has had a tragic life and Noah Clark, a famous rock musician. I quickly became captivated by Ms. Grimm’s vivid descriptive prose and exemplary characterization. Noah is 41, has learned from his fame and has matured. His persistence while wooing Isabeau along with his compassion and tenderness toward her is extremely touching. I found reading about their journey toward eventual happiness to be unique and memorable. This book quickly found it’s way to my keeper shelf. 🙂

After Midnight by Sarah Grimm

Length: 284 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Midnight Series Book I
Release Date: September 30, 2011
Publisher: Wildrose Press
Formats Available: e-Book, Paperback, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Publisher, Publisher e-Book, Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle

Book Blurb:

Thirteen years—that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal–one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?


The Review:
After Midnight was a compelling, sensual page-turner and I was sorry when it concluded… Read the rest of the review.


Thanks to Sarah’s generosity, we have one print copy of After Midnight for one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is tell us if you enjoy reading holiday themed stories over the festive season?
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.

This giveaway is open to everyone!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 17, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Wulan Sari December 5, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I like the mystery theme books any time 🙂

  • aurian December 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I love reading christmas themed book, and I can do that the whole year round, doesn’t have to be specific in December.
    This book sure sounds interesting, and as it is one of your favourites, it has to be good.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  • Pat Lieberman December 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I love reading holiday themed books. Puts me in a warm and fuzzy mood. I have read many this year.

  • Melanie S. December 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I really love holiday themed stories, but only over the festive season. In summer I don’t like to read a book with Christmas being a huge part of it. But overall, yeah I do like them.

  • Karin M. December 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I really enjoy reading Holiday Themed Books only during their season. I have already read 10 holiday books this year and am already planning my book list for next year. I usually get through 30 books a month.

  • AJ Nuest December 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Actually, I don’t really enjoy holiday-themed books during the holidays. The regular hustle and bustle is enough for me. I prefer to escape inside a fantasy, go someplace quiet and read about another time and place. Great review, Sarah!

  • Birgit December 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I certainly do, especially Dickens! That’s just perfect!!

  • Amie Louellen December 5, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I agree with Melanie–Thanksgiving through the New Year is the only time I want to read holiday stories. It just seems odd to read about Christmas when it’s 100+ degrees outside. 🙂 Congratulations, Sarah, on a great review. Well deserved my friend! 🙂

  • Jennifer Jakes December 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love holiday stories….but anthologies only. Weird? I think it’s b/c they are a short escape from the hustle and bustle instead of a lengthy time requirement. I got started reading one of Lori Foster’s x-mas anthologies and was hooked! 🙂
    Congrats, on all your success w/ After Midnight!
    Happy holidays:)

  • Nancy Jardine December 5, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Fabulous review, Sarah, my congratulations to you. I love reading Christmas stories when I’m all cosy and warm and sitting at a glowing fireside with some mulled wine or warm drink. And you know… that can sometimes even be in June in my part of Scotland!! It’s being all cosy that gets me into the spirit of the story!

  • Vonnie Davis December 5, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Folks, if you haven’t read this book, put your fingers in gear and tap in your order online. You won’t be disappointed. Fabulous book. Sensual writing. Twists in the plot. I loved it! It’s on my KKFF (Kindle Keeper File Forever).

  • Mary Kirkland December 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I do like reading holiday themed books at anytime during the year..

  • Viki S. December 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I love reading holiday themed stories to match the season. It helps put me in the mood. Thank you.


  • miki December 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I didn’t read any book with a festive theme until now i guess because a lot aren’t translated but i enjoy(ed) when a film when on tv at that moment about christmas

    thanks you for this giveaway


  • Irene Jackson December 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I love christmas themed romance books. Also I like to read Scrooge and watch the film too every year!

  • erinf1 December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Thanks for the awesome post! I love excerpts, so this definitely caught my interest!

    I like reading holiday themed books/novellas during the appropriate seasons just b/c I’m probably more in the mood for it I guess. However, some long time series that I read, the season are sometimes off from “real” life. So like JD Robb’s In Death series, we are reading about Christmas for them while in the summer for us. That’s ok by me, just as long as I get a new book 🙂

  • Arianne December 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    reading holiday themed books – it depends on the story for me… I don’t usually read it, but if it’s romantic, I would 🙂

  • Estella December 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I enjoy reading holiday themed books all year round.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Yto December 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    i never tried that, but i think it would be fun ^^ i like to watch christmas themed films on christmas though.

  • Teddyree December 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I love reading holiday themed stories in Dec. We are usually sweltering at Christmas and it’s nice to be transported to a crisp, cold, white Christmas, even if it’s just via a novel 🙂

    PS Thanks for giveaway, After Midnight sounds absolutely awesome!


  • Julie December 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I love reading Christmas-themed books, to me that signals the beginning of the season. When my mother was alive, she would buy some & I would buy others & then we would read & exchange…it was part of our holiday traditions. I still read some every year. I read Sarah Grimm’s first book & loved it, so am looking forward to this one! 🙂

  • Jen B. December 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I haven’t read any holiday themed books but I am putting together a list this year so I can read lots and lots!

  • Karen C December 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Yes, I do enjoy reading Christmas themed stories during the holidays. I don’t have a lot of family and no one enjoys Christmas like I do, so I sometimes find I need the ‘lift’ that these stories can bring.

  • Na December 6, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Holiday-themed stories are such a treat during the holidays. They can really bring me into the holiday spirit.

  • Mary Preston December 6, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Christmas stories seem to have a touch of magic about them. Wonderful to read, whatever genre.

  • Tamsyn December 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

    I love reading holiday themed romances. It is so easy to fall into the mood and makes the season even more warm and festive. Really warms the heart!

  • Julie Witt December 6, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I really do love holiday themed books, especially around the holidays! They just seem a bit more special that way:)

  • Victoria Zumbrum December 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Yes I love reading holidy theme books anytime of the year. Please enter me in contest.

  • JessS December 7, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I keep seeing all these reviews and posts about holiday themed books, but honestly I don’t read many of them (mostly due to a lack of funds, it’s not like I’m intentionally shunning them or something). So in answer to the question, in theory I probably would like reading some Christmas-y books, but it’s just that I haven’t. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Calisa Selfridge December 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Great post, Sarah. I love holiday themed books during the holidays. I also like to challenge myself to write one (Christmas anyway) during the season. It’s hard to write snow and Christmas in July here in the States. That leaves me with two to three months to knock one out. Nope. Haven’t managed to get it done yet, but I do have one I started last year that calls to me again this year. 🙂

    (I think my copy is already autographed so don’t enter me)

  • Kaetrin December 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Yes! I’m reading the Men Under the Mistletoe anthology right now.

    hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

  • eli yanti December 11, 2011 at 3:51 am

    i think everyone love reading holiday theme stories and also me too and it will be more perfect we read it when holiday, it’s just got the feeling 😉

  • SarahM December 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Oh, yes, I always read a few holiday stories in December 🙂 Helps get me in the Christmas spirit.

    smaccall AT

  • Barbara December 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Yeah…I like to read a few holiday themed books before and during the holidays…gets me in the spirit! Happy Holidays!

  • Diane Sallans December 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Of course, seasonal stories always get me in the mood to decorate & bake!

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