12 Days of Christmas Reads – The Ninth Day: ’12 Days at Bleakly Manor’ by Michelle Griep

Ninth Day

Welcome to the ninth day of the 12 Days of Christmas Reads giveaway! I hope you’re enjoying yourself as much as I have. As always, you’ll find links to days 1 to 8 at the bottom of this post, but for now, let me introduce you to today’s guest, Michelle Griep.

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~ Christmas with Michelle Griep ~

Favourite Christmas carol – My favorite Christmas Carol is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The message is awesome and I love the minor key.

Yes! What is it about minor keys, I wonder? I’ve always been drawn to them.

Favourite Christmas food – I love Christmas cookies! Everything about them, from the baking to the tasting. And if I had to pick a fave, I’d go with gingerbread men. Yummy! Plus, while I bake up my batches of deliciousness, I usually put on some Hallmark Christmas movies to watch while I stir.

Oh, gingerbread! Yum!

Favourite Christmas memory – I can smile at this memory now, but back when it happened I was one angry mama. One Christmas season I had some very overdue library books and I could not find them anywhere. I was racking up some big time fines and going crazy tearing the house apart to find them…which I eventually did on Christmas Day. Turns out my 5 year old boy knew I loved reading, so he wrapped up the library books and put them under the tree.

Awww! It’s the thought that counts, right?

My ideal Christmas Day weather – My ideal Christmas weather is just below freezing with big, fluffy snowflakes falling.

I’m dreamin’…

What’s one of your family’s Christmas traditions? – The food on Christmas Day is a tradition at our house. It’s got to be homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast. And for Christmas dinner it’s wild rice soups and chicken salad croissants.

My mouth is watering right now!

Most memorable/best present you’ve ever received – My most memorable Christmas gift was a rubber chicken. Yes, I asked for it…and I named him Bill.

Lol! Do I dare ask?

If I was sitting on Santa’s knee right now, I’d ask him for . . . Tickets to London…and an expense account to go along with it.


Send a brief Christmas message to all your readers: Christmas is the best time to show love to those around you because that’s what Christmas is all about. If I could, readers, I’d hop on a plane and spend time with you, chatting over a cup of tea. Or coffee. I’m not picky. But time and money are not in that great of abundance, so the next best thing I can think of by way of spending time with you is to give way one of my books. You’ll hear my voice loud and clear as you read the words I’ve penned. There are bits of me in each of the characters as well. So here’s hoping you’ll be the lucky winner of 12 Days at Bleakly Manor.

~ About the Author ~

Michelle GriepMichelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of both Regency and Colonial historical romances but also leaped the writerly fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. Keep up with her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.


~ About the Book ~

A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series–a page-turning Victorian-era holiday tale–by Michelle Griep, a reader and critic favorite.

Amazon US  //  Amazon AU  //  Goodreads

~ Giveaway ~

Christmas Giveaway Michelle Griep

Michelle is offering one lucky reader an eBook copy of 12 Days at Bleakly Manor.

To enter, comment on this post (even if it’s just to say ‘Thanks for the giveaway’!) and then click here to go to the giveaway.

* This giveaway is run through Rafflecopter. See full Terms and Conditions here.



Thanks to Michelle for joining me today and generously providing the giveaway copy. Don’t forget to join me again tomorrow, when my special guest will be Erynn Mangum.

PS – You can also find a comprehensive list of Christmas-themed releases for 2017 on my aptly-named page Christmas Releases for 2017.

Missed a previous 12 Days of Christmas Reads post? You can visit them via the links below:

4th December – Debra E. Marvin
5th December – Melissa Tagg
6th December – Erica Vetsch
7th December – Susan May Warren
8th December – Lucette Nel
9th December – Amber Lynn Perry
10th Decmber – Golden Keyes Parsons
11th December – Laurie Germaine

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25 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas Reads – The Ninth Day: ’12 Days at Bleakly Manor’ by Michelle Griep

  1. Angie Carroll says:

    Thanks to the giveaway!


  2. Hi ladies! This is one of my favorite Christmas stories. I purchased a couple to give as Christmas gifts to family. Of course I’ve enjoyed all of Michelle’s books! ❤
    Merry Christmas!!

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  3. Laurie says:

    This sounds like a delicious Christmas read! Thanks for bringing my attention to it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. debraemarvin says:

    Oh crud. Why did i jump off Santa’s lap so quickly?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hannah Corner says:

    Oh, this books sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read. And thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  6. Pam K. says:

    I read Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor and really liked it. It was unique. No need to enter me in the drawing for the e-copy. I just wanted to let others know this really is a good book.

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  9. This book is at the very top of my TBR…and my anticipation keeps growing!

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  10. Looking forward to this one!

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Merry Christmas!

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  13. agboss777 says:

    I LOVE Christmas books and have been sooo intrigued with ‘The Twelve Days of Bleakly Manor’ since I first read about it!! Thanks for the fun interview and the chance to win this book!!! ~Alison

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