CLP Blog Tours #BookReview: Merry & Bright, A Holiday Anthology

Reviewer: Samantha

merry and brightI received a review copy


Sip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.


Yay, more holiday books! I’m having a blast with these right now, and Merry & Bright really hit the spot. Kind of like the hot chocolate I’m drinking right now….but really, this is made up of six holiday-themed novellas, and I loved each and every one! Don’t ask me to pick a favorite, that is just too cruel. Each writer really made me feel like I was a part of their story, and I honestly was a little surprised that these didn’t feel like novellas to me. With each story I felt like I was easily in their world and I didn’t feel short-changed in the slightest, which is sometimes my issue with novellas. Merry & Bright will definitely have you in the holiday spirit, and I highly recommend!

5 stars

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Author Bios:


Clark writes contemporary novels sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and
secrets. She is the author of Dancing
Naked in Dixie, Stay Tuned, Stardust Summer
, and Pie Girls. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee,
local bookstores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big
loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. Lauren is a
member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, the Mobile Writers Guild, and a
regular contributor to Parents & Kids Magazine’s Mississippi Gulf Coast
Edition. Check out her website at
Arora was a staff writer at The San
Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register
and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine, and Fodor’s.
Her debut novel, Heartbreak Cake,
was released November 2013 by Simon and Fig and her novella, “Cake Therapy”,
appeared in the anthology Petit Four:
Four Stories, Frosted with Love
in November 2014. She’s also mama to an
adorable little boy, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call
herself a Chick Lit author. To learn more about Cindy, please visit her website
Scrofano grew up watching classic television shows, classic movies, and
listening to oldies, all of which she still adores today. Nancy has a penchant
for the fifties, mostly because of her favorite show, I Love Lucy. She has seen
every episode countless times and will happily share the trivia she knows with
anyone who will listen. Nancy worked as an editor and a journalist for her
college newspaper, then went on to develop sociology textbooks for an academic
publisher. She has a master’s degree in media psychology, as well as
undergraduate degrees in communication, radio and television, and liberal arts.
Nancy is a freelance writer and the author of True Love Way, Cupid on Deck, and American Honey.
she is the founder and managing editor of Fictionella, a book blog that
promotes and celebrates women’s fiction. Nancy lives in southern California
where she is at work on her next novel. For more about Nancy, please visit her
website at
Louise Anderson
Louise Anderson grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has
changed. At the young age of ten, she was reading everything from Judy Blume to
Danielle Steel, so in 2010, Isabella signed up for a creative writing course,
deciding it was time to turn her passion for writing and books into a career. A
year later, Isabella finished writing her first book, Redefined Dreams. Her second book, The Right Design, was published in 2014. Her website, Chick Lit
Goddess, features books and other Chick Lit and Romance authors, along with
sharing book reviews. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has
been featured on several blogs. Isabella lives in Dallas with her husband and
cat. If she’s not eating spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, she can be
found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and
reading books, often two at a time. For more about Isabella, please visit
and raised in the Heartland of America, Libby Mercer’s adventurous spirit
kicked in after graduating from high school and she’s since lived in Boston,
NYC and London. San Francisco is the city that she currently calls home. For
several years, Libby worked in fashion—first as a journalist and then as a
shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design. Libby is the author of Fashioning a Romance, Unmasking Maya,
and The Karmic Connection. To learn
more about Libby, please visit
Chapman found a way to mix her love of romance and humor as a women’s fiction
blogger and author. A 2008 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Laura studied journalism, English and history. She spent four years traveling
the country as a writer/photographer, and currently works in communications.
Born and raised in Nebraska—in a city, not on a farm—she is a devoted fan of
football, British period drama, writing in bars, and her cats, Jane and
Bingley. Her debut novel, Hard Hats and
, was released in December 2013. For more about Laura, please visit
her website
Simone (Editor of Merry & Bright)


Simone has a passion for travel, romance and all things Chick Lit. She also has
a degree in Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production. She
is the author of the novels, Picture
and Hollywood Ending. Her
short story, “Aprez Vous,” is featured in the anthology, Petit Four: Four Stories Frosted with Love. Lucie lives, loves and
writes in the City of Angeles. For more about Lucie, please visit her website
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