Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 12 – All is Merri and Bright @TifaniClark

All is Merri and Bright

by Tifani Clark

 

Merri Wilcox has finally achieved her greatest dream and opened her own hair salon. Life is bliss until Brighton Stansbury walks through her door. Growing up, Brighton was behind every bad thing that happened to Merri. She hasn’t seen him since high school graduation and could have happily continued like that forever.
 
When a winter storm traps Merri and Brighton together, will the pair finally learn to get along, or will the Christmas holiday become their new war zone?                                                                                                                                                                                               
                 

 

Tifani Clark grew up on a potato farm in southeastern Idaho with two brothers and two sisters. Because of her location, she had a lot of space to imagine and daydream and often pretended to be characters in books–like Scarlett O’Hara. She is married to the love of her life and is the mother of four fabulous children. When not writing, she enjoys playing the violin and piano and traveling to new places.

Q and A with the Author:

1.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

All is Merri and Bright is the first ‘cozy romance’ I wrote. Up to this point, all my stories    have been geared toward the YA crowd. I learned that it’s a fun genre and I can explore other options.
2.
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Sometimes when writing my characters get stuck in situations that I don’t know how to get them out of. I know the story starts at Point A, and I know it ends at Point B, but sometimes getting them through the in-between stuff can be tricky.  Some of my best thinking comes during the early morning hours. I’m a morning person and usually wake up long before my alarm goes off. I use that time to lie in bedand think through my stories. Answers to plot questions usually find their way out.   
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Lost in her thoughts, Merri didn’t notice that Brighton had stopped working next to her—until a snowball hit her in the back of the head.

Shocked, she whipped around to glare at Brighton who already had another snowball formed and aimed at her. “You did not just do that.”

“I did. And I don’t regret it.” He grinned. “Although, admittedly, I was aiming for your back, not your head.”

“So not only can you not drive straight, but you can’t throw straight either,” Merri said.

Without any further warning, Brighton pulled his arm back and unleashed the second snowball. It connected with her face, splattering across her cheeks and dripping down into her coat.  “Hey, look at that. My aim’s not so bad after all,” he said.

“You’re going to regret doing that.” Still gasping from the cold shock, Merri grabbed a handful of snow and hurled it at Brighton. He easily ducked and the poorly formed ball sailed over his head.

“Is that the best you’ve got?”

“You are so frustrating!” Merri yelled.

“No I’m not. You just think I am because you’re frustrated with yourself.”

Merri grabbed another handful of snow, taking her time as she formed it into a perfectly packed ball. She raised her arm and thrust it forward, faking a throw. Brighton dodged the empty pass, just as she knew he would. While he struggled to regain his balance, she unleashed the snowball for real, hitting him square in the chest.

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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 11- Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall @LucciaGray

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall

by Luccia Gray

Luccia Gray was born in London, and now lives in the south of Spain with her husband. She has three children and three grandchildren. When she’s not reading or writing, she teaches English at an Adult Education Centre and at University. 

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Following Edward Rochester’s death, Jane Eyre, who has been blackmailed into marrying a man she despises, will have to cope with the return of the man she loved and lost. The secrets she has tried so hard to conceal must be disclosed, giving rise to unexpected events and more shocking revelations.

Romance, mystery, and excitement will unfold exploring the evolution of the original characters, and bringing to life new and intriguing ones, spinning a unique and absorbing narrative, which will move the action from the Yorkshire countryside, to Victorian London, and across the Atlantic Ocean to Colonial Jamaica.

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Author Top 10!
  1. I live in the south of Spain
  2. I love swimming in outdoor pools in summer
  3. I make a great paella and tiramisu
  4. I’ve been dying my hair with henna for 23 years
  5. I reread Jane Eyre regularly, like every other day!
  6. My favourite 20th century novel is Rebecca
  7. My favourite museum is the Tate Modern
  8. My favourite place to go for a walk is along the South Bank 
  9. I auditioned for the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama when I was 18
  10. I speak four European languages
And Some Author Q&A’s

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?

I teach English to adults in Spain, full time. I enjoy working out at the gym, going for long walks, reading, travelling, and chatting to my physical and virtual friends.

How many books do you have out, and do you have a favorite?

Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall is my second book. The first is All Hallows at Eyre Hall. Book 3, Midsummer at Eyre Hall is also under way. I love both of my published books. Book one will always be special, but I like the way book two moved the story forward building a more exciting story.

When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?

I’ve always been an avid reader, and I’ve wanted to write and publish novels as far back as I can remember. My first book is dedicated to Sister Catherine. She used to read aloud to us during the last hour of class, and always on Friday afternoons. I was twelve at the time. I remember her reading The Moonstone, Oliver Twist, and Vanity Fair, among others. She transmitted her love for literature and especially the Victorians.

 

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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 10 – An Unexpected Proposal @AnnetteLyon

 An Unexpected Proposal

by Annette Lyon

 

While working at a wood camp in the Logan canyon during the winter of 1880, Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, and in the process discovers that her long-time friend James has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the emotions James has awakened in her, and it takes almost losing him to admit her true feelings.

AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL was introduced in the first volume of the bestselling and award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology series, WINTER COLLECTION:

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**Amazon Top 10 in Regency Romance

**Amazon Top 5 in Victorian Romance  

 

                                                                                                                                                            

     

 

Annette Lyon is the Whitney Award-winner author of Band of Sisters and a three-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State Medal for fiction, twice for novels and a third time for her novellas. She has received many publication awards from the League of Utah Writers, including the Silver Quill for her first book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series, Paige. She’s published more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, several nonfiction books, and over 120 magazine articles, and she has a cum laude BA in English from BYU. When she’s not writing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor.

Q and A with the Author:

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

This novella was my first attempt at writing short fiction. I’d long believed that I could never write anything shorter than a novel—I just couldn’t. But then I tried. It wasn’t easy, but it worked, and I liked the final result. And then I continued writing them—I’ve since written well over a dozen novellas. That was the biggest thing I learned from An Unexpected Proposal—that I can exercise and use writing muscles I didn’t know I had!

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Thanks to my ADD, staying focused is always a challenge. Ironically, when my children were little and I had only short snatches of time to write, I was remarkably productive. I used those snatches efficiently. Turns out I can’t focus for hours and hours at a time. I need to take breaks—and not fall down the shiny Internet rabbit hole. My newest weapon to defeat distraction is a tread desk setup I rigged on our treadmill. Movement helps me focus, and on the tread desk, I set up my laptop on the shelf, walk at about 1.6 miles per hour, and suddenly I can work for two or three hours, no problem.

 
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This—her first real kiss—was a moment she would treasure and remember all her life, but she also knew that James wasn’t for her, and that the romantic moment had happened purely out of the intense emotions they had both experienced immediately prior. That, and the bewitching moonlight.

 

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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 9 – Undertow: Death’s Twilight @Bella623

Undertow: Death’s Twilight

by Claudette Melanson

 

Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Guelph, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She’s wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories….along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

 

Maura finally found the truth she was always seeking…or has she?

After being left in the dark for all of her life, Maura’s father, Maxwell, has finally returned to reveal sinister family secrets Maura could never have dreamed possible—including his revelation that she is one of The Born. But his daughter soon discovers both he and her mother are keeping pieces of her reality hidden, still. As Maura struggles to unravel the mysteries surrounding her new existence and discover every piece of the cryptic puzzle, life appears intent on casting stumbling blocks across her path with every step forward.

Tragedy seems to stalk Maura, and those around her, as she stumbles along, altering the young changeling’s family, just when they have all come back together. The changes left in its wake could be for the better, or may threaten their existence, entirely.

With the arrival of Christmas comes the opportunity for Maura to draw close to everyone she loves—and finally reunite with Ron, the man she loves. But permanence has always eluded her, and in her current state of flux this pattern endures, as fate seems intent on snapping the threads that bind her to those she holds most dear. Maxwell’s good intentions pave a road for Maura, littered with misery, while her mother, Caelyn’s, desire to shield her family from pain may tear her away from them, altogether. The perfect happiness in the young vampire’s grasp is so easily swept away and dragged under, out of reach. Can Maura erupt from the darkness and confusion to break the surface and find the life she’s always dreamed of?

In the midst of chaos, assistance materializes in the form of another of her kind—ephemerally beautiful, yet explosively volatile, this new vampire may prove capable of unlocking the puzzle-box Maxwell seems intent on securing from her sight. Maura will discover the darkest parts of herself in her quest to understand the being she is destined to become. Her newfound friend has some shady intentions of his own—such as thwarting the love that has grown between Maura and Ron. Following in the wake of the impulsive vampire’s misguided instruction may further pull a naive Maura down into the depths of ultimate despair, heartbreak…and even destruction.

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10 Favorites

  1. My Bunnies…and other bunnies
  2. Vampires
  3. Bulletproof Coffee
  4. Halloween – especially Horror Nights at theme parks
  5. Rollercoasters & theme parks
  6. Horror Movies
  7. Reading
  8. Writing Conferences & Meeting Readers
  9. Writing
  10. Traveling somewhere new…or a little familiar

And a fun Author Q&A

What inspired your book? 

Dreams.  I’ve dreamed of Maura for years and then when I started writing her she took up residence inside my head 

How do you spend your free time? 

Free time?  What’s that, lol?  I write every minute I can, since I still have a full-time day job. 

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it? 

Time.  I never have enough time to write and the weekends just aren’t enough.  It’s torture to want to write when you’re at work all day. 

When did you first realize you were an author? 

At about age five.  I was writing everything that went on around me and descriptions of the scenery inside my head.

If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main character roles? 

Maura would be played by Alix Elizabeth Gitter, but she’d have to wear dark brown contacts lol.  Monica Belluci might be a good pick for Caelyn.  For Ron, definitely Keith Longhorn or Michael Hudson.  

What kind of music do you listen to while you write?

All kinds.  I like a huge variety and have a song or two for each chapter that makes up a playlist for the book.  It’s more dark and not part of the mainstream. I really love Muse and Anberlin

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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 8 – Getting Kole for Christmas

 Getting Kole for Christmas

by Kimberly Krey

 

Kylie’s been crushing on Kole for two years now, but can she get him to see her as more than a friend?

For years Kylie has watched her older sisters get asked to every school dance there is. Yet once she’s old enough to go, the invites are in short supply. While getting overlooked has never felt good, it hasn’t really hurt the way it does this year. Because now there’s someone she really wants to go with: Kole Kingston. Kole is charming and funny. Gorgeous and kind. And everything she wants in a guy. Trouble is, he’s also her very best friend. Can Kylie tear herself free from the friend-zone in time to get asked to the Christmas dance? Or will she – like so many others – find that a romance between them will never be?

 

                                

Kimberly Krey specializes in writing “romance that’s clean without losing the steam!”   She’s a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry. She discovered her love for writing in college when given a creative writing assignment. She still remembers sitting in the lamplight’s glow, crafting words to depict the vision in her head. That assignment sparked a passion within her. It took years to return to that passion, but now that she has, she counts it among her greatest blessings.

Krey is author of the top-selling Sweet Montana Bride series, as well as its companion series, Second Chances. 

Q and A With the Author:

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

It’s something that took root over time, I’d have to say. 

Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured? 

I’m very fortunate, since I get to stay at home and write while the kids are at school and the hubby’s at work. Even still, I must be strict with my time and not let distractions, phone calls, emails and errands eat up that time. I try to spend at least 4-5 hours writing / editing on the weekdays. I spend many hours aside from that musing on my work throughout the week and weekend. 



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Once the thin straps are looped over my shoulders, I spin to face the mirror, unable to wait another minute.

            I feared – very badly –while waiting on that couch that if I did work up the nerve to try on this dress it would be an utter disappointment. I worried that my plain appearance would somehow clash with something so elegant. Yet I can admit – at least to myself – that this is not the case. I step closer to the mirror, holding the unzipped dress with one hand, and lifting my hair with the other.

            I’ve never been a fancy, flashy pretty-like-my-sisters sort of girl. I’m more simple. Common, I guess. But in this moment, in this very dress, I could swear the girl in the mirror is beautiful.

            I smile and fight back tears all at once. I feel relief above all else. Relief that I can actually like myself in an evening gown, even if I may never have the occasion to wear one during my high school life.

            A wave of disappointment pulls me from that spot as I realize that Kole will never see me in this dress. Never see me looking the way I do right now. 

“Do you need help with the zipper?” 

 

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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 7 – Unwrap the Romance @5PrincePub

Unwrap the Romance

5 amazing authors from 5 Prince Publishing have come together
to make this wonderful Anthology. Let’s get to know them.

Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, Amy Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes.  She attended Wilkes University where she graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach.  She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, six cats, and golden retriever.

Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends.  Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter.  At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published.  That year she wrote 12 books.  In 2009  she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born.  In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres. 

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events.  She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.  An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Grey Areas and The Bleeding Crowd, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

 

Railyn Stone hails from the TarHeel State and is a romantic at heart. She believes you can find romance in the simplest aspects of life and enjoys letting her imagination run wild. Trying new restaurants, listening to music, playing golf and writing over the top stories about ordinary people are the hobbies she cherishes most.

 

Lisa is happily married to her soul-mate and they have a daughter and two crazy dogs. She especially enjoys being creative and now writes almost full time.

In 2012 Lisa and her family relocated from England to their beloved Scotland; a place of happy holidays and memories for them. Her new location now features in all of her books.

Writing has always been something Lisa has enjoyed, although in the past it has centered on poetry and song lyrics. Some of which appear in her stories.

Since she started writing in 2012 she has loved every minute of becoming a published author.

Susan Lohrer grew up all over western Canada and lives in BC with her husband, their two children who are still at home, three dogs, and far too many aquariums. She believes life is always better with a healthy dose of humor.

 

Let’s look at these 6 great stories!

BERNADETTE MARIE~Bestselling Author

A Romance for Christmas~ A Keller Family Christmas Novella

Tiffany longed to have the kinds of relationships she’d watched her best friend’s family create over the years. The Keller and Benson families forged long lasting—true love relationships that come once in a lifetime. Unfortunately, her romances were a little more on the freestyle side. That was until she met country music bass player Blake and it turned out to be the best Christmas ever.

LISA J. HOBMAN~Bestselling Author

Last Christmas – A The Girl Before Eve Christmas Novella

After two blissful years of marriage, Lily and Adam are going strong. Their relationship was always based on friendship and so they can pretty much get through anything.

That is until an opportunity of a lifetime is presented to Lily which will take her overseas to the USA.

Adam’s role teaching high school English has been a part of his life for so long and the thought of upping sticks and moving across the Atlantic really doesn’t appeal. Can he convince Lily that their life is in Scotland or will the promise of a new career in Hollywood be too good for feisty, independent Lily to pass up?

Is this one obstacle too far for the best friends turned husband and wife?

 

RAILYN STONE~Bestselling Author

Restored Hearts

EnVee McAlister just bought a house. It’s an old Victorian home that needs a lot of work, especially if she wants to get into it by Christmas.

Logan Edwards is the contractor she’s hired to help her. Unfortunately, he’s not like any man she’s ever encountered and his arrogance and crass demeanor is making it hard to deal with him. Both she and Logan hold no punches and their terribly blunt personalities clash like oil and water.

But when she finds out about Logan’s tragic past, it forces her to deal with her own insecurities and emotions she’s desperately tried to forget. And instead of a house for Christmas, EnVee receives something she never expected.

 

SUSAN LOHRER~Bestselling Author

A Christmas for Chloe

When free spirit Jessica Caldwell’s daughter is diagnosed with Down syndrome weeks before Christmas, her carefree existence sheds its holiday glitter in a collision with the regimented world of pediatric medical care.

For Brendan Kean, their first family Christmas is going to be the highlight of his life—until he learns their baby has Downs. Now his tangled feelings for his tiny daughter just make him want to spend more time at work. This Christmas is turning into such a disaster that some days it feels like even Santa is out to get him.

Jessica and Brendan are trying to salvage Christmas and their relationship the best they can—but could baby Chloe’s diagnosis be the one thing that shows them the true meaning of Christmas?

 

AMY L. GALE~Bestselling Author

Christmas Blitz

Small town real estate agent Holly Clifford is counting the seconds until she pays off the debt incurred from caring for her sick mother and can move out of Hilldale Vermont forever. After forfeiting her college scholarship to Eastern University Law School to be at her mother’s side, she obtained her real estate license and took a position at Trust Reality. NICK SHAW is on the path to victory. As a high school football hero turned rookie star wide receiver of the newest NFL team, the Iowa Talons, success is all he knows. But sometimes there’s things fame and money can’t buy. When Nick returns to Hilldale, he puts on offer on a lakeside mansion up for sale by Trust Reality and turns Holly’s life upside down. Can she stay on track and resist Nick’s charm or will she blitzed by Hilldale’s football hero this Christmas?

 

JESSICA DALL

Holidays Past

It doesn’t feel much like Christmas in Green Haven this year. With bad weather and a relatively empty town, Marc is starting to regret not going home for the holidays. When an old flame shows up, however, a second chance at love might be worth the Christmas away.

 

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Author Q&A
What is your favorite part of writing?
Seeing the characters’ reactions to life’s big moments.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The importance of family and friendship.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It was one of those little cards in the mail for a correspondence writing class for children’s literature. I thought, “I can do that.” Except my characters always morphed into grown-ups and fell in love, so it turned out that romance was my genre.
Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured?
I write during my lunch hour at work.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
There are as many different ways of dealing with difficult situations as there are people.
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
I struggle with getting a good daily word count because my internal editor demands I go over and over what I’ve written before moving on. It definitely makes me a slow writer. To get past that, I try to take the advice of my publisher and give myself permission to spew whatever comes out (and really, that’s where the really good parts come from). Probably the thing that helps most is a deadline—I write much faster under pressure.
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A Christmas for Chloe
His heart thumped steadily against her ear, the way hers must be thumping for Chloe, promising security that she couldn’t deliver. Somehow it felt to her like Brendan could. She knew how fragile life was, yet when they held each other, she could believe everything would always be right with the world.
Author Top 10 
  1. Hubby!
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. My dogs
  5. Books
  6. The inhabitants of my saltwater aquarium
  7. My motorcycle
  8. Microsoft Type Cover
  9. Yarn
  10.  Coffee
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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 6 – Christmas Kisses @rachellewrites

Christmas Kisses

An Echo Ridge Anthology

We are so excited about this wonderful Anthology!
Let’s take a look at the 5 authors that put this together!

Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes romance and mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.

Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, as well as the Rone Award-winning novella Silver Cascade Secrets. She and her family live on a farm in Idaho.

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Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a TV core contributor “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for www.ksl.com. She is one of seven female hosts of The Living Room, an online value-based radio show where they dish on life, loving, and learning (www.fromthelivingroom.com). Mrs. Sokol is a bestselling author who has written 14 books, including her fiction: Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology, and Caribbean Crossroads; and her nonfiction: What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Simplify & Savor the SeasonCreate a Powerful Life Plan, and 40 Days with the Savior. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. For her TV segments, blog, podcasts and more, visit www.conniesokol.com.

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Lucy McConnell has always been a reader and a writer. Once caught up in a story, she disappears into a cave until the first draft is done. She writes fantasy, clean romance, Christian romance, historical fiction, and cookbooks (under the name Christina Dymock.) Her Christmas romance, Blue Christmas, was a top seller in seven Amazon categories on its own and in thirteen as part of the Christmas in Snow Valley Anthology.

When she’s not writing, you can find her volunteering at the elementary school or church; shuttling kids to baseball, soccer, basketball, or football, depending on the time of year; skiing with her family; wakeboarding; cycling; baking; cooking; or curled up with a good book.

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HEATHER TULLIS has been reading romance for as long as she can remember and has been publishing in the genre since 2009. She has published more than twenty books. When she’s not dreaming up new stories to write, or helping out with her community garden, she enjoys playing with her dogs and cat, inventing new ways to eat chocolate, and hanging out with her husband. 

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Cami Checketts is an idealist who dreams of helping children around the world but can’t keep up with the four in her own home. Cami lives in a beautiful valley in Northern Utah where she enjoys running, biking, and swimming during the two months of the year it isn’t snowing. A portion of the proceeds from Cami’s books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to www.cachecfsc.org

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“Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols.”

 

Let’s get a sneak peek into one of these great stories!

 

5 Random Facts about Rachelle and her story

  1. Rachelle loves multi-colored Christmas lights on the tree and as a child used to love getting under the tree and looking up through the branches at the lights and ornaments.
  2. Her first visit to New York state was when she was seven months pregnant with her fourth child and attending a writing conference in Chautauqua. She also visited Niagara Falls.
  3. She met her husband on Halloween at Utah State University.
  4. Rachelle loves chickens and cats and they get along well together on her little farm in Idaho.
  5. She is brainstorming the next novella for Echo Ridge and is super excited to tell the next love story from New York.

 

Rachelle’s snippet from Hope for Christmas:

“Stupid Christmas tree,” she muttered. If it weren’t for Megan, she’d skip Christmas altogether. The holiday was a slap in the face to someone like Anika— a divorced, single mom with a deadbeat ex. She hadn’t been able to locate Jimmy after he’d been released from jail the last time, but she was tired of hiding from him. When she moved to Echo Ridge a year ago, she decided a fresh start would be the best solution to her problems. The sleepy little New York town had been full of promises and hope, but after losing her job two months ago when Megan was hospitalized with pneumonia, everything had changed. Although the state had helped pay for Megan’s treatment, Anika had fallen farther and farther behind.

Her chest tightened when she thought about what was around the next corner. This job was temporary, and Anika had run out of options. If she didn’t find something soon, she’d be evicted from her one bedroom apartment.

She pulled the tree trunk upright and began putting together the sections of the tree. It took much longer than it should have with bits of the white flock crumbling and sticking to her clothes. One of the branches refused to straighten, the end was all twisted and it took her nearly ten minutes to smooth out the kinks. Anika grumbled to herself about the fake tree and its apparent mission to annoy her by not snapping together correctly. She fiddled with the pre-lit strands that had to be connected in several places. There were three different cords to test the lights, but she couldn’t get them all to work together. The box said the lights were supposed to twinkle, but Anika couldn’t even get more than one strand to turn on at a time. She grumbled and stepped back— on Megan’s dolls. Anika’s foot turned, she gasped, and fell forward into the tree with a shriek.

Before she could react to the fake evergreen needles poking her in the face, strong hands pulled her back from the mass of lights and cords.

“Are you hurt?”

Anika blinked and looked up at the man who had spoken. Her mouth opened and closed, and she shook her head. If Enrique Iglesias had come to her rescue then she was definitely going to thank the blasted Christmas tree. She rubbed a hand over her face and saw that he wasn’t Enrique, but with the shadow of scruff along his chin and his slightly mussed black hair against caramel skin, he could be Enrique’s younger brother. Anika shook her head. She was gawking, and hadn’t answered his question. “I’m not sure,” she said.

“Let’s get you away from this tree. I don’t think it likes you.” He cupped his hand under her forearm, carefully lifting her off the ground.

Anika winced when she put weight on her foot. “Ouch. I kind of twisted my ankle.”

“Sit down right here and I can take a look at it.” His dark hair matched his chocolate brown eyes and Anika found herself wondering again if Enrique did have a younger brother.

He helped her sit, leaning next to the wood paneling of her checkout station. He crouched down and held out his hand. “I’m Carlos Rodriguez. I’m a volunteer fireman, so I have some medical training. Mind if I take a look?” He had a Spanish accent, not heavy, but alluring, and Anika listened to him appreciatively.

“Oh, it’s just my ankle. I’m sure it’ll be fine in a few minutes.” Anika winced again when she moved her toes. “My name’s Anika Fletcher.” She held out her hand and Carlos shook it, his grip firm, yet gentle at the same time. Anika tore her eyes away from him and reached down to examine her ankle. It didn’t appear to be swelling, but every tendon around the bone ached. Maybe she should have him look at it. “Ugh, this is just what I didn’t need tonight.” She leaned over and massaged the tender side of her ankle. It wouldn’t cost her anything to have him look at it. “Okay, maybe I’d better have you look.” She moved back so that Carlos could see her ankle.

He leaned over and gently pulled her pant leg up. His fingers were warm, and he pressed lightly around her ankle. Anika’s heart sped up— it was hard to ignore the flutter in her stomach as he carefully examined her foot. He looked over at her and smiled. “There might be a little swelling later, but it’s a good sign that it’s not turning colors. You need to ice it and wrap it to stabilize the area.”

Anika let out the breath she’d been holding when he released her foot. “Okay, thanks for your help. I was trying to get that dang tree figured out. It definitely doesn’t like me and the feeling is mutual.”

Carlos walked over to the tree, now standing almost ten feet tall, and shifted a few branches. Then he crouched down by the electrical outlet. “You know, this could be considered a fire hazard.”

 

And now a Q&A with the Author.

 

What is your favorite part of writing?

I love it when I’m excited about a new story! When I have a solid outline and can speed through scenes that I’ve rehearsed in my head, I feel like I’m on a writer’s high. I love creating something new.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In Hope for Christmas, I wanted to show a different side of the holiday from the point of view of Anika who sees Christmas as something to dread rather than enjoy. I wanted her to feel like a real person–one that we can be on the lookout for this Christmas.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always loved writing. When I was a little girl, I would take a spiral bound  notebook and sit in the horse pasture dreaming up poems and stories. After I graduated from college and had a little free time to write something other than essays and term papers, I rediscovered my love of writing.

Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured?

Laugh with me for just a minute because once upon a time, I had a thought that I could have a structured day of writing in my lovely office at home. Reality check with five kids means that I write in the car during piano lessons, hole up in a hiding place for twenty minutes for a sprint, and schedule write-ins at my parent’s house to meet my goals. I still kind of have a dream that life will settle down and work with my “schedule”. In the meantime, I squeeze in writing wherever I can.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I always learn so many interesting things from writing my books. I love the little research gems that me and this awesome group of authors shared about upstate New York, small towns, old-fashioned department stores, soda fountains, and more.

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

I really struggle with my desire to have time to write down all the ideas in my head. There’s so much work involved with each book, and it’s not just writing. There’s tons of marketing, promotion, events, and other parts of producing a book that often aren’t seen. Sometime I go days without writing anything on my novel and I feel rotten about my progress, but thank goodness I have an amazing husband who is very understanding. He does his best to help me get time and keep things in perspective. Together we work to make my writing possible and at the same time I can feel good about spending time with my family and always putting my family first. Hopefully, I have a lot of years left to write so I’m working on balance and hoping the words will come out all right in the end.

 

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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 5 – Halfling @cinbennett

Halfling

by Cindy C. Bennett

 

 Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she’s cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He’s the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen—and the orneriest. 

As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough. 

Seb introduces her to Trystin, a fairy from the nearby fairy forest. Trystin discerns her secret right away and promises to teach her how to use the powers given to her by the very thing she’s fighting to keep hidden.
       

 

Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime—other than writing—is riding her Harley.

 

 

 

 

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Snippet

Kara took a deep breath, her hand on the glass doorknob. A new beginning. She kept repeating the words over and over in her mind. They rang just as hollowly now as when she’d been banished. Well, there was nothing to be done for it. This was her new life—for now. At least until her secret was once again discovered.

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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 4 – The Christmas Tree Keeper

The Christmas Tree Keeper

by Tamara Passey

Though Angela Donovan is out of work and needs money for rent, she yearns for her eight-year-old daughter to have a carefree holiday. The last thing she wants is the pressure of her daughter expecting a miracle. But when they pick out a Christmas tree at a cozy Massachusetts tree farm that’s exactly what happens when they learn the trees might be miracle trees. Mark Shafer is soon to be the new keeper of the Christmas trees when he inherits the family farm. He’d like to run it with a family of his own, but his girlfriend wants nothing to do with farm life. He makes plans to sell so he can propose to his girlfriend and pursue a career in music. Then he meets an unforgettable customer and her daughter, and an anonymous gift compels them to learn the truth about the trees. With a buyer willing to pay top dollar for the land, Mark has the fate of the trees in his hand. Will he be able to see what and who is most important? And will Angela give the miracle of love a chance?                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Tamara Passey, author of the The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. Mothering through the Whirlwind is her fist work of non-fiction. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. 

Q and A with the Author

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned so much from writing this book that could I could fill another book, but that just might be because I had a lot to learn. What stands out are these:

1. The words won’t write themselves, I need to show up at the page.

2. Writing a book is like entering an agreement with the reader. That is agreement is set up within the first five pages (or less) and as the author, I need to deliver on the promise of the premise or risk not living up to my part of the agreement.

3. Writing is harder than I want it to be, but also more rewarding than I dreamed it could be.

What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Besides finding time to write, self-doubt would top the list of what I struggled with most. How did I defeat it? I’m not sure I did, but I did learn to set it aside long enough to finish the book and then long enough to share the book with readers. If I allow my self-doubt too much “air time” it can shut down the entire creative process. I’ll only entertain so much, then I get back to the page.

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Snippet

“Can we bring something for Christmas?”

“Like what?”

“Can I bring your nativity set?” she asked as she looked at it longingly.

Angela set the grocery bags down in front of the door. She picked up the case and began putting the pieces into their corresponding velvet compartments. Caroline helped. The place for the lamb remained empty.

“I’m sorry I lost the lamb,” Caroline said.

“It’s okay,” Angela insisted. “Don’t worry about it.”

“Will we ever find it?”

“Maybe,” she said. Probably not.

“What did Florinda tell you about the wise men?” Caroline asked.

Angela sighed. Her daughter’s energy seemed to increase as Angela’s waned.

“The wise men? ‘Don’t give up your search for Jesus,’ I think she said.”

“What does that mean?”

“The wise men traveled a great distance. It must have been a long journey, but they didn’t stop until they found Jesus as a child.” Angela almost closed the case, but Caroline reached for another piece.

“What about him? What did she say about Joseph?”

Too worn out to resist her daughter’s earnest inquiry, Angela explained, “Florinda said, ‘when you find someone as loving and as loyal as Joseph, keep him close to your heart.’”

Caroline reached for the figure and tilted her head. “You haven’t found someone like that yet, have you?” she asked.

Angela took the figure back, put it in the case and closed it. She spoke the obvious answer hanging in the air.

“No. I haven’t.”

 
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Loving the Book Christmas Blitz Day 3 – Christmas with the Black Sheep @BatesNatalie

Christmas with the Black Sheep

by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Let’s get to know the author.

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.

She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

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It’s Christmas time, and Eriah Jameson has returned home to restart his family’s business. Due to his wild child past, no one is friendly or welcoming to Barrow Haven’s black sheep.

Aylin Myers lost her job when Eriah’s father took ill. She knows Eriah needs her help getting his business up and running again, but she doesn’t trust him. If he fails, she knows it will dishonor his father’s memory. And Aylin knows that at Christmas, it’s the right thing to help your fellow man—no matter how wretched he might be.

As Aylin gets to know Eriah, she sees a side of him Barrow Haven never saw. That perhaps the black sheep has changed for the better. Still, can she be sure this side of Eriah is real, and not just a facade he’s perfected over time to get his own way?

 

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 http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Black-Sheep-Natalie-Nicole-Bates-ebook/dp/B00PSYBJVM

It’s time for a Snippet!

When she turned around, his lips came down upon hers. Soft, searching, her hand went to his cold cheek. Almost instantly, she reminded herself of what transpired between them the day before. But her heart…her heart…overrode her mind’s stern warnings.

Then her mind won out over her heart. She broke the kiss, and turned away from him. “I’m not starting this all over again with you. I’m not getting hurt.”

And a great Author Q&A!

What is your favorite part of writing?
Watching the story unfold as I write it, watching the characters grow and change.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That no matter what is thrown at you, there is always a way out there to defeat it. It might not be how you originally envisioned, but nothing is hopeless.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always had a keen interest in writing. When I made the decision to actually write, is after I had been a reviewer for an extended period of time, and I thought to myself, ‘I can do this’.
Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured?
Generally, I try to get done any promotion, email, and all writing related things that are not actual writing done during the day. I do my actual writing at night.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Just that everyone’s situation in life is different, we all have a story to tell whether in life or through our characters.
What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Balance. I’ve been published now for four years, and I find it a struggle sometimes to balance life, writing and promotion.

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