Title: The Christmas Wish (Heart of Montana #1.5)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 27, 2013
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover Designed By: Kim Killion
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
Waitress Tess Branson has earned a bad reputation, and the nickname “Fast Tessie,” as result of her poor judgment where men are concerned. Tess learned from a young age that men – of all ages – were interested in one thing from her and one thing only. But all Tess ever really wanted was to connect with someone special – to mean something to someone. Lucas Flynn, the short order cook at the restaurant where Tess works, has just been released on parole. He’s trying to get his life back on track, but can’t help noticing the pretty waitress who treats him kindly, despite his past. At Lucas’s urging, Tess makes a wish on a star, but they’ll have to rely on the magic of Christmas to help it come true.
The Christmas Wish is a novella and can be read as a standalone.
About the Author
KATY REGNERY, winner of several regional RWA contests, has always loved telling a good story and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.
As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of five Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. In addition to small-town contemporary romance, Katy is presently writing a paranormal romance that takes place in northern New England and the forests north of Quebec.
Speaking of forests, Katy lives in the relative-wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut where her writing room looks out at the woods and her husband, two young children and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones.
What’s the toughest criticism you’ve ever received?
Oh, man. I paid for a critique of my first novel, because agents were kindly, but firmly, rejecting it, and I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. Anyway, Suzanne Hartmann critiqued the manuscript, which was possibly the best money I ever spent, because she was incredibly thorough. Her notes were a crash course on how to write. They were fair, but tough, and she listed eleven – OMG, 11!!! – things I was doing wrong.
Some items on the list? Overuse of participle phrases, overuse of passive voice, misuse of progressive tenses, the suggestion that I use strong verbs than “was,” misuse of commas, showing vs. telling issues, point-of-view shifts, and overuse of filtering. I mean, writing is creative process, but it’s also a technical process, and without the mechanics in place, people won’t hear your words, they’ll get distracted by repetitive sentence construction and crappy grammar.
So, I read these pages and pages of notes, and had a long cry and considered throwing the manuscript in the fireplace. Then, I realized what an incredibly GIFT Suzanne had given me. I printed out the list, and every night before bed for a month, I read her notes. I read them until I had them memorized, and then I still read them. And then I wrote By Proxy.