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11-18 Magdalena Scott – Serendipity Surprises

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Serendipity Series Surprises by Magdalena Scott




“Ha-ha. That’s so far-fetched! It could never happen.”

Each book in my Serendipity, Indiana sweet romance series ends with a surprise that concrete thinkers will write off as outlandish coincidence.

But serendipity happens in real life. You’ll see it if you look for it. Here’s how happy surprises popped up as I wrote this series. (I had a plan when I wrote Book 1. Really, I did.)

Readers of Book 1, SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS, wanted to know more about the baby-sitter who had a car wreck.

Thus, Book 2, EMILY’S DREAMS.

Book 3, CHRISTMAS WEDDING, just sort of happened, because, well, wedding! (Also, snowstorm!)

Book 4, THE BLANK BOOK, went as planned--a re-write of one of my early works. But this time instead of just writing about a heroine who was a widow, I was an author who was a widow. Revisiting those raw feelings was hard, but I hope it enriched Alice’s second chance paranormal mystery romance. (Yep, it’s all those things!)

THE RING, Book 5, started out as a road trip tale but morphed into a story about Carla, a highly successful businesswoman who needs to forgive herself.

In Book 6, THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, Francie stars in a tale of a marriage that is struggling, but--spoiler!--survives. (The original idea: after a divorce, she moves cross-country, and discovers secrets about her past, plus a new love.)

A PIECE OF HER SOUL, Book 7, went as planned. (How very odd.)

Book 8, ONCE UPON A TIME, evolved deliciously even though I didn’t foresee it as part of the series. The heroine of that book, Taylor Kincaid, has a twin sister, Hannah.

Hannah stars in A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS, Book 9. (This time, everything went as I planned, and Hannah gets the surprises.)

For Hannah Kincaid, it was love at first sight when she met Jacob Hollingsworth, the handsome co-owner of Serendipity’s new (and only) dude ranch. When she lost her job at the Standish family’s Christmas Tree Farm, Jacob’s sisters hired her at the Rocking H. Sure, she’s afraid of horses, but she’ll overcome all obstacles to achieve a goal. The unexpected arrival of Jacob’s bossy brother Michael turns everything at the Rocking H on its head--including Hannah’s plans.

Michael Hollingsworth was summoned to help his siblings in their fledgling business. He immediately sees a problem: their only employee is incompetent in her work, crazy about Jacob, and...completely enchanting. How can Michael prepare the ranch for the change that’s brewing, when Hannah Kincaid’s big blue eyes and uncompromising determination keep messing with his focus?

~*~
I’m super thankful for the circuitous route through nine Serendipity, Indiana stories, and thankful to those readers who finish one book and grab the rest of the series.

My plan is to end here, with Book 9. But guess what--I’m open to happy surprises!

Until we meet again, happy reading!
Magdalena Scott











Links:
Blog “Welcome to Magdalenaville”: https://magdalenascott.blogspot.com/



Friday, November 17, 2017

Out of this World Christmas Romance Tales #holiday #scifirom

Hi, I'm Pippa Jay, author of SciFi and supernatural stories to engage your emotions. Every year I struggle to come up with SciFi romances involving holidays. It's not a subgenre that seems to lend itself to holiday tales very easily, at least not for me. I suppose in the far future, changes in our culture and possibly the planets we might colonize with their differing time scales and climates might render many of our traditional holidays obsolete, or result in them being blended to deal with a truly multicultural society or adapted to fit other worlds. My own attempts to write holiday themed SFR has given me one finished but paranormal Halloween short, and two unfinished SFRs: one a semi-spoof Easter story about an alien called Ostara (an old name for Easter) and a winter solstice SF mystery with romantic elements. Somehow my muse rebels against the whole Christmas in spaaaaaace theme, though I did manage at long last to write a Christmas tale for my main SFR couple last year as a special gift. Unfortunately I won't be offering it this year as I have plans to have it fully edited and officially released at a later date.
But fear not! Thanks to the SFR Brigade, I have found you some holiday themed scifi romance tales to warm your heart this winter:
Open With Care by Pauline Baird Jones and Genie Davis
Beware of aliens bearing gifts 
Christmas is coming and so is All I Got For Christmas. Inside you’ll get the evocative and haunting, ”Riding for Christmas,” and the offbeat and heartwarming, "Up on the Housetop.” 

Riding For Christmas:
A mesmerizing tale of interstellar time travel and romance!
Jane MacKenzie, visiting her grandfather’s abandoned ranch, discovers something in the snow. When she opens the ribbon-wrapped box, it mysteriously returns Sam Harrington, who “disappeared” in an 1885 blizzard. 
There’s nothing alien in this enduring tale of holiday homecomings and the hope of love that lasts a lifetime. 

Up on the House Top:

Will her Christmas be ho, ho, ho? Or oh no, no, no?
Gini knew Christmas in Wyoming would be challenging as she headed over the frozen crick and through the woods to the family cabin. The lights are going out in her mom’s attic, the guy who broke her heart is on the porch…and there are aliens on the roof.
According to her mom, it’s going to be the best Christmas ever.

194 pages, $3.99
Amazon, Kobo, Nook


Batteries Not Required by Christine D'Abo (Christmas themed and erotic)

Love Transcends Circuits

Zoe is all alone on an outpost monitoring a lonely quadrant of space. It’s nearly Christmas and all she has for company is her computer AI, Rupert. She isn’t expecting a present from Xion Corporation to help pass the time, but when she opens the box to find a sex bot, a whole world of steamy entertainment possibilities come to mind.

When Zoe activates Sam she doesn’t realize the trouble she’s in for. Sam takes Zoe to sexy new heights and Rupert does a stellar impersonation of a jealous boyfriend. Zoe struggles to ground herself in reality despite her growing lust, but it’s becoming more and more obvious she’s falling in love. But with who—Sam or Rupert?

When a computer virus is unleashed on the outpost, Zoe must choose—or risk losing them both.

128 pages, $1.99
Amazon, Kobo



Noelle In His Heart (Celestial Seasons #1) by C.E. Kilgore, now available with other holiday SFR tales as an omnibus edition: Details here: http://cekilgore.com/books/celestial-seasons/
A Christmas romance with a Sci-Fi twist!
Noelle has made the same wish for the past six years to the angel on top of Father Nathan’s Christmas Tree. All she wants for Christmas is someone with warm arms to hold her and who can understand that she has commitments – commitments which include the twenty-six children at the foster center she volunteers for.
Stranded on Earth six years ago, Steve and his crewmates have done a pretty good job of secretly finding a place in human society, but it doesn’t erase the loneliness that hits hardest around the holidays. He longs for companionship and someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply



Hey, Santa: SciFi Holiday Romance by Jessica E Subject

She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas… 
Claire Otton dreads spending another holiday alone. When her best friend convinces her to approach the sexy mall Santa, she takes the chance and asks him out, hoping for so much more. 
He’s waiting under the mistletoe… 
Although Andreas Castellanos blends in on Earth, he knows he will never belong. But when the gorgeous woman he’d been staring at invites him to dinner, he has a hard time saying no. 
All they’re asking for… 

Can these two lonely souls find magic together or will their secrets steal their chance of a happy Christmas?
Amazon




A Galactic Holiday: SciFi Romance trilogy

Do androids dream of electric sugar plums?
A detective who refuses to modify her body teams up with her cyborg rival to track down a burglar who is putting toys into homes. A solitary ice miner finds love and friendship while stranded on the surface of Galileo. And two hardheaded negotiators put their differences aside to evade an assassin and save their planets. Enjoy these visions of Christmases yet to come with three science-fiction novellas from Carina Press.
How the Glitch Saved Christmas, by Stacy Gail
Galileo's Holiday, by Sasha Summers
Winter Fusion, by Anna Hackett
Stories also available for purchase separately. 86,000 words
Amazon, $7.99

Even Villains Have Interns is set around Christmas and ends with a Christmas Day proposal (psst, recommended - this is one of my favourite series!)
It's Chicago's favorite city son vs Delilah, daughter of Dr. Charm. America's second city will never know what hit it. 
Bootleggers, drug dealers, crooked cops, and dirty politicians... Chicago has always had a reputation for indulging in the finer vices of life. That’s why Doctor Charm’s favorite daughter found America’s Second City so appealing; criminals are never boring. As second in command for the powerful Subrosa Security group, Delilah Samson finds opportunities to use her superpowers at every turn. Whether it’s stealing a priceless French painting from a mobster or stopping a drug deal, she’s game. 
In fact, the only thing she doesn’t care for is Chicago’s favorite native son, Deputy Mayor Alan Adale, the man who made Lucifer jealous. Sinfully handsome, or possibly just sinful, Adale has been pursuing Delilah since she first arrived, and she’s been dodging. 
When she finds ties between the new kingpin in town and a drug The Company wants to buy so they can create more superheroes, Delilah takes the gloves off. Teaming up with the spooky Spirit of Chicago, she aims to take down the dealers, the mobsters, the kingpin, and The Company. All without falling in love with the one man capable of capturing her heart. 
Amazon

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Creating Holiday and Writing...

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States. 
This is hands down my favorite holiday. A day of gluttony aka heaven on earth. This year Thanksgiving is going to be extra special as both of my oldest children will be home for the first time in 7 years.  Right now I’m struggling with wanting to make 7 years worth of food. I have made menus, revised menus, and combined menus.  

Planning a holiday family meal is a lot like writing.  Both involve planning, creating, and revising. This Thanksgiving, I’m doing double duty on this. I have a 3 book young adult fantasy that is in revise mode and I can’t cook 47 dishes – per kids and hubby. I’m planning a sci-fi book that I hope to start this January and I planning a screwdriver bar for breakfast. And I’m creating a new world for my sci-fi and new side dishes.

I thought I would share some of my new creations with you.
The side dish, I’ve decided to ‘create’ this year a twist on cranberry relish… I love cranberry relish and I love vodka sooooo I thought it was time to introduce them to each other.

The Best Cranberry Relish EVER----
1 12 ounce bag of Cranberry
1 cup vodka
¼ cup citrus vodka
½ cup sugar
Orange peel for decoration

Heat vodka and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and citrus vodka, stir. Cook at a low simmer for 15-20 minutes until cranberries have popped. Store in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

And here is the opening for the new sci-fi I’m creating.

“Is this a toxic dump?” Aries asked looking through the ship’s small porthole.
“Yeah,” Colven stepped around her pressing the button to open the hatch.
“You bring me to the nicest spots. I’m beginning to think you care.” Her stomach rolled as the rancid stench assaulted her. She realized not eating breakfast had been a good life choice after all.
Colven glanced over his shoulder. “I thought I made how much I cared clear last night.” A smirked pulled at the left corner of his mouth as a brief flash of humor light eyes. Then it was gone. His soulless black eyes bore into her. His mouth drawn into a cold hardness. In less than a second he'd gone from her lover to the most feared pirate in five galaxies. 

Have a great month! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Novels Have Soundtracks!

by Madelle Morgan


As I write this, Seduced by the Screenwriter is being formatted. It'll be available on Amazon by December. It's the second book in the Hollywood in Muskoka series, and is definitely the most emotional, hottest romance I've ever written. Needless to say, I'm very excited about the release.




The Soundtrack

I plot using the screenwriting three act structure  approach, as described in my April 2016 post. I imagine these contemporary romance novels as movies. Movies have soundtracks! Therefore I created playlist "soundtracks" for Caught on Camera and Seduced by the Screenwriter.

Within a chapter, there's a cue to listen to a song that matches the emotions of the scene, just like in a film soundtrack. Each song in the playlist reflects and enhances that stage of the hero or heroine's emotional journey.

It was a challenge to find songs that would appeal across generations and had the right visual (YouTube) and auditory resonance with the characters' emotions. It took me ages, but I'm passionate about film and music so it was a labor of love. I discovered fabulous artiststoo many to include in a 19 or 20 song playlist. Fortunately there will be at least six books in the series! By the way, each can be read as a stand alone romance.

Playlist Options

Readers who subscribe to a music streaming service such as Apple Music, Spotify or Google Play Music can create a playlist from the song list in the front matter of the novel, or on my website

Alternatively, readers can open my Seduced by the Screenwriter playlist on YouTube in their browsers. The video format allowed me to include in the playlist two YouTube movie clips that fit with the story.

Smartphones, Tablets, MP3 Player...

You'll need a device with Internet access or an MP3 player to listen to music while reading. That's the downside. For convenience, readers would likely prefer to be able to click on a link to the song within the ebook. Unfortunately that's against Amazon rules.

Yes, it's a little more work to listen to music at specific points in the novel. On the other hand, every time the reader listens to the playlist, they'll recall the emotional roller coaster of the love story and the HEA!  Worth it, right?

Seduced by the Screenwriter Blurb

Traumatized by a deadly underwater dive, police diver Catrina Turner abandoned her career and escaped to Muskoka, Canada’s upscale, private vacation destination favored by wealthy celebrities. She and her retired police dog Titan provide security services to safeguard empty luxury homes over the winter. Her PTSD is a tightly-held secret… until an affair with a visitor changes her life.
Hollywood screenwriter Chett de Groot needs a hit to save his career. He accepts a movie star’s offer to use her secluded lake house as a writing retreat, and discovers a closet full of her old movie costumes.
Lonely, freezing in Muskoka, and out of ideas, Chett entices the beautiful security guard to wear costumes and role-play in love scenes for inspiration. They discover how satisfying acting can be. Soon Catrina’s ad-libbing passionate lines in scorching “performances” that knock his thermal socks off.
Chett secretly writes Catrina’s terrifying dive into a spec script. Then a film producer makes Chett an offer he can’t refuse. But when Catrina finds out, will he lose her forever?
Ebook available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited in December 2017.


About Madelle

Madelle Morgan is a Canadian author who writes romance set in Canada. 

Caught on Camera is a Hollywood wedding romance set in Muskoka, Canada—summer playground of the rich and famous. It's Book 1 in the Hollywood in Muskoka series.
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 Madelle's romantic thriller Diamond Hunter is available on Amazon in Kindle Unlimited.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

It's beginning to feel a lot like the holidays!

By Marcia King-Gamble
www.lovemarcia.com





It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and excitement is in the air. The older I get, the faster the years seem to go by. For those of you living in cooler climates amid changing leaves and snow flurries, I envy you.




Here in sunny Florida, we’re experiencing a chill, meaning it‘s no longer in the nineties. My air conditioning bill could use a break so I’m very grateful.  For us Floridians, it’s the time of year to start looking forward to the annual boat parade. This is quite a treat as it’s usually a night of serious partying as the decorated boats float by.



Usually the Grand Marshall is famous. This year its Big & Rich. I’m told they are popular country music artists. Boats of every size and type compete, and if you’re fortunate enough to live on the intracoastal, it’s an awesome sight with lots of music, lights and dancing. Think of the Rose Parade, except this is on the water.  

For me, ‘tis the season to cuddle up with a wonderful, feel good story, of which there are many, including the ones I write.  



Last year, author Bettye Griffin and I penned the Holiday Sparkle series, fondly dubbed, Get Your Sparkle on? My contributions were Naughty in New York and Loose in Las Vegas. We later boxed all 4 novellas. You can get them as a package here:   http://a.co/cenb83G



These stories all focus on a red dress that changes a woman’s life forever. Naturally, she’s wearing the dress when she meets her prince.

Naughty in New York, http://a.co/eUjuuSO, the second in the series, is a reunion story of love lost and hearts on the mend.  Here’s an excerpt below:

Theodora Johnston has worked all her life to get to where she is; Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Beau Visage; a major cosmetic house. She’s sacrificed having a personal life, and given up on finding love. Now she is seriously considering having a baby on her own.

Anderson MacDonald is the newly appointed COO, and her boss. Two decades ago they had a love affair that didn’t end well. There is unfinished business between them, and a love that remains. Can they get past the hurt created by a huge misunderstanding?

  Here’s what one reader had to say about Naughty in New York:

“Naughty In New York" was probably one of the best novellas that I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time! What a fast paced, endearing romance that truly set the mood for the season! I loved it and can't wait for the next in the holiday sequel!!!






Rounding out the anthologies last year, was Loose in Las Vegas, http://a.co/4nGcqKf,  a fun story about an Internet romance set in Sin City. It’s a story that has an unusual twist when the love interest turns out to be completely different than the person my heroine has been chatting with. Sound familiar?

Struggling dress designer, Lana Hunter finds herself at loose ends on New Years Eve. On a whim, she decides to head for Las Vegas to meet the guy she's been chatting with on an internet dating site. What happens in Las Vegas is supposed to stay in Las Vegas. But Lana gets far more than she bargained for when she meets Cato Tennille a successful software developer. 


Here’s what another reader had to say about Loose in Las Vegas:

“Another great Red Dress read!! Like the other 2 books; this one also takes you on a wonderful romantic journey via the red dress. Plus, the back story of finding a parent. Really great read!

This season a fifth novella is about to be added to the Holiday Sparkle Series. Bettye Griffin and I are excited to present “Rockin’ the Rockies.”  This story starts off in Aspen, but is set in Denver, and told from two different points of view. The only thing I can tell you right now is that our couples switch partners. We are still in the writing and refining stages of this novella.

If that isn’t enough, I’m working on another joint venture with bestselling author Sandra Kitt. Our story is titled By Design and the storyline will be revealed on November 30th when I’m blogging again about holiday stories. I can then give you a sneak peek of the cover, which by the way I love.  

Be sure to join me on November 30th when I ‘m going to introduce more holiday reads. I’ll be revealing book covers, sharing links, and telling tales out of school. Your choice whether you want me to be naughty or nice.

One holiday book that’s already released and available for purchase is that of fellow Generista, Kristin Wallace. It’s titled Loving you at Christmas. Here’s the link http://a.co/j3AVw9V

 Loving You At Christmas (a holiday novella): Shellwater Key Tales by [Wallace, Kristin]

Happy Reading, happy fall, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving  all!

Romantically Yours,

Marcia King-Gamble

About Marcia King-Gamble
Romance writer, Marcia King-Gamble originally hails from a sunny Caribbean island where the sky and ocean are the same mesmerizing shade of blue. This former travel industry executive and current world traveler has spent most of life in the United States. A National Bestselling author, Marcia has penned over 34 books and 8 novellas. Her free time is spent at the gym, traveling to exotic locales, and caring for her animal family.
Visit Marcia at www.lovemarcia.com or “friend” her on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1MlnrIS






Saturday, November 11, 2017

Putting A Little of Yourself into Each Book

By Delsora Lowe

Ever wonder where writer’s ideas come from?

So do I! I am what is known as a pantser or organic writer. So most of the time I get a kernel of an idea—a character, a setting, or a scene playing out in my head—and I start writing. I never know where that idea will take me.

My newest hero, Sam, was established as a secondary character in The Legacy of Parkers Point, book one, in the Starlight Grille series. I loved Sam, so I decided he had to have his own story.

Logical progression of the series meant Come Dance With Me would take place in the winter.
I had written the first few chapters, when the title came to me from song lyrics I heard as I commuted to work. Usually I agonize over titles. Instead, the title had me envisioning the ending—a Christmas Dance—with the hero and heroine in each other’s arms. In this case, the title, and the ending, helped drive the plot, theme, setting, time of year, and character arcs.

At times, words seem to flow from my brain to my fingers without conscious thought. When I reread what I wrote, I have no memory of thinking about those words or scene. In this case, during the editing process I realized many scenes evolved from memories of my high school dances. Remember the romantic teenage yearnings of getting ready for a dance?

Here are some examples of where my muse took over by conjuring up memories and turning them into something to fit the story.

·          I sewed my own high school Christmas dance dress, floor-length, maroon velvet, sleeveless, jewel-necked, slim-fitting. I found out at a reunion that the guys still remembered that dress. My heroine wears staid colors and classic designs. I am sure my muse decided at this point that my hero wished to see the heroine in bright colors, and makes it happen.

·         My dad was a chaperone. He stood on tip-toe the entire dance, tracking my every move. I remember ducking my head as I slow-danced, praying any dance partners would not notice my dad. When one of the star football players, one of a handful of blacks in our school, asked me to dance, I nearly swooned. I had a mad crush on him. Later, when he asked me to a rock concert, my dad grilled him in the front hallway—just like he did with every date my sister and I ever had. In this story my heroine is a chaperone and invites the hero to help chaperone. They also attend a rock concert together.

·         A classmate of mine sent a poem to Muhammed Ali and as a result got to meet him. My hero writes a jazz piece for Muhammed Ali. As I wrote the scene, I had the Queen in mind, but my words turned into Muhammed Ali right before my eyes.

·         Our school had recently integrated (a fact I was unaware of at the time, and thought was the norm). There were a few biracial couples. In my tight-knit, progressive, and accepting Quaker school community, those who were in biracial relationships were accepted, but not in the country as a whole. My hero and heroine are a biracial couple. Hopefully the world has changed since I was a teen, but I know the truth—we have a long way to go.

Add to the memories the impact of growing up in a city where I had access to classical concerts at the Kennedy Center, and the influence of the music culture of the 60s, including my love of Motown, jazz, and blues, and you have the seeds for a story that germinated and grew as my muse took over.

So I hope you enjoy Come Dance With Me, and the excerpt below, where I have played with facts of my life to create a modern fictional love story that culminates at the Christmas Dance.

Do you have some stand-out memories of high school that might lend themselves to being part of a story or a scene?

Here’s the blurb and an excerpt of Come Dance With Me: Book 2, Starlight Grille series. 
Improvisational jazz musician meets buttoned up English teacher—will the Christmas lights sparkle or shatter before the dance ends?
Sam Johnson, a burned out, New York City iconic jazz pianist transplanted to small town Maine, finds himself and his muse again through a disparate group of committed teen musicians and their buttoned up, efficient, high school English teacher who is roped into advising the afterschool jazz club.
Ashley Sullivan, an expert in classical music and teaching the bard, is out of her element when it comes to jazz or anything impromptu and desperately needs Sam’s help. What she doesn’t know is Sam has made it his mission before this gig ends to get Ashley to lighten up and enjoy the things in life she denies herself; music, friends, spontaneity, creativity, and yes, love.
When Sam works to rescue her from her childhood fears, Ashley runs the other direction. Can what is done out of love tear apart a relationship before it’s in full swing, or forever cement a love that is true?
 Excerpt: She watched his graceful body climb the three steps to the stage. She sat close enough to see Sam’s fingers stroke the keys. The notes swirled around her heart and straight to her toes. Ashley closed her eyes and swayed to the slow, sensual rhythms. His tempo eased from slow to fast. Her feet tapped out the beat, the sounds coursing a hot path through her veins. The ebb and flow of jazz, like making love, engulfed her entire being. She held close the urge to moan and sigh. Unlike the night she sat with Mary Beth, now she imagined Sam played only for her.

To think she owned his recordings, but never imagined she’d ever meet the man. His music had been the one thing that made her feel alive these last few years, and now she knew him…like a friend. He still scared the stuffing out of her. But not in a bad way. She hadn’t expected him to like her, and treat her like a friend, when she’d agreed to this after-school partnership. But here she sat.

“He’s something, isn’t he?”

Ashley swiveled toward the voice behind her. A petite, red-headed woman grinned.

Links to Come Dance With Me (A Starlight Grille Book 2):
Books2Read – links to various vendors including iBooks, Nook, Kobo: https://www.books2read.com/u/bMrQva  

Links to The Legacy of Parkers Point (A Starlight Grille Book 1):

Books2Read – links to various vendors including iBooks, Nook, Kobo:  https://www.books2read.com/u/b6rQzx

Links to Moonlighting (A Starlight Grille Book 3): on preorder, to be released on December 7

Books2Read – links to various vendors including iBooks, Nook, Kobo: https://www.books2read.com/u/mZ5eop


               
From Cabins to Cottages…Keep the Home Fires Burning
A transplanted big city gal, world-wide traveler, and foreign-service brat, who now lives in a coastal Maine town, Delsora Lowe loves to write about small town heroes from the cowboys and ranchers of Colorado to the game wardens and lobstermen of Maine. Her work in the hospitality industry, rape crisis, admissions, alumni relations, and women’s advocacy has allowed her to interact on a daily basis with real life heroines and heroes. Lowe’s family visits to Colorado are the inspiration for an upcoming contemporary western series in 2018. And her daughter’s wedding and her son’s home on the coast of Maine provided plentiful ideas for the Starlight Grille series.
   



Friday, November 10, 2017

Making Spirits Bright


You can’t beat the price of .99 cents for "Making Spirits Bright", a wonderful Christmas anthology. Four beautiful never before released novellas. The stories range from cozy mystery to romance. All are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.



The following are the stories included in the anthology along with their blurbs.

Multi-published author Chautona Havig says: “Dreams are beautiful things, though; they never quite disappear. I began writing again, editing, writing, editing…more editing… and now I have over a hundred books in progress and a few dozen published. I write the stories of fictional people who have real problems, weaknesses, and triumphs. Through their stories, I try to share the Hope that is within me." (from Amazon bio)


Merri’s Christmas Mission by ChautonaHavig  

“Merri Zeiger is on a mission--create a fabulous Christmas for her three children on a dime. Well, that is if she can spare one. After six months of unemployment, her benefits have run out and so has her Christmas fund. 
But when she meets her rival in a giveaway for a pool table, things start to look a bit brighter.
"Barney" Barnett isn't supposed to have to do fundraising for The Mission, but until they replace the last guy, he's stuck on a daily trek to enter a giveaway for a pool table. Meeting Merri and hearing her story gives him a solution to both of their problems. Merri's Christmas Mission--one woman's quest to conquer Christmas.”


Author April Hayman  Amazon bio: “April Hayman lives in the high desert of California with her husband and their three sons. During the day, she focuses on homeschooling the boys and working on client projects. She writes at night when the temperature outside is only somewhat cooler than during the day.

Lead a Merry Dance by April Hayman  

FBI Agent Trip Devereaux' s time has run out: take his new wife, Libby, on a honeymoon (finally) or find out what it's like to live in the dog house. His solution? A Christmas Caribbean cruise! But when a jewelry thief strikes and Libby is - literally - left holding the bag, Trip's vacation is put on hold so he can prove his wife's innocence. Can he find the real thief in time? Or will their first shore excursion be a one-way trip to jail for Libby?”


Amazon author page: “Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

A Sidelined Christmas by ToniShiloh        

“Sidelined with a career-ending injury, wide receiver Jahleel Walker is forced to return to his hometown of Peachwood Bay, Georgia to heal. Nothing shocks him more than running into his high-school sweetheart, Lucille “Bebe” Gordon.
Bebe Gordon returned to Peachwood Bay three years ago with a divorce certificate and her daughter, Hope. When Jahleel returns, all the memories of the past come rushing back. She can’t decide if he’s changed or if her heart is holding onto past hurts.
Will Jahleel and Bebe take a chance on love or let life sideline them at Christmas?”


Author Cathe Swanson Amazon bio: The long Wisconsin winters are perfect for writing and reading books! Cathe enjoys writing stories with eccentric characters of all ages. Her books will make you laugh and make you cry – and then make you laugh again.

Hope for the Holidays by CatheSwanson   


Newly arrived from her home in the Congo and armed with a brand-new degree in nonprofit management, Carrie Strough is eager to organize and improve the Unity Plenkiss Community Center. Unfortunately, no one wants to be organized, and only Micah Neresen, the charming and handsome pastor of the local church, is interested in her plans. Or is he just interested in Carrie?
With a cast of lively and eccentric characters including a homeless vet with PTSD, a con man, an elderly couple with an over-the-top Christmas display, a feisty committeewoman with a past of her own, and a police investigation, Micah and Carrie wonder if there is any hope for the holidays this year!”

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