Good morning! With the heat of summer making everyone long for cold winter days, why not get lost in a little Christmas romance…
Today my bestselling Christmas romance, Holly Cottage – Where the Magic Begins is on sale for only .99!
The magic of Christmas can melt even the coldest of hearts, and change someones entire of life… When romance author, Heidi Roarke loses her Christmas spirit, her agent suggests that she spends Christmas in a townthat is all about the holiday. With major reservations about this plan, she books a room at the Holly Cottage in Hollyville. From the moment she steps into the Cottage, she feels different. Then she meets Eric Bale, the 3rd generation owner of the bed and breakfast, which changes everything. She falls in love with the community of Hollyville and helps fight the Mayor’s choice to quit funding the orphanage. Eric Bale takes one look at Heidi and decides to give her the best Christmas ever. But what he didn’t expect was to feel the way he does about her. Then he sees her with the children at the local orphanage, and he loses more of his heart. As Christmas Day arrives, neither can deny that there is something happening, but is it just the holidays or something more? But when tragedy strikes, the town pulls together to try to keep things the same. Will Christmas be forever changed for Heidi and Eric, or will they find the love they both need? This is a sweet romance that will help you find your Christmas spirit, so grab a cup of hot chocolate and get lost in Hollyville…
When you get lost in this romance, you can play in the snow, get goosebumps from the cold air, and fall in love again…
You heard me right! Today I released two books. A Christmas Romance and a children’s Christmas book. Now I’m breathing a sigh of relief. Sometimes things just line up and well, today was that day…
Here’s a look at the new releases:
A collection of stories to warm the heart… Susie’s Christmas Miracle A story of a little girl looking for her purpose and finding it in Jesus. Emma & the Spirit of Christmas Emma thought Christmas was just gifts, trees, and decorations, but a short trip back in time with Santa changes everything for this little girl. The Christmas Star Through a simple Christmas star, Lily finds Christmas means more now than it had in previous years. Three stories to help explain the true meaning of Christmas to children of all ages.
The trouble with pretend marrying your best friend is that it can only end one of two ways…
Baron Her best friend. Her first kiss. Her protector. The friend everyone wanted, but he was all hers and she knew he’d do anything for her.
Abriana His whole world. And she could stop his heart with a smile.
They were inseparable. If you saw one of them, you saw the other. But something about their friendship was about to change. Abri needed to get married in 30 days and the only person she trusted was Baron. But it was just pretend. Right?
With a pretend relationship comes many trials. Could they pull this off? Would this turn into a complete disaster, tearing their lifelong friendship apart? Or would this be a new adventure for them both?
One overly traditional Italian father One sneaky cousin who wants to destroy everything One surprise kiss
Which one of the two ways will their pretend marriage end?
So, if you’re looking for a romance or a children’s book, then here’s one of each.
Who else is ready for Christmas season to get in full swing? I can’t wait to smell the scent of our fresh cut Christmas tree. Or the scent of gingerbread baking. And let’s not forget the peppermint mocha warming our bellies.
I love everything about Christmas. And writing a Christmas romance always fills my soul with happiness. There’s something about a couple finding romance during the Christmas season that makes everything else seem to just disappear.
There is nothing more special than sitting by the tree with the twinkling lights and Christmas music playing in the background. Oh and let’s not forget the hot chocolate with little marshmallows. And yes, I know you can have that any time of the year, but at Christmas, it’s so much better.
So, what are you most excited about for Christmas?
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already Monday! Where did the weekend go? As a matter of fact, where did this year go? We’re halfway to Thanksgiving already, can you believe it?
Now, as for my writing, I just released one Christmas romance, ‘Christmas at Mistletoe Ranch’, and will be releasing ‘The Christmas Wish’ really soon. As I said before, this year I’m releasing two Christmas romances. Sometimes the Christmas spirit just swoops in and takes over.
So, ‘The Christmas Wish’ is a sweet romance that will leave you wanting to bake cookies or take a visit to the local bakery. Here’s a snippet for you to enjoy:
Sophie turned out the lights of the bakery and locked the door. It had been a good day with many new customers. She was pleasantly surprised. As she climbed in her small car, she sighed. Her dreams were coming through. Slowly she drove through town, looking at the twinkling lights that lined the street and the trees in the windows. As she passed one of the stores she saw Santa waving at the passersby. On a whim, she pulled into a parking place and looked in her wallet for a dollar. Even though her dollars were few, she wanted to give to the Santa. She pulled her coat closer around her as she started across the sidewalk. The sign beside the Santa said it was for the local children’s hospital. “Here you go.” Sophie placed her dollar in his bucket. “Thank you young lady. With each donation, you get to ask for something from Santa for Christmas.” The Santa smiled at her, his eyes glittering in the lights overhead. “Oh, I don’t know what to wish for. It’s been so long since I’ve made a wish with Santa.” Sophie giggled. Then she decided to just go with it. “Alright, do I tell you the wish or do I keep it silent?” “You can tell me. I keep secrets locked in here.” Santa placed a finger on his temple, then laughed with a jolly Santa laugh. “This may sound silly, but I want to find love for Christmas.” Sophie didn’t know where that came from. At first she just stared at the Santa in shock, then a warmth spread through her heart. Yes, she had her business started, so now was the time to find love. “I will place that on my list. You’ve been a good girl this year.” Santa said, making Sophie giggle again. “And you get a candy cane for your wish.” Sophie took the large candy cane, then turned to leave. When she looked back, the Santa winked at her. She got back in her car and for a moment she just sat there. Why had she made a wish with Santa? Maybe it was from her loneliness.
This was a particularly favorite part for me. Keep watching for an update on the release date.
Good Sunday afternoon! Christmas at Mistletoe Ranch is live! It’s already hit #1 in Japan and not far from it in the USA! If you haven’t picked up your copy, then grab it while it’s on sale!
Here’s a little snippet from this amazing Christmas romance that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next!
I get it. She’s cute and sweet and desperate, but she’ll get hurt. And having a
woman in the barn with a bunch of rowdy cowboys, well, it just won’t work.”
Charlie said, crossing his arms across his chest.
know what you’re saying but as I said before, let’s give her a chance.” Denver
reached up and pinched his nose between his eyes, trying to figure this out. When
he opened his eyes, Annie was standing behind Charlie. “And I guess you have an
opinion on this too.” He adored the older woman and so did the men on the
ranch, so his tone wasn’t being disrespectful, just to the point, which is how
she liked it.
my opinion, she needs to be living here in the main house, not down there close
to the men. And another thing, why would you hire a woman to work out there
anyhow?” Annie said, putting her hands on her hips.
rubbed the back of his neck, then turned to face Annie. “Well, actually, I
hired her Mrs. Annie.”
you’re the culprit. Have you lost your mind?” Annie said, slapping him on the
arm. “Don’t you read the applications and resumes coming through here?”
did. Is it my fault that I thought Madison was a guy’s name?” Charlie shrugged,
trying to back toward the door. “Denver, I’ll let you know how dinner goes.”
Denver said as Charlie made a quick escape.
Hanson, if that girl gets hurt, I’ll hold you personally responsible, do you hear
and clear.” Denver said as he headed to the front door.
are you going? Dinner is almost ready.”
going to try to save my hide.” Denver went out the door and started for the
guest cabin. He knocked on the door and when there was no answer, he knocked
again. His brows bunched together as he looked around. She must have gone to
the bunk house for dinner.
with a groan, he turned and made his way to the mess hall. When he entered the
large open room, he didn’t have a hard time finding her. She was sitting alone
at a table, while the men sat staring at her. Well, glaring was more
appropriate. As soon as they saw the boss walk in, they turned back to their
Denver sat down beside Maddy, she didn’t look up. “Have I messed up again?” She
mumbled as she straightened her spine.
not that I’m aware of. I just wanted to make sure you came to eat.” He leaned
his head down to see her eyes that she kept facing downward. “Alright, so why
won’t you look up at me?”
there a need for that?” Again, she mumbled, not looking up.
his patience left. He reached out and grasped her jaw, turning her face toward
him. The moment he saw her face, he had to hide his amusement. “Do I need to
ask what happened?”
I’d prefer you didn’t.” Maddy said, still not looking into his eyes.
I won’t ask how you got spaghetti all over your face.” He pulled a piece of
noodle from her hair. “And in your hair.”
a few minutes Denver sat there, looking around at his men who were also
avoiding his gaze. When he couldn’t stand it anymore, he spoke. “I have to
know, did one of the men do this to you?” He clenched his fists into a ball,
thinking of one of them making her miserable and humiliating her.
who did?” Denver looked around, not seeing anyone else.
fell.” Maddy said, sniffing.
do you mean you fell?” He was confused. Then he saw the spaghetti all over the
floor beside the food table. “Are you hurt?”
why are you crying?” He whispered, not wanting to make matters worse by letting
the men overhear him.
not crying.” Maddy whimpered.
so you’re not crying.” He looked at her uneaten food. “Why aren’t you eating?”
me and eat.” Denver said, pointing at the plate. “You’re too small and will
need the strength for your first day.”
told you I’m….” She didn’t finish because he cleared his throat, then picked
up her fork.
you don’t eat, then I’ll have to face Annie and I really don’t want to have to
do that. So please, eat.”
fine.” She took her fork from him and began to eat. It was good. Once she’d ate
half of it, she pushed her plate away. “Happy?”
somewhat. I’d be happier if you’d clean your plate like a good little ranch
hand, but I guess that’s better than nothing.” He stood up, unconsciously
picking up her plate.
are you doing?” She took her plate from him.
I wasn’t thinking.” Denver frowned as she walked past him to put her plate on
the table. She stood by the kitchen door, waiting for the other men to leave.
He watched as she went into the kitchen to grab a mop. Charlie walked up to
stand beside Denver.
impressed. The men wouldn’t clean up their own mess.”
was in line with the men and someone sloshed tea on the floor. The next thing I
knew, she was face down in her plate.” Charlie covered his mouth to keep from
laughing. “I’m sorry, but it was rather comical, that is after I knew she was
why were the men glaring at her?”
was my fault. When they began laughing, I chastised them.”
problem. But it may have made things worse for her.” Charlie walked over to
Maddy. “Alright Maddy, that’s good. Go get some rest. You’ll need it.” He took
the mop and bucket, then placed them in the kitchen.
started for the door, passing Denver without speaking. When he followed her,
she turned and gave him a questioning look. “Why are you following me?”
want to talk to you.”
would be better if you stayed in the guest room at the house.” Denver said as
they stopped at the door of the cabin.
that wouldn’t be better. You saw the men; they already think I’m just a weak
girl. I must show them that’s not the case. And moving into the main house sure
won’t help that. I can take care of myself.” Maddy opened the door. “Thanks,
but no thanks.” She started to shut the door, but he pushed it open.
don’t understand, I can make it an order.” Denver said as his anger rose. He
was trying to make sure she was safe and all she was doing was acting stubborn.
order? Well, let me tell you what you can do with your order.” Maddy said but
stopped when she saw the look on his face. It was no use arguing with him, so
she went inside, leaving the door open since his foot was blocking her from
careful what you say. I’m not in the mood for it. Don’t you realize that I’m
trying to protect you?”
me from what?” Maddy whirled around, her hands on her hips as she faced him,
looking up at him.
the men. They are good men, but men nonetheless.”
to protect me from the men, you want me to live in the house with you. How is
huffed out a breath as he tried to rein in his anger. “Look lady, I’m trying to
help you. But if you want to live here, then fine with me.” He turned and
stormed out of the cabin, slamming the door.
Maddy jumped when the door slammed. She let out a frustrated growl as she flung herself on the bed and seethed for a few minutes. Even if she would be safer in the main house, she couldn’t give up her dignity. She saw the way the men looked at her during dinner. They were waiting for her to fail, but she had news for them. She was a strong woman and would conquer this problem on her own.
I hope you enjoyed this short snippet. Have a wonderful Sunday, or what’s left of it…
So, today is the day! Holly Cottage is almost here! If you love a heartwarming, Christmas Romance, then keep your eyes out for the coming release of Holly Cottage, Where the Magic Begins. This has been such a fun book to write and I can’t wait for all of you to get a chance to fall in love with it too!
There will be an excerpt coming in a couple of days when the release date is announced, but for today, you can take a look at the beautiful cover. I’m excited about this release.
Christmas memories are covering my tree. I have several ornaments that hold special meaning and decorations that have been passed down for generations. It’s those special tokens of a time past that make me smile as I lovingly hang them on the tree or place in a safe place on the mantel.
Take for instance this little bear. This was hung on the tree for our son’s first Christmas. Every year when I hang it, I can see his little eyes filling with wonder at all the lights and trying his best to reach the ornaments from his walker. Those were such special moments that I cherish.
Of course, then I have the many ornaments that our son made over the years. Each one is a treasure. I have a special box that holds those ornaments. Every year they grace our tree and bring on memories.
Now, this little reindeer is older than me, which we won’t discuss how old that it. This ornament was my grandmothers and every year she let me and my brother hang ornaments on her little tree. It was only about three foot tall and set on a round table by the window. This little reindeer was the ornament I always hung. Although it’s looking worn and if it wasn’t made of plastic, it would’ve fallen apart a long time ago, it still graces my tree.
These memories are what fill my many Christmas romances that I’ve published over the last couple of years. I always put a little of my experiences in each one. Like with A Christmas to Remember, I put some of our families favorite recipes in the back.
And one of my bucket list items is to go to Switzerland around Christmas, which is what happens with Lacey in Open the Heart…
And then there’s this years Christmas release, which offers a look into my world of reading and loving bookstores. Hideaway Lane has a quaint little bookstore that is all decked out for Christmas…
I’ve written several Christmas romances but this is just three of the memorable ones. So, what are your Christmas memories?
Good morning! It’s my favorite time of year when our tree is up, the fire is crackling and there’s a chill in the air. And of course, we’ve already gotten a little snow here in Georgia and on my birthday weekend, so that’s awesome.
My Wishful Harbor Series is something I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time and now the 2nd book in the series is out, which makes me so happy. This book is a sweet romance that is filled with mystery, old crushes, and the spirit of Christmas in a small town.
So, if you need something to read when you are sitting by your Christmas tree or even by a crackling fire, then grab a copy today. For the first-week release celebration, I’m keeping it at .99!
Good Saturday morning! I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was wonderful. Now the Christmas season is officially in full swing, which excites me. This is my favorite time of year.
As for words, sometimes as a writer, the words are slow to come. It’s the dreaded ‘writer’s block’ that every writer fears. That happened this month with my Christmas book that’s being released in a very, very short time. The words were there, then I developed a horrible cold, needing medication which made my head go fuzzy. Well, the words came to a halt.
I sat with my fingers hovered over the keyboard, trying to form the story that was inside my head. I could see it, hear the characters screaming, but for some reason, the words wouldn’t come out of my fingers onto the screen. It can get frustrating when you’re up against a deadline and the words just seem to be within reach, but won’t come.
But then, as I lay awake, coughing like a crazy person, it all flowed in like a wave of a storm. The areas that I was unsure of, came rushing in. That’s when another problem reared its ugly head, I couldn’t type fast enough and my time became limited, with holiday preparations and life. But now, it’s on the page and almost ready for release day. Some stories come in like a lion, then others hold back, waiting until just the right moment to stream in.
The funny thing is, if I’d rushed the story, it wouldn’t be what it is. This story is such a sweet story and I know that taking the time to listen to my characters and taking a short break helped build the story.
Good morning! I thought Saturday would never get here. It’s been busy, but a productive week. One week ago I started a new chapter in this thing we call life. I was tired of being tired. For the last couple of months I’ve been struggling to make my word counts, but now, well I’m exceeding them and the brain fog is clearing out.
I’ve been working on my Christmas romance that should’ve been finished two weeks ago, but with the brain fog, I wasn’t up to my potential. Now, that’s all changed. I’m making up for the lost time and adding the words I’ve missed. I can’t wait for the release of this sweet romance. It will have you singing Jingle Bells and wanting to go out and deck the halls.
As for my health, I started using the Thrive system last week and I’m amazed at the results in just a week. My energy is coming back and my concentration is where it needs to be. Oh and all of you know how much I love my coffee, well, I’m down to one and a half cups a day, Amazing! With all this energy, I might finish next years Christmas book by Easter!
So, what do you guys have planned for today? Me, I’m getting my house in order, then helping get our Church ready for the Fall Festival that’s happening tomorrow. But I will be getting in my extra word count this afternoon.