2 years ago today, my sweet husband took me on a holiday tour of bed and breakfasts as research for a book I was writing. The book was about a down on her luck woman who had inherited a rundown B&B in the small mountain town of Sweetwater Springs (Christmas on Mistletoe Lane). Now I'm writing book 7 in that series. A lot of difference 2 years makes.
Aren't these bed and breakfasts beautiful?
It was a crazy, windy, rainy week here on the coast of NC. And a little scary too. Hurricane Dorian left our yard in disarray and our a roof with a few leaks. But the bright side is that we're all okay. I think sometimes nature gives us a reminder of just how fragile life is.
Being an author, I tend to steep in the emotions that come with these events. The anxiety of the growing storm. The fear at the howling winds and dancing shadows at my window at midnight (it really was terrifying) and the relief and overwhelming gratitude when the storm has passed. There's also the sadness for everyone who was harder hit.
Romance novels offer hope and there's a lot of that after a crisis. I think nature serves to give us reminders of that as well--the sun always returns after the rain.
Here's hoping that Dorian was the worst this hurricane season will offer.
I love audiobooks! If not for my Audible subscription, I wouldn't "read" half as many books every year. Listening to books makes my car rides more enjoyable and doing housework less of a chore.
Having my books available in audio is a dream come true for me for that very reason. It's my preferred format, followed by print, and then digital. Everyone has their preferences, right?
SNOWFALL ON CEDAR TRAIL doesn't release until September 24, 2019 but you can listen to a sample TODAY (and preorder in audio if you feel inclined). Enjoy!
Today marks one month until SNOWFALL ON CEDAR TRAIL is out in the world!! Over the next month, I'll be sharing little tidbits and teasers leading up to the release to get you ready for Alex and Halona's story! This one is emotional and I LOVED writing it. I really can't wait for you all to read this story and tell me what you think.
One of the things I'm very excited about is the inclusion of a yummy cookie recipe from the Two Peas and Their Pod Cookbook which hits shelves on September 3! I'm a huge fan of the Two Peas and Their Pod site. Maria has AMAZING recipes that are adult and kid friendly. In Snowfall on Cedar Trail, there's a scene where Halona and Alex have a great time making a batch of Triple Chip Chocolate Cookies (YUM!) from this cookbook for the annual Hope for the Holidays event in Sweetwater Springs. It was messy and flirtatious and so much fun to write <3
If you want to check out or preorder this upcoming cookbook release by Maria Lichty, you can do so HERE.
If you want to check out the Two Peas and Their Pod website (which I highly recommend), you can do so HERE.
I attended my 7th RWA (Romance Writer's of America) Conference last month, and it was amazing as always. I was able to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, which is always my favorite part. And I got to return to NYC, which is one of my favorite cities to be in!
Below are a few picture highlights from my trip. You might recognize a few familiar faces :)
The picture above is of me and a few of my publishing sisters from Grand Central/Forever. (myself, Melinda Curtis, April Hunt, and Miranda Liasson).
The picture below is of me and BRENDA NOVAK! I was so excited for my book to be her bookclub choice last October. I couldn't wait to finally meet her in person <3
I got to participate in 2 signings while at RWA. One was for my publisher and one was a Literacy Signing, where all proceeds went to literacy. I still pinch myself over the fact that people are reading my books. I love opportunities to talk to the readers who I am so grateful for!
Miranda Liasson and I got to pose with our books on the big screen at the Forever party!
My FAVORITE class was one with Damon Suede. I was sitting ALL THE WAY in the back, but it was still a highlight. Damon is one of my favorite speakers. He's a story genius!
Another highlight of RWA 2019 was going to see the Statue of Liberty. I've always wanted to see this in person and it was AMAZING!!!! She's breathtaking!
HAPPY TUCK & JOSIE DAY!!!
I'm so thrilled for Springtime at Hope Cottage to be out in the world, on the shelves, and in your hands. I loved writing Tuck and Josie's love story. It was so fun to give them a second chance at life and love. These two characters really struggled and fought for their happy ending. To me, every moment was magical, down to the little raspberry-colored bird that led Josie off the hiking path to begin with.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts! I wanna know which moments you laughed and which brought you to tears.
To celebrate the release of SPRINGTIME AT HOPE COTTAGE, I'm having a GIVEAWAY!!!
You can find Springtime at Hope Cottage on shelves wherever books are sold. I want to see your #springtimeathopecottageshelfie on social media. Make sure you tag me so you can be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to your choice of either Walmart, Target, or Amazon! Every post is worth one entry. Sharing is caring and is worth 2 entries! <3
Winner will be announced on March 29! Good luck!
Take Forever Romance's Holiday Romance Quiz to see which Christmas Romance you're paired up with!! Maybe you'll be matched with mine (Christmas on Mistletoe Lane)!
#readForever #Christmasromance #SweetwaterSprings#ChristmasOnMistletoeLane
It's been a week since my interview with Brenda Novak and I'm still smiling! It was so much fun and such an honor to have Christmas on Mistletoe Lane be her book club pick for October!
ICYMI, here's the VIDEO from our chat!
Forgive me while I have a #fangirl moment... Author Brenda Novak is reading my book!!!
There was a time when I wished that anyone, just one person, would read my book. Then I got a publishing deal and it still amazes me that people PAY to read anything that I've written. So thank you to everyone who has read my work. It means so very much. I am truly loving every moment of this author experience. It's been a dream of mine since I was 6 years old (that, and being a ballerina which did not come to fruition ;) Probably for the best)
Now back to squeeing over the great Brenda Novak! #authorgoals
Who wants to help the cause?
I'm so excited about my new Sweetwater Springs series. It's my first time being in mass market print, and I want to help new readers find me. I've printed these beautiful excerpt booklets for CHRISTMAS ON MISTLETOE LANE, featuring my cover, the opening scene, and where to buy the book should readers want to keeping (I hope they do!).
If you are in a bookclub, belong to a group of women who love to read, work at or own a business where you interact with potential romance readers (hair salon, schools, etc), or just have a large family of readers, please contact me in the contact form. I'd love to send you some of these excerpt booklets to give out and help spread the word! **US only please due to shipping costs.