Of course it is never too late! Today, as a New Year’s Eve treat, I am again welcoming my Louisville Romance Writer pal Leslie Lynch — see her post from last Wednesday: Leslie Lynch Visits With a Holiday Novella — and this time she is bringing some friends along for the fun ride! Celebrating their anthology ROMANCING CHRISTMAS join me in greeting these lovely ladies to the blog.
Amazon Best Selling author Leslie Lynch gives voice to characters who struggle to find healing for their brokenness–and discover unconventional solutions to life’s unexpected twists.
Leslie lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and her adult children’s cats. While not engaged in wrestling the beautiful and prolific greenery of their yard into submission, she flies small airplanes, loves the exuberant creativity and color of quilting and pottery…and, of course, writes. http://leslielynch.com/
Marcia James writes hot, humorous romances and finaled in eleven Romance Writers of America contests before selling her first comic romantic suspense, At Her Command. Her latest releases are Sex & the Single Therapist (a comic romantic mystery), Heating Up the Holidays (a romantic Christmas novella), and Love Unleashed (a super sexy reunion romance). In her eclectic career, she has shot submarine training videos, organized celebrity-filled nonprofit events and had her wedding covered by People Magazine. After years of dealing with such sexy topics as how to safely install traffic lights, she is enjoying “researching” and plotting her novels’ steamy love scenes with her husband and hero of many years. http://www.marciajames.net/
Barbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, both adult and new adult. A flair for fun and subtly sexy love scenes is her trademark. Always a bookworm, she began by teaching writing and lit, while penning theater and book reviews. When her career broadened to healthcare marketing, her love of literature and writing remained. Her Windy City Romance series launched in 2013. In her work, feisty women take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Family often figures in her stories. “No woman falls in love without some family influence, either positive or negative.” Dark chocolate is her favorite food group, and yummy food often figures in her work. Barbara lives in the Midwest and the South with her husband and a cat that insists he was Heathcliff in a former life. Sign up for her newsletter by going to her website. Friend her on Facebook or send her a Tweet! http://www.barbaralohrauthor.com/
Chantel Rhondeau once thought a great mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading her first romantic suspense novel, she never looked back. Before long, the need to create her own stories took over. She spends her daytime in the clinical profession of medical transcriptionist, but her passion is in the wonderful hours she spends with her characters in the evenings.
Chantel lives in the western United States, and when she isn’t writing she loves playing cards with her family, bowling, and snuggling with her lazy kitties. http://www.chantelrhondeau.com/
Sandy Loyd is a Western girl through and through. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she’s worked and lived in some fabulous places in the US, including South Florida. She now resides in Kentucky and writes full-time. As much as she loves her current hometown, she misses the mountains and has to go back to her roots to get her mountain fix at least once a year.
She spent her single years in San Francisco and considers that city one of America’s treasures, comparable to no other city in the world. Her California Series, starting out with Winter Interlude, are all set in the Bay Area. Her series consists of fun, heartwarming stories about crazy friends who, like single people everywhere, are seeking that someone special to share their lives with among thousands of eligible candidates.
Sandy recently published her first Romantic Suspense novel, The Sin Factor, set in another wonderful US city, Washington, DC. She has since published two more, both set in fictional towns in Kentucky to give a reader a feel for small town living. Running Out Of Fear’s setting showcases the state’s caves and lakes. All have heart-stopping suspense and are full of the twists and turns she loves. Sandy also doesn’t skimp on the romance. http://www.sandyloyd.com/
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.
Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance. http://rachelleayala.me/
H.D. Thomson moved from Ontario, Canada as a teenager to the heat of Arizona where she graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, H.D. changed her focus to one of her passions-books. She owned and operated an online bookstore for several years and then started the company, Bella Media Management. The company specializes in web sites, video trailers, e-book conversion and promotional resources for authors and small businesses. When she is not heading her company, she is following her first love-writing. http://www.hdthomson.com/
Internationally recognized author, Carolyn Hughey and her side-kick K. T. Roberts have been ranked in the top 100 Kindle sales for several of her books. Originally a Jersey Girl, Carolyn and her real-life hero, Bob, currently reside in Arizona. They have four children and when Carolyn’s not writing, she’s studying her craft, or whipping up some gastronomic delight for family and friends.
Now an author for Montlake Romance and Kindle Worlds, all of Carolyn’s books are available in digital and paperback formats. Cupid’s Web, Shut Up and Kiss Me, and her series, Romancing the Chef’s Toque, which includes, Dishing Up Romance, One Menu at a Time, and Catering to Love are available with lots of family favorite recipes. If you like to cook, if you like to eat, and if you like to laugh, then you’ll enjoy these books and the hilarious things that happen in restaurant kitchens.
Carolyn’s Kindle Worlds fan fiction stories, Gossip Girl: Lovers, Liars and Thou, and her latest release, Gossip Girl: Murder & Mayhem are ranked in the top 100 best-selling ebooks! http://www.carolynhughey.com/
And while you’re at it, check out K. T. Roberts’ police procedural/suspense/thrillers and meet NYPD detectives Tate (Jessie) Kensington and Zach Gerard who never give up until they’ve solved the crime no matter what happens. All three of her mysteries in the series are receiving rave reviews:The Last Witness, Elusive Justice and her newest release Deadly Obsessions.
Joining forces with ten talented best-selling and award-winning authors, check out Killer Romances – Dark, Deadly and Delicious, a box set that was released September 15th and is discounted for a limited time.
And because you’ve asked, K. T. has thrown in a few vanilla spice contemporary romances with Educating Daphne and Magnetic Attraction.
Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).
She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!
To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and e-book format. http://dalemayer.com/
From Tallulah Grace: Raised in the foothills of the mystical Blue Ridge Mountains, I attribute my love of beautiful landscapes and fascination with all things paranormal to my environment. The settings and characters in my novels reflect my appreciation for natural beauty as well as a desire to explore the what-if’s of things unseen. Throw in a degree in Psychology paired with a strong interest in the workings of the criminally insane mind and you have a breeding ground for a psychological thriller.
Becoming an author was not a conscious decision; I’ve always been a writer. Channeling a passion for story-telling into my livelihood required a giant leap of faith, one that I’ll never regret as I truly love what I do.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy antiquing, bead-weaving and sharing time with my incredible daughter and our two spoiled-rotten cats. http://www.tallulahgrace.com/
These 10 stories are in the box set~~
Broken Protocols 3.5 by Dale Mayer
Dani and Charmin, her talking cat, were brought 200 years into the future to a world without Christmas. Nostalgic for holiday cheer, Dani yearns to celebrate, and Levi, her hunky future lover is just the guy to make it happen. How can he create Christmas in a world that no longer knows what a holiday is?
Shades of Holly by H. D. Thomson
Murder with Mistletoe. Enter Zach Howard, a man who’s finally managed to get his life on track this holiday season, until that is, he comes across a pair of otherworldly sunglasses. They reveal scenes of a terrifying future. Holly, the one woman he’s never stopped loving, is in danger of a psychopath. Zach’s determined to fight for Holly, even at the risk of his own life. Do Christmas miracles and angels still exist?
Season For Love by Chantel Rhondeau
The specter of death tempered by beautiful miracles is all in a day’s work for head nurse Tess Riggs and pediatric specialist Dr. Dash Brisson. But discovering Christmas is the season for love could be their biggest challenge yet.
Christmas Hope by Leslie Lynch (2013 Golden Heart finalist)
Sam Bledsoe’s one-man landscape business keeps food on the table, as well as his badly scarred face away from curious eyes. Free spirit Becca Sweet is pregnant—and down on her luck. With Christmas and a storm on the way, living in her car is no longer an option. When Sam comes to Becca’s rescue, their battered hearts collide. In a moment of holiday magic, they discover that Christmas hope applies to all, even to them.
A Christmas Miracle (a 2014 Carolyn Reader’s Choice winner) by Sandy Loyd
Megan Jenkins isn’t looking forward to Christmas, a holiday that reminds her of what she had and lost, a husband who died right after Christmas, leaving her with a fatherless son to raise. On Christmas Eve, Megan experiences her own Christmas Miracle as she learns the true meaning of giving with the help of Kevin Murdock, a long-time friend who’s always been there for her.
The Salty Carmel Christmas by Barbara Lohr
Nothing ever changes for Rachel Morgan in Paris, Indiana. But when she returns home for Christmas, a kiss from a soft-spoken guy with killer blue eyes makes her take a second look. Sometimes life can be like a salty Christmas caramel–sweet but with a tang you remember. Sometimes the boy you leave behind is the man you want forever.
Heating Up the Holidays by Marcia James
When Chris Spencer returns home with his daughter, he’s not looking for a second chance with his first love. And the last thing Nicky Paxton needs at Christmas time is her high school heart-breaker. But thanks to a hairless dog and a lonely child, they might get their Christmas desires.
Insanity Claus by Carolyn Hughey
A widow of two years, Mallory Gardner is struggling to keep her business alive and her dysfunctional family together. Having two daughters, one who blames Mallory for her father’s death is enough to test anyone’s sanity. But when Arden J. Miller waltzes into town, he has other ideas–like capturing Mallory’s heart. Will the holiday spirit sweep Mallory away and solve the unsolvable?
A Family for Christmas by Tallulah Grace
Erin Matthews returns home to find closure, but she soon discovers truths that change her life forever. Luke Simmons never expected to meet a woman who sparks fire in his soul, even as his heart is breaking. Together, they find healing, and the true spirit of Christmas, in the love of a patchwork family.
A Father for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala
Single mother Kelly Kennedy can’t afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn’t believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.