5 Christmas Novellas to Get You in the Spirit

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the book community! Below are five Christmas novellas (or collections of novellas) that have either recently released or release soon — just in time to get you in the Christmas spirit.

The Perfect Christmas by Bell RenshawTHE PERFECT CHRISTMAS by Bell Renshaw

Will the perfect Christmas be enough to convince Beau that a life with Ansley could be equally perfect? Born and raised in Winter, Montana, Beau Bradley can’t imagine life anywhere else. During the holiday season his coffee shop, Mountain Grounds, is as busy as ever and now that his girlfriend is back in town, things finally seem to be lining up—until he gets a call that could change it all. Ansley Strauss is back in Winter after a nine-month, art intensive in Canada and she’s ready to celebrate the Christmas season in the tried and true Winter-style. There’s only one problem: her boyfriend lacks Christmas spirit. Her solution? Make this Christmas perfect to remind Beau just how special this time of year is. Set on a course for ultimate Christmas joy, Ansley and Beau find that life doesn’t always work out the way they hope it will. Beau faces the reality that plans can’t account for everything and sometimes risking it all is the only way. Ansley will have to come to the realization that no matter how perfect things are, it’s the imperfections in life that make it worth living. It’s another Christmas in Winter, Montana where the coffee is always hot and the mistletoe beckons lovers to share a kiss.

Available Now on Amazon

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Once Upon a Christmas novella collectionONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS by Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver

Embrace the magic of the Christmas season with these contemporary twists on timeless tales.

Upon a Dream (Boyd) — A rare sleeping disorder keeps Talia from performing, but when Philip recognizes her gift, he’ll do whatever it takes to see her onstage.

Claim My Heart (Dawn) — Li Na and Colin Wen face off in a Mulan-esque courtroom battle where the real win might be losing their hearts.

A Snow White Christmas (Shiloh) — Sheltered heiress Amala White flees her conniving stepmother’s plans and finds refuge with a handsome orchard owner and his seven quirky uncles.

Christmas Ella (Strong) — Reality TV meets Cinderella story when a location director is swept off her feet by a rising star.

A Splash of Love (Weaver) — Las Vegas glitz meets Land of Enchantment culture in A Splash of Love, a modern twist on the Little Mermaid.

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Like a Winter Snow by Lindsay HarrelLIKE A WINTER SNOW by Lindsay Harrel

In this standalone holiday novella, return to the charming Cornish village readers fell in love with in The Secrets of Paper and Ink.

Women’s counselor Joy Beckman has always been a friend and helper to all. That’s why she’s given up everything to be with her parents as her mother suffers through Alzheimer’s. Joy may not have a thriving career or a love life at the moment, but she’s doing what she does best—taking care of others. And even though it’s difficult, she knows it’s where she is supposed to be.

But life throws a curveball when she has to leave her parents temporarily to travel to Cornwall, England, for the Christmas-time wedding of her best friend. While there, Joy helps Sophia tackle her last-minute to-do list, and in the process, finally meets a man who turns her head—and her heart. The only problem? He lives in snowy London, and her life is with her parents back in sunny Florida.

She tries to resist Oliver Lincoln’s charms, but it’s harder than it should be. With her heart torn in two, Joy is forced to choose between a life she knows she’s meant for and the one she didn’t see coming.

Available for Pre-Order (releases October 29) on Amazon

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The Wedding Dress Christmas by Rachel HauckTHE WEDDING DRESS CHRISTMAS by Rachael Hauck

December comes to quaint Hearts Bend, Tennessee, with a blanket of white and the glitter of Christmas lights.

For JoJo Castle there is no place like home. Her onetime love of adventure ended when her life in the big city came crashing down. Now that she’s home, she never wants to leave again.

Country music sensation Buck Mathews has charmed the world with his smile and his music. However, news of his mother’s illness brought him home to Hearts Bend for the holiday season.

Working with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, JoJo has no aspirations of love. But when her high school crush returns to town, her buried feelings surface.

Busy with his career, Buck hasn’t had time for family and friends, much less love. Seeing JoJo in The Wedding Shop reminds him there are things more important than his career.

But JoJo and Buck have opposing life goals, and there’s no middle ground. Can love, especially the kind that touches hearts at Christmas, overcome her fears and his quest for greatness?

With the help of a very special wedding dress, there just might be a Christmas miracle.

Available Now on Amazon

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Royalty meets small-town charm in this collection of four heartwarming romances.

Tinsel, Vermont is known for its no-paparazzi policy and Christmas decorations that are fit for a queen. This holiday season, join four royals on a stroll through town square as they each find their Christmas wishes for a happily-ever-after…tiaras optional.

Available for Pre-Order (releases November 5) on Amazon

 

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Have you read any of these yet? Let me know what’s been your favorite so far, what you’re most excited to read, or what other Christmas books you’re looking most forward to this season.

Big Book Birthday Giveaway

Someplace Familiar Book Birthday Giveaway!

Wowzers, if that doesn’t get your attention, then what will people?

So, in celebration of the book birthday of Someplace Familiar, coming up very soon at the end of the month, I’m giving away:

  • Kindle Fire 7″ 8GB with Alexa
  • Signed Paperback copy of Someplace Familiar
  • Large Book Sleeve from Live the Cozy Life
  • Amazing Grace Necklace from MinMac Etsy shop
  • And a few Blue Ridge Mountain goodies that inspired parts of the book (secret fun!)

Entering couldn’t be easier…just requires an email address. Winner announced on release day, May 30!

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Check out some of these fun book quotes for a sneak peak at Someplace Familiar. Click on each for a closer look. Which is your favorite?

And here’s a lovely review from Laurie Tomlinson received earlier this week. Blessed my socks off!

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3 Books to Get Excited About in 2017

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I have a lot of friends who get squirmy at movie previews, itching to see what’s coming up in the world of cinema. Maybe the next Star Wars installment, super hero saga, or Oscar-worthy epic. Me? I get giddy over news of new book releases! And I’m super thrilled to share my own debut novel release with releases from some of my favorite authors.

Here are three books coming out this year that I am super excited about.

Count Me In (Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn

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Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is book-ended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym.

Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop.

She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she’s suddenly out of a job.

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL Tight End. He retired on a high note and is now living a second dream of owning his own business leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books–and his heart.

When Allegra takes the job, sparks–and water–fly. Will Allegra be able to show Tyler he’s worth so much more than his star-status while being open to the most thrilling adventure of all…love?

This book and author are extra super special to me. Mikal is one of a few ladies who made up my original critique group. We’ve written our first books together, side by side. She’ll be releasing this romantic comedy novel the SAME MONTH as I’ll be releasing Someplace Familiar. God is so good. Of course, I’d support Mikal publishing her version of the phonebook. But trust me, Count Me In is sweet, funny, feel-good, and even a little surprising.

Just The Way You Are (Pleasant Gap Romance #1) by Pepper Basham

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Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance safely housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her reluctant heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cyncial, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

Are you really surprised that I’d include an Appalachian story on the list? Pepper has fast become one of my go-to authors when I need my fix of Blue Ridge fiction. Having found success in both historical and contemporary romance novels, what could make one of Pepper’s books any better? Mix both the Appalachian and British cultures! Pepper calls this story a “Britallachian” flavor, combining two favorite settings into one book. It’s already received a coveted Romantic Times 4 1/2 Star, Top-Pick rating. Swoon! I can’t wait.

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

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Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–
including her own–are lost?

It’s true that we authors have a flare for the dramatic. I admit that. However, please do not doubt how genuine I am when I say that I believe this will be THE book of 2017. I just have a hunch. I’ve always loved split-timelines, a little edge of suspense, and the cover design is EVERYTHING. But I also happen to know Jaime’s writing is some of the most captivating. It will suck you in and make you forget where you are — bring you into the lives of characters you can’t forget when you put the book down. Yes, Jaime is my friend and has often mentored me through my own writing journey. But, make no mistake, my bias has nothing to do with making the claim for The House on Foster Hill being the most anticipated debut novel. Mark my words, people: Book of 2017.

BONUS! Love at First Laugh Novella Collection

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I know, I know…the blog post says 3… but there’s one more release coming NEXT WEEK you must know about. Check out the Love at First Laugh: Eight Romantic Novellas Filled with Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After with romantic comedy novellas from:

  • Pepper Basham
  • Christina Coryell
  • Heather Gray
  • Elizabeth Maddrey
  • Jessica R. Patch
  • Krista Phillips
  • Laurie Tomlinson
  • Marion Ueckermann

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of Laurie’s novella, That’s When I Knew and will be reviewing it in my next blog post, so stay tuned!

What books are YOU looking forward to this year?

5 Ways You Can Help Promote Your Favorite Author’s New Book

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I made a pretty huge announcement yesterday on my Facebook author page. Were you there? If so, thank you again for the overwhelming support. Isn’t it funny how sharing exciting news with your community makes it become suddenly celebration-worthy?

If you missed it, let’s recap… After many long hours, ups and downs of motivation, and lots of encouragement from friends and family, I will be releasing my debut novel, Someplace Familiar, in late May! In just a few short months, you’ll meet Livy and Jack and stroll with them through the quaint mountain streets of Laurel Cove, North Carolina. This is the first in a 4-book series, each book stand-alone, all set in this sweet fictional town.

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Of course, I’ll be sharing more about this book that’s so near and dear to my heart in the weeks ahead. The inspiration for the story, the characters, my process, and the many partners I have in my wheelhouse helping to get the book ready.

But last night’s thrilling Facebook announcement “party” left me with thoughts about how to harness all of the genuine shared excitement of readers and fellow writers. In full disclosure, you all are an author’s best asset! Have you heard the adage that there’s no better marketing than a personal invitation? Chances are, you’ve read lots of books recommended in one way or another by someone you know.

So, if you’re curious about ways you can help your favorite author promote his or her new book, look no further.

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  1. SHARE. You see on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. that one of your favorite authors has a new book coming out. You squeal with excitement into your phone or tablet. You spend the morning fist-pumping because that brand new contemporary romance e-book you’ve been waiting for is on sale for $0.99. Go all “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” with that post and share! All social media platforms have Share tools built right in, so use them! Make that book news go viral!
  2. REVIEW. One of the best things you can do for a book’s success is review it! The more reviews a book receives, the more likely it is to be featured on lists curated by sites like Amazon, Goodreads, etc. Like above, be sure and SHARE your review once you’ve written it. Repost on your blog, social media, etc. Not sure what should be included in a review? The most helpful reviews often include a short plot review, your reaction (what you loved about it, what surprised you, which characters resonated with you, etc.), and maybe a comparison to other popular books so readers know what to expect. But please note, SPOILERS have no place in reviews!

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  3. CREATE. I’ve seen you guys out there….you’re so creative! Use those skills to create visuals with your favorite line(s) from the book. I’ve seen some amazing ones on Instagram lately, like the one above created by reader/writer Toni Shiloh for author Pepper Basham‘s upcoming book Just the Way You Are. Even if you don’t consider yourself handy with design, there are tools out there that make creating memes and social cards super easy-peasy. Canva and the Ripl app are two that I’ve used and find super easy and fun. These become like free advertisements for books! And, remember to always tag and/or link your creations back to the author or buy page for an easy connection point.
  4. TALK. “Hey, read any good books lately?” Yes, you have! Chat about your favorite books and authors over coffee with friends, the Sunday family dinner table, the PTA meeting, at the park with other moms, to your dentist in between opening wide, when your UPS guy is waiting for your signature, in the long grocery store line, while huffing and puffing on the treadmill, while browsing at your favorite book store, to the librarian (ask them to get it; they might just seek out the book if they don’t already carry it!), or even your babysitter while you’re trying to figure out the latest payment app she’s using now. Use your voice!
  5. JOIN. I’m not the first author to see the potential in their excited readers. And we all love feeling a part of something EXCLUSIVE. So, many authors create “launch teams” for readers to join — members essentially become an extension of the authors marketing team, agreeing to be a cheerleader for the book in a variety of ways. This can include all of the above ways to promote and more! I’ve been a part of several launch teams and have really enjoyed feeling a part of making a book release successful. In case you’re wondering, YES, I’ll be having a launch team for Someplace Familiar. Keep an eye out for the invitation!

What other ways do you help promote books that you love?


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Authors: Get Graphic Design & Marketing Help

Most often I’m writing these posts in the evening between cooking dinner and bedtime. But, by day, I work as a director of communications for a large church. It’s the biggest blessing to be creative for a living (even before my writing takes off!). And I don’t take it for granted.

That’s why I’ve decided to turn my 10+ years of experience in graphic design and marketing into an opportunity to help other authors. Introducing…Good Day Publishing!

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Good Day Publishing is open and running! We’re in an era of self-promotion. Many publishers expect you, the author, to do a lot of the leg work to sell a book. But that can take a lot of effort, time, and planning. Find more time to write (the thing you love most!) by letting me help with things like:

  • Author branding
  • Graphic design needs (from logos to book covers!)
  • Social media consultation and scheduling
  • Website content management
  • Marketing consultation
  • Book launch campaigning
  • Plus, more!

If you’re interested, I invite you over to my Author Services page to learn more about how Good Day Publishing works. Then, contact me for a FREE 30-minute consultation!

The flagship Scripture behind Good Day Publishing is Psalm 118:24.

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

It would be my pleasure and my honor (not an exaggeration) to see how I might help make your day…your writing journey…a good one. One that doesn’t overwhelm or stress you out. God has given us THIS day! Let’s use it!

Do you have any questions about Good Day Publishing or author platform building and promotion? Feel free to ask! From time to time, I’ll also be offering some posts with tips for authors on the topics of design, marketing, and social media. So, be sure and check back often.

But if you’re ready to take the next step and add me to your team, just say the word!

LAST CALL: Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Release!

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Tomorrow is the day, friends! Are you excited? Me, too!

Tomorrow “After All These Years,” the first short story in my brand new Blue Ridge University Series, releases exclusively to subscribers. Every month a new short story will debut, introducing new characters and building on story lines in an old-fashioned “serial” story method. How fun! I hope you’ll love the cozy campus of BRU as much as I do, modeled after my alma mater, Mars Hill College.

Remember to leave a comment telling me if you’ve shared about the release on social media so you can be entered to win a few of my favorite fall things!

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Casting for the Movies…

Do you ever imagine who would play your favorite book characters in the movie adaptation? Me, too!

Now, I realize there’s a split camp between those who don’t mind seeing what the author imagines her characters to look like and those who want to be left to their own imaginations. I’m stepping out on a limb today and sharing with you who I’d cast in the main roles in my upcoming short story, After All These Years.
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If you’ve ever imagine who would play some of your favorite book characters, tell us which ones and which actors in the comments!


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Sneak Peek: After All These Years

Want a sneak peek at After All These Years, the first short story in the Blue Ridge University Series, releasing November 1?

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Can’t wait to read the rest of this sweet short story about Maggie, an author with a crush years in the making? Then make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter! Subscribers get free short stories every month.

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