Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Kisses Anthology - Christmas Blitz - Day 6


We are so excited about this wonderful Anthology!

Let’s take a look at the 5 authors that put this together!

Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes romance and mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.
Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, as well as the Rone Award-winning novella Silver Cascade Secrets. She and her family live on a farm in Idaho.
Visit www.rachellechristensen.com to learn more about upcoming books.
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3327139.Rachelle_J_Christensen
Amazon Author Page for Rachelle: http://www.amazon.com/Rachelle-J.-Christensen/e/B002UO5H48/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1427567936&sr=1-2
Author News signup: http://eepurl.com/eFD3o

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a TV core contributor “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for www.ksl.com. She is one of seven female hosts of The Living Room, an online value-based radio show where they dish on life, loving, and learning (www.fromthelivingroom.com). Mrs. Sokol is a bestselling author who has written 14 books, including her fiction: Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology, and Caribbean Crossroads; and her nonfiction: What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Simplify & Savor the SeasonCreate a Powerful Life Plan, and 40 Days with the Savior. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. For her TV segments, blog, podcasts and more, visit www.conniesokol.com.

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Lucy McConnell has always been a reader and a writer. Once caught up in a story, she disappears into a cave until the first draft is done. She writes fantasy, clean romance, Christian romance, historical fiction, and cookbooks (under the name Christina Dymock.) Her Christmas romance, Blue Christmas, was a top seller in seven Amazon categories on its own and in thirteen as part of the Christmas in Snow Valley Anthology.
When she’s not writing, you can find her volunteering at the elementary school or church; shuttling kids to baseball, soccer, basketball, or football, depending on the time of year; skiing with her family; wakeboarding; cycling; baking; cooking; or curled up with a good book.
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HEATHER TULLIS has been reading romance for as long as she can remember and has been publishing in the genre since 2009. She has published more than twenty books. When she’s not dreaming up new stories to write, or helping out with her community garden, she enjoys playing with her dogs and cat, inventing new ways to eat chocolate, and hanging out with her husband. 
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Cami Checketts is an idealist who dreams of helping children around the world but can't keep up with the four in her own home. Cami lives in a beautiful valley in Northern Utah where she enjoys running, biking, and swimming during the two months of the year it isn't snowing. A portion of the proceeds from Cami's books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to www.cachecfsc.org


"Christmas Kisses is a collection from five bestselling and award-winning authors. Set in the snowy town of Echo Ridge in upstate New York, these inspirational romances are sure to delight while you sip cocoa by the fire and listen to Christmas carols."


Pick up your copy today!









 

Let’s get a sneak peek into one of these great stories!

5 random facts:
-Cami is the proud mother of four future and present lacrosse stars.
-Cami has run three marathons.
-Cami has amputated three of her fingers (two were stitched back on and aren't too horrific looking). Though she wouldn't recommend amputation, it is a great conversation starter with four-year olds.
-Cami has milked a cow with her bare hands.
-When Cami met her husband, he asked her friend to, "Introduce me to my wife." She laughed and hasn't stopped laughing since.

Snippet from Christmas Makeover
“Drew?” Chelsea’s breath hitched. As in my dream man who I’ve loved since before Jessica started waxing my unibrow at sleepovers?
Drew ended the call, put his phone in his suit pocket, and spun to face her. “Chels?”
Chelsea didn’t know if she was in a daydream or real life. The warm look in Drew’s eyes and excitement in his voice sent quivers throughout her body. It wasn’t a dream because he didn’t lift her off the ground and kiss her passionately, but the lingering hug he gave her was worth writing lengthy journal entries about.  
“What are you doing in town?” Chelsea asked.
“What are you doing shopping?” Drew asked at the same time.
They both laughed awkwardly. Kiera arched an eyebrow and turned back to her office. “See you two later.”
“Bye,” they both said then stared at each other again.
Chelsea broke the moment, turning and walking toward the center of the store. Drew fell into step beside her. She nudged his bicep with her shoulder, he was one of the few men who made her feel short. “I haven’t seen you in six years and all you can ask is what am I doing shopping?”
Drew chuckled and she just had to look again. His throaty chuckle was still the same, maybe a little deeper. His brown sugar eyes and wavy dark hair hadn’t changed much, but his face had matured, if possible he was even more handsome than her fantasies about him, and oh, those lips, those perfectly sculpted lips. She withheld a sigh. If only he spent half as much thought on her as she did on him. Men never think that hard about their buddies and since Chelsea could outscore Drew on the court, the only time he probably spent thinking about her was when he strategized ways to get around her defense.
Drew turned to her, taking one of her hands in his. “You look great, Chels.”
A jolt of warmth raced through her body. She inhaled quickly and his spicy cologne messed with her brain waves. She leaned toward him before her good sense caught up with her hormones. It was a wonder that he didn’t seem at all affected by the connection because it was strong enough to wipe out a power grid. Wait, this was Drew. Of course he wasn’t affected by the connection, he thought of her as a little sister. No, that wasn’t quite right. He’d have to admit both of her chromosomes were X to think of her as a sister.  

And now for a fun Author Q&A 


1.      What is your favorite part of writing?

The characters become my best friends and I simply love telling their stories and being a part of their challenges and triumphs, except when someone is chasing them with a knife.


2.      Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There are people in need everywhere and if we all do a little to help we can really make a difference.


3.      Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was fighting postpartum depression after the birth of my second son. He was so adorable - fat and happy - but I couldn't get with it. My mom came to visit one day, jerked my bum out of bed as only mothers can do and said, "You need a hobby. I want you to go downstairs and... write me a book." She's still not sure why she decided on writing a book, but she's still my number one fan.


4.      Give us an insight into how your writing day/time is structured?

Ha! I have four maniac boys so I write whenever they're occupied, sometimes at midnight or five a.m. My five-year old has preschool two days a week so that's hallowed time that nobody messes with and occasionally I'll bribe the big dudes with cookies or extra device time if they'll entertain the little men.


5.      Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I can write about people who I really can't relate to because I've never been there. Even though I can't empathize I can definitely sympathize.


6.      What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Getting those stinking words down on the page. If I can just slug out that first draft the revision and development of the book is really fun, unless of course someone is chasing me with a knife.


Follow along on the Facebook event page to get an inside look at all the stories in this Anthology. 

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