A year and a half ago, Jennifer Snow and I limped back to my hotel room near the end of our fourth day of RWA Nationals conference. We’d smiled, given hugs, signed books, chatted, sipped coffee, lunched and… oh yes… attended a seminar or four. In other words, we were exhausted and eager for some well-deserved relaxation time.
After kicking off our heels and downing diet cokes, we began talking about life, our families, careers, and then, even more specifically, stories we wanted to write. In an instant so fast that I don’t know how it happened- either Jennifer suggested it or I did- we somehow had the same thought: since we like writing, like the holidays, and each other, why don’t we collaborate on a Christmas anthology?
Within the hour we had an outline of what became this month’s Heartwarming holiday release, WINTER WEDDING BELLS. It went through a few incarnations since our first discussion, most notably, the wonderful inclusion of the incredibly talented Kristine Rolofson. We worked and had fun as a team that fall, sharing images, excerpts and character details. Kristine even drew us a detailed schematic of the ski lodge in which all three of our novellas are set: the very real Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, NY. As all three stories are interconnected, it took quite some coordination and flexibility, and might have turned a few of Victoria’s hairs grey, before we got our anthology perfected. We are all so pleased and proud of this uplifting, feel good collection!
It’s my delight to share the blurb, an excerpt from the first novella, my story THE KISS as well as links for you to check it out.
But guests are expecting a Christmas Eve wedding…!
What could be more romantic than a Christmas wedding at a ski lodge in Lake Placid? Well, if there actually was a wedding, for one thing! Three stories about getting love right over the holidays by USA TODAY bestselling author Kristine Rolofson and award-winners Karen Rock and Jennifer Snow.
The Kiss: A bride runs into her ex…and takes the ultimate gamble!
The Wish: An event planner sprains her ankle…and the chef asserts control.
The Promise: A maid of honor dodges an ex-boyfriend out to right a past wrong…
Austin cupped Julie’s cheeks and her eyes closed. Moonlight ran down her neck like water. She moved closer, her face tilting, lips opening and, unable to resist, he captured her mouth and kissed her. The sweet taste of her exploded on his tongue, electricity jolting wildly through him, heat bursting in his belly.
The years apart dissolved and he lost himself in the moment. Everything gone but the feel of her pressed to him, her lips against his jaw as he nibbled on her ear.
“I’ve missed you,” he groaned, realizing he'd been fooling himself into thinking he hadn't. “I’ve wanted to do that for so long.” He rested his forehead against her temple and breathed. “So long. You’re just—”
When he stroked her jaw, she jerked back, blinking.
It seemed as if she was going to say something, but no words came when she opened her mouth. She dropped her head in her hands, unable to conceal how her features had all squeezed shut, or the pain leaking out of every part of her face.
Austin heard a rustling in the bushes. A pair of red eyes blinked before vanishing again—a witness to his crime. Austin’s stomach churned with guilt.
“No. No no no no no.” Julie bolted to her feet and backed away before fleeing to the parking lot so fast it looked as if her feet were on fire.
Knife stab, center chest. Did he say knife? It was more like an ice pick. He felt pinned to this awful moment like a dead insect. Why had he kissed her? Taken advantage of her weak moment?
His shoulders bowed, laden with guilt.
We hope you can stop by for our invitation-only Holiday Facebook party to celebrate the release of Winter Wedding Bells on Dec. 3rd-4th!
We have an amazing line-up of a incredible authors and giveaways that include, Joanne Rock, Melissa McClone, Sierra Donovan, Cheryl Harper, Shannon Richard, Melinda Curtis, Tara Taylor Quinn, Kate James, Lynn Marie Hulsman, Jeannie Moon, Darlene Fredette, Dana Volney, Rula Sinara, Nikki Lynn Barrett, Susan Scott Shelley, Lisa Marie Perry, Amy Vastine, Kathi Daley, Rachel Brimble, Tara Randel, Anna J Stewart... And of course your co-hosts Karen Rock & Jennifer Snow.
Shoot me an email if you'd like an exclusive invite at email@example.com and I'll put you on the guest list!
Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays ahead J