Greetings Heartwarming groupies! I hope all of you have survived the beginning of the holiday season and are raring to go. I have to admit, for a lot of years, I lost my holiday spirit. Twenty years in retail will kill it dead, trust me. I don't do Black Friday sales (partly because I feel so bad for the workers and partly because the thought of all those crowds give me the shakes). Instead, I hunker down staring on Thanksgiving day and while the turkey roasts, I start getting out the boxes (and boxes and boxes) of holiday decorations. Everything except the main tree and door wreath goes up before we eat (including my Harry Potter Christmas tree). This was my progress as of Saturday morning...
I've still got to work on all the ornaments on the main tree, but hopefully by the time Friday rolls around, the house will be finished. Why Friday? Well, that would be because yesterday, my first full-length Harlequin Heartwarming went on sale! *cue giddy girl squeal*
Harlequin (Print or E)
Isn't he, er, I mean, it gorgeous? I've always had "issues" with people on covers because I like to imagine what the characters look like without being guided. I've changed my thinking on that about now. I'm perfectly happy with this image of Luke Saxon (in fact, I'm a bit happier than what I came up with!).
I've often heard that the more stories/books you write, the more you find what your "story" is. Looks like redemption is going to be a foregone theme for me for a while, beginning with THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR and continuing in June with the second Butterfly Harbor book, RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION. There's something about a bad boy wanting to make things right that strikes a chord in me. It always has and Luke's return coincides with the town's reinvention as it tries to regain a foothold on survival. I LOVE writing about small towns, the communities, the large casts of characters. Add all those elements into one story and yeah, it's no wonder diner owner Holly Campbell is feeling a little overwhelmed. It doesn't help that Luke taking over as sheriff means her father's out of the job he's held for thirty years, and that Holly's super-genius son (he's about one step away from super villain) makes it his mission to wreak havoc on Luke's tenure. But this story is also about forgiveness and acceptance, of other people and of one's self. There are times stories sort of write themselves. This was one of them.
So, I'll be celebrating my holidays this year with an added dose of "dreams come true nog". 30 years ago I picked up my first romance, a Silhouette/Harlequin title, and by the time I was done reading that book, I knew this was what I wanted to do: write romance. Don't tell me dreams don't happen. I'm living proof they do. So thank you to everyone who helped make BAD BOY a reality. I'll be lifting a glass (or two) in your honor all the season through. With maybe a little drooling over my cover involved. That's okay, right?
How about you? Is there something special you're celebrating this season? Something you're extra grateful for? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for the independent heroines she writes. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her). Visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com.