Sunday, October 30, 2016

Steps for making a Print book cover in Createspace: Patience, more patience, chocolate, and wine! #mgtab



 
I used four sites, Pressbook (or a formatter to get your print pdf), Canva , Calibre (or any site that will let you open a pdf file) and Createspace.

1. Go to Pressbook or wherever you format your work and complete the pdf book file so you can export. (Make sure the Table of Content is in the front matter.)

Export book for a pdf print file – using file requirements – I used the 5 X 8 size.

2. Take that pdf file and check it in Caliber to make sure it looks good and to get the number of pages – as soon as you open it - top left.

3. Next go to Createspace and follow these directions:

Go to Books – top left, then click on Publish a Trade Paperback, then click on Cover, then go to submission requirements.


Taking the number of pages your book has – let’s say it has 230 pages, use this as the calculation: 

Spine: (calculation for white is 0.002252 and the calculation for cream is always 0.0025): I use cream so - number of pages - 230 x 0.0025 = 0.575”

Now, Createspace has a bleed of 0.125” for the book which needs to be used in the calculations also.

My book size is 5” wide X 8” High.

Therefore for the width:  0.125” + 5” + 0.575” + 5” + 0.125” = 10.825”

And the height: 0.125” + 8” + 0.125” = 8.25”

These are the amounts in inches that you will fill in Canva’s Custom Dimensions to get the template to build your full book cover. 

4. Go to Canva and use Custom Dimensions (top right). When it opens, go to the px down arrow and change pixels to in (inches). Design you full cover by adding the back page information, remembering to leave space for the ISBN#. Make sure to set up the spine that Canva has available with your name and the title.

 
 
 
When you go to Createspace, and if you use the cover Creator, choose the empty full cover pattern called “Palm”.

When you upload your cover into the Palm template, you can see if it will work for CS. Sometimes the bar code at bottom-left needs more space. Sometimes the writing of the title, etc, is too close to edge. Make adjustments on Canva and then Download a PDF Print file.


Now go to Createspace and choose the “Upload your own cover” option and choose the one you downloaded from Canva.


And hope you did everything right so that Createspace accepts the file J
Another option is to do as I did after CS did not accept the cover.
I chose instead, to upload my own file. The one that I had built on Canva and downloaded as a PDF Print file. I made sure the writing and so on didn’t interfere with the edges. I did this by first choosing a background (see left options) that matched the color of my covers. It framed the original cover and it was accepted. Then I ordered a proof copy and when it arrived, I could see for myself that the cover had worked out just fine.
I found this a lot easier than playing around with their template.
The reason I went through this nail-biting, hair-yanking, frustrating process is because I had four novellas, all with the same background and all needing to be made into paperbacks. But my cost - if I had gotten my cover artist to make them - would have been $320. Figuring out how many books it would take to earn back that investment made it a stupid way to go. Therefore, I either did it myself or gave up on the idea of Christmas presents for not only me, but some of my readers who love paperbacks and might be thinking they’d make great presents also.
Therefore… I bit the bullet, so to speak, dug in with some of my resources (good buddies who already knew how this worked) and I did what I had to do. Now I’m feeling quite proud of not only learning another new process, but realizing it wasn’t nearly as hard as it first appeared.
 

 
I'm thrilled (giddily so) to announce that... 
All four books are now available as paperbacks on Amazon.

 
 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

So This is Christmas by Denise Devine – From the "Love, Christmas" Boxed Set #mgtab #holidayromance





So This is Christmas is one of the twenty stories included the Love, Christmas boxed set.

I picked the title So This is Christmas, by John Lennon, because I have always loved this song. The passionate lyrics and melancholy tone is reflective of the man himself. Listening to words, I get the feeling he’s pouring his innermost thoughts on the paper as he writes. It’s Christmas, another year has ended and you’re about to start another one. So, what have you done in the past year? Have you accomplished anything worthwhile?

The main character in my story, Annabelle Lee, does a bit of reflecting on the past herself. She’s given up everything to build her photography business and it’s going well, but lately she has begun to wonder if it was really worth the sacrifice. Her annual Christmas weekend with her best friends—the girls she’s known most of her life—is coming up, so she decides to arrive at the cabin a few days early to relax in front of a crackling fire, sip wine and contemplate her future. When she arrives, however, things don’t turn out the way she has planned.

But, then, do they ever?

Annabelle Lee—She’s looking forward to a weekend of catching up, munching cookies and enjoying Christmas cheer with her childhood girlfriends. She hasn’t had a vacation since this time last year and desperately needs the time off. Her business has taken a toll on her life, leaving her exhausted and questioning the price of success. She arrives early at Ellie Stone’s family cabin to relax and decide the direction of her future, but to her dismay, she’s not alone. Ellie’s twin brother is also there and declares he isn’t leaving until Friday.

Christopher Stone—He’s the boy who mercilessly teased her when they were kids. He’s grown into a handsome man with a career in professional baseball and a pop-star girlfriend. He appears to have an idyllic life, but the longer they talk, the more Annabelle suspects his love life isn’t as perfect as he claims. She can’t deny her attraction to him and knows he’s attracted to her as well.

Best Friends Forever—Will this week proceed like old times or turn out to be the beginning of a new chapter in her life?


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So this is Christmas is one of the twenty stories in the Love, Christmas boxed set. This story, and all the other 19, will only be available to be purchased in the collection!!


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Romantic Suspense Book Giveaway! 50+books & a Kindle Fire #mgtab




Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

To celebrate the fall, I’ve teamed up with more than 55 fantastic,

 romantic suspense authors to give away a huge collection of novels.

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PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!


You can win my novel Special Agent Maximilian

plus books from authors like 

Lisa Mondello and Cait London.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here... 

Good luck, and enjoy!

 Mimi

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Cynthia Cooke – From the "Love, Christmas" Boxed Set #mgtab #holidayromance



What happens when a big city girl reunites with a small town boy - magic.

When the boy is the town Santa in need of an elf - Christmas Magic. Going Home for Christmas - Four little words that can cause loads of excitement and anxiety all rolled into one. That bundle of emotions is what I wanted to capture in the Christmas novella – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Not only does our big city career woman, Nicole have to deal with her guilt over not coming home to visit her dad for so long, but her anxiety over putting her work life on hold to do it. So many times she has put what’s really important on the back burner just until she could finish that next project. But this time, Nicole doesn’t have a choice. When her father takes a fall, she must go home and take care of him.




"Where is he now?" Nicole asked, horrified by the image of her father lying on the ground amidst the broken branches and waxy petals.


"At Mercy Hospital. You should come home."

Nicole's gaze immediately shot to the stack of papers strewn across her desk. Her dad needed her. She was all he had. A no-brainer. So why wasn't she moving? Or breathing? 

"Yes, I will. I'll be there as soon as I can." She stood, staring at her desk, trying to decide what to take, and what to leave.


"Good. They're releasing him this evening, and they need someone to stay with him for the next twenty-four hours."

"All right. I'll be there."


Mary Margaret's voice softened. "It sure will be nice to see you again, sweetheart. It's been way too long."

"It has," Nicole said absently, trying to remember exactly how long. She hung up the phone. The snow falling outside changed from a picturesque fluttering to a harried flurry.


She grabbed the bulk of the files along with her laptop and dropped them into her briefcase before heading out the door; all the while, praying her father was okay. And that he had Wi-Fi.




But we all know once we go home for the holidays, it’s almost like stepping through a time portal. All those memories and emotions from days gone by come flooding back. And for Nicole, they were the ones with the handsome guy next door who broke her heart and seems to always be around, underfoot, and working his way back into her heart.




She started to climb the ladder, but her snow-laden boot slipped on the second rung and sent her falling backwards. 


"It's okay, I've got you." His voice, warm and deep, was right next to her.


She exhaled in relief as she leaned back into his strong chest, her face inches from his, and all she saw were the deep green pools of his eyes. All she felt were his strong arms slipping around her, and then he was kissing her. His lips on hers, warm and soft. Her heartbeat accelerated, and she stepped to the ground, pivoting so she could wrap her arms around his neck and pull him close. His tongue slipped into her mouth, and pleasure shot through her. A small moan rose in her throat, but just as she started to lose herself in his kiss, he pulled back and let her go. "I'm sorry."




And once he takes over as the town Santa? Then there is no going back. He needs her help and he’s won’t take no for an answer. Now suddenly the career girl who doesn’t have time for Christmas is none other than Santa’s elf. And the magic has only begun.

Yes, the holidays can be filled with caroling and baking, sharing gifts and stealing kisses under the mistletoe, but most of all it is for making new memories and cherishing the old ones. So hold onto the magic, and don’t ever let it go.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love, Christmas Release Tour - it's finally ready!!! 20 heart-lifting, beautiful #holiday #romances #mgtab


Love, Christmas

by Leanne Banks, Mimi Barbour, Joan Reeves, Mona Risk, Patricia Rosemoor, Rebecca York, Denise Devine, Donna Fasano, Traci Hall, Taylor Lee, Stephanie Queen, Jennifer St. Giles, Alicia Street, Katy Walters, Rachelle Ayala, Jacquie Biggar, Michele Hauf, Dani Haviland, Nancy Radke, and Cynthia Cooke

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance

Release Date: October 18, 2016





Holiday stories that will be a song in your heart!

You’ll love this heartwarming collection of 20 all-new Christmas stories from NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors. Every title in the set is from a Christmas song suggested by a reader. Here’s just a sample of the wonderful variety in these pages: In LAST CHRISTMAS, after a year of heartache, a young woman confronts the man who ran out on her the December before. Can SILVER BELLS bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the Christmas gift she wants most? HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS showcases a young couple confronting the dilemma of an unwanted pregnancy. In FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, the collection turns from angst to humor when two strangers and a cute but mischievous Samoyed puppy are stranded by a freak snow storm in the Alaskan bush. And then there’s the shopkeeper in WHITE CHRISTMAS who’s hit by a car and goes into a coma—or is she really at Santa’s workshop? All these and the rest of the collection will launch you into the Christmas spirit.



♫♪Put a song in your heart with 20 all-new Christmas Romances from NY Times, USA Today, and national best-selling authors. Each brand-new title is inspired by a Christmas carol and will lift your spirits and bring on the holiday cheer.♫♪


We Need a Little Christmas by Leanne Banks
When hard-edged, Christmas cynic, Justin Dane Burgess encounters Christmas fan, Lilly Johansen, he doesn't know what to think. Can this Christmas cynic fall for the human equivalent of a Christmas angel? More importantly, can he be the man she needs?

Frosty the Snowman by Mimi Barbour
Stranded in an Alaskan snowstorm, strangers Hali and Terry are forced to rely on each other for survival.

Due to a freak snowstorm that forces him to land his small Cessna, strangers, Hali and Terry, and a cute but mischievous Samoyed puppy are stranded in the Alaskan bush. From the beginning, she’s never known a man so independent and rigid in his need to have things done his way. And he’s never known a woman so willing to help, stepping on his pride in such a lovable way that he can’t take offense. The frigid temperatures are brutal and when he falls through the ice to save a puppy, the stakes for survival become enormous. Can their blossoming mutual attraction withstand their multiple challenges?

Last Christmas by Joan Reeves
Annabelle fell in love at first sight with a mysterious stranger. After a week of unforgettable passion, he walked out of her life.

A year of heartache accompanied by the dirty tricks life can serve up finds her back in her hometown, determined to forget the man who still haunts her dreams.

Who should walk into her grandmother’s Christmas party? Why the man who seduced her, lied to her, and betrayed her. He has a new name and a new identity, but his effect on her is as old as time.

Rick Lassiter thinks he can woo Annabelle back to him—and his bed. But, he didn’t count on the passionate sweet-tempered woman he remembered as having a will as strong as his and a desire to make him pay for breaking her heart.

Holly Jolly Christmas by Mona Risk
This novella is a prequel to the Holiday Babies Series

Heather and Jeff have always been in love. But to find herself pregnant now, at eighteen, before she starts college and he joins MIT for a master’s degree... Talk about the wrong time. Besides, the news might kill her father, who is battling cancer.

Although the decision to give up her baby is breaking her heart, Heather contacts an adoption agency. Except that Jeff absolutely refuses to consider her solution and their perfect relationship is slowly deteriorating.

How can they revive their loving bond and protect their baby’s future?

Do You Hear What I Hear? - Patricia Rosemoor
The song "Do You Hear What I Hear?" was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the middle of the Cold War. Now Christmas is just around the corner, and live-in-lovers Shelley and Jake are in a cold war of their own. Detective Shelley Caldwell has all wonderful memories of Christmas, while Jake DeAtley, born of a mother turned vampire while pregnant with him, has none. They’ve come to a compromise inthat she can decorate “her half” of every room, but no Christmas tree. Then a case of hit-and-run leaves a dead body and a magical Christmas tree that Shelley can’t resist bringing home, heating up the war between her and Jake. There is more to the tree than either knows. When they discover the truth about it, will it bring them together or keep them farther apart?

White Christmas - Rebecca York
The snow is coming down so fast, Amelia Parsons doesn't see the speeding car until it's too late. One moment she’s crossing an ice-rutted street in St. Stephens, Maryland. In the next, she's flying into the air, and the world goes black. She wakes, confused, in what appears to be Santa’s workshop during the holiday rush. If that’s not strange enough, a hunky FBI agent named Daniel is there, demanding to know why she’s involved in a plot to ruin Christmas. Can she convince him she's not the villain and then work with him to find the real saboteur?

So This is Christmas - Denise Devine
Annabelle Lee—is looking forward to a weekend of catching up, munching cookies and enjoying Christmas cheer with her childhood girlfriends. She hasn’t had a vacation since this time last year and desperately needs the time off. Her business has taken a toll on her life, leaving her exhausted and questioning the price of success. She arrives early at Ellie Stone’s family cabin to relax and decide the direction of her future, but to her dismay, she’s not alone. Ellie’s twin brother is also there and declares he isn’t leaving until Friday.

Christopher Stone—is the boy who mercilessly teased her when they were kids. He has grown into a handsome man with a career in professional baseball and a pop-star girlfriend. He appears to have an idyllic life, but the longer they talk, the more Annabelle suspects his love life isn’t as perfect as he claims. She can’t deny her attraction to him and knows he’s attracted to her as well.

Best Friends Forever—will this week be like old times or the beginning of a new chapter in her life?

Grown Up Christmas List - Donna Fasano
Dina Griffin is on the run and wants only one thing this Christmas—to feel safe. However, Officer Gav Thomas tries to arrest her. Arrest her? Yes. But the two become friends, and soon the attraction they feel is unmistakable, even though Gav senses Dina is hiding something. Is he really a local cop… or her guardian angel?

Blue Christmas - Traci Hall
Librarian/waitress Tamsyn Lee is all about accepting change, while Evan Hawke must do everything just the same in order to find his muse. He hopes the seaside grill he wrote his first mystery masterpiece in will kick-start his third book before his publisher drops him. Tamsyn has zero tolerance for divas, but she’s read Evan’s novel and knows he has the talent. Besides, helping him takes the focus off of spending Christmas without her family. Evan realizes he needs a miracle—could feisty Tamsyn be an angel in sneakers and a ponytail?

Santa Baby - Taylor Lee
Dancing to Eartha Kitt’s sultry list of all goodies she expected Santa Baby to put under her tree, Lily slid down the pole and stifled a sigh. A blue convertible? A sable? A Tiffany ring? Right! Like Lily could expect anything remotely like that under her tree! How about first making sure she had a tree.
At that moment she saw him. The big man with the shaggy blond hair and gleaming dark eyes was leaning casually back in his chair. His narrowed expression was hard, knowing. It was clear that he was studying her. Stunned, she quickly looked away, her carefully honed rules fleeing in her panic. The imposing man had “cop” written all over him. Squashing down her terror, Lily pasted a professional smile on her face, waved to the screaming crowd, and fled the stage.

Anyone who’d ever tangled with dirty cops knew that the hard blue line protected the most egregious acts committed by one of their brothers. If anyone doubted that was true all they had to know was that Aiden was a free man and Lily was on the run.

Lily’s only hope was that this time she and Gabriella had run far enough, fast enough, that he wouldn’t be able to find them.

If he was any judge of women who shed their clothes for a living, and Zach most certainly was, he recognized her startled wide-eyed expression. He’d seen it far too many times in his line of work. It was fear, pure and simple.

The Vice Cop reminded himself all that meant was that the beautiful woman had something big to hide.

Let it Snow - Stephanie Queen
Guilt and sorrow eat at ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise like kryptonite until he can’t remember why he wanted Shana, his ex-Scotland Yard partner and former balm for his soul.

Shana can’t reach him and she’s desperate until a stranger, a padre from South America shows up in a snow storm on Christmas Eve. The stranger claims he’s there to help, but what can he possibly do...

Merry, Did You Know? - Jennifer St. Giles
MC Love has decided to give her soon to be born baby up for adoption. In her experience, the cons of growing up in the Love’s family dynasty far outweigh the pros. She wants her baby to have stable parents and a normal life, far from her family’s dysfunctional insanity and the paparazzi that hound her and her seven sisters, all of which are step except one (Her mother, True Love, is still looking for the love of her life). None of the Loves are lucky in love. Her sisters Pure and Sweet had a reality TV show, Love’s Truth about the Loves’ romantic tragedies.

MC does not want her own misfortune in the gossip columns or on her sisters’ show. She has kept her pregnancy a secret as is currently hiding on St. Simons Island, Georgia while her family thinks she is vacationing in a villa in France. She has a week to choose the parents for her child which is due in one month. Everything is on track.

What MC doesn’t plan on is Doug Warren, the man who lives in the condo next to her. The man whose music in the middle of the night makes her heart sing and weep. The man who changes everything.

Doug Warren is trying to breathe again. After the tragic loss of his wife and daughter three years ago, he has his head down, focused on surviving one day at a time. Christmas is the worst time of year. He can’t afford anything to shake the fragile balance he has gained. Two things happen to throw him into the deep end. His family tells him they are descending in mass at Christmas and his neighbor’s adoption papers smack him in the face.

Once he meets MC, he is unable to go back to his status quo. How could she give away what he would die over and over again to have back? He sets on a mission to find out why. And as she helps him prepare for his family’s arrival, his mission changes as the impossible unfolds. Doug’s not only breathing, but his heart is beating, stronger than ever for a woman and her unborn child.
Can he convince her to believe in miracles and trust in him?

O Christmas Tree - Alicia Street
Blaming himself for the collapse of a storm shelter that took the lives of his wife and son in a violent tornado, Cody has spent the last three years running, moving from place to place, taking whatever odd job is available to sustain his empty life.

Piper knows what it takes to endure and hope in the face of the odds, especially at Christmas, so when the ruggedly handsome man with the desolate look in his face steps into her cat cafe to deliver a box of stray kittens, something tells her it’s going to be a very interesting holiday.

Sleigh Ride - Katy Walters
Having lost her father, The Reverend Stuart Vale, the third son of an Earl to yellow fever, Miss Sophia Vale, faced a life of genteel poverty. Not for her the whirl of balls, routs and clandestine meetings in Vauxhall Gardens, nor for her the thrill of meeting that special beau. Yet being of strong will, she determined to banish such frippery dreams and help her bereaved mama to rear her brood of six daughters and one young son.

However Baron Jude Hawsley, a lecher with a penchant for young maidens has other ideas for the unwitting Sophia.

Enter Lord Wells, the Earl of Breconbridge, renowned as a rakehell, his saving grace being a conscience. Yet he guards a secret life, involving much danger for himself and those close to him. Will his conscience win the day? Will he save Sophia from the horrors of enslavement to the baron.

Deck the Hearts - Rachelle Ayala
Holly Jolly lives for Christmas. It’s the only time of the year, as far as she’s concerned.
Gordon Gills doesn’t need a reason to hate the holiday season. He doesn’t see the point.

Gordon returns to the mansion he inherited and finds Holly making a mess with her Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, his great-aunt’s will stipulates that he must make merry every Christmas if he wants to keep his inheritance.

Holly is determined to infect the grouchy Gordon with every dose of Christmas cheer she can muster up and show him what Christmas is really about, while Gordon doesn’t believe Holly can be truly that cheerful. He’ll make the entire ordeal anything but jolly for the redheaded elf, if only he wasn’t so attracted to her.

Will Gordon prevail and turn Holly into a Grinch, or will a sprinkling of Christmas magic show Gordon that there’s no fighting love, especially when it's wrapped up in a gorgeous red-headed package of jolly holly?

Silver Bells - Jacquie Biggar
Mystery writer, Joel Carpenter, has no time for romance. He has a deadline to meet, and too many skeletons in his closet to trust the slightly spinny artist renting his house.

Christy Taylor has her hands full dealing with an ailing business and a diabetic daughter, she doesn't need the temptation that is her landlord, Joel Carpenter.

Can a Christmas wish bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the gift she wants most?
A family of her own.

Hark the Herald Angel Falls - Michele Hauf
To earn her halo, angel Merit must convince the person who holds her earthly soul in limbo—her husband—to stop loving her.

Little Drummer Boy - Dani Haviland
Reduced to becoming a drummer boy at half wages, the young scout shows his worth when a small band of post-Revolutionary War soldiers and citizens become lost in the worst winter storm of the late 18th century. Will the unexpected arrival of his malcontent father help or hurt their situation?

I’ll Be Home For Christmas - Nancy Radke
Fleeing an invading army in the Middle East, Sofia Morgan and Lee Trahern meet in a rowboat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. They have barely enough water to make the trip across, and when bullets fly, most of their containers are shot full of holes. Can these two make it to safety, and even be home for Christmas?

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Cynthia Cooke
Santa Claus is coming to town, and so is Nicole Flattery. When this big city girl must return to her small hometown, she runs headfirst into the handsome boy next door—who is none other than the town Santa. And he needs an elf. 1.Nicole better Watch Out for her father has taken a fall. 2.She better Not Cry when she has to wear an elf costume and be at Santa’s beck and call. 3.She better Not Shout even when she has lost it all. Santa is making a list, and he’s checking it twice. He’s going to make sure she’s naughty and nice. So, hold onto your heart, because Santa Claus is coming to town!











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Leanne Banks
Leanne Banks is a national #1 best-selling author with over fifty romance novels to her credit. Leanne was born and raised in the wonderful town of Roanoke, Virginia. Growing up in "the star city of the south" had a huge impact on her outlook and her writing. Her B.S. in Psychology only qualifies her to treat fictional characters and she began writing when her two children were very young. Leanne believes in the transforming power of love, so writing romance novels comes naturally to her. Her muse is a 4.5 lb Pomeranian who is happy to snooze beside Leanne while Leanne creates. Leanne loves travel and trips to the beach, but what's most important to her is family. Leanne's home on the web is www.leannebanks.com. To get the most up-to-date scoop on Leanne, visit her on facebook.


Mimi Barbour
New York TimesUSA Today, Best-selling author - Mimi's been heard to say: "I'm an author who loves to write uplifting stories about romance. Add in some time travel, or maybe an angel, or even a little romantic suspense and it makes the story more fascinating because of the incredible possibilities."

Mimi is an Amazon best-selling author who's sold over 500,000 copies of her books world-wide. Her five romance series: The Vicarage Bench/ time travel at its best, Angels with Attitudes / angels love romance, Vegas / fast-paced plotting, Elvis / make a song a book and her newest, Undercover FBI / with sizzling conflicts and lots of humor.


Joan Reeves
Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Available as ebooks and audiobooks, her romance novels all have the same underlying theme: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her Hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. Sign up for Joan's email list/newsletter for readers.


Mona Risk
A tireless traveler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mona Risk writes contemporary romance, medical romance, and romantic suspense novels, all simmering with emotion. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visits— or in Florida, her paradise on earth.


Patricia Rosemoor
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Rosemoor writes “dangerous love.” She has had 98 novels with 8 publishers and more than 7 million books in print. Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she taught Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing at Columbia College Chicago.


Rebecca York
NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of over 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future.


Denise Devine
Denise Devine has had a passion for books since the second grade when she discovered Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at age thirteen and has been writing ever since. She's been a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) since 1991 and has won or placed in numerous writing contests. In 2008, her contemporary inspirational romance, This Time Forever, was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest for unpublished writers.

Denise lives on six wooded acres in East Bethel, Minnesota with her husband, Steve and her three problem (feline) children, Mocha, Lambchop and Tigger. She loves to read, write, study and travel.


Donna Fasano
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her novels have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #1.

Donna has a website, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Contact information can be found inside Donna Fasano's books. She loves to interact with readers.


Traci Hall
With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it's a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.


Taylor Lee
USA Today Best Selling author Taylor Lee writes Suspenseful Mystery Thrillers – with a heavy dose of Sexy to Sizzling HOT Romance.

In the four years that she has been writing, Taylor has written more than forty books. Her eight, series track her Special Operatives, Covert Agents, Cops, Firefighters and other iconic heroes and heroines, through the harrowing situations that make up their lives. From human trafficking rings to corrupt politicians, Taylor investigates the underbelly of society and the criminals who flourish there.

Taylor says: “From the residue in my personal blender of mixed races, cultures and world views, my characters emerge. It comforts me to know that while evil slinks in the shadows, the “good guys and gals” of the world sniff it out – and snuff it out.

My characters are arrogant alpha males and the feisty women who bring them to their knees – and vice versa… They fight hard, love hard and don’t mince words. They are dangerous men and women in dangerous times. Love, passion and ridding the world of evil? What’s not to like?


Stephanie Queen
A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen has the enthusiastic soul of a cheerleader. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win. Although she's lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and her (real or imagined?) chauffeur, Myren.


Jennifer St. Giles
USA Today Bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles, aka Jennifer Saints, J.L. Saint is a Golden Heart, three-time Maggie, two-time National Reader's Choice, Marlene, RT Reviewer's Choice and Daphne du Maurier award-winning author. Jennifer writes in multiple genres, including: romance, paranormal, contemporary, historical and military and paranormal crime. She is a nurse in a surgery center and the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children's causes. Jenni believes fervently in following your dreams and never giving up.


Alicia Street
Alicia Street is a USA Today Bestselling Author and Daphne du Maurier award-winner. She writes both sweet romance and sexy romance and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. Her years as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher provide the inspiration behind her Dance 'n' Luv contemporary romance series. A compulsive reader of every genre, Alicia loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soup.


Katy Walters
I began with a publisher but loved the freedom of Amazon and so I am an independent author living on the South Coast of the UK. Previously, I enjoyed a career as a research psychologist and psychotherapist, As the children grew and flew the nest, I decided to write about my experiences to help others, but as I began writing, my pen spelt out a different course and I was soon writing novels. These are historical romance suspense, with an underlying theme that I hoped inspire those who long to overcome their inhibiting fear, and reach their goals. From the reviews and private emails from readers, this has worked and I am so glad. It makes my writing even more worthwhile. I am now on the twentieth book and love it.

I get a lot of my inspiration for plots whilst walking with my dog Lily along beaches and in the nearby woods. She features in all my books under pseudonyms and is portrayed as her own wonderful zany self.


Rachelle Ayala
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award.


Jacquie Biggar
JACQUIE BIGGAR is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males who know what they want, that is until they're gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them what they really need is love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)


Michele Hauf
Michele has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty-five years. Her first published novel was DARK RAPTURE.

France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she followed the adage ‘write what you know’, all her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has never seen.


Dani Haviland
Dani Haviland, an Alaskan recently relocated to Oregon, loves writing, gardening and photography. She’s ‘stuck in the 80’s’ - the 1780’s,that is - where many of her colorful characters struggle and/or survive, love and/or argue, but always persevere.


Nancy Radke
Author Nancy Radke, started out writing full-length, modern romance and suspense stories, then switched to novella length for her western series, The Traherns, and now writes both, usually two or three books at the same time. She has published ten Sisters of Spirit books, thirteen Trahern books, and one book of a new Brothers of Spirit series. Born on a wheat and cattle ranch, which included riding, shooting, and milking cows, she has lived in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington state. When she went through the Peace Corps outward-bound program, she learned to rappel off mountainsides and survival swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Her books are G-rated, no sex, no swearing.


Cynthia Cooke
First published in 2003, Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning author who has published 18 novels in 12 different countries with Harlequin, Entangled, and Amazon Kindle Worlds. She has a deep affection for romance stories and playing in the ocean. On her best days you can find her on the beach with her notebook, a novel in hand, and her dog, Angel, by her side.

Embrace the Seduction and prepare to get a little naughty and have a fun!






Sunday, October 16, 2016

Why I Chose My Title for “Love, Christmas” – White Christmas by Rebecca York #mgtab


My story for the Love, Christmas collection is White Christmas, and I’ve been dreaming of lovely snow-covered holiday scenes since I was a little kid. In fact, because I knew I was going to start my story with my heroine in a snowstorm, White Christmas was the perfect title.

My family didn’t have to travel over the river and through the woods in a sleigh to my grandma’s house.  But we did have to drive from Washington, DC, to Baltimore for big holiday dinners.  When I was young, that journey wasn’t trivial.  In the early days, we had to take Route 1, one of the most dangerous highways in the U.S.  Later we could we could switch to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, a marvel in its time.

Sometimes we’d drive through falling snow. Other times we’d just arrive in the winter dark.  But inside grandma’s house, the holiday meal was always the same when we gathered around the huge dining room table.  A nod to salad was provided by a relish dish of celery and carrots.  But everyone was more interested in the main events: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes (which I hated as a kid but learned to love when I grew up).  Sorry, I can’t remember if we had any other vegetables.  The poultry and stuffing were the highlight of the dinner. For me, that was always a turkey leg.  I still like dark meat.  As far as I’m concerned, turkey white meat is boring.

As a child, I didn’t understood why one bowl of stuffing was “wet,” and the other “dry,” but I definitely preferred the dry one.

I’m going to date myself horribly by telling you that the first Christmas tree I remember was during World War II.  With wartime shortages, you couldn’t buy tinsel.  And it was hard to get any other holiday decorations.  But my grandfather owned a florist shop, and my grandma fashioned decorations out of florist ribbon.  She made them into bows and wound them around cardboard rollers, then used florist wire to fix everything to a small tree which she put on a little red table.

One of my perennial disappointments as a kid was never having lights on our Christmas tree. I envied my friends who had them, but my mom was afraid lights might start a fire, so they were banished from our house.  Guess what I bought first when I got married and finally had my own tree?

I also continued my grandma’s idea of making ornaments.  When my kids were little, we made a lot of them out of felt, glitter, pipe cleaners, and sequins, because we had cats who would climb our Christmas tree and knock traditional glass balls to the floor where they shattered into glittery shards.

And for the past five or six years, I’ve used the Norfolk pine in my living room as a permanent “Christmas tree.”  I keep small lights and homemade ornaments on it all year round.  I hope people grin when they see it on a dark winter night.  I’ve included a picture of some of my ornaments hanging on my library catalogue so you can see them better than on the tree.




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