Sharing My Christmas Reads

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Joanne Guidoccio

christmasreading2After surviving a grueling (but gratifying) November where I focused exclusively on my NaNoWriMo project, I needed to destress and start preparing for Christmas. To get into the mood of the season, I decided to look for Christmas novellas that can be easily read in one sitting.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to look too far.

Over the past year, six author friends–two Canadian and four American–have released delightful reads that transported me from the west coast of Canada, across the American Midwest and Southwest, to the eastern seaboard.

biggarnovellaWill a Christmas wish give a lonely author a family?

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…

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Writing Family

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Saturday, I went to my writing chapter holiday party. We wore our crazy Christmas sweaters, and did a Chinese Gift exchange using “ugly” ornaments. I’d found an ornament that was a small green sweater with snowflakes on the sleeves. Seemed appropriate. We’ve met in the La Hacienda Restaurant for many years now. It takes me 30 minutes to get there. Before we moved to the lake, it took 45 minutes.IMG_6433

I’ve been a member of NTRWA for almost 10 years. I’m a published writer because of the women in this group and the people they connected me to. From the woman who set me up with my first critique partners who I spent three years exchanging twenty pages each week with to the judges who gave me invaluable input on those first chapters in my first books, like maybe I should take a course in GMC, when I didn’t know…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic HAPPY #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic HAPPY for a joyous start to the week. Enjoy!


For a moment there, she’d almost felt happy. What kind of person was she to forget how her husband was murdered? How her father was murdered?

Marsha West


“About your birthday…it’s this weekend. Happy happy day. Happy happy birthday.”

Vicki Batman


Metro PD picked him up not long after as a person of interest and now here was Frank, six and a half friggin’ hours and two airplanes later, cooling his heels in their dismal little waiting room. Happy, happy.

Jacquie Biggar


Quin was happy to enjoy his comfort, bask in his warmth, and feel the beating of his heart.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


All of this I have heard from Mama, who is happy planning the menu, experimenting with new recipes, and babysitting her inherited great-grandchildren on Saturdays.

Joanne Guidoccio


“He waited…

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#UpbeatAuthors

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by Kathryn Jane

I belong to a Facebook group called #upbeatauthors. It was the brainchild of an author who was feeling (like many of us) overwhelmed by the negativity on social media. Her idea was to have a safe place where we could go to share positive outlooks, and uplifting words.

A whole bunch of us jumped on board of course, and we’ve grown to nearly three hundred members.

What do we do there?

Our leader has posted a theme for every week right up to the end of the year, and on Mondays, we post something positive, related to the theme.

Want to know the coolest thing about this group? In the beginning, many of us struggled a bit to come up with something to write, or share by picture, but as the weeks have gone on, so has the participation, and the ease with which the positivity flows!

Also cool…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about PARENTS #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  PARENTS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


She untied the handwoven blanket, a gift from her grandparents, from the back of her saddle, and laid it on the rock, then settled herself there to take in the view of her ranch—her gentle and thoughtful mark on the earth.

Kathryn Jane


After flipping through a few pages, she pointed to a picture of a young family seated on the beach. Three young boys sat in front of their parents, almost exact versions of each other with reddish-blond hair and toothy grins.

S.A.Taylor
Follow Me (work in progress)


The situation stunk. He couldn’t imagine how he’d react if his parents had ever been involved in anything this bizarre.

Marsha West


In a stained red T-shirt and overalls with one strap hanging down, Rafe’s father waited a few moments before nodding. At least he wasn’t holding…

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Sharing #NaNoWriMo Success Stories

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Completing 50,000 words in thirty days is a major achievement, one that hundreds of thousands of NaNoWriMo participants have set as their November goal for the past eighteen years. While the end result will be part unreadable, part unfinished, and more than likely, error-ridden, the process often continues well beyond November. Many published books–including some very successful ones–started off as NaNoWriMo projects.

Here are four spectacular success stories:

Sara Gruen devoted two separate NaNos to writing Water for Elephants and then sold her work to Algonquin Publishers for $55,000. In 2007, the book topped the New York Times Best Seller list and hit the big screen with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in 2011.

Erin Morgenstern began writing The Night Circus in November of 2004. That first year, Erin ended up with 50,000 words of unconnected scenes and imagery. She then spent the next two NaNos adding to the story…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about SIBLINGS #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about  SIBLINGS for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Sara swears like a truck driver and Aimee looks like my older brother.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


He set his chin on the top of her head, and she snuggled against him, just like when they’d been a couple of lonely, motherless kids on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, and she’d pretended he was her big brother.

Kathryn Jane


There was absolutely no way her brother could have committed such a violent careless crime on another human being. He might not be the most considerate or compassionate person, but a murderer?

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


The pain in both the siblings’ eyes made Scott regret bringing up the idea, but to solve a problem you had to look it square in the face.

Marsha West


Pete moved until his shoulders touched Nate’s…

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