The best of 2016

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Our best moments of 2016!

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With the sun about to set on another year, I asked my fellow authors the same question I’m asking you.

What is your favorite memory from 2016?



Vicki Batman:

A Baltic cruise with Handsome. And my annual fun day when my second book released.



Claire Gem:

My favorite memory from 2016 is my “rerun” trip to Florida, a special lunch with my daughter after a frightening medical diagnosis disturbed our traditional mother-daughter day at the Ringling Museum. Now all is looking very hopeful.SOS - Claire Gem.JPG



Marian Lanouette:

By far it would  the email telling me I got a four book deal from Kensington/Lyrical for my Jake Carrington Mysteries.



S.A. Taylor:

I’d have to say meeting several of the SOS sisters at the RWA conference was one of my favorite memories of 2016. I don’t have a picture of the whole group, but did find a good one with Vicki at the KOD Death by…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about CHRISTMAS, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about CHRISTMAS to celebrate the holiday. Enjoy!


Christmas Day dawned picture perfect in Woodstock, Vermont, thirty-two degrees with no wind as mid-morning, Jerrod trudged through the snow from his house to his mother’s. Smoke from fireplaces filled the air and tweaked his nose.

Marsha West


Sharon WrayRafe couldn’t remember the last time he celebrated Christmas. For the past five years he’d eaten Christmas dinner in prison, the three years prior to that he’d eaten in Hell.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 cover“If there is anything women world-wide adore, it’s flowers.”
“Any kind?”
“Any kind—except sprigs of holly. Save that one for Christmas. Nor poison ivy.”

Vicki Batman


As he steered Jill across the ice toward her mother, Silver Bells played over the speakers, and Joel smiled, for he’d already received his Christmas wish.

Jacquie Biggar


51ujnuq5lxlI work extra shifts to send my family…

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Holidaze

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Holiday cheer with a punch recipe!

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Rushing here. Rushing there. Where’s my list? Who gets what? How can we afford it? Will everyone have a good time at the party? Will they like the punch? Will we have enough food? Are my decorations as good as my neighbors?

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And on and on, the questions plague those of us caught up in the holidaze.

In reality, this was me as a young mom. Not so much now as a retired elementary school principal and romantic suspense author. In the past, I found the holidays stressful beyond belief. I wish my younger self had been not so much a perfectionist. I wish I’d been able to just let go and enjoy the family and friends without all the stress of getting it perfect.

Here’s my mother’s Champagne Punch Recipe.

MOM-MOM’S CHAMPAGNE PUNCH

1 Batch

1 6 oz can frozen orange juice

1 cup lemon juice

2…

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In Search of Christmas Novellas…

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Some Christmas novellas to read in one sitting! 🎄

Joanne Guidoccio

christmasreading2Having devoted the month of November to NaNoWriMo, I found myself facing several incomplete and postponed projects that needed immediate attention. I’ve been playing catch-up this month and spending fewer hours reading novels–one of my favorite pastimes.

To get into the mood of the season, I decided to search for Christmas novellas that could be easily read in one sitting.

I didn’t have to look too far.

Four author friends–two Canadian and two American–have released Christmas novellas. I treated myself to four delightful reads that transported me from the west coast of Canada, across the American southwest, to New York.

Enjoy!

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…

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Christmas at my house

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Gratitude at Christmas 🎄

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I’ve spent all week finishing the day job for the year and wondering what to write in this post. I’ve spent all day running errands, finishing shopping, and wondering what to write in this post. I’ve finally written a post that is WAY too depressing for the holiday. I’ve put it in the trash.

Every year, I think, “This is the year I get in the holiday spirit. We’re going to have a tree and a party. I’m going to wrap presents, make candy, and play Christmas music. I’m going to decorate outside, and have lights …”

Instead, this is what my poor husband, Mr. Perfect, has to deal with at Christmas.

  1. MP: “Do we have a wreath?”
    Me: “Ummm. Yes? Somewhere in the basement, maybe?” Digs around under boxes and finds one. “Here. Just unsquish it a little. It’ll be fine.”
  1. MP: “Do we have Christmas cards ? We…

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about FAMILY, #RSsos #RomSuspense

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about FAMILY to start your week. Enjoy!


STaylor photoThe family of three sat together, their smiles glowing brighter than the golden sun backlighting the photo. She’d never seen that kind of happiness on Max’s face, not in a long time.

S.A. Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


“Mom has grandchildren. She doesn’t need Pete or me to pro­duce any more. Okay, enough about my personal life, I’ve got a rehearsal to run.”

Marsha West


Sharon WrayRafe put on his leather jacket and covered the tattoos on his arms. He’d rather die of heat stroke than start another argument with his father.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


TemporarilyInsane_w10205_750 coverApparently, Mom’s ultimate goal was to raise a whole flock of accountants. Only God knew why because the accounting gene didn’t run historically in our family tree.

Vicki Batman


“You know that’s not going to happen,” Lucas said, landing…

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Cold Justice Series #BoxedSet #Suspense #mgtab @inkslingerpr @toniannanderson

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Toni Anderson’s awesome “Dark” series!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

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You can grab the first six books in Toni Anderson’s bestselling COLD JUSTICE series in one convenient boxset, available now! You don’t want to miss this compelling series.


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About the COLD JUSTICE series boxset

Pick up the first six Romantic Suspense novels in the bestselling, award-winning Cold Justice Series in one compelling bundle. Two bonus shorts are also included.

The Cold Justice Series centers around agents from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit-4 (crimes against adults), and other spin-off characters. Each book can be read as a standalone with a different hero and heroine being the focus of each story. Characters crossover so readers might get the best experience by starting at the beginning!

If you like Laura Griffin, Karen Robards or Sandra Brown you might enjoy these stories.

Books from this series have won the New England Readers’ Choice Award, the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold Reader’s Choice Awards, and…

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A Holiday Break

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Merry Christmas from the Sisterhood of Suspense!

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season-of-promises-cover    Every year, I travel to a small town with friends for a weekend of girl-time (clarification-without husbands). You know the kind—where we hash out our problems, catch up on our families, delve into what’s new, discuss books we’ve read, where we’ve traveled. Life stuff.

But we go to this specific town for the Christmas Candlelight Home Tour. Many of the homes predate the 1850s and are designated historical by the state. The Historical Foundation picks four homes which are decorated with natural elements like cedar, magnolia, fruit, nuts. There’s also period ornaments and decorations, music, and candles. Docents point out items of interest and tell us facts about the homes. Some of the churches present choir performances. The Foundation sells Christmas trees as a img_00000246fundraiser. The trees are set up in the park and decorated.

After our traditional Italian dinner, we tour the homes and debate over which is…

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