The best of 2016


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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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.


1 Batch

1 6 oz can frozen orange juice

1 cup lemon juice


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In Search of Christmas Novellas…


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.


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


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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