Hygge, Sweet Hygge

Happy November, friends. I’ve decided I’m going to live in an alternate reality where it actually stayed chilly in Dallas instead of going back up into the 80s and 90s. (Those temps. Ugh. reat for patio days, not so great for hygge, sweet, sweet hygge.) 

I want to take the next month off and nest in my cozy cottage and wear oversized sweaters and read lots and lots of books. But we all know that’s not going to happen. 

nstead, I’ll start mainlining holiday romance novels before bed (start? Ha! That implies I ever stopped) and diffusing clove and cinnamon and wild sweet orange essential oils—and pretend that winter is coming.

But it is November, which means that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has started. And while I often NaNo (heck, every month is novel writing month in my life), I never do it officially. The rules, the spreadsheets, I’m not not any good at those.

I am, however, good at getting my words in and cheering on others. So my HBIC Nation ladies and I decided we’d #HBICnano together. Play by the official rules, or just come play with us as we do a bunch of hosted #amwriting #1k1hr sprints and other write-ins over the month on Twitter and in our FB group.

 

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Don't write? Cheer on your favorite writers. This month's NANO might be next year's blockbuster!  

Mistletoe Key Hurricane Relief Effort

Earlier this year, the idea of Mistletoe Key was born.

It was a place that could only bloom from the minds of writers who start brainstorming… an island where Christmas is celebrated 365 days a year. A tropical paradise where mermaids sing carols, stray parrots are named Mele and Kalikimaka, and Santa wears a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops.

Of course we placed this fantasy isle in the Florida Keys, where else? It’s a place that is as American as key lime pie and Jimmy Buffet. A place where writers and fishermen and drag queens come together to eat Cuban rice and beans and deep fried seafood.

We wanted to honor the Keys with our creation, but now, after that b*tch Hurricane Irma paid a visit, we’re faced with a conundrum. Because Irma has screwed up real lives, livelihoods, roads, bridges and dreams. And yeah, we’ll say it, She’s screwed up our release plans.

We can’t release our fun, romantic holiday novellas about this golden land of make-believe in the middle of the Keys without acknowledging the awful reality of Irma and the destruction she brought to this tiny string of islands.

So what are authors supposed to do?

We could delay the release. (But honestly, Christmas novellas released in April or June don’t bring quite as much joy to the hearts of readers.) We could go along with our plans, release Resisting Santa and Blue Christmas in November and go our merry way. No one would judge. But our hearts would hurt. It wouldn’t feel right.

In the end, it wasn’t really a debate or discussion. We agreed, instantaneously, that we would release our books as planned and donate 100% of Resisting Santa and Blue Christmas pre-orders and sales through the month of November to hurricane relief efforts. 

It’s not much, but it’s what the spirit of our books, of the holidays, and of the Florida Keys demands.

So donate money yourself, or buy our books. However you want to help those impacted by Irma (and Harvey and Maria), please help—the need is great.

And we promise to raise a glass and sing Margaritaville together when the Keys are rebuilt.

 

The 2017 Mistletoe Key Authors,

Lindsay Emory and Alexandra Haughton 

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Five for Friday: I’m on a Bus Edition

I’m on a bus! Not as glam as being on a boat, I know. But it’s still pretty rad. (Especially if you factor in these first-class style seats and no naked-scanners at the airport.) 

I’m on my way back to Dallas from a quick trip to Houston to welcome Texas’ newest resident, Miz Shari Slade. She’s got a new apartment (we are hilariously calling “The Lady Pad”) and a new job. I’m so excited for this newest chapter in her life. 

So here’s to Friday and all of the beautiful things about it!

1.    Vonlane, the bus company, is awesome. If you’re in Dallas, Houston, or Austin and need to make a little jaunt to Houston, Austin, or Dallas, I highly recommend it. (You can pretend you’re on some kind of glamorous international railway instead of a tricked out Greyhound.) I’m getting no kickback from this...just happy to travel in style and comfort without the stress of the airport.
2.    Shout out to some awesome foodie scenes in H-town. Between unpacking cars full of boxes and belongings, shelf-papering, and transforming the sweet Lady Pad from bare to beautiful, Shari and I got out for some great grub. Coco Crepes and The Blacksmith are on my list for all return trips.
3.    This weekend is the annual Buns and Roses Tea benefiting the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. I love the event because it celebrates Romancelandia and is a great fundraiser for the RALC who does such important work in our community. I’m delighted to sponsor this event and always excited to dress up and have tea with fellow bibliophiles. OH! And if you have new settlement credit at B&N, use code #12168456 until the 27th and you’ll support RALC with your purchase. 
4.    And speaking of B&N purchases, now would be an awesome time to celebrate Laura von Holt’s debut erotic romance KING OF THE SEA (published under Madame de Boudior pseudonym). If you were always more into King Triton than Prince Eric, you’re going to want to grab this story. Plus, it’s dedicated TO ME. 
5.    I’ve gotten so many sweet tweets and emails about my Destination, Love series. You guys are making my heart so full. Remember THIS CHRISTMAS is absolutely free. (I know, I know, it’s October, but I’m about to start binge-reading all holiday romance all the time, so I figure you might want to, too.) 

 

Release Day for Destination, Love

My three stories from the One Week in Love anthologies are now reissued as standalone romances under the umbrella of the Destination, Love series.

Each has been freshly edited, recovered with brand new couples and titles, plus Love is Here to Stay has a bonus epilogue that's exclusive to the re-release!

Paperbacks are forthcoming. AND, there will be a new novella in 2018 featuring Leo and Hélène from After the Fall. (You can get an exclusive, sneaky-peek at the bananapants blurb at the end of ATF.)

So, TL;DR:

  • LOVE IS HERE TO STAY: a grumpy, bearded rancher meets his match...with his little sister's best friend;
  • AFTER THE FALL: a vacation fling in paradise gets real serious (and real hot), real quick;
  • THIS CHRISTMAS: a story for all the Misfit Toys out there. Utterly romantic. Might help you put the sparkle back in your season. And it's absolutely free! <3

YAY BOOKS!