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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Mistletoe Key: A Christmas Romance...in June?

Most romance writers will tell you it's hard to write Christmas romance novels. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, production schedules usually mean we're scribbling sexy snowball fights and cozy kisses by the fire in the dead heat of summer. 

And let's face it, it's hard to make imaginary people want cuddle when you're sitting in front of a fan, sweating in your office because it's 100 degrees with 97% humidity. There's only so much Burl Ives on repeat that can put you in the holiday spirit when all you want to do is stand spread eagle in front of the AC vents. 

Or maybe that's just me. 

Enter Mistletoe Key. . . 

Ah, Mistletoe Key, Florida--our sunny, romantic island where it's perpetually Christmas in paradise...and kissing Santa Claus is encouraged. 

Except it's not paradise for my heroine, who is a total Ms. Grinch. But don't worry, Hunter "Blue" Bowen, bona fide hockey god, is gonna turn her frown--and her whole world--upside down. 

If you took a peek at last Friday's post, I teased Mistletoe Key and the BOOK IN A WEEK (BIAW) competition Lindsay Emory and I are starting this week. (Okay fine. It's not a competition.) 

Come this Sunday, June 25th (ahem, exactly six months until Christmas), we'll be starting our BIAW project. And it's absolutely perfect because our holiday books are set in the Keys, so maybe I'll figure out some way to make humidity sexy. (It's like method writing, right?)

It's been SO DIFFICULT to hold off writing until June 25th. But I'm a Rule Follower. So no scribbling until at least 12:00:01AM. 

Because the nature of BIAW means I'm drafting so quickly--with huge word count goals each day--I won't have time to sit and daydream. <sigh> That means no pantsing--can't go by the seat of my pants with this one. I had to <gulp> plot it. Beat by glorious beat*.

And because I had to meticulously plot the book, it means I'm dying to write Blue and Kelly's first kiss. (Okay, I'm excited to write their meet cute too. But their first kiss, man. It's gonna be a doozy.) 

So keep your eyes on my social media as Lindsay and I start this BIAW thing. I won't be crazed at all, I'm sure, with all of those huge word counts in front of me. If you need me, I'll be looking just like this inspiration pic for Kelly, totally glam and put together at the Halliday Inn** for a business lunch. (Don't mind me, gleeful author, over here in the corner rubbing my hands together plotting all the ways Blue is going to completely unravel Kelly, the grinchiest of all the Mistletoe Key residents.) 

OH! And before I forget. I think Lindsay is going to share some of her pages AS SHE WRITES. (Say whaaaaaat?) Don't expect that from me. BUT, you might want to expect some flash giveaways as I'm scribbling away on my flash draft. Ho, ho. ho. 

 

*If you're a romance writer writer and haven't bought yourself a copy of Gwen Hayes' ROMANCING THE BEAT what are you waiting for? 

**The super-fancy (yet to be named) family on Mistletoe Key got sued for naming their inn the Holiday Inn, duh. ;)

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