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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Welcome to Mistletoe Key

Welcome to Mistletoe Key--where it's perpetually Christmas and kissing Santa is encouraged! (AKA welcome to the world I've been living in this week as I tackle the BOOK IN A WEEK (BIAW) challenge set forth by Lindsay Emory.) 

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It's official. I bow to the master.

Lindsay is ON FIRE with her writing. And I'm on fire too. Mine's just more of a slow burn. My BOOK IN A WEEK is turning out to be more like BOOK IN TWO WEEKS...MAYBE TWO AND A HALF. I'm more than okay with that because I'm loving loving loving this project. 

If you're following Lindsay on Facebook, you'll be able to watch all of her FB Lives (even if they aren't live by the time you watch them) about her progress. AND she's posting hot, hot, hot, sweet/funny/sexy snippets from her progress. (Another way she totally wins. I might be LOVING this book I'm writing, but I'm not sharing snippets.) 

BUT I AM SHARING PRESENTS

Presents. Because that's the Haughton way. What presents, you ask? When I'm finished with the first draft (next week, hallelujah hands, pretty please), I'll draw one winner for a $20 gift card to Amazon or iBooks* so you can fill up your eReader with lots of good stuff. 

All you have to do to enter is let me know (below) you want to be in the running. (And eagle-eyed readers will see there's a spot to request an ARC of my Christmas story!) 

Name
Name
If I win, please send me a GC to:
I'm interested in being part of Lexi's advanced reading team:

**US/UK/CAN/Australia residents only this time. Void where prohibited. Winner must have valid email address where I can send the electronic gift card/code.