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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Destination, Love

I'm so excited to share the good news with you:

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I'm re-releasing my stories from the One Week in Love anthologies as stand-alone books this fall.

You'll still be able to get all four stories together in the print versions of One Week in Wyoming and One Week in Hawaii, and in the freebie eBook of One Week in December.

But now you can grab my stories (and exclusive epilogues!!) in my new series, DESTINATION, LOVE. And the best news? ***Scroll down for SPOILER ALERT*** 

Make sure you're part of The A-List so you get an exclusive sneak peek of the covers and a chance to win a copy of all three eBooks AND some other goodies I can't even talk about yet because everybody loves surprises!!! 

Oh, and speaking of surprises. Did September sneak up on you like it snuck up on me? There's still time to join our #ReadWritePlan extravaganza, where Lindsay Emory and I are encouraging our readers--and our author friends--to share a month's worth of organization hacks and inspo. 

Follow the hashtag on Instagram and Twitter...and I think there might even be some rogue posting on Facebook. (But since FB still doesn't love me, I can't see it.) We've also got a giveaway going on. With ARCs of our Mistletoe Key books. 

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Okay, if you're brave enough to withstand the spoiler alert, start scrolling...

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***I'm hard at work on Leo & Helene's story because everyone has been emailing me about it since One Week in Hawaii came out. (Heck, I've been emailing myself about it!)

The answer has always been "some day." WELL SOME DAY IS HERE. Kind of. The mysterious, Italian playboy and the French Prime Minister's daughter who help conspire to unite Drew and Joss in After the Fall are getting their own story! (Yeah, their love affair is going to be bananapants!) 

My production schedule for 2018 is still being set in stone. But you'll be the first to know. <3