WINNER! WINNER! The winner of the Shadow Falls wine glasses from last week is: Cassie Whitman! Email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com with your mailing address and I’ll get those off to you. Congrats!
I’m so excited to have one of my best friends back today! And I know you love her, too…Today is the much anticipated release of Lori Wilde’s Christmas Cookie Collection, which is a very special, heartwarming collection of love stories. Stick around, say hi, and make sure and leave a comment because I’ll be giving away ten print copies of Lori’s book today.
You have a new release out. It’s a collection of novellas and a short story. Tell us about it.
Thanks for asking. The novellas in The Christmas Cookie Collection were originally published via e-books only, but so many of my fans, who only read print, wrote in to HarperCollins that they decided to release the stories in one volume and included a brand new short story. I wrote Grace to add to the collection because so many readers wanted to know about the birth of Jesse and Flynn’s baby.
If you’ve already read the e-books, Carrie, Raylene and Christine, you don’t have to buy the print volume to get Grace. Her story will be release in e-book on Dec. 23rd, just in time for Christmas.
Do you find shorter stories harder to write than full-length novellas?
Easier, actually. I like the streamline form of novellas. Before I published a book, I wrote 60 short stories. Of course I didn’t sell a one of them. But they were my fledgling efforts and that was before the resurgence in the shorter storytelling forms.
I love asking authors about their bloopers. Are there any bloopers in these stories?
Not a blooper really, but Twilight, Texas is loosely based on a real town in Texas. In real life there was a shootout with cops after a suspect fled a seedy neighboring area (the name is fictional in the story) that Jesse and Flynn go to deliver Christmas gifts to needy kids in Grace. This happened after my story was written. Kind of spooky since in the story, the cops are watching the neighborhood staking out a suspect.
When my husband and I saw the shootout on TV, I hollered, “That’s exactly where Flynn and Jesse were. They could have gotten shot!” He said, “You do know Flynn and Jesse aren’t real?” Hey, they are in my mind.
Thanks so much for sharing, Lori! Now tell us more about the book and where we can find it . . .
Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love.
Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart . . . the only man she’s ever loved.
Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave away at birth is living right in Twilight . . .
Christine: Has given up on love . . . until the man of her dreams walks through her shop door.
Grace: It’s Christmas Eve and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Then Flynn’s car hits a patch of ice, and Jesse must move earth . . . and heaven . . . to save her and their unborn child.
Available at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/q23q4x7
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/oj8nxj7
Sounds wonderful! I’m really looking forward to reading it! Do you have any great Christmas stories to share with us? Ten lucky winners will receive Lori’s book . . . check back next week to see if you’ve won! Good luck!