Christmas Cookie Collection

The Cop Who Stole ChristmasWINNER!  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.

Welcome, Lori!

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 . . .

ChristmasCookie_mm_cThere’s a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny.

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!

 

 

 

19 thoughts on “Christmas Cookie Collection

  1. Hi Lori,
    Thanks a mil for stopping in. It’s always so much fun having you here.

    And I know what you mean about your characters feeling . . . real. In our minds, they are real. But we’re writers and don’t need those tight little white jackets or padded cells. LOL.

    CC

  2. I have tons of great Christmas memories! When we were little my dad use to cut down our tree from our family land. It was a big deal to drive out and find the perfect tree. It was always bigger than it looked. My brother and I trying to stay up to see Santa. Love Christmas time and all the traditions and I also love Christmas books!

    I also consider my beloved characters in books to be real in my mind. I have become attached to them after finishing a story! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway love you both!!

  3. There are so many wonderful Christmas’s to remember, but I think the one that will stay in my mind, is the last Christmas my family was altogether. My parent’s, sibling, and nieces and nephews. It was a glorious time and even though dad was not feeling well, he had been sick with pneumonia, we were all together.. The next year he was in hospital and we lost him shortly after the new year.

  4. Oh boy <3 Christmas is my favorite holiday and its my favorite time of year 🙂 When I was little, the weekends after our Thanksgiving feast, my mom would get all of the boxes and totes with our Christmas decorations in them out and scatter them around the living room. We would put in our Rock N Roll Christmas CD in this awesome stereo system my parents had (which would now be considered outdated and old, but it was awesome!) and decorate and sing along.. every year. Christmas Eve we would put out the cookies we baked, with milk and carrots for the reindeer and sprinkle our magic reindeer dust so Santa would know where to land! 🙂 I was married last August, and we were still living in his parents house, because he left for basic training for the Air Force a week later, but this year, we live in Alaska (our first duty station) and I cant WAIT to decorate for Christmas at our own home 🙂 I get to make Christmas dinner, and one of my husbands friends is coming down for the week 🙂 I cant wait to bake all the Christmas goodies and make my house smell like holiday cheer! For that matter, look like Christmas too! I will never forget my Christmas decorating days with my parents and little brother and I cant wait to make memories with my own little family someday too 🙂

    • Wow, Cassie, that sounds like so much fun! I’d love to be at your house on the holidays! Hope you and your husband enjoy your first holidays together. (And, please, thank him for serving his country, too!)

  5. One of my favorite Christmases was when we literally got coal in our stocking. My dad found some or was given some (I don’t remember exactly) and decided to play a joke on us all. He hid our real stockings and (since my mother is a collector of stockings) put up a different stocking for each of us with just the coal in my mothers, my sisters and my stocking. It was quite amusing.

  6. During Christmas time, me and my grandma always made a sandtart which is a very light cookie, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and topped with a black walnut. We would always bake them and other goodies as well before we had our Christmas Eve party at her house. She passed away this Spring, it will be very strange and heartbreaking not to be able to do those things with her this year.
    The characters in stories that become real to you are the best type of character 🙂

  7. Christmas with the family meant constant baking all the wonderful goodies with my grandmother whose skills were unmatched. My mother did the cooking and we helped. Having family together was meaningful and I miss them all.

    • I know what you mean, Ellie. Food is definitely a highlight of the holidays for me and family is so special. Glad you have those memories! 🙂

  8. My dad was a member of the Optimist Club, and they raised money by selling Christmas trees. Every year my dad worked at the Christmas tree lot. Sometimes my sister and I hung around while they unwrapped the trees and snow fell out. That’s the only snow I ever saw as a child in Texas.

  9. This book sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it!

    I think the best Christmas we had a was a about two years ago when my husband came home early from a deployment! It was only ONE day after Christmas but we celebrated like it was Christmas Day! It was wonderful! Sometimes we are able to spend Christmas’s together and others we aren’t but we always make sure to video chat when we aren’t together…

  10. Christmas is my favorite time of year, my whole family gets together and sometimes unfortunately it is the only time we get to see one another since some live across the country. I just love getting together and eating all of the wonderful food that everybody brings and hanging out with one another. Sounds like a great book.

  11. I love Lori Wilde’s books. NO special Christmas stories for me. 15 years ago we moved away from home, the holidays are just me, my husband and two kids, grown now. I didn’t realize how much I loved my family until we don’t celebrate with them anymore. Everyone treasure all your holiday times with your family.

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