So great to be here at The Snarkology blog! *Muppet flail*. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Melissa.
Anna, welcome to the Snarkology! :=)
How’s everyone doing? Recovered from Thanksgiving yet? Seriously, how many of you are now done with your Christmas shopping? Bah! I’m still neck deep in my to do list for the holiday season (with only 3 weeks until Christmas! How did that happen?).
Besides gearing up for all the jingle belling and lighting of the trees (I have 3 in my house!), I’ve decided to add book launch to the list of things to do. Yeah, I know, totally crazy, right? December is so chock full of lists and parties and, well, sometimes I just need to decompress and relax. To me, there’s nothing better than settling in with a romance, a cup of tea (or cocoa), and losing myself in something…else.
Today marks the release of my first full-length Harlequin Heartwarming romance, THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR. I’ve dreamed of writing for Harlequin for so long, I can’t tell you how excited this is for me. Even better? I hit the cover jackpot with this beauty. He’s, er, it’s absolutely perfect and while I love looking at him, writing Luke Saxon’s story was an adventure of its own.
There’s something about a bad boy that jumps out at me; always has. Misunderstood, sometimes their own worst enemies, most of them determined to keep the world at bay to protect themselves (and others). Luke has a little bit of all that going on, but he’s also a man out to redeem himself. Mistakes he made as a teen have haunted him; so much so that he’s done everything he could to try to outrun his past, but when he agrees to return home to Butterfly Harbor and take over as sheriff, things get, well, let’s say they get a bit dicey. Especially when it comes to dealing with Holly Campbell, the woman whose family he very nearly destroyed.
Holly has her own issues (of course she does, it’s a romance!), not the least of which is needing to come to terms with the fact that people are more than their biggest mistakes. She should know, since she’s made enough of them herself. Add in her eight year-old son with a penchant for troublemaking and a town on the verge of complete ruin, she definitely has her hands full. Seems like the perfect time for some romance, right?
There’s never the right time for romance (unless you’re reading of course), which is why I love my job. Writing these stories, putting people together, especially when they have so much going against him, is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done.
So with this book being released, why not add more? Sure, okay!
Last year, my first Harlequin novella was released in the CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY anthology (with authors Melinda Curtis and Anna Adams). My first foray into novella writing turned to gold with this story. We created Christmas Town, ME, and the Banning siblings, who each find their happily ever after during the holiday season. We enjoyed the process (and the stories) so much, we decided to do it again this year and we brought a bunch more of our Harlequin Heartwarming authors with us! The result? A HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS, a boxed set of 12 (twelve!) BRAND NEW, interconnected sweet romances that all take place in Christmas Town.
My contribution to the set is BELLS ARE RINGING, a story featuring life-long best friends Sam Collins and Marnie Wright. For Sam, he’s always dreamed of something more with Marnie, but when Marnie announces her plans to leave Christmas Town, Sam realizes he’s running out of time to show Marnie everything she’s always wanted, and needed, is right in front of her. I am so proud to be a part of this collection and who knows…we might be up for doing it again next year. Fingers crossed!
So how about you all? What’s your favorite type of romance? A sweet holiday get together or spending some time with the town bad boy? I don’t think there’s a wrong choice here…and of course there are tons of other fabulous romances to choose from this holiday season.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. And hey, if you’d like to receive an e-copy of BELLS ARE RINGING, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about your favorite romance reads.
THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR
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A HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS Boxed Set
A geek at heart, national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance” (RT Book Reviews) for Harlequin Heartwarming (The Butterfly Harbor series), Berkley Intermix (The Tremayne Family Romances), and the upcoming BONDED trilogy for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. NYTimes bestselling author Brenda Novak says “The talented Anna J Stewart delivers every time!” Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it’s Snickers who tolerates her). Visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com