Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins.

51l8Fh7o5vL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_Hi all~ Kristi Rose here. It’s been a great holiday weekend in the sense that I got some reading in. I put aside my pleasure reading to check out this book because I’m in the market for finding comp titles and this one was recommended to me.

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Best sort of ‘research’ reading evah! I text Sarah right away and told her home much I LOVED the story. I laughed. HYSTERICALLY. I cried. Then I laughed some more. I stayed up till 1am reading it.

That hasn’t happened in a long time.

So Congrats Kristan on creating a book that KickAss.

 

What are you all reading? What’s the last book that made you laugh? Cry? or/and stay up far later than you should?

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Fun Guy Friday – Sometimes They’re Too Cute

Happy Friday everyone. Andie (A.S.) here to share something really fun with you. I’m in the holiday spirit after eating myself into a coma yesterday. This video shows the best and worst of people all at once. Well, it only shows the best, but the worst is the reason this incident happened in the first place.

You may or may not know that I’m married to a fisherman. Sometimes things cross into my world that don’t get seen by most people. In this video you’ll see a very sweet side of these boys from Alabama. I just think it’s the cutest thing.

 

And now just for fun and because our friends perfectly fried several turkeys yesterday. I want to share this video of what not to do. lol

 

Fried, baked, roasted or smoked, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We Are Thankful

Thanksgiving word montage colorThe Chicks have all been talking recently about the things we are grateful for. The big and the small aspects of life that mold us into who we are. We are a diverse group of women who write romantic tales that end with a happily ever after. I guess you could say our characters have reason to be thankful as well.

So, we decided we’d share a few of the reasons we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving day.

Bio PicSarah Hegger: It’s taken me years to be able to say this, but I’m thankful for all the experiences and people in my life that have led to this point – the good, the bad, the wonderful and the downright awful. Some parts or people I wouldn’t chose to revisit but in some magical way they have all led me to this point in my life and I am thankful for that.

 

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Kristi Rose: I’m thankful that I’m reminded to be thankful. I’m surrounded by so many wonderful and giving people it’s humbling. I know I’m lucky and I never want to take for granted what I have. It’s easy to get lost in the everyday moments and not pause to appreciate.

 

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Juliette Cross: With terror and destruction abroad and a recent health scare with my son, I’m thankful for a healthy family who I love and adore and who remind me why life is worth living. And I also feel blessed with genuine friends who carry me through the tough times–professionally and personally. Love my chicks!

 

gemmaGemma Brocato: I’m thankful for the sunrise each morning, because it is a promise of a new beginning. I’m thankful for my eyesight, because it means I can see the beauty of a frosty morning. Seeing my breath in the air means I’m alive (even if I’m a little cold). Seeing flickering flames in my fireplace means I am warm. I’m thankful for the scent of any meal cooking, because it means I have food. I’m thankful for the way my parents raised me, because their love and charity taught me to help those less fortunate.

SabineSabine Priestley: I’m grateful for our beautiful home and the strange beings, also known as teenagers, that live here with us. I’m grateful for that pile of laundry that magically triples overnight, because it’s generated by my quirky, crazy, occasionally maddening family. I’m grateful that even though I can’t run anymore I can still get my ass to the gym for an hour and leave with every muscle shaking. I’m grateful to have the freedom to make writing my full-time job, even though there are times I wonder why I do this on purpose. Finally, I’m grateful for the KickAss Chicks. A cadre of amazing women who have become a sisterhood I never thought I’d be a part of.

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Kyra Jacobs: So much to be thankful for. For being born in this great nation. For the men and women who have selflessly served to protect it and the freedoms that we so often take for granted. For my family and friends, both near and far, whom I would be absolutely lost without. For a good job, a warm home, clean water and food on our table. And for the Good Lord, who watches over us all.

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A.S. Fenichel: I’m thankful for a wonderful husband who only pisses me off occasionally and ususally makes it up to me by cooking delicious meals.

 

So on this wonderful holiday, we count our blessings and wish many more for you all.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

 

Setbacks and Forward Thinking – A.S. Fenichel

Hey there, it’s Andie here. I’m going to get a bit personal here, so you’ll have to forgive me. It’s Thanksgiving week and it’s always a tough one for me. My first husband, Jimmy became ill on Thanksgiving day and passed two weeks later. The funny thing is, thirteen years later, I don’t even think about it until I find myself tearing up for no particular reason. Then I look back and let the memory roll over me. As horrible as it was, it’s part of who I am now. Not that it defines me, but tragedies and joys mold our hearts and minds. So for a week out of the year, I can be a bit sad and retrospective.

I’m blessed to have remarried a wonderful man, Dave who understands and will cry along with me. He never knew Jimmy, but he accepts that Jimmy is part of our family and always will be. From year to year I don’t remember being sad at Thanksgiving, but Dave tells me, I always am and gives me that, “it will all be okay look.” He’s right, of course. It will be okay. It is okay. Life is good and on Thursday we will go to a big party with eating and drinking and people who are a complete distraction from any possible sadness. We live far from family, but our neighbors have adopted us and they are a hoot to party with.

On a professional level, my setbacks in 2015 were a slow moving story that still isn’t finished and a rejection from the publisher for the completion of a series I really love. We’ll just have to see what happens with that one.

Revving Up the Holidays by A.S. Fenichel

I have a holiday book that I’m happy to have the rights back to and will rerelease this week. I think you’re really going to love Revving Up The

 

Holidays.

Looking forward to 2016 I have some wonderful projects ahead. Besides finishing the slow mover, I have a three book contract for a historical series. Tainted Bride is the first of the Forever Brides series and will hit the shelves in September. The rights to my early work are still trickling back to me and I’ll keep self-publishing those titles. I hope to work a few other miracles and write a brand new paranormal series, but that one’s a secret, so you’ll just have to wait.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the people around you whether family by blood or the family you’ve collected along the way. They are all precious.

Cheers

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Another visit to Shelly Laurenston

I have a lot of authors on my iPad, and a whole ton of books I’ve read. Every now and again, I get the urge to revisit an old friend. I loved Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Series, and Beast Behaving Badly is a book I’ve read a couple of times. The combination of an anal, OCD, socially inept, and grumpy polar bear/lion breed hero, and a wild, off the wall wild dog shifter female is addictive.

bbb-coverTen years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can’t get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he’s shadowing her in New York-all seven-plus feet of him-determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as crazy as he is…

Let sleeping dogs lie. Bo knows it’s good advice, but he can’t leave Blayne be. Blame it on her sweet sexiness — or his hunch that there’s more to this little wolfdog than meets the eye. Blayne has depths he hasn’t yet begun to fathom — much as he’d like to. She may insist Bo’s nothing but a pain in her delectable behind, but polar bears have patience in spades. Soon she’ll realize how good they can be together. And when she does, animal instinct tells him it’ll be worth the wait…

Shelly has a new series, “The Call of the Crows” and it promises to be just as KickAss as her others. I’ve already read book 1 and 2, grab them if you can.

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#ThingsMyMomSaid

Greetings everyone! Today we’re going to do something a little different. The chicks and I are starting a new game and we’d love to have you play along!

#ThingsMyMomSaid

There are so many universal things about being a mom. I know these are going to resonate with a lot of you. On the helpful side, my mom always said “This too shall pass.” I can’t tell you how often I’ve found comfort in those words. On a more humorous note, here’s something I say to my 14yr old boy almost daily: “You can repeat that as often as you want, it’s not going to make it true.”

Oh, and because we’re feeling the love, we’re giving away 2 $5 Amazon gift cards and some ebooks. I think Kristi even has an audio book in the mix. We’ll select and announce the winners from the comments Monday November 23rd.

So how about it? What are some things your mom says?

 

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Setbacks and Forward Thinking- Kristi Rose

It’s that time of the year when I like to reflect back on where I’ve been and where I’m going.

In difficult times- like we’ve experienced globally this last month- I try to find a ‘silver lining”. If such a thing can be found.

I try to keep my perspective broad and mindful. I try to look forward with not just what I want to happen to me personally/professional but to ensure those goals don’t have a negative impact on my family (as best as I can).

 

SETBACKS: If I were to tell you what all I did this year to advance my writing career you might think that I’d had more setbacks than leap forwards. It seemed like, certainly felt like, every time I tried something I met several obstacles. But as this year comes to a close- those obstacles now look more like well timed markers cleverly placed to show me what it is I really want and the direction I really want head toward.

So how did I cope with all that?

I drank lots of tea. London Fogs, Iced Passion Tea, Arnold Palmers, Camomile Tea. Tea. Tea.

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Courtesy of The Pear Tree

 

I read a fair amount of books.

I sat outside in the sun

And I wrote a short story series that takes place in my hometown, Love Comes Home. I’d been scared to do this because up until this point I’d only written in first person POV and the short story series is in 3rd.

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But now it’s time to look forward.

My goals are simple:

To enjoy what the next year brings me.

To be thankful for the things I have and the people in my life.

To see the Seahawks go to the Super bowl and the Gators take it all the way.

AND…if I need to be more specific-

To write two books, finish and edit one thats nearly done, publish at least 2 books (the second in my No Strings Series and a fiction book about lifetime friends and betrayal tentatively called Tattered and Broken Wives) and to remember that undoing so I’ve had a successful year.

Thanks for hanging out with me friends. I’ve love to know what you do when the days are long. I’d also love to know what you’d like to see happen for you in 2016! It’s the year of the chick, after all. We’d love to cheer you along.

Hugs,

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