Once upon a time, my dear pal LB Gregg and I came up with a plan to write a pair of spooky, funny Halloween stories -- a sort of mini-anthology -- and market them as a Fright Night Double Feature sort of thing. The stories turned out to be Mummy Dearest and Dudleytown. I won't go into the horror story of why that project didn't work out, but the desire to do something together stuck. And every year we've talked about doing something thematic and fun like...Catalina/Cowboy/Christmas...hmmm...yeah, what about Christmas?
And this year we actually decided to do it. Of course, us being us, we immediately started scheming and plotting to drag more pals into it. Because...the more, the merrier. Especially at Christmas. Harper Fox and Joanna Chambers were enlisted coz isn't that wonderful symmetry: two Americans and two Britishers? We are all about the symmetry.
And the eggnog.
I only bring this up because I have folks asking if I am going into the publishing business now, and the answer is a most emphatic not at this time. Probably never. But now and again it's fun to get together with friends and do stuff.
And the "stuff" we did this year is a winter holiday anthology called Comfort and Joy. Four heartful helpings of romance and seasoned -- er, season's -- greetings.
I'll be adding buy links within the next day or so, but meanwhile there are celebrations and parties going on and as usual lots of goodies are being given away, so even though the book is not out yet, I don't want you to miss out on the fun.
So here's what's happening over at Goodreads.
And more fun starting tomorrow over at my Facebook Fan Page.
Next week LB, Joanna, Harper and I will be coming up with some fun stuff too, so stay tuned to your Yule Log.
Meanwhile, the first four people who can accurately match the following first lines to the correct story will get an audio download code for any one of our audio books. Enter your guesses in the comment section below:
1 - “No,” Rocky said.
“Oh hell no.”
2 - My name is Cosmo Grant, and I have no pride left.
3 - The first words my ex said to me
in six months were delivered sotto voce as I was minding my own business at
Leunig’s crowded bar.
4 - “You’re going to have to replace it, I’m afraid.”
And your story choices are:
Rest and Be Thankful, Out, Waiting for Winter, Baby it's Cold Outside