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Originally posted on Authors of Main Street:

Hey, Sneaux is how we spell Snow in French speaking Louisiana. Sneaux

And sneaux it did. Twice within five days!  Unheard of. Seriously, it might sneaux every few years or so. But twice. No. That doesn’t happen.

But happen it did. Last Friday closed all the schools. A light blanket covered yards, rooftops and cars.

Tuesday it snowed again, but this time was different. There was ice on the roads. We are not used to driving on ice. The schools were closed again.

You might wonder about that, but the reason is that so many kids ride the school bus and most of them must cross over small road bridges over bayous and they will ice up, so in order to be safe, they close the schools. The kids are overjoyed, the moms are crying.

Of course, I needed to go to town to pick up my medications. It was like…

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Pepper Phillips:

I’m checking my manuscript to see if I got it right…every writer writing romance should follow this scientific map of intimacy.

Originally posted on Jenny Hansen's Blog:

Several days back, I did a post on Sexting and questioned whether all this “virtual intimacy” between couples would change the “Levels of Intimacy” chart I use in my writing. I had several writers ask me about it in the comments section so I’m bringing it to you on this fine Techie Tuesday.

I first learned about the 12 Stages of Physical Intimacy from Linda Howard, who used to give a very popular talk on the subject based on the work of Desmond Morris, Intimate Behavior: A Zoologist’s Classic Study of Human Intimacy.

On the downside, Linda gave her last edition of this talk to our RWA chapter in 2010. On the upside, Linda has spoken to enough writers that I was able to Google and find a great post on the topic by one of my online pals, Terry O’Dell.

I’ll give the stages and my thoughts here but…

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Goals 2014

I admit I love lists…and spreadsheets.

In my computer I have a ‘House’ worksheet. It is huge!

Cleaning Schedule, Books I own, Books I read, To-Do list, Errand list (oh yeah, I have passed by the bank four times because I was thinking of something else while driving). Calendar for the year that runs down the page with Birthdays and Anniversaries keyed in and other important appointments. My Wal-Mart shopping list where the items are keyed in according to aisle…then they change things around and I can’t find anything.  Plus lots of other information I deem necessary to run my life.

Then there is my writing life.  I have several spreadsheets keeping track of my career.  Sales, Progress, Plan…some are new, designed by other wonderful women who love spreadsheets, and some are mine.

Yesterday I sat down and planned out the first six months of 2014. Which books I would…

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ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 19, 2013, from 3pm to Midnight EST, we will have a Christmas Bash at
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Hosted by The Authors of CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET.
 
 
 
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Susan Hughes

Nothing gets my heart pumping like a good love story with absorbing emotion, plenty of passion, and an old-fashioned happy ending. That’s why I started writing romance novels, and I’m excited to share these stories with you. Set mainly in Canada, my novels explore the extraordinary thrill of finding that special someone and falling head over heels in love. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

I live in Ottawa, Ontario, with my husband and three children.

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Paige is pregnant, single and homeless. Ryan can’t resist opening his home to the beautiful stranger who needs his help. The last thing he intends to do is get involved; and the last thing Paige needs is another man in her life when she can’t seem to untangle herself from her controlling former lover. Will it take a Christmas miracle to make Paige and Ryan realize where their hearts truly belong?

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Stephanie Queen

 

About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen

Once upon a time, there was a young story teller in the kingdom…er, queendom. Then she grew up and… er, no… she never actually did grow up. That’s not to say she didn’t get old, or more old, but not terribly old, more like middle-aged really. Okay, so she was no longer short and cute.
But really, I always did like to make up stories. Still do. Still live in my own little world–where I’m Queen. Of the Queendom. Hence, the name. (Or whence the name?) Oh, what’s in a name anyway.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering how I manage to live, but I assure you I am quite competent. Except I couldn’t get the crown to actually sit on my head in the picture to the left.  Still learning…
Oh, about me. I love cats. I have a girl cat, a princess technically. Named Kitty. No, I’m serious. Long story. No, I don’t have time. Or space.
Okay, so I do not have the inclination.
More about me. I spend hours, days, weeks, months (you get the picture) sitting at my desk, looking out the window of my castle/bedroom and writing complete fabrications in a romantic whimsical vein. Alright, if you insist, you can call the writing quirky. But I do keep myself amused.
Yes, it’s true, and entirely believable, I do have a college degree. I’m not saying when I obtained said degree, however.  Go UConn!
Where do I live (for real) you ask? Among the picturesque lake-filled hills and dales (not sure what a dale is) of New Hampshire (the Granite State) (Live Free or Die) (Tough choice, but there’s a lot of tough people around here).
What else do I do besides write presumably fabulous romantic stories with noble heroes and amazing, warm heroines who you want to be just like? As if that’s not enough, I sometimes deign to teach, cook for the two gigantic very well-muscled sons and try to make sure Kitty doesn’t take over the house while I’m away in the Queendom. (That’s no joke.  The cat’s a control freak.)
I actually have a very rich non-imaginary life. Right at the moment, however, I can’t think for the life of me what else it’s all about. Maybe I’ll think more about it later and get back to you…

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Julie is no Audrey Hepburn no matter how much they look alike. She learned years ago that big city glamour and the modeling life were not for her. But keeping life simple at her family’s Inn is starting to cost more than they have. So when the millionaire from London returns to the town of his childhood she is both wary and excited–and feels a deep down connection from their shared past as children. Sensing the competition, her long-time boyfriend woos her with a promise of bailing out the Inn with a loan and a big diamond engagement ring. Will she choose her steady man from town or the exotic new millionaire–or will she ditch them both and return to the big money, big glamour life of modeling to save the family Inn?

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Pepper Phillips

Pepper Phillips wrote her first play in the seventh grade. But before that she read every book in her age group at the small local library in Northeast, Maryland. An only child for years, she entertained herself in the worlds she created in her mind. She’s still pretty mindless in some respects, but her writing world is where she is the happiest.

This is book nine in the bundle, and I was going to post myself last…but today is my birthday!  What a neat way to honor it!

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Life for eleven-year-old George is one disappointment after another. Never mind America is in the grips of the Great Depression, his mother is dead and his crook of a father has deserted him. The only person who cares about George is his reclusive grandmother who’s nursing a broken heart. George must take care of both of them, tending the garden, milking the cows and even catching fish for the dinner table.

But Christmas is coming and George wants more for his grandmother and for himself. There’s no money for presents, however, and how can he earn any when he can’t even afford a decent pair of pants or a proper barber haircut?

When an opportunity to make money presents itself, George faces the biggest decision of his life. Will he become a thief like his father or will he discover the fact that giving, rather than receiving, is the best gift of all?

This is a short story of 15K words.

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Carol DeVaney

Thing is, I make up stories. Yes, I know, my mother always said to tell the truth. But, I have an excuse. Characters whisper their stories in my ear, what else can I do but write them down and share? For the record, my mom listens to my stories, so I guess she’s forgiven me for telling a tale or two.

Carol’s won numerous awards, published in short stories and novels.
Available in ebook:Short Story, A MATTER OF TASTE.
NOVELS available in ebook:A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS AND PERFECT MATCH

Carol’s a wife, proud mom and ecstatic grandmother. She lives in the sunny South with her husband who patiently awaits his time away from her writing. Carol has an amazing son, who is a remarkable writer, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and is blessed with two awesome grandchildren.

A Smoky Mountain

Think Sandra Bullock meets country hunk. A woman out of her element.

A romantic, wacky, fresh, hilarious, heartwarming tale for the holidays.
City gal meets country hunk. Tina Cole and Hank Gordon find themselves stranded together in a Smoky Mountain snowstorm, three days before Christmas. Falling in love wasn’t part of Tina’s agenda, but has second thoughts after she lands on writer Hank Gordon’s doorstep. Now, everything she thought she wanted out of life means nothing without love.

Recently divorced, Hank Gordon has sworn off women. If he thinks life couldn’t get any worse, he’s wrong. Not only is he baby-sitting a sassy Southern princess who has no idea what a kitchen is for, but two escaped convicts turn up at the cabin, while Hank’s horse is about to foal.

Can love conquer Tina and Hank’s challenges while both examine their hearts?

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