Sunday, October 1, 2017

Meet the Authors of Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 - Lyn Cote and Kristin Wallace

Loving Winter
Lyn Cote
Welcome to Steadfast, Wisconsin, a small town
whose people and mysteries you may never forget~


My Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 novella, “Loving Winter,” is
connected to this series along with
Mistletoe and Sage:
“New deputy in town, a single mom,
two wounded hearts
with a puzzle to solve together--
will love spark under the mistletoe?
Leave a comment and enter the drawing
for a copy of this novella in the series.
BTW, Winter’s Secret is Permafree. Click here
to buy for free.



Loving You at Christmas
Kristin Wallace

Hello! I’m so happy & honored to be part of the FOURTH Sweet Christmas Kisses box set. This has become an annual tradition and it’s always exciting.

LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS is part of my Shellwater Key Tales series. In fact, it’s the final book in the series. The series started out as a trio of books revolving around 3 childhood best friends who return to their hometown in Florida (Left Turn At Paradise, Straight On Toward Paradise, Last Stop At Paradise) and become involved in reviving the old Paradise Dinner Theatre. Then the series grew to include a companion novel to Book 1 (Coming Home To Paradise), which I developed from scenes I’d removed from the original draft. I also published 2 holiday novellas (Finding You At Christmas & Falling For You At Christmas).
When I launched Last Stop At Paradise earlier in the year, I really thought that was the end. It even said “Last Stop” in the title. Then I realized I needed to write another holiday novella for Sweet Christmas Kisses (cue ironic laughter). I wasn’t ready to launch a new series, so what to do? Thankfully, I also realized I had one more character floating around the Shellwater Key universe. Annaliese Matheson showed up in Left Turn At Paradise, but along the way I kind of lost track of her. She’s a former Broadway star and friend of director Grayson Kendall who comes to Shellwater Key to star in the first show. Annaliese has a bit of a tragic history. Her beloved husband Matthew – who was also a Broadway star – died suddenly right in front of her. Devastated by the loss, Annaliese left the stage behind. It’s only when Grayson asks her to star in his show that she reluctantly returns.
I loved the idea of giving Annaliese a happily ever after. Of course, I needed a man for her…and oh boy…did I come up with a good one. Enter John-Luke (Duke) Evans, former pro football player. It’s hard to think of two people who could be more different than a stage actress and an athlete. Duke is sooooo different from her first husband. How could she fall for someone who is such a polar opposite? Well…sometimes it just works and the differences are things that make them stronger as a couple. It doesn’t hurt that Duke Evans is SUPER hot. I mean, really…he’s delicious and sexy. I think you’ll love him, too.
Here’s an excerpt with just a taste of their chemistry:
When Annaliese’s cell rang later that evening, she knew who it was without glancing at the screen. She took a couple of breaths, deliberately letting the phone ring a few times, before answering. “Hello?”
“Meet me at the parking lot on the south end of The Strip.”
Such arrogance. She wasn’t going to make it that easy for him. “Who is this?”
Duke Evans’ husky laugh sent fingers of sensation running all over her body. Maybe she shouldn’t go. This kind of chemistry might be dangerous, especially coming off such a long period of…nothing. Especially when the man in question was so different from Matthew in every single way. It wasn’t logical or reasonable.
“Annaliese, I’m too old to play games,” Duke Evans said, though the thread of amusement remained in his voice. “I need to see you.”
Okay fine, no games on her end, either. “I’m not sure that’s wise, Mr. Evans.”
“Who said we need to be wise, Ms. Matheson?”
Arrogant, sure, but he was also charming, and smart. It was an intriguing combination. “I don’t think I’m ready. My husband died and—”
“It’s a stroll on the boardwalk, surrounded by hundreds of people who will be focused on the Christmas lights and whatever senior-citizen musical group Shellwater Key can put together.”
“Now who’s playing games?” she countered. “I don’t know that I can handle this…handle you.”
She heard the quick, indrawn breath on his end. “You really shouldn’t say things like handle me, Ms. Matheson. I might get ideas.” His voice had grown even huskier. “Listen, I’ve been surrounded by little girls for the last six months. There’s a chance I won’t know what to do with you.”
Annaliese laughed at such an outright lie. “I’ll believe that when Hell freezes over, but all right, I’ll meet you in thirty minutes.”
“Ten minutes.”
Annaliese glanced in the mirror, caught a glimpse of the ecstatic grin on her face, and quickly readjusted her expression. She also noticed her wrinkled clothes and unkempt hair, a result of a full day of extreme nervousness and pressure. “I’m a wreck. I don’t know what I can accomplish in only fifteen minutes.”
“You could show up wearing a potato sack and I wouldn’t care,” he said, sounding impossibly arrogant and commanding and so sexy she almost whimpered. “And don’t you dare touch your hair. Be there in fifteen minutes.”
“I don’t think I like it when a man tells me what to do.”
“Annaliese.” He laughed again, sounding both frustrated and amused. “Just be there in fifteen minutes or I’ll come to you.”
“You don’t know where I live.”
“This is Shellwater Key, I can find out your address in about five minutes,” he said. “If you’re scared of being in public with me, just think about having me in your place.”
The thought of having him anywhere made her blood sizzle, and she did whimper this time. “You shouldn’t say things like that, either.”
“Fifteen minutes, Annaliese. That’s as long as I’m prepared to wait.”

Want to read more? Buy your Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 today and discover LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS, along with the other sweet holiday romances in the set. I know you won’t be disappointed.
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Kristin Wallace is a USA Today Bestselling author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “love, laughter and a leap of faith”. She is the author of two bestselling series, Covington Falls Chronicles (inspirational romance) and Shellwater Key Tales (contemporary romance).

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