Most authors spend months, even years, on their first book before it hits shelves and e-readers. They draft and polish and edit and polish some more before taking that finished manuscript out into the wild to be published.
My first book, however, happened quite by accident. Or at least, the idea didn’t start with me, the author, at all.
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap was born.
Collaborating on an anthology where the three heroines are best friends and the setting is essentially the same (and fictional!) is no easy task, but I can assure you, it’s great fun. The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap is set in Pine Mountain, where my series takes place, and sharing it with Donna and Kate was a blast. There were lots of emails, lots of questions and lots of laughs (particularly about Kate’s cookie contribution!), but The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap was a labor of love worth every second. It turns out that the fourth Pine Mountain story I wrote was the first one to be published (the other books will be out in 2014, in March, June and October, with a fourth to follow in early 2015), but going the roundabout way was so much fun, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Plus, I got to share Pine Mountain not just with readers, but with Donna and Kate as well.
So this season, I’m not just exchanging cookies with those I love. I’m sharing the excitement of my very first book release, along with some recipes and a whole lot of holiday cheer. I may not have come up with the idea for The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, but it just goes to show the true collaborative spirit of how a book can come together.
So tell me! What are some of your favorite holiday stories, or some of your favorite treats to share as you read them?
The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap
Where There's Smoke by Donna Kauffman
When flames from a recipe gone disastrously wrong send hunky fire-fighter Will Mason to pretty Clara Parker's rescue, the sparks really begin to fly! And once Will gets a taste of Clara, he aches for more than just a little sugar from the famously single food columnist...
The Gingerbread Man by Kate Angell
Folks have always told fun-loving Abby Denton that her anatomically correct Gingerbread cookies are...impressive. But those erotic cookies have nothing on the sexy stranger Abby saves from a snowy country road. Could Lander Reynolds be the Christmas treat she's truly been longing for?
Sugar And Spice by Kimberly Kincaid
When caterer Lily Callahan goes up against hotshot pastry chef Pete Mancuso in the bake-off of the season, the stakes are high - and scandalously passionate. Will the gorgeous gourmand steal Lily's heart - and the top prize in the Christmas cookie competition?
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