I believe that the fundamental guiding principle of the reading community is generosity. Think about it—what’s the first thing you want to do after you read a great book? Tell someone else about it! That is inherently generous because our instinct is to share the joy. I feel so blessed to be a part of this community, and especially because so many of you have recommended my books to your friends. There is nothing more powerful than one reader pressing a book into the hands of another while saying, “You will love this.”
Speaking of sharing good books… I wanted to give another shoutout to my friend Christina Dodd, whose book Point Last Seen is out now, brand new this week. It’s the first book of her thrilling Last Seen in Gothic series. Christina is a master of wrenching every emotion out of the reader—true heart-in-your-throat romantic suspense.
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With twinkling humor and heartfelt Christmas spirit, two friends find love in a town called Wishing Tree…
Until Camryn Neff can return to her “real” life in Chicago, she’s in Wishing Tree to care for her twin sisters. She’s not looking for forever love, not here. But handsome hotelier Jake Crane is a temptation she can’t resist, so she suggests they pair up for the season. No golden rings, no broken hearts. At his side, she sees her hometown through Christmas-colored eyes. The cheer is cheerier, the joy more joyful. She thought she had put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.
New in town, River Best is charmed by Wishing Tree’s homespun traditions and warmhearted people. When she’s crowned Snow Queen, she’s honored but wary. Dylan Tucker, her king, seems like the stuff of sugarplum dreams, but she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something big. As they perform their “royal” duties—tasting cookies, lighting trees—Dylan’s good humor and melty kisses draw her to the brink of love. But she can’t let herself fall until she uncovers his secret, even if her lack of faith means losing him forever.
If you haven’t already submitted a Christmas cookie recipe for possible inclusion in my Christmas Cookie Cookbook, now is your last chance! Click here to submit a recipe. We’ll close submissions the end of July. In October, when Home Sweet Christmas comes out, this will be a free gift for every member of my mailing list. If you have friends you think would love this, please forward this email to them.